Varanasi Holidays

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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to the start of your voyage of discovery through 'Incredible India'! You will be met at Delhi International Airport by our friendly local team and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to explore or relax as you like.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We’ll then enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. This afternoon why not further enhance your exploration of this bustling city with an afternoon guided journey through the New Delhi area the highlights will include India gate a drive past parliamentary buildings and President's house, a guided visit to Humayun's tomb then concluding with sightseeing to UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutub minar. Have a read of the Enhance Your Holiday page for info.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 3: Delhi

Free day.

Yoga in the sunshine

Day 4: Delhi - Mandawa

Today we drive to the Shekhawati region and to the small town of Mandawa. Spend the afternoon exploring the gorgeous historic mansions.

Vishnu & Shiva frescoes

Day 5: Mandawa - Jaipur

Enjoy the morning and early afternoon to explore Mandawa with all its lovely old buildings and quaint village-like ambiance. Afterwards we drive to Jaipur where on arrival you can relax at the hotel.

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 6: Jaipur

This morning you will have to look out for the snake charmers that dot our route, as we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. This afternoon we go on a journey of discovery through the historic pink city of Jaipur. We start with a photo stop in front of Jal Mahal (lake palace) and visit the ancient astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar. Thereafter a guided tour of the city palace complex and its fascinating nooks and crannies.

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 7: Jaipur

Enjoy a free day to explore the city. Perhaps you would like to partake on an elephant Safari concluding with dinner in a rural estate? have a read of the Enhance Your Holiday page for info.

An elephant ride through the gates of Amber Fort

Day 8: Jaipur - Agra

En route on our drive to Agra, we stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Built between 1569 and 1585, it has been deserted for more than four centuries, by all accounts abandoned in 1600 due to a meagre supply of water. This evening enjoy a guided sunset tour of the incredible Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 9: Agra - Varanasi

Today enjoy a visit to the impressive Agra fort, which boasts some of India’s finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. During its history it has been a palace, a fort and a prison! This evening you will travel to Varanasi by sleeper train, a must-do experience for any visitor young or old! The friendly locals will be vying for a chat with you.

Varanasi Ghats

Day 10: Varanasi

Your train arrives into Varanasi in the morning to the start of a new day and the gathering hustle and bustle. Our rep will be waiting for us , but make sure you take a moment to try some chai, hot tea from one of the vendors, before transferring to your hotel. Today is at your leisure, alternately you may like to consider visiting the Buddhist Holy site of Sarnath? Have a read of the Enhance Your Holiday page for info.

Bathers in the morning

Day 11: Varanasi

This morning, we enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges where we’ll view the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the many riverbank ghats (riverside steps). After breakfast back at your hotel your guide will take you out to the see some of the city important sites and a walk around the markets. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore.

Sunrise on the Holy Ganges in Varanasi

Day 12: Varanasi - Delhi

After a leisurely morning in Varanasi we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight back to Delhi (AI 405 - 1550 / 1705). Arriving here, our driver awaits to take you to your hotel.

Raj Ghat

Day 13: Delhi - Srinagar

Today we fly to Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, situated in the northwestern region of India. Upon arrival you'll be met and transferred to your houseboat on Nageen Lake, part of Dal Lake, which will be your home for the next 4 nights. Dal Lake covers an area of 18 square kilometres and is lined with stunning Mughal Gardens, resorts, houseboats and colourful shikaras - the small wooden vessels used to transport almost everything around the lake from goods to people. This evening we will take a ride in a shikara to witness the sunset.

Day 14: Srinagar

This morning we visit some of the stunning Mughal Gardens that Srinagar is famous for. We visit the terraced Nishat Bagh or Nishat Garden on the eastern side of the lake, Nishat Bagh translates in Hindustani as "Garden of Joy" which is entirely fitting. Later we visit Shalimar Garden, equally as stunning and located on the northeast side of the lake. The gardens are linked to Dal Lake via channel. After our tour the rest of the afternoon is free.

Day 15: Srinagar

This morning we board one of the colourful shikara to visit the floating gardens, known as "Rad" in Kashmiri, where mounds of earth make for a fascinating display as they protrude from the water topped with all sorts of growing local produce. Tomatoes, cucumbers and melons have been found to grow the best with the constant source of irrigation. Later we visit the Old City of Srinigar, or as it's also known downtown Srinigar, with its winding streets and alleys lined with shops selling and making the finest Kashmari goods. Evening at leisure.

Anarkanda

Day 16: Srinagar

Enjoy a full day excursion to Gulmarg in English this translates to 'Meadow of Flowers' this is India's premier Ski destination. Today is all about nature and enjoying the scenery so sit back and relax and take in the gorgeous surroundings. Alternately you can enjoy a free day in town - ask your consultant for details on reduction to the holiday price.

The toy train

Day 17: Srinagar - Delhi

Departing Srinagar we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to you hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Chandni Chowk

Day 18: Delhi

Today marks the end of your adventure with On the Go Tours. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport for your onward departure flight.

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last updated - 30 Oct 2014 2:02 PM