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50 Days Royal Rajasthan & Classical India with Nepal

50 Days Royal Rajasthan & Classical India with Nepal


Itinerary Summary

India and Nepal may be bordering countries but have a vast difference in their rich culture. If you wish to dive deep in the history and culture of these two beautiful countries take up a tour that takes you to the classical India with Nepal. You would just not stop glancing at the most amazing of the destinations that the tour takes you through. Some of the cities that are a part of the tour are Delhi, Mumbai, Katmandu, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Goa and Udaipur. All these cities have something special to offer to you. All you need to do is to make more space for sumptuous food that you would be having in each of the cities.

SUGGESTED HOTELS:
 

Destination

Hotels

Nights

Mumbai

LEELA KEMPINSKI

01

Delhi

IMPERIAL

02

Katmandu

HYATT REGENCY

02

Chitwan

TIGER TOPS

02

Delhi

TAJ PALACE

01

Varanasi

TAJ GANGES

02

Khajuraho

TAJ CHANDELA

01

Gwalior

TAJ USHA KIRAN PALACE

02

Agra

OBEROI AMARVILAS

02

Ranthambore

AMAN I KHAS

03

Jaipur

OBEROI RAJVILAS

03

Amanbagh

AMANBAGH (POOL PAVILION)

03

Samode

SAMODE PALACE

01

Nagaur

SWISS TENTED CAMP

02

Bikaner

LAXMI NIWAS PALACE (SUITE)

01

Jaisalmer

FORT RAJWADA (SUITE)

04

Jodhpur

TAJ UMAID BHAWAN PALACE

02

Chhatrasagar

SWISS TENTED CAMP

02

Udaipur

OBEROI UDAIVILAS

01

Devigarh

DEVIGARH RESORTS

01

Aurangabad

TAJ RESIDENCY

03

Marari

MARARI BEACH RESORT

02

Cochin

TAJ MALABAR

02

Goa

PARK HYATT

03

Mumbai

TAJ MAHAL (HERITAGE WING)

02 & ½


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In a double occupancy room / tent / suite 29999
  • Day 1:

    Mumbai – Delhi


    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed to the airport in time for flight to Delhi.

    Reach and transfer to your hotel. Relax.

    DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

    Overnight will be in Delhi.

  • Day 2:

    Delhi

    After breakfast proceed for a day sightseeing tour of the city.
     
    Start with the sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside.

    People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

    Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi.

    After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in allits facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

    Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence. If time permits then visit the Lotus temple located in south of Delhi. It is lotus shaped and has rightly been given the name. It is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It is open to all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquility. Its founder, Bahaullah (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahai as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.

    Enjoy the DANCES OF INDIA SHOW in the evening.

    Overnight will be in Delhi.

     

  • Day 3:

    Delhi – Katmandu

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Take flight to Katmandu.
    Reach Katmandu.

    The Katmandu Valley, the political, commercial and cultural hub of Nepal, is the first for the majority of visitors to Nepal. Once a separate kingdom in itself, it contains three fabled cities – Katmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Each is an artistic exposition of graceful temples, elegant palaces, brick paved courtyards and quaint streets. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage sites in the valley.

    In the afternoon visit the DURBAR SQUARE. It is the historic seat of royalty. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. Interesting things to see here are: Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD, the temple of Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction, Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Drum and the Jagannath Temple.

    On the right hand corner, a large wooden lattice screen hides an enormous gilded face of Sweta Bhairav. The screen is removed only during the Indra Jatra festival. There are also the Numismatic Museum and Tribhuvan Museum inside the Hanuman Dhoka Palace building. Photography is prohibited inside the museum. Both the museums remain closed on Sundays, Mondays and government holidays.

    In the evening enjoy a local dance program with an authentic NEPALI DINNER at the cultural centre.

    Overnight will be at Katmandu.

  • Day 4:

    Katmandu

    Katmandu:

    Breakfast will be at hotel.

    Take an early morning EVEREST FLIGHT for a view of the majestic HIMALAYAS and the MOUNT EVEREST.

    Proceed for visits to PASUPATINATH, SWAMBHUNATH & BOUDHNATH.

    The temple of Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath, with two tiered golden roof and silver door is considered one of the holiest shrines for Hindu. It is Top Hindu temple of the world. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can clearly see the temple and the activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati river.

    The Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath situated on the top of a hill west of the city is on the most popular and instantly recognisable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially know as the 'monkey templ' after the large tribe of handsome monkeys which guards the hill and amuses visitors and devotees with tricks, including slinding gracefully down the double banisters of the main stairway to the temple. The roving monkeys quickly snatch up any offerings of food made by devotes and will just as quickly grab anything you may be carrying.

    Proceed to visit BOUDDHANATH. The Stupa of Bouddhanath lies 8 km east of Kathmandu. This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the biggest in the world, and the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world.

    In the afternoon visit PATAN.

    Patan, the second-largest city in the valley, lies just across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu, but it's a much quieter and less frenetic place to visit. The city is justly proud of its temples and artisans and it is their handiwork that provides the focus of the stunning Durbar Square - choc-a-block with the largest display of Newari architecture in Nepal. It includes the Royal Palace, which contains a richly decorated bathtub, and the two-tiered brick Jagannarayan Temple.

    Look up to the roof struts to see carvings of figures engaged in quite athletic acts of intercourse. A few minutes' walk north of the square is the Golden Temple, a Buddhist monastery guarded by sacred tortoises that potter around the courtyard; and the Kumbeshawar, reputedly the oldest (1392) temple in Patan. South of the square is an area of charming streets lined with metal smiths and Brassware shops. Patan's other attractions are flung further. Among them is a collection of four stupas, thought to have been built over 2500 years ago, and Nepal's only zoo, which features a reasonable assortment of rhinos, tigers, leopards and bird life. Palm readers gather in the park outside - they may be able to point out which animal you'll be reincarnated as.

    Overnight will be at Katmandu.

  • Day 5:

    Katmandu – Chitwan

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and take flight to Bharatpur (the airport closest to Chitwan National Park).

    Transfer to the TIGER TOPS resort in 4X4 and check into the resort.

    For a country known for its beautiful mountains, the Gangetic flat lands of the Terai that stretches through out the southern part of Nepal provide a wholly different experience. (See the separate section on the Terai for more details.) A visit to Nepal remains incomplete without seeing the beauty of the Terai.

    And Chitwan is the best place to do so. The Royal Chitwan National Park, established in 1973, provides a great wildlife experience with its rich flora and fauna –read further for more details. The wildlife and the landscape are not as breathtaking as those found in Africa but still, the experience will stand out.

