Essential India

Classic, Delhi to Delhi

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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.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Women on Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport Your G for Good Moment: City Walk, Delhi
  • Old Delhi walk with stops at the Jama Masjid, Gurduwara, Chandni Chowk, and Connaught Place
  • Amber Fort tour (Jaipur)
  • Rajasthani rural village stay
  • Village cycling excursion (Dhula Village)
  • Abhaneri stepwells visit
  • Taj Mahal and I’timad-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) entrance
  • Agra Fort entrance and guided tour
  • Orchha Palace complex visit
  • Western Temple complex entrance and guided visit (Khajuraho)
  • Ganges River boat trip at sunrise and sunset, including candle flower ceremony (Varanasi)
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore india's vibrant cities
  • Discover ancient forts and temples
  • Revel in the beauty of agra's taj mahal
  • Witness the erotic sculptures of khajuraho and orchha
  • Sail the ganges in venerable varanasi

Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project. Included Activities: Women on Wheels Transfer Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Delhi Enjoy a youth-led walking tour of Delhi with G Adventures-supported project, City Walk. This tour offers a unique perspective of Delhi while supporting at-risk youth. 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 market before finishing at the Victorian Connaught Place, one of the most prominent architectural remnants of British rule. Included Activities: City Walk Jama Masjid Visit Gurdwara Sis Ganj Visit 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/Dhula Village (1D) Tonight's accommodation is in spacious and comfortable tents outfitted with beds, lamps, and simple en suite bathrooms. Included Activities: Village Cycling Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 50km)
Day 6 Dhula Village/Āgra (1B) Stop by the impressive Abhaneri stepwell en route to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Included Activities: Abhaneri Stepwell Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 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 (0.25-0.50 hours) Basic 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 Soak up some free time this morning and explore the city. Later, cut out the travel time with a flight back to Delhi. Transport: Plane
Day 15 Delhi Depart at any time.
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