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DAY 01: Arrive Delhi

Falcon Tours and TravelsMeet and Greet on arrival at Delhi and transfer to Hotel. Check in to the hotel and freshen up. Depending on your arrival to Delhi, half day sightseeing, visit to Humayun's Tomb - The Tomb was built by Humayun's widowed Queen Haji Begum, in the 16th century AD. Architecturally the forerunner of the Taj Mahal, it stands in Nizamuddin which shows the Mughal architecture at its best. Qutub Minar - The Qutub Minar made of red sandstone rising to the height of 72.5mts is an architectural marvel of the 13th century. Also a must is the visit to Ashoka Pillar dating back to the 5th century. Though made of iron it has with stood the weathers of time. A very interesting belief is assigned to this pillar- Stand with your back to the pillar, and if you can hold your hands around it, then make a wish and it will surely come true. India Gate - India Gate is a majestic high arch, 42 meters high, built as a memorial to the Indian soldiers killed in the World War I. Beneath it burns an eternal flame. From the base of the arch one can get a good view of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Return back to hotel, dinner and overnight.

DAY 02: Delhi

Falcon Tours and TravelsMorning breakfast, proceed for full day sightseeing, visit to Chandni Chowk - It is the nerve centre of commercial activity. The narrow lanes have kept alive the traditional workmanship which makes Delhi famous. A market place right from the times of Mugals, this market still hosts the decendants of royal chefs as also the famous Chudiwali gali and the parathe wali gali, Jama Masjid - Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India, and stands across the road from the Red Fort. Built in 1656, it is an eloquent reminder of the Mughal religious fervour, Lakshmi Narayan Temple - Popularly known as Birla Mandir, it is a large Hindu temple built in 1938. People of all faiths can enter and worship but one must walk barefoot into the courtyard, Red Fort - Delhi's most magnificent monument, the Red Fort, was built by Emperor Shah Jehan, in 1638 A.D. Enclosed in this glorious Fort is Diwan-i-am, the hall meant for public audiences; Diwan-i-Khas, where private audiences were granted; Rang Mahal, the water cooled apartment of the royal ladies; the Pearl Mosque, a lovely, ornate dream in white marble. Evening time to around Delhi City for shopping or enjoy night life. Return back to the hotel and overnight

DAY 03: Delhi / Jaipur (265 kms / 7 Hrs)

Falcon Tours and TravelsMorning after breakfast checkout of the hotel and proceed to Jaipur, on arrival check into Hotel and half day sight seeing, visit to City palace- Located in the heart of the walled city, The City Palace Complex gives you an idea about the farsightedness of the founder of Jaipur Sawai Jai Singh. He left behind a legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent architecture, art and craft structure in the city. Sawai Jai Singh built its many buildings but some of some of the structures were also built by later rulers and some of them are even dated in the in the twentieth century too. The palace is a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and the royal family still lives in a part of the palace. Jantar Mantar - Across the road from the palaces is the famous Jantar Mantar one of the five observatories in India. Built by Sawai Jai Singh, this is one of the largest and the best preserved. A passionate hobby of the king in the field of Astronomy, numerology, in sighted him to execute this observatory and with the help of skilled labourers, they managed to create a collection of complex astronomical instruments chiselled out of stone and most of which continues to provide accurate information to this day. Jaigarh Fort - The Jaigarh fort is the most spectacular of the three-hilltop forts that overlook Jaipur. In Mughal times, the Jaipur region was a major weapon-producing centre for the Mughal and Rajput rulers, several of which are on display in the fort's museum. Return back to hotel, dinner and overnight.

DAY 04: Jaipur

Falcon Tours and TravelsMorning after breakfast proceed to full day city tour visit to Nahargarh Fort - Nahargarh Fort is located on the sheer rugged ridge of Aravali Hills and it forms an impressive northern backdrop of Jaipur. It looks most classy when floodlit at night. The fort overlooks the city and presents a glittering view of the city lights. It was built in 1734 and extended in 1868. Nahargarh meaning abode of the tigers was built by Jai Singh to bolster the Defence of Amber. Hawa Mahal - Poet king Sawai Pratap Singh built this palace of winds. This is the most easily recalled landmarks of Jaipur and is also its icon. Located in the city Palace it is best viewed from the outside for the palace is really a facade. This five-storey building overlooking the busy Bazaar Street is a stunning example of Rajput architecture and artistry with its pink delicately honeycombed 953 sandstone windows known as 'jharokhas'. It was originally built for the ladies of the royal household to watch everyday life and processions in the city from their veiled comfort. Kanak Vrindavan - Not so old but definitely an exquisitely land scaped gardens with beautifully carved temple in beige stone, which is a vast complex with terrace sites all around and intricately carved marble columns and lattices. Located in the foothills of Nahargarh hills on the way towards Amer, this complex is a popular spot for picnic and film shoots. Galtaji - It is an ancient pilgrimage centre lying beyond the gardens amidst low hills. Temples, pavilions and holy kunds (natural spring and water tanks) along with lush landscape make it a delightful spot. The small temple of the Sun God built by Diwan Kriparam on the top of the highest peak is a visible city landmark. Return back to hotel, dinner and overnight.

