Classical India

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This immersive journey unveils the majesty of classical India. Explore the iconic Golden Triangle – Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur – showcasing Mughal architectural wonders like the Taj Mahal and vibrant cultural experiences. Venture beyond the usual path to discover the charming Orchha with its majestic fort-palaces, the sensuously sculpted Khajuraho temples, and the spiritual heart of Varanasi on the Ganges.

Departure & Return Location

New Delhi International Airport

Departure Time

Price Includes

  • 09-night accommodation on sharing double/twin room basis with breakfast
  • Complete transport in AC vehicle with driver
  • Local English or Spanish speaking tour guide for sightseeing as per program
  • Accompanying guide from 10 pax onwards
  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi market and Varanasi
  • Jeep ride for uphill & downhill at Amer Fort Jaipur
  • Train ticket in AC Chair car from Agra - Jhansi
  • Boat ride in Varanasi
  • Presently applicable taxes

Price Excludes

  • Airfare, insurance or visa fees
  • Meals other than those specified in ‘package costs includes’
  • Entrances to monuments & activities
  • Camera or video fee
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Anything not in package costs includes

Complementaries

  • Warm welcome with fresh flower garlands at New Delhi International Airport
  • 02 water bottles per person per day
Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Delhi

Following a warm reception at the airport with fresh floral garlands by a representative or guide, guests will be transferred to their hotel. The representative will assist with check-in procedures upon your arrival at hotel. (Check-in times differ by hotel, but are typically between 1400 and 1500 hours.)

Overnight at the hotel in Delhi. 

Day 2Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel, proceed for sightseeing of New Delhi. 

The tour begins with a visit to Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, a serene Sikh temple. Take in the spiritual atmosphere and witness the community kitchen where volunteers selflessly serve meals. Next, embark on a drive past India Gate, a grand war memorial and prominent government buildings, showcasing the city’s modern architecture and historical significance. Stop at Laxmi Nayarayan Temple, also known as Birla Temple, built by the industrialist Sh. J.K. Birla in 1939, dedicated to Laxmi (the goddess of prosperity) and Narayana (The preserver). The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. Proceed to Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at the tallest brick minaret in the world. Explore the intricate carvings and the surrounding archaeological complex. Drive to Humayun’s Tomb, the most perfectly proportioned and captivating of Delhi’s mausoleums, the monument that strongly influenced the Taj Mahal. A photography stop at Lotus Temple, a stunning Bahá’í House of Worship known for its distinctive lotus flower-inspired architecture and serves as a place of meditation and prayer for people of all faiths.

Overnight at the hotel in Delhi. 

Day 3Delhi - Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for sightseeing of Old Delhi,

Starting your tour with visit to Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial complex. Visit Jama Masjid, one of India’s largest mosques, and immerse yourself in its architectural splendour. Rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi, absorbing the lively atmosphere and local life. Chandni Chowk (old Delhi market) one of the oldest and busiest markets, offering a kaleidoscope of colors, flavors, and cultural diversity, where narrow lanes are lined with shops selling spices, textiles, jewellery, and street food. Steeped in history, this bustling market provides a vibrant glimpse into Delhi’s rich heritage and serves as a delightful maze for exploration. A walk in the aromatic spice market, a sensory delight with its colourful array of spices and herbs. A photography stop at the Red Fort while you drive past the grand monument.

Later, drive to Jaipur (300kms/6hours). On arrival, check in and overnight at the hotel in Jaipur. 

Day 4Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel, proceed for sightseeing of Amer & Jaipur City. We start with Amber Fort. Uphill & downhill by Jeeps at the fort. Amber (pronounced Amer) is at a distance of about 11 kilometres from Jaipur. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was the bastion of the Kachwahas of Amber. The palace is a beautiful melange of Hindu and Mughal styles. The contrast between the harsh exterior and the inviting interior couldn’t be more surprising. During downhill, visit a very heritage structure – Panna-Meena ka kund, which is a square-shaped stepwell, with adjoining stairs on all four sides and a room on the northern wall.
We will make our way back to the city, en-route we will stop at Jal Mahal, Possibly the most serene sight amidst the chaos of Jaipur is the beautiful Jal Mahal Jaipur, the Water Palace. Short stops at the Jewel & Carpet Workshops in Jaipur are must to witness how the local artisans create marvels from raw materials.

Later in the second half of the day, visit Jantar Mantar, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is considered to be the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. It contains sixteen geometric devices, designed to measure time, track celestial bodies and observe the orbits of the planets around the sun.
City Palace, A beautiful fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture, the palace is still home to the last ruling royal family which lives in a private section of the palace.  The City Palace Complex includes the Mubarak Mahal (the palace of reception) and the Maharani’s Palace (the palace of the queen).
Before you start exploring the local markets, stop for photography at the one world’s most famous façade Hawa Mahal.

Evening free time for Jaipur local markets. Overnight at the hotel in Jaipur. 

Day 5Jaipur - Agra

Breakfast at the hotel & drive to Agra (280kms/5 hours). En-route visit the Chand Baori Stepwell at Abhaneri. 

Chand Baori is a stepwell situated in the village of Abhaneri in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It extends approximately 30m (100ft) into the ground, making it one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India.

On arrival in Agra, check in and overnight at the hotel in Agra. 

Day 6Agra

Sunrise visit of the Taj Mahal: Taj Mahal was built by a grief stricken Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is phenomenal not in its beauty alone that shines forth, but in the deep planning and design that went into its making, and the ethereal idea of immortalizing love.

After rest, proceed for a sightseeing of Agra. 

Agra Fort: Built by Akbar in 1565 A.D, this Fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the Fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including Moti Masjid, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas etc. Itmad-ud-daula: Built entirely in white marble and inlaid with semi-precious stones, this mausoleum on the bank of the Yamuna exhibits a strong Persian influence. Marble Workshop; local artisans showcase their skill of Marble Inlay work in these workshops. The artisans in Agra are believed to be the descendants of the artists who were actual workers of Taj Mahal.

Overnight at the hotel in Agra. 

Day 7Agra - Orccha - Khajuraho

Breakfast at the hotel and drive from Agra to Khajuraho. Enroute visit Orchha.

Visit the Orccha Fort, one of Bundela dynasties pride. Orccha Fort complex includes; Jahangir Mahal was built in the 17th century by the Bundela ruler, Veer Singh Deo. It was constructed to honour the first visit of Emperor Jahangir to Orchha. Raj Mahal Palace, a square structure in which two wings have five floors on three sides and four floors on one side, the ceiling of the royal chamber has been delicately painted with vibrant colours. Many other paintings, illustrating scenes from Ramayana and the glory of Bundela Court are hung on the walls of the palace.

On arrival in Khajuraho, Check in and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8Khajuraho - Varanasi

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed for sightseeing of Khajuraho.

Proceed for the sightseeing of Khajuraho, the Western group of temples includes the temples of Lakshmana, Matangeshwara, Varaha, Kandariya Mahadev, Chitragupta, Parvati, Vishwanatha and Nandi. This group of temples has approximately 870 marvellous sculptures engraved on the interior and exterior walls. Just after entering the Western group, the plaque on the right gives a brief introduction to the history of the Khajuraho. The main attraction of this place is a Shivling and the beautiful floral carving in the Sanctum of the temple. The three outer sections of the walls depict the sculptures of gods, goddesses and Hindu mythological creatures.

Later, drive to Varanasi (transfer to airport if flight is operating). On arrival in Varanasi, check in and overnight at the hotel. 

Day 9Varanasi

Early morning Ganges boat ride,  pass through many Ghats and experience the Ganges life. Each Ghat comes with its purpose, could be religious, for yoga, for cremation, for laundry or just for fun. A walk in the Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor brings you closer to the locals and their beliefs. 

The Bharat Mata Temple, built in 1918, has an unusual marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent inside.

Return to hotel for breakfast. Continue your tour with a visit to the Sarnath Museum & Stupa.

Your Sarnath tour brings you to, Dhamekh Stupa & Monastery Ruins: Set in a peaceful park of monastery ruins is the impressive 34m Dhamekh Stupa, which marks the spot where the Buddha preached his first sermon. Archeological Museum, This fully modernised, 100-year-old sandstone museum houses wonderfully displayed ancient treasures such as the very well preserved 3rd-century BC lion capital from the Ashoka Pillar, which has been adopted as India’s national emblem. Visit the temple here in Sarnath.

Late afternoon, transfer on rickshaws to the ghats for Ganges Aarti. 

In the evening, proceed for the Aarti ceremony at the Ganges. Start on an e-rickshaw ride which will navigate you through the chaotic street until you reach the pedestrian zone. Walk among the frenzy of locals reaching the famous Dhashashwamedh Ghat.

Overnight at the hotel in Varanasi.

Day 10 Varanasi - Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel, transfer to airport/railway station for Delhi. 

Tour ends on arrival in Delhi. 

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