Arrive Delhi, the capital city of India. After a traditional Indian welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel Country Inn or similar.
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, ‘silver street’, one of the largest trading centres of India; drive past Red Fort, the place that marked the announcement of India’s freedom from the British Raj; visit Raj Ghat, cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Later in the afternoon, discover the modern city of New Delhi, which includes a visit to Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the world’s tallest minaret; Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold tomb, still in active worship; Photo stop at India Gate, the war memorial arch built in honour of the soldiers who died in the second world war; drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen’s Delhi. Overnight at Country Inn or similar.
After breakfast, embark on a leisure drive to Jaipur, the land of the Rajputs. Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance and traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is home to ancient forts and palaces and is one of India's most well planned cities. Over night at Country Inn or similar.
Option for Home Hosted Dinner: This evening you have the option to learn more about local lifestyle and culture of India with dinner at an Indian home. Spend time talking to your hosts and learn about their way of life. You may also opt for a unique opportunity to step inside an Indian kitchen and learn the age old art of Indian culinary delights. Your hosts will be happy to share their secret recipes and give you some handy tips about Indian cooking (at extra charge)
This morning, visit Amber fort, a fine amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim architecture and ornamentation, built in the 16th century. To ascend up the fort, you may choose to walk, drive or take an elephant ride. This afternoon, visit the City Palace complex with its various museums where you can see a beautiful collection of Mughal costumes, weapons and miniature paintings. Then visit the fascinating Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory built by the Maharaja of Jaipur, which is the largest stone observatory in the world. Also drive past Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a remarkable five storied building along the main street of the old city with semi-octagonal and delicate honey-combed sandstone windows. Over night at Country Inn or similar.
Culture Connection Experiences:
Option for Hot Air Balloon Flight & Village Safari: Early morning, you have the option to enjoy a hot air balloon flight over the pink city of Jaipur, giving you the opportunity to float above forts and palaces and village settlements beneath. (At supplement charge).
Option for Elephant Safari with Breakfast / High Tea: Embark on a short drive to Dera Amer for a fascinating elephant safari, followed by a scrumptious breakfast (or Evening High Tea) at Dera Amer (at supplement charge).
Day at leisure to explore the city on your own (Car at disposal for 8 hrs / 80 kms).Over night at Country Inn or similar.
This morning, you will depart Agra for your journey to Ranthambhore, acclaimed as one of the best places in the world to photograph tigers in the wild. Upon arrival in Ranthambore, check into your hotel for 2 night stay at Radisson or similar.
Today, enjoy an early morning and afternoon Canter safari (accompanied by a trained naturalist) into the national park.
The Ranthambore National Park is one of the prime examples of India’s conservation program, Project Tiger. Once the hunting ground of Indian princes, this national park stands atop a 600 m high hill range, and is covered with thorn trees, scrub and grasslands. Dotted with beautiful ponds, streams, lakes and old ruins, it is the home of the tigers of Ranthambhore that have often been photographed by visitors from all over the world. Over night at Radisson or similar.
After breakfast, embark on your drive to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal. En-route to Agra, you will make a brief stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital city of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. Upon arrival in Agra, check in at your hotel for night stay at Radisson or similar.
After breakfast, experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the eternal symbol of love, the Taj Mahal. Often referred to as a poem in white marble, Taj Mahal displays the saga of love between Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal.
Also, visit the Agra fort, lying across the River Yamuna, built in red sandstone with magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens. Night stay at Radisson or similar.
Culture Connection Experiences:
Option to watch a live theatre performance: This evening, you have the option to watch a live theatre performance, introducing you to the story of the Taj Mahal. Watch the spectacular performance - “Mohabbat the Taj – The saga of love”, staging the largest replica of the Taj Mahal, and presenting the legend of love that created this magnificent mausoleum (at extra charge and subject to operation of show)
This morning board an express train to Jhansi.
Then, embark on a short drive to Orchha, a medieval riverside town known for its palaces and temples. The word Orchha literally means 'hidden place'. Today, we visit ruins of old palaces such as the tiered Jahangir Mahal, the erstwhile palace of Emperor Jahangir, a fine example of medieval Indo Islamic architecture decorated with paintings and frescoes built in 17th century and the Raj Mahal, which features colorful murals and frescoes from the life of Lord Rama and Krishna and incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Also visit popular temples of the region such as Ram Raja temple, Chaturbhuj temple and Lakshmi Narayan temple. You will also see a spread of Bundela Chhatris (Royal Tombs) of erstwhile rulers of Orchha. Continue drive to Khajuraho – a UNESCO world heritage site in central India, famous for its erotic sculptured temples. Upon arrival in Khajuraho, check in to your hotel for night stay at Raddission or similar.
This morning, visit to the enchanting temples of Khajuraho with sculptures that draw their inspiration from the ancient art of Kama sutra. Khajuraho Temples were built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD. Evening at leisure to relax at the hotel or your own activities .Night stay at Radisson or similar.
Today, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India (also known as Kashi and Banaras). Upon arrival in Varanasi, transfer to your hotel. This evening, experience a rickshaw ride to the Ghats to enjoy the grand ‘Aarti’ ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghats, conducted every day at sunset by white-robed priests. The young priests sway in seemingly choreographed movements, worshiping the river goddess with incense, flowers and earthen lamps. Night stay at Radisson or similar.
Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the Holy River Ganges. See the ‘bathing Ghats’ where thousands of pilgrims pay homage to the Sun God by immersing themselves in the holy water of River Ganges, and the ‘burning Ghats’ where cremations are conducted. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later, visit Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century BC to 12th century AD. The Ashoka pillar of Sarnath is the national emblem of India. Visit the ruins, stupa, Buddhist temple and the Sarnath Museum. Night stay at Radisson or similar.
This morning, you will be transferred to Varanasi airport to catch your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to your hotel Country Inn or Similar.
Today morning you will be transferred to Delhi International airport to catch your flight to back home.
Toyota Innova car for arrival transfer’s in Delhi
Local English speaking guide will be provided for sightseeing and excursion tours
Elephant ride at Amber fort, Jaipur, subject to availability. Else, Jeep ride will be provided
02 Jeep Safari safari at Ranthambore National Park on sharing basis
Train Ticket using a/c chair car from Agra to Jhansi
Temple In Khajuraho
Boat ride at the Ganges, Varanasi.
All currently applicable taxes
|Adult in Twin||USD 2425|
|Child(2-11yrs) with no bed||USD 2325|
|Child(2-11yrs) with bed||USD 1800|
|Single Occupancy||USD 3425|
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