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TIMELESS GEMS OF INDIA

11 Nights /

12 Days

1 Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to India. On arrival, you are received and transferred to your hotel. The hotel check-in time is 12 noon. The rest of the day is free you to relax. Overnight in Delhi.

2 Day 2: Delhi

Embark on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi this afternoon. Begin with a visit to the 17th century Jama Mosque, followed by a drive past the Red Fort which was built by Emperor Shah Jahan, creator of the Taj Mahal. Then onward to Raj Ghat, the site of the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Overnight in Delhi.

3 Day 3: Delhi

This morning you set off on a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Begin with a drive past Safdarjang's Tomb (1753 AD) when en route to the striking 73m high Qutab Minar (1193 AD). Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron Pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted for over 1500 years. Continue your tour to visit Humayun's Tomb. Later drive through the Embassy area, Diplomatic enclave, stop for a quick photo shoot at India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan (formerly Viceroy's House) and Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping area. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Delhi.

4 Day 4: Delhi / Varanasi

This morning you board a flight to Varanasi where you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the buried city of Sarnath, one of the holiest cities for Buddhists which is located north east of Varanasi. Buddha came to Sarnath and preached the way to Nirvana. Later, Ashoka, the great Buddhist emperor erected magnificent stupas and monasteries, the ruins of which are visible today. A museum here houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures. Overnight in Varanasi.

5 Day 5: Varanasi

Varanasi, the holiest of cities for the Hindus, is amongst the oldest living cities in the world. Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the river Ganges while looking out for people on the ghats - the women bathing discreetly in their sarees, the young men displaying prowess in yogic postures and the Brahmin priests offering prayers for one and all. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later proceed for a city tour of Varanasi including visits to the numerous temples, which dot the banks of the river. Walk through the narrow lanes and stop by at the bazaars to see the world famous Banaras silks. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Varanasi.

6 Day 6: Varanasi / Delhi / Agra

The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon you board your flight to Delhi and then drive onward to Agra (203 kms / 4.5 hours). Check-in at your hotel. Overnight in Agra.

7 Day 7: Agra

Proceed for a city tour where you will experience the magnificent world wonder, the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays), built by Shah Jahan in 1653 as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal. Continue your tour to the Agra Fort, the original red sandstone fort built by Moghul Emperor Akbar in 1565. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Agra.

8 Day 8: Agra /Jaipur

This morning, you drive from Agra to Jaipur (221 kms/6 hours) en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted, red sandstone city, built by Emperor Akbar, between 1570 and 1585, was once the capital of the Mughal Empire for a short period but later abandoned due to scarcity of water. See the Bulund Darwaza and the beautiful white marble tomb of the Sufi saint Shaik Salim Chishti that are located within the premises. Continue your drive to Jaipur and upon arrival check-in at your hotel. Overnight in Jaipur.

9 Day 9: Jaipur

Proceed for an excursion to Amer Fort, one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. Enjoy the ascent to the Palace on the back of a brightly caparisoned elephant. In the afternoon, proceed on a city tour to visit the unique stone observatory Jantar Mantar and the City Palace. Drive past the Hawa Mahal, an intriguing Palace of Winds. Overnight in Jaipur. 

10 Day 10: Jaipur / Udaipur

This morning you drive from Jaipur to Udaipur, reaching Udaipur in the evening. Later enjoy a motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will see beautiful views of the city of Udaipur. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace, a lovely island palace in the middle of the lake. Overnight in Udaipur.

11 Day 11: Udaipur

Proceed on a sightseeing tour of Udaipur. Begin your tour with a visit to the magnificent City Palace where you can marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, windows with colored glass, inlaid marble balconies and a peacock courtyard. Later visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari gardens, the Jagdish temple and the local Museum. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Udaipur. 

12 Day 12: Udaipur / Mumbai

Today you board a flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival at the airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Mumbai is India's western gateway and the capital of Maharashtra. Set off on an afternoon sightseeing tour of Mumbai. The tour begins at The Gateway of India, Mumbai's foremost landmark overlooking the harbour, was conceived following the visit of King George V in 1911 and officially opened in 1924. A drive up to the Malabar Hill, to the Hanging Gardens, gives a panoramic view of the city and the Queens Necklace - the Marine Drive. The tour concludes with a drive through the Flora Fountain and Fort area and view the Gothic and Victorian style buildings. Visit the Victoria Terminus (now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus) India's finest Gothic building and a bustling Railway Station. Continue drive around the Horniman Circle and visit the Town Hall. Later in the evening you are transfer to the International Airport for your onward flight.

Note: Accommodation in Mumbai will be reserved till departure to International airport.  

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