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IndiaTour - Central India - Taj Mahal Tour With Khajuraho

Central India tour

14 Nights / 15 Days

Places Covered :Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Gwalior - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Sarnath - Delhi

Itinerary


Day 1: Delhi
Arrive at Delhi airport and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy rest of the day at leisure. You can either lounge in the hotel, relax or you can go on optional sightseeing of the city. Overnight at Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi – Jaipur
This morning after breakfast, drive down to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital city and famously known as the pink city. Arrive and check into your hotel. You have time free for some shopping. Visit its numerous bazaars. Kishanpol bazaar is known for the vibrantly coloured Rajasthani textiles while one could visit the Johari Bazar for the famed Jaipur gems and jewels. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 3: Jaipur - Sightseeing Tour
After breakfast proceed to visit Amber Fort. Known for its artistic style, it blends both Hindu and Rajput architectural elements. The opulent palace complex built with red sandstone and marble consists of the Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience", the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over the water cascade within the palace. Return to the city and go on a short sightseeing tour. Visit the City palace. Peer through the latticed windows at Hawa Mahal. See the famous observatory Jantar Mantar. Of the 5 facilities built, the one in Jaipur is the largest and best preserved. Return to your hotel. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 4: Jaipur - Agra - Sightseeing Tour
This morning after breakfast, drive down from Jaipur to Agra. Enroute visit the abandoned citadel of Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival, check into your hotel and get ready for a trip to the Taj Mahal. The symbol of eternal love built by Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, Taj Mahal needs no introduction. Made entirely of marble and exquisitely carved, the Taj stands on the banks of River Yamuna. Return to your hotel. Overnight at Agra.

Day 5: Agra - Gwalior - Sightseeing Tour
This morning after breakfast, visit the famous Red Fort in Agra thereafter which you are transferred to Gwalior. Also known as the city of Scindias, the city and its fortress have served as the center of several of historic northern Indian kingdoms. Arrive and check into your hotel. After freshening up, proceed to visit the Jai Vilas Palace which houses the museum. One of India's most grandiose nineteenth-century palaces, it remains the residence of the royal Maratha family – The Scindias. The Museum exhibits a collection of antiques belong to the Scindia reign. Two Belgian chandeliers weighing several tons will definitely catch the sight of everyone. Each article put on display in the museum is worthy to be mentioned, but some rare collections like a glass cradle from Italy, silver dinner services and swords that were once worn by Aurangzeb and Shah Jahan are conspicuous. Interesting display is the small silver train used by the Maharajah to dispense cigars and brandy to his guests. Later, visit the towering fort of Gwalior which is known for its architectural genius. Perched high on a rocky massif, the imposing fort with its blue tiled palace is visible from each and every corner of the city of Gwalior. Regarded as North and Central India’s most impregnable fortress, the Gwalior Fort was built by Raja Man Singh Tomar in the 15th century. The fort is bounded by solid walls of sandstone, which encloses three temples, six palaces and a number of water tanks. Return to your hotel. Overnight at Gwalior.

Day 6: Gwalior - Orchha - Sightseeing tour
This morning after breakfast, a drive down from Gwalior takes us to the charming little town of Orchha. Situated on the banks of Betwa River, Orccha is known for its distinct architecture.

On arrival, check into your hotel and get ready for a short sightseeing trip. Visit the Orchha fort, the Chaturbhuj Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple and the numerous cenotaphs that line the river banks. Return to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at Orchha.

Day 7: Orchha
This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast after which you have the day at leisure. You can do some optional sightseeing trips to the Orchha palace or the huge palace-fort standing on the bank of Betwa River. The fort consists of several connected buildings erected at different times, the most noteworthy of which are the Raja Mahal and the Jahangir Mahal. Dinner and overnight at Orchha.

Day 8: Orchha - Khajuraho
After a relaxed breakfast, proceed to Khajuraho. At times referred to as the Kamasutra temple, Khajuraho is world renowned for its sculptured temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Jain deities, and the sexually explicit carvings both inside and outside the temple. A UNESCO world heritage site Khajuraho is believed to have had over 75 temples of which 22 remain today. Arrive and check into the hotel. Later visit the marvellous temples of Khajuraho. The temples in Khajuraho are divided into three complexes. The most popular temple complex in Khajuraho of the three is the western complex on the western side which houses the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple - the largest temple at Khajuraho.

The eastern group of temples of Khajuraho is about half an hour away from the western temple complex. Brahma Temple, Vamana & Javari Temples and the Parshvanatha Temple, the largest Jain temple in Khajuraho is in the eastern complex.

The southern group of temples in Khajuraho comprises of Duladeo temple and the Chaturbhuja temple Return to your hotel. Overnight at Khajuraho.

Day 9: Khajuraho - Extended visit to Temple
After breakfast, enjoy an extended visit to Khajuraho Temples. Explore the temples of the South Eastern and Northern Group. The SE group has many Jain temples that are similar to one other. The Parshavnath temple is the biggest amongst these. There are also temples to Ghantai and Adinatha. The Northern side has temples like Devi Jagadambi, Sun Temple, Vishwanath, Marakateswara and Parvati. Overnight at Khajuraho.

Day 10: Khajuraho - Varanasi
This morning after breakfast, transfer to Khajuraho airport for a flight to Varanasi. Arrive at the holy city of Varanasi or Benaras as it is popularly known and transfer to your hotel.

After you have checked into the hotel and freshened up, leave for a visit to the Kashivishwanath Temple and Ganga aarti on the Dashvamedh Ghat or Assi ghat. Return to your hotel. Overnight at Varanasi.

Day 11: Varanasi - Sarnath - Varanasi
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning leave for an excursion to Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon. Located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi, Sarnath is the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna. Consequently, it is one of the 4 main Buddhist pilgrimage destinations.

Return to your hotel. Overnight at Varanasi.

Day 12: Varanasi - Train Journey
Go on an early morning boat ride on the holy Ganges and watch this ancient city rise to a new day. You have this day free to visit the promenade and discover the city’s delights. In the evening transfer to the railway station for a night train to Delhi. Overnight in the sleeper train.

Day 13: Delhi
This morning you will be picked up from Delhi station and transferred to your hotel. Check into your hotel and enjoy the day free to go shopping for souvenirs. The city is a shopper’s delight and suits everyone’s budget. Visit the numerous shopping districts of the city, from the upmarket Khan Market and Connaught place to the hippie dominated Paharganj. Visit the Hauz Khas village to get a taste of contemporary art in an old world setting. Overnight at Delhi.

Day 14: Delhi - Sightseeing tour
This morning after breakfast, get set for a full day visit of the capital. The sights of interest in Delhi need no introduction. You start with Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk in the old quarter. Move on to Lotus Temple and the Qutub Minar in the charming suburb of Mehrauli before returning to your hotel. Overnight at Delhi.

Day 15: Delhi - Departure
This morning after breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back home.