Destination

India

Duration

12 Days

Price

From $2,998 pp

Indulge your senses as expert guides take you into the heart of India’s vibrant history, culture and cuisine. Explore the most dazzling sites of Delhi: the Presidential Palace, the Jama Masjid, India’s oldest mosque, the glittering bazaar, the delicious spice market. Ascend the Fort Palace of Jaipur on elephant back, a journey fit for kings! Marvel at the beauty of Shah Jahan’s Taj Mahal as the dawn sky becomes ablaze in brilliant color. Enjoy the glory of this monumental site unfold with a theatrical performance of the eternal love story that existed between Shah Jahan and his beloved wife, Mamtaj Mahal. Explore the Western group of temples in Khajuraho where a sound and light show will invite you to dive into the tale of their royal origins. A tour of the ancient city of Varanasi will bring your unforgettable experience of the Classics of India to a Travelous end!

Days Activities Accommodations
Day 1
Delhi
  • Airport Transfer (Arrival)
Taj Mahal - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2
Delhi
  • Delhi Full Day Tour (Lunch Included)
Taj Mahal - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 3
Jaipur
  • Delhi - Jaipur
Fairmont - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 4
Jaipur
  • Jaipur City Tour w/Amber Palace (Lunch Included)
Fairmont - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 5
Agra
  • Jaipur - Agra via Fatehpur Sikri
  • Agra - Theatre Visit
ITC Mughal - Mughal Chambers
Bed and Breakfast
Day 6
Agra
  • Agra City Tour w/ Taj Mahal
  • Dinner at Peshawari
ITC Mughal - Mughal Chambers
Bed and Breakfast
Day 7
Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho
  • Train Station Transfer
  • Train: Agra - Jhansi
  • Jhansi - Khajuraho Transfer w/ Orchha (Lunch Included)
The Lalit - Temple View Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 8
Khajuraho
  • Khajuraho Temples
  • Sound & Light Show
The Lalit - Temple View Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 9
Khajuraho - Varanasi
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)
  • Flight: Khajuraho - Varanasi
  • Airport Transfer (Arrival)
  • Evening Aarti at Ganges
Taj Gateway Varanasi - Executive Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 10
Varanasi
  • Varanasi City Tour
  • A Trip to Sarnath
Taj Gateway Varanasi - Executive Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 11
Varanasi - Delhi
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)
  • Flight: Varanasi- Delhi
  • Airport Transfer (Arrival)
  • Red Fort Sound & Light Show
ITC Welcome - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 12
Delhi
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)

Day 1
Delhi

Welcome to Delhi! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by one of our local Travelous, English-speaking representatives who will be holding a sign with your name printed on it. At your hotel, you will receive the traditional Indian welcome with your own garland of flowers and a red tika, placed on your forehead as a traditional sign of respect.

Delhi, India's capital and political hub is an ancient city that has something for everyone! Settled seven times over the centuries, this city has grown in a way that reflects its past, while retaining its cosmopolitan flavor. Delhi showcases unique architecture, profound religion, colorful shopping, vibrant culture; everything is available here and waiting to be discovered!

Taj Mahal New Delhi - Deluxe Room

Day 2
Delhi

Enjoy a full day tour of Delhi, starting with a drive past the India Gate (World War I Memorial), The Presidential Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat buildings - an interesting blend of Victorian and 20th century architecture. Head to old Jama Masjid, - the largest mosque in India and wonder at the magnificent Red Fort (Closed on Monday) - a marvel in red sandstone, built on the banks of River Yamuna by a Mughal Emperor.

Then, enjoy a ride on a pedicab while exploring the streets in the moonlight square, popularly known as "Chandni Chowk". Chandni Chowk offers a colorful insight into Delhi"s life and has a large number of lanes each of which is different, with its own atmosphere. The two main areas you will visit in Chandini Chowk are: "Khari Baoli," the largest wholesale spice market of Asia where you will have a unique experience here viewing the loading and unloading process; ""Kinari Bazaar," is a whole retail market that has tightly packed stalls selling manner of glittering gold and silver trimmings for weddings and festival decorations.

