Down the Ganges

Classic, Delhi to Delhi

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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 beautiful Orchha and all points in between, this is India in a nutshell—a huge, wonderful, brightly-coloured nutshell.

What’s included

  • Rafting in Rishikesh
  • Evening aarti in Haridwar
  • Taj Mahal and Agra Fort visit
  • Sailing on the Ganges with overnight camping
  • Evening and morning boat rides in Varanasi
  • Visit Orchha Palace

Highlights

  • Sail along the ganges river
  • Go whitewater rafting through exciting rapids
  • Experience the spirituality of india during an evening aarti
  • Marvel at the beauty of the taj mahal

Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Orientation Walk
Day 2 Delhi/Rishīkesh Take a morning train to Haridwar then drive to Rishikesh. Explore this holy city. Transport: Train (5.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 3 Rishīkesh Enjoy whitewater rafting in Rishikesh and spend the afternoon exploring. Included Activities: Whitewater Rafting
Day 4 Rishīkesh/Haridwar Visit the prominent holy city of Haridwar, regarded as one of the seven holiest places for Hindus. Witness an evening aarti, the waving of lighted wicks that accompanies almost all Hindu ceremonies. Included Activities: Evening Aarti Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 5 Haridwar/Āgra Take a morning train to Agra. Spend the evening exploring. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (10.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Āgra/Allahābād Watch the sunrise in the city of Agra, best known for the Taj Mahal. Visit this great icon of Mughal architecture in the early morning for the best light. In the afternoon, visit I’timad-ud-Daulah, also known as the ‘Baby Taj'. Ride a cycle-rickshaw to visit the Agra Fort. In the evening, hop an overnight train. Included Activities: Taj Mahal Visit Baby Taj Visit Agra Fort Visit Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (8.00-9.00 hours)
Day 7 Allahābād/Chunār (1L, 1D) Head to a hotel in town to change up for the day before continuing to Mirzapur to embark on a day of sailing on the sacred River Ganges. Allahabad is an important town on the Ganges for pilgrims and it's confluence of two of the great rivers — the Ganges and Yamuna. This point is known as Sangam and it's the place Hindus come to wash away their sins. Enjoy sleeping by the river with cooks and helpers to make the experience comfortable. Included Activities: Ganges Sailing Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Boat
Day 8 Chunār/Robertsganj (1B, 1L, 1D) Drive to Rajpur to explore the village and forested area of Robertsganj. Learn about this off-the-beaten-path destination on a walk with a local guide. Opt for a 4x4 safari through the forest or ride a bicycle around town. Camp overnight at a site run by the local villagers, providing sustainable support for the neighbouring communities. Included Activities: Guided Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
Day 9 Robertsganj/Varanasi (1B) Continue on to the holy city of Varanasi. Take boats out onto the sacred Ganges River to enjoy the sunset. For the evening boat journey, experience a candle flower ceremony on the boats. With time in Varanasi, opt to shop, wander, and absorb the atmosphere of this unique city, while optional activities include visiting the monasteries and ruins of nearby Sarnath, site of the Buddha's first sermon. Included Activities: Evening Ganges Boat Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Varanasi (1B) Watch the sunrise from a boat on the Ganges before a free day to explore the city. Included Activities: Morning Ganges Boat Tour
Day 11 Varanasi/Khajurāho Spend the day travelling to Khajuraho via Satna. Visit the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, India's largest group of medieval temples, known for their kama sutra statues. Included Activities: Khajuraho Temples Guided Tour Transport: Train (5.50-6.00 hours) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Khajurāho/Orchha Stop in Alipura to break up the drive and have lunch in town. Opt to enjoy the heritage palace for lunch or take a bullock cart ride through town. Continue on to Orchha for the night. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 96km) Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 96km)
Day 13 Orchha Set on the banks of the Betwa River, Orchha is the perfect antidote to the chaos of India’s cities. Visit the Orchha Palace complex and learn more about this fascinating place. Opt for a local cooking class with a family or attend an evening puja ceremony at the Ram Raja Temple. Included Activities: Orchha Palace Visit
Day 14 Orchha/Delhi Vsit Tarragram, 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. Later, head back to Delhi by the Shatabdi Express train. Included Activities: Tarragram Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (0.25-0.50 hours) Train (5.00 hour(s))
Day 15 Delhi Depart at anytime.
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