In this unforgettable tour you will see the globally prominent tourist destinations in India like Delhi, Agra, Khajuraho, Jaipur and Varanasi. The tour gives you the opportunity to discover the historic, cultural, and magnificent monuments of glorious India.
You will be met on arrival at the International airport. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.
Delhi, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope – that is India. Overnight will be at Delhi.
- Red Fort, the brilliant red sandstone fort is a national edifice.
- Humayun’s Tomb is one of Delhi’s UNESCO world heritage sites.
- Qutub Minar is also designated as a UNESCO world heritage site.
- Rajpath is the main parade route for India’s Republic Day celebrations.
- Rajghat, memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.
- India Gate, a monument built as a memorial for the Indian soldiers who died in First World War.
- Jama Masjid is situated opposite to Red Fort and is the largest mosque in India.
- Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest shopping destinations of Delhi.
- Janpath and Connaught Place are two of the most favourite shopping complexes of the city.
Overnight at hotel.
Transfer in time to airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be met and transferred to hotel.
Varanasi is one of the holiest cities of the Hindu religion in India. Varanasi is considered to be one of the oldest cities in India is bisected by the sacred river Ganges. Called Ganga in India, the river is worshipped by devout Hindus and pilgrims come to Varanasi to take a ritual dip in the holy Ganga around the year. You can see the spiritual center of Varanasi in India also known as Benares.
While in Varanasi you can float along the holy Ganges on a boat cruise and see the numerous temples alongside the ghats or steps on the banks of the river. One of the most famous ghats is called the Dasashwamedh Ghat. You can see people praying, taking ritual baths in the river, offering flowers and other ritual gifts to the priests on the banks and visit some of the historic temples in Varanasi .
Visit Sarnath – 13 km out of Varanasi: The great Buddha enhanced the sanctity of Varanasi by choosing the environs of the city to preach his first sermon at Sarnath, (only 10 Kms away) after attaining enlightenment. Later, Ashoka, the great Mauryan Emperor erected magnificent stupas and other buildings along with his mighty stone pillar, Dharmarajika Stupa. The 110 ft. tall Damekh Stupa marks the place where Buddha preached first sermon.Sarnath has been a premier centre for Buddhism. It is a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics and antiques comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images on display at the Archaeological Museum. Enjoy the evening AARTI at the GHATS with a guide. Overnight at hotel.
In the early morning drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world’s oldest and most important religions. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water’s edge.
After breakfast proceed for guided tour of Varanasi including the Bharat Mata Temple, which features a big relief map of Mother India engraved inmarble. Also visit the 18th century Durga Temple, commonly known as the Monkey Temple.
At afternoon you will enjoy a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of “Ganga”. Spend the evening shopping in the lanes of the old city and visiting the Ghats. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast will be at hotel. Transfer in time for flight to Khajuraho.
Situated in the northernmost part of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculpture. The Khajuraho group of monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reach Khajuraho and check in at hotel.
Proceed for a tour of the Eastern & Western Groups of Temples. The afternoon is at leisure. It is very interesting to walk through the old village.
Enjoy the Sound & Light Show at the Western Temple Complex.Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast proceed by surface to Orchha, a medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with Palaces and temples of the 16th and 17th century which have remarkable withstood the onslaught of time. The city is picturesquely flanked by the River Betwa. Proceed for sightseeing of Orchha sites within the Fort Complex. Lunch will be at Orchha.
Then proceed to the station (12 km away) for train to Gwalior. After reach Gwalior at night, transfer and check in at the hotel. Gwalior is a city with a long and illustrious history. Gwalior was the capital of the Scindias, who were one of the ruling families of the Marathas, who ruled over the Deccan, after the disintegration of the Mughal Empire. Gwalior has many historic monuments, which you can see.
Reach Gwalior in the evening. Transfer to the hotel. Relax and overnight at hotel.
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Proceed for a sightseeing tour of the city visiting the most interesting monuments.
Gwalior Fort: Standing on a steep mass of sandstone, Gwalior Fort dominates the city and is its most significant monument. It has been the scene of momentous events, imprisonment, battles and jauhars. A steep road winds upwards to the fort, flanked by statues of the Jain tirthankaras, carved into the rock face. The magnificent outer walls of the fort still stand, two miles in length and 35 feet high, bearing witness to its reputation for being one of the most invincible forts of India. This imposing structure inspired Emperor Babur to describe it as “the pearl amongst the fortresses of Hind”.
