Mystical India Tour
Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destination Covered : Mumbai - Rajkot - Gondal - Bhavnagar - Palitana - Ahmedabad - Mount Abu - Udaipur - Jaipur - Agra - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Delhi
Day 01 : Arrive Mumbai
Arrival Mumbai on arrival met at the airport and trasfer to the hotel O/n stay at Hotel.
Day 02 : Bombay - Rajkot - Gondal
Morning, one hour boat ride across Mumbai Harbor brings you to the lush green Elephanta Island.Visit carved cave temples which are dedicated to the Hindu Sun God - Shiva.In the afternoon sightseeing tour of Mumbai.Visit the Prince of Wales Museum,Gateway of India,Hanging Garden,Kamla Nehru Park. In the Evening transfer from hotel to the airport for flight to Rajkot. On arrival at Rajkot met and transfer to Gondal. On arrival check in at hotel O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 03 : Gondal - Bhavnagar
Morning visit the Vintage car collection of the Maharaja of Gondal, close to where you will be staying. Also, visit 500 years old Palace, temple. After lunch drive to Bhavnagar. On arrival check in at hotel.O/N stay at the hotel.
Day 04 : Bhavnagar - Palitana - Ahmedabad
Early morning drive to Ahmedabad via Palitana.(Palitana lies at the foot of the Shatrunjaya Hill, with the Shatrunjaya river flowing to its South. The sacred hill rises in a crescendo of magnificent temple, 863 in all, that soar in marble splendor of its top. Only the Gods live on this holy hilltop city for, after sundown, none may stay here, not even the priests who wend their way down the hill and leave the resplendent pinnacle to the gods. The temples were built over an impressive span of 900 years, with each generation of pilgrims making its contribution to the shrines of Shatrunjaya.
On arrival check in at hotel.O/N stay at the hotel.
Day 05 : Ahmedabad
Morning city sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad visit the Jama Masjid, famous for its picturesque porticoes resting on 250 columns. Visit Sidi Sayyad's Mosque which is world renowned for it's intricate lattice-work of rich and elaborate design. Also visit Calico Textile Museum. O/N stay at hotel.
Day 06 : Ahmedabad - Mount Abu
Early morning drive to Mount Abu enroute visiting Modhera, Patan and the havelis of Sidhpur.
Modhera : The Sun Temple of Modhera is one of the finest examples of Indian temple architecture of its period. Built in 1026 A.D the temple is dedicated to the Sun-God, Surya and stands high on a plinth overlooking a deep stone tank. Every inch of the edifice, both inside and outside is magnificently carved with Gods and Goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers.
Patan : Home of the famous patola silk saris , Patan is a beautiful old town with Jain temples and carved wooden houses. Rana ki vav (step well) is another interesting place to visit in Patan.
Sidhpur : Situated on the banks of river Saraswati, is famous for two things - havelis of the Vohra community of Muslims and as a Hindu pilgrim center. A guided walk to see the havelis along the narrow streets is rather interesting; wherein marvelous carvings and glass paintings could be seen. You might be taken inside a Haveli by some friendly families.
On arrival check in at hotel.Afternoon, city sightseeing tour of Mt.Abu. visit Dilwara Temple, Nakki Lake, Sun-set Point.O/N stay at the hotel.
Day 07 : Mount Abu - Udaipur
Morning drive to Udaipur, via Ranakpur.
Ranakpur visit the famous Jain Temple, dating back to the 15th century. Its 29 halls are supported by 200 pillars, none of which are alike. The Temple abounds with intricate friezes and sculptures. Includes visits to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures.Continue your drive to Udaipur.On arrival check-in at hotel.O/N stay at the hotel.
Day 08 : Udaipur
Morning, sightseeing tour of Udaipur,Visiting City Palace,Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens.
In the afternoon cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola.Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the middle of the lake.
O/N stay at the hotel.
Day 09 : Udaipur - Jaipur
Breakfast at hotel and transfer from hotel to the airport for Udaipur /Jaipur flight. On arrival met at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Morning excursion to Amber Fort.In the afternoon tour of Jaipur, known as "The Pink City of Rajasthan". Visit the unique Jantar Mantar Observatory, which was built in the 1700's, yet even today still looks futuristic or almost surrealistic; the City Palace and its Museum, the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds. Dinner at hotel.
O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 10 : Jaipur-Agra
Morning, drive to Agra enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri the deserted, red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the 16th century. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza the largest gateway in the world.
Continue your drive to Agra and upon arrival check-in at hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 : Agra
Full day sightseeing tour of Agra visiting Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itmad ud Daulah Tomb & Sikandra Evening free O/N stay at the hotel.
Day 12 : Agra - Jhansi - Orcha - Khajuraho
After breakfast transfer from hotel to the railway station.
Leave : Agra at 0815 hrs by Shatabdi Exp.
Air : Jhansi at 1040 hrs
Meeting and assistance upon arrival and proceed directly to Orcha.
Orcha, overlooked by the modern era, this beautiful medieval town, was once the capital of Bundela Kings. Built along the banks of the river Betwa, flowing through a rugged country side, it still retains the captivating air of a bygone era. Amongst the various imposing edifices, of particular interest are the Jehangiri Mahal, built by Raja Bir Singh Deo to commemorate the visit of Moghul Emperor Jehangir, the Raj Mahal and the Laxminarayan temple, both noted for their fine Frescoes and Mural paintings. After lunch drive to Khajuraho. On arrival check in at hotel.
O/N stay at the hotel.
Day 13 : Khajuraho-Varanasi
Morning, sightseeing tour of the famous Chandela Dynasty Temples which are set in a lovely grassy park. In the afternoon transfer to the airport Khajuraho/Varanasi flight.
Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer from airport to : hotel Afternoon sightseeing tour of the holy city of Varanasi. Visit some of the many Hindu Temples that line the river Ganges. Stroll along the narrow lanes and bazaars full of shops selling, among other things, the world-famous Banaras Silks.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14 : Varanasi - Delhi
Early morning, drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges. Continue by boat to see burning and bathing Ghats.
Thereafter visit the buried Buddhist city of Sarnath, just outside Varanasi - it's as holy to the Buddhists as Varanasi is to the Hindus. Here you will witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and then visit a fine museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculpture (Sarnath Museum Closed on Fridays).
Afternoon transfer from hotel to the airport for Varanasi/Delhi flight.
Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer from airport to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15 : Delhi
Morning, sightseeing tour of Old Delhi visiting the Raj Ghat, the site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India; and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi visiting the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar. Drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and the President's Residence and end the tour with a drive through Diplomatic Enclave.
Late evening transfer to airport for onward destination.