Day 1 Welcome to Delhi!
You will arrive at the Delhi International Airport. Delhi is India’s national capital and the second largest metropolis after Mumbai. Delhi has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC. Through most of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. It has been captured, ransacked and rebuilt several times, particularly during the medieval period, and modern Delhi is a cluster of a number of cities spread across the metropolitan region.An overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 2 Exploring Delhi!
On your first day you will explore the old and new city of Delhi. You’ll be mesmerized by the 100-foot, red-stone boundary walls of Red Fort built during the 17th century. Opposite this ancient structure is the Jama Masjid (Jama Mosque), built in 1656 AD, construction of red sandstone and white marble. It is the largest mosque in India where 20,000 people can pray together. You will also tour the town in a Rickshaw. Along the streets of old Delhi you will visit the Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi (Father of the Nation) Memorial, which is close to the river Yamuna. Next, you will visit the Humayun Tomb, tomb of the second Mughal emperor, which was completed by his wife during the 16th century. The Qutub Minar, a 220-foot tower made by one of the first Muslim leaders in India, was built between 1199 and 1368 AD. It runs counter to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the residence of the President of India. There you’ll also see the Government Buildings & Parliament and India Gate which is 130-foot wall built in memory of the soldiers who died during the First World War. An overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 3 Explore Delhi once again and then drive to Jaipur (265 km, 5-6 hours)
Today after breakfast and check out from the hotel, you will go for the sightseeing of Delhi. Today your day will experience the religious side of India, because you will visit different temples dedicated to different religions of India. First you will visit Akshardham Temple, the largest temple complex of India. It is considered to be the most beautiful Temple of India, and one of the architectural wonders, as the whole Temple is built without the use of any cement and lime. Technology of interlocking of stones has been used in this temple. It also boasts off 150 kilo Gold Statue, the main shrine in the temple. Later you will visit Sikh Temple, dedicated to Sikh Religion in India.
Then it’s on to Jaipur, the capital of the state Rajasthan. It is also well known as the “Pink City” because the houses’ facade and city wall are all pink. After your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. An overnight stay in Jaipur.
Day 4 Explore! Jaipur
After an early breakfast you will drive to fort Amber (10 km), the former capital of Kachhawaha Rajputs. On the way, you will stop to visit the city’s landmark: the Hawa Mahal (palace of the winds). Built during the 18th century, the five-story building features 953 windows and niches from which the royal women observed the procession in the street without being seen. Next you will visit Amber fort, which lies on 400-foot-tall hill and is surrounded by the chain of mountains known as Aravalli. You will ascend the fort on an elephant back like a Maharaja. Afterwards you will visit the Pink city Jaipur. The City Palace built in 1734 lies in the center of Jaipur and is now the residence of the royal family of Jaipur and a beautiful museum. After that you will visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory. It was built in the 18th century by the city founder Jai Singh II. The instruments are out of stone and marble and served to explore the night skies. In the evening, you will visit Nahargarh Tiger Fort to experience beautiful view and sunset over Jaipur. You will then return to your hotel. An overnight stay in Jaipur.
Day 5 From Jaipur to Ranthambore (145 km, 3-4 hours)
Today you will drive to Sawai Madhopur to visit Ranthambore National Park, which is world famous for its Tigers. After arrival, transfer to your hotel in Ranthambore. Afternoon, you will go for your first Jeep safari in the Ranthambore National Park. In the evening return to the hotel. An overnight stay in Ranthambore.
Day 6 Ranthambore Tour (Safari to Jungle with Jeep)
Your day will be dedicated for a jungle safari by jeep canter through Ranthambore National Park. You will be accompanied by a naturalist who can explain the wildlife, plants and other sites that you will see during the Safari. In late morning, you can visit the Ranthambore Fort, whose foundation was made 1000 years ago. You may encounter a tiger at the fort as they love to live in it during the hot hours of the day.
Afternoon again, you will again go for your Jeep safari in the Ranthambore National Park. In evening you will return to the hotel. An overnight stay in Ranthambore.
Day 7 From Ranthambore to Agra (270 km, 5 hours)
Today you will drive to Agra. En route you will visit Keoladeo National Park, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site and famous for different bird species. 20 km ahead, you will also visit Fatehpur Sikri (36 km from Agra), the former metropolitan of Akbar, built in 1569. Akbar moved the capital to Fatehpur Sikri, but after 13 years due to the scarcity of water, the capital was shifted to Lahore in Pakistan and later again to Agra. You will continue your drive to Agra. After arrival in Agra, transfer to hotel. An overnight stay in Agra.
