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State of India

DELHI - JAIPUR - AGRA - GWALIOR - ORCHHA - KHAJURAHO - VARANASI - DELHI

Day 01 / Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport Meet & greet by presentable representative of Indian Travel Desk with special welcome. Transfer to hotel. Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles. Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Shah Jehan possessing an exquisite talent, especially in architecture, created the seventh city and in the process brought about Delhi's glorious renaissance. Start the day with Old Delhi. Here you will view Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colorful market of the old city. Chandni Chowk was the commercial centre of Delhi in the old time and you will see it come alive in the morning as the trading day starts.

Day 02 / Delhi Sightseeing
Today sightseeing of New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's-it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. Visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar & Lotus Temple. Drive pass through the Raisina Hills past the imposing India Gate, President House and Parliament House. Evening return to the Red Fort to watch the "Son et Lumire" show which is an interplay of colorful lights and sound tracing the history of monument till date. Overnight stay.

Day 03 / Delhi - Jaipur (260 kms - 5 Hrs. Drive)
After breakfast drive to Jaipur via visit to Amber Fort former capital of Rajput kingdom. Perched on a hillside in the desert, the grandeur of the palace and its fort recall the glory of an older age. We step back in time ourselves as we are transported up the hill to the palace on brightly caparisoned elephants Inside we find lavish courtyards beautifully decorated halls, and a lovely Chamber of Mirrors. Upon arrival check in Hotel. Afternoon visit to City Palace - where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 A.D.), Birla White Marble temple and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.

In the evening eyewitness the Rajasthani Cultural evening with a thousand lanterns amidst a village carnival with Kalbeliya Rajasthani Folk Dances, Snake Charmer, Puppet Shows, Camel Ride, Bullock Cart Ride & many other activities. Overnight stay

Day 04 / Jaipur - Agra (232 kms - 5 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
On today's drive through the Rajasthani countryside we see villages, woman dressed in the brilliantly colored saris of the region, Camels, Elephants & scenes of rural lives. Enroute visit Ghostly deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, built in 1569 by the Great Emperor Akbar. Today it is deserted & left in solitude to reminisce over its past glory. Arrive Agra, home to the Incredible Taj Mahal. Check in hotel. Afternoon visit to the Taj Mahal - Monument to Love which was built in 1630 by Mghal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jehan had Lahori's hands cut off, and blinded, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughals brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry. Also visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and Agra Fort. Overnight stay.

Day / 05 Agra-Gwalior (120 Kms - 3 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
After breakfast drive to Gwalior - is a city with a dramatic, colourful history that goes back over a millennia. It's legendary beginning stems from a meeting between a warrior called Suraj Sen and a hermit, Gwalipa, who lived on the hilltop where the fort stands. Upon arrival check in Hotel. Today visit to Gwalior fort- the imposing Gwalior fort , built by Raja Mansingh Tomar dominates the city. The fort hill rises to 100 mtrs to 200 mtrs with solid fort walls which surround almost the entire hilltop, Sas Bahu Temple, Karan Mahal, Gujri Mahal, Tan Sen Tomb & Jai Vilas Palace & Museum - a splendour of different kind exists in the Jai Vilas Palace has been turned into the Jivaji Rao Scindia Museum. Jai Vilas is an Italianate structure, which combine the Tuscan and Corinthian architectural modes. Overnight stay.

Day 06 / Gwalior- Khajuraho (280 Kms - 6 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
After early breakfast drive to Khajuraho via visit Orchha- A medieval city founded by Bundels rulers with palaces and temples of 16th & 17th Century. Sightseeing of Orccha includes Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, Praveen Rai Mahal, Lakshmi Narayan, Chaturbuj and Ram Raj temples. Later drive to Khajuraho. Upon arrival checkin Hotel & visit the eastern group of temples of Khajuraho that consists of the Parasvanath Temple, which is the only Jain temple at Khajuraho and has excellent sculptures on the outer walls of the sanctum. Also visit the Javeri temple dedicated to Vishnu. Overnight stay.

Day 07 / Khajuraho - Varanasi (By Air)
After breakfast visit to renowned Khajuraho group of temples with many dedicated to god and goddesses from Hindu Mythology. View the world famous Chandela temples where forthright sculptures celebrate the Joy of life and love for which there is no equivalent in the world. Afternoon board the flight for Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi, check in Hotel. Later return excursion to Sarnath, the sight of Buddha's first sermon. Evening See "aarti" Ceremony on the River Ganges & Stroll along the narrow lanes and bazaars full of shops selling, among other things, the world-famous Banaras Silks. Overnight stay.

Day 08 / Varanasi - Delhi (By Air)
Early Morning Visit some of the Hindu Temples that line the river Gangas & Boat excursion on the Holy River Gangas to see the Bathing ghats and crimination sites. Watching people bathing and worshiping at the ghats is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India. Later city tour Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief map of India in marble, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Banaras Hindu University etc. Afternoon transfer to Airport to board the flight for Delhi. Overnight stay.

Day 09 / Delhi - Onward Destination
After leisurely breakfast you will transfer to Airport for your onward destination tour ends with sweet memories.

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