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Trip to India 01 (Fixed Departure- Group Tours)


Duration: 12 Nights/ 13 Days
Destinations: Delhi- Jaipur- Agra- Varanasi- Amritsar- Delhi


Here are our Fixed Departure Dates:

1st GROUP : 18th October’15

2nd GROUP : 06th December’15

3rd GROUP : 14th February’16

4th GROUP : 25th April'16


Here is the final program :


Day 01: London/ Delhi- Fly
This evening, fly to Delhi.
Overnight on board.


Day 02: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi in the morning @ 11am


Welcome to India!!

 

Delhi, the city is acclaimed for being the cultural capital of India. The spectacular architecture of Delhi city is evident through its antique monuments. This city witnesses an interesting blend of diverse cultures (some even 5000 years old). Delhi has always had a mysterious eternity, the city having witnessed empires rise to glory and fall to ashes. The contemporary Delhi is a culmination of seven cities built by different emperors. Ruins of this ancient city are found even today and now converted to some major tourist attractions, which can be seen during city tours.


You will be well received on your arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel.

Arrive hotel and check into hotel.

Lunch at hotel and rest of the afternoon at leisure.

OR Visit the famous Hindu Temple- Akshar Dham Temple.


Akshardham Temple , is a magnificent Hindu shrine, situated in the east region of New Delhi. Located on the banks of River Yamuna, it was inaugurated in November 2005, by the former President of India - APJ Abdul Kalam, the Prime Minister - Man Mohan Singh and Pramukh Swami Maharaj - the spiritual leader of BAPS. Pramukh Swami Maharaj is the current spiritual leader of Swaminarayan Sanstha, BAPS. Swaminarayan Akshardham was constructed under his guidance, after his guru, Yogiji Maharaj, expressed a wish for the same.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.


Day 03: Delhi

After breakfast at hotel, proceed for city tour of Old & New Delhi.


The city of Delhi can broadly be divided into two parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi.

Old Delhi was the capital of Delhi’s Muslim rulers notably the Mughals between 17th & 19th centuries. New Delhi

on the other hand is referred to as the IMPERIAL city when the British decided to move their capital from Calcutta in 1911.

Lunch at local restaurant.


The sightseeing of Old Delhi includes a visit to Jama Masjid which is India's largest mosque, built of red sandstone and white marble in the middle of the 17th century. Red Fort, a 17th century fort complex constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the walled city of Old Delhi. Rajghat, cremation site of father of Nation- Mahatma Gandhi) and rickshaw ride through the streets of Chandni Chawk (Silver Street), once the imperial avenue down which Shah Jehan rode at the head of lavish cavalcades, is today bustling with shops, stalls and silversmiths' ateliers.


Sightseeing of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate, built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Drive pass Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy is today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, an unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament. Humayun's Tomb is the first Mughal garden tomb. Visitors are immediately struck by the tomb's resemblance to its more famous cousin - the Taj Mahal - with its four grand gateways, octagonal base-plan, soaring niche-shaped arches, lofty double domes and the symmetrical garden with its central canal. And finally Qutab Minar, one of Delhi’s most striking monuments, which is the world's tallest brick minaret with a height of 72.5 meters.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.


Day 04: Delhi/ Jaipur (260Kms & 5hrs drive)

After breakfast at hotel, drive to Jaipur.


Jaipur or the Pink City was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743) and is the capital city of the state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is surrounded by hills and the beautiful forts. Jaipur with Agra and Delhi has made a circuit, which is called India’s Golden Triangle- the most popular tourist destinations in India. Jaipur is a planned city built according to the ancient Hindu treatise “Vastu Sashtra”. The orderly bazaars of the old town are ranked among the most vibrant in Asia. Jaipur is the perfect place to shop for Handicrafts, antiques, jewelry, gems, pottery, carpets, textiles, metalwork and leather ware. Jaipur is renowned for hand- dyed and embroidered textiles, Handicrafts, antiques, pottery, carpets, jewellery and the best selection of precious stones and metals in India.
Arrive Jaipur and check into your hotel.
In the afternoon, proceed to visit the Pink City of Jaipur, visiting City Palace, built between 1728- 1732, it occupies the center of Jaipur and is surrounded by high walls. The important buildings within the Palace are textile and the costume museum, armory museum, Diwan-I-Khas and Diwan-I-am. Jantar Mantar is the largest stone observatory in the World and one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh in India.
On the way back to hotel, stop for photo clicks at the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds, which is Jaipur’s most famous building was built for the ladies of the harem.
Overnight in Jaipur.


Day 05: Jaipur

After breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of Jaipur.

