Museum Tour of India: 14 Days

A specially crafted itinerary for art lovers, history buffs and for all those who have a curiosity to more about the past, ancient civilizations and heritage of a country. India’s rich cultural heritage was built by various civilizations in the form of great temples, forts and other monuments. With the advent of subsequent civilizations, previous cultures were damaged or destroyed. The remains of these cultures now form some of the best museums in the world. A must for artists, historians, archaeologists and culture-lovers visiting.

Begin this interesting journey from the bustling metropolis Mumbai.

The Prince of Wales Museum, established in 1905, was designed and built to represent the ancient and medieval architectural styles of Western India. The Jehangir Nicholson Museum of Modern Art: Established in 1976, this museum displays a superb collection of contemporary Indian Art.

Ahmedabad offers a delightful insight into the culture and lifestyle of the people of this region. Each museum at Ahmedabad houses important artifacts, miniature paintings and other items of daily, taking you into the past, thereby giving you an opportunity to know about the royal life of the rulers of the Ahmedabad city.

Continue further to the “City of Joy “, Kolkata and spend time exploring the Indian Museum, Central Museum and the very informative Birla Industrial and technological Museum.

If you love museums, monuments and memorials, and take keen interest in the history of a place and its people, flora and fauna, then this quaint charming hill station, Darjeeling can offer you a great quality platter. For example, Bengal Natural History Museum is all about the fauna of Himalayan region and West Bengal where hundreds of real specimens are preserved and displayed.

The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and its museum is known as the Mecca for the mountaineering enthusiasts and a favorite of tourists who want to know about the human beings' brave attempts on the Himalayan range including the Everest.

The last leg of this heritage trip brings you to the Capital city of New Delhi which has a number of museums to pick and choose from. The Air force museum, the National Crafts and Handloom museum ,the Doll museum which houses more than 6000 dolls or the unique rail museum which displays the model of the very first steam engine in India.



Day 1-2: Mumbai

Company representatives will receive you on arrival at the DELHI AIRPORT and transfer to your hotel.

After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing.

Mumbai Fort: The area north of Colaba is known as Mumbai Fort, since the old British fort was once located here. There are a lot of impressive buildings from Mumbai's golden period here. St. John's church, dedicated to the soldiers, who laid down their lives in the Sindh campaign of 1838, and the first Afghan war of 1843, is also worth a visit.

Marine Drive in Mumbai: Marine Drive located in the central Mumbai, built in the 1920s and 30s on land reclaimed from the sea, is Mumbai's most famous thoroughfare. It is also referred to as the Queen's Necklace because of the dramatic line of street lamps lit up at night. Recently it has come to known as Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Road with Nariman Point on one end to Babulnath, at the foot of Walkeshwar on the other.

Gateway of India: Mumbai's principal landmark, the Gateway of India is a huge archway on the water's edge at Apollo Bunder. It is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. This famous monument was built to commemorate the visit of the first ever British Monarch, King George V and Queen Mary in 1911.

Flora Fountain/ Hutama Chowk: This fountain situated in the heart of the city was erected in 1869 in honour of a British Governor of Bombay. Sir Brtle Frere. Flora Fountain marks a junction of five streets and known as the 'Picadilly Circus 'of Mumbai, which is decorated at its four corners with mythological figures, the Fountain is a structure in dull stone with a figure the Roman Goddess of flowers, at the top.

Hanging Gardens in Mumbai: Also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, the Hanging Gardens were built in 1880 and renovated in 1921. These gardens are popularly known as Hanging Gardens, because of their location on the slope of a hill. The terrace garden looks south from Malabar Hill towards Colaba, and affords a panoramic view of the city or a breathtaking sunset. It is built over three reservoirs, which store 30 million gallons of water pumped here for cleaning before being supplied to the town.

Mumbai Film City: Mumbai is the hub of Indian film industry, which has played a pivoted role in the development of cinematography. "Bollywood", as it is called, produces the second most number of pictures in the world every year, next only to Hollywood, U.S.A. Mumbai claims to be the world's largest production centre for films.

