Glimpses of India Tour
PACKAGE DURATION: 14 Nights / 15 Days
DESTINATIONS COVERED: DELHI – BIKANER – POKARAN – JAISALMER – JODHPUR – LUNI – PUSHKAR – AJMER – JAIPUR – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA – GWALIOR – ORCHCHA – KHAJURAHO – SARNATH – VARANASI -DELHI-:Day -01: Arrival New Delhi :-
On arrival meet with our representative who will transfer you to the pre-booked hotel for overnight stay. In the evening, visit the Akshardham temple, the largest Hindu temple in the world and enjoy its Musical Fountain show. Continue drive to India Gate- the war memorial and a hub of activities at this time. Take an optional boat ride before returning to the hotel for overnight stay.-: Day-02: New Delhi - Pushkar :-
Continue tour of Delhi by visiting Rajghat - to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi and proceed to a tour of Old Delhi covering the 16th century Mughal monuments- Red Fort and Jama Masjid. A short trip to Chandni Chowk and Gurudwara Sis Gunj ends the Old Delhi tour. Post lunch, drive to the Lotus temple, the historic Qutab Minar, Chattarpur Mandir and Humayun’s tomb. Evening drive to Pushkar and on arrival check-in at the hotel.-: Day-03: Pushkar – Ajmer :-
Situated along the bank of picturesque Pushkar Lake, Pushkar is the sacred town for Hindus. This 4th century BC. town has much to offer for the visitors including a temple dedicated exclusively to Lord Brahma, the only one of its kind in the world. Visit other famous monuments- Savitri Temple and the Man Mahal followed by visit to the Puskkar Lake, surrounded by more than 500 temples and the site where World’s largest humanity gather for the Pushkar Fair.
Later proceed towards Ajmer, a sacred pilgrimage center for both Hindus and Muslims and a center of culture and education. Proceed to visit Dargah Sharif-Tomb of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Followed by visits to other famous monuments including Nasiyan temple, Taragarh Fort and Ana Sagar. Overnight at Ajmer hotel.- : Day-04: Ajmer – Jodhpur 200km :-
Morning drive to Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan which was once the capital of the Marwars. Upon arrival check in at Hotel. Start of Jodhpur tour by visiting Umaid Bhawan Palace, a fine example of the early Rajput architecture and artistic brilliance. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
Post lunch proceed to visit Meherangarh Fort - one of the most impressive & frequented fort in the ‘Fort-city’ of Rajasthan. Located atop a hill, the place provides a picturesque Birds-eye view of the surroundings. Later visit Jaswant Thada, the 18th century cenotaph created of white marble in memory of the Maharadja Jaswant Singh followed by visit to Bal Samand Lake and Garden Located some 7 km. away for a short excursion trip. Overnight stay at the Hotel.-: Day- 05 Jodhpur – Pokaran – Jaisalmer 280km :-
Cross the Thar Desert to reach Pokharan, and visit the Pokharan Fort- the birth place of Emperor Akbar. Enjoy a Camel ride amidst the sand dunes followed by a walk in the local Bazaar displaying ethenic Rajasthani articles and handicrafts. Continue towards Jaisalmer and arrive by evening to witness the sunset over the desert. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.-: Day-06: Jaisalmer :-
Jaisalmer is the Oasis in the desert of Rajasthan, with the Desert Safari and the Royal Jaisalmer Fort being its main attractions. Morning visit to the Jaisalmer Fort, where almost half of the population still resides. Take a walk inside amidst the many shops, resorts, havelis and markets.
In the evening, a short excursion trip to the Picturesque Sam Sand dunes and stay at a desert camp. Watch the magnificent view of the sunset and enjoy the Rajasthani folk music & dance program in the evening. Overnight stay at the camp.-:Day- 07: Jaisalmer – Bikaner 330km :-
Reach Bikaner by lunch time and check-in at the hotel. Visit the Impressive Junagarh fort, regarded as the finest Rajput architecture and a marvelous display of artistry. Also, visit the museum inside the fort displaying rare and historic royal collection followed by a drive to the camel breeding farm.-:Day- 08: Bikaner – Jaipur:-
Morning Drive to Jaipur- the Pink city and capital of Rajasthan. Explore the culturally rich city and its numerous royal Forts and Palaces. Visit the Amber Fort, famous for its ornate and artistic mastery and take a joyful elephant ride to reach to its entrance. Later, visit other famous sites including the City Palace and Jantar Mantar- a collection of ancient astronomical instruments. Overnight at the hotel.-:Day-09: Jaipur- Agra enroute Fatehpur sikri :-
After breakfast drive to "Taj City" of India enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri. Built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 as the capital and later abandoned due to scarcity of water, the site is a marvelous display of Mughal architectural brilliance. Continue drive to Agra and on arrival check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.-:Day-10: Agra :-
Visit to the Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the world and a true symbol of love. Later, proceed to the Agra Fort, a Red- sandstone monument built by Shahjahan in 1639 A.D. as the royal residence, which is now a World Heritage Site. Also, explore other famous monuments in Agra - Jama Masjid and Sikandra Fort.-: Day-11: Agra – Gwalior – Orchha 219km :-
Today we drive to go to Gwalior, and visit to the famous Gwalior Forts- the Scindia Palace and the Ghouri Mohammad and Tansen tombs. Later, visit to the Gurjari Mahal and Archeological Museum followed by drive to Orchha and upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.-: Day -12: Orchcha – Khajuraho 282 km:-
Visit the famous Orchha Temples, built in 16th Century by the Bundela king Rudra Pratap. Later proceed to visit Jahangir Mahal, built in 1606 to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jahangir in 1606. Also visit Raj Mahal, Rai Praveen Mahal & Chaturbhuj Temple followed by drive to Khajuraho.
Khajuraho temples is famous for the masterful depiction of the erotic sculptures. Built in a span of 100 years, from 950 AD to 1050 AD, the place consists of eastern, western and southern group of temples and in reality is more artistic than erotic. Overnight at the hotel.-: Day -13: Khajuraho – Varanasi :-
Transfer to Agra railway station to board train for Varanasi and upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day free to explore Varanasi, also known as Banaras, the ancient city about which American writer Mark Twain wrote: "Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together."-:Day -14: Varanasi:-
Sightseeing tour to Sarnath, where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon followed by a boat ride on the holy river Ganges. Other must –visits include Banaras Hindu University, Kashi Vishwanath Mandir and the memorable ‘Arti’ ritual on the riverfront in the evening. Overnight stay at Hotel.-:Day-15: Varanasi- Delhi -Departure :-
Morning transger to Varanasi Airport to board flight to Delhi from where you will board flight to your onward/return journey.