Amber Fort is built on the crest of a rocky hill behind the Maota Lake in the outskirt of Jaipur. Amber was the capital of the Kuchwaha rajputs from 1037- 1728. Ascend the Fort on elephant back (subject to availability). Amber Fort has a magnificent Palace compound. One can enter the Palace complex through Suraj Pole (Sun Gate) and step into Jaleb Chowk, where one can have elephant ride. Singh Pole (Lion Gate) give the access to the palaces. Diwan- i- Am (public Audience), Ganesh Pole, Sheesh Mahal, Jas Mandir (temple), Sukh Mahal and the Palace of Mansingh I are worth visiting. In the afternoon, visit Sanganer village in the outskirt of Jaipur, which is famous for handmade paper industry and textile printing. The crafts created in this town are really unique and that is the reason, they are not loved by Indians as well as by foreigners.
Overnight in Jaipur.


Day 06: Jaipur/ Agra (230Kms & 5-6hrs drive)

After early breakfast at hotel, drive to Agra.

On the way, visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and Fatehpur Sikri (17kms further from Bharatpur).


The Keoladeo Ghana National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan is a famous Bird sanctuary that witness thousands of rare and highly endangered birds such as the Siberian Crane come here during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made this National Park their home. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971 and it is also a World Heritage Site.


Fatehpur Sikri, was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar between 1569- 1585, when he shifted his capital from Agra. But after a few years, the water supply was incapable of sustaining the population and the capital was shifted back to Agra. Now it is a deserted city and also called a ghost city but it is perfectly preserved. Akbar was a very tolerant ruler and the buildings at Fatehpur Sikri blended both Islamic and Hindu architecture. One of the buildings even reflects the new religion or faith founded by Akbar’- “Din-e-ilahi”, which was very short-lived. He abolished much hated poll- tax on non- muslims (Jizya) and was the first Mughal ruler to marry a Hindu (Rajut princess from Jaipur). It is a beautiful palace complex with Hindu and Muslim artistic buildings. You can visit Birbal’s Palace (Hindu building), Jodhbai’s Palace (Hindu building), Jami Masjid, Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti and Buland Darwaza etc. Buland Darwaza is also called “Gate of Magnificence’. It is the highest gateway in the world. One has to climb 42 steps to reach this gateway, which is 40mtr high and 35mtr wide.
Continue drive towards Agra.


Agra is famous for world’s most beautiful monument of love- Taj Mahal. The history of Agra is much older than the times of Mughals but during the Mughal Empire, Agra had become one of the great centers of art, culture, learning and commerce. All the great monuments with magnificent work of art and craft are still flourishing in the city including leather work and pietra dura marble-inlay work. Agra is famous for its marble work like tabletops, vases and trays, inlaid with semi-precious stones or gems in ornate floral designs, an imitation of those found in the Taj Mahal. Agra is also an excellent place to buy leather, as it exports shoes, bags, briefcases and jackets.
Arrive Agra and check in to your hotel.
Overnight in Agra.


Day 07:Agra/ Varanasi- Overnight Train

This morning, wake up early and proceed to visit the world famous Taj Mahal, which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the mausoleum of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal, after her death in 1631. The Taj Mahal is recognized worldwide as a symbol of eternal love.
Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.
Return to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit the massive Agra Fort- constructed out of red sand stone by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and containing the Halls of Public and Private Audience. Itmad-ud daulah, one of the most beautiful of Mughal tombs, stands across the river Yamuna.
Lunch at hotel.
Check out from hotel and proceed to visit Tomb of Mughal Emperor "Akbar The Great" and late, free for shopping etc.
In the evening, you will be transferred to railway station to board overnight Train (2037/ 0835*) to Varanasi.
Overnight on board (2 Tier AC Sleeper)
(You will provided Bed Sheet, Blanket, Pillow by the Indian Railways)


Day 08: Arrive Varanasi

Arrive Varanasi in the morning @ 0835hrs.


Varanasi is one of the oldest town and most important pilgrimage centre for Hindus in India. It has been a religious capital of Hinduism since the time immemorial. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, Varanasi has been a center of learning and civilization for more than 2,000 years. Known to the devout as Kashi, the Luminous- the city of light, founded by Lord Shiva- Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Anyone, who dies in Varanasi attains instant “moksha” or enlightenment. Old age come here to seek refuge or to live out their final days. Varanasi is amongst the holiest of all tirthas (pilgrimages).
Arrive Varanasi and transfer to your hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and rest of the morning at leisure.
Lunch at hotel.
Post lunch, proceed to city tour of Varanasi, visiting Kashi Vishwanath Temple, is the most important religious site in the city- dedicated to Lord Shiva. Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman- the Monkey God. Sankat Mochan in Hindi means reliever from troubles. Bharat Mata Temple is dedicated to ‘Mother India’. It was inaugurated by none other than Mahatama Gandhi- the ‘Father of the Nation’ in 1936.
In the evening, you will be taken to the “ghat” or bank of river Ganga to witness the evening “Aarti” of river Ganga.
Dinner & Overnight in Varanasi.


