Afternoon "Henna" tatoo session followed by lunch.


We will then visit the Taj Mahal, the monument of love built by Shah Jahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this love poem in Marble.

Overnight in Agra - Hotel ITC Mughal or similar
Meals B,L,D

DAY 11 Fri Mar 13, 2020 - AGRA / JHANSI / KHAJURAHO

early start of the day today with a transfer to the railway station in Agra to board your train for Jhansi.

Arrival in Jhansi around 10:45 am. You will then drive to Orchha.

Orchha's grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time, a rich legacy of the ages. For this medieval city, the hand of time has rested and the palaces and temples in the 16th and 17th century retain much of their pristines perfection. Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chatries, commands a spectacular view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs.

Freshen up and enjoy a buffet lunch followed by a cycle rickshaw ride through the village.


Then continue your drive to Khajuraho

Overnight in Khajuraho - Hotel Lalit Temple View

Meals : B,L

DAY 12 Sat Mar 14, 2020 KHAJURAHO

This morning you will join your guide and tour director for a session of Yoga with a local "Guru".

We will then visit the eastern and western group of temples. The most important being the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the largest and most typical of the Kharujaho temples.Visit the Chaunsat Yogini Jain Temple - dedicated to the 64 "yoginis" or attendants of Goddess Kali. 

You will then visit the Eastern Group of temples, the Ghantai Temple, Vamana Temple dedicated to the "Vamana" or dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the Javari Temple.

This afternoon enjoy some personal time with an astrologer followed by free time at the Hotel Spa.

OPTIONAL TOUR : PANNA TIGER RESERVE


Tonight join us for a live dance recital of some of the folk and classical forms of Indian dances.

Overnight in Khajuraho - Hotel Lalit Temple View

Meals : B, L, D

JAIPUR was built in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II. It has been planned with ancient Hindu rules as the colonial capital of a richly colorful state. It was made attractive with the pink wash - a traditional color of welcome in 1853 in honour of the visit of Prince Albert.

Afternoon visit of Jaipur ( which has the "tone of the autumn sunset"), you will visit Hawa Mahal (The Palace of Winds) an elaborate building encrusted with delicate honeycomb screens and carved balconies from whcih the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could view the outside world. Jai Singh's observatory built in the 17th century by the founder of Jaipur, who, besides being a prince was also a soldier, astronomer and builder. City Palace now a museum contains fine Rajput and Moghul paintings, rare manuscripts and an armoury.

This evening attend an "aarti ceremony at Birla Mandir.

Overnight in Jaipur - Hotel Jai Mahal Palace or similar

Meals B,

DAY 10 Thu Mar 12, 2020 AGRA

This morning we drive across the river to the tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daula. The tomb is known as the "Baby Taj". It was the first Mughal structure totally built from Marble with extensive use of pietra dura.

We cross over and visit the Agra Fort, built alongside the Yamuna River stretching almost 2.5 kms. The Fort's colossal double walls rise 65 feet in height and measure 1.5 mile in circumference. The Fort is surrounded by a moat. The loft battlements of the Agra Fort cast its protective shadow over the far stretching mansions of nobles and princes built along the riverfront. The magnificent towers, bastions and ramparts and majestic gateways symbolized the confidence and power of the third Mughal Emperor. The Fort contains splendid palaces both in red sandstone and white marble built by two generations of prolific builders, Akbar and later on by Jahangir and Shahjahan. Of the nearly 500 Akbari buildings built on the Bengal and Gujarati traditions, only a few have survived, arrayed in a band on the riverfront.

DAY 4 Fri Mar 06 2020 - DELHI / UDAIPUR

Late morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Udaipur.

Arrive Udaipur around 2:30 pm. Meeting assistance and transfer to your hotel

Meet your guide this evening for a lovely cruise on Lake Pichola.

Overnight in Udaipur - Hotel Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace

Meals : B

A Journey Through The Heart and Soul Of India

DAY 6 Sun Mar 08, 2020 - UDAIPUR / JAIPUR

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to to Jaipur

Arrive Jaipur around Noon.

Meeting, assistance and transfer to your hotel



March 3 - March 17, 2020

Price : $ 5,980 per person  (Based on double occupancy)

Includes All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners

Accomodations in 5* hotels and Palaces

All guided excursions, entrance fees, all ground transportation and domestic flights within India, all transfers, meet and greet at the airport in Delhi and porterage in and out of the hotels.

International Flight NOT included - All domestic flights in India during the tour  are included

single occupancy : Please add $ 1,220.00

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 DAY 2 Wed Mar 04, 2020

Meeting, assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel for a traditional welcome of "aarti and Garland"

Overnight in Delhi - Hotel The Park or similar

DAY 3 Thu Mar 05, 2020

Morning sightseeing of Old Delhi will take you past the Red Fort - a marvel in red sandstone, built on the banks of the river Yamuna by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Visit Raj Ghat (Memorial to Mahatma Gandhi)

A cycle rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, once an imperial avenue of Mughal  Royalty which today is the busiest commercial area of the city. Stop by and visit Gurudwara Seesh Gunj.

Afternoon sightseeing of New Delhi. Visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully handcarved for its entire height of 234 ft, and the iron Pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time and not rusted even after 1500 years, the Mausoleum of Emperor Humayun. Drive pas the India Gate (Memorial to the Indian Army Soldiers who died in the world War I) the Rashtrapati Bhavan (formerly the Viceroy's Residence) and the Parliament House. We end our day with a visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple.


