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  • Drink in a kaleidoscope of colour and culture.
  • Experience spiritual Varanasi along the Ganges.
  • Marvel at the Taj Majal.
  • Wander the streets and markets in vibrant cities.
The Rajasthan and Varanasi on a Shoestring tour starts and ends in New Delhi. The Rajasthan and Varanasi on a Shoestring is a Desert Safaris tour that takes 20 days taking you through New Delhi, India and other destinations in India.

From the monuments of Delhi to the colourful cities of Rajasthan, experience three weeks of northern India's best. Marvel at Jaisalmer's mud fortress and Bikaner's unique temple before journeying into the desert for an overnight camel safari. Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and make your way to the Ganges River at Varanasi. Your expert Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will take care of the hassles so you're free to see the sights or just soak up the vibe — India is home to great food, fascinating culture, alluring sights, and friendly and inviting people. Discover the charms and mystery that make up this incredible country.
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Arrive at any time.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Perfect (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Optional Activities
  • Kitchen with a Cause
    Hungry? Visit Delhi’s Kitchen with a Cause before or after your tour for a delicious meal that gives something back to the local community. It is more than a bustling restaurant – it’s a product of the G Values Fund* filled with mouth-watering action. Dishes are prepared by talented chefs who celebrate the deep, traditional flavours prevalent in Indian cuisine. The restaurant provides further career and training opportunities to young adults who are graduates from the G Adventures-supported City Walk project, an organization that aids local disadvantaged youth. Here, the cost of your meal gets you so much more than just a full stomach.

    Visit the Kitchen with a Cause at 15A/64, WEA, Kroi Bagh, Delhi, India.

    *The G Values Fund is a microloan program instituted by G Adventures that helps former Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) establish self-sustaining businesses.
Join a youth-led tour through Delhi held by G Adventures-supported project, City Walk, before an afternoon orientation walk in Old Delhi. Take the overnight train to Bikaner.
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.

Afterwards, an orientation walk takes you through Old Delhi to experience some of the history and culture of this vibrant city.
Included Activities
  • City Walk
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 2.0 hr
    Distance : 3 km
    Explore the streets of Delhi with an adolescent tour guide from the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. As a former street child, your local guide will have a unique perspective on the city and can provide more information on the life of a child in India. The guided tour helps support the guide's college or university tuition.
  • Old Delhi Guided Walk
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Shoes need to be taken off and left outside both religious sites.
Transport
  • Basic overnight train (beds)
    Duration : 8.0 hr
    Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.
Enjoy a camel safari, then camp overnight in the desert.
We arrive early in the morning and reach our hotel. Bikaner is a semi-arid part of the Thar Desert with sandy dunes and scattered villages. In recent years the topography of the region has changed quite a bit, but you can still see the harsh realities of the desert here.

We drive down in local jeeps to a village called Raisar from where we take our camels and ride into the desert. We ride for a couple of hours through villages and fields to our lunch point at a shady area. Later, remount your camels and ride for another 2-3 hours till you reach a point over the dunes. After witnessing a stunning sunset, we climb down to where our tents are pitched and enjoy a simple but delicious meal.
Meal
  • Lunch and Dinner
Included Activity
  • Camel Safari
    Duration : 6.0 hr - 7.0 hr
    Distance : 10 km
    Take a ride on a majestic humped camel, a perfect way to explore the desert. Ride for a couple of hours through villages and fields and stop for lunch in a shady area. Take some time to rest after this as the sun can be a little strong. Later, hop back on your camel and ride for another 2-3 hours, stopping to watch a stunning sunset over the dunes. Pitch your tent with help from cameleers and local villagers.
Transport
  • 4x4
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.
After an optional sunrise viewing from atop dunes, transfer back to Bikaner. Enjoy an orientation of the Old City and the markets.
Opt to walk up the dunes again for the sunrise. After breakfast, transfer back to Bikaner. Once back, your CEO will give you an orientation of the Old City and the markets.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Hotel Bhairon Vilas (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Bikaner Orientation Tour
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Distance : 0 km
    Get a glimpse of Bikaner through a guided tour through the Old City and bustling markets of this ancient town.
Optional Activities
  • Junagarh Fort Visit
    This elaborately-carved fort was built between 1589 an 1593 and is one of the oldest forts in India, and is owned by the Bikaner royal family. Check out the intricate screens and balconies inside.
  • Deshnoke Rat Temple Visit
    Be careful while walking -- you might step on a rat.
Arrive in Jaisalmer and take time to explore. Check out its ancient yet still-inhabited fort.
We arrive in Jaisalmer and have the rest of the day to relax after the long journey or explore the city at your leisure.

