Day 01: Arrival to Delhi + New Delhi sightseeing
After arrival to Delhi a full day city tour of New Delhi - Kutub Minar (UNESCO), the biggest brick minaret in the world with complex of buildings in early Afghan architecture. The Lotus temple, the beautiful blooming Lotus flower shaped building. Humayun´s Tomb (UNESCO), the unique example of Mughal architecture. The India Gate and drive around Government buildings. In the evening optional visit of the Red Fort to experience its famous Sound & Light Show. Overnight.
Day 02: Delhi – Amritsar – Wagah borders
Morning train to Amritsar, a breakfast in the train. In the afternoon arrival to Amritsar, in the case of time a short walking tour in the city center. Transfer to Wagah village lying on Indo-Pakistan border where every evening takes place a special ceremonial „ Wagah – Attari border closing ceremony“, which really belongs to unique experiences. Return to Amritsar and in the evening visit to the famous Golden temple to see the “ceremony of transmission of holy book”. Overnight.
Day 03: Amritsar sightseeing – Delhi
Breakfast. Visit to the Golden temple, which is most important place of Sikh religion. It is spacious complex from white marble where inside lies the huge water tank and in the middle of it – like an island – shines Harimandir itself – the temple covered with copper plates gilded with many tons of solid gold. You can have a lunch in special Sikh canteen where almost 4000 people can eat together in one time. Next stop is Wall of Martyrs where Amritsar massacre took place. In the afternoon train to Delhi, a dinner in train. An arrival around 11 pm.
Day 04: Delhi - Jaipur
After breakfast drive to the “Pink City” of Rajasthan – Jaipur. Afternoon sightseeing of Jaipur with visits to the “Monkey Temple,” with its beautiful view of the entire city, visit local markets, etc. Overnight.
Day 05: Jaipur sightseeing + elephant ride
After breakfast, a full day city tour of Jaipur to visit the Amber Fort while enjoying an elephant ride. This is followed by a sightseeing tour of the City palace, Palace of winds, Observatory and Water palace. That evening enjoy shopping in the local market, world famous for its export handicraft & jewelry. Overnight.
Day 06: Jaipur – NP Ranthambore
Breakfast. In the afternoon transfer to NP Ranthambore (approx. 5 hours), which is one of the most famous tiger reserve in the country. Overnight.
Day 07: Safari in NP Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
In the early morning a safari in the NP Rantambore – watching of tigers, antelopes, birds and many other animals. Return for breakfast and transfer to Agra. On the way visit Fatehpur Sikri, the former Capital of the great Mughal Emperor Akbar and see the Sikri Fort & Palace, Buland Darwaza and the white marble shrine of the great Sufi saint, Salim Chishti, who blessed Emperor Akbar with a son. Evening arrival to Agra and overnight.
Day 08: Agra – Taj Mahal - Varanasi
At dawn sightseeing of the most famous tomb and the symbol of love Taj Mahal(UNESCO) with its spacious gardens and other interesting buildings. Return to the hotel for breakfast. This is followed by a half day sightseeing tour in Agra, a former residence of Mughal Emperors with its Red fort (UNESCO), monumental tomb of Emperor Akbar (UNESCO) etc. Night train to Varanasi.
Day 09: Varanasi
In the afternoon arrival to Varanasi and accommodation in a hotel. Varanasi is one of the oldest permanently settled places in the world and it is also holy city for Hindu, Buddhist and Jain people. Afternoon walk on the ghats of river Ganga, visit to the burning ghats. Then visit to Benaras Hindu University and Bharat Mata temple with relief map of Indian subcontinent. In the evening see the Aarti ceremony on the ghats. Overnight.
Day 10: Varanasi – Ganga boat ride - Sarnath
rituals and cleansing in the holy river. Then you will walk to burning ghats where for thousands years traditional funeral ceremonies are taking place. Return to the hotel for breakfast and in the afternoon half day sightseeing tour of Sarnath - important Buddhist pilgrimage site. Visit to Buddhist temples, stupa where Buddha gave his first teaching and Archeological museum. Return to Varanasi and overnight. Optional visit of a local silk market or evening walk on the ghats. Overnight.
Day 11: Varanasi - Delhi
After breakfast flight to Delhi. A half day city tour in Old Delhi – great Friday Mosque, Red fort (UNESCO) a short walk in Chandi Chowk square. Raj Ghat – place where body of Mahatma Gandhi was burnt. Shopping activities in a local market or other optional program according to your wish. Transfer to the airport and departure.
Delhi - Amritsar - Jaipur - NP Ranthambore - Agra - Varanasi