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

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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 tour (Jaipur)
  • Rajasthani rural village stay
  • Camel cart ride (Tordi)
  • Abhaneri stepwells visit
  • Taj Mahal and I’timad-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) entrance
  • Agra 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.)
  • 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
  • Hotels (13 nts), sleeper train (1 nt).

Day 1Delhi

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Delhi

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.

Day 3Delhi/Jaipur

Arrive in Jaipur and explore this gorgeous 'pink city'.

Day 4Jaipur

Stop and take a photo of the 'Palace of the Winds' and wander the organized streets of the 'Pink City'. Later, enjoy a visit to the Amber Fort, famous for its mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture.

Day 5Jaipur/Tordi Sāgar(1L, 1D)

Visit this Rajasthani rural village in the beautiful countryside with a close tie to the land.

Day 6Tordi/Āgra(1B)

Stop by the impressive Abhaneri stepwells and the deserted former capital of the Mughals, Fatehpur Sikri, on the way to Agra.

Day 7Āgra

Visit the famous Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort.

Day 8Āgra/Orchha

Visit the Orchha Palace complex in this quiet rural town along the banks of the Betwa River. Visit a unique paper-making plant, set up to assist tribal women from the area. Opt to join a local family for a cooking class and lunch.

Day 9Orchha/Alīpura

Travel to Alipura and stay in a heritage property in the village.

Day 10Alīpura

Enjoy a day trip to Khajuraho to visit the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, India's largest group of medieval temples, known for their kama sutra statues.

Day 11Alīpura/Varanasi

Enjoy free time in Alipura before the overnight train to Varanasi.

Day 12Varanasi

Take an orientation walk through the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. Marvel at the ghats from the River Ganges as you enjoy boat trips at sunrise and sunset.

Day 13Varanasi

Watch the sunrise from a boat along the Ganges. Enjoy free time in this holy city.

Day 14Varanasi/Delhi

Cut out the travel time with an afternoon flight back to Delhi.

Day 15Delhi

Depart at any time.

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