The Grand Heritage Tour (12 days)

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flag Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi
What's included?
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  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

India is a land of diverse cultures spoilt with many unique and beautiful heritage sites. The variations in physical, climatic conditions and the extent of exposure to other cultures have greatly influenced the traditions and culture of the different regions. India has accepted new customs and styles over many hundreds of years, which are visible in all aspects – music, dance, painting, sculptures and architecture.

 

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Day 1 UK departure

Depart the UK with international economy flight to Delhi. We can also arrange departures from your local airport at no extra cost.

Day 2 Delhi Arrival

Today, arrive New Delhi, the capital city of India. Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome, transfer to your hotel for 2 nights stay.

Day 3 Delhi

Today, enjoy the day discovering Delhi, pacing through the city which is as historic as modern, like 2 sides of the same coin! Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; a rickshaw ride through narrow alleys and lanes in Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and largest trading markets of the country; and drive past Red Fort, the place that marked the announcement of India’s freedom from the British Raj. While returning back to New Delhi make a brief stop at Rajghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.

Later in the afternoon, discover the modern city of New Delhi, visiting Humayun’s Tomb, the first tomb in India with beautiful gardens, continue visit to Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the world’s tallest brick minaret and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold dome, still in active worship. Drive past President’s House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen’s Delhi and take a photo stop at the iconic war memorial arch, the India Gate. Also visit Humayun’s Tomb and Rajghat (Cremation site of Mahatama Gandhi). 

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 4 Delhi to Jaipur

After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Jaipur – land of the Rajputs. Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance and traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is home to ancient forts and palaces and is one of India’s most well planned cities. Upon arrival check in at your hotel for 02 nights stay.

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 5 Jaipur

Rise early this morning to visit Jaipur’s famous Amber Fort. Enroute, take a guided walk through the flower market of Jaipur seeing the beautiful yellow and orange marigolds and other seasonal flowers being traded. In close vicinity is also the wholesale vegetable market where farmers bring fresh produce to begin the days trading. Walking through the markets brings you to a junction where you will find the interesting and unusual milk traders of Jaipur, who bring their cattle’s fresh milk to be tested for quality, priced and traded on the spot. Be amazed at the primitive technique of testing quality of milk by dipping hands into large metal milk containers and evaluating the creaminess of milk supplied !

After a brief walk through the local trading markets, drive onwards to visit Amber fort, built in the 16th century. The fort is a mesmerizing blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The Amber Fort was used by the Rajputs for the dual purpose of defense and private residence. The fort encompasses charming gardens and magnificent palaces made from marble and precious stones, richly decorated with intricate stonemason works and paintings, which represented royal splendor and luxury of the Rajput era. To ascend up the fort, you may choose to walk, drive or take an elephant ride.

This afternoon take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal, Palace of the Winds, with its unique layer-cake honeycomb windows designed to enable erstwhile women of the royal court to observe passing life without being seen; Jantar Mantar, the largest astronomical observatory built in stone, and the City Palace complex with its impressive gardens and museums.

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 6 Jaipur to Agra

After an early breakfast, embark on your drive to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal. Upon arrival in Agra, check in at your hotel and freshen up. This afternoon, visit the Agra fort, lying across the River Yamuna, built in red sandstone with magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens.

Then, experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the eternal symbol of love, the Taj Mahal. Often referred to as a poem in white marble, Taj Mahal displays the saga of love between Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. You may wish to stay at the Taj Mahal, to see the glistening white marble beauty by sunset.

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 7 Agra to Orchha

Early this morning, catch your train to Jhansi. Upon arrival in Jhansi, embark on a short drive to Orchha, a medieval riverside town known for its palaces and temples. Upon arrival in Orchha, check in at your hotel for overnight stay.

In Orchha, we visit ruins of the domed and tiered Jahangir Mahal, the erstwhile palace of Emperor Jahangir, a fine example of medieval Indo Islamic architecture decorated with paintings and frescoes built in 17th century. Then visit Raj Mahal, the fort like structure featuring colourful murals and frescoes from the life of Lord Rama and Krishna and incarnations of Lord Vishnu. We also see the riverside spread of Bundela Chhatris (Royal Cenotaphs) of erstwhile rulers of Orchha. This evening, visit the popular Ram Raja Temple, characterised by its mustard yellow palace like domes, to see the evening aarti of Lord Rama. Gather in the central courtyard and chant with the locals amidst loud ringing bells, where you will also see one of its kind guard of honour to the Gods by the local police.

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 8 Orchha to Khajuraho

After breakfast, drive to Khajuraho – a UNESCO world heritage site in central India, famous for its erotic sculptured temples. Upon arrival in Khajuraho, check in to your hotel for overnight stay.

This afternoon visit the enchanting temples of Khajuraho with sculptures that draw their inspiration from the ancient art of Kama sutra. Khajuraho Temples were built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 9 Khajuraho to Varanasi

After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India (also known as Kashi and Benaras). Upon arrival in Varanasi, check in to your hotel and freshen up.

This evening, experience a rickshaw ride to the ghats from where you take a boat ride to watch and enjoy the grand ‘Aarti’ ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghat, conducted every day at sunset by white-robed priests. Spiritually enlightening and fantastically photogenic, this evening aarti ceremony is a spectacular show with young priests in traditional Indian clothes swaying in seemingly choreographed movements, worshipping the river goddess with incense, flowers and earthen lamps.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 10 Varanasi

Rise early to enjoy a sunrise boat cruise on the Holy River Ganges. See the ‘bathing ghats’ where thousands of pilgrims pay homage to the Sun God by immersing themselves in the holy water of River Ganges, and the ‘burning ghats’ where cremations are conducted. The ghats of River Ganges in Varanasi are believed to be most sacred, engulfing the entire circle of life and death.

