Start and end in New Delhi! With the in-depth cultural tour Discover India National Geographic Journeys, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 7 other destinations in India. Discover India National Geographic Journeys includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting, so check into the hotel (check-in time is 12:00 noon) and begin exploring! Accommodation: - Hotel Justa Panchsheel (or similar). Included Activities: - Women With Wheels Transfer - Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Additional Notes: This tour covers a lot of ground and has many exciting inclusions. Please be prepared for a fair amount of driving and a busy pace.
Set out to discover Delhi, the capital of India, which consists of two cities: historic Delhi and New Delhi, built by the British in the early 20th century. Explore New Delhi?s lively Paharganj district with a youth guide from the G Adventures?supported City Walk project, and hear about how the program provides opportunities to disadvantaged street youth. Then delve into the narrow, winding lanes of Old Delhi on a rickshaw, visiting the 17th-century Jama Masjid?the largest mosque in India?and the Sikh temple Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib. Accommodation: - Hotel Justa Panchsheel (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Transport: - Private Vehicle: Delhi - Cycle rickshaw: Delhi Included Activities: - City Walk - Old Delhi Guided Walk - Qutub Minar Visit
Fly to ancient Varanasi, one of Hinduism?s holiest cities, located on the banks of the Ganges River. Sit down at one of the picturesque ghats or steps that run along the river and enjoy a talk by a local scholar about Varanasi?s spiritual and social significance. Later, embark on a boat ride on the sacred Ganges, where more than a million pilgrims come each year to purify themselves and perform funeral rites for loved ones. Observe the evening aarti or prayer ceremony, and join pilgrims as they float candles and flower offerings down the river. Accommodation: - Hotel Surya (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Transport: - Plane: Delhi to Varanasi 01:30 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Evening Ganges Boat Tour - Ganges River Talk
Rise early to catch the sunrise over the Ganges on a boat cruise, and witness the morning rituals and prayers that take place along the river. This afternoon, visit the Sarnath archaeological site, set in the middle of a vast park, where Gautama Buddha is believed to have delivered his first sermon. Accommodation: - Hotel Surya (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Transport: - Cycle rickshaw - Private Vehicle: Varanasi Included Activities: - Morning Ganges Boat Tour - Sarnath Visit
Travel to Lucknow, the former capital of the Muslim nawabs of Oudh, who were known as great patrons of art, architecture, dance, and music. Explore the imposing Bara Imbambara complex, an 18th-century Shia Muslim shrine which includes a mosque, a grand hall, ornate courtyards, and gateways. Then set out on a food tour of Lucknow with an expert local guide, sampling dishes that were developed for the royal family and delectable street eats?from spicy kebabs to a variety of curries, breads, and sweets. Accommodation: - Hotel Golden Tulip Lucknow (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast - Dinner Transport: - Train 06:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Lucknow Half-Day Tour - Bara Imambara Visit - Lucknow Local Food Walk
Travel by private bus to Agra, a former capital of the Delhi sultanate as well as the Mughal Empire. Settle into your hotel and spend the evening at leisure. Meals Included: - Breakfast Transport: - Private Vehicle 05:00 - 06:00 Hr(s)
This morning, visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, this iconic mausoleum was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Later, travel to Ranthambore National Park?the fabled wildlife reserve that is said to have inspired Rudyard Kipling?s The Jungle Book. Accommodation: - Pug Mark (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast - Dinner Transport: - Private Vehicle 06:00 - 07:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Taj Mahal Guided Tour
Accommodation: - Pug Mark (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast - Dinner Included Activities: - Ranthambore Safari - Ranthambore Fort walk and Ganesh Temple
Indias "Pink City," also known as Jaipur, was founded in 1728, and has the distinction of being one of the best-planned pre-modern cities. Accommodation: - Hotel Madhuban (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Transport: - Private Vehicle 04:00 - 06:00 Hr(s)
Explore Jaipur, known as the Pink City for its rose-coloured buildings. Take a tour of the sprawling Amber Fort, the former residence of Jaipur?s Rajput rulers; and visit Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, a stunning five-story sandstone building with distinctive honeycombed windows. Discover the rich collections of the City Palace museum, and stop by the 18th-century royal observatory known as Jantar Mantar. This evening, enjoy a culinary experience with a local family, including a visit to a market and a cooking demonstration and meal in their home. Accommodation: - Hotel Madhuban (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast - Dinner Transport: - Private Vehicle: Jaipur Included Activities: - Amber Fort Guided Tour - City Palace Visit - Jantar Mantar Visit - Family Culinary Experience Optional Extras to chose from: - Jaipur Balloon Ride
In and around JojawarAccommodation: - Hotel Rawla Jojawar (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast - Dinner Transport: - Private Vehicle 06:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Orientation Walk
Udaipur is 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. Accommodation: - The Lavitra Udaipur (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Transport: - Private Vehicle 03:00 - 04:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Pichola Lake Boat Tour
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. Accommodation: - The Lavitra Udaipur (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Included Activities: - City Palace Visit - Jagdish Temple Visit - Yoga Class
Fly to Delhi for your final evening in India, and opt to join your group for a farewell dinner. Accommodation: - Hotel Justa Panchsheel (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Transport: - Plane: Udaipur to Delhi 01:00 Hr(s)
Depart at any time. Meals Included: - Breakfast Included Activities: - Departure Day