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Delhi to Mumbai tour

Delhi to Mumbai

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Delhi - Ride a rickshaw through the winding streets of Old Delhi
  • Ranthambore - Search for the elusive Bengal tiger and other wildlife
  • Udaipur - Discover the beautiful 'City of Lakes' and its splendid palaces
  • Polo Forest - Explore ruins of an ancient city and its temples, and meet the tribal people of jungle villages
  • Ahmedabad - Walk around the city's old neighbourhoods and visit Gandhi's ashram
  • Mumbai - Wander through Dharavi, the 'Slumdog Millionaire' quarter and visit the Dhobi Ghats, Mumbai's huge open air laundry

Short Description

Travelling between two of India's most Iconic cities, Delhi and Mumbai, we search for tigers at Ranthambore National Park, discover India's largest fort at Chittorgarh, and visit the spectacular 'City of Lakes' at Udaipur. In Gujarat we explore the ancient Polo Forest with its jungle ruins and indigenous people, and take a heritage walk in Ahmedabad, where we also visit the ashram of the 'Father of India', Mahatma Gandhi.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
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End City Mumbai

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Safari

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India

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join trip in Delhi. Visit the Qutub Minar and Humayun's Tomb

Description

Our journey begins in the Indian capital and we start by exploring the area known as New Delhi. The city of Delhi has long been a phoenix rising from its own ashes and New Delhi was created by the British Raj in the 1930's. It's an area of wide boulevards and imposing buildings such as the Lok Sabha (Parliament) and India Gate. There are also vestiges of Delhi's past such as the Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating from 1192, and Humayun's Tomb, another UNESCO site set amongst lovely gardens and considered to be the architectural forerunner of the Taj Mahal.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Explore Old Delhi's winding streets on foot and by cycle rickshaw

Description

Compared to New Delhi, the old city is much closer to the image conjured up by Rudyard Kipling. We explore by metro and on foot, culminating in a jamboree of deafening barter at the Chandni Chowk bazaar where tiny stores sell everything from jewellery to saris to refreshing cups of chai. A short cycle rickshaw ride then takes us to the Jama Masjid mosque which was built in the 17th century and remains one of the largest mosques in the country.

In the afternoon we take the Kota Jan Shatabdi express train to Sawai Madhopur and Ranthambore National Park, a journey of just under 5 hours.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Search for tigers and other wildlife in Ranthambore National Park

Description

One of India's best 'Project Tiger' conservation areas, Ranthambore was once the private reserve of the Maharajahs of Jaipur. It encompasses nearly 400 square kilometres of lush jungle, turquoise lakes and ancient temples, and provides a rich haven for crocodiles, leopards, monkeys, deer, tigers and around 300 species of birds. This is probably one of the best parks in the country for spotting tigers, and during the dry season from September to May, when water is scarce, the animals stay close to the lakes and rivers, providing ideal opportunities to seek out these most elusive and magnificent of animals. We take an early morning game drive in six-seater jeeps with the option to return for a second one in the early afternoon (booked locally). The park is split in to zones so that there are never too many vehicles in the same area, and all zones include known territories of tigers.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Drive to Udaipur via India's largest fort at Chittorgarh

Description

We leave early this morning as we drive for around six to seven hours to reach India's largest fort at Chittorgarh. This spectacular and imposing fort is perched on top of a 180 metre tall hill and originally dates from the seventh century. The fort has a bloody history with its inhabitants choosing death before dishonour at least three times while facing superior enemies. Each time the men donned the saffron robes of martyrdom and rode out to certain death while the women and children immolated themselves on massive funeral pyres.

Leaving the fort, we drive to the beautiful lakeside city of Udaipur where we spend the next two nights. The city is dominated by Lake Pichola, its island palace (now a hotel), and Jag Mandir Island. Here, Shah Jahan, the builder of the Taj Mahal, sought sanctuary from his father after he was found guilty of plotting against him.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Explore Udaipur and take a boat ride on peaceful Lake Pichola

Description

This morning we discover the huge City Palace which is next to Lake Pichola and provides an excellent insight in to the opulent life of the Maharajahs. The largest palace in Rajasthan, it was built over a period of 400 years from 1553, and mixes an eclectic blend of architectural styles. We will also visit the 400-year-old Jagdish Mandir, a large ornately-carved Hindu temple set in the middle of the old town which houses a black stone image of Vishnu as Jagannath, Lord of the Universe. In the late afternoon we take a gentle cruise around the lake, passing the palaces and mansions of the city as the sun sets and the city begins to light up for the evening.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - Discover the ancient Polo Forest and drive to Ahmedabad

Description

After a three-hour drive this morning we reach the Polo Forest. The name is derived from the local word for 'gate' and reflects its location as a gateway between Rajasthan and Gujarat. The ancient city of Polo was established in the 10th century by the Parihar kings, and later mysteriously abandoned. Today the area is a nature reserve that is home to bear, panther, leopard and hyena, as well as around 275 species of birds, and some Adivasi, or 'first people' tribal communities. After home-cooked Indian food of soup, rice, dal and seasonal vegetables at a nearby homestay, we spend several hours exploring by jeep. There are several Jain and Shiv temples and a small 500 year old step-well to explore. These structures have steps that form elaborate symmetrical patterns and enable people to reach fresh water. Some of the monuments have been partly reclaimed by the jungle, giving them an eerie, abandoned feel. We will also visit a village in the forest which is inhabited by the Adivasi people indigenous to the area. Here we can see how they live and learn about their life in the forest.

On leaving the Polo Forest we continue to Ahmedabad, a drive of around three to four hours.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 - Take a heritage walk of Ahmedabad and visit Gandhi's ashram

Description

The walled city of Ahmedabad is home to impressive Indian-Islamic monuments, exquisite Hindu and Jain temples, and old carved wooden houses that are unique to the city. Wandering through the streets before it gets too hot is a great way to see the all the sights while soaking up the atmosphere. Highlights of the walk include the 19th century Swaminarayan Temple, which is the first and most important temple of the Swaminarayan Sampraday Hindu sect, and the famous Jama Masjid Mosque which dates from 1423. We also stop for a traditional Guajarati breakfast of Fafda - a type of cracker made of chickpea flour, Gathiya - a savoury snack made from spiced besan paste, and Jalebi - an Indian sweet made of coiled batter that is fried and steeped in syrup.

In the afternoon we'll learn more about the 'Father of India' as we visit Gandhi's ashram. Although close to the centre of the city, the location on the banks of the Sabarmati River is surprisingly peaceful. We'll see the small room in which he slept, his famous spinning wheel and round glasses, and we'll learn about his spiritual teachings and non-violent opposition movement which was largely orchestrated from here.

In the late evening we'll board the Aravali Express overnight train to Mumbai. The journey takes around eight hours and offers a great way to meet people as we travel. We make our bookings in second class air-conditioned sleepers, which have four beds in each compartment and all bedding provided.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - Explore Mumbai's Dharavi slum area and the museums and monuments of the city

Description

Today we have a full day exploring Mumbai. We spend some time at the Mahatma Gandhi Museum, learning a little more about the great man's life through an impressive collection of books, photographs and letters. On Malabor Hill we drive past the Towers of Silence. Built by the Parsis fleeing persecution in Persia during the 17th century, the towers are a mortuary for the dead and, in line with the Zoroastrian faith, the deceased are deposited in the towers to allow sunlight to purify their bodies and birds of prey to dispose of them. We also visit the municipal Dhobi Ghats, a huge, chaotic and colourful open air laundry.

In the afternoon we walk around the area where the film 'Slumdog Millionaire' was set, a thriving and industrious quarter called Dharavi. We'll see the commercial areas where food, clothes, soap and pottery is produced, and visit the residential area where the people live.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 9 - Trip ends in Mumbai

Description

Our trip ends in Mumbai after breakfast.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Accommodation Notes

Accommodation in India is as varied as the country itself. On this trip we generally stay in 3 star hotels, but please note that standards may not equate to those in the UK and it's best to approach each type of accommodation with an open mind. Service can be slow in places especially when travelling with a group. For the most part hotels do not have heating so in the winter months it can be chilly but extra blankets are available on request. Hot water is not always available 24 hours a day in some of the smaller properties, and with a group staying you might find if you are showering last you may miss out on the hottest water.

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