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Glories of India
14 nights - 15 days (From $2,355)

Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Orchha - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Deogarh - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Mumbai

Visit the deeply spiritual city of Varanasi, see the sensuous carvings at the Khajuraho Temples, gaze at the Taj Mahal an iconic symbol of love and explore the Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan. Feel the real heartbeat of India travelling on a train and meet the real people.

Day 01

Delhi
Morning arrival in Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing of Old Delhi including a fascinating cycle rickshaw ride to the Jama Masjid through the lively Chandni Chowk market streets. This area was once the capital Shah Jehanabad in Mughal times. Finally continue onto the Raj Ghat Mahatma Gandhi's evocative cremation site. Overnight at the Maidens.

Day 02

To Varanasi
Morning sightseeing of amazing New Delhi including the impressive Humayun's Tomb, Qutab Minar and India Gate. Late afternoon board overnight train to Varanasi in AC-I sleeper compartment.

Day 03

Varanasi
Morning arrival in Varanasi. Afternoon excursion to see the numerous Stupas, ancient and modern Temples and the Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath, where Buddha preached his first discourse. Two nights at The Gateway Hotel Ganges.

Day 04

Varanasi
Early morning boat ride on the Ganges. As the ephemeral mist rises, watch the devotees perform their ageless rituals in the Holy waters. After breakfast visit important sites including the Vishwanath Temple, Durga Temple and Banaras Hindu University. In the evening take a cycle rickshaw ride to the Ghats.

Day 05

To Khajuraho
Morning flight to Khajuraho. Afternoon sightseeing of the remarkable Temples, built between 950-1050 AD, with their sensuous and evocative carvings. Graceful shikharas (spires) add their own special beauty to this unique site. Overnight at Taj Chandela.

Day 06

To Orchha
Morning at leisure. Afternoon drive to Orchha. Overnight stay at Amar Mahal.

Day 07

To Agra
Orchha is a timeless Medieval city morning visit will include the exquisite Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and Laxminarayan Temple look out for the glorious world famed murals from the Bundela School of painting. Board evening Shatabdi Express train from Jhansi to Agra. Two nights stay at the Trident.

Day 08

Agra
Memorable sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal to watch the sun awaken the day and distant memories of love. After breakfast explore Agra Fort seeing the many varied architectural styles of the complex, built by successive Mughul rulers. Also visit the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah.

Day 09

To Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur via the superb sandstone deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by the all powerful Emperor Akbar in the mid 16th c. Highlights include the beautiful Tomb of Salim Chisti, the 176 graceful pillars in the Panch Mahal and the Jama Masjid Mosque. Two nights stay at Samode Haveli.

Day 10

Jaipur
Morning drive to the outstanding Amber Fort. Climb the steep winding road on a stately caparisoned elephant. In the Hall of Mirrors it's said one small candle could light the whole room with its reflecting glow dancing from mirror to mirror. Afternoon take a city tour visiting the City Palace complex, amazing Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory and the delightful Palace of Winds.

Day 11

To Deogarh
Drive to Deogarh with remainder of day at leisure. Two nights stay at Deogarh Mahal.

Day 12

Deogarh
Relax in the hotel's swimming pool and jacuzzi. Enjoy an optional Ayurvedic massage from Keralan trained masseuses, work out in the gym or simply walk in the beautiful grounds.

Day 13

To Udaipur
Drive to Udaipur stopping en-route at Ranakpur to see the intricately carved Jain Temples. Two nights stay at the Trident.

Day 14

Udaipur
Morning sightseeing of the City Palace and Museum with its fascinating insight into the lives of the Maharajas. Later stroll in the delightful Garden of the Maids of Honour. Remainder of day at leisure.

Day 15

To Mumbai
Morning flight to Mumbai for your onward destination.

With love from India... Varanasi
It is said that when Buddha attained Nirvana, his body was wrapped in Benares silk with threads of dazzling blue, red and yellow. The weaving of fine, gossamer-like silk has been a tradition in Benares since 500 B.C.

Suggested extensions: Devigarh, Goa, Ajanta & Ellora caves and Mumbai. Various other extensions are available on request.


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