Classic: India Encompassed (AHHE)

Countries Visited: India
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
  • Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences
  • Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character
  • Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience
  • All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
    Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
    Group Size: Max 15, avg 10
    Meals Included: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
    Accommodations: Not Availaible

    Highlights
    Discover ancient forts and temples, revel in the beauty of Agras Taj Mahal, sail the Ganges in venerable Varanasi, stay with the locals in the Kerala backwaters, smell spices at a plantation in the Cardamom Hills

    Description
    From the beautiful symmetry of the Taj Mahal to the unforgettable backwaters of Kerala, this comprehensive Indian journey is a photographers delight. 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, youre sure to gain an understanding of the people and some insight into this fascinating land.
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    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    Duration
    28 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1DelhiDay 1 Delhi
    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project. Included Activities: Women on Wheels Transfer Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Day 2DelhiDay 2 Delhi
    Enjoy a youth-led walking tour of Delhi with G Adventures-supported project, City Walk. This tour offers 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 the Old City. Walk through Chandni Chowk, one of India's oldest and busiest markets, and learn the history of the Sikh religion at the important Gurdwara, (Sikh place of worship) Gurdwara SisGanj. Stop for photos at the colourful spice market before finishing at the Victorian Connaught Place, one of the most prominent architectural remnants of British rule. Included Activities: City Walk Jama Masjid Visit Gurdwara Sis Ganj Visit Delhi Spice Market Connaught Place Visit Chandni Chowk Visit
    Day 3JaipurDay 3 Delhi/Jaipur
    Drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and start exploring. Opt to visit the Jantar Mantar, or Royal Observatory. Dont miss the opprtunity to see a Bollywood film at the famous Art Deco Raj Mandir cinema. Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 4JaipurDay 4 Jaipur
    Head out to visit the ruined city of Amber, the former capital of Jaipur state. Stop and take a photo of the Hawa Mahal palace complex, elaborate formal gardens, and a small lake. Included Activities: Amber Fort Visit
    Day 5Dhula VillageDay 5 Jaipur/Dhula Village (1D)
    Tonights accommodation is in spacious and comfortable tents outfitted with beds, lamps, and simple en suite bathrooms. Included Activities: Village Cycling Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 6AgraDay 6 Dhula Village/Agra (1B)
    Opt for an early morning hike to a ruined fortress. Later, stop by the impressive Abhaneri stepwell en route to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Included Activities: Abhaneri Stepwell Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 7AgraDay 7 Agra
    Visit the sparkling Taj Mahal for sunrise then stick around to explore (if the light is better around sunset, we may visit later in the day instead). Later, visit the walled city of Agra Fort by cycle-rickshaw and the Itimad-ud-Daulah, or the Baby Taj. Included Activities: Taj Mahal Visit Agra Fort Visit Baby Taj Visit Transport: Visit the Agra Fort by human-powered cycle-rickshaw. Cycle rickshaw
    Day 8AlipuraDay 8 Agra/Alipura
    Leave early and travel along typically rough Indian roads to Alipura, a friendly village which will be our base for two days. Here, stay in a heritage property with time to wander the town and interact with locals. Transport: Train Private Vehicle
    Day 9AlipuraDay 9 Alipura
    Travel 1.5 hrs to Khajuraho, one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. 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 (seasonal) or watch an evening dance performance. Included Activities: Khajuraho Temples Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle
    Day 10OrchhaDay 10 Alipura/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 enjoy 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. Included Activities: Tarragram Visit Puja Ceremony Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 11VaranasiDay 11 Orchha/Varanasi
    Visit the Orchha Palace complex and enjoy free time before the overnight train to Varanasi. Opt for a local cooking class with a family. Included Activities: Orchha Palace Visit Transport: Private Vehicle Basic overnight train (beds)
    Day 12VaranasiDay 12 Varanasi
    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. There is time here to shop, wander, and absorb the atmosphere of this unique city, while optional activities include the monasteries and ruins of nearby Sarnath, the site of the Buddhas first sermon. Included Activities: Evening Ganges Boat Tour
    Day 13VaranasiDay 13 Varanasi
    Watch the sunrise from a boat along the Ganges. Enjoy free time in this holy city. Included Activities: Morning Ganges Boat Tour
    Day 14DelhiDay 14 Varanasi/Delhi
    Cut out the travel time with an afternoon flight back to Delhi. Transport: Flight
    Day 15KochiDay 15 Delhi/Kochi (1B)
    Transfer to the airport and fly to Kochi. In the evening, there will be a welcome meeting for new travellers joining the group. Additional Notes: You may have one CEO for the North and one for the South. In this case you will be transferred to the airport in Delhi and fly unescorted to Kochi -- either on your own or with any other travellers who are continuing on for the south portion of the tour. Upon arrival to Kochi, there is free time to relax until the welcome meeting in the evening. Transport: Plane
