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Spirit of India

from USD 1631
Tour Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
The tour gives an insight of the rich culture and heritage North India has to offer, covering 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Experience the bustling bazars of Old Delhi and a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk. Those interested can enjoy an elephant ride uphill to Amber Fort, Jaipur and get treated like the royalty of yesteryear. Visiting the murals at Khajuraho is a guide to our everyday life activities. Seeing it sculptured adds more value to it. At dawn enjoy a boat ride at river Ganges - Varanasi, witnessing thousands of Hindu pilgrims performing the daily morning rituals. Not to be missed is the evening Aarti ceremony (religious prayer) that soothes ones soul and mind at the Ghats of Varanasi. We also visit Sarnath, the land of origin of Buddhism where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Cherish the beauty of White Marble the famous monument of love – “The Taj Mahal”. Endure the marble artistry in Agra, block printing and carpet weaving in Jaipur.

Tour Highlights

India is many times rightfully referred to as a subcontinent, featuring diverse geographical and cultural regions, where ancient civilizations and religions flourished. At Bestway Tours & Safaris we have developed a number of tours that focus on India’s varied regions and its attractions.

In this journey we travel from Delhi to Varanasi, where we explore India’s vast artistic legacy from the ancient monuments of Khajuraho to the medieval Mughal marvels of Agra and Delhi. Ride on an elephant in Jaipur and discover Rajasthan’s beautiful cities. Watch thousands of Hindu pilgrims in Varanasi, as they congregate on the banks of the Ganges River.

With healed mind and enriched with spirituality, this tour is for those seeking for enlightenment on their visit to India.

World Heritage Sites

Tour Itinerary at Glance

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Day 2: Delhi
Day 3: Delhi / Jaipur (Drive 260 kms / 6 Hours) 
Day 4: Jaipur
Day 5: Jaipur / Agra (Drive 245 kms / 5 Hours)
Day 6: Agra / Jhansi by (Shatabdi Train # 12002; Departure: 08:02 hrs / Arrival: 10:43 hrs & Jhansi / Khajuraho by surface (Drive: 190 kms / 5 hours)
Day 7: Khajuraho / Varanasi (Flight)
Day 8: Varanasi 
Day 9: Varanasi / Delhi / Home (Flight)
  • - Breakfast
  • - Lunch
  • - Dinner

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance

  1. Whats included in this tour
    • 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
    • Accommodation on twin share basis in the mentioned hotels or Similar 
    • Domestic airfare for sectors Khajuraho/Varanasi & Varanasi/Delhi in coach class as per itinerary
    • Train Fare in Executive Class for sector Agra to Jhansi
  1. Whats not included in this tour
    • Any other meals than those mentioned in the itinerary.
    • International airfare & departure taxes
    • Insurance & visa fees
    • Drinks/beverages with meals
    • Tips/gratuities
    • X’mas & New year Eve Dinner (Hotel may apply mandatory supplement)
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 price is only valid for the mentioned departure date.

    • 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. 

    • 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.

