Splendor Tour of Rajasthan with North India

Destinations Covered : Delhi- Jaipur- Agra- Jhansi- Khajuraho- Varanasi-Delhi
Duration : 09 Nights/10 Days

Day 01: Welcome in Delhi
On arrival, you will be greeted by eLand Holidays representative at the airport. From there you will be transferred to your pre booked hotel. Check in and relax as rest of the day will be at leisure.
Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 02: Delhi Sightseeing Tour
The second day of Rajasthan with colors of Agra, Khajuraho and Varanasi Tour will acquaint you with the pious and ancient sites of national capital Delhi. Delhi, the capital city of India, has evolved as a great host when it comes to tourism industry. It deserves a special mention for its versatility. Just like colorful threads weaved together to create a vibrant fabric, Delhi is a city of past, present and future. The first half of the sightseeing tour will take you to the old lanes of Delhi laid down by Mughal dynasty. Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid and Red Fort will be the highlight of this excursion.

In the second half of sightseeing tour, witness the imperial world of New Delhi. As compared to Old Delhi, this division is more organized and has a beautiful infrastructure. As a part of this tour you will visit India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Humayun’s tomb, and Qutab Minar. Come back to the hotel for overnight

Day 03: Delhi – Jaipur
After early morning breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven towards your next destination Jaipur – a traditional Indian city located in the western state Rajasthan. Set in the scenic location of a beautiful desert, Jaipur was the first planned city of the country which is much evident from the city’s infrastructure and network system. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. Jaipur is manifested with rugged hills crowned by magnificent forts and palaces and is blessed with beautiful mansions and gardens. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people. The traditional attire of women and the turbans of men add spectacular hues to this fascinating city. On arrival you will check in at your pre booked hotel.

Visit the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Maotha Lake. En-route to Amber you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.
Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 04: Jaipur – Agra en route Fatehpur Sikri
After early morning breakfast at the hotel get ready for an exciting sightseeing tour of the city. Visit to the City Palace, a famous landmark that is expanded over a large area as it occupies one seventh of the city. Built during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the plan of this fort is the exact replica of the city’s plan. A part of the palace is still home to the erstwhile royal families while the rest of it has been converted into museum. The exquisite architecture of this place is complimented by the elegant paintings, mirror embellishment on walls and floral ornamentation. Then visit Lake Palace which was built in 1743-1746 as summer resort on Jag Niwas Island in Lake Pichola. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. It has also been included in the world heritage lists.

In the afternoon, you will be driven towards your destination – Agra. On your way you will visit the UNESCO world heritage site – Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted red sandstone city was built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. He built this city in honor of Shaikh Salim Chisti, a Sufi saint who resided in a cave on crest at Sikri, and predicted the birth of his son. Besides being the first planned Mughal city, it puts forth a unique example of Mughal architecture which was an amalgamation of Indian, Islamic and Persian architecture.
Later proceed to Agra – the city of love. On arrival check in at your pre booked hotel.
Overnight will be at hotel.

Day 05: Agra – the enigmatic city
In the morning, after a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will step out to witness the beauty of the city of love – Agra. Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra and its neighborhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture. Witness the marble splendor of Taj Mahal, the world heritage site. Besides Taj Mahal, sightseeing will also include a visit to Agra Fort (Red Fort) and the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah.
Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 06: Agra – Jhansi – Khajuraho
On the seventh day of the tour, after breakfast, you will be transferred to the railway station by our representative to board a train to Jhansi. Upon arrival in Jhansi, you will be driven to Khajuraho. Upon arrival, check-in at your pre booked hotel. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 07: Sightseeing in Khajuraho
Early morning breakfast at hotel will be followed by half day city tour of Khajuraho visiting eastern and western group of Temples. The famous erotic temples represent some of the most excellent examples of temple architecture in Northern India. Remote location of these temples saved them from Muslim invaders and today you find these intricately fine carvings in very good condition. Built during the mighty Chandela dynasty, they are said to represent life in heaven. Between the mid-10th and 11th centuries, when there was a sudden burst of creative and religious energy and this energy was the force behind construction of majority of these temples.

Rest of the day will be at leisure. Explore the city, shop, eat, interact with the locals and do whatever your heart wishes for. Later in the evening, you have the choice to attend a cultural dance show (ticket on direct payment basis). Overnight will be at the hotel.

Day 08: Khajuraho – Varanasi
After morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport by our representative to catch flight for Varanasi. On arrival, you will be met by our rep in Varanasi who will assist you till the hotel. Check in and spend rest of the day at leisure. The antiqueness of Varanasi is veiled in eternal times. This holy city has been the center of religion, learning and progress since ages. It has an appealing universal air of secrecy, which has to be experienced to be understood. The city gets its intrinsic charm from the location as it rests on west side of the Holy Ganges. There is no Indian attraction like Varanasi. Here you will find no architectural grandeur, no intricately carved palaces or forts, and yet the city has an innate mystique to leave speechless.

Overnight will be at the hotel.

Day 09: Varanasi
Wake up with the first rays of the sun, and embark on a boat ride by the side of the bathing ghats of the holy river. Witness flocks of Hindu devotees offering prayers early in the morning and taking several dips in the river water to cleanse their soul. Breathe in the pious environment filled with the fragrance of flowers and hymns of Hindu mantras. After sunrise you will visit some of the most exotic temples of the region.

Return back to the hotel for breakfast which will be followed by a visit to "Bharat Kala Bhavan". Housed by the world famous Banaras Hindu University, it exhibits outstanding collection of paintings, sculptures and textiles commenced with the personal collection of the enlightened Rai Krishnadasa. Mahamana Malaviya gallery, Chhavi (Painting Gallery), Nicholas Roerich gallery, sculpture gallery, sculpture gallery, Nidhi (Treasures) gallery, archaeological gallery, decorative art gallery and Banaras through ages gallery are the important sections of Bharat Kala Bhavan.

Later in the afternoon, excursion will head towards Sarnath - the prime Buddhist center all across the world. Located 13 km north east of Varanasi, Sarnath is a deer park where Gautama Buddha after achieving enlightenment in Bodhgaya, imparted first teachings of dharma. Also, through the enlightenment of Kondanna, Buddhist Sangha came into existence at this park only. Gautama Buddha came here to teach his former five companions Dharma and thus Sarnath is regarded as the place where Buddhism found its roots, the native land of this art of life! Come back to the hotel for overnight.

Come back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10: Varanasi – Delhi – Onward Destination
After early morning breakfast, our representative will transfer you to the airport for flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi you will be received by our representative who will transfer you to Delhi’s international airport to who will transfer you to Delhi’s international airport to catch flight for your onward destination.