9 NIGHTS/ 10 DAYS DELHI, VARANASI, ORCHHA, KHAJURAHO (CULTURAL HERITAGE) (CODE – CURVNS)
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About Delhi: India a land of snake charmers and magicians and the capital of this land of mysteries is Delhi. Delhi is just not a city but a book-- a book which narrates the history of India. The city was built and destroyed seven times and has been witness to the various events which has brought India through the history books. Seven times this city went through the pain of being built and rebuilt. Today as the capital of India Delhi is the seat of administration and the monuments which tell the saga of a bygone era stand there. These icons are testimony to the grandeur of past and also an attraction for the tourists. With an area of 1483 sq. Kms, Delhi is all set to acquire full statehood. The charm of Delhi has attracted Emperors, Conquerors and poors equally. It is correctly said that Delhi is a land of 'Dilwalas' that is for people with heart. This phrase acquires a true color when one goes around the lanes of Delhi. Delhi-- a window to the kaleidoscope that is India.

Day 1:- Arrive Delhi, meet & assist at the airport & transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Delhi hotel.

Day 2:- After breakfast visit the ancient capital city, with its magnificent Red Fort the pageant of Indian History, from its origin around 1200 BC, through the periods under the Sultans in the 10th century and Mughals from the 14th Century. Then in afternoon visit New Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was jewel in the crown of the British empire. Visit Qutab Minar, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, Safdarjung Tomb, The President’s House, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, Lotus Temple & Laxmi Narayan Temple. Overnight in Delhi hotel.

About Varanasi: Chaotic, Colorful, Charismatic and Claustrophobic- Varanasi’s ancient alleyways and the bathing Ghats (river banks) leading to the holy River Ganges are an essential part of India. This is India’s Hindu spiritual heartland, a place of pilgrimage, daily devotion and death. Also known s Kashi and Benares, the city of Shiva may be an auspicious place to die, but it is bursting with life.”

Day 03:- After breakfast first half of the day free at leisure and then depart for Varanasi by overnight train. Overnight in the train. (You can choose to fly to Varanasi also).

Day 04:- Arrive Varanasi. Pickup from the station and transfer to the reserved accommodation. Evening visit the Ghats of River Ganges for a mesmerizing Aarti (Prayer), where every evening at dusk, thousands of devotees and tourists gather on the steps of Dasaswamedha Ghat (River Bank) for the Ganges Aarti (Fire worship) ceremony. As the darkness descends, it’s a highly charged spiritual extravaganza where oil lamps are lit, bells clang, incense burns and bhajans (devotional prayers) are chanted. Many devotees light a small basket of flowers and set it adrift on the Ganges. Overnight in Varanasi hotel.

Day 05:- Dawn boat ride on Ganges – Of all the experiences in Varanasi, there is nothing quite as humbling as an early morning boat ride on the Ganges. Set your alarm for a pre dawn start. The driver takes you to the Dasaswamedha Ghat or Assi Ghat for the ride. Sitting in your rickety wooden rowing boat, there’s an eerie sense of peace on the river until the sunrise bathes the river banks in gold and reveals the moving theater of spiritual devotion. All along the river banks, crowds of people are bathing, performing praying ceremony, praying to the Sun god and washing away the sins of Life. During the day city tour like Vishwanath temple, Banaras Hindu University, Archaeological museum etc. & the Sarnath Temple tour which is 10 kms north east and is a thriving center for Buddhists. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 06:- Today you are free after breakfast until you are transferred to the train station for your onward journey by train to Jhansi. Overnight in Train.

About Orcha:- Orcha is a city having its origin during the medieval times of 16th Centaury built by Bundela dynasty rulers and has many old timed palaces and temples reflecting grand old beauty, which existed in those times. The City was built by a Rajput leader Rudra Pratap Singh. He chose Orcha city as the capital, because it was on the Banks of Betwa River. The succeeding Ruler to Rudra Pratap Singh, Raja Bir Singh contributed to the splendor of the city by constructing Jehangir Mahal. The palace is constructed in tiers and at the top there are highly graceful umbrella like structures. From the top of this Palace a view of all the temples having long tapering structures and other landmarks of the city can be viewed with a great mind & soul satisfying scene.”

Day 07:- Arrive at Jhansi (Railway station) and Proceed to Orchha (15 kms - 30 minutes). Evening walk in the heritage area of Orchha and visit fort and the temples around and enjoy the riverside peaceful ambience of Orchha. Overnight in Orchha hotel.

About Khajuraho:- Khajuraho is known all over the world for its Kamasutra temples, sex, erotic architecture and sculpture.  The construction of these Temples is thousand-year old took a little over two centuries. In terms of architecture of these temples, they form the high peak of the north Indian 'Nagara' style.  Of the 85 temples believed to have been built between the 9th and 12th centuries only 20 have survived, many in splendid condition, others having given way to the ravages of time and nature. Close to and around Khajuraho is forest land; a small clearing houses a village populated by no more than 3,000 residents, but visited each year by thousands of tourists from all over the world.”

Day 08:- After breakfast leave for Khajuraho (170 kms - 5 hours). Arrive Khajuraho, check in the reserved hotel, freshen up and then in evening visit the mesmerizing light & sound show in the world famous Kamasutra Temples. This show takes you back through the history and culture. Overnight in Khajuraho hotel.

Day 09:- After Breakfast, be ready to witness the world renowned Kamasutra Temples. During the evening you are free at leisure to walk/ explore/ rest etc. Overnight in Khajuraho hotel.

Day 10:- After breakfast you are free to be dropped to train station/ airport for your onward journey……

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