Day 1 Delhi Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Village Cycling Excursion
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.
Abhaneri Stepwell Visit
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.
Taj Mahal Visit
Agra Fort Visit
Baby Taj Visit
Visit the Agra Fort by human-powered 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.
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.
Khajuraho Temples Guided Tour
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.
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.
Orchha Palace Visit
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.
Evening Ganges Boat Tour
Day 13 Varanasi Watch the sunrise from a boat along the Ganges. Enjoy free time in this holy city.
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.
Day 15 Delhi/Kochi (1B) Transfer to the airport and fly to Kochi. In the evening, there will be a welcome meeting for new travellers joining the group.
You may have one CEO for the North and one for the South. In this case you will be transferred to the airport in Delhi and fly unescorted to Kochi -- either on your own or with any other travellers who are continuing on for the south portion of the tour. Upon arrival to Kochi, there is free time to relax until the welcome meeting in the evening.
Plane (3.00-3.50 hours)
Day 16 Kochi Enjoy a morning orientation walk of Fort Kochi. After, take some free time to explore before an evening performance of kathakali, a form of traditional dancing from Kerala.
Day 17 Kochi/Kalpetta Take a morning train followed by a scenic drive to reach Kalpetta, in the Wayanad district.
Train (4.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 18 Kalpetta Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Western Ghat region of Kerala, it is spread over an area of nearly 345 sq km and has a variety of exotic flora and fauna. The sanctuary was declared as a site of Project Elephant in the year 1992.
Wayanad Nature Walk
Wayanad Sanctuary Wildlife Drive
Day 19 Kalpetta/Mysore Travel to Mysore (formally Mysuru) located in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, which was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 to 1947.
Day 20 Mysore Imagine life as a Maharaja on a guided tour of the Mysore Palace. Later, join the throngs of pilgrims at Chamundi Hills, with its temple on top, and Nandi the Bull (ridden by the Hindu god Shiva) a short walk below.
In your free time, visit the Devaraja fruit and vegetable market or join a yoga class at one of the many local institutes.
Opt to drive to Somnathpur, home to one of the most famous Hoysala Temples in India.
Chamundi Temple Visit
Mysore Palace Visit
Day 21 Mysore/Māmallapuram Arrive by train to Chennai before continuing south for a short ride to the small village of Mamallapuram. Visit the 7th century Shore Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Shore Temple Visit
Enjoy a scenic ride to the east coast aboard Indian's vast rail system. Play cards, meet your fellow passengers or let the landscapes soak in.
Train (8.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Day 22 Māmallapuram Free time to explore Mamallapuram.
Day 23 Māmallapuram/Puducherry In the morning, drive to Pondicherry (now known as Puducherry), formerly the the largest French Colony in India and an important trading town. There is a strong French influence in the city's layout, with wide boulevards and French-style houses, but the city is undoubtedly Indian.
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)
Day 24 Puducherry/Madurai Travel inland to Madurai, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 25 Madurai After visiting the temple complex, opt to visit the handicraft shops or duck into the cool shade of the covered, stone tailor’s market where, for a few rupees, rows of expert tailors will whip you up a custom shirt in minutes, all done on antique foot-pump sewing machines. In the late evening, opt to visit the Meenakshi Temple again for a glimpse of the nighttime rituals.
Meenakshi Temple Visit
Day 26 Madurai/Periyār Sanctuary (1D) Thekkady, adjacent to Periyar National Park, is the spice capital of India. On arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the spice plantations and a tea factory.
Opt for a boat ride on the Periyar Lake.
Cardamom Hills Spice Plantation Tour
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 27 Periyār Sanctuary/Kerala Backwaters (1L, 1D) Travel down to the backwaters from Thekkady to catch a private boat for the short journey to the village homestay.
In the afternoon, explore the island with a local person to observe the different facets of local life — it's a great opportunity to meet and talk with the people who live in this unique location.
Just before sunset, hop on a small country boat and journey along with the locals to enjoy sunset on the winding backwaters.
For this homestay, you will only need to take a small overnight bag. Your main bags will be transferred directly to the hotel in Kochi.
Kerala Backwaters Homestay
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.50 hours, 145km)
Boat (0.25 hour(s))
Day 28 Kerala Backwaters/Kochi (1B) The morning is spent enjoying the last of our host family's hospitality. Learn to cook some of the wonderful food, watch the toddy tappers at work, or wander around the village and explore more of the life on the backwaters.
Depart the homestay and travel back to Kochi. The trip ends on arrival to Kochi in the early afternoon.
Departure Day (Activities)
Boat (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))