    • 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. Booking Deposit, Cancellation 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
    Namaste! We are welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands together. After immigration and custom formalities, we are transferred to our hotel.
  2. Day 2 - Delhi
    red-fort-new-delhi 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 Qutb Minar and its Monuments* Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower of Qutb 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. Our afternoon concentrates 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. After visiting the Red fort, we embark on a captivating journey on a Rickshaw passing through the narrow lanes of the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaar, it was originally built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his daughter Jahan Ara in 17th Century since then many changes have taken place however it still remains Old Delhi's one of the Oldest and busiest markets in Delhi. Finally end our rickshaw ride at Jama Masjid, Mughal majesty and India's largest mosque. After visiting the mosque we proceed to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.   Please Note: Red fort and Birla House are closed on Monday and Chandni Chowk is closed on Sunday
    Meals Included
  3. Day 3 - Delhi / Jaipur (Drive 260 kms / 6 Hours) 
    hawa-mahal-jaipur After breakfast we are driving the famous city Jaipur. On arrival we check into our hotel. Jaipur, filled with frenetic crowds, Rajasthan's chaotic, dusky - pink capital is a place of wild contrasts, bombarding the senses at every turn. Jaipur's old city, it's rich color deepening and fading according to the light, is lined with long, twinkling bazaars. Like Wacky Races on acid, vegetable - laden camel carts thread their way through streets jam-packed with cars, cows, rickshaws & bicycles. The city owes its name, foundation and careful planning to the great warrior -astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693 - 1743). 
    Meals Included
  4. Day 4 - Jaipur
    amber-fort-jaipur Today we explore Amber Fort, located in a valley formed by a range of Aravallis known as Kalikho hills. The Palace and Fort are located on top of the hill with the city on slopes, and the valley protected by fort walls with four gates in the four cardinal directions. The construction of the fort began in 1592. It shows the evolution from the purely defensive fort settlements of the early medieval period to the palace fortress type of architecture typified in the 16th century. This palace fortress was never attacked or invaded. The fort comprises of number of gardens, courtyards and palatial spaces derived from Mughal architecture and are a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. We return to Jaipur to visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art and the beautiful Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. We also visit the Jantar Mantar*, an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century that includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period. The evening is free to enjoy both shopping and the cultural experience in the bazaars. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. 
    Meals Included
  5. Day 5 - Jaipur / Agra (Drive 245 kms / 5 Hours)
    taj-mahal-agra After breakfast we drive to Agra. On arrival we check into our hotel. Later we visit one of the most well known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is built of white marble, beautifully carved and inlaid with semi-precious stones. Next we visit Agra Fort, where Shah Jehan was imprisoned by his son in the later years of his life to prevent him from spending the family fortunes on the black echo of the Taj Mahal.  Please Note: Taj Mahal remains closed on every Friday 
    Meals Included
  6. Day 6 - Agra / Jhansi by (Shatabdi Train # 12002; Departure: 08:02 hrs / Arrival: 10:43 hrs & Jhansi / Khajuraho by surface (Drive: 190 kms / 5 hours)
    Today we board the famous Shatabdi Express Train to Jhansi then continue to visit Orchha, an amazing medieval fortress-city located on the shores of the Betwa River. After our visit of Orchha we proceed to Khajuraho, home of splendid temples. On arrival in Khajuraho we check in our hotel. Evening is free to relax. 
    Meals Included
  7. Day 7 - Khajuraho / Varanasi (Flight)
    erotic-sculpture-khajuraho (Between April to September flight operates only on Monday, Wednesday & Saturday)  Today 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 take a short flight to the holy city of Varanasi - amongst the oldest living cities in the Sub Continent. In the evening we go to the banks of the Ganges to witness the devotional ceremony of Aarti after sunset performed by devout Hindus. 
    Meals Included
  8. Day 8 - 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 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 afternoon 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.  Please Note: Sarnath Museum remains closed on every Friday 
    Meals Included
  9. Day 9 - Varanasi / Delhi / Home (Flight)
    Today we are transferred to the Varanasi airport for our flight to Delhi. In Delhi we take flight to back home. 
    Meals Included
  • - Breakfast
  • - Lunch
  • - Dinner

* DENOTES UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES INCLUDED

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  1. FAQ 1 What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?

    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

     

  3. FAQ 3 What clothing should I pack for one of your tours?

    We always recommend packing as light as possible however the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling. Our 'General Conditions' includes a suggested packing list and these can be downloaded from each individual tour page. The checklist is tour specific and based upon the experience of our ground staff.

  4. FAQ 4 Do your tours include international airfare?

    Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. We would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking.

  5. FAQ 5 What type of ground transportation is used on your tours?

    Our ‘General Conditions’ includes the details of all the transports used during the entire service. The details can be found on each individual tour page.

  6. FAQ 6 Are airport transfers included?

    All of our tours include airport transfers and the prices for the same are included in our tour rates.

  7. FAQ 7 Can I join a tour late or leave it early?

    It is possible to join a tour late or leave a tour early. Though you would be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary please consult our Specialist before you book your tour.

  8. FAQ 8 Can you provide me with a list of the hotels we will be staying at?

    We use a variety of hotels en-route and a complete list of hotels is provided for your tour. Hotel voucher of each hotel registered for the tour is shared too.

  9. FAQ 9 I'm a single traveler, will I be charged a single supplement?

    All of our trips have a single supplement. The cost and the details vary by trip, so please refer to each tour page for details.

  10. FAQ 10 What are the age restrictions on your tours?

    There are no upper age limits for most of our tours (although for tours under ‘Trekking in the Himalayas’ and ‘Himalayan Panorama’ requires a fit medical condition. For the same, we have a ‘Medical Form’ which is mandatory to be filled by all age groups). For children below the age of 12 years, a parent/guardian should be present. If an assistance is needed, it is to be mentioned at the time of booking. The same will be chargeable.

  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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Our trip "Spirit of India" was great and the travel company was very good.
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