Cultural Tour North India

 Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Orcha - Agra - Jaipur - Bikaner - Jaisalmer Jodhpur - Udaipur - Delhi
17 Nights - 18 Days
01 Day: Arrival Delhi 
On arrival at Delhi international Airport you will be welcomed by our representative then transferred to the hotel for the overnight stay in Delhi. 
02 Day: Delhi 
After breakfast take sightseeing tour of historic city visiting Old Delhi visiting the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat - memorial of Mahatma Gandhi & a Rickshaw ride past through the silver street in Chandani Chowk, Later New Delhi to include Rashtrapati Bhawan, one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; the Laxmi Narayan Temple, built by the Birlas, one of India’s leading industrial families; Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple , Qutub Minar , built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty. Return to the hotel for overnight stay at the hotel.
03 Day: Delhi – Varanasi (By Air) 
Early morning after breakfast transfer to the airport to board the schedule flight 9W723 to Varanasi at 1040 hrs, arrival in Varanasi at 1150 hrs. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Relax for some time. Later take an excursion tour to Sarnath – 10 kms visit the deer park and Bodhi Tree where Lord Buddha perched his First Sermon, visit the Dhamekh Stupa. Drive back to Varanasi, Overnight at the hotel in Varanasi. 
04 Day: Varanasi: 
Early morning at the time of sunrise take a boat ride on the River Ganges and see the various Ghats with people ritually cleansing their sins. While on the boat you will also see the cremation ceremonies of dead bodies as per Hindi Rituals. After breakfast proceed on a tour of the temples of Varanasi visiting the Golden Temple dedicated to lord Shiva, the Durga temple dedicated to goddess Durga. Interestingly the Durga Temple is also known as the Monkey Temple due to the large number of monkeys found in the Temple premises. Overnight at the hotel. 
05 Day: Varanasi – Khajuraho (By Air) 
Morning after breakfast day free for leisure. Later checkout and transfer to the airport to board the schedule flight to Khajuraho, arrive in Khajuraho and on arrival transfer to the hotel. Later visit Western group of Temples consisting of the massive Laxman Temple dedicated to lord Vishnu, the Laxmi and Varaha temples dedicated to Vishnu’s consort Laxman, the Kandariya Mahadev temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Chausath Yogini temple dedicated to goddess Kali. Also visit Archaeological museum with its collection of stone sculptures of the Chandela dynasty. Return to the hotel for overnight 
06 Day: Khajuraho – Orcha (180 kms - 4 hours)
After an early breakfast visit Eastern group of Temples and visit the Jain temples of Parsvanath, Adinath, and Shanti Nath. And the temples of Vamana and Brahma/Hanuman both dedicated to lord Vishnu. Also visit Archaeological museum with its collection of stone sculptures of the Chandela dynasty. After lunch, drive to Orcha, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Orcha. 
07 Day: Orcha
After breakfast take a sightseeing of Orcha visiting Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, Raj Praveen Mahal, Ram Raja Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Phool Baugh, Dinman Hardaul's Palace, Sunder Mahal, Cenotaphs, Shahid Smarak. Orcha Palace and Panoramic view of Betwa River. Return to the hotel for overnight. 
08 Day: Orcha – Agra (208 kms – 5½ hours - Via Gwalior) 
After breakfast checkout & drive to Agra enroute visiting the seven storeyed of palaces of Datia. Later proceed to Gwalior. On arrival in Gwalior visit the majestic Gwalior fort is one of the largest and mightiest forts in India. Also visit Sas-Bahu Temples are 11th-century temples of Lord Vishnu while Teli-ka-Mandir is a 300-metre-high Vishnu temple of the 9th Century. One can have lunch at Gwalior & proceed to Agra, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening free to relax, overnight in Agra 
09 Day: Agra: 
Early visit to witness incomparable Taj Mahal with its’ speculative view at the time of Sunrise. Taj Mahal, the architectural modern day wonder of the world; this monument is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles is one of the wonders of the modern world. Taj, endowed it with some of the loveliest buildings in the world. The tour continues with a visit to the Agra Fort from where one can get the most moving view of the Taj from the little octagonal tower in the Agra Fort, which lies, across the river Jamuna. Later visit the Pearl Mosque and the Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daula built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father. Overnight in Agra.
10 Day: Agra – Jaipur (230 Kms – 5 hours) 
After breakfast checkout and drive to Jaipur enroute sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri the city built by Mughal Emperor Akbar, visit Bulund Darwaza, Jama Masjid, and Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti; continue to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri. Arrival at Jaipur late afternoon, transfer to the hotel. Evening free for shopping and relax. 
11 Day: Jaipur 
Today after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, enjoy the experience of ride on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. Afternoon sightseeing tour of City Palace in the heart of Jaipur is known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum. Jantar Mantar is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen, all monuments are located in the vicinity of City Palace Complex of Jaipur. Return to the hotel for overnight. 
12 Day: Jaipur – Bikaner (325 kms - 6 ½ hours) 
After breakfast checkout and drive to Bikaner. Optionally en route you can visit at Mandawa fort or lunch & can visit to Laxmangarh sightseeing of old Havelis. Continue to proceed to Bikaner. On arrival transfer to the hotel. 

13 Day: Bikaner - Jaisalmer (330 Kms – 7 hours) 
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Bikaner covering Junagarh Fort – constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, fort has a 986 meter long wall with 37 bastions & two entrances, Bandh Sagar Temple – The 16th century Jain temple, is the most important temple of this complex. After lunch take an excursion tour to Deshnok to see the Temple of Karnimata – at this temple rats are held sacred & roam freely within the temple complex. Spotting a white rat in this temple is believed to by lucky. Later checkout the hotel and drive to Jaisalmer, on arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening enjoy the city atmosphere. Optionally you can visit Gadisar Lake, Overnight at hotel. 
14 Day: Jaisalmer: 
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Jaisalmer covering Jaisalmer Fort – built on the highest point of the Tricuta hill, consisting of 99 bastions. Outstanding features are Megh Durbar & various temples, Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli & Patwon–Ki-Haveli – some of the beautiful mansions with stone carving and latticework of breath taking intricacy. Later after lunch drive to Sam Sand Dunes – 45 kms enroute visit the ancient Temple of Lodurwa, Amar Sagar and Mool Sagar Lakes. At Sam Sand Dunes and transfer on Camels and enjoy camel rides on the dunes till the sunset. Drive back to Jaisalmer for overnight. 
15 Day: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (290 kms - 6 hours) 
After breakfast checkout and drive to Jodhpur, on arrival transfer to hotel. Day free for leisure and individual activities. Overnight at the hotel in Jodhpur 
16 Day: Jodhpur – Udaipur (276 kms – 6 hours) 
Morning after breakfast take a sightseeing of Jodhpur visiting Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and Umaid Bhawan Palace. Evening visit Balsamand Lake and Palace, after lunch checkout and drive to Udaipur, enroute visit the famous Ranakpur Temples of 12th Century, and later visit Kumbhalgrah Fort enroute to Udaipur. Kumbhalgrah Fort is known for its longest wall of 36 kms surrounding the fort with 360 inbuilt temples in the wall, some of the temple now leis in the state of ruin. Proceed to Udaipur, on arrival transfer to hotel. Evening free to relax, overnight at the hotel. 
17 Day: Udaipur 
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting City Palace Complex visit Durbar Hall, Crystal Gallery, Palace Museum and Jagdish Temple. City Palace is considered as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Later in the day visit Sajjangarh Fort, Maharana Pratap Memorial that has the bronze statue of Maharana Pratap, the legendary warrior king of Udaipur. Early evening visit Saheli Ki Bari which is a small ornamental garden built in the honour of Royal Ladies for recreational purpose and visit Lok Kala Mandal & Shilpgram to see the village arts & crafts. Evening visit one of the finest forts of Asia; Chittaurgarh Fort comprising of Man Palace, Padmini Palace, and Towers of Peace and Victory, you will be driving on this fort to cover all this places. Either you can visit Eklingji & Nagda Temples – built in white marble with a double storied porch on the bank of Lake Bageela – 22 kms from Udaipur. Overnight at Udaipur. 
18 Day: Udaipur – Delhi (By Air) 
After breakfast check out the hotel and transfer to the domestic airport to board the flight for Delhi and assistance on arrival at Delhi, transfer directly to the international airport to board flight back home.

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