Cultural & Architecture Tour 14 Nights / 15 Days

Destinations Covered :
Delhi - Khajuraho - Orcha - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Mumbai - Aurangabad - Mumbai - Onward Destination


Arrive Delhi. Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by our representative at the airport. Overnight in Delhi.
Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning you will be given the city tour of Old and New Delhi. The tour of the 17th-century old city includes the great mosque of Jama Masjid, The main street of Old Delhi is the colorful shopping bazaar known as Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, most spectacular pieces of Mughal architecture, built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648. Drive past Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.

The tour of New Delhi includes Qutab Minar, one of the most popular landmarks in Delhi built in 1199. The Humayun's Tomb, the precursor of the Taj Mahal. Drive down the spectacular Rajpath (“the Kingsway,”) passing the India Gate (the memorial built to commemorate the unknown soldiers,) the President’s House, and the House of Parliament. Enjoy a brief respite from the otherwise bustling city at Birla Mandir, a modern and colourful Hindu temple.

Breakfast at hotel. Morning is at leisure. Later transfer to Airport to connect flight for Khajuraho. Khajuraho is famous for its 10th century Chandela dynasty temples and their erotic sculpture. On arrival at Khajuraho transfer to hotel. In the afternoon you will explore the little town known the world-over for its Nagara style of temple architecture and erotic sculpture. Overnight at hotel.

Breakfast at hotel. Today drive to Jhansi (approx 190 Kms / 4 hrs. drive). En-route visit Orcha. On arrival transfer to Jhansi Railway station to connect train to Agra. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Agra - “The Land of Taj” was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and even today it seems to linger in the past. Agra is an old city and it is said that its name was derived from Agrabana, a forest that’s finds mention in the epic Mahabharata. It was during the time of the third emperor “Akbar” that Agra came into its own and later on his grandson “Shah Jahan” ornamented the city with that masterpiece of Mughal architecture - The Taj Mahal.

Breakfast at hotel.
This morning visit Taj Mahal - the immortal poem in White marble, it is the finest expression of undying love. Continue visit of the Red Fort- a masterpiece of design and construction, housing a number of exquisite buildings including the Musamman Burji, where Emperor Shah Jahan had Spent his time looking at Taj Mahal his beloved queen’s tomb and died in imprisonment.
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast drive to Jaipur (232 kms / 5 hrs.) via Fathepur Sikri - the first planned city in Indo- Islamic architecture built in late 16th century by Emperor Akbar. Jaipur - Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance, and song with the traditional arts and crafts. It's one of India's most well planned cities, with wide, straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes in a grid system. The great warrior/astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II carefully planned Jaipur's foundation. Upon arrival at Jaipur check in at the hotel. Rest of the time is at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel.
This morning visit to Amber Fort, riding elephants or Jeep Safari up the ramparts to the palace. Amber Fort was the ancient capital of the State. Visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors. Afternoon visit the Maharaja’s City Palace and the Observatory, Albert Hall Museum, Drive past Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds) & Birla White Marble Temple. Visit the unique Jantar Mantar observatory, which was built in 1700’s. Overnight at hotel.

Breakfast at hotel.
Morning drive to Jodhpur which is 343 kms / 7 hrs. drive. Enroute you can visit temples and Pushkar fair mela at Pushkar. On arrival transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Thar Desert Jodhpur,Top Travels PackagesJodhpur - 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 Mts. Above the plains. The city is encompassed by a high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.

Breakfast at hotel.
This morning you explore the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort-Museum, one of the largest in India, unsurpassed in beauty and grandeur - and a perfect example of desert variant of Rajput architecture. Other tourist spots are Mandore garden, Clock Tower and Jaswant Thanda. You may also visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace which is in the outskirts of the city. In the evening visit Osiyan which is famous for cultural heritage and ancient temples.

Breakfast at hotel.
Today drive to Udaipur (approx 259 Kms. / 6 Hrs. drive). En-route the largest and most beautifully preserved world famous Jain Temple at Ranakpur. Proceed to Udaipur and check into hotel. < /p>

Breakfast at hotel.
The day begins with a visit to the City Palace, which is largest in Rajasthan. You will also see lovely medieval Jagdish Temple and Sahelion-Ki-Bari or the "Gardens of the Maids of Honour". Evening boat ride at Lake Pichola (subject to water level). Overnight at hotel.

Morning visit Eklingji and Nagda Temples. Later transfer to Airport to connect flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival Mumbai, connect flight to Aurangabad. On arrival transfer to hotel.

Breakfast at hotel.
Morning tour of Ajanta Caves. Ajanta Caves are 106 kms from Aurangabad and date back to the 2nd century BC. The 30 rock hewn caves are adorned with Buddhist sculpture and the frescoes portray in epic form the religious and secular life through eight centuries. Afternoon city tour to Aurangabad. Visit Bibi - ka – Maqbara : Although known as the Taj Mahal of the south, this replica of the Taj fails to create that magic of the actual Taj. It is a mausoleum built in memory of Aurangzeb''s wife Rabia-ud-Daurani Begum by his son Prince Azam Shah, in 1678. Panchakki - Very near to the Maqbara, is the Panchakki, means a water mill. It was built in 1624 to honour the memory of a Sufi saint and the spiritual mentor of Aurangzeb, Baba Shah Musafir, whose grave lies besides, Daulatabad Fort, and Aurangabad caves. Overnight at hotel. < /p>

Breakfast at hotel.
Morning visit Ellora Caves (29 kms) encompassing 34 rock cut shrines representing Buddhist, Hindu & Jain art dating from the 4th to 9th century A.D. The most remarkable among them is the Kailash Temple, meant to be a replica of Lord Shivas celestial abode - Kailash is the best example of Rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel. Later in the evening transfer to Airport to connect flight for Mumbai. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay. < /p>

Breakfast at hotel.
Today explore the city of Bombay. Visit the gateway of India, Dhobi Ghat - the world's largest outdoor laundry, the Tata Institute, the Rajabhai Clock Tower, Bombay's High Court and Victoria Station. Proceed on to Mahatma Gandhi's Institute, which was the actual home of the founding father of current India. Later in the evening transfer to International Airport to connect flight for Onward Destination.

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