19 DAYS & 18 NIGHTS
KOLKATA I VARANASI I LUCKNOW I DELHI I JAIPUR I JODHPUR I MUMBAI
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Meet & assistance on arrival by our travel executiveTransfer to your Hotel.
Kolkata, a city that means many things to many people. For some, Kolkata is the city of joy, while for others it is dirty, crowded, and noisy. Once the greatest colonial city in the Orient, Kolkata was later reviled as a cauldron of poverty, dirt, and disease. Today, it ranks among the four major metropolis of India along with Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. A mere village in the 17th century, Kolkata is not an ancient city like Delhi. Like Mumbai and Chennai, it originated largely due to the expansionist ambitions of the European powers, especially the British Raj. Little wonder, Kolkata has some of the finest Raj edifices built in a variety of stylesOvernight at hotel
The best way to introduce this city is to start in the heritage zone…comprising of the High Court, Town Hall, the Governor’s House, General Post Office, Writers Building.Moving on, the Victoria Memorial Hall can be seen rising majestically through the smog, a monument to colonialism that has endured where many haven’t . Built in memory of Queen Victoria, Empress of India, in the early twentieth century by Sir William Emerson, it’s a perfect example of Indo-gothic architecture, incorporating Mughal elements, and filled with Victorian memorabilia, British Raj paintings, and hundreds of other curiosities. It’s surrounded by 64 acres of immaculately kept gardens, and it would be easy to spend a whole afternoon immersed in its splendour.
This is Kolkata’s vast green space inhabited by goats and their herders, cows, cricketers, footballers, horse riders, hawkers, picnickers, and all manner of other street life – this was evidently where every man, woman and child in Kolkata came to escape the hectic streets.1330 hrs: Lunch at Bengali Restaurant (Paid by you directly)
Bengalis are passionate about food. This restaurant serves traditional Bengali dishes such as malai chingri and bhapa ilish (mustard-flavoured steamed hilsa fish) as well as colonial dishes such as railway mutton curry, and food from further away such as Lucknavi biryani.Given that Kolkata lies right on the delta of the Ganga, freshwater fish is naturally a Bengali staple. Ilish or hilsa is the favourite, and bekti and ru come close runners-up. Bengal is also famous for its sweets (mishtis). Most of these are made from curdled milk. Don’t leave without tasting mishti doi, caramelized – sugar sweetened yoghurt, served in an earthenware pot.
You would be able to see..Block printing and contemporary applications Weaving Surfacing, Dyes and resists On Display Natural dyes - ingredients/ mordants Block making process / Swatches / Surfacing- kantha stitching.
After they are done they can then come to Weavers Studio - the store, for viewing the ready products and purchase any pieces that they may want to carry back.Part of this amount charged will be donated to the not-for-profit trust ‘Weavers Studio Resource Center” which supports health & development projects at the adopted cluster of 9 villages near Kolkata.
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Our morning begins at the mighty cantilevered Howrah Bridge spread across the mighty Hooghly river connecting Kolkata with the industrial town of Howrah. 80,000 vehicles and 1 million pedestrians cross this bridge every single day. Plus thousands of cattle and bicycles.Beneath the east end of Howrah Bridge, Mullik Ghat flower market is a sensory overload of sights and smells that's very photogenic. This 125 year-old flower market is the biggest in East India. About 3000 flower growers from the surrounding areas come daily to sell their goods.
Garlands of marigolds in bright yellow and orange carrier on arms, heads and piled into heaps on the ground, women stringing flowers, and men unloading trucks and unpacking gazillion bags and boxes of flowers. Once laden, baskets of a dizzying size were carried with extraordinary poise back up the steps and on to Howrah Bridge, while, beneath the bridge, men, women and children wash, play, pray, work, eat and carry on with their daily lives in and around the river.Overall a beautiful experience….but, watch every footstep, where you walk and what’s coming at you!
“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies”
And then came the most intriguing part — the painting of the third eye of the goddess. The artisan would sit in meditation sometimes for hours and then suddenly in one swift stroke of his paintbrush, it would be done.
