CULTURAL HERITAGE OF INDIA TOUR

Trip Facts

Starts FromDelhi
Ends inDelhi
Country Visited India
Best Time Oct-Dec, Feb-Apr
Price (per person) From $1,325
Single supplement $595
Internal airfare (per person) $250*

Tour Overview

Cultural Heritage of India Tour is an extended version of popular golden triangle tour. Along with visit to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, we also explore further around Gwalior, Khajuraho, and Vanarasi that offers a great chance to get insights into diversified Indian culture.  And while visiting these heritage sites, local markets and attractions, we surely get captivated with its amazing highlights.

 

Our cultural heritage of India tour starts after you arrive at Delhi followed by full day guided sightseeing tour around major attractions. Visit around the Jama Masjid, the popular and royal mosque with rickshaw ride to Old Delhi’s Chaadani Chowk with sightseeing at Red fort and Raj Ghat, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb and tall Qutum Minar. Our Cultural Heritage of India Tour continues towards Pink city of Jaipur with lots of cultural sites, palaces and forts exploration opportunities. It takes you 5 to 6 century behind and gives you an essence of their ancient lifestyle and traditions. Agra will be our next destination we visit after exploration of Fatehpur sikri en route. The Agra fort and Taj Mahal being the major attractions, there will be plenty of other sightseeing experiences.

 

Then arrive at the city of Rajput, Gwalior and visit the temples, palaces and fort with interesting ancient stories. Gwalior fort, Jai Vilas Palace and Scinda Museum remains as a highlights. Further we explore the Jhansi, Khajuraho and arrive at popular pilgrimage site of Vanarasi. It is the city of temples, intersected by holy river Ganges where we get a chance to get insight into Hindu rituals, prayers and enjoy the blissful atmosphere. Next day, after early morning boat ride, we board a domestic flight to return Delhi which concludes our amazing ten days of cultural heritage of India tour.

 

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 Private journey | Based on double occupancy | *Subject to change

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Arrive late evening at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport. You will be met by our representative outside the customs gate and escorted to your hotel.

Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi

Enjoy a full day guided tour of Delhi.

The city consists of two parts – Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between the 17th and 19th centuries and has many mosques, monuments and forts.

Begin your day with an exploration starting in Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, the Royal Mosque which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1656. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes followed by a short walk on the main street of Old Delhi – the colourful shopping bazaar known as Chandni Chowk. Drive past the Red Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Continue to Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

In the afternoon visit New Delhi – the imperial city created by the British as the capital of India. In 1911, Edwin Lutyens, the most renowned English architect of the day, was chosen to design New Delhi. Drive through the majestic boulevards – the Rashtrapati Bhawan is where the Viceroy once lived and is now the official residence of the President of India. View India Gate, a war memorial arch built in honour of 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. Visit Humayun’s Tomb (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the first great example of Mughal architecture in India. The day’s tour ends at Qutab Minar (another UNESCO World Heritage Site) – a soaring tower of victory which is 72.5 metres high and has five distinct stories.

Overnight in Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur

This morning leave for Jaipur.

Jaipur, known as “The City of Victory” and “The Pink City”, was first intended to be “Sawai Jaipur”, named after the boy prince who commissioned it, Maharaja Jai Singh II. In spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains its character and history, a beautiful fusion of yesteryears and modernity. The massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens are reminders of the glorious past of Jaipur.

Afternoon arrive in Jaipur and check-in at your hotel.

Later enjoy an orientation tour of Jaipur city. Visit the City Palace and museum. It has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of Mughals and Rajputs including swords, antiques and artifacts. Proceed to Jantar Mantar, a stone astrological and astronomical observatory which was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century. Enjoy a cycle-rickshaw ride in the colourful bazaar of the old city.

Also visit Hawa Mahal, the “Palace of the Winds.” This beautiful façade is probably the most-photographed in Jaipur. The ornately carved windows were designed so that the ladies of the palace could look out onto the streets unobserved. There is also time to shop for Jaipur blue pottery and block-printed cotton linens.

Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 4: Jaipur

This morning enjoy an excursion to the magnificent Amber Fort.

This beautiful fortified palace was the capital of the state of Jaipur until 1728 and the architecture is a melding of the Mughal and Rajput styles. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace which are famous for the excellence of their design and decoration including the spectacular “Hall of Mirrors”.

Remainder of the day will be at leisure for independent activities.

Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 5: Jaipur - Agra

This morning drive to Agra. En route stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century.

Arrive Agra late afternoon and check-in at your hotel.

Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat, which means seat of the Emperor. Today, a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices whilst experiencing the irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains.

Overnight in Agra.

Day 6: Agra

Early morning proceed for a sunrise visit to the mesmerising Taj Mahal (a UNESCO World Heritage site).

The 17th century Taj Mahal is often called a poem in stone. If so, the mausoleum is a love poem – created by Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Please note: Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.

Return to hotel and enjoy breakfast.

Later visit Agra Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The fort was built by the third Mughal Emperor, Akbar. Subsequent additions were made to the fort by his son Jahangir and grandson Shahjahan.

Rest of the afternoon at leisure for independent activities at your hotel.

Overnight in Agra.

Day 7: Agra - Gwalior

This morning transfer to railway station for your journey to Gwalior.

Gwalior has made a successful transition into a modern Indian city. A multitude of reigning dynasties of the great Rajput clans have left indelible etchings in this city of palaces, temples and monuments. The magnificent mementoes of a glorious past have been preserved with care, giving Gwalior an appeal which is unique and timeless.

Meet and greet on arrival at Gwalior railway station and transfer to your hotel.

Later in the afternoon enjoy an orientation tour of Gwalior.

Visit the magnificent Gwalior Fort. The city’s most famous landmark has within its walls several interesting temples and ruined palaces. Continue onto the Jai Vilas Palace and Scindia Museum. Located in the new town, the palace belongs to the Scindia family.

Please note: Jai Vilas Palace and Scindia Museum is closed on Mondays.

Overnight in Gwalior.

Day 8: Gwalior - Jhansi - Khajuraho

This morning transfer to railway station for your train journey to Jhansi. Arrive in Jhansi and transfer to Khajuraho.

Enroute visit Orchaa. A tiny hamlet at the banks of river Betwa. Sightseeing of Jahnagir Mahal and Royal Cenotaphs. Continue to Khajuraho.

Khajuraho is world renowned for its temple architecture. The famous sculptures in the sandstone temples of Khajuraho are truly beautiful, they are widely acknowledged as some of the most exquisite temple art in India. The 22 temples, located in three distinct groups, were built by the Chandela dynasty that died out in the 10th century.

Overnight in Khajuraho.

Day 9: Khjuraho - Varanasi

This morning visit the Western Group of Temples (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

The Western Group constitutes some of the finest examples of Chandela art in existence. The largest is the Kandhariya Mahadev dedicated to Lord Shiva, followed by Chaunsath Yogini, a granite temple.
After the visit you will be escorted to the airport for the flight to Varanasi.

Varanasi is probably the place in India that has the most profound impact on visitors. Formerly known as Benares, it sits on a bend of the Ganges and has been a pilgrimage site since the 6th century BC. The Old City, a maze of tiny alleys, has several temples, including the Golden Temple which is only accessible to Hindus – and many cows, which have traffic priority!

Arrive in Varanasi and proceed directly to the Sarnath Ruins. This is the site where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Also visit the Archeological Museum, full of Buddha art treasures. Please note: Sarnath museum is closed on Fridays.

Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 10: Varanasi - Delhi. Departure.

Early morning boat ride on river Ganges.

After breakfast visit the holy city of Varanasi.

Later by noon you will be escorted to the airport for the flight to Delhi.

Arrive Delhi and transfer to International Airport for your flight to onward destination.

Overnight in Delhi.

DayCityHotels
Day 1 & 2DelhiShangri-La
(Superior room)
Day 3 & 4JaipurMarriot Jaipur
(Deluxe room)
Day 5 & 6AgraRadission
(Superior room)
Day 7GwaliorUsha Kiran Palace
(Superior room)
Day 8KhajurahoJass Radisson
(Deluxe room)
Day 9VaranasiRadission
(Superior room)
  • – 9 nights accommodation in hotel as listed or similar

    – Daily breakfast

    – All sightseeing and excursions with English speaking local guide

    – Transfers as per itinerary on private air-conditioned car (Toyota Innova – up to 2 guests)

    – Complimentary bottled water on board

    – Train tickets in air-conditioned chair car from Agra-Gwalior and Gwalior-Jhansi

    – Monument & museum entrance fees

    – Government taxes

  • – International air ticket (we will be happy to book your flights)

    – Expenses of personal nature like beverages, room service, telephone calls, porterage, laundry etc

    – Any meals except mentioned in quote include/program

    – Gratuity to driver/s, guide

    – Visa fee

    – Travel insurance (highly recommended – click here for details)

    – Any other services/items/activities not mentioned in quote include

    – Additional expenses due to events beyond our control i.e. flight delays, natural calamities etc.