|Delhi||The Oberoi Maidens / The Lalit||2|
|Varanasi||The Gateway Hotel Ganges||1|
|Agra||Trident / The Gateway Hotel / Radisson Blu||1|
|Jaipur||Trident / The Lalit||2|
Day 1: Arrive at Delhi (Most international flights land at Delhi either in evening or at night). Our representative - a Travel Facilitator will meet you at the airport and escort you to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You will then be taken to your hotel where the facilitator will ensure a smooth check in. The next day’s plans are briefly reviewed and the facilitator will hand over your welcome package to you. Among other things, this package includes travel documents such as your air tickets, hotel vouchers, tips and schedules as well as copies of documents that were sent to you (such as our General Travel Guide) earlier.
Day 2: Delhi. Start your exploration of India with a guided city tour of Old Delhi. Drive, walk and ride through the ancient city’s streets and alleys; explore crowded and colourful bazaars. This excursion includes a visit to the Jama Masjid (1650 AD), the largest mosque in India. The Masjid (Mosque) is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture and is constructed of red sandstone and white marble. It is an active place of worship and its courtyard can accommodate 25,000 worshippers in a single prayer. You continue on to the amazing Red Fort that was finished a decade before the mosque. Both structures were built by Shah Jahan, the emperor that created the Taj Mahal. The great city inside the massive sandstone walls of the Red Fort offers visitors a large number of architectural and historical attractions; it was once known as the 8th wonder of the world. The Red Fort was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian, and European architecture. You will also experience a fascinating rickshaw ride in the ancient alleys of the crowded and colourful bazaar at Chandni Chowk. After these experiences, a short drive will take you to an oasis of calm and serenity, which also happens to be your last destination in Old Delhi. The cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Ghat) is a simple yet stirring memorial to the father of the nation. Lush lawns extend beyond the enclosure that surrounds the black marble platform occupying the spot where the Mahatma was cremated. An eternal flame burns next to the platform.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon - enjoy a city tour of New Delhi. This excursion begins with the awe-inspiring Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This 239 ft tall medieval tower is a symbol of victory and a beautiful example of Persian architecture from that period. There is a winding stairway inside the tower that goes up all the way to the balcony at the very top of the tower – unfortunately they are no longer accessible for visitors. The Qutab Minar and its monuments are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of the Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, stands one of the legendary Ashoka Pillars. This large iron pillar has withstood the ravages of Delhi’s weather (and recent pollution) and has not rusted in over 1500 years. After the Qutab complex you will be driven to visit the magnificent tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Delhi has such an abundance of amazing monuments that this Tomb Complex (1562 A.D.) does not quite get the acclaim that it deserves. It is Delhi’s third UNESCO World Heritage Site and its amazing architecture and the elaborate gardens (all currently undergoing restoration) will captivate you.
From the tomb you will proceed on a drive to Lutyens’ New Delhi. Time permitting, this drive will include photo opportunities at some of the following attractions - the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan or the President’s Home (known as Viceroy’s House during the British era), Delhi’s landmark structure India Gate, a golden domed Sikh Temple(Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), and the Birla Temple. The last part of this excursion is a drive through Connaught Place, which is New Delhi’s downtown.
Day 3: Delhi - Varanasi. You will be assisted with your check-out from your hotel and driven to the airport. Our representative will take you through boarding the mid-morning flight to Varanasi, where you will be driven to your hotel to check-in.
Afternoon - Experience a city tour of Varanasi that includes visits to some of the ancient temples that lay along the banks of the holy river. You will walk through the narrow lanes and through the crowded bazaars to discover a way of life that has not changed much over the past few millenniums.
Sunset cruise on the Ganga - Two of the highlights of your time in Varanasi are the sunset and sunrise cruises on the Ganga. You can float your own oil lamps while you watch the ancient prayer ritual and ‘lighting the lamp’ ceremony at sunset. Your boat ride ensures that you enjoy a great view of the hundreds of lamps as they are sent floating on the holy river.
Varanasi is famous for silk weaving.
Day 4: Varanasi - Start your day with an early morning boat cruise on the Ganga. The best time to visit the Ghats is dawn as that is when the pilgrims take their morning dip. It is also the ideal opportunity to experience some of Hinduisms ancient and iconic rituals. The most famous Ghat is the Dasadwamedh Ghat and that is where we begin this tour. You can simultaneously witness the ceremony of a recently deceased Hindu’s ashes being immersed in the river while, nearby, another Brahmin priest orchestrates the naming ceremony of a newborn. Just like the previous evening, your boat offers an excellent view of all the activity on the Ghats – women bathing discreetly while still wearing their sarees, priests offering prayers as they immerse themselves in the holy water, men that are oblivious to their surroundings as they practice yoga or meditate on the banks of the Ganga.
Return to your hotel to freshen up and pack.
Late morning - You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and driven to the airport.You board the flight to Khajuraho and are greeted by our facilitator who takes you to your hotel for check-in.
