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26 Nights / 27 Days
Delhi - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Jaipur - Agra - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Mumbai - Aurangabad - Mumbai - Goa
India is an incredible country where thousands of tourists come every year to feel the warm and capture the magic of cities like Delhi - Udaipur - Jodhpur – Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Agra - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Mumbai, Aurangabad, Mumbai – Goa and many more. In Essence of India tour package we offer you amazing Monuments, Places, Temples, Cultural Heritage Forts, Architecturally beautiful structures. India is renowned as the best place to visit and to enjoy the vacations in many parts like Goa and spend wonderful time at beaches. Moreover, in Varanasi and Khajuraho you can explore the ancient temples.
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi
On arrival at Delhi airport you will be welcome by our representatives and from there you will move towards your hotel for check in and overnight stay.
Day 02 : Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast we will go for sightseeing tour of New Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British Empire. We will visit the 11th century Qutab Minar, India Gate and the grand Government buildings, the President’s House, Mahatama Gandhi Memorial; we will also visit Laxmi Narayan Temple popularly known as Birla Temple.
Day 03 : Delhi - Udaipur ( By flight )
After the breakfast we will move towards the airport to board the flight for Udaipur. On arrival at Udaipur, we will check in at hotel and later in afternoon we will visit the Jagdish Temple. The temple, dedicated to Lord Jagannath, is at a great height and can be approached by a long flight of stairs. Later we will visit Saheliyon ki Bari- the Garden of Royal Ladies .Saheliyon ki Bari lies just beneath the Fateh Sagar Lake. Maharana Sangram Singh II designed this garden in the early 18th century purely as a pleasure garden and a summer palace for the 48 young maids that formed a part of the prince’s dowry. It is also said that the garden was presented as a peace offering from the Emperor of Delhi. The Maharanas entertained themselves around the four ornamental pools and the five fountains. These fountains were imported from England in 1889. Maharana Bhopal Singh specially was very fond of this place and built a rain fountain, so that it looked like rain dancing on the dancing maids.
Day 04 : Udaipur
In morning we will go for sightseeing tour of Udaipur. The city is built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described as the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. Visit the City Palace museum, The City Palace, one of the largest palaces in the world, can be approached through the Bari Pol or the Great Gate (1600) with the royal drums and then onto the Tripolia Gate (1725). Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir ( Folk art museum) The interesting collection exhibited by this Indian folk arts museum includes folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. Also visit the Pratap Memorial. Atop the Moti Magri or Pearl Hill, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze statue of the Maharana astride his favorite horse"Chetak".
Day 05 : Udaipur - Jodhpur ( By road )
After having breakfast we will drive for Jodhpur. On arrival we will check in at for night stay in Jodhpur.
Day 06 : Jodhpur
After a relaxed breakfast we will proceed for sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. Jodhpur - the stronghold of the fierce Rathore clan was founded in 1459 by Prince Jodha. We will visit the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill. Within the fort, we will visit Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also in the list is Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph, built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant singh II around 1899 and Umaid Public gardens.
Day 07 / Jodhpur - Jaisalmer ( By road )
In morning we will drive for Jaisalmer, on arrival we will check in at hotel and spend evening at leisure.
Day 08 : Jaisalmer
In morning we will go for sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer. Throbbing in the heart of the Thar, the burnished sandstone, is an intricately molded wonderland in place of a barren land, today stands a city of gilded magic. The origins of Jaisalmer go back to the 12th century, when Rawal Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Ludarwa and laid the foundation of a new city. Visit the magnificient fort, the Patwon Ki Haveli (Mansion) and Salim singh Ki Haveli, with their carved balconies and brackets which are supreme examples of the art. At evening we will go for camel ride to visit Sam Dunes.
Day 09 : Jaisalmer - Bikaner ( By road )
In morning we will drive for Bikaner. On arrival we will check in at hotel and later go for sightseeing tour. Bikaner is named after its founder Rao Bikaji in 1488. But long before this, the city was trade center on the caravan routes from Africa and West Asia. Bikaner’s dominant features are rippling sands and abundant sunshine. The city stands on an elevation, enclosed by a 7 Kms wall, which can be entered from 5 gates. Bikaner City is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh the fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. We will also visit Lallgarh Palace, the museum, Bhanda Sagar Jain and Deshnoke Rat temple.
Day 10 : Bikaner - Jaipur ( By road )
In morning we will drive for Jaipur, on arrival we will check in at hotel and spend evening at leisure.
Day 11 : Jaipur
In morning we will go for outing to Amber Fort, Elephant ride ascent to the fort.
AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression. Continue sight-seeing.
CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
JANTAR MANTAR - It is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. The observatory consists of outsized astronomical instruments that are still in use.
HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 12: Jaipur - Agra
Morning drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 to commemorate the birth of his son and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. Visit the remains, it fortifications within the city including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other palaces. On arrival transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Agra.
