What you get
The main holy sites of India
India is one of those countries that you can explore forever. But you need to start with a visit to all the most iconic places in eight days! It will be a complete immersion in the local exotic life, the study of a completely different, unusual life.
- Watch the ancient Hindu ceremonies in Varanasi and visit the site of the first sermon of the Buddha.
- Look at the figures in interesting positions in the "Kama Sutra temples" in Khajuraho. This is the most famous erotic temples of India!
- Explore the Taj Mahal, which you have to see with your own eyes to understand the magic of this place.
- Watch the latest Bollywood hit in an old movie theater in Jaipur. Indian cinema has changed a lot since our grandmothers loved it!
- Walk the bustling streets of Delhi and try some of the most delicious North Indian chicken and clay oven bread.
The price of the trip includes:
- Accommodation in double rooms of hotels and guesthouses;
- Flight Varanasi - Delhi;
- All transportation, including 3АС class train tickets (with sleeping benches and air conditioning), rented cars and all public transportation;
- Professional guiding services;
What is NOT included:
- Flight to Delhi and from Delhi back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
- Medical insurance (mandatory);
- Entrance fees to museums, palaces, parks and other places of interest (approximately $70);
- Food ($7-12 per person per day);
- Visa to India ($103).
Arrival in Delhi, checking into a hotel in the central Paharganj district. We rest and then enter the bustling streets of the Indian capital in search of the most delicious lassi and fruit. We will have lunch in the heart of Old Delhi, in a colorful Muslim cafe, known for their perfect Afghan-style chicken, bread in a clay oven and other traditional dishes of North Indian cuisine.
We go to New Delhi to enjoy the peace and coolness in the Lodi gardens. This city park is the favorite place of young romantic couples. Also, it is the place where the grand tombs of the rulers of the 15th century are located.
In the morning we go to the Red Fort and the main mosque of India - Jama Masjid. These iconic sights are located in the heart of old Delhi and are surrounded by a huge bustling bazaar, which has been located on this place for hundreds of years. Mind your feet but do not forget to look around!
Moving on to newer, but equally well-known places, we will visit the famous Lotus Temple of the Bahai faith, a teaching that preaches the unity of all religions. Built in 1986 in the form of a lotus flower, it is considered a house of prayer for believers of all religions. Reading sacred books or ceremonies are not welcome here, but visitors can go inside for a short meditation, or a silent prayer.
We go to the very colorful Hindu temple - Kalkaji to see the ancient images of the Indian goddess Kali. In the evening, we will watch the light show in the Old Fortress, learning more about very rich history of Delhi.
Day 3 - 4
Morning train to Jaipur. We check into a hotel in Hathroi district, rest and go to the grand fort of Amer. We explore the old city of Amer, which is spread around the fortress. Tourists do not come here. Life here is very serene and has not changed muched over the past hundreds of years.
We move on to the no less impressive fort of Jaigarh. It was built in 1726 to protect Fort Amer and the palace inside it where the raja and his family lived.
We return to Jaipur and explore the narrow streets of the Pink City. Walk inside the famous Palace of Winds, to see the bustling streets below from behind the latticework of the windows, like the women from the Rajah’s family did just just decades ago.
The Raja's palace is just a stone`s throw away from here. We will walk in the part of the palace, open to the public. The other parts are closed because the family of the last Rajah of Jaipur still lives here.
We watch the sunset on top of the hill overlooking the city, and then go to the famous cinema for the latest Bollywood film. Indian cinema has changed a lot since our grandmothers!
In the morning we leave for Agra by a high-speed train (4 hours on the way). This city, until 1658, was the capital of the Mughal Empire. This superpower included the territory of almost all of modern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and parts of Afghanistan. On rickshaws we will drive through the streets of Agra and see that the city has preserved a little from its former greatness. But the main attraction of the country - the Taj Mahal, is located here! And for that you can forgive everything.
Not a single photo, not a single video will convey the greatness of this grand snow-white construction. It must be seen with your own eyes. The love story behind this marvel can be retold by every Indian schoolchild. This mausoleum was built by the ruler named Shah Jahan for the body of his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1653. The construction of this miracle took considerable 22 years! After Shah Jahan died, his body was buried next to his beloved wife.
Still impressed by what we have seen, we take the night train to Khajuraho.
We come to Khajuraho and check into a hotel. This town boasts 22 ancient temples. All of them were built in the 10-11 century by local rulers, who professed tantric beliefs. Kamasutra in stone - it is hard to give shorter and more precise name to these famous erotic temples!
Thousands of large and small statues depict animals, people and strange mythical creatures intertwined in unusual positions. Yes, the views on sex in India have changed a lot since the times when these temples were built! It is especially interesting to watch faithful Indian older women in saris who carefully lay out flowers and clay lamps under the explicit scenes from the life of the deities.
In the evening, we depart by night train to Varanasi.
Day 7 - 8
Arrival in Varanasi, checking into a hotel near the Ganges River. We are in the sacred Hindu city, which is also known as Benares and has long been considered the spiritual center of the country. Pilgrims come here from all over the world, and to die and be cremated in Varanasi is a dream of every devoted Hindu.
It is not surprising that at every step there are ancient temples of all sizes, styles and denominations, and the brahman priests invite visitors to prayers. In the evening we take boats to the place of cremation and the daily lush Hindu ceremony. One of the Brahmins will tell us about the rules of the Hindu burial. You will also understand why horror stories about Varanasi and the Ganges River in these places are nothing more than myths.
But Varanasi is not only about Hinduism. Nearby there is a small town of Sarnath - the place of the first sermon of Buddha Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. It boasts an impressive old stupa from the time of King Ashoka. We will bypass it several times, according to Buddhist tradition, and touch burnt bricks that are more than 2300 years old! Explore the Jain temple just a stone`s throw away. The superintendent will be happy to tell us about their religion and the very unusual guru who built this shrine.
Next morning we fly to Delhi and take a flight back home.
Is this trip for you?
Gitizens of almost all countries need a visa to enter India.
Indian visa should be arranged in advance online or in the embassy in your country of residence.
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