Day 01: New Delhi Arrival and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: New Delhi begins visiting the tomb of Safdarjang on the way to Qutab Minar, impressive medieval tower of victory of Persian world is 73 m high. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron Pillar which has withstood inclement weather and has not rusted for over 1500 years. After the visit, sit and meditate in the Bahai Temple and then drive through New Delhi includes the Embassies, government buildings and India Gate. Visit Humayun's Tomb - considered to be the front runner of Taj Mahal.
Later in the day of your tour begins with the sightseeing of Old Delhi. Visiting Jama Mosque built in 1650 AD, followed by a drive past the impressive Red Fort built by Shah Jahan, creator of the Taj Mahal. Then proceed to Raj Ghat which is the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of the largest wholesale market of India.
Day 03: Delhi - Varanasi Fly at 0940 hours to reach 1120.
Varanasi is the microcosm of Hinduism, a city of traditional classical culture, glorified by myth and legend and sanctified by religion, it has always attracted a large number of pilgrims and worshippers from time immemorial. To be in Varanasi is an experience in itself an experience in self–discover an eternal oneness of the body and soul. To every visitor; Varanasi offers a breathtaking experience. The rays of the dawn shimmering across the Ganges, the high-banks, the temples and shrines along the banks bathed in a golden hue soul stirring hymns and mantras along with the fragrance of incense filling the air and the refreshing dip in the holy waters gently splashing at the Ghats. Varanasi, the land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss.
In the residential neighborhood of Varanasi lies Sarnath, the site of the deer park where Lord Buddha is said to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism. The Dhamek Stupa is one of the few pre-Ashokan stupas still standing, though only its foundation remains. Also remaining is the Chaukhandi Stupa commemorating the spot where Buddha met his first disciples (in the 5th century or earlier, BC). An octagonal tower was built later.
Later visit the Ghats for Ganga Aarti where priests offer prayers to River Ganges for the welfare of humanity.
Day 04: Varanasi - Khajuraho Visit the Ghat in the morning to enjoy life on the banks of the Ganges.
Later fly in 1150 to reach 1250 hours in Khajuraho. After upgrading and lunch, visit the
Western group of temples. The whole area was surrounded by a wall with eight gates, each flanked by two golden palm trees. There were originally over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 25 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation, scattered over an area of about 20 square kilometers. Today, the temples serve as fine examples of Indian architectural styles that have gained popularity due to their explicit depiction of sexual life in medieval times.
Greatly influenced by the Tantric school of thought, the Chandela kings promoted various Tantric doctrines through royal monuments, including temples. Sculptors of Khajuraho depicted all aspects of life. The society of the time believed in dealing frankly and openly with all aspects of life, including sex. Sex is important because Tantric cosmos is divided into the male and female principle. Male principle has the form and potential, female has the energy. According to Hindu and Tantric philosophy, one cannot achieve anything without the other, as they manifest themselves in all aspects of the universe. Nothing can exist without their cooperation and coexistence. In accordance with ancient treaties on architecture, erotic depictions were reserved for specific parts of the temples only. The rest of the temple was profusely covered with other aspects of life, secular and spiritual.
Day 05: Khajuraho - Agra Today we drive to Jhansi. On the way visit Orccha Fort.
Orchha was founded in 1501 AD, by the Bundela chief, Rudra Pratap Singh, who became the first King of Orchha, and also built the Fort of Orchha. He died in an attempt to save a cow from a lion. The Chaturbhuj temple was built during the time of Akbar, the Queen of Orchha, while Raj Mandir was built by 'Madhukar Shah' during his reign, from 1554 to 1595. Raja Ram Temple is built on a square base and has an exterior almost completely flat, relieved by projecting windows and a line of delicate domes along the summit. The Jahangir Mahal is built on a rectangular base and is relieved by a circular tower at each corner surmounted by a dome, while two lines of graceful balconies supported on brackets mark the central story. The roof is crowned by eight large fluted domes, with smaller domes between them, connected by an ornamental balustrade.
Continue driving to Jhansi to board the fastest train in India to Agra to arrive at 2015 hours
Day 06: Agra Morning at sunrise visit Taj Mahal when is the best time. Return to hotel for breakfast. After the update, visit the Agra Fort and Itmad Ud Daula.
Taj Mahal one of the Seven Wonders of the World, built by Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal. This mausoleum took 22 years to complete with a work force of 20,000. Craftsmen and master builders came from all over Asia to participate in the great work - from Baghdad, Shiraz, Delhi, Samarkand and Turkey. The marble, the best, was mined in Makrana near Jodhpur. Precious and semi-precious stones were imported from distant lands: Jasper from Punjab, jade and crystal from China, turquoise from Tibet, Lapis from Afghanistan and Ceylon, Chrosolite of Egypt, Amethyst from Persia, Agate from Yemen, Malachite from Russia, Diamonds from Golconda and mother of pearl of the Indian Ocean.
Agra Morning drive to Agra. Visit Taj Mahal in the afternoon followed by Agra Fort and Itmad Ud Daula.
Day 07: Agra to Bharatpur to Jaipur After breakfast drive to Fatehpur Sikri the deserted capital of the Mughals.
Bharatpur to Ranthambhore After the visit continue driving to Jaipur visiting Chand Baori and Harshat Mata temple on the way. Arrive late afternoon. Relax at the hotel.
Day 08: Ranthambhore Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these animals in their natural jungle habitat. Tigers can be easily spotted even in the daytime. The best times for tiger sightings at Ranthambore National Park are in November and May. The park's deciduous forests are characteristic examples of the type of jungle found in Central India. Other major wild animals include leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear, southern plains gray langur, rhesus macaque and chital. The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles, as well as one of the largest banyan trees in India.
This morning we will give you a jeep safari in the park where you get to see the great variety of flora and fauna, including the king, the tiger.
Again in the afternoon we take you for another ride through the jungle to see the tiger.
Day 09: Ranthambhore to Jaipur This morning will be our third jungle safari and after the ride we check out and drive to Jaipur. Arrive late afternoon. Later visit Laxmi Narayan Temple followed by dinner in an ethnic village style Indian restaurant, very famous by the name of Chokhi Dhani.
Day 10: Jaipur This morning we ride an Elephant to the hilltop to visit the Fort in Clouds call Amber Fort.
The splendid fortress / palace of Amber was taken by the Rajputs Kachhwaha in the mid-12th century. The Kachawaha Kings dominated around for the next six centuries? Amber was also the privileged place of the alliance between the Mughals and the Rajputs. The astronomer king Sawai Jai Singh II, famous for his Jantar Mantar ascended the throne in 1699. He soon decided to build a new city in the plains: JAIPUR was designed according to the principles of Shilpa-Shastra and the capital moved here in 1727, the city attracted merchants and craftsmen who eventually shaped this irresistible bazaar.
In the afternoon we will take you to the City Palace and Museum, Jantar Mantar.
Day 11: Jaipur – Delhi Drive to Delhi to connect to your flight back home