Mysteries of India

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 15 Days | Round-trip Delhi
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details

 

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.

Trip Highlights

    • Venture into Udaipur’s marble palaces, the legendary Taj Mahal in Agra, Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort, and more.
    • Explore tribal villages and visit a crafts school that empowers local women.
    • Discover the historic markets of Bikaner alongside a local expert.

Itinerary - 15 Days

Day 1 — Delhi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included through Women on Wheels, a G Adventures–supported project.

Day 2 — Delhi/Mandāwa

Walk through Delhi on an insider tour with a young adult from the G Adventures–supported City Walk project. Continue on to colonial New Delhi for an orientation tour before driving to Mandāwa village. (1B)

Days 3 & 4 — Bikaner

Enjoy a walking tour of Mandāwa. Then drive to Bikaner to explore some of its estates and spend the night in a heritage hotel. The next day, venture into the traditional markets in the old city alongside a local expert. Visit Junagarh Fort and the infamous “Rat Temple.” (2B)

Day 5 — Jodhpur

Arrive in the “blue city” of Jodhpur and visit the Mehrangarh Fort and the Clock Tower. (1B)

Days 6 & 7 — Chāndelao

Take a jeep excursion into the countryside, visiting tribal hamlets such as Bishnois. Continue on to Chāndelao to explore the village and local markets. Meet with the town elders to discuss daily life in rural India. Visit the Sunder Rang Project, which helps village women become more economically independent by training them in traditional crafts. (2B, 2D)

Days 8 & 9 — Udaipur

Drive to Udaipur, visiting the stunning Ranakpur Jain temples en route. Explore the City Palace museum, enjoy a Lake Pichola boat ride, and visit the Jagdish Temple. For lunch enjoy a cooking demonstration at the home of a local family. (2B, 1L)

Day 10 — Jojāwar

Stay at the family-run guesthouse in Jojāwar. Enjoy a rural train safari and village orientation walk. (1B, 1D)

Days 11 & 12 — Jaipur

Drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. The following day, explore City Palace and Amber Fort, and view the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Visit the local bazaars to browse colorful textiles, pottery, and handicrafts. (2B)

Day 13 — Agra

Drive to Agra, visiting the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri en route. Later, encounter the historic Agra Fort. (1B)

Day 14 — Delhi

Rise early to visit the worldfamous Taj Mahal, enjoying stunning sunrise views. Continue onward to Delhi. (1B)

Day 15 — Delhi

Depart at any time. (1B)

Related Trips

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Dates

2017
  • Dec 17 - 31, 2017
2018
  • Jan 07 - 21, 2018
  • Jan 14 - 28, 2018
  • Jan 21 - Feb 04, 2018
  • Feb 04 - 18, 2018 (sold out)
  • Mar 04 - 18, 2018
  • Mar 18 - Apr 01, 2018
  • Apr 15 - 29, 2018
  • May 27 - Jun 10, 2018
  • Jun 24 - Jul 08, 2018
  • Jul 22 - Aug 05, 2018
  • Aug 19 - Sep 02, 2018
  • Sep 09 - 23, 2018
  • Oct 07 - 21, 2018
  • Oct 14 - 28, 2018
  • Nov 04 - 18, 2018
  • Nov 18 - Dec 02, 2018
  • Dec 16 - 30, 2018
  • Dec 23, 2018 - Jan 06, 2019

Trip Cost

Price From

$2,399

Activity Level

Light/Moderate

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $1,259

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional balloon ride is at an additional cost.

Accommodations
Comfortable, mid-range hotels/heritage guesthouse (14 nights)

Meals Included
14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners. Allow an additional $335–435 for meals not included.

Transportation
Van, bus, jeep, train, cycle rickshaw

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.