9N10D – Golden Triangle with Khajuraho

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India’s capital & a major gateway to the country, Delhi is contemporary and a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern.

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GOLDEN TRIANGLE WITH KHAJURAHO & VARANASI

9N/10D

2N DELHI – 2N JAIPUR – 2N AGRA – 1N KHAJURAHO – 2N VARANASI

DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI

Arrive at Delhi International airport, you will be met and assisted by our representative and transferred to your accommodation.
India’s capital & a major gateway to the country, Delhi is contemporary and a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind.
Spend rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Delhi.

DAY 02: DELHI

This morning after breakfast we proceed for a half day combined city tour of Old and New Delhi. This fascinating city has been in existence since the 6th century BC and has seen ups and downs from the rule of the Pandavas ( 5 brothers from Hindu epic) right up to the British Raj. Visit Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India, commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan. The courtyard of the mosque can hold about 25,000 worshippers. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk market, the busiest market in Old Delhi, noisy, chaotic and uniquely Indian. Drive past Red Fort, Emperor Shah Jahan decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi that’s when he commissioned the construction of Red Fort. Later we proceed to President House- the only mansion with 340 rooms that has President’s official residence, halls, guest rooms & offices. Formerly known as Viceroys House, it is now the largest presidential house in Turkey. We then visit India Gate- a memorial to 82,000 soldiers who died in the period of 1914-21 in the First World War. We shall then head to Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi-“The Father of Nation of India” that marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Later we will visit Humayun’s Tomb, commissioned by Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562. It was the first garden tomb built in the Indian sub-continent where the Persian architect used red sandstone on a large scale.
Return to your accommodation & spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Delhi.

DAY 03: DELHI-JAIPUR (approx 5 hrs drive)

This morning after breakfast proceed to Jaipur- the capital of Rajasthan, also known as “Pink City”. Arrive and check-in at your accommodation.
Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Jaipur.

DAY 04: JAIPUR

This morning after breakfast we proceed for a full-day sightseeing trip of the ‘Pink City. The city is famous for its colourful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. The old city of Jaipur is painted pink, which gives it a magical glow. Visit the Amber Fort, a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The best way to explore the fort is to ride up to it on an elephant.
Later in the afternoon, we make a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, also known as the “Palace of the Winds.” This beautiful façade with its ornately carved latticework windows is made of pink sandstone. Post lunch; we will visit the City Palace, a synthesis of Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The City Palace is a landmark in Jaipur and is also a very popular tourist hotspot. Apart from the regal architecture, the palace offers a stunning view of the Pink City and also an insight into the rich heritage of a bygone era. We then proceed to Jantar Mantar- an observatory constructed to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets. We conclude our tour with a visit to the Albert Hall. Built in 1887 by the architect Samuel Swinton Jacob, the hall became an integral part of the display, its Indo-Saracenic architecture & stone ornamentation became a source of reference for varied classical Indian styles of design from Mughal to Rajput.
Return to your accommodation; spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Jaipur.

DAY 05: JAIPUR- AGRA (approx 5 hrs drive)

This morning after breakfast we proceed to Agra, en route visit Fatehpur Sikri, which was built by Emperor Akbar and is home to many historical buildings. Akbar wanted to make Fatehpur Sikri his headquarters; however, he had to abandon it due to a shortage of water. The Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti enshrines the burial place of the Sufi saint who lived a religious life here. Today, Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World heritage site.
Arrive Agra at your accommodation & spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Agra.

DAY 06: AGRA

This morning after breakfast we proceed for city tour of Agra. Visit the Agra Fort, which was commissioned in 1565 by Akbar, and subsequently embellished by other Mughal Emperors. The beautiful yet forbidding structure is an example of Mughal architecture. Later, we visit the Taj Mahal a mausoleum built as a symbol Emperor Shah Jahan’s devotion to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Considered an architectural marvel, its construction took thousands of workers over 21 years to complete. This edifice is replete with decorative inlays, carvings and calligraphy. Thereafter, we visit I’timad- Ud – Daulah, also known as the “Baby Taj”; this mausoleum rests in a walled garden close to the Yamuna River. Often regarded as a draft of the “Taj Mahal” the mausoleum was commissioned by Nur Jahan for her father, who was also the grandfather of Queen Mumtaz, the wife of Emperor Shah Jahan & responsible for the construction of Taj Mahal.
We will then visit Sikandra, which is also a mausoleum of the great Emperor Akbar. Akbar designed his own mausoleum as a perfect blend of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist and Jain designs and motifs, in keeping with his religious tolerance and secular views.
Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Agra.

DAY 07: AGRA – JHANSI – ORCHHA- KHAJURAHO

This morning after breakfast we proceed to Railway Station to board the train for Jhansi. Arrive Jhansi and drive to Khajuraho by road (220 km’s / approx. 5 hour), en route Orchha- a town in Madhya Pradesh where we shall visit The Orchha Fort Complex which houses a large number of ancient monuments consisting of forts, temple & other edifices. One amongst them is The Jahangir Mahal- a 3 storeyed structure that is marked by stylishly hanging balconies, porches & apartment. in the fort is known for its delicate work balanced with strong masonry. Next is “Raj Mahal”, the second palace in this fort complex is well known for its murals, depicting religious themes. Later, we visit the Raja Ram Temple- a sacred Hindu Pilgrimage, Lord Ram is worshipped here as a king. We also visit the Laxmi Narayan temple, a unique blend of temple and fort architecture.
Arrive Khajuraho & spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Khajuraho

DAY 08 : KHAJURAHO-VARANASI

This morning after breakfast we proceed for a half -day tour of Khajuraho. A UNESCO world heritage site, Khajuraho is a famous tourist & archaeological site known for its sculptured temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Jain patriarchs. We then visit the Western Group of Temples -the Kandariya Mahadeo is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and the largest of Khajuraho’s temples. The temple of Devi Jagdamba is considered to be one of the most erotic temples of Khajuraho. Later, we visit the Eastern Group of Temples- The temple of Parsvanath is the largest of the Jain temples in Khajuraho India and the fines without any sexual motifs.
Later we proceed to the airport to board the flight for Varanasi. Arrive in Varanasi, you will be met and assisted by our representative and transfer to your accommodation.
Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Varanasi.

DAY 09: VARANASI

Today early morning, we will enjoy a sublime boat ride on the Ganges River. View the numerous Ghats along the bank of the Ganges, presenting a varied scene from dawn to dusk. We then return to our accommodation for breakfast. After breakfast we proceed the Benares Hindu University, the largest residential university in Asia, a centre of Sanskrit, Indian art, culture, and music. Later, proceed to Sarnath, located eight km from Varanasi. It is famous as the place where the Buddha first preached his message after attaining Nirvana. Visit the Dhamek Stupa, it marks the spot where the Buddha proclaimed his faith in front of his first five followers. The earliest and most important relic is found here is the Ashoka pillar, erected in 250 BC.
Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Varanasi

DAY 10: DEPARTURE FROM VARANASI

After breakfast, we proceed to the Varanasi airport to board the flight for the onward destination.

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Package Inclusions

  • Accommodation on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transfers, sightseeing’s & excursions by air-conditioned vehicle (Innova or similar)
  • Meet & greet assistance at the airport.
  • Entrance fees at the monuments as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Service of an English speaking local guide for sightseeing’s tours.
  • Driver’s allowances, toll taxes and Government service taxes.

Package Exclusions

  • Any International & Domestic airfares
  • Visa charges
  • Airport tax
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Any meals other than breakfast, unless otherwise specified.
  • Camera/Video Camera fees at the monuments.
  • Personal expenses like telephone bills, laundry charges, beverages including mineral water or
  • soft drinks etc unless otherwise specified.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, road-blocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in the entrance fees.
  • Anything NOT mentioned in “Package Inclusions”.

Important

  • All elements included in the quotation are subject to availability until the booking is made. Services as quoted may change while giving you the final confirmation based on current availability.
  • Kindly note above tour prices are based on the currently prevailing rate of exchange, fuel prices, entrances to monuments, government tax structure. Since these elements are controlled by the government and are always subject to change without prior notice, therefore, in the case of any excessive hike in all or any of these elements the tour price might get affected and change accordingly.

Terms & Conditions

  • Check In: 14.00 hrs & Check out: 10.00 hrs.
  • Early check in or late check out will be subject to room availability.
  • All prices are subject to revision due to an extreme fluctuation in exchange rates or international fuel prices.
  • Rates are not applicable during festive periods like Christmas/New Year (15 Dec till 10 Jan).