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Journey to the Ganges

Tour Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
The teeming land of India with the charm of British colonial period and the Mughal era in Old Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata marks the peculiarity of this tour. One seeking for mighty divine gets to visit the lands of Haridwar and Rishikesh where thousands of pilgrims congregate on the banks of Ganges River. Explore India’s amazing artistic legacy through the exquisite murals of Khajuraho followed by the medieval Mughal marvel of love - Taj Mahal in Agra along with a couple of other monuments making to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. From thereon to Varanasi, where traveler gets to experience Hindu scholars performing the evening Aarti (ceremony) for Mother Ganga. Not to be missed is the alluring beauty of confluence of two major rivers of India: Ganga & Yamuna in Allahabad. Terminating the journey in Kolkata promises for an unforgettable experience where the city takes on a new visage as it celebrates each day with truck load of energy.

Tour Highlights

A blue glittery stream of Ganges gush from the Himalayan glaciers and paves through the plains of India. Babbling and burbling it sprung over varying destinations of India. Journey of the Ganges jaunts through famous cities of Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Agra, Jhansi, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Allahabad, Lucknow and Kolkata.

Imbibe in the culture and ethos at Hindu pilgrimage sites of Haridwar and Allahabad where hundreds of devotees take a plunge in Mother Ganga. Witness the evening Aarti at the banks of Ganga River gauging its eminence. Where at one end Ganges flashes its beauty, the visit to ancient cities still reviving its Mughal charm highlights our meticulously designed tour. Finally, adjournment of our tour in the city of Kolkata wraps up the journey all on a high note.

Come, join us on this tour; flow by the Ganges and treat yourself to a sensory organza during the festivity.

World Heritage Sites

Tour Itinerary at Glance

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Day 2: Delhi
Day 3: Delhi
Day 4: Delhi / Haridwar (By Train 12017 Dehradun Shatabdi/ Dep: 0645 hrs / Arr. 1130 hrs) / Haridwar / Rishikesh (35 km / 01 hr)
Day 5: Rishikesh
Day 6: Rishikesh / Haridwar (35 Km / 01 Hr)/ Haridwar / Delhi (By Train 12018 Dehradun Shatabdi/ Dep: 1810 hrs / Arr. 2250 hrs)
Day 7: Delhi / Mathura (Drive) Mathura / Agra (270 Km / 06 Hrs)
Day 8: Agra
Day 9: Agra / Jhansi (Train) Jhansi / Orchha (Drive) Orchha / Khajuraho (155 Km / 04 Hrs)
Day 10: Khajuraho / Varanasi (Flight)
Day 11: Varanasi
Day 12: Varanasi / Allahabad (125 Kms / 04 Hrs)
Day 13: Allahabad / Lucknow (250 Kms / 05 Hrs)
Day 14: Lucknow / Kolkata (Flight)
Day 15: Kolkata
Day 16: Kolkata/Onward Destination (Flight)
  • - Breakfast
  • - Lunch
  • - Dinner

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance

  1. Whats included in this tour
    • Hotels as mentioned or similar
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • All sightseeing and transfers by Air-conditioned transportation
    • Entrances fees
    • Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi
    • Sunrise boat ride on the river Ganges
    • All currently applicable taxes, including GST @ 5%
    • Services of English-Speaking guide for sightseeing as per the itinerary
    • Domestic Airfare in Coach Class for sectors Khajuraho/Varanasi & Lucknow to Kolkata
    • Train Fare in Executive Class for sectors Delhi to Haridwar, Haridwar to Delhi & Agra to Jhansi
  1. Whats not included in this tour
    • International airfare & departure taxes
    • Insurance & visa fees
    • Drinks/beverages with meals
    • Tips/gratuities
    • X’mas & New year Eve Dinner (Hotel may apply mandatory supplement)
    • Any other meals than those mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour package booking terms and conditions

Before you book a trip with “Bestway2india.com”- An online trading entity of Bestway Tours and Safaris Pvt Ltd , please take the time to read and understand the booking terms and conditions & additional special conditions which apply to certain trips ,themes and promotional offers. These booking conditions form the basis of your contract with “Bestway Tours & Safaris Pvt. Ltd, Suite 403, Suncity Trade Tower, Sector 21, Gurgaon (National Capital Region), Haryana – 122016, (India) , A company incorporated under Indian companies ACT 1956 vide registration number 55-51646

By asking us to confirm your booking, you confirm that you have had the opportunity to read and have read these booking conditions, Essential trip information, Inclusions & Exclusions and cancellation & refund policy and agree to be bound by them.

