Explore the Vibrant Essence of Varanasi: Beyond Taj and Dev Deepawali Experience in India

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Alok Kumar

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Get ready to immerse yourself in the rich history, captivating architecture, and vibrant culture of this magnificent country. Our tour takes you beyond the world-famous Taj Mahal and explores the hidden gems and lesser-known treasures of India. From Mughal monuments to colonial structures, we'll guide you through the historical streets, revealing the stories and legends that have shaped India. Whether it's the intricate carvings of ancient temples, the bustling markets, or the awe-inspiring forts, our tour promises an unforgettable journey through time. Lace up your walking shoes and let's embark on an adventure through the enchanting streets of India. We will meet in New Delhi and explore the city for 02 days. After that, we will move to Agra for 01 night where we will get to witness the world-famous Taj Mahal before heading to India's Pink City: Jaipur, and then to India's Holiest city Varanasi for Dev Deepawali (takes place 15 days after Diwali). Here we will celebrate the triumph of light over darkness at one of the biggest festivals that take place in Varanasi. India is intense and full of life, it will require getting out of your comfort zone but I know that with the right group, we are going to have an incredible time! The highlight of this trip is going to be celebrating Dev Deepawali in Varanasi, which will take place on a Full Moon. There will be around one million earthen lamps lit and the energy that we will be surrounded with will be absolutely powerful.

About me! I'm Alok and I'm a 32-year-old born and grew up in India. I've spent most of my life living in different Indian cities for education and I feel like India is my "home". This definitely has shaped me to want to travel all the time and see/experience new things. I love meeting new people and sharing adventures, so becoming a trip leader has been an amazing opportunity that I am very grateful for! I hope to meet you soon on one of my trips. Do you have a question? Ask in the Q&A bottom next to my profile! I'm happy to hop on a call with you after booking, to see if we get along and if this trip matches your expectations. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Details about the accommodation: We will use Hotels located in city centers at all places on sharing basis with breakfast. They will be clean and hygienic. They will be near the local shopping area for a convenient stay. Twin or Double bedrooms will be available depending upon hotels at different places with attached washrooms.

What's included?
Accommodation + breakfast (Shared rooms)
Old Delhi Tour
Varanasi Sunrise Boating
Varanasi Sunset Spiritual Walking Tour
Taj Mahal Return transfers
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Trip Itinerary

New Delhi

Day 1-4
Day 1: Our meeting point will be in New Delhi. Depending on when everyone arrives, I will help with your transfers to the hotel. We will have our first dinner together and get to know each other a bit before we begin our adventure Day 2: After breakfast, we will begin our day in Delhi. We can visit Dilli Haat (bazaar), Akshardham, Haus Kaz Village, Have a delicious and FREE meal - Langar at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Red Fort or India Gate. ( As per time ) Day 3: Cultural walk of Old Delhi while trying different Indian street foods with a local guide that will end with a rickshaw ride! We can then go to Paharganj to grab a drink or just wander through the area.


Day 4-5
Day 4: We'll be picked up in the morning and head to Agra, about 250km away. We will Visit Agra Fort and then visit some lesser known places like Khan E Alam Bagh, Itmad Ud Daulahetc. In evening we will hop on some clubs for nightlife.


Day 5-7
Day 5: We woke up early to witness Taj Mahal during sunrise. I promise it'll be so worth getting up early for. Afterward will catch our train to Jaipur. Will have our dinner at the Chowki Dhani, an ethnic resort. Day 6: We will witness Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal and local market.


Day 7-10
Day 7: From Jaipur, we'll move to Varanasi to begin celebrating Dev Deepawali which will begin on November 26th and continue through the 27th. This is a significant festival in Varanasi and we will be able to see first-hand how they celebrate. We'll check into our hotel and check out our surroundings. Feel free to take the evening to do whatever you'd like -- whether that's relaxing, going out to explore, etc! Day 8: Have a picnic at Sarnath, located 10km away from Varanasi and is the first place that Lord Buddha preached at once attaining enlightenment. After watching the sunset from a ghat or from a boat, we can watch Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat which is a ritual performed by priests to worship the Ganges every evening in Varanasi. Day 9: Sunrise boat tour on the Ganges River, take the day to chill or wander, then go on a sunset spiritual walk with a guide...Grab a lassi at Blue Lassi, and continue celebrations for Dev Deepawali.

New Delhi

Day 10
Day 10: After we fly back to New Delhi together, we can go for dinner and drinks to say goodbye before we go our separate ways the next day. Hopefully we'll leave with new friends and be able to travel together again soon!
Trip Summary
Hotel & Bed & Breakfast
10 days trip
New Delhi, Agra & 3 more
Car, Train, Plane
What's excluded?
Entry Tickets
International and Domestic Flights
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions.
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