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This 9 night sample itinerary includes:
  Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  Daily breakfast at all hotels
  Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures
  Chauffeured air-conditioned vehicles for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours
  English speaking guide will be provided for sightseeing and excursion tours
  2 Nights in Delhi
  Morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi
  Afternoon Tour of New Delhi
  Transfer from Delhi to Jaipur
  2 nights in Jaipur
  Visit to the City Palace
  Transfer from Jaipur to Agra
  1 Night in Agra
  Visit to the Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays)
  Transfer from Agra to Orchha
  Visit to the Gwalior Fort
  1 Night in Orchha
  Transfer from Orccha to Khajuraho
  1 Night in Khajuraho
  Visit to the temples of Khajuraho
  Domestic flight from Khajuraho to Varanasi
  2 Nights in Varanasi
  Boat ride on the Holy River Ganges
  Visit to the Sarnath
  Domestic flight from Varanasi to Delhi
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Price history for this itinerary (past 7 days):
From Cedar Rapids, IA for 9 nights
$2,819 * incl.tax
From Los Angeles Intl, CA for 9 nights
$2,650 * incl.tax
From Raleigh-Durham, NC for 9 nights
$2,938 * incl.tax
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Agra (10)  Delhi (32)  India (41)  Jaipur (13)  Khajuraho (4)  Orchha (1)  Varanasi (4)  

Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Gwalior/Orchha - Alipura/Khajuraho - Varanasi
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9 Nights - The Grand Heritage Tour
departing from Delhi

Located on the banks of river Yamuna, Delhi has two parts: New Delhi (the national capital) and Old Delhi. It is a city of contrasts with an architecture ranging from 10th century Hindu-Rajputana through 17th century Mughal to 20th century British architecture. It is not uncommon to see cars, tongas (horse carriages) and rickshaws on the same road. New Delhi was built by the British and that is reflected in its architecture. Old Delhi is over 2500 years old and was the captial city of the Mughal empire. It is dominated by the grand bazaar of Chandni Chowk and by the Jama Masjid which is the largest mosque in India. Another popular sight is the Old Red Fort.

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9 Nights - The Grand Heritage Tour

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Upon your arrival in the Indian capital city of New Delhi, you will be greeted by our representative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel for 2 nights stay.

Superior: Royal Plaza (4 stars)
Deluxe: Jaypee Vasant Continental (5 stars)

Day 2: Day in Delhi

Today, enjoy the day discovering Delhi, pacing through the city which is as historic as modern, like 2 sides of the same coin!

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, 'silver street', one of the largest trading centers of India; drive past Red Fort, the place that marked the announcement of India's freedom from the British Raj; visit Raj Ghat, cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.

Later in the afternoon, discover the modern city of New Delhi, which includes a visit to Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the world's tallest minaret; Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold tomb, still in active worship; Photo stop at India Gate, the war memorial arch built in honor of the soldiers who died in the second world war; drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen's Delhi.

Optional:
Option for Home Hosted Dinner: This evening you have the option to learn more about local lifestyle and culture of India with dinner at an Indian home. Spend time talking to your hosts and learn about their way of life. You may also opt for a unique opportunity to step inside an Indian kitchen and learn the age old art of Indian culinary delights. Your hosts will be happy to share their secret recipes and give you some handy tips about Indian cooking (at extra charge)

Superior: Royal Plaza (4 stars)
Deluxe: Jaypee Vasant Continental (5 stars)

Day 3: Delhi to Jaipur

After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Jaipur - land of the Rajputs. Jaipur is an exuberance of color, dance and traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is home to ancient forts and palaces and is one of India's most well planned cities.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Jaipur.

Superior: Four Points by Sheraton (4 stars)
Deluxe: Radisson (5 stars)

Day 4: Day in Jaipur

After breakfast, visit the Amber fort, which was built in the 16th century.

This afternoon, visit the City Palace complex with its museums and Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), built in the 18th century. This palace with its innumerable windows and screened balconies was especially built for the royal women to view the city and processions from behind their purdahs. Later explore the many facets of Jaipuri craft such as semi precious jewels, pottery, colorful embroidered fabrics with mirror work, woven carpets, etc. Watch artisans at work and enjoy souvenir shopping in this colorful city of Jaipur

Optional:
Option for Hot Air Balloon Flight and Village Safari: Early morning, you have the option to enjoy a hot air balloon flight over the pink city of Jaipur, giving you the opportunity to float above forts and palaces and village settlements beneath. (At supplement charge).

Option for Elephant Safari with Breakfast: Early morning, embark on a short drive to Dera Amer for a fascinating elephant safari, followed by a scrumptious breakfast at Dera Amer (at supplement charge).

Superior: Four Points by Sheraton (4 stars)
Deluxe: Radisson (5 stars)

 

Day 5: Jaipur to Agra

This morning, embark on a leisurely drive to Agra. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and freshen up.

