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INDIVIDUAL TOUR GROUP TOUR

Crown Jewel of India

  • 1763 km
  • 12 days / 11 nights
New Delhi - Agra - Lucknow - Varanasi - Lucknow - Mathura - New Delhi
Activity :
  • Culture
  • Culinary
Terrain :
  • Forest
  • Mountain

Starting from the national capital that has a history older than the Mahabharata, this route takes you to one of the world's seven wonders, the Taj Mahal, and to Varanasi, one of the most sacred cities of India. Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna is on the way back. So get ready for a lesson on India's cultural heritage, this time told through the eyes of the road.

Trip Type
Self Drive 365
Forget early wake-up calls, scheduled departures and the regular battery of sight- seeing destinations. That’s because when you’re out on a self-drive holiday, you decide where to go, what to see, and what to drive. And with Self-Drive 365, the road, the destination and that palpable connect between man and machine is all yours to explore!
Skill Level
Easy
Here's a road trip that is suited to those looking for a laid back drive, as well as veterans.

Is this road trip for me?

  • This trip packs in some of the most culturally and historically rich cities in the country. It will be a treat for those who want to dig deeper into India's heritage.

Highlights

  • Delve into the history of New Delhi's iconic Mughal monuments
  • Calm your nerves at the Lotus Temple
  • Be mesmerised by the glorious Taj Mahal
  • Seek blessings at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple
  • Take a dip in the Ganges at Varanasi
Start of Tour New Delhi
Day 1
Total Driving Distance 1763 km
End of Tour New Delhi
Day 12
  • Day 1 New delhi
    • None (Meals on your own)
    • Arrival transfer from the airport /railway station to the hotel in New Delhi.
    • Overnight in New Delhi.

  • Transfers

    Arrival transfer from the airport /railway station to the hotel in New Delhi.

    Welcome to your trip. On arrival at the airport / railway station in New Delhi, you will be escorted to your hotel.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the evening is at leisure. If you wish, head out to explore New Delhi's hub, Connaught Place (CP) and the nearby areas. Rajpath and India Gate are a stone's throw away. Sunset is the best time to be here, as that is when you get to see the national capital's distinct skyline.
    Also close by is the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. The serene shrine is counted as one of the main gurudwaras, and also holds the title of being the most popular tourist spot in New Delhi.
    Leave the latter half of the evening to roam and window-shop around the vibrant and ever-bustling Connaught Place. The Jain Book Depot and the Oxford Store are must visits for every book lover.

  • Day 2 New delhi
    • Breakfast
    • Explore the city of New Delhi in a chauffeur-driven car.
    • Overnight in New Delhi.

  • Activities

    Explore the city of New Delhi in a chauffeur-driven car.

    After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel in a chauffeur-driven car for a city tour of New Delhi. Discover South Delhi, known for attractions like the National Museum, housing artefacts from as far back as the Harappan Civilisation; Humayun's Tomb - one of the pinnacles of Mughal architecture; and the Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, burial ground for the Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya. If you happen to visit the Dargah on a Thursday evening, make sure to attend the qawali sessions that musicians hold fervently here.
    FurthersSouthwards, visit the serene Lotus Temple, a gift to the city from the Bahai community. On your way to the Lotus Temple, you will pass the Moolchand Metro Station; it's where you will find Moolchand Paranthewaala, one of the best restaurants in Delhi for your fix of, crisp, stuffed paranthas. Also, visit the Qutub Minar, the 73-metre tall pillar that is a defining feature of the Capital's skyline.
    Moving back up north, visit Dilli Haat, your one-stop shop for handicraft items in the city, and the Lodi Gardens, a posh park that contains the tombs of rulers Sikander Lodi and Muhammed Shah. The garden complex also has Lodi - The Garden Restaurant, a posh, al fresco restaurant that serves Mediterranean food.

  • Day 3 New delhi
    • Breakfast
    • Visit the famous Red Fort.
    • Overnight in New Delhi.

  • Activities

    Visit the famous Red Fort.

