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Welcome and garlanding on arrival and Transfer to Hotel.

DELHI – India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. It is not surprising then, that what constitutes Delhi today is a conglomerate of seven cities. Overnight at Hotel

Morning : Proceed for tour to Old Delhi. Visiting, Red Fort – The old walled city from Mughal India, the chief attraction is the huge fort that contains within it palaces and impressive public buildings. Chandni Chowk – The main street of Old Delhi is the colourful shopping bazaar known as Chandni Chowk. Jama Masjid – The great mosque of Old Delhi is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Raj Ghat – On the banks of the Yamuna river, a simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948.

Afternoon : Continue to visit New Delhi, Rajpath – The Kingsway is another focus of New Delhi. It is immensely broad and is flanked on either side by Ornamental ponds. India Gate – This 42 mtr high stone arch of triumph stands at the eastern end of the Rajpath. It bears the names of 85,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in the campaigns of WWI and Afghan fiasco in 1919 Rashtrapati Bhawan – The official residence of the President of India stands at the opposite end of the Rajpath from India Gate. Humayun’s Tomb – Built in the mid – 16th  century by Haji Begum, senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, this is an early example of Mughal architecture. Qutab Minar – This is a soaring tower of victory which was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. It is nearly 73 mtr high and tapers from a 15 mtr diameter base to just 2.5 mtr at the top, and in the evening in Shopping complex Connaught Palace for the shopping. Overnight  stay at Hotel.

Day 03 : DELHI – AGRA:
Morning : Drive to Agra (205 kms. /approx05hrs.), In early morning after taking breakfast depart to Agra, enroute visiting SIKANDRA. The noteworthy monuments here is the tomb of Akbar which show an interesting fusion of Hindu and Muslim art and architectural reflecting the spirit of the emperor himself. Fatehpur Sikri - the deserted city of sandstone built by the emperor AKBAR. Built by Akbar, it is the most perfectly preserved and complete Mughal palace city of all.  Although only ruined walls remain of the town, the magnificent palace complex still stands, the elaborately carved red sandstone almost as it was 400 years ago.
Upon arrival at Agra, check-in at Hotel.

AGRA The world’s most opulent court of the 17th century was once located in Agra, the capital city of the Mughal emperors under whose reign the city flowered. The city’s piece de resistance – Taj Mahal is an enduring symbol of an emperor’s love for his favourite queen. Agra’s Fort gives one a feeling of space – and here are pleasure-palaces and mansions, halls of public and private audience, chambers of business and cloisters of privacy. The celebration of life at Agra Fort stopped however when the emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned in it by his son Aurangzeb.  

Afternoon : Sightseeing tour of Agra, visiting  TAJ MAHAL [ built by Shah Jehan for his queen Mumtaj Mahal ], perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the World & the construction of Taj Mahal believed to have taken 22 Years to complete with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. AGRA FORT,  built by famous mughal emperor Akbar in  1565 A.D., the construction is dominated by red sandstone construction. It houses beautiful pearl mosque and money other noteworthy structure. where you can ramble around the somewhat unkempt high walls and wide moat, up and down staircases and through the palace rooms.  From the fine Musamman Burj (octagonal Tower) there is a wonderful view of the Taj Mahal. Also visit a Marble Factory to see the intricate work of Gems, precious stones in Marble, etc.   Overnight at Hotel.

Morning :
Drive to Gwalior, 120 kms / approx 03 hrs.
Upon arrival in Gwalior, check-in at Hotel.

GWALIOR – Around 120 kms from Agra, Gwalior is famous for its old and very large fort. Within the fort walls are several interesting temples and ruined palaces. The dramatic and colourful history of the great fort goes back over 1000 years.

Afternoon : Sightseeing tour of Gwalior city, visiting, Fort – Rising 100m above the town, the fort hill is about three km in length. Its width varies from nearly a km to less than 200 m. The walls, which encircle almost the entire hilltop, are 10m high and imposingly solid. Man Singh Palace – The palace, a delightfully whimsical building, is also known as the Chit Mandir or Painted Palace because of the tiled and painted decorations of ducks, elephants and peacocks. Painted blue, with hints of green and gold, it still looks very good today. Teli Ka Mandir, Sasbahu Temples, Jain Sculptures. Overnight stay in  Hotel. 

Morning :
Drive to Orccha 120 kms / approx. 04 hrs.
Upon arrival at Orccha, check-in at Hotel.

ORCCHA – Once the capital city of the Bundelas, Orchha is now just a village, set among a complex of well-preserved palaces and temples. It’s definitely worth a visit. Orchha was founded in 1531 and remained the capital of a powerful Rajput kingdom until 1783, when nearby Tikamgadh become the new capital.

