DELHI-VARANASI-KHAJURAHO-ORCHHA-AGRA (5nights / 6days)
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Welcome to India. On arrival, you are received and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi
Embark on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi this afternoon. Begin with a visit to the 17th century Jama Mosque, followed by a drive past the Red Fort which was built by Emperor Shah Jahan, creator of the Taj Mahal. Then onward to Raj Ghat, the site of the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
In the afternoon, set off on a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Begin with a drive past Safdarjang’s Tomb (1753 AD) when en route to the striking 73m high Qutab Minar (1193 AD). Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron Pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted for over 1500 years. Continue your tour to visit Humayun’s Tomb. Later drive through the Embassy area, Diplomatic enclave, stop for a quick photo shoot at India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan (formerly Viceroy’s House) and Connaught Place, New Delhi’s main shopping area. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi / Varanasi
This morning you are transferred to the airport to board your flight to Varanasi where you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the buried city of Sarnath, one of the holiest cities for Buddhists which is located north east of Varanasi. Buddha came to Sarnath and preached the way to Nirvana. Later, Ashoka, the great Buddhist emperor erected magnificent stupas and monasteries, the ruins of which are visible today. A museum here houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures. Return to Varanasi to witness the evening Aarti ceremony at the ghats. Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 4: Varanasi
Varanasi, the holiest of cities for the Hindus, is amongst the oldest living cities in the world. Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the river Ganges while looking out for people on the ghats – the women bathing discreetly in their sarees, the young men displaying prowess in yogic postures and the Brahmin priests offering prayers for one and all. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later proceed for a city tour of Varanasi including visits to the numerous temples, which dot the banks of the river. Walk through the narrow lanes and stop by at the bazaars to see the world famous Banaras silks. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 5: Varanasi / Khajuraho
Post breakfast you are transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Khajuraho. We recommend the 9W2423 flight which departs at 1040 hours and arrives at Khajuraho at 1155 hours. Upon arrival at the airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Khajuraho. The tour includes a visit to the famous Chandela Dynasty Temples, which are set in a lovely grass park. These temples are amazing – rising in many peaks and spirals intricately carved and designed with statues and friezes. The erotic carvings on these temple walls have made this one of the most talked about tourist site in the country and, perhaps, unmatched in the world. Overnight in Khajuraho.
Day 6: Khajuraho / Orcha /Jhansi / Agra
Post an early breakfast, drive from Khajuraho to Jhansi (172 kms/5 hours) en route visiting Orcha. A beautiful medieval town, Orcha was once the capital of Bundela Kings. Built along the banks of the river Betwa, through a rugged countryside, it still retains the captivating air of a bygone era. Amongst the various imposing edifices, of particular interest are the Jehangiri Mahal, built by Raja Bir Singh Deo to commemorate the visit of the Moghul Emperor Jehangir. The Raj Mahal and the Laxminarayan temple are both noted for their fine frescoes and mural paintings.
Onward to Jhansi Railway station in time to board your train for Agra. The Shatabdi Express departs Jhansi at 1755 hours and arrives into Agra at 2030 hours. Upon arrival at the Railway Station, you are transferred to your hotel / conference venue.