Heart of India

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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,...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • 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.

What's this trip about?

    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.

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Details

Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 25 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityDelhi
End CityVaranasi

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Photography
  • Festivals & Special Events
  • Religious

Destinations

  • Asia
  • India

Attractions

  • Agra
  • Agra Fort
  • Amber Fort
  • Delhi
  • Jaipur
  • Jama Masjid
  • Khajuraho
  • Qutab Minar
  • Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
  • Red Fort
  • Taj Mahal

Activities

  • Culture
  • Festivals & Special Events
  • Historic sightseeing
  • History
  • Photography
  • River cruise
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • International airfare, airport transfers, government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges unless you choose to make your own air arrangements
    • All land transportation and 3 internal flights
    • Accommodations for 14 nights in hotels and 1 night at an OAT camp
    • 33 meals—daily breakfast, 9 lunches, and 10 dinners (including 1 Home-Hosted Dinner)
    • 25 small group activities
    • Services of a resident, English-speaking OAT Trip Leader
    • Gratuities for local guides, drivers, camp staff, and luggage porters
    • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit toward your next OAT trip—an average of $272 Please note: The information above is for the Heart of India main itinerary only. Our 19-day Nagaur and Pushkar Festival itineraries include 2 extra days in India, with an additional night’s accommodation in an OAT Camp in Rajasthan and 7 additional meals (2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, and 4 Dinners).

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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 ...
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 (i...

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 cant...

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 loc...

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, w...

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 ...
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 hum...

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 t...
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 e...
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 a...
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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Accommodation

,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. Extensions 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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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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Meals Included
  • 33 meals—daily breakfast, 9 lunches, and 10 dinners (including 1 Home-Hosted Dinner)
Age Requirements
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