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India's Golden Triangle with Varanasi

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Taj Mahal
Tour Style: First Class
9 Days from $2,177 per person

Embark on a spiritual interlude with India. Candle-lit rituals on the River Ganges, palaces, forts and tombs, a riot of color and vibrancy around every corner – your exploration of India's Golden Triangle and centuries-old heritage takes you through the sandstone and marble halls of the Amber Fort, the pyramidal Palace of Winds and the exquisite Taj Mahal.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Asia (not included).

  2. Welcome to India. Upon arrival at Delhi airport, transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and appetizers.
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    hotel:Sheraton New Delhi
  3. Start the day with a unique tour by rickshaw around Old Delhi for a Cultural Insight. Drive past the impressive Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered to be the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. Visit Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India and then stop at Chandni Chowk to discover the bustling and colorful market of the old city. Continue along the ceremonial avenue Rajpath and past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. After lunch in a local restaurant venture into New Delhi and admire the architectural design of the buildings. Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Delhi's past. Humayun's Tomb Fort is one of the most magnificent Persian style tombs built in Delhi during the Mughal rule constructed out of red sandstone standing in the center of gardens complete with pools linked by channels. Later visit Qutub Minar, a tower with five distinct storeys and which at approximately 75 meters is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
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  4. This morning fly to the city of Varanasi; situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges, it is one of the most colorful places on earth and the center of Hindu religion. Later escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a glimpse of rural life in India, a Cultural Insight. Walk through the village of Rameshwar where all activities are aimed at sustainable livelihood and community empowerment whilst ensuring the economic growth of the under-privileged. Observe local women making papad and pickles, doing embroidery or making saris which they sell to the local markets. Visit the village school and the Shanti Dham Ashram, a catholic prayer center for the Christian society living in Varanasi. This evening enjoy a boat ride on the River Ganges to witness an Aarti ceremony, a very powerful and uplifting spiritual ritual that uses fire as an offering. It's made in the form of a small ‘diya' with a candle and flowers and a large number of these are floated down the river, a truly magical sight. Later return to your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.
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    hotel:Radisson
  5. Early this morning enjoy a scenic sunrise boat trip on the holy River Ganges and see Varanasi slowly coming alive along the banks of the river. Observe the locals taking a morning bath in the holy water while worshipping the rising sun, a Cultural Insight. Return to your hotel for breakfast followed by a visit to Sarnath, one of the four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage. The Archaeological Museum at Sarnath is amongst the most important in India and contains more than 6,800 sculptures and artifacts from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D. Return to your hotel for an afternoon and evening at leisure.
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  6. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the short domestic flight to Agra. This splendid city played a significant role in shaping India's history. Discover the heritage of architectural and cultural splendor of the Golden Age. This afternoon visit the impressive Agra Fort a UNESCO World Heritage Site which encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. Although largely overshadowed by the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort is one of the finest Mughal forts in India and at one time the country was governed from within this powerful walled palatial city. As you drive through the city witness the local life, markets and hustle and bustle of everyday India. This evening dinner is at the hotel and perhaps choose to take part in an Optional Experience.
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    hotel:Double Tree by Hilton
  7. Make an early start with a visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal, one the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the marble exterior reflecting rose and golden tints at sunrise which then turn to dazzling white. The construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631 and it took 18 years and over 20,000 craftsmen to complete this monument in memory by an emperor for his beloved queen. Legend has it that once construction was completed, the emperor had the architects hands cut off, and blinded, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure anywhere else. After the visit return to your hotel for breakfast and later this morning depart for Jaipur, the capital of the colorful state of Rajasthan. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest dinner with a local family in their home.
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    hotel:Hilton
  8. This morning visit the inspiring Amber Fort with its marvelous Rajput architecture listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The interior of the fort has various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work complemented by exquisite wall paintings. En route back to the hotel make a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. This afternoon continue your city tour with a visit to the City Palace Museum to see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. Across the road from the palace is the famous Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of five observatories in India. This astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century continues to provide accurate information to this day. Later this evening join your fellow guests and Travel Director for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
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  9. Transfer to Jaipur airport for your onward flight or choose to travel to Delhi by coach, departing at 10:00 and arriving to Delhi at approximately 16:30. The coach will drop off at Delhi International Airport and the Trafalgar post night airport hotel; the Pride Plaza.
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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
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  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

