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Delhi
 
History lives in Delhi, the capital of India remain in present social structure and lifestyles. Delhi’s landmarks are the Rashtrapati Bhavan, official residence of India’s President; the Parliament House and the Memorial Arch of the First World War called the India Gate.

A growing city, New Delhi is also a city of historical monuments such as the Qutab Minar, Purana Qila, Red Fort, Jammi Masjid etc.
Other attractions are the Delhi Zoo, National Museum, Jantar Mantar, etc.
 
Agra
 
On the banks of the river Yamuna, Agra, situated 204 km. south of Delhi. It was under Akbar that Agra grew to its heights of magnificence.

Among the monuments, is the world famous Taj Mahal. But there are also matchless gems to be seen in the Agra Fort, the Mausoleums of Akbar and Itimad-ud-Daula, and the remains of the old and medieval town of Fatehpur Sikri.
 
Jaipur
 
Welcome to a City of Dreams - a glorious riot of colour, pomp and pageantry with architecture that is grand in style and intricate in design.

A visit to the City Palace and Museum is a must. One cannot leave the Palace without walking into the Jantar Mantar, or the forts of Amber, Jaigargh, Nahargarh, each one imposing in its own right.
 
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Goa
 
Sunrise over the horizon in Goa turns the sea into molten gold. The crashing surf steaming up the sand then receding again, leaving behind seashells and driftwood. The swaying fringed shadow of the palms.
Unforgettable Goa, a heady blend of serenity and excitement down a 100 km coastline, studded with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Idyllic seaside stretches where you create your own kind of holiday. For the Goans, life is a celebration to the melody of guitars and mellow songs. A feast of its famous cuisine and a sprit of joyous fun.
 
This destination has a bounty of churches, temples, forts and beaches. Bom Jesus Basilica, which displays the body of St. Francis Xavier and Se Cathedral are spectacular. Though Goa has an aggregation of Portuguese architecture, Hindu temples also find their presence Goa.. an ideal destination for all seasons.
 
3 Nights / 4 Day Packages* inclusive of Accommodation at 3-Star / 4-Star Hotels, meals , sightseeing, airport / railway transfers available for Goa.
 
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Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Alleppey - Kovalam - Kanyakumari - Trivandrum
 
Cochin
 
Cochin reflects the eclecticism of Kerala perfectly. Kochi consists of mainland Earnakulam, the islands of Willingdon, Bolgatty and Gundu.

The Chinese fishing nets are still in use going back to ancient days when there was a brisk trade between Cochin and China.
 
Munnar
 
An unexplored unspoilt hill station where one can see the sky meet the earth on a green backdrop.

Virgin and unpolluted, this tiny hill retreat is encompassed by countless acres of tea fields. The Indo – Swiss project and the crocodile farm are definitely worth a visit.
 
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
 
This 777 square km sanctuary in the Thekkady district, on the Tamil Nadu border, is one of the most important in India.

The park is centred around a large artificial lake and animals commonly found in the camouflaged environment are elephants, bison, antelope, sambar, wild boar, monkey and if you are lucky enough the elusive tiger.
 
Alleppey
 
Kerala is popular for its herbal massages but a massage at Alleppey is an experience by itself. It is also a gateway for many a backwater cruises.

Mostly all cruises in the backwaters start and terminate at Alleppey.
 
Thiruvananthapuram
 
The city is unlike other Indian state capitals and has managed to retain the magic ambience so characteristic of Kerala.

Places of visit are the Napier Museum, Sri Chitra Art Gallery, the zoological gardens and the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple.
 
Kovalam
 
Kovalam is situated 16 kms south of Thiruvananthapuram and the most popular beach resort in southern India.
 
Kanyakumari
 
Kanyakumari is the “Land End” of India, where the Bay of Bengal meets the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. Visit the Kumari Amman temple, Gandhi Memorial and the Vivekananda Memorial.
 
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Aurangabad – Ellora - Ajanta
 
Aurangabad
 
The city named after the Moghul Emperor Aurangzeb, has the most splendid Mughal monuments and tombs. The Bibi ka Maqbara, the mausoleum of Aurangzeb’s begum, a replica of the Taj Mahal, certainly deserves a visit. Aurangabad is the central point for tourists who wish to visit the Ellora and Ajanta Caves.

Buddhist caves, carved off a hillside in the 7th century A.D.and the shrine of a Sufi saint and spiritual guide of Aurangzeb are worth a visit.
 
Ellora Caves
 
The famous caves lie 33 kms south of Aurangabad. There are 34 rock cut temples representing the Buddhist, Jain and Hindu faiths.

