North India Trip

Starting Price $4000 per person
Trip Duration 12 Days
Availibility All Year
Activity Level Medium level of fitness
Highlights
  • Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat
  • Jama Masjid, Delhi
  • Chandni Chowk Bazaar
  • Presidential House
  • India Gate
  • Qutub Minar
  • Humayun’s Tomb
  • Agra Red Fort
  • Taj Mahal
  • Akbar’s Tomb at Sikandara
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Amber Fort and Palace
  • Jaipur City Palace and Museum
  • Colourful bazaars of Jaipur
  • Elephant sanctuary
  • Monkey Temple at Galtajj
  • Khejarla Fort
  • 11th Century Temple in Khejarla
  • Local villages famous for block printing, tie dye techniques, and other artistic and musical pursuits
  • Service project
  • Jodhpur, “The Blue City of India”
  • Mehrangarh Fort
What To Expect

1.2 billion people. A total immersion of the senses:

Brightly coloured clothes of every variety.

Pedestrians, taxis, tuk-tuks, and livestock flowing through the streets in a mesmerising chaos.

Street sweets like syrupy jalebis made on busy street corners.

Beautiful architecture unique to this region, including world heritage sites that tell the story of India’s diverse religious and political history.

Educational Benefits

India is the second most populated country in the world and also a growing world power, making it an important world location to understand and appreciate.

It also has a complicated and intriguing history and culture, told through the domes of its palaces and the archways of its many religious buildings. Identify the different dynasties of power and compare their legacy in India today, from people’s religious beliefs, to the food they eat, and customs they practice.

Learn about wildlife conservation in interacting with elephants, black buck deer, and monkeys on a jeep safari and through interacting with local villagers.

Customization

Student trip itineraries are completely customizable for your group’s desires and needs.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Travel to India

Board our group flight, destined for Delhi!

Day 2 - Welcome to India!

Arrive in Delhi to meet the Evolve Tour Guide and begin exploring the city.

Day 3 - Delhi Tour

Full day tour of Delhi, covering both New Delhi and Old Delhi. New Delhi is the brainchild of Lord Lutyen while Old Delhi was the capital city of Mughals known as Shahjahanabad. In New Delhi, drive down the long boulevards passing the Presidential Palace and the India Gate, as well as the leafy diplomatic neighbourhood.

Also see the impressive Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandi Chowk and the Gandhi Memorial at Rajghat.

Day 4 - Transfer to Agra

Take the Gatimaan Express, part of India’s famous and extensive rail system, to travel from Delhi to Agra.

Agra awaits, home to the Taj Mahal, one of the 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

That evening, head to the Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Center to watch a lively performance depicting the love story between Mumtaz Mahal and Emperor Shahjahan, who built the Taj Mahal in her memory.

Enjoy dinner back at the hotel after a long day of sightseeing.

Day 5 - Agra

Enjoy an early start to watch the domes of the Taj Mahal emerge in the pink light of sunrise. Return to the hotel for breakfast and spend the rest of the day exploring the Red Fort, where Emperor Shahjahan was imprisoned. Visit the room where he spied the Taj Mahal through a crack in the wall, thus looking upon the tomb of his beloved until his last days.

Also visit the Baby Taj, a tomb often thought to be the draft of the Taj Mahal, or Akbar’s Tomb at Sikandara.

Return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 6 - Agra - Jaipur

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, transfer by road to Jaipur, “The Pink City”, visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. Fatehpur Sikri is an extensive World Heritage monuments complex, built as the capital of the Mughal Empire.

Before Jaipur, visit another remarkable site at Abhaneri; the Chand Baori stepwells, where 3500 steps extend down 13 storeys, or 30 metres, into the earth.

Arrive in the city of Jaipur, with its hundreds of archways and colonnades over many palaces and impressively ornate buidings.

Day 7 -

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then walk up to the magnificent Amber Fort and Palace, where you can marvel at the intricate detail of the inlay and frescoes. Later on, enjoy visits to the Observatory, the City Palace, the Museum, and the Wind Palace.

In the afternoon, there will be free time for shopping in some of the colourful bazaars, which specialise in jewellery and traditional tie dye clothes.

Return to the hotel with newly purchased souvenirs and enjoy dinner and a good rest.

Day 8 - Jaipur

After breakfast at the hotel, make new friends with some local giants – get up close and personal with Indian elephants at an ethical farm and sanctuary.

Highlights during the rest of the day include Sanganer, famous for its tie dye industry, the Monkey Temple at Galtajj or a visit to a local school or newspaper.

Return to the hotel with an even deeper understanding of the local surroundings and enjoy a tasty dinner.

Day 9 - Jaipur - Khejarla

Enjoy a final breakfast in the hotel at Jaipur, before transferring to Khejarla, a village famous for its 400-year-old Fort, which now doubles as a heritage hotel. Upon arrival, our group will be greeted by the owner personally.

Be prepared for some wonderful hospitality and local vegetarian cuisine for dinner at the hotel.

Day 10 - Khejarla

Enjoy breakfast at the Fort, before an exciting jeep safari which will showcase the region’s extensive wildlife – black buck deer, nilgai, peacocks, lizards, and monkeys.

Return to the Fort for lunch and a relaxing swim in the outdoor swimming pool overlooking the latticework and turrets of the exterior walls.

After a relaxing afternoon, spend the evening strolling around the village. Visit local shops selling shoes made locally from camel leather, or bangles and other jewellery. Carry on to the historical 11th Century Temple, where a breathtaking sunset will transport you back to the era of the Rajputs.

From here, a camel cart will bring you to the farm, where home cooked dinner and snacks will be provided alongside local musical entertainment.

 

Day 11 - Khejarla and surrounding villages

The final full day in Khejarla involves some more local exploration, specifically to the villages of Pipar and Chandelao, where lunch will be provided. These villages are known for block printing and bustling marketplaces. Your tour guide will take you to visit a local NGO project which empowers women in their practices of local Rajasthani handicraft work.

Return to the Fort for one last delicious meal in Khejarla.

Day 12 - Khejarla - Jodhpur - Delhi

Enjoy an early breakfast at the Fort before transferring by road to Jodhpur, “The Blue City of India.” Visit the imposing Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada, an intricately carved mausoleum. Prepare for a bumpy ride as you board a tuktuk to weave through the main market and head for Ghanta Ghar, the clocktower which dominates the whole town.

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport, where a flight awaits for the return to Delhi.

Check in for the flight back across the Atlantic and take a moment to savour all of the incredible experiences you had in Northern India.

Transportation
  • Airfare
    Roundtrip group airfare to India
  • Train
    Gatimaan Express journey included from Delhi to Agra
  • Bus
    Private coach bus as needed for duration of tour
Accommodation
  • Hotels
    Centrally located, student friendly, 3 * minimum, acclaimed hotels, including heritage hotels and Forts
Food

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included daily on trip. Meals at locally owned and run restaurants and accommodations serving authentic cuisine sufficient for all diets, including vegetarians.

Did you know?

The Qutub Minar is the world’s tallest brick minaret – and you will see it in Delhi on this trip!