Highlights of Tour

North India

Day 01 :                   Late Night arrival in New Delhi

Assumed late night arrival in Delhi, Meet assistance and transfer to Hotel – overnight stay.

Day 02:                     In Delhi

The sightseeing tour of Delhi will start after breakfast . Visit various historical monuments, government buildings and temples in the city. Start the tour from Laxmi Narayan Temple(The Lakshminarayan temple in New Delhi was built in 1938 by Raja Baldev Das Birla and has been standing proudly as one of the major attractions of Delhi. The Birla Family, one of the leading industrialists of India, took over the responsibility of building the temple, as part of their well-known patronage of temples and other institutions all over the country. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. He did so, on condition that people of all castes will be allowed in the temple, which has been maintained till date. © Copyright 2013 CorbisCorporationThis magnificent Hindu temple is made up of red). and then proceed to visit India Gate(The foundation stone was laid by HRH the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and the monument was dedicated to the nation 10 years later by the then Viceroy, Lord Irwin. Another memorial, Amar Jawan Jyoti was added much later after India had said goodbye to its imperial rulers. It is in the form of a flame that burns day and night under the arch to remind the nation of soldiers who perished in the Indo-Pakistan War of December 1971. The entire arch stands on a low base of red Bharatpur stone and rises in stages to a huge cornice, beneath which are inscribed Imperial suns. Above on both sides is inscribed INDIA, flanked by MCM and to the right, XIX. The shallow domed bowl at the top was intended to be filled with burning oil on anniversaries but this is rarely done), President’s Palace, Raj Ghat (Rajghat is the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. The cremation of Mahatma Gandhi took place at the Delhi Raj Ghat only, on 31st January 1948. The memorial stone of Mahatma Gandhi placed there is a simple square platform made of black stone, with the words “Hey Ram” inscribed near it. As homage to the Mahatma, an eternal flame, in a copper urn, keeps on burning there. Enclosing the memorial is a low wall, simple with no ornamentation. Every Friday, a remembrance ceremony takes place at the Delhi Raj Ghat Natio  nal Memorial. Along with that, on the birthday (2nd October) as well as death anniversary (30th January) of Mahatma Gandhi, prayers are held here. 30th January, the day Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated is remembered as Martyr’s Day. The Mahatma Gandhi Samadhi, in New Delhi, is situated amidst a garden with fountains and numerous striking trees. Situated near Raj Ghat, are two museums dedicated to Gandhi that house a number of possessions as well as photographs of Mahatma Gandhi. There is also a beautiful Zinat-ul Masjid (Most Beautiful of Mosques) overlooking the Rajghat) and Jama Mosque(Jama Masjid, also known as Masjid-i-Jahan-Numa, which means mosque commanding view of the world, is a magnificent and the largest mosque in the country.© Copyright 2013 CorbisCorporation Jama Masjid is situated about 500m away the beautiful Red Fort, India, on the hill of Bho Jhala, in the old Mughal capital called Shahjahanabad. It was the last architectural works of the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan which nearly took about six years for its completion (1650-1656). About 5,000 craftsmen were assigned the task of constructing this building of red sandstone and white marble, costing about a million rupees) In the second half of the day you will visit Humayun’s Tomb (Humayun, the eldest son of Babur, succeeded his father and became the second ruler of the Mughal Empire. Humayun ruled India for nearly a decade but was ousted by Sher Shah Suri, the Afghan ruler. Humayun took shelter at the court of the Safavid ruler, Shah of Persia, who helped in regain Delhi in 1555 AD. Unhappily, he was not able to rule for a long time and met with his untimely death after he fell from the stairs of the Sher Mandal library. Haji Begum (Bega Begum), the Persian wife of Humayun, supervised the construction of a tomb for husband. The first grown-up example of Mughal architecture in India, Humayun’s Tomb was built by the emperor’s inconsolable widow, Haji Begum, in 1565 AD. The mughals brought with them a love for gardens, fountains and water. Humayun’s Tomb was constructed with red sandstone and decorated marks the beginning of a new tradition of complex style which culminated in the Taj Mahal of Agra), © Copyright 2010 CorbisCorporationLotus Temple(The famous Lotus temple of Delhi is one of the seven Baha’i Houses of Worship in the world. This meticulous structure was completed in 1986, and has been opened for the public since then.  As the name suggests, this awesome piece of architecture, which resembles a Lotus, the national flower of India, has won several architectural awards) and Qutab Minar(The tall and ever attractive monument of Delhi which can be seen from most parts of the city is called the Qutab Minar. Every body has the same question when one sees the structure for the first time. The question that is often being put up is “Why the monument is that big?” or “Was there any specific reason to build such a tall building or it was just a wish of the person who built it?” Well, the exact reason is assumed to have something related to commemorating the victory. Mughals used to build victory towers to proclaim and celebrate victories. Some say the minaret was used to offer prayer but it is so tall that you can hear the person standing on the top. Also, the minaret is not joined on to Qutuddin’s mosque and the Iltutmish’s mosque. Qutab Minar is among the tallest and famous towers in the world. The minaret is 234 feet high and the highest individual tower in the world. Other towers in the world are the Great Pagoda in Pekin, China and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy but these towers are not as high as the Qutab Minar in Delhi). Night stay at the hotel.


