Many first-time visitors find themselves unable to see past such glaring disparities. Others come expecting a timeless ascetic wonderland and are surprised to encounter one of the most materialistic societies on the planet. Still more find themselves intimidated by what may seem, initially, an incomprehensible and bewildering continent. But for all it’s jarring juxtapositions, intractable paradoxes and frustrations, India remains an utterly compelling destination. Intricate and worn, its distinctive patina – the stream of life in its crowded bazaars, the ubiquitous filmi music, the pungent melange of diesel fumes, cooking spices, dust and dung smoke – casts a spell that few forget from the moment they step off a plane. Love it or hate it – and most travellers oscillate between the two – India will shift the way you see the world.
Tour Highlights | A Tryst with India
★ Visit to the colourful markets of Jaipur.
★ Cooking demonstration and dinner with a local family in Jaipur.
★ Attend the evening Aarti ceremony on the ghats of Holy Ganges in Varanasi.
★ Witness the splendid Taj Mahal in Agra.
★ Cycle Rickshaw ride through the narrow alleys of the Chandni chowk in old Delhi.
★ Visit to the Asia’s largest spice market in old Delhi.
Destinations: Jaipur, Varanasi, Agra & Delhi
Brief Itinerary | A Tryst with India
Day 1 Arrive in Delhi, 1 night in Delhi (no meal)
Day 2 Morning flight to Jaipur, 2 nights in Jaipur (B/-/D)
Day 3 Jaipur exploration (B/-/-)
Day 4 Fly to Varanasi, 1 night in Varanasi (B/-/-)
Day 5 Varanasi excursion, evening flight to Dehli, 4 nights in Delhi (B)
Day 6 Day excursion to Agra by train (B/-/-)
Day 7 Delhi exploration (B)
Day 8 Delhi exploration (B/-/D)
Day 9 Delhi Departure (B)
Tour Details | Incredible India
Day 1 Arrive in Dehli (no meal incl.)
Arrive at Delhi international airport. After you have cleared immigrations, gone through the Visa verification. Process and collected your baggage, proceed towards the exit gate of the customs hall. Local representative will meet you outside the customs hall at the arrival gate inside the airport terminal and transfer you to the hotel for immediate check-in.
Overnight stay in Delhi Airport hotel
Day 2 Morning flight to Jaipur, 2 nights in Jaipur (breakfast/-/dinner)
Hotel breakfast and check out. Fly to Jaipur. Meet on arrival at Jaipur airport and we leave for the Bagru village excursion to experience the block printing. These indeginous people have conserved this art from ages. You can try your hand at block printing. Early evening leave to visit a local family for cooking demonstration of Rajasthani food followed by dinner with the family.
Overnight stay The Raj Palace Hotel for 2 nights.
Jaipur – A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture, Jaipur has long been established on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s “Golden Triangle”, along with Agra and Delhi. At the heart of Jaipur lies the Pink City, the old walled quarter, whose bazaars rank among the most vibrant in Asia, renowned for their textiles, jewellery and Rajasthani handicrafts. For all its colour, however, Jaipur’s heavy traffic, dense crowds and pushy traders make it a taxing place to explore, and many visitors stay just long enough to catch a train to more laidback destinations further west or south.If you can put up with the urban stress, however, the city’s modern outlook and commercial hustle and bustle offer a stimulating contrast to many other places in the state.
Day 3 Jaipur exploration (breakfast)
Today after breakfast leave for the guided tour of the pink city, visiting the Amer fort, city Palace, Observatory and Hawa Mahal (Place of winds for a photo stop). Later on, take a walking tour of the colorful markets of Jaipur. Spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight stay at The Raj Palace Hotel
Day 4 Fly to the sacred city of Varanasi (breakfast)
Spend the morning at leisure. Early afternoon leave for the airport to board the flight to Varanasi (1415/1540 Hrs). Arrive in Varanasi, you will be greeted by the local representative and transferred to the hotel for check-in.