    Like Day 2, you will be picked up from your hotel in a chauffeur-driven car for a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Head first to the iconic Red Fort, the former residence of the Mughal rulers. Later, explore the area for its street food - delicious paranthas, tangy chaat and an array of Mughlai dishes.

  • Day 4 New delhi
    • Drive
    • Distance:213 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in New Delhi to the hotel in Agra.
    • Overnight in Agra.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel in New Delhi to the hotel in Agra.

    Your rental car will be delivered to you at the hotel. After breakfast, check out of the hotel and head to Agra. The 213 km long drive from New Delhi to Agra is an absolute breeze, thanks to the Yamuna Expressway. The eight-lane highway is butter smooth, and you will not realise the four hours that have elapsed since you left New Delhi. Pit stops are few and far between, so snacks and water should be kept handy. Once you reach Agra, check-in to your hotel.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure. Get out in the evening and head to the Agra Fort, the former residence of Mughal emperors. Follow this with a walk through Agra's market, popular for its marble and leather articles.

  • Day 5 Agra
    • Breakfast
    • Visit the world famous Taj Mahal.
    • Overnight in Agra.

  • Activities

    Visit the world famous Taj Mahal.

    The second day at Agra is solely meant for you to experience the marvellous Taj Mahal. After breakfast, drive to the Taj; you will be taken for a guided tour around the monument.
    Note: If possible, visit Agra on a full-moon night, when the Taj can be seen in all its splendour, shimmering in the moonlight.

  • Day 6 Agra
    • Drive
    • Distance:340 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Agra to the hotel in Lucknow.
    • Overnight in Lucknow.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel in Agra to the hotel in Lucknow.

    Your drive today to Lucknow is through the sprawling six-lane Lucknow-Agra Expressway. Like the Yamuna Expressway, this is one of the smoothest roads to drive on in the country and you will munch the miles without breaking a sweat. Check-in to the hotel in Lucknow by afternoon, and settle in for the day.

  • Other Recommendation

    The evening is at leisure. If you plan on exploring the land of the Nawabs, we suggest that you visit attractions like the Bara Imambara, Chhota Imambara and Rumi Darwaza. Shoppers must head to Hazratganj, Lucknow's most prominent market, known for Chikankari dress shops and Lucknowi cuisine.

  • Day 7 Lucknow
    • Drive
    • Distance:320 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Lucknow to the hotel in Varanasi.
    • Overnight in Varanasi.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel in Lucknow to the hotel in Varanasi.

    Check out of your hotel and drive to Varanasi via NH30 and NH19. The roads, albeit smooth, are a four-lane affair and not as wide as the expressways you have gotten used to so far. Also, this stretch doesn't have many pit-stops or food-courts, so keep some snacks and water handy.
    Check-in to the hotel in Varanasi and relax for the day.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure. We suggest you step out early in the evening and drive to Sarnath, located about 12 km North of Varanasi. Head first to the Deer Park, where Gautam Buddha delivered his first sermons after attaining enlightenment.
    Next, visit the Sarnath Archaeological Museum, the oldest site museum of the Archaeological Survey of India. Its oldest artefacts date back to the 3rd Century BC.

  • Day 8 Varanasi
    • Breakfast
    • Explore Varanasi on a city tour.
    • Overnight in Varanasi.

  • Activities

    Explore Varanasi on a city tour.

    The chief temples of the holy city are located within 5 km of each other. Start with the Sankat Mochan Temple that is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
    A short walk from here takes you to the Tulsi Manas Temple. This is where the Devnagari version of the Ramayan was written, which made the epic tale accessible to the masses; earlier, the Ramayan was only understandable and accessible to the Sanskrit-speaking elite. In addition to its historical significance, the temple's architecture and design are stunning.
    Next on the list is Kashi Vishwanath, the chief temple of Varanasi. It is one of the twelve jyotirlingas (prime Shiva Temples), that are spread across India. One of the highlights of the temple is its dome, which is plated in gold.
    Kashi Vishwanath is located next to the river Ganga, and is close to the Dasashwamedha Ghat, the main ghat (stairway to a river) in Varanasi. The word Dasashwamedha refers to a ceremony where ten horses were sacrificed, in this case, by Lord Brahma, to welcome Lord Shiva to Varanasi.
    You must catch the Ganga aarthi that takes place every evening at the ghats of Varanasi.

