Discover both colourful cities and rural life in Rajasthan

Dive into India on this 11-day Lonely Planet Experience, and discover a wide range of cultural highlights in a relatively short amount of time. From the spiritual centre of Varanasi to the chaotic capital of Delhi, this journey is perfect for travellers who want local guidance and unique included experiences without sacrificing the freedom to explore independently. Witness the beauty of the Taj Mahal, feel enlightened on a boat trip along the River Ganges, and get the royal treatment during a 16th-century heritage stay. Bring an open mind and an open heart and plunge headfirst into this utterly captivating destination.

Book early and secure your place for 2024 with prices starting at only €565 per person.

Our local leaders will give you unique insights and take you to places that only the locals know about.

All our trips are carbon offset and help you to give back to local communities you visit along the way.

Why you'll love this trip

With so much going on in the chaotic capital of Delhi, a local leader is a must. Get to know the city with your leader helping you navigate.

Have your expectations smashed by the spectacular Taj Mahal during a guided tour that illuminates the building’s fascinating back story.

Spend sunrise along the holy Ganges River in Varanasi, watching thousands of Hindu pilgrims bathe in the water as the sun soaks everything in warm light.

Tordi Garh is a place few travellers get to see, but you’ll stay in this rural Rajasthani village in style during a night at a 16th-century palace.

Travelling across India wouldn’t be complete without a journey on a sleeper train. With padded bunks for comfort and vendors selling chai and samosas, it’s a quintessential Indian experience.

Is this trip right for you?

This is a Lonely Planet Experience powered by Intrepid, made for travellers who value their independence but also want the benefit of a local leader and a group of like-minded travellers. The itinerary has a mix of included activities and free time where your leader will offer suggestions you can take or leave. Please budget spending money for optional activities.

The regions visited on this trip can be extreme in temperature. It’s important to prepare for hot temperatures during the day and cooler climates in the evening. Rajasthan, in particular, can be very hot, especially in the summer. Light layers are the best way to tackle changeable weather.

Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. For temple visits on this trip, you will need to wear clothes that cover the arms and pants or skirts that go past the knees.

This trip involves some long train rides, including a couple of overnight trains. The train journey from Delhi to Varanasi is approximately 13 hours, while the trip from Varanasi to Agra takes 11 hours. Sleeper trains are clean and air-conditioned and a great way to travel long distances while still getting maximum time in each place. Beds are padded berths with sheets, pillow and blanket provided (although some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet). Please note that you may be sharing with locals of other genders. For your own security, take a lock for your hand luggage. Sleeper train journeys in and out of Varanasi can be subject to long delays because of weather conditions, including heavy rain or fog.

Your flights are not included but can be arranged by your agent

Easy payment options - contact us for more details

Contact us on 046 9068600 / 0818 333 990 or email



Day 1: Delhi

Day 2: Delhi - Overnight Train

Day 3: Varanasi

Day 4: Varanasi

Day 5: Varanasi - Overnight Train

Day 6: Agra

Day 7: Tordi Garh

Day 8: Jaipur

Day 9: Jaipur

Day 10: Delhi

Day 11: Delhi



From €565 pp

Price includes:


Auto rickshaw, Cycle rickshaw, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Jeep


heritage property (3 nights), Hotel (5 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)

Included activities:

Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking tour
Delhi - Jama Masjid
Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
Varanasi - Leader-led Old City walking tour
Varanasi - Sunrise Ganges boat trip
Agra - Taj Mahal
Jaipur - Leader-led walking & market tour
Jaipur - Amber Fort

Your flights are not included but can be arranged 

Easy payment options - contact us for more details

Contact us on 046 9068600 / 0818 333 990 or email

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