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CLASSICAL INDIA WITH CHANDELA DYNASY

Destinations: Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Orchha - Agra - Jaipur - FatehpurSikri - Deogarh - Udaipur - Ranakpur - Jodhpur - Jaiselmer - Bikaner - Shekhawati - Delhi
Duration: 20 Nights / 21 Days
Day 1: Arrival at Delhi

On arrival to New Delhi at International Airport you will be received by our representative who will assist you to hotel. Overnight at New Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi
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Today morning, after breakfast rest of the morning will be at leisure. You will be taken on a guided tour of Delhi, beginning with a morning sightseeing trip to Old Delhi and followed by visits to the 1648 Red Fort, India's largest mosque - Jama Masjid and Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat. Afternoon tour includes visit to India Gate, President's House, Humayun's Tomb, and Lotus Temple.

Overnight stay will be at hotel.

Day 3: Delhi-Varanasi Fly

Today after breakfast transfer to Airport for boarding the flight to Varanasi The rest of the day will be at leisure. Varanasi is without doubt India's most sacred city and thus visited by over one million people. Varanasi is also called the city of light. Buddha visited this city in 500 BC.

On arrival at Varanasi transfer to the hotel day at leisure overnight at the hotel

Day 4: Varanasi

Today in the early morning you will take a boat ride on the holy river Ganges and enjoy sunrise on the boat. Ghats of Varanasi and the activities of pilgrims on that are the principal attraction for visitors to Varanasi. Thousands of pilgrims and devotees visit this city to make holy prayers, to meditate and to purify themselves through taking a bath in the holy river Ganges. In the noon we visit the city of Varanasi.

Afternoon will be at leisure.

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Day 5: Varanasi-Khajuraho Fly

In the noon you will fly from Varanasi to Khajuraho. Khajuraho was the capital of the Chandela dynasty. The Chandela Kings claimed descent from the moon. The temples of Khajuraho are among the finest examples of temple craftsmanship in the whole of India.

The rest of the day will be at leisure.

Day 6: Khajuraho

Today morning, after breakfast you will visit the temple complex of east and west block to see the most beautiful temples in India. Most famous among them is the Laxmana Temple which is dedicated to god Vishnu. The presence of erotic sculptures in the Temples at Khajuraho is one of the expressions among others of the celebration of all human activities displaying different aspects of Hinduism.

Day 7: Khajuraho-Orchha
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Orchha which is a medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with palaces & temples of the 16th & 17th century – which have remarkably withstood the onslaught of time. The city is picturesquely flanked by the river Betwa. Visit of the surrounding fortress & local Ram Raja temple.

Day 8: Orchha-Agra

Today after breakfast drive to Agra on arrival transfer to the hotel later we will visit to the Agra Fort, built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. The construction of this massive structure began in 1565 under Akbar's reign and continued till the time of his grandson's reign, Shah Jahan who built the impressive imperial quarters and mosque. After the visit of Agra Fort you will proceed to visit the most beautiful monument of India, the TajMahal, an enduring monument to love, with a continually fulfilling beauty. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-52, as a tomb and memorial to his beloved wife MumtazMahal (Jewel of the Palace), who died at the age of 39 giving birth to her 14th child. We spend enough time at TajMahal to take this impressive memory home. After the visit of TajMahal we have a look at the famous fine marble inlay work which is still being done in Agra by the descendants of the families of builders and artists of the TajMahal.

Day 9: Agra-Jaipur via FatehpurSikri

Today morning, after breakfast you will drive to Jaipur En-route you make a stop and visit FatehpurSikri, which was once an imperial capital frozen in time, constructed by Akbar the Great in the 16th century. This wonderful city constructed by red sand stones was abandoned as abruptly as it had been built. It has been generally stated that it was due to failing in the water supply. In late evening, arrive at Jaipur.

Rest of the day will be at leisure. Overnight hotel.

Day 10: Jaipur

Today morning, after breakfast you will be driven to the ancient capital of Amber, laying 11 km away from Jaipur. Amber was the ancient capital of Kachhawaha dynasty for 6 centuries before it was moved to newly created Jaipur. We will ascend to the Palace Fortress on the back of an Elephant. Enroute to Amber we will visit the HawaMahal (Palace of the Winds), built in 1799 AD, it contains 953 small casements with each having its own balcony. The windows enabled cool air to circulate and the ladies to watch processions below without being seen. In the afternoon we take a walk through the colourful Bazaar of Jaipur and visit a factory to see the famous block printing work being done since centuries in Jaipur. In the evening we drive through the new city of Jaipur and visit "Laxmi Narayan Mandir", a Hindu temple made out of white marble.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Jaipur-Deogarh
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Today after breakfast drive to Deogarh. On arrival check into DeogarhMahal: A castle of Medieval Rajasthan. You can also enjoy of your choice Trekking in the hills or Walk in the village or Local tribal warrior dance or Performance by folk musicians and artists.

Overnight will be at hotel.

Day 12: Deogarh-Udaipur

Today morning after breakfast drive to Udaipur on arrival Udaipur transfer to the hotel later day at leisure Evening we will enjoy boat ride at lack pichola.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 13: Deogarh-Udaipur

Today morning, after breakfast you will visit Udaipur, also known as the city of sunrise. You start our sightseeing with the visit of Sahelion-Ki-Bari. This Garden of the Maids of Honour is well laid out with extensive lawns and shady walks. After the visit of Garden of Maids we visit a Folk art museum. This museum has a rich collection of Folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments and paintings. After a break we proceed to City Palace, the biggest Palace in India, where four generations of Maharajas added their contribution. The museum of the palace includes the beautiful peacock mosaic and miniature wall paintings of Indian mythology.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Udaipur-Ranakpur-Jodhpur

Today morning, after breakfast you will be driven to jodhpur. En-route we will visit Ranakpur. Ranakpur is known for its superbly carved marble Jain Temples. An enormous basement of this temple covers 48,000 sq. feet. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls. The total number of columns is 1,444, all of which are intricately carved, no two being alike. The Ranakpur Jain Temples were built during the 15th century. We have a break in Ranakpur before proceeding further for Jodhpur.

On arrival at Jodhpur transfer to the hotel Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Jodhpur
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Today morning after breakfast we will make a trip to the awesome Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, the beautiful Mandore garden and the grand Umaid Bhawan Palace.

Overnight will be at hotel.

Day 16: Jodhpur-Jaiselmer

Today morning, after breakfast you will be proceed for Jaisalmer enrouting the Osian Village. Reach Jaisalmer in evening and check in at hotel. Overnight hotel.

Day 17: Jaiselmer

Today in early morning we will have a View of Fort and City which looks like a Golden City at the time of sunrise.ToDay before lunch we visit the fort with its temples & palaces, the Havelis, the amazing maze of lanes and bylanes, Gadsisar tank, Bada Bagh and Vyas Chhattries. After lunch we will proceed to Khuri for Camel ride on Golden Sand Dunes and will stay in tants on sand dunes. In evening we will have a dinner on Dunes with Folk Dances Programme.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 18: Jaiselmer-Bikaner
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Today morning, after breakfast you will be driven to Bikaner. On arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Later you will take a city sight seeing tour. Bikaner is named after its founder Rao Bikaji in 1488. But long before this, the city was trade center on the caravan routes from Africa and West Asia. Bikaner's dominant features are rippling sands and abundant sunshine. The city stands on an elevation, enclosed by a 7 Kms wall, which can be entered from 5 Gate. Bikaner City is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh the fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. Also visit Lallgarh Palace, the museum, Bhanda Sagar Jain and Deshnoke Rat temple.

Overnight will be at hotel.

Day 19: Bikaner-Shekhawati

Today morning, after breakfast you will be driven to Mandawa, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Later visit Mandawa, founded 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh and still the home of his descendants, has beautiful frescoes, havelis and mansions. Mandawa castle one of the finest castles of Rajasthan, is now a hotel and house of collection of armories, costumes of ancestors, canons from 1820 ancient coins, numismatic collection and many other interesting items, preserved in a museum.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 20: Shekhawati- Delhi

Today morning, after breakfast you will be driven to Delhi and check-in to the hotel at late afternoon. Evening will be at leisure and overnight stay will be at hotel.

Day 21: Delhi Departure

Today after breakfast day at leisure later transfer to International airport for boarding the light to your onward destination.