Jewels of India Tour: 21 Days

Your first stop on this trip, New Delhi, the Capital city is a unique amalgamation of the glorious imperial past and the vibrant modern present. Walk through the charming narrow lanes of Old Delhi; explore the beautiful havelis and majestic monuments like the Jama Masjid and Red fort. Visit the President’s house, India Gate and impressive colonial edifices past beautiful landscaped boulevards in New Delhi.

A short flight brings you to charming old town of Shimla, with its colonial aura and scenic locales. Visit Mashobra with its pine forests, and enjoy a toy train ride for spectacular views of the Himalayan peaks.

Head to the ancient city of Amritsar with an excursion to Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. The magnificent Golden temple, a marble structure with an imposing dome of pure gold shines and reflects in the sacred pool. Your next stop on this trip is Agra, home to the most visited monument in the world-the embodiment of love and a poem in white marble- TheTaj Mahal.

Relax in the opulent Oberoi AmarVilas with uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal from every room.

Get in tune with nature on a tiger trail at the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, at the junction of the Aravalis and the Vindhyas.

Proceed to Jaipur - popularly known as Pink City and one of the most well planned cities of the world of its time. Its colorful bazaars, sandstone pink buildings, magnificent palaces reflect the past glory of this remarkable town. Drive to the fairytale land of Udaipur with its shimmering cerulean Lake Pichola. Continue to Ahmedabad where History is immortalized by the magnificent architecture of Ahmedabad’s monuments ranging from the grand Havelis, the intricately carved temples to the majestic mosques.

Head to the last destination on this trip, the modern, buzzing and multi ethnic city Mumbai. Visit the prominent highlights of the city with a tour of the Elephanta caves and relax in the lap of luxury at the prestigious Oberoi Mumbai.



Day 01 : Arrival at Delhi

You will be met on arrival at the International airport in Delhi. Our Representative will take you to the hotel. Check in and relax. DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

Rest of the day will be at leisure.

Evening – enjoy the visit to Nizamuddin Dargah and listen to Sufi Music. (Only on Thursdays)

The dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya is the shrine to visit in New Delhi. It is a pilgrimage site for Sufi devotees from around the world.

The shrine is home to one of the most famous qawwali families, the Nizami Bandhu, who have been singing at dargah Nizamuddin Auliya for hundreds of years. See a video of the qawwali on vimeo.

The "father of qawwali" Amir Khusrow was also a disciple of the saint Nizamuddin Auliya. Khusrow, who died six months after his teacher, has his tomb next to the saint's. The surrounding Nizamuddin Basti neighborhood is a destination in its own right. The area is a labyrinth of lanes filled with kebab shops, flower sellers and religious knick knack stalls and is where daily life takes place for many of India's Muslims.

It is also rich with relics. Visit a baoli (Stepwell) or the tomb of the revered Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib. The main shrine of Nizamuddin Auliya is also flanked by Jamaat Khana mosque, which is said to be the oldest building in Nizamuddin.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 02 : Delhi

After breakfast: start with the sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; enjoy the tour of Red Fort which has been restored largely in the last few years. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak.

Take the bicycle rickshaw continuing to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

Visit the GANDHI SAMADHI where the great leader is remembered by his country.

Later drive to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India and the Humayun’s Tomb which is one of the great monuments of Delhi. There is a saying that this monument was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal hence it is a must to see this place and enjoy the architecture. Visit the LOTUS TEMPLE of the BAHAI sect which represents the modern architecture of India.

The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 03 : Delhi - Chandigarh by flight | Chandigarh - Shimla by road in 3 hrs

Morning – take a flight to Chandigarh. Reach and drive to Shimla. On arrival at Shimla, check into the hotel.

Shimla – the capital of Himachal Pradesh and former summer capital of British India, Shimla is the state’s most important centre. Bulging at its seams with unprecedented expansion, Shimla retains a colonial aura, with its grand old buildings.

Overnight will be at Shimla.

Day 04 : Shimla

Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for the sightseeing tour of the city.

Explore the scenic places around Shimla – Naldhera with its rolling meadows and a 9 hole golf course, Mashobra with its pine forests offering lovely walks, specially the pathways from Bekalty Road, Kufri's famed ski slopes and the small zoo and Chail with its romantic palace, deodar forests, not to forget its highest cricket pitch. The area has breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks foreshadowed by the terraced fields and verdant forests. In the evening soak in the ambience of this old world town, going shopping on the fashionable Mall.

Proceed for a stroll in the mall or pick souvenirs and curios at Lakkar Bazaar.

Enjoy the evening at The Ridge / Scandal Point- the hub of the town with its ice-cream vendors, pony rides and spectacular Himalayan views.

Overnight will be at Shimla.

Day 05 : Shimla

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Free to explore.

Overnight will be at Shimla.

Day 06 : Shimla - Barog by toy train | Barog - Amritsar by Road 250 km in 6 hrs

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Take a Toy train Himalayan Queen to Barog enjoying the beautiful views of the Himalayan Mountain range.

Reach and drive to Amritsar.

Reach Amritsar. Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to the Hotel.

Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple is one of the most ancient and fascinating cities of India. It is an important seat of Sikh history and culture. Being the gateway for travellers coming to India on the overland route from central Asia it soon became the centre of various commercial activities. There are various historical and religious sites - see Amritsar City Map. The most famous of them all in the Golden Temple which was founded by the fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ramdas and completed by his successor Guru Arjan Dev. There are a number of cotton, woollen and art silk textile factories besides other industries dealing with electric goods, sewing machines, auto parts, carpets. The milk processing plant at Verka about 6 kms from the center is the second biggest project of its kind in the country. Amritsar is India’s leading exporter of goods to the Middle-East, leading distribution centre of dry fruits, tea and condiments. It is also a shopper’s paradise and a gourmet’s delight. Amritsar is the world’s leading centre of Punjabi publications.

Overnight stay will be in Amritsar.

Day 07 : Amritsar

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel. Proceed for the sightseeing tour.

Golden Temple: Sri Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple in Amritsar is the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. Also known as the Shri Darbar Sahib, it is in the center of the old part of Amritsar. The Golden Temple sits on a rectangular platform, surrounded by a pool of water called the Amrit Sarovar from which the City is named. The entrance to the Golden Temple complex is through an ornate archway with intricate inlay work. Verses from the Granth Sahib are inscribed on the doorway. The main north entrance is under a Victorian clock tower. Known as the Darshani Deori, the entrance is up a flight of steps and down again to the temple and holy tank. The temple is a two storey marble structure reached by a causeway known as Guru’s Bridge. The lower storey is in white marble with the walls decorated with inlaid flower and animal motifs in the pietradura style of the Taj Mahal. The architecture of the golden temple is a blend of the Hindu and Muslim styles. The temple building has four entrances instead of the usual single entry. This is symbolic of the openness of Sikhism and indicates that followers of all faiths are allowed inside. The walls within are decorated with carved wooden panels and elaborate inlay work in silver and gold. The Adi Granth, compiled by Guru Arjan Dev, rests on a throne beneath a jewel-encrusted canopy. Priests conduct continuous recitation of verses from the holy book in 3-hour shifts. A complete reading of the text stakes 48 hours. The original copy of the Guru Granth Sahib is kept under pink shroud in the, Golden Temple during the day and at around 10 p.m. each day is ceremoniously returned to the Akal Takht (Sikh Parliament) building. The morning processional ceremony takes place at 4 a.m. in summer and at 5 a.m. in winter, when Sri Guru Granth Sahib is bought from Akal takhat Sahib in a procession to the Sanctum Sanctorum, which is washed with milk. The Akal Takht, next to the Golden Temple, is the seat of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, the religious governing body of the Sikhs. The building of the Akal Takht was begun by Guru Arjan Dev and completed in 1609 by Guru Hargobind. If you miss the early morning or evening processions, the palanquin that bears the Adi Granth can be seen in the treasury room on the first floor of the Akal Takht. The palanquin is set with precious stones and has silver poles and a gold canopy.

Summer place of Maharaja Ranjit Singh: Is situated in the middle of a beautiful garden called Ram Bagh. This garden is laid out on the pattern of Shalimar Bagh at Lahore. Only its architecturally unique ´Darshani deorhi´ has remained intact. A museum after the name of the Maharaja is set up here displaying oil paintings, miniatures, coins, abd weapons relating to the Sikh period.

