Explore the deeply spiritual city of Varanasi, see the carvingsof Khajuraho Temples, visit the Taj Mahal- an iconic symbol of love and explore the Forts & Palaces of Rajasthan. Feel the real heartbeat of India travelling on a train and meet the real people.
Delhi – Varanasi – Khajuraho – Orchha – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur
|CENTRAL COCOON||Feel the real heartbeat of India travelling on a train and meet the real people.|
|FRAGRANCE OF TOUR||Explore the deeply spiritual city of Varanasi, see the carvings of Khajuraho Temples, visit the Taj Mahal- an iconic symbol of love and explore the Forts & Palaces of Rajasthan.|
Day 1. To Delhi
Departure from your home country to Delhi.
Day 2. Delhi
Morning arrival in Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing of Old Delhi including an exhilarating cycle rickshaw ride to the Jama Masjid through the bustling Chandni Chowk and it’s back roads – once the centre of the city Shah Jehanabad in the Mughal times. Finally continue onto the Raj Ghat- Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation site, before returning to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel Maidens.
Day 3. Overnight train to Varanasi
Morning sightseeing of vibrant New Delhi including the impressive Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and the India Gate. Late afternoon board overnight train to Varanasi in 1st a/c sleeper compartment.
Day 4. Varanasi
Morning arrival in Varanasi. Afternoon excursion to see the numerous Stupas, ancient & modern Temples and the Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath where Buddha preached his first discourse. Two nights at The Gateway Hotel Ganges.
Day 5. Varanasi
Early morning boat ride on the Ganges. As the mist slowly rises, quietly watch the devout perform their timeless rituals in the holy waters. After breakfast visit important sites including the Vishwanath Temple, Durga Temple and Banaras Hindu University. In the evening experience a cycle rickshaw ride to the ghats.
Day 6. To Khajuraho
Early afternoon flight to Khajuraho. Delightful evening light and sound show in the Gardens of the temple. Overnight at Taj Chandela.
Day 7. To Orchha
Morning sightseeing of the exotically embellished Khajuraho Temples. Originally 85 Temples were built although only 22 remain today. The Chandela Rajput rulers built the Temples roughly between 950-1050AD. Afternoon drive to Orchha. Overnight at Amar Mahal.
Day 8. To Agra
Orchha is a timeless medieval city – morning visit will include the exquisite Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and Laxminarayan Temple – look out for the glorious world famed murals from the Bundela School of painting. Board evening Shatabdi express train from Jhansi to Agra. Two nights at Hotel Trident.
Day 9. Agra
Breath-taking sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal to watch the sun slowly caress the white marble, awakening the day and distant memories. After breakfast explore Agra Fort seeing the many varied architectural styles of the complex, built by successive Mughal rulers. Also visit the Tomb visit the Tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah.
Day 10. To Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur via the magnificent deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri built by the Emperor Akbar in the second half of 16th C. The complex of monuments are all built in a uniform architectural style- including one of the largest mosques in India the ‘Jama Masjid’. Stop en route to see the Abhaneri Stepwell built in 800 AD. Two nights at the Samode Haveli.
Day 11. Jaipur
Morning drive to the outstanding Amber Fort. Climb the steep winding road on a stately caparisoned elephant. Don’t miss the Hall of Mirrors – it’s said one small candle could light the whole room with its reflection dancing from mirror to mirror. Dine at the historic 1135 AD restaurant for lunch then take a city tour visiting the City Palace complex, amazing Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory and the delightful Palace of Winds.
Day 12. To Jodhpur
Drive to Jodhpur. Two nights at Ajit Bhawan Palace.
Day 13. Jodhpur
Morning visit the 15th C. Meherangarh Fort soaring above the city, with its charming insight into the life and times of the ruling family. Also visit the quiet Jaswant Thada- a marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Afternoon at leisure with an optional jeep safari to nearby Bishnoi tribal villages.
Day 14. To Udaipur
Drive to Udaipur stopping en route at Ranakpur to see the intricately carved Jain Temples.
Day 15. Udaipur
Morning sightseeing of the City Palace and Museum with its fascinating insight into the lives of the Maharajas. Later stroll in the delightful Garden of the Maids of Honour. Remainder of day at leisure.
Day 16. To your home country
Fly back to your home country.
Suggested extensions: Devigarh, Goa, Ajanta & Ellora Caves and Mumbai (Various other extensions are available on request)
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