Classical North India Tour
Duration09 Nights / 10 Days
Destination CoveredDelhi – Agra – Delhi –Jaipur –Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Jhansi – Orchha – Khajuraho – Varanasi
HighlightsRickshaw ride in Delhi,Tonga Ride in Agra,Step of wells visit,Elephant ride in Jaipur
OptionalCooking class in Delhi/Jaipur, Vintage Car / Chariot ride in Jaipur, High Tea with Indian Family, Heritage walk in Delhi/Jaipur, Rajasthan folk dance with Dinner at Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur
IncludedWarm welcome in Typical Indian StyleAssistance on arrival /departure and during Hotel check-inHotel accommodation on Double sharingDaily breakfast at HotelAir-conditioned Medium Sedan Car for 02 & Toyota Innova in case of 04 persons with knowledgeable driver for the entire tourElephant ride at Amer fort – JaipurServices of English speaking local knowledgeable guide during sightseeingSouvenir gift at the time of deparutreAll applicable Government Taxes
ExclusionsInternational / domestic airfareMonument entrance feeTips to hotels, guide and driverAny drinks or meals other than mentioned aboveAny visa/insurance feesAny other services note specifed above
Day 01: Arrive Delhi (By International flight)
Day 02: Delhi sightseeing
After a leisurely breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi Old Delhi - A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting - Red Fort - The red sandstone walls of Lal Qila, the Red Fort, extend for two km and vary in height from 18 meters on the river side to 33 metres on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. Jama Masjid - Jama Masjid The splendid mosque built by Muhammad Ali Shah in Proceed for the visit of New Delhi
the typical Mughal style with two minarets and three domes, lies to the west of the Hussainabad Imambara. Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Also, visit the Swami Narayan Temple and Bangla Sahib Gurudwara
New Delhi - An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit:- Humayun's Tomb - Built in the mid 16th century by Haji Begum, senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, Humayun's Tomb is an early example of Mughal architecture built in Delhi. Lotus temple ( known as Bahai Temple), Qutub Minar - 13 km to the south of Connaught Circus at Lalkote of 8th century Tomor Rajputs, the 72.5 mts high Victory Pillar stands as a victory stand of a Muslim King Qutub-ud-din-Aibak in India. A drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, The President's Residence, and a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. End with the visit of the Lotus temple at the sunset Overnight at Delhi
Day 03: Drive by Surface to Jaipur
After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive towards your next destination Jaipur. Check in at your pre booked hotel. Relax for a while and get freshen up for the afternoon sightseeing tour of the Jaipur city. Start with visit to City Palace, a famous landmark that is expanded over a large area as it occupies one seventh of the city. Built during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the plan of this fort is the exact replica of the city’s plan. A part of the palace is still
home to the erstwhile royal families while the rest of it has been converted into museum. The other attractions of this palace are: Chandra Mahal, Maharani's Palace, Mukut Mahal, Mubarak Mahal and Shri Govind Dev Temple. The exquisite architecture of this place is complimented by the elegant paintings, mirror embellishment on walls and floral ornamentation.
Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. You will also have the opportunity to wander in the local markets where you can shop for souvenirs, traditional Rajasthani attires, skilful art craft of the region etc. Come back to the hotel. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 04: Jaipur sightseeing
Breakfast at the Hotel. Morning visit the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Man Singh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power.
En-route to Amber you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It 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. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 05: Jaipur to Agra drive , enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast at the hotel you will get on for a drive to Agra . On your way you will visit the UNESCO world heritage site – Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted red sandstone city was built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. He built this city in honor of Shaikh Salim Chisti, a Sufi saint who resided in a cave on crest at Sikri, and predicted the birth of his son. Besides being the first planned Mughal city, it puts forth a unique example of Mughal architecture which was an amalgamation of Indian, Islamic and Persian architecture.
It is bestowed with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Popular highlights of this region are Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Diwan-i-Am, Panch Mahal etc. Later proceed to Agra. Upon arrival check in at the Hotel. Overnight in Agra.
Day 06: Agra sightseeing
Day 07 : Agra – Jhansi ( By Shatabi Train) – Orchha – Khajuraho
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the railway station by our representative to board morning Shatabdi train to Jhansi - a major road and rail junction. From Jhansi you will be driven towards Khajuraho. On your way you will visit the historical city of Orccha. It is a beautiful region rising out of hills located on the banks of river Betwa (approx. 16km from Jhansi). It proudly houses historical monuments which have retained their charm till date and narrate
evergreen tails of war – peace to whole world. It was discovered by Bundela Rajput RudraPratap in 16th century. Temples of Orchha and Phool Bagh are famous tourist destinations one should definitely not miss. One can also visit multi-tiered Jahangir Mahal which was built in 1606 and has gained recognition for its fine murals and the Rai Praveen Mahal.
Continue your drive towards Khajuraho located 180 km away from Jhansi. Famous for its attractive, exotic and eye-catching temple sculpture, structural design and craftsmanship, Khajuraho is situated in the heart of Central India, in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Khajuraho temples were constructed during the reign of Chandela Empire between 950 and 1050 A.D. Khajuraho is a mesmerizing village with a picturesque rural ambience and a rich cultural heritage. The captivating temples of Khajuraho, India's unique gift of love to the world represent the expression of a highly developed civilization.
On arrival check in at your pre booked hotel. Evening witness the light and sound show in Khajuraho. Overnight in Khajuraho.
Day 08: Khajuraho – Varanasi (By flight)
After delicious morning breakfast, get ready for a visual treat as you proceed for the sightseeing tour of Khajuraho Temples. Inscribed in the list of world heritage sites by UNESCO, the whole complex is divided into eastern and western group of temples.
Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred by our representative to airport for flight to Varanasi. On arrival in Varanasi, you will be received by our representative who will assist you till your pre booked hotel. Check in and spend rest of the day at leisure/ independent activities. Overnight in Varanasi
Day 09: Varanasi Sightseeing
Early morning wake up with the first rays of the sun, and embark on a boat ride by the side of the bathing Ghats of the holy river. Witness flocks of Hindu devotees offering prayers early in the morning and taking several dips in the river water to cleanse their soul. Breathe in the pious environment filled with the fragrance of flowers and hymns of Hindu mantras. After sunrise you will visit some of the most exotic temples of the region.
Return back to the hotel for breakfast which will be followed by a visit to "Bharat Kala Bhawan". Housed by the world famous Banaras Hindu University, it exhibits outstanding collection of paintings, sculptures and textiles commenced with the personal collection of the enlightened Rai Krishnadasa. Mahamana Malaviya gallery, Chhavi (Painting Gallery), Nicholas Roerich gallery, sculpture gallery, sculpture gallery, Nidhi (Treasures) gallery, archaeological gallery, decorative art gallery and Banaras through age’s gallery are the important sections of Bharat Kala Bhawan.
In the afternoon excursion to Sarnath - the prime Buddhist center all across the world. Located 13 km north east of Varanasi, Sarnath is a deer park where Gautama Buddha after achieving enlightenment in Bodhgaya, imparted first teachings of dharma. Also, through the enlightenment of Kondanna, Buddhist Sangha came into existence at this park only. Gautama Buddha came here to teach his former five companions Dharma and thus Sarnath is regarded as the place where Buddhism found its roots, the native land of this art of life. Drive back to Varanasi. Overnight stay in Varanasi