This journey travels through an area which has been the backdrop to many significant events, including the Indian mutiny in Lucknow, Buddha's first sermon near Varanasi and the Mughal domination of the country. The erotic Chandela temples at Khajuraho are also the gateway to the wildlife reserves of central India, with Panna National Park and its indigenous tiger population.
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Overnight flight to Delhi. (N)
Morning arrival and transfer to the Lalit for a stay of 2 nights. (N)
Explore the myriad charms of Old and New Delhi. Drive past the famous Red Fort, once the most opulent fort of the Mughal empire as well as visiting Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in Asia and Raj Ghat, the simple but moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. (B)
Take a morning train to Lucknow and transfer to the Vivanta by Taj - Gomti Nagar for a stay of 2 nights. The beautiful property is set in 33 acres of landscaped gardens bordering the Gomti river and the architecture of the hotel reflects the glorious Nawabi era. (B)
Accompanied by a local guide, walk through the bustling streets and narrow alleyways of Lucknow, taking in the rich history, culture and architecture. You will pass many mosques, temples, crumbling houses with ornate windows and shops selling embroidery work, freshly cut flowers and silverware. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Take a morning train to Varanasi and transfer to Suryauday Haveli for a 2-night stay. In the evening take to the Dasaswamedh Ghats to witness the Ganga Aarti ceremony, performed every night on the banks of River Ganges at sunset. (B)
Take an early morning boat ride along the river Ganges and see the famous bathing 'ghats', the stone steps which lead down to the river where the gathered faithful ritually cleanse themselves. (B)
Take a morning flight to Khajuraho. Afternoon visit to the Chandela temples, noted for their masterful carvings and erotic imagery. The sculptures are said to portray the rite of creation in which both body and soul are involved. Stay 2 nights at the Lalit Temple View (B)
Day excursion to Panna National Park. Dominated by lush tropical forests, picturesque gorges and cascading waterfalls, Panna is one of the few large forested habitats left in the north-central highlands of India. Wildlife here includes Bengal tigers, leopards, sloth bears, nilgais, chinkaras and hyenas. (B, L)
Travel by road and rail to Agra for 2 nights at the Courtyard by Marriott. En route, stop at Orchha to explore the spectacular fort palace, which includes the Jahangir Mahal and the impressive religious murals of the Raj Mahal. (B)
Today explore Agra and visit three of India's most iconic buildings: the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, Agra Fort and the marble magnificence of the Taj Mahal, built in 1632 as a monument to Shah Jahan's wife, Mumtaz. (B)
Drive to Delhi and stay overnight at the Trident Gurgaon. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals
Located within a short driving distance from the Taj Mahal, the Courtyard Marriot Agra offers and spacious rooms and suites decorated with modern touches. The expansive lawns and the outdoor swimming pool provide the perfect setting to relax in and the hotel has four different dining options, featuring both Indian and international cuisine.
Features: 194 rooms, Wi-Fi, outdoor swimming pool, gym, 4 restaurants and a bar.
Room amenities: Air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, safe, tea & coffee making facilities, minibar and en suite...
Perched on the Shivala Ghats, overlooking the sacred Ganges River, Suryauday Haveli, a 20th century retreat was originally built for the elderly pilgrims by the Royal family of Nepal. Sensitively restored, the 14 simply furnished rooms and suites enjoy spectacular views of the Ghats and are ideal for those seeking to absorb the spirit and legacy of the holy city of Varanasi. The Terrace restaurant, which serves only vegetarian food, does not have a menu and the guests are usually treated to a chef's choice menu...
Located in Connaught Place, Delhi's prime business and shopping district, The LaLiT New Delhi is only minutes away from cultural attractions, shopping malls, government offices and trade fair grounds. The hotel has 460 guests rooms including 47 designer suites located in an exclusive atrium tower, all with modern amenities. Dining on offer is an array of Indian, Chinese, and Mediterranean cuisine. Other facilities at this hotel include a fitness club and outdoor swimming...
The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho is a boutique hotel situated only 500 metres from the western group of Chandela Temples, a Unesco world heritage site. The hotel is located 7km from the airport.
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the Lalit Temple View has 48 rooms and suites all featuring modern amenities such as air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe, satellite TV, minibar and wireless internet access.
The hotel spa offers a range of therapies including customised yoga sessions. Other facilities include a multi-cuisine restaurant, bar, swimming pool and fitness...
Set in seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the Trident Gurgaon is characterised by domes, long walkways, inner courtyards, reflection pools and fountains. The hotel has 136 rooms, which include a Presidential suite and six executive suites, overlooking the garden, courtyards and...
Vivanta by Taj - Gomti Nagar (previously The Taj Residency) is set in 33 acres of landscaped gardens bordering the Gomti River. The architecture of the hotel reflects the glorious Nawabi era, with graceful pillars and rich tapestry adding to its regal character. The hotel offers a choice of 110 rooms including four suites, all of which overlook either the beautiful gardens or the swimming...
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