Old and New Delhi begins your tour before visiting Jaipur and exploring the Amber Fort and the City Palace. Take a fascinating walking tour of the old city and then depart for Agra, en route visiting the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri. See the majestic Taj Mahal, and historic Agra Fort and then take a short train journey to Khajuraho and explore the temples and watch a sound & light show. Fly to Varanasi, and enjoy an insightful journey on the River Ganges and wander the maze of alleys nearby the ghats as you complete your tour in one of the world’s seven holiest cities.
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Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met by your local guide in the arrivals area holding a name-board. After a warm welcome & brief introduction, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Stay two nights in Delhi.
Your tour begins in Delhi, India’s capital city that sports a rich history spanning over 2,000 years. After a short briefing, head out on a tour of Old Delhi, the capital of the Mughal dynasty between the 16th and 19th centuries. Arrive in Old Delhi and visit Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in year 1650 AD and completed in the year 1656 AD. From here we board our cycle rickshaws for a tour of Chandni Chowk. Here you will get a glimpse into an old world lifestyle slowly fading from Delhi, and then head past the Red Fort (photo stop), and disembark at the Raj Ghat – a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, set within a beautiful park. Continue the tour passing along Sansad Bhawan (the Parliament House) and Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s House). Prior to independence this was the viceroy’s residence. Take a photo stop at India Gate, and then visit two monuments in New Delhi, Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar.
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel; you will be driven from Delhi to Jaipur. Upon arrival, enjoy a traditional welcome and check-in to your hotel. Jaipur's past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. Enjoy the day at your leisure. Stay two nights in Jaipur.
After an early breakfast, start on an excursion to Amber Fort. Jaipur’s Maharaja Man Singh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started constructing Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The Fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Once you are on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Later, visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh ll in the 18th century. Continue to the City Palace built within the fortified area of the original city, with one of the finest monumental entrances in India. The Palace is now principally a museum housing a collection of great treasures, including miniature paintings, carpets, royal garments and other interesting objects from Jaipur's intriguing past. End the tour with a fascinating walk in the old city and see the iconic Hawa Mahal also called the Palace of the winds.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then meet and be driven from Jaipur to Agra en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. After your visit, continue your drive to Agra and, upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. Stay two nights in Agra.
Early this morning, visit the Taj Mahal (closed on Friday). It is fitting to see this extraordinary monument by the first light of day as its exemplary beauty is awe-inspiring and will create an unforgettable memory. Later, visit Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Approachable by two imposing gates and constructed of red sandstone, the citadel was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar between the years 1565 and 1573. Take time with your guide and at leisure to explore the imposing fort before returning to the hotel for some time free at your leisure.
Early this morning, transfer to the railway station to board the train for Jhansi. On arrival at Jhansi Station, you will be met and driven to Khajuraho stopping en route at Orchha. Pass by small villages and fields plowed by ox carts arriving at the 17th-century Orchha Palace and its group of Hindu temples. Later continue the drive to Khajuraho and upon arrival check in for your stay. This evening, enjoy an excellent sound and light show at the temples.
Visit the western and eastern group of temples. Among the western group of temples, the most famous is the Kandariya Mahadev temple, 32 meters high with a fantastic range of sculptures including sensuous themes. Other temples include the Chaunsat Yogini, which is a granite temple, the Devi Jagdambe temple dedicated to the Mother Goddess, the Chitragupta temple, dedicated to Surya the Sun God, etc. The eastern group of temples includes both Hindu and Jain temples. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport to board the flight to Varanasi. On arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel for check-in. In the late afternoon you will be met by an expert for the guided Bengali Tola walk. It’s an excellent opportunity for you to get a glimpse of the symbiotic life of the riverside people of Varanasi. Later in the evening, watch the illuminated aarti ceremony that is performed at Dasahwamedh Ghat. The presiding priests stand on a wooden Chauki in the water. To the chant of Sanskrit mantras, and the clash of cymbals and drums, the river is worshipped with flowers, incense, sandalwood, milk and vermilion.
Discover India’s spirituality from another perspective by taking an unforgettable sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, floating past ghats as worshippers begin to appear on the banks. Visit some of the other important sites in the city with your guide. Dotted with temples, the city's principle shrine is the Vishwanath temple, dedicated to Shiva. The temple was destroyed repeatedly during various invasions but was finally rebuilt in 1776 A.D. by Rani Ahilyabai of Indore. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some time at your leisure. In the afternoon take a guided excursion to the Buddhist city of Sarnath, just outside Varanasi. The place Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon, Sarnath is as holy to the Buddhists as Varanasi is to the Hindus. Explore the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and look around a museum with an interesting collection of Buddhist art and sculpture.
Meet at the hotel at the appointed time and transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Delhi.
Day 4: Discover Jaipur's Amber Fort.
Day 8: See the fascinating aarti ceremony performed on the banks of the River Ganges in Varanasi.
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