DAY 05: Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (250 kms / 7 Hrs)

Falcon Tours and TravelsMorning after breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to Agra, enroute visit to Fatehpur Sikri and visit to Diwan-I-Am - The first enclosure of the palace is a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave daily public audience and dispensed justice, Diwan-I-Khas - also referred to as the Hall of Private Audiences, it is an astonishing chamber dominated by a massive carved pillar, which supports a fantastic capital above which is a balcony. Later on Proceed to Agra. On arrival at Agra, check in to a hotel and freshen up. Later on visit to Agra Fort - Built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D., the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment, besides Jahangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Taj Mahal - the one and only one of its kind across the world. The monumental labour of love of a great ruler for his beloved queen. The ultimate realization of Emperor Shahjahan's dream. One of the wonders of the world. From 1631 A.D., it took 22 years in the making. An estimated 20,000 people worked to complete the enchanting mausoleum, on the banks of the Yamuna. For a breathtaking beautiful view of the Taj Mahal, see it by moonlight. Open : 6 days a week (Closed on Friday's), Sunrise - 7.30 PM. Return back to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 06: Agra / Gwalior (120 kms / 3 Hrs)

Falcon Tours and TravelsMorning after breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to Gwalior - The entire city is a visual and aesthetic feast, for the builders of Gwalior were great architects. Take a walk through the streets of the city and you will discover old havelis with exquisitely carved doorways and windows; at almost every street crossing you will find statues of the Scindia family. Museums and art galleries are treasure houses and beautifully maintained palaces give the city its inimitable regal flavor.
On arrival at Gwalior, check in to the hotel and freshen up. Later on proceed for half day sightseeing, visit to The Gwalior fort - The most domination and impressive centre-piece of the city stands atop the massive sandstone hill and can be seen from miles away. The historic fort which was one of the most difficult to gain has witnessed many a battles to possess it. Among the memorable battles was the one fought between Rani Laksmi Bai of Jhansi and the British East India Company in 1857, Jal Vilas Palace and Museum - The residence of the royal Scindia family, part of which has been converted in to a museum displays a collection of royal memorabilia which includes the clothes, furniture a battery operated silver train that was used to carry drinks and fruits to the dinning table in state dinners, Teli-ka-Mandir - The temple built in the ninth century in Dravidian form is the oldest in the fort. Some believed it was built in the telangana style while others say it was built by oil merchant and hence got its name "Teli" from them. A Garuda can be seen on top of the 10 meter high doorway. Return back to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 07: Gwalior / Orchha (140kms / 3 Hrs)

Falcon Tours and TravelsMorning after breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to Orchha - had the distinction of being the capital of one of the largest and most powerful kingdoms of Central India, the Bundela dynasty. The architectural splendor of the monuments in Orchha reflects the glory of its rulers. The word Orchha means 'hidden' and this name was given at the time when the Tughlaqs, who were ruling Delhi in the 15th century, pushed the Bundelkhand rajas out of Garkhundar forcing them to retreat to distant Orchha. On arrival at Orchha, check in to a hotel and freshen up.  Later on visit to Raja Mahal - The Palace was constructed by Madhukar Shah who succeeded Bir Singh Deo. It is one among the oldest historical monuments in the fort arena, The Raja Mahal or the King's Palace is famous for its chhatris or cenotaphs and the exquisite murals on the interiors, The Laxminarayan Temple - The temple sits on a hill north west to the village Orchha. The temple contains the most exquisite paintings of the 17th and 19th century, but still, even today the colors appear as vibrant and fresh as at the time of making, The Phool Bagh Garden - The walled Phool Bagh gardens, a cool summer retreat beside the Palki Mahal, stand memorial to Dinman Hardol son of Bir Singh Deo who died to prove his innocence to his elder brother Jhujhar. Return back to the hotel an overnight.