Although the centrepiece of Ellora is the Kailash Temple, all the Ellora caves are amongst the most important historical monuments in India.
 
Ajanta Caves
 
Nestling in an inner fold of the Sahyadri hills, 100 kms from Aurangabad are the 30 rockewn caves of Ajanta dating back to the 2nd century B.C. Carved with a little more than a hammer and chisel, Ajanta sports the exquiste painting and sculptures of Buddha’s life belong to the Mahayan period.
 
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Mumbai
 
From a cluster of seven low-lying swampy islands to a hustling, bustling modern metropolis. Mumbai, or Bombay, was originally inhabited by the Koli fisher folk. Few cities have witnessed a transition as grand as Mumbai. A city of opportunities where 200 families migrate each day to make or lose their fortune.
 
With galleries, shopping plazas, cinemas, theatres, spas and health care clinics that rejuvenate and recharge the stressed and strained, Mumbai, a multi-cultured, multi-lingual cosmopolitan city comprises of people from all part of India, making it the second largest city in the world after Tokyo. It is the Bollywood of India, where dreams are woven on the silver screen.
Mumbai’s varied cultural treasure includes architectural structures dating back to the Portuguese and Gothic styles. Historical and heritage monuments stand with grandeur and harmony amidst sky-rise structures of modern architecture
 
The panoramic 6-km drive along “Queen’s Necklace” or Marine Drive, catches the golden lights of the setting sun and outlines the breathtakingly beautiful sky-line of Mumbai. The waters of the Arabian Sea set the back drop for Haji Ali, the revered mausoleum of the Muslim community. The Hanging Gardens and the Kamala Nehru Park atop the Malabar Hill, and Mani Bhavan where Gandhiji spent many a quiet moments of his life are places worth a visit. The 100-year old colonial Municipality building, the Prince of Wales Museum and the Italian-Gothic style Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) are landmarks in their own right. But none like the Gateway of India, an imposing structure built to commemorate the visit of King George V to India in 1911.
 
Inquire for our Optional Tours / Weekend Excursions to :
 
Elephanta
Nashik – Shirdi
Lonavala – Khandala
Pune – Mahableshwar
Matheran
Udwada (Pilgrim place for Zoroastrians)
Navsari – Surat – Udwada
Dahanu
 
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Matheran
 
Matheran is the nearest hill station to Mumbai, ideally suited for the weekend, which makes it the most popular hill station.

“No vehicles allowed” makes Matheran the only pollution free hill station in the world. To reach the 2636 feet height, one can experience the narrow gauge Toy Train ride which travels at a snail’s pace but offers the traveller spectacular views of the plains below..
 
One feels like being in heaven on reaching the top as tranquillity descends, with no city oriented sounds reaching your ears. You could either walk or ride a horse on muddy trails and tracks. Hikers can opt for a tough 11-km hike through thick and shady forests. Louisa Point, Panorama Point and Little Chouk Point have breathtaking views. Make it a point to watch the sunset from Louisa Point. On clean days it is even possible to see Mumbai from Hart Point.
 
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DAY 01 JAIPUR
 
Morning: enjoy your breakfast at the hotel; later proceed for the excursion to Amber Fort, here you will enjoy the Elephant Ride to reach atop of the palace. This journey on embellished elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience. (Subject to availability Inside the Fort visit the Hall of Victory or Jag Mandir - is the famed Sheesh Mahal- a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period.
Continue your journey: with the city tour of Jaipur- visiting Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world, having 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. During the tour you will also have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds. Overnight stay at your hotel.
 
DAY 02 JAIPUR
 
Arrival at Jaipur and Transfer to hotel. Jaipur, widely known as the 'Pink City, is color washed pink to welcome Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria of England who visited India in 1883 A.D. The city was founded in 1727 A.D by one of the greatest ruler Jai Singh II. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides, crowned by formidable forts and majestic palaces, mansions and gardens. Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is sub-divided in to nine rectangular sectors symbolizing nine divisions of universe. Jaipur is the first planned city designed in accordance with 'Shilpa Shastra'- epochal treatise of Hindu architecture Evening Rest of day is at leisure, free for independent activities.
Overnight stay at your hotel.
 
DAY 03 JAIPUR – AJMER – PUSHKAR - JODHPUR (400KMS)
 
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Jodhpur. En route, visit Pushkar and Ajmer, 150 Km & approx 03 Hours. Ajmer is the most sacred of all Muslim places of pilgrimage in India. It is a green oasis on the Shore of Ana Sagar Lake, hemmed in by barren hills. Historically, Ajmer was always of great strategic importance. It was founded in 7th century by Ajaipal Chauhan. He named it Ajaimeru the 'invincible hill'. The city's Muslim history began when Prithviraj Chauhan lost Ajmer to Sultan Muhammad Ghori in 1193 A.D. The Persian saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, who came with Muhammad Ghori from Persia in 1192 settled here. Thus the place where he was buried is today known as the Dargah Sharif. Construction of the shrine was completed by Humayun and the gates were added by the Nizam of Hyderabad. Later Shah Jahan constructed a mosque of white marble; it has 11 arches and a Persian inscription running the full length of the building.
Leave for a visit to Pushkar. Pushkar is a mellow, serene and bewitching little town which attracts those in search of some respite from the tumult of India. Pushkar is right on the edge of the desert and is only 11 km from Ajmer but separated from it by Nag Pahar, the snake mountain. This traveler-friendly town clings to the side of the small Pushkar Lake with its many bathing ghats and temples. For Hindus, Pushkar is a very important pilgrimage centre and you'll see plenty of Sadhus (individuals on a spiritual search). Pushkar boasts temples, the most famous is the Brahma Temple, said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity...
After lunch drive to Jodhpur 230 Kms. Jodhpur - An oasis in the arid Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan. Representing this colorful city with shades of blue, Jodhpur has a history that is rich and a present that beckons strongly to the discerning tourist. Forts and palaces, temples and havelis, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, color and texture, Jodhpur has them all and in plenty. Situated in western Rajasthan, Jodhpur has long attracted both the domestic and outside tourist. It not only offers tangibles, in terms of what you can see and buy but also fills one with a sense of history and the splendors of an era gone forever.
Overnight stay at your hotel
 
DAY 04 - JODHPUR – JAISALMER (300KMS)
 
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer - a fairy-tale town in the Thar Desert founded about 800 years ago by Rajah Jaisal. Unlike any other city, this desert fortress is one of Rajasthan's most exotic and unusual towns. Jaisalmer, an important ancient trading centre because of its strategic location on the camel trade routes, is often described as the 'golden city'. The havelis, built by merchants of the 19th century, are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone and are still in a beautiful condition. The fort built by Rawal Jaisal in the 12th century, stands on the 80 meter high Trikuta hill, with beautifully carved Jain temples. The annual desert festival takes place in January and February each year and is a riot of color and activity. Jaisalmer is also famous for its embroidery, Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets, antique, and stonework and camel safaris into the barren sand-dune desert. Afternoon is free to walk around in the colorful and bustling bazaars. Overnight stay at your hotel
 
DAY 05 IN JAISALMER OR SODAKORE (MIRVANA CAMP)
 
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Jaisalmer. Visit the famous Havelis (mansions) known for their frescoes. Jaisalmer’s strategic position on the camel terrain route bought it great wealth. The merchants grew prosperous and commissioned great havelis, or mansions, to flaunt their ever-growing status in society. Made of local golden-yellow sand stone and wood, some of the havelis are still in excellent condition. The most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer havelis is the Patwaon Ki Haveli. Five Jain brothers built the Haveli between 1800 and 1860. Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Nathmal Ki Haveli are the other two havelis that are opened to visitors. Built in 1156 by the Bhatti ruler, Jaisal, THE FORT here stands atop the 80 m high Trikuta hill. 3 walls and features 99 bastions surround the fort. Over the centuries, the golden sand stone fortress witnessed many battles between the Bhattis, the Mughals and the rathors of Jodhpur. Within the fort complex lie the beautifully carved Jain Temples built between the 12th and 15th centuries. The Maharawals (rulers) of Jaisalmer were devout Hindus but were tolerant of Jainism, and encouraged art and religion. There are 7 temples in the complex - Chandraprabhu, Parasnath, Shitalnath, Sambhavnath, Shantinath, Kunthunath and Rikhabdev Temple.
In the evening, proceed for the excursion to Sam Sand dunes. Located at a distance of 42 kilometers from Jaisalmer, Sam Sand Dunes is the closest point to witness the total sandy desert. You can also see the patterns and motifs created by the shifting sands and air. Moreover, Sam Sand Dunes also provide you with an unforgettable experience of camel rides and the sunset. Overnight stay at your hotel
 
DAY 06 JAISALMER – JODHPUR (300 KMS)
 
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Jodhpur. The 15th century city of Jodhpur, stands at the edge of Thar Desert and is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. Jodhpur is a resplendent city, with a blend of modern and traditional buildings. The city is totally dominated by a massive fort sprawled across 125- meter high hill known as Meherangarh Fort, founded by Rao Jodha in 15th century. A flourishing trade center in the 16th century, Jodhpur is still one of the leading centers of wool, cattle, Camels, salt and agricultural Crops . It boasts of some of very fine reminders of its glorious past palaces, temples and other elegant monuments of architectural and historical significance. Also Jodhpur is popularly known as the 'Blue City' because of the beautiful houses painted with indigo color mostly belonging to the Brahmin caste. You can get a magnificent view of this Blue city from the ramparts of the Meherangarh Fort. Visit the Meherangarh Fort, which was impregnable for the rocky base which is on. It totally dominates the city and within its walls are the royal palaces, priceless jewels and a striking collection of arms. Also visit Jaswant Thada, the white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II built in 1899. Overnight stay at your hotel
 
DAY 07 JODHPUR - RANAKPUR- UDAIPUR (300KMS)
 
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Udaipur. You’ll drive through valleys in the remote and peaceful Aravalli Range to Udaipur. In the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan has a range of natural and cultural bounties which makes it an excellent destination. En route you will visit the Ranakpur Jain Temple. The Ranakpur Jain temples are hidden in the dense forests of the Aravalli hills in a peaceful setting and are one of the five holy Jain pilgrimages and they were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved and no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 Kg and their sound echoes in the entire complex. (Temple opens only at 1200 Hrs. Leather belts, footwear, bare legs and black clothing not allowed).
We'll continue driving south, Udaipur, the 'City of Sunrise'. On the banks of the shimmering lake Pichola, is one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan. Nestled among the lush hills of the Aravali, it has inevitably been dubbed the 'Venice of the East'. It is a kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carries the flavor of the heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Udaipur Founded in 1568 A.D by Maharana Udai Singh, the city is a harmonious Indian blend of whitewashed buildings, marble palaces, lakeside gardens, temples and Havelis.
In the evening you will enjoy leisure boat ride on Lake Pichola with its main attractions the beautiful stretch of water surrounding the two marvelous structures the Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir, is the life line of Udaipur city. Lake Pichola is about 4 kms in length and 3 kms wide. Jagniwas was earlier the summer retreat of the prince of Mewar and now a five-star hotel Lake Palace. All the palaces in the city are constructed to have a magnificent reflection in this lake. This lake was created in the 15th century and widened later and a dam across was also created in that period. It was Maharana Udai Singh II who strengthened the Dam and widened the lake, as he was building his capital on the shore of the beautiful Lake. The lake was surrounded by many exquisite palaces, temples, hilly terrains, bathing ghats and many gardens. The city palace extends along the eastern shore of the lake and you can go for a boat ride from Bansi Ghat. (Subject to water level in the lake) Overnight stay at your hotel
 
DAY 08 IN UDAIPUR
 
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Udaipur. Udaipur is also a centre of historic arts and crafts of Mewar. During a guided tour you will visit the CITY PALACE built in 1725, the grand City Palace is actually a conglomerate of eleven palaces overlooking the sprawling Lake Pichola. One of the largest, most beautiful palaces in the state of Rajasthan, it is now a museum, royal residence and a luxury hotel. This intricately designed monument is an architectural wonder in granite and marble; JAGDISH TEMPLE built in 1651 by Maharaja Jagat Singh, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city. The temple has a black marble image of Lord Vishnu, which is unusual for the northern part of the country, where statues of Gods are normally in marble; Later visit Sahelion Ki Bari that is a small ornamental garden built in the honor of Royal Ladies for recreational purpose. Next is the visit to Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum. Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir is home to an attractive collection of folk dresses, puppets, ornaments, dolls, masks, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. The museum is the best place for those interested in puppetry. Short amusing puppet shows are staged throughout the day. In addition, the museum runs short courses in puppet making and theatre, followed by visit to Eklingji & Nagda Temples - built in white marble with a double storied porch on the bank of Lake Bageela - 22 kms from Udaipur Overnight stay at your hotel.
 
DAY 09 UDAIPUR
 
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Airport or Railway Station
 
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DAY 01: DELHI
 
Arrive Delhi. Meet on arrival and transfer to hotel. Delhi, the capital city of India lying along the River Yamuna, Seven cities have existed here since the 10th century, ruled over by a succession of Rajputs, Turks, Afghans, Mughals and the British. Delhi is two cities in one; the Old Delhi of the Mughals, created by Shah Jahan after moving his Capital from Agra in 1638 AD is still a medieval district of narrow lanes, forts, mosques and bazaars. The second, New Delhi, built by the British in 1911-1931 and characterized by Sir Edwin Lutyens' architecture, is a spacious and well-designed metropolis of broad avenues, grand imperial buildings and landscaped gardens. New Delhi is a green city with its tree lined avenues, parks and natural forest and one of the City's hidden delights is the picturesque Lodi Gardens set around Mughal tombs and it is home to a number of museums including the national Museum, the Museum of Modern art, the Museum of Natural History and the creative Arts and Crafts Museum where artisans can be seen at work.
Overnight at hotel
 
DAY 02: DELHI
 
Morning: enjoy your breakfast at the hotel; later proceed for sightseeing tour of Delhi- visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand- carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time not rusting even after 1500 years. Later proceed to Humayun's Tomb – Humayun's wife Haji Begum had this tomb built after nine years of his death. It was designed by a Persian architect named Mirak Mirza Ghiyas. Drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of the Indian soldiers), Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President's house, from outside) - formerly the Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat Buildings- an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture, Red Fort and Jama Masjid (if time allows).
Overnight at hotel
 
DAY 03: DELHI – JAIPUR (270 Days)
 
Morning: enjoy your breakfast at the hotel; later depart & proceed for Jaipur. Arrival at Jaipur and transfer to hotel. Jaipur, widely known as the 'Pink City. This city is color washed pink to welcome Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria of England who visited India in 1883 A.D. The city was founded in 1727 A.D by one of the greatest ruler Jai Singh II. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides, crowned by formidable forts and majestic palaces, mansions and gardens. Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is sub-divided in to nine rectangular sectors symbolizing nine divisions of universe. Jaipur is the first planned city designed in accordance with 'Shilpa Shastra'- epochal treatise of Hindu architecture
Evening upon arrival in Jaipur proceed for check- in to your hotel. Rest of day is at leisure, free for independent activities.
Overnight at hotel
 
DAY 04: JAIPUR
 
Morning: enjoy your breakfast at the hotel; later proceed for the excursion to Amber Fort, here you will enjoy the Elephant Ride to reach atop of the palace. (Subject to Availability and optional)This journey on embellished elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience. Inside the Fort visit the Hall of Victory or Jag Mandir - is the famed Sheesh Mahal- a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. Continue your journey: with the city tour of Jaipur- visiting Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world, having 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. During the tour you will also have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.
Overnight at hotel
 
DAY 05: JAIPUR- AGRA VIA Fatehpur Sikri (250 KMS)
 
Morning: After an early breakfast at the hotel; later proceed for Agra by surface. Continue your drive and visit “FATEHPUR SIKRI” situated around 40 km before Agra, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. This was the capital of the Mughal emperor- Akbar from 1570 to 1586. Fatehpur Sikri's sprawling structure is made of red sandstone and combines both Hindu and Muslim architecture. The main entrance to this walled city is through the 175 feet Buland Darwaza. The finest monuments within this area are the Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas and Pinch Mahal.
Later continue drive to Agra by surface. Arrive Agra, check-in to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel
 
DAY 06: AGRA – SIKANDRA – AGRA
 
Morning: enjoy your breakfast at the hotel; later proceed for sightseeing tour of Taj Mahal which is one of the wonders of the world, built by Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz Mahal on the banks of river Yamuna. Around 20,000 workers from all over the country and central Asia were recruited to translate this dream into a reality. (TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS). After this breathtaking experience continue with the of city tour of Agra- visit Itmad- ud- Daula and Agra Fort built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwan-i-Am & Diwan-i-Khas. Also visit Dayal Bagh and Akabr Tomb in Sikandra.
Overnight at hotel
 
DAY 07: AGRA - GWALIOR – ORCHHA (BY Surface- 250 Kms\7 hrs drive)
 
Morning: after an early breakfast (0730 hours) at the hotel; later drive to Orchha via Gwalior. Gwalior located 120 kms from Agra (3 hours drive). Gwalior Fort: If there is one thing you can't escape in Gwalior, it's the fort. Perched high on a rocky massif, the imposing edifice with its blue tiled palace is visible from each and every corner of the city. Nearly three km long and built at a vantage height of 100 m above the city, the fort seems to cling to the edged of steep cliffs. It has been the scene of momentous events in the history of the entire region. On the steep winding southwest approach road to the fort, near the Urvashi Gate, you pass Jain monoliths of the Tirthankaras carved into the rock face between the 7th and 15th centuries, the tallest being 19m. Man Mandir Palace was built by Raja Man Singh towards the end of the 15th century. This is an impressive structure that clings to the very edge of the fort, its façade embellished with blue ceramic tiles. The palace of Raja Man Singh forms the backdrop for an excellent 'son-et-lumpier' show held here every evening. It is amongst the best in the country and vividly recreates an era and brings to life the history of the Fort and the love story of Raja Man Singh and his Queen Merignac the Jai Vilas Palace, built in 1875, and the current residence of the Scandia Royal family, provides an insight into the lifestyle of the erstwhile Maharajas. 35 rooms in the Palace have been converted into a museum where there is an interesting collection of family memorabilia including royal robes, thrones and even a crystal train that chugged around an enormous dining table with condiments and other delicacies for royal guests! In the Durbar Hall of the Palace is a pair of chandeliers said to be the world's largest, each 12.8m high and weighing 3 tons. The palace guides tell visitors that the chandeliers were installed only after the ceiling had been tested to take the weight of ten elephants
Later after visiting Gwalior drive to Orchha for 02 hours. ORCHHA: lies in the Madhya Pradesh, 16 km south of Jhansi. Its cluster of fortified dwellings, temples and shrines, along the left bank of the Beta River, are reminiscent of those hardy times. The right time of year is October to March. Till not very long ago, visitors to the region passed it by on the way to Khajuraho. A visit to Orchha is a journey back in time. The central feature of the village is Jehangir Mahal, and far off, the imposing Lakhmi Narayan, Chaturbhuj and Ram Raj temples reinforce the Bundeli spirit in a profusion of ornamental paintings. In the evening visit Cenotaphs, Laxmi Narayan temple, Chaturbhuj and Rama Raja temples.
Overnight at hotel
 
DAY 8: ORCHA - KHAJURAHO (180 Kms)
 
Morning breakfast in hotel. Later visit Jahangir Palace and drive to Khajuraho for 04 hours. Depart hotel and proceed for Temple tour- visit of Eastern and Western Group of Temples, the most important temple being the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple-dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the largest and most typical of the Khajuraho temples. Visit the Chaunsat Yogini Jain Temple-dedicated to the 64 "Yoginis" or attendants of Goddess Kali. This temple stands apart from the rest. Also see the Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely sculpture of Lord Vishnu in his 11-headed form. The sculptures that adorn the temples, carved in stone depict gods, goddesses and amorous couples. Later visit the Eastern Group of temples including the Ghantai Temple, Vamana Temple- dedicated to the "Vamana" or dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Javari Temple and the famous Vishwanath Temple. There are also three Jain Temples with beautiful carvings and non-erotic sculptures. Although these are Jain temples, they also contain numerous Vaishnav deities. Evening optional: Light and sound performance.
Overnight at hotel
 
DAY 9: KHAJURAHO-VARANASI by surface (11-12 hours) (450 Kms)
 
After an early morning breakfast (0500 hours) drive to Varanasi for 11-12 hours. Arrival in Varanasi late in the evening
VARANASI: picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy Ganga, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of le1arning in India, is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year.
Overnight at hotel
 
DAY 10: VARANASI
 
Early morning: proceed for boat cruise on river Ganges. The western banks of Ganges has a string of Ghats - the chain of stone steps, all built with pavilions, palaces and terraces, most of which are mainly used as Dharamshalaas where the pilgrims stay during their visit to the holy city. At dawn, the Ghats are buzz with activity of the devotees performing their ablutions in the river or offering prayers to the rising sun and performing other religious rituals. A boat ride along the Ghats gives you vantage views of this activity. The Sunrise on the Ganges is a soul-lifting experience.
Morning: enjoy your breakfast at the hotel; later for the half day city tour of Varanasi. Situated on the banks of the Ganges, the city of Learning and Burning (because of the almost continuous cremations of the dead) from time immemorial has been the religious centre of Hindus. All Hindus want to be here at least once in their life time. Visit some of the important temples. Bharat Mata Mandir - a unique temple inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi houses one of the most perfect relief maps of India and is dedicated to Mother India. Durga Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga consort of Lord Shiva. Drive past the beautiful Tulsi Manas Temple. Later drive through the largest Residential University of Asia - Banaras Hindu University founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.
Later proceed for tour of Sarnath; 10-Kms away from Varanasi is the fabled place, which bears testimony to its great past where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples, expounding the principles of Buddhism. The remains date back to as far as the3rd-Century BC when Emperor Ashoka founded various institutions, stupas, monasteries and pillar Edicts. The most important of the monuments is the 34 mts. high Dhamekh Stupa. Visit the art collection at the Archaeological Museum. The main attraction is the superb Ashoka Pillar - the Ashoka symbol of four back-to-back Lions which has been adopted as the state symbol Independent India. Also visit the Mahabodhi Buddha Temple and walk around the Deer Park.
Overnight at hotel
 
DAY 11: VARANASI – DEPART DELHI
 
Later transfer to Varanasi airport in time for your flight to Delhi
 
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DAY 01: JAIPUR
 
Arrival at Jaipur and Transfer to hotel; Jaipur, widely known as the 'Pink City, is color washed pink to welcome Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria of England who visited India in 1883 A.D. The city was founded in 1727 A.D by one of the greatest ruler Jai Singh II. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides, crowned by formidable forts and majestic palaces, mansions and gardens. Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is sub-divided in to nine rectangular sectors symbolizing nine divisions of universe. Jaipur is the first planned city designed in accordance with 'Shilpa Shastra'- epochal treatise of Hindu architecture. Rest of day is at leisure, free for independent activities.
Overnight at hotel
 
DAY 02: JAIPUR
 
Morning: enjoy your breakfast at the hotel; later proceed to the excursion to Amber Fort. Here you will enjoy the Elephant Ride to reach the top of the palace. (Subject to Availability and optional) This journey on embellished elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience. (Subject to availability) Inside the Fort visit the Hall of Victory or Jag Mandir - is the famed Sheesh Mahal- a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. Continue your journey: with the city tour of Jaipur- visiting Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry- pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world, having 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. During the tour you will also have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.
Overnight at hotel
 
DAY 03: JAIPUR – RANTHOMBORE - (200KMS) (PARK CLOSED FROM 01 JULY TO 30 SEPT)
 
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out, proceed and drive to Ranthambore. Ranthambore National Park is about 4 hours drive away from Jaipur. The route is scenic with agriculture fields on both sides of the roads. This park is very famous for its tiger population. you will came across spotted deer grazing, Grey heron in breeding plumage Sambars, Chinkaras playing in the grass wild boars, majestic & pretty birds including Shikra, Black shouldered kite, Buzzard, Brahminy Duck, Storks and jackals as well lazy cats and hope to see Royal Bengal Tiger. There are now more than 41 tigers in Ranthambore 1394 sq. kms. (Official figures suggest count of 41) and residing in the core area of 400 sq kms which is accessible to visitors. The park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora - species list includes 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, 272 birds, 12 reptiles including the Marsh Crocodile & amphibians and 30 mammals are in plenty too. a thousand Chitals, 800 Nilgai, one rattle and sloth bear, many Sambars, few Chinkaras grazing, a blackbuck and many crocodiles & python also. The birds like cormorants, Miniwets, darters, drongos lapwings, onoles, cormorants, kingfishers, stone, curlews and eagles, and thousands of peacocks and peahens.
The landscape is dotted with ancient Banyan Trees, Dhok & Pipal trees, clusters of mango trees and crisscrossed with evergreen belts. Ranthambore Fort- the monuments are in well-kept condition and worth visiting. One can have a marvelous view of the lake and Ranthambore National Park from top of the fort. The Fort is situated inside the Ranthambore National Park, which is 15 Km far from Sawai Madhopur Railway Station. The massive battlements encloses one of India's most ancient forts (built in 944 A.D.), vast in size, encompassing an area of nearly 7 km in circumference.
Evening game drive in the Ranthambore National Park (Not included in the quote) 1430hrs: EVENING GAME DRIVE Afternoon game drive in exclusive Canter (20 Seater open bus) into the Park where your naturalist will talk to you about the wildlife found in this Park. And if you are lucky you will spot the tiger! 1800 hrs: Return to the Hotel.
Overnight at hotel
 
DAY O4- RANTHAMBORE- FATEHPUR SIKRI- AGRA (300 KMS)
 
0630 hrs: Early Morning Game Drive. (Not included in the quote) Early morning Game Drive in Canter (20 Seater open bus) into the Park where your naturalist will talk to you about the wildlife found in this Park. Ranthambore National Park is probably the best place in the world to see wild tigers and is the only dry deciduous tiger habitat in the world. In game drive your naturalist will help you explore the park in the search of The Royal Bengal Tiger. 1000 hrs: Return to the Hotel. 1030 hrs; breakfast Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Agra (05½ hours) en-route visit to Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted red sandstone city was built by Emperor Akbar in 1571 AD in honor of the famous Sufi saint, Salim Chishti. The Mughal capital for only 14 years until abandoned due to lack of water, the buildings are blending Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture.
Agra: Agra was the capital of the Mughals during the 16th and 17th centuries. The emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan governed their vast empires from here and as prolific builders; artisans from Persia, Central Asia and other parts of India were attracted by their patronage. The resulting luxurious palaces, tombs, forts and gardens dot the picturesque reverie region along the Yamuna River; three of which, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Itmad ud Daula (baby Taj).
Check in at hotel and later proceed for your sightseeing tour which starts from Agra fort, situated on the west bank of the Yamuna River, this imposing red sandstone Fort was started in 1565 by Akbar. The fort surrounded by a moat forms a crescent along the riverfront and encompasses a huge complex of courtly buildings reflecting the varied styles of the Emperors. Wander through the lavishly decorated halls, courtyards and galleries discovering hidden pavilions and alcoves while getting a glimpse of the Taj Mahal at a distance. Later visit the Taj Mahal, the world's greatest monument to love and devotion. Built by the emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite wife Mumtaz, its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship took 20,000 workers almost 22 years to complete in 1653. (Closed on Fridays)
Overnight at hotel
 
DAY 05 AGRA –DELHI (220 KMS)
 
Enjoy your breakfast, this morning at the hotel, and proceed to visit Itmad ud Daula. This tomb was built in 1622 for Ghiyas Beg, father of Empress Noor-Jahan, the wife of Emperor Jahangir. It is beautifully conceived in white marble, mosaic and lattice and set a precedent as the first Mughal building to be faced with white marble inlaid with contrasting stones. Sometimes also called 'Baby Taj', it is small, intimate and has a gentle serenity.
Also visit Sikandra. The sandstone and marble tomb of Akbar, the greatest of the Mughal emperors, lies in a peaceful garden 4 km northwest of Agra. Its construction was begun by Akbar himself but completed by his son Jahangir in 1613.The southern gateway, the most impressive part of the complex, is made of red sandstone inlaid with abstract patterns in white marble. The tomb itself has four stories, three of red sandstone and the fourth of marble. True to Akbar's philosophy of a single unifying religion, his tomb shows a blend of motifs and styles of various religions.
After sightseeing of Agra proceed to Delhi. Delhi, the capital city of India lying along the River Yamuna, Seven cities have existed here since the 10th century, ruled over by a succession of Rajputs, Turks, Afghans, Mughals and the British. Delhi is two cities in one; the Old Delhi of the Mughals, created by Shah Jahan after moving his Capital from Agra in 1638 AD is still a medieval district of narrow lanes, forts, mosques and bazaars. The second, New Delhi, built by the British between 1911 and 1931 and characterized by Sir Edwin Lutyens' architecture, is a spacious and well-designed metropolis of broad avenues, grand imperial buildings and landscaped gardens. New Delhi is a green city with its tree lined avenues, parks and natural forest and one of the City's hidden delights is the picturesque Lodi Gardens set around Mughal tombs and it is home to a number of museums including the national Museum, the Museum of Modern art, the Museum of Natural History and the creative Arts and Crafts Museum where artisans can be seen at work.
Overnight at hotel
 
DAY 06 DELHI
 
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, and proceed drive through South Delhi to visit Qutub Minar, which is a World Heritage site and one of the most historically monument in Delhi. This 234 feet high tower was built in 1193 at the time of the foundation of Islamic rule in India. Drive past the Bhai Temple, a serene marble structure of near perfect proportions. Later, visit one of the most inspirational monuments of Delhi's past the Humayun's Tomb .This Tomb was built in 1565 by a Persian architect. Surrounded by well maintained gardens it is a wonderfully serene site. Drive onto Rajpath, a two mile long avenue originally the focal point of British India and now used for parades; lined with ornamental canals the views in both directions are imposing. Drive past India Gate, built to commemorate the Indian and British soldiers who died in World War I, Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhawan. Standing at the crest of Raisina Hill, Lutyen's 20th Century architectural masterpiece was built for the viceroy during British rule and is now the President's residence. Visit the Birla Mandir as it is popularly known which enshrines Lord Vishnu, situated at the heart of the city. Afterwards in Old Delhi previously known as Shahjahanabad, take a cycle rickshaw through the chaotic, noisy and bustling markets of Chandni Chowk, where trading continues in the maze of shops as it has done over the Centuries.
Departure transfer at airport
 
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