Let your India vacation take you on a spiritual journey to holy cities and sublime works of art. From pristine Rishikesh to the Aarti light ceremony of Haridwar, holy Varanasi to the love temples of Khajuraho and the Taj Mahal, fascinating encounters await!

Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3DelhiRed Fort, Humayuns Tomb, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, India GateThe Suryaa
3 - 5VaranasiBoat Rides on The Ganges, Ganga Aarti, Spirituality, SarnathThe Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi
5 - 7KhajurahoUNESCO World Heritage Site, Temples, Sound and Light ShowHotel Chandela
7 - 9AgraTaj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar Mausoleum or Sikandra Fort, Tonga RideThe Gateway Hotel Fatehabad Road Agra
9 - 11RishikeshRiver Ganges, Aarti Ceremony, Ashram Visits, YogaHotel Ganga Kinare
11 - 13HaridwarGanges, Aarti Ceremony, Spirituality, Har Ki Pauri Ghat, TemplesHaveli Hari Ganga
13 - 14DelhiRed Fort, Humayuns Tomb, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, India GateThe Suryaa

Ideal For

  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Relaxation
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 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 $ 2,800 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights

Price Includes

  • Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 13 nights.
  • Economy flights for all sectors : Delhi – Varanasi, Varanasi – Khajuraho, Delhi – Dehradun
  • The following train journeys in the highest class available : Jhansi – Agra (NDLS Shatabdi – Dep.18:44 hrs, Arr.21:10 hrs), Haridwar – New Delhi (Dehradun Shatabdi – Dep.18:13 hrs, Arr.22:45 hrs)
  • All activities as listed :
    • Delhi: City Highlights of Delhi
    • Delhi: Vegan: 2h-Cooking class w Mrs.Bajaj
    • Varanasi: City Highlights of Varanasi
    • Varanasi: VEGAN Jain Meal
    • Khajuraho: City Highlights of Khajuraho
    • Agra: City Highlights of Agra
    • Rishikesh: City Highlights of Rishikesh
    • Rishikesh: 2.5h-Room Yoga Session at Rishikesh
    • Rishikesh: VEGAN Cooking Class with a local family
    • Haridwar: City Highlights of Haridwar

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Delhi

2 Days

Delhi, the City of Djinns (spirits) is yours to discover! Let us take you on a journey of India’s capital that covers 5,000 years, from its imperial history and two World Heritage sites to today’s electric contemporary vibe.

Included Activities

City Highlights of Delhi
Visit the imposing Red Fort and impressive Humayuns Tomb, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Lotus Temple, Laxminarayan Temple; ISKCON Temple; explore Chandini Chowk, the Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat; Parliament Street, Parliament Museum, Lodhi Gardens; National Museum, Bangla Sahib; enjoy views of Delhi best on a Metro journey; experience a plenitude of cultural and ethnic diversity at the colorful ‘Dilli Haat’, an open-air food plaza cum craft bazaar.

Vegan: 2h-Cooking class w Mrs.Bajaj
A Cooking Class at Mrs. Bajaj’s Home is a hygienic, authentic and elegant experience for the gourmand…set in Mrs. Bajaj’s beautiful, thoughtfully decorated, spacious and airy home in Karol Bagh. In the kitchen, you will learn how to prepare 6 different items including main courses, snacks and a sweet. Take home a printed copy of the recipes.

Hotel Options

The Suryaa – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
CategoryUpmarket
Day 3 - 5

Flight from Delhi to Varanasi

Varanasi

2 Days

Varanasi, the holy city, is older than history and legend! Located along the banks of the holy River Ganges, it is the oldest living city in the world.

Included Activities

City Highlights of Varanasi
Be enchanted by the colorful maze of ghats lining the Ganges in Varanasi… a crossing place between the physical and spiritual worlds – where both death and life come together. Enjoy morning and evening boat rides on the Ganges; participate in an enthralling Ganga Aarti; go on a tour of the various temples and ghats; visit the ancient seat of wisdom Sarnath and the Bharath Kala Bhawan. Take a trip to a nearby hamlet for first hand glimpses into day-to-day life in a village.

VEGAN Jain Meal
The renowned vegetarian speciality restaurant Sri Annapurna offers fabulous, authentic lunches. You can experience a meal that is typical of the Jain religion, which promotes vegetarian cooking and also excludes, eggs, eggplant (aubergine), onions, potatoes and garlic. This type of cuisine aligns with the Ayurvedic sattvic (happiness) principles. During your lunch you can choose from over 30 varieties of dosa, a southern Indian rice pancake, North Indian and Hyderabadi dishes, or enjoy the Annupurna special thali. To finish, why not gain a taste for their delicious Indian sweets?

Hotel Options

The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
CategoryUpmarket
Day 5 - 7

Flight from Varanasi to Khajuraho

Khajuraho

2 Days

Khajuraho is famous all over the world for its erotic carvings spread over three groups of temples.

Included Activities

City Highlights of Khajuraho
Visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its sculptured stone temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Jain patriarchs; enjoy the educational sound and light show – a 50min fascinating evening show depicting the life and times of the great Chandela Kings. Visit the impressive Raneh Falls on the Ken river as it plunges down gorges, where pink sandstone boulders, worne by centuries of water flow, gleam like burnished metal in the waning glow of the setting sun.

