Classical India Tour
Kaleidoscope of spiritual and architectural heritage of India
Summary of Classical India Tour
- Duration: 10 Days & 09 Nights
- Major Attractions: Taj Mahal, Spiritualism in India, Khajuraho Temples, Orchha Temples
- Destination Covered: Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Orchha, Jhansi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Abhaneri, Jaipur
Highlights of Classical India Tour
While taking this trip, you will feel essence of India because India is known for its history, culture, traditions, River Ganges, Temples, palaces and Taj Mahal, here you will encounter all. The spiritualism in India is filled up with culture and history, you will feel it while taking the early morning boat ride on River Ganges as well as visiting the Buddhist site in Sarnath. Ganges is not a river for Indians but a mother, a goddess and a soul. Kama Sutra on Khajuraho temples forces us to think how developed the knowledge about sex was in ancient India. Moreover, the architecture of the palaces and temples in Orchha will make you speechless. There is no word, which can describe the beauty and wonder of Taj Mahal; you have to visit it to believe. A journey through the lifeline of India – its railway is always unforgettable one.
Classical India Tour Itinerary
- Day 01 – Delhi
On arrival at Delhi international airport, you will be received by the representative of “Hidden Treasures India”, and would be further assisted & transferred to your hotel.
- Day 02 – Delhi
Visit Qutab Minar, which is one of the tallest towers of it’s time in India, Humanyun’s Tomb – an UNESCO world heritage site which was built by Begum Hamida for his husband Mughal Emperor Humanyun. Later also visit India Gate, President’s House, the Parliament House. Take a tour of Red Fort – an UNESCO world heritage site, Jama Masjid – the biggest mosque of India, Chandni Chowk Market and Raj Ghat (a Memorial of Father of India Mahatma Gandhi).
- Day 03 – Delhi-Varanasi
Fly to Varanasi and then transfer to the hotel. It is believed as oldest living city in the world and one of the most auspicious places for Hindus and Buddhists. In the evening, ride the rickshaws to the riverfronts of Ganges known as Ghats to witness the evening prayer dedicated to this holy river – a fabulous experience.
- Day 04 – Varanasi
Early morning, take a sunrise boat ride over River Ganges. It is a spiritually rejuvenating experience. Later, walk through the tiny lanes of Varanasi witnessing various rituals, ancient temples and the life style of the locals. After having breakfast, transfer to Sarnath to visit Buddhist ruins. It is the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Varanasi is a world famous center for silk weaving and you can visit a place to see the live demonstration and buy the famous Banarasi Silk.
- Day 05 – Varanasi-Khajuraho
Today, take the flight to the land of Kama Sutra – Khajuraho. Here, visit the Western Group of Temples and Eastern Group of Temples. It is one of the biggest attractions of India.
- Day 06- Khajuraho-Orchha-Jhansi-Agra
Post breakfast leave Khajuraho for rustic and religious Orchha and visit the palace, temple and cenotaphs located on the banks of River Betwa. In the evening, embark the Shatabadi Express Train of Indian Railways and get to know the real India. Relax in the hotel in Agra upon arrival.
- Day 07 – Agra
Take a sightseeing tour of arguably the most beautiful monument of love the Taj Mahal – the most photogenic building in the world. Also visit historical Agra Fort (UNESCO World Heritage Site). From Agra Fort, four of the mighty rulers from Mughal dynasty ruled their enormous empire in Indian Sub-Continental.
- Day 08 – Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Abhaneri-Jaipur
Today depart Agra for Pink City Jaipur visiting deserted capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri which is famous for its one of the best Baoris or the Step wells of Rajasthan en-route. On arrival at Jaipur, transfer to your hotel.
- Day 09 – Jaipur
Today visit superb Amber Fort climbing its heights on the elephant back, an architectural delight Hawa Mahal (the wind palace); experience the astrology at Jantar Mantar (the observatory), the royal City Palace & its museum.
- Day 10 – Jaipur-Delhi Airport
At appropriate time, you will be transferred to Delhi international airport to embark the flight back to the onward destination. The tour ends.
HTOI Special Activities
- Kathak Dance Show at Varanasi
Kathak is one of ten classical dance forms of India and Varanasi is probably the best place to watch a live show of it. There are families here, which teach and practice Kathak from generations to generations. You will be amazed to see the four generations performing live in front of you, from an 80 years old great grandfather to a 15 years old girl. Watching it is just like a teat to the eyes. Stylistically, this oldest dance form of India stresses rhythmic movements of foot, decorated with tiny bells and the movement matched to the music.
- Rickshaw Ride in Pink City
To explore and feel the colorful traditional bazars of Pink City, nothing is better then riding a cycle rickshaw. In half an hour ride; you will see everything being sold in the markets starting from the vegetable to the most expensive diamonds. There are separate markets in the old city for books, jewelry, groceries and many more. Everything is pink and vibrant here be it a Shiva temple or historical Jama Mosque.
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Information & FAQs
Is train ride safe in India?
We have proposed the train journey through a prestigious train and your compartment will be air-conditioned and comfortable. It is a full service train and you will be served refreshments as well.
How comfortable is boat ride in Varanasi?
Boat ride over River Ganges is very enjoyable and comfortable. However, you can bring mosquito repellant cream incase you need it while taking the ride and also during the evening prayer time near the river.
Is it ok to photograph in India?
Indians are very welcoming and sweet people and they will be happy if you click their pictures. But please avoid taking the pictures of funeral and sick person.