Duration: 9 Days
Indian Adventure Extended
This tour starts in the amazing capital city of Delhi and travels the famous route of The Golden Triangle and Varanasi. You will visit Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi before returning to Delhi. The tour encompasses some of the most famous landmarks in India and extends to Varanasi where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon. This extended trip gives a more in-depth view of Indian life over the course of 9 days.
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The Edventure Travel Package
All Edventure Travel trips and tours can be customised to your personal requirements, this sample tour is designed to give you inspiration for your own trip. When you are ready to start planning, get in touch and we can design a bespoke package tour for your group. We will always make clear what is included and excluded in your quotation.
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- Accommodation based on bed and breakfast with students in multi-bedded rooms
- Teachers free of charge sharing twin rooms
- Full Time Tour Director
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary unless otherwise stated
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- Personal Expenditure
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- Tips for guides and drivers
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- Luggage in the hold of the aircraft
Depart the UK
Depart the UK and travel overnight to India.
Arrival in New Delhi
Arrive in New Delhi – India’s Capital City with colonial buildings established after the imperial capital of British India moved to Calcutta in 1911.
Visit Qutab Minar, Sikh temple, view the diplomatic enclave, Parliament House, India Gate and President Estate.
Travel to Jaipur
Visit Old Delhi and view the Red Fort made of red sandstone along the river Yamuna. Take a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk and see Jama Masjid, one of the most magnificent mosques in India. Take a visit to Raj Ghat memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.
Travel to Jaipur overland.
Spend the day in Jaipur and visit Amer Fort, the former capital of the Kachhwaha Rajputs overlooking Maotha lake, here you can experience traveling on an elephant to the fort.
Visit Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds – a monument built to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life and royal processions of the city. Continue to City Palace which is situated in the heart of the old city and is the principal residence of the ruling family.
Later explore Jantar Mantar, the largest of Jai Singh’s five remarkable observatories.
Enjoy a cultural dinner in the evening.
Drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri (the city of victory) which was the capital of the Mughal Empire with a complex of monuments and temples.
Visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India.
Today you visit the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world and the iconic symbol of India.
This afternoon visit Agra Fort which was built by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565.
Travel overnight on the Marudhar Express to Varanasi.
Spend the day in Varanasi area and visit Sarnath Village – Established by the Dalai Lama in 1971 and where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon. It is the only institute of its kind in the world, imparting education in the Tibetan language.
Experience the River Ganges by travelling on rickshaws to view the performance of ”Aarti” (prayers) being offered to the holy river. Witness the sight and sound of the bells, chanting of prayers and the floating lamps.
Varanasi to Dehli
Take a boat ride on the River Ganges and view the sunrise, enjoy a walk through the narrow streets of the city.
Take a flight back to New Delhi.
Depart and return to the UK.
New Delhi is India’s Capital City and is home to several historic sites and museums including the Gandhi Memorial Museum. Your students can visit the Gandhi Smriti, which is the location where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life and was assassinated in 1948. Then visit Rajghat, which is the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated and buried. Other famous landmarks include the India Gate which is built similar to the Arc de Triomphe; the Rajpath, which was built similar to the Champs-Élysées; the Jantar Mantar observatory which is used to compile astronomical tables and also predicts the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets; and take time out and view the beautifully landscaped gardens.
The Old Delhi was walled city founded in 1639 when the Mughal emperor decided to move the capital from Agra and it remained the capital of the Mughal Empire until its fall in 1857, when the British Raj took over power in India. The city was once filled with mansions, elegant mosques and gardens and it still serves as the symbolic heart of metropolitan Delhi to this day despite having become extremely crowded. You will find many of the historical attractions in the Chandni Chowk area, including the Red Fort. You can visit the many markets running through its streets where there are multiple products being sold. by wholesale sellers who have been selling their products for many years.
The Qutub Minar is a minaret that forms part of the Qutub complex which is surrounded by several historically significant monuments in the Mehrauli area of Delhi. The Qutub Minar is a 73-metre tall tapering tower of five storeys which contains a spiral staircase of 379 steps. At the foot of the tower is the Quwat ul Islam Mosque.
This is one of the most magnificent palaces in the world and is located in the centre of Dehli. This famous Red Fort is made of red stone and marble and was originally referred to as the blessed fort, because it was the residence of the royal family. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan on the right bank of the Yamuna River.
Visit this amazing monument with Edventure Travel and discover that the Taj Mahal was built in the memory of a Persian princess who died giving birth to her 14th child. This beautiful building illustrates the love story between Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and demonstrates the grief he felt after her death. The tomb is the central focus of the entire complex and is made from an ivory-white marble which houses his favourite wife and subsequently, the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. It is regarded as being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.
