Day 01 / Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling
metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present.
It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an
ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.
Meet assist at the airport and transfer to hotel. Night stay
Day 02 / Delhi
After breakfast gear up for your visit of Old & New Delhi
OLD DELHI - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting
the Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi is one of
the most visited sites in Delhi. It consists of a simple square
black-marble platform that stands on the spot where Mahatma Gandhi
was cremated. Nearby, there are cremation sites of Jawaharlal
Nehru - the first Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, Sanjay
Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri. Jama Masjid - the
largest mosque in India. Red Fort - One of the most spectacular
pieces of Mughal Architecture is the Lal Quila or the Red Fort.
Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648,
the Red Fort has walls extending up to 2 kms. in length with
the height varying from 18 mts. on the river side to 33 mts.
on the city side. Chandni Chowk - a place that has a history
of about 400 years. More evidences of the ancient times that
once existed in old Delhi can be found out by winding through
the labyrinthine lanes of Chandni Chowk in a rickshaw. The pleasure
associated with the Rickshaw Ride here is ultimate. The rickshaw
rides gives the passengers an opportunity to see a different
prospective of Chandni Chowk, which is otherwise only regarded
as one of the favourite shopping avenues of Delhi.
NEW DELHI - An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would
include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive
along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India
Gate -was built by Edwin Lutyens to pay homage to the Indian
soldiers who died in the World War I and the Afgan War. Closely
looking at the walls of India Gate would let you know the names
of 90,000 soldiers who died during the World War I, the Afgan
War and the North-West Frontier operations. The structure was
finally completed in the year 1931. India Gate was originally
called the All India War Memorial., Laxmi Narayan Temple also
known as Birla Temple - one of the landmarks in the nation’s
capital New Delhi. It was built in the 20th century by the Birla
family of industrialists known for its many other temples in
India. It is modern in concept and construction. It attracts
several devotees and international tourists. The presiding deity
here is Lakshmi Narayan (Vishnu), Parliament House, the President's
Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.
The evening is free to be spent at your leisure. Night stay in
Day 03 / Delhi - Varanasi ( By flight )
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Varanasi-said
to be the India’s most sacred city situated on the western
bank of the holy river Ganga. It is also the oldest living city
in the world. As a place for devotion and worship, with hundreds
of temples dotting the city , sunrise on the river front as seen
from a boat can be a spiritually uplifting sight. It has a fascination
uniquely its own, a quality of sublime beauty, a timeless eternal
appeal. Varanasi is the city which cannot be described, only
experienced. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel. Evening view “Aarti” ceremony
on the Ghats. Night stay in Varanasi.
Day 04 / Varanasi
Morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of
life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Later excursion to Sarnath,
10kms & East of Varanasi, is the place where Buddha chose
to deliver his first sermon. The celebrated Mantra, 'Buddham
Sharanam Gachhami', owes its origin to Sarnath. On the day
before his death Buddha included Sarnath along with Lumbini,
Bodh Gaya and Kushinagar as the four places he thought to be
sacred to his followers. It makes Sarnath one of the most venerated
Buddhist places. Besides Buddhism, Sarnath is also connected
with Jainism. There are many Buddhist monuments and edifices
in Sarnath. Some of the important Buddhist monuments at Sarnath
are the Dhamekha stupa, the Chaukhandi stupa and monasteries
and temples of different schools of Buddhism from Japan, China,
Thailand, Burma and others. The Indian Buddhist society called Mahabodhi
Society maintains a park around the Buddha temple. The Mahabodhi
Temple within the park has a tooth relic of the Buddha.There is also
a vast expanse of ancient ruins at Sarnath. Several Buddhist structures
were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century
AD, and today it presents the most expansive ruins amongst places
on the Buddhist trail. The Ashoka pillar of Sarnath is the National
emblem of India. Also visit the deer park and the museum and later
back to Varanasi . Night stay in Varanasi
Day 05 / Varanasi - Khajuraho ( By flight )
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Khajuraho
.Arrive Khajuraho & transfer to hotel. The legendary temples
of khajuraho are an incomparable experience. Acknowledged as
one of the world’s artistic wonders, these temples dedicated
to the Hindu pantheon of Gods are covered in carvings that
are a paean to life and love. Built within a short span of
a hundred years by the Chandela Rajputs, the 10th century temples
lay forgotten until they were discovered in the present century.
Khajuraho has achieved fame for the sensual appeal of its erotic
sculptures. Evening free at leisure. Night stay in Khajuraho.
Day 06 / Khajuraho
The fascinating temples of Khajuraho, India's unique gift of
love to the world, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, were built
between 950 and 1050 A.D. The divine sculptures in these temples,
are a tribute to Life itself, embodying everything that is
sublime and spontaneous about it. The murals depict the life
and times of the Chandelas, and celebrate the erotic state
of being. They not only testify to the mastery of the craftsman,
but also to the extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela
Rajputs under whose reign, these temples were constructed.
