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Classical India Tour

Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days
Places to See : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi

Day 01: Arrival at Delhi
Akshardham Temple, Delhi Tour & TravelsCompany representatives will receive you on arrival at the international airport in Delhi. Transfer to your hotel. Relax for the day.

DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

Overnight will be at Delhi.



Day 02: Delhi
Proceed for a full-day tour of Old & New Delhi after breakfast.

OLD DELHI - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire. Enjoy Cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.

NEW DELHI - An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Overnight will be at Delhi.


Day 03: Delhi - Jaipur: By Road 260 Kms/5 hr
Proceed to Jaipur after breakfast. Reach by noon.

JAIPUR - The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains its character and history - Beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. It is popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.

This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity. Enjoy the experience and spend night at Jaipur.

Roam in the old city and explore Jaipur. Overnight will be at Jaipur.


Day 04: Jaipur
Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.

AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Man Singh I in 1592 started the construction. It was completed by his descendent - Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.

Continue city sightseeing.

CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur Tour & Travels
HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominentlandmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

Relax in the evening.

Overnight will be at Jaipur.


Day 05: Jaipur - Agra: By Road 221 Kms/5 hr
Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed to Agra. Visit Fatehpur Sikri en-route.

The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its "ruins" are in pristine condition ... it's not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world.

Reach Agra and check in at hotel.

Badal Singh established the city of Taj in 1475. Agra finds mention in the Mahabharat as Agraban. This city in those days was considered to be the sister-city of Mathura, which was more prominent than Agraban. Agra came into its own when the Lodhi Kings chose this place beside the RIVER YAMUNA to be their capital city. Sikander Lodhi made Agra his capital but Babar defeated the Lodhis to capture not only Agra but also laid the foundation of the Mughal Empire.

In the Mid 16th century and earlier 17th century Agra witnessed a frenzied building activity and it was during this time when the symbol of love Taj Mahal was built. The buildings made during this era were purely in the contemporary Mughal style and of very high quality. The same is still reflected in whatever monuments remain in Agra. The narrow lanes of Agra filled with aroma of Mughlai cuisine, the craftsmen who are busy in crating master pieces with their skill all remind of the Mughal royalty which this city had once experienced. Today whatever remains, has become a major tourist attraction which has taken Agra again to the heights of glory but this time as a major tourist destination of India.

Relax in the evening.

Overnight will be at Agra.


Day 06: Agra
Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra.

TAJ MAHAL: Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

AGRA FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction.
After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ - The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj.


Day 07: Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho: By Train
Khajuraho, Aurangabad  Travel PackageTrain Name: Bhopal Shatabdi Express, Train No.: 2002, Departure: 0800 hr, Arrival: 1024 hr
Breakfast will be at hotel. You will be transferred to station for train to Jhansi.

Reach Jhansi and proceed to Orchha, 12 km away.

ORCHHA - A Medieval City Founded By Bundela Rulers With Palaces And Temples Of The 16th And 17th Century - Which Have Remarkably Withstood The Onslaught Of Time. The City Is Picturesquely Flanked By The River Betwa

Proceed for sightseeing of ORCHHA sites within the Fort Complex. Enjoy your lunch at Orchha. Continue drive to Khajuraho.

Situated in the northernmost part of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is famous for its enchanting temples and its legendary Khajuraho dance festival. The name Khajuraho is derived from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree) which is grown abundantly in the region. The Khajuraho Temples are dedicated to a celebration of womanhood, her myriad moods and facets. Famous for its erotic architecture, the carvings include, women writing a letter, applying eye makeup, combing her tresses, dancing & playing with her child. Her innocent, blushed, charming, seductive, ardent beauty, all depicted in exquisitely sculptured details. These temples have been designed and carved to lead the eyes from ground level upward till you seem to be looking at heaven.

Reach Khajuraho. Transferred to hotel and relax. Evening will be free or you can go out for a stroll.

Overnight will be at Khajuraho.


Day 08: Khajuraho
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Proceed for a guided tour of the famous temples of Khajuraho.

Overnight will be at Khajuraho.


Day 09: Khajuraho - Varanasi: By Air
Flight: 9W 334, Airline: Jet Airways, Departure: 1330 hr, Arrival: 1410 hr
Breakfast will be at hotel.

Transfer in time to airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

Varanasi is the World's most ancient living city. Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be spiritually uplifting sight. Crowded with temples, and its labyrinth of streets, the city attracts the maximum number of tourists. The religious capital of Hinduism, Varanasi is the carpet-manufacturing place of India. It was previously known as Kashi - the city that illuminates. The present name is derived from the fact that the city is at the confluence of the rivers Varuna and Asi.

Overnight will be at Varanasi.


Day 10: Varanasi
In the morning drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. (To start at 0500 hrs. for the best lifetime experience) For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we'll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water's edge. Then return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga". As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity asthe faithful are coming and going. Visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple while returning to the hotel.

Return for breakfast to the hotel.

Proceed for day guided tour of Varanasi visiting Bharat Mata Temple, which features a big relief map of Mother India engraved in marble. Also visit the 18th century Durga Temple, commonly known as the Monkey Temple due to the huge population of the monkeys. Proceed to the Tulsi manas Temple, crafted from white marble which features the entire Ramayana inscribed on its walls. Also visit the BHU considered as the biggest residential university in Asia. The University Campus houses an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

Overnight will be at Varanasi.


Day 11: Varanasi - Delhi: By Air
Ganga Ghat, Varanasi Tours & TravelFlight: 9W 724, Airlines: Jet Airways, Departure: 1445 hr, Arrival: 1605 hr
Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing of SARNATH.

Sarnath - 5 miles out of Varanasi for a day excursion: One of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and then visit a fine Museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures found at the site.

Transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. Reach Delhi and you will be transferred to hotel. Overnight will be at Delhi.


Day 12: Delhi
Breakfast will be at hotel.

Day will be free to see more of Delhi and last minute shopping. In the evening proceed to see the DANCES OF INDIA show. Transfer to airport in time for flight home with sweet memories of India.


TOUR ENDS

THE TOUR WOULD INCLUDE:
• ACCOMMODATION AT MENTIONED HOTELS,
• CITY SIGHTSEEING TOURS AS MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY,
• ALL TRANSFERS,
• ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE FOR ALL MENTIONED TOURS,
• ALL TRANSPORT FOR SIGHTSEEING,
• ASSISTANCE AT THE AIRPORTS ON ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE,
• DAILY AMERICAN BUFFET OR A LA CARTE BREAKFAST,
• ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES,
• RECONFIRMATION OF RETURN AIR TICKETS,
• ELEPHANT RIDE AT AMER FORT - JAIPUR,
• DANCES OF INDIA SHOW AT DELHI,
• SUNRISE BOAT RIDE AT RIVER GANGES IN VARANASI AND
• SARNATH EXCURSION AT VARANASI





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