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14-Day India Tour to New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai and Varanasi

14-Day India Tour to New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai and Varanasi

By Mike HoUpdated Feb. 19, 2024
A Trip to Discover Majestic Palaces and Forts of India

Marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal, delve into the rich history of India's majestic palaces and forts, and immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of Varanasi. From the bustling streets of Mumbai to the tranquil waters of the Ganges River, this expertly curated tour offers a perfect blend of cultural immersion and unforgettable experiences. Indulge in mouthwatering cuisine, witness traditional rituals, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Discover the wonders of India on this 14-day journey that will leave you in awe.

We can customize this trip by adding anything you're interested in and scheduling days to fit your pace. We would happily organize a unique theme or activities for birthdays, young children, anniversaries, etc.

  • Days:14±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$4199p/p, (2 per room)*
  • Flights: SE Asia's included (international on request)

 

Tour Highlights

Here are the fantastic attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked), and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:

Try a Rickshaw Ride in the Chandani Chowk.

Rickshaw Ride

Dress in Traditional Indian Attire to Enhance your Taj Mahal experience.

Traditional Indian Attire

Experience the Awe-inspiring Monument of Love: Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal

Take an Evening Boat Ride on Ganges River in Varanasi.

 Ganges River

Unveil the mystery of Ganga Aarti Ceremony.

Ganga Aarti Ceremony

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Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

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Day 1
New Delhi Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in New Delhi. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

Day 2
New Delhi Discovery | Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar

The Jama Masjid: Explore India's largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, which stands majestically across the road from the iconic Red Fort. Marvel at its grandeur and immerse yourself in its rich cultural heritage.

Rickshaw Ride in Chandani Chowk: Embark on a thrilling 30-minute cycle rickshaw ride through Chandani Chowk, the bustling nerve center of commercial activity in Delhi. Traverse narrow lanes that have preserved traditional craftsmanship, making Delhi famous. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and witness the skilled workmanship firsthand.

Humayun's Tomb: Step into history and visit Humayun's Tomb, a remarkable garden tomb constructed in 1570. This architectural wonder holds immense cultural significance as the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Its captivating design influenced major architectural innovations, ultimately culminating in the construction of the iconic Taj Mahal. Admire the beauty and tranquility of this magnificent monument.

Humayun's Tomb

Qutub Minar: Behold the towering splendor of the Qutub Minar, an impressive 73-meter high tower featuring a spiral staircase with 379 steps. This architectural masterpiece was built to commemorate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat of the city's last Hindu ruler. The Qutub Minar is the tallest tower in India, adorned with five stories and projecting balconies. Marvel at the red sandstone construction of the first three stories and the exquisite blend of marble and sandstone in the last two levels.

Day 3
New Delhi to Agra | City Transfer

Our professional driver will pick you up from your hotel and transport you to your pre-booked hotel in Agra. Along the way, there will be a convenient midway stop where you can refresh yourself (refreshments at your own expense) and use restroom facilities.

Day 4
Agra Discovery | Taj Mahal and Mehtab Bagh

Taj Mahal: Experience the awe-inspiring Monument of Love, a masterpiece of flawless architectural design. This stunning white marble wonder was crafted over two decades with the labor of 20,000 men. Marvel at the intricate details that required the transportation of materials from a quarry located 200 miles away, done with the help of a fleet of 1,000 elephants. Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the mid-17th century as a declaration of love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is an emblem of eternal beauty and devotion. Please note that the Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.

Mehtab Bagh: Located on the north side of the Taj Mahal complex, opposite the Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh boasts breathtaking natural beauty and is a must-visit destination in Agra. Discover one of the most scenic spots in the city, offering a stunning view of the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort from across the Yamuna River. Mehtab Bagh, also known as the 'Moonlight garden,' was once a recreational complex adorned with shaded pavilions, glorious fountains, fragrant flowers, and delightful pools.

Mehtab BaghMehtab Bagh

Dress in Traditional Indian Attire: Enhance your Taj Mahal experience by dressing in traditional Indian attire such as a sari or kurta pajama. Step into the ambiance of the Mughal Dynasty and feel a deeper connection to your surroundings. Capture the moment as you twirl in front of the Taj Mahal, allowing your skirt hems to gracefully fly. Your guide will make arrangements for you to wear native clothing, and rental is included.

Day 5
Agra Discovery | Agra Fort and Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

Agra Fort: Explore the majestic Agra Fort, a masterpiece built by Emperor Akbar on the western bank of the Yamuna River. Over time, Jahangir adorned this fort with palaces and enchanting gardens. Today, Agra Fort stands as a symbol of power, dominating the city's center. Discover the grand halls of Diwan-i-Am (hall of public audience) and Diwan-i-Khas (hall of private audience), which were constructed by Shah Jahan for receiving distinguished guests.

Agra FortAgra Fort

Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah: Often referred to as the "jewel box" of Agra, the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah is a captivating Mughal mausoleum. Believed to have inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal, this tomb showcases the remarkable transition in Mughal architecture. Built between 1622 and 1628, it exhibits a blend of red sandstone and marble decorations. The structure comprises various outbuildings and picturesque gardens. Marvel at the elegant Persian motifs adorning the monument, including wine vases, trees, and flowers, which enhance its charm.

Day 6
Agra to Jaipur by private car | City Transfer

Our professional driver will pick you up from your hotel in Agra and transport you to your pre-booked hotel in Jaipur. Along the way, there will be a convenient midway stop where you can refresh yourself (refreshments at your own expense) and use restroom facilities.

Day 7
Jaipur Discovery | Amber Fort and Jantar Mantar

Amber Fort: Begin your day with a visit to the magnificent Amber Fort, an ancient capital that exudes grandeur. Constructed in the 17th century by Maharaja Mansingh, the fort showcases the architectural brilliance of that era. Marvel at the intricate details and craftsmanship as you explore this historic gem.

Jantar Mantar: Discover the fascinating Jantar Mantar, one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1728. As you roam this incredible site, you'll learn about the Maharaja's profound interest in celestial bodies and the story behind the observatory's creation.

Hawa Mahal: Immerse yourself in the architectural beauty of the Hawa Mahal, affectionately referred to as the "palace of winds." Constructed by King Sawai Pratap Singh, this five-story structure forms part of the City Palace complex. Admire its 953 pink sandstone windows, known as jharokhas, which provided the royal ladies with a view of everyday life and processions in the city. Capture the perfect picture as your guide directs you to the best vantage point.

Hawa MahalHawa Mahal

City Palace of Jaipur: Step into history as you explore the City Palace, also known as Chandra Mahal. This magnificent palace serves as the residence of the royal family and provides a glimpse into their opulent lifestyle. Discover the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum on the ground floor and outer courtyards, housing a remarkable collection of Mughal carpets, Rajasthani miniature paintings, ancient manuscripts, royal costumes, and more.

Day 8
Jaipur to Mumbai by flight | City transfer

Your tour guide will transfer you to Jaipur Airport for the charming Mumbai flight. Upon arrival in Mumbai, your private guide and driver will greet and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 9
Mumbai Discovery | Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Dhobi Ghat

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus: Immerse yourself in Mumbai's rich history with a visit to the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Not only is it the bustling hub of Mumbai's busiest railway, but it is also a stunning European-style architectural gem that serves as a symbol of the city's British colonial heritage. Built in 1887, this historic railway station gained fame as the filming location for the dancing scene in the movie "Slumdog Millionaire." Don't miss the chance to witness this must-see landmark that beautifully encapsulates Mumbai's past and present.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj TerminusChhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

Dhobi Ghat: Experience a unique and captivating sight at Dhobi Ghat, the renowned open-air laundromat in Mumbai. Marvel at the contrast between the bustling metropolis and the vast expanse of this 136-year-old laundry, discovered by intrepid Indian adventurers. Rows of laundry pools come alive with the hard-working laundry workers, showcasing an authentic and representative scene of Mumbai. Witness colorful clothes, quilts, and bed sheets being vigorously scrubbed, pressed, and hung to dry on concrete blocks. Capture the vibrant energy of this remarkable sight, where tradition meets modernity.

Half-Day Bollywood Tour: Immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of India's renowned film industry, Bollywood. Embark on a thrilling journey through Bollywood, where you'll visit shooting locations, experience live filming, explore the Bollywood museum, and enjoy an incredible Bollywood dance show. Catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the production crew working tirelessly, and keep an eye out for a chance encounter with Bollywood stars. If you're lucky, you might even exchange greetings with them after they wrap up their schedules. Make sure to visit the stars' makeup rooms and capture a memorable picture with a Bollywood actor. This tour offers an unforgettable insider's perspective into the magic of Bollywood.

Day 10
Mumbai to Varanasi by flight | City Transfer

Your tour guide will transfer you to Mumbai Airport for the charming Varanasi flight. Upon arrival in Varanasi, your private guide and driver will greet and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 11
Varanasi Discovery | Ganga Aarti Ceremony

Ganga Aarti Ceremony: Immerse yourself in the mystical and awe-inspiring Ganga Aarti Ceremony, a sacred ritual performed along the banks of the Ganges River. As the ceremony commences, a conch shell is blown, symbolically cleansing the area of negative energy. You'll witness devotees waving incense in the air, circling large lamps, and engaging in rhythmic chanting and musical performances. The sacred and mysterious atmosphere will captivate and inspire you, providing a truly enchanting spiritual experience.

Evening Boat Ride on the Ganges River: Embark on a serene and magical journey as you take an evening boat ride on the revered Ganges River. Known as India's Mother River and deemed holy by Hindus, the Ganges holds deep spiritual significance. As the sun begins to set, witness pilgrims partaking in ancient rituals along the riverbanks, their devotion palpable in the air. This tranquil and ethereal experience offers a glimpse into the profound spiritual connection between humanity and the sacred Ganges River.

the Ganges Riverthe Ganges River
Day 12
Varanasi Discovery | Boat Ride on the Ganges

Sunrise Boat Ride on the Ganges: Start your day early with a captivating sunrise boat ride on the revered Ganges River. As the sun casts its golden glow, silently cruise along the river, passing by numerous Ghats and temples that line the riverbanks. Witness the mesmerizing sight of pilgrims immersing themselves in the sacred waters, and observe the ancient city of Varanasi wake up and embrace the new day. This unforgettable experience provides a glimpse into the spiritual essence of this remarkable country, leaving you in awe of its beauty.

Sarnath: Explore the historic site of Sarnath, located near the confluence of the Ganges and Gomati Rivers. Visit the deer park, where Gautama Buddha first imparted his teachings, initiating the formation of the Buddhist Sangha through the enlightenment of Kondanna. Immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance of this sacred place and connect with the roots of Buddhism.

SarnathSarnath
Day 13
Varanasi Discovery | Walk along the Riverside

Heritage Walk along the Riverside: In the late afternoon, embark on a captivating heritage walk along the riverside of Varanasi. Wander through the winding streets, providing a glimpse into the symbiotic life of the riverside community. As you explore, you'll encounter Bengali Tola, also known as the street of the Bengalis, where hidden shrines dedicated to the Mother Goddess Kali can be found. Marvel at the historic bathing site called Dashaswamedh Ghat - the Ghat where the famous ten-horse sacrifice ritual takes place.

Day 14
Varanasi to New Delhi for Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Varanasi Airport for New Delhi departure with independentcar/van and guide.

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