The temples are grouped into three geographical divisions :
western, eastern and southern. After breakfast explore the
Western, eastern and southern temples of khajuraho while your
guide explains the intricate meaning and legends behind each
Kandariya Mahadeo: This is the largest, and most typical Khajuraho
temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it soars 31 m high. The sanctum
enshrines a lingam, while the main shrine is ornately carved
and depicts various gods, goddesses, apsaras (heavenly maidens)
in elaborate detail.
Chaunsat Yogini: The oldest surviving temple in the group (900
A.D.), this is the sole granite temple dedicated to Goddess Kali.
Another Kali temple, which was originally dedicated to Lord Vishnu,
is the Devi Jagdambe temple.
Chitragupta Temple: Dedicated to the sun-god, Surya, this temple
faces eastwards to the rising sun.
Vishwanath Temple: The temple enshrines a three-headed image
of Lord Brahma. Lions guard the northern entrance to the structure,
while elephants flank the southern flight of steps that lead
upto it. A Nandi bull faces the shrine.
Lakshamana Temple: The lintel over the entrance of this temple
dedicated to Lord Vishnu, shows the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu
and Shiva with Goddess Lakshmi, Vishnu's consort. The sanctum
is adorned with a three-headed idol of Vishnu's incarnations,
Narasimha and Varaha.
Matangeshwara Temple: This temple, which happens to be outside
the precincts of the western group, is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
It boasts of an eight feet high lingam. Eastern Group
Parsavanatha Temple: The largest in the group of three Jain temples,
the Parsavanath image in this temple, was installed in 1860.
Ghantai Temple: This Jain temple has a frieze depicting the 16
dreams of Mahavira's mother, and a Jain goddess perched on a
Adinatha Temple: The last of the Jain temples, is dedicated to
the Jain saint, Adinatha, and is gorgeously adorned with sculptures
of yakshis among others.
The three Hindu temples in this group are the Brahma temple,
which has a four-faced lingam, The Vamana temple which is embellished
with images of ravishing apsaras at their alluring best; and
finally the Javari temple, with its ornate gateway and lavish
Duladeo Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the highlights of this
temple are the sensuous images of the apsaras, and other exquisite
sculptures. Chaturbhuj Temple: This temple sports a huge, elaborately
carved image of Vishnu in the sanctum. Night stay in Khajuraho.
Day 07 / Khajuraho - Orchha ( By road approx approx 180kms/ 04Hrs
) Jhansi - Agra ( By Superfast train Dep. 1755Hrs Arrv. 2025Hrs
Morning drive to Jhansi enroute visiting Orchha - grandeur has
been captured in stone, frozen in time, a rich legacy to the
ages. In this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly
and the palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers in the
16th and 17th centuries retain much of their pristine perfection.,
Continue drive to Jhansi & transfer to railway station to
board the train to Agra . Arrive Agra & transfer to hotel.
Night stay in Agra.
Day 08 / Agra - Jaipur ( By road approx 235kms/ 05Hrs ) enroute
visit Fatehpur Sikri
Morning at sunrise visit the magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the
seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression
of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to
build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife, Also visit
Agra Fort - the rusty and majestic red- sandstone fort of Agra
stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction
was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall
of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with
a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard
public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience)
where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience,
the Emperor sat on his gem-studded peacock Throne and met foreign
ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. After lunch drive
to Jaipur - en route visit Fatehpur Sikri, a perfectly preserved
Mughal city built at the height of the empire's splendor. Arrive
Jaipur & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 09 / Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant Ride ascent to the
AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani
fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592,
and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior
belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and
Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression. Continue sight-seeing.
CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani
architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the
area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind
Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of
the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts
of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical
instruments is still in use.
HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is
a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures
of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and
elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built
in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for
the palace women. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 10 / Jaipur - Jodhpur ( By road approx 325Kms / 07Hrs)
Morning drive to Jodhpur -set on the edge of the world famous
vast Thar Desert of Rajasthan, the sun city of Jodhpur is like
a retreat in the vast desert. It is dotted with remarkable
architectural brilliances including fantastic forts, elegant
palaces, grand havelis, terrific temples and breathtakingly
beautiful gardens. The city is also known for its superb handicrafts,
exotic festivals and folk music & dances. It is capable
to impress everyone with its various attractions . Arrive & transfer
to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Jodhpur.
Day 11 / Jodhpur
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for city sight seeing tour
of Jodhpur visit the Mehrangarh Fort - Mehrangarh is the most
major landmark of Jodhpur. One can’t imagine Jodhpur
without Mehrangarh Fort. It isa living testimony of the military
might of Rajputs. This mammoth fort is located on a 125 m high
hill. It is 5 km long. The forts contain several elegant palaces
which are also strongly capable to enchant its visitors. Moti
Mahal (Pearl Palace), Janki Mahal, Royal Darbar Takht, Rang
Mahal (Color Palace), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), Phool Mahal
(Flower Palace), Chandan Mahal and many more are some major
attractions of this mammoth Mehrangarh Fort. The majestic Mehrangarh
Fort also houses a rich museum. Government Museum - Enriched
with a rich collection of armory, textiles, local crafts, miniatures
and images of Jain Tirthankaras, the Government Museum is located
in the breathtakingly beautiful Umaid Garden. Also visit Jaswant
Thada -Like Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant
Thada is also popular among tourists. It is the 19th century
royal cenotaph. It is a shrine which was built in the memory
of Maharaja Jaswant II in the year of 1899. Jaswant Thada is
enriched and impressive with its breathtakingly beautiful gardens,
Girdikot and Sardar Market - Jodhpur tour also offers you a
brilliant shopping opportunity in the markets of Jodhpur. Girdikot
and Sardar Market are famous shopping areas of Jodhpur. Here
you can purchase handicrafts, jewellery, and many Rajasthani
goods. After visting all these places return to hotel. Night
stay in Jodhpur.
