SAMPLE GROUP TOUR ITINERARY
Day 01: Arrive Delhi (D)
Arrival in Delhi. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Delhi. Dinner will be included depending upon arrival time.
Day 02: Delhi (B/D)
Morning visit to New Delhi to the red sandstone Qutub Minar, the tallest minaret in India built in 1199. See Humayun’s Tomb, the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun. Continue to the India Gate (War Memorial Arch), built in 1931 inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The Hindu Temple dedicated to Laxminarayan is next. Drive past the President’s House, Parliament House, the Government Secretariat Buildings and the Connaught Place shopping centre before returning to your hotel. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 03: Delhi (B/D)
This morning’s tour focuses on Old Delhi where we stop to visit Raj Ghat, the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi with its eternal flame burning perpetually. Visitors must remove their footwear before entering the memorial. See the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, the Red Fort lying along the Yamuna River and the Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi for a short cycle Rickshaw ride. Continue to the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, the most prominent Sikh house of worship and the beautiful and serene Lodhi Garden which contains Mohammed Shah’s tomb. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 04: Delhi/Varanasi by flight (B/D)
Morning departure by air to Varanasi located on the banks of the Ganges. Transfer to your hotel. Afternoon visit of Varanasi, the Hindus holiest city and one of the oldest living cities in the world. A half day city tour will feature Bharat Mata Temple with its big relief map of India in marble and the Durga Temple known for the band of monkeys that reside in the large trees nearby. See the modern marble Tulsi Manas Mandir Temple dedicated to Lord Ram and the Banaras Hindu University with its Art Gallery. Also see the Mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangazeb built on the site of an ancient Hindu Temple. Later in the evening enjoy a Rickshaw ride in the Ghat (stone slab steps along the riverbank where pilgrims perform ritual ablutions) and take part in Aarti (a Hindu religious ritual of worship where light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter or camphor are offered to one or more deities). Overnight Varanasi.
Day 05: Varanasi (B/D)
Early morning boat excursion on the river Ganges, a ferry pilgrimage from ghat to ghat. People bathe early in the morning to offer their prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika and Harishchandra where funeral pyre burns day and night. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death. Later visit Sarnath to see the buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century B.C. to 12th century AD. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple and the Museum (Museum closed on Fridays). After lunch visit a Silk factory to observe a weaving demonstration by the master weavers. Overnight Varanasi.
Day 06: Varanasi Khajuraho by flight (B/D)
Morning flight to Khajurhao. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Afternoon visit to the world famous Khajuraho temples built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD. The most important are the Chaunset Yogini Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, the Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely image of 11 headed Vishnu, Vishvanath and Nandi Temples, Lakshmana Temple, Visha Temple of Shiva, which is the largest and most typical of temples. Visit the Eastern group of temples that consist of the Parasvanath Temple, the only Jain Temple surviving at Khajuraho with excellent sculptures on the outer walls of the Sanctum and the Javeri Temple dedicated to Vishnu. The other temples in this group are those dedicated to Brahma, Yamuna and Adinath. Later visit for cultural dance show. Overnight Khajuraho.
(Day 07: Khajuraho Jhansi via Orchha/Jhansi Agra by train (B/D)
Drive via Orccha to Jhansi. Orchha’s grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time and is a rich legacy to the ages. The hands of time have rested lightly on this mediaeval city. The palaces and the temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century retain much of their pristine glory. Jahangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chatris has a spectacular view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs. Arrive at the Jhansi railway station and board the train for Agra. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight Agra.
Day 08: Agra (B/D)
Morning visit to the world famous Taj Mahal, one of the most important buildings in the world built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later visit the Agra Fort, site of a battle during the Indian rebellion of 1857 which caused the end of the British East India Company rule in India. Afternoon visit of Marble Inlay work and masterpieces in embroidery. In the evening attend the Mohabbat the Taj show, The Saga of Love. Overnight Agra. NOTE: TAJ MAHAL CLOSED ON FRIDAY.
Day 09: Agra Ranthambore via Fatehpur Sikri (B/D)
Morning drive to Ranthambore via Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri 40 kms from Agra was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces. On arrival in Ranthambore transfer to your hotel. Overnight Ranthambore.
Day 10: Ranthambore (B/D)
Morning and evening jungle safari by jeep/canter ride. This is Rajasthan’s first Project Tiger reserve named after a 1,000 year old fort which stands in the park. It has an congenial habitat for the stately sambar, the largest of all Asiatic deer. Tigers, cital, wild boar and other animals are also found here. Woodland, ground and water-birds abound in the park including the uncommon red jungle fowl as well as varieties of eagles. A water tank harbours marsh crocodile and python. Overnight Ranthambore.
