Classic India With Sonepur Mela

(Delhi – Patna – Sonepur – Patna –Varanasi – Khajuraho – Orchha – Jhansi – Agra – Jaipur – Delhi)

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrived Delhi Airport, after traditional Welcome our representative would assist you at airport & transfer to hotel for check in. Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Its strategic location was the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. In fact, more mythological cities are believed to be here, like the city of Indraprastha from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, founded around 5000 BC. Numerous monuments were built over several centuries by different rulers like Qutub-ud-din Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun & Shah Jahan, who built the Walled City Shah Jahanabad. Later in first half of 20th century much of New Delhi was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who laid out a grandiose central administrative area as a testament to British rule in India. The division in walled city & New Delhi also marks the division in life styles.
Overnight at hotel in Delhi

Day 02: Delhi – Patna (by Flight) / Patna-Sonepur (By car)
After breakfast assistance on check out Departure transfer from hotel to Airport to board the flight for Patna. Arrive Patna our representative would assist you at airport & Drive to Sonepur. Sonepur Mela is one of the most astonishing cattle fairs to be held in Asia in terms of its size and scale. The sleepy little town of Sonepur (30 km. from Patna) is thrown into frenzy on Kartik Purnima, in the month of November, this fair commemorates Harihar Nath. Also known as Harihar Kshetra Mela, the Sonepur Cattle Fair once used to attract traders from places as distant as Central Asia. Till date, it is the biggest cattle fair of Asia and stretches on from fifteen days to one month. Another major attraction is the sight of numerous elephants, beautifully decorated for the purpose of sale. However, people from forest departments and those involved with logging operations mostly purchase these elephants. Also, a large number of horses are also traded at the Sonepur Mela. Folk shows, games and jugglers further add to the attraction of the Sonepur Cattle Fair. Evening is free for you.
Overnight at hotel Sonepur

Day 03: Sonepur
After breakfast visit Mela Viewing, Animals, Pets & Birds Bazar, Rural Market place. Evening is free for you.
Overnight at hotel in Sonepur

Day 04: Sonepur-Patna (By Car) / Patna-Varanasi (By Car)
After breakfast assistance on check out at hotel and drive to Patna, Later drive to Varanasi. Varanasi once known as Benares or Banaras and Kashi, is a historical city in northern India. The city is sacred to Hindus and also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. In many ways Varanasi epitomizes the very best and worst aspects of India, and it can be a little overwhelming. However, the scene of pilgrims doing their devotions in the River Ganges at sunrise set against the backdrop of the centuries old temples is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world. Some people believe that Varanasi is a must see destination on any trip to northern India. In the evening, observe "Aarti" ceremony at the Ghats of Ganges.
Overnight at hotel Varanasi

Day 05: Varanasi
Early morning at the time of Sunrise, we take a private boat ride over holy river Ganges which will take you to is famous bathing ghats (banks) where hundreds of pilgrims can be seen cleansing their souls by taking a holy dip. Also visit its burning ghats where bodies are cremated after performing the last rites according to ancient Hindu customs return hotel.
Later, excursion to Sarnath, the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha is said to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism. It has been a premier centre for Buddhism & has a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics & antiques comprising numerous Buddha & Bodhisattva images on display at the Archaeological Museum.
Later proceed for sightseeing of Varanasi ancient city. Varanasi-This sacred city over two thousand years old is the holiest city of the Hindus and a great centre of learning and civilization. It has now more than 200 temples and shrines. Visit Bharat Mata temple, Durga temple, Banaras Hindu University. Drive past the local bazaars, brocades & you can also visit the famous Banarasi silk sari shops.
Overnight at hotel Varanasi

Day 06: Varanasi – Khajuraho (By flight)
After breakfast assistance at check out Departure transfer from hotel to Varanasi airport to board the flight for Khajuraho. Arrive Khajuraho our representative would assist you at airport & Check in the Hotel. Evening is Free for you. Khajuraho, well known for its magnificent temples which are among the most creative examples of the Indian architecture. Built between 950 and 1050 A.D, only 22 temples out of 85 now survive. Khajuraho sculpture is sublime and sensuous, the centre of new imagery in art. The popular theme is woman: reflective, playful amorous. The carving also depict Griffins, Nymphs, Beasts, Demons in revolt, Gods in cosmic evolution, fear, doubt, jealousy, ardent love and consummate passion. Upon arrival assistance and check-in at hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Khajuraho

Day 07: Khajuraho – Jhansi via Orchha (By Surface) / Jhansi-Agra (By Train)
After breakfast sightseeing trip to Khajuraho temples, built by the mighty warrior kings of the Chandela dynasty, in a truly inspired burst of creativity. The temples are famous for the magnificent carvings depicting numerous sexual postures of the famous “Kamasutra”, ancient Indian work on sex. Only 22 temples survive of the 85 originally built. In fact, worship is still done today in the Matangeshwara temple, continuing an unbroken 1000 year tradition. Later drive to Jhansi en-route visit Orchha we will visit Orchha Fort, Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and Ram Raja temple.
Evening we will drop you at Jhansi Railway station to board the Train for Agra. Arrive Agra Railway station our representative would assist you at Railway station & Check in the hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Agra

Day 08: Agra – Jaipur (By Surface)
After breakfast visit Taj Mahal, symbol of eternal love, which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in the year 1631 in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was completed in 22 years. Further we visit Agra Fort, taken over from the Lodhis by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. Later we drive to Jaipur; en route we will visit Fatehpur Sikri, the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from the year 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. We visit Emperor Akbar's Residential complex. Later drive to Jaipur.
Jaipur, popularly known as Pink City, the flamboyant & colorful capital of Rajasthan. With its rich & colorful past, resplendent with tales of valour & bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was founded in 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. It remains the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors.
Overnight at hotel Jaipur

Day 09: Jaipur
After breakfast excursion to Amber Fort, the palace complex which stands to this date was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh. We take an Elephant ride to reach the Fort situated on the hill, an overwhelming experience. Later we visit the City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture. The center of the palace is a seven-storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine views over the gardens & the city. Further we visit Jantar Mantar (Solar Observatory), an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date. We also visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied structure of pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down the busy street market unseen by the world through its 593 stone Jharokas (mini windows).
Overnight at hotel in Jaipur

Day 10: Jaipur – Delhi (By Car)
Leave Delhi by Flight
After breakfast assistance on check out at hotel & drive to Delhi, Drop you at Delhi international airport to board flight for onward destination.