Day 12 / Jodhpur - Udaipur ( ( By road approx 265Kms/ 06Hrs)
enroute visit Ranakpur
Morning drive to Udaipur. Enroute visiting Ranakpur - is a captivating
village which is located between the cities of Jodhpur and Udaipur.
It lies in the Pali district of Rajasthan and is known for the
spectacular range of Jain temples that can be found here. Ranakpur
is a pilgrim destination which is indispensable in the itinerary
of a tourist who is on his pilgrim tour of north India. Gather
some important facts about Ranakpur that will prove to be of
great help before you set out for a tour to this place. Arrive
Udaipur in the evening & transfer to hotel. Night stay in
Day 13 / Udaipur
Morning city sight seeing tour of Udaipur. The city is built
in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described
as the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col.
James Todd. Visit the City Palace museum, The City Palace,
one of the largest palaces in the world, can be approached
through the Bari Pol or the Great Gate (1600) with the royal
drums and then onto the Tripolia Gate (1725). The Tripolia
is a triple gate made of marble arches. Between these two gates
are eight carved toranas or archways under which the maharanas
were weighed against gold and silver which was later distributed
to the poor subjects. Popular entertainment like elephant fights
took place in the court beyond the Tripolia Gate. Bhartiya
Lok Kala Mandir ( Folk art museum) The interesting collection
exhibited by this Indian folk arts museum includes folk dresses,
ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments,
folk deities and paintings. Also visit the Pratap Memorial.
A stop the Moti Magri or Pearl Hill, overlooking the Fateh
Sagar Lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap
with a bronze statue of the Maharana astride his favorite horse"Chetak".Night
stay in Udaipur.
Day 14 / Udaipur - Bombay ( By flight )
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Bombay.
Arrive Bombay & transfer to hotel. Later half day city tour
of Bombay, political capital of Maharashtra, and commercial capital
of India, Mumbai is many cities in one. As the world's largest
textiles market, a major industrial centre and the country's
busiest port handling over 40 percent of India's maritime trade,
it contributes around 50 percent of the national exchequer. Bombay's
colonial legacy is the Gateway of India. Built to commemorate
the royal visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1911 but only completed
in 1924, the gateway is a combination of European and Indian
ceremonial architecture. The last British troops marched out
through this gate when India became independent in 1947. Today
it is a favorite haunt of tourists. Night stay in Bombay.
Day 15 / Bombay - Goa ( By flight )
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Goa - abounds
with famous churches and temples and a harmonious co-existence
prevails between people of various faith. Irrespective of whether
they are Catholic, Hindu or Muslim, many Goans prostrate in
symbiotic reverence before deities of other faiths than the
one they profess. Religion dwells in the hearts of Goans wherever
in the world they may. Arrive Goa & transfer to hotel.
Evening at leisure. Night stay in Goa.
Day 16 / Goa
After breakfast, proceed on a half day sightseeing tour of Goa,
visiting Miramar Beach - also known as Gaspar Dias is a lovely
golden beach of soft sand griddled with palm trees facing the
blue Arabian Sea, where River Mandovi meets the Arabian Sea
and a thick grove of shady palms form a dense canopy over the
area. The word 'Miramar' in Portuguese stands for viewing the
sea. On account of its good location, the Miramar Beach Goa
is ideal for evening walks. The tourists can spend a nice time
in the Palm shaded area that is quite captivating for the tourists
visiting the Miramar beach Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus - basically
means "Good Jesus" and is used for Jesus when he
was an infant. The Bom Jesus church was constructed around
1695 and it became an important milestone in the historical
legacy of Christianity. St. Francis Xavier was a member of
the Society of Jesus who preached the enlightening teachings
of Christianity when he came to India along with the Portuguese.
While on a voyage to China from India, he died on the ship
on 2nd December, 1552 and the city of Panjim -bustling with
shops and tourists. The afternoon is at leisure to relax on
the beach. Laze on the beach, go for swim, explore the shops
for cashewnuts, buy holiday wear or take an optional tour visiting "Goa
of the past"- a mackup village which portrays Goa what
it was 100 years ago .Night stay in Goa.
Day 17 / Goa
Day at leisure. Laze on the beach, go for swim, explore the shops
for cashewnuts, buy holiday wear. Night stay in Goa.
Day 18 / Goa - Delhi ( By flight )
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight to Delhi.Arrive & transfer
to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 19 / Delhi - Departure
Day at leisure or explore the markets for shopping etc. Later
transfer to airport for onward flight.