From the cackle of its colour-charged cities to the luminous splendour of its sun-kissed desert, Rajasthan is romantic India wrapped in gaudy royal robes. Here the fearsome Rajput warrior clans ruled with gilt-edged swords, plundered wealth and blood-thick chivalrous codes.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival At Delhi.
Arrive Delhi. Meet on arrival and transfer to hotel. Delhi, the capital city of India lying along the River
Yamuna, Seven cities have existed here since the 10th century, ruled over by a succession of Rajputs, Turks,
Afghans, Mughals and the British. Delhi is two cities in one; the Old Delhi of the Mughals, created by Shah
Jahan after moving his Capital from Agra in 1638 AD is still a medieval district of narrow lanes, forts,
mosques and bazaars. The second, New Delhi, built by the British in 1911-1931 and characterized by Sir
Edwin Lutyens' architecture, is a spacious and well-designed metropolis of broad avenues, grand imperial
buildings and landscaped gardens. New Delhi is a green city with its tree lined avenues, parks and natural
forest and one of the City's hidden delights is the picturesque Lodi Gardens set around Mughal tombs and it
is home to a number of museums including the national Museum, the Museum of Modern art, the Museum of
Natural History and the creative Arts and Crafts Museum where artisans can be seen at work.
History is brought to life at this excellent museum, where artisans demonstrate traditional embroidery, weaving, carving and pottery. Situated on the Bhairon Road at Pragati ...
Bhairon Rd, New Delhi 110001, India (Nizamuddin)
Phone: 11 337 1353
Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing
Morning enjoy your breakfast at the hotel; later proceed for sightseeing tour of Delhi- visit the 12th century
Qutab Minar, gracefully hand- carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood
the ravages of time not rusting even after 1500 years. Later proceed to Humayun's Tomb – Humayun's wife
Haji Begum had this tomb built after nine years of his death. It was designed by a Persian architect named
Mirak Mirza Ghiyas. Drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of the Indian soldiers),
Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President's house, from outside) - formerly the Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat Buildings- an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture, Red Fort
Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is the oldest and best-known Jain temple in Delhi, India. It is directly across from the Red Fort in the historical Chandni Chowk area. Located ...
Chandni Chowk (Opposite of Red Fort), New Delhi, Delhi 110006
Travel from Orchha to Khajuraho
Day 9: Khajuraho To Varanasi
After an early morning breakfast (0500 hours) drive to Varanasi for 11-12 hours. Arrival in Varanasi late in
Varanasi picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy Ganga, Varanasi, one of the
ancient seats of le1arning in India, is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the
Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. Varanasi is probably one of the most
ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one
of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year.
Overnight at hotel.
Travel from Khajuraho to Varanasi
Day 10: Varanasi Sightseeing
Early morning proceed for boat cruise on river Ganges. The western banks of Ganges has a string of Ghats -
the chain of stone steps, all built with pavilions, palaces and terraces, most of which are mainly used as
Dharamshalaas where the pilgrims stay during their visit to the holy city. At dawn, the Ghats are buzz with
activity of the devotees performing their ablutions in the river or offering prayers to the rising sun and
performing other religious rituals. A boat ride along the Ghats gives you vantage views of this activity. The
Sunrise on the Ganges is a soul-lifting experience.
Morning: enjoy your breakfast at the hotel; later for the half day city tour of Varanasi. Situated on the banks
of the Ganges, the city of Learning and Burning (because of the almost continuous cremations of the dead)
from time immemorial has been the religious centre of Hindus. All Hindus want to be here at least once in
their life time. Visit some of the important temples. Bharat Mata Mandir - a unique temple inaugurated by
Mahatma Gandhi houses one of the most perfect relief maps of India and is dedicated to Mother India.
Durga Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga consort of Lord Shiva. Drive past the beautiful Tulsi Manas
Temple. Later drive through the largest Residential University of Asia - Banaras Hindu University founded
by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.
Later proceed for tour of Sarnath; 10-Kms away from Varanasi is the fabled place, which bears testimony to
its great past where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples, expounding the principles of
Buddhism. The remains date back to as far as the3rd-Century BC when Emperor Ashoka founded various institutions, stupas, monasteries and pillar Edicts. The most important of the monuments is the 34 mts. high
Dhamekh Stupa. Visit the art collection at the Archaeological Museum. The main attraction is the superb
Ashoka Pillar - the Ashoka symbol of four back-to-back Lions which has been adopted as the state symbol
Independent India. Also visit the Mahabodhi Buddha Temple and walk around the Deer Park.