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Classic India Trip

Delhi * Varanasi * Khajuraho * Agra * Ranthambore * Jaipur * Udaipur * Mumbai - 14Nights/15Days


Day 01 Arrive Delhi By: International FlightIndia Gate

Arrive at Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building and transfer you to your hotel.

Delhi is India’s capital and a major gateway to the country. It is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy.

Overnight in Delhi

 

Day 02 Delhi

After breakfast, your guide will take you on the discovery tour of Delhi.

Begin the tour with a visit to unique yet fascinating experience of Old Delhi, the capital of Mughal India during 12th and 17th century. Drive past the opulent Red Fort towards the 17th century Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet. Take a private tricycle ride through the lanes of Chandni Chowk, also known as Silver Street. This is perhaps one of Delhi's most populated areas and the largest marketplace. Conclude the tour of Old Delhi with Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, father of the nation.

The discovery of New Delhi starts with a visit to Humayun’s tomb ~ the magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble, one of the finest examples of the garden tomb and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Visit Qutab Minar which is Delhi's Eiffel Tower, its Statue of Liberty and Nelson's Column. Drive to one of the most colonial part of New Delhi called Raisina Hill. Drive past the Viceroy's House, now the residence of the President of India and Lutyen's magnum opus; the India Gate, a war memorial arch. Sarnath

Overnight in Delhi


Day 03 Delhi - Varanasi By: Flight

After breakfast at the hotel, assisted transfer to the airport to connect with your flight to Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi airport, transfer to your hotel.

Varanasi or Benares as it was once known is Hinduism’s holiest city and a sacred place for pilgrimage. The Ganges runs though a plethora of ghats (or terraced steps on the river bank leading to the river), with thousands of devotees, burning pyres and solemn chanting. Nothing can quite prepare you for the wonderful experience that is Varanasi.

In the afternoon, you will go for an excursion to Sarnath, a major Buddhist center in the world. After achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya, Buddha, the 'Awakened One', delivered his first sermon here. It was the sixth century then, when he also set in motion the wheel of law, the Dharmachakra. This dwelling place of the rishis, it was also known as 'Rishipatana' (the place of the Rishis or sages). Buddha gave his first sermon in the Deer Park where he initiated his first five disciples into Buddhist monkshood. Buddhism found its roots in Sarnath, the birthplace of this way of life.

Overnight in Varanasi


Day 04 Varanasi Varanasi

Early this morning you return to the Ganges, where Hindu pilgrims perform their rituals along the ghats (steps) leading to the river. At sunrise, the Hindu faithful flock to the river to cleanse themselves of their sins. You visit several ghats by boat as you experience the spiritual mystique of these hallowed waters.

On return, visit the bazaars (local market) and Kashi Vishwanath Temple - the most sacred of the shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. Return to your hotel for breakfast.

Rest of the day is at leisure.
Evening proceed to witness the Aarti ceremony on Ganges.

Overnight in Varanasi


Day 05 Varanasi – Khajuraho By: Flight

This morning in time, assisted transfer to the airport to board your flight to Khajuraho. Upon arrival at Airport proceed for transfer to your hotel.Khajuraho

Khajuraho – translated as Kharjur in Sanskrit, meaning date palm, has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples famous for their erotic sculpture.

Today explore the Eastern and Western Group Temple complex dating to 10th century, a UNESCO world heritage site. The tour of Khajuraho this morning concentrates on the erotic temples, which represent some of the finest examples of temple architecture in Northern India. The remote location of Khajuraho meant that the temples were unharmed by Muslim invaders and as a result, the intricately fine carvings are in very good condition and are said to represent life in heaven.

Overnight in Khajuraho


Day 06 Khajuraho – Jhansi – Agra By: Surface/Train

After breakfast at the hotel, drive towards Jhansi (170 Kms/4.5 hrs). You will stop at Orchha - a city frozen in time known for its 16th century palaces and temples.

After sightseeing have lunch at Orchha Resort drive to Jhansi railway station to board the train to Agra (Bhopal Shatabdi, 1811/2038 hrs).

On arrival at Agra railway station, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel.

Agra - Medieval city situated on the banks of river Yamuna, it came into prominence when a lavish patronage of Mughal rulers created forts,
tombs, and palaces in red sandstone and marble inlaid with semi precious stones. Agra

Overnight in Agra


Day 07 Agra

You will visit Taj Mahal by sunrise (closed on Fridays). Horse carriage will take you to the gates.

On the death of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Mughal Emperor Shahjehan built her this memorial. 20,000 men labored for over 17 years to build this wealth of white marble and precious stone.

Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Later you will explore the Mughal legacy in Agra.
Sites to visit include:
Agra Fort, built in the 16th century, this fortress of red sandstone, known as the Red Fort of Agra, encompasses the imperial city of the Mughal rulers.
Marble Inlay workshop and Zardozi, Agra is known for its fine marble work which is made by some of the marble carver descendants who worked on the Taj Mahal. Various semi-precious stones are embedded in marble to create pleasing geometric and floral patterns, similar to those seen in the Taj Mahal. Zardoz, the craftsperson that sets seed pearls and precious stones with fine gold and silver wire, is part of a craft that has flourished within India and been revived over the past 50 years.

Afternoon, continue to Mother Teresa’s Charity Mission, a home to the orphans of all ages. Here the sisters provide children with clothing, food, affection and quality education through voluntary support.

Overnight in Agra


Day 08 Agra – Ranthambore By : Surface

This morning, drive towards Ranthambore (287 Kms/6-7 Hrs). On your way, you'll visit Fatehpur Sikri, a fort palace that was the onetime
capital of the Mughal Empire and is now a UNESCO world heritage site.Ranthambhore

Fatehpur Sikri -the deserted red sandstone city, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water.

After the tour continue your drive towards Ranthambore.

Ranthambore National Park is a fascinating blend of history and nature. Inside the park is a formidable fort that was built in the 10th century and coveted by many rulers due to its strategic position between north and central India. The park itself is situated at the joining of the Vindhya Plateau and the Aravalli Hills, and is characterized by rocky plains and steep cliffs. It supports a diverse range of flora and fauna, including around 30 tigers.

Upon arrival in Ranthambore you will proceed for check-in to your hotel.
Dinner at the hotel

Overnight in Ranthambore


Day 09 Ranthambore

Morning and Afternoon Safari

RanthambhoreTake your first canter safari through the forests of Ranthambhore to explore wildlife and biodiversity in this park. The park itself consists of razor sharp ridges, deep boulder-strewn gorges and a collection of lakes and jungles. The grounds are home to a diverse range of wildlife that, in addition to tigers, includes leopards, hyenas, jackals, wild boars, sloth bears and a huge variety of deer and marsh crocodiles. There is also a wide array of birds native to the park. Return for breakfast with time to relax and recount your first wildlife sightings.

Dauring day time also visit the Dastakar Project.

In 1981 six women came together to start an organization that dealt with the problems of traditional artisans in contemporary India. They all shared the belief that craft, despite the strains of urbanization and industrialization, is still viable-with a vital role to play in the economic mainstream of the country. With this view in mind, Dastkar came into existence in October 1981. Whilst the roots of all craft traditions are based in social, cultural, or religious customs, one must remember that craft is an important economic activity and the second largest source of income for rural people in India today. Dastkar’s retail outlets where artisan groups sell their products directly to the customers have been invaluable in exposing craftspeople to the market by giving them a firsthand knowledge of contemporary forces and consumer tastes

Accommodation at Ranthambore is on full-board basis.

Overnight in Ranthambore


Day 10 Ranthambore – Jaipur By: SurfaceAmber Fort

This morning proceed for another safari. After lunch you will drive towards Jaipur (180 Kms/4 hrs) - the capital of Rajasthan province is known for its arts and crafts, jewellery, hand-painted fabrics and stone sculptures; it is one of North India’s finest examples of a planned city embodying the best of Rajput and Mughal architecture.

Jaipur – The City of Royalty, was one of the first examples in the world of city planning. The 250 year old city is a startling blend of forts and palaces, of teeming markets, shops and transport of every kind, from cars to camels!

Jaipur today, is the capital of Rajasthan with a population of over 1 ½ million people.
Upon arrival in Jaipur, proceed for check-in to the hotel.

Overnight at Jaipur


Day 11 Jaipur

Take a morning excursion to the Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the
construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. With City Palace
its honey-colored fortress-palace in the Aravalli Hills which can be mounted on elephant back, Amber has been described as the
sleeping beauty of Rajasthan.

