First Timer India Tour - 14 Days

Delhi – Udaipur - Ranakpur - Jodhpur - Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra - Jhansi – Orchha – Panna - Khajuraho – Varanasi - Delhi - Departure

You might have heard a lot about Indian Subcontinent but not have visited once. Are you visiting India for the first time? Then let us take you through the jewels of the country, you can explore about what exactly this mystical continent is all about. This makes Tour will make sure that you fall in love with the country and you will visit the country again.

Day 1: Delhi Arrival

When you turn out yourself at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, a representative from Travel Astu will receive you. You will be transferred to a hotel to stretch your legs for some time.

Delhi, the capital city of magical subcontinent is located in the heart of the country and is one of the oldest cities in the world. The city has played a major role in formation of pages of history books. It is a city which has a perfect mixture of both past and present. Opulent and significance, the city is one of the irrefutable cities of the country. Basically, this city is the first port of call for those who are visiting India for the first time.

Overnight in Delhi

India Gate

India Gate, Delhi

Day 2: Delhi sightseeing

After the delicious first meal of the day, we shall leave the hotel for full day sightseeing.

We start our tour by exploring Old Delhi. Our first visit would be to the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, profoundly known as the Father of Nation. A simple black stone sanatorium which marks the spot of criminationwith an immortal flame burning at one end, as a gratitude to a person who changed the history of this sub-continent and of the world with his great ideologies.

Next we speculate is the impressive sandstone edifice, Red Fort, which was authorized by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1963 and this construction served as the center of operations for at least two centuries. This iconic symbol of India is used as a platform by the Prime Minister of India to address the public and hoist the National flag on Independence Day.

Then we board you on Rickshaw and take you to ride to Jama Masjid, the largest Mosque in Asia, through the intricate lanes of Old Delhi. Speculating the monument from outside, we shall observe the towering domes and skyscrapers which looks like an Arabian Night.

After exploring these memorable monuments we pave our way towards New Delhi, which was built in 1930’s by Britishers. This side of Delhi is a total contrast to Old Delhi and is also known as Luyten’s Delhi because this city was designed by Sir Edwin Luyten. In this comprehended avenue you will explore the magnificent government offices.

Here we will travel to India Gate, a red sandstone Arch, located on the either side of the Raj path on the edge of the ceremonial axis of New Delhi. It is also known as All India War Memorial and is homage to all those soldiers who died during the First World War. In the middle of The Arch is the Black marble podium with a flame of an immortal soldier leading us to Parliament House, which is the center of operations for the largest democracy in the world.

Walking a few miles more we shall also speculate residence of the President of India, Rashtrapati Bhawan which is also known for its Mughal Gardens with dazzling fountains. Whereas visitors can enchant its beauty only in the days of autumn.

We shall end our day by speculating with our raised neck is Qutub Minar, the tallest tower in the country. This magnificent monument is the mark of the first Mughal establishment in the country. The unique feature of this square iron tower is that it never rusts. The tower even consists of the first Mosque that was built in the country If we spare some time from day schedule, then we shall also visit the Lotus Temple located in South Delhi. Flower like shape temple is the mother temple of the Indian subcontinent. This prominent tourist attraction is worth speculating.

When the moon begins to spread its light in the sky we shall experience and introduce you to Sufism in the little neighborhood of Delhi, Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin.The magical version shall reveal to us the teachings of Ishq (love), Aql (intelligence) and Ilm (knowledge). And we end our night with a Sufi musical concert popularly Qawwali.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Qutub Minar, Delhi

Qutub Minar, Delhi

Day 3: Flight from Delhi to Udaipur

By flight

Early meal in the hotel in New Delhi.

If interested we shall take you for architectural visit, Akshardham temple or else you can explore the Delhi lanes and immortalize them in photographs.

Akshardham temple is a Hindu temple complex, which portrays Hindu religion and Indian cultures, architecture and spirituality. The temples lay down its foundation near the banks of Yamuna and attract a majority of tourist visiting Delhi. This stone crafted temple exhibits the life story of Swami Narayan as well as displays the history of India.

Transfer to the Hotel, and then to airport for your flight to Udaipur.

Arrival at Maharana Pratap Airport and then transfer to hotel.

Often recognized as the city of lakes, Udaipur besets itself in the Aravalli hills is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in the country. The city gives great encouragement to the writers to have out of the box imagination because the city has an alluring blend of sight, sound and experience. Udaipur is the center for crafts, performing arts and is also recognized for its miniature paintings.

The jag Niwas located in the center of Pichola Lake is the perfect example for architectural wonder. The Shilpgram festival in Udaipur attracts numerous tourists inthe New Year.

Overnight stay in the city of romance.

Day 4: Udaipur

Breakfast will served in the hotel.

We begin our tour in a city with sightseeing and first we speculate is the City palace.

City Palace: the monumental City Palace, situated on the banks of the Lake Pichola built with the fusion of Mughal and Rajasthani style adds to the beauty of this magnificent city. The palace was built over 400 years and was contributed by many dynasties in its construction. Perched on the hilltop the palace provides a scenic view of the city. The largest palace of its kind in the state. The palace comprises of arches, towers, and domes which add to the flavor of the heritage site. The city is a treat to the eyes as it comprises of alluring hanging gardens, terraces, corridors, courtyards, pavilions, and rooms. This monumental structure is built in marble and granite with 11 different palaces built by different emperors, but they are still similar to each other.

You will be awestruck when you glare at the amazing ornamental tile work, elegant glass mirror, unique and antique paintings and furniture of these 11 palaces. The city palace consists of several gates which are also recognized as Pols and the main gate is known as Bara Pol.

Bhimvillas consist of several unique miniature paintings which depict the real life stories of Lord Krishna and Radha. Krishna Vilas flaunts various miniature paintings that depict the royal possessions, games and festivals of Maharanas. Palace of mirrors popularly known as the Sheesh Mahal is known for its mirror work, pearl palace also called as Moti Mahal is famed for its lavish décor and chin Ichitrashala is recognized for Dutch and Chinese tiles.

Jagdish temple situated in the complex of the city palace is one of its kind and the largest temple in Udaipur.

The beauty of City palace cannot be described in words its, worth speculating and admiring.

After admiring the city palace we shall move forward to Saheliyonki Bari, the courtyard of maidens was built by Sangram Singh II in 1710. This nostalgically attractive small garden was built for their enjoyment of those 48 women who came in dowry as an attendant to the princess Situated in the northern part of the city, the garden boasts marble elephants, kiosks, a lotus pool, and fountains. It is one of the most beautiful gardens in the city of lakes and attracts a flood tourist. The architectural design enhances the romantic ambience of the garden as well as provided a spectacular view to the observer.

It is literally a place to visit and the place will behold your attention once you visit the same.

After refreshing yourself with quaint garden we step forward toBagoreki Haveli, located on the Gangotri ghat right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola, this 18th century was built by the prime minister of Mewar and till date it has been restored. The Haveli housed 138 rooms with interesting art galleries which comprises of folk and contemporary art and has a broad selection of world renowned monuments which beautifully carved out of polystyrene.The Haveli has been embellished with intricate mirror work. You would even explore the finest craftsmanship as you witness two peacocks made with colored glass mosaics.

The palace is perfect way to know about the royal life style of the royal families.

With the admiration of a lifestyle lived by royal families in our mind, we take our next step to Jagdish Temple, the largest Hindu temple located in the middle of city of Romance. This Indo Aryan temple was built by MaharanaJagat Singh in the year 1651 and is an amazing carved structure which reveres a black stone image of Vishnu as Jagannath with the brass image of Garuda who is the Vishnu’s man bird Vehicle. This temple is perched on a tall terrace with an elephant flanked flight of steps at the entrance is the major monument of the city.

When the sun starts to set itself, then we move towards the evening motor launch cruise on the serene waters of Lake Pichola. This boat ride will let you speculate the city of Udaipur as alluringly sets itself above the lake in this desert.

During this ride we will also visit the Jag Mandir Palace, located in the middle of Lake Pichola and is also profoundly known as Lake Garden Palace. It was used as a summer resort by the royal families of the city during summers.

Overnight in Udaipur.

Boats and palace on Pichola lake in Udaipur

Boats and palace on Pichola lake in Udaipur

Day 5: Udaipur - Ranakpur - Jodhpur

By Road 250 kms in 05hrs

First meal of the day at the hotel.

Start for Jodhpur visiting Ranakpur enroute.

En route, RANAKPUR TEMPLES, is one of the most famous Jain temples in the state of Rajasthan is located at the distance of 95 kms from the city of lakes, Udaipur.. This temple is one of the five important pilgrimage sites of Jains. This 15th century temple is globally known for their fine and amazing architecture style is constructed in the light colored marble with more than 1400 pillars that are intricately carved to support the temple. This temple has also been nominated amongst 77 wonders of the world.

Reach Jodhpur and check in the hotel.

