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Mysteries of India


     

Be dazzled by India's colorful interior on a 15-day adventure through its history and heritage. Explore the sprawling mansions and palaces of the imperial Mughal cities of Agra and New Delhi. Meet the elders of the traditional village of Chandelao. Peruse the markets of the old city of Bikaner alongside a local expert. Each day brings a new twist of the kaleidoscope - and a brighter understanding of this amazing country.

 

 

Our Opinion

 

India is a truly unique country, with incredible culture, cuisine and some iconic landmarks. This amazing tour gives you a thorough insight into Delhi, the Taj Mahal and all the surrounding areas, leaving you with an experience of a lifetime!

 

 

Tour Highlights

 

- Spend a night in a heritage hotel in Bikaner

- Meet the town elders of a traditional village

- Visit an NGO that provides services throughout rural India

- See the world-famous Taj Mahal

 

 

Itinerary in Brief

 

Delhi - 1 night

Mandawa - 1 night

Bikaner - 2 nights

Jodhpur - 1 night

Chandelao - 2 nights

Udaipur - 2 nights

Jojawar - 1 night

Jaipur - 2 nights

Agra - 1 night

Delhi - 1 night

 

 

 

Full Itinerary

 

Day 1: Delhi - Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through Women on Wheels, a G Adventures-supported project.

 

Day 2: Delhi to Mandawa - Enjoy a youth-led morning walk through Delhi by G Adventures-supported City Walk project. Continue on to Colonial New Delhi for an orientation tour then drive to Mandawa village.

 

Day 3: Mandawa to Bikaner - Start the day with a walking tour of Mandawa then drive to Bikaner and stay in a heritage hotel, once the residence of nobility. Visit the town's colourful markets and havelis. Option to visit a camel breeding centre.

 

 

Day 4: Bikaner - Explore traditional markets in the old city of Bikaner with a local expert. Learn about the age-old traditions of bartering and trading in tea and spices and how modern business practices are still influenced by the the old caravan routes. Later visit Junagarh Fort and the infamous Karni Mata (rat temple).

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Explore the Caravan Route

 

Day 5: Bikaner to Jodhpur - Arrive at the 'Blue City' and visit Mehrangarh Fort in the afternoon, built in the 15th century and well-known for its iconic Clock Tower.

 

 

Day 6: Jodhpur to Chandelao - Take a Jeep excursion into the countryside to visit tribal hamlets of Bishnois and Prajapats. Continue on to Chandelao Garh and explore the village and local markets.

 

Day 7: Chandelao - Enjoy Chandelao Garh and explore the village and local markets. Meet with the village elders and teachers and discuss various aspects of daily life, economy and culture in rural areas. Also visit the Sunder Rang Project at Chandelao which is striving to help village women become more economically independent by training them in traditional crafts.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Discover Village Life

 

 

Day 8: Chandelao to Udaipur - Drive to Udaipur, visiting the stunning Ranakpur Jain temples en route. This afternoon, take an orientation walk with your CEO in Udaipur.

 

Day 9: Udaipur - Explore the City Palace museum, Pichola Lake with a boat ride, and a visit to the Jagdish Temple. For lunch enjoy a cooking demonstration at the home of a local family.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Family Home Meal

 

Day 10: Udaipur/Jojawar - Stay at a heritage home in Jojawar village and take a train safari through the picturesque Aravali mountains.

 

 

Day 11: Jojawar/Jaipur - Drive to Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan.

 

Day 12: Jaipur - Visit the 15th century Amber Fort which was the former capital of the region. Take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and visit the City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar Observatory.

 

Day 13: Jaipur/Agra - Drive to Agra, stopping to visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri,built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. In Agra, visit the famed Agra Fort.

 

 

Day 14: Agra/Delhi - Rise early to visit the world-famous Taj Mahal and enjoy the stunning sunrise views. Continue to Delhi.

 

Day 15: Delhi - Depart at any time.

 

 

Extensions

 

Due to it's size, there are plenty of tours which focus specifically on different areas of the country, which makes it very easy to tailor make the trip of a lifetime. You can also easily tag on a week of sun in Goa, Sri Lanka, the Maldives or anywhere in the Middle East! Just contact one of our expert travel team and they will be happy to talk through your plans with you.

 
 

 

What's Included

 

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Explore the Caravan Route, Bikaner; Discover Village Life, Chandelao; Family Home Meal, Udaipur

G Adventures for Good: Women on Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport; City Walk, Delhi

Orientation tour of colonial Delhi

Tour of frescoed havelis of Shekhawati

Visit Junagarh Fort and Deshnoke's Karni Mata Temple (or Rat Temple)

Visit Mehrangarh Fort and Clock Tower

Excursion to rural hamlets of Chandelao and Jojawar

Explore Udaipur

Visit Ranakpur Jain temples

Explore Jaipur and Amber Fort

Visit Fatehpur Sikri, Taj Mahal, and the Red Fort of Agra

All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Breakfast on all days and some dinners as well

 

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