Taj Mahal with Khajuraho Erotic Temples
11 Nights / 12 Days
: Delhi - Khajuraho - Agra - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi by international flight. Meeting and assistance on arrival and
transfer to the hotel. Check-in time is 12 Noon. Overnight at the hotel
Day 02 - Delhi - Sightseeing
Full day sightseeing tour of New Delhi and Old Delhi New Delhi visit includes
Qutab Minar, one of the earliest remains of Imperial Delhi (13th century AD
) Humayun's Tomb-the fine monument believed to be
forerunner of Taj Mehal, India Gata, the 42 metre high arch was raised as a
memorial to soldiers, drives past Parliament House, President's House, Secretariat
Building, Laxminarayan Temple and The Connaught Place. Delhi is just not a city
but it is a book-- a book which narrates the history of India. The city was
built and destroyed seven times and has been witness to the various events which
has brought India through the history books. Seven times this city went through
the pain of being built and rebuilt. Today as the capital of India Delhi is
the seat of administration and the monuments which tell the saga of a bygone
era stand there. These icons are testimony to the grandeur of past and also
an attraction for the tourists. With an area of 1483 sq. Kms, Delhi is all set
to acquire full statehood. The charm of Delhi has attracted Emperors, Conquerors
and poor in equally. It is correctly said that Delhi is a land of 'Dilwalas'
or for people with heart. This phrase acquires a true colour when one goes around
the lanes of Delhi.
Day 03: Khajuraho
This morning you will take a train to Jhansi. En route to Khajuraho you will
visit sleepy medieval town of Orchha which is littered with medieval Bundelkhand
buildings bearing fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture. Overnight will be
at Khajuraho. Khajuraho, once the great Chandela capital, is today a village
of about a few thousand people in the interiors of central India, in Chhatarpur
district of Madhya Pradesh. Tradition records the existence of eighty five temples,
of which only twenty five, strewn amidst lakes and fields, have survived. The
temples at Khajuraho, brilliant examples of medieval Indian architecture, were
built under later Chandela kings between AD 950 and AD 1050. Each ancient structure
in India has a fascinating story to tell. But few match the temples of Khajuraho.
Day 04: Agra
Your day starts in the morning when you will be driven to Jhansi railway station
for your train to Agra. You will arrive in Agra in the evening and retire for
the day. Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World
-the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the
palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal
Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant
town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work
on marble and soapstone by artisans who are hereditary craft persons. The city
is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.
Day 05: Agra
Today you will do sightseeing tour of Agra. In the first half of the day you
will visit Sikandara and the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah or the 'Baby Taj'. The
Taj Mahal - the inimitable poem in white marble. Built over a period of 22 years,
by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine
her mortal remains, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the World. [The
Taj is closed on Fridays] Visit the Agra Fort, built by three Mughal Emperors
starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and
construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including
the Moti Masjid, Jahangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am,
Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal
Emperor, died a prisoner.
Day 06: Jaipur
After a leisurely morning you drive to Jaipur - en route visit Fatehpur Sikri,
a perfectly preserved Mughal city built at the height of the empire's splendor.
You will arrive in Jaipur in the noon and will be at leisure for the rest
of the day.
Day 07: Jaipur
In the morning, you visit the Amber Fort - one of the most fascinating of Indian
forts. You will reach the fort majestically atop an elephant; once inside the
fort, you visit the Palace of Mirrors, Hall of Public Audience and the beautifully
manicured gardens. Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, is popularly known
as the ' Pink City ' because of the pink-coloured buildings in its old city.
It sits on a dry lake bed in a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren
hills surmounted by forts and crenellated walls. This buzzing metropolis is
certainly a place of wild contrasts and a feast for the eyes. All through, Jaipur
has retained its strong Rajputana flavour tempered by several influences - the
mughal being the most prominent. The region's strong cultural heritage is distinctly
evident even today. The city is a visitor's delight. From the intricate, delicate
looking Hawa Mahal to the graphic forms of the Jantar Mantar - an open air observatory
of outsized astronomical instruments, the Badi Chaupar lined with shopsand business
establishments on both sides to the majestic fort-palace at Amber; from the
colorful fountains of life to the sublime Birla Temple; from the architectural
delight of the City Palace to the serene Jal Mahal.
Day 08: Jodhpur
Proceed to Jodhpur. Overnight will be at Jodhpur. At the edge of the Thar Desert,
the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness
of the desert. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top
of a rocky hill, soaring 125 mts. above the plains. A high wall encompasses
the city -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions. The lifestyle in
Jodhpur is unusually fascinating with people wearing lovely multi hued costumes,
artistically designed. Shopping in Jodhpur bazaars is a heady experience with
a colourful display of the rich collection of exquisite handicrafts. The tie-and-dye
fabric, embroidered "jutis" or slippers in suede, camel skin, velvet
and leather, beautiful silks, durries, marble souvenirs from Makrana, an extensive
range of useful and decorative items etc., are of interest. he Mehrangarh fort
is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. Invincible from the
outside, the fort has four gates approached by a winding road. Within the fort
are some magnificent palaces with marvellously carved panels with latticed windows
These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including
a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings of
various schools, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.
Day 09: Jodhpur
This morning you explore the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort-Museum, one of the
largest in India, unsurpassed in beauty and grandeur - and a perfect example
of desert variant of Rajput architecture. The tour of the fort will be followed
by a visit to the old town where you walk through the market getting a feel
of the town.
Day 10: Udaipur
Today, you drive to Udaipur. You will arrive in Udaipur late in the afternoon.
The rest of the day will be at leisure.
The city of Lakes, Located in the Aravalli ranges of Rajasthan,
the city of Udaipur is situated at a distance of about 405 km from the state
capital Jaipur. The City of Dawn, surrounded by the ancient Aravali Mountains
and set on the edge of three lakes, is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes
flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples. The city is famous
for its palaces, lake, museums, temples, and gardens and much more.
Day 11: Udaipur
The day begins with a visit to the City Palace, which is largest in Rajsathan.
You will also see lovely medieval Jagdish Temple and Sahelion-Ki-Bari or the
"Gardens of the Maids of Honour". The day will end with a relaxing
boat ride on Lake Pichola. From the lake you will get unmatched views of the
gardens surrounding the fascinating Lake Palace Hotel and the two islands
in the lake.
Day 12: Delhi
Today, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to Delhi . Arrive
Delhi Transfer to Hotel. Rest of the Day Free for own activities. Transfer
to Airport in Time to Connect for your Onward Journey.