The Marble Palace of Kolkata
This architectural masterpiece is made from the extensive use of Italian marble. The lush green lawn in front of it is clad with statues of Hindu Gods, The Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, the great explorer Christopher Columbus, Lord Buddha and some lions. Some of the very special attractions of the Marble Palace are a room decorated with mirrors containing prized works of Ruben, Reynolds and others. Plus a mind-boggling collection of antique paintings like Catherine's wedding by Rubens.
Calcutta Coffee House
The Coffee House of Calcutta has had the honour of seeing the emergence of literary figures who are household names today. It used to be the meeting place for those who tried their hands at penning prose or poetry. The promising ones got willing listeners who listened in rapt attention and commented – all over a cup of coffee (paid by the clients directly)
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Depart for Kolkata airport in time to connect flight to VaranasiMeet/Assist on arrival and transfer to hotel
Varanasi, the city was founded by the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, around 5,000 years ago, thus making it one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the country. It is one of the seven sacred cities of Hindus. Many Hindu scriptures, including the Rigveda, Skanda Purana, Ramayana, and the Mahabharata, mention the city.
It is the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. Excavations by the Archaeological Survey of India at Sarnath have revealed many structures which represent facets of the Buddhist history visit the Archaeological Museum, Chaukhandi Stupa, Ashoka Pillar and Sri Lankan Temple. The Archaeological Museum in Sarnath is one of the most famous museums of its kind in Southeast Asia. The museum is situated very near the historical ruins. It contains a huge collection of sculptures.in we will walk through the bazaar of Varanasi—a haven for the rich merchant—wholesale markets for Brocade and Benaras Sari.
Evening visit to Ghat for witness Aarti & Pooja ceremony followed by short Cycle Rickshaw Ride.Overnight at hotel
Enjoy a Cultural morning “SUBAH-E-BANARAS” - the event start 05:40hrs in the morning which include Morning Surya Aarti, Vedic Mantrochaar (recital of vedic hymns) Yoga and Classic Music.Return to the hotel for breakfast
In the afternoon you will be taken on a half day tour of VaranasiThe city sightseeing tour of Varanasi include a visit to:
Bharat Mata Temple
The map is said to be perfectly in scale both in longitude as well as latitude. The map has been carved out of white marble bought from Rajasthan. The construction of temple is unique in itself. It stands on 5 distinct pillars that converse in to one at the top. The five pillars signify the 5 basic elements of creation namely earth, wind, fire, water and sky. Their convergence in to a single pillar symbolizes that every element has to ultimately submerge into the supreme.
Also drive through the most famous Banaras Hindu University founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya and visit Laxmi Narain temple.
Afternoon visit the brocading center where you can see the weavers at work—weaving pure gold and silver thread into silk textile.
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Depart for Lucknow and check in at hotelLucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, was also the capital city of the Nawabs of Awadh. The city was a favorite of the nawabs and many magnificient buildings and monuments have been built by them. Situated on the banks of River Gomti, the city of Nawabs is famous all over the world for its etiquettes and Tehzeeb or the graceful and polite behavior. Famous for its lovely monuments, architecture, dance and handicrafts, Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, is today one of the growing metropolitan cities of India. Known for its Urdu poetry or Shayari, the city offers its travelers a perfect blend of its glorious past and the modern present.
Chikankari is a form of stitching different forms of design on cloth (traditionally white) which has evolved over centuries in the capital of the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow. This form of stitching which has delighted both the Kings and the commoners for centuries was patronised particularly by the Nawabs of Awadh.
The word ‘Chikan’ is probably a derivative from the Persian word ‘Chikin’ or Chikeen which means a kind of embroidered fabric. This form of embroidery became very popular with the king and his nobles and was embroidered on the finest Daccai mulmuls or muslin garments which were most appropriate for the hot, tepid climate of north India. There are some very fine Mughal miniatures that depict the Emperor Jehangir in white flowing muslin garments believed by historians to be `chikan’Overnight at hotel
Depart for sightseeing tour of LucknowDriving past Kaiserbagh Complex that once was Nawab Wajid-Ali Shah’s Palace complex and the most beautiful of the palaces built in the Awadh region we visit the Baradari and the Kaiserbagh Gates. Though the palace complex is heavily encroached and redone, and it may be hard to believe that it ever was so beautiful, yet we will try and work our creative imaginations to understand and reconstruct the complex.
