Across The Gangetic Plain and Beyond

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Across The Gangetic Plain and Beyond

Witness endless streams of devotees revive their souls on the banks of Ganges, discover the mysterious ruins of rarely visited Orchha, spend some relaxing days at a riverside resort close to Panna Wildlife Sanctuary and visit the site of Buddha’s first sermon, Sarnath! This panoptic tour not only prefaces the cultural aspects of India but also offers various architectural and culinary delights.


Tour Nights

  • Delhi: 2 nights
  • Chambal: 2 nights
  • Gwalior: 2 nights
  • Orchha: 2 nights
  • Panna: 2 nights
  • Varanasi: 2 nights
  • Lucknow: 3 nights
  • Tour code: AWI21
  • Accommodation Grade
  • Private Tour

Tour At a Glance

  • Enjoy an early morning drive to the serene village of Chambal
  • Spot a variety of marine life at the Chambal River
  • Visit Agra’s renowned white marble monument, Taj Mahal
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Gwalior
  • Visit the fort at Datia on your way to Orchha
  • Explore the lovely settlement of Orchha as well as the region’s fantastic temples
  • Take in the sights of Panna, popularly known as A City of Diamonds
  • Visit Varanasi, one of the world’s oldest cities
  • Behold the marvellous spectacle of elaborate prayer ceremony along the river Ganges
  • Discover the charming city of Sarnath, one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world
  • Marvel at the Residency Complex, Dilkusha Gardens, and La Martinière University in Lucknow

Itinerary details

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  • Day 01 UK - Delhi
    UK - Delhi

    Depart from UK an overnight flight to Delhi.

  • Day 02 Arrival at Delhi
    Arrival at Delhi

    Our company representatives will escort you from Delhi airport to your hotel. You may relax during your overnight stay or opt to take a brief stroll through the city.

  • Day 03 Delhi - Chambal
    Delhi - Chambal

    Get ready for an early morning drive to the relaxed village of Chambal for a two night stay. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the nearby Bateshwar temples on your way.

  • Day 04 Chambal (Agra)
    Chambal (Agra)

    In the morning, take a relaxing boat ride on the Chambal River with the opportunity of sighting ‘Gharial’ (a highly specialised species of crocodile), the rare Gangetic River Dolphin and a wealth of bird life including Indian skimmers. You can also choose to visit the Taj Mahal this afternoon.

  • Day 05 Chambal - Gwalior
    Chambal - Gwalior

    Drive to the peaceful city of Gwalior this morning. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for a two night stay. Spend the afternoon time at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a Son et lumière show.

  • Day 06 Gwalior

    After having a hot breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of the city. See here the imposing Gwalior Fort and the Scindia Museum palace. The afternoon is free to explore the area or relax at the hotel.

  • Day 07 Gwalior - Orchha
    Gwalior - Orchha

    Begin your journey to Orchha this morning. En route, visit the fort at Datia. Upon arrival at Orchha, check-in at your hotel for a stay of two nights.

  • Day 08 Orchha

    You are free to explore the beautiful settlement of Orchha on your own. Various intriguing temples strewn across the landscape attract many travellers.

  • Day 09 Orchha - Panna (Khajuraho)
    Orchha - Panna (Khajuraho)

    Drive to Panna, popularly known as A City of Diamonds. On route, visit the famous Chandela temple complex at Khajuraho. Upon arrival at Panna, check-in at your hotel for the next two nights.

  • Day 10 Panna

    You can opt to spend this day at your leisure or may choose to enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Ken River. You may also choose to go for a jeep safari in Panna National park.

  • Day 11 Panna - Varanasi
    Panna - Varanasi

    Post breakfast; proceed towards the airport for your onward journey to Varanasi, the religious capital of Hinduism. On arrival, check-in at hotel and relax.

