India for the first time
India - the land that evokes flights of imagination and curiosity, a canvas of spectacle and colour. Ruled by a succession of native kingdoms, often overrun and inhabited by invading armies of Central Asian origin, followed by the Mughals and finally the British, transformation has been never ending. A profusion of races and cultures, and the magnitude of their legacies, are evident today.
Tag 1ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi the capital of India. On your arrival at international airport in Delhi and after clearing customs & immigration, our representative along with your Indian Naturalist guide will welcome you at the airport arrival lounge with Classic Expeditions signboard. You will be transferred to the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.
After breakfast proceed for a full day sightseeing of the walled city called Old Delhi and the cosmopolitan New Delhi. Visit Old Delhi, it pulses with the energy and color, the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars and is laced by a maze of narrow lanes which twist and turn between tall, leaning houses full of the sights, sounds and aromas of the Indian subcontinent. You will visit Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes. In Old Delhi you will also have an opportunity to enjoy rickshaw ride. Rickshaw Ride: A ride in the old city market laid by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, would give you an experience of life time. Pass through the colourful shop of bustling Chandani Chowk, one of the largest wholesale markets in Asia also an important landmark in the history of India. If you feel up to it take a short walk in the market and explore another facet of Indian life. In the afternoon you will be taken on a tour of New Delhi. It is a city of wide boulevards which offers ever changing perspectives of Lutyen's landscaped city. It is a city known for its formal parks, magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India designed by Sir Edwin Lutyen) and India Gate. In New Delhi you will also visit Qutab Minar, the 72.5 m high tower dating back to 13th century and Humanyun's Tomb (built in the 16th century and architecturally the fore runner of the Taj Mahal). You will visit Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes. In Old Delhi you will also have an opportunity to enjoy rickshaw ride. In the afternoon you will be taken on a tour of New In the afternoon you will be taken on a tour of New Delhi. It is a city of wide boulevards which offers ever changing perspectives of Lutyen's landscaped city. It is a city known for its formal parks, magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India designed by Sir Edwin Lutyen) and India Gate. In New Delhi you will also visit Qutab Minar, the 72.5 m high tower dating back to 13th century and Humanyun's Tomb (built in the 16th century and architecturally the fore runner of the Taj Mahal). In the evening, we will visit “The Kingdom of Dreams”. Kingdom of dream is India’s first live entertainment and leisure destination point which is located at the apex of the golden triangle of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi. It is a place where the festival that is India is celebrated in the grand and glamorous style. It is a grand palace of gargantuan proportions with lavish interiors. The Kingdom offers you authentic cuisine, live entertainment in the form of Musicals, Dramas, Mythological Shows, Street Dances, Mock Indian Wedding, India’s art, crafts and much more all with modern technology. Kingdom of dreams includes Nautanki Mahal, Showshaa Theatre, Culture Gully, Idea Buzz Lounge and a Theme Restaurant which offers 350 exotic food preparations by certified chefs from across 14 states. But the main attraction and jewel of Kingdom of dreams is Nautanki Mahal, which is built like a palace and is India’s first 850 seat auditorium.
After leisurely breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Udaipur. Flight leaves Delhi at 1040hrs and arrives Udaipur at 1210 hrs. Upon arrival at Udaipur airport, you will be met at and transferred to the hotel. Udaipur: "The Venice of the East", Udaipur is an enchanting city. From lakes in the midst of sandy terrain to green forested hills where wildlife still abounds, the surprises are endless. And, in the lakes, or by their edges, are palaces straight out of fairy tales, each more beautiful than the other. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh, Udaipur is surrounded by the Aravalli mountain ranges situated on the edge of three lakes. Enjoy boat ride on the placid waters of Lake Pichola by sunset (subject to water level in the lake). This picturesque lake encloses the Jag Niwas Island the Jag Mandir. The City Palace extends along its eastern banks. Stay overnight at hotel.
After breakfast half day sightseeing tour of Udaipur entails City Palace Complex consisting of Durbar Hall, Palace Museum and Jagdish Temple. Udaipur City Palace is considered as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Afternoon half day excursion to Eklingji & Nagda Temples. Eklingji & Nagda Temples – built in white marble with a double storied porch on the bank of Lake Bageela – 22 kms from Udaipur. On the shore of a small lake bounded by the surrounding hills, the stunning main temple is built of white marble and has a breathtaking interior with doorway, screen and lamps crafted from ornamented silver. The roof of the temple is decorated with hundreds of circular knobs and crowned by a lofty tower. Even now the Maharana of Udaipur visits this beautiful temple every Monday. Nagda was the scene of frequent Muslim invasions, and although most of it is in ruins, one can still see glimpses of the former glorious days. Stay overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, proceed for the blue city of India - Jodhpur. On the way stop at Ranakpur for a short sightseeing followed by lunch. Ranakpur: The cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble, came across as a marvelous feat of architecture. It would take anyone by surprise to learn that they were built in 1460, so well preserved & sparkling is the marble. The main temple is supported on 1,444 pillars - none of which is similarly carved. Upon arrival at Jodhpur, check into the hotel. Jodhpur: Rao Jodha Ji who claimed descent from Lord Rama (the hero of epic Ramayana) founded Jodhpur, the former capital of Marwar State, in 1459. The city was built as a result of warring brothers. Jodhpur and its historic origins are best revealed by countless cultural celebrations taking place here, of this Marwar festival an annual feature is the most inspiring spectacle of the region. A variety of Rajasthani folk music and dance performances introduce the audience with the local folklore. Marked with ecstasy, the cultural bonanza enlivens and transports the participant's back into the historic origins of this colorful region of Rajasthan. Overnight at hotel.
After a leisurely breakfast, proceed for Jodhpur sightseeing which encompasses of Mehrangarh Fort & Jaswanta Thada. Mehrangarh Fort: Spread over 5 km. On a stiff rugged hill and looking down from a height of about 100 Mts. the fort appears invincible and impenetrable from outside but houses some of the most intricately adorned palaces with exquisitely carved panels and latticed windows. Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana are some of the important palaces. Afternoon proceed for jeep safari to Bishnoi Village. Guda Bishnoi Village is a perfect example of dedication for nature exhibited by the local people. Every house in the village is built in a traditional way with utmost cleanliness around it. People of Bishnoi village rarely cut trees. They worship animals as a part of conserving nature. It is because of this reason, that the people are considered as the pioneers of the green movement of the world. The village is a perfect blend of Indian culture and traditions. Bishnoi Village is a perfect destination for the nature lovers. Experience the traditional touch of India at the beautiful village of Rajasthan. A tour to Bishnoi Village offers you some stunning views of peacocks and migratory birds. Enjoy the time watching some of the extinct species like blackbucks, antelopes, chinkaras, and cranes. Gazelles are an important species of Bishnoi village that are worshipped by local people. The local population specializes in traditional art and crafts. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast make your journey to Jaipur. Jaipur: The capital city of the state of Rajasthan, also known as "Pink City" owes its name, its foundation and planning to the great warrior astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II. The city sits on a dry lakebed in a wild and somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by fortresses and crenellated walls. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure activities. You can swim in the exotic pool, or rejuvenate with a massage, prior to getting ready for dinner. Overnight at hotel.
