India boasts of diverse architectural styles. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as this land has seen birth of three popular religions, numerous foreign invasion, massive wealth, opulence and grandeur. Moreover, India still has the highest number of spoken languages and diverse cultural backgrounds across the regions than any other country in the world.
Right from the contemporary British Architecture in Delhi to the Ancient India at Varanasi; the best of Mughal creations at Delhi or Agra – all are very thoughtfully covered in the Art – Architecture Tour of India. Included in the itinerary are the mystic temples of Khajuraho – which truly are one of its kinds and offer an unparalleled experience. The tour should give you enough stories, experiences, folklore and memories that last a lifetime and an impetus to come back again and again.
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.
After a leisurely breakfast, commence your full day tour of Delhi. he capital city of India, 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.
As you would be done with the breakfast, head on for a city tour. In this, you would be visiting some of the most popular attractions of Old and New Delhi. Start with the visit to Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid.
Situated on the banks of Yamuna River, Raj Ghat is the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. In the center of the complex, lies a black marble platform, which is the actual cremation sight. The complex has a vast expanse of greenery that includes trees planted by global personalities like Queen Elizabeth II and USA president Eisenhower.
Overnight in New Delhi
Today after breakfast, you would be heading for your onward journey to Jaipur right after you are done with the breakfast. 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
Today morning we shall take you for a tour to Amber Fort, and enjoy the joy ride on Elephant.
Afternoon enjoy the city seeing covering City Palace – occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens & buildings and a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture, Royal Observatory – An observatory with some rare qualities to its credit and the Bazaar etc. Later relax in the hotel.
Overnight in Jaipur .
Morning drive to Agra 235 Kms. 5 hrs. drive approx. en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri (Old Deserted town of Mughal Dynasty) Jama Masjid, The Buland Darwaza, Palace of Jodha Bai, Birbal Bhawan & Panch Mahal. On arrival at Agra check into the hotel. Spend your evenings exploring the rich handicrafts of Agra in the nearby local market.
Overnight in Agra
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. It was built by the great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. 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 stay in Agra.
Early morning after breakfast assisted transfer to railway station from where you board train to Jhansi. On arrival at Jhansi, you will be picked up for drive to Khajuraho. 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). Evening sightseeing tour of Western and eastern group of temples. which includes Laxmi & Varha temples Kandariya Mahadev, Devi Jagdamba temples etc.
Overnight in Khajuraho
After a relaxed breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi. On arrival transfer to hotel. Later commence the city tour of Varanasi which is then concluded with Evening Aarti (Prayer) ceremony on the Ghats of river Ganges.
Overnight in Varanasi
Early morning enjoy sunrise boat ride on River Ganges. Varanasi’s principle attraction is the string of bathing ghats, which line the western ghats of Ganges, enjoy boat ride at dawn. After breakfast visit the Ghats, Tulsi Manas temple, Alamgir temple, Bharat Mata temple etc. Rest of the day is free for individual activities.
Overnight in Varanasi
Later after breakfast transfer to Varanasi 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