One of the beauties of travel and travel alone is that you can focus on yourself. Women returning from their first trip solo or with other women feel they have accomplished a certain something. This is an incredible 12 days’ escapade to the Golden Triangle of India comprising of India's most popular cities - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and the best of architectural delights of India - Orchha, Khajuraho and the spiritual capital of India; Varanasi. We have infused a number of activities like a rickshaw ride in the streets of Old Delhi and the thrill of an Elephant ride to Amer Fort in Jaipur. Also, a visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra will leave you awed. Your tour proceeds with exploring Orchha that takes you back to the era of Rajput rule with its splendid palaces, temples and royal chhatris (cenotaphs) inspired from Rajput-Mughal blended architecture. You will also visit the famous Hindu and Jain group temples of Khajuraho that showcase the finest temple art with its erotic sculptures and intricate carvings. This tour ends with the spiritual city of Varanasi where you will get to see the Ganga Aarti.
Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. It is a city that has been an idyllic symbol of the magnificent past and thriving present of India. It has never failed to amaze its visitors with its beautiful blend of various nationalities, diverse cultures & traditions, the heritage of the bygone eras and its modern lifestyle – all rolled into one. The day is at leisure.
After breakfast, proceed for Delhi sightseeing starting with a visit to the Jama Masjid - the largest Mosque in India. Visit Chandni Chowk oldest, biggest bazaar of Old Delhi. Later, walk up to Fatehpuri Masjid and enjoy a rickshaw ride till Red Fort. Here our driver will meet you, drive past Red Fort (a 17th-century historical fort in Delhi) and reach Rajghat, a memorial where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. An eternal flame burns on one side of this memorial.
Visit the Humayun’s Tomb - the first garden-style tomb of India. The main highlight of this tomb, inspired by Persian architecture, is the four garden squares with water passage channels surrounding the tomb. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan - the residence of the President of India and India Gate - an archway built in honour of the soldiers who died in World War I. Visit Qutub Minar built by Qutb-al-Din Aibak in 1193 to mark the beginning of Muslim rule in India.
Early morning, we will attend a Yoga class at Lodi Garden. Yoga is a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation. Go back to the hotel for breakfast. After this proceed for a cooking class at the host’s home in Delhi followed by lunch. We can also arrange for a lesson on how to wear a saree.
In the evening visit Dilli Haat which is an open-air food plaza along with stores selling handicrafts and artefacts. Extensive foundation work, small thatched roof cottages and kiosks give the plaza a village atmosphere. Get an opportunity to see how "Mehndi" is applied and also experience it. Mehndi is the art of colouring hands with a Henna paste which is very popular in India. You can end the day with a spa session at the hotel itself.
Post breakfast and check out, drive to the beautiful city of Jaipur, also known as the Pink City of India. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Jaipur is a city known as the Pink City of India due to extensive use of pink sandstone in various buildings of the city. Its monuments showcase a myriad of architectural styles and its vibrant bazaars are famous for traditional handicrafts and jewellery. The ambience of this city speaks volumes of the rich lifestyle of the Rajput Kings.
After breakfast, proceed for Jaipur sightseeing starting with a visit to Amer Fort. It is a hill fort built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh. This fort displays various prominent monuments like private halls, pavilions, private chambers for the King and the Rajput women. It stands as a testimony to the golden era of Rajput rule in Jaipur. The reflection of this fort falling on the Maota Lake is truly captivating. Enjoy an Elephant ride here to and fro the fort.
Next, visit the City Palace. It is the royal Palace of Jaipur that boasts former private and public meeting chambers of the Kings, giant silver vessels, courtyards, beautifully-designed gateways, intricately-carved private chambers of the King and much more. Visit the Jantar Mantar - an astronomical observatory that features the World’s largest Sundial - Samrat Yantra. End the day with a visit to Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds. This is a five-storey palace built in the year 1799 during the Rajput era in Jaipur. The main highlight of this palace is the intricately-designed 953 windows adorned with beautiful latticework.
After breakfast, drive to Agra. En-route, visit 16th century Fatehpur Sikri that boasts of some of the magnificent monuments built during the Mughal Era. Here visit the Panch Mahal (a five-storey palace built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar), Buland Darwaza (the highest gateway in the world built by Emperor Akbar in 1601 to commemorate his victory over Gujarat) and much more. Continue driving to Agra. It is a beautiful city located on the banks of River Yamuna. It is dotted with various historical structures that reflect the opulence of the Mughal era in India. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. The day is free at leisure.
Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal - the most extravagant symbol of love, dedication and purity ever that took almost 22 years to build. It is an ivory-white marble monument where rests the mortals of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan (who built Taj Mahal) and his wife (Mumtaz). An interesting fact about this stunning edifice is that it turns pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden at night as the moonlight falls upon it. Watching the sunrise over this iconic monument is truly a sight to behold. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Next, visit the Agra Fort that resembles the magnificent Red Fort in Delhi. The Diwan-i-Aam (Hall of Public Audience), Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) and the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) are a must-see attraction here. Later visit the tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah located at the centre of a quadrangle with gardens laid out in a Char Bagh pattern surrounding it. The structure stands over a raised sandstone terrace measuring 149 feet square and 3 feet and 4 inches high from the ground.
After breakfast, drive to Agra railway station to board the train to Jhansi. On arrival, our representative will drive you to Orchha. On reaching, check-in at the hotel. Orchha is a city dotted with artistically-beautiful palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century that still retains much of its pristine perfection. After some relaxation, go for sightseeing at Orchha Fort Complex. Visit the Jehangir Mahal built in the 17th century by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha. Its strong lines are counterbalanced by delicate chhatris and trellis work. Explore the Raj Mahal crowned by chhatris and exquisite interiors, boldly colourful murals based on religious themes. Visit the Ram Raja Temple, which is the most unusual as it is a palace turned temple where Rama is worshipped as a Raja (King). Head to the Laxminarayan Temple linked by a flagstone path to the Ram Raja Temple. Its interiors contain the most exquisite wall paintings in Orchha.
After breakfast, we will drive to Khajuraho. On arrival, check-in to the hotel. Khajuraho was the capital of the Chandela kings and its temples were built in the short span of hundred years from 950-1050 AD. Most of them were destroyed by Muslim invaders. Adorned with exquisite sculpture, only 22 temples remain of the original 85. Khajuraho’s temples are covered with hundreds of sculptured figures - a galaxy of Gods and Goddesses, beasts and serpents and a multitude of erotic couples which represent a passion to live, to love and to joy.
After some relaxation, head for Khajuraho sightseeing that covers visits to the Khajuraho Group of Temples that speak volumes of the grandeur of Chandela Kings. These temples around 200 years back. These are a set of temples divided into eastern, western and southern wings The Eastern wing is majorly dominated with meticulously-designed Jain Temples. The Parsvanath Temple is the largest temple of this wing. The western wing features some of the finest temples including the Andariya Mahadev Temple, Devi Jagadambe Temple, Chausat Yogini and Chitragupt Temple etc. while the Southern wing comprises of three temples: Duladeo Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple and Beejamandal Temple. All these temples display exquisite detailing, erotic carvings that are hard to find anywhere else in India.
After breakfast, our company representative will drive you to the Airport to board your flight to Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi, our company representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel, and the rest of the day is at leisure. Varanasi is a city located on the banks of River Ganga that is the 2nd largest river of India. Formerly known as Kashi and Benares, this city is around 3000 years old. It is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Hindus as it is considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva (God of Destruction). Every year, Hindu devotees visit this city to take a holy dip in the River Ganga that is said to wash away all the sins.
Your Varanasi sightseeing tour begins with an early morning boat ride on the River Ganges. Enjoy soaking in the spectacular sunrise views and later, return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, proceed to Sarnath - where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. It is the place dotted with various Buddhist pilgrimage sites of great significance. If you’re a devout follower of Buddha, then visiting this place is a must. Later, visit the New Vishwanath Temple also known as the Birla Mandir. Settled within the Banaras Hindu University, it is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (God of Destruction). It took around 35 years to build this temple.
Head to the Tulsi Manas Temple built by the royal family of Banaras in 1964. It is believed to be the place where the legendary poet Tulsidas wrote the great Indian epic Ramcharitramanas. Close to this temple is the Durga Temple (Monkey temple) dedicated to Goddess Durga (divine feminine energy). In the evening, witness the spectacular Ganga Aarti at the Dashashwamedh Ghat. It is a daily evening ceremony that has been practised for thousands of years on the banks of River Ganges.
After breakfast, our company representative will drive you to Varanasi Airport to board your flight back home.
|Duration||:||11 Nights / 12 Days|
|Starting price||:||825 Per Person|
|Route||:||Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Jhansi - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi|