The Indian Heritage

  • Visit : Agra, Aurangabad , Delhi , Jaipur, Jodhpur, Khajuraho , Mumbai, Nimaj, Orchha , Ranthambore , Udaipur, Varanasi
  • Validity : 01/4/2016 - 31/3/2017
  • Overview : 20Nights / 21Days
starting from INR 1,12,880   Per Person on Twin Sharing

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.

 

COST PROPOSAL

City

Hotel Name

No of Nights

New Delhi

Hotel ITC Dwarika

02 Nights

Varanasi

Taj Gateway Ganges

02 Nights

Khajuraho

Radisson

01 Night

Orchha

Amar Mahal

01 Night

Agra

Trident

02 Nights

Ranthambore

Ranthambore Regency

02 Nights

Jaipur

Marriott

02 Nights

Nimaj

Chatra Sagar

01 Night

Jodhpur

ITC Welcome, Jodhpur

01 Night

Udaipur

Trident

02 Nights

Aurangabad

Taj Gateway

02 Nights

Mumbai

Trident Nariman Point

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 1660 Per Person

USD 1920 Per Person

05 – 07 Paying Pax

USD 1440 Per Person

USD 1680 Per Person

10 and above Paying Pax

USD 1298 Per Person

USD 1609 Per Person

Single room Supp

USD 720 Per Person

USD 920 Per Person

Supplement for DEL/VNS

USD 95 Per Person

USD 95 Per Person

Supplement for VNS/HJR

USD 85 Per Person

USD 85 Per Person

Supplement for UDR/IXU

USD 92 Per Person

USD 92 Per Person

Supplement for IXU/BOM

USD 65 Per Person

USD 96 Per Person

Rates valid from 01 April - 01 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 Delhi

Arrive at New Delhi’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.

 

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.

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

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 02:                 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.

 

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.

 

Also have an outer glimpse of The Red Fort.

 

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.

 

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 03:                 Delhi to Varanasi (By Air)

 

Morning transfer to New Delhi airport to board flight for Varanasi

 

Flight Number                                                  Jet Airways / 9W 2423

New Delhi Departure                                     1045 Hrs

Varanasi Arrival                                                                1210 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 04:                 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.

After excursion, return to Varanasi and evening is at lisure or free to stroll around local market on your own.

 

Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 05:                 Varanasi to Khajuraho (By Air)

 

Morning transfer to Varanasi airport to board flight for Khajuraho

Flight Number                                                  Jet Airways / 9W 2423

Varanasi Departure                                        1240 Hrs

Khajuraho Arrival                                            1335 Hrs

 

Upon arrival transfer to hotel for check-in.

 

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.

 

In evening experience light and sound show.

This fascinating light & sound spectacle evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th Century to the present day - narrated in the voice of Amitabh Bachan – the Bollywood legend. The 50 minutes sound and light show is conducted in the garden of western group of temples. The show runs in Hindi and English every evening.

 

Stay overnight at hotel

 

Day 06:                 Khajuraho to Orchha (175 Kms / 03 Hrs)

 

Morning, enjoy half day guided sightseeing tour includes 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 of Khajuraho, travel straight to Orchha by Surface.

 

On arrival at Orchha, check-in at hotel.

 

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 Orchha city as the capital, because it was on the Banks of Betwa River.

 

Stay overnight at hotel

 

Day 07:                 Orchha to Jhansi (22 Kms/30 Mins) to Agra (By Train)

 

Morning proceed for the sightseeing of Orchha includes Orchha Temples and Fort.

 

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.

 

Orchha Fort is situated on the island onBetwa River. The scenic location apart, the fort has more to offer. It houses many palaces and temples. The three most important palaces seen here are Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and the famous Rai Parveen Mahal.

Later transfer to Jhansi railway station to board train for Agra.

 

Train Name                                                        12001 / Shatabdi Express

Departure Time                                                                1840 hrs

Arrival Time                                                       2110 hrs

 

Upon arrival in Agra railway station, transfer to your hotel.

Agra is 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 Ranthambore (245 Km/ 05 Hrs)

 

Morning, by surface leave for Ranthambore  – National Park, 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 Ranthambore

 

The Ranthambore National Park was once the private hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of south-eastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. At present, the national park is a part of Project Tiger and is one of the few places in the world, where over 300 species of birds and wildlife such as tigers, leopards, nilgai, black buck and Indian black boar graze with gay abandon.

 

Upon arrival in Ranthambore, check-in at hotel/resort.

 

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 10:                 Ranthambore   

 

Enjoy morning and afternoon shared jeep safari at the Ranthambore National Park.

 

Jeep Safari’s in Ranthambore National Park offers you an exceptional experience. You would be accompanied by the very best naturalist guides. There are two safaris each day in Ranthambore National Park, one in the morning and another in the afternoon.

 

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 11:                 Ranthambore to Jaipur (170 Kms/ 4 Hrs)

Morning visit to Ranthambore Fort and Ganesh Temple.

 

The Ranthambore Fort stands majestically atop a hill overlooking the entire Ranthambore National Park. The fort is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rajput King Sapaldaksha of Chauhan Dynasty laid the first stone of Ranthambore Fort in 944 AD and was conquered by Rao Hammir, the last ruler of Chauhan Dynasty in 1301. The Ranthambore Fort is spread over an area of 7 kilometers in circumference and includes an area of nearly 4 square kilometers.

 

The Ganesh Temple lies within the premises of Ranthambore Fort. The temple attracts pilgrims from all over the country to seek blessing of Lord Ganesha for their happiness and prosperity. The temple was built by King Hammir in 1300 AD. The temple lies very close to the main entry gate of the fort.

 

Later by surface travel to Jaipur.

 

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.

 

Upon arrival in Jaipur, transfer to hotel.

 

Evening is at leisure.

Stay overnight at hotel. 

Day 12:                 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.

 

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 13:                 Jaipur to Nimaj  (230 Kms/ 05 Hrs.)

 

Morning after breakfast proceed for Nimaj. 

 

Nimaj is a census town in the Jaitaran tehsil of the Pali district of Rajasthan, India. It was a statutory town from 1901 to 1951

 

On arrival at Nimaj, chck-in at Chhatra Sagar camps.

 

In the late nineteenth century, Thakur Chhatra Singh of Nimaj, a powerful noble of the desert kingdom of Marwar (Jodhpur), decided to dam a seasonal stream flowing through his estate. His vision was to create a water reservoir which would harvest the monsoon rains. It was an ambitious project and a great drain on his resources but Thakur Chhatra Singh remained true to his vision.
The dam was completed in 1890 and changed the dry scrub into prime agricultural land.

 

By early twentieth century Chhatra Sagar had developed into a lush green oasis. With its wide
open spaces and enchanting views, it became the entertainment venue of choice. To capture the outdoor “big sky” feel of the place, permanent construction was deliberately kept to a minimum.
A fresh luxury tented camp was created for each party. For many dignitaries visiting Nimaj, “Camp Chhatra Sagar” was the highlight. Legendary sporting parties with high tea and exotic dinners
became a regular feature.

 

Late afternoon, proceed for Farm & Village Tour

 

A visit guided by the members of the family to these settlements makes one undertsand the traditional, rural Rajasthani lifestyle, which lays stress on harmony, conservation and the full utilization of natural resources.

 

Stay overnight at camps.

 

Day 14:                 Nimaj to Jodhpur (120 Kms/ 03 Hrs.)

 

Morning after breakfast, proceed by surface to Jodhpur

 

Located on the eastern fringe of the Thar Desert, the city of Jodhpur exudes the languid charm of a frontier outpost. Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan and a major tourist attraction in the country. The city is known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the vivid blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort.

On arrival at Jodhpur, check-in at hotel.

 

Later afternoon, proceed for half day guided sightseeing tour that would cover a visit to Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and Umaid Bhawan Palace.

 

As Rajasthan’s largest fort, Mehrangarh forms a looming presence over Jodhpur. Visible from miles around, it is a grand statement of Rajput valor. Its construction was started around 1459 by the king known as the founder of Jodhpur, Rao Jodha and is believed to have been completed by Raja Jaswant Singh in the second half of the 17th century. There are several palaces inside the fort. The fort offers magnificent panoramic view of the city.

 

Jaswant Thada is situated on the left side of Fort Mehrangarh, in fact between the fort and the city. Well maintained gardens welcome you inside the compound, and provide a great base to sit back and reflect on what you’ve seen and experienced. This cenotaph was built by Sardar Singhji in memory of his father.

 

Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the last palaces built in India. It was built in 1944 by Maharaja Umaid Singh. The king was attracted very much to the western style of living. The palace reflects his taste, as it is one of the rare palaces in India whose architecture is distinctly western. The architect of the palace was an English man named Henry Vaughn. The palace is located in the southern part of Jodhpur city. With 347 rooms, it was at the time the largest private residence in the world. Gaj Singh, the present owner, has divided the Palace into three functional parts.

 

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 15:                 Jodhpur to Udaipur (265 Kms/ 05 Hrs.)

 

Morning by surface travel to Udaipur, en-route visit Ranakpur temples

 

 

Ranakpur is situated between lush green valleys and beautiful streams and the heart capturing views. It is home to a very beautiful temple complex in the Aravali ranges. It houses one of the biggest and most important Jain temple complexes of India, covering an area nearly 4500 square yards, and having 29 halls. Ranakpur is one of the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism.

 

Later travel by surface to Udaipur – The City of Lakes.

 

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.

 

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

 

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 16:                 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.

 

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.

 

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 17:                 Udaipur to Aurangabad (By Air)

 

Morning is at leisure.

 

Afternoon transfer to Udaipur airport to board flight for Aurangabad via connection from Delhi.

 

Flight Number                                                  Air India / AI – 472

Udaipur Departure                                          1525 Hrs.

Delhi Arrival                                                      1640 Hrs.

 

Flight Number                                                  Air India / AI – 441

Delhi Departure                                                               1750 Hrs.

Aurangabad Arrival                                         2005 Hrs.

 

Upom arrival at Aurangabad, transfer to hotel for check-in.

 

Aurangabad was named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Aurangabad was known as "Khidki" meaning window, the city served the real purpose as the Mughals could look into the Deccan through it. It is a gateway to the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora. The city is located on the banks of Kham River and showcases numerous Mughal architectural marvels. Bidri, a metal object decorated with Indian art and made of iron, copper and other metals, is also a famous product of the city.

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 18:                 Aurangabad

 

Morning proceed for an excursion to Ajanta caves followed by visit to Ellora caves.

 

Discovered in 1819 A.D. the Ajanta caves are located in Sahyadri Hills that depict stories of Buddhism during 200 B.C. to 650 A.D. It has 30 rock cut Buddhist caves categorized as ‘Chaitya Grihas’ the chapels and ‘Viharas” the monasteries. One can visualize the life of Buddha from the caves and interesting stories from Jatakas.

 

Out of these 30, 5 are Buddhist Cathedrals and the rest 25 are monasteries.  The caves have world famous paintings and sculptures portraying the life of Buddha belonging to the more mellow and ritualistic Mahayana Buddhist period. The walk through the caves is worth look back on to the horseshoe gorge.

 

Later return to Aurangabad, enroute visit Ellora Caves.

Ellora also known as ‘Elapura’ was built by the Rashtrakuta Dynasty. Ellora is world famous as it is the largest single monolithic excavation and also houses the largest rock-hewn monastic-temple complexes in the world. Spread over a stretch of about 2 km, the caves are said to be excavated from a volcanic rock. The most attractive and the masterpiece of the creator is the Kailasha which is the largest and massive sculpture in the world. The visit to these caves is enjoyed maximum during monsoon, when every stream is filled with rainwater, and the entire environ is lush green. The shrines witness the presence of three great religions namely, Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

 

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 19:                 Aurangabad to Mumbai (By Air)

 

Early morining transfer to Aurangabad airport to board flight to Mumbai.

 

Flight No:                                            9W 355

Departure Aurangabad:                                0645 hrs.

Arrival Mumbai:                               0735 hrs.

 

Upon arrival at Mumbai, transfer to hotel for check-in.

 

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.

 

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 20:                 Mumbai

Morning proceed for an excursion to Elephanta Caves.

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 21:                 Mumbai Departure

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

 

  • 20 Nights’ accommodation on double/Twin  occupancy basis.
  • Meal Plan – Bed and breakfast basis at all places except at Chattra Sagar and Ranthambore 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 Ranthambore National Park by Canter (Seat in Coach basis)
  • Jeep Safari in Nimaj.
  • Train Travel on sector Jhansi – Agra by shatabdi express in executive class.
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort uphill and decent by Jeep.
  • Rickshaw ride in Jaipur.
  • 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.

Special Notes:

  • 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;
  • All the hotels and room categories are yet to be booked. Any change in hotel or room category may attract a supplement or reduction in the tour cost.
  • 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;
  • For Flight bookings, we will require complete names alongwith full first names of the guests;

 

For Security Reasons, it is mandatory to supply respective units the below

    • Guest Residential Address
    • Contact Numbers
    • Email ID
    • Nationality
    • Photo Identity
    • Copy of Passport