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Northern India: Riverside Safaris, Ancient Fortresses & The Taj Mahal Adventure Tour

Asia

  • India

Explore, hike, and cycle through India on this 15-day odyssey where every moment will feel like a dance between tradition and enchantment. You'll wander the bustling streets of Delhi, where saris twirl in a vibrant dance of colours and the air is a tantalizing blend of exotic spices. Next, Agra and Pushkar await, with their bold forts and ancient temples spinning tales that echo through the ages. Ranthambore National Park invites you to discover animals roaming freely, peacocks putting on dazzling dance moves and maybe even a tiger or two. Pack your sense of wonder and let India unfold in all its glory.


Highlights  

Guided tour of the Taj Mahal, Boat Safari on the Chambal River, Jeep Safari in Ranthambore National Park, Boat ride on Lake Pichola , Amber Fort Heritage Walk, Guided experience at Jantar Mantar Observatory, Visit Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fortress, Visit Ranakpur Jain Temples in Udaipur


Itinerary Notes  

Want to experience the sights and sounds of Holi? Make sure you're in India on March 14, 2025 or March 4, 2026 for the nation's most colourful festival.


Transport  

Private Vehicle, Train, Plane, Small Riverboat, Safari Vehicle.


Tipping  

On the Geluxe Collection tours, tipping is included for all included activities and meals. Tipping is not included for the CEO or Porterage. Should you want some basic guidelines on tipping for the activities you do on your own, please see below. At the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-30 USD per person, per week can be used.

For meals and activities not included in your itinerary, it is appropriate in India to tip 10%. Though not compulsory, tipping is expected. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels and shows an expression of satisfaction.


A Couple of Rules  

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of people in the sex trade is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they utilize the services of paid sex workers, in any capacity.


What's Included  

Your G for Good Moment: Women With Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport
Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group
Your OMG Day: Yoga Class or Savitri Temple Hill Walk, Pushkar. Welcome and Farewell Dinners. Namaste Delhi Walking Tour. Old Delhi Walking Tour with Stops at the Jama Masjid. Agra Fort Visit. Taj Mahal Guided Tour. Chambal River Safari. Dholpur Cycling Tour. Safari in Ranthambore National Park. Jaipur Orientation walk. Hawa Mahal Visit. Amber Heritage Walk and Panna Meena Stepwell. Visit Amber Fort. Jantar Mantar Observatory Guided Tour. Pushkar Holy Town Walk with Brahma Temple. Kalbeliya Traditional Dancing Demonstration. Changelao Garh Orientation Walk. Sunder Rang Cooperative Visit. Mehrangarh Fortress. Ranakpur Jain Temples. Udaipur Prientation Walk. Badi Lake Cycle. Jagdish Temple Visit. Lake Pichola Sunset Boat Ride. Elephanta Island and Caves Excursion. All tips included for activities and meals, except for CEO and porterage. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


Group Leader Description  

All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officer (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.
While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.


Optional Activities  

No optional activities


Travel Insurance  

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some tours include adventure activities that require extra coverage (e.g. crampon use); please review your itinerary and make sure that you are covered for all included activities. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.


International Flights  

Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.


About our Transportation  

Plane, private vehicle, walking, boat.


Joining Instructions  

For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

The arrival transfer will be provided by our G Adventures-supported project Women With Wheels. This program provides safe and reliable transport for travelers, while providing a dignified livelihood for a local woman from a resource poor community. You will be greeted by a trained driver from the project with a G Adventures sign with your name on it. The drivers mostly wait outside Between exit Gate number 4 and 5. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival area. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our transfer representatives in Delhi. Our airport representatives can be reached at the Sakha Call Centre at +91 92787-08888.

Be aware also, of touts at the airports, even at hotel-reservation counters. They may try to trick you into booking a hotel room by claiming that your prior reservation is invalid or that women on wheels cabs are in shortage or unavailable . Ignore them.


Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day.

Upon arrival to your Joining Hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon), look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don't see a note, please ask reception for details!

If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.


Accommodation  

Hotels (14 nts)


Safety and Security  

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. Read more about travel safety for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.


Emergency Contact  

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

AIRPORT TRANSFER
If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that:

Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change or flight cancellation within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, please call the emergency contact number to advise of your new arrival flight information. If you do not, we will not be able to rearrange your arrival transfer and you will need to make your own way to the starting hotel at your own expense. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel. 