(Special remark: The major monuments of Delhi remain closed on every Monday)

Day 03:                     Delhi / Ajmer (Train) & later drive to Pushkar

Early morning transfer to Railway Station to board the train to Ajmer. Upon arrival visit famous Ajmer Sharif Dargah (The Dargah Shareef of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is situated at the foot of the Taragarh hill, and consists of several white marble buildings arranged around two courtyards, including a massive gate donated by the Nizam of Hyderabad, a mosque donated by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Akbari Masjid, and the domed tomb of the saint. To this place Emperor Akbar, with his queen, performed pilgrimage on foot from Agra every year in observance of a vow he had made when praying for a son. The large pillars, erected at intervals of two miles the whole way between Agra and Ajmer, marking the daily halting places of the royal pilgrim, are still extant). Later drive to Pushkar. Overnight stay is at Pushkar© Copyright 2013 CorbisCorporation

Day 04:     In Pushkar (During Pushkar Fair)

After breakfast, AM drive to Jaipur (140 km / 03 hrs). On arrival check into the hotel. Afternoon free to rest or take the opportunity to explore The Pushkar Fair (Pushkar Fair: – Also known as Pushkar ka Mela, Pushkar Fair, is the world’s largest camel fair held in the holy town of Pushkar in Rajasthan. Pushkar Fair is undoubtedly world’s largest camel fair and d it also makes it world’s largest cattle fair in general. Competitions such as the “Matka Phod”, “moustache”, and “bridal competition” are the main attractions of this fair which attract thousands of tourists. A spotlight of one’s holiday in India, the festival hosts around 50,000 camels which are sold, decorated, shaved and raced. From a mere 14,000 to a massive 200,000! This is how the population of Pushkar swells during the Pushkar Fair. Umpteen number of traders gather here and  set up shops. © Copyright 2013 CorbisCorporationThese traders sell a lot of products like woolen blankets of Merta, bead necklaces of Nagaur, textiles printed in Ajmer and Jodhpur, brassware of Jodhpur and Jaipur etc. Saddles, ropes, and assorted household items are also on sale. Cultural shows and exhibitions are also organized in this fair to enliven the event. Movies are shown, competitions are arranged, bards and poets recite and sing tales of valour and heroism of bygone days. Animal races and other competitions also add the attraction) Also visit:- Lord Brahma Temple (Brahma Temple is the only temple that is dedicated to Lord Brahma in India. Located near the Lake at Pushkar in Rajasthan, Brahma Temple receives many pilgrims to its doorsteps every year. Built in the 14th century, Brahma Temple commemorates Lord Brahma, who is considered as the creator of this Universe according to the Hinduism. Lord Brahma is one amongst the trinity of Hindu Gods, the other being Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. For the Hindus, Brahma Temple is an important pilgrim place. Raised on a high platform, the temple lies in the Pushkar valley that is known for its scenic beauty) and Holy Pushkar Lake (Pushkar Lake is a very interesting myth associated with the Pushkar lake. The holy Pushkar Lake is said to have been created by the falling of lotus from the hand of Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe. Pushkar Lake is believed to be as old as the creation of the earth. The lake is one of the most holy spots in the town, and it is said that a single dip in the waters of Pushkar Lake on Kartika Poornima is same as performing yagnas for several hundred years. This enigmatic lake has fifty-two bathing ghats, built around it. The water around each ghat is supposed to have special powers. The Naga Kund is considered to give fertility, Roop Tirth bestows beauty and charm, the water of Kapil Vyapi Kund is said to have powers to cure leprosy and a dip in the Mrikand Muni Kund gives th e blessing of wisdom. The Pushkar Lake is encompassed by hills on three sides and desert on the other side. It is said that the cave of Saint Agasthya was located on the snake mountain here. Itis also believed that Kalidasa, the great poet of the ancient times, chose this place as his locale for his Sanskrit drama, Shakuntalam.) Evening free to rest or take the opportunity to explore the markets, on your own.

Day 05 :     Pushkar to Jaipur by Road (140 km / 03 hrs).© Copyright 2010 CorbisCorporation

After breakfast, drive to Jaipur. On arrival, check into the hotel. Rest of the day, at leisure.

Evening: at 18:00hrs – drive for Dinner at ‘Chokhi Dhani Resort’ an Ethnic Village Resort (20 kms/60 minute approx). This dinner is vegetarian and purely Indian village style.  (No alcohol will be served). Late evening around at 22:00 hrs return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 06 :      In Jaipur

At 0730 hrs,. Embark for excursion to Amer Fort (Amber Fort is located in Amber (Jaipur), which used to be the capital of the Kachhwaha clan, till Jaipur was made the official capital in 1727. The Amber Fort looks stunning, all-built in white marble and red sandstone. To add to its charm, Maotha Lake makes its foreground. The crystal mirror image of the Fort, on the still waters of the lake, seems to be a beautiful illusion. Amber Fort is usually pronounced as Amer Fort. In 1592, construction of the Fort was started by However, the Amber Fort took its present form during the reign of Raja Jai Singh where you climb on Elephant backs). Afternoon Lunch at a good Restaurant.  Afterwards continue with our sightseeing covering Hawa Mahal(Hawa Mahal stands upright as the entrance to the City Palace, Jaipur. An important landmark in the city, Hawa Mahal is an epitome of the Rajputana architecture. The splendid five-storey “Palace of the Winds” is a blend of beauty and splendor much close to Rajasthan’s culture. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh built Hawa Mahal in 1779. The pyramid shape of this ancient monument is a tourist attraction having 953 small windows),© Copyright 2012 CorbisCorporation City palace & Museum (Occupying the centre of Jaipur, the City Palace covers one seventh of the city area and the plan of the palace is exactly similar to the plan of the city. The palace has a high wall or the sarahad that surrounds it on all sides. It is a bit confusing to  find the main entrance to the palace and can only be arrived at after going through various bazaars (Sireh Deori), past the Town Hall (Vidhan Sabha), passing through the arches of Sireh Deori (boundary gate) also known as the Udai Pol, Naqqar Darwaza (drum gate), the Vijai Pol, Jai Pol, Ganpati Pol and via the Jaleb Chowk. The Town Hall (late 19th century) once housed the State Council. It faces west over Sireh Deorhi bazaar and has a large terrace and verandah. Jaleb Chowk was previously the residence of the Palace Guards. The residential wing of the rajas that were modified in the 19th century by Sawai Ram Singh II surround the chowk on all sides. After crossing the Jaleb Chowk and proceeding through a narrow archway you will reach the Gainda ki Deorhi (rhinoceros gate) and the city palace complex), Jantar Mantar (Jantar Mantar at Jaipur is the largest stone observatory in the World and this feature makes it, a special destination for a traveler. Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. During the period between 1727 and 1733, Jantar Mantar took its form and structure. Initially Jantar Mantar was named as Yantra Mantra, which means instruments and formulae, but due to mispronunciation of the term, it is changed to the recognized name) . Evening, return to hotel for overnight stay.

Note: (One Elephant is for maximum for two people and subject to availability, failing jeeps shall be arranged. Way back we will take the jeeps only).

Day 07 :      Jaipur to Ranthambore by Road (170km approx / 03hrs).

After breakfast, drive to Ranthambore- one of the most famous tiger reserve in India it is a delight for nature lovers and photographers. On arrival check into the hotel.,Rest of the day at leisure.© Copyright 2013 CorbisCorporation

Day 08 :       In Ranthambore

Early Morning at 05:30hrs enjoy the Morning Jungle Safari by Canter (duration 03hrs approx). Then back to hotel & have breakfast.  Rest of the day at leisure. Afternoon at 14:00hrs again proceed for the Evening Jungle Safari by Canter (duration 03hrs). 06 PM Jungle get close.

Evening free to rest & stay Overnight.

Day 09 :       Ranthambore to Agra
(By train ex Bharatpur Dep 0705/Arr 0925)

© Copyright 2013 CorbisCorporationEarly Morning transfer to railway station to board the train towards Bharatpur. On arrival at Bharatpur railway station, transfer to Agra ex Fatehpur Sikri. Check-into your pre-booked hotel. Later after some relaxation visit Taj Mahal (Taj Mahal built as a monument of eternal love by Shah Jahan to his bride Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal looks amazingly graceful from almost any angle and it was built over a period of 20 years by 20,000 laborers and craftsmen and displays superb craftsmanship). Our guide will report you at hotel lobby and show you Taj Mahal. Later return back to hotel for overnight stay.© Copyright 2012 CorbisCorporation

(Special Remark : Please note Taj Mahal remain closed on every Friday)

Day 10 :     Sightseeing in Agra

Morning after breakfasts enjoy sightseeing tour in Agra. Visit: – Agra Fort (Ever since Babur defeated and killed Ibrahin Lodi at Panipat in 1526, Agra played an important center of Mughal Empire. Akbar chose this city on the bank of River Yamuna as his capital and proceeded to build a strong citadel for the purpose. It is said that he destroyed the damaged old fort of Agra for the purpose and raised this grand group of monuments instead in red sandstone. Started in 1565, it took eight years and thirty-five lakh rupees to complete its construction and is second only to Taj in Agra. Qasim Khan Mir Barr-u-Bahr supervised the construction of this building. One of the large fortified residences built at various strategic points of Mughal Empire; it had over five hundred buildings, as mentioned by Abul Fazal in his chronicles. Most of the buildings added later use marble as the chief construction material. At the time of Akbar, River Yamuna touched the fort and thus, a number of ghats were built here. Some of these Ghats were meant to load and unload goods transported through river and other covered passages were for use by the harem inmates only) and Itmad Ud Daulah (Also known as the ‘Baby Taj’, is the first monument in India built entirely in marble. The tomb was built between 1622 and 1628 by the Queen of Jahangir, Nurjahan as a memorial to her father, Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Mirza Ghiyas Beg, an Imperial Officer, was bestowed with the title of Itmad-ud-Daulah (Pillar of State) by his Emperor Jahangir. The mausoleum rests in a walled garden close to the Yamuna River, approximately one and a half kilometers upstream of the Taj Mahal, Agra. © Copyright 2012 CorbisCorporationThis tranquil, small, garden was to inspire the construction of the Taj Mahal in the later years.Along with the main building, the structure consists of numerous outbuildings and gardens. It is a pure white and elaborated carved tomb that conforms to the Islamic style of architecture. It houses the cenotaph of Mirza Ghiyas Beg and Nurjahan’s mother Asmat Begum that resembles a jewel box and is set in a garden side by side. The adjacent chamber has the tombs of the other members of the family. The tomb was built in the famed Char Bagh style that Itmad-ud-Daulah had himself laid out six years before his death 1622. The whole structure gives the impression of an enlarged precious object with a height of 21 m and a dome-roofed octagonal minaret of 12 m each at each corner. The structure is renowned for its pietra dura decoration i.e. the inlay works and carvings depicting cypresses, wine glasses and an amazing variety of geometrical arabesque. Due to the profusion of intricate work done on marble and the beautiful marble screen-work, the tomb easily qualifies as a veritable forerunner of the famous Taj Mahal). In the evening witness the Mahobbat e Taj show at Kalakriti.

