Passage to India by Rail
Duration : 9 Nights / 10 Days
This itinerary covers the following destination: Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Gwalior - Jhansi - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi
Day 1 : Arrival Delhi
The colour & romance of India welcomes you with arms wide open as you reach Delhi. The aroma of Indian traditions gets hold of you in a fascinating way. The capital of India, Delhi, is one of the liveliest places in the whole world with something exciting & unexpected always happening at every corner every moment. For a first time visitor, it serves as a perfect start to a journey towards cultural wealth, different religious beliefs and the dynamism of India. Delhi can often be both, a melting pot as well as a mosaic of cultures & a keen traveller can take back with him a multitude of experiences.
Welcome meeting with our representative and assistance for transfer to the hotel.
Later, proceed for a city tour of New & Old Delhi. Visit the buildings of the British era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate & the Presidential Palace. Continue onto the beautiful Humayun's Tomb of the Mughal era (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & a prototype of the world famous Taj Mahal. Later explore the towering minaret the Qutab Minar(a UNESCO World Heritage Site). In the afternoon, a visit Old Delhi of the Mughals comprising of the Red Fort & the Jama Masjid. Also visit Raj Ghat-The final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi.
Return to the Hotel.
Day 2 : Delhi / Jaipur (Train)
In the morning, leave for New Delhi railway station to board the train for Jaipur. In the afternoon, tour of the Pink city of Rajasthan : Jaipur and a special visit to the City Palace (now converted into a museum) which was the principal 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.
Return to the hotel
Day 3 : Jaipur / Agra
After breakfast ,proceed for a visit to the Amber Fort, built during the time of the Mughals. The area used to be always ready for war. Amber was the residence of the Maharajas. One is able to imagine the power of the Fort just by a look at the majestic ramparts of the Fort, which surround the palace. You will ascend this 11th Century Bastion on a gaily decorated elephants.
Later, leave for the railway station to board the train for Agra. Arrival to Agra late evening and check into the hotel.
Day 4 : Agra
The next morning get set for a city tour of Agra on a horse pulled carriage (locally called 'tonga' , and visit the World romantic Taj Mahal, whose eternal beauty never fails to astonish and mesmerize its visitors. It is also known as the "Crown of Palaces" built by the Emperor Shah Jahan to immortalize the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who died in the year 1631. The Taj - a poem of love in marble is referred to as 'a tear drop on the cheeks of Eternity'.
In the afternoon, discover the strong & magnificent Red Fort - built by the three generations of Mughal Emperors between the year 1565 and 1573, whose military power is beyond compare. It was the residence of the Mughal Emperors, and each one of them just added to the existing character of the Fort: Red sandstone of Akbar and Jahangir & White marble of Shah Jahan. This Fort rises on the banks of Yamuna River, surrounded by a wall of 20 to 33 meters height and 2500 meters in perimeter.
Return to the hotel.
Day 5 : Agra / Gwalior (Train)
Morning transfer to the railway station to board the train for Gwalior, also known as "The Pearl of Hindustan". On arrival visit the famous citadel of Gwalior, Palaces covered with polychrome ceramic tiles and Temples decorated with beautiful sculptures.
Day 6 : Gwalior / Jhansi / Khajuraho
The next morning leave for the railway station to board a train for Jhansi and after experiencing Jhansi's rich culture and history, continue your journey to Khajuraho.
Day 7 : Khajuraho
The next morning visit the Khajuraho Temples. Khajuraho's art is a manifestation of the essence of the philosophy of Indian aesthetics. The erotic sculptures of Khajuraho depicting Kama Sutra are unique in the world. These sculptures representing the Indo-Aryan architecture, congeal in stone a lyrical paean to love and passion and reflect the Chandela dynasty's passion and immense appreciation for the forbidden art, paradoxically, in the land of Kama Sutra.
Rest of the day at your disposal.
Day 8 : Khajuraho / Varanasi
Leave for the airport to board a flight for Varanasi - One of the oldest living cities in the World. Transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon, visit Sarnath Temple - 5 miles out of Varanasi, Sarnath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Sarnath has a fine Museum filled with sculptures found at the site.
Later return to Varanasi.
Day 9 : Varanasi / Delhi
Early in the morning, boat ride on the River Ganges, at a time when it is full of pilgrims paying their devotions in the River Ganges at sunrise set against the back drop of centuries old Temples. It is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world. The city is sacred to Hindus and also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. In many ways Varanasi epitomizes the very best and worst aspects of India, and the experience can be a little overwhelming.
Return to the hotel for breakfast. Thereafter, walk through the narrow lanes and colourful bazaars in the heart of the old city and also visit The temples. The visit includes the famous Kashi Vishwa Nath Temple, Banaras Hindu University and the Durga Temple. In the evening board a train for Delhi. Overnight on board the train.
Day 10 : Depart from Delhi
On arrival, meet our representative at the station, transfer to the hotel to freshen up. Later proceed to the airport for a homebound flight.