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North India Highlights

The Taj Mahal took 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants 22 years to complete, yet it only takes a single moment to realize how utterly beautiful it is. From strolling in its serene shadows to walking the streets of Delhi with a local young adult in the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project, to spending a night in a traditional village home, these eight days are an incredible introduction to the evocative beauty of India.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: AHING/155170
  • 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 until an evening welcome meeting, so check into to the hotel (check-in time is 12 noon) and enjoy the city.

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Day 2: Delhi/Āgra

Walk through the backstreets of Delhi with a young adult taking part in the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Later, explore Old Delhi with your CEO before an afternoon drive to Agra.

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Day 3: Āgra

Spend the day visiting the highlights of the walled city of Agra including the famed Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort.

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Day 4: Āgra/Jaipur

Drive to Jaipur, visiting the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the village of Abhaneri, which has one of India's deepest and largest stepwells (tank gardens).

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Day 5: Jaipur

Explore the "Pink City," known also as Jaipur, including the Amber Fort, City Palace, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Listen to a local historian/scholar discuss the spirituality, social fabric, customs and traditions of India.
Consider treating yourself to a night at the cinema. Going to see a Bollywood film in India is much more than what we are accustomed to in the west. The atmosphere, energy, and pure fun (not to mention volume!) has to be experienced to be believed.

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Day 6: Jaipur/Sāwarda

Drive to the rural village of Sawarda where we stay in a heritage home. Exploring this traditional village is like stepping back in time. Walk and meet with elders, teachers and elected representatives of the village governing council, called the Panchayat. Topics of discussion include: how urbanization affects village life, information technology and modernization and its benefits and disadvantages, as well as simple village customs and traditions.
The village is about 60km (37 mi) from Jaipur and has beautiful temples dedicated to different religions, including a unique sikh temple. The residents of the village are still involved in traditional commercial activities. You'll see pottery wheels, silversmiths, cobblers, traditional huts, old temples, and small stepwells.

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Day 7: Sāwarda/Delhi

Drive back to bustling Delhi. Opt to join the CEO for a group dinner.

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Day 8: Delhi

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project
    • Walking tour and project visit with a local guide in Delhi
    • Tour of Old Delhi including Jama Masjid Mosque, Chandni Chowk market, and Gurduwara Sikh temple
    • Visit the Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort
    • Excursion to Fatehpur Sikri and the Abhaneri step wells
    • Explore Jaipur including the Amber Fort, Jaipur City Palace, and Hawa Mahal
    • Talk with a local historian and scholar
    • Visit the village of Sawarda and overnight in a heritage home
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (6 nts), heritage hotel (1 nt)
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Van, bus, auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Delve into ancient and modern India with a local guide
  • Walk Delhi's backstreets and support a street kids' rehabilitation project
  • Step back in time at historical forts and palaces
  • Connect with history during a night at a heritage village home
  • Marvel at the grand Taj Mahal and all its glory