Varanasi – In the heart of India
- Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days
- Destinations : Delhi – Agra – Gwalior – Orcha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Lucknow – Ramnagar – Delhi
Day 01: Delhi
Leave by car with your guide for the day tour of Delhi. Visiting Jama Mosque, Red Fort, Ghandi Samadi, walk through the small lanes of Chandni Chowk.
After visiting old Delhi stop for lunch in Connaught Place, which houses many famous restaurants of different cuisine. After lunch leave for the tour of New Delhi Visiting Laxmi Narayan Temple, drive past The Presidents House, Embassy area, followed by visit to India Gate, Himayun Tomb, Bahai Temple (Lotus Temple) and Qutab Minar.
Evening: Shopping + light and sound show. Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Delhi.
Day 02 / Delhi- Agra
( By road Approx 4 Hrs / 220 km)
Morning drive to Agra and visit the city. The Agra fort or the baby Taj is not to miss ! It’s possible to visit the Taj Mahal at sunset. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 / Agra – Gwalior
Today you wake up early not to miss the sunrise above the Taj Mahal. Your guide will take care of the tickets for you and take you to the entrance.
Enjoy one of the universally admired masterpieces of the heritage of humanity !
Afternoon drive to Gwalior (2 hours).
This charming city of Madhya Pradesh has taken its name from a sage named Gwalipa. Arrive in Gwalior and check in the hotel. Overnight stay in Gwalior.
Day 04 – Gwalior to Orchhâ
After breakfast, we drive to visit Orchhâ : A medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with palaces & temples of the 16th & 17th century which have remarkably withstood the onslaught of time. Visit of the surrounding fortress & local Ram Raja temple.
Day 05 – Orchhâ to Khajuraho
3h hours drive to Khajurao. The day is free.
Day 06 – Khajuraho
After breakfast, visit Khajuraho : Built by the warrior Chandela dynasty that rose to power in Central India between 10th & 11th centuries, the 25 odd surving temples display different facets of life. To preserve it for posterity, Khajuraho has been declared a World Heritage Site. Visit the eastern & western group of temples famous for their erotic sculptures. Evening at leisure and overnight stay.
Day 07 – Khajuraho to Varanasi
Proceed for your (long !) journey to Varanasi approx. 8 hrs. drive. In evening check-in to your pre-booked hotel at Varanasi. Evening at leisure and overnight stay.
Day 08 and 09 – Varanasi
Varanasi is well-known for being a pilgrimage place for indus who bathes into the sacred river. You can walk as you like over the ghats and through the numerous markets. The Golden temple is also to visit, and also Hanuman Temple (also known as the Monkey temple)
Day 10 – Varanasi to Lucknow
Capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow has a lot to offer. You can walk on the old street of the Chowk bazaar and be impressed by the architecture of many monuments in the city : Bara Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, Chhota Imambara, the gates… And also delicious food.
Day 11 – Lucknow to Ramnagar
4 hours drive and we are in our last destination of the tour : Ramnagar. The small town is the gate to the Corbett National Park which is a Wildlife reserve. Safaris are organized and you can watch wild tigers and Elephants. (Park is closed from 15th of June to the 15th of November)
Day 12 – Ramnagar to Delhi
Back to Delhi !