Exotic India Tour with Kathmandu with Luxury
Duration: 9 nights / 10 days
Places Covered: Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Orchha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Kathmandu – Delhi
About Tour Package: Mesmerizing as its name, the Exotic India Tour package presents the majestic Golden Triangle destinations of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur clubbed with Orchha, Khajuraho, and Varanasi. The combination of the Golden Triangle circuit (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur) with Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Kathmandu makes the Exotic India Tour a rewarding experience for tourists. Designed specially for those looking forward to experience India in all its myriad hues.
Day - 01: Arrival Delhi
Welcome to Delhi, the capital of India. You will be received and transferred to your hotel for overnight stay at Delhi.
Day - 02: Delhi Sightseeing
Breakfast at Delhi. Precede for a full day tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi with our company’s Tour Guide.
OLD DELHI - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire.
Cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.
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.
Relax in the evening.
Overnight at Delhi.
Day - 03: Delhi – Jaipur
Leave Delhi for Jaipur by road. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the Pink City of Jaipur.
JAIPUR: Jai Singh II was supremely talented - politically, intellectually and on the battlefield, he was known as the warrior-astronomer. In 1696 he had earned the title of 'Sawai' meaning 'One and a Quarter' (Intelligence) from emperor Aurangzeb after the emperor was impressed by his wit and pluck, a title which was proudly borne by all of Jai Singh's descendants.
The Kingdom of Kachhawahas spread a lot in all sphere, eventually encompassing a large area which abutted the kingdoms of Mewar (Udaipur region) and Marwar (Jodhpur region). The history of Kachhawahas can be traced back to Duleh Rai , son of Sodh Dev, the Kachhawaha ruler of Narwar (Near Gwalior), migrated to Dausa.
Duleh Rai was a Kachhawahas who could trace his lineage to Rama, hero of the sun-born dynasty immortalised in Ramayana. He was married to the daughter of Chauhans of Ajmer. Duleh Rai's also known as 'Tej Karan' , his son Kabil Dev is known to have established dynastic rule in Amber which was the most important stronghold of the Minas.
Amber is situated 11 kms out of Jaipur on the Delhi to Jaipur road. The Kachhawahas originally hailed from Narwar (Near Gwalior) where they reigned for over 800 years. A martial alliance between a Kachhawahas prince, Tej Karan, and a rajput princess of Chauhans of Ajmer resulted in the capturing of the region of Dausa. Tej Karan was able to defeat the Bargujras who ruled half of Dausa, the other half being under the dominance of the Chauhans.
Tej Karan's descendants converted the hill top on which Amber Fort was later built, recognizing its Virtue as a potential military stronghold. The Site was eventually princed from its original inhabitants, the susawat Minas, and the Minas were granted guardship of the Kachhawahas treasury in return.
The Kachhawahas , despite being devout Hindu belonging to the Kshatriya (warrior) caste, recognized the expediency of aligning themselves with the powerful Mughal Empire. They paid homage at the Mughal court, and cemented the relationship with marital alliances. They were handsomely rewarded for their bravery defending the mughals in their various skirmishes. With war loots they were able to finance construction of the fortress palace at Amber, which began in 1592 by Maharaja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's Army. Man Singh was known to be a navratna (One of the Nine Jewels) in the court of Akbar.
Visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day - 04: Jaipur
Break Fast at Hotel and in the morning take the City Tour of Jaipur – The Pink City. Visiting the Amber Fort. Enjoy Elephant Back ascent to the Fort in the morning, and The City Palace in the afternoon. Jaipur is held in high regard for it’s shopping. You will have the opportunity to explore some stores.
Amber Fort: 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. It’s forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression.
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.
Day - 05: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri – Agra
Morning after breakfast leave Jaipur for Agra, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri - an imperial city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar.
Breakfast at Hotel and driven to Agra where you will stay overnight.
AGRA FORT: 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.
