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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi

Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or independently explore this bustling capital.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We’ll then enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Delhi. In Old Delhi you will see the famous Red Fort surrounded by shops, and bazaars (built by the Emperor Shah Jehan – the builder of Taj Mahal), the Jama Masjid mosque with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes, Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi's business nerve center), the hustle-bustle of everyday Indian life all around you and chattering voices. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Flower stall

Day 3: Delhi

This morning after breakfast we have a half day tour of New Delhi - As a complete contrast to Old Delhi, New Delhi stands in formal splendour, like a lone sentry guarding an outpost of a long-gone empire. It is a city of wide boulevards, which offers ever-changing perspec¬tives of Lutyen's landscaped city. It is a city rich with formal parks and you will see the magnificent Parliament Building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens). The remainder of the day is at leisure.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 4: Delhi - Amritsar

This morning we head to the train station for our train to Amritsar. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Mansingh Fort colours

Day 5: Amritsar

This morning enjoy a half day city tour - Amritsar is one of Punjab's principal cities and is known more for the world famous Golden Temple, the seat of Sikh religion built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1803. The lower half of the temple is covered with marble and the upper with copper, overlaid with pure gold leaf, thus the name “The Golden Temple”. The Golden Temple has four entrances and the walls are inlaid with semi-precious stones in floral patterns, frescoes and glasswork. In the evening we visit Wagah Border - The final frontier, Wagah about 28 kms from Amritsar is the only border crossing between India and Pakistan. It’s an interesting experience especially at sunset when the 'Retreat' ceremony takes place with the BSF on the Indian Side of the Border.

Jai Vilas Palace

Day 6: Amritsar - Gwalior

This morning we head to the train station for our journey to Gwalior. Gwalior's history is traced back to legend. In 8 A.D a chieftain called Suraj Sen was stricken by a deadly disease. The city was named after a hermit saint, Gwalipa, who had given Suraj Sen a new life by curing him of the disease. The new city of Gwalior became, over yeras, the cradle of great dynasties and with each, it gained new dimensions. Surrounded by beautiful hills on three sides, Gwalior is studded with numerous monuments. - Upon arrival you will be free at leisure.

Jehnagir Mahal

Day 7: Gwalior

Today we will have a full day sightseeing. The Fort: Standing on a steep mass of sandstone, Gwalior Fort dominates the city and is its most magnificent monument. It has been the scene of momentous events: imprisonments, battles and jauhars.GUJARI MAHAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM - If Man Mandir reflects Man Singh/’s aesthetic sensibilities, Gujari Mahal speaks of his love for his ninth Gujar wife, Mrignayni, for whom he built a special palace outside the fort. SCINDIA MUSEUM - Much of modern Gwalior is associated with the Scindias who were prolific builders. The Jai Vilas Palace at Lashkar is an opulent Italianate structure, set in carefully laid lawns. Evening revisit to Gwalior fort to see sound and light show.

The magnificent erotic temples of Khajuraho

Day 8: Gwalior - Orchha

Today we will drive to Orchha - Orchha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain Rudra Pratap. Once the capital city of Bundela, Orchha is now just a village, set amongst a complex of well preserved palaces and temples. A special palace, Jehangir Mahal was built when Jehangir visited the city in 1606. It is of impressive size and there are good views of the countryside from the upper levels. The Raj Mahal nearby has superb murals. Dinman Hardaul’s palace is also interesting palace. Orchha’s worth visiting temples date back to the 17th century. They are still in use today and are visited regularly by thousands of devotees. Ram Raja Temple with its soaring spires. The Lakshmi Narayan temple is worth the walk for its well preserved murals.

Varanasi Ghats

Day 9: Orchha - Khajuraho

After breakfast we drive to Khajuraho, upon arrival you will check into your room and have the remainder of the day at leisure.

Bathers in the morning

Day 10: Khajuraho

We will have morning sightseeing tour of Khajuraho to the famous temples. The Khajuraho temples were built in the short span of a hundred years, from 950-1050 AD in a truly inspired burst of creativity. Of the 85 original temples, 22 have survived till today to constitute one of the world’s great artistic wonders. The places of interest include Kandariya Mahadeo temple, which is 31 metres high and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Chaunsath Yogini temple is the only granite temple and the earliest surviving shrine of the group, dedicated to Kali. The Chitragupta Temple is dedicated to the sun god, Surya. Vishwanath Temple enshrines a three headed image of Brahma with a Nandi bull facing the shrine.

Khajuraho's Erotic Temples at first light

Day 11: Khajuraho - Varanasi

This morning we take a flight to Varanasi where upon arrival you will be checked into your hotel, later in the evening we will see an aarti ceremony on the Ganges.

Raj Ghat

Day 12: Varanasi

We'll take an early morning boat ride on the Ganges to see the devotees at prayer. Later transfer to hotel in cantonment. Later in the day take a city tour of Varanasi - The Holy City of Varanasi, the Religious Capital of Hinduism, crowded with temples and its labyrinth of streets with their throngs of people, is exciting, enticing and a city to be experienced. As a place of devotion and worship, Varanasi attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.

Sunrise on the Holy Ganges in Varanasi

Day 13: Varanasi

Rest day.

The temple at night

Day 14: Varanasi

Enjoy tours of Chunar Fort and Sarnath today. The Chunar Fort (also known as Chandrakanta Chunargarh and Charanadri) is located in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh, in India. Along with Chunar town, situated below the fort, the two are historic places with common history and legends. It is located 14 miles (23 km) south west of Varanasi. The southeastern part of the fort is on the rocky bank of the Ganges River. At a distance of 12 km from Varanasi lies Sarnath where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after enlightenment. Here he revealed the eight fold path, the Buddhist Doctrine. And also here, at some distance, are centres of Buddhist pilgrimage such as Patna, Gaya and Bodhgaya.

Amritsar smile

Day 15: Varanasi - Delhi

Today we leave for the airport for our onward flight to Delhi, upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will have the remaining time at your leisure.

Anarkanda

Day 16: Delhi

Today you have a free day at leisure.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 17: Delhi

Today is the end of your Indian adventure with On The Go - we will transfer you to the airport for you onward flight home.

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