Return to your hotel. Join us tonight for a welcome dinner at the hotel

Overnight in Delhi - Hotel The Park or similar

Meals B,D

DAY 14 Mon Mar 16, 2020 - VARANASI

Enjoy a sunrise boat cruise on the river Ganges. The western banks of the Ganges has a string of Ghats, the chain of stone steps, all built with pavilions, palaces and terraces, most of which are mainly used as Dharamsalas where the pilgrims stay during their visit to the holy city. At dawn, the ghats are buzzign with activity of the devotees performing their ablutions in the river or offering prayers to the rising sun and performing other religious rituals. A boat ride along the ghats gives you vantage views of this activity. The sunrise on the Ganges is a soul-lifting experience.


This afternoon, tour Sarnath, 7 miles away from Varanasi, is a fabled place, which bears testimony to its great past where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples, expouding the principles of Buddhism. The remains date back to as far as the 3r century BC when Emperor Ashoka founded various institutions, stupas, monasteries... Visit the art collection at the Archeological  Museum. The main attraction is the superb capital from Ashokan Pillar, the Ashokan symbol of four back to back lions which has been adopted as the state symbol Independent India.

Also visit the Mahabodhi Buddha Temple and walk around the Deer Park. Later on see the Monastery ruins area, Dhameka Stupa.

Join us tonight for a farewell dinner with live instrumental artist in attendance.

Overnight in Varanasi - Hotel Brij Rama Palace or similar

Meals B,D


DAY 9 Wed Mar 11, 2020 JAIPUR / AGRA

After breakfast, we will start our drive to Agra (150 miles) and will visit en route Fatehpursikri. A site of numerous buildings built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Visit the remarkably well-preserved , gracefull buildings within the "Ghost City" including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak oft he grandeur and splendor of the Mughal empire at the height of its power.

Arrive Agra in the evening.

Overnight in Agra - Hotel ITC Mughal or similar

Meals : B, L

DAY 7 Mon Mar 09, 2020 JAIPUR

India is a true land of colors. See, feel and experience this at the HoliFestival (Festival of Colors) at the Diggi Palace

Note : This tour was planned around the Holi Festival as we believe this is an event not to miss !!

Late this afternoon we will drive on the outskirts of Jaipur to Dera Amer for an Elephant Safari followed by a surprise dinner...

Overnight in Jaipur - Hotel Jai Mahal Palace or similar

Meals B,L,D

DAY 8 Tue Mar 10, 2020  JAIPUR

This morning you will climb to the top of the Amber Fort onboard Jeeps. The Amber Fort is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The ruged, time ravaged walls of the fort may not look beautiful from the outside , but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. Inside the fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal - a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium.

En route to the Amber Fort you will make a photo stop at the Palace of Winds. Enjoy some free time this evening.

Overnight in Jaipur - Hotel Jai Mahal Palace or similar

Meals : B,

UDAIPUR lies in the Girwa valley amidst the Aravali hills of south Rajasthan. It is considered a romantic city, with its lakes, gardens, temples and palaces - an oasis in the Thar desert. The old city is a traditionally planned fortified walled city, a maze of narrow winding lanes flanked by houses with doorways decorated with Mewar fold art, windows with stained glass or jali screens, massive "havelis" with large inner courtyards and shops. The legendary Ranas who ruled, traced their ancestry to the Sun Dynasty.

KHAJURAHO

In the temple architecture of India, The Khajuraho complex remains unique. One thousand years ago, under the generous and artistic patronage of the Chandela Rajput Kings of Central India, 85 temples, magnificent in form and richly carved, came up on one site, near the village of Khajuraho. The amazingly short span of 100 years, from 950AD - 1050 AD, saw the completion of all the temples, in an inspired burst of creativity. Today, of the original 85, only 22 have survived the ravages of time. These remain as a collective paean to life, to joy and to creativity; to the ultimate fusion of man with his creator.

DAY 5 Sat Mar 07, 2020 UDAIPUR

Morning city tour of Udaipur visiting the City Palace built on the bank of the Pichola Lake, built by Maharana Udai Singh in 1570. The impressive complex of several palaces is a blend of Rajput and Mughul influences. Half of it is still occupied by the Royal Family, and part converted into a museum. The jagdish Temple (1651) was built by Maharana Jagat Singh. A fine example of the Nagara style of temple architecture. A brass Garuda stands outside and stone elephants flank the entrance steps. Inside is a black stone image of Vishnu as Jagannath, the Lord of the Universe.

Afternoon excursion to Eklingi and Nagda

This evening, spend some time with an Indian "Thakur" Rajasthani family with a cooking demonstration followed by a typical Rajasthani cuisine dinner.

Overnight in Udaipur - Hotel Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace

Meals B,L,D

DAY 13 Sun Mar 15, 2020 - KHAJURAHO / VARANASI

Late morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi OR OPTIONAL MORNING EXCURSION TO PANNA TIGER RESERVE

Arrival in Varanasi around 3:00 pm

Meeting, assistance and transfer to your hotel.


VARANASI is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Many names have been given to Varanasi, a name which probably derives from the two rivers that flank the city, the Varuna and the Asi. Many still use the anglicized forms of Banaras or Benares, while the Hindu pilgrims refer to Kashi.


This evening you will tour the downtown area in a rickshaw, get ready to experience the city intimately while you ride through alleys and narrow streets of Varanasi. In the evening you will participate in an "aarti" ceremony (collective prayer) and watch the floating Diyas (lamps) on the river Ganges while the Ghats and Temples are lit with oil-lamps and candles...

Overnight in Varanasi - Hotel Brij Rama Palace or similar

Meals B

DAY 1 Tue Mar 03, 2020

Overnight flight to Delhi, India from your home city

EVENTS & TRAVEL

DAY 15 Tue Mar 17, 2020 - VARANASI / DELHI / HOME

Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi continuing on to your flight back home

Meeting, assistance on arrival and transfer to the International Airport to connect for your flight to the USA.

Meals : B

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