National Geographic Journeys: Iconic India (AHNNG)

Countries Visited: India
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
  • All the adventure you want, with a softer landing
  • Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services
  • Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time
  • More included meals, activities and transfers
    Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
    Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12.
    Meals Included: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
    Accommodations: Not Availaible

    Highlights
    Walk the backstreets of Delhi with a local guide, talk with a local historian and scholar of sociological studies, meet a local family, meet an expert and learn about the medicinal and culinary uses of local spices, enjoy a cooking demonstration and meal with a Kerala family

    Description
    Why decide between India's north or south when you can do both on an unforgettable two-week introduction to this incredible countrys Explore Rajasthan's grand forts and palaces, discover a new level of relaxation on a houseboat in Kerala's backwaters, and learn about traditional culture in the small village of Sawarda. Throw in the glorious Taj Mahal, the "Pink City" of Jaipur, and Kochis fishing markets and youve got two weeks you'll remember forever.
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    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    Duration
    14 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1DelhiDay 1 Delhi
    There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting, so check into to the hotel (check-in time is 12 noon) and enjoy the city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Women on Wheels Transfer (1.00-1.50 hours)
    Day 2AgraDay 2 Delhi/Agra (1B)
    Walk through the backstreets of Delhi with a young adult taking part in the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Later, explore Old Delhi with your CEO before an afternoon drive to Agra. Included Activities: Guided Walking Tour with New Delhi Streetkids Project Old Delhi Guided Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 200km)
    Day 3AgraDay 3 Agra (1B)
    Spend the day visiting the highlights of the walled city of Agra including the famed Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort. Included Activities: Taj Mahal Visit Baby Taj Visit Agra Fort Visit
    Day 4JaipurDay 4 Agra/Jaipur (1B)
    Drive to Jaipur, visiting the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the village of Abhaneri, which has one of Indias deepest and largest stepwells (tank gardens). Included Activities: Fatehpur Sikri Visit Abhaneri Stepwell Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 240km)
    Day 5JaipurDay 5 Jaipur (1B)
    Consider treating yourself to a night at the cinema. Going to see a Bollywood film in India is much more than what we are accustomed to in the west. The atmosphere, energy, and pure fun (not to mention volume!) has to be experienced to be believed. Included Activities: Amber Fort Visit City Palace Visit Meet a Local Historian
    Day 6SawardaDay 6 Jaipur/Sawarda (1B, 1D)
    The village is about 60km (37 mi) from Jaipur and has beautiful temples dedicated to different religions, including a unique sikh temple. The residents of the village are still involved in traditional commercial activities. Youll see pottery wheels, silversmiths, cobblers, traditional huts, old temples, and small stepwells. Included Activities: Local Village Immersion Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 55km)
    Day 7DelhiDay 7 Sawarda/Delhi (1B)
    Drive back to bustling Delhi. Opt to join the CEO for a group dinner. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 310km)
    Day 8KochiDay 8 Delhi/Kochi (1B)
    Transfer to the airport and fly to Kochi. In the evening, there will be a welcome meeting for new travellers joining the group. Additional Notes: You may have one CEO for the North and one for the South. In this case you will be transferred to the airport in Delhi and fly unescorted to Kochi -- either on your own or with any other travellers who are continuing on for the south portion of the tour. Upon arrival to Kochi, there is free time to relax until the welcome meeting in the evening. Transport: Plane (3.00-3.50 hours)
    Day 9KochiDay 9 Kochi (1B)
    After breakfast, explore the old part of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry. Visit the Dutch Palace, which was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin King in the 16th century, the St. Francis Church (the oldest European church in India), and Santa Cruz Basilica, built by Portuguese in the 16th century. Walk through the fish market and the famous Chinese fishing net, believed to have been brought by traders from Kubla Khans court in China. In the evening, attend the popular classical dance-drama of Kerala called "Kathakali," which combines literature, music, painting, acting, and dance. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Meet with a Local Spice Expert Kathakali Dance
    Day 10KumarakomDay 10 Kochi/Kumarakom (1B, 1D)
    Visit Tripunithura Hill Palace then continue to Kumarakom on Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. Enjoy a canoe paddle along the narrow canals and take a walking tour through the paddy fields and Chempu village. Included Activities: Tripunithura Hill Palace Visit Canoeing Walking Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
    Day 11Kerala BackwatersDay 11 Kumarakom/Kerala Backwaters (1B, 1L, 1D)
    This morning we travel to Allepey, a golden streak of land surrounded by rivers, lakes, lagoons and canals, where we board our private houseboat. You can sunbathe on the deck and enjoy the scenery, watching daily life take place along the water. The trip goes through a wonderful area full of water birds, palm trees, rice fields and floating water plants. Included Activities: Kerala Backwaters Houseboat Excursion Family Homestay and Culinary Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
    Day 12Vypin IslandDay 12 Kerala Backwaters/Vypin Island (1B)
    This morning, meet with a representative of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE). National Geographic has supported the work of numerous ATREE scientists over the past two decades. We will learn about ATREEs Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Programme, which is focused on working with local communities to conserve the lake and the surrounding wetlands. Continue by boat to a fish sanctuary established by traditional fishermen through the program. Meet with some of the fishermen and see firsthand how their traditional way of collecting and processing clams are models for the management of lake resources. After, continue to the beach to relax in paradise with free time to explore. Included Activities: Visit Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Programme Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
    Day 13Vypin IslandDay 13 Vypin Island (1B)
    Free time on Vypin Island.
    Day 14Vypin IslandDay 14 Vypin Island (1B)
    Depart at any time. Hotel checkout is at 12:00pm. It is very easy to arange a transfer from the resort to the Cochin airport - your CEO will be happy to assist. Included Activities: Departure Day
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    10/15/2017$2,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
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    Disclaimer

    Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

    Please Note: Only 1 piece of luggage that weighs up to 15kgs will be permitted on our internal flights in India. For any extra weight the airline may charge an additional fee at the time of check-in.

    Please note that a G Adventures staff may NOT be travelling with you on the flight between Delhi and Kochi.

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    Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
      
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