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Central India With Ganges Tour

Central India creates a colourful amalgamation of culture, cuisine, trade and tradition. It gives you a glimpse of splendour the rich heritage of India offers.

Day 01

Arrival In Delhi

Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be greeted by a representative who will assist you to transfer to your hotel (check-in time: 12:00 noon). The rest of the day can be spent at leisure.

Hotel Radission Blue (5*) or similar

Day 02


After breakfast, proceed for a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.

Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Drive past the Red Fort (built in 1648), visit the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Bapu (Mahatma Ghandi).

In the Afternoon, you will be taken on a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Drive past the stately government building of the British era designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the India Gate and President's House, and continue onto the tallest tower, Qutab Minar which was built by the first Muslim ruler, Qutb ud-Din Aibak.

Once you return to your hotel, the rest of the day can be spent at leisure.

 .Breakfast • Dinner
Hotel Radission Blue (5*) or similar

Day 03

Delhi Jaipur

Enjoy an early morning breakfast at the hotel and at 08:00 am, you will be driven to Jaipur, the picturesque capital of Rajasthan, built by the warrior-astronomer Raja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727. It is full of formidable forts, enchanting palaces and lovely temples.

Jaipur: The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains it's character and history - a beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. Popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honour of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.

Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and the rest of the day can be spent at leisure.

 .Breakfast • Dinner
Hotel Crowne Plaza (5*) or similar

Day 04


Morning breakfast at the hotel and at 08:00 am, head out for a city tour of Jaipur.

Amber Fort Palace: Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendant Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where 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. Complex which houses the rare and rich collection of ornaments, arms, royal costumes, carpets and decorative art objects of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture.

Jantar Mantar: An 18th century observatory, it is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

Hawa Mahal: The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Its five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

Visit a rug factory and see the ladies at the intricate work or a gem factory and see the gem cutting and polishing process. Also, visit Birla Temple.

 .Breakfast • Dinner
Hotel Crowne Plaza (5*) or similar

Day 05

Jaipur Ranthambore National Park

Early morning breakfast and at 09:00 am, drive to Ranthambore National Park. The park covers a huge area of 400 km of dry deciduous forest and has three lakes (Rajbaug, Padam and Malik) with a fort at the entrance. This area gets its name from two hill ranges, "Ranas" and "Thambore" which meet there. The main tourist attraction here is the royal Bengal tiger.

Ranthambore National Park hosts 30-32 tigers, showing a healthy ecosystem. For a relatively small area, the park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora - species include 300 types of tree, 50 types of aquatic plants, 272 types of birds, 12 types of reptiles including the marsh crocodile, various amphibians and 30 types of mammals. The park also includes around a 1000 chitals, 800 neelgais, rattle and sloth bears, sambars, few chinkaras, blackbucks and many crocodiles and pythons. It also houses birds like cormorants, miniwets, darters, drongos lapwings, anoles, kingfishers, stone curlews, eagles and thousands of peacocks and peahens. The landscape is dotted with ancient Banyan trees, Dhok and Pipal trees.

Upon returning from your game drive in Ranthambore National Park, the rest of your day can be spent at leisure.

 .Breakfast • Dinner
Hotel Tree House Anuraga Palace (5*) or similar

Day 06

Ranthambore National Park

At 06:30 am, head out for an early morning game drive in an open bus where your naturalist will talk to you about the various wildlife in the park. At 10:00 am, head back to the hotel for breakfast and at 02:30 pm, head back into the park for another game drive. Return to the hotel at 06:00 pm and in the evening, join a cultural program which will then be followed by dinner.

 .Breakfast • Dinner
Hotel Tree House Anuraga Palace (5*) or similar

Day 07

Ranthambore National Park Fatehpur Sikri Agra

At 08:00 am, after an early breakfast, head towards Agra. En-route you will visit Fatehpur Sikri and Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world.

