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Namaste! Welcome to India and New Delhi the capital city of India. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel with the rest of the day yours to relax after your long flight.
Today we explore both Old and New Delhi - the order of New Delhi is a huge contrast to the unorganised chaos of the Old City. But both are just as appealing. Highlights we be the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation, Qutub Minar, Humayun's tomb and Lutyen's buildings.
This morning we take the flight to the holy city of Varanasi. Varanasi is guaranteed to make an impression. The city of 1,027,000 is the holiest site in India and thousands of Hindu pilgrims tour its temples and bathe in the Ganges River to gain religious merit. Thousands more go to die and have their ashes thrown into the holy waters. This afternoon we will visit the famous Buddhist holy sight of Sarnath. Sarnath is where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to the five holy men.
This morning, we enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges where we’ll view the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the many riverbank ghats (riverside steps). Later, we embark on a tour of India’s spiritual holy city, followed by an afternoon at leisure.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Khajuraho. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Later today you will enjoy a light and sound show at the Temples complex.
Today we have a full days sightseeing tour of the Chandela Dynasty temples built between 950-1050 AD. Immortalised in stone, the carved temples depict Indian life a millennium ago.
This morning you will be driven to Orchha and continue on to Jhansi, where you will take the train to Agra. We will meet you at the train station and transfer you to your hotel.
Unfortunately the mighty Taj Mahal is closed today so instead we will visit the magnificent Agra Fort and Baby Taj. The Agra fort was originally a brick fort, held by the Hindu Sikarwar Rajputs. It was mentioned for the first time in 1080 AD when a Ghaznavide force captured it. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Agra.
We are up before the sun today so we can witness the sun rise over the spectacular Taj Mahal. Afterwards we return to the hotel for some breakfast then we drive out to the ghostly fortifed city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandonded only 8 years after its construction due to droughts in the area continiuing on you will arrive in to Jaipur 'The Pink City'. In the afternoon enjoy some free time to relax.
This morning we visit the delicate pink, magnificent fort-palace of Amber - a wonderful example of Rajput architecture just north of Jaipur. Subject to Government regulations, we will arrive in style atop an elephant! Enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour of the city. Rest of the evening is free and at your leisure.
Today we will drive to Pushkar. This afternoon you are able to visit Pushkar Lake and Brahma Temple. If available you will enjoy an evening camel safari.
Today we will drive to Jodhpur, en route we will visit Amer. Jodhpur is known as the "Blue City". This is because of the coloured houses in the old town, painted indigo.
A morning sightseeing tour of the city today, taking in the old city, which is surrounded by a 10km-long wall. In the old city are a tangle of streets and alleyways, bazaars and human traffic. Standing at the edge of the Thar Desert, the city is dominated by its massive fort, which sits atop a sheer rocky ridge right in the middle of the town. Meherangarh Fort, still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur is an impressive sight.
Enroute to Udaipur, you will visit the 14th century Jain temples at Ranakpur. An oasis of cool, with its massive lake and Venetian-like appearance, Udaipur is one of the most romantic towns in Rajasthan. A favourite amongst travellers, Udaipur is crammed full of palaces and temples.
This morning will consist of an orientation and sightseeing tour of Udaipur - including the City Palace and museum - before having a few hours in the afternoon to explore for yourselves. This evening you will take ride in a (shared) boat on Lake Pichola itself.
Today you will be transferred to Mumbai airport for your flight to Aurangabad. You will be transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight - Lemon Tree Aurangabad
Today you will enjoy a full days sightseeing to the Ajanta Caves. These caves date from around 200 BC to AD 650. There are 30 caves which have been cut into the steep face of a horse-shoe shaped rock gorge. Overnight - Lemon Tree Aurangabad
Today you will be able to explore the World Heritage-listed caves of Ellora for a half days sightseeing. Over five centuries, monks carved monasteries, chapels and temples in the escarpement, there are 34 rock cut caves. You have the rest of the day free. Overnight - Lemon Tree Aurangabad
Today you have a filght to Mumbai. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The afternoon will include a half day visit to the Elephanta Caves- Mumbai's premier tourist attraction. The rock-cut temples on peaceful Elephanta Island are thought to have been carved between 450 and 750 AD. The main cave contains large sculpted panels, including an astonishing 18-foot depiction of Shiva.
After breakfast enjoy a morning sightseeing tour one of the most highly populated cities in the world, accommodating approximately 18 million people! Highlights include the Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India and Marine drive. The afternoon is at your leisure for further exploration.
Today we bid you farewell with a transfer to Mumbai International Airport as you say goodbye to Incredible India!
Often called the 'open air art gallery of Rajasthan', the region of medieval Shekhawati in northeastern Rajasthan lies in the ...