Tour description provided by G Adventures

From the intricate saris of Rajasthan to the beautiful symmetry of the Taj Mahal, this compact journey is a photographer's delight and the perfect introduction to India. You'll float past the ghats on the Ganges River to encounter the spiritual heart of Hinduism in Varanasi and get off the beaten path exploring carved stepwells and quaint temples in rural villages. With the perfect combination of included activities and free time to explore the nation's rich heritage, you're sure to be caught up in India's incredible tapestry of life.


Day 1 Delhi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Women on Wheels Transfer

Day 2 Delhi

In the morning enjoy a city tour by local streetkids, a G Adventures-supported project. Later, visit Delhi’s famous Jama Masjid (Great Mosque) and climb the minaret for a bird’s eye view of the Old City. Walk through Chandni Chowk, one of India’s oldest and busiest markets, and learn the history of the Sikh religion at the important Gurdwara, (Sikh place of worship) Gurdwara SisGanj. Stop for photos at the colourful spice market before finishing at the Victorian Connaught Place, one of the most prominent architectural remnants of British rule. Included Activities: Guided Walking Tour with New Delhi Streetkids Project Jama Masjid Visit Gurdwara Sis Ganj Visit Delhi Spice Market Connaught Place Visit Chandni Chowk Visit

Day 3 Delhi/Jaipur

Drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and start exploring. Opt to visit the Jantar Mantar, or Royal Observatory. Don't miss the opprtunity to see a Bollywood film at the famous Art Deco Raj Mandir cinema. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 260km)

Day 4 Jaipur

Head out to visit the ruined city of Amber, the former capital of Jaipur state. Stop and take a photo of the Hawa Mahal palace complex, elaborate formal gardens, and a small lake. Included Activities: Amber Fort Visit

Day 5 Jaipur/Tordi Sāgar (1L, 1D)

Travel to the rural village of Tordi Sagar. Walk with a local resident through the markets, potters, iron smiths, temples, and farms and get a taste of the complexity of rural India. Go on a camel cart ride to the dunes or opt to take a jeep safari in the surrounding region. Visit hamlets around the village, ancient stepwells, or watch a stunning sunset on the reservoir. Included Activities: Tordi Sagar Local Village Tour Tordi Sagar Camel Cart Ride Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 100km)

Day 6 Tordi/Āgra (1B)

Opt for an early morning hike to the old fortress before continuing on towards Agra. Visit Abhaneri, known for its beautiful baoris (stepwells) and the famous Harshat Mata temple. Arrive to Agra, a city that is best known as the site of India’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Included Activities: Abhaneri Stepwell Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 250km)

Day 7 Āgra

Visit the sparkling Taj Mahal for sunrise then stick around to explore (if the light is better around sunset, we may visit later in the day instead). Later, visit the walled city of Agra Fort by cycle-rickshaw and the I'timad-ud-Daulah, or the Baby Taj. Included Activities: Taj Mahal Visit Agra Fort Visit Baby Taj Visit Transport: Visit the Agra Fort by human-powered cycle-rickshaw. Cycle rickshaw

Day 8 Āgra/Alīpura

Leave early and travel along typically rough Indian roads to Alipura, a friendly village which will be our base for two days. Here, stay in a heritage property with time to wander the town and interact with locals. Transport: Train (2.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))

Day 9 Alīpura

Travel 1.5 hrs to Khajuraho, one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Learn the history of these world-famous temples on a guided tour and enjoy a taste of a little erotica from the Middle Ages. After, opt to visit a nearby waterfall (seasonal) or watch an evening dance performance. Included Activities: Khajuraho Temples Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 96km) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 96km)

Day 10 Alīpura/Orchha

En route to Orchha, visit a unique paper making plant, set up to assist tribal women from the area. All the paper is made from recycled clothing and wood pulp. Continue on to Orchha and enjoy an orientation tour of this small town. Set on the banks of the Betwa River, it is the perfect antidote to the chaos of India’s cities. Later, attend an evening puja ceremony at the Ram Raja Temple. Included Activities: Tarragram Visit Puja Ceremony Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 96km)

Day 11 Orchha/Varanasi

Visit the Orchha Palace complex and enjoy free time before the overnight train to Varanasi. Opt for a local cooking class with a family. Included Activities: Orchha Palace Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 20km) Overnight train (beds) (13.00 hour(s))

Day 12 Varanasi

Disembark the train in legendary Varanasi, the quintessential Indian holy city where millions of Hindus visit for pilgrimage, to worship, to mourn, or to die. There is time here to shop, wander, and absorb the atmosphere of this unique city, while optional activities include the monasteries and ruins of nearby Sarnath, the site of the Buddha's first sermon. Included Activities: Evening Ganges Boat Tour

Day 13 Varanasi

Watch the sunrise from a boat along the Ganges. Enjoy free time in this holy city. Included Activities: Morning Ganges Boat Tour

Day 14 Varanasi/Delhi

Cut out the travel time with an afternoon flight back to Delhi. Transport: Flight

Day 15 Delhi

Depart at any time.