15 days,Delhi to Delhi

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.

What's Included

  • Walking tour with a guide from the Planeterra-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Old Delhi walk with stops at the Jama Masjid, Gurduwara, Chandni Chowk, spice markets and Connaught Place. Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal tour (Jaipur). Rajasthani rural village stay. Camel cart ride (Tordi). Abhaneri stepwells visit. Taj Mahal and I’timad-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) entrance. Red Fort entrance and guided tour. Orchha Palace complex visit. Western Temple complex entrance and guided visit (Khajuraho). River Ganges boat trip at sunrise and sunset, including candle flower ceremony (Varanasi). Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner (Allow USD250-300 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels (13 nts), sleeper train (1 nt).
  • Train, local bus, charter bus, auto-ricksaw, camel cart, small riverboat, plane.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12

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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

Visit the Palace of the Winds 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 (1L,1D)

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 (1B)

Stop by the Abhaneri stepwells on the way to Agra. Visit to the famous Taj Mahal, Baby Taj and Red 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.

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