India Classic and Cultural
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Day 01 ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival at Indira Gandhi international airport, meet and greet by our representative who will holding the placard of your name. Later, assistance and transfer to hotel. (Check in time as per the hotel policy. Early check in subject to available)
Delhi – the capital of India, is a fascinating city with complexities and contradictions, beauty and dynamism, where the past co-exists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city s rich in the architecture of its monuments. Delhi is not only the present metropolis of India but also a Necropolis. Because of its location, being on the banks of the River Yamuna, many cities have risen and fallen over the last five millenniums.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 02 DELHI
After breakfast drive pass historic RED FORT (From outside only). Shah Jehan’s elegant citadel in red sandstone.
Very near the Fort is the JAMA MASJID (Friday Mosque), India’s largest mosque, also built by Shah Jahan. Take an interesting rickshaw ride through the famous bazaars of Chandni Chowk, which is adjacent to both the Fort and the Mosque.
THE TOMB Of HUMAYUN - the magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble is one of the finest examples of the garden tomb, and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Its proportionate spaces, double dome and refined elegance are characteristic of Mughal architecture.
QUTAB MINAR, a Tower of Victory which was built in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak. Within its spacious courtyard stands the Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD and bears a Sanskrit inscription in the Gupta style. The pillar has puzzled scientists, as its iron has not rusted in all these centuries
Drive pass INDIA GATE, the memorial of the First World War and the road that leads from there to RASHTRAPATHI BHAWAN – the residence of the President of India, which is flanked by the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 03 DELHI – JAIPUR (255 kms / 06 hrs drive approx)
Breakfast in the hotel.
Later check out and drive to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur transfer to the hotel.
Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan is colour washed pink - the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This Pink City of fairy tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues is picturesque. The first planned city of its time, Jaipur is encircled by a formidable wall.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 04 JAIPUR
After breakfast proceed for the excursion to AMBER FORT. Insid the Fort visit the Hall of Victory or Jag Mandir – is the famed Sheesh Mahal – a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period.
Maharaja’s CITY PALACE, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles.
Later visit the Jantar Mantar (OBSERVATORY), which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world, having 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. During the tour you will also have a brief photography stop at HAWA MAHAL– the Palace of Winds.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 05 JAIPUR – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA (245 kms / 06 hrs drive approx)
After breakfast check out and drive to Agra. En-route visit of Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri - This exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone, with its forts, palaces and mosques was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons.
On arrival in Agra transfer to the hotel.
Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by artisans who are hereditary craft persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.
Overnight in Agra.
Day 06 AGRA
Breakfast in the hotel. Later sightseeing of Agra city.
TAJ MAHAL – monuments of Love, (TAJ MAHAL REMAIN CLOSED ON EVERY FRIDAY) which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Visit the Taj Mahal surely the greatest monument to love and one of the wonders of the modern world. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 22 years to build this edifice, constructed by Emperor Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal.
Marble was brought from Makrana, near Jodhpur and precious stones of onyx, amethyst, malachite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade, crystal and mother of pearl were carried to Agra from Persia, Russia, Afghanistan, Tibet, China and the Indian Ocean.
AGRA FORT built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor died a prisoner.
Overnight in Agra.
Day 07 AGRA - JHANSI (Train) – ORCHHA - KHAJURAHO (175 Kms / 04 hrs drive approx)
On time transfer to the railway station to take your train to Jhansi.
Train Name & No : Bhopal Shatabdi / 12002
Departure from Agra : 0802 Hrs
Arrival at Jhansi : 1043 Hrs
Proposed class : Air conditioned chair car
Arrival Jhansi and drive to Khajuraho. En-route visit of Orchha.
Afternoon visit Jehangir Mahal has built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha. Its strong lines are counterbalanced by delicate chhatries and trellis work, the whole conveying an effect of extraordinary richness. Raj Mahal Palace with its plain exteriors, crowned by chhatris, give way to interiors with exquisite murals, boldly colourful, on a variety of religious themes. Ram Raj Temple - the palace-turned temple with its soaring spires and palatial architecture - is one of the most unusual in India; also are the Chaturbhuj temple and the Laxminarayan temple.
