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Nature & Culture Tour (16Nights/17Days)

Places covered : Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh - Agra - Bharatpur - Ranthambhor - Jaipur - Delhi

Day 01 Arrive Delhi

On arrival meet & greet at the Airport and transfer to hotel.

DELHI: one of India's fastest growing cities has spread far beyond the "seven cities" created between the 13th and the 17th centuries. It has sprawled over the west bank of the Yamuna and now straddles the river. Remnants of the past survive cheek -by-jowl with skyscrapers, residential colonies and bustling commercial complexes. Delhi has some of the finest museums in the country. Its boutiques and shopping arcades offer access to a wealth of traditional and contemporary crafts from all over the country. It has specialty restaurants to please the gourmet, open parks and gardens ablaze with flowers, and in the winter months particularly, a variety of cultural events. Its many-layered existence is tantalizing and can entice the curious traveler into a fascinating journey of discovery.

Check in and overnight at hotel.

Day 02 In Delhi

Morning sightseeing of Old Delhi takes you to Jama Masjid, - The largest mosque in India. Visit the magnificent Red Fort, - a marvel in red sandstone, built on the banks of River Yamuna by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Drive past Chandni Chowk, once an imperial avenue of Mughal Royalty which today is the busiest commercial area of the city.

Afternoon visit New Delhi, 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. Visit the mausoleum of emperor Humayun - a forerunner of the Mughal style of architecture. Drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of laid down by the Indian soldiers), the president's residence - formerly the Viceroy's Palace, parliament House and the Secretariat buildings, - an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 Delhi-Varanasi (Flight)

In time pick up from hotel to connect flight for Varanasi.

VARANASI: Picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy Ganga, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of le1arning in India, is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year.

On arrival meet and greet at airport and transfer to hotel.

Afternoon 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 the3rd-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 Ashoka Pillar - the Ashoka 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.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 04 In Varanasi

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 buzz 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 back to Hotel for breakfast.

Later city tour of Varanasi, situated on the banks of the Ganges, the city of Learning and Burning (because of the almost continuous cremations of the dead) from time immemorial has been the religious centre of Hindus. All Hindus want to be here at least once in their life time. Visit some of the important temples. Bharat Mata Mandir - a unique temple inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi houses one of the most perfect relief maps of India and is dedicated to Mother India. Durga Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga consort of Lord Shiva. Later drive through the largest Residential University of Asia - Banaras Hindu University founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 05 Varanasi-Khajuraho (Flight)

In time pick up from hotel to connect flight for Khajuraho.

KHAJURAHO: Khajuraho has always remained tucked away from the main stream events of history. This is probably why the famed temples escaped the ravages of invaders. The origin of these temples as well as the history of the chandela dynasty, during whose era they were built, are not fully documented. However, it is generally agreed that they were built between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D. and that they numbered no fewer than 85. Today only 22 temples in a good state of preservation, survive.

On arrival meet and greet at airport and transfer to hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 06 In Khajuraho

Morning sightseeing tour visiting to the Western group of temples, of which the most famous is the Kandariya Mahadev temple, 31 meters high. It has a fantastic range of sculptures including sensuous themes. The Chaunsat Yogini is a granite temple and the Deve Jagdambe, a temple dedicated a Surya, the Sune god. Also visit other important temples like Vishwanath, Varaha etc. Also visit the Eastern group of temples that consist of the Parasvanath temple, which is the only Jain temple surviving at Khajuraho and has excellent sculptures on the outer walls of the sanctum. The Javeri Temple dedicated to Vishnu. The other temples in this group are those dedicated to Brahma, Yamuna and Adinath.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 07 Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh (225 Km)

Morning drive to Bandhavgarh National Park through a beautiful valley with wild landscapes and picturesque villages.

BANDHAVGARH : Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the 15 tiger reserves of India. Earlier the hunting area of the Maharaja of Rewa spread over an area of 865 sq km was changed into a wildlife park in 1968. It has deep valleys with teak wood and bamboo trees you can see tiger, leopard, wild dogs, hyena, jackal, chital (spotted deer), sambhar, wild pigs, antelopes, langoor and different snake types. The flowering and fruit trees attract woodland birds which include Green pigeon, Jerdon’s leaf bird, crested serpent eagle and Variable hawk eagle.

On arrival check in hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 08 In Bandhavgarh

Early morning enjoy a jeep safari through the jungle to chance upon the tiger.
Return for breakfast and relax till your afternoon game viewing.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 09 Bandhavgarh - Umaria - Agra (Overnight Train)

Early morning enjoy another wonderful jungle visit. Later in the evening drive to Umaria to connect overnight train to Agra.

Overnight in Train.

Day 10 In Agra

On arrival in Agra, meet and greet at railway station and transfer to hotel.

