India, it is often said, is not a country, but a continent. Stretching from the frozen summits of the Himalayas to the tropical greenery of Kerala, its expansive borders encompass an incomparable range of landscapes, cultures and people. Walk the streets of any city when you visit India and you’ll rub shoulders with representatives of several of the world’s great faiths, encounter temple rituals performed since the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs, onion-domed mosques erected centuries before the Taj Mahal, and quirky echoes of the British era on virtually every corner.
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 | Incredible India
★ Tuk Tuk ride through the colorful markets of Jodhpur.
★ Witness the magnificent marble temples of Ranakpur.
★ Exclusive boat ride on lake Pichola in Udaipur.
★ Village safari in Deogarh.
★ 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: Jodhpur, Udaipur, Deogarh, Jaipur, Varanasi, Agra & Delhi
Brief Itinerary | Incredible India
Day 1 Arrive in Delhi, 1 night in Delhi (-)
Day 2 Fly to Jodhpur, 1 night in Jodhpur (B)
Day 3 Explore Jodhpur & drive to Udaipur, 2 nights in Udaipur (B)
Day 4 A Day in Udaipur (B)
Day 5 Drive to Deogarh, 1 night in Deogarh (B/-/D)
Day 6 Drive to Jaipur, 2 nights in Jaipur (B/-/D)
Day 7 Jaipur exploration (B/-/-)
Day 8 Fly to Varanasi, 1 night in Varanasi (B/-/-)
Day 9 Varanasi excursion, evening flight to Dehli, 4 nights in Delhi (B)
Day 10 Day excursion to Agra by train (B/-/-)
Day 11 Delhi exploration (B)
Day 12 Delhi exploration (B/-/D)
Day 13 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 Fly to Jodhpur, 1 night in Jodhpur (breakfast)
Hotel breakfast, check out, leave for the airport to board the onward flight to Jodhpur (1255/1415 Hrs or similar). Jodhpur airport arrival, you will be greeted by the local representative and transferred to the hotel for check-in. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the luxuries of the hotel.
Overnight stay in the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace
On the eastern fringe of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur, dubbed “the Blue City” after the colour-wash of its old townhouses, huddles below the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, the most spectacular citadel in Rajasthan, which dominates the cityscape from atop its huge sandstone plinth. Blue originally denoted a high-caste brahmin residence, resulting from the addition of indigo to lime-based whitewash, which was thought to protect buildings from insects, and to keep them cool in summer. Over time the colour caught on – there’s now even a blue-wash mosque on the road from the Jalori Gate, south of the fort.
Day 3 Explore Jodhpur & drive to Udaipur (breakfast)
After a leisurely breakfast, you will then leave for the guided tour of the Mehrangarh Fort and the cenotaphs of Jaswant Thada. Take the tuk tuk ride through the bazaars of Jodhpur. The bazaars of the old city, with different areas assigned to different trades, radiate out from the 1910 Sardar Market with its tall clock tower, a distinctive local landmark marking the centre of town. Most of the ramparts on the south side of the old city have been dismantled, leaving Jalori Gate and Sojati Gate looking rather forlorn as gates without a wall.
Later in the afternoon leave for the city of lakes – Udaipur visiting the marvellous temples of Ranakpur Jain temples en-route (approx 04 Hrs). Spend time exploring its distinctive domes, shikhara, turrets and cupolas rises majestically from the slope of a hill. Arrive Udaipur and check-in at the hotel. Spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight stay at Raas Devigarh, Udaipur
The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravallis. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur city of Rajasthan state is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences. Udaipur’s kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichola is an enticing sight.
Day 4 A Day in Udaipur (breakfast)
Today after breakfast leave for the guided tour of Udaipur incl. visiting the city Palace, crystal gallery, and Jagdish temple. After that, take a boat ride on Lake Pichola on which the majestic Lake Palace Hotel is situated. You will see the ghats along the lake and the interesting buildings on the banks. The view of the city palace from the lake is spectacular. Dock at the Jagmandir Island where the Maharana of Udaipur once gave Shah Jahan sanctuary. Return to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight stay at Raas Devigarh, Udaipur
Day 5 Drive to Deogarh, 1 night in Deogarh (breakfast/-/dinner)
Hotel breakfast, then take a walk at Dewra heritage village which is conducted by the hotel itself for the guests. Then leave for Deogarh – the rural Rajasthan (approx 2.5 Hrs).
Arrive and check-in at the hotel. Later in the afternoon leave for the Rural Rumble safari – The Rural Ramble is a drive through a pastoral setting where one explores the natural surrounding with people tending to their fields and cattle and living in complete harmony with nature. You will visit a cave temple –a cavernous rock in which is ensconced a shrine of Lord Shiva. The top of this rock offers a panoramic view of landscape of black volcanic rocks interspersed with rocks.
This will be followed by the village walk where you will meet and interact with the villagers and know about their daily lives.
Return to the hotel and spend the evening at leisure enjoying a dinner show
Overnight stay at Devshree Deogarth for 1 night.
Deogarh a feudal estate in Mewar, was among premier states of Rajasthan. The chieftains from this region were titled Rawats and their estates were called thikanas. Deogarh, one such thikana, lies on the border of Marwar, Mewar and Merwara, 280 kms south-west of Jaipur and 135 kms north-east of Udaipur.
Day 6 Drive to Jaipur, 2 nights in Jaipur (breakfast/-/dinner)
Today after breakfast proceed for rural train ride where you will see how local people commute daily for work. Later disembark the train and leave for the pink city Jaipur (approx 05 Hrs).
Arrive in Jaipur and check-in at the hotel. 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 7 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 The Raj Palace Hotel.
Day 8 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 13 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 12 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 Jodhpur, Jaipur to Varanasi and 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 Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace
Room type: Palace room
Information: Built between 1928 and 1943, Umaid Bhawan Palace is a magnificent piece of Rajasthan’s heritage, and a symbol of new Jodhpur. Home of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family and currently the world’s sixth-largest private residence, the palace has one thing in common with the iconic Taj Mahal at Agra—the palm court marble used in its construction. Perched on Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace inspires with exotic views of the historical Blue City, vast sand dunes, and intimidating Mehrangarh Fort. The palace is conveniently located 20 minutes from the airport, close to the main shopping areas, and the Balsamand and Kalyana lakes. The last of the great palaces of India, the property houses a family museum, as well as the resplendent Umaid Bhawan Palace. Set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens, with dancing peacocks and a subterranean Zodiac Pool, the luxury five-star Taj heritage hotel offers 70 utterly breathtaking Art Deco- style rooms and suites.
Hotel name: Hotel Fateh Garh
Room type: Superior Deluxe
Information: Boasting beautiful 360-degree views of the Aravalli Mountain Range, Fateh Garh is perched on the edge of Udaipur City. This heritage hotel features an outdoor pool and a luxury spa. Fateh Garh is 4.3 mi away from Udaipur’s city center. It is 19 mi away from Maharana Pratap Airport.
Hotel name: Devshree Deogarh
Room type: Suite
Information: Featuring a garden and a restaurant, Dev Shree Deogarh is located in Devgarh. The hotel provides lake views, an outdoor pool. All rooms come with a desk. Complete with a private bathroom, all guest rooms at Dev Shree Deogarh are equipped with air conditioning, and selected rooms will provide you with a seating area.
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.