Classical North India

Delhi - Agra - Lucknow - Varanasi over 11-Days / 10-Nights

From now to 31 March 2021

 

Discover famous Indian cities, from Delhi’s historic monuments to the beautiful pink city of Jaipur, this trip will take you through some of the greatest man-made creations and let you learn about the country’s colourful history. Explore Agra’s pristine Taj Mahal and bask in the creations of the Mughal Empire that boast till date of their glory and grandeur. Visit Varanasi – a place every Hindu devotee wants to visit once in a lifetime. Experience the rituals performed on the Ghats (embankments) and learn about the religious practices, in this city famous for “paan”.

Delhi: Old and New Delhi grow upon the senses as you visit the Jama Masjid, Red Fort and the grand Lutyens’s Delhi in the South. Check out the Sufi Nizamuddin Dargah mausoleum and hear some Quawwali music in Nizamuddin near India Gate.

Jaipur: Admire the amazing Amber Fort, visit the dazzling City Palace and behold the romantic Palace of the Winds. Explore the colourful local market and taste some street food.

Agra: Behold the love poem written in stone, or simply, the Taj Mahal and experience the myriad other charms of this city. Walk through the old colonial-era precincts of Agra and discover the social and cultural history of the city.

Lucknow: This multicultural city flourished as a North Indian cultural and artistic hub, and seat of power during the 18th and 19th centuries under the Nawabs. Hang out at Hazratgan. Today best known for its wide variety of street food. Nahari, a dish prepared using mutton. Savour the famous Tunday Kebab and Prakash Kulfi at Aminabad.

Varanasi: Explore this blindingly colorful, unrelentingly chaotic and unapologetically indiscreet city, one of the holiest places in the world. Visit the weavers market to witness the process of weaving and learn how to produce clothes by hand.

With an Accompanying English Speaking Guide

All departures on Saturdays. Custom tours can be arranged. Guides in all major common languages available. Other destinations can be added.


ITINERARY
Map of Area (https://goo.gl/maps/3cRteeMHvS8GeGZj8)
shows where we will be going. All routes shown are by road. Longer distances will be by air. Zoom in and out for change of details.

SATURDAY, DAY 1 | ARRIVAL IN DELHI
Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport where you will be met and greeted by a Spiritual Journeys representative. He will escort you to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a welcome briefing session with the tour manager. Delhi is a bustling metropolis where the past and the present merge, and where the Old and the New cities define the capital’s cultural and architectural heritage. Overnight: Delhi.


SUNDAY, DAY 2 | IN DELHI
After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Delhi. Visit the beautiful historic Jama Masjid – a stupendous architectural marvel and one of the largest mosques in India. At the end of the day, enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride in the narrow streets of Old Delhi. Later, drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to fallen soldiers), the President's Residence–formerly the Viceroy's Palace, the Parliament House and the Secretariat Buildings–an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture.

Also visit, Humayun’s Tomb, one of the earliest examples of Mughal architecture in India. Recently renovated and restored to its former splendour, complete with beautiful gardens and fountains, it is a very attractive site. Architecturally, the mausoleum drew its inspiration from the styles prevalent in Samarkand, and the design of the Taj Mahal is based on this tomb. Overnight: Delhi.

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MONDAY, DAY 3 | DELHI – JAIPUR (by Road)
After breakfast, depart Delhi by road (6 hrs) to Jaipur, arriving in the ‘Pink City’, as it is popularly known, in the afternoon. Check in on arrival with the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight: Jaipur.


TUESDAY, DAY 4 | IN JAIPUR
Early morning excursion to Amber Fort – Located on a spur overlooking a lake, Amber Fort’s robust, time-ravaged walls appear imposing from the outside but they hide an interior packed with beautifully decorated palaces and temples, and landscaped gardens. Be dazzled by Sheesh Mahal, a room with all the four walls and the ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces. Admire the frescoes of the Ganesh Pol gate and the colonnade of the Diwan-i-Aam.

En route to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal–the Palace of Winds. In the afternoon visit to Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal Residence, part of it is converted into a museum. A private portion of the palace is still used by the Royal Family of Jaipur.
Also visit Jantar Mantar, the world famous stone and marble crafted observatory is still in working condition. Overnight: Jaipur.

 

WEDNESDAY, DAY 5 | JAIPUR – AGRA (by Road)
After breakfast, drive to Agra (5 hrs). Agra rose to fame in the 17th century as the capital of the Mughal Empire and was beautified with gardens, waterfalls, bathhouses and canals. Over time, the city turned into a thriving crafts centre, also famous for marble inlay work and carpet production. In the afternoon, go out on a sightseeing tour of Agra, which includes a visit to the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Built in the mid-17th century by the heartbroken Shah Jahan following the death in childbirth of his queen, Mumtaz Mahal, this mausoleum is an eternal love poem written in stone. During the visit, you can admire the intricacy of the work of the 20,000 craftsmen who were brought from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy to build this astonishing monument. (Closed on Fridays). Overnight: Agra.

 

THURSDAY, DAY 6 | AGRA –– LUCKNOW (by Road)
After breakfast drive to Lucknow (4 1/2 hrs), known for its cuisine and fascinating cultural heritage. Lucknow is one of those few places that cling on to their original character and refuse to let go even in the face of the fiercest of the storms of change. Majestic old monuments all but scream out the tales of an ephemeral yet rich tangible past. Descendants of royal chefs still serve cuisine prepared from recipes secretly handed down over generations. The tradition of Tehzeeb (courtesy) inculcated by the Nawabs (royal retainers) of the yesteryears often springs forth from the small gestures and language of the folks living here. Small wonder that all the sights, smells and sounds of Lucknow connive to become obsessive yet endearing memories. Overnight: Lucknow.


