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India Encompassed

28 days, Delhi to Kochi

Enjoying a visit to the Taj Mahal

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 Abhaneri’s 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.

28 days

Delhi to Kochi

From$2422USD
was $2849
Valid on Apr 11 2021
Trip Code: AHHE

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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 Abhaneri’s 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.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 15, avg 10

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

28 days

Delhi to Kochi

From$2422USD
was $2849
Valid on Apr 11 2021
Trip Code: AHHE

Need a flight? We can help.

Search for the perfect flight at time of booking.

Round-trip to Delhi from

Looking for another airport? Search when you book. (details)

Special Offers

Expires on Dec 01, 2020 04:59 UTC
Promo Code G21GAA015ADV02Cyber

Creating ripples that change lives

The Ripple Score is an honest evaluation of how often we use local businesses and services to create each tour. With this score you can see the percentage of our local expenses that stay in the communities you visit. Learn more

Ripple Score

100

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Places visited

Itinerary Notes

Want to experience the sights and sounds of Holi? Make sure you’re in India on March 10, 2020 or March 29, 2021 for the nation’s most colourful festival.

Itinerary

Day 1Delhi

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

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Women With Wheels Transfer| Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2Delhi

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 Delhi’s famous Jama Masjid (Great Mosque) and climb the minaret for a bird’s eye view of Old City. Walk through Chandni Chowk, one of India’s 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.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment City Walk

Day 3Delhi/Jaipur

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 4Jaipur

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 5Jaipur/Dhula 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.

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 6Dhula Village/āgra

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

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7āgra

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 8āgra/Alīpura

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 9Alīpura

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 10Alīpura/Orchha

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 India’s cities. Later, attend an evening puja ceremony at the Ram Raja Temple.

Day 11Orchha/Varanasi

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

Day 12Varanasi

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 13Varanasi

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 14Varanasi/Delhi

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 15Delhi/Kochi

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 16Kochi/Kalpetta

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

Day 17Kalpetta

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

Day 18Kalpetta/Mysore

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

Day 19Mysore

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 20Mysore/Māmallapuram

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

Day 21Māmallapuram

Free time to explore Mamallapuram.

Day 22Māmallapuram/Puducherry

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

Day 23Puducherry/Madurai

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

Day 24Madurai

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

Day 25Madurai/Thekkady

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

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 26Thekkady/Kerala Backwaters

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

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Kerala Backwaters Homestay

Meals included:

Lunch | Dinner

Day 27Kerala Backwaters/Kochi

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. Travel to a Planeterra project for lunch before returning to Kochi. Head out for an orientation walk, then enjoy an evening performance of kathakali, a form of traditional dancing from Kerala.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Lunch at Theuvoram Women Empowerment Project

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 28Kochi

Depart at any time.

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What's Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Women With Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Your G for Good Moment: City Walk, Delhi
  • Your G for Good Moment: Lunch at Theuvoram Women Empowerment Project, Alleppey
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your Local Living Moment: Kerala Backwaters Homestay, Alleppey
  • Old Delhi walk
  • Amber Fort tour
  • Rajasthani rural village stay
  • Dhula Village cycling excursion
  • Taj Mahal and I’timad-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) entrance
  • Agra Fort tour
  • Orchha Palace complex visit
  • Western Temple complex visit
  • Ganges River boat trips at sunrise and sunset, including candle flower ceremony
  • Fort Kochi orientation walk
  • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary walk and safari
  • Chaumundi Temple and Mysore Palace visit
  • Mamallapuram Shore Temple visit
  • Pondicherry orientation walk
  • Madurai cycle-rickshaw ride and Sri Meenakshi temple visit
  • Cardamom Hills spice plantation tour
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels/guesthouses (23 nts), comfortable tented camp (2 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (1 nt, multi-share).

Meals

3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Allow USD610-795 for meals not included.

Transportation

Train, local bus, private vehicle, auto-rickshaw, camel cart, boat, plane.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Jaipur Balloon Ride - From $260.00

Begin your day at dawn, just as the sun starts to rise over the incredible city of Jaipur. As you drift into the sky, enjoy the silence and serenity of the morning, watching as the day starts for the colourfully dressed inhabitants below. From high in the sky, you may float over ancient forts, exquisite palaces, and lively villages moving with people - and elephants! You may never want to come back down. Available August 15 - April 29.

Jaipur Cycle Tour - From $35.00

With its many lanes and organized layout, Jaipur makes for the perfect location to explore by bicycle. Choosing to cycle through the city on this morning tour will introduce you to sights, sounds and smells that a vehicle just can't match, so grab a helmet and jump on your bike! Navigate the streets of the 'Pink City' with the help of your experienced guide, starting the day with a traditional Indian yogurt drink of Lassi. Marvel at the architectural wonders as you enter the walled part of the city and stop at the City Palace to visit the Govind Dev temple. Wander through the historical spices and sweets market, stopping for tea and a tasty snack of pakoras before heading towards the majestic Albert Hall Museum where the tour ends.

Orchha Cooking School - From $15.00

As a place of spiritual importance and impressive architectural sites, it’s not hard to see what makes Orchha so unique. This is your chance to also taste what makes this town so special. You’ll learn how to concoct a warming cup of masala chai and a tasty snack of vegetable pakoras. Enjoy this as your hosts demonstrate how to make three different curries. Indulge in these delicious dishes with the accompaniments of raita, mango and guava chutneys, chapatis and puris, as you get to know your hosts some more.

My Own Room - From $719.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

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