7 nights, 7 buffets breakfast, 2 lunches, 5 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy dinner with a local family at their home in Jaipur

Cultural Insight

  • Take a rickshaw tour around the Old Delhi. In Varanasi, visit the rural life and observe the locals taking a morning bath in the holy water at the River Ganges

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tours of Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur
  • Visit the Jama Masjid, the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar in Delhi, the Sarnath in Varanasi, the Agra Fort, the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Amber Fort, City Palace Museum in Jaipur
  • View the Palace of Winds in Jaipur
  • Definite Departure
  • Special Rate Solo Rooming
  • 2019 Departures
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5 Jan 18 13 Jan 18 $2,675pp Request Quote Book Now
Special Rate Solo Rooming
26 Jan 18 3 Feb 18 $2,675$2,447pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
9 Feb 18 17 Feb 18 checkmark $2,675$2,447pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
Special Rate Solo Rooming
23 Feb 18 3 Mar 18 $2,675$2,447pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
9 Mar 18 17 Mar 18 checkmark $2,675$2,447pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
Special Rate Solo Rooming
23 Mar 18 31 Mar 18 $2,675$2,447pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
13 Apr 18 21 Apr 18 checkmark $2,375$2,177pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
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27 Apr 18 5 May 18 checkmark $2,375$2,177pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
11 May 18 19 May 18 checkmark $2,375$2,177pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
1 Jun 18 9 Jun 18 checkmark $2,375$2,177pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
24 Aug 18 1 Sep 18 checkmark $2,375$2,177pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
21 Sep 18 29 Sep 18 checkmark $2,375$2,177pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
5 Oct 18 13 Oct 18 checkmark $2,675$2,447pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
Special Rate Solo Rooming
19 Oct 18 27 Oct 18 $2,675$2,447pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
2 Nov 18 10 Nov 18 checkmark $2,675$2,447pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
Special Rate Solo Rooming
16 Nov 18 24 Nov 18 $2,675$2,447pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
30 Nov 18 8 Dec 18 checkmark $2,675$2,447pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
21 Dec 18 29 Dec 18 $2,825$2,582pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
2019 Departures
4 Jan 19 12 Jan 19 $2,675$2,447pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
2019 Departures
25 Jan 19 2 Feb 19 $2,675$2,447pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
2019 Departures
8 Feb 19 16 Feb 19 $2,675$2,447pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
Special Rate Solo Rooming
2019 Departures
22 Feb 19 2 Mar 19 $2,675$2,447pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
2019 Departures
8 Mar 19 16 Mar 19 $2,675$2,447pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
Special Rate Solo Rooming
2019 Departures
22 Mar 19 30 Mar 19 $2,675$2,447pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
  • Special Rate Solo Rooming : These departures include a discount on standard single supplement.

  • 2019 Departures : Subject to change of itinerary, price, discount and hotels.

Visas are required for India, please call for more information.

Flights: Prices include internal airfare and taxes for flights from Delhi to Varanasi and Varanasi to Agra.

Gala Dinner included at the hotel on December 24, 2018.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $520 p.p.

Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. 

Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation. 

Special Discounts: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Past Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details

  • U.S. citizens traveling to India must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. U.S. passport holders traveling to India will also need an entry visa.  We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov to learn more.

  • The currency in India is the Rupee.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in India. We recommend bringing a combination of credit and debit cards; it is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. On your trip you’ll discover an abundance of regional dishes and local traditions.  Consumption of beef is considered taboo in India. Staples include lentils, rice, potatoes and flatbread served with spiced vegetables, sauces, and chutneys.

  • We suggest bringing breathable, loose-fitting clothing that can be layered to stay comfortable throughout your trip. Sturdy walking shoes are important for sightseeing excursions; a hat, lightweight jacket, and shawl or scarf could also come in handy. Keep in mind that your shoulders and legs should be covered at religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • It is appropriate to leave 5-10 percent gratuity at restaurants in India.  Restaurants in Dehli and Mumbai will sometimes include a service charge in the bill, in which case there is no need to leave an additional tip.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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