Duration: 15 Nights/16 Days.
Places Covered: Mumbai, Aurangabad, Udaipur, Pushkar, Jaipur, Sariska, Agra, Delhi.
Day 01 Arrival Mumbai
Welcome and orientation, followed by dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Mumbai, formerly called Bombay, is India's commercial capital and a fascinating city with a colonial past the mark of which can be seen here. Considered to be the Raj's brightest jewel, it was once an archipelago of seven islands. It was handed over to the British by the Portugal as a dowry of Portuguese Princess Infanta Catherine de Braganza who married Charles II of England in 1661. Today it's a teeming metropolis and the capital of Maharashtra. Mumbai is also known as the Hollywood of India called "Bollywood" in common parlance.
Evening Leisure Activities
· Drive at the Queen's necklace
· Mumbai Tour in the evening
Day 02 Mumbai
Morning excursion to the Elephanta caves containing beautiful reliefs, sculptures, and a temple to the Lord Siva, destroyer in the Hindu Trinity of Gods. Now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the caves are located one and one-half hours out of Mumbai.
Afternoon sightseeing of the metropolis includes the British-built arch "Gateway of India," the city's landmark; Hanging Gardens, Prince of Wales Museum, Dhobi Ghat, Marine Drive, Gandhi Memorial Museum and the Jain Temple on the Malabar Hill.
Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel
Day 03 Mumbai / Aurangabad
Relax in the morning or visit the local market. Transfer to airport to catch a flight to Aurangabad.
Reach the city and check in at hotel.
An important medieval city, the name Aurangabad was given by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. There are four main gateways to the city - the Delhi Darwaza, the Jalna Darwaza, the Paithan Darwaza and the Mecca Darwaza.
Aurangabad today is a bustling city of Maharashtra. It is known for its diverse big and small industries, fine silken textiles, and exquisite hand woven brocades of silver and gold fabrics, Himroo of international repute. It serves as the gateway to the world famous caves of of Ajanta and Ellora which are witness to the zenith of Indian art and sculpture.
Evening visit to the textile factory for Himroo.
Return to the hotel and have dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04 Aurangabad
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for a full day excursion to Ajanta, one of India's most impressive archaeological sites.
Hidden from the public eyes till the 19th century Ajanta caves are nestled in the Sahyardi hills. The 30 rock-hewn caves of Ajanta are testimony to the heights the Buddhist Art reached in the ancient India. They were discovered in 1819 by a group of British army officers.
Return to Aurangabad and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 05 Aurangabad / Mumbai
Depart early morning for an excursion to the Ellora Caves, one of the finest sculpture sites in India. Kailashnath Temple, the main attraction of Ellora, is chiseled by hand of a massive rock. Dedicated to the Lord Shiva, the temple was built by was built by Krishna I (757-783 A.D.) of the Rashtrakuta dynasty. This world famous rock-cut temple is the witness to the excellence of Dravidian art.
Return to Mumbai this evening by flight. Transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 06 Mumbai / Udaipur
Morning transfer to the airport to fly to Udaipur.
Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Later embark on a city tour.
Once the capital of the princely state of Mewar, Udiapur is a fascinating city. Also called the "city of lakes", numerous lakes dot its precincts.
Afternoon excursion to Kumbhalgarh, set in the foothills of the Aravalli ranges. Built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century, this formidable fort was impregnable.
Other highlights of a tour to the "City of Lakes," involves a visit to the City Palace, Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, or "Garden of the Maids of Honor".
Day 07 Udaipur
You can spend the shopping in the bazaars of Udaipur or visit to Ranakpur, famous for its Jain temples. These temples are known for their elaborate sculptures.
Return to the city and take a romantic sunset cruise on Lake Pichola. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 08 Udaipur / Deogarh
Morning departure for Deogarh.
Located on a hillock and encircled by the town, the Deogarh Castle was built in 1670 A.D. by Rawat Dwarkadas of the Siaodia Dynasty.
Overnight stay in a Deogarh Castle.
Day 09 Deogarh / Pushkar
In the morning leave Deogarh for Pushkar and spend the day exploring this pilgrim town of lakes and more than 400 temples. In October/November ten days after Diwali, the festival of lights, an annual cattle fair is organized here attracting thousands of pilgrims, tourist and villagers.
Day 10 Pushkar / Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur, one of India's most well planned cities, with wide, straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes in a grid system. Also called the Pink City followed by a city tour. A visit to the Amber Fort and Palace. An elephant ride takes you up to the Fort. Set on a hill, Amber Fort was the capital of the princely state of Jaipur until 1728. Within the fort are Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors), and various marble palaces
Day 11 Jaipur
Excursion to Jaigarh and Nagargarh forts. Also visit the Jantar Mantar, one of the five observatories built by Raja Jai Singh II.
Spend rest of the day by doing shopping in the city.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 12 Jaipur / Sariska
Depart by road for Sariska. On arrival transfer to the hotel.
Sariska, situated in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, became a sanctuary in the year 1958 and came under the Project Tiger in 1979. With an area of 474 sq km, it was converted into a national park in 1982.
Day 13 Sariska / Agra
Morning excursion to Sariska Tiger Reserve for wildlife viewing.
The excellent view of the Siliserh Lake running along the edge of the Park is quite captivating. Here you can view a large number of crocodiles.
Later proceed to Agra. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 14 Agra / Delhi
Morning visit to the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Depart for Delhi by road. On arrival check in at the hotel.
Day 15 Delhi
Full day city tour of old & New Delhi. Morning visit to India Gate, a World War I memorial. Drive along Rajpath towards the residence of the President of India, Rashtrapathi Bhawan, flanked by Parliament House and other government buildings. Visit Qutab Minar, Laxmi Narayn Temple and Humayun's Tomb, architectural precursor to the Taj Mahal.
Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon tour of Old Delhi.
Witness prayer at Jama Masjid, India's best-known mosque.
Enjoy the ride in cycle rickshaw from Jama Masjid through the lanes of colorful shopping Bazaar known as Chandni Chawk.
Visit Red Fort, the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's citadel built in thick red sandstone in the 17th century.
Visit Rajghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 16 Delhi / Out
Early morning transfer to the airport for your international flight for onward destination.