Namaste. Welcome to your voyage to Incredible India. On Arrival at the state of the art International airport, you will be greeted by your Tour Manager and proceed to the Hotel for check in. You get free time to relax, acclimatize yourself, as you get ready to prepare yourself on this incredible journey in the land of thousand marvels and mysteries.
After arrival and post customs and immigrations check, enjoy a traditional Indian welcome with garlands and meet your Tour Manager and proceed to your hotel. After check in, proceed for a short briefing on important information regarding; travel documents, the do’s and Don’ts during your tour, to ensure safety and security. Post briefing, you get free time to relax in the comfort of your hotel.
In the evening, free time at leisure. Stay overnight in the comfort of your hotel. Embark on a city tour of the Capital of the country on the next day.
Get ready to travel back in time by four hundred years. Visit the famous monuments from the Mogul era and see Lutyen’s landmarks from the British colonial period. The day is filled with contradictions, as you sail past and see, “purani dilli” - old and traditional city surviving with the new and modern. Try and see what sense you can make out of this Madness called India.
This morning after a sumptuous breakfast start your day long sightseeing of the magnificent city of power, prestige and symbol of peace & tolerance amidst trials and tribulations of day today life. Begin by paying homage at Raj Ghat-memorial of Mahatma Gandhi; Father of the Nation; international icon &symbol of non- violence. Next you step into the old city of Delhi- Shahjahanabad, named after the emperor who built the Taj Mahal. Visit the 400 year old red sandstone structure-Red Fort built during his reign and also see the largest mosque in the country- Jama Masjid. Enjoy a ride in the famous hand pulled rickshaw as you slide through the humdrum of Meena Bazaar &enjoy the old world charm spread all around in lanes & by lanes of Chandni Chowk – The Moonlit Square- in the heart of the old city.
Post lunch; encounter yet another marvel of Mogul architecture and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site- Humayun’s Tomb. Get a guided tour of precursor to Taj Mahal, the most visited monument in the city. Travel back in time by thousand years as you visit the iconic victory tower Qutab Minar, situated in the south of Delhi. View an amalgamation of Hindu, Jain and Islamic architectural traditions, of 11th century.
Later in the evening drive past the modern edifice of Lotus Temple-place of worship of Baha’i Sect. Proceed further towards Lutyen’s Delhi to see the Colonial heritage reflected in the iconic, magnificent structures from the British Era of Queen and King Edward. Drive past; India Gate, Parliament House, Presidents House and the diplomatic Area. Enjoy free time to shop at the world famous Connaught place and enjoy the Evening as you rub shoulders with the young and the modern India of the 21st century. Dinner & Overnight stay at hotel.
Begin your journey into the antiquity of Indian cultural heritage as you leave for Varanasi- the city of Lights. The place credited with salvation at its doorsteps, city that is classic in its character, charm and is a mesh of contradictions and Madness that defines India. Also see the other side of the coin as you visit Sarnath, the place where Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining enlightenment.
Today morning after breakfast you depart for Delhi Airport to catch your flight for the city of Varanasi.
Check in to your hotel on arrival and you get time to relax before you depart for a trip to Sarnath.
Introspect in this town of rich spiritual heritage of Buddhist tradition that established the eightfold Middle path which is quintessential in nature and delves into the meaning and purpose of how to conduct once life.
Overnight stay at your hotel.
String together as you sail on and along the River Ganges and get a chance to capture the charisma of the antiquated Ghats in the warm light of the rising sun that naturally lit up life around the river and visit again to see the chimera of colors during the evening Arti that is a must for any visitor. Spend the day on a sortie in this secular city of art and culture.
Start your day before Sunrise with an amazing experience of a boat ride on the river. Back to hotel for breakfast before you start your sightseeing trip of Benares or Kashi as it was known earlier in historic times. Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Benares Hindu University, Bharat Mata Temple, Tulsi Temple, Bathing & Cremation Ghat. Landmarks of Indian Culture that have been there from time immemorial and provide a glimpse into the classic character of the civilization that is still not lost in translation.
Post lunch engage in some banter with the local shopkeepers as you mingle and make sense in the hustle and bustle of this noisy& notorious town known for its toy, brass and Saree industries. Savor the flavors of a betel leave-Paan, a customary tradition still alive in the city of learning and learned.
In the evening capture the most spectacular ancient local tradition of the Arti on the banks of river (prayer) a thanksgiving ritual in existence for aeons in praise of the mother Ganga considered to be the life giver. See how the sounds, smells and sight will transport you to another world.
Back to your hotel for Overnight stay.
The site is a UNESCO world heritage place of immense and deep significance in the classical history of art and architecture of the world. Often confused with the Kamasutra poses, the temple are a visual delight from the point of pleasure seekers and do not talk about the art of procreation alone.
Today morning after breakfast you depart for Varanasi Airport to catch your flight for Khajuraho- the temple known world over as apogee of erotic art and Tantric traditions. On arrival pick-up and transfer to your hotel. Free time to relax and freshen up.
Start your half day sightseeing trip of the Temple Complex at Khajuraho to engage with the pre-medieval monument from the Chandola Dynasty that marked a beginning of many a new tradition in temple construction from the standpoint of description and depiction of creation and creativity in the visual art form. Evening you have free time to visit the local markets that sells replicas of the sculptures at the temple and other items cast in stone.
Overnight stay at your hotel.
Today morning after breakfast you depart for Orchha. After checking into your hotel, begin your sightseeing tour of this quiet and small town situated along a river stream Betwa that has a palace- Orchha Fort, Raja Ram Temple and Meena Bazaar.
The architecture of the place has earned it a special place in the history of art for the technique employed was an amalgamation of the existing and innovative ways to enhance and enrich the Indian tradition by use of Turquoise colour in the tiles laid on the interior and exterior walls. Cenotaphs or Chhattris dote the skyline of the place. Raja Ram temple is one of its kind in the country for here the deity for the rest of the world is still treated and praised like a king.
In the evening you head to the nearby city of Jhansi, a major station on the southern network of trains to catch superfast Shatabdi train to Agra.
On arrival you check-into your hotel for an overnight stay.
Today is your date with history in the Taj Complex; a poetic monument to immortalize the undying emotion of love and affection of a king for his queen. See the grandeur of a Mogul court at Agra Fort and be taken aback by the hard work of artisans who created the magnificent Baby Taj- Itmad-Ud –Daula. On the way to Jaipur, visit City of Victory, a brain child of The Great Emperor Akbar, symbolizing his trademark love for religious tolerance.
Today morning after breakfast, you visit the UNESCO world heritage site- Taj Mahal. Travel in style in your horse drawn carriage to this awe inspiring 16th century creation in translucent white marble in Memory of Mumtaz Mahal by Mogul Emperor Shahajahan, which will mesmerize and leave you spellbound. You get a guided tour of the mausoleum to see the work of Pieta Dura – the intricate inlay work, with gems and stone-on the walls of Taj, and time to enjoy the charbagh around this architectural wonder of the world. Next see UNESCO listed, Agra Fort- precursor of Red Fort in Delhi and see the throne and court – Deewan–E–Aam, Deewan–E–Khas – of the most Famous & influential kings of Mogul history. Visit Moti Masjid, the place of worship. Trip to Agra is incomplete without a visit to Itmad-ud Daula, mausoleum carved out of white marble in memory of the father of the Queen Mumtaz. The intricate carvings and geometrical patterns on the marble walls, will take your breath away.
Next you visit the UNESCO heritage city of Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) built by Emperor Akbar in response to fulfillment of a prophecy by Sufi Saint Salim Chisti, that the king will be blessed with an heir. Enjoy the Indo Islamic marvel that sets apart this ghost city and includes the palaces built for his three favourite queens -Hindu, Muslim and Christian.
Also see Mint, stable, post office and splendors of Persian Court, visible in the artistic and aesthetic marvels of Panch Mahal and Diwan-E-Khas. The City greets you at Buland Darwaza and the place also has a Mosque, which is still in use after 400 years and also houses the Shrine of Salim Shisti, most famous for its mother of pearl canopy. You drive towards Jaipur and check-in on arrival to your hotel. Evening time free to explore the pink city on your in this most incredible city of India. Stay overnight in the comfort of your hotel.
Jaipur is the essence of Indianess. The city is steeped in; hospitality and warmth, the richness of colour and culture is reflected in the lifestyle via food, clothes, buildings, and in work of the myriad artist who play with gold, gems and precious/semiprecious stones. A city established by the rich merchant class from the medieval ages, is still boasting of its royal patronage and lineage which has been successfully preserved over the centuries and visible even today in the Bazaars, City Palaces, and Museums.