After early breakfast we leave to the outskirts of Jaipur to walk through the grounds and structures of the Amber Fort. Here is your chance to ride an elephant up to the Amber Fort like the royalty of Rajasthan once did. Mount the animal from a raised platform and sit comfortably in a specially designed, secure seat as the majestic animal winds its way up the ramparts of the fort. The animals look beautiful as the mahouts decorate them, especially the trunk, with floral and geometric patterns using coloured chalk and powders. Amber Fort was originally constructed by a tribe called the Meenas and dedicated to “Amba” or the “Mother Goddess.” Built over the remains of an earlier structure, the present palace complex was commenced in 1592 under the reign of Raja Man Singh, commander of Akbar’s army and a member of the emperor’s inner circle of nine courtiers. The Amber Fort was modified by successive rulers over the next 150 years, until the Kachwahas shifted their capital to Jaipur during the time of Maharaj a (a great or h igh king) Jai Singh II. You have he choice of reaching the fort either on foot or atop an elephant! The short steep ascent provides views of Jaipur, Maotha Lake, and the original city walls. One of the fort’s most striking features is the Hall of Mirrors. When the palace was occupied by royalty, the hall could be lit at night by a single candle reflected in thousands of tiny, intricate mirrors. Optional Hot Air Ballooning Safari. Quoting lines from a famous poem by Robin Frost “I took the one less travelled by, and that made all the difference...” To give you a new experience we have arranged for you to travel to see the beauty of Jaipur in a very unique way – Hot Air Balloon. Fly over the oldest mountain range – The Aravallis and absorb the mélange of light and colours. You have an option to take either early morning or afternoon hot air ballooning experience which is launched from various places depending upon weather and wind direction. Afternoon visit Jantar Mantar; an open air astronomical observatory. Then you will stop at the Hawa Mahal ‘Palace of the Winds’ facade for photo stop behind which the ladies of the court could watch the busy activities in the street below without being seen. Jaipur’s main focus is the huge City Palace complex, home to the Maharaja, where you’ll see the numerous rooms, formal gardens and the fascinating Maharaja’s Museum containing his personal collection of weaponry, miniature paintings, royal attire and jewellery. Optionally: Late evening you can go to watch Bollywood movie at Raj Mandir Cinema Theater. Raj Mandir is very famous Cinema Theater in Jaipur and one of the famous destinations to visit. Earlier it was considered to be the best Cinema Theater in India and often referred to as Pride of Asia . As per information I have collected this theater was started by one of the renowned and very rich Jeweler in 1976 with the film called Charas. After that this cinema hall has witnessed many premiers of Big Budget films. Even today in the era of Multiplexes Raj Mandir has not lost its charm among the visitors. People come here to see the interiors rather than the movie.
Tag 9JAIPUR-FATEHPUR SIKRI-AGRA
After breakfast make your journey to Agra en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri (230 kms/5hrs). Fatehpur Sikri: The Red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world. Continue drive to Agra. Upon arrival check into at hotel. Visit Taj Mahal by sunset. Taj Mahal- little needs to be said about this architectural wonder, which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. Overnight at hotel.
Tag 10AGRA- JHANSI-ORCHHA-KHAJURAHO
After breakfast transfer to railway Station to board train to Jhansi. Train leaves Agra at 0820 & arrives Jhansi at 1040 hrs. Reach Jhansi and proceed to Khajuraho (172kms, 5h rs drive). En-route visiting Orchha. Arrive Orchha and proceed for sightseeing of Orcha sites within the Fort Complex. Orchha's grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time, a rich legacy to the ages. In this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly and the palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries retain much of their pristine perfection. Complementing the noble proportions of their exteriors are interiors which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela school of painting. In the Laxminarayan Temple and Raj Mahal, vibrant murals encompassing a variety of religious and secular themes, bring the walls and ceilings to rich life. Enjoy your lunch at Orchha. Continue drive to Khajuraho. Reach Khajuraho, transferred to hotel and relax. Khajuraho, located in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh, has emerged as a renowned tourist destination from a tiny unknown village. A World UNESCO Heritage Site, Khajuraho is better known as the Temple Town. Famed for its magnificent Jain and Hindu temples and intricate stone sculptures, Khajuraho remains the epitome of the temple architectural style and aesthetic sensibility. Of the 85 beautiful temples, only 22 have survived the ravages of time. Made of sandstone blocks fitted together, these remain as a collective glorification to life, love and joy, to the spirit of creativity and human relationships. Built by the Chandela rulers in 9th and 10th century AD, the temples exhibit carved images of gods and goddesses, celestial maidens and dancers, animals and musicians, all frozen in stone. Overnight at Khajuraho.
After breakfast check out from hotel and proceed for sightseeing of eastern & western group of temples. Later departure transfer to airport & board flight to Varanasi. Flight leaves Khajuraho at 1345hrs and arrives Varanasi at 1435hrs. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel. Varanasi, known to the devout as Kashi, is said to have been founded by Shiva, Lord of the Universe. One of the oldest living cities in the world, as also one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India, Varanasi is a major tourist attraction. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, the city has been a center of learning and civilization for over 2000 years. Early evening visit Ghats for photography & later enjoy the Aarti Ceremony at Ganges. This is memorable experience, a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of this unique city followed by a sunset cruise on the Ganges. Here you will witness striking religious rituals being performed—a truly unique experience.
Early in the morning drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world’s oldest and most important religions. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. While returning to the hotel visit Kashi Vishwanath temple by walking through narrow lanes. Discover winding alleys and bright bazaars, taste local Indian sweets, drink chai (tea) from a brittle clay cup. Return to the hotel and have breakfast. Visit to Sarnath to have firsthand experience of Buddhism. Sarnath has previously been known as Mrigadava, "deer park," and Isipatana, meaning the place where holy men (Pali: isi) fell to earth. The latter name is based in the legend that when the Buddha was born, devas came down to announce it to 500 holy men. The holy men all rose into the air and disappeared and their relics fell to the ground. The current name Sarnath, from Saranganath, means "Lord of the Deer" and relates to another old Buddhist story in which the Bodhisattva is a deer and offers his life to a king instead of the doe he is planning to kill. The king is so moved that he creates the park as a sanctuary for deer. After his enlightenment in Bodhgaya, the Buddha went to Sarnath seeking his five former companions. He found them, taught them what he had learned, and they also became enlightened. This event is referred to as "the turning of the wheel of the Dharma" and also marks the founding of the Sangha, or the community of monks. The places of interest at Sarnath are Dhamekha Stupa, Mulgandha Kuti Vihar, Ashokan Pillar and Sarnath Archaeological Museum. Overnight at hotel.
Morning at leisure. Enjoy your breakfast at Hotel. Later departure transfer to airport & board flight to Delhi. Flight leaves Varanasi at 1450hrs and arrives Delhi at 1620hrs. Meet upon arrival in Delhi & transfer to hotel for wash & change. Later transfer to airport & board flight to onward destination.
On time transfer to the airport to board flight for home. End of your booked journey.
- Übernachtungen wie angegeben in 3 - 5 Sterne - Unterkünften (Ü) Verpflegung wie angegeben (FS/B -Frühstück,L-Lunch AE/D-Abendessen)
- Flüge (Economy class inkl. 15kg Freigepäck) und Flughafengebühren
- In den Zielorten örtliche indische englischsprachige Reiseleitung
- Unterbringung in 2 – Bett – Zimmern
- Einzelzimmer – Unterbringung gegen Aufpreis (auf Nachfrage)
- Sämtliche Transfers in geeigneten Fahrzeugen
Nicht im Preis enthalten
- Internationale Flüge (Preise ab Europa ab circa 600 €, Stand 01/2017)
- Indien – Visum (circa 90 €, Stand 01/2017)
- Optionale Veranstaltungen (Ballooning etc.)
- Kamera und Video - Gebühren
- Trinkgelder, die in Indien üblich sind
- Dinge des persönlichen Bedarfs
- Alle Sonderkosten, die hervorgerufen werden durch unvorhersehbare Ereignisse (Naturkatastrophen, Politik, Arbeitskämpfe etc.)