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Portrait of India - 9 days

The painted and sculpted beauty of nature, art and architecture along with its cultural heritage, tradition and spirituality are in showcase for you to see and enjoy. The joy of doing petty things like the rickshaw ride in Delhi to the jaw-dropping magnificence of the royal forts and palaces, the little markets bustling with activity to the well planned and executed heritage temple architecture, the upscale city centers and markets to the simple life on the river banks of the holy Ganges, India is a land of experiences galore. To see them all does paint a pretty portrait indeed.

Day 1:    Arrive Delhi
 
 

Arrive Delhi today. You will be met on arrival by Travel Xs representative and transferred to the hotel. Breakfast at hotel. (Check-in time at the hotel is 1200 hours)
Delhi, the vibrant capital city of India lying along the River Yamuna, is a teaming metropolis of 14 million people and nowhere in the Country is the contrast between old and new more obvious.
Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 2:    Delhi
 
 

Today after breakfast proceed for Full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi.
Proceed for sightseeing tour of Old Delhi visiting Jama Masjid - The largest mosque in India. Here you will also enjoy Rickshaw Ride in narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk - once an imperial avenue of Mughal Royalty which today is the busiest commercial market of City. Visit Raj Ghat – the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, drive pass from the magnificent Red Fort - a marvel in red sandstone, built on the banks of River Yamuna by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi - visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand- carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time not rusting even after 1500 years. Drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of the Indian soldiers), Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President's house) - formerly the Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat Buildings- an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture.
Return back to hotel. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 3:    Delhi - Jaipur (260 Km / 5.30 hrs)
 
 

This morining leave for Jaipur drive to Jaipur Continue drive to drive to Jaipur. Jaipur, or the City of Victory, was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is a well planned city of magnificent palaces and building. Built from rose-coloured terra cotta, it has given it the name 'Pink City'. Nowadays the Capital of Rajasthan with a population of over 1 million, it is a city full of contrasts with bazaars teeming with turbaned elders and jean clad youngsters to camels, horses and a multitude of vehicles. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at lesiure.
Overnight stay in Jaipur.

Day 4:    Jaipur
 
 

Morning excursion to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the region prior to Jaipur, and located 11 km north of the City. Now a deserted complex crowning the crest of a hill with panoramic views, Amber Fort is extremely well preserved and a fascinating place to explore. The forts majestic ramparts follow the natural contours of the ridge and he palace is full of hidden gems – the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of mirrors), Jas Mandir with its latticed windows and glass inlay work and Zenana. (Women’s quarters) Elephants still carry visitors in stately splendour to the main Palace, through magnificent high gateways.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur, visit the opulent Maharaja's City Palace which occupies the heart of Jai Singh II’s city and has been home to the City’s rulers for 200 years. A superb blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the interiors of the Palace are lavishly furnished and decorated and the Museum houses a fabulous collection of textiles, art and crafts and arms. The Jantar Mantar or Observatory was built by Jai Singh II, a keen astronomer, in 1728. It resembles a collection of giant sculptures and was used to determine the position of the stars and planets, accurately calculate Jaipur’s time, make horoscopes and is today still used to forecast the expected arrival date and intensity of the monsoon and summer temperatures. Photo stop at Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds -  Hawa Mahal, is a palace in Jaipur, India, so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivities while unseen from the outside. Also visit colorful local market in Jaipur. 
Back to hotel. Overnight stay in Jaipur.

Day 5:    Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (260 Km / 6 hrs)
 
 

Today leave for Agra en-route visit to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar in 1571 in honour of the famous Sufi saint, Salim Chishti. The Mughal capital for only 14 years until abandoned reputedly due to lack of water, the buildings, blending Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture and reflecting Akbar’s secular vision, remain in an excellent condition and it is a fascinating place to wander around.

Continue overland to Agra was the capital of the Mughal court during the 16th and 17th centuries and its sublime monuments date from that era. The emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jehan governed their vast empires from here and as prolific builders; artisans from Persia, Central Asia and other parts of India were attracted by their patronage. The resulting luxurious palaces, tombs, forts and gardens dot the picturesque riverine region along the Yamuna River; three of which, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri have been declared World Heritage Sites. Agra is renowned for its delicate Pietra Dura work; a Florentine technique imported by Jahangir of arranging minute pieces of precious and semi precious stones in complex, stylized floral and geometric designs into a marble base. On arrival you will be met by a representative and assistance during checkin. Overnight stay in Agra.

