• Enduring Cultures The Beginner's Guide To India

The Beginner's Guide to India!


A signature program, this is virtually mandatory for most first time visitors who have heard about India’s diverse attractions and its spirituality. This handpicked tour of four states in northern India gives you generous doses of culture, religion and spirituality, besides history, art, temples and wildlife. Some memorable highlights on this trip would include a tranquil sunrise boat trip on the Ganges at Varanasi, staying at a riverside retreat near Khajuraho, exploring the jungles of Ranthambore and, if you are on the moon’s trail, a chance to see the Taj Mahal by Moonlight. This program culminates with a visit to the Pink City of Jaipur in Rajasthan.

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  • New Delhi

Namaste and Welcome to India!


Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport T-3, you will be met by a Travel Scope representative and transferred to your accommodations and assist with Check-In.


Overnight in Delhi

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  • New Delhi

This morning will be at your leisure to rest after your long journey. Commence your day with a drive through Lutyen’s Delhi with photo stops at India Gate and the muted red sandstone Parliament Buildings.


Visit the Gandhi Smriti a photo exhibit on the life of the Great Mahatma Gandhi. End the day with a visit to the restored Humayun’s Tomb.


Overnight in Delhi.

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  • New Delhi

Spend the morning exploring the old city. Commence your day with a visit to the 17th century Jama Masjid, ride a rickshaw through the narrow lanes of the old city, and walk through the spice markets. Continue to the Bangla Saheb Gurudwara and witness the community kitchen where thousands of worshippers are fed round the clock.


Shopping options include a visit to Khan Market, Santushti Complex, or Dilli Haat. Specific shopping options can be made available on request. Travel Scope also suggests a list of options for dining out and reservations can be made according to client’s choice.


At Travel Scope we constantly research for new ideas to showcase the destinations that are featured on our guest itineraries. Whether it is visiting monuments or museums or savoring India’s diverse cuisine, we partner with experts and design experiences that promote learning. Historians, musicians, artists, culinary experts, architects, and connoisseurs have in the past enlivened India for our guests.


Overnight in Delhi.

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  • Varanasi

After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival a Travel Scope representative will meet you at Varanasi Airport and transfer you to your accommodations.


Begin exploring Varanasi with a visit to Sarnath - an important site related to the life of Buddha where he preached his first disciples. Continue your explorations of Varanasi with a visit to the riverside at sunset to witness a daily ritual called AARTI, that has been happening on the banks of the Ganges for many thousand years.


Travel Scope can facilitate witnessing this ritual for our guests from the comfort of a large boat with uninterrupted views of the activities. Return back to your accommodations.


Overnight in Varanasi. 

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  • Varanasi

Rise early and transfer to the riverside. Witness the religious activities and rituals performed by pilgrims on the banks of the Ganges river from the comfort of your private boat. Continue on a walk through the old city before heading back to the hotel for breakfast.




· Visit a Brocade Weaving Center.

· Visit the Benares Hindu University.

· Interact with an expert on Benares and Hinduism.

· Visit to the Jnana-Pravaha center of cultural studies.

· Visit the Bharat Mata Temple and the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple.


Overnight in Varanasi.

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  • Panna

After a leisurely wakeup and breakfast you will be transferred to the Varanasi Airport for your short flight to Khajuraho. Arrive Khajuraho and proceed to Panna located at a short driving distance from Khajuraho Airport. Check-Into your accommodations in Panna.


Overnight in Panna. 

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  • Khajuraho

Optional Jeep Safari into Panna National Park.


Besides being one of the most beautiful jungles of Central India, Panna has also seen a revival of the Tiger in the recent years with a healthy count of about 17 Tigers at present.


This afternoon drive to Khajuraho to explore the beautiful stone carved 10th Century temples known world over for the erotic sculptures.


Drive back to Panna and Overnight.

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  • Orccha

After breakfast this morning, you will drive to Orccha. Visit the 16th Century Fort and Temples built by the Bundela Kings. Later this afternoon take a short train ride from Jhansi Railway Station to Agra Cant. on board the Shatabdi Express.


You will be escorted by a Travel Scope representative on your train journey. On arrival in Agra you will be transferred to your accommodations.


Overnight in Agra.

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  • Agra

Commence exploring Agra on a heritage walk through the Old City culminating at the Agra Fort. During the walk you will visit old shrines, artisans at work and the vibrant life of the old city. The walk will be followed by a visit to the Agra Fort which dates back to the 11th Century and captured by several rulers before it was rebuilt by the Great Mughal King Akbar in the 16th Century.


Later this afternoon visit the tomb Itmad ud Daulah also referred to as Baby Taj or the Mehtab Bagh for sunset views of the Taj Mahal. The Mehtab Bagh is one of the many gardens built by the Mughal rulers.


Overnight in Agra.

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  • Ranthambore

Rise early and visit the magnificent Taj Mahal in the subtle morning light while it is still relatively uncrowded by the numerous visitors from all parts of the country and this world.


After a leisurely breakfast commence your drive to Ranthambore. Stop enroute to visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, also the erstwhile capital of Mughal Rulers.


Lunch today will be at the Chandra Mahal Haveli at Pehersar. On arrival in Ranthambore Check-into your accommodations.


Overnight in Ranthambore.

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  • Ranthambore

Today explore the forests of Ranthambore, which were once the private hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Jaipur. You will rise early for a morning Jeep Safari into the protected Ranthambore National Park. You will then return to the hotel for a brunch and time to relax before embarking on your afternoon drive into the Park.


You may select from the following options should you chose not to do the afternoon drive.

· Visit the Ranthambore Fort.

· Visit an NGO supporting local handicrafts.

· Nature Walk around the property.


Overnight in Ranthambore.

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  • Jaipur

This morning presents another opportunity to explore the Ranthambore forests before you commence your drive to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur you will check-into your accommodations. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure.


Overnight in Jaipur. 

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  • Jaipur

Commence your day with a visit the sprawling 16th Century Amber Fort atop the Aravali hills. Drive back into the city to explore the 18th century Astronomical Observatory, which is one of the best preserved and most accurate in the country.




· Meet with an Astrologer for personalised consultations.

· Insight into Rajasthani Cuisine with a family of nobles in the Old City.

· Fly Kites on the rooftop of a home in the Old City.

· A workshop on the traditional art of block printing.

· A Trek in the hills surrounding the Amer Fort.

· A hot air balloon ride for views of Amer and Jaipur from the top.

· A Heritage Walk in the Old City to see artisans at work.

· Customized Shopping Experiences.


Overnight in Jaipur. 

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  • New Delhi

You will spend another leisurely morning in Jaipur before being transferred to the Airport for your short flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi you will be met by a Travel Scope representative and transferred to your accommodations.


A car and driver will be at your disposal for the remainder of the day to accomplish your last minute shopping requirements or to continue exploring the city. A room will be reserved at a hotel with close access to the airport for wash and change or overnight.

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  • New Delhi

Early this morning you will be transferred to the International Airport. A Travel Scope Representative will assist you with check-in formalities at the airport for homebound flight.



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