Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Upon arrival you will be received by our representative at the airport, which escort you till check in hotel.
Delhi the Empress of Indian cities has a fascinating history and a stimulating present. She has often been sacked and left naked and desolate. But she could not be despoiled of the incomparable situation that marks her for the metropolis of a Great Empire. The capital of India, Delhi has been the seat of power of a number of dynasties – the Rajputs, the Afghans, the Turks and the Mughals who continued their imperial line until the British. Scattered over are surviving ruins, remnants of mighty edifices, tombs of warriors and saints, which in an impressive sense of magnificence are memorials not of a single city but of supplanting nations.
Day 02: Delhi
Morning post breakfast proceed for city tour of Old Delhi.
Visit old Delhi visiting the Red Fort, the 300-year-old walled city built by Emperor Shah Jehan in 1648 as his capital and named after him. The magnificent Red Fort built of red sandstone dates from the very peak of the Mughal power; Opposite the fort are the black and white onion dome and minarets of the Jama Masjid, the most elegant mosque in India. Drive past Kotla Firoze Shah, ruins of an old fort of the 14th century with the 13 meter high Ashoka Pillar of 3rd BC. Visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Drive through the old city subject to traffic restrictions.
Afternoon city tour of New Delhi. Afternoon half day city tour of New Delhi: – the new capital designed by Sir Edward Lutyens. Drive past the Presidential Palace, the Rashtrapati Bahaman and the secretariat buildings – the center of all government activity and down the main avenue, the impressive Raj path to the World War I memorial arch, the India Gate, the High Court Building and the Old Fort. Visit Humayun’s Tomb built in 1565 AD by his grieving widow Haji Begum, the Qutab Minar, 72 meters high and the ruins of Quwat-UL-Islam (Light of Islam) Mosque. See Delhi’s most curious antique, the uncorroded Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD. Visit the Birla (Laxmi Narayan) Temple, with its many idols. Overnight at hotel
Day 3: Delhi-Agra (approx. 210 kms/ 4 Hrs. Drive)
Morning post breakfast drive to Agra. Agra, the city known for the famous monument of love – the Taj Mahal. The Mughal Emperor, Shah Jehan, constructed Taj Mahal. It is said he built this monument in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is ethereal at any part of the day, blushing in the rosy glow of dawn or sunset, appearing like a pearly mirage in moonlight or reflected in the pools of the garden. Perhaps the most moving view of Taj is from an octagonal tower in the Agra Fort further along the river Yamuna. There are very few cities in the world that can match the history and heritage of Agra. Located at a distance of 204 km south of Delhi, Agra is the single most famous tourist destination of India.
Situated on the west bank of River Yamuna, Agra is a part of the great Norther Indian plains. The architectural splendor of the city is reflected in the glorious monuments of medieval India built by great Mughals who ruled India for more than 300 years. In the mid 16th century and earlier 17th century Agra witnessed a frenzied building activity and it was during this time when the symbol of love Taj Mahal was built. The buildings made during this era were purely in the contemporary Mughal style and of very high quality, which is still reflected in whatever monuments remain in Agra.On arrival check in hotel.
Later visit Taj Mahal & Agra Fort. Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday)with its incredible lacy white grandeur the Taj Mahal is perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world. To the poet Tagore it was a tear on the face of eternity’. In memory of his wife the great Mughal emperor Shah Jehan constructed this most extravagant and incomparable monument built for love. Amazingly graceful from any angle, it is the close up detail, which is really astounding.
Agra Fortis situated on the banks of the river Yamuna, another monumental mission accomplished by the great Mughal visionary Emperor Akbar. His son Jehangir and grandson, Shah Jahan added to this imposing structure during their rule. The palaces, mosques and audience halls contained within its massive wall of red sandstone are perfect examples of blending Islamic and Hindu traditions.Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Agra-Jaipur (approx. 240 Kms. / 4-5 Hrs. Drive)
Morning post breakfast drive to Jaipur, enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikrithe abandoned red sandstone city built in the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, one of India’s greatest rulers. Remarkably broadminded for his time, this Muslim king married a Rajput princess in order to win over his Hindu subjects. The architecture of Fatehpur Sikri is a combination of Hindu and Muslim styles, expressing Akbar’s vision of synthesizing the cultures.
Continue drive to Jaipur. Jaipuris where the enduring charisma of the past blends with the throbbing vitality of today. Where a colorful cast of characters – from printers and potters to artists and antique dealers – presents a fascinating picture of a city that is alive to both tradition and change. Raja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur was no ordinary man. He was a scholar and an astronomer, keenly sensitive to beauty, a formidable general, who tempered power with wisdom. In building Jaipur, Jai Singh’s vision took him beyond architectural beauty for in the sprawling, barren plains beneath Amber, the former capital; he gave India its first planned city, which has remained unique in two and a half centuries. Jai Singh made Jaipur a haven and it became a center of commerce and religion.On arrival check in hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: In Jaipur
Morning post breakfast proceeds from the tour of Jaipur.
Excursion to Amer Fort with Elephant failing Jeep ride. Amer Fort – a marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Mata Lake below. The ascent to the Fort is on a gaily caparisoned elephants. The Fort interior has various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory work, exquisite wall paintings and tiny mirror chips.
Afternoon visitthe open-air royal observatory “Jantar Mantar”, with gigantic, astronomical instruments, the City Palace and Museum, stopping by the “Hawa Mahal” or the Palace of winds.