Lunch is planned in Delhi"s famous Olive Bar & Kitchen, a contemporary restaurant offering Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant is located in the neighborhood of the famous Qutab Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, constructed with red sandstone and marble minaret. Finally, visit the mausoleum of emperor Humayun - a forerunner of the Mughal style of architecture.

Drive back to the hotel through Lutyen"s Delhi, the parliament house and the presidential palace.

Taj Mahal New Delhi - Deluxe Room

Day 3
Jaipur

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and drive to Jaipur. You will arrive after an approximate five-hour journey that will be mostly on a modern highway. Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City, was founded in 1727 AD by one of the greatest rulers of the Kachhawaha Dynasty - the astronomer King Sawai Jai Singh. It is the capital of the colorful state of Rajasthan and a jewel of a city, forming one point of the "Golden Triangle."

Fairmont - Deluxe Room

Day 4
Jaipur

After breakfast, you will embark on an incredible sightseeing tour of Jaipur!

Visit the Amber Fort, which is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace, with its rugged, time-ravaged walls and fascinating palaces inside. Ascend the fort palace on elephant back in the manner befitting the kings who called this place home. Visit the enchanting palaces and gardens inside the fort palace to complete your tour. On your way back, stop at Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds), for a chance to capture this amazing sight on camera and as it is in the heart of Jaipur"s shopping district, to buy souvenirs.

Today, lunch is arranged at the Rambagh Palace Hotel at the Suvarna Mahal. Its menu is as opulent as its ambience - culinary masters have carefully studied the cuisines of the royal houses of India to bring you an exotic array of dishes.

After lunch, visit the City Palace, the former residence of the royal family, part of which is converted into a museum. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh of the area in the old city. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. The observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition.

Fairmont - Deluxe Room

Day 5
Agra

After an early breakfast, start your drive to Agra, visiting Fatehpur Sikri on the way. Situated about 20 miles from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was the former capital of the great Mughal ruler - Emperor Akbar. This magnificent fort palace had to be abandoned after just 15 years of occupation due to lack of potable water. The drive is about 6 Hours.

This evening, visit Kalakriti Theatre to watch a magical portrayal of the true and immortal love story of Shah Jahan (creator of Taj Mahal) and his wife Mumtaj Mahal. This song and dance extravaganza also allows you to catch a glimpse of the famous classical dance styles of the region, mixed with contemporary dance.

ITC Mughal - Mughal Chambers

Day 6
Agra

Your full day tour allows you to visit the jewels of the Mughal period today. Visit a perfectly proportioned marble mausoleum Itmad-ud-Daulah. Built by Empress Noor Jahan, the wife of Shahjahan in memory of her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg during 1622-28 AD. The first building to be constructed of pure marble in Moghul India, this two-storey mausoleum is small but perfectly executed, embellished with coloured stone inlay and filigree marble screens.

Explore the Great Fort of Agra, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Originally planned as an impregnable military structure by Akbar, the Agra Fort, over a period of time, acquired all the elegance, lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace an imposing structure with walls of red sandstone, almost 3 kilometres (two miles) long. The eastern part of the fort (the only part open to visitors) contains palaces, audience halls and mosques built by all the three emperors. The fort presents a good sampling of their favoured architectural styles. The Diwan-i-am (public audience hall) once housed the fabled peacock throne, which incorporated virtually all the important gems of the imperial treasury. The beautiful Diwan-i-khas (private audience hall) and the magnificent Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) are other attractions within the fort.

The highlight of the tour is the visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal (This tour takes place either at sunrise or sunset). A symphony in white marble, a tribute to eternal love, it was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. There are tombs of Mumtaz and Shahjahan within the mausoleum. Done in white marble, it took 22 years and over 20,000 workers and craftsmen to complete this rhapsody in stone (1630-52 AD). The main structure is set amidst landscaped gardens. While on three sides it is surrounded by high walls, the rear is bound by the river Yamuna.

