Romantic Interludes Tour

Romantic Interludes Tour

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Destination Covered:

Mumbai - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaipur - Agra - Khajuraho - Delhi - Goa - Mumbai

Duration:
17 Nights / 18 Days
Tour Category:
Highlights
Through this tour the honeymoon couple visit the royal princely cities of Rajasthan ; land of forts and palaces, and relaxed beach holidays, coupled with visit to the Taj Mahal and erotic temples of Khajuraho are some of the romantic highlights with stay at the finest small luxury hotels.
Day 01 - Arrive Mumbai
The romance and colour of India greets you as you disembark from your jet in Bombay a metropolis of energy and vitality. Welcome to India. Our representative escorts you to the Taj Mahal hotel where the old world charm and panache and present day sophistication come together so gracefully, as on the waterfront of India’s premier metropolis. Few other hotels in the world have become so much part of city’s heritage and mystique as the Taj has of Bombay’s. On the arrival at the hotel ladies in authentic local costumes greet with garlands and anoint your forehead with the traditional red “tikka”. Afterwards relax with a welcome drink. Check into the Sea view room offering a magnificent view of Arabian sea dotted with small and big ships. Rest of your day will be at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 - In Mumbai
Breakfast at the colorful SHAMIANA, the 24 hour coffee shop with gay, informal surroundings and a menu that titillates appetites. This morning a boat ride across Bombay’s harbor will take you to the famous Elephanta Caves carved between 6th & 8th centuries. These outstanding stone images are some of the finest representations of Hindu God Shiva. (Elephanta Caves are closed on Mondays). Return to hotel. A sumptuous lunch awaits you at TANJORE offering Indian cuisine of diverse cultures, tastes and regions of the land accompanied by live sitar music and classical Indian dance. Afternoon the city tour will take you to all of Bombay’s best known landmarks; impressive Gateway of India built in 1911, the handsome Prince of Wales Museum famous for it’s collection of miniature paintings, Marine Drive, Bombay’s sweeping shoreline, unique Hanging Gardens and Mani Bhavan, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Evening enjoy a Victoria Ride on the Marine Drive. Dinner at KHYBER which establishes a sense of occasion - a reminder of the ephemeral stuff dreams are made of. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 03 - Mumbai – Udaipur (Flight)
A short flight takes you to Udaipur - a beautiful city of lakes, palaces and fountains still evoking the rich sensibilities of a royal lineage long gone by, leaving only this dreamy city to continue forever. Check in at the Lake Palace where you give yourself over to a dream. The KHUS MAHAL suite is envisaged for your stay - the suite where the Sun filters through the stained glass alcoves, creating intricate patterns, where the antique Jhoola forms the heart of this well loved room, where one can feel the aura of passion left behind by hundred of honeymooners. Evening enjoy a boat cruise on the GANGAUR BOAT -the royal barge of the house of Mewar. The barge is regally decorated and takes you for a cruise around the mystical Lake Palace. Imagine just the two of you in fairy tale that has just begun. Meals and overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - In Udaipur
Breakfast at the hotel. Your day starts with a visit to City Palace- now a museum, completely white & majestic; the royal palace stands on a hill, surrounded by crenellated walls. It is a labyrinth of courtyards richly decorated with inland mirror work, galleries covered with frescoes, temples and kiosks. In the old town the Jagdish temple built in mid 17th century has a remarkable bronze statue. Visit the exquisitely fashioned Sahelion-ki Bari or garden of maids of honour with fountains, a lotus pond chhatris & Kiosks of black marble. Your afternoon is at leisure. Relax by the pool or go shopping.