FRIDAY, DAY 7 | IN LUCKNOW
This morning start with your sightseeing tour of Lucknow- the city of Nawabs! Located in what was historically known as the Awadh region, Lucknow has always been a multicultural city. Courtly manners, beautiful gardens, poetry, music, and fine cuisine patronized by the Persia-influenced Nawabs of the city characterize the city. Present day Lucknow is a vibrant city that is witnessing an economic boom and is among the top ten fastest growing non-major-metropolitan cities of India. Lucknow and the region around it are also known for a wide variety of mangoes and delectable melons. Lucknow is also famous for its small scale industries like the oil based perfumes ittar, kite making, and unique styles of embroidery, namely Chikan and Lakhnawi Zardosi. Sightseeing of Lucknow includes visit to the exquisitely decorated Rumi Darwaza, also known as the Turkish Gate, the magnificent Bara Immambara, the Husainabad Immambara, and the Asafud-daula Immambara, which reflect the quintessence of Awadhi architecture. Visit the Picture Gallery, which houses a collection of life-size oil paintings of the Nawabs of Oudh and also visit Chattar Manzil, Moti Mahal and the British Raj Residency, which was the site of Mutiny in 1857. Overnight: Lucknow.


SATURDAY, DAY 8 | LUCKNOW – VARANASI (by Train)

Early morning transfer to railway station for your 6 1/2 hour train journey for Varanasi. Evening visit to the Ganges to witness an Aarti ceremony.
Aarti, a traditional Hindu ceremnony is said to have descended from the Vedic concept of fire rituals. In the traditional Aarti ceremony, the flower represents the earth (solidity), the water and accompanying handkerchief correspond with the water element (liquidity), the lamp or candle represents the fire component (heat), the peacock fan conveys the precious quality of air (movement), and the yak-tail fan represents the subtle form of ether (space). The incense represents a purified state of mind, and one’s "intelligence" is offered through the adherence to rules of timing and order of offerings. Thus, one’s entire existence and all facets of material creation are symbolically offered to the Lord via the Aarti ceremony. Overnight: Varanasi.


SUNDAY, DAY 9 | IN VARANASI
Depart for the Holy RIver Ganga before sunup for your boat ride. The ride gives you an unforgettable experience as you see the bathing and cremation sites. The boat ride takes you till Manikarnika Ghat- the cremation ghat and back. After boat ride, take a small walking tour through the narrow lanes of Varanasi passing by Vishwanath temple- also called The Golden temple because of the gold-plating on its roof and Durga temple (Non Hindus are not allowed in the temple). Later, return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, excursion to Sarnath, which is 10 km from Varanasi. Buddha preached his first sermon to five disciples at the Deer Park here, enshrining the principals of his teaching into laws. The Dhamek Stupa Marks the location of a once resplendent monastery. A large complex of ruined monasteries covers the area north of the stupas. Some of the buildings belong to the Kushan and Gupta period. The first monk communities probably settled here in the 3rd century BC. Near the Dhamek Stupa is a new Monastery built by the Buddhist Mahabodhi Society. The major events of Buddha’s life are depicted here in wall paintings by a Japanese artist. Sarnath has an interesting archaeological Museum, which has preserved the famous Sarnath pillar, whose capital forms India’s national emblem. Overnight: Varanasi.


MONDAY, DAY 10 | VARANASI – DELHI (by Air)

Wak up at leisure for an on-time, transfer to Varanasi airport to board your flight for Delhi. Meeting and assistance at airport and transfer to your hotel with no further planned activities. Overnight: Delhi.

TUESDAY, DAY 11 | DEPARTURE DELHI
At the appropriate time, transfer to Delhi International Airport to board your onward flight.

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HOTELS ENVISAGED, OR EQUIVALENT:

 

COSTS: US $ per person with MINIMUM two people, all arriving, traveling and departing together.

Departue Period
Hotel Category
Twin/Double
Single
Now till 30 September 2020
Standard
880.00
1,200.00
Superior
1,040.00
1,480.00
1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021
Standard
1,020.00
1,490.00
Superior
1,240.00
1,860.00

 

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
• Accommodation as per above itinerary in twin share/double rooms with daily breakfast
• Tours and transfers as specified including entry fees, on a private basis in an air-conditioned vehicle
• The services of an accompanying English speaking guide
• Air flight Varanasi to Delhi in economy class
• Current applicable VAT Government tax and services charge
• Meeting and assistance upon arrival/ departure by Spiritual Journeys English speaking representative
• All transfers between airport and hotel and all sightseeing in a private air conditioned vehicle
• Visits, excursions and transfers as per the program
• Train Journey from Lucknow to Varanasi by express train in AC chair car cabin
• Entrance to the site as per the itinerary (subject to change without prior notice)

TOUR PRICES EXCLUDES:
• International airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified
• Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
• Meals other than specified as included
• Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
• Tips or gratuities to guides/drivers/porters / hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
• Drinks or personal expenses or entrance fees for any extra sightseeing or optional activities
• Hotel early check- in and late check-out
• International air
• Optional tour

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Additional Information: Please e-mail Deepak Singh or telephone Deepak Singh at +1-508-358-4267.