The Classical India with Khajuraho and Varanasi tour takes you on a journey through 5,000 years of spectacular history and a colourful kaleidoscope of cultures, religions and landscapes. You visit some of the most iconic classical sights of India from the spectacle of Mughal monuments in Delhi/ Agra to Khajuraho- has the largest group of medieval temples, famous for their erotic sculptures with exceptional architectural skills with a visit to the sacred city of Varanasi and the River Ganges.
Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days
Location : North India
Best Season : October to April
Category : Cultural, Heritage and Nature
Covering : Delhi, Jaipur, Bharatpur National Park, Agra, Gwalior, Orcha, Jhansi, Khajuraho, Varanasi
You can take it : As a private/ personalised tour (tour dates would be of your choice)
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The Classical India with Khajuraho and Varanasi tour takes you on a journey through 5,000 years of spectacular history and a colourful kaleidoscope of cultures, religions and landscapes. You visit some of the most iconic classical sights of India from the spectacle of Mughal monuments in Delhi/ Agra to Khajuraho- has the largest group of medieval temples, famous for their erotic sculptures with exceptional architectural skills with a visit to the sacred city of Varanasi and the River Ganges
The Classical India with Khajuraho and Varanasi is one of the best selling tours of India where you embark on a journey of discovery through India’s Golden Triangle( DELHI – Jaipur- Agra) and the incredible cities of Gwalior, Orcha, Khajuraho and Varanasi. On the tailor made tour we discover the Classical India route where the varied splendours enlighten the heart and inspire the soul. We do visit the Pink city of India Jaipur, The Keoladeo Ghana( Bhratpur Bird sanctuary), The Taj Mahal at Agra, Gwalior Fort, Orcha one of the most beautiful and less explored off beat destination of India
In central India (Madhya Pradesh) we take you to explore the USECO World Heritage temples of Khajuraho - the country's largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples famous for their erotic culpture that depict some of the finest arts in the world and are considered one of the seven wonders of India.
You travel through the heart Of India and experience the Soul of India at Varanasi also known as Benaras or kashi and known to have been in existence for over 5000-years. Varanasi is also a mirror of the age-old Indian civilization. As per Mark Twain(American Author); it is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.
We do visit Sarnath where Buddha preached his first sermon. The archaeological museum at Sarnath houses numerous remains of the past, including the National emblem of India, the Ashoka pillar.
A highly recommended tour for first time visitor to India or for the people returning for another trip, the Classical India Khajuraho with Varanasi holiday tour package takes you to travel at your own pace with flexibility, without any hassles. Your knowledgeable English speaking guide / driver is with you throughout the trip to all the famous sights and makes history and culture come alive through the stories that unfold throughout the journey; this is what will make your authentic India tour a very special holiday experience
We stop at cities, towns and villages on the way to get an insight into the daily life of culturally diverse people of these areas. This community based tourism provides you the experience of the local culture, food and the insight to the day to day life of the Indians from very closely and on the other hand it benefits the locals directly. A very important aspect of our responsible tourism India tours, we ensure that the villagers and the local community benefit directly from your visit, so it is helpful to them to have you visit.
Treat the below Classical India Khajuraho with Varanasi tour just as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you, around your interest and requirements.
Brief Itinerary : New Delhi (2 Nights on Arrival) > Jaipur (2 Nights) > Bharatpur (1 Night) > Agra (1 Night) > Gwalior (1 Night) > Orcha (1 night) > Khajuraho (2 Nights) > Varansai (2 Nights) > and back to Delhi (1 Night at the end)
Today to Join our Spiti Valley Group Tour Holiday Package, you will be met from your train / flight at Chandigarh by our driver, and we will drive you to Shimla (4 hrs) via Barog, Solan. Enroute you will stop for lunch break and comfort breaks and would have enough time to stop for photo breaks. Visit the Mall road of Shimla in the evening and later transfer to the hotel in Shimla. Our Spiti valley Group tour is an ideal travel plan tour for Solo travellers of all age groups, including couples and friends who are looking for a shared Group tour to Spiti Valley Overnight stay in Hotel in Shimla. Evening is free to explore the mall road of Shimla.
Meals Plan: Dinner is included.
Please Note: This day even we can pick you up from New Delhi railway station / airport which is going to cost extra. You can even travel with an overnight or day A/C luxury Volvo coach from New Delhi to Shimla to start with your tour and we can arrange those tickets for you. We will wait at Chandigarh for the other group members to arrive as per their arrival time, and during this period if time allow us we can take you for a tour to Chandigarh which is optional.