Jaisalmer, known as the "Golden City," stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone in the heart of the Thar Desert. This fortress city is best explored on your own. Wander through the lanes of the walled city and inside the fort. Houses, temples, and havelis are very different from what you would find in other regions of Rajasthan. Do not forget to watch the setting sun's reflection on the fort.
Accommodation
  • Mahadev Palace (or similar)
Transport
  • Local train
    Duration : 6.5 hr
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
Optional Activities
  • Jaisalmer Fort Visit
    Explore winding lanes of this golden fort made of solid stone. Founded in 1156 by a Rajput ruler, many battles were fought here. It's unique in that it's a "living fort" -- 3000 people still live within its walls.
Enjoy a free day to continue exploring the "Golden City".
Accommodation
  • Mahadev Palace (or similar)
Take an orientation walk around town, then opt to visit the Mehrangarh Fort.
Travel eastwards to the centrally located metropolis of Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan. A large and varied city, Jodhpur is sometimes called the “Blue City” for the many houses painted that colour. At Jodhpur, stark desert landscapes meet a riot of palaces, forts and temples, all enclosed within imposing city walls. Six enormous gates provide entry to the city centre, and overlooking it all stands the imposing shadow of Meherangarh Fort. Once we arrive, we take an orientation walk of the city.
Accommodation
  • Marvel Umed (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 7.0 hr - 8.0 hr
    Distance : 285 km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Optional Activities
  • Mehrangarh Fort Visit
    Visit this breathtakingly beautiful fort located at the top of a cliff, which offers a stunning view of the "Blue City" of Jodhpur below. Learn about the many battles fought there and get a sense of what it was like to be Rajasthani royalty by visiting its well-stocked museum.
  • Sadar Bazaar
    Wander through the market of Sadar Bazaar and pick up some of the wonderful handicrafts and gorgeous antiques Jodhpur is famous for. Glass bangles, cutlery, carpets, and products made of marble are some of the most popular items you can find here.
Journey southeast to the city of Udaipur, and get to know the Old City on an orientation walk.
Continue your journey southeast to Udaipur, famous worldwide for its plethora of breathtaking lakes and Raj-era palaces. Most famous of these, and certainly the most photographed, is the Lake Palace, an island-palace where the white marble buildings entirely cover a small island in Pichola Lake.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Royal Dezire Udaipur (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Orientation Walk
    Go on a guided orientation walk and get to know local markets and key places.
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 7.0 hr - 8.0 hr
    Distance : 285 km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Opt to visit the City Palace, or take in an evening dance performance at Bagore Ki Haveli.
Relive life as royalty at Sajjangarh Fort, also known as the Monsoon Palace, summer resort of the Maharajas. Sitting atop a hill with a panoramic view of the city’s lakes, the palace was equipped with an ingenious rainwater collection system, essential in the dry desert conditions of the region. Other options include a visit to the Jagdish Temple, the Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir folk museum, Saheliyon-ki-Bari (the Garden of Maidens), and the City Palace and Museum. Discover the early morning serenity of the city by pre-booking the Udaipur Sunrise Cycle tour extra, or opt to sharpen your culinary skills by pre-booking the Udaipur Cooking School extra.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Royal Dezire Udaipur (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • City Palace Visit
    Visit Rajasthan's largest palace to get a sense of how royalty lived. Take in the view from one of its many intricately-decorated balconies, with one side facing the stunning Lake Palace.
  • Jagdish Temple Visit
    Visit the intricately-carved Jagdish Temple, which pays homage to Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. Make sure to take a peek at the black stoned image of Vishnu that's housed inside the shrine.
  • Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir Folk Museum
    Get a taste of Rajasthani folk art, handicrafts, and clothing at this unique museum. Keep an eye out for puppets dressed in vibrant colours, which the region is well-known for.
  • Saheliyon-ki-Bari Visit
    Enjoy a visit to this lush green garden full of beautiful blooms whose name literally translates to "Courtyard of the Maidens". Stroll around the gorgeous grounds and marvel at the fountains, lotus pond, and intricately carved marble elephants.
  • Monsoon Palace Visit
    Any taxi or tuk tuk driver will take you to the Monsoon Palace. Don't forget to arrange a pick-up time for your return trip. Buy your ticket to the Monsoon Palace at the bottom of the hill, where you will need to transfer over to a 4x4 vehicle to reach the top. Consider visiting at sunset.
  • Bagore-ki-Haveli Cultural Show
    A haveli is a private mansion and this particular one has been converted into a folk museum, displaying costumes and modern art. The palace, with over 100 rooms, is on the waterfront at the Gangaur Ghat. Enjoy a cultural show here and learn more about the local customs.
  • Udaipur Cooking School
    This your chance to learn from the locals how to make authentic Rajasthani dishes. Start the class with a warming cup of masala chai as your hosts introduce you to the range of ingredients and spices that will formulate your lunch menu. Watch as they demonstrate how to make rice, curries, and chapatis or opt to get hands-on and join them in cooking up these tasty dishes. Tuck in and enjoy your creations for lunch.
  • Udaipur Sunrise Cycle tour
Orientation walk upon arrival in Pushkar. Opt to tour the world’s only temple to the Hindu god of creation, Brahma, or scour the markets for Indian wares.
Travel to Ajmer and change to a local bus for the 14 km drive over Snake Mountain to Pushkar. Site of the world’s only temple to the Hindu god of creation, Brahma, Pushkar is so sacred that no meat, alcohol, or eggs are allowed within the city. However, most travellers know Pushkar for a different reason: the annual Pushkar Camel Fair.