This morning after breakfast get ready for a brush with a riot of colours and opulence of the Pink City of Jaipur as you start your day long sightseeing. Enjoy an elephant ride on your way up to the Amber Fort, a short distance away from the main city.
Amber fort located at a distance of 40 kms from the city is a reflection of multifaceted architecture showcased in the various palaces and courts spread in this 16th century royal fort made in red stone and marble. Be stupefied as you admire the intricate carvings and treasure trove of royal riches of this must destination on the Rajasthan culture tour.
Enjoy a photo stop at the picture postcard perfect Hawa Mahal- a large façade opening into the market and dotted with small windows, the structure speaks volumes of the importance of Indian women and their customs and traditions. View the regal, royal exhibits from the medieval courts in City Palace and in Museum. Enjoy the aesthetically designed 16th century astronomical observatory cast in red stone. Visit Jal Mahal- a palace floating in the centre of a lake.
Evening is free for shopping in the city of gems, stones, as you go about picking your favorite souvenirs from a chimera of hand crafted items in the form of turbans, shoes and leather sandals, bags, perfumes, scarf, cotton skirts in geometrical patterns. You stay overnight at Hotel.
Spend a day in this city of calm and cool environs of the lake, interspersed with the legacy of the aristocratic royals who left a mark with the unique style of construction created with temples and palaces made amidst lakes.
This morning after breakfast you checkout from hotel and head to Delhi Airport to board your Flight for City of Lakes – Udaipur.
Check in to your hotel on arrival and free time to relax and freshen up.
Evening is set for an enchanting rendezvous filled with romance around Lake Pichola as you take a boat ride with local flora and fauna of the lake city, and visit the Jagdish Temple in the center for yet another unique experience.
Overnight stay at your hotel.
Explore the charms of the most romantic city of Rajasthan via its beautiful lakes and palaces soaked in the soft sunlight structures from the Rajput and Mughual Era, that speaks for its vibrancy and valor alongside the charms of aristocracy.
This morning after breakfast you begin your full day sightseeing of the water city of lovely, romantic Rajasthan. Visit the City Palace & Museum to relish the relics of Maharanas (Rulers &Kings) depicting the royal lifestyle reflecting their love for elegance, grace and beauty. Visit Saheliyon Ki Bari (Garden of Maids of Honour), a garden laid in style and loaded with rich sculptures crafted in stone.
See the Pratap Memorial, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir- a museum dedicated capturing the essence of the folk art of the region, and White Marble Jagdish Temple with an Idol of Lord Vishu cast in black stone. Drive past around Fateh Sagar Lake area, overlooking the hills is a popular local hangout and one Kilometer away from Lake Pichola. You get free time to shop in the local markets for world famous textiles, paintings and other hand crafted items in camel leather and tie-dye dress material in cotton.
Fly from Udaipur to Goa on the western coastline of the Indian sub continent as you start your western sojourn along the beaches spearheading a modern revolution in this land of traditions and customs.
Today morning after breakfast you depart for the Airport to Board your flight for the Beach City of Goa.
Check in to your hotel on arrival and free time to relax on the Arabian coast as you go about letting yourself loose on the chic quintessential Indian beaches interspersed with tradition and modernity. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Town rich and dotted with Portuguese heritage mimicked through its monuments, churches, which are an integral part of this place living in perpetual contemplation. Get a glimpse of the Konkani culture that has strong undercurrents of western influence seeped into its DNA.
This morning after breakfast Begin your half day sightseeing as you go around Panjim and Old Goa, See the fort and the Church of St Francis of Assisi that also houses his relics as you go about making sense of the character of the city that is now a hybrid of Indian and Portuguese culture.
Evening will make you nostalgic of those good old days of slow pace and quietude as you enjoy a boat ride with live music on river Mondovi and ponder over the universal characteristic of oneness of nature and existence. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Get ready for a brush with a riot of colours on the beaches that define the complex cocoon of the classic Indian Culture that is fast changing its hues and aspiring to go global.
Today after breakfast you get a full day at leisure to either relax and enjoy the beaches or go around the city to look for the hidden treasures spread in the lanes and by lanes of the sleeping city from antiquity.
Overnight stay at your hotel.
Morning after breakfast checkout from hotel. Fly back to Delhi to catch your connecting flight for your home country from the International airport. Do make sure to provide feedback and share your memorable experiences you had on this Classic India Tour with Travel East.