Xtreme India Experience

Discover the delights of Northern and Souther India



Imagine visiting ancient temples, royal palaces and world heritage sites from centuries long gone. Imagine exploring a new and exciting country by immersing yourself in the local traditions and culture of the people.

With Xtreme Gap Year´s  ´Xtreme India Experience´ programme, you will visit one of the worlds most unique and exciting countries, while immersing yourself in the culture and travelling through various parts of the country. This incredible 4-week programme takes you from desert plains to beautiful beaches, into busy markets and quiet temples, from the heart of India´s buzzing cities to the serene beauty of her tiny rural villages. You will explore many vastly different and stunning parts of the country; Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Goa are just a few of them!

There are lots of adventurous activities to keep your thrill-seeking side satisfied.  The Xtreme India Experience is a bounty of remarkable experiences, that will leave their mark on your for a long time. Sharing moments like these with other like-minded travellers on set group start dates, with English speaking guides will be an amazing experience.


Xtreme India Experience: Trip Highlights


JOIN US ON OUR UNFORGETTABLE INDIA TOUR, PACKED WITH ALL YOUR INDIA BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCES!

  • All accommodation is safe, clean and hygienic, each hostel has their own unique charm.
  • English speaking guides
  • Drift over the Ganges through Varanasi a traditional Ghat boat
  • Experience watching the sunrise at the Taj Mahal
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage ancient ruins of Hampi
  • Venture into the desert for a Camel Safari Adventure
  • Take an expectation-shattering tour of the Dharavi slum
  • Travel through Kerala backwater, stunning lagoons and lakes, on an Indian houseboat

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Xtreme India Experience: Full Details


See all of India´s Iconic destinations plus its hidden treasures on this adventurous group trip through India.

Dive into the rich, vibrant and diverse culture of India with our all-encompassing tours. Create memories you’ll never forget watching the sun rise over the Taj Mahal, camping in the desert on a Camel Safari and relaxing on gorgeous Goan beaches. From bustling cities to rural villages, our Adventure Leaders take you off-the-beaten-track as you explore all that India has to offer.

The Xtreme India Experience takes you to awe-inspiring locations, guaranteed to make your Instagram followers jealous! But we also go one step further, taking you where other tours won’t. With us, you’ll delve deep into local communities, mix up a storm in a traditional cooking class, volunteer at an animal rescue, and give a local temple’s elephant a bath in the Tungabhadra River.

From our north and south highlight tours that pack in all the must-see sights, to our extensive 26-day India tour, your adventure is guaranteed to be packed full of excitement, unforgettable experiences and of course, delicious food!

 


Itinerary


Day 1: Delhi

In the evening, meet your guide at the hostel ready  for your pre-departure briefing. Take in the views of Delhi from the hostel rooftop, as your guide tells you everything you need to know. After your briefing has peaked your excitement levels, take the short walk from the hostel to the train  station, ready for the start of your India adventure.
Board your first overnight train as you travel to your first destination, Varanasi!

Day 2: Varanasi

Arrive in the holiest city in India and head to your hostel for a chance to relax before your first full day of adventures. Transfer to the Sarnath Buddhist and Hindu archaeological site (200 INR), one of four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage. Explore the excavated ruins and pay a visit to the deer park found next door, where you can walk around the tranquil gardens as the animals roam free!
Don’t fancy the temple? Take a walk around the city’s old town and pay a visit to the Blue Lassi Store, home to some of the creamiest fruit lassis in India.
Spend the afternoon on a relaxing boat ride down the River Ganges, as you take a tour of Varanasi’s historic Ghats (monumental flights of stairs leading down to the waterfront). Be on the lookout for one of the most famous in India, the Burning Ghat. Finish your river  journey at the Dasaswamedh Ghat where you can catch the famous Ganga Aarti ceremony at sunset.
After the truly riveting ritual, you can enjoy your first group dinner. Get to know your fellow travellers and guide over a delicious meal, before heading back to the hostel. Now is your chance to get an early night’s sleep before get-ting up for the sunrise tomorrow  morning!