Day 11: Ranthambore Jaipur (B/D)
Drive to Jaipur and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is free. Overnight Jaipur.
Day 12: Jaipur (B/D)
Morning visit Amber Fort (by Elephant ride one way to ascend the fort) the ancient capital of the State. Visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors. Afternoon visit of the capital of Rajasthan given a color coat of pink a century ago in honour of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this color. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory and Ram Niwas Gardens. Drive past Hawa Mahal and continue through the pink rose residential and business areas. Overnight Jaipur.
Day 13: Jaipur/Pushkar (B/D)
Drive to Pushkar via NGO which deals with special children afflicted with palsy, autism and other ailments. Stop to enjoy a textile demonstration before arriving in Pushkar and transferring to your hotel. Visit Pushkar which by Indian standards is a small and peaceful place. Set on the banks of a holy lake, Pushkar has many temples, including the only one dedicated to the Hindu God Bramha in all of India. Stroll through the bazaar street on the shore of the lake and enjoy the views over the lake and the surrounding desert from one of the hilltop temples. Overnight Pushkar.
Day 14: Pushkar/Jodhpur (B/D)
Drive to Jodhpur. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Visiting the countryside see various villages including Bishnoi Dhanis and have an opportunity to observe local craftsmen. Overnight Jodhpur.
Day 15: Jodhpur (B/D)
Morning visit the Meharangarh Fort situated on a low sandstone Hill including Moti-Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing Marble Memorium built in 1899 and the museum located in the Umaid Public Gardens. Overnight Jodhpur.
Day 16: Jodhpur/ Udaipur via Ranakpur (B/D)
Drive to Udaipur via Ranakpur to see the Jain Temples built in the 15th century situated in the lovely valley of the Aravali. It’s surrounding are quiet and picturesque. Ranakpur has grand structures and beautiful sculpture. There are 1444 pillars in the temple and none of them are similar. The magic of light and shade is really awe inspiring. The Surya Temple and other Jain Temples are side attractions. On arrival in Udaipur transfer to your hotel. Overnight Udaipur.
Day 17: Udaipur (B/D)
Morning visit the city palace, Jagdish Temple and drive around Fatehsagar Lake. See Sahelion ki Bari (the QUEEN’S RESORT FOR HER FRIENDS) and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (a FOLK ART MUSEUM). In the afternoon enjoy a common boat cruise on Pichola Lake which is 4 km. long and 3 km. broad surrounded by splendid hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. A visit will also be made to the island palace Jag Niwas in the lake. Overnight Udaipur.
Day 18: Udaipur/Mumbai by flight (B/D)
Transfer to airport for your flight to Mumbai. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Overnight Mumbai.
Day 19: Mumbai (B/D)
Morning visit to the Elephanta caves by common boat ride. Travel across the Bombay harbor to the world famous 1200 years old Elephanta Caves dedicated to Lord Shiva. The famous sculpture signifies the trinity of the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer. The afternoon is free. Overnight Mumbai. NOTE: ELEPHANTA CAVES CLOSED ON MONDAY.
Day 20: Mumbai (B/D)
Morning visit to Kamla Nehru Park, the Hanging Gardens situated on the slopes of Malabar Hill offering a panoramic view of Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, the Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan, Dhobi Ghat and the Gateway of India. Drive through the Crawford Market, Marine Drive and the Flora Fountain. NOTE: PRICE OF WALES CLOSED ON MONDAY.
Check out from the hotel at 1200 hrs.
Later in the evening transfer to the airport to board your departure flight.
Day 21: Departure
YOUR LAND TOUR INCLUDES
All airport transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary
Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
Meals as specified (B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner)
Rickshaw ride in Delhi and Varanasi
Evening boat ride in Udaipur
Early morning boat ride in Varanasi at sunrise
Visit to a silk factory in Varanasi
Cultural dance show in Khajuraho
Train tickets from Jhansi to Agra in air conditioned executive class
Visit to a marble factory in Agra
Spectacular Taj Show in Agra
2 jeep/canter safaris in Ranthambore
Elephant ride ascending the fort in Jaipur
Visit to NGO dealing with special children
Visit to Elephanta caves in Mumbai
Economy class domestic flights Delhi/Varanasi/Khajuraho and Udaipur/Mumbai
Train trip from Jhansi to Agra in air conditioned executive class
English speaking local guides
Entrance fees to the monuments
YOUR LAND TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE
Airfare, taxes, lunches, insurance, gratuities