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Gems of India

Gems of India

10 Nights / 11 Days

Detailed Tour Itenerary

Delhi – Jaipur - Agra – Varanasi – Delhi

Day 01 - Arrive Delhi

• Arrive at Delhi

• Transfer to the hotel

• Overnight at the hotel


Assistance on arrival at the airport by our office representative, later you will be transferred to the hotel. On arrival at the hotel, you will complete the check-in formalities.


Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02 - In Delhi (Full day Visit to old and New Delhi)

• Breakfast at the hotel

• Full Day City Tour of Old and New Delhi

• Evening free.

• Overnight at the hotel.


Old Delhi came into prominence when Shah Jahan moved his capital from Agra to Delhi. You will visit the 300-year-old Chandni Chowk market. A maze of lanes crowded with shops selling an extraordinary variety of items and food, the noise and crowds are a quintessential part of any Indian market. From here you will continue your journey towards The Raj Ghat a simple and stunning memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, the main architect of India's independence. You pass through the Red Fort that dominates this area and is a landmark. Built in the mid-17th century by Shah Jahan, it was plundered by the marauding armies of Nadir Shah and later by the British soldiers.


Afternoon, we will continue our tour and visit Qutab Minar, the tapering monument begun in 1199 it was built to symbolize the supremacy of Islam. This structure was eventually the prototype of all minars or towers in India. We will also be visiting The Shikh Temple (Gurudwara Bangla Sahib) it is one of the most prominent Sikh gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi, India and its known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan Singh Ji, as well as the pool inside its complex, is known as the "Sarovar." It was first built as a small shrine by Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh Dhaliwal in 1783, who supervised the construction of nine Sikh shrines in Delhi in the same year, during the reign of Mughal Emperor, Shah Alam.


We drive pass India Gate, The Presidential Palace and The Parliament House.


Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03 - Delhi – Jaipur (Drive: 5 ½ hours approx.)

• Breakfast at the hotel

• Checkout from the hotel

• Drive to Jaipur

• Check-in at the hotel in Jaipur

• Evening free


After breakfast you will check-out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur approx.4-5hrs.drive from Delhi. Upon arrival at Jaipur our representative will assist you to complete the check-in formalities at the hotel.


You have the entire afternoon free to relax in the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04 - In Jaipur

• Breakfast at the hotel

• Excursion to Amber Fort

• City Tour of Jaipur

• Evening free

• Overnight at hotel


After breakfast we leave for excursion to Amber Fort. Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. En route to Amber Fort from your hotel, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.


In the afternoon, we tour the city of Jaipur. We first visit the Galta Ji Temple, regarded as a highly sacred pilgrimage with great historical significance, the Galta Ji Temple lies 10 kilometers to the east of Jaipur city. The temple complex is basically a cluster of several temples, Galta Ji being the main temple. The temples are built within a narrow crevice of a mountain pass in the Aravalli hills.


The temple complex has several sacred tanks that are locally called Kunds and are used by pilgrims for bathing and thereby washing away their sins. The kunds are filled by the means of a natural spring that emerges high on the hills and makes its way downwards, filling all seven sacred kunds. The Galta Kund is considered to be the holiest of all kunds here, and also holds a great significance as it is believed to have never dried up till date.

Day 05 (Sunday) - Jaipur – Abhaneri – Agra(By Surface)

• Breakfast at the hotel

• Check-out from the hotel

• Drive to Agra

• Check-in at the hotel

• Evening free

• Overnight at the hotel


After breakfast we drive twardso Agra, enroute you can visit Chand Abori in Abhaneri (Entrance on Direct payment basis). Upon arrival in Agra check in at the hotel.


Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 06 - Agra (Delhi)- Varanasi(Overnight train)

• Visit of Taj Mahal

• Breakfast at the hotel

• Visit to The Agra fort and Itmad-ud-daula.

• Afternoon free.

• Transfer to the railway station

• Overnight in the train


At sunrise, we visit the world famous Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday) built by Shah Jahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the sill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this 'Love Poem in Marble'. After breakfast we check-out from the hotel and drive towards Agra.


After the visit return to the hotel.


After breakfast we visit The Agra Fort. Agra fort, built by Emperor Akbar, reveals the Mughal talent for combining defensive architecture with beauty and design. This fort palace construction was started by Akbar as a purely defensive citadel and was subsequently completed by two successive generations that added the delicate mosaic and magnificent marble palaces. The fort is a symbol of the history of The Mughal life in Agra and offers a magical view of the Taj Mahal.


Itmad –ud – daulah.

Itmad-ud daulah, is one of the most beautiful examples of the Mughal tombs, it stands across the river Yamuna from the Taj Mahal, nearly one and a half kilometers up-stream. Belonging to the age of Jahangir, it contains cenotaphs of the parents of the powerful Mughal Empress Nurjahan, queen of Jahangir, an exceptional beauty and an astute administrator.

Later in time we will drive to Delhi railway station (Subject to seat availability) to board the train to Varanasi.


In case of transfer from Agra, afternoon free. (Check-out time 1200 Hrs. we will try and extend checkout till 1500 hrs. but this will be subject to availability)


Overnight stay in the train.


Special Note: - Taj Mahal remains closed on every Friday.

Day 07 - Arrival Varanasi (By Train)

• Arrive at the Varanasi railway station

• Transfer to the hotel

• Check-in at the hotel

• Evening aarti ceremony.

• Overnight at the hotel


Upon arrival in Varanasi you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel.


Breakfast will be on Direct Payment basis.

Evening you will witness the Aarti ceremony on river Ganges. Every evening, as dusk descends, it's time for the Ganga Aarti to be performed at the three holy cities of Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Varanasi in India. It's a very powerful and uplifting spiritual ritual.


The aarti takes place facing the river. The lamps are lit and circled around by the pandits (Hindu priests) in a clockwise manner, accompanied by changing or songs in praise of Mother Ganga. The idea is that the lamps acquire the power of the deity. After the ritual is complete, devotees will cup their hands over the flame and raise their palms to their forehead in order to get the Goddess's purification and blessing.

We return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 08 - Varanasi – Delhi (Overnight train)

• Boating on the Ganges

• Breakfast at the hotel

• Visit to Sarnath

• Temple tour in Varanasi

• Evening free

• Transfer to the railway station

• Board the train to Delhi

• Overnight in the train


Early in the morning we will leave for a boat ride on River Ganges. The western banks of Ganges has a string of Ghats -the chain of stone steps, all built with pavilions, palaces and terraces, most of which are mainly used as Dharamsala’s where the pilgrims stay during their visit to the holy city. At dawn, the Ghats are abuzz with activity of the devotees performing their ablutions in the river or offering prayers to the rising sun and performing other religious rituals. A boat ride along the Ghats gives you vantage views of this activity. The sunrise on the Ganges is a soul-lifting experience. You will also visit the Vishwanath temple, also called the golden temple because of the gold-plating on its roof and drive pass Bharat Mata Mandir and Banaras Hindu University - is a premier Central University and a world class educational institution located in Varanasi. It is regarded as the largest residential university in Asia. The fully-residential campus has more than 128 independent teaching departments in its 1350-acre campus.


After the boat ride we will return to the hotel for breakfast.


After breakfast we will visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon "Maha- Dharma-Chakra Pravartan" (in Buddhist terminology, ‘turned the wheel of the law’) after his enlightenment. Sarnath is one of the richest in Buddhist antiquities ranging in date from the times of Ashoka down to the 12th century A.D. Ashoka built here the Dharmaraj Ika Stupa and erected a pillar surmounted by the magnificent capital of four adorsed Lions, which today forms the national emblem of India. Among other structures at Sarnath are the ruins of the brick temple; the DhamekhStupa, adorned with delicate floral carvings; the Chaukhandi Stupa and Mahabodhi Society’s Mulgandha Kuti Vihar Temple. We will also visit the Archeological Museum, with an extremely rich collection of Buddhist sculptures comprising of numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images.


