The Jewel In The Crown Of The British Empire Was Not India, It Was Rajasthan. Rajasthan Is The Fabled Land Of The Maharajas Of India And Of The Rajputs For Which It Is Named. In Days Of Old, The Rajputs’ Highly-Evolved Code Of Honor And Chivalry Probably Rivaled That Of The Medieval European Knights And Rajput People To This Day Take Great Pride In Their Ancestry. Their Sense Of Etiquette And Valor Remains Alive And Well And You Will Undoubtedly Be Invited, As An Honored Guest, Into A Rajput Home. This Two Week In-Country Itinerary Explores The Cultural Heritage Of India Under The Rajput, Mughal And British Influences Before Delving Into Ancient India With Visits To The Millennium Old Temples Of Khajuraho And Religious Binaries (Also Known As Varanasi). Built On The Banks Of The Holy River Ganga (Ganges), Varanasi Is The "Oldest" Living City Of The World And Could Well Be Thought Of As The "Soul Of India".bOOK nOW
On arrival at Mumbai airport or railway station, our representative will meet you to pick you up and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel in Delh
Relaxed Morning To Get Over Jet Lag. Afternoon Set Out To Explore Mumbai, With Visits To Victoria Terminus And Other Colonial-Era Sites, Prince Of Wales Museum And Gateway Of India. Special “Welcome Dinner” And Stroll On The Promenade Along Marine Drive.
Take The Early Morning Flight To Aurangabad And Drive To Ellora. Visit The Buddhist, Hindu And Jain Cave Complex, Which Date Back To The 6th Century C.E. Highlight Is The Massive Kailasnatha Temple, Carved From A Singe Rock Formation. Return To Auranagabad.
This Morning Make The Short Journey To The World Heritage Site At Ajanta, Beautifully Situated In A Rocky Gorge On The Waghora River. We Will Fully Explore The Caves With Their Exquisite Murals, Many Of Which Depict The Buddhist Jataka Tales. Return To Aurangabad For The Flight To Udaipur.
We Have The Day To Explore The “City Of Sunrise.” Visits To The Jagdish Temple And City Palace Complex, Explore The Bazaar And Other Sites In And Around Udaipur, And Take A Sunset Boat Cruise On Lake Pichola.
In The Morning We Will Fly To Jaipur, The “Pink City”. This Afternoon We Will Explore The City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal And Jaipur’s Colorful Bazaars.
Early Morning Excursion To Amber Fort. Balance Of The Day At Leisure. In The Evening We Will Have A Special Rajasthani Dinner With Members Of One Of Jaipur’s Noble Families.
Journey Into The Heart Of Rural Rajasthan And The Agricultural Village Areas Around Bharatpur. Take A Camel Safari And Meet And Interact With The Local Villagers.
Today We Will Drive To Agra, En Route Visiting Fatepur Sikri. Watch The Sunset On The Taj, One Of The Architectural Wonders Of The World And A World Heritage Site.
We Have The Day To Explore The Mughal Capital. After Watching The Sunrise On The Taj Mahal, We Visit The Red Fort And Itmad Ud Daula, Among Other Sites.
Today You Will Experience The Quintessential Indian Mode Of Transport And Take The Early Morning Train To Jhansi. We Then Drive To Historic Orchha To Have Lunch And Visit The Bundela Temple Site. Continuing On We Reach Khajuraho Where, Time Permitting, We Will Visit The Smaller Temple Complex.
We Rise Early This Morning To Explore The Famous 10th Century Chandela Temple Complex, Made Famous For Their Erotic Carvings. Taking The Early Afternoon Flight, We Reach The Ancient City Of Varanasi The "Soul" Of India. With Over 500 Hundred Temples, Varanasi Is The Oldest Living City In The Country. This Afternoon Take A Walking Tour Of The Ghats Followed By A Sunset Boat Cruise On The Sacred River Ganga.
Witness Devotees Performing Their Morning Religious Rites On The “Ghats” Of The River, As We Take A Sunrise Boat Cruise Up The Ganga. We Then Visit Sarnath, The Site Where Buddha Gave His First Sermon. This Evening We Will Have Special Dinner At A Private Home With A Performance Of Classical Music And Dance.
We Will Have Our Morning In Varanasi And Then Fly On To Delhi Where We Will Dine Together For Our Sumptuous “Farewell Dinner” At night in Delhi
In The Morning We Visit Sites In “Old” Delhi, Followed By Sites In “New” Delhi. Transfers To International Airport For Return Flight Back