Essence Of India Tour ( 26 Nights / 27 Days )
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 02 : Delhi
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Delhi Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar ,India Gate and the grand government buildings, the President’s House , Mahatama Gandhi Memorial , Also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple, Red fort, Jama Masjid. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 03 : Delhi - Udaipur ( By flight )
After a leisurely breakfast transfer to airport to board flight to Udaipur. Arrive Udaipur, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Later in the afternoon visit the 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 visit Saheliyon ki Bari- the Garden of Royal Ladies .Saheliyon ki Bari lies just beneath the Fateh Sagar Lake. 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. Overnight stay in Udaipur.
Day 04 : Udaipur
Early morning city tour of Udaipur. The city 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 City Palace museum, The City Palace, one of the largest palaces in the world.Also visit 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".Night stay in Udaipur.
Day 05 : Udaipur - Jodhpur ( By road )
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur. On arrival transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jodhpur.
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for city sight seeing tour of Jodhpur. Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Prince Jodha. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph, built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant singh II around 1899 and Umaid Public gardens. Overnight stay in Jodhpur.
Day 07 : Jodhpur - Jaisalmer ( By road )
Morning drive to Jaisalmer, on arrival transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Jaisalmer.
Day 08 : Jaisalmer
Early morning city sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer. 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. Evening camel ride to visit Sam Dunes. Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.
After a hearty breakfast drive to Bikaner. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Later city sight seeing tour. Bikaner is named after its founder Rao Bikaji in 1488. Bikaner’s has rippling sands and abundant sunshine. The city stands on an elevation, enclosed by a 7 Kms wall, which can be entered from 5 gate. Bikaner City is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and mosque. Also visit Lallgarh Palace, Bhanda Sagar Jain and Deshnoke Rat temple.Overnight stay in Bikaner.
Day 10 : Bikaner - Jaipur ( By road )
Morning drive to Jaipur, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening at leisure . Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 11 : Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort.A amin attaraction is the elephant ride to the fort on elephant. Amber fort was constructed by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh.
City Palace : A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture.It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
Jantar Mantar : This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments and is 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. Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Day 12 : Jaipur - Agra
Early morning drive to Agra enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 to commemorate the birth of his son and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. On arrival at Agra transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Agra.
Visit Tajmahal at sunrise, built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal as a symbol of undying and eternal love. 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 . 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. Overnight stay in Agra.
Day 14 : Agra - Jhansi (By train) Jhansi - Orchha (By surface)
After a leisurely breakfast transfer to railway station to board the train to Jhansi . Arrive Jhansi & drive to Orchha & transfer to hotel. Later in the evening take a guided tour of this historical site with magnificient temples and monuments. Overnight stay in Orchha.
Day 15 : Orchha - Khajuraho ( By surface )
After breakfast drive to Khajuraho. . 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. Evening at leisure.Overnight stay in Khajuraho.
Day 16 : Khajuraho
The fascinating temples of Khajuraho, India's unique gift of love to the world, were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. The divine sculptures in these temples, are a tribute to Life and love. The murals depict the life and times of the Chandelas, and celebrate the erotic state of being. The temples are grouped into three geographical divisions : western, eastern and southern. After breakfast explore the Western, eastern and southern temples of khajuraho while your guide explains the intricate meaning and legends behind each describable sculpture. Overnight stay in Khajuraho.
Day 17 : Khajuraho - Varanasi ( By flight )
After a hearty breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight to Varanasi-India’s most sacred and the oldest city situated on the bank of the holy river Ganga. It is dotted with numerous temples and ghats and is arguably the one of the most religious places in Hindu mythology. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel. Evening view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats. Overnight stay in Varanasi.
Take an early morning boat cruise at the river Ganges- a unique way of seeing the life unfolding at the ghats of Varanasi and watch the sunrise. Later take an excursion to Sarnath--one of the Buddhism’s major pilgrimmage centre in India. After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon. .The spot at which the stupa stands is believed to be the place from where Buddha gave his forts sermon. Later drive back to Varanasi . Overnight stay in Varanasi.
Day 19 : Varanasi - Mumbai ( By flight )
After a relaxed breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight to Bombay. Arrive Bombay & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Bombay.
Day 20 : Mumbai – Aurangabad ( By flight )
After breakfast proceed for half day tour of Mumbai covering Gateway of India –, Prince of Whales Museum , Chowpatty Beach, Dhobhi Ghat, Marine Drive. Later transfer to the airport to board the flight to Aurangabad. Arrive Aurangabad and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Aurangabad.
Day 21 : Aurangabad
Full day excursion to the world heritage sites – Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Aurangabad . Ajanta caves - 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 . Overnight stay in Aurangabad.
Day 22 : Aurangabad - Mumbai ( By flight )
Morning transfer to airport to board the flight to Bombay. Arrive Bombay and transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit the local markets. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Bombay.
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Goa. Arrive Goa & transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Goa.
Day 24 : Goa
After breakfast, proceed on a half day sightseeing tour of Goa, visiting Miramar Beach, Basilica of Bom Jesus and the city of Panjim-bustling with shops and tourists. The afternoon is at leisure to relax on the beach. Laze on the beach, go for swim, explore the shops for cashewnuts, buy holiday wear .Night stay in Goa.
Day 25/26 : Goa
Day at leisure. Night stay in Goa.
After breakfast, transfer to airport to board the fligt to Mumbai or Delhi to connect the flight back home.