Day 09: Varanasi

Wake up Early in the morning and proceed for boat ride on the holy river Ganges to see the bathing Ghats, people taking holy bath in the river Ganges, Brahmin
Later, disembark from the boat and walk through the narrow ghats to see the old temples of Varanasi. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit Sarnath.
Sarnath is one of the most popular Buddhist pilgrim centre. It is located 10Kms north of Varanasi. It is a very religious and cultural place for Buddhists. Lord Buddha preached his first sermon here (after gaining Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya) before his five disciples 2500 years ago. This first sermon was called Dharmachakrapravartana or Turning of the Wheel of Law. It is also birth place of the 11th Jain Tirthankar Shreyans Nathji. There is one Shiva Temple also. So Sarnath is a place of Inter religious faith.
Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, proceed to visit Ramnagar Fort, which is situated on the opposite bank of river Ganga. It is the ancestral home of the Maharaja of Banaras. Maharaja Balwant Singh built this fort-palace in the 18th century. The fort was built in red sandstone. The current Maharaj lives here. If the flag is up that means the Maharaja is present in the palace. The Ramnagar fort houses a museum displaying the Royal collection which includes vintage Cars, Royal palkies, an armory of swords and old guns, ivory work and antique clocks is worth visiting.
Dinner & Overnight in Varanasi.


Day 10: Varanasi/ Amritsar- Overnight Train

After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to railway station to board Overnight Train to Amritsar (0930/ 0900*).

Dinner & Overnight in Train (2 Tier AC Sleeper).

(You will provided Bed Sheet, Blanket, Pillow by the Indian Railways)


Day 11: Arrive Amritsar

Arrive Amritsar @ 0900hrs.


Amritsar is a holy city in the state of Punjab. The city is famous for its Golden Temple. Amritsar is a combination of 2 words Amrit and Sar. Amrit means “elixir†and Sar means sarovar or lake, which means the "holy pool of nectar" around the Golden Temple. Amritsar is a spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion and famous for its unique Gurdwara (place of worship)- The Golden Temple, which was initiated by Guru Ramdaas Ji- the fourth Sikh Guru and it was completed in 1601 by his successor Guru Arjan Dev Ji. Today, it is a major pilgrimage center for Sikh and one of the most popular tourist destinations in India.
You will be well received on your arrival at Amritsar railway station and transfer to hotel. Arrive hotel and check into your rooms.
After lunch at hotel, proceed to Indo- Pak Border (Wagah Border) to witness the Flag retreat ceremony, which is unique and worth visiting. The border is about 30Kms from Amritsar, where the soldiers from both the countries march in perfect drill with great enthusiasm and going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. The crowed from both the sides chanting slogans for their country and encouraging their soldiers amidst thunderous applause.
Dinner & Overnight in Amritsar.


Day 12: Amritsar/ Delhi- Train

After breakfast at hotel, proceed for city tour of Amritsar, visiting the famous Golden Temple- a sacred Sikh shrine, which attracts pilgrims from all over the world. Jallianwala Bagh (Garden ) is the site of the 1919 Amritsar massacre. On April 13, 1919 British Indian Army soldiers opened fire on an unarmed gathering of men, women and children at this garden and killed around 1600 people. One can visit a beautiful memorial built on the site and bullet holes can also be seen on the walls and adjoining buildings. The well inside the park is also a protected monument, in which many people jumped to save themselves.

Return to hotel for Lunch. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to railway station to board Shatabdi Express (1650/ 2305) to Delhi.
(Dinner will be served on board- By Indian Railways). You will be well received on your arrival at Delhi railway station and transfer to International airport to board your flight back home with sweet memories of your Trip with Dependable Travel Solutions India !!


Day 13: Delhi/ Fly back home



***END OF THE TRIP***

The Price for the above entire tour will be:GBP 1950 Net Per Person on Twin sharing (including) Return Flights.

Single Room Supplement will be: GBP 300 Per Person (Extra).


The Price includes the following:


  • Accommodation (in Budget Hotels) on Twin sharing basis with all meals.
  • Transportation by an air- conditioned Coach.
  • Entrance fee at monuments.
  • Local English speaking guides during sightseeing.
  • International flight from London/ Delhi/ London (return) in Economy class.
  • Train journey from Agra/ Varanasi, Varanasi/ Amritsar & Amritsar/ Delhi in 2 Tier AC Sleeper.
  • 01 Rickshaw ride in Delhi (02 persons in 1 Rickshaw).
  • 01 Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur.
  • 01 Rickshaw ride inside Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (02 persons in 1 Rickshaw).
  • 01 Boat ride in Varanasi to see the ghats and Evening Arti.
  • Mineral water throughout the tour.
  • Accompanying Company Escort throughout the tour.
  • Tips to drivers, porters, restaurants & local Guides.
  • All presently applicable taxes including Govt. Service Tax.


The Price does not include the following:


  • Visa Fee to India
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature like drinks, cigarette, laundry, telephone calls, items not specified in the above inclusions.


The above tour is also valid for Individual Travelers but they will be provided Local guides at each place
(instead of an accompanying guide).

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