Once in the city, we take an orientation walk and visit the Brahama Temple, created in the 14th century.

Follow local traditions and try out a camel ride in the desert, or wander this holy Hindu centre on foot or bicycle. Or take a cooking class or visit the market. Rajasthan is famous for its textiles, jewellery and handicrafts, and few places in the country are better for shopping than the bazaars of Pushkar.
Accommodation
  • Hotel New Park (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Pushkar Orientation Walk
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Distance : 3 km
    Explore key parts of this desert city, including beautiful lakes and ghats in this CEO-led walk.
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 7.0 hr - 8.0 hr
    Distance : 280 km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Optional Activities
  • Brahma Temple Visit
    Visit the world's only temple dedicated to Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, which draws pilgrims from all over India and around the world.
Dive into rural life and visit a potter and other local areas of the village. Opt to take a jeep safari to the dunes for sunset, head out for a hike in the hills, or get a henna tattoo from the local women.
Dive into rural life visiting potters, cobblers, and markets. Take a camel cart ride to the dunes for sunset, head for a hike in the hills, or make bangles and try henna paint with the local women. While here, go on an included guided walk through the village and opt to participate in a cricket match with some locals.
Meal
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Hotel Tordi Garh (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Tordi Sagar Local Village Tour
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Take a tour of this tiny, tranquil village far from the maddening crowds and enjoy its pastoral settings and local hospitality. Also look at its magnificent red sand dunes.
Transport
  • 4x4
    Duration : 4.0 hr
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.
Optional Activities
  • Savitri Temple Climb
    Climb a hilltop to get to this temple honouring Savitri, the wife of the Hindu god, Brahma. Witness a gorgeous sunrise over this holy place while drinking a warm cup of chai.
Enjoy a local lunch prepared by traditional methods at a village hamlet, then continue to Jaipur. Take an orientation walk around town. Enjoy free time to explore other sites around town.
Before leaving Tordi Sagar, enjoy a local lunch prepared by traditional methods at a village hamlet.