Late afternoon - Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. The world’s greatest monument dedicated to love is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Taj Mahal was completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 AD as a memorial to his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. This spectacular white marble mausoleum was created by about 22,000 skilled craftsmen and it took twenty two years to complete. When you experience the Taj Mahal with your Tour Guide and have them provide unique insights into its innumerable facets, some of their passion for this masterpiece may rub off on you! Explore the amazing Taj and its surroundings until it is time to admire the sun’s rays setting on the façade of the world’s finest monument.
Important Note: The Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday.
Agra’s artists are famous for their creations in inlaid marble.
Day 5: Agra. You now start your exploration you will visit the first red sandstone Agra fort of North India, the Agra Fort. It was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur of the Mughal Empire.
You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel and then you are driven to Fatehpur Sikri. Enjoy a guided exploration of this beautiful uninhabited city. It was built by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 A.D. and is constructed primarily out of red sandstone. The Emperor moved his capital from Agra to this city and then, a few years later, abandoned it, returning back to Agra. Visit the tallest gateway in the world, the towering Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory). In the northern part of the courtyard is the superb white marble tomb of Shaik Salim Chishti, built in 1570
Arrive at Jaipur and you are assisted with your check in at your hotel.
Jaipur is famous for its carpets, jewellry & handicrafts.
Day 6: Jaipur. Start your day with an excursion to Amber Fort & Palace, located 12 kilometres from the centre of the City. Just like the Emperors of a few centuries ago, enjoy the ascent up to the ramparts of the fort on top of a colourfully caparisoned elephant (jeeps are available instead of the elephants, if you so desire). The massive Fort complex was originally built by Raja Mansingh and is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture.
Explore the chambers and hallways, which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments. Return to the valley beneath the Fort on your elephant or jeep and proceed back to the Pink City.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon - enjoy a city tour of the walled city of Jaipur, including the magnificent City Palace. Visit Jantar Mantar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. After the observatory comes a photo opportunity of the ‘Hawa Mahal’ (Palace of the Wind). This intriguing facade was built in 1799 so that the ladies of the court could use its unique windows and observe the bustling bazaar, without being visible to the people on the streets. Continue the tour with an exploration of the City Palace, the former royal residence (a part of it is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible to the public), built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. This immense complex also houses a number of museums that offer a large and impressive collection of miniature paintings, costumes, and armoury.
Day 7: Jaipur – Delhi – International airport. You are assisted with your check-out by mid morning and then driven to Udaipur to board your flight to Delhi.
Arrive at Delhi and board your international flight.
You can use the remaining few hours you have to do some last minute sightseeing or shopping. We can make suggestions based on your interests.
Your vehicle and driver stay with you until your (usually late evening) assisted check in at the airport.
Our services end at Delhi airport.
Why Travel With Us?
As a country, India is so huge and multicultural that it sometimes gets overwhelming for an outsider to decide what to see stay or eat. Our hand-crafted itineraries take care of varied interests of our travelers and offer them a chance to see this great country at their own pace. We consult on-the-ground experts to help us create itineraries that maximize your traveling opportunities and convert them into explorations for you to cherish. When we create our tours, we adhere to the highest standards of responsible tourism. By partnering with local communities for our tours, each of our tours respects and sustains local lifestyles while giving you the ultimate in authentic travel. To know more how you can make the best out of your next vacations, please get in touch with us right away.
- 06 nights stay at the hotels on entire trip.
- Hotel accommodation on double occupancy basis.
- All transfers and sightseeing by your personal A/C SUV.
- Check-in time is 2 p.m. and check-out time is 12 noon for most of the hotels (but we can usually arrange earlier check-in).
- Breakfast at all the hotels.
- One cycle-rickshaw ride to explore the famous Chandni Chowk market in Delhi.
- Both Sunrise and Sunset boat cruise on the Ganga at Varanasi.
- Battery Van to the Taj Mahal from the nearest parking point.
- One elephant ride at amber fort, Jaipur.
- Entrance fees to the monuments as per the itinerary.
- Services of an English speaking guide as per the itinerary.
- Bottled mineral water for sightseeing/excursions and long drives.
- Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
- All currently applicable taxes.
- Any personal expenses such as tips, laundry and drinks.
- Any extra meals (other than those specifically laid down).
- Personal Travel Insurance, visa etc.
- Camera fees (both still and video).
- International flight tickets.
|Delhi||The Oberoi / The Imperial||2|
|Varanasi||Taj Nadesar Palace||1|
|Agra||The Oberoi Amarvilas||1|
|Jaipur||The Oberoi Rajvilas||2|
|Delhi||Four Point by Sheraton / The Royal Plaza||2|
|Agra||Four Point by Sheraton / Crystal Sarovar Premiere||1|
|Jaipur||Shahpura House - Heritage Hotel||2|
Humayun's Tomb - Delhi
Lotus Temple - Delhi
Ganga Aarti - Varanasi
Taj Mahal - Agra
Hawa Mahal - Jaipur
Monkey Temple (Galta Ji), Jaipur