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Flight to India
Make your own way to your gateway city to check in for your international flight to India. Enjoy inflight meals and services
Welcome to Delhi, India! a monumental city with a vibrant mix of old and new teeming bazaars, stately British boulevards, powerful Mughal palaces and forts, and intricate, ethereal towers, temples and tombs.
OVERNIGHT IN DELHI.
Our adventure begins in Old Delhi, the Mughal capital established by Shah Jahan in 1638. At the famous Red Fort, where Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the flag of newly-independent India on August 15, 1947, we trade our car for bicycle rickshaws. Weaving through the warren of crooked, congested alleys off Chandni Chowk, one of India’s oldest and busiest bazaars, we will see the traditional workmanship for which India is well known still thrives. We will also visit Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s serene and evocative cremation site, and the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India.
OVERNIGHT IN DELHI
After breakfast your New Delhi sightseeing excursion shows you the Secretariat buildings, Parliament House, Presidential Palace, and India Gate, commemorating Indian and British soldiers, Humayun's Tomb, set in beautiful gardens. This Mughal creation popularized Persian-influenced architecture and was an inspiration for the Taj Mahal. This afternoon visit the Qutb Minar, a stunning 240-foot minaret – the tallest in the world – surrounded by an elaborate complex built in the Indo-Islamic architectural tradition.
OVERNIGHT IN DELHI
After breakfast, transfer to Delhi airport to catch our flight to the ancient city of Varanasi, the center of Hindu culture. A holy city dedicated to Shiva, Varanasi has survived the centuries because of its sanctified place in Indian religious life. Late this afternoon enjoy an excursion to the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Sarnath. At the museum, see excavated pillars from the Maurya dynasty (323-185 B.C.) and ancient stupas. At sunset, cruise the Ganges River to witness the evening Aarti prayer ritual.
OVERNIGHT IN VARANASI
Enjoy an early morning boat ride to see the many pilgrims gathering at the Ghats to bathe in the sacred Ganges as the city begins to come alive in the misty light of dawn. INDUS EXCEPTIONAL EXEPERIENCE: for those interested you can opt for a yoga session on the banks of the Ganges River with a local yoga expert. After breakfast back at the hotel transfer to Varanasi airport and board a flight to Khajuraho. Upon arrival, in Khajuraho you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. This afternoon enjoy a half day city tour of the Eastern also known as the Jain Temples of Parasnath & Adinath & the Western group of Temples the Kandariya Mahadev & the Chaunsath Yogini).
OVERNIGHT IN KHAJURAHO
Early morning optional Yoga session with a local expert.
After breakfast drive to Jhansi (175 KMS / 04 HOURS) en-route visiting Orcha Raja Ram Temple and Fort before continuing on to Jhansi railway station and board the train to Agra (Shatabdi Express departure at 1810 Hrs /arrival Agra at 2038 Hrs ). Upon arrival in Agra, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.
OVERNIGHT IN AGRA
Early this morning watch the sunrise at the Taj Mahal. You will long remember this scene as the Taj Mahal changes color and mood, its marble walls reflecting the pinks and mauves of the rising sun. After breakfast, we set out to explore Agra Fort, the work of Akbar the Great, who built it over the course of eight years (1565-1573). The fort was successively occupied by Emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan; the latter died here, imprisoned by his son, left to gaze at the Taj Mahal he had built. Also visit Itmad ud Daula, the mausoleum built by Queen Nur Jahan in 1622 in memory of her father. It is a notable representation of the fine inlaid stonework and translucent marble of the region. Many historians believe that this monument was Shah Jahan’s inspiration for building the Taj Mahal and is often described as the “petite Taj.”
OVERNIGHT IN AGRA
After breakfast we will continue overland to Ranthambore (302 Kms /07 Hours). We will stop en route at Fatehpur Sikri, the eerily abandoned capital of the Mughal Empire between 1570 and 1586. Akbar built this city to celebrate the birth of his son and future heir to the throne, Emperor Jahangir. While Akbar is believed to have been illiterate, he took great interest in the arts and architecture; Fatehpur Sikri is one of his masterworks. Sadly, it served as a capital for little more than a decade, eventually being abandoned for lack of accessible water.
OVERNIGHT IN RANTHAMBHORE
Ranthambore National Park, at 150 square miles, is one of India’s smallest tiger reserves, but boasts one of the country’s largest tiger populations and an impressive array of other animal and bird life (over 270 species of birds have been documented). It is located between the Aravalli and Vindhya mountain ranges, forested with deciduous trees and dotted with natural and manmade lakes and spectacular ancient ruins. Wildlife including leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, langur nilgai, sambar and chital inhabit the park in abundance. Crocodiles are found in some of these lakes, which are also seasonally rich in water birds. Our day will begin with pre-dawn coffee and biscuits before setting off on an early morning game drive with our park guide in search of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. After lunch back at our hotel, we will return to the park for an afternoon game drive, ending our day just before sunset.