Jalian Wala Bagh: Amritsar Massacre: This place noted for its most notorious massacre under British rule. It is 400 meters north of the Golden Temple. The British General Dyer was the Lieutenant Governor of the province in 1919. He banned all meetings and demonstrations led by Indians against the economical set back by World War I. On 13 April 1919, pilgrims poured into Amritsar to celebrate the Baisakhi festival, a holiday in the Sikh calendar. In the afternoon thousands of people gathered at Jallian Wala Bagh to celebrate the Baisakhi. This ground surrounded by high walls on all sides has only a narrow alley for access. General Dyer personally led the troops to the sight and ordered his men to open fire without any warning. It resulted in the death of 379 and injured more than 1200. India was outraged by Dyer’s massacre. Gandhiji called for a nationwide strike and started the Non-cooperation Movement, which became an important mile stone in the struggle for India’s Independence. Today this ground has been changed to a park and it has a pleasant garden. There is a narrow path between the houses which leads to the lawn of the park. At the entrance there is a memorial plaque which recounts the history. There is a well on the north side in which many people who tried to escape from the bullets were drowned, and remnants of walls have been preserved to show the bullet holes. At the east end of the garden there is a large memorial built in memory of those who died here.

Wagah Border: The international border between India and Pakistan. The pomp and pageantry of the Beating Retreat and the Change of Guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces makes for a most charming spectacle.

Overnight stay will be in Amritsar.

Day 08 : Amritsar - Delhi by flight | Delhi - Agra by road 200 km in 3 hrs (via express way)

After breakfast drive to Agra. Reach Agra and transfer to hotel.

AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously.

In the evening, attend a performance at Kalakriti, a stunning performance art based rendition of the history of the Taj.

Overnight will be at Agra.

Day 09 : Agra

Proceed for sunrise sightseeing of Taj Mahal.

TAJ MAHAL - Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Relax.

Later – proceed for the sightseeing tour of the city. AGRA FORT – The red sandstone structure is surrounded by chahar-bagh, a four-square formal garden. Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.

After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ or the ITMAD-UD-ULLAH – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj. One of the most beautiful Mughal tombs, Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb was built by Nur Jahan, the Empress of Jehangir for her father in 1628. The tomb is a resting place of the powerful personality in Mughal Court, Itmad-Ud-Daulah, whose life is very interesting. Formerly a very poor Persian merchant then named Mirza Ghiyas or Ghiyas Beg he became a minister and a trusted treasure in Akbar's court. After Akbar's death in 1605, his son Jahangir rose into power. Jahangir made Ghiyas Beg his chief minister and honored him with the title of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, the Pillar of State. Later, Jahangir met a beautiful daughter of Ghiyas Beg named Mehr-Un-Nissa and married her. Mehr-Un-Nissa soon played a significant role in the Jahangir's court and was called Nur Mahal, the light of the Place. Owing to her influence, her father and brother were granted with privileges in the court. When Ghiyas beg (Itmad-Un-Daulah) dies in 1622, Nur Mahal decided to build a mausoleum for him. Queen Mumtaz Mahal or the lady of the Taj was also from this prevailing family. The mausoleum is entirely made of white marble and graced with intricate decoration of inlay work, and marble-screen work belonging to the Islamic style. With its tranquil, small garden on the bank of Yamuna River, the tomb stands impressively elegant from a distance

Evening at Mehtab Bagh to experience the Sunset. The Garden complex, situated on the opposite bank of the Taj Mahal, is known as Mehtab Bagh, or “The Moonlight Garden”. Recent excavations revealed a huge octagonal tank furnished with 25 fountains, a small central tank and a baradari on the east. The site is also associated with the myth of black Taj, but the excavations have provided ample evidence for a garden complex. This is also corroborated by a letter of Aurangzeb, addressed to Emperor Shah Jehan stating the condition of this garden after a flood in 1652 AD.

Overnight will be at Agra.

Day 10 : Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Ranthambhore National Park by road 280 km in 6 hrs

Morning – drive to Ranthambhore National Park en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri.

The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its "ruins" are in pristine condition ... it's not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world.

Proceed further to Ranthmbhore National Park. Reach and check in to the lodge. Evening free at the resort and you can relax or watch some slides on the tiger.

Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, at the junction of the Aravalis and the Vindhyas, is a unique example of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 kilometers from Sawai Madhopur. Get in tune with nature for a luxury holiday in the heart of the jungle.

Ranthambhore - perhaps the best place in the world to sight a tiger in the wild. The Ranthambhore National Park has had more Tiger sightings than any other National Park in the country. It has come to be known as "The land of the Tiger", where most of the documented footage of this majestic beast has been recorded.

It spreads over a highly undulating topography varying from gentle to steep slopes; from flat topped hills of the Vindhyas to the conical hillocks and sharp ridges of the Aravalis, from wide and flat valleys to narrow rocky gorges. An important geological feature the ‘Great Boundary Fault’ where the Vindhya plateaus meet the Aravali hill Ranges, meanders through the Reserve. The National Park is bound by the rivers Chambal in the south and Banas in the north.

Ranthambhore forest is of tropical dry deciduous type, further classified as Dhok climax forest because of the predominance of Dhok (Anogeissus pendulla) found nearly everywhere. Dhok is an extremely hardy tree, capable of withstanding prolonged droughts. The leaves of this tree are good fodder and they are browsed by herbivores, and form a significant part of their diet. Even the dry, fallen leaves, eaten by them, are rich source of nutrition.

The lakes abound with aquatic vegetation including duck weeds, lilies and lotus. A haven for a multitude of wild animals, the Park boasts of playing host to tigers, leopards, the elusive caracals, hyenas, sloth bears, wild boars, crocodiles and so on. Besides, there are over 300 species of birds, from the majestic Crested Serpent Eagle to the exotic Golden Oriole.

Tiger, at the apex of the food chain, lord over the kingdom in a subtle way. Solitary by nature, it operates in stealth. Therefore tiger sightings, frequent as they are, are always a matter of chance. However, even evidences of tiger's activities are very exciting.

The other kinds of cats found in Ranthambhore are Leopard (Panthera pardus), Caracal (Felis caracal), Leopard Cat (Felis bengalensis), Fishing Cat (Felis viverrina) and the Jungle Cat (Felis chaus). Besides the big cats, the other large predators found in Ranthambhore include Sloth Bear, Striped Hyena, Wolf, Wild dog (or Dhole), Jackal, Indian Fox, Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Common Indian Mongoose, Small Indian Mongoose, Ratel (or Honey Badger), Marsh Crocodile and the Indian Python. There are two species of Antlers, namely the Spotted Deer (or Chital) and the Sambhar Deer, and, two kinds of Antelopes, namely the Indian Gazelle (or Chinkara) and the Bluebull (or Neelgai). Black Buck (another kind of antelope), which is rarely found in the National Park is common in the Devpura area in the outskirts of the park.

Overnight will be at Ranthambhore.

Day 11 : Ranthambore National Park

Enjoy the early morning TIGER SAFARI inside the park in a jeep with a guide. Breakfast will be at the resort and then in the afternoon proceed for the second safari after lunch.

Relax at the resort in the evening and dinner will be at the resort.

Overnight will be at the resort.

Day 12 : Ranthambhore - Jaipur by Road 150 km in 4 hrs

Morning – wildlife safari in the park.

Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Later - drive to Jaipur. Reach and transfer to the Hotel.

Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the KSHATRIYA warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Thus, many enjoyed a privileged position under the Mughal emperors and also the British Raj that followed.

This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur.

Enjoy the experience and spend night at Jaipur.

Day 13 : Jaipur

Proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort after breakfast. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.

AMBER FORT PALACE – Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.

Continue sightseeing.

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.

HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

Return to the hotel and relax or explore the markets of Jaipur.

Later, at your charming ethnic village resort, enjoy a cultural evening with a folk dance performance by local tribal artistes. A sumptuous Indian dinner will mark the perfect end to a great day.

Overnight will be at Jaipur.

Day 14 : Jaipur - Udaipur by Road 300 km in 7 hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Start for Udaipur. Reach and check into the hotel.

The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.

Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, vehicle the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the LAKE PICHOLA is an enticing sight.

Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR – a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.

Overnight will be at Udaipur.

Day 15 : Udaipur

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace.

City Palace: Standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola, is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559 A.D. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of "Jag Niwas" (the world wide famous Lake palace hotel), Jag Mandir on one side and on the other the city of Udaipur. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate - the Tripolia, built in 1725. The way now leads to a series of courtyards, overlapping parations, terraces, corridors and gardens - a harmonic profusion hard to describe. There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence. The Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), gets its name from the vivid mosaics in glass decorating its walls. The chini chitrashala is noteworthy while a series of wall paintings of KRISHNA are on display in Bhim Vilas. There are numerous other places such as Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and Krishna villas - in memory of a princess of striking beauty who poisoned herself to avert a bloody battle for her hand by rival princess. Now the palace contains many antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils and attracts thousands of visitors every day.

Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard.

Saheliyon Ki Bari: Maharana Sangram Singh builds this in the mid-18th century. The 'garden of the maidens' brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The delightful gardens appear discreet and in impeccable taste. There are four pools with dainty kiosks, and all around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees. The Foundation of the Sahelion Ki Bari functions solely by water pressure and no pumps are used. The garden has a lotus pool, a sitting room decorated with paintings and glass mosaics. The whole ambiences are flavored by the nostalgia of those beautiful bells enjoying themselves in a lavish aura.

Bagore Ki Haveli: This is a very congenial old building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built it in the eighteenth century. The palace has over hundred rooms and some very interesting display of costumes and modern art. The glass and mirror in the interiors of the Haveli delicate work and well preserved too. It also preserves a fine example of Mewar Painting on the walls of Queen's Chamber. The two peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are fine examples of glasswork. After the death Badwa the building became the property of Mewar State. It came to be occupied by Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore who built the palace of the three arches also in 1878 and it acquired its name of Bagore-Ki-haveli, the house of Bagore. After independence the structure lay in neglect until 1986 when it housed the West Zone Cultural centre.

Jagdish Temple: The temple is situated in the middle of the city. The temple of Jagannath Rai, now called Jagdish-ji, is a major monument and should be seen vehicle fully. Raised on a tall terrace and completed in 1651, it is a tribute alike to the tenacity of its builders and the resilence of the art tradition it represents. It attaches a double storeyed Mandapa (hall) to a double - storied, saandhara (that having a covered ambulatory) sanctum. The mandapa has another storey tucked within its pyramidal samavarna (bell - roof) while the hollow clustered spire over the sanctum contains two more, non - functional stories. Lanes taking off from many of the sheharpanah (city wall) converge on the Jagdish Temple and walking leisurely through them brings you face with the many layers of the cultural palimpsest that Udaipur is. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1651 A.D.

Proceed for Evening Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace.

Overnight will be at Udaipur.

Day 16 : Udaipur

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Free to explore and relax. Enjoy the beautiful hotel offering best spa in India.

Overnight will be at Udaipur.

Day 17 : Udaipur - Ahmedabad by road 200kms in 05hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Drive to Ahmedabad. Reach and check into the hotel.

Ahmedabad or Ahmadabad is the largest city in Gujarat and the sixth largest city in India with a population of almost 5 million. The city is also sometimes called Karnavati, an older name and as Amdavad in colloquial Gujarati. Ahmedabad is the administrative center of Ahmedabad District, and was the former capital of Gujarat State from 1960 to 1970, when Gandhinagar replaced it.

King Karandev 1, the Solanki Ruler, had waged a war against the Bhil king of Ashapall or Ashaval. After his victory Karandev established the city called "Karnavati". This Hindu kingdom of Karnavati retained its importance till early 15th century when Gujarat fell to the Muslim Sultanate.

In 1411 Sultan Ahmed Shah conquered Karnavati, and after his name Karnavati was renamed to Ahmedabad.

The city was built in open and spacious plane to the East of Sabarmati. It compromised of smaller known Fort as Bhadra Fort. The city fort wall was enclosed containing 12 Gates. The city of Ahmedabad went on expanding in every direction by the addition of new areas on both the sides of the river and with the well laid out beautiful buildings, lakes and mosques.

In 1753 combined armies of Raghunath Rao and Damaji Gaekwad took the fort, which resulted into end of Mughal Rule in Ahmedabad. In 64 years during the rule of Gaekwad and Peshwa, city became worse. In 1818 British took over the administration of Ahmedbad. During this period Ahmedabad developed, Municipality Committee was founded, Railway link was established.

In 1915 Mahatma Gandhi came from South Africa and established Ashram on the banks of Sabarmati.

