12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

Gems of India

Agra - Amber - Delhi - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Khajuraho - Sikri - Varanasi
Starting from $2,403.00

Gems of India

This spectacular India tour package provides an excellent opportunity to explore the contrasting sites of Old and New Delhi, visiting the imposing Amber Fort and the colorful palaces of Jaipur. Be a part of trips to India that introduces you with the cultural, historical and architectural tradition of India.

INCLUDES
  • 9-nights accommodation at your hotels of choice based on bed & breakfast.
  • 2-nights accommodation in Delhi
  • 2-night accommodation in Jaipur
  • 2-nights accommodation in Agra
  • 1-night accommodation in Khajuraho
  • 2-night accommodation in Varanasi
  • Transfers, and porterage at airports
  • Train: Agra-Jhansi
  • Flights: Khajuraho-Varanasi-Delhi
  • Private driver, with ground transportation in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • 13 Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
  • Services of English speaking guides
  • Monument Entrance fees wherever Applicable
  • Meet & Assist upon Arrival & Departure
  • Transfers from airports to hotels and vice-versa by air-conditioned Car/Tempo/Coach along with the transfer of baggage (2 pieces per person)
  • Porterage at the Airport
  • Sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned Car / Tempo/Coach with English Speaking local Guide, as per itinerary
  • Professional and Service charges for preparation and operation of the tour program
  • All Domestic travel within the itinerary
EXCLUDES
  • International Airfare (Please contact us for special contracted rates)
  • Mineral water drinks
  • Any kind of personal nature expenses
  • Indian Visas. MUST be obtained prior to departure from home country
  • Tips or Gratuities of any kind (voluntary).
ITINERARY
Day 1 - Depart USA

Depart from your country in the evening by your International Flight to start your journey to land and visit Gems of India. 


Day 2 - Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival, garland welcome greeting at airport. Transfer to your hotel and check-in.
                                                                                                                                                         
Delhi- The capital of India, serves as a kaleidoscope, depicting the beautiful country of India. It also houses a treasure of monuments expressing the saga of a bygone era. These icons are testimony to the grandeur of past. The charm of Delhi has attracted Emperors, Conquerors, and the poor equally. It is correctly said that Delhi is a land of 'Dilwalas' or "people with heart". From a string of historical monuments to modern commercial centers, Delhi has evolved into an exceptional and dynamic city, offering a wealth of shopping and sightseeing activities. 
Overnight at your hotel.


Day 3 - Delhi

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Old Delhi. Visit The Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, and Raj Ghat. The magnificent Red Fort (Lal Qila) was built in the 17th century, and constructed by the Mugal Emperor Shahjahan. It served as the Capital city of the Mugal Empire until 1857. Also visit Jama Masjid, considered to be the largest Mosque in India. Walk down the narrow lanes of a typical Indian Bazaar, Chandni Chowk where traditional wholesale traders still thrive selling their goods to major retailers. Later visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.

Afternoon, enjoy a tour of New Delhi. Visit the Qutub Minar, India Gate, Parliament House, Laxmi Narayan Temple [Birla Mandir], Connaught Place, and Government buildings.

Overnight at your hotel.

Meals Breakfast 


Day 4 - Delhi - Jaipur (By Surface - 250KMS/6 HRS)

After breakfast, drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check-into the hotel. Jaipur, also referred to by its' romantic nickname, "The Pink City" because of the pink color of its royal buildings.  It boasts the grand Amber Fort, the first royal residence of the Maharajas of Kachchwaha. Jaipur is also famous for the region's handicrafts and jewels. Afternoon, enjoy sightseeing in Jaipur: Visit Jantar Mantar- Jai Singh's observatory, and Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds".

Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at your hotel.

Meals Breakfast - Dinner


Day 5 - Jaipur

After breakfast, enjoy a visit to Amber Fort in Amer.  Ride up to the fort on a decorated elephant, similar to the ones used by the Maharajas in bygone eras. Situated atop a hill overlooking the city, Amber Fort was the old capital before the city of Jaipur was built. Ride on a decorated elephant to ascend the hill to the Palace. The construction of the Amber Fort began in the year 1592 and was started by Man Singh I, but it was later completed by his descendant Jai Singh I. The Palace is laid out at different levels on the hillside and surrounded by a fortress. The exterior of the fort is very imposing and rugged looking whereas the inside is a comforting and warm interior which is influenced by both Hindu and Muslim style of ornamentation. On the walls, are paintings depicting various hunting scenes, intricate carvings, mosaics, and minute mirror work that make the halls look majestic and imperial. Afternoon, visit The City Palace, Mubarak Hall, Chandra Mahal and Pothikhana, which house collection of paintings and manuscripts as well as the museum of Arms and Armory.
Overnight at your hotel.

Meals Breakfast


Day 6 - Jaipur - Abhaneri - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (By Surface - 250KMS/5 HRS)

After breakfast, drive to Agra.  En route, visit Abhaneri Step Well and Fatehpur Sikri.

Abhaneri, which means "The City of brightness", is a small town village famous for its amazing "Baoris' (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. The village of Abhaneri was established by Maharaja Chand. These deep and delicately carved step wells are a unique invention of the natives who used its structure for harvesting rainwater.

