Heritage & Beach Tour of India
13 NIGHTS – 14 DAYS
DELHI – AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – JAIPUR – PUSHKAR- JODHPUR – RANAKPUR – UDAIPUR – MUMBAI – GOA
This Heritage & Beach Tour of India combines the splendor of Delhi, Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world, the pink city of Jaipur, Pushkar – one of the most sacred place for Hindus and famous for its annual camel festival, and Jodhpur – the blue city and home to the invincible Mehrangarh fort. The Beach & Heritage Tour of India also includes a visit to the romantic city of Udaipur also known as Venice of the East and then relax in Goa, the world’s most favored destination as it is the land of sunny beaches fringed by lush palm trees before finally reaching the city of Bollywood, Mumbai.
Day : Delhi
Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport and transfer to hotel.
Delhi is the capital city of the Indian. It is cultural, political and economic hub of the country. The city shows a perfect blend of past and present. The city finds its name in various great Indian epics of the Hindu mythology. The city has even played a major role in transforming the country’s history. The capital has been ruled by numerous rulers over centuries and rebuild again and again. The glorious past is still evident through its monumental edifices.
Overnight Stay at hotel.
Day : Delhi
In the morning, we shall leave for sightseeing of the city.
We start our sightseeing tour with a visit to India Gate, an Arch built in the memory of soldiers who had laid their lives during World War 1 and Afghan war. The names of these soldiers are imprinted on the walls of India Gate. There is an immortal black marble flame, popularly known as Amar Jawan Jyoti which burns throughout the day and night.
Nearby is Parliament house, located adjacent to India Gate. Parliament house is one of the greatest architectural marvels of the country. It boasts the remnants of history and stands tall in all its magnificence. The parliament house is the center of operations of the world’s largest democratic state.
Then we shall drive past the official residence of the President of India, Rashtrapati Bhawan.
We shall further proceed to visit the tallest monument of the city, Qutub Minar. It is a 73 meter high tower, built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak in 1193 after his victory over Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom which also marked the beginning of Muslim rule in India. The tower has five storeys out of which first three storeys are made of red sandstone whereas the fourth and fifth are made of marble and sandstone. Qutab Minar also houses the first mosque of the country.
Our next stop is Humayun’s tomb, which is one of the finest monuments of the city. The well manicured lawn adds to the charm of the structure. The whole layout and the architecture of the place in itself is so interesting and add to that the tales that had been told over ages and some still left untold. It is the first Garden tomb of the country.
In the afternoon we shall drive further to visit Raj Ghat, the place constructed to mark the spot of cremation of Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, the person who changed the course of history with his philosophies and ideologies. The black marble marks the spot of cremation and is decorated with garlands of flowers and immortal flame burning at one end. The memoir is located on the banks of river Yamuna.
Board on rickshaw and enjoy a rickshaw ride through the labyrinths of Chandni Chowk and halt at Jama Masjid, which is one of the largest mosques in Asia. It is an exquisite structure in red sandstone which was built by Shah Jahan in the year 1656. The hard work put in by 5000 labors has made it one of the loveliest places of worship in the country.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day : Delhi – Agra (200 KM, 4 Hours)
In the morning we shall leave for Agra.
Agra has served as a capital of the great Mughal Dynasty.
We shall first visit the epitome of love; Taj Mahal which is located on the banks of river Yamuna. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The exquisite architecture showcases optical illusion, engineering skills, valuable gems and untold stories. The monument is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Our next stop is Red Fort. Once you usher into the site, you will be amazed with its magnificent beauty. This 16th century monument is made of red sandstone and encompasses many fairy tale palaces such as Jahangir Palace, Khas Mahal built by Shah Jahan, audience halls such as the Diwan-I- Khas and two very beautiful mosques.
