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Mar 1st: Arrive at Delhi (most flights arrive either in the evening or at night). Our services begin here. You are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator or your Tour Director, and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are then driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check-in. The next day’s plans are briefly reviewed and you are presented with your welcome package. Among other things, this package includes a beautiful handcrafted journal for your explorations, travel documents such as your air tickets and hotel vouchers, as well as copies of documents (such as our General Travel Guide) that were sent to you earlier.




Mar 2nd: Delhi. (B,L,D) Start your exploration of India with a guided city tour of Old Delhi. You will be introduced to the other members of your group Rickshawand your Tour Director prior to beginning this excursion. Drive, walk and ride through the ancient city’s streets and alleys; explore crowded and colorful bazaars. This excursion includes an exploration of the Jama Masjid (1650 A.D.), the largest mosque in India. The Masjid (Mosque) is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture and is constructed of red sandstone and white marble. It is an active place of worship and its courtyard can hold 25,000 worshippers. You continue on to the amazing Red Fort that was finished a decade before the mosque. Both structures were built by Shah Jahan, the emperor who created the Taj Mahal. The great city inside the massive sandstone walls of the Red Fort offers visitors a large number of architectural and historical attractions; it was once known as the 8th wonder of the world. The Red Fort was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian and European architecture. You will also experience a fascinating rickshaw ride in the ancient alleys of the crowded and colorful bazaar at Chandni Chowk, followed by a walk through the ancient spice and street food market that is part of the bazaar. After these experiences a short drive will deliver you to an oasis of calm and serenity, which also happens to be your last destination Qutab Minar in Old Delhi. The cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Ghat) is a simple yet stirring memorial to the father of the nation. Lush lawns extend beyond the enclosure surrounding the black marble platform occupying the spot where the Mahatma was cremated. An eternal flame burns next to the platform.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon – enjoy a city tour of New Delhi. This excursion begins with the awe-inspiring Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This 239-foot tall medieval tower is a symbol of victory and a beautiful example of Persian architecture from that period. There is a winding stairway inside the tower that goes up all the way to the balcony at the very top of the tower – unfortunately they are no longer accessible for visitors. The Qutab Minar and its Monuments are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of the Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, stands one of the legendary Ashoka Pillars. This large iron pillar has withstood the ravages of Delhi’s weather (and recent pollution) and has not rusted in more than 1500 years. After the Qutab complex you will be driven to visit the magnificent tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun.
Delhi has such an abundance of amazing monuments that this Tomb Complex (1562 A.D.) does not quite get the acclaim that it deserves. It is Delhi’s third UNESCO World Heritage Site and its amazing architecture and the elaborate gardens will captivate you.
From the tomb you will proceed on a drive to Lutyens’ New Delhi. Time permitting, this drive will include photo opportunities at some of the following attractions - the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan (known as Viceroy’s House during the British era), Delhi’s landmark structure India Gate, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara (a gold domed Sikh Temple), and the Birla Temple. The last part of this excursion is a drive through Connaught Place, which is New Delhi’s downtown.
An optional cultural excursion is available this evening. You can ask to be escorted to a dance and musical performance at the Kingdom of Dreams theatre in nearby Gurgaon. This needs to be selected when you reserve your tour and will mean reduced sleep time as you have to head to the airport in the morning.




Mar 3rd: Delhi - Agra. (B,L,D) Checkout from your hotel in the morning after breakfast and you are driven to Agra (about 3.5 hours) on North India's newest highway. Arrive in Agra and proceed for a tour of the famous tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah- you will be introduced to your guide for Agra at the entrance. This memorial was built by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s queen as a memorial to her father. The tombs sheer beauty will surprise you - the only reason it does not get more accolades is because it shares the stage with the incomparable Taj Mahal. Like the Taj it has amazingly intricate ‘Pietra Dura’ inlay and lattice marble screens. The mausoleum rests in a walled garden with a view of the river Yamuna. Constructed in the year 1628, most historians believe that its design provided the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. After exploring the tomb you are driven to your hotel and check-in.
There is a break for lunch.
After lunch
you will visit the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort. It was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. After the fort you will visit the Mehtab Bagh, which is a 500 year old Mughal garden located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River.
Agra’s artists are famous for their inlaid marble creations.




