This grand tour of north India reveals a number of its most famous sights, from the sacred river Ganges in Varanasi to the fairy-tale like palaces of Rajasthan. Start by discovering the contrasts of India’s bustling capital city, Delhi, before moving on to the spiritual city of Varanasi and the extraordinary carved temples of Khajuraho. Next, a stop in Agra introduces you to the world’s favourite monument to love; the Taj Mahal. We then cross into the colourful state of Rajasthan, to discover splendid forts and palaces in Jaipur and Jodhpur. Our journey ends on a special note in the romantic city of Udaipur, staying in one of the world’s most famous luxury hotels; the dreamy Lake Palace. Still, our Luxury Rajasthan with Varanasi and Khajuraho itinerary is merely a starting point designed to give you an idea of the possibilities, it can be tweaked or completely transformed to best suit you.
Upon landing, there’ll be chance to freshen up at your hotel, the Lalit Temple View, before meeting your guide. This modern hotel is well located close to the Western group of temples, with many rooms having a distant view. Comfortable facilities, good service and a peaceful ambiance.
Later today you’ll begin exploring the temple complex in one of its most beautiful lights; at sunset. The most impressive of the temples if the Mandariya Mahadev – over 800 sculptures adorn the temple, depicting gods and goddesses, beasts and warriors, sensuous maidens, dancers, musicians and, of course, the erotic scenes for which the Khajuraho temples are famous.
In the early evening, you’ll be met by your guide for a tour of the Ganges – and its many ghats – by boat, culminating with the evening aarti ceremony. These ancient rituals have changed very little over hundreds and hundreds of years. The scent of sandalwood and incense swirls around, whilst the sounds of prayer chanting and clashing symbols rise to a crescendo. Hundreds of little oil lamps flickering on the river are a beautiful sight.
Rather than retrace your steps back to Delhi, you may prefer to end with a two night stay in Mumbai (we’d suggest the Taj Mahal Palace, or the Oberoi Mumbai). Or, hit the beach with a relaxing few nights in Goa. For a broader exploration of the Rajasthan region, you may like to experience luxury camping in the Thar Desert at The Serai, Jaisalmer, or spot tigers in the jungle on safari in Ranthambhore. For inspiration, we’d recommend taking a look through our Insider’s Guide to Oberoi Hotels in India, by clicking here. All our tours are private and tailor-made to complement your tastes and interests – the Luxury Rajasthan with Varanasi and Khajuraho tour described above is really just a starting point and together we can refine it into your ideal Indian experience.
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