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Golden Triangle with a touch of Buddha

Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar

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Golden Triangle with a touch of Buddha

Be ready to be mesmerized !
Culture, History, Spirituality and sensuality : diving into the heart of the human ! A circuit that is distinguished by the richness and diversity of what you will discover !

The journey will begin with the discovery of the Golden Triangle, Delhi-Jaipur-Agra as you will immerse yourself in the magnificent remains of another time. Before delighting your eyes in front of the evocative, sensual and rare beauty sculptures of the Khajuraho temple, you will discover the Chambal Valley, a destination of choice for all bird lovers.

In Bodhgaya, your trip will take you to discover a spiritual site where Prince Siddartha became the Buddha.

Before you reach the capital Delhi, it is the city of Kolkata that will be offered before your eyes; a city of contrasts which is developing at a high speed and where the slums and the splendor of colonial remains still coexist.
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Budget

from CHF 3'500
(per person in a group of minimum 02 people traveling together and sharing a room)

details of the circuit

number of days : 17D / 16N
theme of the circuit : Spirituality, Nature
Region : Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar

Useful information

Ideal period : Octobre à mars-avril
number of people : 2 à 10
Main activities : Nature
Spirituality

Highlights of the circuit

Delhi, a city of contrasts and surprises

Delhi, where the heart of India beats !
Dehli modern metro will take you on a journey through time - in old Dehli, you can see men hauling sacks full of fragrant spices or weighing gold on dusty old scales, while the present-day New Dehli is ideal for enjoying high tea in a setting of colonial-era buildings such as the buildings of Parliament. From there, you can hop to the futuristic skyscrapers of Gurgaon, a satellite city that will satisfy your urge for shopping with its glamorous shopping centres. 
Dehli is also one the world’s most polluted cities. Yet amidst the frantic hustle and bustle of a metropolis more populated than Australia, you will glimpse moments of pure magic. So, do not overlook this throbbing and astounding city which has so much to offer, where vestiges of the past will surprise you at almost every street corner.

Jaipur, the pink city.

Jaipur, the fascinating capital of Rajasthan, is an entropy of noisy winding streets buzzing with an endless swarm of motor vehicles, through which imperturbable camels can still forge their way.
Jaipur, the fascinating capital of Rajasthan, is an entropy of noisy winding streets buzzing with an endless swarm of careening buses, auto-rickshaws and motorbikes, through which imperturbable camels forge their way. In the midst of this chaos, the majesty and splendour of Jaipur’s history will seem like an oasis, allowing you a glimpse into another world. At the centre of that world sits the City Palace - which is still home to the former royal family, the superb Jantar Mantar - the royal observatory, and the honeycombed Hawa Mahal with the bazaar below. The city is surrounded with arid hills that shelter the magnificence of Amber Fort, undoubtedly Jaipur’s greatest attraction.

Agra, the city of the famous Taj Mahal.

Agra’s many Mughal era buildings, among which the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, make it a favourite tourist destination.
Agra’s many Mughal era buildings, among which the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, make it a favourite tourist destination. The timeless essence of the Taj Mahal shrouds the monument in an aura of magic. The Muslim Emperor Shah Jahan, of the Mughal dynasty, had it built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal, his favourite wife, who died giving birth to their fourteenth child. The Taj Mahal was to be a gift to this most beloved wife and a lasting monument to the emperor’s love. The construction began in 1631 and the complex of buildings and gardens were completed in 1654. It sits on the banks of the River Yamuna, in the city of Agra. A combination of Persian and Islamic architecture, the walls of white marble are set with jewels and beautifully ornamented with carving and calligraphy. Some 20,000 workers are said to have worked for over 20 years to fulfil the promise of the bereaved shah.

Chambal Valley, a unique place for birds lovers !

Bird-watchers will have the opportunity to view beautiful and rare birds !
Chambal Valley is a choice destination for bird-watchers who will have the opportunity to view rare birds such as Cranes and Indian Skimmers. Travellers can also enjoy a comprehensive eco-tourism experience visiting villages, Sarus Crane Reserve, or Bateshwar riverside temple. They can go on a ravine Jeep safari, a camel safari, or board a boat on the Chambal river to catch sight of alligators, crocodiles and Gangetic dolphins.

Khajuraho, a UNESCO world heritage site

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khajuraho Group of Monuments is renowned for its nagara style architecture and erotic sculptures.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Madhya Pradesh features Hindu and Jain temples, built for the most part between 950 and 1050 by the Chandela dynasty. By the 12th century, the site had as many as 85 temples spread over 20 square kilometres. Today, only about 25 of these temples subsist, covering an area of 6 square kilometres. The site is renowned for its nagara style architecture and erotic sculptures. The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, in particular, is ornate with intricately detailed sculptures, demonstrating the symbolism and expressiveness of the art of ancient India.

Varanasi, a major centre for Hindu pilgrimage.

