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Cultural Highlights of India

New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Mumbai

Cultural Highlights of India

$5000 per person
11 Days / 10 Nights
12+ Age

It is impossible not to be astonished by India. Nowhere on Earth does humanity present itself in such a dizzying, creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues. Every aspect of the country presents itself on a massive, exaggerated scale, worthy in comparison only to the superlative mountains that overshadow it. Perhaps the only thing more difficult than to be indifferent to India would be to describe or understand India completely. From the magical romance of the Taj Mahal to the vibrant hues of Jaipur & from the serene lakes of Udaipur to Grand Palace of Jodhpur. This tour promises you memories of a lifetime culminating in diversely cultured city of Mumbai.

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The Metropolitan Hotel New Delhi 2 nights B&B
Hotel Trident Agra Agra 1 night B&B
Trident Hotel Jaipur Jaipur 2 nights B&B
Ajit Bhawan Jodhpur 1 night B&B
Trident Hotel Udaipur Udaipur 2 nights B&B
Trident Nariman Point Mumbai 2 nights B&B

 

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  • Departure/Return Location
    DELHI
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    Flights

Tour Plan

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DAY 1 : NEW DELHI
Arrive Delhi. Welcome to Delhi, India! a monumental city with a vibrant mix of old and new teeming bazaars, stately British boulevards, powerful Mughal palaces and forts, and intricate, ethereal towers, temples and tombs. On arrival at Delhi International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in.
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DAY 2 : NEW DELHI
and 1656, it can accommodate ten thousand pax at one time. Hop on a cycle rickshaw and traverse through the lanes of Chandni Chowk, the shopping center of old Delhi. Later drive past the Red Fort for a photo shot and visit Raj Ghat where Gandhi Ji was cremated. Afternoon proceed to New Delhi, built in a typically British colonial style with tree-lined avenues and colonial bungalows. See India Gate, the 42 m high War Memorial Arch. Drive past the Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings and the Vice Regal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India. You will also visit Qutab Minar – what was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world and was to be the prototype of all minars in India. It was built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi in 1200 AD
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DAY 3 : AGRA
Drive to Agra and check in at your hotel (204 kms/ 3.5 hrs. ) Afternoon visit Agra Fort built and added to between the 16th and 17th centuries by successive rulers of the Mughal Dynasty. The fort was built primarily as a military structure, but Shah Jahan upgraded it to a palace and later it became his gilded prison for 8 years after his son Aurangzeb seized power. Later visit the Taj Mahal at the sunset (closed on Fridays).  Often considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India, the Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The site chosen was on a bend in the river so could be seen from Shahjahan's personal palace in Agra Fort, further upstream. The construction of the Taj Mahal started in 1631. It took 20,000 artisans 22 years to complete this poignant mausoleum. When declaring it a world heritage site, UNESCO described it as “the jewel of Muslim art in India”. There are few words that can describe the magnificence of this monument. Optional: Mohabbat e Taj Show:  – a series of play depicting the saga of love. The true and immortal love of Shajahan for Mumtaj Mahal - his beautiful wife; the lavish lifestyle of mughal era; emaculate hardship of the artisans for 22 years that created the most precious specimen of craftsmanship... ‘Mohabbat-the-Taj’ at ‘Kalakriti is exceptionally inviting. The effort to hold up the cultural and historical legacy of India is worth a glance
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DAY 5 : JAIPUR
Visit the ancient Rajput capital of Amber, 11 km from the city. This fort-palace was begun by Raja Man Singh and used by the Rajputs as their stronghold until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to the newly created Jaipur. See the Diwan I Am or hall of public audience, Kali temple, Jai Mandir or hall of victory with its inlaid panels and mirror ceiling, and Sukh Niwas. The fort provides breathtaking views of the lake below. Later explore the city, driving past the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). This magnificent structure was built to allow the royal ladies of the palace to discretely watch the grand processions along the main street. The city palace was built between 1729 and 1732 by the ruler of Amber Sawai Jai Singh II. City palace has a large part of total area of Jaipur which is surrounded by battle door. The palace complex was built like there is another city in a city. A complex of courtyards, gardens, buildings, temples, fountains, pounds, courts, horse stable, workshops and playgrounds. Continue to the impressive Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in the early 1700s by Maharaja Jai Sing II, the astronomer to which this city owes its name. The term "Jantar Mantar" literally means "instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens". It houses various architectural and astrological instruments that have caught the interests of astronomers, historians and architects around the world. It is considered to be one of the largest observatories ever built. While you are in the city, you can also visit the nearby popular street markets of Jaipur like Renowned Johori bazaar with hundreds of jewelry vendors, plus handcrafted clothing, furniture, art & more.
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DAY 6 : JODHPUR
