Gems Of India

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1   Arrive Delhi

Upon Arrival you will be received and taken to hotel. On arrival check in at Hotel

 Day 2   Delhi

Breakfast at Hotel

Proceed for full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi visiting: the Jama Mosque in Old Delhi – The royal mosque built by  the  Mughal  Emperor,  Shah  Jahan  in 1656.  Drive past Red fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Rajghat, the site of Mahatma Gandhi's final journey. Proceed to India Gate (drive past) war memorial dedicated to the martyrs of World War I, The President's Palace - former Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat buildings - an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture.  After lunch, visit Qutab Minar, a soaring tower of victory, 72.5m high with five distinct storeys. This minaret is built on the foundation of a Hindu temple; many elements of the construction reflect their Hindu and Jain origins. Within the complex, are myriad monuments that combine both Islamic calligraphy and Hindu motifs.

 

Day 3   Delhi – Varanasi by flight

Breakfast at Hotel

Assisted transfer to Airport for your departure to Varanasi by flight. On arrival check in at Hotel

Evening visit to Ghat to witness Ganges aarti rituals. The aarti takes place facing the river. The lamps  are  lit  and  circled  around  by  the  pandits  (Hindu  priests)  in  a  clockwise  manner, accompanied by changing or songs in praise of Mother Ganga. The idea is that the lamps acquire the power of the deity. After the ritual is complete, devotees will cup their hands over the flame and raise their palms to their forehead in order to get the Goddess's purification and blessing.

 

Day 4   in Varanasi

Early morning, enjoy a boat cruise on the river Ganges. At sunrise, the scene of pilgrims doing their rituals and paying offerings to the River Ganges, set against the backdrop of the centuries old temples is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world. It is a centuries old tradition and belief that by dying in Varanasi or by immersing the mortal remains in the Holy Ganges, it clears one from the birth circle and you are incarnated to human life in the next birth. Sail past all the Ghats and stop at the important ones. The riverfront, as seen from a boat, early in the morning, is a spiritually uplifting sight. You witness the fascinating early morning rituals being performed by Hindu devotees along the riverbank, which includes the cremation Ghats. Then walk through the narrow lanes on riverside to parking.

Back to hotel for breakfast.

Later  visit,  Kashi  Vishwanath  Temple,  Bharat  Mata  Temple  and  also  visit  Banaras  Hindu  University.  Later  enjoy demonstration of silk weaving. Silk Weaving is the dominant manufacturing industry in Varanasi. Varanasi is known throughout India for its production of very fine silk

Late this afternoon enjoy an excursion to the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Sarnath. At the museum see excavated pillars from the Maurya dynasty (323-185 B.C) nearby you visit the magnificent Stupas built in third century by emperor Ashoka.

Day 5   Varanasi – Khajuraho by flight

Breakfast at Hotel

Transfer from hotel to airport in time to board flight for Khajuraho

Arrive Khajuraho today. Upon Arrival you will be received and taken to check in at hotel

Proceed for city sightseeing, visiting: The  western  group is reputedly the most beautiful and the most popular with tourists. The main temples in this group are Lakshamn, Jagdambi, Vishwanath, Chitragupta and Kandariya Mahadev. The beautiful walled garden that surrounds the structures is among the most notable features of the western group.  Located relatively close to the western group, the  Eastern  groups  of  temples, which are known as Jain temples, include Parsvanath, Adinath and Gantai. A museum is also situated onsite and contains a variety of statues that were found scattered around the area when the temples were first rediscovered. The carvings on the eastern group temple walls are slightly less erotic, tending to depict stories from Jain mythology more than anything else.

Day 6   Khajuraho – Jhansi overland (approx 180 Kms/3 Hrs) Jhansi – Agra by train

Breakfast at Hotel

Later drive to Jhansi, upon arrival assisted transfer to railway station. Departure from Jhansi by train to Agra.

Arrive Agra by train from Jhansi. Met & assisted at platform and transfer to hotel

On arrival check in at Hotel

Day 7   Agra

Breakfast at Hotel

Proceed for full day city sightseeing, visiting:

Agra  – A  Medieval  city on the  banks of the  Yamuna  River.  It  was founded by Sultan Sikandar Lodi in the year 1506. Agra achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 and remains a major tourist  destination  because of  its many  splendid Mughal  - era buildings. Most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday) - Overlooking the River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is a classic example of Mughal architecture, with the Taj itself built as a mausoleum  at the  northern end  of an extensive  formal  walled garden designed in the charbagh style and structured on the Islamic theme of 'paradise'.

Agra Fort - Agra Fort was originally a brick fort and the Chauhan Rajputs held it. It was mentioned for the first time in 1080 AD when a Ghaznavide force captured it. Sikandar Lodi (1487-1517) was the first Sultan of Delhi who shifted to Agra and lived in the fort. Later it became ruling seat of Mughals.

Enjoy a shopping experience in the Mughal city. Witness Marble Inlay work at a local workshop. Agra is known world over for its famous its Inlay work. The best example is Taj Mahal - greatest monument of love.

 Day 8   Agra–Bharatpur overland approx.(57kms/1½ Hrs) Bharatpur–Ranthambhore by train: Kota Jan Shatabdi

Breakfast at Hotel

Drive to Bharatpur, assisted transfer to Railway station. Departure from Bharatpur by train to Ranthambhore.

Upon arrival, met & assisted at railway station and straight transfer to hotel

On arrival check in at Hotel

 (Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 9   Ranthambhor

Morning sanctuary visit on shared open jeep. Close to the town of Sawai  Madhopur  lies  Ranthambhore  National  Park  that  was  at  the forefront of Project Tiger. The park covers approximately 400sq km of rolling hills, grassland, bush and woods, rivers and lakes and is very picturesque. The landscape is accentuated by the many ruins of palaces and forts of this once royal hunting reserve. Ranthambhore has large numbers of sambar, chital, and nilgai. You may also see chinkara. However, it is the larger predators that are so compelling, these include leopard, hyena, jackal and of course tiger, for which the park is famous. Breakfast, Lunch at Hotel

Afternoon sanctuary visit. on shared open jeep

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Ranthambhore – Jaipur by surface Approx. (180 Kms /4 Hrs)

Breakfast at Hotel

Drive to Jaipur. On arrival check in at Hotel

Day 11             Jaipur

Breakfast at Hotel

Morning drive to Amber and its glorious hilltop fortress. You will ascend the fort on Elephant back. It is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) elements, and its ornate and breathtaking architectural mastery. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace, famous for the excellence of its design and decoration. Within the complex is Ganesh Pol, an imposing gateway painted with the images of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh. Pierced screen windows offer views from different vantage points, and shimmering mirrors encrust the walls of Sheesh Mahal. Enjoy shopping experience along with carpet weaving/Gems cutting demonstration. Later proceed to Pink city of Jaipur. Stop for a photo at the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds." This beautiful façade is probably the most-photographed in Jaipur, with its ornately carved windows designed so the ladies of the palace could look out onto the streets unobserved.

Visit the City Palace Museum, which has a priceless collection of antiques, costumes and armory of the Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiseled handles. It also has an art gallery which displays a collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit.

Thereafter visit Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century.

Day 12  Jaipur – Deogarh overland approx. (270 Kms/5½ Hrs)

Breakfast at Hotel

Check Out and drive to Deogarh.  On arrival check in at Hotel

Late afternoon (Rural Ramble) enjoy Deogarh signature village Safari by open Jeep

Day 13 Deogarh – Udaipur overland approx. (140 Kms/3 ½ Hrs)

Breakfast at hotel

Check out & Drive to Udaipur - the majestic city of lakes and palaces. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 and fondly referred to as Rajasthan's most romantic city, its rich history is matched by its picturesque setting among the Aravalli Mountains and three manmade lakes.

Upon arrival check in at hotel

Day 14  Udaipur

Breakfast at Hotel

Begin our day at the City Palace, overlooking the blue waters of Lake Pichola. Maharana Udai Singh initiated construction in 1559 A.D. and it was subsequently expanded, with impressive uniformity, by several succeeding Maharanas. The palace consists of a number of beautiful courtyards and gardens. The main hall has been converted into a museum, housing opulent artifacts and original works of art.  We will continue walking towards the Jagdish Temple to study its many remarkable friezes. Lavishly built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, it is easy to understand why Jagdish is the most venerated Hindu temple in Udaipur. Afterwards we will explore the Old City, wandering through its bustling streets lined with art shops, spice vendors, tailors and more, also visit Sahelion Ki Bari

Take a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola (shared  boat), sailing past picturesque Ghats and palaces, stopping at the island of Jag Mandir, a 17th century water palace that witnessed two important historical events. It was the refuge for Prince Khurram, later known as Shah Jahan, when he was exiled by his father and later during the uprising of 1857, the island offered safety to several British families who fled from nearby Née much.

