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Mystic India Tour

  • 11 Nights/ 12 days
  • Delhi - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Kolkata – (Vishnupur)- Bhubaneswar – (Konark)-Puri - Bhubaneswar - Delhi

India's spiritual and religious heritage is rich. Immerse yourself during Mystic India Tour to experience the cardinal essence of Indian culture- the spirituality. Be amazed by ancient temples belonging to 6th -7th century in Puri, experience the holy city of Varanasi by welcoming the sun in an early morning boat ride on the Ganges, explore eccentric mysticism of Bengal in Kolkata & Bishnupur, celebration of spiritualism and religiosity in Puri and watch few world known monuments of India like Qutub Minar & Akshardham, Taj Mahal & Agra Fort; Khajuraho Temples etc.

Day 1 Arrive in Delhi

Your journey through the East India begins in the capital city Delhi. Here you will be warmly welcomed at the airport by our representative and headed to the hotel. On the way to Delhi hotel, you will get a first impression of this vibrant city, where tradition and modernity coexist everywhere. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a maze of narrow streets and magnificent mosques. As a contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi, created by the British occupiers, is clearly differentiated with its wide avenues and imposing government buildings. Overnight stay has been planned in New Delhi hotel.

Day 2 Delhi - Agra

Today your journey continues to Agra. Drive to Agra takes about 4 hours. On arrival at Agra, you will be directly transferred to the pre-reserved hotel. Having relaxed for a while, sally out to visit two prominent attractions of Agra- the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. First and foremost, you will be taken to Taj Mahal: the fabulous Taj Mahal. Featuring an unrivaled perfection and beauty, Taj Mahal, the most expensive memorial of love, shines today in white marble. Mughal ruler Shah Jahan built this mausoleum in 1631 in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is a collective, cohesive and well orchestrated piece of work of 20,000 workers who built it in 22 years. Set on the banks of the river Yamuna, Taj Mahal is a UNCESCO World Heritage site. The majestic Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage site in Agra, is surrounded by up to 21 meter high walls of red sandstone. Set on the banks of River Yamuna, behind these walls, there are magnificent palaces, mosques and gardens. Inside the fort, you can immerse yourself in the world of the Mughal emperor Akbar who had established the state capital here in the sixteenth century. After these excursions into history, awaits the hustle and bustle on Agra market. Overnight stay has been planned in Agra hotel.

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Day 3 Agra – Jhansi (by train) – Khajuraho (by car)

Though a ride in a private air-conditioned vehicle is of course a lot more comfortable but to know the country and its people in a very special way is to have a train ride. That's why you will be enjoying a train drive in next leg of your journey. You will be transferred to Agra railway station to board train to reach Jhansi junction of Indian Railways. After about five hours train journey through the state of Uttar Pradesh to reach your destination station Jhansi where you will be received by our representative and driven to Khajuraho. After four hours of car drive, you will reach Khajuraho and be directly transferred to pre-booked hotel. Having relaxed for some time, in the company of knowledgeable and friendly guide, proceed to visit intricately & erotically sculptured Kamasutra Temples of Khajuraho. The city is primarily known for its temples that attract thousands of tourists from across the globe every day. The temples of Khajuraho are famous for erotic representations of scenes from the Kama Sutra. These temples were built between the 10th and 12th centuries by the Chandela kings. The erotic sculptures and reliefs not only please the curious voyeur in all of us, but are also impressively & skillfully worked. After a short journey, you will visit in the village Jatkari where the ruins of two temples are worth watching. The Dulhadeo temple holds a three-meter high image of Lord Vishnu in the sanctum sanctorum. The face of the statue emanates an expression of timeless peace and bliss. Overnight stay has been planned in Khajuraho.

Day 4 Khajuraho – Varanasi (by flight)

The next destination of your Mystic India Tour is Varanasi, called Benares or Kashi as well. Here, you will have many opportunities to explore India's spirituality. Fly to Varanasi. The city on the Ganges has a long religious tradition and is considered a sacred place of Hinduism. Popularly, Varanasi is called as Cultural Capital of India’. For over 3,000 years, the faithful make pilgrimages here, to take holy dip in the Ganges to cleanse from sins. Dying in Varanasi and to be burnt on the banks of the Ganges, as per Hindu mythology, helps one escape from the constant cycle of rebirth. On arrival at Varanasi airport, you will be received by our representative and transferred to Varanasi hotel. After relaxing for a while, along with Varanasi tour guide, move to watch mesmerizing Ganga Aarti (Ganges Worship Ceremony- as the Hindus consider River Ganges as their mother and thus pray her everyday) on the ghats of Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges. Overnight stay has been scheduled in Varanasi.

