Delhi > Jaipur > Agra > Mathura > Vrindavan > Orcha > Jhansi > Khajuraho > Varanasi
24 Dec 2019 - 01 Jan 2020 ** Indicates tentative date.
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You arrive in Delhi by International flight. After a traditional Welcome our representative would assist you at the airport and to our hotel for check-in. After some rest, breakfast at coffee shop in the Hotel. After breakfast we will go on a guided tour of Delhi at 1100 hrs, beginning with a morning sightseeing trip to Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat followed by the drive around India Gate and President's House. In the afternoon visits to Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar, Mahavir Ahinsa Sthal and Chattarpur temple. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Post breakfast we leave for Jaipur the flamboyant capital of Rajasthan. On arrival at Jaipur, our representative will meet & assist you to check-in at our hotel for overnight stay. Today we will take you for evening excursion to Chokhi Dhani complex, an ethnic village resort located at a distance 15 km from Jaipur. Evenings at Chokhi Dhani are very special. A Rajasthani village atmosphere is recreated on the sprawling ground and includes the entertainment by folk dancers and musicians. The guests can move around freely and enjoy the evening. Later drive back to Hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast drive to Amber, the capital of the gallant Rajputs from 1037 to 1728 AD. We ride the elephant back and reach the Fort situated on the hill and then visit the Fort Palace. Later we visit the City Palace, Birla Temple, Jantar Mantar Observatory and the Palace of Winds. Overnight stay.
After breakfast in the coffee shop, we drive at 0900 hrs to Agra. En route we visit Fatehpur Sikri, a masterpiece in sandstone with the stunning elegance of its palaces and courts. Further proceed to Agra, upon arrival we help you check-in at our hotel at Agra. Overnight stay at Agra.
Agra, the erstwhile capital of India under the great Mughals and known for Taj Mahal, has always fascinated Indians and foreigners alike. Most of Agra is on the West bank of river Yamuna, with The Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal at its nucleus. Taj Mahal is quite simply one of mankind's most remarkable creations. After early breakfast, we drive at 0800 hrs to Taj Mahal built by emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Next we visit Agra Fort. Later in the afternoon we leave for Sikandara, Akbar's tomb. Further we proceed to Mathura and Vrindavan, related with the birth and childhood of Lord Krishna. And evening we drive back to hotel in Agra for overnight stay.
After early morning breakfast, we drive to reach on time @ 0730 hrs to the railway station to board the train to Jhansi. Our representative meets and assists you on arrival at the Jhansi Railway Station. After that we visit the historic Jhansi Fort of the brave queen and freedom fighter Rani Lakshmibai. Then leave for Khajuraho via Orchha, located at a distance of 16 km from Jhansi. Orchha has a medieval town atmosphere attached to it. The Betwa River quietly flows by the town. The 16th century palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers appear to be suspended in time. And also visit to Orchha Fort, Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, Ram Raja temple and proceed further for Khajuraho. Upon arrival in Khajuraho checkin at your prearranged hotel for overnight stay.
Morning post breakfast we leave for half day sightseeing of Khajuraho temples, built between 950 and 1050 AD by the mighty warrior kings of the Chandela dynasty, in a truly inspired burst of creativity. The temples are famous for themagnificent carvings depicting numerous sexual postures of the famous "Kamasutra", ancient Indian work on sex. Only 22 temples survive of the 85 originally built. In fact, worship isstill done today in the Matangeshwara temple, continuing an unbroken 1000 year tradition.Later we drive to reach on time @ 1200 hrs to the airport to board the flight to Varanasi, the oldest and the holiest Hindu city, known for its Hindu traditional customs and rituals. We meet and assist you on arrival at Varanasi airport and help you check-in at our hotel. Next at 1530 hrs we leave for Sarnath at a distance of 12 Kms from Varanasi,where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after Enlightenment. Overnight stay in Varanasi.
Early morning before breakfast at 0500 hrs boat ride on the river Ganges. We rise before dawn and step gingerly in the boat as the boatman starts rowing the boat. We wait for the daily miracle to unfold, as the Sun appears triumphantly over the horizon. The sound of conches and temple bells add to the delicate pink fabric of dawn. The formerly hushed murmuring of ancient Sanskrit 'Shlokas' now rises, in one voice, to a crescendo of unparalleled piety and joy. We return to our hotel for breakfast. Afternoon on-time transfer to the railway station to board the Overnight train for Delhi.
Today early morning you will arrive at New Delhi Railway station upon arrival our representative would meet and assist you to check in at our hotel for stay. Later in the evening as per your flight timing we will transfer you to International Airport for your flight back home.
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Namaste from New York City! We are back home after a very pleasant flight on Air India and want to thank you for all your help in making our private tour of India run so smoothly during our recent visit to Rajasthan, Varanasi, and Delhi. IVAT handled our trip very professionally, both in the planning stage and on the ground, and the few problems we encountered while in India were resolved thanks to your help and availability. From the moment we arrived to taking us to the airport at the end, you made our stay very comfortable and your constant availability was reassuring.
Since this trip was the first time in India for everyone, except my husband, we wanted to see as much as possible, which wouldn’t have happened without good preparation. In retrospect, we should have taken the trip at a more leisurely pace, upgraded some hotels, and not had so many early morning departures, like leaving the Lake Palace Hotel at 5:15 am in the morning on New Year’s Day. However, we managed to see a tremendous amount in our 12 days in India. We now have many wonderful memories and a better appreciation of Incredible India!
Thank you for all your help in making our trip a success.
With best wishes,
Julie Herzig Desnick
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