Heritage Monuments & Imperial Cities in India
This private India tour will begin in Mumbai the commercial capital of India. Explore magnificent monuments of the colonial era and the Historical Elephanta cave. Thereafter fly to Hyderabad another imperial city with historic Golconda Fort & Salarjung Museum. Next fly to Kolkata a colonial town with many landmarks of the British & East India Company. Fly to Delhi a historic city ruled by 7 different dynasties before the British. Then head to Agra an Imperial city with many monuments of Mughal including the Taj Mahal an architectural wonder. Further, drive to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri & Abhaneri lying in the village. Visit the fort, palaces and bazaar in the royal city Jaipur.
Day 1: Arrive in Mumbai
On arrival at Mumbai airport assistance & transfer to hotel (check-in/out time 12pm). Mumbai is disciplined by no time frame neither day nor night. Dazzling shopping arcades, exciting sports activity, nightclubs & discotheques, theatre, music & gourmet restaurants offer visitors a heady mix of all this and more. Rest time free for personal activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Mumbai (B)
City tour of Mumbai. Drive via Marine Drive one of the most beautifully laid boulevards in the city to reach the Gateway of India. Board a ferry from here to reach Elephanta Caves (Monday closed). A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where caves are located. Afterward, cruise back to Gateway of India and then city tour. Drive pass CST & Parliament House. Visit Dhobhi Ghat to see the city’s famous open-air laundry in action. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay, a Grade I Heritage Building of the city counted amongst one of the most prominent museums of India. The complex exhibits a myriad collection of ancient artifacts, artwork, and sculptors of the country which give a unique insight into our past. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Mumbai – Hyderabad (B)
Transfer to airport to board flight for Hyderabad. On arrival assistance & transfer to hotel. Rest time free for personal activities relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Hyderabad (B)
City tour of Hyderabad a 400-year-old metropolitan city teeming with bustling-bazaars and Muslim monuments. City tour of Hyderabad, explore 400-year-old metropolitan city teeming with bustling bazaars & Muslim monuments. Visit Golconda Fort renowned for its diamond mines that have given the world-famous Kohinoor and Darya-i-Noor diamonds. The ancient fort complex of Golconda will charm you with its history, tinged with legends and anecdotes. Qutub Shahi Tombs a group of small and big mosques and tombs built by the rulers of the Qutub Shahi dynasty on a raised platform and have a dome-shaped structure. Charminar built-in 1591 by Quli Qutub Shah is an identifying landmark of Hyderabad. It is also famous for the market that sprawls around it called Laad Bazaar. Salar Jung Museum (Friday closed) a treat for tourists famous for being the third-largest museum in the country, having the largest antique collection dating back to the first century. Chowmahalla Palace (Friday closed) the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty where the Nizams entertained their official guests and royal visitors. Birla Mandir made of pure white Rajasthani marble the temple beauty leaves you awestruck. Also, drive and pass Hussain Sagar Lake one of the largest man-made lakes renowned for its monolith of Lord Buddha placed right at the center of the lake. Overnight at hotel. Rest time free to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Hyderabad – Kolkata (B)
Transfer to airport to board flight for Kolkata. On arrival at Kolkata airport assistance & transfer to hotel. Rest time free & easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Kolkata (B)
City tour of Kolkata. Visit Fort William one of the most enduring Raj-era edifices built during the early years of the Bengal Presidency of British India, on the eastern banks of the River Hooghly. Victoria Memorial the immaculate white memorial bounded by verdant greenery and broad roads dedicated to Queen Victoria. Inside the memorial, there is a museum where you can see the dresses of the queen as well as different kinds of weapons used during that era. Netaji Bhawan a building maintained as a memorial and research center to the life of the Indian nationalist Netaji`s Subhas Chandra Bose. The house, built by Bose`s father in 1909, is owned and managed by the Netaji Research Bureau and includes a museum, archives, and library. Howrah Bridge one of the most popular bridges of India, built on the river Hooghly. It is one of the major Kolkata attractions and people from different parts of the country come here especially to witness this amazingly structured bridge. Dakshineswar Kali Temple one of the major pilgrimage centers dedicated to Goddess Kali. Located on the bank of River Hoogly, the temple compound maintains a large courtyard with rooms along the boundary walls, twelve shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, a bathing ghat on the river, and a shrine dedicated to Rani Rashmoni. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Kolkata – Delhi (B)
Transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. On arrival assistance & transfer to hotel check-in. Rest time free to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Delhi (B)
City tour of Delhi. In Old, Delhi visits the majestic Red Fort (closed on Monday) the residence of the Mughal emperor for nearly 200 years until 1857. Jama Masjid one of the largest mosques in the world built by Shah Jahan. Cycle Rickshaw ride in Chandni chowk & Khari Baoli Spice Market a busy shopping area with markets full of spices, dried fruit, silver jewelry, and vivid saris, while the narrow side streets are crowded with tiny shops selling essential oils, stationery, and traditional Indian sweets. Raj Gath the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi where he was cremated after his assassination.
In New Delhi visit Humayun Tomb the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent and an early example of Mughal architecture commissioned by Humayun`s first wife Empress Bega Begum in 1569-70. Qutab Minar a 73-meter tall minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex fine examples of Afghan architecture. Lotus Temple a Bahai House of Worship notable for its flower-like shape. Also, drive and pass President House, Parliament & India Gate, etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Delhi – Agra (204kms) (B)
Drive to Agra check-in at the hotel. Later visit Taj Mahal an ivory-white marble mausoleum commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal, it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. Agra Fort the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638. And Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb commissioned by Nur Jahan for her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Agra – Jaipur (245kms) (B)
Drive to Jaipur via visiting Fatehpur Sikri an abandoned predominately a red sandstone construction sprawling over a huge area. See the graceful buildings including Diwan-E-Khas hall, Jodha Bai Palace, Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & Buland Darwaza. Next visit Abhaneri a small village popular for India`s deepest, largest, and amazing stepwell & a Hindu Temple. Continue to drive to Jaipur check-in at the hotel. Evening explores the local market of Pink City. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Jaipur (B)
City tour of Jaipur the first planned city of India. Established in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the king of Amber when he shifted his capital from Amber to the new city because of the rapidly-growing population and an increasing water scarcity. Noted architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya used the established principles of Vastu Shastra to build the city. In 1876, the Prince of Wales visited Jaipur and the entire Jaipur city was painted in pink the symbolic colors of hospitality to welcome him. Jaipur rises up majestically against the backdrop of the forts Nahargarh, Jaigarh, and Garh Ganesh Temple. In the morning visit Amber Fort followed by Jaigarh Fort. Later visit City Palace, Observatory, Hawa Mahal, Sisodia Rani Garden & Birla temple. Explore the famous bazaars of Pink City with its rich history and heritage exudes an amazing mix of royalty and art. Overnight at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Jaipur – Mumbai/Delhi (B)
Transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai. From Mumbai board connecting flight for onward destination. Or drive to Delhi to board a flight for onward destination.
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