Follow the boat cruise with a guided walk through the old city, seeing morning life in the historic and ancient bylanes of Varanasi. You get an opportunity to closely observe some morning rituals at the various small street temples along the way. The most sacred and important temple here is Kashi Vishvanath temple. Return back to hotel for breakfast and freshen up.

This afternoon, visit Bharat Mata Temple, the only temple in India that is not dedicated to a God or Goddess. This unique temple is dedicated to Mother India, and features a unique relief map of India, carved out of marble, the largest of its kind in the world. Then visit Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century BC to 12th century AD. The lion capital of Ashoka pillar at Sarnath is the national emblem of India. Visit the ruins, stupa, Buddhist temple and the Sarnath Museum.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 11 Varanasi to Delhi

After a leisurely breakfast, drive to the airport to catch your return flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, connect to your international flight back home.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 12 UK arrival

Arrive back in UK

 

Delhi - 5* Le Meridien

5* Le Meridien

Located in the heart of the city , the iconic glass building of Le Meridien New Delhi has been recognised as one of the 100 Icons of Delhi. The hotel is located close to the institutions of both power and pleasure.

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Delhi 4* Value Option - The Royal Plaza

4* The Royal Plaza

Centrally Located, a complete paradise on earth. An exquisite blend of business and pleasure, this hotel is famous for its world class hospitality services. This Classical Boutique Business Hotel offers 419 luxury guestrooms and suites.

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Jaipur - 5* Jaipur Marriott Hotel

5* Jaipur Marriott Hotel

Experience a winning combination of traditional luxury and modern convenience at the Jaipur Marriott Hotel. Entrenched in the cultural legacy of India’s Pink City, our hotel welcomes guests with refined elegance, contemporary amenities, and a prime location near Jaipur International Airport.

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Jaipur 4* Value Option - Holiday Inn

4* Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre

Holiday Inn Jaipur City center is a property located in the Pink City of India. Sink in the most comfortable beds with a choice of pillows during your stay. Relax in our contemporary rooms that features LED TV, iPod docking station, media hub & glazed windows for a peaceful sleep experience.

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Agra - 5* ITC Mughal

5* ITC Mughal

Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture, it now boasts of a brand new Royal Mughal Suites.

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Agra 4* Value Option - Four Points by Sheraton

4* Four Points by Sheraton

Form follows function, and timeless classics are woven with modern details. Stylish rooms, comfortable beds and productive work-spaces are all paired with delicious breakfast and great coffee to start the day right.

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Orchha - 5* Amar Mahal

5* Amar Mahal

Located in a zero polluted area, Amar Mahal ensures a panoramic view of the monuments, surrounding hills and wildlife sanctuary. Completely away from the city crowd, the strategic location of Amar Mahal ensures a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday in the lap of nature and heritage.

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Orchha 4* Value Option - Amar Mahal

Amar Mahal

Located in a zero polluted area, Amar Mahal ensures a panoramic view of the monuments, surrounding hills and wildlife sanctuary. Completely away from the city crowd, the strategic location of Amar Mahal ensures a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday in the lap of nature and heritage.

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Khajuraho - 5* Radisson Hotel Khajuraho

5* Radisson Hotel Khajuraho

The Radisson Hotel Khajuraho is an ideal place to stay when visiting area attractions. We are less than two kilometres from many historic Hindu and Jain temples, including the Western Group of Khajuraho Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Khajuraho 4* Value Option - Ramada Khajuraho

4* Ramada Khajuraho

Rest and rejuvenate at our Ramada Khajuraho hotel near Panna National Park. Ideally located less than a mile away from Civil Aerodrome Khajuraho (HJR), you are just minutes from the most treasured sites in this ancient temple city.

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Varanasi - 5* Radisson Hotel Varanasi

5* Radisson Hotel Varanasi

Situated in what is considered the spiritual capital of India, Radisson Hotel Varanasi is ideally located for visiting nearby shrines and temples. Our hotel lies less than four miles from the River Ganges and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, also known as the “Golden Temple”.

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Varanasi 4* Value Option - Ramada Plaza JHV

4* Ramada Plaza JHV

Stay in luxury on your vacation to the City of Temples when you book a room at our Ramada Plaza JHV Varanasi hotel. See popular attractions with ease from our hotel, located just minutes from the train station. With comfortable, convenient amenities, we are the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers alike.

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Tour Prices include:

  • International economy flights;
  • Hotel accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures;
  • Sightseeing excursions with English speaking guides;
  • All transfers and road transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Monument entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Train/Boat journeys where mentioned in program;
  • Domestic flights where mentioned in program;
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Tour Prices exclude:

  • Indian visa fee;
  • Transfer for meals if not included in itinerary;
  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Optional tours;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.

 

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We used Emperor for a group trip to India. they were fantastic with their choice of hotels (some truly incredible) their tour guide, the whole programme and their choice of airlines for the trip. We made things quite tough for them with different members of the group travelling for different periods and arriving in and out of different airports. We specifically had some issues with one of the airlines on the return leg of our trip, through no fault of Emperor, but they did their utmost to put things right and made the journey home as pleasant as possible by meeting the cost of a lounge at the airport for us do to the shortcomings of one of the airlines checking in procedures. The pre holiday package of information was very comprehensive and we were presented with very durable luggage tags. We would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his team in tailoring a package for a trip to India. We had an amazing culturally stimulating trip and will certainly go back to India in the future.

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