Cultural Heritage Tour

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Delhi-Mandawa-Jaipur-Agra-Orchha-Khajuraho-Varanasi-Delhi
( 13 Nights / 14 Days )

Day 01 / Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi; Meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 02 / Delhi
After breakfast gear up for your visit of Old & New Delhi.
OLD DELHI – A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat – the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India.
NEW DELHI – An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutab Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President’s Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. The evening is free to be spent at your leisure.Night stay in Delhi.
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Day 03 / Delhi – Mandawa
After early breakfast drive to Mandawa, often called the open air art gallery of Rajasthan’, the region is famous for the high quality frescoes. Arrive Mandawa & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Mandawa.

Day 04 / Mandawa – Jaipur
After breakfast take a walking tour of the painted ‘havelis’ of some of the leading business families of the country. Though they no longer live here, the local caretakers are happy to show the visitors around. Chowkhani Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Lakshminarayan Ladia Haveli, Mohahanlal Saraf Haveli and Bhagchandika Haveli are of special interest. Spend the major part of the day looking into frescoes. Later drive to Jaipur – the abled “pink city” of the desert named after Jai Singh, the former Maharajaof Jaipur.This is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe through the nine rectangular sectors subdividing it.The palaces and forts of the yesteryears, which were witnesses to the royal processions and splendours are now living monuments . Arrive Jaipur & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 05 / Jaipur
After breakfast proceed for excursion to Amber Fort in the outskirts of Jaipur. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.
AMBER FORT PALACE – Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. It’s forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it’s ultimate expression.
Later city sightseeing tour of Jaipur covering :
CITY PALACE – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
JANTAR MANTAR – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this “Palace of Winds” is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Its five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Visit a rug factory and see the ladies at the intricate work or a gem factory and see the gem cutting and polishing process.
Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 06 / Jaipur – Agra
After breakfast drive to the City of Tajmahal-Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri-a perfectly preserved red sandstone “ghost town” which was the estranged capital of mughal emperorAkbar,built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive Agra & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Agra.

Day 07 / Agra
After breakfast visit the magnificient Taj Mahal -Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen
Also visit the Red fort – the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Evening free to explore the rich handicrafts of Agra. Night stay in Agra.

Day 08 / Agra – Jhansi ( By train ) Jhansi – Orchha ( By surface )
Morning transfer to railway station to board the train to Jhansi , Arrive Jhansi & drive to Orchha & transfer to hotel. Later tour of this historical site with magnificient temples and monuments. Some of the palaces were decorated with painted murals which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela school of painting. Night stay in Orchha.

Day 9 / Orchha – Khajuraho ( By surface )
After breakfast drive to Khajuraho Khajuraho- the legendary temples of khajuraho are an incomparable experience. Acknowledged as one of the world’s artistic wonders, these temples dedicated to the Hindu pantheon of Gods are covered in carvings that are a paean to life and love. Built within a short span of a hundred years by the Chandela Rajputs, the 10th century temples lay forgotten until they were discovered in the present century. Khajuraho has achieved fame for the sensual appeal of its erotic sculptures. Arrive Khajuraho and transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Khajuraho.

Day 10 / Khajuraho
After breakfast explore the Western and Eastern temples of khajuraho while your guide explains the intricate meaning and legends behind each describable sculpture. Night stay in Khajuraho.

Day 11 / Khajuraho – Varanasi
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Varanasi-Varanasi is the world’s most ancient living city. Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be spiritually uplifting sight. Crowded with temples, and its labyrinth of streets, the city attracts the maximum number of tourists. The religious capital of hinduism, varanasi is the carpet manufacturing place of india. It was previously known as kashi – the city that illuminates. The present name is derived from the fact that the city is at the confluence of the rivers varuna and asi. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel. Evening view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats. Night stay in Varanasi.

Day 12 / Varanasi
Morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Later excursion to Sarnath, 10kms. East of Varanasi, is one of the Buddhism’s major centers of India. After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon. Visit the deer park and the museum and later back to Varanasi . Night stay in Varanasi.

Day 13 / Varanasi-Delhi
Morning at leisure, Afternoon transfer to airport to connect the flight for Delhi , Arrive
Delhi & transfer to hotel. Reset of the day at leisure or last minute shopping etc. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 14 / Departure
Transfer to airport in time to board the onward flight.

** Twin- Cost per person on twin sharing for minimum two person traveling.

Cost includes :
» 13 nights accommodation as per the itinerary with daily breakfast.
» Train tickets for Agra-Jhansi in airconditioned chair car.
» Surface Travel by exclusive airconditioned car.
» All transfers, sightseeing as per the itinerary.
» Local English speaking guides.
» Elephant ride in Jaipur (Subject to availability), Boat ride in Varanasi.
» All taxes, driver allowances, parking etc.

Cost does not include :
» Entrance fee to monuments.
» Any airfare.
» Any meals except breakfast.
» Tips, beverages, laundry etc.
» Any item not shown in cost Includes

INTERNAL FLIGHTS COST
(Khajuraho-Varanasi-Delhi) : USD 268 per person in economy class.
Airfares are subject to change any time without any prior notice.

Hotels Selected – Luxury 5* Deluxe
Delhi : The Oberoi / Imperial
Mandawa : Castle Mandawa
Jaipur : RajVilas
Agra : Amar Vilas
Orchha : Amar Mahal / Orchha Resort
Varanasi : Taj Ganges
Khajuraho : The Grand Temple View

Hotels Selected – Royal 5*
Delhi : The Metropolitan / The Grand/ The Lalit
Mandawa : Castle Mandawa / Desert Resort
Jaipur : Hotel Trident / Le Meridien
Agra : Jay Pee Palace / Taj View / Trident
Orchha : Amar Mahal / Orchha Resort
Khajuraho : Taj Chandela / Jass Radisson
Varanasi : Taj Ganges / Radisson

Hotels Selected-Classic
Delhi : The Connaught / Hotel City Park/ Hotel De Marks
Mandawa : Castle Mandawa/ Desert Resort
Jaipur : Golden Tulip / Hari Mahal Palace/ Wall Street / Clarks Amer
Agra : Agra Ashok / Clarks Shiraz / Howard Park Plaza
Orchha : Amar Mahal / Orchha Resort
Khajuraho : Clarks
Varanasi : Clarks Varanasi

Hotels Selected-Economy
Delhi : Hotel Blue Bell / Hotel De Gold/ Hotel Sunstar
Mandawa : Mandawa Haveli
Agra : Hotel usha Kiran/ Royale Residency / Taj Plaza
Jaipur : Nana Ki Haveli/ Dera Rawatsar/ Jas Vilas
Orchha : Amar Mahal / Orchha Resort
Khajuraho : Green wood
Varanasi : Kashika / Hotel India

Special care is taken while selecting the hotels , As you may be aware that prices for same category of hotels are NOT the same , we select the hotels based on the quality & services & not just because it is a 4 * or 5 * hotel, Thatswhy some hotels listed in our classic catergory ( 4 * ) are actual 5 * hotels but we use them in 4 * categories. Hotels are subject to availability, please note that due to peak season starting from Oct onwards, most of hotels in 4 * – 5* category are already fully booked for many dates starting from october, Once you finalise the booking, we shall start booking the hotels. It may be possible that we may have to go for a higher / lower category of hotels/ rooms in any place & we shall advice you of any supplement / reduction in the price. For Luxury Hotels Suppliment charge 16 nov. to 30th nov., 20 Dec. to 5th jan 2010.and 1st feb. to 29th feb.