India: A Touch of Adventure


Country Information

India, Nepal & Sri Lanka

India: A Touch of Adventure Inspired Expeditions

(Countries Visited)

India, Nepal & Sri Lanka


(Interest Type(s))

Adventure Travel


(Tour Length)

16 Days


Tour Highlights

Starting at: $11,200

“Since my first trip to India, I have been amazed by its outstanding culture and enigmatic lifestyle.  I also love outdoor and adventure activities.  As I was touring all these wonderful places, I started to wonder how I could add more adventurous activities.  How could I do that when visiting these places?  I imagined touring the crowded streets of Delhi early in the morning on Segway!  Then I discovered that we could do a zip-line ride in Jodhpur from one of the biggest forts in India, Mehrangarh Fort, which sits 400 feet above the city.  From an old outpost, we travel by camelback into the desert, visiting traditional villages along the way. And at Kabini, we go to a completely different habitat, an uncrowded area of Nagarhole National Park, where we set out on a wildlife safari by boat or vehicle.  For me, this trip offers a perfect blend of activity with cultural and historic sites and authentic encounters.”  Gisela Polo, Destination Specialist 

  • Enjoy a Segway tour in Delhi, a Zip-line adventure in Jodhpur and an elephant-back ride up the massive ramparts of Jaipur’s Amber Fort
  • Discover the sweeping Rajasthan desert and traditional villages on a camelback excursion
  • Climb the 1,000 steps of Chamundi Hill in Mysore to explore the 2,000-year-old Chamundeswari Temple complex
  • Explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Delhi, from the 17th-century Red Fort to the dramatic 12th-century Qutub Minar, the second highest tower in India
  • Discover Kabini, an established wildlife destination that encompasses the southeastern part of Nagarhole National Park, with activities that include guided bird watching walks, elephant encounters, a visit to Kuruba village, safaris by vehicle and boat

Day 1:  Arrive Bangalore, India
Upon arrival, after clearing your immigration and customs, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel with necessary assistance.  Shreyas Retreat - Garden / Poolside Cottage

Day 2:  Bangalore / Mysore 
Explore Bangalore’s historic sites.  Vidhan Soudha, the State Secretariat, built in 1954, is the main attraction of this city.  It is a marvel of modern architecture with its blend of traditional Dravidian and modern styles.  Cubbon Park, the 120-hectare park, has a number of neo-classical styled government buildings.  The Government Museum of Bangalore (one of India's oldest museums) and Visvesvaraya Technological and Industrial Museum are interesting museums.  The Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens is located on the southern fringes of the city.  The 18th-century Tipu Sultan's Fort and Palace is a magnificent structure built entirely with French rosewood and stands adorned with pillars, arches and balconies.  The 16th-century, Dravidian-styled temple was a style of architecture that emerged thousands of years ago and consists mainly of pyramid-shaped temples that are dependent on intricate carved stone in order to create a step design consisting of many statues of deities, warriors, kings, and dancers.  Continue on to Mysore.  Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.  Wind Flower - Premier Mountain View Room (B)

Day 3:  Mysore
Set out this morning on a combined walking and cycling tour.  Climb up the 1,000 steps of Chamundi Hills, passing half-way up an enormous granite Nandi bull that was carved out of solid rock.  It is one of the largest in India.  Visit the temples once on top, including the 2,000-year-old Chamundeswari Temple.  It started as a small temple but over the centuries, as a result of the patronage and expansions made by the Mysore Maharajas, it is now quite large.  At one time, it was the site of human and animal sacrifices, which ended in the 18th century.  Ride down a winding road, taking in local countryside, including Lalitha Mahal Palace, the maharajah’s riding stables, the race course and zoo.  Tour Mysore, an easy-going city famous for silk, sandalwood and incense.  Mysore Palace, built in Indo-Saracenic style is one of the largest and most brilliant palaces in India with colorful interiors of stained glass, mirrors, gilt, carved wooden doors, mosaic floors and exquisite paintings.  Wind Flower - Premier Mountain View Room (B)

Day 4:  Mysore / Kabini
First on the agenda today is Srirangapatnam, the ruins of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan's capital from which they ruled much of Southern India during the 18th century.  On the banks of Calvary River, a fortress withstood enemy attacks, including the British.  Daria Daulat is the summer capital of Tipu and has beautifully painted and gilded interiors.  Close to the river is the mausoleum of Tipu, 'Gumbaz'.  Continue on to Kabini, and check into your hotel.  Orange County Resort - Cottage (B)

