Mumbai (Bombay) • Aurangabad • Udaipur • Jodhpur • Jaipur • Delhi • Agra • Khajuraho • Varanasi • Kathmandu • Wildlife Safari / Tiger Tops • Kolkata (Calcutta) • Bhubaneswar • Sun Temple • Chennai (Madras) • Bangalore • Mysore • Hassan • Belure and Halebid Temples Cochin
Depart for Mumbai (Bombay), India
Arrive Mumbai. A representative of Exotic Journeys will meet you outside the Immigration & Custom / Baggage claim area and will escort you to your hotel.
Morning at leisure. Afternoon city tour visiting Hanging Gardens, Kamla Nehru Park, Gateway of India, National Museum and Crawford Market.
Morning boat excursion to Elephanta Caves - the 7th century cave temples carved out of a hill rising from the Arabian Sea.
Fly to Aurangabad in the evening.
Full day excursion to the thirty caves at Ajanta that is either chapels or monasteries. The murals and paintings date back to 2nd century BC and 8th century AD and illustrate the life of Buddha in previous births. Many of the frescoes still glow in their original colors. On the outer walls are brilliantly executed sculptures.
Morning excursion to Ellora Caves. The three groups of temples here relate the story of evolution of Asia's main religions Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.
Fly to Mumbai in the evening.
(At the moment the flights between Aurangabad and Udaipur are suspended. In order to travel to Udaipur, one has to travel through Mumbai. Whenever the flights are restored, you will fly to Udaipur directly from Aurangabad on day 7).
Fly to Udaipur and city tour. Udaipur is interspersed with shimmering lakes, marble palaces and fountains. The Maharana’s Palace is the largest of its kind. It is remarkable for octagonal towers, brilliant multicolor mosaics of inlaid tiles, inlaid mirror work and exquisite paintings. Sahelion ki Bari is a fascinating garden, adorned by Lotus pool, a marble throne and finely sculptured cenotaphs.
The cluster of temples at Ranakpur made of intricately sculpted white marble, come across as a marvelous feat of architecture. It may surprise visitors that these temples were built in 1460 but are so well preserved and the marble still sparkles. The main temple is supported by 1444 pillars none of which are similarly carved. These temples house statues of Mahavira and other Jain saints.
Travel to Jodhpur - a city ringed by a high stone wall with seven gates and several bastions. This second largest city of Rajasthan, founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D., is known for its rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the grand palaces within - Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal and Daulat Khana. These are impressive examples of architectural excellence. Near the fort complex lies Jaswant Thada and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble. Here you will also enjoy a camel ride.
Travel to Jaipur popularly known as Pink City. Afternoon city tour visiting Jaipur's colorful bazaars, Jantar Mantar, sandstone pink buildings, magnificent City Palace and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) which truly reflect the past glory of this remarkable town.
Morning excursion to Amber Fort where rides on caparisoned elephants add to the ambiance to the fort. Amber Fort and its sandstone palaces are perched atop a hill near Jaipur. Within its precincts are Sheesh Mahal or chamber of mirrors reputedly the best in the world, Victory Hall and Pleasure Palace. City tour in the afternoon visiting Jantar Mantar Observatory and local colorful bazaars. Rest of the day at leisure.
Travel to Delhi - a city of immense past. It is dotted with hundreds of landmarks and has accumulated a tremendous heritage of art, architecture and culture.
Today you will visit the Presidential Palace, Parliament House, Red Fort, Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in Asia, Jantar Mantar - the medieval observatory, the 16th century tomb of Mughal emperor Humayun, Raj Ghat and Shantivana - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, India Gate and Qutub Minar.
Today you will travel to the city of one of the seven wonders of the world which is also known as monument of love - The Taj Mahal. City tour includes visit to Agra Fort, Taj Mahal and Itemad-ud-daula. Evening excursion to Fatehpur Sikri.
Morning board a train to Jhansi and transfer to Khajuraho - a Temple City. The Chandela temples represent the finest creative examples of temple architecture. Visit the temples.
Fly to Varanasi. Sunrise boat cruise on Ganges to witness burning and bathing ghats. Activities include visits to Sarnath, Aurangzeb Mosque, various temples, Well of Knowledge.
This afternoon fly to the capital of Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. City tour includes City Palace, Hanuman Dhoka, Temple of Living Goddess, Machendranath and Swayambhunath.
You will continue sightseeing around the valley by visiting the medieval capital - Bhadgaon and the city of artists - Patan.
Today you will travel for Tiger Tops if you prefer wildlife or to Pokhra if you prefer nature and cultural tour. You will be met and transferred to hotel.
Chitwan : Orientation, nature walks and jungle excursion accompanied by a naturalist. Wildlife at Chitwan National Park includes one-horned rhinoceros, spotted deer, hog and samber deer, leopards and ever-elusive Royal Bengal tigers.
Pokhra : It is a perfect work of art by nature. Annapurna and the perfectly shaped peak of Macchepuchare dominate the skyline. The mountains appear clearer and one feels closer to nature. City tour is conducted by walking through the local bazaars and Phewa Lake.
Chitwan : Visit the elephant camp and wildlife safari by elephant. Raft down the river and see the crocodile preserve. You will spend the night in a tented camp, which has a central dining area, and bar, large safari tents with comfortable beds, shower and jungle toilets.
Pokhra : This valley is the most picturesque spot in Nepal. Besides the uninterrupted view of Annapurna range, it also offers clear and magnificent views of Dhaulagiri and Manaslu mountains. The day is at leisure to enjoy the beauty of nature.
Fly back to Kathmandu and change flights for Calcutta. Meeting and transfer to hotel.
City tour of Kolkata includes Victoria Memorial, Kali Temple and Governor's residence. Fly to Bhubaneswar and transfer to Puri.
Morning city tour and afternoon excursion to Konark and visit the Sun temple also called the Black Pagoda. Late afternoon fly to Chennai.
Sightseeing tour of St. Mary's Church, Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral and the rock-cut temples of Mahabalipuram.
Morning fly to Bangalore. Bangalore is a pretty town with lakes and tree-lined avenues. Visit the gardens of Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park and impressive monolith Nandi Bull Temple.
A drive through the picturesque land of evergreen hills and beautiful natural landscaped plains takes you to the Mysore Palace. En-route visit summer palace of Tipu Sultan. In the evening visit the Brindavan Gardens with its magnificent fountains.
Morning excursion to Hassan and visit Belure and Halebid temples. Lord Fergusson, an authority on Indian architecture, observes 'There are many buildings in India which are unsurpassed for delicacy of detail by any in the world but the temple of Belure surpasses even these for freedom of handling and richness of fancy'. The virtuosity of Indian sculptors reached its peak at the temples of Belure and Halebid.
Transfer to Bangalore and fly to Cochin. Take a special boat ride through the enchanting backwaters to the dream island resort of Coconut Lagoon / Taj Gardens Retreat. Visit the bird sanctuary and the nearby villages in the enchanting backwaters of Kerala. The typical countryside offers a variety of interests. Enjoy the sunset cruise.
The palm fringed coastal town that is laced with inland waterways and tropical lagoons. The Arabs, Chinese, Dutch and British came through to trade with India through Cochin and left their imprints behind in various buildings and monuments. The attractions include a Synagogue built in 1587, the St. Francis Church built in 1510 and Santa Cruz Cathedral built in 1904, the Dutch Palace and the oldest Mosque in India. Sightseeing tour and cruise the backwaters.
Morning at leisure in Cochin. Fly to Mumbai.
Depart on your journey home.
Itineraries are designed with current flight schedules and remain subject to adjustment / change.
|Departure Dates - 2018|
|Departure Dates - 2019|
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|India & Nepal 31 days||Per Person|
|Double Occupancy||$ 5650.00|
|Single Room Supp.||$ 3050.00|
|Airfare - Tour Itinerary||$ 1939.00|
|Meals Supplement||$ 1575.00|
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|Single Room Supplement for Gaida / Machan Lodge||$ 245.00|
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