Classical North India

9 Nights

India

Start and finish your Classical North India tour in Delhi with city tours in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi. Visit the main historical sights of North India with visits to the Fort's, Temples and the river Ganges.

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Highlights

  • A City tour of Old and New Delhi covering the Red Fort with a cycle rickshaw ride, Raj Ghat, the Presidential Palace and more
  • Amber Fort and a tour of Jaipur
  • City tour of Agra to visit the Taj Mahal
  • Visit the Eastern and Western Group of temples
  • Explore the colourful bazaar of Varanasi
  • Boat ride on the River Ganges along with an evening ceremony at the Ganges
  • Varanasi City tour
  • Day 1 - Arrival in Delhi
  • Day 2 - City Tour of Delhi
  • Day 3 - Delhi - Jaipur
  • Day 4 - Amber Fort and the city of Jaipur
  • Day 5 - Jaipur - Agra
  • Day 6 - Jhansi Railway Station - Khajuraho
  • Day 7 - Eastern and Western Group of temples
  • Day 8 - Varanasi - River Ganges
  • Day 9 - Varanasi - Delhi
  • Day 10 - Departure from Delhi
  • Additional Information

Arrival into Delhi and be met with our representative and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Delhi

Accommodation:
Standard category: The Suryaa Delhi or similar
Premium category: The Sheraton Delhi similar

Meals Included: Ro

The Suryaa New Delhi

Property Location A stay at The Suryaa New Delhi places you in the heart of New Delhi, convenient to Jamia Millia Islamia and Humayun's Tomb. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Lotus Temple and Kalkaji Mandir.

After breakfast, proceed for a city tour of Old and New Delhi

In the morning, explore Old Delhi with a drive past the magnificent Red Fort (closed on Monday's). Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride in the by lanes of Chandini Chowk. Drive past Kotla Firoze Shah, ruins of an old fort of the 14th century. Visit Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Drive through the old city subject to traffic conditions.

In the afternoon, explore New Delhi with a drive past the Presidential Palace, the Rashtrapati, the impressive Rajpath to the World War 1 memorial arch, the India Gate. Visit the Qutub Minar, the 72 metre high Minaret.

Overnight in Delhi

Accommodation:
Standard category: The Suryaa Delhi or similar
Premium category: The Sheraton Delhi similar

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

The Suryaa New Delhi

Property Location A stay at The Suryaa New Delhi places you in the heart of New Delhi, convenient to Jamia Millia Islamia and Humayun's Tomb. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Lotus Temple and Kalkaji Mandir.

Red Fort

Seat of the Mughal Empire since Emperor Shah Jehan, the Red Fort stood for the might of imperial Hindustan. The medieval structure in Delhi holds significance even today as the Prime Minister of India makes his customary Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the fort on August 15. The fort stood at the eastern edge of Shahjahanabad, the new capital of Mughal Empire created by Shah Jehan in 17th century. Shahjahanabad was the seventh Delhi created since Indraprastha, the capital of Pandavas.

Built by Shah Jehan as his residence, the fort gets its name from the massive wall of red sandstone. The Red Fort was called the “Qila-i-Mubarak” or “The blessed fort”; however, it is popularly known as ‘Lal Qila’. Though the Agra fort made of red sandstone is also called Lal Qila, it is the fort at Delhi which is associated with the name.

Architecture of the fort, its planning and beauty showcases the ingenuity of Mughals and their love for creating masterpieces in stone. Though the fort has lost its glory and looks rather forlorn, it was the centre-stage of political happenings. The pomp and power of the fort was on display each Friday, when Emperor Shah Jahan paraded out of the fort at the head of his retinue atop an elephant, to offer prayers at the Jama Masjid.

The fort shot into limelight again and became the epicentre of political developments during the Revolt of 1857. It was the residence of the Mughals till the last royal Bahadur Shah Zafar was arrested for his role in the mutiny. The fort was the scene of an important event associate with the Indian freedom struggle. The joint court-martial of officers of Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army – Colonel Prem Sahgal, Colonel Gurubaksh Singh Dhillon and Major General Shah Nawaz Khan – was held at the Red Fort. The trio was defended by the INA Defence Committee which included legal luminaries like Jawaharlal Nehru, Bhulabhai Desai, Kailashnath Katju and Asaf Ali.

