San Fransico,USA Nov 04 - 09,2015
India Tour of Delhi, Agra & Jaipur India Tour of Delhi, Agra & Jaipur (India Portion) Hi Santosh, We are now at the hotel in Delhi - reflecting on
USA April 25 - May 02, 2015:
Our guide Gaurav was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed his company. I also wanted to say what a wonderful tour we had. Our guide Gaurav was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed
USA Oct 20 - Nov 17, 2012
We did appreciate the fact that during our trip you made sure that everything went well. North India tour from 20Oct till 17Nov 2012 Hello Santosh, Martin, Richard, Daniel & I would like to thank you very very
USA Sept 30- Oct07, 2011
The trip was excellent / amazing. Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Delhi- Agra- jaipur from 30 Sept to 07 Oct 2011 The trip was excellent / amazing. Both my husband and I
Minnetonka, Minnesota Sep 9-29,2010
This was the trip of a lifetime for me! As I mentioned, I am happy to give you my personal feedback on this trip. This was the trip of
Florida,USA Sept 10-29,2010
the many faces and experiences of Bhutan are indelible fixed in our minds Just a few selected photos to give you a hint of what we were doing in Bhutan. Ugen, I'll send
Thank You again for your splendid selection of companies to serve me in the various cities that I was in Hello Santosh Now that I am home from all my journeys, I have some time to write you. Thank You for
- A brief tour in capital Delhi to cover Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Rajpath Avenue and India Gate.
- Discover the delights of the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, where we ride an elephant to Amber fort. Visit Hawa Mahal, City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar Observatory
- Tour the ruins of Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s capital city, on our way to Agra.
- Visit the timeless Taj Mahal of Agra and get swept up in a kaleidoscope of colours in the local market.
- Travel through central India’s rural areas and spend a night in picturesque Orcha with palaces and temples rising from the jungles
- Peruse Khajuraho’s erotic temple carvings
- Mingle with pilgrims in spiritual Varanasi, where we ride boat on Ganges, visit sarnath and stroll through it narrow alleys filled with lively shops and color. Also visit Sarnath from Varanasi
- Easily extend your trip to Nepal, Bhutan, Darjeeling/Sikkim or all
The tour highlights the very best and must see places of Northern India. From the capital Delhi, we travel to Jaipur, the capital of colourful Rajasthan. Visiting the myths and legends associated with Agra to see the mesmerizing beauty of the Taj Mahal. From Agra, journey through rural India to the picturesque town of Orcha and further away from cities to the Khajuraho, to admire the stunning 1,000-year-old temples – infamous for their explicit carvings depicting the entire Kama Sutra. Our final leg of this India journey brings us Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world and holiest for the Hindu.
From Varanasi you can extend your travel to Bhutan, Nepal or Darjeeling or all of them.
Day 1: Delhi – Welcome To India.
Upon arrival in Delhi, meet and transfer to the hotel. Take a rest to recover from jet lag.Overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Short Delhi Tour and drive to Jaipur
After breakfast, check out of the hotel. Before taking on the road to Jaipur, we will briefly tour New Delhi. Drive through the Raj Path Avenue, where we will view the India Gate, a memorial for the unknown soldiers of World War, see the Parliament Buildings and President of India’s House all from outside. Then in the outskirts of Delhi, visit the World heritage listed sites of Humayun’s Tomb, the first garden tomb built in 1570, which set a benchmark for later Mughal mausoleums in India, including the Taj Mahal. Also stop to wonder at the tall brick minaret of Qutab Minar, an UNESCO World Heritage Site made of red sandstone and marble, built way back in 1193.
Then begin our drive to Jaipur, which around 4 ½ hrs drive, scanning the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. This evening, take a walk to the city’s crowded and colourful bazaars, which sell a wide variety of artisan goods. Jaipur is famous for semi-precious stones. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3: Jaipur Tour
Jaipur also called “Pink City” is the capital of the colourful state of Rajasthan. We begin our full day private tour after breakfast. At the outskirts of the city, on a hilltop is the fortress and Palace complex called Amber Palace. Ride the elephant uphill, just as in the old days the Kings would have to visit Amber Palace. Make a photos stop at India’s most photographed building after the Taj Mahal, the Hawa Mahal or ‘Palace of the Winds’. This famous building has elaborately carved facade built to enable the ladies in the Palace to watch the goings-on in the street below without being seen. Visit the City Palace and its museum, located in the heart of the Old City. Visit Jantar Mantar, one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur.
Option: In the evening, if you feel like it, you can discover the extravagance of a Bollywood blockbuster, at the spectacular Raj Mandir Cinema.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur – Agra via Fatehpur Sikri
En-route to Agra, stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted former capital of the Akbar, the most famous Mughal Emperor. This magnificent deserted Mughal city was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, only to be abandoned after 15 years due to the scarcity of water. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and see the elements of different religions: Akbar built three palaces for each of his favourite wives—a Hindu, a Muslim, and a Christian. A highlight of the settlement is Jama Masjid, a striking mosque featuring elements of both Persian and Hindu design. The main entrance of the mosque is the impressive 54-metre high Buland Darwaza, the Gate of Victory, constructed to commemorate Akbar’s military victory in Gujarat.