Hotel Options

Hotel Chandela – Opt 1
RoomSuperior Garden Facing
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
CategoryMid-range
Day 7 - 9

Drive from Khajuraho to Jhansi (175 km, 4 hrs)

Board the NDLS Shatabdi 12001 train departing from Jhansi at 18:44 hrs and arriving in Agra at 21:10 hrs

Agra

2 Days

Discover the magic of white marble at Agra! The city is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.

Included Activities

City Highlights of Agra
Explore Agra..the former capital of Hindustan, located on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is best known the world over as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 3 grandiose monuments – Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Visit the sublime white marbled mausoleum of theTaj Mahal..at sunrise and sunset; see the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah; admire the magnificent Agra Fort and the Akbar Mausoleum in Sikandra. Enjoy a decorated tonga ride (a horse drawn carriage, popular in olden days) through the fabled city.

Hotel Options

The Gateway Hotel Fatehabad Road Agra – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
CategoryMid-range
Day 9 - 11

Drive from Agra to Delhi (205 km, 4 hrs)

Flight from Delhi to Dehradun

Drive from Dehradun to Rishikesh (45 km, 1.5 hrs)

Rishikesh

2 Days

Rishikesh is the ultimate destination for harmony of your mind, body and soul.

Included Activities

City Highlights of Rishikesh
Start your day by visiting the Market – see stalls selling varied items like religious pictures, Om-embossed scarves and t-shirts, steel pots/pans and religious nicknacks. Enroute from Rishikesh towards the Himalayas, pass the impressive Ram Jhula, a suspension bridge above the Ganges and a replica of the Lakshman Jhula, built during the British regime in 1939. Visit a hallowed spot called ‘Vasishta Gufta’ – 2 caves where the Hindu sage and yogi Vasishta practiced spirituality. The highlight of the day is the evening sunset Aarti at Parmarth Niketan Ashram – enjoy and participate in religious singing with Ashram students; get involved with the actual Aarti and delight in the phenomenal sight of lights, the aura, the chanting and a special feel – perfect photo opportunity!

2.5h-Room Yoga Session at Rishikesh
Enjoy a Private Yoga session lasting about 1.5hrs, which will include a short introduction followed by a Yoga class incorporating meditation, breathing techniques and various postures/exercises. If wishing to, you may experience Yoga right on the Ganga’s beach. Get an early start for this by waking up early and going to the beach across the bridge in Rishikesh town.

VEGAN Cooking Class with a local family
There is nothing like homemade food to experience truly authentic Indian cuisine! During your stay in Rishikesh, you will visit the home of a local family who will show you how to  prepare a few Indian recipes, native to the region. After the cooking is over, they will serve up the feast and you can enjoy dinner together. You will have the chance to have an easy and welcoming conversation with the family members, as you gain an insight into their cultural traditions and life in this spiritual city.

Hotel Options

Hotel Ganga Kinare – Opt 1
RoomSuper Deluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
CategorySimple
Day 11 - 13

Drive from Rishikesh to Haridwar (25 km, 1 hr)

Haridwar

2 Days

Haridwar is a significant pilgrimage destination and is considered by Hindu worshippers as the Gateway of the Gods.

Included Activities

City Highlights of Haridwar
At the juncture where the Ganges emerges from the Himalayas lies Haridwar, the gateway to the 4 pilgrimages in Uttrakhand, where pilgrims come to bathe in the rivers’ holy waters. Dotted with imposing ancient and modern temples, ‘dharamsalas’/pilgrim rest houses and ashrams, Haridwar is also famous for Ayurvedic medicines. Visit Chandi Devi Temple atop Neel Parvat hill, accessible by a ropeway ride (740m long-208m high) to the top; walk to the view point overlooking Haridwar town; visit Mansa Devi temple atop Bilwa Parvat, dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi; explore the famous Har Ki Pauri ghat on the banks of the Ganges, where you can witness the evening Aarti’s performed by priests and experience a divine aura of lamps floating on the river accompanied by spiritual chants.

Hotel Options

Haveli Hari Ganga – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
CategoryMid-range
Day 13 - 14

Board the Dehradun Shatabdi12018 train departing from Haridwar at 18:13 hrs and arriving in New Delhi at 22:45 hrs

Transfer to Hotel

Transfer from Hotel to Delhi Airport

Delhi

1 Day

Delhi, the City of Djinns (spirits) is yours to discover! Let us take you on a journey of India’s capital that covers 5,000 years, from its imperial history and two World Heritage sites to today’s electric contemporary vibe.

Hotel Options

The Suryaa – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
CategoryUpmarket

International Departure

Lahore Gate of Red Fort at dramatic sky in Old Delhi, India, Asia, shutterstock_182672408
What our guests say about this trip

Having recently returned from three weeks in wonderful India, we can highly recommend Enchanting Travels. Their knowledge and expertise was a large contributing factor in the success of our trip. The planning was well done and the execution was even better.

The hotels were all very good, the cars were of a high standard and the drivers were a pleasure and made us feel safe. The local guides were exceptional. They were highly educated and pleasant, caring people. Their knowledge of the history and mythology was deep and rich and added much to our overall experience.

We would highly recommend the services of Enchanting Travels and look forward to using them again as we start to plan our next Asian adventure.

– Peter Kvarnstrom
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