    Chitwan is only 150m above the sea level. The place gets steamy from March-June, with peak temperatures reaching 43�C in the shade. Short grass makes Feb-May the best game-viewing season, but the autumn months are gorgeous, with Himalayan views, and in winter (December-January), Chitwan is pleasantly warmed compared to Kathmandu. The monsoon season (July-August) is intense, with pounding rain, swollen rivers, and luxuriant vegetation. While the rain isn't constant, the humidity is all pervasive.

    The rooms are assigned and are briefed by the guest relation officer (or the lodge manager) about the programs that are to be done.

    Lunch will be served.

    Start activities at around 1530, with elephant ride. You will ride on an elephant to explore the jungle & the wildlife to see the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkeys, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, leopard and, if lucky, the Royal Bengal tiger. This exciting ride lasts for 2-3 hours. At 1830, you will be entertained with the slide show on the park and animals. With the dinner at the central dining hall at 1900, you will end your day. Or if you are in the mood, you can enjoy with the glass of different wines or beers available there.

    Overnight will be at Chitwan.

  • Day 6:

    Chitwan

    Today you will need to wake up early at 5:30 am, and start your day with the tea or coffee and proceed for the elephant ride/bird watching at 6:00 am. This encounter on foot with the environment will introduce the main features of the eastern Chitwan, Sal forests, open grassland and reverie jungle. The expert naturalist there will help you to identify the star birds, plants and other wildlife that you may encounter.

    Have breakfast at 8:00 am and prepare yourself for the elephant briefing, learn more about these fascinating animals during a visit to the elephant stable. (For the brave ones there is even a crash course in riding and leading the elephants).

    Have your lunch at 1:00 pm, and prepare yourself for the canoeing - a traditional dugout canoe takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds and the animals of the riverbanks. Back to resort through the Jungle.

    Enjoy your evening with the Stick dance of the ethnic group, the THARUS at 7:00 pm., which is the dance performed by the farmers of the nearby villages showing their traditional skills and dances.

    End your day with the dinner at 8:00 pm around the campfire.

    Overnight will be in Chitwan.

  • Day 7:

    Katmandu – Delhi

    Enjoy bird – watching early in the morning.

    Return to the resort for breakfast and freshen up.

    Take the flight to Katmandu and connecting flight to Delhi. Reach and check in at the hotel close to the airport.

    Overnight will be in Delhi.

  • Day 8:

    Delhi – Varanasi

    Breakfast will be at hotel.

    Transfer in time to airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

    Picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy River Ganges, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of learning in India, is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. This name seems to have been corrupted, in medieval times to Varanasi, which was in use till May 1956, when it was changed to Varanasi, by an order of the Government of India. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year. To every visitor Varanasi offers a breathtaking experience. The rays of the dawn shimmering across the Ganges; the high-banks; the temples and shrines along the banks bathed in a golden hue …soul stirring hymns and mantras along with the fragrance of incense filling the air…and the refreshing dip in the holy waters gently splashing at the Ghats. Varanasi – The land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education. Some of the world – renowned exponents India has produced in these fields were schooled in Varanasi’s cultural ethos. Luminaries apart, Varanasi abounds in the art of silk weaving, an exotic work of art which manifests itself in precious Banarasi silk sarees and silk brocades which are cherished as collector’s items across the world today.

    Visit Sarnath�� 5 miles out of Varanasi: The great Buddha enhanced the sanctity of Varanasi by choosing the environs of the city to preach his first sermon at Sarnath, (only 10 Kms away) after attaining enlightenment. Later, Ashoka, the great Mauryan Emperor erected magnificent stupas and other buildings along with his mighty stone pillar, Dharmarajika Stupa. The 110 ft. tall Damekh Stupa marks the place where Buddha preached first sermon.Sarnath has been a premier centre for Buddhism. It is a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics and antiques comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images on display at the Archaeological Museum (1000 hrs to 1700 hrs. Open all days except Friday)

    Enjoy the evening AARTI at the GHATS. The guide will be giving a commentary to you on the proceedings and meanings of the chants during the AARTI of the river.

    Overnight will be spent at Varanasi.

  • Day 9:

    Varanasi

    In the early morning drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. (To start at 0500 hrs. for the best lifetime experience) For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we'll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water's edge. Then return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga". As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity as the faithful are coming and going. Visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple while returning to the hotel.

    Return for breakfast to the hotel.

    Proceed for a morning guided tour of Varanasi including the Bharat Mata Temple, which features a big relief map of Mother India engraved in marble. Also visit the 18th century Durga Temple, commonly known as the Monkey Temple due to the huge population of the monkeys. Proceed to the Tulsi Manas Temple, crafted from white marble which features the entire Ramayana inscribed on its walls. Also visit the BHU considered as the biggest residential university in Asia. The University Campus houses an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

    Vishwanath Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is the most sacred shrine in Varanasi. The original temple was destroyed by the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb which was later restored by Rani Ahilyabai of Indore in the 18th century. The Gold plating of the dome was done during the 19th century by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab. Foreigner’s entry restricted.

    Banaras Hindu University: Founded by Pundit Madan Mohan Malviya it is considered to be the largest residential university in Asia. Within the university campus, Vishwanath Temple and Bharat Kala Kendra (Museum) are well worth a visit.

    Overnight will be in Varanasi.

  • Day 10:

    Varanasi – Khajuraho

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Check out and transfer to airport for flight to Khajuraho.

    Situated in the northernmost part of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is famous for its enchanting temples and its legendary Khajuraho dance festival. The name Khajuraho is derived from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree) which is grown abundantly in the region. The Khajuraho Temples are dedicated to a celebration of womanhood, her myriad moods and facets. Famous for its erotic architecture, the carvings include, women writing a letter, applying eye makeup, combing her tresses, dancing & playing with her child. Her innocent, blushed, charming, seductive, ardent beauty, all depicted in exquisitely sculptured details. These temples have been designed and carved to lead the eyes from ground level upward till you seem to be looking at heaven.

    In the afternoon visit the WESTERN TEMPLES.

    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. They were built during the mighty Chandela dynasty, the majority were constructed in a sudden burst of creative and religious energy, between the mid-10th and 11th centuries. After ruling for about 500 years the Chandela dynasty fell to the might of Islam and consequently the religious centre of Khajuraho was abandoned. The temples remain as a reminder of a society that believed in the full enjoyment of life, with all the senses being a path to nirvana. Of the eighty-five original temples only 22 remain, but many are in very good condition including the Kandariya Mahadeva, the Chatrabhuj, Parswanath and Ghantai Temples, each remarkable for its beautiful design and architecture.

    In the evening proceed for the SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW and retire for the night.

    Overnight will be at Khajuraho.

  • Day 11:

    Khajuraho – Orchha – Gwalior

    (170 km in 4 hr)

    Breakfast will be at the hotel. Start sightseeing of the EASTERN TEMPLES.

    Proceed by surface to ORCHHA by 11 AM.

    Reach and enjoy lunch.

