Essence of India

 

 

 

Essence of India 15 Days
Delhi * Varanasi * Khajuraho * Jhansi * Agra * Fatehpur Sikri Jaipur * Pushkar * Udaipur * Mumbai

DELHI

Welcome to India!! Upon arrival and after you exit from the International Airport, you will be greeted by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel

DELHI

Today after breakfast, take a tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid after which you will enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk. Visit Red Fort, drive past the President’s House, India Gate and several other government buildings. Then head to Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi that marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Visit Humayun’s Tomb, and Qutab Minar.
Overnight at the Hotel.

DELHI/VARANASI

After breakfast fly to Varanasi. Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
In the evening enjoy a boat ride on the River Ganges and witness “Ganga Aarti” on the bank of the river.
Over three miles in length, steps lead down from a steep bank to the sacred river. The time to see the Ghats is early dawn when out of the morning mist, forms descend the steps, their numbers increasing by the minute until a solemn silent multitude, lit by the sun’s first rays, moves in the same direction to immerse itself in the holy stream and to salute the sun.
Overnight at the Hotel
Varanasi or Banaras (also known as Kashi) is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi’s prominence in Hindu mythology is virtually unrevealed. Mark Twain, the English author and literature, who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Benaras, once wrote : “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”

VARANASI

Breakfast and then proceed for the city tour of Varanasi from the Heritage temples and the city. Starts from the visit of Durga temple called as the Sankat Mochan temple and the Bharat Mata temple. The Benaras Hindu University, one the most presumed educational institutions in India.
Afternoon enjoy the pleasure trip to Sarnath, few kilometres from Varanasi. This destination holds great religious importance of Buddhists. Here Lord Buddha lectures his first sermon to his disciples, after he attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya. A tombstone is built in the deer park where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Emperor Ashoka, a dedicated Buddhist and Preacher of Dhamma had built a number of stupas and Chaityas here which exists even today. Most prominent amongst these are the Damekh stupa built in the year 249 BCE and the Chaukhandi stupa built in 5th century AD. The Sarnath museum is home of many Buddhist ruins and artifacts. It is also the proud keeper of the Ashok Stambha, the national emblem of India.
Overnight at the Hotel.

VARANASI/KHAJURAHO

After breakfast fly to Khajuraho. Upon arrival in Khajuraho, receive assistance and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon visit the world famous temples of Khajuraho.
Overnight at the Hotel
The 9th to 12th century temples of Khajuraho is the evidences of the architectural geniuses during the times of Chandela dynasty. Situated in Madhya Pradesh, India, Khajuraho oozes with passion, eroticism, dance and music and other finesses of creative arts depicted in sculpture and images of the temples. The 85 temples were built in North Indian ‘Nagara’ style of architecture, though only 20 of them have survived the rough weather conditions over long years of time. The two richer distinctive groups of temples are the Western and Eastern group of temples.

KHAJURAHO/JHANSI

After an enjoyable breakfast drive to Jhansi (180kms.) to the Jhansi railway station to board the train to Agra. Arrive in Agra and check into the Hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel
Agra is situated on the beautiful banks of river Yamuna. It achieved prominence as the capital of the Mughals Emperors between 1526 to 1628, and remains a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era monuments, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri. All three are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

AGRA

Morning after breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Agra. Visit the Agra Fort, designed and built by Akbar in 1565 A.D., built with barricaded wall of red sand stone; it houses the beautiful and numerous palaces including the Jahangir Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Am, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Moti Masjid, Sheesh Mahal, Musamman Burj from where the Taj Mahal is visible in all its beauty from one side of the fort. Emperor Sahahjahan, prisoner of his son Aurangzeb, in his old age, was put in a cell from where he could gaze from a distance at the Taj Mahal.
Visit the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created by a husband for his wife. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan’s beloved wife.
Overnight at the Hotel

