Tour route: Delhi - Varanasi - Agra - Jaipur
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.
After breakfast, start your tour today with the visit to Old Delhi to see Jama Masjid and then a unique glance at local life by an exploration to the bustling local bazaar of Chandni Chowk on rickshaw.
Pass by Red Fort before driving to New Delhi for Qutub Minar. Continue with Raj Ghat, drive along the city landmark of India Gate, President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings and stop for photo opportunity there. Finish today with an insight into the local religion at a colorful Hindu Temple- Laxmi Narayan Temple.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After a breakfast drive to Delhi airport to board flight to Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi, and our representative in Varanasi will greet you at airport and help you settle down at hotel. Evening witness the thousand-year-old Aarti Ceremony during which worshippers pray near the water by the light of candles and lanterns.
Wake up earlier for a sunrise boat cruise on the Ganges River, vivid picture of devoted Hindus bathe in the river offering the prayers against morning sunlight make the journey quite rewarding. Return to the hotel for breakfast followed by a brief city tour to Banaras Hindu University, Golden Temple and Bharat Mata Temple which is dedicated to Mother India. Afternoon continue your adventure to Sarnath (The Deer Park) where the Buddha preached his first sermon and Sarnath Museum (closed on Fridays).
Morning after breakfast, check out from hotel and be escorted to Varanasi airport for your flight to Delhi. Be picked up at the Delhi airport exit and your private driver will drive you to Agra (approx. 4.5 hours). Check in to your Agra hotel upon your arrival. Rest of the day at leisure.
Rise early for a visit to the Taj Mahal in all its glory as the sun is rising, which is the best time to see this world-famous manmade wonder, not only to capture the photo the best Taj Mahal sunrise view, but also to avoid the heat and crowds at the Taj Mahal later in the daytime. Afternoon continue to explore the ancient Mogul capital by a visit to Agra Fort. Later enjoy high tea with Brilliant Taj Backdrop, which will be unforgettable experience for your India trip.
After hotel checkout, head west to Jaipur (approx. 5 hours) stopping en route to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the former royal city and capital of Emperor of Akbar, boasting one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendor at its height.
Today you have a full day private tour of Amer Fort and Jaipur city. The morning journey starts with a jeep ride ascend to the entrance of Hillside Amer fort, located in Amer, a town 11 km away from Jaipur city. Inside also visit the fabulous Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors).
Return to Jaipur city you will be taken to Maharaja City Palace, a royal palace with seven storeys as well as Jantar Mantar, the observatory. This wonderful observatory is attracted by mathematician as well as astronomers of whole world. City palace is perfect blend of all three excellent styles (Mughal, Rajput and European). Another palace, Hawa Mahal is popular all over world for it magnificent architecture. You will be taken through pink rose garden as well as business centers of Jaipur.
After breakfast, check out from hotel and return to Delhi by private A/C vehicle. On arrival, you could go to some markets for last minute shopping before heading to Delhi airport. In time, be escorted to airport for your flight to your onward destination.
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.
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 ClassUsually 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.
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.
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.
Day 4: Departure Flight
After breakfast, you will have some free time and in time transfer to Mumbai airport for onward flight.
*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 Extension. Contact us for details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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