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Exotic Beaches and Ancient Caves with Taj Mahal, Lake City and Camel Safari

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 - 20 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 50 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1499 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2750 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Delhi (Arrival). Fly from your country to Delhi – The Political and Cultural Capital of Incredible India. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative or your leader will be waiting for you in the arrival hall located after passing out of the customs area and beyond the airport travel desks and exchange counters.

Look out for the Peregrine signboard. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 45 minutes. Most flights arrive in Delhi in the late evening so the rest of the day is at leisure. If you have arrived early your leader will brief you with sightseeing options.

Day 2: Old and New Delhi. After breakfast in the morning at the hotel leave for full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. Drive into the heart of India’s Capital to explore Old Delhi visiting the famous Jamia Masjid, walk through the Chandini Chowk and India’s oldest and busiest market, Sish Ganj gurudwara, Enjoy rickshaw ride in narrow alleys of old Delhi through Kinari Bazaar and the 400 years old Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, stop for photos at the colorful market before finishing the Victorian Cannaught Place – One of the most prominent architectural remnants of British Rule.

Later visit Birla Temple, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple (Lakshminarayan Temple), Humanyu Tomb, Crematory of Mahatma Gandhi, Parliament House, Presidential House, India Gate, Government buildings and Qutab Minar and other countless monuments. In the evening you will have time for shopping activities. Return to the Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3: New Delhi - Agra (230 km, 04 hours). After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Agra. Arrive in the city of Love and commitment. Check into the hotel. After change and wash visit one of the wonders of the world, Taj Mahal (monument of love) - built by 5th great Mughal Emperor Shahi Jahan in the memory as mausoleum of his beloved queen Anjuman Bano Begum (with love emperor called her Mumtaz).

After her death in 1627 AD, in her memory emperor started to built Taj Mahal Taj means crown and Mahal means Palace, so it is Crown Palace) from 1631 to 1653 AD with 22000 labors working since sun rise to sun set in 22 years. It is the romantic origin of Taj as much as its architectural splendor that has led to its fame worldwide.

Actually an integrated complex of many structures The Taj Mahal is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, itself a combination of Islamic, Hindu, Persian and Turkish elements. Built in pure white marble which was transported from Makrana in Rajasthan by the help of animals Taj Mahal is one of the man made wonder’s of the world. Later in the day visit Agra Fort which was built by three emperors, Akbar and Jahangir in red sand stone and Shahi Jahan in white marble.

The Fort is 2.5 km long and during Mughal rule 1/3rd of the Fort was occupied by the army. When British ruled India, they repeated same tradition and now traditionally Indian army has occupied the same. Afterwards visit Itma-ud-ullha the baby Taj. Return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (240 km, 05 hours). After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Jaipur. Enroute visit one of the most important places of Mughal Era – The Fatehpur Sikri – the abandoned Mughal Kingdom, founded by Akbar in 1569 AD as a ceremonial capital. But unfortunately this magnificent city was abandoned due to scarcity of drinking water and Akbar went back to Agra.

Walk the aisles of the Jama Masjid mosque, entered by way of the impressive Victory Gate, and lose yourself in the throngs of pilgrims at the tomb of the Sufi saint Salim Chisti, his white marble-encased tomb enclosed within the Jama mosque's central courtyard. Considered the crowning architectural legacy of Akbar (who also built the Red Fort) and still almost perfectly preserved, today the site is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Continue your drive to Jaipur. This historic city was founded by Maharaja Swai Jai Singh in 1727 AD after shifting his capital from Amber valley to newly formed and planned city of its time after consulting so many maps of the world and finally organized own religious map Shilpa Shastra with the help of a young Bengali architect Vidyadhar Batacharya.

Maharaja Swai Jai Singh was a builder, astronomer, astrologer, soldier, and philosopher. Presently, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and is world famous as the Pink City. Wide-avenued Jaipur is one of the most important heritage cities in India, and home to India’s second most visited site.

Arrive and your first Stop will be at Amber Fort where from Elephants will carry you to the famous Amber Fort, the elephant ride gives you the experience and impression of how Maharajas and royal family members were using the services of elephants. Visit the Amber Fort. Later drive ahead and check into your hotel. Evening is for your leisure activities. Overnight stay is at Hotel.

Day 5: Jaipur. After breakfast in the morning at the hotel go for a full day sightseeing of the beautiful historic Pink City. You will visit the marvelous City Palace – the current generation of the Maharajas (King) still live here, Museum, Astrological Observatory, Hawa Mahal (wind palace) where from royal ladies were watching daily processions and daily life.

Constructed of red and pink sandstone highlighted with white lime, the five-storied facade is peppered with 953 small windows. The breeze (hawa) that comes through the windows keeps it cool even in hot months, and gives the palace its name. Evening is for shopping in the busy streets and some excellent souvenir shops. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6: Jaipur – Pushkar/Ajmer. After breakfast in the morning you have time for leisure activities. Later check out and drive to Ajmer. The 14 km onward drive through the Snake Mountains will reach you to Pushkar. Pushkar is one of the places with highly prestigious sites for both Hindu and Muslim Religions in the world. While Pushkar is known for the only temple in the world of Lord Brahma- the god of creation, Ajmer is globally known for the Mazaar of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty.

People come to pray to the lords for the fulfillment of their desires, it is said whoever visit these places in their lifetimes their desires gets fulfilled soon. It is also known as Tirth Raj- the Raj (king) of pilgrim center. No pilgrimages of Hindu or Muslims are considered to be complete until the pilgrim bathes in the sacred waters of Pushkar Lake or he presents a holy sheet at the Dargaah (Muslim shrine). Indeed Pushkar is so sacred that no eggs, meat or alcohols are allowed within the city.

Arrive and check into the hotel/dessert resort, enjoy the traditional Rajasthani Folk Music, Dance, Puppet shows. Later take Camel ride on the nearby sand dunes Pushkar also hold biggest annual Camel and Craft Fair, which is known all over the world. In the evening visit the Lake, Temple or the Mazaar or carry on with the leisure activities. Overnight stay is at the Hotel/Desert resort.

Day 7: Pushkar – Udaipur. In the morning after breakfast at the hotel/resort check out and drive to Udaipur. Popularly known as the “Venice of the East”, Udaipur is famous worldwide for its plethora of breathtaking lakes and Raj-era palaces. Most famous of these, and certainly the most photographed, is the Lake Palace, an island-palace where the white marble buildings (now a hotel) entirely cover a small island in Pichola Lake.

Originally known as the Jag Niwas, the palace took three years to build and was inaugurated in 1746. The city’s lakes—Pichola Lake, Fateh Sagar, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar—are considered among the most beautiful in Rajasthan at an altitude of 577 MSL surrounded by the Aravalli Hills. Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 AD, (Maha means great and Rana means warrior, so Maharana means a great warrior). Arrive and check in at the hotel. Evening is free for leisure activities in and around the hotel in this beautiful city of lakes. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 8: Udaipur. After breakfast in the morning at the hotel go for full day sightseeing of Udaipur visiting The City Palace, Jagdish Temple built in 1651 AD, Fatehsagar Lake, and Sahalion Ki Bari (the Garden of Maidens). Afternoon enjoy Boat Ride in Lake Pichola to visit Jagmandir Island. Later in the evening enjoy exciting cultural folk dances of Rajasthan at Meera Kala Mandir. Return to Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 9: Udaipur – Goa (Flight). After breakfast at the hotel check out and transfer to the airport to take your flight to Goa (via Mumbai). Arrive Goa, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to the hotel/resort for check in. rest of the day is free for leisure activities in and around the hotel. Enjoy the evening on the beautiful sand beaches of Goa. Overnight stay is at the hotel/resort.

Day 10: Goa. After breakfast at the hotel the day is free for your own leisure activities. Take a stroll around the scenic beaches of Goa , or engage yourself in the fun filled water sports adventure activities or relax in the resort. In the evening you may go for the Boat Cruise on the river Mandovi and spend the entire evening on the boat hosting the colorful gala music and dance show. Return back to the hotel/resort for Overnight stay.

Day 11: Goa. After breakfast at the hotel go for a half day sightseeing of North and South Goa visiting different beaches, different ancient churches, Old Goa, Dauna Paula, Panjim City, free shopping time to buy some souvenirs. Return back to the hotel/resort for overnight stay.

Day 12: Goa – Mumbai (Flight). After breakfast at the hotel check out and transfer to the airport to take your connecting flight to Mumbai. Mumbai is the commercial capital of India with most of the economic future platforms and hubs located there. It also portrays excellent glimpses of the early British rule. Some beautiful architectural buildings signify the culture of the British rule.

The most hustling bustling town of India has much more to offer for the tourist than only the business and economic part. You will be greeted upon arrival at Mumbai airport and transferred to the hotel for check in. Evening is free for leisure activities in and around your hotel on the beach. You may take some optional tour if required. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 13: Mumbai. After breakfast at the hotel in the morning go for a half day sightseeing of Mumbai town visiting the Gateway of India, Marine Drive, and some old British time monumental buildings. Evening is free for shopping and leisure activities. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 14: Mumbai – Aurangabad (Flight) - Ajanta Caves (1.5 hours). After breakfast at the hotel in the morning check out and transfer to the domestic airport to board connecting flight to Aurangabad to visit the world famous Ajanta caves. The Buddhist Caves of Ajanta were discovered by the British officers in 1819 while tiger hunting.

Ajanta Caves were first mentioned in the writings of the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang who visited India between A.D 629 and 645. The Caves at Ajanta are older than those at Ellora, which date from about 200 B.C to 650 A.D.

Thirty beautiful Buddhist Caves with mesmerizing sculptures and paintings depicting Buddha's life as well the lives of the Buddha in his previous births. Five of these Caves are Chaityas (Place of worship) while the other twenty-five are Viharas (monasteries). Ajanta Caves are the world’s heritage UNESCO site.

You will be received at the airport by our representative and transferred to the hotel for check in. After change and wash drive for 1.5 hrs from Aurangabad so as to reach the Ajanta Caves. Till evening you can explore the Ajanta caves. Return to the hotel in Aurangabad for overnight stay.

Day 15: Aurangabad – Ajanta caves – Aurangabad. After breakfast at the hotel in the morning you will be taken for a full day excursion tour of Ajanta caves. After full day excursion tour return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 16: Aurangabad - Delhi (Flight) – Onwards Journey. After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and transfer to the airport to board connecting flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, depending upon your flight timings you will have time to explore the city and local markets, or transfer to the international airport to board connecting flight and fly back to your country with the everlasting memories of the magnificent glimpses of Incredible India.

Airfare is included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation on Twin Sharing basis in Dlx Roomse at various hotels/Beach resort.
- Daily breakfast at the hotels
- All Airport – Hotel - Airport Transfers (private) by A/C Dlx Car at various places
- All sightseeing as mentioned in the tour plan by chauffeur driven Air Conditioned Car at various places
- Air conditioned chauffeur driven car as per itinerary for surface travel Delhi – Agra - Jaipur - Pushkar - Udaipur / Mumbai - Aurangabad - Elora Caves
- Local English language speaking guides at all places
- All Entrances
- Portage
- Monument Fee considering Foreign Nationals at all places
- Sightseeing highlights
- Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi, All places of monumental, cultural and historic importance in Old and New Delhi
- All places of cultural, architectural and heritage importance in Pushkar / Ajmer with Camel Ride on sand dunes
- Elephant Ride on Amber Fort Jaipur.

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