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Golden Triangle to Temple Towns: A Journey Through India’s Heartland

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Duration

14 Nights/ 15 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through India’s heartland on our ‘Golden Triangle to Temple Towns’ tour. Explore the cultural treasures of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, known as the Golden Triangle, and witness the majestic Taj Mahal. Then, delve into the spiritual essence of Varanasi, Bodhgaya, and Puri, where ancient temples, sacred rivers, and profound rituals await. This immersive expedition offers a rich tapestry of history, spirituality, and architectural marvels, providing a glimpse into the diverse soul of India.

Highlights

  • Begin your journey in the heart of India, Delhi, with visits to iconic landmarks like the Red Fort, Taj Mahal, and more.
  • Explore the historical treasures of Agra, including the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, before heading to Gwalior and Orchha.
  • Marvel at the intricate sculptures of Khajuraho temples and witness a captivating light and sound show.
  • Immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere of Varanasi, where you'll experience the Ganga Aarti and explore sacred sites.
  • Continue your spiritual journey in Bodhgaya, Patna, and Kolkata, visiting Buddhist and historical sites, and conclude your adventure in Puri with visits to the famous Jagannath Temple and Chilika Lake.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 41.2%
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 42.7%
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 52.2%
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 50.9%
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 56.2%
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 54.7%
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 59.4%

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Arrive at Delhi airport and transfer to your hotel for check-in (check-in/out time: 12 pm). Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to unwind. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Delhi

After breakfast, embark on a city tour of Delhi. Explore iconic landmarks such as the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Raj Ghat, Humayun's Tomb, Qutab Minar, and the Lotus Temple. Drive past notable sites like the President's House, Parliament, and India Gate. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra (210km)

After breakfast, depart for Agra. Check in at your hotel and later visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and the exquisite Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb. Overnight at the hotel in Agra.

Day 4: Agra - Gwalior - Orchha (220kms)

After breakfast, drive to Orchha, with a stopover at Gwalior Fort, renowned for its splendid architecture and historical significance. Upon arrival in Orchha, check in at your hotel. Explore the Orchha Fort complex, which boasts ancient monuments including palaces, temples, and more. Overnight in Orchha.

Day 5: Orchha - Khajuraho (180kms)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then drive to Khajuraho. Check in upon arrival and visit the remarkably preserved Khajuraho temples, known for their intricate sculptures. In the evening, attend a captivating light and sound show. Overnight in Khajuraho.

Day 6: Khajuraho - Varanasi (Flight)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and witness the mesmerizing Holy Ganga Aarti, a spiritual ritual held on the banks of the sacred Ganges River during sunset. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 7: Varanasi

Embark on an early morning boat ride on the Ganges, followed by a visit to the Banaras Hindu University, Bharat Mata Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, and the Sarnath Temple complex, home to the Great Dhamekh Stupa. If time allows, explore Ram Nagar Fort and Museum. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 8: Varanasi - Bodhgaya (255kms)

After breakfast, drive to Bodhgaya, where you'll check in at your hotel. Visit the Mahabodhi Temple complex, the Bodhi Tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment, and various monasteries representing different countries. Overnight in Bodhgaya.

Day 9: Bodhgaya - Patna (170kms)/ Kolkata (flight)

After breakfast, drive to Patna via Rajgir and Nalanda, both significant historical and Buddhist sites. Continue to Patna and board a flight to Kolkata or Koklaka, where you will check in at your hotel. Overnight in Kolkata/Koklaka.

Day 10: Kolkata

Explore the vibrant city of Kolkata with a full-day city tour. Visit Fort William, Victoria Memorial, Netaji Bhawan, Howrah Bridge, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, and other prominent landmarks. Overnight in Kolkata/Koklaka.

Day 11: Kolkata - Bhubaneshwar (Flight)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bhubaneswar. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and embark on a city tour. Visit Parasurameshwar, Mukteshwar, Rajarani, and Lingaraj temples, with a chance for Hindus to enter the sanctum. Explore Khandagiri and Udaygiri caves and the Dhauli Rock Edicts. Overnight in Bhubaneswar.

Day 12: Bhubaneshwar - Puri (60kms)

Enjoy breakfast and drive to Puri. En route, visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Konark Sun Temple, Pipili (known for its applique work), and Raghurajpur (an artisan village). Upon arrival in Puri, visit the famous Jagannath Temple (accessible to Hindus only). Overnight in Puri.

Day 13: Puri - Chilika Lake (55kms one way)

After breakfast, take an excursion to Chilika Lake, the largest wintering ground for migratory birds in the Indian subcontinent. Enjoy a boat ride and return to Puri. Relax on the beach for the rest of the day. Overnight in Puri.

Day 14: Puri

Enjoy a free day in Puri to relax on the beach or explore the town at your own pace. Overnight in Puri.

Day 15: Puri - Bhubaneshwar/ Delhi (Flight)

After breakfast, transfer to Bhubaneswar airport for your flight to Delhi. From Delhi, catch your connecting flight to your onward destination.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 14 Nights' accommodation in 5-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

Tour's Location

FAQs

What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

5 Star hotels Delhi - Le Meridien/ The Claridges Agra - Courtyard by Marriott/ Trident Hotel Orchha - Orchha Palace and Convention Centre Khajuraho - Radisson Hotel/ Hotel Chandela Varanasi - Ramada JHV/ Radisson Hotel Bodhgaya - The Royal Residency/ Lotus Nikko Hotel Kolkata - ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection/ The Lalit Great Eastern Bhubaneshwar - Mayfair Lagoon/ Trident Hotel Puri - Mayfair Waves

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