13 Days / 12 Nights
Day 01: Arrive New Delhi
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our representative & transferred to hotel. Delhi - capital of modern India. Many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil over the last 3000 years. The legacy still survives in many monuments varying from the 13th century mausoleum of the Lodi Kings to the buildings of British India's imperial past like the Parliament House and the Presidential Estate. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 02: Tour Delhi
Morning breakfast in hotel and later proceed on a tour of Old Delhi, visit the Red Fort, Raj Ghat - a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Ashoka Pillar and the mile-long Chandni Chowk bazaar. Later tour New Delhi, drive along Rajpath the capital’s broadest avenue, for a view of the Parliament House, the President’s House and India Gate. Visit the Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and Birla Temple. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 03: Delhi - Jaipur (5 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Jaipur - the capital city of the state of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ of the terra-cotta-colored lime plaster that coats the old part of the city's walls, buildings, and temples. Arrive and check in. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 04: Tour Jaipur
In the morning, after breakfast proceed for an excursion to Amber Fort - the original Palace was built by Raja Mansingh and later additions were made by Sawai Jai Singh. One of the finest example of Rajput architecture. Enjoy the ascent to the Palace on the back of a brightly caparisoned elephant. Visit the multiple chambers and hallways of the palace which are famous for their design and decorations.
Afternoon, proceed for a city tour to visit the unique Jantar Mantar, which is a magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728 and drive past the Hawa Mahal, an intriguing “Palace of Winds”. This was really a facade built in 1799, to allow royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Later visit the opulent City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style which has grand museums displaying an excellent collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 05: Jaipur - Agra (4 hrs)
After breakfast we drive to Agra - In the 16th and 17th Centuries, was the capital of Moghul India and its superb monuments date from that era. It has a magnificent fort and the building which so many people come to India solely to see - the Taj Mahal. Enroute visiting Emperor Akbar's 16th century abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. This ghost town is remarkably well preserved and presents a perfect synthesis of Muslim, Hindu and Jain architecture. The sculptured columns bear mute testimony to this gallant experiment to unite Hindus and Muslims. Late evening check in & relax. Overnight stay in Agra.
Day 06: Agra tour
Early today on sun rise visit Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) - the mausoleum of Empress Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved spouse of Shah Jahan, who died in 1630. Generally considered the finest example of Mughul architecture - a style that combines elements of Persian, Turkish, Indian and Islamic elements - the Taj complex comprises a forecourt, lofty entrance and charming formal Mughal garden with canal and a central tank with a series of fountains. The tomb proper has an attached mosque on the west and its symmetrical counterpart on the east. The Taj is remarkable for its perfect proportions and rich pietra dura - the technique of using small, exquisitely cut and fitted, highly-polished coloured stones to create what is effectively a painting in stone. The building, often styled "a dream in marble" is said to have taken at least 22 years to build. Return to hotel for breakfast. Visit Agra fort - The magnificent towers, bastions, ramparts, and gateways of the Agra Fort symbolize the stature and power of Mughal Emperor Akbar. The Agra fort is built alongside the Yamuna River and stretches almost 2.5 km. It consists of a wall built in red sandstone with several buildings inside. Part of the Agra fort is still in use by the Indian Army and are not accessible to the public, but there's still enough left to get an insight on the way the Mughals lived in the 16th century. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay in Agra.
Day 07: Agra to Khajuraho (By Train)
Early morning after breakfast checkout from hotel and transfer to Agra railway station and board train for Khajuraho - The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India. They are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The temples are famous for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. Most Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 CE by the Chandela dynasty. Overnight at Khajuraho.
Day 08: Khajuraho Tour
After breakfast proceed for city tour of Khajuraho - visit to the famous Chandela Dynasty Temples divided into three groups - western, eastern and southern. The western group is most famous, and it is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. These temples are amazing - rising in many peaks and spirals intricately carved and designed with statues and friezes. The erotic carvings on these temple walls have made this one of the most talked about tourist site in the country and, perhaps, unmatched in the world. Overnight at Khajuraho.
Day 09: Fly from Khajuraho – Varanasi
After breakfast checkout from hotel and transfer to khajuraho airport and fly to Varanasi - Varanasi, the holy city of India, is also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras. Varanasi is situated on the banks of River Ganges, which is believed to have the power of washing away all of one's sins. The Ganga Ghats (river front) are the most popular pilgrimage spot of Varanasi and are centers of music and learning. Arrive & Check-in, overnight stay at Varanasi
Day 10: Varanasi tour
After breakfast proceed on city tour of Varanasi. It is a mystical and spiritual experience as you watch people offering water to the Sun God and devotees taking holy dip in the Ganges followed by city tour is arranged covering the Vishwanath temple, the Bharat Mata temple & Banaras Hindu University. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay in Varanasi.
Day 11: Varanasi – Allahabad (04 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Allahabad- the city's original name – Prayaga, or "place of offerings" – comes from its position at the Sangam (union) of the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Sarasvati Rivers. It is the second-oldest city in India, and plays a central role in Hindu scriptures. Arrive & checkin keep baggage and proceed to see the Sangam (Meeting point) of the three rivers - Ganga, Yamuna & Saraswati. Here the Maha Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years which is a major Hindu festival. Later visit Ananda Bhawan & lying Hanuman Temple. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 12: Allahabad – Varanasi
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive back to Varanasi enroute visiting Sitamari - he holy place of Sitamarhi is situated almost midway between Allahabad and Varanasi. This temple is dedicated to Sita, here a majestic Idol of Sita in white clothes is installed & Vindhyachal (Shakthi Peeth) - Vindhyavasini Devi Temple is situated in Vindhyachal, 8 km from Mirzapur, on the banks of the holy river Ganges. It is one of the most revered Shaktipeeths of the presiding deity, Vindhyavasini Devi. Continue drive to Varanasi, Overnight stay at Varanasi.
Day 13: Varanasi – Delhi (Departure)
Start the day with a boat ride on the river Ganges at sunrise, presents a as multitudes of devotees pay homage to the Sun God. Cruise past the bathing ghats and crematoriums. Return to hotel for breakfast, later checkout and transfer to Varanasi airport and fly to Delhi, for onward destination.