EXOTIC CULTURAL TOURS OF INDIA

 

Our 15-days Exotic Cultural Tours Of India itinerary takes you through the great northern plains of India, traversed by the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, have been the cradle of the mighty empires of the last two millennia, from the Mauryan dynasty that reached its zenith under Ashoka in the 3rd century BC to the powerful Mughals whose glorious architectural legacy is evident in the many forts, palaces and temples that remain. An introduction to the varied splendors of the subcontinent.


Exotic cultural tours of India

 

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS:

 

● Comprehensive sightseeing tours ● World heritage sights visits ● A delightful and thrilling shopping experience ● In-depth knowledge on Indian rich Culture, Traditions, Arts, Crafts, History, Heritage, Religions and much more ● Visit to the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal ● Adventure of Riding a decorated painted elephant to ascend the hilltop Amber Fort in the royal city of Jaipur ● Explore the ancient, winding bazaars of old Jaipur and Delhi by rickshaw ● Cultural evening in a famous ethnic village resort in Jaipur ● Indian classical dance performance and farewell dinner in Delhi ● Religious introduction of holy city by boat trip ● Spiritually effect by visiting temples ●


Journey highlights of India

Day 1 – ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive New Delhi International airport in the evening. Upon arrival in Delhi, you'll be met our representative at the airport(holding a placard bearing your name), standing at the arrival lounge. Meet and greet & transfer to your hotel (ready for immediate occupancy). Warm welcome with fresh flower garlands. Remainder of the day is free to relax & enjoy in your hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi. Meals : Breakfast.


Day 2 – DELHI / MANDAWA
After breakfast,Sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Drive pass the India Gate and the Grand Government/Secretariat Buildings, the President’s House and Parliament House all dating back to the time of British Raj. Stop to see the 11 century Qutab Minar Tower.

After the visit of this, we drive towards Mandawa. The towns of Shekhawati are eminent for their amazing painted havelis. Such is the appeal of the havelis that this region is dubbed as "open art gallery of Rajasthan". The havelis are noted for their frescos depicting mythological themes and that of huge animals. Some later day frescos shows the arrival of the British and highlighting steam locomotives and train doubtlessly for the benefit of those members of the household who did not travel to distance places by train or see this newly introduced mode of transport. Post lunch visit the printed havelies of the Dundlod town and surrounding areas of Mandawa and Nawalgarh.

The Painted Havelies of the region are called “The Open air art Galleries” Continue visit of Mukundgarh - well known for its brass and iron scissors, and Dundlod this small charming town has a fort, palace and the Goenka havelis which have some In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan lies the beautiful small town Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and Havelis. Founded in the 18th century, the medieval fort of Mandawa dominates the town with a painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows. Upon arrival at Mandawa check into the hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel in Mandawa. Meals : Breakfast

Day 2: DELHI / MANDAWA

Day 3 – MANDAWA / BIKANER
After breakfast, check out at the hotel. Enjoy the visit of Mandawa heritage havelis at The Chokhani and Ladia havelis and the street with Saraf havelis are some of the splendid examples of this region's havelis. Day 3: MANDAWA / BIKANER The Binsidhar Newatia Haveli has some curious paintings on its outer eastern wall-a boy using atelephone, and a European woman in a car driven by a chauffeur.

After the visit of this, we will be driven to the relatively remote city of Bikaner, tucked away in the desert region of western Rajasthan. The city is dotted with scores of sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval grandeur that permeates the city's lifestyle.

Overnight stay at hotel in Bikaner.

Meals : Breakfast.


Day 4 – BIKANER / JAISALMER
After breakfast we enjoy the sightseeing tours of Bikaner which would cover your magnificient Junagarh Fort- an unassailable fortress, which has never been conquered. Built in 1593 A.D. by Raja Rai Singh, one of the most distinguished generals in the army of Emperor Akbar, the fort is a formidable structure encircled by a moat. Day 4: BIKANER / JAISALMER The main entrance to the fort is Karan Pol [gate], that is east facing. Next to it is the Suraj Pol meaning the sun gate. The fort situates in it some very magnificent palaces like Anup Mahal, Ganga Niwas and Rang Mahal or palace of pleasure. The Har Mandir is the majestic chapel for the royal family for worshipping their gods and goddesses. These palaces, constructed in red sandstone and marble, make a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows. After the visit of this visit National Camel Breeding Farm.

After the visit of this, we drive through the vast Thar Desert to the ancient caravan city of Jaisalmer - one of the last princely bastions in the region, founded on the crossroads of lucrative trade routes. It’s like straight out of an Arabian Nights fable. The name Jaisalmer induces a dramatic picture of utter magic and brilliance of the desert. The hostile terrain not with standing the warmth and colour of people is simply over whelming. Enroute we stop to visit Ossian, An ancient town in the Thar Desert known for its temples. There are 15 brahminical temples and shrines, and a cluster of Jain temples, all built during the Gurjara Pratihara dynasty between the 8th and the 12th centuries. Upon arrival at Jaisalmer in the evening check in to the hotel.Upon arrival, Check into the hotel. Rest and freshen up.
Overnight stay at hotel in Jaisalmer.
Meals : Breakfast.


Day 5 – JAISALMER
After breakfast in the morning, proceed for the sightseeing includes Jaisalmer Fort, Palaces and Havelis like Patwon ki Haveli & Nathmal Ji- Ki -Haveli three beautifully sculptured Jain temples built between the 12th and 13th Centuries; and five interconnected palaces. The fort is approached through four gateways - Akhaiya Pol, Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol and Hawa Pol. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaisalmer.

After the city tour, drive to Desert. Enroute visit the Desert National Park and the Wood Fossil Park. Proceed for Camel safari upto Sun Set Point at the sandunes with cultural and folk dances program. Return back to the hotel for relaxation.
Overnight stay at hotel in Jaisalmer.
Meals : Breakfast.


Day 6 – JAISALMER / JODHPUR
Day 6: JAISALMER / JODHPUR Today after breakfast our drive takes us to Jodhpur through the most interesting contours of the desert landscape, the enchanting forts, temples, other royal residences and settlements retain its medieval character and comprise the town's multifaceted attractions.

Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan, lies at the entrance to the Thar desert in a region called Marwar. The old city, founded in 1459, is surrounded by a 10 km long wall. The massive Meherangarh Fort overlooks the city and the red sandstone palaces within the fort form one of the most impressive complexes in Rajasthan. Jodhpur is also called ‘blue city’ because of the indigo-washed houses in the old town. Transfer to the hotel. Check into the hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel in Jodhpur.
Meals : Breakfast.


Day 7 – JODHPUR / UDAIPUR
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel we will do the sightseeing of this blue city which covers your visit to the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, Perched on a 150 m high hill its sprawl is the most formidable and magnificent fort in Rajasthan which dominates and offers spectacular vistas of the blue-hued city. On the way down from the fort, on left is Jaswant Thada, the graceful marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The main memorial has been built like a temple with intricately carved marble stone that is sculpted by the genius artesian. A visit to this structure is through the rocky hills giving it a secluded and a mystic aura. Enroute visit Ranakpur. Ranakpur renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stones, Ranakpur is one of the five holy places of the Jain community. These temples were created in the 15th century A.D. during the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall. The central 'Chaumukha' or four-faced temple is dedicated to the venerated Tirthankara Rishabhji. Open on all four sides, it enshrines the four-faced image of Adinath. Sprawling over 48,000 sq.feet, the temple is an astounding creation with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars - all distinctly carved.

