Introduction to India

At a Glance

DELHI – JAIPUR – AGRA – GWALIOR – ORCHHA – KHAJURAHO – VARANASI – DELHI

India’s too vast to offer a singular ‘Indian’ experience, but this tour encapsulates all that the nation is famous for: culture, colour, history, food and ancient monuments. Get the ball rolling from Delhi, the national capital. The old city has a kitschy charm, what with its narrow lanes, colourful markets, and greasy-but-great food. New Delhi is more modern and organised, where you can spend hours in museums, cafes or at some historical monuments.

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Jaipur is the capital of the royal state of Rajasthan. The ‘Pink City’, which owes its moniker to its sandstone buildings, is full of stunning monuments such as the City Palace, the honeycomb Hawa Mahal and, of course, Amber Fort. Speaking of stunning monuments, there’s none better than Taj Mahal at Agra. The marble mausoleum draws millions of visitors each year who are awed by its near super-human craftsmanship and intricate lattice work. Fatehpur Sikri is another historical edifice worth visiting while you’re in Agra.

From here, you travel to Gwalior, where another magnificent fort awaits you. Built on a hilltop by Man Singh Tomar, the fort has been standing rock solid since the 8th century. The Jai Vilas Palace and Man Mandir Palace are other attractions in this town. Continuing in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, your next destination is Orchha. Situated on the banks of the Betwa River, this town has several palaces, cenotaphs, temples and tombs to hold your interest.

No introduction of India would be complete without the next two destinations. The first is Khajuraho. This dusty town is famous for its temples with their intricate — and explicit – carvings. Built by the Chandela Kings, who are said to have believed in tantric sexual practices, the temples are rich with architectural symbolism and erotic sculptures. The temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Before winding up the tour in Delhi, you will stop at Varanasi, one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities. It is the holiest city in Hinduism and Jainism and famous for its ‘ghats’ or stone embankments on the river Ganges. It’s a fitting conclusion to this spiritually uplifting tour, which is why it is also one of our most popular.

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Special Value

  • A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India.’
  • International flights included
  • VIP meet at aircraft door on arrival
  • Useful gift is given to you on arrival
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private car & driver for all road transfers
  • Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
  • Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
  • Meals as per itinerary (BB = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
  • Full day sightseeing of New & Old Delhi
  • Full day sightseeing of Jaipur including Elephant/Jeep ride (subject to availability) in Amer Fort.
  • Half day sightseeing of Agra City
  • Sunset visit to the Taj Mahal
  • Enroute visit to Fatehpur Sikri in between Jaipur- Agra
  • Half day sightseeing of Gwalior
  • Half day sightseeing of Orchha
  • Half day sightseeing of Khajuraho + Sound & Light Show
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Varanasi + Boat Ride on the Ganges.

Our  Tour features the following locations

DELHI: The largest mosque, the biggest temple, honky auto-rickshaws; it’s easy to distinguish Delhi. The city has been at the centre of the Indian civilisation for centuries and a major seat of power ever since the Mughals built their capital here. Modern Delhi presents a mix of colonial-era architecture, Mughal forts, and mausoleums, ancient bazaars, glitzy malls and world class restaurants. It often feels overwhelming, but given a chance, it always grows onto you. Be sure to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal wonder inspired by the iconic Taj Mahal and Lodi Gardens, the best spot for sunsets in Delhi. There’s also the Hauz Khas Village, a throbbing hub that gained popularity with its Open Nights when those narrow alleys are transformed into cultural wonders, adorned with lights and decorated with streamers. There really is no better place to discover Delhi’s rich culture and mingle with its locals.

