Classical India with Lucknow
Your Classical India Tour with Lucknow
Delhi ● Jaipur ● Agra ● Lucknow ● Varanasi ● Delhi
Tour of Old Delhi and Spice market
Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
Guided Walk to local markets, historical sites
Tour of Amber For & city palace in Jaipur
Tour of the fabled Taj Mahal – the extravagant monument of love
Tour of Fatehpur Sikri – the Ghost city
Guided tour of British Lucknow & Nawabi Lucknow
Aarti ceremony at the ghats of Varanasi
Boat ride on Ganges in Varanasi
Chant mantras with a Buddhist monk in Sarnath
Departure TimeApproximately 10.30AM
Return TimeApproximately 5:30PM
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable and light
Included5 Star AccommodationAirport TransferAll applicable taxesBottled waterDaily buffet breakfastMonuments Entry FeesPrivate GuidePrivate TourPrivate TransportationShared Boat rideTaxesTrain
Not Included4 Star Accomodationalcoholic/non alcoholic beveragesAll Mentioned ActivitiesAll Mentioned MealsBoat rideBreakfastCycle rideDeluxe cruise on Halong bayDeparture taxes/customs/immigration feesFirst Class AccommodationIndicated entrance feesInternational airfaresJeep SafariPersonal ExpensesPrivate boat tripShared GuideShared Hotel TransfersWaterproof Clothing
DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI
Welcome ceremony on arrival with Mauli ritual. Mauli is a cotton thread which is used in many religious activities. This symbolic tying Mauli on your wrist is our traditional way to start the journey at an auspicious note.
DAY 02: DELHI
Begin the city's exploration with Old Delhi. Ride a rickshaw to make way through the narrow lanes which are busy in trading. For those who love to cook, a walk through the aromatic spice market, Khari Baoli would add an unforgettable memory of Old Delhi.
Continue to Raj Ghat- a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.Visit a Sikh Temple, Gurudwara Bangla Saheb, and get some insight into this amazing religion.
Afternoon, drive past India Gate and the Government Secretariat buildings on the way to the Qutab Minar - the five-storied victory tower to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India by the first Muslim ruler, Qutab-ud-din Aibak.
• Later embark on a guided visit of Humayun’s Tomb – one of the finest example of Mughal architecture, built by Hamida Banu Begum for her husband. Unlike most of the other Mughal monuments which were built by men for their wives, this one was built by the lady for her husband.
DAY 03: DELHI / JAIPUR
Jaipur - also known as the ‘Pink City’, for the abundance of pink plastered stone used to build its massive forts, magnificent palaces and exquisite temples. The city built in 1727 A.D by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II followed a grid system, which made it the only planned city of its time.
Evening experience Prayer ceremony at a local temple. Attend 'aarti' - the Hindu ritual of offering prayers at sundown, at the ancient Birla temple. Aarti (Prayer) ceremony is the act of showing reverence to a god, a spirit, or another aspect of the divine through invocations, prayers, songs, and rituals.
DAY 04: JAIPUR
Visit the imposing Amber Fort. Set on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake, the fort is an authentic example of Rajput architecture and the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) is one of its more spectacular buildings.
Stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Its beehive-like structure is interplay of red and pink sand stone, painstakingly outlined with white borders and motifs.
Afternoon embark on a guided tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace and Observatory.
Later explore the local colorful bazaar of Jaipur. Your guide will help you now to explore Bapu Bazar (Market) Jaipur’s ever busy bustling market where you may buy all things quintessentially Rajasthani like salwar kameez sets, bedspreads, cushion covers, jewelry, stones and fabrics.
DAY 05: JAIPUR / FATEHPUR SIKRI / AGRA
Visit the ruined city of Fatehpur Sikri en-route. The city which was abandoned later due to political & weather related issues was built in a scientific way using many techniques of ancient era to make this one of the most protective royal residence.
Later proceed to visit the Agra fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Built in 1565 by the great Mughal ruler, Akbar, the citadel consists of marble palaces, ornate alcoves and terraced pavilions.
DAY 06: AGRA/ LUCKNOW
Rise early for a dawn visit to the Taj Mahal. It is fitting to see this extraordinary monument by the first light of day as its exemplary beauty is awe-inspiring and will create an unforgettable memory. Mughal emperor, Shahjahan built this architectural wonder to enshrine the mortal remains of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Note: Timing subject to change based on the local sunrise timing.
Later check out and start your drive to Lucknow – the city of Nawabs.
Lucknow is a 2500 year-old city of magnificent edifices, gardens, crumbling mausoleums, “imambaras” (tomb of a Muslim priest) and ruins of what were once regal residences. The legacy of the imperial splendor of Lucknow has always fascinated people all over the world. The ambiance of Awadh has commonly been associated with the leisurely habits, etiquette, architecture, food and refinement - all a legacy of Nawabi culture.
DAY 07: LUCKNOW
After a leisurely breakfast, spend the morning touring “British Lucknow”. Visit the Lucknow Residency where speechless walls are known to speak the gruesome tale of the 1857 mutiny where more than 3000 people were murdered to keep the Union Jack flying.
In the afternoon, enjoy sightseeing tour of Lucknow visiting Bara Imambara. This monument was built as a relief measure for a devastating famine, in order to provide employment to the subjects of the state by Nawab Asif-ud-Daula. Also visit the clock tower which is made with similar precision of Big Ben and Husainabad Imambara, known for its beauty and pieces of décor.
Drive down to the Husainabad Picture Gallery to view and made paintings of Nawabs of Oudh.
DAY 08: LUCKNOW- VARANASI
The ‘eternal city’, Varanasi or Benares, is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India, and the Ganges, which flows through the city, is believed to have the power to wash away the sins of mortals. For the Satpious Hindu, the city has always been a special place, and it is considered a particularly auspicious place to die, ensuring an instant routing to Heaven.
In the evening witness illuminated aarti ceremony at Dasahwamedh Ghat. In this century old ritual, the holy river is worshiped with flowers, incense, sandalwood, milk and vermilion. First the blazing camphor lamp and then the many flamed aarti lamps are raised high and then arched back to the water, the dark river reflecting the golden flames as Ganges accepts the worship.
DAY 09: VARANASI
Discover India’s spirituality from another perspective — by taking an unforgettable sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, floating past ghats as worshipers begin to appear on the banks.
Morning, visit some of the other important sites in the city with your guide. Dotted with temples, the city's principle shrine is the Vishwanath temple, dedicated to Shiva.
Afternoon take a guided excursion to the Buddhist city of Sarnath, just outside Varanasi. The place Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon, Sarnath is as holy to the Buddhists as Varanasi is to the Hindus.
DAY 10: VARANASI – DELHI
Afternoon transfer to International airport to connect your flight for onward destination.