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Highlights
  • Walk delhi's backstreets with a local guide on a g adventures-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 G Adventures-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.

Trip Description
India Explorer
 
Countries
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.8 out of 5
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4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
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India Explorer

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My first experience on the India Explorer adventure far exceeded my expectations. A diverse itinerary with our CEO, Manu, who anticipated and fulfilled our every need and went beyond his call of duty to ensure that our entire group was completely cared for. November 2015

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  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It is difficult to describe the experience that is India. Fascinating sensory overload that will leave you in awe long after you have returned home. The memory of the sights, sounds, tastes and fragrances will never leave me and have opened up my awareness of the Indian people and their customs. Definitely a full growth and "mind blowing" experience that I recommend for active and able bodied individuals looking to expand their perspective of the world while being well fed and thoroughly accommodated in comfortable style.
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Excellent experience, full and varied programme, brilliant CEO September 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
India has been on my must-see list for years and did not disappoint. So many amazing places and experiences crammed into a fortnight but we never felt rushed and the pace was just right. Highlights were Varanasi, Udaipur, the Taj (which transcends its own cliches), village walks, Bollywood movie night and the livestock we saw wandering free on roads and even railway tracks.
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Before going to India I was very hesitant for a variety of reasons. My preconceived ideas very quickly were quickly replaced by very positive experiences. September 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This trip helped me to better understand a country and culture about which I knew not much more than what I read and heard through media reports. Thank you!

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Great combination of adventure, unique experiences and comfort. April 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great experience, perfect mix of activity level, adventure and comfort. Only issues were the timing of the flight back to Delhi as noted above and the fact that our arrival transfer was not there for any of us on this tour even though it is supposed to be included and my flights were booked through G Adventures. I had to take a taxi at my own expense (17,000 rupees). Particularly as a female travelling alone, exhausted after a long flight and unprepared for arranging my own transportation (with no local currency), this caused considerable anxiety and unnecessarily put my safety and security at risk.
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great, active, balanced itinerary and logistics management. group size. outstanding ceo. April 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
as first time g adventures travelers we were impressed with the itinerary, pace, group size, ceo professionalism, logistics management, comprehensiveness and personal attention provided by this travel and business model. we would highly recommend g adventures (and raghu specifically) for challenged-country travel needs... and will be considering g adventures for future personal travel.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi

Arrive in Delhi at any time, pickup and transfer to your hotel included. There are no planned activities, so check into to the hotel (check-in time is 12:00 noon) Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: 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. As a former streetkid, your guide will offer a unique insight into the "real" Delhi and you will visit the project's headquarters. Later, explore Old Delhi with our CEO, including Jama Masjid (Great Mosque), Chandni Chowk local market, and Gurdwara Sikh Temple. Included Activities: City Walk Old Delhi Guided Walk Transport: Private Vehicle Cycle rickshaw

Day 3 Delhi/Varanasi (1B)

Fly to Varanasi, the quintessential Indian holy city, where millions of Hindus travel for pilgrimage, to worship, to mourn, or to die. in the afternoon, take boats out onto the sacred Ganges River at sunset, enjoy a candle and flower ceremony accompanied by sitar and tabla playing, and observe an evening aarti (prayer) ceremony. Included Activities: Evening Ganges Boat Tour Transport: Plane Cycle rickshaw

Day 4 Varanasi (1B)

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. Included Activities: Morning Ganges Boat Tour Breakfast at Open Hand Project Sarnath Visit Transport: Cycle rickshaw Private Vehicle

Day 5 Varanasi/Khajurāho (1B)

Today we catch our flight to Khajuraho. In the afternoon, visit the Western Temples and take a yoga class. In the evening, enjoy a local Kandariya Dance Show. One of the most popular destinations in India, Khajuraho is home to India’s largest group of medieval Hindu temples. These are famous for their erotic sculptures depicting scenes from the Kama Sutra. Only discovered in the 20th century, the Khajuraho group of monuments is today protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Included Activities: Khajuraho Temples Guided Tour Kandariya Dance Show Yoga Class Transport: Plane Private Vehicle

Day 6 Khajurāho/Āgra (1B)

Today we travel by private bus and public train to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Traveling by train in India is truly a wonderful experience. It's a great chance to meet locals and to view the countryside as it unfolds in front of you. Our train journey terminates in Agra, one of the Mughal Empire's most important cities. Transport: Private Vehicle Train

