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India: Delhi, Agra & Jaipur

11 days |  15 days with Cochin, Kerala Backwaters & Mumbai extension
11 days |  15 days with Cochin, Kerala Backwaters & Mumbai extension
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people walking through the arch to the domed mosque of jama masjid in old delhi
hand of a woman serving fried indian bread called poori
traveler looking up at the qutub minar in new delhi
the taj mahal and the reflecting pool in front of it at sunset
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Experience the wonders of this vibrant and mystical land.

Conjure up India at its most alluring—the mystique of Eastern religions, the swirl of colorful saris, and of course, the magic of the Taj Mahal. On this small group Adventure Tour, you’ll experience all the sights, sounds, and spiciness of the subcontinent while hitting the highlights of the Golden Triangle, with its stunning architecture and prolific wildlife.

Your tour package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 tasting
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Included highlights

  • Jama Masjid
  • Qutub Minar
  • Humayun’s Tomb
  • Sikh community kitchen
  • Itmad-ud-Daula
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Delhi today.

Delhi3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Delhi

Welcome to India! Arrive late this evening in Delhi and settle in to your hotel.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome dinner

Enjoy a restful morning, then take a guided tour of Old Delhi this afternoon.

  • See Raj Ghat, Delhi’s tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, and visit the Gandhi museum
  • View the black-and-white onion dome and minarets of the Jama Masjid, one of the most elegant mosques in India
  • Take a rickshaw ride through the streets of Old Delhi

Sit down for an included welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of New Delhi
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, your Tour Director introduces you to New Delhi.

  • Visit the India Gate, the most famous war memorial in India
  • See Qutub Minar, an early Islamic tower and UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Explore the grand boulevards, government buildings, and city parks
  • Sit down for an included lunch
  • Visit Humayun’s Tomb and learn about the UNESCO-recognized complex
  • Enter Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the city’s most important places of worship for Sikhs
  • Learn about the history and traditions of Sikhism, the fifth-largest and youngest organized religion in the world
  • See the langar, or community kitchen, where free meals are served 24 hours a day

Please note: Due to conditions within Delhi, the schedule of your sightseeing tour may vary based on your departure date. Additionally, all travelers will be given a head covering they’re required to wear in the Sikh temple.

Agra1 night
Day 5: Transfer to Agra, Itimad-ud-Daula & the Taj Mahal
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Agra and visit the Itmad-ud-Daula mausoleum, which is known as the baby Taj and houses the tomb of Mughal official Mirza Ghiyas Beg.

  • Walk through the manicured grounds
  • Enter the tomb with your Tour Director to see the buildings marble lattice screens, intricate tilework, and artistic motifs

Enjoy an included lunch before heading out on a guided tour of the legendary Taj Mahal at sunset.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Ranthambore2 nights
Day 6: Yoga lesson, Mehtab Bagh garden & train to Ranthambore
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Start your day with an authentic morning yoga class. You’ll follow along with your instructor as you salute the sun and sip tea in view of the Taj Mahal.

Please note: Yoga mats are provided.

Later, visit the Mehtab Bagh garden with your Tour Director.

  • Admire the incredible views of the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna River
  • Stroll through the square-shaped garden
  • Learn about the Mughal empire and the Persian design elements they incorporated into the garden

Continue on to Ranthambore National Park by train this afternoon and sit down for an included dinner tonight.

Day 7: Game drives in Ranthambore National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day exploring Ranthambore National Park.

  • Set off on a morning game drive, keeping watch for the elusive Bengal tiger
  • Enjoy an included lunch
  • Head out on an afternoon game drive through the rugged terrain
  • Try to spot sloth bears, striped hyenas, jackals, and Indian mongooses

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Jaipur2 nights
Day 8: Jaipur via Rajasthani village
Included meal: Breakfast

This morning, learn about the Meena tribe during a stop at a local Rajasthani village.

  • Join a head member of the village, known as a pradhan, on a walk through the village
  • Interact with villagers during visits to a home and small shops as you learn about the local culture
  • Hear how the money they receive from your visit is used to develop the community

Please note: The pradhan requests travelers do not give money or gifts to children or villagers.

Then, travel to Jaipur and spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

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Day 9: Amber Fort, 4x4 Jeep ride & sightseeing tour of Jaipur
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Farewell dinner

Travel to the 16th-century Amber Fort to take in stunning architecture and sweeping views.

  • Climb into a 4x4 Jeep to ascend the slope to Amber Fort
  • Enjoy beautiful views from the top of the fort as well as a guided tour

Then, travel back to Jaipur, known as The Pink City, and set off on a guided tour.

