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Classical India tour




Day 01: Arrival at Delhi

On your arrival, international airport, welcome by our representative and you will be moved to Hotel. In morning, you will set out for a full day guided sightseeing tour of Delhi covering Qutub Minar, one of the world’s heritage site, built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199 and visit India Gate (War Memorial Arch). Humayun's Tomb, this red sand stone structure is considered to be the predecessor of Taj Mahal. Also visit Rashtrapati Bhawan, Connaught Place and Birla Temple. The Jama Masjid one of the Architectural gift given by Shah Jahan is one of the largest mosques not only in Delhi but in India. Chandni Chowk - One of the main markets of Delhi, Afternoon visit Raj Ghat – Mahatma Gandhi Memorial. You may visit Gurudwara Banglasaheb [Optional] - the most prominent Sikh Gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship situated in the heart of Delhi. Overnight stay in Delhi.

 

Day 02: Delhi - Varanasi by SG 116 (09:35 hr / 11:00 hr)

In morning, by taking flight we go to Varanasi and check in at hotel. After brief refreshment set out for an excursion tour of Sarnath. Lord Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath. Sightseeing at Sarnath covers the Buddhist temple, Dhamekha Stupa, Chaukhandi Stupa and the Archaeological Museum. Varanasi, situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges, is the spiritual heart of India. It is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Glorified by myth and legend and sanctified by religion, Varanasi draws pilgrims and spiritual seekers. Evening attend the popular ceremony (event) Maha Aarti, which is conducted here daily by sunset and is one of Varanasi's prime tourist attractions. Evening enjoy a walk through Varanasi market. Overnight stay in Varanasi.

 

Day 03: Varanasi

Early morning, enjoy boat ride on the Holy Ganges. Later after breakfast commence a temple tour of the city. Visit the Vishwanath temple, one of India’s most important Shaivite shrines. The original temple is said to have been over 1000 years old. The Gyan Vapi tank enclosed in a hall is said to contain the original shivalingam. Pilgrims offer prayers here before embarking on the Panchatirtha. Next to the Vishwanath temple is the Annapurna temple, built in the 18th century by Peshwa Baji Rao I. The idol of Annapurna Bhavani (the provider of food), a benevolent form of Shakti is made in solid gold and carries a cooking pot. There is also a striking silver-faced image of Shani (Saturn) within the temple. Shani is feared for his destructive powers and is worshipped to prevent any ill from befalling the devout. The Bharat Mata temple north-west of Godaulia is a modern shrine, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. It has a huge relief map of the Indian sub-continent showing all its rivers, mountains and pilgrimages. The 19th century Durga temple 4 km from Godaulia is also popularly known as the ‘monkey temple’ because of an overwhelming simian presence. The idol of Durga, a manifestation of Shakti is dressed in red and rides a tiger with the trident, the discus and a sword in her hands. The temple courtyard has a forked stake for sacrificing goats, and non-Hindus are allowed only up to this point. Overnight stay in hotel.

 

Day 04: Varanasi - Khajuraho by 9W 2423 (12:25 hr / 13:15 hr)

Morning you will be transferred to Varanasi airport to board in flight for Khajuraho, upon arrival, check in at hotel.

Khajuraho: world heritage site, this is a famous temple city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, built between 950-1050 AD by the mighty warrior kings of the Chandela dynasty, a truly inspired burst of creativity. Contain stunningly explicit erotic sculptures. They were rediscovered in the 20th century, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today you will 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. Also visit the western group of Temples.The carvings and frescoes depict a variety of moods of every aspect of human life – from the mundane to the sublime. Exquisite carved images of gods and goddesses, ‘apsaras’ (celestial maidens) and animals (both real and mythical), soldiers, dancers and musicians, frozen in stone as they go about doing a variety of activities, decorate the temples. The temples are replete with beautifully sculpted and detailed erotic figures in a mind-boggling variety of positions, of voluptuous maidens and handsome men, which have aroused much discussion and several interpretations regarding their relevance and meaning. Contrary to what you may have heard, the erotic sculpture is less titillating and more amazing as you marvel at the creativity and craftsmanship of the people who chiselled life into stone. The largest temple of the western group, and the most magnificent, is the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Overnight stay in Khajuraho.

 

Day 05: Khajuraho - Orchha - Jhanshi - Agra by 12001 (17:59 hr / 20:30 hr)

Morning after breakfast drive to Orchha, a virgin historical site picturesquely located by the banks of Betwa River. The place with its beautiful palaces and thematic chambers is still almost untouristic. Enjoy a guided visit of Orchha Fort complex, Within the Fort complex we will visit Raj Mahal palace, Raj Praveen Mahal Palace, Jehangir palace and the Royal Chhattries (cenotaphs). Also visit Raja Ram temple - the only place where Lord Rama is worshipped as a king. Later drive to Jhansi to board in train for Agra; upon arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay in Agra.

 

Day 06: Agra - Fatehpur - Jaipur (265 km / 06 hr)

A memorable visit to Taj Mahal (also called symbol of love), blushing in the rosy glow of dawn.

 

Taj Mahal: (Taj remains closed on Friday) renowned for its spectacular architecture, seven wonders of the world and built by Shah Jahan for his lady love Queen Mumtaz Mahal in 1632. After breakfast, visit Agra Fort, Built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D, is a master piece of design with beautiful mosques and palaces. Overnight stay in Agra. Later drive to Jaipur en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri (40 Km from Agra) Emperor Akbar built it as his capital city in the late 16th century. Built of red sandstone, the fort looks like poetry on stone, a magnificent new city rose on the craggy hills. On arrival, check in hotel. Overnight stay in Jaipur.

