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Heart & Soul of India

Package price 2486 per person sharing twin

Product Code : AGORA157

Witness 5,000 years of spectacular history and a colorful kaleidoscope of cultures, religions and landscapes. From the spectacle of Mughal monuments in Delhi, visit the sacred city of Varanasi and the River Ganges. Fly onward to the flourishing commercial city of Mumbai, and move on for a taste of the life of the Maharajas at the forts and palaces of Udaipur, Jodhpur & Jaipur. Finally reach the Imperial city of Agra to see the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal.

 

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at IGI airport assistance and transfer to hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2: Delhi

Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Delhi. Visit Old Delhi which include Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni chowk & Khari Baoli Spice Market. Enjoy Cycle Rickshaw ride. After lunch visit New Delhi which includes Qutab Minar, Humayun Tomb, Lotus Temple. Drive thru VVIP areas which includes President House, Parliament house, India Gate & War Memorial within India Gate. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 3: Delhi - Varanasi (flight)

Breakfast at hotel transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi one of India's oldest and holiest cities. Evening boat ride to witness the the magical Aarti Ceremony performed at Dasashwamedh Ghat. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 4: Varanasi

Early morning boat ride and Ghat visit along the Ganges and catch the scene of devotees bathing and praying in the sacred water. Breakfast at hotel. 

City tour of Varanasi visit World famous Benaras Hindu University, The Ramnagar Fort Palace. Afternoon excursion to Sarnath one of the three holiest sites for Buddhists where the Buddha delivered his first sermon in 528 BC. There are many temples here, representing the many cultures where Buddhism is the dominant religious philosophy. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 5: Varanasi - Mumbai (flight)

Breakfast at hotel transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai the commercial capital of India. On arrival assistance and transfer to hotel. Rest time free for personal activities relax, you can take a walk to have a glance of the city, visiting local markets and restaurants. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 6: Mumbai

Breakfast at hotel. Drive thru Marine Drive one of the most beautifully laid boulevards in the city. Parliament House, the Maharashtra State Assembly (view from outside), Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), formerly Victoria Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (view from outside). Visit Dhobhi Ghat to see the city's famous open-air laundry in action, Prince of Wales Museum (Monday closed), a heritage museum comprises of a number of ancient artifacts, Mani Bhawan, also known as Gandhi Museum, here Gandhi laid the foundation for many independence movements. Mount Mary Church, an ancient church, built in 1640 and then rebuilt in 1761, The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount is also an important religious place in Mumbai. In the evening, visit Iskcon Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, the architectural splendour of the ISKCON Temple is adorned with murals and sculptures. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 7; Mumbai – Aurangabad (flight)

Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport to board the flight for Aurangabad. On arrival assistance and transfer to hotel. Later visit Bibi ka Maqbara Built by Azam Shah in 1678, a son's loving tribute to his mother. Also visit Panchakki - which literally means 'Water Mill'. It receives water from an underground channel, with its source being 6 km away in the mountains. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 8; Aurangabad – Ajanta (105kms/ 2 hrs approx one way)

Breakfast at hotel. Full day excursion to Ajanta Caves (Monday closed). The Buddhist Caves of Ajanta were discovered by the British officers in 1819 while tiger hunting. The Caves at Ajanta are older than those at Ellora, which date from about 200 B.C to 650 A.D. Thirty beautiful Buddhist Caves with mesmerizing sculptures and paintings depicting Buddha's life as well the lives of the Buddha in his previous births. Five of these Caves are Chaityas (Place of worship) while the other twenty-five are Viharas (monasteries). Ajanta Caves are divided in two categories based on two schools of Buddhist thought - Hinayana Caves and Mahayana Caves. Evening back to hotel in Aurangabad for overnight stay.

 

Day 9; Aurangabad – Ellora (36kms/ 1 hrs approx one way) / Mumbai (flight)

Breakfast at hotel, excursion to visit Ellora, a UNESCO World heritage sites (Tuesday closed). It houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana. On way back visit Daulatabad Fort one of the most powerful forts of the medieval Deccan.

After sightseeing transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai airport assistance and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 10: Mumbai - Udaipur (flight)

Breakfast at hotel transfe to airport to board flight for Udaipur. On arrival assistance and transfer to hotel. Evening boat ride on Lake Pichola followed by folk dance show "Dharohar" at Bagore ki Haveli. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 11; Udaipur

Breakfast at hotel full day city tour of Udaipur, visiting Fort, Palaces, Havelis, Gardens, Temples. Evening boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight at hotel Taj Lake Palace or The Oberoi Udaivilas Palace.

