Tiger & Temple Tour
Destinations : Delhi / Agra / Orchha / Khajuraho / Varanasi / Delhi.
Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
Day 01. Arrival Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, you will be received by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 02. Delhi
The national capital of India, New Delhi, is a major political and business hub. Moreover, it is also one of the major travel gateways to other tourist spots of northern India. Delhi nestles many different cities and culture within itself. It is a perfect fusion of ancient and modern, as it can be classified largely into New Delhi, Old Delhi and Outer Delhi.
New Delhi, the imperial city created by the British Raj, has a spacious and planned outlook. It is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. In contrast, the old Delhi was inhibited by Muslim rulers and was made in 17th and 19th century. It is full of formidable mosques, monuments and forts. It's a lively area of colorful bazaars, narrow streets and terrific traffic lines. On one hand, where you can see dashing examples of modern architecture as skyscrapers in Connaught Place, Nehru Place and other areas; on the other hand, there is a rich legacy of ancient palaces, forts, temples, mosques and monuments.
Delhi is the most dazzling and happening city of India, being the political hub of India. It houses the Parliament and is the governing seat of the country. A large number of historic monuments and heritage sites of India are located in New Delhi. And now in the growing age of globalization, one can see big city shopping malls flashing major brands from all over the world.
Delhi is a city with magnetic attraction and extensive glorious past. Every nook and corner of the city of Delhi seems like narrating the incidents of the bygone era. Thus, Delhi deserves to be your first destination if you want to understand both India and Indians truly.
Delhi offers its tourists a treasure of new-age tourist attractions. Visit world-renowned ancient and colonial monuments, beautiful gardens, lively suburb shopping malls, pubs, nightclubs or discotheques in this modern city.
Tourist Attractions in Delhi
A high-arched memorial in tribute to the soldiers martyred in the Afghan War, it has the names of all these heroic men inscribed on it. India Gate hosts the parade of the Indian Republic Day on 26th January each year. It is also a nice tourist spot teeming with children, vendors and both Indian and Foreigner tourists. Quite pleasant, especially in evenings and nights when the whole edifice gets light up.
This fascinating red sandstone fort is an example of the rich Mughal architecture. Red Fort is a venue to the Independence Day parade of India. The magnificent Red Fort, which is also the venue for India's Independence Day celebrations, takes you to a journey back in time to the era of mighty Mughal ruler, Shahjahan.
This 240 ft tall tower is the tallest monument in India ushered in the new Indo-Islamic style of architecture, which was a fusion of the Indian and Mughal styles. A 7m (23ft) high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It's said that if you can encircle it with your hands whilst standing with your back to it, your wish will be fulfilled. However, a fence now protects the pillar.
Delhi is the right place to shop for all those who love shopping. Delhi has numerous massive shopping complexes. Starting from Connaught Place, South Extension, Chandni Chowk to Sarojini Nagar, Karol Bagh, Janpath and Lajpat Nagar. You can find all types of items in these markets from cheapest to expensive one. All these places are popular hangouts of the Delhites in the weekends and evenings.
Day 03. Delhi / Agra
Distance: 203 km Time: 5 Hours
Travel to Agra and check into your hotel where you can rest. Later you can enjoy sightseeing or shopping in the Agra city markets.
Day 04. Agra
Agra is known, to the world as the city of Taj Mahal. Agra has its roots, dating back to the time of Mahabaratha. Agra is situated on the west-bank of River Yamuna, 204 km south of Delhi. The old part of the town, north of the fort, is where the main market place is. The modern township is on the south. Agra has a magnificent fort and many other monuments from the Mughul era, not to mention the Taj Mahal, which are major attractions to the tourists.
Agra, the city of Taj was established in 1475 by Badal Singh. Agra finds mention in the Mahabharata as Agraban. Agra city in those days was considered to be the sister city of Mathura which was more prominent than Agraban. Agra came into its own when the Lodhi Kings chose this place beside the Yamuna to be their capital city. Sikander Lodhi made Agra his capital but Babar defeated the Lodhis to capture not only Agra but also laid the foundation of the Mughal empire.
Agra - The city known for the famous monument of love - the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal was constructed by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jehan. It is said he built this monument in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is ethereal at any part of the day - blushing in the rosy glow of dawn or sunset , appearing like a pearly mirage in the moonlight or reflected in the pools of the garden . Perhaps the most moving view of the Taj is from an octagonal tower in the Agra Fort further along the river Yamuna.
