|Central India By Rail
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho - Varanasi Delhi.
09 Nights / 11 Days
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival at International airport & transfer to hotel. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
Morning sightseeing of New Delhi is consisting of drive through the Raisina Hills- Parliament House, India Gate, President House; 16th century tomb of Emperor Humayun built of Marble & Red stone in typical Mughal fashion, Lotus temple (Bahai Temple) & Qutab Minar. Afternoon sight seeing of Old Delhi is highlighted Shah Jahan's Red Fort, the bustling market place of Chandni Chowk, Raj Ghat, and the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Delhi = Jaipur (By Train)
Morning transfer to New Delhi railway station to catch Train #2015 Ajmer Shatabdi Express dep. 06:10 hrs. Arrive Jaipur at 10:40 hrs. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour of Jaipur visiting Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds which was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799. The Hawa Mahal displays fanciful architecture. Later visit City Palace - the museum within the palace has a good collection of rare painting, exquisite miniatures, scholarly manuscripts, artefacts and traditional treatises on architecture. Also you can see fine collection of guns and swords on display dates back to the 15th century. Also visit the Royal Observatory. Evening you may walk around the colourful & Bazaars. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri Agra (By Surface)
Morning visit Amber Fort on elephant back / Jeep. Amber Fort was the ancient capital of the State. Visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors. Afternoon drive to Agra (232 kms / 5 hrs) en-route you can visit Fatehpur Sikri, the old Mughal capital still preserved in good condition. On arrival check into hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Agra
Morning visit Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal in 1632 (TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS). Later proceed to Agra Fort, built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. Also visit Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, The tomb was built by Empress Noor Jahan, in memory of her father, in 1622-25A.D. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Agra = Jhansi - Orchha Khajuraho (By Train / By Surface)
Transfer to railway station to catch Train #2001 Bhopal Shatabdi Express dep. 08:17 hrs. Arrive Jhansi at 10:43 hrs. On arrival, drive to Khajuraho (190 kms / 5 hrs) en-route visit Orchha Temples, the 16th Century temples build by Chandela rulers well known for its excellent architecture. Continue drive to Khajuraho and on arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Khajuraho / Varanasi (By Flight)
Morning visit the famous erotic temples of Khajuraho built between AD 950 and 1050 by the kings of the Chandela, the site originally possessed 85 temples, of which 20 are still reasonably preserved. The temples are best known for the erotic friezes on their walls. Afternoon transfer to airport to connect flight for Varanasi. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Varanasi
Early morning boat cruise on River Ganges to see the bathing Ghats. Come back to hotel for breakfast. Later leave for full day city tour visiting Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas, and Banaras Hindu University etc. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 9: Departure Varanasi (By Train)
Morning visit Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Rest of the day free for leisure. Evening transfer to Railway Station to connect Train # 2559 Shiv Ganga Express dep. 19:15 hrs. Overnight onboard the train.
Day 10: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi at 07:25 hrs. Meeting and assistance on arrival at railway station and transfer to hotel for day use room. In time transfer to International airport to connect flight for onward destination leaving early hours on day 11.
Day 11: Departure Delhi