2017 North India Tour - February 5 - 12
Day 01 : 5 Feb: Saturday Leave Colombo - Arrive in Delhi, capital of India
Welcome back to exotic India! Fly from Colombo to Delhi. Stay at Ibis Airport Hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi, Patna, Nalanda, and Rajgir
After breakfast, fly to Patna at 10:35 AM, arriving at 12:15. On arrival, our guide will take you to visit the archeological ruins of Nalanda Mahavihara. Later drive to Rajgir to visit Vishwa Shanti Stupa, one of the 80 international Peace Pagodas. Ride cable car up to visit Japanese Temple. Spend night/dinner at Hotel Rajgir Residency 4* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nalanda
Day 03 : Rajgir - Bodh Gaya
After 9:00 breakfast, AC coach to Bodhgaya (2 hrs.) Visit the place of Buddha's enlightenment. Hug the 5th descendant of original Bodhi tree, Experience temples from the Buddhist nations. https://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/bihar-and-jharkhand/bodhgaya
Day 04: Bodh Gaya - Varanasi
After breakfast 8:30 AM, drive to holiest Hindu city, Varanasi. Visit Buddhist Shrine at Sarnath and take a boat ride on the River Ganges at sunset. Shop and bargain at local outdoor market. Overnight and meals at Hotel Radisson 5*. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An0e4v5Rb3w
Day 05: Varanasi - Khajurho
Early morning rickshaw ride then boat ride to experience thousands of Hindus bathing/praying/chanting in the Ganges. After breakfast, 10:00, transfer to fly to Khajuraho at 12:40 PM arriving at 1:35 PM. 4:30 PM tour of first group of exotic/erotic temples. Attend Sound and Light Show. Overnight/meals Hotel Taj Chandela 4*.
Day 06 : Khajuraho - Orchha - Jhansi - Agra
After breakfast 9:00 AM, tour second round of temples. 11:00 AM take coach to Orchha Fort, Chhetri's Cenotaphs, Chaturvhuj Temple. Relax in Amar Mahal Heritage Hotel. Later go to Jhansi Railroad Station to take Shatabdi (super fast)Express Train to Agra at 6:40 PM. Overnight/meals Hotel Radisson Blu 5* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shatabdi_Express
Day 07: Agra - Delhi - Bhubaneswar
Early morning visit to Taj Mahal. Later drive to Delhi (3 hrs) and visit Red Fort and Lotus Temple. Drive past India Gate, Parliament House. At 6:30 PM, fly to Bhubaneswar at 8:45 PM (2 hrs). Dinner on flight. Overnight Hotel Mayfair Convention 4*
Day 08 :Bhubaneshwar - Udayagiri - Ratnagiri
After breakfast 9:00 AM visit intricately carved caves in Udayagiri. There are delicate carvings of elephants, women, athletes, and geese carrying flowers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udayagiri_and_Khandagiri_Caves
Day 09 : Bhubaneshwar - Chennai
Leisurely breakfast. 11:00 AM drive to airport, fly to Chennai. Fly back to America or join the S. India/Sri Lanka tour.