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Essence of India Tour

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Duration: 26 Nights / 27 Days

Destinations Covered: Delhi - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Jaipur - Agra - Jhansi - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Bombay - Aurangabad - Goa

Day 01 : Arrival Delhi

Meet & greet at the airport by our representative who will then escort you to your hotel of choice. Check in at the hotel. Evening at leisure.

Day 02 : Delhi

Jama Masjid, Delhi Tourism

After a leisurely our well-informed guides will escort you to a full day sightseeing of Historical Monuments of Old and New Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar, Humayuns Tomb, Birla Temple and Lotus Temple in the first half of the day. Take a small break for lunch. Later in the evening drive past Presidents Palace, India Gate and visit Red Fort & Jama Masjid. Wrap it all up with an exotic Sound & Light Show at Red Fort. Overnight at Delhi.

Day 03 : Delhi - Udaipur ( By flight )

After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight to Udaipur. Arrive Udaipur, Udaipur - the city of Lakes. On arrival in Udaipur transfer to hotel. Later in the day visit the City Palace complex and visit the world famous collection of Crystal at the Crystal Gallery Museum. Also visit the impressive Vintage Car collection of the previous King. Later take a boat ride on Lake Pichola and see the beautiful Lake Palace built in the midst of the lake .The Lake Palace Hotel can only be reached by boat and is now a Heritage Deluxe palace hotel. Overnight at Udaipur.

Day 04 : Udaipur

Today we shall visit the Garden of Queens Consorts commonly known as Saheliyon-Ki-Bari with its exquisite fountains, landscaped gardens and exotic flora. Later enjoy a puppet show at a Folk Art Museum. Another must see is the Jagdish temple with its beautiful architecture. Rest of day at Leisure.

Day 05 : Udaipur - Jodhpur (By road)

After breakfast drive to Jodhpur enroute visiting the world famous Jain Temples of Ranakpur. Ranakpur Temples are a fine example of the temple architecture and rest on 1444 pillars of which no one is alike. Do not miss the exotic latticework done on the domes and pillars as many have a story to tell. On arrival transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jodhpur.

Day 06 : Jodhpur

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur Tours

After a relaxed breakfast proceed for sightseeing of the majestic Mehrangarh Fort-Museum with panoramic View of Jodhpur - the blue city. Also visit the Jaswant Thada (the Royal Cenotaphs) while driving down from the Mehrangarh Fort. Later visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace- Worlds largest private residence which has been partly converted into a luxury hotel. It is said that it was built by then ruler to help his subjects tide over a cruel famine as it gave employment to many when the famine struck longest. Do not forget to visit the opulent museum in the Palace. Rest of the day splash in the swimming pool and relax. Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 07 : Jodhpur - Jaisalmer (By road)

Morning drive to Jaisalmer, on arrival transfer to hotel.Enroute visit Osian Temples and the migratory birds at kheechan.These Great Indian Bustards travel over along distance and stay here for the winters. The villagers have built feeding cages for them and they flock all over the village. Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.

Day 08 : Jaisalmer

After a hearty breakfast visit the Jaisalmer Fort and understand why Jaislamer is called the Golden City. Later visit the Famous Havelis (Patrician Mansions) of Jaisalmer and marvel at the beauty and the painstakingly done carvings on their walls. Enjoy a small boat ride at Gadsisar Lake or take stroll in the narrow bylanes and streets of Jaisalmer. Evening excursion to Sam Sand Village for a short Camel safari. Enjoy the beautiful sight of sunset and later in the evening enjoy dinner by a bonfire while watching colorful performance by folk dancers weave magic in the night. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09 : Jaisalmer - Bikaner (By road)

Morning drive to Bikaner- named after its founder Rao Bikaji in 1488. On arrival transfer to the hotel. The city stands on an elevation, enclosed by a 7 Kms wall, which can be entered from 5 gates. Bikaner City is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and mosque. Also visit Lallgarh Palace, the museum, Bhanda Sagar Jain and Deshnoke Rat temple. Overnight stay in Bikaner.

Day 10 : Bikaner - Jaipur (By road)

Amber Fort, Jaipur Tourism

Morning drive to Jaipur, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening at Leisure. Later in the evening enjoy a visit to Chokhi Dhani- an ethnic village resort on the outskirts of the city. Enjoy an evening full of folk dances, camel rides, boat ride, getting photographed in ethnic Rajasthan costumes and get treated an authentic Rajasthani cuisine. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 11 : Jaipur

Start your day with a ride to the Amber Fort on a caparisoned Elephant!!! Visit the nearby Jaigarh Fort and its museum with its varied collection of armor and royal carriages. Also visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and the mesmerizing City Palace Museum. Evening at leisure to take a stroll in the local markets and the famous Johari Bazaar (market). Overnight at Jaipur

Day 12 : Jaipur - Agra

Morning drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 to commemorate the birth of his son and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. Visit the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other palaces inside .On arrival transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Agra.

