Indian Magic

Departure Date

Monday

Duration

15 Days/14 Nights

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15 DAYS & 14 NIGHTS

DELHI I JAIPUR I RANTHAMBORE I AGRA I GWALIOR I ORCHHA I KHAJURAO I VARANASI

 

Palaces, Forts, Culture, Temples, Wildlife … all combined together makes this tour a real magic. Taj Mahal and the boat ride on Ganges add their own glory to make it a great experience.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrive/Delhi by flight

Arrive Delhi, International Airport

Assistance on arrival

Transfer to your Hotel

Briefing of the tour by the executive

Delhi – discover that India’s capital is sprinkled with glittering gems: captivating ancient monuments, magnificent museums, a vivacious performing-arts scene and some of the subcontinent’s yummiest places to eat.

Check into your Hotel.

Overnight at hotel
Day 2Delhi

Breakfast in the Hotel

Full day guided tour of Old & New Delhi

Delhi, the capital of India comprises of conspicuously contrasting Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries and one can find mosques, monuments and forts related to Muslim history. New Delhi is the imperial city created as India's capital by the British intricately planned and comprises of imposing buildings displaying various modern style of architecture.

Red Fort

Red Fort (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) (Monday closed)Red Fort was built by the Mughal emperor famous for its architectural wonders one of which is Taj Mahal - Shah Jahan. Red Fort is famous for its delicately carved inlaid and Royal chambers.

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid - The Great Mughal Mosque (It is the largest mosque in India. Located in Old Delhi, the mosque has the capacity to accommodate 25000 devotees. Jama Masjid was completed in 1656 AD and again the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan is behind this architectural masterpiece. Close to some 5000 craftsmen were occupied in the construction of the mosque)
Then visit Raj Ghat (The memorial of the father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi)

Humayun's Tomb

After the visit of Old Delhi you will move ahead to visit Humayun's Tomb (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) - Humayun's tomb is believed to have been designed in 1565 AD by the widow of Mughal emperor Humayun. Its plan is based on the description of Islamic paradise garden and is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs. This type of garden is known as a charbagh and is based on a grid)

Qutab Minar

Continue your tour with Qutab Minar (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) - Qutab Minar is 73 meters high minaret which tapers from a 15 m diameter base to just 2.5 m at the top. The walls consist of intricately carved quotations from Koran. The tower is one of the most perfect towers of the Persian world).The tour would also include a drive through the Lutyens Delhi and a photo stop at India Gate (The war memorial) as well drive past President's Palace Parliament House.

Overnight at hotel

Day 03Delhi/Jaipur by road (275kms/5-6hrs)

Breakfast at the Hotel.

Drive to Jaipur and check in at Hotel.

Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is the first well planned city of India, located in the desert lands of India, Rajasthan. The city which once had been the capital of the royalty now is the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal families. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business centre for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city.

Rest of the day is free to relax.

Overnight at hotel
Day 04Jaipur

Buffet breakfast at the Hotel.

Morning depart for Amber fort (Situated atop the Aravali hills, it is the ancient capital of Jaipur and a magnificent example of Rajput architecture). We ascend to the fort on Elephant's back and come down in Jeep.

Pronounced ‘Amber’ and meaning ‘High’, this wraithlike fort – palace beautifully illustrates Rajput artistry in the faded shades of the reddish pink. Situated on the rugged hills 1 Km north of town, Amber was once the ancient capital of the Jaipur state.

Hawa Mahal

sightseeing of Jaipur city visiting Hawa Mahal- Palace of Winds - This five storied building which looks out over the main street of the old city is one of Jaipur's major landmarks. This is a stunning example of the Rajput artistry with its pink, semi-octagonal and delicately honey-combed and stone windows. Originally Hawa Mahal was built to enable the ladies of the royal families to watch the daily life and processions of the city,

Jantar Mantar

The Observatory, built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. It is an excellent example of the marvelous precision wherein each construction has a specific purpose to measure the position of stars, altitudes and azimuths or calculating eclipses. The most striking instruments is the Sun Dial which is 90 feet high.

City Palace Museum

City Palace is delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture. A part of the palace is still the house of the former Maharaja of Jaipur. Visit the various galleries displaying the armory, clothes and paintings of the Rajput clan.