Dinner is arranged at a specialty restaurant - Peshawari. Enjoy the authentic flavors of the northwest frontier in barbecued specialties and baked Indian breads prepared in the restaurant"s open kitchen. Peshawari believes in educating its guest in the way Tandoor food is to be enjoyed and hence cutlery is not a part of the design. The guests are also provided with aprons instead of napkins to protect their clothing. A true authentic Indian experience.

ITC Mughal - Mughal Chambers

Day 7
Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho

Transfer in private vehicle with English Speaking driver from your hotel to the train station.

Board Shatabdi Express the fast executive train to Jhansi from Agra train station.The journey is about two and a half hours.

Upon arrival in Jhansi, you will be met by a local guide at the railway station and driven to Orchha for sightseeing. Visit the Jehangir Mahal, the most grandiose structure in Orchha; the Raja Mahal, another monument of historical importance and the Rai Praveen Mahal. With their rich historical background, these places hold great value for the legacy of Orchha.

In the part of central India also known as Bundelkhand, the monument of Orchha stands testimony to the grandeur of the Bundela style of architecture. Orchha provides a reflection of rich Indian heritage with monumental marvels and its fascinating architecture.

After a delicious lunch at a hotel in Orchha, you will continue to drive to Khajuraho.

The Lalit - Temple View Room

Day 8
Khajuraho

This morning, you will proceed on a half day visit to the Khajuraho Temples. Your tour begins with a visit to the Eastern Group of temples. This group comprises of two historic Jain temples -the Adinath Temple lavishly embellished with sculpted figures, and the Parsvanath Temple,the largest Jain temple, sculpted withcharming detail. There are other shrines such as the Vamana Temple with apsaras in sensuous poses, and the Javari Temple that has a richly-carved doorway. Continue to the Western Group of temples which are entirely Hindu, and constitute some of the finest examples of Chandela art at its peak. The largest being the Kandhariya Mahadev dedicated to Lord Shiva, followed by a granite temple - Chaunsath Yogini. The Chitragupta Temple is dedicated to the Sun God, while the Vishwanath Temple sports a three-headed image of Brahma -the Creator of the Universe. The Lakshmana Temple is superbly decorated, while the Devi Jagdambi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Other temples in the Western Group includethe Varaha Temple with a nine-foot high boar-incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Matangeshwara Temple with an eight-foot high lingam, and the Brahma Temple.

In the evening, enjoy a sound & light show at the Western group of the temples, learning the legends and discovering the grandeur of the architecture. This fascinating spectacle evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th Century to the present day. The 50-minute show runs in Hindi and in English every evening. Amitabh Bachchan, the Indian Bollywood superstar, narrates the story of Khajuraho in his mesmerizing voice.

The Lalit - Temple View Room

Day 9
Khajuraho - Varanasi

Transfer in private vehicle with English speaking Assistant and driver from your hotel to the Airport.

Enjoy a quick flight from Khajuraho to Varanasi .Flight duration is 50 minutes.

Welcome to Varanasi. Upon arrival, you will be met and greeted by local Travelous representative who will assist you with private transfer to your hotel an check-in.

Varanasi, also known as Kashi and Benares, is situated on the north bank of Ganga in the state of Uttar Pradesh in North India. It is one of the oldest living cities of the world, with its history dating back to about 3500 hundred years. For the pious Hindus, the city has always had a special place of pilgrimage.

In the evening proceed to the Ganges to witness the Aarti (prayer) ceremony. You are taken on a boat on the river from where you can watch masses come to the Ghats to offer prayers and float tiny oil lamps on the river.

Taj Gateway Varanasi - Executive Room

Day 10
Varanasi

Enjoy an early morning boat cruise on the river Ganges. Varanasi's principle attraction is the string of bathing ghats, which line the western ghats of River Ganges. The spectacular 4 Km sweep of the Ghats is a unique sight, best viewed at dawn. The boat ride presents an incredible scene as the devotees come to the river to pay homage to the Sun God. Pass the bathing ghats where thousands of pilgrims immerse themselves in the holy water of the Ganges River and the burning ghats where cremations are conducted

Following the boat ride, you will visit the Kashi-Vishwanath Temple (also known as Golden Temple), the most sacred of all shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the city. More than the Ghats and even the Ganga, the Shivalinga installed in the temple remains the devotional focus of Varansi. It is open only to Hindus. Continue to the Bharat Mata Mandir, opened by Mahatma Gandhi and dedicated to 'Mother India'. This simple temple has a perfect relief map of India carved out of marble instead of gods and goddesses.

