12 day Best of India and Varanasi tour with flights

12 day Best of India and Varanasi tour including return international flights, accommodation, breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing, English speaking tour guides and more.

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  • 12 day Best of India and Varanasi tour with flights
  • 12 day Best of India and Varanasi tour with flights
  • 12 day Best of India and Varanasi tour with flights
  • 12 day Best of India and Varanasi tour with flights
  • 12 day Best of India and Varanasi tour with flights
  • 12 day Best of India and Varanasi tour with flights
  • 12 day Best of India and Varanasi tour with flights
  • 12 day Best of India and Varanasi tour with flights
  • 12 day Best of India and Varanasi tour with flights
  • 12 day Best of India and Varanasi tour with flights
 

Highlights

 

Unearth the beauty of India with a 12 day Best of India and Varanasi tour.

Explore the sights of Old Delhi with a full day sightseeing tour around the bustling city. Visit the Red Fort, ChandniChowk and Bahai Temple, before continuing on to Jaipur. Witness the gorgeous red and pink sunlight bounce off the sandstone of HawaMahal, a 5 story museum that was once used as a place for royal ladies to observe the streets below. 

Admire the breath-taking beauty of Agra, also known as the Taj Mahal. Learn about the history and reasoning behind this World Heritage listed site, before flying to Varanasi.

Take a cruise along the Ganges River and see the place where pilgrims go to bathe in the holy water. End your tour visiting the many sight of New Delhi, before catching your flight back home. 

 
 

Day 1: New Zealand  – airplane-takeoff –  Delhi, India

Today depart New Zealand for India! On arrival at Delhi airport meet & greet with our representative and transfer to your hotel. 

Please note – some flights may depart one day earlier.

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.

Day 2: Old Delhi City Tour (B)

After breakfast, we start a full day sightseeing tour of Old Delhi City and experience the Delhi Metro train system. Start By visiting Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India taking 13 years to build and remains a marvellous treasure of the Old City. A steep climb to the top of its southern tower will reward you with a stunning view across the rooftops of Delhi. We then take a Rickshaw ride to explore the old part of town, which includes: ChandniChowk (Moonlight Square), one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi and then onto the Spice Market – one of Asia’s largest wholesale spice markets with hundreds of shops dealing in refined, local and exotic spices. This large market area is rich in color and photo opportunities. We then visit the Red Fort – Delhi’ s most famous monument and a powerful reminder of the Mughal emperors who ruled India. We then return to the hotel by the Delhi metro train. 

Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur (B)

After breakfast, proceed to Jaipur. Travel time approx. 6 hours. On arrival in Jaipur, we visit some sights including City Palace, situated in the heart of the old City, it occupies about one seventh of the old city area and is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Jantar Mantar, built in 18th century and is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments. We also visit Albert Hall Museum – situated in the Ram Niwas Garden. This graceful building was founded in 1876 by Prince Albert (also known as Albert Hall). It has a rare collection of archaeological and handicraft pieces.

Day 4: Jaipur (B)

An early start this morning to witness the sunlight on the red and pink sandstone of HawaMahal – an amazing sight and the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. Originally designed for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the processions and other activities, on the street below. Now it houses a well laid out museum. 

Later we drive to Amer Fort to experience a Jeep Ride or Elephant ride from the old town to the Courtyard of Amer Fort. In earlier days the King’s army used the same route. Amer Fort is the old capital of the Kachhwahas and stands atop a range of craggy hills. The fort is remarkable as much for the majestic grandeur of its surroundings as for its sturdy battlements and beautiful palaces. It is a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The solemn dignity of it red sandstone and white marble pavilions, when reflected in the lake at the foot hill, is a sight to behold. 

On the way Back from Amber Fort we stop at JalMahal, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Renovation around the lake is in progress. We also take the opportunity to visit a block-printing workshop, the ancient art of Jaipur plus a vsit to the local markets.

Day 5: Jaipur – Agra (B) 

After breakfast, proceed to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Travel time approx. 5 hours. On the way we visit either the the fortified ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri – built using red sandstone it’s a perfect blend of Indian, Islamic and Persian architecture or Abhaneri which is a village in the Dausa district of Rajasthan and popular for the Chand Baori step well and Harshat Mata Temple.

Day 6: Agra, Taj Mahal at Sunrise – Delhi (B)

You cannot think of India without thinking of Taj Mahal. You may not have known of Agra were it not for the monument of love. We have an early morning start as the sun comes up over the white marble beauty of the majestic Taj Mahal! Constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The monument stands proof for the brilliance of Mughal architecture. Named as one of the wonders of the world, Taj Mahal stands the test of time. Declared a World Heritage Site it truly is a feast to your eyes and senses to watch the unmatched beauty. (*Taj Mahal Closed on every Friday). We then return to the hotel for breakfast and check out. 

We then visit Agra Fort – the 16th century monument is yet another proof of the architectural brilliance of Mughals. Called the Red Fort of Agra, you will be awe inspired by the powerful fortress. The fortress comprises many palaces namely, Jahangir Palace and KhasMahal. The entire fortress is a symbol of Mughal’s grandeur. It was in Agra Fort Shah Jahan was held prisoner by Aurangazeb, his son. Shah Jahan, the emperor, spent his last days here viewing the monument of love he had built for his wife.

Visit Itmad-ud-Daulah – India’s first tomb to be made completely out of marble before the drive back to Delhi (approx. 5 hours). 

Day 7: Delhi –  airplane-takeoff –  Varanasi (B)

After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight for Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi, meet and greet with tour leader and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon we take a sightseeing tour of Varanasi by experiencing the Old Town with a Rickshaw ride.  It is a city, which enshrines the very essence of Hinduism—temples, shrines and devotees, sunrise boat rides, flower ceremonies with traditional music and walks on the ghats. A city of colourful bazaars exquisite and bright silks, festivals – all centring around the teeming ghats of the Holy Ganges.

Annapoorna Devi Temple – Annapurna or Annapoorna is the Hindu Goddess of nourishment. Anna means food and grains. Purna means full, complete and perfect. She is form of Parvati, the consort of Shiva. The most well-known temple dedicated to Goddess Annapurna is in Varanasi, U.P., India. Adjacent to the Sanctum of the Goddess is the Kasi Viswanath temple. The two are separated by only a few yards. Annapurna is regarded as the queen of Varanasi alongside her husband Vishweshwar (Shiva), the King of Varanasi.

Assi Ghat – the Ghat located at the confluence of Assi River and the holy Ganges, is the southernmost Ghat in Kashi. Renowned for a spectacular and large Shiva Lingam placed under a Peepal Tree. This is a favourite spot for Hindu devotees to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva after taking holy dip in the river.

Bharat Mata Temple – a relatively new temple built in 1936 and located at Kashi Vidyapeeth Campus, is a shrine dedicated to Mother India. This temple was built by a Gandhian follower Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt and was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi.

Dashaswamedh Ghat – a much acclaimed religious spot and a favourite among the Hindu devotees is considered as the main Ghat. It is believed that Lord Brahma performed his victorious Dasa Ashwamedha (ten-horses) sacrifice in this spot. Legend claims that a similar kind of ten horse sacrifice was done here in the second century by Bhara Shiva Naga rulers.

Evening visit to a Ganges Aarti Ceremony – Varanasi is a sacred and oldest city of the world located at the banks of the holy River Gange.  Witness the special Hindu Aarti ceremony performed at the Ghats by a group of priests.

Day 8: Varanasi (B)

Varanasi’s principle attraction is the string of bathing ghats, which line the western ghats of River Ganges. The spectacular 4 Km sweep of the Ghats is a unique sight, best viewed at dawn. This morning we take a boat cruise on the Ganges to soak in the vibrant colour and life of Varanasi (subject to water levels). An early morning boat ride presents an incredible scene as the multitudes of devotees come to the river to pay homage to the Sun God. Pass the bathing ghats where thousands of pilgrims immerse themselves in the holy water of the Ganges River and the burning ghats where cremations are conducted. 

We return to the hotel for breakfast and a rest before afternoon sightseeing. We visit Banaras Hindu University – with over 30,000 students residing in campus, it claims the title of largest residential university in Asia.

Sarnath is the main place to visit while on tour around Varanasi. A sacred pilgrimage and tourist attraction, it is one of the four most significant Buddhist pilgrimage places in India. Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha first covey his lecture after attaining “nirvana”.

Sarnath Buddhist Temple – many of the Buddhist temples at Sarnath are built and maintained by monks from Tibet, China and Japan but the main Buddhist temple is the Mulagandha Kuti Vihar. The main shrine (vihara), called the Mulaganda Kuti, is said to be located at the place where Buddha used to stay during his visits to Sarnath.

Sarnath Museum – houses a rich collection of sculptures, artifacts and edifices comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisattva images and other ancient remains.

Pillars of Ashoka – The pillars of Ashoka are a series of columns dispersed throughout the northern Indian subcontinent, erected or at least inscribed by the Mauryan king Ashoka during his reign in the 3rd century BCE. Averaging between forty and fifty feet in height, and weighing up to fifty tons each, all the pillars were quarried at Chunar, just south of Varanasi and dragged, sometimes hundreds of miles, to where they were erected.

Day 9: Varanasi – airplane-takeoff – Delhi (B)

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, meets and greet our representative and transfer to the hotel.

Day 10: New Delhi City Tour (B,D)

After breakfast, we start a full day sightseeing tour of New Delhi. 