Day 13: Agra
In morning we will visit the world famous Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. We will also visit the Agra Fort, containing the Pearl Mosque - the rusty and majestic red- sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. We will also visit Itmad-up-Dau’s tomb, built by Noorjehan in memory of her father.
Day 14: Agra- Jhansi (By train) Jhansi-Orchha (By surface)
In morning we will move towards the railway station to board the train to Jhansi. On arrival at Jhansi we will drive to Orchha & check in at hotel and later go for tour of the historical site with magnificient Temples and Monuments. Some of the palaces were decorated with painted murals which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela School of painting.
Day 15: Orchha - Khajuraho ( By surface )
After having the breakfast we will drive to Khajuraho Khajuraho- the legendary temples of khajuraho are an incomparable experience. Acknowledged as one of the world’s artistic wonders, these temples dedicated to the Hindu pantheon of Gods are covered in carvings that are a paean to life and love. Built within a short span of a hundred years by the Chandela Rajputs, the 10th century temples lay forgotten until they were discovered in the present century. Khajuraho has achieved fame for the sensual appeal of its erotic sculptures. We will spend evening at leisure.
Day 16: Khajuraho
After having the breakfast explore the Western and Eastern temples of khajuraho while your guide explains the intricate meaning and legends behind each describable sculpture.
Day 17: Khajuraho - Varanasi ( By flight )
Today after having the breakfast we will move towards the airport to board the flight for Varanasi. It is India’s most sacred city situated on the western bank of the holy river Ganga. It is also the oldest living city in the world. As a place for devotion and worship, with hundreds of temples dotting the city, sunrise on the river front as seen from a boat can be a spiritually uplifting sight. It has a fascination uniquely its own, a quality of sublime beauty, a timeless eternal appeal. On arrival at Varanasi we will check in at hotel and go for evening view of “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats.
Day 18: Varanasi
In morning we will go for boat cruise at the river Ganga to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Later we will go for outing to Sarnath, 10kms. East of Varanasi, is one of the Buddhism’s major centers of India. After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon. Today Sarnath is considered as one of the richest place to have antiques since the Ashoka period to the 12th century. The Dharmarajika stupa was also built by Ashoka and it was surmounted by the pillar. This pillar with four lions today forms the national emblem of India. Sarnath has many more ruins of monasteries and stupas. The spot at which the stupa stands is believed to be the place from where Buddha gave his forts sermon. Sarnath has an extremely rich collection of Buddhist statues. We will also visit the deer park and the museum and afterwards back to Varanasi.
Day 19: Varanasi - Mumbai ( By flight )
After a relaxed breakfast we will move towards the airport to board the flight to Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai we will check in at hotel to stay overnight.
Day 20: Mumbai – Aurangabad ( By flight )
After having the breakfast we will proceed for half day tour of Mumbai covering Gateway of India – The stone archway designed by Wittett in the 16th century Gujarati style, Prince of Whales Museum , Chowpatty Beach, Dhobhi Ghat, Marine Drive. Later we will move for the airport to board the flight to Aurangabad, the Capital of Aurangzeb, who was the last of the great Mughals. On arrival at Aurangabad we will check in at hotel for night stay.
Day 21: Aurangabad
Today we will spend full day outing to the world heritage sites – Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Aurangabad – as recognised so by UNESCO are renowned the world over for their uniqueness and ancient value Ajanta caves- offers a rich tapestry of images that speak of palaces, royalty, cultures and tales of everyday life of ancient India. Long buried in the debris of time, these 30 caves were built to offer seclusion to the Buddhist monks, who lived, taught and performed rituals. Ellora caves-Carved between fourth and fifth century, the rock temples and monasteries of Ellora represent the three major faiths of India - Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Like Ajanta, Ellora caves too are a fine example of cave temples with almost 34 caves with intricate interiors and ornamental facades.
Day 22: Aurangabad - Mumbai (By flight)
In morning we will move towards the airport to board the flight for Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai we will check in at hotel and in afternoon we will visit the local markets and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 23: Mumbai - Goa
After having the breakfast we will move towards the airport to board on the flight for Goa. On arrival at Goa we will check in at hotel. Later we you can spend evening at leisure.
Day 24: Goa
After having breakfast, we will proceed for half day sightseeing tour of Goa that includes Miramar Beach, Basilica of Bom Jesus and the city of Panjim-bustling with shops and tourists. Rest in the afternoon you can spend at leisure to relax on the beach. Laze on the beach, go for swimming, explore the shops for famous cashew nuts, buy holiday wear and do other activities.
Day 25: Goa
Today we will spend full day in Goa while relaxing and doing other activities.
Day 26: Goa
Today we will spend full day in Goa while relaxing and doing other activities.
Day 27: Goa-Departure
After having the breakfast, we will move towards the airport to board the flight for Mumbai or Delhi to connect the flight back home.