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  • Sail along the ganges river
  • Go whitewater rafting through exciting rapids
  • Experience the spirituality of india during an evening aarti
  • Marvel at the beauty of the taj mahal

What can you do with 15 days in India? Oh, this and that… Start with whitewater rafting in the foothills of the Himalayas and a visit to the Taj Mahal, a monument that redefines the word ‘monumental'. Next, hunt river dolphins (with your camera, of course), witness the moving burial ceremonies at the ghats of Varanasi and camp out along the shores of the mighty Ganges itself. From bustling New Delhi to beautiful Orchha and all points in between, this is India in a nutshell—a huge, wonderful, brightly-coloured nutshell.

Trip Description
Down the Ganges

G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.8 out of 5
Excellent 32,586 Great 10,221 Average 4 Disappointing 1 Terrible 4
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
Down the Ganges



Because G adventures were highly professional January 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Quite simply amazing! The only hiccup was STA travel sending us details of the wrong hotel when we arrived in Delhi. Everything else went like clockwork and the experience you planned for us was perfect. We were blown away by everything
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I always wanted to see India and the tour really showed it at its best. January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Excellent experience from beginning to end. Well planned, everything was seamless and well it was relatively cheap

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Because of this style of travel,we can enjoy with menber like real family! December 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I could experience never known India. I really love this tour.

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Well planned and organized. Well above my expectations. Jai made it a terrific experience! December 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Essential India covers all the major sites in a timely period. In addition it enables you to see the 'real India' with the tour of Salam Balaak Trust and small villages such as Tordi and Allipura. It was well organized, with the accommodation quite comfortable and the overall tour provides great value for money. Furthermore, Jai is a star CEO and future clients will be lucky if they can have Jai as there CEO!
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My G Adventures tours was unexpectedly wonderful. I'd recommend it to a friend or family member for the simple fact that if its anything like my trip, I know they'll love it. I'd tell them that G adventures allows you to get off the beaten track, provides you with a passionate and knowledge guide and that I'd do it again in a heartbeat. December 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
They say that travel is the only thing that you can do that makes you genuinely richer. I'm sure that the person who said this travelled to India! I feel richer in every way having travelled through India with g adventures. Essential India allowed me to experience the very best of North India and has left me wanting more. They colours and culture of this country are truly something special and with the assistance of a wonderful CEO I have been left without words to describe how great my journey has been. Thank you Jai and the G Adventures crew!
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Day 1 Delhi

There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Orientation Walk

Day 2 Delhi/Rishīkesh

Take a morning train to Haridwar then drive to Rishikesh. Explore this holy city. Transport: Train Private Vehicle

Day 3 Rishīkesh

Enjoy whitewater rafting in Rishikesh and spend the afternoon exploring. Included Activities: Whitewater Rafting

Day 4 Rishīkesh/Haridwar

Visit the prominent holy city of Haridwar, regarded as one of the seven holiest places for Hindus. Witness an evening aarti, the waving of lighted wicks that accompanies almost all Hindu ceremonies. Included Activities: Evening Aarti Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 5 Haridwar/Āgra

Take a morning train to Agra. Spend the evening exploring. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train

Day 6 Āgra/Allahābād

Watch the sunrise in the city of Agra, best known for the Taj Mahal. Visit this great icon of Mughal architecture in the early morning for the best light. In the afternoon, visit I’timad-ud-Daulah, also known as the ‘Baby Taj'. Ride a cycle-rickshaw to visit the Agra Fort. In the evening, hop an overnight train. Included Activities: Taj Mahal Visit Baby Taj Visit Agra Fort Visit Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 7 Allahābād/Chunār (1L, 1D)

Head to a hotel in town to change up for the day before continuing to Mirzapur to embark on a day of sailing on the sacred River Ganges. Allahabad is an important town on the Ganges for pilgrims and it's confluence of two of the great rivers — the Ganges and Yamuna. This point is known as Sangam and it's the place Hindus come to wash away their sins. Enjoy sleeping by the river with cooks and helpers to make the experience comfortable. Included Activities: Ganges Sailing Transport: Private Vehicle Boat

Day 8 Chunār/Robertsganj (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive to Rajpur to explore the village and forested area of Robertsganj. Learn about this off-the-beaten-path destination on a walk with a local guide. Opt for a 4x4 safari through the forest or ride a bicycle around town. Camp overnight at a site run by the local villagers, providing sustainable support for the neighbouring communities. Included Activities: Guided Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 9 Robertsganj/Varanasi (1B)

Continue on to the holy city of Varanasi. Take boats out onto the sacred Ganges River to enjoy the sunset. For the evening boat journey, experience a candle flower ceremony on the boats. With time in Varanasi, opt to shop, wander, and absorb the atmosphere of this unique city, while optional activities include visiting the monasteries and ruins of nearby Sarnath, site of the Buddha's first sermon. Included Activities: Evening Ganges Boat Tour Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 10 Varanasi (1B)

Watch the sunrise from a boat on the Ganges before a free day to explore the city. Included Activities: Morning Ganges Boat Tour

