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Cultural Heritage Tours of India

Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Route: Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi

Tour Description :

Cultural Heritage Tours of India as the name suggest is a wholesome package that makes you to behold the beauty of culturally rich India including some of the ancient cities that are bestowing upon this religious land with diversity in customs and traditions with incredible folk and spectacular art forms.

The experience will take you to a distinct era that will relinquish you with enduring memories. This tour starts from Delhi and covers cities such as Jaipur, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho and Varanasi. These are oldest cities beaming with heritage and religious sites. In these cities the visitors can see ancient temples, forts, sophistically designed monuments and palaces.

These temples and places are established in various respective eras which are making these cities historically very important. Further, these sites have influenced and fascinated the visitors from all over the world.

Itinerary

Day 01 / Arrival Delhi

Arrive Delhi , meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 02 / Delhi

After a great breakfast start your tour of Old & New Delhi

OLD DELHI - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi includes your visit to the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid – which is the largest mosque in India.

The heart of Old Delhi lies in the area around Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest market areas in India and certainly one of the busiest. Here you can buy different items at a much cheaper price.

To explore this area fully would take days, but a great way to get around and experience the vibrant atmosphere and array of sounds and sights on display is by traditional cycle-rickshaw.

NEW DELHI - An extensive tour of New Delhi includes a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, and President’s Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.

Red Fort - One of the most spectacular pieces of Mughal Architecture is the Lal Quila or the Red Fort. Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort has walls extending up to 2 kms in length with the height varying from 18 mts. on the river side to 33 mts. on the city side.

Chandni Chowk - a place that has a history of about 400 years. More evidences of the ancient times that once existed in old Delhi can be found out by winding through the labyrinthine lanes of Chandni Chowk in a rickshaw. The pleasure associated with the Rickshaw Ride here is ultimate. The rickshaw rides gives the passengers an opportunity to see a different perspective of Chandni Chowk, which is otherwise only regarded as one of the favourite shopping avenues of Delhi.

Day 03 / Delhi - Jaipur (By road approx 270 kms/ 05 Hrs)

After breakfast drive to Jaipur. Arrive and transfer to hotel, later city sightseeing tour of Jaipur covering:

CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 04 / Jaipur

After a relaxed breakfast proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.

AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression. Continue sightseeing.

JAIGARH FORT - The Western skyline is dominated by the extensive parkotas (Walls), watch-towers and gateways of Jaigarh. It is one of the few military structures of medieval India preserved almost intact containing palaces, gardens, open and covered reservoirs, a granary, an armoury, a well planned cannon foundry, several temples, a tall tower and giant mounted cannon the Jai Ban the largest in the Country.

LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE - Situated in the south of Jaipur, Laxmi Narayan Temple is one of the many such temples built by wealthy Birla family in India, thus it is also known as Birla Mandir. The temple is a great reminder of the secular traditions India has shown over the centuries. The temple has been constructed in white marble and has three domes, each portraying the different approaches to religion. The temple is situated at the foot of Moti Doongri Fort, converted as a small palace by Ram Singh II for his wife Gayatri Devi. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 05 / Jaipur - Agra (By road approx 235 kms / 05 Hrs) enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri

After breakfast drive to the City of Taj Mahal - Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri- a perfectly preserved red sandstone “ghost town” which was the estranged capital of mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive Agra and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Agra.

Day 06 / Agra

After breakfast visit the magnificent Taj Mahal -one of the Seven Wonders of the World surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. A ride on Tonga upto Taj is sheer fun and frolic all through. Also visit the Red fort - the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Evening free to explore the rich handicrafts of Agra. Night stay in Agra.

Day 07 / Agra - Jhansi (By Superfast train Dep. 0815 Hrs Arr. 1045 Hrs) Jhansi - Orchha (By road approx 15 kms/ 30 Minutes)

Morning transfer to railway station to board the train to Jhansi, Arrive Jhansi & drive to Orchha - grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time, a rich legacy to the ages. In this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly and the palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries retain much of their pristine perfection.

& transfer to hotel. Later tour of this historical site with magnificent temples and monuments. Some of the palaces were decorated with painted murals which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela School of painting. Night stay in Orchha.

Day 08 / Orchha - Khajuraho (By road approx 180 kms/ 04 Hrs)

After breakfast drive to Khajuraho - the legendary temples of khajuraho are an incomparable experience. Acknowledged as one of the world’s artistic wonders, these temples dedicated to the Hindu pantheon of Gods are covered in carvings that are a paean to life and love. Built within a short span of a hundred years by the Chandela Rajputs, the 10th century temples lay forgotten until they were discovered in the present century. Khajuraho has achieved fame for the sensual appeal of its erotic sculptures. Arrive Khajuraho and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Khajuraho.

Day 09/ Khajuraho

After breakfast explore the Western & Eastern group of temples of khajuraho while your guide explains the intricate meaning and legends behind each describable sculpture.Western Group of Temples in Khajuraho constitutes some of the most splendid and architecturally marvelous specimen of temple architecture in India. The group includes such magnificent temples like Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Chausath Yogini Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Lakshmana Temple, Matangeshwar Temple, and Varaha Temple. Eastern temples - the sculptural embellishment and profundity of architectural designs in Temples of Khajuraho is well ostensible in the Eastern Group of Temples. These temples can be subdivided into two groups, one representing some of the finest Jain temples and another scattered through the neighboring village. The Eastern Group of Temples at Khajuraho includes Parsvanath Temple, Adinath Temple, Ghantai Temple, Hanuman temple, and Brahma Temple. Night stay in Khajuraho.

Day 10 / Khajuraho - Varanasi (By flight)

After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Varanasi- said to be the India’s most sacred city situated on the western bank of the holy river Ganga. It is also the oldest living city in the world. As a place for devotion and worship, with hundreds of temples dotting the city, sunrise on the riverfront as seen from a boat can be a spiritually uplifting sight. It has a fascination uniquely its own, a quality of sublime beauty, a timeless eternal appeal. Varanasi is the city which cannot be described, only experienced. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel. In evening you can see aarti ceremony on the Ghats. Night stay in Varanasi.

Day 11 / Varanasi

Morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Later excursion to Sarnath, 10kms & East of Varanasi, is the place where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon. The celebrated Mantra, 'Buddham Sharanam Gachhami', owes its origin to Sarnath. On the day before his death Buddha included Sarnath along with Lumbini, Bodh Gaya and Kushinagar as the four places he thought to be sacred to his followers. It makes Sarnath one of the most venerated Buddhist places. Besides Buddhism, Sarnath is also connected with Jainism. There are many Buddhist monuments and edifices in Sarnath. Some of the important Buddhist monuments at Sarnath are the Dhamekha stupa, the Chaukhandi stupa and monasteries and temples of different schools of Buddhism from Japan, China, Thailand, Burma and others. The Indian Buddhist society called Mahabodhi Society maintains a park around the Buddha temple. The Mahabodhi Temple within the park has a tooth relic of the Buddha. There is also a vast expanse of ancient ruins at Sarnath. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents the most expensive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail. The Ashoka pillar of Sarnath is the National emblem of India. Also visit the deer park and the museum and later back to Varanasi. Night stay in Varanasi.

Day 12 / Varanasi - Delhi (By flight)

Morning at leisure, Afternoon you move to airport to connect the flight for Delhi. Arrival at Delhi & transfer to hotel. Rest of the day can be spent at leisure or last minute shopping etc. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 13 / Delhi - Departure

Transfer to airport in time to board the onward flight.

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