Travel to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and the former capital of a princely state of the same name. Clothed in pink stucco (in imitation of sandstone), wide-avenued Jaipur is one of the most important heritage cities in India, and home to India’s second most visited site, the Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds".
Meal
  • Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation
  • Hotel Jaipur Inn (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 2.0 hr
    Head to the markets of this "Pink City," the capital of Rajasthan, and one of the most important heritage cities in India on this CEO-led orientation walk.
Transport
  • 4x4
    Duration : 4.0 hr
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Amber Fort. Take some free time to explore other sites around town or opt to see the city from above by pre-booking the Jaipur Balloon Ride.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Jaipur Inn (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Amber Fort Guided Tour
    Explore this magnificent fort overlooking an artificial lake, famous for its unique mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture.
Optional Activities
  • Raj Mandir Cinema and Movie
    Visit this spectacular cinema and watch a song-and-dance Bollywood film.
  • Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) Visit
    Enjoy a visit to the intricately-carved Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds," which is named for the cool breeze that comes through the structure and keeps it comfortable, even in the hot Jaipur summers. Explore the main complex, blossoming gardens, and the lake.
  • Jaipur Balloon Ride
    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 30.
Take a guided tour of the Taj Mahal. Opt to explore the Agra Fort and Baby Taj.
Continue this morning to the Muslim city of Agra. Agra is best known as the site of India’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Enjoy a guided visit to this icon of Mughal architecture. Later, opt to ride one of the ubiquitous cycle rickshaws to visit the Agra Fort or Baby Taj, the less famous—but no less impressive—sister monuments.
Accommodation
  • Amaryatri Niwas (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Taj Mahal Guided Tour
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    Here's one to cross off your bucket list; a visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Take a guided tour of India's most famous landmark and an icon of Mughal architecture. Built by the emperor Shah Jehan as a testament of his love to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, this stunning white marble structure draws visitors from all over the world.
Transport
  • Local train
    Duration : 5.0 hr
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
Optional Activities
  • Baby Taj Visit
    Visit this mausoleum that looks like a jewel box, built before the Taj Mahal by Queen Nur Jahan for her father. Enjoy the intricate details of the structure; it was the first Mughal building faced with white marble and where "pietra dura" (precious stones inlaid into marble) was first used.
  • Agra Fort Visit
    Enjoy your visit to this impressive Mughal fort made of red sandstone and white marble.
Enjoy free time in Agra before boarding an overnight train to Varanasi.
Transport
  • Basic overnight train (beds)
    Duration : 13.0 hr
    Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.
Cruise the Ganges River by boat at sunset and enjoy a candle flower ceremony.
Arrive to legendary Varanasi, the quintessential Indian holy city where millions of Hindu travel to for pilgrimage, to worship, to mourn, or to die. Walk the narrow twisting alleys, poke around some of the literally thousands of temples and shrines, and experience the energy of the dawn rituals of bathing and burial as you float past the famous ghats of the Ganges.

During our stay in Varanasi you will have time to shop, wander, and absorb the atmosphere of this unique city, while optional activities include the monasteries and ruins of nearby Sarnath, site of the Buddha's first sermon. We take boats out onto the sacred Ganges River, both for sunrise and sunset. For the evening boat journey we enjoy a candle flower ceremony.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Pradeep (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Evening Ganges Boat Tour
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 2.0 hr
    Distance : 7 km
    Enjoy a boat ride on the sacred Ganges River, where Hindu pilgrims from all over the world come to wash away their sins and cremate their loved ones. Participate in a candle and flower ceremony while on the water.
Cruise the Ganges on a morning boat tour with free time in the afternoon to explore.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Pradeep (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Morning Ganges Boat Tour
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Catch the sunrise from a boat cruising the sacred Ganges River, where Hindu pilgrims from all over the world come to wash away their sins and cremate their loved ones. Witness locals participating in dawn rituals of bathing and burning at the river.
Free day to explore Varanasi before boarding an overnight train to Delhi.
Transport
  • Basic overnight train (beds)
    Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.
Free time to explore Delhi.
Arrive back in the capital of India. The day is yours to explore the temples, markets and museums in this fast-paced amazing city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Perfect (or similar)
Depart at any time.
Included Activity
  • Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Simple hotels or guesthouse (twin-share) (15 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), camping (1 nt).
Meals
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
    Note: Allow USD435-565 for meals not included.
Transport
  • Train, metro, local bus, charter bus, tuk-tuk, small riverboat, camel, 4x4 vehicle.
Staff & experts
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Included activities
  • Your G for Good Moment: City Walk, Delhi
  • Guided tour of the Taj Mahal and the Amber Fort
  • Orientation walks in Old Delhi, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, and Jaipur
  • Overnight camel safari
  • Ganges River boat trip at sunrise and sunset (including candle flower ceremony)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from New Delhi are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Rajasthan and Varanasi on a Shoestring tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 20 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 18 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends New Delhi, India/ New Delhi, India
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Payment

A deposit of 250 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 19 August 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Rajasthan and Varanasi on a Shoestring tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Rajasthan and Varanasi on a Shoestring tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Other Practical Information
  • 1. Travel Style : 18-to-ThirtysomethingsFast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.
  • 2. Service Level : BasicSimple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
  • 3. Physical Grading : 2 - LightLight walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • 4. Trip Type : Small GroupGroup trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.
CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Rajasthan and Varanasi on a Shoestring tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.
Trip Details
  • Accommodation

    Simple hotels or guesthouse (twin-share) (15 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), camping (1 nt).

