11 Days Culture tour itinerary for india: Top Up The Golden Triangle With Two Stunningly Adorned Cities
Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Varanasi
Embark on an enriching journey to the social, historical and spiritual hubs of India that will begin with the exploration of the Golden Triangle. Then, examine the enticing carvings of Khajuraho before visiting temples and other holy sites of Varanasi.
Arrival in Delhi
Meet your Indian tour guide at the airport, who will escort you to your hotel.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure. The metropolitan city of Delhi has so many world-class shopping malls and eating joints. Feel free to explore them in the evening.
Overnight stay at the hotel
At around 09:00 am, meet the guide and set out to explore the capital of India.
Begin the tour with a photo stop at the red fort, near Chandni Chowk.
Move to the door of Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India, built by Emperor Mogol Shah Jahan in the 17th century.
Next, visit Gandhi’s tomb and drive through the New Delhi area to see the India Gate, the Presidential Palace and the parliament.
Continue to the temple of the Sikh religion and sit for about 10 minutes in the prayer hall to observe the visitors and listen to the prayer hymns.
In the afternoon, reach New Delhi to discover the Qutab Minar (12th century).
Nearby is the Iron Column, which has impassively attended the misfortunes of time and yet is not even rusty, after 1500 years of history.
Overnight in the hotel.
Delhi - Jaipur (265 Kms / 6 Hours)
Head to Jaipur right after you are done with breakfast. 270 Km away from Delhi, Jaipur is the capital and the largest city in Rajasthan. Also called the Pink City, Jaipur make headlines for its share of heritage forts and palaces.
On reaching Jaipur, transfer to your hotel. You can either choose to spend the rest of the day relaxing in your hotel or visit the nearby surroundings. Jaipur has many well-known bazaars from where you can buy souvenirs and traditional items.
Overnight stay in Jaipur
Sightseeing in Jaipur
As you would be done relishing your yummy breakfast, go for the Jaipur city tour. First in the schedule is the Amber fort. Amongst the oldest of forts in Jaipur, Amber was built by Raja Man Singh and it is a beautiful confluence of Hindu and Mughal style of architecture. Guests would be offered a royal elephant ride, all the way to the fort.
Post lunch, head to another major tourist attractions in Jaipur i.e Jaigarh fort. Quite similar to the Amber fort is the Jaigarh fort, which stands high on one of the peaks of Aravali ranges. It is one of the largest forts in Rajasthan and has huge battlements to put on display.
Other attractions that you would be surely visiting on your Jaipur tour are Laxmi Narayan temple, City Palace, Jantar Mantar (UNESCO world heritage site) and Hawa Mahal.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Jaipur - Agra (275 Kms / 7 Hours)
Post breakfast, bid adieu to Jaipur for the magnificent city of Agra (243 Km away).
En route, make a halt at the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built during the second half of 16th century by Mughal emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri is famous for its group of monuments and temples.
See the most popular site amongst them, Buland Darwaza, which is titled as the largest gateway in the world. Another majestic creation of the Mughal empire, Buland Darwaza is made up of red sandstone and has pillars and Chhatris at its top.
After admiring its beauty, start on your way to Agra.
On arriving, your India tour representative will transfer you to the hotel.
Spend your evenings exploring the rich handicrafts of Agra in the nearby local market.
Wake up early on this day as the tour schedule starts in the wee hours of the day. First thing in the morning would be catching up the sight of the beautiful Taj Mahal as it glistens with the rays of the morning sun. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal is actually a mausoleum that is completely made up of white marble. It was built by the great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO world heritage site and is a true example of Islamic style of architecture.
Post breakfast, visit the other attractions of Agra. First head towards the magnificent Agra Fort, which is also a UNESCO proclaimed world heritage site. This Mughal fort was built in red sandstone and has many intricate structures like Diwan-I-Am and Diwan-I-Khas in the interiors of it.
If you wish, reach Itmad-ud-Daula's tomb in the evening. It is a wonderful mausoleum that is often considered as mini Taj or Baby Taj.
Agra= Jhansi (Train )Orchha-Khajuraho (Road)
After Agra, the next destination would be Jhansi. Early in the morning, you would be transferred to the railway station. From there, board the next train to Jhansi (215 km away).
On arriving in Jhansi, embark on a road trip to Orchha (18 km away).Once a princely state, Orchha lies in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh. The town of Orchha was founded in 15th century AD and in today's world it is renowned for its numerous temples, palaces and forts. Highly popular amongst them are the Jehangir Mahal of Orchha (Classic Mughal architecture), Raj Mahal and Laxmi Narayan temple (mural paintings).
As you would be done visiting the attractions of Orchha, get back on the road to Khajuraho (172 km away).
On arrival at Khajuraho, check into a pre-booked hotel for dinner and overnight stay
Khajuraho - Varanasi (Flight)
This day is dedicated to exploring the world heritage sites of Khajuraho. Divided into the eastern and western group of temples, Khajuraho is known for its cluster of Hindu and Jain temples. As you would be done with breakfast, the sightseeing tour of Khajuraho will commence. Under this, you would be visiting Laxmi & Varha temples, Kandariya Mahadev temple and Devi Jagdambi temple.
See Kandariya Mahadev temple which is one of the largest Hindu temples in Khajuraho. It is famous for its over 900 stone carvings.
Step inside Devi Jagdambi temple which is a group of 25 beautifully decorated temples. These temples were built during the Chandella dynasty rule in India (10th-12th century) and are famous for erotic carvings.
Post these visits, head towards the airport to board the next flight to Varanasi.
Upon arrival in Varanasi, the tour representative will escort you to the hotel. If you wish, you can go for a walk in the surroundings, or otherwise, relax in your room.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Sightseeing in Varanasi
Embark on an early morning boat ride in the sacred Ganga River would be arranged for you.
After breakfast, leave for Sarnath (6 km away). Sarnath in the northeast of Varanasi is where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. A highly sacred Buddhist religious place, Sarnath lies at the confluence of two rivers-Ganga and Gomati. Popular attractions here are Dhamek Stupa, Sarnath Museum and Chaukhandi Stupa.
Return to Varanasi and visit Alamgir mosque, Dashashwamedh ghat and Bharat Mata temple.
Also known as Beni Madhav Ka Darera, Alamgir mosque is a brilliant example of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The mosque is situated on the banks of Ganges river.
The city of Varanasi is known for its religious ghats. Most spectacular amongst them is the Dashashwamedh ghat, which is located close to the Vishwanath temple.
Overnight stay at Varanasi.
Varanasi - Delhi (Flight)
Right after your breakfast, transfer to the Varanasi airport for your return journey to Delhi.
Arrive in Delhi and check in to a prebooked hotel.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Explore the nearby surroundings in the evening if you wish to.
This brings the end of our wonderful tour. Post breakfast at the hotel, guests would be transferred to the International airport for their onward journey back home.
Ac Medium Car for all the transfers and sightseeing
English speaking Local guides in the cities
All the expenses related to vehicle
Toll, parking, fuels
Monument Entry Tickets
Any personal Expenses
Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Varanasi
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