Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Welcome to Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing tour to Old & New Delhi
The area around Delhi was probably inhabited before the second millennium BC, and there is evidence of continuous inhabitation since at least the 6th century BC.The city is believed to be the site of Indraprastha, the legendary capital of the Pandavas in the Indian epic Mahabharata. Remains of eight major cities have been discovered in Delhi. The capital of India, Delhi has been centre of political turmoil since 13th century. The day includes a visit to the temple complex of Laxmi Narayan
, the famous Chattarpur Temple and the Bahai Temple
, also known as the Lotus Temple. Raj Ghat in Delhi, the cremation site of Mahatama Gandhi, Father Of India
, is much like a sacred temple to every patriotic Indian heart. Enjoy a bit of astrological predictions and findings in the evening at Old Delhi, after which you are free to do shopping and relax. Ride a cycle rickshaw through the crowded streets of the markets of Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India in Old Delhi. In New Delhi, you can visit Dilli Haat, best place to look at Indian handicrafts and drive over the Rajpath, the site for Republic Day Parade of India to India Gate, a tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their nation. You can see the President's House from outside and visit the 16th century Humayun's Tomb, Safdarjung's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02: Delhi-Khajuraho
After breakfast, depart by flight to Khajurhao. Half day visit to Eastern group of temples.
Eastern group of temples -
Visit to Eastern Group of Temples. The Eastern Group of temples include the Ghantai Temple, Vamana Temple dedicated to the "Vamana" or dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the Javari Temple. There are also three Jain Temples with beautiful carvings and non-erotic sculptures. Although these are Jain Temples, they also contain numerous Vaishnav deities. (3-4 Hours)
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03: Khajuraho – Orchha - Jhansi - Agra
After an early breakfast visit Western Group of Temples.
Western Group of Temples -
built between 950 & 1050 AD by the mighty warrior kings of the Chandela dynasty, in a truly inspired burst of creativity. Temples are famous for the magnificent carvings depicting numerous sexual postures of the famous 'Kamasutra' ancient Indian work on sex. Only 22 temples survive of the 85 originally built. In fact, worship is still done today in the Matangeshwara temple, continuing an unbroken 1000 year tradition. Later drive for Orchha.
Orchha has a medieval town atmosphere attached to it. The Betwa River quietly flows by the town. The 16th century palaces & temples built by its Bundela rulers appear to be suspended in time. Visits to Orchha Fort, Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal & Ram Raja temple. Drive to Jhansi railway station to board the train for Agra. Upon arrival assistance & transfer to hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04: Agra
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Taj Mahal & Agra Fort.
Taj Mahal -
Visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1632–1653 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural Taj Mahal,marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the sill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 year to complete this 'Love Poem in Marble'. (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays).
Agra Fort -
Visit the Agra fort, built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 - 1573, which reveals the Mughal talent for combining defensive architecture with beauty and design. This fort palace was begun by Akbar as a purely defensive citadel and was subsequently completed by two successive generations that added the delicate mosaic and magnificent marble palaces. The fort is the history of Mughal life in Agra and offers a magical view of the Taj Mahal.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur
After breakfast, Drive to Jaipur enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri -
Located 40 Km from Agra, the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. This one of the world's most perfect ghost cities and a marvel of design and construction. It was conceived and built by Emperor Akbar, one of the most enlightened rulers of his time. Built in 1571, it is a synthesis of the flourishing styles of the Persian courts and the prevailing Hindu Islamic trends. Today its pristine red sandstone buildings are as perfect as when they were first chiselled. The masterpiece of this remarkable monument is the Jewel House of the Diwan I Khas. Architecturally extraordinary, the four doorways lead into a single storey room where a huge central pillar carved to baroque richness, supports a seat reached by mid air walkways. Further proceed to Jaipur, upon arrival check-in at hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06: Jaipur.
Early morning after breakfast 11 km drive to Amber Fort
Amber Fort -
with elephant ride. Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride all the way up to the Fort entrance. This journey on caparisoned elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal - a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded City Palace, Jaipurwith glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. Enroute to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds. (3-4 Hours) Later visit the City Palace, Observatory & Palace of Winds.
City Palace -
Visit to the Maharaja's city Palace, the former Royal residence part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. The main entrance leads to the courtyard at the centre which is the Mubarak Mahal. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. On the first floor is the Textile and Costume Museum which is the fine example of fabrics and costumes from all over India. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world built between 1728 to 1734 by Jai Singh. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. Astrology occupies an important place in daily life, observatory is a fascinating and attractive site to walk around. Rest of the evening free for shopping in the local bazaars of Jaipur.
Overnight Hotel - Jaipur
Day 07: Jaipur - Delhi (250 km - 5 hrs)
Morning post breakfast we leave for Delhi. Upon arrival assistance and check-in hotel for overnight stay at hotel.