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!

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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, SarnathSuryauday Haveli, Brijrama Palace
5 - 7KhajurahoUNESCO World Heritage Site, Temples, Sound and Light ShowThe Lalit Temple View
7 - 9AgraTaj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar Mausoleum or Sikandra Fort, Tonga RideThe Gateway Hotel Fatehabad Road
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 $ 3,342 /person
  • Option 2 $ 3,458 /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
  • The following train journeys in the highest class available : Haridwar – New Delhi (Dehradun Shatabdi – Dep.18:13 hrs, Arr.22:45 hrs)
  • All activities as listed :
    • Delhi: Highlights of Delhi
    • Varanasi: Vegan Jain Meal
    • Varanasi: Highlights of Varanasi
    • Khajuraho: Highlights of Khajuraho
    • Agra: Highlights of Agra
    • Rishikesh: Cookery Class with Local Family (Vegan-Friendly)
    • Rishikesh: Private Yoga Session in Rishikesh
    • Rishikesh: Highlights of Rishikesh
    • Haridwar: 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

Highlights of Delhi
Whether you want a whirlwind tour or wish to enjoy an in-depth experience of Delhi’s numerous sights, the choice is yours on this full day tour! Discover the Old Town with its bustling markets, including Chandni Chowk, once the grandest Indian market. Head to the imposing Red Fort and onto India’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, beautifully decorated with paintings, inlaid stones, carvings and glazed tiles. Feast at the colorful, open-air food and craft bazaar of Dilli Haat. Visit Laxminarayan Temple, built in honor of the Hindu goddess of wealth, and its beautiful gardens. Discover the UNESCO World heritage site Humayun’s Tomb, a monumental landmark in Indo-Islamic architecture with its perfect synthesis of Persian architecture and Indian traditions. Enjoy the calm serenity of the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Visit this Sikh Gurudwara and witness the Langar (free kitchen), where everyone is welcomed and fed a vegetarian meal, irrespective of color, cast, creed, age or gender. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Red Fort closed on Mondays)

Hotel Options

The Suryaa – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
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

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?

Highlights of Varanasi
Be enchanted when you go on a tour of the colorful, bustling maze of ghats and temples lining the River Ganges. As a meeting place between the physical and spiritual worlds, this can be an intense experience as life and death come together. Cruise around the River Ganges on morning and evening boat rides. where you can watch pilgrims giving offerings to their holy river. Participate in the enthralling Ganga Aarti, a heartwarming and fascinating prayer ceremony. Discover architectural relics and artwork at Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum. You can also venture to a nearby hamlet and observe daily village life. On every day except Fridays, you can visit the ancient seat of wisdom Sarnath, where Lord Buddha gave his first lecture after attaining enlightenment.

Hotel Options

Suryauday Haveli – Opt 1
RoomRiver View First Flr
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Brijrama Palace – Opt 2
RoomNandidhara
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
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

Highlights of Khajuraho
Visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of the temples of Khajuraho. These sculptured stone temples are dedicated to Hindu Gods Shiva and Vishnu, and to Jain patriarchs.The eastern temples are dominated by Jainism, most notably Parsvanath temple. All the temples are famous for erotic sculptures, evocative of the Kama Sutra, and their Nagara architecture. In the waning glow of the setting sun, you can enjoy the Sound and Light show. This fascinating evening show lasts one hour and depicts the life and times of the great Chandela Kings. (Full Day, Private Activity, except Sound & Light Show; Private Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Sound & Light show from 1830 hrs to 1930 hrs)

Hotel Options

The Lalit Temple View – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Garden View
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 7 - 9

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

Highlights of Agra
Romance at sunrise and sunset and have your audience with the white marble Mughal mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, grandly overlooking the Yamuna River, during your full day tour of Agra. Head to the lesser known Mehtab Bagh for prime viewing of the world’s greatest monument of love. The Taj Mahal is not the only UNESCO World Heritage site to explore in Agra – you can witness the divine red sandstone Agra Fort, also a player in this renowned undying love story. If you wish, discover this fabled city with a ride in a decorated tonga (horse drawn carriage) and enjoy a visit to a local market! (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Taj Mahal closed on Fridays)

Hotel Options

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

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

Rishikesh

2 Days

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

Included Activities

Cookery Class with Local Family (Vegan-Friendly)
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.

Private Yoga Session in 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.

Highlights of Rishikesh
Soothe your soul by joining the renowned evening sunset Ganga Aarti (prayer ceremony) at Parmarth Niketan Ashram. This is a marvelous atmospheric experience to witness, with the many lit candles, singing and wistful worshipers on the banks of the holy River Ganges. Discover Vashishta Gufa, a twin cave temple where the famous Hindu sage and yogi Vasishta conducted sadhana (spiritual practice), once upon a time. Observe two impressive iron suspension bridges that were built over River Ganges – the Lakshman Jhula, built during the British regime in 1939, and its modern 1980s replica, Ram Jhula. Marvel at the open market, with its varied stalls selling religious curiosities, souvenirs, and household goods.(Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)

Hotel Options

Hotel Ganga Kinare – Opt 1
RoomSuper Deluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
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

Highlights of Haridwar
Discover spirituality at the Himalayas! Begin your tour of Haridwar with an exciting ropeway ride to the top of the majestic mountain, Neel Parvat, to visit the revered Chandi Devi Temple perched atop. Experience the hustle and bustle of a local market. Catch your breath at a viewpoint that overlooks the city before moving onto the revered Mansa Devi Temple on the neighboring mountain, Bilwa Parvat. Explore the famous Har Ki Pauri ghat on the banks of the river, which reputedly houses a large footprint made by the Hindu God Vishnu. Experience the mystical evening Aarti (prayer ceremony) performed by priests at the ghat, and watch thousands of lamps float downriver, accompanied by rhythmic chanting. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)

Hotel Options

Haveli Hari Ganga – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
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

International Departure

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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