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Perfect for those who want to see the magical, mystical and spiritual side of India. Embark on this once-in-a-lifetime journey and let yourself be carried by the spirituality & energy of this lively country. Heritage palaces and fortresses perched on rocky peaks, colourful markets and forgotten villages, this luxury India tour, full of charm is the ideal trip for those who want to have a very special experience. Finishing your stay on the banks of the Ganges, you won't forget this trip easily.
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170 km - 4h by road
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site
Today board a short flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival, you are greeted and escorted to the Bajra (a traditional Indian wooden boat) which takes you to your hotel. In the evening enjoy a private boat ride along the river Ganges where you witness the evening pooja (prayer) and Aarti ceremony. Bask in the beauty of the candles and offerings that fill the river and watch the that people fill the ghats (steps leading down to a river). After soaking up the sights, return to enjoy the view from your heritage palace hotel perched on a wonderous ghat.
Enjoy another boat ride this morning to see the contrasts of life on the river. Along the banks, you'll see pilgrims and locals washing, socialising and praying. Witness the spectacle offered by life along the river. Crowds of Indians from all over the country perform ablutions or bury their loved ones in the sacred fire of the cremations that would burn there for 3000 years. Your guide can also take on land to visit the markets and food stalls. Overnight back at your heritage hotel.
At sunrise embark on an excursion to Sarnath, the sacred Buddhist town about 12 km from Varanasi. Sarnath is the site of deer park, where Gautama Buddha gave his first teachings. It is one of the four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by the Buddha for pilgrimage. Visit several historic sites with your guide before returning to your hotel in Varanasi for a special River Boat Dining in the midst of the Ganges and enjoy panoramic views of the Ghats.
Take a flight back to Delhi today. Arrive at your luxury hotel in Delhi, just steps away from Connaught Place, the renowned shopping district, where you can find many souveniers. Do some shopping or use this moment today to relax after all your exploring by trying an Indian Ayurvedic massage, based on the rebalancing of body energies. Recharge and rest at your hotel for the night before a full day discovering New and Old Delhi the next day.
AM - New Delhi / PM- Old Delhi
Start your day exploring New Delhi; visit Hamuyan's Tomb and The Lodhi Gardens. On the way to shop at Khanna Market, witness the spectacular street art in the Lodhi Art District. Next, meet your guide for an Old Delhi street food tour. While sampling the best of Delhi’s local specialities at favourite vendors, learn about Delhi’s history and absorb the hustle and bustle of the streets as you visit different locations by rickshaw. When full from eating delicious food, take a rest back at your hotel for the night.
If the schedule of your international flight allows, take the opportunity to make the last visits that are important to you or browse the bazaars to bring back memories and sip a last Chai masala tea. Your private driver will accompany you to the airport. Our services are coming to an end. Do not hesitate to contact one of our North India travel experts who will be happy to answer your questions and your requests, and can make this trip customized to your desires.
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