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On arrival at Delhi, Imperial Voyages representative will meet & greet with the traditional "Namaste" gesture-Two hands joined together in welcome, hospitality and culture that makes a journey to India so memorable and transfer to hotel.
Post breakfast start Delhi sightseeing to explore historical and cultural part of Old and New Delhi. Start your day with old Delhi withJama Masjid. This mosque completed in the year 1656 and made it the biggest mosque all over in India. Drive past or if you wish you may visit Red Fort. Walking tour of Chandani Chawk. One of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Enjoy a Cycle Rickshaw Ride which takes you through the narrow streets of the old Delhi Market Chandni Chowk. Raj Ghat: the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi who is remembered as the Father of Nation.
Afternoon continue Sightseeing of New Delhi
India Gate: The India Gate (originally the All-India War Memorial) stands as a memorial to 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army, who died in between 1914–1921 during the First World War.
Agrasen ki Baoli (ancient water reservoir)- this attraction is a historical monument situated in the heart of city near Connaught Place.Agrasen ki Baoli is an ancient water reservoir which rises from the depths of the earth to stand atop 103 stone steps.
Humayun's Tomb – This first Mughul construction in such great size and known as first Taj mahal. This heritage site constructed for the Mughal emperor in the mid-16th century by his wife Haji Begum.
After breakfast at hotel, proceed for Jaipur, upon arrival installation at hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities or Visit Local animated Bazaar. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast, proceed for full day city tour of Jaipur known as Pink City.
Hawa Mahal –
Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, derives its name from its unique structure, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone. It was built Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799.The palace's façade resembles the honeycomb of a beehive with its 953 small windows intricately carved from pink sandstone. The primary purpose of the Hawa Mahal was to provide a veiled vantage point for the royal women to observe the street processions and festivities without being seen by the public, as they had to follow the strict norms of purdah (seclusion). Morning is the best light on the palace to have photo stop.
Amber Fort:One of the most majestic and magnificent Fort in North India located 11 km from the city, it carries the pride of Jaipur. This Palace was constructed by Raja Man Singh in 1592 AD, later it was expanded and renovated by Raja Jai Sigh I. Amer Palace is the finest example of Indo-Islamic architecture. The Fort is perched on Aravalli hill, so to reach there, you may enjoy an Elephant/Jeep ride in Amber fort.
Observatory or Jantar Mantar:
in UNESCO's world heritage sites Jantar Mantar built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727-33 and is built out of stone and brass. It is a largest stone astronomical observatory in the world.
City Palace: City Palace was built by Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. The architectural style of City Place is a beautiful combination of Rajput, European and Mughal style. Built out of red and pink sandstone, this palace has vast courtyards surrounded by several arched smaller palaces.
Overnight at Jaipur:
After breakfast drive to Agra. En-route take a stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri: A city predominantly made of red sandstone, Fatehpur Sikri was founded in 16th century by Mughal Emperor Akbar in honor of the great Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chishti. This Fortis enclosed by a 11 kms long fortification wall interspersed with numerous gateways and imperial Palace Complex. Now a UNESCO world heritage site and a famous tourist attraction, it is a fine example of Mughal architecture.
It is essentially a fortified city built by the king and had been the capital of his Empire for fifteen years.
Overnight stay Agra.
Early morning visit Taj Mahal during Sunrise: A sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal offers a unique and unforgettable experience, allowing you to witness the beauty of this iconic monument in the soft morning light. One of the seven wonders or symbol of love. It is considered one of the most beautiful and recognizable structures in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Constructed entirely out of white marble in the 17th century, it is among the finest edifices of Mughal architecture. As fuel-based vehicles are not permitted in the vicinity of Taj Mahal, you will head to Taj Mahal gate by a Battery-operated Bus. (Friday Closed).
