Upon arrival, met by our representative and get transferred to your hotel. You will be assisted on check in formalities and will be briefed about your next day's program.
Proceed to Old Delhi to visit the 17th century Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1650 and 1656, it can accommodate ten thousand pax at one time. Hop on a cycle rickshaw and traverse through the lanes of Chandni Chowk, the shopping center of old Delhi. Later drive past the Red Fort for a photo shot. Visit the Brila Temple- a Hindu temple dedicated to Laxminarayan and the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara - the religious place for Sikhs and see the community Kitchen. In Sikhism the practice of the langar, or free kitchen, is believed to have been adopted by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak.
Afternoon proceed to New Delhi, built in a typically British colonial style with tree-lined avenues and colonial bungalows. See India Gate, the 42 m high War Memorial Arch. Drive past the Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings and the Vice Regal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India. You will also visit Qutab Minar – what was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world and was to be the prototype of all minars in India. It was built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi in 1200 AD.
Departure by road to Jaipur, the "Pink City" where the emblematic facade of the Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal) is located. Arrival and check-in at the hotel. At 15:30 we visited the Albert Hall Museum and then visited the Birla Temple in Jaipur.
Visit the ancient Rajput capital of Amber, 11 km from the city. This fort-palace was begun by Raja Man Singh and used by the Rajputs as their stronghold until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to the newly created Jaipur. See the Diwan I Am or hall of public audience, Kali temple, Jai Mandir or hall of victory with its inlaid panels and mirror ceiling, and Sukh Niwas. The fort provides breathtaking views of the lake below.
Explore the city, driving past the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). This magnificent structure was built to allow the royal ladies of the palace to discretely watch the grand processions along the main street. The city palace was built between 1729 and 1732 by the ruler of Amber Sawai Jai Singh II. City palace has a large part of total area of Jaipur which is surrounded by battle door. The palace complex was built like there is another city in a city. A complex of courtyards, gardens, buildings, temples, fountains, pounds, courts, horse stable, workshops and playgrounds. Continue to the impressive Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in the early 1700s by Maharaja Jai Sing II, the astronomer to which this city owes its name. While you are in the city, you can also visit the nearby popular street markets of Jaipur like Renowned Johori bazaar with hundreds of jewelry vendors, plus handcrafted clothing, furniture, art & more
Departure in the morning to Agra, visiting en route Fatehpur Sikri, capital of the Mughal empire for 14 years. It was also the last city built by Akbar and abandoned apparently for lack of water. We continue to Agra and check in at your hotel.
Visit the Taj Mahal at the sunrise (closed on Fridays) Often considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India, the Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The site chosen was on a bend in the river so could be seen from Shahjahan's personal palace in Agra Fort, further upstream. The construction of the Taj Mahal started in 1631. It took 20,000 artisans 22 years to complete this poignant mausoleum. When declaring it a world heritage site, UNESCO described it as “the jewel of Muslim art in India”. There are few words that can describe the magnificence of this monument.
Return to your hotel for breakfast.
Visit The Agra Fort. The construction of the Agra Fort was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Its massive walls stretch for 2½ km and are surrounded by a moat over 10 metres wide. The fort is really a city within a city, which embraces the Moti Masjid, the Diwan-i-Am or the Hall of Public Audiences, the Diwan-i-Khas or the Hall of Private Audiences, the Octagonal Tower, Jehangir’s Palace and many more monuments.
Afternoon at Leisure.
Optional: Visit the Itmad ud Daulah- This tomb was built in 1622 for Ghiyas Beg, father of Empress Noor-Jahan, the wife of Emperor Jahangir. It is beautifully conceived in white marble, mosaic and lattice and set a precedent as the first Mughal building to be faced with white marble inlaid with contrasting stones. Sometimes also called ‘Baby Taj’, it is small, intimate and has a gentle serenity.
Optional: Mohabbat e Taj show- – a series of play depicting the saga of love. The true and immortal love of Shajahan for Mumtaj Mahal - his beautiful wife; the lavish lifestyle of mughal era; emaculate hardship of the artisans for 22 years that created the most precious specimen of craftsmanship... ‘Mohabbat-the-Taj’ at ‘Kalakriti is exceptionally inviting. The effort to hold up the cultural and historical legacy of India is worth a glance
Departure by Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi. Then by road to Orchha and make a visit to the Palace of the Raj Mahal. We continue by road to Khajuraho, where you will find the most wonderful temples of India built between the tenth and eleventh centuries by the Chandela kings.
Visit the western and eastern group of temples. Among the western group of temples, the most famous is the Kandariya Mahadev temple, 32 meters high with a fantastic range of sculptures including sensuous themes. Other temples include the Chaunsat Yogini, which is a granite temple, the Devi Jagdambe temple dedicated to the Mother Goddess, the Chitragupta temple, dedicated to Surya the Sun God, etc.
Get transferred to the airport to connect the flight to Varanasi, the most sacred city of India and the city of the "One Thousand Stairs". In the afternoon, we head to the bank of the Ganges River to see the evening ceremony "Aarti", a Hindu religious ritual. Observe the mystical scene displayed before you of the many Ghats lit with oil-lamp lights, Brahmans chanting hymns and numerous floating oil lamps. The evening aarti of the Ganga River is a must-watch sight and is acclaimed the world over for its breath-taking environs. Performed daily at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, the Agni Puja (prayer with fire) signifies a commitment made to all the Gods and Goddesses.
At dawn we take a boat tour of the Ganges River, one of the large rivers of the Indian subcontinent. Next we take a walk through the streets of the city. Return to the hotel and breakfast.
Take a half-day tour of Varanasi visiting the Bharat Mata temple with its big marble relief map of India, the Durga temple and the modern marble Tulsi Manas temple whose walls are engraved with scenes and verses from the Ramcharitmanas, the Hindi version of the Ramayana. Also see the New Viswanath temple, one of the tallest in India (non Hindus are not allowed inside the temple). Go around the Benares Hindu University and its museum, and see the mosque of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
DAY 10 : END OF ITINERARY
Morning at leisure.
Later get transferred to the airport to connect flight to Delhi. In Delhi connect to onward flight.