Day 3: Varanasi & Agra

Rise and shine at the crack of dawn for an unmissable sunrise boat tour (100-200 INR, dependent on nbrs). Enjoy the peace and tranquility of early morning Varanasi and watch the locals begin their daily routines. Witness the religious significance of the Ganges River as the local community begins their morning prayers and washing in the holy water.
At 10am you’ll be picked up from the hostel and taken to the airport. Get ready to catch a flight to your next destination, Agra. Be picked up from the airport to drive to the hostel and catch some glimpses of the city along the way.
Eager to have your first experience of Indian entertainment? Tonight, you can watch  Mohab-bat The Taj Show at Kalakriti Cultural & Convention Centre (1500 INR). Enjoy a show full of creative dances and dramatic lighting, as you learn about the love story of Emperor Shajahan.
When the theatre is closed in May & June, enjoy a delicious dinner and drinks at the Hotel Taj Resort (300-1000 INR).

Day 4: Agra

This morning, you can make the most of your stay in this historic city by taking a rickshaw to Agra Fort, one of India’s listed UNESCO World Heritage sites (entry 550 INR, rickshaw 500 INR between 3 people for the whole day tour). This beautiful sand-stone, high-walled palace was home to the emperors of the Mughal dynasty  during the 16th century, when Agra was the country’s capital. Wise up on the fort’s history as you wander around with one of the brilliant audio guides (200 INR).
After exploring the fort, cross the Yamuna river and visit the ruins of the Black Taj foundations (200 INR). From here, you’ll have excellent views of the Taj Mahal directly back across the river. (Tomorrow’s destination!). Why not spend the afternoon in a nearby village and experience your first interaction with the local community! Take a group walk around the village, where you will be shown into the houses and even the local school (1500 INR).
In the summer months when the school is closed,  you can explore the less-known side of the city with the Taj Nature Walk.

Day 5: Agra & Jaipur

Start your day early and enjoy a peaceful half an
hour walk from the hostel to the Taj Mahal. Catch the beautiful sunrise over the world-famous monument – don’t forget to bring your camera to make the most of this incredible experience. The view is truly spec-tacular and the best way to see the Taj Mahal.
Make your way back to the hostel and prepare for your private transfer to Jaipur. By early afternoon, you’ll arrive at your accommodation where you  can drop your bags off. Want to use the rest of the day to explore? Continue on your journey with the bus to the nearby Nahargarh Fort (200 INR).
The fort is located on the edge of the Aravalli  hills, giving you incredible panoramic views of Jaipur. You can even spend the evening enjoying a drink at Padao restaurant located near the fort!

Day 6: Jaipur

In the morning, pay a visit to the nearby Amber Fort, one of the most important historical spots in Jaipur (200 INR). The fort is located high on a hill and looks out over the Maota Lake. Drop by the nearby Monkey Temple, which features multiple religious pools where you’ll witness people bathing in the holy water. You can even  take a dip yourself but, due to religious reasons, men and women are required to be separate.
More of an artist than a historian? As an  alternative activity, you can ride a tuk-tuk to an  art class at the Creatis Studio. You can try your hand at Indian embroi-dery, block printing, tie-dye and many more (1000 INR).
In the evening, enjoy a food tour of the city  along with two guides. You’ll be taken to eight recommended hot spots and have the opportunity to treat your taste buds to a variety of different food! (200 INR)

Day 7 Overnight train: Jaipur

This morning, you will enjoy a private guided Pink City tour, where you’ll visit the structures that give the city its charming nickname. Make a stop at the City
Palace and spend some time wandering around its  glorious buildings, gardens, courtyards and temples.
After your tour, enjoy a free afternoon at your pleasure. Need help deciding what to do? Why not do a spot of shopping at the vibrant markets, or visit one of Jaipur’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, Jantar  Mantar, which is home to the world’s largest stone sundial.
Head back to your accommodation in the evening because at 11pm tonight you’re jumping on board the overnight train to Jaisalmer!

Day 8: Jaisalmer

By midday, your train will arrive in Jaisalmer. Get picked up from the train station by the Camel Safari guides, who will transfer you to the company house. Here you can shower and get ready for your Camel Safari adventure to begin.
At around 3:30pm you’ll be driven by jeep for an hour into the desert. Take a short camel ride to the campsite, where you will be cooked a vegetarian dinner and can enjoy the desert all to yourself. Fill your bellies with delicious food as the sun sets and gather around the campfire under the stars.
Your guide might even provide some musical
entertainment! Sleep out in the open on the sand dunes with the sky above you and your camel friends nearby. Who needs to count sheep when you have the stars? In the case of rain, tarpaulins will be provided. Otherwise, sleeping arrangements are open-air.

