The Highlight of India

Trip Overview The Highlight of India


Day 01: Arrival New Delhi
Day 02: New Delhi – Jaipur
Day 03: Jaipur 
Day 04: Jaipur – Ranthambhore
Day 05: Ranthambhore 
Day 06: Ranthambhore – Agra
Day 07: Agra – Orchha
Day 08: Orchha – Khajuraho  
Day 09: Khajuraho – Varanasi  
Day 10: Varanasi
Day 11: Varanasi – New Delhi 
Day 12: Delhi 
Day 13: Departure

Day 01: Arrival New Delhi
On arrival traditional welcome & transfer to hotel in Delhi. Overnight in hotel at Delhi.  
    
Day 02: New Delhi – Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, popularly known as ‘The Pink City’ due to the color of the buildings in its old part. This buzzing city is certainly a place of wild contrasts and is a feast for the eyes. Rest of the time free at leisure. Overnight in hotel at Jaipur. 

Day 03: Jaipur 
Morning after Breakfast visit Amer Fort & enjoy ride on a caparisoned elephant up to the Amber Fort established in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh of the Kachwaha dynasty. Within the Amber Fort are ornate palaces, courts, stairways, pillared pavilions & palaces & drive past the stunning artistry of the five-story façade of the Hawa Mahal. Afternoon visit the City Palace, the museum houses textiles, arms, carpets, paintings and manuscripts and other artistic paraphernalia & Astronomical observatory, built by Maharaja Jai Singh the founder of Jaipur, also visit observatory & pass through Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Evening free time & overnight in hotel.

Day 04: Jaipur – Ranthambore
Post breakfast drive to Ranthambore (Approximately 4 hrs. drive). You will arrive at Ranthambore and check-in hotel. Overnight in hotel at Ranthambore. 

Day 05: Ranthambore 
Full day game viewing at Ranthambore National Park, which is nestled at the intersection of the Aravalli and Vindhya hills. This park is one of the perfect examples of the Tiger’s Conservation Project’s success in India. Apart from the tigers, the park also offers you an opportunity to see  Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Macaques, Jackals, Jungle cats, Caracals, Sloth bears, Blackbucks, Hare. Overnight in hotel at Ranthambore.     

Day 06: Ranthambore – Agra
Early Morning board train to go to Agra via Bharatpur. Stop at Fatehpur Sikri en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri. This medieval city was abandoned due to non-availability of water but is still in a state of perfect preservation. This monument has been picked up by the National Geographic among the 50 must visited places on Earth. On arrival check-in hotel. Continue onto Agra, home to the Taj Mahal - undoubtedly the most extravagant monument for love ever built. Upon arrival check-into hotel. Overnight in hotel at Agra.

Day 07: Agra – Orchha
After breakfast,city tour of Agra. Visit the world famous Taj Mahal- (closed on Fridays) built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beautiful wife Mumtaj. Continue onto Agra Fort-built by Mughal emperor Akbar to commemorate his victory in war. Later drive to Orchaa. Situated on the banks of Betwa River, Orchha is a medieval city built during the 16th & 17th Century. It retains much of its charm. Visit here the Jahangir Palace which is a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatris. From there the view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs is spectacular. Evening, visit the temple to see an Aarti ceremony in the temple offering a unique experience as you can participate in the ceremony. Overnight in hotel at Orchaa. 

Day 08: Orchha – Khajuraho  
Morning visit  to Chaturbhuj Temple in Orchha which from an angle appears to be like an Eagle. Later drive to Khajuraho. Afternoon arrive Khajuraho and check-in hotel. The temples of Khajuraho, a world heritage site, are India’s best loved and most impressive monuments. They were built over a relatively brief period of 100 years from 950–1050 AD. Around the temples are bands of exceedingly artistic stone work showing many aspects of Indian life a millennium ago – Gods & Goddesses, Warriors and musicians, real and mythological animals. The stone figures of Apsaras (Celestial maidens) and erotica are major highlights of the temples of Khajuraho. Evening one can attend (Optional) sound & light show. Overnight in hotel at Khajuraho.

Day 09: Khajuraho – Varanasi 
After early morning breakfast visit Western group of Temples at Khajuraho, these temples were built during the Chandela period, a dynasty that survived for five centuries. The temples also contain explicit erotic sculptures. They were rediscovered in the 20th century, and presently are UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later check-out at the hotel and transfer to the airport for Varanasi. Arrival to Varanasi airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel at Varanasi. It is one of the holiest places in India. Hindu Pilgrims come to bathe in the waters of the Ganges, a ritual that washes away all sins. The city is an auspicious place of cremation among Hindus. It's a magical city where the most intimate rituals of life and death take place in public on the city's famous ghats. In past, the city has been known as Kashi & Benares, but its present name is a restoration of an ancient name meaning the city between two rivers - Varuna and Assi. 

Day 10: Varanasi 
In the morning, rise before dawn to go for a boat ride on the river Ganges. As the boatman starts rowing the boat the daily activities at the Ghats unfolds which can be very interesting for a new visitor. Later we explore the city by foot to get the feel of this ancient city. Also visit Banaras Hindu University, Tulsi Manas temple & Bharat Mata temple. Return to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Varanasi.

Day 11: Varanasi – New Delhi 
After breakfast in the morning there will be free time in the afternoon then transfer to the Varanasi Airport to board flight for Delhi. Arrival Delhi and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 12: Delhi 
After breakfast, full day combined city tour of Delhi. Delhi is a melting pot of modern and old cultures and traditions. Start your day with Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi the transport of Old Era. It is totally different & unique experiences to visit the old crowded market where you can witness the lifestyle of the locals staying in this area & also visit Chandni Chowk, one of the country's best known wholesale markets for textiles, electronic goods and watches. Later we take a guided tour of 17th Century Old Delhi. Visit the Jama Masjid which is the largest mosque in India built in the year 1656. Pass through Red fort which was built in the year 1646. In New Delhi, visit two important monuments-first the Humayun Tomb which is a memorial of The Mughal Emperor Humayun and, second–Qutub Minar. It was built in the 12 Century, and the tallest brick Minaret in the world with 72 Meters of Height. The afternoon sightseeing also includes the visit of the President House and the India Gate. Overnight in hotel at Delhi. 

Day 13: Departure 
After breakfast check-out transfer to airport, board flight for onward destination.