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.
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.
- Arrival transfer. Walking tour with a youth guide in Delhi. Rickshaw tour of Old Delhi with visit to Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Gurudwara. Orientation walk of Varanasi. Excursion to Sarnath. Sunset and sunrise boat trip on the Ganges River. Breakfast at Open Hand, a vocational training cafe. Tour of the Khajuraho Temples. Yoga class. Kandariya Dance Show. Guided tour of the Taj Majal and visit the Red Fort. Two safari drives with wildlife viewing and visit to Ranthambore Fort and the Ganesh temple. Tour Jaipur including the City Palace, Palace of the Winds and Amber Fort. Village stay at Rawla Jojawar in a historic heritage hotel. Explore Udaipur including Jag Mandir, City Palace, and Jagdish Temple. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners. (Allow USD500-600 for meals not included.)
- Comfort hotels (14 nts).
- Minibus, train, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws, small riverboat, plane, walking.
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12.
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Day 1 Delhi
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2 Delhi (1B)
Take a walk through the backstreets of Delhi with a young adult taking part in the Planeterra-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. As a former streetkid, your guide will offer a unique insight into the real Delhi and you will visit the projects headquarters. Later, explore Old Delhi with our CEO including a rickshaw ride and visit to Jama Masjid (Great Mosque), Chandni Chowk local market, Q'tub Minar and Gurduwara Sikh Temple.
Day 3-4 Varanasi (2B)
Fly to Varanasi and enjoy an orientation walk and sunset boat trip on the Ganges River. On Day 4, rise early for a sunrise boat ride along the Ganges to observe the dawn rituals of bathing and burial. After, have breakfast at one of Planeterra's grassroots partners - Open Hand, a vocational training cafe. Open Hand is a social enterprise whose mission is to transform society by providing dignified and meaningful job opportunities to underprivileged people in India. This afternoon take an excursion to Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon.
Day 5 Khajuraho (1B)
Fly to Khajuraho and visit the Western Temples, famed for their erotic sculptures depicting the Kama Sutra. Also take a yoga class and enjoy a local Kandariya dance show.
Day 6 Agra (1B)
Today we travel by private vehicle then meet some local people on the train ride to Agra.
Days 7 Agra/Ranthambore (1B,1D)
This morning, explore the magnificent Taj Mahal and visit the Red Fort. Later travel to Ranthambore National Park by private vehicle and train.
Day 8 Ranthambore National Park (1B,1D)
Explore the park with local naturalists/rangers on two safari drives in search of deer, birds, leopards and monkeys - if we are lucky, we may even see one of the illusive tigers. Also, walk with the locals to the ruins of Ranthambore Fort and visit the Ganesh Temple.
Days 9-10 Jaipur (2B)
Drive to Jaipur and delve further into India's history with visits to the City Palace, Palace of the Winds and the impressive Amber Fort.
Days 11 Rawla Jojawar (1B,1D)
Travel to the Village of Jojawar and spend the night in an historic heritage hotel. Explore the village with the opportunity to meet with locals who provide insight into rural life in India. Option to take a rural train safari through the Aravali Hill ranges.
Days 12-13 Udaipur (2B)
Travel to Udaipur and take an orientation walk including a visit to Lake Pichola and Lake Palace. On Day 12, explore the City Palace and Jagdish Temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Day 14 Delhi (1B)
Fly to Delhi for the final evening with option to enjoy a farewell dinner.
Day 15 Delhi (1B)
Depart at any time.
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