TAJ MAHAL: Taj Mahal, a dream etched in milky white pristine marble is the peerless monument portraying the beauty of eternal love! A commemoration of the memory of Shahjahan's beloved wife, Mumtaz. Taj Mahal is indeed India's rich tribute to womanhood. Renowned for its aesthetic beauty, this extravagant building of timeless beauty is the outcome of a unique combination of passion and architectural exuberance.
Visit the TAJ MAHAL - Shah Jahan in 1631 AD and AGRA FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, built one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Overnight at Hotel.
On arrival check-in at hotel and start sightseeing tour of Agra, the enthralling city of the Taj Mahal and savour the myriad attractions that Agra offers.
Day - 06: Agra – Orchha – Khajuraho
Leave Agra by train for Jhansi. Thereafter, proceed to Khajuraho - the ancient temple town famous for its temples of love, and en-route visit the Orchha Temples - an ancient site set amidst a complex of well preserved temples and palaces. Check-in at hotel on arrival at Khajuraho.
Stay overnight at khajuraho.
Day – 07: Khajuraho – Varanasi
Morning visit the temples of Khajuraho, an eloquent and ornate poetry in stones that presents a picture of eternal, spiritual and physical love. Thereafter, leave for Varanasi by air. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Varanasi - one of the ancient seats of learning in India on the banks of the Ganges.
VARANASI: The land of Varanasi (Kashi) has been the ultimate pilgrimage spot for Hindus for ages. Often referred to as Benares, Varanasi is the oldest living city in the world. These few lines by Mark Twain say it all: "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together". Hindus believe that one who is graced to die on the land of Varanasi would attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth. Abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the origins of Varanasi are yet unknown. Ganges in Varanasi is believed to have the power to wash away the sins of mortals.
Ganges is said to have its origins in the tresses of Lord Shiva and in Varanasi, it expands to the mighty river that we know of. The city is a center of learning and civilization for over 3000 years. With Sarnath, the place where Buddha preached his first sermon after enlightenment, just 10 km away, Varanasi has been a symbol of Hindu renaissance. Knowledge, philosophy, culture, devotion to Gods, Indian arts and crafts have all flourished here for centuries. Also a pilgrimage place for Jains, Varanasi is believed to be the birthplace of Parsvanath, the twenty-third Tirthankar.
Vaishnavism and Shaivism have co-existed in Varanasi harmoniously. With a number of temples, Mrs. Annie Besant chose Varanasi as the home for her 'Theosophical Society' and Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, to institute 'Benares Hindu University, the biggest University in Asia. Ayurveda is said to be originated at Varanasi and is believed to be the basis of modern medical sciences such as Plastic surgery, Cataract and Calculus operations. Maharshi Patanjali, the preceptor of Ayurveda and Yoga, was also affiliated with Varanasi, the holy city. Varanasi is also famous for its trade and commerce, especially for the finest silks and gold and silver brocades, since the early days.
Varanasi has also been a great center of learning for ages. Varanasi is associated with promotion of spiritualism, mysticism, Sanskrit, yoga and Hindi language and honored authors such as the ever-famous novelist Prem Chand and Tulsi Das, the famous saint-poet who wrote Ram Charit Manas. Aptly called as the cultural capital of India, Varanasi has provided the right platform for all cultural activities to flourish. Many exponents of dance and music have come from Varanasi. Ravi Shankar, the internationally renowned Sitar maestro and Ustad Bismillah Khan, (the famous Shehnai player) are all sons of the blessed city or have lived here for major part of their lives.
Overnight at hotel.
Day – 08: Varanasi – Kathmandu
Early morning boat-ride on the River Ganges. Thereafter, leave Varanasi by air for Kathmandu, the capital of the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. On arrival check-in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.
Morning sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city and Patan. Afternoon excursion to Bhadgaon and Boudhnath. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day-10: Kathmandu - Delhi By air
After breakfast transfer to airport for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi our representative will receive you.
Later transfer to airport for your flight to onward destination with sweet memories of tour to India,