Tour Route: Delhi – Varanasi – Khajuraho – Agra – Jaipur - Jodhpur – Udaipur - Delhi
Tour Duration: 12 nights / 13 days
Domestic Flight: 3 (Delhi - Varanasi, Varanasi - Khajuraho, Udaipur – Delhi)
Train Journey: 1 (Jhansi – Agra)
Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Upon your arrival in the Indian capital city of New Delhi, you will be greeted by our representative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Day in Delhi
Today you will spend the day discovering the vibrant city of Old and New Delhi. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid (one of the largest mosques in India), Raj Ghat (cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi). Also, drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), the epicenter of Old Delhi & drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings. You may take a short exhilarating Rickshaw ride through the crowded lanes of the Chandni Chowk- the shopping epicenter of Old Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate and Qutab Minar. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3: Delhi to Varanasi
Today you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India (also known as Kashi and Benaras). Upon arrival in Varanasi, visit Sarnath - ancient Buddhist learning center. Here, Gautama Buddha preached his first sermon to his disciples, as portrayed in Bernardo Bertolucci’s film “Little Buddha”. Explore the Sarnath Museum, which houses some of the greatest treasures of Indian Buddhist art, including Ashoka’s Lion Capital –dating back to the 3rd century BC, which is now the national emblem of India. & photograph the excavated Buddhist stupas & pillars unearthed during the British archaeological exploration in 1836. This evening, experience a rickshaw ride to the ghats to enjoy the grand ‘Aarti’ ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghat, conducted everyday at sunset by white-robed priests. The young priests sway in seemingly choreographed movements, worshiping the river goddess with incense, flowers and earthen lamps. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 4: Varanasi to Khajuraho
Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the Holy River Ganges. At dawn-the Ghats are abuzz with activity of the devotees performing their ablutions in the river or offering prayers to the rising sun and performing other religious rituals. Manikarnika Ghat is where the cremations take place throughout the day; a boat ride from the Dasaswamedh Ghat along the Ghats gives you vantage views of these activities. After the boat cruise on the Ganges wander through the narrow lanes to visit the Gyanwapi Mosque and the Vishwanath temple popularly know as the Golden Temple. After the boat ride, return to your hotel for breakfast. Later, you will be transferred to airport to catch your flight to Khajuraho - a UNESCO world heritage site in central India, famous for its erotic sculptured temples. Upon arrival in Khajuraho, you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 5: Khajuraho by surface to Orchha /(180 Kms / 4 Hrs) / Agra
After breakfast, visit the enchanting temples of Khajuraho with sculptures that draw their inspiration from the ancient art of Kama sutra. The capital of the Chandela Kings, Khajuraho is famous for its magnificent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain saints built in the 9th to 12th century temples and are an amalgamation of science and art of architecture. Situated in Madhya Pradesh, India, Khajuraho oozes with passion, eroticism, dance and music and other finesses of creative arts depicted in sculpture and images of the temples. The two richer distinctive groups of temples are the Western and Eastern group of temples. Temple town of Khajuraho is much different from any other temple city of India. It is not about religion and worshipping and deities. The temples of Khajuraho are instead famous for the eroticism etched on its walls in the form of sculptures.
Later embark on a leisurely drive to Orchha. Orchha is the erstwhile capital city of the Bundela rulers. The town is steeped in history and is famous for its palaces and temples built in the 16th and 17th centuries. The architectural splendor of the monuments in Orchha reflects the glory of its rulers. The Betwa River, on whose banks Orchha lies, and the forests around it attract tourist to this place. The town is also famous for temples like the Raja Ram Temple, the Chaturbhuj temple and the Laxminarayan temple. The Raja Ram temple and the Chaturbhuj temple are associated with the Legend of Hindu Lord Rama. After sight seeing in Orchha you will be transferred to Jhansi Railway station to board your train to Agra, the city of the world famous Taj Mahal. Upon arrival in Agra, check in at your hotel for 2 nights stay. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 6: Day in Agra
After breakfast, experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the eternal symbol of love, The Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jahan as an eternal symbol of his love for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal, The Taj Mahal is one of the great architectural wonders of the world. Later, visit the white marble beauty and symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal. Work on this beautiful monument started in 1641, and the structure took 20,000 laborers 22 years to complete. The Taj changes color depending on the time of day, and it is recommended that you witness this by visiting in the morning and evening.
Also visit the Agra fort, which is built in red sandstone and has magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens. Built by Emperor Akbar on the west bank of the Yamuna, Agra Fort first took shape between 1565 and 1573 and thereafter structures within it were added by successive emperors. Today the towering red-sandstone ramparts house a variety of palace apartments, representing the different building styles of Akbar and his grandson Shah Jahan; the Jahangiri Mahal, the palace that housed the women of the court, the Anguri Bagh (Grape Garden), Khas Mahal, Musamman Burj, the mirrored Sheesh Mahal and Mina Masjid (Gem Mosque), Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) and the Machchhi Bhavan (Fish House). Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 7: Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur (232 Kms/ 6 Hrs)
This morning, embark on your drive to Jaipur, en-route you will make a brief stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital city of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. Situated 40 km from Agra, the city of Fatehpur Sikri is an imperial city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar between 1571 and 1584. The architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be described in words and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent edifices by seeing them. The buildings within Fatehpur Sikri are a unique blend of different architectural traditions. Dedicated by Emperor Akbar to his patron saint Sheikh Salim Chisti, Fatehpur Sikri has a number of imperial palaces & was also Akbar's imperial capital for fifteen years. A splendid edifice, the fort today rests in quiet peace - a mute witness to the times gone by. Later continue your drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 8: In Jaipur
After breakfast visit the Amber fort. An elephant ride will help you ascend to this hilltop fort (Elephants are subject to availability). Alternatively, you could choose to walk or drive up to the fort. The fort is a living testimony where the Hindu and Mughal architectural styles have merged in complete harmony to create a masterpiece of fusion architecture. Among its many splendors is the Sheesh Mahal, a small room whose ceilings, covered with tiny mirrors, looks like a sky filled with brilliant stars. We visit the Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) and Sukh Niwas (Hall of Pleasure). This afternoon, visit the City Palace complex with its museums and Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), built in the 18th century. This palace with its innumerable windows and screened balconies was especially built for the royal women to view the city and processions from behind their purdahs. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 9: Jaipur to Jodhpur (345 Kms/6Hrs). After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Jodhpur, the blue hued city of Rajasthan. Upon arrival in Jodhpur, check in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10: Day in Jodhpur
This morning, enjoy a Bishnoi village tour, to get a feel for the local lifestyle of Rajasthani villagers. Bishnoi’s are a village community of Rajasthan who are famous for their cultural Rajasthani lifestyle and their love for nature and animals. The Bishnois are believed to be the pioneers of the green movement in the world. The huts of Guda Bishnoi Village are neat and clean and the people lead a vegetarian lifestyle. They believe in conserving the natural environment. After noon visit the Mehrangarh fort, an imposing structure that has fine views over the city. This 15th-century looming edifice to Rajput valor is still Rajasthan's most impressive fort, with sheer cliff like wall that rise to 120m (400 ft.) high. Located inside is one of India's finest museums with rich collection of palanquins, royal cradles, miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes, furniture, and armor of royal household. Later, visit Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph that was constructed by Maharaja Sardar Singh to honor the memory of his courageous father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The main cenotaph that is dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant Singhji is designed like an exquisite piece of jewelry, magnified out of proportion. The white marble Jaswant Thada looks like a lovely temple that entices you with its pavilions, domes and delicate looking pillars. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur (275 Kms/6Hrs)
After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Udaipur, en-route visiting the famous Jain Temples at Ranakpur. Built in the 15th century, the beautiful Ranakpur temple complex lies in a remote and peaceful valley of the Aravali ranges. The temples are known for their grand structures and exquisite sculptures. The main temple in the complex is the Chaumukha Temple (Four Faced Temple), dedicated to the Jain apostle Adinath. This huge marble temple has 29 halls supported by 1444 intricately carved pillars, no two alike. (Please note, shoes and all leather articles must be removed before entering the temples). Continue your drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 12: Day in Udaipur
After breakfast, visit Eklingji & Nagda, quaint villages with a number of ancient temples situated a short drive from Udaipur. Location 22km (14 miles) north of Udaipur are the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Eklingji is a marble complex made up of 108 temples, the first of which was built in A.D. 734 by Bappa Rawal, legendary founder of the Sisodia clan, who ruled the Mewar kingdom for hundreds of years. The entire complex, most of it rebuilt in the 15th century, has a wonderfully uplifting atmosphere, particularly during prayer times. Deserted Nagda, which lies 2km (1 1/4 miles) north, is the site of the ancient capital of Mewar, which dates back to A.D. 626, are the ruins of the Saas Bahu, a 10th-century Vaishnavite twin temple and the remains of Adbhutji Temple. This afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Udaipur, visiting the City Palace (one of the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, which is now a museum, royal residence and luxury hotel), Saheliyon-Ki-Bari (Garden of the Maids of honour), Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (a folklore museum) and Jagdish Temple. Later, enjoy an evening boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 13: Udaipur to Delhi depart. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight back home.
We hope you enjoyed your stay in our Incredible India…we look forward to serving you again!
- Validity: 01 Sept – 15th April next year
- Check-In, Check-out time: 1200 noon
- Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday
- Prices are subject to change with any increase in the cost
- Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary
- In case on any currency fluctuations or amendment in local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly
- Prices not applicable for period: 20 Dec – 05 Jan next year.
- 12 nights accommodation on double/twin sharing at the hotels mentioned above or similar
- Buffet breakfast in all hotels
- All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours will be by air-conditioned transportation
- Local English-speaking guide shall be provided for the sightseeing & excursion tours
- Entry fees to Monuments
- AC Chair Car for Sector Jhansi – Agra
- 1 Rickshaw ride in Delhi
- 1 Boat ride at River Ganges
- 1 Elephant ride at Amber fort in Jaipur
- Jeep Safari at Bishnoi Village
- 1 Boat Ride at Lake Pichola
- Representative assistance on all arrival and departure transfers
- All road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes
- All currently applicable taxes.
- Expense of personal nature like porterage at all hotels, railway station & airports, tipping, laundry, telephone /fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
- Domestic / International Air fare
- Single Room supplement
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
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