Jodhpur, founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 is situated at the edge of the Thar Desert is also known as the blue city as most of the houses in the old Jodhpur is painted in blue color. This populous desert city flutters with beauty glorified, warmth and romance. A visit to Jodhpur is a romantic journey into the past with forts, palaces, temples, culture, tradition, spices, fabric, color, flourishing handicrafts all adds to make this historic city worth a visit.

First sightseeing in the Sun city would be at the Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the largest private residences in the country. This Palace was built in terms to give employment to people of Jodhpur during the feminine during the construction of this Palace it was also known as Chittar Palace as the stones used in the construction were known Chittar.

Overnight stay in Jodhpur.

Thar Desert Rajasthan

Thar Desert Rajasthan

Day 6: Jodhpur – Jaipur

By road in 5.5 hrs

We start our day by visiting Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India is perched at 122m above the city and several palaces are imprisoned within by impressive thick walls was built in the year 1459. These palaces are profoundly famed for its fine carvings and comprehensive courtyards. It covers the area of 5 kms and is 125 m high on the hill. There are seven gates in the fort. In the second gate you can still witness spots of cannon ball hits, which were attacked by the armies of Jaipur. The museum in the fort is most well stocked museum in the state. You can speculate a huge collection of musical instruments, palanquins, royal costumes, furniture, and the cannons in the fort's courtyard.The fort even provides a breathtaking view of the city and is one of the popular tourist attractions in the state.

Close to the fort lies, Jaswant Thada, our next stop, is the royal white marble gravestone of the 19th century built as a memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and three other ceNOTEph stands nearby. Jaswant Thada is traditional crimination ground for all the royal rulers of Jodhpur. The complex comprises of uniquely carved pavilions, beautiful lush green garden and a small lake. This place is an example of architectural wonders in India.

Commute to the city of Jaipur through picturesque villages.

Reach the capital city of the state, Jaipur and we check into the hotel when the sun is shining brightly in the sky.

Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink city of the country is the capital and the largest city of the state Rajasthan. The city is recognized as Pink city as the most of buildings in the city are painted with pink color which is a visual treat to the eyes. The city is the sacred vessel of Indian tourism and boast various world renowned monuments. Jaipur is also recognized as the city of Victory is turbulent and gridlocked but it still has the footprints of the rich royal past. Glittering turbans made out of sugar spun wool brightly burn a pathway through brilliantly bargained markets where colorful saris allure the eyes like butterflies.

The city is the gateway to the desert state is most popular tourist destination across the world.

Overnight will be at Jaipur.

A Snake Charmer Jaipur

A Snake Charmer Jaipur

Day 7: Jaipur

After breakfast we move forward for sightseeing to Amber Fort. An elephant ride lifts you up to the Fort.

Perched high on the hill, 11 kms from the capital city, the palace is a classic romantic fort with the artistic style of Hindu elements in its architecture. The palace has beautiful fusion of both Hindu and Mughal architecture which is an ultimate feature of this fort.

We continue with our sightseeing and move to city palace.

City Palace, a seat of the ruler of Jaipur is a complex of palaces with many courtyards and palaces was built by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1729 to 1732 AD. The architecture of the palace is a great combination of three dynasties, namely, Mughal, Rajput and European. The palace comprises of two famous palaces known Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. Whereas today Chandra Mahal has been turned into a museum, which portrays various uniforms, handcrafted products and lifestyle of royal families.

Next we go and speculate is Jantar Mantar, astrological devices for individual constellations is one of the largest and best preserved observatories out of five in the country. This observatory was built by Jai Singh II and is a unique experience of walking through solid geometry.

After a unique walk in solid geometry we refresh our imagination with sightseeing of Hawa Mahal, also famed as the Palace of winds. The place got its name due to the high screen wall of palace with 953 windows through which the women of the palace could witness street festivals but it was not visible from outside. The palace is located on the edge of City palace and is constructed with pink and red sandstone in the year 1799 by Pratap Singh.

This noon you are set free to relax and to explore the city on your own.

When dusk begins to set, we shall visit the Birla Temple to grab more insight on the religious life of Jaipur. Located at the foot of the Moti dungri Fort, Birla Temple is beautifully lit in the evening, which attracts a flood of tourist attraction. Built 1988 with the finest quality of white marble, this temple is dedicated to lord Vishnu. The stained glass work in the temple depicts the scenes from Hindu scriptures. It is a modern architectural wonder with lush green gardens all round.

Here you will also be witnessing AARTI ceremony, which is a treat to watch.

Overnight in Jaipur.

Amber Fort Palac Jaipur

Amber Fort Palac Jaipur

Day 8: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra

By Road 260kms in 06hrs

We commute to Agra after breakfast.

