DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
meet and assist at the airport and transfer to prebooked hotel.
: India’s capital & a major gateway to the country, contemporary
Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold
the ancient & the modern. Its strategic location was one of the
prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power.
New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind . The division
between New & Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals
of the British & the Moghuls respectively. So, wherever the visitor
goes, he will invariably confront the citys’ past.
DAY 02 : DELHI
After breakfast, half day city tour of
Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Built
by Shah Jahan, the construction was started in 1844 and was not completed
until 1658; Red Fort, which was also built by Shah Jehan. This
massive fort was built from 1638 to 1648; Chandni Chowk and Rajghat
- the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Afternoon, city tour of
New Delhi. Visit Humayuns Tomb : built in mid 16th century this
is an early example of Mughal architecture; Qutab Minar, drive
past India Gate, President House, Connaught
Place. The tour ends with a visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple
DAY 03 : DELHI - AGRA
After breakfast, leave for Agra.
On arrival in Agra, check-in at your prebooked hotel.
Afternoon, city tour of Agra. Visit Red fort, which was built
by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time
of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private
audiences amongst many other beautiful structues; Itmad-ud-daulah,
which was contructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very
similar to the tomb she constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near
Lahore in Pakistan; the highlight of the day - The Taj Mahal,
which was constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Contruction of the Taj began in 1631 and was not completed until 1653.
Afternoon, free for individual activities.
DAY 04 : AGRA
- FATEHPUR SIKRI - JAIPUR
After breakfast, leave for Jaipur. Enroute visit the abandoned Mughal
city of Fatehpur Sikri : built
by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Moghuls, which
was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful
buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal
& other Palaces which are still preserved in its original glory.
Continue drive to Jaipur.
On arrival checkin at your prebooked hotel.
DAY 05 :
breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride from the foothills
of the Aravallis to the fort entrance. Amber Fort : At a distance of
11 kms from Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur state. Construction
of the fort began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of
Akbar's army and is a superb example of Rajput architecture.
Afternoon, city tour of Jaipur.
Visit the City Palace which has museum having an extensive
collection of art, carpets, enamel ware and weapons; Jantar Mantar
- the observatory built my Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728 and the façade
of Hawa Mahal.
DAY 06 : JAIPUR - JODHPUR
After breakfast, leave for Jodhpur
- A flourishing trading center of the 16th century, the
fortress city of Jodhpur
is now the second largest city of Rajasthan.
Jodhpur was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha who claimed to be descendent
of Lord Rama. The massive fort Mehrangarh-came first and around it grew
the city of Jodhpur protected by a high stone wall with seven gates
and countless bastions.
Upon arrival, check-in at prebooked Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure..
DAY 07 : JODHPUR
Morning, Jeep safari to a Bishnoi village – A
memorable outing in jeeps visit various traditional village seeing local
handicrafts viz shoe makers, pottery, hand weaving and also men in their
traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver Jewellery, en-route
watch and photograph wildlife black buck, chinkaras, peacock etc. freely
moving in abundance protected by "Bishnois" Protectors of wildlife and
Afternoon, visit the Mehrangarh
Fort which literally means "Majestic Fort", located at the very
centre of the city. There are ,in all , three gates , each built to
commemorate a particular victory, as well as to reinforce the fort.
It has a collection of musical instruments, palanquins, furniture &
cannons on the forts’ ramparts are well preserved. Jaswant
Thada : Close to the fort complex lies this white marble cenotaph,
built in 1899, in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Rare portraits
of Jodhpur's rulers are, also, to be seen at Jaswant Thada. Also visit
the Clock Tower – the city centre.
DAY 08 : JODHPUR - RANAKPUR - UDAIPUR
275 Kms / 06-07 hrs.
After breakfast, leave for Udaipur.
Enroute visiting the Jain temples at Ranakpur
: The cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble,
come across as a marvellousfeat of architecture. It would take anyone
by surprise to learn that they were built in 1460, so well preserved &
sparkling is the marble. The main temple is supported on 1,444
pillars – none of which is similarly carved.
After the visit, continue drive to Udaipur - The city of Lakes,
Udaipur is a lovely blend of water, lush green hills that set fire and
passion in poet. Its palaces are straight out of a fairy-tale book, lakes,
forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lines withdrawn
with stalls, relives the reminisces of a heroic past, valor and chivalry.
Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichola is excitement
that defines imagination. Udaipur is one of the most romantic cities of
world, also know as the Venice of East.
Arrive Udaipur in the evening and check-in at prebooked hotel.
09 : UDAIPUR
After breakfast, visit the romantic city
of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace which is the largest palace complex
in Rajasthan; Jagdish temple, a fine Indo Aryan temple built in
1651; Sahelion ki Bari or Garden of the Maids of Honour,
which is a small garden with its fountains, kiosks, marble elephants &
lotus pool. In the evening, boat ride on Lake Pichola.
DAY 10 : UDAIPUR
- MT. ABU
After breakfast, leave for Mt.
Abu. Upon arrival, check-in at prebooked Hotel.
