Delve into the cultural riches of India during 15 unforgettable days 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; glimpse its soul.
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included through Women on Wheels, a G Adventures–supported project.
Walk through Delhi on an insider tour with a young adult from the G Adventures–supported City Walk project. Later, explore Old Delhi with our CEO and enjoy a rickshaw ride through the busy streets. (1B)
Fly to Varanasi, the quintessential Indian holy city. In the afternoon, enjoy a lecture at the ghats (stairs) of the Ganges on the river’s spiritual, social, and economic significance, and then embark on a boat just before sunset. The next day, rise early for a dawn-lit boat ride on the river and observe rituals of bathing and burial. Then have breakfast at Open Hand Café, a G Adventures partner, to learn how this social enterprise is providing opportunity to local people. Later, visit Sarnath, the site of the Buddha’s first sermon. (2B)
Fly to Khajuraho and visit the western group of the temple complex, famed for its erotic sculptures depicting the Kama Sutra. Later, take a yoga class. (1B)
Today, travel by road before mingling with locals on the train ride to Agra. (1B)
This morning, explore the magnificent Taj Mahal and visit the Agra Fort. Later, travel by private vehicle to Ranthambore National Park. (1B, 1D)
Enjoy two safari drives through the park with local naturalists/rangers to spot leopards, monkeys, and, with some luck, one of the park’s elusive tigers. Then walk with some locals to the ruins of Ranthambore Fort and visit the Trinetra Ganesh Temple. (1B, 1D)
Drive to Jaipur and delve into India’s history with visits to the City Palace, the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), and the impressive Amber Fort. Enjoy a traditional culinary experience with a local family, visiting a nearby market with them and then sitting down to a meal in their home. (2B, 1D)
Travel to the village of Jojawar and spend the night in a family-run guesthouse. Explore the village and meet some of its residents. Opt to take a rustic train safari through the Aravalli Hills. (1B, 1D)
Travel to Udaipur and take an orientation walk. Discover Lake Pichola and the fairy-tale Lake Palace. Explore the City Palace and Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. (2B)
Fly to Delhi for our final evening, and opt to join a farewell dinner. Depart at any time the next day. (2B)
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