City Palace– A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
Jantar Mantar– This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Jaipur-Goa (By flight)
Morning post breakfast in time transfer to airport to connect flight to Goa.
The land of Goa is covered with paddy fields and groves of cashew, mango and coconut. Strung along the 100 km. The coastlineis golden stretches of beaches with picturesque names like Arambol, Vagator, Baga, Anjuna, Calangute in the north, and the raw beauty of Colva, Betul and Palolem in the South.
Goa’s Portuguese history, which began in 1510 and ended in 1961 makes for a fabulous amalgam of Iberian and Indian, Christian and Hindu lifestyles. “Golden Goa” was the capital of the Portuguese Empire in the east and they imposed upon its essentially Hindu environment their own architectural styles. Goa still has the look of the Iberian coast, with its tiled houses, imposing baroque churches, eternal carnivals and a skirt clad, mantilla-wearing women. The Portuguese were not able to entirely obliterate Goa’s Hindu ancestry, and some fine temples can be seen, built in an architectural style quite different to that elsewhere in India. If Hindu traditionally influenced the Old Catholic churches, Catholic tradition has permeated the new Hindu temples. It exemplifies the strange correspondence and amity between the two religions, which exist in Goa. On arrival check in hotel.Remaining day free at leisure by own. (No Vehicle at disposal) .Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: In Goa
Morning post breakfast, half day city tour. Old Goa Half a dozen imposing churches and cathedrals and a fragment of a gateway are all that remain of the second capital of the Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur and the Portuguese capital that was once said to rival Lisbon in magnificence Old Goa has declined from a vibrant city of over a hundred thousand souls to little more than a handful of potent architectural relics. Old Goa is still the spiritual heart of Christian Goa, and its most famous building is the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which contains the tomb and mortal remains of the peripatetic St Francis Xavier, credited with introducing Christianity to much of South-East Asia. The largest of the churches is the Portuguese-Gothic Se Cathedral, dating from 1562, which houses the so-called ‘Golden Bell’, whose resonant peal can be heard thrice daily.
Also visit Mangeshi Temple, Spice Plantation, Panjim City with Latin Quarters & Miramar Beach.Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: In Goa
Breakfast in hotel.Day free at leisure.Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Goa-Mumbai
Morning post breakfast, transfer tothe airport to connect flight to Mumbai.
The area occupied by Mumbai three hundred years ago was 7 islands inhabited by Kali fisherman and their families. With land reclamation the islands were connected, so that now Bombay occupies a thin isthmus. The British acquired these marshy islands for a pittance. Mumba Devi or Mumbai was part of Catherine of Braganza’s marriage dowry when she married Charles II in 1661. Four years later, the British took possession of the remaining islands and neighboring mainland area and in 1668 the East India Company leased the whole area for 10 pounds per year.
On arrival you will be met by our representative at the airport, which escort you till check in hotel. Remaining day at leisure.Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Mumbai
Morning post breakfast, half day city tour.
Start with a stop at the Gateway of India–an Indo – Sarcenic style of architecture (1927), designed by George Wittet to commemorate the visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1911, drive, past the Victoria Terminusthe most remarkable example of Victorian Gothic architecture in India opened during Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Year, Marine Driveand visit the Hanging Gardens so named since they are located on top of a series of tanks that supply water to Bombay. Visit the Jain Templebuilt of marble and dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara. Much of the decoration depicts the lives of the Tirthankaras. And last but not the least, make a brief photo stop at “Dhobi Ghat” the Indian laundry system.
Later visit Prince of Wales Museum. A magnificent, but somewhat strange structure, built in a confluence of Gothic and Moorish styles, and crowned by a sparkling white dome. Afternoon at leisure.Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Mumbai
Breakfast in hotel.Day free at leisure.Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Dep:Mumbai
Morning in time transfer to the airport to connect flight to onward destination.
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Airfare Supplement for flight for the sector of Jaipur-Mumbai & Mumbai-Goa will be per person EUR 196 in economy class given below, which include the presently applicable taxes & subject to change.
Accommodation is subject to availability. If the listed properties are fully booked, alternatives will be offered.
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Our rates include the followings:
- Hotel accommodation on Single/Double sharing basis for 11 nights on bed & breakfast basis.
- All transfers, sightseeing tour using A/c
- Meeting & Assistance services at all the Airports.
- Elephant ride in Amber Fort.
- Services of English speaking local guide during sightseeing as per program.
- All currently prevailing taxes on the Hotels, Transport & Govt. Service Tax.
Our rate doesn’t include the followings
- (Quoted Separately)
- Entrance Fees at all monuments as per the program.(Quoted Separately)
- Any early check in, late check- out will be subject to room occupancy of the day, at any of the Hotel.
- Any personal expenses – telephone calls, laundry, shopping, table drinks.
- Any additional expenses caused by or liability for disturbance in the trip due to circumstances beyond our control such as airline & railway delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions (mechanical breakdown) and other conditions like sickness, natural disasters, wars etc.
- Liability for insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents, damage or loss of goods.
- Gratuities for Guides and Drivers.
- Airfare quoted is only indicative and actual fare will be known only at the time of the booking and may vary at the time of booking. Group fare will be higher than the FIT fare
- In case accommodation is not available at the time of booking, shall book next best available hotel and shall advise you the supplement / reduction applicable accordingly.
- Compulsory meals may be applicable during some festival period for which rates will be advised to you once we receive same from the hotels / vendors.