- Varanasi - Khajuraho - Orchha - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri
- Jaipur - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur
- Ajanta - Ellora - Bombay - Madurai - Trichy - Tanjore
- Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Madras
(19 Nights/ 20 Days)
Day 01/ Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport and transfer
to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 02/ Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast sightseeing tour of New
Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when
India was the Jewel in the crown of the British empire.
Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar, India Gate and
the grand government buildings, the President’s
House, Red fort, Mahatama Gandhi Memorial. Also visit
Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple.
Night stay in Delhi.
Day 03 / Delhi - Varanasi
Morning transfer to airport to connect the flight for
Varanasi said to be the India’s most sacred city
situated on the western bank of the holy river Ganga.
It is also the oldest living city in the world. As a
place for devotion and worship, with hundreds of temples
dotting the city, sunrise on the river front as seen
from a boat can be a spiritually uplifting sight. It
has a fascination uniquely its own, a quality of sublime
beauty, a timeless eternal appeal. Varanasi is the city
which cannot be described, only experienced.
Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel. Later visit the
Temples, Aurangazeb’s Mosque and one of the biggest
university of India. Evening view “Aarti”
ceremony on the Ghats. Night stay in Varanasi.
Day 04 / Varanasi
Morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe
the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Later excursion
to Sarnath, 10kms. East of Varanasi, is one of the
Buddhism’s major centers of India. After attaining
enlightenment, the Buddha came to Sarnath where he
gave his first sermon. Visit the deer park and the
museum and later back to Varanasi. Night stay in Varanasi.
Day 05 / Varanasi - Khajuraho
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight
for Khajuraho .Arrive Khajuraho & transfer to
hotel. The legendary temples of khajuraho are an incomparable
experience. Acknowledged as one of the world’s
artistic wonders, these temples dedicated to the Hindu
pantheon of Gods are covered in carvings that are
a paean to life and love. Built within a short span
of a hundred years by the Chandela Rajputs, the 10th
century temples lay forgotten until they were discovered
in the present century. Khajuraho has achieved fame
for the sensual appeal of its erotic sculptures. Evening
free at leisure. Night stay in Khajuraho.
Day 06/ Khajuraho - Agra
After breakfast explore the Western and Eastern temples
of khajuraho while your guide explains the intricate
meaning and legends behind each describable sculpture.
Later transfer to Jhansi to board the train to Agra. Arrive
Agra & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Agra.
Day 07/ Agra - Jaipur
Morning at sunrise visit the magnificent Taj Mahal
- one of the seven wonders of the world surely the
most extravagant expression of love ever created.
20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this
memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife, Also visit
Agra Fort - the rusty and majestic red- sandstone
fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna
and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar
in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience),
a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove
of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public
petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience)
where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an
ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded
peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers
of friendly kingdoms.After lunch drive to Jaipur -
en route visit Fatehpur Sikri, a perfectly preserved
Mughal city built at the height of the empire's splendor.
Arrive Jaipur & transfer to hotel. Night stay
Day 08/ Jaipur
In the morning, visit the Amber Fort - one of the
most fascinating of Indian forts. Reach the fort majestically
atop an elephant; once inside the fort, visit the
Palace of Mirrors, Hall of Public Audience and the
beautifully manicured gardens. Afternoon spend exploring
the Jantar Mantar (astrological observatory), the
Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds), the City Palace
and the museum. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 09/ Jaipur - Jodhpur
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur & transfer to
hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Jodhpur.
Day 10/ Jodhpur
Morning explore the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort-Museum,
one of the largest in India, unsurpassed in beauty and
grandeur - and a perfect example of desert variant of
Rajput architecture. The tour of the fort will be followed
by a visit to the old town where you walk through the
market getting a feel of the town. Also visit Jaswant
Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph, built in memory
of Maharaja Jaswant singh II around 1899 and Umaid Public
Early in the evening you will be taken on a short safari
to immaculately kept villages of Bishnoi tribals who
are known for their belief in the sanctity of plant
and animal life. A variety of deer roaming freely is
the attraction of these villages. Night stay in Jodhpur.
Day 11/ Jodhpur - Udaipur
Morning drive to Udaipur. En route visiting Ranakpur
- the largest and most beautifully preserved Jain Temples
in India. Later proceed to see the fort of Kumbhalgarh.
