Delhi Jaipur Agra, Khajuraho Varanasi
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
Destination Covered: Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi
Day 1: Delhi
Arrival at New Delhi International Airport. Our office representative will welcome you and accompany you to the terminal exit until you get to the hotel. Delhi is the seat of the government of the largest liberal democracy in the world, covering a metropolitan area that is India's second largest and is considered one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. It is divided historically and urbanistically into two very different parts: the old town with very busy lanes and buildings clinging to each other, built by the Moghul at the confluence of important caravan lanes connecting northwest India to the plains of the Ganges ; On the other, the modern neighborhoods designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens at the beginning of the 20th century, which planned an impressive central administrative area for British imperial claims. We continue to visit Delhi. In the afternoon, the visit of the city starts from the old part that will project you into real India. Includes: one of the largest mosques in the country: Jama Masjid; Panoramic view of the Red Fort, hiking in the old town and visit to Raj Ghat, cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. After visiting Old Delhi, the continuation of the administrative part designed by Sir Edwin: India Gate, memorial arch of Indian soldiers, martyrs during the First War in Afghanistan;A panoramic tour of the Palaces of Parliament and the House of President of India, in perfect British style. Finally, visit two other important monuments for ancient history and the roots of Delhi: the Qutub Minar whose construction began in 1199 to celebrate the victory over the last Hindu kingdom, prototype of all the minarets of India and Humayun Tomb and built in 1565 to accommodate the remains of the second moghul emperor, is 50 meters high and has quadrangular plant, surmounted by a bulb-shaped marble dome. This is one of the first examples of architecture. Return to hotel and overnight.
Day 2: Delhi - Jaipur
After breakfast, leave for Jaipur. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Jaipur is surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by formidable fortresses, beautiful palaces, villas and gardens spread across the perimeter. Places of the other times that witnessed real processions and brilliant celebrations. Except for the chaotic traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to be changed. There is timeless quality for the bazaar of Jaipur and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur relives the legends of the ancient Rajputs. Women's dresses and men's turbans add color to this fascinating city.
Evening at your disposal. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning dedicated to the excursion to the famous fortress-palace Amber. It will be accessed on steep bastions by jeep or elephant back (jeep option). Make a Stop for taking picture in front of the Hawa Mahal, better known as the Palace of the Winds. In the afternoon visit to Jaipur, staying at the City Palace, which is the heart of the Old City. It is the Palace of royal family, with still some portion where royal family resides, of course not visitable, inhabited by the family of the last Maharaja. Wonderful treasures are kept in open audiences. Next to the City Palace is the Astronomical Observatory, Jantar Mandar, the most famous of the five, designed by Jai Singh, a forerunner in science and technology in general, so that at the end his Observatory was more accurate than 20 seconds Compared to the manuals that were used for its construction. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur - Agra
Buffet breakfast and departure for Agra, with stop at Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned town, red sandstone built by the great Moghul emperor, Akbar as its capital in the 16th century. It was abandoned just after its construction, when the wells began to drain. Still today it is preserved more or less in the same condition over 300 years ago. At the origin of its construction, there were lots of palaces and mosques and it was as big as London. Now it is an extraordinary place to stroll and enjoy a grand ancient atmosphere. Continue towards Agra. Upon arrival, hotel accommodation. Agra is associated with the Moghul period, when the emperors were famous for the glamor of their imperial court, and for the splendor of their capitals. There are many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum devoted to his second wife is India's most magnificent and important architectural masterpiece, one of the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in the world. 'Started under the Emperor Akbar in 1565. The complex is really a city within the city. Architectural perfection can also be seen in the fortresses, palaces and gardens with an aesthetic arrangement, each a silent witness of a great style belonging to an era of gold. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5: Agra
After breakfast visit Taj Mahal. Emperor moghul Shah Jahan began construction work in 1631, in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died prematurely after the birth of their 14th son. The monument is made of white marble with precious stones embedded, and contains the cenotaphs of his emperor and wife hidden behind a precious stone jade. Decorated with calligraphies and beautiful carvings, it has been described as the most extravagant work of love ever built, enough to think that they served 20,000 craftsmen and 22 years to complete it. Whether you look at it in the full moon's ethereal light or in the rose-colored light of the dawn, or the reflection of the fountains of the beautiful garden, the Taj Mahal is always a spectacle that enchants.Then visit the Fort of Agra, the stronghold of the Mughal Empire. It was headquarters of government and administration and the present structure originated from the Emperor Akbar who erected the walls, doors and the first building on the eastern shore of the River Yamuna River. Shah Jahan added palaces and white marble mosques inlaid with hard stones. The most fascinating examples of the almost musical musical lightness of architecture originated during the reign of this sovereign are the auditorium hall and the Perla mosque. Rest of the day available.
