Classic India Highlights

11 days from $3,223 per person*
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the tangled lanes of Old Delhi.
  • Stand in awe before the Taj Mahal and the Amber Fort in Jaipur.
  • Delight in the exquisitely carved sculptures at Kahjurajo, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Private transfers and tours throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected premium hotels.
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Delhi, Agra and Jaipur combine to offer an exceptional array of ancient and some recent history, particularly through their stunning architecture showcased by temples, palaces and forts. It makes for a splendid introduction to India. Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage site with its widely-known exquisite stone carvings, adds a unique angle and Varanasi, perhaps the holiest city in all of India, completes what is truly a classic itinerary.

Start your trip in Delhi, where tradition and modernity live happily side by side. The heart of Old Delhi is a 400-year old tangle of lanes with colorful bazaars, complemented by vibrant temples, the towering minaret of Qutab Minar, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Red Fort.

Virtually every building in the historical center of Jaipur is painted a terracotta pink, but there's also the flower markets, turban stalls and brightly painted careering buses and trucks, that add further splashes of vibrant colors. Visit the City Palace and let your private guide explain the fascinating precision of the giant sundial next door at the 'The Observatory'. The Amber Fort, the city's top attraction, is a breathtaking construction of red sandstone and marble. Viewed from a distance, the sand-colored walls literally appear to fade into the surrounding hills.
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Agra's iconic Taj Mahal is a stunning monument to love, and an exquisite example of Mughal architecture, that has captivated the hearts and minds of travelers for centuries. Crafted entirely from white marble, construction of the Taj began the year after the Emperor Shah Jahan's wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died in childbirth in 1631. Enjoy the beautiful gardens, laid out in the classical Persian design and the elaborately embellished arches and other structures.

The sleepy town of Khajuraho is uniquely attractive to visitors because of its Group of Monuments. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site today, its Hindu and Jain temples are scattered over an area of eight square miles. Ten percent of the site’s exquisitely carved sculptures are of an erotic nature which has added to the site's popularity among travelers. The various temples and structures are beautifully designed and make this a key stop on any Indian itinerary. Let your private guide show you around and, perhaps, explain some of the theories – there are several – behind the origin of those carvings.

Varanasi promises something a little different. It is one of the holiest places in all of India and takes you on a genuine spiritual journey. Keep an open mind to appreciate the connection people have with the Ganges. Hindus believe that taking a dip in the holy river will wash their sins away, and that to die in Varanasi – and be cremated by the banks of the Ganges – will liberate them from the cycle of death and rebirth. Taking a boat ride with your private guide along the holy river at sunrise exposes a fascinating variety of activities being played out along the river bank. It's a quintessential experience.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Delhi
    Delhi
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Representative
  • Day 2 Delhi
    Delhi
    • Private Tour - Full Day Old & New Delhi Tour - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 3 Delhi to Jaipur
    Delhi to Jaipur
    • Private Transfer - Delhi - Jaipur [6 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - Bazaars, Cuisine and Crafts of Old Jaipur (2.5hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 4 Jaipur
    Jaipur
    • Private Tour - Amber Fort, City Palace, Observatory & Hawa Mahal (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 5 Jaipur to Agra
    Jaipur to Agra
    • Private Transfer - Jaipur - Agra [Via Fatehpur Sikri (5 - 6 hours)] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - Taj Mahal at Sunset - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Agra
    Agra
    • Private Tour - Taj Mahal & Agra Fort - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Agra to Jhansi to Khajuraho
    Agra to Jhansi to Khajuraho
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Train - Agra - Jhansi [(2.5-3 hrs)] - Train/Bhopal Shatabdi
    • Private Transfer - Jhansi - Khajuraho [(3 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 8 Khajuraho
    Khajuraho
    • Private Tour - Temples Tour - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 9 Khajuraho to Varanasi
    Khajuraho to Varanasi
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Khajuraho - Varanasi [Direct, 1 hr] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - Ganges Ghats Evening Aarti Ceremony - Boat/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Varanasi
    Varanasi
    • Private Tour - Ganges Boat Ride - Boat Ride/Guide
    • Private Tour - Sarnath Ruins (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 11 Varanasi
    Varanasi
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Varanasi - Delhi [1.5 hrs] - Economy
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Day 1: Delhi

For your added comfort, an English-speaking airport representative will be waiting for you outside the customs area for you with a sign with your name on it for your added comfort on arrival. The representative will help you meet up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your private driver and English-speaking assistant for an airport transfer.

