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India Group Tour for Solos 30s & 40s !

There’s nowhere quite like India and we’ve put together the most epic 14-day adventure taking you all around the country to discover its very best bits. Ride rickshaws through Delhi, practise yoga in Goa, float down the Ganges, search for Bengal tigers, gorge on drool-worthy Indian food and bust your best Bollywood dance moves. This place is absolutely unreal and we think this is the best India itinerary out there!

Solo traveller on India small group tour

Delhi + Taj Mahal + Ranthambore + Jaipur + Ganges River + Mumbai + Goa!

Jodhpur during India group tour

Highlights

  • Ride rickshaws in OLD DELHI 
  • Visit the world-famous TAJ MAHAL
  • Break out your best BOLLYWOOD dance moves
  • Devour epic Mughlai STREET FOOD
  • Search for TIGERS in Ranthambore National Park
  • Enjoy a sunset boat ride on the GANGES
  • Explore the backstreets of MUMBAI 
  • Practise YOGA in GOA 
  • Learn about HINDUISM, ISLAM, SIKHISM & BUDDHISM
    Varanasi during India group tour

    Included

    • 14-days / 13-nights: 2 Delhi, 1 Agra, 2 Ranthambore National Park,  2 Jaipur, 2 Varanasi, 2 Mumbai, 2 Goa
    • Accommodation in hand-picked 3 & 4-star hotels (based on sharing twin room)
    • Meals – All breakfasts, 3 lunches & 8 dinners
    • Airport pickups and drop-offs
    • All transportation & activities within itinerary (excluding optional activities)
    • An Indian host plus various local experts 
    • Not Included – international flights (we will recommend) + India tourist visa
    Jodhpur during India group tour

    Highlights

    • Ride rickshaws in OLD DELHI
    • Visit the world-famous TAJ MAHAL
    • Break out your best BOLLYWOOD dance moves
    • Devour epic Mughlai STREET FOOD
    • Search for TIGERS in Ranthambore National Park
    • Enjoy a sunset boat ride on the GANGES
    • Explore the backstreets of MUMBAI
    • Practise yoga in GOA 
    • Learn about HINDUISM, ISLAM, SIKHISM & BUDDHISM
    Varanasi during India group tour

    Included

      • 14-days / 13-nights: 2 Delhi, 1 Agra, 2 Ranthambore National Park, 2 Jaipur, 2 Varanasi, 2 Mumbai, 2 Goa
      • Accommodation in hand-picked 3 & 4-star hotels (based on sharing twin room)

       

      • Meals – All breakfasts, 3 lunches & 8 dinners
      • Airport pickups and drop-offs
      • All transportation & activities within itinerary (excluding optional activities)
      • An Indian host plus various local experts 
      • Not Included – international flights (we will recommend) + India tourist visa

      Itinerary

      Day 1

      WELCOME TO INDIA!

      Welcome to incredible India – a country that’ll capture your heart forever. The trip starts in Delhi, where a friendly face will be waiting to greet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. As you navigate through the chaotic streets of Delhi, with rickshaws, bikes, cars and street vendors all jostling for space on the road, you’ll be glad you’re not driving! Depending on your arrival time, you may have the chance to get a short glimpse of Delhi before meeting the group tonight at your welcome dinner. Let the adventure begin!

      Streets of Delhi during an India group tour
      Spice market in Delhi during an India Group Tour

      Day 2

      DIVE IN TO DELHI

      Get ready for an action-packed day as we head out to Old Delhi, where we’ll wander through winding alleyways and explore the chaotic streets from the back of a rickshaw, marvelling at the iconic buildings that line our path. We’ll visit Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest spice market; Jama Masjid, the oldest mosque in the city; and Sheeshganj Gurudwara, a Sikh temple illuminated in bright colours. To top off an exciting day, we’ll dine at one of the oldest restaurants in Delhi. The second you have your first bite of Mughlai cuisine, you’ll wonder why you’ve never tasted it until now!