Special Note: - Sarnath Museum remains closed on every Thursday


(Check-out time 1200 Hrs) Later in time you will be transferred to the railway station to board the train towards Delhi.

Overnight stay in train.

Day 09 - Arrival Delhi (By Train)

• Arrival at the railway station

• Transfer to the hotel.

• Check-in at the hotel

• Overnight at the hotel.


On arrival our representative will meet you at the railway station and transfer you to the hotel. (Normal Check-in time at hotel 1200 hrs.) Breakfast will be on direct payment basis.


On arrival at the hotel, full day free. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10 - Delhi

• Breakfast at the hotel

• Free day.

• Overnight at the hotel.


After breakfast free day in the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11 - Departure Delhi

• Breakfast at the hotel.

• Check-out from the Hotel

• Transfer to the airport


After breakfast in time, you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight for onwards destination.




CITY

No. Night

Hotel Standard Hotels (3*)

Hotel Superior Hotels (4*)

Hotel Delux Hotels (5*)

Delhi

02 Nights

Grand Park Inn Sun Star Yatri / Sun Star Grand

Neo By Justa / ITC Welcome Dwarka

Crowne Plaza Okhla / Jaypee Sidhartha

Jaipur

02 Nights

Ashapoorna Clarks Inn / Shahpura Residency

Sarovar Portico / Golden Tulip Essential

Clarks Amer / Four Points by Sheraton

Agra

01 Night

Hotel Crimson Palace / Ganga Ratan

Royal Sarovar Residency / Royal Regnta

Grand Mercure / Hotel Ramada By Whyndham

Varanasi

01 Night

Hotel Meadows / Costa Rivera

Arcadia / Hotel Amaya

Rivatas / Radisson Blu

Delhi

02 Night

Grand Park Inn / Sun Star Grand

Nuo by Justa / Taurus Sarovar Portio

Crowne Plaza Okhla /Radisson Blu Dwarka



Rates in AUD valid for the given dates.



Cost on twin sharing basis 02 Pax Onwards


AUD$1240

AUD$2010

AUD$2320


Minimum 2 guest to travel on any date


Travel Dates


July 2024 – 1st,8th, 15th ,22nd,29th

Jan 2025 – 6th,13th, 20th ,27th

Jan 2026 – 12th,19th,26th

Aug 2024- 5th,12th,19th,26th

Feb 2025 – 3rd,10th, 17th ,24th

Feb 2026 – 2nd,9th,16th,23rd

Sept 2024- 2nd,9th,16th,23rd

March 2025 – 3rd, 10th,17th ,24th,31st

Mar 2026 – 2nd,9th,16th,23rd,30th

Oct 2024 – 7th,14th, 21st ,28th

April 2025 – 7th,14th, 21st ,28th

April 2026 – 6th,13th,20th,27th

Nov 2024 – 4th,11th, 18th ,25th

May 2025 – 5th, 12th,19th ,26th

May 2026- 4th,11th,18th,25th

Dec 2024 – 2nd,9th, 16th ,23rd

June 2025 – 2nd, 9th,16th ,23rd,30th

June 2026- 1st,8th,15th,22nd,29th


July 2025 – 7th,14th, 21st ,28th

July 2026- 6th,13th,20th,27th


Aug 2025 – 4th,11th, 18th ,25th

Aug 2026 - 3rd,10th,17th,24th,31st.


Sept 2025 – 1st,8th,15th,22nd,29th

Sept 2026 - 7th,14th


Oct 2025 - -6th,13th,20th,27th



Nov 2025 – 3rd,10th,17th,24th



Dec 2025 – 1st,8th,15th




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