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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%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AHLNG/155173
  • Starts: Delhi, India
  • Finishes: Delhi, India
You will Visit
  • Delhi

Itinerary

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Day 1: Delhi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through Women on Wheels, a G Adventures-supported project.
There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel (check-in time is noon) and enjoy the city.

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Day 2: Delhi/Mandāwa

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.

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Day 3: Mandāwa/Bīkāner

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.

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Day 4: Bīkāner

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).
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.

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Day 5: Bīkāner/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.

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Day 6: Jodhpur/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.

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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.

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Day 8: Chandelao/Udaipur

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

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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.

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Day 10: Udaipur/Jojawar

Stay at a heritage home in Jojawar village and take a train safari through the picturesque Aravali mountains.


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Day 11: Jojawar/Jaipur

Drive to Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan.
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.

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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.

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Day 13: Jaipur/Āgra

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

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Day 14: Āgra/Delhi

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

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Day 15: Delhi

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Explore the Caravan Route, Bīkāner National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Discover Village Life, Chandelao National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Family Home Meal, Udaipur G Adventures for Good: Women on Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport G Adventures for Good: 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
    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