India is primarily known for Saints and Spiritualism. Yoga, Kama sutra, Mathematics, Astrology, Astronomy are the subjects which have attracted the rest of the world to visit, explore or raid India since time memorial. Be it Mughals, French, Portuguese and lately Britishers, all had one aim – Treasures of India. Despite all the invasions and slavery for more than 200 yrs India is a power to reckon with.
The spiritual touch is a journey through the most sacred places in North India- the holy city Varanasi also known as Banaras or Kashi with a history dating back 3000 to 5000 years, situated on the banks of the mighty Ganges.
Mark Twain has described Varanasi as “Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together ”
Kashmiri Gate,New Delhi
Approx 9.30 Pm
Hotel Ramada in Delhi
Rickshaw Ride in Chandni Chowk
Flight Delhi to Varanasi
The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi
Aarti ceremony on the Ganges, complete with chanting prayers and mantras, drums and bells.
Sunrise boat ride on the sacred river Ganges
Hotel Chandela in Khajuraho
Horse cart ride / Bikes in Bharatpur wild life sanctuary
Train From Jhansi to agra
Hotel Wyndham In Agra
Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset.
Hotel Ramada in Jaipur
Enjoy an elephant ride in Amer Fort
Meals as specified
Arrival and departure transers
Fully-guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
Bottled water supplied during Sightseeing
All applicable Hotel taxes
Expenses of personal nature
Tips & Gratuity
Khajuraho – A UNESCO world heritage site in central India, is a famous tourist and archaeological site known for its sculptured temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Jain patriarchs. Extended over 21 sq. km and contained about 85 temples built by multiple rulers from about 950 to 1050. Khajuraho continued its religious importance until the 14th century (Ibn Batuta was impressed by it) but was afterwards largely forgotten; its remoteness probably saved it from the desecration that Muslim conquerors generally inflicted on Hindu monuments. In 1838 a British army captain, TS Burt, employed by the Asiatic Society in Calcutta, came upon information that led him to the rediscovery of the complex of temples in the jungle in Khajuraho. Khajuraho temples perhaps was an outcome of believe in Sex and Spirituality and Occult sciences ( Tantric). Both internally and externally the temples are richly carved with excellent sculptures that are frequently sensual and, at times, sexually explicit.
The tour also show case the world famous monument The Taj Mahal and the pink city Jaipur known for its Palaces, forts and astronomical observatory.
ARRIVE IN DELHI Arrive in Delhi, where our representative will meet and escort you to the hotel.
Day 2: DELHI - India’s Capital After breakfast proceed on a sight seeing tour of New Delhi, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Humayun`s Tomb was the first of the grand imperial mausoleums that became the hallmark of the Mughal dynasty. Humayun’s tomb inspired and is a precursor of the Taj Mahal, followed by visit to Qutub Minar, the pride of Delhi. The tall minaret was constructed in 1192 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, and later completed by his successor Iltutmish. The soaring conical tower is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture. Also drive pass India Gate, President House and Parliament . Later in the day tour Old Delhi for a glimpse into some of India’s most historic sites, including the 17th-century Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar. Continue to the Red Fort, with its red sandstone walls extending for more than a mile. Afterward, visit Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3 & 4
Day 4: VARANASI - The Holy City Fly to Varanasi, located on the Ganges River. Varanasi – the land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education. Some of the world renowned exponents India has produced in these fields were schooled in Varanasi’s cultural ethos. Luminaries apart, Varanasi abounds in the art of silk weaving, an exotic work of art which manifests itself in precious Banarasi Silk Sarees and Silk brocades which are cherished as collector’s items across the world today. Millions of pilgrims flock to Varanasi’s ghats (steps leading into the river), where the devout wash away their sins. This afternoon, visit Sarnath, the birthplace of Buddhism. Explore the ruins of a once-flourishing Buddhist monastery and a Buddhist art and sculpture museum. This evening, visit the ghats during the Aarti ceremony, as worshippers pray near the water by the light of candles and lanterns.(Breakfast,Dinner)
