Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • Explore five UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the incredible Taj Mahal.
  • Cruise the Ganges River at sunrise to witness ancient Hindu rituals, and prepare a meal with a family in Jaipur.
  • Go on game drives in Ranthambore National Park.

Itinerary

Itinerary

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.

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
Enjoy a youth-led walk through Delhi as part of the G Adventures-supported City Walk project. Later, explore Old Delhi with your CEO including a rickshaw ride through the busy streets, Jama Masjid (Great Mosque), Chandni Chowk local market, and Gurdwara Sikh Temple.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 3: Delhi/Varanasi
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Surya (or similar)
Day 4: Varanasi
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Surya (or similar)
Day 5: Varanasi/Khajurāho
Fly to Khajuraho and visit the western temples, famed for their erotic sculptures depicting the Kama Sutra.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 6: Khajurāho/Āgra
We'll start today's travel by private bus and then public train, where we'll meet locals on the way to Agra.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 7: Āgra/Ranthambore National Park
This morning, explore the magnificent Taj Mahal. Later, travel to Ranthambore National Park and take in the magnificent surroundings before heading out on safari the next day.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Pug Mark (or similar)
Day 8: Ranthambore National Park
Explore the park with local rangers on a private safari drive in search of deer, birds, leopards, monkeys, and if we're lucky, the elusive tigers. Also, walk with locals through the ruins of the 1,000-year-old Ranthambore Fort and visit the Ganesh Temple.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Pug Mark (or similar)
Day 9: Ranthambore National Park/Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur and delve further into India's history.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Madhuban (or similar)
Day 10: Jaipur
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, cooking demonstration, and meal in their home.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Madhuban (or similar)
Day 11: Jaipur/Jojawar
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Rawla Jojawar (or similar)
Day 12: Jojawar/Udaipur
Travel to Udaipur and take an orientation walk and boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 13: Udaipur
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. This evening, take a yoga class.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 14: Udaipur/Delhi
Fly to Delhi for the final evening with the option to enjoy a farewell dinner.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 15: Delhi
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast