Golden Triangle with Khajuraho
from £1090 Per Person
11 Nights / 12 Days
Travel throughout beautiful cultural India, city full with diversity with different taste and explore some world famous attraction including Taj, Khajuraho Temple complex, Bhangarh ruins.
Travel throughout beautiful cultural India, city full with diversity with different taste. Explore some world famous attraction including Taj, Khajuraho Temple complex and some interesting point like Bhangarh ruins. This tour includes all aspects of Indian life and represents past and present cultural, rural and beautiful Royal India.
Best of India catered with diversity and explore wonders like Tajmahal, City of Maharaja Jaipur, oldest living city and seat of culture like Varanasi and great structures of Khajuraho. This combination of enchanting destinations however, displays the richness of India’s history, heritage, rural and culture very beautifully in shortest time possible with value of money.
In this tour you are visiting:-
Delhi: Delhi is the best place to experience all that brings people to India: history, culture, food, spirituality, madness, mystery. Spend a day amid its lived-in splendor and you’ll realize why so many battles have been fought over it. Here are the extremes that make India so compelling.
Jaipur: At the heart of Jaipur lies the Pink City, the old walled quarter, whose bazaars rank among the most vibrant in Asia, renowned for their textiles, jewellery and Rajasthani handicrafts. For all its colour, however, the city’s modern outlook and commercial hustle and bustle offer a stimulating contrast to many other places in the state.
Bharatpur: Bharatpur is also home to one of the world’s best-known bird watching destinations, Keoladeo Ghana National Park (KNP). 250 years ago, the then ruler built embankments that allowed flooding of this land, turning it into a marsh.
Agra: The splendour of Agra – India’s capital under the Mughals – remains undiminished, from the massive fort to the magnificent Taj Mahal. You can go shopping for designer marble statues and marble carved stones which is also why Agra is famous for.
Gwalior: Gwalior is northern Madhya Pradesh’s largest city and boasts one of India’s most magnificent hilltop forts.
Orchha: Its tumbledown state, the fortified and now deserted medieval town remains an architectural gem, its guano-splashed temple shikharas, derelict palaces, havelis and weed-choked sandstone cenotaphs floating serenely above the banks of the River Betwa. Clustered around the foot of the exotic ruins, the sleepy village makes an excellent spot to unwind after the hassle of northern cities.
Khajuraho: The resplendent Hindu temples of Khajuraho, immaculately restored after almost a millennium of abandonment and neglect and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are an essential stop on any itinerary of India’s historic monuments. Famed for the delicate sensuality – and forthright eroticism – of their sculpture, they were built between the tenth and twelfth centuries AD and remain the greatest architectural achievement of the Chandella dynasty.
Other enroute Highlights :
Bhangarh Castle ruins: Believe most haunted palace in the world.
Abhaneri: An Old, beautiful but stunning step well with historic and culturally importance.
Kakanath Math Temple: A historic Temple without joints.
Bateshwar group of Temple: Newly discovered but old cluster of Temple group.
Sonagiri Hills: A beautiful hill with hundred clusters of Temples.
Datia Palace: An unexplored fort of India.
Fly from London to Delhi.
On arrival meet and greet at airport and proceed to Jaipur. On arrival Jaipur, check into hotel. Evening visit local market on tuktuk, do some shopping and enjoy streets of Pink city or rest at hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
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After breakfast, enjoy the guided sightseeing tour of the pink city built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer 260 years ago. Here the past comes alive in magnificent forts and palaces, blushed pink, where once lived the Maharajas. Jaipur was and still remains the only city in the world symbolising the nine divisions of the universe, through nice rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. It is a royal city and its surroundings are rather like an endless museum. The delightfully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvellous heritage hotels, which were once the residence of Maharaja’s are worthy of admiration. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to a feel of royalty and tradition and has plenty of forts and monuments that remind you of the ancient glamour, glory and charm of Rajput rulers. Take an excursion to Amber Fort; add a magical touch to the visit by riding on the back of an elephant from the foot of the hill up to the gates of the fortress in the manner of former kings and queens. Within the complex, Ganesh Pol, an imposing gateway painted with images of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh takes pride of the place. Also a part of the complex is the Diwan-I-Aam (Hall of the Public audience) with its spectacular display of pillars. Later visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, the home of the erstwhile royal family, the Observatory, Hawa Mahal also known as Wind Palace built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and drive past the old part of Jaipur city. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, proceed to Bharatpur. Enroute visit beautiful and world’s most haunted place Bhangarh’s castle ruins. The town was established in 1573 (VS 1631) during the rule of Kachwaha Rajput ruler of Jaipur Bhagwant Das as the residence of his second son Madho Singh. The next ruler of Bhangarh was his son Chhatra Singh. Bhangarh is also a pre-historic site. The most remarkable of its buildings are the Hindu Mandir of Gopinath, Shiv (Someshwar), Hanuman, Ganesh, Vishal Devta, Lavina Devi and Keshav Rai. Here Govt. of India placed official board to warn tourist not to stay after 5 pm. Later proceed to Abhaneri. Abhaneri was originally named Abha Nagri, which means "city of brightness," but due to mispronunciation, the name was changed. Abhaneri is prominent for ’Baoris’, step wells which were invented by the natives to harvest rain water. These tanks were used as cool places of retreat and as water reservoirs during parched times of the year. Chand Baori is the most popular and beautiful of the wells in the region and it is one of India’s deepest and largest. It was a ritual to wash the hands and feet at the well before visiting the adjoining “Harsha Mata Temple” dedicated to the goddess Harshat Mata. Harshat Mata is considered to be the goddess of joy and happiness. According to myth, the goddess is always cheerful and she imparts her joy and happiness to the whole village. Later proceed to Bharatpur. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Bharatpur - a hunting place of Maharaja of Bharatpur, later converted into a beautiful bird sanctuary where you can see more than 100 of species of birds and other more animal in their natural inhabitant. Explore the bird sanctuary by Rikshaw along with local guide for 2 hrs. Overnight at Hotel.
