Point of Arrival & Departure: Delhi (DEL) India
Destinations Covered: Delhi-Agra-Khajuraho-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, Khajuraho Temples, Khajuraho Archaeological Museum, Panna National Park, Ranneh Waterfallls
Duration: 5 Nights & 6 Days
Day 1: 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.
Enjoy a Delhi Sightseeing depends on your available time. 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 Old Delhi, the old capital of India (12th & 19th centuries) & 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. Since Independence. Indian prime minister hoists the national flag at the main gate of the fort and delivers a nationally-broadcast speech from its ramparts to address the nation. 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. Back to the hotel, relax & spend the night.
Day 2: Delhi–Agra (210 K.ms, 4 hours’ drive)
After breakfast you will drive to Mughal City Agra and check into the Hotel. Enrout you may also visit Mathura the birth place of Lord Krishna. Afternoon visit the Agra Fort, build by the great Emperor Akbar. And you 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 to spend overnight.
Day 3: Agra Sightseeing
Today by evening train head to Khajuraho.
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.
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.
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.
Day 4: Khajuraho ( By night train from Agra you travel to Khajuraho)
Get transferred to your hotel on arrival in Khajuraho. Get refreshed and relax.
Enjoy the day by exploring the historically & culturally rich, temple town of Khajuraho. Which is famous all over the world for its finest & erotic 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 temples are divided into three-Western, Eastern andSouthern group of temples. 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.
Day 4: Khajuraho & surroundings tours
Here you will find an ample amount of precious statues and relics from the Khajuraho Temples, were found from the surroundings ruins of temples. It is always better to visit the Khajuraho group of temples after seeing this, as it will familiarize you with Hindu beliefs & what you are going to see in the Temples. It is definitely like a great tutorial for the Hindu religion and their beliefs.
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 6: Departure Transfer
Today on time we drop you at the airport / R.Station to your next destination
- Arrival transfer to hotel & All intercity transfers by A/c Car / Train,
- Accommodation of your choice with daily breakfast,
- A/c Car for all tours & sightseeing as per the itinerary,
- Departure transfer,
- And all taxes and service charges.
Price as per the request