Day 1 : Arrival
Arrive in Mumbai, where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Mumbai.
Meal plan: n/a
Take a trip through the great religious centres of India. Explore Mumbai and learn about Zoroastrian culture and their sobering Tower of Silence. Head to the city of Varanasi, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Take a boat at sunrise and see Hindus bathe in the holy river Ganges. In Lucknow, marvel at the grand Bara Imambara mosque and the Islamic culture that permeates this city. Fly to Amritsar, site of the inspiring Golden Temple and the centre of Sikhism. Finally, drive to Dharamsala in the foothills of the Himalayas, home of the Dalai Lama and where Buddhism flourishes.
Mumbai - Varanasi - Sarnath - Lucknow - Amritsar - Dharamsala - Mcleodganj - Delhi
Marvel at India's most incredible forts and palaces
Discover colonial Kolkata and the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve
Experience the best of North and South India
Travel through the Himalayan foothills to Ladakh
Fort cities, rural villages & camel fair
Nomadic tribes, traditional textiles, crafts & Mewar Festival
Experience Bhutan's rich culture, colonial Kolkata and rural life in Assam
Rural villages, grand forts & wildlife
Idyllic backwaters, tropical forests & ancient temple towns
Golden Triangle, tigers & exotic Goa
Distinct tribal cultures, unique temples & traditional textiles
Discover iconic sights of India, Nepal & Bhutan
India's Golden Triangle & the best of Sri Lanka.
Visit the two most populous countries on Earth.
Aoling Festival, wildlife in Assam & natural beauty of Manipur
Get under the skin of Asia's two best wildlife spots.
Spot lemurs, tigers & orangutans
Colonial Kolkata, Darjeeling toy train & Buddhism
Golden Triangle and the Himalayas
Tea, spices, backwaters & beaches
Tropical mountains, tea & spice plantations, and backwaters
Wildlife, tribes & rural life in Assam, Nagaland and Manipur
An intoxicating immersion into India's diversity
Temple towns of Tamil Nadu to backwaters of Kerala
Coffee farms, wildlife and stone temples
Discover the forts, palaces, villages and desert of Rajasthan
Remote tribal cultures in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Nagaland
Waterfalls, hills and living bridges in North East India
Uncover the religious diversity of India
Set foot in Ladakh's hidden Himalayan valleys
Experience the thrill of the Indian jungle ...
Houseboats, Himalayas & Hemis Festival
Lucknow, Varanasi & the wonders of Madhya Pradesh
Himalayan mountains, unseen tribes & amazing wildlife
Diverse wildlife in Assam and the Sunderbans
Spot tigers, lions, leopards, buffalo, rhino & elephants
Discover the huge diversity of North India's cuisine
Experience the flavours and exotic spices of South India
Villages, temples, salt flats & the world's last Asiatic lions
Malcolm Copley , Sacred India, India
The Sacred India/tailormade trip lived up to my expectations, and provided a stimulating and immersive experience of India, notably the Hindu aspects of Indian society. Varanasi was a wonderful experience, the evening Aarti festival, the dawn river trip, and the tour around the alleyways of the old city were outstanding. The Khajuraho temples were beautiful, in a wonderful parkland setting. I was pleased that there were things happening almost all the time. The food was good, especially in Varanasi and the Varanasi guide especially was excellent. He had a real feel for the area and the philosophy of the place
Tracey & Gary , Tailormade India
I would highly recommend Travel the Unknown to anyone visiting India. The service we received both prior to, during and following our travels was always timely and excellent. We were able to customize our trip to our liking and to enjoy a wide variety of activities. The guides in every location were outstanding! Honestly. Having travelled through much of the world I can truly say that we have never been more impressed with the quality of the guides arranged for us in each location, as well as the service we received. Similarly, the hotels were excellent and allowed us to live very comfortably while, at the same time, enjoy an authentic Indian experience. If you haven`t already booked your trip with Travel the Unknown, then either do so now....or at least give them a chance to show you what they can offer.
Joan Edmunds (USA) , Tailormade India
I have been on 3 tailor made trips with Travel The Unknown and have found them to be knowledgeable and reliable. We`ve stayed in some wonderful places and have had some unusual and satisfying experiences that go beyond the standard tours.
Alexandra Praill & Peter Denly , Sacred India, India
For our first visit to India we couldn't have chosen any better. Our 'Sacred India' tour will leave us with many wonderful long-lasting memories. Everything worked like clockwork and we had some truly inspiring guides, many of whom had the most impressive knowledge and interest in what they were showing us and were only too keen to pass that on. On top of that, Travel the Unknown chose some lovely places for us to stay.
Mary Trubek (USA) , Tailormade India
I thoroughly enjoyed my tailor made tour of northwestern and central India. Guides and accommodations were excellent and we saw as much of the area as could be packed into two weeks. I look forward to another tour with Travel the Unknown.
Hazel & James Frost , Tailormade India
Another fantastic trip with this company. WE really managed to get off the beaten track and have seen some amazing sights. Well put together. We will travel again with Travel the Unknown
Catherine Crawford , Kashmir & Ladakh Explorer, India
Another great trip from Travel the Unknown. I would recommend this company to anyone who wants to move outside the boundaries of the usual tourist itinerary.
Penelope Smith , Assam & Nagaland Hornbill Festival, India
What an excellent service! Rahul adapted, extended and improved our trip so many times without a qualm and we ended up with the trip of a lifetime. The destinations are unusual and interesting but everything has been checked out by the team and works brilliantly. I can`t wait to do another trip.
John & Christine Gregory , Tailormade India
This is our second fabulous trip with Travel The Unknown and we were not disappointed. Rajasthan's vibrant colours of turbans and saris, the noise, the spicy aromas, the silence in the hot air balloon over rural Jaipur, the majestic forts and palaces of ancient times, sighting leopards in the wild, all far exceeded our expectations and the heritage homes and hotels we stayed in, whilst being of high standard in every way, still had a friendly family touch. Thanks so much to Rahul and the team for such a memorable trip. Six weeks on and we still can't stop talking about it. I can't wait for the next one!
Lori Martin , Assam & Nagaland Hornbill Festival, India
This trip was my first time travelling with Travel The Unknown, but definitely not my last!
Terry Cooper , Living Bridges of Meghalaya
As always Travel The Unknown were exceptional in organising my trip to India. The guides for Meghalaya and the Golden Triangle were friendly, extremely helpful and very informative. The tour was busy but never felt rushed; the combination of Meghalaya and Golden Triangle giving quite a varied perspective of India.
Stephen , Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India
Gotta say thanks to Travel The Unknown for organising my fascinating trip to a little-known area of the world. The scenery was fantastic, food was amazing, the guide was great and the living bridges were inspiring. An India not many get to see. Thanks again.