THE NAWABS OF INDIA

Departure Date

Monday

Duration

14 DAYS/13 NIGHTS

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14 DAYS & 13 NIGHTS

DELHI I LUCKNOW I AGRA I BHOPAL I HYDERABAD I MUMBAI

 

The Nawabs were the governors appointed by Mughals. Lucknow, Bhopal and Hyderabad are the three prominent cities where you still find the Nawab culture. The Nawabs of Lucknow were famous for its unique style of manners.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01Arrive/Delhi by Int’l

Arrive Delhi International Airport

Meet & assistance on arrival by our travel executive.

Transfer to your Hotel.

Briefing of the tour by the executive

Delhi – 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

Day 02Delhi

Breakfast in the Hotel.

Full day guided tour of Old & New Delhi

Delhi, 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.

Red Fort

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.

Jama Masjid

Stop at Jama Masjid – the Great Mughal Mosque (It is the largest mosque in India. Located in Old Delhi, the mosque has the capacity to accommodate 25000 devotees. Jama Masjid was completed in 1656 AD and it again the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan is behind this architectural masterpiece. Close to some 5000 craftsmen were in the construction of the mosque)
Then visit Raj Ghat (The cremation ground of the father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi)

Humayun's Tomb

After the visit of Old Delhi you will move ahead to visit Humayun's Tomb (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE - Humayun's tomb is believed to have been designed in 1565 AD by the widow of Mughal emperor Humayun. Its plan is based on the description of Islamic paradise garden and is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs. This type of garden is known as a charbagh and is based on a grid)

Qutab Minar

Continue your tour with Qutab Minar (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE - Qutab Minar is 73 meters high which tapers from a 15 m diameter base to just 2.5 m at the top. The walls consist intricately carved quotations from Koran. The tower is one of the most perfect towers of the Persian world). The tour would also include a drive through the Lutyens Delhi and a photo stop at India Gate (The war memorial) as well drive past President's Palace & Parliament House.

Overnight at hotel

Day 03Delhi/Lucknow by 12004 Shatabdi Express at 0615/1230hrs

Morning transfer to New Delhi train station in time to board train to Lucknow.

Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Lucknow, 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.

Afternoon you will be taken to the busy markets of Lucknow.

Overnight at hotel
Day 04Lucknow

Breakfast in the Hotel.

Depart for half day sightseeing tour of Lucknow visiting

 Bada Imambada or Asafi Imambada (Imambada: patriarch's place) is an important tourist attraction of Lucknow. It was built by the then Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784 to provide succor to the famine-stricken people. Apart from the galleries in the interior, there is no woodwork anywhere. The interior vaulted hall, measuring 162 feet long, 53 feet broad, and 50 feet high is said to be one of the largest apartments of its kind in the world. From the outside, a staircase leads to a series of artfully designed labyrinths (bhoolbhulaiyan) where it is very easy to get lost! You could wander through the zigzag narrow galleries for hours without finding your way out! It's a very eerie sensation, moving towards the sunlit corridors that seem to be going out, only to find that you are actually deeper in the labyrinth! Most visitors therefore are only allowed inside with guides who are, quite amazingly, familiar with the maze.

Chota Imambada

The Hussainabad or Chota Imambada is an exquisite building built by Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah in 1839 as a burial place for himself. As you enter the compound, you step into a large courtyard with a rectangular raised tank spanned by a small bridge. The beautiful Imambada, reflected in the placid water of the tank is one of the prettier sights in Lucknow. On either side of the courtyards stand a miniature version of the Taj Mahal. In one of them lies buried Zinat Asuja, the daughter of Muhammad Ali Shah and in the other are preserved the remains of her husband. The walls of the Imambada are embellished with calligraphic verses in Arabic. The interior of the Imambada houses an exotic assortment of objects ranging from elaborate chandeliers and gilded mirrors to tazias made of sandalwood, wax, and paper. A silver railing encloses the graves of Muhammad Ali Shah and his mother. During Muharram, both the Imambadas are ablaze with illumination. 

Apart from the Bada Imambada, Asaf-ud-Daula also built the great Roomi Darwaza as a relief work during the famine of 1783. Said to be a facsimile of one of the gates of Constantinople, this soaring edifice, which is 60 feet high, can match any similar structure in point of beauty and splendor. 