      Day 3

      TAJ MAHAL

      We’ve made you wait three days for it (sorry!), so by this point you’ll be absolutely bursting with excitement, because today… you visit the world famous Taj Mahal! And yes, it is every bit as amazing as you have imagined. First though, we need to make our way from Delhi to Agra. We travel in our private bus which takes around 4 hrs. Upon arrival we’ll check into the hotel and then spend the full afternoon exploring the Taj. There’ll be a guided tour and then time for you to wander the vast complex at your own pace. That evening we’ll get out and see a bit of Agra itself, heading for a chaat street food crawl. Very tasty!

      Visiting the Taj Mahal during an India group tour
      Ranthambore national park during India group tour

      Day 4

      RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

      Today we leave Agra behind, but not before visiting our very first fort of the trip – the majestic Agra Fort (aka the Red Fort). This epic red sandstone structure is super impressive and will transport you back to a time when Mughal emperors ruled the city from high above in their dazzling palaces. Speaking of transport, we then hit the road for another long-ish (5 hrs) bus journey to our next stop: Ranthambore National Park. After a few busy days in the hectic cities of India, it’s nice to spend a very chilled evening surrounded by nature in our Haveli style hotel located on on the boundaries of the national park.

      Day 5

      JEEP SAFARI

      Named after the 1,000-year-old fort that stands inside the park, Ranthambore was Rajasthan’s first Project Tiger reserve, so keep your eyes peeled (seriously – they’re very tricky to spot)! We’ll head out on two separate (dusk + dawn) Game Drives during our time here, and you might just be lucky enough to spot the tigers! It’s not just about the big cats, though. This park is also home to the sambar, the largest of all Asiatic deer, as well as many rare bird species, marsh crocodiles, pythons, leopards, and sloth bears. Plus the scenery is stunning. We bet you didn’t expect to go on a safari in India!

      Jeep safari in Ranthambore national park during an India group tour
      Amber fort in Jaipur during an India group tour

      Day 6

      THE PINK CITY

      Time to hit the road again for the 4-hour bus journey to Jaipur, India’s Pink City. As its name implies, the architecture of Jaipur is mostly a very distinctive pink (well, more like salmon) colour and it really is a visually stunning place characterised by the Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Patrika Gate – this city is a photographer’s dream! Not to mention the Amber Fort – our second of the trip – where we’ll visit after dropping our bags at our hotel. It’s completely different from Agra but equally as impressive. For dinner we are hosted by a local family who prepare us a home cooked meal.

      Day 7

      RICKSHAWS, STREET FOOD & DANCE MOVES

      Today we explore Jaipur and we can’t think of a better way to do it than to whizz around on rickshaws eating the best local food the city has to offer. We will be led by a social initiative that provides employment to 200 women from low-income households – expect a mouth-watering journey of Jaipur’s best kachoris, lassis, rabris, and kulfis! And if you’re wondering how to burn off all that food, we’ve found the perfect way: tonight you’ll learn to move like the local celebs at our Bollywood dance class! (note: on our Diwali trip this will be replaced with a special Diwali celebration).

      Visiting palaces in Jaipur during an India group tour
      Buddhist temple in Sarnath during an Indira Group Tour

      Day 8

      VARANASI + SARNATH

      Today we ditch the bus and head to the airport for a short flight to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India. Thought by many to be the oldest living city in the world, Varanasi is located on the banks of the holy Ganges River and it attracts pilgrims from all over India and the world – this place is a complete switch up and unlike anywhere else you’ll have ever been. We’ll save the river pilgrimage for tomorrow, because today we go somewhere nearby and equally as interesting: Sarnath. This monumental site is the place where Buddha delivered his first sermon, and where Buddhism came into existence!

      Day 9

      SUNRISE ON THE GANGES

      The Ganges river is such an enthralling and unique place, that we dedicate a full day here. In the morning we awaken early for a sunrise boat ride, watching the hive of activity on shore: pilgrims doing a spiritual cleanse in the river, locals washing clothes, street vendors selling everything you can imagine, all alongside the cremation of bodies on the ghats (a sacred ritual in Hinduism). It’s a surreal combination of activities you would never expect to see side-by-side. And when the sun is setting, we’ll witness a breathtaking candle flower ceremony and the Ganga Aarti fire ritual offered every evening at Main Ghat.

      Visiting the Ganges River during an India group tour
      Jeep safari in Ranthambore national park during an India group tour

      Day 10

      CITY OF DREAMS!

      While Delhi is the traditional heart of India, Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) can be thought of as the younger, sexier cousin. It’s the biggest city in India, the commercial and entertainment hub – full of glitz and glamour – but also with extreme contrasts between rich and poor. It is the place where people from every corner of India comes in search of their dreams. We catch a morning flight here from Varanasi and then leave the rest of the day free. You could go visit some of the main city sights or take a more relaxed day to recharge after a fairly hectic schedule.

      Day 11

      BACKSTREETS OF MUMBAI

      While Mumbai is known to most for its high rise skyscrapers and plentiful tourist attractions, we’re going to see it in a different light by getting away from the trodden path. We’ll do this by following a Dabbawala – a worker who delivers hot meals to offices around Mumbai (a more traditional version of Uber East if you like) – on his rounds, experiencing all that this frenetic city brings en route. It sounds like a strange concept – and it is – but it’s a very unique way to experience Mumbai from a locals perspective and you will get a sense of the real life India.

      Beautiful building in Agra during an India group tour
      Visiting the Taj Mahal during an India group tour

      Day 12

      BEACH VIBES!

      In yet another complete contrast (yes – India is super diverse), today we swap the big city energy, for something altogether more relaxed as we take a short flight to the lush beaches of Goa. This place is a lovely fusion of Indian and Portuguese cultures and packs in lots of sun, sea and spirituality – the perfect spot to start winding down our India trip. After a short flight from Mumbai we’ll arrive at our hotel and then the rest of the day is yours. You could chill by the hotel pool, grab a cocktail and head for the beach, or go explore everything Goa has to offer.

      Day 13

      YOGA + OLD GOA

      As we awaken to our tropical paradise, we’ll start the day slowly with a morning yoga session. Afterwards we’ll enjoy a leisurely breakfast before leaving the beach for a while (sorry!) and doing a whistle stop tour of Old Goa: the UNESCO World Heritage Site located by the Mandovi River and often referred to as ‘Rome of the East’. It’s our last full day in India and we can’t think of a better way to end this epic trip than doing one final group dinner together and toasting to the amazing experiences we’ve shared.

      Visiting the Ganges River during an India group tour
      Beautiful building in Agra during an India group tour

      Day 14

      SEE YOU NEXT TIME

      As our incredible journey through India comes to an end, it’s hard to believe all the amazing things we’ve done together! We’ve seen the iconic Taj Mahal, gone on thrilling safaris, tasted delicious cuisine, visited sacred sites, and so much more – all while making unforgettable memories with a group of new friends. Saying goodbye is never easy, so let’s just say “see you next time”!

      Hotels

      We know that accommodation is important to you and it’s important to us too. We’ve therefore carefully hand-picked a selection of our favourite 3 & 4-star hotels for this itinerary. These are the hotels we typically use.