Mar 4th: Agra - Jaipur. (B,L,D) You can either sleep in or choose to enjoy an optional sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal (no charge). If you select this option, you will return to your hotel to freshen up after the excursion. A packed lunch is provided from your hotel for your upcoming journey.
You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel and then you are driven to Jaipur. Stop at Fatehpur Sikri along the way for a brief guided exploration of this beautiful uninhabited city, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 A.D. and is constructed primarily out of red sandstone. The Emperor moved his capital from Agra to this city and then, a few years later, abandoned it, returning back to Agra. Visit the tallest gateway in the world, the towering Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory). In the northern part of the courtyard is the superb white marble tomb of Shaik Salim Chishti, built in 1570. Continue on with your journey to Jaipur. You are assisted with your check in at your hotel upon your arrival at Jaipur.
Mid-afternoon - Enjoy a city tour of the walled city of Jaipur, including the magnificent City Palace. Visit Jantar Mantar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. After the observatory comes a photo opportunity of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind). This intriguing facade was built in 1799 so that the ladies of the court could use its unique windows and observe the bustling bazaar without being visible to the people on the streets. Continue the tour with an exploration of the City Palace, the former royal residence (a part of it is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible to the public), built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. This immense complex also houses a number of museums that offer a large and impressive collection of costumes, armory andminiature paintings. During this afternoon you will enjoy a brief stop for a tour of a collection of Rajput turbans. A turban tying demonstration is included, as are turban and Sari tying lessons.
Jaipur is famous for its carpets, jewelry and handicrafts.




Mar 5th: Jaipur. (B,L,D) Start your day with an excursion to the Amber Fort and Palace, located a short distance from the walled city. Just like the Emperors of a Amber Fort few centuries ago, enjoy the ascent up to the ramparts of the fort on top of a colorfully caparisoned elephant (jeeps are available instead of the elephants, if you so desire). The massive Fort complex was originally built by Raja Mansingh and is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture. Explore the chambers and hallways, which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments. Return to the valley beneath the Fort on your elephant or jeep and proceed back to the Pink City.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon - enjoy the Holi Festival at the Jaipur Fairgrounds with your Tour Director this afternoon. Watch the ceremonies and activities that take place during the Festival. Although this is really the day before Holi, there is a similar celebration using colors during the Festival, so we recommend that you wear clothing that you are not particularly fond off, as some of the colors that you will have applied on you can be hard to wash out from your clothing. Please note that this celebration is much safer than trying to celebrate Holi in city streets on the next morning, when some of the people celebrating on the streets can be inebriated and get too aggressive with tourists. Return to your Hotel after the festival.
Evening - You can either choose to enjoy your hotel this evening, or you can join your Tour Director for a visit to the home of a Rajasthani Nobleman, where you will enjoy a traditional dinner with members of the family.




Mar 6th: Jaipur – Varanasi. (B,L,D) You are assisted with your checkout in the early morning and driven to the Jaipur airport, where you are assisted with your check-in for your flight to Delhi.Varanasi Arrive at Delhi and connect with your flight to Varanasi. You will have checked your bags through at Jaipur. You are greeted at the Varanasi airport and driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check-in.
Afternoon - join your Varanasi Tour Director and experience a city tour of Varanasi that includes visits to some of the ancient temples that lie along the banks of the holy river. You will walk through the narrow lanes and through the crowded bazaars to discover a way of life that has not changed much over the past few millenniums.
Sunset cruise on the Ganga – Two of the highlights of your time in Varanasi are the sunset and sunrise cruises on the Ganga. You can float your own oil lamps while you watch the ancient prayer and oil lamp ceremony at sunset. Your boat enables you to enjoy a great view of the hundreds of lamps as they are sent floating on the holy river.
Varanasi is famous
for silk weaving.