Visit Fatehpur Sikri.  Phantoms of ancient pomp and splendor fill the deserted city, which was once a grandeur Capital city of the great Emperor Akbar, and now a silent witness to a vanished dream. Shortly after it was completed, this magnificent fortress was abandoned by Akbar, due to lack of adequate water supply. The marble tomb of the Saint "Salim Chisti" and the "Bulland Durwaza" are some of the highlights of the fortress.
Arrive in Agra, home of the world-famous Taj Mahal, best described as "poetry in marble", because of its beauty, grace, and exquisite workmanship.

Check-in and overnight at your hotel.

Meals Breakfast 


Day 7 -

After breakfast, enjoy a full-day tour of Agra. Visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, the finest examples of Mughal architecture. The Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday) stands serene and awesome on a raised marble platform by the banks of the Yamuna, testifying to the timelessness of art and love. Shahjahan built the monument in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It has been called the most extravagant monument ever built for the sake of love. The construction of the Taj commenced in 1631, and was completed in 1653. Workers were gathered from all over the country and from Central Asia, and about 20,000 people were recruited to translate this wild dream into a reality. Its pure white marble shimmers silver in the soft moonlight, exudes a shell - pink glow at dawn, and at the close of the day, takes on the tawny, fiery hue of the majestic sun. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Agra Fort, built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. The construction of this massive structure began in 1565, under Akbar, and continued till the time of his grandson, Shahjahan. Armed with massive double walls, punctuated by four gateways, the fort houses palaces, courts, mosques, baths, gardens and gracious pavilions within its premises. Among the fascinating structures that are to be found within the fort is the red sandstone, Jehangiri Mahal built by Akbar for his Hindu queen Jodhabai, was one of the earliest constructions illustrating the fort's change from a military structure into a Royal palace.
Overnight at your hotel.

 

Meals Breakfast - Lunch


Day 8 - Agra - Jhansi (By Train) Jhansi - Khajuraho (By Surface - 181 KMS / 3.5 HRS)

After breakfast, transfer to the railway station in time to board the train to Jhansi.
Assistance on arrival in Jhansi. Drive from Jhansi to Khajuraho.
Upon arrival in Khajuraho, Enjoy sightseeing tour of Khajuraho. Visit The Western, Eastern, and Southern Group on Temples.

KHAJURAHO, once the capital of a powerful dynasty of Hindu kings called the chandelles (959 A.D.), it is famous today for its magnificent temples considered to be among the most vibrant of Hindu architecture and Sculpture. The exquisite carvings on the exterior of these temples depict worldly activities in the common man's life in those days.

All 85 temples of Khajuraho, famous for their erotic sculptures, were built by the kings of the Chandela dynasty. Mysteriously, their construction was given only a passing reference in Chandela literature. The Chandela kings were great believers of tantric tradition of working towards satisfaction of all carnal desires to attain salvation. The temples were taken over by the jungle, and were rediscovered in the 1830's by a British army engineer.
Transfer to the hotel, and check-in.
Overnight at your hotel.

Meals Breakfast 


Day 9 - Khajurago - Varnasi (By Flight)

After breakfast, morning at leisure. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi.
Upon arrival in Varanasi, meet and greet assistance at airport. Drive to Sarnath and visit the Ashoka pillar - the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon.
Varanasi, a holy City situated on the banks of river Ganges, is one of the oldest and continually inhabited cities in the World. Varanasi has been India's cultural and religious center for several thousand years, becoming home of prominent philosophers, poets, writers, and musicians. Legend has it that Varanasi was founded approximately 5,000 years ago by the Hindu Lord Shiva, thus making it one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in India.
Later, transfer to your hotel and check-in.
Overnight at your hotel.

Meals Breakfast 


Day 10 - Varnasi

Early morning before dawn, enjoy a boat ride on the Holy Ganges and watch the Sunrise, and experience religious activity at the bathing ghats and temples on the bank of the river.

After breakfast, enjoy a full day sightseeing city tour of Varanasi. Visit Banaras Hindu University and Kashi Vishwanath Mandir.

Evening, enjoy a Rikhshaw Ride to the Ghats (banks), and witness Evening Aarti at banks of river Ganges.

Overnight at your hotel.

Meals Breakfast 


Day 11 - Varnasi - Delhi (By Flight)

After breakfast, morning at leisure.

Later, transfer to Varanasi airport in time to board the flight to Delhi.

Upon arrival in Delhi, meet and greet assistance at airport.

Stop and enjoy a farewell dinner at the Great Kabab Factory in Hotel Radisson, Gurgaon, before transferring to International Airport in time to board flight back to the U.S.

Meals Breakfast - Dinner


Day 12 - Departure

Early morning departure by flight.


Notes
  • To add dinner at your hotel throughout the whole tour, there is a supplement of $268 per person
  • India is a vast country that is heavily centered on nature. Many of the cultural elements may be different from your usual methods of your daily schedule, but that's what ignites the beauty of the country, Please note that travel is hectic
  • All Visas for India must be obtained prior to departing
  • The last night prior to departure is an early morning departure so there will be no hotel provided as after dinner you will be taken to the airport for your flight back to your home city
  • All of the arrangements are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Airfare rates are not guaranteed and subject to change at the time of ticketing.
  • The packages are go any day, but keep in mind that Agra sights are closed on Friday

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