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We believe that the true essence of traveling is not just traveling but experiencing. We want to whet your appetite for discovery, go beyond the usual tourist activities, have fun and learn at the same time. We want you to gain new insight into our people, our culture and tradition, and learn new ways of living. We do not believe in restricting you with a water tight itinerary. You can change your itinerary to your requirements and your preferences. We want it to be just the way you want it!
We pride ourselves in offering professional and personal service at every step of the way. We are true specialists. Each member of our staff has been chosen based on their industry experience and dedicated to client-centric philosophy. We are aware of the importance of accessibility. That's why we are always at your service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via rapid response e-mail or through our tour representatives in every city. Our guides are there to cater to your every need. They will meet you at your hotel, introduce you to your guides, take you to the airport, and help you board your train or your bus.
We also provide car for your disposal at all times along with professional, well-mannered and polite drivers. Please note that in India drivers only have working knowledge of English. They will not be fluent but will be able to converse with you. To experience the best of our country, we will provide you with professional local guides who will bring every city and its many layers to life. Once abroad, with your personal guide and chauffeur at your service, working relentlessly to attend to your every need, you have our assurance that your journey will be one that is well… Truly Amazing!
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Day 01: Arrival / Delhi
Meeting and assistance upon arrival in Delhi as our representative will welcome you and transfer to your hotel
Welcome to our tour or we say “Atithi devo bhava” guest is an incarnation of God.
Overnight at your hotel
Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast, we proceed for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi:
OLD DELHI – Visit Old Delhi- the former center of Mughal power which offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling markets. Visit the Red Fort built in 1648 by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan famous for his great edifice of love the Taj Mahal. Also see the biggest mosque in India the Jama Masjid, constructed by Shah Jahan in 1658. Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. The heart of Old Delhi lies in the area around Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest market areas in India and certainly one of the busiest. Drive through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk to get a feel of the royal life of the Mughal emperors.
To explore this area fully would take days, but a great way to get around and experience the vibrant atmosphere and array of sounds and sights on display is by traditional cycle-rickshaw.
Evening we will visit Akshardham Temple to witness the water show. Reveals India’s ancient secret of inner light through an Upanishadic story of Nachiketa, a nine year old boy, who bravely confronts Yamraaj, the God of Death, and receives from him the knowledge that has made India, a land of enlightenment.
Overnight at your hotel
Day 03: Delhi: (Local Tour with Experience of Kingdom of Dreams)
NEW DELHI - An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.
Later you will be going to visit Kingdom of Dreams. It is a beautiful structure with cleanliness and fragnance of India.
Cuture Gully :- you could find variety of indian cuisine with the feel of different state at one place. Cultural dances enhance the feel. Always blue sky overhead increase the charm
Enjoy the Indian Cuisine and Cultural Dance.
Later drive back to Hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 04: Delhi / Jaipur (Shatabdi Express – 0630 / 1030 Hrs)
Early morning transfer to the train station to board your train to Jaipur.
Meeting and assistance upon arrival In Jaipur and transfer to your hotel .
After wash and change, we will visit
CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.
Evening visit to cooking class at Jaipur and enjoy making traditional dishes, which is a kind of nice experience.
Overnight at your hotel
Day 05: Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (245 Kms) (05 Hrs Drive)
Morning, we will visit Amber Fort; we will enjoy flawless beauty of the Fort royally with an elephant ride.
AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression.
JAL MAHAL is a palace located in the middle of the serene Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. A paved way leads to the palace, which provides the stunning view of great surroundings and its architecture. The Lake was raised by constructing a dam between the hills by Sawai Man Singh II to cope up with the demand of water for the city.
The Jal Mahal palace is reflects the architectural beauty built in the Rajput and Mughal styles. The palace, built in red sandstone, is a five storied building expose only the top storey, while other four are under water.
Following the tour, we will drive to Jaipur, en route we will visit Fatehpur Sikri-perfectly preserved red sandstone "ghost town" which was the estranged capital of Mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed.
