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North India Explorer

India - Trip code QIN Discovery
Days 16
Deposit From €123
Price from €1233
Flights not included

Why book this trip?

This trip covers the diverse cities and landscapes of one of the most culturally rich regions in India as we travel by train, bus and even sail on a traditional boat on the mighty Ganges. From the crowded markets and important buildings in the capital of Delhi to the historically rich Kolkata, this journey packs in a wealth of highlights.

  • Beyond the Golden Triangle - As well as seeing Delhi, Agra & Jaipur, we journey to Pushkar for a camel safari and discover the historical riches of the lake city of Udaipur
  • Ganges River sailing - Cruise on India's most sacred river, otherwise known as the 'Ganga' and camp under the stars on its banks
  • Varanasi and Kolkata - Experience the Ganga Aarti ceremony on the ghats of the Ganges and spend some free time in colonially influenced Kolkata
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 12

    Lunch: 1

    Dinner: 1

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader

    Boat Crew


  • Transport


    Public Bus




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    1 nights simple camping

    4 nights comfortable hotel

    7 nights simple hotel

    3 nights simple overnight train

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    Trip pace:

    Full on

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    Group Size:

    8 - 14


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join trip in Delhi

Arrive in New Delhi, India's bustling capital which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Amidst the tall and modern skyscrapers, there are still the remnants of a bygone time with numerous monuments and temples.

For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 2.00pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. There are no other activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Delhi at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport (airport code DEL), which is 20km, around one hour from our hotel. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

If your flight arrives earlier in the day, perhaps you might choose to explore the nearby Hauz Khaz district which has narrow lanes, handicraft shops and 700 year old ruins, perfect to stretch your legs and soak up the sights and smells of India.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: None

Day 2 - Optional Old Delhi tour. Overnight train to Udaipur

This morning you have the opportunity to join a guided tour (optional) to see the sights of Old Delhi. A great way of travelling around this city is by metro or cycle rickshaw (please note that these transport costs are an additional cost).This former capital was founded in the 17th century by Moghul emperor Shahjahan. It includes a magnificent blend of architectural splendour and vibrant chaos, the very image of an Indian city all of which is centred on the bustling Chandi Chowk Bazaar. On this tour, you'll see the bazaar and the spectacular Jami Masjid Mosque, the largest in India and Shahjahan's magnificent swan song. We will meet back at the hotel later to then transfer to the Nizamuddin station where we will board an overnight train to take us to the beautiful lakeside city of Udaipur.


Grade: Simple Overnight Train

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 3 - Arrive Udaipur

Arriving early this morning, we travel to the hotel by taxis/auto rickshaws. Once settled in, we will explore this city on foot. Set before the serene backdrop of forested hills this is without doubt one of Rajasthan's most elegant and sublime settings: a city of temples, palaces and gardens that is considered by many to be amongst the most beautiful in the state. Founded in 1559, by Maharaja Udai Singh II, today it encompasses some of the finest architectural examples of Rajput design and excess anywhere in India. Your tour will take in the lakeside ghats and the dhobi wallahs, who come down to the shore to wash clothes before the setting of Udaipur's regal grandeur. We will also visit the intricate carvings of the Jagdish Temple, home to a black stone image of Vishnu as Lord of the Universe, before moving on to view the exterior of the City Palace, one of Udaipur's most iconic buildings. Over the next 2 days there will be ample opportunity to re-visit some of these places in your own time.


Grade: Simple Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: None

Day 4 - Free day in Udaipur

In a state filled with testaments to a golden age of Indian nobility, the City Palace is the largest of its kind in Rajasthan, a magnificent edifice of towers and cupolas, halls and balconies that overlooks the waters of Pichola Lake. There is the option today to visit this extraordinary setting. Other possibilities for today include a boat trip on Lake Pichola or you can hire a bike and venture into the surrounding countryside. This is a great way of seeing the contrast in local life between the village and city. Other alternatives further afield include visits to the Eklingi Temple, whilst a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola, presents this idyllic setting in all its glory. Please be aware that during the dry season the water levels on the lake can drop considerably, and in the event of a poor monsoon season can dry up completely.


