An overnight stay in Delhi, heart of India, will be your first stop. A day in this vibrant, culturally rich town would take you back into the times of the Mughals as you admire their rich heritage all over the city. New Delhi brings you into more recent times, showing you the face of newer India with traces of British legacy all around the center of Delhi, in Connaught Place. Your tour includes a night out at a gay night club where you can not only party but also make friends with fellow gay men from India.
An early morning flight to Lucknow will leave the day free for sightseeing in this beautiful town with Imambaras and chowks famous for handicrafts. The next day a train will take you to Varanasi, a city considered one of the oldest in the world.
Bandhavgarh National Park, a wildlife sanctuary, would be the next stop. You track the tiger for a day and after a morning to game viewing proceed to Khajurao, famous for its beautiful temples. At Orrcha you make another stopover for temple viewing before taking the train to Agra.
The mascot of the country; the face of India; the Taj Mahal stands tall in Agra. This token of love from a man to his wife symbolizes love and the wealth and prosperity of Mughals. Next to it also stands the majestic Agra Fort overlooking the Yamuna.
You now move to the mighty Indian deserts, your first stop being the pink city, Jaipur. Here you can explore the vibrant markets, forts etc. Your next stop, Udaipur is also famed for its palaces and havelis bringing a nostalgic ring to the trip. After that you journey to Bombay, the coastal metropolitan full of life and a great deal of hubbub. Sprouting with life, this city has much to offer its tourists be it beaches, architectural feasts or monuments. The last stop of the trip, it is sure to be a perfect end to a completely Indian experience.
Throughout the duration of your tour in India, you will either choose to travel on your own or as a part of a larger gay group. All our guides are gays or gay welcoming, similarly all our host hotels in India welcome LGBT travellers.
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Day 01: Arrive in Delhi
After arrival at the capital city, you transfer to the hotel and stay there overnight.
Day 02: Delhi
This morning you take a full day city tour of Old & New Delhi.
You will visit the Qutab Minar, a pillar monument built in 1199, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch), and Lakshminarayan Temple - a modern Hindu Temple. You would also drive past President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place shopping centre.
As for Old Delhi, you will visit Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid, while driving past the bustling Chandni Chowk market and the Red Fort. This day would end with an overnight stay at Delhi.
Evening: Excursion of a gay Bar / Night Club or an invitation to an exclusive gay party at Delhi.
Day 03: Delhi - Lucknow by flight
The morning flight to Lucknow, frees the rest of the day for sightseeing.
The city of Gardens was the 18th century capital of Nawab Wazirs & the centre of culture and tradition. Visit the great Imambara, Jama Masjid, Picture Gallery, The Clock Tower, Roomi Darwaza, Residency and Dilkusha Palace. The stay will be overnight at Lucknow.
Day 04: Lucknow - Varanasi by train
Check out from hotel & transfer to railway station to board afternoon train to Varanasi. Arrive at Varanasi & transfer to hotel. The stay will be overnight at Varanasi.
Day 05: Varanasi
Morning boat excursion on the river Ganges, a ferry pilgrimage from ghat to ghat. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra where funeral pyre burns day and night. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death.
Half day sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief map of India in marble, Durga Temple,Tulsi Manas Mandir,Banaras Hindu University which has an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangazeb built on the site of an ancient Hindu Temple. The stay will be overnight at Varanasi.
Day 06: Varanasi - Bandhavgarh by train
Check out from hotel & transfer to railway station to board afternoon train to Katni and then drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. The stay will be overnight at Bandhavgarh.
Day 07: Bandhavgarh
Morning & afternoon enjoy jeep safari in Bandhavgarh National Park. Its steep cliffs, rocky hills covered with 44884 hectare of dense sal & bamboo forests makes it an ideal terrain for tigers. Other animals are the blue bull, panther, wild boar, gaur, chital, sambar, chinkara, barking deer, bear etc. The avian life consist of paradise fly-catcher, Malabar pied hornbill, orange headed ground thrush etc. The stay will be overnight at Bandhavgarh.
Day 08: Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho
After check out from hotel at 1200 hrs, take the long drive to Khajuraho. Arrive at Khajuraho & transfer to hotel. The stay will be overnight at Khajuraho.
