12 DAYS & 11 NIGHTS
DELHI I AGRA I FATEHPUR SIKRI I JAIPUR I JODHPUR I UDAIPUR I AURANGABAD I AJANTA & ELLORA CAVES I MUMBAI
Just 12 days is nothing to see India but what if you have only limited time available. The tour below gives an opportunity to see India at its best – the main attraction being the lovely Taj Mahal.
Assistance on arrival.Transfer to your Hotel.
Briefing of the tour by the executiveDelhi – 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.
Overnight at hotel
Full day guided tour of Old & New DelhiDelhi, 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.
Then visit Raj Ghat (The cremation ground of the father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi)
Overnight at hotel
Agra 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 it's significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jaha, it's architectural wealth has secured it's place on the international map.
Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday)
Describe as a most extravagant monument ever build for love, this sublime Mughal mausoleum is India’s most ogled 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. The death of Mumtaz left the emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned grey virtually overnight. 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 being done on marble like it was done for Taj in the past.Overnight at hotel
Depart for Jaipur en route visiting Fatehpur SikriThe Mughal Emperor Akbar built Fatehpūr Sikrī about 35 km from Agra, and moved his capital there. Later abandoned, the site displays a number of buildings of significant historical importance. A World Heritage Site, it is visited by most tourists. The name of the place came about after the Mughal Emperor Barbar defeated Rana Sanga in a battle at a place called Sikrī . Then the Mughal Emperor Akbar wanted to make Fatehpūr Sikrī his head quarters, so he built a majestic fort; due to shortage of water, however, he had to ultimately move his headquarters to Agra Fort.
Continue your drive to Jaipur & check in at Hotel
Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is the first well planned city of India, located in the desert lands of India, Rajasthan. The city which once had been the capital of the royalty now is the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal families. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business centre for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city.Overnight at hotel
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
The tour of Jaipur is not complete without shopping as Jaipur is known as a shopper’s paradise famous for jewellery, handicraft, carpet, blue pottery and textilesOvernight at hotel
Depart for Jodhpur en route visiting PushkarContinue your drive to Jodhpur and check in at hotel
Jodhpur 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 cheerily known as Marwar (the Land of Death), but today its moustached men are m ore about smiling for the camera.Overnight at hotel
Depart for half day sightseeing tour of Jodhpur.Today you will go for the sightseeing of Jodhpur city visiting Mehrangarh Fort lies at the outskirts of Jodhpur city and is located atop a 125 m high hill. The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur ka kila) is the most majestic and one of the largest forts in India. It was originally started (c.1459) by Rao Jodha, 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, miniatures, 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,
After finishing the tour drive to Udaipur en route visiting Ranakapur – Famous for Its Jain’s temple.Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to Hotel.
Udaipur was the capital of the Rajpur kingdom of Mear, ruled by the Sisodia clan. The founder of Udaipur was Rana Udai Singh. The ancient capital of Mewar was Nagda, located on the Banas River northeast of Udaipur. Legend has it that Maharana Udai Singh came upon a hermit while hunting in the foothills of the Aravalli Range. The hermit blessed the king and asked him to build a palace on the spot and it would be well protected. Udai Singh established a residence there. In 1568 the Mughal emperor Akbar captured Chittor, and Udai Singh moved the capital to the site of his residence, which became the city of Udaipur. As the Mughal empire weakened, the Sisodia ranas, and later maharanas, reasserted their independence and recaptured most of Mewar except the fort of Chittor. Udaipur remained the capital of the state, which became a princely state of British India in 1818. After India's Independence in 1947, the Maharaja of Udaipur acceded to the Government of India, and Mewar was integrated into India's Rajasthan state. The city's pride , the 'Lake Palace' was once a prison.Rest of the day is free to relax.
Overnight at hotel
Depart for Half day guided tour of Udaipur – also known as City of lakes visiting
Sahelion ki Bari
Late afternoon, approximately an hour before sunset, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola and visit the Jag Niwas Palace by motor launch. The palace, built of granite and marble, covers four acres and is built almost in the middle of the lake. Visit the Borra Mahal, Khas Mahal and the courts, gardens and fountains. Also visit Jag Mandir PalaceOvernight at hotel
Transfer to Udaipur airport in time to connect flight to Aurangabad via Mumbai (change of plane in Mumbai).Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to Hotel.
Overnight at hotel
Depart for Full day excursion to Ajanta & Ellora Caves.
Ajanta Caves (Closed on Tuesday)
Ellora Caves (Closed on Mondays)
Overnight at hotel
Transfer to Aurangabad airport in time to connect flight to Mumbai.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 harbour.
Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to Hotel.Overnight at hotel
Depart for sightseeing tour of Mumbai.Excursion by motor launch to Elephanta Caves - 9 kms in the sea. These 7th century rock cut cave temples dedicated to Lord Shiva are situated on top of a hill on the island.
The Elephanta Caves are caves located on Elephanta Island in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai, 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 Portuguese and is located in Mumbai Harbour off the coast of Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay).
Gateway 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.
Overnight at hotel
COST & INCLUSIONS
|Delhi||The Oberoi||Taj Palace Hotel||The Lalit||Surya Hotel|
|Agra||Oberoi Amarvilas||ITC Mughal||Trident||Crystal Sarovar|
|Jaipur||Oberoi Rajvilas||Taj Rambagh Palace||Trident||Holiday Inn|
|Jodhpur||The Raas||Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace||Ajit Bhawan||Park Plaza|
|Udaipur||Oberi Udaivilas||Taj Lake Palace||Triden||Udaikothi|
|Aurangabad||Vivanta by Taj||Vivanta by Taj||Welcome Rama||Lemon Tree|
|Mumbai||The oberoi||Taj Mahal Palace & Tower||Trident||Fariyas Hotel|
Share twin accommodation with breakfast
Transfers & sightseeing by Air Conditioned vehicle
Services of English speaking local guides
Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
Elephant ride at Jaipur
Boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur
Present Applicable taxes as on 15th Oct 2017
Entrance tickets to Monuments
Visa fee & Insurance
Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc