INDIA | Mysteries of India
10 DAYS | 9 NIGHTS
2 PAX MINIMUM
This is a country travellers fantasize about – exotic, oriental, ancient India. It is also modern, booming, chaotic India. Between the two lies a wealth of delights – the charm of a golden civilisation still alive and kicking after centuries and to be glimpsed as you turn the corner of a palace or a fort; as you hear the sweetness of the flute in the misty northern hills and the deep rhythm of the sitar at a mesmerizing performance; as you drive past the captivating sound of temple bells that ring out loud amidst the noise of a daily ritual prayer; as you wander into monuments adorned with precious stones – unguarded, still splendid; as you lie deeply relaxed drifting to music, massaged by the strong yet gentle touch of ayurveda healers.
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
Duration: 10 days & 9 nights
Travel Style: Shared
Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy
Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
VISA Requirements: Yes
A visa is required for travelers with a valid US passport.
Physical Rating: 2 – AVERAGE
Some tours may include light hiking, stairs, and rough off-road adventures.
Service Level: STANDARD
Tourists class accommodations and mix of public and private transports and tours, select meals included
Domestic flights for Lucknow – Varanasi – Delhi (approximately $280 per person)
Any room service, telephone charges, mini bar, gratuities, or tips
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Novotel New Delhi Aerocity
Located at a 7 minutes’ drive from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Novotel New Delhi Aerocity offers 2 family-friendly dining options including a 24X7 Sports Bar. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. The Delhi Aerocity Metro Station is 650 feet while Cyber City is 5.6 mi away.
The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, electric kettle, and mini-bar. The private bathroom comes with a shower and hairdryer.
Dining options include Food Exchange (a Multi-Cuisine restaurant) and Quoin (a Sports Bar) offering great food and drink selections.
Fortune Select Metropolitan
Across from Jaipur’s Nehru Sahkar Bhawan, Fortune Select Metropolitan features a rooftop swimming pool and spa. It also offers its guests free parking privileges and a fitness center.
Metropolitan Fortune Select is half a mile from central Jaipur. Jaipur Train Station and Dolls Museum are 2 miles from the hotel.
Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV providing cable channels. A minibar and tea and coffee-making facilities are also included. Each room has a safe.
Guests can get a tan on the sun deck or relax in the sauna. A tour desk is available to make sightseeing arrangements. Car rental and 24-hour currency exchange services are available.
Crystal Sarovar Premier Hotel
Offering free WiFi, Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra is located in the Taj Ganj district in Agra 1.2 mi from The Taj Mahal.
The rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a safety deposit box. Some rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. You will find an electric kettle, mini bar and a desk in the room. Rooms include a private bathroom equipped with free toiletries.
Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra features of a 24-hour front desk and express check in/check out services. A tour desk and concierge services are also available.
Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant. The property also offers breakfast in the room and packed lunches. Guests can relax and enjoy drinks with good music at the on site bar.
Fortune Park BBD
Fortune Park BBD in Lucknow provides adults only accommodations with an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and a bar. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. The property provides valet parking, a tour desk and currency exchange for guests.
Guest rooms has air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, an electric tea pot, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. Rooms are complete with a private bathroom equipped with free toiletries, while certain rooms at the hotel also offer a seating area. The rooms include a closet.
Some useful info about our tours (land packages).
UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)
All tours and entrance fees are included
All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES
International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates
A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates
Price are based on double occupancy
Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice.
All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.
Travel insurance is highly recommended.