AGRA: On the right bank of the River Yamuna, Agra reigns over a glorious past created by warriors as skilled in art and architecture as they were on the battlefield. The city’s historical origins before the Mughal conquest are dim and it was practically founded by the Mughal Emperor Babur. To the lover of art and to the traveller seeking the wonders of India, Agra is the goal of a pilgrimage, its shrines being the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Later visit Taj Mahal which is the seventh wonder of world, built by Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz Mahal by the banks of river Yamuna. After her untimely death, Shahajahan had her mortal remains buried in this mausoleum. And after his own demise he was placed to rest next to his beloved queen in the same mausoleum The Taj has been called the most extravagant monument ever built for the sake of love. The great monument took almost 22 years to build and was completed in

1653. Around 20,000 workers from all over the country and central Asia were recruited to translate this dream into a reality. (TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS).

Later visit the Agra Fort. The foundation was laid by Emperor Akbar in 1565 and continued till the time of Shahjahan. The high red stone monument stretches for around 2.5 kms, dominating a bend in the river Yamuna northwest of the Taj Mahal. The palace is a notable for its smooth blending of Hindu and central Asian architectural styles. The Diwan-i-Am (the hall of public audiences), the Diwan-i-Khas (the Hall of Private Audience), the Khas Palace (the private palace was used by emperor as a sleeping chamber), the Sheesh Mahal (palace of Mirrors), the Shah Jahani Mahal (Shahjahan’s Palace), Jahangiri Mahal (Jahangir’s Palace) and the Akbari Mahal (Akbar’s palace) are the fascinating palaces inside the fort. From the rear of Diwan-i-Khas a door leads to Mussaman Burj, a two storey pavilion, where Shahjahan was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb in his old age. From here he caught the last glimpses of Taj Mahal before he died.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 Agra - Bharatpur (50 Km)

After breakfast drive to Bhatarpur. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri (40 kms 1.5 hrs)from Agra, lies the beautiful and deserted medieval city, Fatehpur Sikri, built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. It was mysteriously abandoned 13 years later. Today, it is perfectly preserved as a ghost city built at the height of the empire’s splendor.

Further drive to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or Keoladeo Ghana National Park.

BHARATPUR: Bharatpur bird Sanctuary which was established in 1956. This 29 sq km marshland is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world with over 360 species of birds, out of which 117 are the local birds. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, it used to be a part of the private shooting reserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur.

On arrival check in hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 In Bharatpur

Early morning and dusk are the best times for viewing the birds and animals. Among many birds species to be seen are egrets, storks, ducks, Chinese coots, kingfishers, spoonbills, sarus cranes and several birds of prey, including falcon, marsh harrier and eagle. Alone 80 species of ducks can be spotted here. There are also chital, nilgai, deer, wild cats, hyenas and wild boar whilst near the entrance there are usually some very large rock pythons. During November to February the northern hemisphere migratory birds visit the park from China, Europe and Siberia, including the rare Siberian Crane.

Afternoon Rickshaw ride in Sanctuary.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 Bharatpur - Ranthambhor

After breakfast and drive to Ranthambhor.

RANTHAMBHOR: Ranthambhor National Park, one of the finest tiger reserves in the country under the Project Tiger scheme. It covers an area of 410 sq km running from the easternmost spur of the Aravallis to the Vindhya range. The nearest town Sawai Madhopur is 10 km away. The park is set in a dry deciduous forest, the area covers rocky hills and open valleys dotted with small pools and fruit trees. The Ranthambhor Fort overlooks the sanctuary and dominates the landscape. The Fort was the stronghold of the Yadavs in the 8th century, attacked time and again, changing many hands, finally into the hands of the house of Jaipur. Originally Ranthambhor was the hunting area of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Tiger sightings are reported almost daily usually in the early mornings during November-April. The lake grasslands and the drier areas of the park provide fine habitat for sambar; antelopes, langoor, few leopards, nilgai, chinkara, sloth bear, jackal, wild boar, crocodile, different types of snakes, the occasional rare caracal, and about 300 species of birds.

On arrival in Agra, meet and greet at railway station and transfer to hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 In Ranthambhor

Morning and evening Jeep rides to the Ranthambhor National Park to view the wildlife and birds in the park.

Day 15 Ranthambhor – Jaipur

Morning jeep safari through the reserve to view the wildlife and birds in the park.

After Jeep safari drive to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur check in at the hotel.

JAIPUR: Built by Sawai Jai Singh, the city of Jaipur is amongst the first of India’s planned cities. The ancient heart of the Pink City still beats in its fairy tale palaces; rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues. Jaipur has a timeless appeal in its colorful bazaars that delights for its Rajasthan handlooms and trinkets. Beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvelous heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharajas, are worth admiration that makes a trip to the pink city a memorable one.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 16 In Jaipur

Morning: visit of Amber Fort with elephant 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.

Afternoon: - city tour of Jaipur which 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 Armoury 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.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 17 Jaipur-Delhi (260 kms 5 hrs)

Morning spend time for last minute shopping later drive in time for Delhi to connect flight for onward destination

 


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