The Hussainabad Clock Tower, rising to 221 feet, was started in 1880 and completed seven years later. The clock itself, which was designed by M. J. W. Wanson of London, is said to be the largest in India. Nearby is the Picture Gallery, a double-storey redbrick building built by Mohammed Ali Shah as a baradari. Today, it houses enormous portraits of all the Nawabs of Avadh, most of which were painted in the late 19th century by European artists. The portraits, which have recently been restored, give a good insight into the grand costumes and jewelry favored by the Nawabs. 

Afternoon is free to relax.

Overnight at hotel
Day 05Lucknow/Agra by road (331kms/6hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Agra and check in 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.

Overnight at hotel

Day 06Agra

Breakfast in the Hotel.

Depart for sightseeing tour of Agra visiting Taj Mahal (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)

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.

AGRA FORT

Then will depart for AGRA FORT (sometimes called the Red Fort), was commissioned by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, and is another of Agra's World Heritage Sites. A stone tablet at the gate of the Fort states that it had been built before 1000 but was later renovated by Akbar. The red sandstone fort was converted into a palace during Shah Jahan’s time, and reworked extensively with marble & Pietra  dura inlay. Notable buildings in the fort include the Pearl Mosque, the Diwan-e'Ām and Dīwān-e-Khās (halls of public and private audience), Jahagir Palace, Khās Mahal, Sheesh Mahal (mirrored palace)

Fatehpur Sikri

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. In the afternoon you will be taken to visit Fatehpur Sikri

The 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.

Overnight at hotel
Day 07Agra/Bhopal by 12002 Shatabadi Express at 0811/1405hrs

Morning transfer to Agra train station in time to board train to Bhopal.

Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Rest of the day is free to relax.

Overnight at hotel

Day 08Bhopal

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for half day sightseeing tour of Bhopal visiting

TAJ-UL-MASJID

It is a huge pink mosque with two massive white domed minarets and three white domes over the main building . Said to be the largest mosque in the country, the building of this towering edifice was begun by Shah Jehan Begum(1868-1901) but was incomplete on her death . This great queen, Bhopal's eighth ruler, left many monuments in the city . After her death, lack of funds prevented the completion of the Masjid and construction was resumed only in 1971

Shaukat Mahal

Situated in the heart of the walled city, it is an architectural curiosity. Shaukat Mahal is an architectural curiosity, its mixture of style, in Occidental idioms, setting it apart from the predominantly Islamic architecture of the area. It was designed by a Frenchman, said to be a descendant of an offshoot of the Bourbon kings of France And other places of Interest

Afternoon is free to relax

Overnight at hotel
Day 09Bhopal/Hyderabad by flight

Breakfast in the hotel

Transfer to Bhopal airport in time to connect flight to Hyderabad

Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to Hotel

Hyderabad is the capital and the most populous city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad has a population of over 4 million. It is known as the City of Pearls and the City of Nizams and the place which is very much known for its custom and tradition

Rest of the day is free to relax

Overnight at hotel

Day 10Hyderabad

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for half day sightseeing tour of Hyderabad visiting

Charminar - Built by Sultan Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah,  the Charminar is a magnificent square edifice of granite, built upon four grand arches facing north, south,  east and west with 56 meters high slender minarets and spiral staircases. These arches support two floors of rooms and a gallery of archways. It is these four (char) minarets (minar) that give the building, its name 'Charminar'. Each minar stand on a lotus-leaf base that is a recurrent motif in Qutub Shahi buildings

Salar Jung Museum

Salar Jung Museum has the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world, exhibiting over 35,000 objects of art such as Chinese Porcelain, Aurangazeb's Sword, Daggers belonging to Queen Noor Jehan, Emperor Jahangir and Shah Jahan, Sculpture, Indian paintings and Persian carpets. The most notable of these are the Veiled Rebecca, Bezzoni's translucent white marble statue, the Arms section, the Jade section and the Oriental Section.

Public Garden

And also visit the Public Garden - is the biggest and the oldest park of Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the prime attractions for children as a Children's train that takes visitors around this beautiful garden is a popular attraction. The Public Gardens are an important landmark of Hyderabad city. They are famous not only for the well-maintained lawns and greenery, but also the famous buildings that lie within the Garden and

Afternoon is free to relax

Overnight at hotel
Day 11Hyderabad

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for half day excursion to Golconda Fort

This fort, originally built by the Kakatiyas, the rulers of the neighboring state, was made with mud. Later, the Shahis converted it into a marvelous piece of architecture using advanced acoustics wherein sound signals could pass from the entrance of the fort to the top without the use of any electric gadgets. There is a sound and light show in the evening which is quiet popular. The grand fortress is protected by three formidable lines of defense. The first, an outer fortification made up of granite blocks. The middle wall surrounds the base of the hill and the innermost one follows the contours of the highest ridge. The fort was famous for its great hoard of diamonds, mined nearby. The Kohinoor diamond was a celebrated jewel of the fort, now a part of the British Crown Jewels. 

Afternoon is free to relax

Overnight at hotel
Day 12Hyderabad/Mumbai by flight

Breakfast in the hotel

Transfer to Hyderabad airport in time to connect flight to Mumbai.

Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to hotel

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.

Overnight at hotel
Day 13Mumbai

Breakfast in the hotel

Elephanta Cave

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.

Marine Drive

Afternoon half day sightseeing tour of Mumbai visiting
Drive past Marine Drive is a 3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai in the city of Mumbai. It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay. This is a windswept promenade, flanked by the sea and a row of art deco buildings. Looped between the concrete jungle of Nariman Point, Mumbai's Manhattan, and the leafy green slopes of Malabar hill, Marine Drive was once called the queen's Necklace, strung with glittering street lights like an enormous strand of imperious jewels. It is also one of Mumbai's busiest roads, an important artery for the heavy suburban traffic heading downtown. Cars whiz continually past the two mile stretch, past huddled lovers, children and babies in perambulators. Like other seafronts, this is where most of south Mumbai comes to breathe in some fresh air.

Mani Bhavan

Mani Bhavan in Mumbai is a must visit for all those who are curious about knowing Mahatma Gandhi, the torchbearer of Ahimsa or Non-violence. The memorial is dedicated to this legendary freedom fighter of India & the Father of the Nation, who stayed here between 1917 and 1934 during India's freedom struggle.

Dhobi Ghat

The Dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. The "laundries" are called "ghats": row upon row of concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. The clothes are soaked in sudsy water, thrashed on the flogging stones, then tossed into huge vats of boiling starch and hung out to dry. Next they are ironed and piled into neat bundles. The most famous of these Dhobi Ghats is at Saat Rasta near Mahalaxmi Station where almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation.

Hanging Garden

Perched at the top of Malabar Hill, where the elite have built their plush modern palaces is Kamala Nehru Park, the hangout of the bourgeois middle class. It has little to offer by way of entertainment, apart from a "Old Woman's Shoe" relegated to a distant corner, but the view of the city is spectacular and should not be missed. For most Mumbaiites, Kamala Nehru Park is to Mumbai what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris -- a vantage point that casts a proud eye on the entire city.

Overnight at hotel

Day 14Depart/Mumbai by Int’l flight

Today transfer to Mumbai International airport in time to connect your onward flight to next destination.

COST & INCLUSIONS

PremierPremierLuxuryComfort
SummerUS$4363US$2831US$2214US$1959
WinterUS$5800US$3252US$2607US$2082
DelhiOberoi GurgaonTaj MahalThe LalitSuryaa
LucknowVivanta by TajVivanta by TajRenaissanceLa Palace Park Inn
AgraOberoi AmarvilasITC MughalTridentCrystal Sarovar
BhopalCourtyad by MarriottJehnuma PalaceNoor-us- Sabah PalaceGrand Ashriwad Beacon
HyderabadFalaknuma PalaeTaj KrishnaLemon TreeAditya Park
MumbaiThe OberoiTaj Mahal PalaceTridentFariyas


The above rates are valid from

Winter – 1st October 2019 – 20th December 2019 & 11th January 2020 – 15th April 2020

Summer – 16th April 2020– 30th September 2020

 

Based on Minimum 2 persons traveling together.

  Tour Includes

 

   Share twin accommodation with breakfast
   Transfers & sightseeing by Air Conditioned vehicle
   AC Chair Car train tickets for travel Delhi/Lucknow & Agra/Bhopal
  Boat Ticket in Mumbai
   Cycle Rickshaw in Old Delhi
  Present Applicable taxes as on 15th Oct 2017

  Tour Excludes

 

   Entrance tickets to Monuments
   International Airfare
   Domestic Airfare
   Visa fee & Insurance
   Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc
   Single Supplement on request

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