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Crawford market architecture

Day 1: Mumbai

Welcome to India and the start of your Indian adventure. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your accommodation. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Mumbai.

Gateway to India

Day 2: Mumbai

This morning after breakfast we take the cruise to visit 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. Enjoy an afternoon at your leisure. Overnight Mumbai.

Victoria Terminus

Day 3: Mumbai - Udaipur

Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of one of the most highly populated cities in the world, accommodating approximately 18 million people! This morning you will take in the main sights such as; Gateway of India' overlooking the Harbour, the Dhobi Ghat, the unique and colorful outdoor 'laundry'. Drive up to the Malabar Hill to the lovely 'Hanging Gardens' and the Kamla Nehru Park from where you will get a wonderful view of Mumbai and the Arabian Sea. Also visit Mani Bhawan, a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, and the bustling Crawford Market. This afternoon leave Mumbai as you are transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Udaipur. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Udaipur.

Maharaja City Palace

Day 4: Udaipur

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 enjoy a guided sightseeing tour where you will visit City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Shaliyo ki bari Garden, Bharti lok kala Mandal. Later you will enjoy a cruise by private boat on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the lake you have a wonderful view of the City Palace stretching along the east bank, while the south bank has pleasant gardens running down to the waterside. Overnight Udaipur.

Jagdish Temple

Day 5: Udaipur - Jaipur

Taking to the skies once again as leave Udaipur for the Pink city of Jaipur via Delhi. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Jaipur.

An elephant ride through the gates of Amber Fort

Day 6: Jaipur

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 riding on an elephant! In the afternoon you will enjoy a tour of the city. Highlights include the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory. You will also visit Hawa Mahal, AlbertHall and drive pass Johari Bazaar. Returning to your hotel. Overnight Jaipur.

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 7: Jaipur - Agra

After a relaxing breakfast we will head off to Agra home to of India's most famous monuments - the Taj Mahal. En route we will also pay a visit to the ghostly former Moghul city of Fatehpur Sikri - the fortified ghost city abandoned soon after its construction because of water shortages in the area. Arriving in Agra you will check into your hotel, and this evening we take our first visit to India's most iconic monument. Overnight Agra.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 8: Agra

Today we rise early to see the Taj Mahal in its ethereal morning light - quite a contrast to sunset on our previous visit. Later we visit Agra fort built under the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 that contains numerous palaces and a white marble mosque and the Baby Taj. Overnight Agra

The sunsets over the Mosque in the Taj complex

Day 9: Agra - Amritsar

Travelling by road back to Delhi en route visit Sikandra the third Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great (1555–1605), himself commenced its construction in around 1600, according to Tartary tradition to commence the construction of one's tomb during one's lifetime. Akbar himself planned his own tomb and selected a suitable site for it. After his death, Akbar's son Jahangir completed the construction in 1605-1613. Akbar was one of the greatest emperors of his time. This was not known until later on because his burial chamber laid on a 20 by 5 acre plot of land. Upon arrival into Delhi you will be transferred to the train station for your train to Amritsar. Overnight Amritsar - Radisson Blu Hotel.

The temple at night

Day 10: Amritsar

Today a visit to the Famous Golden Temple the seat of the Sikh religion, Amritsar is one of the Punjab’s principal cities. Built in 1803 and made of marble, copper and pure leaf gold, the temple is an amazing architectural feat. Also you will enjoy a visit to Wagah - the only border crossing between India and Pakistan for the sunset ‘Retreat’ ceremony, where the changing of the guards & ceremonial lowering of the flags is performed with great pomp. Overnight Amritsar - Radisson Blu Hotel.

Amritsar smile

Day 11: Amritsar - Shimla

An early morning this morning as you enjoy a once in a life time experience as you travel by rail to Shimla while on the train you will get to watch the landscape and scenarary wiz by as travel via Chandigarh and Kalka arriving into Shimla around 1720. When you arrival you will be met by our representatives and transferred to your accommodtion. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. Overnight Shimla.


Day 12: Shimla

Shimla sprawls along a crescent-shaped ridge at an altitude of over 2100m. The famous main street, ‘The Mall’, lined with stately English homes and the fortress-like former Viceregal Lodge, reinforces Shimla’s quintessential English look. Today we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the lofty settlement, venturing into the narrow streets, which fall steeply away from the ridge giving way to colourful bazaars and fine views of the surrounding valley and snow-capped peaks. Overnight Shimla

Shimla main street

Day 13: Shimla - Delhi

Morning at leisure or opt to stroll, drop by the colourful Lakkar Bazaar or hike to the summit of Jakhoo Hill, Shimla’s highest point where visitor’s are rewarded with panoramic views of the eternal snows set as a backdrop to the sleepy township of Shimla beneath. This afternoon drive to Kalka in time to board your train back to Delhi. Arriving late into Delhi you will be met by our local representatives and tranferred to your hotel. Overnight Delhi.

The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 14: 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. Taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more. Overnight Delhi.

India Gate

Day 15: Delhi

Sadly your time with us has come to an end as you are transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight.

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