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Golden Triangle with Khajuraho & Varanasi

10 days  |  Starts/Ends: Delhi  |  from INR -------

Madhya Pradesh is land of great antiquity. Madhya Pradesh is the home of monuments representative of various periods of history. Among most popular world heritage sites of Central India like Rock paintings, Buddhist Stupas and Temples, Khajuraho is known for its ornate temples that are spectacular piece of human imagination, artistic creativity, magnificent architectural work and deriving spiritual peace through eroticism.


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Itinerary

Day 1 : Delhi

Arrive Delhi International Airport Terminal. On arrival in Delhi, meet and assist at airport and transfer to hotel.
Hotel check-in at 1400 hours
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast

Delhi

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi including a rickshaw ride [pedi cab] in Chandni Chowk.
Red Fort is closed on Mondays
Old Delhi :
Situated in a strategic position on the west bank of the Yamuna River, between the Himalayas and the Aravalli Hills, Delhi is the gateway to the rich alluvial soils of the Ganges plain and has, according to Indian folklore, been occupied since 2500 BC. read more...

The original city, Indraprastha was the first of nine. Shahjahanabad or Old Delhi, the 7th city, was built when the Mughal Emperor moved his capital back to Delhi from Agra in 1638. Planned out in blocks with wide roads, residential areas and bazaars, Chandi Chowk, now thought to be Asia’s busiest street, was the main artery. Literally translated as ‘Silver Street’ this bustling market area of Old Delhi is good for hunting down new and antique gold and silver jewellery from craftsmen whose forefathers served the emperor. At the 1911 Delhi Durbar, King George V announced that the capital of India was to move from Calcutta to Delhi. Inaugurated in 1931, the ambitious work of British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, New Delhi is an audacious statement of Imperial British control over India. Today the difference between bustling Old Delhi and the calmer, tree lined avenues of New Delhi is striking.

New Delhi – Was planned and built by the British in the 1920’s and is characterized by Sir Edwin Lutyens’ monumental architecture. Driving through the city, with its wide tree lined avenues discover India Gate and the Diplomatic Enclave, the Central Secretariat and the President's House. Visit Humayun's Tomb, aptly called the predecessor of the Taj Mahal because of its ornate Mughal style of architecture, later perfected in the Taj Mahal. Finally, see the 12th century Qutab Minar, considered one of the most perfect towers in the world, measuring 72m high. Continue to Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping area and central hub.

Overnight: Delhi   |  Breakfast

Delhi - Jaipur

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Jaipur On arrival in Jaipur, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal
Overnight: Jaipur   |  Breakfast

Day 4 : Jaipur

Following breakfast at hotel, excursion to Amber to visit Amber Fort with Elephant ride uphill and jeep ride downhill Amber – Originally the ancient capital of the Kachawahas clan from 1037 the ancient town of Amber, 12km from Jaipur, is dotted with ancient temples, Havelis, and step wells. read more...

High above the town and surrounded with defensive fortification walls sits the impressive Amber Palace. Built by Raja Man Singh in the early 17th century it houses mighty gates, temples, huge ornate halls, palaces, pavilions and gardens. Amber Palace is a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture and once at the top the Palace affords excellent views of the surrounding countryside and town below. The 10-minute walk through a series of five defensive gates will bring you to the Suraj Pol [Sun Gate], the main entry to the Palace. As an alternative it is possible to arrive at the Palace on the back of an elephant or drive up by jeep. Having visited the fort it is also possible to take a guided heritage walk of the often over-looked Amber village. This walk takes in seldom-visited temples, havelis, step wells and a fascinating museum of textiles.

Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Observatory Popularly known as the Pink City, Jaipur [City of Victory] is the state capital and largest city of Rajasthan. It was founded by Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727 and was planned according to Indian ‘Vastu Shastra’ principles. The city was divided into 9 blocks representing the ancient Hindu map of the universe; 2 blocks housed the state buildings and palaces, the other 7 allotted to various public buildings. A fortification wall was built around the city with 7 gates for entry. Originally, the buildings were painted in a variety of colours but in 1853 when Prince Albert visited, the old city was painted pink, a traditional colour of welcome. It has remained pink ever since. The City Palace in the centre of Jaipur took 4 years to complete. Tour the Palace by passing through the main entrance and begin by visiting the Mubarak Mahal, built in 1890 it houses the Textile and Costume Museum. Visit the Armoury then proceed through the Rajendra Pol gate into the main complex. Here the Diwan-i-Khas is home to 2 giant silver urns used by Sawai Madho Singh to carry Ganges water to England when he attended Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. After visiting the Chandra Mahal and the museums proceed to the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Built between 1728 and 1734 on a grand scale, the 17 astronomical instruments were built in stone and marble. The collection, built by Jai Singh includes the large Samrat, a 27.4m high sundial accurate to 2 seconds!

Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast

Day 5 : Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Agra en-route visiting

Fatehpur Sikri :
Despite having many wives, 26-year old Akbar had no living heir as all his children had died in infancy. Sheikh Salim Chishti, a Sufi saint living in the village of Sikri predicted Akbar would have three sons... read more...

, and with the birth of Salim, [named after the saint and later known as Jahangir] and in recognition of the saint’s prophecy, Akbar built a new capital at Sikri in his honour. 37km southwest of Agra, this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site served as the Mughal capital from 1571. Due to an ever-increasing population and erratic water supply, the red sandstone city was abandoned in 1585. Fatehpur Sikri, the town of victory, was the Mughals first planned city to feature designs that amalgamated Hindu, Persian and Islamic design. Today, the complex of buildings, including the Diwan-i-Am and the Diwan-i-Khas, the Panch Mahal and Jodha Bai’s Palace are perfectly preserved. Inside the Jama Masjid Mosque, completed in 1571 is the stunningly carved white marble tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti. Today childless couples hoping for a son visit the tomb and in seeking the saints blessing tie a woolen thread to the outer Jali screens.

On arrival in Agra, check-in at hotel Afternoon visit Agra Fort followed by visit to Taj Mahal at sunset with tonga [horse carriage] ride [Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays]

Agra Fort :
Massive and majestic, the red sandstone fort in Agra, built by Emperor Akbar, is perhaps the best-preserved fort in India. Construction of this crescent shaped fort 2.5km in circumference commenced in 1565. Contained within the huge double outer walls up to 20m high and broken by a series of huge gates, the fort is almost a city within a city. Initially the fort was a military structure but under the rule of Shah Jahan, Akbar’s grandson, many additions were added. The fort houses the Dewan-i-Khas and Dewan-i-Aam [Halls of Private and Public Audience] as well as the Musammam Burj and Khas Mahal, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb. Today these palatial buildings are silent witness to the rise and fall of the Imperial Mughal Empire and are exemplars of Islamic architecture and decoration.

Taj Mahal :
Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal who died giving birth to their fourteenth child in 1631, the Taj Mahal is described by the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore as ‘a tear drop on the face of eternity’. Heartbroken by her death, legend has it that Shah Jahan’s hair turned grey overnight and that he turned his back on running the empire, concentrating instead on the construction of this monument to love. Construction took 22 years and the Taj was completed in 1653 at a speculated cost of 3 million rupees, equivalent to around 70 million US Dollars today.

Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast

Agra – Jhansi – Orchha – Khajuraho

Following breakfast, check-out from hotel and transfer to Agra Cantt Railway Station to board train to Jhansi On arrival in Jhansi, meet and assist at railway station and transfer by road to Khajuraho en-route visiting riverside palaces of Orchha. read more...

The sleepy town of Orchha beside the Betwa River, with its medieval palaces and temples, was once the capital of the Bundela rulers. Captured in stone and frozen in time the rich legacy of this medieval city still remains. The palaces and the temples built in the 16th and 17th centuries still retain much of their pristine perfection. Jahangir Mahal, the most impressive of the three palaces, was built for the Mughal Emperor, synthesizing Muslim and Hindu architectural styles; this 3-storey palace is built around a large central courtyard. Within the Raj Mahal Palace there are beautiful religious and secular paintings. One series is devoted to scenes from the Ramayana. The Ram Raja Temple in the town centre is the only palace-turned-temple in the whole of India where Lord Ram is worshipped as a king. The imposing Chaturbhuj Temple dominates the town and the 15 Royal Chhattris beside the river house the tombs of the former rulers. In 1783, the Bundela kings moved to Tikamgarh and, subsequently, Orchha, [meaning ‘hidden city’], fell into decline and was shortly abandoned. Fixed menu / buffet lunch at Amar Mahal Hotel in Orchha On arrival in Khajuraho, check-in at hotel Rest of the day at leisure

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7 : Khajuraho – Varanasi

Following breakfast, check-out from hotel and proceed for sightseeing tour of Khajuraho visiting Eastern & Western group of Temples. read more...