      Le Meridien hotel during a group tour of India
      The Clarks hotel, Varanasi during an India Group Tour

      Le Meridien, Delhi

      The Clarks, Varanasi

      Staying at Ranthambore Heritage Haveli during an India group tour
      Alsisar Haveli during an India group tour

      Ranthambore Heritage Haveli, Ranthambore

      Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur

      Crystal Sarovar in Agra during an India group tour

      Crystal Sarovar, Agra

      Le Meridien hotel during a group tour of India

      Le Meridien, Delhi

      The Clarks hotel, Varanasi during an India Group Tour

      The Clarks, Varanasi

      Staying at Ranthambore Heritage Haveli during an India group tour

      Ranthambore Heritage Haveli, Ranthambore

      Alsisar Haveli during an India group tour

      Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur

      Crystal Sarovar in Agra during an India group tour

      Crystal Sarovar, Agra

      What Our Guests Say

      Other Way Round guest testimonial of India group tour
      Other Way Round guest testimonial of India group tour
      Other Way Round guest review of India group tour
      Other Way Round guest review of India group tour

      “Head and Shoulders Above the Rest”

      Having been on numerous group holidays with more than 5 different companies, my standards are high and I can honestly say that Other Way Round is head and shoulders above all of them.

      “Not Mass Produced or Touristy”

      What I loved about this trip was that it didn’t feel mass produced and touristy. There was a sense of originality to it and uniqueness about the trip and the itinerary.

      “Completely Hassle Free”

      I usually travel DIY, where I arrange and book everything myself, and it was such a welcome change to have all that time and stress of booking the different elements of the trip taken away from me.

      “Trip of a Lifetime”

      I will never forget this trip. Not only because of the country itself, but because of the experience that Other Way Round gave me and the other group members. It was a trip of a lifetime and you will be missing out if you don’t just book it!

      What Our Guests Say

      Other Way Round guest review of India group tour

      "Head and Shoulders Above the Rest"

      Having been on numerous group holidays with more than 5 different companies, my standards are high and I can honestly say that Other Way Round is head and shoulders above all of them.

      "Not Mass Produced or Touristy"

      What I loved about this trip was that it didn’t feel mass produced and touristy. There was a sense of originality to it and uniqueness about the trip and the itinerary.

      “Completely Hassle Free”

      I usually travel DIY, where I arrange and book everything myself, and it was such a welcome change to have all that time and stress of booking the different elements of the trip taken away from me.

      “Trip of a Lifetime”

      I will never forget this trip. Not only because of the country itself, but because of the experience that Other Way Round gave me and the other group members. It was a trip of a lifetime and you will be missing out if you don’t just book it!

      Prices, Dates & Booking

      Rickshaws in Delhi during an India group tour
      Local musician during India group tour
      Candle ceremony during India group tour

      Prices

      Dates

      Booking Info

      2024 Trip Prices

      UK: £3500

      EU: 4200

      US: $4550

      CA: $5950

      2025 Trip Prices

      UK: £3700

      EU: €4450

      US: $4810

      CA: $6290

      2024

      26 Oct – 08 Nov (Diwali Festival)

      2025

      08 Mar – 21 Mar (Holi Festival)

      15 Oct – 28 Oct (Diwali Festival)

      • Get in touch (using form below) and tell us your preferred dates
      • We’ll confirm availability within 24 hrs
      • Confirm that you’d like to go ahead
      • Pay £200 / US$250 deposit to secure place
      • Pay remainder 2 months before departure
      Rickshaws in Delhi during India group tour

      Prices

      2024 Trip Prices

      UK: £3500

      EU: €4200

      US: $4550

      CA: $5950

      2025 Trip Prices

      UK: £3700

      EU: €4450

      US: $4810

      CA: $6290

      Local musician during India group tour

      Dates

      2024

      26 Oct – 08 Nov (Diwali Festival)

      2025

      08 Mar – 21 Mar (Holi Festival)

      15 Oct – 28 Oct (Diwali Festival)

      Candle ceremony during India group tour

      Booking Info

      • Get in touch (using form below) and tell us your preferred dates
      • We’ll confirm availability within 24 hrs
      • Confirm that you’d like to go ahead
      • Pay £200 / US$250 deposit to secure place
      • Pay remainder 2 months before departure

       

      Important Notes

      Am I a good fit for an OWR trip?