Day 09: Khajuraho
Morning visit the world famous Khajuraho temples were built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD. The most important are the ChaunsetYoginiTemple dedicated to Goddess Kali, The Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta or BharatjiTemple with a lovely image of 11 headed Vishnu, Vishvanath and NandiTemples, LakshmanaTemple, Visha Temple of Shiva, which is the largest & most typical of temples. Visit the Eastern group of temples that consist of the ParasvanathTemple - the only JainTemple surviving at Khajuraho and has excellent sculptures on the outer walls of the Sanctum, the JaveriTemple dedicated to Vishnu. The other temples in this group are those dedicated to Brahma, Yamuna and Adinath. The stay will be overnight at Khajuraho.
Day 10: Khajuraho - Orchha - Jhansi - Agra
Leave in the morning to get to the Orchha in time to see its famous temples before boarding the afternoon train to Agra from Jhansi. Arrive at Agra & transfer to hotel. The stay will be overnight at Agra.
Day 11: Agra
In the morning, visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later visit the Agra Fort & the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daullah built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father.
The night will be spent in Agra.
Day 12: Agra - Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri
This day too, an early morning drive takes you to Jaipur, visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Fatehpur Sikri is 40 kms from Agra and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 yrs due to scarcity of water. It is dotted with graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces.
Soon after arriving at Jaipur you transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to visit Chowki Dhani (an ethnic village resort) for a perfect Rajasthani experience.
You will be staying overnight at Jaipur.
Day 13: Jaipur
This morning gets you on an elephant first thing in the morning with a one way elephant ride to get to Amber Fort; the ancient capital of the State. You will also visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors. In the afternoon, you visit to the city.
The capital of Rajasthan was given a color coat of pink a century ago in honor of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this color. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 yrs old.
You will visit Maharaja's City Palace, the Observatory & Ram Niwas Gardens and will drive past Hawa Mahal & through the pink rose residential & business areas. The stay will be overnight at Jaipur.
Day 14: Jaipur - Pushkar via Ajmer
Morning drive to Pushkar via Ajmer visiting Dargah-Sharif & later drive to Pushkar. Arrive Pushkar & transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit city. Visit Pushkar – By Indian standard Pushkar is a small and peaceful place. It is set on the banks of a holy lake and has many temples, including the only one dedicated to the Hindu god Bramha in the whole of India. Strolling through the bazaar street on the shore of the lake is fun and the views over the lake and the surrounding desert from one of the hilltop temples are well worth the climb. The stay will be overnight at Pushkar.
Day 15: Pushkar - Udaipur
Check out from hotel at 1200 hrs and drive to Udaipur, Arrive at Udaipur & transfer to hotel. The stay will be overnight at Udaipur.
Day 16: Udaipur
Visit the city palace, Jagdish Temple, drive around Fatehsagar Lake, Sahelion ki bari and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir. The stay will be overnight at Udaipur.
Day 17: Udaipur - Bombay by flight
Check out from hotel & transfer to airport to board flight for Bombay. Arrive at Bombay & transfer to hotel. The night will be spent in Bombay.
Day 18: Departure
Morning Visit Kamla Nehru Park, Hanging Gardens situated on the slopes of Malabar Hill offering a panoramic view of Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, Prince of ales Museum, Mani Bhawan, Dhobi Ghat, Gateway of India & drive through the Crawford Market, Marine Drive & Flora Fountain.
Check out from hotel at 1200 hrs & transfer to airport to board flight for onward journey.
OUR UNIQUE 'OUT EXPERIENCES’:
-Excursion to a gay bar/night club or an invitation to an exclusive gay party at delhi (on selected days only).
-A rejuvenating therapeutic massage by a gay/ gay friendly massager at Delhi and Mumbai.
-A romantic surprise in your room in jaipur - an evening that you will cherish for years!
-An elephant ride up the hill to amer fort in Jaipur
-Visit to the 'kingdom of dreams' in gurgaon (delhi ncr ) - experience the grandest theatrical musical ever produced in india!
-Early morning guided photo walk in bandhavgarh- take the bird watching walk with your camera to take some exclusive pics of the habitats and scenic beauty of Bandhavgarh.
-Grand theatrical recreation of the true story behind Taj Mahal in Agra
-A private and romantic boat ride in Udaipur.
OTHER INCLUSIONS AND TOUR DETAILS
-16 day, 15 night package
-We guarantee that all our hotels, chaffeurs and guides are genuinely gay friendly.
-Exclusive stays at the best 5 star resorts alongwith heritage ‘palaces’.
-All our hotels/ resorts are rated as ‘excellent’ by tripadvisor.
-Full-size van with unlimited mileage.
-Includes personal chauffeur, breakfast on all days and all meals at bandhavgarh.
-Jeep safari, elephant ride and train ticket included.