After breakfast check out from the hotel set off on the Kinnaur and Spiti group Tour with your driver at around 8:30 A.M. to Sarahan 2,150 metres / 7,055 feet, (170 kms/ 8 hrs) a tiny little village in the Himalayas. We drive through the beautiful villages of Fagu, Theog, Matiana, Narkanda and Rampur. En route we will have many comfort breaks and will stop for short village hikes and will visit the Hattu peak ( 3,400 metres/ 11,154 feet) at Narkanda, from where you can have a spectacular view of the mighty Central Himalayas and the valleys below covered with apple orchards and terrace farms.
We will stop for lunch on the way to Rampur and reach Sarahan by evening and check in your hotel. Sarahan, the tiny village offers the splendid views of Shrikhanda Mahadev Peak (5,155 metres). The major attraction in Sarahan is centuries-old Hindu temple of Bhimakali, dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kali. Steeped in legend, the temple complex is a resplendent example of hill architecture. Sarahan is also the gateway to the famous Kinnaur valley. Overnight in Sarahan for 1 night.
Meals Plan: Breakfast + Dinner are included
After breakfast at your hotel, we will visit the famous temple of Bhimakali at Sarahan. Later we continue our driving on the budget road trip tour to Spiti valley to Sangla 2,680 metres / 8,792 feet, (140 kms / 8 hrs) where you will check in to the hotel. Later we continue our drive to visit Chitkul (20 kms, total 1 hrs, each side – 3,450 metres / 11,318 feet.) which is the last village on Indian side on the Indo–Tibetan border. The village of Chitkul is like something from a fairy tale, and you will have a chance to walk slowly around it. The landscapes are stunning, and you will have plenty of time to enjoy them and talk to the local people. Later Return back to Sangla by evening . This Land between Heaven and Earth is Kinnaur and is known as the Baspa Sangla valley, after river Baspa which flows through the valley. Here you will enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the mountains, rivers and nature full of Himalayan cedar trees, fruit orchards, barley fields and picturesque hamlets. Overnight in hotel in Sangla for 1 night.
Meals Plan: Breakfast + Dinner are included
After breakfast at the hotel check out and walk through Kamru and Sangla villages and we will visit the beautifully carved old temples and Buddhist monasteries. Later we will drive you to Kalpa village 2,960 metres / 9,711 feet (40 kms/ 2-3 hrs). Enroute we will stop at Reckong Peo the district headquarters of Kinnaur district and will have a walking tour around the local market. You can also choose to have light lunch in a local restaurant in Reckong Peo where you can enjoy Indian or Tibetan food.
Continue drive to Kalpa (7 kms), you will check in to your hotel. After some rest we will take you for a walk through Kalpa and the nearby Roghi village famous for its cliffs and Himalayan Mountain views. These villages are covered with thick pine forests and are famous for apricots and apples.
The finest view of the Mt. Kinner Kailash Mountain (6,000 metres) can be had from Kalpa. This is a spectacular sight early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light. Overnight stay in Kalpa for 1 night at a hotel overlooking the beautiful Himalayan Mountains with the views of Mt. Kinner Kailash.
Meals Plan: Breakfast + Dinner are included
After breakfast we will drive you to Tabo 3,280 metres / 10,760 feet, ( 210 kms / 10 hrs). Enroute we will stop at Nako where you can have your lunch and enjoy the spectacular views of the Nako Lake, village and the Himalayas in the backdrop. You will take a walking tour around the village which will provide you chances to interact with the local tribal community. The village of Nako in the upper Kinnaur valley is famous for the Nako lake and the Buddhist monastery related to guru Padma Sambhava (a great Buddhist scholar, whose teachings spread to Tibet from India).It also has the residence of His Holiness The Dalai Lama ji, which was made here for the Kalchakara teachings.
Today we will be entering the beautiful Spiti valley the Land between Tibet and Ladakh is the best offbeat Tourism Destination in Himalayas. In Spiti you will experience the wonders and natural beauty that will keep you spell bound for a long time.
We continue our drive to Tabo and enroute we will visit the Gue village in Spiti valley which is famous for its naturally preserved Mummy of a Buddhist monk (Sangha Tenzin). The 15thcentury old, mummified body, in a sitting meditation pose of the Buddhist monk is naturally preserved due to the cold ,dry and harsh weather of Spiti valley. The mummy of Gue village is belived to be around 600 years old, which was discovered here from a Stupa after the earth quake in 1975, while the Indo Tibet Border Force was clearing the area and building the road. Very clearly you can see the teeth, hairs and the well preserved skin on the bones of the Mummy of Gue in the Himalayas.
Later we continue to Tabo and check in to the hotel by evening for 1 night.