    ORCHHA – A medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with Palaces and temples of the 16th and 17th century which have remarkable withstood the onslaught of time. The city is picturesquely flanked by the River Betwa.

    Proceed for sightseeing of ORCHHA sites within the Fort Complex.

    Proceed to the station (12 km away) for train to Gwalior. {This is a super-fast train with airline type seats.

    Reach Gwalior and transfer to hotel.

    A little southward of Agra is the ancient city of Gwalior. Centuries of history can be witnessed even today in its monuments, temples, museums and cultural traditions. The magnificent Gwalior Fort, with its reflections of art, religion and military might, is an enduring symbol of this glorious past. The colorful history of this city dates back to the eight century and is a mosaic of Rajput clans of the Pratihasas, Kachwahas and Tomars, each leaving their marks on the city’s magnificent monuments. Gwalior's history is traced back to a legend in 8th century AD when a chief tain known as Suraj Sen was struck by a deadly disease and cured by a hermit-saint Gwalipa. As a gratitude for that incidence, he founded this city by his name. The new city of Gwalior became existence over the centuries. The cradle of great dynasties ruled the city Gwalior. With different Dynasty, the city gained a new dimension from the warrior kings, poets, musicians, and saints who contributed to making it renowned throughout the country. The city is also the setting for the memorials of freedom fighters such as Tatya Tope and the indomitable Rani of Jhansi. Today the old settings stand side by side with the trappings of modernity.

    Overnight will be at hotel.

  • Day 12:

    Gwalior

    Proceed for a sightseeing tour of the city visiting the following interesting monuments.

    Gwalior Fort: Standing on a steep mass of sandstone, Gwalior Fort dominates the city and is its most significant monument. It has been the scene of momentous events, imprisonment, battles and jauhars. A steep road winds upwards to the fort, flanked by statues of the Jain tirthankaras, carved into the rock face. The magnificent outer walls of the fort still stand, two miles in length and 35 feet high, bearing witness to its reputation for being one of the most invincible forts of India. This imposing structure inspired Emperor Babur to describe it as “the pearl amongst the fortresses of Hind ".

    Man Mandir Palace: Built between 1486 and 1517 by Raja Mansingh.The tiles that once adorned its exterior have not survived, but at the entrance, traces of these still remain. Vast chambers with fine stone screens were once the music halls, and behind these screens, the royal ladies would learn music from the great masters of the day. Below, circular dungeons housed the state prisoners of the Mughals. Emperor Aurangzeb had his brother, Murad imprisoned, and later executed here. Close by is Jauhar Pond, where in the Rajput tradition, the Ranis committed mass sati after their consorts had been defeated in battle. At Man Mandir Palace, a poignant ambience of those days of chivalry and heroism still lingers in the silent chambers.

    Gujari Mahal: Within the fort are some marvels of medieval architecture. The 15th century Gujari Mahal is a monument to the love of Raja Mansingh Tomar for his intrepid Gujar Queen, Mrignayani. The outer structure of Gujari Mahal has survived in an almost total state of preservation; the interior has been converted into Archaeological Museum housing rare antiquities, some of them dating back to the 1st century A.D. Even though many of these have been defaced by the iconoclastic Mughals, their perfection of form has survived the ravages of time. Particularly worth seeing is the statue of Shalbhanjika from Gyraspur, the tree goddess, the epitome of perfection in miniature. The statue is kept in the custody of the museum's curator, and can be seen on request.

    Sas Bahu ka Mandir: Two architecturally beautiful 11th century temples.

    Jai Vilas Palace: A splendor of a different kind exists in the Jai Vilas Palace, current residence of the Scindia family. Some 25 rooms have been turned into the Jivaji Rao Scindia Museum, and in these rooms, so evocative of a regal lifestyle, the past comes alive. Jai Vilas is an Italianate structure which combines the Tuscan and Corinthian architectural modes. The imposing Darbar Hall has two central chandeliers weighing a couple of tonnes, and hung only after ten elephants had tested the strength of the roof. Ceilings picked out in gilt, heavy draperies and tapestries, fine Persian carpets and antique furniture from France and Italy are the features of these spacious rooms. Eye catching treasures include: a silver train with cut glass wagons which served guests as it chugged around the table on miniature rails; a glass cradle from Italy used for the baby Krishna each Janmashtami, silver dinner services and swords that were once worn by Aurangzeb and Shah Jahan. These are, besides, personal mementoes of past members of the Scindia family: the jeweled slippers that belonged to Chinkoo Rani, four-poster beds and gifts from practically every country in the world, hunting trophies and portraits. The Scindia Museum offers an unparalled glimpse into the rich culture and lifestyle of princely India.

    Sun Temple: Located near the Residency at Morar, thenewly constructed Sun Temple takes its inspiration from the famous Konark Sun Temple in Orissa.

    Ghaus Mohammed's Tomb: The sandstone mausoleum of the Afghan prince, Ghaus Mohammed, is also designed on early Mughal lines. Particularly exquisite are the screens which use the pierced stone technique as delicate as lace.

    Sarod Ghar: This Museum of Music has been set up in the old ancestral house of the legendary Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan. It houses ancient instruments of the great Indian Masters of yesteryears. It also houses an impressive collection of photographs and documents. Sarod Ghar is a unique institution devoted to promoting Indian classical music, heritage and culture. Through this 'window' to the past, music lovers can gain a better understanding of the evolution and history of our classical music and a deeper perspective and insight into the context of the art as it exists today.
    Overnight will be at the beautiful palace.

  • Day 13:

    Gwalior – Agra

    (125 km in 2 hr)

    Relax at the palace in the morning and enjoy your breakfast.

    Proceed to Agra after lunch.

    AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire – giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine.

    Reach and check in at the AMARVILAS with a view of the TAJ.

    Enjoy the sunset tour of TAJ MAHAL. Overnight will be in Agra.

  • Day 14:

    Agra

    Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra.

    TAJ MAHAL - Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

    AGRA FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.

    After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj.

    Relax at the beautiful hotel and spa.

    Overnight will be at Agra

  • Day 15:

    Agra – Ranthambore

    (221 km in 6 hr)

    Proceed for Ranthambore after breakfast.

    Visit FATEHPUR SIKRI - Fatehpur Sikri is 37 km west of Agra. Jajal-ud-din-Muhammad Akbar, Humanyun's son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu'inu'd-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS. Akbar, who was without a male heir heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568. The saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal's house, Marian's house and the Panchmahal.

    Continue your drive to Ranthambore.

    Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, at the junction of the Aravalis and the Vindhyas, is a unique example of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 kilometers from Sawai Madhopur. Get in tune with nature for a luxury holiday in the heart of the jungle. Most of the resorts are close to the National Park Gate, Tiger Den being the closest.

