On day 2 we conduct the excursion for the city of Delhi, which covers both Old and New Delhi, precisely:
Rajghat: The cremation place converted into memorial for Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Indian soul.
India Gate: The war memorial of World War I and Afgan War soldiers, unveiled in year 1931.
President’s House: Originally Vicereagal Palace, which is abode to the Presidents of India after independence. Consists of more than 300 rooms and lavish Mughal Gardens. 2nd largest presidential house in the world.
Lotus Temple: This lotus shaped temple is house of worship of Bahai sect but open to all without any discrimination. It is made of white marble.
Qutub Minar: This 72 meters high building is clearly visible shortly before landing at Delhi airport. The intricate carvings of Koranic verses in the red sandstone on the Minar dates back to almost 8 centuries and barely damaged.
Akshardham Temple: Hindu temple complex of Swaminarayan sect, opened in year 2005. The main temple will mesmerize you with its intricate interiors. (Closed on Mondays)
Jaipur - On day 3, after breakfast you leave for Jaipur, 250 kms from Delhi and 5 hrs. drive. Jaipur is capital of Rajasthan, an Indian state, also known as Pink city for the color of city buildings. Jaipur is leading manufacturer of hand knotted rugs in India. After reaching Jaipur, on the same day you will visit to see yourself the amazing art of traditional rug manufacturing.
On day 4 visit to the highlights of the Royal life of Rajput Maharajas and much more, precisely:
Amber Fort: Built by Raja Man Singh I in 16th century, this fort is situated on a high hill. Tourists may take Elephant ride (subject to availability & operation) to reach the hill top. Made of red sandstone & marble, the architecture and huge fort complex will leave you stunned.
City Palace: This palace has been seat of Maharaja of Jaipur. It has perfectly blend Rajput & Mughal architecture. The palace is converted into museum, which showcases the lifestyle of Royal family.
Birla Temple: Also known as Laxmi-Narayan tample, it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Situated on at the base of a hill, this temple looks beautiful in the night, when it is brightly lit.
Jantar Mantar (Observatory): A UNESCO heritage site, built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh in 18th CE, this observatory has astronomical instruments which give accurate predictions till date.
Hawa Mahal (Palace of Breeze): Made for women folks of the Royal family to observe street processions and activities through 593 stone windows, without being seen themselves. It’s a 5 storey building, made of red & pink sandstone.
Day 5 : Jaipur – Abhaneri - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (260 km - 6 hrs)
On day 5, after breakfast, you will leave for Agra, 260 Kms from Jaipur and 6 Hrs. drive. En route you will first visit to Abhaneri then Fatehpur Sikri.
Abhaneri – Abhaneri is a small village situated 95 kms from Jaipur. It is famous for the Step Well – Chand Baori and Temple of Harishta Mata.
Fatehpur Sikri – Believed to be the first carefully planned city by the Mughals, this city was founded by Great Emperor Akbar in 1569. Beautifully constructed red sandstone palaces and courts are one of the best Indian Mughal Architectural gems.
In the evening we will reach to Agra. Check-in in respective hotels. Overnight - Agra.
Agra – Agra, once the capital of Great Mughals, situated in Uttar Pradesh on the banks of river Yamuna and more famous for the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the greatest tourist attraction, but it is not the only one.
On day 6 being in Agra you will come across to more places of architectural and historical importance, precisely:
Taj Mahal – One of the greatest piece of architectural beauty of not only India but of the world. Mausoleum made in white marble by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. (Closed on Fridays)
Agra Fort – UNESCO world heritage site, predecessor of Red Fort in Delhi. Fort was originally built as military establishment by Mughal Emperor Akbar, later part of it used as palace by Emperor Shahjahan.
Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah – A beautiful Mughal mausoleum, built by Noorjahan (wife of Emperor Jahangir) for her father. It is also regarded as a draft for Taj Mahal.
Sikandara – Later we will visit to tomb of Akbar, Sikandara. Akbar, himself commissioned the construction for his own tomb. This place is a perfect blending of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain themes.
Visit to manufacturing of marble artwork – You have seen such marvellous designs made in marble throughout the day, it is now time to visit the artisans. The intricate work is still done by hands and almost remained unchanged for the centuries. Today, Indian marble inlay craft or Parchin kari is one of the most attractive and popular forms of art on the subcontinent.
Day 7 : Agra - (Shatabdi train, dep. 0800 hrs/arr. 1030 hr) Jhansi/ Khajuraho (166 km/5hr) via Orchha
Orchha - Orchha is 16 kms from Jhansi, founded in 16th century by Bundela King Rudra Pratap. Its is famous for Orchha fort, its palaces Raj Mahal and Jahangir Palace and Raja Ram Temple. Situated on the banks of river Betva, this quiet rustic city charm is magical. Later we will drive to Khajuraho, check in and overnight in Khajuraho.
Khajuraho – On day 8 we will visit to temple complex of Khajuraho for an early sightseeing. These temples are world famous for their erotic sculptures and for Kamasutra. Built by Chandela kings between 950 to 1050 CE, only 22 temples have survived out of originally built 85 temples. Later we will head to the airport to board the flight for Varanasi.
Varanasi – Varanasi is also known as Kashi, one of the oldest cities of the world. In the late evening view of Aarti ceremony in river Ganges. Overnight in Varanasi.
On day 9, early in the morning at 5am we will go for a boat ride in the river Ganges. Post breakfast a visit to Banaras Hindu University and Kashi Vishvanath Temple. In the afternoon we will leave for Sarnath.
Sarnath – Sarnath is 12 kms from Varanasi. It is the place where Lord Buddha gave his first ceremon after attaining enlightenment. Come back to Varanasi. Overnight - Varanasi.