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Welcome to India on arrival at the airport in Varanasi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. At sunset your guide will take you to the ghats for the evening pilgramage, remarkably different from the dawn ritual you will see tomorrow.
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 the city taking in the key highlights.
Morning at leisure to explore the city. Afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to the five holy men; preaching the middleway to final 'NIRVANA’.
Morning at leisure before transferring you to the airport for your flight to Khajuraho, on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.Today we have a guided tour of both the eastern and western temples.
Morning drive to Orchha - Enjoy the afternoon exploring Orchha which is situated on the banks of the River Betwa, Orchha is set amongst a wonderful complex of well-preserved 16th century temples and palaces.
Enjoy the morning exploring Orchha - Later we drive to Jhansi and catch a train to Delhi (Shatabadi Express - 1800 / 2250 Air Condition Chair Car) Arrival transfer to your hotel in Delhi.
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 and more.
Morning express train to Agra - Arrival and we enjoy a guided tour of the Agra Fort.
Morning visit to the Taj Mahal after we will take a drive out to the ghostly fortified city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned only 8 years after its construction due to droughts in the area continuing on you will arrive in to Jaipur 'The Pink City'. In the afternoon we go to Dera Amer on the outside of the city for an Elephant Safari in the country visiting villages and seeing wildlife dinner at Dera Amer return to your hotel.
We travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort - a sprawling Rajput concoction which hugs the hill on which it was built and overlooks the hot plains below. Elephant Ride (subject to Elephant availability). Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.
Today a drive to Shahpura Bagh situated midway between Jaipur and Udaipur. Travellers, since time immemorial, have always stopped to rest and refresh themselves at this oasis and the Shahpura Royal family is famous for their warmth and hospitality which you will get to experience firsthand as they will take you out this evening to see the historic fort and village.
Continuing by road we arrive into Udaipur. Arrival and check into your hotel. hotel. After a little while to settle in we head out to enjoy a ride in an auto rickshaw through the narrow lanes of Udaipur. This evening we will enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola.
This morning enjoy touring the imposing City Palace, a vision in soft yellow stone on the northeast promontory with breathtaking views of the lake. We then take you to visit Jagdish Temple and Sahelion ki bari. This evening we drive half hour to the Monsoon Palace to witness sunset and experience the magic atmosphere at twilight.
Today, we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Aurangabad (via Mumbai). On arrival into Aurangabad you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Flight to Mumbai AI 471 - 1505 / 1620 -/- Arrive Mumbai take connecting flight to Aurangabad 9w 2511 - 1825 / 1925)
Enjoy a full day excursion to Ajanta Caves (closed Mondays). Nestling in an inner fold of the Sahyadri hills, 100 kms from the city of Aurangabad in the shape of a mammoth horseshoe are the 30 rock-hewn caves of Ajanta, dating from 2nd century B.C. Discovered in 1819, by a group of British Offcers, these startling achievements took around 600 years to create. Carved with little more than a hammer and chisel, Ajanta, once the retreat of the Buddhist monastic orders features several ‘Chaityas’ and Viharas. The exquisite paintings and sculptures of Buddha’s life belong to the Mahayana period.
In the morning head out to Ellora Caves (closed Tuesdays). Impressive in their own right, are the rock-hewn temples and monasteries of Ellora that lie just 30 kms away from Aurangabad City. In all, there are 34 elaborate cave temples. This afternoon, we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Mumbai, on arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
This morning after breakfast we take the cruise to visit Elephanta caves - Mumbai's premier tourist attraction. They are rock-cut temples on peaceful Elephanta Island and thought to have been carved between 450 and 750 AD. Afternoon tour in the city highlights include the Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India and Marine drive.
Morning a flight to Kochi - Arrival transfer to your hotel. After enjoy a walking tour of Fort Cochin will take you through the streets still graced with traces of Portuguese, Dutch & British colonial architecture. Then a visit to Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese for a local King in 1555 A.D. The famous Jew Street, a cul-de-sac leading to the beautiful Parsi Synagogue built in 1568.
Today we drive east to to Munnar - a quaint hill station nestled on the verdant slopes of tea plantations, that exudes a rare old world charm and reminds one of the days of the Raj in its elegant splendour. Enjoy an included tour of nearby tea and spice plantations.
A short drive south to Periyar, South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary and home to bison, antelopes, sambar, wild boar, birds and even the odd tiger! Arrival at the hotel pay locally optional activities such as nature walks, safaris etc.
Free day at the hotel pay locally optional activities such as nature walks, safaris etc.
This morning we journey by road where you’ll board a traditional Keralan rice boat for a journey through the backwaters in and around Allapuzha (Alleppey). The boat will cross shallow, palm-fringed lakes and cruise along peaceful canals where copra and cashews are loaded onto local boats. The on-board cook will prepare locally-inspired food. Relax, read and catch some sun as the boat plies it’s route.
Disembark after breakfast - Transfer to airport for you later flight home (MUST BE AFTER 5 PM)
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