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Luxury Classical India Tour
Duration : 11 Days / 10 Nights
Destinations : Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Jhansi - Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur - Delhi

Classical India tour will take you through the exuberant artistic and literary side of India. Although whole of India is immersed in culture, tradition and glorious past, north India stands out due to its rich heritage. The Classical India tour designed specially by Hansa Vacations experts is sure to leave you wanting for more with its kaleidoscopic and breathtaking visuals.

Part of our luxury India tour, this tour will take you through northern India and will also include a visit to the famous Golden triangle - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. You are also offered a glimpse of the colorful and radiant culture and traditions of north India through various optional activities. Be ready to get dazzled by the sheer artistic and literary magnificence of the places.

Delhi is the starting point for this tour. The tour will then take you to the cities of Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur. Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Qutab Minar, the majestic forts of Jaipur and Udaipur are few of the monuments that will take you back to the era of Indian kings and queens. North India is also famous for its delectable cuisine and hand crafted artifacts. The folk culture of Rajasthan will certainly enthral you.

Come and visit this truly amazing milieu of breathtaking locales for a memory of a lifetime.

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. Upon arrival our Hansa Vacations representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel in luxury car of your choice ranging from Mercedes S Class to BMW 7 series.

On arrival at your hotel, experience Indian warmth and hospitality as you are greeted with a ‘Traditional Welcome’. Elegant ladies in local costumes greet you with garlands. Flower petals are showered and the ‘aarti’ ceremony is performed where your forehead is anointed with the auspicious red ‘tika’. Relax with a welcome drink. Stay overnight at a Luxury hotel in Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast, meet the guide in the hotel lobby after morning breakfast and depart for the full day sightseeing of the city. Start your sightseeing with Old Delhi, visit to Jama Masjid (Jama Mosque) and later take a walk in the Chandni Chowk (Local Bazaar) which was very famous in the bygone era and till date it has a bustling crowd and is full of hawkers.Qutab Minar which was built by Qutab-ud-din- Aibek and later completed by the Iltutmish, there are many other imposing buildings in the Qutab complex. Afternoon visit Humayun’s Tomb which is the mausoleum of Humayun’s the Mughal emperor (The design concept of Taj Mahal was incorporated from this monument). Drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan, (President Palace) and take a halt at India gate.  Evening is free to walk around the Connaught Place which is both commercial as well as shopping hub or enjoy some of the below mentioned optional activities which Hansa Vacations will organize for you. Stay overnight at a Luxury hotel in Delhi.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES HANSA VACATIONS WILL ORGANIZE FOR YOU IN DELHI

  • Traditional Indian dinner with cultural programs like dances and live Indian music
Slip back into the grandeur and glitter of the Mughal era. Go back to the historically fabled world of the great Mughals. "Chobedars" (gate keepers) usher guests to the "daawat-khana" (dining-room). Hostesses clad in silken, flowing "shararas" (skirts) and "chunnis" (veils) welcome the guests with flowers and "attar" (perfume) in the traditional style. Flamboyant folk/classical dances herald a sumptuous spread of Indian and Mughlai delicacies, served in a manner befitting royalty at Village Bistro Complex restaurant. Hansa Vacations will arrange this fantastic experience for you..
  • Sound & light show at Red Fort – Old Delhi
The historic Red Fort, which has stood witness to Delhi’s rejuvenation, periods of anarchy, and the rise and fall of empires, is the venue for the spectacular sound and light show which brings alive the history of the capital. Amidst the tranquility of the splendidly panoramic environs of Purana Qila select episodes from the annals of Delhi’s historic and legendary past are brought to life. The viewer is transported centuries back in time to witness Queen Draupadi being reduced to a dasi (maid) of Hastinapur, the gallant Prithviraj Chauhan galloping away with the beauteous Samyogita, Sher Shah Suri being blown to bits by misfired cannon, the clash of a sword wielded by the legendary Razia Sultan, Humanyun tragically tumbling down the steps of his library, Bahadur Shah Zafar surrendering to the British.