This afternoon, experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the eternal symbol of love, the Taj Mahal. Often referred to as a poem in white marble, Taj Mahal displays the saga of love between Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. Also visit the Agra fort, which is built in red sandstone and has magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens.

Then, experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the eternal symbol of love, the Taj Mahal. Often referred to as a poem in white marble, Taj Mahal displays the saga of love between Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. You may wish to stay at the Taj Mahal, to see the glistening white marble beauty by sunset.

Optional:
Option to watch a live theatre performance: This evening, you have the option to watch a live theatre performance, introducing you to the story of the Taj Mahal. Watch the spectacular performance - 'Mohabbat the Taj - The saga of love', staging the largest replica of the Taj Mahal, and presenting the legend of love that created this magnificent mausoleum (at extra charge)

Superior: Clark Shiraz (4 stars)
Deluxe: Jaypee Palace (5 stars)

Day 6: Agra to Orchha via Gwalior

This morning, you have the option to enjoy a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal.

After breakfast, drive to Orchha, a medieval riverside town known for its palaces and temples. En route to Orchha, make a brief stop at Gwalior, the city of warrior kings, poets, musicians and saints. A historic city, Gwalior is known for its old magnificent fort which houses a number of ruined palaces and interesting temples. The history of Gwalior Fort dates back to over a thousand years. This afternoon, visit Gwalior Fort and then continue drive to Orchha.

Upon arrival in Orchha, check in at your hotel for overnight stay.

Superior: Orchha Resort (4 stars)
Deluxe: Orchha Resort (4 stars)

Day 7: Orchha to Khajuraho

After breakfast, enjoy a half day tour of Orchha. In Orchha, we visit ruins of old palaces such as the tiered Jahangir Mahal, the erstwhile palace of Emperor Jahangir, a fine example of medieval Indo Islamic architecture decorated with paintings and frescoes built in 17th century and the Raj Mahal, which features colorful murals and frescoes from the life of Lord Rama and Krishna and incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Also visit popular temples of the region such as Ram Raja temple, Chaturbhuj temple and Lakshmi Narayan temple. You will also see a spread of Bundela Chhatris (Royal Tombs) of erstwhile rulers of Orchha.

Then continue drive to Khajuraho - a UNESCO world heritage site in central India, famous for its erotic sculptured temples. Upon arrival in Khajuraho, check in to your hotel for overnight stay.

Optional:
Option to watch the famous Khajuraho Dance Show: Enjoy the evening watching a live Indian classical dance show at an auditorium at Khajuraho (at extra charge)

Option to watch the famous Khajuraho Sound and Light Show: Enjoy the evening watching a spectacular sound and light show at the historic temples of Khajuraho (at extra charge)

Superior: Ramada (4 stars)
Deluxe: Radisson (5 stars)

Day 8: Khajuraho to Varanasi

This morning visit the enchanting temples of Khajuraho with sculptures that draw their inspiration from the ancient art of Kama sutra. Khajuraho Temples were built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD.

Later you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India (also known as Kashi and Benaras).

Upon arrival in Varanasi, check in to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Superior: Hindustan International (4 stars)
Deluxe: Radisson (5 stars)

Day 9: Varanasi

Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the Holy River Ganges. See the 'bathing ghats' where thousands of pilgrims pay homage to the Sun God by immersing themselves in the holy water of River Ganges, and the 'burning ghats' where cremations are conducted.


After the boat ride, return to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, enjoy a visit to Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century BC to 12th century AD. The Ashoka pillar of Sarnath is the national emblem of India. Visit the ruins, stupa, Buddhist temple and the Sarnath Museum.


This evening, experience a rickshaw ride to the ghats to enjoy the grand 'Aarti' ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghat, conducted everyday at sunset by white-robed priests. The young priests sway in seemingly choreographed movements, worshiping the river goddess with incense, flowers and earthen lamps.

Superior: Hindustan International (4 stars)
Deluxe: Radisson (5 stars)

Day 10: Varanasi to Delhi

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to your connecting flight back home.

Included:

- Accommodation on twin sharing basis
- Daily buffet breakfast at all hotels.
- Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures
- Elephant ride at Amber fort, Jaipur, subject to availability. Else, Jeep ride will be provided
- Chauffeured air-conditioned vehicles for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours
- English speaking guide will be provided for sightseeing and excursion tours
- All currently applicable taxes
- Boat ride in Varanasi
- Flight Khajuraho-Varanasi and Varanasi-Delhi)

Not included:

- Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, camera / video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
- Local payments in domestic currency, such as entry fees to monuments, tips and gratuities
- Indian Visa Fees
- Optional excursion tours, as mentioned in itinerary
- Any other services not mentioned in Price Inclusions above

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