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DAY 01 - ARRIVE DELHI

Meet and assist upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. Check in at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel
















02 - IN DELHI

Breakfast at the hotel

Proceed for the full day city tour of Old & New Delhi. In Old city visit Red Fort built by Emperor Shah Jahan; Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India; Raj Ghat- the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and enjoy a walking tour in Chandni Chowk- the silver street of Delhi bustling with activity.
In the afternoon visit Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India; Humayun’s Tomb built in the Indo Persian style and a predecessor to The Taj Mahal in Agra; India Gate – A War Memorial Arch. Also drive past the President’s house, Parliament house, Government secretariat buildings and Connaught place – the heart of New Delhi and a busy shopping center.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 03: - DELHI - MANDAWA (By Surface)

After breakfast check-out of the hotel and drive to Rajasthan’s Open Art Gallery, Shekhawati and stay in Mandawa.  Today, the world comes to this storybook town to see its colourful frescoes on every subject under the sun, which is, ranging from the religious to the erotic; from copies of popular English prints to witty social satire, rendered in the inimitable style of the local artist.

On arrival, check in at the hotel.

Afternoon proceed for a tour of the Shekawati region, which in the 14th century was a major trading post. Visit the famous painted havelis (houses) of the Shekawati region.  In the evening, enjoy a camel cart ride into the desert

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 04:- MANDAWA – JAIPUR (By Surface)











Breakfast at the hotel

Drive to Jaipur and check in at the hotel upon arrival. The capital of the state of Rajasthan is popularly known as the 'pink city' as the buildings in its old, walled city is all constructed in pink-colored sandstone. Jaipur owes its name, its foundation and its careful planning to the great warrior-astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1699-1744). He laid out the city with its surrounding walls and six rectangular blocks by principles of town planning set out in an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. In 1728 he constructed the remarkable observatory, which is still one of Jaipur's central attractions.

It is worthwhile spending any leisure time wandering through the bazaars. Jaipur is well known for its beautiful carpets, enameled ornaments, precious and semi-precious stones, brass ornaments and many other arts and crafts. 

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 05 - IN JAIPUR


Breakfast at the hotel

This morning you will drive 11 Kms to the outskirts of the city to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jagmandir. You can have the unique experience of traveling on elephant back to and from the  top of the hill on which the fort is situated.

Visit In the afternoon visit the Observatory, the Palace of Winds and the City Palace and Museum. The museum has an interesting textile section, which contains dresses and costumes of the former Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur.













Return to the hotel for overnight stay. 

Rest of the day is free to explore the colorful town independently.  Spend time in crowded lanes & by lanes of pink city, haggling and souvenir-hunting.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 06:- JAIPUR – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA (By Surface)

Post breakfast, drive to Agra visiting the ancient abandoned Moghul capita, FATEHPUR SIKRI.  This 16th century capital of Moghul emperor Akbar is a complex of forts, palaces and mosques built in sandstone. The city had to be deserted because of lack of water. The white marble Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, Akbar's spiritual adviser, is now observed as a Muslim pilgrimage spot here. 

Then continue your drive of approximately 45 min. to Agra. On arrival check in at hotel

DAY 07: - IN AGRA

Breakfast at the hotel

Today you will visit of AGRA FORT & TAJ MAHAL

Agra Fort, which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Jamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20 -meter high walls, with a 12- meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture. Then proceed for the famous white marble mausoleum, which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Mughal emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz.

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 17 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.  

Later return back to your hotel.
Overnight at the hotel

DAY 08:- AGRA TO JHANSI BY SHATABDI TRAIN (0810 HRS / 1035 HRS)

JHANSI – ORCHHA – KHAJURAHO BY SURFACE (193 KMS / 5 HRS)

Morning transfer to the Agra cantt railway station to board Shatabdi train to Jhansi. On arrival in Jhansi, assisted transfer to Khajuraho, En-route visiting Orchha.

Orchha is a town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh state, India. The town was the seat of an eponymous former princely state of central India, in the Bundelkhand region. Orchha lies on the Betwa River ,80 km from Tikamgarh & 15 km from Jhansi. On a seasonal island on the bank of the Betwa River, which has been surrounded by a battlement wall, stands a huge palace-fort. The fort consists of several connected buildings erected at different times, the most noteworthy of which are the Ram Raja Temple and the Jahangir Mahal.


















Later continue your drive to Khajuraho

Khajuraho town in Madhya Pradesh is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic

 sculpture. The Khajuraho group of monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered to be one of the "seven wonders" of India

On arrival in Khajuraho, check in at your hotel.
Overnight at the hotel


DAY 09:- KHAJURAHO TO VARANASI (BY FLIGHT)

Breakfast at the hotel

Eastern & Western group of temples. The magnificent temples built by the Chandela kings. They are divided into three – eastern, western and southern groups. The largest temple is Kandariay dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temples known for their erotic sculpture are world famous.















Later transfer to the airport to board flight for Varanasi.

On arrival in Varanasi assisted transfer to the hotel Varanasi picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy Ganga, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of le1arning in India, is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year.
Visit to the River Ganges in Varanasi to witness the evening Aarti and pooja.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 10:-IN VARANASI

Early in the morning, enjoy a boat ride on the River Ganges. The most important facet of this holy city is the river and the ghats lining its southern bank in the city. From dawn to dusk, the

ghats are thronged by thousands of devotees, who perform their holy rituals in the hope of attaining salvation, the “Nirvana” Later also visit temples like Kashi Vishwanath temple - dedicated to Lord Shiva; Bharat Mata Mandir - dedicated to Mother India; Durga temple – dedicated to Goddess Durga; Alamgir mosque – originally a temple dedicated to Vishnu but now an odd mixture of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles
In the afternoon proceed for a guided excursion to Sarnath – where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. A major Buddhist centre, Sarnath lies 10 kilometres north east of Varanasi. It was here that Buddha preached his message of the ’middle way’ to nirvana after achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya. In around 234 BC, Emperor Ashoka, a great follower of Buddhism, erected a stupa here. Between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, several Buddhist structures were built here in Sarnath. Most of the Sarnath’s monuments are set in large gardens making it quite pleasant for a visitor to spend some time here.

Overnight is at Hotel

DAY 11: - VARANASI TO DELHI (BY FLIGHT) & CONNECT FLIGHT TO ONWARD DESTINATION

Breakfast at the hotel

Later, in time transfer to the airport to board your flight for Delhi.

Meet and assist upon arrival and transfer to the International airport to connect your flight for onward destination

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