DELHI - MANDAWA - PUSHKAR - JAIPUR - AGRA - KHAJURAHO - VARANASI -DELHI TOUR
The 13 days historical trip of India is an Indian Triangle + Khajuraho + Varanasi tour. The Delhi based deluxe travel agency Services International Ltd offers you the best Golden Triangle in combination with Khajuraho and Varanasi. This luxury Rajasthan itinerary with Central India covers some of the beautiful places and offers culture, history and shopping.
Day 01 : - Arrive Delhi.
On your arrival in Delhi the capital of India, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This magnificent city has been inhabited from the 6th century BC and has been a capital of many kingdoms. Delhi's culture has been influenced by its different rulers and the city is full of beautiful monuments. The Mughal rulers influenced the food habits of the residents and Mughlai cuisine originated here. Old Delhi is a maze of small lanes lined and old buildings and New Delhi has large road with huge buildings.
Your morning Old Delhi tour starts with Raj Ghat where father Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. You will be driven past the iconic Red Fort and Chandni Chowk, a very popular and a busy market in Old Delhi to the next stop - Jama Masjid, one of the iconic, historic and largest mosques in India - built by Shah Jahan. A rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk is worth taking. The numerous shops here sell delicious mouth-watering food, clothes, jewels, household goods, etc. and are virtually a shopper's paradise.
In the afternoon New Delhi tour you will visit Qutub Minar a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1192 by Turk ruler Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. You will then move forward to Humayun’s tomb, yet another UNESCO world heritage site. Your next stop is India Gate, built in memory of the Unknown Soldier. You will drive past Parliament House, President’s House and other Government Secretarial Buildings. Your final destination is Lakshminarayan Temple dedicated to Lakshmi and Lord Narayana. Overnight is in Delhi.
Day 02 :- Drive Delhi to Mandawa.
This morning, you will drive from Delhi to Mandawa. The villages of Shekhawati are famous for the painted havelis or houses and have the highest number of frescos in the world. The Marwaris, a business community had built large houses in these villages and hired artists to paint these houses and havelis. The Shekhawati villages like Mandawa, Nawalgarh, Dundlod, etc. are a living heritage. Little seems to have changed in this place.
Your afternoon tour of Shekhawati will take you to Mandawa, Nawalgarh and Dundlod villages with beautifully painted havelis and houses. This whole area is called "The Open Art Gallery". The artists had painted frescos depicting mythological images of gods, goddesses and animals. Mandawa has a good collection of armories, old costumes, canons, ancient coins and other interesting items. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Mandawa or one of the villages of Shekhawati.
Day 03 :-Mandawa to Pushkar by road. Visit Pushkar.
In the morning, you will be transferred by road to Pushkar. Pushkar is one of the most sacred pilgrimages for Hindus and considered to be one of the oldest existing cities in India. The legend is that Lord Brahma created this holiest of cities for the Hindus. When a demon Vajra Nabha killed Brahma's children, Brahma hit him with a lotus flower which killed the demon. A lotus petal fell in Pushkar and a lake was formed where Brahma performed a sacrifice on a full moon day.
On your arrival in Pushkar, you will be visiting the various temples and also the sacred lake. A temple dedicated to the Lord Brahma is one of its kinds in the world. The Hindus believe that bathing in the lake will help in attaining Moksha or salvation. Pushkar is famous for its annual Camel fair where thousands of camels are traded. During this fair, on the full moon day, thousand of devotees flock to Pushkar. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Pushkar.
Day 04 :- Pushkar to Jaipur by road.
This morning, you will be driven to Jaipur also known as the pink city and is the capital of Rajasthan. Many captivating palaces are present here having breathtaking design and architecture. In the 18th century Prince of Wales had visited Jaipur and the entire city was painted in pink color and due to these pink buildings the city is known as the pink city. Origin of Jaipur lie 260 year back. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh and Jaipur got its name from this king. You have an afternoon at leisure or you could optionally visit Galtaji and Sanganer.
Galtaji with several temples and sacred water tanks is an important site for Hindus. The other important temples in Galtaji are Balaji temple, Sun Temple and Ramgopalji Temple. A large number of monkeys are ever present in the Ramgopalji Temple complex. Of the seven sacred water tanks known as kunds, the Galta Kund is the most sacred. On the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti, large numbers of devotees bathe in these kunds.
Sanganer is famous for textile printing and its Jain temples. In the Sanganer prints, the designs in colors are printed on a white background. Lord Adinath is the deity in the red stone Shri Digamber Jain temple. This temple has fine carvings and was built in phases during different times, the last part in the 10th century AD as per an inscription on one of the Toranas. The temple has seven underground floors kept closed due to old beliefs. Visitors are not allowed to enter the underground floors and only an ascetic Digamber saint can enter these floors. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Jaipur.
Day 05 :- Visit Jaipur & Amber Fort.
This morning you will visit Amer fort also known as Amer Palace or Amber and was the ancient capital of Jaipur. This magnificent fort was constructed in red sand-stone and marble by Raja Man Singh. Near the Ganesh Gate, there is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Sila Devi. The Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas are quite beautiful. At the he Sukh Niwas, a pleasant climate is created by winds that blow over a water cascade. You could ascend the fort by walking up the steps or on an elephant's back or in jeeps.
