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Discover India Tour

Discover India

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DISCOVER (AGE 18 +)

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Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Pushkar
14 days
The tour ends on Friday, 14 days after your start date.
Working with elephants and sloth bears
Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
Maximum 16 persons
Minimum age : 18
Going Solo? : Over 70% start off as solo travellers
COVID-19 PROTECTION GUARANTEE : If by the end of 2023, you have not been able to travel due COVID-19, we will refund any payments made. You also have the flexibility to change your dates as many times as you need, free of charge
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Itinerary

DAY 1 (SAT): Arrival - Delhi

Welcome to Delhi, where modern and ancient traditions and customs combine and the first city on your adventure.

Our guides will pick you up from the airport provided you arrive between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. and whisk you off to your hotel.

From there, feel free to shower, change, nap, or immediately jump into the chaos that Delhi is famous for.

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DAY 1 (SAT): Arrival - Delhi

Welcome to Delhi, where modern and ancient traditions and customs combine and the first city on your adventure.

Our guides will pick you up from the airport provided you arrive between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. and whisk you off to your hotel.

From there, feel free to shower, change, nap, or immediately jump into the chaos that Delhi is famous for.

DAY 2 (SUN): Delhi

Dating back to 3,500 BC, Delhi is caught between the ancient and contemporary. Woven next to glitzy malls and towering superstructures are ancient temples, tombs, and centuries-old bazaars where sellers continue to trade the same spices that put this hub on the map. It’s a city that assaults the senses, with vibrant colors and smells and bustle. Unmistakeably Delhi!

Our day begins with a Bamboo orientation of the city and tour. From there, we’ll hop into a rickshaw and zip through the streets. We’ll then venture into Old Delhi, an ancient city within a city for group lunch together.

The tour concludes back at the hotel, where you can either relax or, if you’re still energized by the city’s pulse, walk through the colorful alleyways into Delhi’s heart.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 3 (MON): Delhi to Agra

This morning begins with some local coffee or traditional roti from the market if you’re feeling adventurous. You’ll have the morning to explore anything you missed yesterday, which, considering the size of the city, is a lot.

By afternoon, we’ll meet for lunch and transport you (a four-hour journey) to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.

We should arrive by early-evening, enough time to chill out before heading into Agra for an encounter with the Mughal empire, seeing is believing...

Meals Included: Breakfast 

DAY 4 (TUE): Agra

Standing along the holy Yamuna River, the Taj Mahal symbolizes the legacy of India’s Mughal empire as a “teardrop on the cheek of eternity.” the Shah’s gesture of love is celebrated by millions of tourists every year…and now you, too.

We’ll spend the day touring the famous monument, learning about the red sandstone mosque, and taking far-too-many photos.

After the majesty of the Taj Mahal we’ll head towards the Agra Fort.

By evening, it’s your night to enjoy the atmosphere of Agra. Rest up tonight because the hard work begins in the morning.

Meals Included: Breakfast 

DAY 5 - 7 (WED - FRI): Agra

Rise and shine bright and early this morning. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for a day of giving back to elephants and sloth bears! Yay!

For the next four days, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work alongside some of India’s most endangered species.

As a Bamboo traveler, you’ll spend your days building climbing platforms and getting involved with the cleaning and general maintenance of the enclosures for the cute, messy-haired bears. You'll also venture to our elephant rescue center and help with the existing elephant population, including preparing food, washing and cleaning the enclosures, distributing food and observing medical treatments.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8 (SAT): Agra to Jaipur

Leaving our giving back experience, we’ll say goodbye to the elephants! Today, we arrive in Jaipur, India’s infamous, and Insta-famous, Pink City. We’ll quickly shuttle you to your hotel, where you’re free to explore the city by night. Hint, some of the best shopping experiences can be found in the city’s ancient bazaars. Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 9 (SUN): Jaipur

Today we'll be heading out for a tour of the 'Pink City', Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. More relaxed than Delhi, Jaipur’s colorful chaos erupts in a brew of old and new. Speeding rickshaws dodge dawdling camels, and, in the middle of this mayhem, Jaipur somehow maintains a relatively relaxing charm. Venturing into the pulse that’s sustained this city for centuries, we’ll tour the city’s most well-known sights like Hawa Mahal and the Pink Palace. Our guides will also dive into the famous lanes past the numerous bazaars where you can find nuggets of literal gold.

We'll finish at a hilltop location for an exotic panoramic view of the city below.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 10 (MON): Jaipur - Thar Desert

Covering 77,000 square miles, the Thar Desert, a.k.a. The Great Indian desert is a sight out of an Indian dreamscape.

Once we arrive in Pushkar we will drop our bags at a hotel before jumping on board a jeep and transfering into the desert. We'll ride into the sandy desert during sunset to our home for the night, a tent-like gazebo in the middle of the dunes.