  • Day 9 Varanasi
    • Drive
    • Distance:320 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Varanasi to the hotel in Lucknow.
    • Overnight in Lucknow.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel in Varanasi to the hotel in Lucknow.

    Post breakfast, drive back to Lucknow via NH19 and NH30. Check-in to your hotel at Lucknow and settle in for the evening.

  • Day 10 Lucknow
    • Drive
    • Distance:400 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Lucknow to the hotel in Mathura.
    • Overnight in Mathura.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel in Lucknow to the hotel in Mathura.

    Today, you drive to Mathura, the holy ground where Lord Krishna was born. Don't be daunted by the 400 km-long drive ahead of you. All of it is via the brilliant Lucknow-Agra Highway and the Yamuna Expressway, so you will hardly feel the distance. Head out after breakfast and you will comfortably reach Mathura by late afternoon. Check-in to your hotel and settle in.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure. Get out by early evening and seek blessings at the famous Banke Bihari Mandir, dedicated to Lord Krishna. It was established by Swami Haridasji. The story goes that it was upon his meditation that Lord Krishna appeared in the form of the black statue that's worshipped in the temple.
    Next, head to the mysterious Nidhivan Garden, where Lord Krishna is said to perform the Ras Leela every night. Locals believe that the tulsi trees in the garden turn into gopis and participate in the admiration of Krishna.

  • Day 11 Mathura
    • Drive
    • Distance:170 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Mathura to the hotel in New Delhi.
    • Overnight in New Delhi.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel in Mathura to the hotel in New Delhi.

    It takes under three hours to cover the 162 km from Mathura to New Delhi on the Yamuna Expressway; it is quite an easy drive.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure to explore New Delhi.

  • Day 12 New delhi
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel to the airport/ railway station, drop off the car at the car rental agency to take your onward journey.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel to the airport/ railway station, drop off the car at the car rental agency to take your onward journey.

    After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to the airport / railway station for your onward journey.
    Once you reach the airport / railway station, handover the vehicle to the rental agency and take home experiences of a lifetime!

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeings as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Car as per your package selected.
  • Travel insurance upto age of 70


Exclusions

  • Any transport to / from New Delhi. Your tour price starts ex New Delhi.
  • Car insurance.
  • Meals, tips, laundry, telephone, optional excursions and other items of a personal nature.
  • Parking, fuel and tolls are not included.
  • Cost of petrol / diesel for the vehicle provided.
    • Client has to pay in case of damage to the vehicle by accident.
    • Spare parts / engine oil of any kind.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.
Categories Full-Size Sedan - Honda City or similar MPV - Innova Crysta or similar SUV - Toyota Fortuner or similar Luxury Sedan - Mercedes-Benz - C Class or similar
ECONOMY 56,260 61,260 70,260 87,260
STANDARD 69,260 73,260 82,260 1,00,260
  • New Delhi 4 Nights

    Hotel View
    Tavisha Hotel
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Agra 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Usha Kiran Hotel & Towers
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Lucknow 1 Night

    Hotel View
    Genx Casaya Inn
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Varanasi 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    City Inn Varanasi
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Mathura 1 Night

    Hotel View
    Clarks Inn
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
    • FULL-SIZE SEDAN

    Honda City or Similar.
    Starting from
    4 Pax including driver
    Included in trip
    • 4 Doors
    • AC
    • Manual
    • Diesel
things-to-carry

Appropriate equipment is a component of a successful journey! Travel light, try to stay under 45 l (20 kg).

  • Driving licence
  • Credit card
  • Cash
  • Smartphone for maps
  • Phone charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Swiss knife
  • Water
  • Music
  • Tissue box
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Mints
  • Spare plastic bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Small tool kit
  • Warm clothes
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