Varanasi Holidays

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Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to India! Upon your arrival in New Delhi, we will be there to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free and at your leisure.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

Our guided sightseeing tour of Delhi today covers the colourful chaos of Old Delhi. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Delhi was important centre of the Mughal dynasty and the British made it the capital city in 1911. We take in Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk, the bustling bazaar, as well as the Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana – the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru. Free afternoon. Enhance your day and add on our New Delhi excursion, which takes in India Gate, Rasthrapati Bhawan, Parliament House and Humayun’s Tomb. See Enhance Your Holiday Page for details.

Nrashtrapati Bhawan

Day 3: Delhi - Varanasi

This morning we will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Varanasi. On arrival we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Afternoon is free and at your leisure. This evening enjoy a rickshaw ride to the Ganges where you will see the Aarti Ceremony. (Religious)

Varanasi Ghats

Day 4: Varanasi

This morning, we enjoy a early morning boat ride on the holy river Ganges where we will view the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the many riverbank ghats (riverside steps). Later, we embark on a tour of the city and Sarnath.

Chaturbhui Temple

Day 5: Varanasi - Khajuraho

Morning is at leisure. Later we will transfer you to the airport to catch the flight to Khajuraho. Arrive Khajuraho and we will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Evening visit to see the Sound and light show.

Jehnagir Mahal

Day 6: Khajuraho - Agra

Morning sightseeing tour of the famous Chandela temples. Later we drive to Jhansi train station for your train to Agra and on the way we stop for a guided tour of Orchha. On arrival in Agra we will transfer you to the hotel and check you in.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 7: Agra

Today we enjoy a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal! Enjoy a spectacular view of the Taj Mahal. There you will enjoy exploration time and also a guided explanation of this once powerful mogul emperor’s monument to love. This morning we visit Agra Fort which, during its time has been a military structure, a palace and a prison! We also visit Akbar's Masoleum at Sikandra. Later today we take you to the Taj Mahal for a sunset visit.

Entrance to Ranthambhore

Day 8: Agra - Ranthambhore NP

Today we drive to Bharatpur Railway Station and visit the ghostly abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. We catch the Train to Sawai Madhopur for Ranthambhore natioanal Park. Arrive Sawai Madhopur & transfer to your Hotel in Ranthambhore National Park.

Ranthambhore fort

Day 9: Ranthambhore NP

Ranthambhore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan. Sprawling across an area of some 1334 sq. kms, the park boasts an impressive 10th century fort. In addition to the Bengal tiger, Ranthambhore is home to wild boar, nilgai, sambar deer and a variety of birds. Tiger spottings are more common in the morning or late afternoon which is when you will enjoy your game drives today.

Tiger up close

Day 10: Ranthambhore NP - Jaipur

Enjoy a Morning Game Drive in a Shared Canter. Later we drive to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur & we will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel for the night. Jaipur is famous for the unusual rose-colored sandstone architecture that gives the city its nickname, the Pink City.

Maharaja Palace

Day 11: Jaipur

This morning we visit the delicate pink, magnificent fort-palace of Amber - a wonderful example of Rajput architecture just north of Jaipur. Subject to Government regulations, we will arrive in style riding on an elephant! Free afternoon. Why not add on our tour of the city which includes the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory. See the Enhance Your Holiday page for details of Jaipur Up Close.

Meheranga Fort

Day 12: Jaipur - Jodhpur

Free morning. Later we will drive to Jodhpur. Arrive Jodhpur and we will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel for the night.

Maharaja City Palace

Day 13: Jodhpur - Udaipur

Standing at the edge of the Thar Desert, the city is dominated by its massive fort, which sits atop a sheer rocky ridge right in the middle of the town. Meherangarh Fort, still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur is an impressive sight and we will enjoy a sightseeing tour there in the morning. Later we drive to Udaipur stopping enroute to visit the Jain Temples at Ranakpur. You will have an evening cruise on Lake Pichola.

Lake Pichola sunset

Day 14: Udaipur

This morning enjoy touring of the imposing City Palace, a vision in soft yellow stone on the northeast promontory with breathtaking views of the lake. The City Palace is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. We then take you to visit Jagdish Temple and Sahelion ki bari. his afternoon bid farewell to Udaipur as we will transfer you to the airport to catch the 1530 Jet Airways flight back to Delhi arriving at 1640. Arrive Delhi and we will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel for the night.

Jagdish Temple

Day 15: Udaipur - Delhi

Spend the morning at leisure. This afternoon bid farewell to Udaipur as we will transfer you to the airport to catch the flight back to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and we will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel for the night.

Delhi fruit stall

Day 16: Delhi - Chitwan N. P.

We transfer you to the airport for the flight to Kathmandu. On arrival drive you to Chitwan, taking in the beautiful scenery along the way. The drive will take approximately 5 hours. On arrival we will check you into the hotel.

Days 17-18: Chitwan N. P.

Widely acknowledged as one of the finest National Parks in Asia, Chitwan supports a population of a variety of species including Indian one horned rhino, bison, sloth bear, wild boar, deer, leopard and of course the magnificent, if elusive, Bengal tiger. Over the next 2 days we have morning and evening elephant back safaris, on the hunt to sight some of the many species of wildlife in the park.

Day 19: Chitwan N. P. - Kathmandu

This morning we will drive you back to Kathmandu and on arrival we will check you into the hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a city tour of Kathmandu, which will include Swayambhunath, Kastha Mandap and Kumari Devi, We'll also explore Durbar which is home to more than 50 stuning Temples and Shrines.

Day 20: Kathmandu

Your trip comes to an end with the transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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last updated - 29 Jan 2015 3:13 AM