India Photo Safari – 23 Days

Places Covered: DELHI – UDAIPUR – DEOGARH – JODHPUR – MANVAR – PUSHKAR – JAIPUR – RANTHAMBORE – AGRA – GWALIOR – ORCHHA - KHAJURAHO – VARANASI – DELHI


Overnight will be on board aircraft.

Company representatives will receive you on arrival at the international airport in Delhi. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.

DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Embark on a guided exploration visit of Old and New Delhi.

The tour will begin with a visit to GANDHI SMRITI – an erstwhile Lutyens bungalow that has been converted into a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi (father of the nation), where he used to stay during his visits to Delhi. Gandhi was assassinated here on his way to offer customary evening prayers. Large collection of photographs with a few personal belongings and a series of small terracotta dolls illustrating his life are the attractions at this museum.

Visit AGRASEN BAOLI (Step Well in Delhi) Agrasen ki Baoli, designated a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958, is a 60-meter long and 15-meter wide historical step well on Hailey Road near Connaught Place.

Continue the tour and visit magnificent RED FORT (closed on Mondays) built during the years 1638 – 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. In 1638 Shahjahan transferred his capital from Agra to Delhi and laid the foundations of Shahjahanabad, the seventh city of Delhi. It is enclosed by a rubble stonewall, with bastions, gates and wickets at intervals.

Enter the old city and start your heritage walk starting from JAMA MASJID (the main mosque) of Delhi. It is one of Asia’s largest mosques with outstanding architecture.

Enjoy the walk through the narrow by lanes of Chandani Chowk visiting the important milestones in the history of Delhi, the spice market, the traditional wholesale bazaars, food markets and colorful metal markets.

Also enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi peddling through the narrow by lanes of Chandani Chowk.

Spice Market: There is history in the small lanes of Old Delhi, which dates back to the Mughals. On this journey, discover the fascinating world of spices used in Indian cuisine. Guide will not only explain but will help you sample the very exotic.

Proceed to a SIKH TEMPLE for experiencing the community kitchen and service. GURUDWARA SHISH GANJ is a beautiful religious shrine and one of the nine historical Gurdwaras in Delhi. It was first constructed in 1783 by Baghel Singh to commemorate the martyrdom site of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur.

Guide will take you around the temple complex and explain how the rituals are performed. At the end, you all will visit the kitchen and dining hall called the LANGAR (community kitchen). The kitchen is a voluntary service by the followers and serves over 5,000 meals daily. The massive drill of feeding so many people every day is an awe-inspiring process. It is a blessing to the volunteers who prepare and serve the food. It is also an example of the Sikh principle of sharing and equality; everyone sits together for the meals as equals. You can take part in the service too.

Enjoy a COLONIAL EAST INDIAN lunch with COMPASS.

After lunch proceed for a sightseeing tour of New Delhi, which reflects the legacy of the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colors and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Qutb-Minar in red and buff sandstone is the highest tower in India. It has a diameter of 14.32 m at the base and about 2.75 m on the top with a height of 72.5 m. Qutbu'd-Din Aibak laid the foundation of Minar in AD 1199 for the use of the mu'azzin (crier) to give calls for prayer and raised the first floor, to which were added three more floors by his successor and son-in-law, Shamsu'd-Din Iltutmish (AD 1211-36). All the storeys are surrounded by a projected balcony encircling the minar and supported by stone brackets, which are decorated with honeycomb design, more conspicuously in the first floor.

Next stop would be the majestic Humayun’s Tomb. Humayun died in 1556, and his widow Hamida Banu Begum, also known as Haji Begum, commenced the construction of his tomb in 1569, fourteen years after his death. It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style, which was inspired by Persian architecture. It is well known that Humayun picked up the principles of Persian architecture during his exile, and he himself is likely to have planned the tomb, although there is no record to that effect.

The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Transfer in time to airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

Reach Udaipur and check in at hotel.

The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.

Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the LAKE PICHOLA is an enticing sight.

Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR – a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.

Proceed for Evening Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the middle of the lake.

Spend some time at the JAG MANDIR PALACAE and enjoy dinner.

Overnight will be at Udaipur.

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace.

City Palace – Standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola, is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559 A.D. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of "Jag Niwas" (the world wide famous Lake palace hotel), Jag Mandir on one side and on the other the city of Udaipur. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate - the Tripolia, built in 1725. The way now leads to a series of courtyards, overlapping parations, terraces, corridors and gardens - a harmonic profusion hard to describe. There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence. The Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), gets its name from the vivid mosaics in glass decorating its walls. The chini chitrashala is noteworthy while a series of wall paintings of KRISHNA are on display in Bhim Vilas. There are numerous other Palaces such as Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and Krishna villas - in memory of a princess of striking beauty who poisoned herself to avert a bloody battle for her hand by rival princess. Now the palace contains many antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils and attracts thousands of visitors every day.

Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard.

Crystal Gallery: It is the largest private collection of crystal in the world. It has the most exclusive and attractive collections of crystals. Established by Maharana Sajjan Singh who ordered the crystal collection from the Birmingham-based F&C Osler Company in 1877 but he died before it arrived and all crystals remain packed in the boxes for 110 years. Crystal gallery was opened for public in 1994 and exhibits precious crystal items brought from various parts of the world. Among its showcases includes fountains, dresses, dining table, mirrored tabletops, washing bowls, sofa set, a crystal bed and imposing jewel-encrusted carpet.

Saheliyon Ki Bari – Maharana Sangram singh builds this in the mid-18th century. The 'garden of the maidens' brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The delightful gardens appear discreet and in impeccable taste. There are four pools with dainty kiosks, and all around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees. The Foundation of the Sahelion Ki Bari functions solely by water pressure and no pumps are used. The garden has a lotus pool, a sitting room decorated with paintings and glass mosaics. The whole ambiences are flavored by the nostalgia of those beautiful bells enjoying themselves in a lavish aura.

Jagdish Temple – The temple is situated in the middle of the city. The temple of Jagannath Rai, now called Jagdish-ji, is a major monument and should be seen carefully. Raised on a tall terrace and completed in 1651, it is a tribute alike to the tenacity of its builders and the resilience of the art tradition it represents. It attaches a double storeyed Mandapa (hall) to a double - storied, saandhara (that having a covered ambulatory) sanctum. The mandapa has another storey tucked within its pyramidal samavarna (bell - roof) while the hollow clustered spire over the sanctum contains two more, non - functional floors. Many lanes taking off the city wall converge on the Jagdish Temple and walking leisurely through them brings you face with the many layers of the cultural palimpsest that Udaipur is. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1651 A.D.

The rest of the day will be free for your own activities.

OPTIONAL: After lunch, you may consider excursion to Eklingji or enjoy cooking class and try your hands in learning local cuisine.

Eklingji: Drive to the revered site of Eklingji. The complex of 108 beautifully sculpted temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, built in 734 AD. Return to the city and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Later transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Reach Delhi and check in at hotel close to airport.

Overnight will be at Udaipur.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Deogarh visiting RANAKPUR and KUMBHALGARH.

Reach Ranakpur and visit Jain Temples.

Ranakpur Temples are acclaimed worldwide for their intricate and superb architectural style. These temples form one of the five major pilgrimages of the Jains. Built in the 15th century, Ranakpur temples are known for being the largest and most important temples of the Jain cult. SETH DHARNA SHAH (a Jain businessman) built the temple with the aid of Rana Kumbha, who ruled Mewar in the 15th century. Ranakpur got its name after the name of the Rajput Monarch and likewise the temples. The temple complex is positioned in an isolated valley on the western side of the Aravalli Range. The Jain Temples of Ranakpur are certainly creditable for their splendid architecture. This temple is wholly constructed in light colored marble and comprises a basement covering an area of 48000 square feet. There are more than 1400 exquisitely carved pillars that support the temple.

Continue drive to Kumbalgarh.

Reachand visit the FORT.

Kumbhalgarh Fort: Though little known, Kumbhalgarh has one of the finest examples of defensive fortifications in entire Rajasthan. Total length of the wall of this fort is 32 kilometers and there are excellent views from the top of the walls. Kumbhalgarh stands on the site of an ancient citadel dating back to the second century A.D., belonging to a Jain descendant of India's Mauryan emperors. Its steel gray ramparts encircle the fertile Shero Mallah Valley, with ancient monuments cenotaphs, ponds, and flourishing farms. In addition, a stroll along the walls of the fort gives great panoramic views.

Lunch will be at Kumbalgarh.

Drive to Deogarh. Reach and check-in at beautiful heritage hotel – Deogarh Mahal.

Deogarh lies on the borders of Mewar, Marwar and Merwara, about 80 miles northeast of Udaipur. Its chieftain known as 'The Rawat' was one of sixteen umraos (feudal barons) privileged to wait upon the Maharana of Udaipur, the capital of Mewar. Such feudal estates, called thikanas were granted by the ruling Maharana to a nobleman either due to blood relationship or for an act of bravery. Deogarh is also renowned as a school of miniature painting. Some Deogarh miniatures adorn the personal collection of the present Rawat Sahib. Frescoes of this art form can also be seen on the fort walls. The Mahal also has some exciting rooms to browse through - Sheesh Mahal – the colourful hall of mirrors, is just one of them.

Deogarh Mahal is an imposing structure built in the 17th century. It stands atop a hill and offers a commanding view of the Aravalli mountain range and the numerous lakes, strewn across the countryside. With its old battlements, domes, turrets, jharokhas and huge gateways, it is a picturesque sight from the town below. At a height of about 2100 feet above sea level, it is cooler than surrounding Rajasthan. Built in 1670 A.D. by Rawat Dwarka Dasji as a family residence, it soon became the hub of village activity. The family interacted with the villagers and invited a host of feasts and festivities to be performed within the Mahal precincts. Some of these traditions are still practiced. And the gates, that always remained closed, to ward off enemies, are now open to the guests.

The present owner Rawal Nahar Singh converted Deogarh Mahal into a hotel. A part of the Mahal is still occupied by his kin. The family is closely associated with the hotel and personally supervises and monitors the on goings. The care is reflected in the minutest details, which have made Deogarh a benchmark of Heritage Hospitality in Rajasthan.

Overnight will be at Deogarh.

Enjoy breakfast at the heritage hotel.

Proceed for walking tour of DEOGARH.

Walk down the narrow streets of Deogarh town - explore local market and surrounding countryside. The village market is dotted with shops selling silver jewellery, clothes, fabrics, food-stuff and just about everything one needs in a Rajasthani household. 

Return to the hotel for lunch.

Later drive to Khambli Ghat Pass. Reach and board the train for rural rail safari experience to Phulad.

The train route between the cities of Jodhpur and Udaipur goes up the scenic Kambli Ghat Pass. One of our favorite excursions is this daily train service from the station at the start of the hill section to the highest station in the Aravallis – the Kambli Ghat station, or the other way round. The engine laboriously and slowly pulls the train through the most beautiful forests and hills that you get to see in the state, this one hour ride is really unique as you even get to interact with the locals who’ll readily share their seats with you and try their best to make conversation with you while trying to suppress the surprise and excitement of sitting next to a foreigner from far away lands! The entire excursion is an escorted experience by one of our local guides.

Arrive at Phulad and drive to Jodhpur. Reach and check into the hotel & relax.

Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha – chief of the RATHORE clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the RAMAYANA. It is also referred as the Blue City, due to the indigo tinge of the whitewashed houses around the Mehrangarh Fort (the old city). The blue houses were originally for Brahmins but non-Brahmins soon joined in, as the colour was said to deflect the heat and keep mosquitoes away. Jodhpur lies near the geographic center of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists. The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a thick stone-wall. The wall has six huge gates called Nagauri gate, Merati gate, Sojati gate, Jalori gate, Siwanchi gate and Chand pol.

Overnight will be at Jodhpur.

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Enjoy the sightseeing tour of the city.

Mehrangarh Fort: Situated on a steep hill, Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest forts in India. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous palaces in the fort narrate a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures. Mehrangarh Fort, spreading over 5 km on a perpendicular hill and looking down 125 meters, presents a majestic view on city horizon. It was built on advice of a saint in 1459 to establish an impregnable headquarters. This Fort is one of the best in India with its exquisitely latticed windows, carved panels, elaborately adorned windows and walls of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, and Sheesh Mahal. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, royal costumes, furniture and the cannons on the fort's ramparts are well preserved.

Jaswant Thada: Close to the fort complex, lies Jaswant Thada. This 19th century royal cenotaph built in white marble in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and three other cenotaphs stand nearby. The cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh holds the rare portraits of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur. A visit inside the cenotaphs, with some villagers of the region, would bring forward the reverence they still hold for their brave kings.

Visit museum in Umaid Bhawan Palace.

Umaid Bhawan Palace: The residence of the erstwhile king, Maharaja Umaid Singh was built in the 20th century. Today, 70 per cent of the Palace is with the Taj group of Hotels. A portion of the palace is now reserved as the residence and members of the royal family dwell here. It is a working palace and serves as a museum too. If time is not a constraint, the vintage car collection within the palace is worth seeing. Some rare gems are parked here, waiting for an enthusiast to revel in their glory.

The rest of the day will free at leisure.

Dinner will be at a roof top restaurant offering a beautiful view of the lit up fort.

Overnight will be at Jodhpur.

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Enjoy a walk in the old city including Ghanta Ghar – also known as Clock Tower of Rajasthan, situated in one of the busiest areas of Jodhpur, the Sadar Bazaar. It was constructed by Shri Sardar Singh Ji of Jodhpur. The Sadar Market is quite popular among tourists, who throng the streets to purchase Rajasthani textiles, clay figurines, miniature camels and elephants etc.

Later drive to Manvar. Reach and check-in to the camp.

A highlight of the Manvar desert experience - an adventurous drive in rugged four- wheel jeeps where one will scramble and climb over dunes and higher crests. As small convoy vehicles track up and down the dunes, invariably getting stuck, part of the fun is ‘digging out’ and enjoying the soft sand under your feet before you are back in the car and off again.

Desert drives wind through the dunes and 'streets', (the valleys between dunes). A gentle drive (about an hour and a half) through the terrain is a great way to cover the distances needed to find the free-roaming wildlife herds. The delicate desert gazelles wander freely across the plains and dunes, often dipping to drink within this conservation-led sanctuary resort - come upon them in the dunes or pick them out where they are well-camouflaged amongst trees and shrubs. Stop for photo opportunities, pointing out animals and tracks, or focusing on specific interests you may have, as well as pointing out some of the many bird species or lucky encounters with rarer inhabitants.

Manvar is an ideal base to explore Indian desert life, culture, wildlife and landscape of breathtaking beauty. It offers a stark and contrasting desert experience. On one hand is the Manvar Desert Resort, built in traditional desert village style with eco-friendly innovations. On the other hand, and even more precious in today’s commercialized world – lies Manvar Camp a tented camp seven kilometers from the resort in the midst of the Thar desert, a rare sanctuary of pristine beauty, tranquility and solitude.

The concept of village walks is an old one at Manvar. The journey into the desert is an opportunity to experience village life at close quarters against the captivating beauty and tranquility of the vast desert. The desert landscape is spellbinding. For miles altogether, The concept of village walks is an old one at Manvar. The journey into the desert is an opportunity to experience village life at close quarters against the captivating beauty and tranquility of the vast desert. The desert landscape is spellbinding. For miles altogether, there’s nothing except the sound of the wind. But from this arid nothingness you may suddenly see an unexpected group of village women appear out of nowhere in their colorful finery, and disappear like a mirage before your eyes. You could visit the homes of the traditional inhabitants (Bishnois, Rajputs, Meghwals) or take a peek into the homes and lives of the desert craftsmen such as carpenters, metal-smiths and cobblers. See unique species of flora and fauna that have adapted to the desert. Take a trip to the farms in the desert and learn about farming in the desert. Walk up to the temple on a hillock hill behind the resort and enjoy a great panoramic view.

In the late afternoon, proceed to the SAND DUNES for visiting the typical Rajasthani Desert Village. Enjoy the camel safari at the dunes.

View the sunset from the dunes, as the sky is set on fire.

Return to the camp for dinner and enjoy the experience.

Overnight will be at Manvar.

Breakfast will be at the camp.

Drive to Pushkar. Reach and check into the resort / tented accommodation.

Pushkar is a sacred town for the Hindus situated 11kms off Ajmer. The charm of this sleepy, lakeside settlement is the lake, which has natural water supply. This lake in the inhospitable surroundings of a desert is no less than a miracle. The great Hindu epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata make references to this religious place while evidence points to its having existed during the fourth century B.C.

Pushkar boasts temples, though few are as ancient as you might expect at such an important pilgrimage site, since many were deserted by Aurangzeb and subsequently rebuilt. The most famous is the Brahma Temple, said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity. It's marked by red spire, and over the entrance gateway is the hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma, who is said to have personally chosen Pushkar as its site.

Savitri Temple: A temple dedicated to the first wife of Lord Brahma the Savitri temple is located on the hill behind the Brahma Temple that can be reached by a flight of steps. The temple offers a panoramic view of the lake and the surrounding desert scape.

Blessed with cultural blends, it is the venue for the famous Pushkar Fair, with people coming from all over Asia to buy and sell cattle of breeds from across the world. A city of Pilgrimage from time immemorial with over 500 temples and Ghats Pushkar begets a legacy of timeless architectural heritage. Pushkar radiates an ambience of peace and spirituality that casts a lure to visit again and again. The Pushkar fair is amongst the largest cattle fairs in the world and amongst the oldest cities in India, with references in mythology and the Mahabharat.

There are 52 bathing Ghats, which are linked to the lunar calendar, enclose the lake. Each Ghat has its own miraculous qualities and powers of healing and this city of temples has over 500 temples built over different eras with varied architectural styles. It is also often referred to as the rose garden of Rajasthan - the essence of the famous Pushkar rose is exported the world over.

Visit the many temples along the GHATS of Pushkar Lake including the grand Brahma temple. Explore narrow lanes of local market.

Overnight will be at Pushkar.

NOTE: The transit time will be subject to overall time taken at each place of interest and it may go upto 15 – 16hrs.

Breakfast will be at the resort / tent.

Proceed to Jaipur by road.

On the way visit Kalpa Vriksha (Mangliyawas Adansonia Digitata Linn), Ajmer, Phool Mahal Palace at Kishngarh, Roopangarh Fort, Kuchaman Fort and Shakambari Lake.

Mangliyawas is located at a distance of 26 kms from Ajmer. Noted for two, 800-year-old trees of rare species, the town is thronged by devotees in the months of 'Sravana'. Popularly known as 'Kalpa-Vrikhsha', these Adansonia Digitata Linn trees (one of these fell down a few years ago) are believed to fulfil the desires of the devotees. At this site, devotees tie a thread around the trees in hope of their wishes being granted.

Drive to Ajmer.

Ajmer is the most sacred of all Muslim places of pilgrimage in India. Ajmer is famous for the Dargah (Tomb) of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. It is one of the very few Rajasthani places that came directly under the rule of the British. Some other places of interest are the Anasagar Lake and there are some gardens like Daulat gardens. At the heart of the city lies the Ana Sagar Lake which tends to dry up in the summer. The place has gained immortality due to the aura and legend of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. His Dargah is an experience in itself.

Ajmer is the most sacred of all Muslim places of pilgrimage in India. Ajmer is a green oasis on the Shore of Ana Sagar Lake, hemmed in by barren hills. Historically, Ajmer has always had great strategic importance. It was founded in 7th century by Ajaipal Chauhan. He named it Ajaimeru the 'invincible hill'. The city's Muslim history began when Prithviraj Chau-han lost Ajmer to Sultan Muhammad Ghori in 1193 A.D. The Persian saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti who came with Muhammad Ghori from Persia in 1192 settled here. Thus the place where he was buried is today known as the Dargah Sharif. Construction of the shrine was completed by Humanyun’s and the gates were added by the Nizam of Hyderabad. Later Shah Jahan constructed a mosque of white marble; it has 11 arches and a Persian inscription running the full length of the building.

Reach and proceed for the city sightseeing of Ajmer.

The Dargah: At the foot of a barren hill, is situated India's most important Pilgrimage centre for people from all faith. It is the splendid tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, more popularly known as Khwaja Sharif.

Shahjahan's Mosque: In the corner of the inner court of the Dargah, is a magnificent building in white marble with a long (30.5) and narrow court having low arcade and delicate carvings with trellis work. It is the most marvelous all the sanctums within the sanctuary of the Dargah.

Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra: A remarkable structure, this is a masterpiece of indo Islamic architecture located on the outskirts of the city. Just beyond the Dargah, as the legend goes, its construction took two and a half days (Adhai-Din) to complete. It was originally a Sanskrit college, built within a temple. In 1193 A.D. Mohammad Ghauri conquered Ajmer and converted the building into a mosque by adding a seven arched wall in front of the pillared hall in just two-and-a-half days (Adhai-din) and hence the name. The district pillars and arched "screen with its ruined minarets make it a splendid architectural masterpiece.

Taragarh Fort: A steep one and half hour climb beyond the Adhai-Din-ka-Jhonpra leads to the ruins of the Taragarh Fort perched on a hill. One can have an excellent view of the city from here. The fort was the site of the military activity during the Mughal period later used as a sanatorium by the British.

Kishangarh (Its popular full name is Madanganj-Kishangarh) is 30km northeast of Ajmer and was founded in the early 17th century by Kishan Singh, a Rathore prince. Since the 18th century the town has been associated with one of India’s most famous schools of miniature painting. Among its renowned works is the Bani Thani painting by Kishangarh master Nihal Chand – a sensual, graceful portrayal of Krishna’s consort, Radha, depicted with exaggeratedly slanting, almond-shaped eyes – you’ll see this reprinted all over Rajasthan. Today local artists are trying to revive this magnificent school of painting by making copies of the originals on surfaces such as wood, stone and cloth (the originals were done on paper). Kishangarh is also famous for painted wooden furniture and marble.

The Kishangarh Fort is an imposing structure that was built in the year 1653. Maharaja Roop Singh built the massive Kishangarh Fort. It is said that an incident he saw once inspired him to get a fort built. He saw a sheep that was protecting its lambs from some wolves and got the idea to build a fort that would protect his empire. The massive Kishangarh fort of Rajasthan is an undying symbol of magnificence that never fails to thrill visitors who come to India. The interiors of the fort give you an idea of the magnificent days of yore. Despite repeated attacks by external forces, the Kishangarh Fort remained undefeated.
A very popular attraction over here is the Phool Mahal, which means the Palace of Flowers. The stunning murals and wall paintings over here will definitely have you admire the place forever. The architectural details over here are exquisite and are a testimony to the splendid craftsmanship of Rajasthan. The regal quarters are quite lavish and give you an idea of the royal life led by the Maharaja here. The walls have been decorated tastefully and the delicate ornamentations and carvings only add to the splendid beauty of the place. So visit the Kishangarh Fort to get enchanted and enjoy your trip even more.

Roopangarh Fort is a former fortress and palace in the town of Roopangarh, Rajasthan, India that is today a hotel. The fortress was originally built by, and named after, Maharaja Roop Singh of Kishangarh in 1648. The majestic Fort stands like a sentinel, surveying the passage of time - 350 years have come and gone and many a stone records facts of its past, especially for the traveller who enjoys a sense of history and seeks a story from the silent walls. 

Kuchaman City is the second largest city and a municipality in Nagaur district after Nagaur City in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The most famous tourist spot of this place is Kuchaman Fort, overlooking the city, which was built by the Gurjar Pratihara dynasty in 760 AD. Other than this, the city includes a few Havelis and some fresco paintings telling the stories of Hindu mythology.

The Kuchaman Fort is perched atop a 300 m high cliff. This fort occupies a wide area that could be entered via 10 glorious gates from different sides. There were 32 bastions surrounding the entire fortification. The city at that time was inside the fort compound wall and people were residing with the compound. This fort shows the historical significance of the Rathore rule in Rajasthan.

There are carvings of miniature paintings and murals on the outer walls of the fort. All the 10 entrance gates were covered with the carvings of two bastions on each side. During the earlier days, the fort housed the entire Kuchaman city and the outer area was the deserted. However, at present, the city has spread beyond the fort walls, and has been modernized with the major services like proper city planning, schools, colleges, hospitals, offices, good sanitation system, well maintained roads and other amenities. The city is quite populated now and is considered to be one of the major tourism locations of Rajasthan.

The Sambhar Salt Lake, India's largest inland salt lake, is located 80 km southwest of the city of Jaipur and 64 km northeast of Ajmer, Rajasthan. It surrounds the historical Sambhar Lake Town.

After the visit, continue drive to beautiful Pink City - Jaipur.

Reach Jaipur and transfer to the hotel. Check-in and relax.

Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the KSHATRIYA warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Thus, many enjoyed a privileged position under the Mughal emperors and also the British Raj that followed.

The bustling Rajasthan capital of Jaipur takes its name from its venerated founder Jai Singh II, who was given the title Sawai Maharaja by the Mughal. Literally translated this would mean ’one and a quarter’, suggesting that the Mughal thought this emperor to be more valuable than just ‘one’. Jaipur is known as the ’Pink City’ on account of the distinctive colour of its buildings. This did not, however, form part of the original plan, but dates back to 1856, when the city was given a wash of pink in honor of a State Visit from Prince Albert.

Overnight will be at Jaipur.

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed for an excursion to AMER FORT on the hill next to Jaipur.

Amer Fort: Standing tall on the outskirts of Jaipur is the lofty Amer Fort. Nestled amongst the Aravallis, this fort has a cobbled way at its entrance. Overlooking the Maota Lake, the Amer fort also provides a beautiful overview of Jaipur. Inside the fort, there are various palaces, chambers and temples. The most striking feature however is the Sheesh Mahal, or palace of mirrors. It is built with a thousand mirrors and some more. Some parts of it have colored glass pieces as well. It is believed, that since the queen and other royal women were forbidden from sleeping under the sky, the king ordered the architect to construct a room, where the queen would get the feeling of sleeping under the sky.

Your vehicle would be waiting on the other side hence return by car to the pink city.

Drive to JAL MAHAL for photo-stop. (It is not accessible for visitors and one can witness from a distance). Later proceed for the city sightseeing and visit the royal palace of JAIPUR.

City Palace: A sprawling complex containing The Chandra Mahal and the Mubarak Mahal, the city palace was constructed as per Vaastushastra, an ancient Hindu ideology. A major part of the Chandra Mahal has now been converted into a museum. It has a large collection of art and artifacts, along with common items of use of the erstwhile Maharaja.

Jantar Mantar: It is home to the largest sundial in the world and is now regarded as a UNESCO world heritage site. Also, this is the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

Local lunch will be at a hundred year old city restaurant. The food would be served on large silver / brass plates and it’s more like a taster’s menu.

Walk out and visit the PALACE OF WINDS for a photography session.

Hawa Mahal: Contrary to the name, this is not a palace, but a beautifully designed screen. The Rajput royal women practiced purdah (not revealing their faces). This giant wall consisting of 953 windows enabled them to peek into the bustling street life. The structure of this finely latticed wall resembles the crown of Lord Krishna, a legendary Hindu God. The other purpose of Hawa Mahal is to create a cooling effect. It is believed that once the fierce hot winds of summer filter through the latticed screen, it becomes cooler, thereby cooling the inner parts of the ladies quarters.

In the later afternoon enjoy exploring the bustling bazaars.

Jaipur is renowned for textile block printing, blue pottery, carpet weaving, semi-precious stones and local crafts which still thrive from the day of Maharaja Jai Singh's patronage when he designed special areas in the city for the 'bandhanas', the 'cheepas' and the 'meenakari' workers.

Continue the tour and proceed for Sound and Light show at Amber Fort.

This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity.

Return to the hotel for PHOTO SHOOT SESSION with dancer (to be arranged by COMPASS).

Enjoy the experience and spend night at Jaipur.

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Drive to Ranthambhore visiting GALTAJI TEMPLE.

Later proceed Chand Baori in Abhaneri.

Abhaneri Village is famous for its post Gupta or early medieval monuments. The sculpture and architecture of Abhaneri suggests that it must have been a great center of art and architecture. The sculptures of Abhaneri are the best example of Gurjar Pratihari art. This flourishing town has ruined by the Mughal Emperor Mahmud Ghaznavi in one of his invasions. The village has contributed numerous pieces of sculpture to various museums worldwide. The name of the village Abhaneri is so called because the local Goddess Harshat Mata is shown portrayed in a joyous mood and spreads brightness or Abha all around. The village’s original name was Abha Nagri.

The main attraction though is the STEP WELL of Chand Baori: Chand Baori is about 100 feet deep open well with flights of steps on three sides is another 10th century monument. The stairs of the Chand Baori are in the shape of an inverted English letter “V” in sets of 4-5 steps. This Baori is not an ordinary structure, but is a marvel of Architecture. The Chand Baori has beautiful carved panels inserted into the sides. Nobody has been able to count the steps. One can see the two royal toilets with carved windows and Jharokhas, which were used by the then Kings & Queens.

Continue drive to Ranthambore.

Reach and check in at the resort / lodge.

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, at the junction of the Aravalis and the Vindhyas, is a unique example of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, famous for the tigers. It spreads over a highly undulating topography varying from gentle to steep slopes; from flat-topped hills of the Vindhyas to the conical hillocks and sharp ridges of the Aravalis, from wide and flat valleys to narrow rocky gorges. An important geological feature the ‘Great Boundary Fault’ where the Vindhya plateaus meet the Aravali Hill range meanders through the Reserve. The rivers Chambal in the south and Banas in the north bind the National Park.

Tiger, at the apex of the food chain, lord over the kingdom in a subtle way. Solitary by nature, it operates in stealth. Therefore tiger sightings, frequent as they are, are always a matter of chance. However, even evidences of tiger's activities are very exciting.

Dinner will be served at the resort / lodge.

Overnight will be at Ranthambore.

Wake up early morning and leave for your safari into the National Park. Track the tigers and other wildlife through the morning. Return to the resort / lodge by 1000 in the morning and have breakfast.

Freshen up and enjoy a visit to the OLD FORT in the forest and GANESH TEMPLE or relax at the resort / lodge by the pool.

In the afternoon have lunch and then leave again for you afternoon safari. The safari will be till evening and then return to the resort / lodge. (usually the evening safaris end by 5 or 6 PM in the evening)

Retire early and overnight will be at the resort / lodge.

Wake-up early morning and transfer to railway station. Take train (airline like seating) to BHARATUR.

Packed breakfast will be arranged from the resort / lodge and have the same during onboard train journey.

Reach Bharatpur and take a rickshaw ride with guide in the park watching birds from around the world.

It was great Maharaja Suraj Mal who founded the erstwhile princely state of the Jat rulers. He even conquered Delhi once. The Keoladeo Ghana National Park is one of the finest water-bird sanctuaries in the world. The Maharaja of Bharatpur artificially created the lake and wetland in the 19th century. The marshes of Keoladeo (area 24 sq. km, established in 1956 as a bird sanctuary and 1981 as a National Park), were the private hunting reserves of the Maharajas, and were developed in the late 19th century by creating small dams to collect rainwater and by feeding it with an irrigation canal. Colorful kingfishers, graceful pelicans, rare Siberian cranes and Trans – continental fliers – the migratory water – fowls are amongst the 375 species of birds found in the Keoladeo National Park. The most spectacular nesting is that of the egrets, storks, herons and cormorants, which make over 10,000 nests every year.

Enjoy lunch at a HUNTING LODGE in Bharatpur.

Later drive to Fatehpur Sikri.

Jajal-ud-din-Muhammad Akbar, Humanyun's son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu'inu'd-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS. Akbar, who was without a male heir, heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568. The saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Diwan -I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal's house, Marian's house and the Panchmahal.

Later drive to Agra.

AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously.

Reach and proceed for photography of TAJ MAHAL from MEHTAB BAGH. Capture the magnificent view of Taj Mahal through your lenses and appreciate the beauty of architectural marvel from the other side of River YAMUNA.

After the photo session transfer to the hotel. Check-in and relax. Overnight will be at Agra.

Proceed for a sunrise tour of TAJ MAHAL (closed on Fridays).

TAJ MAHAL: Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder that is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

Later visit DHOBI GHAT or the cleaners’ laundry. You can watch dhobi wallahs washing clothes in traditional fashion even in today’s time manually in an open environment.

Return to hotel for breakfast.

Start tour of city and first stop will be AGRA FORT.

AGRA FORT – The red sandstone structure is surrounded by a four square formal garden. Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.

Visit BABY TAJ or the ITMAD-UD-ULLAH – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj. Nur Jahan, the Empress of Jahangir for her father in 1628, built one of the most beautiful Mughal tombs, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb. The tomb is a resting place of the powerful personality in Mughal Court, Itmad-Ud-Daulah. The mausoleum is entirely made of white marble and graced with intricate decoration of inlay work, and marble-screen work belonging to the Islamic style. With its tranquil, small garden on the bank of Yamuna River, the tomb stands impressively elegant from a distance.

In the late afternoon, you would start a food tour of the Mughal City – This is a walking experience with your local expert passing through old markets and tasting local food (hygienic and experiential).

Also visit a workshop to witness the intricate stonework that Agra is famous for.

Proceed for a HERITAGE WALK to the other side of River YAMUNA with your guide after lunch.

The other side of the TAJ MAHAL across the river Yamuna where Mughal History has been written in edicts of stone, the river Yamuna lined with the residences of mobility was the artery, the very lifeline, which fostered the development of Mughal Agra. These heritage relics have been weaved together for a historic experience of Mughal Agra. You would walk through the various monuments in midst of rural setting intertwined with the communities along with stunning view of the TAJ MAHAL.

Main Attractions:

Gyarah Sidi (Eleven Steps) is a lesser-known monument at the starting of the tourist village walk. After Babar, his eldest son Humayun ascended the Mughal throne. Humayun had keen interest in astrology. He built Jantar-Mantar, a set of monuments that enabled Humayun to study the star constellations. Today, only small parts of Jantar-Mantar remain and are known as the Gyarah Sidi or eleven steps. The Gyarah Sidi is carved out of a single block of stone. It sits at the edge of River Yamuna providing a view of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Humayun Mosque is another important monument, which is situated inside the village. This is a peculiar kind of mosque ever built by Mughals in India. Within the compound there are several sandstones engraved graves associated with the Mughals.

The Moonlight garden (Mehtab Bagh): Mehtab meaning moon was probably planned to view Taj in the moonlight when its beauty is mirrored in the River Yamuna and the river reflects back new colours on the Taj. The garden has excellent architecture and irrigation methodology to see and also provides a brilliant opportunity to photo shoot in Mehtab Bagh from the backyard of Taj.

Village Experience: A narrow bridle path though agriculture fields take visitors into the ancient village of Kachhpura, associated with the history of Taj Mahal. Kachhpura village was originally the property of the Hindu King of Kachh, Raja Maan Singh; who also owned the lands on which Taj Mahal stands. According to the Shahjahan-Nama, Emperor Shahjahan compensated Raja Maan Singh with four huge palaces to acquire the site for building the Taj Mahal as a memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Kachhpura provides an insight into the local culture and rural life of the region. Glimpses of traditional lifestyle of the villagers are seen through few elders smoking hookah, shoe making, local village gym, visit to a typical community household (living area, cooking area, religious area, etc.).

Enjoy the extended hospitality of the local villagers sipping a cup of Masala Chai on the Tea Terrace with standard, comfortable, clean, affordable, and safe facilities. The whole village walk through India’s Mughal History and amiable people is an unforgettable experience.

Proceed for a cultural show in the evening presented by dancers from around India depicting the love story of TAJ MAHAL.

Overnight will be at Agra.

Proceed for an early morning visit to MEHTAB BAGH for photography. Capture the magnificent view of Taj Mahal through your lenses and appreciate the beauty of architectural marvel from the other side of River YAMUNA.

After the photo session return to the hotel for breakfast.

Post breakfast proceed to Orchha en route stop at Gwalior.

Reach Gwalior and visit GWALIOR FORT.

Continue drive to Orchha.

Orchha was the capital town of the state. Maharaja Rudra Pratap Singh founded it in 1531 A.D. The name Orchha or Ondchha is traditionally derived from scoffing remark of a Rajput Chief who on visiting the site selected for capital town. On an island in the Betwa, which has been surrounded by the battlemented wall and approached by a causeway over a fine bridge of fourteen arches, stands a huge palace fort mainly the work of Maharaja Bir Singh Dev. It consists of several connected buildings constructed at different times. The finest of these are the Raj Mandir and Jahagir Mahal.

Proceed for photo shoot with a classical dancer at ORCHHA FORT.

Lunch will be at a heritage hotel.

Later transfer to hotel. Check – in and relax.

Overnight will be at Orchha.

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed for sightseeing of ORCHHA sites within the Fort Complex.

Drive to Khajuraho.

Upon arrival at Khajuraho, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

Khajuraho is situated in the northernmost part of Madhya Pradesh and famous for its enchanting and erotic temples. The name Khajuraho is derived from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree) that is grown abundantly in the region. The Khajuraho Temples are dedicated to a celebration of womanhood, her myriad moods and facets. Famous for its erotic architecture, the carvings include, women writing a letter, applying eye makeup, combing her tresses, dancing & playing with her child. Her innocent, blushed, charming, seductive, ardent beauty, all depicted in exquisitely sculptured details. These temples have been designed and carved to lead the eyes from ground level upward till you seem to be looking at heaven.

Proceed and visit the exotic and erotic temples of Khajuraho.

In the evening, enjoy the Sound & Light Show in the temple complex.

Overnight will be at Khajuraho.

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed for a guided tour of the exotic and erotic temples of Khajuraho.

The Western group of temples: Primarily built in one style the temples have the entrance, the assembly hall, the vestibule and finally a circumambulation running around the inner sanctum. The temples are divided in three major zones, the western, the eastern and the southern temples of which the western temples are the most popular ones.

Kandariya Mahadeo: The 31m high temple is the largest and most typical Khajuraho temple with exquisite carvings and intricate and detailed craftsmanship in stone depicting divine deities, celestial maidens, eternal lovers, gods and goddesses. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and enshrines the 'linga'.

Chaunsath Yogini: The temple is the earliest temple of the group that has survived. It belongs to 900 AD and is dedicated Goddess Kali. It has the distinction of being the only granite temple here.

Chitragupta Temple: This temple is dedicated to the Sun God (Surya Dev). It faces towards east or the rising sun and the imposing image of the image of the deity in the inner sanctum is as high as five feet and is shown driving a horse-drawn chariot. It is in front of this temple and the Vishwanatha temple that most of the dance performances take place during the Khajuraho Dance Festival.

Vishwanatha Temple: This temple has impressive entrances with magnificent stone guarding its northern steps and royal masonry elephants taking care of the southern steps. The three-headed image of Lord Brahma in the temple is not less captivating.

Lakshmana Temple: A pretty Vaishnava temple flaunts a lintel over its entrance depicting the divine trinity of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva along with Goddess Lakshmi, the wife of Lord Vishnu.

Matangeshwara Temple: Situated outside the premises of Western group of temples, this Lord Shiva's temple is known for the daunting eight feet high lingam (male organ representing the natural process of reproduction and the continuity of human life form) that it enshrines.

The Eastern Group of temples: The Brahma and the Hanuman temples are the most famous and well-preserved temples of this group. The Vamana temple shows all the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

Later in the afternoon, proceed for village walking tour and visit local homes. Capture the moments of local life through your lenses.

NOTE: Khajuraho Dance festival is scheduled to take place from 25 February – 3rd of March 2020. Hence depending on the travel dates, we will look into incorporating the same.

A Dancer will be arranged by COMPASS to pose for photo shoot.

Overnight will be at Khajuraho.

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Transfer in time to airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

Picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy River Ganges, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of learning in India, is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. This name seems to have been corrupted, in medieval times to Varanasi, which was in use till May 1956, when it was changed to Varanasi, by an order of the Government of India. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year. To every visitor Varanasi offers a breathtaking experience. The rays of the dawn shimmering across the Ganges; the high-banks; the temples and shrines along the banks bathed in a golden hue …soul stirring hymns and mantras along with the fragrance of incense filling the air…and the refreshing dip in the holy waters gently splashing at the Ghats.

Varanasi – The land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education. Some of the world – renowned exponents India has produced in these fields were schooled in Varanasi’s cultural ethos. Luminaries apart, Varanasi abounds in the art of silk weaving, an exotic work of art, which manifests itself in precious Banarasi silk sarees, and silk brocades, which are cherished as collector’s items across the world today.

Enjoy the evening visit to the GHATS along with the Rituals of Death Tour and learn about the traditions that are followed during a Hindu cremation. This will be followed by AARTI at the GHATS (by boat). The guide will be giving a commentary to you on the proceedings and meanings of the chants during the AARTI of the river.

Spend the evening shopping in the lanes of Varanasi.

Overnight will be spent at Varanasi.

In the early morning drive to Dashashwamedh Ghat and take a 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. (To start at 0500 hrs. for the best lifetime experience) For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we'll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water's edge. Then return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga". As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity as the faithful are coming and going.

Return to hotel for a sumptuous breakfast.

Proceed for a guided day tour of Varanasi including the Bharat Mata Temple, which features a big relief map of Mother India engraved in marble. Also visit the 18th century Durga Temple, commonly known as the Monkey Temple due to the huge population of the monkeys. Proceed to the Tulsi Manas Temple, crafted from white marble featuring the entire Ramayana inscribed on its walls. Also visit the BHU considered as the biggest residential university in Asia. The University Campus houses an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

Banaras Hindu University: Founded by Pundit Madan Mohan Malviya it is considered to be the largest residential university in Asia. Within the university campus, Vishwanath Temple and Bharat Kala Kendra (Museum) are well worth a visit.

Visit Sarnath (museum closed on Fridays) – 5 miles out of Varanasi for a day excursion: One of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Here he revealed the eightfold path that leads to the attainment of inner peace, Enlightenment and Ultimate Nirvana. Witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and then visit a fine Museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures found at the site.

In the evening, you are free to take a stroll around the city and visit the local markets. The dainty red lacquered vermilion pots and various other brass souvenirs may be just what the mantelpiece back home has been missing.

Overnight will be in Varanasi.

Breakfast will be at the hotel.
Morning will be free for your own activities.

Transfer in time to airport for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi airport, you will be met and transferred to a hotel closer to airport. Check-in and relax.

This evening FAREWELL DINNER will be hosted by COMPASS.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Transfer in time to the airport to take the flight back home with sweet memories of the tour.

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