 

Day 12; Udaipur - Jodhpur (265kms/ 5hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Jodhpur. En route visit either Ranakpur Jain Temple or Kumbhalgarh Fort as per your interest. Continue drive to Jodhpur, check in at hotel. Rest time free to relax and personal activities. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 13; Jodhpur

Breakfast at hotel full day city tour visiting the attraction like Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace visiting area & Museum. Later excursion to visit Mandore temples, Chhatris & gardens. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 14: Jodhpur - Pushkar - Jaipur (330km/ 6hr approx)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Jaipur via visiting Pushkar. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest time free mnd easy to relax and visit the local market with your driver. As per your interest wrap up your day by watching Bollywood movie at the opulent Rajmandir Cinema. Overnight at hotel Taj Rambagh Palace or The Oberoi Rajvilas Palace.

 

Day 15: Jaipur

Breakfast at hotel. Visit the majestic Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort. Enjoy Elephant ride at Amber Fort. Later visit the city monuments including City Palace, Observatory, Palace of Winds, Albert Hall Museum and Birla Temple. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 16: Jaipur - Abhaneri - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (245kms/ 5hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Agra enroute visit Abhaneri a small village popular for the amazing step wells and Hindu Temple. Further drive and visit Fatehpur Sikri the 16th century ghost town. On arrival check in at hotel. Evening watch live show Mohabbat the Taj. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 17: Agra - Delhi (204kms/ 4hrs approx)

Sunrise visit Taj Mahal followed by breakfast at hotel. Later visit Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb. Afternoon drive to Delhi check in at hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 18: Delhi - Departure (flight)

Breakfast at hotel as per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

Garland welcome and assistance on arrival at airport

17 Nights / 18 days accommodation in below offered hotels or similar (standard room)

Daily breakfast at hotel in each package price

Deluxe Air-conditioned private vehicle with English speaking chauffeur as per tour program.

Monuments Entrances of sightseeing places mentioned in the itinerary

Activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.

Boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur.

Dharohar Folk Dance show ticket in Udaipur.

Camel Safari with barbeque dinner in Jaisalmer.

Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.

Government licensed English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city).

Applicable GST (government taxes).

 

 

Hotels used or similar

 

Delhi x 2 nights
3* - Madhuban Hotel/ Meridian Plaza
4* - The Royal Plaza/ Country Inn & Suite Saket
5* - Le Meridien/ The Claridges

Varanasi x 2 nights
3* - Meraden Grand/ Amaya Hotel
4* - Rivatas by Ideal/ Palace On Ganges
5* - Radisson Hotel/ Gateway Hotel Taj

Mumbai x 2 nights
3* - Hotel Suba Palace/ BW Hotel Sahil
4* - Sun-N-Sand Hotel/ Fariyas Hotel
5* - Trident Hotel/ ITC Grand Central

Aurangabad x 2 nights
3* - Keys Hotel The Aures/ Aurangabad Gymkhana Club
4* - Ambassador Ajanta / VITS Hotel
5* - WelcomHotel Rama International / Lemon Tree Hotel

Mumbai x 1 nights
3* - Hotel Suba Palace/ BW Hotel Sahil
4* - Sun-N-Sand Hotel/ Fariyas Hotel
5* - Trident Hotel/ ITC Grand Central

Udaipur x 2 nights
3* - Lake Pichola Hotel/ Jaiwana Haveli
4* - Shikarbadi Hotel/ Hotel Lakend
5* - Shiv Niwas Palace/ Trident Udaipur

Jodhpur x 2 nights
3* - Devi Bhawan/ Pal Haveli
4* - The Ummed/ Ranbanka Place
5* - Welcome Hotel/ Ajit Bhawan

Jaipur x 2 nights
3* - Redfox Hotel/ Park Ocean
4* - Fortune Select Metropolitan/ Lemon Tree Premier
5* - ITC Rajputana/ Hilton Jaipur

Agra x 1 nights
3* - Howard Plaza the Fern/ Atulyaa Taj
4* - Four Point by Sheraton/ Crystal Sarovar Premier
5* - Mansion Grand/ Courtyard by Marriott

Delhi x 1 nights
3* - Madhuban Hotel/ Meridian Plaza
4* - The Royal Plaza/ Country Inn & Suite Saket
5* - Le Meridien/ The Claridges

Any air fare

Camera charges at monuments

Main meals, lunch or dinner unless mentioned

Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.

Or anything not mentioned above.