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13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS
Temple, Tiger and Taj
  • DELHI
  • JAIPUR
  • DELHI
  • VARANASI
  • AGRA
  • RANTHAMBHORE
  • JAIPUR

OVERVIEW

The carefully crafted itinerary visits all the historic and "must see" sites of Northern India. Delhi, the bustling National Capital, Varanasi, the holiest, most spiritual and the oldest city on earth, Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, Ranthambore where you have chance to see the few remaining Royal Bengal Tigers roaming wild and free in their kingdom, and Jaipur, the imperial pink city


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Double OCC

USD 1788

Single OCC

USD 1908

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ITINERARY


Day
1
Flight to India

Make your own way to your gateway city to check in for your international flight to India. Enjoy inflight meals and services

Day
2
In Flight

In Flight

Day
3
Delhi

Delhi Hotel

Oberoi Maidens

Welcome to Delhi, India! a monumental city with a vibrant mix of old and new teeming bazaars, stately British boulevards, powerful Mughal palaces and forts, and intricate, ethereal towers, temples and tombs. On arrival at Delhi International Airport you will be welcomed by Expedition 2 India representative and will be transferred to your hotel. 
 

OVERNIGHT IN DELHI

Day
4
Delhi

Delhi Hotel

Oberoi Maidens

Our adventure begins in Old Delhi, the Mughal capital established by Shah Jahan in 1638. At the famous Red Fort, where Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the flag of newly-independent India on August 15, 1947, we trade our car for bicycle rickshaws. Weaving through the warren of crooked, congested alleys off Chandni Chowk, one of India’s oldest and busiest bazaars, we will see the traditional workmanship for which India is well known still thrives. We will also visit Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s serene and evocative cremation site, and the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. This afternoon visit the Qutub Minar, a stunning 240-foot minaret – the tallest in the world – surrounded by an elaborate complex built in the Indo-Islamic architectural tradition. 

Tonight mingle with your fellow Travellers over dinner at an authentic Indian restaurant - VEDA a Pan-Indian experience from which one will take back the flavors and tastes of the glorious food of the vastly diverse richly blessed Indian Sub-Continent. At VEDA, a ‘dinner out’ is transformed into an exclusive ‘dining experience’ and it is here that one realizes that Indian food does not lack any of the subtleties that make a nation’s food transform from being just ‘food’ to fine cuisine. The cuisine is a contemporary interpretation of classic Indian cooking. 

 

OVERNIGHT IN DELHI

Day
5
Varanasi

Varanasi Hotel

Radisson Hotel Varanasi

After breakfast, transfer to Delhi airport to catch our flight to the ancient city of Varanasi, the center of Hindu culture. A holy city dedicated to Shiva, Varanasi has survived the centuries because of its sanctified place in Indian religious life.

This afternoon enjoy a half day excursion to Sarnath (closed on Fridays) to visit the tranquil Deer Park where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment or as the Buddhist say set the 'wheel of dharma' or law rolling. At sunset, cruise the Ganges River to witness the evening Aarti prayer ritual.

OVERNIGHT IN VARANASI

Day
6
Varanasi

Varanasi Hotel

Radisson Hotel Varanasi

Take an early morning boat ride to see pilgrims gathering on the ghats to bathe in the sacred Ganges as the city begins to come Early this morning, before sunrise, drive to the Ghats on the Ganges to take a boat ride on the river Ganges. Witness the fascinating early morning rituals performed by Hindu devotees along the river bank which includes the cremation Ghats. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra where funeral pyres burn day and night. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on the banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death. For those interested you can opt for a yoga session on the banks of the Ganges River with a local yoga expert. Return back the hotel for breakfast.

Enjoy the rst of the day at leisure to explore the amazing old city and the colorful bazaars of Varanasi renowned for handcrafted silk fabrics.

OVERNIGHT IN VARANASI

Day
7
Agra

Agra Hotel

Oberoi Amarvilas

After breakfast drive to Varanasi airport to connect with flight to Delhi. On arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to Agra (Drive To Agra 203 Kms /04 and half Hours).On arrival Check in at the hotel.

OVERNIGHT IN AGRA

Day
8
Agra

Agra Hotel

Oberoi Amarvilas

Early this morning watch the sunrise at the Taj Mahal. You will long remember this scene as the Taj Mahal changes color and mood, its marble walls reflecting the pinks and mauves of the rising sun. After breakfast, we set out to explore Agra Fort, the work of Akbar the Great, who built it over the course of eight years (1565-1573). The fort was successively occupied by Emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan; the latter died here, imprisoned by his son, left to gaze at the Taj Mahal he had built. Also visit Itmad ud Daula, the mausoleum built by Queen Nur Jahan in 1622 in memory of her father. It is a notable representation of the fine inlaid stonework and translucent marble of the region. Many historians believe that this monument was Shah Jahan’s inspiration for building the Taj Mahal and is often described as the “petite Taj.”

OVERNIGHT IN AGRA

Day
9
Ranthambhore

Ranthambhore Hotel

Oberoi Vanyavilas

After breakfast we will continue overland to Ranthambore (302 Kms/07 Hours). We will stop en route at Fatehpur Sikri, the eerily abandoned capital of the Mughal Empire between 1570 and 1586. Akbar built this city to celebrate the birth of his son and future heir to the throne, Emperor Jahangir. While Akbar is believed to have been illiterate, he took great interest in the arts and architecture; Fatehpur Sikri is one of his masterworks.

Later continue drive to Ranthambhore. On arrival check in at the hotel.

OVERNIGHT IN RANTHAMBHORE

Day
10
Ranthambhore

Ranthambhore Hotel

Oberoi Vanyavilas

Ranthambore National Park, at 150 square miles, is one of India’s smallest tiger reserves, but boasts one of the country’s largest tiger populations and an impressive array of other animal and bird life (over 270 species of birds have been documented). It is located between the Aravalli and Vindhya mountain ranges, forested with deciduous trees and dotted with natural and manmade lakes and spectacular ancient ruins. Wildlife including leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, langur nilgai, sambar and chital inhabit the park in abundance. Crocodiles are found in some of these lakes, which are also seasonally rich in water birds. Our day will begin with pre-dawn coffee and biscuits before setting off on an early morning game drive with our park guide in search of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. After lunch back at our hotel, we will return to the park for an afternoon game drive, ending our day just before sunset.

OVERNIGHT IN RANTHAMBHORE

Day
11
Jaipur

Jaipur Hotel

The Oberoi Rajvilas

After breakfast travel overland to the “Pink City” of Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital (160 Kms/04 Hours). The origin of Jaipur’s nickname becomes immediately apparent as we enter the old city walls and greet the pink-colored buildings that rise at every turn. Late this afternoon enjoy Hi Tea in a private section of the Royal family at the City Palace in Jaipur. As an Indus guest you will have access to exclusive and private areas of the City Palace including the Sheesh Mahal (Glass Palace).

OVERNIGHT IN JAIPUR

Day
12
Jaipur

Jaipur Hotel

The Oberoi Rajvilas

This morning we will drive a short distance outside of the city to Amber Fort & Palace. Perched on a hillside on the outskirts of town, the palace was constructed in the 1590s by Maharaja Man Singh, the commander of Akbar's army, and was largely motivated by the highly defensible location. This is a beautiful and very well preserved structure, built on four levels and surrounded by ruins, which served as the backdrop for the Mira Nair movie "Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love." Travel up to the fort on elephant back as the maharajahs of the past once did. 

This afternoon you experience an elephant safari at a beautiful countryside location with barbecue lunch at jungle venue. Jaipur is well known for its elephant rides, and this elephant safari is a thrilling way to explore the countryside around the city. Located on a private estate in the green foothills behind Amber Fort, it enables one to get right away from the hustle and bustle. The safari ventures though villages, agricultural fields, hills, and past ancient monuments. A thrilling regal experience makes you feel like a Maharaja! The safari culminates at a farm where a barbecue lunch will be prepared alfresco!

OVERNIGHT IN JAIPUR

Day
13
Flight Back
Afternoon transfer to the New Delhi (258 Kms / 05 Hours)
Enjoy the morning at leisure. Early this afternoon you’ll be transferred back to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi you will be taken to Indira Gandhi International Airport for your onward flight back home.

Inclusions

Accommodation for 10 nights at luxury hotels or similar as per the itinerary
Buffet breakfast
Escorted return airport transfers
Sightseeing & Entrance fees as per the itinerary
English speaking local guides as per the itinerary
Transportation by Deluxe Air-conditioned Coach
Welcome dinner in Delhi
Morning boat ride on the Ganges
Evening Aarti ceremony on the Ganges in Varanasi
Optional morning Yoga Classes in Varanasi
2 Safari/Game drives in Ranthambore
Hi Tea at the private section of Royal Family of Jaipur
Elephant safari at countryside in Jaipur with lunch
English speaking Tour Director
Domestic Airfare: Delhi / Varanasi / Delhi
All presently applicable taxes

Exclusions

Meals not mentioned as being included
Items of a personal nature
Tips & gratuities
Beverages with meals
Visa fees
Optional tours/excursions
Camera or Video Fees if applicable
Travel Insurance and any other Items not mentioned as being included.
International Airfare

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