Mysteries of India
This outstanding adventure through India's colourful interior offers a look at its history and heritage, bringing you to the imperial Mughal cities of Agra and New Delhi, stunning capitals of the former princely states and home to sprawling mansions and palaces. Meet the town elders of the traditional village of Chandelao. Explore the markets of the old city of Bikaner alongside a local expert in trade. This is the India so many travellers dream about.
Spend a night in a heritage hotel in Bikaner, Meet the town elders of a traditional village, Visit an NGO that provides services throughout rural India, See the world-famous Taj Mahal
Van, bus, jeep, train, cycle-rickshaw, walking.
Hotels/heritage homes (14 nts).
Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project. Walking tour and visit to Delhi Streetkids Project. Orientation tour of colonial Delhi. Tour of frescoed havelis of Shekhawati. Explore traditional markets in the old city of Bikaner with a local expert. Visit Junagarh Fort and Deshnoke's Karni Mata Temple (or Rat Temple). Visit Mehrangarh Fort and Clock Tower. Excursion to rural hamlets of Chandelao and Jojawar. Meet with elders of Chandelao village. Explore Udaipur. Visit Ranakpur Jain temples. Explore Jaipur and Amber Fort. Visit Fatehpur Sikri, Taj Mahal, and the Red Fort of Agra. 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/MandÄwa (1B)
Take a walk through the backstreets with a young adult taking part in the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Continue on to Colonial New Delhi for an orientation tour then drive to Mandawa village.
Day 3 MandÄwa/BÄ«kÄner (1B)
Start the day with a walking tour of Mandawa then drive to Bikaner and stay in a heritage hotel, once the residence of nobility. Visit the town's colourful markets and havelis. Option to visit a camel breeding centre.
Day 4 BÄ«kÄner (1B)
Explore traditional markets in the old city of Bikaner with a local expert. Learn about the age-old traditions of bartering and trading in tea and spices and how modern business practices are still influenced by the the old caravan routes. Later visit Junagarh Fort and the infamous Karni Mata (rat temple).
Day 5 BÄ«kÄner/Jodhpur (1B)
Arrive at the "Blue City" and visit Mehrangarh Fort in the afternoon, built in the 15th century and well-known for its iconic Clock Tower.
Day 6 Jodhpur/Chandelao (1B, 1D)
Take a Jeep excursion into the countryside to visit tribal hamlets of Bishnois and Prajapats. Continue on to Chandelao Garh and explore the village and local markets.
Day 7 Chandelao (1B, 1D)
Enjoy Chandelao Garh and explore the village and local markets. Meet with the village elders and teachers and discuss various aspects of daily life, economy and culture in rural areas. Also visit the Sunder Rang Project at Chandelao which is striving to help village women become more economically independent by training them in traditional crafts.
Day 8 Chandelao/Udaipur (1B)
Drive to Udaipur, visiting the stunning Ranakpur Jain temples en route. This afternoon, take an orientation walk with your CEO in Udaipur.
Day 9 Udaipur (1B, 1L)
Explore the City Palace museum, Pichola Lake with a boat ride, and a visit to the Jagdish Temple. For lunch enjoy a cooking demonstration at the home of a local family.
Day 10 Udaipur/Jojawar (1B, 1D)
Stay at a heritage home in Jojawar village and take a train safari through the picturesque Aravali mountains.
Day 11 Jojawar/Jaipur (1B)
Drive to Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan.
Day 12 Jaipur (1B)
Visit the 15th century Amber Fort which was the former capital of the region. Take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and visit the City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar Observatory.
Day 13 Jaipur/Agra (1B)
Drive to Agra, stopping to visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. In Agra, visit the famed Agra Fort.
Day 14 Agra/Delhi (1B)
Rise early to visit the world-famous Taj Mahal and enjoy the stunning sunrise views. Continue to Delhi.
Day 15 Delhi (1B)
Depart at any time.