Evening enjoy a drink at Amritsagar bar where the spirits never run dry. Dinner at Neelkamal restaurant serving Indian and continental gourmet delights. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 - Udaipur - Jodhpur (Flight)
Board morning flight to Jodhpur - a city founded in the 15th century by a chieftain of Rajputs, native of Rajasthan, this city stands at the edge of the Thar Desert. Your host in Jodhpur is one of the India’s largest and most lavish royal residences. Umaid Bhavan Palace which belongs to Maharaja of Jodhpur, who still resides here. Stay in a royal suite. Rest of the day at leisure. Evening Sunset cocktail at the terrace of Umaid Bhavan Palace followed by dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 - Jodhpur - Jaipur (Flight)
Morning visit the imposing Mehrangarh Fort and explore its many palaces, where royal apartments had such evocative names as the ‘Pearl Palace’ and the ‘Pleasure Palace”. Royal trappings adorn rooms painted and carved in intricate patterns. Time at leisure. Board flight for Jaipur - gateway to Rajasthan and a city ablaze with colour when latticed rose - pink monuments fight with brilliantly turbaned men and vividly costumed women for attention. Check into Rambagh Palace whose oriental allure inspires to lift you gently from time and space to that glorious age of grace and beauty when luxury was a way of life. Stay in the PRINCESS SUITE which has an air of stately grace and is classic in its simplicity and yet opulent. The magnificent fountain set dramatically in center of the room, plays gently as the tropical winds breeze in from the garden. And fantasy takes wing. Indeed, Jaipur is the most romantic place to celebrate the first glorious moments of love. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 07 - In Jaipur
Your day starts with an excursion to Amber Fort. You ride up the ramp of this 11th century bastion atop a gaily decorated elephant. Later visit the City Palace, a picturesque complex of palaces and courtyards famous for its collection of Rajput miniatures, carpets and manuscripts. You also visit the exquisite Palace of Winds with its honeycombed facade and 18th century Observatory. Your afternoon is at leisure. Relax at the pool or go shopping Jaipur is famous for Gems, Jewellery and Miniature paintings. Meals and overnight at hotel.
Day 08 - Jaipur - Agra
Depart for Agra this morning stopping enroute at Fatehpur Sikri: a glittering imperial capital conceived and built by the emperor Akbar. It is filled with red sandstone buildings, mosques and courtyards. The Pearl Mosque here is designed after the mosque of Mecca and is a fine blend of Persian and Hindu architecture. Continue your journey to Agra Synonymous with the timeless beauty of the Tag Mahal - radiant at noon and amber by dusk. Check-in at Hotel Mughal Sheraton - situated in the heart of the city, this splendid red brick edifice blends beautifully with Agra’s landscape. It is also a recipient of the prestigious Aga Khan Award for architectural excellence. Your stay is envisaged at Taj Facing Room. Dinner at NAURATNA named after the nine jewels of Emperor Akbar’s court, offers the ultimate in Mughal Cuisine. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 - In Agra
Breakfast at Samovar. This morning, you will visit the world’s greatest love tribute: The Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. (Taj Mahal is closed on Mondays). Mark Twain said of this monument “You cannot keep your emotions within bounds, when that soaring bubble of marble breaks upon your view.” Taj Mahal is like a silent rhapsody that you will carry in your heart. You will also visit Agra Fort, an impressive cluster of palaces, fortresses and mosques on the banks of river Yamuna across the Taj Mahal. Your afternoon is at leisure. Evening enjoy a drink at Maikhana, the lobby bar, offering an array of sparkling wines and wondrous concoctions that Mughal Emperors enjoyed. Later see The Taj in one of its best moods. The white marble looks like gleaming silver in the moonlight. A sight which you will cherish and hold close to your hearts for the rest of your life. Dinner at Taj Bano restaurant where an exquisite buffet is laid out for you. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 - Agra - Jhansi (Train), Jhansi - Khajuraho By Road (Approx 175 Kms /06 Hours)
This morning assisted in the transfer to the Railway Station to board the Shatabdi Express for Jhansi. Upon arrival in Jhansi received at the station and assisted and you drive to Khajuraho via Orcha which is located at a distance of 19 Kms from Jhansi.

Orcha: It has a medieval town atmosphere attached to it. The Betwa River quietly flows by the town. The 16th century palaces & temples built by its Bundela rulers appear to be suspended in time. You will visit

Orchha Fort complex: Within the Fort complex you visit Jahangir Mahal, built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha.

Raj Mahal, built in the 17th century by Madhukar Shah, the deeply religious predecessor of Bir Singh Ju Deo. Also visit-

Ram Raja temple, palace-turned-temple with soaring spires & palatial architecture. Built by the King Madhukar Shah it is one of the most unusual temples in India & the only place where Lord Rama is worshipped as a King not as a deity.

Later continue drive to Khajuraho, built between 950-1050 AD by the mighty warrior kings of the Chandela dynasty, a truly inspired burst of creativity. Contain stunningly explicit erotic sculptures. They were rediscovered in the 20th century, and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On arrival in Khajuraho check in to the hotel. Rest of the evening free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel Chandela.
Day 11 - Khajuraho - Delhi (Flight)
Breakfast at Rhimjhim serving Buffets. Today visit.

Khajuraho temples, famous for the magnificent carvings depicting numerous exotic postures of the famous Kamasutra, ancient Indian work on sex. Only 22 temples survive of the 85 originally built. In fact, worship is still done today in the Matangeshwara temple, continuing an unbroken 1000 year tradition.

Thereafter fly to Delhi - India’s splendid capital. Founded on the sight of several cities, it has been the seat of power for centuries. Today Old and New City combine to present a harmonious whole offering the traveler elegant shops, broad laburnum lined avenues, sun warmed elegant forts and mosques that were once stronghold of Mughal powers and colorful bazaars. Check in at hotel The Oberoi, overlooking Delhi Golf Course. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 12 - In Delhi
This morning you will start a combined city tour of Old and New Delhi. An aura of history is everywhere in Old Delhi. Red Fort with its majestic ramparts and Jama Masjid one of Asia’s largest mosques form the hub. Emperor Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar complex, dating back to the 12th Century. You will also make a stop at Rajghat - Mahatma Gandhi’s final resting place. New Delhi is well planned with wide tree lined avenues, fountains and parks. Colonial architecture dominates this part of the city. You will drive along the ceremonial avenues of Rajpath and view the splendid Presidential Palace, the circular Parliament House and impressive Diplomatic Enclave. Your afternoon is at leisure. Relax by the poolside or indulge in shopping. This evening you have a date at BUKHARA featuring the cuisine from North-West frontier. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13 - Delhi - Goa (Flight)
This morning a two and a half hours flight will take you to an emerald fleck on India’s western shore - GOA, a holiday makers paradise, sprawling hills, measendering rivers, lush green fields, miles and miles of virgin beach. Goa has it all. Check into The Fort Aguada Beach Resort tucked into the hillside by the sea. Rest of the day relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 - In Goa
Full day at relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 - In Goa
Full day at relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16 - In Goa
Full day at relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17 - Goa - Mumbai (Flight)
A 50 minute flight north of Goa takes you to Bombay. On arrival received & assisted in the transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free for for independent activities. Overnight at the airport hotel Leela Kempinsky.

Day 18 - Mumbai - Overseas (Flight)
Your experience comes to an end as you are transferred to the airport to catch your homeward bound flight.
 
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