the-india-tour

Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days

Destinations: Mumbai – Aurangabad – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Jaipur – Agra – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi

Day 01: Arrive Mumbai

You are met on arrival and escorted to your pre booked hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Mumbai – Aurangabad

Morning visit the Elephanta Caves. Elephanta Caves – located across the sea from the Gateway of India and accessible by ferry is the island of Elephant that has rock-cut cave temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Little is known about their origins but they are thought to have been created between 450 and 750 AD, Other sigh seeing like Prince of Wales Museum, Marine Drive , Malabar Hill, etc. Afternoon a half-day tour of Mumbai City . Evening flight to Aurangabad . On arrival you are met and escorted to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Aurangabad

After breakfast leave for a full day tour of Ajanta caves. It was only in the 19th century, that the Ajanta group of caves, lying deep within the Sahayadri hills, cut into the curved mountain side, above the Waghore River , were discovered. A group of British officers on a hunting expedition stumbled on these ancient works of art in 1819.

Day 04: Aurangabad – Mumbai

Morning half-day tour of Ellora Caves – situated about 30km from Aurangabad , the World Heritage listed cave temples of Ellora are the pinnacles of Deccan rock-cut architecture. Over five centuries, generations of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monks carved monasteries, chapels and temples from a 2km long escarpment and decorated them with a profusion of sculptures of remarkable imagination and detail. Rest of the day is at leisure. Evening flight to Mumbai. On arrival you are met and escorted to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Mumbai – Udaipur

Morning flight to Udaipur . On arrival you are met and escorted to your hotel. Afternoon a half-day tour of Udaipur City . Evening enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight at hotel. The visit includes City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir. Lake Pichola – this placid lake was enlarged by Maharana Udai Singh II after he founded the city. He built a masonry dam, known as the Badipol and the lake is now 4km in length and 3km wide. In the lake are two islands – Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir. Boat rides on the lake especially in the evenings are very popular.

Day 06: Udaipur – Jodhpur

Morning drive to Jodhpur en route visiting Ranakpur. Drive on and check into hotel. Later a half-day tour of Jodhpur City . Overnight at hotel. Ranakpur: Ranakpur is one of the largest and most important Jain templeJain Temple, Ranakpur complex lying in a remote valley of the Aravalli ranges in Southern Rajasthan . These temples were created in the 15th century AD during the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall. They are well preserved and in near perfect condition. The main ‘ Chaumukh Temple ‘ or Four Faced Temple is dedicated to the first tirthankar (apostle) Adinath. Built in 1439, this huge superbly carved temple has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, all distinctly carved and no two alike and enshrines the four-faced image of Adinath. Rising in three storeys, the temple has four small shrines with 80 spires supported by 420 columns The visit of Jodhpur city includes Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace & Museum.

Day 07: Jodhpur – Jaipur

Morning half-day Jeep Safari to view the nearby villages. Rest of the day is at leisure. Evening flight to Jaipur. On arrival you are met and escorted to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Jaipur

Morning visit the Amber Fort. Afternoon a half-day tour of Jaipur City . Overnight at hotel. Amber Fort: located 11km north of Jaipur, this was the ancient capital of the Jaipur State . Construction of the fort-palace was begun in 1592 by Maharaja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army. Main structures include the Diwan-I-Am (Hall of Public Audience), a pillared hall with latticed galleries. The Jai Mandir or Hall of Victory is noted for its inlaid panels and glittering mirror ceiling. The Sukh Later sight seeing of Jaipur covering Hawa Mahal – or the Palace of Winds , City Palace , Jantar Mantar, etc.

Day 09: Jaipur – Bharatpur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra

Morning drive to Agra en route halting first to visit the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and then Fatehpur Sikri. Continue to Agra and check into hotel. Overnight at hotel.

BHARATPUR famous for the Bird Sanctuary, the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. It is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world inundated with over 400 species of water birds. Exotic migratory birds from Afghanistan , Central Asia , Tibet as well as Siberian cranes, and bareheaded geese from China , come here in July/August to spend the winters in warmer climate and they breed till October/November. Other common bird life to be seen are cormorants, spoonbills, storks, egrets, herons, pelicans, ibis and herons can be spotted all over the park..

Fatehpur SikriFATEHPUR SIKRI – perched atop a rocky ridge 37 km west of Agra , lies this abandoned capital of the Mughals. It was built by Akbar during 1564 AD and was the first planned city in Indo-Islamic style. The main attractions are Buland Darwaza (Great Gateway), Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), Panch Mahal (5-storeyed Palace) and Birbal’s Bhawan (the home of one of Akbar’s ministers).

Day 10: Agra

Morning a half-day tour of Agra City . Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at hotel. The tour includes the visit of Taj Mahal & Agra Fort.

Day 11: Agra – Jhansi by train – Jhansi – Orchha -Khajuraho (drive)

Morning board train to Jhansi. On arrival drive to Khajuraho en route visiting Orchha. Drive on and check into your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Khajuraho

Morning visit the famous Khajuraho Temples covering Kandariya Mahadeo, Lakshmana Temple , Varaha Temple , Mahadev Temple etc. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Fly Khajuraho – Varanasi

Afternoon flight to Varanasi . On arrival you are met and escorted to your hotel. Afternoon visit Sarnath – one of the important Buddhist centres, where Lord Buddha had preached his first sermon or in religious language, set in motion the Wheel of Law (Maha-Dharmachakra-Pravartan) enshrining the principles of his teaching into laws.

Day 14: Fly Varanasi – Delhi

Early morning Boat Cruise on River Ganges. Later a half-day tour of Varanasi City. Afternoon flight to Delhi. On arrival you are met and escorted to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Delhi

Morning leave for a fullday tour of Old & New Delhi covering Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, RajGhat , India Gate, President House & Parliament.

Evening watch the Sound & Light Show at the Red Fort. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Delhi departure

This morning have a leisurly breakfast in your hotel and free at leisure. Later transfer to the airport ontime to connect your flight for onward journey.