Located about 10km from Varanasi, Sarnath is one of the important Buddhist centres. It is the site where Lord Buddha had preached his first sermon, setting in motion the Wheel of Law (Maha-Dharmachakra-Pravartan) enshrining the principles of his teaching into the laws of Buddhism. 200 years later, in 3rd century BC, the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka who spread the Buddha's message of love and compassion throughout his vast empire, built massive stupas, viharas and monasteries making it the center of the Buddhist world. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between 3rd century BC and 11th century AD and today it presents the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail.

Taj Gateway Varanasi - Executive Room

Day 11
Varanasi - Delhi

Transfer in private vehicle with English speaking driver from your hotel to the airport for departure.

Flight from Varanasi to Delhi on board one of domestic carriers in India. Duration is 2 hours. Note: (Baggage allowence is 15-20 kg per person)

Transfer in private vehicle with English speaking driver from the Airport to your Hotel.

Red Fort (Lal Qila) - Delhi's most famous monument is an imposing red sandstone fort - a ghostly vestige of Mogul splendour. The citadel of Shahjahanabad was the opulent residence of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan who transferred the capital from Agra to Delhi.

A "Son et Lumiere" (Sound and Light show) is presented at the fort every evening, which recreates the magic of events related to the Indian history, particularly those connected with the Red Fort. The show starts after sunset and lasts for an hour.

 

Day 12
Delhi

Unfortunately, we say goodbye to you today. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance to the Airport for your flight home. Keep the memories alive and we hope to see you in India again soon. Stay Travelous!

India is the world's seventh-largest country. It has more than one billion inhabitants that are divided into two thousand ethnic groups and speak over 200 different languages. Given its size and population, India has an endless variety of cultures, landscapes, monuments and places to explore. Be it the ancient ruins, fascinating religious structures, exotic cities or diverse topography, there is an vast collection of tourist attractions that will never cease to awe and fascinate the visitor.

Taj Mahal New Delhi

At the heart of New Delhi, lies, arguably, the most distinguished address in India's capital. On Number One Mansingh Road stands a tribute to timeless hospitality and service, complementing the broad boulevards and leafy splendour of Delhi's chief architect, Edwin Lutyens. Its proximity to the seat of government, the city's diplomatic corps and business district has furthered The Taj Mahal Hotel's reputation as the epicenter of Delhi. Indeed, it is the one address, visiting dignitaries and heads of state prefer, given its stateliness and security, its original culinary innovations, and the air of quiet, restrained luxury that permeates every aspect of a visitor's stay.

Measuring 357 square feet, these rooms are well equipped with modern guest amenities. Classical decor and refined ambience make these rooms an ideal choice for the discerning business traveler. The Deluxe rooms offer stunning views of the capital city. Guests have a choice of pool view or Lutyens' city view, which showcases the President's Palace, the Parliament, India gate, Humayun"s Tomb and beautiful gardens of The Taj Mahal Delhi.

Fairmont

Fairmont Jaipur is an ode to the pink city through awe inspiring architecture and decor, inspired by the Mughal dynasty and Royal Rajputs of yore. This luxury Jaipur hotel is nestled amongst the majestic Aravalli hills, all 199 rooms and suites are elegantly appointed, to reflect a perfect blend of traditional Rajasthani decor and modern amenities.

Lighting inspired from traditional diya lamps that were used during the Mughal era, casts a warm, calming glow around the luxuriously appointed room. All rooms have a choice of unparalleled views of the spa, pool or the majestic Aravali hills and are equipped with a refreshment centre, ergonomic work station, tea and coffee making facilities, in room safe, bathrobes and additional Fairmont amenities. All rooms are Wi-Fi enabled, and the expansive bathrooms with a large sunken tub and a rain shower, complement the rich elegance and comfort of the room.