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Day 5 Varanasi & Excursion to Sarnath

Today, welcome the morning in Varanasi with a boat ride on the Ganges. Thousands of believers come every morning to the banks of the Ganges to have holy dip and pray. Before the silhouettes of the temples and palaces in the morning light, the Hindus light candles that float on banana leaves over the river. It is an expression of reverence for the holy river. The scene creates a magical atmosphere. Late morning hours and early afternoon is reserved for visiting famous temples, monuments and market of Varanasi. In the afternoon, You will be visiting Sarnath. Varanasi is not only an important place for Hinduism but the city is also very close to the origin of Buddhism: Sarnath. In the afternoon visit the holy place where Buddha delivered his first lessons. Overnight stay has been scheduled in Varanasi hotel.

Day 6 Varanasi – Kolkata (by air)

Have relaxed breakfast in Varanasi hotel, spend morning hours in leisure and, then, check out to move for Varanasi airport to board flight for Kolkata.

Kolkata is the second largest city of India. It is a cosmopolitan city where the economy, people, and ideas have blended together with the socio-political culture to give it a unique character. The city is full of historical monuments and palaces and is therefore also called the “The City of Palaces”. Its glorious history dates back to 1690 when it was selected by the British for their trade settlements and they also made Kolkata the country’s capital before independence. The site was carefully chosen by the British as it was protected by the Hooghly River on the west, a creek on the north, and by salt lakes about two and a half miles to the east.

On arrival at Kolkata airport, you will be received by our representative and transferred to Kolkata hotel. Evening is for leisure and overnight stay in the hotel.

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Day 7 Kolkata sightseeing

Have scrumptious breakfast in Kolkata hotel. After a bit relaxation, proceed for sightseeing of Kolkata which includes St. Paul’s Cathedral & Victoria Memorial Hall. A guest gets impressed having seen the beauty of the murals at the entrance of the St. Paul's Cathedral. The Victoria Memorial Hall, an unusual museum, is repertoire of memories of colonial era and before. You will happen to see photos and portraits of famous personalities of that time. Another place of importance to visit is the áshrama of Mother Teressa, the Nobel Peace Prize winner Anjezë Gonxha Bojaxhiu. You will drive past General Post Office, Shaheed Minar, Eden Gardens, Akashvaani Bhawan, Howrah Station, Writers’ Building, Governor’s House, Ghat of Ganges, High Court, Maidan, Town Hall, Fort William, Race Course and Lal Dighi. During the course, you will drive over Howrah Bridge and Vidyasagar Bridge. You can choose to visit Shanti Niketan and National Library.

Later in the evening return to Kolkata hotel for overnight stay.

Day 8 Kolkata – Bishnupur (by car- 140 kms/ 03 hrs)-Bishnupur sightseeing - Kolkata

A pleasant and exotic excursion awaits you this morning. Have early morning breakfast in Kolkata hotel and depart for Bishnupur. Bishnupur is a village town of Bankura district of West Bengal province of India.

Bishnupur was found by king Raghunath 1 of the Malla dynasty. It flourished as the capital of the Mallas till the early 19th century. Since there are no stones available in the area and in the proximity, the traditional building material used here was brick. The exquisite craftsmanship of the terracotta artisans is evident in the terracotta temples of Bishnupur. Facing a shortage of stones to build temples, the Malla kings built grand terracotta shrines to celebrate their love for Lord Krishna. The distinctive architecture has incorporated various styles from the neighbouring regions. Bricks and terracotta along with features like the curved “Bangla” roof have been blended with multi-lobed arches. The potters here derive their inspiration from the glorious history of kings and their royal and common subjects. Bishnupur is also known for silk (tussar), particularly the Baluchari sarees. Woven on unusual ‘punch-card’ looms, these sarees have episodes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana woven into the border and pallu.

After visiting Bishnupur, return to Kolkata to spend evening in leisure and night in the hotel.

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Day 9 Kolkata – Bhubaneshwar (by air)- Half day local sightseeing tour

Have scrumptious breakfast early in the morning in Kolkata hotel and depart for Kolkata airport to board flight for Bhubaneshwar, capital city of Orissa. On arrival at Bhubaneshwar, you will be received by our representative and transferred to the pre-booked hotel.

Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, is also popularly known as the "Temple City of India". Being the seat of Tribhubaneswar or 'Lord Lingaraj', Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage center. Hundreds of temples dot the landscape of the old town, which once boasted of more than 2,000 temples. Bhubaneswar is the place where temple building activities of Orissan style flowered from their very inception to its fullest culmination extending over a period of more than one thousand years. The new Bhubaneswar with its modern buildings and extensive infrastructure perfectly complements its historic surroundings. With facilities to cater to every type of visitor, Bhubaneswar makes for an ideal tourist destination.

After relaxing for a while, you will be taken on a guided half day sightseeing tour that includes tribal museum ( closed on Monday ), Khandagiri & Udaigiri Jain caves ( oldest rock cut caves, the caves are reminiscent of influence of Buddhism and Jainism in Odisha (Orissa) ). Orissa is home to hundreds of Hindu temples, some of which were built in the 7th century. On a tour you will explore these archaeological treasures: visit the stone Brahmeshwar Temple, the magnificent Mukteswar Temple and the small but fine Parasurameswar Temple. Later in the evening return to Bhubaneswar hotel.

Day 10 Bhubaneshwar – Konark- Puri

Today you will be departing for Puri or Jagannath Puri, the cultural capital of India. After delicious breakfast in Bhubaneshwar hotel, move for Puri. On the way to Puri visit Dhauli ( Budhist stupa / peace pagoda ), Pipli ( the applique work village ) and Konark Sun Temple ( famously known as black pagoda ).

Konark derives its name from Konarka, the presiding deity of the Sun Temple. Konarka is actually a combination of two words, Kona (corner) and Arka (sun), which, when combined, means the ‘sun of the corner’. Konark was one of the earliest centers of Sun worship in India. The place finds mention in the Puranas as Mundira or Mundirasvamin, a name that was subsequently replaced by Konaditya or Konarka. Apart from the Puranas, other religious texts also point towards the existence of a sun temple at Konark long before the present temple. The temple city of Konark is situated in the eastern state of Odisha, at a distance of around 65 km from Bhubaneswar and 35 km from Puri.

Having seen Konark Sun Temple, proceed to Jagannath Puri. Puri is famous for 11th century Jagannath Temple which makes the city one of the most sacred sites of Hinduism. Puri is situated on the banks of Bay of Bengal, therefore it is also very popular among the people as a beach destination. Enjoy the pleasant climate.

Spend evening in leisure on the golden beach of Puri. Visit Lord Jannath Temple (Non Hindus are not allowed). Later in the evening return to Puri hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 11 Puri – Raghurajpur – Bhubaneshwar –Delhi

After scrumptious breakfast in Puri hotel, drive back to Bhubaneswar. On the way to Bhubaneshwar, have a stop-over at Raghurajpur (artisan village).Then proceed to Bhubaneswar and transfer to airport to board the flight for New Delhi. On arrival at New Delhi, you will be transferred to Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

Day 12 Delhi sightseeing tour - departure

After breakfast in New Delhi hotel, you will be heading for sightseeing of Old Delhi which will encompass exploring medieval tinges of Delhi by riding on a manually pedaled rickshaw and during the course visiting Red Fort and Jama Masjid from outside. Thereafter, visit Raj Ghat, a memorial to express nation’s gratitude to Mahatma Gandhi. Return to hotel to get checked out and proceed for visiting Akshardham Temple, India Gate, Lotus Temple and Qutub Minar. Qutub Minar, a towering spire of marble and red sandstone, belongs to Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque complex, the first mosque built in India. The mausoleum of Humayun is regarded as an architectural precursor to the Taj Mahal. It has beautiful gardens with water channels. Even the Red Fort is well worth a visit: The palace derives its name from the outer walls of red sandstone and is particularly famous for the royal apartments. Raj Ghat is the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi who led India by his peaceful protest to independence.

After sightseeing of Delhi, you will be transferred to New Delhi airport to board flight for your onward destination.

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Delhi

Delhi is enriched with long historical past, glorious culture, an enviable treasure of monuments and modern infrastructure. Delhi, currently the capital of Indian Republic, has passed through several upheavals during its thousands of years of existence and has witnessed many ups and downs of history with many dynasties flourishing and diminishing with the passage of time.

Delhi has been built nine times over the years and accordingly named in the scriptures. Indraprastha, known as first Delhi, was founded by Pandavas of Mahabharata in around 1500 BC. Qila Rai Pithora, termed as second Delhi, was built by Raja Anang Pal and later re-christened by Prithviraj Chauhan as Lal Kot. Siri, the third Delhi, was founded by Ala-ud-din Khilji. Siri Fort, a major tourist attraction, is a famous monument of that time. Tughlaqabad, called as fourth Delhi, had been founded by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq. Tughlaqabad Fort is a testimony to that. Jahan Panah, the fifth Delhi and a walled city, was constructed by Muhammad bin Tughlaq to address the constant threat of Mongols. The sixth Delhi, Ferozabad, was founded by Feroz Shah Tughlaq and its testimonial evidence can be seen in the form of 13-metre high tapering quadrangular pillar adjacent to Ashokan pillar. Din Panah, the seventh Delhi, was rebuilt afresh by Humayun and later razed and constructed by Sher Shah Suri. Earlier this Old Fort or Purana Qila was seat of legendary ruler Prithviraj Chauhan. The walled city of Shahjahanabad, known as eighth Delhi, had been founded by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who built Taj Mahal as well in Agra. Modern and present day Delhi, the ninth Delhi and known as Lutyens' Delhi or New Delhi has been laid down by the British.

Agra

Agra finds its mention in epic of Mahabharata as ‘Agravana’. Agra is traditionally and culturally part of Brijbhumi, associated with legendary Lord Krishna. Strategically located on the banks of river Yamuna, the city of Agra has seen many upheavals due to intermittent attacks of the invaders to take control of it. Agra remained under control of the Rajputs, the Muslims, the Marathas and the British. Though the influences of these regimes are quite visible in art, architecture and culture of the city but the Mughal impact is more pronounced, especially in old Agra. Now-a-days, Agra has been synonymous with Taj Mahal from tourism perspective. Taj Mahal can easily be termed as a feather in the cap of India, particularly Agra, which also possesses the most precious jewel in the country’s crown the “Taj Mahal”. Sikander Lodhi, Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjahan ruled with Agra as capital of their kingdoms. Babur was the first Mughal king who built first Islamic monument in Agra i.e. Gul-e-Afgaan or the Aram Bag -a planned garden. During the rule of Akbar, famous monuments of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort, were constructed. Sikandara and It-mad-ud-Daula are the famous buildings of Jahangiri period. World renowned Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan in fond memory of Mumtaj Mahal, is now one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. Agra is also known for its fabulous handicrafts, made of marble and soft-stone inlay work. Agra's major handicraft products besides inlay work are: leather-ware, brassware, carpets, jewellery and embroidery work.

Khajuraho

Khajuraho is well known for its temples. Of Indo-Aryan architecture, the temples of Khajuraho are embellished with superb decorations. Fine and artistic stonework is to be found around these temples.

Many aspects of Indian life, as it existed 1000 years ago, have been depicted by the sculptors; curiously women and sex have been depicted in more detail. Owing to the subject of the sculptures, Khajuraho temples are also called Kamsutra Temples. These temples were built in Chandela period.

A Dance festival is held in March. The festival lasts for 10 days and some of the best classical dancers of India perform during the Khajuraho Dance Festival against the backdrop of Khajuraho temples which are floodlit.

Varanasi

Situated on the banks of holy river Ganga (the Ganges) , the spiritual capital of India- Varanasi is known by several names like Banaras (as local people call it), Kashi (desrived from 'Kashika' meaning the shining one referring to the light of Lord Shiva), Avimukta (meaning never forsaken by Lord Shiva), Rudaravasa (meaning abode of Lord Shiva) and Anandavana (meaning forest of bliss). Varanasi is one of the holiest of the pilgrimages of the Hindus. Being on the banks of the Ganges, the most sacred and venerated river in India, Varanasi becomes all the more pious spiritual centre among religious Hindus. Its name Varanasi is derived from its being on the confluence of two rivers- Varuna and Asi. Though Varanasi is the world's oldest living city but its oldest monument is not older than 300 years because of inimically destructive invasions of Muslims. Varanasi is a prominent business and trade centre as well since the ancient times.

Ghats of Varanasi along the western bank of the Ganges are special as these epitomize various aspects of Hindu way of life. Watch out people having early morning bath followed by ablutions, puja by Brahmin priests, people practicing meditation & yoga, cremation process on Manikarnika ghat and Harishchandra ghat, people consulting the astrologers under their palm leaf parasols, buy offerings for rituals, trades selling silk apparels and brassware etc.

