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Get ready to fall in love with the royal and elegant heritage and archaeological treasure of India! This tour covers the Golden Triangle, Rajasthan, cities of central India and cultural capital Varanasi. Explore exotic temples of Khajuraho, experience the famous Golden Triangle, go for Desert Safari in Jaisalmer, explore the blue city of Jodhpur, villages of Rohet, safaris in Ranthambore and trave...

Get ready to fall in love with the royal and elegant heritage and archaeological treasure of India! This tour covers the Golden Triangle, Rajasthan, cities of central India and cultural capital Varanasi. Explore exotic temples of Khajuraho, experience the famous Golden Triangle, go for Desert Safari in Jaisalmer, explore the blue city of Jodhpur, villages of Rohet, safaris in Ranthambore and travel to Varanasi to experience culture rituals and the Ganges. It is a private trip where travelers can relax and tour at their own pace with the help of the private driver and experienced government-approved guide. The trip is most suitable for people interested in knowing the Indian culture and heritage, wildlife and nature.

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Day 1: Welcome to India! 

Arrive New Delhi airport. Welcome to India. Meet our representative and transfer to hotel. Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. On arrival, check in to the hotel, Leisure and overnight at hotel. Overnight at Delhi.

Visited:
New Delhi
Accommodation
Taj Palace (New Delhi)

Day 2: Sightseeing of New and Old Delhi with bike

After breakfast go for full day sightseeing tour of New Delhi; Drive past the Red Fort, - a marvel in red sandstone, the Raj Ghat, - memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Jama Masjid, - the largest mosque in India. Proceed to Chandni Chowk to savour the ambience of an oriental, crowded bazaar. Old Delhi was once known as the city of Shahjahanabad. This fortified city has a long and interesting history and even today, the remains of its glorious past can be seen in the form of Kashmiri Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Turkman Gate, Delhi Gate and Feroz Shah Kotla. Chandni Chowk is a massive area packed with shops, bazaars, and people.

As Asia's largest wholesale market, Chandni Chowk features an array of goods available at the shops and stalls. Continue to New Delhi: pass by India Gate (memorial to the Indian army soldiers who died in the World War I), the Rashtrapati Bhavan (formerly the viceroy's residence) and the Parliament House. Visit the imposing Lakshmi Naryan Temple, see the 12th century Qutab Minar - gracefully handcarved for its entire height of 234ft, and the Ashoka iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time and not rusted even after 1500 years and the mausoleum of emperor Humayun - a forerunner of the Mughal style of architecture. Enjoy rickshaw ride in Old bazaars of Chandni chowk in New Delhi. Overnight.

Visited:
New Delhi
Accommodation
Taj Palace (New Delhi)

Day 3: New Delhi - Varanasi 

After breakfast, transfer to airport to board the onwards flight from New Delhi to Varanasi. Arrive at Varanasi airport. Meet our representative and transfer to hotel. Varanasi, the city of Shiva on the banks of the Ganges, is one of Hinduism’s seven holiest cities. With its temples, over a hundred ghats and labyrinth of streets, the city cannot be described, only experienced. Also called Benares or Kashi, Varanasi is the oldest living city in India, and one of the world’s most ancient. Hindu devotional movements flourished here, and it is still the chief centre of Sanskrit learning in North India. It is also famous for silk weaving and ornamental brass-work. On arrival, check in to the hotel. Go for excursion to Sarnath to see beautiful Jain temples. Evening attend Aarti session near river ganges. Overnight at Varanasi.

Visited:
New Delhi, Vāranāsi
Accommodation
Taj Ganges Gateway (Varanasi)

Day 4: Varanasi - Boat Cruise on Ganges, temple visits and Bengali Tola walk

Take an early morning boat ride on the river Ganges to see the bathing ghats and cremation sites. You can see pilgrims bathing and performing rituals on the Ghats, one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India. Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be a spiritually uplifting sight. Later see the Viswanath temple (also called Golden Temple due to its gold plated towers) dedicated to Shiva. Non-Hindus not allowed inside.

​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.

Late afternoon you will be met by an expert for the guided Bengali Tola walk where you will have an opportunity to get a glimpse of the symbiotic life of the riverside people of Varanasi. Eventually, as you tour through the city you will end up on Bengali Tola, the street of the Bengalis, where you will be visiting the hidden Mother Goddess Kali shrines, and the vistas of life along the riverside. The tour continues to the historic ritual bathing site called Dashaswamedh, or the ten-horse sacrifice Ghat. Overnight at Varanasi.