Day 15  Udaipur – Mumbai by flight  

Breakfast at Hotel

Transfer from hotel to airport to board onward flight to Mumbai

Arrive Mumbai. Upon Arrival you will be received and taken to hotel. Stay at Hotel Trident Nariman Point, Superior

Day 16 Mumbai

Breakfast at Hotel

Morning enjoy boat (Ferry cruise) from Gateway of India to Elephanta Cave. This island, small and round, rises like the back of a giant turtle from amidst the azure depths of the Arabian Sea. Elephanta Island houses various temples within this vast cave complex are estimated to have been created between 450 and 750 AD. Originally known as Gharapur, 17th-century Portuguese explorers renamed the island and its cave temples after the large elephant head statue that once stood near the entrance of the caves.  After the sightseeing of caves, get Ferry cruise back to Mumbai. Later continue city tour visiting;

The Gateway of India was built during period 1924-1927 to commemorate the visit to India of King George V of England in 1911. It’s the most enduring symbol of the city. Next to the Gateway of India is the Prince of Wales Museum built in 1911 - one of the biggest museum in the country. The Victoria Terminus, popularly known as VT is the major railway station and is considered the most beautiful edifice in the city. From Nariman Point to Malabar Hill is a winding stretch of road along the sea with tall buildings on one side, known as the Marine Drive.

Day 17  Mumbai – Goa by flight

Breakfast at Hotel

Assisted transfer to airport for your departure to Goa by flight.

Arrive Goa airport, upon arrival met & assisted by our representative and transfer straight to your resort

Goa – 'The land of beaches', 'Tourist's paradise', 'Pearl of the orient', 'Rome of the east' are the few phrases to describe the acclaimed holiday destination.   Its pristine white sand beaches, azure blue water and  white  churches  resting  against  paddy  fields  are  images  that conjure up Goa, but head inland and you will also discover jungles and mountains.   Take a trip to a spice plantation or head off for the day on a  river  cruise. The  culture, buildings  and  churches are highly influenced by its Portuguese colonial heritage.

Day 18 4 nights In Goa at leisure for independent activities at the beach

 (Breakfast included)

Day 19             Goa

Breakfast at hotel, assisted transfer from to airport to board flight for onward journey.

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1   Arrive Delhi

Upon Arrival you will be received and taken to hotel. On arrival check in at Hotel

 

Day 2   Delhi

Breakfast at Hotel

Proceed for full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi visiting: the Jama Mosque in Old Delhi – The royal mosque built by  the  Mughal  Emperor,  Shah  Jahan  in 1656.  Drive past Red fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Rajghat, the site of Mahatma Gandhi's final journey. Proceed to India Gate (drive past) war memorial dedicated to the martyrs of World War I, The President's Palace - former Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat buildings - an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture.  After lunch, visit Qutab Minar, a soaring tower of victory, 72.5m high with five distinct storeys. This minaret is built on the foundation of a Hindu temple; many elements of the construction reflect their Hindu and Jain origins. Within the complex, are myriad monuments that combine both Islamic calligraphy and Hindu motifs.

 

Day 3   Delhi – Varanasi by flight

Breakfast at Hotel

Assisted transfer to Airport for your departure to Varanasi by flight. On arrival check in at Hotel

Evening visit to Ghat to witness Ganges aarti rituals. The aarti takes place facing the river. The lamps  are  lit  and  circled  around  by  the  pandits  (Hindu  priests)  in  a  clockwise  manner, accompanied by changing or songs in praise of Mother Ganga. The idea is that the lamps acquire the power of the deity. After the ritual is complete, devotees will cup their hands over the flame and raise their palms to their forehead in order to get the Goddess's purification a<

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