In the evening enjoy the beach.

Chowpatty Beach: Chowpatty beach situated at the end of Marine Drive has a moderate expanse of sand and is the only beach in the central part of Mumbai. One can witnesses many Hindu religious ceremonies taking place at Chowpatty like the Annual Thread-Tying Ceremony initiating young boys into the Brahmin caste, 'Nariel Purnima' towards the end of the monsoons and 'Ganesh Chaturthi' immersions.

Overnight will be at Mumbai.

Day 3-5: Ahmedabad

Start sightseeing of the city after breakfast.

History is immortalized by the magnificent architecture of Ahmedabad’s monuments ranging from the grand Havelis to the majestic mosques. The HAVELIS (wooden Mansions) of Ahmedabad are a window to the lofty life styles of the rich of early 19th century Ahmedabad. But no sooner do one cross the columned verandahs the Havelis open into the courtyards, the divankhanu (formal drawing room), the service areas and other rooms. In the mosques and mausolea of Ahmedabad you will discover the contribution Gujarat made to Islamic architecture in India. They embody a fusion of the austere Islamic principles of design with the traditional Hindu art of sculpted ornamentation. See fusion architecture at its best in the stone tracery on the windows of SIDDI SAYED MOSQUE (1571) and the elegant JUMMA MASJID (1424). The delicate tracery, the ornamented minarets and rich detail of SARKHEJ ROJA (1445-51), is yet another example of this splendid style. So are the RANI ROOPMATI MOSQUE (1430-40) and RANI SIPRI MOSQUE (1514). SHAH ALAM ROZA built by Empress Noorjehan’s brother also reflects the same elegance in its carved marble architecture.

The SHAKING MINARETS of Sidi Bashir’s Mosque remain a mystery till today. Shake one minaret and the other resonates in harmony while the interconnecting terrace stands still. The Jain temples of Ahmedabad present yet another distinctly different style of architecture of which the HATHEESING JAIN TEMPLE is most representative. A grandiose structure built in marble that cost a whopping Rs. 1 million back in 1848. Next is the 300 year old DUTCH CEMETERY near Kankaria Lake. These tombs dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries were in memory of the Dutch and English pioneers who established their factories in Surat and Ahmedabad. Visit the famous CALICO TEXTILE MUSEUM which is one of the finest textile museums in the world displaying an impressive collection of rare textiles and costumes that date back to the early 17th century. At the UTENSILS MUSEUM more than 2000 varieties of traditional Indian utensils in curious shapes and sizes are on display. And finally the crown jewel, SABARMATI ASHRAM. Mahatma Gandhi’s home from 1918-1930, the Ashram is tucked away in a quiet corner by the river Sabarmati. It served as Mahatma Gandhi’s base for his Dandi Satyagraha that triggered the nonviolent agitation against the British.

Step Wells – In era of the Sultanate, the authorities use to develop wells for travelers as a place to rest or to drink water. The finest example are Dada Hari ni Vav and the Adalaj ni Vav. The interiors of these caves are paved with beautiful carvings in stone.

The Palace of Shahibaugh – Shahibaug Palace was built in 1622 A.D. by Shahjahan as a royal residence. Currently same has been converted into Sardar Patel Memorial. It is also associated with Shri Ravindranath Tagore.

Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram – After the return of Gandhiji from Africa, after some time Gandhiji started living in Ahmedabad. He built on the banks of the river Sabarmati, the famous Gandhi Ashram. In today's modern Ahmedabad this particular place stands high on tourist map. Still various things of Gandhiji can be seen and there are few Khadi shops around, which Gandhiji promoted.

Jain Temples (Derasars) – Ahmedabad has been famous for its Derasars or Jain Temples like Chintamani Temple, Hutheesingh Temple and various other are situated in the old city. There are approximately hundred plus Derasars in the old city. Many of them were built in Moghul times, many are situated in the houses of people and many are underground.

Bhadra Kali Mandir (Temple) & Fort: The Temple was built in the fort of Bhadra during Aazam Khan's time. It was built in one of the ground floor rooms and it draws thousands of visitors every day.

