Down the Ganges
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What can you do with 15 days in India? Oh, this and that… Start with whitewater rafting in the foothills of the Himalayas and a visit to the Taj Mahal, a monument that redefines the word ‘monumental'. Next, hunt river dolphins (with your camera, of course), witness the moving burial ceremonies at the ghats of Varanasi and camp out along the shores of the mighty Ganges itself. From bustling New Delhi to gorgeous Agra to colonial Kolkata and all points in between, this is India in a nutshell—a huge, wonderful, brightly-coloured nutshell.
Day 1 Delhi
Arrive at any time.
Days 2-4 Rishikesh/Haridwar
Morning train to Haridwar. Whitewater rafting at Rishikesh. Witness an evening Aarti, the waving of lighted wicks that accompanies almost all Hindu ceremonies.
Days 5-6 Agra
Visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Overnight train to Allahabad.
Day 7 Allahabad
Arrive early in the morning. Boat ride to the confluence of the two mighty rivers of India, the Ganges and the Yamuna.
Day 8 Riverbank camp (L,D)
Drive to Mirzapur. Embark on a sailing trip down the Ganges, camp along the river overnight.
Days 9-10 Varanasi (B)
Explore Chunar Fort and later drive to Varanasi. Evening Aarti along the Ganges.
Days 11-12 Bodhgaya
Drive to Bodhgaya. Explore Bodhi Temple and join a meditation camp.
Days 13-14 Kolkata (Calcutta)
Day train to Kolkata. Take a ferry ride on the Hoogly river. Visit the Victoria Memorial Hall.
Day 15 Kolkata
Depart at any time.
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