DAY 08: Orchha / Khajuraho (180 kms / 4 Hrs)

Falcon Tours and TravelsMorning after breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to Khajuraho - which has lent its name to a complex of exquisite Hindu and Jain temples, is a small town located amidst the forested plains of Bundelkhand in north-central Madhya Pradesh. The beautiful temples that dot Khajuraho are believed to have been built by the mighty Chandela rulers in the 9th and 10th century AD. The engravings on these temples are highly sensual and erotic that depicts in graceful forms intimate scenes of the whole range of human emotions and relationships.
On arrival at Khajuraho, check in to a hotel and freshen up. The temples of Khajuraho are divided into three geographical groups Western, Eastern and Southern. Visit to The Western Group Side situated opposite the Government of India Tourist Office, has 14 temples. The Chaunsath Yogini, Lalguan Mahadev, Parvati, Varaha, Matangesvara, Lakshmana, Vishvanath and Nandi, Chitragupta, Devi Jagdamba and Kandariya Mahadeo temples belong to this group. Later on wait for The Light and Sound Show on the Western Group of temples complex the reminds the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and mark out the story of the exclusive temples from the 10th Century to the present day. The 50-minute fascinating show in English starts at 06:30 PM and in Hindi it is at 07:30 PM Return back to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 09: Khajuraho

Falcon Tours and TravelsMorning after breakfast, proceed for a full day sightseeing, visit to The Eastern Group, 2.4 km from the Tourist Office, consists of seven temples (four Jain and three Hindu). The Parsvanath, Adinath, Shantinath, and Ghantai temples belong to the Jains while the Vamana, Javari and Brahma are Hindu temples. The Southern Group, about 5 km from Khajuraho, contains the Chaturbhuj and Duladeo temples. Return back to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 10: Khajuraho / Varanasi (By Flight)

Falcon Tours and TravelsMorning after breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to Khajuraho Airport to board your flight to Varanasi - The land of Varanasi (Kashi) has been the ultimate pilgrimage spot for Hindus for ages. Often referred to as Benaras, Varanasi is the oldest living city in the world. These few lines by Mark Twain say it all: "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together". Hindus believe that one who is graced to die on the land of Varanasi would attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth.
On arrival at Varanasi, check in to the hotel and later on proceed for sightseeing, visit to The Kashi Vishwanath Temple - is located in the heart of the cultural capital of India, Varanasi. It stands on the western bank of India's holiest river Ganges. The Kashi Vishwanath temple is the center of faith for millions of Hindus. The Jyotirlinga of Shiva, Vishweshwara or Vishwanatha, is enshrined in the Kashi Vishwanath temple, considered as one of the holiest temples of India, Durga Temple - is built in Nagara Style and is one of the most important temples of the city. The 'shikhara' of the temple consists of several small spires layered one on top of the other,  Tulsi Manas Temple - is one of the most famous temples of Varanasi. It is also an important tourist attraction of the holy city. The Tulsi Manas temple is located near the famous Durga temple. Return back to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 11: Varanasi / Sarnath / Varanasi (10 Kms Each Way)

Falcon Tours and TravelsEarly morning, you can go for a boat ride on the Ganges. It is a mystical and spiritual experience as you watch people offering water to the Sun God and devotees taking holy dip in the Ganges. Return back to the hotel for breakfast and freshen up. Later on proceed to Sarnath - about 10 km from the holy city of Varanasi, is the place where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon. The celebrated Mantra, 'Buddham Sharanam Gachhami', owes its origin to Sarnath. On the day before his death Buddha included Sarnath along with Lumbini, Bodh, Gaya and Kushinagar as the four places he thought to be sacred to his followers. It makes Sarnath one of the most venerated Buddhist places. Besides Buddhism, Sarnath is also connected with Jainism. Visit to Ashoka Lion capital or the Sarnath lion capital - is the national symbol of India. The Sarnath pillar bears one of the Edicts of Ashoka, an inscription against division within the Buddhist community, which reads, "No one shall cause division in the order of monks". The Sarnath pillar is a column surmounted by a capital, which consists of a canopy representing an inverted bell-shaped lotus flower, a short cylindrical abacus with four 24-spoked Dharma wheels with four animals (an elephant, a bull, a horse, a lion), Dharmrajika Stupa - is believed to be the site where the Buddha gave his first sermon. The Dharmrajika Stupa was pulled down in the 18th century by an officer of the Maharaja of Benaras who was looking for building material for constructing a bazaar. Visit to few Buddhist Temples and return back to Varanasi and overnight.

DAY 12: Varanasi / Delhi (Overnight Train)

Falcon Tours and TravelsMorning after breakfast, check out of the hotel and visit to Bharat Mata Temple - at Varanasi is the only temple dedicated to Mother India. It is located in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth campus. The Bharat Mata temple was built by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936. The statute of Bharat Mata is built in marble and is a model of undivided India, depicting the mountains, plains and oceans, Nepali Temple - Built in Nepali style by the King of Nepal on Lalita Ghat, it is also known as the Kathwala temple because of the magnificent woodwork. Tourist attraction for visitors from all over the world, it is said to be incomparable to any other temple in India. Later on transfer to Varanasi Railway Station to your onward journey to Delhi.

DAY 13: Delhi

Morning on arrival at Delhi Railway Station, transfer to Delhi Airport to continue with your onward journey. Tour Ends.

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