Sarnath

Located 10 kms from Varanasi, Sarnath is one of the four pilgrimages of the Buddhists. It was Sarnath where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon and declared the birth of a different 'dharma' (religion)- Buddhism. From Sarnath, the 'dharmachakra pravartan' commenced. In around 234 BC, Emperor Ashoka, a great follower of Buddhism, built a grand stupa- Dharmarajika Stupa, here. Later on Sarnath developed as a prominent Buddhist centre with a grand monastery. Between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, several Buddhist structures were built here in Sarnath. The Muslim invaders in medieval period ransacked and destroyed it. But an inquisitive traveler may still experience the rich past in the remnants of monastery, Dhamekh stupa, Dharmarajika stupa and Emperor Ashoka's pillar. Also, visit Sarnath museum. Sarnath museum also has the figures and the sculptures from the Mauryan, Kushana and Gupta periods discovered during the excavations at Sarnath.

Kolkata

Kolkata, as the capital city of West Bengal state of India, for the tourists evokes a nostalgic feeling of colonial past of India. Still existing and consciously preserved 'old world charm' is the hallmark of Kolkata tourism. Kolkata attracts large number tourists to watch and feel colorful traditional culture, remnants of British Raj and mix of culturally traditional yet progressive people and their way of life. Detailed and relevant information on different aspects of Kolkata will serve as Kolkata travel guide to the tourists visiting this part of India.

The famous 'City of Joy', for Dominique Lapierre, Calcutta or Kolkata ranks among one of the four major metropolises of India and has as important a history to narrate as any other metropolis. As a former imperial capital, Kolkata retains some of the country's most striking colonial buildings. Holding a charisma of its own, Kolkata has always been acknowledged as the culminating centre of cultural activities. The Bengali populace especially pride in their deep involvement with their creative contribution in the fields of music, arts and literature. It has been a birth place and a home to many famous personalities including the inimitable Bengali poet, Rabindranath Tagore, novelist William Thackerey and the charming actress of the film, " The Scarlet Pimplernel', Merle Oberon. The house she lived in is at St. Lindsay, near New Market.

It is the only city in India to retain trams and proudly boasts of the first underground Metro. Kolkata is also instantly associated with the Howrah bridge- one of its kind as also with the mission ' Sisters of Charity' which performed exemplary social service under the tutelage of Mother Teresa (a Noble laureate). Presently, it bears a neo-contemporary culture.

Orissa

Being an ancient cultural centre of India and home to large tribal population, Orissa tourism is characterized by cultural and tribal tours. The following description throws light on the salient aspects of Orissa like history, destinations, monuments, culture, tribal diversity etc; and ultimately serves as Orissa travel guide.

The state of Orissa is predominantly rural. It has an area of 1,55,842 sq kms. Its capital is Bhubaneshwar and the main language spoken here is Oriya. Orissa is famous for its temples. This state lies along the eastern coast of India and south of West Bengal. Temple towns of Puri, Bhubaneshwar and the Sun Temple of Konark are major and prominent tourist destinations. Bhubaneshwar, Puri and Konark collectively form a triangle and this is known as Golden Triangle of the East.

Orissa was known as Kalinga in ancient literature and scriptures. Kalinga was in the past was defeated by Emperor Ashoka in 260 BC. This war was so fierce that the bloodshed of this battle transformed Ashoka to convert himself to Buddhism and spread Buddhism far and wide.

Under Kesari and Ganga dynasties, Orissa culture flourished and many temples were built, some of which survive even today. During the 16th century, this region finally fell to the Mughals when many of Bhubaneshwar's temples were razed and destroyed.

The main occupation of the people here is Agriculture. Paddy, pulses, oilseeds, coconuts etc are harvested here. Mining is also a prominent industry in Orissa, as it is a minerals-rich state.

Twenty two percent of the total population of the state consists of tribals.Orissa has many distinct tribal groups of aboriginal people who date prior to the Aryanization. Prominent among these tribes are the Bondas, Juangs, the Santhals, the Parajas, Godabs, the Koyas and the Kondhs. Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundargarh and Koraput districts are having the highest density of tribal people. Thanks to the British efforts that the Kondhs have now substituted human sacrifices with animal sacrifices during their ceremonies. The Bondas are known as "naked people" for their wild ways and for the dormitories where young men and women are encouraged to meet for night-time fun and frolics.

  • Accommodation in the mentioned hotels on double sharing.

  • Daily breakfast basis on all places.

  • Total Meals: 11 (Breakfast-11 & Lunch-01).

  • Total night stays: 11 (Delhi-02; Agra-01; Khajuraho-01; Varanasi-02; Kolkata-03; Bhubaneshwar-01; Puri-01).

  • Well-appointed upgraded air-conditioned rooms at all places.

  • Along with breakfast at all places, 01 dinner in Orchha in a restaurant located on the banks of river Betwa.

  • Monument entrance charges.

  • Rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.

  • Morning boat cruise in the Ganges during morning hours to enjoy panoramic view of Varanasi ghats.

  • English speaking & destination-specific guides at all destinations for mentioned sightseeing tour.

  • Meet & assist at the airport on arrival & departure.

  • Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Air-conditioned private car for the whole sightseeing tour.

  • Driver for the whole tour.

  • All prevailing taxes like luxury tax, service tax etc.

  • All transfers, city tours, excursions & drives by air-conditioned transport.

  • Interstate road tax, toll tax, parking charges, driver’s wages, fuel charges etc.

Optima Special:
  • Visit and exploration of narrow alleys, humming with social activities, while riding on man-pulled tri-cycle rickshaw.
  • Morning boat ride in the Ganges along the ghats of Varanasi.
  • Cultural evening show adjacent to the western group of Khajuraho temples.
  • Tonga (horse carriage) ride in Agra- from hotel to Taj Mahal gate.
Don't miss on Mystic India Tour:
  • Magnanimous Ganga Aarti (Ganges Worship Ceremony) in the evening on Dashashwamedh Ghat of Varanasi.
  • Exploring cultural Bengal and Orissa during worship hours in temples.
  • If you are handicrafts-freak, do squeeze out time visit markets of Orissa & Kolkata.
  • For the sake of feel and enjoyment, do street-shopping in at Janpath & Connaught Place market.
  • In the evening, hire an auto-rickshaw and move out to catch a Bollywood blockbuster in a theatre in Kolkata.
Shopping:

Varanasi: Rudraksha, Banarasi sarees, carpets and clay artefacts.
Agra:Marble souvenirs.
Kolkata:Handicraft articles by trained artisans.
Bhubaneshwar: Environment-friendly printed clothes, jewellery and ethnic goods.
Puri:Handicraft goods.

Cuisines:

Delhi: street foods of Delhi in Chandni Chowk.
Varanasi:Thandai- a local, nutritious and delicious milk-product of Varanasi.
Kolkata: Excellent sea foods and sweets prepared of milk.

Is This Trip For Me:
Travel Style Service Level TPhysical Demands Trip Type Trip Rating
Classic Standard FIT/Small Group 4.5/5
DestinationsStandardSuperiorDeluxeLuxury
DelhiJiviteshHiltonShangri LaHotel Imperial
Agra Siris 18 Mansingh PalaceITC MughalOberoi Amar Vilas
Khajuraho Usha BundelaClarks KhajurahoTaj ChandelaLalit –Temple View
VaranasiHotel India Ramada PlazaRadisson Nadesar Palace
KolkataIndiSmart The SonnetITC SonarOberoi Grand
ThekkadyHotel Tree TopHotel Spice Village Cardamaom CountyElephant Court
BhubaneshwarHotel SeetalPal HeightsTrident BhubaneshwarMayfair Lagoon
PuriHotel PrabhupadMayfair HeritageMayfair WavesHotel Oberoi
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  • Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

  • In India normally the check in time in hotels is 02:00 PM and check out time in hotels is 10:00 AM.

  • Normally the package cost includes breakfast at all locations but in case of the destinations where availability of restaurants outside hotel not possible, we provide meals there and mention that in inclusions.

  • The normal check in - check out time of the hotels are 1200 hours and if your arrival time does not suit this we can arrange activities for you on the first day or pre-book the hotel from the previous night on additional charge and as per your request. Normally it takes 1 hour to come out of the airport from the time of arrival.

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  • Meals other than breakfast and as specified above.

  • Video camera/ still camera fee applicable at various monuments. The same will be paid by you direct on spot on actual basis.

  • Items of personal nature like telephone calls, laundry, tips, hard/soft drink etc.

  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities.

  • Indian visa fees.

  • Any compulsory meal supplements during festive season is not included.

  • Early check in & late check out at the hotels.

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