Khajuraho - Created by the Chandela kings around 925 AD, Khajuraho emerged when the west was still finding its place in the Sun. The temples are a spectacular feat of architectural excellence, carved with the roughest of tools, all within the span of a hundred years. 85 temples in all portrayed the civilisation of the times’ zest for life; they portray spirituality, love, music, dance hunting and feasting. Today, 22 temples survive.
Overnight in Khajuraho.
Day 08 KHAJURAHO
After breakfast visit Group of Temples.
Khajuraho has achieved fame for the sensual appeal of the erotic sculptures. But, these form only part of the wealth of the site which depicts everyday life of the people and the court in the 10th and 11th centuries.
The Kandariya Mahadev temple of the Western group is the largest, dedicated to Shiva. The main shrine is exquisitely carved and features, in delicate detail, gods, goddesses, celestial maidens and lovers. Chausath Yogini temple dedicated to Kali and Chitragupta temple dedicated to the sun-god Surya
The Parsvanath temple of the Eastern group is the group’s largest Jain temple. The themes depict, in charming detail, everyday activity. Duladev temple dedicated to Shiva and the Chaturbhuj temple of the Southern group.
Rest of the day is free. Overnight in Khajuraho.
Day 09 KHAJURAHO – VARANASI (Flight)
Toda on time transfer to the airport to connect your flight to Varanasi.
On arrival at Varanasi airport and transfer to the hotel.
Varanasi is one of India’s most important pilgrimage sites and the holiest of holy cities for Hindus. Known also as Kashi and Benaras, Varanasi is one of the world’s oldest living cities, and has been a centre of learning and culture for well over 2000 years.
Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 10 VARANASI
Morning transfer for Boat ride at dawn down India's most sacred river The Ganges. Sun rise at the holy river is a truly tranquil and breath taking sight with pilgrims standing waist deep in water, praying to the rising Sun. Past these bathing ghats, see the "burning ghats” where the Hindus cremate their dead. This is done with great religious fervor which makes for a moving experience.
Back to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast Visit The Banaras Hindu University founded in 1916 and see the famous Vishwanath temple inside the campus with its spires covered with gold, dedicated to Shiva, the presiding deity of the city. Also visit The Bharat Mata and Durga Temple
Afternoon proceed for excursion tour of Sarnath. The place where the Buddha turned the Wheel of Law and delivered His First Sermon. See the Chowkandi and Dhamek Stupas, the ruins of 9th and 10th century monasteries and temples, the temple built by the Mahabodhi Society in 1931, and the Tibetan Temple.
Evening visit Dashwamedh Ghat to witness evening prayer on Holy Ganges. Conducted every sunset by white-robed priests. These young men sway in seemingly choreographed movements, worshiping the river goddess with incense, camphor, flowers and earthen lamps. Thousands of illuminated lamps are immersed in the waters of the holy Ganges and the floating lamps add a divine look to the river at dusk. The Ghats also provide a good option for photography with serene temples and their bustling courtyards creating a perfect backdrop.
Overnight in Varanasi
Day 11 VARANASI - DELHI (Flight)
Today on time transfer to the airport to connect your flight to Delhi.
On arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 12 DELHI – DEPART
In time transfer to the airport to connect your flight to onward destination. (Check out time as per the hotel policy. Late check out is subject to available)
Minimum 2 person
Note: Price not valid during Dev Deepawali 15 – 25 November & 20 December 2018 to 05 January 2019.
SUPPLEMENT AIRFARE (Subject to change) - Economy class
Khajuraho – Varanasi / (1420 – 1515 Hrs) € 280 per person (including in the price)
Varanasi – Delhi / (1345 – 1520 Hrs) € 115 per person (including in the price)
Note: The above quoted airfares are based on current airfare. In case of any increase on the date of issue, the differences would be payable extra.
Free baggage allowance: Check in Baggage: 15 kg per adult In Spice Jet / Indigo /Go-Air /Jet Airways.
Hand Baggage: 6 to 7 kg (Including laptop and duty-free shopping bags).
TOUR IN ENGLISH.