Founded in 1569, fatepur Sikri is located at the distance of 37 kms from Agra was a short term capital city of the Mughal empire under the reign of the emperor Akbar. He visited the city to consult a saint and was predicted a birth of an heir to the Mughal dynasty. When prediction came true, Akbar shifted his capital here, and ordered for the construction of grand mosque as a gratitude to the saint. He even built three palaces for his favorite wives. The city was a perfect presentation of Indo Islamic style. The palace has also recorded its name in the world heritage site.

Reach Agra and stay in a hotel.

Agra also dubbed as Saga love is an ancient city as the place findit in the pages of the Mahabharata, but the city drew main attention during the Mughal Dynasty. Agra is a famous city across the globe as it boasts one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Taj Mahal. Every tourist gets allured by the contrasting structures of red sandstone and white marble, the intricate lanes and old fashioned buggies is still the charm of the city.

In the late evening we shall speculate enticing shows which depict the Mughal era - Mohabatt e Taj.

Mohabatt e Taj is the world of romance and immortal love of the great love story of the emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz that has been personified in the form of dance and drama. This performance takes us to the 16th century and portrays us the profuse lifestyle of Mughal era. The memorable part of the show is a replica of the Taj Mahal in Makrana marble weighing 8,500 kg with inlay work which presents various moods and shades, very similar to the original Taj Mahal.

This show is worth speculating as it is an effort to hold up the historical and cultural legacy of India.

Overnight in Agra.

Baby Taj Agra

Baby Taj Agra

Day 9: Agra

Like an early bird we move forward toa Sunrise visit to the monument of love, Taj Mahal.

We speculate world heritage site, Taj Mahal, one of the most captivating and dazzling monument built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz as a final resting place. It took over 22 years of hard labor of 20,000 workers to build this perfect symmetrical monument. This Seven Wonders of the World was built by a Persian architect Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. It is also famed for its elegant domes, finely carved screens, and for best inlay work.

After a visit to monument of eternal love, we return back to our hotel for breakfast.

Then we move forward for the sightseeing of Agra.

Our next stop after breakfast is the ceNOTEph of the Mughal emperor Akbar, Sikandra. Situated in the outskirts of the Agra city, the emperor started the construction of his tomb during his lifetime, but later it was completed by his son Jahangir. The monument featured manicured lawns with finely carved gateways and white marble ceNOTEph. This monument perfectly imbibes the best of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain motifs, signifying the new religion started by Akbar – the DEEN E ILAHI.

After speculating this beautiful monument we proceed further to glare at Agra Fort, an imperialistic fort situated on the banks of the Yamuna which was authorized by Emperor Akbar. It encloses numerous palaces and houses like the Moti Masjid, Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Musamman Burj, Jehangiri Mahal, Khaas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal etc. It is the finest architectural monument built in red sandstone.

After glaring at the citadel of Akbar we proceed further to visit baby Taj. An impressive tomb in white marble, built by Nur Jahan, in memory of her father Ghias-ud-Din Beg, who was entitled to the title of ‘Itimad-ud-Daulah’ meaning ‘Pillar of the Government’.

Then walk on the other side of Yamuna for the heritage walk with our professional guide.

The other side Yamuna is comprised of the history of Mughal Agra where various developments of Mughal dynasty can be witnessed along with significant views of Taj Mahal.

Appreciate the extensive hospitality of the local villagers sipping a cup of Masala Chai on the Tea Terrace with standard, comfortable, clean, affordable, and safe facilities. The whole village walk through India’s Mughal History and amiable people is an unforgettable experience.

Overnight will be in Agra

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal

Day 10: Agra - Jhansi

By deluxe train

Jhansi – Orchha – Panna

By road 220kms in 05hrs

Panna - Khajuraho

By road 40kms in 01hr

Breakfast in the hotel.

Transfer to the railway station to board the train to Jhansi.

Reach Jhansi and then drive to Panna enrouting Orchha.

We stop at medieval legacy in stone; Orchha, which has captured its dignity in stone and has frozen in time with the rich legacy since ages. This monument still retains its perfection since it was built in 16th and 17th centuries by Bundela rulers. Achieving the excellent measurements of their exteriors are interiors which symbolize the finest flowering of the Bundela School of painting. The walls and ceiling in Raj Mahal and Laxminaryan Temple are brought to rich life with murals of various religious themes. Various memorials and shrines that are scattered around the area add a charm to the beauty of Orchha.

Continue our drive to Panna. Reach Panna and check into the hotel.

Panna national park is home to the best wildlife species in the country located in the districts of Panna of Madhya Pradesh at a stone throw distance from Khajuraho. In the year 1994 the park was declared as the 22nd tiger reserve in the country and 5th in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The park has also won an award for the best maintained park in the country. It is one of the famous tourist spots due to vicinity of Khujarao.

