North India


6 days | INDIA, NEW DELHI | from INR 23424.0000

India
  • Arrive New Delhi

  • Delhi

  • Delhi – Agra

  • Agra – Jhansi – Orchha - Khajuraho

  • Khajuraho - Varanasi

  • Varanasi

  • Varanasi – Delhi – Onwards Destination

 

Programme

  • 1 . Arrive New Delhi

    Arrive in Delhi today (flight details to be advised). On arrival you will be received and escorted to your hotel. For rest of the day you will be at leisure. Room is available 12 noon onward. Meals : None



  • 2 . Delhi

    This morning, you will be taken to visit the medieval Jama Mosque followed by a walking tour of traditional businesses of Old Delhi – exploring centuries old arts and crafts with businessmen belonging to the 6th or 7th generation of the men who first started them. You will visit a marvellous old-fashioned shop where you can test Indian perfume (attar) from cut-glass bottles. You will saunter through the main bridal street of Old Delhi, Kinari Bazaar, with its dazzling display of embroidered silk wedding sarees, beautiful bangles and colourful turbans for the bridegroom. The Khari Baoli is all about spices - here, rice and dal, dry fruits, nuts and saffron dealers have traded for more than 150 years. The smell of the spices will remain with you even after you have left the market. Later in the day you will be taken to explore New Delhi – including Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and drive past Lutyens’ Delhi. Humayun's Tomb is another magnificent Mughal building built in 1565-66 and set in a square enclosed garden. This finely proportioned structure in red sandstone and marble served later as a model for the Taj Mahal. Dominating the ruins of the earliest existing settlement of Delhi is the city's famous landmark - the Qutab Minar. This imposing victory tower (73m) has five storeys, each marked by intricately carved projections or balconies. Elaborately carved pillars embellish the courtyard of a nearby mosque. At the centre of the courtyard is the amazing Iron Pillar (4th-5th century A.D.), which has not rusted through the centuries. The interesting buildings of Lutyens’ Delhi are the India Gate, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (President's House) and Parliament House. Meals: Breakfast



  • 3 . Delhi – Agra

    After a leisurely breakfast, you will be driven approx 3.5 hrs to Agra. On arrival you will check-in to your hotel. Later in the afternoon you will be taken to visit Agra Fort and Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). Many of the events which led to the construction of the Taj took place in the famous Agra Fort. Begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565, additions continued to be made until the time of his grandson Shah Jehan. The magnificent palaces, towers, bastions, ramparts and gateways symbolise the power of the mighty Mughals. Made mostly of red sandstone it is strikingly similar to the Red Fort in Delhi. Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays) has been described as a 'tear on the face of eternity' and as an enduring monument of love. The unique beauty of Taj Mahal is blended with grandeur and its massive over-all design is matched with immaculately intricate execution. Built by Mughal Emperor Shan Jehan in the memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal complex took 22 years to be completed and is today counted among the Seven Wonders of the World. Meals: Breakfast



  • 4 . Agra – Jhansi – Orchha - Khajuraho

    This morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the railway station to board your train to Jhansi (Shatabdi; 0811/0945). On arrival at Jhansi, you will be received and driven (04 hrs) to Khajuraho vi Orchha. Orchha is a city frozen in time. It was founded by Bundela Chieftain, Raja Rudra Pratap in the 16th century, who chose this stretch of land along the Betwa River as an ideal site for his capital. He and the succeeding rulers of Orchha built many beautiful palaces and temples in the 16th and 17th century. Today, remains of the fort and palaces speak eloquently of Orchha’s time of glory. Though little more than a village, stepping back in time into Orchha’s history is an enjoyable experience. On arrival in Khajuraho, you will check into your hotel and rest of the day is at leisure. Meals: Breakfast



  • 5 . Khajuraho - Varanasi

    This morning after breakfast, you will be taken to visit Khajuraho Temples. In these temples, the sculptures have shown many aspects of Indian life 1000 years ago — gods and goddesses, warriors and musicians, real and mythological animals. Two elements appear over and over again and in greater detail than anything else — women and sex. Khajuraho's temples almost all date from one century-long burst of creative genius from 950-1050 AD. Basically all temples follow a three-part layout. You enter the temple through a porch (Ardhamandapa). Behind this is the hall (Mahamandapa), supported with pillars and with a corridor around it. The inner sanctum (Garbhagriha) is where the image of the god, to which the temple is dedicated, is displayed. The temples are almost all aligned east to west, with the entrance facing east. Most of the temples are made of sandstone. The temples can be divided into three groups: Western, Eastern and Southern. Of these, the Western Group is the most impressive. After the tour you will continue straight to the airport to board your flight to Varanasi (AI-405; 1430/1530 – operates only on Monday, Wednesday & Saturday). On arrival in Varanasi you will be received and taken to the hotel. Later in the evening you will be taken on the banks of the river Ganges for an Araati ceremony. Meals: Breakfast



  • 6 . Varanasi

    Early this morning you will be taken to the ghats and enjoy boat ride on the river while watching spectacular sunrise. Viewing the ghats early in the morning from a boat on the river can be an unforgettable experience. The river front, as seen from a boat, early in the morning, at sunrise, is a spiritually uplifting sight. Hinduism, deep and mystical, is everywhere - in a decorated doorway, in a glimpse of a glittering temple, in the sound of a sacred bell and the chants of the priests.... After your boat ride you will be taken on a brief walking tour of the old town. The lanes and by-lanes of Varanasi are as fascinating as anything one can imagine. Shops sell rich brocade silks, brassware and also all the articles essential for worship at numerous little shrines. You will return to your hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon you will be taken on a short excursion to Sarnath Museum (Closed on Wednesday). Sarnath is an important centre for Buddhists pilgrims. Having achieved enlightenment at Bodhgaya, the Buddha came to Sarnath and gave his first message of the middle path to Nirvana. Later, Ashoka, the great Buddhist Emperor, erected magnificent 'stupas' and monasteries here in the 3rd century BC. Sarnath was at its peak when the Chinese traveler Fa Xien visited the site early in the 5th century AD. In 640 AD, when another Chinese traveler Huien Tsang, visited here, Sarnath had more than 1500 priests. Since then Sarnath was reduced to insignificance and left in ruins. It was as late as 1836, when British archaeologists started excavations, that Sarnath regained some of its past glory. Meals: Breakfast



  • 7 . Varanasi – Delhi – Onwards Destination

    This morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi. On arrival Delhi internally connect to your onwards destination flight (flight details TBA) Meals: Breakfast