Golden Triangle & Khajuraho with Varanasi: 10 Days
Point of Arrival & Departure: Delhi (DEL) India
Destinations Covered: Delhi-Jaipur-Agra-Gwalior-Jhansi-Khajuraho-Varanasi-Delhi
Highlights: Old Delhi, Chandni Chouk, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Prliament Street, Lodhi Garden, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Taj Mahal, Jantar Mandir, Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Man Mandir Palace, Gwalior Fort, Sun temple, Jhansi Fort, Mahalaxmi Temple, Khajuraho Temples, Panna National Park, Raneh Waterfalls, Varanasi, Arati on River Ganges, Elephant ride and much more
Duration: 9 Nights & 10 Days
Day 1 & 2: Delhi
On arrival at Delhi Airport or Railway Station, we transfer you to the pre booked hotel. Get relaxed and rest of the day is at own leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel after the dinner.
Second day is for Delhi Sightseeing. Delhi is one of the best examples in the world where old meets new. Experience the combined charm of Old and New Delhi by driving through Delhi & visit Gandhi Memorial (Rajghat), Red Fort & Juma Masjid, India Gate, Parliament House, & Juma Masjid, India’s largest mosque completed in 1656 and commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan.
Red Fort: The Red Fort is an iconic symbol of India. Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperors of India for nearly 200 years, until 1857. And was the ceremonial and political center of Mughal government and the setting for events. The walls of the fort extend for 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) and vary in height from 60 ft (18 m) on the river side to 110 ft (33 m) on the city side. Shah Jahan began construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648.
Qutab Minar: And we drive to see Qutab Minar, one of Delhi’s most visited and striking monuments built by King Qutubuddin Aiback as a monument after defeating the last Hindu Kingdom in 1199 with a height of 239 feet, this red stone tower ranks as the highest in India.
Day 3: Delhi–Jaipur (270 K.ms, 4 & 1/2 hours’ drive)
After breakfast you will drive to the Pink City of Jaipur in Rajastan, on reaching check into the hotel. In the afternoon you will visit the 16th century Amber fort, city palace and museum & then walk to the nearby Jantar Mantar an astronomical observatory. Stay here for 2 nights.
Day 4: Jaipur City Sightseeing.
Amber Fort: Amber Fort is built by the Kachhawah Rajputs as their capital from 1037 to 1728 and considered the pinnacle of Rajput architecture. The impressive room of mirrors, walls of jewel-encrusted marble, and the royal apartments offering beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. Try an Elephant ride (subject to availability of Elephant) to the top of the Palace fort and a jeep ride for descending.
Hawa Mahal: Hawa Mahal is also called ‘‘The Palace of Winds’’, a legendary building with 25-cm thick façade, dating from the 18the Century. The Hawa Mahal has 953 windows and niches so that ladies of royal family could see the procession and events of the city without being visible to the people.
Jantar Mantar observatory (1728-34): Is built by Maharajah Jai Singh II, who had great interest in astrology. Thereafter, we will visit the City Palace now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armory, manuscripts, paintings, and other royal treasures. Spend the night at hotel
Day 5: Jaipur to Agra (230 K.ms, 5 hours’ drive)
After early breakfast you will drive to the Mughal City of Agra and check into the Hotel. On the way visit Mathura the birth place of Lord Krishna. Afternoon visit the Agra Fort, build by the great Emperor Akbar. And visit the famous Taj Mahal (Taj Mahal Closed on Fridays). And depends on the available time you can visit other attractions like Dayal Baug, Itimad-ud-Daulah etc. Evening back to hotel.
Taj Mahal: This magnificent tomb built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. Some 20,000 laborers spent 22 years on the exquisitely symmetrical white marble mausoleum, beginning in 1632. History says more than 1,000 elephants transported the marble from Rajasthan, Afghanistan, China, and Tibet, and the Taj’s elaborate inlays comprise 28 varieties of precious stones.
Fatehpur Sikri (UNESCO world heritage site): This is a sand stone city and a municipal board in Agra district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, founded in 1569 by the Mughal emperor Akbar. The city served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. The fortress here is a built entirely of red sandstone & decorated with exquisite filigreed marble lattice work and mother of pearl interior.
Agra Fort (UNESCO World Heritage site): The imposing Agra Fort complex (CA 1565) can be more accurately described as a walled city, for generations served as the seat of Mughal power. The fort covers 94 acres and has walls 70 feet high; 1,440,000 workers worked eight years in its construction. Shah Jahan’s son deposed him and imprisoned him here in the fort during his final years, reportedly in a tower with a view of the Taj Mahal.
Itimad-ud-Daulah (CA. 1628): This two-story marble mausoleum often described as a “jewel box”, sometimes called the “Baby Taj”, the tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. This mausoleum embodies the latter phase of Mughal architecture that saw red sandstone largely abandoned in favour of white Italian marble.
Day 6: Agra to Gwalior (120 K.ms, 2 hours drive)
Have a delicious breakfast from the hotel & set forth for city of Gwalior. Gwalior is the place of marvellous Man Mandir palace, Saas Bahu Ka Mandir, Suraj Kund, Tombs of Tansen, Scindia Museum, Sun Temple and much more. Overnight stay at Gwalior.
Some attractions in Gwalior are..
Man Mandir Palace: Palace was built between 1486 and 1516 by Man Singh Tomar is a marvelous structure evolves a sense of joy. Because of the colorful paints. Decorations of peacock & other birds, tiles used and the motif the Man Mandir Palace is also known as Chitra Mandir .
