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15 Days
Availability : Sept to Dec 2018 / Jan to Dec 2019
Delhi - India
Delhi - India
National Geographic Expeditions

TRIP OVERVIEW
  • 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.

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.

This trip is offered in partnership with G Adventures.

 
DAY 1: DELHI
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through Women on Wheels, a G Adventures-supported project.
Optional Activities:Street Kitchen Restaurant
Accommodations:Piccadily Hotel (or similar)
 
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Mandawa Haveli (or similar)
 
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Bhairon Vilas (or similar)
 
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).
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Camel Breeding Centre Visit
Accommodations:Hotel Bhairon Vilas (or similar)
 
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Polo Heritage (or similar)
 
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Chandelao Garh (or similar)
 
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Chandelao Garh (or similar)
 
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hilltop Palace (or similar)
 
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Hilltop Palace (or similar)
 
DAY 10: UDAIPUR/JOJAWAR
Stay at a heritage home in Jojawar village and take a train safari through the picturesque Aravali mountains.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Rawla Jojawar (or similar)
 
DAY 11: JOJAWAR/JAIPUR
Drive to Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Madhuban (or similar)
 
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Jaipur Balloon Ride, Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) Visit
Accommodations:Hotel Madhuban (or similar)
 
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Utkarsh Vilas (or similar)
 
DAY 14: ĀGRA/DELHI
Rise early to visit the world-famous Taj Mahal and enjoy the stunning sunrise views. Continue to Delhi.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Piccadily Hotel (or similar)
 
DAY 15: DELHI
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast
 
WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation: Hotels/heritage homes (14 nts).
  • Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Transport: Van, bus, jeep, train, cycle-rickshaw.
  • 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
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What’s Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities
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 $2,938

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

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.

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