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Eternal India (Start Delhi, end Goa) tour
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Eternal India (Start Delhi, end Goa)

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  • Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    12 days
    From: $ 2,145 $ 179 / day
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    Overview

    Highlights

    • Visit Agra Fort
    • Visit the Taj Mahal
    • Special stay at Ranthambhore National Park
    • Visit the Dhonk Centre

    Short Description

    Old and new, colour and chaos, sticky cities and lush mountain ranges – India is a bustling cacophony of wonderful that blazes a trail in your memory long after you return home. If you’re ready to have your senses awakened, your imagination brought to life like never before and your perception of the world changed forever, this is the journey you need to experience at least once in a lifetime.

    Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
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    3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
    Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
    Flights & Transport N/A
    Start City New Delhi
    End City Goa Dabolim

    Travel Theme

    Cultural

    Destinations

    India

    Cities & Attractions

    Agra Delhi Jaipur Mumbai Udaipur

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    Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive Delhi

    What’s up Indian explorers! Who’s ready for an intoxicating dose of spice, flavour, yoga, beauty, colour, culture, and everything else wonderful that India can provide? The next 12 days are likely to be some of the best of your life so get ready for some serious memory making, starting off with meeting your new travel fam this evening.

    Day 2: Delhi

    Delhi, prepare to be officially conquered. Today is all about exploring one of the world’s most hustling, bustling, and all out crazy cities, home to a staggering 25 million people (for real). Together with our Local Guide we’ll be taking in the sights and learning the stories of Old Delhi, hopping in rickshaws during our explorations to weave a path through the back streets. Stopping for lunch to appease rumbling tummies with tangy street food delights like kachori, pakora and jelebi we’ll then make our way to the Gurudwara Sikh Temple. Riding high on the culture wave the afternoon is then yours to explore Delhi your way with free time to go a-wandering. Maybe swap mayhem for tranquillity at the Lodi Gardens, or visit the legendary Humayun’s Tomb. Dinner tonight is a DIY vibe, tasting the very best of Delhi with your new crew.

    Day 3: Delhi to Agra

    Today’s the day peeps (you know what we’re talking about). After stocking up at breakfast we’ll jump on the bus with Agra in our sights. Who’s ready for some serious bucketlist ticking? Linking up with our Local Guide we’ll mosey our way over to two of India’s finest, visiting first the UNESCO World Heritage Agra Fort, and then the main event – the Taj Mahal. We’ll hook you up with an entry ticket so you can explore at your own pace, learning about the incredible love story that resulted in the creation of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Take your time exploring – after all, you’ve probably been waiting a lifetime for this moment – then tonight head out with the gang for a DIY dinner, Agra style.

    Day 4: Agra to Ranthambhore

    Still living off the Taj dream we’ll wave goodbye to Agra early this morning with eyes firmly on the wild horizon. Feel the calm of nature sweep over you as we arrive at Ranthambhore National Park, one of the largest and most renowned National Parks in Northern India and our home for the night. After a lunch pit-stop we’ll make our way to the Dhonk Craft Centre, a cooperative that was set up to serve a dual purpose – to employ those who would otherwise only find income from tiger poaching, and also to preserve traditional artistry. Handicrafts lovers will be in craft utopia at the beautiful creations on offer from the local ladies, and spending is guilt free knowing that your money is going towards sustaining a local community. Feel good vibes on high we’ll end the day with a tasty group dinner set against a back drop none of us will be forgetting any time soon.

    Day 5: Ranthambhore to Jaipur

    Who’s up for more legendary #NOREGRETS moments? Damn right you are, as this morning is all about one thing – tigers. Oh yes have we got one incredible ME TIME Optional lined up for you – a sunrise safari adventure to try and spot these magnificent predators as they should be seen – in the wild. Safari trucks will pick you up from your accommodation, then we’ll head out into the lush forest for some serious wildlife watching. Wild animals AND an epic sunrise all before breakfast, and Jaipur next on the agenda? You could call that one way to start the day. Old and new, colour and chaos, camels and rickshaws – Jaipur is a hustling hot mess of wonderful. We’ll jump straight in to city life with a locally guided tour of the best bits, checking out the architecturally complex City Palace in the Old City, as well as the vibrant Bazaars selling everything from traditional Rajasthan jewellery to textiles, brassware and furniture (and of course street food, as by this stage we’re totally hooked). Tonight run wild in the city, tasting and exploring with your wolf pack.

    Day 6: Jaipur

    Ready for more of exotic, chaotic Jaipur? We thought so. Today is all about seeing the city your way, heading out to explore armed with maps, insider tips from your Trip Manager, and a healthy dose of curiosity. For those keen on grabbing a real slice of India, Amber Fort should be high up on the agenda. Built from red sandstone and marble and comprising of multiple palaces, pavilions, temples and more, the Fort has both Hindu and Muslim architectural influence and is a true Indian must-see.