11 : MT. ABU
After breakfast, visit the Dilwara Jain
temple, which are the main attraction in Mt. Abu and are amongst the
finest examples of Jain architecture in India. The complex included 02
temples, the older of which is the Vimal Visahi built in 1031 and is dedicated
to the first tirthankar, Adinath. The later Tejpal temple was built in
1230 AD and is dedicated to Neminath - the 22nd tirthankar. Afternoon,
free for individual activities.
DAY 12 : MT. ABU
After breakfast, leave for Ahmedabad. Enroute
visit the Sun temple at Modhera. It was built in 1026-27 AD and
bears some resemblance to the Sun temple at Konark which it predates by
some 200 years. Continue drive to Ahmedabad. Arrive Ahmedabad
and check in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 13 : AHMEDABAD
city tour of Ahmedabad. The city was founded in 1411 by Ahmed Shah from
whom the city takes its name. Visit the ity tour of Ahmedabad. Visit
Jama Masjid which was built in 1423 by Ahmed Shah; the Tombs
of Ahmed Shah and his queens and Rani Rupmati's Mosque which
was built between 1430 and 1440 and is names after the sultan's Hindu
wife and Sidi Bashir's Mosque which is famed for its shaking minarets.
14 : AHMEDABAD - BHAVNAGAR
leave for Bhavnagar. Enroute visit Lothal - a city which stood
4500 years ago was related to the Indus Valley cities of Mohenjodaro and
Harappa. Visit the archeological museum at this site. Continue drive to
Arrive Bhavnagar and check in at prebooked hotel.
15 : BHAVNAGAR
breakfast, day return excursion to Palitana.
Visit the temples atop a hill. The 600m ascent from the base of the hill
is more than 3000 stelps. Over a period of 900 years, 863 temples have
been built here. The hilltop is dedicated entirely to gods; at dusk, even
the priests depart from the temples. Almost all temples are Jain and this
hill is one of Jainism's holiest pilgrimage places. Return to Bhavnagar
for overnight stay.
DAY 16 : BHAVNAGAR - DIU
After breakfast, leave for Diu
- a Portugese Colony until 1961. Diu's crowning glory is the massive fort
which was completed in 1541 by the Portugese. Arrive Diu and check in
at prebooked hotel.
DAY 17 : DIU
Day free to relax on the beach
DAY 18 : DIU
Day free to relax on the beach
DAY 19 : DIU - SASANGIR
After breakfast, leave for Sasangir
- the home of the Asiatic Lion. The sanctuary covers 1400 sq km and apart
from lions, there are over 30 species of other mammals, including bears,
hynas, foxes and a number of species of deer and antelope.
Note : The sanctuary is closed from 16 June to 15 October.
DAY 20 : SASANGIR
Morning & afternoon, game viewing
in the Sasangir National Park.
21 : SASANGIR
After breakfast, day return excursion
to Junagadh (59 kms)
- a town situated right at the base of the temple studded Girnar Hill.
It is a 600m climb up 10,000 stone steps to reach the summit of the
Girnar Hill. Like Palitana,
the temple topped hill is of great significance to the Jains.
DAY 22 : SASANGIR - WANKANER
breakfast, leave for Wankaner. Arrive Wankaner and check in the palace.
The Royal Palace at Wankaner has been converted into a hotel and is an
exotic holiday resort.Rest of the day free to explore the area in and
around the palace.
23 : WANKANER - BHUJ
leave for Bhuj. Known as the gateway to the Kutch, Bhuj is an old walled
city with maze like streets and crenellated gateways. Arrive Bhuj and
check in at prebooked hotel. Afternoon, city tour of Bhuj. Visit the Museum,
known as Fergusson Museum this museum is one of the best museums in India;
Rao Pragmalji's Palace, constructed in the later part of 19th century
of marble and sandstone is imposing and ornate.
24 : BHUJ
day visit to the villages of Kutch region. Each of these villages specialize
in different forms of handicraft. Some of the crafts that they specialise
in include wool and cotton weaving, Ahir embroidery, block printing &
DAY 25 : BHUJ
Day return excursion to the Little
Rann of Kutch which is home to the last remaining population of Khur (Asiatic
Wild Ass) in India. Return to Bhuj
for overnight stay.
26 : BHUJ - MUMBAI (FLIGHT)
breakfast, transfer to the airport to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival
in Mumbai, meet and assist at the airport
and transfer to prebooked hotel. Rest of the day, at leisure.
27 : MUMBAI
breakfast, excursion to Elephanta island which is a major tourist
attraction due to its four rock cut temples which were cut out between
450 and 750 AD. There is one main cave with a number of large sculpted
panels, all relating to Shiva. The most famous panels include one
of Trimurti or the three headed Shiva.
Afternoon, city tour of Mumbai. Visit the Gateway of India, which
was conceived following the visit of King George V in 1911 and officially
opened in 1924; Prince of Wales Museum, designed in Indo Saracenic
style and has sections for arts and paintings, archeology, natural history
and an interesting collection of miniature paintings, bas reliefs from
the Elephanta caves and Budha images; Marine Drive, which runs
along the shoreline, starting at Nariman Point and upto Malabar Hill;
Hanging Gardens, laid out in 1881 these formally laid out gardens
have a notable collection of hedges shaped like animals.
DAY 28 : DEPART MUMBAI
Transfer to the airport to board flight back home/onward destination.