INCREDIBLE INDIA TOUR
As we always say; instead of travelling to understand, we are just doing it to see and be witness. We will be hearing a multitude of languages and look at so many age-old traditions that are still alive, that all we can do is look, observe, witness….. Innumerable gods will be surrounding us and lead us into different spheres; we simply have to let ourselves go with the flow.
Being in India does not just mean leaning out of train windows, staring from the buses or flying over some of the most stunning world heritages. It also means witnessing its deepest essence and feeling its purest nature.
Many years of Middle Earth Travel experience has changed our way of welcoming you in India. Our aim in this journey is not to reach our destination, but to be always on the way. With this philosophy, we are calling you to join our adventure and we would be very pleased to see you in India!
• feel the well-known personal touch of Middle Earth Travel abroad
• spent days full of special encounters and new discoveries
• take a dive into the tastes, smells and images of India
• enjoy time for both cultural highlights and natural beauties
• stay in comfortable, friendly, boutique-style hotels
2017 DEPARTURE DATE
20 October – 01 November
Day 1: Meet at Istanbul airport and departure from Turkey (or fly from other home town)
Day 2: Meeting at Amritsar airport
Day 2-12: India Journey
Day 13: Departure from Delhi
Average daily temperatures range between 15° C – 35° C. Rain probability is low but humidity levels will be 50% to 60%. Please bring: paper napkins and wet wipes, soap or hand cleaning gels, insect repellents, sandals, a piece of cloth (buff or bandana) to cover your face because of dust, plastic shoe covers to wear in the temples, a polar jacket for the chilly nights, raincoats, necessary medicines if you are allergic. Infectious hepatitis B and typhoid fever vaccinations are recommended if you haven’t got these yet!
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
You stay in comfortable 5-star hotels. Your room will be equipped with air-conditioning and a private, en-suite bathroom. Breakfasts are in buffet style in the hotels. Lunches will be full of tasty Indian dishes and enjoyed in restaurants en route. Dinners will again be taken mostly in the hotels.
Detailed Tour Program
20/10 Day 1: Travel from Turkey
21/10 Day 2: Amritsar
Today on reaching Amritsar Airport you will be met and assisted by our representative and transfer to the hotel. Later you will proceed for a visit to Wagah Border; the border connecting India and Pakistan. The people enjoying the Beating the Retreat ceremony and change of Guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces makes for a most attractive sight. Overnight at Hotel.
22/10 Day 3: Amritsar / Delhi
After breakfast we will proceed for a city tour with the blessings of the Golden Temple – the most important Sikh shrine which is also called the Mecca for the Sikh; a living symbol of the spiritual and historical traditions of the Sikh. Then we visit Jallianwala Bagh – where, on April 13, 1919, British soldiers opened fire on an unarmed forbidden gathering, killing hundreds of civilians. Later you will be transferred to the Railway Station to board the 16:55 hrs Swarna Shatabdi Express train for Delhi. On arrival (at 23:05 hrs) you will be met and transferred to the hotel for your overnight.
23/10 Day 4: Delhi
After breakfast we will go on a sightseeing tour of Delhi visiting Rajghat, Jama Masjid in Old Delhi – the biggest mosque in India, Red fort, India Gate the War memorial built by the British, Rashtrapati Bhawan – one of the grandest presidential palaces in the world, the 72 m. high Qutub Minar and Bangla Sahib. Today we will also have chance to see Birla House where Mamatma Gandhi was assassinated. Overnight at Hotel.
24/10 Day 5: Varanasi
At 08:55 hrs we fly with Indigo Airlines to Varanasi; a very holy city in Hinduism and the oldest living city in the world. Later in the evening we enjoy Aarti on river Ganges. Overnight at Hotel.
25/10 Day 6: Khajuraho
In the early morning we take a boat ride on the tranquil river Ganges or walk along the holy Ghats that will give you a lifetime experience. Return to hotel for breakfast. We return to our hotel by bus for breakfast. After a short rest we visit the famous temples of Varanasi. It is one of the important pilgrimage sites of Buddhist followers – Sarnath. This is the site where Gautama Buddha is said to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism. After our midday flight with Jetair at 12:40 hrs we will visit the western and eastern group of Temples at Khajuraho – India’s unique gift to the world and a UNESCO world heritage site. Built in the 9th and 10th century the Temples highlight the existential ethos in religion that venerates Yoga and Bhoga.
26/10 Day 7: Khajuraho / Agra
We continue our explorations of Khajuraho in the morning in the lovely streets with some handwork shops. Afterwards we drive 150 km by coach to reach Orchha. Orccha will take us on a journey to very ancient periods with its hidden wall paintings and architecture. At 18:10 hrs we board the superfast Bhopal Shatabdi train at Jhansi to arrive at Agra at 20:40 hrs where we head for our hotel.
27/10 Day 8: Agra / Ranthambhore
Today we visit the Taj Mahal. People come from all corners of the world to Agra to see this miraculous building, one of the most beautiful monuments of the world. The symmetry of this magnificent white marble mausoleum, built out of love, leaves its visitors spell-bound. We then proceed towards the Agra Fort – one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture built of red sandstone, thus the nickname Red Fortress. Afterwards we head for Ranthambhore and en route visit Fatehpur Sikri. This former Mughal capital dates back to the 16th C AD and features on the Unesco world heritage list. We stay at this magical place until after sunset and drive another 3,5 hrs before reaching our Hotel in Ranthambhore.
28/10 Day 9: Ranthambhore
Morning and afternoon safari into the national park, to explore the rich Flora and Fauna of the Ranthambore National Park. Ranthambhore is one of the finest tiger reserves of India and considered the best place to spot a tiger in his own natural habitat. The park is also popular with wildlife photographers. Overnight at Hotel.
29/10 Day 10: Jaipur
After breakfast we leave for Jaipur. Jaipur – the city of Victory, is also known as the Pink City. It is a city well conserved and with a living past shown by its dramatic hilltop forts and wonderful palaces. Founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the year 1729 it is known for its structural design, colourful traditions and welcoming people. Overnight at Hotel.
30/10 Day 11: Jaipur
After breakfast we visit one of the main tourist attractions located on the crafty hill – The Amber Fort constructed in 1592 AD, a royal elephant will take you to the vibrant entrance of the fort. Later we enjoy a half day city tour of Jaipur visiting the landmark – the City Palace and its museum. Just next to the entrance of the City Palace is situated the Jantar Mantar: the largest stone Observatory in the world built between 1727-33 AD and the spectacular Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) built in 1799 AD. Overnight at Hotel.
31/10 Day 12: Delhi
We will drive back to Delhi in appr. 6 hrs to reach our hotel. We can do some afternoon explorations of you can spend free time as desired.
Day 13: Return flight from Delhi Flight back to Turkey.
|Price:||2250 $ per person. Minimum group size 10 people
Single supplement 285 $
|Included:||5 star hotel accommodation, all meals, all domestic flights in India, all transfers in India, all entrance fees, Indian visa fee, tourleader fluent in Turkish and English, local English speaking guide|
|Excluded:||all drinks available in the restaurants and hotels, last dinner, international flights, excursions which are not mentioned in the tour itinerary|
|Activities:||Kingdom of Dream Show Delhi 50 $
Taj Mahal Show Agra 30 $
Sound & Light Show Khajurhao 20 $
Jaipur festival 10 $