Welcome in India! On your arrival at New Delhi airport at late night hours, you will be received and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day will be at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel.
Delhi is what you want it to be – a modern and thriving metropolis or a city of astonishing monuments and fabulous history. Though it deserves several but with a couple of days in hand, it is best to divide your exploration of Delhi into two outings at the least; the ‘Old’ and the ‘New’.
Move out to visit some of the sights of New Delhi. You begin your tour by visiting New Delhi, which is also known as Lutyens Delhi. The capital of British India was a self-conscious attempt to match the imperial grandeur of the Mughal capital. You will see the Government Secretariat; President’s Palace; Parliament House and the India Gate, built to commemorate 70,000 soldiers who died in World War I. Driving along wide avenues, you will arrive at Humayun’s Tomb, forerunner to the Taj Mahal in Agra, and considered to be the best example of a garden tomb in India and the first to be built by a widow for her husband. You will finally proceed to see the oldest monument in Delhi; the Qutab Minar (tower of victory) built by the first Sultan, Qutab-ud-Din Aibak, to commemorate his victory over the Indian rulers in 1199.
After lunch you will explore Old Delhi.
Old Delhi is best described as an organized chaos. However, it’s something you have got to experience! For your senses will get bombarded and all at once!
Dominating the Old City, which was once the capital of the Mughals, are two of India’s grandest monuments; The Red Fort and the Jama Masjid. The best way to get from one to the other is to hop on a rickshaw, with your driver battling his way through the teeming market of Chandni Chowk with its themed by lanes.
Later this afternoon you will visit ‘Dilli Haat’. Spread over a 6-acre area, is the first permanent fairground in the country showcasing the arts, crafts, handlooms and food of different states.
The rest of the evening will be free for independent activities. You may wish to perhaps try dinner at one of the fine restaurants of your hotel. ‘Daniell’s Tavern’ comes alive with a brand-new look showcasing a Live Kitchen and a menu that revisits India. Evening free to shop in local bazaars or walk around.
Board the flight to Dharamshala. On arrival you will be received and transferred to your hotel. Dharamshala, is a beautiful and serene hill town that shot to fame after His Holiness Dalai Lama took shelter here. Spend the rest of the day by indulging in the activities of your interest. Stay overnight at guest house.
Day is scheduled for half-day sightseeing in Dharamshala including Dal Lake-placed amidst lush greenery the lake also has a Shiva temple on its banks, St. John’s Church- an Anglican church built in 1852, it is dedicated to John the Baptist, Tibetan Monastery- for witnessing the worshipping rituals of the region and Bhagsu Nag Temple- an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Snake God, Nag and Lord Shiva. The rest of the day is at your own discretion. Partake in activities like shopping, trying out local delicacies and so on.
If lucky you may get an opportunity to his holiness Dalai Lama. Overnight stay at hotel.
Fly to Delhi and on arrival you will be received and driven to Agra. On arrival in Agra, check in at your hotel. Remaining day is free at leisure.
Pregnant with the dream of ‘seeing the Taj’, it is likely to be your first stop in Agra. No amount of looking it up in books, photographs or internet can prepare you enough to absorb the first impression. It will leave you with an ‘Oh! … My … God!’. The spell is broken by photographers who offer to photograph you with the Taj in all sorts of fancy and at times trick pictures such as holding the Taj minaret in your hand. There is also this famous marble bench right in front of the Taj where many well-known people have perched themselves and got photographed (such as Princess Diana and Bill Clinton … on separate occasions of course!). Stories, true and gossipy alike, add on to your experiencing the Taj.
Later you will visit Agra Fort on the banks of River Yamuna, which was the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations and also where the creator of Taj Mahal was imprisoned by his own son.Return to hotel for overnight stay.
In the morning today, you will be driven to Jaipur enroute visiting ‘Fatehpur Sikri’ built by Emperor Akbar. It was built as his capital but abandoned only 15 years later, supposedly due to shortage of water. In many ways it is one of the most impressive and romantic legacies of the Mughal dynasty. Within the walls you will see some very interesting buildings, which remain in excellent condition 400 years later.