Then we shall visit Sikandra, the tomb of Akbar. The site and fine marble were chosen by the emperor himself. The construction of the edifice was completed by his son. It is splendid example of Mughal architecture. The vast gardens with deer and peacocks enhance the beauty of the edifice.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day : Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (235 KM, 6 Hours)
In the morning we shall leave for Jaipur. While on our way to Jaipur we shall halt at Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri is a well-known historical place of architectural significance. It is an ancient city built in 16th century by the Mughal emperor Akbar. Akbar built this city in honor of Sheikh Salim Chishti, a Sufi saint, who had predicted the birth of Akbar’s son Jehangir. It has been recognized as one of the many UNESCO heritage sites in India. Being the first planned city of the Mughals, it is the amalgamation of Persian, Indian and the Islamic architecture that you will visit in this India Heritage Tour Package.
Proceed to Jaipur.
Jaipur is the largest city and the capital of the state of Rajasthan. The city is popularly known as the Pink city as the whole city is immersed in pink color. The city was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1727. The grandeur of the Rajput lifestyle can be witnessed in the city as the city boasts of various palaces and forts. It is the first city that was planned according to Vastushastra – the traditional system of Hindu architecture.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day : Jaipur
In the morning we shall leave for an excursion to Amer Fort.
Enjoy an elephant ride to ascend the fort as it is perched high on a hill. The fort was constructed by Raja Man Singh. This huge fort complex comprises of various palaces, massive courtyards, and temples. The most exquisite palace of the fort is the Sheesh Mahal. The roofs and walls of the marvelous Sheesh-Mahal are ornamente with thousands of pieces of mirror mosaics and coloured glasses so that the Queen, who was not permitted to sleep in open air, could still watch the stars at night.
In the afternoon we go for the city tour of Jaipur.
We shall first visit City Palace and its museum. City Palace is a complex of palaces, courtyards and gardens and served as the seat of operations for Maharaja of Jaipur. The palace includes the two famous residential complexes – Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal, which are worth a visit. Although Chandra Mahal houses a museum and is open to the public, part of it is still being used by the royal family as their residence. The fusion of Mughal, Rajput and European style of architecture is perfectly evident in the edifice.
Next, located in the close vicinity, we visit Hawa Mahal. Hawa Mahal is a great attraction in Jaipur, India. It has five storeys and is constructed of red and pink sandstone, highlighted with white quick lime. Its façade makes Hawa Mahal look more like a screen than a palace. Ladies of the fort used to look at the festivities on the street from the beautifully carved windows of Hawa Mahal. The breeze (Hawa) which circulates through these windows gives the palace its name, and keeps it cool even in hot months. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Usta in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu God.
Next we visit Jantar Mantar. Jantar Mantar is a collection of astronomical instruments built by the Rajput king, Raja Sawai Jai Singh. It is of the largest and best preserved observatory. It is a UNSECO World Heritage Site and most popular part of Indian Heritage Tour. The architectural marvel was built due to the interest of the ruler in gaining knowledge about the sky. It houses fourteen major geometric devices which comprise devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars and position of the earth, moon, sun and other planets.
Day : Jaipur – Pushkar (150 KM, 3 Hours)
In the morning leave for Pushkar.
While travelling to Pushkar, we shall stop at Ajmer.
In Ajmer, we shall visit Dargah Sharif, which is the world famous sacred place for Muslims. It is the shrine of a Sufi saint, Moinuddin Chishti. The shrine has the grave of the revered saint.
Then proceed to Pushkar.
Pushkar is a city in Ajmer district and is an attraction of its own kind. It is an important Hindu pilgrimage town and hosts world famous camel festival annually in the month of October – November. The town dwells around the holy lake which is said to have appeared when Lord Brahma dropped Lotus flower.
Day : Pushkar – Jodhpur (220 KM, 5 Hours)
In the morning explore the city of Pushkar.
First, we will visit the Jagatpita Brahma Temple in Pushkar which is the most sacred of all temples dedicated to the Hindu God – Brahma, the creator of the world. The temple is built of stone that has been joined together with the use of molten lead. The temple is considered unique for its red spire and symbols of a hansa – a swan – the mount of Brahma that are widespread across the temple.
Next we visit the Pushkar lake, surrounded by 52 bathing ghats, it is widely considered as the king of water pilgrimage sites according to Hindu scriptures. A bath in the holy lake is said to cure skin diseases and atone all sins.
