Destinations Covered: Delhi – Sariska Nationalpark – Mandawa – Jaipur – Fathepur Sikri – Bharatpur – Agra – Orcha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi
Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to hotel.
In the morning drive to Sariska. Sariska national park is one of the most visited national parks in India. It is situated in the hills of the Aravalli and is the former hunting preserve of The Maharaja of Alwar. Sariska National Park is home to numerous carnivores.
In the morning depart for Mandawa. This town has been referred to as the "open art gallery" of Rajasthan because it is dotted with fascinating haveli’s (mansions) that have lavishly painted walls. The Mandawa Fort which was founded in the 18th century is the main attraction of the city and has now been converted into a heritage hotel.
Next morning drive to Jaipur & check in to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Morning drive to Bharatpur. Upon arrival check-in at hotel and later proceed to visit the Bharatpur Bird sanctuary with naturalist to see the beautiful species of birds. Evening free to explore.
Depart for Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route, the now deserted city built by Emperor Akbar. Though the city took 15 years to build, it was abandoned after only 14 years because the water supply was unable to sustain the growing population. The surviving palace and mosque are a tourist attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The next stop will be the world famous Taj Mahal -The world famous mausoleum of Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj has been aptly described by the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore as a teardrop on the face of time.
This will be followed by the Red Fort- which is 2.5 km northwest of the Taj Mahal. This is referred to as the most important fort in India. All great Mughal Emporers such as Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb lived here. It is a perfect testament to the glory of the Mughal Empire. The last monument for the day will be Etmad Ud Daulah a Mughal mausoleum often described as a 'Jewel box' & also referred to sometimes as the 'Baby Tāj'. In the evening you are free to explore the magical markets of Agra & enjoy the cultural show- Mohabbat the Taj.
Leave Agra for Jhansi by train. Arrive in Jhansi & proceed to Khajuraho by road. En route Visit the medieval city of Orccha which is situated on a seasonal island on the bank of the Betwa River & is home to a huge Palace Fort. Notable buildings include the Rajmandir & The Jahangir Mahal which is considered to be a singularly beautiful specimen of domestic Hindu architecture. Numerous cenotaphs or chhatris dot the vicinity of the fort and the Betwa river.
The next day indulge in a City tour of the temples of Khajuraho.Khajuraho was the capital of the Chandela kings and its temples were built in the short span of a hundred years, from 950-1050 AD. Most of them were destroyed by invaders. Adorned with exquisite sculpture, only 22 temples remain of the original 85. They are the strange works of a long dead people. Khajurahos temples are covered with hundreds of sculptured figures - a galaxy of gods and goddesses, beasts and serpents, and a multitude of erotic couples. The most famous are the Kandariya Mahadev, the Chaturbhuj, the Paraswanath and the Ghantai.
Depart for Varanasi by air & transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. In the evening you can witness the Aarti ceremony at the Ghats.
Start the day at dawn by a visit to the magical Ghats. See the Bathing Ghats & the Cremation Ghats. Enjoy a boat ride on the river Ganges and walk through the narrow lanes of Varanasi. Later take an excursion to Sarnath, the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha is said to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism. It has been a premier centre for Buddhism & has a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics & antiques comprising numerous Buddha & Bodhisattva images on display at the Archaeological Museum.
Transfer to airport (Domestic) & flight to Delhi. Evening at leisure in Delhi & Overnight stay at hotel.
Transfer to international airport.