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Down the Ganges Adventure Tour

Asia

  • India

What can you do with 15 days in India? Oh, this and that… Start with whitewater rafting in the foothills of the Himalayas and a visit to the Taj Mahal, a monument that redefines the word 'monumental'. Next, hunt river dolphins (with your camera, of course), witness the moving burial ceremonies at the ghats of Varanasi and camp out along the shores of the mighty Ganges itself. From bustling New Delhi to beautiful Orchha and all points in between, this is India in a nutshell'a huge, wonderful, brightly-coloured nutshell.


Highlights

Sail along the Ganges River, go whitewater rafting through exciting rapids, experience the spirituality of India during an evening aarti, marvel at the beauty of the Taj Mahal


What's Included

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Rafting in Rishikesh. Evening aarti in Haridwar. Taj Mahal and Agra Fort visit. Sailing on the Ganges with overnight camping. Evening and morning boat rides in Varanasi. Visit Orchha Palace.


Accommodation

Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts), camping (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt).


Meals Included

3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners


Transport

Boat, raft, train, bus, rickshaw.


About our Transportation

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 AC3 and AC Chair class fairly clean by Indian standards, with both western
style and squat toilets usually in a reasonably sanitary condition. Sleeper Class and 2nd class toilets may be a different matter! Bring your own toilet paper and hand wash soap or liquid. 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 just for peace of mind you might 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 Indian trains do run late, and sometimes it's hours rather than minutes. Make sure you have something to occupy your time ' a good book, music, a magazine or photos of your home country and family to show the Indian travelers also waiting for the train. You should also have snacks and water for the journey. ROAD Traveling by road in India or Nepal is certainly not what people are use to in Western countries. Rules are not always followed, drivers appear to speed, do not stay in their lanes, overtake in seemingly dangerous situations, rarely use their mirrors or driving lights at night time. The horn however is used very frequently and can range from the latest Bollywood tune to Britney Spears! In India, although the government is investing large sums of money improving the road infrastructure, there is a lot more to be done. As a result, in both India and Nepal, some of the roads are poorly maintained, pot holed and uneven. This gets even more pronounced particularly during and after the monsoon. Travel time covering relatively short distances is very long in comparison to Western countries. BOATS While on the Ganges, travel in groups of five by teakwood boats measuring 19 feet long and 7 feet wide. The boats have ample space to spread out, along with pillows for comfort. Life vests are on board. The boats have a cooler stocked with water and cold drinks for purchase.


Group Leader

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.


Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!


Solo Travellers

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.


Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.


What to Take

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15
20 mintues with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10
15kg/22
30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures trips! Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit under the beds when travelling on sleeper trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in homestays, villages or camping then you usually have the opportunity to rent sleeping bags if need be instead of bringing them with you.

Day 1 Delhi

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city.

Day 2 Delhi/Rishīkesh

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city.

Day 3 Rishīkesh

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city.

Day 4 Rishīkesh/Haridwar

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city.

Day 5 Haridwar/Ä?gra

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city.

Day 6 Ä?gra/Allahābād

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city.

Day 7 Allahābād/Chunār

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city.

Day 8 Chunār/Robertsganj

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city.

Day 9 Robertsganj/Varanasi

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city.

Day 10 Varanasi

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city.

Day 11 Varanasi/Khajurāho

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city.

Day 12 Khajurāho/Orchha

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city.

Day 13 Orchha

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city.

Day 14 Orchha/Delhi

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city.

Day 15 Delhi

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the 14:00 welcome meeting. We highly recommend you book pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this bustling city.

Details

Duration: 15 Days

Trip Style: Classic

Service Level: Standard

Physical Demands Rating: 3 - Average

Group Size Notes: Max: 15

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My Own Room Exceptions

Day 6 of overnight train.

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