Experience a spiritual journey to the soul of India's religious culture, visit the Golden Temple and Taj Mahal, explore the nuances of yoga and Hindu beliefs at Rishikesh, witness the famous India/Pakistan border ceremony
Religion and spiritual thought have ranked among India’s greatest exports since the dawn of recorded history: Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism all originated here, and the country boasts significant populations of Muslims and Christians, too. On this trip, you’ll explore the roots of some of the world’s major religions, visiting temples, shrines and tombs—including the legendary Taj Mahal—sacred to millions while absorbing the rich culture and vibrant daily life of this exciting country. Load up on memory cards; you’re going to need them.
- Planeterra-supported Delhi Streetkids walk. Old and New Delhi tour. Golden Temple visit and evening Wagah border ceremony (Amritsar). McLeod Ganj orientation walk. Rishikesh orientation walk. Taj Mahal visit (Agra). Agra orientation walk. Jaipur orientation walk. Pushkar orientation walk. Ajmer Dargah, Bramha Temple and Pushkar Lake visit.
- (Allow USD280-350 for meals not included.)
- Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts), sleeper train (1 nt).
- Train, metro, local bus, charter bus, jeep, cycle-rickshaw, auto-rickshaw.
- 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/Amritsar
Support Planeterra's New Delhi Streetkids Project on an included walk led by rehabilitated street kids before transferring to Amritsar.
Days 3 Amritsar
Visit the Golden Temple. Option to observe the formal India/Pakistan Wagah border ceremony in the evening.
Days 4-6 McLeod Ganj/Dharamsala
Orientation walk around McLeod Ganj, the famous seat of the Tibetan government in exile and current home to the Dalai Lama. Optional tour of beautiful Norbulingka, set among beautiful gardens. Overnight train to Rishikesh.
Days 7-8 Rishikesh/Haridwar
Visit the holy city of Rishikesh known for yoga and ashrams then visit Haridwar, known to be one of the sites where the elixir of immortality spilled from the pitcher, according to Hindu mythology. Option to go rafting.
Day 9 Agra
Travel to the city of the Taj—Agra. Orientation walk upon arrival.
Day 10-11 Jaipur
Visit the Taj Mahal. Orientation walk upon arrival to Jaipur and optional visit to the Amber Fort.
Day 12-13 Pushkar
Orientation walk around town. Visit Ajmer Dargah, the Bramha Temple and the Pushkar Lake. Afternoon train back to Delhi.
Day 14 Delhi
Depart at any time.
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