The following meals are included: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Day 1: Canada – stops – Beijing
Depart from Canada by overnight international flight for destination to Beijing.
Day 2: Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, greet and meet with the local tour guide at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Hotel: Beijing Lijingwan Hotel (5 stars) or similar
Day 3: Beijing (B L D)
Breakfast at hotel, visit the Tiananmen Square, then enter the imperial–red walls of the ornate Forbidden City, the emperor's palace – off limits to commoners for centuries. You will also visit the Temple of Heaven. Think of the processions of incense–bearing priest at the Temple of Heaven, where the emperor went to humble himself in prayer to guarantee realm's good harvest.
Hotel: Beijing Lijingwan Hotel (5 stars) or similar
Day 4: Beijing – Delhi (Flight) (B L)
Breakfast at hotel, Enjoy your excursion to the ancient Great Wall, originally built as protection from the Huns and other Nomadic tribes and never completely fulfilling its purpose. Depart for Delhi by flight.
Hotel: Le Meridien Hotel New Delhi (5 stars) or similar
Day 5: Delhi (B L D)
Breakfast at hotel; spend the morning in the Old Delhi - visiting the Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid. At the Chandni Chowk board cycle rickshaws and see the sights & sounds of this busy area with its quaint shops & ancient gateways. Lunch at local Indian Restaurant. Afternoon tour in the NEW DELHI – drive pass the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyen's, including the Indian Gate & the Presidential Palace. Continue onto the beautiful Humayun's tomb of the Mughal era.
Day 6: Delhi – Jaipur (B L D)
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur, which is also named as Pink city. In the afternoon, we will arrive in Jaipur and refresh in the hotel.
Hotel: Hilton Hotel & Resorts Jaipur (5 stars) or similar
Day 7: Jaipur (B L D)
After breakfast, depart for Amber Fort - Visit the imposing Amber fort on the outskirts of the Pink City. Visit the imposing City Palace which now is a museum, the ancient observatory, the Hawa Mahal - Palace of Winds and the picturesque bazaars of the walled city.
Day 8: Jaipur – Fatephur Sikri – Agra (Coach) (B L D)
After breakfast drive to Agra by passing Fatehpur Sikri - the extraordinary city built by Akbar the Great, deserted 14 years later, but which, during its brief span, exceeded London in both grandeur and population. After lunch, we will visit the fortress there and continue to Agra.
Hotel: Jaypee Palace Hotel & International Convention Centre Agra (5 stars) or similar
Day 9: Agra (B L D)
After breakfast visit Taj Mahal a monument of love built by Moguls, an incredible 20,000 workman's labored on it, day and night, for over 20 years. After lunch visit the Red Fort built by three generations of Mughal Emperors between 1565 and 1573. Visit Itimad-Ud-Daulah's tomb – sometimes called as baby Taj Mahal, built by Empress Nur Jahan, daughter-in-law of Emperor Akbar, in memory of her father Mirza Ghias Beg, grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal, between 1622-28 AD.
Day 10: Agra – Jhansi – Khajuraho (Train + Coach) (B L D)
After breakfast, transfer to railway station. Depart by Bhopal Shatabdi to Jhansi. Arrive at Jhansi, meet and drive to Khajuraho. Lunch at restaurant, depart for Khajuraho. Check in at hotel.
Hotel: Radisson Jass Hotel Khajuraho (5 stars) or similar
Day 11: Khajuraho – Varanasi (Benares) (Flight) (B L D)
After breakfast, visit the famous temples of Khajuraho - ancient Center of the Chandela Dynasty Khajuraho flourished from 950 to 1050 AD and is famous for these temples whose intricate sculptures and erotic carvings are one of the most outstanding achievements of Indian art. Then transfer to airport and depart to Varanasi. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Then visit the Ghats to see the Puja ceremony on River Ganges.
Hotel: Hindustan International Hotel Varanasi (5 stars) or similar
Day 12: Varanasi (B L D)
Boat ride on the Ganges River at dawn to see the Hindu pilgrims flock to the ghats and see a ritual morning bath, practice yoga and perform 'puja' to the rising sun....all rituals evolved and derived from thousands of years of worship and traditions. Walk through the myriad of narrow lanes in the Old city, past the many ancient temples, shrines and little shops crammed with customers looking for the famous silver and gold brocades for weddings or ever for cremation cloth. The most famous temple is the Kashi Vishvanath or "Golden" temple, which though off-limits to non-Hindus, can be seen from the top floor of the old house opposite it. Visit Sarnath – it is one of the holies Buddhist sites in world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 B.C. Sarnath has a fine Museum filled with sculptures found at the site.
