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Taj, Khajuraho & Varanasi Tour

 
 
Taj, Khajuraho & Varanasi Tour  - 13 Days/ 12 Nights
 

Destinations Covered: Delhi - Jaipur–Fatehpur Sikri- Agra- Orchha-Khujaraho- Varanasi- Delhi

Duration: 13 Days/ 12 Nights

 

Day 01-ARRIVAL DELHI

Arrive in Delhi & transfer to hotel.

 
 

Day 02 - DELHI

Start the day with a visit to Old Delhi to see the historic Red Fort & the nearby Jama Masjid, the city’s most important and grandest mosque. Following this you can walk through the hustle and bustle of the Chandni Chowk markets. The 2nd half of the day will be spent exploring New Delhi which came into existence much later, and is also known as Lutyens Delhi, in the name of a British architect who was largely responsible in designing India Gate, The Presidential House, Secratariat, Parliament House and many other buildings in central Delhi. Visit the lotus Temple and then drive on to see the tallest tower in Delhi, known as Qutub Minar. Overnight at hotel.

 
 

Day 03 - DELHI - JAIPUR (260 kms/ 5 hrs)

Depart for Jaipur. Arrive in Jaipur and check into the hotel. Evening free for shopping. For dinner you can enjoy an excursion to Chowki Dhani for a taste of authentic Rajasthani cuisine. Overnight at hotel.

 
 

Day 04 - JAIPUR

The beautiful city of Jaipur epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. Popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone. Start the day with a visit to the Amber Fort Palace and enjoy a ride on the back of a decorated elephant to the top of the fort. Next stop will be the City Palace- a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture followed by Jantar Mantar- a 18th century observatory. Your day ends with a visit to the Hawa Mahal- the ‘palace of winds’. Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

 
 

Day 05 - JAIPUR-AGRA (250 kms/ 5 hrs)

Depart for Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route, the now deserted city built by Emperor Akbar. Though the city took 15 years to build, it was abandoned after only 14 years because the water supply was unable to sustain the growing population. The surviving palace and mosque are a tourist attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in Agra and check into the hotel. Evening at leisure. Enjoy the cultural show- Mohabbat the Taj- www.kalakritionline.com Overnight at hotel.

 
 

Day 06 - AGRA

Start the day with a visit to the Taj Mahal -The world famous mausoleum of Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj has been aptly described by the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore as a teardrop on the face of time.

The next stop for the day will be the Red Fort- which is 2.5 km northwest of the Taj Mahal. This is referred to as the most important fort in India. All great Mughal Emperors such as Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb lived here. It is a perfect testament to the glory of the Mughal Empire. Now visit Sikandra, the tomb of Akbar the Great & the first monument in Agra built in white marble and red sandstone.  The last monument for the day will be Etmad Ud Daulah a Mughal mausoleum often described as a 'Jewel box' & also referred to sometimes as the 'Baby Tāj'. Overnight at hotel.

 
 

Day 07 - AGRA-ORCHHA

Leave Agra for Orchha by road. The medieval city of Orccha is situated on a seasonal island on the bank of the Betwa River & is home to a huge Palace Fort. Notable buildings include the Rajmandir & The Jahangir Mahal which is considered to be a singularly beautiful specimen of domestic Hindu architecture. Numerous cenotaphs or chhatris dot the vicinity of the fort and the Betwa river. Overnight at Orccha.

 

 

Day 08 - ORCHHA- KHAJURAHO

In the morning depart for Khajuraho. Arrive in Khajuraho and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
 

 
 

Day 09 - KHAJURAHO

The next day indulge in a City tour of the temples of Khajuraho. Khajuraho was the capital of the Chandela kings and its temples were built in the short span of a hundred years, from 950-1050 AD. Most of them were destroyed by invaders. Adorned with exquisite sculpture, only 22 temples remain of the original 85. They are the strange works of a long dead people. Khajurahos temples are covered with hundreds of sculptured figures - a galaxy of gods and goddesses, beasts and serpents, and a multitude of erotic couples. The most famous are the Kandariya Mahadev, the Chaturbhuj, the Paraswanath and the Ghantai. 

 
 

Day 10 - KHAJURAHO- VARANASI BY AIR

Depart for Varanasi by air & transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. In the evening you can witness the Aarti ceremony at the Ghats. 

 
 

Day 11 - VARANASI

Start the day at dawn by a visit to the magical Ghats. See the Bathing Ghats & the Cremation Ghats. Enjoy a boat ride on the river Ganges and walk through the narrow lanes of Varanasi. Later take an excursion to Sarnath, the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha is said to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism. It has been a premier centre for Buddhism & has a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics & antiques comprising numerous Buddha & Bodhisattva images on display at the Archaeological Museum. Overnight at hotel. 

 
 

Day 12 - VARANASI-DELHI BY AIR

Transfer to airport (Domestic) & flight to Delhi. Evening at leisure in Delhi &  Overnight stay at hotel.

 
 

Day 13 - DELHI

Transfer to airport for onward flight.
 

 
 
 Price Includes:
  • Accommodation for two people in twin rooms in hotels of category booked or similar plan- breakfast in all hotels
  • All transfers to or from hotels, airport, city tours, excursions, drives by air-conditioned Toyota Innova SUV/ Tata Indigo saloon  car
  • One way flight from Khajuraho to Varanasi & Varanasi to Delhi. If flight is not available then transfers will be done by car
  • All toll taxes, parking charges, inter state road taxes and driver’s allowances
  • Elephant ride in Jaipur, Rickshaw ride in Delhi, Horse carriage ride in Agra, Boat ride in Varanasi
  • Sightseeing tours of Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, Orchha & Khajuraho by English speaking local guides (language guides available on request)
  • Mineral water for all sightseeing & drives between cities 
  • All prevailing taxes
Price Does Not Include:
  • Monument entrance fees (available as a supplement) & Cultural shows
  • Lunch, dinner, snacks etc. unless mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips, gratuities, portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, camera/ video camera charges, or any other expenses of a personal nature
  • Airfares, visa fees, personal insurance or airport taxes
  • Single supplement (available separately)
  • Any item not specified under price includes
NOTE:
  • Check-in/out time is 12 noon at all hotels
  • If original hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category after consultation with you. Any change in tariff will be refunded.
  • Above itinerary and programme is suggestive. It can be altered or modified as per your convenience before any hotel bookings are made
 

Choice of hotels:

 
 
City   Luxury/Heritage Hotels   First Class Hotels   Medium Class Hotels   Nights
 
  The Oberoi   Jaypee Vasant   1589 Manor   03
               
 
 
 
  Oberoi Raj Vilas
  Chomu Palace   Umaid Bhawan     02
               
 
 
 
  Oberoi Amar Vilas    Jaypee Palace   Royal Residency    02
               
 
 
 
  Amar Mahal   Amar mahal  

Orchha Resort

   01
               
 
 
 
  Jass Radisson   Jass Radisson   Clarks Khajuraho   02
               
 
 
 
  Taj Ganges Gateway       Taj Ganges Gateway   Meraden Grand   02
               
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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