Day 11 :     Agra / Jhansi (By Train) & drive to Khajuraho, En-route visit Orchha village

© Copyright 2012 CorbisCorporationMorning on transfer to Railway station to board the train towards Jhansi. On arrival, transfer to Orchha village. Orchha is an important destination of North India. Visit the Jehangir Mahal (An elegant 17th century mansion, Jahanghir Mahal in Orchha is a remarkable structure. The most admired palace in Orchha, the Jahangir Mahal was constructed to commemorate the visit of Jahanghir to Orchha. A three storied building, which is a harmonious blend of Indo-Islamic architecture, with hanging balconies, topped domes, marvelous sculptures, delicate chatris and trellis, Jahanghir Palace presents a superb architectural grandeur. The ceremonial gateway of this palace leads to the east-facing facade, which is covered with turquoise tiles and the arrival of Raja was announced by the ringing of bells of the stone elephants that guards the stairway. The most imposing monument of the Bundela reign, Jahanghir Mahal is a magnificent memento of the past, which forces the visitor to come back again), the Raja Mahal, and the Rai Praveen Mahal. The monuments of Orchha give evidence to the splendor of the Bundela style of architecture. Later continue your drive towards Khajuraho.© Copyright 2011 CorbisCorporation Evening at Sun set time enjoy the Sound & Light show at Western Temples. – The Light and Sound show on the Western Group of temples complex reminds the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and mark out the story of the exclusive temples from the 10th Century to the present day. The 50-minute fascinating show is held in every evening and it runs in Hindi and in English. On arrival, check in to your pre-booked hotel. Overnight stay at Khajuraho.

The first show is in English that starts at 6.30  pm and the second show is scheduled at 7.30 pm in Hindi. © Copyright 2010 CorbisCorporation

Day 12 :     Khajuraho Sightseeing & Later board your flight to Varanasi

Morning after breakfast proceed for the sightseeing tour of Khajuraho Temples – famous for the magnificent carvings depicting numerous exotic postures of the famous Kamasutra, ancient Indian work on sex. Only 22 temples survive of the 85 originally built. In fact, worship is still done today in the Matangeshwara temple, continuing an unbroken 1000 year tradition. Later transfer to airport to board the flight towards Varanasi. On arrival check-in to your pre-booked hotel for relaxation. Later in evening enjoy the Common Boat ride in Varanasi. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 13:                       In Varanasi

After breakfast, proceed for the full day sightseeing of Varanasi. Later today we take an excursion to Sarnath (Sarnath, about 10 km from the holy city of Varanasi, is the place where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon. The celebrated Mantra, ‘Buddham Sharanam Gachhami’, owes its origin to Sarnath. On the day before his death Buddha included Sarnath along with Lumbini, Bodh Gaya and Kushinagar as the four places he thought to be sacred to his followers. It makes Sarnath one of the most venerated Buddhist places. Besides Buddhism, Sarnath is also connected with Jainism. There are many Buddhist monuments and edifices in Sarnath. Some of the important Buddhist monuments at Sarnath are the Dhamekha stupa, the Chaukhandi stupa and monasteries and temples of different schools of Buddhism from Japan, China, Thailand, Burma and others. The Indian Buddhist society called Mahabodhi Society maintains a park around the Buddha temple. The Mahabodhi Temple within the park has a tooth relic of the Buddha. © Copyright 2012 CorbisCorporationThere is also a vast expanse of ancient ruins at Sarnath. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail. The Ashoka pillar of Sarnath is the National emblem of India), the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha is said to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism. It has been a premier centre for Buddhism & has a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics & antiques comprising numerous Buddha & Bodhisattva images on display at the Archaeological Museum. Evening back to hotel & rest of the day at leisure for personal activities. Stay Overnight.

Day 14 :      Varanasi to Goa (By flight)© Copyright 2010 CorbisCorporation

Morning transfer to airport to board the flight towards Goa. On arrival, transfer to the reserved hotel in Goa. Evening free for relax and leisure. Evening return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 15 :      In Goa

After breakfast proceed for Old Goa sightseeing tour. Later Enjoy spice plantation tour. Return back to the resort and spend evening by the beach. Overnight will be resort.

Day 16 :      In Goa

Full day at the resort for Golfing and relaxation on the beach. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 17 :       Departure from Goa

Morning after breakfast you will be timely transfer to Goa airport for your onward flight for back home/ next destination.

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