In the afternoon tour you will visit the seven storied Maharaja's City Palace which is a perfect blend of Mughal, Rajput and European architecture. Your next stop is Jantar Mantar, the observatory which attracts mathematician and astronomers from all over. You will visit Hawa Mahal popular for its magnificent architecture. A tour of Jaipur is not complete without shopping for clothes, carpets, jewelry, various handicrafts, silk paintings and miniatures. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Jaipur.
Day 06 :-Drive from Jaipur to Fatehpur Sikri to Agra.
Today morning you will be driven to Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World heritage site from the 16th century. Here, you will be visiting the Jama Masjid, the Tomb of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal and Buland Darwaza. You will visit the other graceful buildings in Fatehpur Sikri - Ibadat Khana, Mariam-uz-Zamani’s palace, Naubat Khana and Birbal’s house. After the visits, you will be transferred from Fatehpur Sikri to the city of Taj Mahal Agra by road.
Agra the former capital of Hindustan is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is a major tourist destination of India and a part of the Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Delhi and Jaipur. Agra also known as Akbarabad went through its peak during the time of Mughals and was the capital of under the Mughal rulers Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjehan. Agra is famous for inlaid marble work and handicrafts made of marble, wood and metal. Afternoon is at leisure for shopping. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Agra.
Day 07 :- Visit Agra.
The morning tour of Agra will take you to the Taj Mahal, which was built in white marble by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of wife Queen Mumtaz Mahal. You will continue with the tour stopping at the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will visit Khas Mahal, Jahangir Palace, Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khas. TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS. Or optionally, you could visit Sikandra or Dayal Bagh Mandir. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits.
Sikandra houses the tomb of the Mughal emperor Akbar. According to Tartary traditions, Akbar himself planned and started the construction. The tomb was finished by Akbar's son Jahangir in 1613. The construction was done in red sandstone with features in white marble. Dayal Bagh is a beautiful temple being made in white marble. The construction started in 1904 and to this date it continues. The carvings in white and colored marble and other semi precious stones are life-like. Overnight is in Agra.
Day 08 :- Agra to Jhansi by train and to Khajuraho by road.
This day you will be transferred to Agra rail-station in time for your Jhansi train. Arrive Jhansi and drive to Khajuraho. On your arrival in Khajuraho, you will be assisted in check-in at your hotel. Khajuraho is known for its erotic and beautiful temples. These temples were constructed by the Chandelas during 950 AD to 1050 AD. After the period of Chandelas, these temples were forgotten and covered with dense palm-date trees. In the year 1838, Capt. T.S. Burt and an engineer from British army rediscovered this place.
Day 09 :-Visit Khajuraho & later Varanasi overnight train.
This morning you will Chaunset Yogini Kali Temple, Bharatji or Chitragupta temple that is composed of magnificent 11 headed pictures of Lord Vishnu, Lakshmana Temple, Mahadev Temple, Vishvanath Temples and Shiva’s Visha Temple. The Parasvanath Temple is the only Jain temple that still exists. The Javeri Temple is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Vishnu. The other temples you can visit are dedicated to Lord Brahma, Lord Adinath and Yamuna. Your afternoon is at leisure. Late evening you will be transferred to rail-station in time for your Varanasi train. (This train does not run daily). Overnight is on board the train.
Day 10 :- Visit Varanasi.
This morning, on your arrival in Varanasi, you will be transferred to your hotel. Your have time is at leisure. Varanasi or Benaras or Banaras or Kashi is said to be the oldest living city in the world, dating back to 5000 years. It was the cultural and spiritual capital of North India. Varanasi is also known as the holy city of India or the city of temples, or the city of learning. Hindus believe that death in Varanasi leads to salvation. Varanasi is known as the holy city of India, the city of temples and the city of learning. Overnight is in Varanasi.
The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the city or visit Sarnath. Or an optional visit to Sarnath or the evening Arti at the River Ganges Ghats is worth watching. Sarnath was the deer park where Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment where he taught of the four noble truths. Every evening of priests perform "Agni Puja" dedicated to Lord Shiva, River Ganges, Surya, Agni, and the universe is performed at the Dashashwamedh Ghat. There is a special Arti on Tuesdays and other festivals. Overnight is in Varanasi.
Day 11 :- Delhi.
On arrival in the morning, you will be transferred to your hotel. You have a free day in Delhi. Or you could opt for additional visits of Delhi. You could visit Swaminarayan Akshardham - one of the world's largest temple complexes and built from pink sandstone and Italian marble. The temple has 234 pillars, nine domes, 20,000 idols of sages and 148 of full sized elephants. Yagnapurush Kund is a large step well with a musical fountain. A short boat ride takes you through 10,000 years of Indian history. Overnight is in Delhi.
Day 12 :- Departure.
Today morning you will be transferred to airport for your return/onward journey.
END OF YOUR LUXURY GOLDEN TRIANGLE & CENTRAL INDIA HOLIDAY PACKAGE.