OVERNIGHT IN RANTHAMBHORE
After breakfast travel overland to the “Pink City” of Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital ( 160 Kms /04 Hours). The origin of Jaipur’s nickname becomes immediately apparent as we enter the old city walls and greet the pink-colored buildings that rise at every turn. In the late afternoon enjoy an EXPEDITION EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCE - Hi Tea in a private section of the Royal family at the City Palace in Jaipur. As an Expedition2India guest you will have access to exclusive and private areas of the City Palace including the Sheesh Mahal (Glass Palace).
OVERNIGHT IN JAIPUR
This morning we will drive a short distance outside of the city to Amber Fort & Palace. Perched on a hillside on the outskirts of town, the palace was constructed in the 1590s by Maharaja Man Singh, the commander of Akbar's army, and was largely motivated by the highly defensible location. This is a beautiful and very well preserved structure, built on four levels and surrounded by ruins, which served as the backdrop for the Mira Nair movie "Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love." Travel up to the fort on elephant back as the maharajahs of the past once did.
OVERNIGHT IN JAIPUR
Today drive to Udaipur, the majestic city of lakes and palaces (412 Kms/06 and Half Hours). Founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 and fondly referred to as Rajasthan’s most romantic city, its rich history is matched by its picturesque setting among the Aravalli Mountains and three manmade lakes.
On arrival in Udaipur check in at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT IN UDAIPUR
We begin our day at the City Palace, overlooking the blue waters of Lake Pichola. Maharana Udai Singh initiated construction in 1559 A.D. and it was subsequently expanded, with impressive uniformity, by several succeeding Maharanas. The palace consists of a number of beautiful courtyards and gardens. The main hall has been converted into a museum, housing opulent artifacts and original works of art. Inside the complex we will find the exquisite crystal gallery, exhibiting 19th century pieces including crystal chandeliers, tables, sofas and beds. We will continue walking towards the Jagdish Temple to study its many remarkable friezes. Lavishly built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, it is easy to understand why Jagdish is the most venerated Hindu temple in Udaipur. Afterwards we will explore the Old City, wandering through its bustling streets lined with art shops, spice vendors, tailors and more. In the early evening we will take a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola, sailing past picturesque Ghats and palaces, stopping at the island of Jag Mandir, a 17th century water palace that witnessed two important historical events. It was the refuge for Prince Khurram, later known as Shah Jahan, when he was exiled by his father and later during the uprising of 1857, the island offered safety to several British families who fled from nearby Née much.
OVERNIGHT IN UDAIPUR
After breakfast, transfer to Udaipur domestic airport and board a flight to Mumbai.
Upon arrival in Mumbai you will be met and transferred to the hotel. This afternoon enjoy a half day city tour of Mumbai visiting the Prince of Wales Museum, the Hanging Gardens and Mani Bhawan, a private house where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay when he visited Mumbai.This evening delve into the world of Indian cinema on a Bollywood tour in Mumbai. Drive past celebrity homes, stroll along the Walk of the Stars, and watch a typical Bollywood film at a local theater. Your local guide will provide in-depth, entertaining commentary about all things Bollywood!
OVERNIGHT IN MUMBAI
Transfer to Mumbai International airport for your onward flight back home with memories of this Royal Extravaganza.
Accommodation for 14 nights in 5 star hotels and resorts or similar as per Itinerary
Buffet breakfast daily
Escorted return airport transfers
Sightseeing & Entrance fees as per the itinerary
English speaking local guides as per the itinerary
Transportation by Deluxe Air-conditioned Coach
Elephant safari in the countryside in Jaipur including a BBQ lunch Hi Tea in the private section of Royal Family’s palace of Jaipur
Sound & Light show at the City Palace in Udaipur
Morning boat ride on the Ganges
Welcome dinner in Delhi 2 Safari/Game drives in Ranthambore
Evening Aarti ceremony on the Ganges in Varanasi
Optional morning Yoga Classes in Varanasi & Khajuraho
Bollywood movie in Mumbai
English speaking Tour Director
Domestic Airfare: Delhi / Varanasi / Khajuraho – Udaipur / Mumbai
Executive Class Train – Agra to Jhansi
All Applicable Taxes
Meals not mentioned as being included
Beverages with meals
Items of a personal nature
Tips & gratuities
Travel insurance Items not mentioned as being included