Day 9: Jaisalmer

Wake up early to catch the breath-taking sunrise over the sand dunes, accompanied by a freshly cooked  vegetarian breakfast. Embark on a longer camel trek to one of the desert villages, where you can visit the homes of the locals.
Later in the morning, say goodbye to your camel buddies and drive back to the company house. Here you can get showered and rested before the rest of
the day’s activities!
Visit Jaisalmer Fort, one of the very few ‘living forts’ in the world (600 INR). Over a quarter of the city’s  population still resides within the fort. You can learn more about its history with the audio guide included in the entrance fee.
Don’t want to visit the fort? Pay a visit to the Gadsisar  Sagar Lake (free) or the nearby viewpoint instead for
a tranquil day with a view (Viewpoint 100 INR).
At around 4pm, you’ll be picked up from the hostel and take a private transfer to Jodhpur.
Take the opportunity to see more of India as the
landscape passes by you during your journey. By
the late evening, you’ll arrive and check in to your  accommodation.

Day 10: Jodhpur

For the thrill seekers, this morning you can test your nerves on a flying fox zip wire over the battlements of
the Mehrangarh Fort (1999 INR). The six stations will give you amazing views of the fort and a panoramic
of the city’s blue skyline.
Want to pick up a skill instead? Join an incredible  Krishna cooking workshop where you can learn to
cook ten traditional dishes (1500 INR). At the end of the class, taste your creations and enjoy the flavours of regional Rajasthan cuisine. By the end of the day, you’ll be an expert! Meet in the hostel at 4pm for a guided walking tour of the Old City, you’ll soon find out where the city got its nickname from! Walk around the Blue City as you  make your way to Toorji’s Step Well. If the water level is low enough, you’ll see the amazing step brickwork dating back to the 1740s. If the water level is high, watch the local children jump in from great heights! Have a drink with your fellow travellers at The Step Well Café before taking a rickshaw back to the  hostel. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep, ready for your early start tomorrow.

Day 11: Udaipur

Wake up early to catch your 8am bus to Udaipur. In the early afternoon, you will arrive at the hostel where  you will have some time to get settled. If you want to
get straight into activities, you can walk through the nearby old city on the way to the city palace (outside 30 INR, entry 300 INR).
Meet up with your guide at 5pm for a sunset boat
cruise across Lake Pichola. From the water, you can get the best views of the palace and old town, and of course, catch a beautiful sunset.
End the day with a stop for dinner at the lakeshore
restaurant and eat delicious food while creating great  memories over a wonderful view (300-500 INR).

Day 12 Overnight train: Udaipur

Get hands-on this morning and pay a visit to Animal Aid, a local animal rescue, where you can take a tour of the organisation and spend a few hours  volunteering (600 INR for a rickshaw group of 3). Want to get more creative? Take an art class at Udaipur art villa (250 INR per hour) or try your hand at a henna class (75 INR upwards). You can even join a musical instrument class and learn the art of the sitar or Indian drums (900 INR). If you fancy stretching yourself a little, take a yoga class with local yogi, Prakash -his flexibility will amaze you! (Pay as you see fit). If you fancy something else altogether just ask your tour leader to take you to suggested places, all walkable from the accommodation. Udaipur is a culturally rich town, so you’re guaranteed to find
something you want to do!
After a day full of activities, meet your guide at the hostel before taking the 9:30pm overnight train to your next destination, Mumbai.