Tourist Attractions in Agra
Even as the world is caught in the skirmishes of War & peace, Nuclear and Non-Nuclear; Taj has stood as the epitome of love. This extravagant monument of love is one of the most visited and most photographed places in the world. Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal was the culmination point of Indo-Persian architecture. The Mughals Emperor were always fond of constructing monuments. Perhaps they knew that they would be gone but these structures will remind the world of their grandeur.
Agra which lies on the west bank of river Jamuna became one of the principal cities of the Mughal Empire after the death of Ibrahim Lodi at Panipat in 1526. When Akbar choose Agra as his capital he laid the foundation of the Fort of Agra. After Taj this was one of the most important group of buildings. The construction was started in 1565 and was completed in about eight years at a cost of thirty five lakh of rupees under the superintendence of Qasim Khan Mir Barr-u-Bahr. This fort was just one of the many large fortified residences that the emperor wanted to have at various strategic points of his empire. According to contemporary chroniclers like Abul Fazal the fort contained over five hundred buildings. But later on Akbar's descendants added new buildings, mainly in marble to the fort and demolished the old ones.
This tomb belongs to the father of Nur Jahan, Ghias-ud-Din Beg. He was the Wajir or the Chief Minister of Emperor Jehangir. This white marble tomb was built by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628. The tomb may not be as mammoth as the Taj but the inlay designs and carvings are no less than Taj if not more. The delicate marble latticework in the passages allows the light to enter the interiors. A similar tomb was built by Nur Jahan for Jehangir in Lahore. This tomb was the first complete marble Moghul structure.
Shopping in Agra
Exploring the extremely colorful markets of Agra was a great experience. I bought replicas of Taj Mahal as souvenirs for my friends and relatives. But the leather items including leather chappals (sandals), purses, bags and other decorative items were just irresistible.
Day 05. Agra / Orchha
Distance: 230 km Time: 6 Hours
Travel to Orchha and check into your hotel where you can rest. Later you can enjoy sightseeing or shopping in the Orchha city markets.
Day 06. Orchha
Orchha is the erstwhile capital city of the Bundela rulers. The town is steeped in history and is famous for its palaces and temples built in the 16th and 17th centuries. The architectural splendor of the monuments in Orchha reflects the glory of its rulers. The Betwa River, on whose banks Orchha lies, and the forests around it attract tourist to this place.
Major Tourist Attractions
There are a number of tourist spots in Orchha. The main attraction of Orchha is the Orchha fort complex, located on an island on River Betwa, having a number of palaces to visit within it. A four-arched bridge leads to the fort complex on the island. The Jahangir Mahal, which was built by Bir Singh Deo in the early part pf the 17th century to mark the visit of the Mughal Emperor, is an important monument of this fort. It is known for its delicate work on one hand and balanced with strong masonry on the other. Raj Mahal, the second palace in this fort complex is well known for its murals, depicting religious themes. The Rai Parveen Mahal, dedicated to the 17th-century poetess-musician, is the third palace within this complex and is set amongst well-laid gardens.
There are a number of interesting temples to visit in Orchha. The Raja Ram Temple, which was formerly a palace, is an important tourist spot. According to legend, Lord Ram appeared in dream of the then ruler Madhukar Shah. The ruler subsequently brought an idol of Lord Ram and placed it in this palace, before installing it into a temple. However, when the time of installation approached, the idol refused to move from its present place. The king had to recall his dream, which had indicated that the idol would remain in the place, where it was first placed. Thus this palace became a temple and Lord Ram is worshipped here as a king. The Chaturbhuj temple in Orchha was the original destination of the idol of Lord Ram. This temple has been decorated with religious symbols on the outside, while the interiors are stark.
The Laxminarayan temple
The Laxminarayan temple is a unique blend of temple and fort architecture. The frescoes within this temple depict social and secular themes. These frescoes have retained their vibrant colors.
The Phool Bagh
The Phool Bagh is a well-laid garden and was the resting place of the erstwhile Bundela rulers. This garden has fountains, pavilions and ingenious water ventilation system.
Orchha has 14 chhatris or memorials for its rulers, situated near the Kanchan Ghat on River Betwa.
The Shahid Smarak commemorating the martyrdom of Chandrashekhar Azad, the great freedom fighter, is an important place to visit. Other places to visit in Orchha include the shrine of Siddh Baba Ka Sthan, Jugal Kishore, Janki Mandir, Dinman Hardul's palace, Sunder Mahal, and the Hanuman Mandir at Ochharedwara.
Places Around Orchha
The historic city of Jhansi is 18 km from Orchha. It is a famous tourist destination and is known for the exploits of Rani Jhansi, who played an important role in fighting the British during the revolt of 1857. A number of monuments belonging to this period including Jhansi Fort and Rani Jhansi's Palace are important tourist attractions of Jhansi.
Day 07. Orchha / Khajuraho
Distance: 178 km Time: 4 Hours
Travel to Khajuraho and check into your hotel where you can rest. Later you can enjoy sightseeing or shopping in the Khajuraho city markets.
Day 08. Khajuraho
Khajuraho is well known all over the world for its temple architecture and exquisite sculptures. Situated in the heart of India in the state of Madhya Pradesh, it lies in the forested plains of the region of Bundelkhand. The Khajuraho temples were built between the 9th and 11th centuries by the warrior kings of the Chandela dynasty. However, the definite reason behind such mass scale temple construction that is now over a thousand years old remains unknown. According to local legend, these temples were built by the first Chandela raja to atone his mother's sin, whose consummation with the Moon god hearalded the start of the Chandela dynasty.
These exquisitely carved temples are also the site for an annual mela on the occasion of Shivaratri which is celebrated here as the wedding of Shiva. This living tradition fits in with the new theory about Khajuraho that the temples were built as wedding chariots for the gods who came to attend the wedding.
Khajuraho combines history, architecture, culture and environment with delectable charm. It takes one away from the noise and pollution of the city, with its fresh air and scenic countryside. Its quaint charm and marvelous beauty of the temples attracts people to it and makes it Madhya Pradesh's most famous tourist town.
Day 09. Khajuraho / Varanasi
Distance: 460 km Time: 10 Hours
Travel to Varanasi and check into your hotel where you can rest. Later you can enjoy sightseeing or shopping in the Varanasi city markets.
Day 10. Varanasi
Private cabs and taxis, cars, coachs run by tour operators and the state roadways buses are the options if you are travelling to Khajuraho by road. Regular buses run to and from Jhansi, Satna, Harpalpur (94 km) and Mahoba (61 km).
Varanasi, the eternal city, is one of the most important pilgrim sites in India and also a major tourist attraction. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, Varanasi has been a center of learning and civilization for over 2000 years. The city finds mention in the great epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. It was a flourishing trade center when Buddha came to Sarnath, about 10 kilometres away, to preach his first sermon in 500 BC. Also known as Kashi and Banaras, Varanasi's present name has been derived as combination of the names of the two rivers - the Varuna and Assi. The renowned American novelist Mark Twain once wrote, "Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together."
Major Tourist Attractions
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
The temple is located in the premises of the Banaras Hindu University and is about thirty minutes walk from the gates of the university. The temple, built by the Birlas, was planned by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. Unlike many other temples in Varanasi, this temple is open to all irrespective of caste or creed.
The long string of ghats along the western bank of the Ganges forms the major attraction of Varanasi. There are about hundred ghats in the city and each of them is marked by a lingam and occupies its own special place in the religious geography of the city. The ghats, though some of them have crumbled over the years, continue to thrive with early-morning bathers, Brahmin priests offering puja and people practicing meditation and yoga. Though most of the ghats are used for bathing, there are several 'burning ghats' were bodies are cremated. The pilgrims here are supposed to bathe at five special ghats in a sequence during a ritual called the Panchatirthi Yatra.
Located 2 kilometres south of the old city, this eighteenth century Durga Temple is also known as the Monkey Temple due to many aggressive monkeys that reside here. The temple was built in a common north Indian style with an ornate shikhara, consisting of five segments symbolizing the elements and supported by finely carved columns. Here Durga is represented as the embodiment of shakti or female power, clad in red and riding a tiger and fully armed with Shiva's trident, Vishnu's discus and a sword. A forked stake in the courtyard was used during festivals in the earlier times to behead sacrificial goats. The ritual of sacrifice has now been replaced by a symbolic mark in vermilion.
This 17th-century fort is the home of the former Maharaja of Banaras. The fort lies at a little distance to the south of the Asi Ghat.The museum inside the fort houses a collection that includes horse-drawn carriages, old motor cars, gilded and ornate silver howdahs (elephant seats), hookahas, costumes, a collection of minute ivory carvings, an astronomical clock, hunting trophies, vintage silver and brocade palanquins, a replica of the royal bed and an armoury of swords and guns.
Day 11. Varanasi / Delhi
Distance: 750 km Time: 14 Hours
Return to Delhi and rest at your hotel
Day 12. Delhi / End of Tour
Transfer to the airport to catch your flight home with unforgetable memories of your Tour.