Easy Going Delhi and Jaipur
There’s no denying that India is an overwhelming jumble of sights, sounds and smells, an absolute riot on the senses. The beginning of this itinerary is designed to ease you into the chaos. After one night in the capital of Delhi, you’ll be transferred by private vehicle to the pink city of Jaipur, one of the jewels of Rajasthan, where you’ll spend two nights including a tour of the highlights of the pink city.
Wonders of the World
Travels on the road from Jaipur to Agra offer a number of World Heritage Sites that all rank amongst the most amazing places in India; Bharatpur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, and of course, the Taj Mahal. From the Pink City of Jaipur travel via monkey temples, wetlands teaming with rare birds and abandoned ghost cities en route to the Taj Mahal. Here you’ll watch dawn break over this spell binding monument to eternal love and spend two nights in Agra, with a guided tour of the Taj Mahal and city of Agra included.
Riverside Ruins and Lost Temples
Immerse yourself in the real India on the way from Agra to Varanasi. You’ll see sights along the way that most travellers, who catch the overnight train for this route, simply don’t get to experience. In the peaceful medieval town of Orchha you’ll explore scattered riverside ruins, colourful streets and ancient temples and palaces. Next is the racy Khajuraho Temples that bring the Karma Sutra to life with intricate carvings of erotic scenes and Hindu deities.
Holy Rituals on the Ganges
Varanasi is one of the holiest, most beautiful, confronting and colourful cities in India. It will pull at all the senses: it’s crowded, hot and chaotic but also maintains an aura of wonder. Built on the River Ganges, said to be the source of both life and death, you’ll see how the river sustains daily life as pilgrims cleanse themselves in its waters and locals do laundry on the ghats (steps) to the river. Most significantly; cremations are held on the ghats where the body is returned to the Ganges, the ultimate reward for Hindus.
Final night in Delhi
You’ll arrive into Delhi around 8am. You can use the day to see the many sights of Delhi – the narrow lanes of Chandi Chowk, the stately Humayan’s Tomb, the greenery of Lodi Gardens, and the moving and informative Gandhi Museum. You’ll stay in the same hotel in Central Delhi. The following day, your India adventures come to an end.
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If you choose to upgrade this itinerary
If you choose our In Style option, we’ll upgrade your accommodation to our category four properties in the majority of destinations throughout your itinerary. Additionally, instead of spending two nights in Jaipur at the beginning of the itinerary, you’ll spend one night in a magnificent palace in the village of Samode, a glorious example of Rajput-Mughal architecture, followed by one night in Jaipur before continuing your journey.
Prices from: AUD $2,485 - per person - In Style accommodation