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Essential India Adventure Tour

Asia

  • India

From the intricate saris of Rajasthan to the beautiful symmetry of the Taj Mahal, this compact journey is a photographer's delight and the perfect introduction to India. You'll float past the ghats on the Ganges River to encounter the spiritual heart of Hinduism in Varanasi and get off the beaten path exploring carved stepwells and quaint temples in rural villages. With the perfect combination of included activities and free time to explore the nation's rich heritage, you're sure to be caught up in India's incredible tapestry of life.


Highlights

Explore India's vibrant cities, discover ancient forts and temples, revel in the beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal, witness the erotic sculptures of Khajuraho and Orchha, sail the Ganges in venerable Varanasi


What's Included

Your G for Good Moment: Women on Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport Your G for Good Moment: City Walk, Delhi Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Old Delhi walk with stops at the Jama Masjid, Gurduwara, Chandni Chowk, and Connaught Place. Amber Fort tour. Rajasthani rural village stay. Village cycling excursion. Abhaneri stepwells visit. Taj Mahal and I'timad
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Daulah (Baby Taj) entrance. Agra Fort entrance and guided tour. Orchha Palace complex visit. Western Temple complex entrance and guided visit. Ganges River boat trip at sunrise and sunset, including candle flower ceremony. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.


Accommodation

Hotels (11 nts), comfortable tented camp (2 nt), sleeper train (1 nt).


Meals Included

1 breakfast, 1 dinner


Transport

Train, local bus, private vehicle, auto
rickshaw, camel cart, small riverboat, plane.


About our Transportation

TRAIN Traveling in India by train is an experience. Distances in India are long and Indian trains aren't the worlds best, but traveling in these adds a fascinating new dimension to a visitor's experience in the country. There is virtually no better way to get to make friends with the people and see the spectacular views of the diverse Indian countryside. The chaos on the Indian Railway stations is a replica of the life in India. G Adventures uses a combination of AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier and sleeper class (for overnight journeys) and AC Chair car or second class seats for day journeys. 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 AC2, 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, magazine or photos of your home country and family to show the Indian travelers also waiting for the train. ROAD Traveling by road 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! Although the government is investing large sums of money improving 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 a lot longer than at home.


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. Standard luggage allowance for internal flights is 15kg (33lb) for checked luggage, and is 7kg (15lb) for carry
on luggage. Any charges for additional luggage or weight is the responsibility of the passenger.

Day 1 Delhi

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

Day 2 Delhi

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

Day 3 Delhi/Jaipur

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

Day 4 Jaipur

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

Day 5 Jaipur/Tordi Sāgar

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

Day 6 Dhula Village/Ä?gra

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

Day 7 Ä?gra

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

Day 8 Ä?gra/AlÄ«pura

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

Day 9 Alīpura

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

Day 10 Alīpura/Orchha

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

Day 11 Orchha/Varanasi

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

Day 12 Varanasi

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

Day 13 Varanasi

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

Day 14 Varanasi/Delhi

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

Day 15 Delhi

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

Details

Prices from: €1099.00

Duration: 15 Days

Trip Style: Classic

Service Level: Standard

Physical Demands Rating: 2 - Light

Group Size Notes: Max: 15



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