    It spreads over a highly undulating topography varying from gentle to steep slopes; from flat topped hills of the Vindhyas to the conical hillocks and sharp ridges of the Aravalis, from wide and flat valleys to narrow rocky gorges. An important geological feature the ‘Great Boundary Fault’ where the Vindhya plateaus meet the Aravali Hill range meanders through the Reserve. The National Park is bound by the rivers Chambal in the south and Banas in the north.

    Tiger, at the apex of the food chain, lord over the kingdom in a subtle way. Solitary by nature, it operates in stealth. Therefore tiger sightings, frequent as they are, are always a matter of chance. However, even evidences of tiger's activities are very exciting.

    Check in by early evening at the AMAN I KHAS.

    Enjoy the evening bonfire and retire early.

    Overnight will be at the edge of the park.

  • Day 16:

    Ranthambore

    Wake up early morning and leave for your safari into the National Park. Track the tigers and other wildlife through the morning. Return to the resort / lodge by 1000 in the morning and have breakfast.

    Freshen up and either spend time at the pool or visit the town. You could also go for a nice visit to the temple on top of the fort.

    In the afternoon have lunch and then leave again for you afternoon safari. The safari will be till evening 1700 – 1800 hr and then return to the resort / lodge.

    Dinner will be at the resort and retire early for the night. Overnight will be at Ranthambore.

  • Day 17:

    Ranthambore


    Wake up early morning and leave for your safari into the National Park. Track the tigers and other wildlife through the morning. Return to the resort / lodge by 1000 in the morning and have breakfast.

    Freshen up and either spend time at the pool or visit the town. You could also go for a nice visit to the temple on top of the fort.

    In the afternoon leave for visiting the crocodile farm which is in the CHAMBAL RAVINES (miles and miles of barren land once famous for the dacoits) an hour drive from Ranthambore. You would have packed lunch there.

    Return by early evening.

    Dinner will be at the resort and overnight will be at Ranthambore.

  • Day 18:

    Ranthambore – Jaipur

    (175 km in 4 hr)

    Enjoy your luxurious breakfast and drive to Jaipur.

    It is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the KSHATRIYA warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Thus, many enjoyed a privileged position under the Mughal emperors and also the British Raj that followed.

    The bustling Rajasthan capital of Jaipur takes its name from its venerated founder Jai Singh II, who was given the title Sawai Maharaja by the Mughal. Literally translated this would mean ’one and a quarter’, suggesting that the Mughal thought this emperor to be more valuable than just ‘one’. Jaipur is known as the ’Pink City’ on account of the distinctive colour of its buildings. This did not, however, form part of the original plan, but dates back to 1856, when the city was given a wash of pink in honor of a State Visit from Prince Albert.

    This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity. Enjoy the experience and spend night at Jaipur.

    Overnight will be in Jaipur.

  • Day 19:

    Jaipur

    Proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort after breakfast. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.
     
    AMBER FORT PALACE – Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.

    Continue sightseeing.

    CITY PALACE – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
     
    JANTAR MANTAR – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
     
    HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

    This afternoon is free for you to relax, shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for gold and silver jewellery, pottery, tie-dye materials, silk, saris, wooden handicrafts and carpets.

    Overnight will be at Jaipur.

  • Day 20:

    Jaipur

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    In the morning you will take a textile tour to SANGANER.

    Sanganer is a little village just 16 kilometres from Jaipur. Here you will find the centre of the region’s block printing industry. Traditionally, only coarse cotton was printed for the ankle-length, flared skirts of Rajasthani women and today, you can see cotton cloth being printed by hand. It is said that the water of Sanganer makes the colors fast. Sanganer is the busiest crafts centre in the region and you should have time to visit artisans in their workshops and browse for gifts. You can also visit the Blue Pottery Factory, to see pottery created in Jaipur’s distinctive style; graceful floral designs in white or deep sea-green painted over a traditional inky-blue glaze.
     
    Return for lunch and relax at the hotel and spa.

    In the evening enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the bustling bazaars. Jaipur is renowned for textile block printing, blue pottery, carpet weaving, semi-precious stones and local crafts which still thrive from the day of Maharaja Jai Singh's patronage when he designed special areas in the city for the 'bandhanas', the 'cheepas' and the 'meenakari' workers.

    Overnight will be at Jaipur.

  • Day 21:

    Jaipur – Amanbagh

    (155 km in 3 hr)

    Drive to AMANBAGH after a leisurely breakfast.

    Derived from the Sanskrit word for peace “AMAN”, and “BAGH” or garden in Hindi, AMANBAGH is a verdant oasis of mature palm, fruit and eucalyptus trees lying within a walled compound once the staging area for royal units. Evoking the palatial grandeur of the MOGHUL era, the 24 suites and 16 pool pavilions provide a tranquil garden from which to access the rich heritage of Rajasthan’s dramatic frontier region.

    Check in at the resort and let the professionals plan your next couple of days in the lap of nature and luxury.

    Enjoy a night excursion to the fort.

    Overnight will be at the resort.

  • Day 22:

    Amanbagh

    Spend day at relaxation visiting the local village and the markets or taking an excursion the forests beyond.

    Overnight will be at AMANBAGH.

  • Day 23:

    Amanbagh

    Spend day at relaxation visiting the local village and the markets or taking an excursion the forests beyond.

    Overnight will be at AMANBAGH.

  • Day 24:

    Amanbagh – Samode

    (130 km in 2 hr)

    Enjoy breakfast and proceed for sightseeing of a royal village of SAMODE.

    Samode according to the Rajputana Gazetteer of 1879 was a large and flourishing town. The Zamidars (landlords) of Samode - the principal thakurs of the state of Amber were the Nathawat clan from Chomu, a branch of the house of Amber, tracing their relation to the Jaipur Maharaja the fabled Prithviraj Singhji the 17th prince of the house of Kacchwaha Rajputs. Gopal Singhji one of his 12 sons was awarded Samode, a noble feudatory of the Amber & Jaipur principality. It was among the wealthiest territories in the Amber kingdom. The Zamidari eventually passed within the clan to the hands of Behari Das, a Rajput warrior in Mughal Service. After 6 generations in the hands of his descendants Samode was relinquished to the Raj.

    The 400-year-old SAMODE PALACE has a wealth of frescoes, many of them depicting religious subjects. The highlight is a vast DURBAR HALL.

    Take a walk of the Rajasthani village or take a camel cart ride. Have lunch at SAMODE PALACE.

    Overnight will be at the SAMODE PALACE.

  • Day 25:

    Samode – Nagaur

    (240 km in 4 hr)

    Enjoy breakfast at the palace and drive to NAGAUR.

    Reach and enjoy the FESTIVAL & FAIR. Stay at the royal tents put up by the royal family of Jodhpur. The chef here is very old and a personal employee of the royal family so the food quality is authentic and hard to beat in Rajasthan.

    Lunch and dinner will be at the camp. Overnight will be at NAGAUR.