The tour of Jaipur is not complete without shopping. Jaipur is known as a shopper’s paradise famous for jewellery, handicraft, carpet, blue pottery and textiles

Overnight at hotel
Day 05Jaipur/Ranthambhore (160kms/4-5hrs)

Breakfast at the Hotel

Depart for to Ranthambhore & check in at Hotel

In the afternoon you will be taken into the park for game viewing

Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national park in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. Being considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the Ranthambore National Park terrain is major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination.

Overnight at hotel
Day 06Ranthambhore

Breakfast in hotel.

Morning & late afternoon again you will be taken into the park.

Overnight at hotel
Day 07Ranthambhore/Agra via Fatehpur Sikri by road (250kms/6-7hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Agra en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri

The Mughal Emperor Akbar built Fatehpūr Sikrī about 35 km from Agra, and moved his capital there. Later abandoned, the site displays a number of buildings of significant historical importance. A World Heritage Site, it is visited by most tourists. The name of the place came about after the Mughal Emperor Barbar defeated Rana Sanga in a battle at a place called Sikrī . Then the Mughal Emperor Akbar wanted to make Fatehpūr Sikrī his head quarters, so he built a majestic fort; due to shortage of water, however, he had to ultimately move his headquarters to Agra Fort.

Continue your drive to Agra and check in at hotel

Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world - The Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the Moslems, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. While it's significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jaha, it's architectural wealth has secured it's place on the international map.

Overnight at hotel

Day 08Agra

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for half day sightseeing tour of Agra visiting Taj Mahal (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) – Closed on Fridays

Describe as a most extravagant monument ever build for love, this sublime Mughal mausoleum is India’s most ogled icon. The Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. The death of Mumtaz left the emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned grey virtually overnight. Construction of the Taj began in the same year and was not completed until 1653. Not long after it was finished, Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in Agra Fort where, for the rest of his days, he could only gaze out at his creation through a window. Following his death in 1666, Shah Jahan was buried here alongside Mumtaz.

AGRA FORT

AGRA FORT (sometimes called the Red Fort), was commissioned by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, and is another of Agra's World Heritage Sites. A stone tablet at the gate of the Fort states that it had been built before 1000 but was later renovated by Akbar. The red sandstone fort was converted into a palace during Shah Jahan’s time, and reworked extensively with marble & Pietra  dura inlay. Notable buildings in the fort include the Pearl Mosque, the Diwan-e'Ām and Dīwān-e-Khās (halls of public and private audience), Jahagir Palace, Khās Mahal, Sheesh Mahal (mirrored palace),

Also visit local market and a marble factory where you can actually see the inlay work being done on marble like it was done for Taj in the past.

Afternoon is free to relax

Overnight at hotel

Day 09Agra/Gwalior by road (120kms/3hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Gwalior and check in at hotel

City of Gwalior is named after Saint Gwalipa. City of Gwalior is a royal city of Madhya Pradesh. Gwalior is rich in tradition and modernity. India's one of the developed cities, the city of Gwalior has many renowned institutions as well as chemical industries, cotton industries and ceramic industries

Afternoon you will be taken on a half day sightseeing tour of Gwalior visiting

Gwalior Fort

Positioned at a height of 100m above the main town of Gwalior, this staggering citadel dominates the skyline of the place and is acknowledged as the most impregnable fort in the whole of Central and Northern India. Built by Raja Man Singh Tomar, in the 15th century, its beauty has earned it the epithet of "The Pearl amongst Fortresses of India" by the Mughal ruler 'Babur'. The fort is girdled by sandstone walls and stretches over an area of 3 sq km. It houses three temples, six palaces and a large number of water tanks. 

Saas-Bahu Temple

The Saas-Bahu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is also a major landmark of Gwalior. Built in 11th century, the name of the temple can be quite misleading. The temple, as many people believe, is not dedicated to 'Saas' (mother-in-law) and 'Bahu' (daughter-in-law). The name metaphorically and traditionally implies to two temples of different sizes adjoined to each other. The larger is more elaborately patterned with intricate artwork and attractive sculptures. There is also an ornamental lotus adorning its interior roof. 

JaiVilasPalace

Though Jai Vilas Palace is the current residence of the Scindia family; 35 of its palatial rooms have been converted into the 'Scindia Museum'. The architectural style of this imperial structure is dominantly Italian, with a fine blend of Corinthian and Tuscan architectural modes. Handpicked royal treasures and historical artifacts from different countries are displayed in the museum. The most striking one is a silver train, with cut-glass wagons and miniature rails.

Overnight at hotel

Day 10Gwalior/Orchha by road (120kms/3hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Orchha and check in at hotel

Orchha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain, Rudra Pratap, who chose this stretch of land along the Betwa river as an ideal site for his capital. Of the succeeding rulers, the most notable was Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo who built the exquisite Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatris. From here the view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs is spectacular.

Afternoon you will be taken on a half day sightseeing tour of Orchha visiting

Orchha Fort -

The fort is reached by an arched bridge and the three palaces set in an open courtyard within the fort are the first buildings to explore. The tiered Jahangir Mahal was built in 1606 to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jahangir in 1606. The Raj Mahal, to the right of the courtyard, was built by Madhukar Shah and has bold colorful murals inside. The third palace, is the Rai Praveen Mahal, which is a two storey brick structure set in the gardens of Anand Mahal.
 
Of the many temples within the fort, three are especially worth visiting. The Ram Raja Mandir was originally a palace and became a temple more by accident than design. An image of Ram was installed while the temple, The Chaturbhuj was being built for it.  For some reason the image could not be moved from the palace and despite its spires and ornate decoration became a sacred place. Linked to the Ram Raja is the Lakshminarayan temple, the interiors of which have some of the best preserved murals and wall paintings in Orchha.

Overnight at hotel
Day 11Orchha/Khajuraho by road (174kms/4-5hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel

Drive to Khajuraho and check in at Hotel

Afternoon is free to relax.

Overnight at hotel

Day 12Khajuraho

Breakfast at the hotel.

Depart for full guided tour of Eastern & Western Group of Temples of Khajuraho

Khajuraho is a small town located in the Bundelkhand region (Chhatarpur District) of Madhya Pradesh and is famous for groups of Hindu and Jain temples. These temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their beautiful and erotic rock carvings.

Khajuraho has the Vindhya range of mountains as its beautiful backdrop. This makes Khajuraho a more fascinating destination

Western Group of Temples

Lakhmana Temple - The oldest and finest of the western group of temples, named after the ruler that built the temple. The A horizontal beam over the entrance of this beautiful Vaishnavite temple shows the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva with Lakshmi, Vishnus consort.
Kandariya Mahadeo Temple - This temple is decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art.
Devi Jagdamba Temple - Dedicated to the Goddess (devi), this is smaller and much more delicately proportioned temple and is home to some of the finest sculptures of Khajuraho.The garbha griha has a huge image of the Devi of the Universe (Jagdambi), though it appears to have started as a Vishnu temple. It has the usual three bands of sculptures, but the third and most uppermost of these houses some of the most erotic sculptures.
Chaunsat Yogini - The only granite temple in the Khajuraho group
Chitragupta Temple - is dedicated to the Sun God (Surya), it faces eastward to the rising sun
Matanageswara Temple - A temple dedicated to Shiva, a huge 8ft Lingam adorns the temple.

Eastern Group of Temples

Parsvanath Temple - Largest among the group, with exquisite carvings in detail. The sculptures on the northern outer wall are the highlights of this temple. The image was installed in 1860.

Ghantai Temple - This Jain temple has a frieze which depicts the 16 dreams of Mahavira's mother, and a jain goddess on a winged Garuda.

Adinath Temple - Dedicated to Jain saint, adinath, the temple is lavishly embellished with sculpted figures, including yakshis.

Hanuman Temple

Brahma Temple - considered to be one of the oldest temples of Khajuraho made entirely in granite and sandstone, is dedicated to Vishnu.

Vamana Temple - is the dwarf form of Lord Vishnu, located in a secluded place and is known for its simple architecture.

Overnight at hotel
Day 13Khajuraho/Varanasi by flight 9W – 2424 at 1325/1415hrs

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Khajuraho airport in time to connect flight to Varanasi.

Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to Hotel

Varanasi, the city was founded by the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, around 5,000 years ago, thus making it one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the country. It is one of the seven sacred cities of Hindus. Many Hindu scriptures, including the Rigveda, Skanda Purana, Ramayana, and the Mahabharata, mention the city.

Rest of the day is free to relax.

Overnight at hotel

Day 14Varanasi

Arise early morning for boat ride on river Ganga to witness the ritual bath at Ghats The sunrise is worth watching. You would also be able to walk through the narrow lanes of Varanasi or Kashi. Stop outside the famous temple of Shiva – the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

Breakfast at the Hotel.