Afternoon :  Sightseeing tour of the city, visiting, Jahangir Mahal – Is of impressive size and there are good views of the countryside from the upper levels. The Raj Mahal nearby has superb murals. Below the Jehangir Mahal is the smaller Raj Praveen Mahal, a palace built near a garden. The hammam (baths) and camel stables are nearby. There’s a small archaeological museum on the ground floor. Dinman Hardol’s Palace – Is also interesting, as is his story. The son of Bir Singh Deo, he committed suicide to ‘prove his innocence’ over an affair with his brother’s wife, and has achieved the status of a local god through his martyrdom. Temples – Orchha’s impressive temples date back to the 17th century. They’re still in use today and are visited regularly by thousands of devotees. Ram Raja Temple with its soaring spires. It was turned into a temple when an image of Rama, temporarily installed, proved impossible to move but now it is in Chaturbhuj Temple where it is hidden behind silver doors. Lakshmi Narayan Temple is linked to Ram Raja by a 1km-long path.   Overnight at Hotel.

Morning :
Transfer to Jhansi railway station 18 kms from Orchha, to connect train 2003 - 2004, Shatabdi Express to Bhopal : 
Depart                  Jhansi            10h32
Arrival                  Bhopal           14h10
Meet upon arrival at Bhopal railway station and transfer to the Hotel.

BHOPAL – The capital of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal was built on the site of the 11th century city of Bhojapal. It was founded by the legendary Raja Bhoj who is credited with having constructed the lakes around which the city is built. The present city was laid out by the Afghan chief Dost Mohammed Khan, who was in charge of Bhopal during Aurangzeb’s reign, but took advantage of the confusion following Aurangzeb’s death in 1707 to carve out his own small kingdom. Rest of the day free  for independent activities.  

Morning :
  In Early morning after breakfast depart for sightseeing tour of the city. Taj -ul -Masjid is built by Shah Jahan Begum, is one of the largest mosques in India. It's huge pink mosque with two massive white domed minarets and three white domes over the main building.  Temples- Lakshmi Narayan Temple & Birla Museum there are good views over the lakes to the old town from the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, also known as Birla Mandir, Van Vihar Safari Park-this 40 hectare park is more of a zoo than a Safari park. Excursion to SANCHI – 46 kms north of Bhopal, Sanchi is topped by some of the oldest and most interesting Buddhist structures in India. Although this site had no direct connection with the life of Buddha, it was the great Emperor Ashoka, Buddhism’s most famous convert, who built the first stupas here in the 3rd century BC. As Buddhism was gradually absorbed back into Hinduism in its land of origin, the site decayed and was eventually completely forgotten. In 1818 a British officer rediscovered the site, but in the following years amateur archaeologists and greedy treasure hunters did immense damage to Sanchi before a proper restoration was commenced in 1881. 

Afternoon : Excursion to BHIMBETKA – Like the Aboriginal rock paintings in the outback of Australia,  the Bhimbetka caves are a must. Among forests of teak and sal in the craggy cliffs of an almost African setting 45 kms south of Bhopal, some 1000 rock shelters have been discovered. Almost half contain ancient paintings depicting the life and times of the different people who lived here. Because of the natural red and white pigments which the painters used, the colours have been remarkably well preserved and it’s obvious in certain caves that the same surface has been used by different people at different times. Overnight at Hotel.

Morning :
Drive to Indore 265 kms / approx 6 hrs.  Upon arrival in Indore, check-in at Hotel.

INDORE – Indore is called the ‘mini Mumbai’ of India. A town that has seen rapid growth in the last 10 years, it is an important business and industrial centre. Apart from its industrial importance, Indore is the gateway to Ujjain and Mandu both having ancient Hindu temples. The importance of Indore as a growing city can be assured by the fact that all major domestic airlines have started flying into the city. Afternoon :  Free for the own activities.         Overnight at Hotel.

Morning :
In early morning after breakfast move to sightseeing of the city. Rajwada- In the old part of town, multistory gateway of the Rajwada or Old Palace looks out a mixture of French, Mughal and Maratha styles, the palace has been up in flames three times in its 200-year history. Lal Bagh Palace- In the south-west of the city, surrounding gardens, lies the grand Lal Bagh Palace built 1886-1921. It has all the usual over-the-top touches like entrance gates that are replicas of those at Buckingham Palace, a wooden ballroom floor mounted on springs, marble columns, chandeliers, stained-glass windows and stuffed tigers.  Excursion to UJJAIN – 56 kms from Indore, ancient Ujjain is one of India’s holiest cities for Hindus. It gets its sanctity from a mythological tale about the churning of the oceans by the gods and demons in search of the nectar of immortality. When the coveted vessel of nectar was finally found, there followed a mad scramble across the skies with the demons pursuing the gods in an attempt to take the nectar from them. Four drops were split and they fell at Haridwar, Nasik, Ujjain and Prayag. As result, Ujjain is one of the sites of the Kumbh Mela, which takes place here every 12 years.  Despite its relative obscurity today, Ujjain ranks equal as a great religious center with such places as Varanasi and Gaya. Ujjain really comes alive during festival time, but the devotional vibe makes it a pleasant town year-round. 

Afternoon : Excursion to MANDU – The extensive and now mainly deserted hilltop fort of Mandu is one of the most interesting sights in central India. It’s on an isolated outcrop separated from the tableland to the north by a deep and wide valley, over which a natural causeway runs to the main city gate. To the south of Mandu the land drops steeply away to the plain far below and the view is superb. Deep ravines cut into the sides of the 20 sq kms plateau occupied by the fort. Overnight at Hotel.

Morning : Drive to Aurangabad, 380 kms / approx 08 hrs . Upon arrival check-in at Hotel.

AURANGABAD – Aurangabad has a number of attractions and could easily stand on its own were it not overshadowed by the famous Ellora and Ajanta caves nearby. The city is named after Aurangzeb, but earlier in its history it was known as Khadke. This city is northern Marharashtra’s largest city though it is remarkably uncrowded and quiet except for the occasional political rally. Rest of the day free for the own activities. Overnight at Hotel.

:In early morning after taking breakfast begin sightseeing tour of the city. Bibi-ka- Maqbara the so-called 'poor-man's Taj Mahal' was built in 1679 as a mausoleum for Aurangzeb's wife, Rabia-ud- Daurani. It's a cheap imitation of the Taj in both design and execution- it simply looks awkward compared with the elegance and symmetry of the Taj; Panchakki- Panchakki (water wheel) takes its name from the mill that, in its day, was considered a marvel of engineering. Aurangabad Caves- Although they're easily overlooked in favour or the Ajanta and Ellora caves 2 km north of the Bibi-ka-Maqbara. They were carved out of the hillside around the 6th or 7th century AD. The 10 Caves are all Buddhist; caves 1 to 5 are in the western group and caves 6 to 10 are 1 km away in the eastern group. Excursion to the ELLORA CAVES – The world-heritage listed cave temples of Ellora, about 30 km from Aurangabad, are the culmination of Deccan rock-cut architecture. In all there are 34 caves at Ellora – 12 Buddhist (600-800 AD), 17 Hindu (600-900 AD) and five Jain (800-1000 AD). The southernmost 12 caves are all Buddhist viharas, except cave 10 which is a chaitya. While the earliest caves are quite simple.

Afternoon : Drive back to Aurangabad. Enroute visiting  DAULATABAD FORT – The fort is surrounded by five km of sturdy walls, while the central bastion tops a 200m high hill, which was originally known as Devagiri, the Hill of the Gods. In the 14th century it was renamed Daulatabad the City of Fortune, by Mohammed Tughlaq. This some what unbalanced Sultan of Delhi conceived the crazy plan of not only building himself a new capital here, but marching the entire population of Delhi 1100 km south of populate it and 17 years later he turned round and marched them all back to Delhi. The fort remained. Overnight at Hotel.
: Excursion to AJANTA CAVES – The Buddhist caves of Ajanta – 166 km north-east of Aurangabad, date from around 200 BC to 650 AD. As Ellora developed and Buddhism gradually declined, the Ajanta Caves were abandoned and gradually forgotten. But in 1819 a British hunting party stumbled upon them, and their remote beauty was soon unveiled. Their isolation contributed to the fine state of preservation in which some of their remarkable paintings remain to this day. Ajanta is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.              Afternoon : Drive back to Aurangabad.  Overnight at Hotel.

Morning :
Transfer to the Airport to connect flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai, transfer to the Hotel.

MUMBAI – The country’s technological and commercial hub. It’s an imposing skyling. Perhaps, the contours are hazy due to pollution. But the residents don’t seem to mind. They love the place and this love is infectious. A walk on Marine Drive, the Gateway of India, Warden Road, the races, Haji Ali. Afternoon : Free  for the own activities. Overnight at Hotel. 

Day 14: MUMBAI:
Morning : Excursion to ELEPHANTA ISLAND – The rock-cut temples on Elephanta Island are Mumbai’s major attraction. They are thought to have been created between 450 and 750, when the island was known as Gharapuri, the Fortress City. The Portuguese renamed it Elephanta because of a large stone elephant near the shore.

Afternoon : City tour to Mumbai – Mumbai is an island connected by bridges to the mainland. The southernmost peninsula is known as Colaba and this is where most travelers gravitate since it has a city’s best known landmark, THE GATEWAY OF INDIA. Further west is Marine Drive, which sweeps around Back Bay, connecting the high-rise modern business center of Nariman Point with Chowpatty Beach. Overnight at Hotel.

Morning : Transfer to Airport to connect flight for onward destination..

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