Slowly Down The Ganges

Travel down the Ganges - India's sacred river and visit iconic cultural attractions and lively cities including Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur and Pushkar.

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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.

  • 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

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    New Delhi, India
  • Finish:

    New Delhi, India
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts), Heritage Property (1 nt), Hotel (8 nts), Overnight sleeper train (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Auto rickshaw, Bus, Camel, Cycle rickshaw, Jeep, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle
  • 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

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    338kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    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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Days 1-2 Delhi

It's big, it's bold, it's busy - and there is nowhere in the world quite like it. Delhi's sights and sounds are sure to engage and intrigue.

Days 3-4 River Ganges Boat Trip

Sacred to the Hindus as a place of worship and ritual, the Ganges is also the lifeblood of millions of Indian people.

Days 5-7 Varanasi

The holy city of Varanasi, sitting on the River Ganges for thousands of years, attracts scores of pilgrims and travellers wanting to discover something divine.

Day 8 Agra

Famed for the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, Agra is a city with a fascinating history and is rich in Mughal heritage, lush gardens and exquisite buildings and temples.

Days 9-10 Jaipur

Jaipur was designed by royalty and has delighted visitors for centuries with its pink-hued buildings, wonderful bazaars and rainbow of bright colours dancing along hectic streets.

Day 11 Roopangarh

The fort, built in 1648 to protect an important trade route, gave rise to the town of Roopangarh and is now a grand heritage hotel.

Days 12-13 Pushkar/Camel Safari

The holy city of Pushkar is a place of beauty with its whitewashed buildings, serene lake, rooftop restaurants and impressive temples. Be led out into the desolate sands surrounding Pushkar on 'ships of the desert', spending the night under the stars enjoying the hospitality of our hosts. With an ethereal lake in its centre and dusty desert hills in the background, Pushkar is resplendent in its natural beauty, spiritual heritage and architectural loveliness.

Days 14-15 Delhi

Delhi has been an important city in India for well over 2000 years, and its cultural richness and diversity radiates from every corner.
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