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Day 01  EUROPE – NEW DELHI

Welcome and assistance on arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport (Terminal – I), then transfer to hotel.

NEW DELHIIndia’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is 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. It is not surprising then, that what constitutes Delhi today is a conglomerate of seven cities.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: DELHI

Break fast: at Hotel.
Morning: Proceed for tour to Old Delhi. Visiting following Monuments / Places:

Red Fort – The old walled city from Mughal India, the chief attraction is the huge fort that contains within it palaces and impressive public buildings.
Jama Masjid
– The great mosque of Old Delhi is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan.
Raj Ghat
– On the banks of the Yamuna River, a simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948.

Afternoon: Proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi following Monuments / Places:

India Gate – This 42 meter high stone arch of triumph stands at the eastern end of the Rajpath. It bears the names of 85,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in the campaigns of WWI and Afghan fiasco in 1919.  
President House & Parliament House - See from outside as entry restricted. 
Qutab Minar: – This is a soaring tower of victory which was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. It is nearly 73 mtr high and tapers from a 15 mtr diameter base to just 2.5 mtr at the top.
Humayun’s Tomb – Built in the mid – 16th century by Hajji Begum, senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, this is an early example of Mughal architecture.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: DELHI - MANDAWA

Breakfast: at Hotel.
Morning: Drive to Mandawa, (260 kms. +- 06 h), upon arrival transfer to Hotel.

MANDAWA – Often called the open air art gallery of Rajasthan, the region of medieval Shekhawati comprises the present day districts of Sikar & Jhunjhunu. The high quality frescoes which this region is famous for date between 1750 & 1930. A majority of the frescoes have been executed on the ‘havelis’ or mansions.

Afternoon: Explore the surrounding on foot.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: MANDAWA – SAMODE - JAIPUR

Breakfast        : at Hotel.
Morning           : Drive to Jaipur (167 Kms. - 4 h), enroute stop in Samode.

Samode - (40 km North West): The beautiful Samode Palace has been rebuilt and renovated and provides a fine example of the Rajput haveli architecture and is an ideal spot for outing.      

Continue drive to Jaipur, upon arrival check – in at Hotel.

JAIPUR – The city blushing pink is the picturesque capital of Rajasthan, more famous as the ‘Pink City’. It was colourwashed pink when Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria of England visited India in 1883 A.D... Founded in 1727 A.D. by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur is the first planned city designed in accordance with ‘Shilpa Shastra’ – the epochal treatise of Hindu architecture.

Afternoon        : Proceed for city tour of Jaipur City visit following Monuments / Places:

ity Palace Museum - An imposing blend of traditional Rajasthan and Mughal art. The Museum is resplended with its collection of robes of Royal Princes, an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD.
Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind) - A five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramid façade and overhanging windows with latticed screen, domes and spires.
Jantar Mantar (An Observatory): - The Jantar mantar is a mispronunciation of Sanskrit word Yantra Mantra. It was built to check the astronomical observation at Jaipur.

Overnight at hotel.


Day 05: JAIPUR

Breakfast        : at Hotel.
Morning           : Excursion to Amber fort–

Amber Fort – 11 Kms from Jaipur a marvelous example of the Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below.

►Enjoy ELEPHANT RIDE while climbing up to the Amber fort.     

Afternoon        : Free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: JAIPUR – FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA

Breakfast : at Hotel.
Morning : Drive to Agra (235 Kms. - 5 h), enroute visiting FATEHPUR SIKRI.

FATEHPUR SIKRI – the deserted city of sandstone built by the emperor AKBAR. Built by Akbar, it is the most perfectly preserved and complete Mughal palace city of all.  Although only ruined walls remain of the town, the magnificent palace complex still stands the elaborately carved red sandstone almost as it was 400 years ago.

Continue drive to Agra, upon arrival check in at hotel.

AGRA – The world’s most opulent court of the 17th century was once located in Agra, the capital city of the Mughal emperors under whose rein the city flowered. The city’s piece de resistance – Taj Mahal is an enduring symbol of an emperor’s love for his favorite queen. Agra’s Fort gives one a feeling of space The celebration of life at Agra Fort stopped however when the emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned in it by his son Aurangzeb.      

Afternoon: Proceed to visit Taj Mahal & Agra Fort. 

Taj Mahal - [ built by Shah Jehan for his queen Mumtaj Mahal ], perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the World & the construction of Taj Mahal believed to have taken 22 Years to complete with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. {Enjoy Tonga Ride from hotel to Taj} F Agra Fort - Where you can ramble around the somewhat unkempt high walls and wide moat, up and down staircases and through the palace rooms.  From the fine Musamman Burj (octagonal Tower) there is a wonderful view of the Taj Mahal. Also visit a Marble Factory to see the intricate work of Gems, precious stones in Marble, etc.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: AGRA – Jhansi – Orcha - KHAJURAHO

Breakfast        : at Hotel.
Morning           : Met by our representative and escorted from your Hotel to Agra Railway station to abroad the 2002 Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi.
08h00   Depart from Agra Railway station.
10h24   Arrival in Jhansi.

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to Orcha (20 Kms. - 30 m).

