Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Khajuraho - Orchha - Varanasi
9 Days /8 Nights
From AUD $1380.00 Per person on twin sharing basis..
Greeted & assisted upon arrival at Delhi airport, followed by transferring to the hotel for check-in. Overnight stay at hotel.
Enjoy the breakfast at the hotel to welcome the fresh day in Delhi. Around 10:00 am, meet with the tour guide, prior to the sightseeing in Old and New Delhi. Proceed further to the Red Fort named for its red-sandstone walls (Red Fort remains closed on every Monday) and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This fort complex was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan as to be the residence in front of the Red Fort, there is the imperial avenue known as Chandni Chowk & visit Rajghat. While passing through alleyways, it seems to get narrower and we end up at the Jama Masjid which is the largest Muslim mosque in India. (Optional – You can also enjoy the Rickshaw ride crossing the streets in Old Delhi). Finishing the visit in Old Delhi, let’s head to New Delhi. Continue our visit to Qutab Minar and India Gate, a 42 meters archway built for memorial of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War.
Watch the famous War Memorial Arch and see the contrast between old and New Delhi. Carry on our tour, drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan. It was initially built as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy in the early 20thcentury. Nowadays, it has become the current residence of the President of India and Parliament House. This unique circular architecture was constructed with huge colonnades which house the Upper and Lower House of Parliament.
Finally, proceed to the Government secretariat buildings at Connaught Place where the heart of New Delhi, as well as the busy shopping centre, are. Overnight stay at Hotel.
By a Domestic Flight
After breakfast at Hotel, you will be transferred Delhi International Airport to embark for a flight for Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi Airport, meet and greet and transfer to hotel for check-in.
Thereafter continue to visit Buddhist city Sarnath, 7 km from the city where Buddha preached his first sermon more than 2500 years ago. The site is marked by the massive Dhamek stupa which is believed to date back to 500 AD. Nearby is a Museum where a rare collection of manuscripts and other items related to Lord Buddha can be seen. In the evening witness Aarti ceremony at the Ghat.
Aarti is often called “the ceremony of lights The best time to visit the ghats is at dawn when the river is bathed in a mellow light as pilgrims come to perform Pooja (literally ‘respect’; offering or prayers) to the rising sun, and at sunset when the main Ganga Aarti ceremony takes place at Dasaswamedh Ghat. Overnight stay at Hotel.
In the early morning, enjoy a boat cruise on River Ganges. Thousands of pilgrims throng the water’s edge, bathing, worshipping, and meditating. On stone platforms under palm leaf umbrellas, the Pandas-Brahmin priests preside over rites and rituals. Every devout Hindu wants to visit Varanasi to purify body and soul in the Ganges River. The boat trip will also cover various ghats including the cremation sites. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi (Varanasi) and to be cremated on the banks of the Ganges in order to achieve moksha, release from the cycle of rebirth. Return to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, visit the abode of great God Shiva, Bharat Mata Temple, Brocade Saree Bazaars and narrow lanes.
Later on time transfer to Varanasi airport to embark on a flight for Khajuraho. On arrival in Khajuraho transfer to hotel for check-in. Afternoon visit to the Eastern & Western Group of Temples.
Khajuraho, once the great capital of Chandela, now a quiet town, Khajuraho temples here were constructed during the Chandela period from 950 to 1050 AD. Almost as intriguing as the sheet beauty and the size of the temples is the question of why and how they were constructed here as Khajuraho is isolated, 1000 years ago as it is even today. The temples are superb examples of Indo Aryan architecture and portray images of gods and goddesses, warriors and musicians, real and mythological animals and in great detail women and sex. In between are the mithuna, erotic figures running through a whole Kamasutra of positions and possibilities. Of the two groups of temples, Western important temples to visit are Kandariya Mahadeo: This is the largest, and most typical Khajuraho temple. There are about 900 statues dedicated to Lord Shiva. And in the Eastern group, the largest temple is Parsavnath temple. Overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Jhansi (Approx. 180 km / 04 Hours). On the way visit Orchha Fort.
Orchha’s grandeur has been captured in stone and frozen in time and is a rich legacy of the ages. The palaces and the temples were constructed by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th Century.
Continue to drive towards Jhansi Railway station to embark on the train for Agra. #2001-NDLS Shatabdi, Depart Jhansi at 17:59 Hours and Arrive Agra at 20:30 Hours.
On arrival at Agra Cantt. Railway Station, you will be meeting and greet and transfer to hotel for check-in. Overnight stay at hotel.
In the early morning visit the world-famous Taj Mahal at sunrise.
Agra, the home of the immortal Taj Mahal, the inimitable poem in white marble is the first expression of the love of an Emperor Shahjahan to his queen Mumtaz Mahal. This great monument was completed in 1653 AD. (Taj Mahal remains closed on every Friday.) Return to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, start the sightseeing tour by visiting Agra Fort and Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah. Agra Fort, on the banks of the river Yamuna, is the imposing structure replete with priceless examples of craftsmanship in the Mughal period and including the beautiful pearl Mosque which was designed and built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD. Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah was constructed between 1622 AD by Empress Nur Jehan in memory of her father, Ghias-id-Din Beg. It is considered as a precursor of the Taj Mahal. Evening free to explore markets. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast, leave Agra for Jaipur (Approx. 232 km / 06 Hours) on the way visiting Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri is a beautiful city with an interesting birth story behind it. There, in a grotto in Sikri, lived a Muslim Saint, Sheikh Salim Chishti by name. Akbar hearing of his renown asked of the blessings of a son, and when a son was born, not only was the child named Salim, the site for a mighty and ambitious project – a city – was chosen near the residence of the saint erected in 1569. The shortages of water lead to the desertion of this city. Visit the mosque of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces. On arrival in Jaipur, transfer to hotel for check-in. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning trip to Amber Fort set in a picturesque location. Amber is a fascinating combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Constructed in the 16th century by Raja Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting apartments. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol and Temple of Kali are some of the prominent areas of interest. Elephants are provided to ascend the fort to visit the complex. (Between 0730 am – 1130 am, subject to availability).
Afternoon 1400 hrs, proceed further to visit Jaipur City. This city was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer 260 years ago. Visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, the home of the erstwhile royal family & the Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh & also drive past the old part of Jaipur. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, leave Jaipur for Delhi (Approx. 260 km / 06 Hours). Upon arrival at Delhi, transfer to the Delhi International Airport to embark on a flight for onward destination.
A supplement may apply by the hotels using rooms between Christmas & New Year period. Also if there will be any Mandatory Gala Dinner on Christmas or New Year Eve at any of the hotels, then the same will be payable directly by the guests.
- Accommodation: On Double/Twin sharing basis for 08 Nights as per the room category mentioned below at all the hotels. (Hotel Check-in time 14:00 Hours and check-out time Noon).
- Meals: On breakfast basis.
- Transport: All transport services including all arrival/departure transfers at the Airport, sightseeing and all excursions as per the above program by using 01 Air Conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary.
- Guide: 02 to 05 paying persons - Local English-Speaking Guide at each place during sightseeing tour as per itinerary. 06 to 14 Paying persons - Accompanying English-Speaking Guide will be provided from arrival till departure.
- Any expenses of personal nature such as telephone, laundry, alcohol etc.
- Any Airfare, Visa, Travel Insurance etc.,
- Airport tax, if any.
- Any extra meals other than breakfast as specified
- Camera / Video fee at the monuments or any expenses not mentioned above.
- Any Monument Entrances. (Same will be settled directly by the guests at the monuments.)
- Tips & porterage at the Hotels/Restaurants, Driver & Guide.