India By Heart
Varanasi is believed to be the oldest living city in the world. For centuries, the mystique of this place has been attracting pilgrims from across he world. Varanasi represents the colourful and fascinating India of your dreams. Known for the immaculate and erotic sculptures and its temples, Khajuraho, surrounded by the Vindhya Mountain Ranges is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Khajuraho temples were built from 950 -1050 AD and of the 85 original temples, 22 have survived to today displaying some of the world’s great artistic wonders. Orchha graced with medieval style architecture dates to the beginning of the 16th century. The city
abounds with beautiful palaces, temples and beautiful gardens.
DEPARTURES - ON DEMAND
This tour is designed for 2 persons and can be arranged to suit your travel dates and requirements. Enquire about Single Traveller rates.
DAY 1: ARRIVE VARANASI
On arrival, a representative will meet you at the airport and assist until your check in process at the hotel. This evening enjoy Ganga Aarti, a devotional ritual that uses fire as an offering. It’s usually made in the form of a lit lamp, and in the case of the Ganges River, a small diya with a candle and flowers that’s floated down the river. Meals: D
Accommodation - Ramada Plaza JHV or similar.
DAY 2: VARANASI
Take an early morning boat ride on the River Ganges. A sunrise cruise on the Ganges can be a truly amazing and spectacular experience. One of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India is to witness pilgrims bathing and performing rituals on the Ghats - riverfront steps leading to the banks of the River Ganges. Varinasi has 87 ghats. Most of the ghats are bathing and puja ceremony ghats, while a few are used as cremation sites. Later see the Viswanath temple, also called the Golden Temple due to its gold-plated towers. There are temples at almost every turn in Varanasi, but Viswanath is the most famous of all. It is dedicated to Vishveswara – Shiva, lord of the universe.
Today’s visits also include Benares Hindu University and Sarnath, where Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Sarnath was a center of religious activity, art and learning until its abandonment in the 9th century AD and destruction by invading armies in 1197. During the Buddha Purnima festival in May, Sarnath celebrates the birth anniversary of the Buddha with a fair and procession.
Accommodation - Ramada Plaza JHV or similar.
DAY 3: VARANASI – KHAJURAHO
Depart Varanasi today with flights to Kahjuraho. On arrival you will be met and transfered to the hotel. This evening attend a special event - the Khajuraho Sound and Light Show. This fascinating show on the Western Group of temples complex depicts the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and the story of the exclusive temples from the 10th Century to the present day. Well known Bollywood star, Amitabh Bachchan, narrates the story of the magnificient temples and his majestic voice attributes a special effect to the show.
Accommodation - Radison Hotel or similar.
DAY 4: KHAJURAHO – ORCHHA
The architecture in Khajuraho is truely unique! The temples were constructed during the 950 - 1,050AD Chandela Dynasty. Chandelas are well known for their art and architecture, most notably for the temples at their original capital Khajuraho. Be amazed at these beautiful temples during this mornings tour which contains some of the finest examples of Chandela Art to be found. Later, drive to Orchha. On arrival check in to the hotel.
Accommodation - Amar Mahal or similar.
DAY 5: ORCHHA – DELHI
The majestic city of Orchha is one of the hidden treasures of India. Orchha was once the capital of Bundela Rajput Kings, and was established in 1501 by Maharaja Rudra Pratap Singh. Orchha may be a small town but the grand history and monuments of this place should not to be missed. This morning enjoy city tour of Orchha including visit to Jehangir Mahal, Orchha Fort, Rama Raja Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple and the Betwa river. This afternoon, board the Gatiman Express for an Indian rail experience travelling to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi transfer to the hotel. Meals: BLD
Accommodation - The Lalit Cp or similar.
DAY 6: DEPART DELHI
Transfers have been arranged to transfer to airport for flight to onward destinations. Meals: B
Included Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinner
Transport: Air Conditioned Vehicle Transportation with private driver/guide
Accommodation: 4 Nights Luxury 5 Star Accommodation
All Airport Transfers
Entry to attractions and tours as per itinerary.