Sleeping beneath the stars, we’ll wonder how on earth we ended up here and experience what life was like just a century ago in India.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 11 (TUE): Thar Desert - Pushkar

After waking up in the magical desert, we'll have a cup of coffee and some breakfast before heading back to the hotel Pushkar to check-in to our rooms and freshen up. We'll then take a short ride to charity-run animal hospital; a project that we support, to see the incredible work that goes on here.

The rest of the day will be free to relax or explore the beautiful town at your leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 12 (WED): Pushkar

Perhaps the most important pilgrimage site for devout Hindus is the Rajasthani town of Pushkar. Curling around a holy lake, Pushkar hums, and marches to the beats and chants of Hinduism. This sacred town contains roughly 400 milky-blue temples and vibrant, packed markets with statues of Shiva and Parvati.

Our day concludes with a traditional North Indian meal. We’ll enjoy our last hurrah meal and toast to a life-changing adventure in India.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 13 (THU): Pushkar to Delhi

The journey back to Delhi begins in the morning and will take almost all day, probably around 8-hours in total. Sit back and relax in the air-conditioned journey!

Once back in the capital, we’ll get you settled at the hotel for your last night.

Go ahead and grab some last-minute souvenirs and one final Mutton Korma or Paneer Tikka.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 14 (FRI): Departure - Delhi

It’s been an incredible two weeks, right? Well, we hope so. Remember your days with Bamboo and the life-changing journey you took across one of the most mysterious countries in the world.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Travel Highlights

  • Feast your eyes on one of THE wonders of the world - the Taj Mahal
  • A guided tour through the frenetic streets of Old Delhi
  • Discover the history of Agra Fort
  • Get up close to elephants & sloth bears at a world-famous wildlife rescue centre
  • Marvel at Jaipur - the Pink City (you'll soon understand the nickname!)
  • Spend a night under the stars in the desert of Pushkar
  • Discover new taste sensations with real Indian food 

Accommodation and Meals

Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Pushkar: Twin rooms with breakfast, A/C hot showers and western bathrooms.

Agra Project: Twin to quad rooms in a shared house, hot showers and western bathrooms. All meals provided throughout the project stay, but the house is also equipped with a fully operational kitchen.

Pushkar Desert: Twin or double luxury tents with western toilets and cold showers.

Internet: WiFi is available in all hotels and at the project accommodation. No WIFI in the desert.

Locations

  • Delhi
  • Agra
  • Jaipur
  • Pushkar

What’s Included

All accommodation
An airport meet and greet
All in-country transport
24/7 support from our award-winning guides
All tour activities
Heaps of meals
Full pre-departure support from our ace travel coordinators
A flashy Travel Hack packed full of helpful advice

FAQ

In short - anything that's not on the "What's included?" list! The main things you'll absolutely need to get that aren't included are:

International flights - we have people join us from all over the world so we leave these flexible so you can choose the departure airport and airline that suits you best.

Travel Insurance - you can choose your own travel insurance or we can organise this for you.

Visas - depending on the passport you hold you may need to get a visa before you travel. Please see below for more information on visas.

Arrival

You need to book a flight that lands into Delhi International Airport (DEL) on the Saturday that the tour starts.

Departure

This tour ends on the Friday 14 days later in Delhi. You can book your departure flight from Delhi international airport (DEL) for any time on this day

All non citizens visiting India will require a visa. This needs to be applied for BEFORE you arrive in the country. An application for an E-Visa must be made at least 4 calendar days before your date of arrival and can be made as early as 120 days in advance. This visa is valid for 60 days from your date of arrival. Once received you need to print and keep a copy with you for inspection on arrival into Delhi.
This largely depends on you. All breakfasts throughout the tour are included, along with a couple of dinners, as are all meals whilst you are on project. The rest of the meals are up to you. If you are having local meals it will cost a couple of dollars, if you prefer western food it will be more depending on where you eat. You can not get Indian Rupees before arriving in the country however there are money exchanges in the airport and ATM's available in all major cities.
This depends on your home country and your vaccination history. You should visit a local travel clinic and see what they recommend.

Now you are ready to secure your spot on a Bamboo tour, you can choose the best payment option to suit you:

1. Pay a deposit today and the remaining balance 120 days before your tour starts (you will also have the option to pay the rest of your balance in instalments).

2. Pay in full to get a discounted price and save money

3. Sign up to monthly instalment payments

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Like any country in the world, there will always be some dangers (even when in your home country!) and it is important to exercise common sense, particularly when in major cities and tourist destinations. However, India is a safe country to travel in and around. You'll also be with one of our experienced team members throughout your stay and will be travelling with a group.
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