Travel down the lifeblood of India and visit colourful cities

Travel down the Ganges - India's most sacred river, the heart of the Hindu faith and the soul of the nation. Its banks and waters play host to the most intimate rituals of life and death. What better way to be a part of this great country than to take to small boats and sail the Ganges to the magical city of Varanasi? Add the chaos of sightseeing Delhi, a visit to the imposing Amber Fort, a desert camel safari in Pushkar, colourful encounters in Jaipur's bazaars and the incomparable Taj Mahal in Agra - and you've got an incredible Indian experience.

New Delhi, India
New Delhi, India
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
338kg pp per trip


  • Be maharaja for a day in an ancient fort
  • Bargain in the famed bazaars of Jaipur
  • Travel through the desert on a camel safari
  • Admire the holy Pushkar temples
  • Sail the Ganges and camp on the riverbank
  • Take in the sights and sounds of Delhi
  • Experience the haunting beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal
  • Walk the spiritual ghats of Varanasi


With a cacophony of noise, colour and smells, chaotic Delhi invokes adventure. Head to Old Delhi to visit India's largest mosque and a fascinating Sikh temple. Delhi is an electrifying place to visit - but will soon be left behind for the calm waters of the Ganges.
Kick back and watch the world float by on a Ganges River cruise. Pass village communities and discover the abundance of life on this spiritual waterway.
Discover India's religious heart and visit the ghats of Varanasi. Witness a candle-lit flower ceremony on the Ganges or travel to nearby Sarnath, the site of Buddha's first sermon.
Make tracks to the most iconic sight in India. Agra is home to the beautiful Taj Mahal, a masterpiece of devotion and opulence.
Travel from Agra to Jaipur and explore the ornately decorated interior of the Amber Fort. Visit the city's museums or search for semi-precious stones while wandering through Jaipur's famed bazaars.
Feel like a maharaja during an overnight stay at Roopangarh Fort. Explore its serpentine entrance, turrets and grand hall and learn about the local culture in the village below.
Leave the whitewashed temples behind and plod through the desert on camelback to enjoy the moody Pushkar sands at dusk. Spend a night beside the campfire accompanied by the traditional music of Rajasthani nomads.
Cross over Snake Mountain to the Muslim city of Ajmer and catch a train back to Delhi. There are plenty more places to visit in Delhi, so spend another day exploring this vibrant city.
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4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Auto rickshaw, Bus, Camel, Cycle rickshaw, Jeep, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Heritage Property (1 night), Hotel (8 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Agra - Motorised rickshaw tour
  • Agra - Red Fort
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort guided tour
  • Overnight camel safari
  • Roopangarh Fort & village walking tour
  • Two night sailing trip, River Ganges
  • Varanasi - Old city walking tour
  • Varanasi - Sunrise boat ride
  • Varanasi - Sunset candle flower ceremony


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1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: This tour has been discontinued for 2013.

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