11 Day Taj, Temples & the Sacred Ganges
11 Day Taj, Temples & the Sacred Ganges
An eleven day tour that visits the most iconic historical sites that India has to offer, starting off exploring the capital city of Delhi and including a visit to the Taj Mahal and a cruise on the River Ganges.
Tour highlights
  • Take a tour around both Old and New Delhi during time in the capital
  • Explore the pink city of Jaipur
  • Discover the majestic Taj Mahal
  • Watch Hindu rituals on the ghats as you cruise along the Ganges River
  • Take an elephant ride at the Amber Fort
  • Marvel at the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikr
Tour Only from
£761
pp
Tour Inc. Flight from
£1109
pp
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Tour Only from
£761
pp
Tour Inc. Flight from
£1109
pp
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Arrive in Delhi to be transferred to your hotel ahead of a two night stay in India’s capital city. The remainder of the day is spent at leisure allowing you to gain your first taste of the country in a city that combines ancient temples and buildings alongside its more modern architecture and landmarks.
  • Standard: The Royal Plaza, or similar
  • Superior: Hilton Janakpuri, or similar
  • Deluxe: The Oberoi, or similar
Day 2: Delhi
Spend a full day exploring one of the largest cities in the world on a sightseeing tour, starting out in Old Delhi, the walled city that is still seen as the symbolic heart of the sprawling metropolis that now surrounds it. While there, you’ll see the largest mosque in Asia, Jama Masjid, and the Raj Ghat memorial to Mahatma Ghandi. The afternoon is then spent exploring the sights of New Delhi, such as the famous tour and ruins found in the Qutub complex.
  • Standard: The Royal Plaza, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Hilton Janakpuri, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: The Oberoi, or similar (B)
Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur
Leave the capital behind to journey to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll have your first opportunity to explore the ‘Pink City’, so called because of the colour of the stone used in the construction of many of the buildings.
  • Standard: Holiday Inn, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Le Meridien, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: The Oberoi Rajvilas, or similar (B)
Day 4: Jaipur
After your initial exploration, enjoy a full day seeing the sights around Jaipur including visits to the Palace of the Winds, the impressive City Palace Museum to admire the fine collection of artwork and the Jaipur Observatory. You’ll also travel just outside the city to visit the Amber Fort, built back in the 1590s overlooking Maota Lake. While there, you’ll have the option of a jeep ride along the ramparts of can climb onto the back of an elephant to gain a unique view of the ancient monument.
  • Standard: Holiday Inn, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Le Meridien, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: The Oberoi Rajvilas, or similar (B)
Day 5: Jaipur - Agra
Hit the road for the journey to Agra, stopping off en-route to view the astonishing beauty of the empty city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built in the late 1500s, the city was abandoned shortly after being completed, partly because of the lack of water available for its inhabitants. What remains now is regarded as one of the best preserved examples of Mughal architecture.
  • Standard: Howard Park Plaza, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Jaypee Palace/Radisson, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: The Oberoi Amarvilas, or similar (B)
Day 6: Agra
Explore the area around Agra, including a morning visit to the Agra Fort, an impressive sandstone citadel located on a hill top overlooking the city. The day will also see you visit one of India’s most famous monuments, the Taj Mahal, built under orders of emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
  • Standard: Howard Park Plaza, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Jaypee Palace/Radisson, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: The Oberoi Amarvilas, or similar (B)
Day 7: Agra – Khajuraho
Head for the station after breakfast to join the express train to Jhansi, where you’ll then hit the road to the town of Khajuraho, stopping off to admire the temples and palaces to be found at the town of Ocha on the way.
  • Standard: Ramada Hotel/Radisson, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Hotel Chandela, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: Hotel Chandela, or similar (B)
Day 8: Khajuraho – Varanasi
The day starts with a tour of the impressive temples to be found in the area around Khajuraho, which include images of the Kama Sutra. You’ll take a flight to Varanasi to visit the Buddhist pilgrimage site at Sarnath as well as the location where Buddha delivered his first sermon. The highlight of the day however will come in the evening, as you watch a traditional Hindu aarti ceremony on the steps that lead down to the Ganges River.
  • Standard: Hindustan International, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Radisson, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: Nadesar Palace/The Gateway, or similar (B)
Day 9: Varanasi
Observe the morning ritual of Hindus making their early morning offerings as you take a boat trip along the Ganges, a river considered sacred to those who practice Hinduism. As part of the trip, you’ll visit a number of temples, including the sacred shrine of Kashi-Vishwanath before the remainder of the day is free for you to spend at leisure.
  • Standard: Hindustan International, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Radisson, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: Nadesar Palace/The Gateway, or similar (B)
Day 10: Varanasi – Delhi
Leave Varanasi to return by air to Delhi, with more free time in the city to explore the sights.
  • Standard: The Royal Plaza, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Hilton Janakpuri, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: The Oberoi/The Imperial, or similar  (B)
Day 11: Depart Delhi
Head for the airport for the return flight home.
  • Standard, Superior & Deluxe: (B)
Disclaimer
All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
  • 10 nights accommodation on single / twin sharing basis in above mentioned hotels or similar on bed and breakfast basis
  • All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours by air-conditioned standard vehicle
  • Train fare on sector Agra to Jhansi in air-conditioned chair car class
  • Elephant / Jeep ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Boat ride on river Ganges in Varanasi
  • Services of an English speaking local guide during sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Assistance of a Cox & Kings representative during arrival & departure transfers at airport & railway station
  • Entrance fees to all monuments / national park as follows: Delhi - Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayuns Tomb, Qutab Minar. Jaipur - Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory. Agra - Fatehpur Sikri, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort. Orchha – Fort. Khajuraho - Western and Eastern Group of Temples
  • Road taxes, parking fees, fuel charges, interstate taxes, porterage at airports & railway station
  • All applicable taxes including Government Service Tax of 3.09%
  • International flights in Tour Only prices
  • Visa fees
  • Domestic airfare from Khajuraho to Varanasi and Varanasi to Delhi

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