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CLASSICAL & CULTURAL INDIA

INDIA (DELHI, VARANASI, KHAJURAHO, AGRA, JAIPUR)

India, a country with its splendid past, fascinating present and a hopeful future, has always been a prime center to explore rich art forms, intriguing cultures and astounding traditions. The most conspicuous fact that deserves a special mention here is that everyone can easily relate to the great Indian heritage. From cultural heritage sites of Jaipur to exotic carvings of Khajuraho temples and from classy lifestyle of Delhi to the religious devotion in Varanasi everything seems so different yet closely related. Classical India tour bestows you with an opportunity to feel the magic of incredible India!

10 Days from USD 804 pp*

  • Rickshaw ride through the bustling bazaars of Old Delhi
  • Enjoy a boat ride and the exciting evening Aarti at the Ghats of Ganga, Varanasi
  • Delight in Khajuraho’s quirky temples
  • A dawn visit to the marvel of the world – the Taj Mahal
  • Explore the most famed city of Jaipur

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Day Activities
Day 1 Pick up from the airport & drop to the hotel.
Day 2 Full day sightseeing of Old & New Delhi.
Day 3 Air transfer to Varanasi. Enjoy evening Ganges Arti at the Ghat.
Day 4 Early morning boat ride at the Ganges. After breakfast full day sightseeing of the city including excursion of Sarnath.
Day 5 Air transfer to Kahjuraho. In the evening explore temples of Kahjuraho.
Day 6 Full day sightseeing of Khajuraho.
Day 7 Transfer to Jhansi via sightseeing of Orcha. Train transfer to Agra. Our representative will meet you at the station & transfer to the hotel.
Day 8 Full day sightseeing of Agra.
Day 9 Transfer to Jaipur via sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri.
Day 10 Full day sightseeing of Jaipur.
Day 11 Transfer to the airport.

Day 1 | Arrival Delhi

Arrive at New Delhi International airport, and meet our representative waiting for you with your name board at the exit gate no. 6 of Terminal 3. You will be introduced to your private driver by the representative, who will assist you in getting transferred to your pre-booked hotel. This day is to relax to get rid of the jetlag. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2 | Delhi

Meet your private guide for the day he will give you a brief of the sightseeing before you start the tour. Hop on the car with your guide and the driver to gape at the Mughal-era architecture and history, from ancient forts to incredible monuments to high-tech skyscrapers and shopping centers.

Start your journey through India’s ages by visiting the Jama Masjid, adorned heaven amid Old Delhi’s chaos. The red sandstone treasure was built by the mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Next make your way through the maze of hawkers and motorcycles of the iconic Chandni Chowk. Take a ride on a rickshaw, feast on incredible food or sip chai (tea) on a rooftop lounge. You cannot leave the city without exploring the Red Fort (Monday closed), the primary residence of the Mughal dynasty and the UNESCO world heritage site.

In the afternoon, visit yet another UNESCO recognized site, Humayun’s Tomb, built by the emperor’s grieving widow, Haji Begum, in 1565 AD. Drive past the impressive India Gate built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I and the Secretariat Building on the way to Qutub Minar another UNESCO site rose by Qutub- u- din in 1199 either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque. Return back to the hotel towards the end of the day

Day 3 | Delhi – Varanasi (By Air)

Morning meet your driver and depart for the airport to board to board the morning flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi, meet your driver carrying a sign board at the Varanasi airport. Head straight to the hotel and meet your guide.

Late-afternoon we take you for the guided walk through lanes, bazaars, Ghats and at the end have an experience of the vibrant and choreographed Aarti ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat. This is a more holistic way to experience the city of temples, the city of eternity, city where souls attain Nirvana.

Return to the hotel in the evening and retire to bed.

Day 4 | Varanasi

Located on the banks of highly revered River Ganga, holy city Varanasi is the most important city for Hindu Devotees. This eternal city has been a prime pilgrimage and learning center for over two hundred decades now. Wake up with the first rays of the sun, and embark on a boat ride by the side of the bathing ghats of the holy river. Witness flocks of Hindu devotees offering prayers early in the morning and taking several dips in the river water to cleanse their soul. Breathe in the pious environment filled with the fragrance of flowers and hymns of Hindu mantras. After sunrise you will visit some of the most exotic temples of the region.

