India Encompassed

Resort: India Encompassed
Operator: G Adventures
Destination: India
Price From: £1439.20

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From the white marble of the Taj Mahal to the unforgettable backwaters of Kerala, your camera’s shutter will be snapping nonstop throughout this comprehensive Indian journey. Sail along the sacred Ganges River in Varanasi and explore Abhaneris carved stepwells in the North before flying south to search for tigers in the wild and exotic spices in relaxed hill stations. With an intriguing combination of included activities and free time, city streets, and rural spirit, you’re sure to gain an understanding of the people and some insight into this fascinating land.

Itineraries

Day 1
Delhi

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

Day 2
Delhi

Enjoy a youth-led morning walk through Delhi by G Adventures-supported City Walk project offering a unique perspective of Delhi while supporting at-risk youth. Later, visit Delhis famous Jama Masjid (Great Mosque) and climb the minaret for a birds eye view of Old City. Walk through Chandni Chowk, one of Indias oldest and busiest markets, and learn the history of the Sikh religion at Gurdwara. Stop for photos at the colourful market before finishing at Connaught Place, one of the most prominent architectural remnants of British rule.

Day 3
DelhiJaipur

Drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, and start exploring the Pink City. Opt to visit the Jantar Mantar, or Royal Observatory. Don’t miss the opportunity to see a Bollywood film at the famous Art Deco Raj Mandir cinema.

Day 4
Jaipur

Stop and admire the intricate architecture of Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) before venturing to the ruined city of Amber to explore the famous Fort.

Day 5
JaipurDhula Village

Travel to Dhula Village and get a closer look at rural life in Rajasthan during a cycling excursion. Tonight, settle in to your cozy tent, relax by the fire, and take in the starry night sky.

Day 6
Dhula Villagegra

Stop by the impressive Abhaneri stepwell en route to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.

Day 7
gra

Visit the sparkling, iconic Taj Mahal for sunrise with time to explore the picturesque grounds. Afterward, jump on a cycle-rickshaw for a rustic ride to the walled city of Agra Fort and Baby Taj.

Day 8
graAlpura

Board a morning train then transfer to a private vehicle for a ride across rough Indian roads to Alipura. This friendly village will be our base for two days where you’ll stay in a heritage property with time to wander the town and interact with local people.

Day 9
Alpura

Enjoy a day trip to Khajuraho, where India’s largest group of medieval temples reside, known for their Kama Sutra statues. Learn the history of these world-famous temples on a guided tour and enjoy a taste of a little erotica from the Middle Ages. After, opt to visit a nearby waterfall or watch an evening dance performance.

Day 10
AlpuraOrchha

En route to Orchha, visit a unique paper making plant, set up to assist tribal women from the area. All the paper is made from recycled clothing and wood pulp. Continue on to Orchha and embark on an orientation tour of this small town. Set on the banks of the Betwa River, it is the perfect antidote to the chaos of Indias cities. Later, attend an evening puja ceremony at the Ram Raja Temple.

Day 11
OrchhaVaranasi

Visit the Orchha Palace complex and enjoy free time before the overnight train to Varanasi.

Day 12
Varanasi

Disembark the train in legendary Varanasi – the quintessential Indian holy city where millions of Hindus visit for pilgrimage, to worship, to mourn, or to die. Take an orientation walk through the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. There is time here to shop, wander, and absorb the atmosphere of this unique city. Marvel at the ghats from the River Ganges as you enjoy an evening boat trip to witness a mesmerizing candle-lit flower ceremony.

Day 13
Varanasi

Watch the sunrise from a boat along the Ganges. Spend the rest of the day getting to know this holy city. Opt to visit the monasteries and ruins of nearby Sarnath, the site of the Buddha’s first sermon.

Day 14
VaranasiDelhi

Soak up some free time this morning and continue exploring Varanasi. Later, cut out the travel time with a flight back to bustling Delhi.

Day 15
DelhiKochi

Fly to the port city of Kochi. Settle into your hotel and enjoy free time to relax the rest of the day. Opt to catch the sunset over the Arabian Sea, framed by hundreds of boats and fishing nets.

Day 16
Kochi

Enjoy a morning orientation walk of Fort Kochi. After, take some free time to explore before an evening performance of kathakali, a form of traditional dancing from Kerala.

Day 17
KochiKalpetta

Take a morning train followed by a scenic drive to reach Kalpetta, in the Wayanad district.

Day 18
Kalpetta

Walk the nature trails through the forested areas in Wayanad. Also take a wildlife drive in search of elephants and bison.

Day 19
KalpettaMysore

Settle in for the drive to the ancient city of Mysore.

Day 20
Mysore

Explore the vibrant city of Mysore including visits to Chamundi Temple and Mysore Palace. After enjoy free time and opt to visit the Devaraja market or join a yoga class.

Day 21
MysoreMmallapuram

Enjoy a full day of train travel to Chennai before a short bus ride to Mamallapuram. Visit the Shore Temple.

Day 22
Mmallapuram

Free time to explore Mamallapuram.

Day 23
MmallapuramPuducherry

Continue to Pondicherry (now known as Puducherry) and learn about Sri Aurobindo Ghose at the ashram.

Day 24
PuducherryMadurai

Travel inland to Madurai, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

Day 25
Madurai

Hope on a cycle rickshaw for a tour of the city before visiting the famous Meenakshi Temple.

Day 26
MaduraiPeriyr Sanctuary

Drive to Thekkady. Take a guided tour of spice plantations in the Cardamom Hills.

Day 27
Periyr SanctuaryKerala Backwaters

Travel to Alleppey for a local homestay. Experience local life and a guided walk along the lagoon.

Day 28
Kerala BackwatersKochi

Spend the morning enjoying last moments with your host family. Learn to cook some local food, watch the toddy tappers at work, or wander around the village exploring more of life on the backwaters. Travel to a Planeterra project for lunch before returning to Kochi in the early afternoon, where the trip ends.

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