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Highlights of India with Varanasi

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12 Days from $2,625 per person

Countries Visited

India

Locations Visited

Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra, Varanasi
  1. Day 1 Arrive Delhi (3 Nights)

    Welcome to India! Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport, transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow guests for a welcome briefing and dinner.

    meals Dinner
    hotel Taj Dwarka
  2. Day 2 Delhi Sightseeing

    This morning visit Old Delhi, which was once the capital of the Mughal Empire with its stunning masterpieces of architecture. See the Red Fort which served as the residence of the emperors for 200 years. Later visit the Jama Mosque, another example of magnificent Mughal architecture and also one of the largest mosques in India. Hop onto a rickshaw to explore Old Delhi and get a closer look at the locals going about their daily business. Afterwards continue to New Delhi by coach and drive past several government buildings before arriving at Humayun's Fort for a visit. Later return to the hotel to spend an evening at leisure.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Delhi

    Today discover Delhi at your own pace or perhaps choose to join an optional Old Delhi Food Tour followed by a visit to Qutub Minar.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Delhi - Jaipur (2 Nights)

    After breakfast travel on to Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan. On arrival check-in to your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure or perhaps venture out and explore the local market.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Clarks Amer
  5. Day 5 Jaipur Sightseeing

    Choose to make an early start with our Optional Experience and observe a typical morning for many Hindus which includes temple prayers and the daily shop. Return to the hotel for breakfast and rejoin your fellow travelers for a visit to the Amber Fort, which was once the residence of Rajput rulers and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. After visiting this architectural wonder, make a brief stop at the Palace of Winds, built to enable ladies of the royal household to watch city life without being seen from outside. Spend the afternoon at leisure or perhaps join an optional heritage walking tour. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day 6 Jaipur - Ranthambore (2 Nights)

    Today wave goodbye to Jaipur and continue on to the Ranthambore National Park. On arrival check-in to your hotel and after lunch, join a game drive in this wildlife reserve which was once a hunting ground of the ‘Maharajas.' The park is famous for its tigers and due to conservation efforts, the tiger population has stabilized if not increased here. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during the day as well as other wildlife including wild boar, deer, hyenas, monkeys, leopards and around 300 species of birds, Later this evening dinner is at the hotel.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Ranthambore Heritage Haveli
  7. Day 7 Ranthambore Sightseeing

    Start the day with an early morning park visit followed by breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a relaxing morning at leisure and after lunch venture out into the park for a final visit. Aside from the wildlife there are also many ruins of bygone eras scattered around as well as the majestic 1000-year-old Ranthambore Fort located on top of a hill overlooking the park. Later return to the hotel for dinner.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Ranthambore - Agra

    After breakfast at the hotel continue your Indian adventure with a journey to Agra by road. Make a stop en route for lunch at a local restaurant in Bharathpur and on arrival in Agra check-in to your hotel . Spend the afternoon at leisure or consider taking an optional trip to Agra Fort. This evening perhaps join our optional dinner as a farewell to your fellow travelers who will not be extending their trip on to Varanasi the following day.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Clarks Shiraz
  9. Day 9 Agra - Delhi - Varanasi (2 Nights)

    Make an early start this morning with a visit to the Taj Mahal at sunrise when its white marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints. It is located on the banks of the River Yamuna and was built by Mughal Emperor in 1632 in memory of his beloved queen. Return to the hotel for breakfast and afterwards transfer to Delhi International Airport for your flight to Varanasi. On arrival check-in to your hotel.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Clarks Varanasi
  10. Day 10 Varanasi Sightseeing

    This morning take an early scenic boat cruise on the holy River Ganges at sunrise. See the city slowly coming to life along the ghats and observe the locals bathing in the holy water. Return to the hotel for breakfast and afterwards depart for your city sightseeing with visits to the courtyards of the Bharat Mata Temple, the Durga Temple and the Vishwanath Temple. Later drive through Benaras Hindu University before returning to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure and at dusk make a final visit to the River Ganges to witness an Aarti ceremony taking place on the ghats. It is an uplifting spiritual ritual that uses fire as an offering to the Goddess Ganga in the form of a small diya with a candle and flowers that are floated down the river, a truly magical experience.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  11. Day 11 Varanasi - Delhi

    Today is yours to relax or explore further. This afternoon perhaps take an optional trip to Sarnath, one of the four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by Buddha himself for pilgrimage. Later transfer to the airport for your evening flight to Delhi.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Taj Dwarka
  12. Day 12 Depart Delhi

    Transfer to Delhi International Airport for your onward flight.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Meal Summary

11 Buffet breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Delhi - Visit Jama Mosque, Humayun's Fort and see the Red Fort
  • Jaipur - Visit the Amber Fort and view the Palace of Winds
  • Ranthambore - Visit Ranthambore National Park
  • Agra - Visit the Red Fort and the Taj Mahal at sunrise
  • River Ganges - At dusk witness an Aarti Ceremony on the ghats of the River Ganges
  • Varanasi - Visit the Durga Temple and drive through Benaras Hindu University
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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Delhi

Old Delhi Food Tour and Visit Qutub Minar—Full day

Traditionally the old walled city of Delhi housed people from various parts of India who all had their own style of cooking, adapting the local, and imported ingredients to suit their own tastes. On this tour discover some of these ancient recipes, still sold from street stalls as well as visiting the markets with their sacks of spices and nuts, edible sheets of silver and local pickles. Although the area is crowded it is impossible to miss out on the fascinating culture which exudes from every corner with the many small temples, shrines and old mosques. End the tour at one of the few remaining havelis of the old city and meet the owner with his wife, mother and children. Their roof terrace provides a wonderful view of the city. Enjoy lunch at the haveli before leaving to visit Qutub Minar; a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the tallest brick minarets in the world.
Adult Price: $45

Visit Nizamuddin Village

Nizamuddin is a 14th-century village which up grew around the shrine of one of the Sufi saints. Today this predominantly ‘urban village’ with over 20,000 residents is also known for its congested narrow lanes, tombs, pilgrims, cuisine, spiritual music, bustling markets and mosques. Take a walk around this fascinating area with our guide, a member of the Hope Project which helps the poor with education and health. Learn about the history and sights of the community and visit the stepwell and the tomb of Mirza Ghalib, often referred to as India’s Shakespeare. The walk will end with a magical visit to the main Dargah, the revered tomb of the saint which is hidden away in a tangle of bazaars selling rose petals and offerings.
Adult Price: $30

Visit Sarnath

On the outskirts of the holy city of Varanasi, lies Sarnath—one of the most revered pilgrimage destinations of Buddhists from all over the world where it is said that Buddha gave his first sermon, after attaining enlightenment. The beautifully-carved Dhamek Stupa today stands in the place where he preached. The ancient ruins of Sarnath have many other fascinating spots amongst their remains, signifying important times from the life of Buddha. The Chaukhandi Stupa stands where Buddha met his first disciples, dating back to the 5th century, while the Mulagandhakuti Vihara marks the place where Buddha spent his first rainy season, and a holy Bodhi tree has been planted from a cutting from the famous Bodhi Tree at Bodh Gaya, where Buddha attained his enlightenment. Several national temples have been built by various Asian communities at Sarnath since the site's restoration, including a Tibetan temple and a Burmese temple. There is also the Nichigai Suzan Horinji Temple, locally known as the ‘Japanese temple’ which is reminiscent of the Zen temples of Japan. For a deeper insight into the excavations and findings of these ancient sights, visit the Sarnath Museum which is home to over 6000 artifacts and sculptures ranging from the 3rd century BC through to the 12th century AD.
Adult Price: $51

Jaipur

Live Like A Local—Temple Prayers and the Daily Shop

Religion and food are two very important aspects of life as a Hindu. On this tour you will experience a typical morning of many Hindus living in Jaipur starting with a puja at one of the most important Krishna Temples in the country which is dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Krishna and is part of the City Palace complex. Admire the chandeliers which illuminate the traditional Indian paintings and the gold-painted ceiling. Every morning hundreds of people gather to pay their respects to Lord Krishna by performing private rituals and chanting en-masse which is a fascinating spectacle to watch. This is followed by a visit to the adjacent fruit and vegetable market where you can witness some fierce bargaining taking place.
Adult Price: $25

Heritage Walking Tour

There is no better way to learn about a country’s culture than through its people. Our walking tour takes you into the heart of the old city of Jaipur where you will see the people at work and going about their daily lives. Witness the countless different professions in the area; from gem polishing to bangle-making and the finest embroidery to traditional tie-&-dye. There are flower markets, silver bazaars and numerous street food stalls including world-renowned pickle makers. The welcoming locals will be happy for you to watch them at work and to answer any questions you may have.
Adult Price: $30

Agra

Agra Fort Visit

Visit the impressive Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the finest Mughal forts in India. It was built in 1565 and was the main residence of four generations of influential Mughal emperors until 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. It contains a maze of buildings, forming a city within a city, including vast underground sections, though many of the structures were destroyed over the years. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques.
Adult Price: $34

Farewell Dinner

Join your fellow guests for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant serving authentic Mughlai and Indian cuisine. The décor of the restaurant is classic style with Mughlai architecture and they specialize in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The meal consists of three courses and will include local delicacies such as Kebabs, Paneer with Potatoes, Poppadums, Chicken Curry, Dhal and Assorted Vegetables served with rice and Naan Bread. There will also be a dessert and 2 drinks per person are included with a choice of red or white local wine, beer or a soft drink.
Adult Price: $15

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