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9 Day Private India's Golden Triangle & Varanasi

This tour includes return international airfares. See the Fine Print section for further details.

Airfares
Included

This is considered a fast-paced tour. In order to explore as much as possible, this tour may require early starts and long travel days. One to two nights at one destination is standard. While some free time may be scheduled, most sightseeing is included throughout this tour. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage. To ensure this trip is right for you, any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aid, then this tour is not suitable.

Pace
Lively Pace

Enjoy the comfort of having your travel arrangements all to yourself. From the exclusivity of having your own transportation to your own expert English-speaking guide who in most cases will accompany you throughout the entire tour unless stated.

Group Size
Private Tour

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
Private Tour
945 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Return international airfares included 
✓ Incredible sightseeing as per the itinerary, including bustling Delhi, the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, Jaipur's Amber Fort and Palace of the Winds and the Abhaneri step well. Enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the Ganges River in Varanasi, walk the back lanes of Varanasi’s old city
✓ Private, English-speaking guide throughout
✓ 7 nights deluxe hotel accommodation
✓ Domestic flights
✓ All airport transfers
✓ Luxury A/C vehicles
✓ Daily breakfast
✓ Sightseeing & all entry fees as per the itinerary

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Hyatt Centric Janakpuri or Similar

Welcome to Delhi. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building, after which you will be transferred to your hotel. Check-in time is 1500 hours.

Rest of the day is at leisure to unwind and relax in the comforts of your hotel.

Arrival airport transfers are included as part of your package. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Please note: if you are arriving early and have made your own arrangements prior to your tour commencing, airport transfers will not be included. However, if you are purchasing pre-nights accommodation as part of your Inspiring Vacations package, airport transfers will still be provided to the starting hotel.

Some flights may depart the night before and fly overnight, to arrive on Day 1.

Hotel
Hyatt Centric Janakpuri or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and proceed on a guided tour of Old and New Delhi. 

Arriving in Old Delhi, drive past the Red Fort; visit Raj Ghat, the simple but moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. A short walk in the narrow bylanes is full of legends and unfolds many historic tales of Shahjahanabad. Visit quaint shops with incredible wares from food stalls to jewelry.

Later in the afternoon, get ready to explore imperial Delhi. Drive past the imposing India Gate (War Memorial Arch), Parliament buildings and Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s residence). End the tour with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage listed tomb of Emperor Humayun. The tomb was the first garden tomb in the Indian subcontinent, a wonderful example of early Mughal architecture.

Hotel
Clarks Shiraz or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, drive to the Mughal city of Agra (205 Kms / approx. 5 hours). On arrival, check into your hotel to freshen up before enjoying a guided tour of Agra. No visit is complete without a stop at the Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, this masterpiece in marble and one of the world’s most famous landmarks.

Hotel
The Fern Ecotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast before proceeding to the royal city of Jaipur (260 Kms / approx. 7 hours). En- route , stop at the ancient town of Abhaneri to visit the spectacular step-well and take a short walk around the village to stretch your legs before continuing to Jaipur. On arrival, check into your hotel for the next 2 nights. This evening is free for individual activities and exploration of Jaipur.

Hotel
The Fern Ecotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning enjoy a guided excursion to the fabulous hilltop citadel of Amber Fort , en-route halt for a photo stop at the intriguing red sandstone Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five-storied facade with an incredible pyramidal façade, overhanging windows with lattice screens, domes and spires. 

Crowning the crest of a hill, Amber Fort offers views of Maota Lake and the historic old town of Jaipur located at the base of the hill, which formed the early seat of the Amber kings before the fort was made their capital. Following your sightseeing tour, return to the hotel where the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore more of Jaipur

Hotel
Meradan Grand or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast and some time at leisure, our representative will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer you to Jaipur airport for your flight to Varanasi. Following baggage collection, you will be met as you exit the arrival terminal building and driven to your hotel for a 2 nights stay in Varanasi. 

Prior to sunset, head to banks of holy river Ganges to watch the nightly Aarti Ceremony. Witness priests and devotees participate in the traditional ritual. The Ganges is worshipped as a living goddess in Varanasi and daily prayers at dawn and dusk serve as salutations to the river. Oil lamps are offered and bells rung while sacred mantras are chanted. Priests offer prayers to the Ganges in a spectacular and very well orchestrated event which lasts 45 minutes to an hour. 

Hotel
Meradan Grand or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Rise early for an action packed day. Firstly enjoy a boat cruise on the river Ganges (subject to water levels). Varanasi's principal attraction is the string of ghats, which line the western side of the river. This unique sight is best viewed at dawn from the river. A pre-dawn boat ride presents an incredible scene as the multitudes of devotees come to the river to pay homage to the Sun God. As well as worshippers, locals come to perform their daily rituals, catch up for chai or stop for meditation.. 

Disembark your boat and walk through the maze of back lanes into the old quarters that exude the smells and sounds of this holy city. The winding Vishwanath Gali leads to the Vishwanath Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva also known as Vishwanath – Lord of the Universe. Witness and taste street food shops selling Varanasi’s famous chaat (savouries), thandai (traditional mocktail) and paan (a mouth freshener made of betel leaf).  

