Golden Triangle with Temples 13 Days

Golden Triangle with Temples
Discover Khajuraho temples, famous for the erotic sculptures that adorn the walls. Life in every form and mood has been captured in stone, testifying not only to the  artistry of  craftsmen but also to the extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela Rajputs under whose rule the temples were constructed. Varanasi, also known as Kashi and Benaras, is the cultural capital of India and the most popular pilgrimage place for the Hindus. One of the seven holiest cities in India, it is also one the Shakti Peethas and one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites in India. Considered as the abode of Lord Shiva, Varanasi is situated on the banks of the River Ganges.

Day 01                  
Arrive Delhi
On arrival a warm welcome by our representatives and transfer to hotel.

Day 02                   Delhi
Morning proceed for an interesting full day guided tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi.

Day 03                   Delhi – Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur.  In the afternoon visit City palace, The Palace is an architectural marvel that presents a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture. The Observatory is the largest stone observatory in the world.

Day 04                   Jaipur
Proceed for guided excursion to Amer Fort - the ancient capital of the state until 1728. Ascend to the fort on a gaily-decorated elephant. Experience the Kingly palace buildings.

Day 05                   Jaipur – Agra
Drive to Fatehpur Sikri.  The city is one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendour at its height. Though the city is in ruins, it is a place to visit if one comes to Agra. Continue drive to Agra, upon arrival check in at the hotel

Day 06                   Agra
Today, visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shah Jahan and one of the wonders of the World. Also included in the tour is a visit historical Agra Fort built in 16th century.

Day 07                   Agra – Jhansi by Train and drive to Orchha and Khajuraho

Transfer to Railway station to board Express train for Jhansi. On arrival drive to Khajuraho en-route visiting Orchha Fort which consists of several connected buildings erected at different times

Day 08                   Khajuraho – Varanasi
Today morning visit beautiful temples of Khajuraho, built between AD 950 and AD 1050, represent one of the world’s greatest artistic wonders.  Fly to Varanasi and visit various temples, Emperor Aurangzeb’s Mosque and one of the biggest university of India, the “Benaras Hindu University.  In the evening witness Aarti Ceremony (light Ceremony) on the bank of River Ganges.

Day 09                   Varanasi
Early morning enjoy boat ride on the holy river Ganges, the ride offers glimpse of tradition and spirituality coming together against the backdrop of the golden sun. After the boat ride proceed for an excursion to Sarnath, where Gautam Budha delivered his first sermon after receiving enlightenment.

Day 10                   Varanasi – Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu, upon arrival transfer to hotel.

Day 11                   Kathmandu

Today visit, Pashupatinath Temple, one of the biggest Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world. Bouddhnath, the holiest shrine for the Buddhist culture in Nepal. Also visit Bhadgoan (Bhaktapur),  listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork.

Day 12                   Kathmandu

Today proceed for guided tour of Kathmandu city visiting Durbar Square where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch, still take place today. Continue visiting Swayambhunath, an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley. Afternoon excursion to Patan (also known as Lalitpur), The city is full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples with fine bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings.

Day 13                   Kathmandu – Delhi – Onward destination
Fly to Delhi and board departure flight to onward destination

End of Services

Land Cost: Excludes all long haul international flights to and from New Delhi

Dates April - September 2012 accommodation based on 2 sharing twin / double
First Class 4*        - £ 1,170 per person
Deluxe Class 5*     - £ 1,335 per person

Dates  October 2012 - March 2013
 accommodation based on 2 sharing twin / double

First Class 4*        -  £ 1,360 per person
Deluxe Class 5*     -  £ 1,600 per person

Service includes:
-         Accommodation on Twin sharing with daily breakfast
-         English speaking guide
-         Train fare on Executive chair carriage, Agra to Jhansi
-         bottled water during tours
-         Transfers and sightseeing in private air conditioned vehicles as per programme
         Elephant ride at Amber Fort
-         All applicable taxes

Service excludes:
-          International and Domestic flights not mentioned as included  (these will be quoted separately if requested)
-         Airport tax
-         Monument entrance fees for India and Nepal (is quoted separately)
-         Beverages
-         Tips
-         Any expenses caused by circumstances beyond our control
-         Any taxes or service charges enforced during travelling period will be the  responsibility of the traveller.
-         Other personal expense not mentioned as included