The Red Fort attracts large number of tourists for its architecture, history and for its sheer magnificence. The Red Fort is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Delhi.

Qutub Minar

The tallest minaret in India, Qutub Minar is among the iconic monuments of Delhi. Known as the ‘Tower of Victory’, the construction of the minaret also marked the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. Located at Mehrauli, around 3.9 million people visit the structure every year. Built from red sandstone and marble, the minaret is known for its history and architectural significance. The minaret and other monuments within the complex have been declared a UNESCO world heritage site.

A classic example of Indo-Islamic architecture, the foundation of the minaret was laid by Qutb-ud-din-Aibak in 1192. It was built to celebrate the victory of Mohammed Ghori over Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan. However, Qutd-ud-din-Aibak died before completion of the minaret. Iltutmish continued construction and during his time three-storeys were added. Later in 1368, two more storeys were added by Firoz Shah Tughlak. 

The minaret is 72.5 meters high and has five-storeys with a projecting balcony. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, while the remaining two storeys with marble and sandstone. The exterior of the minaret is decorated with fluted columns, which have a 40 cm thick veneer of red sandstone. Another attraction of the minaret is its 397 steps, which leads to the balconies.

After breakfast, depart Delhi by road to Jaipur (275kms/approx. 5 hours) - Arrive at Jaipur and transfer to your hotel.

The evening is at your leisure.

Overnight in Jaipur

Accommodation:
Standard category: Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur or similar
Premium category: ITC Rajputana or similar

 

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur, City Square

Property Location Centrally located in Jaipur, Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur, City Square is convenient to World Trade Park and Sawai Mansingh Stadium. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Birla Temple and Central Park.

After breakfast, embark on a half day excursion to Amber Fort - 7 miles north of Jaipur is Amber with it's honey coloured fortress-palace in the Aravalli Hills which can be mounted by elephant. It has been described as "the sleeping beauty of Rajasthan".

In the afternoon, proceed on a city tour of Jaipur with a photo stop at 'Hawa Mahal' (Palace of Winds). Visit Jai Singh's Observatory built in the 17th century by the founder of Jaipur. Visit the City Palace, a part of it is now a museum that contains fine Rajput and Moghul paintings, rare manuscrips and an armoury, old carpets and even amazingly embroidered clothes of the Maharajas and the Maharanis.

Overnight in Jaipur

Accommodation:
Standard category: Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur or similar
Premium category: ITC Rajputana or similar

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur, City Square

Property Location Centrally located in Jaipur, Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur, City Square is convenient to World Trade Park and Sawai Mansingh Stadium. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Birla Temple and Central Park.

The City Palace

City Palace Complex is another magnificent and splendid marvel of Jaipur. It offers a very rare and unique amalgam of the elegant blends of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. Located in the center of the old Jaipur city, it spreads over a huge area. Its outer walls were built in the time of Jai Singh, which saw additions in the 20th century. It has many buildings with well-built gardens and immense patios. Sawai Madho Singh II constructed the Mubarak Mahal or Welcome Palace as a centre of reception for visiting dignities. The Mahal is located before the entrance of the main complex. Now it has been made a portion of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. This museum is the home to a wide range of items from the Royal times like costumes, embroideries, shawls, Benaresi silk sarees, Maharaja's pajamas, Chogas, clothes of other rulers, Kamarbands, Jamawars, and Goliath sized musical instruments such as Sarangis and Tanpura as well as clothes of Sawai Madho Singh I.

Hawa Mahal

HawaMahal or “The Wind’s Palace” was built in 1799, by the Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Hawa Mahal is located on the southern side of the city. It has a very beautiful 5-story building, the design replicates the crown of Krishna. It appears like a honey comb with around one thousand tiny windows. They are embodied with lattice work and encourage cool breeze to flow through the palace, centrally air conditioning entire area during summers. The beautiful red and pink sandstones of the exterior give it an enchanting look.