Grade: Simple Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 5 - AM train to Ajmer. Transfer to Pushkar by jeep

A morning train takes us on to the city of Ajmer, a famous Muslim pilgrimage centre that is home to the tomb of a 13th century Sufi saint. Our train should get us into the city around lunchtime. From here we then drive by jeep to the nearby town of Pushkar, an important Hindu pilgrimage place which is the setting each autumn for one of the most famous camel fairs in Rajasthan. Set besides the shores of Lake Pushkar, to the north-west of Ajmer, this tranquil little town is one of the oldest in India and is referred to as one of the 5 sacred dhams of the Hindus, boasting one of the few temples to Brahma - the Hindu god of creation, that can be seen anywhere on the planet. This afternoon has been left free to enjoy at your leisure.


Grade: Simple Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 6 - In Pushkar

For those that wish, this morning offers a chance to take a hike up into the nearby hills to watch the sunrise from the Savitri temple (optional). Dedicated to Brahma's first wife, the temple lies at the end of a long series of steps that run behind the Brahma Temple and from its lofty vantage point the views out across to the lake and the surrounding desert offer a breathtaking setting from which to watch the arriving dawn. The rest of the day is then free to explore a little more of Pushkar, taking in its lake or visiting some of its colourful bazaars, before the opportunity to take a late afternoon optional camel safari out into the desert.


Grade: Simple Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 7 - AM local bus to Jaipur. PM orientation tour

Catching a local bus this morning we head for the fabulous \ Pink City\ of Jaipur, a city steeped in the rich heritage of the Rajput princes. The journey should take around 3 hours and on arrival we will transfer to the hotel by taxi. Being the capital of the state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is considered by many to be one of the finest planned cities anywhere. The usual Indian urban chaos is replaced with wide streets and formal gardens.

This afternoon we have planned an orientation tour of this city on foot, following which you might like to take in the unique majesty of the Hawa Mahal, the famous \ Palace of the Winds\ , whose extraordinary facade of red and pink sandstone towers some five storeys above the city streets. Other options include the remarkable 18th century observatory of Jantar Mantar, the fascinating creation of Maharaja Jai Singh II, which houses a collection of astronomical instruments capable of measuring time to an accuracy of 2 seconds, including the largest sundial in the world. Another alternative is a visit to the opulent splendour of the City Palace, a rich fusion of Moghul and Rajasthani design that houses an armoury and a museum that is home to a dazzling array of costumes, manuscripts and inlaid grandeur.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 8 - AM optional visit to Amber Fort

This morning there's the chance to pay an optional visit by taxi or rickshaw to the once mighty Rajput capital of Amber and its magnificent fortress. Lying at the mouth of a rocky mountain gorge, overlooking Maotha Lake, the fort is a stunning creation of white marble and red sandstone that contains a dazzling mix of Hindu and Muslim ornamentation, including the breathtaking mirrored halls of the Sheesh Mahal. Today it presents visitors with a staggering insight into the lives of the Rajput rulers. The rest of the day is free for personal activities.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 9 - AM train to Agra. PM free

An early morning transfer to the railway station sees us catching the train to Agra, once the capital of the Moghul Empire. Littered with some of the country's most opulent and spectacular buildings, Agra provides a perfect setting for some fascinating sightseeing. The rest of the day has been left free to enjoy at your own pace. One option for the afternoon is take an optional tour of the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Founded in 1569, it was for a brief time the capital of the Moghuls under Akbar the Great. However, the city was then deserted just 16 years later following the emperor's death. Today it remains a ghostly testament to the majesty and power of 16th century Moghul India and presents a perfectly preserved example of an imperial court.


Grade: Simple Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 10 - In Agra. Overnight train to Allahabad

This morning we make an early start and take a rickshaw ride to visit one of the most universally recognised buildings on earth; The Taj Mahal. Built by the emperor Shahjahan to honour the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, it was once described by Rudyard Kipling as 'the embodiment of all things pure'. Built of marble and decorated with the most exquisite inlay work, it required the labours of 20,000 men and is estimated to have cost something in the region of 3 million rupees (at today's prices around $70 million).

Here, you can watch the sunrise over this iconic masterpiece before breakfast, after which the rest of the day is free to enjoy as you wish. You may also like to visit the city's imposing fort, whose grandeur and importance has seen it inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Another recommendation is the exquisite Itimad-ud-Daulah on the east bank of the river, a 17th century tomb built for the Emperor Jehangir's chief minister, which mirrors the marble majesty of the more famous Taj Mahal (hence its rather apt title of 'Baby Taj'). There is also a possibility of returning to the Taj Mahal, to watch the sunset later this afternoon, before we catch the overnight train to Allahabad.

Please note: There is currently a restoration project taking place at the Taj Mahal, which involves applying a mud pack to the outer walls of the monument. In order to carry out the work, temporary scaffolding is being erected around the minarets and portions of the main dome. The work is being carried out in phases and is expected to continue until January 2017.


Grade: Simple Overnight Train

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 11 - Arrive Allahabad. Drive to Batoli Ghat and board boats

We arrive in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh early this morning and, after a chance to freshen up in a nearby hotel, we continue by road to Batoli Ghat on the shores of the sacred Ganges. Boarding our boats in the afternoon, we then begin our two day journey to Varanasi, drifting downstream in traditional crafts towards the historic walls of Chunar Fort. Overlooking the waters of the Ganges, the fort is steeped in five centuries of Indian history, providing us with a fascinating place to stop and explore, before we continue on to our simple overnight camp on the sandy beaches that line the banks of the river.

Camping Batoli Ghat

For our overnight stop we camp on a sandbank in the middle of the Ganges in 2-man tents. The actual location we use will vary according to local conditions, but wherever we stop you'll be able to relax over dinner and gaze up at the stars before retiring to bed. The wild camping is a simple but unique experience and toilets are a basic set up in a single pop up tent.


Grade: Simple Camping

Meals Provided: Dinner

Day 12 - Sail to Varanasi

We set sail again this morning, passing through a rural landscape of timeless villages and ageless landscapes and on towards the holy city of Varanasi. We hope to stop at the school in Sherpa village, before ending our journey at the Asi Ghat in Varanasi, from where we transfer to our hotel by taxi. One of the oldest Hindu pilgrimage centres in India, Varanasi is believed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on earth with its age making it contemporary with the ancient Thebes and Babylon. Lying on the banks of the scared River Ganges, it is steeped in the lore and traditions of Hinduism, and since its inception as one of the principal centres of Shiva worship some 1200 years ago, it has attracted devotees from across the world to its myriad of temples and ghats. Believed by many to be the place where the material and spiritual worlds cross, countless thousands come here to cleanse themselves along the banks of the Ganges and partake in the rituals of Aarti. This evening there should be an opportunity to attend an optional classical music performance.


Grade: Simple Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 13 - In Varanasi

This morning there is the chance to take an optional dawn boat ride along the Ganges. Here you will see the city bathed at first light and pilgrims performing the puja ceremony to the newly awaking sun. Or you can make a trip by taxi to the nearby site of Sarnath - one of the holiest sites in Buddhism. This is where the Buddha preached his first sermon following his attainment of enlightenment. This remarkable site is home to the Dharmarajka Stupa and the Dhamekh Stupa, the spot where Buddha first adopted the teachings that were to form the very principles of the Buddhist faith. The entire area constitutes the most expansive collection of Buddhist temples and monasteries on earth and represents one of the four holiest Buddhist sites in the world. Late afternoon in Varanasi provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy an evening sunset boat ride along the sacred Ganges, hopefully catching sight of the local priests performing the revered Aarti ceremonies. Varanasi can boast some 80 or so riverfront ghats, including a number of 'burning ghats' where public cremations take place along the water's edge. Please be aware that photography is forbidden at the cremation ceremonies.


Grade: Simple Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 14 - In Varanasi. Overnight train to Kolkata

Today is a free day to explore. You may like to take the time to see the old city and the river-front by taxi, bicycle and rickshaw, or perhaps immerse yourself into the eclectic mayhem of the city's narrow streets and alleyways, a truly unforgettable experience that provides an incredible insight into traditional Indian life. Later this afternoon board an overnight train to Kolkata.


Grade: Simple Overnight Train

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 15 - Arrive Kolkata.