    Day 7: Jaipur to Udaipur

    Jaipur you’ve been glorious, but the lush green hills and lavish marble palaces of Udaipur are calling us today as we jump on the coach for a full day of cross country travelling. Watch from the window as the landscape changes from flat dry lands to gorgeous green, and prepare yourself for an entirely different Indian experience.

    Day 8: Udaipur

    Completely unique, Udaipur’s colonial architecture and shimmering lakes give the city a distinctly Venetian, romantic feel unmatched arguably in the whole of India. Our locally guided city tour will see us exploring the majestic City Palace and the Jagdish Temple, then after lunch the day is yours to continue your city wanderings. With fantastical palaces, tranquil boat rides on the lake, bustling bazaars, crooked colourful streets and endless eating joints to choose from, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice.

    Day 9: Udaipur to Mumbai

    Rise and shine kids – we’ve got a plane to catch and a certain Bollywood beauty to crack open. Mumbai, we incoming. Fast, furious and fantastic, Mumbai is a completely unparalleled sensory overload. Slums and millionaire mansions live side by side, tropical forests rub up against towering skyscrapers and colonial masterpieces, whilst gangsters, artists, celebrities, servants and fisherfolk all walk the same walk. The best way to understand this complex city is to get out and amongst it, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Our Local Guide will take us to the Dhobi Ghat, a massive human-powered laundromat with 1026 open-air troughs, and to the serene Hanging Gardens.

    Day 10: Mumbai to Goa

    Want to see a different side of Mumbai? Rise with the locals for our optional Mumbai at dawn tour to watch the city as it starts its day. Back for breakfast, we’ll then make tracks for the airport. Feeling those butterflies at the prospect of golden Goa? Sunshine, spirituality, tropical palms, golden stretches of beach and a hippy, happy, laid-back charm – this is Goa. Slide seamlessly into beach time with a cold beer in hand, revelling at the prospect of having nothing to do but enjoy your stunning surrounds.

    Day 11: Goa

    Wake up with a smile this morning as you remember exactly where you are, knowing today is entirely yours to do as much, or as little, as you want. Spirituality is a big part of the Goa experience, so start your day with some optional yoga on the beach, clearing your mind and stretching your travel tired limbs. Do your own thing, letting the sun, sand and positive vibes work their magic. Tonight is our final one together (sob), so make sure you do it right. Sunset and beers on the beach ticking the boxes?

    Day 12: Depart Goa

    Even the biggest and best adventures have to end at some point, and this morning sees the finale of ours. After a final breakfast together it’s time for the long (and possibly teary) goodbye. Sure you’ll be sad, but remembering all of the massive moments and seemly insignificant giggles in-between will see you smiling your whole journey home.

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    Eternal India (Start Delhi, end Goa)

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    Fantastic organisation, got to see the world with no stress and with awe

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    Sophie was amazing and did her best to give my group all the information she had and made sure everyone had options and ideas of what was happening throughout the whole trip. Making sure everyone felt included and safe. Would definitely recommend this trip for travellers who want a slow pace trip but still with all the contiki fun.
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    Its an awesome trip with awe inspiring sights, amazing cities and crazy fun adventures all round. And The activities are well worth doing as they provide an experience you won’t ever forget.
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    European whirl was incredible and the activities were the best.

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    European whirl was incredible and the activities were the best. The bus driver was great and helped keep the bus in great condition. The trip manager was definitely a highlight. He knew somthing about everywhere we went including little things such as where to find ATM's or great places to eat. He also came out at night to make sure we all made it back to our accommodation.
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    The trip was amazing. Ish is the best manager, such a nice guy, and always helped out where he could. The activities were great, including the optional add on ones. The only downside was the hotel In cancun which was a bit average, but that didn’t stop us doing anything or enjoying ourselves!
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    A heartless tour company!!

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    Let me start by saying that I did not even get the chance to go on this trip. A week prior to my trip to Spain, an immediate family member of mine become ill with imminent death. I was unable under the circumstances to travel and wanted to cancel my trip and was willing to reschedule for a later date or get a credit. This was a very expensive trip for both my sister and I, taking us years to save up for it. The response we received from our agent is that Contiki is not willing to postpone the travel, even after we were willing to pay an extra fee. This tells me that this company is GREEDY and HEARTLESS. My family member has since passed away, 3 days before my departure date which was supposed to be on July 2nd. I even went to check the Contiki website and was shocked to see that my trip which was previously full, has now opened up spots to fill our place. Now, not only are they keeping the money of 2 young hardworking people, but also making money off filling our spots!! I've never experienced such injustice and mistreatment from a company in my entire life! This company has no sympathy and ZERO understanding for a situation as devastating as death. My sister and I were so excited to go on this trip and were very upset by the timing of our situation... but how can you control when a loved one will pass??????? SHAME ON YOU CONTIKI. If nothing is done to resolve this unfair policy, I will make sure not to recommend your tours to anyone.
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      • 13 Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner

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