Temple Tour of India

Temple Tour of India

Tourism in India

Destination Covered:

Mumbai - Aurangabad - Udaipur - Jaipur - Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Bhubaneswar - Kolkata - Kathmandu - Delhi

18 Nights / 19 Days
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Day 01 - Arrive Mumbai
Arrive in Mumbai, the Commercial capital of India. After completing formalities with customs and immigration, you will be received by our representative with Traditional Indian Welcome (with garlands).

Mumbai is the capital of Maharastra State and the gateway to this beguiling subcontinent. Of the four great cities in India, Mumbai is the most cosmopolitan, spear heading India's move in to the 21st Century.

Afterwards transfer to your hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 02 - In Mumbai
After breakfast you embark on the sightseeing trip of World famous Elephanta Caves and Mumbai city.

Elephanta Caves: A must for any visitor to India. Mute testimony of the Golden Age in Indian history during the Gupta period and built to honour Lord Shiva. Elephanta is a 3 kms long elongated island, consisting of two hills separated by a valley. The caves with rock-cut figures and carvings are believed to be carved by the sculptors of Ajanta or Udayagiri. In the afternoon the guest enjoy the sightseeing tour of the Mumbai City-

Mumbai City: includes a visit the Gateway of India-erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911; Prince of Wales Museum, Jehangir Art Gallery, Marine Drive, Chowpatty beach, Hanging Gardens and the Crawford Market.

After completing the sightseeing return back to the Hotel for Overnight.
Day 03 - Mumbai – Aurangabad ( Flight )
After breakfast transfer to domestic airport to connect the flight for Aurangabad. On arrival at Aurangabad airport, you are received and are transferred to the hotel.

Aurangabad: The ancient city of Aurangabad is located in the northern part of the state of Maharashtra in the western region of India. It is 403 km away from Mumbai and is encircled by hills. Situated on the banks of the Kham River, this historical city is famous for its medieval monuments and cultural heritage.

On arrival check in to the hotel. Afternoon embark on the half day trip of Ellora Caves.

Ellora Caves: 29 Kms, North West of Aurangabad lies the west facing caves – best to be visited in the afternoon. These caves relate the story of Evolution of Buddhism (Caves 1 to 12), Hinduism (caves 13-29) and Jainism, (Caves – 30 - 34).

Return to the hotel after the sightseeing. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - In Aurangabad
After breakfast at hotel embark on your full day sightseeing trip of Ajanta Caves.

Ajanta Caves: 109 Km north – east of Aurangabad, the Ajanta Caves were discovered by the British troops in 1819. These caves consist of 24 monasteries and 05 Temples some of which are over 2000 years Old. The story of Lord Buddha is depicted in the frescoes with remarkable vividly.

After completing the sightseeing the guest return back to the hotel for overnight.
Day 05 - Aurangabad – Udaipur ( Flight )
Morning depart by air for Udaipur with its gleaming lakes and Palaces. On arrival transfer to the hotel.

Udaipur is also known as the Jewel of Mewar. This place was founded by Maharajah Jai Singh in 16th century. In spite of being surrounded by the desert its is situated in the lap of the Aravalli hills. It is considered to be one of the most romantic places of India. Elegant palaces, temples and havelis flank the shores of lake. In the centre of the lake there is Jagmandir Island where Lake palace hotel located. It looks like the dream in white.

Afternoon embark on the half day city tour which would include your visit to- Udaipur City: Visit the

City Palace Museum- grandeur and intricacy stroked all over in granite, marble and mosaic displayed in the sparkling white filigreed balconies and windows ,ornate arches and cupolas atop magnificent octagonal towers.

Jagdish Temple: built in 1651 AD, also visit the Sahelion Ki Bari- the spectacular garden displaying the unique life styles of royal ladies who once lived in the palaces.

Return back to the hotel after the sightseeing. Afternoon free at leisure. In the evening enjoy a most memorable boat ride with the reflections of the majestic Lake Palace Hotel at its best in the setting sun.

Enjoy the boat ride in the evening. Return to the hotel after the sightseeing. Overnight will be in Udaipur.
Day 06 - Udaipur – Jaipur ( Flight )
Breakfast at hotel. Morning depart by air for Jaipur. On arrival transfer to the hotel-

Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, also known as 'Pink City' is surrounded by an ancient 20ft high wall and eight gates. Situated at a distance of 280 km away from Delhi, today, Jaipur is the personification of the old order influence the new. An inherent interest for colour and design penetrated over stratum of society, and jewelry, crafts and architecture became objects of fascination equally between prince and peasant. Jaipur is also the main tourist hub of Rajasthan tourist circuit. From here you can reach out to places like Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Pushkar, and many more such destinations from Jaipur. Jaipur is also the third corner of the famed Golden Triangle tourist circuit of India along with Delhi and Agra.

Afternoon sightseeing of Jaipur City visit the -

City Palace Museum: An imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princess, carpets an armoury of old weapons , miniature paintings portraying court scenes , battle scenes and processions.

Janatar Mantar: (Observartory): Jantar Mantar, built between 1728 and 1734, literally means the ‘instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens’. Jai Singh, the brain behind the grand project, chose stone with marble facing. This was the biggest of all his observatories and the only one built of stone. He used it daily, often with his astronomy gurus Pandit Jagannath and Kewal Ram. In all there are 17 instruments in the Jantar Mantar complex. The function of each instrument is rather complex but serves a particular function where time plays the main theme.

Hawa Mahal: (Palace of Winds): A five storeyed wonder with a spectacular pyra midal façade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.

After completing the sightseeing return back to the hotel for overnight.
Day 07 - Jaipur – Agra Via Fatehpur Sikri By Road. ( Approx 265 Kms/06 Hours )
After breakfasts this morning depart for an excursion to Fort Amber, the old Capital is the finest example of Rajput architecture. Elephant rides will be provided here.

Afternoon depart by surface for Agra enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, the 16th century deserted city of Emperor Akbar.

Fatehpur Sikri: A fascinating ghost town lies little beyond Agra the deserted Red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its ruins are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life would have been like in the days of its grandeur. Set like a jewel in a court yard of pink sandstone is the marble tomb of Saint Salim Chisti, enclosed by delicately carved marble screens.

Afterwards you continue your drive to Agra. On arrival in Agra you check in to your hotel- Agra is the one of the prominent destinations of the World Tourism map with three heritage monuments - The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri. It is more just a dacadent city of graveyards and stones, but it is a vibrant centre of Culture, Art and Religious philosphies that have enriched mankind and shaped humen thought over centuries.

Rest of the evening free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 - In Agra
After Breakfast you embark on your sightseeing tour of the Agra city including Taj Mahal and Agra Fort-

Taj Mahal: The 17th Century master piece named Taj Mahal ,which of course is the most splendid of all the buildings – perhaps the most perfect architectural monument of the world. It was built in the memory of the beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal by one of greatest king of Mughal Empire Shah Jehan.

Agra Fort: Built primarily as a military establishment by Emperor Akbar in 1565,the redstone Agra Fort, was partially converted in to a palace during the tenure of Emperor Shah Jehan. Though the principal structure was built by Akbar, many more additions were made by his grandsons. This massive fort is 2.5 Kms long and is considered the predecessor of the Red Fort of New Delhi.

Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight at hotel
Day 09 - Agra – Jhansi ( Train)
Jhansi – Khajuraho By Road ( Approx 175 Kms / -6 Hours)

Today you take Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi. On arrival at Jhansi Railway station you are received 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
Day 10 - Khajuraho – Varanasi ( Flight )
Breakfast at Hotel. After breakfast this morning embark for city tour visiting the famous temples build by the Chandela Rulers during the 10th/11th century.

Afternoon depart by air for Varanasi. On arrival in Varanasi received at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Varanasi, picturesquely situated on the banks of holy river Ganga. The city is the Oldest Living City of the World & traces of its existence are found around 10000 BC. Other than being a very holy city for Hindus, it also holds a very significant association with Buddha's life & Buddhism.

Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Leave for a special evening cruise on the Ganges on candle lit country boats to the accompaniment of musicians. See the Hindu devotees performing the "Puja" with lighted lamps. The view is very mesmerizing and the ambience is spectacular.

Later return to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - Varanasi – Bhubaneswar ( Flight )
Early morning depart for a boatride on the Holy River Ganges to view the sunrise and view the activities of the Hindu devotees gathered on the Riverbank. Later after breakfast visit Sarnath, where Buddha attained Nirvana. Afternoon depart by air for Bhubaneswar.

On arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight will be in Bhubaneswar.
Day 12 - Bhubaneswar – Konark- Puri Excursion
After breakfast embark on the full day excursion to the fabulous Sun Temple at Konark built in 13th century A.D. on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Standing in lonely grandeur on a deserted stretch of coast, and designed as a chariot to the sun god Surya, the temple stands on twenty four enormous intricately carved wheels pulled by seven horses. Sculpture and carving cover the entire structure, ranging from tiny, cameo like figures to groups of colossal proportions. After sightseeing, continue to the bustling pilgrim town of Puri famous for its vast Jagannath Temple and its never ending beach, crowd free and peopled only by local fishermen with their boats. Stop en route at the village of Pipli where applique in vivid colors is the local handcraft.

Overnight will be in Bhubaneswar
Day 13 - Bhubaneswar – Kolkata ( Flight )
After breakfast this morning embark on your city tour, visit the temples of Lingraj and Rajrani and Mukteswar.

Evening you are assisted in transfer to the airport to connect the flight for Calcutta.

Kolkata, formerly called Calcutta, is the capital of West Bengal. It is located in eastern India on the east bank of the River Hooghly and has a subtropical climate. The city has many names: "Cultural Capital of India", "The city of Processions, "City of Joy" and so on. It has also been a home to many luminaries such as Rabindranath Tagore, Subhash Chandra Bose, Mother Teresa and Satyajit Ray. On arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Day 14 - Kolkata – Kathmandu ( Flight )
Breakfast at Hotel. After breakfast embark upon the city sightseeing tour which would include your visit to-

The Victoria Memorial which is a grand edifice constructed in the memory of Queen Victoria. This building houses a number of rare specimens of the historical preserves of the land.

Howrah Bridge is another landmark that denotes the city of joy. This hanging bridge is an architectural marvel of the country.

The second largest planetarium in Asia, the Birla Planetarium is another site that attracts attention of all regardless of their age.

The recently built Vidyasagar Setu, another architectural marvel, connects both the banks of the Hooghly River. The Metro Railway, Indian Museum, Dalhousie Square, St. Paul/’s Cathedral, National Library, Shaheed Minar, Eden Garden, Fort William, Rat Park and Marble Palace are some of the other sites of the city which wil, be visited during the sightseeing.

Afternoon you are assisted in your departure to Kolkata Airport to connect your flight for Kathmandu. On arrival In Kathmandu you are assisted in your transfer to the hotel.

On arrival check in to the Hotel. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 - In Kathmandu
Breakfast at hotel. Afterwards embark on your full day sightseeing trip which would include the visits to-

Swayambhunath temple. This great Stupa is said to have been built around 250 B.C. Its main feature, the white dome is identified with a spotless pure jewel of Nirvana and a thirteen tiered golden spire in conical shape surmounted on the dome. Underneath this towering structure is a pair of all seeing eyes of Buddha painted on all four sides of the Stupa. Afterwards visit-

Boudhanath One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal, Boudhanath is an imposing structure standing some 36 m. The basic feature of this great stupa is very much like that of Swayambhunath stupa except its finial displaying. The site is considered very much like Mecca for the Tibetan Buddhists and every year tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the Himalayan region visit the stupa.

Later in the afternoon visit Patan which is one of the oldest and the most beautiful royal city of Nepal. It is the fourth largest city of Nepal. Numerous Buddha Vihars and Hindu temples can be found here. The historical background of the city can be traced back to the 3rd century B.C. An interesting aspect of this city is that it is built in the shape of the Buddhist Dharma Chakra (The wheel of Religion). After sight- seeing return to the hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 16 - In Kathmandu
Today after breakfast you will visit Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur is also known as "the city of Devotees". It is renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture, colourful festivals, traditional dances and indigenous lifestyle of different people of different religion. Given such unequalled opulence in ancient art and culture, Bhaktapur is more like an open museum. This conch shaped historic city was founded in the 12th century by King Anand Dev Malla and was the capital city of the greater Malla Kingdom till the 15th century AD. The many of Bhaktapur's greatest monuments were built by the then Malla rulers.

Later this afternoon’s, You will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine. On the 14th day of the new moon in early March each year, up to 100,000 pilgrims descend on the temple for the Shivratri Festival, which involves a full night’s devotion at the shrine of the Lord Shiva.

Please note that non-Hindus are not allowed into the shrine itself, but can peer through the entrance gate and view from the terracing on the opposite bank of the river. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at hotel
Day 17 - In Kathmandu
Day at leisure for optional a). Mountain flight over the Himalayas, b). Dhulikhel.
Overnight will be in Kathmandu.
Day 18 - Kathmandu – Delhi ( Flight )
Morning at leisure. Free till departure. In the afternoon you are assisted to the airport to connect your flight for Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi you are received at the airport and are transferred to the Hotel.

Evening Free at leisure. Overnight will be in Delhi.
Day 19 - Delhi – Overseas ( Flight )
After breakfast you embark on your sightseeing trip of Delhi City which would include the visit to Old Delhi and New Delhi.

Old Delhi: An ancient walled city. Here you would see the Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire, Rajghat the Samadhi of our Father of Nation, Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India and Chandni Chowk the bustling and colourful market of the old city.

New Delhi: The city designed and built by the British in the 1920’s- a city of wide boulevards impressive Government Buildings, green parks and gardens. First you will visit the two monuments from the Delhi’s past Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the Imposing India Gate and Parliament House.

After completing the sightseeing you are assisted in your transfer to the International airport to connect your flight back home.
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