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Mysteries of India

This outstanding adventure through Indias colourful interior offers a look at its history and heritage, bringing you to the imperial Mughal cities of Agra and New Delhi, stunning capitals of the former princely states and home to sprawling mansions and palaces. Meet the town elders of the traditional village of Chandelao. Explore the markets of the old city of Bikaner alongside a local expert in trade. This is the India so many travellers dream about.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 155173
  • Starts: Delhi, India
  • Finishes: Delhi, India
You will Visit
  • Delhi

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Delhi

There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel (check-in time is noon) and enjoy the city.

Included Activities:
Women on Wheels Transfer
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Delhi/Mandāwa (1B)

Take a walk through the backstreets with a young adult taking part in the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Continue on to Colonial New Delhi for an orientation tour then drive to Mandawa village.

Included Activities:
Guided Walking Tour with New Delhi Streetkids Project
Colonial New Delhi Orientation Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-7.00 hours, 240km)

03

Day 3: Mandāwa/Bīkāner (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Mandawa Walking Tour
Havelis of Shekhawati Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 140km)

04

Day 4: Bīkāner (1B)

Today visit the well-maintained 16th-century Junagarh Fort. Drive down to the small town of Deshnoke (about half an hour away) to visit Karni Mata, where rats are revered by the locals. Don't have a liking for rats? (Really, it's ok if you don't.) Opt to stay out and enjoy the beautifully carved doorway and the small market nearby.

Included Activities:
Explore the Caravan Route
Junagarh Fort Visit
Deshnoke Rat Temple Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle

05

Day 5: Bīkāner/Jodhpur (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Mehrangarh Fort Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 220km)

06

Day 6: Jodhpur/Chandelao (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Jeep Safari in Jodhpur
Chandelao Garh Village Stay

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)

07

Day 7: Chandelao (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Discover Village Life
Chandelao Garh Village Stay

08

Day 8: Chandelao/Udaipur (1B)

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

Included Activities:
Ranakpur Jain Temples Visit
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 240km)

09

Day 9: Udaipur (1B, 1L)

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.

Included Activities:
City Palace Visit
Pichola Lake Boat Tour
Jagdish Temple Visit
Family Home Meal

Transport:
Private Vehicle

10

Day 10: Udaipur/Jojawar (1B, 1D)




Included Activities:
Train Safari

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours)

11

Day 11: Jojawar/Jaipur (1B)

After breakfast, drive to Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is known as the "Pink City" after the rusty colour that many of the houses are painted. With beautiful palaces, forts, gardens, temples, and unending market streets, it's a city with a lot to offer.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))

12

Day 12: Jaipur (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Amber Fort Guided Tour
City Palace Visit
Jantar Mantar Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle

13

Day 13: Jaipur/Āgra (1B)

Drive to Agra, stopping to visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. In Agra, visit the famed Agra Fort.

Included Activities:
Fatehpur Sikri Visit
Agra Fort Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-4.00 hours, 55km)

14

Day 14: Āgra/Delhi (1B)

Rise early to visit the world-famous Taj Mahal and enjoy the stunning sunrise views. Continue to Delhi.

Included Activities:
Taj Mahal Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

15

Day 15: Delhi (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project
    • Walking tour and visit to Delhi Streetkids Project
    • Orientation tour of colonial Delhi
    • Tour of frescoed havelis of Shekhawati
    • Explore traditional markets in the old city of Bikaner with a local expert
    • 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
    • Meet with elders of Chandelao village
    • 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/heritage homes (14 nts)
    • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Van, bus, jeep, train, cycle-rickshaw, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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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