Highlight Features: UNESCO
|Red Fort||Jama Masjid|
|Taj Mahal||Fatehpur Sikri|
|Agra Fort||Amber Fort|
* Highlight features are subject to change according to final itinerary.
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The following meals are included: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Day 1: Canada – stops
Depart from Canada by overnight international flight for destination to Delhi.
Day 2: stops - Delhi
Upon arrival, welcome by our representative along with your tour guide for the whole tour and transfer to your hotel and a warm welcome at the airport with Garlands.
Hotel: Vivanta By Taj Dwarka (5 stars) or similar
Day 3: Delhi (B D)
Breakfast at the hotel and have a good rest in the morning. In the afternoon, drive past Red Fort (Closed on Mondays). Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid (India's largest mosque) made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656 at a cost of one million Rupees has perfect proportions. Then enjoy the Rickshaw Ride in the bazaars of Old Delhi. Return to hotel for dinner.
Day 4: Delhi – Varanasi (Flight) (B D)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival, transfer and have dinner in the hotel.
Varanasi, also commonly known as Benaras, is the oldest living city in the world. It is situated on the banks of holy river Ganges. The culture of Varanasi is closely associated with the river Ganges and the river's religious importance. People often refer to Varanasi as "the city of temples," and "the holy city of India," As American writer Mark Twain wrote, "Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together."
Hotel: Radisson (5 stars) or similar
Day 5: Varanasi (B L D)
Early morning transfer to the river Ghat for the 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 walking down visit Vishwanath Temple – Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is the most sacred shrine in Varanasi. After the early tours, return back to the hotel for breakfast and some time at leisure.
After lunch at the hotel, excursion to visit SARNATH, a Mecca of Buddhism.
Later, walk in the old town in the evening and stroll on the ghats where at sunset, you will attend the "Puja Ceremony". The Brahmin priests, oil lamps in hand, praying in front of the Ganges, and bless the pilgrims. Back to hotel for dinner.
Day 6: Varanasi - Khajuraho (Flight) (B L D)
After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the airport for flight to Khajuraho. Upon arrival, transfer and have lunch at the hotel.
Khajuraho - The city was once the original capital of the Chandela Rajputs, a Hindu dynasty that ruled this part of India from the 10th to the 12th centuries. The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of a hundred years, from 950 to 1050.
Unlike other cultural centers of North India, the temples of Khajuraho never underwent massive destruction and a number of them have survived. They are fine examples of Indian architectural styles that have gained popularity due to their salacious depiction of the traditional way of life during medieval times.
Afternoon tour of Khajuraho temples - constructed with spiral superstructures, adhere to a northern Indian shikhara temple style and often to a Panchayatana plan or layout. Return to hotel for dinner.
Hotel: Radisson (5 stars) or similar
Day 7: Khajuraho – Orchha – Jhansi – Agra (Train) (B L D)
Morning after breakfast, transfer to Jhansi Railway Station (180 Kms/4 hrs) enroute visiting Orchha. Lunch at Orchha. Later transfer to the railway station for connect train to Agra. Depart by SHATABDI EXPRESS from JHANSI.
Arrive Agra Railway station at night. Upon arrival, transfer and have dinner at hotel.
Hotel: Ramada Plaza (5 stars) or similar
Day 8: Agra (B L D)
After breakfast in hotel, visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays) the most famous monument of India, classified by UNESCO in 1983. This graceful and moving mausoleum was built by Emperor Shah Jahan, "King of the World" in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631 at the birth of their 14th child. The best workers were recruited from all over India and Central Asia, the Bordeaux artist, Venice participated in its decoration.
After the visit, lunch at the local restaurant. Visit Agra Fort (1565-1573). This huge red sandstone fortress was begun by Emperor Akbar. Standing majestically on the banks of the Yamuna. Then transfer back to hotel for dinner and some leisure time.