Day 13: Mumbai

Wake up and watch the landscapes change as you continue your train journey to Mumbai. By approximately  2pm, you’ll arrive in the bustling city, where you’ll head straight to the hostel.
In the late afternoon, head to the rooftop of your hostel to take in the view of the city before heading out to a group dinner. Want to explore this bustling city at night? Why not immerse yourself in Indian night life and end the day with a pub crawl. (600 INR)

Day 14: Mumbai

Today you can experience the city of Mumbai as you tour around all its famous heritage sites. Visit
the city’s most iconic structure, the Gate of Mumbai, which looks out over the Arabian Sea. The gate was built during the British Raj to welcome the arrival of King George and Queen Mary in 1911. Just next door, you can gaze in awe at the amazing Taj Mahal Palace hotel, which boasts a guest list from The Beatles to Barack Obama!
If you fancy an after-lunch activity, pay a visit to the Dhobi Ghat laundromat, the world’s largest open-air laundry!
Want to learn more about life in India? Finish off your day with a tour of the Dharavi slum (500 INR). Here, you can learn about the incredible industries in action within the community, including textiles, leather and  recycling. This tour is guaranteed to shatter your expectations of the Indian slum lifestyle!

Day 15 Flight to Goa: Mumbai & Goa

Start the day at your own ease with a free morning to relax. At 11am, you’ll transfer to Mumbai airport  where you will catch an afternoon flight to Goa. If you’re lucky enough to grab the window seat, you can enjoy the views of the beautiful west Indian coastline from the air!
In the evening, you’ll arrive at your hostel, where you  can spend the rest of the day as you please. Ask your guide for the best bars and restaurants nearby or take a sunset stroll along the beach. Only a short walk from the hostel you can find the charming Vagator beach, which boasts some of the best sunset views in Goa.

Day 16: Goa

Today you have a free day! Treat yourself to a day of ultimate relaxation with a visit to Goa’s beautiful  beaches. Close to the hostel you can find both the Ozran and Chapora beaches. Both are quaint arches of sand, with Chapora fort ruins located high on the cliff just beside the beach!
If you don’t mind travelling to your beach destination,  why not embark on the 30-minute journey to the  beautiful, long stretch of sand at Mandrem beach. This is one of the under-explored beaches of Goa, so a perfect spot for those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation.
Need more adventure in your day? Take a taxi to
the Old Town to explore the streets lined with old  Portuguese colonial buildings. Learn about Old Goa’s history as the capital of Portuguese India from the 16th century, until its abandonment in the 18th century.
End the day with a night on the town in India’s party  state! (at your own expense). Your guide can take you to a nearby bar where your fun will begin.

Day 17: Goa

Enjoy some more free time and make the most of your last day in Goa by hitting up the beaches left on your list or fitting in some last-minute visits to the
abundance of heritage sites.
Fancy some more adventure? Head out for a morning of adventure and go kayaking through Goa’s rivers and backwaters, where you can appreciate up close the scenic jungles and mangroves as you paddle by!
(2833 INR)

Day 18: Hampi

Start the day early as you make your way to the train
station, ready for your 8am train. Hop on board as you travel to Hospet, where you will arrive in the early afternoon. Head straight to the hostel in Hampi and enjoy some downtime after your busy day of  travelling!
In the evening, walk through the city ruins to the nearby Sunset Point. Here you can catch the

unmissable sunset over Hampi’s beautiful rock-
strewn landscape and sit atop the giant boulders.

A climb to the top will give you the best panoramic  views of the entire area.

Day 19: Hampi

Get close to nature this morning, as you have the opportunity to help give the local temple’s elephant its daily bath in the Tungabhadra River! (Dependent on availability.) After returning to the hostel, set off on a day tour of Hampi. Take a tuk tuk to the northern side of the river where you will ride through the local fields and learn about the rice cultivation. Travel into the heritage village of Anegundi where you can get to know the local people and visit a local non-profit economic deve-lopment organisation.
Enjoy a picnic-style lunch on the banks of the river,  before taking a boat ride across to the southern side.
Pay a visit to two of Hampi’s most famous heritage sites. First, stop by Vijaya Vittala Temple, best- known for it incredible architecture and unmatched

craftsmanship. Then, take a walk along the riverbank to Virupaksha Temple, the central site for the pilgrimage to Hampi.
By the afternoon you will return to the hostel and  have the evening free to spend as you please.

Day 20 Overnight Train: Hampi

Enjoy a free day; use it as a chance to explore the rest of the old city or try out the local cuisine at one of the nearby restaurants. Just ask your guide recommendations for things to do and they’ll be happy to offer their insight!
Make your way back to the hostel in the evening as you will be catching the 9pm overnight train to  Bangalore.

Day 21: Bangalore

Arrive in Bangalore early in the morning and be taken  directly to the hostel, where you can drop your bags off and relax. At 9am, embark on a day tour of local Bangalore as you trace the journey of Indian silk from cocoons to sarees. Catch the action at Mulberry Silk Cocoon Market before visiting the villages where silkworms grow. Make a stop at the workplace of a  traditional weaver of silk sarees to see how the final product is made.
Continue your Bangalore day tour as you make your  way to the Folklore Museum in the afternoon to learn  about tribal art forms. Visit a toy-making factory  before watching the local traditional toymakers in the
villages that use simple hand techniques.
Return back to the hostel in the evening and get a good night’s sleep as you prepare to travel to your next destination tomorrow morning.

Day 22 Flight to Munnar: Munnar

At approximately 8am, you will head to the airport  where you will catch your flight to Kochi. Hop on a
transfer to Munnar, south India’s largest tea growing  region. (Don’t worry, you’ll be returning in 2 days to
explore the city of Kochi!) The bus will make some  stops along the way for you to appreciate and  photograph the amazing surroundings, including tea fields and waterfalls.
At around 5pm, you’ll arrive at your accommodation for the next two nights – an Indian campsite set
against a large shola forest. Settle into your cottage  tents before enjoying dinner around a campfire with your fellow travellers.

Day 23: Munnar

Wake up early for a spectacular sunrise over the Papathy Shola (Butterfly Forest). Escape the hustle
and bustle of city life as you explore the beautiful  surroundings. Embark on a cycling loop through the forest, as well as a Shola Mountain Trek!
Relax after an action-packed day as you watch the sunset over the nearby Anaerangal Lake. Get to know the locals who run the campsite as they whip up your final home-cooked meal. Enjoy your food as you sit around the campfire before heading to bed, ready for an early start tomorrow.

Day 24: Kochi

At 9am, you’ll head back to nearby Kochi, one of the most important Indian port cities during the 14th-  century spice trade.

After lunch, head to the water’s edge to view the stretch Chinese fishing boats. These unique  contraptions were introduced to the city by Chinese explorers in the 14th century. Some fishermen will even let you try them out if you ask nicely!
Continue on with your walking tour to the quaint  Jewish quarter. Be sure to observe its interesting  architecture as you wander.
Make a stop at Paradesi Synagogue, the last of the  seven synagogues in Kochi to still be used. Next, head to the nearby Mattancherry Palace, where you can learn about the history of the Rajas of Kochi in.
Finish your tour of the city with a visit to Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica.
End the day by watching a Kathakali show, one of
the major forms of classical Indian dance, filled with  elaborately colourful makeup, costumes and masks (350 INR). As an extra treat, head to the theatre an hour early and watch the actors paint their faces behind the scenes!

Day 25: Kochi

Today you’re venturing on a tour of the region’s
backwaters. Depart from the hostel at 8:30am and head to one of the villages outside the city. Take a tour of the village before climbing aboard a boat, as you explore the serene backwaters. Enjoy the local
delicacies at a nearby restaurant before heading back to the hostel.
For the final piece of evening entertainment on your trip watch a Kalaripayattu show and prepare to be amazed by the demonstration of this local martial arts form (350 INR).
Why not make the most of the time you have left with  your new travelling friends over a delicious spread of  food! (500-1000 INR)

day 26, Last day: Kochi

Say goodbye to your fellow travellers and reminisce
about the wonderful memories you have of your Indian  adventure, as you embark on your journey home!


Accommodation


Accommodation in hostels which meet our high standards. All hostels have their own unique Indian charm, and at the same time are safe, clean, and hygienic.

What is the standard of accommodation?

All of the hostels are clean, air-conditioned or have fans, are safe, have good showers, internet, washing machines and most importantly, have real Indian character. It is easy to make friends and fun to hang out in the lounge areas. If you would like to stay in a private room though, that is absolutely possible as well as we have room upgrades available at the time of purchase. However, most will opt for the standard hostel accommodation!

Do the hostels have WIFI?  Will I be able to keep in touch with friends and family while in Asia?

There is Wi-Fi and computers available for use in all hostels you stay in during your trip. You can also purchase an Indian SIM card very cheaply to stay in touch and your Adventure Leader can help you with this. Alternatively, the Indian Government has introduced a system for people to rent pre-paid phones with data, calls, Google Maps and helpful apps pre-installed.

