10nt Cultural Heritage & Culinary Delights Tour of India
Since time immemorial, the Indian Subcontinent has captured the imagination of the travellers with its rich mosaic of religions, culture, legends and people. This classical journey unveils the mysteries and legends surrounding the dramatic and varied settings of the British capital of Delhi; the holy city of Varanasi; the majestic Taj Mahal in Agra; the legendary city of Lucknow and the culturally-rich metro city of Kolkata. Savour the flavour and spirit of this astonishing land of contrasts.
- See the contrasting landmarks of Old and New Delhi
- Stroll through the bustling narrow bylanes of Chandni Chowk
- Pay tribute to the monument of love ‘Taj Mahal’
- Visit Agra’s local market and witness marble inlay work demonstration
- Enjoy a culinary walking tour relishing traditional delights of Lucknow
- Witness the sacred ‘Aarti’ ceremony and enjoy boat ride on the holy Ganges in Varanasi
- Witness the British legacy and terracotta temples in Kolkata
- Valid for double/twin occupancy only
- Departure points, dates and hours are subject to availability and cannot always be guaranteed
- Hotel Check in 14:00, Check out 10:00
- There is no charge for payments made with Debit Cards.
Day 1. Delhi
Arrive in the historical city of Delhi and transfer to your hotel for 2 nights stay.
Day 2. Delhi
Enjoy a guided tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi which includes drive past the Red Fort, a visit to Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in Asia; walk through the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat, the simple but moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Later, drive past the imposing India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s residence) and end the tour with a visit to Qutab Minar, a masterpiece of perfect proportions, and tomb of Emperor Humayun.
Day 3. Agra
Drive to the Mughal city of Agra (204 Kms / 04 -05 Hours). On arrival, check into your hotel and relax for rest of the day. You may want to wander through the bazaars in the evening.
Day 4. Agra
Enjoy a guided tour of Agra which includes a visit to Itmad-ud-Daula, the beautiful tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Explore the massive red sandstone Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Continue to the Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, a masterpiece in marble and one of the world’s most famous landmarks. In the evening, enjoy view of Taj Mahal from across the River Yamuna and also witness the display of intricate inlay work on marble.
Day 5. Lucknow
In the morning, transfer to Agra railway station to board Shatabdi express train for Lucknow (Shatabdi Express-12004: 0850 / 1240 hours). Upon arrival in Lucknow, you will be met and assisted for transfer to hotel for check-in. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a culinary walking tour (Culinary walk is not available on Fridays). Lucknow can very well be termed as a city that has carved a niche by attracting gastronomes for the want of discovering and re-discovering the Awadhi Cuisine. Till date Lucknowites spend the most of the earning and time in their kitchens. Lucknow is one place that has a colony of chefs called ‘Bawarchi Tola’ and then there is a full street where one can find the best from Lucknow’s very own kitchens. We take you for this evening tour and allow you to hop-in, hop-out of the traditional roadside eateries and stories of the traditional roots.
Day 6. Lucknow
After breakfast, proceed for a full day tour visiting the city highlights including shopping tour. Visit the Bara Imambara, built by Nawab Asafuddaula to provide relief to his subjects during the famine of 1784. The splendour of this edifice is a reminder of the past glory of Nawab of Oudh. The Imambara is unique for the absence of pillars or supports in the main hall, which stands 50 feet tall. Continue to the Shah Najaf Imambara, the tomb of Nawab Ghaziuddin Haider, and his family is house in this majestic white domed building. The tombs are plated in silver and gold and the interiors are ornate with floral designs and chandeliers. Also, visit the Jama Masjid, the grand mosque built by Muhammad Ali Shah in typical Mughal style with tall minarets and onion-shaped domes. Continue to Lucknow Residency, it was once the political residence of the British officials and Husainabad Picture Gallery, located near the Husainabad Tank houses portraits of the rulers of Awadh.
Day 7. Varanasi
Early morning, you will be transferred to the railway station to board the train to Varanasi (Intercity Express- 14204: 0700 / 1330 hours). Upon arrival in Varanasi, you will be met and assisted for transfer to hotel for check-in. In the evening, you will be transferred to Dashashwamedh Ghat along the River Ganges to witness the special Hindu Aarti ceremony performed at the Ghats. Every evening, a magical Aarti is performed - the presiding priests stand on a wooden step-board in the water. To the chant of Sanskrit mantras, and the clash of cymbals and drums, the river is worshipped with flowers, incense, sandalwood, milk and vermilion.
Day 8. Kolkata
Early morning enjoy a boat cruise on the river Ganges (subject to water levels). Varanasi's principle attraction is the string of bathing ghats, which line the western ghats of River Ganges. Following visit, return to your hotel for breakfast. Later walk through the maze of back lanes in the old quarters that exude the smells and sounds of this holy city. Visit Kachauri Gali, a lane filled with a tempting bouquet of spices, where cooks sit beside huge pans of smoking oil, balanced on earthen ovens. In the afternoon, proceed on a tour of Sarnath, the site of Buddha's first sermon (museum remains closed on Fridays). Later, transfer to the airport to board flight for Kolkata (6E-716: 1930 / 2050). Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 9. Kolkata
Enjoy a full day tour visiting the city highlights including the spectacular Flower market, heritage Dalhousie Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral - the most important church of the city constructed by Bishop Wilson as the first Episcopal Church of the East, Victoria Memorial - the imposing edifice contains a collection of Victorian memorabilia, including Queen Victoria's Piano, (closed on Monday & National Holidays. Photography not allowed inside) and the spiritual Mother Teresa's Home (closed on Thursday).
Day 10. Kolkata
After breakfast at hotel, proceed for a full day excursion to Bishnupur, 100 kilometres northwest of Kolkata, it is famous for its rich architecture, music tradition and handicrafts legacy of pottery and weaving. Known for its unique terracotta temples, each of the temples displays an exquisite art form and each more beautifully embellished than the other. The former capital of the Malla kings, Bishnupur is renowned for its crafts such as intricate Balucheri saris, the rare ganijifa (circular Indian playing card), delicate carving on shells and bell metal artefacts.
Day 11. Depart Kolkata
In time transfer to the airport for your onward journey.