This is the story of the city of cities.... DELHI; of the site where a great empire rose and fell before the dawn of history; where citadels of emperors appeared and disappeared; a city of mysterious eternity whose old ruins proclaim a majestic and imperial past and whose present pulsates vibrantly with the ever flowing life force of India. Hansa Vacations gives you an opportunity to experience these and many more such episodes out of Delhi’s 5000-year-old saga which can be relived during this evocative 62 minutes sound and light show. Advanced technology has made it possible to add special effects which combine with the unique ambience to make this show a hauntingly unforgettable experience.
  • Escorted tour to “Kingdom Of Dreams”
Kingdom of Dreams, India’s first live entertainment and leisure destination located in Gurgaon, Replete with the flourish of two welcoming elephants, this distinctive endeavor brings to life the magic and timeless mystique of India in a unique blend which will leave the spectators spell bound. The fusion of art, culture, heritage, crafts, impressive architecture, cuisine and performing arts are beautifully synchronized with spectacular technological wizardry. Culture Gully, one of the core attractions of Kingdom of Dreams, is an elaborate boulevard of culture, arts & crafts and cuisine under India’s first ever skydrome. Spread over 100,000 square feet, this magical avenue offers an exciting experience of a busy Indian street showcasing India as a delightful destination to savor the best of local cuisines, sample many of India’s renowned handicrafts and enjoy live performances by traditional artists. The Culture Gully presents a magnificent Indian carnival showcasing 14 states of India in all its splendor on a single street enveloped under a breathtaking skydrome.

Day 03: Delhi - Varanasi (By flight)
After breakfast a Hansa Vacations representative will assist you to airport to board the flight to Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel.  At the time of sunset, enjoy a boat ride on the Ganges Rivers to witness the aarti (prayer), emitting a spiritual ambiance to this ancient city. During the ceremony, oil lamps are placed in the river followed by aarti as bells ring in the back-round accompanied with chanting and singing, a magical conclusion to this day. Stay overnight at a luxury hotel in Varanasi.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES HANSA VACATIONS WILL ORGANIZE FOR YOU IN VARANASI

  • Private Aarti ceremony on the banks of river Ganges
The Aarti Ceremony can be defined to be a Hindu ritual in which light or fire, which is lit with the help of wicks, soaked in oil or butter is offered as a means of worship to the deities. Almost all the Hindu rituals of worship involve the ceremony of Aarti. Perhaps the earliest mention of the Ceremony of Aarti in India can be found in Rig Veda, which is considered to be the earliest scripture of Hinduism. According to the Rig Veda, the use of Aarti can be said to be derived from the Vedic concepts of elaborate sacrificial fires or Homa. The word Aarti can be itself said to be derived from a conjunction of the two words of "Aa", meaning "towards", and "Rati", which in turn means "the highest love for God" in Sanskrit. Thus, the word Aarti in actuality means the "highest love for God."

The concept of Aarti involves the circulation of a plate in which the wick remains, burning on a metal or earthen lamp. The plate is also filled with a number of other elements which are considered to be important prerequisites for any Hindu worship, like flowers, sandal wood and vermillion. The entire plate is moved in a rotational movement around the deity who is to be worshipped. According to Hindu scriptures, it is said that the plate itself acquires the qualities of the deity and thus, this sacred plate is handed over to all the members present during the ceremony, who move the plate around the deity in turns as a mark of homage and respect to the sacred powers of the deity. Hansa Vacations will organize a exclusive and private aarti ceremony specially for you in full traditional style.

Day 04: Varanasi
Early this morning, at sunrise, re-visit the ghats, and experience another boat ride, witnessing devout Hindus, beginning their day by offering prayers to the holy river and the sun. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later you will proceed for city tour of Varanasi visiting the Kashi-Vishwanath Temple, the most sacred of the shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, patron deity of Varanasi, originally constructed by Rani Ahillya Bai Holkar in 1776. The temple was rebuilt in the 18th century; its gold plating on the "shikharas" was a gift from a Sikh king, Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Proceed to the Durga Temple, another important temple, dedicated to the Goddess Durga. It was built in the 18th century, in the Nagara style of architecture. It has five Shikharas (spires), which commences from the bottom and converges to the top. Locally, the temple is known as the "Monkey Temple" due to the large number of monkeys inhabiting the vicinity. Continue on to Tulsi Manas Mandir, built in 1964, devoted to Lord Rama and is believed to have been built on the site where the saint-poet Tulsi Das resided and wrote the epic Ram Charit Manas. The text is engraved on the walls of the temple. Next, visit the Bharat Mata Mandir, a unique temple dedicated to Mother India. It houses a relief map of India, carved out of marble. Afternoon proceed for an excursion to Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon, after attaining enlightenment. Visit the museum, many stupas, ruins and Mulagandhakuti Vihara (housing relics found during the early excavations). Stay overnight at a luxury hotel in Varanasi.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES HANSA VACATIONS WILL ORGANIZE FOR YOU IN VARANASI

  • Exclusive boat ride at river Ganges with live traditional Instrumental music
Sunrise on River Ganges is indeed magical and has a mystical quality about it. The vivid images of sun rising over the horizon and rising of the sleeping city of Varanasi with the first ray of the sun transfix international and domestic tourists alike. Rituals and ceremonies of Life and Death, considered to be two phases of the journey of soul in Hinduism, take place alongside each other. There are pilgrims and devotees who enter the chilly waters of the river to bathe and wash away their sins with a holy dip in the river; and there are near and dear ones of the departed, who come to flow away the ashes after the cremation ceremony in the hope to seek salvation for the souls of their dead.

