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Temples & Palaces of North India

11 Days . Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur

Day 1- Arrive Delhi
Arrive today in India's capital city of Delhi. You are greeted with a traditional Indian welcome and escorted to the hotel to relax. THE ROYAL PLAZA.

Day 2 - Delhi
This morning is at leisure. In the afternoon proceed for a tour of Old Delhi. Among your stops are the Red Fort, Raj Ghat, Ashoka Pillar and the mile-long Chandni Chowk bazaar. (B)

Day 3 - Delhi
After breakfast embark on a tour of New Delhi - drive along Rajpath to view the Parliament House, the President's House and India Gate. Visit the Humayun's Tomb, Qutab Minar and Birla Temple. This afternoon is at leisure for shopping. (B)

Day 4 - Delhi / Varanasi-Sarnath
Today fly to Varanasi (India's holiest city), located on the sacred Ganges River. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the hotel. This afternoon visit the stupas, ruins and museum at Sarnath, scene of Buddha's first sermon. Tonight visit the ghats to see the evening aarti ceremony at the Ganges. IDEAL GRAND (B)

Day 5 - Varanasi
Early this morning enjoy the sunrise on the Ganges River with a boat ride followed by a walking tour of the old city. After breakfast proceed for a city tour of Varanasi where you will visit Benares Hindu University, Bharat Mata Mandir, Tulsi Manas mandir etc. This afternoon is at leisure. This evening visit a classical music school, where you will get familiar with the various Indian classical instruments. (B)

Day 6 - Varanasi / Khajuraho
Fly to Khajuraho, capital of the 9th to 13th century Chandela Dynasty. Upon arrival you are met and transferred to the hotel. Visit the Western group of temples containing the largest and loveliest temples, including Kandariya Mahadev (representing Chandela art at its best). RAMADA Khajuraho (B)

Day 7 - Khajuraho /Agra
This morning visit the principal Eastern group of temples, which reflect the simplicity inherent in Jainism. Later, drive to Jhansi to board the train to Agra, en route visiting Orcha, a medieval city frozen in time and space. Upon arrival you are met and transferred to the hotel. RADISSON Hotel Agra (B)

Day 8 - Agra / Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast proceed on an excursion to Fatehpur Sikri. Later this afternoon enjoy a city tour of Agra visiting the Fort and the Taj Mahal. (B)

Day 9 - Agra / Jaipur
This morning you have the option to visit the magnificent Taj Mahal for a sunrise view. After breakfast depart for Jaipur. Check in upon arrival at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure. Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur (B)

Day 10 - Amber Fort Excursion & Jaipur Sightseeing
This morning visit the mountain fortress of Amber, riding royally atop regally painted and decorated elephants. Later, enjoy a tour of Jaipur City, visiting Hawa Mahal or the "Palace of Winds", City Palace and the ancient observatory. (B)

Day 11 - Jaipur / Delhi / Depart
This morning is at leisure to pursue independent activities. This afternoon drive back to Delhi airport and depart on your onward flight home filled with colorful memories of India. (B)

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