Sadat Ali & Begum Tombs
Walter Burley Griffin
Nawabs of Lucknow
We take you for this one to one session after the city tour of Lucknow, serve you a refreshing cup of tea with some European and Indian savouries, while you interact with Nawab Sahib.Overnight at hotel
You will be taken to visit the architectural marvel of age, La Martiniere School which was designed by the Frenchman Major-General Claude Martin as a palatial home. Even to this day, Claude martin is a revered personality in the city of Lucknow.
Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to hotelDelhi – discover that India’s capital is sprinkled with glittering gems: captivating ancient monuments, magnificent museums, a vivacious performing-arts scene and some of the subcontinent’s yummiest places to eat.
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Depart for half day tour of OldDepart for half day sightseeing tour of Old Delhi visiting Red Fort (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE - Red Fort was built by the mughal emperor famous for its architectural wonders one of which is Taj Mahal - Shah Jahan. Red Fort is famous for its delicately carved inlaid and Royal chambers) – Monday closed.
Then visit Raj Ghat (The cremation ground of the father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi)
Afternoon visit of textile market of Chandni Chowk which is Known for its zari and zardosi work, Kinari Bazaar in Chandni Chowk Market Place is the ultimate stop for an Indian bride. The vibrant hues of the zari work are sure to fascinate you. One such sari deserves to be a part of any Indian woman’s collection. Also Dariba Kalanselling lovely silver jewellery. We recommend all to visit the Gulab Singh Johri Mal, a shop established way back in the year 1819 and not just manufacturers but exporters of Ittar (perfumes) as well.
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Depart for half day tour of New Delhi visitingDelhi, the capital of India comprises of conspicuously contrasting Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries and one can find mosques, monuments and forts related to Muslim history. New Delhi is the imperial city created as India's capital by the British intricately planned and comprises of imposing buildings displaying various modern style of architecture.
Kingdom of Dreams
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Drive to Agra and check in at hotelAgra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world - The Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the Moslems, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. While its significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map.
Depart for half day tour of Agra visiting Taj Mahal – (closed on Fridays) – Unesco Wolrd Heritage Site. Described as a most extravagant monument ever built for love, this sublime Mughal mausoleum is India’s most appreciated icon. The Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Construction of the Taj began in the same year and was not completed until 1653. Not long after it was finished, Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in Agra Fort where, for the rest of his days, he could only gaze out at his creation through a window. Following his death in 1666, Shah Jahan was buried here alongside Mumtaz.
Also visit local market and a marble factory where you can actually see the inlay work on marble as it was done for the construction of Taj.Overnight at hotel
Depart for Jaipur en route visiting AbhaneriAbhaneri is a small village which situated in the Dausa district in Rajasthan. This place is located at 95km away from jaipur. This village is known for Harshat Mata temple which belongs to the 9th century. Only some portions of the ancient Harshat Mata temple remains now such as the sanctuary walls, fore chamber and the terrace. The sanctum and shorn of this ancient structure is enclosed with an ambulatory.
The walls of the ancient shrine are carved with the images of the deities. The worn out images of the deities indicate that the shrine was originally dedicated to the creator of Hindu trinity, lord Vishnu. The columns and walls of the temple are adorned with various scenes of music, sport, and dance and also love. A few of the panels of the temple have been shifted to amber and central museum, archaeological museum of Jaipur.Continue your drive to Jaipur and check in at hotel
The Bandhani work has been exclusively carried out by the Khatri community of Kutchh. A meter length of cloth can have millions of tiny knots known as “Bheendi” in the local language (“Kutchhi”). Four bheendis are known as a “Kadi”. These knots form a design once opened after dyeing in bright colors. Traditionally, the final products can be classified into “khombhi”, “Ghar Chola”, “Patori”, “Chandrokhani” etc.
Return to Hotel.Overnight at hotel
Morning depart for Amber fort (Situated atop the Aravali hills, it is the ancient capital of Jaipur and a magnificent example of Rajput architecture).We ascend to the fort on Elephant's back and come down in Jeep.
Pronounced ‘Amber’ and meaning ‘High’, this wraithlike fort – palace beautifully illustrates Rajput artistry in the faded shades of the reddish pink. Situated on the rugged hills 1 Km north of town, Amber was once the ancient capital of the Jaipur state.
