After traveling aboard the Palace on Wheels, explore the sacred sites of Khajuraho and Varanasi. Discover the magnificent carved temples of the Chandela Rajputs, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the holy city of Vanarasi, situated on the banks of the Ganges river, witness intimate Hindu rituals that are part of everyday life. Cruise along the Ganges at sunrise and visit the ancient Buddhist monuments of Sarnath.
Itinerary - 5 Days
Day 1 — Agra/Delhi
Drive from Agra to Delhi as scheduled in the main expedition. Relax at the hotel in Delhi this evening. Taj Mahal Hotel (B,L,D)
Day 2 — Delhi/Khajuraho
Fly this morning to Khajuraho. Visit the intricately carved temples of the Chandela Rajputs, who ruled the area from the 10th to 12th centuries. Taj Chandela (B,L,D)
Day 3 — Khajuraho/ Varanasi
Spend the morning exploring the eastern group of the Khajuraho temples before taking an early afternoon flight to Varanasi. Situated on the banks of the Ganges River, Varanasi is a pilgrimage site for Hindus and a center for learning. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy free time to relax before this evening’s dinner. Taj Ganges (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Varanasi
Begin the day with a sunrise boat cruise on the sacred Ganges River to observe morning rituals and prayers. Visit Sarnath, where Gautama Buddha achieved enlightenment and delivered his first sermon in Deer Park. Discover the old city by rickshaw and see the evening Aarti before one last dinner together. Taj Ganges (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Varanasi/Delhi/U.S.
This morning, visit one of India’s leading academic institutions, Banaras Hindu University, established in 1916 to promote the study of Sanskrit literature and preserve Hindu culture. Visit Bharat Kala Bhawan, a museum on the university campus with a fine collection of miniature paintings and sculptures from the 1st to 15th centuries. Transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight to Delhi. Relax in day rooms at the hotel before boarding a late night international flight home, arriving in the U.S. the following day. Radisson Blu (B,L,D)