Day 8 Explore Agra!
At sunrise, you will visit the world renowned Taj Mahal (built between 1631to 1653 AD). A poem in white marble it was built by Mughal ruler Shah Jahan for his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal. Its extravagant architecture reveals its secret of being one of the Seven Wonders of the World. 20,000 workers with experts from Italy, France, Iran and Asia were busied for 22 years with the monument.Return to hotel for breakfast.
Afterwards you will visit the huge and massive Agra Fort at the west bank of the Yamuna River. The Agra fort was built in the 16th century by Akbar and was completed by his grandson. Then you will visit Sikandra, the impressive grave of Akbar, the most powerful of all Mughal emperors that is located about 10 km away from the city. You will also visit Itmad-ud-daula (also known as baby Taj), situated on the other side of the river. Finally at sunset you will see Taj Mahal once again but this time from the other side of the river, from where most of the beautiful pictures are taken. You will then return to your hotel. An overnight stay in Agra.
Day 9 From Agra to Khajuraho (2 hours by Train)
In the morning after an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Agra railway station to board the train Shatabadi Express for Jhansi. After your arrival in Jhansi, you will be met by one of our representatives and taken to Khajuraho by car. En route you will visit Orchha, which is famous for its 17th century forts and palaces. You will then continue your drive to Khajuraho. After your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. An overnight stay in Khajuraho.
Day 10 From Khajuraho to Bandhavgarh (275 km, 6 hours)
After breakfast, you will visit the East and West Group temples which houses artwork and sculptures about love making. The 1000-year-old temples are truly unique in the world. You will then drive to Bandhavgarh National Park, which has the highest density of tigers in India.
Bandhavgarh is the zone with most tigers on the Indian subcontinent. Easily accessible hilly areas and grasslands present themselves good opportunities to observe tiger in its natural habitat. Through the unusual density of the wild cats (tigers) in this zone, Bandhavgarh became world-famous. But also other species live in this unique national park: Gaur (Indian Bison), Leopards, four kinds of deer (barking, sambar, hog, black buck and chital), Nilgai (or Bluebull), wild pigs, Indian bears, rhesus monkeys, Langurs, jungle cats, hyenas, jackal, foxes and Dhole (Indian wild dogs).
Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. An overnight stay in Bandhavgarh.
Day 11 Bandhavgarh (Safari to Jungle by Jeep and Elephant)
Today, your day will be dedicated to the jungle safari both by jeep and elephant through Bandhavgarh national park. You will be accompanied by a naturalist who can explain the wildlife, plants and other sites that you will see during the Safari. An overnight stay in Bandhavgarh.
Day 12 Bandhavgarh (Safari to Jungle by Jeep and Elephant)
Your day will be dedicated for a jungle safari both by jeep and elephant through Bandhavgarh national park. You will be accompanied by a naturalist who can explain the wildlife, plants and other sites that you will see during the Safari. An overnight stay in Bandhavgarh.
Day 13 Transfer to Varanasi by Train
In the morning you will be transferred to Katni Railway Station (2 hours from Bandhavgarh) for your train to Varanasi. You will arrive at Varanasi in the evening. After arrival, transfer to hotel. An overnight stay in Bandhavgarh.
Day 14 Explore! Varanasi
Early that morning you can enjoy a boat ride on the river Ganges. You can watch the golden sunrise and see hundreds of people worshiping and taking bath in the holy river. You will then return to your hotel for breakfast.
Afterwards you will tour the old city and visit temples including Kashi Hindu University where more than fifty thousand students from all over the world are enrolled. Also, visit the fort on the bank of the river Ganges. Most of the part of this fort is now converted into a beautiful museum.
After a short break you make an excursion to Sarnath (10 km), one of the head centers of Buddhism. Buddha preached his first sermon in Sarnath after he got enlightenment. Of the entire complex, the Dhamekh Stupa (built during the 5th and 6th centuries) and the Dharma Chakra are imposing buildings built to pay tribute to the place where Buddha preached his first disciples. You will also visit the Dharmarajika Stupa (273-326 BC) where Buddha meditated, and where the alleged bones of Buddha are said to be at rest. Afterwards visit Sarnath Museum.
Evening you will go Ganges and boat ride once again to watch the world famous religious ceremony on the ghats of river ganges. You will return to your hotel. An overnight stay in Varanasi.
Day 15 Flight from Varanasi to Delhi
Today you will be transferred to airport for your flight to Delhi. After arrival you will take your connecting flight.