Classical India -11 nights/12 days
Delhi – Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Orchha – Khajuraho –Varanasi – Delhi
- Walk the old city of Delhi enjoying a combination of culinary, cultural and heritage experiences.
- Get henna put on your hands, learn to drape a Saree
- Experience the saga of valour, passion, endurance, culture & heritage becoming alive at the Sound & Light Show in Agra Jaipur and Khajuraho
- Cycle rickshaw ride through the crowded streets in the old city of Jaipur
- Boat ride on the holy river Ganges to watch the sunrise
- Shop till you drop: buy beautiful inlaid marble in Agra, wonderful gems and jewels in Jaipur and silk and brass products in Varanasi
Day 01 Delhi (Arrival)
Arrive Delhi. Meet and assistance at the airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 Delhi
Morning walking tour of old Delhi. Post lunch sightseeing of Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar & Lotus Temple. Back to the hotel. Over night at the hotel.
Day 03 Delhi – Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur. Check in at the hotel. Sightseeing of City Palace and Observatory. Evening enjoy sound and light show at Amer Fort. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 Jaipur
Morning visit Amer Fort and the famous Gems Factory. Afternoon free to enjoy shopping at Hawa Mahal shopping Street. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra
Morning proceed for Agra. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri. Check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 Agra
Morning visit the Taj Mahal and Agra fort. Afternoon free for shopping. Evening enjoy Sound and Light show at Agra Fort. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 Agra – Jhansi – Orchha
Arrival at Vasco Railway Morning transfer to the station to board train for Jhansi. Arrive Jhansi. Drive to Orchha (20 kms). Visit the Palace, temple and the Cenotaphs. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08 Orchha – Khajuraho
Morning drive to Khajuraho. Check in at the hotel. Evening enjoy the sound and light show at Temple complex Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09 Khajuraho
Sightseeing of Temples and village visit. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 Khajuraho – Varanasi
Morning transfer to the airport to board flight for Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing of the temples and the city. Evening enjoy the Arti performed at the Bank of River Ganga. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 Varanasi
Early morning visit the Ghat (river bank) to see the sunrise. Back to the hotel. Breakfast. Later an excursion to Sarnath. Overnight at the hotel
Day 12 Varanasi – Delhi
Transfer to the airport to board flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and board flight back to home.
Best Season October – March
Classical India Cities
Discover Indian architecture, renowned pilgrimage sites, natural beauty and the magic of a many splendoured land, offering diverse experience in art, culture, nature, religion and history.
The capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur, was the stronghold of a clan of rulers whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city are important attractions. Known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur’s bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie-and-dye scarves and other exotic wares.
For most of the time Agra alternated with Delhi as the capital of the Mughal Empire. As such one finds many marvels of the Mughal architecture in and around the city, the most famous of them being the Taj Mahal. Not only does the story of the love of a king for his wife haunt its visitors but also the architectural splendour leave its visitors mesmerized. The Agra Fort, built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D., is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khas, Sheesh Mahal and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment.
Varanasi, the City of Lord Shiva, is situated on the bank of the sacred Ganges River and is one of the holiest cities of India. Hindu pilgrims come to bathe in the waters of the Ganges, a ritual that washes away all sins. The city is a magical city where the most intimate rituals of life and death take place in public on the city’s famous ghats (riverbanks). It is this accessibility to the practices of ancient religious traditions that captivates many visitors. In the past the city has been known as Kashi and Benares, but its present name is a restoration of an ancient name meaning the city between two rivers, the Varuna and Assi. It has been a centre of learning and civilization for over 2000 years and claims to be one of the oldest living cities in the world.
The erstwhile capital of the Chandela Kings, Khajuraho is famous for its magnificent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain tirthankars. Despite the fact that they were dedicated to different Hindu gods Shiva, Vishnu and Jain saints, they followed the same architectural style. The decorations, the exquisitely carved sculptures, with which the temples are so liberally embellished have made Khajuraho famous. The divine sculptures in these temples are a tribute to life itself. There is an astonishing profusion of individual figures of gods, goddesses, and voluptuous women, mythical beasts, couples in erotic poses all carved in minute detail. The murals depict the life and times of the Chandelas and celebrate the erotic state of being.