Orchha - In the central part of India, once the capital of Bundela rulers, Orchha is now a village set among a wonderful complex of well-preserved palaces and temples which date back to the 16th century. Many of the temples are still in use and are visited regularly by thousands of devotees who go there to worship at the shrine of Rama.

Continue drive to Khajuraho (180kms - 4 h), upon arrival transfer to hotel.

 KHAJURAHO - Famous for its temples that are India's unique gift to
the world, representing, as they do, a paean to life, to love, to joy, perfect in execution and sublime in expression. Life, in every form and mood, has been captured in stone, testifying not only to the craftsman's artistry but also to the extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela Rajputs under whose rule the temples were conceived and constructed.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: KHAJURAHO

Breakfast        : at Hotel.
Morning           : Proceed to visit Eastern temples.

Eastern Temples – The eastern group consists of the Parsunath Temple, which is a Jain temple, with exquisite sculptures on the outer walls. Inside, a throne faces the bull emblem of the first Jain tirthankara Adinath. Ghantai Temple is another Jain temple which depicts the 16 dreams of Lord Mahavira’s mother. Adinath Temple, dedicated to the Jain saint Adinath, is lavishly embellished with sculpted figures including Yakshis.

Afternoon        : Visit of Western temples.

Western Temples – The Western group comprises the Kandariya Mahodeo, the largest and most typical of the Khajuraho temples is dedicated to Shiva. The main shrine is exquisitely carved and features delicate details. Chausath Yogini, only surviving granity temple of the period (900 A.D.), is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Only 35 of the original 64 shrines exist.  Vishwanath Temple, houses a four-headed image of Brahma – the Hindu god of creation. 

Overnight at hotel.

Day 09: KHAJURAHO - VARANASI

Breakfast        : at Hotel.
Morning           : Free at leisure.

Early Afternoon: Met by our representative and escorted from your Hotel to the Khajuraho airport in time for your flight no. 9W 724 to Varanasi.

Depart from Khajuraho.
Arrival in Varanasi.

Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in etc.

VARANASI - One of the holiest cities in India, Varanasi is one of the most important pilgrimage sites and also a major tourist attraction. It has been the religious capital of Hinduism since time immemorial. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, Varanasi has been a center of learning and civilization for more than 2,000 years. Written records of the Skanda Purana and the Mahabharata mention its existence as long as 3,000 years ago. It is probably the oldest living city in India, and one of the worlds most ancient.

Afternoon        : Proceed for a half-day tour of Varanasi.

Benaras Hindu University - This is the largest and oldest university in north India. Spread over an area of 2,000 acres, this great place of education was established by Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya. Today the campus has faculties of Arts, Science, Music, Sanskrit, Languages, Engineering, Statistics and Medical to name a few of them. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple -This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is popularly known as the golden Temple due the Gold plating done on its 15.5 meter high spire. One tonne of gold donated by Maharaja Ranjit Singh has been used in the gold plating of the spire. The temple was destroyed in the various invasions and was rebuilt in 1776 by Rani Ahilyabai of Indore
Durga Temple - Built in the 8th century, the Durga temple is one of the most important temples in Varanasi. This temple is built in Nagara Style. The shikhara of the temple is formed by many small spires which are built one on top of the other.

Bharat Mata Temple - This temple is dedicated to Mother India. The temple is built in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth which was built by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt. This temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936 so that the citizens could respect Mother India in statue form. The statute is built in marble. The statue is a replica of undivided India in three dimensions which has the mountains, plains and oceans in right proportion.

Evening           : After visiting Bharat Mata Temple, proceed to GHAT and enjoy BOAT RIDE at river GANGES at SUN SET & WITNESS AARTI CEREMONY at GHAT.

Cycle Rickshaw Ride (15 Minutes Ride).
Venue: Bharat Mata Temple to Ghat & Vice Versa.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: VARANASI -  NEW DELHI - EUROPE

Breakfast        : at Hotel.
Early Morning: proceed to GHAT and enjoy BOAT RIDE at river GANGES at SUN RISE & WITNESS AARTI CEREMONY at GHAT.

F Cycle Rickshaw Ride (15 Minutes Ride).
F Venue: Bharat Mata Temple to Ghat & Vice Versa.

A highlight of any trip to Varanasi - this incredible scene as multitudes of devotees comes to the river to pay homage to the Sun God. The riverfront, as seen from a boat 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; in the chant of the priests; and in the fragrance of flower oblations.

Later                : Excursion to Sarnath (10 kms - 20 m).

Sarnath - Here Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after enlightenment and revealed the eight fold path, the Buddhists doctrine.  Visit Chaukhandi Stupa, Ashok Pillar, Dhamek Stupa, Dharamika Stupa, Dhamek Stupa, Archaeological Museum.

Return to Varanasi.

Afternoon        : Met by our representative and escorted from your Hotel to the Varanasi airport in time for your flight no. 9W 724 to Delhi.

14h30   Depart from Varanasi.
15h40   Arrival in New Delhi domestic airport.

Upon arrival you will be met by our representative at New Delhi domestic airport and escorted to Indira Gandhi International airport to connect your flight for Europe.

00h00   Check – in at Airport.
00h00   Depart from New Delhi
TOUR ENDS.

 

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