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Temples of Khajuraho & Varanasi

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,257

Get in touch with your spiritual side on this short India tour through the country’s holiest cities. Set out for the astonishing temples of Khajuraho, and the sacred waters of the Ganges in Varanasi.


This 5-day round-trip from Delhi takes you through India’s spiritual heart, exploring the temples of Khajuraho and Varanasi, India’s holiest city.

Fly to Khajuraho and settle into your hotel, enjoying a Son-et-Lumiere spectacle in the evening. This show recalls the story of the city’s temples from the 10th century through to today. In the morning, go out and explore them for yourself. While only 22 temples remain of the original 85, they capture their creators’ expression of life in all its forms. Visit the Kandariya Mahadev Temple, the largest of the group, and the Lakshman Temple, another major structure dedicated to Lord Vishnu. As your day continues, you’ll see a variety of temples dedicated to different deities and aspects of life.

Fly to Varanasi, India’s most sacred city, which sits on the holy Ganges. Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains alike revere the city, which you’ll explore in several ways including a Ganges boat ride. Watch the locals bathe in the local ghats, then explore the narrow laneways and beautiful temples of the city. Varanasi is said to be where Buddha delivered his first speech after gaining Nirvana. You’ll explore the Sarnath Museum, and the Bharat Mata temple, before boarding a rickshaw down to the river to admire the sunset over the ghats, and the tiny floating oil lamps lit by the devout.

Return to Delhi for your onward flight.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,257

Itinerary

Day 1

Delhi to Khajuraho

This morning you will proceed to the airport for your flight to Khajuraho, well known for its temple architecture and erotic sculptures which were built by the Chandela Rajputs between the 9th and 11th centuries. The beauty of these temples represents an outstanding synthesis of advanced architecture and refined sculpture.

Arrive and proceed to your hotel.

This evening witness the fascinating Son-et-Lumière spectacle which evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th Century to the present day. The 50-minute fascinating show is held in every evening and it runs in Hindi and in English. Mounted in the complex of the Western Group of temples, the 50-minute show runs in Hindi and in English every evening. Amitabh Bachchan, the Indian super star, narrates the story of Khajuraho in his mesmerizing voice.

Duration2 Nights
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The Lalit Temple View

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    The Lalit Temple View



    Khajuraho - a UNESCO world heritage site is a city of beautiful temples that date back to 950 AD. Embellished with inspirations from this rich and exotic locale, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho, overlooks the Western Group of Temples famed for their erotic sculptures. A ...

    Khajuraho - a UNESCO world heritage site is a city of beautiful temples that date back to 950 AD. Embellished with inspirations from this rich and exotic locale, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho, overlooks the Western Group of Temples famed for their erotic sculptures.

    A destination of contemplation and calm, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho is located just minutes away from the international airport and railway station.

    The hotel features 47 exquisitely appointed rooms & suites, fine dining restaurant and a bar, besides three banquet & conference venues and the award-winning Rejuve - The Spa.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Concierge
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Khajuraho

Your morning explorations include a visit to the western group of temples. These magnificent temples of Khajuraho are India's unique gift to the world, representing every human expression, from life, to love, to joy - all so perfect in their execution and sublime in expression. Life, in every form and mood, has been captured in stone testifying to the artistry of the craftsmen. Of the 85 granite and sandstone temples, only 22 have survived the ravages of time. These temples seem to rise up to the sky and display an extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela Rajputs, under whose rule they were conceived and constructed. Your tour includes a visit to the Kandariya Mahadev Temple, the largest and most magnificent temple in Khajuraho. You will also visit the Lakshman Temple, a striking temple that is one of the three largest temples of Khajuraho. The temple faces the East and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Built by the Chandela rules it is considered to be one of the earliest built temples here AD 954).

Continue to explore the Eastern group of temples, where you will visit the Parsvanath Temple which is this group's largest Jain temple and is exquisite in detail. The sculptures on the northern outer wall are artistic in design with themes depicting in charming detail, everyday activity.

This afternoon visit the South Eastern group of temples including the Duladeo Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. This was the last of the temples built during the Chandela period. The figurines carved in the temple have soft expressive features unlike the other temples and the walls have a display of carved celestial dancers or asparas. The Chaturbhuj Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is the only temple which does not have erotic sculptures.

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Day 3

Khajuraho to Varanasi

Today you will proceed to the airport for your flight to India’s most sacred city, Varanasi which dates back to the 6th century BC, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. Said Mark Twain of Varanasi: “Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” In fact, Varanasi is the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city and is regarded as a holy city by the Hindus, Buddhists and Jains!

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Duration2 Nights
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The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi

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    The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi



    This hotel is situated 21 kilometres from the airport and is centrally located on Raja Bazaar road at Nadesar Palace Grounds. Gateway Ganges is the veritable haven of peace and tranquillity in this crowded and ancient temple city. The hotel is 6 kilometres away from ...

    This hotel is situated 21 kilometres from the airport and is centrally located on Raja Bazaar road at Nadesar Palace Grounds. Gateway Ganges is the veritable haven of peace and tranquillity in this crowded and ancient temple city. The hotel is 6 kilometres away from the city Centre or the commercial hub of Varanasi also commonly known as The Chowk. Set amidst 12 acres, the hotel is an oasis of greenery in the bustling city. The hotel has 130 centrally air-conditioned rooms including 10 suites.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Pool (s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 4

Varanasi

Early morning proceed to ghats for a boat ride on the River Ganges. As your boat slowly drifts along the misty river you will witness so many fascinating sights - devotees having their ritual bath, the performing of religious ceremonies, or puja, to the rising sun, an ancient tradition that is still followed today. The shimmering red and gold hues on the waters of the river seem to cast a magical spell on the devout worshippers. The haunting sound of the chanting of mantras and hymns coupled with the sweet fragrance of incense fills the air with mystery and engulfs the senses of its spectators and offers an experience of ultimate bliss.

Disembark and walk up the narrow cobbled lanes stopping en route to view the Golden Temple of Varanasi - Vishwanath Temple.

Return to your hotel for breakfast.

Later this morning you will visit Sarnath, one of the main thereafter Buddhist centers in India. Here Lord Buddha delivered his first speech after gaining Nirvana, or enlightenment. Explore the Sarnath Museum, whose most famous exhibit is the "lion capital of Asoka": this statue of four lions guarding the four cardinal directions has become the emblem of modern India.

This afternoon you will explore the city and its temples including a visit to the Bharat Mata temple is an interesting experience. Unlike other temples in India which all house deities of gods and goddesses, this is the only temple dedicated to Mother India. The most peculiar thing about the Bharat Mata Temple is that it houses a relief map of India, carved out of marble. Built by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936. The statue of Bharat Mata is built in marble and is a model of undivided India, depicting the mountains, plains and oceans.

This evening you will board a rickshaw down to the river ghats to experience the rays of the setting sun casting their mystical shadows upon the darkening water. All along the banks shimmering lights of the tiny oil lamps 'diyas' flicker in the darkness lighting up the darkness with tiny specks of light.

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Day 5

Varanasi to Delhi

Proceed to the airport for your onwards flight.

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Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per the itinerary, in hotels mentioned or similar
  • Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast basis at all places 
  • Transport services using air-conditioned vehicle: Innova (1-3 pax)
  • One arrival and departure transfer (In case guests travelling together arrive / depart on different flights then a supplement for the private transfer would be applicable)
  • Meet and greet services by TWX/Associate office in each city
  • English Speaking Local Guides at all places according to the program
  • Entrance fees according to the program
  • Boat ride by common boat in Varanasi 
  • All currently applicable taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Any services other than the ones mentioned above
  • Room service (Meals)
  • Any Airfare for Domestic sectors within India
  • Visa charges, airport taxes, table drinks, telephone calls, tips to driver/guide/naturalist, camera fees, international airfare, laundry etc or any other items of personal nature
  • Any other expense/changes due to unforeseen circumstances while in India
  • Any other thing not mentioned in program or Cost Includes

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Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share in low season. Subject to availability.

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25 Sep 2017
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