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Travel from from Jaipur to Varanasi on a 9-day tour across north and central India. Among the monuments, temples, and landmarks that you visit, see Chand Baori, Amer Fort, the City Palace, and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) in Jaipur; the Taj Mahal in Agra; Orchha Fort and Chitrakoot Falls; and the UNESCO World Heritage–listed temples in Khajuraho. Look for tigers and other animals during a jeep safari at Panna Tiger Reserve; and experience aarti (Hindu ritual worship) in Chitrakoot and on the River Ganges in Varanasi. Includes eight nights of accommodation, dinners and breakfasts, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.

Highlights

  • 9-Day Tour from Jaipur to Varanasi
  • Take a city tour that covers the top sites of Jaipur
  • Visit World Heritage Sites including the Taj Mahal and the temples of Khajuraho
  • Look for tigers during a wildlife safari in Khajuraho
  • Visit the stunning Chitrakoot Falls
  • Witness sacred Hindu rituals on the River Ganges in Varanasi
  • Includes accommodation, most meals, and transportation

What You Can Expect

9-Day India Tour from Jaipur to Varanasi

Ghats of Varanasi

Day 1: Jaipur (B, D)
After hotel check-in and breakfast, go visit the Harshat Mata Temple and the Chand Baori, a stepwell built more than 1,000 years ago. Relax during an Ayurvedic massage in the late afternoon, then dine at Castle Kalwar.

Overnight: Hotel Mahal Khandela

Day 2: Jaipur (B, D)
Explore top sights including Amer Fort, the City Palace, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), and Albert Museum. Discover the city's cultural heritage while riding through the colorful bazaars in a bicycle-rickshaw, and wathcing a performance of folk dance and puppets on the hotel's roof, with barbecue and buffet dinner accompanied by unlimited drinks.

Overnight: Hotel Mahal Khandela

Day 3: Jaipur - Agra (B, D)
Head to Agra to see one of India's most iconic sights, the Taj Mahal. Stop at the Bharatpur bird sanctuary along the way, along with a visit to Fatehpur Sikri. Have dinner at your hotel in Agra.

Overnight: hotel in Agra

Day 4: Agra - Orchha (B, D)
Leave Agra and see Jhansi Fort, which was active from the 11th to 17th centuries. Continue to Orchha, a picturesque town next to the Betwa River. There, take a tour of local landmarks including Jehangir Mahal, Orchha Fort, Chaturbhuj Temple, Cenotaphs, and Raja Ram Temple.

Overnight: hotel in Orchha

Day 5: Orchha - Khajuraho (B, D)
Leave Orchha and go to your next stop, Khajuraho. The city features World Heritage–listed temples that are considered among the world's finest temple art, with intricately carved figures of men and women. Have dinner at your hotel, then watch a sound-and-light show with the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple as the backdrop.

Overnight: hotel in Khajuraho

Day 6: Khajuraho - Maihar (B, D)
Take a thrilling jeep safari in the Panna Tiger Reserve in the morning, a protected area with tigers, leopards, rusty spotted cats, porcupines, and crocodiles. Have lunch at a restaurant on the River Ken. See a temple devoted to the Hindu goddess Shandar during an afternoon excursion to Maihar, then return to Khajuraho for the night.

Overnight: hotel in Khajuraho

Day 7: Khajurhao - Chitrakoot (B, D)
Head to Chitrakoot where you visit the Chitrakoot Falls, Sati Anusuya Temple, and Gupt Godavari Caves. Watch candlelight flicker in the evening during the aarti (Hindu worship ritual) on the banks of River Godavari. Finish the day with dinner at your hotel.

Overnight: hotel in Chitrakoot

Day 8: Chitrakoot - Varanasi (B, D)
Head to Varanasi, sacred to Hindus and a vibrant spiritual center known as the City of Light. Take an evening boat cruise on the River Ganges to experience aarti in this intensely religious place. Have dinner at your hotel.

Overnight: hotel in Varanasi

Day 9: Varanasi (B, D)
Set out on the River Ganges in the early morning to visit several temples, Next, go to Sarnath, where Buddha is believed to have given his first sermon. In the evening, watch a Kathak Classical Dance performance then transfer to your hotel in Varanasi where your tour ends.

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