This journey is a real treat for people who adore ancient architecture. India is home to many UNESCO world heritage sites including the erotic temple of Khajuraho. This experience will take you to Central India alongwith the marvellous Taj Mahal in Agra.
Welcome to India. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel, Get a taste of Indian hospitality while you enter the hotel by the hotel staff. You will experience the traditional Indian welcome, whilst you complete the check-in procedures. We realise that our guest will be tired and jet lagged by a long journey, so the first day is for you to relax and get acclimatised to the surrounding.
Overnight in New Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast you will commence your full day tour of Old & New
Delhi. Visit Asia’s largest mosque Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Mahatma Gandhi memorial. Delhi had been a favourite of many dynasties and rulers in the past. Due to this, the heritage and culture of Delhi has influences of various ethnicities. One part is Old Delhi and the other half is New Delhi. Old Delhi is known for its architectural wonders that brilliantly depict the tales of its bygone era. On the other hand, the new face of Delhi has modern infrastructure that talks about the urban delights of the city.
Overnight in New Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast you make your onward journey to the pink city of Jaipur. 270 Km away from Delhi, Jaipur is the capital and the largest city in Rajasthan. Also called as the Pink City, Jaipur make headlines for its share of heritage forts and palaces.
On reaching Jaipur, you would be transferred to your hotel. You can either choose to spend the rest of the day relaxing in your hotel, or visit the nearby surroundings. Jaipur has many well-known bazaars from where you can buy souvenirs and traditional items.
Overnight stay in Jaipur
After relishing your yummy breakfast, you would be taken out for a complete Jaipur city tour. First in the schedule is the Amber fort. Amongst the oldest of forts in Jaipur, Amber was built by Raja Man Singh and it is a beautiful confluence of Hindu and Mughal style of architecture. Guests would be offered a royal elephant ride, all the way to the fort.
Post lunch, head to another major tourist attraction in Jaipur i.e Jaigarh fort. Quite similar to the Amber fort is the Jaigarh fort, which stands high on one of the peaks of Aravali ranges. It is one of the largest forts in Rajasthan and has huge battlements to put on display.
Other attractions that you would be surely visiting on your Jaipur tour are Laxmi Narayan temple, City Palace, Jantar Mantar (UNESCO world heritage site) and Hawa Mahal.
Overnight stay at hotel.
After a sumptuous breakfast, bid adieu to Jaipur for the magnificent city of Agra (243 Km away). En route, you would be making a halt at the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built during the second half of 16th century by Mughal emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri is famous for its group of monuments and temples.
Highly popular amongst them is Buland Darwaza, which is titled as the largest gateway in the world. Another majestic creation of the Mughal empire, Buland Durwaza is made up of red sandstone and has pillars and Chhatris at its top.
After admiring its beauty, return back to the course of Agra. On arriving, our tour representative will transfer you to the hotel. Spend your evenings exploring the rich handicrafts of Agra in the nearby local market.
You need to wake up early on this day as the tour schedule starts in the wee hours. First thing in the morning would be catching up the sight of the beautiful Taj Mahal as it glistens with the rays of the morning sun. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal is actually a mausoleum that is completely made up of white marble. The great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, built it. The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO world heritage site and is a true example of Islamic style of architecture.
Post breakfast; visit the other attractions of Agra. You would be first heading to the magnificent Agra fort, which is also a UNESCO proclaimed world heritage site. This Mughal fort was built in red sandstone and has many intricate structures like Diwan-I-Am and Diwan-I-Khas in the interiors of it. If you wish, you can visit Itmad-ud-Daula's tomb in the evening. It is a wonderful mausoleum that is often considered as mini Taj or Baby Taj.
Overnight in Agra
After Agra, the next destination would be Jhansi. Early in the morning, you would be transferred to the railway station. From there, board the next train to Jhansi (215 km away). On arriving Jhansi, you would be embarking on a road trip to Orchha (18 km away).
Once a princely state, Orchha lies in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh. The town of Orchha was founded in 15th century AD and in today's world it is renowned for its numerous temples, palaces and forts. Highly popular amongst them are the Jehangir Mahal of Orchha (Classic Mughal architecture), Raj Mahal and Laxmi Narayan temple (mural paintings).
As you would be done visiting the attractions of Orchha, get back on the road to Khajuraho (172 km away). On arrival at Khajuraho, you would be checking into a pre-booked hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Overnight in Khajuraho
After breakfast embark on a city tour of Eastern / Western group of temples which includes Laxmi & Varha temples Kandariya Mahadev, Devi Jagdamba temples etc. Khajuraho is known for its cluster of Hindu and Jain temples. As you would be done with the breakfast, the sightseeing tour of Khajuraho will commence. Under this, you would be visiting Laxmi & Varha temples, Kandariya Mahadev temple and Devi Jagdambi temple.
Kandariya Mahadev temple is one of the largest Hindu temples in Khajuraho. It is famous for its stone carvings, the numbers of which count more than 900.
On the other hand, Devi Jagdambi temple is a group of 25 beautifully decorated temples. These temples were built during the Chandella dynasty rule in India (10th-12th century) and are famous for erotic carvings.
Later transfer to Khajuraho airport to board flight back to Delhi and connect your international flight for onward journey with a bunch of enthralling and ever mesmerizing memories of your tour.
Yes. All Zigi Tour’s guests are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their India tour. Your leader will record your insurance details on the first day.We have negotiated very special rates with our colleagues at Holiday Extras – with no upper age limits and no medical declaration for UK tours.
To obtain a quotation simply call them on 0800 2800 104 – Please ensure you quote our special price code Q4228
Unfortunately pollution is a global phenomenon. It is advisable to carry dust masks if you are sensitive to dust or may have conditions like asthma, etc.
They’re an incredibly effective way of stopping diarrhoea and preventing dysentery (Delhi Belly). It quickly absorbs the toxins or pathogens that are causing the problem and keeps you strong.
A pouch to keep your personal belongings like passports, loose money, personal medications, Photo ID, etc. is strongly recommended.
India is a place of endless eye candy and spectacles that you won’t see anywhere else. Naturally a camera comes in handy.
We provide complimentary mineral filtered water for our tours. It is strongly advised to consume only packaged drinking water or carry water purification tablets.
It is important to carry international travel adapters to charge your electronic items such as laptops , phones, toothbrush, tablets, etc
It is important to stay hydrated. Electrolytes can be easily added to a bottle of water to get an extra boost of hydration.
A good sunscreen is strongly advised to protect your skin from tropical weather.
Travel back pack comes in handy whilst you are on a day tour or just venturing out. It can be stored to keep your belongings such as camera, tablet, water bottle, snacks, etc