Day 13: Varanasi – Delhi(Flight)(B L D)
Breakfast at hotel, then take flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, take a city tour. Transfer to the airport.
Day 14: Delhi – stops – Canada
Fly back to your sweet home.
* Guaranteed departure from at least 15 people in a group.
Price valid until August 29 2017
Lijingwan International Hotel features numerous recreation options include hot tub, indoor pool and massage treatments. It has free parking and classy, European-style rooms with free wired internet. Sihui subway station is a 10-minute drive away.
Lijingwan Hotel is 3 miles from Beijing International Trade Center and a 5-minute drive from Honglingjin Park. The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square in the center of the city is a 30-minute drive away.
Refreshing workouts await at the well-equipped fitness center. After a day of activity, enjoy soothing massages and the use of sauna facilities. Guests can also play pool and ping-pong on site. Car rentals, day trips and ticket services can be arranged at the tour desk.
Decorated in pleasant neutral shades, all rooms have modern interiors, a minibar and ironing facilities. The spacious bathrooms have both a bathtub and shower facilities.
A fine selection of Chinese, Western and Japanese cuisine can be enjoyed at the hotel's 3 restaurants.
Chaoyang is a great choice for travelers interested in history, shopping andfood.
Located on the popular Fatehabad Road, Jaypee Palace Hotel & International Convention Centre lives up to its title, providing luxurious accommodation close to the Taj Mahal. Located just three kilometers from the Taj Mahal and a short jaunt by car or rickshaw to the main shopping precinct, guests staying here are in an ideal position to get to Agra’s many attractions. A large, upmarket establishment, this property sits on 25 acres of landscaped gardens and includes a luxurious pool area and spa. Jaypee Palace Hotel & International Convention Centre includes a round-the-clock multi-cuisine Coffee Shop and a buffet restaurant that is open until midnight. Leisure and recreation facilities at the hotel are endless from Turkish baths to a nightclub to a gaming arcade. Marble columns, red sandstone, and the odd fountain create an ambience one associates with diplomats and royalty, while lavish interiors and hyper-vigilant service give guests the impression they really are staying in a palace.
New Delhi is a city of history and legend. Not far from Agra – the site of the world’s most beautiful tribute to love, the Taj Mahal – and surrounded by forests with 5,000-year-old stone temples still intact, the city is home to the famed Red Fort Palace and the Yamuna, one of the most revered rivers in Hinduism. Le Méridien New Delhi is situated two kilometers from Rashtrapati Bhawan – the home of the President of India, the Presidential Palace, Parliament House, and Connaught Place. Our city center hotel is set amidst the most alluring shopping and entertainment districts in New Delhi.
Meridien New Delhi’s spa, Three Graces by Amatrra, is a unique concept facility that combines the time-tested ancient Indian science of Ayurveda and Astroscience (“Astroveda”) with global 21st-century technology and equipment to create, harmonise, and balance individual energy in a spa experience.
Three Graces by Amatrra offers a unique, prescriptive approach of spa regimens and therapies. The goal is to provide preventive and curative methods of healing and well-being through diagnosis by our expert panel, including an Astroscience expert proficient in body element analysis, Ayurveda expert, fitness training expert, and yoga expert.
Facilities include two Ayurveda Therapy Rooms, three International Therapy Rooms, one Chakra Therapy room with Vichy Shower, one International Therapy Suite for couples, a private Meditation Room, Lifestyle Room for consultation, and separate wet areas for men and women with steam room and Jacuzzi. The spa also includes a gymnasium and outdoor swimming pool.
Le Méridien offers a truly unique experience in every one of its stylish guest rooms and suites. Warm earth tones in addition to the luxurious sitting and work areas create an inviting ambiance for you to experience and enjoy.
Breathtaking views of the serene Mansagar Lake and the striking Aravalli range welcome guests at the 134 room Trident Hotel, Jaipur. Situated en route to Jaipur’s famous Amber Fort, the Trident, Jaipur offers gracefully furnished rooms that are well-equipped. There are exclusive non-smoking rooms and rooms designed for the disabled too. The hotel’s multi–cuisine restaurant serves an elaborate a ’la carte menu and extensive buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are excellent facilities for conferences and business events.
Make your escape to the 5-star Radisson Hotel Khajuraho, a luxury property offering everything you need for an exceptional stay. The 86 guest rooms and 4 suites at our hotel are surrounded by lush gardens and beautiful scenery and provide unparalleled comfort and style. The Radisson Khajuraho hotel also features a multi-cuisine restaurant, a full bar and two conference halls. The airport, railway station, marketplace and world heritage temple complex are all just four kilometers away.
Lentils are a staple ingredient in Indian cuisine
Handcrafted marble products
Marble has been one of the most popular choices of material for crafting statues since ancient times. Marble sculptures are not only sturdy and durable; they are elegant and sophisticated as well.
Marble is naturally occurring limestone. In India, marble has been quarried in various places. Marble deposits are most widespread in Rajasthan and Gujarat. They are also found in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Maharashtra. Marble is sometimes stained. It is commonly held that the best quality marble has no or very few stains. A skilled artisan learns to incorporate naturally present stains in his marble sculptures.
In India, marble craftsmen do not restrict themselves to pure white marble. They make beautiful statues of green marble, red marble, black marble as well as gray marble.
Though it is perhaps true to a certain extent that marble statues in India are not as widely popular as those made of bronze and brass , wood and stones like soapstone, granite and sandstone, it is also true that when and where they are sculpted, they are a delight to behold. The most popular marble sculptures in India are those of Hindu gods and goddesses . These Hindu statues are placed in temples, as well as in religious shrines at home. They are also popular as decorative items. Statues of mythological figures and saints are also crafted in marble. Marble is also used to sculpt Buddhist statues and Christian figures.
The value of a gemstone lies in its beauty of cut, color and ability to refract light. Accordingly, they have been classified into precious (cardinal) and semi-precious gemstones. It is but natural that the cost of silver gemstone jewelry depends on the type and value of the gemstone used.
Traditionally, the diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald and amethyst were considered precious gemstones. There are almost 130 minerals that have been cut into gems, and about 50 of these are commonly used in gemstone jewelry and for other purposes. Today, the term ‘gem' has become more fluid, and it includes certain organic materials like pearl, ivory, coral, bone, amber, ammolite and jet.
Gemstones are set in jewelry, and other artifacts as well for reasons apart from their attractiveness. Many gemstones are considered to possess religious and medicinal significance. It is also interesting that every calendar month is associated with a particular gemstone, and this is called the birthstone of the month. A lot of silver gemstone jewelry is fashioned and marketed keeping this in mind.
Heritage of textile in India. In India textile enjoys a rich heritage and the origin of textiles in India traces back to the Indus valley Civilization where people used homespun cotton for weaving their clothes. Rigveda, the earliest of the Veda contains the literary information about textiles and it refers to weaving. Ramayana and Mahabharata, the eminent Indian epics depict the existence of wide variety of fabrics in ancient India. These epics refer both to rich and stylized garment worn by the aristocrats and ordinary simple clothes worn by the common people. The contemporary Indian textile not only reflects the splendid past but also cater to the requirements of the modern times. The rich tradition of textile in India has been favored by a number of factors. The favorable factors leading to the extensive growth of textile tradition in India follows.
Each and every region of India contributes in creating a myriad of textile tradition. The hilly region of the country produces a rich variety of woolen textiles. The pashmina and shahtoosh shawls of Kashmir, shawls and woolen garments of Himachal Pradesh and other north eastern states provides excellent examples of world famous woolen Indian textiles. The barren and semi barren regions like Rajasthan and Gujarat usually prefers embroidered bright colored textiles. The coastal areas of the south eastern regions prefer light colored fabrics and particularly cotton and silk textiles are very popular over here. The home furnishing utilitarian textile products like bedspreads and sheets, pillows and cushions, linens and mats, curtains and napkins, carpets and rugs and many such other items are produced by all parts of the country.
Classical India Dance
Classical dance in India has developed a type of dance-drama that is a form of a total theater. The dancer acts out a story almost exclusively through gestures. Most of the classical dances enact stories from Hindu mythology. Each form represents the culture and ethos of a particular region or a group of people.
Dating back to 1000 BCE, Bharatanatyam is a classical dance form the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, practiced predominantly in modern times by women. The dance is usually accompanied by classical Carnatic music. Its inspirations come from the sculptures of the ancient temple of Chidambaram. It was codified and documented as a performing art in the 19th century by four brothers known as the Thanjavur Quartet whose musical compositions for dance form the bulk of the Bharatanatya repertoire even today.