The place is even famous for its diamond industry. We shall also explore and refresh ourselves with major attraction in the district, Pandav Falls.

We shall also speculate Rajgarh Palace, which is the perfect piece of architecture that overlooks a valley.

Overnight in Khajuraho.

Water Fall Panna National Park

Water Fall Panna National Park

Day 11: Panna – Khajuraho

Khajuraho Its name comes from the word Kajur in Hindi language which means 'date palm". Here we can see the largest set of Hindu temples of the country, famous for their erotic sculptures (famously known as Kama Sutra). The entire area is walled, with eight doors that allow the entrance to the complex. Each one of these doors is flanked by two palm trees. Originally there were about 80 temples of the remaining 22 in a good state of preservation.

The temples were built in a space of time of about a hundred years, between the 950 and the 1050 and are considered by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.

We will visit the Western and Eastern group of temples which contains sculptures of lovers and women playing various musical instruments or performing actions such as make-up or bathing, temples decorated with erotic sculptures. See a giant statue of Lord Vishnu at the Chaturbhuja Temple.

In the evening we will enjoy the Light and Sound Show in the temple complex.

Overnight at Khajuraho.

Day 12: Khajuraho – Varanasi

By Flight

Enjoy the first meal of the day at the Hotel.

Dazzle yourself with serene environment of the hotel.

Later we drive to Khajuraho Airport and take off to Varanasi.

Reach Varanasi and check into the Hotel.

Varanasi, the city of temples and Ghats, is an utmost travel destination of the country over the centuries. It is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi attracts tourist who come to enjoy the mystical divinity. It is believed that one who takes his or her last breath gets the freedom from the complicated cycle of life and death so it is regarded as the Holiest cities for Hindus in the country. It is believed that the place has magical spells, but it is not faint hearted.

When sunset begins to set, we shall witness Aarti at the Ghats of Varanasi. The chants of religious hymns by priests, the sound of conch shells, bells, gongs, the smell of camphor and incense sticks will mesmerize you as you sit by the dark waters of the ancient river. Your guide will be on hand to explain the proceedings and the significance of the Vedic hymns recited by the priests.

Overnight will be at Varanasi.

Aarti at the River Ganga Varanasi

Aarti at the River Ganga Varanasi

Day 13: Varanasi

Like an early bird we shall start our day with a drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the holy water of River Ganga. We explore Cremination Ghats to speculate the live rituals of the world’s most important religions.

For you to enchant the beauty of this holy city we shall board you off on the banks of River Ganga.

Board the boat with your guide and you will be in the middle of the river and here you speculate the sun, unfolding its sight of sunrise in front of you. And at the background you will experience thousands of pilgrims worshipping sunrise and having a bath in the holy waters.

We return at Ghat and walk through the paved streets of the banks of River Ganga.

Experience the death ceremony rituals.

Time for the shops to open, the market becomes a beehive of activities with the flood of tourist.

Return for breakfast to the hotel.

Stroll around famous sari markets of the city. Board yourself for a rickshaw ride from the city to the Chowk witnessing the main markets of the city.

We get down at Chowk and shall explore various markets by strolling in the streets.

We shall cover:-
• The wedding market (Kinari Bazaar)
• Kachori Galli (lane of kachoris, these are deep-fried snacks very popular in Varanasi)
• Khoa Galli (this lane sells milk products including paneer and condensed, sweetened milk)
• Vishwanath Galli (the most famous of all lanes in Varanasi).

Next we stop at Benaras Hindu University covering the area of 400 acres and is the largest residential universities in Asia. The complex features an art gallery and a mosque of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.

After we shall move forward to Sarnath, a well-known Buddhist site and a popular tourist destination that is worth a visit. The place got its fame after Buddha delivered its first sermon after attaining enlightenment after 2500 years. It is one of the holiest place in Asia.

We shall explore a museum that features antiquities dating back to 3rd century BC.

We even visit the textile village where will discover artisan with their set up and daily activity.

Overnight will be at Varanasi.

Morning Boat ride River Ganges Varanasi

Morning Boat ride River Ganges Varanasi

Day 14: Varanasi – Delhi - Departure

By Air

Enjoy leisurely breakfast in the hotel.

You are free to enjoy and capture moments in your lens.

Transfer to airport for a flight to Delhi.

Reach and enjoy shopping in Delhi.

As per the flight timings of International flight, you will transfer back to your sweet home town with unforgettable memories of India.

Tour ends.

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