Temples of North with Taj
Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Delhi
Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures
Travel back in the ancient old era and enjoy one of the best cultures and hospitability in the world. The tour will kick start with the capital city of India where you will witness from cosmopolitan’s New Delhi to hustle and bustle streets of old Delhi. You will be riding like local on the back to cycle rickshaw ride in old Delhi, one of the best ways to experience this busy town. From busy roads of Delhi, the tour continues to Rajasthan. The first one to visit is city of golden sand Jaisalmer, which is full of heritage. The camel awaits you for the evening sand dune ride. From here the travel to Jodhpur famous for massive Mehrangarh Fort and explore the local Bishnoi villages (Jodhpur countryside) by 4X4 jeep. From here the next comes is city of lake Udaipur famous for heritage and lake Pichola. Here you will experience the beautiful boat ride followed by the Brahma Temple visit in Pushkar which is the only of its kind temple in the world, understand the story behind the making of only one of its kind temples from your guide. The Best of Rajasthan tour is incomplete if you have not visited the beautiful Jaipur. Enjoy the famous Pink city Jaipur, where the cycle rickshaw will be waiting to take you through narrow lanes and bazaars (local markets). From Jaipur reach Ranthambore by a short 3 hour car ride. After all the heritage and culture, it’s time to explore the wildlife of Ranthambore National park and chase the big cats in the early morning and late afternoon safaris. No tour is complete in India, if you have not seen the impressive and beautiful Taj Mahal. No book can describe the beauty of this monument. Enjoy the breathtaking views of this monument with the first ray of sunlight. In short, you will experience great hospitality, heritage and culture, scenic countryside drives and adventurous safaris on this holiday. The best of Rajasthan tour is a power packed holiday package. Just pack your bags and get ready to experience one of the best holidays you can ever have.
Happy Journey, Bon voyage, Feliz Viaje, Glückliche Reise, Felice Viaggio, Jornada Feliz!
You will arrive at the Capital city of India “Delhi”. After clearing immigration and other formalities at the airport you will be met by our representative at arrival hall terminal where you will find many people paging for their guests. Out of them you will find our representative holding a placard with your name written on it. He will assist and escort you to your vehicle and further transfer to the hotel.
Explore Old Delhi in the first half of the day. The sightseeing tour will begin with visit to Emperors. Later proceed for visit to The Jama Masjid (mosque) and enjoy the rickshaw ride on busy roads of Chandni Chowk. Also drive past Old Fort
The next half day will be reserved for visit to New Delhi. Start with Qutub Minar, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, The Qutub Minar is constructed with red sandstone and marble, and is the tallest minaret in India, with a height of 72.5 meters. It contains 379 stairs and the base diameter is 14.3 meters and it narrows to 2.7 meters at the last storey. Your next stop will be Humayun’s Tomb. During the drive you will pass Connaught place, India gate, Rastrapati Bhawan (President’s House) and some other important building.
Today embark your journey to Jaipur (approx. 5-6 hours).
On arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel and rest of the day will be at leisure to enjoy the colorful and vibrant bazaars (markets) of pink city for some shopping and heena tattoo.
Early in the morning you will be taken to Amber Fort, enroute to which you will enjoy the visit to Hawa Mahal (Palace on wind). At the entrance gate you will be provided with Elephant, climb as he will ascend and take you to the fort. You will return by foot.
Post Amber Fort visit, you will be taken to visit City Palace, which includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. The Chandra Mahal palace now houses a museum but the greatest part of it is still a royal residence.
Post visit you will be taken to local restaurant where you will be served with mouth watering Rajasthani Cuisine.
You will also visit Observatory (Jantar Mantar) and Birla Temple. If time permits, you can also enjoy the local bazaars (markets) in which you will find all shops painted in pink color.
Drive to the city of Taj, Agra (approx. 6 hours). Enroute visit the Fatehpur Sikri constructed by Sikriwal Rajput Rajas, the last Emperor Maharana Sangram Singh at the beginning in 1500 AD. At Seventh attack of Akbar Sikriwal Rajput left Palace after that Sikrigarh was named Fateh(victory)pur Sikri.