If your call is specifically concerning Airport Transfer complications please call our local G Adventures Transfer providers directly at:
New Delhi Airport:
Sakha Call Center
From outside India: +91 9278708888
From within Delhi: 9278708888
From outside Delhi: 09278708888

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS

G Adventures South Asia Manager, Sorab (Delhi, India)
>From outside of India: +91 8851806614
>From within Delhi: 8851806614
>From within India, but outside Delhi: 0 8851806614


Packing List  

Cold Weather:
• Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
• Scarf
• Snow Boots
• Warm gloves
• Warm hat
• Warm layers
• Warm waterproof jacket

Conservative Dress:
• Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
• Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)

Documents:
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
• Visas or vaccination certificates (With photocopies)

Essentials:
• Toiletries (required) (Shampoo, bodywash, soap, etc.)
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Footwear
• Hat
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Moneybelt
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Shirts/t-shirts
• Sleepwear
• Small travel towel
• Sunglasses
• Swimwear
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket

Health & Safety:
• Hand sanitizer (required)
• Face masks (Clients will be only be required to wear a face mask where it is mandated by local regulations.)
• Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
• Quick Covid Test/Antigen Test (optional)

Train Travel (Optional):
• Slip-on shoes
• Small container with lid
• Travel cutlery
• Travel or camp cup

Warm Weather:
• Sandals/flip-flops
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sturdy water shoes/sandals
• Sun hat/bandana
• Swimwear


Visas and Entry Requirements  

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your own responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. Visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as far as possible, but rules do change and sometimes without warning. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check the information yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.

Visa information specific to your destination and nationality can be found in our Important Pre-Departure Information page here

All travellers must have a valid Indian visa prior to the start of their tour. Please note that visas for India are the responsibility of the individual traveller.

To obtain a visa for India, you may either apply for an e-Visa using the link below, or alternately visit the Indian embassy or consulate nearest you to apply for a physical visa on your passport.

India is now offering e-Visas for some nationalities. Please visit this link for further information, and to check if your nationality is eligible for an e-Visa: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

As there are many fake websites, please only use the link above to apply for your e-Visa and for any additional information.

VISA INFORMATION:
Please use the start hotel of your tour as a reference for your visa application. Contact us or your travel agent if you need further information.

For visa purposes, your Emergency Local Contact details are below:
G Adventures South Asia Manager
Mr Sorab Jassawalla (Delhi, India)

>From outside of India: +91 88 5180 6614
>From within Delhi: 88 5180 6614
>From within India, but outside Delhi: 088 5180 6614


Group Leader  

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.


Itinerary Disclaimer  

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.


Group Size Notes  

Max 15


Meals Included  

14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 10 dinners


My Own Room  

Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops


Planeterra Foundation - the non-profit partner of G Adventures  

Planeterra International Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to turning travel into impact by helping local communities earn an income from tourism. Planeterra connects underserved local communities to the benefits of tourism by developing and supporting small community-owned businesses. These businesses support Indigenous people, empower women, grant youth access to employment opportunities, and protect the environment. Planeterra also works to ensure these businesses have a thriving customer base by integrating their projects into G Adventures' itineraries globally.
G Adventures is Planeterra's largest corporate donor, covering all operating costs, so 100% of your donation will bring opportunity to people in need.

G Adventures Dollar-a-day Program - Make Every Day Count - Turn your travel into impact with Planeterra Foundation.

Did you know? Most communities around the world do not benefit from tourism. Give back to the places you visit on your travels by creating opportunities for local people to earn an income, and protect the environment.

Make every day count by donating $1/day for the length of your trip, and join us in empowering the communities you will visit when you travel. 100% of your donation goes directly to Planeterra projects.


About Accommodation  

Hotels (14nts)


Arrival Complications  

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

Day 1 Delhi: Welcome to India

From yoga to Bollywood, sacred temples to exotic wildlife, and bold textiles to complex vegetarian cuisine, experience every side of India in this incredible adventure that takes you through the very heart of Rajasthan. We welcome you to Delhi, and to India, and invite you to bring your curious nature to a country that is ready to inspire and impress. Get ready for a spirited and breathtaking two weeks.