Amer Fort

Renowned for its combination of Hindu and Mughal architecture, the Amber Fort is located about 11 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan. The citadel was the seat of the Kachhawa Rajputs who ruled Amer in Rajasthan before the capital was moved to the present day Jaipur. The construction of the fort was commenced in 1592 by Raja Man Singh I over the remnants of an earlier fortified structure. The fort was built with red sandstone. It was modified by successive rulers for 150 next years.

During Mughal rule, Amber under Man Singh I was at its height of power and influence. Man Singh was the Commander in Chief of the Mughal army and one of the Navratnas (nine jewels of Akbar’s court). The ornamentation of the fort is a blend of Rajput-Mughal styles. One can see intricate carvings, mirror and precious stone works on the walls and ceilings of the fort. There are several places in the fort complex, which has been built as per the Mughal style of architecture including the ‘Dil-e-Aaram’ garden, which is located at the entry point of the fort.

The fort is connected with Jaigarh Fort through fortified tunnel. The tunnel was built for the royal family members and others during the escape during the times of war, to take them to Jaigarh Fort, which was far safer place. There are several shops within the fort, where one can buy traditional Rajasthani costumes.

In the morning, depart by road to Agra en-route and visit Fetehpur Sikhri (236kms/approx. 5hrs). Visit Fatehpur Sikri (37kms) - West of Agra lies the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, an epic poem in red sandstone built by Emperor Akbar the Great in 1569 and deserted 14 years later because its water supply failed. Arrive and transfer to your hotel.

In the afternoon, embark on a city tour of Agra with a visit to the Taj Mahal, the Greatest love story ever told! On the death of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Shahjehan built her this memorial. It took 22 years to build this monument. Visit Agra Fort - behind its forbidding red sandstone battlements lie a palace that will tell the story of the Moghul Empire.

Overnight in Agra

Accommodation:
Standard category: Hotel Clarks Shiraz or similar
Premium category: ITC Mughal or similar

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Hotel Clarks Shiraz

Property Location Located in Agra (Rakabganj), Hotel Clarks Shiraz is convenient to Mosque and the Jawab and Agra Fort. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Sadar Bazar and Keetham Lake.

Early morning, you will need to transfer to the railway station and board the 12002 Bhopal Shatabdi to Jhansi. Upon arrival, proceed to Khajuraho enroute a visit to Orccha (20kms/approx. 1hr). Orccha was founded in the 1501AD by the Bundela chief, Rudra Pratap Singh who became the first King of Orccha and also built the Fort of Orccha.

Lunch at Orccha on guest's own account

After lunch, depart by road for Khajuraho (178kms) and upon arrival into Khajuraho, transfer and check into your hotel.

Overnight in Khajuraho

Accommodation:
Standard category: Radisson Jass Hotel Khajuraho or similar             Premium category: The LaLiT Temple View or similar

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Radisson Jass Hotel Khajuraho

Treat yourself to a relaxing escape at the Radisson Khajuraho, a five-star hotel offering 86 deluxe guest rooms and four spacious suites, plus a variety of outstanding amenities. The Radisson is ideally located just minutes from the airport, the railway station, the marketplace and the UNESCO World Heritage temple complex. During your stay in Khajuraho, take advantage of the hotel's numerous conveniences, including an outdoor pool, high-speed Internet access, a multi-cuisine restaurant and a full-service bar. The hotel also has a world-class spa and the city's newest, most advanced conferencing facilities. For off-site activities, enjoy a relaxing day trip to Panna National Park or visit the lovely Pandav Falls. With its lush gardens and beautiful landscaping, the Radisson Khajuraho offers an idyllic getaway that is sure to make you feel refreshed and at ease.

After breakfast, proceed to visit the Eastern Group of temples with visits to Adinath Temple, Parshvanath Temple and Shantinath Temple followed by a visit to the Western Group of temples Laxmana Temple, Khandariya Mahadeo Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Varaha Temple, Nandi Temple, Devi Jagdamba Temple and Vishwanath Temple.

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi.

Upon arrival into Varanasi, transfer to your hotel and check-in. In the evening, you are at leisure to explore the colourful bazaar.

