Delhi - Mandawa - Jaipur- Agra - Orchha
- Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi
(13 Nights/14 Days)
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
OLD DELHI - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail
visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi
was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the
Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul
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, 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
Day 03 / Delhi - Mandawa
After early breakfast drive to Mandawa, often called
the open air art gallery of Rajasthan', the region is famous for
the high quality frescoes. Arrive Mandawa & transfer to hotel.
Night stay in Mandawa.
Day 04 / Mandawa - Jaipur
After breakfast take a walking tour of the painted 'havelis'
of some of the leading business families of the country. Though
they no longer live here, the local caretakers are happy to show
the visitors around. Chowkhani Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli,
Lakshminarayan Ladia Haveli, Mohahanlal Saraf Haveli and
Bhagchandika Haveli are of special interest. Spend the major
part of the day looking into frescoes. Later drive to Jaipur -
the fabled “pink city” of the desert named after Jai Singh, the
former Maharajaof Jaipur.This is the only city in the world
symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe through the nine
rectangular sectors subdividing it.The palaces and forts of the
yesteryears, which were witnesses to the royal processions and
splendours are now living monuments. Arrive Jaipur & transfer to
hotel. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 05 / Jaipur
After breakfast proceed for excursion to Amber Fort
in the outskirts of Jaipur. 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.
It's forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a
beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it's ultimate
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
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 Jaipur.
Day 06 / Jaipur - Agra
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.
Day 07 / 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.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 08 / Agra - Jhansi ( By
train ) Jhansi - Orchha ( By surface )
Morning transfer to railway station to board the
train to Jhansi , Arrive Jhansi & drive to Orchha & 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 9 / Orchha - Khajuraho (
By surface )
After breakfast drive to Khajuraho 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 10 / Khajuraho
After breakfast explore the Western and Eastern
temples of khajuraho while your guide explains the intricate
meaning and legends behind each describable sculpture. Night
stay in Khajuraho.
Day 11 / Khajuraho -
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 12 / 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 one of the Buddhism’s major
centers of India. After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha came
to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon. Visit the deer park
and the museum and later back to Varanasi . Night stay in
Day 13 / Varanasi - Delhi
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 14 / Departure
Transfer to airport in time to board the onward
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