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The Grand Heritage Tour
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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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From Houston G.Bush Intercont, TX for 9 nights
$2,493 * incl.tax
Related Cities:
Agra (6)  Delhi (41)  India (51)  Jaipur (12)  Khajuraho (2)  Orchha (1)  Varanasi (2)  

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

Tonight, arrive New Delhi, the capital city of India.
Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome, transfer to your hotel for 2 nights stay.

Superior: Royal Plaza (4 stars)
Deluxe: Le Meridien (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 through narrow alleys and lanes in Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and largest trading markets of the country; and drive past Red Fort, the place that marked the announcement of India?s freedom from the British Raj.

Later in the afternoon, discover the modern city of New Delhi, visiting the Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the world?s tallest brick minaret and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold dome, still in active worship. Drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen?s Delhi and take a photo stop at the iconic war memorial arch, the India Gate.

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: Le Meridien(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 colour, 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. Upon arrival check in at your hotel for 02 nights stay.

Superior: Holiday Inn City Centre (4 stars)
Deluxe: Marriott (5 stars)

Day 4: Day in Jaipur

Rise early this morning to visit Jaipur?s famous Amber Fort. Enroute, take a guided walk through the flower market of Jaipur seeing the beautiful yellow and orange marigolds and other seasonal flowers being traded. In close vicinity is also the wholesale vegetable market where farmers bring fresh produce to begin the days trading. Walking through the markets brings you to a junction where you will find the interesting and unusual milk traders of Jaipur, who bring their cattle?s fresh milk to be tested for quality, priced and traded on the spot. Be amazed at the primitive technique of testing quality of milk by dipping hands into large metal milk containers and evaluating the creaminess of milk supplied !

After a brief walk through the local trading markets, drive onwards to visit Amber fort, built in the 16th century. The fort is a mesmerizing blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The Amber Fort was used by the Rajputs for the dual purpose of defense and private residence. The fort encompasses charming gardens and magnificent palaces made from marble and precious stones, richly decorated with intricate stonemason works and paintings, which represented royal splendor and luxury of the Rajput era. To ascend up the fort, you may choose to walk, drive or take an elephant ride.

This afternoon take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal, Palace of the Winds, with its unique layer-cake honeycomb windows designed to enable erstwhile women of the royal court to observe passing life without being seen; Jantar Mantar, the largest astronomical observatory built in stone, and the City Palace complex with its impressive gardens and museums.

Optional:
Option for Hot Air Balloon Flight and Village Safari: Enjoy a sunrise or sunset hot air balloon flight, floating over forts, palaces and villages, over the pink city of Jaipur, offering splendid views of the city and its surrounds. The balloons usually land in village areas, attracting hoards of villagers. Guests find this experience and connection with the local community fascinating and unique. Drive through rural villages back to base. (at extra charge and subject to operation).

Option for Elephant Safari with Breakfast: Early morning or evening, embark on a short drive to a wilderness camp at the outskirts of Jaipur, for a fascinating elephant safari, followed by breakfast or high tea served at the garden camp (at extra charge).

Superior: Holiday Inn City Centre (4 stars)
Deluxe: Marriott (5 stars)

 

Day 5: Jaipur to Agra

After an early breakfast, embark on your drive to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal.

Upon arrival in Agra, check in at your hotel and freshen up. This afternoon, visit the Agra fort, lying across the River Yamuna, built in red sandstone with 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: Four Points by Sheraton (4 stars)
Deluxe: ITC Mughal(5 stars)

Day 6: Train Agra to Jhansi - Drive Jhansi - Orchha

Early this morning, catch your train to Jhansi.

Depart Agra 0815 hrs
Arrive Jhansi 1045 hrs
Shatabadi Express (AC Chair Car)

Upon arrival in Jhansi, embark on a short drive to Orchha, a medieval riverside town known for its palaces and temples. Upon arrival in Orchha, check in at your hotel for overnight stay.

In Orchha, we visit ruins of the domed and 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. Then visit Raj Mahal, the fort like structure featuring colorful murals and frescoes from the life of Lord Rama and Krishna and incarnations of Lord Vishnu. We also see the riverside spread of Bundela Chhatris (Royal Cenotaphs) of erstwhile rulers of Orchha. This evening, visit the popular Ram Raja Temple, characterized by its mustard yellow palace like domes, to see the evening aarti of Lord Rama. Gather in the central courtyard and chant with the locals amidst loud ringing bells, where you will also see one of its kind guard of honour to the Gods by the local police.

Superior: Amar Mahal(4 stars)
Deluxe: Amar Mahal(4 stars)

Day 7: Orchha to Khajuraho

After breakfast, 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.

This afternoon 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.

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

After a leisurely breakfast, transfer 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 freshen up.

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. Spiritually enlightening and fantastically photogenic, this evening aarti ceremony is a spectacular show with young priests in traditional Indian clothes swaying in seemingly choreographed movements, worshiping the river goddess with incense, flowers and earthen lamps.


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

Day 9: Varanasi

Rise early to enjoy a sunrise boat cruise 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. The ghats of River Ganges in Varanasi are believed to be most sacred, engulfing the entire circle of life and death.

Follow the boat cruise with a guided walk through the old city, seeing morning life in the historic and ancient bylanes of Varanasi. You get an opportunity to closely observe some morning rituals at the various small street temples along the way. The most sacred and important temple here is Kashi Vishvanath temple. Return back to hotel for breakfast and freshen up.

This afternoon, visit Bharat Mata Temple, the only temple in India that is not dedicated to a God or Goddess. This unique temple is dedicated to Mother India, and features aunqiue relief map of India, carved out of marble, the largest of its kind in the world.

Then visit 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 lion capital of Ashoka pillar at Sarnath is the national emblem of India. Visit the ruins, stupa, Buddhist temple and the Sarnath Museum.

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

Day 10: Varanasi to Delhi

After a leisurely breakfast, drive to the airport to catch your return flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, connect to your international flight back home.

PRICE INCLUSIONS :

- Accommodation on twin share basis
- Daily Breakfast included at hotel
- Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures
- Chauffeured air-conditioned vehicles for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours
- Sightseeing, activities and experiences included as per itinerary
- English speaking local guide for sightseeing in each city
- Train fare for sector Agra ? Jhansi on AC Chair car
- All currently applicable taxes

PRICE EXCLUSIONS:

- Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, snacks, medical expenses etc.
- Rides and Monument Entrance fees, quoted as supplement
- Optional activities / experiences attract supplement charge
- Domestic / International air fare
- Indian Visa Fees
- Any other services not mentioned in Price Inclusions above

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