These booking conditions only apply to holiday arrangements which you book with us on https://www.bestway2india.com (An online trading entity of Bestway Tours & Safaris Pvt Ltd) and which we agree to make , provide, or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these booking conditions, to “holiday”, “booking”, “contract”, “package”, “tour” or “arrangements” mean such holiday arrangements unless otherwise stated.

  1. Essential Trip Information
    • The prices are Per Person on twin sharing basis.
    • The above cost is valid for the mentioned departure dates only.
    • Unless specified, check-in at hotels in India is at 14:00 Hrs and check out is at 12:00 Hrs
    • Our liability does not arise in case of Force Majeure (political disturbances, natural phenomenon etc.)
    • Reporting time at the International at the airport is generally 3 hrs prior to departure of the flight.
    • Please note that smoking is prohibited in public and all parts of the hotels except in designated areas and bedrooms, where smoking is permitted.  Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know.  The fulfillment of this request is subject to availability of smoking rooms and is not guaranteed. 
    • Check-in counters of most flights close approximately 45 minutes before departure and boarding gates close about 15 minutes prior departure.
    • Reporting time at the Domestic airport is generally 2 hrs prior to departure of flight
    • For booking domestic air seats we need names as per passport.
    • Baggage allowance in internal flights with in India is 15 Kg per person 
    • We will be providing transport as per below 
      •  1 to 2 pax we provide AC Toyota INNOVA MUV
      •  3 to 7 pax we provide AC Tempo Traveler
      •  8 pax to 9 pax we provide AC Mini 18 seater coach
  1. Cancellation, Booking deposits and refund policy

    The following booking deposit and cancellation policy applies. 

    For Departure Dates 

    12-Dec-2020 , 25-Jan-2020 , 31-Mar-2021 ,

    Booking Deposit : 15 % of the Tour amount. 

    If you cancle the tour the following cancellation policy will apply

    Cancellation received 

    45 days or more - 15 % including deposit

    44 days - 33 Days - 25 % including deposit.  

    For Departure Dates 

    12-Dec-2020 , 25-Jan-2020 , 31-Mar-2021 ,

    Booking Deposit : 15 % of the Tour amount. 

    If you cancle the tour the following cancellation policy will apply

    Cancellation received 

    45 days or more - 15 % including deposit

    44 days - 33 Days - 25 % including deposit.  

    For Departure Dates 

    12-Dec-2020 , 25-Jan-2020 , 31-Mar-2021 ,

    Booking Deposit : 15 % of the Tour amount. 

    If you cancle the tour the following cancellation policy will apply

    Cancellation received 

    45 days or more - 15 % including deposit

    44 days - 33 Days - 25 % including deposit.  

    For Departure Dates 

    12-Dec-2020 , 25-Jan-2020 , 31-Mar-2021 ,

    Booking Deposit : 15 % of the Tour amount. 

    If you cancle the tour the following cancellation policy will apply

    Cancellation received 

    45 days or more - 15 % including deposit

    44 days - 33 Days - 25 % including deposit.  

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  1. Day 1 Arrive Delhi
    Arrival. Namaste! We are warmly welcome the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax
  2. Day 2 Delhi
    humayun's-tomb We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit Birla House, the Former Residence of Mahatma Gandhi before he was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse on January 30, 1948. Later we visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and Humayun's Tomb*, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, built in 1570. We continue to Qutub Minar and its Monuments* Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower of Qutub Minar is 72.5 m high. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art and two mosques. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.  Please Note: Birla House is closed on Monday for visitors
    Meals Included
  3. Day 3 Delhi
    red-fort-new-delhi Today we concentrate on Old Delhi, starting with the Red Fort Complex*. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement and each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions. Next we visit the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque and Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. We end our tour with a bazaar experience at the famous Chandni Chowk.  Please Note: Red Fort Complex is closed on Monday and shops of Chandni Chowk remains closed on Sunday
    Meals Included
  4. Day 4 Delhi / Haridwar (By Train 12017 Dehradun Shatabdi/ Dep: 0645 hrs / Arr. 1130 hrs) / Haridwar / Rishikesh (35 km / 01 hr)
    ganges-river-haridwar Toddy we board our express train to Haridwar. Shatabdi Express trains are fully air-conditioned and travellers enjoy complimentary meals and seating comparable to business class on airlines. Upon arrival at Haridwar we are driven to Rishikesh, a very important Hindu pilgrimage site featuring a number of ashrams and temples on the shores of the Ganges River. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, the area is filled with thick green forests. Rishikesh is famous for its yoga sessions that are taught here by many yoga experts. We will be visiting Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Geeta Bhawan and other temples & ashrams. In evening we attend Aarti Ceremony at Parmarth Ashram in Rishikesh
    Meals Included
  5. Day 5 Rishikesh
    rishikesh Morning Yoga session at the hotel. The remainder of the day is free for independent activities. 
    Meals Included
  6. Day 6 Rishikesh / Haridwar (35 Km / 01 Hr)/ Haridwar / Delhi (By Train 12018 Dehradun Shatabdi/ Dep: 1810 hrs / Arr. 2250 hrs)
    Morning, we drive to Haridwar and take a tour of Haridwar, an important Hindu pilgrimage site, where the Ganges River enters the plains, and becomes very quiet and calm here. Haridwar has earned fame as being the place, which has been blessed by the trinity of the Lords Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. In evening we will be transferred to Haridwar Railway station in order to connect train for Delhi. On arrival in Delhi we will be transferred to our hotel.
    Meals Included
  7. Day 7 Delhi / Mathura (Drive) Mathura / Agra (270 Km / 06 Hrs)
    After breakfast drive to Agra. Along the way we visit Mathura, widely known as birth place of lord Krishna. Mathura is called the “Athens of India”, as the great school of sculpture known as the Mathura school of Art flourished here for 1200 Years. We will see many samples in the Government Museum. Please Note: Temples in Mathura remain closed from 1200 Noon till 1600 Hours
    Meals Included
  8. Day 8 Agra
    taj-mahal-agra Our tour starts with a visit to one of the most well-known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal*. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. Situated on the right bank of the Yamuna in a vast Mogul garden, this funerary monument combines elements and styles of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture. We then visit of Agra Fort*. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques.  We then drive to Fatehpur Sikri*. Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, the City of Victory was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid and the artistically designed mausoleum of the revered Sufi saint, Salim Chisty.  Please Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. On nights with a Full Moon the Taj Mahal's pure white marble shimmers silver in the moonlight and is open to visitors. We can arrange for an optional tour to enjoy this very special occasion
    Meals Included
  9. Day 9 Agra / Jhansi (Train) Jhansi / Orchha (Drive) Orchha / Khajuraho (155 Km / 04 Hrs)
    grroup-of-temples-khajuraho Today we board our express train to Jhansi. Shatabdi Express trains are fully air-conditioned and travellers enjoy complimentary meals. We then continue by coach to visit Orchha, an amazing medieval fortress- city located on the shores of the Betwa River. The fort consists of several connected buildings erected at different times, the most noteworthy of which are the Raja Mahal and the Jahangir Mahal. After our visit we proceed to Khajuraho.
    Meals Included
  10. Day 10 Khajuraho / Varanasi (Flight)
    erotic-sculpture-khajuraho (Between April to September flight operates only on Monday, Wednesday & Saturday) In the morning we explore the Khajuraho Group of Monuments* The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, which reached its apogee between 950 and 1050. Today only 20 temples remain and they fall into three distinct groups and belonging to the religions of Hinduism and Jainism. They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. The Temples are decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art. In the afternoon we are transferred to airport for our flight to Varanasi. On arrival we are transferred to our hotel. 
    Meals Included
  11. Day 11 Varanasi
    varanasi-ghat In the early morning we take a sunrise cruise on the River Ganges for a most serene experience. One of the cardinal principles of Hinduism is the belief in the holiness of the Ganges. Every morning scores of pilgrims and priests fill the riverbanks bathing in the holy waters and performing various other rituals. This unique experience literally transports you to another world. Later we explore Sarnath, the site of Lord Buddha's first sermon after attaining enlightenment. The Ancient Buddhist Site of Sarnath contains Chaukhandi Stupa, a lofty brick structure crowned with an octagonal tower and the remains of several stupas, monasteries and Ashokan column are built from the 3rd century B.C. to 12th century A.D.in brick and stone.    In the afternoon we start our exploration of old Varanasi, visiting the Bharat Mata Temple, which houses a huge marble relief map of India; the Durga Temple, the Tulsi Manas Mandir beside the Banaras Hindu University and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. The city is famous also for its silk sarees and we visit some of the houses where the beautiful silk sarees are woven. In the evening we get to the banks of the Ganges to witness the devotional ceremony of Aarti after sunset performed by devout Hindus.  Please Note: Sarnath Museum remains closed on Friday. 
    Meals Included
  12. Day 12 Varanasi / Allahabad (125 Kms / 04 Hrs)
    After breakfast we drive to Allahabad. On arrival, we check in to hotel. Later we take a city tour of Allahabad, in which we visit the Allahabad Fort, Allahabad Museum, Anand Bhawan and the Swaraj Bhawan. We also visit the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers where devotees come for ritual bathing in the holy waters and priests perform special rites of worship.
    Meals Included
  13. Day 13 Allahabad / Lucknow (250 Kms / 05 Hrs)
    mosque-bara-lmambara-complex-lucknow After breakfast we drive to Lucknow. Here we turn back the pages of history and look into the colourful days of Nawabs and Begums. We visit the Bara Imambara, built in 1784 by the Nawab Asaf ud Daula and the beautiful clock tower, built in 1887 and one of the finest examples of British Architecture in India. We then marvel at the Jama Masjid, started in 1840 by Mohammad Ali Shah and completed by his wife Begum Malika Jahan after his death. This splendid mosque built in the typical Mughal style.
    Meals Included
  14. Day 14 Lucknow / Kolkata (Flight)
    We are free to shop for Lucknow’s famous gold and silver brocades, silverware, clay figurines and pottery, before we are transferred to airport for flight to Kolkata. Arrive Kolkata and check in Hotel.
    Meals Included
  15. Day 15 Kolkata
    Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta is a compelling, effervescent city, teeming with life. Under East India Company and later under the British Raj, Kolkata served as the capital of India until 1911. In the morning after breakfast we start the tour of our cultural city with a visit to the famous Malik Ghat flower market beneath the Howarh Bridge. This is the place where the cities floral retailers buy their fresh merchandise. Next we visit Howrah Bridge, iconic symbol of modern Kolkata followed by visit to Belur Math, the headquarters of Ramkrishna Mission founded by Swami Vivekanand. The temple is notable for its architecture that features Hindu, Christian and Islamic motifs as a symbol of unity of all religions. Later we visit Dakshineswar Kali Temple. Our afternoon concentrates on the British Calcutta, visiting St. John's Church, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Victoria Memorial*, with its formal gardens and water courses, conceived by Lord Curzon to commemorate the British Empire at its peak. There after we enjoy a typical Bengali cuisine at a local restaurant. After lunch we return to our hotel. The evening is free to relax or enjoy a leisurely walk at the famous Park Street.  Please Note: Victoria Memorial is closed on Monday and St John’s Church is closed on Sunday for visitors
    Meals Included
  16. Day 16 Kolkata/Onward Destination (Flight)
    Today we are transferred to International airport for our Flight to onward destination. We bid farewell to India after what will have been a memorable journey into history, culture, art, architecture, making new friends and lots of memories
    Meals Included
  • - Breakfast
  • - Lunch
  • - Dinner