Man Mandir Palace: Built between 1486 and 1517 by Raja Mansingh. The tiles that once adorned its exterior have not survived, but at the entrance, traces of these still remain. Vast chambers with fine stone screens were once the music halls, and behind these screens, the royal ladies would learn music from the great masters of the day. Below, circular dungeons housed the state prisoners of the Mughals. Close by is Jauhar Pond, where in the Rajput tradition, the Ranis committed mass sati after their consorts had been defeated in battle.
Gujari Mahal: Within the fort are some marvels of medieval architecture. The 15th century Gujari Mahal is a monument to the love of Raja Mansingh Tomar for his intrepid Gujar Queen, Mrignayani.
Then proceed to the station for train to Agra. Agra is a city on the banks of the Yamuna River in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. It was known then as Akbarabad and remained the capital of the Mughal Empire under the Emperors Akbar. His son Jahangir had a love of gardens and flora and fauna and laid many gardens inside the Red Fort. Shah Jahan, known for his keen interest in architecture, gave Akbarabad its most prized monument, the Taj Mahal. After reach Agra at night, transfer and check in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast we will visit the Taj Mahal. Agra’s Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the world, and one of three World Heritage Sites in Agra. Completed in 1653, the Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal king Shah Jahan as the final resting place for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Finished in marble, it is perhaps India’s most fascinating and beautiful monument. This perfectly symmetrical monument took 22 years (1630-1652) of hard labour and 20,000 workers, masons and jewellers to build and is set amidst landscaped gardens. Built by the Persian architect, Ustad Isa, the Taj Mahal is on the bank of the Yamuna River. It can be observed from Agra Fort from where Emperor Shah Jahan gazed at it, for the last eight years of his life, a prisoner of his son Aurangzeb. It is an acknowledged masterpiece of symmetry. Verses of the Koran are inscribed on it and at the top of the gate are twenty-two small domes, signifying the number of years the monument took to build. The Taj Mahal was built on a marble platform that stands above a sandstone one. The most elegant dome of the Taj Mahal has a diameter of 18 m, and rises to a height of 24 m; directly under this dome is the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan’s tomb was erected next to hers by his son Aurangzeb. The interiors are decorated by fine inlay work, incorporating semi-precious stones.
After the lunch we will start to visit Agra with the Agra Fort. Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat. After Agra Fort we will visit the Baby Taj. Free time to relax. Overnight at hotel.
(221 km/ 5 h)
After breakfast drive to Jaipur and visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route.
Fatehpur Sikri is 37 km west of Agra. Akbar, Humanyun’s son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. Akbar, who was without a male heir heard about Saint Salim Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of Sufis and visited him in the year 1568. The saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude. Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings.
Continue your drive to Jaipur and on arrival check-in at Hotel.
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and one of the three destinations in the Golden Triangle Tour of North India. Jaipur is an amazing city full of surprises around every corner. With magnificent forts and beautiful palaces, picturesque markets it will be a memorable experience.
Located among the Aravalli Hills, an ancient hill range in Rajasthan, Jaipur is a city with many attractions. Founded by the ruler Sawai Jai Singh II, who was the king of the region around Jaipur from 1700 – 1747 A.D, Jaipur city was one of the few planned cities of medieval India. You can see many beautiful monuments such as the Hawa Mahal, a landmark of Jaipur with many balconies and latticed windows. The Albert Hall Museum and the City Palace are monuments worth seeing on tours to Jaipur. The pink sandstone of which many of these buildings are made, gives Jaipur City its name of the Pink City of Rajasthan. Relax and overnight at hotel.
After breakfast proceed for a tour to Amber Fort.
Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.
At afternoon half-day sightseeing tour of Pink City. Visiting City Palace, a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
Visit Jantar Mantar, the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
Hawa Mahal, the ornamental facade of this “Palace of Winds” is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.
Overnight at hotel.
This morning is free for you to relax, shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for gold and silver jewelry, pottery, tie-dye materials, silk, saris, wooden handicrafts and carpets.
Or after breakfast you have the possibility to visit Galta. Located about 10 km from Jaipur, Galta is a holy pilgrimage centre, having a temple dedicated to Sun God. It’s an old place of pilgrimage, lying at the bottom of some hills in a lush landscape of trees and bushes. A deep temple-filled gorge stands behind the temple and there are good views over the surrounding plain.
Proceed for Delhi after lunch and reach the airport and board the flight home or your follow-up program will start