 

Day 07: Jaipur                  

In morning, take an excursion tour of Amber Fort, which is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. An elephant will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room. Also visit Jal Mahal is situated in the middle of a lake right at the entrance of the city while coming from the Amber Fort road. The site is so amazing, romantic and well maintained. The walking area developed near the road for looking at Jal Mahal is happening place; spend some time to take photographs and enjoy the beauty of this palace. In the afternoon visit City Palace – a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, Jantar Mantar, 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; visit to 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. Evening you will set out to enjoy a flavored dinning at Chokhi Dhani an Ethenic resort, the only one of its kind in the country. With quaint mud and thatch dwellings set in sprawling acreage of land. Enjoy the live dance and folk music, the magic show, the puppet show, acrobatics on a bamboo without the protection of a safety net beneath, the astrologer, the fortune teller parrot all made the visitors spellbound. Overnight stay in Jaipur.

 

Day 08: Jaipur - Sambhar Lake - Jodhpur - Osian (400 km / 06:30 hr)

In morning, after breakfast drive to Sambhar. After then you will head for a visit to the Goddess Shakambhari temple; a minor road heading to Roopangarh through countryside and small villages on the edge of Sambhar Lake. The route is very exciting because of the civilization which is very ancient in its own ways. Roopangarh where you will visit Lakhera house / Shop. Lakhera community is professional artist of Lakh (substance use to make bangles) which is an inherent heritage of Lakhera community. By an oportunity one can have demonstration on preparations of handmade bangles.  Later drive to Osian and check in at Camp. Enjoy camel ride on dunes by sunset and later celebrate the New Year Eve with Gala dinner and folk dance. Overnight in hotel.

 

Day 09: Osian - Jodhpur - Mumbai by AI 471 (13:50 hr / 16:20 hr)

In morning, after breakfast set for sightseeing tour of Jodhpur visiting Meharangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. Later transfer to Jodhpur airport to board in flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Mumbai - The capital city of Maharashtra State, formerly known as Bombay, the city of dreams, fantasies and fairy tales it lies in the southwestern part of India. Mumbai is the economic powerhouse of India. As the world's largest textiles market, a major industrial centre and the country busiest port handling over 40 percent of India maritime trade. Mumbai is the glamour of Bollywood cinema, cricket on the maidans on weekends, bhelpuri on the beach at Chowpatty. Overnight stay at Hotel.

 

Day 10: Mumbai

In morning, we will drive to visit Elephanta Caves - Hewn out of solid Rock, the Elephanta Caves date back to 600 A.D. and attract visitors each year more than the entire city of Mumbai. No wonder this place resonates with spiritual energy of India. The Cave complex is a collection of shrines; courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of nation Rock-cut architecture and filled with exquisite stone sculpture of Hindu gods and goddess. It is situated on Gharapuri Island in Mumbai’s harbour about an hour’s boat ride from the Gateway of India. At the entrance to the Caves is the famous Trimurti, the celebrated trinity of Elephanta: there’s Lord Brahma the creator, Lord Vishnu, the preserver and Lord Shiva, the Destroyer Unfortunately, many of the sculptures inside have been damaged by iconoclastic portugees rulers who took potshots at Hindu Gods with their rifles and yet somehow nothing has disturbed the sublime beauty of this place for centuries. Later Proceed for an afternoon sightseeing tour of this port city including the Gateway of India, a 26 mts. High gateway overlooking the sea, built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Drive past the Victorian Railway Station to the Flora Fountain and the unique open air laundry service. Also visit the Prince of Wales Museum and the Gandhi Museum.

 

Day 11: Mumbai - Aurangabad by Train no: 17617 (06:10 hr / 13:15 hr)

Early Morning you will be transferred to railway station to board in train to Aurangabad, upon arrival check in at hotel for 02 nights. Later take an excursion tour to Ellora Caves (7th - 10th century AD). The magnificent group of rock temples of Ellora is a part of world heritage monuments. The monuments at Ellora (closed on Tuesday), located at a distance of 30 km, represent the last phase in the evolution of rock cut architecture and are remarkable for large-scale sculptural compositions and the range of iconographic themes. Ellora group of temples represent the art and sculptures of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, the three dominant religions of India. The total number of caves at Ellora is 34 were carved Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 12: Aurangabad - Ajnata caves - Aurangabad

In morning, after breakfast we take an excursion of Ajanta Caves which are about 107 km from the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, are the rock-out caves of Ajanta nestled in a panoramic gorge, in the form of a gigantic horseshoe. A set of 29 caves, Ajanta is among the finest examples of some of the earliest Buddhist architecture, cave paintings and sculptures. These caves comprise Chaitya halls or shrines, dedicated to Lord Buddha and Viharas or monasteries, used by Buddhist monks for meditation and the study of Buddhist teachings. The paintings that adorn the walls and ceilings of the caves depict incidents from the life of lord Buddha and various Buddhist divinities. Among the most interesting paintings are the Jataka tales, illustrating diverse stories relating to the previous incarnations of the Buddha as Bodhisattava, a saintly being who is destined to become the Buddha. These elaborate sculptures and paintings stand in impressive grandeur in spite of withstanding the ravages of time. Amid the beautiful images and paintings are sculptures of Buddha, calm and serene in contemplation. Drive back Aurangabad and Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 13: Aurangabad - Delhi by flight SG 162 (11:15 hr / 13:30 hr)

In morning, we take a flight for Delhi. Upon arrival check in to hotel for 1 night. Day free for your own activities. Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 14: Delhi - Departure

In morning, in time you will be transferred to Delhi International airport to board in flight for your onward journey.




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