Classical Tours of North India
Group | 11 Days / 9 Nights
€ 3270 Onwards
Since ages, India has captured the vision of the traveller with its rich mosaic of religions, culture, legends and people. This classical tour unveils the mysteries and legends encircling the dramatic and varied settings of the British capital of Delhi; the holy city of Varanasi; the intricately carved temples of Khajuraho; the cool Taj Mahal in Agra.
Ganges: The Classical Tours of North India
*Delhi *Samode *Jaipur *Amer *Fatehpur Sikri *Agra *Sikendra *Orchha *Khajuraho *Varanasi *Sarnath
Dates & Prices
Day 1: Arrival at Delhi
Arrival at Delhi International Airport. After the immigration formalities and collection of your luggage, as you cross the Customs our representative will receive you at the arrival lounge and accompany you to your hotel and assist you during check in. (Rooms from 14.00 hrs). Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
Breakfast. This morning we start our sightseeing of Delhi with Lakshmi Narayan temple, the largest Hindu Temple in the city. On reaching Old Delhi, we first visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India built during the Mughal period. Driving past the high walls of Red Fort we arrive at Raj Ghat , the mausoleum dedicated Mahatma Gandhi.
In the afternoon we visit New Delhi starting with Gurudwara Bangla Sahib: a Sikh temple famous for its miraculous well and the gold dome. This would be followed by a panoramic tour of the official buildings of the capital driving past Rashtrapati Bhawan, the palace of the President of the Republic, the Parliament House, India Gate - the war memorial arch. Finally we visit the Qutub complex where we see the 72 meters high iconic tower which is the symbol of Delhi. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Delhi - Samode - Jaipur
Half board. Departure by surface to Jaipur, also known as the ' Pink City ' due to the color of the buildings in the walled city, en route visiting Samode a small village where the time seems to have stopped. We shall have lunch at its spectacular palace which has now been converted into a hotel. After lunch we would visit its exquisite Private Audience Hall and the Hall of Mirrors. We shall continue to Jaipur where this evening we will enjoy a rickshaw ride (tricycle) to have a panoramic view of the city. To finish our tour for today we visit the Birla Temple constructed in white marble. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur- Amer - Jaipur
Breakfast. Today we take an excursion to Amer, the former capital of Dhundar, climb its spectacular fort located on top of a hill on elephant back or a jeep and visit its spectacular halls and palaces. Later visit Gaitor, where the cenotaphs of the Maharajas of Dhundar are situated. On return to Jaipur, visit the Palace of the Maharaja, the iconic Hawa Mahal: the Palace of the Winds known for its spectacular facade and Jantar Mantar, the astrological observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in the XVIII century. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Jaipur- Fatehpur Sikri- Agra
Breakfast. After breakfast we depart by road to Agra, enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned city. Sikri was the winter capital of the Rajputs of Sikarwar and was first occupied by the Lodhis and finally ended in the hands of the Mughals. Akbar, the fifth Mughal king made it his capital but soon to abandon it allegedly due to lack of water. Continue to Agra. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Agra
Breakfast. This morning visit the Taj Mahal , one of the seven wonders of the world. Following the visit of the spectacular Taj we shall conclude the visit of Agra by visiting the imposing Badalgarh Fort. This fort made in red sand stone, originally belonged to the Rajputs of Sikarwar, and like Sikri changed various hands. The fifth Mughal king, Akbar, escaping an attempt on his life in Delhi seeked refuge here thus makes it his home and the capital of his Empire and Hindustan. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Agra- Orchha- Khajuraho
Breakfast. Early in the morning we reach the railway station to take a train to Jhansi. We alight the train at Jhansi from where by road we proceed to Khajuraho, en route visiting Orchha , which is located in a beautiful setting on the banks of river Betwa . Orchha was the capital of the Bundela dynasty that left for posterity an impressive architectural complex consisting of a fortress, temples and palaces. After the visit o Orchha we shall continue to Khajuraho by surface. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Khajuraho
Breakfast. Khajuraho was the religious capital of the Chandela dynasty which built several temples of singular beauty that are considered the masterpiece of Hindu religious art. The wealth of the temples of Khajuraho is the beauty of sculptures made on their walls. There are figures of gods, mythical beasts and celestial nymphs or apsaras of sublime eroticism and "mithunas" or explicit erotic scenes. We first visit the western group of temples including Lakshman, Kandariya Mahadeva and Devi Jagadambi temple. We then proceed to the eastern Group which includes Parsvanath and Adinath temples. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Khajuraho- Varanasi
Breakfast. Departure by air to Varanasi, the city of thousand temples . Varanasi is the most important pilgrimage center of India, it is the city of Shiva: the god of regeneration. In the afternoon we visit the ancient city to reach the banks of the Ganges to see the ‘aarti’ or the ceremony of adoration of the holy river. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Varanasi- Delhi
Breakfast. Early morning at the banks of the river Ganges, we take a boat ride through the sacred waters to see Hindu devotees perform their morning ablutions and prayers. After enjoying the boat ride we stroll through the narrow streets around the grand temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kashi Vishwanath, also known as the golden temple. After visiting the most important temples of the city we also visit Banaras Hindu University the famous university of Varanasi. Post breakfast depart to the airport to take a flight to Delhi. At Delhi we will go to a hotel that will be our pick-up point for the flight back. Overnight on board.
