Glimpses of India

  • Visit : Agra, Delhi , Jaipur, Mumbai, Panna, Udaipur, Varanasi
  • Validity : 01/1/2016 - 31/3/2017
  • Overview : 14Nights / 15Days
starting from INR 80,920   Per Person on Twin Sharing

Mumbai, the city that never sleeps, is the country’s financial powerhouse and its vogue centre of fashion, film and night life. With a little over 400 years of history behind it, this bustling metropolis, home to India’s thriving movie industry and the birthplace of Indian cricket, has many colours and faces. Rags to riches stories predominate in India’s most populous city, home to almost 17 million people, as Mumbai offers umpteen opportunities to those willing to run the extra mile to realize their dreams and make their fortune.

COST PROPOSAL

City

Hotel Name

No of Nights

Mumbai

Trident Nariman Point

02 Nights

Udaipur

Trident

02 Nights

Jaipur

Marriott

02 Nights

Agra

Trident

02 Nights

Panna

Pashangahr

02 Nights

Varanasi

Taj Gateway

02 Nights

New Delhi

ITC Dwarika

02 Nights

 

Our Nett applicable rates Per Person on Twin / Double sharing (IN USD) : - 

 

No of Pax

01 Apr - 30 Sept’16

01 Oct – 31 Mar’17

02 Paying Pax

USD 1190 Per Person

USD 1344 Per Person

05 – 07 Paying Pax

USD 1008 Per Person

USD 1176 Per Person

10 and above Paying Pax

USD 952 Per Person

USD 1120 Per Person

Single room Supp

USD 588 Per Person

USD 728 Per Person

Supplement for BOM/UDR

USD 92 Per Person

USD 92 Per Person

Supplement for HJR/VNS

USD 82 Per Person

USD 82 Per Person

Supplement for VNS/DEL

USD 75 Per Person

USD 75 Per Person

Rates valid from 01 April - 30 Sep 2016 and 01 Oct 2016 - 31 March 2017

Rates are based on current rate of exchange of 1 USD = 68 INR

The final price will be calculated on the prevailing ROE on date of booking.

There will be supplement for X – Mas and New Year Eve dinner which will be mandatory during the stay on 24th Dec and 31st Dec in any of the city. Will advise you the cost once fianlised by the hotel.

Day 01:                                 Arrive at Mumbai

 

 Arrive at Mumbai’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.

 

Mumbai, the city that never sleeps, is the country’s financial powerhouse and its vogue centre of fashion, film and night life. With a little over 400 years of history behind it, this bustling metropolis, home to India’s thriving movie industry and the birthplace of Indian cricket, has many colours and faces. Rags to riches stories predominate in India’s most populous city, home to almost 17 million people, as Mumbai offers umpteen opportunities to those willing to run the extra mile to realize their dreams and make their fortune.

 

Upon arrival at the hotel, proceed for check-in.

 

Rest of the day at leisure or free for independent activities.

 

Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02:                 Mumbai

Morning enjoy a boat ride to Elephanta Island, where the 8th-century shrine was cut from the hillside and houses the "Maheshmurti," or Hindu Trinity, representing the three aspects of Shiva the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer. These caves provide an exciting glimpse of Indian sculpture dating from about 600 A.D. After the visit of Elephanta island transfer by boat to Mumbai.

 

Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Mumbai covering Gateway of India, Hanging Gardens, Prince of Whales Museum, and Mani Bhawan.

The Gateway to India is an elegant 26 mtrs stone archway, hastily erected as a symbol of welcome to Queen Mary and King George V of England on their visit to India in 1911. In the years following, artisans added decorative carvings and lovely Jharokha work (window carvings), and completed it in 1923.

Later continue to the hanging gardens perched above Malabar Hill. These terraced gardens provide a beautiful panoramic view of the Arabian Sea were laid out in the early 1880s covering Bombay’s main reservoir. Visit to the Prince of Whales Museum, and Mani Bhawan.

Mumbai’s biggest and best museum – The Prince of Whales Museum displays a mix of exhibits from all over India. Designed especially as a museum, construction commenced in 1905 with the laying of the first stone by the then Prince of Wales. The architectural style is known as Indo-Saracenic -- a mishmash of Moorish Spain, Islamic domes, and Victorian towers. The Museum was opened to the public in 1922. Its collection has grown to include ancient items excavated from the Indus valley, Hindu and Buddhist sculpture, miniature paintings, weaponry, and natural history (including a variety of stuffed animals).