      We know it’s important to you to choose the right tour company for you.

      And equally, for us, it’s super important that we get the right people joining our trips (people who are likely to get the most out of it).

      We’d therefore appreciate if you could please read the following page carefully before signing up: OWR Trip Style

      Are international flights included?

      No.

      International flights are not included in the price of our tours. This is something you would book yourself seperately.

      Which airports should I fly into?

      Our trip starts in Delhi (DEL) and ends in Goa (GOI). You should organise your flights accordingly.

      You can arrive at any point on the first day.

      You can leave at any time on the last day. There are no activities scheduled for that day.

      If you need help researching flights, contact us at [email protected] or fill out the contact form on this page.

      Are airport transfers included?

      Yes, they are included at both the start and end of every trip.

      Notes

      • We only do transfers between airports and our selected hotels. No other locations.
      • For those tagging on extra days, we will endeavour to include transfers up to 2 days outside of official tour dates.

      Can I book a private room?

      Yes.

      Our standard prices are based on sharing a twin hotel room with one other person of the same gender.

      However, if you prefer a private then you can select this option for £860 / $1020 extra.

      Just let us know at the time of booking.

      Can I book pre and/or post accommodation?

      Yes, we can book you in for extra days at either our arrival hotel or departure hotel.

      This is up to a maximum of 2 days on either side. If for longer, we suggest you book directly with the hotel.

      Contact us at [email protected] for rates.

      I’m traveling solo, will I be the only one?

      No.

      Our trips are specifically designed for solo travelers so you will fit in perfectly.

      Some people may bring a friend but the majority will always be traveling solo.

      How do I book?

      You contact us either via the contact form on this site or by emailing us at [email protected].

      You confirm your name, your age, which country you are based in and you tell us the destination and dates you would like to join.

      We then send you an electronic invoice to collect your deposit payment.

      To reserve a spot you pay a £200 / $250 deposit and then the remaining balance must be paid by 60 days before the trip.

      If your booking is within 60 days, then you must pay the full balance at that point.

      Is the deposit refundable?

      No, the deposit is non-refundable.

      However, if you can no longer make the trip you can transfer that deposit onto any other future trip.

      Do you have payment plans?

      Yes.

      We can either split your balance into even monthly payments, or we can set it up so you can pay any smaller amounts as and when you like.

      Just let us know at the time of booking.

      Visas, vaccinations & packing lists?

      Two months before your trip you will receive a comprehensive pre-trip pack which tells you everything you need to get prepared for the trip (including info on visas, vaccinations & packing lists).

      As a heads up, most of our guests will need a tourist visa to come to India. This can be applied for closer to the time (processing time is only a few days) and will cost roughly £35 / $41 for the e-visa.

      Do you cater for special dietary requirements?

      Yes.

      We cater for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and other dietary requirements. We will always make sure there are options available to you in the restaurants we visit.

      Please be aware though that there will not likely be the same range of options as you have available in your home country.

      Will I get to meet other members of the group before the trip?

      Yes.

      In the week before the trip we will create a WhatsApp group with all the people joining the trip. This is a great opportunity to connect ahead of the trip.

      Are the hotels listed on the website the actual hotels you use?

      Generally yes, it will be these hotels.

      From time to time we may need to change a specific hotel if for example it’s not available on those given dates. But in such situations, we will always replace with another hotel at the same quality.

      What’s the cancellation policy?

      The £200/$250 deposit is non-refundable. However, if you need to cancel at any point, you can put this towards any future trip you book with us (in any location).

      The rest of the balance is refundable up until two months before the trip. From that point we have to start committing funds to local suppliers and so:-

      > 30-60 days before trip – 50% refund

      > 0–30 days before trip – 0% refund

      But, we also recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you for any unexpected last-minute cancellation.

      Enquire Now

      For bookings or enquiries, complete the form below or email [email protected] 

      And if you prefer to chat to someone, you can schedule a zoom call