Duration :17 Nights / 18 Days
Places Covered :Mumbai - Udaipur- Chittorgarh- Udaipur - Jodhpur Via Kumbhalgarh And Ranakpur- Jaipur - Agra Via Bharatpur And Fatehpur Sikiri- Jhansi - Orchha - Khajuraho- Varanasi - Delhi- Amritsar - Delhi
DAY 01:MUMBAI - UDAIPUR BY FLIGHT
Upon arrival at Udaipur you are met and transferred to your pre-booked hotel.Overnight at hotel
DAY 02: UDAIPUR
Udaipur,Built along three Lakes and ringed by green hills, Udaipur (pop, 366.000) is known as the ' Venice of the East' The City's palaces,gardens, ghats, temples and painted houses match the beauty of the setting.This morning we'll visit the towering City Palace,the largest in Rajasthan, and the Saheliyon ki Bari ( Garden of the Maidens.) Once for bidden to all but he queen and her ladies. From here we visit the e superb Jagdish Temple noted for its elephant - motif carvings . Afternoon Excursion to Nagda and Eklingi ,The little village of Ekligji, with a number of ancient temples, is only 22 k.m. north of Udaipur. The Shiva Temple in the village it self was originally built in 734, although its present from dates from the rule of Maharana Raimal, between 1473 and 1509. The Walled complex includes an elaborately pillered hall under a large pyramidal roof and features a four faced Shiva image of black the nearby Sas Bahu or Mother and Daughte-in-law, group has intricate architecture and carvings, including some figures.Evening boat ride on Lake Pichola.Overnight at hotel.
DAY 03: UDAIPUR - CHITTORGARH - UDAIPUR 2 HOURS DRIVE ONE WAY
Morning excursion to Chittorgarh and after visiting back to Udaipur.Evening free to explore the city.Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04:UDAIPUR - JODHPUR VIA KUMBHALGARH AND RANAKPUR 280 KMS 6 HOURS
After an early breakfast drive to Udaipur enroute we visit Kumbhalgarh Fort and Ranakpur which is situated between Jodhpur , Mount Abu , Udaipur . Here we visit the famous Ranakpur Temple Complex, one of the biggest and most important cluster of Jain Temple in India . Nestled in the Aravalli Range.The Chaumukha temple , or Four Faced Temple is the main temple in the complex and dates back to the 15th century.Built in marble , the temple has 29 halls supported by more than 1400 pillars, no two of which are alike. After visiting the Ranakpur we continue our drive to Jodhpur the gateway to the Thar desert , the city is known for its striking forts, stately palaces and gracious building. Arrive Jodhpur , The second largest city in Rajasthan, standing on the edge of the Thar Desert . The old city was founded by Rao Jodha, its walls with seven gates and countless bastions and towers were built by Rao Maldeo in the 16th Century when Jodhpur was a booming trading town. Jodhpur is called the " Blue City " for the characteristic plea indigo color of its traditional homes. Overnight at hotel.
Morning sigtseeing tour of Jodhpur visiting Meherangarh,Jaswant Thada and Mandore Gardens and afternoon excursion to Rohetgarh and Bishnoi village to see the Bishnoi tribes.Overnight at hotel.
DAY 06:JODHPUR - JAIPUR BY FLIGHT IT 4302 DEP 1640 HRS ARR 1740 HRS
Afternoon trnasfer to airport to board flight for Jaipur.On arrival transferred to your pre-booked hotel.Evening visit Chokhi Dhani where an ethnic village atmosphere is recreated each evening with thousands of oil lamps, folk dancers, arobats, snake charmers, puppeteers etc. Overnight at the hotel.
Jaipur popularly known as the Pink City , was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Designed in accordance with Shilp Shastra - an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture - Jaipur follows a grid system. Today morning we visit the Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills, which is a super example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style architecture. A slow elephant ride takes us to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings. Afternoon - tour of City Palace and Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The Palace of winds - a five storied structure of pink sandstone has semi - octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was originally built to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch everyday life.Overnight at hotel.
DAY 08: JAIPUR - AGRA VIA BHARATPUR AND FATEHPUR SIKIRI 235 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
This morning travel to Bharatpur for a tour of the world famous bird sanctuary here.The reserve bosts of river 300 species of resident and migratory birds.From here drive to the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri ( ghost capital) for a tour of the magnificent and world heritage buildings still in a state of perfect preservation. We continue our journey for Agra and upon arrival check into Hotel.Overnight at hotel.