Mani Bhavan is Mahatma Gandhi’s home and Museum. This charming, 3 storied Gujarati house, painted brown and yellow, in a lovely Parsi neighborhood on Malabar Hill, was the home of Mahatma Gandhi from 1917-1934. Now overseen and maintained by the Gandhi Institute, it houses a library and a small museum about Gandhi’s life and birth.

In evening drive past through the famous Marine Drive.

 

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 03:                 Mumbai to Udaipur (By Air)

Morning transfer to Mumbai Airport to board flight for Udaipur.

Flight Number                                                                  Indigo/ 6E 749

Mumbai Departure                                                         1225 Hrs

Udaipur Arrival                                                                 1350 Hrs

 

Upon arrival in Udaipur, transfer to hotel for check-in.

 

 

Udaipur titled as the ‘Most Romantic city in India’, ‘Venice of East’, and ‘City of Dawn’ was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 AD. The city draws its beauty from the numerous lakes set amidst the green Aravalli Hills in the desert state of Rajasthan.

 

The clear blue waters of Lake Pichola, the 17th century palaces of sandstone and marble, adorned with amber, colored glass, fountains, Japanese-style gardens, and a string of canals connecting the various artificial lakes, make Udaipur a quintessential royal city amidst a gorgeous natural setting. The spectacular view of the reddish sun setting beneath the mountain ranges in the backdrop of the lakes is a sight to behold.

 

Later enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola.

 

Lake Pichola Lake, the beautiful stretch of water surrounding the two marvelous structures the Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir, is the life line of Udaipur city.

 

Evening enjoy cooking demonstration at Devra House.

 

Devra Guest House is located near Sisarma Village, 10 Kms from City Center. The place is being taken care by Major Durga Das and his wife Jyoti Jasol. Jyoti is a great cook especially when it comes to local Rajasthan cuisine. She also loves to cook and serve Multi-cusine food to the guests as well.

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 04:                 Udaipur

Morning proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting City Palace museum, Jag Mandir Complex, Crystal Gallery and Jagdish Temple.

 

City Palace is Rajasthan’s largest palace complex and stands on the east bank of the serene Lake Pichola. The palace offers grand sweeping views of Lake Palace hotel and Jag Mandir on one side, and Udaipur city on the other. Built of marble and granite in 1725 by Maharana Udai Singh, the palace today is home to the 74th Maharana of Udaipur, Shri Arvind Singh and his family. A fine blend of medieval Indo-European architecture, you will be amazed by the sheer lavishness of its courtyards, overlapping partitions, terraces, corridors and lush green gardens.

 

The Crystal Gallery housed in the Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel showcases the largest private collection of crystal in the world. It was established by Maharana Sajjan Singh who ordered the crystal collection from the Birmingham-based F&C Osler company in 1877. But he died before the crystal collection arrived and all crystals remain packed in the boxes for 110 years. Crystal gallery was opened for public in 1994 and exhibits precious crystal items brought from various parts of the world.

 

The Jagadish Temple next to the City Palace enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu and his vehicle- a mighty bird called garuda - in a brass image. The temple is a very fine example of Indo-Aryan Art.

 

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 05:                 Udaipur to Jaipur (410 Kms / 07 Hrs.)

Morning, by surface leave for Jaipur – The Pink City of Rajasthan.

 

Upon arrival in Jaipur, check-in at hotel.

 

Adorned with pink sandstone palaces, majestic forts and verdant green gardens against a scenic backdrop of the Aravalli hills, Jaipur represents the charm of India’s rich past and the sophistication of a flourishing metropolis. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II founded the city in 1727, when he decided to shift his capital from Amer. A renowned architect, astronomer, and avid scientist, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II built his capital with geometric precision and made Jaipur one of the most well planned cities in India.

 

Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 06:                 Jaipur

Morning proceed for the sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting Amber Fort, City Palace, Observatory, and Hawa Mahal.

Amber Fort is located in Amer, 11 Km from Jaipur. The fort boasts of an artistic grandeur and structural expertise. It is a reminiscent of the bravery and courage of the mighty Rajputs, who had played a remarkable role in the history of medieval India. Man Singh I started the construction of this fort in 1592 and, perhaps, it was the defense that topped his priorities before constructing this fort. The Kesar Kyari Complex of Maota Lake enhances the entire experience.

 

You will enjoy Elephant Ride to reach the magnificent Amber Fort.

 

Later proceed for City Palace.

 

City Palace is one of the major landmarks in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. In the Palace complex visit Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum.

Following City Palace, visit to Observatory or Jantar Mantar. It is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century. It was built by Maharaja Jai Sigh II in 1724, whose passion for science, engineering, and astronomy prompted him to construct this complex of fourteen scientific instruments. It’s been over 200 years since they were first constructed, these fourteen structures can still accurately measure time; predict eclipses, and track stars and planets in their orbits.

Drive past magnificent Hawa Mahal and walk through the old bazaars of Jaipur, popularly known as Bapu Bazar.

 

Evening is at leisure.

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 07:                 Jaipur to Agra (240 Km/ 05 Hrs)

Morning, by surface leave for Agra – The City of Taj Mahal enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.

Built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the mid-16th century, Fatehpur Sikri was meant to be a new capital for his empire. It was also the emperor’s homage to Saint Sheikh Salim Chishti, who predicted the birth of the emperor’s much-desired son and heir. Built in almost uniform style, Sikri is a sprawling complex of palaces, mosques, temples, and other structures. It is a stunning amalgamation of the Persian and Indian styles of building.

 

Later continue travel for Agra.

 

Upon arrival in Agra, check-in at hotel.

 

Famed with one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal, historical monuments, architectural grandeur ventures and the beauty of marbles, Agra thrives as one of the tourist destination in India. The city is known for its superb inlay work on marble by craftsmen supposedly with a lineage dating back to the Mughals. Agra’s handicrafts also include carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.

 

Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 08:                 Agra

 

Morning visit to Taj Mahal.

 

 

Taj Mahal is one of the Seven wonders in the world and a must see place in India. It is the living specimen of romantic love life of Shah Jahan and his favorite beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. The construction of this beautiful monument was completed in 1653 AD. The Mughal King Sha Jahan built this as the final resting place for the queen Mumtaz.

It is believed that it took nearly 22 years to complete the grandeur palace. There are 22 small domes over the Taj Mahal, denoting the 22 years and the verses of holy Koran are inscribed on the domes. The white marble building changes its hue with the variations in the daylight.

 

Following visit of Taj Mahal, proceed for Agra Fort.

 

Nestled on the west banks of River Yamuna, this crescent shaped fort was commissioned by Akbar, one of the greatest Mughal Emperors, in 1565. Since then, his descendants Jehangir, Shah Jahan and even Aurangzeb have added extensions to the fort. Surrounded by mighty ramparts, the complex has within the fort has several palaces, gardens, halls, and other historical structures.

 

A visit to the Agra Fort complements visits to the Taj Mahal, as the fort itself offers great views of the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna.

 

In the evening you will witness the cultural show “Mohabbat The Taj”.

 

 

“Mohabbat the Taj” is a fascinating play that depicts the saga of love and a memorable journey into history. The Drama portrays the Mughal era in 16th Century; it is series of play depicting the true and immortal love of Shajahan for Mumtaj Mahal- his beautiful wife; the lavish lifestyle of Mughal era; hardship of the artisans for 22 years that created the most precious specimen of craftsmanship.

 

Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 09:                 Agra to Jhansi (By Train) to Orchha to Panna (235 Kms/ 05 Hours)

 

Morning transfer to Agra Cantt railway station to board train for Jhansi

 

Train Number                                    12002 / Bhopal Shatabdi

Agra Departure                                 0802 Hrs

Jhansi Arrival                                     1043 Hrs

 

Upon arrival at Jhansi railway station, transfer to Orchha by surface for the sightseeing tour.

 

Orchha is a city having its origin during the medieval times of 16th Centaury built by Bundela rulers and has many old timed palaces and temples reflecting grand old beauty, which existed in those times. The City was built by a Rajput leader Rudra Pratap Singh. He chose Orcha city as the capital, because it was on the Banks of Betwa river.

 

Sightseeing of Orchha includes Orchha Temples and Orchha Palace.

 

Laxmi Narayan Temple in Orchha exhibits a unique style of architecture, which is a beautiful mix of a fort and a temple moulds. The walls of this charming shrine are elaborately decorated with fabulous mural paintings, which show pulsating compositions from mythological themes.

 

After sightseeing continue travel to Panna by surface.

Panna National Park is situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, at a distance of around 57 km from Khajuraho. The region, famous for its diamond industry, is also home to some of the best wildlife species in India and is one of the most famous Tiger Reserves in the country. The park is known worldwide for its wild cats, including tigers as well as deer and antelope. Due to its closeness to one of the best-known Indian tourist attraction in India, Khajuraho, the park is recognized as an exciting stop-over destination.

 

On arrival at Panna, check-in at resort

 

Stay overnight at resort.

 

Day 10:                 Panna

 

Morning and afternoon, enjoy Jeep Safari at Panna National Park.

 

Panna National Park is spread over 1645 sq. km was carved out of the hunting reserves of Panna, Bijawar and Chatarpur states. Out of the total area 543 sq km is core and 1002 sq km is buffer. In 1994 it became India's 22nd Tiger Reserve. It is predominantly an open forest and offers great opportunity to view animals like Tiger, Sloth Bear, Cheetal, Sambhar and Nilgai. Panna is also home to crocodiles and over 300 species of birds.

 

 

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

 

 

Day 11:                 Pench to Khajuraho (57 Kms / 01 Hr) to Varanasi (By Air)

 

Morning, by surface proceed for Khajuraho -  Temple town.

 

Khajuraho, the temple city of central India, is famous throughout the world for its exquisitely carved temples in stones. The historic city widely acclaimed for its lovely temples is located in the woody planes of Bundelkhand region. Architectural grandeur and delicacy of Khajuraho temples, has provided it with the prestigious status of a world heritage site by UNESCO. The centuries old temples are ornamented with most striking, erotic and aesthetic sculptures that expose the philosophy in the Hindu religion.

 

On arrival at Khajuraho, enjoy half day guided sightseeing tour would cover a visit to Eastern and Western Group of Temples.

Khajuraho has the largest cluster of Hindu and Jain Temples, famous for erotic sculptures. Khajuraho is a living example that proves that Kama Sutra originated in India.

The main temples are in the Western group, which features the magnificent Kandariya Mahadev Temple. It is the most beautiful and largest temple in Khajuraho. The tower of the temple is about 100 ft. high. The western group of temples is well known for their amazing elegance and wonderful framework.

 

The Eastern Group contains a number of exquisitely sculptured Jain temples. Parsvanath is the longest of Jain temples in the eastern group. The sculptures in this temple are non-erotic.

After Sightseeing, transfer straight to Khajuraho airport to board flight for Varanasi.

Flight Number                                                  Jet Airways/ 9W 2424

Khajuraho Departure                                     1405 Hrs

Varanasi Arrival                                                                1455 Hrs

 

Upon arrival in Varanasi, transfer to hotel for check-in.

The antiquity of Varanasi is veiled in immortal times and has been the center of religion, learning and civilization since ages. It has an endearing universal mystique, which has to be experienced to be understood. The city gets its inherent charm from the location as it’s situated on west side of the Holy Ganges. The principal attraction being the bathing ghats, that are always bustling with life at any given time of the day.

Evening walk around the Ghat of river Ganga and witness Aarti procession.

 

Dashaswamedh Ghat is the prime attraction in Varanasi. It is the oldest and holiest ghat in Varanasi. The Ghat is the venue for renowned evening Ganga Aarti. The aarti is performed daily by a group of young pandits (saints). Blowing of conch shell, waving of incense sticks, circular movement of lamps by the saints makes it a highly choreographed ceremony.

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 12:                 Varanasi

 

Early morning experience Boat Ride on River Ganga.

 

Later in morning enjoy city tour of Varanasi including visit Banaras Hindu University, New Vishwanath Temple, and Goddess Durga Temple.

Banaras Hindu University (BHU) was founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in 1917 and is one of the oldest educational centers for the study of Sanskrit, Indian art, culture and music. It is spread over 1,300 acres and is one of the largest residential universities of Asia.

New Vishwanath Temple also known as Birla Temple is located inside the premises of Banaras Hindu University. The temple was constructed by famous industrialists of India – The Birla’s. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the replica of original Kashi Vishwanath Temple that was destroyed by Aurangzeb.

Goddess Durga Temple is one of the most popular temples in Varanasi and was built in 18th century by a Bengali Maharani. Legends say that the statue of Goddess Durga appeared of its own and is nor manmade. The structure of temple is magnificent and offers incredible spiritual atmosphere.

Later in afternoon, proceed for an excursion to Sarnath.

Sarnath is a major Buddhist centre in the world. After achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya, Buddha, the 'Awakened One', delivered his first sermon here. It was 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.

Stay overnight at hotel

 

Day 13:                 Varanasi to Delhi (By Air)

Morning transfer to Varanasi airport to board flight for New Delhi.

