Heart of India

Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
17 days
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Visit Raj Ghat, a beautifully serene monument.
  • Visiting the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India
  • Enjoy short ride by rickshaw through the crowded lanes of the Chandni Chowk bazaar.
  • Visiting Qutab Minar, a spectacular example of Indo-Islamic architecture topped by a 234-foot-high tower.
  • Enjoy a bird's-eye view of Jaipur and its surroundings
  • See the Jantar Mantar, a remarkable astronomical and astrological observatory built in the 18th century
  • See the Royal Bengal tiger
  • Visit the sprawling Agra Fort on the bank of the Yamuna River.
  • Visit the east and west temple complexes that the Chandelas constructed.

Short Description

If you’re looking for adventure, explore India, where every moment brings new stimulation. The scent of roasted cumin seeds floating through a Delhi bazaar ... a young girl’s bracelets jangling on her arm as she prepares for a festival ... Hindu pilgrims descending ghats into the holy Ganges. From the excitement of the “Golden Triangle” cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur to the tranquility of the unexpected retreats that lie between them, we explore it all on this tour of India. Expert Trip Leaders will bring you behind the scenes and off the beaten path with their intimate understanding of India, past and present.

Style Small group tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Delhi
End City Varanasi

Itinerary

DAY 1
Depart U.S.
You depart today on your overnight flight from the U.S. to Delhi, India.

DAY 2
Arrive in Delhi, India
Accommodations: Suryaa New Delhi or similar

You'll arrive in Delhi today, where your Trip Leader will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Here we'll be joined by travelers who took our optional Bhutan: The Hidden Kingdom pre-trip extension.

DAY 3
Explore Old Delhi • Raj Ghat • Jama Masjid Mosque • Rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk Bazaar
Meals included: B D Accommodations: Suryaa New Delhi or similar
Explore Delhi on a rickshaw ride
After breakfast, gather with your fellow travelers for a briefing by your Trip Leader.

We start our discoveries this afternoon in Delhi by visiting Old Delhi. Even when Bombay and Madras were mere trading posts and Calcutta a village of mud huts, Delhi had been the seat of an empire for 500 years. Through the centuries, eight cities have been built on this site by Hindu, Mughal, and British rulers—with each adding their own flavor.

In the old part of Delhi, we visit Raj Ghat, a beautifully serene monument. This is where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, and we will see an impressive shrine to India's best-known statesman. Next, after visiting the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, we take a short ride by rickshaw through the crowded lanes of the Chandni Chowk bazaar. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 4
Qutab Minar • Explore New Delhi • India Gate
Meals included: B L Accommodations: Suryaa New Delhi or similar

After breakfast, we head out to see the highlights of New Delhi.

The British laid out the broad, tree-lined avenues and neat street grid of New Delhi (in contrast to the narrow alleyways of the old part of the city). We'll begin our explorations by visiting Qutab Minar, a spectacular example of Indo-Islamic architecture topped by a 234-foot-high tower. Begun in the twelfth century, this is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the symbol of New Delhi.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we'll continue our tour of the former "Imperial City" which continues to serve as the center of government for the world's largest democracy. We'll see the buildings of India's Parliament and (from the outside) the residence of India's president, a palatial building called Rashtrapati Bhavan. Nearby we see the India Gate, where a popular park surrounds a memorial to Indian soldiers who served Great Britain in World War I and the 19th-century war in Afghanistan.

You'll have the latter part of the afternoon at leisure. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own.

DAY 5
Overland to Jaipur
Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Ramada Jaipur or similar

After breakfast, we’ll journey to Jaipur, called the “Pink City” for the rosy hue of its sandstone buildings. En route, we’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant. When we arrive in Jaipur, we’ll check in to our hotel. Tonight we’ll gather for dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 6
Optional hot-air balloon over Jaipur • Jantar Mantar • City Palace Museum OPTIONAL TOUR
Meals included: B L Accommodations: Ramada Jaipur or similar
Explore the Palace Museum and other sites of Jaipur
An optional hot air balloon ride may be offered this morning (weather permitting). Rise early to enjoy a bird's-eye view of Jaipur and its surroundings. Float high above the fort, Jai Mahal Lake, or the countryside, going where the wind takes you. Don't be surprised if you attract attention from the people below along the way!

This morning, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jaipur.

Next we see the Jantar Mantar, a remarkable astronomical and astrological observatory built in the 18th century. The giant sundials here are still accurate to two-tenths of a second. Then we go on to the City Palace Museum, filled with an array of textiles, arms, carpets, paintings, and manuscripts. You'll complete your tour with an optional visit to a fabric block-printing center to learn more about the textiles that are so representative of this area. After lunch at a local restaurant, your afternoon is free.

Dinner is on your own this evening.

DAY 7
Palace of the Winds • Amber Fort • Home-Hosted Dinner
Meals included: B D Accommodations: Ramada Jaipur or similar
Explore 16th century Amber Fort in India
We begin today's discoveries with a view of the exterior of Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). This is actually not a palace, but rather a façade of 956 delicate, honeycombed sandstone windows used by the ladies of the palace to watch the outside world without being seen.

Next, we'll explore Jaipur's Amber (pronounced "am-er," with a silent "b") Fort-Palace. The Fort is a stunning and well-preserved 16th-century structure, built on four levels.

Among its many splendors is the Sheesh Mahal, a small room whose ceiling, covered with tiny mirrors, looks like a sky filled with brilliant stars. Here, in Rajput times, a dancing girl held candles during a dance of love for her Maharaja. We make our way back down the hill and return to Jaipur.

After lunch on your own at the hotel, your afternoon is free. Then we are the guests of an Indian family for a Home-Hosted Dinner.

DAY 8
Overland to Ranthambore National Park • Optional tour of Ranthambore Fort OPTIONAL TOUR
Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Nahargarh Hotel or similar
View India's wildlife while on safari in Ranthambore National Park
After breakfast, we leave Jaipur and drive through the rural countryside and into the low Vindhya mountain range. The drive is about five hours in length along bumpy roads.

Our destination is Ranthambore National Park. Located near the town of Sawai Madhopur, the park is one of the eleven sites chosen for Project Tiger, India's national tiger conservation program, the largest such effort in the world. The park is comprised of more than a hundred square miles of deciduous forest and several large lakes, and until 1970 it was a hunting preserve of the Maharajas. We'll arrive at the hotel in time for lunch. Please note: As Ranthambore National Park is closed in August and September, we will visit the Sawai Mansingh Animal Sanctuary instead during those months.

In the afternoon, you can join an optional tour to the Ranthambore Fort, a spectacular fortress built more than 1,000 years ago on a rocky outcrop with stunning views. Today it sits in the middle of the Ranthambore sanctuary. You'll ride in an open four-wheel drive vehicle (known locally as a canter), and then hike to the fort, a huge structure with a fascinating history and fine craftsmanship in its interiors.

Dinner is included at our hotel this evening, along with a presentation on the local wildlife we'll see tomorrow.

DAY 9
Game-viewing in Ranthambore National Park
Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Nahargarh Hotel or similar

In the early morning, when nocturnal animals may still be active, we head out for game-viewing before breakfast. Once again, our mode of transportation is a canter, a safari truck. We may see all the great Indian species: sambar, nilgai, the shy chinkara and chital, and the always cunning Langur monkey.

We return to our hotel for breakfast and the rest of the morning at leisure. Following an included lunch in the hotel, we regroup for a second safari expedition. Though it is rare, we may see the Royal Bengal tiger, usually sleeping by day in the tall grass. A recent census showed 26 tigers in the reserve. We also see lakes that hold crocodiles, and a wide variety of water birds in season. More than 450 bird species frequent this area, from crested serpent eagles to painted storks.

Dinner is included at our hotel this evening.

DAY 10
A Day in the Life of a Ranthambore community • Overland to OAT Camp FOUNDATION VISIT
Meals included: B L D Accommodations: OAT Camp

A Day in the Life
Watch OAT travelers experience the unique culture of a Ranthambore community.
After breakfast, we'll stroll into a local village to visit with the students at a primary school (when in session) that OAT proudly supports through donations from Grand Circle Foundation.

Then we'll continue our A Day in the Life of this village by visiting a local family and learning about their way of life. Next we visit a cooperative where women are trained to make handcrafts. We'll learn about this enterprise from one of the women involved, with the opportunity to purchase its products.

After lunch at the cooperative, we begin our drive (totaling approximately four hours on a bumpy road) to our village camp retreat. You'll check in upon arrival.

Our campsite is nestled among small plots of land used by local farmers to grow a rich diversity of crops. Often, villagers will stop by to pay us a visit, or farmers will take a break from their work to share a laugh. Especially enchanting are the mustard blooms, which, in season, resemble thousands of buttercups waving in the breeze.

Join your travel companions this evening in the relaxed environment of the campsite to enjoy an authentic Indian dinner. Dinner is prepared especially for you by our camp cook, who uses the freshest locally grown organic ingredients.

After dinner we'll relax around the campfire and enjoy being entertained by local dancers who proudly perform cultural Indian dances for us.

DAY 11
Abhaneri step wells • Overland to Agra
Meals included: B L Accommodations: Jaypee Palace or similar

Today, we'll visit Abhaneri to view an ancient baolis, essentially a step-well or waterway built to provide a constant water supply to local inhabitants.

Then, we'll depart for Agra, driving through the vast rural countryside. We'll break up the long journey by stopping for lunch in Bharatpur. As we drive, our Trip Leader entertains us with a discussion of the history of the Mughals.

When we arrive in Agra in the late afternoon, we'll check into our hotel and enjoy time at leisure. Dinner tonight is on your own.

DAY 12
Taj Mahal • Agra Fort
Meals included: B D Accommodations: Jaypee Palace or similar
View the Taj Mahal on a moonlight garden tour
Today we rise early to view a sight unlike any other in the entire world: early morning at the Taj Mahal. Please note: If this day falls on a Friday, we visit the Taj Mahal on the evening of Day 11 instead.

This grand edifice, built by Shah Jahan from 1631 to 1653 to enshrine the remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal, took 20,000 workers to build. We walk into the inner chambers of this renowned "Monument to Love," and seek out several vantage points to see the magnificent play of light. The semi-translucent white marble is inlaid with thousands of semi-precious stones in beautiful patterns and the building has four identical facades, a perfect exercise in symmetry. It's truly a wonder of the world!

Later in the morning we visit the sprawling Agra Fort on the bank of the Yamuna River. This immense fort and palace were the seat of power for four generations of Mughal emperors; they ruled all of northern India from the early 16th century until the consolidation by British colonial rule in the early 1800s. Agra Fort's architecture is an almost perfect fusion between military might and lavish beauty.

We return to our hotel to enjoy the afternoon at leisure, then gather for an included dinner this evening.

DAY 13
Train to Jhansi • Overland to Khajuraho
Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Radisson Khajuraho or similar

To enjoy and make the most of this very long, overland, travel day, you'll need to approach it with curiosity, an adventurous spirit, and a healthy sense of humor.

We begin our journey early this morning, as we board a train for an approximately two-hour ride to Jhansi, a center of Bundela civilization. Upon arriving at the railway station in Jhansi, we will continue our long (five-hour) drive to Khajuraho, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant.

Although remote and very quiet today, in the tenth century Khajuraho was the center of the thriving civilization of the Chandelas. The magnificent group of temples (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) was built between the ninth and tenth centuries by the Chandela Dynasty, which dominated Central India at the time.

We'll check in, and enjoy dinner at our hotel in the evening.

DAY 14
View erotic carvings of the Chandelas • Fly to Varanasi • Ganges evening ceremony & boat ride
Meals included: B L Accommodations: Radisson Varanasi Hotel or similar
Explore India's Ganges River on a boat ride
After breakfast at our hotel, we visit the east and west temple complexes that the Chandelas constructed. The erotic stone carvings here have come to symbolize the important role of love and prana energy in Hindu thought. British archaeologists excavated these intricate stone carvings during colonial times, when they scandalized post-Victorian English sensibilities.

We have time for lunch before transferring to the airport for our 40-minute flight to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu cities. Known as Benares during British times, Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a written history dating back more than 4,000 years. It has an intense, almost palpable atmosphere of spiritual devotion, a feeling of an unending religious festival. Hundreds of temples propitiate the thousands of deities in the Hindu pantheon. Pilgrims from every part of this vast nation crowd the narrow streets and the riverside ghats.

As the day comes to a close, we'll travel to the bathing ghats located alongside the sacred River Ganges. People flock in large numbers every day to bathe and worship in the temples built beside the riverbank. Feel the timelessness of Varanasi as the sun sets and as the temple priests perform aarti, the sacred light ceremony, on the banks of Mother Ganga. The aarti performance is best viewed while having a boat ride on the river. We can photograph riverside temples and bathing ghats; however, photography of the cremation ghats is not permitted.

After the puja ceremony is completed, dinner will be on your own this evening.

DAY 15
Early morning Ganges cruise • Sarnath
Meals included: B D Accommodations: Radisson Varanasi Hotel or similar
See temples at sunrise on a Ganges River boat cruise
Early this morning, we board our small boat for a cruise on the Ganges. From our boat we are witness to the everyday life in the holiest of cities, as the people arrive at the ghats at dawn to take a ritual dip, perform yoga asanas, wash clothes and offer flowers and incense to the river. We'll see devotees performing their daily religious rites. At stone steps on the river's edge, we join our hosts in a pilgrimage: for them, the heart of their faith, for us, a superlative cultural experience. We then continue our guided walking tour of the local temples before returning to our hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, drive to the nearby ancient Buddhist learning center of Sarnath. Here, Gautama Buddha preached his first sermon to his disciples, as portrayed in Bernardo Bertolucci's film Little Buddha. We then visit the Sarnath Museum, (except on Fridays, when the museum is closed) which houses some of the great treasures of Indian Buddhist art, including Ashoka's Lion Capital—the National Emblem of India—and the beautiful Teaching Buddha, among the most beautiful sculptures in the world. We can explore and photograph excavated Buddhist stupas and pillars unearthed during the British archaeological explorations in 1836. We also have the opportunity to visit a silk-weaving workshop.

This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your traveling companions.

DAY 16
Yoga & meditation class • Fly to Delhi or fly to Kathmandu to begin your post-trip extension
Meals included: B D Accommodations: Pride Plaza Hotel or similar
This morning we have the chance to begin the day with a relaxing yoga and meditation class before breakfast at our hotel. Learn basic yoga exercises and breathing techniques from a local expert.

After lunch on your own, you will be transferred to the airport to board a flight to Delhi, where you'll stay tonight. Or, if you’re continuing on the post-trip extension to Kathmandu, Nepal, you will fly to Kathmandu instead.

Enjoy an included dinner at your hotel this evening.

DAY 17
Return to U.S. or begin your South India post-trip extension
If you're continuing on a post-trip extension to The South of India: Kerala & Cochin, board your flight this morning. Otherwise, transfer to the airport very early this morning for your return flight to the U.S.

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I went to this adventure with my sister-in-law and we had the absolute best time! Our guide were all amazing and our trip leader Martin was exceptional! My sister-i-law had a fall the day we were to meet our group and Martin helped us navigate the urgent care, got her stitched up and stayed by our side until she was tucked into our room. What a waRead more about review stating My favorite OAT adventurey to meet your trip leader but also we knew we were set up with a caring and kind man from the start! This was a truly unique adventure with large cities and also the most serene scenery on earth!
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India was on my bucket list. I have travelled with OAT many times and knew if any company could show it to me properly it was them. The trip surpassed any expectation I could have imagined. We stayed in palaces and drove by shanty towns. India is so full of contrasts, all kinds of contrasts. Riots of scents, color, sounds, come at you all at once.Read more about review stating 2018 Heart of India The best food you will ever have, cheap custom made silk clothing, and monuments that float at sunrise. All this and more is waiting for you. DO NOT miss this trip, it will change how you see yourself, others and humanity.
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This trip has been one of the best with OAT so far. The sightseeing, food, and most of the accommodations were very good. Our tour guide, Anuja Skaria, was absolutely outstanding. She went out of her way to take u to many places not included in the itinerary. She was most attentive to detail.
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We thoroughly enjoyed our trip led by a fantastic leader - Pum from Thailand. He was an excellent mentor for all of the local guides and allowed them to lead in their respective countries and stepped in only if something was not right.
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Houseboat

Ship Description

Discover the peaceful backwaters of Cochin aboard a wooden houseboat, featuring a lounge, sun deck, and dining area. Each of the traditionally decorated cabins has a picture window, air-conditioning, and a private bath with shower.

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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 25

Accommodations

Suryaa New Delhi
New Delhi, India

This well-appointed hotel is located in the heart of New Delhi, close to many temples and other historic monuments. Each of its 242 guest rooms features a minibar, satellite TV, a private safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities, high-speed Internet access, and a hair dryer. You’ll be able to relax in style in the hotel’s swimming pool, sauna, or whirlpool.
Please Note: Select departures feature similar accommodations.

Radisson Blu Jaipur
Jaipur, India

At the Radisson Blu Jaipur, guests can enjoy on-site amenities like two restaurants, a rooftop pool and bar, a spa, and a fitness center. All of the hotel’s rooms offer complimentary wireless Internet access, an LED TV, a mini bar, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and a private bath.

Nahargarh Hotel
Ranthambore, India

Located near Ranthambore Tiger Sanctuary, this 42-room lodge was decorated to evoke the feeling of staying in a palace. During your stay, you’ll enjoy a multi-cuisine restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool. Our air-conditioned rooms feature a telephone, radio/alarm clock, and private bath with shower.

Please Note: Select departures feature similar accommodations.

OAT Camp
Abha Nagri, India

Situated on five acres of land within view of the Aravali Mountains, our rural retreat consists of 14 air-cooled, tent-roof cottages, each with a veranda and private bath. There is also a separate dining area where we’ll dine on organic cuisine prepared on-site in the modern kitchen.

Please Note: Travelers on our Festival Departures will stay at similar camps in Nagaur or Pushkar.

Jaypee Palace
Agra, India

Set amidst 25 acres of landscaped gardens, the Jaypee Palace combines traditional charm with modern amenities. With 350 guest rooms, the property features a restaurant, cocktail lounge, swimming pool, and sauna. Our air-conditioned rooms feature a TV, telephone, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and a private bath with shower and hair dryer.

Radisson Khajuraho
Khajuraho, India

Enjoy beautiful landscape and gardens as you relax in style at the Radisson Khajuraho. All 86 rooms include high-speed Internet access, a private safe, minibar, hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and a private balcony with a view of the pool or gardens. This hotel features a multi-cuisine restaurant, spa services, an outdoor pool, and fitness facilities.
Please Note: Select departures feature similar accommodations.

Radisson Varanasi Hotel
Varanasi, India

Built in 2003, this hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the business district yet just 25 minutes from the main ghats of the Ganges. The hotel offers a restaurant, indoor swimming pool, health club, and beauty salon. Our air-conditioned rooms include television, telephone, radio/alarm clock, and private bath with shower and hair dryer.
Please Note: Select departures feature similar accommodations.

Lemon Tree Premier Hotel
Delhi, India

Conveniently located, Lemon Tree Premier Hotel is about 2.5 miles from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. On site, guests can enjoy the hotel’s fitness center, swimming pool, spa, restaurant, and bar. Each of the hotel’s 280 guest rooms includes complimentary wireless Internet access, satellite TV, a minibar, coffee- and tea-making facilities, an electronic safe, and a private bath with a hair dryer.
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The Oberoi Grand Kolkata
Kolkata, India

Situated near Kolkata’s central business district and lively markets, The Oberoi Grand Hotel offers three on-site restaurants, as well as a spa. Each of the hotel’s 209 rooms includes an LCD TV, wireless Internet access, a safe, and a private bath with a hair dryer.

Hotel Kisa
Thimphu, Bhutan

Hotel Kisa is a family-owned hotel in the heart of Thimphu, located near City Hall, Clock Tower Square, and Changlimithang Archery Ground. Each of the hotel’s 35 rooms features a private bath.

Dragon's Nest Resort
Wangduephodrang, Bhutan

Located on the banks of the scenic Puna Tsang Chu River, Dragon’s Nest Resort has 18 guest rooms, all of which offer cable TV, coffee- and tea-making facilities, a mini-fridge, a balcony with views of the river, and a private bath. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant, which serves Bhutanese, Chinese, and Indian cuisine.

The Village Lodge
Paro, Bhutan

Located in the fertile Paro Valley amidst forested hillsides, the Village Lodge offers traditional Bhutanese furnishings in a peaceful setting. Nine rooms include private baths, TV and telephone, and a restaurant and bar are on-site.

Gokarna Forest Resort
Kathmandu, Nepal

The Gokarna Forest Resort boasts breathtaking views of the Nepalese valley from all of its 95 rooms. Each room features a private bath and comfortable furnishings. A spa and golf course are on site.

Lemon Tree Premier Hotel
Delhi, India

Conveniently located, Lemon Tree Premier Hotel is about 2.5 miles from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. On site, guests can enjoy the hotel’s fitness center, swimming pool, spa, restaurant, and bar. Each of the hotel’s 280 guest rooms includes complimentary wireless Internet access, satellite TV, a minibar, coffee- and tea-making facilities, an electronic safe, and a private bath with a hair dryer.

Trident Hotel Cochin
Cochin, India

Located on Willingdon Island, Trident Hotel Cochin is near local attractions like the Paradesi Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, and St. Francis Church. Each of its 77 guest rooms features a private bath, safe, iron and ironing board, and coffee- and tea-making facilities.

The Lalit Mumbai
Mumbai, India

Situated in the heart of North Mumbai’s financial district, The Lalit Mumbai provides on-site amenities like an outdoor pool, spa, shopping facility, and several restaurants. Each of its 368 rooms offers complimentary wireless Internet access, an LCD TV, a minibar, and a private bath with a hair dryer (upon request).

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  • 33 meals—daily breakfast, 9 lunches, and 10 dinners (including 1 Home-Hosted Dinner)
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