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Helen-Jane "A brilliant introduction to India- a tour that takes you through bustling cities and quaint, rural villages. The food, the locations, the colours, the spirituality, the sound, the calm, the chaos and the people are an absolute delight to all of your senses. You'll come back from this trip with an array of amazing memories. As always with G Adventures, wonderful guides and a varied accommodation...."
10 reviews
New Delhi
+6 Destinations
Northern India
New Delhi


  • Float on the River Ganges
  • Experience the Delhi Spice Market
  • Admire the famous Taj Mahal
  • Visit the holy city of Varanasi
Age range
12 to 70 year olds
Hotel, Camping, Sleeper Train
Max Group Size
Train & Rail, Boat, Local Transport, Private Vehicle, Plane
Start and end in New Delhi! With the in-depth cultural tour Essential India, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 6 other destinations in India. Essential India is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • A
    Written on October 3, 2017
    2.0 - Rather poor

    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 pretty 23-year old in our group and completely disregarded the rest of the group. followed her like a puppy. He limited all the activities to what was convenient to him. We visited temple after temple without much else. The train ride probably the worst 15 hours I've spent. The G-Adventure bus has A/C for the guest but the poor driver and companion are left out in the hot weather which makes zero sense. Varanasi, I could have done without. The dead body smell was overpowering. Not worth the tortuous detour.
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  • SC
    Written on August 10, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    I would definitely recommend this trip. Dushyant our guide was unbelievable. He took us to places that I never would have been able to do on my own. Going to a Sikh temple and eating with the locals, traveling to a fort at night, camping out in a village and visiting a local school were just some of the unique experiences. So many awesome moments and much more than just a monument tour. Highly recommended this trip!
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  • SG
    Written on March 29, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    The trip was fantastic with a few exceptions. The overnight rain was inhumane. Three people stacked in tiny, hard bunks. Train noisy, bumpy and dirty. Thirteen hours of discomfort. I became ill and had to be helped off the train and transported to he hotel with the luggage in a turk tuck.
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  • AH
    Written on November 7, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Our trip ran like clockwork and Mandy, our guide, was fantastic - nothing fazed her. i would say that the hotel we started from in New Delhi was poor as they have obviously become cosy with getting G Adventures' custom that they seem to have forgotten that we are guests. From managers down it seemed that guests were a nusance that had to be put up with. Thankfully this was the only place where we experienced this attitude.
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  • LA
    Written on April 26, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a wonderful trip. A combination of cities, historical sites and small villages. I will definitely take a future G Adventure trip.
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  • DS
    Written on April 21, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    Excellent tour guide. He was friendly, approachable, and extremely helpful. He helped remove all complexities in a country full of complexities. For example, he took care of all the tipping, buying tickets, selecting restaurants, etc. Transportation methods and hotel accommodations were excellent. I would choose G Adventures for my next adventure.
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  • SD
    Written on December 29, 2015
    4.0 - Good

    Excellent tour - gave a good overview of Northern India. Group ranged in age from 24-70, and we all got along very well. Would definitely travel with G Adventures again.
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  • Essential India reviewer 8
    Written on December 3, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    what an amazing guide - jai really made our tip - he was thoughtful and ensured that we functioned as a group as well as being attentive to individual members. his calm layed back apparoach made us into a little family unit although it was clear how hard he worked when he managed to arrange activites for us ( cinima and ganjies boat rides are prime examples). As a guide he was ibcreadably knowligable and really drew people in when he was telling a historic tail. the trip as a whole was wondeful - i loved the route taken and fell it was a well thought out and planned path. the hotels were fantasic,, but my pesonal favourites were the old palaces as they were just magical!!!!!! i cannot recomend this trip enough and its left me wanting more of indai (provied jai is the guide). thanks for once in a life time trip x
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  • Essential India reviewer 9
    Written on December 1, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    Jai was a very knowledgeable and exceptional guide. He went above and beyond for several of our experiences (Taj Mahal and Dev Diwali boat ride amongst others) and made sure we enjoyed our experience. Was very impressed with the accommodations and the breadth of experiences we had. Would definitely recommend to friends and family. A great experience!
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  • Essential India reviewer 10
    Written on August 12, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A brilliant introduction to India- a tour that takes you through bustling cities and quaint, rural villages. The food, the locations, the colours, the spirituality, the sound, the calm, the chaos and the people are an absolute delight to all of your senses. You'll come back from this trip with an array of amazing memories. As always with G Adventures, wonderful guides and a varied accommodation. If you want to go to India but are not entirely sure where, this is the ideal trip for you.
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  • Day 5 Jaipur/Dhula Village (1D)
  • Day 6 Dhula Village/Āgra (1B)
  • Day 7 Āgra
  • Day 8 Āgra/Alīpura
  • Day 9 Alīpura
  • Day 10 Alīpura/Orchha
  • Day 11 Orchha/Varanasi
  • Day 12 Varanasi
  • Day 13 Varanasi
  • Day 14 Varanasi/Delhi
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    • September 1, 2016

      I'm going as a solo traveller what would be the set up of my accommodation?

      Solo travellers are automatically paired up with another solo traveller of the same gender, or you have the option to pay the single supplement for a private accommodation upgrade.

    • September 1, 2016

      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.

    • September 1, 2016

      What kinds of meals does this tour include?

      Please note that eating is a big part of travelling.

      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.

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      Start and end in New Delhi.
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      No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1359 for Essential India, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable. But, the deposit is fully transferable to future bookings with G Adventures.
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      Covering a total distance of approx 1,805 km.
      • New Delhi (India)
      • 238 km
      • Jaipur (India)
      • 82 km
      • Abhaneri (India)
      • 140 km
      • Agra (India)
      • 211 km
      • Orchha (India)
      • 144 km
      • Khajuraho (India)
      • 312 km
      • Varanasi (India)
      • 679 km
      • New Delhi (India)

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