Then drive to Jodhpur – the gateway to the Thar Desert.
Jodhpur is also known as the blue city as most of the houses in the old Jodhpur are painted in blue color. This crowded desert city flutters with beauty, warmth and romance. A visit to Jodhpur is a romantic journey into the past with forts, palaces, temples, culture, tradition, spices, fabric, color, and flourishing handicrafts.
Upon arrival, check in at hotel.
Rest of the day is free for visiting local bazaar.
Day : Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur (280 KM, 6 Hours)
In the morning we shall start with the city tour of Jodhpur.
The first that we shall visit would be Meharangarh Fort. It is one of the largest forts in India. The fort is perched high on a mighty hill. The imposing thick walls encompass several palaces, which are known for their intricate carvings and sprawling courtyards. The foundation of the fort was laid on May 12, 1459 by Rao Jodha. The unconquerable fortifications are six meters thick and some of the imposing walls still bear cannon marks they had once withstood. It features precious rooms like Moti Mahal – The Pearl Palace, Sheesha Mahal – The Hall of Mirrors, Phool Mahal – The Palace of Flowers, and Takhat Vilas -Maharaja Takhat Singh’s Chamber.
Then we shall proceed to visit Jaswant Thada. Jaswant Thada is an architectural landmark located in Jodhpur. It is a white marble memorial built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Intricately carved Rajasthani white marble adds to the beauty of the structure. It is beautifully set against the hilly background and glistening lake.
Later we shall leave for Udaipur and en-route stop to visit Ranakpur.
The Jain temples of Ranakpur are dedicated to Adinath who is the propagator of Jainism, the first tirthankara. Ranakpur is one of the most famous Jain pilgrimage sites in the country. The temples are famous for their carvings. The temple has an astonishing number of pillars -1400, and all the pillars are differently carved. The domes of the temple are also intricately decorated.
Then proceed to Udaipur.
Udaipur is one of the most flamboyant examples of regal splendor. Udaipur served as the capital in the Mewar region. It was here that Uday Singh, the ruler of Chittorgarh retreated after the Chittorgarh fort was captured by the Mughal emperor Akbar.
Arrive in Udaipur and check in at the hotel.
Day : Udaipur
In the morning we shall leave for the sightseeing of Udaipur city.
We shall first visit City Palace.
The whole city is dominated by the huge city palace, which involved 300 years for construction and incorporates brilliant architecture. The palace features decorated balconies with numerous towers. It is an agglomeration of 11 small residence complexes that were built gradually by a long generations of Rajput kings. The rooms of the palace feature mirrors, glassware and magnificent frescoes that are typical of the Rajput architecture. The Museum in the palace hosts beautiful paintings that depict the story of the events that led to founding of Udaipur city by Raja Uday Singh, and how his lineage further developed the city
Next to City Palace, the steep stairways lead you to Jagdish Temple, a Vishnu sanctuary. The entrance is flanked by two elephants. The stone masonry on the walls of the temple are very impressive. The intricate beauty of the carvings will inspire your imagination.
Then we shall visit Saheliyon Ki Bari Gardens. It is one of the major tourist attractions and is the most beautiful garden in the city. The courtyard of maiden features – kiosks, lotus pools and marble elephants, which is surely worth a visit. It was constructed for 48 young women who had accompanied the princess to Udaipur as a part of her dowry. The wonderful architecture of the garden provides a breathtaking view to any visitor.
In the afternoon we shall set out for an excursion to Eklingi and Nagda.
Eklingji is a famous Hindu temple complex that was constructed by the Guhila dynasty of Mewar region in the 9th century. The imposing walls of the complex feature 108 temples made up from sandstone and marble. The main temple was rebuilt in the 15th century from the ruins of an earlier destroyed temple.
Nagda is a small town located at the distance of 23 km from Udaipur. The city was founded by Nagaditya, the fourth Mewar King, in the 6th century. Under his reign, the town encompassed numerous temples. Sas-Bahu Temple, which dates back to the 10th century, is the prime attraction.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day : Udaipur – Mumbai – Goa (By Flight Total – 3 Hours)
In the morning, transfer to airport to board a flight to Mumbai and then a connecting flight to Goa.