Later today, enjoy a guided city tour in which you will get a chance to visit a centre famous for weaving Benares silk. Varanasi is known throughout India as the finest producer of silk and the famous Banarasi sari.  Step inside a traditional akhara, a gymnasium where men of all ages practice a traditional form of wrestling known as kushti 

This afternoon visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and 11th century and today it presents the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail. Visit the Sarnath Museum (closed on Fridays), which is a treasure trove of Buddhist sculpture, inscription and pottery.   

Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before check-out and transfer to Varanasi airport for the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be met as you exit the arrival terminal building and transferred to the international airport for your onward journey.

Arrive home today. We hope you've been inspired. 

Departure transfers are included as part of your package. You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport to meet your flight.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares included
  • Incredible sightseeing as per the itinerary, including bustling Delhi, the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, Jaipur's Amber Fort and Palace of the Winds and the Abhaneri step well. Enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the Ganges River in Varanasi, walk the back lanes of Varanasi’s old city
  • Private tour, enjoy the comfort and personalised service of private touring
  • Private airport transfers included on the first and last day
  • Private in-depth sightseeing
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • 7 nights deluxe hotel accommodation
  • Domestic flights
  • Daily breakfast
  • Sightseeing & all entry fees as per the itinerary

  • Enjoy a city tour in Old and New Delhi
  • Walk through the bustling bylanes of Chandni Chowk
  • Visit the UNESCO listed Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi
  • Witness the world’s most revered monument of love, the Taj Mahal
  • Admire the Jaipur’s hilltop citadel - Amber Fort and Palace of Winds
  • Visit the spectacular step well in Abhaneri
  • Witness the magical Aarti ceremony on the ghats of holy river Ganges 
  • Enjoy sunrise from a boat on the Ganges 
  • Visit the site of Sarnath, where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon
  • Explore the rituals and sights of ancient, spiritual Varanasi on a walking tour of the Old City.

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $295.00 per person within 28 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $589.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This package includes international airfares or has the option of adding international airfares to your booking when selecting your departure city.

If international airfares are included this will be stated in the ‘Inclusions’ section

Alternatively, if international airfares can be added to your booking you will be able to select your departure city after clicking ‘Book Now’ and a cost will be stated next to your selected departure city. This cost will then be added to your booking and flights will be added to your booking.

Conditions of flights for this package bookable by Inspiring Vacations:

  • Flight Offer valid from select departure cities within the purchase path only
  • Flights will be booked with the best available airline/s with luggage included. Low-cost carriers may be booked in conjunction with a full-service airline. Depending on the carrier, entertainment and meals may not be included but payable at an extra cost on-board. We cannot specify or guarantee the airline booked. If you would like a specific airline, please request this at the time of purchase. To make a flight request, please click ‘Book Now’ and select Would you like us to contact you around our flight service?  By selecting this option you will be sent a request form after completing your purchases to make your request. 
  • Flights may not be direct and may include multiple connections
  • Due to disrupted airline schedules globally with the pandemic, stopovers/transit times may be longer than usual (up to 12 hours in duration in some circumstances).
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable; any changes will be subject to the airline rules, Airline change fees and an Inspiring Vacations change fee of $250 per person.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required at the time of submitting your traveller booking form. Any error in the names submitted will be subject to an Inspiring Vacations name change fee of $150 plus any applicable fees charged by the airline, or the ticket may be non-refundable with the purchase of a new ticket required. 
  • If the required booking class is unavailable at time of booking, surcharges may apply. Total cost is final only at time of ticketing. Once issued, air tickets are subject to amendment and cancellation fees or may be non-refundable
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are outside of our control. It is important that you, as the customer, stay up-to-date with the latest airline schedule information prior to your departure. If a schedule change results in extended transits or an earlier/later departure from your destination, any additional accommodation or alternative arrangements will be at the traveler's expense.
  • After booking, the price payable may be subject to change as a result of factors beyond the control of Inspiring Vacations. Inspiring Vacations reserves the right to increase the price payable and this will be reflected on the customer's invoice. Increases may be in relation to, but not limited to, currency fluctuations, airline taxes, airfare increases and fuel surcharges.
  • Internal airfares (where applicable and included in the itinerary) will be using a local carrier and may include low-cost carriers without meals or entertainment. Checked baggage will still be included for each passenger. Any additional baggage required is payable at time of check-in. 
  • If you are travelling with another party on a separate booking, we cannot guarantee that the same flights will be booked for all parties, as this strictly depends on availability. 
  • You will be responsible for handling your luggage at all times as the services of porters are not included. If travelling over the recommended amount, you will be liable for any excess baggage fees enforced by the airline, payable directly.
  • In the event of that you no-show on your scheduled flight, please be aware the airline will require you to pay a no show fee, Airline reissue fee plus any additional airfare and taxes. Inspiring Vacations will also charge a $250 admin fee to assist re accommodating you on the next available flight. Please note that depending on the airline's policy, purchasing a new ticket may be required.

