Highlights of Northern India

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Unique wildlife, fascinating culture and spectacular Moghul architecture

Northern India conjures up memorable and colourful images of turbans, saris, flavoursome curries and rickshaws. We visit the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, home to the wonderful former Maharaja's Palace and the splendid hilltop Amber Fort. Agra and the serene Taj Mahal are not to be missed and fully live up to expectations. An early morning boat ride through the mist along the ghats of Varanasi is probably the most sensory intoxicating excursion in India and is both fascinating and deeply moving – an experience only equalled by spotting a tiger in Ranthambore National Park.


  • See the unforgettable Taj Mahal
  • Search for the elusive tiger
  • Meander along the Ganges at Varanasi
  • Sample flavoursome and familiar curries

Key information

  • 6 nights hotels, all en suite, 2 nights air-conditioned sleeper trains
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by air-conditioned private bus and train

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 1 lunch included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 


  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    Flights usually depart London in the evening.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Delhi; transfer to Jaipur.

    Those who are on the group flights will land in Delhi in the morning. Those not on the group flights will need to be at the start hotel by 9am (or at the airport when the group land). A local representative will meet Land Only clients at the start hotel and provide a transfer to the airport where we meet clients arriving on the group flight. Once everyone has arrived we will then depart on the drive to Jaipur, which may take between 5-7 hours depending upon traffic conditions.
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 3

    Visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and the Amber Fort; free time for exploring.

    Built in the late 18th century, Jaipur is a planned city of broad avenues built of sandstone and painted pink at a later stage. We visit the City Palace in the centre of Jaipur, formerly the residence of the Maharaja, now a fine museum containing rare manuscripts, paintings, royal garments and weapons. Close to the palace is one of the most intriguing sights of India, the observatory of Jai Singh. This is an assembly of immense astronomical instruments made of marble and brass set in a pleasant garden. We will also see Jaipur's impressive landmark, the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. We then visit the impressive and splendid Amber Fort, a few miles from the main city, rising above a lake. Jaipur is a centre of many handicrafts, such as durries (woven rugs), carpets, printed cloth, semi-precious stones, leatherwear etc. It will be difficult to leave a workshop without buying anything!
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    To Ranthambore; afternoon game drive in search of elusive tiger.

    We wind our way through the villages of rural India to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (approx. 5 hr drive); we stay in a hotel not far from the park entrance and make 2 game drives into the park, one in the late afternoon and one the following morning. Ranthambore is one of India's tiger reserves under Project Tiger. After initial success, poaching has drastically reduced the tiger population and the chance of spotting a tiger is small, but many Exodus groups have seen tigers over the last few years. There is other wildlife to spot such as several species of deer, crocodiles and bird life including purple heron, kingfishers, cormorants, parakeets, jacanda, waders and partridges.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Morning game drive; drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri.

    In the morning we take our second game drive, trying to find that elusive tiger, before we start our journey to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri is the Emperor Akbar's deserted royal city. This impressive and well-preserved citadel became his capital in 1571, after the blessing of a local Moslem holy man correctly predicted the birth of a longed-for son, his successor the Emperor Jehangir. The mosque, designed to hold ten thousand worshippers, the palaces, residences and halls of audience are all made of decorative red sandstone. But this magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in 1584 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri to secure his outlying territories, leaving this city much as we see it today – in perfect condition. This is another very full but rewarding day. Total driving time approx. 7 hrs.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Visit the incredible Taj Mahal and Agra Fort; overnight train to Varanasi.

    Today we will rise early to visit the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal at sunrise which was built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. The Taj is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor; the white marble exterior changes colour according to the position of the sun during the day and is matched by the rich interior detail. Within striking distance is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar, third of the Moghul Emperors, whose mighty sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his sons and successors, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. It is here that the latter spent his last years, imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb. Later in the day we will transfer to Agra train station and join the overnight sleeper train to Varanasi.

    Sleeper Train

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Relax and enjoy the wonders of Varanasi.

    We arrive in Varanasi during the morning and transfer to our hotel. Varanasi, located on the river Ganges, is one of the holiest cities in India and stands at the centre of the Hindu Universe. As such, the city lives and breathes Hinduism: there are thousands of pilgrims, wandering holy men (Sadhus), religious elders and casual visitors. It is a city to get immersed in by exploring its maze of narrow lanes and the many temples and watching the Hindu ceremonies that take place around the clock. There is time to explore the emporiums specialising in silks and brocades or maybe take a massage by the banks of the Ganges. Your leader can organise various optional sightseeing trips during your 2 days here.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Dawn boat ride on the Ganges visiting the bathing ghats; overnight train to Delhi.

    Just before dawn, we take a boat out on the Ganges to witness the extraordinary spectacle on the ghats, the steps leading down to the river. Every day thousands of Hindu pilgrims come to these three miles of riverbank to soak in the holy waters. The rest of the day is free to continue exploring the city, relax at the hotel or go on optional sightseeing excursions. In the late afternoon we board the overnight train back to Delhi. Sleeper Train

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Arrive Delhi; free for optional sightseeing.

    We arrive in Delhi during the morning where we will transfer to our hotel. Today you are free to relax or explore the sites of New and Old Delhi (an optional sightseeing trip will be organised if you wish). Recommended sites are the Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, Jama Masjid (India's largest mosque), Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) and Raj Ghat. For last minute shopping, we recommend the market area of Chandni Chowk or Karol Bagh. 
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Fly to London.

    Those on the flight inclusive package will depart for the airport this morning for the daytime flight back to London; Land Only arrangements will finish after check-out from the hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Post-trip Extensions

Goa Extension

Code: XIC

A visit to Goa is an excellent way to begin or end your stay in India. The state of Goa was a Portuguese colony from 1510 until it was returned to India in 1961. Goa became a meeting place of east and west, where merchants could buy and sell pearls, rubies, coral, silks, Chinese porcelain and exotic spices. These days Goa is an idyllic place, with tropical white sandy beaches and palm-fringed shorelines.

The five-day extension starts and ends at Goa Airport. A more detailed itinerary can be found here.

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

Essential Info



Visas are required if you are British and for most other nationalities. For UK residents full details of the visa process can be found here. Other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies.

If your trip visits Ladakh, in the very north of India, or Sikkim in the northeast, do not mention this on your Indian visa application. This can sometimes slow down or even cause the embassy to reject your visa.

When you reach immigration, you are required to pick up an immigration form. If you have an e-visa, ensure you stand in the correct queue - please follow the signs to the e-visa booth (in Delhi this is at the back of the immigration hall). You will need to fill out an additional form at the booth - please make sure that you have the details of your start hotel ready (these details can be found on your Final Joining Instructions).




There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please see the TRIP NOTES for further information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 1 lunch are included in this trip.

India is famous for its food and there is ample chance to try various curries such as the familiar tandoori, biriyani and rogan josh. If you are a vegetarian, India is a great destination. There are wonderful desserts and excellent beers, soft drinks and Indian specialities such as lassi, a refreshing yoghurt drink.

You should allow at least £15-25 (approx. US$20 - US$35) per day for lunch and dinner. You can eat out very cheaply in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants most of the time, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In most of the towns there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western food. Please note that service in restaurants can be quite slow. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A (large!) bottle of beer is approximately £3 (approx. US$4).

Mineral water is widely available, but drinking water is provided in a large container in the bus in order to reduce our use of plastic, so please bring your own water bottle with you to refill. 


Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)

This holiday is designed so that you can see the best parts of Northern India in a short period of time. Therefore this is generally a fast-paced itinerary and please bear in mind that once everyone has arrived in Delhi we will then depart on the drive to Jaipur, which may take between 5-7 hours depending upon traffic conditions. We recommend an extra night in Delhi at the start of the trip if you'd prefer not to do this journey after your flight.

You should be prepared for some long days and some early starts. The times stated in the trip notes are actual driving times and do not include photo, tea, comfort or lunch breaks. Journeys can sometimes take longer due to local traffic or road damage after the monsoon. During December and January departures, fog is common and this can sometimes slow us down. These departures may also experience severe train delays or cancellations. If a severe delay occurs, the group will travel overnight on a private comfortable bus instead. In the rare event of not being able to travel by bus at night because of severe fog, and flying is also not an option, we have an alternative itinerary in place where we visit Bharatpur, Deeg Palace and Mathura instead of Varanasi. However, this scenario is rare.

There is a lot to see in the time you are in India, but everything is scheduled so that it doesn't feel too rushed. You should come armed for an experience: India can be hard work and the heat and the bustle of some of the cities can be a little overwhelming. That said, there are places where you can find peace and this is one of the few places in the world from where you will return armed with great stories and memories to last a lifetime.

Please note that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is responsible for the conservation of many monuments in India, including the Taj Mahal, and very occasionally this may mean that work is taking place at sites visited on this trip. The ASI’s schedule is never published so it is not possible to forewarn our clients of when work will be taking place.

Holi and Diwali Festivals

Some departures will be in India during the festivals of Holi and Diwali. They are great festivals to witness and some very minor itinerary alterations may be made locally in order to make the most of these occasions. Holi celebrations typically involve people throwing coloured water at each other and smearing powder on each other's faces. This is accompanied by dancing, music and traditional Holi sweets such as Ghujiya and Bhanng. It's a riot of colours as the powder bursts into the sky. During Diwali, the festival of lights, people typically light up their houses, shops and streets, and celebrate on the streets with fireworks.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Hotels & Overnight Trains

6 nights hotels, 2 nights air-conditioned sleeper trains.

The hotels used are standard city tourist hotels (2 or 3-star, local rating). All rooms have en suite facilities. Service and amenities are generally adequate.

Single accommodation (from GBP125) excludes sleeper trains.

Overnight trains

These are booked in 2-tier (or 3-tier if 2-tier is not available) sleeper A/C. There are many excellent trains in India but the standard of seating and sleeping is not in line with European standards. All seats are pre-allocated at the time the tickets are issued, meaning that we cannot guarantee the whole group are together on the train; your leader will manage this as best as possible and will always check on you during the journey. Indian trains are safe to travel on but we recommend that you keep valuables with you at all times. Snacks are often offered on board (at an additional cost). Whilst some trains have western-style facilities, the majority of services are equipped with squat toilets. Please note trains are sometimes delayed for reasons beyond our control, particularly in December and January when fog is common, but we endeavour to minimise the impact of these delays on the overall journey.


Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

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  • Reviewed October 2018
    Jane Nelson

    My etna

    Excellent brake saw lots great experiance

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Going up Stromboli and mt etna

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was excellent he was very good at explaining the volcanos
  • Reviewed April 2018
    Jean Pollard

    Magical and crazy in equal measure!