QutabMinar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, is an incredible example of early Indo–Islamic architecture. It was built in 1206, but the reason remains a mystery. Some believe that it was made to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India, while others say it was used to call the faithful to prayer. 

Humayun’s Tomb – if you think it looks a bit like the TajMahal in Agra, that’s because it was the inspiration for the TajMahal’s creation. The tomb was built in 1570, and houses the body of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun. It was the first of this type of Mughal architecture to be built in India. 

Bahai Temple – is commonly referred to as the Lotus Temple, as it’s shaped like a lotus flower. It’s particularly pretty at night, when it’s attractively lit up. Made out of white marble, the temple belongs to the Bahai Faith, which proclaims the unity of all people and religions. Everybody is welcome to worship there. 

India Gate – the towering archway of India Gate at the centre of New Delhi is a war memorial, built in memory of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army in World War I. At night it glows warmly under floodlights, and the gardens that line its boulevard are a popular place to enjoy a warm summer’s evening.

Laxmi Narayan Temple – built in 1938 by the Industrialist G.D. Birla, it is one of the major temples in Delhi and is located near Connought Place. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and her consort Narayana. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the stipulation that people of all castes shall be allowed to enter the temple. 

Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers and receive a group photo as a memento of your trip to India. 

Day 11: Delhi  – airplane-takeoff –  New Zealand (B) 

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.

Day 12: New Zealand

Arrive home today. 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights; plus return airport transfers within India and domestic flights between Delhi and Varanasi
  • 10 night’s luxury twin share accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus a farewell dinner
  • Luxury small group tour with a maximum of 20 people
  • Morning boat ride along the Ganges in Varanasi
  • Experience a rickshaw ride through the Old Town of Delhi and Varanasi, a jeep or elephant ride in Jaipur and more
  • A group photo memento to keep
  • 1 x Indian SIM Card for local use with 1 GB data everyday
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation with English speaking tour guides throughout
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary

Highlights:

  • Cruise along the incredible Ganges River
  • Admire the breath-taking beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Explore the many sights and sounds of New and Old Delhi

 

 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $999 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment.
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable.
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and before 30 days of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

 Tour Excludes: 

  • Tipping
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary

Single Supplement:  $825 per person in addition to the twin share price 

You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here

Group Size: 2 – 20 people 

Triple Share: Not available

Tour Only: To purchase this tour without the return international flights, click here. By selecting this option, all airport transfers (if applicable) will be forfeited. Please refer to the live calendar to view and select Tour Only start date. 

Coach Transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed.

Delhi: Hotel Crowne Plaza Rohini or similar
Agra: Hotel Radisson Blu or similar
Jaipur: Hotel Crowne Plaza or similar
Varanasi: Hotel Madin or similar 

Child Price: Same price as adults – Minimum age 2 years

Tipping: tips and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. NZD 5-10 per person, per day as per the industry standard). While not compulsory on your trip, tips can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry.  

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

 

Travel Dates

 

2019:

14 February 
14 March 
3 April 
3 May 
14 May 
3 June 
14 June 
3 July 
3 August 
14 August 
3 September 
14 September 
3 October 
14 October 
14 November 

2020:

14 January 
3 February 
14 February 
3 March 
14 March
3 April
14 April 
3 May 
14 May 
3 June 
14 June 
3 July
14 July
3 August 
14 August 
3 September 
14 September 

Peak Season Surcharge applies to some travel dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button

Tour Only option – Navigate to the Fine Print tab and proceed to “click here” for Tour Only option to view live availability.  Note, Tour Only option commences on Day 1 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

 

Flight Information

 

 Airline Information: 
  • Return economy airfare departing Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch with Singapore Airlines, Air India, China Southern or similar 
  • Including at least 15kg checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to change according to airline policy).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher

Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked.
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation.
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided.

Flight Options:

Date/Itinerary Variations:

  • Flights will be ticketed as per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form.
  • If we can accommodate your request at no additional cost flight tickets will be issued as per the request on the booking form and acknowledgment will be sent via email.
  • If your flight variation incurs additional airfare and taxes a request for payment will be sent via email. If payment is not received by the date and time advised Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book flights as per the dates of the tour.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.

Cabin/Class Upgrades (where applicable):

  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase
  • The quote will be sent via email only. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will result in the quote expiring, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the economy airfare included in your package.
  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person for this service, plus any additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights, plus domestic flights between Delhi and Varanasi
  • Return airport transfers within India 
  • 10 nights’ luxury twin share accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus a farewell dinner
  • Luxury small group tour with a maximum of 20 people 
  • Morning boat ride along the Ganges 
  • Experience a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi and Varanasi, a jeep or elephant ride in Jaipur and more
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation with English speaking tour guides throughout
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