You can imagine the vibrant life along the riverbanks of the Ganges River. The elegant angles of the Taj Mahal have always inspired you. On this custom tailored tour, you will discover the iconic splendor of India. The honeycomb texture of the Palace of Winds takes you back into classical Rajasthani history. You will discover powerful forts and graceful art, spellbinding streets, and friendly faces on your journey through historic culture.
Delhi - A Classic Introduction
Welcome to Delhi, a symbol of both old and new India. The streets are filled with endless swirling energy. The historic shops in the old markets of Chandni Chowk are filled with vivacious saris and the particular savory aromas of the local flavors such as kulle chaat, a hollowed-out fruit or vegetable often filled with chickpeas and bright pomegranate seeds. You are picked up from the airport by a private transfer and taken to your hotel in the heart of the city.
The Red Fort sits as a reminder of Delhi’s Moghul past and dates back to the 17th century. The red sandstone gives the entire complex a rustic, faded look but the history of the city is still palpable. Bastions and turrets climb to a height of 59 feet alongside the river and almost 110 feet over the city. The marble and floral décor, along with the double domes, personify later Mughal architecture. When you arrive at your hotel you can settle into the luxuries of both new and old Delhi.
Delhi - Finding the Landmarks
Jaipur - The Proximity of Pink
Agra - The Power of the Hills
Agra - The Allure of Architecture
Khajuraho - The Ancient Temple Road
Varanasi - The Delicate Sculpted Temples
Varanasi - The Spirit of the River
Delhi - A New Return
Delhi - An Evening Onward
- Experience the incredible architectural design of the Taj Mahal
- Enjoy the opulent history of the Amer Fort and the famous Pink City of Jaipur
- Witness the exceptional ancient temples of Khajuraho, which contain innumerable statues
- Cruise down the River Ganges to experience the daily rituals of the holy city of Varanasi
- Capture the old and new wonders of Delhi on a full-day guided tour, including a visit to the classic Chandni Chowk bazaar
The endless beauty of history can be seen in the continuing architecture of kings and temples. On this 10-day tour through India you will find the extravagance of royal pasts and the elegance of devout monks. Temples are decorated with endless delicate statues. Cities are graced with entire royal complexes, from fortresses to palaces. The River Ganges brings a spiritual essence to the sunrise and the ghats showcase the effervescent culture of a holy city. From the Himalayas to the Thar Desert, the splendor of your vacation is rooted in the classic cities of India.
Your discovery begins with your arrival in Delhi. The capital city of India is a whirlwind of character and culture. A full-day tour of the city will show you ancient history and contemporary life, oftentimes side by side. The following day you will make your way to Jaipur and visit the Lakshmi Narayan Temple. In the morning the Amer Fort calls to you. Tour through the remarkable lavishness of maharajas before you find yourself in the historic abandoned capital city of Fatehpur Sikri. Once in Agra you will have a half-day tour of the city’s most famous sites, including the magnificent Taj Mahal.
Venture to Khajuraho and find the exquisite Jain and Hindu temples that have survived through the centuries. That afternoon you will fly to Varanasi. Journey along the Ganges River on an early morning boat ride. The city comes to life around you. In the afternoon you have an excursion to Sarnath, the location where Buddha gave his first sermon after reaching enlightenment. Return to Delhi and enjoy an evening of comfort and luxury before departing for home the following day.
$1,495 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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