Kankaria Lake, Aquarium & Zoo: The life bubbles here every weekend, constructed by Sultan Qutub-ub-Din. Originally known as Hauj-e-Qutub (The Kings Bath), in olden times the sultan used it has recreational for himself and his queen. The Lake is a polygon with thirty four sides and three balconies on to the water from the edge of the lake. The sultan enjoyed illumination and fireworks here. In the middle of the lake is situated the Nagina Wadi and is connected by way from the lake. The on sides is situated the Kankaria Zoo & Balvatika. Zoo has various animals and attracts various visitors. The Balvatika has collection mirrors which make you laugh.

Overnight will be at Ahmedabad.

Day 6-7: Kolkota

Early morning you will be transferred to the airport to take flight for Kolkata…packed breakfast will be provided.

Reach Kolkata and check into the hotel.

Kolkata was the first capital of the British in India. The city was established in 1686 when the British moved to the small villages of Sutanati, Govindpur, and Kalikata from their trading port of Hooghly. It progressed well until 1756 when Siraj-Ud-Daula (Nawab of Bengal) attacked the town and drove away the British. Lord Clive retook Kolkata and until 1911, it remained the capital of the British government in India. Being the centre of power for so long created a unique culture and heritage, totally unlike any other city in India.

Relax and then proceed for the city sightseeing.

Visit the MOTHER TERESA MISSION, Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge and Birla Planetarium.

Victoria Memorial – It is a grand edifice constructed in the memory of Queen Victoria. This building houses a number of rare specimens of the historical preserves of the land.

Howrah Bridge is another landmark that denotes the city of joy. This hanging bridge is an architectural marvel of the country.

Birla Planetarium - The second largest planetarium in Asia is another site that attracts attention.

Howrah Railway Station: Visiting Howrah, Kolkata means paying a thorough glance at the Howrah Railway Station for which the city is famous. This station is one of the largest railway stations in the world. The railway terminal provides services to the suburbs as well other important cities. From here you can have an access to any other parts of India. The railway station is one interesting place in Howrah.

Kolkata High Court: "The Calcutta High Court is the oldest High Court in India. It was established on 1st July, 1862 under the High Court’s Act, 1861. It has jurisdiction over the state of West Bengal and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The High Court building was designed by Mr. Walter Granville, Government Architect, on the model of the ‘Stadt-Haus’ or Cloth Hall at Ypres in Belgium.

Kumar Tuli – A Clay Model – Maker’s Haven: Kumartuli, the nerve centre of the clay idol-makers of West Bengal, is home and workshop to more than one hundred and fifty families of clay model-makers.

Kumartuli the clay model-makers haven is older than Calcutta, which grew out of three little villages, viz., Gobindapore, Kalikutta and Sutanooti way back in 1690. The history of the Kumartuli potter can be traced back to Krishnanagar in South Bengal. To begin with, near about the middle of the seventeenth century, potters in search of better livelihood came from Krishnanagar to Gobindapore, a prosperous village on the banks of the river Bhagirathi (now the River Hooghly), to eke out a living by making earthen ware pots, clay toys and cooking utensils for household use. When the land at Gobindapore was required by the British East India Company for building Fort William, the inhabitants migrated further up the river to Sutanooti. The potters moved in to their new destination, colonized a vast area and named it Kumartuli, the term "Kumar" meaning a potter and "tuli" a locality. The Bengal Consultations, a journal of 1707 AD, gives an account of the presence of Kumars who occupied 75 acres of land in Sutanooti, which is a constituent part of present day north Calcutta.

In the evening enjoy a cruise of the River Ganges (the last stage) watching the city at sunset and enjoying the heritage of the old British Capital.

Overnight will be in Kolkata.

Day 8-10: Darjeeling

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Bagdogra. Reach and proceed by road to Darjeeling.

Reach Darjeeling and check into the hotel.

