ESSENTIAL INDIA

ESSENTIAL INDIA

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 River Ganges 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.

Includes:

• Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project
• Walking tour with a guide from the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project
• Old Delhi walk with stops at the Jama Masjid, Gurduwara, Chandni Chowk, spice markets, and Connaught Place
• Amber Fort tour (Jaipur)
• Rajasthani rural village stay
• Camel cart ride (Tordi)
• 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)
• River Ganges boat trip at sunrise and sunset, including candle flower ceremony (Varanasi)
• Internal flight
• All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
• 13 nights in a hotel, one night in a sleeper train
• one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner

Level of support:

Guided

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14 nights

Price Range: $$$$$


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Day 1

Delhi
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project.

Day 2

Delhi
Take a morning walk through the city with a young adult from the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Later, visit Old Delhi, explore the spice markets, and visit Jama Masjid and Connaught Place.

Day 3

Delhi/Jaipur
Arrive in Jaipur and explore this gorgeous 'pink city'.

Day 4

Jaipur
Stop and take a photo of the 'Palace of the Winds' and wander the organized streets of the 'Pink City'. Later, enjoy a visit to the Amber Fort, famous for its mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture.

Day 5

Jaipur/Tordi Sāgar
Visit this Rajasthani rural village in the beautiful countryside with a close tie to the land.

Meals included: Lunch | Dinner

Day 6

Tordi/Āgra
Stop by the impressive Abhaneri stepwells on the way to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7

Āgra
Visit the famous Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort.

Day 8

Āgra/Alīpura
Travel to Alipura and stay in a heritage property in the village.

Day 9

Alīpura
Enjoy a day trip to Khajuraho to visit the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, India's largest group of medieval temples, known for their kama sutra statues.

Day 10

Alīpura/Orchha
Visit Orchha, a quiet rural town along the banks of the Betwa River and enjoy a puja ceremony. Visit a unique paper-making plant en route, set up to assist tribal women from the area.

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.

Day 12

Varanasi
Take an orientation walk through the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. Marvel at the ghats from the River Ganges as you enjoy boat trips at sunrise and sunset.

Day 13

Varanasi
Watch the sunrise from a boat along the Ganges. Enjoy free time in this holy city.

Day 14

Varanasi/Delhi
Cut out the travel time with an afternoon flight back to Delhi.

Day 15

Delhi
Depart at any time.

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