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12 Days Culture tour itinerary for india: Seek Out North Indian Temples & Landmarks

New Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Orchha

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Go on this journey which traversing through Allahabad, Banaras, and many others that is going to be an amazing tour which will offer us a chance to explore the best of cultural and spiritual temples and monuments of India.

DAY 01

namaste, welcome to india

  • Arrive at the International Airport in Delhi. 

  • After the traditional welcome, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 02

Delhi – Agra (210 km 4h)

  • After breakfast, we depart for Agra. 

  • After 4-5 hrs drive, we reach Agra.

  • On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

  • Rest of the day is free to explore the market.

  • Late evening, we will attend the show entitled 'Mohabbat Taj Show' starting at 18:30 hrs and it is a live theatrical performance of the love story of Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz for about 80 minutes.

  • Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 03

Agra Sightseeing

  • Today is the day to strike off the Taj from our bucket list. We rise early to visit this astonishing wonder in white marble. Taj Mahal, a symbol of eternal love, stands on the southern bank of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in the 16th century CE. The charisma of the amazing Taj Mahal never fails to leave a first-time visitor spellbound.

  • Visit the Agra Red Fort, a historical fort in the city of Agra and its walls are richly adorned with red sandstone. Till 1638, this fort was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty. Thereafter the capital of Mughal was shifted from Agra to Red Fort in Delhi.

DAY 04

Agra – Gwalior (120km 3h)

  • After delicious breakfast, we leave for Gwalior, dating back to the 8th century and dominated by a massive hilltop fort overlooking the city.

  • On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

  • Visit the Gwalior Fort, a majestic structure that dominates the city like a great monolith. Within the Fort is the 9th century Teli Ka Mandir (Temple), 15th-century palace of Raja Man Singh and a Museum.

DAY 05

Gwalior – Orchha (125km 3h)

  • Leave for Orcha en route visiting Datia. It is most famous for the 17th century, 7 story hilltop Palace of Raja Bir Singh Deo. 

  • Visit theShri Peetambra Peeth Temple with Mughal frescoes and the Gopeshwar Temple.

  • After the visit, we resume our journey to Orchha.

  • On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

  • Late afternoon, we visit the Raj Mahal and Jahangir Mahal. The other attractions include the Raj Mahal, The Sheesh Mahal, the Chaturbhuj Temple. Along with these, there are numerous Chhatris of royals or cenotaphs dotting the banks of the river Betwa.

  • Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 06

Orchha – Khajuraho (180km 4h)

  • After breakfast, drive to Khajuraho.

  • On arrival at Khajuraho check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day free.

DAY 07

Full day sightseeing

  • Full day for visiting the [sensitive content]fore we venture out, we will visit the temples of the group: The Jain Museum - located outside the Jaina compound, this circular gallery contains statues of 24 Tirthankaras.Parasvanath - The largest Jain temple of the enclosure is also one of the most beautiful.Adinath - adjoining the Temple of Parsvanath, the small temple of Adinath was partially restored.

  • After lunch, we will visit the temples of the Western group: Lakkshana and Varaha - These two small temples stand opposite the temple of Lakshmana.The temple of Varana dedicated to the wild boar faces the temple of Matangesvara.This small open sanctuary houses a gigantic wild boar sculpture dating back to about 900 AD.The great temple of Lakshmana is dedicated to Vishnu, but its style is comparable to that of the temples of Kandariya Mahadev and Vishvanath.Kandariya Mahadev - The first temple on the common deck at the back of the group is not only the largest temple in Khajuraho but also the most artistically and architecturally completed.Devi Jagadamba - The third temple of the common platform is of a simple three-part design.

  • To complete the tour of the West Group, we will take a look at the Temple of Vishvanath and Nandi, the Temple of Matangesvara and Chausath Yogini.

DAY 08

Khajuraho – Allahabad (290km 6h)

  • After breakfast, we drive to Allahabad.

  • Check-in to the hotel.

  • Proceed to observe the confluence of the three rivers namely Ganga, Yamuna & Saraswati. We would be able to observe the holy rituals being performed near ghats.

  • Visit Hanuman Temple on the confluence that allows us to mix with the Indian devotees.

  • Before returning to the hotel, we visit Anand Bhawan, a museum depicting the life of Jawahar Lal Nehru (first Prime Minister of India).

DAY 09

Allahabad – Varanasi (Banaras) (160km 4h)

  • Head towards Varanasi by stopping en route to visit Chunnar Fort, 25 km south of the holy city. This massive sandstone fort stands on a promontory overlooking the plain of 80 meters. About 1000 years old, it has many temples: Bhartri Nath's samadhi, Sonwa Mandap, and the bungalow of Warren Hastings, the first Governor-General of India.

  • After the visit, we resume our journey to Varanasi.

  • Check into the hotel. Rest of the evening is free.

DAY 10

Varanasi exploration

  • Take a boat ride on the Ganges to experience Hindu rituals being performed on the bathing Ghats.

  • Visit the Temples and Ashram.

  • Walk along the Bazars would be an ideal way to explore the town.

  • Late evening, we depart to ghats to attend the Nocturnal ceremony on the Banks of the Ganges where each day gather between 7000 and 8000 people.

DAY 11

Excursion to Sarnath and overnight train to Delhi

  • After the delicious breakfast, we leave to Sarnath, one of the holy places of Buddhism, where Buddha had preached his first message/speech. Here, Emperor Ashoka had built monasteries, stupas of which one of 100m of height.

  • Visit the Museum of Buddhist objects and sculptures found on the site.

  • Drive back to Varanasi.

  • Transfer to the railway station to board the night train to Delhi.

DAY 12

Arrival in Delhi and free day

  • Arrive at the Railway station and transfer to the hotel.

  • In the afternoon we visit the walled city of Old Delhi; crowded, full of activity and still influenced by the great Mughals who once ruled from the ramparts of the majestic Red Fort Delhi.

  • Visit Jama Masjid Delhi - the largest 17th-century mosque in India; Chandni Chowk - the typical Indian market always abuzz with activities; and Rajghat - the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi (also called the 'Father of the Nation’).

  • Explore New Delhi where we drive past the Presidential Palace, Secretariat Buildings and down the impressive Rajpath to India Gate.

  • Check-out from the hotel and transfer to the International airport or any point of convenience for onward journey to respective countries.

  • 1445.00 USD Per Person (* Minimum 02 pax)
  • Accommodation for 10 nights in a double room in the hotels mentioned or equivalent on breakfast basis.

  • 01 room for would be available for Wash & Change D:12.

  • All ground transportation included in the program using a private air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver.

  • Mohabbat Taj Show in Agra.

  • Boat Ride in Varanasi.

  • Entrance fees to the park and monuments as described in the program.

  • Overnight Train ticket in 2nd class AC Birth for the sector: Varanasi - Delhi.

  • Local English-speaking guides as described in the program.

  • Govt. Taxes.

  • International flight tickets.

  • Travel insurance.

  • Miscellaneous Expenses - drinks, souvenir, personal expenses, etc.

  • Lunches and dinners during the trip.

  • Tips for driver and other local staff.

  • Charges for the camera in the monuments and parks.

  • The cancellation and baggage insurance, assistance and repatriation.

  • Indian Visa.

  • All services not mentioned in "Inclusion".

  • This tour can be customized. 

New Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Orchha

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