Passage to India by Rail
(Duration : 9 Nights / 10 Days)
(Destination: Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Gwalior - Jhansi - Khajuraho - Varanasi – Delhi)
Day 1 : Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi in the morning...! Welcome and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon proceed for combined sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. New Delhi-drive past the India Gate, Parliament House and the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Visit - Qutab Minar, the 'Tower of Victory and Humayun's Tomb, built by the wife of 2nd Mughal emperor. Old Delhi - Here there are many monuments, the most notable being the famous Red Fort and the Jama Masjid. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 2 : Delhi / Jaipur by train (0605/1035 Hrs)
In the morning, leave for Jaipur by train. Breakfast on board. Meet/assist upon arrival and transfer to Hotel. Afternoon visit the Pink city including the City Palace the Residence of the former ruling family, Jantar Mantar - the Medieval Observatory, Hawa Mahal - the exotic Palace of the Winds & the colourful bazaars of the walled city. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 3 : Jaipur
Morning after breakfast, half day excursion to Amber Fort - ancient capital of the Rajput rulers where Elephant ride will be provided to ascend to the Fort. Visit the beautiful complex of palaces, pavilions and gardens. Afternoon free for independent activities. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 4 : Jaipur /Bharatpur by train (0705/0924 Hrs) then by car to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri (60 Kms)
Morning after breakfast, transfer to railway station to board the train for Bharatpur. Meet/assist upon arrival and drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri. Upon arrival, transfer to Hotel. Afternoon visit Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) whose eternal beauty astonishes and mesmerizes one and all. Later visit Agra Fort. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 5 : Agra / Gwalior (Train 0811/0923 Hrs) then drive to Orchha (125 Kms)
Morning after breakfast, depart by Train for Gwalior. Meet/assist upon arrival and proceed for sightseeing of the magnificent Gwalior Fort, the Man Mandir and the 19th century Jai Vilas Palace. After lunch, leave for the medieval city of Orchha flanked by river Betwa and upon arrival, transfer to Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 6 : Orcha / Khajuraho by car (175 Kms)
In the morning, visit the ancient Palace of Maharaja Bir Singh. Drive to Khajuraho and upon arrival, transfer to Hotel. Khajuraho is known for its magnificent carved temples dedicated to Hindu gods and Jain Tirthankaras. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 7 : Khajuraho
Morning after breakfast, visit the Khajuraho Temples. Built between 950 and 1050 A.D., these temples are exquisite specimens of medieval Indian architecture. The erotic sculptures of Khajuraho depicting Kama Sutra are unique in the world. Rest of the day at your disposal. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 8 : Khajuraho / Varanasi by flight
Morning after breakfast, transfer to airport to board flight to Varanasi. Meet/assist upon arrival and transfer to Hotel. Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the World. Afternoon visit Sarnath - one of the holiest Buddhist sites. Buddha preached his first Sermon here. In the evening, A special cruise on the Ganges to see the "Aarti ceremony" with lighted lamps. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 9 : Varanasi / Delhi by overnight train (1930/0810 Hrs+)
Early morning, boat ride on the Ganges to witness the living traditions of Hinduism. Thereafter, walk through the narrow lanes and colourful bazaars in the city.
Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later visit the famous Banaras Hindu University and the Durga Temple. Evening board a train for Delhi. Overnight on board.
Day 10 : Depart from Delhi
Arrive Delhi by train ex Varanasi. Meet/assist upon arrival and transfer to a nearby Hotel to freshen up and for breakfast. Later transfer to airport to board flight back to Home/onward destination.