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8 Day Oberoi GT + Varanasi (OB-175)

Private Travel | Tour Code: OB-175 | 7 Nights

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DESTINATIONS: Delhi → Varanasi → Agra → Jaipur

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES ON THIS TOUR:
♦ Experience the gracious hospitality of Asia's best Oberoi Vilas hotels
♦ Traditional cycle rickshaw ride in the back streets and bazaars of Old Delhi
♦ Attend a sacred Oil lamp aarti ceremony on the River Ganges
♦ Boat Cruise on River Ganges at sunrise to see locals worship at the ghats
♦ View the amazing erotic temples of Khajuraho
♦ View the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset to see change in color of the marble
♦ Horse drawn carriage ride to the Taj Mahal in Agra
♦ Visit to the majestic fort of Jaipur
♦ Enjoy an Elephant ride at the Amber Fort in Jaipur
♦ Visit India’s most significant UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur; Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri in Agra; Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi and .... many other interesting sights listed in the detailed itinerary.


Day 1 - Delhi NCR

Arrive Delhi in the afternoon or evening/night, depending on flight schedules (Standard check-in time is at 2 pm). You're greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel.


Day 2 - Delhi NCR

Start your journey of Incredible India with a visit to the Old walled city in the morning. Drive pass the 17th century imposing Red Fort, take a traditional cycle rickshaw ride in the back streets of Chandni Chowk selling an extraordinary variety of items like., dress material, spices, jewellery & perfumes and mouth-watering food delicacies (parts of the bazaar is closed on Sundays). From here you visit the India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. In complete contrast to the noise and crowds of Old Delhi, is Raj Ghat, a simple and stunning memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Afternoon: Explore New Delhi, which is a blend of ancient & pre-independence India. Visit the beautiful Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1570 is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Sightseeing will also include driving past the Lodhi Garden, Safdarjung's tomb, the elegant government buildings designed in a blend of Indian and European styles - the India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Presidential Palace.


Day 3 - Delhi NCR / Varanasi

Check out from your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport to board your flight.


Arrive Varanasi in the early afternoon and transfer to your hotel.

Afternoon: Explore India’s most sacred city for Hindu’s, which is the oldest living city in the world. During the visit to the Old city you will share space with Cows, Scooters etc. and walk through the narrow alleys where every street corner has roadside shrine or temple and vendors selling garlands, incense sticks and other items used in worship.

Evening: Enjoy a boat ride on the river Ganges to witness Oil lamp Aarti (prayer) performed by the priest on the banks of the river.


Day 4 - Varanasi / Agra

Early morning: The best way to experience the life in Varanasi is to tour the Ganges in a country boat at sunrise as early morning life in this city revolves around the Ghats (River front). You will see Pilgrims, yogis and mystics flock to the ghats, to take a cleansing dip in India's holiest river, practice yoga, meditate, or washing clothes and vessels. Return to your hotel after the tour to relax & pack.

Check out from your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport.


Important: Varanasi to Agra direct flight only operates thrice a week on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays. All other days, one hour flight back to Delhi and drive approx. 4 hours to Agra.


Arrive Agra in the afternoon and transfer to your hotel.

Late Afternoon/Evening: Visit the fabled Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Taj Mahal was built in the year 1652 AD by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22,000 skilled craftsmen 22 years to create this spectacular white marble mausoleum. You will stay at Taj Mahal until sunset to see the white marble reflect the nuances of the changing light from the sun.

Please note the Taj Mahal restoration work (mud capping) is ongoing in parts of the monument (expected to be completed soon).


Day 5 - Agra

Morning: Visit Agra Fort, it’s first red sandstone fort of North India was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1565. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur and talent for combining defensive architecture with beauty and design of the Mughal Empire.

From here drive to Itmad-ud-Daulah, regarded as an imminent precursor of the Taj Mahal. This memorial was built in the year 1628 by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir's gueen as a memorial to her father. Like the Taj it has amzingly intricate 'Pietra Dura' inlay and lattice marble screens.

Afternoon: You’re at leisure to enjoy your hotel. You have option (no extra charge) to visit Emperor Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra. In the tradition of all Mughal emperors, the tomb was begun by Akbar but completed by his son Jehangir. Woven into the Mughal garden tomb format, are Akbar’s ideas of Din-I-Ilahi, a universal religion combining beliefs from Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. The stone was quarried from near Fatehpur Sikri and the great gateway has magnificently bold polychrome inlay in geometric and floral patterns. The four minarets crowning its corners are an innovation in tombs, later seen at the Taj Mahal. The calligraphy on the monument is exceptional


Day 6 - Agra / Jaipur

Early Morning: You're at leisure at your hotel with option (no extra charge) to visit the Mughal garden of Mehtab Bagh, which is located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River. Enjoy a walk and view the Taj Mahal from across the river.

Check out from your hotel after breakfast and proceed on the drive to Jaipur (approximately 5-6 hours).

On the way, stop at Fathepur Sikri, the deserted city. This one of the world's most perfect ghost cities and a marvel of design and construction. It was conceived and bult by Emperor Akbar, one of the most enlightened rulers of his time. Built in 1571, it is a synthesis of the flourishing styles of the Persian courts and the prevailing Hindu Islamic trends. Today its pristine red sandstone buildings are as perfect as when they were first chiseled. The masterpiece of this remarkable monument is the Jewel House of the Diwan I Khas. Architecturally extraordinary, the four doorways lead into a single storey room where a huge central pillar carved to baroque richness, supports a seat reached by mid air walkways. After the tour, continue your journey to Jaipur.


Arrive Jaipur in the evening and check in to your hotel.


Day 7 - Jaipur

Morning: A visit to the Amber Fort. It's forbidding exterior belying a bejewelled interior whose richness reflects the sumptuous styles of the surrounding Mughal courts. An Elephant ride takes you up to the fort and Jeep/Car brings you down the fort (Both ways Jeep/Car ride option available).

From here visit the City Palace, a series of open courtyards, simple stables and buildings leading to the richly decorated royal rooms. The museum within the palace house a fabulous collection of textiles, carpets, manuscripts and costumes from the personal collection of the royal family; Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of Winds’ and the fascinating Jantar Mantar Observatory is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century.


Evening: Experience the traditional 'Aarti', Hindu praying ritual of offering prayers at sundown at the 260-year old temple of Lord Shiva within the resort. Soulful chanting of hymns in mystical ambience is sure to leave you with a feeling of harmony!


Day 8 - Jaipur / Delhi NCR

After leisurely breakfast, proceed on drive back to Delhi.

Note: You have option to travel by air from Jaipur to Delhi (flight cost extra). If you prefer air travel on this sector then let us know at time of booking, otherwise we will book standard road travel service.


Arrive Delhi. Your vehicle and driver are at your disposal until your evening departure transfer to the airport. You can visit Dilli Haat, a contemporary art and crafts market that offers a wonderful collection of Indian handicrafts.

Evening: You are transferred to the international airport to board your flight to onward destination.

Our tour services end here.


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HOTELS:

City
Hotel Names
Delhi NCR
The Oberoi Gurgaon (Premier Room)
Varanasi
Taj Gateway (Executive) | Radisson (Club) | Ramada (Club)
Agra
Oberoi Amarvilas (Premier - Taj Mahal View Room)
Jaipur
Oberoi Rajvilas (Premier Room)

Note: Hotel check-in is at 2 pm and check-out is at 12 noon for almost all the hotels in India.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

Hotel accommodation in a Double/Twin Standard Guest room
Daily Full Breakfast at the hotel
Complimentary high speed Internet access at Oberoi Resorts
25% discount on Spa therapies at the Oberoi Resorts
Yoga and meditation group sessions at the select Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
All transfers and tours by private Air-conditioned Sedan Car
Personal English speaking guide for sightseeing excursions in each city
All entrance/admission fees to monuments and sights
Exclusive: Cycle-rickshaw ride through the ancient bazaar of Old City
Boat cruises (Sunrise & Sunset) on Ganges River in Varanasi
Exclusive: Decorated Horse Cart Ride to the Taj Mahal in Agra
Exclusive: Elephant Ride failing Jeep Ride at Amber Fort Palace in Jaipur
Representative for assistance in each Metro city
Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes
Bottled water during sightseeing, day excursions and long drives
24/7 on-tour assistance in India

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

International or Domestic Airfare (Internal flights average $100 each flight)
Personal Expenses (tips, porterage, phone, internet, beverages)
Video Camera charges or Professional Still camera with tripod
Travel insurance & Visa

LAND PRICE in US Dollar (USD) - Per Person

Web Booking Special 40% OFF

Season

Start Date

Season

End Date

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21-Apr-2017
30-Sep-2017
$1,847
$3,079
$3,260
$5,434
01-Oct-2017
20-Dec-2017
$3,325
$5,542
$6,086
$10,143


PRICING REMARKS: Accommodation on triple occupancy for 3 persons above 12 years of age is not allowed by the Oberoi hotels.



NOTES ON PRICES:

We believe that value for money is important, we want you to travel on our great value ALL INCLUSIVE TOURS with ABSOLUTELY NO HIDDEN CHARGES. When comparing prices with others, ensure you are comparing like for like as often there may be a cheaper option (not offering such an exhaustive list of tour inclusions or personalized services), but there may be hidden extras or the quality may not be as good.

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