Treat yourself to 15 unforgettable days of discovery in Delhi, Jaipur, Varanasi, and more. Enjoy a guided tour of the world's most magnificent testimonial to love the Taj Mahal. Visit the birthplace of Buddhism and Hinduism, spend a night in a traditional village, witness holy rituals on a sunrise Ganges cruise, and discover the hidden side of Delhi with a former street youth now taking part in a G Adventures-supported project. Don't just see India; get inside its soul.
Minibus, train, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws, boat, plane, walking.
Hotels (14 nts).
Walk the backstreets of Delhi with a local guide, enjoy a talk with a local historian and scholar, explore the grand forts and palaces in Rajasthan, enjoy a safari in Ranthambore National Park, experience local living with a heritage village homestay
Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project. Backstreets walking tour in Delhi. Rickshaw tour of Old Delhi. Qutub Minar visit. Orientation walk of Varanasi. Lecture on the Ganges. Excursion to Sarnath. Sunset and sunrise boat trips on the Ganges River. Breakfast at Open Hand vocational training cafa©. Tour of the Khajuraho temples. Yoga class. Tours of the Taj Majal and the Red Fort. Two safari drives. Visit Ranthambore Fort and the Ganesh temple. Tour Jaipur and visit Amber Fort. Cooking demonstration and dinner in a family home. Village stay at Rawla Jojawar in a historic heritage hotel. Tour Udaipur. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Delhi
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through Women on Wheels, a G Adventures-supported project.
Day 2 Delhi (1B)
Walk through the backstreets of Delhi with a young adult taking part in the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Later, explore Old Delhi with our CEO including a rickshaw ride through the busy streets, Jama Masjid (Great Mosque), Chandni Chowk local market, and Gurdwara Sikh Temple.
Day 3 Delhi/Varanasi (1B)
Fly to Varanasi, the quintessential Indian holy city. Enjoy a lecture at the Ghats of the Ganges by a research scholar about the river's significance spiritually, socially, economically and politically. After, we'll cruise the sacred Ganges at sunset, enjoy a candle and flower ceremony accompanied by sitar and tabla playing, and observe an evening aarti (prayer) ceremony.
Day 4 Varanasi (1B)
Rise early for a boat ride along the Ganges to observe the sunrise, as well as the bathing and burial dawn rituals. Later, have breakfast at Open Hand, a vocational training cafe. G Adventures has partnered with Open Hand to provide dignified and meaningful job opportunities to India's underprivileged. Take an excursion to Sarnath later in the afternoon, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon.
Day 5 Varanasi/KhajurÄho (1B)
Fly to Khajuraho and visit the western temples, famed for their erotic sculptures depicting the Kama Sutra. This evening, take a yoga class.
Day 6 KhajurÄho/Agra (1B)
We'll start today's travel by private bus and then public train, where we'll meet locals on the way to Agra.
Day 7 Agra/Ranthambore National Park (1B, 1D)
This morning, explore the magnificent Taj Mahal and visit the Agra Fort. Later, travel to Ranthambore National Park and take in the magnificent surroundings before heading out on safari the next day.
Day 8 Ranthambore National Park (1B, 1D)
Explore the park with local naturalists/rangers on two private safari drives in search of deer, birds, leopards, monkeys, and if we're lucky, the elusive tigers. Also, walk with locals through the ruins of the 1000 year-old Ranthambore Fort and visit the Ganesh Temple.
Day 9 Ranthambore National Park/Jaipur (1B)
Drive to Jaipur and delve further into India's history.
Day 10 Jaipur (1B, 1D)
Explore Jaipur including the City Palace, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar Observatory and Hawa Mahal. This evening, enjoy a culinary experience with a family in Jaipur, including a local market visit and cooking demonstration and meal in their home.
Day 11 Jaipur/Jojawar (1B, 1D)
Travel to the village of Jojawar and spend the night in a historic heritage hotel. Explore the village and take the opportunity to meet with locals who provide insight into rural life in India. Opt to take a rural train safari through the Aravali Hill ranges.
Day 12 Jojawar/Udaipur (1B)
Travel to Udaipur and take an orientation walk and boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Day 13 Udaipur (1B)
Explore the City including a visit to the City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India and the Jagdish Temple, built in 1651 and dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation.
Day 14 Udaipur/Delhi (1B)
Fly to Delhi for the final evening with the option to enjoy a farewell dinner.
Day 15 Delhi (1B)
Depart at any time.