Day 1: Delhi. Arrive in Delhi either late night or early morning, meet our representative at airport for assistance. Transfer to hotel and relax.
Day 2: Delhi. Delhi stands on seven successive cities and is one of the oldest cities in the world. This history helps one appreciate the scale of the sprawling metropolis. It’s a quintessential Indian city, marrying the ancient with the cosmopolitan. Revel in marvelous shopping, a treasure trove of architectural monuments, some of the swankiest restaurants in India and heavenly street food. Enjoy a full day city tour of Delhi. Visit Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Humayun's Tomb, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate and Raj Ghat. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Delhi – Agra. Agra is famous as being home to one of the seven wonders of the world - the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid remainder of the capital in the 17th centuries. Morning drive to Agra en-route visiting Sikandra. Sikandra houses Emperor Akbar's Mausoleum and is just 4 kms from Agra. On arrival in Agra, check into the hotel. In afternoon, visit the world famous Taj Mahal built
by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 A.D. to enshrine his Queen Mumtaz Mahal's mortal remains. Later, visit the Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of Public and Private Audience.
Day 4: Agra - Ranthambore. Morning drive to Ranthambore en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri. See the beautiful Jama Masjid/The Buland Darwaza, palace of Queen Jodha Bai, Birbal's Palace. On arrival at Ranthambore, check in to your hotel. The Ranthambore Tiger Sanctuary is one of the fine examples of the "Project Tiger" conservation efforts. Nestled in the Aravali hills lies Ranthambore National Park, a haven for the adventure seeker and the wildlife watcher. The park boasts some of the best wildlife sightings Asia has to offer. The park has three major lakes, Rajbaugh, Milak talao and Padam talao, which serve as watering holes for the animals. The imposing Ranthambore fort adds to the grandeur of the park. Among the animals, birds and reptiles that can be spotted in Ranthambore are the tiger, the sambar, leopard, chinkara, blue bull, chital, jackal, hyena, caracal, fox, jungle cat, sloth bear, ratel, langur and wild boar. The park is also home to over 300 species of bird - like parakeets, peafowl, storks, partridges, egrets, eagles, flycatchers, owls and migratory varieties in the winter months that include the greylag goose, black eagle, ruddy shelduck, pintails. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5: Ranthambore. Full day to explore the park. You will be accompanied by a naturalist for morning and evening safari. Stay for overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Ranthambore - Jaipur. Morning drive to Jaipur. Evening visit to Chokhi Dhani, an ethnic village resort. The vitality of Rajasthani folk culture comes alive as children dance rhythmically to the loud tenor of folk songs sung by men and women, festooned in bright clothes. Gaily caparisoned camel, horses and bullock carts offer joy rides. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 7: Jaipur. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel and leave for a half-day sightseeing tour to the hilltop fortress at Amer. Ascend the imposing fort on a painted elephant. In the afternoon, tour the old walled city of Jaipur. Founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II, this ‘pink city’ is meticulously constructed on the lines of the Shilpa-Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. Visit the unique Jantar Mantar Observatory situated in the heart of the city. Built in the 1700's AD, it still looks futuristic. Nearby is the ornate Hawa Mahal. The old City Palace and its museum display a rare fusion of Mughal and Hindu architecture, and house a rare collection of paintings, Rajasthani armory and costumes. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Jaipur - Jodhpur. After an early morning breakfast, drive to Jodhpur, halting at Osian. Osian’s ancient Jain and Vaishnava temples reflect the grandeur of Indian temple architecture. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Jodhpur. After breakfast at the hotel, leave for a sightseeing tour of the erstwhile capital of Marwar, the southwestern region of Rajasthan. From the imposing Mehrangarh fort to the delicate wrought Jharokhas of the havelis, the citadel has some of the finest examples of Rajput masonry. At the foot of the
fort, lies the “Jaswanth Thada”, a richly carved white marble cenotaph. Take an afternoon jeep safari to the picturesque Bishnoi villages to experience rustic Rajasthani life. The drive through the countryside abounds with black bucks and chinkaras grazing serenely and migratory birds dot the skies. Stay for overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Jodhpur - Udaipur. After breakfast leave for Udaipur. En-route visit the Jain temples of Ranakpura, famous for their intricate friezes and sculptures. Dating back to the 15th century, the temple’s 29 halls are supported by 1444 pillars, none of which are similar. Later in the day arrive at enchanting, medieval city of Udaipur and check-in to your hotel. Udaipur built over two and a half centuries ago by Maharana Jagat Singh II, this fairytale palace is probably one of the most romantic hotels in the world. Enjoy a leisurely late afternoon cruise on the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola. Walk around the fountain pavilions and cobbled gardens of the famous Jag Mandir Island Palace. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11: Udaipur. Let the glorious sunrise dazzle you at breakfast. Morning excursion to the famous temple complex of Eklingji and Nagda, which enshrines the deity of the Mahranas of Mewar. Spend the rest of the day exploring this charming lake city by car. Wander through the opulent City Palace grounds and the museum, which are a testament to the valor and chivalry of the Mewar rulers. Visit the Jagdish temple on the shores of Lake Pichola. The Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir is a treasure house of Rajasthani folk culture. The breathtaking beauty of the lakes - Pichola and Fateh Sagar truly makes Udaipur an oasis in the desert. Return to hotel after city drive. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Udaipur - Mumbai. After breakfast transfer to airport to board flight to Mumbai, on arrival check in hotel. Afternoon visit Gateway of India and Elephanta Islands. Overnight at hotel. Mumbai, hub of India and a favorite amongst foreigners from all parts of the world, Mumbai formerly known as Bombay is the capital of the state of Maharashtra and the most populous city of India. Well known for its nightlife, Bombay invites its citizens and guests for a rollicking time at nights in a variety of cheap and elaborate clubs, bars and discos. Common attractions in the city include the long stretch of sea in the town called Marine Drive, popular amongst college students and couples which finish with Chowpatty Beach at one end. There is also the Gateway of India which is the most recognizable symbol of the city, the Elephanta Caves and the Sanjay Gandhi National Park which is situated in the city itself.
Day 13: Mumbai. After breakfast full day city sightseeing of Mumbai including Crawford Market, Prince of Wales Museum, Chowpatty Beach, Gateway of India and Elephanta Islands. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: Mumbai – Aurangabad – Mumbai. Early in the morning depart to board flight to Aurangabad for full day excursion to Ajanta Caves. In the evening board flight to Mumbai. Overnight at Mumbai hotel.
Day 15: Mumbai – Goa. In the morning depart to board the flight to Goa. On arrival check in to your hotel and later go for half day sightseeing. Goa is known as "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist Paradise", it is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers around the world. But then, Goa is much more than just beaches and sea. It has a soul which goes deep into unique history, rich culture and some of the prettiest natural scenery that India has to offer.
Days 16 - 18: Goa. Enjoy full day at the beach.
Day 19: Goa - Delhi. After breakfast at the hotel board the morning flight to Delhi. Rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 20: Departure from India.
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