Years ago the mountain spurs, on the slopes of which the hill station of Darjeeling now stands, formed a part of the independent kingdom of Sikkim and was covered with dense forest. The town of Darjeeling alone now has thousands of people belonging to different creeds and races, but there were not more than two hundred inhabitants when the East India Company, which then controlled British interests in India, first came into contact with it.

When India became independent, Darjeeling remained a part of West Bengal. From 1986, a powerful agitation began in the Darjeeling hills seeking an independent state in the Indian Union. The agitation ended with the establishment of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council under the Chairmanship of Mr. Subash Ghissing and has been given considerable autonomy in administrative matters.

Darjeeling, which is internationally acclaimed as one of the best hill stations in the world, is covered with pine trees, rhododendrons, magnolias, primulas and orchids. With houses hugging the hill side are various places to visit, which are of great interest.

Darjeeling, which is internationally acclaimed as one of the best hill stations in the world, is covered with pine trees, rhododendrons, magnolias, primulas and orchids. With houses hugging the hill side are various places to visit, which are of great interest.

Overnight will be at Darjeeling.

Day 11-13: Delhi

After breakfast at the hotel, we shall embark on a full day’s sightseeing.

The tour begins in Old Delhi with Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. The shrine is a simple black stone structure with an eternal flame burning at one end, a fitting tribute to a humble man who changed the world with nothing but the power of ideas.

Red Fort: The imposing red sandstone structure was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1639, and remained seat of the empire for the next two centuries. Today, the Prime Minister of the India delivers his Independence Day speech to the nation from its ramparts.

A rickshaw ride takes us to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. We shall view this magnificent structure from outside, its lofty domes and minarets reminiscent of a scene from the Arabian Nights.

Next, you will be driven to New Delhi, built by the British in the 1930s as their imperial capital. Majestic government and administrative offices line its wide, tree-lined avenues. Named after Sir Edwin Lutyens who was commissioned to design the city in 1911, this part of the city is also known as Lutyen’s Delhi and is a striking contrast to the old city.

The red sandstone arch of India Gate, memorial to Indian and British soldiers who laid down their lives in World War I, leads us to the Parliament House, the magnificent seat of the world’s largest democracy. We shall also see Rastrapathi Bhawan, the Indian President’s official residence. Inside is the famed Mughal Gardens with its resplendent fountains and manicured lawns. In spring, it opens its doors to the public.

The day’s tour ends at the Qutub Minar. Built in 1193 by Qutubuddin Aibak, a slave general, it is the tallest stone tower in India and marks the site of the country’s first Muslim kingdom. The iron tower in a square opposite is unique in that it never rusts, although it has been exposed to the elements for centuries.

If time permits, we shall visit the lotus-shaped Bahai temple south of Delhi. An ideal place for meditation, this Bahai House of worship is open to people of all religion.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 14: Delhi - Back Home

Breakfast in the hotel.

Today as per your flight timings you will be transferred to the airport to take flight back home with sweet memories of the tour.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED

• Rickshaw ride at old delhi bazaar,
• Visit to chowpaty beach in mumbai.
• Toy train in darjeeling
• Moument entrances

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED

• Accommodation at suggested hotels on double occupancy,
• Daily breakfasts,
• Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary,
• Private air-conditioned deluxe toyota innova vehicle for all english speaking company authorized
• Guide for all mentioned tours,
• Fuel & driver allowances,
• Parking & toll charges for vehicle,
• All state road taxes,
• Assistance at the airports on arrival / departure,
• Economy class airfare for the mentioned sectors,
• All applicable taxes and service charges.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED

• Lunches and dinners (except for those mentioned in inclusions),
• Personal expenses,
• Camera fees, tips etc,
• International airfare,
• Visa charges.

Hotels

City Luxury Palace & Boutique First Class & Heritage Nights
Mumbai Four Seasons Taj Mahal – Tower Wing Fariyas 02
Ahmedabad The House Of MG Taj Residency Sarovar Portico 03
Kolkota The Oberoi Grand Taj Bengal Golden Park 02
Darjeeling Hotel Windamere Glenburn Tea Estate Elgin 03
Delhi The Oberoi The Imperial The Maidens 03

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