The historic center of Ahmedabad is presently a thriving business district. Ahmedabad is mainly divided in two parts, the old city, and new city. The old city has developed rather haphazardly, and most of the roads are narrow and crowded during business hours. The new city has well-structured, wide roads. A wide variety of shops and businesses exist in the city. In addition to its role as a commercial center, Ahmedabad is also an important industrial center, with chemical and textile industries. Ahmedabad is often described as the Manchester of the East, because of its once-booming textile industry.

Overnight will be at Ahmedabad.

Day 18 : 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 examples 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.

Dawazas (Gates) of Ahmedabad - During Ahmedabad's construction, various monuments were built around the fort of Bhadra. These monuments were the gates for the entrance in the city. These gates, also called Darwajaas are situated all around the old city. Few of them still are visible in proper condition. • Teen Darwazas
• Lal Darwazas
• Delhi Darwazas

Calico Museum of Textile - CMT has one of the finest collections of textile work from all over the India; it all also has collection from varied ages. The collection has Shamianas, Wall Hangings, Saris and various rich works of embroideries. The Museum is situated near Shahibaugh Palace.

Tribal Museum - The Museum is located at Gujarat Vidyapeeth. The museum takes credit in properly documenting life of Tribal. The museum boast a collection of complete tribal life right from their home, artifacts and various objects which are used in day to day life.

Overnight will be at Ahmedabad.

Day 19 : Ahmedabad - Mumbai by flight

Morning - take a flight to Mumbai.

Our Company Representative receives you at the airport and takes you to the hotel.

Its young, its lively and a confluence of varied cultural currents and cross currents have given Mumbai a unique position of the most multi-ethnic city of India. The capital city of Maharashtra State formerly known as Bombay lies in the southwestern part of India and occupies a peninsular site originally composed of seven islets lying off the KONKAN COAST of western India. Oozing with the cocksure self-confidence of a maverick moneymaker and "Bindass" (carefree) attitude, Mumbai is also country's financial and commercial hub and has a principal port on the Arabian Sea.

Yet, there's another face of Mumbai too that is of the most densely populated cities in the world. Mumbai is located on a site of ancient settlement and took its name from the local Goddess "Mumba" - a form of Parvati, the consort of Shiva, one of the principal Gods of Hinduism - whose temple once stood in what is now the southeastern section of the Mumbai city.

Day will be at leisure.

Overnight will be at Mumbai.

Day 20 : Mumbai

Morning after breakfast – visit Elephant Caves. The ferry leaves in the morning, every half hour and is for 45-60 mins.

Reach and enjoy sightseeing.

The Elephanta Island is the site of the magnificent Elephanta caves, containing beautiful carvings, sculptures, and a temple to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva. These caves are located at a distance of 11 km from Mumbai and are now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island of Elephanta, being a commercial, military and religions centre for centuries has traces of early Buddhist culture.

The Elephanta caves are thought to date back to the Silhara kings belonging to the period between 9th - 12th centuries. With the Brahminical resurgence during the reign of Gupta dynasty in 3rd century AD, these great cave dedicated to Lord Shiva exploded into existence at Elephanta. Legends and history suggest that the great warrior prince of Chalukya dynasty Pulkesin ll raised the shrine to celebrate his victory. Some historians also suggest that these caves were built by the Kalchuri King Krishnaraja in 6th century AD.

As the worship of the figure of the Buddha began to be encouraged with rise of the Mahayana sect of Buddhism, a shrine was introduced to house Buddha's image, replacing the cells at the centre of the back wall. The Monasteries of Ajanta lead us directly to Elephanta.

Later take a ferry back and proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of the city.

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.

Pass by 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.

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.

Visit Dhobi Ghat: A unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. All for a pittance. The "laundries" are called "ghats": row upon row of concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. The clothes are soaked in sudsy water, thrashed on the flogging stones, then tossed into huge vats of boiling starch and hung out to dry. Next they are ironed and piled into neat bundles. The most famous of these Dhobi Ghats is at Saat Rasta near Mahalaxmi Station where almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation. victoria station mumbai.

Pass by Victoria Terminus/Western Railway Station: At the site of the Koli's original temple to Mumba Devi now stands Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus - one of Mumbai's most prominent buildings and architecturally one of the finest stations in the world. It is built in a style that combines Gothic and Indian influences. It was completed in 1885. Designed by F.W. Stevens the building commenced in 1878. This Italian gothic Building has a frontage of over 15,00 feet. The administrative offices form three sides of a rectangle enclosing an ornamental garden, the entrance gate guarded by a massive stone Lion and Tiger. The most prominent feature of this building is the high 160 feet dome crowning the centre. On top of the giant dome is a figure of a women with a torch held aloft to symbolise progress.