Return back to the hotel for breakfast which will be followed by a visit to “Bharat Kala Bhavan”. Housed by the world famous Banaras Hindu University, it exhibits outstanding collection of paintings, sculptures and textiles commenced with the personal collection of the enlightened Rai Krishnadasa. Mahamana Malaviya gallery, Chhavi (Painting Gallery), Nicholas Roerich gallery, sculpture gallery, sculpture gallery, Nidhi (Treasures) gallery, archaeological gallery, decorative art gallery and Banaras through ages gallery are the important sections of Bharat Kala Bhavan.

Later in the afternoon, excursion will head towards Sarnath – the prime Buddhist center all across the world. Located 13 km north east of Varanasi, Sarnath is a deer park where Gautama Buddha after achieving enlightenment in Bodhgaya, imparted first teachings of dharma. Also, through the enlightenment of Kondanna, Buddhist Sangha came into existence at this park only. Gautama Buddha came here to teach his former five companions Dharma and thus Sarnath is regarded as the place where Buddhism found its roots, the native land of this art of life! Come back to the hotel for overnight.

Day 5 | Varanasi – Khajuraho (By Air)

Our driver will transfer you the airport for your onward flight to Khajuraho.

Meet our Khajuraho driver at the airport and get transferred to your hotel. Famous for its attractive, exotic and eye-catching temple sculpture, structural design and craftsmanship, Khajuraho is situated in the heart of Central India, in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Khajuraho temples were constructed during the reign of Chandel Empire between 950 and 1050 A.D. Khajuraho is a mesmerizing village with a picturesque rural ambience and a rich cultural heritage. The captivating temples of Khajuraho, India’s unique gift of love to the world represent the expression of a highly developed civilization.

Overnight in Khajuraho.

Day 6 | Khajuraho

Morning get ready for a visual treat as you proceed for the guided sightseeing tour of Khajuraho Temples. Inscribed in the list of world heritage sites by UNESCO, the whole complex is divided into eastern and western group of temples. Eastern group is constituted by Parsavanatha Temple – The largest in the group of three Jain temples, Ghantai Temple – This Jain temple has a fresco depicting the 16 dreams of Mahavira’s mother, and a multi-armed Jain goddess perched on a winged Garuda, Adinatha Temple – The last of the Jain temples dedicated to the Jain saint, Adinatha. Later visit the Western group which is undoubtedly the best recognized, because the largest and most typical Khajuraho temple Kandariya Mahadev belongs to this group. Other temples of the western group are Vishwanath Temple – The temple enshrines a three-headed image of Lord Brahma, Lakshamana Temple – The lintel over the entrance of this temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu shows the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva with Goddess Lakshmi, Vishnu’s consort, Chaunsath Yogini – The oldest surviving temple in the group, Chitragupta Temple – Dedicated to the sun-god, Surya, Matangeshwara Temple – This temple, which happens to be outside the precincts of the western group, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Overnight in Khajuraho.

Day 7 | Khajuraho – Jhansi – Agra

Today leave with our driver for Jhansi railway station for taking up the train journey to get to Agra. On the way make a stop at the historical city of Orccha. It is a beautiful region rising out of hills located on the banks of river Betwa (approx. 16km from Jhansi). It proudly houses historical monuments which have retained their charm till date and narrate evergreen tails of war – peace to whole world. It was discovered by Bundela rajput Rudra Pratap in 16th century. Temples of Orchha and Phool Bagh are famous tourist destinations one should definitely not miss. One can also visit multi-tiered Jehangir Mahal which was built in 1606 and has gained recognition for its fine murals and the Rai Praveen Mahal.

Reach Jhansi railway station and board the train to Agra. Meet our driver in Agra on your arrival at the railway station and get transferred to you hotel for the night.

Day 8 | Agra

Early morning we leave to see the magnificent piece of architecture the Taj Mahal (Friday Closed), perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. A dawn visit to the fabled Taj Mahal to witness the magical effects caused by the reflections of the changing colors of the rising Sun on this brilliant white marble building. Later we return back to our hotel for breakfast.

Thereafter, we ride to the UNESCO world heritage site, Agra Fort built with red sandstone on the bend of the Yamuna River. We also visit Itmad-ud-daulah, which was constructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near Lahore in Pakistan.

In the evening we will take you to a little known prime viewing spot of the Taj Mahal during sunset exists opposite the monument on the northern shores of the Yamuna River, it is Mehtab Bagh – a centuries old garden complex, open to the public. Return hotel and stay overnight.

