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12 Days Classical & Royal India Tour

12 Days Classical & Royal India Tour


Itinerary Summary

India was ruled by some of the richest kings in the whole world. The impact of their rule and the rich cultural heritage they left behind can well be seen in states like Rajasthan Tours. Rajasthan has a number of cities that have their own different cultures that are a true reflection of India’s exquisite culture. Take a Royal India Tour and go around Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra, Khajuraho and Varanasi. On this tour, you can get a glimpse of the royal life that the kings enjoyed. Visit palaces and forts and dive deep in the rich history that the country boasts of. There can be nothing else compared to this trip to some of the best cities in India.

SUGGESTED HOTELS:

 

City Deluxe Hotels Nights
Delhi Oberoi Maidens 02
Varanasi Taj Ganges 02
Khajuraho Clarks Khajuraho 01
Agra Taj View 02
Jaipur Raj Palace 02
Udaipur Fateh Prakash Palace 02
Delhi Sahara Cottages (Close to the airport) DAY USE

 

  • Day 1:

    Arrival at Delhi

    You will be met on arrival at the International airport. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.

    DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

    Overnight will be at Delhi.

  • Day 2:

    Delhi

    After breakfast proceed for a day sightseeing tour of the city.

    Akshardham Temple, DelhiStart with the sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues toJama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside.

    People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

    Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi.

    After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

    Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence.

    Overnight will be in Delhi.

  • Day 3:

    Delhi – Varanasi

    Breakfast will be at hotel.

    Transfer in time to airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

    Varanasi is the World's most ancient living city. Crowded with temples, and its labyrinth of streets, the city attracts the maximum number of tourists. The religious capital of Hinduism, Varanasi is the carpet-manufacturing place of India. It was previously known as Kashi - the city that illuminates. The present name is derived from the fact that the city is at the confluence of the rivers Varuna and ASI. It is also called CITY OF TEMPLES. The shimmering red and golden water of the Ganges when rays of dawn falls on them, the high banks, the temples, the Ashrams, the pavilions all are an experience in themselves.

    Visit Sarnath ‑ 5 miles out of Varanasi for a day excursion: One of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and then visit a fine Museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures found at the site.

    Enjoy the evening AARTI at the GHATS. The guide will be giving a commentary to you on the proceedings and meanings of the chants during the AARTI of the river.

    Overnight will be spent at Varanasi.

  • Day 4:

    Varanasi

    Proceed in the morning to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. (To start at 0500 hrs. for the best lifetime experience) Foryou to appreciate this remarkable city, we’ll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water’s edge. Return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga". As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity as the faithful are coming and going.

    Return to hotel for a sumptuous breakfast.

    Proceed for a day tour of Varanasi including the Bharat Mata Temple, which features a big relief map of Mother India engraved in marble. Also visit the 18th century Durga Temple, commonly known as the Monkey Temple due to the huge population of the monkeys. Proceed to the Tulsi manas Temple, crafted from white marble which features the entire Ramayana inscribed on its walls. Also visit the BHU considered as the biggest residential university in Asia. The University Campus houses an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

    Overnight will be in Varanasi.

  • Day 5:

    Khajuraho Temple, Varanasi – Khaju


    Breakfast will be at hotel.

    Transfer in time for flight to Khajuraho.

    Situated in the northernmost part of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is famous for its enchanting temples and its legendary Khajuraho dance festival. The name Khajuraho is derived from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree) which is grown abundantly in the region. The Khajuraho Temples are dedicated to a celebration of womanhood, her myriad moods and facets. Famous for its erotic architecture, the carvings include, women writing a letter, applying eye makeup, combing her tresses, dancing & playing with her child. Her innocent, blushed, charming, seductive, ardent beauty, all depicted in exquisitely sculptured details. These temples have been designed and carved to lead the eyes from ground level upward till you seem to be looking at heaven.

    Reach Khajuraho. Proceed for an afternoon tour of the EXOTIC TEMPLES (WESTERN, EASTERN & SOUTHERN) of Khajuraho.

    Enjoy the SOUND & LIGHT SHOW at the Western Temple Complex. Overnight will be at Khajuraho.

  • Day 6:

    Khajuraho – Orchha – Jhansi – Agra

    (117 KM)

    Proceed by surface to ORCHHA after breakfast. �

    ORCHHA – A medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with Palaces and temples of the 16th and 17th century which have remarkable withstood the onslaught of time. The city is picturesquely flanked by the River Betwa.