Prince of Whales Museum: This is one of Mumbai's finest examples of Victorian architecture. Built to commemorate King George V's visit to Mumbai (while still Prince of Wales), it was designed by George Wittet and completed in 1923. It is undoubtedly one of India's finest museums and houses treasures, artefacts, paintings and sculpture from the many periods covering India's history, including the Indus Valley Civilization.

Mani Bhawan (Gandhi Museum): This simple and charming museum was where Mahatma Gandhi lived on his visits to Mumbai between 1917 and 1934. Gandhi's room and belongings including his books are on display. Mani Bhavan is situated on Laburnam Road, near the August Kranti Maidan, where the 'Quit India' movement was launched in 1942. Evening: free to explore and for shopping.

Overnight will be at Mumbai.

Day 21 : Mumbai - Back Home

Morning: free at leisure.

Later – check out of the hotel and you will be transferred to the airport to take a flight back home with sweet memories of Indian Culture and Nature.

TOUR ENDS!

Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION AT SUGGESTED HOTELS,
• DAILY BREAKFAST AT THE HOTELS,
• ALL MEALS IN RANTHAMBHORE,
• SIGHTSEEING TOUR AS MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY,
• ALL TRANSFERS AND TOURS IN AC VEHICLE WITH DRIVER,
• ALL TRANSFERS FROM STATIONS/AIRPORTS WITH ASSISTANCE,
• ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE FOR ALL SIGHTSEEING TOURS,
• MONUMENT & NATIONAL PARK ENTRANCES,
• PRIVATE WILDLIFE JEEP SAFARIS AT RANTHAMBHORE WITH NATURALIST,
• ECONOMY CLASS AIRFARE BETWEEN,
• DELHI - CHANDIGARH,
• AMRITSAR - DELHI AND
• AHMEDABAD- MUMBAI
• ALL APPLICABLE GOVERNMENT TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGE, AND
• ALL ROAD, TOLL TAXES AND DRIVER ALLOWANCES.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED

• RICKSHAW RIDE AT OLD DELHI BAZAAR,
• COLONIAL FUSION CUISINE LUNCH AT DELHI,
• SUFI EVENING AT NIZAMUDDIN DARGAH IN DELHI,
• WAGAH BORDER VISIT IN AMRITSAR,
• KUFRI VISIT IN SHIMLA,
• TOY TRAIN EXPERIENCE FROM SHIMLA TO BAROG,
• BATTERY VAN RIDE TO TAJ MAHAL IN AGRA,
• VISIT TO MEHTAB BAGH IN AGRA,
• KALAKRITI CULTURAL SHOW AT AGRA DEPICTING THE ERA OF TAJ MAHAL,
• FATEHPUR SIKRI EXCURSION,
• VISIT THE BIRLA TEMPLE TO EXPERIENCE THE PRAYER CEREMONY AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE
FASCINATING RELIGIOUS LIFE OF JAIPUR,
• ELEPHANT RIDE AT AMBER FORT IN JAIPUR,
• CULTURAL EVENING AT CHOWKI DHANI IN JAIPUR,
• PRIVATE BOAT RIDE AT LAKE PICHOLA IN UDAIPUR,
• ELEPHANTA CAVES IN MUMBAI, AND
• DHOBHI GHAT VISIT IN MUMBAI.

COMPASS SPECIAL

• GUARANTEED HOTELS
• COMPLIMENTARY MINERAL WATER/WET TISSUES FOR ALL ROAD JOURNEYS,
• DEDICATED TOUR MANAGER WITH 24 HR CONTACT

Hotels

CITY LUXURY RESORTS & DELUXE HOTELS NIGHT
DELHI THE IMPERIAL 02
SHIMLA THE OBEROI WILDFLOWER HALL 03
AMRITSAR HYATT 02
AGRA THE OBEROI AMARVILAS 02
RANTHAMBORE THE OBEROI VANYAVILAS 02
JAIPUR THE OBEROI RAJVILAS 02
UDAIPUR TAJ LAKE PALACE 03
AHMEDABAD RADISSON 02
MUMBAI THE OBEROI 02

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