    This trip is not for the faint hearted and although it is classed as 'leisurely' there is a bit of walking in high temperature and lots of steps, especially at the train stations. Most mornings were 05.30 start with many hours transferring between places either by air con. mini bus or sleeper train. The hotels ranged from ok to wonderful. The sights were beautiful and historically interesting. Our guide was excellent and very proud of his country and his religion. All the cities are traffic heavy specially with local tuk tuks, the noise is deafening from all the horns hooting, it is very dusty and sometimes smelly. Tuk tuk rides are exhilirating and frightening but glad we did it! If you don't like curry (I tried really hard) food that is available in the places the guide takes you to is limited but ok e.g. a few pasta and noodle dishes. The only meat you will find is chicken, often still on the bone but hidden in the rice and also mutton. At times this was a hard trip but I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The part I had wanted to do the most was visit Varanasi. We went at sunrise and sunset and the experience was magical and different both times. The funeral pyres on the ghats was very moving as was the boat trip and the evening ceremony that takes place at the edge of the Ganges every evening. The sights and sounds will stay with me for ever. The Taj Mahal is incredible and strangely familiar, again we went at sunrise. On the last day in Delhi we took ourselves to the Sikh temple at the suggestion of our guide and it was so welcoming and amazingly beautiful. Our family group of 5 were given a tour by a sikh lady volunteer who took photos and selfies as well as told us some of the history. Lovely memories. Seeing a tiger on safari. Everything in between.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ronit our leader was exceptional. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. He happily answered all of our questions and explained what we saw and the history behind them very well. He looked after us when out and about and gave us hints and tips of what to do and not to do when being approached by people wanting to sell you something. There are a lot of street vendors at the different sites. I had 'Delhi belly' and he was very concerned and helpful. Ronit was happy to tell us a liitle about himself and his life.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The overnight train is tough. The bunks are hard but you are given clean sheets, pillow and blanket. The second time we put the folded blanket underneath us to give a bit more thickness. We also took a small inflatable pillow and used this as well. It can get cold in the air con. especially on the side top bunk. It was better to be with other people from our party but this wasn't possible on the first trip. At one side of the carriage there are 2 squat toilets and on the other 1 squat and 1 more conventional. Take toilet paper and wipes and lots of hand sanitiser. We took a bike chain as suggested but didn't feel the need to use it. The trip from Varanasi to Delhi is 12 hours and there is often delays. Our train broke down in the middle of the night and our journey took 16 hours! Change your money at the airport as although some hotels offer the service the tight time schedule didn't allow for much free time. Take diarrhoea tablets and sunscreen. The dress code for women is more relaxed than described on the website unless visiting temples or mosques etc.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Be prepared to see some upsetting things. Very poor people living on the streets. Beggars knocking on the bus window. Disabled people struggling. Lots and lots of cows absolutely everywhere. Lots of dogs in a poor condition. It can be very dusty you might like to take a mask. The country is full of surprises and there is never a dull moment. Your senses will be overloaded. Go with an open mind. Dont be frightened to haggle but be kind as the majority are trying to make a few rupees to make life more bearable. Smile and say 'Namaste' and enjoy every minute.
  • Reviewed April 2018
    Nicole Walker

    Words aren't sufficient

    ...to describe or explain the wonderful experience and memories this tour provides. The itinerary is arranged to provide Visits around the culture, religion, history and wildlife of the country but the experience includes so much more- noise, smell, bright colour, chaos, food- be open to everything and you will not be disappointed . The tour is necessarily "full on" but the sights and experiences outweigh the pace.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Whilst the Taj Mahal was an obvious highlight the additional activities arranged by our Leader Nabin Gurung were the highlights specifically visiting the children in a rural primary school as well as the sunset boat trip on the Ganges to experience prayers at night- a vision which will be a life long memory.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Nabin was so knowledgable teaching us many things, answering all our questions at our beck and call no matter what time of day or night, no request too big or small. He arranged additional activities instead of down time to ensure we maximised our visit . It was clear he really cared about our experience and his professional and super organised approach to everything made the tour perfect. He was personable and got to know each of the group and our sense of humour and needs personally. He made sure all of our experiences were equal especially whilst viewing the tiger at rathembore. Nabin was an excellent leader providing the highest level of customer service.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for an almost non stop tour but don't be put off by that - book this tour now!
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Pam Bell

    Highlights Indeed!

