12 Day Kaleidoscope of India - Friday Departure

12 Day Kaleidoscope of India - Friday Departure


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

India

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for India
Depart for India

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in New Delhi
Welcome to India! Arrive in the energetic capital city of New Delhi; meet your representative and transfer to the hotel. Time to rest and relax after your journey and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: New Delhi

DAY 3, Sunday - Old & New Delhi City Tour
Begin in the walled city of Old Delhi, founded by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Travel along the winding streets to Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation and site of his cremation and to Jama Masjid, the largest and best-known mosque in India. Stop for photos at the famous Red Fort, then continue along the lanes of Chandni Chowk, once the imperial avenue of Mughal royalty, on a cycle rickshaw. Then, on to New Delhi, a city of airy boulevards, lush parks, and gardens. Visit the Sikh Temple, and then drive past the imposing India Gate War Memorial to Indian and British soldiers, Parliament House and the Presidential Palace. Arrive at Humayun's Tomb set in stunning gardens, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening, meet with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager for an orientation meeting on the incredible journey in India that awaits you. Afterward, begin your discovery of Indian cuisine at a hotel restaurant
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Travel to Jaipur
Depart New Delhi to Jaipur, gateway to the desert state of Rajasthan. En route, stop for some photos at the graceful sandstone Qutab Minar Victory Tower, the world's tallest brick minaret, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in glorious Jaipur, with its stucco buildings lining the wide streets and you'll understand why it is nicknamed the "Pink City." The city was painted its unique color in 1876 to celebrate the visit of the Prince of Wales. Drive past stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces on the way to Bhandari Jewelry: Jaipur's centuries-old craft community, world-renowned for its quality and design. Bhandari Jewelry, third generation gemologists, offers a spectacular array of gems, available loose or uniquely set in gold and silver, plus local handicrafts, stone and marble carvings, and paintings. Then, visit a bargain-filled bazaar before dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Amber Fort & Jaipur City Tour
Excursion to the spectacular Amber Fort, a stunning fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors. Ascend the hill to the ramparts by jeep. From here, see the panoramic views of Jaipur's original city walls and the lake below. Stop for refreshments before shopping the vast collection of local handicrafts at Jaipur Handicrafts, offering premium quality handmade carpets, textiles, pashminas, pottery, and paintings. Fabrics in all colors and texture are available for loose purchase as well as custom design work. Later, the tour continues to the opulent City Palace, former royal residence, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of miniature paintings, costumes, and armory. On the way back, stop at the well-preserved 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory. Tonight's optional evening is highlighted by the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a local neighborhood restaurant, while you're entertained by performers in traditional attire as they execute various interesting dance moves on the rhythm of the accompanying musical instruments
Optional: Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Cultural Performance
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Travel to Agra via Abhaneri
Visit Birla Mandir Temple before departing Jaipur to the small ancient village of Abhaneri in northern Rajasthan. Begin at Chand Baori, one of the largest step wells in India, fortified on all sides. This unique idea was conceived by the early natives to work as a water reservoir, located adjacent to the temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, goddess of joy and happiness - an architectural jewel. Then after lunch, continue on to Agra, with its celebrated past, rich heritage and architectural delights. If time allows, you may visit a local school. The rest of the evening is at leisure to enjoy the delights of this splendid city
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Thursday - Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
A memorable day as you visit the astonishing Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved Queen. Perhaps, this is the perfect architectural monument in the world, built of white marble and precious stones over a 22 year period; considered the finest example of Mughal architecture. Afterward, stop at Kalakriti Marble. The Taj Mahal inspired the Kalakriti family to become the manufacturer of fine inlaid marble work. Marvel at the museum quality workmanship as you watch a demonstration of the timely process of marble carvings, filigree and stone inlay. Then, browse Kalakriti’s home furnishings and decorative items. In the afternoon, travel to the red sandstone Agra Fort, with its incredible maze of walled courtyards, mosques and lavish private chambers reflecting the grandeur of the Mughal Empire; this monument has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, to the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and inlay of semiprecious stones. Spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - Travel to Khajuraho
