India | Mysteries of India

10 days | 9 nights
TYPOLOGIES

Shared

DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. TRAVELERS

4 Passengers

$ 1649

Amazing Experience

 India a perfect synthesis of nature, vitality, spirituality, and regal legacy step into a world of captivating mysteries and vibrant color.  Experience everything India has to offer, from modern New Delhi to historic Old Delhi.

What's Included

2 nights in Delhi at Novotel New Delhi Aerocity or similar
2 nights in Jaipur at Fortune Select Metropolitan or similar
2 nights in Agra at Crystal Sarovar Premiere or similar
1 night in Lucknow at Fortune Park BBD or similar
2 nights in Varanasi at Madin Hotel or similar
10 meals: 9 breaks & 1 dinner
Transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English speaking local tour guide as per the program
Entrance fees to the places of visit as per the itinerary
Tour of Old Delhi including rickshaw ride
Morning visit to the Taj Mahal
Visit Amber Fort in Agra
Traditional dinner at a local restaurant with folk dance show
Sightseeing tour of Lucknow
Boat ride on Ganges River
Watch illumintated aarti ceremony
Packaged drinking water in the coach throughout

Services NOT included

Domestic flights for Lucknow – Varanasi – Delhi (approximately $280 per person)
Any room service, telephone charges, mini bar, gratuities, or tips
Personal expenses
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

Day by Day

Please Note While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.[/vc_column_text]

DAY 1 | Arrival in Delhi

Upon arrival at the Delhi International Airport, you will be met by a representative that will transfer you to your hotel for your stay.

Delhi is India’s capital and a major gateway to the country. Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.

| Overnight in Delhi

DAY 2 | Delhi

Following breakfast, explore Delhi, India’s capital city that sports a rich history spanning over 2,000 years. Arrive in old Delhi and ride in a cycle rickshaw (pedi-cabs) to the once water-filled square of Chandni Chowk. Discover the Jama Masjid, Delhi’s oldest mosque, before learning about the history of the Sikh religion at the Sheeshganj Gurudwara.

Continue to Raj Ghat, the memorial to Gandhi, built at the site of his cremation on the banks of the Yamuna River.

In the afternoon, ride past India Gate and the Government Secretariat buildings on the way to the Qutab Minar – the five-storied victory tower to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India by the first Muslim ruler, Qutab-ud-din Aibak.

| Overnight in Delhi
|  Breakfast

DAY 3 | Delhi – Jaipur

Follwing breakfast at the hotel, you will depart to Jaipur, known as the “pink city” for the abundance of pink plastered stone used to build its massive forts, magnificent palaces and exquisite temples. Jaipur – The city built in 1727 A.D by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II followed a grid system, which made it the only planned city of its time. A young Bengali architect Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya designed the city in accordance with Shilp Shastra – an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. There is far more to the city than just its famous monuments and to get a complete experience of Jaipur, uncover the mysteries of the bazaars and visit silversmiths, turban sellers and traditional markets. When you arrive Jaipur, you will check in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

| Overnight in Jaipur
|  Breakfast

DAY 4 | Jaipur

Morning visit the imposing Amber Fort. Set on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake, the fort is an authentic example of Rajput architecture and the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) is one of its spectacular buildings.

Next brief photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Its beehive-like structure is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, painstakingly outlined with white borders and motifs. Behind this elaborate latticed facade, the cloistered ladies of the court could watch the daily goings-on in the street below.

The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional meal with folk dance at a local restaurant in the town.

| Overnight in Jaipur
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 | Jaipur – Agra

Following breakfast at your hotel, you will head to Agra. This route takes you through the region’s typical villages, where you can appreciate various scenes of traditional life. Comfort stops are made en route. Upon arrival check in for your stay.