AGRA/KORAI/FETEHPUR SIKRI/JAIPUR

Enjoy your breakfast and then drive (235 kms.) to Jaipur. En-route visit Karoi Village to get a feel of life in a village. Korai, a hamlet nestled in Agra, just off the Fatehpur Sikri Highway is a fulfilling experience that will give you a glimpse into the daily life of the tribal villagers of India. This village belongs to villagers who used to rear bears as the only source of livelihood, making money through bear and monkey dances. However, after their bears got snatched away by the wildlife authorities by the animal rights protection association, the villagers now struggle to survive each day as they were not given any compensation.
Also visit Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned city of the Mughal Empire. The city boasts of some of the magnificent monuments built during the Mughal Era, which include the Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza and Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chisti. Later continue your drive to Jaipur, arrive and check into your hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel
Jaipur is also known as the Pink City of India. With its rich and colorful past and resplendent with tales of valor and bravery, Jaipur is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. Jaipur was founded in the year 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amer.

JAIPUR

Today after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion on the back of an elephant to Amber Fort, up a hill on which the fort is situated. Afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of the City Palace which in the heart of Jaipur is known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum. Jantar Mantar is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen. Later in the afternoon visit the famous Markets of Textiles, Gems, Carpets, and handicrafts. Jaipur is an ideal place for buying souvenirs.
Overnight at the Hotel

JAIPUR/PUSHKAR

In the morning after breakfast drive to Pushkar (145 kms.,) arrive and check into the hotel.
Later in the afternoon proceed on a local sightseeing tour of Pushkar. Visit the Brahma Temple, Savitri Temple, Pushkar Laek and Local Markets. The city of Pushkar has over 400 temples in its confines. The only temple in the world of Brahma- the creator of the universe is here. Every major deity in the Hindu pantheon of gods is worshipped at Pushkar. Pushkar Lake is the holiest lake in the country and a bath in the lake during the kartik full moon is said to cleanse one of all sins.
Overnight at the Hotel

PUSHKAR/UDAIPUR

Morning breakfast and then drive to Udaipur (265 kms.) Upon arrival, check into the hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel
Udaipur – the City of Lakes is located in the Aravalli ranges of Rajasthan. 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, lakes, museums, temples, gardens and much more.

UDAIPUR

Morning after breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Udaipur, visiting City Palace built in 1559, a small palace over-looking Lake Pichola. Additions made by successive Kings of Udaipur gradually evolved the small palace into the largest place in Rajasthan. Main attractions of the Place are Durbar Hall, Crystal Gallery, Palace Museum and Jagdish Temple. Later visit Saheli Ki Bari that is a small ornamental garden built in the honour of Royal Ladies for recreational purposes and visit Lok Kala Mandal collection of folk art items like folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. Opened seven days a week, puppet shows and folk dancing is conducted every evening from 1800 to 1900 hours in an adjacent open air theatre. Later you will be taken to Lake Pichola for a Boat Ride. Evening is for shopping.
Overnight at the Hotel.

UDAIPUR/MUMBAI

After breakfast fly to Mumbai, arrive and check into the hotel.
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay – is known as the New York of India. Mumbai is famous for its great magnetism. The city attracts people from all parts of the country who come to the city with big dreams and hopes of fulfilling them. There are innumerable stories of ordinary people making a fortune in the city. Mumbai is the most cosmopolitan and forward-looking city of India. The city is also known as the financial and commercial capital of India.
Overnight at the Hotel

MUMBAI

Morning after breakfast take a photographic tour of Dharavi slum and Dhobi Ghat. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Mumbai’s most iconic sites, visiting the Gateway of India one of Mumbai’s most famous landmarks. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay in December 1911. It serves as a “Monumental Memento” of colonization and subjugation by the British over the people of India. Prince of Wales Museum was founded in the early years of the 20th century to commemorate the visit of the then Prince of Wales. The museum collection comprises of 50,000 artifacts approximately, categorized in art, archaeology and natural history.
Overnight at the Hotel

MUMBAI

After breakfast transfer to the Mumbai Airport to connect your onward flight.
Note For Photographers: The above itinerary presents many opportunities for photographs, especially in Varanasi (ghats, streets, temples etc.), Agra (leather factories, Petha making (a kind of sweet made by from sugar and petha (white pumpkin)), Jaipur (Spice & Flower markets), Pushkar, Mumbai (Dharavi slums, Dhobi Ghat etc.)