Journey Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Delhi, India

Welcome to Delhi. You are met on arrival at Delhi airport, and then transfer to your luxury hotel located in the heart of New Delhi. 

[Award-winning hotel]  The Imperial, New Delhi

DAY 2Delhi Sightseeing

This morning is yours to relax at leisure.

This afternoon explore New Delhi, an area designed and built by the British in the 1920's. See the imposing India Gate, a war memorial dedicated to the 70,000 Indian soldiers killed in WWI, and the president’s palace. Visit the Mausoleum of Emperor Humayun, a forerunner of the Mughal style of architecture, and Qutab Minar, with its graceful 12th century hand carving, and its iron pillar that has not rusted after 1500 years. ​(B)

[Award-winning hotel]  The Imperial, New Delhi

DAY 3Delhi Sightseeing

This morning enjoy the fascinating sights of Old Delhi. See the magnificent Red Fort, built in 1648 on the banks of River Yamuna by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan; it is a marvel in red sandstone. Visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Explore Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), once the imperial avenue, and today, a bustling colorful market.

This afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore more of Delhi on your own. ​(B)

[Award-winning hotel]  The Imperial, New Delhi

DAY 4Delhi to Sarnath & Varanasi

This morning fly from Delhi to Varanasi, one of India’s most sacred cities and the Center of Hindu faith. Located on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, Varanasi has drawn Hindu pilgrims from all over India for centuries.

In the afternoon drive outside Varanasi to explore historic Sarnath, where Buddha delivered his first sermon. Explore the gardens to see the remains of the 3rd century BC monuments built by Emperor Ashoka. See Ashoka’s pillar, the Mulagandhakuti Vihara Temple, the magnificent Dharmekh Stupa and view some of the world’s greatest Indian Buddhist art at the Archaeological Museum.

This evening, take a boat ride on the Ganges River – an unforgettable look at a very sacred location. See the Manikarnika Ghat, one of the most sacred of the more than 100 bathing ghats (steps) along the Ganges. ​(B)

The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi, Varanasi

DAY 5Varanasi to Khajuraho

This morning experience an early morning boat cruise on the Ganges and witness the rituals performed on the banks of this sacred river.

Midday, take a short flight from Varanasi to Khajuraho, called “The City of the Gods.” Built between 950 and 1050 A.D., is renowned for some of the most creative examples of Indian architecture.

This afternoon, visit the Western group of temples, a collection of large and small shrines surrounded by a compound wall. Among the most noteworthy is the Devi Jagdambi, a small and delicately proportioned temple, and the famous Lakshmana Temple, a grand edifice dedicated to Lord Vishnu – the preserver of the Hindu Trinity of Gods. Explore the Kandariya Mahadev Temple, built approximated 1025–1050 AD it is the largest and most handsome monument at Khajuraho. ​(B)

The LaLit Temple View Khajuraho, Khajuraho

DAY 6Khajuraho Sightseeing

Today explore Khajuraho’s Eastern group of temples, most belonging to the Jain faith. Visit the Parsvanath Temple, the largest, with intricate stone carvings. See the Adinath Temple, with beautiful delicate sculptures, and the Ghantai Temple, a Jain temple with remarkable frescos depicting the 16 dreams of the mother of Lord Mahavira at the time of his birth. You also visit the Hindu Brahma temple, Vamana Temple dedicated to the “Vamana” or dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and the Javari Temple, with an opulently carved doorway and ostentatious sculptures on its exterior walls. ​(B)

The LaLit Temple View Khajuraho, Khajuraho

DAY 7Khajuraho via Orcha to Agra

Travel by road to Orcha, a well-preserved medieval city with palaces and temples built by the Bundela Rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries. A highlight is the stop at Jahangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful Chhatris, which commands a spectacular view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs. Later, board the ‘Shatabdi Express’ train to Agra.

Arrive in Agra and relax in your luxurious room at the famed Amarvilas. From your balcony, enjoy a direct view of the Taj Mahal. A poem in white marble, built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan (and 20,000 workers) to honor the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. Today India's most fascinating and beautiful masterpiece, this perfectly symmetrical edifice is set amidst landscaped gardens on the banks of the Yamuna River. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. ​(B)

[Award-winning hotel]  The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

DAY 8Agra Sightseeing

Arise early this morning to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise from your room, and then enjoy a morning tour of this incredible monument.

This afternoon journey outside the city to visit the Agra Fort, a massive red sandstone Mughal Fort built on the banks of the Yamuna River in 1565 by Emperor Akbar. The fort is surrounded by a 70-foot high wall, and houses a beautiful Pearl Mosque. ​(B)

[Award-winning hotel]  The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

DAY 9Agra to Ranthambore

From your balcony, there is another opportunity to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise before you depart by private car for Ranthambore.

En route stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful and deserted medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. The complex consists of religious, residential and administrative buildings. Continue driving to Ranthambore National Park, hailed as one of India’s finest wildlife destinations.

Ranthambore National Park derives its name from an 11th century fort, of which the remnants of summer palaces and temples still stand. It is famous for its elusive tigers and is a favorite with photographers. Tigers may be spotted during the day while stalking, hunting, or taking care of their young. ​(B)

The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore

DAY 10Ranthambore

Today enjoy both morning and afternoon game drives.