Agra was once a small village on the banks of the Yamuna, it was transformed by two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and his grandson Shah Jehan into the second capital of the Mughal Empire – Dar-ul-Khilafat, or ‘seat of the Emperor’ in the 16th & 17th century. A world of contrasting edifices of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys, bustling streets and small buggies, Agra retains the irresistible charm that made this the favorite city of the Mughals.

| Overnight in Agra
|  Breakfast

DAY 6 | Agra

We will depart to visit Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) in the early morning. It is fitting to see this extraordinary monument by the first light of day as its exemplary beauty is awe-inspiring and will create an unforgettable memory. Said to be one of the most elegant and a harmonious building in the world, Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 1630 AD to enshrine the mortal remains of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Fashioned from white marble with semi-precious pietra dura stone inlay work, it was described by Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore as “a teardrop on the face of eternity”.
Note: Timing subject to change based on the local sunrise timing

Return to the hotel for breakfast. The rest of the day is at your leisure for independent explorations.

| Overnight in Agra
|  Breakfast

DAY 7 | Agra – Lucknow

Post breakfast, head to Lucknow and check-in for your stay. Lucknow, otherwise known as “The City of Nawabs,” is an intriguing blend of old-world charm, warm hospitality, courteous people, beautiful architecture and rich heritage. The city also is the center for Chikan embroidery, renowned for its timeless grace and gossamer delicacy; it is a skill more than 2000 years old.

In the afternoon, enjoy the sightseeing tour of Lucknow visiting Bara Imambara. This monument was built as a relief measure for a devastating famine, in order to provide employment to the subjects of the state by Nawab Asif-ud-Daula. This is the world’s biggest hall with a 50-foot high ceiling, and does not have a single beam to support it. It is known for its simplicity of style, sheer proportion, symmetry, and unique acoustic qualities. Also, see the ‘Rumi Darwaza’ or the Turkish Gate and the Asfi Mosque. Also visit the clock tower which is made with similar precision of Big Ben and Husainabad Imambara, known for its beauty and pieces of décor. The interior is lavishly decorated with huge chandeliers, gilded mirrors, colorful stucco and Tazias in sandalwood, wax and zari. Also, ride down to the Husainabad Picture Gallery to view and made paintings of Nawabs of Oudh. In the evening return to your hotel.

| Overnight in Lucknow
|  Breakfast

DAY 8 | Lucknow – Varanasi

After a leisurely breakfast, spend the morning touring “British Lucknow”. Visit the Lucknow Residency where speechless walls are known to speak the gruesome tale of the 1857 mutiny where more than 3000 people were murdered to keep the Union Jack flying. Also visit the graveyard to pay our homage to named and unnamed soldiers who gave up their lives in the defense of The Residency. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly to Varanasi (flight not included, to be booked by agent). On arrival, assisted transfer to the hotel and check in for your stay.

Varanasi, is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India. The Ganges River which flows through the city is believed to have the power to wash away the sins of mortals. For the Satpious Hindu, the city has always been a special place, and it is considered a particularly auspicious place to die, ensuring an instant routing to Heaven.

| Overnight in Varanasi
|  Breakfast

DAY 9 | Varanasi

Early this morning, take a boat ride on the sacred Ganges. Hindus regard the Ganges as the elixir of life bringing purity to the living and salvation to the dead. Watch the wonderful colors of the sunrise as you meander along the sacred Ganges River in a boat. As part of their pilgrimage rites, the faithful walk down steps into the river to perform their religious ablutions. Watching the people worshipping at the ghats is an extraordinary experience. From here, continue on to visit Vishwanath Temple (Non Hindus/Foreigners are not allowed inside the temple complex) and take a walk through the old city bazaars. Return to your hotel for breakfast and later proceed to Sarnath. Later continue for Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. You’ll see impressive stupas, a large complex of ruined monasteries and the new monastery, built by the Buddhist Mahabodhi Society, which depicts the major events of Buddha’s life. At Sarnath, you will have the opportunity to have an interaction with a Buddhist Monk tolearn more about the religion from a monk’s perspective and observe a small prayer ceremony. As the day comes to a close, drive to the ghats alongside the banks of River Ganges to watch illuminated aarti ceremony. This blessing is an offering to the holy river in which Hindu holy men worship with flowers, incense, sandalwood, milk and vermilion. During this unforgettable evening, you will see oil lamps called diyas floating on the river and hear the sounds of countless jingling bells and people chanting mantras.

| Overnight in Varanasi
|  Breakfast

DAY 10 | VARANASI – DELHI (DEPART)

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport to fly back to Delhi (flight not included, to be booked by agent). From Delhi, check-in for your onward destination.

|  Breakfast

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