Day 01 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.
You will be met on your arrival by the tour representative with fresh flower garlands. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 02 IN DELHI
This morning you will be given the city tour of Old and New Delhi.Old Delhi
- Visit the former centre of Moghul Power, Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Drive past the vast Red Fort, built in 1648, the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. A unique experience of taking 'rickshaw ride' from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue heading west from the Fort. Chandni Chowk - literally means "moonlit crossroads" and an area which best represents the "super-Oriental" - the glory and the guile; the grandeur and the grime, with its crowded bazaars, twisting lanes, maze of small streets strange aromas, the pungent odour of Oriental spices, the cries of shopkeepers, coolies and "rickshaw-walas" and the clatter and whirr of furious industry.New Delhi
- drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate & the Presidential Palace. Continue onto the beautiful Humayuns tomb of the Mughal era & predecessor of the world famous Taj Mahal. End the tour at the
towering minaret of Qutab Minar Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 03 DELHI-JAIPUR (265 Kms/165 Miles)
Leave Delhi for Jaipur by air conditioned vehicle.
The historic city of Jaipur or "The City of Vicotory" 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
Arrive Jaipur and check in at the hotel. This afternoon you will be given the city tour of Jaipur.
Tour of the Pink City - Your tour will include the imposing City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artefacts 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.
DAY 04 IN JAIPUR
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 honoured 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 Moghul ruling families
The afternoon is free. You will have the opportunity to walk around the colorful bazzars, take a by-cycle rickshaw ride or relax on the pool side of the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 05 JAIPUR-AGRA ( 235 Kms/147Miles)
Leave Jaipur for Agra by air conditioned vehicle.
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.
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.
visit Fatehpur Sikri.Fatehpur Sikri
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
Agra and check at the hotel.
In the afternoon you will be given
a short city tour of Agra. Red 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
at the hotel.
AGRA - VARANASI
this morning you will visit the world famous - TAJ MAHAL
(Closed on Fridays) - located on the bank of Yamuna River, the most
extravagant monument ever built for love. 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 it's
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. Return to the hotel for
Transfer to the airport in time to connect flight for
In Varanasi - meeting and assistance on arrival and
transfer to the hotel.DAY-07 VARANASI
an early braekfast in hotels.Excursion to Sarnath
buried Buddhist city where Buddha preached his first sermon. 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
Indias' national emblem
Overnight at the hotel.DAY-08
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.
city tour of
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 & the mosque of Moghul
Rest of the day free.
Overnight at the
the airport in time to connect flight for Delhi.
In Delhi -
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
of the day free for last minute shopping.
Overnight at the
hotel.DAY-10 DEPART DELHI
Transfer to the
airport in time to connect your flight back home.