Great India Tour


Number of Days : 18 Night / 19 Days
Places to Visit : Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Orchha - Gwalior - Agra - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur - Bombay - Aurangabad - Mumbai

DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI

Upon arrival at International Airport you are met and transferred to your prebooked Hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel you are received with a traditional welcome of TIKKA and ARTI. Rest of the day free.Overnight at hotel.

DAY 02 DELHI

This morning we visit Old Delhi, built in the 17th century by Shah Jehan the Magnificent (who also built the Taj Mahal). First we will be visiting the famous Jama Masjid mosque with its 9,000 sq. ft. courtyard, three domes and two minarets, and then proceed to the massive complex known as the Red Fort.

Afternoon we'll visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple, a Spectacular structure that's just 60 years old ,and then proceed via India Gate and the Governmental building to Qutab Minar, the 240 foot tower built in 1190 to commemorate the arrival of Islam in India , the Bahai Temple with its nine pools on an elevated platform, and the Crafts Museum, which replicates and Indian street with over 50 artists and crafts people at work. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 03 DELHI - VARANASI (BY FLIGHT)

Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival you are met and transferred to your prebooked Hotel. In the afternoon proceed to the village of Sarnath on the outskirts of town. It was in this Deer Park that the Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Visit the Park and Museum.. Sarnath was made a centre of Buddhist worship by the emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. We will visit the Main Shrine and Ashoka's Pillar. In the Archaeological Museum we will see the beautifully carved capital from the pillar along with many other priceless Buddhist artifacts. The highlight of this tour would be a participation in the evening Aarti ( prayer service) at the main Buddhist temple here. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 04 VARANASI

Varanasi formerly known as Benares , is the city where the Hindu faithful come to bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges . Early this morning get ready for a dawn boat ride on the river Ganges . The Ganges is the most sacred and venerated river in India . Besides the ritualistic aspect of Hinduism ( thread ceremony, head shaving food to the departed souls etc.) also see the bathing. Laundry and the cremations of the dead that take place here on the banks of the river. After the boat ride walk through the fascinating narrow twisting lanes of the city to watch the performance of various Hindu rituals by the pilgrims. After the boat trip on the Ganges we return back to the hotel. After breakfast we will proceed for a city tour . Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 05 VARANSI - KHAJURAHO ( BY FLIGHT )

Today we take a short flight to the Khajuraho. Upon arrival we are met and transferred to our prebooked hotel . Afternoon tour the spectaular ninth to thirteenth century temples of Khajuraho, built by Chandela kings, The temples are exquisitely carved with graceful statues and frieze gods and goddesses

DAY 06 KHAJURAHO - ORCHHA ( BY ROAD 180 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE

Morning after breakfast we are continue our drive towards Orchha . Orchha a place that makes one feel the pulse of warm soul of India with temples, magnificent palaces, splendid cenotaphs and river Betwa gurgling through zero pollution surrounding where TIME slumbers for good. Overnight at hotel .

DAY 07 ORCHHA - GWALIOR - AGRA ( BY ROAD 250 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE

Morning after breakfast continue drive towards Agra via Gwalior . Upon arrival in Agra check in at your Hotel. Rest of the DAY free . overnight at hotel.

DAY 08 AGRA

Agra was the capital of India under the Moghuls in the 16th and 17th centuries. This morning we see the exquisite tomb of the emperor Jehangir's chief minister and father - in - law, often called the 'BABY TAJ' because its design foreshadows the Taj Mahal,. Then we tour Agra 's Red Fort, built over three generations by the moghul emperors. Following an afternoon free, we go at sunset to see the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by a sorrowing Shah Jehan in memory of his young wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Building's stupendous scale, flawless symmetry, translucent white marble and shimmering reflection in the water channel are truly breathtaking. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 09 AGRA - JAIPUR ( BY ROAD )VIA FATEHPURSIKIRI BY ROAD 232 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE

After Breakfast We continue our Drive towards Jaipur enroute Fatehpur sikri (The ghost city) for a tour of the magnificent and world heritage buildings still in a state of perfect preservation. We continue our journey for Jaipur popularly known as the Pink City , was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Designed in accordance with Shilp Shastra - an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture - Jaipur follows a grid system. Upon arrival check in your Hotel. Afternoon - tour of City Palace and Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The Palace of winds - a five storied structure of pink sandstone has semi - octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was originally built to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch everyday life. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 10 JAIPUR

The capital of Rajasthan is the most colourful city in India . Today morning visit the Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills, which is a super example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style architecture. A slow elephant ride takes us to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings. Afternoon is spent visit the local bazaar. In the evening, we visit Chokhi Dhani where an ethnic village atmosphere is recreated each evening with thousands of oil lamps, folk dancers, arobats, snake charmers, puppeteers etc. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 11 JAIPUR - JODHPUR BY ROAD 290 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE

Morning drive to Jodhpur . upon arrival Transfer to your pre - booked hotel.