    As a first timer to India, this trip provided a memorable experience of colour, noise, marvellous historic architecture and lovely friendly people. Plus a totally amazing sighting of a tiger.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing a tiger in its natural habitat was beyond any experience had so far. A close second was the magnificent Taj Mahal.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mayank was outstanding. Calm, professional, friendly and always aware of all our needs.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for some very long road journeys. Arrange at least an extra day for your own sight seeing in Delhi, at the end of the trip. The train back from Varanasi can arrive very late, curtailing the chances of seeing much before the flight home.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Elisa Tarr

    Fast paced amazing tour of northern India

    A great way to see lots of places in the 'golden triangle' in a safe well organised way.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Buying a 'flying' carpet from co-operative in Jaipur Experiencing Holi festival Watching the sunset over the Ganges

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very smiley, friendly, knowledgable and helpful

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    At the train stations spending 100rupies to have porter carry larger bag is very helpful Don't be afraid to ask any questions of the guides & group leader

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Expect delays when travelling by train
  • Reviewed December 2017
    Lorraine Matic

    Highlights of Northern India

    India is not everyones choice of trip but it’s been mine for awhile . Not wanting to travel alone Exodus was recommended by a friend . From my first phone call till the end of my tour date. I have been guided informed and surprised by the quick responses and information given, even the trip notes have been carefully thought through. Yes I was apprehensive of sharing the trip with 15 other travellers which was quashed after the first day .. We all shared a common interest and became friends .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    My goal on the trip was to visit the Taj Mahal which is totally majestic . Each day held a surprise and inspired I expected to find Varanasi hectic and crazy yet I found it strangely peaceful and quite emotional . The Sikh temple in Delhi is a true inspiration and their work is very humbling

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mayank is a true ambassador for Exodus .. he took care of every single detail that was possible . I felt secure to the point of feeling quite lazy as a backpacker as he took care of every qualm . Intelligent organised and witty !!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read your trip notes .. relax and enjoy !!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you ❤️
  • Reviewed November 2017
    Alison Bone

    Amazing trip

    Just returned from an amazing trip - Highlights of Northern India. As I expected in was very fast paced and involved a lot of travelling either by minibus or train. But it was worth it, got to see so many iconic sights and beautiful scenery - from Jaipur, Ranthombore Tiger reserve, the Taj Mahal and Varanasi. Learnt so much about the history of India and it's culture from our fantastic tour guide Manoj and the local guides that joined us. Shame about the delayed train ride into Delhi so missed seeing the city tour but couldn't be helped as due to fog/smog. A 'must do' trip that I'd recommend

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to pick one but if I had to it would be Varanasi, which was a true 'assault on all my senses' and evoked many emotions from amazement to shock

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Manoj was fantastic. He was passionate and is enthusiasm was infectious. He shared his love of India, it's history and culture with the group. He made a great trip - amazing.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take some loo roll with you and plenty of wet wipes & hand sanitiser, some of the local facilities were quite shocking - Fortunately the hotels were of a good standard (better than I thought they would be)
  • Reviewed October 2017
    Nuala Reidy

    Incredible India!

    A very fast paced tour combining the highlights of this region of India with Indian culture and history. Starting in Jaipur - the iconic Pink City and driving across to Agra via Ranthamborne National Park. Some very early mornings but all worth it when we got to see the famous elusive tiger on our morning game driver and the Taj Mahal at sunrise. We travelled by sleeper train to Varanasi (Indian Railways are a wonderful experience) where you can really embrace the history and culture of India. We did an evening and an early morning boat ride on the Ganges as well as Tuk Tuk rides and drinking fresh watermelon juice from the street market. We saw the beginning of Diwali celebrations in Varanasi. The trip ended in Delhi which has some really great and iconic landmarks. The group were a fantastic and diverse bunch from all walks of life and we had many laughs together. Our tour leader really enhanced the experience with his extensive knowledge and personal experience of India and his constant up beat approach to everything! I would recommend this trip to anyone looking for a fun, fast paced taste of India!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Diwali Celebrations were amazing! We did Diwali shopping, purchasing coloured powder and sparklers. The Bollywood Film was also an amazing experience! However, seeing the elusive tiger just two or three metres away from us was absolutely breath-taking as well as the Taj Mahal at sunrise.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Manoj was absolutely amazing. Showed such positive enthusiasm towards all aspect of the trip and all of his guests. He showed care for each individual on the tour and sought to solve any issues – no matter how big or small. Gave us such great historical and cultural knowledge of India as well as his own personal stories of growing up in India and life there for him! He also shared jokes with us and my favourite quote of his was "This is incredible India - you never know what good things might come on the way!" A true asset to the Exodus name.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you read the trip notes carefully for this trip before booking it as it is quite an intense tour. I would recommend this tour as long as you are physically fit and able. It is fast paced and there can be long, hot, uphill walks from parking places to the actual sites of interest which for some people would make the tour difficult to enjoy. There is not much down time – you won’t have much time to lounge around or have a lie in but there is so much to see in India and with this amount to see in the time frame it will naturally be quite full on! Other than that I would recommend this trip is for those who are physically fit and able and want to embrace India for what it is which is an amazing country exploding with culture, colour and good things!
  • Reviewed October 2017
    Bernadette McCann