DAY 09: AGRA
Agra was the capital of India under the Moghuls in the 16th And 17th centuries. this morning see the exquisite tomb of the emperor Jehangir's chief minister and father-in - law, often called the 'baby taj' because its design foreshadows the Taj mahal. Then tour Agra's red fort, built over three generations by the moghul emperors. following an afternoon free, we go at sunset to see the Taj mahal, the mausoleum built by a sorrowing Shah Jehan in memory of his young wife, Mumtaz mahal. the building's stupendous scale, flawless symmetry, translucent white marble and shimmering reflection in the water channel are truly breathtaking. Evening visit mohabbat Taj starting from 18.30 hrs.Overnight at hotel .
DAY 10:AGRA - JHANSI BY SHATABDI EXPRESS DEP 0810 HRS ARR 10.48 HRS JHANSI - ORCHHA - KHAJURAHO 184 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
Early morning transfer to railway station to board train for Jhansi. On arrival you are met and drive to Orchha a place that makes one feel the pulse of warm soul of India with temples, magnificent palaces, splendid cenotaphs and river betwa gurgling through zero pollution surrounding where time slumbers for good and later drive to Khajuraho.Overnight at hotel.
DAY 11: KHAJURAHO 185 KMS 4 HOURS
Morning full day tour of Khajuraho visiting spectaular ninth to thirteenth century temples of Khajuraho, built by Chandela kings, The temples are exquisitely carved with graceful statues and frieze gods and goddesses.Overnight at hotel.
DAY 12: KHAJURAHO - VARANASI BY FLIGHT KING FISHER FLIGHT 1225 HRS ARR 1310 HRS
Today take a short flight to the Varanasi.Upon arrival you are met and transferred to our pre-booked hotel.In the afternoon proceed to the village of Sarnath on the outskirts of town. It was in this Deer Park that the Lord Buddha gave his first sermon.Visit the Park and Museum.. Sarnath was made a centre of Buddhist worship by the emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. We will visit the Main Shrine and Ashoka's Pillar. In the Archaeological Museum we will see the beautifully carved capital from the pillar along with many other priceless Buddhist artifacts. The highlight of this tour would be a participation in the evening Aarti ( prayer service) at the main Buddhist temple here.Overnight at hotel.
Varanasi formerly known as Benares, is the city where the Hindu faithful come to bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges . Early this morning get ready for a dawn boat ride on the river Ganges. The Ganges is the most sacred and venerated river in India. Besides the ritualistic aspect of Hinduism ( thread ceremony, head shaving food to the departed souls etc.) also see the bathing. Laundry and the cremations of the dead that take place here on the banks of the river. After the boat ride walk through the fascinating narrow twisting lanes of the city to watch the performance of various Hindu rituals by the pilgrims. After the boat trip on the Ganges we return back to the hotel. After breakfast we will proceed for a city tour. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 14:VARANASI - DELHI BY FLIGHT JET AIRWAYS FLIGHT DEP 1450 ARR 1620 HRS
Morning free to explore city once again and afternoon transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi.Upon arrival transfer to hotel near airport.Overnight at hotel.
DAY 15:DELHI - AMRITSAR BY FLIGHT DEP 0750 HRS ARR 0905 HRS
Morning transfer to airport to board flight for Amritsar.On arrival check in at hotel.After freshn up city tour of Amritsar visiting Golden Temple -the most significant place of worship of the Sikhs, Jallianwala Bagh Etc. and Evening Excursion to Wagah Border to witness the flag lowering ceremony at the India-Pakistan border.Overnight at hotel.
DAY 16: AMRITSAR - DELHI BY FLIGHT 1520 HRS ARR 16.10 HRS
Morning to explore the city once again and afternoon transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 17: DELHI
This morning visit old Delhi, built in the 17th century by Shah Jehan the Magnificent (who also built the Taj Mahal). First we will be visiting the famous Jama Masjid mosque with its 9,000 sq. ft. courtyard, three domes and two minarets, and then proceed to the massive complex known as the Red Fort and Akashardham Temple.
Afternoon visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple, a Spectacular structure that's just 60 years old , and then proceed via India Gate and the Governmental building to Qutab Minar, the 240 foot tower built in 1190 to commemorate the arrival of Islam in India, the Bahai Temple with its nine pools on an elevated platform, and the Crafts Museum, which replicates and Indian street with over 50 artists and craftspeople at work.Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 18:LEAVE DELHI
Full day visits Inclduing National Museum,Art Gallery etc .Afternoon transfer to airport to board flight for onward journey.