Accommodation: Le Meridien (City Center)

Through the lenses of art, design, fashion, and cuisine, Le Méridien New Delhi creates an ambience that encourages guests to embark on journeys of discovery. The hotel is situated two kilometers from Rashtrapati Bhawan, the home of the President of India; the Presidential Palace; Parliament House; and the commercial hub of Connaught Place. A great location, set amidst the most alluring shopping and entertainment districts in New Delhi. approximately 30 minutes away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport  and five minutes from the New Delhi railway station.

Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Qutab Minar, Delhi
Qutab Minar, Delhi
Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Le Meridien
Le Meridien

Day 2: Delhi

The contrasts between Old and New Delhi are striking – Old Delhi boasts spectacular UNESCO World Heritage monuments and holy sites, whereas New Delhi was designed in a typically British colonial style, with manicured tree-lined avenues and colonial bungalows. Meet with your private guide and driver to spend the day exploring the contrasts between the two sides of the city, and get an overall orientation of the city’s finest sites. Arrive in Old Delhi and drive past the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Red Fort. To truly experience the delightful chaos of the city, get on a cycle rickshaw for an exciting ride through its narrow lanes. The Old City walls wrap around Chandi Chowk, an ancient market that continues to thrive to this day. Take in the electrifying energy around you; expose your senses to the enticing colors and exotic scents of cardamom and allspice, and watch local men sip their tea at deliciously fragrant chai stands. A walk through Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest spice market, provides for unforgettable memories.

In the afternoon, drive past the impressive India Gate and the Secretariat Building on the way to Qutab Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world. The minaret is surrounded by a complex of buildings providing fine examples of Indian artwork dating back to the twelfth century, and it has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. End the day with a visit to yet another UNESCO-recognized site, the Humayun’s Tomb. Explore this series of Mughal-style buildings, the first example of this type of architecture in India. At the end of the day, return to your hotel by private vehicle.

Accommodation: Le Meridien (City Center)
Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Humayun's Tomb
Humayun's Tomb

Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur

Meet your private driver and settle in for a transfer from Delhi to Jaipur. Approximate drive time is six hours.

The creative energy and ingenuity of Jaipur have long been a drawing point of the city, a lasting legacy of skilled craftspeople and artisans. From the founding of the city in 1727, the royal families and nobles of Jaipur have patronized the craft capital of India, and through their sphere of influence, many valuable and highly prized items can still be found. Using skills passed down through generations, artisans and master craftsmen can be seen in the areas of Ghat Darwaza and Vishveshwar ji. Starting in front of the iconic Palace of the Winds, set out on foot with your private guide and spend a colorful evening walking through the city’s bazaars, mingling and chatting with store vendors and locals alike, and sampling some of the region’s notable culinary favorites. Taste pakoras, aloo tiki, samosas and ladoo from a selection of the city’s most popular street food vendors that have been carefully vetted for quality and hygiene standards. Stroll along and poke your head into local artisans’ workshops to observe the painstakingly careful craftsmanship of jewelers and silversmiths, gold painters and tie-dying experts. At the end the 2.5-hour walk through the bazaars, return to your hotel by private vehicle.

Accommodation: Samode Haveli (Heritage)

Unexpected and charming, Samode Haveli is a self-contained, intimate, heritage hotel, hidden deep in the folds of the busy streets of old Jaipur. A nobleman's urban abode restored to perfection, the Haveli emerges, as if from nowhere at the end of a narrow lane - an oasis of serenity in the depths of the lively city. Whenever you come to visit the treasures of Jaipur, this is the hotel you will want to make your home. As a quintessential Indo-Saracenic regal residence, Samode Haveli is seeped in history and tradition, and yet offers its guests contemporary luxuries and the impeccable hospitality and courtesy that are the signature style of the Samode group of hotels.

Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Colorful Bangles at the Local Market
Colorful Bangles at the Local Market
Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar

Day 4: Jaipur

Following an early breakfast, meet your private guide and driver at your hotel and spend the day exploring some of Jaipur’s most iconic monuments. Begin the day with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the magnificent hilltop Amber Fort. The Fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake.  Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the numerous mirrors, lighting up the entire room. Continue to Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of the Winds. The monument is adorned in an ornate pale pink facade with a tiered baroque-like build.  The original design was intended to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life and public festivals in the streets below without being seen.

Next, visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh ll in the 18th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the world’s largest sundial. The massive astronomical instruments were built from local stone and marble and the monument pays homage to 18th-century architectural innovations during the Mughal period. From here, continue to the City Palace, a breathtaking 18th-century royal residence to the rulers of Jaipur. Wander through the sprawling complex and visit areas that have been converted to a museum illustrating the harmony of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Part of the palace, Chandra Mahal, is the home of the current Maharaja and is off-limits. End your day with a private transfer back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Samode Haveli (Heritage)
Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal

Day 5: Jaipur - Agra

Meet your driver and settle in for a private transfer from Jaipur to Agra, with a stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned ghost city, along the way. Meet with a local guide in Fatehpur Sikri to explore the ruins. Constructed during the second half of the 16th-century by Emperor Akbar, the "City of Victory" served as the capital of the Mughal Empire for approximately 14 years, until the capital was moved to Punjab and the city was later abandoned. The well-preserved complex of monuments and temples reflects the Hindu and Muslim architectural styles of the time, and houses one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. After your visit to the abandoned city, continue by private vehicle to Agra. Approximate travel time is 5-6 hours including touring. 

Meet with your private driver and guide, and set out for a stunning natural display of light over the Taj Mahal during sunset. As daylight wanes, the translucent white marble comes alive with a faint blush of warm rose, giving way to a stunning golden hue depending on the angle. Walk through the compound surrounding the Taj Mahal as the sunset’s spectacle plays out against the dramatic backdrop of the marble dome, displaying the changing colors in the compound’s reflecting pools. Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site during the golden hour is a photographer’s delight. After your visit, return to your hotel by private vehicle.

Accommodation: ITC Mughal

Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture, the property boasts the 'Khwab Mahal' wing - Palace of Dreams. The opulent rooms and suites that resemble Miniature Palaces recreate a paradise for the contemporary Mogul - full of splendor and perfection which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.

Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Taj Mahal at Sunset
Taj Mahal at Sunset
Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri

Day 6: Agra

A stunning monument to love, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Taj Mahal has captivated the hearts and minds of travelers for centuries. Meet your private guide and driver for a private tour of this exquisite example Mughal architecture, crafted entirely out of white marble. Commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal who passed away during childbirth, the iconic mausoleum rises above a well-manicured garden. The inside of the Taj Mahal is equally stunning, with elaborate inlay work comprised of precious and semi-precious stones.

After your leisurely exploration of this New 7 Wonders of the World, continue by car to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Agra Fort, a red sandstone fort built on a bend of the Yamuna river. The Mughal Dynasty fort served as the main residence of the emperors until the capital was shifted to Delhi, and is an impressive monument with a rich architectural history. Emperor Shah Jahan was once imprisoned inside of Agra Fort, and the tower of his imprisonment offers views of the Taj Mahal in the distance. At the end of the visit, return to your hotel by private vehicle.

Accommodation: ITC Mughal
Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Agra Fort
Agra Fort

Day 7: Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho

Meet your private driver and English-speaking assistant for a train station transfer.

Board a train with service from Agra to Jhansi. The train ride is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.

Meet your private driver for a transfer from the Jhansi train station to Khajuraho. Approximate transfer time is 3 hours.

Accommodation: The Lalit Temple View

The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho Hotel is located in Khajuraho making it one of the best hotels to stay at while in town. All 47 guestrooms at the hotel provide all the comforts and conveniences guests would expect in a hotel in this class. The guestrooms are equipped with non smoking rooms, air conditioning, bathrobes, daily newspaper, desk, hair dryer, ironing board. Guests can experience the high standards of comfort while staying at this luxury Khajuraho hotel with everything they need right on the site such as room service 24hr, shops, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities , restaurant, safety deposit boxes, disabled facilities. The hotel offers massage, kids club, gym/fitness facilities, sauna, steamroom, spa, pool outdoor to provide extra pleasure and relaxation for all guests. Modern comfort and convenience are seamlessly combined to ensure the guests' satisfaction.

Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Khajuraho
Khajuraho
Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Lalit Temple View
The Lalit Temple View

Day 8: Khajuraho

This private guided tour of the Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Khajuraho, is a once in life time experience.  Situated in a town in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, about 620 kilometers southeast of New Delhi, this unique location is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of India. Khajuraho contains the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, which are famous due to the erogenous nature of the sculptures. The Khajuraho group of monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered to be one of the "seven wonders" of India. The city of Khajuraho was the original capital of the Chandela Rajputs, a Hindu dynasty that ruled this part of India from the 10th to the 12th century. These marvelous Khajuraho temples and the whole surrounding area were enclosed by a wall with eight gates, each flanked by two golden palm trees. There were originally over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 22 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation, scattered over an area of about 8 square miles.

Accommodation: The Lalit Temple View
Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Erotic carvings on the Khajuraho Temples
Erotic carvings on the Khajuraho Temples

Day 9: Khajuraho - Varanasi

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with private vehicle, driver and English-speaking assistant.

Enjoy your flight from Khajuraho to Varanasi today. The flight duration is approximately one hour.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with private vehicle, driver and English-speaking assistant.

The Aarti Ceremony is a devotional Hindu ritual performed at dusk on the banks of the Ganges, using fire as an offering to, the affectionately referenced, Maa Ganga, goddess of the holiest river in India. Varanasi, also known as Benares and Kashi (City of Life), is one of the three holy cities - Rishikesh and Haridwar are the other two - where this event happens every day. Usually, a small oil lamp made of clay adorned with a candle and flowers is lit and floated down the river. It's a beautiful sight that takes place every sunset at the holy Dasaswamedh Ghat. Young Hindu priests, all draped in saffron-colored robes, perform the highly choreographed ritual on an elevated stage facing the river. Clouds of incense fill the air, while priests chant and wave incense sticks in elaborate patterns or circle large flaming lamps that create a magnificent spectacle of colors against the darkened sky.

The ritual lasts a little less than an hour, after which your private guide takes you to a waiting boat and boatman to experience Varanasi’s night views as observed from the river. The most important and, a potentially unsettling one, is to see the burning funeral pyres you encounter on the way. You can witness cremations as your boat floats gently past, revealing a ritual that is memorable in its rawness, simplicity, and completeness. It is helpful to hear your guide explain the Hindu believe that if a deceased’s ashes are laid to rest in the Ganges at Varanasi, it allows their soul to be transported to heaven and thus escape the cycle of rebirth. A tour with an intriguing close-up view of a quintessential Varanasi experience.

Accommodation: Taj Ganges

The Taj Ganges is set amidst 40 acres of lush green gardens, just 21 kms (45 mins drive) from the airport. The hotel is the veritable haven of peace and tranquility in this crowded, ancient temple city. The hotel is 6 kms away from the city center or the commercial hub of Varanasi, also commonly known as The Chowk. The hotel is constructed in the holy Swastik shape (The Swastika is an ancient symbol which re-presents good fortune and blessing). Taj Gateway offers recently renovated & refurbished world-class contemporary rooms & suites with choice of views ranging from the lush green gardens or the swimming pool. The hotel has 130 rooms divided in four categories - Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms, Executive Suites and Deluxe Suites.

Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Aarti Ceremony Lamps
Aarti Ceremony Lamps
Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Varanasi
Varanasi

Day 10: Varanasi

Mark Twain once described Varanasi as "Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together." A tiny glimpse of what he was talking about can be gleaned from a boat ride on the river at dawn, one of the experiences that every visitor to Varanasi should have. Early this morning, accompanied by your private guide, discover India’s spirituality from another perspective — by taking an unforgettable sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, floating past ghats as worshippers begin to appear on the banks. Varanasi's unique culture is associated with the river Ganges, where life and death intermingle. The living flock the ghats to pray with the belief that bathing in the waters of the sacred river would result in the remission of their sins, while the ashes of the dead are scattered in the water to break the cycle of reincarnation and let the soul rise to enlightenment.

Varanasi may be home to popular and ancient Hindu temples, but it also has the distinction of being one of the most sacred destinations for Buddhists. The small site of Sarnath, about 20 Kms from Varanasi, is one of the four sacred Buddhist pilgrim centers and the one where Buddha delivered his first sermon, in what was a deer park, to his disciples. The other three sacred centers are Lumbini in Nepal where Buddha (then Prince Siddhartha) was born, Bodhgaya in Bihar where he attained enlightenment under the Mahabodhi Tree and Khushinagar in Uttar Pradesh where he entered into Mahanirvana.

Interestingly, many visitors to Sarnath don’t realize it was also an important place for the believers of Lord Shiva. Sarnath is the short form for Saranganatha, which means Lord of Deer, another name of Lord Shiva. Most of Sarnath’s ruins are found in a, relatively, small and very well maintained area with the Dhamek Stupa - one of the most famous of all Buddhist stupas – dominating the site. It can be seen from, virtually, anywhere you walk in Sarnath. Originally built during the reign of King Ashoka of the Maurya Dynasty (around 249 BCE), it has undergone a series of expansions and additions. It’s solid, cylindrically-shaped edifice marks the spot where Lord Buddha preached the first sermon to his five disciples after attaining enlightenment in Bodh Gaya. Today, Buddhist pilgrims from around the world visit Sarnath to circumambulate the holy Stupa, chanting the mantra or sitting on the grass in solemn prayer.

The museum, which is part of the site, boasts a great collection of archeological artifacts and your private guide can elaborate on the exhibits but then also give you time by yourself to browse at your own pace.

Accommodation: Taj Ganges
Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Mystic Rowing Boat on the Holy Ganges River
Mystic Rowing Boat on the Holy Ganges River
Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sarnath
Sarnath

Day 11: Varanasi

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with private vehicle, driver and English-speaking assistant.

Board a flight with direct service from Varanasi to Delhi. Approximate flight duration is 1.5 hours.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Le Meridien (City Center) : Delhi

Through the lenses of art, design, fashion, and cuisine, Le Méridien New Delhi creates an ambience that encourages guests to embark on journeys of discovery. The hotel is situated two kilometers from Rashtrapati Bhawan, the home of the President of India; the Presidential Palace; Parliament House; and the commercial hub of Connaught Place. A great location, set amidst the most alluring shopping and entertainment districts in New Delhi. approximately 30 minutes away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport  and five minutes from the New Delhi railway station.

Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Le Meridien
Le Meridien

Samode Haveli (Heritage) : Jaipur

Unexpected and charming, Samode Haveli is a self-contained, intimate, heritage hotel, hidden deep in the folds of the busy streets of old Jaipur. A nobleman's urban abode restored to perfection, the Haveli emerges, as if from nowhere at the end of a narrow lane - an oasis of serenity in the depths of the lively city. Whenever you come to visit the treasures of Jaipur, this is the hotel you will want to make your home. As a quintessential Indo-Saracenic regal residence, Samode Haveli is seeped in history and tradition, and yet offers its guests contemporary luxuries and the impeccable hospitality and courtesy that are the signature style of the Samode group of hotels.

Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Samode Haveli
Samode Haveli

ITC Mughal : Agra

Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture, the property boasts the 'Khwab Mahal' wing - Palace of Dreams. The opulent rooms and suites that resemble Miniature Palaces recreate a paradise for the contemporary Mogul - full of splendor and perfection which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.

Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  ITC Mughal
ITC Mughal

The Lalit Temple View : Khajuraho

The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho Hotel is located in Khajuraho making it one of the best hotels to stay at while in town. All 47 guestrooms at the hotel provide all the comforts and conveniences guests would expect in a hotel in this class. The guestrooms are equipped with non smoking rooms, air conditioning, bathrobes, daily newspaper, desk, hair dryer, ironing board. Guests can experience the high standards of comfort while staying at this luxury Khajuraho hotel with everything they need right on the site such as room service 24hr, shops, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities , restaurant, safety deposit boxes, disabled facilities. The hotel offers massage, kids club, gym/fitness facilities, sauna, steamroom, spa, pool outdoor to provide extra pleasure and relaxation for all guests. Modern comfort and convenience are seamlessly combined to ensure the guests' satisfaction.

Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Lalit Temple View
The Lalit Temple View
Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Lalit Temple View Room
The Lalit Temple View Room

Taj Ganges : Varanasi

The Taj Ganges is set amidst 40 acres of lush green gardens, just 21 kms (45 mins drive) from the airport. The hotel is the veritable haven of peace and tranquility in this crowded, ancient temple city. The hotel is 6 kms away from the city center or the commercial hub of Varanasi, also commonly known as The Chowk. The hotel is constructed in the holy Swastik shape (The Swastika is an ancient symbol which re-presents good fortune and blessing). Taj Gateway offers recently renovated & refurbished world-class contemporary rooms & suites with choice of views ranging from the lush green gardens or the swimming pool. The hotel has 130 rooms divided in four categories - Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms, Executive Suites and Deluxe Suites.

Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Taj Gateway
The Taj Gateway
Classic India Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Taj Gateway Interior
Taj Gateway Interior

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Reginald B — April 14, 2019 — Asia

    This was a GREAT tour to Thailand! It exceeded my expectations in many ways (ie. itinerary, flexibility, and customer service). I would recommend this tour and Kensington Tours to family and friends. I will definitely use Kensington Tours for my future travel plans. My destination expert was Ms. Forkan. She expertly tailored my experience to my needs and wants. She filled in all the "unknowns" and ensured a safe, smooth trip/tour. Her professionalism and support was a 10/10. Thank you Ms. Forkan for designing this trip of a lifetime!

  • Ann L — June 05, 2019 — Asia

    Our guides made our whole trip - we will remember them as much as China itself. Jerry immediately put us at ease and made us feel like his best friends - he was sincere and authentic and open. Katy (in Chengdu) had great energy and showed us how people really live. Even though she must see the pandas every other day of her life, she still seemed to genuinely LOVE seeing them. (And, later, when we discovered we'd left valuables in the safe at our hotel, she went WAY above and beyond to take care of things - even after we were already in Shanghai!). Nancy (in Shanghai) was amazing - we truly enjoyed our time with her and she took us to markets and encouraged us to take our time at the places that interested us most. When we'd seen enough temples, our guides communicated with each other to rearrange our tours in coming destinations. We felt like we were on the food tour of China - the meals were wonderful, and it was - really - TOO MUCH FOOD! No part of our day was wasted, but if we wanted to start later or call it a night sooner, plans were easily rearranged. We would absolutely go with Kensington again!

  • Sandra S — February 09, 2019 — Asia

    We had a really interesting trip and your team made it all so easy. Our guides were not only informative, but they took very good care of us. They kept us on schedule with all the city transfers, made the Visa process so quick and introduced us to some of the things they loved about their cities as well as the scheduled sites. There were so many highlights on this trip, but I was especially wowed by the cruise on Ha Long Bay. Our guide in Hanoi went above and beyond on my birthday and arrived to pick us up with some beautiful orchids and a lovely gift. We were very happy with all our accommodations as well.

  • Daryl H. — January 26, 2019 — Asia

    I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the superb attention to detail in fulfilling my requests and my dreams

  • Laura E. — January 08, 2019 — Asia

    One of the benefits was that the guides were very flexible and suggested and accommodated changes to plans based on the weather and other circumstances. They all said they could do this when working with Kensington because Kensington supported it and empowered them with this flexibility. A big advantage in making the trip perfect!

  • Ajitkumar P. — January 04, 2019 — Asia

    The whole trip was well organized and we have recommended using Kensington to our friends.

  • Donna F. — February 03, 2018 — Asia

    Mark was able to put together the perfect tour! Our guide was very knowledge and we really appreciated her being so flexible with the holiday as we were there for Chinese New Year! She was able to take us to all the sights and part of the highlight was eating traditional Chinese food for New Year's.

  • Marjorie H. — October 01, 2018 — Asia

    This tour was so well organized - everything went off perfectly. As two women traveling together in a country where the language barrier was a challenge, it gave us great peace of mind to know that we would be escorted wherever needed. We appreciated not being part of a group - our private tour guides were delightful and the entire trip was very special for my daughter and me.

  • Sandra S. — October 13, 2018 — Asia

    The trip was very enjoyable. We gained new insights into China and the Chinese people. I wish we could have stayed longer. There is so much to see. My favorite sites were the Great Wall, Terra Cotta Soldiers, White Jade Buddah and the Shanghai night skyline. Cindy was most helpful in planning our trip. She's truly an asset to your company. Kensington Tours met all of our vacation needs.

  • Gina A. — January 09, 2019 — Asia

    I usually don't write reviews but I have to tell you, this was the best vacation. Yuki, our Destination Expert, did an excellent job putting it all together and the guides were excellent. I will be using you guys for my next international vacation.

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