The early morning boat ride along the banks of River Ganges has become a modern-age ritual introduced to the city by Varanasi tourism industry. You will find a number of boatmen at the Ghats of Varanasi quite early in the morning. Hansa Vacations features one-hour hassle-free and pleasurable luxury sun rise boat cruise on River Ganges with thoughtfully added soft melodious Benarasi music to accompany you during your boat ride on River
Ganga that will transport you to a different world altogether. The yearning tones of the sarangi and rhythmic beats of the tabla along with chanting of Mantras on the Ghats and tinkling of bells in Temples really add to the quality of experience and make it indescribably divine.

Day 05: Varanasi – Khajuraho (By flight)
After breakfast our representative will assist and transfer you to airport to board flight to Khajuraho. On arrival at Khajuraho airport, you will be met by our representative and transfer you to the hotel. In the afternoon visit The Eastern Group and The Western Group of Temples, famous for the Kamasutra sculptures. Stay overnight at a luxury hotel in Khajuraho.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES HANSA VACATIONS WILL ORGANIZE FOR YOU IN KHAJURAHO

  • Local folk dances at Kandhariya Shilpgram
The heartland of India still lies in the lakhs of villages that exist in India. Simple and friendly people who lead a basic yet colorful life characterize the Indian countryside. There is a drastic difference in the way of life, culture and art forms of the people living in the cities and those living in the villages of India. The village culture that encompasses music, fine arts and other traditions are based on a very different set of beliefs and principles. One such rural art that has strong roots even today is the folk dance or dance forms that are popular mainly in rural India. There is a whole range of folk dances of India that are immensely popular even at the international level. The Indian dance forms are primarily divided into two classes, namely, classical and folk dance. The Indian classical dances are comparatively more complex and have a firm set of guiding rules. The folk dances on the other hand are relatively simple but are also based on a specific framework. The folk dances of India are inspired by the village way of life, rural or mythological folklore and fables and country music. However, mastering these folk dances is equally challenging and requires the dancers to practice extensively to perfect the movements. Every region or state in India has a specific folk dance associated with it. Hansa Vacations will arrange for this unique opportunity to witness the folk dances live on stage – an attempt to capture the cultural experience in its dance shows.

Day 06: Khajuraho – Jhansi (By road) – Agra (by train)
After breakfast depart for Jhansi. En-route visit Orchha. Orchha Fort - The fort is reached by an arched bridge and the three palaces set in an open courtyard within the fort are the first buildings to explore. The tiered Jahangir Mahal was built in 1606 to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jahangir in 1606. The Raj Mahal, to the right of the courtyard, was built by Madhukar Shah and has bold colourful murals inside. The third palace, is the Rai Praveen Mahal, which is a two storey brick structure set in the gardens of Anand Mahal. Of the many temples within the fort, three are especially worth visiting. The Ram Raja Mandir was originally a palace and became a temple more by accident than design. Continue to Jhansi. On arrival at Jhansi our representative will assist and transfer you to Jhansi railway station to board train to Agra. On arrival at Agra Cant railway station you will be met by our representative and transfer you to the hotel. Stay overnight at a luxury hotel in Agra.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES HANSA VACATIONS WILL ORGANIZE FOR YOU IN KHAJURAHO

  • Early morning exclusive Jeep Safari to Panna National Park
 Panna National Park is a very popular wild life reserve. Located in the central Indian province of Madhya Pradesh, this national park is at a distance of almost 57 km from Khajuraho. Among the better known tiger reserves in India, Panna National Park is one of them. The park is famous for its big cats like the tigers and the leopards. Tourists visiting Khajuraho, make it a point to get to the Panna National Park to see the majestic cats in the wild. The landscape is rocky, the terrain is uneven and the vegetation comprises of mainly tall grass and scrubby bushes.

The bio-diversity in this national park is extremely rich. Apart from the powerful and huge tigers, the park also has wolf, chital, sloth bear, chinkara and sambar. Hansa Vacations will arrange for a Jeep safari to the National Park for wildlife viewing and you will be accompanied by a experienced naturalist.