Mar 7th: Varanasi - Delhi/Other City – International Flight. (B) Start your day with an early morning boat cruise on the Ganga. The best time to visit the Ghats is dawn as that is when the pilgrims take their morning dip. It is also the ideal opportunity to experience some of Hinduisms ancient and iconic rituals. The most famous Ghat is the Dasadwamedh Ghat and that is where we begin this tour. You can simultaneously witness the ceremony of a recently deceased Hindu’s ashes being immersed in the river while, nearby, another Brahmin priest orchestrates the naming ceremony of a newborn. Just like the previous evening, your boat offers an excellent view of all the activity on the Ghats – women bathing discreetly while still wearing their sarees, priests offering prayers as they immerse themselves in the holy water, men that are oblivious to their surroundings as they practice yoga or meditate on the banks of the Ganga.
Return to your hotel to freshen up and pack.
Late morning - You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and driven to the airport. You are assisted in boarding the flight to Delhi or another city. The cost of the flight to Delhi is included in your tour cost. If you choose to fly to another city (additional cost for the flight will apply) in order to connect with your international departure from that city, you will have three options. No other services are included at any city except for Delhi, as specified below. Additional services can be provided upon request.
Departure Option 1: If you are boarding your international flight from Delhi, since most international flights depart in the evening, a personal vehicle and chauffeur are available to you until 9 pm for your assisted check in at the airport.
Departure Option 2A: If your international flight departure is less than four hours from your scheduled arrival time at the domestic terminal at Delhi, you will ask the airline staff to assist you with the shuttle that takes you to the international terminal  -  OR
Departure Option 2B: If your international flight departure is four or more hours from your scheduled arrival time at the domestic terminal at Delhi, you are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Facilitator and your personal chauffeur. Your personal vehicle and chauffeur are available to you until 9 pm for your assisted check-in at the airport. This is a good time to do some last minute shopping and/or sightseeing if you are so inclined OR
Departure Option 3: If your flight departs early the next morning, you may want us to arrange a room for you so you can rest.
Our services end at Varanasi or Delhi airport.




 
Inclusions:
* All Three Meals during your Tour
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Dine with a Rajasthani Aristocrat and his family at their home
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Both Sunrise and Sunset boat cruises on the Ganga
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Sari and Turban Tying Demonstration and Lessons
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Optional Dance and Music performance at Gurgaon
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Personal Elephant ride (per couple) at the Palace in Jaipur
* Rickshaw Ride through Delhi’s Chandni Chowk
* Walk through the ancient Spice and Street Food Market in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk
* Applicable monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
* Hotel check-in is at 2 pm and checkout is at noon for almost all the hotels
* All transfers and sightseeing by Luxury Mini Coach or personal Luxury Crossover
* Availability of an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator at all destinations
* Services of an accompanying Easy Tours Tour Director
* Easy Tours Facilitator for assistance on all arrivals/departures as well as hotel check-ins
* All safari related costs at Ranthambore, including park entry, naturalists, vehicle fees etc.
* Jhansi – Agra Train travel by Luxury AC Chair Car
* Bottled water during sightseeing/excursions and other drives
* All currently applicable taxes


Not included:
* International Travel
* Expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks etc.
* Meals other than those specified above
* Travel insurance, visa etc.
* Camera fees – still & video
 


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Luxury Level Hotels (Change level)
Delhi The Oberoi - Deluxe Room/ The Imperial - Imperial Room/ Trident Gurgaon Superior Garden View
Agra Taj Gateway - Executive Taj View Room/ ITC Mughal - Mughal Chambers
Jaipur Jai Mahal Palace - Luxury Room/ Raj Palace - Heritage Room
Varanasi Taj Gateway - Executive Room/ Radisson - Club Room



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This Visit gives you some of the best highlights of India.

ETI Experiences
Rickshaw Ride at Chandni Chowk
Taj - Sunrise / Sunset
Personal Elephant Ride
Traditional Folk Dance
Dinner with a Rajasthani family
Rural Environment & Culture

  UNESCO World Heritage
Qutab Minar, Delhi
Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
Red Fort Complex, Delhi
Taj Mahal, Agra
Agra Fort, Agra
Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

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  Jama Masjid
India Gate
Safdarjang’s Tomb
  Connaught Place
City Palace
Amber Fort & Palace

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  • <strong>Humayun Tomb, Delhi</strong> - Humayun's Tomb - The square red sandstone double-storeyed structure.

    Humayun Tomb, Delhi

  • <strong>Taj Mahal - 2, Agra</strong> -

    Taj Mahal - 2, Agra

  • <strong>A Musician Rests In The Shade Of The Amber Fort, Jaipur</strong> -

    A Musician Rests In The Shade Of The Amber Fort, Jaipur

  • <strong>Ghat of Varanasi, Varanasi</strong> - The crowd grows during sunset at one of the more than 80 ghats on the river Ganges here. The Dashashwamedh Ghat is the main and probably oldest ghat located on the Ganges here.

    Ghat of Varanasi, Varanasi



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