Day 6:    Agra
 
 

Today after breakfast check out from hotel and visit magnificent Taj Mahal ( closed on every Friday ), often considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India, the Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. There are few words that can describe the magnificence of this monument. The world's greatest monument to love and devotion. Built by the emperor Shah Jehan for his favourite wife Mumtaz, its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship took 20,000 workers almost 22 years to complete in 1653. It is undoubtedly a building as close to perfection as is achievable and its appearance changes magically with the light at different times of the day. Also visit Agra Fort, which has been the seat of Mughal rulers for several years. Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city.
Overnight stay in Agra

Day 7:    Agra - Khajuraho (By train, 175 Km / 4 hrs)
 
 

Early morning transfer to Agra Cantt station to board train for Jhansi. Upon arrival at Jhansi , you will be met at station and drive to Khajuraho via Orchha. Orchha's grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time, a rich legacy to the ages. In this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly and the palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries retain much of their pristine perfection. Orchha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain, Rudra Pratap, who chose this stretch of land along the Betwa river as an ideal site for his capital. Of the succeeding rulers, the most notable was Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo who built the exquisite Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatris. From here the view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs is spectacular. Arrive Khajuraho and check in to the hotel. Overnight stay in Khajuraho.

Day 8:    Khajuraho - Varanasi (By flight)
 
 

Morning half day tour visiting the world famous Khajuraho temples built by Chandela kings between 250 AD and 1050 AD. The most important are the Chaunset Yogini Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, the Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely image of 11 headed Vishnu, Vishwanath and Nandi Temples, Lakshmana Temple, Visha Temple dedicated to Shiva, which is the largest and most typical of temples.Later transfer to airport to connect flight. On arrival in Varanasi transfer to hotel. Evening visit the famous ghats for the Aarti ceremony on river Ganges Overnight stay in Varanasi.

Day 9:    Varanasi - Delhi (By flight)
 
 

Early morning, before sunrise drive to Ghats on river Ganges. Then enjoy the boat ride on the river Ganges. You witness the fascinating early morning rituals being performed by Hindu devotees along the river bank which includes the cremation ghats. After breakfast transfer to the airport to connect your onward flight.

 Tour includes: 

  • All accommodation as mentioned in the program
  • All meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Mineral water & soft drinks
  • AC Train Ticket Agra - Jhansi
  • All land transportation and transfers by air-conditioned car with local driver
  • Local driver during land transportation and transfers (local language speaking only)
  •  Kerala boat tour
  • Alleppey homestead and guided walk
  •  Morning ferry cruise on Kollam's backwaters
  • English speaking guide incl his salary & expenses 
  • All services as mentioned in the program
  • All excursions and activities as mentioned including entrance fees 
  • Elephant Ride at Amber fort, Jaipur (Subject to availability)
  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi.
  • Tonga ride in Agra
  • Attend evening Aarti on Ghats in Varanasi

 Tour does not include: 

  •  Visa (fees) to enter the country (check if applicable to you) 
  • Flights and taxes
  • Airport departure taxes per person 
  • Travel insurances
  • Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc. 
  • Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the program

 

An overview map of Potrait of India tour program

General Travel Information

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

 

  • Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.
  • Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision. 
  • We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.
  • Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.
  • Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.
  • Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.
  • About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

 

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

Bethan W - An excellent few days - hassle free and really well organised. Our driver was fantastic - really helpful and patient. The local guides were very good as well. We stayed in the Howard plaza in Agra which was excellent; Jaipur hotel good but next to a loud venue. Overall, highly recommended.

Lalpetra, UK - This was, indeed, simply unforgettable... We embarked on a tour around Rajasthan organised by Travel XS, and we have to say it really exceeded all our expectations, it really did! What an amazing experience!

Hi, I am Ivon your friend from India. As I was growing up I was impressed by people who were dedicated to travel and who were always looking for new and fascinating experiences. Learning about famous travellers set me on the path of findingmy own travel adventures with friends and it became one of my passions. Having traveled extensively through India, I've gained an in-depth knowledge of India's rich culture, much of which remains undiscovered by the average traveler. And it's great to be able to share my love of India with a friend like you.

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Portrait of India - 9 days

The painted and sculpted beauty of nature, art and architecture along with its cultural heritage, tradition and spirituality are in showcase for you to see and enjoy. The joy of doing petty things like the rickshaw ride in Delhi to the jaw-dropping magnificence of the royal forts and palaces, the little markets bustling with activity to the well planned and executed heritage temple architecture, the upscale city centers and markets to the simple life on the river banks of the holy Ganges, India is a land of experiences galore. To see them all does paint a pretty portrait indeed.

Day 1:    Arrive Delhi
 
 

Arrive Delhi today. You will be met on arrival by Travel Xs representative and transferred to the hotel. Breakfast at hotel. (Check-in time at the hotel is 1200 hours)
Delhi, the vibrant capital city of India lying along the River Yamuna, is a teaming metropolis of 14 million people and nowhere in the Country is the contrast between old and new more obvious.
Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 2:    Delhi
 
 

Today after breakfast proceed for Full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi.
Proceed for sightseeing tour of Old Delhi visiting Jama Masjid - The largest mosque in India. Here you will also enjoy Rickshaw Ride in narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk - once an imperial avenue of Mughal Royalty which today is the busiest commercial market of City. Visit Raj Ghat – the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, drive pass from the magnificent Red Fort - a marvel in red sandstone, built on the banks of River Yamuna by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi - visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand- carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time not rusting even after 1500 years. Drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of the Indian soldiers), Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President's house) - formerly the Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat Buildings- an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture.
Return back to hotel. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 3:    Delhi - Jaipur (260 Km / 5.30 hrs)
 
 

This morining leave for Jaipur drive to Jaipur Continue drive to drive to Jaipur. Jaipur, or the City of Victory, was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is a well planned city of magnificent palaces and building. Built from rose-coloured terra cotta, it has given it the name 'Pink City'. Nowadays the Capital of Rajasthan with a population of over 1 million, it is a city full of contrasts with bazaars teeming with turbaned elders and jean clad youngsters to camels, horses and a multitude of vehicles. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at lesiure.
Overnight stay in Jaipur.

Day 4:    Jaipur
 
 

Morning excursion to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the region prior to Jaipur, and located 11 km north of the City. Now a deserted complex crowning the crest of a hill with panoramic views, Amber Fort is extremely well preserved and a fascinating place to explore. The forts majestic ramparts follow the natural contours of the ridge and he palace is full of hidden gems – the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of mirrors), Jas Mandir with its latticed windows and glass inlay work and Zenana. (Women’s quarters) Elephants still carry visitors in stately splendour to the main Palace, through magnificent high gateways.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur, visit the opulent Maharaja's City Palace which occupies the heart of Jai Singh II’s city and has been home to the City’s rulers for 200 years. A superb blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the interiors of the Palace are lavishly furnished and decorated and the Museum houses a fabulous collection of textiles, art and crafts and arms. The Jantar Mantar or Observatory was built by Jai Singh II, a keen astronomer, in 1728. It resembles a collection of giant sculptures and was used to determine the position of the stars and planets, accurately calculate Jaipur’s time, make horoscopes and is today still used to forecast the expected arrival date and intensity of the monsoon and summer temperatures. Photo stop at Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds -  Hawa Mahal, is a palace in Jaipur, India, so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivities while unseen from the outside. Also visit colorful local market in Jaipur. 
Back to hotel. Overnight stay in Jaipur.

Day 5:    Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (260 Km / 6 hrs)
 
 

Today leave for Agra en-route visit to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar in 1571 in honour of the famous Sufi saint, Salim Chishti. The Mughal capital for only 14 years until abandoned reputedly due to lack of water, the buildings, blending Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture and reflecting Akbar’s secular vision, remain in an excellent condition and it is a fascinating place to wander around.

Continue overland to Agra was the capital of the Mughal court during the 16th and 17th centuries and its sublime monuments date from that era. The emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jehan governed their vast empires from here and as prolific builders; artisans from Persia, Central Asia and other parts of India were attracted by their patronage. The resulting luxurious palaces, tombs, forts and gardens dot the picturesque riverine region along the Yamuna River; three of which, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri have been declared World Heritage Sites. Agra is renowned for its delicate Pietra Dura work; a Florentine technique imported by Jahangir of arranging minute pieces of precious and semi precious stones in complex, stylized floral and geometric designs into a marble base. On arrival you will be met by a representative and assistance during checkin. Overnight stay in Agra.

Day 6:    Agra
 
 

Today after breakfast check out from hotel and visit magnificent Taj Mahal ( closed on every Friday ), often considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India, the Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. There are few words that can describe the magnificence of this monument. The world's greatest monument to love and devotion. Built by the emperor Shah Jehan for his favourite wife Mumtaz, its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship took 20,000 workers almost 22 years to complete in 1653. It is undoubtedly a building as close to perfection as is achievable and its appearance changes magically with the light at different times of the day. Also visit Agra Fort, which has been the seat of Mughal rulers for several years. Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city.
Overnight stay in Agra

Day 7:    Agra - Khajuraho (By train, 175 Km / 4 hrs)
 
 

Early morning transfer to Agra Cantt station to board train for Jhansi. Upon arrival at Jhansi , you will be met at station and drive to Khajuraho via Orchha. Orchha's grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time, a rich legacy to the ages. In this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly and the palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries retain much of their pristine perfection. Orchha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain, Rudra Pratap, who chose this stretch of land along the Betwa river as an ideal site for his capital. Of the succeeding rulers, the most notable was Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo who built the exquisite Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatris. From here the view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs is spectacular. Arrive Khajuraho and check in to the hotel. Overnight stay in Khajuraho.

Day 8:    Khajuraho - Varanasi (By flight)
 
 

Morning half day tour visiting the world famous Khajuraho temples built by Chandela kings between 250 AD and 1050 AD. The most important are the Chaunset Yogini Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, the Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely image of 11 headed Vishnu, Vishwanath and Nandi Temples, Lakshmana Temple, Visha Temple dedicated to Shiva, which is the largest and most typical of temples.Later transfer to airport to connect flight. On arrival in Varanasi transfer to hotel. Evening visit the famous ghats for the Aarti ceremony on river Ganges Overnight stay in Varanasi.

Day 9:    Varanasi - Delhi (By flight)
 
 

Early morning, before sunrise drive to Ghats on river Ganges. Then enjoy the boat ride on the river Ganges. You witness the fascinating early morning rituals being performed by Hindu devotees along the river bank which includes the cremation ghats. After breakfast transfer to the airport to connect your onward flight.

 Tour includes: 

  • All accommodation as mentioned in the program
  • All meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Mineral water & soft drinks
  • AC Train Ticket Agra - Jhansi
  • All land transportation and transfers by air-conditioned car with local driver
  • Local driver during land transportation and transfers (local language speaking only)
  •  Kerala boat tour
  • Alleppey homestead and guided walk
  •  Morning ferry cruise on Kollam's backwaters
  • English speaking guide incl his salary & expenses 
  • All services as mentioned in the program
  • All excursions and activities as mentioned including entrance fees 
  • Elephant Ride at Amber fort, Jaipur (Subject to availability)
  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi.
  • Tonga ride in Agra
  • Attend evening Aarti on Ghats in Varanasi

 Tour does not include: 

  •  Visa (fees) to enter the country (check if applicable to you) 
  • Flights and taxes
  • Airport departure taxes per person 
  • Travel insurances
  • Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc. 
  • Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the program

 

General Travel Information

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

 

  • Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.
  • Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision. 
  • We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.
  • Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.
  • Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.
  • Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.
  • About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

 

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

Bethan W - An excellent few days - hassle free and really well organised. Our driver was fantastic - really helpful and patient. The local guides were very good as well. We stayed in the Howard plaza in Agra which was excellent; Jaipur hotel good but next to a loud venue. Overall, highly recommended.

Lalpetra, UK - This was, indeed, simply unforgettable... We embarked on a tour around Rajasthan organised by Travel XS, and we have to say it really exceeded all our expectations, it really did! What an amazing experience!

Hi, I am Ivon your friend from India. As I was growing up I was impressed by people who were dedicated to travel and who were always looking for new and fascinating experiences. Learning about famous travellers set me on the path of findingmy own travel adventures with friends and it became one of my passions. Having traveled extensively through India, I've gained an in-depth knowledge of India's rich culture, much of which remains undiscovered by the average traveler. And it's great to be able to share my love of India with a friend like you.

Contact >>
Foreign women celebrating indian holy festival

Highlights

  • Tour the cities on rickshaws, tongas and atop elephants
  • Enjoy the gleaming sunrise while on a boat ride in Varanasi
  • Witness the soul stirring evening Aarti on the Ghats in Varanasi

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