Day 07: Agra
After a sumptuous breakfast proceed for half day city tour of Agra visiting The Taj Mahal - a poem, a feeling of love, in white marble, is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles. It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. It is more than 350 years since Taj Mahal was built in Agra, but it has not lost its romantic aura, which attracts millions of visitors to India to experience it. This ultimate temple of love, standing gracefully by the sacred Yamuna at Agra, is set amongst the serene ambience of a well laid out garden. This monument took 22 years, 20,000 men labored over to complete and designed it. It is undoubtedly the epitome of India tourism. It is planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. No word can justify the beauty of the Taj Mahal. It is a monument which no other in the world can match its beauty and grandeur. It can be said India travel is incomplete without experiencing the Taj Mahal.
Later visit to the Red Sandstone Agra Fort, seat of the Mughal dynasty in the 16th century, lies on the bend of the River Yamuna, almost in the heart of town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years of 1565-1573. Evening will be at leisure to visit local markets or enjoy the amenities at the hotel. Stay overnight at a luxury hotel in Agra.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES HANSA VACATIONS WILL ORGANIZE FOR YOU IN AGRA

  • Sunset visit of Taj Mahal and private balcony dinner (Only at Oberoi Amarvilas)
To truly appreciate the Taj Mahal and encapsulate its various moods, we suggest a sunset visit of Taj Mahal and view this dream in marble - for the Taj Mahal transforms its character with the changing light. The precision and care which went into Taj Mahal's design and construction is just as impressive whether you view it from across the river or from arm's length. Sunsets stain the Taj an exotic shade of orange. But nothing beats the poignant beauty of the Taj seen when the cool white marble is bathed in the soft silver light of the moon. Hansa Vacations will arrange for a special sunset visit of the Taj Mahal at the time of sunset followed by a lavish dinner with wine in your own private balcony with a breath taking view of the Taj Mahal.

Day 08: Agra – Jaipur (by road)
This morning you drive to Jaipur (265 kms / 05 hrs.), visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route – often called the ghost city , built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire, Fatehpur Sikri was mysteriously abandoned 13 years later. Later continue your drive to the Pink City of Rajasthan – Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight at a luxury hotel in Jaipur.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES HANSA VACATIONS WILL ORGANIZE FOR YOU IN JAIPUR

  • Dinner at Chowki Dhani
 Located on the suburbs of Jaipur, Chowki Dhani is a replication of ethnic Rajasthani village. Spread on more than 18 acres of land, Chowki Dhani is synonymous with Rajasthani culture since 1989. Over the years it has evolved as a tasteful and authentic symbol Located on the suburbs of Jaipur, The Pink City of India, is Chowki Dhani, replication of ethnic Rajasthani Village. Spread on more than 18 acres of land, Chowki Dhani is synonymous with Rajasthani Culture since 1989. In 1989 with Chowki Dhani Village, as a part of ambiance for a restaurant, over the years it has evolved as a tasteful and authentic symbol of ethnic village life of this most colorful state in the country. Built on typical Rajasthani theme, embedded with its rich heritage and lifestyle, it is a place where festivity never ends. Tradition infused with illustrious Rajasthani hospitality makes Chowki Dhani an unavoidable choice. Hansa Vacations will arrange for a special evening at Chowki Dhani with traditional Indian dinner.

Day 09: Jaipur
After breakfast start the day with an excursion to Amer Fort. Amer was the ancient capital of Jaipur. It is situated atop the Aravalli hills overlooking the city. Ascend the fort on elephant's back, like a king.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES HANSA VACATIONS WILL ORGANIZE FOR YOU IN JAIPUR

  • Exclusive elephant ride at Dera Amer & Lunch with Rajput family
Elephants have been a part of Indian culture since times immemorial; they have been representatives of strength and the power of Kings and Emperors. In olden days no religious ceremony, celebration or wedding would be complete without a row of decorated elephants. Jaipur has a long and colourful association with elephants. Dera Amer situated behind the hills of the famous Amer Fort is the ideal location for outdoor recreational and adventure activities in very close proximity to the city of Jaipur. The Camp is located at the foothills of the Aravali Range and surrounded by the wilderness of a reserved forest with no urban civilization in the vicinity, just a few hamlets housing the local villagers occupied by farming on the their fields bordering a pretty lake. Hansa Vacations will arrange for a special lunch with a Rajput family who themselves reside in the area and organize elephant, horse and camel safaris in the jungle using their beautiful home and camp as base as well as getting the guests to interact with the local farmers in the village.

Afternoon proceed for city tour driving past Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) followed by visit to Jantar Mantar Observatory and City Palace museum which covers a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings. A part of this palace is a now a museum, containing three wings of Armoury, Textiles and Artefacts. Stay overnight at a luxury hotel in Jaipur.

