10 Days Culture tour itinerary for india: Cultural & Heritage Extravaganza In North India
Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, Varanasi
See the best of the culturally vibrant cities of Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, and Jaipur. Get exposed to a bucket list of experiences from the magnificence of the Taj Mahal in Agra and the busy marketplaces in Chandni Chowk of Delhi to the Ganga Aarti at Varanasi and the beautiful architecture of the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur.
Arrive in Delhi, meet and assist at the airport & transfer to hotel.
Night stay in Delhi.
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi.
We will visit Raj Ghat. It is the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
Then we will go to Jama Masjid. It is the largest mosque in India.
Then we will visit the Red Fort. It is the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal Empire. You may enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.
An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue in Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence, Lotus Temple.
End the tour with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.
Night stay in Delhi.
DELHI – JAIPUR
We will have breakfast.
Then we will drive to Jaipur.
We are free in the evening to explore the textile and jewellery art of Jaipur.
Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning, we will proceed to Amber Fort. Amber Fort is an ancient capital of Kachhawaha Rajput’s rulers of Jaipur. Amber is one of the important defiles from invading enemies. Wander inside the Fort to see extravagant palace to witness the opulence of Rajput royal lifestyle amongst which summer palace, winter palace, and mirror palace are the most popular. Climb atop the fort's Ramparts on an elephant back.
Then we will stop at the Hawa Mahal.
In the afternoon we will have a city tour of Jaipur. We will visit the City Palace. It is the official residence of the present royal family palace. Its large area is divided into a series of courtyards, gardens, and buildings. A part of this palace is now turned into a museum housing armoury, textiles, and artifacts. City Palace is a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture.
Then we will visit Jantar Mantar. It is the 17th-century astronomical observatory. It is an excellent example of the marvellous precision, wherein each construction has a specific purpose of measuring the position of stars, altitudes, and azimuths.
Overnight at the hotel.
JAIPUR – AGRA
After breakfast, we will check out from the hotel
Then we will drive to Agra to the surface.
We will visit Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri. Fatehpur Sikri is just 44 km away from Agra. On the way to Jaipur is Fatehpur Sikri, which briefly served as the capital of emperor Akbar. It is believed that city was quickly abandoned due to lack of potable water. Palaces, meeting halls, courtyards inside the complex is in a remarkable state of preservation. The holy shrine of Saint Salim Chishti is one of important pilgrimage for Muslims, and Buland Darwaza which emperor Akbar had built to commemorate his victory on Gujarat is very imposing. Abhaneri is about 95 km short of Jaipur. It is one of the oldest settlement in Rajasthan. One can find the temple of local deity Goddess Mirth and Happiness.
However, the highlight of the visit to this place is to see the 10th-century Boris (step-well), and it is the most awesome place in Rajasthan. It is believed that it is an indigenous invention of the locals for rainwater harvesting. This 13-level stepwell is well fortified with flights of steps on the three sides. It is an interesting piece of architecture.
Arrive Agra and check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Post breakfast, we will visit the magnificent Taj Mahal (Sunrise visit only depends on the weather condition). It is one of the seven wonders of the world. It is one of the most extravagant expressions of love, ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife.
Then we will visit the Agra Fort. It is the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra which stands on the bank of the river Yamuna. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a collonaded 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.
Later in the evening, we will visit the Itmad-Ud-Daulah and Mehtab Bagh.
Overnight train to Varanasi.
Reach Varanasi in the afternoon. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel.
Later in evening, see the Ganges Aarti Ceremony.
Night stay in Varanasi.
Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the Ganges to view the sunrise from the boat. From dawn to dusk the Ghats (riverside steps) are thronged by thousands of devotees, who perform their holy rituals in the hope of attaining eternal salvation, the ‘nirvana’.
Later enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city with its incredible array of temples and ancient buildings. There are 2,000 temples and shrines in Varanasi, but the holiest, Vishvanatha, is closed to non-Hindus. The Durga Temple, which can be visited, is teeming with monkeys. It is suggested to take care of your valuables.
Further downstream, on the eastern bank of the Ganges, is the Ram Nagar Fort. It isn’t one of the country’s best, but it does have a fascinating collection of weapons.
In the evening, we will go to Sarnath, which is 10kms. In the east of Varanasi, is one of the Buddhist’s major centres of India.
After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha came to Sarnath, where he gave his first sermon.
Overnight in Varanasi.
DEPARTURE FROM VARANASI
You will be transferred to the Varanasi airport for the flight to Delhi.
Evening visit to 'Kingdom of Dreams' in Gurgaon.
Overnight in Delhi hotel.
DEPARTURE TO YOUR COUNTRY
Early morning or evening departure (as per your flight schedule) to the airport to catch the scheduled flight.
Meeting and assisting on arrival or departure at the airport.
9 night’s accommodation on twin sharing room.
Breakfast Basis at 3* Deluxe Hotels.
All transfers, sightseeing excursion as per program. We will use the private air-conditioned vehicle.
Monument entry tickets.
English speaking guide for all the visits as per program.
Ticket of 'Kingdom of Dreams'.
Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.
Train Fare from Agra to Varanasi in the best available sleeper option.
Sarnath excursion in Varanasi.
Boat Ride on River Ganges in Varanasi.
One time Mehandi art on hands.
Mineral water bottle during the long journey.
Government Service Tax 3.9%.
Any flight ticket.
Any visa fee, airport taxes.
Any meals (lunch or dinner).
Visa charges & Airport taxes.
Still or video camera fees.
Any tips to drive/guide/escort/restaurants etc.
Any porter-ages on arrival and departure at the hotel.
Any other items of personal nature.