Visited:
Varanasi
Accommodation
Taj Ganges Gateway (Varanasi)

Day 5: Varanasi to Khajuraho - Fly to Khajuraho/ Sightseeing tour of Khajuraho temples

After breakfast, fly to Khajuraho and get transferred to the luxurious hotel in Khajuraho. Khajuraho was built by the Chandela dynasty, which rose to power in Central India between the 10th and 11th centuries and is home to some 25 odd temples depicting the different facets of life, including the erotic. These erotic carvings on some panels have given rise to much speculation since Khajuraho’s rediscovery by a British officer in 1838. To preserve it for posterity, Khajuraho has been declared a World Heritage Site and is among the prominent destinations on the world tourism map.

​On arrival, check in to the hotel. Proceed to sightseeing tour of Khajuraho to 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. The eastern group of temples includes both Hindu and Jain temples. The largest and finest of the Jain shrine is Parsvanath temple. Also see Adinatha temple, Ghantai, Vamana temple etc. Evening enjoy light & sound show. Overnight at Khajuraho.

Accommodation
The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho (Khajuraho Group of Monuments)

Day 6: Khajuraho - Agra - Travel by train to Agra

After breakfast travel by train from Khajuraho to Agra. The train departs at 9:10 AM and arrives Agra at 5 PM. On arrival transfer to hotel Overnight at Agra.

Accommodation
ITC Mughal (Agra)

Day 7: Agra, Taj Mahal and village walk

Morning visit Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really outstanding. Also enjoy battery ride in Agra.

Later visit Agra fort. Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Also visit Itmad Ud Daula tomb.

Late afternoon go for Mughal Heritage Kachhpura Village walk with high tea. A narrow bridle path through agriculture fields near Mehtab Bagh takes you into the ancient village of Kachhpura and Humayun’s Mosque. The walk through Kachhpura starts with explaining the paintings (sanji art) on the walls done by community girls under the youth program. Humayun’s Mosque is another monument that is situated inside the village. This is a strange peculiar kind of mosque ever built by Mughals. It has one deep narrow, great central ricer or compartment entered by a high arch and domed in the center with one recess in its weak wall.

​At each side of this central compartment the building is lower and broken up into the smaller chambers. After regular meetings with government authorities, they have now been renovated as well. The central courtyard of the village is a major attraction of Kuchhpura. The courtyard was redesigned under the project that offers a view of activities taking place in and around the information center: street theater and henna tatto making. One can also visit the village school situated near the courtyard. Walk ends in Mehtab Bagh from where you will have the opportunity to watch the Taj Mahal during sunset. Overnight at Agra

Visited:
Agra
Accommodation
ITC Mughal (Agra)

Day 8: Agra and Ranthambore 

After breakfast, check out from hotel and travel to Ranthambore by AC vehicle – en-route visit excursion to Fatehpur Sikri. The magnificent fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 as his capital and abandoned 15 years later, allegedly due to a severe scarcity of water. You will visit the graceful buildings within such as the Jami Masjid, the tomb of Salim Chisti, the Panch Mahal, Diwan I Khas and other palaces. It is a place where Islamic architecture fuses with Hindu and Jain decorative art.

​After sightseeing drive towards Ranthambore. The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country where more visitors spending a couple of nights are likely to spot one of these majestic animals. Once, private tiger reserve of the Maharaja of Jaipur, in 1972 the sanctuary came under the Project Tiger scheme. It covers 410 sq km and runs from the easternmost spur of the Aravalis to the Vindhya Range. It has both the old for and the wildlife sanctuary, also known as Sawai Madhopur, after the town, which has some Jain temples with gilded paintings. On arrival, check in to the hotel, leisure and overnight at hotel. Overnight at Ranthambore.

Visited:
AgraRanthambore
Accommodation
ITC Mughal (Agra)

Day 9: Ranthambore - Safaris in National Park

Go for morning and evening wildlife sharing jeep /Canter safari inside the national park of Ranthambore. Overnight at Ranthambore.

Visited:
Ranthambore
Accommodation
Khem Villas (Ranthambore)

Day 10: Ranthambore - Jaipur - Safari in the national park and Heritage walk in Jaipur

Go for morning safari in the national park. Later checkout from hotel and drive towards Jaipur. Jaipur (City of Victory) was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727. It is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the Universe through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. The architect who formalized the city’s plans on the Shilpa Shastra, the epic Hindu treatise on architecture, mixed it with the sublimity of the Mughal and Jain influences of those times. The city was painted pink in 1853 in honour of the visit by Prince Albert. On arrival, check in to the hotel.

​On this fascinating late afternoon walk mingle and talk with the locals while learning about some of the regions culinary delights: pakoras, aloo tiki, samosa and sweets from some of the city’s most popular street food vendors. Observe local artisans in their workshops; jewelers and silversmiths, gold and silver foil makers. You also have the option of seeing and trying the art of Henna painting. This is a 2 ½ hour walk. Leisure and overnight at hotel. Overnight at Jaipur.

Visited:
Ranthambore, Jaipur
Accommodation
Night at Trident Hotel (Jaipur)

Day 11: Sightseeing of Jaipur 

After early breakfast, 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. Afternoon, proceed for half day tour of the city visiting the Maharaja’s City Palace and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Jaipur’s walled City Palace (1732 AD) occupies one-seventh of the city’s area. See the Mubarak Mahal, museums of textiles and armoury etc, and the Diwan I Khas and Diwan I Am. Jantar Mantar, literally meaning “instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens” is the oldest in India. Photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Elephant ride in Amber fort. Go for cooking class with Dinner with local family. Overnight at Jaipur.

Visited:
Jaipur
Accommodation
Night at Trident Hotel (Jaipur)

Day 12: Jaipur and Jodhpur

After breakfast check out from hotel and travel to Jodhpur by AC car. On arrival check in to hotel, leisure and overnight at hotel. Evening go for excursion to Bishnoi village for a village tour. Overnight at Jodhpur.

Accommodation
night in Ajit Bhawan (Jodhpur)

Day 13: Jodhpur and Jaisalmer 

After breakfast proceed for half day city tour of Jodhpur. On a half-day city tour visit the Meherangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill. The palace apartments like Sukh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal etc are beautifully decorated and house jewellery, costumes, armoury, palanquins, howdahs and other remnants of the past. See the Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II built in 1899. Later the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs were also built here. Also visit the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace Later drive to Jaisalmer by AC car. The captivating city of Jaisalmer, founded by Prince Jaisal in 1156 AD, has been dubbed Golden City because of the honey colour imparted to its yellow sandstone walls by the setting sun. With the crenellated walls and narrow streets lined with exquisitely carved buildings, it has an extraordinary medieval feel. On arrival, check in to the hotel, leisure and overnight hotel. Overnight at Jaisalmer.

Accommodation
Suryagarth (Jaisalmer)

Day 14: Sightseeing of Jaisalmer and the desert

After early breakfast check out from hotel and proceed for sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer. Throbbing in the heart of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is an intricately moulded wonderland. Take a half-day sightseeing tour of this city of gilded magic. See the fort built by Rawal Jaisal atop the 80 m high Trikuta hill, where a fourth of the population still lives. Within the fort are also beautifully carved Jain temples of the 12th to the 15th centuries. See Badal Vilas Palace, the former ruler’s 20th century palace. Desert Culture Centre which has interesting info about Rajasthani culture, as well as traditional instruments. Also visit some impressive merchant mansions (havelis) including Patwonki Haveli (1805). Evening go for Desert Safari, spend time in evening on a Camel Safari and see the magnificent sunset. Overnight at Jaisalmer.

Visited:
Jaisalmer
Accommodation
Suryagarth (Jaisalmer)

Day 15: Jaisalmer and Rohet

After breakfast check out from hotel and travel to Rohet by AC car. On arrival check in to hotel. Later go for village tour or Horse Safari if you wish. Overnight at Rohet.

Visited:
JaisalmerRohet
Accommodation
Rohetgarh (Rohet)

Day 16: Departure

Transfer from the hotel to the airport!

​Safe travels!

Visited:
New Delhi

New DelhiVāranāsiVaranasiKhajuraho Group of MonumentsAgraRanthamboreJaipurJodhpurJaisalmerRohet

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