Gangaur- A tale of Love and Romance(PTGLR)

Trip Length: 16 Days/ 15 Nights               Trip Starts in: Delhi               Trip Ends in: Delhi

Rajasthan is a land where the fairs and festivals are celebrated with great fervor and devotion. Our trip holiday not only offers you to witness the joyous festival in the vibrant Pink city – “Jaipur” but also gives you a chance to see interesting UNESCO site of Khajuraho – the intricately carved temples dating 9th century. The trip ends in Varanasi, one of the ancient cities situated on the bank of river Ganga or you can say the abode of Lord Shiva as per Hindu mythology. Soak up the quintessence of life while you travel to experience India with us on this holiday.

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India Gate

The capital of the world’s largest democracy has always been presented as a ‘Kohinoor’ in the fabled wealth of monumental treasures of India. The legends portray Delhi as the kingdom of the erstwhile kings ‘Pandavas’ in the 400 BCE. The profound architecture of the ancient monuments in Delhi testifies the strong hold of the rulers of Hindu, Muslim and British empires. The monuments and ruins of many empires are scattered throughout the city, often cheek by jowl with modern towers and structures.

Shahpura Haveli

Shahpura haveli is one of the most meticulously restored palaces being transformed into premium palace hotel presenting a perfect example of Rajput-Mughal architecture. The original structure is more than 300 years old located in the village of Shahpura, off Jaipur-Delhi national highway. The extravagantly florid hand-painted Durbar Hall and the overlooking gallery create an implausible hall of mirrors.

Mandawa Haveli

In the rich heritage of India, Shekhawati region is an open art gallery in the north-west of Rajasthan. In the midst of Shekhawati, Mandawa holds a unique image mansion called as "Havelis"  built by the wealthy Marwaris. The lavishly decorated Havelis with lively frescoes inside and outside creates an open art gallery with vivacious colors and themes created from Indian Mythology  to modern influence of the British Raj in India in the 19th and 20th century.

Mandawa Desert Resort

In the rich heritage of India, Shekhawati region is an open art gallery in the north-west of Rajasthan. In the midst of Shekhawati, Mandawa holds a unique image of the Havelis or the rich mansion built by the merchants or Marwaris. The lavishly decorated Havelis with lively frescoes inside and outside creates an open art gallery with vivacious colors and themes created from Indian Mythology  to modern influence of the British Raj in India in the 19th and 20th century.

City Palace

 
Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ of India is not only a city but a brilliant example of architecture, aesthetic standards and fusion of ideas and mastermind planning of a great warrior and astronomer King -  Sawai Jai Singh II. The Kachwaha rulers claim to descend from the lineage of Lord Rama’s second son, Kush. This world fame 18th century city is well protected by a massive masonry crenelled wall with nine entrance gates. The city is in the form of a chess board with nine blocks called as chokris.

 

Taj Mahal

No wonder, this place does not need an introduction as the soul of the World Heritage, crowns the City ‘The Taj-Mahal’  strategically located on the banks of River Jamuna, the tributary of sacred Ganges was the seat of the imperial Mughal court and former capital of India during the Mughal Empire. Dotted with three grand World Heritage Sites; The Taj-Mahal, The Agra fort and the abandoned capital city of Fatehpur Sikri, a must see monument.  

Orchha

Orchha is a medieval palace city dramatically positioned on a rocky island, enclosed by the loop of the Betwa River. The city is famed for its bright murals of Hindu myths along with its island Fort and other attractions like Raj Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, Rai Praveen Mahal and Laxmi Narayan hilltop temple. The palaces and temples of this medieval township built by Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century still preserve much of its untouched excellence in the architectural structures. The Ram Raja Temple is most remarkable as it is a palace turned temple and where Rama is worshipped as a King.

Cluster of Khajuraho Temples

Khajuraho  once called as Shivpuri, the city of Shiva. The elaborate sculptural sexual decorations are to celebrate the marriage of Lord Shiva, God of creation and Goddess Parvati, the destructive energy. These temples were created in the period of 10th and 12th century by the Lunar Dynasty rulers, Chandela Rajputs who defied Muslim invasions. Due to dense forested isolation, the Khajuraho clusters of resplendent Hindu temples were protected from the Muslim destructions and were lost until 1819 AD. The most remarkable are the Western group of temples though you can explore the eastern group, a little distance away.

The Dawn Boat Trip

A beautiful mix of Hinduism and Buddhism can be seen in one of the oldest cities of the world. Its location is on the west bank of sacred river Ganga or popularly anglicized as Ganges in the western world which flows freely towards the Bay of Bengal. The holiness of the city could be witnessed in variant of colors while you are there at dawn or at dusk. Bathing in the sacred river is revered as a part of life or dipping during the pilgrimage once in lifetime is the last desire of any person born as Hindu. The dusk brings you the worship of Maa Ganga or mother Ganges with flickering flames from the oil filled lamps raising more than a meter high and burning fragrance of incense sticks soothing the whole atmosphere. The chanting of the mantras by the priests and jingling of the bells at temples and shrines around mesmerize you completely. On the other hand the ruins of the Buddhist Monasteries and the holy place where Buddha delivered his first sermon to his 5 disciples take you to the another era behind. The gushing wind taking the holy prayers flags in all cardinal directions and the flock of the pilgrims from various corners of the Buddhist belief just make the place more sacred. Visit the most beautiful modern temple where the Japanese artist had painted Buddha’s life leaving a deep impact on your soul and mind. So dip into the sacred abode where Hinduism and Buddhism coexists next to each other.


