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14-Day Spiritual North India: Rajasthan & Ganges

Tour route: India : Delhi - Varanasi - Agra - Jaipur - Pushkar - Jodhpur - Udaipur

  • Tour code: INOT-IN-014B
  • 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: Heritage Sightseeing of Delhi

After breakfast, your private guide will join you for a Delhi highlights tour to passing by those city landmarks of 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. And finish the day with an insight into the divine Laxmi Narayan Temple and Lotus Temple.

Overnight: Delhi
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: 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
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Gateways to the Religion, Belief & Fatith, Varanasi

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. Later, enjoy an ultimate Indian Yoga Class. In the afternoon, visit Sarnath (The Deer Park) where the Buddha preached his first sermon, before going to Sanarth Museum (closed on Friday) for Buddhist art and culture. 

Overnight: Varanasi
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Turning to Agra

This morning is free at leisure before you heading to the airport for your flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival, be greeted and transferred to Agra directly. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore the city in your way. 

Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Diving into the Wonders in Agra

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. After sightseeing, you will be welcomed by a local family and enjoy an authentic Indian lunch with your host. Try Masala Chai (Indian Spice Milk Tea) and you will fall in love with it immediately. It’s a real insight into life of India. 

Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Jewels in a Wasteland

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

Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: 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 of different color and materials. It’s great for those looking for an authentic experience. 

Overnight: Jaipur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 9: Hitting the Highlights of Pushkar

Drive to the desert oasis of Pushkar this morning (about 3 hours drive), a town that clings to the side of the divine Pushkar Lake. You will walk around the lake to experience the peaceful and quiet, where pilgrims and sadhus come to pay their respect. Continue to visit the Brahma Temple, the only temple in the world for Hindus to worship the Lord Brahma. 

Overnight: Pushkar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Magnificent Fort in Jodhpur

After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur (about 4 hours drive). Upon arrival, step into the well maintained Meherangarh Fort, a massive complex standing at the hillside overlooking the old city of Jodhpur and the imposing Jaswant Thada, where the true Rajput culture and style settles the history.
Note: We suggest you take the optional activity- Flying Fox that you will enjoy the amazing views of the Fort by the zip tour 

Overnight: Jodhpur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 11: Insightful Visit into the Countryside

Today a jeep safari will take you to the rural Bishnoi Village, a nice break from the forts and temples. And then follow the winding narrow alleys at Clock Tower to explore the local markets which is full of textiles, silver and handicrafts.

Overnight: Jodhpur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 12: Hidden Treasure of Magnificence in Architecture, Ranakpur

Ranakpur is a little village tucked away in the Aravalli hills between Udaipur and Jodhpur (about 2 hours drive). The tour today brings you to one of the biggest and most important clusters of Jain temples in India. Built in marble and supported by over 1444 exquisitely carved marble pillars with no two of which are alike. Head to Udaipur (about 4 hours drive) after the tour. 

Overnight: Udaipur
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Udaipur, Venice of the East

This morning, you first wander through the markets and bazaars to visit the Jagdish Temple and admire the royal heritage City Palace. After, take a serene boat ride on Lake Pichola (1 hour), before heading for the Garden of the Maids of Honour and Folk Art Museum. You will finish your day by an unforgettable sunset visit to the Sajjan Garh Palace (Monsoon Palace).

Overnight: Udaipur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 14: Last Glance of India, Departure

Enjoy a free morning before heading to the airport for the flight to Delhi or Mumbai to connect your onward flight.

Meals: 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.

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: 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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