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Itinerary & Activities

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Itinerary map of Essential India

Day 1 Delhi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project.

Included Activities:
Women on Wheels Transfer
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Delhi

Enjoy a youth-led walking tour of Delhi with G Adventures-supported project, City Walk. This tour offers a unique perspective of Delhi while supporting at-risk youth.

Later, visit Delhi’s famous Jama Masjid (Great Mosque) and climb the minaret for a bird’s eye view of the Old City. Walk through Chandni Chowk, one of India’s oldest and busiest markets, and learn the history of the Sikh religion at the important Gurdwara, (Sikh place of worship) Gurdwara SisGanj. Stop for photos at the colourful spice market before finishing at the Victorian Connaught Place, one of the most prominent architectural remnants of British rule.

Included Activities:
City Walk
Jama Masjid Visit
Gurdwara Sis Ganj Visit
Delhi Spice Market
Connaught Place Visit
Chandni Chowk Visit

Day 3 Delhi/Jaipur

Drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and start exploring. Opt to visit the Jantar Mantar, or Royal Observatory. Don't miss the opprtunity to see a Bollywood film at the famous Art Deco Raj Mandir cinema.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 260km)

Day 4 Jaipur

Head out to visit the ruined city of Amber, the former capital of Jaipur state. Stop and take a photo of the Hawa Mahal palace complex, elaborate formal gardens, and a small lake.

Included Activities:
Amber Fort Visit

Day 5 Jaipur/Dhula Village (1D)

Tonight's accommodation is in spacious and comfortable tents outfitted with beds, lamps, and simple en suite bathrooms.

Included Activities:
Village Cycling Excursion

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 50km)

Day 6 Dhula Village/Āgra (1B)

Opt for an early morning hike to a ruined fortress. Later, stop by the impressive Abhaneri stepwell en route to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.

Included Activities:
Abhaneri Stepwell Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

Day 7 Āgra

Visit the sparkling Taj Mahal for sunrise then stick around to explore (if the light is better around sunset, we may visit later in the day instead). Later, visit the walled city of Agra Fort by cycle-rickshaw and the I'timad-ud-Daulah, or the Baby Taj.

Included Activities:
Taj Mahal Visit
Agra Fort Visit
Baby Taj Visit

Transport:
Visit the Agra Fort by human-powered cycle-rickshaw.
Cycle rickshaw

Day 8 Āgra/Alīpura

Leave early and travel along typically rough Indian roads to Alipura, a friendly village which will be our base for two days.
Here, stay in a heritage property with time to wander the town and interact with locals.

Transport:
Train (2.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))

Day 9 Alīpura

Travel 1.5 hrs to Khajuraho, one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Learn the history of these world-famous temples on a guided tour and enjoy a taste of a little erotica from the Middle Ages.
After, opt to visit a nearby waterfall (seasonal) or watch an evening dance performance.

Included Activities:
Khajuraho Temples Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 96km)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 96km)

Day 10 Alīpura/Orchha

En route to Orchha, visit 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. Continue on to Orchha and enjoy an orientation tour of this small town. Set on the banks of the Betwa River, it is the perfect antidote to the chaos of India’s cities. Later, attend an evening puja ceremony at the Ram Raja Temple.

Included Activities:
Tarragram Visit
Puja Ceremony

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 96km)

Day 11 Orchha/Varanasi

Visit the Orchha Palace complex and enjoy free time before the overnight train to Varanasi. Opt for a local cooking class with a family.

Included Activities:
Orchha Palace Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.25-0.50 hours)
Basic overnight train (beds) (13.00 hour(s))

Day 12 Varanasi

Disembark the train in legendary Varanasi, the quintessential Indian holy city where millions of Hindus visit for pilgrimage, to worship, to mourn, or to die.

There is time here to shop, wander, and absorb the atmosphere of this unique city, while optional activities include the monasteries and ruins of nearby Sarnath, the site of the Buddha's first sermon.

Included Activities:
Evening Ganges Boat Tour

Day 13 Varanasi

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

Included Activities:
Morning Ganges Boat Tour

Day 14 Varanasi/Delhi

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

Transport:
Flight

Day 15 Delhi

Depart at any time.


Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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