Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • Meet with a local historian in Jaipur.
  • Cruise the backwaters of Kerala aboard a houseboat.
  • Meet with a local spice expert.

Itinerary

Itinerary

From top to bottom, India is incredible. Explore both northern and southern regions on a 14-day journey to India’s most iconic sites. Explore Rajasthan’s grand forts and palaces, discover new depths of relaxation on a houseboat in Kerala’s backwaters, and learn about traditional culture in the small village of Sawarda. Round out the experience with pilgrimages to the glorious Taj Mahal, the “Pink City” of Jaipur, and Kochi's fishing markets.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Delhi
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through Women on Wheels, a G Adventures-supported project.
Day 2: Delhi/Āgra
Enjoy a youth-led walk through Delhi as part of the G Adventures-supported City Walk project. Later, explore Old Delhi with your CEO before an afternoon drive to Agra.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Seven Hills Tower (or similar)
Day 3: Āgra
Spend the day visiting the highlights of the walled city of Agra including the famed Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Seven Hills Tower (or similar)
Day 4: Āgra/Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur, visiting the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the village of Abhaneri, which has one of India's deepest and largest stepwells (tank gardens).
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Mandawa Haveli (or similar)
Day 5: Jaipur
Explore the "Pink City," known also as Jaipur, including the Amber Fort, City Palace, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Listen to a local historian/scholar discuss the spirituality, social fabric, customs, and traditions of India.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Mandawa Haveli (or similar)
Day 6: Jaipur/Sāwarda
Drive to the rural village of Sawarda where we stay in a heritage home. Exploring this traditional village is like stepping back in time. Walk and meet with locals and explore how urbanization affects village life, modernization and its benefits and disadvantages, as well as simple village customs and traditions.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Sawarda Palace (or similar)
Day 7: Sāwarda/Delhi
Drive back to bustling Delhi. Opt to join your CEO for a group dinner.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 8: Delhi/Kochi
Fly to Kochi. In the evening, meet your South India CEO and some new group members.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Fort Abode (or similar)
Day 9: Kochi
Enjoy a walking tour in old Fort Kochi, including the fish market, Chinese fishing nets, Dutch Palace, and Jewish Quarter. Meet a local spice expert, learning the medicinal and culinary uses of spices and their importance in the life of Kerala and all of India. This evening, enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Fort Abode (or similar)
Day 10: Kochi/Kumarakom
Visit Tripunithura Hill Palace then continue to Kumarakom on Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. Enjoy a canoe paddle along the narrow canals and take a walking tour through the paddy fields and Chempu village.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Kerala Soma Palace (or similar)
Day 11: Kumarakom/Kerala Backwaters
Spend the day cruising the Kerala backwaters on a comfortable houseboat while observing local village life and bird watching. Later, visit a local home in Alleppey and enjoy a cooking demonstration of traditional Kerala cuisine and dine in the family's home.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Citrus Alleppey (or similar)
Day 12: Kerala Backwaters/Vypīn Island
This morning, meet with a representative of the Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Programme to learn about the ongoing work by local communities to conserve the lake and surrounding wetlands. This project was created by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), an organization that the National Geographic has collaborated with on many conservation projects across India over the past decade. Continue by boat to a fish sanctuary established by traditional fishermen through the program. Meet with some of the fishermen and see firsthand how their traditional ways of collecting and processing clams are models for the management of lake resources. After, continue to the beach to relax in paradise with free time to explore.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 13: Vypīn Island
Free time on Vypīn Island.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Cherai Beach Resorts (or similar)
Day 14: Vypīn Island
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast