Tour Highlights :
Day 1: Varanasi Arrival
A guide will greet in the arrivals hall of the Varanasi International Airport to any Varanasi hotel. Spend the day at leisure.
Overnight accommodation: 4- or 5-star hotel in Varanasi
Day 2: Visit the Ganges and Temples of Varanasi
Visit the sacred Ganges for a boat ride at dawn and observe hundreds of people bathing in the sacred waters. Dock the boat at Manikarnika (Cremation) Ghat. On any given day, anywhere from a few dozen to a few hundred corpses are cremated here. Come in the afternoon to visit several temples and the Hindu University at Banaras. The first stop will be at the Bharat Mata (Temple of Mother India). Next up, visit the Durga Temple, known for its bright red color and the playful monkeys that run amok.
The university, which occupies a large piece of land at the southern end of town, is also home to the New Vishwanatha Temple. The New Temple is modern in design and open to Hindus and non-Hindus alike. In the evening, visit the Ghats of Varanasi to witness the performance of Ganges Aarti. Finally, enjoy a special evening cruise on the Ganges.
Overnight: 4- or 5-star hotel in Varanasi
Day 3: Varanasi to Khajuraho
Enjoy breakfast before checking out of the hotel. Then, begin the journey to Sarnath, one of the centers of Buddhism in India. Visit the Dhamekh Stupa (where Buddha gave his first sermon after enlightenment), Chaukhandi Stupa, Deer Park, and Sarnath Archaeological Museum. Afterward, drive back to the Varanasi Airport for a flight to Khajuraho. Upon arrival, make a brief stop at a hotel, then head to the Western group of the Khajuraho Temples. The temples are famous for their Nagara-style architectural symbolism and salacious sculptures. Later in the evening, enjoy a sound and light show.
Overnight: 4- or 5-star hotel in Khajuraho
Day 4: New Delhi
Have breakfast, then visit the Eastern group of the Khajuraho Temples. Proceed to Orchha by a private, air-conditioned vehicle, then visit Jahangir Mahal and Raja Mahal. See Chaturbhug Temple and the Grand Cenotaphs before transferring to the Jhansi Railway Station for a train journey to New Delhi. Upon arrival, receive a hotel or Delhi airport drop-off before a flight home.
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