After breakfast, visit Agra Fort– An architectural masterpiece, The Red Fort of Agra or Agra Fort was built by Emperor Akbar in 1573. One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the fort was once the erstwhile residence of the Mughals until the year 1638 when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. It is surrounded by a massive wall, which is about 2.5 kilometers long. Within the premises of the fort lie the most exquisite structures of the Mughals like the Pearl Mosque, Diwan-i I Khas, Diwan-I-am, Moti Masjid and Jahangir Mahal. The fort offers panoramic views of the Taj Mahal from certain vantage points, making it an excellent complement to a visit to the iconic monument.
Overnight stay Agra.
After breakfast transfer to railway station to board the train to Jhansi. On arrival in Jhansi, drive to Khajuraho (Approx. 172 Kms / 04 hrs). En-route take a stop to visit Orcha.
Orchha was once the capital of the Bundela Rajput kingdom and is renowned for its stunning palaces, temples, and cenotaphs. The town's architecture exhibits a blend of Rajput and Mughal styles, making it a fascinating destination for history and architecture enthusiasts. Orchha also offers picturesque views of the Betwa River and the surrounding countryside.
Afternoon drive to Khajuraho.
Overnight stay Khajuraho.
After breakfast visit Khajuraho group of Hindu and Jain temples, which are famous for their intricate and erotic sculptures. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts visitors from around the world. The temples of Khajuraho were built between the 9th and 11th centuries by the Chandela dynasty. They showcase exquisite artwork, intricate carvings, and architectural brilliance. The sculptures on the temples depict various aspects of life, including gods and goddesses, celestial beings, animals, musicians, dancers, and erotic scenes.
The Western Group of temples in Khajuraho is the most well-known and visited. It includes notable temples such as the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, Lakshmana Temple, Chausath Yogini Temple, and Devi Jagadambi Temple. These temples exhibit a high level of craftsmanship and artistic expression.
Apart from the Western Group, there are also the Eastern Group and Southern Group temples in Khajuraho, each with its own unique architectural and sculptural features.
Afternoon drive to airport to connect your flight to Varanasi.
Varanasi or Banaras, mentioned in the scriptures as Kashi, is less of a city and more of a dreamy experience. It is a paragon of Indian culture, philosophy, traditions and spiritual ethos. Located on the banks of the sacred Ganges River in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi is considered the spiritual capital of India.
In the evening go for Ganga Aarti. Afternoon take battery Rickshaw drive to Dashashwamedh Ghat to experience the unique Aarti session on the banks of the river in the evening. This is one of the rituals that is performed and is enchanting to watch. The Ganga Aarti at Varanasi is an uplifting spiritual ritual. The Aarti ceremony performed on the banks of Ganges River.
Overnight stay Varanasi.
Early morning goes for mesmerizing sunrise boat ride. Start your day with a morning boat ride at dawn. You have a chance to observe the Hindu way of life along the bank of the Ganges River (Ganga Ghat or Banaras Ghat). Boating down the Ganges River during sunrise is one of the main attractions in Varanasi. It is a place where traditions, rituals, and spirituality intertwine, making it a unique and captivating destination in India.
Visit Kashi Viswanath Temple. Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple is a major sacred attraction, dedicated to Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the city. The present temple was built by Rani Ahailya Bai Holkar of Indore in the year 1776, however, Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple was existent even before the present one. About 800 kg of gold being used to cap the spire by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, hence it is also known as the Golden Temple in Varanasi. The temple has been built and re-built several times over the past centuries.
Drive back to hotel for breakfast.
Later visit, Sarnath Temple: The Sarnath Temple is located about 10 kilometers from the city of Varanasi. The Dhamek Stupa is a massive cylindrical structure that stands at a height of around 43 meters. It was originally built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE and later expanded during different periods. Sarnath has world famous museum.
Overnight at Varanasi
After breakfast, drive to Varanasi Airport to connect flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi met Imperial Voyages team member at airport drive to hotel.
End of the Tour with sweet memories.