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Group Escorted Tour--Introduction to India
Duration: 13 nights/14 days
Places Covered: New Delhi, Varanasi-Khajuraho-Orchha-Agra-Jaipur-Jodhpur-Udaipur



Delhi




28 Oct/ 25 Nov: Day 01: Arrive in New Delhi, India

Hotel
Welcome to India’s capital city of Delhi! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in. Meet by our executive you will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
The Park



Delhi



29th Oct/26th Nov: Day 02: New Delhi

Hotel
The morning is at your leisure to rest before meeting your traveling companions and Tour Director for sightseeing in the afternoon. Your Local Guide will show you the sights of “Old Delhi.” Start with a visit to the JAMA MOSQUE followed by a Local Favorite RICKSHAW RIDE through Chandni Chowk, a colorful local bazaar. Tonight your Tour Director hosts a lavish welcome dinner, including a COOKING DEMONSTRATION followed by a talk on Indian cuisine. (Breakfast and Dinner)
The Park



Delhi



30th Oct/27th Nov: Day 03: New Delhi

Hotel
This morning’s sightseeing will focus on “New Delhi.” Visit the INDIRA GANDHI MEMORIAL MUSEUM and Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Then, visit HUMAYUN’S TOMB and Qutab Minar followed by the grand government buildings, the President’s House, and Parliament House. The afternoon is at leisure. Consider an optional visit to three famous temples for an introduction to India’s most popular religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. (Breakfast)
The Park



Varanasi



31st Oct/28th Nov: Day 04: New Delhi-Varanasi

Hotel
Fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, which is situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. Sightseeing today visits SARNATH, the “Cradle of Buddhism,” where Buddha first spoke of his philosophy. For a truly memorable experience, join tonight’s optional tour: a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of this unique city followed by a sunset cruise on the Ganges. Here you will witness fascinating religious rituals being performed—a truly unique experience. (Breakfast)
Radisson blu



Varanasi-Khajuraho



1st Oct/29th Nov: Day 05: Varanasi-Khajuraho

Hotel
Around dawn, board a Local Favorite BOAT to watch a striking religious ritual—the Hindus’ devotional bathing in the Ganges. You’ll observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river’s edge, some practicing yoga, others meditating, and still others bathing fully clothed. A late-morning flight takes you to Khajuraho, where sightseeing focuses on the mysterious TEMPLES, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that have been isolated for centuries. Art historians have long puzzled over myths and legends in an attempt to understand the bizarre combination of prolific religious and erotic temples. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Radisson blu



Khajuraho-Orchha-Jhansi-Agra



2nd Oct/30th Nov: Day 06: Khajuraho-Orchha-Jhansi-Agra

Hotel
Today, enjoy the scenery as you pass through rural areas en route to Orchha. Upon arrival, visit the impressive MEDIEVAL PALACE COMPLEX, once the capital of a locally powerful Rajput kingdom. Later, arrive in Jhansi to board your train to Agra, where much of the city’s impressive past is still evident today in the majesty of her buildings. (Breakfast)
radisson blu



Agra



3rd Oct/1st Dec : Day 07: Agra

Hotel
Start your day with a sunrise visit to the incomparable TAJ MAHAL, an extravagant marble monument to love. The Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan built it as a memorial to his beloved wife, who died during childbirth. To add to this memorable experience, you’ll also travel by tongas (horse-drawn carriage) during your visit. Later, visit AGRA FORT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by the Moghul Emperor Akbar, this impressive fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Wyandham



Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Jaipur



4th Oct/2nd Dec: Day 08: Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Jaipur

Hotel
This morning, visit FATEHPUR SIKRI (City of Victory) en route to Jaipur. In 1876, the city was painted pink to welcome Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth II and it has been known as the “Pink City” ever since. Tonight, enjoy a SARI- and TURBAN-TYING LESSON followed by a Homely dinner with an Indian noble family. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Wyandham



Jaipur



5th Oct/3rd Dec: Day 09:Jaipur

Hotel
After breakfast today visit the amazing AMBER FORT, built entirely of white marble and red sandstone. Tour the interior with its intricate mosaics, carvings, paintings, and mirror works. Then, visit the CITY PALACE and the adjoining MUSEUM, which houses a collection of rare manuscripts. You will also stop at the famous HAWA MAHAL (Palace of the Winds). In the late afternoon, take a Local Favorite WALKING TOUR through a local market, known for its arts and crafts, including jewelry, enamel work, hand-painted fabrics, and stone sculptures. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Radisson blu





Jaipur



6th Oct/4th Dec: Day 10: Jaipur-Jodhpur

Hotel
This morning, head west to Jodhpur. This afternoon, visit the massive MEHRANGARH FORT, which sits 393 feet above the surrounding plains. The view will reveal why Jodhpur is known as the “Blue City.” Next, visit JASWANT THADA, a stunning white marble cenotaph built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Radisson blu



Jodhpur-Udaipur



7th Oct/5th Dec: Day 11: Jodhpur-Udaipur (flight)

Hotel
Enjoy time at leisure this morning before flying to Udaipur, the “City of Lakes.” This evening, CRUISE on Lake Pichola (water levels permitting), with a short visit to the island palace of JAG MANDIR. Transfer to the Airport for flight to Udaipur. Upon arrival meet and assist at the airport and transfer to the hotel. You will be welcomed with traditional Welcome Arrti Tikka along with DHOl Nagada and Royal Salute by Bagpiper band and dancing horses. In the evening puppet show. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Park Plaza



Udaipur



8th Oct/6th Dec: Day 12: Udaipur

Hotel
Post breakfast proceed for full-day sightseeing starts this morning with a visit to EKLINGJI TEMPLE, dedicated to Shiva, the guardian deity of Mewar, followed by the JAIN TEMPLES OF NAGDA that date back to the 11th century. This afternoon, discover the massive granite and marble CITY PALACE with its courtyards, pavilions, terraces, and narrow corridors. Then, visit the adjacent CRYSTAL GALLERY before wrapping up your sightseeing at SAHELION KI BARI. Tonight, your Tour Director will host a festive farewell dinner to celebrate an unforgettable journey through India. (Breakfast, Dinner)
The Lalit



Udaipur-New Delhi



9th Oct/7th Dec: Day 13: Udaipur-New Delhi

Hotel
Enjoy the morning at leisure in Udaipur. Later transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. (Breakfast)
The Lalit



New Delhi



10th Oct/8th Dec: Day 14: New Delhi

Hotel
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. You will be transferred to the International flight for onward destination. (Breakfast)
The Park