Day 01 / Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel.
Night stay in Delhi.
Day 02 / Delhi
After breakfast gear up for your visit of Old & New Delhi
OLD DELHI - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting
the Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi is one of
the most visited sites in Delhi. It consists of a simple square
black-marble platform that stands on the spot where Mahatma Gandhi
was cremated. Nearby, there are cremation sites of Jawaharlal
Nehru - the first Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, Sanjay
Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri. Jama Masjid - the
largest mosque in India.
Red Fort - One of the most spectacular
pieces of Mughal Architecture is the Lal Quila or the Red Fort.
Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648,
the Red Fort has walls extending up to 2 kms. in length with
the height varying from 18 mts. on the river side to 33 mts.
on the city side.
Chandni Chowk - a place that has a history
of about 400 years. More evidences of the ancient times that
once existed in old Delhi can be found out by winding through
the labyrinthine lanes of Chandni Chowk in a rickshaw. The pleasure
associated with the Rickshaw Ride here is ultimate. The rickshaw
rides gives the passengers an opportunity to see a different
prospective of Chandni Chowk, which is otherwise only regarded
as one of the favourite shopping avenues of Delhi.
NEW DELHI - An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would
include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive
along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India
Gate, Laxmi Narayan Temple also known as Birla Temple, Parliament
House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through
the Diplomatic Enclave. The evening is free to be spent at your
leisure. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 03 / Delhi - Jaipur
( By road approx 270kms/ 05Hrs )
After breakfast drive to Jaipur. Arrive and transfer to hotel, Later
city sightseeing tour of Jaipur covering:
CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture,
the City 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.
JANTAR MANTAR - This is 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. Its 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. Visit a rug factory and see the ladies at the intricate work
or a gem factory and see the gem cutting and polishing process. Night stay in
Day 04 / Jaipur
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for a morning
excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.
AMBER FORT PALACE - 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. Continue sight-seeing.
JAIGARH FORT - The Western skyline is dominated by the extensive
parkotas (Walls), watch-towers and gateways of Jaigarh. It is
one of the few military structures of medieval India preserved
almost intact containing palaces, gardens, open and covered reservoirs,
a grannary, an armoury, a well planned cannon foundry, several
temples, a tall tower and a giant mounted cannon the Jai Ban
the largest in the Country.
LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE - Situated in the south of Jaipur, Laxmi Narayan Temple
is one of the many such temples built by wealthy Birla family in India, thus
it is also known as Birla Mandir. The temple is a great reminder of the secular
traditions India has shown over the centuries. The temple has been constructed
in white marble and has three domes, each portraying the different approaches
to religion. The temple is situated at the foot of Moti Doongri Fort, converted
as a small palace by Ram Singh II for his wife Gayatri Devi. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 05 / Jaipur - Agra ( By
road approx 235kms / 05Hrs ) enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast drive to the City of Tajmahal - Agra enroute
visiting Fatehpur Sikri- a perfectly preserved red sandstone “ghost
town” which was the estranged capital of mughal emperorAkbar,
built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive
Agra and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Agra.
06 / Agra
After breakfast visit the magnificient Taj Mahal -one of the
seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression
of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years
to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. A ride
on Tonga upto Taj is sheer fun and frolic all through. Also
visit the Red 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.
Evening free to explore the rich handicrafts of Agra. Night
stay in Agra.
Day 07 / Agra - Jhansi ( By
Superfast train Dep. 0815Hrs Arrv. 1045Hrs ) Jhansi - Orchha
( By road approx 15kms/ 30Minutes )
Morning transfer to railway station to board the train to Jhansi
, Arrive Jhansi & drive to Orchha - grandeur has been captured
in stone, frozen in time, a rich legacy to the ages. In this
medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly and the palaces
and temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th
centuries retain much of their pristine perfection.
& transfer to hotel. Later tour of this historical site with
magnificient temples and monuments. Some of the palaces were
decorated with painted murals which represent the finest flowering
of the Bundela school of painting. Night stay in Orchha.
Day 08 / Orchha - Khajuraho
( By road approx 180kms/ 04Hrs )
After breakfast drive to Khajuraho - the legendary temples of
khajuraho are an incomparable experience. Acknowledged as one
of the world’s artistic wonders, these temples dedicated
to the Hindu pantheon of Gods are covered in carvings that
are a paean to life and love. Built within a short span of
a hundred years by the Chandela Rajputs, the 10th century temples
lay forgotten until they were discovered in the present century.
Khajuraho has achieved fame for the sensual appeal of its erotic
sculptures. Arrive Khajuraho and transfer to hotel. Evening
at leisure. Night stay in Khajuraho.
Day 09 / Khajuraho
After breakfast explore the Western & Eastern group of temples
of khajuraho while your guide explains the intricate meaning
and legends behind each describable sculpture.Western Group of
Temples in Khajuraho constitutes some of the most splendid and
architecturally marvelous specimen of temple architecture in
India. The group includes such magnificent temples like Kandariya
Mahadeo Temple, Chaunsat Yogini Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Lakshamana
Temple, Matangeswara Temple, and Varaha Temple. Eastern temples
- the sculptural embellishment and profundity of architectural
designs in Temples of Khajuraho is well ostensible in the Eastern
Group of Temples. These temples can be subdivided into two groups,
one representing some of the finest Jain temples and another
scattered through the neighboring village. The Eastern Group
of Temples at Khajuraho includes Parsvanath Temple, Adinath Temple,
Ghantai Temple, Hanuman temple, and Brhama Temple. Night stay
10 / Khajuraho - Varanasi ( By flight )
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Varanasi-
said to be the India’s most sacred city situated on the
western bank of the holy river Ganga. It is also the oldest
living city in the world. As a place for devotion and worship,
with hundreds of temples dotting the city , sunrise on the
river front as seen from a boat can be a spiritually uplifting
sight. It has a fascination uniquely its own, a quality of
sublime beauty, a timeless eternal appeal. Varanasi is the
city which cannot be described, only experienced. Arrive Varanasi
and transfer to hotel. Evening view “Aarti” ceremony
on the Ghats. Night stay in Varanasi.
Day 11 / Varanasi
Morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of
life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Later excursion to Sarnath,
10kms & East of Varanasi, is the place where Buddha chose
to deliver his first sermon. The celebrated Mantra, 'Buddham
Sharanam Gachhami', owes its origin to Sarnath. On the day
before his death Buddha included Sarnath along with Lumbini,
Bodh Gaya and Kushinagar as the four places he thought to be
sacred to his followers. It makes Sarnath one of the most venerated
Buddhist places. Besides Buddhism, Sarnath is also connected
with Jainism. There are many Buddhist monuments and edifices
in Sarnath. Some of the important Buddhist monuments at Sarnath
are the Dhamekha stupa, the Chaukhandi stupa and monasteries
and temples of different schools of Buddhism from Japan, China,
Thailand, Burma and others. The Indian Buddhist society called
Mahabodhi Society maintains a park around the Buddha temple.
The Mahabodhi Temple within the park has a tooth relic of the
Buddha.There is also a vast expanse of ancient ruins at Sarnath.
Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between
the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents
the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail.
The Ashoka pillar of Sarnath is the National emblem of India.
Also visit the deer park and the museum and later back to Varanasi
. Night stay in Varanasi.
Day 12 / Varanasi - Delhi (
By flight )
Morning at leisure, Afternoon transfer to airport to connect
the flight for Delhi , Arrive Delhi & transfer to hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure or last minute shopping etc. Night
stay in Delhi.
Day 13 / Delhi - Departure
Transfer to airport in time to board the onward flight.