18-to-Thirtysomethings: Discover India and Sri Lanka (AHDS)
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Basic
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 18, avg 15
Meals Included: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Tour the famous Taj Mahal, explore the "Pink City" and Amber Fort, get a taste of village life with a traditional lunch, climb to the spiritual temple of Savitiri, enjoy dinner and traditional dancing, explore bustling Mumbai, check out the catch of the day at Kollam's fishing docks, learn about local plants uses at a Spice Garden, visit a tea plantation
Start with the hectic pace of northern Delhi before heading to the beaches of Goa and the fishing nets of relaxed Kochi in the first leg of this epic subcontinental journey. Finish it all off in the southern half of Sri Lanka, a culture-loving backpacker's dream. Here you'll get to discover beautiful ruins, hike through tea plantations, and chill out on Hikkaduwa Beach. And the best parts You'll do it all with a group of new friends.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 32 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Delhi||Day 1 Delhi|
If you arrive early, wander through the heart of Indias capital city and explore Old and New Delhi. Travel by the new metro or auto rickshaws and visit the famous Jama Masjid (Great Mosque) where you could climb the minaret for a birds eye view of the old city. Explore Chandni Chowk, one of Indias oldest and busiest markets or head to the colourful spice market -- a great photo opportunity. Additional Notes: Please note this tour departs Delhi early on Day 2, so book extra accommodation if you would like to explore the city. Day tours can be booked through the front desk of your hotel if you do arrive early. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Agra||Day 2 Delhi/Agra|
Agra is best known as the site of India's most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Enjoy a guided visit to this icon of Mughal architecture either in the morning or late afternoon for the best light (this depends upon your arrival time). You also have the option to visit the Agra Fort, the Taj's less famous-but no less impressive-sister monument. Included Activities: Taj Mahal Guided Tour Transport: Train (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Jaipur||Day 3 Agra/Jaipur|
Today we take a bus ride-always an adventure itself in India- to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, the former capital of a princely state of the same name. Clothed in pink stucco (in imitation of sandstone), Jaipur is known as the "Pink City" and is one of the most important heritage cities in India. It is home to India's second most visited site, the Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds". Take a cycle rickshaw to the markets and enjoy an orientation walk through the stalls. If you havent tasted one yet, this is a great place to try a delicious masala chai (Indian chai tea). In your free time, opt to visit the City Palace, the observatory, or check out a song-and-dance Bollywood film in Indias largest movie theatre. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: There will be a stop around the half-way point for snacks and toilets. Local bus (7.00 hour(s))
|Day 4||Jaipur||Day 4 Jaipur|
Enjoy a guided tour of the Amber Fort before having a free afternoon in Jaipur to explore the city. Included Activities: Amber Fort Guided Tour
|Day 5||Tordi Sagar||Day 5 Jaipur/Tordi Sagar (1D)|
Go on an included guided walk through the local village and opt to participate in a cricket match with some locals. Included Activities: Tordi Sagar Local Village Tour Transport: 4x4 (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Day 6||Pushkar||Day 6 Tordi Sagar/Pushkar (1B, 1L)|
Have a final taste of rural village life with a traditional lunch before travelling to Pushkar. This morning, travel to Ajmer and over Snake Mountain to Pushkar. The site of the world's only temple to the Hindu god of creation, Brahma, Pushkar is often called "Tirth Raj," the Raj (king) of pilgrim centres. After settling into our accommodation, we will take an orientation walk around Pushkar. Included Activities: Pushkar Orientation Walk Transport: 4x4 (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 7||Pushkar||Day 7 Pushkar (1D)|
Before dawn today, we climb to the hilltop Savitri temple. After the morning walk, there is nothing better than spending time at one of the many cafEs in town. All rested, head into the desert and enjoy to a traditional meal prepared and served by local cameleers, with gypsy dancers and music. Included Activities: Savitri Temple Climb Dinner in the desert
|Day 8||Udaipur||Day 8 Pushkar/Udaipur|
Continue south to lakeside Udaipur, famous worldwide for its plethora of breathtaking lakes and Raj-era palaces. It certainly lives up to its reputation as Indias most romantic city. With its own famous style of painting and plenty of artisans, Udaipur is a great place to stroll through. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (7.00-8.00 hours)
|Days 9-10||Udaipur||Days 9-10 Udaipur|
Free time to explore the "Venice of the East" with its lakes, palaces, and narrow lanes.
|Day 11||Mumbai||Day 11 Udaipur/Mumbai|
Take a local bus to Ahmedabad and explore the famous Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati. Overnight train from Ahmedabad to Mumbai. Included Activities: Gandhi Ashram Visit Transport: Local bus (5.00-6.00 hours) Basic overnight train (beds) (7.00-8.00 hours)
|Day 12||Mumbai||Day 12 Mumbai|
Opt to shoot a picture of the Gateway to India, facing westward out to sea, and stop in for a cup of tea at the famous Taj Hotel next door. From here boats leave for Elephanta Island (also called Gharapuri Island or place of caves), famous for is cave temples carved straight from the rock. People-watch on Chowpatty Beach or visit Crawford Market, one of South Mumbais most famous markets. Try some of the many local specialties at one of Mumbai's many top-notch restaurants, or go out on the town and sample the city's famed nightlife firsthand.
