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Jewel in the Crown

11 days  |  Starts/Ends: Delhi  |  from USD $4,245

Head out on a journey to some of India’s finest sights. Take in bustling Delhi, the beautiful Pink City of Jaipur, the spectacular Taj Mahal in Agra and the mysterious erotic temples of Khujaraho. Finish off with a journey to the home of the famous purifying Ganges – holy Varanasi.

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1

Delhi

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

Day 2

Old Delhi

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi this morning, taking in the Red Fort, 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.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast

Days 3-4

Jaipur

Delhi - Jaipur. Drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan affectionately known as the Pink City and relax in the afternoon. On day 4 take a jeep 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.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 5-6

Agra

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. On day 6, 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.
Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 7

Khajuraho

Agra - Khajuraho (via Jhansi & Orchha). 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.
Overnight: Khajuraho  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Temples of Khajuraho

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.
Overnight: Varanasi  |  Breakfast

Day 9

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.
Overnight: Varanasi  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Return to Delhi by air

Varanasi - Delhi. After a leisurely morning, we return to Delhi by air.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Delhi

Delhi - breakfast. Morning is at leisure. Later we transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

 
Price/Person
Single Supp.
Jewel in the Crown - 11 days
USD $4245
USD $1360

Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen hotels, room availability as well as time of travel i.e. during India’s peak travel season of 21 Dec - 10 Jan, additional supplements will apply. Equally, if you with to travel to India during the summer, rates will be cheaper than those quoted.. Please bear this in mind if comparing prices as we always aim to deliver exceptional value.

This itinerary is based upon superior accommodation. Standard and deluxe properties are also available upon request.

Please note that discounts will apply if there are more 4 our more people in your travelling party, since fixed costs like transportation and guiding are shared across the group.

Trip Highlights

Old and New Delhi - the magnificent Red Fort, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat
The spectacular Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument in all its glory
Agra - the beautiful Agra Fort and the Mughal mausoleum known as Baby Taj
Khajuraho - the stunning Chandela erotic temples.
The Pink City of Jaipur - the lofty Amber Fort, the very regal City Palace and the ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar
Fatehpur Sikri - an ancient abandoned Mughal city
Orchha Temples - wonderful complex of brilliantly preserved 16th century temples
Varanasi - the holiest city in India, Mother India site, local temples, mosque and the holy River Ganges

Included

10 breakfasts
Travel by jeep to the Amber Fort in Jaipur
Economy class flight - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi
Touring and excursions as per itinerary
Entrance fees to all included sights
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 11
10 nights - superior hotels (standard and deluxe hotels available on request)
Sunrise boat cruise on the holy Ganges - Varanasi
Train journey - Agra - Jhansi (air-conditioned chair car)
Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites
Chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature
Tour Details
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Delhi
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard, Superior or Deluxe
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 10
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