Day 9 | Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (265 kms/5 hrs)

After breakfast, check out and get driven to Jaipur, the Pink City, founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the ruler of Amber. On the way you will visit the UNESCO world heritage site – Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted red sandstone city was built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. He built this city in honor of Shaikh Salim Chisti, a Sufi saint who resided in a cave on crest at Sikri, and predicted the birth of his son.

Besides being the first planned Mughal city, it puts forth a unique example of Mughal architecture which was an amalgamation of Indian, Islamic and Persian architecture.

It is bestowed with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Popular highlights of this region are Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Diwan-i-Am, Panch Mahal etc.

Reach Jaipur and relax in your pre-booked hotel. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 10 | Jaipur

Following early breakfast, meet your guide and get ready to explore Jaipur’s star attraction the Amer Fort sits on a hill besides the calm water of Mountain Lake. This magnificent palace complex dating back to the 16th century was built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, and white marble. It is divided into four main sections each with its own courtyard.

On the way back we stop at Jal Mahal, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake.
Next head to Hawa Mahal a five storey palace built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur.

We take break for lunch and continue with the tour followed by City Palace a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, and Jantar Mantar built in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the huge masonary instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. It features Samrat Yantra world’s largest sundial.

You will also have the opportunity to wander in the local markets where you can shop for souvenirs, traditional Rajasthani attires, skilful art craft of the region etc. Back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 11 | Jaipur – Delhi (265 kms/5-6 hrs)

Today we head back to Delhi after breakfast. You will be dropped at New Delhi airport for boarding flight to your onward destination. Services from HNK Travel Solutions end here.

Classical & Cultural India, Price Guideline Per Person in US $ based on two people sharing.

Seasons Accommodation
High Season From USD 804
Low Season From USD 760
Note on currency

To avoid any fluctuation in the exchange rate we fix the price as per the prevailing rate, the day guest contacts us. No matter the currency goes up or down our rate of exchange will be fixed and hence, the payment will be collected in accordance to it.

Note Pricing Seasons

The best time to visit India is between October and April. High Season falls in November and February, with a peak season applying over New Year, Easter & Fair. Low season typically runs from May to mid-September. For more information please feel free to write us.

Notes

All prices are subject to availability at the time of booking. Prices do not include International flights, are on a per person basis, based on two people sharing a room, and a minimum group size of two. Single and sole traveler supplements will apply.

Remarks:
  1. The package can be customized on request so please contact for longer or shorter durations.
Inclusions

Accommodation for 10 nights on bed & breakfast basis.

Airport assistance on arrival.

All transfers and sightseeing by a private chauffer driven air-conditioned car.

Rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi).

Tonga/Battery Van ride in Agra.

Elephant/Jeep ride at the Amber Fort in Jaipur.

Entry and dinner at Choki Dhani in Jaipur.

Entry and dinner at Choki Dhani in Jaipur.

Sunrise boat ride on the Ganges in Varanasi.

An English Speaking licensed guide accompanying you at the time of sightseeing.

Bottled mineral water for each person each day in the car.

All applicable taxes.

Exclusions

International flights.

Domestic flights.

Visa application fees.

Personal Purchase (laundy, shopping, tips, etc).

Monument Entry Fees.

Meals other than breakfast.

WHY CHOOSE US?

  • HNK Travel Solutions Pvt Ltd has consistently aimed to be a reliable and approachable tour operator that fulfills its promises, something which has been praised by our clients.
  • Our tours are completely private and hand-made. We understand your expectation from a holiday so are always ready to help you making any changes taking note of your interest and preferences.
  • You are provided complete flexibility not just at the time of planning the itinerary but even during the tour, i.e., we don’t force you to strictly follow the itinerary you have the complete freedom to add or skip any sites you don’t want to do.
  • Our reviews speak of the service and satisfaction delivered to the guest each time they have traveled with us. We have a long list of guests who have traveled with us for more than once. Not just they but we have organized tour for their friends and family too.
  • To extend gratitude to our guests for their recommendations, our organization has come up with an opportunity to earn for all. If your friend or family member travels with us on your recommendation we would like to offer rewards starting from $ 150. A small effort from HNK to appreciate and make you happy.
  • We are always available to you 24 x 7. Your travel expert assigned to you from the time of planning of the tour will take full responsibility to conduct the tour and will be available to you any time of the day on call.

 

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