23rd OCTOBER - 03 NOVEMBER 2020
A CULTURAL EXPLORATION OF NORTH INDIA
11 nights and 12 days
Day 1: FRIDAY, 23rd OCTOBER 2020 DELHI
Our trip begins in Delhi, the capital of India. As India can be chaotic, noisy and somewhat of a culture shock, we aim to make this a gentle landing by picking you up from the airport and then whisking you off to your comfortable hotel where you will stay overnight to help you transition to your new time zone.
Day 2: SATURDAY 24th OCTOBER 2020 TO JAIPUR
We rise early and after a sumptuous multi-cuisine breakfast we board our luxury bus for Jaipur, which is about a 5 hour drive from Delhi. Within the pink walls of this city you will find lively bazaars, camel carts, cows and rickshaw drivers as well as historic sights. This is a city not just known for bustling bazaars but also as a street photographer’s delight.
Day 3: SUNDAY, 25th OCTOBER 2020 JAIPUR
Jaipur is a city that has something for everyone, it’s crammed with fairy tale palaces and heaves with history. Jaipur’s bazaars possess shops that are filled with all kinds of exotic wares like an Ali Baba’s cave and foods that elevate the mood and tastebuds. Here highly talented craftsmen and artisans work side by side with vendors so not only do you get to shop but you get to see where things are made.
In Jaipur today we celebrate the festival of Dussehra where India celebrates the triumph of good over evil.
Days 4 : SUNDAY, 25th OCTOBER 2020 - JAIPUR TO BHARATPUR
As the city wakes up, you catch a glimpse of what life is like for the flower sellers, the milk men, the fruit and vegetable sellers - everyday India in a frame.
We drive to Bharatpur today with a detour to Abhaneri aka Chand Baori - one of Rajasthan’s most spectacular stepwells.
Day 5: MONDAY, 26th OCTOBER 2020 BHARATPUR-AGRA
Early this morning we visit the historic Keoladeo Ghana National bird sanctuary - arguably the most spectacular one in India.
We continue to Agra today with one of our customary detours enroute. ( we like to keep some things a surprise!)
Day 6 : WEDNESDAY, 28th OCTOBER 2020 - AGRA
We rise to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise, tinted blush pink at dawn. Also, we will stop by a very special enterprise run by some very brave women (we will tell you all about it later) . There’s a walking tour of Agra too, with visits to villages and artisans.
Day 7: THURSDAY 29th OCT - ORCHHA
Since we like to mix it up a little, today we stop by Orchha which is steeped in history and famous for its palaces and temples built in the 16th and 17th centuries. The journey to Orchha will be by train which is going to be quite an experience!!!! We are going to be shutter happy, clicking pictures today.
Day 8- FRIDAY, 30th OCTOBER 2020 - KHAJURAHO
Built between the 10th and 12th centuries, Khajuraho is the greatest monument to the Chandela dynasty. Carved from soft sandstone, these are possibly some of the most beautiful temples in all of India.
Days 9, 10 and 11: SATURDAY 31st -MONDAY 02 NOV
VARANASI - Mystical Benares of yore
We fly from Khajuraho to Varanasi. A sacred city on the banks of the Ganges. whose antecedents go back to eons ago.
On day two, we watch the ghats awaken and life unfold from a distance as you sail down the Ganges at dawn. You will capture some incredibly beautiful images here without a doubt.
Hindu temples, buddhist monuments, artisans who weave magical Banarasi silk on their looms and the odd “fight club”. Yes, you heard right. We will spend three nights in Varanasi because it will be a feast for the senses.
Day 12: TUESDAY 03rd NOVEMBER 2020 TO DELHI
We bid adieu to Varanasi and catch a flight back to Delhi where you will connect to your respective flights home.
Approximate cost for this magical journey will be USD 2350 per person sharing.
An additional supplement of USD 740 per person will apply if you prefer to have a room to yourself.
The domestic airfare KHAJURAHO-VARANASI-DELHI is forecasted at USD 145 pp and this is not included in the price. Also, this is a variable cost and will depend on when you decide to book your tour.
Please bear in mind that it’s early days and the itinerary will be slightly flexible to accommodate our client’s wish lists.
You will need to pay USD 500 to reserve a spot on this tour if you are interested in joining us. (details will be mailed to you)
We will also have the incredibly talented photo hobbyist Suzie Weiss (@suzieweiss on instagram) travelling with us and you are welcome to hone your photography skills on tour with her!
(Detailed Itinerary: We will provide a daily itinerary detailing all activities, names of hotels and so on once you have confirmed you will be traveling with us)
You will need to make arrangements to arrive into Delhi after 1400LT on Day 1 of the tour as check-in only commences at 2:00pm.
Should you wish to come a day earlier or stay later, we can certainly assist you with the bookings.
In order to keep quoted prices we need a minimum of 7 guests .
Write us at ToursnDetours@gmail.com for any queries. We’d love to hear from you!
pic credit: Suzie Weiss