Taste of India
Taste of India
Day 1: Kathmandu or Paro to Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be picked up from the airport by our local partner operator OpenEyes. Our partner works hard to support and empower local women, which is why they work with ‘Women on Wheels’ in Delhi, an organization that trains and employs women drivers. Delhi is a city of contrasts that is now divided into two zones: Old Delhi, which gives you a glimpse of how Delhi used to be during the Mughal reign, and New Delhi, a typical metropolitan city and India’s political center that is active and buzzing 24/7.
Begin your visit touring the India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (Residence of the President) and the Indian Parliament. Tour by vehicle or walk along Rajpat Avenue (the royal road) that connects the India Gate with the President's house. Experience a city walk through the narrow streets of Nizamuddin, the Sufi and sacred area in Delhi. The tour is guided by local youth who are trained to help you uncover the traditions, monuments, flavors, and history of this neighborhood which is a vibrant mix of old and new. Return to your hotel for the evening.
Inclusions: international flight to Delhi from Kathmandu or Paro, airport transfer, guided tour of Delhi, guide services, tips for driver (tour guide tips not included), accommodations.
Itinerary may vary depending of the flight arrival time to Delhi
Day 2: Delhi
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel by Women on Wheels, your drivers for another day in Delhi. Visit the tallest minaret in India “Qutub Minar” followed by a walk through the old part of Delhi to visit Gandhi’s grave near the lively district of Chandni Chowk, famous for its gold and silver merchants. In the afternoon, visit a local Sikh Temple. Explore the culinary culture of India's most focused city with a cooking course. Start with a visit a local market to pick out fresh spices & vegetables followed by a hands-on cooking class & delicious meal.
Inclusions: breakfast, ground transport, guided tour of Delhi, tips for driver (tour guide tips not included), cooking class, dinner, accommodations
Day 3: Delhi to Agra
After breakfast, start your journey to Agra. During the 5 hour drive, visit an elephant rescue centre and learn about the elephants that live there. You may even have a chance to walk with them and bath them. After your visit, continue the journey to Agra.
Inclusions: breakfast, ground transport, guided tour of elephant rescue center with the coordinator of the center, tips for driver (tour guide tips not included), accommodations
Day 4: Agra to Delhi
Visit the world-famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal, at sunrise. Visiting early will make for spectacular views and slightly fewer crowds. Return to your hotel for breakfast then head out for a guided tour of Agra Fort. In the afternoon, stop at Sheroe’s Cafe, a local shop run by women who are acid attack survivors. Here you can have lunch, read, relax, and interact with and learn more about these courageous women entrepreneurs. Later, begin your journey back to your hotel in Delhi.
Inclusions: breakfast, ground transport, guided tour of Taj Mahal and Fort Agra, tips for driver (tour guide tips not included), accommodations
NOTE: The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. If your trip happens to fall on a Friday, plan to tour the Taj Mahal during sunset on Day 3.
Day 5: International Flights from Delhi
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu or opt to fly home directly from Delhi
Inclusions: breakfast, airport transfer, international flight back to Kathmandu (if preferred)
Indian visa arrangement and fee (apply here)
trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)
international airfare and meals during travel
snacks during trek
beverages outside of designated meals
medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to expedition start date
round trip International flight from Kathmandu or Paro to Delhi
airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 5
3 nights accommodation in Delhi
1 night accommodation in Agra
meals as indicated on the itinerary
guided tours and entrance fees to Qutub Minar, Elephant Rescue Center, Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
cooking class with dinner in Delhi
water in the vehicle during the tour
tips for drivers
Single supplement of $215 USD applies
A 6 day version of this itinerary is available for those wanting to complete the “Golden Triangle” to Jaipur. Contact us for current pricing.
Extensions can be added to any standard expedition and are booked based on availability. Taste of India is operated by OneSeed's local partners and are not guided by OneSeed staff. This is a new destination for OneSeed this year, and while we've meticulously researched and test run the trip, unexpected surprises and hiccups may arise. Most of the time these will make the trip that much more of an adventure!
Extensions and extra nights are confirmed immediately upon receipt of payment. All extensions and extra nights are 100% non-refundable, non-transferable.