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Tour 4 : Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi

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December 17, 2017

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11 Days
Delhi
Varanasi
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 28
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Please be aware that the Delhi stage of all itineraries listed here is flexible in that some visitors arriving in New Delhi will arrive late evening (9pm or later) or early morning (2am or later).  India Ayurveda Tour recognizes that its guests’ convenience is a priority and the start times of the tour can be adjusted accordingly, so that no monument/place of interest is missed.

DELHI

On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be met by the India Ayurveda Tour representative and taken to your hotel by car.  Check-in and then start your tour of Old Delhi beginning with visits to Jama Masjid – one of India’s largest mosques – then continue on to the Red Fort (from the  outside only) and Raj Ghat (the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi).

After lunch (your own arrangements), drive past India Gate and the Colonial era government buildings for photographs. Finish your tour with a visit to Qutb Minar, a large red sandstone and marble complex with a magnificent minaret.

Overnight at hotel.

DELHI – MANDAWA

After breakfast, leave for Mandawa in Rajasthan.  This town is famous for its havelis (traditional townhouses in India that are famous for their architectural importance and beautiful frescoe paintings) and is also referred to as an open art gallery of the state.

Overnight in hotel.

MANDAWA – JAIPUR

After breakfast, start your drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and also known as the Pink City because many of the buildings in the heart of its historical centre are painted a terracotta pink colour.

Check-in at hotel on arrival and then start your afternoon tour of this beautiful city by visiting the City Palace which was built in the 18th century and has Mughal and European influences in its architectural style.  Continue on to the Birla Temple, also known as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, located just outside the city.

Overnight in hotel.

JAIPUR

After breakfast, start your tour with a visit to the Hawa Mahal – the Wind Palace – from the outside only but stopping for you to take photographs.  The palace was completed in 1799 and a notable example of Rajput architecture.

Continue your tour, arriving at the Amber Fort, where you will be taken up to the 16th century fort on an elephant.  Walk along the cobbled paths and through multiple gates enjoying grand architecture and a great history.

Finish the tour by visiting the Jantar Mantar (the Observatory) where you can see a perfectly functioning sun dial, that was built in the late 18th century.

Overnight in hotel.

JAIPUR – ABANERI – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA 

After breakfast, start your drive to Agra, stopping en route to visit Abaneri, home to a spectacular step well. Step wells are structures that are unique to India.  They are an elaborate and usually ornate architectural marvel that have steps built along the sides in a geometrical pattern to reach the water.

Continue to Fatehpur Sikri, the capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century where the complex is still well preserved.

Arrive in Agra in the evening and check-in at hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

AGRA

After breakfast, visit the Taj Mahal.  If you are prepared to wake up early, make pre-arrangements with the guide so that you can be picked up before sunrise.**  See the sun reflect off the newly cleaned monument and admire one of the seven wonders of the world close up.

Your tour continues with a visit to Itimad-ud-Daulah or locally known as the Baby Taj.  It is often regarded as the mausoleum that the Taj Mahal was modelled on in the 17th century and is a perfect example of inlay work on white marble.

Finish your tour with a visit to the Red Fort, where you can enjoy unhindered views of the Taj Mahal.

Overnight in hotel.

**Please note: The sunrise visit is ONLY possible between March and October. Also note that the Taj Mahal is closed every Friday, though you can see it from the Methab Bagh viewpoint across the River Yamuna.

 AGRA – GWALIOR – ORCHHA 

After breakfast, start your drive to Orchha, stopping en route in Gwalior to see the well-preserved fort overlooking the city.  The fort has a rich history and a visit to the Sas-Bahu temple nearby is a must.

Continue your drive on to Orchha and check-in at hotel.

Overnight in hotel.

 ORCHHA – KHAJURAHO 

After breakfast, start your tour of Orchha, home to magnificent temples on the banks of the Betwa River.  Tour the 17th century palaces of Jehangir Mahal and Raja Mahal where you can admire intricate architecture and scenic views.

After lunch, continue your drive to Khajuraho where you check-in at your hotel.

Overnight in hotel.

KHAJURAHO – VARANASI

After breakfast, begin your tour of the western and eastern group of temples, famous for their erotic art and Kamasutra figures.  Khajuraho was covered by dense vegetation for centuries and unearthed by a British Army engineer in the 19th century. Since then, it has acquired UNESCO World Heritage status and is a very popular tourist destination.

In the afternoon, catch the flight to Varanasi from Khajuraho Airport.

Overnight in hotel.

VARANASI

An early start from your hotel to take a boat ride on the Ganges – considered by Hindus as a sacred river – to see the sunrise and also religious activities carried out in the river.

Return to the hotel for breakfast.  Re-commence the tour with a visit to Sarnath, just outside Varanasi where Buddah is believed to have preached his message of the middle way.  The city attracts followers of Buddhism from around the world.

In the evening, you are free to participate in Ganga Arti if you wish.  This is a spiritual ritual that uses fire as an offering.  A lit lamp (diya) with flowers is floated down the river and this is offered to the goddess Ganga, goddess of the holiest river in India.

Overnight in hotel.

VARANASI – DELHI

After breakfast, check out of hotel and return via internal domestic flight to New Delhi.  Check-in at Indira Ghandi International Airport for your departure from India and end of tour.

 

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