Day 11: Departure from Delhi
Departure from Delhi to our country of origin.
Guaranteed departures from 02 pax onwards with local guides.
Tour Type: Individual Tour (Special rates available for Group Tours)
Code: TCTNI 2014
The cost includes:
The cost does not includes:
Per person Net Cost
1 May 2014 to 30 September 2014
1 May 2014 to 30 September 2014
€ 510 per person
€ 190 net
€ 105 per person
€ 105 per person
€ 485 per person
€ 170 net
Minimum 02 pax
Supplement for accompanied language speaking Guide till Agra
Airfare Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi
Request Tariff for 1 October 2014 onwards
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TRAVEL BY ROAD
AIRFARES AND TRAVELLING BY AIR
NOTE: The following are the allowances permitted for the baggage checked-in of Indian domestic flights.
All airlines (except SpiceJet which allows 20kg) allow a baggage of the weight indicated below. Please check the airline website for any last minute changes.
Economic class (check), maximum weight allowed 15kg. Any additional kg should be set up in ` per passenger immediately at check price ` 250/kg .This policy is in effect on the following companies:
* Go Air follows a different policy for 03 Sectors [Leh / Jammu / Srinagar] because they are highly sensitive Areas & airport there are not as well equipped as the metro cities in India:
Delhi / Leh / Delhi
Hand baggage of maximum weight of 10 Kgs + Check-in Baggage Maximum of 15 Kgs is allowed.
Only Valuables [Purse / Jewelry / Camera / Laptop / Coat / Mobile] are allowed in Hand luggage & rest all items be should be in the Check-in Baggage (even shoes ) .
Please note that you can carry electronic items like camera etc. but without the batteries. Batteries should be taken out and placed in the check- in baggage. Otherwise the security personnel at the airport shall remove the batteries and throw them away.
We recommend the following:
ACTIVITIES (Wildlife Safari/ Boat ride/ Desert & Rural Safari/ Bicycle & Rickshaw Ride/ Animal Rides)
In order not to encourage begging, we suggest that you should not distribute anything during your visits (candy, money, toys, pens etc.).
Should you wish to made donations in cash or kind, please consult your guide who would provide you with the best advice.
We suggest that you spend your money to buy locally produced things made my local craftsmen and take them to the country of your origin and contribute to the local economy thus providing work to those in need.
PRICE AND OTHER CONDITION OF SALE
(Indicative only because it is at the discretion of each / not to spare but only tickets ) :
• 10% of the total amount of the invoice/meals in restaurants, hotels
• 20 ` (Indian Rupees `) / porterage at hotels
• PP 03 € per day for guide escort (to be submitted in an envelope at the end of the stay)
• PP 02 € per day for the driver (to be submitted in an envelope at the end of the stay)
• PP 01 € 01 per day for the assistant driver (to be submitted in an envelope at the end of the stay)
It is the capital of India since 1912 and the second most populous city in the country . Located in the center of the province of Delhi, is divided into two parts ( old and new ) and it can be admired forts, palaces , tombs and temples of the most varied styles with government buildings in colonial style, modern industries , trades and residential areas all with modern amenities . We recommend visiting the Red Fort, the Jama Masijd , Raj Ghat and the India Gate in the Old Town . In the new area we suggest the Qutab Minar, Birla Temple and the Sikh Temple.
Sikandra is the mausoleum of Akbar. Akbar himself planned his own tomb and selected a suitable site for constructing this beautiful monument. To construct a tomb in one's lifetime was a Tartary custom, which the Mughals followed religiously. This structure has a perfect blending of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain themes. Sikandra is named after Sikandar Lodi, the Delhi ruler who was in power from 1488 to 1517. A visit to Akbar's monument opens before one, the completeness of Akbar's personality as completely as the Taj Mahal does of Mumtaz Mahal's .
It is a city that dominates a feminine touch in their structures and history. Created by Sultan Sikandar Lodi order , years later in her love of an emperor for his wife was reflected in eternity through the monument that identifies both the city and the whole country in the world : the Taj Mahal. The city was occupied for long periods by Muslims , inheriting architectural and urban structures of medieval character we can admire today and its winding streets
Located 35 kilometers from Agra , stands on a rocky platform imperial Fatehpur Sikri, the ruins of which was the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire in the sixteenth century . Surrounded by a wall of 6 km, the d is uninhabited and has been declared architectural heritage .
Known as the Pink City , formerly known as Rajputana, owes its nickname to the color of the sandstone with the buildings of the old city were built. Nice design of this villa is due to the Maharaja Jai Sigh II which began construction in 1728 and got his architect Vidyadhar Chakravarty mix with confidence styles as diverse as Hindu , Jain , Mongol and Persian.
Amber, was the capital of the state before Jaipur. Located 11 kilometers from Jaipur. Amer is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan. It is an old fort, built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. This fort is also very popularly known as the Amer Palace. The Amer Fort was built in red sandstone and marble and the Maotha Lake adds a certain charm to the entire Fort. The Amer Fort has influences of both Hindu and Muslim architecture.
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