Do I need a sleeping bag or is linen supplied in the hostels?

All bedding – including sleeping equipment for the Camel Safari desert camping – is provided.

Price

26 Days - 

USD 1899




What's Included?


  • Pre departure pack before travelling
  • Documentation for applying for a visa
  • English-speaking Adventure Leaders
  • Accommodation in hostels which meet our high standards. All hostels have their own unique Indian charm, and at the same time are safe, clean, and hygienic.
  • All train and bus tickets
  • Entry, transport and Adventures Leaders to some of India’s unmissable attractions, such as the Taj Mahal, a Camel Safari in the Thar Desert, and camping next to a shola forest (a full list of all unmissable activities is available).
  • All taxes and charges

What's Excluded?


  • Flights to and from India
  • Airport pick up: Upon request, airport pick-ups can be arranged. The price is 2250 INR
  • Aside from the many free unmissable activities, we also offer some extra activities which are great value for money, safe and fun.
  • Food and Drink – food and drinks are incredibly cheap in India, but even so, the tour guides still give you access to great discounts on food and drinks in the liveliest bars in town.
  • Any train/bus tickets for journeys made after the trip
  • Any hostels for after your trip has ended – if you require accommodation before or after your trip, we can help you book that! Just contact us at [email protected] Payments for these will need to be made along with your final trip payment.

Frequently Asked Questions



  • A visa is required for entering India. Check your local Indian Embassy. Note: You are responsible for the correct visa. Xtreme Gap Year cannot be held responsible for this.

    Once you’ve made your booking with us, we will send you detailed instructions on applying for your visa, a visa invitation letter and a detailed itinerary, and a number of other items in your booking packet.

    You will need at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India and at least two blank pages for stamping in your passport to get your visa. If this means getting a new passport then we will need to have a copy of your most recent passport as well as the one you booked with. You will also need proof of a return or onward journey ticket to be eligible for the e-Visa.

    The Indian government now offers 60-days e-Visas which you can apply for and pay for online and receive confirmation via email. Although the application is quick and easy, you should apply for your visa within three months of your travel start date to avoid any issues. For a full list of countries, more details and to apply, click here.

    How do I get a VISA if I’m away (abroad) from home?

    So long as you have access to the internet, and the required documentation, you can apply for an e-Visa online as usual.


    • We take you to see the absolute best of India. All-encompassing, packed itineraries give you access to the top must-see sites you’ve read about, as well as all the hidden, off-the-beaten-track destinations you haven’t.
    • Experience travelling with an amazing group of like-minded people – not just those travelling with you, but our expert, fun-loving guides too! They’ll show you their part of India their way.
    • Give something back by volunteering in the local community.
    • We have an excellent commitment to safety – we do the hard work keeping you safe, so you can enjoy yourself to the full.
    • Environmentally friendly and sustainable travel – we want these stunning places to exist for future generations.
    • We like to think of ourselves as open-minded people, and our tours are for open-minded people too. We welcome travellers of any age, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, gender and sexual orientation.
    • You will feel safe travelling with us, whatever your way of life – that means no judging and no harassing!

  • Each trip is different, but our travellers come from all over the world and from every background. Usually, for this trip, travellers are aged anywhere between 18 to 30 something, but we do get older customers joining. We fully embrace the backpacker attitude that everyone is very welcome. A typical trip would include solo travellers or friends who have just finished high school, couples on career breaks, students on university holidays, and solo travellers from all walks of life. The group normally speaks English but come from all over the world including the UK, Netherlands, North America, Australia and New Zealand, Mainland Europe, Israel and Brazil.


  • We require all our customers to have backpackers travel insurance when coming on the trip.

    Please bring details of your travel insurance along with you. In the event of an accident, we may need to contact your insurance company on your behalf, so we will need the insurance company’s name and phone number and your policy number.


  • First of all, you are responsible for the correct vaccinations. Xtreme Gap Year cannot be held responsible. At the time we published this programme the below was advised.

    the trip aims to enter no areas with tropical diseases. However, as with any backpacking trip, we urge you to seek advice from a travel nurse before departing your home country.

