MUMBAI-AURANGABAD-AJANTA CAVES-ELLORA CAVES-AURANGABAD-UDAIPUR-JAIPUR-SAWAI MADHOPUR-AGRA-KHAJURAHO-DELHI-KOLKATA-CHENNAI-BANGLORE-MYSORE
23 Days / 22 Nights
Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai – Mumbai earlier known as Bombay, is the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra state. The heart of the city contains some of the grandest colonial-era architecture on the planet but explore a little more and you’ll uncover unique bazaars, hidden temples, hipster enclaves and India’s premier restaurants and nightlife. Arrive & checkin, overnight stay at Mumbai
Day 02: Mumbai city tour
After breakfast relax in the Hotel. Afternoon City Tour of Mumbai. Visiting Gateway of India, prince wales museum, drive past Marine Drive, Mumbai's most popular seaside promenade, and see the Kamla Nehru Park and Hanging Gardens on the slopes of the Malabar hills, offering a nice view of the marine lines and the Chowpatty beach. Visit the Jain temple, Mani Bhawan where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay, and the Dhobi Ghat. Also, drive past the Flora Fountain, colorful Crawford Market and Victoria Terminus station. Overnight at Mumbai.
Day 03: Fly from Mumbai – Aurangabad (14: 50 hrs – 16:00 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and transfer to Mumbai airport and fly to Aurangabad - a dream destination of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, founded in 1610, is known today, as one of the four important cities in Maharashtra. Silk fabrics were once Aurangabad’s chief revenue generator, and the town is still known across the world for its hand-woven Himroo and Paithani saris.
Arrive & check-in, overnight stay at Aurangabad.
Day 04: Ajanta Caves
After breakfast proceed on a full day excursion to Ajanta caves - one of India’s most impressive archaeological sites. Here Buddhist art attained its peak. The frescoes and wall paintings reveal a fascinating lifestyle. Thirty caves are carved out of a rocky gorge dating back to the 3rd century. The ornate facades and interior chambers are illuminated at all times of the day. Back to hotel rest of the day at leisure.Return back to hotel, overnight stay at Aurangabad.
Day 05: Ellora Caves & Aurangabad Tour & Departure fly to Mumbai
Sightseeing of Ellora and City Tour. Ellora Caves - Ellora group of rock cut caves, the most magnificent is the Kailashanatha Temple (Cave 16), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple has actually been sculpted out of a single mountain, and it depicts Mount Kailasa, the sacred abode of Lord Shiva. Later City tour of Aurangabad Bibi Ka Maqbara is the burial place of Aurangzeb wife, Rabia-Durrani. Aurangzeb’s son built this monument in 1679 AD in memory of his mother. It is an imitation of the Taj Mahal at Agra, it is also called as "poor man's Taj Mahal" owing to it being a poor replica of the Taj. Also visit Panchakki also known as the water mill, takes its name from the mill which used to grind grain for the pilgrims. This monument located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, displays the scientific thought process put in medieval Indian architecture. It was designed to generate energy via water brought down from a spring on a mountain. Also visit Daulatabad Fort magnificent 12th century fortress stands on a hill, Built by Raja Bhillamraj once known as 'Devgiri. Daulatabad Fort is one of the world's best preserved Fort, survived without being altered Later depart from Aurangabad Airport fly to Mumbai. Arrive & check-in overnight stay at Mumbai.
Day 06: Fly from Mumbai – Udaipur
After breakfast checkout from hotel and transfer to Mumbai airport and fly to Udaipur - An enchanting and enthralling place of limpid lakes, verdant forests, palaces, and gardens, temples, aesthetically surrounded by the Aravalli hills. Founded in 1559 AD by Maharaja Udai Singh, this is popularly known as the City of Lakes and also as the Venice of the east. Moreover, this is well eminent for the performing arts, crafts, and miniature paintings throughout India. Arrive & check in, Overnight stay at Udaipur.
