Essential India

Company : G Adventures
Activity: Tours
Country: India
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 weeks
Approx Costs: 500 to 1000 £ Pound (UK)

Explore India's vibrant cities, discover ancient forts and temples, revel in the beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal, witness the erotic sculptures of Khajuraho and Orchha, sail the Ganges in venerable Varanasi

From the intricate saris of Rajasthan to the beautiful symmetry of the Taj Mahal, this compact journey is a photographer's delight and the perfect introduction to India. You'll walk along the ghats on the River Ganges to encounter the spiritual heart of Hinduism in Varanasi and get off the beaten path exploring carved stepwells and quaint temples in rural villages. With the perfect combination of included activities and free time to explore the nation's rich heritage, you're sure to be caught up in India's incredible tapestry of life.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi
Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Delhi
Take a morning walk through the city with a young adult from the Planeterra-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Later, visit Old Delhi, explore the spice markets, and visit Jama Masjid and Connaught Place.

Days 3-4 Jaipur
Stop for a photo opportunity of the Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal) and wander the organized streets of the 'Pink City'. On Day 4, enjoy a visit to the Amber Fort, famous for its mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Opt to watch a Bollywood movie in Raj Mandir cinema.

Day 5 Tordi Sagar village
Visit this Rajasthani rural village in the beautiful countryside with a close tie to the land. Enjoy an include camel cart ride to the dam and Sand dunes in Tordi.

Days 6-7 Abhaneri/Agra
Stop by the Abhaneri stepwells on the way to Agra. Visit the famous Taj Mahal, Baby Taj and Agra Fort.

Day 8 Orchha
Visit the Orchha Palace complex in this quiet, rural town along the banks of the Betwa River. Opt to join a local family for a cooking class and lunch.

Days 9-11 Alipura/Khajuraho
Visit the Western Temple complex at India's largest group of medieval Hindu temples located in Khajuraho.

Days 12-13 Varanasi
Take an orientation walk through the oldest continually inhabited city in the world, dating back thousands of years. Marvel at the ghats from the River Ganges as you enjoy a boat trip at sunrise and sunset.

Day 14 Varanasi/Delhi
Free morning in Varanasi to wander around and do some last-minute shopping before returning to the colour, noise and excitement of Delhi on an afternoon flight.

Day 15 Delhi
Depart at any time.

 

Trip Specifics

  • Price: From £729 (available to book in other currencies)
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Start/Finish: Delhi
  • Code: AHEH

 

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