Later in the evening proceed to the ghats of the holy Ganges to witness the Evening Aarti ceremony.
Overnight stay at Brijrama Palace Varanasi
The great Hindu city of Varanasi , also known as Banaras or Benares, stretches along the River Ganges, its waterfront dominated by long flights of stone ghats where thousands of pilgrims and residents come for their daily ritual ablutions. Known to the devout as Kashi, the Luminous – the City of Light, founded by Shiva
– Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world. It has maintained its religious life since the sixth century BC in one continuous tradition, in part by remaining outside the mainstream of political activity and historical development of the Subcontinent, and stands at the centre of the Hindu universe, the focus of a
religious geography that reaches from the Himalayan cave of Amarnath in Kashmir to India’s southern tip at Kanyakumari, Puri to the east, and Dwarka to the west. Located next to a ford on an ancient trade route, Varanasi is among the holiest of all tirthas – “crossing places”, that allow the devotee access to the divine
and enable gods and goddesses to come down to earth. It has attracted pilgrims, seekers, sannyasins and students of the Vedas throughout its history, including sages such as Buddha, Mahavira (founder of the Jain faith) and the great Hindu reformer Shankara.
Day 5 Varanasi excursion, evening flight to Dehli, 4 nights in Delhi (breakfast)
Early morning leave for the exclusive boat ride on the holy Ganges experiencing the local life. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Late morning leave for the Sarnath excursion – one of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage centre. It is believed that after attaining the Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, it was here that Lord Buddha preached his first sermon, sanctified as Maha Dharma Chakra Pravartan. Return to the city and take the guided tour of the city temples and market. Later proceed to the airport to board the evening flight to Delhi (2005/2140 Hrs). Arrive Delhi, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel for check-in.
Overnight stay at the Delhi Imperial Hotel for 4 nights.
Delhi is the symbol of old India and new. Even the stones here whisper to our ears of the ages of long ago and the air we breathe is full of the dust and fragrances of the past, as also of the fresh and piercing winds of the present. Jawaharlal Nehru.
From a tourist’s perspective, Delhi is divided into two main parts. Old Delhi is the city of the Mughals and dates back to the seventeenth century. It’s the capital’s most frenetic quarter, and its most Islamic, a reminder that for more than seven hundred years Delhi was a Muslim-ruled city. Old Delhi’s teeming bazaars have a tale to tell, its greatest monuments are undoubtedly the magnificent constructions of the Mughals, most notably the mighty Red Fort, and the Jama Masjid, India’s largest and most impressive mosque. To the south, encompassing the modern city centre, is New Delhi, built by the British to be the capital of their empire’s key possession. A spacious city of tree-lined boulevards, New Delhi is also impressive in its own way. The Rajpath, stretching from India Gate to the Presidential Palace, is at least as mighty a statement of imperial power as the Red Fort, and it’s among the broad avenues of New Delhi that you’ll find most of the city’s museums, and its prime shopping area, centered around the colonnaded facades of Connaught Place.
Day 6 Day excursion to Agra by train (breakfast)
In the early morning leave for the railway station to board the train to Agra (Gatiman Express – 0810/0950 Hrs). Arrive in Agra, you will be greeted by the guide for the day and will proceed to visit the Taj Mahal and Itmad – ud – daula.
After lunch, you will visit the magnificent Agra Fort. Early evening you will be transferred to Agra railway station to take the train back to Delhi (Gatiman EXpress – 1750/1930 Hrs) or after the sunset with NDLS Shatabdi express 21:15/23.30. Arrive Delhi railway station, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel.
