Start and end in New Delhi! With the in-depth cultural tour Rajasthan and Varanasi: Trains & the Taj, you have a 20 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 7 other destinations in India. Rajasthan and Varanasi: Trains & the Taj includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Arrive at any time and welcome to Indias bustling capital - Delhi! Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers over traditional Indian cuisine at Delhis Kitchen with a Cause. Afterward, wander through the electric Karol Bagh market for your first night out; pick the best looking spot and cheers to new adventures and friends! Accommodation: - Hotel Perfect (or similar). Included Activities: - Meet Your CEO and Group - Connect With New Friends
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. Afterwards, an orientation walk takes you through Old Delhi to experience some of the history and culture of this vibrant city. Transport: - Basic overnight train (beds) 08:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - City Walk - Old Delhi Guided Walk
Arrive early in Bikaner, a semi-arid part of the Thar Desert with sandy dunes and scattered villages. After freshening up, buckle-in to local jeeps and cruise to the sandy village of Raisar where youll mount a camel and ride off into the desert. Wander through the wide-openness to find our lunch spot at a shady area. After filling your stomach, hop back on your camel friend and ride until you reach that perfect point to witness the red sun setting behind the dunes. As the sun slowly disappears, climb down to the overnight camp and pitch your tent before enjoying a simple but delicious Indian dinner. Fall asleep to the unique sounds of the desert. Meals Included: - Lunch - Dinner Transport: - 4x4: B?k?ner to R?isar 01:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Camel Safari
Opt to wake early and experience the sunrise from atop the dunes and feel the sand warming under your feet. After breakfast, transfer back to Bikaner and embark on an orientation stroll through the Old City and bustling markets. Afterward, opt to visit the ancient Junagarh Fort or, if you arent squeamish, the Deshnok Rat Temple dedicated to, well, rats. Accommodation: - Hotel Bhairon Vilas (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Included Activities: - Bikaner Orientation Tour
In and around JaisalmerArrive in the medieval fortress city of Jaisalmer and have the rest of the day to relax after the long journey or explore the city at your leisure. Jaisalmer, known as the "Golden City," stands on a ridge of golden sandstone in the heart of the Thar Desert. Wander through the lanes of the walled city and inside the ancient fort. Houses, temples, and havelis are very different from what you would find in other regions of Rajasthan. This evening, watch the setting suns reflection on the fort with your fellow travellers. Accommodation: - Mahadev Palace (or similar). Transport: - Local train 06:30 Hr(s)
Enjoy a free day to continue exploring the "Golden City." Check out the seven interconnected Jain Temples, paddle a boat at Gadsisar Lake, and catch the sunset from Vyas Chhatri. There is an adventure around every corner. Accommodation: - Mahadev Palace (or similar).
Travel eastwards to the centrally located metropolis of Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan, and sometimes called the Blue City for the many houses painted that colour. Stark desert landscapes meet a riot of palaces, forts, and temples, all enclosed within imposing city walls. Six enormous gates provide entry to the city centre and overlooking it all stands the imposing shadow of Meherangarh Fort. On arrival, take an orientation walk of the city, then opt to visit this famous fort. Accommodation: - Marvel Umed (or similar). Transport: - Local bus 07:00 - 08:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Orientation Walk
Journey southeast to the city of Udaipur, famous worldwide for its plethora of breathtaking lakes and Raj-era palaces. Get to know the Old City on an orientation walk, then opt to visit the Lake Palace - an island palace built of white marble on Pichola Lake. Accommodation: - Hotel Royal Dezire Udaipur (or similar). Transport: - Local bus 07:00 - 08:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Orientation Walk
Discover the early morning serenity of the city by pre-booking the Udaipur Sunrise Cycle tour extra, or opt to sharpen your culinary skills by pre-booking the Udaipur Cooking School extra. Accommodation: - Hotel Royal Dezire Udaipur (or similar). Optional Extras to chose from: - Udaipur Cooking School