Day 13 : Agra

Morning at sunrise visit the world famous Taj Mahal, built in year 1630 by the Mughal his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal Remains and immortalized their love.Later visit the Agra Fort, containing the Pearl Mosque as it stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and whose construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. Also visit Itmad-ud-Daula's tomb, built by Noorjehan in memory of her father. Overnight stay in Agra.

Day 14 : Agra - Jhansi - Orchha

Morning transfer to railway station to board the train to Jhansi. Arrive Jhansi & drive to Orchha. In the evening take a guided tour of Orchha Fort built by King Bir Singh Judeo in 17th century to honour Emperor Jahangir's visit to the city. Orchha is a small sleepy town on the banks of a river which time somehow forgot. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15 : Orchha - Khajuraho ( By surface )

Khajuraho Temple Tours

After breakfast depart for Khajuraho .On arrival check-in to the hotel. Later in the Afternoon visit the Khajuraho temples - a UNESCO World Heritage site. These temples built a thousand years ago celebrate life and womanhood. The main temples are Western, Eastern and Southern temples and were built by the Chandela Kings. The temples have sensuous sculptures in many forms depicting the erotica. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16 : Khajuraho

The fascinating temples of Khajuraho, India's unique gift of love to the world, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. After breakfast explore the Western, eastern and southern temples of khajuraho while your guide explains the intricate meaning and legends behind Each describable sculpture. Overnight in Khajuraho.

Day 17 : Khajuraho - Varanasi (By flight)

After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Varanasi-easily the most sacred city in India and also the oldest living city in the world. It is a place for devotion and worship; with hundreds of temples dotting the city and watching the sunrise from the river front on the ghats is spiritually uplifting experience. It is often said that Varanasi cannot be described but only experienced. Evening view Arti on the ghats of river Ganga. Overnight stay in Varanasi.

Day 18 : Varanasi

Enjoy an early morning boat cruise at river Ganges and observe the daily way of life of an Indian devotee and pilgrims. Do visit the Ghat where the funeral pyre is said to have been burning since ages unknown as people from all over India consider it pious to die in Varanasi as it promises Moksha or Nirvana. Return to hotel and after breakfast drive to Sarnath where Buddha gave his first sermon and is an important seat of Buddhism. Visit the deer park and the government museum, later back to Varanasi. Visit various temples .Overnight stay in Varanasi.

Day 19 : Varanasi - Bombay (By flight)

Bibi ka Maqbara, Aurangabad Tour Packages

After a relaxed breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight to Bombay. Arrive Bombay & transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Bombay.

Day 20 : Bombay - Aurangabad (By flight)

After breakfast proceed for half day tour of Mumbai covering Gateway of India, Prince of Whales Museum, Chow patty Beach, Dhobhi Ghat, Marine Drive. Later transfer to the airport to board the flight to Aurangabad.Arrive Aurangabad and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Aurangabad.

Day 21 : Aurangabad

Full day excursion to the UNESCO world heritage sites - Ajanta and Ellora Caves . Discovered not so long back these 30 caves in Ajanta and 34 caves in Ellora were built to offer seclusion to monks who taught and performed rituals. These caves were carved between fourth and fifth century and Represent the three major faiths of India - Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Watch the intricate interiors and ornamental facades. Overnight stay in Aurangabad.

Day 22 : Aurangabad - Bombay (By flight)

Morning transfer to airport to board the flight to Bombay. Arrive Bombay and transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit the local markets. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Bombay.

Day 23 : Bombay - Goa

After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Goa. Arrive Goa & transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Goa.

Day 24 : Goa

Goa Beach Holiday Packages

After breakfast, start your day in leisurely languid Goa with a visit to Basilica of Bom Jesus and the city of Panjim-bustling with shops and tourists. Afternoon at Leisure. Realx on the beach, go for a swim; explore the shops for cashewnuts. Night stay in Goa.

Day 25 : 26 Goa

Day at leisure. Night stay in Goa.

Day 27 : Goa-Departure

After breakfast, transfer to airport to board the fligt to Mumbai or Delhi to connect the fligt back home.