Treat yourself to 15 unforgettable days of discovery in Delhi, Jaipur, Varanasi, and more. Enjoy a guided tour of the world’s most magnificent testimonial to love – the Taj Mahal. Visit the birthplace of Buddhism and Hinduism, spend a night in a traditional village, witness holy rituals on a sunrise Ganges cruise, and discover the hidden side of Delhi with a former street youth now taking part in a G Adventures-supported project. Don’t just see India; get inside its soul.
Arrival transfer. Backstreets walking tour in Delhi. Rickshaw tour of Old Delhi. Orientation walk of Varanasi. Lecture on the Ganges. Excursion to Sarnath. Sunset and sunrise boat trips on the Ganges River. Breakfast at Open Hand vocational training café. Tour of the Khajuraho temples. Yoga class. Tours of the Taj Majal and the Red Fort. Two safari drives. Visit Ranthambore Fort and the Ganesh temple. Tour Jaipur and visit Amber Fort. Cooking demonstration and dinner in a family home. Village stay at Rawla Jojawar in a historic heritage hotel. Tour Udaipur. Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Walk the backstreets of Delhi with a local guide, enjoy a talk with a local historian and scholar, explore the grand forts and palaces in Rajasthan, learn the true meaning of relaxation aboard a houseboat on Kerala’s backwaters, experience local living with a heritage village homestay
Group Size Notes
Max 16, Avg 12.
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Day 1: Delhi
Arrive in Delhi at any time. Pick-up and transfer to your hotel included. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel (check-in time is 12:00 noon).
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Women on Wheels Transfer
Day 2: Delhi (1B)
Walk through the backstreets of Delhi with a young adult taking part in the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Later, explore Old Delhi with our CEO including a rickshaw ride through the busy streets, Jama Masjid (Great Mosque), Chandni Chowk local market, and Gurdwara Sikh Temple.
Guided Walking Tour with New Delhi Streetkids Project
Old Delhi Guided Walk
Day 3: Delhi/Varanasi (1B)
Fly to Varanasi, the quintessential Indian holy city where millions of Hindus travel for pilgrimage, worship, or mourning.
Ganges River Talk
Evening Ganges Boat Tour
Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 4: Varanasi (1B)
Rise early for a boat ride along the Ganges to observe the sunrise, as well as the bathing and burial dawn rituals. Later, have breakfast at Open Hand, a vocational training cafe. G Adventures has partnered with Open Hand to provide dignified and meaningful job opportunities to India’s underprivileged. Take an excursion to Sarnath later in the afternoon, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon.
Morning Ganges Boat Tour
Breakfast at Open Hand Project
Day 5: Varanasi/Khajurāho (1B)
One of the most popular destinations in India, Khajuraho is home to India’s largest group of medieval Hindu temples. Discovered in the 20th century and famous for their erotic sculptures depicting scenes from the Kama Sutra, the Khajuraho group of monuments is today protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Khajuraho Temples Guided Tour
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 6: Khajurāho/Āgra (1B)
Today we travel by private bus and then public train to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Traveling by train in India is truly a wonderful experience. It’s a great way to meet locals and see the countryside as it unfolds in front of you.
Our journey by train will end in Agra, one of the Mughal Empire’s most important cities.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Train (2.50-3.00 hours)
Day 7: Āgra/Ranthambore National Park (1B, 1D)
The bustling city of Agra is best known as the site of India’s most famous landmark and testament to love, the Taj Mahal. In the morning we’ll tour both Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.
Taj Mahal Guided Tour
Agra Fort Guided Tour
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 8: Ranthambore National Park (1B, 1D)
Ranthambore Fort walk and Ganesh Temple
Day 9: Ranthambore National Park/Jaipur (1B)
After a leisurely breakfast we’ll head to India’s “Pink City,” also known as Jaipur. Founded in 1728, Jaipur has the distinction of being one of the best-planned pre-modern cities.
Private Vehicle (4.00-6.00 hours)
Day 10: Jaipur (1B, 1D)
Explore Jaipur including the City Palace, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar Observatory and Hawa Mahal. This evening, enjoy a culinary experience with a family in Jaipur, including a local market visit and cooking demonstration and meal in their home.
Amber Fort Guided Tour
City Palace Visit
Jantar Mantar Visit
Family Culinary Experience
Day 11: Jaipur/Jojawar (1B, 1D)
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 250km)
Day 12: Jojawar/Udaipur (1B)
We continue on to Udaipur, famous for its lakes and Raj-era palaces. The most famous of these, and certainly the most photographed, is the Lake Palace, which we view from the boat. This beautiful white marble palace is now a hotel and entirely covers a small island in Lake Pichola. Originally known as the Jag Niwas, the palace took three years to build and was inaugurated in 1746.
Pichola Lake Boat Tour
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 13: Udaipur (1B)
During free time, journey out to the hilltop Monsoon Palace, summer resort of the Maharajas. Sit atop a hill with a panoramic view of the city’s lakes and watch the sunset.
City Palace Visit
Jagdish Temple Visit
Day 14: Udaipur/Delhi (1B)
Fly to Delhi for the final evening with the option to enjoy a farewell dinner.
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 15: Delhi (1B)
Depart at any time.