India on a Shoestring
From the monuments of Delhi to the colourful cities of Rajasthan, experience three weeks of northern India's best. Marvel at Jaisalmer's mud fortress and Bikaner's unique temple before journeying into the desert for an overnight camel safari. Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and make your way to the Ganges River at Varanasi. Your expert CEO will take care of the hassles so you're free to see the sights or just soak up the vibe India is home to great food, fascinating culture, alluring sights, and friendly and inviting people. Discover the charms and mystery that make up this incredible country.
Drink in a kaleidoscope of colour and culture, experience spiritual Varanasi along the Ganges, marvel at the Taj Majal, wander the streets and markets in vibrant cities, revel in the colourful villages of Rajasthan.
Train, metro, local bus, charter bus, tuk tuk, small riverboat, camel, 4x4 vehicle.
Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (15 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), camping (1 nt).
G Adventures for Good: City Walk, Delhi. Guided tour of the Taj Mahal (Agra) and the Amber Fort (Jaipur). Orientation walks in Old Delhi, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, and Jaipur. Overnight camel safari. Ganges River boat trip at sunrise and sunset (including candle flower ceremony). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Delhi
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Delhi/BÄ«kÄner
Join a youth-led tour through Delhi held by G Adventures-supported project, City Walk, before an afternoon orientation walk in Old Delhi. Take the overnight train to Bikaner.
Day 3 BÄ«kÄner/RÄisar (1L, 1D)
Enjoy a camel safari, then camp overnight in the desert.
Day 4 RÄisar/BÄ«kÄner (1B)
After an optional sunrise viewing from atop dunes, transfer back to Bikaner. Enjoy an orientation of the Old City and the markets.
Day 5 BÄ«kÄner/Jaisalmer
Arrive in Jaisalmer and take time to explore. Check out its ancient yet still-inhabited fort.
Day 7 Jaisalmer/Jodhpur
Take an orientation walk around town, then opt to visit the Mehrangarh Fort.
Day 8 Jodhpur/Udaipur
Journey southeast to the city of Udaipur, and get to know the Old City on an orientation walk.
Day 9 Udaipur
Opt to visit the City Palace, or take in an evening dance performance at Bagore Ki Haveli.
Day 10 Udaipur/Pushkar
Orientation walk upon arrival in Pushkar. Opt to tour the world's only temple to the Hindu god of creation, Brahma, or scour the markets for Indian wares.
Day 11 Pushkar/Tordi SÄgar (1D)
Dive into rural life and visit a potter and other local areas of the village. Opt to take a jeep safari to the dunes for sunset, head out for a hike in the hills, or get a henna tattoo from the local women.
Day 12 Tordi SÄgar/Jaipur (1B, 1L)
Enjoy a local lunch prepared by traditional methods at a village hamlet, then continue to Jaipur. Take an orientation walk around town. Enjoy free time to explore other sites around town.
Day 13 Jaipur
Enjoy a guided tour of the Amber Fort. Take some free time to explore other sites around town.
Day 14 Jaipur/Agra
Take a guided tour of the Taj Mahal. Opt to explore the Agra Fort and Baby Taj.
Day 15 Agra/Varanasi
Enjoy free time in Agra before boarding an overnight train to Varanasi.
Day 16 Varanasi
Cruise the Ganges River by boat at sunset and enjoy a candle flower ceremony.
Day 17 Varanasi
Cruise the Ganges on a morning boat tour with free time in the afternoon to explore.
Day 18 Varanasi/Delhi
Free day to explore Varanasi before boarding an overnight train to Delhi.
Day 19 Delhi
Free time to explore Delhi.
Day 20 Delhi
Depart at any time.
Day 6 Jaisalmer
Enjoy a free day to continue exploring the "Golden City".