Land of the Maharajas (AHLM)
Legend has it that colour film was invented specifically to capture the vibrancy of India. (Okay, we made that up, but still.) This adventure offers a look at the history and heritage of this land, bringing you to the imperial Mughal cities of Agra and New Delhi, stunning capitals of the former princely states—home to sprawling haveli and Rajput-era palaces—and rural Rajasthan villages and fortified towns untouched by time. And with air-conditioned transport and accommodation throughout, you'll feel a little like royalty yourself.
Highlights: Experience the regal lifestyle staying in heritage homes and rural palaces, explore stunning forts and intriguing local markets, discover rural Indian culture in hamlets and villages, bask in the glory of the magnificent Taj Mahal
India Explorer (AHSS)
Walking through Delhi’s markets, you realize that India’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced—its kaleidoscope of culture and colour has burnt itself into your memory. And it’s not just the magnificent forts or treasures like the Taj Mahal that impress—it’s the country’s spirit. Visit the birthplace of Buddhism and Hinduism to gain greater insight into this ancient and complex land. Explore the hidden side of Delhi guided by a former streetkid taking part in the Planeterra-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. With this new perspective, our expert guides will bring you deep into one of the world’s most culturally and spiritually fascinating places.
Highlights: Walk Delhi's backstreets with a local youth guide on a Planeterra-supported street kids rehabilitation project, uncover spirituality at Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh temples, observe ancient local ceremonies on the holy Ganges River, go on safari in Ranthambore with local park rangers/naturalists, Enjoy a village stay in a historic heritage hotel.
Wonders of North India (AHJI)
There’s so much to see and do in India that no traveller’s experience there is ever alike. This trip blends the classic highlights you find in the glossy travel spreads with intimate, highly personal moments far from the beaten path. Marvel at the colonial treasures of New Delhi and the flat-out gorgeous Taj Mahal, then haggle for the best deal like a lifelong local in the bustling markets. In Rajasthan, you’ll see colours you never even knew existed, and in Gujarat, you’ll stumble across stone-age settlements and some of the world’s rarest wildlife.
Highlights: Enjoying the fascinating blend of ancient and modern, Exploring historical forts and rural villages, marvelling at the remote Sanctuary of Kutch, Experiencing the fascinating old town of Bhuj and stunning caves at Ellora.