Today you will arrive in the at Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Vedic India representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building and will escort you to coach Parking where you will be welcomed with floral garlands which is considered auspicious and a mark of respect to our guest here in India.. After ceremonial welcome you will be transferred to your hotel (Check-in time is 1200 noon and early check-in would be subject to availability)
After early breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed for the combined sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. You will then proceed to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. It was made across the road from the Red Fort. The mosque has the capacity to hold as many as 25,000 devotees. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.
After breakfast in the hotel, you will be driven from Delhi to Jaipur (260 Kms/ 06 Hrs)
Jaipur's past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city". There is a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs.
After early breakfast in the hotel you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort en-route stopping at Hawa Mahal for photo stop Palace of Winds, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.
After early breakfast at the hotel, check-out from you room following that you will start drive from Jaipur to Agra (240 KMS / 6 hours) En-route you will proceed to visit Fatehpur Sikri - the deserted red sandstone city that was built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years and was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry. It remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Upon arrival you will visit the Panch Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam&Buland Darwaja.
After an early breakfast in time a Vedic India representative will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer you to railway Station to board your train to Jhansi: Orchha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela chieftain, Rudra Pratap Singh, who built this new capital on large wooded islands on the River Betwa. Today, remains of the fort and palaces speak eloquently of Orchha's time of glory, of its splendid legacy of art and culture. Upon arrival at Orcha you will proceed for the sightseeing tour visiting the Jehangir Mahal, within the fort, built in 1606; the Raj Mahal noted for its fine murals and the Rai Praveen Mahal, a palace set in the gardens of Anand Mahal. Also visit Ram Raja Temple is a famous temple of Orchha where Lord Rama is worshipped as a king. According to a legend, the site of this temple used to be a palace of the ruler of Madhukar Shah. It turned into a temple, when one night Lord Rama appeared in the dream of Madhukar and told to bring him an idol of his to this place. It is also said that the idol of Lord Rama placed itself in the temple and cannot be moved.
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, visit the Eastern and Western Group of Temples.
The tour of Khajuraho this morning concentrates on the famous erotic temples, which represent some of the finest examples of temple architecture in Northern India. They were built during the mighty Chandela dynasty; the majorities were constructed in a sudden burst of creative and religious energy, between the mid-10th and 11th centuries. After ruling for about 500 years the Chandela dynasty fell to the might of Islam and consequently the religious centre of Khajuraho was abandoned. The temples remain as a reminder of a society that believed in the full enjoyment of life, with all the senses being a path to nirvana. Of the eighty-five original temples only 22 remain, but many are in very good condition. Visit the Kandariya Mahadeva, the Chatrabhuj, Parswanath and Ghantai Temples, each remarkable for its beautiful design and architecture.Return to your hotel after your tour
After breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed for the sightseeing tour of Allahabad. You will visit the Sangam is one of the most sacred places of the Hindus. Situated around 7 km from Civil Lines, it is the meeting point of three holy rivers—Ganga, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati. Pandas (priests) can be seen here perched on small platforms performing puja and assisting the devout in their ritual ablutions in the shallow waters.
Today early morning you will be taken on a visit to the ghats witnessing the Hindu pilgrims perform the rituals and following the centuries old tradition and belief that by dying in Varanasi or by immersing the mortal remains in the holy Ganges, it clears one from the birth circle and you are incarnated to human life in the next birth. You would be taking a boat cruise on the river Ganges around all the ghats and stopping at the important ones. The riverfront, as seen from a boat, early in the morning, is a spiritually uplifting sight. While coming back to your hotel you will visit Kashi-Vishwanath Temple (from outside)- the most sacred of shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, the patron deity of Varanasi. Reconstructed in the 18th century, its gold plating on the 'shikaras' was a gift of the one-eyed Sikh king, Maharaja Ranjit Singh; Bharat Mata Mandir, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi is a unique temple dedicated to Mother India. It houses a relief map of India carved out of marble; and some other important temples.
After buffet breakfast, you will proceed for a sightseeing of Rishikesh. You will visit the Lakshman (Laxman) Jhula, a very long of about 450 ft Iron Bridge suspended over the mighty Ganges River, is constructed in the year 1939. It is situated nearby to Swarga Ashram in Rishikesh. The story behind this bridge is legendary, related to the crossing of the Ganges River on the Jute ropes by the epic character Lakshmana and it is believed that the bridge is built at the same place. There is a Lakshmana temple located at the west bank of Ganges, revealing the deed act of Lakshmana. The bridge attracts many tourists not only because of its legendary story, but due the number of temples and ashrams scattered around the bridge. A new swinging bridge, constructed a few years back and known as Ram Jhula (also Shivanand Jhula), is nearby.
After breakfast, you will proceed for the sightseieng tour of Haridwar. Haridwar is a sacred territory where pilgrims come from across the world. It is among the most revered pilgrimage centers of India which occupies a prized position in hearts of Hindus. The meaning of Haridwar is 'Gateway to God'. It is set amidst calm and attractive surroundings at the foothills of the mesmerizing Himalayas. It is believed in the Hindu traditions that one must visit Haridwar at least once in a lifetime. It is a magnificent place where the holy river Ganga enters the Indo-Gangetic plain of North India. The scenic beauty of Haridwar is equally mesmerizing. The views of the holy river Ganga and majestic mountains are the sights to behold.