SHORTLIST

Essential India

From the intricate saris of Rajasthan to the beautiful symmetry of the Taj Mahal, this compact journey is a photographer's delight and the perfect introduction to India. You'll float past the ghats on the Ganges River to encounter the spiritual heart of Hinduism in Varanasi and get off the beaten path exploring carved stepwells and quaint temples in rural villages. With the perfect combination of included activities and free time to explore the nation's rich heritage, you're sure to be caught up in India's incredible tapestry of life.
Tour details
Tour Provider G Adventures
Price From
$1,445
Number of Days
15
Start Location
Delhi, India
End Location
Delhi, India
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Virtuoso
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Day 1 - Delhi
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included through the G Adventures-supported Women With Wheels project.
Day 2 - Delhi
Enjoy a youth-led morning walk through Delhi by G Adventures-supported City Walk project offering 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 Old City. Walk through Chandni Chowk, one of India’s oldest and busiest markets, and learn the history of the Sikh religion at Gurdwara. Stop for photos at the colourful market before finishing at Connaught Place, one of the most prominent architectural remnants of British rule.
Day 3 - Delhi/Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, and start exploring the Pink City. Opt to visit the Jantar Mantar, or Royal Observatory. Don't miss the opportunity to see a Bollywood film at the famous Art Deco Raj Mandir cinema.
Day 4 - Jaipur
Stop and admire the intricate architecture of Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) before venturing to the ruined city of Amber to explore the famous Fort.
Day 5 - Jaipur/Dhula Village
Travel to Dhula Village and get a closer look at rural life in Rajasthan during a cycling excursion. Tonight, settle in to your cozy tent, relax by the fire, and take in the starry night sky.
Day 6 - Dhula Village/Āgra
Stop by the impressive Abhaneri stepwell en route to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.
Day 7 - Āgra
Visit the sparkling, iconic Taj Mahal for sunrise with time to explore the picturesque grounds. Afterward, take a ride to the walled city of Agra Fort and Baby Taj.
Day 8 - Āgra/Alīpura
Board a morning train then transfer to a private vehicle for a ride across rough Indian roads to Alipura. This friendly village will be our base for two days where you'll stay in a heritage property with time to wander the town and interact with local people.
Day 9 - Alīpura
Enjoy a day trip to Khajuraho, where India's largest group of medieval temples reside, known for their Kama Sutra statues. 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 or watch an evening dance performance.
Day 10 - Alīpura/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 embark on 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.
Day 11 - Orchha/Varanasi
Visit the Orchha Palace complex and enjoy free time before the overnight train to Varanasi.
Day 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. Take an orientation walk through the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. There is time here to shop, wander, and absorb the atmosphere of this unique city. Marvel at the ghats from the River Ganges as you enjoy an evening boat trip to witness a mesmerizing candle-lit flower ceremony.
Day 13 - Varanasi
Watch the sunrise from a boat along the Ganges. Spend the rest of the day getting to know this holy city. Opt to visit the monasteries and ruins of nearby Sarnath, the site of the Buddha's first sermon.
Day 14 - Varanasi/Delhi
Soak up some free time this morning and continue exploring Varanasi. Later, cut out the travel time with a flight back to bustling Delhi.
Day 15 - Delhi
Depart at any time.