DAY 12 JODHPUR

Jodhpur the gateway to the Thar desert , the city is known for its striking forts, stately palaces and gracious building. The second largest city in Rajasthan, standing on the edge of the Thar Desert . The old city was founded by Rao Jodha, its walls with seven gates and countless bastions and towers were built by Rao Maldeo in the 16th Century when Jodhpur was a booming trading town. . Jodhpur is called the " Blue City " for the characteristic plea indigo color of its traditional homes.

There are many great fortresses throughout Rajasthan, but non compare with the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, built atop a 400 ft. promontory. Within this invisible citadel are magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels, latticed windows and evocative names. These palaces houses a fabulous collection of possessions of Indian royalty, including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. Below the fort, visit the Jaswant Thada, a graceful marble cenotaph built 1899 for Mahrajaha Jaswant Singh II, and monuments to other Maharajahs of Jodhpur. Proceed into the heart of the bazaars for a view of local artisans at work as well as locals shopping of their wares. Overnight at the hotel

DAY 13 JODHPUR - RANAKPUR ( BY ROAD 190 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE

After breakfast, today drive towards Ranakpur. Here we visit the famous Ranakpur Temple Complex, one of the biggest and most important cluster of Jain Temple in India . Nestled in the Aravalli Range . The Chaumukha temple, or Four Faced Temple is the main temple in the complex and dates back to the 15th century. Built in marble, the temple has 29 halls supported by more than 1400 pillars, no two of which are alike. Overnight at hotel .

DAY 14 RANAKPUR - UDAIPUR ( BY ROAD 98 KMS 2 HOURS DRIVE

After breakfast continue drive to Udaipur and upon arrival checkinto at hotel. Evening we take a boat ride on the Lake Pichola . Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 15 UDAIPUR

Built along three lakes and ringed by green hills, Udaipur (pop, 366.000) is known as the ' Venice of the East' The City's palaces, gardens, ghats, temples and painted houses match the beauty of the setting. This morning we'll visit the towering City Palace , the largest in Rajasthan, and the Saheliyon ki Bari ( Garden of the Maidens.) Once for bidden to all but he queen and her ladies.From here we visit the e superb Jagdish Temple noted for its elephant - motif carvings The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 16 UDAIPUR - BOMBAY - AURANGABAD ( BY FLIGHT)

Today we take a flight to Aurangabad via Mumbai. Upon arrival in Aurangabad transfer to your hotel.

DAY 17 AURANGABAD

Aurangabad Named after Emperor Aurangzeb, the last of the great Moghul Emperor's Aurangabad offers an exciting mix of Buddhist and Muslim places of interest. It is also a convenient point for visiting the Ajanta and Ellora caves. Places of interest are the 12 Aurangzeb caves belonging to the Buddhist Era built between the 3rd and 11th Centuries, Bibi ka Maqbara , a mausoleum resembling the Taj Mahal Built in 1660. The history Museum of Marathwada University includes excavations dating to the Satavadhana dynasty. Ajanta - Ajanta caves renowned chiefly for their magnificent wall paintings and frescoes - depicting scenes from the life of Buddha. The caves consist mainly of Buddhist caves Temples and Monasteries. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 18 AURANGABAD - BOMBAY ( BY FLIGHT )

Upon arrival in Mumbai ( Bombay ) transfer to your pre booked hotel . This afternoon proceed on a guided tour of the city, Which is distinctly tropical. Its weathered Victorian mansions, some still privately owned, and grand public buildings, many beautifully lit at night, stand as lingering reminder of the days of the British Raj, First visit the Gateway of India, hastily created as a symbol of welcome to Queen Mary and King George V of England on their to India in 1911. Next visit the Hanging Gardens , perched at the top of Malabar Hill, which provide lovely views over the Arabian Sea . Overnight at hotel.

DAY 19 LEAVE BOMBAY

After breakfast an excursion on motorized boats across the Arabian Sea to the Elephanta Caves , which house several, sculptures and images sacred to the Hindu faith. Of special mention is the sculpture of the Holy Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - the Creator, Preserver and the Destroyer. Later transferred to airport to board flight for onward Journey.


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