Day 5:  Kabini
Kabini is one of the most popular wildlife destinations in Karnataka.  It is easily accessibility, and the lush green landscape surrounds a large picturesque lake.  Wildlife sightings include large herds of elephants.  It encompasses the southeastern part of Nagarhole National Park.  Situated on the banks of River Kabini, this forest reserve is spread over 55 acres of forestland and water bodies.  Once a private hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Mysore, Kabini became a popular spot for British viceroys and Indian royalty.  Now it is considered to be one of the best wildlife areas in Karnataka.  Activities include guided bird watching walks, elephant encounters, a visit to Kuruba village, safaris by vehicle and by boat.  Orange County Resort - Cottage (B)

Day 6:  Kabini / Bangalore / Delhi
After breakfast, fly to Delhi.  Upon arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel.  The remainder of the day is at leisure.  The Imperial - Grand Heritage Room (B)

Day 7:  Delhi
This morning is a special treat – a Segway tour.  These personal transporters are fun and a great way to tour an area such as Rajpath including Secretariats, Rashtrapati Bhavan, parliament, ministry buildings on Rajpath, Amar Jawan Jyoti and the India gate.  After your Segway tour, begin an exploration of explore both Old and New Delhi.  Old Delhi is an ancient walled city.  Red Fort was built between 1638 and 1648, within the walled city of Old Delhi and served as the residence of the Mughal Emperors.  It also served as the capital of the Mughals until 1857, when Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled by the British Indian government.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the fortress palace was an important focal point of the medieval city of Shahjahanabad.  The fort lies along the Yamuna River, which fed the moats that surround most of the wall.  Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of Yamuna River.  It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation in 1948, a day after his assassination.  The foundation of the historic mosque of Jama Masjid was begun in 1650.  It took over 6,000 workers a period of six years to complete.  It has three great gates, four towers and two 40 meter high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble.  The whole of the western chamber is a big hall standing on 260 pillars all carved from Hindu and Jain traditions.  Chandni Chowk is the major street that runs through the middle of the walled city, from the Lahori Darwaza (Lahore Gate) of the Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjid.  Originally, a canal ran through the middle of the street as a part of the water supply scheme.  It is said that moonlight reflecting on its canal, earned it its name, Chandni (Moonlit).  Qutub Minar, built in 1193, is the second highest tower in India, after the Fateh Burj or "Victory Tower" at Chappar Chiri village in Punjab’s Mohali district.  The minaret is made of fluted red sandstone covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Qur'an.  Numerous inscriptions in Parso-Arabic and Nagari characters in different places of the Minar reveal the history of Qutb.  Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, to the northeast of Minar, was built by Qutbu'd-Din Aibak in 1198.  The nearby Iron Pillar is one of the world's foremost metallurgical curiosities, standing in the famous Qutub complex.  The India Gate is the national monument of India in the heart of New Delhi, and was built in 1931.  Following India's independence, the India Gate became the site of the Indian Army's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  The Imperial - Grand Heritage Room (B)

Day 8:  Delhi / Jodhpur / Jaisalmer
Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Delhi airport in time to connect your onward flight to Jodhpur.  Upon arrival, you are met and driven Jaisalmer.  Your hotel, The Serai Jaisalmer, a small luxury desert camp and spa set in 30-acres of a 100-acre estate in the Great Thar Desert.  There are just 21 tented suites, each covering over 1,000 square feet.  The Serai - Luxury Tent (B)

Day 9:  Jaisalmer
Following breakfast, explore the Jaisalmer Fort’s residential areas, where one third of the population of the old city lives.  The design of houses remains as they were a couple of centuries past, and are arranged in narrow lanes with small windows.  This is the city believed to be the home of the most handsome men and women in Rajasthan.  This afternoon travel to Sam Desert, a desert outpost, where you will venture into the desert on camels.  En route, visit a few desert villages, which have a sprinkling of huts.  The rough terrain does not support cultivation, hence the entire village work as causal laborers in road works or community projects.  Watch the sun set on this huge expanse of the desert.  Return to the city and your hotel.  The Serai - Luxury Tent (B)