* DENOTES UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES INCLUDED

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    We strongly recommend bringing a backpack or a duffel bag, as suitcases can be cumbersome and difficult to store in buses, under seats, etc. Keep in mind that you will normally have to carry your own luggage on and off buses and trains and up and down hotel staircases.

  2. FAQ 2 What vaccinations are recommended for this tour?

    It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic. Below are the links to a number of websites that contain excellent background information related to travel health issues. Nevertheless, these websites are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional. For Canadian Citizens: www.travel.gc.ca For American Citizens: www.nc.cdc.gov For UK Citizens: www.travelhealthpro.org For Australian Citizens: www.travelvax.com For EU Citizens: www.healthhype.com

     

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  11. FAQ 11 How many people can join a tour?

    We keep our group sizes very flexible. So a group of 7 or a group of 70, we welcome all with the same zeal and fondness.

  12. FAQ 12 Who are my travelling companions?

    For privacy reasons, we cannot provide you with advance details on your traveling companions. However, our tours appeal to a wide range of travelers, most of whom share a traveling passion and a desire to experience these destinations at a grass-roots level. Our tours are conducted in English and so they attract many travelers from Canada, North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

  13. FAQ 13 Can I book extra nights of hotel accommodation before or after my tour?

    Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels. Please contact our Specialist for price information. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.

  14. FAQ 14 Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?

    Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion.

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