Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

Included:

 

Transfers

All arrival & departure transfers

Accomodations on Twin sharing basis on Bed & Breakfast basis

Sightseeing

Visit to Taj Mahal & Agra fort

Visit to Khajuraho Temples

Early morning Ganges aarti, boat ride and walking tour

Trains

Train from Agra to Jhansi & Satna to Varanasi

Transport

Transport- Delhi-Agra & Jhansi/Khajuraho/Satna railway station

What is NOT included in the tour

Entrance fees

Flight tickets from Varanasi/Delhi are not included- extra charges applicable

Itinerary

Day 1 - Delhi :Arrive in Delhi. You are met on arrival at Delhi International airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Delhi

Delhi - India's capital and major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern.The walled city is all traditions ,where as, New Delhi in contrast, is a city living upto contemporary international standards. The chief attraction of Old Delhi is the Red Fort that contains within it opulent palaces and impressive public buildings. Nearby is the magnificent Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.   In New Delhi you can also find the India Gate -- a war memorial arch, the impressive Parliament Building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India. Towards the South can be found the Qutab Minar and Humayun's Tomb, both World Heritage Sites.  

Day 2 - Agra:Drive to Agra (Distance 226 km, 5hrs) Overnight in Agra

Agra - Located 226 kms from Jaipur, Agra is a must visit city on any Tour of India. Home of the World famous Taj Mahal, Agra provides avid glimpses of Mughal architecture. To be in Agra is like taking a walk through India's Mughal period history.Agra is home to possibly the most famous and beautiful building in the world: the Taj Mahal, built in the 17th century by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb and memorial for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.   Along the river Yamuna is the impressive Red Fort from where there are fantastic views of the Taj. The Red Fort was the capital of the Moghul Empire and thus of India during the 16th and 17th centuries. 

Day 3 - Agra:Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal (without guide). 

EARLY MORNING VISIT TO THE TAJ MAHAL (WITHOUT GUIDE)

The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.The best time of day to appreciate this stunning monument is in the early mornings when it is at its quietest and most serene. From the Shilpgram parking area, you purchase the entrance tickets (currently Rs 1,000 for foreigners, per visit, including a bottle of mineral water and disposable shoe covers to be to worn inside the building) and can also rent an audio tour if required. You can walk or catch a non-polluting battery bus to the security check point. You can carry mobile phones, cameras, and valuables inside, but all other items must be deposited in safety lockers. You are then free to enter the grounds of the Taj Mahal and to enjoy the gardens, the mausoleum and the mosque in your own time. Don't miss the marble inlay work both on the exterior and interior of the building itself, as well as the various vantage points offered throughout the gardens. Once you have taken it all in, you can return to your hotel for a late breakfast.

Day 4 - Orchha:Departure Transfer in Agra from hotel to railway station. Board Train 12002 Bhopal Shatabdi to Jhansi (08:02/10:43). Drive to Orchha (18kms, 00:30hrs). Overnight in Orchha

ORCHHA

Orchha is a town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh state, India. The town was established by Rudra Pratap Singh some time after 1501, as the seat of an eponymous former princely state of central India, in the Bundelkhand region Situated in the north of Madhya Pradesh, en route from Agra to the temples of Khajuraho, is the tiny village of Orchha. This deserted medieval town is an architectural gem not to be missed. During the 16th and 17th centuries this was the capital of the Bundela dynasty who built a fort palace on a small island on a bend in the Betwa River, later followed by other magnificent fortifications, palaces and temples. It is now a peaceful and easy going place - prefect for relaxation and independent exploration of the scattered ruins.   

Day 5 - Khajuraho:Drive to Khajuraho (155kms, 04:00hrs) Afternoon tour of Khajuraho temples. Overnight in Khajuraho

KHAJURAHO

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India, about 175 kilometres southeast of Jhansi. They are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.itis world renowned for the intricately carved temples where sculptures celebrate the joy of life and love for which there is probably no equivalent in the world.  Stone figures of celestial maidens appear on every temple. In between are erotic figures running through a whole Kamasutra of positions and possibilities whereby little is left to imagination.

Day 6 - Varanasi:Drive to Satna (113kms, 03:00hrs). Board Train 15232 Gondia Bju Express to Varanasi (12:20/19:25). You are met on arrival at Varanasi railway station and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Varanasi

VARANASI

Varanasi is a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along the city's winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.Varanasi is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for Hindus. It's believed that anyone who dies here will be liberated from the cycle of reincarnation, and bathing in the Ganges River is said to cleanse away all sins. The fascinating thing about this mystical city is that its rituals are revealed openly along the many riverside ghats, which are used for everything from bathing to burning the bodies of the dead. It is not the easiest city to appreciate as it is noisy, crowded and polluted, but it is certainly one of the most memorable places you will ever visit.  

Day 7 - Varanasi: Early morning Ganges aarti, boat ride and walking tour. 

EARLY MORNING GANGES AARTI, BOAT RIDE & WALKING TOUR

Your guide meets you at the hotel before sunrise, so you can witness the amazing spectacle which takes place on Varanasi's water front at the start of every day. First you observe the Subah-E-Benares ceremony at Assi Ghat, where priests worship the sunrise. You then take a private boat ride, passing the long string of bathing ghats that line the west bank of the River Ganges. Ghats are the steps which lead down to the river from which pilgrims make their sin-cleansing dip in the holy river, and on which bodies are cremated. A boat ride on the Ganges at dawn, when it is full of pilgrims, is an amazing experience, and your guide can explain to you the various rituals taking place. You leave the boat to walk through the narrow lanes of the Old City to explore the back streets of one of the oldest continuously-inhabited places on earth, seeing countless temples & shrines en-route, and uncovering unexpected sights, such as training for traditional wrestling. Your guide will provide a unique insight into this most fascinating of cities, which would otherwise be incomprehensible to the outsider. At the end of the walk, you return to the hotel for breakfast. Please note that at certain times of the year, particularly during the monsoon months of July & August when the water level can be very high, the local authorities may suspend the boat rides for safety reasons. In such cases, we will provide an extended Heritage Walk in lieu of the boat ride.

Day 8 - Delhi: Departure transfer in Varanasi from hotel to airport. Board  flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi you will be met & transferred from Delhi Domestic airport to hotel. Overnight in Delhi

Day 9 - Flight:Morning/Afternoon departure transfer in Delhi from hotel to airport. End of tour.