Once the capital of British India, Kolkata (Calcutta) has had a turbulent past. It was central to the struggle for Indian independence and thousands of Bengali refugees came here at the start of the 1900's. It is a city of striking contrasts and can be overwhelming initially, but the unusual sights, pungent smells and the chaotic sounds of the country's second largest city are an experience unique to India. Arriving early morning, the rest of the day is free to explore. You could visit St John's Church and the many historic Raj buildings around Dalhousie Square. Or you can take in the Jain and Kali temples or the magnificent marble dome of the Victoria memorial, which is where the grandeur of European and Mughal influences come together in a blaze of white marble. There is also the flower market and clay modeller's village of Kumartuli, where the potters spend all year creating a wealth of images and idols for the annual festivals.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: None

Day 16 - Trip ends in Kolkata (Calcutta)

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Kolkata.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Kolkata at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to depart from Kolkata Airport (CCU), which is around one hour from the hotel.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Trip information

Country information



There is considerable variation between the different regions of India but, in general, the climate is tropical. Summer temperatures on the plains are very hot, but cooled by the South-West Monsoon, which lasts from June- September. During these months it can be very wet and therefore very humid. At altitude, temperatures can become quite cool at night even in the summer and may drop below freezing between December and February so warm clothing is necessary. In the winter, northern and mid India can be very cool, with cold evenings, so warm clothing, including plenty of layers, are essential. The south of India remains warm and sunny during the winter months.

Time difference to GMT



3 Pin Round


Catholicism, Hindu, Islam and Sikhism


Hindi and English.

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.

Old Delhi by metro and rickshaw 300 INR. Jami Masjid shoe cover charge - 20INR
Udaipur - Boat hire on Lake Pichola - 915 INR, Bike hire 500 INR - , City palace entrance charges 365 INR. Tuk-tuk 300 INR one way.
Pushkar - Camel Safari 500 INR
Jaipur - Rickshaw for visit to City Palace and Hawa Mahal 200 INR, City Palace entrance 700 INR, Observatory entrance 220 INR ,
Hawa Mahal entrance 220INR Excursion to Amber Fort by car 500INR, Entrance to Amber Fort 550 INR
Agra - Rickshaw to Agra Fort (return) 250 INR Entrance fee to Agra Fort 650INR Rickshaw to 'Baby Taj' 400 INR Entrance fee to 'Baby Taj' 320 INR Taxi to Fatehpur Sikri 800-1000 INR (one way sharing basis)
Fatehpur Sikri entrance fee 640 INR.
Varanasi - Sunrise visit to the Ghats by boat 600 INR (sharing basis), Sunset Arti Ceremoni by boat 600 INR, Sarnath entrance fee 305 INR & tuk tuk 250 INR one way
Kolkata - Taxi to Flower Market & Clay Modellers village 600-800 INR (sharing basis)


In general only lightweight clothing is needed during the day, but bring warmer clothing for the winter evenings from mid November to mid February, (esp. December and January) when a windproof jacket and several warm layers are also recommended. Hotel heating arrangements are not on a par with UK standards and from December to February thermals may be useful. Local people may be offended by western styles of dress and brief shorts tight fitting clothing etc. should be avoided by both men and women.


Comfortable shoes & sandals



Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage and daypack. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage so don't overload yourself. It is possible at most stations to pay porters to carry your bags to and from the train however please be aware that the costs can seem high in comparison to other services. Most train stations have several sets of stairs to reach the platforms. It is worth packing light so you can carry everything yourself.


Tents (with mosquito screens), mattresses and 2 blankets per passenger are provided locally for the Ganges river camp - we recommend briging your own sleep sheet or lightweight bag. Bring a torch and a personal water bottle.


Explore leader
Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. However, you might want to recognise a leader that's done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It's a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we'd recommend between £15 to £20 per person per week as a guideline
Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, your leader may organise a group's tips kitty for included activities and meals and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.
Accordingly, you should allow GBP35, approx. 3'000 Indian Rupees for group tipping.
For all non-included services and meals on your trip please tip independently at your discretion.


Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

Lunch price
Dinner price
Beer price
Water price
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Indian Rupee Recently new 500 and 2000 rupee notes have been bought in to circulation and as the old notes are no longer accepted there have been some cash flow issues. You don't need to worry about being given old notes as it's very easy to tell the difference, the new notes are pristine in comparison with most Indian money which is fairly tatty.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
GBP/US$ are the best currency to change into local currency.
Where To Exchange
The Indian rupee is a restricted currency and it is best not to obtain in the UK as rates are very poor. You can either change money at the airport on arrival or in major towns during the tour. Your Tour Leader will advise you on the best places in each town. Both GBP and USD cash are easy to exchange at the airport and at hotels however you will be restricted to changing £60 cash at a time and it's not possible to change money at these locations using a credit or debit card.
ATM Availability
ATMs are available in most large cities in India but they are very limited elsewhere so please do not rely on this.
Credit Card Acceptance
Very rarely, only in the larger outlets.
Travellers Cheques
Opportunities to exchange are limited.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Boat, Public Bus, Rickshaw, Taxi, Train

Accommodation notes

Accommodation in India is as varied as the country itself. On our tours we stay in a mix of hotels, heritage properties, camp sites and homestays. Standards do not equate to standards 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 and if you feel the cold you may wish to ask for extra blankets. 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.

Essential Information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

India: Visas are required for citizens of the UK, Australia, New Zealand, US and Canada and can be obtained in the form of an e-visa. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

The e-visa can be applied for through the official Indian government visa website only - . Please check all eligibility criteria that can be found on the website but important points are listed below -

You must be arriving into one of 28 selected entry points which can be found via the official Indian Government website link above. However, you can exit from any of the authorised immigration check posts in India.

Passports must have at least 6 months validity from the date of arrival in India and at least two blank pages for stamping. Visa applications will take approximately 4 days to process.
There are different validity visas and the costs are as follows:

30-day validity (travelling between April and June) - $10
30-day validity (travelling between July and March) - $25
1-year validity - $40
5-year validity- $80

Those applying for a 30 day electronic visa can only apply within 30 days of arrival for your visa to be valid. Furthermore double entry is permitted and you can only obtain two 30-day visas in a calendar year.

Please note these costs are subject to frequent change so you should check on the official Indian government visa website mentioned above. Biometric data will be collected on arrival in India.

If you are not eligible for the e-Tourist Visa, please refer to VFS Global to apply for your Indian visa -

Whilst the online form offers a relatively quick way to apply for a visa, some applicants have reported difficulty in completing the form. If you do require assistance, then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. They can complete the online visa on your behalf for a fee of £30 + the visa cost. See to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.


Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.

Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  

For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here


It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.

Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.


Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.



Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against Tetanus, Infectious Hepatitis, Typhoid and Polio. Please consult your travel clinic for the latest advice on Malaria, Dengue and Zika Virus. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Transport Information
Travelling on an Indian train is a fantastic experience, with millions using the rail network every day it is the perfect opportunity to meet local families.

For all the train journeys on our trips, we will reserve your seats/berths in advance in 2nd  class with air conditioning.  Whilst we'll try to ensure the group is all together, due to overwhelming demand and the system for booking train tickets in India, it may not always be possible to have everyone in the same carriage and some reservations may be in 3rd class. In such cases our Tour Leaders will help everyone to find their seats and ensure you get the most out of your journey.  For overnight trains, each berth is separated by curtains and has 4/6 bunk beds.  Bedding (sheet, blanket and pillow) is provided but you may wish to bring your own sleeping liner for added comfort.  Train travel in India is safe and civilised but for added security whilst you sleep it may be a good idea to bring a bike lock for your bags.  If you do not wish to carry one with you, your tour leader can help you to purchase one locally before your train journey.

Please note that in January train journeys can sometimes be affected by fog.  This may result in some last minute changes to the itinerary. In this eventuality we will endeavour to stick to the itinerary as closely as possible and will cover any extra costs incurred.

In order to make reservations on Indian trains and guarantee the smooth operation of your trip, we require your full passport details. It is important that we receive these details as soon as possible so we are ready to make the arrangements as soon as train tickets are available to buy.

Dates, prices and booking

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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule are customers who are booked on a trip where the joining and/or ending point is the airport or station. In this particular case there will be a specific time provided for when the trip starts and ends. On these particular trips, only one arrival and departure transfer will generally be provided for the whole group. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Time and place
14:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
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