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Explore North India & the Ganges
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Imagine the rare opportunity to experience Indias greatest highlights and cruise the mighty Ganges River in one extraordinary adventure. This unique 16-day itinerary covers 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 and everything in between. This once-in-a-lifetime journey on water and land will have you wanting to return to the glory of India sooner than later.

  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 155171
  • Starts: Delhi, India
  • Finishes: Kolkata, India
You will Visit
  • Delhi
  • Kolkata

Itinerary

01

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

02

Day 2: Delhi/Āgra (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Guided Walking Tour with New Delhi Streetkids Project
Old Delhi Guided Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 200km)

03

Day 3: Āgra (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

04

Day 4: Āgra/Jaipur (1B)

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).

Included Activities:
Fatehpur Sikri Visit
Abhaneri Stepwell Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 240km)

05

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

06

Day 6: Jaipur/Sāwarda (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. You'll see pottery wheels, silversmiths, cobblers, traditional huts, old temples, and small stepwells.

Included Activities:
Local Village Immersion

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 55km)

07

Day 7: Sāwarda/Delhi (1B)

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

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 310km)

08

Day 8: Delhi/Kolkata (1B)




Transport:
Plane

09

Day 9: Kolkata/Bārākpur (1B, 1D)

Transfer from your hotel in the late morning and embark around midday.

Included Activities:
Barrackpore Excursion

Transport:
Varuna Riverboat

10

Day 10: Bārākpur/Kālna (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

11

Day 11: Kālna/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

12

Day 12: Matiari/Murshidābād (1B, 1L, 1D)

Moor near Murshidabad for the night.

Included Activities:
Matiari Excursion
Battlefield of Plassey Visit

Transport:
Varuna Riverboat
Varuna Riverboat

13

Day 13: Murshidābād (1B, 1L, 1D)

Moor on the riverbank across from town for the night.

Included Activities:
Khushbagh Excursion
Murshidabad Excursion

Transport:
Varuna Riverboat

14

Day 14: Murshidābād/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

15

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 (1.00-1.25 hours)
Varuna Riverboat (1.00-1.25 hours)

16

Day 16: Farakka/Kolkata (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 (6.00 hour(s))

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
    • VIsit the Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort
    • Excursion to Fatehpur Sikri and the Abhaneri step wells
    • Explore Jaipur
    • Talk with a local historian/scholar
    • Visit the village of Sawarda and overnight in a heritage home
    • Explore Barrackpore
    • Visit Chandernagore and the imambara at Hooghly
    • Excursion to Kalna by cycle-rickshaws
    • Visit Mayapur
    • Excursion to the brass-working village of Matiari
    • Entrance to Khushbagh Mughal-style gardens and Hazarduari Palace
    • Visit the Katra Mosque, Nashipara Palace, and Katgola Palace
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts), heritage hotel (1 nt), riverboat (7 nts)
    • 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners
    Transport
    • Van, bus, rickshaw, train, walking, plane, riverboat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • 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