An abundance of date palms [Khajura] in the area may have led to the name of the famous temple town and World Heritage site of Khajuraho. Discovered by British Army engineers in 1839, the complex had been lost for centuries. Out of the original 85 temples, the 20 that survive are amongst the best in India and were built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD. The Chandelas followed a tantric cult and believed that gratification of earthly desire was a step towards spiritual liberation. The exquisite carvings and erotic sculptures on these magnificent temples reflect an opulent lifestyle free of any inhibitions. The most important temples are the Chaunset Yogini Temple, the Mahadev Temple, and the Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple, with its lovely 11-headed image of Vishnu. The Kandaria Mahadev Temple, which is the largest, is dedicated to Shiva. Later transfer to Khajuraho Airport to board Jet Airways Konnect flight to Varanasi
[Please note Jet Konnect is a low cost carrier and a subsidiary airline of Jet Airways, meals and drinks are available onboard on direct purchase] On arrival in Varanasi, meet and assist at airport and transfer to hotel
Evening visit to Dashashwamedh Ghat by boat to witness the evening aarti [prayer] ceremony
Ganga aarti is performed daily in the evening by a group of priests at the Dashashwamedh Ghat. Through the aarti, Agni Pooja is performed in which a commitment is made to the Lord Shiva, Mata Gange, Surya, Agni [Fire] as well as the whole universe made by the Lord Shiva. It is performed by the brass lamps which accompanied with the mantra chant in the presence of the huge crowd. All the priests who have to perform the aarti, wear same cloth, the dhoti and kurta which is tightly bind with a long towel. First they make preparation of the Ganga aarti by making collection of the five elevated planks, a multi tiered oil lamp, an idol of the Goddess Ganga, flowers, incense sticks, a conch shell, a big and heavy brass lamp having a snake hood at the edge of the River Ganges.

Overnight stay at hotel in Varanasi    Breakfast

Day 8 : Varanasi

Early morning boat ride on River Ganges [subject to water level] Return to hotel for breakfast
Following breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Varanasi visiting Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Durga Temple, Bharat Mata Temlpe & Benaras Hindu University. read more...

One of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, Varanasi has a uniquely spiritual atmosphere and is one of the holiest places in India. Observing the early morning riverside rituals from a boat on the Ganges is a special experience. See people lost in prayer, washing themselves, doing the laundry. The cycle of life is laid bare in Varanasi and this is particularly evident on the cremation ghats. The evening rituals including the ‘Aarti’ prayer ceremony are magical. To see hundreds of ghee-candles floating down the river at this time is truly memorable. Temples of note include the Bharat Mata Temple and the Durga Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple. Emperor Aurangzeb's Mosque, the Well of Knowledge and Vishwanath Temple, known as the “Golden Temple” are also worth visiting.

Afternoon excursion to Sarnath [Sarnath Musuem is closed on Fridays] 8km from Varanasi is the holy Buddhist city of Sarnath. Lord Buddha gave his first sermon here after attaining enlightenment at Bodhgaya. The huge Dhamek Stupa marks the spot where Buddha first preached. The Sarnath Museum has a small but extremely impressive collection of Buddhist artifacts including the famous Lion Capital of Ashoka.

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight stay at hotel in Varanasi    Breakfast

Day 9 : Varanasi - Delhi

Following breakfast, morning at leisure
Later check-out from hotel and transfer to Varanasi Airport to board Air Vistara flight to Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, meet and assist at airport and transfer to hotel
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi
Breakfast

Day 10 : Depart Delhi

Following breakfast at hotel, morning at leisure
Later transfer to Delhi International Airport Terminal 3 to board flight for onward destination

Trip Highlights

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Old and New Delhi - The magnificent Red Fort, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat
The Pink City of Jaipur - The lofty Amber Fort, regal City Palace and ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar
Fatehpur Sikri - An ancient abandoned Mughal city
Agra - The beautiful Agra Fort and the Mughal mausoleum known as Baby Taj
The spectacular Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument in all its glory at sunset
An exotic elephant ride into Jaipur's Amber Fort - just like the Raj would have done
India's rural Shekhawati region famed for its beautiful Rajasthani architecture and classic havelis
Diwali - Celebrate Diwali at Birla Temple in Jaipur and later enjoy a special dinner in the city

Included

9 Breakfasts
Hotel accommodation in a triple room with extra bed or rollaway bed in standard / base category rooms at mentioned hotels
Daily buffet breakfast at all hotels
Chauffeur driven air-conditioned Toyota Innova for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours
Traditional Indian welcome with garlanding on arrival
Services of English speaking local guide for entire tour
Supply of mineral water [02 bottles of 250 ml per person per day] in vehicle during city tours / intercity travel
All currently applicable taxes
Photo upon arrival
One rickshaw ride [pedi cab] in Delhi
One elephant ride at Jaipur
One tonga [horse carriage] ride in Agra
Train tickets for sector Agra Cantt – Jhansi by Shatabdi Express in best available class
One fixed menu / buffet lunch at Amar Mahal Hotel in Orchha
Two boat rides on River Ganges in Varanasi
All applicable monument entrance fees during sightseeing at each city for single visit only

Not Included

Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, camera / video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture
Local payments in domestic currency, such as tips and gratuities
Lunch / dinner at hotels unless specified
Domestic / International airfare

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Tour Details
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Delhi
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Meals
Breakfast: 9
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