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Day 01 Delhi

On arrival Delhi Meeting and assistance by our representative & transfer to Hotel (check in at hotel is 12 noon). Delhi the second-largest metropolis in India after Mumbai and one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. The city is believed to be the site of Indraprastha, legendary capital of the Pandavas in the Indian epic Mahabharata. The Archaeological Survey of India recognizes 175 monuments in Delhi as national heritage sites. Morning is free to overcome the jetlag.

Afternoon proceed on a New Delhi tour visiting the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India; Humayun's Tomb built in the Indo Persian style and a predecessor to The Taj Mahal in Agra; India Gate - A War Memorial Arch. Also drive past the President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place - the heart of New Delhi and a busy shopping center. Evening is at leisure to explore the local market. Overnight at the hotel.

Optional Tour-1: Choice to visit local LGBT friendly pubs/restaurants in the city. Some of them have dedicated nights in a week the details of which will be advised as per the date of travel.

Optional Tour -2: Visit to Kingdom of Dreams with Bollywood show
The ultimate entertainment and leisure destination, sprawling across acres of land, ideally located at the apex of the golden triangle of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi is the magnificent Kingdom of Dreams. Here, the carnival that is India is distilled into one iconic destination. This fabulous Kingdom brings to life a blend of India's art, culture, heritage, craft, cuisine and performing art...all with the technological wizardry of today. Nautanki Mahal: showcasing an extravagant cinematic and theatrical musical. Culture Gully: an elaborate culture, arts, crafts and food boulevard. IIFA Buzz: a glamorous Bollywood themed cafe. This is a destination in itself which is capturing the imagination of the world. Get ready for this century's most novel tourist destination. For more details please visit their website www.kindomofdreams.in

Day 02 in Delhi

After breakfast, proceed for an Old Delhi tour visiting the Red Fort (only photo stop from outside) built by Emperor Shah Jahan; Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India; enjoy a walking tour in Chandni Chowk- the silver street of Delhi bustling with activity. Visit Raj Ghat (memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Afternoon is free for shopping etc. Overnight at Hotel.



Optional Tour 3:

Visit to AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE. The beautiful monument built without steel, consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangle shikhars, spectacular Gajendra Pith (plinth of 148 stone elephants featuring stories and legends of elephants with nature, man and God). The monument is a fusion of pink stone and pure white marble, where pink stone symbolizes bhakti in eternal bloom and white marble that of absolute purity and eternal peace. For more details on this temple, please visit the website www.akshardham.com



Day 03 Delhi-Khajuraho (by Air)

Transfer to airport to connect your flight from Delhi to Khajuraho and transfer to your hotel. Khajuraho is famous for its group of temples which are famous for their exemplary carvings and intricate sculptures based on eroticism. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Khajuraho temples are a masterpiece and were built from 950 to 1150 AD, a span of 200 years. The Khajuraho temples are prominently known for the explicit depiction of erotic life during the medieval ages. The erotic art of the monuments reflect the zenith of sensuality and celebration of life. They depict the society's acceptance of eroticism as a source of gratification of earthly desires and a step towards attaining moksha.

Evening enjoy sound & light show in the complex of Western Group of Temples- This fascinating Son-et-Lumiere spectacle evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th Century to the present day. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 In Khajuraho


Full day sightseeing of Eastern, Western & Southern group of temples. The Western Group has 14 temples. The Chaunsath Yogini, Lalguan Mahadev, Parvati, Varaha, Matangesvara, Lakshmana, Vishvanath and Nandi, Chitragupta, Devi Jagdamba and Kandariya Mahadeo temples belong to this group. The Eastern Group consists of seven temples (four Jain and three Hindu). The Parsvanath, Adinath, Shantinath, and Ghantai temples belong to the Jains while the Vamana, Javari and Brahma are Hindu temples. The Southern Group, about 5 km from Khajuraho, contains the Chaturbhuj and Duladeo temples. Overnight at the hotel.



Day 05 Khajuraho-Orchha-Jhansi-Agra

Morning drive to Jhansi enroute visiting Orchha- Orchha's grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time, a rich legacy of the ages. For this medieval city, the hand of time has rested and the palaces and the temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century retain much of their pristine perfection. Jahangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful Chhatries, commands a spectacular view of soaring temple-spires and cenotaphs. Later transfer to railway station to board fastest tourist train - Shatabdi Express (1800/200hrs) for Agra. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.



Day 06 in Agra

Morning after breakfast, proceed to proceed to vist the famous white marble mausoleum, The Taj Mahal (remains closed on Friday) which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal surely the greatest monument to love and one of the wonders of the modern world. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice, constructed by emperor Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Later visit the red sandstone Agra Fort which stands like a crescent on the banks of Jamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12- meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture. Afternoon is free for shopping / enjoy facilities at your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.



Day 07 Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur (245Kms/5 Hrs. Drive)

This morning you will drive to the "pink city" and the capital of Rajasthan en-route visiting the ancient Moghul capital of FATEHPUR SIKRI en-route. This 16th century capital of Moghul emperor Akbar is a complex of forts, palaces and mosques built in sandstone. The city had to be deserted because of lack of water. The white marble Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, Akbar's spiritual adviser, is now observed as a Muslim pilgrimage spot here. Later continue your drive to Jaipur and check in at the hotel.

Jaipur is known as the "pink city" with its buildings of pink and orange hues and it's a wonderful place to see the color of Rajasthan and its people. Jaipur is well known for its beautiful carpets, enameled ornaments, precious and semi-precious stones, brass ornaments and many other arts and crafts. Rest of the day is free to explore the colorful town independently. Spend time in crowded lanes & by lanes of pink city, haggling and souvenir-hunting. Overnight at the Hotel.