Itinerary

Day 1 (Delhi)

Delhi

Arrive at IG International airport and transfer to hotel for a short break to relax after a long plane journey. Your tour starts with an interesting visit to Hindu temple popularly known as 'Birla Mandir' and a Sikh temple in the middle of the City called as 'Bangla Sahib Gurudwara'.

Day 2 (Delhi)

Delhi

Visit the famous market of Old Delhi; Chandni Chowk by foot to perceive one of the largest spice and dry fruit Market. After lunch, we will visit  “the last flicker in the lamp of Islamic architecture”  ‘Safdarjung Tomb’ and later Lodi Gardens  –  the impressive tombs and the gardens are in perfect settings and are considered as one of the major sites of Architecture in Delhi. Return to hotel for relaxing.

Day 3 (Delhi/Shahpura)

Delhi/Shahpura

We will head to one of the boutique hotel restored by the noble family of Shahpura. Witness the colorful bazaars of Shahpura blended with modern and rural contrasts.

Day 4 (Shahpura/Mandawa)

Shahpura/Mandawa

We will continue exploring Rajasthan towards the north-west taking 2 overnights stay at Mandawa, an open art gallery of frescoes, murals and much more to soak up within the region.

Day 5 (Mandawa)

Mandawa

Explore the nearby towns to enjoy the beauty of the place during your half day sightseeing tour. Later enjoy your stay at the luxury huts at Mandawa Desert Resort.

Day 6 (Mandawa/Jaipur)

Mandawa/Jaipur

Welcome to the Pink-city of Jaipur  –  an afternoon full of excitement and solemnity. Come and witness the most attractive and famous festival of  ‘GANGAUR’  celebrated with great pageantry.

Day 7 (Jaipur)

Jaipur

The day starts with an interesting walk in the old city. After the walk, we will see some art and craft work center. We will continue to the famous Amber fort. We will have lunch at a noble family home at Amber. Later we will have an interesting walk in the old town of Amber.

Day 8 (Jaipur/Fatehpur Sikri/Agra)

Jaipur/Fatehpur Sikri/Agra

Enjoy a scenic drive on Jaipur-Agra highway passing by the local stone work at Sikandra before you reach the beautiful red stone city of Fatehpur Sikir built by the famous Moghul Emperor Akbar as his make shift capital. Continue to Agra; this evening brings you an exciting dance show by more than hundred artists – the making of Taj Mahal before you visit it the next day.

Day 9 (Agra)

Agra

This morning we will enjoy the beauty of Taj Mahal. After breakfast, visit the art work of Pietra-Dura and then continue to the World UNESCO site ‘The Agra fort’. Late afternoon, an exciting mode of transport will take you to Baby Taj. Continue to Mehtab Bagh for stunning views of Taj Mahal across the river.

Day 10 (Agra/Jhansi/Orchha)

Agra/Jhansi/Orchha

The day starts with an exciting experience of Indian railway, the second largest employer in the world. We will catch early morning Train to Jhansi and then 30 minutes road journey to Orchha, a character township. We will visit the Palace and later an interesting walk in the town to perceive the life and colors of India.

Day 11 (Orchha/Khajuraho)

Orchha/Khajuraho

A bit bumpy but scenic drive to reach hidden wonder of the world; the clustered temple of Khajuraho  –  A World UNESCO site. Explore the Eastern group by rickshaw and before you reach the bejeweled wealth of intricate architecture next morning, enjoy the light and sound show in the late evening - a tale of love and romance. 

Day 12 (Khajuraho)

Khajuraho

The sunrise brings life to this little town, when the dawn splashes the golden rays on the bedecked temples of the Western cluster.  Some quality time would be required to visit this treasure of India where the social life is depicted in forms of different phase of human life and society. Wander on your own or unwind whilst sipping your favorite drink at the pool side of your hotel.

Day 13 (Khajuraho/Varanasi)

Khajuraho/Varanasi

Fly to Varanasi, the religious city of Shiva, Hinduism's holiest old city in the world's most ancient civilizations where the sacred river Ganga flows freely keeping the city on west side of river. Late in the evening, visit the ghats along the Ganga to eyewitness the evening prayer ceremonies and walk through the traditional markets.

Day 14 (Varanasi)

Varanasi

The daybreak boat trip endows with the unforgettable spectacle of the morning prayers gently moving along with the bathing Ghats. Visit some interesting sites after the boat trip; including Banaras Hindu University (one of the world's most consecrated institutions of learning) the Bharat Kala Bhawan (exhibits a valuable anthology of ancient sculpture and medieval paintings  –  closed on Sundays/University holidays. Late afternoon visit one of the old sites Sarnath the birth place of Buddhism, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon in first quarter of 6th century BCE after attaining Enlightenment.

Day 15 (Varanasi/Delhi)

Varanasi/Delhi

Morning at leisure and then transfer to Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport, Varanasi to connect flight for Delhi

Day 16 (Final Departure)

Final Departure

Departure to International Airport to catch flight back home


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1 . All Monument Entrances as per itinerary for one entry
2 . All breakfasts as per itinerary
3 . All activities as per itinerary
1 . International Air Fare
2 . Travel Insurance
3 . Single Accommodation (available on Request)
4 . Visa or Transit Visa
5 . Vaccinations
6 . Expenses of Personal Nature: Any Table drinks, Telephone calls, Laundry, Camera fees (still or video), Gratuities to Tour Managers, Guides, Drivers, Hotel or Restaurant staff etc.
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