Day 1: China—New Delhi
Assemble at the airport and go to the capital of India, New Delhi, by air. Have a rest at the hotel after arrival.
Day 2: New Deli—Varanasi
Go to Varanasi by air in the morning. After lunch, visit the Bharat Mata Temple, the only temple of the Indian Earth Mother. There is no Buddhas inside the temple, but a hypsometric map of the whole of India carved out of marble, about the size of a basketball court.
Then go to Sarnath, one of the most important Buddhist sites of India. The Sarnath is one of India’s significant Buddhist sites and the well-known Buddhist holy land.
Next, go to the Archaeological Museum, which houses collects cultural relics unearthed in Sarnath, including many treasures of the Indian Buddhism art, like the over 300 pictures.
Watch the grand prayer ceremony in the Ganges River.
Varanasi Photographer: Dale Johnson
Day 3: Varanasi—Khajuraho
Take a boat on the Ganges River and watch the sunrise.
Then go to Khajuraho by air and visit the famous Khajuraho Group of Monuments. Almost the wall of every temple has sculptures about sex, which is the reflection of Hindu teachings upholding fertility. In the 19th century, the Khajuraho was excavated from the ruins, and now it only preserves over 20 temple architectures.
Varanasi Photographer: Iveta Horvathova
Day 4: Khajuraho--Jhansi—agra
After breakfast, drive to Jhansi and visit the beautiful Orchha Fort Complex (visiting time for of one hour). It mainly contains two parts, the smaller one is the palace of the king of the local Hinduism and the bigger one is built to welcome the emperor of the Islamic state. Therefore, it blends the architectural style of Hinduism and Islam.
In the afternoon, go to Agra by train. Have a rest at the hotel after arrival.
Orchha Fort Complex
Day 5: Agra—Jaipur
Appreciate the sun rise in Taj Mahal in the morning and then visit Taj Mahal (closed on Friday). It is a huge mausoleum mosque built with white marble, and was built under the command of the Emperor of Mughal, Shah Jahan, to commemorate his beloved concubine. It stated from 1631 and finished in 1653. It is the perfect treasure of Indian Muslim art and one of the masterpieces of the world heritage, known as the “Perfect Building” and the “Pearl of India”.
Then visit the Agra Port (visiting time of at least 90 minutes). The Agra Port, along with the Taj Mahal across the river, is a testimony of an immortal love story.
Go to Jaipur after lunch (about 230 kilometers, a 5.5-hour drive), and have a rest after arrival.
Day 6: Jaipur
After breakfast, visit the Amber Fort (visiting time of at least 120 minutes). Firstly built in 1592 by Emperor Man Singh, the Amber Fort was the ancient capital of Jaipur. Composed of palaces of different ages and built along the mountain stream, it is quite stunning. The most famous palace of Amber Fort is the Sheesh Mahal built in 1675. The numerous mirrors on the wall, under the reflection of the sunlight, make the whole palace sparkling and dazzling.
Then go to the Palace of Winds (visiting time of at least 15 minutes). The Palace of Winds was built in the middle 18th century and its pink walls and numerous windows attracted lots of attention. Every time when the bright moon hangs high in the sky, the whole palace will glitter, so it is also called the “Moon Palace”.
Then visit the Jantar Mantar (visiting time of about 40 minutes). The building, built in 1728 by Jai Singh, is an observatory with a variety of strange sculptures.
Then go to the City Palace (visiting time of about 80 minutes). Located in the center of the old city, it is one of the best preserved historical sites in India. This palace was built by Rajasthan in 1728 after surrendering to the Mughal Empire. The current king of Jaipur still lives in the palace.
Palace of Winds
Day 7: Jaipur—Delhi
After breakfast, drive to the charming New Delhi and enjoy delicious lunch after arrival. In the afternoon, pass through the Hindu Residential Palace in the European style (view from the car), the Parliament of India (view from the car), and the Government Avenue resembling the Champs Elysees in Paris.
Visit the India Gate on the Rajpath (visiting time for about 20 minutes). The India Gate, established in 1921 and designed by Edwin Landseer Lutyens, was initially known as “All India War Memorial”, in memory of the British Indian soldiers sacrificed in the World War I and the World War III.
Then visit the Tomb of Mahatma Gandhi (visiting time of about 30 minutes). Located on the bank of the Jumna river, it is the tomb of the “Mahatma” Gandhi, the father of India. The tomb is extremely simple without any ornaments. However, it attracts numerous people in white national costumes from far and near on holidays to mourn the host of the tomb.
Then appreciate the Old Delhi.
Tomb of Mahatma Gandhi
Day 8: Delhi—China
After breakfast, visit the Akshardham (visiting time of at least 60 minutes). Built in 2005, it is a modern site with the functions of entertainment and religion. At a large scale, this religious architectural complex is included in the Guinness Book of World Records. It holds more than 20,000 gods and peculiar figure sculptures.
Then visit the Lotus Temple (closed on Monday. Visiting time is at least 20 minutes, ). The shape of the Lotus Temple resembles the Sydney Opera House and they are known as “the two buildings that can talk to each other”.
Next, go to the Kingdom of Dreams. It is India’s largest, and most popular entertainment venue, where you can see models of splendid sites and distinctive architectures of India. It fully displays the cultural, ethnic and artist characteristics of all Indian cities.
Then go to the airport.
Go back home and end the delightful Indian classic trip.