Overnight stay at the Delhi Imperial Hotel
Agra: The splendour of Agra – India’s capital under the Mughals – remains undiminished, from the massive fort to the magnificent Taj Mahal . Along with Delhi, 204 km northwest, and Jaipur in Rajasthan, Agra is the third apex of the “Golden Triangle”, India’s most popular tourist itinerary. Although it’s possible to see Agra on a day-trip from Delhi, the Taj alone deserves so much more – a fleeting visit would miss the subtleties of its many moods, as the light changes from sunrise to sunset – while the city’s other sights and Fatehpur Sikri can easily fill several days. Most of the city’s major Mughal monuments, including the Taj Mahal, are lined up along the banks of the Yamuna River, which bounds the city’s eastern edge. They date from the later phase of Mughal rule and the reigns of Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan – exemplifying the ever-increasing extravagance which, by Shah Jahan’s time, had already begun to strain the imperial coffers and sow the seeds of political and military decline.
Day 7 Delhi exploration (breakfast)
Hotel breakfast, then take a guided tour to the Lutyens Delhi incl. visiting various government buildings and India Gate.
Later in the afternoon visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Humayun’s tomb followed by visit to the Akshardham temple. Return to the hotel and spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight stay at the Delhi Imperial Hotel
Day 8 Delhi exploration (breakfast/-/dinner)
Today after breakfast leave for the walking tour of the Mehrauli Archeological park followed by the visit to the tallest brick minaret – Qutub minar.
Later in the afternoon head out on a Rickshaw tour of Old Delhi visiting the Jama Masjid and the Sheesh Ganj Sahib Gurudwara. Experience a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow alleys of Chandni Chowk to reach “Khari Baoli”Asia’s largest wholesale spice market.
This will be followed by the dinner and cultural dance show at the erstwhile Haveli in Old Delhi. Return to the hotel.
Overnight stay at the Delhi Imperial Hotel
Day 9 Delhi Departure (breakfast)
Hotel breakfast and hotel check out. This morning leave for the airport to board the flight back home. Trip ends.
CNY per person twin or triple sharing
CNY per person single room
based on a minimum of 4 pax
-Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure by local representative
-Accommodation in the above-mentioned hotels for a total of 8 nights
-Breakfast is included throughout the trip
-One time entrance fee to the monuments listed in the itinerary
-Services of locally appointed English speaking guide on the days of sightseeing
-All transportation is by air-conditioned vehicle throughout the tour
-Airfare for domestic flights: Delhi to Jaipur to Varanasi to Delhi
What’s Not Included
Items of a personal nature such as:
-cost of telephone calls
Accommodation | A Tryst with India
Hotel name: Novotel Aerocity
Room type: standard room
Information: The hotel is located adjacent to both international & domestic airport terminals and is well connected through the Airport Express Line which is just 5 minutes away. The Novotel New Delhi Aerocity is near the business hubs of Gurgaon, New Delhi and Cyber City. It is also located close to Delhi’s shopping malls including DLF Promenade, Emporio and Worldmark. A big complex of 670 rooms, Novotel and Pullman New Delhi Aerocity is a preferred destination for both business & leisure travelers.
Hotel name: The Raj Palace
Room type: Heritage room
Information: Built in 1727, Raj Palace was one of the city’s first palace and is a reflection of few elements of the Mughal period. Featuring a charming interior with crystal chandeliers and double-height ceilings, the luxurious hotel in central Jaipur also features a relaxing pool and health club. It is also one of the palaces lived by the Maharajah that has been restored to its original glory and charm. Each room is unique and still seems to breathe the spirit of the illustrious guests who once stayed here. It is spacious and decorated with traditional Indian décor and antique furnishings.
Hotel name: Brijrama Palace
Room type: Nadidhara Room
Information: Located on its own ghat, BrijRama Palace – A Heritage Hotel was built in the 18th Century and is considered as one of the oldest structures in Varanasi. Overlooking the Ganges, the property is a stone’s throw away from the popular Dasashwamedh Ghat. Every room comes with a private bathroom fitted with a shower.
Hotel name: The Imperial
Room type: Imperial room
Information: Designed for both business and leisure travel, The Imperial Hotel is ideally situated in Central Delhi; one of the city’s most popular locales. The excitement of the city center is only 1. Km away. With the city’s main attractions such as Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory, Ravindra Art Palace, Export of India within close reach, visitors to the hotel will just love its location.