Goa, the smallest state, is a dreamland. Goa is basically known for its stunning beaches, you can also visit these beaches in India beaches tour package. This famous land of sun, sand, surf and serenity entices thousands of tourists from every corner of the world. But Goa is not only famous for its tempting palm fringed beaches, but also for many magnificent monuments, such as forts & palaces, churches, temples etc.
The rest of the day is free to relax on the pristine white beaches of Goa.
Day : Goa
In the morning we shall start with the sightseeing tour of the city exploring the famous churches of Old Goa.
Visit to Goa is always incomplete without a visit to its beautiful churches and chapels. The churches were mostly built by the Portuguese in the 16th and 17th century. With a significant Christian population, the church is an important factor in Goa’s social, cultural and religious life.
We shall visit Basilica of Bom Jesus. Built in the 16th century, this is one of the most popular churches in Goa. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier are kept in a silver casket here. This Church is now a World Heritage Site and dedicated to Infant Jesus.
Next stop is The Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina. This Cathedral has five bells, among them is the famous Golden bell, which is the biggest in Goa and considered to be one of the best in the world.
Later we go to visit Church of St.Francis of Assissi. The Church was first built in 1517, it was later rebuilt twice, in 1521 and finally in 1661. It is decorated with exquisite paintings and houses a large number of tombstones with coats-of-arms.
Return to Resort.
The afternoon is set free for you to enjoy and explore Goa on your own.
Day : Goa
The full day is free for you to relax on beach or enjoy in your own special way in this magical paradise.
Day : Goa – Mumbai (By Flight -1 Hour)
Transfer to airport to catch a flight to Mumbai.
The city of Mumbai lies on the western coast of Arabian Sea. Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state Maharashtra. It is a city that dares to challenge and city that ignites fashion. It is a city of beaches, landscapes and amazing people.
Arrive at Mumbai and then transfer to hotel.
There are numerous attractions in the city which are eager to tell their stories of creation. So we shall start with a sightseeing tour of the city.
We shall first visit Gateway of India. The monument, located on the south front of Mumbai, was built to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary to the city in 1911. The structure is a basalt arch, 26 meters high.
Prince of Wales Museum will take you through the ancient time. The museum houses rare and ancient artifacts of Indian history and objects from foreign lands. The museum building is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, incorporating elements of other styles of architecture like the Mughal, Maratha and Jain. The museum building is surrounded by a garden of palm trees and formal flower beds.
Then we shall explore the Hanging Gardens of Mumbai. They are also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens. They are terraced gardens that are located on the top of the Malabar Hill. The place offers you magnificent views of the sunset over the Arabian Sea. The Hanging Gardens are a great escape from the madness of Mumbai city.
The evening is free for shopping or other independent activities.
Day : Mumbai
Transfer to the airport to bid you good bye with some magical memories that will last lifelong with you. Board the flight for onward destination.
Is this a group tour?
No, this is a private travel exclusively for you, your friends and family who may accompany you on the tour.
Is this trip possible for single traveler?
Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveler. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.
May I choose dates according to my choice?
Yes, since this is a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice. Only in case of certain tours, we have to check if there are any operational difficulties for organizing a tour of your choice. Certain tours are not possible for particular period which we shall let you know. Besides, the cost may vary depending on seasonality.
Could you provide us international flights to India?
It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.
Is visa service included in your cost?
No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.
Is it possible to make extension or modify tours?
Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.
What’s included in the cost?
Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.
We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.
Are domestic flights and trains are included in our cost ?
Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.
What kind of hotel accommodation is provided ?
We provide minimum standard (3 star or similar), superior (4 star or similar), deluxe (5 star or similar) hotels and the cost will depend depending on category of hotels. We can send you quotation for the category that you are interested in. We usually provide heritage or palace hotels which fit in your category of hotels. We may also mix the hotel category if you prefer and can also provide you rates based on hotels of your liking in all places if you like.
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