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  • International & Internal flights
  • Walking tour with a guide from the Planeterra-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project
  • Amber Fort tour (Jaipur)
  • Rajasthani rural village stay
  • Camel cart ride (Tordi)
  • Taj Mahal and I’timad-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) entrance
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Day 1

Delhi

Day 2

Delhi

Take a morning walk through the city with a young adult from the Planeterra-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Later, visit Old Delhi, explore the spice markets, and visit Jama Masjid and Connaught Place.

In the morning enjoy a city tour by local streetkids, a Planeterra-supported project.

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.

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Day 3

Delhi/Jaipur

Arrive in Jaipur and explore this gorgeous 'pink city'.

Drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and start exploring. Opt to visit the Jantar Mantar, or Royal Observatory. Don't miss the opprtunity to see a Bollywood film at the famous Art Deco Raj Mandir cinema

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Day 4

Jaipur

Stop and take a photo of the 'Palace of the Winds' and wander the organized streets of the 'Pink City'. Later, enjoy a visit to the Amber Fort, famous for its mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture.

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.

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Day 5

Jaipur/Tordi Sāgar

Visit this Rajasthani rural village in the beautiful countryside with a close tie to the land.

Travel to the rural village of Tordi Sagar. Walk with a local resident through the markets, potters, iron smiths, temples, and farms and get a taste of the complexity of rural India.

Opt to go on a camel cart ride to the dunes or take a jeep safari in the surrounding region. Visit hamlets around the village, ancient stepwells, or watch a stunning sunset on the reservoir.

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Day 6

Tordi/Āgra

Stop by the impressive Abhaneri stepwells and the deserted former capital of the Mughals, Fatehpur Sikri, on the way to Agra.

Opt for an early morning hike to the old fortress before continuing on towards Agra. Visit Abhaneri, known for its beautiful baoris (stepwells) and the famous Harshat Mata temple. Travel on before stopping again at Fatehpur Sikri.

Arrive to Agra, a city that is best known as the site of India’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal.

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Day 7

Āgra

Visit the famous Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort.

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 I'timad-ud-Daulah, or the Baby Taj.

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Day 8

Āgra/Orchha

Visit the Orchha Palace complex in this quiet rural town along the banks of the Betwa River. Visit a unique paper-making plant, set up to assist tribal women from the area. Opt to join a local family for a cooking class and lunch.

Set on the banks of the Betwa River, Orchha is the perfect antidote to the chaos of India’s cities. Take an orientation of this small town before a visit to Tarragram, 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

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Day 9

Orchha/Alīpura

Travel to Alipura and stay in a heritage property in the village.

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.

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Day 10

Alīpura

Enjoy a day trip to Khajuraho to visit the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, India's largest group of medieval temples, known for their kama sutra statues.

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 (seasonal) waterfall, evening dance performances, and a sound and light show within the temple complex itself.

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Day 11

Varanasi

Take an orientation walk through the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. Marvel at the ghats from the River Ganges as you enjoy boat trips at sunrise and sunset.

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 Buddha's first sermon

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Day 13

Varanasi

Watch the sunrise from a boat along the Ganges. Enjoy free time in this holy city.

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Day 14

Varanasi/Delhi

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Day 15

Delhi

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