Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Highlights of a Historical India

Highlights of a Historical India
7 Nights/8 Days
Itinerary: Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi
Limited period offer: Book early and Get 15% discount
Number of Persons 1 Jun '10 - 15 Sep '10 22 October '10 - 31 March '11
2 paying person on twin sharing of room £ 422 per person £ 529 per person
Tour Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
A Yatra representative will meet you at a location convenient to you in Delhi and transfer you in an air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel of stay. Check-in at your pre-booked hotel.

In the afternoon, you will be taken on a half-day combined city tour of Old and New Delhi, accompanied by an English-speaking guide. Proceed to the historical sites of the city such as Qutab Minar, India Gate (War Memorial), a drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan (President‹s Estate), Parliament House and Secretariat building. Further on, proceed to Jama Masjid, and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk - a traditional shopping hub. After sightseeing in the city, return to your hotel and spend the night.

Day 2: Delhi - Varanasi
After a hearty breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to board a flight for Varanasi. Upon arrival in the pilgrimage city of Varanasi, check-in at a hotel and relax for a while. In the afternoon, head out on a half-day excursion of Sarnath, an important Buddhist pilgrimage centre. Marvel at the huge Buddha statue of Sarnath. After sightseeing in the city, return to your hotel and spend the night.

Day 3: Varanasi - Khajuraho
Take an early morning boat ride on river Ganges. The long string of ghats - the chain of stone steps - along the western bank of the Ganges forms the major attraction of Varanasi. There are plenty of history and legends associated with these ghats. After the boar ride, tuck into a hearty breakfast and proceed to visit the beautiful temples and bustling bazaars.
Later, you will be transferred to the airport to board a flight for Khajuraho. Upon arrival in Khajuraho, check-in at a hotel and spend the night.

Day 4: Khajuraho - Jhansi - Agra
After breakfast, go on a sightseeing tour of Khajuraho. Marvel at the architecture of the temples and the intricately carved sculptures of gods and goddesses from Indian mythology. Made of finely grained stone, the colors of the sculptures range from pale buff, pink, yellow and brown. The human body depicted in various sensuous postures is widely found in Khajuraho. Visit the largest temple is Kandariya Hahodeo, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Then, drive to Jhansi Railway Station, visiting Orchha on the way. Arrive at Jhansi Railway Station and board the Express Train to Agra. On arrival in Agra, check-in at a pre-booked hotel and spend the night.

Day 5: Agra - Jaipur
After breakfast, take a half-day city tour of Agra. Visit the Taj Mahal built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 1630 to enshrine the mortal remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal (Taj Mahal is closed every Friday). Later, visit the magnificent Agra Fort and learn about its fascinating history. In the afternoon, leave for Jaipur, visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal and other palaces. Jaipur is about 232 kilometers from Agra. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check-in at a hotel and spend the night.

Day 6: Jaipur
After breakfast, proceed on a full-day sightseeing tour of Jaipur which includes Amber Fort - the capital of the state till 1728. Visit Jagmandir or the Hall of Victory that glitters with mirrors, Jai Mahal and Temples of Kali. The most interesting part of your day tour will be the ascent to Amber Fort on elephant back, taking in panoramic views of the city.

In the afternoon, visit the Maharaja‹ s City Palace and Jantar Mantar, and drive past Hawa Mahal or The Palace of Winds and through the rose-pink residential and business areas of Jaipur. After sightseeing in Jaipur, return to your hotel and spend the night.

Day 7: Jaipur - Delhi
After a sumptuous breakfast, you will be driven to Delhi about 259 kilometers from Jaipur. On arrival in Delhi, check-in at a pre-booked hotel. You are at leisure for the rest of the day to go sightseeing or indulge in some window-shopping. Spend the night at the hotel.

Day 8: Departure from Delhi
After breakfast, you will be dropped at the international airport or any location convenient to you in Delhi for your onward journey.

- Standard check-in/check-out times at all hotels will be 12 noon.

Rates are inclusive of the following specific services:
Meeting, assistance upon arrival and Departure by Yatra representative
Welcome garlanding & Mineral water on arrival at airport
Arrival/ departure transfers from airport to hotel
All sightseeing & transfers as per itinerary by A/C Tata Indigo car with driver
4 star hotel accommodation for 8 nights on twin sharing basis on bed & breakfast
Services of English speaking local guide during city tours
Boat ride on river Ganges
AC train from Jhansi – Agra
Elephant ride at Amber fort in Jaipur
All current applicable government taxes & service charges
Rates do not include:
- Any airfare, items of personal nature such as table drinks, telephone calls, laundry, tips, lunch, Dinner \ Entrance fees at the monuments
- Flight from Delhi – Varanasi – Khajuraho will quoted separately as we get you advance purchase special airfare deals according to date of travel
- Rate between 16September – 21October’2010 will be on request
- Any mandatory X-Mas & New Year meal charges will be extra on direct payment basis
- No discount on airfare due to discounted fare by airlines

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