The journey begins with a visit to Old Delhi, which was built by the Mughals with its narrow lanes and streets. Next New Delhi, built by the British. Delhi is a reflection of the entire country. On to Varanasi situated on the banks of Holy River Ganges, one of the oldest living cities in the world. It’s silk Banarasi sarees are as famous as the rich cultural and spiritual nerve of the city. Khajuraho, a world heritage site is famous for erotic sculptures, a fine example of Indian architectural style. Agra’s, the city which takes pride in housing the Taj Mahal, a monument representing everlasting love. Jaipur, capital of the largely desert state of Rajasthan, is home to some of Asia’s best bazaars.
Day 1: Arrive in Dehli: Escorted to hotel and check in
Day 2: Sightseeing in Dehli : Morning Old Dehli – Red Fort, Jama Masjid, cycle rickshaw through Chandini Chowk . Afternoon New Dehli - Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, India Gate and drive past president’s palace and Indian parliament building.
Day 3: Fly to Varanasi – Check in to hotel. Visit Durga Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Shri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, Tulsi Manas Temple and Banaras Hindu University. Enjoy a magically evening with priests chanting Sanskrit mantras, the clash of cymbals and drums, the scent of flowers, incense and sandalwood and the blazing camphor lamp and many flamed Aarti raised high in the air.
Day 4: Early morning boat ride on the Holy River Ganges to see the different ghats and people offering prayers. Afternoon drive to the city of Sarnath, the ancient deer park where Gautama Buddha gave his first divine sermon of Dharma, and view the ruins, the stupa, and the Buddhist Temple. Then roam the markets and enjoy some lesiurely shopping.
Day 5: Fly to Khajuraho - a world heritage site and a popular tourist destination has the largest group of Hindu and Jain temples famous for their erotic sculpture. Spend the afternoon at the hotel by the pool or in your room relaxing. Evening sound and light show at the western group of temple complex.
Day 6: Khajuraho/Drive to Orchha/Train to Agra - Morning city sightseeing tour of Khajuraho . Drive 3.5 hrs to Jhansi railway station to board train to Agra en route visiting Orchha to witness some of the incredible Hindu architecture.
Day 7: Agra – Visit the symbol of love , the Taj Mahal, at sunrise. Enjoy breakfast , then off to visit more wondrful sites. Spend the evening exploring local markets on your own.
Day 8: Agra/Jaipur – Morning drive to Jaipur, en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, a historical town built by Akbar where you can see the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world, Jama Masjid and the tomb of famous Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chisti.
Day 9: Jaipur - Morning excursion to Amber fort, the ancient capital of the region with elephant ride. Later visit City Palace – occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings and a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Then on to the Royal Observatory – An observatory with some rare qualities to its credit, Nawab Sahab Ki Haveli – and the Bazaar etc. Evening free to explore the colourful markets and streets.
Day 10: Jaipur/Dehli/Departure
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