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Mysteries Of India

15 Days, Delhi to Delhi
Mysteries Of India

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This outstanding adventure through India's colourful interior offers a look at its history and heritage, bringing you to the imperial Mughal cities of Agra and Ne read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • Accommodation in Hotels/heritage homes (14 nts).
  • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Walking tour and visit to Delhi Streetkids Project.
  • Orientation tour of colonial Delhi.
  • Tour of frescoed havelis of Shekhawati.
  • Explore traditional markets in the old city of Bikaner with a local expert.
  • Visit Junagarh Fort and Deshnoke's Karni Mata Temple (or Rat Temple).
  • Visit Mehrangarh Fort and Clock Tower.
  • Excursion to rural hamlets of Chandelao and Jojawar.
  • Meet with elders of Chandelao village.
  • Explore Udaipur.
  • Visit Ranakpur Jain temples.
  • Barefoot College visit.
  • Explore Jaipur and Amber Fort.
  • Visit Fatehpur Sikri, Taj Mahal, and the Red Fort of Agra
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 325 - 425 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Delhi
Day 2 Delhi/Mandawa
Day 3 Mandawa/Bikaner
Day 4 Bikaner
Day 5 Bikaner/Jodhpur
Day 6 Jodhpur/Chandelao
Day 7 Chandelao
Day 8 Chandelao/Udaipur
Day 9 Udaipur
Day 10 Udaipur/Jojawar
Day 11 Jojawar/Jaipur
Day 12 Jaipur
Day 13 Jaipur/Agra
Day 14 Agra/Delhi
Day 15 Delhi
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • New Delhi
  • Mandawa
  • Bikaner
  • Jodhpur
  • Chandelao
  • Udaipur
  • Jojawar
  • Jaipur
  • Agra
  • DAY 1 Delhi

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through Women on Wheels, a G Adventures-supported project.

    There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel (check-in time is noon) and enjoy the city.

    Women on Wheels Transfer
    Indira Gandhi International Airport - Delhi
    Transfer by a G Adventures-supported project, Women on Wheels. This program provides safe and reliable transport for travellers, while providing a dignified livelihood for a local woman from a resource poor community.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Delhi/Mandawa

    Take a walk through the backstreets with a young adult taking part in the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project.
    Continue on to Colonial New Delhi for an orientation tour then drive to Mandawa village.

    Guided Walking Tour with New Delhi Streetkids Project
    Delhi1h-2h 3-5km
    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.

    Colonial New Delhi Orientation Tour
    Get a glimpse of the wide boulevards and splendid architecture of the British Raj in this guided tour of colonial New Delhi.

    Private Vehicle
    Delhi - Mandawa 5h-7h 240km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Mandawa/Bikaner

    Start the day with a walking tour of Mandawa then drive to Bikaner and stay in a heritage hotel, once the residence of nobility. Visit the town's colourful markets and havelis. Option to visit a camel breeding centre.

    Private Vehicle
    Mandawa - Bikaner 3h-4h 140km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Havelis of Shekhawati Guided Tour
    Bikaner 1h-2h 1-2km
    Walk through these glorious, elaborate, old world mansions and admire their intricately carved exteriors in this walking tour. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Bikaner

    Explore traditional markets in the old city of Bikaner with a local expert. Learn about the age-old traditions of bartering and trading in tea and spices and how modern business practices are still influenced by the old caravan routes. Later visit Junagarh Fort and the infamous Karni Mata (rat temple). Today visit the well-maintained 16th-century Junagarh Fort. Drive down to the small town of Deshnoke (about half an hour away to visit Karni Mata, where rats are revered by the locals. Don't have a liking for rats? (Really, it's ok if you don't.) Opt to stay out and enjoy the beautifully carved doorway and the small market nearby.

    Explore the Caravan Route
    Bikaner
    Explore traditional markets in the old city of Bikaner with a local expert. Learn about the age-old traditions of bartering and trading in tea and spices through the traditional seats of Kolkata, Kochi, and Bikaner. Even today all the business centres of India, Nepal, and Assam are influenced by these the old caravan routes combining ancient practices with modern business.