In Varanasi, it is believed that dying in this city will bring salvation.
On the banks of the river Ganges, Varanasi is a major centre for Hindu pilgrimage and one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. It attracts flocks of pilgrims who come to the ghats to bathe in the sacred waters of the river. Hindus also come to cremate their departed loved ones, as it is believed that dying in this city will bring salvation by freeing the spirit from the cycles of rebirth.

Bodh Gaya, place of enlightenment, where Prince Siddharta became the Buddha

Bodhgaya, a village in the northeastern Indian state of Bihar, where Prince Siddharta became the Buddha by attaining enlightenment beneath a sacred Bodhi Tree.
Bodhgaya, a village in the northeastern Indian state of Bihar, is home to the ancient Mahabodhi Temple Complex, which was built to mark the site where Prince Siddharta became the Buddha by attaining enlightenment beneath a sacred Bodhi Tree. This makes it the most important pilgrimage site in the Buddhist world. Next to the temple stands the Bodhi tree, a direct descendant of the original tree which was growing in that most hallowed ground 2600 years ago. Thousands of pilgrims come from around the world every year to pray, study and meditate.

An atmosphere of intense devotion surrounds the little town, where many monasteries and temples were built in their national style by foreign Buddhist communities.

Kolkata, capital of West Bengal

Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, a city rich in contrasts, a city in motion and full of promise :-)
Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), the capital of the state of West Bengal, used to be an East India Company trading post. It was India's capital under the British Raj from 1773–1911. Travellers to Kolkata come to see its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and various cultural festivals. It’s also home to Mother House, headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, whose tomb is there.

Kolkata is the third most populated metropolitan area in India, after Delhi and Bombay. To Westerners, the city often conjures up images of squalid poverty, human misery and suffering, yet it is widely regarded as the cultural, artistic, intellectual and educational capital of India. In the former capital of British India, slums cohabit with splendid colonial architecture, squalor rubs shoulders with grandeur, futuristic skyscrapers with total decay. Poverty is still very present, but the growing middle class is now at the core of the development of modern Kolkata and the new generation of millennials thrives on a burgeoning hipster culture, while the Bengali gentry visit posh clubs dating back to the colonial era. A blend of the East and the West, a place of sharp contrasts and contradictions, Kolkata is a city you need to “feel” more than see.

Course of the journey

Day 00 - Day 01-Day 02

Fly from Switzerland to Delhi
Arrive late evening or midnight
Overnight in Delhi.

Half day Delhi sightseeing
Overnight in Delhi.

Day 03 & Day 04

Tranfer from Delhi to Jaipur by Road. 
Overnight in Jaipur.

Full day sightseeing Jaipur
Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 05 & Day 06

Transfer from Jaipur to Agra
Overnight in Agra.

Transfer to Chambal Valley
Overnight in Chambal Valley.

Day 07 & Day 08

Fly from Agra to Khajuraho
Enjoy your Ken River Lodge and its surroundings.
Overnight in Ken River Lodger near Khajuraho.

Day 09 & Day 10

Fly Khajuraho to Varanasi
Fly from Khajuraho to Varanasi
Overnight in Varanasi.

Varanasi sightseeing
Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 11 & Day 12

Drive Varanasi to Bodhgaya by road.
Overnight in Bodhgaya. 

Bodhgaya sightseeing
Overnight in Bodhgaya.

Day 13 & Day 14

Train journey from Bodhgaya to Kolkata
Overnight in Kolkata. 

Sightseeing in Kolkata
Overnight in Kolkata.

Day 15

Fly from Kolkata to Delhi
Half day sightseeing in Delhi
Overnight in Delhi.

Day 16

Full day sightseeing in Delhi
Overnight in Delhi.

Day 17

Half day sightseeing in Delhi
Fly out from Delhi.

Course on the map

Accommodations

The Claridges, New Delhi

A personal experience like own abode in heart of Delhi.

In the beautiful area of Lutyen’s Dehli, amidst a blend of old colonial charm and modern amenities, you will find one of New Dehli’s most iconic hotels. Built in 1952, the Claridges offers style and elegance combined with luxury and contemporary comfort only minutes away from the bustling city centre. Years ago, the lush green lawns used to be Prime Minister Nehru favourite spot for an evening tea.

Activities in the hotel :

Relax / read / swim.

Included in the offer :

Bed & breakfast only.

Good to know :

Best location.
Beautiful pool.

Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur

A heritage hotel of majestic architecture offering elegant hospitality and palatial atmosphere
Experience Royal Rajasthani living at the magnificent Alsisar Haveli, the heritage hotel in Rajasthan. For five centuries, Maharajas of Rajasthan have enjoyed the magnificence and grandeur of this regal setting that offers them an aristocratic yet relaxed feel.


In the centre of Jaipur pink city, Alsisar Haveli – the heritage hotel is a delightful combination of monarchical architecture, refined hospitality and stately ambiance. Remaining faithful to its pristine original architecture and interior design, the hotel has been tastefully renovated with special care to preserve its high level of excellence, comfort and flair.