Gwalior fort: The outer wall of this 1000 years old fort is 3.2 kilometers in length and about 35 meters in height. This was with the advice of Sage Gwalipa by Raja Surya Sen.
Sas-Bahu temples: These are two different sized adjoining temples situated in the Gwalior Fort. The larger temple is beautiful with sculptors of intricate patterns, Carved lotus on the ceiling, beautiful figurines and motifs.
Suraj Kund: The 15th century Suraj Kund is one of the oldest buildings in Gwalior and said to have been existed before the creation of Gwalior. Legend associated with Suraj Kund is that that Suraj Sen, the founder of the city of Gwalior was cured of leprosy by Saint Gwalipa from the water of this pond.
Sun Temple (Surya Mandir): Surya Mandir is a replica of the popular Sun Temple at Konark in Orissa, was built by G. D. Birla, the famous industrialist of India.
Day 7: Gwalior to Jhansi to Khajuraho (6 hours drive)
Today morning you drive to Khajuraho to explore the UNESCO World heritage site of Khajuraho group of tempes. On the way you stop at Jhansi and visit Jhansi Fort, Rani Mahal & Mahalaxmi Temple. Overnight stay at hotel in Khajurao.
Jhansi Fort: Forts of Jhansi was built on a rock by the Raja Bir Singh Judao in 1627. The for was originally had 10 gates, but now only some are existing.
Government Museum: This museum is in the city centre of Jhansi, encircled with beautiful gardens, and offers a fantastic view of the Jhansi Fort. The museum with an auditorium and an open theatre has a rich collection of ancient sculptures, statues and war relics.
Rani Mahal (Queen Palace): Rani Mahal, situated in the heart of Jhancy city was built by Raghunath II of Newalkar family in the year 1796. The Rani Mahal also called Queen Palace is now a museum fully decorated with marvelous paintings and many other things attracts plenty of tourists.
Mahalaxmi Temple: This famous temple devoted to Goddess Mahalaxmi is visited by devotees during the colourful festival of Diwali (October). Special puja takes place during Diwali, and this is the peak time when temple becomes more crowded.
Day 8: Khajuraho Temples & surroundings visit
Historically & culturally rich temple town of Khajuraho is famous all over the world for its finest sculpted temples. Also popular for an eternal question of co-existence of spirituality and erotica. The sculptures here of great sensitivity and warmth is reflecting the society in an age free from inhibitions.
These beautiful temples with sexual or erotic sculptors and carvings were built by Chandela Monarchs between AD 950 and 1150. It is believed that during this time the practice of Tantric Tradition existed (a life style of meditation and ritual, arose in India during 5th century AD), then boys were lived in hermitages by following brahmacharya (the stage of life, characterized by the practice of strict celibacy) till they became men, they could learn about the world and prepare themselves to become householders by examining these temples’ erotic sculptures and the worldly desires they depicted. The temples are made of sandstone without using mortar. Heavy stones were put together and were held in place by gravity.
The characteristic feature of Khajuraho temples are sexual or erotic sculptors & carvings, outside & inside the temples and even near the deities. The carvings and sculptors depict sexual activities between people. Apart from the voluptuous arts you can enjoy depictions show women putting on makeup, musicians, potters, farmers etc. Geographically Khajuraho temple are divided into three-Western, Eastern and Southern. During February/March period the Western Group of temples becomes the stage for a week of Khajuraho Dance festival.
Evening Sound & Light show in Khajuraho Temples:
This entertaining light & sound show narrates the life and story of the great Chandela kings and the legend and grandeur of the unique temples from the 10th century to the present day. The 50 minutes sound and light show is staged in the garden of western group of temples. The show is fascinating and informative about the construction, history and importance of the temples.
Panna National Park (25 K.ms from Khajuraho): Just 30 minutes drive from Khajuraho, is Panna national park, sprawls over an area of 543 sq. km. along the banks of the Ken River. The sanctuary is fascinating with gurgling brooks, chirpy waterfalls and exotic wild lives including tigers.
Raneh Falls (20 K.ms from Khajuraho, 20 minutes drive): Hardly 20 minutes drive from Khajuraho will take you to Rane Falls. The waterfalls is emerging at the confluence of Ken and Khuddar rivers, forming a 30 meters deep and around 5 k.ms long canyon. The crystalline granite on the backdrop is a mesmerizing pallet of colors ranging from pink to gray. Larger & smaller there are a series of waterfalls in the canyon runs throughout the year.
Day 9: Khajuraho to Varanasi
Today after a delicious breakfast you fly to Varanasi near the Holy River Ganges. Here in the evening you will enjoy visiting Sarnath (the ancient seat of Buddhist learning), Dhamek and Dharmarajika stupas. Overnight stay at Varanasi.
Day 10: Varanasi to Delhi by flight
Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the holy river Ganga. See the pious and sacred sensation coming across the saffron colour clad priests (locally known as Rishis) offering sacred prayers in the holy Ganga. After your breakfast go for a sight seeing tour in this 3000 year old sacred city. Ghats, Temples and Banaras Hindu University are the highlights of today. Evening we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Delhi. With mesmerising memories of this 10 days tour you fly to back home from Delhi.
- Airport pick up,
- Accommodation as per the itinerary with daily breakfast,
- All intercity transfers and sightseeing by A/c vehicle,
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary,
- Domestic flight tickets (Khajuraho to Varanasi to Delhi),
- And all taxes and service charges.
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