Travel over Snake Mountain to Pushkar, site of the world?s only temple to the Hindu god of creation, Brahma. This city is so sacred that no meat, alcohol, or eggs are allowed within the city. Take an orientation walk and visit the 14th century Brahma Temple. In your free time, follow local tradition and ride a camel out to the desert or wander this holy Hindu centre on foot or bicycle. Take a cooking class or scour the bustling markets. Rajasthan is famous for its textiles, jewellery and handicrafts, and few places in the country are better for shopping than the bazaars of Pushkar. Accommodation: - Hotel New Park (or similar). Transport: - Local bus: Udaipur to Pushkar 07:00 - 08:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Pushkar Orientation Walk Optional Extras to chose from: - Udaipur Sunrise Cycle tour
Cruise to peaceful Tordi S?gar and dive into rural life by visiting local potters, cobblers, and markets on a guided walk through the village. If youre feeling athletic, join in on a cricket match with some local players. In your free time, opt to bounce around with your new friends during a jeep safari or camel cart ride to the dunes for sunset. Head out for a hike in the hills or get a henna tattoo from local women. Tordi S?gar is your oyster! Accommodation: - Hotel Tordi Garh (or similar). Meals Included: - Dinner Transport: - 4x4: Pushkar to Tordi S?gar 04:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Tordi Sagar Local Village Tour
Before leaving Tordi Sagar, enjoy a local lunch prepared by traditional methods at a village hamlet. Afterward, travel to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, clothed in pink stucco in imitation of sandstone. Wide-avenued Jaipur is one of the most important heritage cities in India and home to India?s second most visited site, the Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds." Take an orientation walk around town, then enjoy a free evening to immerse yourself in the exciting nightlife. Accommodation: - Hotel Jaipur Inn (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast - Lunch Transport: - 4x4: Tordi S?gar to Jaipur 04:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Orientation Walk
Opt to visit the City Palace with its fine collection of textiles and costumes or admire the mind-boggling architecture of Hawa Mahal. Discover more of the wisdom and history of the Mughals by wandering around the Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 1700s, or opt to sit back and relax - sipping a cocktail in any of the luxuriously converted palaces. If you arent afraid of heights, pre-book the Jaipur balloon ride to admire the city from above. Accommodation: - Hotel Jaipur Inn (or similar). Included Activities: - Amber Fort Guided Tour - Jaipur Nightlife Optional Extras to chose from: - Jaipur Balloon Ride
If you want to see more of Jaipur before departing, pre-book the Cycle Tour and explore the city from a morning perspective. Accommodation: - Amaryatri Niwas (or similar). Transport: - Local train: Jaipur to ?gra 05:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Taj Mahal Guided Tour Optional Extras to chose from: - Jaipur Cycle Tour
Spend the day getting to know Agra. Opt to ride one of the ubiquitous cycle rickshaws to visit Baby Taj and the Agra Fort, the Taj?s less famous ? but no less impressive ? sister monument, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, board an overnight train and wake up in Varanasi. Transport: - Basic overnight train (beds) 13:00 Hr(s)
Arrive to legendary Varanasi, the quintessential Indian holy city where millions of Hindu travel for pilgrimage, to worship, to mourn, or to die. Walk the narrow twisting alleys, poke around some of the thousands of temples and shrines, and experience the energy of the dawn rituals of bathing and burials as you float past the famous ghats of the Ganges. Take an evening boat journey out onto the sacred Ganges River for sunset and enjoy a mesmerizing candle flower ceremony. Accommodation: - Hotel Pradeep (or similar). Included Activities: - Evening Ganges Boat Tour
Cruise the Ganges on a morning boat tour with free time in the afternoon to shop, wander, and absorb the atmosphere of Varanasi. Opt to explore the monasteries and ruins of nearby Sarnath, the site of the Buddhas first sermon. Accommodation: - Hotel Pradeep (or similar). Included Activities: - Morning Ganges Boat Tour
Enjoy a free day to uniquely explore the spiritual capital of India more in-depth. Opt to bathe in the sacred waters or visit Kashi Vishwanath, the Golden Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, before boarding an overnight train to Delhi. Transport: - Basic overnight train (beds)
Arrive back in the bustling capital of India. The day is yours to explore the temples, markets, and museums in this fast-paced city. Accommodation: - Hotel Perfect (or similar).
Wow! What a trip, right? Luckily there is no such thing as goodbye, only until next time. Hug your newfound friends, exchange social medias, and depart at any time. Included Activities: - Departure Day