Witness the glorious history of India through visits to forts, palaces, sculptures, and temples. Lakshminarayan Temple, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Red Fort, Jama Masjid and also the Khajuraho Western Group of Temples. Also, do elephant rides at the Amber Fort!
DAY01: Delhi: you have arrived
Arrive in Delhi. Meet your local driver and go to the hotel.
DAY02: Delhi (Delhi: old and new)
Go on a tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit the following places: Qutab Minar; Humayun's Tomb; Lakshminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu Temple; Parliament House; Connaught Place, New Delhi's premium shopping centre; Red Fort; Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India; and Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Return to hotel
DAY03: Delhi - Jaipur (in the pink city) (281 kms/ 5.3 hrs)
Drive to Jaipur (281 km/ 5.3 hrs). The city is known as the Pink City and it hosts the grand Amber Fort, the first royal residence of the Maharajas of Kachchwaha. Tour the following places: The City Palace; Mubarak Hall; Chandra Mahal; Pothikhana, which house collections of paintings and manuscripts; Museum of Arms and Armory; Jantar Mantar, Jai Singh’s observatory; and Hawa Mahal or the “Palace of Winds”.
DAY04: Jaipur (by elephant to the amber fort)
Enjoy a guided excursion to Amber Fort. Ride on a decorated elephant to ascend the hill to the Palace. Witness the walls paintings depicting various hunting scenes, intricate carvings, mosaics and minute mirror work.
Receive an in-depth demonstration on tying a saree (for women) or Pagdi (for men).
DAY05: Jaipur - Agra (phantom city and Agra glory) (238 kms/4 hrs)
Drive to Agra (238 km/4 hrs). Agra is home to the world-famous Taj Mahal, best described as “poetry in marble" due to its beauty, grace and exquisite workmanship. But that's not the only string to Agra's formidable longbow: there is a wealth of palaces and monuments that showcase the Mughal glory days.
Visit Fatehpur Sikri. The marble tomb of the Saint “Salim Chisti” and the “Buland Darwaza,” the highest gateway in the world, are some of the highlights of this intriguing fortress.
DAY06: Agra (meet the taj mahal in person)
Visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. The Taj Mahal stands serene and awe-inspiring on it's raised marble platform by the banks of the Yamuna, testifying to the timelessness of art and love. It's pure white marble shimmers silver in the soft moonlight; exudes a shell-pink glow at dawn; and, at the close of the day, takes on the tawny, fiery hue of the majestic sun.
DAY07: Agra - Khajuraho (a dynasty of erotic sculptures)
Go to Agra Railway Station to board a train to Jhansi.
Go to Khajuraho to witness the western group of temples.
DAY08: Khajuraho - Varanasi (stand where Buddha first taught)
After breakfast, go on a tour of the eastern and southern group of temples. Go to the airport for a flight to Varanasi.
After arrival, settle into the hotel.
Tour the Ashoka pillar and the Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha delivered his debut sermon.
DAY09: Varanasi (Ganges sunrise and a rickshaw ride)
Take a dawn boat ride on the Ganges to watch the sunrise and experience the religious activity at the bathing ghats and temples on the banks. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
Visit the Banaras Hindu University and local temples.
Board a rickshaw for a ride through the old city. Witness the evening aarti ceremony.
DAY10: Varanasi - Delhi (back to Delhi, with love)
After breakfast, enjoy leisure time. Go to the airport for the return flight to New Delhi. Connect to the onward flight if needed.