  • Day 12 Varanasi

    Varanasi, previously known as Kashi is one of the world’s oldest religious sites. Start your city tour during dawn and bag some of the best life experiences at Varanasi. Transfer to the banks of the river Ganges and observe thousands of faithful performing several religious activities and offering prayers at the Ghat. Drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the river to experience the traditions of this world’s oldest living city. Afterwards, drive to Sarnath, which is 5 miles away from Varanasi. Visit here, one of the holiest Buddhis t sites in the world, where Lord Buddha preached his first Sermon in 592 BC and also get a chance to witness an excellent collection of Buddhist art sculptures at a fine museum here. Read More

  • Day 13 Varanasi - Lucknow
    Varanasi - Lucknow

    This morning at Varanasi, is fixed for a relaxation or exploration on the ghats. Later in the evening, begin your train journey for Lucknow. Check in at your hotel in Lucknow .

  • Day 14 Lucknow

    Post breakfast proceed for a full day excursion of the city. Visit the Residency Complex, site of the infamous siege of 1857 which was one of the first revolts against the British authorities. Also, visit the Dilkusha Gardens, La Martinière University, the Islamic Imambara shrine and Romi Darwaja city gate. Late in the evening, collect some interesting souvenirs from the vibrant bazaars of Lucknow.

  • Day 15 Lucknow

    Spend your day in exploring this city of Nawabs.

  • Day 16 Lucknow - Delhi
    Lucknow - Delhi

    Check out from your hotel and fly back to Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and relax. Spend the rest of the day in exploring this sprawling metropolis

  • Day 17 Delhi - UK
    Delhi - UK

    Transfer to the International airport in Delhi towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories.


Shimla - ( 04 Nights ) (Day 17 to Day 21)

Shimla, the erstwhile summer capital of the British, is today the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh. For a small town, this place is absolutely teeming with appeal whether it is hills, fruit orchards, flowering meadows or nostalgic colonial history.


Day 1

To Shimla

Post breakfast, transfer to the airport and proceed towards your onward journey to Chandigarh. Upon arrival proceed towards Shimla by car and transfer to hotel for 3 nights stay in Shimla. Read More


Days 2-3


At leisure.


Day 4

To Delhi

Post breakfast, proceed towards to board the UNESCO-listed toy train from Shimla to Kalka and early this evening you will board the Shatabdi Express to Delhi. Stay overnight at the hotel in Delhi. Read More


Day 5


Transfer to the International airport in Delhi towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories. Read More

Amritsar - ( 02 Nights ) (Day 17 to Day 19)

Amritsar, in Punjab, hides up its sleeves a multi faceted allure for tourists in the form of the beautiful Golden Temple, the historic Jallianwala Bagh, the Ram Bagh Gardens & the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Also the Sunset Retreat ceremony at the Wagah Border here is most captivating and worth a watch.


Day 1

To Amritsar

Post breakfast, transfer to the railway station and proceed towards your onward journey to Amritsar by Shatabdi Express. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights stay in Amritsar.  Read More


Day 2


This Morning visit the Golden Temple, the heart of the Sikh religion and the somber gardens of Jallianwallah Bagh memorial and the Ram Bagh Gardens with the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. In the afternoon, proceed towards Wagah on the India-Pakistan border to see the spectacular Sunset Retreat Ceremony. Read More


Day 3


Transfer to the airport in Amritsar via Delhi towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories. Read More

Kathmandu - ( 04 Nights ) (Day 17 to Day 21)

Kathmandu, the bustling capital of Nepal, seems in the first glance yet another city lost in the race of time & development. But take a stroll along its backstreets and you will meet the quaint old middle age still flourishing in this city’s heritage, culture, temples, and courtyards overflowing with flowers and tiny shops where goods and services have remained much the same since centuries.