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Content: Witness the Indian heritage come alive –“Mohabbat-te-taj” show in Agra. The Sanskritik Natyashala presents ‘Mohabbat-the-Taj’ – a series of play depicting the saga of love. The true and immortal love of Shajahan for Mumtaj Mahal, represents the lavish lifestyle of mughal era; emaculate hardship of the artisans for 22 years that created the most precious specimen of craftsmanship... ‘Mohabbat-the-Taj’ at ‘Kalakriti is exceptionally inviting. The effort to hold up the cultural and historical legacy of India is worth a glance.
Day 9: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (Coach) (B L D)
After breakfast in hotel, on Route towards Jaipur and en route visit Fatehpur Sikri and visit the magnificent fortified ghost town. It is a very interesting testimony, both historically and architecturally, a brilliant Mughal city. Lunch during the course of the route towards Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur, transfer and have dinner at hotel.
Jaipur –It is a planned city built with ancient Hindu rules as the colonial capital of a richly colorful state. The whole city was painted pink to welcome the visit of Prince Albert in 1853. Evening, enjoy the Rickshaw Ride to have the first glimpses of Bustling.
Hotel: Radisson Blu (5 stars) or similar
Day 10: Jaipur (B L D)
After breakfast, visit Amber Fort with Elephant or Jeep ride. The Amber Fort was built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. Then take a photo stop at the palace of winds the Hawa Mahal.
Then visit the City Palace. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. Then continue to visit Jantar Mantar (1728-34) by king astrologer Jai Singh II. Lunch in an ancient haveli during the visit with a puppet Show. Afternoon, free time for Shopping and visit the Carpet and jewellery factories.
Transfer and have dinner at hotel.
Day 11: Jaipur – Delhi (Coach) (B L)
After breakfast at hotel, en route for coach to Delhi. Lunch during the course of the route towards Delhi. Upon arrival, free time to visit the bazaars Or Local markets.
Hotel: Vivanta By Taj Dwarka (5 stars) or similar
Day 12: Delhi – stops (B L D)
After breakfast in hotel, commence to visit the Raj Ghat on the banks of the river Yamuna, Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. Lunch in local restaurant. Later, the tour will drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan once the Viceroy's residence is now the official residence of the President of India. Stops at India Gate for photo, and visit the Humayun’s Tomb, An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. Return to hotel for dinner. After dinner, transfer to airport for flights back home.
Day 13: stops – Canada
In transition back to your sweet home. End of trip.
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* International round-trip business class flights are available with an additional fee of CAD4,500 p.p. (Not applicable for international flight ticket self-managed option);
Price valid until May 29 2017
Located in Dwarka, directly connected to the heart of the city. With easy access to the Sector 21 Metro station. As one of the most opulent business hotels in New Delhi, it aims to change the face of business, in a space where you can work and play seamlessly. Spanning 7 acres, Vivanta by Taj – Dwarka, New Delhi is one of the best 5-star hotels near New Delhi airport. It wraps you in luxury the minute you step in. The stylish space is home to a chic lobby, never-ending rooms and multiple outlets for the finest culinary experiences. You are never far from the city. A 20-minute drive eastward leads you to the heart and soul of the city – Lutyens' New Delhi! And the domestic and international airports are an easy 15-minute drive westward. Everything you need, and then some, around every corner. This hotel features 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café are onsite.
Situated in what is considered the spiritual capital of India, Radisson Hotel Varanasi is ideally located for visiting nearby shrines and temples. The hotel lies less than four miles from the River Ganges and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, also known as the “Golden Temple.” At the hotel, you can enjoy a restful sleep in comfortable rooms and then consult the 24-hour travel desk assistant to help you plan your day. The in-house spa provides a variety of facial and body treatments. Additional amenities include a casual restaurant, a cafe, a coffee shop and a cosy bar. There's also an outdoor pool, a hot tub, a gym and a spa with massages (fee).
Make your escape to the 5-star Radisson Hotel Khajuraho, a luxury property offering everything you need for an exceptional stay. The 86 guest rooms and 4 suites at our hotel are surrounded by lush gardens and beautiful scenery and provide unparalleled comfort and style. The Radisson Khajuraho hotel also features a multi-cuisine restaurant, a full bar and two conference halls. The airport, railway station, marketplace and world heritage temple complex are all just four kilometers away.
With its ideal location, Ramada Plaza Agra offers you world-class hospitality in a traditional and exotic ambiance of the Mughal legacy. Spacious rooms, a delightful range of in-house dining venues, Swimming Pool, Spa, Club, Lounge, Fitness Center, a captive Retail Shopping area is modern conveniences offered for leisure & business travelers, that makes Ramada Plaza Agra undoubtedly the preferred choice to stay in the city. With the spectacular vistas that cover Agra's skyline, Ramada Plaza Agra is undoubtedly the preferred and convenient hotel in the city of Agra. The warmly decorated rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and wet bars, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities.
Lentils are a staple ingredient in Indian cuisine
Carpet weaving may have been introduced into the area as far back as the eleventh century with the coming of the first Muslim conquerors, the Ghaznavids and the Ghauris, from the West. It can with more certainty be traced to the beginning of the Mughal Dynasty in the early fifteenth century, when the last successor of Timur, Babar, extended his rule from Kabul to India to found the Mughal Empire. Under the patronage of the Mughals, Indian craftsmen adopted Persian techniques and designs. Carpets woven in the Punjab made use of motifs and decorative styles found in Mughal architecture.
Akbar, a Mogul emperor, is accredited to introducing the art of carpet weaving to India in 1500 A.D. during his reign. The Mughal emperors patronized Persian carpets for their royal courts and palaces. During this period, he brought Persian craftsmen from their homeland and established them in India. Initially, the carpets woven showed the classic Persian style of fine knotting. Gradually it blended with Indian art. Thus the carpets produced became typical of the Indian origin and gradually the industry began to diversify and spread all over the subcontinent.
CarpetVista - carpets and rugs
During the Mughal period, the carpets made on the Indian subcontinent became so famous that demand for them spread abroad. These carpets had distinctive designs and boasted a high density of knots. Carpets made for the Mughal emperors, including Jahangir and Shah Jahan, were of the finest quality. Under Shah Jahan's reign, Mughal carpet weaving took on a new aesthetic and entered its classical phase.
The Indian carpets are well known for their designs with attention to detail and presentation of realistic attributes. The carpet industry in India flourished more in its northern part with major centers found in Kashmir, Jaipur, Agra and Bhadohi.
Indian carpets are known for their high density of knotting. Hand-knotted carpets are a specialty and widely in demand in the West. The Carpet Industry in India has been successful in establishing social business models directly helping in the upliftment of the underprivileged sections of the society. Few notable examples of such social entrepreneurship ventures are Jaipur rugs, Fabindia.
Amritsar ville du Pendjab au nord de l'Inde
Another category of Indian rugs which, though quite popular in most of the western countries, have not received much press is hand-woven rugs of Khairabad (Citapore rugs). Khairabad small town in Citapore (now spelled as "Sitapur") district of India had been ruled by Raja Mehmoodabad. Khairabad (Mehmoodabad Estate) was part of Oudh province which had been ruled by shi'i Muslims having Persian linkages. Citapore rugs made in Khairabad and neighbouring areas are all hand-woven and distinct from tufted and knotted rugs. Flat weave is the basic weaving technique of Citapore rugs and generally cotton is the main weaving material here but jute, rayon and chenille are also popular. Ikea and Agocha have been major buyers of rugs from this area.
Classical India Dance
Classical dance in India has developed a type of dance-drama that is a form of a total theater. The dancer acts out a story almost exclusively through gestures. Most of the classical dances enact stories from Hindu mythology. Each form represents the culture and ethos of a particular region or a group of people.
Dating back to 1000 BCE, Bharatanatyam is a classical dance form the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, practiced predominantly in modern times by women. The dance is usually accompanied by classical Carnatic music. Its inspirations come from the sculptures of the ancient temple of Chidambaram. It was codified and documented as a performing art in the 19th century by four brothers known as the Thanjavur Quartet whose musical compositions for dance form the bulk of the Bharatanatya repertoire even today.