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ITINERARY for Kendi World Adventures
Essence of India Tour
Day 1 New Delhi:
Upon arrival in New Delhi, your trip leader and experienced driver will be waiting to accompany you from the Indira Gandhi international airport to the hotel.
Feel free to spend the rest of the day exploring the historic city of New Delhi, or catching up on some rest.
Day 3 New Delhi:
Today is a free day in New Delhi. Walk and shop at the nearby Main Bazaar, experience an auto rickshaw ride around the city, or take advantage of our personal car hire to experience more of the city in an airconditioned car.
Some of our recommendations include:
- The National Gandhi museum (Gandhi Smriti)
The last residence of Mahatma Gandhi and site of his execution.
- Lodi Gardens
Over 90 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and archaeological site of many tombs and 15th century structures.
- Lotus Temple
A Baha'i House of Worship notable for its flowerlike shape.
- Rikhi Ram Instrument Co.
The location where George Harrison and Ravi Shankar bought their hand-crafted sitars.
- Tuk Tuk (auto rickshaw) ride through Old Delhi. A thrilling experience through the hustle and bustle of the crowded streets of old Delhi
Day 5 Varanasi:
An early morning wake-up call will prepare you for your sunrise boat tour on the Ganges river.
Watch as the city comes alive with pilgrims bathing and worshipping in the waters at the edge of the ghats. The sun reflects on the water like melted butter in the waves. Your helmsman will light candles placed on a bed of marigolds and rose petals for you to float on the current and offer a prayer for loved ones who have passed.
After breakfast back at the hotel, your driver will take you to the textile neighborhood where you can see the making of traditional sarees from dyeing of the cloth to hand painting and embroidery.
Then visit the historic Buddhist site of Sarnath. Located ten miles outside the city of Varanasi, Sarnath is believed to be the place where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence.
If you opted for the "train experience", your driver will get you settled onto the overnight train from Varanasi to Agra
Day 7 Agra:
Spend the day sightseeing around the city. Visit the Tomb of Akbar The Great, also known as The Baby Taj for its similar architecture.
Later, view the back side of the Taj from the Mehtab Bagh Gardens. Watch the sun go down as you marvel at the splendor of the tomb, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Day 2 New Delhi:
After a complimentary breakfast, your driver will take you on a full day of some of New Delhi's must see sights.
The day will begin at the historic Red Fort. Once the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty, the fort now features astonishing architecture, beautiful gardens and a number of museums.
Next, you will visit some of Delhi's most intriguing places of worship. Including, Sikh, Jain and Hindu temples, as well as the Jama Masjid mosque, the largest mosque in India.
Later, visit the India Gate monument and drive by the presidents residence
Day 4 Varanasi:
Fly from New Delhi to Varanasi, the holiest city in India. There you will be met by a private driver and taken to your hotel to relax and unpack.
Just before sunset, your driver will meet you at your hotel and accompany you to the Dasaswamedh Ghat on the banks of the Ganges river. You will watch the Aarti ceremony from the perfect vantagepoint aboard an anchored boat on the Ganges river.
Performed every evening at sunset, the Aarti ceremony is a devotional ritual of fire offerings to the Maa Ganga, goddess of the holy river.
Day 6 Agra:
If you opted for the flight from Varanasi, you will be taking a flight to New Delhi where you will be met by a driver who will then drive you the approximately three hours to Agra.
The rest of the day is for your leisure.
Day 8 Agra:
The highlight of our Essence of India Tour -- The TAJ MAHAL! Today is dedicated to experiencing the marvel of this historical and "oh so India" monument.
Take your time and get in all the pictures, history and, details of the Taj. Don't forget to drink lots of water.
Day 9 New Delhi:
Drive back to New Delhi just in time to finish up your shopping, rest up before the long flight home, or take in some of the sites you missed on arrival
Day 10 New Delhi:
Breakfast will be served depending on your departure time and a free shuttle will carry you from the hotel to the airport.
Six travel choices to
create your own adventure
1. Car and driver, no guide, train from Varanasi to Agra.
2. Car and driver, no guide, flight and driver from Varanasi to Agra.
3. Car and driver, local (English speaking) Indian guide, train from Varanasi to Agra.
4. Car and driver, local (English speaking) Indian guide, flight and driver from Varanasi to Agra.
5. Car and driver, Kevin and Andi as personal guides, train from Varanasi to Agra.
6. Car and driver, Kevin and Andi as personal guides, flight and driver from Varanasi to Agra.
* This itinerary includes private car and driver, in-country travel (trains and flights) all accommodations, eleven excursions and activities, and all breakfasts.
Airfare to New Delhi, lunches, dinners, and tips for guides, maids and our drivers are not included.