    Private Vehicle
    Bikaner
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Junagarh Fort Visit
    Bikaner 1h-3h
    This elaborately-carved fort was built between 1589 an 1593 and is one of the oldest forts in India, and is owned by the Bikaner royal family. Check out the intricate screens and balconies inside.

    Deshnoke Rat Temple Visit
    Deshnoke 2h-3h
    Rats may be considered a menace by most people in India (and around the world), but locals believe that rats are sacred and care for them. Keep an eye out for a white rat as it's said to be auspicious. There are approximately 20,000 rats at this temple, so if you're squeamish, admire it from outside.

    Optional Activities
    Camel Breeding Centre Visit

    Learn about these magnificent creatures known as the "desert horse." The babies are pretty cute, and sometimes ice-cream made out of camel's milk is available for purchase. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Bikaner/Jodhpur

    Arrive at the "Blue City" and visit Mehrangarh Fort in the afternoon, built in the 15th century and well-known for its iconic Clock Tower.

    Private Vehicle
    Bikaner - Jodhpur 4h-5h 220km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Mehrangarh Fort Visit
    Jodhpur
    Visit this breathtakingly beautiful fort located at the top of a cliff, which offers a stunning view of the "Blue City" of Jodhpur below. Learn about the many battles fought there and get a sense of what it was like to be Rajasthani royalty by visiting its well-stocked museum. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Jodhpur/Chandelao

    Take a Jeep excursion into the countryside to visit tribal hamlets of Bishnois and Prajapats. Continue on to Chandelao Garh and explore the village and local markets.

    Private Vehicle
    Jodhpur - Chandelao 2h-3h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Chandelao Garh Village Stay
    Chandelao
    Get a taste of life in this village by staying with some locals. Enjoy this unique opportunity to learn about Rajasthani culture. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 7 Chandelao

    Enjoy Chandelao Garh and explore the village and local markets. Meet with the village elders and teachers and discuss various aspects of daily life, economy and culture in rural areas. Also visit the Sunder Rang Project at Chandelao which is striving to help village women become more economically independent by training them in traditional crafts.

    Discover Village Life
    Chandelao
    Meet with elders and teachers of Chandelao village and discuss various aspects of daily life, economy, and culture in rural areas. Also visit the Sunder Rang Project at Chandelao which is striving to help village women become more economically independent by training them in traditional crafts.

    Chandelao Garh Village Stay
    Chandelao
    Get a taste of life in this village by staying with some locals. Enjoy this unique opportunity to learn about Rajasthani culture.

    Free Time
    Chandelao Full Day
    Enjoy some free time exploring this charming Rajasthani village that gives you a taste of the "real" India. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 8 Chandelao/Udaipur

    Drive to Udaipur, visiting the stunning Ranakpur Jain temples en route. This afternoon, take an orientation walk with your CEO in Udaipur.

    Private Vehicle
    Chandelao - Udaipur 5h-6h 240km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Ranakpur Jain Temples Visit
    Ranakpur 1h-2h
    Enjoy a visit to this magnificent white marble temple devoted to Adinath, a god in the Jain religion. Jains believe in "ahimsa," non-violence to all living beings. Built in the 15th century, the temple has 1444 individually carved pillars.

    Orientation Walk
    Udaipur
    Go on a guided orientation walk and get to know local markets and key places. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Udaipur

    Explore the City Palace museum, enjoy a Pichola Lake boat ride, and a visit to the Jagdish Temple.

    City Palace Visit
    Udaipur 1h-2h
    Visit Rajasthan's largest palace to get a sense of how royalty lived. Take in the view from one of its many intricately-decorated balconies, with one side facing the stunning Lake Palace

    Pichola Lake Boat Tour
    Lake Pichola 1h
    Sit back and relax on this amazing boat tour on Pichola Lake. The views of the city and gorgeous palaces, including City Palace, cannot be beat.

    Jagdish Temple Visit
    Udaipur
    Visit the intricately-carved Jagdish Temple, which pays homage to Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. Make sure to take a peek at the black stoned image of Vishnu that's housed inside the shrine.

    Private Vehicle
    Udaipur
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Udaipur/Jojawar

    Stay at a heritage home in Jojawar village and take a train safari through the picturesque Aravali mountains.

