Classical North India with Khajuraho and Ardh Kumbh

12 Nights / 13 Days


Classical North India with Khajuraho and Ardh Kumbh

Delhi - Allahabad (Ardh Kumbh) – Varanasi – Khajuraho - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi

Embark on a tour of India that will take you to one of the biggest religious fairs in the world – the Kumbh Fair 2019 in Allahabad. Kumbh Fair is a mass Hindu pilgrimage and revered as one of the largest religious gatherings on earth, which is organized every 3 years. The main attractions of this Fair are mass bathing of saints in holy rivers on auspicious dates (believed to wash away one’s sins), congregation of priests & monks, and millions of pilgrims. This tour will also take you to India’s popular tourist circuit – the Classical North India – that includes cities of Delhi, Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Jaipur – and let you explore famous monuments, historical forts, palaces and UNESCO World Heritage List sites including Taj Mahal. This once-in-a-lifetime tour experience of incredible India includes spirituality, ancient traditions, culture, people, architecture and amazing places.

Highlights

  • Witness one of the largest religious gatherings on earth during Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
  • Watch Hindu monks (sadhus) and pilgrims taking holy bath in the river.
  • In Delhi - Take in the sights of Old and New Delhi on a guided tour of India’s capital including Jama Mosque, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, and Gandhi’s crematorium – Raj Ghat.
  • Enjoy a Rickshaw ride through Old Delhi’s backstreets.
  • Take in the royal history and charm of Jaipur - The City of Maharajas, at the spectacular forts and palaces.
  • Behold at the sight of the stunning Taj Mahal in the ancient Mughal city of Agra.
  • Learn about the Mughal legacy and admire their penchant for stunning work of art and architecture in the old historic city of Fatehpur Sikri.
  • Discover the ancient erotic artwork temples of Khajuraho.
  • Get to see Nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this tour.

DAY 1
ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival at New Delhi airport, Our GeTS Holidays representative will meet you at the Airport and transfer you to your pre-booked hotel. Relax and enjoy a day of leisure.
Overnight stay in Delhi.

DAY 2
Delhi
After breakfast, get ready for Delhi sightseeing tour. You’ll first go for Old Delhi sightseeing, starting with Jama Masjid, the country's largest mosque, built in 1656. The mosque's courtyard is capable of holding 25,000 devotees at once. Next, visit Old Delhi’s oldest and biggest market Chandni Chowk. Later, enjoy a rickshaw ride from Fatehpuri Masjid to the impressive red sandstone monument - Red Fort (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Then, you will be driven towards Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi - the Father of the Nation.

Afterward, proceed to Humayun’s Tomb (UNESCO World Heritage Site) an early example of Mughal architecture in India that was built in the year 1565. Humayun's Tomb is often said to be the inspiration behind the Taj Mahal. Later, head for New Delhi sightseeing tour and drive past the Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s Palace), Parliament House, and India Gate - a war memorial constructed in memory of 70,000 Indian & British soldiers who fought in the WW-I. Lastly, visit Qutub Minar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a soaring tower of victory. Its construction was commenced in 1193 under the supervision of Islamic ruler Qutub-ud-din-Aibak, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu Kingdom in Delhi. The marble and red sandstone built structure is nearly 73 meters tall and tapers from a 15-meter-diameter base to just 2.5 meters at the top. Overnight in Delhi.
Note: Some of the Monuments remain closed on Mondays in Delhi.

DAY 3
DELHI - ALLAHABAD (BY TRAIN / FLIGHT)
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel for your transfer to railway station/airport to board your train/ flight for Allahabad. Upon arrival at Allahabad railway station/airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation. Check-in at the tent located near the fair ground where the Ardh Kumbh will take place. Immerse yourself in the beautiful conglomeration of faith, spirituality, and colors. You will be provided all meals during the stay. In the evening you can take part in Yoga/ Bhajan activities, if time permits. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 4
ALLAHABAD
After breakfast, go for a guided tour of Kumbh Mela. You will visit the Ghats with Holy Bathing rituals of the Monks (Sadhus) can capture photographs of this amazing event.
After breakfast, set off for a guided tour of Kumbh Fair. You will visit the Ghat where the Holy Bathing rituals of the Monks (Sadhus) takes place. Don't forget to capture some amazing photographs of the event.
The Bathing ritual or the "Snan" is the holy bath taken by the Saints from different Akhadas (religious groups) in the sacred river. According to the rituals, the common people can only take a bath in the river, after the Saints have taken a dip. Witness the colorful procession of thousands of saints making their way to the ghat. The devotees wake up as early as 3 AM to queue up for their morning bath and wait until the sadhus have taken their holy bath. The moments of the Snan are definitely worth capturing. Later, you can spend your day admiring the different activities on the banks of the Ganges.
Lunch and Dinner at the Tent (All vegetarian).
Overnight in Allahabad.

DAY 5
ALLAHABAD
After the breakfast, get ready for a guided tour of the Kumbh Mela fair ground. Visit the Akhadas with your guide and witness the saints of different Hindu sects who come out in the public only during this world's largest religious gathering in Allahabad. Observe and interact with them. You can witness various rituals they take place and capture some great moments. In the evening, return to the tent.
Overnight in Allahabad.

DAY 6
ALLAHABAD – VARANASI (APPROX. 4 HOURS DRIVE)
This morning after breakfast, you will be driven towards Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi, check into hotel.
In the evening, witness the spectacular Ganga Aarti ceremony on the banks of the holy Ganges River.