    • All travellers should be up to date with a full course of vaccination and boosters recommended by their governments. For UK regulations, click here.
    • Yellow Fever: The only vaccine required by international health regulations is Yellow Fever. Proof of vaccination against yellow fever is only required if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone within the six days prior to entering India.
    • Diphtheria: All travellers are strongly advised to be vaccinated
    • Hep A: All travellers to India should be vaccinated.
    • Typhoid: All travellers spending more than a week in India should be vaccinated.
    • Tetanus: All travellers are strongly advised to be vaccinated
    • Hep B: Sexually transmitted. All travellers to India should be vaccinated.
    • Japanese Encephalitis: Vaccination is recommended if you’re in rural areas for more than a month during summer months. As a company, we must urge you to take all precautions deemed necessary including the highest level of immunizations for safety reasons.
    • Malaria: Generally, malaria is a high risk only in the very eastern areas of India that and we do not go to these places, so it should not be a primary concern for you. However, as we mentioned above, we must advise you to err on the side of safety.
    • Rabies: Don’t need pre-vaccination per se.
    • Cholera: Only individuals who are considered ‘high risk’ are advised vaccines. Cholera is spread through consumption of contaminated water and food. It would be unusual for ‘non-high risk’ travellers to contract cholera if they take basic precautions with food and water and maintain a good standard of hygiene.

  • At its heart, the trip is an adventure tour of India, but you can make your trip as physically active (or inactive) as you want. Instead of hiking up around the Shola Forest, you could ask your Adventure Leader for a more relaxing activity!


  • Generally yes, but please do inform us of your specific requirements at the point of booking.


  • All of our Adventure Leaders have a fully equipped first aid kit with them at all times, but of course, there is no harm in bringing your own small one along. We also advise that you bring your own antihistamine, anti-diarrhoea, and painkillers if you think you’ll need them. These are available in all of the cities.


  • All Indian cities have hospitals and clinics in case of emergencies. With that being said, medical treatment is certainly more developed in the bigger cities, but regardless of where you are in India, medical treatment is available, and your Adventure Leader will always be on hand to help take you to a hospital if worse comes to worst.


  • The bags will be stored at the hostels where they are tagged and recorded. We have never had a case of anyone losing their luggage or having their luggage stolen so you can focus on having fun.


  • Yes! If you’d like to upgrade to a private room the prices are listed below. Just email us before your final payment is due to let us know you’d like to upgrade. The upgrade fee is for the room, not per person- i.e. if you are a couple upgrading, then you split this price between the two of you. Room upgrades include single, double and twin rooms.


  • You will be travelling in the sleeping carriages with beds on the overnight trains. We try to get all our travellers in the same compartment as well so that you can have fun getting to know each other better, playing some games, and even sharing a few drinks.


  • Upon request, airport pick-ups can be arranged. The price is 2250 INR. This service is available from and to the following airport locations: Delhi, Mumbai.

    For your safety, we highly recommend spending some extra money on an airport transfer service in Delhi, as taxi scams are common.


  • Each group will be accompanied by English speaking Adventure Leaders. All our adventure leaders have the passion and knowledge to ensure that they can help you have a great time in each destination.

    How experienced are they?  And will they be travelling with us?

    Each of our Adventure Leaders is an expert in their area – so actually you will have a different Adventure Leader in each location. At the end of the trip for each location they will either travel with you just on the train or see you off onto your train and another Adventure Leader will pick you right back up as soon as you get off your train.


  • Do I need to bring power converters?

    Yes! Indian electrical outlets are very unique so unless you are from Sri Lanka, you will need to bring an adaptor. India uses 230 Volts and the plug sockets are Type D, featuring three round pins. In some places across India, you can find the round, two pinned sockets, in which case a European plug will work. However, as it is not guaranteed your accommodation will have these, we would advise buying the three pinned adaptors to be sure.

    What should I pack for my trip?

    We strongly recommend packing very light. India has everything under the sun, so don’t fret too much if you left something behind, almost anything you’d conceivably need is available throughout India. You really need very little as you can wash clothes regularly in the hostels. As India is a relatively conservative country, you will have to dress a little differently to what you are used to at home.

    You will receive more info about that in our pre  departure information after you are all booked up

    Suitcase or backpack?

