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Highlights of India Tour

Place to visit
: Mumbai - Aurangabad - Delhi - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Gwalior - Khajuraho - Orchha - Bhopal - Sanchi - Bhimbetka - Indore - Ujjain - Mandu
Duration: 20 Nights / 21 Days

Day 01 : Mmumbai

Arrive Mumbai airport. meeting/assistance at airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 : Mumbai
Morning breakfast at hotel and leave for full day city tour of Mumbai visiting Chowpatti, Gateway of India, Dhobi Ghat (open laundry), Malabar hill, Hanging garden, Kamla Nehru Park, Marine drive (Queen's necklees), Mani Bhawan etc. Evening visit to Juhu area, film studios. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03 : Mumbai
Morning breakfast at hotel and excursion to Elephanta Island an hour away from Mumbai Harbour. Motorboats ferry tourists across to the island from the jetty at the Gateway of India. The boat ride, itself, is interesting as you go past fishing boats, anchored ships, yachts and little islands. The island resembles twin hillocks rising from the sea and the caves are located halfway up the higher of the two. Carved out the solid basalt rock, the caves represent Mount Kailash, the heavenly mountain residence of Lord Shiva and date back to the 3rd or 5 th centuries. The temple plan is designed in symmetry with the focal points worked out in a geometric Mandala, representing the cosmic field of energy. Inside the cave temple is a large hall, with nine sculptured panels depicting Lord Shiva in different moods as well as scenes from the life of Shiva. Little is known of the artists and architects who created these magnificent temples and sculptures out of sheer rock with the most primitive of tools. return back to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 04 : Bombay / Aurangabad by train Tapovan Exp at 0610/1330 hrs
Morning breakfast at hotel and 0500 hrs transfer to railway station to board train for Aurangabad. Arrive Auranagabad meeting/assistance at train station and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city of Aurangabad visiting Bibi ka Maqbara, Tomb of the Empress, un ungainly replica of the Taj, Panchakki, where an old mill and Tomb of the an important sufi saint are set in serene Gardens. There is also the Dualatabad Fort just outside the city, built by Muhammad Bin Tughlaq. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05 : Aurangabad - Ajanta - Ellora
Morning breakfast at hotel and leave for full day city tour of Ajanta and Ellora caves. Ajanta Caves (Caves closed on Tuesdays) - 112 km from Aurangabad, the caves here which are over 2000 years old hewn out of a solid rock. The wall paintings and frescoes of these caves have a beautiful flow of line and a wealth of color. 30 caves at Ajanta are decorated with remarkable murals that universally regarded as some of india's finest artistic treasures. They depict scenes from the life of the Buddha and Buddhist fables with skill and devotion. Later visit Ellora caves. (Caves closed on Mondays) Ellora Caves - Three distinct groups of temples relate the story of the evolution of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Chiseled out of rock by religious monks over the centuries, the sites were chosen for their seclusion. Over 2000 years old, they are compared to the Pyramids for their amazing construction, sculptures and frescoes. The most marvelous of all is the Stupendous Rock Temple of Kailash. Overnight at hotel

Day 06 : Aurangabad - Delhi by flight
Morning breakfast at hotel. Intime meeting/asistance at hotel and transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi, meeting/assistance at airport and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

India Gate, DelhiDay 07 : Delhi
Morning breakfast at hotel and leave for combined city tour of old and new Delhi visiting Mughal monuments like the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Rajghat- the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, Humayun Tomb and drive pass to British landmark such as India Gate, President House and Govt. Secretariat. Also visit 12th century Minaret- Qutab Minar graceful and well sculptured and stands 75 meters, Lotus Temple. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08 : Delhi - Jaipur (265 kms)
Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Jaipur - The picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is colour washed pink - the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day free. Evening optional visit to Rajmandir cinema hall famous for its beautiful interiors or "Chokhi Dhani" - A five star ethnic village resort for dinner on direct payment basis. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09 : Jaipur
Morning after breakfast and leave for fexcursion to Amber Fort and ride the hill on the back of decorated elephant and feel like Maharaja followed by city tour to the Pink city (Jaipur) built in the 1727 A. D. to visit Hawa Mahal - Palace of winds, City Palace Complex which houses the rare and rich collection of ornaments, arms, royal costumes, carpets and decorative art objects of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture; Jantar Mantar- A 18th century observatory and Birla Mandir. Overnight stay at hotel.

