Agra Fort

Essential India Holiday

TIN40: 9 Days Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Orchha - Jhansi - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi
Tour Type: Private Tour, any part of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Driver: Private driver with a spacious air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4 to 5-star hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
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Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Welcome to Delhi, India. After you clear customs and immigration, our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the reserved hotel. The rest of day is free for you at leisure.
 
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini
Day 2 Delhi
Your memorable tour starts from the Old and New Delhi. In New Delhi, you will visit the Qutub Minar and Humayun's Tomb, which is the first garden tomb in India. Then drive down the Raipath, meaning the King's way. It is the ceremonial boulevard in India, holding the annual Republic Day Parade and other very important celebration. Raipath runs through the India Gate (India's memorial of the unknown soldiers). Along the road, you will also see the President's House and the House of Parliament. Afterwards, tour the Lakshminarayan Temple, which is dedicated to Lakshmi and Lord Narayana. In Old Delhi, you will first visit Raj Ghat, memorials of Mahatma Gandhi. Then you will be driven past the Red Fort and Chandni Chowk to visit the great mosque of Jama Masjid. For the rest of the time, have a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk which is one of the most popular shopping areas in Delhi for jewelry and saris.

Meals: Breakfast
Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
Humayun's Tomb
India Gate, Delhi
India Gate
Day 3 Delhi - Varanasi
Fly to Varanasi. Bharat Mata Temple, Banaras Hindu University's art gallery, the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. (B)
Transfer to Delhi airport for the flight to Varanasi, one of the holiest cities in India. Upon arrival, take you to the hotel and assist you to check in. After a short rest, you will have an afternoon tour. Varanasi is located on the banks of Gangs. It is probably one of the oldest inhabited cities in India. Hindus believe that death at Varanasi could bring salvation. There you will visit the Bharat Mata Temple, the Banaras Hindu University's art gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ramada Plaza JHV Varanasi
Day 4 Varanasi - Khajuraho
Boat ride on Ganges River. Fly to Khajuraho. Chausath Yogini Temple, Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta Temple. (B)
Ganges River is a sacred river for Hindus. They consider the water of Ganges to be pure and purifying. They bath in the water and pay homepage to their ancestors and the Sun God. This early morning, you will take a boat ride on the holy Ganges River to witness this incredible scene. Then transfer you to the airport for flight to Khajuraho. After settling down in the hotel, you will have a half day tour in Khajuraho. It is the capital city of Chandela Kings and known for its large amount of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and the Jain Saints. Among them, Chausath Yogini Temple, Mahadev Temple, and the Chitragupta Temple are the most important.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Radisson Jass, Khajuraho
Ganges River, Varanasi
Ganges River, Varanasi
Khajuraho temple complex
Khajuraho temple complex
Day 5 Khajuraho - Orchha - Jhansi - Agra
Khajuraho - Jhansi transfer via Orchha Town. Orchha Fort. An express train to Agra. Railway station-hotel transfer. (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Orchha. It is a small town founded in the 15th century AD. Orchha is surrounded by a huge complex of well-preserved palaces and temples, like Raja Mahal, Jahangir Mahal and Chaturbhuj Temple. You could also climb the roof of the camel shelter "Uth Khana" for a beautiful view of Orchha. Then continue driving to Jhansi Railway Station. You will take an express train to Agra. Our guide will pick you up at the railway station and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Agra MG Road
Day 6 Agra
Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, optional visit to Itimad Ud Daulah. (B)
Today we will lead you to see the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and an optional visit to Itimad Ud Daulah. No Indian tour can be completed without visiting the Taj Mahal. We will arrange you take a horse carriage ride from the parking lot to the Taj Mahal, set amidst the landscaped garden. You are suggested to stroll along the wonderful garden before entering the fascinating marble monument. Then visit the Agra Fort, which was the heart of the 16th century Mughal dynasty. This complex of architecture was surrounded by a red sandstone fort facing the River Yamuna. Inside the fort, there are imposing palaces, courtyards, temples, stupas and so on. The last stop today is the Tomb of Itimad Ud Daulah, sometimes called the "Baby Taj", which is often regarded as the draft of Taj Mahal.

Meals: Breakfast
Itimad Ud Daulah, Agra
Itimad Ud Daulah
Day 7 Agra - Jaipur
Agra - Jaipur transfer via Fatehpur Sikri. Free time in the afternoon. (B)
This morning, transfer you to Jaipur. On the way you will pass Fatehpur Sikri. It was built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century as the capital city, but it was abandoned 13 years after later due to the scarcity of water. In Jaipur, after assisting you to check into the hotel, we left the rest of the day free for you to explore. Jaipur is called as "Pink City" as almost all the walls of buildings there are painted in pink. The city was well planned with wide, straight avenues and lanes in a grid system.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre
Day 8 Jaipur
Amer Fort, Maharaja City Palace, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Hawa Mahal. (B)
The narrow and winding trails leading to the hilltop Amer Fort are crowded with a parade of elephants carrying tourists to the entrance of the fortress. The elephants are elegantly draped and painted with beautiful colors, a tradition dating back to over 600 years. You will take the chance to ride the elegant up to the entrance of the fortress. After Amber Fortress, you will back to the Jaipur City to visit Maharaja City Palace. Later you will visit the Jantar Mantar, the largest and best-preserved ancient astronomical observatory in India. Then you will continue to see the City Palace. The complex of palace is located in the heart of the old city. It is a unique and striking complex of palaces, courtyards, gardens, pavilions and also a museum. Part of the palace is still the royal residence. Another Palace, Hawa Mahal, also called "Palace of Wind", is popular all over the world for its magnificent architecture. It was actually a facade for the royal women looking down the streets without being seen. Now it is one of the most famous landmarks of Jaipur. Then you will go through Pink Rose Garden and business centers of Jaipur to have a free shopping tour in your remain time.

Meals: Breakfast
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Amer Fort
Day 9 Jaipur - Delhi Departure
Jaipur - Delhi land transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
After breakfast, drive for 5-6 hours back to Delhi. On the way we will stop over for coffee breaks or photo stops as you request. Upon arrival, we will transfer you to the International airport for your onward flight home. Wish you a nice trip! 

Meals: Breakfast
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