The 19 days Most Popular India Tour takes you through the Indian Golden Triangle + Varanasi. After the tour of Delhi - the erstwhile British capital city of India and also the present capital of India, proceed to Jaipur where you have the possibility of ascending the Amber Fort on an elephant’s back. Continue for a visit of Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort and end the tour with a visit of the holiest city for the Hindus – Benaras. In Varanasi, you have the possibility of visiting Sarnath which is where Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Departure from Home Country.
Day 2: Delhi Arrival.
Delhi Sightseeing. Arrive Delhi. Transfer to hotel. Morning tour of Delhi. Visit Raj Ghat the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Afternoon visit Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch), Lakshminarayan Temple - a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place shopping center. Overnight Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi Mandawa/Alsisar. Mandawa Sightseeing. Drive to Mandawa or Alsisar. Visit the famous Shekhavati villages, full of beautiful frescoes, havelis and mansions. This entire area is like an open air gallery. Overnight in Mandawa or Alsisar.
Day 4: Mandawa Bikaner.
Bikaner Sightseeing. Drive to Bikaner. Afternoon tour of this desert city. Bikaner is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and a mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh, the fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. An enormous arched doorway leads to the Joramal Temple. The royal chapel is Har Mandir where royal weddings and births were once celebrated. Overnight at Bikaner.
Day 5: BikanerJaisalmer. Jaisalmer Sightseeing. Drive to Jaisalmer. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Jaisalmer.
Day 6: Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer Sightseeing. Morning visit Jaisalmer. Visit the Fort, bazaars and the old mansions known as "Havelis." People still live in these ancient buildings dating from 12th to 15th century. Every house has exquisite carvings and filigreed work. Afternoon free. Overnight Jaisalmer.
Day 7: Jaisalmer Jodhpur.
Jopdhpur Sightseeing. Morning drive to Jodhpur. Afternoon visit the Meharangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone Hill, including Moti-Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing Marble Memorium built in 1899 and the museum located in the Umaid Public Gardens. Overnight Jodhpur.
Day 8: Jodhpur Udaipur.
Udaipur Sightseeing. Morning drive to Udaipur visiting Ranakpur Temples enroute. Ranakpur - 98 km from Udaipur, the Jain Temples built in the 15th century are situated in the lovely valley of the Aravali. Its surrounding is quiet and picturesque. Ranakpur has grand structures and beautiful sculpture. There are 1444 pillars in the temple and none of them are similar. The magic of light and shade is really awe inspiring. Surya Temple and other Jain Temples are side attractions. Overnight Udaipur.
Day 9: Udaipur.
Udaipur Sightseeing. Morning tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, drive around Fatehsagar Lake, Sahelion ki bari (Queen's resort for her friends) and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk art museum). Afternoon free. Overnight Udaipur.
Day 10: UdaipurAjmer/Pushkar (274 Km & 6-7 hours).
Pushkar Sightseeing. Drive to Ajmer/Pushkar. Ajmer was founded by the Chauhan ruler, Aiaipal, during the 11th century and is dominated by the Taragarh Fort built by Prithviraj Chauhan. In Pushkar, visit the holy Lake and also the famous Brahma Temple. Pushkar is one of the holiest places for Hindus. Overnight Pushkar.
Day 11: Pushkar Jaipur (131 Km & 3 hrs). Jaipur Sightseeing. Morning drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon free. Overnight Jaipur.
Day 12: Jaipur.
Jaipur Sightseeing. Morning visit Amber fort without elephant ride. Amber Fort - the ancient capital of the State. Visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors. Afternoon visit city. The capital of Rajasthan was given a colour coat of pink a century ago in honor of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this color. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 yrs old. Visit Maharaja's City Palace and the Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal and through the pink rose residential and business areas. Overnight Jaipur.
Day 13: JaipurAgra.
Agra Sightseeing. Drive to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Fatehpur Sikri is 40 km from Agra and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces. Afternoon free. Overnight Agra.
Day 14: Agra.
Agra Sightseeing. Morning visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later visit the Agra Fort containing the the Halls of Public and Private Audience. Afternoon free. Overnight Agra.
Day 15: Agra Gwalior.
Gwalior Sightseeing. Morning drive to Gwalior. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon visit city. Visit the Man Mandir, Gujari Mahal (today an archaeological museum), The fort, Temples of Sas-Bahu, Teli Ka Mandir, Jai Vilas Palace, Tomb of Gaus Mohammad and the Mausoleum of Tansen. Overnight Gwalior.
Day 16: Gwalior Orchha.
Orchha Sightseeing. Morning drive to Orchha. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon visit city. Orchha's grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time and a rich legacy to the ages. For, on this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly: the palaces and the temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century retain much of their pristine glory. Jahangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatris has a spectacular view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs. Overnight Orchha.
Day 17: Orchha Khajuraho.
Khajuraho Sightseeing. Morning drive to Khajuraho. Afternoon tour of Khajuraho. The world famous Khajuraho temples were built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD. The most important are the Chaunset Yogini Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, The Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely image of 11 headed Vishnu, Vishvanath and Nandi Temples, Lakshmana Temple, Visha Temple of Shiva, which is the largest and most typical of temples. Visit the Eastern group of temples that consist of the Parasvanath Temple - the only Jain Temple surviving at Khajuraho and has excellent sculptures on the outer walls of the Sanctum, the Javeri Temple dedicated to Vishnu. The other temples in this group are those dedicated to Brahma, Yamuna and Adinath. Overnight Khajuraho.
Day 18: Khajuraho Varanasi.
Varanasi Sightseeing. Morning city tour. The world famous Khajuraho temples were built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD. The most important are the Chaunset Yogini Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, The Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely image of 11 headed Vishnu, Vishvanath and Nandi Temples, Lakshmana Temple, Visha Temple of Shiva, which is the largest and most typical of temples. Visit the Eastern group of temples that consist of the Parasvanath Temple - the only Jain Temple surviving at Khajuraho and has excellent sculptures on the outer walls of the Sanctum, the Javeri Temple dedicated to Vishnu. The other temples in this group are those dedicated to Brahma, Yamuna and Adinath. Transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel. Overnight Varanasi.
Day 19: Varanasi (Banaras).
Varanasi Sightseeing. Morning boat excursion on the river Ganges, a ferry pilgrimage from ghat to ghat. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika and Harishchandra where funeral pyre burns day and night. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Varanasi.
Day 20: Varanasi Delhi. Delhi Sightseeing. Morning free in Varanasi. Later transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. No Hotel in Delhi. Later transfer to airport for return flight.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
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