Ranthambore National Park has a rich diversity of flora and fauna. In addition to the tiger, other predators found in the park include leopards, striped hyenas, jackals, caracals, jungle cats and more. Many bird species, including the crested serpent eagle and paradise fly-catcher also populate the park. ​(B)

The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore

DAY 11Ranthambore to Jaipur

This morning enjoy another morning safari through the park before departing by private car for Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, and India’s first planned city. Designed by the 18th century warrior-astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II, Jaipur is a walled city with rectangular blocks. Most of the buildings in the city were made from pink sandstone and hence Jaipur also came to be called the “Pink City.”

Arrive in Jaipur by early afternoon, with the remainder of the day to relax or explore the city at your leisure. ​(B)

[Award-winning hotel]  The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

DAY 12Jaipur Sightseeing

Today enjoy a full day excursion to Jaipur, starting with a visit to the Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world, with 17 large instruments. Next, stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of the Winds. Built in 1799, this five-story building is a pink sandstone masterpiece with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows.

At the City Palace, the royal residence of the King of Jaipur, examine a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and an armory of Rajput and Mughal weaponry, much of it inlaid with enamel and embellished with jewels.

This afternoon journey outside Jaipur to visit the ancient Amber Fort. This is a classic Rajasthani fort palace, with time-ravaged exterior walls hiding lavish courtyards and beautiful interior plaster walls embedded with precious stones and mirrors. ​(B)

[Award-winning hotel]  The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

DAY 13Jaipur to Udaipur

This morning, transfer to the Jaipur airport for your flight to Udaipur, known as the “Venice of the East.”

Upon arrival, visit the City Palace, built on the bank of Pichola Lake in 1570 by Maharana Udai Singh. The palace has been preserved as a museum with a large and diverse collection of artifacts.

Continue to the famed Taj Lake Palace built on the banks of Lake Pichola, a complex of palatial splendor that blends Rajput and Mughal influences. Stroll around Sahelion-ki Bari, an ornamental pleasure garden designed for the ladies of the palace in the 18th century, with beautiful fountains, trees and flowers.

Enjoy a private evening cruise on the lake. (B)

[Award-winning hotel]  Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

DAY 14Udaipur Sightseeing

This morning, visit the Jagdish Temple; built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651. The temple enshrines a black stone image of Lard Vishnu, and a brass image of Garuda the Lord bird carrier. The exterior and the plinth are covered with base relief of alligators; elephants, and horsemen while celestial musicians rise in tiers.

The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. (B)

[Award-winning hotel]  Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

DAY 15Udaipur to Mumbai

After breakfast, enjoy a morning at leisure.

This afternoon you are transferred to the airport for your flight from Udaipur to Mumbai (Bombay). Once a sultry archipelago of seven islands, Mumbai today is an exciting metropolis that blends the old with the new.

Upon arrival in Mumbai, you will be transferred to hotel where you will be met by our representative who will assist you for check in process. Enjoy the rest of your evening at leisure. ​(B)

[Award-winning hotel]  The Oberoi, Mumbai

DAY 16Mumbai Sightseeing

This morning walk through the Kala Ghoda (Black Horse), a cultural heritage center housing a collection of art galleries, museums and architectural example from various periods of India’s past. Explore the exhibits along with the unique shops and restaurants. Then visit the Prince of Wales Museum housing rare artwork and archaeological finds.

The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. ​(B)

[Award-winning hotel]  The Oberoi, Mumbai

DAY 17Mumbai and depart

Today you are taken to the airport in Mumbai for your departing flight home or on to your next destination. ​(B)


Tour Details

MEETING POINT
New Delhi, India
DEPARTURE POINT
Mumbai, India
TOUR INCLUDES

Accommodations as indicated on the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
All transfers and sightseeing provided in a private deluxe vehicle when possible
Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing
Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
Local taxes
Travel Guard Medical Emergency and Assistance Plan

 
Package price is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies. Land, air, and governmental/park taxes are subject to change based on date of departure. International airfare is additional. Other restrictions may apply. Contact us for complete journey details.

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Journey Overview

Discover the blend of cultures, colors, and contrasts that is India in this Private Journey. Encounter temples and palaces with serene settings that are unmatched in the world. From the vast laundry of Mumbai to the reverent Jain Temple . . . this land beckons you. Tour the Taj Mahal and view the famous mausoleum from your room in both morning and evening light. In the temple city of Khajuraho, spend a day among elaborately carved Hindu and Jain monuments. Witness the sacred rites of Hindu pilgrims performed on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world. At the "“Pink City"” of Jaipur, enjoy a visit to the spectacular Amber Fort. Explore the colonial architecture and bustling city life of cosmopolitan Mumbai.

Journey Pace: Active

  • Learn about the diversity of faiths and beliefs that coexist across the subcontinent
  • Witness important daily rituals at the banks of the holy Ganges River in Varanasi
  • Explore India's impressive Mughal palaces and forts
  • Enjoy an evening cruise on Lake Pichola

  • Take in the fantastic colors of the Taj Mahal at sunset and sunrise from your balcony room
  • Search for the elusive Bengal tiger in Ranthambhore National Park during daily safari game drives
  • Experience Mumbai’s vibrant modern pace and charming colonial heritage