Package Details

    Classical India Tour

    Duration: 11 Days and11 Nights    Location : Agra

Tour Description

A history which encompasses all the various kings and emperors who fixed their royal citadels here - Indraprastha, Lal Kot, Quila Rai Pithora, Siri, Jahanpanah, Tughlakabad, Ferozabad, Dinpanah, Delhi Sher Shahi or then Shahjahanabad. But, combined and integrated into one, these 'new cities' have always been called Delhi and howsoever many names it may have acquired, Delhi has always been intrinsically identified with power and imperial sway. A history which encompasses all the various kings and emperors who fixed their royal citadels here - Indraprastha, Lal Kot, Quila Rai Pithora, Siri, Jahanpanah, Tughlakabad, Ferozabad, Dinpanah, Delhi Sher Shahi or then Shahjahanabad. But, combined and integrated into one, these 'new cities' have always been called Delhi and howsoever many names it may have acquired, Delhi has always been intrinsically identified with power and imperial sway.

Itinerary

01-May-2017 (Mon) : ARRIVE DELHI

Arrive Delhi by international flight. A history which encompasses all the various kings and emperors who fixed their royal citadels here - Indraprastha, Lal Kot, Quila Rai Pithora, Siri, Jahanpanah, Tughlakabad, Ferozabad, Dinpanah, Delhi Sher Shahi or then Shahjahanabad. But, combined and integrated into one, these 'new cities' have always been called Delhi and howsoever many names it may have acquired, Delhi has always been intrinsically identified with power and imperial sway. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

02-May-2017 (Tue) : IN DELHI

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will be given tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi Old Delhi - Visit the former centre of Mughal Power, Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Drive past the vast Red Fort, built in 1648, visit the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jehan who also built the Taj Mahal, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. New Delhi - drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyen’s, including the India Gate & the Presidential Palace. Continue onto the beautiful Humayun’s tomb of the Mughal era & predecessor of the world famous Taj Mahal. End the tour at the towering minaret of Qutub Minar. Overnight at the hotel.

03-May-2017 (Wed) : DELHI – JAIPUR (265 KMS APPROX 6HRS DRIVE)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning you will check out from the hotel and enjoy the visit of Akshardham Temple. before driving to Jaipur. Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind. The grand, ancient-styled Swaminarayan Akshardham complex was built in only five years and was inaugurated on 6 November, 2005. (Akshardham Temple is closed on Mondays) Continue your drive to Jaipur. The historic city of Jaipur or "The City of Victory" was founded in 1727 A.D. by the great Kachhawah ruler Sawai Jai Singh II (1700 - 1747 A.D.), and named after him. The monarch was not only a great builder, but also a poet and an astronomer. Under his aegis, the city was designed by his talented architect Vidyadhar, who gave shape to the creative aspirations of Sawai Jai Singh in the form of the dream city of Jaipur. Upon arrival check in at the hotel Overnight at the hotel.

04-May-2017 (Thu) : IN JAIPUR

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will be given excursion to Amber Fort. Tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honored fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Mughal ruling families Afternoon you can do the city tour of Jaipur – You can visit the imposing City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artifacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. You will also visit the Hawa Mahal, "Palace of the Winds", and the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments. Enjoy a stroll through the colourful bazaar before returning to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

05-May-2017 (Fri) : JAIPUR – AGRA (232KMS APPROX 5.5HRS DRIVE)

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Jaipur for Agra by air conditioned vehicle. En-route visits Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri - Impressive sandstone fortress of Fatehpur Sikri. The fort was built in the 16th century and only occupied for a few years before being abandoned, leaving the buildings in virtually perfect conditions. Continue drive to Agra. Upon arrival in Agra - check-in at the hotel. Thereafter, visit the Red Fort, which was built by Akbar as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style Later continue your drive to Agra. Agra has a rich historical background, which is amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. Though the heritage of Agra city is linked with the Mughal dynasty, numerous other rulers also contributed to the rich past of this city. Modern Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi (Lodhi dynasty; Delhi Sultanate) in the 16th century. Babar (founder of the Mughal dynasty) also stayed for sometime in Agra and introduced the concept of square Persian-styled gardens here. Agra came to its own when Shahjahan ascended to the throne of Mughal Empire. He marked the zenith of Mughal architecture, when he built the Taj in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Upon arrival in Agra check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

