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Bombay - Aurangabad - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaipur - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi
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Day 01 Arrival in Mumbai

Arrive at the International airport where you will be met & transferred to your hotel.
Mumbai till recently known as 'Bombay' is the capital of Maharashtra. It is the fastest moving, most affluent and industrialised city in India. The city has a natural harbour, which was developed by the British. It is one of the busiest ports of India, handling approximately 40 percent of India's maritime trade.
Mumbai today is more than just a metropolis. It is in fact an enigma of mud huts and skyscrapers, age-old traditions and high fashions, the industrialists' haven and moviemakers' Hollywood, producing more films each year than any other county in the world. It is indeed the country's most cosmopolitan city. It is renowned as the country's financial nerve center, and also an important center of theater, art, music, and classical dance. Mumbai is home to people of all Indian creeds and cultures. It is a fascinating city, throbbing with life, and, for many people, the gateway to India.

Day 02 Mumbai-Aurangabad
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel.
Visit Elephanta Caves - located across the sea from the Gateway of India and accessible by ferry is the island of Elephant that has rock-cut cave temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Little is known about their origins but they are thought to have been created between 450 and 750 AD.
Gateway of India - the landmark of Mumbai, was the principal port when the visitors came to India by ship.
The Sassoon dock here is always interesting to visit at dawn, when the fishing boats come in and unload their catch. Prince of Wales Museum - located between Colaba and the Fort, this museum was designed by George Wittet to commemorate the visit of King George V, who as Prince of Wales laid the foundation stone in 1905.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 In Aurangabad

Morning: Breakfast at the hotel. Later full day excursion to Ajanta caves - It was only in the 19th century, that the Ajanta groups of caves, lying deep within the Sahayadri hills, cut into the curved mountainside, above the Waghore River, were discovered.
Overnight at the hotel

Day 04 Aurangabad-Mumbai
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel. Later do a tour of Ellora Caves.
ELLORA CAVES - Situated about 30km from Aurangabad, the World Heritage listed cave temples of Ellora are the pinnacles of Deccan rock-cut architecture.

Day 05 Mumbai-Udaipur
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel Later transfer to airport for flight to Udaipur. On arrival you are met and escorted to your hotel. Later visit of the city. Udaipur: Often called the Venice of the East, Udaipur is no doubt the most enchanting and romantic city of Rajasthan. Founded in 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh II following the final sacking of Chittorgarh by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. This extraordinarily beautiful city has come to be celebrated for its association with Queen Padmini, and Meera Bai, royal princesses who are linked with the fortunes of the Sissodia family. The old city was once surrounded by a wall with entry through eleven gates, of which only five remain. The Suraj Pol or Sun Gate on the eastern side is the main entrance to the city. Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure Pichola Lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravallis. It is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valour and chivalry. It is full of palaces, temples and havelis ranging from the modest to the extravagant.

Day 06 Udaipur-Jodhpur
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel. Later drive to Jodhpur visiting Ranakpur en route. Ranakpur is one of the largest and most important Jain temple complex lying in a remote valley of the Aravalli ranges in Southern Rajasthan. Later do a half-day tour of the city. Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. Jodhpur is affectionately referred to as the 'Blue City' because of the indigo coloured houses in the old town. These can best be seen from the ramparts of the fort.

Day 07 Jodhpur-Jaipur
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel. Later drive to Jaipur via Ajmer. Ajmer is a burgeoning town on the shore of the Ana Sagar Lake flanked by barren hills. Ajmer derives its name from 'Ajaya Meru' or the invincible hill.
Arrive Jaipur, check into your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 In Jaipur
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel. Later visit the Amber Fort. Amber - located 11km north of Jaipur, this was the ancient capital of the Jaipur State. Construction of the fort-palace was begun in 1592 by Maharaja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's army. It was later extended and completed by the Jai Singh before the move to the plains.

Day 09 Jaipur-Bharatpur-Agra
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel. Later drive to Agra en route visit the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park -
Arrive Agra and check into your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 In Agra
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel. Later full day tour of Agra. The city of the world famous "Taj Mahal". Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 Agra-Gwalior-Orchha
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel. Later drive to Orchha via Gwalior. After the visit of Gwalior continue your drive to Orchha. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 Orchha-Khajuraho
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel. Later visit the famous Orchha temples. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 Khajuraho-Varanasi
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel.
Later visit Archaeological Museum - located near the western group, this museum has a fine collection of statues and sculptures rescued from around Khajuraho.

Day 14 Varanasi-Delhi
Early morning boat-ride on River Ganges.
The Ganges at Varanasi - The grandeur of the sacred Ganges River here cannot be expressed in words. It is said that bathing here removes all ills and sins. A boat ride early in the morning on the holy river is an unforgettable experience. Afternoon: Transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi where you be and escorted to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel

Day 15 In Delhi
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel. Later full day tour of Old & New Delhi. Commence your tour with Old Delhi. The tour of Old Delhi starts with the visit of Red Fort. Afternoon : Visit New Delhi. The tour starts with a drive to Raisina Hill. Visit the Viceroy's House (Now the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the residence of Indian President) and Lutyen's magnum opus.

Day 16 Delhi / Return destination
Early morning you be transferred to the airport to board your flight for onward journey. Please let us know the number of people travelling on this tour and we will send you the total cost. We also specialize in customizing the tour. Should you need any changes we would be happy to modify the itinerary. The tour may include arrangements such as accommodation, travel, meals, permit, guides, activities etc. or services as required by the client.


 





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