Flight Number                                                                  Indigo/ 6E 175

Varanasi Departure                                                        1050 Hrs

Delhi Arrival                                                                      1225 Hrs

 

Upon arrival at New Delhi airport, transfer to hotel for check-in

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi 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. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.

 

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 14:                                 Delhi

 

Morning proceed for fuIl day sightseeing of Old & New Delhi. Introduction to Delhi starts with a heritage walk to Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad) visiting Red Fort, Jama Mosque, Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat.

 

In the 17th century, the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, made his capital in Shahjahanabad, the area that broadly covers present-day Old Delhi, also called the walled city.

The Red Fort was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century that took around 9 years to complete this magnificent structure and around 10 million rupees to build the fort. The Red Fort is a masterpiece of architecture and is one of the most visited spot in old Delhi. The Red Fort, the last fort built in Delhi, has witnessed the vicissitudes of fate, the Mughals, the British, and finally the first light of Indian Independence.

Jama Masjid is the largest and most well-known mosque in India. It is flanked by Red fort on one side and old city Chandni Chowk on another side. Built by Shah Jahan in 17th century, Jama Masjid is one of the most crowded destinations in Delhi for pilgrims and tourists.

 

The romance of the bazaars of Delhi can be experienced at its best in and around Chandni Chowk and it’s by lanes. Today, the walled city is one of the metropolis’ most crowded, chaotic and captivating areas, with a bamboozling orchestra of sights, and sounds. According to legend, Chandni Chowk market was established during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The legend also says that Chandni Chowk market was designed by Jahanara-Emperor Shah Jahan's favorite daughter.

Following walk enjoy Rickshaw ride in the by lanes of Chandni Chowk.

Later visit Raj Ghat, resting place of Mahatma Gandhi's. Raj Ghat remembers the man who is known as the Father of the Nation for his tireless and pacifist work to reclaim India's independence.

Following visit of Raj Ghat, proceed for Lutyen’s Delhi covering a photo stop at India Gate followed by orientation tour of Raj path, Parliament House and President House.

Late afternoon visit to Humayun’s Tomb.

 

Humayun’s the second Mughal Emperor of India died in 1556, and his widow Hamida Banu Begam, also known as Haji Begam, commenced the construction of his tomb in 1569, fourteen years after his death. Humayun’s Tomb is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style, which was inspired by Persian architecture.

Later you will visit to Qutab Minar

Qutab Minar is amongst the tallest and the most famous monuments in the world. This beautiful minaret is 234 feet high and is regarded as the tallest individual tower in the world. The Qutab Minar is one of the many masterpieces that depicted the sheer brilliance of the Mughal architects.

Qutbu'd-Din Aibak laid the foundation of Minar in AD 1199 for the use of the mu'azzin (crier) to give calls for prayer and raised the first storey, to which were added three more storeys by his successor and son-in-law, Shamsu'd-Din Iltutmish (AD 1211-36).

Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 15:                 Delhi Departure

In time transfer to New Delhi Airport to board your return/onward flight.

 

  • 14 Nights’ accommodation on double/Twin  occupancy basis.
  • Meal Plan – Bed and breakfast basis at all places except at Panna which is on Full board basis.
  • All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by AC transport.
  • Services of an English speaking local guide as per programme.
  • Entrances to the monuments as per programme (one visit per monument).
  • 02 game drive at Panna National Park.
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort uphill and decent by Jeep.
  • Boat ride in Udaipur
  • Boat ride in in Varanasi.
  • All currently applicable taxes, including the service tax of 3.62% applicable on total invoice amount.
  • Meals unless specified.
  • Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera / video camera fees at  monuments, medical expenses, airport departure taxes, etc.;
  • Meals other than those specified above;
  • Any insurance;
  • Any air-fare
  • Any Visa fee
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusion;
  • Optional tours are on direct payment.
  • Check-in time is 1400 Hrs and check-out is at 1200 Hrs;
  • Prices especially air fares are subject to revision;
  • In case of any currency fluctuations or amendments to local Government taxes, or any fuel price rises, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly;
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  • Rate quoted above includes only those items as specified in the above inclusion column;
  • Quote is valid only for the above mentioned period;
  • Effective 2nd October 2008, the Government has introduced "No-Smoking" legislation for hotels, restaurants and all public places. As a consequence, smoking is prohibited in all parts of the hotel except in designated bedrooms where smoking is permitted. The hotel has dedicated smoking guest bedrooms. Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know. We shall try to reserve a smoking bedroom for you, subject to availability, should you need one;
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