10 NIGHTS / 11 DAYS
On arrival in Delhi, you will be greeted and escorted by Imperial Voyages staff to your hotel. (Rooms will be available from 1200 hrs) Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast drive pass Red Fort - the 17th century imposing fortress, the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), India's largest mosque where more than 20,000 people can kneel in prayer and Raj Ghat -Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial. In the afternoon visit New Delhi. You will drive past President's Palace and India Gate (42m high), built to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the 1st world war. Later visit Humayun's Tomb, and the Qutub Minar, the highest sands stone minaret in the world (73 meters).
* Red Fort is closed on Mondays.
After having breakfast, drive to Jaipur. Maharaja Jai Singh II built Jaipur in the 18th century. It is a planned city built with ancient Hindu rules as the colonial capital of a richly colorful state. The whole city was painted pink to welcome the visit of Prince Albert in 1853. On arrival check in the hotel . On arrival in Jaipur, check in at hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
After breakfast, half-day excursion trip takes you to Amber Fort with Elephant or Jeep ride. En route, make a photo stop at the palace of winds the Hawa Mahal. A 5 storied building with 25cm thick facade from the 18 century having 953 windows and niches so that ladies of royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people. In the afternoon, visit City Palace and Jantar Mantar (1728-34) by king astrologer Jai Singh II. The instruments are built of stone with marble facing on the important plains for measuring the harmony of the heavens. Each instrument serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading.
After having breakfast, drive to Agra. On the way visit Fatehpur Sikri. It is a beautiful and deserted medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. The Mughals later abandoned this city for lack of water. After the sightseeing, continue your drive to Agra. On arrival check in the hotel. After check in at the hotel visit Taj Mahal (1631-1653), a poem in white marble, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. Also visit Agra Fort (Fort and Palace) situated on the West Bank of the river Jamuna. Overnight at the hotel.
* Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.
After breakfast transfer to railway station to board the train to Jhansi. On arrival in Jhansi, drive to Khajuraho (Approx. 172 Kms / 04 hrs), home to the most famous erotic temples built in the 10 & 11th century by the Chandella Rulers. On arrival in Khajuraho, transfer to the hotel.
In the morning visit Eastern Group of temples mainly dedicated to the Jain teachers - tirthankaras - The Parsvanatha Temple, the Adinatha Temple and the Santinatha Temple. The temples are ornately carved on the outside with beautiful figures of Hindu gods, goddesses. Also visit the Western Group of temples, which consist of a group of artistic temples built in sandstone. The sculptures of Hindu deities, dancers and musicians appear to be so natural as if they would come alive any time. In the afternoon transfer to the airport to connect flight to Varanasi. Later, drive out for an excursion trip to Sarnath. Located thirteen kilometers northeast of Varanasi, Sarnath is the auspicious place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon in the deer park after attaining enlightenment at Bodhgaya. Overnight at the hotel.
Today early morning you experience the life of this ancient city. See the beauty of the rising sun on the Ganges Boat Ride. Experience the early morning rituals of the Hindus being performed, thousands of people taking a bath in the holy river believing they will be free from the circle of rebirth. It is interesting to see the pilgrims offering sweets, flowers and holy water to the Sun God. Later return back to hotel. After breakfast, transfer to airport to connect the flight to Kathmandu. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast visit Kathmandu city, a city which looks like a living museum. Visit the Durbar Square, the Temple of the Living Goddess, the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Shiva-Parvati Temple, a three-story temple famous for its erotic stone carvings. In the afternoon, visit the ancient town of Patan also known as Lalitpur (City of Beauty and Fine Art). Patan is an ancient city filled with exotic pagodas, intricate gateways, fabulous deities, and endless carvings. Overnight at the hotel.
Today we visit the second Sister City of the capital, Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur), which means "the City of Devotees". Visit Durbar Square with King Palace specially its golden gate and 55-Windows-Palace (15th century), the 5- story Nyatopala-Temple, the highest and probably the finest temple in Kathmandu Valley, built by King Bhupatindra. The 2-story Bhairabnath-Temple (18th century) as well as the Dattatraya Temple dedicated to God Vishnu and the Pujahari Math with its famous Peacock Window. Afternoon is free.
Transfer to the airport to connect flight back home.