DAY 7
VARANASI
Today morning proceed for the city tour of Varanasi. Start with a visit to the Bharat Mata Temple followed by a visit to the Benaras Hindu University, one of the most presumed educational institutions in India.

Later enjoy a pleasure trip to Sarnath, few kilometers from Varanasi. This destination holds great religious importance for Buddhists. Here Lord Buddha lectured his first sermon to his disciples, after he attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya. A tombstone is built in the deer park where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Emperor Ashoka, a dedicated Buddhist and Preacher of Dhamma built a number of stupas and Chaityas here, which exists till date. Most prominent amongst these are the Dhamek stupa, built in the year 249 BCE and the Chaukhandi stupa, built in 5th century AD. Also, visit the Sarnath museum, notable for its collection of Buddhist ruins and artifacts. It is also the proud keeper of the Ashok Stambha, the national emblem of India.
In the evening, return to Varanasi.
Overnight in Varanasi.

DAY 8
VARANASI – KHAJURAHO (BY FLIGHT)
After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Varanasi airport for your flight to Khajuraho. Upon arrival in Khajuraho, meet our representative and get transferred to the hotel.
Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Khajuraho.


DAY 9
Khajuraho
After breakfast, proceed for a wonderful day of exploring Khajuraho, known for its world-renowned cluster of famous Hindu and Jain temples popularly known as The Khajuraho Group of Monuments (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
The Khajuraho Monuments speaks volumes of the grandeur of Chandela Kings. Adorned with exquisite sculpture, only 22 temples remain of the original 85. Khajuraho temples are covered with hundreds of sculptured figures - a galaxy of Gods and Goddesses, beasts and serpents and a multitude of erotic couples which represent a passion for life, love and joy. These are a set of temples divided into eastern, western and southern wings. The Eastern wing is majorly dominated with meticulously-designed Jain Temples. The Parsvanath Temple is the largest temple of this wing. The western wing features some of the finest temple including the Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Devi Jagadambi Temple, Chausat Yogini and Chitragupta Temple, etc. All these temples display exquisite detailing and erotic carvings that is hard to find anywhere else in India.
Overnight in Khajuraho.


DAY 10
KHAJURAHO – JHANSI (APPROX. 4 HOURS DRIVE)
JHANSI – AGRA (BY EVENING TRAIN)

After a leisurely breakfast, you will be driven towards Jhansi railway station. On arrival, board train for Agra. Upon reaching Agra railway station, meet our representative and get transferred to hotel. Spend rest of the time at leisure.
Overnight in Agra.


DAY 11
AGRA SIGHTSEEING - FATEHPUR SIKRI - JAIPUR
After breakfast, get ready for Agra sightseeing tour. The city of Agra is home to Taj Mahal - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and perhaps the world’s most photographed monument. Pay a visit to this beautiful edifice, commissioned in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his departed wife. It is a world-renowned icon and symbol of eternal love. Then, visit the massive Agra Fort, a historical red sandstone fort and a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, that reflects a perfect fusion of the Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles with massive courtyards, mosques & private chambers.

Later, you’ll be transferred to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Built in the 16th century, this ancient fortified city was once the capital of the Mughal Empire. The complex includes Diwan-i-Khas building, which has a beautifully carved pillar at its center, the Panch Mahal palace and other important buildings and structures. Continue drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and relax. Overnight in Jaipur.


DAY 12
JAIPUR
After breakfast, set off for a day of exploration in Jaipur and ride to the top of the hilltop fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Amber Fort on an elephant’s back. Get to know the dramatic grandeur of the fort perched on the Aravali Hills and surrounded by fortified battlements. Then, pay a visit to the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, a five-storied structure featuring 953 small windows called jharokhas decorated with intricate latticework. Made using red and pink sandstone, the towering structure resembles a honeycomb and was initially built to allow the royal ladies to peer down without being seen. Next, visit the City Palace. Built in the 18th century, the City Palace is a perfect exemplar of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles with fortified walls built for protection from the invading armies. Also, visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory (UNESCO World Heritage Site), an astronomical site which was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur in the 18th century with 13 architectural astronomy instruments.
Overnight in Jaipur.


DAY 13
JAIPUR – DELHI AIRPORT (6 HOURS DRIVE)
After breakfast, check-out from hotel and drive to Delhi airport to board your flight to further destination.


Starting at USD 785* per person
**Based on 02 people, sharing a double room, in 3-star hotels

 

The above cost includes:

  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels on Double sharing basis
  • Stay in Allahabad in Swiss Tent
  • All Transportation by chauffeur driven Sedan car, during your tour
  • Assistance on arrival and departure transfers at airports / railway stations
  • Bottled water in the car
  • Daily breakfast in hotels
  • All meals in Allahabad Tent
  • Boat transfers to and fro Tents in Allahabad (one time per day)
  • Guide for Kumbh Mela Only (For Two days)
  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
  • Sunrise Boat ride in Varanasi
  • Battery Van ride in Agra
  • Elephant ride at Amer Fort in Jaipur
  • Train Tickets from Delhi to Allahabad in Air-conditioned 2-Tier class
  • Train Tickets from Jhansi to Agra in Executive Class
  • Driver allowance, toll tax, parking and fuel charges
  • All current applicable taxes.

 

The above does not include :

  • Airfares (Will be additional)
  • Guides (Except Kumbh), Monument entrance fees
  • Medical Insurance, Cost related to any delay in Train / Flight
  • Lunch / Dinner which are not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses like, tips, phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Any element that is not mentioned in the inclusion section.

 

Note : Visit to Kumbh Mela during Royal bath (Shahi Snan) will cost additional

 


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