|Day 13||Goa||Day 13 Mumbai/Goa|
Relax on a beach, visit the many Portuguese-built monuments, wander around the old churches of Old Goa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and discover Panjim, the capital. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 14||Goa||Day 14 Goa|
Enjoy a free day to wind down in North Goa. Visit nearby beaches, scour the markets, and be sure to try to some delicious Goan cuisine and fresh seafood.
|Day 15||Kochi||Day 15 Goa/Kochi|
Fly to southern India and explore this major port city. Additional Notes: Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening followed by an optional dinner. Transport: Plane (3.25 hour(s))
|Day 16||Alleppey||Day 16 Kochi/Alleppey (1L, 1D)|
Leaving early to avoid the heat, enjoy the Jewish Town with its old curio shops and the more than 400-year-old synagogue. Travel afterwards to Alleppey, a golden streak of land woven with rivers, lakes, lagoons, and canals. In the afternoon, we check out the island with a local English-speaking guide and learn about the way of life here. Afterwards, settle into a homestay and get to know your hosts. Included Activities: Alleppey Guided Walk Alleppey Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 17||Kollam||Day 17 Alleppey/Kollam (1B, 1L)|
Travel to Kollam by bus after enjoying a morning ferry cruise. Included Activities: Alleppey Ferry Cruise Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 18||Varkala||Day 18 Kollam/Varkala|
Enjoy lots of free time to explore the town, relax with an Ayurvedic massage, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple. Included Activities: Kollam Fishing Docks Visit Neendakara Fishing Harbour Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
|Day 19||Varkala||Day 19 Varkala|
Spend time wandering the peaceful gardens of an ashram devoted to Keralas most eminent spiritual and social reformer and the mystical Janardhana Swamy Temple, or just head to the beach to relax and watch the Arabian Sea.
|Day 20||Kochi||Day 20 Varkala/Kochi|
Travel to Kochi and take an orientation tour visiting Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, and the Chinese fishing nets. In the late afternoon/early evening, opt to watch Kathakali dancing (a Kerala traditional dance form). Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (3.50-4.00 hours)
|Day 21||Negombo||Day 21 Kochi/Negombo|
Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening followed by an optional dinner.
|Day 22||Anuradhapura||Day 22 Negombo/Anuradhapura (1L)|
Transfer to Anurhadapura, stopping at a local village en route and share a meal with the community. Opt for a safari. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours)
|Day 23||Anuradhapura||Day 23 Anuradhapura|
Enjoy a free day to explore more of the region. Opt to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa Temple, or Dambulla Cave.
|Day 24||Kandy||Day 24 Anuradhapura/Kandy|
Visit a spice garden en route to Kandy. Opt to visit the Temple of the Tooth, take in a cultural show, or watch a cricket match. Included Activities: Spice Garden Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours)
|Day 25||Kandy||Day 25 Kandy|
Enjoy a free day to explore Kandy.
|Day 26||Nuwara Eliya||Day 26 Kandy/Nuwara Eliya (1B)|
Stop for breakfast at G Adventures-supported Sthree Craft Shop and CafE. Travel to stunning Nuwara Eliya. Visit a tea plantation and opt to explore the nearby hills on foot. Included Activities: Tea Plantation Visit Breakfast at Sthree Craft Shop and CafE Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
|Day 27||Ella||Day 27 Nuwara Eliya/Ella|
Opt to trek the trails of Horton Plains National Park in the early morning. In the afternoon, travel to Ella and enjoy a free evening. Choose to relax and explore Ella or participate in a traditional cooking class. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
|Day 28||Ella||Day 28 Ella|
Spend the morning trekking Little Adams Peak. Later, enjoy some free time in scenic Ella. Opt to trek to Ella Rock or take a local cooking class. Included Activities: Little Adams Peak Trek
|Day 29||Hikkaduwa||Day 29 Ella/Hikkaduwa|
Set off towards the southern coast stopping en route for a walking tour of Galle Fort. Finish the days journey oceanside on the beaches of Hikkaduwa. Included Activities: Galle Fort Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
|Day 30||Hikkaduwa||Day 30 Hikkaduwa|
Enjoy a free day to bliss out on the beach or go on a whale or dolphin watching tour.
|Day 31||Hikkaduwa||Day 31 Hikkaduwa|
Opt to relax on the beach or enjoy exploring this bustling beach town.
|Day 32||Hikkaduwa||Day 32 Hikkaduwa|
Depart at any time. Additional Notes: The Colombo airport can be reached by private taxi or bus. Your CEO can help you arrange a transfer. Included Activities: Departure Day
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.
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