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Essential India - G Adventures
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15 days

Essential India

Start and end in New Delhi
Tour Operator:
G Adventures
Max group size:
15
Age range:
12 to 99
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
5502
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Highlights

  • Float on the River Ganges
  • Experience the Delhi Spice Market
  • Admire the famous Taj Mahal
  • Visit the holy city of Varanasi

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Itinerary

Start and end in New Delhi! With the In-depth Cultural tour Essential India, you have a 15 days tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 6 other destinations in India. Essential India includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Delhi
  2. Day 2: Delhi
  3. Day 3: Delhi/Jaipur
  4. Day 4: Jaipur
  5. Day 5: Jaipur/Dhula Village (1D)
  6. Day 6: Dhula Village/Āgra (1B)
  7. Day 7: Āgra
  8. Day 8: Āgra/Alīpura
  9. Day 9: Alīpura
  10. Day 10: Alīpura/Orchha
  11. Day 11: Orchha/Varanasi
  12. Day 12: Varanasi
  13. Day 13: Varanasi
  14. Day 14: Varanasi/Delhi
  15. Day 15: Delhi
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Customer Reviews

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    Excellent
    4.4
  • Itinerary
    Excellent
    4.6
  • Guide
    Excellent
    4.5
  • Transport
    Excellent
    4.4
  • Accommodation
    Excellent
    4.1
  • Food
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  • Essential India reviewer 1
    · February 22nd, 2020
    Great tour, with an outstanding good guide!
    Trip date: February 2020
  • LV
    · January 7th, 2020
    Good and very experienced CEO. Went above and beyond in modifying the order of our itinerary when the weather was not favourable, also secured our group an upgrade at one of the hotels. He had good knowledge of local places and took us to nice hard to... Show more
    Trip date: December 2019
  • JR
    · December 31st, 2019
    This trip was amazing! It had a great mix of activities and we felt like we were completely taken off the tourist path and saw a lot of the local life. Our CEO was incredible and he made sure we were looked after the whole time. Everything was organised... Show more
    Trip date: December 2019
  • BC
    · October 21st, 2019
    This trip was amazing. Our guide, Jai, was the greatest and really made the whole trip for me. He showed us the best places to eat. Each place had different specialties and famous dishes. I think I tried (and thoroughly enjoyed) at least 20 different... Show more
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thank you for the review Brittany! We do appreciate it.
    Trip date: October 2019
  • KB
    · October 13th, 2019
    The whole experience was amazing ! Loved every minute of it . Raj our CEO was experienced, had a fabulous sense of humor , informative, took us into the lives of the people, took the pressure of us organising tours and transport , tips etc. The... Show more
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thank you Kim - glad you enjoyed!
    Trip date: September 2019
  • JC
    · September 13th, 2019
    I really enjoyed the trip and Romi, our guide was excellent and took us to places I would never have seen, if I had gone on a basic tourist trip. We went to so many interesting places, but also had enough fee time to relax and explore. I highly... Show more
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thanks for the review Janet!
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    Trip date: August 2019
  • J
    · April 30th, 2019
    Would love to have more included meals and activities
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thanks for the honest review Jen, we do appreciate it.
    Trip date: April 2019
  • VR
    · March 27th, 2018
    I loved it and will come back to explore the rest of India.
    Trip date: March 2018
  • SF
    · December 7th, 2017
    The trip was very interesting and we saw the popular places but also some great rural ones too, so we felt we had a glimpse of the real India. Our guide was very knowledgable on culture, history and current affairs and very efficient. We stayed in a... Show more
    Trip date: November 2017
  • S
    · October 3rd, 2017
    The Stay choices could not possibly be any worst. In one stop we were facing a rat-infested dumpster. In another, my bed was crawling with red ants. Think Motel 6/Travelodge. Disgusting filth everywhere. The guide was good but there was a very... Show more
    Trip date: September 2017

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15 days
Essential India
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Frequently Asked Questions

    • I am a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

      If you are a solo traveller you will automatically be paired up with another solo traveller of the same gender, or you have the option to pay the single supplement for a private room for the duration of the tour.

    • What is the age range on this tour?

      Group are in their early-mid 30s, and there are also a few travellers in the 50s-60s range.

    • What kinds of meals does this tour include?

      Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world.
      Generally, meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally, food is cheap. The groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.

    • I was just wondering if it would be ok to arrive around 10:00pm the night that the tour begins?

      Day 1 of this tour is an 'Arrival day and welcome meeting", so if you were to arrive the night before day one at 10pm, this would be fine.

    • How many persons are there in each group?

      Usually the group size is between 10 and 16 people.

    • What sort of accommodation is included on this tour?

      This tour includes 13 nights in hotel accommodation and 1 night on an overnight train. The used hotels are between 3 and 3.5 stars.

    • What are the inclusions?

      The tour price includes the accommodation and the service of your tour leader.

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    Good to Know

    • Currency
      Indian Rupee
      India
    • Plugs & Adapters

      As a traveller from USA, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F, D, M. As a traveller from South Africa you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F.

      Type C
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      Type E
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      Type D
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    • Vaccines
      • These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
      • Typhoid - Recommended for India. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Hepatitis A - Recommended for India. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Cholera - Recommended for India. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Tuberculosis - Recommended for India. Ideally 3 months before travel.
      • Hepatitis B - Recommended for India. Ideally 2 months before travel.
      • Yellow fever - Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for India. Ideally 10 days before travel.
      • Japanese B encephalitis - Recommended for India. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    • Visa
      • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
      • Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.
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