New Delhi-Khajuraho-Varanasi-New Delhi
Highlights of the tour
1. Sound & Light Show at Khajuraho,
2. Aarti ceremony at river Ganges Varanasi
3. Cycle rickshaw ride-Evening at Ganges ghats in Varanasi
4. Boat Ride at Ganga River.
5. Visit to famous Kamasutra Temples at Khajuraho
Pickup from your designated place of stay / hotel in Delhi and transferred to Delhi domestic airport to board flight for Khajuraho (at 1025 / 1525 hrs, via Varanasi).
Welcome on arrival at Khajurao airport at by Travel Pals executive and transferred by air conditioned exclusive car to your reserved hotel.
KHAJURAHO The name Khajuraho, ancient "Kharjurav haka", is derived from the Sanskrit words kharjura date palm and v?haka "one who carries". The Khajuraho Group of Monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered to be one of the "seven wonders" of India. The Temple town of Khajuraho is much different from any other temple city of India. It is not about religion and worshipping and deities. The temples of Khajuraho are instead famous for the eroticism etched on its walls in the form of sculptures. These temples were built by the rulers of the Chandela dynasty over a span of 200 years, from 950 to 1150. There were originally over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 25 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation, scattered over an area of about 20 square kilometres (8 sq mi). Today, the temples serve as fine examples of Indian architectural styles that have gained popularity due to their explicit depiction of sexual life during medieval times.
Evening enjoy visit of Khajuraho including following:
Light & Sound Show Western Groups of Temple
This fascinating light & sound spectacle 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 minutes sound and light show is conducted by tourism department in the garden of western group of temples. The show is entertaining and informative about the construction, history and importance of the temples. The show runs in Hindi and English every evening. The life and times of the great Chandela kings and the legend and grandeur of the unique temples from the 10th century.
Breakfast at hotel followed by met with your guide at hotel's lobby and enjoy a full day visit of Khajuraho including following:
Eastern and Western Groups of Temple
Eastern Group of temples in Khajuraho quite different from the other temples in Khajuraho is dominated by the Jain temples. Parsvanath temple the largest Jain temple in Khajuraho is located in the eastern group of temples. Adinatha temple and the Ghantai temple is near the Parsvanath temple and is also certainly worth a visit. Brahma Temple dedicated to Vishnu is the only temple built in granite here
The Khajuraho group of monuments was built during the rule of the Rajput Chandela dynasty. The building activity started almost immediately after the rise of their power, throughout their kingdom to be later known as Bundelkhand. Most temples were built during the reigns of the Hindu kings Yashovarman and Dhanga. Yashovarman's legacy is best exhibited by Lakshmana temple. Vishvanatha temple best highlights King Dhanga's reign. The largest and currently most famous surviving temple is Kandariya Mahadeva built in the reign of King Ganda from 1017 1029 CE. The temple inscriptions suggest many of the currently surviving temples were complete between 970 to 1030 CE, with further temples completed during the following decades
Evening free at leisure or to explore the city on your own.
Today Travel Pals executive will transfer you to Khajuraho airport to board flight for Varanasi (@ 1405/1455 hrs). On arrival you will meet & transfer to hotel for check in.
VARANASI - Situated between the rivers Varuna and Assi as they join the Ganges, Varanasi takes its name from its location. It is often referred to as the oldest living city in the world. It is also known as Kashi, the city of light, but the British, in an endeavor to simplify matters, had coined their own name for the place Benaras. Varanasi is the city of a thousand temples. Its Prominence in Hindu mythology is virtually unrivalled. According to Hindu belief, Varanasi is the cosmic centre of the Universe. The renowned American novelist Mark Twain once wrote "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together."
In the evening visit river Ganges with the guide to witness the evening Aarti worship of holy Ganges with lit oil lamps accompanied by holy chants and music.
In the evening visit river Ganges with the guide to witness the evening 'Aarti' - worship of holy Ganges with lit oil lamps accompanied by holy chants and music.
Early morning, we take a Boat Ride on the River Ganga with our guide to observe the riverside activities at the time including the famous Manikarnika Ghat where Hindus cremate their dead bodies round the clock.
On way back, walk through the narrow lanes of Kashi the oldest part of Varanasi or also the other name of this ancient Hindu city.
Later a guided excursion to Sarnath where "Lord Buddha" delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment, 2,500 years ago. Buddha came here after achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya (in eastern India).A visit to the famous Banares Hindu University, It is the largest residential university in Asia, with over 12,000 students living on its campus. BHU was founded in 1916. The campus spread over 1350 acres (5.5 km) was built on land donated by the Kashi Naresh, the hereditary ruler of Banaras. Spend the evening on the Ghats of the Ganges.
Early morning, we take a Boat Ride on the River Ganga with our guide to observe the riverside activities at the time including the famous Manikarnika Ghat where Hindus cremate their dead bodies round the clock. On way back, walk through the narrow lanes of Kashi the oldest part of Varanasi or also the other name of this ancient Hindu city.
Sarnath where "Lord Buddha" delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment, 2,500 years ago. Buddha came here after achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya (in eastern India).
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple
The temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganga, and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest of Shiva temples. The main deity is known by the name Vishvanatha or Vishveshvara meaning Ruler of the Universe. The Varanasi city is also called Kashi, and hence the temple is popularly called Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
Banaras Hindu University
B.H.U founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in 1917A.D is the largest residential University in India. It is the largest residential university in Asia, with over 12,000 students living on its campus. BHU was founded in 1916. The campus spread over 1350 acres (5.5 km≤) was built on land donated by the Kashi Naresh, the hereditary ruler of Banaras. Spend the evening on the Ghats of the Ganges.
Further transfer to Varanasi airport to board flight for New Delhi (@ 1710/1830 hrs). On arrival, met and transfer to designated place of stay for onward journey with sweet memories of Kama Sutra & Ganges trip.
Check in for international flights commences 3 hours prior to flight departure time for economy class and 2 hrs prior for business/first class.
Bon Voyage !