City Palace Museum
Enjoy a relaxed dining experience in traditional surroundings under the hospitality of a noble family of the erstwhile Jaipur State. A true sense of tradion starts from the moment you enter the noble home. Their heritage home sings stories at all corners adorned with fresco paintings & scalloped arches.Enjoy your evening with their stories of their past. Hear how Rajasthan evolved from the time since their ancestors ruled to this new world. The surrounding will slowly turn into a private dining room for you to savor Rajsthani food, some of the cuisines date back to hundreds of years.
Rajasthani cuisine is a splendid array of colorful, spicy and unique dishes. The platter has always been a delight. The food style has been affected by the natural topography and indigenously available ingredients. A lack of leafy green vegetables, a pronounced uses of lentils, pulses, legumes and the use of milk, curd and buttermilk in place of the water in the gravy marks the essential of Rajasthani cuisine.The food is best described as drawing influence from traditional Rajasthani cuisine, serving to inspire rather than conforming to strict guidelines. We have created this wonderful ambience with the luxury of privacy just for your unique taste and an unforgettable dining experience.
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Depart for Jodhpur en route visiting PushkarPushkar is one of the oldest cities of India. The date of its actual founding is not known, but legend associates Lord Brahma with its creation. It is mentioned that Brahma performed penance here for 60,000 years to have glimpse of Radha Krishna.
The Ramayan mentions Pushkar and says that Vishvamitra performed tapa here. It further says that the Apsara Menaka came to Pushkara to bathe in its sacred waters.The Mahabharata says that while laying down a programme for Maharaja Yudhishthara’s travel, “Maharaja after entering the Jungles of Sind and crossing the small rivers on the way should bathe in Pushkara". And, as per Vaman Purana, Prahlada on his pilgrimage to holy places visited Pushkarayana.
And other places of Interest. Continue your drive to Jodhpur and check in at hotelJodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rajput clan known as the Rathores, and the city grew out of the profits of Opium, Sandalwood, Dates and Copper. Rathore kingdom was once known as Marwar (the Land of Death), but today it’s moustached men are more about smiling for the camera.
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Depart for half day tour of Jodhpur visiting MehrangarhFort which lies at the outskirts of Jodhpur city and is located atop a 125 m high hill. The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort is the most majestic and one of the largest Forts in India. It was originally started (c.1459) by RaoJodha, founder of Jodhpur. However, most of the extant fort dates from the period of Jaswant Singh (1638-78). The walls of the Fort are up to 36 m high and 21 m wide; they enclose some exquisite structures. The Fort Museum houses an exquisite collection of Palanquins, Howdahs, Royal Cradles, Miniature Paintings, Musical instruments, Costumes and Furniture. The ramparts of Mehrangarh Fort provide not only excellently preserved Cannons but also a breath-taking view of the city.
THE BISHNOI: a rural tribal group, are a Hindu sect founded in the Punjab, who follow the teaching of Jambeshwar, a 15th-century sage & religious reformer who left a legacy of 29 (bisnoi) tenets. The countryside around Jodhpur is home to many tidy Bishnoi villages & family compounds. These gentle communities of potters, weavers, leather embroiderers & camel herders have achieved world acclaim for their religious conservationist beliefs.
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Morning is free to explore the city on your ownTransfer to Jodhpur airport in time to connect flight to Mumbai
Mumbai – earlier known as Bombay, is the capital of the Indian State of Maharashtra. The city is the second most-populous in the world; with approximately 14 million inhabitants. Along with the neighbouring cities of Navi Mumbai and Thane it forms the world’s 4th largest urban agglomeration, with around 19 million people. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural Harbor.Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to hotel
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Depart for full day tour of Mumbai visitingGateway of India Mumbai's most famous monument, this is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. Ironically, when the Raj ended in 1947, this colonial symbol also became a sort of epitaph: the last of the British ships that set sail for England left from the Gateway. Today this symbol of colonialism has got Indianised, drawing droves of local tourists and citizens.
These Caves contain Shaivistic high reliefs in stone of Hindu Deities important to worshipers of Shiva. The sculptures were created beginning in the late Gupta Empire, or sometime after, and at later dates. Elephanta Island was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 to preserve the artwork. The original name of this epitome of temple art is Agraharpuri, Agrahar. Agrahar is the necklace or most important neck ornament. The Agraharpuri slowly became Gharapuri; still retaining the original meaning as the focal point of Gharapuri Island, which was renamed Elephanta Island by the Portugues.
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Full day free to do shopping on your own or you can opt the following options:-Bollywood tour is one of a different type of tours, it’s not the regular tour where in you see the city highlights , Mumbai is known for its Films. It can be said as the capital for Film making in India and where mostly all stars, big and small stay. Whenever one mentions Mumbai, it gives a background picture of Bollywood.
The first films India watched was in 1896, and thanks to the country's colonial rulers, it was the Lumiere Brothers who introduced the art of cinema to the sub-continent. Bombay, as it was then called, was the first Indian city to screen the cinema.Mumbai is now home to one of the largest film industry in the world - Bollywood. Even bigger than Hollywood in terms of the number of films produced per year i.e. 900 movies per year (and no we haven't included the regional movies in this category), the Indian Film industry is the probably the only one in the world to have been given the designated status of an "industry".
We offer an organized Bollywood tour to give you a closer look at one of the largest and most glamorous industries in the country. Bollywood tour in Mumbai is indeed an experience of a lifetime. Bollywood Tour Package offered by us gives you a complete view and knowledge of how much time and efforts are out in to make of a film or a serial a very colorful affair.
The Bollywood tour includes:-
When passing through the residential spaces, you will feel the sense of community and spirit that exists in the area. People from all over India live in Dharavi, and this diversity is apparent in the temples, mosques and churches that stand here side by side. A tour through Dharavi’s narrow alleys is quite an adventure, and you will leave with an enlightened sense of the purpose and determination that exists in the area.
Dhobi Ghat and Dabbe Wala Tour
Meeting and assistance upon arrival at Mumbai port (your guide will be waiting for you at the EXIT GATE of port, having a placard and your name written on it). Then you will drive to Mahalaxmi Dhobhi Ghat the world’s largest outdoor laundry, every day for over 120 years the dirt has been washed from thousands of kilos of clothes by the dhobis (washermen and women) of Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat.After Dhobhi Ghat, guide will take you to Church gate to meet with the dabbawallas. A word of caution: these guys don't have the time for interviews and photographs. You will just about manage to scramble into their compartment on the train, where the floor is covered by Tiffin’s and lunch packs of every possible shape and size. It's fascinating to see those dabbas carted from one end of the city to the other, and to everywhere in between. The footpath outside Church gate station serves as a reconnaissance point, where the men in Gandhi topis wade among rows of hundreds of dabbas, and take them to offices where hungry executives wait in earnest for their home cooked meal to arrive each day.
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COST & INCLUSIONS
|Kolkata||Oberoi Grand||Taj Bengal||The Lalit||Park Plaza|
|Varanasi||Brij Rama Palace||Brij Rama Palace||Ramada Hotel||Hindustan International|
|Lucknow||Vivanta by Taj||Vivanta by Taj||Renaissance||La Palace Park Inn|
|Delhi||The Oberoi||Taj Palace||The Lalit||Suryaa Hotel|
|Agra||Oberoi Amarvilas||ITC Mughal||Trident||Crystal Sarovar|
|Jaipur||Oberoi Rajvilas||Taj Rambagh Palace||Trident||Shahapura House|
|Jodhpur||The Raas||Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace||Ajit Bhawan||Park Plaza|
|Mumbai||The oberoi||Taj Mahal Palace||Trident||Fariyas Hotel|
Share twin accommodation with breakfast
Transfers & sightseeing by Air Conditioned vehicle
Services of Local English speaking Guide
Tramp ride in Kolkata
Visit to Weavers Studio
Boat ride on River Ganga
First class train ticket for travle Lucknow/Delhi by Shatabadi Express
Cycle Rickshaw in Old Delhi
Visit to Dilli haat
Ticket for Kingdom of Dreams
Elephant ride in Jaipur
Visit to Bishnoi Village
Boat ticket for Elephant excursion
Bollywood Tour of Mumbai
Slum tour of Mumbai
Present Applicable taxes as on 31st May, 2018
Entrance tickets to Monuments
Visa fee & Insurance
Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc