Spiritual India, Featuring the Sacred Ganges

Spiritual India, Featuring the Sacred Ganges

Kolkata, India

Explore Northern India, beginning your travels in Delhi before delving into the last days of the British Raj in the historic city of Lucknow. Go on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Varanasi and marvel at the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Temples of Khajuraho. See the world’s greatest monument to love, the Taj Mahal, and the Mughal stronghold of Agra Fort, before ending your journey back in Delhi.

Highlights:

Delhi – Amritsar – Jaipur – Agra – Lucknow – Varanasi - Kolkata

Includes:

• Explore the colorful Aminabad market located in the heart of Lucknow. Operating since the time of the Nawabs, it is a delightful place to shop for locally made products and garments with chikan embroidery
• Travel by rickshaw to the ghats on the banks of the Ganges in the sacred city of Varanasi
• Visit an astrologer and have your fortune told
• Marvel at the intricate details and expressive art of the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple in Khajuraho
• Experience the timeless beauty of the Taj Mahal
• Enjoy the grand Mughal and colonial monuments of Delhi

Amenities:

• Private arrival and departure airport transfers to and from your hotel
• All planning, handling and operational charges
• Accommodation as noted in itinerary
• Privately guided sightseeing in air-conditioned vehicle (exceptions may apply)
• Services of Professional English-Speaking Guide(s) and/or Tour Escort as detailed in your itinerary
• All entrance fees mentioned in itinerary
• Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
• Baggage handling, 2 pieces per person unless otherwise noted. (Please note that any additional luggage may require modification in vehicle size)
• Other inclusions as noted in your itinerary
Not included:
• Meals that are not shown, and items of a personal nature
• Gratuities

Level of support:

Guided

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11 NIGHTS

Price Range: $$$$$


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Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival late this evening in Delhi, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings representative and escorted to your hotel. The Imperial - 3 Nights

Day 2: Delhi
Visit Delhi's Mughal capital and its historic sights including the Red Fort, once the most opulent stronghold of the Mughal Empire, and the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Explore Chandni Chowk as you walk the narrow lanes of Kinari Bazaar, Dariba, and Paranthe Wali Gali and marvel at the wide range of street foods available. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, which serves regional specialties from all over the country. The Imperial (B, L)

Day 3: Delhi
This morning, discover the architectural wonders of New Delhi, the modern capital laid out by the British. Admire some of the famous buildings designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, including India Gate and the elegant Presidential Palace. Visit Humayun's Tomb and the Qutab Minar. Afternoon at leisure. The Imperial (B)

Day 4: To Lucknow
This afternoon, fly to Lucknow. Famed for its refined culture, classical dance and spicy cuisine, Lucknow is an historic city intricately linked to the "beginning of the end" of the British Raj. Vivanta by Taj - Gomti Nagar - 2 Nights (B)

Day 5: Lucknow
Join your local guide on a visit of the highlights of Lucknow, including the British Residency, the Imambaras, Jama Masjid and the labyrinthine pathways of the Bhul Bhulaiya. Explore the bustling Aminabad Market, which is justly famous for jewelry, as well as its many pickle shops! Vivanta by Taj - Gomti Nagar (B)

Day 6: To Varanasi
After breakfast, you will be driven to Varanasi, India's sacred city on the Ganges River. Hop on a traditional rickshaw and travel through the ancient streets to the ghats for a taste of life on the holy river. Nadesar Palace - 2 Nights (B)

Day 7: Varanasi
Rise early and embark on a cruise on the Ganges to witness pilgrims at their daily ablutions as the rising sun illuminates the skies. After breakfast, walk to the Kalbhairav Temple, where people go to protect themselves from black magic. Visit Sarnath, the spot where Buddha gave his first sermon. This evening if you wish, meet with a local astrologer. Nadesar Palace (B)

Day 8: To Khajuraho
After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to Khajuraho. Upon arrival, visit the intricately carved Hindu and Jain Temples of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Lalit - 1 Night (B)

Day 9: To Agra
This morning, discover the medieval palaces of Orchha. After lunch, board your train and ride the rails to Agra, the former capital of Hindustan. The Oberoi Amarvilas - 2 Night (B, L)

Day 10: Agra
Early this morning, see the sun rise over the white marble mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, which Emperor Shah Jahan built as a shrine to his everlasting love for his queen, Mumtaz Mahal. After breakfast, discover the palaces, mosques and halls of audience of magnificent Agra Fort, a walled city built out of red sandstone in the 16th century. The Oberoi Amarvilas (B)

Day 11: To Delhi
Following a leisurely morning, you will be escorted to Delhi by road and enjoy your last evening at the wonderful Oberoi Gurgaon. The Oberoi Gurgaon - 1 Night (B)

Day 12: Depart Delhi
Today, you will be escorted to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

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