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15 Days Classical India with Goa unwind

15 Days Classical India with Goa unwind


Itinerary Summary

Known for beaches, revelry, and music, Goa is a pretty place to unwind. Pretty churches, and Portuguese influence helps westerners to identify with it more than other tourist attractions in India. The busy nightlife and die-hard partying here also owes itself to a much more prominent western influence. Goa is strewn with several isolated beaches and straight-faced seaside cliffs well known amongst lovebirds. An alternative healing culture of Goa has given birth to several Yoga, massage, Reiki, and Ayurveda centers around the city that attract tourists with unique packages that promise to help them relax and rejuvenate.
The Classical India with Goa Unwind Tour also covers the gems of Indian tourism – Taj Mahal that has manages to reclaim its place amongst the Seven Wonders of the World; the Red Fort and Qutub Minar of Delhi; the Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar of Jaipur, the Ghats and Temples of Holy City of Varanasi; and the famous Khajuraho Temples known for some of the most explicit depiction of sensuousness and eroticism in sacred precincts, built perhaps to educate the newly weds about what all the life holds for them and how worldly pleasures ultimately make way for divinity and inner peace as one makes an inward journey.

SUGGESTED HOTELS:

 

City 4 star & basic 5 star hotels Nights
Delhi Oberoi Maidens / Connaught 02
Varanasi Radisson Varanasi 01
Khajuraho Radisson Khajuraho 01
Agra Howard Park Plaza 02
Jaipur Park Plaza 02
Udaipur Shiv Niwas Palace 02
Goa Radisson White Sands 04

 

  • Day 1:

    Arrival at Delhi

    You will be met on arrival at the International airport. 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

    Breakfast will be at the hotel. Start a tour of Old Delhi in the morning.
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    OLD DELHI� - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat�� - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire.
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    Enjoy a Cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.

    Start tour of New Delhi after lunch.

    NEW DELHI - An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and the President’s Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Also visit the LOTUS TEMPLE & BIRLA MANDIR.

    Overnight will be in Delhi.

  • Day 3:

    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 for a day excursion: One of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Here he revealed the eight fold path that leads to the attainment of inner peace, Enlightenment and Ultimate Nirvana. Witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and then visit a fine Museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures found at the site.

    Spend the evening walking in the lanes of Varanasi. Overnight will be at Varanasi.

  • Day 4:

    Varanasi – Khajuraho

    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 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.

    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.

    Reach Khajuraho. Transferred to hotel and relax. Visit the WESTERN SET OF TEMPLES. In the evening enjoy the LIGHT & SOUND SHOW at the temple complex.

    Overnight will be at Khajuraho.

  • Day 5:

    Khajuraho – Orchha – Jhansi – Agra

    (170 KM)

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Orchha Fort, OrchhaVisit the EASTERN TEMPLES & THE JAIN TEMPLES.

    Proceed by surface to ORCHHA.

    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.

    Lunch will be at Orchha and then proceed to the station (12 km away) for train to Agra. {This is a superfast train with airline type seats and snacks / mineral water is served on board)

    Reach Agra and transfer to hotel.

    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.

    Overnight will be at Agra.

  • Day 6:

    Agra

    Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra after breakfast.

    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.

    In the afternoon visit FATEHPUR SIKRI - The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its� "ruins" are in pristine condition� ...� it’s not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world.

    Overnight will be at Agra.

  • Day 7:

    Agra – Jaipur

    (221 KM)

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Jaipur.

    Stop at fatehpur Sikri for sightseeing.

    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 drive and reach Jaipur by afternoon.

    Jaipur 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 8:

    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.

    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.

    Take a “walk” in the heritage city and choose from one of the specially designed “walking trails” for the best experience.

    Overnight will be at Jaipur.

  • Day 9:

    Jaipur – Udaipur

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and drive to Udaipur early.

    Reach by afternoon.

    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.

    Walk around the hotel which will be in the old city and enjoy the culture of the MEWAR.

    Overnight will be at Udaipur.

  • Day 10:

    Udaipur

    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.

    Proceed for Evening Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola.� From the boat you will be able to view the city ofUdaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert.� Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace – the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace.

    If time permits, go up to the monsoon palace. Overnight will be in Udaipur.

  • Day 11:

    Udaipur – Mumbai - Goa

    Breakfast will be at hotel.

    Take morning flight to Goa via Mumbai. Reach and transfer to hotel.

    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 byKarwar 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.

    Relax at the beach during the evening.

    Overnight will be at Goa.

  • Day 12:

    Goa

    Relax at the beach or explore the town.

    Breakfasts will be in hotel.

    Overnight will be in Goa.

  • Day 13:

    Goa

    Relax at the beach or explore the town.

    Breakfasts will be in hotel.

    Overnight will be in Goa.

  • Day 14:

    Goa

    Relax at the beach or explore the town.

    Breakfasts will be in hotel.

    Overnight will be in Goa.

  • Day 15:

    Goa – Delhi - Mumbai

    Enjoy the morning at the resort after breakfast.

    Take afternoon flight to Mumbai / Delhi (depends on which destination your flight is leaving from) and then connecting flight home with sweet memories of your tour.

  1. ACCOMMODATION AT MENTIONED HOTELS,
  2. ALL SIGHTSEEING TOURS,
  3. AIR-CONDITIONED PRIVATE TOYOTA QUALIS FOR ALL TOURS,
  4. ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE FOR ALL MENTIONED TOURS,
  5. ASSISTANCE AT THE AIRPORTS ON ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE,
  6. ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES,
  7. ALL ROAD TAXES, GOVERNMENT TAXES AND DRIVER ALLOWANCES,
  8. AC TRAIN FARES FOR SECTORS MENTIONED,
  9. ALL TRAIN STATION TRANSFERS WHERE REQUIRED,
  10. ELEPHANT RIDE AT AMER FORT – JAIPUR ,
  11. BOAT RIDE AT LAKE PICHOLA IN UDAIPUR,
  12. SOUND & LIGHT SHOW AT KHAJURAHO,
  13. LUNCH AT ORCHHA,
  14. SARNATH EXCURSION WITH GUIDE AT VARANASI,
  15. SUNRISE BOAT-RIDE AT RIVER GANGES WITH GUIDE IN VARANASI,
  16. SHORT CAMEL TREK CLOSE TO JODHPUR WITH DINNER AND
  17. SIGHTSEEING TOURS WITH TRANSFERS IN MUMBAI & GOA.

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