CLASSICAL INDIA

Classical Tour5

Description

  • Destination : Delhi Jaipur Agra Jhansi Khajuraho Varanasi Delhi
  • Duration : 01 Oct – 31 Dec’2017 & 01 Jan – 31 Mar’18

Detailed Day Wise Itinerary

  • Day : 1 ARRIVE DELHI

    On arrival at New Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a SITA representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.

    India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks. Upon arrival at the hotel, proceed for Check in.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Day : 2 DELHI

    Morning visit New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Qutub-ud-din Aibak started it in 1199. Drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence.

    Afternoon half day city tour visiting Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. It was the last architectural extravaganza of the Mughal Emperor, Shahjahan built in the year 1656 AD with the help of 5,000 craftsmen.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day : 3 DELHI – JAIPUR

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to Jaipur (255 KMS / 6 Hours). Upon arrival proceed to check-in to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the surroundings.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Day : 4 IN JAIPUR

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area. Jeep ride will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.

    En-route to Amber you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city. Continue for sightseeing tour of Jaipur city visit the city of Jaipur. Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur include the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. You will also have the opportunity to wander about the local markets. Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Day : 5JAIPUR – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to Agra (232 KMS / 6 hours) en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.

    Continue drive to Agra and upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel.

    Afrernoon proceed to visit the 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. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day : 6 IN AGRA

    Early morning proceed to visit Taj Mahal by sunrise (closed on Fridays). The 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 mid 17th 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 astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture. Reruern to hotel for breakfast.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Day : 7 AGRA –JHANSI-ORCHHA

    AMorning transfer to railway station to board train for Jhansi

    Train Details: Agra- Jhansi by Bhopal Shatabadi-2002

    Departure Agra: 08:17 hrs / Arrival Jhansi: 10:48 hrs

    On arrival in Jhansi transfer to Orchha

    Orchha, now a small hamlet in the state of Madhya Pradesh, was once the capital of the formidable Bundela kings who ruled over a large tract between the Ganga and Narmada in medieval times. According to legends, King Rudra Pratap chose this place situated on the loop of the river Betwa to make his capital in AD 1501

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Day : 8 ORCHA –KHAJURAHO

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to Khajuraho (172 KMS / 4 hours) Khajuraho is a fascinating village with a quaint rural ambience and a rich cultural heritage. The fascinating temples of Khajuraho, India's unique gift of love to the world represent the expression of a highly matured civilization. Khajuraho temples were constructed between 950 and 1050 A.D. during the reign of Chandela Empire. Khajuraho derives its name from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree) which can be found in abundance in the area. These temples are considered the "high point" of Indian architectural genius in the medieval period. Originally there were 85 temples, of which only 22 still exist. The amazingly short span of 100 years, from 950 AD - 1050 AD, saw the completion of all the temples, in an inspired burst of creativity.

    Upon arrival in Khajuraho check in at hotel

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Day : 9 KHAJURAHO – VARANASI

    After breakfast at hotel proceed for sightseeing of Khajuraho Visit the Western Group of temples, the most important temple being the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the largest and most typical of the Khajuraho temples. Visit the Chaunsat Yogini Jain Temple-dedicated to the 64 "Yoginis" or attendants of Goddess Kali. This temple stands apart from the rest. Also see the Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely sculpture of Lord Vishnu in his 11-headed form. The sculptures that adorn the temples depicts gods, Goddesses and amorous couples. The Eastern Group of temples include the Ghantai Temple, Vamana Temple dedicated to the "Vamana" or dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the Javari Temple. There are also three Jain Temples with beautiful carvings and non-erotic sculptures

    In time transfer to the airport for boarding flight for Varanasi

    Flight Name: Jet Airways- 9W-2424

    Departure Khajuraho: 14:05 Hrs / Arrival Varanasi: 14:55 Hrs

    On arrival transfer to the hotel.

    Varanasi, the 'eternal city', and Hinduism's most important city, located on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, has been the center of learning & civilization for over two thousand years.

    In the evening you would be taken to the Ghats to see the illuminated Ganga Aarti ceremony – an experience of life. The Ganga Aarti is a spectacular sight. Hundreds throng to the ghats to participate in this ceremony. Offerings of lamps and flowers are made to the river immediately following this ceremony and it is a moving sight to watch hundreds of miniature lamps float along the river.

    Overnight at the hotel

  • Day : 10 VARANASI

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Afternoon, you will proceed for an excursion to Sarnath, a major Buddhist center in the world. After achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya, Buddha, the 'Awakened One', delivered his first sermon here. It was the sixth century then, when he also set in motion the wheel of law, the Dharmachakra. This dwelling place of the rishis, it was also known as 'Rishipatana' (the place of the Rishis or sages). Buddha gave his first sermon in the Deer Park where he initiated his first five disciples into Buddhist monkshood. Buddhism found its roots in Sarnath, the birthplace of this way of life. Evening return back to your hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel

  • Day : 11 VARANASI / DELHI

    MBreakfast at the hotel.

    In time transfer to the airport to board flight for Delhi

    Flight Name: 9W-2424

    Departure Varanasi : 15:25 Hrs / Arrival Delhi : 16:55 Hrs

    On arrival transfer to the airport to connect flight for onward destination.

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Our Tour cost Includes

  • 12 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing at the hotels mentioned above or similar
  • Meal Plan: Daily buffet breakfast at all hotels as per program.
  • Arrival & departure, transfers, sightseeing and excursions at all places as per the itinerary will be provided by Air-conditioned transportation.
  • Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes
  • 01 Jeep ride at Amber Fort.
  • Local English speaking guide throughout the tour.
  • Our representative for assistance on airport arrival and departure transfers.
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Hotels Details

Hotels Envisaged or similar City Name of the Hotel Night/s
Delhi 3* / 4* 02
Jaipur 3* / 4* 02
Agra 3* / 4* 02
Orcha 3* / 4* 01
Khajuraho 3* / 4* 01
Varanasi 3* / 4* 02

The Above tour cost Does Not Include

  • 10 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis at the hotels mentioned or similar
  • Half board basis
  • Transfers and sightseeing by Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accompanying English speaking guide ex Delhi till Agra and local German speaking guide in Orchha, Khajuraho and Varanasi.
  • Entrance fees to monuments.
  • Meet & Greet services of a TCI Representative
  • All prevailing taxes.

Special Notes

  • Personal items, drinks, tips, laundry, communication charges, meals not specified, etc.
  • Camera fees at monuments where levied.
  • Any visa fee.