Day 1

To Kathmandu

Post breakfast, transfer to the airport and proceed towards your onward journey to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel for 2 nights stay in Kathmandu.Rest of the day at leisure Read More


Day 2


Tour of the city visiting the Durbar Square, noted for its temples and palaces including the Khasta Mandap, the wooden temple which gave Kathmandu its name, and the temple of Living Goddess or Kumari. You will see much evidence of the Pagoda style of architecture that Nepalese claim to have originated. Visit Syambunath with the all seeing eyes of Buddha overlooking the valley. In the afternoon visit the twin villages of Bungmati Khokana dating back to 6th century, the ancient city of Patan and the Tibetan Handicrafts Centre. Read More


Day 3

Kathmandu to Nagarkot

Today visit the medieval city of Bhadgaon, noted for its wooden carved buildings including the five-storey Nyatapole Pagoda and Golden Gate. Bodhnath is one of the world’s largest stupa and the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside Tibet. Changunarayan, a lavishly decorated two-tiered temple dating back to 467 A.D. Continue on to Nagarkot (7200ft), offering a panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas from Mount Everest in the east to Dhaulagiri in the west. Rest of the day at leisure to absorb the atmosphere. Overnight stay in Nagarkot. Read More


Day 4

Nagarkot to Kathmandu

Early in the morning view the sunrise over the Himalayas. On a clear day you can see Mount Everest from here. Return to Kathmandu visiting en route Bodhnath, one of the world’s largest stupa and the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside of Tibet, and Pashupatinath. Read More


Day 5

Depart Kathmandu

Post breakfast, transfer to the  International airport towards your onward journey to London via Delhi with sweet memories. Read More

Ranthambore - ( 03 Nights ) (Day 17 to Day 20)

If you are looking for a tryst with nature in the Indian wilds, then perhaps there is no place for you like Ranthambore. A royal hunting ground in the past, this reserved sanctuary today offers residence to a variety of endangered flora and fauna.


Day 1

To Ranthambore

Post breakfast, transfer to the airport and proceed towards your onward journey to Jaipur. Upon arrival, drive towards Ranthambore by car and transfer to hotel for 2 nights stay in Ranthambore. Read More


Day 2


Early morning and late afternoon drives to search for tigers. Read More


Day 3

To Delhi

Post breakfast, transfer to railway station towards your onward journey to Delhi by train. Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi for 1 night. Read More


Day 4


Transfer to the International airport in Delhi towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories. Read More

Jaipur - ( 03 Nights ) (Day 17 to Day 20)

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is also the largest city of this state. It has the honour of being the 1st planned city of India and represents the glorious magnificence of royalty mingled with a vibrant culture. This city sits teeming with forts, palaces, temples and havelis that relate the fascinating tale of grandeur of the day’s gone by.


Day 1

To Jaipur

Post breakfast, transfer to the airport and proceed towards your onward journey to Jaipur and upon arrival, transfer to hotel for 2 nights stay in Jaipur. Read More


Day 2


Proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort after breakfast. Enjoy Jeep ride to the fort which displays a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu panache. Afterwards, move towards the City Palace which sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum. In the end, visit Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal, which again symbolise the classic Rajasthani architecture. Read More


Day 3

To Delhi

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to airport and proceed towards Delhi. Read More


Day 4


Post breakfast, transfer to the International airport in Delhi towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories. Read More


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What's Included?

  • International Flights: Return economy class International flights from UK. Supplement may apply from regional airports.
  • Domestic Flights: Economy class domestic flights within India.
  • Assisted Transfers:All Airport and train transfers as specified by a chauffeur driven car inclusive of representative assistance. Where courtesy transfers are provided by the hotel representative assistance may not be available in some places.
  • Train: Air conditioned III tier.
  • Accommodation:Room with attached private facilities.
  • Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) at Chambal and Panna and rest of the places are on Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • Services of Local Agent & Tour Guide: Services of a local agent in all major cities and an English speaking guide during sightseeing as specified inclusive of entry fee to the monuments.
  • Taxes:All applicable taxes and service charges.

What's not Included?

  • Travel Insurance: We recommend you take a comprehensive travel insurance to cover your holiday at the time of booking the tour.
  • Visa: UK citizens require entry visas for India.
  • Personal Expenses: Such as laundry, telephones calls, hard & soft drinks, meals other then specified, beverages and mineral water etc
  • Camera fee: Still and video camera fee at monuments and game parks.
  • Tips anywhere: To drivers, porters, bellboys, guides & waiters etc.
  • Free Days:Any car arrangements on free days / days at leisure.
  • Any items not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

Additional Information

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