Overnight in Varanasi

Accommodation:
Standard category: Rivatas By Ideal or similar
Premium category: Radisson Hotel Varanasi or similar

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Rivatas By Ideal

Lakshmana Temple

Lakshmana Temple is a huge stone temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The east facing temple is famous for housing more than 600 images of gods and goddesses of the Hindu religion. The temple is beautifully decorated with patterns of elephants and horsemen carrying out parade and there is a small idol in every corner.

Vishwanath Temple

Vishwanath temple in Khajuraho is famous for the beautifully carved sculptures of Shivlinga and idol of Lord Brahma. This temple is considered to be a UNESCO world heritage site constructed in 11th century. Another attraction of the temple is a 6 ft high Nandi bull, which is placed on top of a platform.

Kandariya Mahadev Temple

The Kandariya Mahadev temple dedicated to lord Shiva is considered to be a UNESCO World Heritage site. This temple is the biggest of all the other temple on the western part of Khajuraho. The mesmerizing looks of the temple and 900 awesomely carved sculptures implies the rich culture of Madhya Pradesh to the visitors.

Take a boat ride on the River Ganges early morning and return back to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, take a city tour of Varanasi where you will see the Bharat Mata Temples, Emperor Aurangzeb's Vishwanath Golden Temple. Varanasi Hindu University, a great seat of oriental learning, visit Durga (Goddess of power) Temple. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant - Surya.

In the afternoon, visit Sanath (closed of Friday) - the site where the Buddha preached his first sermon in the Deer Park. The complex houses Dhamek Stupa, which marks the location of a monastery. Visit the archaeological museum situated close by.

Proceed in the evening for a ceremony at the Ganges.

Overnight in Varanasi

Accommodation:
Standard category: Rivatas By Ideal or similar
Premium category: Radisson Hotel Varanasi or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Rivatas By Ideal

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Delhi. Arrive into Delhi and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Delhi

Accommodation:
Standard category: The Suryaa Delhi or similar
Premium category: The Sheraton Delhi similar

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

The Suryaa New Delhi

Property Location A stay at The Suryaa New Delhi places you in the heart of New Delhi, convenient to Jamia Millia Islamia and Humayun's Tomb. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Lotus Temple and Kalkaji Mandir.

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your departure flight home.

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Package includes:
- Accommodation: 9 nights on twin sharing in standard category of room at all places
- Meal plan: Bed and breakfast at all places
- Transport: All transfers and excursions will be provided by an air-conditioned large car as per the itinerary
- Local English speaking guide for sightseeing as per the itinerary
- Elephant ride and return by jeep at Amber Fort
- Boat ride at the Ganges
- Evening Aarti ceremony on the banks on the river Ganges
- Train fare - AC Chair Car in Shatabdi Express from Agra to Jhansi
- Economy Class airfare from Khajuraho to Varanasi and Varanasi to Delhi however please be aware this price is subject to change
- Entrance fees and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) entrance fees to all monuments
- Services of an English speaking representative in each city
- All taxes as on date, all future levies will be charged extra

Package excludes:

- International Flights
- Any expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, minibar or drinks during meals, tips to driver, guide, helper etc.
- Any other meal/details not mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport departure tax/airport development fee usually included in the international air ticket
- Visa charges to India

Notes:
*Economy class airfares must be ticketed instantly upon booking and will be subject to cancellation fees once booked. Baggage allowance on the internal flights is 15kg checked-in baggage and 7kg hand luggage.
*The following monuments/sites are closed to visitors as per the below:
- The Red Fort, Delhi: Monday's
- Taj Maha, Agra: Friday's
- Sarnath, Varanasi: Friday's
*Accommodation will be provided in hotels mentioned or alternate hotels of a similar category
*All hotels maintain a check-in and check-out time of 12 noon or 1400hrs
*Train and air schedules/fares are subject to revision
*Visa is required for India - Passengers must organise it before their departure from their country of domicile/nationality. India has a facility of Electronic Tourist Visa.
*All passengers must be covered by suitable travel/health insurance prior to departure from the country of origin