Fatehpur Sikri, AgraDay 10 : Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (250 Kms)

Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Agra. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri - The city of victory beautifully preserved. The sandstone mansions of Sikri are experiments in art and architecture and to a great extent uphold Akbar's ideals and visions.Thereafter continue your drive to Agra - The Royal seat and capital of the province of yesteryears, "Agra the City of Mughals". Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon city tour of Agra visiting world famous Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonder of the world. A pristine monument of undying love and also visit The rusty Red sand stone Agra Fort. The first of the great Mughal buildings where three Mughal emperor left their foot prints. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 : Agra - Gwalior (120 Kms)
Morning after breakfast at hotel and drive to Gwalior - the seats of the several graet dynasties, each contributing a rich legacy of monuments and extending royal patronage to poets, musicians and artisans. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon city tour of Gwalior visiting Fort built by Tomar Raja Man Singh symbolises the grandeur of Gwalior within the fort is the Gujari Mahal, a magnificent Palace in stone which was built by Raja Man Singh for his favourite wife Mirgnayani The Palaces now houses a museum with fine sculptures and replica of the Bagh Cave murals. Near by is six towered Palace crowned with domes the Man Mandir with its lattice work windows and vivid colours, Other spots in the Fort worth visiting are Chaturbhuj Temple, Sas - Bahu Ka Mandir and Teli Ka Mnadir and outside the Fort is Scindia's Jai Vilas Palace. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 : Gwalior - Khajuraho (275 Kms)
Morning after leisure breakfast drive to Khajuraho the Many Explanations of Love. Khajuraho was the first capital of the Chandelas, who rose to rule the region in the 9th century. The Creators of Khajuraho claimed descent from the moon and the legend behind the founding of this great dynasty and the temples is a fascinating one. Hemwati, the lovely young daughter of a Brahmin priest, was seduced by the moon-god while bathing in a forest pool. The child born of this union was Chandravarman, founder of the Chandela dynasty. Ethereal enchanting and erotic Khajuraho conjures up images of a society that celebrated life and was not abshed by sex. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

KajurahoDay 13 : Khajuraho
Morning breakfast at hotel and leave for city tour of Khajuraho discovered the great erotic temple complex of western and eastern group.The temples in the western group complex are large and lavishly decorated, displaying the wealth and power of its rulers, these are dedicated to either Lord Vishnu or Shiva. and the eastern group temples dived into two rough clusters. Rest of the day free to stroll the city. Evening optional visit to cultural dance show (ticket on direct payment basis). Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 : Khajuraho - Orchha (180 Kms)
Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Orchha - The Kingdom of nowhere, once the capital city of the mighty Bundelkhand Empire.Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon city tour of Orchha visiting various temple and Palaces such as Raja Ram temple, Chaturbhuj Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Shiva Mandir, Panch Mukhi Mahadev Mandir and other cenotaphs " Chhatries" on the bank of river Betwa and also visit Fort Palace of Raj Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, Diwan -I- Khas and Rai Praveen Mahal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15 : Orchha - Bhopal (300 Kms)
Morning breakfast at hotel and 0800 hrs drive to Bhopal the capital of Madhya Pradesh, spreads over seven hils and around two lovely lakes. Named for its 11th century founder Raja Bhoj. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon city tour of Bhopal visiting Taj-Ul-Masjid, one of bhoplas's more recent monuments began under Shah Jahan Begum who ruled from 1868 to 1901, but completed only in the 1970s. Among the largest mosques in the country., also vist Jami Msjid, Moti Masjid, Shaukat Mahal, Bharat Bhawan and Roopankar, Shamla and Idgah Hills, Birla Museum etc. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16 : Bhopal - Sanchi - Bhopal (60 kms one way)
Morning breakfast at hotel and 0800 hrs leave for excursion to Sanchi. Inspiring peace with its very name, sanchi lies to the north east of Bhopal, UNESCO declared "the oldest Buddhist Sanctuary in the existence and a major Buddhist centre. Sanchi is an unmatched repository of Buddhist art and architecture. Located on a secluded hill crowned by a group of stupas and gateways, it occupies a unique position in the history of Buddhism. Its stupas, chaityas, temples, monasteries and gateways are embellished by the most delicate carvings that depict various incidents in the Buddha's life, Great Stupa No.1, Toranas or Gateways, Stupa No. 2, Stupa no. 3, Ashoka Pillar, Buddhist Vihara, Monasteries and Begging Bowl carved from a single huge boulder and used to collect food for monks also visit near by place Vidisha on the fork between the Betwa and bes rivers, visit its White Lime mortar temples, a 2nd centuary Brahamanical shrine and a museum. Evening reurn back to Bhopal for overnight stay.

Day 17 : Bhopal - Bhojpur - Bhimbetka- Bhopal (60 kms one way)
Morning breakfast at hotel and 0800 hrs excursion to Bhojpur, 28 km southeast of Bhopal is an 11 th century The massive but incomplete Shiva temple built during the reign of Raja Bhoja. it is remarkable for its soaring strength of line and elegant sculpture,. it houses huge lingam, a ritual phallic symbol, thereafter proceed to Bhimbetka, over 500 painted neolithic caves chronicle the life of prehistoric site hedged by the Vindhya Ranges. Bhimbetka consists of 600 rock shelters dating back to 5,500-1000 BC. Later return back to Bhopal for overniigt stay.

Day 18 : Bhopal - Ujjain - Indore (230 Kms)
Morning breakfast at hotel and 0800 hrs drive to Indore Situated on the banks of the river Saraswati and Khan. Indore was planned and founded by Rani Ahilyabai Holkar and derives its name from the 18th century Indreshwar Temple. Indore is a flourishing industrial city with a proud past. Enroute visit Ujjain One of the seven sacred cities of India. Situated on the banks of the river Kshipra. The Mahakal temple dedicated to Lord Shiva enshrining a Jyotirlinga is beleived to be of great antiquity. It is one of the venues of the Kumbh Mela. visit Bharatahari Cave, Gopal Mandir, Jantar Mantar, Kailadah Palace, Mahakali Temple, Sandipani Ashram, Shipra Ghats etc. Thereafter continue your drive to Indore, upon arival check in at hotel. Afternoon city tour of Indore visiting Kanch Mandir or Glass Temple of the Digamber Jains the walls, floor and ceiling of which are lavishly inlaid with glass and mother of pearl, Rajwada two hundred year ago, this seven storeyed historical building formed the nerve centre of all trading activities, Lal Baugh Place Currently this is the residence of Usha Raje, direct descendent of the Holkars, whose ancestral palace it used to be. Exquisitely constructed with great detailing, it reflects the royal taste of the Holkars and Chhatri Baugh tradition of erecting chhatris or cenotaphs was rather prevalent. cenotaphs were erected in memory of the Holkar rulers and their family. Overnight at hotel.

Day 19 : Indore - Mandu - Maheshwar (100 kms one way)
Morning breakfast at hotel and 0800 hrs excurison to Mandu known in the 15 the century as Shadiabad, City of Joy, its excellent natural defences are reinforced by massive 45 Km long Fort walls, Dominated successively by Hindu and provincial Muslims dynasties, Mandu later the favorite Monsoon resort of Mughals. A fine mist shrouds its fairy tale Palaces and the lakes around which town is built are planted with masses of Lotuses. visit Jahaz mahal, an elegant two story ship palace set between two lakes; Hindola Mahal resembling a swing with its sloping outer walls, Hoshang shah's Tomb the first marble structure in india and forerunner of Taj; jami Masjid perhaps the finest examplespf Afgan architecture in India; Asharfi Mahal once the largest building in Mandu; Baz Bahadur's palace, tresonant with legends of his romance with Roopmati and Roopmati's pavillion, from which she viewed the holy Narmada river each moring. Later also visit near by town Mahaeshwar situated on the banks of river Narmada, This town was arlier known as Maheshmati. It gained importance under Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar who constructed many temples and ghats on the banks of the Narmada. Evening return back to indore for Overnight stay.

Day 20 : Indore - Bhopal (190 Kms) Bhopal - Delhi by train
Morning breakfast at hotel and 0800 hrs drive to Bhopal to board train Shatabadi Exp for Delhi. Arrive Delhi, meeting/assistance at train station and transfer to hotel for Overnight stay.

Day 21 : Delhi - Onward destination
Morning breakfast at hotel. Intime meeting/assistance at hotel and transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

Price: Rs. 49,000/- per person/night with standard hotel

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