Visit sites most associated to India's cultural consciousness. A 'must visit' trip for first time visitors to India. Great combination of historical and spiritual insights. Stay in some of the finest Indian hotels.
Discovery of India
It’s the people who have made India a great civilisation. The layer upon layer of social understanding and reasoning which Indians themselves may not be aware of, but which is there somewhere in their conscience, can be best unfolded and understood by visiting some of the greatest cultural centers of India. Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Gwalior and Orchha represent the essence of India in their own ways that might be contrasting but never superimposing. An attempt to discover India again!
Day 01 New Delhi
Welcome to India. Day free to either relax or to visit some of the prominent landmarks with your car and driver.
Day 02 New Delhi
Daylong sightseeing of Old Delhi and Lutyen’s Delhi (New Delhi). The trip to Old City will include using combination of modes of transport from metro train ride to cycle rickshaw ride. Also visit the Humayun Tomb, Gandhi Smriti and Qutub Minar.
Day 03 Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur. After check-in suggested walk in the Pink City to browse through its colorful bazaars. Or spend time shopping in one of Jaipur’s many exclusive textile boutiques. You may also enjoy sunset view of Jaipur from the imposing Nahargarh fort.
Day 04 Jaipur
Morning walking tour of some interesting streets and squares of the Pink City to catch glimpses of the habitual patterns of its residents which even includes following them at prayer-time in Sri Govind Devji temple- Truly a mesmerizing sight! Day sightseeing of the core City Palace Complex, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort (including elephant ride to the fort).
Day 05 Agra
On the way to Agra visit the well-preserved abandoned capital of Akbar- Fatehpur Sikri. In Agra visit the incomparable Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
Day 06 Gwalior
Time in the early morning allows you to visit the Tajmahal in sunrise view. After breakfast, checkout and drive to Gwalior. Visit Tansen’s tomb, Jai Vilas Palace and the immense looking Gwalior fort. Sound and light show in the evening at Man Mandir palace of the fort is recommended.
Day 07 Orchha
Travel by train till Jhansi and then by road to Orchha- a virgin historical site picturesquely located by the banks of Betwa river. Visit the Fort, Raj Mahal palace, Raj Praveen Mahal Palace, Jehangir palace and the Royal chhattries. Also visit the Raja Ram temple- the only place where Lord Rama is worshipped as a king.
Day 08 Khajuraho
Drive to Khajuraho and check in. Day free to relax or you may take excursion to nearby Panna National Park. In the evening enjoy sound and light show with the illuminated Khajuraho temples in the backdrop.
Day 09 Varanasi
Guided sightseeing of outstanding Khajuraho temples is followed by transfer to airport for flight to Varanasi. In Varanasi take a walking tour of a few Ghats and narrow back lanes to feel the pulse of this most sacred city of India.
Day 10 Varanasi
Early morning boat ride on river Ganges to witness holy rituals on Ghats. A very spiritual experience! Day tour to Sarnath where Buddha delivered his first sermon. Options of visiting homes of classical musicians or meeting an astrologer or meeting a Vedic scholar.
Day 11 Delhi
Take the flight back to Delhi. On arrival transfer to hotel. Evening free to visit one of the many cultural centers of New Delhi.
Day 12 Departure
Transfer to airport at appropriate departure time for onward journey. Tour ends.
Tour Price per person: USD 2469 (on twin/double sharing basis) onwords
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