Enchanting India - Feb 8-20, 2019 (13 Days)
Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Jaisalmer – Varanasi - Chennai
Feb 8th (Day 1): Delhi
Early morning arrival. Relax and get acclimated to the new time zone.
Feb 9th (Day 2): Delhi
Welcome lunch!! Post lunch depart for sightseeing of capital of India. Parliament house, India gate, Gandhi Smriti, Aksherdham temple. Enjoy an amazing water fountain Light & Sound show.
Feb 10th (Day 3): Delhi to Agra by A/C vehicle
Morning visit to Old Delhi. See UNESCO site of Red fort, Jama Masjid. Depart for Agra, Late afternoon visit Taj Mahal. Admire its majestic beauty at sunset. Spend time visiting Taj and surrounding gardens Evening at leisure.
Feb 11th (Day 4): Agra
Early morning private yoga lessons with view of Taj Mahal OR Morning @ Leisure. Visit Wildlife SOS Elephant rescue center. Enjoy lunch with view of Taj Mahal. Later visit Agra fort and marble workshop.
Lunch at rooftop with view of Taj Mahal.
Excursion: Private yoga session with Taj view. Cost $50 pp (Minimum 6 participants)
Feb 12th (Day 5): Agra
Morning depart for Jaipur. Visit Chand Bawari stepwell architecture. Later visit textile block printing factory. Came ride at Jal mahal.
Feb 13th (Day 6): Agra to Jaipur by A/C vehicle
Visit UNESCO site of Amer fort via jeep. 18th century fort was built by Rajput rulers over 150 years with Rajput and Moghul architecture. Later visit Jantar Mantar 18th century observatory. Enjoy Rajasthani dinner at a rooftop restaurant. Enjoy a fabulous palace hotel
Excursion: Private Indian food cooking lessons. Cost $65 pp (Minimum 6 participants)
Feb 14th (Day 7): Jaipur to Jaisalmer (Desert Safari)
Take morning flight to Jaisalmer. Town situated in Thar desert. Visit Bada Baugh royal cenotaphs. Later in the afternoon leave for Desert camp. Enjoy jeep safari, watch sunset on sand dunes. Rajasthani food, folk dance show. Experience luxury tent accommodation in the middle of the Thar desert
Feb 15th (Day 8): Jaisalmer to Jaipur
Morning visit to Jaisalmer fort. Only living fort in India. Walking tour of the fort to explore Haveli architecture, lifestyle and ancient buildings within the fort. Later fly to Jaipur. Evening at leisure.
Feb 16th (Day 9): Jaipur to Varanasi
Afternoon flight to Varanasi. Later at sunset boat ride to observe Aarti on the bank of river Ganga at Dasawamedh Ghat. It is a Hindu puja ceremony where fire is used as offering to the goddess Ganga. An invocation with Conch shell and ringing the bells. Must see for all visitors of Varanasi.
Feb 17th (Day 10): Varanasi to Chennai
In the morning, visit silk weaving artwork and Buddhist pilgrimage place of Sarnath. Later depart for Chennai.
Feb 18th (Day 11): Chennai
Morning visit to world heritage temples at Mahabalipuram. On return visit Dakshina Chitra living art museum of arts, crafts and architecture.
Feb 19th (Day 12): Day trip to Mahabalipuram from Chennai
Join locals at a morning temple puja ceremony. Later visit Gurukulam of Kalakshetra- center of performing art, silk saree emporiums and shopping
Feb 20th (Day 13): Chennai - Depart for US
Morning at leisure. City tour of Chennai, bronze museum,