This morning transfer to the railway station to board the Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi. After lunch in Jhansi, continue to Khajuraho, site of the world-famous Khajuraho Temples with their erotic carvings, dating back to the Chandela Dynasty. Dinner is in Khajuraho
Overnight: Khajuraho
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Chandela Dynasty Temples of Khajuraho, Flight to Varanasi
Begin the day with a tour of the exquisite Khajuraho Temples, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. Although over 1,050 temples were created, there are only 20 exquisite sculptures left today. Just a few of the sculptures you will see are the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple to Lord Shiva, the Bharatiya Temple, with its 11-headed sculpture of Vishnu and the Vamana Temple dedicated to the dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu. After lunch, depart this treasure trove in the afternoon on a flight to Varanasi, built on the banks of the sacred River Ganges. For centuries, pilgrims have come here for blessings and purification in the holy waters. In the evening, participate in the optional Sacred Prayer Ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghat on the Ganges River, lit with oil lamps and candles illuminating the river. Here, you can witness the unique "Aarti" ceremony. The atmosphere is lively and bright - this is truly a not to be missed experience
Optional: Evening Sacred Prayer Ceremony at the Ganges River (PM)
Overnight: Varanasi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Sunday - Ganges Boat Ride, Hindu Temples Visit & Sarnath Sightseeing
Rise before dawn for a boat ride on the Ganges to observe the solemn sunrise ceremonies. Witness the riverbanks humming with activity as Hindu devotees perform their rituals on the "ghats" (steps) and offer prayers to the rising sun. Then, on to Bharat Mata Temple with its marble relief map of an undivided India, Durga Temple, and Benaras Hindu University. After the early morning tour, return to the hotel for breakfast. Later, visit the shopping district. A stay in Varanasi would not be complete without a stop at leading silk weavers, Mehta Silk. Browse beautiful silk brocades, scarves, sarees and decorative household items, all crafted by highly skilled weavers. Leisure time for shopping in the bustling bazaars before driving to Sarnath, the holy city where Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. The major events of Buddha's life are depicted in colorful wall paintings. Visit the Deer Park, Museum and Buddhist Temple. Tonight, bid farewell to your newfound friends and Tour Manager at a Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Varanasi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Flight to New Delhi
Depart Varanasi this evening and return by plane to New Delhi on your last day in India. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-New Delhi, New Delhi-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Khajuraho-Varanasi & Varanasi-New Delhi
  • 10 nights First Class accommodations
  • 3 nights New Delhi
  • 2 nights Jaipur
  • 2 nights Agra
  • 1 night Khajuraho
  • 2 nights Varanasi
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 18 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
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    Special Features

  • Raj Ghat, memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation and site of his cremation
  • Rickshaw ride along the lanes of Chandni Chowk, once the imperial avenue of Mughal royalty
  • Amber Fort with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors
  • Visit the Taj Mahal, one of the most perfect architectural monuments in the world
  • Tour the exquisite Khajuraho Temples declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Boat ride at dawn on the Ganges to witness the solemn sunrise ceremonies
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Khajuraho-Varanasi and Varanasi-New Delhi.

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    Accommodations

    Eros Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the South Delhi neighborhood, overlooking the Lotus Temple.

    LaLit Jaipur
    This deluxe hotel is situated nearby the Jawahar Circle garden.

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Agra
    This superior first class hotel is a ten minute drive from the Taj Mahal.

    Radisson Jass Khajuraho
    This deluxe hotel is located in a quiet area less than a mile from the Khajuraho Temples.

    Radisson Hotel Varanasi
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city in the Cantt area.

    Aloft New Delhi Aerocity
    This first class hotel is a 40 minute drive from the city center of New Delhi.

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