  • Gala dinner with Rajasthani music and dances at Samode Palace
One of the most awe inspiring Special Evening's that you can witness is at Samode Palace. You will feel like a Maharaja, when you will proceed to the gates of the Palace with a Camel cart procession, which is accompanied by a local band & torch bearers while you are transferred to the Palace on canopied camel carts as a procession through the quaint village of Samode with it's cobbled streets. Upon arrival you will feel the warmth of the traditional Indian hospitality in a Royal style with traditional arti & tikka by ladies dressed in typical Rajasthani attire. You will be greeted at the main entrance of the Palace with decorated horses & camels with men on both the sides and to top it all, a red-carpeted welcome. The moment you enter the gates of the Palace, you will be filled with delight to see the whole of the Palace and Fort, which are lit up with ferry lights, as was done in the olden days to welcome the victorious Maharajas and their legion. After experiencing the warmth of Indian hospitality, you will proceed for the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Mirrors - which is embellished by the exquisite craftsmanship of jewelers who have created a wonder in glass. Here you will be treated to a nice glass of Sparkling Champagne, which is followed by an elaborate dinner, and while you eat, in the background you will hear the soft music of the Sitar, which makes your meal all the more sumptuous. Followed by this subtle music, you will witness a performance of Rajasthani folk dances, which for sure you will find enthralling.

Day 10: Jaipur - Udaipur (By flight)
Early morning our representative will transfer you to airport to board the flight to Udaipur. Upon arrival in Udaipur our representative will meet you and transfer you to hotel.

Udaipur is the city also known for its palaces built in lakes. They are as exquisite as gems of marble carvings, inlaid with mirror mosaics and murals and miniature painting. The Palaces constructed in the islands of Jag Mandir, and Niwas in the centre of the lake have beautiful marbles domes and towers. . The Lake Palace which is now converted into a luxury hotel is a masterpiece of art and architecture. Later visit City Palace complex which houses another two luxury hotels Shiv Niwas and Fateh Prakash. Later go to Sahelion ki Bari and Jagdish Temple. Late afternoon enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola. Stay overnight at a luxury hotel in Udaipur.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES HANSA VACATIONS WILL ORGANIZE FOR YOU IN UDAIPUR

  • Exclusive boat ride at Lake Pichola
The gleaming beauty of Lake Pichola in Udaipur is something that cannot be described by mere words. One has to visit the lake to see its real marvel and splendour. The surrounding environment is absolutely tranquil and it makes the perfect retreat for a tired tourist who wants to have some peace and relaxation. A boat ride on the Lake is sure to mesmerize you and keep you asking for more. The Lake is surrounded by palaces and temples and the scenic vistas will keep you occupied for a long time. Hansa Vacations will arrange for a exclusive boat ride on Lake Pichola which not only provides the best scenic view of the lake and the mountains in the city, but also presents some of the most important historical monuments dotted along the lakeside or submerged within the lake. Beginning with the monumental lakeside façade of the City Palace Complex, the boat ride moves to the picturesque ghats with their distinctive steps, still used by the locals. The lake-side is lined with the havelis of the nobles, most prominent being the Bagore ki Haveli. The Gangaur Ghat with the triple-arched Tripolia stands as a magnificent piece of architecture at the end of Bagore ki Haveli.

Day 11: Udaipur - Delhi (By flight) Departure
Morning at leisure in Udaipur, after which you will be met by our representative and escorted from your hotel to the Udaipur airport in time for your flight to Delhi.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES HANSA VACATIONS WILL ORGANIZE FOR YOU IN DELHI

  • Farewell dinner at Spice route at hotel Imperial
Heralded as one of the top ten restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, The Spice Route - serving Southeast Asian cuisine, has been designed to reflect the journey of spices from the Malabar Coast in Kerala through Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia to Thailand and Vietnam. The Restaurant is an overwhelming visual depiction of the art and culture that travelled through these regions. Designed on the principles of Feng Shui, The Spice Route is a treasure trove of antiques and is divided intonine different sections, each depicting part of the journey of life. Besides the stunning décor, The Spice Route boasts a menu that ensnares the taste buds of a seasoned food connoisseur. The Restaurant, that was seven years in the making, is completely hand painted with vegetable and flower dyes by mural painters brought in especially from a temple in Guruvayur in Kerala with a tradition dating back to 3000 years.

Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met by our representative and transferred to a airport hotel for wash and change and day use. Later our representative will transfer you to the Delhi airport in time for your flight back home.