DAY 01 : DELHI – JHANSI, BY TRAIN – ORCHHA (20 KMS / 1 HR DRIVE)
Upon arrival in Jhansi, Meeting and assistance followed by transfer to Orchha. On arrival checkin at Hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Orchha - Then the capital of Bundelas, Orchha is, set amongst a complex of well preserved palace and temples. It was founded in the early 16th century by Rajput chieftain, Radra Pratap and remained the capital of powerful Rajput Kingdom from 1583 till 1783. Orchha's golden age was during the first half of the 17th century when Jehangir visited the city in 1606, a special palace, the Jehangir Mahal, was specially built for him. Later both Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb raided the city. Orchha today is little more than a village with a population of only a couple of thousands and is definitely worth a visit.
DAY 02 : ORCHHA – KHAJURAHO (160 KMS / 3 HRS DRIVE)
Breakfast at the hotel, visit Orchha fort, The fort is reached by an arched bridge and the three palaces set in an open courtyard within the fort are the first buildings to explore. The tiered Jahangir Mahal was built in 1606 to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jahangir in 1606. The Raj Mahal, to the right of the courtyard, was built by Madhukar Shah and has bold colorful murals inside. The third palace, is the Rai Praveen Mahal, which is a two storey brick structure set in the gardens of Anand Mahal.
Of the many temples within the fort, three are especially worth visiting. The Ram Raja Mandir was originally a palace and became a temple more by accident than design. An image of Ram was installed while the temple, The Chaturbhuj was being built for it. For some reason the image could not be moved from the palace and despite its spires and ornate decoration became a sacred place. Linked to the Ram Raja is the Lakshminarayan temple, the interiors of which have some of the best preserved murals and wall paintings in Orchha.
Later in the afternoon drive to Khajuraho. On arrival check in at the hotel. overnight stay at hotel.
Khajuraho - The world renowned temple town of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site for its archaeological and historical monuments. The Khajuraho temples were built in the short span of a hundred years, from 950-1050AD in a truly inspired burst of creativity. Of the 85 original temples, 22 have survived till today to constitute one of the world's great artistic wonders.
The Creators of Khajuraho claimed descent from the moon and the legend behind the founding of this great dynasty and the temples is a fascinating one. Hemwati, the lovely young daughter of a Brahmin priest, was seduced by the moon-god while bathing in a forest pool. The child born of this union was Chandravarman, founder of the Chandela dynasty. Brought up in the forests by his mother who sought refuge from a sensorious society, Chandravarman, when established as a ruler, had a dream-visitation from his mother. It is said that she implored him to build temples that would reveal human passions, and in doing so, bring about a realization of the emptiness of human desire. It is also possible that the Chandelas were followers of the Tantric cult, which believes that gratification of earthly desires is a step towards attaining the infinite liberation of nirvana.
DAY 03 : KHAJURAHO
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour of Khajuraho visit Eastern & Western Group of Temple's. In the evening visit light & sound show. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 04 : KHAJURAHO – JHANSI RAILWAY STATION (180 KMS / 5 HRS DRIVE)
Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Jhansi railway station to connect train for your onward destination.
Tour & Service End.