Day 11 Varanasi/Khajurāho

Spend the day travelling to Khajuraho via Satna. Visit the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, India's largest group of medieval temples, known for their kama sutra statues. Included Activities: Khajuraho Temples Guided Tour Transport: Train Private Vehicle

Day 12 Khajurāho/Orchha

Stop in Alipura to break up the drive and have lunch in town. Opt to enjoy the heritage palace for lunch or take a bullock cart ride through town. Continue on to Orchha for the night. Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle

Day 13 Orchha

Set on the banks of the Betwa River, Orchha is the perfect antidote to the chaos of India’s cities. Visit the Orchha Palace complex and learn more about this fascinating place. Opt for a local cooking class with a family or attend an evening puja ceremony at the Ram Raja Temple. Included Activities: Orchha Palace Visit

Day 14 Orchha/Delhi

Vsit Tarragram, a unique paper making plant set up to assist tribal women from the area. All the paper is made from recycled clothing and wood pulp. Later, head back to Delhi by the Shatabdi Express train. Included Activities: Tarragram Visit Transport: Private Vehicle Train

Day 15 Delhi

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Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,399

Price Per Day:

$ 93 per person
Trip Includes
  • Rafting in Rishikesh
  • Evening aarti in Haridwar
  • Taj Mahal and Agra Fort visit
  • Sailing on the Ganges with overnight camping
  • Evening and morning boat rides in Varanasi
  • Visit Orchha Palace
Meals Included: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportBoat, raft, train, bus, rickshaw.There are no restaurant or buffet cars on Indian Railways, but on long distance trains an attendant will appear in your coach and ask you if you would like to order food. Regular stops are made at stations where food is also available and on some trains many vendors board the train selling chai, cold drinks and crisps and biscuits. Don't expect pristine western standards anywhere in India, but you'll find AC3 and AC Chair class fairly clean by Indian standards, with both western-style and squat toilets usually in a reasonably sanitary condition. Sleeper Class and 2nd class toilets may be a different matter! Bring your own toilet paper and hand wash soap or liquid. Indian trains are quite safe to travel on, even for families or women traveling alone, and you are unlikely to have any problems. Having said that, theft of luggage, although rare is not unheard of, so just for peace of mind you might like to take along a chain and padlock to secure your bags (readily available at all Indian stations). Generally, Indian Railways are very efficient, but Indian trains do run late, and sometimes it's hours rather than minutes. Make sure you have something to occupy your time – a good book, music, a magazine or photos of your home country and family to show the Indian travelers also waiting for the train. You should also have snacks and water for the journey. ROAD Traveling by road in India or Nepal is certainly not what people are use to in Western countries. Rules are not always followed, drivers appear to speed, do not stay in their lanes, overtake in seemingly dangerous situations, rarely use their mirrors or driving lights at night time. The horn however is used very frequently and can range from the latest Bollywood tune to Britney Spears! In India, although the government is investing large sums of money improving the road infrastructure, there is a lot more to be done. As a result, in both India and Nepal, some of the roads are poorly maintained, pot holed and uneven. This gets even more pronounced particularly during and after the monsoon. Travel time covering relatively short distances is very long in comparison to Western countries. BOATS While on the Ganges, travel in groups of five by teakwood boats measuring 19 feet long and 7 feet wide. The boats have ample space to spread out, along with pillows for comfort. Life vests are on board. The boats have a cooler stocked with water and cold drinks for purchase.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 15, avg 12

Solo Notes

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.
Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts), camping (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt).
A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used in India. These can vary in terms of service, efficiency and cleanliness. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home. Power cuts can and are a regular occurrence in many places, especially throughout North and Central India. Although a number of hotels have generators there may be times when these won’t work. It is also recommended when you are in your room to lock the door, as staff will sometime enter without reason. The tents provided during the one night of camping are nylon double gate domed 2-person tents with a fly sheet covering.
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Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. CULTURE India is a country which is very different to anything you will have experienced before. Although this means it is not the easiest place to travel, this is also what makes it so special. Pollution, poverty and the crowds can result in initial culture shock but should be seen as an exciting new challenge. During our time here we have come to love this large and wonderfully different country but we know that we should always expect to encounter some difficulties along the way. In India there are very different attitudes to time keeping, public cleanliness, privacy and service. Trains will sometimes be late, plumbing can sometimes be temperamental and power will often just vanish. Optimistic menus turn out to have only one dish available and everyone, just everyone, will want to know your name. If you are able to travel with a lot of patience and a healthy sense of humour, then we know that you - like all of us - will be captivated by what India has to offer. 2. RAMADAN Depending on the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between June 18th and July 17th, 2015. Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. Only about 20% of Indians are Muslim, but it is important to note that there may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan. Generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-muslims throughout the day. It is important to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan in predominately Muslim areas of India. Please wear loose fitting clothes, that cover knees and shoulders, and try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can't at that time.


ating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a huge range of different foods - India is vegetarian heaven. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at:
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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