Combine two incredible adventures – a highlights tour of India plus a cruise on the mighty Ganges River – in one extraordinary experience. Our unique 16-day itinerary takes in the lively rush of Delhi, the tranquility of the Taj Mahal, the character of rural villages, and the pure serenity of sailing the river from temple to palace. From land to sea, immerse yourself in India and all its glory.

Trip highlights

City Walk, Explore the streets of Delhi with an adolescent tour guide from the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. As a former street child, your local guide will have a unique perspective on the city and can provide more information on the life of a child in India. The guided tour helps support the guide's college or university tuition.

Local Village Immersion, Step back in time and explore the traditional culture of the rural village of Sawarda. Meet with town elders to discuss how modernization is affecting village life.

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.

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.

Itinerary - 16 Days

Day 1 Delhi

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting, so check into to the hotel and enjoy the city. We highly recommend booking a pre-night in Delhi to get over your jetlag and be ready for this very busy trip.

Included Activities:
Women on Wheels Transfer
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Delhi/Āgra (1B)

Enjoy a youth-led walk through Delhi as part of the G Adventures-supported City Walk project. Later, explore Old Delhi with your CEO before an afternoon drive to Agra.

Included Activities:
City Walk
Old Delhi Guided Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 200km)

Day 3 Āgra (1B)

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

Included Activities:
Taj Mahal Visit
Baby Taj Visit
Agra Fort Visit

Day 4 Āgra/Jaipur (1B)

Drive to Jaipur, 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).

Included Activities:
Fatehpur Sikri Visit
Abhaneri Stepwell Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 240km)

Day 5 Jaipur (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Amber Fort Visit
City Palace Visit
Meet a Local Historian

Day 6 Jaipur/Sāwarda (1B, 1D)

The village is about 60km (37 mi) from Jaipur and has beautiful temples dedicated to different religions, including a unique sikh temple. The residents of the village are still involved in traditional commercial activities. You'll see pottery wheels, silversmiths, cobblers, traditional huts, old temples, and small stepwells.

Included Activities:
Local Village Immersion

Transport:
Private Vehicle (60km)

Day 7 Sāwarda/Delhi (1B)

Drive back to bustling Delhi. Opt to join your CEO for a group dinner.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 310km)

Day 8 Delhi/Calcutta (1B)




Transport:
Plane

Day 9 Calcutta/Bārākpur (1B, 1D)

Transfer from your hotel in the late morning and embark around midday.

Included Activities:
Barrackpore Excursion

Transport:
Varuna Riverboat

Day 10 Bārākpur/Kālna (1B, 1L, 1D)

Sail to Chandannagar, a former French possession, to explore. Continue to Chinsurah, to visit the historic Dutch cemetery and the Imambara before reboarding the vessel. Moor near Kalna for the night.

Included Activities:
Chandannagar Excursion
Chinsurah Excursion

Transport:
Varuna Riverboat
Varuna Riverboat
Varuna Riverboat

Day 11 Kālna/Matiari (1B, 1L, 1D)

Land at the country town of Kalna and take cycle rickshaws to see the terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple. Later, explore Mayapur, with its skyline dominated by the vast ISKCON temple. Sail on through the night to a mooring near Matiari.

Included Activities:
Kalna Excursion
Mayapur Excursion

Transport:
Varuna Riverboat
Varuna Riverboat

Day 12 Matiari/Murshidābād (1B, 1L, 1D)

Moor near Murshidabad for the night.

Included Activities:
Matiari Excursion
Battlefield of Plassey Visit

Transport:
Varuna Riverboat
Varuna Riverboat

Day 13 Murshidābād (1B, 1L, 1D)

Moor on the riverbank across from town for the night.

Included Activities:
Khushbagh Excursion
Murshidabad Excursion

Transport:
Varuna Riverboat

Day 14 Murshidābād/Farakka (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy the idyllic views today as the boat carries on up along canals, passing mustard fields and mango orchards, to the mooring for the night.

Included Activities:
Baranagar Excursion

Transport:
Varuna Riverboat

Day 15 Farakka (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a full day excursion by road to Gaur, near the town of Malda (English Bazaar). Visit a number of sights from the 12th-century Hindus and 14th-century Muslims, including mosques and palaces. Rejoin the boat in the evening.

Included Activities:
Gaur Excursion

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.25 hours)
Varuna Riverboat (1.00-1.25 hours)

Day 16 Farakka/Calcutta (1B)

Transfer to Farakka station at dawn to catch the morning train and journey back to Kolkata. Tour ends on arrival in Kolkata.

Included Activities:
Departure Day (Activities)

Transport:
Local train (6.00 hour(s))

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