- Varanasi boat trip
- Durga puja 2013
- Victoria Memorial
- Durga festival festival
- Durga devotees
- Khajuraho temples
From Ganges to Durga Puja Festival
From 3188 $ per person
With the history and mysteries attached to it, Calcutta or Kolkata is an intriguing city. In October 2015 , the Hindus will celebrate Durga Puja, a massive festival with unmatched fervor.
This trip takes you from the iconic Taj Mahal to rugged Kolkata along the sacred Ganges. Visit the temples of Khajurao, famous for their erotic sculptures, and discover fascinating Benares before joining the festivities in Kolkata.
Full of emotions, this circuit is for those who want to experience rural and authentic India, which is very different from the metropolitan cities. Hinduism is the main theme of this trip, culminating in the biggest festival - Durga Puja (from 18th October to 23rd October 2015).
Your stay in Kolkata will be a complete contrast to the hustle of the festivities. You will be staying in one of the most luxurious five star hotels. A powerful and unforgettable journey, an intimate experience that will forever remain in the minds of travelers.
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
> Airport pick-up and briefing by representative of Shanti Travel
> The assistance of travel advisor from Shanti Travel 24/7
> Ground transfers and transportation in a private vehicle with an English speaking driver as per program from Delhi to Varanasi. Transport in bus in Kolkata.
> The flights Varanasi – Kolkata and Kolkata - Delhi (daily prices are subject to change at the time of booking depending on the availability)
> Accommodation: in a hotel twin room (two twin beds as far as possible)
> Meals: The price includes full board meals.
> The services of a language speaking tour leader during the entire trip from six participants (the price includes salary, accommodation, meals and entry sites visited)
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
> International Flights. You can check our list of tour operators who offer good deals
> Main meals (except during the camel safari, full board)
> Entrance fees for the temples, monuments, and museums mentioned in the programme (the advantage being that of greater flexibility insofar as visits are concerned as they are never mandatory!) Estimate between 40 and 50 € (2200 - 2750 INR) per person
> Visa fees
> Repatriation assistance
> Drinks and personal expenses
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Day 1 - 10 Oct - Arrival in Delhi
Airport pick up (generally at night). Transfer to and night in the hotel.
Day 2 - 11 Oct - Delhi - Jaipur - [260 Km - 5H hour drive]
We head for Jaipur, the Pink City. Settle into the hotel. Indulge in a walking tour of the bustling old city. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3 - 12 Oct - Jaipur
In the morning, take a tour of the magnificent Amber Fort. Return to Jaipur. In the afternoon, stroll through the various bazaars. Overnight in hotel.
Day 4 - 13 Oct - Jaipur - Agra - [230 Km- 5 hours drive]
Travel from Jaipur to Agra by road. Stop off in the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri, 40 km west of Agra. Continue on to Agra. Check into hotel. Visit Red Fort. Overnight in hotel.
Day 5 - 14 Oct - Agra - Orchha - [5 hours - 180 km]
At dawn, visit the fabulous Taj Mahal. Continue by road to Orchha. En route, visit Gwalior Fort and the Hindu temples at Datia. Check into hotel in Orchha and spend the night there.
Day 6 - 15 Oct - Orchha - Khajuraho - [4 hours - 175 km]
Explore Orchha. From the Betwa River to the Laxmi Temple, enjoy the unique ambience of this little town in Madhya Pradesh. Make a stopover in Khajuraho. Overnight in hotel.
Day 7 - 16 Oct - Khajuraho - Allahabad - [6/7H drive - 270 km]
Visit the temples renowned for their erotic sculptures, set in the lush countryside. Then drive to Allahabad. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Visit the town center in the evening.
Day 8 - 17 Oct - Allahabad - Chunar - Varanasi - [3 hours - 120 km]
In the morning you will be transferred to Chunar where a team of boatmen will await you with sailing boats to take you down the river. Arriving by river in the City of Lights is an unforgettable experience. The unchanging scene of the ghats slowly comes into focus. You disembark on Assi Ghat and settle into a hotel on the river bank. Night in the hotel.
Day 9 - 18 Oct - Varanasi
Visit the town with its famous ghats lining the banks of the Ganges, the holiest river in India for Hindus. You can avail the option of a boat trip at dawn on the Ganges and an excursion to the legendary Buddhist village of Sarnath (20 km from Varanasi). Overnight in hotel.
Day 10 - 19 Oct - Shasthi - Varanasi - Kolkata - [1H15 flight]
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Calcutta. Meet and greet at the Airport. Transfer to Taj Bengal. In the afternoon after lunch, visit the Victoria Memorial. Enjoy the evening Gala show on "Mahisasur Mardini " a dance drama followed by a performance by an eminent artist. Enjoy a scrumptious dinner.
Day 11 - 20 Oct - Saptami - Kolkata
In the morning after breakfast, visit the different Puja Pandals. Indulge in a sumptuous lunch at the Oberoi Hotel. Continue your tour of the various Puja Pandals. Dinner at the Taj Hotel.
Day 12 - 21 Oct - Aashtami - Kolkata
Leave your hotel by 7.00 am and have your breakfast En Route. Enter Belur Math by 8 am and experience the unique form of rituals, prayers and pujas, dedicated to women kind. It ends at sharp 9.50 am. Return to the hotel by 12 pm. Enjoy your lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, relax at the pool. In the evening, witness a cultural show of Bengali ethnic dancing "Chau" at a Puja Pandal. Visit the other famous Puja Pandals and have dinner at the hotel.
Day 13 - 22 Oct - Navami - Kolkata
In the morning, visit the city of Mother Teresa and enjoy a walking tour of Kolkata. In the afternoon, have lunch at the Oberoi Hotel. In the evening, visit the Puja Pandals to experience the festivity of Kolkata with millions on the street on the last day of the Puja. Dinner at Hotel.
Day 14 - 23 Oct - Dashmi - Kolkata - Delhi - [2H20 flight]
Transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi. Free time in Delhi and transfer to the international airport in the evening. End of our services.