CLASSICAL NORTH INDIA TOUR

The Classical North India Tour will unfold the kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritage of India which is one of the oldest civilizations of the world. The charm of mysticism and spiritualism will be felt in Varanasi. The old world rustic way of life can be seen in Orchha. Gwalior will spill the sheer grandeur of erstwhile Maharajas. And finally Delhi, Agra and Jaipur will leave you spellbound. Gargantuan monuments (Red Fort, Amber Fort), immaculate architecture (Akshardham Temple, Taj Mahal), cultural amalgam and endless variety of handicrafts will result in an inexhaustible cornucopia of exotic India experience.


Duration: 10 nights/11 days
Destinations: Delhi- Varanasi- Khajuraho- Orchha- Gwalior- Agra- Jaipur

Classical North India Tour Highlights :  Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Raj Ghat and Rickshaw ride in oldest medieval market place Chandni Chowk.

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Detail Itinerary :- Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi from your country. You will be welcomed by our representative at the airport, with a placard of your name. You will be taken to the pre-booked hotel. As most of the flights land at wee hours, you will have enough time to have sound sleep and relaxation. Late in the morning, you will have breakfast and proceed for half-day Old Delhi sightseeing which includes Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat. This part of Delhi was built by Shahjahan and hence is known as Shahjahanabad as well. The visit of Old Delhi will be your first encounter with "exotic India". India, the kaleidoscopic culture of an ancient land and a window to new world, is a fascinating blend of the past and the present.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

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Classical North India Tour Highlights :  India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (President House), Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Lotus Temple and Sansad Bhavan (Parliament).

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Detail Itinerary :- The second day of Classical North India Tour will showcase before you the majestic co-existence of ancient, medieval and modern monuments and life-styles. This will let you realize the exotic India in the form of lineage of more than 5000 years old culture and civilization. You will also happen to see the stages of civilizational twists and turns, developments, cultural fusion etc. These aspects of social developments can be seen in live form only in India. Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi which will enthuse you with an altogether different feeling where most pricey cars will also be found running the medieval transport medium -Rickshaw. Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President's residence.

Overnight will be in Delhi.

Classical North India Tour Highlights :  Sarnath, Dhamek Stupa, Asokan Pillar, Mrigdav, Buddhist monastery, Museum and Ganga Aarti (Ganges Worship Ceremony) at Rajendra Prasad Ghat.

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Detail Itinerary :- After sumptuous breakfast in the Delhi hotel, you will be given transfer to the airport to board flight for Varanasi, world's oldest living city. On arrival at Varanasi airport, you will be taken to the designated hotel. Check in, relax and proceed for Sarnath, a famous Buddhist place where Lord Buddha had delivered his first sermon.

Late in the afternoon, proceed for Gadualia, the buzzing market place which is nearest place to the famous ghats of Varanasi. Reach at ghat to view mesmerizing Ganga Aarti. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year. To every visitor Varanasi offers a breathtaking experience.

Overnight will be spent at Varanasi.

Classical North India Tour Highlights :  Varanasi Ghats' excursion on boat, Temples Tour (Kashi Vishvanath Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Durga Kund, Birla Temple, Bharat Mata Temple) and market visit.

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Detail Itinerary :- Early in the morning, you will be driven to the Dashaswamedh Ghat where you will have a boat ride along the ghats on the banks of the river Ganga. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise have real view of Banarasi life-style which includes bathing and prayer of thousands of faithful. Visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple while returning to the hotel. Return for breakfast to the hotel.

After having breakfast in the hotel, proceed for guided tour of Varanasi which includes the Bharat Mata Temple, which features a big relief map of Mother India engraved in marble. Also visit the 18th century Durga Temple, commonly known as the Monkey Temple due to the huge population of the monkeys. Proceed to the Tulsi Manas Temple, crafted of white marble which features the entire Ramayana inscribed on its walls. Also visit the BHU considered as the biggest residential university in Asia.

Overnight will be in Varanasi.

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Classical North India Tour Highlights :  Western Group of Temples, Eastern Group of Temples, Southern Group of Temples, Sound & Light show.

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Detail Itinerary :- After having breakfast in the Varanasi hotel, you will be driven to the Varanasi airport to board flight for Khajuraho. After one hour, you will reach Khajuraho. On arrival, you will be attended by our representative at the airport and taken to the pre-booked hotel. Relax and proceed for sightseeing of Khajuraho which includes Western Group of Temples, Eastern Group of Temples and Southern Group of Temples. The Khajuraho Temples are dedicated to a celebration of womanhood, her myriad moods and facets. Famous for its erotic architecture, the carvings include, women writing a letter, applying eye makeup, combing her tresses, dancing & playing with her child. Her innocent, blushed, charming, seductive, ardent beauty, all depicted in exquisitely sculptured details. The Khajuraho temples are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are famous for their erotic statues and exceptionally beautiful architecture.

Later in the afternoon, move for enjoying Sound & Light show in the Western Group of temples complex.

Overnight stay will be in Khajuraho hotel.

Classical North India Tour Highlights :  Orchha Fort-Palace-Temples- Complex, Jehangir Palace, Raja Ram Temple,

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Detail Itinerary :- After relaxed breakfast in the Khajuraho, drive for Orchha. Situated on the banks of river Betwa, Orchha at present has shrunk into a village town, located in the Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh, India. Orchha Fort-Palace-Temples Complex is a major tourist attraction of Orchha. The Orchha Fort, built by the Bundela Chief Rudra Pratap Singh in the 16th century, houses many 'architectural wonders' such as Raja Ram Mandir, Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Jehangir Palace, Raj Palace and Rani Praveen Palace.

On arriving at Orchha, check in at designated hotel, relax a bit, have lunch in a restaurant on the banks of river Betwa and proceed for sightseeing of Orchha sites within the Fort Complex.

Overnight stay will be in Orchha hotel.

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Classical North India Tour Highlights :  Man Mandir Palace, Teli Temple, Sas Bahu Temple, Gwalior Fort, Jai Vilas Palace, Gujri Mahal.

Detail Itinerary :- After having breakfast in Orchha hotel, move for Gwalior- a historical medieval city. It has lot of monuments to show off like beautiful Man Mandir Place, the Teli Temple, Vishnu temple named as Sas Bahu Temple, gargantuan Gwalior Fort that houses Jai Vilas Palace, built in 19th century and residence of royal Scindia family, the Durbar Hall-famous for a pair of the world's biggest chandeliers ad Gujri Mahal. Gwalior patronized artists and Gwalior Gharana commands great respect among various gharans of Hindustani music. Famous singers and composers like Baiju Bawra (Raja Man Singh Tomar in the early 16th century) and Tansen (King Akbar in 16th century), V.D. Paluskar, Sarod maestro Hafiz Ali Khan and his son Ustad Amjad Ali Khan etc have their roots herein.

Arrive at Gwalior, check in at the pre-booked hotel, relax and proceed for a sightseeing tour of the city visiting the interesting monuments.

Enjoy the spa and overnight will be at the palace.

Classical North India Tour Highlights :  Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Baby Taj (Tomb of It-mad-ud-Daula), Tonga/ buggy ride and Battery Van ride.

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Detail Itinerary :- Move for Agra after having sumptuous breakfast in Gwalior hotel. Arrive at Agra after 2 hrs drive, check in at one of the modern hotels, relax a bit and move for visiting best of Mughal monuments which obviously include Taj Mahal (one of the seven wonders of the world), Agra Fort and Baby Taj.

Agra was once the capital city of Mughal empire and hence is home to world famous monuments which are among UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

In the evening, proceed to Agra market which is world over known for handicrafts, leather products, marble products and delicious Mughalia foods.

Overnight will be at Agra hotel.

Classical North India Tour Highlights :  Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaja, Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai Palace, Birbal Bhawan, Shrine of a Sufi saint Salim Chishti, Birla Temple, Albert Hall and visit of and dinner in Chokhi Dhani.

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Detail Itinerary :- The 9th day of Classical North India Tour will take you to the land of Rajputs,i.e., Rajasthan. Jaipur, known as Pink City, is capital of Rajasthan. It is medieval India's first planned city. While moving for Jaipur, en route visit Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted city. The deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri has several monuments of religious and historical importance like Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaja, Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai Palace, Birbal Bhawan and Shrine of a Sufi saint Salim Chishti.

After viewing Fatehpur Sikri, proceed for Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, check in at the designated hotel, rest, relax, refresh and move on for visiting Albert Hall, Birla Temple (Your visit is planned to ensure that you watches the Aarti Ceremony which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity.) and Chokhi Dhani.

Overnight will be in Jaipur.

Classical North India Tour Highlights :  Amber Fort Palace, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal and Elephant ride up to Amber Fort gate in Maharaja style.

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Detail Itinerary :- This day of your Classical North India Tour will unfold before you many experiences which will be quite unique for any visitor on First Time India Tour. Every monument has history and reflection of evolution of art and culture.

Having delightful breakfast in the hotel, proceed for Jaipur sightseeing which includes Amber Fort Palace, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Jal Mahal. Also, enjoy Maharaja -like life by ascending to Amber Fort gate on an elephant back.

Late in the afternoon is reserved for your market visit as Jaipur is one of the most appreciated exotic market place Known for superb gold and silver jewellery, pottery, tie-dye materials, silk, saris, wooden handicrafts and carpets.

Overnight will be at Jaipur.

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Detail Itinerary :- Explore Jaipur independently as Jaipur is known for textile block printing, blue pottery, carpet weaving, semi-precious stones and local crafts which still thrive from the day of Maharaja Jai Singh's patronage when he designed special areas in the city for the 'bandhanas', the 'cheepas' and the 'meenakari' workers. After having lunch in a nice restaurant of Jaipur, proceed for Delhi. Reach at Delhi airport to board the flight for home with sweet memories of Classical North India Tour.

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