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Heritage Pilgrimage North India
Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days
Places Covered: Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho - Varanasi
- Allahabad - Varanasi - Delhi
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Begin your tour
Arrive into Delhi
Welcome to Vardhman's "Heritage Pilgrimage North India"!
On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's
representative to your hotel. DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires
is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past
and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture
of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.
Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Day 02: Delhi
Proceed for a full-day tour of Old & New Delhi after breakfast.
OLD DELHI - Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan,
Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti
Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.
Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi. Enjoy
the cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.
NEW DELHI - An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include
a Visit Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple, a modern
Hindu Temple, Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building
and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New Delhi.
Day 03: Delhi - Jaipur
After breakfast drive to the beautiful Pink City- Jaipur. Check
into your pre-booked hotel upon arrival. Evening at leisure or visit
Day 04: Jaipur
In the morning after breakfast visit the "Pink City" so-called
because a great deal of the older part is built of pink-colored
stone. Visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind ), a high and intricately
carved wall behind which women of the court were sequestered while
watching processions. Also see the Observatory and the City Palace,
which houses an excellent collection of Rajasthani costumes, miniatures
and an armory of Rajput weapons.
Day 05: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
This morning proceed for onward journey to the "Romantic City
of Taj Mahal"-Agra.
Enroute stop at the walled city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Akbar
the Great to commemorate the birth of his son. Visit the red stone
mosques, courtyards and the palace where Akbar once played chess
using slave girls as pawns.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel for an overnihgt stay.
Day 06: Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho
This morning after breakfast city tour of Agra.
Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the
World The Taj Mahal (closed on friday). The architectural splendor
of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder
of the opulence of the legendary Moghul Empire, of which Agra was
the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
The 16th century Agra Fort, houses a number of exquisite buildings:
the Moti Masjid (pearl mosque), Diwane-I-Aam (palace for general
audience), Diwane-I-Khas (private palace), Anguri Bagh (wine yard),
Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors), and the Musamman Bhurj (Jasmine
Tower) where Shah Jahan died as a prisoner of his own son.
After the tour of the fort, you will be taken to visit the magnificent
mausoleum, Taj Mahal, erected by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved
wife, Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Begun in 1631, 20,000 workmen took 22
years to complete it a dream in white marble which lies in perfect
proportion to the elegant garden of fountains.
Later transfer to Agra Railway station to board train to Jhansi.
On arrival at Jhansi railway station directly drive to Khajuraho.
Enroute visit Orchha.
Orchha which is a medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with palaces
& temples of the 16th & 17th century which have remarkably
withstood the onslaught of time. The city is picturesquely flanked
by the river Betwa. Visit of the surrounding fortress & local
Ram Raja temple.
After lunch (at your own cost) continue drive to Khajuraho. Upon
arrival, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 07: Khajuraho - Varanasi
After breakfast visit Khajuraho, built by the warrior Chandela dynasty
that rose to power in Central India between 10th & 11th centuries,
the 25 odd surving temples display different facets of life, including
the sensual. These erotic carvings on some panels have given rise
to much speculation since Khajurahoâ's re-discovery by a British
officer in 1838. To preserve it for posterity, Khajuraho has been
declared a World Heritage Site. Visit the eastern & western
group of temples famous for their erotic scultpures.
Later in the afternoon transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi.
Varanasi was formerly known as Kashi - the city that illuminates.
The religious capital of Hinduism ,Varanasi is the oldest living
city of India & one of the worlds most ancient. The present
name is derived from the fact that the city is at the confluence
of the rivers Varuna & Asi.
Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be met and transferred to hotel.
Day 08: Varanasi - Allahabad
After breakfast drive to Allahabad. Allahabad is synonymous to Sangam.
'Sangam' actually means confluence in Hindi. The city has been named
so because it is situated on the confluence of Ganges, Yamuna and
mythical river Saraswati.Upon arrival, transfer and check into your
Visit the temples, ashrams and the SANGAM - the meeting point of
the three rivers. The rivers are GANGA, YAMUNA and SARASWATI.
Day 9: Allahabad - Varanasi
After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing of the city which includes
visit to Allahbad fort, Anand Bhawan, Alfred Park.
Later drive back to Varanasi in the afternoon. Check into your hotel
for an overnight stay. Spend the night in the holy city.
Day 10: Varanasi - Delhi
Early morning leave for boat ride (at your own) on the Scared Ganges
to see the bathing Ghats (river bank) & cremation site. Sunrise
on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be a spiritually uplifting
sight. Return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast proceed on
a city tour of Varanasi - Visit the Bharat Mata temple with a big
relief map of India in Marble, Durga temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir,
Benaras Hindu University which has an art gallery & the mosque
of Moghul Emperor Aurangzeb. Afternoon, excursion to Ramnagar. Return
by boat in the evening, enroute witness the religious ceremonies
along the banks of river Ganges.
Later in the afternoon transfer to airport to catch flight for Delhi.
Reach Delhi airport and transferred to international airport (through
shuttle service available free of cost at the airport) to board
the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and unforgettable
memories of your "Heritage Pilgrimage North India" escorted
by Vardhman Vacations.
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