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Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Lodging:||3 nights comfortable hotel|
|Meals:||Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)|
Walking tours, river cruising, and cultural exploration
Visa RequirementsA visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting India. Your visa must be obtained prior to arrival.
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Choosing the Right Trip
We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.
As one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism, the holy city of Varanasi is a magnet for more than a million pilgrims from around the world who come annually to worship, meditate, and bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges River. With your private guide, stroll through ancient alleys and past golden temples and ashrams, and watch the slanting sun rise over haunting riverside ghats. At the World Heritage Site of Khajuraho, discover some of India’s most famous temples, a showcase of sculpture reflecting the celebration of human activity in everyday life. Accommodations throughout are in garden-set hotels, oases of comfort after an active day of exploring.
Delhi / Varanasi
From Delhi, airport transfer to fly to Varanasi in eastern Uttar Pradesh for an afternoon tour of this vibrant city, the “timeless soul of India,” with its ancient alleys, golden temples, ashrams, and riverside ghats. In the evening, witness the aarthi light ceremony along the Ganges. Overnight at hotel...Meals on your own
In the early morning, enjoy a boat trip on the Ganges in the hope of seeing pilgrims making their devotions against the backdrop of centuries-old temples—one of the most famous sights in India. The river, believed to have the power to wash away the sins of mortals, is fronted by numerous ghats, a series of steps leading to the water that are used by bathers and pilgrims. It is considered auspicious to die in Varanasi and some devout Hindus move here at the end of their lives and have their ashes scattered in the holy waters of the Ganges. After breakfast, visit some of the city’s famous temples. In the afternoon, explore Sarnath, with its clusters of temples and ruins that attract Buddhist pilgrims from around the world. At Sarnath stands the famous Ashoka Pillar, whose lion capital has been adopted by the Republic of India as its state emblem. Optional visit to the lively Chowk Bazaar, where everything from fresh naan to opulent silk fabrics to silver jewelry is sold. Overnight at hotel...B
Varanasi / Khajuraho
Fly to Khajuraho in northern Madhya Pradesh. Khajuraho, a World Heritage Site, is home to the most famous of India’s temples, known for their remarkable erotic sculptures. Only about 20 temples survive from the 85 that were originally built, but they are among the finest in India. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the Western Hindu and Jain temples, with their pleasing and graceful depictions of deities, heavenly nymphs, mythical beasts, other figures and animals, and sensuous erotic art carved in the sandstone and granite faces. Overnight at hotel...B
Khajuraho / Delhi
After touring the Eastern temples, transfer to the airport for the flight to Delhi.
Valid through September 30, 2014
$1295 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $395
Solo traveler: $1795
Internal airfare: $790 (subject to change)
All costs subject to changemore on pricing
Extension Cost Includes:
- Services of local English-speaking guide
- Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Activities as indicated and entrance fees for activities listed
- Ground transportation and transfers as indicated
Extension Cost Does Not Include:International airfare; any additional hotel nights that may be needed before or after your extension; airport departure taxes; any meals not specified after each itinerary day; gratuities to local guides, drivers, and transfer agents; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations; visa fees (if applicable); travel insurance; any other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, sodas, laundry, etc.).
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Varanasi, India
Set on 40 acres of landscaped gardens and crowned by a lovely pool, the Gateway Hotel Ganges is a veritable oasis of calm in the bustling temple ...
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Day 3 (1 night), Khajuraho, India
The Taj Chandela is a great base for seeing the sights of Khajuraho. After a full day of exploring, return to the hotel for a dip in the pool or a ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.