A trip through Northern India, a land of sensory delights, will awaken the adventurer within you and pass on an unstoppable thirst for discovery.
DAY 1: Delhi, India
Welcome to India's capital! A major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy.
This evening enjoy a festive welcome dinner!
Overnight in Delhi: Le Meridien (or similar)
Meals Included: Dinner
DAYS 2: Delhi
Today you will explore Delhi. You'll visit Chandni Chowk, originally meaning moonlit square or market, one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. A rickshaw ride in Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s Shahjahanabad city (Old Delhi) is one of the wonderful attractions in Delhi. Continuing your ride through the Old Delhi markets and residential area will give you insight on the lifestyle of the locals in the old city and of their trading practices in the region.
You'll also visit Humayun's tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Then, you'll continue to India Gate, the national monument of India.
Overnight in Delhi: Le Meridien (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 & 4: Delhi - Samode - Jaipur
Today you'll head to Jaipur stopping at Samode Palace on the way. The 475-year-old palace is a celebration of the senses, underlined at all times by contemporary luxury and the signature service of Samode.
This afternoon, you'll arrive to Jaipur "The City of Victory". Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, a grand visionary and architect, helped Jai Singh II design and develop his vision of the city.
On Day 4, you'll visit Amber Fort, one of the most important of all Rajput cities. It was the ancient capital of the Kacchwaha Rajputs from the 12th century until the foundation of Jaipur in the early 18th century.
Later you'll continue to the spectacular City Palace, the residence of the former ruling family of Jaipur. It occupies the center of the city, covering one-seventh of its area and surrounded by a high wall - the Sarahad. The architecture combines elements of Rajput beauty with Mughal spaciousness and English linear planning.
Finally you'll visit Jantar Mantar, literally "instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens". Astrologers were hired to regulate actions within the palace and, by extenuation, within the entire kingdom.
Overnight in Jaipur: ITC Rajputana (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAYS 5 & 6: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Today, you'll transfer to Agra by way of Fatehpur Sikri. This magnificent fortified city was the capital of the Mughal Empire between 1571 and 1585. Today, it remains a perfectly preserved example of a Mughal city at the height of the Empire's splendour.
Enriched with an affluent historical and cultural backdrop, the city of Agra goes back to several centuries.
On Day 6, you'll visit the famous Taj Mahal. Described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, this stunning mausoleum has become the de facto tourist emblem of India.
You'll also visit Agra Fort. Emperor Akbar began the construction of the massive red sandstone Agra Fort on the banks of the Yamuna River in 1565.
In the evening you'll attend Mohabbat The Taj show. The world of romance and eternal love personified in the epic love story of the emperor Shah Jahan and his beloved Mumtaz Mahal, is woven into the mesmerizing Dance-Drama, Mohabbat The Taj. Set in the 16th century, the dance-drama portrays the lavish lifestyle of the Mughal era. Embellished costumes and the extravagant stage settings make for an interesting portrayal of the 16th century and allows one to see Mughal grandeur
Overnight in Agra: Trident Hotel(or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on Day 5
DAY 7: Agra - Jhansi - Orchha - Khajuraho
Today you'll transfer to the railway station to
board the train for Jhansi. Upon arrival at Jhansi railway station you will be driven to Khajuraho.
Enroute visit Orchha Fort complex that consists of three palaces namely - Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal
& Rai Parveen Mahal. Other monuments in the complex are Chaturbhuj Temple, Laxminarayan Temple, Phool Bagh, Sunder Mahal, Chhatris (Cenotaphs), Shahid Smarak.
In the afternoon you'll arrive to Khajuraho, a fascinating village with a quaint rural ambiance and a rich cultural heritage. The fascinating temples of Khajuraho, India's unique gift of love to the world represent the expression of a highly matured civilization.
Later in the evening you'll enjoy a Sound & Light show. This fascinating Son-et-Lumiere spectacle evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th Century to the present day. Amitabh Bachchan, the Indian superstar, narrates the story of Khajuraho in his mesmerizing voice.
Overnight in Khajuraho: Radisson (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8 & 9: Khajuraho - Varanasi
This morning you'll visit the temples of Khajuraho. The architectural style of the Khajuraho temples is very different from the temple prototype of that period.
Later, you'll transfer to the airport to board a flight for Varanasi.
Varanasi, also commonly known as Benaras, is the oldest living city in the world. It is situated on the banks of holy river Ganges. The culture of Varanasi is closely associated with the river Ganges and the river's religious importance. People often refer to Varanasi as "the city of temples," "the holy city of India," "the religious capital of India," "the city of lights," "the city of learning" and the "culture capital of India".
On day 9, you'll transfer to the river Ghat for a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world’s oldest and most important religions. For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we'll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. You'll board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you.
After the boat ride enjoy the yoga session on the banks of river Ganges. On the way back to your hotel you'll visit Vishwanath Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is the most sacred shrine in Varanasi. The original temple was destroyed by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb which was later restored by Rani Ahilyabai of India in 18th century.
In the afternoon you'll visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after enlightenment.
In the evening you'll witness the Aarti ceremony on The Ganges. Aarti is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, a part of puja, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities.
Tonight you'll enjoy a very special farewell dinner with classical Indian dances at 19th century Amrit Rao Peshwa Palace.
Overnight in Varanasi: Gateway Ganges (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on Day 9
DAY 10: Varanasi - Delhi - Home
After breakfast, your driver will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to Varanasi airport for a 1:25pm flight to Delhi, arriving at 3:05pm. Please schedule your International departure from Delhi no earlier than 7:00pm.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Single Supp: $730
Prices are per person in USD based on double occupancy.
Deposit is refundable, less a $15 processing fee, up until 105 days prior to departure.
Mar 27 - Apr 5, 2020
EXCLUSIVE NYU SMALL GROUP:
Min. Group Size: 10 travelers
Max. Group Size: 20 travelers
The best way to connect with fellow travelers from your Alma mater and the local culture is in a small group, which is why we limit the group size to no more than twenty-five travelers. Destination Partners' NYU Alumni Travel Programs are exclusive to NYU alumni and their travel partners and require a minimum of eleven travelers to operate. In the unlikely event the program is under enrolled and cannot run, all payments made will be refunded 105 days prior to departure.
The properties throughout our Signature Series itineraries are selected because of their unique sense of place, allowing you to enjoy the destinations in comfort and style and explore them to the fullest.
Accommodations including daily breakfast, lunches & dinners per the itinerary, airport transfers on Day 1 and the final day of the itinerary only, services of expert local guides throughout, transportation, domestic flights(airfare subject to change until tickets issued 60 days prior to departure), entrance fees for included activities, all taxes and service charges.
International airfare to and from Delhi, gratuities for drivers and guides, alcoholic beverages with meals, personal expenses, airport taxes and baggage fees, any required passport, visa or other government entry fees if applicable, optional travel insurance.
ARRIVE / DEPART:
Please plan to arrive in Delhi by 4pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. Check-in time is 3pm. You can request an early check-in at an additional cost. Domestic flight from Varanasi to Delhi on departure day is included, with arrival to Delhi at 3pm. You will need to schedule departure flights out of Delhi no earlier than 7pm. If you need assistance with your flights, Destination Partners air department will be happy to assist with your round-trip travel arrangements, per person ticketing fees apply.