    Day 16KochiDay 16 Kochi
    Enjoy an early morning orientation tour of Fort Kochi. Enjoy free time to explore before an evening performance of kathakali, a form of traditional dancing from Kerala. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Kathakali Dance
    Day 17KalpettaDay 17 Kochi/Kalpetta
    Take a morning train followed by a scenic drive to reach Kalpetta, in the Wayanad district. Transport: Train Private Vehicle
    Day 18KalpettaDay 18 Kalpetta
    Here, we go on nature trails in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and visit the Edakkal Caves, which are believed to have been a shelter of neolithic people. Included Activities: Wayanad Nature Walk
    Day 19MudumalaiDay 19 Kalpetta/Mudumalai
    We leave the hills for the plains, and stop for the night at the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend part of the afternoon on a short safari and spot the variety of wildlife within the park. Included Activities: Mudumalai Jeep Safari Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 20MysoreDay 20 Mudumalai/Mysore
    Imagine life as a Maharaja on a guided tour of the Mysore Palace. Later, join the throngs of pilgrims at Chamundi Hills, with its temple on top, and Nandi the Bull (ridden by the Hindu god Shiva) a short walk below. In your free time, visit the Devaraja fruit and vegetable market or join a yoga class at one of the many local institutes. Opt to drive to Somnathpur, home to one of the most famous Hoysala Temples in India. Included Activities: Chamundi Temple Visit Mysore Palace Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 21MamallapuramDay 21 Mysore/Mamallapuram
    Arrive by train to Chennai before continuing south for a short ride to the small village of Mamallapuram. Visit the 7th century Shore Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Included Activities: Shore Temple Visit Transport: Enjoy a scenic ride to the east coast aboard Indians vast rail system. Play cards, meet your fellow passengers or let the landscapes soak in. Train Private Vehicle
    Day 22MamallapuramDay 22 Mamallapuram
    Free time to explore Mamallapuram.
    Day 23PuducherryDay 23 Mamallapuram/Puducherry
    In the morning, drive to Pondicherry (now known as Puducherry), formerly the the largest French Colony in India and an important trading town. There is a strong French influence in the citys layout, with wide boulevards and French-style houses, but the city is undoubtedly Indian. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 24MaduraiDay 24 Puducherry/Madurai
    Travel inland to Madurai, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 25MaduraiDay 25 Madurai
    After visiting the temple complex, opt to visit the handicraft shops or duck into the cool shade of the covered, stone tailor's market where, for a few rupees, rows of expert tailors will whip you up a custom shirt in minutes, all done on antique foot-pump sewing machines. In the late evening, opt to visit the Meenakshi Temple again for a glimpse of the nighttime rituals. Included Activities: Cycle-Rickshaw Tour Meenakshi Temple Visit
    Day 26Periyar SanctuaryDay 26 Madurai/Periyar Sanctuary (1D)
    Thekkady, adjacent to Periyar National Park, is the spice capital of India. On arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the spice plantations and a tea factory. Opt for a boat ride on the Periyar Lake. Included Activities: Cardamom Hills Spice Plantation Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 27Kerala BackwatersDay 27 Periyar Sanctuary/Kerala Backwaters (1L, 1D)
    Travel down to the backwaters from Thekkady to catch a private boat for the short journey to the village homestay. In the afternoon, explore the island with a local person to observe the different facets of local life - its a great opportunity to meet and talk with the people who live in this unique location. Just before sunset, hop on a small country boat and journey along with the locals to enjoy sunset on the winding backwaters. Additional Notes: For this homestay, you will only need to take a small overnight bag. Your main bags will be transferred directly to the hotel in Kochi. Included Activities: Kerala Backwaters Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle Boat
    Day 28KochiDay 28 Kerala Backwaters/Kochi (1B)
    The morning is spent enjoying the last of our host familys hospitality. Learn to cook some of the wonderful food, watch the toddy tappers at work, or wander around the village and explore more of the life on the backwaters. Depart the homestay and travel back to Kochi. The trip ends on arrival to Kochi in the early afternoon. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Boat Private Vehicle
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    08/21/2022$2,849.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    09/25/2022$2,849.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    10/23/2022$2,899.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 11; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    11/06/2022$3,099.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    11/20/2022$3,099.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 14; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    12/04/2022$3,099.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 13; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    Disclaimer

    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.

    Please Note: Only 1 piece of luggage that weighs up to 15kgs will be permitted on our internal flights in India. For any extra weight the airline may charge an additional fee at the time of check-in.

    Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

    VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

    Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

    Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
      
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