Amer Fort is constructed of red sandstone and marble, with large ramparts and a series of gates and cobbled paths. It is located high on a hill in Amer, Rajasthan and overlooks the Maota Lake which is its main source of water. Your group will see this amazing opulent palace is laid out on four levels, each with a courtyard. They can view its artistic style elements including the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) and see the temple dedicated to Shila Devi at the entrance to the palace near the fort’s Ganesh Gate.
When your group visit the mirror palace, they will see the ”magic flower” carved marble panel at the base of one of the pillars which depicts two hovering butterflies. The flower has seven unique designs including a fishtail, lotus, hooded cobra, elephant trunk, lion’s tail, cob of corn, and scorpion, each one of which is visible by a special way of partially hiding the panel with the hands.
The Tripolia gate translates as three gates and is the access to the palace from the west. It opens in three directions, one to the Jaleb Chowk, another to the Man Singh Palace and the third one to the Zenana Deorhi on the south.
The Lion gate or Premier gate was once a guarded gate and leads to the private quarters in the palace premises. The name ’Lion Gate’ was given to the gate to suggest strength. It was built during the reign of Sawai Jai and your group will discover that it is covered with frescoes. You will discover its zigzag alignment which is said to be made to elude attack intruders.
The City Palace is a unique and interesting complex which is still the residence of the Jaipur royal family. It now houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum and has several palaces, courtyards, gardens and temples that your group can visit. The palace complex has several buildings, various courtyards, galleries, restaurants, and offices of the Museum Trust.
Jaipur is known as the Old City or Pink City and your school will see how it still evokes the royal family that once ruled the region and where you can find many different kinds of handicrafts, jewellery, fabrics and even carpets. It gets its name from the iconic building colours and is a major tourist destination in India forming a part of the Golden Triangle. Attractions you can visit include: the City Palace complex; various Forts and Temples including the Amer Fort and the Govind Dev Ji Temple; the Jaipur Zoo; amazing parks courtyards and museums; and the Hawa Mahal which is a five-storey pyramidal shaped monument.
Agra Fort is the sister monument to the famous Taj Mahal and was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. It is the only fort in India where all of the early Mughal emperors lived. Other historic sites that your group can visit inside of Agra Fort are: Jahangir’s Hauz which is a monolithic tank used for bathing; Shahjahani Mahal palace which is converted from an existing red stone building and was the earliest palace in Agra Fort; the Muthamman Burj palace; the Shish Mahal summer palace with Its glass mosaic work on its walls and ceiling which glittered and twinkled in thousands of ways in the semi-dark interior.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Bangla Sahib is one of the most prominent houses of worship in Delhi, and is famous for its pool inside the complex, known as the ”Sarovar.” It was first built as a small shrine during the reign of Mughal Emperor, Shah Alam II. It is immediately identifiable by its golden dome and tall flagpole. Your group could also visit the nearby Sacred Heart Cathedral. The grounds include the Gurudwara, a kitchen, a large holy pond, a school, a hospital, a museum, a library and an art gallery. At the Gurdwara, visitors are requested to cover their hair and not to wear shoes.
The Golden Temple
Visit the amazing mythical Golden Temple which is a small part of the huge gurdwara complex. The tank, which surrounds the central shrine, is the focus of this complex and is ringed by a marble walkway. The tank is alleged to have healing powers, and pilgrims come from across the world to bathe in its sacred waters. The Golden Temple itself is an elegant marble lower level bejewelled with flower and animal motifs as seen on the Taj Mahal. The shimmering second level is covered in intricately engraved gold panels and topped by a dome covered with 750kg of gold. Priests and musicians keep up a continuous chant from the Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh holy book), in the gleaming inner sanctum, adding to the intense atmosphere.
Students will experience a different culture and gain an understanding of other nationalities, principles and values.
This trip offers students the opportunity to develop their independence and self-confidence by putting themselves into a new environment.
School trips can offer the opportunity for students to develop their relationships and interactions with others.
This trip can help develop a student’s motivation for the subject and inspire them when back in the classroom due to personal experience.
Knowledge and Perspective
Personal experience and close interactions with these locations can help students understand the subject and put it into perspective.
A trip can make a students engage with a subject and become more positive about a subject.
Students will work together in an unfamiliar environment and rely on each other for help.
Educating through a school trip can create a better understanding of a subject with hands-on learning. Students are engaged, enthusiastic and observant.
This trip can be a reward trip for students that have studied hard over the course of the year and can give them a well-deserved break with their friends.
Discover the Geological features of this amazing country where students will see the power of earths natural forces.