If Ranakpur is beauty and grace, Kumbhalgarh is all
about power. Arrive Udaipur in the evening & transfer
to hotel. Night stay in Udaipur.
Day 12/ Udaipur
After breakfast proceed for city sight seeing tour.
Udaipur, built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh,
the city has been described as the most romantic spot
on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. Visit
the City Palace museum, the Jagdish temple, Sahelion
Ki Bari ( Queen’s resort for their friends) Bhartiya
Lok Kala Mandir ( Folk art museum) and the Pratap Memorial.
Evening at leisure.Night stay in Udaipur.
Day 13/ Udaipur - Mumbai -
Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for
Mumbai to connect the flight to Aurangabad. Arrive Aurangabad
& transfer to hotel. Night stay in Aurangabad.
Day 14/ Aurangabad
Today explore the caves of Ajanta which offer a rich
tapestry of images that speak of palaces, royalty, cultures
and tales of everyday life of ancient India. Long buried
in the debris of time, these 30 caves were built to
offer seclusion to the Buddhist monks, who lived, taught
and performed rituals. Night stay in Aurangabad.
Day 15/ Aurangabad - Mumbai
Morning explore Ellora caves. Carved between fourth
and fifth century, the rock temples and monasteries
of Ellora represent the three major faiths of India
- Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Like Ajanta, Ellora
caves too are a fine example of cave temples with almost
34 caves with intricate interiors and ornamental facades
.Later in the evening transfer to airport to board the
flight to Mumbai. Arrive Mumbai& transfer to hotel.
Night stay in Mumbai.
Day 16/ Mumbai - Madurai
Morning transfer to airport to board the flight to Madurai
, Arrive Madurai & transfer to hotel. All activity
in Madurai is centered round Sri Meenakshi Temple in
the heart of the told town. A riotously baroque example
of Dravidian architecture. Night stay in Madurai.
Day 17/ Madurai - Tanjore - Trichy
Morning drive to Tanjore. Also called a city of temples,
Tanjore is dotted with no fewer than 74 temples - the
most famous of which is the Brihadeshwara temple. Visit
this fascinating temple and the Thanjavur Palace before
continuing your drive to Trichy. The town of Trichy
is another small place of South India which is littered
with innumerable evidence of the region's excellence
in art and architecture.
In the evening explore the city including spectacular
Rock Fort Temple. Night stay in Trichy.
Day 18/ Trichy - Chennai
Morning transfer to railway station to board the train
for Madras - a fascinating city with its ancient temples
and unique culture, golden sandy beaches and a marvelous
tradition of music and dance. Arrive Chennai & transfer
to hotel. Later visit St. Thomas Church, Kapaleshwar
Temple, Fort St. George and drive past the Marina Beach.
Night stay in Chennai.
Day 19/ Chennai - Kanchipuram
Morning excursion to Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram.
Kanchipuram known as the Golden City of a Thousand Temples,
is one of the oldest towns in India. It is famous for
both its temples, many of them remarkably well preserved
and for its hand-woven silks.
is one of the seven sacred cities of India and it is
the only one associated with both Shiva and Vishnu.
Visit Ekambareshwar Temple, Kailashnath Temple, Kamakshi
Temple, the Vaikunthaperumal Temple, all built in the
7th and 8th centuries. With a weaving tradition dating
back to the Pallava era (when silk was the royal cloth),
Kanchipuram is justly famous for its particularly fine
silk saris, embellished with stunning patterns. Visit
the local homes of the weavers and watch them create
magic out of silk thread into saris.
Mahabalipuram is a small, quiet seaside resort with
a unique 7th century Shore Temple, a lovely beach and
some of the most beautiful rock cut temples in the world.
Situated on the shore of theBay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram
was already a famous seaport in the 1st century AD.
This, town was a workshop for temple building. Visit
the seven pagoda style shore temples, lashed by the
waves of the sea and the seven rathas or temple chariots,
a group of monolithic monuments & animal figures
carved out of solid rock, the earliest known examples
of Dravidian architecture. They were constructed in
a single century long burst of creative enthusiasm,
starting in the reign of Narasimhavarman 1 (AD 63068).
End the visit by photography of the beautiful Shore
temples at sunset. Night stay in Chennai.
Day 20/ Departure
Transfer to airport to board the onward flight.
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