12D Taj to Varanasi Tour

New Delhi, Delhi, India,
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This India tour starts in the capital city, Delhi, with tours of both the old and new sides of this bustling city, now home to over 18 million people. We then head south into the arid state of Rajasthan, home to impressive forts and palaces, colourful saris and jewellery, and fascinating Indian history. We'll visit the Amber Fort, City Palace and the Jantar Mantar Observatory in the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, as well as exploring its famous craft and produce markets. Our next stop is the small and remote village of Tordi where we stay in a converted palace and explore the village and surroundings, getting a real feel for rural Indian life.

We turn east next and drive via the huge Chand Baori stepwell at Abanheri to Keoladeo National Park where we'll take a guided cycle rickshaw ride to see the huge variety of birdlife and other wildlife there. A tour of the eerily well preserved and deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri is next en-route to Agra, home to the incomparable Taj Mahal. We continue more off the beaten track by taking a Mughal Heritage Walk with a local villager through farmland and homesteads on the opposite bank of the Yamuna River to the Taj Mahal.

We'll see the Taj Mahal close up at sunrise. A further tour of Agra Fort and some less visited parts of the city follows before we take to India's famous railway network for an overnight sleeper train journey to Varanasi. While in Varanasi, we'll take an early morning boat trip on the river, take part in an evening Aarti ceremony giving candlelit offerings to the river, enjoy a home-cooked meal with a muslim family, explore a weavers village famous for making some of the best saris in the whole of India, and visit Sarnath, where the Lord Buddha preached his first sermon.

Another sleeper train journey then takes us back to Delhi to finish the India tour.

Accommodation is in a mix of comfortable mid-range modern-style hotels and heritage hotels converted from Havelis and Palaces.

What's included
11 nights accommodation: Delhi Hotel (3 nights), Jaipur Hotel (2 nights), Tordi Garh Hotel (1 night), Hotel next to Keoladeo National Park (1 night), Agra Hotel (1 night), Overnight sleeper train to Varanasi (1 night), Varanasi Hotel (1 night), Overnight sleeper train to Delhi (1 night) All transport and transfers 24 hour airport arrival & departure transfer service Services of a local tour leader throughout Meals: 11 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
What's not included
Meals not indicated in the itinerary, drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry), tips for drivers and guides,
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Know Before You Go
Old and New Delhi
Pink City of Jaipur
Tordi Garh
Abhaneri step well
Keoladeo National Park
Fatehpur Sikri
Taj Mahal at sunrise
Agra Fort
River Ganges at Varanasi
Buddhist site at Sarnath
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Cancellation Policy
can-cancel You can cancel your tour until 14 days before your travel date
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On arrival in Delhi our staff members will be waiting to greet you at the airport and take you to your hotel