National Geographic Journeys: Explore North India & the Ganges (AHLFNG)
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 24
Meals Included: 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Walk the backstreets of Delhi with a local guide, experience local living with a heritage homestay in a rural village, enjoy a rickshaw ride to view Mughal ruins, take in the pace of life on the river
Combine two incredible adventures - a highlights tour of India plus a cruise on the mighty Ganges River - in one extraordinary experience. Our unique 16-day itinerary takes in the lively rush of Delhi, the tranquility of the Taj Mahal, the character of rural villages, and the pure serenity of sailing the river from temple to palace. From land to sea, immerse yourself in India and all its glory.
- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 9/30/2018
- 16 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Delhi||Day 1 Delhi|
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. Included Activities: Women on Wheels Transfer Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Agra||Day 2 Delhi/Agra (1B)|
Enjoy a youth-led walk through Delhi with G Adventures-supported City Walk project. Later, explore Old Delhi with your CEO before an afternoon drive to Agra. Included Activities: City Walk Old Delhi Guided Walk Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 3||Agra||Day 3 Agra (1B)|
Spend the day visiting the highlights of the walled city of Agra including the famed Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort. Included Activities: Taj Mahal Visit Baby Taj Visit Agra Fort Visit
|Day 4||Jaipur||Day 4 Agra/Jaipur (1B)|
Drive to Jaipur, visiting the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the village of Abhaneri, which has one of Indias deepest and largest stepwells (tank gardens). Included Activities: Fatehpur Sikri Visit Abhaneri Stepwell Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 5||Jaipur||Day 5 Jaipur (1B)|
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. Included Activities: Amber Fort Visit City Palace Visit Meet a Local Historian
|Day 6||Sawarda||Day 6 Jaipur/Sawarda (1B, 1D)|
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. Youll see pottery wheels, silversmiths, cobblers, traditional huts, old temples, and small stepwells. Included Activities: Local Village Immersion Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 7||Delhi||Day 7 Sawarda/Delhi (1B)|
Drive back to bustling Delhi. Opt to join the CEO for a group dinner. Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 8||Calcutta||Day 8 Delhi/Calcutta (1B)|
|Day 9||Barakpur||Day 9 Calcutta/Barakpur (1B, 1D)|
Transfer from your hotel in the late morning and embark around midday. Included Activities: Barrackpore Excursion Transport: Varuna Riverboat
|Day 10||Kalna||Day 10 Barakpur/Kalna (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Sail to Chandannagar, a former French possession, to explore. Continue to Chinsurah, to visit the historic Dutch cemetery and the Imambara before reboarding the vessel. Moor near Kalna for the night. Included Activities: Chandannagar Excursion Chinsurah Excursion Transport: Varuna Riverboat Varuna Riverboat Varuna Riverboat
|Day 11||Matiari||Day 11 Kalna/Matiari (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Land at the country town of Kalna and take cycle rickshaws to see the terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple. Later, explore Mayapur, with its skyline dominated by the vast ISKCON temple. Sail on through the night to a mooring near Matiari. Included Activities: Kalna Excursion Mayapur Excursion Transport: Varuna Riverboat Varuna Riverboat
|Day 12||Murshidabad||Day 12 Matiari/Murshidabad (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Moor near Murshidabad for the night. Included Activities: Matiari Excursion Battlefield of Plassey Visit Transport: Varuna Riverboat Varuna Riverboat
|Day 13||Murshidabad||Day 13 Murshidabad (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Moor on the riverbank across from town for the night. Included Activities: Khushbagh Excursion Murshidabad Excursion Transport: Varuna Riverboat
|Day 14||Farakka||Day 14 Murshidabad/Farakka (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Enjoy the idyllic views today as the boat carries on up along canals, passing mustard fields and mango orchards, to the mooring for the night. Included Activities: Baranagar Excursion Transport: Varuna Riverboat
|Day 15||Farakka||Day 15 Farakka (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Enjoy a full day excursion by road to Gaur, near the town of Malda (English Bazaar). Visit a number of sights from the 12th-century Hindus and 14th-century Muslims, including mosques and palaces. Rejoin the boat in the evening. Included Activities: Gaur Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle Varuna Riverboat
|Day 16||Calcutta||Day 16 Farakka/Calcutta (1B)|
Transfer to Farakka station at dawn to catch the morning train and journey back to Kolkata. Tour ends on arrival in Kolkata. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Local train
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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