CULTURE OF INDIA
This mystifying journey showcases the culture of India at its best.
This mystifying journey showcases the culture of India at its best. The Indian culture, often labeled as an amalgamation of several cultures, spans across the Indian subcontinent and has been influenced by a history that is several millennia old. You'll be visiting the sights and attractions and witness the cultural highlights of Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
Your Culture of India sojourn begins with your arrival at New Delhi airport where our representative will meet and escort you to the city hotel where rooms are held on ready occupancy. Check into the hotel and stay overnight there.
After a sumptuous breakfast, you'll be taken on a sightseeing trip of New Delhi and Old Delhi. Visit the Gandhi Memorials, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, Qutb Minar and Parliament House. Retire to the hotel after a day full of activities.
In the morning after breakfast, you'll be visiting Akshardham Temple, the biggest temple of the world with sprawling lawns and museum and theatre. In the afternoon, go on a shopping spree in Connaught Place, the shopper's heaven. Later, you'll be driven to railway station to board the train to Lucknow. Overnight on board the train.
Welcome to the city of Nawabs - Lucknow. On arrival, you'll be escorted to hotel. Sign in and relax for a while. Then embark on a daylong city tour visiting attractions like Bara Imambara, Chhota Imambara, Clock Tower, Rumi Darwaza, and British Official Residence. Evening is at leisure. Enjoy a walk through the bustling colorful markets. Retire to hotel for night stay.
The next destination is Varanasi. Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities of the world with a rich history of more than 4000 years. Board the train to Varanasi. On reaching, check into a hotel. In the evening, visit the holy banks or Ghats or River Ganges. Enjoy an exciting boat ride on the river. Retire to hotel for nigh stay.
After breakfast in the hotel you'll be embarking on an excursion to Sarnath, one of the holiest places for Buddhists. It is where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. Visit here Dhamek Stupa, a 34-metre high monument. Also visit Ashoka Pillar and Archaeological Museum. Later return to Varanasi for local sightseeing trip visiting Kashivishwanath Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Bharat Kala Bhavan and Benares Hindu University. Stay overnight at the hotel.
The Culture of India Expedition whisks you to the world famous temples of Khajuraho. You'll be driven to airport to board a flight to Khajuraho. On reaching, you'll be signing into a hotel for night stay. Later during the day, you'll be visiting Western Group and Eastern Group of Temples. These monuments depict intricately carved figures of Hindu gods and goddesses and everyday life activities right from plowing fields to amorous relations. Night is spent at hotel in Khajuraho.
Today, you'll be hitting the road to Agra. You will be driven to Jhansi to board the train to Agra. Check into hotel on reaching. Night stay is at hotel in Agra.
You'll be venturing on Agra city tour visiting the world famous Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjehan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Also visit Agra Fort, majestic red- sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna. In the evening, depart for Jaipur, 235 km from Agra which will take around 5 hours. On arrival check into a hotel for night stay.
In the morning, take an excursion to Amber Fort, 11 km from Jaipur. The palace-fort is an example of artistry and deftness of Rajputana architecture. The fort is perched atop a hill. Embark on a jeep safari or elephant ride to reach at the gate of the fort. Later in the day, you'll also visiting famous attractions of the city such as Palace of Winds or Hawa Mahal, the City Palace Complex and Jantar Mantar.
You are scheduled to travel to Jodhpur today. En route, stop for visiting Pushkar, famous for annual camel fair and Brahma Temple. On reaching Jodhpur, sign in at a hotel. Rest of the day is at your own leisure.
The day is dedicated to visit the most visited tourist attractions including Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan's largest fort, Jaswant Thada, and Umaid Bhavan. Enjoy the evening at leisure. You can visit the local bazaars bursting with colors. Spend the night at hotel.
Today, you'll be heading for Udaipur, 260 km from Jodhpur. En route halt for the Jain temples at Ranakpur. These temples are the most renowned Jain temples built in 15th century covering an area of 40,000 sq. feet with several halls & pillars which are individually carved. On arrival in Udaipur, check into the hotel where you'll be spending the night. Evening is kept free at your own leisure.
After having Rajasthani breakfast proceed for city tour of Udaipur visiting the royal City Palace - here you will see the marvelously decorated rooms with mirrored ramparts and ivory doors painted glass windows and marble galleries and the Peacock patio. After having lunch start your trip for Lake Pichola, enjoy the evening boat ride on lake Pichola, while riding you can view the city of Udaipur as it rises royally above the lake in the heart of the Rajasthan desert. Next visit the Jag Mandir Palace - an island palace in the center of the lake. Also visit 300 year old Jagdish Temple and the Royal Cenotaphs of the Rajput kings here. Overnight stay is in Udaipur.
This is the last day of your Culture of India Tour. You'll be transferred to airport to board a flight to Delhi. On reaching, you'll be driven to International Airport to board the flight back home.