|Delhi, Delhi, India||Delhi, Delhi, India|
Seven days of India epicness, starting and finishing in Delhi. Melt Instagram at the Taj Mahal, get your arse kicked at cricket by local kids in Tordi Garh, and stuff your face and backpack with treats from the bazaar in Jaipur.
Seven days in sunny India. By foot, train, local bus and auto rickshaw you'll get to know the Indian culture and its contagious zest for life! Cue Bollywood dance scene.
Accommodation: Hotel Perfect or similar, Delhi
They take their horns very seriously on the roads here. A toot can mean anything from "I'm passing you", "I'm behind you", "get out of the way", or "you look very nice today". Tonight have an evening pre-departure meeting at 6pm followed by an optional dinner with the group.
Accommodation: Hotel Royal Residency or similar, Agra
Travel by express train from Delhi to Agra. Leave your expectations behind, because this is better than any postcard. Is that a tear in your eye, or are your allergies playing up again? Visit the majestic Taj Mahal with a local guide and perhaps spend your free time in Agra with an optional trip to mighty Agra Fort.
Accommodation: Hotel Tordi Garh or similar, Tordi Garh
Take the public bus from Agra to Dausa, then change to a private vehicle for the trip through the countryside to Tordi. Everything seems brighter in this tiny village - the saris, the smiles, the marigold chains they put around your neck when you get here. Good thing you bought three pairs of Ray Bans for $11 in the markets of Delhi. Learn about local life and meet families in this remote town, where few travellers visit. Join a village walking tour and then stay the night in an opulent former palace.
Accommodation: Hotel Mrignayani Palace or similar, Jaipur
Continue by private vehicle to Jaipur. Home of the Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds and Johari Jewellery Bazaar. Let your leader show you their favourite food hall for masala dosa and thalis. We spend two nights here so you'll have plenty of time for exploring and optional activities.
Accommodation: Hotel Perfect or similar, Delhi
Jump on the train and journey back to the nation's capital. There's time for a hot shave and a haircut from one of the barbers lining the streets. You'll go home looking fresh as a daisy. Travel by metro, then cycle rickshaw on your way to a walking tour through the heart of Old Delhi. Visit markets and the commercial heart of the city or spend your free time at the Red Fort or Jama Masjid. Have an optional final night dinner with the group tonight. The trip ends after breakfast on Day 7 but Delhi has much more to offer for those who want to stick around.
• A Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour leader.
• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Agra - Taj Mahal; Jaipur - Amber Fort with a local guide and a photo stop at Hawa Mahal.
• Ride the metro and then take a cycle rickshaw before a walking tour through Old Delhi.
• Off-the-beaten-track experience in Tordi Garh – village walk, a visit to ruined temples and fortress.
• Overnight accommodation in a 16th century former palace.
• Plenty of free time to explore along the way.
• Travel by train from Delhi to Agra and Jaipur to Delhi.
International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre or post tour accommodation, meals, optional tours sightseeing or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature, laundry and flights unless specified. Some places that we visit charge additional fees if you are entering with a camera or camcorder - your local guide will advise on these and they can be paid for on the ground.
We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
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The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
7 April 2014