Indian Religious Tour
Itinerary: Patna – Bodhgaya – Varanasi – Khajuraho – Agra – Mathura – Vrindavan – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Bharatpur – Jaipur – Delhi
Duration:11 Nights / 12 Days
Day 01 Arrival Delhi
Day first will be arrivel of Delhi, our tour executive will receive tourist at the airport and then transfer to hotel. First night stay will be in Delhi.
Day 02 Delhi
After breakfast checkout from hotel and proceed for sightseeing tour of Old Delhi & New Delhi.
OLD DELHI – A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting: Red Fort – The red sandstone walls of Lal Qila, the Red Fort, extend for two km and vary in height from 18 metres. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. Jama Masjid – Jama Masjid The splendid mosque built by Muhammad Ali Shah in the typical Mughal style with two minarets and three domes.
Raj Ghat – the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
NEW DELHI – An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit: Humayun’s Tomb – Built in the mid 16th century by Haji Begum, senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor. And then drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President’s Residence, Lotus Temple and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 03 Delhi – Patna – Bodhgaya
Morning, transfer to airport to board morning flight southeast from Delhi to Patna, then transfer to our luxury coach for a drive south through rural central Bihar State to Bodh Gaya. Bodh Gaya is the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment, and the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in the world.In this large working Buddhist center, you will see the descendant of the Bodhi tree under which the Buddha sat, as well as numerous international Buddhist monasteries built in their respective country’s styles. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04 Bodhgaya – Varanasi
After breakfast, drive west from Bodhi Gaya into Uttar Pradesh state and to Hinduism’s holiest pilgrimage city, Varanasi, the “City of Light.” Also known as Bewares or Kashi, Varanasi is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. It is here that all Hindus aspire to come once in their lifetimes to bathe in the Ganges River from the ghats, or landings, all along the river. This act of worship releases the soul from earthly samsara, or the cycle of life, death and rebirth, caused by ignorance. Afternoon you will also have the opportunity to visit the Buddhist sacred site of Sarnath, where the Buddha taught his first sermon about the Four Noble Truths in Deer Park. During our evenings in Benares, we will meet with scholars in fields such as Sanskrit, Ideology, Buddhism and Tantra. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05 Varanasi
Day in Varanasi to explore the city and temples. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 Varanasi – Khajuraho
On the afternoon take a short flight westward to the world-famous temple city of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh state. The erotic sculptures of these 22 temples date back to the Chandela Dynasty of the 10th century AD.Regardless of their origins, they depict a joyful ode to the source of all life, and are India’s unique gift to the world. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07 Khajuraho – Agra – Mathura
Morning free for independent activities. In the afternoon, take a short flight to the city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh state to visit the legendary Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Which is the symbol of love. We will visit Agra Fort, the Old City, and the nearby city of Mathura, the birthplace of Krishna. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08 Mathura
Day to visit the temples.
Day 09 Mathura – Vrindivan – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Bharatpur
In the morning leave for the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, Built between 1569 and 1585 by the great Moghuls emperor Akbar, this unusual ghost city fuses both Hindu and Muslim artistic traditions, in reflection of the unique tolerance of this Muslim emperor.In the afternoon, continue a short distance west into Rajasthan state to arrive in the traditional town of Bharatpur.This small town is also home to the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, a World Heritage site, and one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world. In the evening, walk down to the town to visit with the village inhabitants as they create hand-woven carpets. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 10 Bharatpur – Jaipur
At dawn on the morning, enjoy a cycle rickshaw safari/boat ride in the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary. The 29 square kilometers of swamps and lakes here constitute one of the most important heronries in the world, with such species as the dazzling purple heron, the common grey and the tiny brown pond heron.Other species include orange-headed painted storks, snake-like darters, spoonbills, white ibis, egrets, coots, shovelers, widgeons, kingfishers, and grey pelicans.Along with birds, other species present include wild boar, mongoose, spotted deer, blue bulls, antelope, jungle cats, hyenas, jackal’s otters, pythons and Indian black buck. This is definitely a sanctuary that even non-birders will enjoy!
After a relaxed breakfast, drive west to the traditional Rajasthani city of Jaipur and check into hotel, In the afternoon, take a guided city tour of Jaipur, the “Pink City,” to include the honeycomb pink and white-faced “Palace of the Winds,” the magnificently ornate City Palace, and the incredible sherbet-yellow astronomical observatory, which operates through the use of the sun’s shadows to identify the positions of the planets. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 Jaipur – Delhi
In the morning, take a guided excursion through the Amber Fort and Raj Mahal Palace complex. Built by Raja Man Singh beginning in 1592, this ancient capital is a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake, which reflects its terraces and ramparts. Enjoy a sturdy uphill ride to the palace atop a colorfully decorated elephant. In the palace, visit the Shila Mata Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali in her aspect as the Goddess of War. Later in the afternoon, drive back to Delhi in Uttar Pradesh state, and check into hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 Delhi
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to airport on time to board flight for home with sweet memories of India or onward journey.