Duration :(14 Days)
Destinations :Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Gwalior – Orchha – Khajuraho – Varanasi - Kolkata
Train to Kolkata – Experience Indian Rail Travel - 14 Days
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
Meeting and greetings on arrival at Delhi’s international airport and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 – At Delhi
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for combined guided tour of Old and New Delhi.
Old Delhi visiting Red Fort - The red sand stone walls of Lal Quila, the Red Fort extend for 2 km and vary in height from 18m on the river side to 33m on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. The Red Fort dates from the peak of Mughal power. The Mughal reign from Delhi was a short one. Aurangzeb was the first and the last emperor to rule from here. Jama Masjid- the Great Mosque of Old Delhi was both the largest and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Begun in 1644, the mosque was not completed until 1658. It has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40m (133ft) high constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. The courtyard of the mosque can hold 25,000 people. Take a rickshaw ride to Chandni Chowk - the main street of Old Delhi - the colourful shopping bazaar just opposite the Red Fort and visit Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi after his assassination in 1948.
New Delhi visiting Qutab Minar – 234 feet high tower. The Qutab Minar itself is a soaring tower of victory that was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. It is nearly 73m(243ft) high and tapers from a 15m(50ft) diameter base to just 2.5m(9ft) at the top. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, the fourth and the fifth of marble & sandstone. Also visit the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun. Built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, the Persian-born senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, this is a wonderful early example of Mughal architecture. The elements in its design – a squat building, high arched entrances that let in light, topped by a bulbous dome and surrounded by formal gardens – were to be refined over the years to the magnificence of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Drive past India Gate (War Memorial), President’s House, which was once the Viceroy’s Palace, Parliament House and Secretariat buildings. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 – Delhi to Jaipur - Train
Early morning transfer to Railway Station to board superfast Shatabdi Express train for Jaipur at 6.10 AM. Meeting on arrival at Jaipur Railway Station and transfer to the hotel.
Afternoon City sightseeing tour visiting Maharaja’s City Palace - which occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh, but other additions are much more recent, some dating from the start of this century. Today, the palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The palace now houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings and weapons. Also visit Jantar Mantar- an observatory, next to the entrance of the City Palace, begun by Jai Singh in 1728. Jai Singh’s passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as warrior and before commencing construction, he sent scholars abroad to study foreign observatories. Jantar Mantar appears to be just a curious collection of sculptures but in fact each construction has a specific purpose, such as measuring the positions of stars, altitudes and azimuths and calculating eclipses. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 - At Jaipur
Morning after breakfast at the hotel visit Amber Fort - the ancient capital of the state until 1728. The fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake, which reflects its terraces and ramparts. Visit the Jagmandir the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors, Jal Mahal and the Temple of Kali. You ride up to the ramp of this 11th Century Bastion atop a gaily decorated elephant (Subject to operation).
Afternoon free to explore old part of the city on your own.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 - Jaipur / Bharatpur / Agra - Drive - 5 hours
Early morning transfer to Jaipur Railway Station to board train for Bharatpur (short of Fatehpur Sikri) at 6.10 AM. Meeting on arrival at Bharatpur Railway Station at 9.03 AM and proceed to Agra enroute visiting - Fatehpur Sikri 40 kms (25 miles) before Agra - a cultural and imperial capital conceived and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings within the city including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti and Panch Mahal.
Afternoon proceed to visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, whose death in childbirth in 1631 left the Emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned gray overnight. Construction of the Taj, begun in the same year, was not completed until 1653. In total 20,000 people from India and Central Asia worked on the building. The Taj Mahal is like a silent rhapsody that you will carry in your heart. Also visit Agra Fort, constructed by Emperor Akbar in 1695 on the banks of the Yamuna River. Initially the fort was a military structure, but during Shah Jahan’s reign it had partially become a palace.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 –Agra to Gwalior - Train
Early morning optional visit to the Taj Mahal at Sunrise. Later transfer to the Railway Station to board superfast Shatabdi Express train for Gwalior at 8.17 AM. Meeting on arrival at Gwalior Railway Station at 9.30 AM and transfer to the hotel.
Gwalior - Gwalior is an important city of Madhya Pradesh. Gwalior is an old city, known for its old and massive forts. The legend says, Gwalior derives its name from a great sage Gwalipa who cured a chief of the Kachwaha clan suffering from leprosy. Today, Gwalior is one of the most developed cities of India with factories producing cotton, yarn, paint, ceramics, chemicals, and leather products. The city is also famous for many esteemed educational institutions.
Afternoon guided tour of Gwalior visiting - Gwalior Fort – Hilltop Fort built in 15th century by Raja Mansingh Tomar, Man Mandir - Man Mandir is the major attraction of the fort. and the human form, Gujari Mahal – Monument of love for Raja Mansingh by Mrignayani, Palace tells the story of Courage and beauty of Mrignayani. Palace now has been converted into a museum which houses excellent collection of Jain and Hindu artifacts, Teli-ka-Mandir – Oldest Temple in the Fort and was built during 9th century in Dravidian form, Visit The Sas-Bahu temples – 2 adjoining temples of different sized with sculpture and graceful figures, intricate patterns Later visit The Chhatris - Memorials to former Scindia rulers of the past.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 - Gwalior / Jhansi / Orchha / Khajuraho – Train / Drive 4 hours
Morning after breakfast at the hotel transfer to Gwalior Railway Station to board Shatabdi Express train for Jhansi at 9.34 AM. Meeting on arrival at Jhansi Railway at 10.43 AM and proceed to Khajuraho via visiting Medieval town of Orchha - Orchha which has hardly been touched by the hands of Time. Orchha is famous for its palaces and temples built in the 17th and 18th century. The four main and important temples worth a visit are The Chaturbhuj, Janaki, Laxmi and The Raja Ram temples.
After visiting continue on to Khajuraho and check in at hotel for overnight stay.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08 - At Khajuraho
Morning tour of Khajuraho Temples. The small village of Khajuraho is in the Chattarpur district that housed the Chandella dynasty in the 11th Century. Khajuraho is famous for the temples here which have some of the most exotic and breathtaking carving ever to be done by a Human hand. The temples classified as Indo-Aryan architect are in three groups covering an area of about 08 square miles. The western Group is the largest and most important. The whole afternoon is spent visiting these temples. Afternoon free to explore this temple town. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09 – Khajuraho to Varanasi - Fly
Morning after relaxed breakfast at the hotel transfer to Airport to board short flight for Varanasi at 12.20 PM. Meeting on arrival at Varanasi Airport at 1 PM and transfer to the hotel.
Rest of the afternoon free to relax. Evening visit River Ganges where you will enjoy a boat ride and witness evening closing ceremony arati. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 - At Varanasi
Early morning boat ride on the river Ganges, where you can see hundreds of devotees offering prayers to the sun god, and rinsing them selves of all their sins in this holy river. After breakfast, the morning is spent in looking around the city. Varanasi or Kashi as it was called in the 7th century B.C has been the religious capital of the Hindu faith since recorded time and is one of the oldest cities in the world and a hub of firmly rooted traditions. The old city of Varanasi is a maze of small streets and alleyways, hiding in disorderly array no less than 2000 temples and shrines. Domes, minarets, pinnacles and towers, and derelict 18th century palaces dominate the sacred left bank of the river Ganges. Afternoon excursion to Sarnath. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 – Varanasi to Kolkata – overnight train
Morning after breakfast at the hotel time free for self exploration of this religious city. Afternoon transfer to Railway Station to board Overnight train for Kolkata at 5 PM. Overnight on board.
Day 12 – Arrive Kolkata
Meeting on arrival at Howrah Railway Station at 7.30 AM and transfer to the hotel for check in. Rest of the day free to relax from long train ride.
Kolkata - The city is the plinth for great architectural and constructional feats. These places presents a definite epoch, an important figure or faith, presents the historical account of the bygone days. The impressions embedded throughout the city are still fresh and not more than 300 years old. Unlike other places of attractions the city have not been gifted by any ruler or dynasty. The places of interest as such encompasses diverse fields and faculties.
Day 13 – At Kolkata
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for a full day guided tour to visit Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum, Fort William, Eden Garden, Birla Planetarium, Kali Mandir, Howrah Bridge, Belur Math, Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, Botanical Garden, Marble Palace, Tagore House, St. Paul's Cathedral. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14 – Depart Kolkata
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport or Railway Station to board flight / train for onward destination.