    A suitcase is OK, but a backpack/hold-all is much, much more convenient.

    Packing suggestions:

    We advise a rucksack of 50 – 70L but a suitcase is also fine. If necessary absolutely, arrangements can also be made to send things domestically, for an extra fee.

    • Flipflops
    • Sensible walking shoes
    • T-shirts
    • Shorts/skirts
    • Swimming costume
    • Lightweight waterproof
    • Towel
    • Washbag
    • Passport with India Visa
    • Indian rupee or credit/debit card
    • Student card if you have one, although it is not guaranteed to be accepted
    • Travel insurance policy
    • Photocopies of insurance policy, bank cards, passport photo page, visa
    • Books and other entertainments for the night trains
    • Mosquito repellent, sun-screen and after-sun
    • Camera and charger – India is a photographer’s dream!
    • Small first aid kit with medicine for diarrhoea, paracetamol, disinfectant etc.
    • A big bag and a small rucksack. We sometimes get separated from our big bags, so you’ll need to keep your valuables with you in a small bag.

    Bring electronic products at your own risk. Some customers choose to travel with iPhone, tablets and laptops, but although theft is extremely rare, there is petty crime in some areas we visit.


  • The Indian rupee is a heavily regulated currency, meaning you cannot exchange money before entering the country. It is recommended to arrive in India with a supply of cash in your own currency and exchanging it at a bureau de change at the airport. As India is a very cash-orientated country, we recommend only carrying a day’s worth of money on you when you’re out and about and hiding the rest in multiple safe places within your belongings at your accommodation. You will be able to withdraw more money at ATMs in each city, and your Adventure Leader will tell you when the next stop on the trip where you will be able to withdraw more cash is. However, it has been reported card including HSBC and Halifax, do not work at some ATM machines. We advise that you notify your bank that you will be travelling before you depart.


  • Food in India is very cheap. We advise you to budget 500-1000 INR per day for food in great local restaurants your Adventure Leader will take you to which we know are safe and tasty. If you want to eat cheaper than this, you can by eating simpler with a traditional Thali dish – a round platter of food, normally buffet style or all you can eat – which come in at around 100 INR.

    As an example of prices of everyday items: Tea – 5-10 INR, Coca-Cola – 20-30 INR, Samosas – 15-20 INR, Thali – 80-100 INR, Imported beer – 200 INR, Short taxi ride – 45-75 INR (Taxis are dependent on city. It can be cheaper and faster to take a tuk-tuk however you will need to haggle for a reasonable price).


  • Your Adventure Leader will always offer to take you for a group meal, where we go to a local restaurant, which we know is hygienic and has cheap and delicious food. These meals usually work out at 500 INR (£5/$5.90) per person, but if you do want to eat cheaper, you can always grab a traditional Thali meal for around 100 INR (£1/$1.30). If you are craving Western food, then there are lots of great options!


  • One of the best parts of travelling in India is definitely the food! With its diverse mix of different cuisines, food throughout the country can be vastly different but fear not- with literally thousands of options, India has something for everyone, even the pickiest or most adventurous of eaters.

    I’m vegetarian/have allergies – will I be able to get the right food?

    Yes! With so many food choices, India can meet the needs of individuals with special dietary needs or requests. Just tell your Adventure Leader and they can help you find something suitable. You will probably discover a new dish that you love!


  • Typically, the answer is yes, as long as your cell phone has been unlocked for international usage. However, the Indian government has tightened laws on issuing SIM cards to foreigners. For travellers wishing to use their own cell phone while in India, you can bring a handset that’s unlocked and then purchase an inexpensive prepaid SIM card from one of the airport kiosks. Or you can purchase one from one of India’s top three mobile phone providers (Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance) directly from their retail outlets. However, this process will require you to bring a lot of documentation, including your passport, 2 colour passport photos, a copy of your Indian visa, proof of address and proof of accommodation in India. SIM cards can also be recharged at most convenient stores. Typically purchased SIM cards can be used for domestic calls, texting and 3G/4G data.

    A much simpler option would be to use a new system introduced by the Indian Government called Trabug. This provides you with a rented phone, with data, calls, Google Maps and helpful apps pre-installed on the phone. All information and data is whipped once the phone is returned.


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