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.
Assistance on arrivalTransfer to your Hotel
Briefing of the tour by the executiveDelhi – 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
Full day guided tour of Old & New DelhiDelhi, 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.
Then visit Raj Ghat (The memorial of the father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi)
Overnight at 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
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.
City Palace Museum
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 textilesOvernight at hotel
Depart for to Ranthambhore & check in at HotelIn 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
Morning & late afternoon again you will be taken into the park.Overnight at hotel
Depart for Agra en route visiting Fatehpur SikriThe 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 hotelAgra 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
Depart for half day sightseeing tour of Agra visiting Taj Mahal (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) – Closed on FridaysDescribe 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.
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
Depart for Gwalior and check in at hotelCity 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
Overnight at hotel
Depart for Orchha and check in at hotelOrchha 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 visitingOrchha 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.
Drive to Khajuraho and check in at HotelAfternoon is free to relax.
Overnight at hotel
Depart for full guided tour of Eastern & Western Group of Temples of KhajurahoKhajuraho 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
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
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 TempleBrahma 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
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
Breakfast at the Hotel.Half day sightseeing tour of Varanasi visiting
Bharat Mata Temple
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.
Overnight at hotel
Breakfast at the HotelTransfer to Varanasi airport in time to connect flight to Delhi.
Upon arrival at Delhi airport change the terminal for International flight.
COST & INCLUSIONS
|Delhi||The Oberoi||Taj Palace Hotel||The Lalit||Surya Hotel|
|Jaipur||Oberoi Rajvilas||Taj Rambagh Palace||Trident||Holiday Inn|
|Ranthmabhore||Oberoi Vanyavilas||Taj Sawamimadhopur Lodge||Nahargarh||Ranthambhore Regency|
|Agra||Oberoi Amarvilas||ITC Mughal||Trident||Crystal Sarovar|
|Gwalior||Taj Usha Kiran Palace||Taj Usha Kiran Palace||Taj Usha Kiran Palace||Gwalior Regency|
|Orchha||Amar Mahal||Amar Mahal||Amar Mahal||Amar Mahal|
|Khajuhrao||The Lalit||The Lalit||Radisson Hotel||Ramada|
|Varanasi||Brij Rama Palace||Brij Rama Palace||Radisson Hotel||Hindustan International|
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
Entrance tickets to Monuments/National Park
Visa fee & Insurance
Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc