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Archaeological Paths

  • India Grand Tour
  • The Wonders of India's Ancient Culture

1. Overview & dates

Archaeological Paths invites you to embark on a spectacular and unforgettable tour to India, a country where mysticism, vibrant colors, exotic flavors, and a rich historical tapestry await to enchant and inspire you.


Join us on an in-depth adventure exploring some of India's most awe-inspiring destinations, immersing yourself in a cultural heritage that is as diverse as it is fascinating, and experiencing a sensory feast that will leave you with lasting memories.


Our meticulously crafted 14-day itinerary begins in the bustling historic capital of Delhi, setting the stage for a journey filled with wonder and discovery. From there, we'll transport you to Agra, home of the resplendent Taj Mahal, an emblem of love crafted in white marble. Our voyage will then lead us to the spiritual soul of India, Varanasi, followed by a visit to the exquisite temples of Khajuraho, renowned for their intricate carvings and architectural beauty.


As we venture into the regal state of Rajasthan, you'll be swept away by the grandeur of its forts and palaces, echoing the opulence of bygone maharajas. Our exploration extends to the awe-inspiring rock-cut caves of Ellora and Ajanta, celebrated World Heritage Sites that showcase India's artistic and spiritual depth. Adding a touch of adventure, our itinerary includes a thrilling jeep expedition through Ranthambore National Park, one of India's premier wildlife sanctuaries, offering a unique opportunity to observe its rich fauna in their natural habitat.


India's culture, unlike the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, or China, pulsates with life in its enduring traditions, rituals, and festivities, offering a vivid window into the past that continues to flourish in the present.


To ensure your journey is as comfortable as it is enlightening, Archaeological Paths has handpicked first-class hotels for your rest and relaxation. Culinary delights await as well, with a selection of fine dining experiences designed to introduce you to the best of Indian cuisine.


Join us for this extraordinary expedition to the heart of India, where the past and present coalesce in a vibrant mosaic of experiences, awaiting your discovery.


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Tour dates:

February 2-15, 2025

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3. Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Delhi


Upon your arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by a dedicated representative from Archaeological Paths, who will ensure your welcome to India is as seamless and comfortable as possible. From the bustling airport, you will be transported in comfort to our meticulously selected 5-star hotel, situated in the heart of India's vibrant capital region.


Once at the hotel, you will be assisted through a smooth check-in process, allowing you to settle into your luxurious surroundings with ease. Here, you'll find a tranquil oasis where you can unwind and rejuvenate after your journey, preparing yourself for the incredible experiences that lie ahead.


The evening will provide an opportunity to savor your first taste of India's exquisite cuisine with a sumptuous dinner at the hotel. As night falls, you can relax and enjoy the plush amenities of your accommodation, ensuring a peaceful and restorative overnight stay.



Day 2 - Varanasi


After breakfast in Delhi, we will proceed to the airport for our flight to Varanasi, a city that stands as one of the oldest continuously inhabited places on earth. Esteemed as the spiritual capital of India, Varanasi, also known as Kashi or Benaras, is believed to have been established by Lord Shiva around 5,000 years ago. Nestled on the west bank of the sacred Ganges River, this city is a paramount pilgrimage destination, drawing devotees and seekers from across the globe.


Varanasi encapsulates the intense and vivid spectrum of Indian life, presenting a confluence of deep spirituality, historical richness, and the raw pulse of daily existence. While its intensity might initially seem daunting, the city offers profoundly moving experiences, epitomized by the ethereal beauty of dawn on the Ganges. Witnessing the faithful engage in their rituals against a backdrop of ancient, time-worn temples is a vision that captures the essence of Varanasi's enduring soul.



We will immerse ourselves in the transcendent experience of the Ganga Aarti, a resplendent Hindu worship ceremony performed at the river's edge. As we observe the assembly of devotees, each holding a flickering candle, and listen to the soul-stirring blend of chants and music, we'll partake in a communal moment of spiritual upliftment and cleansing.


Following this mesmerizing experience, we will return to our hotel to reflect on the day's profound encounters over dinner, concluding another enriching day in our journey through India's heartlands.



Day 3 - Varanasi | Khajuraho


In the tranquil early hours, we will embark on a serene boat journey along the Ganges River, immersing ourselves in the daily spiritual practices of Hindu devotees. Witnessing the faithful engage in their sacred rituals and cleansing baths at dawn offers a profound insight into the spiritual heart of Varanasi, an experience that resonates with the soul and provides an authentic glimpse into the city's living traditions.


Following this reflective morning, we will catch a flight to the remarkable town of Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage site acclaimed for its exquisite temple complex. Nestled in central India, Khajuraho is a testament to the architectural prowess and artistic vision of its ancient builders, encompassing around 85 temples across 21 square kilometers, constructed between 950 and 1050 AD by various rulers.


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These temples are dedicated to an array of deities, including Shiva, Vishnu, and several Jain patriarchs, reflecting the religious diversity and tolerance of the era. While Khajuraho remained a significant religious site until the 14th century, it eventually receded from memory until its rediscovery, capturing the world's imagination with its intricate and masterful sculptures.


Our day will conclude as we return to our hotel for dinner, reflecting on the profound and varied tapestry of spiritual and artistic heritage that India continues to unveil.



Day 4 - Orchha


Our journey continues as we transfer to the serene and historically rich town of Orchha, a gem tucked away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Once the capital of a formidable kingdom in Central India, Orchha offers a tranquil retreat into the past, where majestic palaces and sacred temples whisper tales of yesteryears along the scenic Betwa river.


In Orchha, we'll step back in time to the era of the Maharajas, exploring grandiose structures that stand as testaments to the region's glorious past. Yet, amidst these relics of royalty, we'll also encounter the realities of contemporary India, gaining insight into the lives and struggles of its young population, farmers, and workers.


One of our key destinations in Orchha will be the magnificent Jahangir Mahal, a 17th-century palace erected in honor of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. This architectural marvel, with its captivating balconies, terraces, and domes, offers panoramic views of the Betwa river and the surrounding landscape. Beyond its architectural grandeur, the palace encapsulates the narrative of political intrigues and alliances, particularly highlighting the profound friendship between the local ruler Vir Singh and Emperor Jahangir, for whom the palace was constructed as a grand gesture of hospitality.


As the day wanes, we will embark on our journey to Agra, the next illustrious stop on our tour.




Day 5 - Agra | Taj Mahal


The majestic allure of Agra, once the pulsating heart of the Mughal Empire, continues to captivate visitors with its historic grandeur and architectural marvels. Among these, the Taj Mahal stands out as a symbol of love and beauty, celebrated worldwide as one of the eight wonders of the world. Esteemed Western historians have marveled at its unparalleled architectural elegance, a testament to its enduring allure.


Constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan to immortalize his love for his queen, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal serves as a mausoleum, safeguarding her final resting place. This exquisite edifice, completed in 1648 after twenty-two years of meticulous craftsmanship by twenty thousand workers, is an ode to love, rendered in pristine white marble. The Taj Mahal's beauty transcends words, especially at dawn and sunset, when its marble façade reflects the hues of the sky. Under the full moon's glow or shrouded in morning fog, it presents an ethereal vision, seemingly floating above the Jamuna river.


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In the afternoon, our exploration of Agra's treasures continues with a visit to the formidable Agra Fort. This magnificent red sandstone fortress embodies the zenith of Mughal architecture, enclosing within its vast walls the essence of imperial Mughal life. The fort stands as a monument to the power and sophistication of the Mughal era, offering a window into the lives and legacies of its rulers. Our journey through Agra will immerse us in the opulence and history of an era when art and architecture flourished under the patronage of great emperors, leaving behind a legacy that continues to enchant the world.




Day 6 - Agra | Ranthambore


Following a nourishing breakfast, we will embark on our journey to the next captivating destination, but not before exploring the historical treasure of Fatehpur Sikri. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a resplendent testament to the zenith of Mughal architectural brilliance and was meticulously constructed by Emperor Akbar, reflecting his vision of an ideal city. Fatehpur Sikri served as the illustrious capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585, epitomizing the grandeur of Akbar's reign.


The site presents an enchanting array of monuments and temples, all harmoniously designed, creating an ambiance of times long past yet vividly alive. Among its many architectural gems is the Jama Masjid, one of India's largest mosques, standing as a beacon of spiritual and historical magnificence.


Post our immersive tour of Fatehpur Sikri and a delightful lunch, we will journey towards the luxury and tranquility of the Ranthambore resort. Here, amidst the opulent settings and serene nature, you will have time to unwind and relax, reflecting on the day's explorations. The resort offers a perfect blend of comfort and elegance, ensuring a restful and rejuvenating overnight stay as we anticipate the adventures that await in Ranthambore, renowned for its majestic wildlife and natural beauty.




