10 Days in India!

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We traveled with Worldwide Adventures. We told our guide Sandy, what we had in mind for the trip, and he created this itinerary. It was the perfect blend of city sites and outdoor adventures. I am usually an independent traveler, but I was so glad to have someone who could speak the language, navigate situations, and show us the most incredible his country.

Day 1: 
Travel Day. Arrive in Delhi



Day 2: 
Rickshaw ride through the streets of Old Delhi. Shop the colorful bazaars. Visit Jama Masjid, the oldest mosque in India. Tour King Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar, the highest and oldest tower in India.



Day 3: 
Take a yoga in the morning. Tour the stunning Swaminarayan Akshardham Hindu temple. Visit the largest Sikh temple in Delhi, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, and help make naan for the homeless. Make sure to drive by India Gate and Parliament House.



Day 4: 
Drive to the “Pink City” and stop along the way to feed monkeys. Tour local factories that employ local women in need and manufacture blue pottery, hand woven rugs, marble, and eco friendly paper.





Day 5: 
Take an off-road Jeep ride to Amber Fort and then visit Palace of the Winds. Tour City Palace, the former royal residence. Go to the medieval observatory, Jantar Mantar.






Day 6: 
Hike through old Jaipur up to Jai Garh Fort and Nahargarh Fort. Have lunch at Caffé Palladio. Drive to Dera Amer and spend time with rescue elephants. Go on a trek through the Aravali Forest and have dinner on the property (This was one of my favorite experiences! I found the website here and found out that you can camp there overnight too!)





Day 7:  
Drive to Agra. Stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the walled city outside of Agra. Visit Mehtaab Bagh garden to see the Taj Mahal at sunset.



Day 8: 
Watch the sunrise from the Taj Mahal. Go on boat ride on the Yamuna River right behind behind the Taj Mahal. Rent bikes to explore the old city. Take a cooking class and learn local recipes. Visit Agra Fort.



Day 9: 
Start your day with yoga at Taj Khema overlooking the Taj Mahal. Have breakfast before driving back to Delhi.



Day 10: 
Travel Day, Arrive back home

More Info

Visa: Before you travel to India, you have to apply for a visa! The first time I went, I completely forgot and go to the Indian Embassy in San Francisco to request one in person.

Health: Get your Malaria and Flu shots before you go! Pack Imodium and Pepto Bismol. Don't drink non bottled water. Avoid raw fruits or vegetables. Don't eat food from street vendors. And most of all, just use common sense!

Safety: If you are a Westerner, you may feel uncomfortable by the stares, but keep in mind that most of the time others are just curious about you! Always be aware of your surroundings, don't wear a backpack or carry an open bag, try not to wear expensive jewelry, and use common sense.

Clothing: It's easy to under and over estimate how to dress modestly in India. It's not like anything is "against the rules" to wear, but it's more about how you feel about getting stared at. If you show your chest, shoulders, or above your knees you and others might feel uncomfortable. If you go in a temple or someone's home, be sure to take off your shoes.

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