Classical India Tour

Kaleidoscope of spiritual and architectural heritage of India

  • Evening Aarti Prayer at river ganges Varanasi

  • River Ganges Varanasi

  • Taj Mahal

  • Khajuraho

  • Sunrise Orchha

  • Hawa Mahal

Summary of Classical India Tour

  • Duration: 09 Nights & 10 Days
  • Major Attractions: Taj Mahal, River Ganges, Ancient Temples, Forts & Palaces of Rajasthan
  • Destination Covered: Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Orchha, Agra, Jaipur

Highlights of Classical India Tour

In our Classical India Tour, you shall feel and experience the true essence of India. India, known for its rich history, heritage and culture, you shall get to witness and experience the hold River Ganga, various temples and palaces of India, and off, course the Taj Mahal. India is a land of my religions and culture, and in our Classical India Tour, you can witness various Hindu temples and Islamic monuments, Buddhist sites in Sarnath. The holy River Ganga is not merely a river but considered as a mother, a goddess and the soul of many Indians.

The depiction of the Kama Sutra on the temples of Khajuraho always shows how advance ancient India was in its knowledge of sex and the architecture of temples and palaces in Orchha is bound to leave you speechless. Our Classical India Tour, runs travels through the lifeline of Indian transportation, the railways shall assure you in providing an unforgettable journey and experience.

Itinerary Details

  1. Day 01

    Welcome in India
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    Delhi

    As you arrive in Delhi, we will extend our traditional warm welcome at the airport and with assistance transfer to your confirmed hotel. Unpack, relax and recover from jetlag in your comfortable room.

  2. Day 02

    Sightseeing tour in Delhi
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    Delhi

    Today, start the trip with Old Delhi and pay the visit at largest mosque of India – Jama Masjid and then Chandni Chowk Market. After Old Delhi, proceed to Humanyun’s Tomb this serves as a mausoleum for the Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The site reflects Central Asian and Persian styles of Islamic architecture.

    Later, visit India Gate and drive-pass President’s House and the Parliament House. India Gate is a war memorial dedicated to the 70000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives during the First World War. After the 1972 War, a small structure was added known as the “Amar Jawan Jyoti” which consist of a black marble plinth, an inverted rifle, a soldier’s helmet, bounded by four eternal flame, This structure serves as a memorial for the unknown soldiers who have lost their lives in service of the country.

    Post lunch, take a tour of Qutub Minar, which is the tallest brick minaret in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is 73-metres high, and this 5-storey structure has a tapering design, with the circumference of the minaret reducing in circumference as we ascend higher. The structure’s construction was started by the founder of the Delhi Sultanate, Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak and Firoz Shah Tughlaq and Sher Shah Suri contributed to additions to this monument.

  3. Day 03

    Fly to Varanasi Transfer to the hotel
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    Delhi-Varanasi

    Transfer to the airport and then fly to Varanasi and on arrival transfer to the hotel.

    Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world has holds immense importance to Hindus and Buddhist who consider the city sacred.

    You can also visit a centre for silk weaving as Varanasi’s silk is famous all over the world. You will be given a live demonstration of silk weaving and can also purchase and shop for silk and silk products.

    In the evening, visit the famous ghats of the holy river Ganges and witness & experience, the Aarti or prayer of River Ganges with a spectacular sight of oil lamps floating in the river as a backdrop and hearing harmonious hymns, this sight and sound is an ultimate spiritual experience soothing the soul.

  4. Day 04

    Varanasi City Tour
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    Varanasi

    Today commence the day with a morning boat ride on the holy River Ganges. It is said bathing and taking a dip in this sacred river cleanses the soul and washes away past sins. Later, also take a short walk through the narrow lanes of old Varanasi exploring various hidden gems and daily life.

    After breakfast, we head to Sarnath and visit Buddhist Stupa. It is said that Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon in Sarnath and it is from here, Buddhism spread all around the world. Sanarth is a famous pilgrimage destination for Buddhist from all over the world.

  5. Day 05

    Fly from Varanasi to Khajuraho
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    Varanasi-Khajuraho

    Transfer to the airport and then take a flight from Varanasi and travel to Khajuraho which is often referred to as the Land of Kama Sutra.
    On arrival, assistance and drive to the hotel. In Khajuraho, visit the Western and Eastern Group of temples which are a group of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples. These temples are famous for their nagara-style of architecture and are more famously known for its erotic sculptures displaying various sexual positions from the Kama Sutra.

  6. Day 06

    Drive to Orchha (04 Hours) Train from Jhansi to Agra (02 Hours)
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    Have breakfast at the hotel and then travel to rustic town of Orchha. Here visit the famous sites like Orchha Palace, Jahangir Mahal, Chaturbhuj Temple and Ram Raja Temple and many beautiful cenotaphs dotting the Betwa River. The Ram Raja temple is constructed on a square base and has a plain and simple exterior and is decorated by a series of windows and domes along its summit. The Jahangir Mahal is a beautiful specimen of the Mughal architecture and is built on a square base and is relieved by a circular tower at each corner mounted with a dome.
    Later, embark Shatabdi Express Train from Jhansi to Agra. On arrival in Agra, you will be received and transferred to the hotel.

  7. Day 07

    Agra sightseeing tour
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    Agra

    Agra is home to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal and any trip to Agra is incomplete without visiting the Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan built Taj Mahal as a mausoleum for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal showcases the Persian and Mughal style of architecture. The structure of the tomb has a central marble dome surrounded by smaller domes and four white-marble minarets. The walls of Taj Mahal are adorned with Arabic and Islamic calligraphy, plant motifs, calligraphy of Persian poems, marble lattice and reflective tiles.

    After witnessing one of the seven wonders of the world, head to Agra Fort, which has served as the based for many Mughal Emperors. Built on a 94-acre semi-circular plan, it runs parallel with the Yamuna River and has 70-foot tall walls.

  8. Day 08

    Drive to Jaipur (05 Hours)
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    Today depart from Agra for Jaipur and en-route visit the deserted citadel Fatehpur Sikri which once served as the capital of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. In Fatehpur Sikri, visit Bulund Darwaza, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas and more sites. The Bulund Darwaza is 55-meter high and is set in the south wall of the mosque.

    After lunch, also stop at Abhaneri, a small village 95-kms ahead of Jaipur and is famous for its step well known as the Chand Baori- one of the deepest largest step-wells in India. Upon arrival in Jaipur, transfer to the hotel.

  9. Day 09

    Jaipur City Tour
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    Jaipur

    In the Pink City, Jaipur, embark on a day-long excursion. First visit Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar and City Palace exploring the culture, heritage and royalty of Rajasthan. Amber Fort is situated in Amer town about 11-kms from Jaipur city and is famous for its Hindu artistic style of architecture. Amber Fort contains massive ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths; the fort overlooks Maota Lake. It includes the Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khaas, the Sheesh Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors and the Sukh Niwas, where a cool natural eco-system is constructed with the air flowing over the waters of the lake.

  10. Day 10

    Drive to Delhi Airport (05 Hours)
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    Jaipur-Delhi

    In time, check out from the hotel and take a comfortable road journey to Delhi airport to board the international connection back to home. Here we conclude our Classical India Tour.

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.

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