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Day 08 in Jaipur

After breakfast you will explore the massive Amber Fort the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jagmandir. You can have the unique experience of traveling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. It has halls of Public and Private Audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. Later proceed for a city tour of the pink city, visit the City Palace - the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords of different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. It has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Also visit the Jantar Mantar - an astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 18th century, which is remarkable for its accuracy even at the present times. Lastly stop at Palace-of-Winds for taking pictures and back to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.




Day 09 Jaipur- Bundi (205km/4hrs)

Morning drive to Bundi and check in at the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Bundi visiting the 14th century Taragarh Fort. Later visit the Bundi Palace next to the fort has some beautiful murals on display. At Chhattar Mahal of the many splendid structures the ancient water clock at Hathi Pol and the beautiful Diwan-e-Aam are a must see. You can quietly savour the serene surroundings of the beautiful gardens of Sukh Mahal and the artificial lake at Nawal Sagar. Chatra Mahal and Badal Mahal, a part of Garh Palace, is a treasury of miniature paintings in red, golden and blue. Phool Sagar Palace is another building which has wonderful murals. The area is famous for its step-wells such as the 17th century Raniji-ki-Baoli built by Rani Nathavatji. This is the largest of the baolis (step wells) in Bundi. Overnight at the hotel.




Day 10 Bundi-Chittorgarh-Udaipur (250km/5hrs)

Morning drive to Udaipur enroute visiting the famous Fort of Chittorgarh which is huge and colossal structure. The entrance to the fort is provided through seven gates and lead up to the main gate. There are a number of magnificent monuments inside the fort itself. Continue your drive and arrive The City of Lakes-Udaipur. Check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.



Day 11 In Udaipur


Morning visit Jagdish Temple-dedicated to Lord Vishnu, in 1651. It houses an image of Lord Vishnu in black stone, along with a brass image of Garuda, his carrier. Sahelion ki Bari, the garden of maidens, was built by Maharaja Sangram Singh in the mid 18th century. Pools with elegant kiosks, flowerbeds, lawns, pools, fountains, along with an array of trees make this garden eye-catching; the City Palace was built by Maharaja Udai Singh. This marble monument is situated on the eastern banks of Lake Pichola. Numerous balconies, towers and cupolas of the palace provide a marvelous view of the lake and the city below. A triple arched gate called Tripolia, built in 1725, provides the entry to the palace.

Afternoon boat cruise on Lake Pichola- a 4-Km long and 3-Km broad, surrounded by splendid hills, palaces, temples, bathing Ghats and embankments. Visit the island palace Jag Niwas which is beautifully set in the lake. Overnight at the hotel.





Day 12 Udaipur-Jodhpur (260km/5hrs)

Morning drive to Jodhpur enroute visiting the beautiful Jain Temples at Ranakpur. One of the remarkable things about the temple is wonderful play of shadow & light on the nearly 1500 pillars (each of which interestingly displays a different decorative design). The three other Jain temples in the same complex, including a temple of the Sun God, are all well worth a visit. On arrival in Jodhpur check in at the hotel. Late afternoon proceed on a jeep safari to Bishnoi Village. The Bishnoi's are an eco Friendly sect of Hindu religion; it is one of the different communities of Rajasthan who are famous for their rich cultural Rajasthani life and their true love for nature and animals. Overnight at the hotel.



Optional Tour 4: You can fly from Udaipur to Jodhpur

Day 13 Jodhpur-Aurangabad - Via Mumbai (by Flight)

Morning visit the Mehrangarh Fort- one of the largest forts in India, is the pride of Jodhpur. Situated on a 150 m high hill, founded in the year 1469 by Rao Jodha. The main palaces are Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Takht Vilas and Jhanki Mahal. A museum also finds a place inside the fort, displaying a rich collection of old royal palanquins, arms, paintings, costumes, etc. Later visit Umaid Bhawan Palace one of the famous palaces to see in Jodhpur. Built with the noble intention of providing employment to the people during famine, this palace is an architectural beauty. The palace has been divided into three parts. In one part, functions a hotel, in the second, a museum and the third house the royal family. Also visit Jaswant Thada; a royal cenotaph built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. A white marble memorial, the cenotaph is adorned with exquisite carvings. It houses the portraits of the former rulers of Jodhpur.

Transfer to airport to connect your flight for Mumbai to connect flight for Aurangabad. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 14 In Aurangabad

Proceed on a full day excursion to Ajanta Caves The 29 caves were built as secluded retreats of the Buddhist monks, who taught and performed rituals in the Chaityas and Viharas, the ancient seats of learning, and nerve - centres of the Buddhist cultural movement. Using simple tools like hammer and chisel, the monks carved out the impressive figures adorning the walls of these structures. Many of the caves house panels depicting stories from the Jatakas, a rich mine of tales of the several incarnations of the Buddha. Images of nymphs and princesses amongst others are also elaborately portrayed. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Important Note: Ajanta Caves remain closed on Monday

Day 15 Aurangabad-Delhi

Morning visit Bibi Ka Maqbara- a magnificent mausoleum, situated at a distance of approximately 5 km from the Aurangabad city of India. It entombs Rabia-ul-Daurani, alias Dilras Banu Begum, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Later proceed on an excursion to Ellora Caves - The Ellora caves, 34 in number, are carved into the sides of a basaltic hill, 30 kms from Aurangabad. The finest specimens of cave - temple architecture, they house elaborate facades and exquisitely adorned interiors. These structures representing the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, were carved during the 350 AD to 700 AD period. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre dedicated to Hinduism, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain.

Important Note: Ellora Caves remain closed on Tuesday

Transfer to airport to connect flight for Delhi. After arrival transfer to the hotel.

Day 16 Leave Delhi

Time to fly back home or to your next destination.

End of the tour.......

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