06-May-2017 (Sat) : IN AGRA

Breakfast at the hotel. Later you will visit Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Itmad-ul-Daula. Taj Mahal…… Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday) Agra Fort - lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat. Itmad-ul-Daula, Situated 4 km North of the Taj, on the left bank of the Yamuna, is the perfectly proportioned marble mausoleum Itmad-ud-Daulah. Noor Jehan constructed this splendid marble monument in her father’s memory. This double storied marble tomb is replete with mosaic, inlaid with semi-precious stones. Overnight at the hotel.

07-May-2017 (Sun) : AGRA – JHANSI (BY TRAIN) JHANSI – KHAJURAHO (1

In time you will be transferred to Agra Cantt railway station to connect your Jhansi. Upon arrival in Jhansi, you will be met and transferred to Khajuraho en-route visit Orchha You will be given city tour of Orchha. Visit various temple and Palaces visit Fort palace of Raj Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, Diwan -I- Khas and last palace in the series Rai Praveen Mahal. Later continue your drive to Khajuraho. The name Khajuraho derives from the khajur or date palm trees that once surrounded the huge Khajurvahaka Tal. Khajuraho, once the great Chandela capital, is today a village of about a few thousand people in the interiors of central India, in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. Tradition records the existence of eighty five temples, of which only twenty five, strewn amidst lakes and fields, have survived. The temples at Khajuraho, brilliant examples of medieval Indian architecture, were built under later Chandela kings between AD 950 and AD 1050. Each ancient structure in India has a fascinating story to tell. But few match the temples of Khajuraho. Upon arrival in Khajuraho, you will check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

08-May-2017 (Mon) : KHAJURAHO – VARANASI (BY FLIGHT)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning visit Eastern and Western group of temples. Visit the world famous Chandela Temples. Out of the total 85 temples only 22 remain, but offer a beautiful and extravagant ode to human life. Built in 10th and 11th centuries, these temples are dedicated to a particular deity and the on the outer walls are carved various themes, but actually it is an ode to woman hood, an ode to fertility, the form of birth and an ode to greatest form of life. Of the two groups of temples - Western and Eastern - important temples to visit are - Kandariya Mahadev, Chaunsath Yogini, Chitragupta, Lakshmana, Devi Jagdamba, Parvati, Vishvanath Temple and Nandi, Paraswanath and Adinath Later in time you will be transferred to the Khajuraho airport to connect your flight for Varanasi. Picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy Ganga, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of learning in India, is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. This name seems to have been corrupted, in medieval times to Banaras, which was in use until May 24, 1956 when it was changed to Varanasi, by an order of the Government of India. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial, it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. In the evening you will witness the aarti ceremony on the banks of river Ganges. Overnight at the hotel.

09-May-2017 (Tue) : IN VARANASI

Early morning, leave for boat ride on the Ganges to see the bathing Ghats (river bank) & cremation site. Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be a spiritually uplifting sight. The life on the Ghats bound in an endless string of rituals, ever-changing aspects of the river & the wide landscape across have fascinated visitors from all over the world. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later visit Varanasi - Visit the Bharat Mata temple with a big relief map of India in Marble, Durga temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Benaras Hindu University which has an art gallery. Later visit Sarnath - After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya the Buddha went to Sarnath; and it was here that he preached his first discourse in the deer park to set in motion the 'Wheel of the Dharma'. It is one of the most holy sites as in this place the stream of the Buddha's teaching first flowed. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 16th century BC to 12th century AD. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple & the museum (CLOSED ON FRIDAYS). At the museum is the Ashok Pillar with its four guardian lions, used as independent India’s national emblem. Overnight at the hotel.

10-May-2017 (Wed) : VARANASI – DELHI (BY FLIGHT)

Breakfast at the hotel. Later in the morning you will be transferred to the airport to connect your flight for New Delhi. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

11-May-2017 (Thu) : DEPART DELHI

Early in the morning you will be transferred to the airport to connect your onward flight for your next destination.