You will be met at the airport by your included arrival transfer through the G Adventures-supported Women With Wheels project. After a welcome meeting with your CEO and group, go on an orientation walk and then head to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner.

Day 2 Delhi: Historic & Modern India

Delhi, the vibrant capital of India, offers a captivating blend of rich history and modern tradition that charms every traveler. Set out on foot to discover a treasure trove of iconic landmarks such as the majestic Mehrauli Archeological Park, Humayun's Tomb and the intricate architecture of the India Gate, each narrating a story of India's diverse heritage. Delhi's bustling markets, divine cuisine and warm hospitality provide an immersive cultural experience, making it the perfect destination for the start of your trip.

Join your CEO on a walking tour of some of the oldest parts of Delhi, through ancient ruins and diverse religious sites. In the afternoon, discover Old Delhi and its narrow bylanes of Kinnari bazaar and the old havelis of Chandni Chowk. Wander through bazaars, spice markets and even ride a rickshaw to dive straight into daily life in India's biggest city.

Day 3 Agra: Taj Mahal & Agra Fort

No India itinerary is complete without a stop at two of the most iconic spots in the world, let alone India. The Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort are just a train ride away for today's adventure. The Taj Mahal is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a world renowned symbol of love and craftsmanship. And the legendary Agra Fort stands as a testament to the significance of India's grand Mughal Empire. We make sure these two world famous stops are checked off your India bucket list today.

After riding the train to Agra, visit both sites with your CEO and local guide. In the evening, drive to Dholpur and check into your OMG Stay- a tranquil set of stone cottages that feels a million miles away from the busy atmosphere of Delhi.

Day 4 Dholpur: Boating & Biking Safaris

You don't need to venture deep into the jungle to experience India's vibrant wildlife. Just outside of Dholpur, the chance to embark on a river safari showcases diverse landscapes and thriving wildlife. From spotting elusive species of birds and endangered animals to witnessing traditional riverside life, your time on the Chambal River will be unforgettable. If you're lucky, you may even spot a Gharial, a type of fish-eating crocodile. Hands inside the boat please!

After spending the morning on the river, the afternoon is dedicated to exploring the land. Get out on a bicycle to discover the lush jungle surrounding Narsingh Bagh, and join your guide in looking for a number of bird species local to the area.

Day 5 Ranthambore: Iconic Safaris

From water to land, we continue the safari into Ranthambore National Park. This park is considered the best in the world to see the Royal Bengal Tiger in its natural habitat. Grab your binoculars and join your guide in search of not just tigers but leopards, bengal foxes, langurs and other amazing species. The magic of Ranthambore unfolds between dense forest and historical ruins offering an unparalleled safari experience.

Your Indian safari adventure continues as you leave Dholpur and drive to Ranthambore National Park. Spend the afternoon on safari before a delicious dinner at the lodge.

Day 6 Jaipur: The Pink City

After another safari in Ranthambore, its onward to Jaipur. Jaipur isn't just known for its incredible history and monuments, it's also famous for being, well, pink! While the city is beautiful to gaze at, it's not just a pretty facade. Together we have the next two days to explore all this city has to teach us.

After an early morning safari, you'll drive to one of the most colorful cities in India, Jaipur. Known for its colored gems and pink buildings, take it all in on a walking tour of the city.

Day 7 Jaipur: Astrological Observations

Your Jaipur explorations start with the Amber Heritage walk. Step into what feels like a painting at the intricate Panna Meena before climbing onward to the majestically perched fortress of Amber Fort. The afternoon continues with a guided exploration of Jantar Mantar. This architectural wonder is marveled for its accurate observation of celestial bodies, showcasing the advanced astronomical knowledge of its time and the world's largest sundial.

Spend the morning exploring at Hawa Mahal and the Amber Fort. After lunch, take a special tour of Jantar Mantar, one of the most important astronomical observatories of the pre-modern world.

Day 8 Pushkar: Your OMG Day

Today is jam packed with OMG worthy moments. Pushkar is one of the oldest and holiest cities in India and home to one of the only temples in the world dedicated to Brahma, the Hindu creator god. After a visit to this esteemed temple, you get the honor of choosing how the rest of your day unfolds. Connect with your spiritual side with a yoga class and a wellness and spirituality discussion or hike the famed pilgrimage path to Savitri Temple Hill and visit this picturesque hilltop. Come together in the evening again for sundowners with a show, to watch traditional Kalbeliya dancers alongside a local feast under the stars.

