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Delhi, Chandela Dynasty, Rajasthan & Goa Tour
Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Orchha - Gwalior - Agra - Jaipur - Samode - Kuchaman - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur- Goa - Mumbai (Duration - 23 Days)

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Assistance on arrival at Delhi International airport, on arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel, relax and overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Delhi
Morning take a sight seeing tour of Old & New Delhi. Old Delhi: The important places in Old Delhi include the majestic Red Fort, the historical Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid and if time permits you can visit Raj Ghat the Memoir of Mahatma Gandhi. Afternoon visit New Delhi visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; the Laxmi Narayan Temple, built by the Birlas, one of India’s leading industrial families; Qutab Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; and the lotus-shaped Bahai Temple. Evening free to relax, overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Delhi - Varanasi (By air at 0900 / 1100 hrs)
Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Varanasi, assistance on arrival, transfer to hotel. Relax for some time & take an excursion tour to Sarnath – 10 kms visit the deer park and Bodhi Tree where Lord Buddha perched his First Sermon. Drive back to Varanasi, later in the day visit Golden Temple dedicated to lord Shiva, the Durga temple dedicated to goddess Durga. Interestingly the Durga Temple is also known as the Monkey Temple due to the large number of monkeys found in the Temple premises. Evening take a boat ride on the River Ganges and see the various Ghats with people ritually cleansing their sins. While on the boat you will also see the cremation ceremonies of dead bodies as per Hindi Rituals. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 04: Varanasi - Khajuraho (By air at 1220 hrs / 1310 hrs)
Early morning one can take boat ride again on the Ganges, later transfer to airport to connect flight for Khajuraho. Arrive Khajuraho – meet & transfer to hotel. The ancient capital of the Chandela Kings, Khajuraho is known for its magnificent carved temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain Tirthankaras. These temples were built between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D. These temples represent some of the most exquisite specimens of medieval India, now declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Relax and overnight at the hotel in Khajuraho.

Day 05: Khajuraho - Orchha (150 kms - 3 hours)
This morning, visit famous temples of the western group, built by Chandela kings about 1000 years back. The 89 temples represent are dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. The main shrines are ornately carved with massive pillars and arches. The ceilings and walls are adorned with exquisite carvings depicting on the interests in human life, feasts, hunting's, music, dances, love.!. Afternoon, visit eastern group temples dedicated to Jainism with beautiful sculptures. Later take a walk into the village of the craftsmen. Late afternoon depart for Orchha on arrival check in to hotel, relax & overnight at the hotel

Day 06: Orchha - Gwalior (150 kms –3 hours)
After breakfast take a sightseeing of Orchha, visiting the temples and the Fort – Orchha was an ancient capital of a powerful Rajput kingdom between 1531 & 1783, situated on a large rocky island in the Betwa river. Later checkout & drive to Gwalior enroute visiting Datia to see the 7 storey Palace, an impressive building with some rooms still containing. Arrive Gwalior and check in at the hotel. Later in the evening watch ‘Son-et-Lumiere’ at the Gwalior Fort optionally. Evening free to relax, overnight in Gwalior.

Day 07: Gwalior – Agra (110 kms - 3 hours)
Morning sightseeing tour of Gwalior, visit the majestic Gwalior fort is one of the largest and mightiest forts in India. Also visit Sas-Bahu Temples are 11th-century temples of Lord Vishnu while Teli-ka-Mandir is a 300-metre-high Vishnu temple of the 9th Century. Later in the afternoon checkout & drive to Agra, on arrival transfer to hotel. Evening free to relax, overnight in Agra.

Day 08: Agra
Morning, proceed to visit the World famous Taj Mahal, whose eternal beauty will astonish and mesmerize the visitors. It is also known as the "Crown of Palaces” built by the Emperor Shah Jahan to immortalize the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Thereafter continue to discover the strong & magnificent Red Fort - built by the three generations of Mughal Emperors between 1565 and 1573, whose military power cannot be questioned. It was the residence of the Mughal Emperors. Each one left there its print, Red sandstone of Akbar and Jehangir, White marble of Shah Jahan. This fort rises on the edges of Yamuna River; surrounded by a wall from 20 to 33 meters top and 2500 m perimeter. Evening free to visit Inlay Handicraft Market of Agra, overnight at the hotel.