    Private Vehicle
    Udaipur - Jojawar 3h30m-4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Train Safari
    Jojawar 1h-2h
    Enjoy a small train safari with the local villagers through the picturesque mountains of the Aravali Range. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Jojawar/Jaipur

    Drive to Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan. Visit Barefoot College on the way, an NGO providing basic services and solutions to issues in rural India for more than 40 years. Here we learn more about the NGO and enjoy a local lunch.

    After breakfast, drive to Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is known as the "Pink City" after the rusty colour that many of the houses are painted. With beautiful palaces, forts, gardens, temples, and unending market streets, it's a city with a lot to offer.

    Private Vehicle
    Jojawar - Jaipur 6h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Barefoot College Visit
    Jaipur
    Visit Barefoot College, an NGO providing basic services and solutions to issues in rural India for more than 40 years. Meet with some of the administrators who will explain the objective of helping local people become more self-sufficient and sustainable. These "Barefoot solutions" can be broadly categorized into various social enterprises including solar power, clean water initiatives, education and empowering women as agents of sustainable change. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 12 Jaipur

    Visit the 15th century Amber Fort which was the former capital of the region. Take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and visit the City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar Observatory.

    Private Vehicle
    Jaipur
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Amber Fort Guided Tour
    Amber Fort
    Explore this magnificent fort overlooking an artificial lake, famous for its unique mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture.

    City Palace Visit
    Jaipur 1h
    Explore the courtyards, gardens, and buildings that make up the City Palace. Located in the heart of the Old City, it is a striking blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. Visit the palace's museum to look at ancient carriages and the former maharaja's gold-embroidered wedding outfit.

    Jantar Mantar Visit
    Jaipur 1h-2h
    Visit the Jantar Mantar observatory to see how people looked at the stars and planets in ancient India. Explore the collection of astronomical instruments housed there, some dating back to 1727.

    Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) Visit
    Jaipur 15m-30m
    100 INR per person
    Enjoy a visit to the intricately-carved Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds," which is named for the cool breeze that comes through the structure and keeps it comfortable, even in the hot Jaipur summers. Explore the main complex, blossoming gardens, and the lake. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 13 Jaipur/Agra

    Drive to Agra, stopping to visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. In Agra, visit the famed Agra Fort.

    Private Vehicle
    Jaipur - Agra 2h-4h 55km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Fatehpur Sikri Visit
    Fatehpur Sikri
    Explore the magnificent red sandstone fort city that was once the capital of India's Mughal Empire and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Keep an eye out for elements of different religions, as King Akbar built three palaces for each of his favorite wives-a Hindu, a Muslim, and a Christian-in the city.

    Agra Fort Visit
    Agra 1h-3h
    Enjoy your visit to this impressive Mughal fort made of red sandstone and white marble. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 14 Agra/Delhi

    Rise early to visit the world-famous Taj Mahal and enjoy the stunning sunrise views. Continue to Delhi where we have the option to visit old Delhi.

    Taj Mahal Visit
    Taj Mahal
    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 favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

    Private Vehicle
    Agra - Delhi 4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Delhi Evening
    Take this opportunity to explore the rich colonial architecture, Mughal ruins, or wonderful shops of this capital city.

    Old Delhi Guided Walk
    Delhi
    100 INR per person
    Visit historic Old Delhi through this guided walk. Explore Jama Masjid, the "Great Mosque," and enjoy its massive courtyard, which can hold up to 25,000 worshippers. Pick up trinkets and textiles or do some window shopping at Chandni Chowk market. Visit the ancient Sikh temple of Gurdwara SisGanj, which was established in 1783. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 15 Delhi

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 325 - 425 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. CULTURE
    India is a country which is very different to anything you will have experienced before. Although this means it is not the easiest place to travel, this is also what makes it so special. Pollution, poverty and the crowds can result in initial culture shock but should be seen as an exciting new challenge. During our time here we have come to love this large and wonderfully different country but we know that we should always expect to encounter some difficulties along the way.

    In India there are very different attitudes to time keeping, public cleanliness, privacy and service. Trains will sometimes be late, plumbing can sometimes be temperamental and power will often just vanish. Optimistic menus turn out to have only one dish available and everyone, just everyone, will want to know your name. If you are able to travel with a lot of patience and a healthy sense of humour, then we know that you - like all of us - will be captivated by what India has to offer.



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