Upon arrival in Agra, enjoy walking in Sadar Bazaar which is famous for handicrafts, marble goods and leather shoes.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 5: Agra – Taj Mahal
Early this morning, visit the Taj Mahal, the ultimate monument to love. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the ornate carvings and bejewelled marble of this mausoleum are truly breath taking. Spend the afternoon exploring impressive Agra’s Red Fort, home to Shan Jahan and many Mughal Emperors prior and after him.
In the evening, you have an option to see light and sound show at Agra Fort, which displays and showcases the history of Agra Fort or you can simply rest and stay in the hotel.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 6: Agra- Jhansi by Train and drive to Orchha
Early this morning (at 8:00AM), take a two and half hour (A/c) train ride across Indian terrain to Jhansi. Transfer short distance to picturesque town of Orchha.
Located on the banks of the Betwa River, Orchha has changed little over the centuries. Although a small town today, Orcha once served as the capital of the Bundela Kings, one of the largest and powerful Kingdom in central India, and as a result, Orchha has more temples and palaces than any town of this size deserves. Crumbling temples and palaces are scattered across rural countryside, their spires and domes rise from the jungle. Orchha, means ‘Hidden’ and it is indeed a hidden gem. Visit Orchha Fort Palace Complex, Raja Ram Temple and Cenotaphs and tour the local village.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 7: Orchha- Khajuraho
With our private vehicle, drive across the rural India to Khajuraho, which is around 180KM/4hrs away. Far from any major cities, Khajuraho’s remote location saved its stunning 1,000-year-old temples – infamous for their explicit carvings depicting the entire Kama Sutra. Although remote and very quiet today, in the tenth century Khajuraho was the center of the thriving civilization of the Chandelas. This magnificent group of temples (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) was built between the ninth and tenth centuries. The erotic stone carvings here have come to symbolize the important role of love and prana energy in Hindu thought. Only about 20 temples survive from the 85 that were originally built, but they are among the finest in India. This afternoon, we visit the eastern and western temple complexes. In the evening there are optional activities such as Sound & Light Show in held near the Western temple or see the famous Kandariya classical dance performance in a Theater.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 8: Khajuraho- Flight to Varanasi
In the morning, visit the Southern group of temples and take a quick flight to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu cities. Meet and transfer to the hotel.
Known as Benares or Kashi in ancient India, Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a written history dating back more than 4,000 years. It has an intense, almost palpable atmosphere of spiritual devotion, a feeling of an unending religious festival. Hundreds of temples propitiate the thousands of deities in the Hindu pantheon. Pilgrims from every part of this vast nation crowd the narrow streets and the riverside ghats. Towards the evening, transfer to the bathing ghats located alongside the sacred River Ganges. People flock in large numbers every day to bathe and worship in the temples built beside the riverbank. Feel the timelessness of Varanasi as the sun sets and as the temple priests perform aarti, the sacred light ceremony, on the banks of Mother Ganga. After the puja ceremony is complete, transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 9: Varanasi
At sunrise, we board our small boat for a cruise on the Ganges. From our boat we can see the everyday life of this holy city. People arrive at the ghats at dawn to take a ritual dip, perform yoga asanas, religious rites, wash clothes and offer flowers and incense to the river. After disembarking, walk with your guide to visit local temple before returning to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, we drive to the nearby ancient Buddhist learning center of Sarnath. Here, Gautama Buddha preached his first sermon to his first disciples. Visit some of the Buddhist temples and Sarnath Museum, (except on Fridays, when the museum is closed) which houses some of the great treasures of Indian Buddhist art. We may be able to visit a local silk-weaving workshop.
Return to Varanasi, where plan on visiting Banaras Hindu University, Bharat Mata temple and if time is still available, we will walk through crowded alleyways, and browse its markets.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 10: Flight Varanasi – Delhi or extend to Bhutan or Nepal
Transfer to airport for your flight to Delhi. Connect your international flight OR you can opt for extension tour to Nepal and fly Kathmandu.
Nepal Extension via Lumbini
Day 10: Drive from Varanasi to Lumbini (6-7hrs), crossing into Nepal
Day 11 & 12: Lumbini to Chitwan: Drive to Chitwan and spend two nights in Chitwan National Park
Day 13 & 14: Travel to Pokhara (5-6hrs) and spend two nights in Pokhara
Day 15 & 16: Drive to Kathmandu (5-6hrs) and spend two night in Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu and or extend to Bhutan
Day 10: Fly or train from Varanasi to Kolkata
Day 11: Fly to Bhutan, travel to Thimphu
Day 12: Thimphu
Day 13: Thimphu to Haa Valley
Day 14: Haa to Paro valley
Day 15 & 16: In Paro valley with one day for hike to famous Takstang Monastery.