    A fast paced incredible trip to North India

    A fast paced journey through Northern India. Your feet barely touch the ground and you are whisked off to the beautiful pink city of Jaipur - transported to Ranthanbore National park - Game drives, early mornings - Worth it, we saw the tiger on our early morning game drive! Drive to Agra - early morning start to witness sunrise over the Taj Mahal - stunning! Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri - overnight train to Varanasi. Lucky enough to be in Varanasi for Diwali - intense, amazing Varanasi! Evening and very early morning boat rides, magical & spiritual, walks by the temples. Overnight train to Delhi - As i did the land only Exodus tour - we had visited Delhi independently before the Exodus tour began - many wonderful sights to see in Delhi. Overall, a fabulous experience with a wonderful diverse group of people, lots of laughs, early mornings, late nights - long drives - two overnight trains - an amazing tour leader - some great hotels, some not so - an explosion of noise and color, sensory overload in many good and bad ways - all part of the experience. Incredible India.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to say - there were many! Goosebumps when the tiger walked so close to us in the jungle - the stunning beauty of the Taj Mahal - the spiritual feeling of city of Varanasi and witnessing the early morning bathing in the Ganges and the evening prayer ceremonies..

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Manoj is one of the most inspirational, kind, patient and enthusiastic person i have ever met. He managed our group, mixed ages, nationalities and abilities with kindness and went above and beyond to help in any way he could with every single group member. Manoj made our trip incredible - gave me and understanding of the complexities of Indian history and life - his knowledge is deep and he is a credit to Exodus as a group leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is a fast paced trip. Read the trip notes carefully to decide if its the trip for you. Understand in order to keep to this schedule, you need to be flexible, reasonably fit as there is walking around monuments while sightseeing - some uphill and some under the midday sun. It was hot, long days - early mornings - long drives - which is the only way to keep up with the itinerary. You will not be laying around pools, enjoying spas, you will be packing, unpacking, preparing for the next days travel. Its fast- paced and exciting and you will see and do a lot in a short time. However, every bit of the moving around is worth the incredible sights you see during this short trip - its a dynamic, exciting, tiring trip.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Pierangela Lunghi

    Northern India

    A great way to see all the must see highlights Northern India with like-minded people. Quite a whistle stop tour f the major sights with quite a lt of travelling between places. Transport covers bus, taxi, tuk tuk and train so you really do get to see the changing landscapes between the tourist hot spots as well as being in the midst of of all the multisensory chaos as you jostle cheek by jowl among local inhabitants both human and animal.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It is a hard fought contest between seeing the spiritual craziness of Varanasi where heaven and earth are said to touch, the jawdropping beauty of the Taj Mahal slowly turning through the colours as dawn rises or seeing at close quarters not one but two elusive tigers in Rathambore.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader was great fun, very professional and knowledgeable. He took great care of us and was always mindful of our safety and comfort.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for lots of travelling between sites.Take good walking shoes, binoculars and warm clothes for early morning starts.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We stayed in a variety of different types of accommodation- modern, traditional and colonial, some with pools so take swimming gear. you can, combine this trip with some time to relax.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]


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