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Ganges Religious Tour

Duration

11 Nights / 12 Days

Places Covered

Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi

Overview

Ganges Religious Tour

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi

Begin your Tour
Arrive into Delhi
Welcome to "Vardhman's Ganges Religious Tour"!
On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transfered by our representative to hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 2 New Delhi

This morning after a leisurely breakfast proceed for the sightseeing of Delhi.
Visit Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple , a modern Hindu Temple , Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New Delhi.
Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.
Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi.
Optional Tour: Enjoy the Dances of India show in the evening.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3 Delhi - Jaipur

This morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur and transfer to your pre-booked hotel.
Visit the Amber Fort on the way, a spectacular fortress-palace protecting a complex of palaces, temples, exquisite marble and mirror-inlaid halls and apartments. The highlight of the tour is an elephant ride up the hill at the Fort like a Maharaja. Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4 Jaipur

In the morning after breakfast visit the "Pink City" so-called because a great deal of the older part is built of pink-colored stone.
Visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind ), a high and intricately carved wall behind which women of the court were sequestered while watching processions.
Also see the Observatory and the City Palace, which houses an excellent collection of Rajasthani costumes, miniatures and an armory of Rajput weapons.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 5 Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

This morning proceed for onward journey to the "Romantic City of Taj Mahal"-Agra.
Enroute stop at the walled city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Akbar the Great to commemorate the birth of his son. Visit the red stone mosques, courtyards and the palace where Akbar once played chess using slave girls as pawns.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel for an overnihgt stay.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 6 Agra

This morning after breakfast city tour of Agra.
Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World The Taj Mahal (closed on friday). The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Moghul Empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
The 16th century Agra Fort, houses a number of exquisite buildings: the Moti Masjid (pearl mosque), Diwane-I-Aam (palace for general audience), Diwane-I-Khas (private palace), Anguri Bagh (wine yard), Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors), and the Musamman Bhurj (Jasmine Tower) where Shah Jahan died as a prisoner of his own son.
After the tour of the fort, you will be taken to visit the magnificent mausoleum, Taj Mahal, erected by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Begun in 1631, 20,000 workmen took 22 years to complete it a dream in white marble which lies in perfect proportion to the elegant garden of fountains.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 7 Agra - Jhansi-Orchha - Khajuraho

This morning transfered to Agra Railway station to board train to Jhansi.
On arrival at Jhansi railway station directly drive to Khajuraho. Enroute visit Orchha.
Orchha which is a medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with palaces & temples of the 16th & 17th century which have remarkably withstood the onslaught of time. The city is picturesquely flanked by the river Betwa. Visit of the surrounding fortress & local Ram Raja temple.
After lunch (at your own cost) continue drive to Khajuraho.
Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 8 Khajuraho

After breakfast visit 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 Khajurahoâ's re-discovery by a British officer in 1838. To preserve it for posterity, Khajuraho has been declared a World Heritage Site. Visit the eastern & western group of temples famous for their erotic scultpures.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 9 Khajuraho - Varanasi

This morning after a leisurely breakfast at the hotel drive to Varanasi.
On arrival at Varanasi, transfer to hotel.
Varanasi was formerly known as Kashi - the city that illuminates. The religious capital of Hinduism ,Varanasi is the oldest living city of India & one of the worlds most ancient. The present name is derived from the fact that the city is at the confluence of the rivers Varuna & Asi.
Rest of the day at leisure at the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 10 Varanasi

Early morning leave for boat ride on the Scared Ganges to see the bathing Ghats (river bank) & cremation site. Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be a spiritually uplifting sight.
Return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast proceed on a city tour of Varanasi - Visit the Bharat Mata temple with a big relief map of India in Marble, Durga temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Benaras Hindu University which has an art gallery & the mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangzeb. Afternoon, excursion to Ramnagar. Return by boat in the evening, enroute witness the religious ceremonies along the banks of river Ganges.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 11 Varanasi - Delhi

After breakfast proceed for the half day sightseeing of Sarnath, the buried Buddhist city where Buddha preached his first sermon.
Later transfre to Varanasi airport board flight for Delhi. On arrival you will be transfer to your hotel by our representative for an overnight stay.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 12 Delhi

This morning after breakfast transfer to Delhi International irport to board the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories of your "Ganges Religious Tour' escorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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