Khajuraho Temple Tour
Tour Code: TKTT11
Duration covered : 10 Nights / 11 Days
Destination Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Jhansi - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi – Delhi
Day 01: Arrival at Delhi
On arrival at the international airport meet and greet with our representative at airport arrival lounge and then transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Its strategic location was the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. In fact, more mythological cities are believed to be here, like the city of Indraprastha from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, founded around 5000 BC. Numerous monuments were built over several centuries by different rulers like Qutub-ud-din Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun & Shah Jahan, who built the Walled City Shah Jahanabad.
Later in first half of 20th century much of New Delhi was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who laid out a grandiose central administrative area as a testament to British rule in India. The division in walled city & New Delhi also marks the division in life styles.
Day 02: Delhi Sight Seeing (Morning)
Today we take a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, Visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India. Later we walk down or take a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan.
In New Delhi, we visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House & served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India.
We will also visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar & its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Optional - Sound & Light Show at Red Fort with dinner at Chor Bizarre. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Delhi - Jaipur (By Road 275kms / 4.5 Hours Drive)
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Drive to Jaipur. Reach Jaipur and check in at hotel. Overnight will be at Jaipur.
Day 04: Jaipur Sight seeing (Morning)
Morning an excursion tour of Amer Fort, In the afternoon Visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Observatory, Hawa Mahal etc.
Optional - Chokhi Dhani.
An evening excursion to Chokhi Dhani complex, ethnic village resort located at a distance of 15 km from Jaipur. Rajasthani village atmosphere is recreated on the sprawling ground & includes the entertainment by folk dancers & musicians. Later drive back to hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Amber Fort : At a short distance of 11 kms . from Jaipur, the Amer Fort complex stands amidst wooded hills overlooking the Delhi-Jaipur highway, with its forbidding ramparts reflected in the still waters of the Maota Lake below. One of the finest examples of Rajput architecture, it was the ancient capital of the Kachhawah rulers. The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh and additions were made later by Sawai Jai Singh. Within the palace are the Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience" and the Sukh Niws where a cool breeze blows across channels of water for the purpose of air-conditioning. Here are the private chambers of the queens with windows having latticed screens so that the ladies could watch the proceedings of the royal court inprivacy. There is also the Jai Mandir or the "Temple of Vicotry", with its famed Sheesh Mahal, the scintillating "Hall of Mirrors"
Jaipur (Sheer Symphony in Pink): The picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, is colour washed pink - the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. Built in 1727 A.D. by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur displays a remarkable harmony and architectural splendour. The ancient heart of the Pink City still beats in its fairy-tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues that dot the entire city. The only planned city of its time, a formidable wall encircles Jaipur. There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur’s colourful bazaars where one can shop for Rajasthani handlooms and trinkets. Beautiful laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvelous heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharajas, are worth admiration. Not to mention the ambling camels and cheerful people in multi-hued costumes make your trip to the pink city a memorable one.
Day 05: Jaipur - Agra via Fatehpur Sikri
(By Road 245kms / 4.5 Hours Drive)
Morning drive to Agra, en route we will visit Fatehpur Sikri (Ghost Capital), the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from the year 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. We visit Emperor Akbar's Residential complex, Mosque & Tomb of Salim Chisti.
Further we continue our drive to Agra, beautifully situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It achieved prominence as the capital of the Mughal Emperors from the year 1526 to 1628, remains major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era monuments, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri, all three are UNESCO World Heritage sites. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Fatehpur Sikri : Fatehpur Sikri, 38 km from Agra, was one of the capital cities of Akbar after the childless Mughal was blessed with a son with the blessings of the Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti, who lived here. The new capital came up in 1569. Through the Juxtaposition of the buildings seems whimsical, they are thoughtfully planned, imparting an atmosphere of playful brilliance. Towering, walls on three sides surround the rectangular-shaped city, accessible through nine gates, and an artificial lake is located on the west. Credit for preserving the monuments goes to Lord Curzon. These protected monuments and the city’s environs are well maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Day 06: Agra Sight seeing (Morning)
Morning we visit Taj Mahal, symbol of eternal love, which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal emperor, Shah Jehan in the year 1631 in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was completed in 22 years. Further we visit Agra Fort, taken over from the Lodhis by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. The Fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. It was built from red sandstone, often inlaid with white marble & intricate decorations.
We will also visit Sikandara, Akbar's tomb. His son Jahangir completed the construction of the tomb in the year 1613. Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, built by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628. It belongs to the father of Nur Jahan, Ghiyas-ud-Din Beg. He was the Wajir (Chief Minister of Emperor Jehangir). This white marble tomb was. This tomb was the first complete marble Mughal structure. Later transfer to the hotel for overnight at hotel.
Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world-the "TAJ MAHAL". The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. While its significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map. A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, Agra is know for its superb inlay work on the marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendants of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Agra - Jhansi - Orchha (By Road 130kms / 3 Hours Drive)
Morning after Breakfast, Leave Agra and drive to Jhansi (105kms / 2.5 hours drive), enroute visit Jhansi Fort, In the evening drive to Orchha (17kms / 30 mins drive) check - in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Orchha - Khajuraho (By Road 172kms / 3 Hours Drive)
Morning after Breakfast we will visit Orchha: A medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with palaces & temples of the 16th & 17th century – which have remarkably with stood the on slaught of time. The city is picturesquely flanked by the river Betwa. Enroute visit of the surrounding fortress & local Ram Raja temple. In the Evening drive to Khajuraho and check - in at Hotel, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 09: Khajuraho - Varanasi (By Road 400kms / 6.5 Hours Drive)
Morning after Breakfast, Proceed for a guided tour of the exotic temples of Khajuraho.
Khajuraho: Built by the warrior Chandela dynasty that rose to power in Central India between 10th & 11th centuries, the 25 odd surving temples display different facets of life, including the sensual. These erotic carvings on some panels have given rise to much speculation since Khajuraho re-discovery by a British officer in 1838. To preserve it for posterity, Khajuraho has been declared a World Heritage Site. Visit the famous city of Khajuraho, eastern & western group of temples famous for their erotic sculptures, In the evening drive to Varanasi, check - in at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Optional: Flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi, pick-up and will be met and transferred to hotel. Overnight at Varanasi.
Day 10: Varanasi - Delhi (By Road 800kms / 15 Hours Drive)
Morning drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. In the evening drive to Delhi. Overnight at Delhi.
Optional: Flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi, we will pick-up and will be met after transferred to hotel.
Day 11: Delhi Departure
On arrival at Delhi transfer to the airport to board the flight for onward destination.
Additional City Tour & Day Optional
Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore National Park), Bharatpur, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dharamshala (Mc Leod Ganj) and Chandigarh.
» Duration of Travel : 10 Nights / 11 Days
» Best time to Travel : 12 months.
» Tour / Day Optional : Yes / Add - Changeable.
» Car A/C Type : Indigo (2-3 Pax), Innova (4-6 Pax).
» Coach A/C Type : Traveller (9 Pax), Coach (15-50 Pax).
» Hotel Type : Economy, Deluxe and five star on requirement.
» Kilometer cover city to city : 200 to 300.
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Khajuraho via Varanasi Destination Map
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A. Start From New Delhi, B. Jaipur, C. Fatehpur Sikri,
D. Taj Mahal - Agra, E. Jhansi, F. Orchha, G. Khajuraho, H. Varanasi, I. Back to Delhi.