DELIGHTFULL INDIA TOUR
DURATION: 08 NIGHTS / 09 DAYS TOUR
Day 01 : Delhi
Meet and assist on arrival at Delhi airport/railway station and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is spent leisurely.
Delhi, the city actually consists of two parts. Delhi or `Old Delhi’ was the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 13th centuries. In Old Delhi you will find many mosques, monuments and forts relating to India’s Muslim history. The other part of Delhi is `New Delhi’, the Imperial city created as the capital of India by the British. It is a spacious, open city and contains many embassies and Government buildings. The city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Overnight stay at Delhi
Day 02 : Delhi
Good Morning Delhi!! Enjoy the morning breakfast, Orientation at Hotel Lobby and proceed for a tour of Delhi. Delhi is divided into two parts- New Delhi and Old Delhi., Today will be visiting both New and Old part of Delhi. First we will be proceeding to Old part of Delhi. Visiting real India Experience of Spice Markets, Vendors, Fish markets and busy streets full of Rickshaws. First we will be visiting Red fort, Raj Ghat and Jamia Mosque. As India is famous for its spices, get your taste buds ready for Traditional Mughlai food, with fresh Tandoor roti and Spicy Biryanis. Proceed for a tour of New Delhi visiting Lakshmi Narayan temple, India Gate, Humuyus Tomb, Qutub Minar, and Bahai temple. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi – Agra (205kms / 4 HRS)
Early Breakfast at the Hotel and proceed to Agra. On arrival in Agra check in hotel. Freshen up and get ready to feel the Romantic city of Taj. Fist will be visiting Agra fort and enjoy the canopy view of Taj Mahal from the fort. Later to adore the beauty of Taj visit the Taj Mahal for Sunset. Capture the most photographed monument in the World Taj Mahal. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 04 : Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (50 KM / 1 HRS)
Early morning proceed for sightseeing of Taj Mahal and return to the hotel. After breakfast a tour of Agra visiting Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Evening is leisure time.
Fatehpur Sikri Thirty-nine kilometers from Agra stands Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone city of yesteryears. The city was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1564 AD in honor of the Muslim saint, Sheikh Salim Chisthi. Fatehpur Sikri was intended to be the capital city but the shortage of water and unrest in the north-west made Akbar abandon it after 14 years. One of the major attractions of this city is the marble tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisthi. Other places of interest include Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai’s Palace and Birbal Bhavan. Overnight stay at Agra
Day 05 : Agra – Orchha (310 KM /6 HRS)
Morning drive to Orchha. On arrival at Orchha, check into the hotel.
Orchha is famous for its palaces and temples built in the 16th and 17th century. Most famous among them are Jahangir Mahal, built in in 17th century to mark the visit of Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Raj Mahal is well known for its murals depicting religious themes and chhatris or the memorial of the rulers. Overnight stay at Orchha.
Day 06 : Orchha – Khajuraho (185 KM / 4 HRS)
Morning proceed to Khajuraho. On arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is spent leisurely. Evening watch light and sound show.
Khajuraho -Once the capital of the Chandela kings, Khajuraho is famous for its magnificent carved temples. Built in between 950 AD and 1050 AD, the temples are beautiful examples of Indo Aryan architecture and features exquisitely carved sculptures. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain Thirthankars, only 22 out of 85 remain. The Khajuraho temples are a World Heritage monument.
The temples are divided into 3 groups i.e. Western group, Eastern group and Southern group.
Among the Western group, the main temples are the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is the largest of the Khajuraho temples. It features a 31 meter high spire and bands of beautiful carvings. Lakshmana Temple, it is one of the earliest and also the best preserved temple in that area, with full five part floor plan and four subsidiary shrines. Around the band are two bands instead of three. The lower one has the fine figures of Apsaras (Celestial Maidens). Around the base of the temple is the continuous frieze with scenes of battle, hunting and processions. Chausat Yogini Temple, it is the oldest of the surviving temples of Khajuraho and the only temple built in granite. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali.Chitragupta Temple,this temple is dedicated to Surya, the sun God. It houses some of the finest sculptures which include processions, dancing girls, elephant fights and hunting scenes. In the inner sanctum, Surya can be seen driving his chariot with seven horses. Visvanath Temple, here it is the depiction of women that draws the attention. They are shown fondling a baby, writing letters, playing music and also in the most Provocative poses.
Eastern Temples compromises the Parsvanath Temple, which is the largest and finest of the Jain temples at Khajuraho. The temple was originally dedicated to Adinath and later to Parsvanath. Adinath Temple, adjacent to the Parsvanath temple,has fine carvings, very similar to the Hindu Temples at Khajuraho.
Southern Temples are the Duladeo Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple has fine carving of sculptures of Apsaras on display here. Chaturbuj Temple, the temple has a 3-meter high richly carved statue of Vishnu.
Overnight stay at Khajuraho
Day 07 : Khajuraho – Varanasi (By Flight)
Early morning proceed to visit the temples of Khajuraho. Afternoon transfer to Khajuraho airport to board flight to Varanasi. Meet on arrival at Varanasi airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure or an option to go by cycle rickshaw to the ghats to see the evening aarthi.
Varanasi is known by three names i.e Kashi (the city of light),Benaras and now as Varanasi.It is the oldest living city in the world and is situated on the west bank of the Ganges River. In ancient times, it was a great centre of knowledge and learning. For the devout Hindu the city has a special place besides being a pilgrimage centre, it is considered especially auspicious to die here, ensuring an instant route to heaven.
“Ghats”, lining the west bank of the Ganges for more than 6 kms. Lined with temples,they reverberate with endless cycle of Hindu religious practices. People throng these Ghats to offer their morning prayers to the rising sun. The evening “Ganga aarthi” on the banks of the river Ganges with lighted lamps is a mesmerizing sight.
Overnight stay at Varanasi
Day 08 : Varanasi
Early morning proceed for a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the sunrise and the cremation ghats to witness the living tradition of one of the world’s oldest religions.
Later, a half day sightseeing of Varanasi, visiting Sarnath, Benaras Hindu University and other temples. Afternoon is leisure time. In the evening a stroll along the narrow lanes and bazaars of Varanasi. Later see the evening “Ganga Aarti” at the ghats.
Sarnath is located 13 kms from Varanasi and is the place where Buddha gave his first sermon. Kashi Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva houses one of the 12 jyothirlings. Benaras Hindu University is the oldest university in north India. And was established by Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya.
Overnight stay at Varanasi.
Day 09 : Varanasi Airport / Railway Station
Drop in time to Varanasi Airport/Railway station.