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Three-Week Backpacker Trip Across India

23 days India for Backpackers and Students, Multi Active Cultural Tours

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Number of participants: 4-16 participants

Requirements: 4 von 10

An intense trip in which India is experienced with all its facets and quite authentic. You will be travelling in a small group with your back packs, enjoy many fun activities, stay in budget accommodation and take mostly overnight buses and trains to commute. For the first 2 weeks you will have an experienced guide for the Northern India part available. After that you travel Kerala in a Vehicle with a private driver. India can pose many challenges, but those who master them will have a very special travel experience.

Itinerary: Daramshala- 3 Days Himalaya Trek- Rishikesh- Agra-Jodhpur- Cochin-Backwaters-Munnar-Marari 

You are on a small budget, but organizing a trip to India and travelling alone overwhelms you? No problem! Every year in March and September  Chalo! Travels organizes a three-week Backpacker-India-Trip you can join!

This trip includes almost everything India has to offer: trekking in the Himalayas, living in a yoga ashram on the holy Ganges, camel safari through the desert, cooking classes, visits of lively markets, houseboat tour on the backwaters, hike through tea and spices and finally a few relaxing days on the beach!

You will be received at Delhi airport by our experienced tour guide and for the first two weeks you will travel through northern India together in a group and your Guide. Your guide not only familiarizes you with Indian customs, but also gives you some insider tips about the people and culture of India. You will spend the last week in Kerala, southern India. During this Kerala round trip in a vehicle and with a driver you will visit the Westernghats with tea plantations, do a houseboat tour in the Backwaters, take a hike through the spice forests stroll through the small alleys of Fort Kochi and relaxe at a beach.

This journey is accompanied by Noor, Dikshika, Sarah or Yuvraj.

Day 1 Departure from your home country and arrival in Delhi

You will arrive independently from your home place. At the Delhi airport you will be welcomed and taken by transfer to the hotel. Mostly the arrival time of international flights is late at night or early in the morning of the next day.

Day 2 Delhi Sightseeing and bus ride to Mcleod Ganj/Daramshala (overnight, 10 hours)

We spend the day in Delhi and visit Old and New Delhi by foot, metro and rickshaw. In the evening we set off on the first night bus ride to the  Himalayas.

Day 3 Day in Tibetan-influenced Mcleod Ganj

Mcleod Ganj is not only a mountain resort at 1800 m in the middle of the Indian Himalayas, but also home to many exiled Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama. After the bus ride we will have breakfast on a roof terrace and then visit the small town, including the Dalai Lama temple and Tibetan museum and the small villages around.

Day 4 Start of the Three Day Trek

Please note: We have many options for our Three Days Trek and according to the abilities and wishes of the group members, as well as the weather conditions, we can also opt for an easier trek.

1st Trekking Day: Mcleod Ganj to Kareri Village (1800 m)

Today begins our three-day tent trek. Our first five-hour leg takes us through pine forests and small villages to our idyllic camp on a bubbling river near the traditional village of Kareri. With yoga, cooking together and a camp fire, the day will end.

Day 5 2nd Trekking Day: Kareri Village-Kareri Lake (3000 m)-Kareri Village

Today takes us up at 3000 m to the holy Kareri Lake, which is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Since we also have to go down to the camp again, this day will be a bit more intense and we will start early. Of course you can also just enjoy at the Camp today and visit the near by village.

Day 6 3rd Trekking Day Kareri Village over the village of Bahl to Mcleod Ganj

Today we go back to Mcleod Ganj, this time we take the tranquil route over small mountain villages. We move into our rooms and look forward to a warm shower.

Day 7 Free time in Mcleod Ganj and evening bus ride to Rishikesh (10 hours overnight)

After the intensive three-day trek, we treat ourselves with a break. Mcleod Ganj invites you to shop, to Paragliding, to do yoga  and meditation and much more.

Who likes can participate together with the tour guide in the morning Tibetan meditation. In the evening we take the night bus to Rishikesh.

Day 8 Arrival in Rishikesh and participation in the ashram everyday life

We reach in the early morning the holy place Rishikesh- located at the holy Ganges, where holy river leaves the Himalayas. We will live for 3 days in a yoga ashram and participate in the regular everyday life with yoga hours, healthy meals and ashram program.

Note: When the Guru himself is at the Ashram, the Ashram attracts lots of visitors. Sometimes the Ashram is booked out. In this case we will book rooms in a near by hotel and participate in the activities with the Ashram pass.

Day 9 Rishikesh Yoga Ashram and Rafting on the Ganges

Today we will take part in a small rafting tour on the Ganges. In the evening, the fire ceremony at the Ganges can be attended together.

Day 10 Rishikesh and in the evening bus ride to Agra

The last day in Rishikesh can be used independently – Maybe with a trip to the former Beatle Ashram or for a full-body massage? Of course there will be Yoga and Meditation classes as well as three healthy meals offered in the Ashram. In the evening we go for another night bus ride to Agra.

Day 11 In the morning arrival in Agra, visit the Taj Mahal and train to Jodhpur

The day in Agra is of course meant to visit to the Taj Mahal. You reach Agra in the early morning and you can freshen up yourself and have breakfast in your day rooms at the hotel. Then we go to the Taj Mahal. Until the train ride in the evening we visit the Taj Mahal and take a two-hour bike tour through the rural surroundings of Agras. Then we take our first trip by Indian train. (Note: In India, trains are sometimes sold out quickly. If this is the case, we will take a sleeper bus.)