 

 

Activities in the hotel :

Swimming pool
puppet show
Wellness (Ayurveda)

Included in the offer :

Bed & Breakfast

Good to know :

You may get a chance to meet the royal family as they live in the same property.

Double Tree by Hilton, Agra

One of the few hotels in Agra, the Double Tree by Hilton is situated in the heart of the city centre and offers views of the Taj Mahal, only two kilometres away.

Whether your room overlooks the garden, the pool or the city, you will enjoy magnificent views of the Taj Mahal. An upgrade to a suite will give you additional space that include a separate bedroom, a living room and a dining area. The hotel location allows easy and convenient access to Agra’s popular tourist attractions such as the Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb and Sadar Bazaar.

The hotel has four stylish restaurants allowing you to savour fine cuisine from around the world as well as traditional Indian specialties. In the evening what better way to relax than sipping a refreshing drink in the poolside lounge.

Activities in the hotel :

Relax / read / swim.

Included in the offer :

Bed & breakfast only.

Good to know :

Views of the Taj Mahal Near shopping, dining and Agra attractions Complimentary 24-hour fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, lush courtyard and spa Four on-site food and beverage outlets, including a stylish poolside lounge.

Mela Kothi, the Chambal Safari Lodge, Bah

An oasis lies in the heart of the Chambal Valley.
Just an hour’s drive from the Taj Mahal, in the heart of the Chambal Valley, you will find a haven of peace nestled in serene woodlands. Mela Khoti - The Chambal Safari Lodge, offers a warm and friendly sanctuary to each and every guest, whether they are looking for adventure or for a peaceful rest away from the hustle and bustle. This land will hold you spellbound!

Activities in the hotel :

Safari on the river
Safari with a jeep
Safari with camels
excursions around

Included in the offer :

Bed & breakfast.

Good to know :

One of the best experiences near Agra.

Ken River Lodge, Khajuraho

Nature with Khajuraho.
A passion for wildlife and conservation was what encouraged Shyamendra Singh, grandson of Maharaja of Nagod to establish the lodge in 1986. After humble debuts, it was washed out twice in the floods of 1992 and 2007, but has been lovingly rebuilt each time, out of materials coming mostly from villages and neighbouring areas. It is set on a forested estate of 50 acres, home to many mammals, birds and reptiles.

Activities in the hotel :

Boatride in Ken river.

Included in the offer :

Bed & breakfast.

Good to know :

The best experience near Khajuraho.
Jungle safari
visit the waterfalls around
Khajuraho 30 mn drive

Brij Ram Palace, Varanasi

Be a royal guest !
This palace has a rich history dating back to 1812, making it one of the oldest landmarks in the city. In 1915, the Brahmin King of Darbhanga acquired the hotel and the Ghat on which it is built, hence its name of Darbhanga Ghat. The guests who stay at the Brijrama palace are treated like royalty. The palace interior is exquisitely decorated with beautiful antiques that capture the imagination and will send you back to the early days of the palace, while you bask in its beautifully serene atmosphere. The hotel offers musical mornings and evenings, exclusive dining experience, and will even surprise you at check out time! When you leave, the aura of magic and romance will linger on and accompany you on your journey.

Included in the offer :

Bed & breakfast.

Good to know :

Ideally located.

Maha Bodhi, Bodh Gaya

Away from the rush and crowd of Bodh Gaya.
Surrounded by greenery, away from the rush and crowd of Bodh Gaya. Located just 3 kilometers from the Mahabodhi temple and the Holy Bodhi tree. 4 Kilometers from the Gaya International Airport.

Included in the offer :

Bed & Breakfast

Good to know :

Away from the rush and crowd
only 3 km to main sights

Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

The Oberoi Grand, also affectionately nicknamed the Grande Dame of Chowringhee.
The Oberoi Grand is ideally located in the centre of Kolkatta, close to the central business district, busy markets and cultural landmarks. Built in the late 1880’s, the Oberoi Grand, also affectionately nicknamed the Grande Dame of Chowringhee, was accustomed to receiving the elite of colonial British India. Today, it still hosts grand events for Heads of State in the grand ballroom.

Activities in the hotel :

  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Authentic Thai restaurant
  • Colonial style bar

Included in the offer :

Bed & Breakfast

Good to know :

Unrivaled by other luxury hotels in Kolkata

Information & rates

from CHF 3'500
(per person in a group of minimum 02 people traveling together and sharing a room)

Inclusions

  • a superior middle class hotel (4 * more in India) with breakfast
  • a driver with a private car for the entire trip
  • a French / English guide on all the main sites of visit, throughout the trip
  • a SIM card for the whole trip
  • Government tax of 5%

Exclusions

  • all lunch and dinner
  • domestic flights, train tickets etc.
  • entrance tickets for visiting points and safari tickets
  • all expenses of a personal nature such as laundry fees or miscellaneous purchases
  • all tips for doormen, driver, guide etc.

Good to know

Itinerary disclaimer :

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.
The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The programme is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations of wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.
Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.