Day 1: Delhi. Upon your arrival at Delhi’s International airport, our representative will greet you escort you to your hotel Imperial. One Nation, countless destinations. A land of rich heritage that's ancient. The mystique of India, its history of 5000 years, philosophy, religions, fabulous history monuments all add to its bewildering diversity to create a unique and colorful mosaic. Come, enjoy and experience it.
Day 2: Delhi. After breakfast in the hotel, tour New Delhi today, covering mausoleum of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, the 13th century Qutab Minar, a dramatic 234 feet high fluted minaret. Proceed along the majestic promenade past the imposing India Gate War memorial, Secretariat Buildings, Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India. Afternoon Old Delhi sightseeing, visit the spectacular Red Fort with its Pearl Mosque and exquisite audience halls; the Mahatma Gandhi memorial and the mile long Chandni Chowk bazaar and the Jama Masjid. Enjoy a tricycle ride on the narrow lanes of Old Delhi. Overnight at hotel Imperial.
Day 3: Delhi–Varanasi. After the breakfast in Hotel you are transferred to airport for flight to Varanasi. Meeting on arrival in Varanasi and transfer to your Hotel. Varanasi, the holy city, is often called as “the heartbeat of India” and is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Pilgrims from all over India come to this city of redemption to wash away their sins or to immerse the ashes of their ancestors in the sacred river. Later enjoy the tour of Varanasi Temples. Temples form the major source of attraction in this ancient city. The banks of the Ganges considered to be a sacred river by the Hindus, are the center of much of the religious activity that occurs in the city. You’ll walk through narrow lanes flanked with shops selling silks and enjoy aroma of exotic spices, flowers and incense permeating the air. Overnight at hotel Taj Ganges.
Day 4: Varanasi–Khajurano. After an early morning breakfast in the hotel proceed to witness the Prayer Ceremony during the boat ride on the Ganges River, which presents an incredible scene as multitudes of devotees come to the river to pay homage to Sun God. Pass the bathing Ghats where thousands of pilgrims immense themselves in the holy water of the River Ganges and the burning Ghats where cremations are conducted. Early in the morning proceed to witness the Prayer Ceremony during the boat ride on the Ganges River, which presents an incredible scene as multitudes of devotees come to the river to pay homage to Sun God. Pass the bathing Ghats where thousands of pilgrims immense themselves in the holy water of the River Ganges and the burning Ghats where cremations are conducted. Return to the hotel for breakfast, later you are transferred to airport for flight to Khajuraho. Meeting on arrival in Khajuraho and transfer to your Hotel. Afternoon Visit Khajuraho Temples. Tour the spectacular temples of Khajuraho, built by the Chandela kings between the 9th and 13th centuries - intricately carved with graceful statues and friezes of gods and goddesses, the temples are exquisite, explicitly erotic and considered the most beautiful monuments in India. Overnight at hotel Taj Chandela.
Day 5: Khajurano–Agra. This morning after breakfast drive to Jhansi railway station en route visiting the temples of Orcha. Board your express train to Agra. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Overnight at hotel Jay Pee Palace.
Day 6: In Agra. This morning after breakfast visit the Agra fort, a cluster of palaces and mosque built on the bank of the river and provides awesome views of the Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan was imprisoned here by his son Aurangzeb. The Shah Jahan spent his final years gazing at the tomb he had commissioned for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Later visit the one of the finest monuments and great architecture of the marble, Taj Mahal by sunset; this 17th century mausoleum in white marble was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaj Mahal. Begun in 1631, 20,000 workers took 22 years to complete it a dream in white marble, which lies in perfect proportion to the elegant garden of fountains. It has a forecourt and a majestic entrance. The main edifice is crowned with a cupola and flanked by minarets on all four sides. Deep underneath the main structure lie the cenotaphs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan. The marble shrine surrounding them is richly decorated with precious stones. Overnight at hotel Jay Pee Palace.
Day 7: Agra–Jaipur. After breakfast, drive to Jaipur, en route stop at the walled city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Akbar the great to commemorate the birth of his son. The building of this Capital was substantially completed in 1574 but 14 years later, the city was abandoned, perhaps at the whim of an imperial favorite, and the immense labor of building the “city of victory” went for nothing. Visit the red stone mosques, courtyards and the palace where Akbar once played chess using slave girls as pawns. Overnight at hotel Jai Mahal Palace.
Day 8: In Jaipur. After breakfast this morning we make an excursion to Amber fort, which was once the capital of the Rajput Kingdom. The grandeur of its palace and the ramparts of its fort recall the glory of an older age. Ascend to the citadel on the back of a gaily-caparisoned elephant! Later we proceed to cover the remaining highlights of city. We begin with the visit to the remarkable Observatory designed and built by astronomer Prince Maharajah Jai Singh, who founded the city in 1700s. Be sure to see the 90 foot-high sundials. Then on to Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a landmark of Jaipur and the City Palace. Overnight at hotel Jai Mahal Palace.
Day 9: Jaipur–Udaipur. After breakfast in the hotel, on time transfer to Airport for your flight to Udaipur. Meeting on arrival at Udaipur and transfer to your Hotel. Rest of the morning free. Later this afternoon you will be proceed to take the sightseeing tour of Udaipur, known as one of the most picturesque and romantic cities of India. Built along the banks of Lake Pichola, the City Palace looks over the water, with the Lake Palace Hotel rising like a lotus out of the water. This architectural fantasia was once a Maharaja’s palace. Mirrored halls, ivory doors and the Peacock Courtyard are all part of the delights on offer in the Palace. Continue to the Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon ki Bari or Garden of Maids; and the folklore museum where you can see a presentation of the string puppet show typical to this area. In the evening, enjoy a scenic sunset cruise on Lake Pichola as you pass by numerous island palaces, gleaming in the sun, reflecting an era of pomp and glory. Overnight at hotel Taj Lake Palace.
Day 10: In Udaipur. Today, enjoy a full day excursion to Ranakpur Jain Temple. The intricately carved white marble is so well preserved it belies the temple’s 500 years. Built in 1439, it has 29 marble halls supported by 1444 carved pillars, none of which are alike. The Temple abounds with intricate friezes and sculptures. Another temple worth visiting is the nearby Sun Temple, an 8th century temple dedicated to the Sun God. The temple has polygonal walls, richly embellished with carvings of warriors, horses and solar deities riding splendid chariots. Overnight at hotel Taj Lake Palace.
Day 11: Udaipur-Mumbai. Morning on time you are transferred to airport for your flight to Mumbaiai. Meeting on arrival at Mumbai airport and transfer to your Hotel. Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is the capital of Maharashtra, and the commercial hub of India. It is the country’s most cosmopolitan city, an ancient port and trading center. This palm-fringed shore of the Arabian Sea was the British Empire’s entrance to its’ proudest “Crown Jewel.” A city of paradoxes, Mumbai is renowned as the country’s financial nerve center, and also an important center of theater, art, music, and classical dance. Although steeped in tradition and a rich historical past, Mumbai is a city where contemporary and modern business practices flourish. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel The Oberoi.
Day 12: In Mumbai. After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Gateway of India to board your boat to Elephanta cave. Over 1200 years old, the carving on the walls glorify the Hindu God Shiva, most intricate of them being that of Maheshmurthi – a vivid rendering of the three aspects of Supreme Being: Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer. In the afternoon enjoy the sights of the city. Mumbai is a huge and exciting hub of activity, with a fascinating blend of the exotic East and the modern West. The entire city is really an open air museum, what with different people and culture, and varying surroundings. Amongst other things, visit the Hanging Gardens, Kamla Nehru Park, Victoria Terminus, Prince of Wales Museum and drive along the Marine Drive, often called the Queen’s Necklance, and through Mumbai’s busiest commercial center, the Fort area. Overnight at hotel The Oberoi.
Day 13: Mumbai–Onwards. Breakfast in Hotel. On time transfer to the airport for your flight to your onward destination.
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