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Highlights
  • Experience the regal lifestyle by staying in heritage homes and rural palaces
  • Explore stunning forts and intriguing local markets
  • Discover rural indian culture in hamlets and villages
  • Walk through delhi's backstreets with a young adult guide taking part in a program to help get kids off the street

Legend has it that colour film was invented specifically to capture the vibrancy of India. (Okay, we made that up, but still.) This adventure offers a look at the history and heritage of this land, bringing you to the imperial Mughal cities of Agra and New Delhi, stunning capitals of the former princely states—home to sprawling haveli and Rajput-era palaces—and rural Rajasthan villages and fortified towns untouched by time. And with private transport and unique accommodation throughout, you'll feel a little like royalty yourself.

Trip Description
Land of the Maharajas
 

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G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Land of the Maharajas

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The trip was executed so well. Even when things didn't go as planned, our CEO was able to roll with the punches, and still provided excellent service. December 2015

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  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This trip really opened my eyes to India. I had alot of hesistancy before booking this trip, but now I feel the need to go back again. It's truly magical, mostly because of the fantastic service from our CEO, our driver, and all the accomodations we stayed at. I loved staying at the heritage hotels.
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Operator G Adventures

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Well organised tour, small group size, experienced guide June 2015

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A great trip. Long periods of time spent on the bus but the scenery was great.

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Well organised tour with helpful and knowledgable guide April 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
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Loved it. I really feel like we got to see and understand Rajastan

Operator G Adventures

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Abhi was an outstanding leader and managed our group extremely well. March 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
An experience of a life time that really helped us to get under the skin of India- rather than just visit the major tourist sites.

Operator G Adventures

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The tour was great! very well organized and the mix of activities, I believe, would appeal to a huge variety of travellers! February 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was, simply, amazing. Perhaps we were fortunate that we had both a fantastic group of people on the tour as well as a fabulous guide, but it was a truly magical experience. For a first time traveller to India (and Asia at that), it was a great introduction to the sub-continent and I would gladly go back if i get the opportunity.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi

There are no planned activities, so check into to the hotel (check-in time is noon) and enjoy the city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Women on Wheels Transfer

Day 2 Delhi/Mandāwa (1B)

Take a walk through the backstreets 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. Continue on to Colonial New Delhi for an orientation tour then drive to Mandawa village in Shekhawati region. Included Activities: City Walk Colonial New Delhi Orientation Tour Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 3 Mandāwa/Bīkāner (1B)

Start the day with a walking tour of Mandawa then drive to Bikaner and stay in a heritage hotel—once the residence of nobility. Visit the town's colourful markets and havelis. Option to visit a camel breeding centre. Included Activities: Mandawa Walking Tour Havelis of Shekhawati Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 4 Bīkāner (1B)

Today visit the 16th century Junagarh Fort, one of the best maintained forts and museums. Drive down to the small town of Deshnoke (about half an hour away) where rats are revered by the locals. Don't have a liking for rats? Opt to stay out and enjoy the beautifully carved door way and the small market around. Included Activities: Junagarh Fort Visit Deshnoke Rat Temple Visit Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle

Day 5 Bīkāner/Jodhpur (1B)

After breakfast, drive to the twin city of Bikaner-Jodhpur. In the afternoon, visit Mehrangarh Fort, built in the 15th century, and well known for its iconic Clock Tower. Included Activities: Mehrangarh Fort Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 6 Jodhpur/Chandelao (1B, 1D)

This morning, take a Jeep safari into the countryside visiting tribal hamlets of Bishnois and Prajapats. Head into our first rural stay in Chandelao Garh. Included Activities: Jeep Safari in Jodhpur Chandelao Garh Village Stay Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 7 Chandelao (1B, 1D)

Enjoy Chandelao Garh and explore the village and local markets. Included Activities: Chandelao Garh Village Stay

Day 8 Chandelao/Udaipur (1B)

After breakfast, drive to the venice of the east—Udaipur. Stop en route at the exotic marble temples of Ranakpur. Once arriving in Udaipur, take an orientation tour and discover the charm of the town by wandering the winding streets. Included Activities: Ranakpur Jain Temples Visit Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 9 Udaipur (1B)

Explore the city with visits to the magnificent City Palace Museum with multiple view points for the Pichola Lake and the Jagdish Temple. Take on an afternoon boat ride on Pichola Lake to experience the stunning view of the city and palaces along the water. Included Activities: City Palace Visit Jagdish Temple Visit Pichola Lake Boat Tour Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 10 Udaipur/Jojawar (1B, 1D)

Drive to a small rural town of Jojawar. Board a small train, and enjoy a safari with the local villagers through the picturesque Aravali mountains. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Train Safari Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 11 Jojawar/Jaipur (1B)

After breakfast, drive to the capital of the state of Rajasthan—Jaipur. Jaipur is known as the "Pink City" after the rusty colour that many of the houses are painted. With beautiful palaces, forts, gardens, temples, and unending market streets, it has a bit of everything that Rajasthan has to offer. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 12 Jaipur (1B)

Visit the 15th century Amber Fort and palaces, about 10 km outside the walled city, which was the former capital of the region. 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 13 Jaipur/Āgra (1B)

After breakfast, drive to Agra, stopping at the ghost City of Fatehpur Sikri before our arrival at the Agra Fort for a visit. Included Activities: Fatehpur Sikri Visit Agra Fort Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 14 Āgra/Delhi (1B)

This morning, after a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, drive to Delhi, arriving by late afternoon. Included Activities: Taj Mahal Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 15 Delhi (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,199

Price Per Day:

$ 147 per person
 
All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
Details
Trip Includes
  • G Adventures for Good: City Walk
  • Delhi
  • Arrival transfer included through Women on Wheels
  • a G Adventures-supported project
  • Walking tour and visit to a G Adventures-supported Delhi Streetkids Project
  • Orientation tour of Colonial Delhi
  • Tour of frescoed Havelis of Shekhawati
  • Visit Junagarh Fort and the Deshnoke Rat Temple
  • Visit Mehrangarh Fort and Clock Tower
  • Excursion to rural hamlets of Chandelaogarh and Jojawar
  • Explore Udaipur including City Palace
  • Jagdish Temple and Pichola Lake boat tour
  • Visit Ranakpur Jain Temples
  • Explore Jaipur including City Palace and Amber Fort
  • Visit Fatehpur Sikri
  • Taj Mahal and the Red Fort Agra
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportVan, bus, jeep, train, cycle-rickshaw, walking.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.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: Max 16, avg 12
Max 16, Avg 10.

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/heritage homes (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.

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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