|Trip price||From $ USD|
|Group size||Minimum 4, maximum 14|
|Single supplement||From $ 600 USD|
Delhi – Jaipur –Agra – Chanderi – Orchha – Sailing in river Ganga – Varanasi – Delhi
This is a special trip around the Northern and Central part of India. These regions have witnessed the rise and fall of the great Indian Empires, and cultural development from ancient times to the present day. Great Hindu epics were written here and the Hindu life style first developed; Buddhism and Jainism took their shape and Islam grew.
The trip starts with the charm of bustling Delhi, then takes you to the pinkcity of Jaipur famous for it’s beautifully coloured buildings and markets. Visit the city of romance, Agra, and the symbol of love, the Taj Mahal, enjoy walking around the small streets of Chanderi , and experience the flavour of Bundelkhand culture and history in Orchha. Sail down the sacred river Ganga and camp overnight on the riverbank. Flow with the ancient, spiritual, and colourful life of Varanasi with pilgrims undertaking their daily rituals on the Ganges ghats, and spend time in Sarnath, the birth place of Buddhist philosophy where Buddha gave his first sermons.
Day 1-2 Delhi
India’s capital, Delhi, is a hub for politics, business, and culture. It is busy and chaotic, but always retains its charm. Historical sites, museums, religious places, and markets make this the perfect place to begin your travels in India.
The trip orientation will acquaint you with the details of your trip. Your sightseeing in this charming city includes a guided tour to some of Delhi’s exciting attractions such as Old Delhi, India Gate, President’s House, and Humanyun’s tomb. If you wish to see more in your free time you can explore The Lotus Temple, The Gandhi Museum, or even discover the modern side of Delhi .
Day 3-4 Jaipur
Take a train to Jaipur today, the capital of Rajasthan. Named the ‘Pink City’ after the colourful hues of its buildings, Japiur was the first planned city of India and is world famous for its beautiful architecture.
Walk through its narrow lanes and explore the colourful bazaars, sip a cup of Masala chai in a street shop, and pass through the ‘Palace of Winds’, Hawa Mahal, a five story old building with hundreds of windows. Visit the striking Amber Fort outside the city and admire the Jantar Mantar observatory which is a fascinating World Heritage site. If you are interested to do and see more, catch a Bollywood movie with the locals, visit the fascinating City Palace Museum, and explore the local markets which provide plenty of opportunities for souvenir shopping.
Day 5 Agra
Step into the Mughal city of Agra, a place of romance and beautiful architecture. You will have a guided tour of historical Agra Fort where you can admire the exquisite architecture of the Mughal Empire. Then visit the Taj Mahal, the symbol of love built by the Mughal King Shahjahan for his loving wife Mumtaj.
Day 6-7 Chanderi
A train and taxi ride will take you to Chanderi. A welcome break from the more popular tourist destinations, Chanderi has much to offer in rich history, colourful culture, and friendly people. Explore the bazaars, visit the historical Fort, Jain temples, a peaceful mosque, and then enjoy a tasty dinner with a local family.
Day 8-9-10 Orchha
Drive to Orchha. For next two days breathe in the glorious history of the Bundelkhand region, visit the beautiful Orchha Palace, and experience the Hindu rituals in the local temples. In your free time you can explore the streets and markets, learn to prepare delicious Indian food at a cooking class or go for rafting, depending upon the season.
If you wish to benefit more out of your time in Orchha, then you have an option of taking a day trip to Khajuraho and explore the beautifully carved temples which tell the stories of Hindu gods, epics, and demonstrate the postures of Kama Sutra.
Take a small drive to Jhansi in the evening of day 10 and catch an overnight train to Allahabad.
Day 11 Sailing
After breakfast, drive through Allahabad, the king of all the Hindu pilgrimage sites. Enjoy the view of Sangam where three holy rivers meet together. By noon we start sailing along the holiest Hindu river, Mother Ganga, passing by beautiful countryside and villages. Enjoy the most delicious meals cooked by the efficient sailing crew and camp overnight on the river bank.
Day 12-13 Varanasi
After a beautiful sunrise, we set sail again, and then drive to one of the oldest living cities in the world, Varanasi. It is the heart of Hindu life style, and the city of the Holy Ganga. Take a walk around its narrow streets, enjoy the delicious treats in the local sweet shops, walk around the Ghats and experience the ancient spirituality. Take an evening boat trip on the Holy Ganga, take part in a sunset flower ceremony, and join the crowd for evening worship. In your free time visit Sarnath, the place where Buddha gave his first sermons, and explore the colourful bazaars.
Day 14 Delhi
Fly back to Delhi and check in at the hotel. Have some rest and enjoy your free time with shopping, or explore New Delhi and visit some interesting sites.
Day 15 Departure
There are no planned activities today, but we will be happy to help you organise other activities and sightseeing. Please confirm check out time from hotel reception. If you wish to extend your stay in Delhi, we can book additional accommodation if you notify us at the time of booking.
|Accommodations||2-3 star category hotels/Guest houses (13 nights), basic camping (1 night)
All accommodations are on twin/Double sharing basis.
Extra charges are applicable for single supplement.
|Transport||Private AC taxi/coach, 2 Day trains (AC chair car), 1 overnight train (AC 2 or 3 tier), 1 Flight (Economy class), Cycle rickshaw, Auto rickshaw and foot.|
|Meals||13 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners|
|Arrival Departure||Included to and from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi|
|Local Help||An Indian tour leader on the entire journey. An Organized, passionate and knowledgeable individual who is there to convert your travel into a memorable experience.|
|Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusions list will be paid by you, as passengers, such as: International flights, a valid travel insurance, visa fee, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, meals not included in the itinerary, single supplement, pre- and post- accommodation, hotel extras (Laundry, mini bar, spa) , tipping, optional activities, camera fee at the monuments, additional transportation, etc.|
|Political disturbance, strikes, riots , evacuations, natural disasters, accidents, sickness, cancellations or delays, or rescheduling of trains/flights, etc. are some of the reasons which are beyond our control, thus Horizon Journeys will not be able to bear any expenses caused by any of the above reasons. In case any of the above situations occur, all expenses will be incurred by the passenger.|