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Luxury Rajasthan to Varanasi

India - North India - Rajasthan

This journey is primarily a deep dive into the magical world of the Maharajas (noble rulers): majestic palaces, noble Rajput lords, imposing fortresses and remarkable havelis... These are the ingredients for an adventure in a magical world. Allowing you a taste of royal life from times long past in India.

This beautiful journey begins in Agra to see the famous Taj Mahal by private vehicle for more comfort and freedom. You go through the massive state of Madhya Pradesh and the quiet towns of Orchha and Khajuraho, to witness real masterpieces of Indian art, before arriving in Varanasi, the heart of spirituality.

A journey that combines heritage and luxury, to discover the richest sites in India for travellers who want to have a truly magical experience.

Duration
12 days
based on your travel dates & customizable
From
£2459
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Jean-Baptiste
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This road is magical, you really let yourself be carried by the spirituality & energy of India. Heritage palaces & fortresses perched on rocky peaks, colorful markets and forgotten villages, this great tour of luxury and charm is the ideal trip for those who want to have a very special experience. By finishing your stay on the banks of the Ganges, you are not ready to forget this trip.

Your tailor-made trip - Rajasthan

Arrival in Delhi
Day 1
Arrival in Delhi

Welcome to India! You are greeted at the airport by your private driver with a "Namaste," welcome in Hindi. After pickup, your travel expert will share with you the latest useful information and tips for your trip. Arrive at your hotel and either start to explore Delhi or have a rest to prepare for your luxury vacation in India. Overnight at your hotel in Delhi.


Delhi - Agra
Day 2
Delhi - Agra

4 h - 200 km

Today travel to Agra, upon arrival, meet your local guide for a tour of the impressive Red Fort and the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, known as the 'Baby Taj'. The visit is a great peek into the wonder of Indian architecture before your visit to the Taj Mahal. Relax after at your luxury hotel in Agra, located just 600 metres from the iconic Taj Mahal. Each room offers uninterrupted views of the ancient monument to love. At night, savour a candlelit dinner beside its soft silhouette.


Agra - Gwailor
Day 3
Agra - Gwailor

2 hours

Wake up at dawn to witness one of the highlights of your trip! At sunrise, the marble of the Taj Mahal encrusted with precious stones is shaded with golden tones, revealing like a mirage, one of the seven wonders of the world. Be dazzled by the beauty of this tomb which was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jehan in the image of his deceased queen, an enduring monument to love. After breakfast, continue to Gwalior by road. Your driver will recommend stops en route, passing many scenic villages and towns. Arrive at your Palace heritage hotel, on a 9-acre land in Gwalior built by the royal Scindia dynasty of the Marathas.


Gwailor- Orchha
Day 4
Gwailor- Orchha

3 hrs

Explore the highlights of Gwalior this with your local guide. Gwalior Fort is on a sandstone plateau above the city, with impressive views. Visit the unique temples, particularly the Jain and Hindu temples which are intricately carved. In the afternoon, on the way to Orchha, make a stop at the village of Datia to admire a forgotten palace in a beautiful scenery of lake and greenery. Arrive for overnight at your heritage palace hotel, which was once the residence of the Maharaja of Orchha.


Orchha - Khajuraho
Day 5
Orchha - Khajuraho

4 H - 175 km

Today you explore with your guide the palaces of Orchha, a charming village built around the river Betwa. In the afternoon continue to Khajuraho with your driver and arrive at your environmentally-minded cottage located amidst agricultural land in unspoilt countryside, with magnificent views over the Ken River and towards the plateau of the Panna Tiger Reserve. In the evening, enjoy the delicious home recipes of the conservationist couple that run the inn.


Khajuraho
Day 6
Khajuraho

Today is a full day to explore with your guide the UNESCO World Heritage Site and protected temples at Khajuraho. Known for their erotic carvings highlighting Tantrism, the temples are a combination of Hindu and Jain and hold some of the most intricate carvings in India. Later return to relax and enjoy the tranquil scenery at your countryside cottage.


Khajuraho - Varanasi
Day 7
Khajuraho - Varanasi

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.


Varanasi
Day 8
Varanasi

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.


Varanasi - Sarnath - Varanasi
Day 9
Varanasi - Sarnath - Varanasi

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.


Varanasi - Delhi
Day 10
Varanasi - Delhi

1h20 flight

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.


Delhi
Day 11
Delhi

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.


Delhi Airport - Departure
Day 12
Delhi Airport - Departure

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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Travel terms and conditions

Price includes

  • Accommodation in luxury hotels
  • Gwailor Fort w/ Guide
  • Guided tour of Orchha
  • Temples at Khajuraho w/ Guide
  • Domestic flight to Varanasi
  • Ganges boat ride (Evening w/ guide)
  • Aarti ceremony
  • Ganges boat ride (Morning); Full day w guide
  • Half day to Sarnath, tour w/ guide
  • River Boat dinner
  • Domestic flight to Delhi
  • Old Delhi Food Tour
  • Shanti Travel Expert assistance 24/7
  • The ground transfers in a private vehicle, with English speaking driver ***The driver is available up to 8 hour a day

Price does not include

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Entrance fees for temples, monuments and museums mentioned in the program without guide
  • Repatriation fees, should they be required
  • Meals (except if mentioned in detailed itinerary)
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips

Details

  • Starting from £2459 per person based on 2 travellers
  • Quotation is subject to change according to availability, exchange rates and government tax rise. All the rates mentioned are based on current best available rate and can be modified at the moment of the booking.

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