Day 12 Jodhpur: Exploring the Blue City

Upon arrival in Jodhpur, we check in our accommodation. Jodhpur is a  rampant Rajasthan town with a lively market and a spectacular fort. We do a small city walk. In the evening, a traditional cooking class at Rishi and Rekha`s home awaits us.

Day 13 Camel Safari with overnight stay in the open  at a farmer’s  family place

In the morning it is recommended to visit the mighty Mehranghar Fort. Around noon we drive to the desert town Osian and visit the famous Satia Mata temple.

Then we start the camel safari through the Rajasthan desert – The Tharr desert is one of the largest desserts in the world, but might be slightly different from what you are expecting. besides sand dunes, there will be also lot of thorny bushes and even farmer`s fields. We reach the farm of the Indian family for sunset. Here the traditional beds “Palang” are arranged for us outside and a traditional dinner is served. Traditionally Rajasthani people in the rural areas sleep in the open.

Day 14 Back to Jodhpur and Zipplining

Another short ride back from the farmhouse, then we go back to Jodhpur.

Today we have a fun Zippline Tour over the blue city of Jodhpur ahead of us.

Day 15 Bicycle Sightseeing Tour and Train to Delhi

If you feel like, you can participate in a guided bike tour through Jodhpur in the early morning. Otherwise, you can stroll through Jodhpur’s markets and take a miniature painting course. Miniature painting is the traditional painting art of Rajasthan. In the evening it goes back by overnight train to Delhi.

Day 16 Flight to Cochin, Kerala

Today it goes from the train to the plane. You say goodbye to your tour guide and then you travel far down to South India, for the second part of your journey. At the airport in Cochin you will be picked up by your driver, who will be in charge of you for the rest of the time. Take some rest in your homestay.

Day 17 Fort Kochi Sightseeing

Today you will explore the Portuguese-influenced island of Fort Kochi on your own. Visit the Jewish synagogue and old churches, watch the fishing with the Chinese fishing nets and stroll through the small alleys of the city. Your host Anoop will explain how to spend a nice day today.

Day 18 To the Backwaters and Houseboat Tour

From your private driver you will be taken by car to the canal system of the backwaters. In a small village the houseboat is already waiting for you and you spend the day and night on the floating home. Enjoy the slow ride with the Eco houseboat – this houseboat is not driven by an engine, but by manpower and who likes, can put on his own hand. Meals are served on the boat and you can have a swim in the near by sea.

Day 19 Drive to Munnar

A five-hour drive in the car takes you up to 1600 meters into the Westernghats to Munnar. Here, in the middle of the tea plantations, the temperatures are pleasantly cool. Visit the tea museum, the local market and if you feel like it, it’s worth watching a demonstration in the traditional martial arts in the evening.

Day 20 Day hike in Munnar through the tea and spice plantations

Today you take a guided hike through the tea and spice plantations of Munnar – enjoy the great views and learns more about the tea production and spice sophistication from your guide. Breakfast and lunch are served on the way.

Day 21 Trip to Marari to the beach

Your driver will take you to the beach on Kerala’s coast. Here you can just enjoy the beach life or engage with the local Fishermen families.

Day 22 Beach Day in Marari

Enjoy a day at the beach or take a trip to nearby Allepey.

Day 23 Flight from Cochin

You will be taken to the airport (2 hours transfer). Journey back home

Included services:

  • All accommodations in a shared double room
  • Trek: All meals/Ashram: All meals/Camel Safari: Breakfast and Dinner, Kerala Tour: always breakfast, houseboat full board, Munnar breakfast and dinner
  • English-speaking tour guide during the first 14 days with intensive preparation for the subsequent trip
  • Transfer Delhi Airport Hotel
  • All transports by bus and train (Delhi-Mcleod Ganj, mcleod Ganj-Rishikesh, Rishikesh-Agra, Agra-Jodhpur, Jodhpur-Delhi)
  • Flight Delhi-Cochin
  • Private car with driver for the time in Kerala
  • Day hike in Munnar with lunch
  • Houseboat tour in Backwaters
  • Sightseeing Tour in Delhi
  • Camel safari in Rajasthan with dinner and breakfast
  • Zippline in Jodhpur
  • Bicycle sightseeing tour in Jodhpur or painting course of your choice
  • Cooking class in Jodhpur
  • Bicycle Tour in Agra
  • Rafting in Rishikesh
  • Yoga Ashram with Meals and Yoga classes in Rishikesh
  • 3 days trekking in Daramshala with full board

Not-included services:

  • International flight
  • Visa
  • Travel companion in Kerala
  • Entrance fees (Beatle Ashram: 8 euros, Jodhpur Fort: 10 euros, Taj Mahal: 15 euros)
  • Unmentioned meals and drinks
  • Smaller rickshaw/taxi rides
  • private expenditure

Single supplement: 350 Euro

Fixed group date with guaranteed execution:

05.09.2020 – 27.09.2020


18.09.2021- 10.10.2021

4-16 participants 1350 Euro per person

This trip is an organized group trip in which the participants will travel independently in the group after 2 guided weeks.. Within this 2 weeks, the participants are intensively prepared for the subsequent trip by a  tour guide. All accommodation, transport and activities are organized for the entire trip. During the last week of your trip you will travel in the group in a vehicle and driver, but not with a tour guide. However our drivers are also very knowledgeable and speak little English. they will assist you as good as they can. For the guided trek and houseboats tour there will be English speaking guided with you,

It is best to enter with the electronic tourist visa. You can easily apply for it in advance of the trip online!

Click here for the packing list for India!