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Castles in the Sand and Ganges

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 15 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Photography and Videography   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1152 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2200 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Arrive Delhi. Met on arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Delhi. Breakfast at the hotel and departure with your guide to tour the Old Delhi. Visit the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India and the largest center of worship for Muslims in Delhi and the famous Chandni Chowk market. Then continue visiting New Delhi, where they will visit the Memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Presidential Palace and the Qutab Minaret. If time permits will also visit one of the most famous Laxmi Narayan temple. When done, transfer to your hotel.

Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur. Breakfast and departure by road to Jaipur (250 km, approx 5 hours), the capital of Rajasthan and also known as the Pink City. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. After a refresh time out to see the most emblematic places of the city. Visit the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds, which was built in the eighteenth century was part of the City Palace and served as an extension of the chamber destined for the harem women.

Its original purpose was to allow royal ladies could watch the daily life of city streets without being seen. Then visit the Maharaja's Palace City, a former royal residence, part of which is now converted into a museum. A small part of the building remains in use today by the royal family of Jaipur. Continue to visit the Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in stone and marble. Completed the day with a dinner of local cuisine accompanied by dances and songs of the region of Rajasthan. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 4: Jaipur. Morning after breakfast we make an excursion to visit the forts of Amer and Jaigarh, which are fine examples of Rajput architecture. The Amber Fort was built on the Aravalli hills and make the climb up the hill on the backs of elephants. Then visit the Fort Jaigarh, where will the largest canyon in the world. Return to Jaipur, and in the afternoon continue to explore the city, enjoying a rickshaw ride through the streets.

Day 5: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra. Breakfast and departure by road to Agra (245 km, approx 5 hours). En route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the "Perfect City" built in the sixteenth century by the Mughal emperor Akbar. Akbar, despite having many concubines did not have children, and visited a man who predicted it would have a child. After the birth of it, created the city, built in red sandstone, which transfer the capital of the Mughal Empire, but was abandoned at age 16. The reasons for dropping out are unknown, although the theory of water scarcity is one of the most frequently shuffled. Arrive Agra and transfer to your hotel.

After some refreshment, come out to visit the Taj Mahal, undoubtedly the most famous landmark of the city, built for love. The building is a mausoleum, which lies Mumtaz Mahal. At his death, Shah Jahan, her husband, vowed to build him a memorial to the love she felt for her. Then visit the Red Fort, built principally by Akbar the Great to establish their capital in 1565. The red sandstone fort was converted into a palace during the reign of Shah Jahan. This huge fort has the extension of 2.5 km and the Red Fort in Delhi is the replica of Agra. If time allows visit Itmad - Ud - Daulah. Transfer back to your hotel.

Day 6: Agra - Jhansi - Orchha. Early breakfast and transfer to the station to catch the train to Jhansi. Met on arrival at the station and then by road to Orchha. It is a medieval city, with palaces and temples built by the Chandelas-16 century through which the river Betwa. We will visit Orchha Fort and the temples Ramji Mandir, Raj Mandir and Jahangir Mahal, examples of an architectural conception of great vigor and sophistication. Overnight in Orchha.

Day 7: Orchha - Khajuraho. Breakfast and departure time indicated by road to Khajuraho (180 km, 4 hours). Chandela temples of Khajuraho, which are undoubtedly an excellent example of architectural creativity in India. The temples of Khajuraho have become famous for its delicate carvings and bas-reliefs depicting scenes of everyday life of people and the court in the tenth and eleventh centuries, as well as the beautiful erotic and sensual scenes. Visit the temples of the East, they are best preserved. Rest and leisure.

Day 8: Khajuraho - Varanasi. Complete morning visit the temples of Khajuraho, visiting the temples of the West and then transfer to airport for flight to Varanasi. Met on arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel. This ancient city is erected and extends along the banks of river Ganges is the holiest city for Hindus. The shrines, temples and palaces that rise along the river make this city one of the most fascinating east. Rest of time to get in touch with this city steeped in faith that expands with the people performing their rituals and prayers along the River.

Day 9: Varanasi. We will leave early to take a boat trip on the river Ganges to witness the offerings and prayers first thing in the morning made the faithful in the River. Return to hotel for breakfast and departure to visit the temples of Varanasi, the Golden Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Durga temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. This temple is also known as the Temple of the Monkeys by the large number of animals of this species found in the temple. Banaras Hindu University will visit before returning to the hotel. Rest and leisure.

Day 10: Varanasi – Delhi. After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. Met on arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest and leisure.

Day 11: Delhi – Onward destination. Departure transfer to the airport to connect your flight back to your country.

Notes:
Airfare is included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation based on single/double/twin share basis in the mentioned hotels
- Air-conditioned vehicle (depending on the flow) on disposal as per the above mentioned itinerary
- English speaking local guide for the sightseeing in respective cities as per the mentioned itinerary up to 05 pax traveling together
- English speaking tour Manager from the entire tour (Delhi to Delhi) from 5 pax onwards
- Man pulled cycle rickshaw ride to the narrow streets of Old Delhi
- Elephant Ride to Amber Fort – subjected to availability
- Air-conditioned express day train from Agra to Jhansi
- Sound and Light show at Khajuraho temples
- Boat ride at Ganges in Varanasi
- All entrances to the monuments visited as per the itinerary
- Economy class domestic flights from Khajuraho to Varanasi & Varanasi to Delhi
- All applicable taxes.

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