Start and end in New Delhi! With the discovery tour Indian Mystic, you have a 9 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 7 other destinations in India. Indian Mystic includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Upon your arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, a tour representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. Delhi is a bustling metropolis where the past and the present merge, both defining the capital?s cultural and architectural heritage. The remainder of the day is for you to spend at your own leisure, making the most of the services available at the hotel, exploring this exciting city, or even perhaps enjoying an optional Bollywood performance at the Kingdom of Dreams. Overnight in Delhi.
After breakfast, go out on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and discover the city?s largest monument: the imposing Red Fort, built with glorious red sandstone (photo stop from outside, entrance not included). The walls of the massive Red Fort rise a daunting 33 meters above the bustle of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power of former emperors. Continue to the nearby 17th-century Jama Masjid (?Friday Mosque?), the largest mosque in India. Also visit Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi memorial, a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation. In the afternoon, once in New Delhi, capital designed by Sir Edward Lutyens, visit the India Gate, Humayun?s Tomb built in 1565 AD by his grieving widow Haji Begum, the Qutub Minar, and Quwat-ul-Eslam (?Light of Islam?) Mosque. Drive past the Presidential Palace and the Secretariat buildings flanked by the houses of Parliament. Late in the afternoon return to the hotel. Overnight in Delhi.
After breakfast at the hotel, depart Delhi, heading to Jaipur, or the ?Pink City?, as it is popularly known, for its red terra-cotta-coloured walls give it the tone of an autumn sunset. It is the second largest city in Rajasthan and the gateway to the Thar Desert in the Marwar region. En route, make a stop to visit the Samode Palace, a splendid example of regal Indo-Saracenic architecture. Have lunch at the hotel Samode Palace before continuing your way to Jaipur, arriving late in the afternoon to check-in at the hotel.? Overnight in Jaipur.
After breakfast, enjoy a morning visit of the Amber Fort. This is one of the most fascinating Indian forts, comprising a palace of mirrors, a hall of a public audience and beautiful gardens, all of which give us a glimpse of the majestic life of a bygone era. After lunch, join an afternoon city tour of Jaipur. Visit the Hawa Mahal (?Palace of Winds?), an elaborate building encrusted with delicate honeycombed screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could view the world outside. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, the largest observatory made of stone and marble in the world, built in the 17th century by the founder of Jaipur who, besides being a prince, was also soldier, astronomer, and builder. Also visit Maharajas City Palace, part of which is now a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal Family of Jaipur. It contains a fine collection of Rajput and Moghul paintings, rare manuscripts and an armoury. Late in the afternoon return to the hotel. ?Overnight in Jaipur.
Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel, then drive to Agra and, en route, stop to visit the ?Ghost City? of Fatehpur Sikri. This monumental walled city was built by Akbar the Great, the third emperor, to be his capital, but it was abandoned within a few years of its completion due to a lack of water. Today, it is a remarkably well-preserved collection of red sandstone palaces, pavilions and mosques. The buildings here present a unique blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, and include the Panch Mahal, the Buland Darwaza and the Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chisti, which speak of the grandeur and splendour of the Mughals. Once the visit ends, proceed to Agra late in the afternoon. Overnight in Agra.
After breakfast, visit the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world. It was built by Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz Mahal by the banks of river Yamuna. After her untimely death, Shahajahan had her mortal remains buried in this mausoleum. And following his own demise, he was placed to rest next to his beloved queen in the same mausoleum. The Taj has been called the most extravagant monument ever built for the sake of love. The great monument took almost 22 years to build and around 20,000 workers from all over the country and central Asia were recruited to translate this dream into a reality. Later visit the Agra Fort, notable for its smooth blending of Hindu and central-Asian architectural styles. The Diwan-i-Am (?Hall of Public Audience?), the Diwan-i-Khas (?Hall of Private Audience?), the Khas Palace, the Sheesh Mahal (?Palace of Mirrors?), the Shahjahan?s Palace, Jahangir?s Palace, and the Akbar?s Palace are the fascinating palaces you?ll find inside the fort. Overnight in Agra.
In and around Jhansi, KhajurahoAfter an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Railway Station to catch a connecting train to Jhansi (departure is at 8:10 am from Agra, estimated arrival to Jhansi is approx. at 10:45 am). Upon your arrival, a tour representative will meet and assist you. You then proceed by road to Ochha and join a sightseeing tour of this city, visiting the Jehangir Mahal, built in the 17th century by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha. Its strong lines are counterbalanced by delicate chhatris and trellis work. The Raj Mahal has a plain exterior crowned by chhatris, but the interior has exquisite, boldly colourful murals on religious themes. The Ram Raja Temple is most unusual as it is a palace turned temple where Rama is worshipped as a Raja (?king?). The Laxminarayan Temple is linked by a flagstone path to the Ram Raja Temple. The interiors contain the most exquisite of Orchha?s wall paintings. After the visit, proceed for Khajuraho by road. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel late in the evening. Overnight in Khajuraho.
In the morning, after breakfast at hotel, visit the Eastern and Western Group of Temples, the most important temple being the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Visit the Chaunsat Yogini Jain Temple, dedicated to the 64 attendants of the Goddess Kali, and see the Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple, which contains a lovely sculpture of Lord Vishnu in his 11-headed form. The stone sculptures that adorn the temples depict gods, goddesses and amorous couples. Later visit the Eastern Group of temples, including the Ghantai Temple, the Vamana Temple dedicated to the dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and the Javari Temple. There are also three Jain Temples with beautiful carvings and non-erotic sculptures. Although these are Jain temples, they also contain numerous Vaishnav deities. After the visit, transfer to the airport and board a flight for Varanasi (not included in the tour price). A tour representative will meet you after you land and transfer you to the hotel. Late in the evening, visit the Mother of India Temple, which is carved from a single piece of marble. From here ride a rickshaw to the ghats to witness the Aarti ceremony, passing by the crowded bazaars of this ancient city, its small shops illuminated with beautiful lights. Then hop onto a boat on the Ganges from where you?ll witness the Aarti ceremony amidst jingling bells, floating diyas (?traditional lamps?) and chanted mantras, giving you an unforgettable experience. Overnight in Varanasi.
Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the holy river Ganges. The river?s western banks contain a series of 84 ghats and each of them has a store to tell. Most of these ghats built with pavilions, palaces and terraces are mainly used as shelters for pilgrims during their visit to the holy city. The sunrise on the Ganges, popularly known as Subeh Banaras, is a soul-lifting experience. At dawn, the ghats are abuzz with activity as the devotees perform their ablutions in the river, offer prayers to the rising sun or perform cremations (photographing is forbidden). A boat ride from the Dasaswamedh ghat gives you vantage views of these activities. See the Bathing Ghats, Cremation Ghats, the 17th-century Gyanvapi Mosque built on the ruins of the Vishwanath Golden Temple by the fanatical Emperor Aurangazeb. After the boat ride, visit the Golden Temple and walk through the narrow lanes of Varanasi. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later hop onto a transfer to the airport to catch a connecting flight to Delhi (not included in the tour price), where a tour representative will guide you to the international airport to catch the flight to your next destination.