  • Day 26:

    Nagaur

    Breakfast will be at the camp.

    Enjoy the fair and spend the day with the villagers and people soaking on the rustic culture and charm. All meals will be at the camp.

    Overnight will be at NAGAUR.

  • Day 27:

    Nagaur – Bikaner

    (60 km in 1 & ½ hr)

    Enjoy breakfast and drive to Bikaner.

    Bikaner retains the medieval splendor that pervades the city's lifestyle More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. Be it pulling heavy carts, transporting grainsor working on wells. Camels are the prime helpers.

    The wells of Bikaner – an important source of water are another attraction of the city. These are built on high plinth with slender minareted towers on each of the Four Corners and can be noticed even from a distance.

    Bikaner's history date backs to 1488 A.D. when a Rathore Prince, Rao Bikaji- a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur (1459 AD) Rao Jodhaji, established his kingdom here. Rao Jodhaji had five sons but Rao Bikaji was the most enterprising of them.

    Bikaji chose a barren wilderness called "jangladesh" and transformed it to an impressive city, called Bikaji after the Founder's Name. The strategic location of Bikaner on the ancient caravan routes that came from west/Central Asia made it a prime trade center in the times of the year. The city stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five gates.

    The magnificent forts and palaces created with delicacy in reddish-pink, sandstone, bear testimony to its historical and architectural legacy.

    Reach Bikaner and check in at hotel.

    Proceed for sightseeing tour of the city in the late afternoon / early evening.

    Visit the Junagarh Fort, constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the Moghul Emperor Akbar's army. Visit the Old City and the Karni Mata Temple. Also visit the one of the wells of Bikaner - an important source of water among other attractions of the city. These are built on high plinths with slender minareted towers on each of the four corners and can be noticed even from a distance.

    The old city visit would be on a horse drawn carriage. Overnight will be at Bikaner.

  • Day 28:

    Bikaner – Jaisalmer

    (330 km in 5 hr)

    Drive to Jaisalmer after a relaxing breakfast.

    Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city.

    The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 AD when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital -Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill.

    Reach and check in at hotel.

    Enjoy the dinner at a roof top restaurant of the city with a view of the fort.

    Stay overnight at Jaisalmer.

  • Day 29:

    Jaisalmer

    After a relaxed breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of The Golden City.

    It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert. Its temples, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. The city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies. Visit the JAISALMER FORT – The oldest living Fort in the world. (This is the highlight of the tour). See the Patwon-Ki-Havelies, Salim-Singh-Ki-Haveli and Gandhi Sagar Tank. Also visit Barabagh Hill.

    Also visit the ROYAL CENOTAPHS and relax in the evening.

    Overnight will be at Jaisalmer.

  • Day 30:

    Jaisalmer

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Enjoy the DESERT FESTIVAL during the day.

    In the afternoon, proceed to the SAND DUNES for visiting the typical Rajasthani Desert Village. View the sunset from the dunes, as the sky is set on fire. Return to the village for dinner amidst Rajasthani musicians playing haunting tunes.

    Retire for the night at the hotel and overnight will be in Jaisalmer.

  • Day 31:

    Jaisalmer

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Spend day enjoying the desert festival.

    Overnight will be at Jaisalmer.

  • Day 32:

    Jaisalmer – Jodhpur

    (300 km in 5 hr)

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed to Jodhpur.

    Set at the edge of the THAR Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the RATHORE clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the RAMAYANA. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 metres above the plains. The city is included by a high wall – 10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.
    Enjoy the evening program at the UMAID BHAWAN PALACE and overnight will be that palace.

  • Day 33:

    Jodhpur

    Breakfast will be at the palace.

    Enjoy the morning sightseeing tour of the city.

    Jodhpur is also known as the gateway to the desert beyond and home of the Rathors of Marwar. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, rising up a hilly scarp, built on the advice of a hermit, overlooking the city in the image of a long sentinel. Inside the Fort are a number of palaces added by successive rulers. In this palace you would see different miniature paintings & cradle room.

    After this you would visit Jaswant Thada Memorial on your way down from the fort.

    Enjoy the old city walk and have lunch in the roof top restaurant of a HAVELI (OLD HOUSE) with a spectacular view of the fort and the people around.

    Return to the hotel to freshen up and leave for CHANWA LUNI.

    Maharaja Jaswant Singh II Ruler of Jodhpur Marwar from 1876-1895 A.D is remembered as the benign Monarch who steered the administration and economy of Marwar away from chaos and instability to a period of sustained development and security and justice for all. Amongst the prominent civil servants in this Ruler's coterie of administrators, was a young Charan by the name of Kaviraj Muraridanji. He was an astute politician and a farsighted administrator. In 1894 Kaviraj Muraridanji received in Jagir the little known hamlet of Chanwa. There he built an exquisite little fortress Palace today known as Fort Chanwa. In 1941, Today Fort Chanwa restored to its pristine glory and charm by its proud owners Maharaj Dalip Singh & Rani Madhu Devi, warmly welcome travelers from distant lands offering princely hospitality in an inimitably enchanting setting - a Heritage Hotel in the finest traditions.

    Enjoy the hospitality and take a village safari in an open safari jeep. The village of Luni nestles in the shadow of the Fort walls and is a hub of activity with its many artisans fashioning metal, clay or wood into intricate forms and demonstrating the skills passed down over the centuries by their ancestors. The village elders solemnly reflect the changing times under shady trees, while the children enjoy running around narrow carefree streets. The women, swaying in their brilliant Rajasthani colours go about their daily chores to give water and sustenance to the village.

    Return to the city of Jodhpur and overnight will be spent in the palace.

  • Day 34:

    Jodhpur – Chhatrasagar

    Breakfast will be at hotel.

    Proceed to NIMAJ. (Chhatrasagar)

    The fort of Nimaj was built in 1733 by the valiant ruler- Thakur Jagram Singh. Situated in the heart of the town, it is a massive structure built in traditional Rajput style with courtyards and separate wings for men & women. The little township is surrounded by places of historical interest, like the 9th century temple Magar Mandi, 3 kms away. Visit nearby villages to see local craftsmen at work & a little further see blackbucks, blue bulls etc.

    Lakes in the desert region are a rarity having their own charm. Chhatra Sagar, 4 kms from the fort is a beautiful water body nestled between two hillocks. Built as a summer retreat, the lush green lawn, flowering trees and clear waters are like an oasis in the otherwise dry region. Boating and angling is possible. It is surrounded by lush green fields and vast grazing pastures. Chhatra Sagar, a hundred-year old reservoir with a periphery of about 10 kilometers, is an ideal destination for nature lovers and a perfect getaway from the chaotic city life.

    As a hunting preserve of the Nimaj Estate, Chhatra Sagar has witnessed many exciting shikar camps and leisure parties. Today, the campsite, situated on the dam, offers breathtaking views of the sunrise, sunset and the Aravalli ranges on the horizon. The old shooting box - Aodhi has been put to good use as it provides a closer view of the water fowl and birds of prey.

    Watch the birds, go for nature walks, soak in the fresh air, sit around the bonfire and listen to old folk lore - or be more adventurous and take one of the many safaris on offer. Experience the warm hospitality, and enjoy some truly delicious Indian and traditional Rajasthani meals cooked with farm fresh vegetables in the family kitchen.

    Relax in the tastefully designed and well-appointed tented accommodation. Each tent has an attached bath with running hot and cold water, and its own private sit out overlooking the lake.

    Overnight will be at the camp.

  • Day 35:

    Chhatrasagar

    Enjoy the day with the family and spend time watching birds. Savor the delectable Rajasthani cuisine and relax.

    Overnight will be at Chhatrasagar.

  • Day 36:

    Chhatrasagar – Ranakpur – Udaipur

    (200 km in 4 hr)

    Breakfast will be at the camp.

    Proceed to Udaipur.

    Take a small detour to see the RANAKPUR TEMPLES.

    The RANAKPUR JAIN TEMPLES, dating back to the 15th century have 200 pillars, none of which are alike, support its 29 halls. The Temple abounds with intricate friezes and sculptures. Includes visits to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures.

    Enjoy the hot authentic lunch at a local village restaurant (hygienic) and continue drive to Udaipur.

    The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.

    Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the LAKE PICHOLA is an enticing sight. Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.

    Take a walk of the old city around the lake and in the evening proceed for motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert.

    Also visit the Jag Mandir – the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the palace and return to the hotel.

    Overnight will be at Udaipur.

  • Day 37:

    Udaipur (Devigarh)

    Breakfast will be at hotel.

    Proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard.

    Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, the Jagdish Temple and the Royal Cenotaphs.

    The sightseeing of Udaipur is not too long. Finish by late morning and then freshen up to enjoy the hotel.

    Check out by mid-afternoon and proceed to DEVIGARH.

    Enjoy the spa at the hotel or proceed for a visit of the village. Spend time in a village and return to the resort (fort).

    Overnight will be at Devigarh.

  • Day 38:

    Udaipur – Aurangabad

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed to the airport at leisure for direct flight to Aurangabad.

    Reach and check into the hotel.

    The city of Aurangabad was founded in 1610, on the site of a village, Khirki by Malik Ambar - the Prime Minister of Murtaza Nizam Shah II. When Fateh Khan, Malik Ambar's son turned successor in 1626, he gave the city the name 'Fatehpur'. Later in 1653, when Prince Aurangzeb became Viceroy of the Deccan, he made the city his capital and called it Aurangabad. Aurangzeb added the walls that enclose the central part of the city in 1686 in order to withstand attacks from the Marathas. There are four principle gateways to the city - the Delhi Darwaza, the Jalna Darwaza, the Paithan Darwaza and the Mecca Darwaza. Nine secondary gateways also formed a part of the defensive system of this city.

    Aurangabad district has always been a prominent region on the Deccan plateau. Having been inhabited since the Stone Age, it has a long artistic and cultural history - to which several dynasties have made major contributions over the years. Maurya rule marked the arrival of Buddhism in Maharashtra.

    Aurangabad today is a bustling city of Maharashtra with diverse big and small industries, fine silken textiles, and exquisite hand woven brocades of silver and gold fabrics, Himroo of world frame. To scholars and lovers of art and culture the city is more familiar as the gateway to the ancient caves of Ajanta and Ellora, both famous as treasure houses of Indian Art and Sculpture.

    Enjoy the hotel in the evening.

    Overnight will be at Aurangabad.

  • Day 39:

    Aurangabad

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.

    Proceed for a full day sightseeing with excursion to Ajanta Caves.

    Ajanta caves: Nestling in an inner fold of the Sahyardi hills, 100 km from Aurangabad in the shape of a mammoth horse- shoe, are the 30 rock-hewn caves of Ajanta. The Caves date from the 2nd century BC. Discovered in 1819 by a group of British army officers, these startling achievements took around 600 years to create. Carved with little more than a hammer and chisel, Ajanta, once the retreat of Buddhist monastic orders features several 'chaityas' (chapels) and 'viharas' (monasteries). The exquisite wall and ceiling paintings, panels and sculptures of Buddha's life are famous throughout the world as the earliest and finest examples of Buddhist pictorial art.

    Return to Aurangabad and visit the Daulatabad Fort.

    Once known as 'Devgiri', this magnificent 12th century fortress stands on a hill just 13 km. from Aurangabad. It was given the name Daulatabad, the 'city of fortune', by Muhammad Tughlaq, Sultan of Delhi. Initially a Yadav stronghold, it passed through the hands of several dynasties in the Deccan. One of the world's best preserved fort of medieval times, surviving virtually unaltered, Daulatabad yet displays the character that made it invincible. This is a Fortress that was conquered only by treachery. A series of secret, quizzical, subterranean passages lie coiled like a python amidst the fort. Here flaring torches were thrust upon an unwary enemy. Or hot oil poured down his path, as he deliberated in the labyrinth. Also the heat from a brazier was blown into the passage by a process of suction suffocating the entire garrison within. The Fort itself lies in the body of an isolated hill; the steep hill - sides at the base falling so sharply to the moat that no hostile troops could scale the height. The moat, 40 ft. deep with mechanical drawbridges teemed with crocodiles. A 5-kilometer sturdy wall, artificial scarping and a complicated series of defenses made Daulatabad impregnable. The 30-meter high Chand Minar (Tower) built much later with 3 circular galleries had a defensive and religious role in the fortress.

    Overnight will be at Aurangabad.

  • Day 40:

    Aurangabad

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed for a visit to the Ellora Caves, Daulatabad Fort and Aurangabad Caves.

    Ellora Caves: Impressive in their own right is the rock-hewn temples and monasteries of Ellora that lie just 30 km away from Aurangabad city. In all, there are 34 cave temples, 12 Mahayana Buddhist caves (550-750 AD), 17 Hindu caves (600-875 AD) and 5 caves of the Jain faith (800-1000 AD) 22 more caves, dedicated to Lord Shiva, were recently discovered. Kailas Temple (cave16), the central attraction at Ellora, is the most remarkable. Chiseled by hand from a single massive rock, it includes a gateway, pavilion, courtyard, vestibule, sanctum, sanctorum and tower which bear testimony to the excellence of Dravidian art. It is believed to have taken 7000 laborers, working in continuous shifts and 150 years to build. Ever since the first European visitors in 18th Century, Ellora has attracted chroniclers, antiquarians, scholars and in more recent years, ever- increasing number of tourists.

    Aurangabad Caves: The almost forgotten caves of Aurangabad lie just outside the city. Excavated between the 2nd and 6th century AD, they reflect TANTRIC influences in their iconography and architectural designs. In all there are nine caves which are mainly viharas (monasteries). The most interesting among these are Caves 3 and 7. The former is supported on 12 highly ornate columns and has sculptures depicting scenes from the legendary 'Jakata' tales. Cave 7 with its detailed figures of bejeweled women also has a dominating sculpture of a 'Bodhisattva' praying for deliverance.

    In the evening enjoy the TEXTILES tour in the city. Overnight will be in Aurangabad.

  • Day 41:

    Aurangabad – Mumbai

    Mumbai – Cochin:
    By Flight

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Take flight to Mumbai and connecting flight to Cochin.

    Arrive Cochin and drive to Marari Beach Resort – a beautiful eco friendly beach side resort.

    Enjoy the resort and the calm beach during the day.

    Overnight will be at Marari.

  • Day 42:

    Marari

    Breakfast will be at the resort.

    Enjoy the resort taking a local village trip and the AYURVEDA.

    Overnight will be at Marari Beach resort.

  • Day 43:

    Marari – Cochin

    Excursion to the magical backwaters

    Proceed for Aleppey by surface after a leisurely breakfast.

    Board the houseboat. Our backwater journey will start from Aleppey (also known as Alappuzha) which is known as the Venice of the East. It was here that traders from across the seven seas came in search of black gold and souvenirs.

    Plunge into a crystal maze of one of the greatest gifts of nature that god has bestowed upon us. As the boat glides silently forward through the largest vast expanse backwater body, The Vembanad Lake, you will drift into a world of peace and serenity. At this point, we will serve you the mouth watering local cuisine and you will agree that it is truly God’s own country.

    After a short siesta be prepared for the most fascinating journey through the panoramic view of the paddy fields admiring duck farming, watching divers diving for mussels via Mangalam, Chithira, R-block and C block with a cup of steaming tea/coffee in your hand.

    On our way a stop at the St. Mary’s Church at Champakulam is a must. One of the oldest churches in Kerala, the St. Mary’s church is believed to be one of the seven established by St Thomas. You will see the 130 feet long snake racing boat here as they originally belong to this place.

    Disembark the houseboat and drive to Cochin.

    The eventful history of this city began when a major flood in AD 1341 threw open the estuary at Kochi, till then a land locked region, turning it into one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Kochi thus became a haven for seafaring visitors from all over the world and became the first European town-ship in India when the Portuguese settled here in the 15th century.

    The Dutch wrested Fort Kochi from the Portuguese in AD 1663 and later in the last phase of the colonial saga, the British took over, the town in 1795. During 1660's, Fort Kochi peaked in stature as a prime commercial centre and its fame spread far and wide - variously as a rich trade centre, a major military base, a vibrant cultural hub, a great ship building centre, a centre for Christianity and so on. Today, centuries later, the city is home to nearly thirteen communities.

    Proceed in the evening for the HARBOUR CRUISE and watch the fishing island, dolphins and old town from the sea. Enjoy the sunset from here.

    Overnight will be in Cochin.

  • Day 44:

    Cochin

    Breakfast will be at hotel.

    Today you will visit Cochin, one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. The Jewish community traces its history to nearly 2000 years ago. In 1948 the community numbered 2500 and today there are fewer that 30 people. The community is still centered round JEWTOWN where you will visit its crown Jewel, the Paradesi Synagogue. Built in 1568 and reconstructed after a Portugese bombardment in 1662, the synagogue is distinguished by its tile roof and bell tower. The small synagogue is also known for its hand-painted, willow-patterned, blue and white Chinese floor tiles, and the many brass and crystal lamps that hang from the ceiling. Later visit the interesting International Pepper Exchange, also located in Jewtown.

    Proceed for a sightseeing tour of FORT COCHIN. A few interesting sites included in the tour are the Chinese fishing nets along the Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, etc. Learn the operation of the interesting Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles which work on the principle of balance. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450. Vasco Da Gama Square, the narrow promenade that parallels the beach, is the best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea.

    Chinese fishing nets: The Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles work on the principle of balance. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450. Vasco Da Gama Square, the narrow promenade that parallels the beach, is the best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea.

    JEWISH SYNAGOGUE: The Jewish community traces its history to nearly 2000 years ago. In 1948 the community numbered 2500 and today there are fewer that 30 people. The community is still centered round JEWTOWN where you will visit its crown Jewel, the Paradesi Synagogue. Built in 1568 and reconstructed after a Portugese bombardment in 1662, the synagogue is distinguished by its tile roof and bell tower. The small synagogue is also known for its hand-painted, willow-patterned, blue and white Chinese floor tiles, and the many brass and crystal lamps that hang from the ceiling. Later visit the interesting International Pepper Exchange, also located in Jewtown.

    The Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow etc. are also nice for sightseeing. Take a boat ride and visit BOLGATTY PALACE and VYPPIN ISLAND.

    In the evening proceed for KATHAKALI DANCE PRESENTATION.

    Over night stay at hotel.

  • Day 45:

    Cochin – Goa

    Enjoy breakfast and drive to airport for flight to Goa.

    Reach and check in at the beautiful PARK HYATT resort.

    Goa, variously known as "Rome of the East", "Tourist Paradise" and "Pearl of the Orient", the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers around the world. Nestled on the slopes of the Western ghats (Sahyadri ranges), Goa is bounded on the North by Sindhudurg district of Maharasthra, on the East by Belgaum, on the South by Karwar Districts of Karnataka, and on the west by Arabian Sea.

    Legends from Hindu mythology credit Lord Parshuram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu with the creation of Goa. Over the centuries various dynasties have ruled Goa. Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Silaharas, Chalukyas, Bahamani Muslims and most famously the Portuguese have been rulers of Goa. Goa was liberated by the Indian Army from Portuguese colonization on 19th of December 1961 and became a Union Territory along with the enclaves of Daman and Diu. On 30th of May 1987 Goa was conferred statehood and became the 25th state of the Indian Republic. After all, more than anywhere else on planet earth, this is a place where people really know how to relax.

    Enjoy the resort and the private beach.

    Overnight will be at Goa.

  • Day 46:

    Goa

    Enjoy the resort and the beach.

    Breakfasts will be at the resort.

    One of the days (I would prefer on DAY 46) take the tour of North & Old Goa visiting the churches and the PANJIM city.

    Nights will be at PARK HYATT, Goa.

  • Day 47:

    Goa

    Enjoy the resort and the beach.

    Breakfasts will be at the resort.

    One of the days (I would prefer on DAY 46) take the tour of North & Old Goa visiting the churches and the PANJIM city.

    Nights will be at PARK HYATT, Goa.

  • Day 48:

    Goa – Mumbai

    Breakfast will be at the resort.