Day 09: Agra - Fatehpur - Sikhri - Jaipur (230 kms - 5 hours)
Morning leave for Jaipur, enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri - the extraordinary city built by Akbar the Great, deserted 14 years later, but which during its brief span, the city had more significant than London in both grandeur and population visit Panch Mahal, Bulund Darwaza & Shrine of Shaikh Salim Chisti. Continue to Jaipur – the capital city of Rajasthan arrive and check in to hotel. Afternoon is kept free for relaxing. Later in the evening visit Sisodia Gardens, Temple of Galta which is also known as Valley of Monkeys, and Birla Temple of White Marble and at the time of dinner visit Chokhi Dhani - an ethnic resort serving Rajasthani & Continental cuisine with live music and puppet shows in an ambiance of an ethnic village. Return to the hotel for overnight.

Day 10: Jaipur
Morning visit the Amber Fort – built in the time of Mughals. The area used to be always ready for the war. Amber was residence of the Maharajas. By seeing the majestic ramparts of the Fort, which surround the palace, you will be able to imagine the power of the character. Rise towards the ramparts on the elephant’s back. Visit the Palace with its crimped rooms of mirrors and the old harem, true labyrinth. The magnificent public and private rooms show evidence of the splendor of the rulers of 16th & 17th century. Possibility of attending Puja at the Kali temple. Puja is the time of the prayers according to Hindu rites'. One can enter in the temple only naked feet and without leather articles on oneself. Thereafter, return to Jaipur. Afternoon proceed for the tour of Pink City - visiting the imposing City Palace now a museum - the principal residence of the former ruling family, Jantar Mantar - the ancient Observatory, Hawa Mahal - the exotic Palace of the Winds & the picturesque bazaars of the walled city. Evening free to visit the famous handicrafts souvenir & jewelry market of Jaipur. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Jaipur - Samode (50 Kms - 1 hour)
Morning drive to Samode arrive and check in to the Palace - once a noble state, the palace is decorated in the Shekhawati style with wealth frescoes, many of them depicting religious subjects. The highlight is vast & grand Durbar hall. Later visit the Palace & its small village. One can take Camel Cart ride to explore the village of Samode. Overnight at the Palace.

Day 12: Samode - Kuchaman (145 Kms - 3 hours)
Morning drive to Kuchaman Fort - built atop a 1000 feet high rock cliff, the imposing fort is a rare masterpiece of royal heritage. The fort houses splendid palaces, temples and palatial rooms decorated with exquisite frescoes and murals. Arrive and check in to the Majestic Kuchaman Fort, which is now converted into a heritage hotel. Arrive at the The Sabha Prakash or lounge of the Fort, which is stunning with its walls and ceiling covered with intricate murals, frescoes, and exquisite paintings. After the check in formalities, proceed by jeep towards main fort. Afternoon, visit the Fort – visiting the Sunehri Burj, a marvel of Rajasthani architecture with extravagant works of art executed in gold paint. It overlooks a pool where the raja and his wives used to bathe and next to this is the small Erotic Room: its walls adorned with paintings showing positions from the Kama Sutra. In the evening, stroll down to the colourful bazaar of Kuchaman city. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Kuchaman - Bikaner (140 kms - 3 hours)
Morning, depart for the fortified city of Bikaner - lying at the northern tip of the famous triangle of the desert cities, Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed by a long embattled wall having five entrance gates. Arrive and check in to hotel. In the afternoon take a sight seeing tour of Bikaner covering Junagarh Fort – constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, fort has a 986 meter long wall with 37 bastions & two entrances, Bhand Sagar Temple – The 16th century Jain temple, is the most important of this temple complex, Camel Breeding Farm – a unique experience where you can ride on a camel & have perhaps the first taste of camel’s milk. Later in the evening take an excursion tour to Deshnok Temple situated in semi desert village at a distance of 30 kms, this place is famous for Karni Mata Temple where you will see thousands of rats roaming freely in the temple complex and are held sacred. If one sees white rat in the temple complex, than it is believed to be very lucky. Enjoy sunset from here over the small dunes & drive back to Bikaner for overnight.

Day 14: Bikaner - Jaisalmer (333 kms - 6 hours)
In the morning, depart for Jaisalmer - the yellow city lying in the heart of the desert, surrounded by sand dunes with a posing and impregnable sand coloured fort. Today it is an inhabited city whose chief attraction is lacy filigree of pierced stonework facades of merchant Havelis and private houses, and a series of ornately carved Jain temples. Arrive Jaisalmer and check in to hotel. In the afternoon visit the Gadisar Lake, adorned with an arched gateway and the royal Cenotaphs at the Bada Bagh and view the setting Sun over this city which, has a peculiar glow. Rests of the day at leisure to relax near the swimming pool. Overnight at hotel

Day 15: Jaisalmer
Morning take a sight seeing tour of Jaisalmer covering Jaisalmer Fort – built on the highest point of the Tricuta hill, consisting of 99 bastions. Outstanding features are Megh Durbar & various temples, Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli & Patwon–Ki-Haveli – some of the beautiful mansions with stone carving and latticework of breath taking intricacy. Rest of the day free to relax, Early evening drive to Sam Sand Dunes – 45 kms enroute visit the ancient Temple of Lodurwa, Amar Sagar and Mool Sagar Lakes. Arrive Sam Sand Dunes and transfer on Camels and enjoy camel rides on the dunes till the sunset. Drive back to Jaisalmer for overnight.

Day 16: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (290 kms - 6 hours)
Morning leave for Jodhpur - the blue city of the desert. Arrive Jodhpur and check in to hotel. In the afternoon, visit the grand and imposing Mehrangarh Fort, which was to be practically in expugnable in times of the wars. Spread over many kilometers, it dominates the landscape. It shelters exquisite Palace decorated with mural frescos and stone laces. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, furniture and cannons on the fort's ramparts are well - preserved. Also visit Jaswant Thada at the foot hills of Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum. Evening free to relax, overnight at the hotel.

Day 17: Jodhpur – Ranakpur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur (276 kms – 5 hours)
Morning checkout and drive to Udaipur, enroute visit the famous Ranakpur Jain Temples of 12th Century delicately carved out of white marble, in the deep secluded valley of the Aravalli Hills. There are 1444 pillars in the temples and none of them are similarly carved. Also visit the temple of Adinath, later visit Kumbhalgarh Fort enroute to Udaipur. Kumbhalgarh Fort is known for its longest wall of 36 kms surrounding the fort with 360 inbuilt temples in the wall, some of the temple now leis in the state of ruin. Proceed to Udaipur - the romantic city of Udaipur also known as "The White City", on arrival transfer to hotel. Evening free to relax, overnight at the hotel.

Day 18: Udaipur
Morning visit City Palace – located amidst Lake Pichola, comprising of Crystal Gallery, Durbar Hall and Jagdish Temple. After lunch visit Sahelion – Ki – Bari – The garden for the maids of honour of the queen. Evening visit Eklingji & Nagda Temples – built in white marble with a double storied porch on the bank of Lake bagel – 22 kms from Udaipur. Drive back to Udaipur for overnight.

Day 19: Udaipur - Mumbai (Bombay) - Goa By air at 1040 hrs/ 1400 hrs)
Morning transfer to airport at 0800 hrs to board the flight for Bombay at 0900 hrs. Arrive Bombay and connect the flight for Goa from the same airport at 1325 hrs. Arrive Goa – meet & transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to relax near the beach. Overnight at hotel .

Day 20: Goa
Morning depart for the sightseeing tour of Old Goa - 10 km from Panjim, the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the 16th century church dedicated to Infant Jesus and enshrining the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, is one of the most important sights of Goa. The other churches in the same area are St. Cathedral, with its vaulted interior, Church of Our Lady of Rosary and Nunnery of St. Monica. The Aguada Fort, built by the Portuguese, commands the mouth of the Mandovi River and houses a lighthouse. Afternoon at leisure on the beach. Overnight at hotel.

Day 21: Goa
Day at leisure for independent activities Overnight at hotel

Day 22: Goa - Mumbai (Bombay) BY air at 1300 / 1400 hrs)
In the afternoon, transfer to airport to connect flight for Mumbai Arrive Bombay – meet & transfer to hotel. Day free to relax, overnight at hotel.

Day 23: Mumbai (Bombay) - back home
Morning, proceed to take a cruise in the Arabian Sea to see the famous Elephanta Caves - Hewn out of solid rock, the Elephanta Caves date back to 600 AD, The cave complex is a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture, and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses represented in many reincarnations. In the afternoon city tour of Bombay visiting Gateway of India – the imposing stone archway in Indo-Saracenic architecture built in 1911, Prince of Whales Museum, Hanging Gardens, the Aquarium and Marine Drive, also known as "Queens Necklace". After farewell dinner transfer to International airport to board the flight back home.

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