Taj Mahal and the Ganges - 8 days | 7 nights

Highlights of the programme :
  • Gwalior, one of the most impressive fortresses in central India
  • Orchha, a medieval city still prestigious
  • The temples of Khajuraho and sensual sculptures
  • Sarnath, the Buddhist city, site of Buddha's first sermon

ITINERARY

 

Day 01 Delhi
Arrive in Delhi. Reception at the airport. Transfer and overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 Delhi - Agra
In the morning panoramic tour of India's capital Delhi having fascinating history. Old Delhi or the ancient city of the Mughal sultans with steep, straight streets teeming with people and New Delhi, the capital of the India with wide avenues suitable for a garden city. Visit the Raj Ghat, the site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; visit the Red Fort which was once the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal empire and the bustling shopping centr of Chandi Chowk. Then visit New Delhi Qutb Minar minaret, the tallest minaret in the world. Finally Connaught Circus, the heart of public life in New Delhi, Rajpath and India Gate, Parliament and President House. End of the tour by the "Diplomatic Enclave". Drive to Agra. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Agra
At sunrise, visit the famous Taj Mahal, unforgettable mausoleum built in white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones. It is inside the Taj Mahal, in an underground crypt where Empress Mumtaz Mahal rests. Then, the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah ornate in mughal style and is considered the precursor of the Taj Mahal. In the afternoon, visit the Red Fort, the largest fort in India declared cultural heritage by UNESCO in 1983, Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 Agra - Gwalior
After breakfast, drive to Gwalior fortress that evokes the magnificent Rajput chivalry. En route, stop at Dholpur and visit the sacred site of Muchund. Continue to Gwalior. Visit the fort, huge building equipped with 10 meters high walls containing numerous monuments. It is located on a platform overlooking the city almost 100 meters high. This is a beautiful complex of yellow stones decorated with blue glazed earth tiles. In the afternoon, stroll through the bazaar of Gwalior. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 Gwalior - Orchha
Morning drive to Orchha. Discover this ancient town known for its temples and the royal palaces which have stunning murals. The grandeur of this magnificent city captured in stone has survived the centuries without any incident. All of its royal palaces and temples were built in the 16th and 17th century and the palaces still bear the prestige of the dynasty. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 Orchha - Khajuraho
In the morning, drive to visit Khajuraho temples listed as World Heritage site by UNESCO. Khajuraho was the religious capital of the Chandela dynasty, who built a large complex of temples that had up to 85, but only 22 remain today. Abandoned and overgrown by the jungle, they were  rediscovered only by 1840. They are covered with elegant sculptures of people and animals and are also famous for their erotic figures. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 Khajuraho - Varanasi
In the morning, transfer to Khajuraho airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival, drive to Sarnath, top religious place. This is where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after receiving enlightenment. This new religion enjoyed extraordinary popularity and was accepted throughout Asia. Sarnath became a sort of spiritual school from the 16th century BCE. Back to Varanasi and transfer to hotel. In the evening, puja ceremony on the ghats. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 Varanasi - Delhi
Varanasi is entirely located on the left bank of the Ganges, facing the rising sun. Early morning boat ride on the Ganges along the ghats that allow devout Hindus down to the river to practice their prayers and ablutions. The bath in the Ganges is supposed to wash away all sins. It is also on the ghats that cremation is practiced. Then, stroll through the old Benares. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for flight to Varanasi Delhi.

SUGGESTED HOTELS

You will find below our selection of hotels for this trip. Indicative, subject to availability. The choice of the class of accommodation to you. You will be able to specify it in your quote.

Le Roi - Delhi

Team and cozy enough for this modern hotel. Rooms very clean and well appointed. Wifi access. Complete small lunch.

Siris 18 Hotel - Agra

Located in a quiet street. Small building with spacious and well-appointed rooms. Courteous and friendly staff.

Deo Bagh - Gwalior

A gem of the Neemrana chain opened there two years ago in a unique setting. Get away with these cenotaphs into the park surrounded by several temples and trees. Pleasant and comfortable rooms furnished in Indian style and rooms with practical and functional bathroom. Very good food. Beautiful setting at night with lighting that makes the site worth.

Bundelkhand Riverside - Orchha

Old palace in an enchanting setting, near a river, where it is good to rest. The rooms are spacious and tastefully furnished. The staff is attentive and friendly. A little distance away from Orchha which is however still accessible on foot.

Ramada Hotel - Khajurâho

A good place for American Ramada brand. No surprises.

Rivatas by Ideal - Varanasi

Located near a mall, this new hotel with modern decor and furniture has a swimming pool. Very helpful and very friendly staff. Spacious rooms. It feels good at the hotel away from the noise.

Suggested Activities

You will find below our suggestion for activities to do throughout your journey. Do not hesitate to contact an advisor Aryavrit Travels for any specific request.

Ayurveda massage

Ayurveda invites us to stay in harmony with nature, in touch with the elements of nature by practicing yoga and meditation which help us to purify and nourish our body and mind. A massage  on the eye  helps to rebalance the body and its functions. Enjoy your visit to the birthplace of Ayurveda to experience a massage in the purest tradition.

Cooking lessons

You fell for tandoori chicken, Kerala fish curry, samosas, the thali, the dal, biryani? Do not leave without having learned to cook these dishes. We offer courses in vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. At the end of the session, you are invited to examine and taste your own the prepared dishes.

Henna session

Mehndi usually refers to the art of drawing with henna on the skin. It is an ephemeral equivalent of tattooing. In Rajasthan, mehndi is an fplk art and it is common for women to get as sophisticated as those of newlyweds drawings. Attend a session to decorate your hands with henna and why not take the opportunity to keep track of your visit!

Yoga

Immerse yourself in the practice of Yoga and meditation which helps you to know your body and mind. An experienced yoga teacher will teach you the various techniques of "pranayama" (breathing), "asanas" (positions) and 'dhyana' (meditation). A unique opportunity in the purest tradition.

Local family

What could be more authentic than sharing a moment with a local family? An opportunity to understand the Indianess from very close which is worth reading several books on India. A unique opportunity to  learn about the customs of your hosts, with whom you share a traditional meal. A moment of conviviality, memorable exchanges that will only add magic to your stay.

Bollywood

Nothing like a visit to the studios of Bollywood to understand why so many Indians dream of living the Bollywood dream. An experience not to be missed on your visit to Mumbai to discover the amazing vitality of Indian cinema.

Rafting

A whitewater adventure, or Rishikesh to Haridwar? Accompanied by a qualified guide, you will live a unique experience down the rapids of Ganga. Several levels of difficulty make this activity accessible to everyone.

Bike ride

We invite you to immerse in unusual: a bike ride on the roads of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Cycling is a way to meet people, a tool to reach out to the population, which allows you to be closer than at the window of an air conditioned car. Let yourself drift along with your meetings, you will appreciate the paths which reserve surprises, all more enjoyable than the other.

Motorcycle ride

Wander through India or Nepal aboard the legendary Royal Enfield. This breakaway motorcycle delight lovers of nature and you will discover the diversity of landscapes.

Horseback ride

Expect a complete change: in the saddle on the beautiful Marwari horses with amazing earrings shaped like a crescent moon, discover the breathtaking surroundings and go out to meet the locals. A walk to discover treasures, off the beaten path.

Trekking

Trekking lovers will be amazed by browsing through the valleys of the Himalayas, with fantastic views of the highest mountain in the world and a dive in the Buddhist culture, monasteries preserved villages and several levels of difficulty.

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