Explore the deeply spiritual city of Varanasi, see the erotic rock carvings of the UNESCO World Heritage Khajuraho Temples, revel in a dawn visit to the iconic Taj Mahal – an eternal symbol of love, and explore the forts and palaces of Jaipur and Agra. Feel the heartbeat of India while travelling on a train and meet the real people of the fascinating region of North India.
Day 1. International Departure
Today you will board your flight to Delhi.
Day 2. Arrive in Delhi
Welcome to Delhi. You will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel, Shangri La Eros. After some rest, you will embark on an afternoon city tour of Old Delhi.
Day 3. Delhi
Today morning you will enjoy a city tour of New Delhi. The afternoon will be at leisure.
Day 4. To Varanasi
You will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel, Taj Gateway. In the evening, you will be taken through the sacred city to witness the breathtaking and humbling riverside prayers, known as ‘aarti’ in Hindi, which have taken place every single day for decades.
Day 5. Varanasi
Enjoy a sublime boat ride at dawn on the river Ganges. You will experience the worshippers’ early morning rituals on the banks while the sun rises over the undulating waters. Later in the day you will visit Sarnath, (12 Kms from Varanasi) that has the 2,000 years old Buddhist Stupa and the Deer park where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after enlightenment.
Day 6. To Khajuraho
Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Khajuraho. In the afternoon, you will head out to discover and explore the ancient complex of the UNESCO World Heritage listed temples, which are known for their erotic rock sculptures. Overnight at the hotel Taj Chandella.
Day 7. Khajuraho – Orchha
In the morning you will make another visit to the Temples. You will then be driven to the riverside town of Orchha. Overnight at the hotel Amar Mahal.
Day 8. Orchha – Agra
In the morning embark on a sightseeing tour of Orchha. A small riverside town in the heart of India, Orchha is dotted with cenotaphs, temples and a magnificent fort, all reminiscent of the 16th century Bundela rule. Later, transfer to Jhansi railway station to board tour train to Agra. Check in at hotel Taj Gateway.
Day 9. Agra
Be mesmerised by a sunrise visit to the iconic Taj Mahal. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Agra including visits to the Agra Fort and the Tomb of Itmud-ud-duala.
Day 10. To Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast, you will be driven to Jaipur via the ruined heritage city of Fatehpur Sikri and the fascinating Abhaneri stepwell. Check in at the Shahpura House.
Day 11. Jaipur
In the morning, you will visit the fascinating vegetable and milk markets of Jaipur and then head to the majestic hilltop Fort of Amer. In the afternoon, enjoy an afternoon city tour.
Day 12. To Delhi – International Departure
Transfer to Delhi international Airport for your international departure.
Best time to visit: The best time for the Classical India tour is between October and March.
Duration: 12 days
Themes: Culture, Heritage, Art and Architecture, Temple sculptures, Spirituality.
Regions you will discover: Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Orchha, Agra, Jaipur
Transport within India:
Private air-conditioned chauffeur-driven car
Price: Available on request for relevant travel month