Glory of the Ganges: Agra & Varanasi (3 nights)

KOC 414-301
Highlights

• Prayer (Aarti) on the banks of river Ganges
• Sunrise boat ride at river Ganges
• Lecture on Hinduism in Varanasi
• Taj Mahal and Agra Fort: UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Program Overview
Country: India
Depart: 03/03/2017 0330
Return: 03/06/2017 0000
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min 40 / Max 70
Program Fee
$1137 (early booking: $1073)

Field Class Conflicts
  • HDFS 302 Marriage and Family Relationships (Section 2)

This program focuses on Varanasi, arguably one of the oldest city in the world. Varanasi is also a religious town for Hindus (majority religion of India) with mighty river Ganges flowing through it. This program also takes you to the political capital – Delhi and Taj Mahal.

*Please note! The Taj Mahal is currently undergoing cleaning and will likely have scaffolding surrounding parts of the famous monument while you are there. Though it won’t affect your itinerary, it will affect your photos and we don’t want you to be surprised by this.  See this article for additional details. 

Itinerary

Day 1

3rd Mar: Kochi – Delhi by flight 9W-911: 0645 / 0950 Hrs
Delhi – Varanasi by flight 9W-2423: 1050 / 1210 Hrs

0345-0445 Hrs: Transfer from Kochi pier to airport.
0645-1210 Hrs: Onboard flight for to Delhi & onwards to Varanasi.
1210-1245 Hrs: Baggage collection.
1245-1345 Hrs: Transfer to Varanasi hotel followed by check-in.
1400-1500 Hrs: Buffet lunch.
1600-1700 Hrs: Lecture on Hinduism or visit clean Ganga volunteer program.
1730-2000 Hrs: Aarti on river Ganges.
2000-2100 Hrs: Dinner

Day 2

4th Mar: Varanasi – Delhi by flight 6E 481: 1500 / 1630 Hrs
Delhi – Agra by surface (204 Kms, 04 ½ Hrs)

0445-0700 Hrs: Boat ride on river Ganges and walk through alleys.
0700-0930 Hrs: Breakfast at the hotel.
0930-1015 Hrs: Check-out and drive to Sarnath.
1015-1130 Hrs: Visit Sarnath.
1130-1300 Hrs: Transfer to Varanasi airport.
1300-1500 Hrs: Check-in and wait at airport (Lunch packed).
1500-1630 Hrs: Onboard flight to Delhi.
1630-1700 Hrs: Baggage collection.
1700-2130 Hrs: Drive to Agra and check-in.
2130-2230 Hrs: Dinner at resident hotel.

Day 3

5th Mar: Agra-Delhi by surface (204 Kms, 04 Hrs)

0500-0800 Hrs: Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal.
0800-0930 Hrs: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
0930-1400 Hrs: Check-out and drive to Delhi with enroute lunch.
1400-1530 Hrs: Visit Akshardham Temple.
1530-1615 Hrs: Drive to Humayun’s Tomb.
1615-1715 Hrs: Visit Humayun’s Tomb.
1715-1815 Hrs: Drive to hotel and check-in. Enroute you will drive through India Gate, Government buildings and embassy area.
1930-2030 Hrs: Dinner at hotel.

Day 4

6th Mar: Delhi – Kochi by flight 6E 315: 0625 / 0930 Hrs

0410-0425 Hrs: Transfer to airport to board flight for Kochi (Breakfast onboard).
0625-0930 Hrs: Onboard flight for Kochi.
0930-1030 Hrs: Baggage collection.
1030-1130 Hrs: Transfer to Kochi pier.

Meals Included

3B, 3L, 3D

Special Note

In order to allow you to see the maximum number of sites across three cities, this trip has a good deal of travel. You will take four flights and two five-hour car rides, so make sure to check your travel stamina against the itinerary.