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, tour Taj Mahal and also the Agra Fort. In the afternoon, proceed onwards to Ranthambore. In the evening, arrive at Ranthambore, with its 1000-year-old fort overlooking the park. Relax and take in the magnificent surroundings before heading out on safari the next day. Included Activities: Taj Mahal Guided Tour Agra Fort Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle Train

Day 8 Ranthambore National Park (1B, 1D)

We enjoy two safari drives into the park, exploring its lakes and scrublands in search of wildlife, which can include deer, birds, and monkeys. If we are lucky, we may even see one of the resident tigers. We also visit the ruined fort and Ganesh temple, which is frequented by many local people making offerings. Included Activities: Ranthambore Safari Ranthambore Fort walk and Ganesh Temple

Day 9 Ranthambore National Park/Jaipur (1B)

After a leisurely breakfast, travel to India's "Pink City" -- Jaipur. Founded in 1728, Jaipur is unlike any other pre-modern Indian city in that it is planned according to the principles of Hindu architectural theory. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 10 Jaipur (1B)

Here we visit the 15th century Amber Fort and palace, which was the former capital of the region. We also take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and visit the City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar Observatory. Included Activities: Amber Fort Guided Tour City Palace Visit Jantar Mantar Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 11 Jaipur/Jojawar (1B, 1D)

This morning we drive to the village of Jojawar where we check into our historic, heritage hotel. Our stay here offers an opportunity to meet with locals provides fascinating insight into rural village life in India, get into the wilderness of the countryside and also take a chance of taking an optional local train safari through the Aravali Hill ranges. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

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. 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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 13 Udaipur (1B)

Enjoy a city walk, which includes a visit to the City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India and full of unbelievable treasures. Visit the Jagdish Temple, built in 1651 AD and dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. 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. Included Activities: City Palace Visit Jagdish Temple Visit

Day 14 Udaipur/Delhi (1B)

Catch a flight back to Delhi where you have the option of joining our CEO for a farewell dinner. Transport: Plane

Day 15 Delhi (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,599

Price Per Day:

$ 173 per person
 
All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket
Details
Trip Includes
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Breakfast at Open Hand Project
  • Varanasi G Adventures for Good: City Walk
  • Delhi Recharge: Yoga Class
  • Arrival transfer included through Women on Wheels
  • a G Adventures-supported project
  • Back streets walking tour with a local guide in Delhi and visit a street kids project
  • 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
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportMinibus, train, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws, small riverboat, plane, walking.Train Traveling in India by train is an experience. Distances in India are long and the trains aren't the worlds best, but traveling by rail adds a fascinating new dimension to a visitor's experience in the country. There is virtually no better way to make friends with the people and see the spectacular views of the diverse Indian countryside. The chaos on the Indian Railway stations is a replica of life in India. We use AC Chair car for day journeys on this trip. 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 and AC Chair class fairly clean by Indian standards, with both western-style and squat toilets usually in a reasonably sanitary condition. 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 for peace of mind you may 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 trains do run late, and sometimes it's hours rather than minutes. Make sure you have something to occupy your time – a good book, magazine or photos of your home country and family to show the Indian travelers also waiting for the train. Road Road travel in India is certainly not what people are used to in Western countries. Rules are not always followed, drivers appear to speed, do not stay in their lanes, overtake in seemingly dangerous situations, and rarely use their mirrors or driving lights at night. The horn however is used frequently and can range from the latest Bollywood tune to Britney Spears! Although the government is investing large sums of money to improve the road infrastructure, there is a lot more to be done. As a result some of the roads are poorly maintained, pot holed and uneven. This gets even more pronounced particularly during and after the monsoon. Travel time is very long in comparison to Western countries and short distances can take much longer than at home. You have the comfort of an air-conditioned Private vehicle, but be prepared to take an odd ride in a local transport for the experience.
Local Flights All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure. Please Note: Only 1 piece of luggage that weighs up to 15kgs will be permitted on our internal flights in India. For any extra weight the airline may charge an additional fee at the time of check-in. Please Note: Only 1 piece of luggage that weighs up to 15kgs will be permitted on our internal flights in India. For any extra weight the airline may charge an additional fee at the time of check-in.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: Max 16, avg 12
Max 16, 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.
Accomodations
Comfort hotels (14 nts).
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.
Start City
Delhi
End City
Delhi
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. 3) LUGGAGE Only 1 piece of luggage that weighs up to 15kgs will be permitted on our internal flights in India. For any extra weight the airline may charge an additional fee at the time of check-in.

Meals

Eating is a big part of travelling. 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: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
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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