Day 01 : Delhi
Arrive and transfer to Hotel
Day 02 : Delhi
Morning half day city tour of Old Delhi visiting Raj Ghat – The Mausoleum of Mahatma Gandhi. Jama Masjid – the biggest Mosque in India and drive past Red Fort and tricycle tour of Chandini Chowk. Afternoon half day city tour of New Delhi. Drive past President House, Parliament House (House of Representatives) and India Gate – War Memorial (stop for photography), Qutab Minar – 72.55 meters, high Victory Tower, onto Bahai Temple (lotus temple) Humayun’s Tomb – built of red sandstone and is a first substantial example of the Mughal architecture, Laxmi Narayan Temple – a modern Hindu temple built by the Birlas, a leading Indian industrialists. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi - Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur (05 hrs. drive) – the pink city of India. The capital of Rajasthan was given a colour coat of pink, a century ago in the honour of a visiting Prince, ever since it has retained the pink colour. Enroute visit Amber Fort-remarkable for the majestic grandeur of its surroundings as for its sturdy battlements and beautiful palaces. Climb up to the fort on the back of an Elephant or by jeep. Afternoon city tour visiting City Palace – where the former Maharaja still resides in a part of it, but rest now serves as a Museum. Also visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory built by a great astronomer Sawai Jai Singh onto drive past through Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds). Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 04 : Jaipur - Agra
After breakfast proceed to Agra (5 hrs. drive). Enroute visit Fatehpur –
Sikri (40 kms. from Agra) – once the capital of Mughal Empire and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Its fortifications and Palaces are in a wonderful state of preservation. Upon arrival at Agra check-in at Hotel. Afternoon half day city tour visiting the World famous Taj Mahal, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in the year 1652 as a memorial for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years to create this jewel. Agra Fort – four successive rulers helped create this massive fort. Tomb of Itmad-ud-daullah- built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 05 : Agra - Gwalior
Morning leave by road for Gwalior . Arrive and stay at Hotel.
Afternoon city tour visiting Gwalior Fort – A steep road winds upwards to the fort, flanked by statues of the jain tirthankaras, carved into the rock face. The magnificient outer walls of the fort still stand, two miles in length and 35 ft. high, bearing witness to its reputation for being one of the most invincible Forts of India.The imposing structure inspired Emperor Babur to describe it as the ” the pearl amongst the fortresses of Hind” .
Within the Fort premises visit Man Mandir Palace- built between 1486 & 1517 by Raja Mansingh. Though the exquisite tiles that once adorned its floors can no more be seen , the rooms and vast chambers with fine stone screens stand testimony
to its past glory and visit – the 9th century Teli Ka Mandir, towering 100 ft. high is a Pratihara Vishnu temple of a unique blending of architectural styles. The shape of the roof is distinctively Dravidin, while the decorative embellishments have the typically Indo- Aryan characteristics of northern India. Also dedicated to Vishnu is the graceful Sas- Bahu Ka Mandir built in the 11th century and onto Museum-the current residence of the Scindia family and about 35 rooms have been converted into Jivaji Roa Scindia Museum.
The architecture is a combination of Italian, Tuscan and Corinthian styles. Eye-catching treasures that can be viewed here include a silver train with cutglass wagone, a glass cradle from Italy, arms and many personal moments of the Scindia Royal family. Evening witness Son-et-Lumiere at Manmandir Palace at Fort .
Day 06 : Gwalior - Orchha - Khajuraho
Morning drive to Khajuraho. Enroute visit Orchha -a city of Legends where a series of Medieval Hindu Temples situated on the river Betwa, are some of the finest examples of Bundela architecture where Temples looks more like Forts and Palaces. Orchha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela chieftain Rudra Pratap and was once the capital of one of the largest and most powerful Kingdoms of Central India. Jehangir Mahal built during 17th Century, Raj Mahal, Raj Praveen Mahal, Ram Raj Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple, Suner Mahal are some outstanding examples of architecture that dominated Bundelkhand. After sightseeing and lunch onto Khajuraho. Upon arrival at Khajuraho check-in at Hotel. Evening enjoy cultural show. Overnight at Khajuraho.
Day 07 : Khajuraho - Jhansi- Delhi
Khajuraho – is more than just a temple town where a millennium of erotica captured in stones for the World to see, where love is divine and its expression sublime, a land where every stone has a tale to tell. Morning visit the world famous Chandela Temples. These cluster of temples depicting human passions famous for their erotic carvings – built in the 10th and 11th centuries AD. Of the 85 original temples, 22 still survive-a joyful ode to life, depicted some of the most exquisite specimens of Hindu architecture and sculpture . It Depict images of gods and goddesses, warriors and musicians, real and mythological animals .
It is an appeal to the Celestial women and all her marriott moods- her playfulness, her seductive ways, her infinite beauty rendered with love and exquisite artisians for future generation to know and cherish.
Of the two groups of temples – Western and Eastern – important temples to visit are – Kandariya Mahadev, Chaunsath Yogini , Chitragupta , Lakshmana, Devi Jagdamba, Parvati, Vishvanath Temple and Nandi, Paraswanath and Adinath. Afternoon leave by road for Jhansi.On arrival board Shatabdi Express for Delhi at 1755 hrs. by AC Chair Car. Arrive Delhi at 2250 hrs. and transfer to Hotel.
Day 08 : Delhi
Day at leisure to visit Delhi. Transfer to International Airport to fly back onward destination.
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