 

Baggage

Included baggage differs based on your country of origin. Included baggage will be as per the following:

Country of Origin

Carry-on Baggage

Checked Baggage

Australia

7kgs

20kgs

New Zealand

7kgs

20kgs

United States of America

15lbs

45lbs

Canada

15lbs

45lbs

India

7kgs

20kgs

United Kingdom

7kgs

20kgs


Baggage allowances provided by the airline might differ to the values stated above. However limitations are required due to transport storage restrictions on your selected tour or package.

Flight requests, amendments or preferences

We understand customers may wish to request changes to their included airfares. If you wish to fly with a certain airline, land at a certain time or change your flight in other ways we will gladly provide you with a personalised quote tailored to your specific requirements.

To make a flight request, please click ‘Book Now’ and select Would you like us to contact you around our flight service?  By selecting this option you will be sent a request form after completing your purchase to make your request.

We would be more than happy to provide you with a quote for the following requests:

  • Airline Preferences - You may wish to fly with a particular airline
  • Cabin Preferences - These include upgrading to premium economy or business class
  • Extensions (start and end cities must remain the same) - You may request to extend your stay pre or post tour.
  • Meal Requests - You may request a specific meal for dietary requirements.
  • Seat Requests - If you would like to request particular seating. However please note, not all airlines allow the selection of pre-purchased seat arrangements.

We are currently unable to provide a quote for the following requests:

  • Stopovers - Is where you might want to stop in transit for a certain amount of days prior to your tour or after your tour.
  • One way flights
  • Different start or end city to the tour - you may not amend the arrival or departure city of your itinerary. 
  • Around the world tickets  - Is when a ticket includes multiple stops in different continents.
  • Return home to a different city from the one you departed.
  • Frequent Flyer point redemption - Is when an airline allows you to redeem points to pay for your flights or upgrade your ticket.  

If we can’t fulfill your request and you still wish to proceed with the booking, please select Land Only (excluding UK customers). This will allow you to travel on the land portion of the package without the included airfares. You will then be able to arrange your own flights separately.

FAQs

For more frequently asked questions please view our FAQs  section. 

Online check-in 

Some airlines may not permit online check-in where flights have been booked by a travel company. Where unavailable to do so online, you will be required to check-in at the airport. Inspiring Vacations cannot check-in online on behalf of our customers.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a ”2”

Lively Paced Tour: This itinerary will be conducted at a relaxed pace. You will typically spend several nights at one location which means less time spent packing and unpacking, and more sightseeing. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and handling your own luggage.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. At the commencement of your tour you will be asked to provide tipping to your guide towards a ‘kitty’, which is then used towards the guide tipping for the services of helpers, hotel staff, restaurants and airport porterage. We recommend AUD$3 per person, per day, to be paid in local currency. Please note that this tipping is not for the guide or driver, merely for the guide to tip the services of other local workers during your tour. While not made compulsory, if you choose not to contribute to the kitty it means that the guide is tipping for these services out of their own pocket. Your cooperation in this instance is most appreciated.  

Further, tipping for your guide and driver will be collected at the conclusion of their services. To remove the uncertainty and stress of not knowing how much is appropriate to tip we recommend AUD$6-10 per person per day for your guide and AUD$3-5 per person per day for your driver to be paid in local currency. The amount you wish to contribute is dependent on the services received and at the complete discretion of the guest. Thank you for your understanding.

Any other tipping, such as tips for camera and video fees, bathroom attendants or hotel porters that are taking luggage to your room, is at your discretion as are gratuities for additional requested special services. We encourage passengers to have a supply of small denominations of local currency to distribute for personal tipping.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $1,817.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share
Not available.

Tour Length
The total length of the tour in days includes time spent inflight and is subject to change, depending on the flight schedule. Please refer to the day-by-day itinerary for the time spent in your destinations.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while travelling.

We have partnered with nib to offer our customers competitive rates for their travel insurance. You can book Comprehensive or Essentials cover for your domestic, international or multi-trip journeys simply by clicking HERE.

 Note that Inspiring Vacations cannot provide advice with regards to any insurance product.

Visa & Passport information
It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from your intended date of return.

An e-visa is required for entry into India. You will be able to obtain your E-visa when you have your tour documents indicating your date of entry into India, approximately 120 days prior to departure.

You can visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/Registration to purchase your visa online. The cost is US$80 per person. We can assist you over the phone as best as possible, however cannot submit the application on your behalf.

Please note, the ETA is limited to 60 days validity from the date of arrival.

Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting https://smartraveller.gov.au for up to date information in terms of entry requirements.

Group Size
Operated on a private basis.

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Local Guides - During this tour you will be escorted by a professional local guide in each city whilst you will be unaccompanied when traveling from city to city (by plane, train or bus)

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $181.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $181.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Arrival and departure airport transfers

    Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

    • Airport Transfer
    • Visas (if applicable)
    • Travel insurance (compulsory)
    • Tipping
    • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Optional activities
    • Personal expenses

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