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9-Day Golden Triangle with Varanasi

Tour route: India : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Varanasi


  • Tour code: INOT-IN-004
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: Welcome to Enchanting New Delhi, India

Upon arrival at India Gandhi International Airport, you are greeted by a private representative and escorted to the hotel. After a brief introduction of your India tour, you will check in to have some free time on your own to adjust to the new time zone.

Overnight: Delhi

Day 2: One of a Kind Old Delhi Experience

In the morning, your guide will take you out on a magical half-day old Delhi tour. This extraordinary visit in the lanes of Old Delhi including rickshaw rides through the heritage & Bazaar, off the beaten path back-street walk and some street food adventures. Come across the local Indian people and ends with a fantastic home cooked Indian meal in haveli.
Afterward, you will tour the highlights of New Delhi, includes driving pass the India Gate, President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings. Continue to visit to the Humayun’s tomb, which tells story of a great era. Later take a visit the 800-year-old Qutub Minar, known as India’s largest Minaret. Admire the father of India at the Raj Ghat.

Overnight: Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: The Pink City, Jaipur

After breakfast, head to Jaipur by private A/C car (about 5 hours drive), stopover for coffee break or photo opportunities are at your request any time en-route. On arrival check in at hotel, afternoon is yours to explore is lovely city. 

Overnight: Jaipur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 4: Historical Beauty of Jaipur

After breakfast, explore the hillside Amber Fort, a magnificent example of Royal Rajathan. And immerse into the glorious past of India at the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). Stop at façade of the pink Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) for picture opportunity. Continue to the City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar - the unbelievable timeless timepieces that still in service today.
After apply the Mehandi (Henna Painting) on your hands and learn how to dress an Indian Saree with different color and materials. It’s great for those looking for an authentic experience. 

Overnight: Jaipur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 5: Turning to Agra

Drive east to Agra this morning. Roam around the former royal city of Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs drive) en-route. And proceed to Agra (about 3.5 hours drive) to check in and overnight.

Overnight: Agra
Meal: Breakfast

Day 6: Timeless Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is one does not need words. Just indulge yourself in the beauty and romantic history of Taj Mahal in the early morning to avoid the crowds and heat in daytime. Continue to discover the palatial Royal Pavilions at the red sandstone Agra Fort for a glimpse of the royal Mughal lifestyle. Drive back to Delhi this afternoon (about 4 hours drive). On arrival check in at your Delhi hotel, have a rest.

Overnight: Delhi
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Holy River Ganges, Varanasi

Take flight to holy city of Varanasi in the morning, where the Ganges River is the hub of life. Leisure in the afternoon to indulge into the life and bustle around the river is something you can miss, or dip into the river to soak up the inner calm of River Ganges. In the evening, witness the spiritual Evening Ganga Aarti, in which priests perform rituals to honor the holy river and Gods. It’s a spectacular experience of a life time. 

Overnight: Varanasi
Meal: Breakfast

Day 8: Gateways to the Faith

Get up early to catch the amazing spectacle of sunrise on Ganges River and stroll along those narrow lanes of Bengali Tola area to blend with the local people. continue to have a brief city tour to Banaras Hindu University, Golden Temple and Bharat Mata Temple which is dedicated to Mother India. In the afternoon, visit Sarnath (The Deer Park) where the Buddha preached his first sermon. 

Overnight: Varanasi
Meal: Breakfast

Day 9: Flying to Delhi, Departure

Enjoy a free morning before heading to the airport for the flight to Delhi. The afternoon is at leisure and you may take advantage of this time for last minute gift shopping before our representative escorts you to the International airport for your onward flight.

Meal: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class

Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.

Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour Class

Usually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class

Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class

Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.

4-Day Mumbai City Break Extension


Complete your India tour with this diverse extension. Mumbai owns its different style. You will find this metropolitan city offers a completely different scene compared with the holy city of Varanasi or Delhi. The transportation is convenient as Mumbai is a gateway with dozens of International flights. 


Day 1: Arrival, Mumbai at Leisure

Welcome to Mumbai! Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel for check-in, relax on the rest of the day. 

Overnight: Mumbai
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2: Mumbai Sightseeing

Today you start from an early morning visit to the Kamla Nehru Park and the Hanging Gardens situated on Malabar Hill, and a stroll on Marine Drive and the Chowpatty Beach. Later visit the Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan, and the Dhobi Ghat, a well-known open air laundromat in Mumbai. Continue to visit the Mumbai’s most recognized monument, Gateway of India, explore the Crawford Market where you can get spices, pets, exotic animals, fruits, vegetables, and admire the historic and beautiful Flora Fountain. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Mumbai
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Mumbai Sightseeing

After breakfast, head for the world-famous 1200 years old Elephanta Caves across the Bombay Harbor, where you will see the famous sculpture signifying the trinity of the Creator - the Preserver & the Destroyer. The rest of the day is your free time.  

Overnight: Mumbai
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Departure Flight

After breakfast, you will have some free time and in time transfer to Mumbai airport for onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

*If you prefer wildlife or want to extend to a nearby destination, you may be interested in the below extensions: Ranthambhore National Park Extension or Golden Amritsar ExtensionContact us for details.


Meals

Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

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Clients: samN3374RV

From: Canada

Travel Consultant:
Mavis Jiang
We just completed the 46 day, yes an "Odyssey" tour of these 3 great destinations. We had a great experience as we were backed by Mavis at Odyssey daily if the need of some help arose as it does in all complicated itinerary. Mavis was very professional, patient and helpful in planning and executing this tailor made trip. We recommend using Odyssey-Mavis to plan your future trip. Sam and Michela Alibrando
Rating: December 13th, 2016

Clients: Rod-Lindy

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Monica Mo
We were focussed on Mughal era forts, palaces and monuments in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Nagaur and Jodhpur - and we managed a bit of shopping too. Odyssey's Monica Mo did a great job in customizing the 11 day itinerary and responding to our preferences for sites and hotels. We were well-supported by Odyssey representatives when arriving in and leaving from New Delhi airport.
We didn't try to do too much and were satisfied that we gained some knowledge and insights in the brief time we had. We were very pleased with our driver Suresh Kumar - his driving skills, his conversation, his vehicle, and his general level of concern for us. Local tour guides were all proficient and extended our enjoyment of the sites with their understanding of relevant history.
We would highly recommend Odyssey Tours.
Rating: December 9th, 2016

Clients: alsisi

From: Canada

Travel Consultant:
Kyle Li
Thank you very much to Kyle Li and Odyssey India for arranging an amazing custom 24 day trip through India. His patience in reworking the itinerary several times was greatly appreciated as were his suggestions. The entire trip was magical and went off without a single problem. We were met when and where expected and treated with kindness and hospitality by the various drivers, reps and guides. Thank you so much. It was a trip to remember forever. India Odyssey is highly recommended. Thank you!!
Rating: December 6th, 2016

Clients: Susannah Farrell

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Miranda Zhang
I was wanting a tailor made 3 day itinerary of the Golden Triangle as I was on a short layover. I contacted Odyssey and was lucky enough to be put in touch with Miranda. I have worked in travel for a decade and am extremely finicky about every last detail (I would not be the easiest client by a long shot). I changed things up so many times and Miranda was just ideal in dealing with me and was so flexible and adaptable it blew my mind. We had the perfect trip and everything ran like clockwork. Miranda is a true asset to your business and I have recommended her far and wide to colleagues and clients as soon as they mention India. Really impressive and truly tailor made trips for any budget. Fabulous company and fabulous staff.
Rating: December 6th, 2016

Clients: John Pendleton

Travel Consultant:
Catherine Wang
We have just returned from a 13 night holiday to India arranged by Catherine Wang .As two mature travelers who were taking their first trip to India we were a but unsure of how we would cope with such a different place to anywhere we had travelled before.Catherine had been very easy to deal with during the planning stages of our holiday ,always replied very quickly and helped put everything we wanted to do together in one package. We hoped that the holiday would be as easy as the planning. And it was, everything happened just as planned and we had a fantastic trip, all the hotels were lovely and there was always someone to help us and look after us. We were delighted when Catherine called us while on tour to check that everything was OK. On our last transfer in Delhi we had a 8 hour layover at the airport which we were not looking forward to ,but much to our delight a car and driver had been organized to take us into the city to do some final sightseeing, this was such a better option than just sitting at the airport. We will certainly be using Catherine to organize our next holiday.
Rating: December 6th, 2016
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