The Indo- Gangetic Plains (PTIGP)

Trip Length: 17 Days/ 16 Nights               Trip Starts in: Delhi               Trip Ends in: Delhi

Most of the travelers choose common cities to visit India but what you do not perceive is the off- route sites and experiences offered during this tour. This ethnically rich trip is with amazing archeological sites, temples, splendid museums, consecrated cities and primeval travel routes. From India’s oldest capital Delhi, the trip route follows ancient cities of Indo- Gangetic plains. Most of these cities are either sited on the bank of sacred river Ganga or its tributaries. So this time, discover India where religion and life comes together on one stretch. 

Tour Details

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.

Local Market

Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh is world famous for its authentic cuisine and Kebabs. A wide variety of Kebabs like Galauti, Kakori, Shami, Boti, Ghutwa, Seekh and many more are specialties of Awadh region. Though the recipes and the cooks have migrated world over to familiarize the taste of the Royal cuisine, the charm of dining here is still inevitable. Not only the cuisine but the city itself is an untouched site of the gray, passionate Muslim buildings of the old city and the realistic British buildings of the Residence. The city offers a lot to explore during your stay.

Confluence of Rivers

Allahabad still being revered as the Mecca of the Hindus being an important site where the sacred rivers; the Ganga, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati meeet. The city is also known as ‘Prayag’, and said to be more than 5000 years old. The chronicles say that the city was also visited by the famous traveler Hiuen Tsang in mid of the 7th century AD. It is a showcase of varied history and culture encircling the pre- Independence era, the Mughal influence and the British Raj. The British maintained a large military presence before Independence of India and contributed to buildings like the law courts and universities.

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.

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.

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.

Gwalior Fort

Gwalior was the capital of the erstwhile state of same name ruled by the Kachhwaha Rajput clan stretches for nearly 2 miles atop a 100-m high sandstone and basalt hill. The state passed under hands of different rulers leaving an imprint still existing on the buildings. The Rajput, Islamic and European influence could be seen as mix and match on the left building leaving this town as un-explored for the visitor. Dotted with treasures within the fort are the “Sas- Bahu temples” built during the 11th century;  Built by Raja Mansingh of the Tomar Dynasty in 1486 AD until 1516 AD, the double-storeyed  “Man Mandir Palace”  is the most spectacular and finest example of Rajput secular Architecture embroidered with outstanding stone carving and latticed work in the entire India. Other attractions are the 21 colossal Jain sculptures of the  “Tirthankaras”  at the Urvashi Gate built in between 7th and 15th century AD carved into the rock face. 

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.  

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.

 


Itinerary

Day 1 (Delhi)

Delhi

Arrive at IG International airport and transfer to your hotel to relax after a long plane journey. This afternoon we will visit a couple of off- route sites and also to familiarize yourself with the hustle and bustle of this ancient Capital.

Day 2 (Delhi)

Delhi

We will visit some other places of interest during the orientation tour of Delhi.

Day 3 (Delhi/Lucknow)

Delhi/Lucknow

Board morning flight to Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh well known for its unique architecture, music, art and centre for Urdu poetry and courtly diction. An afternoon tour of the fabled wealth of Lucknow will be revealed to you; this evening you will enjoy the world famous Awadh cuisine.

Day 4 (Lucknow)

Lucknow

The teeming markets and lanes of Lucknow are famous for their crafts, embroidery work, perfume sellers, architecture and much more blended within the city itself. This evening enjoy more of the royal cuisine at one of the noble’s  home.

Day 5 (Lucknow/Allahabad)

Lucknow/Allahabad

The day starts with an exciting experience of Indian railway, the second largest employer in the world. We will catch the early morning train to Allahabad. The 5000 years place is well known as “Prayag” , the city of offerings where the sacred rivers; the Ganga, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati confluence. The city was also visited by the famous traveler Hiuen Tsang in mid of the 7th century AD. It is a showcase of varied history and culture encircling the pre- Independence era, the Mughal influence and the British Raj. Spend half a day exploring the area with architectural contrasts. The place is a Mecca for the devout Hindu who visits this pilgrimage once in a life time .

Day 6 (Allahabad/Chunar/Varanasi)

Allahabad/Chunar/Varanasi

Our destination for the day is Varanasi, the city of Shiva along the river Ganga, the holiest of all. We pause at the famous fort of Chunar, an important one during the rule of Sultans and the British Raj. Continue your journey to Varanasi. Stroll at the Ghats and witness one of the attractions of the holy City, the evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat.

Day 7 (Varanasi)

Varanasi

The daybreak boat trip endows with the unforgettable spectacle of the morning prayers gently moving along 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 the first quarter of 6th century BCE after attaining Enlightenment.

Day 8 (Varanasi/Khajuraho)

Varanasi/Khajuraho

Fly to Khajuraho at midday to the hidden wonder of the world; the clustered temples of Khajuraho - A World UNESCO site. Explore the Eastern group by rickshaw. Enjoy the light and sound show in the late evening- a tale of love and romance.

Day 9 (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. A quality time would be required to spend to see this treasure of India where the social life is depicted in forms of different phases of human life and society. Wander on your own or unwind whilst sipping your favorite drink at the pool side of your hotel.

Day 10 (Khajuraho/Panna NP/Orchha)

Khajuraho/Panna NP/Orchha

Lets us put some excitement during the holidays to see the wildlife of Central India. A morning jeep safari to Panna National Park gives you a chance to see the Ken Ghariyal Sanctuary and other wild life. After lunch, a bit bumpy but a scenic drive to reach Orchha, a character township in Madhya Pradesh, the heart of India. An interesting walk in the town to perceive the life and colors of India will give you unlimited picture opportunities. {Closed from 1st July to 15th October every year}

Day 11 (Orchha/Datia/Gwalior)

Orchha/Datia/Gwalior

We will visit the beautiful Jehangir Palace in the morning and proceed to Datia, an off the beaten place. This is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage centre where you can witness one of the finest examples of Bundela architecture, the Govind Palace. Continue your journey to Gwalior to relax for the day.

Day 12 (Gwalior/Agra)

Gwalior/Agra

A morning tour of the recently restored grand Jai Vilas Palace (closed on Mondays/holidays). Its museum displays an immeasurable and  diverse collection of royal memorabilia. Later visit the colossal Gwalior Fort continually built from ancient to late medieval times and carry on viewing the palaces and temples within region. Continue to Agra to contemplate the dream of your life “TAJMAHAL”.

Day 13 (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 14 (Agra/Fatehpur Sikri/Jaipur )

Agra/Fatehpur Sikri/Jaipur

This morning we will drive to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri. A tale in red sandstone built in 1570 AD by III Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great. A Leisure evening to get ready for the next day to explore the planned Pink-city.

Day 15 (Jaipur)

Jaipur

Enjoy visiting the beautiful City Palace and the Stone observatory in the morning. We will continue to the famed Amber fort perched on the hill range of Aravali Mountains, one of the oldest mountain in India.

Day 16 (Jaipur/Delhi)

Jaipur/Delhi

Your final destination is the bustling city of Delhi where a sumptuous farewell dinner awaits your presence to rewind back the unforgettable memories of the holidays.

Day 17 (Final Departure)

Final Departure

You will be transferred 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.
7 . Tour Manager on request
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