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Temples & Palaces

Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Shekhawati IN

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This 13-day trip is a wonderful introduction to the magic of India. It is made up of a classic Golden Triangle tour combined with the holy city of Varanasi, Khajuraho and Orrcha.
The tour starts with a full day tour of Old and New Delhi before we head to Agra to visit Agra Fort and the incredible Taj Mahal at sunset. The tour then visits the ruined city of Fatehpur Sikri and enjoys a cycle rickshaw through Keoladeo National Park en-route to the Pink City of Jaipur. Here we tour the city and Amber Palace and also have some free time to explore this bustling city. Next we head into the rural arid region of Shekhawati where we stay in a classic Rajasthani heritage hotel and see the colourful outdoor frescoes painted on many of the houses. Returning to Delhi, we board the overnight train to Varanasi where we have the day free to explore and an unforgettable evening of festivities on the river Ganges followed by a day of sightseeing in Varanasi. In the morning we fly to Khajuraho to explore its ornately carved temples. The next day we drive through typical rural India to Orrcha, which seems to have changed little in the last 500 years. We spend the next day exploring this beautiful area before boarding the train back to Delhi for a final night in this vibrant city.

Arrival location:

IN Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Shekhawati

Departure Location:

IN Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Shekhawati

Included in your experience:

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Not included in your experience:

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for driver and/or tour guide
  • Entrance fees (allow approx. US$80)
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DAY 1 Arrive in Delhi
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Delhi for the start of your trip. After check-in our local reps will then go through the itinerary with you and introduce you to the local area.
OVERNIGHT
Delhi - Sarovar Portico hotel or similar
EXTRAS
Single Room Supplement

DAY 2 Sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi
A full day to explore the sights of India’s capital. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the intricate and chaotic streets around Old Delhi and visit the Jama Masjid mosque before moving on to the Lutyens inspired wide avenues of New Delhi. After a visit to Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation ground at Rajghat take time to stroll around the Indian parliament buildings as well as India Gate and Humayun’s Tomb. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
OVERNIGHT
Delhi - Sarovar Portico hotel or similar
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 Delhi to Agra. Visit to Taj Mahal
This morning we depart Delhi for the drive to Agra, arriving in time for lunch. After another taste of local Indian food, this afternoon we visit the UNESCO world heritage site at Agra Fort. This is a huge complex with some fascinating history. Later in the afternoon we enjoy a full sightseeing tour of the beautiful Taj Mahal at sunset. Truly one of the wonders of the world this elaborate monument to love was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and took over twenty two years to complete. Sunset is a great time to visit as the light changes gradually with the colours of the Taj changing too.
OVERNIGHT
Agra - The Retreat Hotel or similar
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 4 Agra to Jaipur. Fatehpur Sikri visit
We break today’s drive to Jaipur to visit the strange and well preserved abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. The mystical abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, constructed by Emperor Akbar, served as the Mughal Empire's capital from 1571 until 1585. We also stop at Keoladeo National Park where we take a cycle rickshaw ride through the park to see the resident and migrant wildlife. The park is particularly famous for its birdlife, though you may also see snakes, lizards and turtles around the ponds. After lunch we continue driving through rural India, arriving into Jaipur late in the afternoon. This evening, why not take in a fun Bollywood movie.
OVERNIGHT
Jaipur - Heritage Hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 5 Amber Palace, Jaipur tour
This morning we visit the Amber Palace which is a well preserved fort on a hillside around 10km outside Jaipur. Here we enjoy a guided tour through the site. Elephant rides up to the fort are available though we no longer include these on this tour due to concerns about elephant welfare. We then tour Jaipur itself, taking in the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), Jantar Mantar (Observatory), City Palace and some local temples and street life. You then have some more free time and tour options including a chance to visit the Chowki Dhani village in the evening to learn more about traditional Rajasthani culture and crafts, and taste some delicious regional cuisine. OVERNIGHT
Jaipur - Heritage Hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 6 Jaipur. Shekhawati Havellis
You have a little free time in Jaipur this morning when you can try some optional tours including kite flying, craft markets and food shopping and tasting. Late in the morning we head into the rural semi-desert Shekhawati region whose colourfully painted Havellis with frescoes showing animals and mythology, together with more modern interpretations, led to its reputation as the ‘open art gallery of Rajasthan’. We spend the night in another heritage hotel, full of character, faded grandeur and history. These hotels are a real highlight of this tour and travelling through Rajasthan.
OVERNIGHT
Shekhawati - Heritage Hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 Shekhawati. Drive to Delhi. Overnight train to Varanasi/strong>
Today we leave rural Rajasthan and drive back to Delhi. En-route we'll stop at Cyber Hub or Ambience Mall at Gurgaon on the outskirts of Delhi for lunch and a taste of modern India. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore Delhi and do some sightseeing or shopping. In the evening we board the overnight train to Varanasi in our air-conditioned sleeper carriage.
OVERNIGHT
Sleeper train
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 Arrive in Varanasi. Evening ceremonies on Ganges
Upon arrival into Varanasi our reps will meet you at the station and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax before we head out to watch the evening’s festivities on the river Ganges.
Varanasi is one of the world’s oldest cities and remains integral to Hinduism. A sunset trip to the Ganges is the perfect way to learn more about this expressive religion as we watch both priests and pilgrims despatch thousands of bright wicker lamps into the river.
OVERNIGHT
Varanasi - Hotel Hindustan International or similar
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 9 Sightseeing tour of Varanasi
The day begins with an early morning boat ride along the Ganges as we explore the city. Throughout the day the river is a constant hive of activity as streams of people arrive to pray and immerse themselves in the spiritually cleansing waters. The town itself is offers up a maze of medieval streets perfect for exploring with intricate temples poking out of alleyways and small markets abuzz with the general cacophony of Indian life. This afternoon we take the short trip to the ancient Buddhist site at Sarnath where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after becoming enlightened.
OVERNIGHT
Varanasi - Hotel Hindustan International or similar
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 10 Varanasi to Khajuraho by air
Today we leave Varanasi and transfer to the airport for the short flight to Khajuraho. Upon arrival we check into our hotel before enjoying a fully guided tour of the temple site. One of the largest temple complexes in India, Khajuraho was originally home to 85 temples constructed during the Chandela dynasty in the 10th century yet only 22 of these temples remain today. Famous for their erotic sculptures the temples offer a unique insight into the ancient mystique of India’s religions.
OVERNIGHT
Khajuraho - Hotel Jass Radisson or similar
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 11 Khajuraho. Drive to Orchha
After breakfast we leave Khajuraho and take to the roads of Madhya Pradesh for the journey to Orchha. Upon arrival the rest of the day is free to enjoy your hotel or explore the local area.
OVERNIGHT
Orchha - Hotel Amar Mahal Orchha or similar
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 12 Sightseeing tour of Orchha. Depart on train to Delhi
Founded in 1501 by the Bundela chief, Rudra Pratap Singh, you could be forgiven for thinking that Orchha has remained of that time. Set amongst well preserved palaces and picturesque temples it is the perfect place to experience Indian village life, both old and new. This afternoon we transfer to the train station to board the late train back to Delhi where we transfer you back to your hotel.
OVERNIGHT
Delhi - Sarovar Portico hotel or similar
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13 Delhi. Departure transfer to airport
Free day. Our local staff will be on hand to advise you on travel arrangements before transferring you to the airport to catch your flight home.
OVERNIGHT
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MEALS
Breakfast
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