The charm of Delhi, magnificent Ganges, royal Rajput architecture and Mughal grandeur await you at Delhi, Varanasi, Agra and Jaipur. Enjoy a blend of cultures and explore the rich heritage. Taste the street food of Delhi and explore the bazaars of Jaipur. See the historic monuments of Agra and feel religious at the Ghats of Varanasi.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN DELHI
Welcome to New Delhi, the capital city of India. The city has so much to offer that there is never a dull moment. Visit the beautiful temples, historical monuments and bazaars & streets that have age old stories and take back memories for a lifetime. On your arrival you will be greeted at the airport by our representatives and will be transferred to your hotel. We have not planned anything for today. You will be left free at your leisure to rest.
Your documents will be handed over to you along with plan/schedule of your tour. Though most of the visits are pre-planned, but you can also customize them as per your convenience.
DAY 2: DELHI
Delhi is the capital city of India and all official buildings are in this city. Though the city has witnessed a lot since the time of Mughals, it has grown as a modern city with time. We will start from the Old Delhi visiting the colourful bazaars of Chandni Chowk. A rickshaw ride is planned for you which will take you along the narrow streets of the market. You can stop here to shop for your loved ones back home. The market offers traditional clothing, souvenirs, traditional jewellery, utensils and a lot more that you won’t find in any other city of India. Food of this place is popular among the people of Delhi. It attracts people from various places to indulge in authentic street food of Delhi.
We continue our tour to Red Fort. The fort depicts architectural and historical skill set of the labourers of those times. A blend of Persian, Indian and European architecture, the fort was once called the 8th wonder of the world. It was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than 250 years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Next in plan is a visit to Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. The lush green lawn has a black marble platform built on the remains of Mahatma Gandhi. An eternal flame burns next to the platform.
Your lunch will be organised at a popular restaurant serving both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies of Delhi.
After lunch you’d be visiting the magnificent Bangle Sahib Gurudwara. Although it is a Sikhism’s shrine, people of all religions are welcome here. The Gurudwara serves langar (free meal served as prasaad) daily to thousands of people. If time permits, we will sit down to taste some langar. It is prepared at the Gurudwara by the volunteers and served by the volunteers. You can also participate in the daily activities with the volunteers
The tour will continue by a drive through Lutyens’ Delhi, from the Connaught Place - Delhi’s historic British era marketplace. You can stop to shop the local items being sold on the road side.
Next we will visit India Gate followed by Humanyun Tomb and then Qutub Minar. All three monuments have their own beautiful stories. You can ask the tour guide to narrate them to you. These are one of the best places to take a few pictures for memories.
Evening is planned at an affluent Delhi family’s home where the chef will cook delicious multicourse Indian meal for you. Take a few cooking lessons and enjoy the meal. After your dinner you will be driven back to the hotel. Your overnight stay will be at the hotel.
DAY 3: DELHI – AGRA
Today will be your last day in Delhi. After breakfast you will be assisted with checkout from your hotel. We will drive to reach Agra which will be an approximately 3 hour drive. Once you reach, you tour will begin with a visit to the famous tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah built by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s queen as a memorial to her father.
Next in plan is a visit to Agra Fort built in 1565 by the Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. The fort depicts grandeur of the Mughal Empire with its royal audience halls, private royal chambers, immense stone courtyards and marble mosque.
Your lunch will be at a local restaurant of Agra serving local north Indian food. You will be then driven to your hotel where we will leave you at your leisure to enjoy rest of the day as you wish. Your accommodation will be arranged at a hotel in Agra.
Later in the evening we will visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal. A monument dedicated to love is a beautiful white marble Heritage Site. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 AD in the memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal the spectacular white monument was created by approximately 22,000 skilled craftsmen and it took 22 years to complete.
Agra is popular for its artists’ work. You can visit the market to pick up the popular Agra ka Petha (sweet prepared with pumpkin) and a few souvenirs. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Agra.
DAY 4: AGRA – JAIPUR
Today will be your last day in Agra. You can either choose to sleep or opt to visit the Taj Mahal again to see the sunrise. Once you return, your breakfast will be served at the hotel. You will then pack up to check out and drive to reach Fatehpur Sikri. Built by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 A.D. this monument was built with red sandstone. Enjoy a complete guided tour. Next in plan is a visit to the tallest gateway in the world-the towering Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory). We will continue the journey by a smooth sightseeing of the city Jaipur. The city is popular for its carpets, handicrafts and jewellery. You can stop by shop some of the items you can take back home.
Once you arrive you will be assisted with your check in at your hotel in Jaipur.
DAY 5: JAIPUR
The day begins with an excursion to Amber Fort and Palace. You can reach the fort on elephant or jeep. The magnificent fort is a standing example of Rajput grandeur and opulence. The fort complex was originally built by Raja Mansingh. Explore the beautiful chambers and alleys and get a glimpse of the glorious past of the region.
In the afternoon visit Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The stone observatory was built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. Next stop would be Hawa Mahal, or ‘Palace of Winds’. It was built in 1799 so that the ladies of the royal family could observe the bazaars. The tour continues and you visit City Palace next. The perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, the City Palace is a must visit when in Jaipur. Stroll through the markets to pick up souvenirs and enjoy a tour of a collection of Rajput turbans. A turban tying demonstration is included, as are turban and Sari tying lessons.
In the evening enjoy a cultural show at a local restaurant followed by traditional dinner.
DAY 6: JAIPUR – VARANASI
Today will be your last day in Jaipur. We will be assisted by our representative to checkout early morning. You will be driven to the Jaipur airport, from where you will board your flight to Delhi. Once you arrive in Delhi, you will be taken to Varanasi via connecting flight.
Once you reach we leave you at your leisure to rest for a few hours. Afternoon is scheduled for temple visits. Enjoy a city tour of Varanasi that will include walk along the banks of the rivers. Walk through the crowded bazaars which seem to have not changed in years.
We will spend the later hours of the afternoon watching the sunset at the river Ganga. Float your own oil lamps and watch the ancient prayers being offered by the devotees. Varanasi is popular for its silk weaving art work. You can visit the market in the evening to buy traditional attires for your loved ones.
Overnight stay will be arranged at the hotel in Varanasi.
DAY 7: VARANASI – DELHI
The day starts with an early morning boat cruise on River Ganges. Visit the Ghats and see the people taking a dip in the holy water. You can also get acquainted with rituals that people usually carry out in the morning. Dasadwamedh Ghat is one of the most popular and your day tour commences from here itself. Talk to people to know about their culture and the vivid traditions. Watch people engaged in yoga or meditating at the Ghats.
Get back to the hotel and enjoy breakfast. Post breakfast check-out from the hotel and get transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi.