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 walk along the ghats on the River Ganges 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.
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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.
Arrive in Jaipur and explore this gorgeous 'pink city'.
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.
Day 5Jaipur/Tordi Sāgar(1L, 1D)
Visit this Rajasthani rural village in the beautiful countryside with a close tie to the land.
Stop by the impressive Abhaneri stepwells and the deserted former capital of the Mughals, Fatehpur Sikri, on the way to Agra.
Visit the famous Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort.
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.
Travel to Alipura and stay in a heritage property in the village.
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.
Enjoy free time in Alipura before the overnight train to 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.
Watch the sunrise from a boat along the Ganges. Enjoy free time in this holy city.
Cut out the travel time with an afternoon flight back to Delhi.
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