Day 01:- Arrive Delhi.
On your arrival in Delhi, you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel. Delhi was the capital of Indraprastha and capital of the Pandavas during the Mahabharata. This magnificent city has been inhabited from the 6th century BC and has been a capital of many kingdoms. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times and is called the "city of cities". Delhi's culture has been influenced by its different rulers and the city is full of beautiful monuments. The Mughal rulers influenced the food habits of the residents and Mughlai cuisine originated here. Due to the proximity of different states, all festivals are celebrated here. Old Delhi is a maze of small lanes lined and old buildings and New Delhi has large road with huge buildings. Delhi is the capital of India and is the hub for politics. Overnight is in Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi
Today you will be visiting Laxmi Narayan Temple, Hanuman Mandir, Gauri Shankar Mandir, and visit Akshardham Temple. Swaminarayan Akshardham is one of the world's largest temple complexes and built from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian marble. In this Hindu temple complex, there are statues of Swaminarayan, Sita Ram, Radha Krishna, Shiva Parvati, and Lakshmi Narayan. The main temple was built as per Vastu and Pancharatra Shastra and the main monument has carved details of flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities. The temple has 234 pillars, nine domes, 20,000 idols of sages and 148 of full sized elephants. Yagnapurush Kund is a large step well with a musical fountain. A short boat ride takes you through 10,000 years of Indian history. Overnight is in Delhi.
Day 03:- Delhi to Ajmer by train. Drive to Pushkar (16 kms).
Morning transfer to railway station to board train for Ajmer. Arrive Ajmer and drive to Pushkar. In the afternoon, you will be visiting Pushkar - one of the most sacred pilgrimages for Hindus and considered to be one of the oldest existing cities in India and it is said that Lord Brahma created this holiest of cities for the Hindus. When a demon Vajra Nabha killed Brahma's children, Brahma hit him with a lotus flower which killed the demon. A lotus petal fell in Pushkar and a lake was formed where Brahma performed a sacrifice on a full moon day. A temple dedicated to Brahma is the only one of its kind in the world. Hindus believe that bathing in the lake will ensure salvation. Pushkar is famous for its Camel fair when thousands of camels and cattle are traded. Overnight is in Pushkar.
Day 04:- Drive Pushkar to Jaipur (143 kms).
Early in the morning, you will be driven to Jaipur. Jaipur, also known as the pink city is the capital of Rajasthan. Many captivating palaces are present here having breathtaking design and architecture. In the 18th century Prince of Wales had visited Jaipur and the entire city was painted in pink color and due to these pink buildings the city is known as the pink city. Origin of Jaipur lie 260 year back. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh and Jaipur got its name from this king. On reaching Jaipur, you will in check-in to your hotel. You will have a full day tour of Jaipur.
The morning journey starts from Amer fort also known as Amer Palace, the earlier capital of Jaipur. This magnificent fort was constructed in red sand-stone and marble by Raja Man Singh and is divided into four sections each with a courtyard. The main entrance gate is Surajpol having a fascinating architecture. Near the Ganesh Gate, there is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Sila Devi. The Diwan-e-Aam - Hall of public audience, Diwan-e-Khas - hall of private audience, Sheesh Mahal - palace of mirrors and Sukh Niwas are quite beautiful. At the he Sukh Niwas, a pleasant climate is created by winds that blow over a water cascade. You could ascend the fort by walking up the steps or on an elephant's back or in jeeps.
In Jaipur you will be taken to Maharaja City Palace, a royal palace with seven storey as well as Jantar Mantar, the observatory. This wonderful observatory is attracted by mathematician as well as astronomers of whole world. City palace is perfect blend of all three excellent styles (Mughal, Rajput and European). Another palace, Hawa Mahal is popular all over world for it magnificent architecture. You will be taken through pink rose garden as well business centers of Jaipur. A tour of Jaipur is not complete without shopping. Jaipur is famous for clothes, carpets, precious and semi-precious stones and jewelry and various handicrafts made of wood, metals, etc. and also for silk paintings and miniatures. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Jaipur.
Day 05:- Drive Jaipur to Fatehpur Sikri to Agra (244 kms).
This morning, you will be transferred from Jaipur to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri, built in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar. Fatehpur Sikri holds exceptional testimony to Mughal civilization and is one of well-known UNESCO World heritage site of India and has various historical monuments. You will visit the Jama Masjid, followed by the Tomb of Salim Chishti, the five storied Panch Mahal and Buland Darwaza a graceful monument and stupendous piece of beautiful architectures. It is central portico with a total of three arched entrances and is locally known as Horseshoe gate. You will visit the other graceful buildings of this place such as Ibadat Khana, Mariam-uz-Zamani’s palace, Naubat Khana and Birbal’s house. Later you will be driven to Agra.
In the afternoon visit of Agra, you will be taken to Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world. This beautiful building is elegantly built with white marble by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between the years 1631 to 1648 and it was built in the memory of his favorite beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Standing majestically on banks of Yamuna River, this breathtaking, immensely beautiful monument is a synonymous to romance and love. Your next stop Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known for its architectural structure and was built in the 16th century during the Mughal Empire. This place comprises of several fairy-tale palaces like Khas Mahal and Jahangir Palace. Over here you will also get a chance to see Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khas, which are also known as private audience hall and public audience hall. TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS. Overnight is in Agra.
