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9-Day Golden Triangle with Varanasi

Tour route: Delhi - Varanasi - Agra - Jaipur


  • Tour code: INOT-IN-004C
  • Early Bird Promotion: from US$ 1399 1099 pp
  • Travel period: Jan 7 - Mar 31, 2018
  • Offer expiry date: Oct 31, 2017
  • 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

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 drive to New Delhi for Qutub Minar. Continue to 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.

Overnight: Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: The Senses & Soul of the Ganges

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.

Overnight: Varanasi
Meal: Breakfast

Day 4: Holy River Ganges, Varanasi

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 continues your adventure to Sarnath (The Deer Park) where the Buddha preached his first sermon and Sarnath Museum (closed on Friday). 

Overnight: Varanasi
Meal: Breakfast

Day 5: Turning to Agra

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.

Overnight: Agra
Meal: Breakfast

Day 6: Timeless Taj Mahal

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.

Overnight: Agra
Meal: Breakfast

Day 7: Agra - Jaipur

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.

Overnight: Jaipur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 8: Historical Beauty of Jaipur

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 storey 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 business centers of Jaipur. 

Overnight: Jaipur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 9: Flying to Delhi, Departure

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.

Meal: Breakfast

2018 Early Bird Promotion

Price Details: 
Staying at comfortable 4-star hotels from US$1399 1099 pp

Accommodations:

City

Hotel Name

Room Type

Delhi

Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar

Superior Room

Jaipur

Fortune Select Metropolitan

Standard Room

Agra

Crystal Sarovar Premiere

Deluxe Room

Varanasi

Hotel Madin

Deluxe Room

Note: 

*Tour programs and accommodations are fixed.
*Can't be combined with other promotions like US$100 off every US$1000 spending etc.
*Travel period: Jan 7 - Mar 31, 2018.
*Offer ends by Oct 31, 2017.

Early Bird Free Extra Bonuses:
 
- Small Hamper Service: seasonal fruits, chocolate bars and other snacks in the vehicle.
- In-car Wi-Fi Service.
- High Tea & Snacks with brilliant Taj Backdrop for North India itineraries and Kathakali Dance Show for South India itineraries.

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.

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.

Reviews on: Golden Triangle with Varanasi

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Clients: Antonella Martoglio

From: Italy

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Mavis Jiang
We have just booked our holiday in India with Mavis. She was very responsive and her help in arranging our tailor-made tour was great! Surely it will be an amazing experience! �
Rating: May 27th, 2017

Clients: Maureen Muldaur

Travel Consultant:
Eric Kong
We haven't taken our trip yet, but the service we've received from Eric Kong has been superb. He put together an India itinerary that is fabulous and has been such an excellent communicator, helping us all the way along. Eric, you're the best!
Rating: May 19th, 2017

Clients: David Walker

Travel Consultant:
Don Li
Summary:We had a great time and we would take another tour with Odyssey Tours. I definitely would (and have) recommended this company to my friends and family.Before the tour:The planning process could not be easier. We initially were interested in a Delhi, Agra, Jaipur tour. Later, we decided to add Ranthambore, and there were absolutely no issues. Don prepared us well for the trip, making sure we had all of the necessary documents and with advice for what we would need once we were there.The tour itself:The tour itself exceeded all expectations. We had a great driver who picked me up from the airport at the beginning of the tour and dropped us off at the airport at the end. Part of the experience of going to India is the food, and it didn't disappoint. The tour guides and our driver were excellent resources to suggest restaurants and, having a driver, it was very easy to get around. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and the tours of the sights were extremely interesting. Because it was a private tour, we could really make the most of our limited time there because the guides always knew where to go (we didn't have to figure it out) and we weren't waiting for a bunch of other people.
Rating: May 16th, 2017

Clients: Susan Larsen

Travel Consultant:
Owen Zhou
Many thanks to Owen for organising our tour of northern India. I would definitely recommend him and Odyssey tours. We were looked after every step of the way with a local guide meeting us at each hotel and helping us check in. On top of that we received a call from head office every 3 days to check everything was OK.
Rating: May 9th, 2017

Clients: Mark Tafel

Travel Consultant:
Owen Zhou
Owen was our rep for planning an 8 day Golden Triangle tour of India. The planning process was swift and efficient. He consistently responded by email within 24 hours, and everything was arranged really clearly. The trip went off without a hitch. In each city, the staff met us immediately upon arrival and everyone was courteous and hospitable. The main office checked in with us from Delhi several times, so we always knew that our satisfaction was really important to them.I would definitely recommend working with Owen to arrange a tour.
Rating: May 7th, 2017
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