North India Panorama Tour
The Magnificent gateway to the Glorious Architecture of India is the Golden Triangle. Along with that, visit Khajuraho, which has a thousand year old architecture and Varanasi, where the domains of the oldest civilization of the world will make you the visit the Incredible India again and again.
Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Khajuraho – Varanasi
North India Panorama Tour Itinerary
- Day 01: Delhi
You will arrive at New Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a our representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.
DELHI : India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.
Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be accorded with a Traditional Welcome. Welcoming guest is an age-old tradition. ‘Atithi Devobhava’ - treat your guest as if he were God. Indian hospitality can be savored immediately as one arrives at the hotel. The guest’s forehead is anointed with the traditional red ‘tika’ which is considered auspicious along with garlanding. Relax with a non-alcoholic welcome drink following which proceed to check in at your hotel.Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 02: In Delhi
You will first visit Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.
After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.
The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Qutub-ud-din Aibak started it in 1199. Pulling down 27 Hindu and Jain temples and using their columns erected the attached Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque also built by him. Then visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence.Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 03: Delhi - Jaipur by Surface
After leisurely buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed for a full day combined city tour of Old & New Delhi.
After buffet breakfast in the hotel you will be driven from Delhi to Jaipur (256 Kms / 05 Hrs).
JAIPUR : Jaipur's past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city". There is a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colour to this fascinating city.
On arrival in Jaipur, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 04: Jaipur
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort.
Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.
An elephant will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress (Subject to availability). Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room. Come back to your hotel after your visit.
In the afternoon, you will proceed to the city tour of Jaipur. Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur include the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day.
Your next stop will be ‘ Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.
Come back to your hotel after your visit. Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 05: Jaipur - Agra by Surface
After buffet breakfast and drive to Agra (218 Kms / 04 Hrs) . Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.
The deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition, Later continue your drive to Agra. On arrival in Agra, check in at the hotel.
AGRA : Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra & its neighbourhood.
Upon arrival proceed to check in at your hotel.
Later visit the Agra Fort and the Famous Taj Mahal.
Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.
Taj Mahal : The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture.Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 06: Agra - Jhansi by Train & Jhansi - Khajuraho by Surface
After buffet breakfast you will transferred to the railway station to connect Bhopal Shatabdi (0815 / 1015 Hrs) to Jhansi.
On arrival in Jhansi you will be transferred to Khajuraho which is approximately 190 Kms from Jhansi. Enroute visit Orchha.
ORCHHA : Orchha’s grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time; a rich legacy to the ages. For, on this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly and the palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries retainmuch of their pristine perfection. Orchha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain Rudra Pratap who chose this stretch of land along the Betwa as an ideal site or his capital. Or the succeeding rulers, the most notable was Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo who built the exquisite Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatries. From here the view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs is spectacular. Complementing the noble proportions of their exteriors are interiors which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela school of painting. In the Laxminarayan temple, vibrant murals encompassing a variety of religious and secular themes, bring the walls and ceilings to rich life. Strewn around the area are little shrines and memorials, each with its own poignant history, each contributing to the nostalgic beauty that is Orchha. After visiting Orchha, continue your drive to Khajuraho.
KHAJURAHO :Around the ancient little village of Khajuraho are clustered some of the most unique monuments in the world ---- the magnificent temples which make Khajuraho justly famous. From 9th to the 13th Century, it was the religious and political capital of the Chandela Kings, who between 950 A.D and 1050 A.D built here a complex of 85 temples. Decorating the walls and platforms of the 22 temples still remaining are sculptures, both sublime and sensual, of remarkable grace and beauty. The temples dedicated to various gods and goddesses bear friezes depiciting not onlly celestial beings but also portraying the everyday life and culture of a highly civilised people. The erotic theme prevails in an array of sculptures of amorous couples in the most intimate and extraordinarily varied postures of sensual love.
On arrival in Khajuroho, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 07: Khajuraho - Varanasi by Surface
After an early buffet breakfast, visit the Eastern and Western Group of Temples, which are famous erotic sculptures. These temples represent some of the finest examples of temple architecture in Northern India. They were built during the mighty Chandela dynasty; the majorities were constructed in a sudden burst of creative and religious energy, between the mid-10th and 11th centuries. After ruling for about 500 years the Chandela dynasty fell to the might of Islam and consequently the religious centre of Khajuraho was abandoned. The temples remain as a reminder of a society that believed in the full enjoyment of life, with all the senses being a path to nirvana.
Later in time our will transfer you to airport to board your flight (9W 724 at 1330/1410 hrs) for Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi our representative will receive you and transfer you to your hotel for check in.
In the evening you would be taken to the Ghats to see the illuminated Ganga Aarti ceremony. The Ganga Aarti is a spectacular sight. As the sun begins to set, plating the river with gold, bells and gongs ring and chants fill the air. Rows of religious celebrants hold plates of flaming ghee, moving them in a circular salutation to the Goddess of the River Offerings of lamps and flowers are made to the river immediately following this ceremony and it is a moving sight to watch hundreds of miniature lamps float along the river.Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 08: In Varanasi
Morning you will be taken on a visit to the ghats witnessing the Hindu pilgrims perform the rituals and following the centuries old tradition and belief that by dying in Varanasi or by immersing the mortal remains in the holy Ganges, it clears one from the birth circle and you are incarnated to human life in the next birth. You would be taking a boat cruise on the river Ganges around all the ghats and stopping at the important ones. The riverfront, as seen from a boat, early in the morning, is a spiritually uplifting sight While coming back to your hotel you will visit Kashi-Vishwanath Temple, the most sacred of shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva & Bharat Mata Mandir - inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi is a unique temple dedicated to Mother India. Following your tour remainder of your day is at leisure.
Return to your hotel for breakfast. Afternoon free. Later half day visit to Sarnath.
SARNATH : Close to one of Hinduism’s holiest cities is Sarnath where The Buddha preached his first sermon after he had attained Enlightenment. A lot has changed since then but the ruins and gardens of those early years can still be seen here. More importantly, at the museum in Sarnath is the Ashok Pillar with its four guardian lions that has been used as independent India’s national emblem
Return back to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 09: Varanasi - Delhi by Flight & Depart Delhi
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning free.
Later in time transfer to airport to board flight (9W 724 at 1440/1600) for Delhi, On arrival in Delhi, straight transfer to the international airport to connect flight back to home.(NO HOTEL ENVISAGED IN DELHI FOR THIS DAY)