TAJ MAHAL AND TEMPLES TOUR
8 Nights / 9 Days
Tour the magnificent temples of central India - experience the Taj Mahal in Agra, see the spectacular Gwalior Fort, the exotic ruins of Orchha, the intricate architecture of the Jain Temples of Khajuraho, and the ritualistic town of Varanasi on the River Ganges.
Itinerary Route: Delhi - Agra - Gwalior - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
You will be greeted at the airport by a Tour Packages India Representative and then escorted to your hotel by private AC car. As the check-in is facilitated by the desk staff you will be briefed on the tour program after which you'll be escorted to your room where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 2: Delhi
After breakfast you will embark on a day of sightseeing around Delhi. Delhi is said to be one of the oldest existing cities in the world, along with Damascus and Varanasi. Legend estimates it to be over 5,000 years old - it is said to have been built and destroyed 11 times throughout its history. In spite of its rich historical heritage represented by it's innumerable monuments, Delhi's population is reputed for having little awareness of or pride in the city's history due to the simple reason that few Delhi residents actually belong to Delhi. The population of Delhi is a heterogeneous mix of people originating from every corner of India. Undoubtedly, this will become obvious during your tour through the city. Delhi is by far the most cosmopolitan city in India and a true traveller's delight.
Day 3: Delhi to Agra (205 km / 5 hour drive)
After breakfast you'll travel to Agra. Upon arrival you'll check-in to your hotel and the day will be available to you for sightseeing. The Agra Fort is one of the most popular afternoon tourist destinations. Of course, the Taj Mahal awaits - the best time to view the Taj is late afternoon to watch the changing colors of the Taj as the colorful sunsets reflect upon it. Early morning is also considered a good time for the same reasons and because it's the coolest part of the day to enjoy the monument. Dine out as you like and spend the night.
Note: The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays
Day 4: Agra to Gwalior (via Train) 120 km / 2 hours
Board the train in the morning for the 3-hour ride to Gwalior. Check-in to your hotel and later pay a visit to the famous Gwalior Fort. Spend the evening as you wish.
Day 5: Gwalior to Orchha (111 km / 4 hour drive)
After breakfast, drive down to Orchha. Later, take in the local sights of this ancient temple town.
Day 6: Orchha to Khajuraho (180 km / 5 hour drive)
After morning check-out, drive to Khajuraho. If time permits, stroll the gardens surrounding the Jain temples...best seen in early morning and evening.
Day 7: Khajuraho to Varanasi (by Air)
The Jain temples of Khajuraho are known for the erotic content of the carvings as well as for their intricacy. The central complex which borders the edge of town occupies beautiful gardens and a peaceful atmosphere. Stroll, relax, gaze in awe at these unforgettable examples of Jain architecture from the 9th century. Later, board a plane for a short flight to Varanasi where you'll spend the night.
Day 8: Varanasi
Board an early morning boat at the riverbanks for a cruise on the Ganges River. The western banks have a string of ghats which the pilgrims occupy during their stay. At dawn, the ghats are abuzz with activity as devotees offer prayers to the rising sun and perform religious rituals. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later visit the Bharat Mata Temple which has on display a giant bas relief map of India in marble. Take a drive through the largest residential university of Asia - Banaras Hindu University. Founded by Pundit Madan Mohan Malviya, the university houses an Art Gallery as well as the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. Stop over at the Bharat Kala Bhavan where you can see some of the finest miniatures on display in India. In the afternoon, tour the Sarnath, the buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century B.C. to 12th century A.D.
Day 9: Varanasi to Delhi (by Air)
After breakfast, depart for the airport for a short flight to Delhi where, after your arrival, you'll enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Later on, depart for the International Airport to continue your onward journey.
Palatial rooms in Gwalior and Orchha, near the hub of activity in Delhi, peaceful places to stay in Varanasi...a nice selection to suit your style...
Best Time: Winter in Rajasthan and Varanasi offers very cool evening temps and shorts weather throughout the day. Summers are incredibly hot but...
Best Time: Winter in Rajasthan and Varanasi offers very cool evening temps and shorts weather throughout the day. Summers are incredibly hot but arid. Moonsoons can be quite enjoyable as rains occur mostly in the late afternoon offering a respite from the day's heat. October thru March (Winter) 9°C - 32°C (49°F - 90°F) April thru July (Summer) 23°C - 40°C (74°F - 103°F) July thru September (Monsoons) 24°C - 33°C (75°F - 92°F)
Delhi is simply the most well-connected city in India. It's served 24 hours/day by an International Airport, four different railway stations, and an...
Delhi is simply the most well-connected city in India. It's served 24 hours/day by an International Airport, four different railway stations, and an abundance of public and private bus lines.
Yummy chaats in Delhi, mouthwatering Benarasi delicacies, Mughal Dynasty dishes, local sweets waiting to be savored...a great tour of food...
Ancient Jain temples, majestic Taj Mahal, forts and palaces, holy River Ganges, Mughal dynasty ruins...
A Must Read before you book your tour... TAJ MAHAL AND TEMPLES TOUR Terms and Conditions Important and...
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