    Proceed for sightseeing of ORCHHA sites within the Fort Complex. Lunch will be at Orchha and then proceed to the station (12 km away) for train to Agra. (This is a superfast train with airline type seats and snacks / mineral water is served on board)

    Reach Agra and transfer to hotel.

    AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously.

    Overnight will be at Agra.

  • Day 7:

    Agra

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

    Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra.

    TAJ MAHAL: Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.� �

    AGRA FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone.� Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.

    After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj.

    Overnight will be at Agra.

  • Day 8:

    Agra – Jaipur

    (221 KM)

    Drive to Jaipur after breakfast visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route. �

    Fatehpur Sikri is 37 km west of Agra. Jajal-ud-din-Muhammad Akbar, Humanyun's son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu'inu'd-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS. Akbar, who was without a male heir heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568. The saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Diwan -I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal's house, Marian's house and the Panchmahal.

    Continue your drive to Jaipur and on arrival check-in at Hotel.

    JAIPUR - The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur canbe traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana.� In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains its character and history - A beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. It is popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria.� Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.

    This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity. Enjoy the experience and spend night at Jaipur.

    Overnight will be in Jaipur.

  • Day 9:

    Jaipur

    Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for a morning excursion will be taken to the Amber Fort. Enjoy the fort ascent on elephant back in a royal manner.
           
    AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace.  Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I.  Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.
           
    Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting...

    CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city.  It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
           
    JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country.  This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
           
    HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur.  It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

    Free in the evening for some exciting shopping.

    Overnight will be at Jaipur.

  • Day 10:

    Jaipur – Pushkar – Udaipur

    (325 KM)

    Start for Pushkar after breakfast.

    Pushkar is a mellow, serene and bewitching little town which attracts those in search of some respite from the tumult of India. Pushkar is right on the edge of the desert and is only 11 kms from Ajmer but separated from it by Nag Pahar, the snake mountain.

    The town clings to the side of the small Pushkar Lake with its many bathing ghats and temples. For Hindus, Puhskar is a very important pilgrimage centre and you'll see plenty of Sadhus (individuals on a spiritual search).

    Pushkar boasts temples, though few are as ancient as you might expect at such an important pilgrimage site, since many were deserted by Aurangzeb and subsequently rebuilt. The most famous is the Brahma Temple, said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity. It's marked by red spire, and over the entrance gateway is the hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma, who is said to have personally chosen Pushkar as its site.

    Proceed to Udaipur. Reach by evening and relax.

    The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.

    Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the LAKE PICHOLA is an enticing sight. Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.
    Overnight will be at Udaipur.

  • Day 11:

    Udaipur

    Breakfast will be at hotel.

    Proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard.

    Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, the Jagdish Temple and the local folk Museum or the VINTAGE CAR COLLECTION.

    Proceed for Evening Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace.

    Overnight will be at Udaipur.

  • Day 12:

    Udaipur – Delhi

    Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed to the airport for flight to Delhi. Reach and check in at hotel. Spend the afternoon in last minute shopping.

    Proceed to the airport as per flight timing and enjoy the FAREWELL DINNER.  Board the flight for home with sweet memories of India.

 

  1. DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ACCOMMODATION AT MENTIONED HOTELS,
  2. SIGHTSEEING TOURS AS MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY,
  3. PRIVATE AC CAR WITH DRIVER,
  4. ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDES FOR ALL MENTIONED TOURS,
  5. ASSISTANCE AT THE AIRPORTS ON ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE,
  6. ASSISTANCE AT STATIONS ON DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL,
  7. FIRST CLASS TRAIN TRAVEL FOR MENTIONED SECTOR,
  8. ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES,
  9. ALL ROAD TAXES, GOVERNMENT TAXES AND DRIVER ALLOWANCES,
  10. ELEPHANT RIDE AT AMER FORT – JAIPUR,
  11. LUNCH AT ORCHHA,
  12. SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW AT KHAJURAHO,EVENING AARTI CEREMONY,
  13. ALL EXCURSIONS AS MENTIONED,
  14. FAREWELL DINNER,
  15. RICKSHAW RIDE AT OLD DELHI,
  16. SARNATH EXCURSION IN VARANASI AND
  17. BOAT-RIDE AT RIVER GANGES IN VARANASI.

 

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