    Transfer to the airport for flight to Mumbai. Transfer to hotel.
    Its young, its lively and a confluence of varied cultural currents and cross currents have given Mumbai a unique position of the most multi-ethnic city of India. The capital city of Maharashtra State, formerly known as Bombay lies in the southwestern part of India and occupies a peninsular site originally composed of seven islets lying off the Konkan Coast of western India. Oozing with the self-confidence of a maverick moneymaker and "Bindass" (carefree) attitude, Mumbai is also country's financial and commercial hub and has a principal port on the Arabian Sea.

    Relax in the evening or you could go out shopping and exploring the city.

    Overnight will be in Mumbai.

  • Day 49:

    Mumbai

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed for a city tour of Mumbai after a relaxed breakfast.

    Mumbai Fort: The area north of Colaba is known as Mumbai Fort, since the old British fort was once located here. There are a lot of impressive buildings from Mumbai's golden period here. St. John's church, dedicated to the soldiers, who laid down their lives in the Sindh campaign of 1838, and the first Afghan war of 1843, is also worth a visit.

    Marine Drive in Mumbai: Marine Drive located in the central Mumbai, built in the 1920s and 30s on land reclaimed from the sea, is Mumbai's most famous thoroughfare. It is also referred to as the Queen's Necklace because of the dramatic line of street lamps lit up at night. Recently it has come to known as Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Road with Nariman Point on one end toBabulnath, at the foot of Walkeshwar on the other.

    Gateway of India: Mumbai's principal landmark, the Gateway of India is a huge archway on the water's edge at Apollo Bunder. It is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. This famous monument was built to commemorate the visit of the first ever British Monarch, King George V and Queen Mary in 1911.

    Flora Fountain/ Hutama Chowk: This fountain situated in the heart of the city was erected in 1869 in honour of a British Governor of Bombay. Sir Brtle Frere. Flora Fountain marks a junction of five streets and known as the 'Picadilly Circus 'of Mumbai, which is decorated at its four corners with mythological figures, the Fountain is a structure in dull stone with a figure the Roman Goddess of flowers, at the top.

    Hanging Gardens in Mumbai: Also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, the Hanging Gardens were built in 1880 and renovated in 1921. These gardens are popularly known as Hanging Gardens, because of their location on the slope of a hill. The terrace garden looks south from Malabar Hill towards Colaba, and affords a panoramic view of the city or a breathtaking sunset. It is built over three reservoirs, which store 30 million gallons of water pumped here for cleaning before being supplied to the town.

    Victoria Terminus/Western Railway Station: At the site of the Koli's original temple to Mumba Devi now stands Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus - one of Mumbai's most prominent buildings and architecturally one of the finest stations in the world. It is built in a style that combines Gothic and Indian influences. It was completed in 1885. Designed by F.W. Stevens the building commenced in 1878. This Italian gothic Building has a frontage of over 1500 feet. The administrative offices form three sides of a rectangle enclosing an ornamental garden, the entrance gate guarded by a massive stone Lion and Tiger. The most prominent feature of this building is the high 160 feet dome crowning the centre. On top of the giant dome is a figure of a women with a torch held aloft to symbolise progress.

    Mumbai High court: An attractive building in early English Gothic style, situated next to the Oval Ground is well worth a visit for its impressive architecture. Statues representing Justice and Mercy surmount the Central structure.

    Rajabai Clock tower: Rajabai Clock tower, situated at the gardens of the Bombay University building rises above the portion of the library section. Consisting of five elaborately decorated storeys the tower is 280ft.in height. The top of the cupola is ornamented with sixteen statues depicting various Indian castes.

    Finish the tour and then in the afternoon and return to the hotel.

    Enjoy lunch and in the evening visit the nearby places for some nice shopping. Later in the evening proceed to the MARINE DRIVE for a horse carriage ride which would be really pretty.

    Overnight will be at the hotel.

  • Day 50:

    Mumbai – Home

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Visit QUEEN VICTORIA MUSEUM and then proceed for shopping around COLABA.

    You could take a spa or relax in the hotel enjoying the sea and the activities.

    Freshen up and then proceed after dinner in the evening to the airport in time for flight home (very early of 10th of March) with sweet memories of India.

    TOUR ENDS

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  1. DOUBLE ACCOMMODATION AT SUGGESTED HOTELS,
  2. DAILY BREAKFASTS AT HOTELS,
  3. EVEREST FLIGHT IN KATMANDU,
  4. ECONOMY CLASS AIRFARE BETWEEN DELHI – KATMANDU – DELHI,
  5. ALL SIGHTSEEING AND TOURS IN KATMANDU,
  6. NEPALI DANCE SHOW WITH DINNER AT KATMANDU,
  7. ALL ASSISTANCE IN KATMANDU,
  8. FLIGHTS BETWEEN KATMANDU AND BHARATPUR,
  9. ALL ACTIVITIES AND MEALS AT CHITWAN TIGER TOPS,
  10. ALL NATIONAL PARK ENTRANCES AT CHITWAN,
  11. SIGHTSEEING TOURS AS MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY,
  12. ALL TOURS AND TRANSFERS IN AC PRIVATE SUV,
  13. ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE FOR ALL MENTIONED TOURS,
  14. SARNATH EXCURSION AT VARANASI,
  15. SUNRISE & SUNSET GANGES CRUISE IN VARANASI,
  16. EVENING AARTI IN GANGES GHATS AT VARANASI,
  17. SOUND & LIGHT SHOW AT KHAJURAHO,
  18. LUNCH AT ORCHHA,
  19. SHORT ELEPHANT SAFARI AT SAMODE,
  20. FIRST CLASS RAIL TRAVEL FOR MENTIONED SECTOR,
  21. NATIONAL PARK SAFARIS AT Ranthambore,
  22. ALL EXCURSIONS AS MENTIONED,
  23. ALL MEALS AT Ranthambore,
  24. ALL MEALS AT AMANBAGH WITH EXCURSIONS, ETC,
  25. ALL MEALS AT NAGAUR CAMP,
  26. ALL MEALS AT CHHATRASAGAR CAMP,
  27. ALL AIRFARE IN BUSINESS CLASS,
  28. ALL MONUMENT ENTRANCE FEES,
  29. AJANTA & ELLORA EXCURSIONS IN AURANGABAD,
  30. ASSISTANCE AT THE AIRPORTS ON ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE,
  31. ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES,
  32. DAY HOUSEBOAT CRUISE AT BACKWATERS,
  33. LUNCH ON THE HOUSEBOAT,
  34. KATHAKALI DANCE SHOW AT COCHIN,
  35. HARBOUR CRUISE AT COCHIN,
  36. PRIVATE BOAT RIDE AT UDAIPUR,
  37. ELEPHANT RIDE AT AMER FORT – JAIPUR AND
  38. ALL ROAD TAXES, GOVERNMENT TAXES AND DRIVER ALLOWANCES.

 

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