Have a leisurely breakfast and proceed to Agra enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri. One enters Sikri from the Agra Gate, one of the nine gateways on the way to the palace complex. Diwan-i-Aam or the hall of public audience appears first. It is a huge rectangular walled-in courtyard where petitions were heard, proclamations made, ambassadors received and entertainment programme held. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. Though over 400 years old, Fatehpur Sikri is perfectly preserved. Reach Agra and check in at hotel. Later visit Agra Fort; on the west bank of the Yamuna River Akbar’s (the third of the Great Mughal) magnificent Fort dominates the center of the city. Akbar erected the walls, gates and the first building inside, Shah Jahan built the impressive imperial quarters and mosque, while Aurangazeb (the sixth and last of the Great Moghuls) added the outer ramparts. The Predominantly red sand stone structures combining Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture.
Evening visit Taj Mahal during Sunset. The Taj Mahal was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631 and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jahan had Lahori’’s hands cut off and blinded, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. Overnight at Hotel.
Morning breakfast and proceed to Gwalior. Enroute visit Kakanmath Temple; recorded to have been built by Kachchhapaghata ruler Kirttiraja (A.D. 1015-1035), is a magnificent edifice even in its ruins and is remarkable for its sculptural wealth. Visit Bateshwar group of temple; were built much before the creation of Khajuraho Temples. Bateshwar Temples were constructed during 8th to 11th century by the Kings of Gurjara-Pratihara Dynasty. It is a group of 200 temples structure situated in beautifully countryside. Reach Gwalior and check in to hotel. Afternoon visit Jai Vilas Palace; Jai Vilas Palace was constructed by Maharaja Jayaji Rao Scindia in 1874 at a cost of Rs. 1 crore. It is a fine example of European architecture, designed and built by Sir Michael Filose. Evening visit magnificent Gwalior fort: known to be a biggest fort in the country. Even it is said that Mughal Emperor Babur quoted about this palace that – “the pearl in the necklace of the forts of Hind”. Overnight at Hotel.
After a leisurely breakfast, check out and before proceed to Orchha, visit Sonagiri hill temple complex; this is the unique place known as Laghu Sammed Shikhar covering the area of 132 acres of two hills. There are 77 beautiful Jain temples with sky high spires and pure natural environment pleasing to eyes & mind. Enroute visit Datia Palace; The specialty of this palace is that it is of 7 floor. However neither member from the royal family did ever lived here. The founder of the Datia State in Bundelkhand - Maharaj Birsingh Deo build many such 52 monuments all around the Country India. Datia’s Palace or the Satkhanda Palace is also called Datia Mahal. Later proceed to Orchha; the historic town of Madhya Pradesh, attracts travellers from around the world. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. Later visit Orchha. The town has its history dating back to 1501, when Rudra Pratap Singh established it. Betwa River bubbles and meanders through this town. Its remnants draw a picture of the past that inspires its visitors to know more about the legends and stories. Temples, Chattris, palaces and many such archaeological marvels are strewn around the locale. Overnight at Hotel.
After a leisurely breakfast, check out and proceed to Khajuraho. Upon arrival check in at hotel. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples and are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The temples are famous for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. Most Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 by the Chandela dynasty. Afternoon visit the world famous Khajuraho temples constructed over a span of 100 years, between 950 and 1050 A.D. These temples are considered the "high point" of Indian architectural genius in the medieval period. Life, in every form and mood, has been captured on these stones. Today out of the original 85 temples, only 22 have survived the ravages of time. These temples are a fine example and have gained popularity due to their salacious depiction of traditional way of life during the medieval times. Overnight at Hotel.
Morning breakfast and day at leisure till transfer to railway station to board overnight train for Delhi. Overnight on Board.
On arrival transfer to hotel. Explore Delhi by own in busy markets and walk around local streets. Overnight at Hotel.
Breakfast and proceed for Old Delhi sightseeing, feel real representation of Old Delhi with narrow lanes, traditional people, colourfull market, lot of smiley face with different religion and tradition at one place which represent equality in difference. Witness of Old Delhi daily routine life, enjoy Rickshaw ride with this old heritage and tradition. Visit Jama masjid - one of largest mosque of India where twenty five thousand people can pray at one time. Drive pass through red fort which is almost same as compare to Agra fort. Also visit world leader Mahatama Gandhi’s memorial. Afternoon you will be taken to see the “New Delhi” which came into existence much later and is also known as Lutyens Delhi, taking after the name of a British architect who was largely responsible in designing India Gate, Presidential House, Secretariat, Parliament House and many other buildings in that area. Visit the recent jewel in the crown "Lotus Temple" and then drive on to see the tallest tower in Delhi, known as Qutub Minar, which declared the arrival and rise of Islam in India. Visit Qutub Minar – the great monument of Delhi was built by Qutubuddin Aibek. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast transfer to Delhi airport enabling you to board the flight for your onward journey.
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