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Exotic North India (7 Nights / 8 Days)

India
Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Jhansi, Khajuraho, Varanasi

Day 1
Arrive Delhi
Welcome to India! – One Nation, countless destinations. A land of rich heritage that’s ancient. The mystique of India, its history of 5000 years, philosophy, religions, fabulous historical monuments all add to its bewildering diversity to create a unique and colorful mosaic. This is the wonder that is India, come, enjoy and experience it.


Your Holiday begins today.
Upon arrival at the Delhi International airport, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Check in at the Hotel. ( Check in Mid-Day )
Afternoon Combine brief city tour of Old & New Delhi : Old Delhi beginning with visit the unique Jama Mosque, the largest mosque in India, built in 1650 AD. This is followed by a drive past the Red Fort (Closed on Mondays) (1639-48), built by Emperor Shah Jahan, creator of The Taj Mahal. Later drive past to Raj Ghat - the site of the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Later sightseeing tour of New Delhi with a drive past Safdarjang’s Tomb (1753 AD) while we are on the way to the Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This striking medieval tower of victory, built by the slave dynasty, is 73 m high. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted for over 1500 years. Continue your tour to visit the Humayun’s Tomb. Later drive through the Embassy area, Diplomatic enclave, stop for a quick photo shoot at India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Estate formerly Viceroy’s House) and Connaught Place, New Delhi’s main shopping area. With many facets as a Kaleidoscope, you can be rest assured that you’ll find a little bit of every part of India in this city.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 2
Delhi – Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, leave Delhi and drive to Jaipur (258 kms. / 5.5 hrs.). The capital of Rajasthan, this picturesque city is a symphony in pink, a color which signifies hospitality in Rajput culture. Built by Raja Jai Singh in the 18th century, it is surrounded by hills topped with rugged fortresses and dotted with fairy tale palaces. Ambling camels and brightly dressed locals, reflect Jaipur’s desert heritage while the teeming markets display a profusion of handlooms and crafts. Come visit the city of love, legends and lore.
Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and Overnight.


Day 3
Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, enjoy visit to Amer Fort, which is located 12 kms outside Jaipur. The original Palace was built by Raja Mansingh and later additions were made by Sawai Jai Singh. One of the finest example of Rajput architecture, it was the ancient capital of Kaisshawah rulers. Enjoy the ascent to the Palace on the back of a brightly caparisoned elephant. Visit the multiple chambers and hallways of the palace which are famous for their design and decorations. This unique capital of the erstwhile warrior kings of Rajasthan is a must on every tourist itinerary to the state.
Afternoon, proceed for a city tour to visit the unique Jantar Mantar, which is a magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728 and drive past the Hawa Mahal, an intriguing “ Palace of Winds”. This was really a facade built in 1799, to allow royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Later visit the opulent City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style which has grand museums displaying an excellent collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory. Please note all monuments in Jaipur will be closed by 1630 hrs.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 4
Jaipur - Agra
Early Breakfast at the hotel. After Early breakfast drive from Jaipur to Agra (221 kms. / 6 hrs.) Enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted, red sandstone city, built by Emperor Akbar, between 1570 and 1585, now glows in its magnificent past. This was once the capital of the Moghul Empire for a short period but later abandoned due to scarcity of water. Here you will visit the Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory), which is said to be the tallest gateway in the world.
Continue your drive to Agra and upon arrival check-in at the hotel.
In the afternoon, proceed for a city tour where you will experience the TAJ MAHAL (closed on Fridays). An extravagant marble monument of love, built by Shah Jahan in 1653 as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal. This beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble took 22 years and 22000 craftsmen to build. Continue your tour to the Agra Fort, the original red sandstone fort built by Moghul Emperor Akbar in 1565. The Forts maze of courtyards, its marble mosque and lavish private chambers reflect the grandeur of the Mughal Empire.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 5
Agra – Jhansi - Khajuraho
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, leave Agra for Jhansi by train (the Shatabdi Express) Reception upon arrival at the Railway Station and drive to Khajuraho (172 kms. / 5 hrs.) Enroute Orcha visiting the Jehangiri Mahal, the Raj Mahal and the Laxminarayan temple. Continue your drive to Khajuraho and upon arrival check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 6
Khajuraho – Varanasi
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, proceed to see the Eastern and Western group of temples. The Chaunset Yogini Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, The Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple and the Eastern group of temples that consist of the Parasvanath Temple.
In the afternoon leave Khajuraho for Varanasi by flight. Upon arrival at the Varanasi airport, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 7
Varanasi
Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the river Ganges. The best time to visit the Ghats is dawn when pilgrims take their morning dip. The most famous Ghat is the Dasaswamedh Ghat from where we begin this tour. Enjoy the boat ride while looking out for people on the ghats – the women bathing discreetly in their sarees, the young men displaying prowess in yogic postures & the Brahmin priests offering prayers for one and all. Amidst all this you may also come across the burning ghats which are cremation sites for the dead.
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you can proceed for a city tour of Varanasi, walking through the narrow lanes and stop by at the bazaars to have a look at, among other things, the world famous Banaras silks.
In the afternoon visit the buried city of Sarnath, north east of Varanasi – it is as holy to Buddhists as Varanasi is to Hindus. Having achieved enlightenment at Bodhgaya, Buddha came to Sarnath to preach his message of the way to Nirvana. Later, Ashoka, the great Buddhist, emperor erected magnificent Stupas and monasteries at Sarnath. What is visible today are the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and a fine museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 8
Depart Varanasi - Delhi
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you are transferred to the Varanasi airport for flight to Delhi.
Your Holiday ends today and its time to travel back home.

::Tour At A Glance::
- Exotic North India -tour through the cities of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Khajuraho and Varanasi presents a fascinating potpourri of the varied colours and rich culture of India.
- Delhi is an enchanting tapestry of contrasts – a city that has kept pace with the rest of the world while having its roots firmly planted in the past. It teems with history, culture, architectural marvels, world cuisine, bazaars, imperial gardens, nightclubs and much more.
- The pink city of Jaipur is exuberant with colour and age old charm. The stunning backdrop of palaces and forts and testimonials of a bygone era is a reminder of their lingering romance.
- The fabled city of Agra is home to one of the wonders of the world. Built entire out of white marble, the Taj Mahal’s architectural beauty has never been surpassed.
- Varanasi is the holiest of Indian cities. It is an ancient city you need to experience.
Kahjuraho is famous for its exquisitely carved and embellished temples and sculptures, which are over a thousand years old.
- The harmonious combination of the historic splendour of Delhi, the royal grandeur of Jaipur, the romanticism of Agra, temple town, Kahjuraho and the holiest city, Varanasi. Presents India at its very best.

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