Meals Plan: Breakfast + Dinner are included
Today morning after breakfast check out from the hotel at 09:00 A.M, and first before proceeding to Agra we will take you to visit Bahnera village which is the major highlight of your rural India tour today. Our especially crafted “Bahnera” village walk takes you to experience the warm hospitality of the local villagers by visiting them at their homes. You will visit the primary health centre, a village school, oil mill, village potter, interact with the locals through your English speaking guide and enjoy a cup of chai ( milk tea) with them to understand their traditions and customs. In this 2 hrs of a walking tour you will understand the life of the people in the India and will see at first hand the way in which the villagers live. Your local guide will be there with you all the times to translate and to explain their beliefs and their customs, including the role of women in their society, their superstitions, their religion and caste system and the problems that they face, and you will be able to ask questions through him.
Today's village walking tour is also a very important aspect of our responsible tourism India tours and on our community based village tourism we ensure that the villagers and the local community benefit directly from your visit, so it is helpful to them to have you visit. Later continue your drive to Agra (50 kms). On arrival at Agra check in to the hotel.
Later continue your drive to Agra. On arrival at Agra, transfer to the hotel. Later in the late afternoon we will take you on a private guided tour to visit Agra Fort. It was the main residence of the Emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. Before capture by the British, the last Indian rulers to have occupied it were the Marathas. In 1983, the Agra fort has been inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage site. The Red Fort is a great preview to visiting the Taj Mahal in the next morning - the two were built during the same period and have much shared history.
In the evening at 6:00 P.M we will take you to Kalakriti Cultural Centre to view the "Mohabbat-the-Taj" a series of play, music and dance, depicting the saga of love. It is based on the true and immortal love story of Emperor Shajahan for Mumtaj Mahal- his beautiful wife, related to the story of Taj Mahal. The show will take you back to the times of the lavish lifestyle of Mughal era. Overnight stay in Agra.
Please Note: Today you can even choose to go for a shopping of some famous handicrafts including the Zardozi a type of heavy and elaborate metal threads (silver/gold/copper wires) embroidery on a silk, satin, or velvet fabric base or to visit the Marble Inlay work artist in Agra.
Today early morning (06:00 A.M) we will take you on a private guided tour to the epitome of Taj Mahal, for the sunrise view of The Taj, which is one of the most graceful and extravagant monuments of the world.
We will return back to the hotel for breakfast and after breakfast check out and drive to Gwalior (120 kms/ 3 hrs.). Later in the late afternoon we will take you on a private guided tour of the magnificent Gwalior Fort- Referred to as 'the pearl amongst fortresses in India' by Mughal emperor Babur, the Gwalior Fort is one of the most impenetrable fortresses located in the on the top of a vast rocky mountain near Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh in central India, this imposing structure dominates the entire city of Gwalior. Overnight stay in Gwalior.
Today morning after breakfast check out and our driver will drive you to Orchha ( 130 kms / 4 hrs), Enroute we will visit Datia Fort “Datia Palace, also known as Bir Singh Palace or Bir Singh Dev Palace. It is only made out of stone and bricks without any usage of wood or iron. So, the whole 7- storied building stands without any support of a metal or even wood.
Later drive to Jhansi and visit the Jhansi fort. We will arrive Orcha by evening with is still a less discovered off beat destination of India. Overnight stay in Orcha.
Today after breakfast check out from the hotel and on a private guided tour we take you to explore the historic town of Orchha, nestled on the banks of river Betwa, was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput Chief, Rudra Pratap. Here, the river Betwa splits into seven channels, also called the Satdhara. Legend goes that this is in honour of the seven erstwhile Chiefs of Orchha.
The ancient town seems frozen in time, with its many monuments continuing to retain their original grandeur even to this day. Here you will find some of the most fascinating temples and palaces that will help you realize a childhood fantasy – travelling back in time!
We will visit Jehangiri Mahal, The Raj Mahal, Ram Raja Temple and the Laxminarayan Temple, Rai Parveen Mahal, The Royal Chhatris at Bank of Betwa River.
Later drive to Khajuraho (190 kms/ 5 hrs) and visit the Alipura palace on the way to Khajuraho, where you can even have a lunch. Arrive Khajuraho by evening. On arrival at Khajuraho check into the hotel.
Today after breakfast on a private guided tour we will take you to visit the world famous Khajuraho temples built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD. Khajuraho has the country's largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculpture that depict some of the finest art in the world . The Khajuraho Group of Monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986 and is considered one of the "seven wonders" of India. The temples consist of stunning displays of fine sculptures and exceptional architectural skills.
The most important are the Chaunset Yogini Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, The Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely image of 11 headed Vishnu, Vishvanath and Nandi Temples, Lakshmana Temple, Visha Temple of Shiva, which is the largest & most typical of temples. Visit the Eastern group of temples that consist of the Parasvanath Temple - the only Jain Temple surviving at Khajuraho and has excellent sculptures on the outer walls of the Sanctum, the Javeri Temple dedicated to Vishnu. The other temples in this group are those dedicated to Brahma, Yamuna and Adinath. You will visit the Western and Eastern Group of Temples. Second night in the same hotel in Khajuraho.
Today morning after breakfast as per your flight schedule we will transfer you to Khajuraho airport from where you will board your flight to Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi airport you will be met by our driver and we will transfer you to the hotel in Varanasi where you will stay for 2 Nights. In the evening we will take you to experience the Evening "Ganges Aarti" ceremony (The Worship of river Ganges) on the Ghats ( river banks) of Ganges. Retrun back to the hotel by night. Overnight stay in Varanasi.
Known to have been in existence for over 5000-years, Varanasi is believed to be the oldest city in the world. Varanasi one of the seven sacred cities of Hindus also known as Banaras or Kashi , situated son the west banks of the Holy river Ganges. It is also known as "The City of Lights" or “The City of Temples”. One of the oldest centers of learning , Varanasi is considered holy by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains.
Varanasi is also a mirror of the age-old Indian civilization. The archaeological museum at Sarnath houses numerous remains of the past, including the National emblem of India, the Ashoka pillar.
Today early morning 6:00 AM on a private guided tour we will take you for a morning sunrise boat ride on the river Ganges .It is a mystical and spiritual experience as you watch people offering water to the Sun God and devotees taking holy dip in the Ganges. We will visit all the famous Ghats of Varanasi via boat. Later we will you for the Varanasi heritage walk covering the centuries old parts of the city by foot.
Return back to the hotel and after breakfast we will take you to visit to Sarnath (15 kms), Sarnath is the place where Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples. The attractions at Sarnath are Lord Buddha temple, The Dhamekha stupa, Chaukhandi stupa and the archaeological museum.
You can also visit the Annapurna Temple, Lord Hanumana temple etc in Varanasi. Later return back to the hotel and rest of the time is free to relax.
Today after breakfast check out from the hotel and we will transfer you to Varanasi airport fro where you will board your flight back to New Delhi. On arrival at New Delhi you will be met by our driver and we will transfer you to the hotel.
If interested in the evening we will take you to visit some interesting sights or the local markets in Delhi. Overnight stay in New Delhi.
Today morning after breakfast, check out from the hotel and as per your flight schedule we will transfer you to the international airport in New Delhi, from where you will board your flight back to home
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This is the tour itinerary for the Classic India Khajuraho with Varanasi tour which we run regularly. It can be altered & customised as we like to discuss plans with clients and can make suggestions about special places to visit depending on our clients’ interests, and available time. You can get an idea of your holidays from the mentioned tour. The itinerary is planned in such a way that while travelling you get a good time to experience India and see the real life of Indian people from much closer.
Whether you choose to be on a privately guided tour to India or set off on a more independent trip, with local guides available wherever required, you can travel reassured, knowing our vast experience and provide you with around-the-clock support to smooth out anything unexpected. The safety and well-being of our guests is paramount.
Pre and Post India Extension Tours:
The Ranthambore Tiger tour.
2 Nights/ 3 Days
You will follow the itinerary as a Private tour. Internal travel by road from New Delhi to Jaipur, Agra, Gwalior, Orcha, and Khajuraho is by a private chauffeur-driven SUV Toyota Car/ similar vehicle.
Internal domestic flights will be provided to travel from Khajuraho to Varanasi and from Varanasi to New Delhi back at the end of the tour.
These destinations are the most sought-after tourist destinations and a good number of tourists come to explore these beautiful places in North India. These places have plenty of hotels, which are well equipped with all modern amenities and comprises variety of deluxe hotels, budget hotels, guest houses, home stay with local people and can be categorise from 2* to 5 * hotels. One can choose the place of accommodation according to one’s requirement and budget
We do believe that we cater to people requiring different levels of comfort, and most importantly where you stay is CLEAN and COMFORTABLE. We would like to discuss and make suggestions about accommodation at the time of planning your holidays with us.
Meals Plan : Room + Breakfast + Dinner
Cloths :Cotton with light woollens
Cost: The Cost would be provided on Request
Please Note: The Cost of our each tour is based as per individual requirements, interests and budget of the client. The tour cost depending on the hotel accommodations you choose, food plan, mode of transportation you choose, whether you choose to include Escorted guide throughout the tour or set off on a more independent trip, with local guides available wherever required during the tour. This all we discuss with you while planning your tour and work out the best cost for your tour, accordingly.
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