Upon arrival in Agra, check into your hotel
Evening visit to the Kalakriti cultural show, where one can relish exclusive glimpse of the master creation in its various and vibrant moods experience the breathtaking live shows presented by performing artisans depicting the era in time...
It is an attempt to recreate the glory of Mughal architecture at its peak, the Little Taj is a tribute to the craftsmanship of the original Taj Mahal. At the same time, the Little Taj, or the Oswal Taj, is a testimony to the skills of the master craftsmen that make Oswal so special.
Overnight at your hotel
Day 06: Agra / Delhi (Shatadi Express – 2030 / 2230 Hrs)
Morning, we will visit Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant _expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. The Taj is at its most alluring in the relative quiet of early morning, shrouded in mists and bathed with a soft red glow. As its vast marble surfaces fall into shadow or reflect the sun, its colour changes, from soft grey and yellow to pearly cream and dazzling white; it's well worth visiting at different times. This play of light is an important decorative device, symbolically implying the presence of Allah, who is never represented in anthropomorphic form.
We will also enjoy the Tonga Ride to the most beautiful monument in the world
After a leisurely breakfast, we will visit the Agra fort - the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566.
At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms.
After Agra Fort, we will visit the monument that is most important in Agra is the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah or "Baby Taj" as it is called sometimes. A highly ornate edifice, this mausoleum is considered as the imminent precursor of the Taj Mahal as far as elaborate carvings and inlay work are concerned.
Though the structure does not have much to offer architecturally, it makes a clear departure from the earlier Mughal tombs built during the period and is softer and with many inlay carvings
Evening transfer to the train station to board your overnight train to Delhi
Meeting and assistance upon arrival in Delhi and transfer to your hotel
Overnight at your hotel
Day 07: Delhi / Varanasi (6E 308 – 0900 / 1015 Hrs)
Morning transfer to the airport to board your flight to Varanasi
Varanasi, on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, is one of the oldest living cities in the world. For Hindus the city is a very special place of pilgrimage. The relationship between the sacred river and the city is the essence of Varanasi. Life on the banks of the Ganga begins before dawn when thousands of pilgrims come down to the river to await the rising sun and immersion themselves in the sacred river to cleanse themselves of their suffering and sins. To die in Varanasi is to ensure an instant route to heaven.
Meeting and assistance upon arrival in Varanasi and transfer to your hotel
After breakfast, we proceed on a sightseeing of Varanasi (the oldest and holiest city of India) Starts from the visit of Durga temple called as the Sankat Mochan temple and the Bharat Mata temple and Aurangazeb’s Mosque
Later drive to Sarnath, 10 kms, East of Varanasi, is one of the Buddhism’s major centers of India. After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon. Visit the deer park and the museum and later back to Varanasi.
Hindus consider that a dip in the holy Ganges washes away all the sins and purifies the soul. Evening be the eye - witness of Holy Worship or the Arti ritual on the Ghats of The Ganges
Varanasi is at its brilliant best by the ghats, the long stretch of steps leading down to the water on the western bank of the Ganges. Most are used for bathing but there are also several ‘burning ghats’ where bodies are cremated in public. The main one is Manikarnika: you’ll often see funeral processions threading their way through the backstreets to this ghat. The best time to visit the ghats is at dawn when the river is bathed in a mellow light as pilgrims come to perform puja to the rising sun, and at sunset when the main ganga aarti (river worship ceremony) takes place at Dashashwamedh Ghat.
Overnight at your hotel
Day 08: Varanasi / Delhi (6E 307 – 1815 / 19050 Hrs) Delhi / Departure
Early morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats.
Later you can go to exploring the side streets.
The old town is dotted with small alleys, so just leave the main road, turn left or right and you will come to see some unusual places. Don’t worry about getting lost, because sooner or later you’ll end up either in front of the river or on a main street.
Later transfer to the airport to board your flight to Delhi to connect your onward flight.
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