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Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Arrive Delhi, included transfer to hotel. Overnight New Delhi - Jivitesh
Today, enjoy guided sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. Overnight New Delhi - Jivitesh
This morning we drive to Jaipur, affectionately known as the Pink City as Maharaja Ram Singh had all of the Old City painted a welcoming pink in 1876 to herald a visit by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), it is also the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. The state of Rajasthan emerged after Partition from a mosaic of 22 feudal kingdoms, known in the British era as Rajputana, ‘Land of Kings’.
we travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort - a sprawling Rajput concoction which hugs the hill on which it was built and overlooks the hot plains below. We enjoy a stately elephant ride (subject to elephant availability and government regulations) to the fort proper and tour the fort’s well-preserved interior and grounds. Back in Jaipur, enjoy and afternoon city tour.
En route to Agra, we visit Fatehpur Sikri, former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Built between 1569 and 1585, it has been deserted for more than four centuries, by all account abandoned in 1600 due to a meagre supply of water. A masterpiece in red sandstone, the vast ruins resemble an elaborate film set. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Agra - Radisson/Wyndham
In Agra this morning, we visit the the legendary Taj Mahal and witnessing a spectactular golden sunrise. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died in childbirth in 1631, the Taj Mahal in Agra is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love and remains one of India’s most enduring symbols. Constructed entirely of white marble and inlaid with semi-precious stones, the Taj Mahal has no peer. Later today, we visit the impressive Agra Fort and spend the afternoon at leisure. Overnight Agra - Radisson/Wyndham
Today, we travel by express train to Jhansi and drive onward to Khajuraho en route stopping to visit Orchha. Situated on the banks of the River Betwa, Orchha is set amongst a wonderful complex of well-preserved 16th century temples and palaces. Overnight Khajuraho - Radisson
Khajuraho - home of the resplendent Hindu temples which were built during the Chandela dynasty over a 100 year burst of creative genius from 950-1050 AD. This morning we visit Khajuraho before transferring to the airport for your flight to Varanasi. Airport transfer in Varanasi to your hotel.
This morning, we enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges where we’ll view the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the many riverbank ghats (riverside steps). Later, we embark on a tour of the city. Evening at leisure. At sunset why not consider re-visiting the ghats for the evening pilgramage, remarkably different from the dawn ritual.
Morning at leisure. Later today we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Delhi, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight New Delhi - Jivitesh
Departure transfer to the airport.
A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...