India Escape with Varanasi (K9A)

11 Day Tour from Delhi to Delhi

2019 Tour Details

This 11-day escorted tour of India introduces you the country’s rich history, heritage, and culture. Along the way explore the best of India's famed "Golden Triangle" in Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, and the holy Hindu city of Varanasi. If you are looking to escape the crowds and high-season prices this is the vacation for you!

Your India tour begins in the capital city of Delhi. Included sightseeing brings you to stunning sites such as the 11th-century Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (Delhi’s most prominent Sikh house of worship). You'll also explore Old Delhi's colorful Chandni Chowk bazaar by rickshaw.

No visit to India would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Taj Mahal—a timeless monument of ivory marble—built by some 20,000 laborers, artisans, and craftsmen between 1631 and 1648 AD for Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife.

Continue your tour of India in the “Pink City” of Jaipur with its opulent City Palace museum and gardens, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). A separate excursion brings you to Amber Fort, the jewel of the city. Here, see intricate mosaics, carvings, paintings, and mirror works of the white marble and red sandstone.

Your escorted India tour also includes an inspirational trip to Varanasi, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. Witness the Ganga Aarti (spiritual worship) on the river’s steps, and travel by boat to see the striking religious ritual of Hindu devotional bathing in the waters of the Ganges. You’ll also visit Sarnath—known as the cradle of Buddhism where Buddha first shared his philosophy and teachings.

The spiritual and cultural traditions waiting to be discovered along this remarkable guided India tour with Varanasi will stir the senses, mind, and spirit throughout this inspiring land.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

DELHI
Visit Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib; rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar
AGRA
Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise by tonga & Agra Fort
JAIPUR
Visit the City Palace & Museum, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, and Amber Fort
VARANASI
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the ghats for the Ganga Aarti; boat ride on the Ganges to see the Hindu bathing ritual; excursion to Sarnath; Host service during your stay

Notes:

  • Some flights depart Delhi very early in the morning. In these cases, breakfast is not included on Day 11, and you will have to depart for the airport late in the evening on Day 10 or just after Midnight on Day 11.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 2 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN DELHI, INDIA

Welcome to India’s capital city! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 DELHI

Today’s sightseeing starts with an orientation to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a RICKSHAW RIDE through Chandni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar. Here, ancient alleyways are lined with quaint shops selling all sorts of goods and souvenirs—from silver and saris to spices and electronics. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 DELHI–AGRA

This morning, visit QUTUB MINAR, the world’s tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. Next, visit HUMAYUN’S TOMB and GURUDWARA BANGLA SAHIB, Delhi’s largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship). After lunch in a local restaurant, drive to Agra and settle in for the evening.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch
DinnerDinner

Day 4 AGRA

Start your day with a sunrise visit to the incomparable TAJ MAHAL, an extravagant marble monument to love. 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 TONGA (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 Breakfast

Day 5 AGRA–JAIPUR

Today, travel to Jaipur. In 1876, the city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales, and it has been known as the “Pink City” ever since. This afternoon, visit the CITY PALACE and the adjoining MUSEUM, which houses a collection of rare manuscripts. Also, stop at JANTAR MANTAR and the famous HAWA MAHAL (Palace of the Winds).

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 6 JAIPUR

This morning, 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. Enjoy some free time this afternoon.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 JAIPUR–DELHI

Drive back to Delhi today and prepare for your journey home.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 DELHI–VARANASI

Today, fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. This evening, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING witnesses the GANGA AARTI (spiritual worship) on the ghats (steps) leading down to the Ganges.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 VARANASI

Around dawn, board a BOAT and watch a striking religious ritual—the Hindus’ devotional bathing in the Ganges. Observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river’s edge, some practicing yoga, others meditating, and still others bathing fully clothed. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some free time. This afternoon, a PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION takes you to nearby SARNATH, the “Cradle of Buddhism,” where Buddha first spoke of his philosophy.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 VARANASI–DELHI

Enjoy the morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 DELHI

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

NOTE:
Some flights depart Delhi very early in the morning. In these cases, breakfast is not included on Day 11, and you will have to depart for the airport late in the evening on Day 10 or just after Midnight on Day 11.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MAYANK DIXIT

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Hi, I'm Mayank, and with my years of experience in the travel industry, I am committed to making your time in India incredible. My motto is "Atithi devo bhavah." When translated into English it means "the Guest is God" or "Guest become God," expressing the idea that each person visiting India should be served in the best possible manner.

Tour Director - MAYANK DIXIT

 Accommodations

Delhi
Agra
Jaipur
Varanasi

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.

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