No India tour should miss Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you will see exquisitely carved Hindu and Jain Temples, and Varanasi (Benares), India's oldest city and probably the oldest continuously-inhabited city on Earth.
Our private tour to Khajuraho and Varanasi explores ancient temples with erotic carvings and India's holiest city on the banks of the Ganges. This makes a fantastic addition to our "India's Golden Triangle" program.
Erotic Jungle Temples and India's Holiest City
For those with more time and a greater interest in a cultural exploration of Northern India, This itinerary includes Khajuraho, the "Angkor Wat of India," known for its elaborate and often erotic temple carvings, and Varanasi, perhaps Earth's oldest continuously-inhabited city and the holiest of all Hindu cities. This itinerary includes a private car, chauffeur and English speaking guide throughout. This program is available to guests using our Mumbai, Delhi or Golden Triangle programs. You may begin any day you like with arrival from Mumbai, Delhi or Agra. The itinerary may also be done in reverse, beginning in Varanasi and ending in Delhi. While we were originally founded as an LGBT tour company, Purple Dragon's journeys of a lifetime are open to everyone. Most of our mainstream guests choose us because they know they will get something better from a gay-managed company.
Day One: To Khajuraho from Delhi, Agra, or Mumbai
Journey to Khajuraho. Morning free. If you are continuing from Agra, you will travel on an afternoon travel by train to Jhansi, and continue by road to Khajuraho. Otherwise, you may fly from Delhi, Mumbai, or elsewhere in India. Overnight in Khajuraho.
Day Two: Celestially Erotic
Khajuraho. Full Day visit of the Eastern and Western Group of Temples takes you to the resplendent Hindu temples of Khajuraho known for the delicate sensuality and forthright eroticism of their sculpture. They were built between 10th and 12th centuries by the Chandela dynasty. Today, twenty-two of the eighty-five temples remain to recreate the celestial and terrestrial world of the Chandelas. The exquisite intricacy of the temples was made possible by the soft, buff-colored sandstone used in their construction. In the late afternoon, you may choose an optional excursion to Panna National Park, where you may be able to sight a tiger if you are lucky.
Day Three: Onward to Varanasi
Khajuraho to Varanasi. Morning free. Later you fly to Varanasi, the oldest living city in India. Built on the shores of the holy Ganges River, this city is a center of Indian religion, philosophy and spirituality. For the devout Hindu, Varanasi must be visited at least once in a lifetime to wash away sins. It's also the ideal place for Hindus to die. Although macabre for foreigners, a visit to the "Burning Ghats" to see cremations that go on 24-7 is something that should not be missed. You'll have some free time this afternoon for shopping. The most beautiful silk available in India can be found here. (No North Indian wedding takes place without the bride wearing a Varanasi Silk Sari!) Along the way you also stop for a tour of the temples of Varanasi.
Day Four: Dawn on the Ganges
Varanasi/Delhi. Early this morning you take a boat ride past the "Bathing Ghats" on the sacred Ganges River. As the night mist lifts and the sun touches the spires of the bank side temples with gold, you can see thousands of Hindus performing their morning rites of prayer on the shores of the river. Return to hotel for breakfast. You will be delivered to the airport on time to connect your flight to Delhi, where you receive assistance on arrival. If you have a long layover you may have time to visit the market before you return to the airport for your onward flight.
Prices and Hotels
Prices depend on your choice of hotel and when you want to travel.
We offer numerous hotels in both Khajuraho and Varanasi, ranging from standard to luxury class. All of the hotels we use are carefully chosen for location, amenities, quality of service, security and value. We use only hotels that are LGBT-friendly.
To see prices and compare hotels please click on the "$" button on the left. If you have questions or suggestions about the hotels we use, please email us.
Khajuraho and Varanasi are available only as an extension to our Golden Triangleprogram or as part of a longer custom itinerary.