Classic India

11 Days / 10 Nights

  Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Jhansi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur

11 Days / 10 Nights

Classic India

  Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Jhansi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur

From stunning fortresses and striking palaces to rich history and incredible landscape, discover the highlights of India’s north on this 11-day adventure. In one trip, explore the vibrant streets of Delhi, the sacred city of Varanasi and the ancient temples of Khajuraho. Marvel at the beauty of the Taj Mahal, one of the new seven wonders of the world, visit the deserted sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri and stand in awe before the pink honeycombed facade of the breath-taking Hawa Mahal in Jaipur.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Discover Delhi’s sprawling market and prominent sites on a cycle rickshaw tour
  • Witness the beautiful Aarti ceremony in Varanasi as the banks of the River Ganges are lit up with lamps and fire is offered to Lord Shiva
  • Marvel at the exceptional carvings of the Western Group of Khajuraho temples
  • Be awed by the beauty of the Taj Mahal, a true expression of love
  • Take photos in front of the striking honeycombed carved facade of the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 10 Nights' accommodation on twin sharing basis at above mentioned hotels or similar
  • Meal Plan: breakfast only
  • Transfers & all surface transportation using AC vehicle as mentioned above
  • Entrances of monuments/museum for single entry only as per program
  • Local English-speaking Guide in each city as per program
  • Cycle Rickshaw Ride – Delhi
  • Boat Ride in Varanasi
  • Elephant Ride – Jaipur
  • Train fare A/C chair car from Agra to Jhansi
  • Bus ride – Fatehpur Sikri
  • Battery Bus ride – Agra
  • All Applicable Government Taxes

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Dehli

DAY 1 - Dehli

Welcome to India! Upon arrival in Delhi, be transferred to the hotel and spend the rest of day delving into the local life of India’s vibrant capital.

DAY 2

DAY 2 - Dehli

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast at the hotel before plunging into the bustling streets of Old Delhi. On a cycle rickshaw, weave through the busy streets of Chandni Chowk market, bursting with fragrant smells and colourful sights. Next, visit Jama Masjid mosque, one of the largest mosques in India, before travelling past the imposing Red Fort.

In one afternoon, tour the most prominent landmarks of New Delhi, including the India Gate war memorial, the Parliament and the grand Rashtrapati Bhawan, the president’s residence. Pay a visit to Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation place, Raj Ghat, and learn more about the ‘Father of the Nation’, before ending this discovery of India’s capital at Qutb Minar. With 73 metres in height, it’s not only the tallest stone tower but also one of the most remarkable Islamic structures in India.

DAY 3

DAY 3 - Delhi - Varanasi

After breakfast, head to the airport and fly to Varanasi. Situated on the sacred River Ganges, the city is considered the spiritual capital of India and many Hindus believe that dying in Varanasi brings nirvana.

Upon arrival, check into the hotel and rest for a few hours, before kicking back on a cycle rickshaw and heading to the River Ganges to witness an Aarti ceremony. This spiritual ritual takes place every evening and includes the offering of fire to deities. Watch lamps being lit and listen to the chants of mantras as this beautiful spectacle unfolds.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - Varanasi

Wake up early to embark on a boat ride and observe the daily activities along the holy river. Passing several ‘ghats’ (stone staircases leading to the water), get off at Manikarnika Ghat, the main burning site. Here, Hindus cremate the dead bodies and scatter the ashes into the river. Whilst definitely a must-see sight, be respectful and never take photographs!

Continue strolling through the narrow alleys of the old town, before returning to the hotel for breakfast.

Later, embark on a trip to Sarnath. Located about 10 kilometres north-east of Varanasi, this was the place where Gautama Buddha held his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Visit the Archaeological Museum and witness the famous ‘Lion Capital of Ashok’ – a sandstone sculpture of four lions that was adopted as the National Emblem of India – among a rich collection of Buddhist artefacts and sculptures.

DAY 5

DAY 5 - Varanasi - Khajuraho

After a relaxed breakfast, leave for the airport and take to the skies heading to Khajuraho. Towards the evening, visit the Western Group of the ancient Khajuraho Temples. Dating back to 950 AD, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is decorated with intricate carvings and sculptures, depicting meditation, wrestling and even erotic scenes.

DAY 6

DAY 6 - Khajuraho - Jhansi - Agra

Enjoy a filling breakfast before hitting the road on the way to Jhansi railway station. From there, board the train and experience an authentic Indian train journey to the city of love, Agra.

Spend the night and relax after a long day of travelling.

DAY 7

DAY 7 - Agra

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and get ready for one of the most stunning sights in India, the famous Taj Mahal. Marvel at this architectural jewel which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, as an expression of love for his wife.

Continue this day of sightseeing by exploring the imposing Agra Fort. This massive fortress served as the former seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire and comprises several striking palaces and two beautiful mosques.

DAY 8

DAY 8 - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur

After breakfast, embark on the journey to Jaipur, the Pink City. On the way, take a break and visit the magnificent, deserted red sandstone city, Fatehpur Sikri. Once the capital of the Mughal Empire, it was completely abandoned in 1610.

Continue the drive to Rajasthan state’s capital, Jaipur.

DAY 9

DAY 9 - Jaipur

Start the day with a trip to Amber Fort. On the back of an elephant, climb up a small hill to the lavish palace which built by Maharaja Man Singh in the 17th century. Explore the extensive grounds of the fortress before descending by local jeep.

Return to the city and stop at Hawa Mahal to take some photos. Also called the Palace of Winds, this beautiful pink honeycombed facade of windows and latticed screens allowed the royal women to view the streets without being seen from outside.

Continue walking to the City Palace Museum and stroll around the large complex of palaces, gardens and courtyards. View the decorative art and browse through the large collection of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes and artworks.

End this fascinating day at Jantar Mantar, the Royal Astronomical Observatory and explore the numerous structures that were constructed to observe astronomical positions with the naked eye.

DAY 10

DAY 10 - Jaipur - Dehli

Enjoy breakfast and a leisurely morning in Jaipur before travelling back to Delhi in the afternoon. Spend a leisurely last night in India, dreaming about the grand forts and stunning palaces encountered on this trip.

DAY 11

DAY 11 - Dehli

End this cultural and historic discovery of India with breakfast at the hotel before transferring to Delhi Airport to embark on the journey home or ahead to a new destination.

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