Day 07: Udaipur city tour
Morning breakfast at hotel and checkout from hotel and proceed for City tour Palace, at this complex one will marvel at the rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, windows with colored glass, inlaid marble balconies and the peacock courtyard. Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-bari gardens, the Jagdish temple and the local museum. In the afternoon, enjoy a motor launch cruise on the placid waters of the beautiful lake Pichola, enlarged by Maharana Udai Singh after he founded the city. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. You can also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - which is a lovely island palace in the middle of the lake. Overnight stay at Udaipur.
Day 08: Drive Udaipur – Jaipur (07 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Jaipur - Jaipur - the capital city of the state of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ of the terra-cotta-colored lime plaster that coats the old part of the city's walls, buildings, and temples. Arrive and check in. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 09: Jaipur Tour
Morning, proceed for an excursion to Amber Fort - the original Palace was built by Raja Mansingh and later additions were made by Sawai Jai Singh. One of the finest example of Rajput architecture. Enjoy the ascent to the Palace on the back of a brightly caparisoned elephant. Visit the multiple chambers and hallways of the palace which are famous for their design and decorations.
Afternoon, proceed for a city tour to visit the unique Jantar Mantar, which is a magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728 and drive past the Hawa Mahal, an intriguing “Palace of Winds”. This was really a facade built in 1799, to allow royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Later visit the opulent City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style which has grand museums displaying an excellent collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 10: Jaipur – Sawai madhopur (03 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Sawai Madhopur, a city named after its founder Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I. Sawai Madhopur is known for its exclusive toys, ethnic ornaments and costumes. Afternoon visit to Ranthambhor National Park, wherein are located the ruins of a 10th century fort. This wildlife sanctuary is considered to be the country’s best for observing and photographing the activities of the tiger. The park, covering an area of 392sq kms is home to more than 300 species of birds. The tiger, hyena, ratel, jackal and fox are among those constituting the carnivorous population here. Overnight stay at Sawai Madhopur.
Day 11: Sawai madhopur – Agra (04 hrs) & Agra tour
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Agra, later proceed to Agra tour - visit the world famous Taj Mahal (closed on Fri's) - one of the seven wonders of the world, a mausoleum built by Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Agra Fort - The high red sandstone ramparts of this great monument stretch for almost 2.5 km, dominating a bend in the river Yamuna, northwest of the Taj Mahal. The foundation of this majestic citadel was laid by the Emperor Akbar, and it developed as a stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Overnight stay in Agra.
Day 12: Train journey from Agra – Khajuraho
Arrive Khajuraho and proceed and check into the hotel. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India. They are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The temples are famous for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. Most Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 CE by the Chandela dynasty. Overnight at Khajuraho.
Day 13: Tour Khajuraho
After breakfast proceed for city tour of Khajuraho - visit to the famous Chandela Dynasty Temples divided into three groups - western, eastern and southern. The western group is most famous, and it is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. These temples are amazing - rising in many peaks and spirals intricately carved and designed with statues and friezes. The erotic carvings on these temple walls have made this one of the most talked about tourist site in the country and, perhaps, unmatched in the world. Overnight at Khajuraho.
Day 14: Fly Khajuraho – Delhi
After breakfast checkout from hotel and transfer to Khajuraho airport and fly to Delhi - capital of modern India. Many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil over the last 3000 years. The legacy still survives in many monuments varying from the 13th century mausoleum of the Lodi Kings to the buildings of British India's imperial past like the Parliament House and the Presidential Estate. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 15: Delhi tour
Today proceed on a tour of Old Delhi, visit the Red Fort, Raj Ghat - a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Ashoka Pillar and the mile-long Chandni Chowk bazaar. Later tour New Delhi, drive along Rajpath the capital’s broadest avenue, for a view of the Parliament House, the President’s House and India Gate. Visit the Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and Birla Temple. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 16: Fly from Delhi – Kolkata
After breakfast checkout from hotel and transfer to Delhi airport and fly to Kolkata, Kolkata- Kolkata is an important commercial and cultural point in East India. In the 17th century, the Nawab of Bengal granted the East India Company a trading license. Kolkata was the Capital of India till 1911, under the British rule after which the Capital was shifted to Delhi. Kolkata is also called as the City of Joy and also the Cultural Capital of India. The Bengalis of Kolkata are known to be educated, cultured and soft spoken.Arrive Kolkatta and transfer to the hotel.Overnight at Kolkatta.