ITC Mughal

Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture, it now boasts of a brand new Royal Mughal Suites. This luxury hotel in Agra comprises of 233 opulent rooms and suites, recreating a paradise for the contemporary Mogul- full of splendor and perfection which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.

Drawing a fine balance between luxurious accommodation and executive efficiency, the Mughal Chambers offer elegantly appointed spacious rooms for discerning business travellers. Pioneering a tradition in corporate hospitality in Agra, with a premium on discreet services, indulgent luxury and access to state-of-the-art business facilities, the Mughal Chambers embody the ideals of gracious Mughal hospitality.

The Lalit

Khajuraho - a UNESCO world heritage site is a city of beautiful temples that date back to 950 AD. Embellished with inspirations from this rich and exotic locale, The Lalit Temple View Khjuraho, overlooks the Western Group of Temples famed for their erotic sculptures. A destination of contemplation and calm, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho is located just minutes away from the international airport and railway station. The hotel features 47 exquisitely appointed rooms & suites, fine dining restaurant & a bar, besides three banquet & conference venues and the award-winning Rejuve - The Spa.

With unparalleled views of the Western Group of Temples, the beautifully appointed Temple View Rooms are ideal for guests looking for a tranquil retreat. With a choice of King or Twin beds, the luxurious rooms are equipped with all modern amenities.

Taj Gateway Varanasi

The hotel is set amidst 40 acres of lush green gardens, just 21 kms (45 mins drive) from the airport, The Gateway Hotel, Ganges is the veritable haven of peace and tranquility in this crowded and ancient temple city. The hotel is 6 kms away from the city Centre or the commercial hub of Varanasi also commonly known as The Chowk. The hotel is constructed in the holy Swastik shape (The Swastika is an ancient symbol which re-presents good fortune and blessing). The Gateway Hotel, Ganges offers recently renovated & refurbished world-class contemporary rooms & suites with choice of views ranging from the lush green gardens or the swimming pool. The hotel has 130 rooms divided in four categories - Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms, Executive Suites and Deluxe Suites.

Executive Rooms have been recently renovated extremely high-end luxury rooms with optional views of the tropical gardens and swimming pool.

ITC Welcome Dwarka

Conveniently located in Asia's largest sub-city Dwarka, WelcomHotel Dwarka New Delhi invites you to discover one of the world"s most vibrant cities filled with a distinct culture and a fascinating history. The hotel is an inclusive blend of contemporary design and International services standards, offering a unique experience to the discerning traveler.

Terms and Conditions

 What's Included:

  • Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, and Fees as indicated on your itinerary. Local and international traveler assistance during your tour. Specialised and personalised services.

What's not Included:

  • Airfare to/from the Tour start point, including domestic or inter-country connecting flights, unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
  • tips and gratuities
  • items of a personal nature such as incidentals, excess baggage charges
  • airport taxes/entrance fees, port charges, foreign government departure taxes
  • Visas (unless otherwise indicated), Inspection, Customs, Immigration and Naturalization fees Additional fuel surcharges on cruises
  • Travel Insurance including Medical, Lost Baggage and Trip cancellation
  • Optional activities (golf, watersports, etc.)
  • any other activities or items not explicitly advertised as included in the price of a Tour

 

Reservations/Booking and Deposits:  To book a Tour, each Traveler (or leader of a Group of Travelers) must submit:

 

A.     A completed booking form signed electronically by the main Traveler. By submitting the booking form on the payments page, the traveler accepts our full Terms and Conditions.  

B.     A deposit of 30% of the Tour price (minimum $250 per person), is due immediately upon booking.

C.     The full balance of the trip cost is due ninety days (90) before the trip departure date.

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F.       Availability of Services and Accommodations cannot be guaranteed until a Tour is booked.  We will exercise our best efforts to book the Services and Accommodations described in the Tour Itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of Tour date, we may be forced to offer substitutes.  In this instance we will notify you as soon as possible and try to substitute comparable Services and Accommodations based on availability.

G.      Ticketing & credit card processing for international transport and other select domestic airfare pertaining to a specific country is done by a 3rd party and not included in your total land package price unless otherwise stated.

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