Day 5: KHAJURAHO - MEDIEVAL TEMPLES Experience spirituality in India from a different perspective in an unforgettable boat ride on the Ganges in the morning at Sun rise, floating past ghats ( steps leading to the river front) as worshippers begin to appear on the banks. Later transfer to the airport for flight to Khajuraho, to explore exquisitely carved temples.(Breakfast,Lunch)
Day 6: JHANSI – ORCHA – AGRA After breakfast in the hotel depart for Jhansi, stopping en route at Orchha. The road journey pass through small villages Mauranipur,- Nowgong, - Chhatarpur and country side fields where you can see farmers in India still tilling contrary to `No Till` advocacy in the West. Arrive Orchha and visit 17th Century Palace and its group of Hindu temples. After lunch board a train to Agra, home to the Taj Mahal; (Breakfast,Lunch)
AGRA - The Greatest Monument to Love Visit the Taj Mahal at the sunrise to view changing shades of Marble. Spend a couple hours soaking in Emperor Shah Jahan’s monument to eternal love. It is not just the monument but the calligraphy on the entrance arch, walking around its walls, gazing at the minarets, and touching the intricate lattice screens in the mausoleum interior. Afterward, visit the Agra Fort on the right bank of the river Yamuna. It is one of the most important and robustly built stronghold of the Mughals, embellished with number of richly decorated buildings encompassing the imposing Mughal style of art and architecture. It was constructed by the third Mughal emperor Akbar on the remains of an ancient site known as Badalgarh. It was Babur who had sent his son Humayun to Agra, he captured the fort and seized a vast treasure, which included the world famous ‘Koh-i-noor’ diamond as well. Humayun was coroneted here in 1530. Nazam, a water-carrier (saqqa), who had saved Humayun from drowning, was crowned here as an emperor for half-a-day.Afternoon at leisure. Visit Taj Mahal at the sunset as it casts a fantastic orange glow on the Taj’s white dome. (Breakfast,Dinner)
JAIPUR - The Pink City Drive to Jaipur, stopping en route at Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch in Bharatpur, continue to the “pink city,” as Jaipur. This famous city is the capital of Rajasthan and has earned universal renown as the " Pink City ", and pink it is, with beautiful constructed palaces, havelis and forts. Tall, rugged men with handle-bar whiskers sport bright pink turbans. Jaipur which means the city of victory was built in 1727 by Sawai Jai Singh II exactly 273 years back was the first planned city of its time. A strong wall encircles the old city and even today has a suggestion of formidable strength, its function of protecting all within is obvious. (Breakfast,Lunch)
JAIPUR – The Royal Rajputana
After breakfast proceed to visit City Palace: a historic landmark also houses a museum containing select collection of various types of Rajasthani dresses, a fascinating armoury of Mughal and Rajput weapons; swords of all shapes and sizes, with chased handles, some of them inlaid, enamelled, encrusted with jewels and encased in bold and magnificent scabbards.
Jantar Mantar: is one of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories. Constructed with stone and marble its complex instruments whose settings and shapes are precisely and scientifically designed represent the high points of Medieval Indian astronomy.
Hawa Mahal: Built by the poet king Sawai Pratap Singh, the Hawa Mahal is the most strikingly designed monument in Jaipur. It was conceived to provide adequate vantage position behind delicate stone carved jali screens to the palace women for watching the royal processions passing through the bazaar below.
Jal Mahal: A tiny palace romantically located in the middle of a small lake, this was supposed to be a hunting lodge for the royal family. It can only be viewed from the banks of the lake.
Amer Fort: For seven long centuries before Jaipur was built, Amer served as the capital as Kachhwaha rulers of the old state of Dhundhar. Amer Fort is the complex of palaces, halls, pavilions, gardens and temples, which were built by Raja Man Singh, Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh over a period of about two centuries. Enjoy an elephant ride upto the fort.
Return to hotel. In the evening visit an ethnic resort Choki Dhani.
DELHI / Return to the Capital After breakfast return to Delhi. Check into Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
DEPART DELHI Transfer to the airport for your flight home.(Breakfast)