Golden Triangle with Khajuraho
Duration of Tours – 11 Days
Day 01: - Arrive Delhi, India
Arrive at Delhi International Airport.Delhi - A bustling metropolis and a city of 14 million inhabitants, is also India's capital. A near perfect blend of the ancient and the modern, Delhi,consisting two parts Old & New Delhi, is a city with something for everyone. From Forts and monuments that are almost 500 years old, to modern shopping malls, nightclubs and golf courses, Delhi truly is India's crown jewel.
Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by our representative who will present you with a welcome pack including all necessary documentation and arrange for your transfer to your hotel for check-in. No activity is scheduled today, since most of the International flights arrive into India close to midnight only.
Overnight Hotel - Delhi
Day 02: In Delhi
This morning you are collected from your hotel for full day tour of Old and New Delhi.The tour of the 17th-century old city includes the great mosque of Jama Masjid, The main street of Old Delhi is the colorful shopping bazaar known as Chandni Chowk ("Moonlit Street"). Drive past Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. The tour of New Delhi includes the Humayun's Tomb, the precursor of the Taj Mahal. Drive down the spectacular Rajpath ("the Kingsway,") passing the India Gate (the memorial built to commemorate the unknown soldiers,) the President's House, and the House of Parliament. Enjoy a brief respite from the otherwise bustling city at Birla Mandir, a modern and colourful Hindu temple.Evening at leisure to perhaps venture out and discover the city or its many restaurants on your own.
Overnight Hotel - Delhi
Day 03: Delhi - Varanasi
This morning you will be met by our representative and escorted from your Hotel to the Delhi airport in time for your flight to Varanasi. Varanasi - One of the holiest cities in India, Varanasi is one of the most important pilgrimage sites and also a major tourist attraction. It has been the religious capital of Hinduism since time immemorial. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, Varanasi has been a center of learning and civilization for more than 2,000 years. Written records of the Skanda Purana and the Mahabharata mention its existence as long as 3,000 years ago. It is probably the oldest living city in India, and one of the world's most ancient.
Varanasi has been a great cultural centre, especially in the fields of music, learning and the craft of silk weaving. Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in etc. Early afternoon, you are collected from your hotel for a half-day tour of Varanasi.The tour of this ancient city includes The Bharat Mata Temple, which has a big relief map of India in marble, the Benares Hindu University with its art gallery, and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb built on the side of an ancient Hindu temple, bathing ghats, The Kashivishwanath temple, The Durgakund.
Evening at leisure. Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 04: Varanasi – Khajuraho
Early morning enjoy a boat ride on the holy river The Ganges.A highlight of any trip to Varanasi - this incredible scene as multitudes of devotees comes to the river to pay homage to the Sun God. The riverfront, as seen from a boat at sunrise, is a spiritually uplifting sight. Hinduism, deep and mystical, is everywhere: in a decorated doorway; in a glimpse of a glittering temple; in the sound of a sacred bell; in the chant of the priests; and in the fragrance of flower oblations. Return to the hotel for a leisurely breakfast, and early afternoon, met by our representative and escorted from your Hotel to the Varanasi airport in time for your flight to Khajuraho.
Khajuraho - Famous for its temples that are India's unique gift to the world, representing, as they do, a paean to life, to love, to joy, perfect in execution and sublime in expression. Life, in every form and mood, has been captured in stone, testifying not only to the craftsman's artistry but also to the extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela Rajputs under whose rule the temples were conceived and constructed in the short span of a hundred yeas, from 950-1050 AD, in a truly inspired burst of creativity. Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in etc. Late afternoon you are collected from your hotel for half- day tour of Khajuraho visiting eastern & western group of temple. Evening at leisure.
Evening at leisure and overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Khajuraho Orchha
This morning you are collected from your hotel for half-day City tour of Khajuraho visiting eastern & western group of temples. Afternoon drive from Khajuraho to Orchha (180 kms/04 hrs.). Orchha - In the central part of India, once the capital of Bundela rulers, Orchha is now a village set among a wonderful complex of well-preserved palaces and temples which date back to the 16th century.
Many of the temples are still in use and are visited regularly by thousands of devotees who go there to worship at the shrine of Rama. A relatively undiscovered spot it is definitely worth visiting Orchha for its peaceful beauty. Strewn around the area are little shrines and memorials, each with its own poignant history, each contributing to the nostalgic beauty that is Orchha. Upon arrival check-in to the Orchha Resort. Evening at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Orchha Gwalior
Morning at leisure to explore & visit Jahangir Mahal, Rai Praveen Mahal the Chaturbhuj temple and the Royal Chhattris by the Betwa river. Afternoon drive from Orchha to Gwalior (120 kms/03 hrs.). Gwalior Situated in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior is the city of true royals, the Scindias. City is well known for its majestic fort, considered as one of the best in the world. The huge Gwalior fort that dominates this dry & dusty city witnessed the rise and fall of many dynasties which have held sway over the centuries. Once resplendent in gold mosaic tiles, the main palace, Man Mandir, still exhibits intricate carvings and art from the 9th century and the dungeons below give a graphic illustration of the Mogul prisoners' fate. This fort has been described by Babur as 'the pearl among the fortresses of Hind'. Upon arrival check-in to your hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Overnight on board.
Day 07: Gwalior Agra
This morning your are collected from your hotel for half-day City tour of Gwalior visiting the Gwalior Fort, Museum, Rani Laxmibai Memorial and Tansen's Tomb. Afternoon drive from Gwalior to Agra (120kms/3hrs.). Agra - "The Land of Taj" was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and even today it seems to linger in the past. Not surprising, for the Mughal emperors with their passion for building, endowed the city with some of the finest structures in the world. Agra is an old city and it is said that its name was derived from Agrabana, a forest that's finds mention in the epic Mahabharata. In more recent times Agra came into prominence when Sikandar Lodi made it his capital city in 1501. Later it passed into the possession of the Mughals. It was during the time of the third emperor "Akbar" that Agra came into its own and later on his grandson "Shah Jehan" ornamented the city with that masterpiece of Mughal architecture - The Taj Mahal. Upon arrival check-in to your hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Evening at leisure. Overnight in Agra.
Day 08: Agra
This morning you are collected for half day city tour of Agra visiting The Taj Mahal - a poem, a feeling of love, in white marble, is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles. It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. Your tour also includes a visit to the Red Sandstone Agra Fort, seat of the Mughal dynasty in the 16th century, lies on the bend of the River Yamuna, almost in the heart of town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years of 1565-1573. Evening at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Agra Jaipur
This morning you drive to Jaipur (250 kms/05 hrs.), visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route – often called the ghost city , built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire, Fatehpur Sikri was mysteriously abandoned 13 years later. Later continue your drive to the Pink City of Rajasthan Jaipur. Jaipur- Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance, and song with the traditional arts and crafts. It's one of India's most well planned cities, with wide, straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes in a grid system. The great warrior/astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II carefully planned Jaipur's foundation. Laid out in the 18th century, its design followed specifications from an epochal Hindu treatise on architecture. This "Pink City," so called because its buildings are painted in the tones of an autumnal sunset, intersperses the play of red and pink with white borders and motifs. The royal family's residence at Amber is only 11 km away. The palaces and forts of yesteryear, once witness to royal processions, now shine amid the splendor of modern monuments, juxtaposition accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of an amazing people. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 10: Jaipur
This morning, you are collected from your hotel for a city tour of Jaipur. Visit the Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds," one of the major landmarks of Jaipur, although it is actually little more than a façade. The five-story building was originally built to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life and processions of the city. The City Palace, located in the heart of the old city, is a large complex of courtyards, buildings, and gardens, and also houses an interesting museum. Adjacent to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory built by Raja Jai Singh, whose passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as a warrior. Your tour also includes a visit to the Amber fort, situated on the outskirts of the city. Here; you are transported back in time today, riding like royalty atop elegantly draped and painted elephants into the high mountain fortress. Amber Fort, was the ancient capital of the State until 1728 and inside the fort, you visit the Jagmandir or the Hall of victory glittering with mirrors, Jai Mahal and the Temple of Kali. Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 11: Depart Delhi
Check out of your Hotel at noon and leisurely drive from Jaipur to Delhi Airport (265kms/05 hrs.) in time for your flight home.
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