Day 17: Kolkata Tour
After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing of Kolkatta including will take you the most important Jain Temple dedicated to Parasvanath, the 23rd Jain Tirthankara. Devotee Jains from all parts of India flock to the Temple precincts all-round the year. The complex consists of four temples inside of it. The deity of Lord Sitalnathji is seated in the sanctum sanctorum, and his diamond-studded forehead is a major attraction. You will continue with your tour visiting the Victoria Memorial which is one of India's most beautiful monuments built between 1906 and 1921 in white marble. The memorial was the inspiration of Lord Curzon, who in 1901, felt that his lately departed Queen Empress, required a suitable monument to her memory. It houses paintings, manuscripts, and other objects of historic value in its Museum and Art Gallery.
Later drive past Howrah Bridge, Dalhousie Square, Fort Williams, Secretariat Building and Old Court House Street. Dalhousie Square named in the memory of Lord Dalhousie who was the Governor General of India from 1847 to 1856. The Dalhousie Square is surrounded by some of Kolkata's most enduring Raj-era monuments like the magnificent GPO (General Post Office), the regal Raj Bhawan, the Town Hall, the St. John's Church and the Gothic style Writer's Building. In terms of heritage, no other city square is as rich as Dalhousie Square. Overnight in Kolkata.
Day 18: Fly from Kolkata – Chennai
After breakfast checkout from hotel transfer to Kolkata airport and fly to Chennai - India’s fourth largest city and the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu was the site of the East India Company’s first settlement founded in 1639 on land given by the Raja of Chandragiri, the last representative of the Vijay nagar rulers of Hampi. Overnight at Chennai.
Day 19: Chennai tour & later fly to Bangalore
Morning tour the ‘St. Mary’s Church’, built in 1678 – 80, was the first English Church in Chennai. The Saint Thomas Cathedral, built in 1504, then re-built in neo - gothic style in 1893, this Roman Catholic Church is said to house the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle. Also visit the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, an ancient Shiva Temple, constructed in pure Dravidian style. The Sri Parathasarathy Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, built in 8th century during the reign of the Pallavas. Other attractions include the National Art Gallery and Museum, which house some beautiful temple friezes, the bronze gallery, and archeological section. Drive past the High Court Building, Fort St. George and the famous film studios. Later fly to Bangalore, arrive & check-in overnight stay at Bangalore.
Day 20: Tour Bangalore
Today tour of Bangalore - the tour begins with a visit to the visit the Government Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery – one of the oldest in the country, established in 1886, which is endowed with relics from prehistoric Mohenjodaro period. The tour concludes with a drive past the Vidhana Soudha, the High Court and the Nandi Bull Temple. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Bangalore.
Day 21: Bangalore - Mysore (03 hrs)
After breakfast we drive to Mysore. Enroute tour Srirangapatnam, once the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, is known for its fortress and tomb of the famous Warrior King. Continue your drive and check in. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Mysore.
Day 22: Tour Mysore
Today proceed for a sightseeing tour of Mysore. Upon a hill overlooking the city is the temple to Chamundeswari, its patron goddess. The major tourist attraction is the “Mysore Palace”, the beautiful profile of this walled Indo-Saracenic Palace, the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore, graces the city skyline, rebuilt in 1912. The Mysore Arts and Crafts Centre is famous for its fine craftsmanship in wood, ivory, sandalwood and silk. The tour also includes a visit to the Zoological Gardens and the St. Philomena’s church, one of the largest churches in the country, built in the Victorian Gothic style. This evening drive 10 miles from Mysore to enjoy the beautiful and exquisitely illuminated Brindavan Gardens, sprawling amid gorgeous cascading fountains. Overnight at Mysore.
Day 23: Mysore – Bangalore & Departure
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Bangalore, transfer to Bangalore airport for onward destination.
Accommodation for in well-appointed 01 standard single/double room