Classical North India tour
Classical North India tour, a package of 10 nights and 11 days, is going to be an amazing tour which will offer you a chance to explore the best of cultural and spiritual temples and monuments of India.Read more
Visit some of the most significant Hindu temples, forts and spiritual palaces, medieval monuments and landmarks in the famed golden triangle tour circuit in India. A boat ride in Varanasi and elephant ride in Jaipur also form major highlights of this golden triangle, as well as Khajuraho erotic temples and the unmissable Taj Mahal monument.
On arrival at New Delhi airport meet & greet by our representative and transfer to hotel for rest of the night. Delhi, the capital of India, now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope that is India.
Today we take a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest and best known mosque in India. Later we walk down or take a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan.
In New Delhi, we visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls.
We then see the President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House and served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India. We will also visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site and the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India.
Then it's on to Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic architecture. Qutub Minar and its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Optional - Sound & Light Show at Red Fort.
Overnight stay in Delhi- Hotel 3* or 4*.
Morning after breakfast proceed towards Jaipur. Jaipur - popularly known as Pink City, the flamboyant and colourful capital of Rajasthan. With its rich and colourful past, resplendent with tales of valour and bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was founded in the year 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. It remains the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors. On arrival transfer to hotel.
Optional - Chokhi Dhani
Evening excursion to Chokhi Dhani complex, ethnic village resort located at a distance of 15 km from Jaipur. The Rajasthani village atmosphere is recreated on the sprawling ground and includes the entertainment by folk dancers and musicians. Later drive back to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Morning after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to Amer Fort, situated just outside the city, enjoy the experience of the elephant ride to reach the fort. Take photos in front of Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds built for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen. Also enjoy photography in front of Jalmahal - a water palace.
Visit the City Palace situated in the heart of Jaipur and known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum. Jantar Mantar is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. Evening transfer to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Morning after breakfast drive towards Agra. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, (37 kms from Agra), Old deserted town of Mughal Dynasty –Fatehpur Sikri was built in red sandstone in honor of Saint Salim Chisti who foretold the birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar, and is an example of robust stability combined with originality.
Later proceed towards Agra - beautifully situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It achieved prominence as the capital of the Mughal Emperors from the year 1526 to 1628, it remains a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era monuments, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all three UNESCO World Heritage sites. Upon arrival check in to hotel and relax for a while.
Overnight stay in Agra.
Morning after breakfast proceed for the sightseeing tour of Agra visiting Agra Fort, designed and built by Akbar in 1565 A.D., built with a barricaded wall of red sand stone; it houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and numerous palaces including the Jahangir Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Am, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Meena Bazar, Moti Masjid, Sheesh Mahal, Musamman Burj. Rest of day is free for shopping in the local markets of Agra.
Later visit one of most beautiful among the seven wonders of the world: Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal, the architectural modern day wonder of the world is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles.
Overnight stay in Agra.
Early in the morning get transferred to the railway station of Agra to board the train towards Jhansi (215 km away). On arriving in Jhansi, you embark on a road trip to Orchha (18 km away).
Orchha, located at a distance of 16 km from Jhansi, has a medieval town atmosphere attached to it. The Betwa River quietly flows by the town. The 16th century palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers appear to be suspended in time. Visit Orchha Fort complex. Within the Fort complex we visit Jahangir Mahal, built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha.
We also visit Ram Raja temple, a palace turnde into a temple with soaring spires and palatial architecture. Built by King Madhukar Shah it is one of the most unusual temples in India amd the only place where Lord Rama is worshipped as a King not as a deity.
Later we continue our drive to Khajuraho, built between 950-1050 AD by the mighty warrior kings of the Chandela dynasty. A truly inspired burst of creativity, it contains stunningly explicit erotic sculptures. They were rediscovered in the 20th century, and the place is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight stay in Khajuraho.
Morning after breakfast visit Khajuraho temples, famous for the magnificent carvings depicting numerous exotic postures of the famous Kamasutra, ancient Indian work on sex. Only 22 temples survive of the 85 originally built. In fact, worship is still done today in the Matangeshwara temple, continuing an unbroken 1000 year tradition.
Later we take a flight to Varanasi - picturesquely situated on the banks of holy river Ganga. The city traces of its existence are found around 10000 BC. Other than being a very holy city for Hindus, it also holds a very significant association with Buddha's life and Buddhism.
In the evening we visit the Ganges to see the spectacular 'Aarti'.
Overnight stay in Varanasi.
Embark on a short trip to Sarnath, a popular Buddhist religious site. One of the four most important sacred sites of Buddhism, it has the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the 'Dharma' after attaining enlightenment. Back to Varanasi in the afternoon for city tour including Alamgir Mosque, also known as Beni Madhav Ka Darera, Dasaswamedh Ghat, popular for evening Ganga Aarti, and the Bharat Mata Temple- positioned in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith campus. The evening is scheduled for the mesmerizing ceremony of Ganga Aarti, a lifetime opportunity.
Overnight stay in Varanasi.
In time get transferred to New Delhi International airport to board the flight for onward journey.
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