Golden Triangle with Khajuraho and Varanasi
Duration : 11 Days / 10 Nights
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi
DAY 1 : ARRIVE DELHI
Welcome to India! Our representative will welcome you at Delhi International Airport and transfer you to the hotel for a comfortable night stay. Stay overnight at Delhi.
DAY 2 : DELHI
Old Delhi was the capital of India between 17th and 19th century. In Old Delhi one will find many mosques, monuments and forts relating to India’s Islamic history. Delhi has many tourist attractions to offer. Pay a visit to the Red Fort and Qutab Minar, the Old Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Bahai Temple, Birla Mandir and many other sights. Visit the vibrant shopping complex of Connaught Place, Delhi Haat for handicraft goods and delicious food. Just drop in at Janpath for buying a variety of cheap and best items. Or take a stroll at Rajpath. If you are looking for spiritual peace, visit the Lotus temple, which is also famous for its marvelous architecture and heavenly beauty. Overnight at Delhi.
DAY 3 : Delhi - Jaipur
After breakfast at hotel you will leave for Jaipur. On arrival check into the hotel for short relax later then you will go for sightseeing in Jaipur. After sightseeing return to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 4 : Jaipur
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is one of the most popular destinations on a tourist’s itinerary, known for its magnificent forts, beautiful havelis and colourful bazaars. Jaipur is part of the famous Golden Triangle tour, which also includes Delhi and Agra. Jaipur is also known as the Pink City. Jaipur’s date with the pink colour goes back to 1905-1906, when the city was getting ready to welcome the Prince of Wales and needed a fresh coat of paint. The contractor’s inability to provide any other colour than pink saw Jaipur washed in pink hue.
There are a number of forts and palaces in and around Jaipur that tell the tales of Jaipur’s rich and vibrant heritage. Some of the important landmarks include Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar observatory, City Palace, Jaigarh Fort, Gaitore, Nahargarh Fort from where you have a wonderful view all over Jaipur, Birla temple, and Galta Ji (the Monkey temple). Besides the architectural wonders that dot Jaipur, shopping in the colorful bazaars is another exciting way to spend your day. Handicraft items make perfect souvenirs and Jaipur is most famous for its semi-precious stones, jewellery and miniature paintings. To learn more about Rajasthan’s culture, pay a visit to Choki Dhani and indulge in the excellent Rajasthani food served. Overnight at Jaipur.
DAY 5 : Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Have breakfast at hotel you will leave for Agra en routing visit Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival check into the hotel for short relax and later you will go for sightseeing in Agra. From Jaipur you can make an excursion to Sikandra or make a side trip to Fatehpur Sikri, a magnificent fortified ghost city (on the way from Jaipur to Agra).
Little needs to be said about the main reason for any tourist to visit Agra, the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed by the Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.
The TajMahal is open for visits 6 days a week, closed on Fridays, from sunrise till 7.30 pm. Proceed for sightseeing to the Agra Fort. Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly made of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque. Also visit Itmadullah’s Tomb, built by empress Noor Jehan in memory of her father, the interiors of which by some are considered better than the Taj. Overnight at Agra.
DAY 6 : Agra- Orchha
Having your breakfast you will leave for Orchha. Orchha, located in Madhya Pradesh, lies on the Betwa river and was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain Rudra Pratap Singh, who became its first King. In this medieval city the palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers retain much of their pristine perfection. Orchha possesses an imposing fort, which contains a number of palaces and other historic buildings. The most noteworthy of these are the Raja Rammandir, a massive square building of which the exterior is almost absolutely plain, and the exquisite Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace of the same form but far more ornate, crowned by graceful chattris and a beautiful specimen of Hindu domestic architecture.
In the Laxminarayan Temple and Raj Mahal vibrant murals encompassing a variety of religious and secular themes bring the walls and ceilings to rich life. Chaturbhuj temple, built on a vast platform of stone, is reached by a steep flight of steps and is surely one of the most unusual in India. It is also the only temple in India where Ram is worshipped as a king. Those interested in outdoor activities can go for river rafting or visit the national park. Overnight at Orchha.
DAY 7 : Orchha - Khajuraho
On this day you will leave for Khajuraho. The town of Khajuraho is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. After arrival check-in the hotel. Overnight in Khajuraho.
DAY 8 : Khajuraho
Today you will leave to explore Khajuraho after breakfast at the hotel. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculpture. The monuments have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples were built over a span of 200 years, from 950 to 1150. At that time the landscape setting was semi-desert and scrub. Now the temples are set in a parkland landscape, resembling an English public park with mown grass, rose beds and ornamental trees. Originally there were over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 25 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation. The temples serve as fine examples of Indian architectural styles that have gained popularity due to their explicit depiction of sexual life during medieval times. These erotic carvings are found only on the outside of the temples though, on some 10% of them. The rest depict the everyday life of the common Indian of the time when the carvings were made, and of various activities. They for example show women putting on makeup, musicians, potters, farmers and other folks. Overnight In Khajuraho.
DAY 9 : : Khajuraho- Varanasi
Having your breakfast later you will leave for Varanasi. Varanasi, the Holy city of India, is situated on the left bank of the River Ganga and is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. It is regarded as holy by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. It is one of the seven sacred cities for Hindus, one of the four pilgrimage sites said to have been designated by Gautama Buddha himself and for Jains believed to be the birthplace of Parshvanatha. More than 1 million pilgrims visit the city each year. Overnight in Varanasi.
DAY 10 : : Varanasi
On this day leave to explore Varanasi after having breakfast. Spiritual life in Varanasi revolves around the ghats, of which there are nearly a hundred. Most of the ghats are bathing ghats – Hindus believe that bathing in the Ganga remits sins -, while others are used as cremation sites, where bodies are cremated in public. A dawn rowing boat ride along the Ganga to view the ghats is a must to experience Varanasi in full. The best time is from 5.30 am when it is cool, to see the sun rise and light a lotus flower candle and set it adrift on the water.
Other sights are the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, also called the Golden Temple, a place of great religious importance to Hindus, Durga Temple or Monkey Temple visited by thousands of Hindu devotees during Navratri and other auspicious occasions (non-Hindus cannot enter the inner sanctum) and Sankat Mochan Temple.
Varanasi is also a noted centre for silk weaving and brassware. Fine silks and brocaded fabrics, exquisite saris, brassware, jewellery, woodcraft, carpets, wall hangings, lamp shades and masks of Hindu and Buddhist deities are some of Varanasi’s shopping attractions.
From Varanasi you can visit Sarnath, one of the four important sites on the Buddhist circuit (along with Bodhgaya, Kushinagar and Lumbini in Nepal). It’s a green and peaceful place to spend some time to see the Buddhist ruins and monasteries.
DAY 11 : : Varanasi- Delhi Departure (By Flight):
After your breakfast driver will be dropped you at Varanasi airport to board your flight to Delhi Where you will catch your International flight to your home or next destination.