Day 7 - Ranthambore National Park


After enjoying a breakfast at the resort, we will set off for an exhilarating adventure to Ranthambore National Park, renowned for its distinguished tiger reserve, which stands among the finest in India. This sanctuary offers a unique opportunity to observe these majestic creatures and a plethora of other wildlife in their natural habitat, presenting an unforgettable experience for nature and animal enthusiasts.


Ranthambore is not only celebrated for its wildlife but is also revered as a significant heritage site, adorned with evocative ruins that enhance the park's natural beauty. These remnants of past civilizations offer a poignant contrast to the wild and unbridled nature that surrounds them, adding an element of historical intrigue to your visit.


Exploring Ranthambore National Park is a thrilling encounter with the wild, offering moments of awe as you witness the tigers in their domain, alongside a diverse array of flora and fauna that contribute to the park's vibrant ecosystem. The experience of watching these regal animals, set against a backdrop of lush greenery and accompanied by a chorus of wildlife, is truly incomparable.



Day 8 - Jaipur


After an early breakfast, we will depart for the vibrant city of Jaipur, an emblem of India's regal past and architectural grandeur. Founded in 1727 AD by Maharaja Jai Singh II, Jaipur, affectionately known as the 'Pink City,' enchants visitors with its exquisite blend of heritage, culture, and artistry, making it one of India's most cherished tourist destinations.


As we explore Jaipur, we will be greeted by an array of magnificent forts, palaces, and monuments, each narrating tales of the city's illustrious past and showcasing the splendor of Rajput architecture. These historic sites not only reflect the opulence and power of the Rajput kingdoms but also their sophisticated aesthetic sensibilities and innovative architectural practices.


The allure of Jaipur extends beyond its architectural marvels, with its bustling bazaars, exquisite handicrafts, and vibrant cultural scene inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the city's lively spirit. Jaipur offers an endless array of attractions that captivate the hearts and minds of those who wander its storied streets.



Day 9 - Jaipur


Following breakfast, we'll embark on an exploration of Jaipur's most iconic landmarks, beginning with the majestic Amber Fort, an architectural marvel perched atop a hill overlooking the town of Amer. Constructed in the 16th century by Raja Mann Singh, one of Emperor Akbar's trusted generals, Amber Fort is a captivating blend of Hindu and Mughal architectural styles.


Inside the fort, we'll visit the Diwan-i-Aam, or Hall of Public Audience, where the king once addressed the public's grievances and affairs. We'll also explore the Diwan-i-Khas, or Hall of Private Audience, renowned for its stunning glass mosaic work. The highlight of our visit to Amber Fort will undoubtedly be the Sheesh Mahal, or Mirror Palace, a breathtaking chamber adorned with intricate mirror work that creates a dazzling effect with light and reflection.



In the afternoon, we'll return to Jaipur city to visit the Royal Observatory, or Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory that offers insight into the advanced astronomical knowledge and practices of ancient India. Here, we'll discover a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, including the world's largest stone sundial, and learn how they were used to observe celestial events based on ancient Hindu Sanskrit texts. The Royal Observatory's significance and unique features have earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list.


Our tour will also include a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, an iconic structure known for its distinctive honeycomb façade. This palace wall, designed with intricate latticework, allowed the royal women to observe street festivities without being seen from the outside, blending privacy with architectural elegance.


The evening is yours to enjoy at leisure, offering the perfect opportunity to delve into Jaipur's vibrant bazaars. Here, you can experience the local culture, shop for traditional handicrafts, and savor the flavors of Rajasthani cuisine, immersively concluding your day in this enchanting Pink City.



Day 10 - Jaipur | Delhi


Tody, we will delve into the royal heritage of Jaipur with a visit to the Maharaja's City Palace, an exquisite epitome of architectural fusion that combines elements of Mughal, Rajput, and European designs. This majestic palace, once the residence of King Sawai Man Singh, stands out with its distinctive artistic features, including an art gallery that houses a splendid collection, marble pillars of intricate design, and opulently carved interiors, presenting a spectacle not found elsewhere in Jaipur.


After immersing ourselves in the grandeur and history of the City Palace, we will enjoy lunch before embarking on our return journey to Delhi. Upon arrival in the capital, we will check into our hotel for the overnight stay.