Jaipur – Jodhpur drive 335 Kms/ 6 hrs. Drive to Jodhpur and check in at your hotel. Afternoon, visit the Meherangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill. The palace apartments like Sukh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal etc are beautifully decorated and houses jewelry, costumes, armory, palanquins, howdahs and other remnants of the past.   See the Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II built in 1899.Later the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs were also built here. Optional:  Take a Tuk Tuk ride to reach  sadar Market where you will meet traders of spices and pickels. This semi-arid region has been traditionally known for seed spices like Aniseed, coriander and cumin etc. These spices have also traditionally enjoyed patronage both in domestic as well as international markets. Indian pickles are generally pickled with oil, vinegar, lemon juice or water and are often made into fresh relish and chutney, which provides additional flavors to food.
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DAY 7 : UDAIPUR
Jodhpur – Udaipur drive 250 Kms/ 5 hrs Drive to Udaipur enroute visit Ranakpur temples, the largest Jain temple complex in India and dates to the 15th century. The main temple is dedicated to Adinath, the first Tirthankar. Intricate carvings detail mythological figures, patterns and motifs on the walls, pillars and domes. There are 1444 ornately carved marble pillars in the complex and none of them are similar. The beautiful lace-like interiors of the domes are a superb example of western Indian temple style.  Surya temple and other Jain temples are side attractions. (Temples open only at 1100 Hrs. Leather belts, footwear, bare legs and black clothing not allowed)
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DAY 8 : UDAIPUR
Begin your day visiting the City Palace and Museum. The largest palace complex in India, it is a blend of Mughal and Rajput influences. Also see the 17th century Jagdish temple, drive around the Fatehsagar Lake, and visit the Sahelion ki Bari (the Garden for the Maids of Honour), an ornamental pleasure garden with fountains and marble kiosks. Take a boat ride on the 4 km long and 3 km wide Lake Pichola, which is fringed with hills, palaces, havelis, ghats, embankments and temples and offers spectacular views of the city. Visit the Jag Mandir Island with its exquisite Gul Mahal Pavilion. Optional: Heritage walk :   take a walking tour through Bhil Bazar, Clock Tower, Vegetable and spice Market. Later continue walking to thee ghats (bank of lake). Udaipur is famed as the ‘Venice of the East’ because of its beautiful Lakes and Ghats situated on it. Walk through the beautiful ghats of the city in this tour which gives amazing view of Pichola lake especially when sunlight falls on the water in the lake, it feels like diamonds and crystals are floating on the surface and a sudden splash of water make it look as a crystal shower.
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DAY 9 : MUMBAI
Udaipur – Mumbai by flight AI 644 (1620/1750 hrs) Morning at leisure (no car/ no guide). You may avail the in-house activities of our hotel on direct payment basis. Later get transferred to the airport to connect flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, met by our representative and get transferred to your hotel. You will be assisted on check in formalities and will be briefed about your next day's program
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DAY 10 : MUMBAI
Take an excursion to The Elephanta Caves. The island of Elephanta is an hour away from Mumbai by motor launch. The cave temples here were excavated between the 5th and 8th centuries AD are famous for their magnificently sculpted panels. The best known is the one that depicts the Maheshmurti – a three – headed image of Lord Shiva, which signifies the creator, preserver and destroyer of this universe as per Hindu mythology. In the afternoon,  visit the Gateway of India. The Gateway of India is an arch monument built during the 20th century in Mumbai, India. The monument was erected to commemorate the landing of King-Emperor George V and Queen-Empress Mary at Apollo Bunder on their visit to India in 1911. Also drive past the Taj Mahal Palace and tower hotel, the iconic landmark of Mumbai. Drive past Marine Drive, Mumbai’s most popular seaside promenade, and see the Kamla Nehru Park and Hanging Gardens on the slopes of the Malabar hills, offering a nice view of the marine lines and the Chowpatty beach. Visit the Jain temple, Mani Bhawan where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay, and the Dhobi Ghat. Also, drive past the Flora Fountain, the colourful Crawford Market and Victoria Terminus train station. Also visit the Prince of Wales museum, built in grand Indo Saracenic style. Set against a well laid out garden which retains its original plan even today, the museum is an important Heritage building of the city.
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DAY 11 : END OF ITINERARY
Standard check out time is 1100 hrs. Later get transferred to the airport to connect to onward flight. Optional: Take Bollywood Tour , 4-5 hrs (if you have ample time in hand before departure) :  Mumbai is the center of India's booming "Bollywood" film industry. Over 100 films are produced each year there. Since 1931, when the talkies were introduced, India has produced more than 67,000 films in 30 languages. Today Bollywood - the Hindi cinema counterpart of Hollywood - is no longer the curry kitsch of the past; it has gathered a large worldwide audience, especially among the NRI's. Through its international quality and blend of the East with the West. If some shot is going on, you can see the behind-the-scenes activities of a movie or a tele-serial. Get an inside look at the sets and what goes into the making of movies. Or get to watch capable technicians work on a movie at a post production studio. Watch a likely hit of tomorrow being shot and get a feel of the movie and the television industry.
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