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Highlights of North India 8D7N

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The Taj Mahal took 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants 22 years to complete, yet it only takes a moment to recognize its utter beauty. Whether strolling in its serene shadows or walking the streets of Delhi, feel the evocative allure of northern India on an eight-day journey. Learn about the City Walk project, spend the night in a traditional village home, and explore the “Pink City” of Jaipur with a local historian.

This trip is a part of National Geographic Journeys, in partnership with G adventures.

When you travel on a National Geographic Journeys Tour, you not only support community projects and initiatives to improve local livelihoods – but you also support National Geographic’s researchers and explorers all over the world.

These aren’t just trips; National Geographic Journeys Tours are designed to foster human connections through immersive experiences.  You’ll enjoy access to projects supported by National Geographic or its affiliates.  And with upgraded accommodations, private transportation, and other intimate inclusions, you won’t sacrifice comfort when you’re roaming the planet.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Discovery, History, National Geographic Journeys
  • Activity Level Fairly Easy
  • Group Size Medium Group
    12
All about the Highlights of North India 8D7N.

SIGNATURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • “National Geographic Journeys” trip, endorsed by Nat Geo
  • Delve into ancient and modern India with a local guide
  • See a different side of Delhi with a walking tour led by former at-risk youth
  • Step back in time at historical forts and palaces
  • Connect with history during a night at a heritage village home
  • Marvel at the grand Taj Mahal and all its glory

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Local Village Immersion in Pachewar
  • Meet a Local Historian in Jaipur
  • Women on Wheels Transfer from Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • City Walk in Delhi
  • Tour of Old Delhi
  • Visit the Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort
  • Excursion to Fatehpur Sikri and the Abhaneri step wells
  • Explore Jaipur including the Amber Fort, Jaipur City Palace, and Hawa Mahal
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International air-tickets (return)
  • Meals not indicated in the above itinerary
  • Items and expenses of a personal nature
  • Personal expenses: meals, drinks, telephone calls, room service, laundry, etc.
  • Drinks, entrance fees, portage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified above
  • Cancellation, baggage or medical insurance;
  • Any new and sudden increase of Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control;
  • Optional tours not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Visa fees where relevant
  • Comprehensive personal travel insurance
  • Tips for tour leader, driver and staff on tours
  • All Other Services not mentioned above
  1. Day 1 Please enquire for available dates

    Arrival into Delhi today.

    Meet & greet with transfer by Women on Wheels, an initiative to empower working women in India.

    Rest of the day at leisure before an evening welcome meeting with the rest of the group on the same tour.

  2. Day 2 (B) Please enquire for available dates

    Enjoy a youth-led walk through Delhi as part of the City Walk project. Later, explore Old Delhi with your local guide before an afternoon drive to Agra (about 3 hrs)

     

  3. Day 3 (B) Please enquire for available dates

    Spend the day visiting the highlights of the walled city of Agra including the famed Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort.

    Taj Mahal Visit
    Cross one off your bucket list as you visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Explore the gorgeous white marble mausoleum, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a testament of his love for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

    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.
  4. Day 4 (B) Please enquire for available dates

    Drive to Jaipur (about 4hr), visiting the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the village of Abhaneri, which has one of India’s deepest and largest stepwells (tank gardens).

    Fatehpur Sikri Visit
    Explore the magnificent red sandstone fort city that was once the capital of India’s Mughal Empire and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Keep an eye out for elements of different religions, as King Akbar built three palaces for each of his favorite wives—a Hindu, a Muslim, and a Christian—in the city.

    Abhaneri Stepwell Visit
    Walk around the amazing Chand Baori, a tenth century water tank that’s an impressive 6.1m (20 ft) deep. Learn about ancient Indian environmentalism—a ”baori” is a unique Indian invention for harvesting rainwater.

     

  5. Day 5 (B) Please enquire for available dates

    Explore the ”Pink City,” known also as Jaipur, including the Amber Fort, City Palace, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Listen to a local historian/scholar discuss the spirituality, social fabric, customs, and traditions of India.

    Consider treating yourself to a night at the cinema. Going to see a Bollywood film in India is much more than what we are accustomed to in the west. The atmosphere, energy, and pure fun (not to mention volume!) has to be experienced to be believed.

    Amber Fort Visit
    Enjoy the Hindu and Muslim architecture of the beautiful Amber Fort.

    City Palace Visit
    Explore the courtyards, gardens, and buildings that make up the City Palace. Located in the heart of the Old City, it is a striking blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. Visit the palace’s museum to look at ancient carriages and the former maharaja’s gold-embroidered wedding outfit.

    Meet a Local Historian
    In Jaipur, known as the “Pink City,” meet with a local historian and sociology scholar to learn about India’s complex social fabric and traditions, and discuss a range of topics from the country’s belief systems to its architecture.

  6. Day 6 (B, D) Please enquire for available dates

    Drive to the rural village of Pachewar (about 2 hrs) where we will stay in a heritage home. Exploring this traditional village is like stepping back in time and get a glimpse of life in rural India. Topics of discussion along the way can include how urbanization affect village life, information technology, and modernization in its benefits and disadvantages, as well as simple village customs and traditions.

    Walk and meet with locals and explore how urbanization affects village life, modernization and its benefits and disadvantages, as well as simple village customs and traditions.

    The village is about 85km (53 mi) from Jaipur and has beautiful temples dedicated to different religions. The residents of the village are still involved in traditional commercial activities. You’ll see pottery wheels, silversmiths, cobblers, traditional huts, old temples, and a mud house where you can witness a cooking demonstration with local family.

  7. Day 7 (B) Please enquire for available dates

    Drive back to bustling Delhi (about 6 hrs 15m).  Rest of the day at leisure.

  8. Day 8 (B) Please enquire for available dates

    Rest of today at leisure till the transfer to international for your trip home.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

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