JAIPUR: The Pink City, the largest city of Rajasthan, is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. This city was established in 1727 by Jai Singh II and is India’s first planned city. It is known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city.
The Pink City stands out as one of the most spectacular and vibrant destinations on the planet, its rich lineage, striking culture and beautiful architecture painting a vivid picture of Indian society. Missing out on The City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh or the Amber Fort is a big no-no, but make sure you reserve time for those chaotic bazaars and delicious cuisines. Jaipur is also known for its traditional handicrafts and unique souvenirs such as camel-leather slippers. The John Madden 2012 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (You can link this to your Best Marigold tour) stole our heart presenting India in an entirely new light, one that suddenly catapulted some of its more exotic destinations like Udaipur and Jaipur to instant stardom.

AGRA: Known for its stunning architecture, exotic history and magical views, the Taj Mahal attracts as many as 7 million visitors each year, and for a good reason. It is, after all, the monument of love! This iconic landmark is why people from all over the world visit Agra, but the city is also brimming with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Mughal mausoleums, tombs, a beautiful fort and ancient bazaars. You’d expect to feel underwhelmed due to all that hype, but this magical city is everything you expect it to be. 

GWALIOR: The cultural capital of Madhya Pradesh might be most famous for that spectacular hilltop fort, once defined as ‘the pearl amongst fortresses in India’ by Mughal emperor Barbur, but it also promises an interesting experience, a weekend getaway that is full of beautiful temples, exquisite architecture, and historic palaces. The city may have lost out on some of its historic beauty and regalia, but it still hasn’t lost out on any of its appeal, something that is best seen in Jai Vilas Palace, the historic seat of one of the most revered families in the country.

ORCHHA: Located on the banks of the Betwa River, Orchha is essentially a medieval town that is known for its fantastic architecture, 16th-century palaces, and cenotaphs. Once a bustling capital of one of the most powerful kingdoms of Central India, modern-day Orchha is as laid-back and stress-free as they come, one of the best destinations to de-stress. There are some great homestays in the countryside and activities like trekking, rafting and cycling are sure to fill up your itineraries. The key attraction of this historic town is the Orchha Fort, home to three magnificent palaces. The Jahangir Mahal is famous for its strong masonry, the Raj Mahal for its beautiful murals and the Rai Parveen Mahal for its serene gardens. Other places of interest include the Raja Ram Temple, Laxminarayan Temple, and Phool Bagh.

KHAJURAHO: Most visitors are surprised to hear that talking about sex is such a taboo in India. The country is after all the land that gave birth to the Kama Sutra. Perhaps a trip to the temples of Khajuraho might change how you think about this seemingly conservative nation, whose complex culture presents a new wonder at each step. You’re often left wondering how temples full of erotic structures were built in the country. And it’s not just any temple! The carvings and structures found here are incredibly stunning, considered to be the finest example of temple art in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is dedicated to Jain, Shiva, and Vishnu deities and is spread over an area of 20 sq. kms. With as many as 22 temples to choose from, there’s just so much to see here!

VARANASI: Varanasi, formerly known as Benaras, is considered to be one of the most sacred cities in India, for it is revered among the Hindus, Buddhists as well as the Jains. Located on the banks of the Ganges, this incredible journey brings you closer to an entirely unique side of India’s culture, a spiritual journey towards ash-covered sadhus, yogis, temples, and devotees. Many come to this ancient city to wash away sins of a lifetime; some come here for a dip in the holy river, and yet others visit the place for its fantastic food and unique culture. It’s mysterious, magical and chaotic, probably all at once. It is one of the oldest continually inhabited destinations on the planet and a historical centre of silk weaving. The markets here tend to be chaotic, yet; you’re sure to find hidden souvenirs that are so unique to this place. This is surely a journey unlike any other.

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Introduction to India

Introduction to India

DAY 01 – FLY TO DELHI
Fly to Delhi today.

DAY 02 – ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive, VIP meet at aircraft door, assistant through immigration control, then meet & greet at departures door then transfer to your hotel. 

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

DAY 03 – DELHI (B)
Today, after breakfast, you will enjoy a full day private guided sightseeing tour of New & Old Delhi taking in all the major sights.

This afternoon explore the famous Chandni Chowkh Bazaar. For lunch today you can experience the famous street food here, in fact, Chandni Chowkh is often called the food capital of India.

DAY 04 – DELHI TO JAIPUR (B)
Drive to Jaipur (6.5 hrs) on arrival check-in at your hotel, then at leisure

DAY 05 –JAIPUR (B)
Morning, visit Amer Fort where you can take an elephant ride to the main gate. Also, visit Jaigarh overlooking the fort and city. This afternoon is free with your driver to explore the famous bazaars or relax at your hotel.

Optional Extra: Balloon flight over the Fort this morning.

DAY 06 –JAIPUR (B)
Today you will explore the other attractions of Jaipur, visit City Palace, Janta Mantar observatory, Hawa Mahal is known as the Palace of Winds.

DAY 07 –JAIPUR (B)
Today is a leisure day to relax at your hotel or explore on your own. Your driver is at your disposal today for you own local sightseeing or shopping

DAY 08 – JAIPUR TO AGRA (B)
Drive to Agra (5.5 Hrs) with en-route guided sightseeing of Abhaneri Stepwells and Fatehpur Sikri

Arrive Agra late afternoon then at leisure.

DAY 09 –AGRA TO GWALIOR (B)
Sightseeing of Agra starting with a sunrise visit to the famous Taj Mahal. Later, drive to Gwalior (2.5 Hrs).

On arrival, check-in at your hotel, then at leisure

DAY 10 –GWALIOR (B)
Private guided sightseeing of the town visiting Gwalior Fort and other major sites.

DAY 11 –GWALIOR TO ORCHHA (B)
Drive to Orchha (3.5 Hrs) en route visiting the Datia Temple.

On arrival, check-in at your hotel. This Afternoon you are taken on a sightseeing tour of the major sights of Orchha.

Today we can also arrange a cooking class with a local lady called Vandana Dubey in her home. Bookings are required so; please advise us at the time of booking.

DAY 12 –ORCHHA TO KHAJURAHO (B)
Drive to Khajuraho (4.5 Hrs). On arrival, check-in at your hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure to relax.

DAY 13 –KHAJURAHO (B)
Full day tour of Chandela Dynasty Temples

In the evening, witness the Sound and light show at the Western group of temples

DAY 14 –KHAJURAHO TO VARANASI (B)
Fly from Khajuraho to Varanasi today.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Enjoy Ganga Aarti ceremony in the evening.

DAY 15 – VARANASI (B)
Early morning, enjoy a private sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, witness the morning arati ceremony then take a walk through the thin ancient lanes of old Benares.

Later excursion to Sarnath where Buddha gave his first sermon after achieving enlightenment.

DAY 16 –VARANASI VIA DELHI HOMEBOUND (B)
Today India bids you farewell with your transfer to the international terminal.

Introduction to India

Introduction to India

Hotels

Our from price based on the following hotels twin/double share. Single supplement, triple share reductions or for alternative hotels, contact us to discuss your requirements further. We can design a tour just for you, based on your style and budget.


Introduction to India

Introduction to India

Extensions

Here are some examples of extensions you can add to this tour. For other ideas and to discuss your requirements contact us. We can design an itinerary for you, based on your dates, duration, style, and budget.


From Varanasi, you can add on an extra few days, and visit Bodhgaya. Buddhists from all over the world see this as the foremost pilgrim site. The location where Buddha meditated for years then attained enlightenment.

From Khajuraho, you are only 45 min drive to Panna NP. Why not add on a few extra nights and take in some wildlife, you may even see a tiger, best explored on the back of an elephant. A wonderful and peaceful park.

Between Jaipur and Agra –  Ramathra Fort a remote luxury and relaxing few days. Stay in an old fort for a few days, in a remote village location. Choose from Tents or the new Suites build in a section of the old fort. Take a book or take part in the local activities.

Want to add in more wildlife adventures. Ranthambore is just 3.5 hrs from Jaipur, very good sightings here. Outside the park is a great artist schools ask us for more details.

Introduction to India

Introduction to India

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