Varanasi Holidays

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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to India! You will be met upon arrival in Delhi and transferred to your hotel.

A Parakeet that has made Agra Fort it's home.

Day 2: Delhi

Today is a free day for you to relax or explore independently.

India Gate

Day 3: Delhi

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi this morning, taking in Jama Masjid mosque and the bazaars of Chandni Chowk. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of New Delhi, designed by the eminent Sir Edward Lutyens. Highlights include the India Gate, Rajpath and bustling Connaught Place. A visit is also made to Qutab Minar, essentially a massive tower built to proclaim the arrival of Islam in the 11th century and a carpet emporium. (the Red Fort is closed on Monday)

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 4: Delhi - Jaipur

Drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan affectionately known as the Pink City and relax in the afternoon.

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 5: Jaipur

Take a stately elephant ride (subject to availability) to the 15th Century Amber Fort, after which enjoy a city tour of the City Palace, followed by a visit to the Jantar Mantar space observatory. Don’t miss the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its incredible façade of balconies.

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 6: Jaipur - Agra

En route to Agra, enjoy a visit to the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival in Agra, the rest of the day is at your disposal.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 7: Agra

Enjoy a horsecart ride to the Taj Mahal. Possibly the most recognised of all India’s landmarks, the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century. Later, enjoy a visit to the colossal 15th century Agra Fort and also a marble craftshop. Rest of the afternoon free.

The sunsets over the Mosque in the Taj complex

Day 8: Agra - Khajuraho

Transfer to the rail station for the morning train to Jhansi. Upon arrival, the journey continues by road to Khajuraho. En route a visit is made to Orchha. On the banks of the River Betwa, Orchha is famed for its temples and palaces built by the 16th century Bundela rulers.

The magnificent erotic temples of Khajuraho

Day 9: Khajuraho - Varanasi

Close behind the Taj Mahal and up there with Varanasi and Jaipur, are the amazing temples of Khajuraho. Immortalised in stone is a wealth of sensuous and erotic sculptures. This morning visit these famous temples. To avoid a long drive, you will fly to the holiest of Hindu pilgrimage destinations in India – Varanasi.

Varanasi Ghats

Day 10: Varanasi

Abundant with temples and a labyrinth of streets, Varanasi is exciting, enticing and a city not to be missed. Early this morning we enjoy a boat ride on the River Ganges to view the sunrise and the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the ghats (riverside steps). Enjoy a tour of the city, with its numerous temples and wonderful historic feel; with time later to relax.

Bathers in the morning

Day 11: Varanasi - Delhi

After a leisurely morning, we return to Delhi by air. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for the evening.

Raj Ghat

Day 12: Delhi

Sadly your final day with us with your departure airport transfer.

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