Day 6: Agra-Khajuraho
After breakfast a representative will accompany you to the train station in time to take the train to Jhansi. A representative will meet you at Jhansi Station;Departure by car to Khajuraho. Along this stretch we will stop visiting Orchha. Nestled on a small island of the Betwa River, the Raja Rudra Pratap (1501-1531) bumblebee chief chose it as its capital as an easily defensible place. Inside there are still three visitable palaces: the Jehangir Mahal (a welcome gift for the visit of the Mughal Emperor in the 17th century), the Sheesh Mahal, called the Mirror Palace and the Phool Bagh, an extraordinary summer residence that we will not miss with the temples Ram Raja and Chaturbuj and Laxminarain with its exuberant frescos. Khajuraho: The temples here were built between 950 and 1050 AD by the Chandela dynasty, claiming his descendants from the goddess Moon and a mortal, Hemava, whom he fell in love with. Originally there were over 80 temples within the circle of the walls, but only 22 of them have been preserved to date without deteriorating and falling into ruin. The depicted erotic sculptures may have tantric origins. The set of spikes and pinnacles give the Khajuraho temples a truly unique appearance.
Day 7: Khajuraho - Varanasi
After a buffet breakfast in the hotel, visit the Chandela Temple complex. Khajuraho's visit this morning focuses on the erotic side of famous temples that represent some of the best examples of temple architecture in northern India. Subsequently, a representative will accompany you to the airport for embarkation flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi a representative will welcome you and accompany you to the hotel. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. In the evening we will conclude this intense day by attending the Ganga Aarti Prayer Ceremony on the Ganges Ghats. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 8: Varanasi - Delhi
On the morning of a good boat ride along the sacred river Ganges. At dawn, Hindu faithful bathe in the river to purify their faults. And it is still on the Ganges that every Hindu wants to end his earthly life: it is the end of the cycle of reincarnation. And it is always in the Ganges that every Hindu wants his ashes to be scattered. The crematorium burns 24 hours a day, and every evening, at sunset, the brahmins dance with light sculptures, while the hundreds of people who attend, from the ground and the river, entrust their mother Ganga of the flames representing their own dreams. The furthest the current will bring its flame, the more prosperity it will have. Visit some temples in the surrounding area. Return to the hotel for breakfast, visit Bharat Kala Bhavan, the museum on the history of Varanasi, which develops within the great complex of Benares Hindu University (BHU), one of the most important cultural centers in India. The University was founded in 1917 by Pandit Malaviya, a singular figure of Hindu nationalist who at the beginning of the century wanted to realize an important center for research, study and dissemination of Indian culture. Among the current teachings are art, music, philosophy and ancient Indian languages. Interesting are the miniature collections and those of Varanasi's historical photos. In the late afternoon you will be escorted to the airport for embarkation flight to Delhi. Arrival in Delhi and welcome to the airport, transfer and overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Delhi - Departure
After breakfast departure to Delhi airport for return flight to your country with sweet memories of india tour.
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