Half day sightseeing tour of Varanasi visiting

Durga Temple

Durga Temple - also nicknamed "Monkey temple," was built at some point of time in 18th century. The temple got the name 'Monkey temple' because of the presence of large number of monkeys in the temple. According to legends, the present statue of Goddess Durga was not made by man but appeared on its own in the temple. Thousands of Hindu devotees visit the Durga temple during Navratri and other auspicious occasions. Non-Hindus can enter the courtyard of the Durga temple but not the inner sanctum.

Bharat Mata Temple

Bharat Mata Mandir or Bharat Mata Temple is one of its kinds in Varanasi. Contrary to what most of the tourists believe, this temple is not dedicated to any God, Goddess or certain deity for that matter. It is dedicated to the human manifestation of India popularly called Mother India or Bharat Mata in Hindi. And this temple even not houses the statue or bust of Bharat Mata; instead it has a very big relief map of India carved out of marble. The temple was inaugurated by non other than Mahatma Gandhi, The father of the Indian Nation
The map is said to be perfectly in scale both longitude as well as latitude wise. The map has been carved out of white marble bought out of Makrana. The construction of temple is unique in itself. It stands on 5 distinct pillars that converse in to one at the top. The five pillars signifies the 5 basic elements of creation namely earth, wind, fire, water and sky. There convergence in to a single pillar symbolizes that every element has to ultimately submerge into the supreme. The temple is a handiwork of two people namely Babu Shiv Prashad Gupta and Shri Durga Prashad Khatri. While the former was a nationalist leader, the later was a renowned numismatists and antiquarians.
Also drive through the most famous Banaras Hindu University founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya and visit Laxmi Narain temple.

Sarnath

In the afternoon you will be taken to visit Sarnath – It is the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. Excavations by the Archaeological Survey of India at Sarnath have revealed many structures which represent facets of the Buddhist history visit the Archaeological Museum, Chaukhandi Stupa, Ashoka Pillar, Tibetan Temple, Thai Temple and the Deer Park. The Archaeological Museum in Sarnath is one of the most famous museums of its kind in Southeast Asia. The museum is situated very near the historical ruins. It contains a huge collection of sculptures. 

Overnight at hotel

Day 15Varanasi/Delhi by 9W 2424 at 1450/1620hrs

Depart/Delhi by Int’l flight

Breakfast at the Hotel

Transfer to Varanasi airport in time to connect flight to Delhi.

Upon arrival at Delhi airport change the terminal for International flight.

COST & INCLUSIONS

PremierPremierLuxuryComfort
SummerUS$4222US$3728US$2467US$2066
WinterUS$6392US$5408US$2931US$2249
DelhiThe OberoiTaj Palace HotelThe LalitSurya Hotel
JaipurOberoi RajvilasTaj Rambagh PalaceTridentHoliday Inn
RanthmabhoreOberoi VanyavilasTaj Sawamimadhopur LodgeNahargarhRanthambhore Regency
AgraOberoi AmarvilasITC MughalTridentCrystal Sarovar
GwaliorTaj Usha Kiran PalaceTaj Usha Kiran PalaceTaj Usha Kiran PalaceGwalior Regency
OrchhaAmar MahalAmar MahalAmar MahalAmar Mahal
KhajuhraoThe LalitThe LalitRadisson HotelRamada
VaranasiBrij Rama PalaceBrij Rama PalaceRadisson HotelHindustan International

The above rates are valid from

Winter – 1st October 2019 – 20th December 2019 & 11th January 2020 – 15th April 2020

Summer – 16th April 2020– 30th September 2020

 

Based on Minimum 2 persons travelling together.

  Tour Includes

 

   Share twin accommodation with breakfast
   Transfers & sightseeing by Air Conditioned vehicle
   Services of English speaking local guides
   Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
   Elephant ride at Jaipur
   Boat ride in Varanasi
   Canter/Jeep Safari in Ranthambhore on sharing basis
   Lunch & Dinner at Ranthambhore (Not in Luxury)
  Present Applicable taxes as on 15th Oct 2017

  Tour Excludes

 

   Entrance tickets to Monuments/National Park
   International Airfare
   Domestic Airfare
   Visa fee & Insurance
   Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc

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