You will be transferred from your hotel by car to the railway station in the early morning to catch a train from Delhi to Agra.(BHOPAL SHATABDI/6.00am-7.57am/Chair car). Upon arrival in Agra you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.
Located on the banks of the river Yamuna and home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, Agra is a must visit for tourists and Indians.The crowded streets of this vibrant city in Uttar Pradesh, once the capital of the mighty Mughal empire houses some of the most beautiful architectural miracles of the world.
Meet up with your guide and start your historical tour with a visit to the AGRA RED FORT (1573 AD), made in red sand stone and famous for it’s magnificent Mughal architecture.This bastion of the mighty Mughals is a UNESCO world heritage site and legends told by the guide will recreate it all for you.
Follow it up with a visit to ITIMAD-UD-DAULAH (1628 AD ), also known as the BABY TAJ .Aesthitically located on the banks of river Yamuna, this tomb is also the first marble mausoleum made in India also.representing a transition from red sandstone to marble.The design of Itimad-ud-daulah is considered to be basic draft of the Taj.The tomb contains the remains of the parents of Nur Jahan, mother of Shah Jahan.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Hotels:- Sterling / or similar
Meals:- Breakfast and Dinner
You shall depart your hotel at 5.30am to experience the stunning sunrise at the TAJ MAHAL ( 1631 AD ), one of the seven wonders of the world.Watch the play of colours at the majestic Taj Mahal as it gradually changes its hue during the early moments of sunriseThis enormous mausoleum was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan on the southern banks of the Yamuna river, to house the mortal remains of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal and remains the greatest ever architectural tribute to conjugal love.
After lunch proceed towards FATEHUR SIKRI(1571AD),another UNESCO World Heritage Site.Fatehpur Sikri or the city of victory was once the proud capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century.Victorious from battles, Emperor Akbar founded this vast city in the village of Sikri as a tribute to the famous Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chishti and also where he prayed for an heir .
In the evening start your journey back to Delhi.En route visit SIKANDRA.In the suburbs is this lovely tomb of Akbar planned by himself, but built by his son, Jahangir in 1605.It combines both Hindu and Muslim architecture reflecting his secular outlook and patronage of art.His cenotaph is made of beautifully carved red sanstone, enclosed by high walls and surrounded by lush gardens in charbagh formation.
At night, you will be transferred to the railway station to catch the overnight train to Khajuraho
(UP SAMPARK KRANTI/ 23.00pm-6.35am/Class AC 2-tier )
Upon arrival in KHAJURAHO you will be transferred from the railway station to your hotel for checking in and breakfast.
KHAJURAHO is one of Indias most visited destinations after the Taj Mahal.Known the world over for its medieval Hindu and Jain temples and more so for its erotic sculpture,Khajuraho derives its name from the word khajur or the date palm.Great patrons of art,the innovative thoughts of the Chandela Rajputs and the inspired creativity of their craftsmen culminated in 1050AD in this UNESCO World Heritage Site with 85 magnificent temples(only 22 remain).They are an expression of a highly matured civilization and the striking ,erotic and aesthetic sculptures which adorn the walls are undisputed in their dignity. .(Read More)
The Khajuraho temple complex comprises the Chausath Yogini temple dedicated to Goddess Kali,theThe Kandariya Mahadev temple which is the largest and most profusely sculptured temple ,3. Chitragupta with a lovely image of 11- headed Vishnu,Vishnu Garuda temple and temples dedicated to Jain Tirathankaris viz. Parshvanatha,Ghantai,Adinatha and Shantinatha temple.
In the evening enjoy a light and sound show in the temple complex.
Hotels:- Ramada / or similar
Meals:- Breakfast and Dinner
More sightseeing in Khajuraho.
In the evening you will board the overnight train to Varanasi (KURJ BSB LINK / 3 -tier AC/ 23.50pm-10.50am/ tues-fri-sat)
You will arrive in VARANASI at 10.50 AM and transfer to your hotel .
Situated along the western banks of the holy river Ganges, is the world’s oldest living city,Varanasi or Kashi .Steeped in tradition,legend and mythology it plays an important role in the everyday life of its people .In the words of Mark Twain,”Older than history,older than tradition,older than even legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together”..
The city itself is a labyrinth of narrow alleys with temples at every turn.At first glance Varanasi appears chaotic:small streets,honking rickshaws,slowly moving traffic,pilgrims making their way to the ghats,sadhus with knotted hair,jostling cows,yet the atmosphere in Varanasi is relaxed and laid back.(Read more)
We will pick you up at the Airport and transfer to your hotel : The tour begins with SARNATH: (Start any time after lunch around 2:30 PM): Sarnath in Varanasi, is the place where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon. It makes Sarnath one of the most venerated Buddhist places. Besides Buddhism, Sarnath is also connected with Jainism.There are many Buddhist monuments and edifices at Sarnath. Some of the important Buddhist monuments at Sarnath are the Dhamekha stupa, the Dharmarajika stupa & the Chaukhandi stupa and monasteries and temples of different schools of Buddhism from Japan, China, Thailand, Burma and others. The Indian Buddhist society called Mahabodhi Society maintains a park around the Buddha temple. The Mahabodhi Temple within the park has a tooth relic of the Buddha.
Return back for your evening boat ride followed by GANGA AARTI.Hindus in India worship the river Ganges as goddess. Every evening in Varanasi, aarti is performed at the Dashashwamedh ghat. It is a beautiful, resonant, and majestic spectacle with a very precise choreography involving rituals performed by several priests with the sound of bells, drums, cymbals, and Sanskrit mantras. The river is also worshiped with flower petals and lit lamps.
Hotels:- Varanasi Inn / or similar
Meals:- Breakfast and Dinner
Morning boat ride at dawn followed by old city walk: Boating in the Ganges during the sun rise in Varanasi is main attraction. We can observe here the Hindu’s way of life on the bank of the river Ganges (GHATS).There are number of temples on the bank of the Ganga River in Varanasi. It is at the Ganga Ghats where we see life and death together. Some of the prominent and popular Ghats at Varanasi are the Dasashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Harischandra Ghat,Assi Ghat &Kedar Ghat. After the boat ride take a small walk in to the oldest part of Varanasi which is famous for its narrow street. Visit KASHI VISHWANATH temple (For Hindu only) which is also known as Golden temple.
Your tour of Varanasi continues with visits to the Durga kund, Sankat Mochan Temple and Tulsi Manas Temple.
As your tour comes to an end you will board the overnight train back to Delhi(SHIV GANGA / 19.55pm-8.10am/2-tier AC).
Arrival at Delhi Railway station at 8.10 AM
*Accomodation 3 nights in the above hotels.
*Transfers and sightseeing by AC Vehicle
*The vehicle is only for itineraryTransfers and Sightseeing.
*All toll taxes, parking charges, driver allowances
*Service of Tour Manager (Subject to group size – 10 Pax & above) & Local tour guide at each city (Subject to group size – 04 Pax -09 Pax).