Day 17: Departure
Group SizeMaximum 8 pax ( Guranteed even for single traveller)
MealsDaily breakfast only
Trip Accommodation4 star deluxe hotels with combination of heritage hotels.
Trip Type Cultural Tour
Trip SeasonsJanurary to March
August to December
Best MonthsFebruary, March, April, August, September, October, November
Good MonthsJanuary, December
Lean MonthsMay, June, July
Prices & Dates
Cost Per Person in US Dollars
This is small Group Journey with daily – guaranteed departures, but available for private trips at a small premium.
Cost is based on number of participants (Maximum 8 members). At the time of sign-up, you will be invoiced based on 2 participants and final invoice will be raised on total sign-ups before departure.
- 6-8 members: $1110 Per Person
- 3-5 members: $ 1170 Per Person
- 2 member: $1260 Per Person
- Single member: $1970 (including single room supplement)
- Single room supplement: $400
- For trips in May until 15 September 10 % discount will be provided.
- Exclusively choosing to travel privately will be charged small fee. Ask for details
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- Accommodations in listed 4 star type hotels.
- Daily breakfast as per itinerary.
- Entrance fees to the monuments listed in the itinerary. (extra fees may for cameras and any additional monuments or optional tours visited)
- Elephant ride in Jaipur, Boat ride in Varanasi
- Train ticket from Agra to Jhansi in air conditioned chair car
- Land transfers and transportation by Private AC Vehicle.
- Full escorted and guided by English speaking local guides.
- All applicable taxes for above services.
- India visa (option available for visa upon arrival).
- Flight in and out of Delhi
- Flight tickets (2 flights) in coach class between Khajuraho-Varanasi-Delhi
- Lunches and dinners (approx between $5 -15 for each meal)
- Any other tourist activities not mentioned in the program.
- Optional tips and gratuities
- Insurance for Travel/Medical
4 star type hotels are used.
1 night in New Delhi in Jaypee Siddharth or Hotel Hans
2 nights in Jaipur in Hotel Sarovar Portico
2 nights in Agra in hotel Howard Plaza
1 night in Orchha in hotel Amar Mahal
1 night in Khajuraho in hotel Ramada Khajuraho
2 nights in Varanasi in hotel Hindustan International
Gaurav Goyal remains stalwarts of Wind Horse Tours, India since its inception in 2005. Along with company he gained salience. His friend says ” He aged once he started to work “. Like any other works, it was hardly a stroll in park at the start. In initial days, where every little aspects was overwhelming to learn but he weathered the storm tenaciously and befitting he is in the stage where a rave review from the guests is just like another day in the office.
He grew up in old Delhi locality and did his college from there itself. He is familiar with every nook and corner around Delhi and surrounding regions. This assist in untying knots of intricate history of Delhi and its monuments it harbours in its fold when taking guests on tours.
When not guiding, you can find him in cricket ground with a Kookaburra cricket ball in hand all geared up to disturb the three timbers that batman passionately guard.
Being linguist goes a long way in finding expression to a certain beliefs that you hold aloft. Shyam Vijay is one among a very few mortal who speaks almost all north India regional languages along with fluent Spanish and English. Some beliefs hold long, it hardly becomes vague or blur with time. The love for travelling and passion to share to one and all rang true as a child, and grew mammoth as he grew up.
His fascination for languages was inspired largely with travelling and relocating to different regions in India due to his father’s jobs. Once he came across Spanish tourist speaking the language. He was mesmerised with its sound, articulation and countenance on guest face. He felt like to hear and watch them forever.
Next moments he enrolled for Spanish class and passed out in flying colours. Along with his post graduate degree with major in History in 2008. He was all set to roll.
He started his career as guide as free lancer. Treading upon the path less trodden in the regions in trek of north India Himalayas as well as leading cultural tours in the region with flair and panache. He joined Wind Horse Tours in 2010. He hails from picturesque town of Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Rajat Gupta is the gun young at Wind Horse Tours, New Delhi. With his advent there is infusion of fresh ideas, exuberance and passion , that changing travel scenario demands. He completed his degree course in Tourism Management in 2014.
At Wind Horse Tour, India, he is setting pace for innovations and fresh perspectives to thrive and to meet new demands. With opening of window for Visa on Arrival for many countries by Indian Government, this has thrown door wide open for travel industries to redesign structural patterns in term of infrastructures and itineraries.
He inherited the passion for the travel business from his father Santosh Gupta. While growing up or still now the travel talks hogs the limelight at the dinner table. He alway knew what he wanted or how he wants to shape up his career. Choosing travel management course was a conscious choice to hone his passion.