Day 10:  Jaisalmer / Jodhpur 
Following breakfast, you are driven to Jodhpur.  Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.  This evening at Jodhpur we decide to go native riding horse carriages to the Clock Tower Bazaar.  This is one of India’s largest and most colorful wholesale markets especially with respect to clothes, fabrics, spices, vegetables etc. watch out for the pavement shops with all their wares spread out including a laughing set of dentures of the pavement dentist!  Raas - Luxury Room (B)

Day 11:  Jodhpur
Begin the day with an exciting Zip line ride at Mehrangarh Fort!  A 20-minute hike up the hill leads to the first station, where you have a brief safety talk before your thrilling zip line journey.  Mehrangarh Fort towers over the city, one of the largest forts in India.  It is situated 400 feet above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls.  Within are several palaces known for intricate carvings and expansive courtyards.  Some of the walls still bear cannon marks.  Today this magnificent Jodhpur fort is a living testimony that recounts the chronicles and legends of Jodhpur's rich past.  Jodhpur was home to the Rathore rulers.  Visit Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial, built out of intricately carved sheets of marble.  These stones are extremely thin and polished.  As a result, the outside surface of the monument emits a warm glow when the sunrays fall on its surface.  There is also beautiful marble jali work on the cenotaph.  Raas - Luxury Room (B)

Day 12:  Jodhpur / Jaipur  
Following breakfast, drive through the countryside some six hours to Jaipur.  Upon arrival, check in to your hotel, with the remainder of the day you are free to pursue your own interests or just relax.  Oberoi Rajvilas - Premier Room (B)

Day 13:  Jaipur
Explore the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside of Jaipur.  At the foot of the hill, you will begin your ascent by vehicle or by elephant up to the main gate.  The fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.  Amber Fort is located in the small town of Amer, 6.8 miles from Jaipur.  It is known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu Rajput elements.  The fort has large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths.  At the entrance to the palace near the fort’s Ganesh Gate, there is a temple dedicated to Sila Devi, a goddess of the Chaitanya cult, which was gifted to Raja Mansingh in 1604 when he defeated the Raja of Jessore, now part of Bangladesh.  In the city, the imposing City Palace is still the residence of the royal family, however, several of the rooms are now open to the public.  The construction of the palace complex began in about 1699.  It is laid in a grid pattern with wide avenues.  It is a unique and arresting complex of several palaces, pavilions, gardens and temples.  The most prominent and most visited structures in the complex are the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani's Palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.  All of its monuments are stucco painted 'pink' and since then the city has been called the "Pink City".  The change in color scheme was as an honor of hospitality extended to the Prince of Wales (who later became King Edward VII) on his visit.  Chandra Mahal is a seven-story building with unique paintings, mirror work on walls and floral decorations.  It has screened balconies and a pavilion at the roof from where a panoramic view of the city can been seen.  The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734.  The Jaipur Observatory is the largest and best preserved of these.  It is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Oberoi Rajvilas - Premier Room (B)

Day 14:  Jaipur / Agra 
Following breakfast, set out for Agra, en route stopping at 16th-century Fatehpur Sikri.  The richest period of history can be attributed to the Mughal period.  This is officially a city and a district but in reality, this historical façade is a mere ghost town of the past.  Well preserved, Fatehpur Sikri was built to support a sprawling ancient city.  Some 15 years after the town was built, water resources began to run out and there were disturbances from the Northwest frontier so the city was abandoned.  This phantom city is immaculately preserved within wherein one can witness various monuments which are architectural wonders from the Mughal times.  From the Buland Darwaza, the main entrance to this ancient city, to the Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti, there are numerous noteworthy monuments.  Continue your drive to Agra.  In the afternoon, investigate Agra Fort and the fabled Taj Mahal.  Agra Fort features its imposing turrets, gateways and a moat.  The beauty of its inner quadrangle is seen in its fine proportions and rich ornamentation, as well as the position of the doors, windows and colonnades.  Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  While the white-domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures.  The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen.  The result is s stunning complex with the mausoleum as the main attraction.  Millions come to watch its many colors evolve with the day - pink in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden when the moon shines.  Oberoi Amarvilas - Premier room with Balcony (B)

Day 15:  Agra / Delhi  
Following breakfast, you will be driven to Delhi.  Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.  The rest of the day is yours to use as you wish.  Oberoi Gurgaon - Luxury Room (B)

Day 16:  Delhi / Depart
Today, you will be transferred to your onward destination in time to connect your onward flight for your onward destination.

Land cost, per person, double occupancy:  Starting from $11,200

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