Inclusions
  • Your G for Good Moment: Women With Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport Your G for Good Moment: City Walk, Delhi Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Old Delhi walk with stops at the Jama Masjid, Gurduwara, Chandni Chowk, and Connaught Place
  • Amber Fort tour
  • Rajasthani rural village stay
  • Village cycling excursion
  • Abhaneri stepwells visit
  • Taj Mahal and I’timad-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) entrance
  • Agra Fort entrance and guided tour
  • Orchha Palace complex visit
  • Western Temple complex entrance and guided visit
  • Ganges River boat trip at sunrise and sunset, including candle flower ceremony
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
21 Apr 2024 05 May 2024 13 $1,445
12 May 2024 26 May 2024 7 $1,484
26 May 2024 09 Jun 2024 9 $1,484
09 Jun 2024 23 Jun 2024 12 $1,484
23 Jun 2024 07 Jul 2024 10 $1,979
07 Jul 2024 21 Jul 2024 6 $1,979
21 Jul 2024 04 Aug 2024 11 $1,979
04 Aug 2024 18 Aug 2024 14 $1,979
18 Aug 2024 01 Sep 2024 11 $1,979
15 Sep 2024 29 Sep 2024 15 $1,979
22 Sep 2024 06 Oct 2024 15 $1,979
29 Sep 2024 13 Oct 2024 7 $1,979
06 Oct 2024 20 Oct 2024 8 $2,219
20 Oct 2024 03 Nov 2024 5 $2,219
25 Oct 2024 08 Nov 2024 15 $2,219
01 Nov 2024 15 Nov 2024 15 $2,319
10 Nov 2024 24 Nov 2024 1 $2,319
17 Nov 2024 01 Dec 2024 10 $2,319
24 Nov 2024 08 Dec 2024 11 $2,319
01 Dec 2024 15 Dec 2024 14 $2,319
08 Dec 2024 22 Dec 2024 15 $2,319
15 Dec 2024 29 Dec 2024 15 $2,319
22 Dec 2024 05 Jan 2025 13 $2,319
29 Dec 2024 12 Jan 2025 14 $2,319
05 Jan 2025 19 Jan 2025 13 $2,319
10 Jan 2025 24 Jan 2025 15 $2,319
12 Jan 2025 26 Jan 2025 15 $2,319
19 Jan 2025 02 Feb 2025 15 $2,319
24 Jan 2025 07 Feb 2025 15 $2,319
26 Jan 2025 09 Feb 2025 14 $2,319
02 Feb 2025 16 Feb 2025 13 $2,319
07 Feb 2025 21 Feb 2025 15 $2,319
09 Feb 2025 23 Feb 2025 15 $2,319
16 Feb 2025 02 Mar 2025 15 $2,319
21 Feb 2025 07 Mar 2025 15 $2,319
23 Feb 2025 09 Mar 2025 15 $2,319
02 Mar 2025 16 Mar 2025 15 $2,219
07 Mar 2025 21 Mar 2025 15 $2,219
09 Mar 2025 23 Mar 2025 12 $2,219
14 Mar 2025 28 Mar 2025 15 $2,219
16 Mar 2025 30 Mar 2025 15 $2,219
21 Mar 2025 04 Apr 2025 15 $2,219
23 Mar 2025 06 Apr 2025 15 $2,219
30 Mar 2025 13 Apr 2025 14 $2,219
04 Apr 2025 18 Apr 2025 15 $1,979
06 Apr 2025 20 Apr 2025 12 $1,979
13 Apr 2025 27 Apr 2025 15 $1,979
20 Apr 2025 04 May 2025 15 $1,979
27 Apr 2025 11 May 2025 15 $1,979
11 May 2025 25 May 2025 15 $1,979
25 May 2025 08 Jun 2025 15 $1,979
08 Jun 2025 22 Jun 2025 15 $1,979
22 Jun 2025 06 Jul 2025 15 $1,979
06 Jul 2025 20 Jul 2025 15 $1,979
20 Jul 2025 03 Aug 2025 15 $1,979
03 Aug 2025 17 Aug 2025 15 $1,979
31 Aug 2025 14 Sep 2025 15 $1,979
14 Sep 2025 28 Sep 2025 15 $1,979
21 Sep 2025 05 Oct 2025 15 $1,979
28 Sep 2025 12 Oct 2025 15 $1,979
05 Oct 2025 19 Oct 2025 15 $2,219
10 Oct 2025 24 Oct 2025 15 $2,219
12 Oct 2025 26 Oct 2025 15 $2,219
19 Oct 2025 02 Nov 2025 15 $2,219
24 Oct 2025 07 Nov 2025 15 $2,219
26 Oct 2025 09 Nov 2025 15 $2,219
02 Nov 2025 16 Nov 2025 15 $2,319
09 Nov 2025 23 Nov 2025 15 $2,319
16 Nov 2025 30 Nov 2025 15 $2,319
23 Nov 2025 07 Dec 2025 15 $2,319
30 Nov 2025 14 Dec 2025 15 $2,319
14 Dec 2025 28 Dec 2025 15 $2,319
21 Dec 2025 04 Jan 2026 15 $2,319
28 Dec 2025 11 Jan 2026 15 $2,319