Afternoon, you will take a city tour of Jaipur.

Sites to visit include:
Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), an elaborate building encrusted withdelicate honeycomb screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could view the world outside.
Jai Singh’s Observatory built in the 17th century by the founder of Jaipur who, besides being a prince was also a soldier, astronomer and builder.

City Palace, a part is now a museum that contains fine Rajput and Moghul paintings, rare manuscripts and an armory, old carpets, and embroidered clothes of the Maharajas and the Maharanis.

Later walk the colourful bazaars of Jaipur.

Overnight at Jaipur


Day 12 Pushkar - Jaipur By: SurfaceUdaypur

Morning you will visit Ajmer the Tomb of Sufi Saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, the Dargah Sharif. Later you will drive towards Jaipur (125 Kms/3 hrs). Upon arrival in Jaipur, proceed for check-in to your hotel.

Jaipur ~ presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city". Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add color to this fascinating city.

Overnight in Jaipur


Day 13 Udaipur – Mumbai By: Flight

Assisted transfer to airport to board your flight to Mumbai Ajanta Caves
On arrival at Mumbai airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel.

Rudyard Kipling extolled Mumbai as the ‘Mother of cities’. The history of Mumbai or Mumbai as it is now known, is the story of an incredible transformation from its foundation to its present day. The British built it expressly for trade and over the years it changed hands from the fishing village of the Kolis, through the Portuguese conquest, to Catharine of Aragon who took the seven islands of Mumbai as her dowry to Charles II of England. Mumbai was and still is the Gateway to India, commemorated by a monument of that name built to mark the visit of King George and his consort, Mary.

Today, Mumbai is India’s premiere commercial and financial city and is ever on the move.

Afternoon proceed for Gateway of India to board motor-boat for an excursion tour of Elephanta Caves.

Elephanta Island (closed on Mondays) was known in ancient times as "Gharapuri" or The Place of Caves. The Portuguese took possession of the island and named it Elephanta after the great statue which they found on the seashore. There are seven caves of which the most important is the Mahesha-Murti Cave. The main body of the cave, excluding the porticoes on the three open sides and the back aisle, is 27 m square and is supported by rows of six columns. The gigantic figures of Dvarapalas or door keepers are very impressive. The cave temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, was excavated some time in the 8th century by the Rashtrakuta Kings who ruled the area from AD 757-973 Elephanta closely follows the pattern of the Dumar Lena cave in Ellora.

Overnight in Mumbai


Day 14 Mumbai

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, guide will take you for a half-day sightseeing tour of Mumbai city.Victoria Terminus

The tour starts from the Gateway of India where the motor launch drops you back after the excursion to Elephanta caves. Gateway of India is the landmark of Bombay, which, was before the advent of air travel, the only gateway to India. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary to India in 1911. You will be then driven along Marine Drive, the sea - Front Boulevard. It is also known as the Queen’s Necklace as in the evening, the breeze from the Arabian Sea comes over Marine Drive and as the streetlights on this U-shaped road light up, the view from south Bombay’s skyscrapers or from the exclusive residential area, is that of a Queen’s Necklace. Your first stop will be the Jain Temples, built of marble and dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara. From the temples you will be driven along Malabar Hill via the Tower of Silence - a round stone construction on which Parsis place their dead to be eaten by the vultures and Hanging Gardens which is built over Bombay’s reservoir. From here one can get a panoramic view of picturesque Marine Drive.

From Malabar Hill you will be driven to the Dhobi Ghats a huge open-air laundry, which makes an interesting viewing. Continue to Mani Bhawan (Gandhi Memorial), the house where the Father of the Nation stayed on his early visits to the city. The room, in which Gandhi stayed, preserved as it was, and the scenes of Gandhi’s life in photographs and models are of special interest.

The last stop before proceeding to the hotel is the Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays) – gothic and Moorish architecture in the striking confluence of styles that came to be known as Indo Saracenic. It boasts of a significant collection of Indus valley artefacts some of them dating back to more than 5000 years. Most impressive are the miniature paintings – nearly 2000 of them – from various stylistic schools of India.

Overnight in Mumbai


Day 15 Departure Mumbai By: Internationla Flight

Early this morning in time you will be transferred to the International Airport for your flight back to home.


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