Continue to Samode and on arrival check into Samode Palace. Evening free to enjoy the live music performance with royal dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Drive to Jaipur today. Upon arrival you will be driven to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenelated walls lattice the surrounding area.
An elephant will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.
Cut. Change frame. You find yourself wandering the Tripolia bazaar where not only are all types of adaptable motorized devices competing for available space on the road but joining the show are cows, camels & elephants making the mechanized traffic move (and at times not!) at their pace. Turn your gaze away from the traffic and you are facing assorted colourful shops.
In the afternoon today, you will visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings.
Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day.
Evening return to hotel for overnight stay.
Drive to Udaipur today. On arrival check in at hotel. Remaining day free at leisure. Evening enjoy a boat ride at Lake Pichola and return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Post breakfast in the hotel; embark on a half-day sightseeing tour such as City Palace, Jagdish Temple and Fateh Sagar Lake. Later in the afternoon, return to the hotel to relax. The evening is free for exploring the sights and sounds of Udaipur. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Board the flight to Mumbai today. Upon arrival you will be received and transferred to hotel. Remaining day free to enjoy Bollywood Tour and Dharavi Slum Tour. Evening return to hotel and free for independent activities.
Today, in the morning, proceed towards the Elephanta Caves and city tour on your own. Early morning, you will be transferred to the Gateway of India.
Then there is Elephanta Caves, located on an island about 10 kilometers away from the shores of Mumbai. These caves comprise of temples carved from solid rock dating back to the 7th century. The main attraction is the three-headed bust of Lord Shiva, famously known as ‘Trimurti’. Thereafter, proceed on a city tour. Later, halt at the Gateway of India for photo stop, drive past monuments built during the British era such as Mumbai University, Rajabai Clock Tower, High Court and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (VT).
You may choose to stroll across Fashion Street, a stretch famous for its export clothing and accessories. Later drive past Marine Drive also known as the Queen’s Necklace. Later, ascend Malabar Hill to visit the beautifully adorned Jain Temple, Kamala Nehru Park and the Hanging Garden. Later, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Board the flight to Goa today. Upon arrival you will be received and transferred to hotel. On completing the check-in formalities, take some rest for the day. In the evening, you can go to enjoy a stroll around the beach or indulge in your favourite beach activity. Stay overnight at the hotel.
After having breakfast proceed towards North Goa. North Goa is dotted with some of the most beautiful beaches of Goa. Dona Paula, Calangute, Baga and Miramar Beach are some of the popular beaches. It is home to several tourist attractions like Fort Aguada, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral.
Spend the day sightseeing around North Goa. You can begin with a visit to “Cidade de Goa”, the original name given to the ‘city of Goa’ which was established long back and now it is called “Old Goa”. Pay homage at the Basilica Bom Jesus, which is dedicated to Infant Jesus. The church has the sacred remains of St Francis Xavier. Also, visit other churches of North Goa including St Cajetan, St Francis of Assisi, Se Cathedral and Church of St. Monica. All the churches feature a unique architectural style which speaks much about the heritage and craftsmanship of those times.
Visit the Museum of Christian Art, which is one of its kind museum in Asia. The museum is best known to house a collection of items like gold and precious stones and Rosary’s. You can also visit Archaeological Museum.
Later, travel to “Solar Souto Maior”, which is an aristocratic mansion which dates back to the year 1585. The mansion houses a treasure of artifacts.
Return to Panjim, the capital of Goa and as you drive through the city enjoy viewing its unique colonial architecture. Walk through the city and flip back the pages of the Portuguese days. Do visit the bustling markets of Goa and shop for gifts and souvenirs. Enjoy your lunch at Panjim.
Post lunch, head to Baga Beach, which is one the most popular, happening and beautiful beaches of Goa. Enjoy water sports and then you can go for some shopping at the Tibetan market.Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day free at leisure.
This is the last day of the Goa tour. Munch some delicious breakfast and then check out of the hotel. Start driving towards the airport and on reaching, board your flight to either Mumbai or Delhi. Upon reaching board your connecting flight back home.The tour ends here.