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#349 | 10 Day Dreams of India | Foreign Independent Tours - FIT Tours
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10 Day Dreams of India
The Golden Triangle plus Khajuraho and Varanasi
Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi

Package #349

  • All local transfers.

  • Four Star Hotels.

  • Breakfast Daily.

  • 3 nights in Delhi.

  • 2 nights in Jaipur.

  • 2 nights in Agra.

  • 1 night in Khajuraho.

  • 1 night in Varanasi.

  • Transportation by motorcoach.

  • Sightseeing per itinerary.

  • Train between Agra and Jhansi.

  • English-Speaking Guide throughout.
  • Free baggage allowance on Khajuraho-Varanasi-Delhi flight:

  • Check in: 01 piece maximum 15kgs per person

  • Carry on/cabin baggage: 01 piece maximum 07kgs per person

    Delhi, India
    The Park Hotel
    Jaipur, India
    Holiday Inn Jaipur
    Agra, India
    Jaypee Palace
    Khajuraho, India
    Radisson Hotel
    Varanasi, India
    Radisson Hotel

    Airfare: International or Domestic unless otherwise indicated.
    We can offer airfare from the airport closest to you. Ask your Destination Specialist.

  • Domestic Flight Khajuraho/Varanasi/Dehli from $375

  • Pre and Post nights available
    This is an Escorted Tour.
    DAY 01: SAT - ARRIVE DELHI - Upon arrival at Delhi Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Afternoon sightseeing of New Delhi, as time permits. In New Delhi visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand-carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time and not rusted even after 1500 years, the mausoleum of emperor Humayun, the imposing modern Lakshmi Narayan temple. Drive past India Gate (memorial to the Indian army soldiers who died in the World War I) the Rashtrapati Bhavan (formerly the viceroy's residence) and the Parliament House. Overnight in DELHI.

    DAY 02: SUN - DELHI - After breakfast, morning sightseeing of Old Delhi. Drive past the Red Fort - a marvel in red sandstone, the Raj Ghat, - memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. Spend some time in Chandi Chowk to savor the ambiance of an oriental, crowded bazaar. Also visit Kinari Bazaar, Parathe Wali Gali, Ballimaran, and Chawri Bazaar. In the afternoon visit Akshardham temple across the Yamuna river. Akshardham means the divine abode of God. It is hailed as an eternal place of devotion, purity and peace. Swaminarayan Akshardham at New Delhi is a Mandir – an abode of God, a Hindu house of worship, and a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, learning and harmony. Timeless Hindu spiritual messages, vibrant devotional traditions and ancient architecture all are echoed in its art and architecture. Return to your hotel. Overnight in Delhi. (B)

    DAY 03: MON - DELHI/JAIPUR After breakfast, drive to Jaipur and check-in to your hotel. Afternoon city tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. Evening visit Birla Temple to witness 'Aarti' (prayer ritual) ceremony by cycle rickshaw. Overnight in Jaipur. (B)

    DAY 04: TUE - JAIPUR - After breakfast, visit Amber Fort with elephant/jeep ride. Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride all the way up to the Fort entrance. This journey on caparisoned elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal – a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. En route to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds. Optional: Evening transfer to Chokhi Dhani (40Kms/ each way) to enjoy Rajasthani cultural experience. Overnight in Jaipur. (B)

    DAY 05: WED - JAIPUR/AGRA - After breakfast, Morning drive to Agra en-route visiting Abhaneri, a small town village, situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on Jaipur-Agra road. It is popular for the amazing 'Baoris' (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. The village of Abhaneri is believed to be established by King Chand. Continue driving to Agra with a visit to Fatehpursikiri, a deserted city built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honor of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar and prophesized the birth of three sons to the heirless Emperor. Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the 'Ghost City' including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendor of the Mughal empire at the height of its power. After visit continue drive to Agra. Check-in and overnight in Agra. (B)

    DAY 06: THU - AGRA - After breakfast, morning visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this 'Love Poe in Marble'. Experience a traditional horse-pulled 'tonga' ride. Later visit the Agra fort containing the halls private and public audiences and other palaces. Shah Jahan spent years of confinement at the hands of his son Aurangzeb, looking wistfully at the Taj Mahal from the Fort. Evening session with local street artist practicing Henna tattooing & palm painting. Overnight in Agra. (B)

    DAY 07: FRI - AGRA/JHANSI/KHAJURAHO - After breakfast, transfer to the railway station for your train between Agra and Jhansi. On arrival to Jhansi drive to Khajuraho en-route visiting Orchha, which has been captured in stone, frozen in time, a rich legacy of the ages. For this medieval city, the hand of time has rested and the palaces and the temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century retain much of their pristine perfection. Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful Chhatries, commands a spectacular view of soaring temple-spires and cenotaphs. Continue to Khajuraho. Check-in and overnight in Khajuraho. (B)

    DAY 08: SAT - KHAJURAHO/VARANASI - After breakfast, morning sightseeing of eastern and western group of temples. Visit the Western Group of temples, the most important temple being the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple-dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the largest and most typical of the Khajuraho temples. Visit the Chaunsat Yogini Jain Temple - dedicated to the 64 "Yoginis" or attendants of Goddess Kali. This temple stands apart from the rest. Also see the Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely sculpture of Lord Vishnu in his 11-headed form. The sculptures that adorn the temples, carved in stone depict gods, goddesses and amorous couples. Later visit the Eastern Group of temples including the Ghantai Temple, Vamana Temple dedicated to the "Vamana" or dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the Javari Temple. There are also three Jain Temples with beautiful carvings and non-erotic sculptures. Although these are Jain temples, they also contain numerous Vaishnav deities. In time transfer to the airport to connect the flight for Varanasi. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to and check-in at your hotel. Evening tour to downtown area in a rickshaw. Experience Varanasi intimately when you go on a leisurely rickshaw, ride through the narrow streets and alleys of Varanasi. In the evening the Ghats and temples are lit with oil-lamp lights or candles. Participate in an Aarti Ceremony (collective prayer) and watch the floating Diyas (lamps) on the river Ganges. Overnight in Varanasi. (B)

    DAY 09: SUN - VARANASI/DELHI - Early morning boat cruise on river Ganges The western banks of Ganges has a string of Ghats - the chain of stone steps, all built with pavilions, palaces and terraces, most of which are mainly used as Dharamsalas where the pilgrims stay during their visit to the holy city. At dawn, the Ghats are abuzz with activity of the devotees performing their ablutions in the river or offering prayers to the rising sun and performing other religious rituals. A boat ride along the Ghats gives you vantage views of this activity. The sunrise on the Ganges is a soul-lifting experience. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later tour to Sarnath, 10 Kms away from Varanasi is the fabled place, which bears testimony to its great past where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples, expounding the principles of Buddhism. The remains date back to as far as the 3rd Century BC when Emperor Ashoka founded various institutions, stupas, monasteries and pillar Edicts. Visit the art collection at the Archaeological Museum. The main attraction is the superb Capital from Ashokan Pillar - the Ashokan symbol of four back-to-back Lions which has been adopted as the state symbol Independent India. Also visit the Mahabodhi'Buddha temple and walk around the Deer Park. Later see the Monastery ruins area, Dhameka Stupa. In time transfer to the airport to connect flight for Delhi. Meeting, assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in DELHI. (B)

    DAY 10: MON - DEPART DELHI - After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

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