Days
9
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R8,920ZAR

Hit the spiritual hotspots of India – Varanasi, Rishikesh and more

This awesome India adventure is for the inner-balance types out there (you know who you are). Seek out the best eats in Delhi, snap a selfie at the Taj Mahal, take a sunrise boat cruise down the Ganges in Varanasi, and get up early in Rishikesh for some yoga in an ashram. Spiritual enough for you?


Start
Delhi, India
Finish
Delhi, India
Country
India
Code
GIIS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18 , Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Agra-cadabra! Do you believe in magic? Let us spell it out for you. T-a-j M-a-h-a-l. India has just pulled another punny rabbit out of the hat

  • Oh, what's that running down your face? Those are tears my friend. A sunrise boat cruise down the Ganges River in Varanasi can melt the hardest of hearts.

  • Make like the Beatles and do some early-morning yoga in an ashram. Who says you can’t be a rockstar AND find spiritual harmony?

  • Delhi lights a fire in you that'll sizzle your nostril hairs. Eat your way around town (consider a Home Cooked Delhi Urban Adventure) and down a lassi to drown out the flames

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip involves some long bus and train rides, which can be tiresome but offer a quintessential Indian experience. You’ll be taking a few overnight trains.

  • Sleeper trains are clean and air-conditioned and a great way to travel long distances while still getting maximum time in each place. Beds are padded berths with sheets, pillow and blanket provided (although some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet). Please note that you may be sharing with locals of the same or opposite gender. For your own security, take a lock for your hand luggage.

  • We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

  • Depending on the time of year, temperatures in northern India can get very hot and very cold. Please bring layers and a range of adequate clothing, including thermals and sun protection.

Itinerary

Namaste! You have arrived in Delhi. Welcome. Today is an arrival day with no planned activities, except for a pre-departure meeting tonight at around 6 pm. Please look for a note in the lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so be sure to bring these details to provide to your leader. If you're going to be late, please inform the accommodation as soon as possible. After the meeting, perhaps pop out for an optional group dinner.



Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Delhi - Home-Cooked Experience Urban Adventure - INR4000
  • Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2500
  • Delhi - City Food Crawl Urban Adventure - INR3500
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a morning train to Agra. Check in to a day room to freshen up (ahhh). Then it's off to check out the Taj Mahal, the most iconic site in India. You're in good hands with a local guide who will tell you all about it. In the evening, catch an overnight train to Varanasi.
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Arrive early in the morning in Varanasi. Head straight to the hotel to freshen up, then plunge head first into this holy city, which is one of the world's oldest. Explore the narrow laneways and backstreets on a walking tour with your guide, then watch the world go by along the ghats. Your evening is free for you to chill out or explore some more.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Wake up early and experience one of the highlights of your time in India. This morning, jump in boats and watch the sunrise over the Ganges. Pilgrims bathing, cremation fires and riverside haircuts – India is best before dawn and this is the best way to see it. The rest of your day is free to explore, before catching an overnight train to Delhi.
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Varanasi - Sunrise boat trip
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Arrive into Delhi, freshen up, then head out on a walking tour around the commercial heart of Delhi, visiting Chandni Chowk (Sheeshganj Gurudwara) and Connaught Place along the way. Explore Old Delhi on a bicycle rickshaw to dig that little bit deeper. You'll then have some free time to do as much sightseeing as you can before your next stop.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a morning train north to Rishikesh. In the afternoon we’ll set off on a guided walk around the city. Later you may want to wander by the river, seek out a sitar or tabla lesson, or do more exploring through the city on two wheels. Tonight we camp at a site just outside of town.
Accommodation
  • Camping (basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Rishikesh - City walk
Optional Activities
  • Rishikesh - Bike hire - INR300
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Aptly named the 'Yoga Capital of the World', Rishikesh is a sweet place to relax and seek a little enlightenment or, for something a bit more high-octane, do some white water rafting. You won't regret it!. By night, maybe take a stroll along the holy Ganges River as temple bells ring and the nightly fire ritual of Ganga Aarti begins.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Rishikesh - Rafting - INR1200
  • Rishikesh - Yoga class - INR400
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Take a morning train back to Delhi. The day is free for you to explore the city however you like. Maybe check out the World Heritage-listed Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar or Red Fort of Delhi. Or find a spot to grab a beer and chill. This is a good chance to grab some eats with your new travel pals before you all go your separate ways – perhaps some stuffed parathas, golden-brown aloo tikki or some tangy yogurt-drenched chaat.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
That's all folks. This is the end of the adventure. Time to hit the beach?
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Auto rickshaw, Bicycle rickshaw, Jeep, Public bus, Private vehicle, Train, Overnight sleeper train, Metro, Shuttle bus, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Camping (basic facilities) (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Varanasi - Sunrise boat trip
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Rishikesh - City walk

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available for purchase on this trip with the exception of night 2 and 4 on the overnight train.

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