Day 11 - Flight to Aurangabad | Ajanta caves


The Ajanta Caves are a magnificent testament to ancient Indian art and spirituality, recognized globally for their historical significance and artistic excellence, earning them a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Discovered in 1819 by a group of British officers on a tiger hunt, these caves in Maharashtra, India, present a fascinating glimpse into the past, showcasing the evolution of Buddhist religious art over several centuries.


The caves, numbering thirty, were carved into the rocky hillside and served various purposes, including temples and monasteries for Buddhist monks. The earliest caves date back to the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C., marking significant phases in Buddhist architectural and artistic expression.


What makes the Ajanta Caves particularly remarkable are the exquisite frescoes and sculptures that adorn their walls, illustrating stories of the Buddha, various Bodhisattvas, and narratives from the Jatakas, which are tales of the Buddha's previous lives. These artworks not only embody profound religious significance but also offer insight into the cultural and historical context of their time.


The paintings and sculptures at Ajanta stand out for their artistic finesse, vivid imagery, and emotive expression, representing some of the finest examples of ancient Buddhist art found in India. The attention to detail, use of color, and narrative depth in these works continue to captivate scholars, art enthusiasts, and visitors from around the world, preserving an invaluable legacy of India's rich cultural and religious heritage.




Day 12 - Ellora Caves | Flight back to Delhi


Today, we will explore Ellora, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Maharashtra, is an architectural marvel featuring 34 rock-cut temples and monasteries that span over 2 kilometers along a basalt cliff. Dating from A.D. 600 to 1000, these structures embody the artistic and religious fervor of ancient India, showcasing an extraordinary blend of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain traditions.


The site is renowned for its demonstration of religious harmony and tolerance, with the coexistence of monuments from different faiths. Among its notable structures, the Kailasa temple, a monolithic rock-cut temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, stands out as a masterpiece of Indian architecture and craftsmanship.


Ellora's caves offer a window into the spiritual and artistic legacy of ancient India, capturing the essence of its rich cultural heritage in stone.


In the evening, we take a flight back to Delhi to continue our journey.




Day 13 - Delhi


After breakfast, we start the tour of Delhi, India's sprawling capital region, which has a rich history that dates back millennia. Archaeological evidence suggests that the area was settled before the second millennium BC, with continuous habitation from at least the 6th century BC. It is also traditionally identified with Indraprastha, the mythical city mentioned in the Mahabharata as the capital of the Pandavas.


Throughout its extensive history, Delhi has been the heart of numerous kingdoms and empires, serving as a pivotal political and cultural center. The city has witnessed numerous cycles of conquest and reconstruction, especially during the medieval era, which have contributed to its diverse and layered character. Today's Delhi is a composite of various cities that have merged over time into a vast metropolitan area, each part bearing its own distinct heritage yet contributing to the rich tapestry that defines modern Delhi.


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Day 14 - Departure from Delhi 


After savoring your final breakfast in India, the moment arrives to bid farewell to this enchanting land, its vibrant culture, and its warm people. As you prepare for your departure, reflect on the myriad of experiences and memories you've gathered during your journey. From the architectural marvels and historical sites to the rich tapestry of Indian life and traditions you've witnessed, each moment has contributed to a profound and unforgettable journey.


With heartfelt goodbyes, you will be transferred to the airport, carrying with you not just souvenirs but also the spirit of India, etched in your heart and memory. As you fly back home, you take a piece of India with you, along with the promise of returning someday to explore even more of this diverse and vibrant country. Safe travels and may the memories of your Indian adventure inspire you until you return.


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5. Pricing

Price per person: $9985 in a double room (deposit is only $1200 during booking!). If you are traveling alone, you can share a room with another tour member. If you would like to have a single room, the single supplement costs an extra $2985.


Payment Schedule:
- $1200 deposit during booking.
- Full payment is due three months before the tour.


Price Includes:

13-night stay at 4-5* hotels in India; three meals per day - breakfast, lunch and dinner - except the first day (dinner only) and the last day (breakfast only); English speaking guides; English tour-leader; Transfers in air-conditioned bus; Entrance tickets; All sightseeing tours; Reception at Delhi International airport; Airport Arrival & Departure transfers; Four domestic flights within India (Delhi - Varanasi; Varanasi - Khajuraho; Delhi - Aurangabad; Aurangabad - Delhi; Travel Insurance; Government taxes.


Not Included:

International flights to/from Delhi in India; Indian Visa; Drinks during lunches and dinners.

6. Registration

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Since the number of places is limited, we encourage you to book the tour as soon as possible. Please contact us if you have any questions.




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