  • Walk through the city's bustling markets, stopping to sample a local tea called masala chai
  • Marvel at historic sites and enter the City Palace to explore its museum with your Tour Director
  • View Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds

Sit down for a farewell dinner with a local Rajput family in their home.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 10: Transfer to Delhi & departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel back to Delhi. If you’re not extending your tour, you’ll have time to relax in a dayroom before returning to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Arrive Home
Day 11: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

Extension to Cochin, Kerala Backwaters & Mumbai
Southern India has a laid-back vibe that gives it a notably different feel. Plus, the food is some of the best in the whole country, which doesn't hurt. Fly to Cochin to cruise through God’s Own Country on a houseboat alongside an expert before flying to Mumbai, where history is at your fingertips.
Cochin2 nights
Day 10: Flight to Cochin
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly from Jaipur to Cochin this morning. Then, sit down for an included dinner.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Cochin & cooking class
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take part in an optional yoga lesson at your hotel early this morning.

Then, discover why Cochin is considered the jewel in the crown of Kerala on today's tour.

  • Visit Fort Cochin, home to some of the oldest European architecture in India
  • See Mattancherry Palace and the Santa Cruz Basilica
  • Enter and marvel at the St. Francis Church—the oldest European church in  India—and Paradesi Synagogue, where you’ll see Hebrew-inscribed gravestones
  • Stroll through the old city and explore the Spice Market with your Tour Director leading the way

This evening, join a local chef to learn how to cook cuisine native to Kerala. You’ll sit down to enjoy the foods you cooked for dinner.

Kerala Backwaters1 night
Day 12: Transfer to Alleppey
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Alleppey to board a houseboat for a cruise through the Kerala backwaters, a network of picturesque lagoons and canals.

  • Enjoy a lunch of local cuisine cooked by private houseboat chefs
  • Hop aboard a canoe to try your hand at fishing and learn about fishing traditions in the backwaters from a local guide
  • Spend tonight on board the houseboat for a unique opportunity to experience some of India’s most stunning scenery
  • Sit down for an included dinner of regional cuisine cooked by the private houseboat chefs
Mumbai1 night
Day 13: Transfer to Cochin & flight to Mumbai
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Disembark and transfer to Cochin before flying to Mumbai.

This evening, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Mumbai & departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Today, you’ll be introduced to the vibrant culture of Mumbai on a guided tour.

  • Ride past Marine Drive and make your way to the Hanging Gardens
  • Make a photo stop at Dhobi Ghat
  • Visit Mani Bhavan, the headquarters of Gandhi’s political activities from 1917 to 1934
  • See the stunning Victorian Gothic Revival architecture of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station
  • Pass by the Bombay High Court, the University of Mumbai, and the Gateway of India
  • Step inside the CSMVS museum to explore some of the 50,000 archaeological, artistic, and historical artifacts

Then, relax in a dayroom before traveling to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Arrive Home
Day 15: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.6 out of 5

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    3 out of 5 stars

    10/6/23 by 5th-time traveler Robert

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    Experience of a Lifetime
    11/3/23 by 1st-time traveler Vernon

    This tour met all my expectations though an extra day in Delhi and Jaipur would have made it even stronger. The hotels were all very good and glad that i did not do the second safari in Ranthambore to enjoy the quiet of the hotel. The farewell dinner was wonderful especially in meeting the family a...

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    Explore India 2023
    10/6/23 by 5th-time traveler Joan

    The tour itself was educational and eye opening. I appreciate how India is taking initiative with efforts to combat climate change. This is reflected in most of the cities with greenery everywhere. I also appreciate that purchases are placed in frantic/resuable bags. I was impressed with the enormou...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 11/14/23

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Hyatt Regency Delhi
    Hyatt Regency Delhi

    This upscale hotel is located in Cama Place, New Delhi. Guests enjoy a fitness center, restaurants, and yoga classes. Nearby, you'll find Sarojini Nag...

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    Courtyard by Marriott Agra
    Courtyard by Marriott Agra

    This luxurious hotel is located in Agra in India’s most popular state of Uttar Pradesh. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, fitness center, and convenient ...

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    Nahargarh Ranthambhore
    Nahargarh Ranthambhore

    This luxurious hotel is located in Village Khilchipur, Rajasthan. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant, and pool. Nearby, you'll find the Indian count...

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    Lemon Tree Premier
    Lemon Tree Premier

    This comfortable hotel is located in Subash Nagar, Jaipur. Guests enjoy WiFi, a spa, and fitness center. Nearby, you'll find Nahargarh Fort, Om Sai Te...

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    Trident Cochin
    Trident Cochin

    This modern hotel is located on Willingdon Island. Guests enjoy multiple restaurant options, an exercise room, and an outdoor pool with a sundeck. Nea...

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    Kerala Backwaters House Boat
    Kerala Backwaters House Boat

    This traditional house boat is located in Alappuzha, Kerala. Guests enjoy music systems, a crew, and housekeeping services. Nearby, you'll find the Ke...

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    ICT Grand Central
    ICT Grand Central

    This landmark hotel is located in the recreational center of Parel neighborhood of Mumbai. Guests enjoy the indoor/outdoor pools, wellness center, and...

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