Your OMG Day starts in the holy town of Pushkar with a visit the famed Brahma Temple to meet a local pandit to understand and partake in ancient rituals. Then the choice is yours: choose to take an hour long yoga class followed by a wellness and spirituality discussion, or drive to the base of Savitri Temple hill for a hike up the 900 steps for a birds-eye view of Pushkar.

Day 9 Chandelao: The Age Old Fortress

The state of Rajasthan is famed for its historic forts and fortresses, handicrafts and its bright and beautiful block printing and tie-dye techniques. Textiles in India are more than just beautiful art, they're symbols of regional heritage, cultural identity and centuries of generational practices. Visit small hamlets whose traditions remained unchanged over the last hundred years, and overnight at a heritage property outside Jodhpur.

After a leisurely start to the morning, hop into jeeps to visit the small villages and hamlets outside Chandelao Garh, culminating in a visit to Pipar village to learn more about the 100 year old crafting techniques. An overnight in this unique heritage property awaits.

Day 10 Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fortress

It's almost impossible to say which is more beautiful: the view of Mehrangarh Fortress from the city of Jodhpur or the view of the Blue City of Jodhpur from Mehrangarh Fortress. The opportunity to visit and view both this morning will leave your heart full.

After a morning of discovery at the extraordinary Mehrangarh Fortress and the Blue City of Jodhpur, visit the Sunder Rang Cooperative and discover how this small social enterprise is helping more than 30 women and their families to provide meaningful support for their community. From textiles to handmade crafts, each unique item showcases the talent and creativity of the women who have made them.

Day 11 Udaipur: City of Lakes

From one town to the next, India seems to become more and more spectacular. Continue to Ranakpur Jain Temple to observe one of the most magnificent marble temples in India. After exploring the temple, continue to the romantic lakefront city of Udaipur. There's no better welcome to a waterfront town than dinner at one of the finest lakefront restaurants.

Together the group drives to Ranakpur to visit the famous Ranakpur Jain Temples before reaching Udaipur. After an orientation walk of the old city, enjoy a group dinner at a lakeside restaurant. Stretch your legs on walk along the lake or take a tuk tuk back to your hotel for the night.

Day 12 Udaipur: Famous Lakes & Ancient Hills

Udaipur, the City of Lakes, invites you to rise and shine with a bike ride to start the day. Enjoy incredible views with a gentle bike ride through the ancient hills of Udaipur to Badi Lake where breakfast will be waiting. After an exhilarating start to the day, join your CEO to tour the palace complex and Jagdish Temple, which has been welcoming worshippers since 1651.

This afternoon is at leisure to explore as you please. Grab a tea at a cafe or do some exploring on foot with your camera. In the evening, climb aboard for a sunset boat ride to explore Lake Pichola.

Day 13 Mumbai: The City of Dreams

Mixed with modern high rises and old world architecture, Mumbai is India's financial and cinematic capital. This afternoon will take you to some of best spots in all of Mumbai like Dhobi Ghat, Asia's largest open-air laundromat, and Malabar Hill.

After a relaxing morning with some leisure time in Udaipur, your flight takes you to the busiest city in all of India, Mumbai. Take a driving tour of the city after your arrival before reaching the hotel.

Day 14 Mumbai: Elephanta Caves

A scenic escape from the bustling city brings you to the island of Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk through rock carved columns to enter the impressive caves dedicated to Lord Shiva. These incredible carvings date back to the 5th century, and represent a sacred site for Hindu believers.

Visit the Gateway of India before you board your private boat to Elephanta Caves. Travel for an hour to reach the UNESCO World Heritage site. Spend a half-day visiting these rock-cut stone temples that date back to the 5th century. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax, eat, shop, or all three! This evening, join your CEO and fellow travellers for one final farewell feast.

Day 15 Mumbai

Your adventure has come to an end, you can depart at any time.

Details

Prices from: €3699.00

Duration: 15 Days

Trip Type: Small Group

Merchandising: New Trips

Service Level: Upgraded

Travel Style: The Geluxe Collection

Physical Grading: 3 - Average

Merchandising: Planeterra Project



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