Day 06:- Agra to Jhansi by train. Drive to Khajuraho (191 kms).
This morning you will be transferred to rail station in time for your Jhansi train. Arrive Jhansi and drive to Orchha. Orchha was established in the 15th century AD by Rudra Pratap Singh, the first king of Orchha. The Orchha Fort was also built by the same king. Orchha Fort consists of several constructions like Raja Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, etc. Raj Mandir was built by 'Madhukar Shah' during 1554 to 1591 AD and the Chaturbhuj Temple was built by Queen Ganeshi Bai. You could climb the roof of the camel shelter "Uth Khana" for a beautiful view of Orchha. This is where the camels of the kings were held. The Orchha town has numerous temples and tombs and the fort has plenty of cenotaphs.
Later you will be transferred by road from Orchha to Khajuraho. On your arrival in Khajuraho, you will be assisted in check-in at your hotel. Khajuraho is known for its erotic and beautiful temples. These temples were constructed by the Chandelas during 950 AD to 1050 AD. After the period of Chandelas, these temples were forgotten and covered with dense palm-date trees. The name Khajuraho comes from the date trees known as Khajur trees in Hindi. In the year 1838, Capt. T.S. Burt and an engineer from British army re-discovered this place. Overnight is in Khajuraho.
Day 07:- Khajuraho.
Today morning you will be visiting the Eastern and Western group of temples. The world famous Khajuraho temples were built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD. The most important are the Chaunset Yogini Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, The Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely image of 11 headed Vishnu, Vishvanath and Nandi Temples, Lakshmana Temple, Visha Temple of Shiva, which is the largest and most typical of temples. The Eastern group of temples consists of the Parasvanath Temple - the only Jain Temple surviving at Khajuraho and has excellent sculptures on the outer walls of the Sanctum, the Javeri Temple dedicated to Vishnu. The other temples in this group are those dedicated to Brahma, Yamuna and Adinath. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight is in Khajuraho.
Day 08:- Khajuraho to Varanasi by flight.
Today, transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi. On your arrival in Varanasi, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the city or visit Sarnath. The evening Arti at the River Ganges Ghats is worth watching. Or a stroll in the busy bazaars of Varanasi also called Benaras or Banaras or Kashi will be quite interesting. Varanasi is said to be the oldest living city in the world, dating back to 5000 years. It has been the cultural and spiritual capital of North India for years. The belief of Hindus is that death in Varanasi leads to salvation. Varanasi is also known as the holy city of India or the city of temples, or the city of learning and also as the oldest living city on earth. Overnight is in Varanasi.
Day 09:- Varanasi.
This morning visit the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple the most sacred shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, New Vishwanath Temple with the whole Gita engraved on its marble walls, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir with text of Ram Charit Manas engraved on its walls, Vinayaka Temples devoted to Lord Ganesh, Annapurna Temple, Kal Bhairav Temple, Jateshwar Mahadev Temple, Maha Mritunjiya Temple and Bharat Mata Temple. Non Hindus are not allowed in Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The Bharat Mata Temple has a map o India made in white marble. Your afternoon is at leisure. Overnight is in Varanasi.
Day 10:- Varanasi to Kathmandu by flight.
Your morning boat excursion on the river Ganges will take you the different ghats. Two of the most renowned ghats, Manikarnika and Harishchandra ghats are frequented by hundreds of devotees. These two ghats are quite famous not only for taking a holy dip, but also for cremation purposes. It is strongly believed by Hindus that whoever dies in Varanasi and gets cremated on bank of river Ganga achieves salvation, thereby releasing him form this birth cycle. You may witness numerous funeral pyres burning around in these ghats. Later you will be transferred to Varanasi airport in time for your flight to Kathmandu. On your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight is in Kathmandu.
Day 11:- Kathmandu
Today morning visit Pashupatinath Temple, Bodhnath and Bhadgaon. Visit the temple of Bodhnath, the colossal 2500 years old Stupa, one of the largest in the world. This Stupa has the all seeing-eyes of the Buddha by king Mana Deva in expiation of his sins of the advice inset with prayer wheels. Also visit the Pashupatinath Temple which is noted for its erotic wood carvings of the struts. Bhadgaon is a Newar city of 9th century. Visit the ancient gateway, Durbar Square, royal residential quarter of Bhupendra Malla, temple of Nytapole in pagoda style and other temples. Non-Hindus are not permitted to visit Pashupatinath Temple. Your afternoon is at leisure. Overnight is in Kathmandu.
Day 12:- Kathmandu.
Today morning visit Patan and Swaymbhunath Temple. Visit the Old Newar City - the historic Durbar Square, see the Golden Gate, the sky piercing temple of Teleju and the statue of Yogendra Malla, other temples and old windows and carved balconies of wood, curio shops and bazaars. On return, visit Swayambhunath, the ancient Buddhist temple with 5 dhyani Buddhas enshrined at the base of the Stupa. Your afternoon is at leisure. Overnight is in Kathmandu.
Day 13:- Kathmandu to Delhi by flight.
Today you will be transferred to airport in time for your Delhi flight. On your arrival in Delhi, you will connect to your onwards flight. Accommodation is not included in Delhi.
Day 14:- Departure
End of your Hindu religious holiday tour.