Fatehpur Sikri: The city of victory is beautifully preserved. The sandstone mansions of Sikri are experiments in art and architecture and to a great extent uphold Akbar's ideals and visions. The deserted, red sandstone city, Emperor Akbar built as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It's a veritable fairytale city and its ruins are in pristine condition. It's not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur.

Agra: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat (seat of the Emperor). Today, a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favourite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Maughlai cuisine.

Upon arrival in Agra, check-in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

 .Breakfast • Dinner
Hotel Radisson Blu (5*) or similar

Day 08


Enjoy an early morning breakfast at your hotel and then depart for full day city tour of Agra at 09:00 am.

Taj Mahal: One of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal is a pristine monument of undying love. Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is the soul raison-d'être for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to complete and was designed and planned by Persian architect, Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj Mahal is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

Agra Fort: The first of the great Mughal buildings where three Mughal emperors left their footprints. Built by the famed Mughal emperor, Akbar, in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture-perfect Pearl Mosque which is a major tourist attraction.

Upon returning from your city tour, the rest of the day can be spent at leisure.

 .Breakfast • Dinner
Hotel Radisson Blu (5*) or similar

Day 09

Agra Gwalior

Early morning breakfast and at 09:00 am, drive to Gwalior.

Gwalior is a small city located in the center of India in the state of Madhya Pradesh and the foundation of the city can be traced back to 8th century AD. The city was ruled by various dynasties and is renowned to have warrior kings, musicians and great saints. It was also an eminent place during the fight for independence and was a hotbed of planning during the first uprising by Indians against the British in 1857.

Upon arrival at your hotel, you will check-in and in the afternoon visit the fort complex Man Mandir and the Sas-Bahu Temple. You will also visit the famous stone-cut sculptures of Lord Mahaveer.

 .Breakfast • Dinner
Hotel Taj Usha Kiran Palace (5*) or similar

Day 10

Gwalior Orchha

Today, after breakfast, head over to Orchha at 09:00 am.

Orchha is a town in the Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. The town was established by Rudra Pratap Singh sometime after 1501.

Upon arrival at your hotel, check-in. In the afternoon you will be taken on a city tour.

 .Breakfast • Dinner
Hotel Raj Mahal The Palace (5*) or similar

Day 11

Orchha Khajuraho

Depart for Khajuraho at 09:00 am after breakfast.

Khajuraho is famous for its temple structures and most of them have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Monuments. These temples depict the generous and artistic creativity towards the kings of the Chandela dynasty which ruled central India around 1000 AD. Out of the total of 85 temples, only 22 have survived till now and are divided as the Eastern, Western and Southern group of temples.

Check-in to your hotel upon arrival and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

 .Breakfast • Dinner
Hotel Radisson Blu (5*) or similar

Day 12


After breakfast, enjoy a full day city tour of Khajuraho where you will visit the Western and Eastern group of temples. Upon returning to your hotel, you can spend the rest of the day at leisure.

 .Breakfast • Dinner
Hotel Radisson Blu (5*) or similar

Day 13

Khajuraho Varanasi

Enjoy an early morning breakfast and then transfer to the airport to board your flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi, you will be transferred to your hotel.

In the afternoon, you will be taken to Sarnath, 10 km north of Varanasi, where the Buddha preached his first sermon and first organized an order of monks called the sangha. Among the excavated buildings are monasteries, shrines and the foundation stupas.

 .Breakfast • Dinner
Hotel Radisson Blu (5*) or similar

Day 14


Take an early morning boat ride on the river Ganges where you will get to witness a wonderful sunrise and various Hindu rituals taking place at the bathing ghats. Soon after, you will return to your hotel.

In the afternoon, head out for a city tour where you will get to see a multitude of temples along the bangs of the Ganges. You will get to visit the Bharat Mata Temple, see the exteriors of the Vishwanath Temple and the Durga Temple.

 .Breakfast • Dinner
Hotel Radisson Blu (5*) or similar

Day 15

Varanasi Delhi Depart Delhi

Early morning breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Delhi and connect with your international flight back home.


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