On arrival proceed for check-in at your room.
Later you will be taken on interesting village walk of Kachpura to witness the rural life. The walk will end at Mehtab bagh where one can see the Taj with falling sunlight.
Early in the morning proceed for sunrise visit to Taj Mahal. The book, stories or any other source cannot define the Taj mahal in words; you will experience the same with the first rays of sun and will fall in love with monument which is the symbol of love.
Return to hotel for breakfast.
Later visit Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city. After the First Battle of Panipat, in 1526 Mughal captured the fort and a vast treasure – which included a diamond (Koh-I-Noor), was seized. Evening will be free. Incase if you wish, we can arrange a second visit to Taj on sunset.
Today experience the train ride as you will board the famous Shatabdi express train for Jhansi. It will be a short 2 hours ride which will start at 0817 hrs and you will reach the destination at 1048 hrs.
On arrival at Jhansi meet and assist railway station and drive to Khajuraho (180 Kms / 4 hours) en-route stopping and visiting Orccha Fort or Raja Mahal
After visit continue your drive to Khajuraho and on arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel.
Morning is reserved for visiting the famous Eastern and Western group of temples, which is now a UNESCO world heritage site. After visiting you will be transferred to airport to board the short flight for Varanasi.
In the late evening/night visit Manikarnika Ghat to witness Death and Rebirth Night walk: “One can survive everything nowadays, except death.” In India dying is accepted as a part of life, and when one dies, there are a multitude of rituals and ceremonies that need to be performed. This experience takes you to the Manikarnika Ghat to take a look at the various death rituals passage that the Hindus perform. Hindus, who carry out a myriad of rituals in their lifetime, believe that humans are reborn according to their karma and hence, perform many death rituals to ensure that the soul rests in peace. You may wonder why Hindus burn or cremate the body instead of buying it. The answer lies in the belief. Here, your tour guide will introduce you to the history and mythology associated with this Ghat. You will get to understand the rites and see the inner workings of this unique place.
In the morning take a short boat ride on river Ganges to view the sunrise. Varanasi’s unique culture is associated to the river Ganges, where life and death intermingle. The living flock the ghats to pray with the belief that bathing in the waters of the sacred river would result in the remission of their sins, while the ashes of the dead are scattered in the water to break the cycle of reincarnation and let the soul rise to enlightment.
Post breakfast visit some of the other important sites in the city with your guide. Dotted with temples, the city’s principle shrine is the Vishwanath temple, dedicated to Shiva. The temple was destroyed repeatedly during various invasions but was finally rebuilt in 1776 A.D. by Rani Ahilyabai of Indore.
Later also visit the famous Banaras Hindu University that was established in 1916 and the objective was to achieve the national awakening by spreading education all over the country. At present it is the largest residential university in Asia with large number of students from over 34 nations.
Later in the evening, watch the illuminated aarti ceremony that is performed at Dasahwamedh Ghat. The presiding priests stand on a wooden Chauki in the water. To the chant of Sanskrit mantras, and the clash of cymbals and drums, the river is worshipped with flowers, incense, sandalwood, milk and vermilion.
First the blazing camphor lamp and then the many flamed aarti lamps are raised high and then arched back to the water, the dark river reflecting the golden flames as Ganges accepts the worship. It is the Ganges that gives Varanasi its spiritual resonance.
Post breakfast visit Sarnath – After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya the Buddha went to Sarnath; and it was here that he preached his first discourse in the deer park to set in motion the ‘Wheel of the Dharma’. The museum at Sarnath (Sarnath Museum Closed on Fridays) is amongst the most important in India and contains carvings representing a whole range of styles – archaic, the Mathura School, Gupta, past Gupta and Medieval -covering work of sculptors from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D.
Later, assisted departure transfer to airport to connect the flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and further connect your international flight back home.