A 15 DAY INDEPENDENT TOUR.
£1,595 PER PERSON.
Please add £160 for departures in Dec & Jan.
Price includes: Hotels as stated or similar with daily breakfast, English speaking local guides, admission fees, internal flights, visa to India.
Price excludes : International flights *, insurance, transfers, meals, camera fees, tipping and any service not specified. Single room supplement is £395 per person.
* To make your holidays even more hassle free, we can purchase international flights on your behalf at competitive prices. Please call for more information.
Departure on scheduled airlines from London Heathrow. On arrival arrange your own taxi transfer to 4* Hotel Hans Plaza for overnight.
DAY 02 DELHI (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure in Delhi. We suggest seeing Old Delhi with the historic Red Fort built by 5th Mughal Shahjahan during 1638/48AD; Jama Masjid opposite the Red Fort; and Rajghat, the cenotaph of Mahatma Gandhi. On request, we can arrange for you a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, the main High street in the Mughal times. Overnight at Hans Plaza hotel.
DAY 03 DELHI (B/-/- )
Breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure for other optional visits to New Delhi including Connaught Place and Janpath (street), the main downtown area of Delhi built by the British in 1931AD; National Museum; Rajpath and Vijay Chowk to view the Government buildings Rashtrapati Bhawan (President House), formerly Palace of the British Viceroy of India; Central Secretariat, the centre of all Government activities; Parliament, the seat of the world’s largest democracy; and India Gate, the 1st world war memorial to the Indian dead in the war fighting under the British, all built by the British in 1931AD. Overnight at Hans Plaza Hotel.
DAY 04 DELHI / RISHIKESH (B/-/-)
Morning transfer to New Delhi railway station for Shatabdi Express train ( 06:55-11:22 ) to Haridwar. On arrival, arrange your own taxi transfer to Rishikesh. Check in at Hotel Natraj. Afternoon stroll along colourful bazaars in the town centre ending up at Triveni Ghat to witness the Aarti ceremony (worship of Holy River Ganga at dusk - please check the Aarti time at hotel reception). Aarti is held every night and watched by droves of local people and tourists crowded on the steps at the bank of the river as well as on silently floating boats. Overnight at Hotel Natraj.
DAY 05 RISHIKESH/ DELHI (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Today recommended visits are Muni-ki-Reti, a beach at Ganga; Laxman Jhoola suspension bridge leading the way to some Ashrams (hermitages). Late afternoon, take a taxi to Haridwar station for the Shabtadi Express train back to Delhi (17:00- 22:45). Overnight at Hotel Hans Plaza.
DAY 06 DELHI/ JAIPUR (B/-/-)
Early morning transfer to station for Shatabdi Express train to Jaipur (06:10-10:40). On arrival, check in at Hotel Dera Rawatsar. Afternoon optional visit to City Palace & Museum, Jantar Mantar the royal observatory and Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds which is a picture postcard symbol of Jaipur. Overnight in Jaipur.
DAY 07 JAIPUR (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Optional visit to the Fortress Palace of Amber, the former Capital of the Jaipur rulers till 1727AD. An elephant ride is available here to the fort gates atop the hill, a popular attraction and the best time to do it would be early morning to beat the queue. Evening free for independent activities. Overnight at Mandawa Haveli Heritage hotel.
DAY 08 JAIPUR / AGRA VIA FATEHPUR SIKRI B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Agra, the city of The Taj Mahal. En route you may like to have lunch at Rajasthan Motel, Mahua with suggested visit to Fatehpur Sikri, one of the Capitals of The Great Mughals, built during 1569-72AD. Continue to Agra. Check in at Howard Plaza for overnight.
DAY 09 AGRA (B/-/-)
Today we suggest a dawn visit to The Taj Mahal, at its most resplendent when the first rays of the sun hit its pure white marble giving it a magical glow. After breakfast, suggested visit to Agra Fort, built over the reigns of 3 Mughal emperors. Overnight at Howard Plaza hotel.
DAY 10 AGRA / JHANSI / KHAJURAHO (B/-/-)
Early morning transfer to railway station for the Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi. From Jhansi drive to Khajuraho (180 kms / 4.50hrs) and check in at Hotel Usha Bundela for overnight. Evening optional visit to the Sound & Light show at the Western Cluster of Temples.
DAY 11 KHAJURAHO (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Optional walk (10 minute ) to the Western Cluster of Temples. Must sees are the Laxman Temple & Kandaria Mahadev Temple built a 1,000 years ago, the finest examples of Hindu Temple architecture. Afternoon optional jeep excursion to Raneh Falls and the National Park (18 kms away) or just book an Ayurvedic massage to rejuvenate yourself.
DAY 12 KHAJURAHO / VARANASI (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Check out and arrange your own taxi transfer to the airport for flight to Varanasi. On arrival, take a taxi to 4* Hotel Hindustan International. Afternoon optional walk to the nearby market to get a feel of the local colours.
DAY 13 VARANASI (B/-/-)
Optional : early morning taxi to River Ganga (Ganges) and take a boat ride on Ganga river to view the morning activities on the river banks. See Manikarnika Ghat where Hindus cremate their dead to ensure straight passage to heaven. Return to Hotel and after breakfast optional visit to Sarnath where Lord Buddha delivered the first sermon after attaining enlightenment, some 2,500 years ago. Also you are suggested to visit the Archeological Museum to see the original 3-Lions sculpture carved in the 3rd century BC and now the National Emblem of India. Afternoon free to explore the city on your own or to visit Bharat Kala Bhawan, an art museum in Banaras Hindu University campus.
DAY 14 VARANASI / DELHI / DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Arrange your own taxi transfer to airport for flight back to Delhi to connect with your flight home.
Day 15 Arrive home.