India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only. Mark Twain
Delhi → Jaipur → Agra → Fatehpur Sikri → Jhansi → Orchha → Khajuraho → Varanasi → Delhi
Day 01 Flight to Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi you will be received by our representative. Transfer to hotel. Delhi, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope – that is India. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 Delhi
After breakfast proceeded for a day sightseeing tour of the city. The guided tour takes to the monuments that depict the different eras. The tour includes:
- Red Fort, the brilliant red sandstone fort is a national edifice.
- Humayun’s Tomb is one of Delhi’s UNESCO world heritage sites.
- Qutub Minar is also designated as a UNESCO world heritage site.
- Rajpath is the main parade route for India’s Republic Day celebrations.
- Rajghat, memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.
- India Gate, a monument built as a memorial for the Indian soldiers who died in First World War.
- Jama Masjid is situated opposite to Red Fort and is the largest mosque in India.
- Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest shopping destinations of Delhi.
- Janpath and Connaught Place are two of the most favourite shopping complexes of the city.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Delhi – Jaipur (260 km/ 5 h)
Early morning drive to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur and transfer to hotel. Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the Kshatriya warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Thus, many enjoyed a privileged position under the Mughal emperors and also the British Raj that followed. Afternoon half-day sightseeing tour of Pink City. Visiting City Palace, a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum. Visit Jantar Mantar, the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use. Hawa Mahal, the ornamental facade of this “Palace of Winds” is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.This afternoon is free for you to relax, shop or explore independently. Shopping is a pleasure in Jaipur, particularly for gold and silver jewellery. Relax and overnight at hotel.
Day 04 Jaipur
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort. Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it’s ultimate expression.
At Afternoon at leisure for independent activities. Relax or enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the bazaars. Jaipur is renowned for textile block printing, semi-precious stones, local crafts and spices. You have the possibility to visit Galta. Located about 10 kms from Jaipur, Galta is a holy pilgrimage centre, having a temple dedicated to Sun God. This temple is only one of its kind in this part of the country. It’s an old place of pilgrimage, lying at the bottom of some hills in a lush landscape of trees and bushes. A deep temple-filled gorge stands behind the temple and there are good views over the surrounding plain. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (225 km/ 6 h)
After breakfast drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri-The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its “ruins” are in pristine condition, it’s not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world. Continue drive to Agra and transfer to hotel. Agra is a city on the banks of the Yamuna River in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. It was known then as Akbarabad and remained the capital of the Mughal Empire under the Emperors Akbar. His son Jahangir had a love of gardens and flora and fauna and laid many gardens inside the Red Fort. Shah Jahan, known for his keen interest in architecture, gave Akbarabad its most prized monument, The Taj Mahal. Evening free to explore the rich handicrafts of Agra. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 Agra
Early morning visit Taj Mahal, the fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, built it in 1631 in the memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, a Muslim Persian princess. She died while accompanying her husband in Behrampur in a campaign to crush a rebellion, after giving birth to their 14th child. Her death so crushed the emperor that all his hair and beard were said to have grown snow white in a few months. When Mumtaz Mahal was still alive, she extracted four promises from the emperor: first, that he build the Taj, second, that he should marry again, third, that he be kind to their children and fourth, that he visit the tomb on her death anniversary. He kept the first and second promises. Construction began in 1631 and was completed in 22 years. Twenty thousand people were deployed to work on it. An Iranian architect designed it and it is best appreciated when the architecture and its adornments are linked to the passion that inspired it. It is a “symbol of eternal love”.
Also visit Agra Fort, the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 Agra – Jhansi (Shatabdi Express) – Orchha – Khajuraho (175 km/ 4 h)
Today morning transfer to railway station to board the train to Jhansi. Meeting and assistance upon arrival and proceed directly to Orchha.
Orchha, overlooked by the modern era, this beautiful medieval town, was once the capital of Bundela Kings. Built along the banks of the river Betwa, flowing through a rugged countryside, it still retains the captivating air of a bygone era. Amongst the various imposing edifices, of particular interest are the Jehangiri Mahal, built by Raja Bir Singh Deo to commemorate the visit of Moghul Emperor Jahangir, the Raj Mahal and the Laxminarayan temple, both noted for their fine Frescoes and Mural paintings.
After lunch drive to Khajuraho. Khajuraho temple complex site is one the most popular places both foreign and Indian tourists.
Relax and overnight at hotel.
Day 08 Khajuraho
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for a excursion to of Eastern and Western Group of Temples. Built around 1000 A.D., the temples of Khajuraho are India’s immortal gift of sensual love to the world. Their divine sculptures are a tribute to life itself, embodying its colourful, joyous, and yet sublime essence. Their playful murals portray diverse erotic possibilities and celebrate the essential sensuality of human nature. From the majesty of Lord Shiva’s lingum (phallus) to the postural enticements of the apsaraas (heavenly maidens), the art of these temples is a tingling paradise for the senses of psyche and soma alike. The Western Group – It is the largest, compact and centrally located group in Khajuraho, includes some of the most prominent monuments, built by the Chandela rulers. The Lakshmana Temple, the Matangesvara Temple and the Varaha Temple form one complex and the Visvanatha and Nandi temples are not far from this complex. The Eastern Group – It comprises of five detached sub-groups in and around the present village of Khajuraho. The eastern group of monuments, situated in close proximity to the Khajuraho village, includes three Brahmanical temples known as Brahma, Vamana and Javari and three Jain temples, the Ghantai, Adinath and Parsvanath. Relax and spend evening watching the amazing Sound & Light Show in the Western Temple Complex. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 Khajuraho – Varanasi (Flight)
The morning is at leisure. It is very interesting to walk through the old village. Transfer in time to the airport for flight to Varanasi. Transfer at hotel and check in. The land of Varanasi has been the ultimate pilgrimage spot for Hindus for ages. Often referred to as Benares, Varanasi is the oldest living city in the world. These few lines by Mark Twain say it all: “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”. Hindus believe that one who is graced to die on the land of Varanasi would attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth. The city is a center of learning and civilization for over 3000 years. With Sarnath, the place where Buddha preached his first sermon after enlightenment, just 10 km away, Varanasi has been a symbol of Hindu renaissance. Knowledge, philosophy, culture, devotion to Gods, Indian arts and crafts have all flourished here for centuries. Varanasi has also been a great center of learning for ages. Many exponents of dance and music have come from Varanasi. Ravi Shankar, the internationally renowned Sitar maestro and Ustad Bismillah Khan, (the famous Shehnai player) are all sons of the blessed city or have lived here for major part of their lives. Spend the evening shopping in the lanes of the old city and visiting the Ghats. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 Varanasi
In the morning drive to the Ghats and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world oldest religions. Every morning at dawn hundreds of worshippers can be seen bathing in the sacred waters. We will be there before the sun rises! After a good breakfast we start to explore the inner city with many temples, home shrines and pilgrim shops. Life here hasn’t changed over the centuries. Afternoon we will visit Sarnath, where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma. Sarnath is located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi While travelling to Sarnath, Gautama Buddha had to cross the Ganges. Sarnath became a major centre of the Sammatiya school of Buddhism, one of the early Buddhist schools. Sarnath is one of four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage. All of the ancient buildings and structures at Sarnath were damaged or destroyed by the Turks. However, amongst the ruins the Dharmekh Stupa is impressive at 128 feet high and 93 in diameter. This dates from around 200 BC and is the spot where the Buddha is said to have preached his first sermon. Evening we visit the Ghats of Varanasi to witness the performance of Ganges Aarti. We enjoy a special evening cruise on the Ganges. See the Hindu devotes performing the Puja with lighted lamps. Be impressed by this incredible atmosphere. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 Varanasi – Delhi (Flight)
Morning at leisure for independentt activities. At Afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi. Transfer to the hotel where you can stay till you have your flight back or follow-up program.
The Tour included:
- Accomodation with breakfast in 3*/4* hotels at all places
- Sightseeing tours with all entrance fees
- English speaking guides at the Monuments
- AC Car/Bus with english speaking driver
- Mineral Water on long drives
- Train Ticket from Agra to Jhansi
- Flight Khajuraho – Varanasi, Flight Varanasi – Delhi
- Boat ride at Ganges in Varanasi
- Assistance on Arrival and Departure at all Places
- 24 Hour Phone contact with Tour Manager
The tours can start each day, there are no fixed dates.
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