  • Checklist

    Additional Items:
    • Sleeping bag and liner (Seasonally appropriate)

    Cold Weather:
    • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Warm hat
    • Warm layers

    Conservative Dress:
    • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
    • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)

    Documents:
    • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
    • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
    • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
    • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

    Essentials:
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
    • Ear plugs
    • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
    • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
    • Fleece top/sweater
    • Footwear
    • Hat
    • Locks for bags
    • Long pants/jeans
    • Moneybelt
    • Outlet adapter
    • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Shirts/t-shirts
    • Sleepwear
    • Small travel towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
    • Watch and alarm clock
    • Waterproof backpack cover
    • Windproof rain jacket

    Train Travel (Optional):
    • Slip-on shoes
    • Small container with lid
    • Travel cutlery
    • Travel or camp cup

    Warm Weather:
    • Sandals/flip-flops
    • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
    • Sun hat/bandana
    • Swimwear

    Note: During the colder months (Oct-Apr) the mountains can be cold, so please make sure you pack warm clothes. During the months of Jul-Sep is the rainy season, so please make sure to pack waterproof clothes.

  • Group_leader

    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

  • Group_size_notes

    Max 18, avg 14.

  • Highlights

    Drink in a kaleidoscope of colour and culture, experience spiritual Varanasi along the Ganges, marvel at the Taj Majal, wander the streets and markets in vibrant cities, revel in the colourful villages of Rajasthan.

  • International_flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Introduction

    From the monuments of Delhi to the colourful cities of Rajasthan, experience three weeks of northern India's best. Marvel at Jaisalmer's mud fortress and Bikaner's unique temple before journeying into the desert for an overnight camel safari. Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and make your way to the Ganges River at Varanasi. Your expert Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will take care of the hassles so you're free to see the sights or just soak up the vibe — India is home to great food, fascinating culture, alluring sights, and friendly and inviting people. Discover the charms and mystery that make up this incredible country.

  • Meal_budget

    Allow USD435-565 for meals not included.

  • Meals_included

    2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

  • Minimum_age

    Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

  • Packing_note

    During the colder months (Oct-Apr) the mountains can be cold, so please make sure you pack warm clothes. During the months of Jul-Sep is the rainy season, so please make sure to pack waterproof clothes.

  • Start_finish

    ex Delhi

  • Transport

    Train, metro, local bus, charter bus, tuk-tuk, small riverboat, camel, 4x4 vehicle.

  • Whats_included

    Your G for Good Moment: City Walk, Delhi. Guided tour of the Taj Mahal and the Amber Fort. Orientation walks in Old Delhi, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, and Jaipur. Overnight camel safari. Ganges River boat trip at sunrise and sunset (including candle flower ceremony). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

  • Optional_activities

    Delhi
    - Kitchen with a Cause

    Bīkāner
    - Junagarh Fort Visit (300INR per person, 1000INR per group)

    Deshnoke
    - Deshnoke Rat Temple Visit (Free)

    Jaisalmer
    - Jaisalmer Fort Visit (Free)

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    - Mehrangarh Fort Visit (600INR per person)
    - Sadar Bazaar (Free)

    Udaipur
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    - Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir Folk Museum
    - Jagdish Temple Visit
    - Monsoon Palace Visit (250INR per person)
    - Saheliyon-ki-Bari Visit (50INR per person)
    - Bagore-ki-Haveli Cultural Show (150INR per person)
    - Udaipur Cooking School (2000-2000INR per person)
    - Udaipur Sunrise Cycle tour

    Pushkar
    - Brahma Temple Visit (Free)
    - Savitri Temple Climb (Free)

    Jaipur
    - Raj Mandir Cinema and Movie (200-400INR per person)
    - Jaipur Balloon Ride
    - Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) Visit (200INR per person)

    Āgra
    - Agra Fort Visit (600INR per person)
    - Baby Taj Visit (300INR per person)

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  • 3 When you feel that your trip is exactly per your wish, you'll be able to book the entire trip here on Bookmundi.
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  • Secure Online Payment and Financial Guarantee Each and every trip is required to go through Bookmundi's secure payment platform, powered by Stripe and supported by SSL. All payments are therefore carried out in secure manners. We are furthermore member of the Danish Travel Fund which gives you a 100% financial guarantee for any money you pay on Bookmundi, even if we went bankrupt (which we we will not!).
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