A 08-night journey to India’s most popular tourist circuit will bring you one step closer to exploring India. For first timers, this tour has time and again proved to be the best choice. This tour includes the history & modern life of Delhi, Jaipur’s culture and heritage & Agra’s majestic Taj Mahal, Khajuraho – a living form of artwork melted into sculptures, erotic carvings, heritage temples, dance festival and more. Listed as one of the heritage sites of the world, this site is not just about a physical location of Kamasutra. Varanasi – the spiritual capital of India. The city is considered as the Royal residence of Hindu Lord Shiva. People believe that Lord Shiva shower his blessings on them during their last days and provide them with Moksha.
Arrive at New Delhi’s ‘IGI International Airport’. Meet with our company representative, warm welcome with fresh flower garlands & then transfer to hotel in your private car.
On arrival, check-in. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing of Delhi.
Start the tour with visit to a Sikh Temple ‘Bangla Sahib’ & then drive past major govt buildings such as Presidents Palace, Parliament House, India Gate circle. Later stop at Laxmi Narayan Temple, also known as Birla Temple.
Continuing with the tour visit Humayun’s Tomb – The tomb that inspired Taj Mahal, Lotus Temple (exterior photography stop only) & then visit a local co-operative society showcasing Kashmiri Arts & Crafts. Late afternoon, visit Qutub Minar – tallest stone minaret in India.
Transfer to your hotel at the end of the tour & overnight.
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for Old Delhi’s tour before leaving for Agra.
Start the tour by visiting memorial of Mahatma Gandhi ‘Raj Ghat’ & then visit Jama Masjid (one of India’s biggest mosque). A rickshaw-ride through the narrowest lanes of Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi) will entice you, surprise you & might intimidate you, but for sure, these chaotic streets will give you an experience of a lifetime.
Cruise on your rickshaw through many small lanes, such as silver market, book market, wedding market etc. Your rickshaw will come at a halt in ‘Khari Baoli’ – spice market, and then have a walk around in the area. Return to your vehicle by rickshaw-ride & then drive past the majestic Red Fort- where Indian PM unfurls the flag every 15th August (Independence Day) & addresses the nation.
End the tour around mid-afternoon and then drive to Jaipur (270kms,5 hours). On arrival check-in & overnight in hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing of Jaipur
We start with Amber Fort. Jeep ride uphill & downhill at the fort. Nostalgic Amber Fort, near Jaipur in Rajasthan, is one of the most well-known and most-visited forts in India. During downhill, visit a very heritage structure – Panna-Meena ka kund, which is a square-shaped stepwell, with adjoining stairs on all four sides and a room on the northern wall.
We will make our way back to the city, en-route we will stop at Jal Mahal, Possibly the most serene sight amidst the chaos of Jaipur is the beautiful Jal Mahal Jaipur, the Water Palace. Short stops at the Jewel & Carpet Workshops in Jaipur are must to witness how the local artisans create marvels from raw materials.
Later in the second half of the day, visit Jantar Mantar, a large grassy enclosure containing eighteen huge stone astronomical measuring devices constructed between 1728 and 1734. City Palace, originally built by Jai Singh in the 1720s and having lost none of its original pomp and splendour. Before you start exploring the local markets, stop for photography at the one world’s most famous façade Hawa Mahal.
Post your exploration in the local market. Return to hotel & overnight.
Post breakfast and checkout from hotel drive to Fatehpur Sikri(200kms,4-4.5 hours), best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. And said to be a copy of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from the Persian & Hindu architecture. Highly popular amongst them is Buland Darwaza, which is titled as the largest gateway in the world.
Continue your drive towards Agra (50kms,1-1.5 hours). On arrival, check-in at hotel.
After some relax proceed to visit Taj Mahal a UNESCO world heritage site constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal that has left tourist spellbound by its beauty for years. Then visit Agra Fort an exemplary example of Mughal architecture, and Marble workshop, a place to witness the unusual Marble Inlay work done on Taj Mahal.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Breakfast at hotel in Agra, transfer to Railway Station for train to Jhansi. On arrival in Jhansi, transfer to Orccha.
Once a princely state, Orchha lies in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh. The town of Orchha was founded in 15th century AD and in today’s world it is renowned for its numerous temples, palaces and forts. Highly popular amongst them are the Jehangir Mahal of Orchha (Classic Mughal architecture), Raj Mahal and Laxmi Narayan temple (mural paintings).
As you would be done visiting the attractions of Orchha, get back on the road to Khajuraho. On arrival at Khajuraho, you would be checking into a prebooked hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Post breakfast at hotel, we dedicate this morning in exploring the world heritage sites of Khajuraho. Divided into eastern and western group of temples, Khajuraho is known for its cluster of Hindu and Jain temples.
Post these visits, you would be heading to the airport to board the next flight to Varanasi. As you will arrive, our tour representative will escort you to the hotel. If you wish, you can go for a walk in the surroundings, or otherwise, relax in your room. Evening, transfer on rickshaw to Varanasi market.
As you arrive at the market, get down from the rickshaw and walk through the bustling crowded market of Varanasi to reach river Ganges Ghat. Witness the Ganges Aarti.
Every evening at sunset an elaborate Ganga aarti (river worship) ceremony with fire and dance is staged at the Dasaswamedh Ghat. Led by a group of young pandits (priests), the ceremony commences with the blowing of a conch shell, and continues with the waving of incense sticks and circling of large flaming lamps that stand out dramatically against the darkened sky.
Later, return & overnight stay at hotel.
An early morning boat ride in the sacred Ganga River would be arranged for you. Enjoy crusing in the country boat in Ganges witness morning rituals of the locals. After boat ride, walk in some bylanes of Varanasi and visit the Akhada, where you will be able to watch the traditional Indian style of wrestling called Kushti.
Return to hotel post boat ride & then, after breakfast, leave for Sarnath.
Sarnath in the northeast of Varanasi is where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. A highly sacred Buddhist religious place, Sarnath lies at the confluence of two rivers-Ganga and Gomati. Popular attractions here are Dhamek Stupa, Sarnath Museum and Chaukhandi Stupa.
Post that return back to Varanasi. Lunch in a thali speciality restaurant.
In Varanasi, you would be visiting Bharat Mata Temple, Alamgir mosque. Also known as Beni Madhav Ka Darera, Alamgir mosque is a brilliant example of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The mosque is situated on the banks of Ganges river. During the day you would also drive past Benaras Hindu University.
Overnight in Varanasi.
This day brings the end of wonderful tour, post breakfast proceeds to airport for the flight to Delhi.