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This 20-day tailormade tour and holiday will make you discover North India, in the area of Amritsar, the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion and home to world-famous Golden Temple, continuing south and stopping some days to meditate in Rishikesh, the perfect place for all those who want to find peace of mind and connect to the powerful spiritual world.

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Your holiday and trip then continues to a princely kingdom, discovering the sublime beauty of Rajasthan and Varanasi, among the most charming and exotic states of India, which have maintained their traditions unchanged.

A classical itinerary which is very picturesque at the same tume, full of history and colors ending in the city of Varanasi, the holiest city of Hinduism representing the very essence of India.

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  • 1
    Delhi
    Day 1
    Delhi

    The sightseeing starts in Old Delhi (Shahajahanabad), with the Red Fort, Friday Mosque "Jama masjid" with an emotion-packed rickshaw ride through the narrow crowded streets of Old Delhi.

    Then visit New Delhi and its main monuments: the government palaces from the colonial period in front of India Gate, the Mausoleum of Humayun emperor and Qutub Minar complex.

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  • 2
    Delhi - Amritsar
    Day 2
    Delhi - Amritsar

    Transfer to the railway station to take the train to Amritsar.

    In the afternoon visit the city and in the early evening pay a first visit to the Golden Temple, at sunset and in the evening lit by the artificial lights which make its golden structure sparkle even more in the dark.

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  • 3
    Amritsar
    Day 3
    Amritsar

    Completion of the city tour: Amritsar, founded around 400 years ago, is famous for the Golden Temple, a holy religious site for the Sikh. The marble building rises in the middle of an artificial lake and combines the Muslim style with Hindu elements. The dome, representing a lotus flower turned upside down, was covered in over 100 kg of pure gold in 1802.

    Then travel to Bagha Border, the frontier between India and Pakistan, to attend the frontier closing ceremony. A huge crowd attends the event on the two sides of the border, supporting their respective nation with cheers that are incited by a voice at the microphone, while the guards, taking pride in such animation, march up and down in military steps, so exaggerated in amplitude as to be ridiculous and seem like a farce. The guards from both sides come to shake their hands before closing the gate for the night and hauling down the flags.

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  • 4
    Amritsar - Delhi - Dehradun - Rishikesh
    Day 4
    Amritsar - Delhi - Dehradun - Rishikesh

    Transfer to the airport and flight to Dehradun (via Delhi).

    Upon arrival meet the driver for the transfer to Rishikesh.

    In the evening you'll attend the ceremony on the Gange.

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  • 5
    Rishikesh
    Day 5
    Rishikesh

    Full day at leisure.

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  • 6
    Rishikesh
    Day 6
    Rishikesh

    Full day at leisure.

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  • 7
    Rishikesh
    Day 7
    Rishikesh

    Full day at leisure.

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  • 8
    Rishikesh
    Day 8
    Rishikesh

    Full day at leisure.

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  • 9
    Rishikesh - Haridwar - Delhi
    Day 9
    Rishikesh - Haridwar - Delhi

    Early in the morning transfer to Haridwar railway station and departure to Delhi.

    In the afternoon visit Lotus Temple.

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  • 10
    Delhi - Samode - Jaipur
    Day 10
    Delhi - Samode - Jaipur

    Departure to Jaipur and stop to visit Samode and its marvellous palace.

    At the end of the tour continue on to Jaipur.

    Arrive at the hotel in the evening.

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  • 11
    Jaipur
    Day 11
    Jaipur

    Visit Amber Fort, 11 km from Jaipur, an imposing fortress of the Rajput civilization. To cover the last part of the climb you will ride placid elephants, almost as to evoke the ancient deeds of the Maharaja.

    Inside the walls you will visit palaces and pavillions of refined beauty and the small but precious temple of Kali goddess.

    In the afternoon visit the city, the capital of Rajasthan, the "pink city", among the most beautiful and picturesque of India.

    Visit world- famous Hawa Mahal (often represented in postcards), the "wind palace", and the Maharaja Temple (City Palace), largely converted into a museum and the Astronomic Observatory (Jantar Mantar).

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  • 12
    Jaipur
    Day 12
    Jaipur

    Today is dedicated to an excursion to the factory where saris are colored and hung to dry. Have fun taking photos!

    Return to the hotel.

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  • 13
    Jaipur - Abhaneri - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
    Day 13
    Jaipur - Abhaneri - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

    Depart to Agra.

    En route stop to visit Abhaneri, where an ancient well and palace is located.

    Lunch at Bharatpur palace.

    Continue on for the visit to Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned capital built by Akbar emperor from Moghul dynasty.

    Arrive in Agra and check in to the hotel.

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  • 14
    Agra
    Day 14
    Agra

    Full day visit to Agra and its world-famous monuments, especially Akbar Tomb in Sikandra, Agra Fort, the ancient imperial residence of Moghul Shah Jahan emperor and Etimad-ud-Daula Mausoleum.

    The afternoon is dedicated to the visit to Taj Mahal, regarded as the first world wonder, to be reached on a gig called "tonga".

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  • 15
    Agra - Jhansi - Orchha
    Day 15
    Agra - Jhansi - Orchha

    Transfer to the railway station and departure to Jhansi.

    Upon arrival depart to Orchha.

    Visit the ancient and tranquil town. Sightseeing in Orchha offers exhuberant frescoes of battles and legendary stories, gardens, palaces with domed pavilions and gates flanked by stone elephants, fortified ramparts and temples with Persian influence.

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  • 16
    Orchha - Khajuraho
    Day 16
    Orchha - Khajuraho

    Depart to Khajuraho, famous for the erotic depictions of its temples. But Khajuraho sculptures are much more than this: a great fresco of the daily life of Chandela's court around a thousand years ago.

    Khajuraho is absolutely an unmissable destination for the beauty of its ancient sculptures preserved in an admirable way against the passing of time and assaults by invaders. Besides the magnificent and intricate sculptures, the temples are interesting due to the momentum of the vertical spiers, a metaphor of the climb to the sky and the Himalayan peaks, homeland of the gods.

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  • 17
    Khajuraho - Varanasi
    Day 17
    Khajuraho - Varanasi

    Transfer to the airport and flight to Varanasi.

    Departure at 1.45 PM from Khajuraho airport and arrival at 2.35 PM at Varanasi airport.

    Transfer to the hotel on arrival.

    In the afternoon visit Sarnath where 600 years before Christ, Buddha held his first sermon to his first five disciples.

    In the evening you will get immediately in touch with Hindu spirituality thanks to the ceremony of the prayers on the Gange.

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  • 18
    Varanasi
    Day 18
    Varanasi

    Wake up before dawn for a boat cruise on Gange river, witnessing the purification rituals and the pilgrims' offers at sunrise.

    Walking tour of the ancient city with a stop ta the Golden Temple and Aurangzeb Mosque.

    Return for breakfast.

    In the afternoon visit Sarnath archaeological site, the place of the first Buddha's preaching.

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  • 19
    Varanasi - Delhi
    Day 19
    Varanasi - Delhi

    Breakfast at the hotel and free morning.

    Transfer to the airport and flight to Delhi.

    Departure at 3.50 PM from Varanasi airport and arrival at 5.20 PM at New Delhi airport.

    Transfer to the hotel upon arrival.

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  • 20
    Delhi
    Day 20
    Delhi

    The tour is over, after breakfast the day is free depending on the airport transfer.

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes

    • Assistance upon arrival and departure at the airports
    • All airport transfers
    • Local assistance 24/7 by English speaking staff
    • Accommodation in the hotels mentioned in double rooms
    • All entry tickets to the monuments mentioned in the program
    • Accommodation in the hotels with half-board (breakfast and dinner)
    • Lunch and entry ticket to Samode Palace
    • Private Tempo Traveller car (9 seats) with driver all throughout the tour
    • Local guides for sightseeing in Delhi, Jaipur, Sanganer, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Orchha, Khajurhao, Amritsar, Haridwar and Varanasi
    • Rickshaw ride at the Friday Mosque in Delhi, elephant ride to Amber Fort in Jaipur, visit to the Ghat on the Gange for the Puja (the evening prayer) and boat cruise on the Gange in the early morning in Varanasi
    • All taxes, options and activities included in the travel package

    Price does not include

    • Intercontintal flights and airport taxes
    • Meals and drinks not included in the program
    • Tips to drivers and guides and personal extras
    • Registration fees and insurance
    • Everything not expressly mentioned under "the price includes"