Images of 24 tirthankars are carved on the 'Mandaps' or porticoes in a corridor around the shrine with each mandap having a 'Shikhar' or spire adorned with little bells on the top. The gentle breeze wafting through the corridors move the bells creating celestial music all around the complex. Rising in three stories, the temple has four small shrines with 80 spires supported by 420 columns. After the visit of this continue your drive to Udaipur. On arrival check into the hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel in Udaipur.
Meals : Breakfast.


Day 8 – UDAIPUR
Enjoy the morning Boatride on Lake Pichola, The Lake derives its name from Pichola Village. Day 8: UDAIPUR Maharana Udai Singh enlarged the lake after he founded the city of Udaipur. This picturesque 4 km long and 3 km wide lake encloses the Jag Niwas Island and the Jag Mandir. The City Palace extends along its eastern banks.
After this, enjoy the city tour of this Lake city. Visit City Palace: One of the largest royal complexes in Rajasthan, the City Palace stands majestically on a promontory on the picturesque Lake Pichola. Visit then Folklore Museum: Bhartiya lok Kala mandal was founded by Padma Shri Devi Lal Samar in 1952. The main objective of the Institute is to conduct studies on the folk art, songs and festivals of regions like Rajasthan, Gujarat. Sahelion ki Bari: The Sahelion-ki-Bari Garden was built in early 18th century AD as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend their time in leisure. The enchantingly beautiful Garden isfamous for its lotus pool, fountains (in the shape of birds), lush green lawns, flowerbeds, and marble pavilions, offering a breathtaking view to visitors. Jagdish Temple: Built in 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh, Jagdish Temple is the largest and the most beautiful temple of the Udaipur.
Overnight stay at hotel in Udaipur.
Meals : Breakfast.


Day 9 – UDAIPUR / JAIPUR
Day 9: UDAIPUR / JAIPUR Morning after breakfast we travel to the old walled city of Jaipur – Founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II, this ‘pink city’ is meticulously constructed on the lines of the Shilpa – Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. On arrival, we check into our hotel.
Evening visit Chokhi Dhani(OPTIONAL) - An ethnic village resort, the vitality of Rajasthani folk culture comes alive as children dance rhythmically to the loud tenor of folk songs sung by men and women, festooned in bright clothes. Gaily caparisoned camel, horses and bullock carts offer joy rides. Here we will have the opportunity to enjoy the traditional delicacies (cuisine) of Rajasthan.
Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
Meals : Breakfast.


Day 10 – JAIPUR
Morning breakfast followed by a sight-seeing tour of the city visiting the dramatic hilltop fortress at Amber – ascend the imposing fort on a decorated painted elephant. We wander among glittering inlays and the Hall of Mirrors. On the way back we stop at Jal Mahal, the rajput style "Water Palace" sits in the center of the Man Sarobar lake. The lake is often dry in the summer but winter monsoons frequently turn it into a beautiful lake filled with water hyacinths. Day 10: JAIPUR Next to view the elegant Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds this elaborate building, now little more than a façade, is encrusted with delicate screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak views of the outside world.

Post lunch we tour the Maharajah’s City Palace, now partly a museum display a unique fusion of Mughal and Hindu architecture, and house a rare collection of paintings, Rajput armoury and costumes. Later we explore the city on our own and indulge in shopping for gemstones, silver jewellery, Paintings, blue pottery and hand printed textiles that Jaipur is renowned for.
Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
Meals : Breakfast.


Day 11 – JAIPUR / FATEHPUR SIKRI/AGRA (250KMS – 5HRS)
After breakfast we drive leisurely to the home town of Taj Mahal - Agra, takes us through the images of rural India. Enroute we stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri - which has been described as “the world’s most perfectly preserved ghost town”. Day 11: JAIPUR / FATEHPUR SIKRI/AGRA Built by Akbar in the late 16th century, it was abandoned after only 14 years, and the elegant buildings of this superb walled city remain intact to this day. On arrival we check into the hotel. Visit to Taj Mahal including the magnificent Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays), one of the Seven Wonders of the World and surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. It's a wealth of white marble and semi-precious stone. Visit then imposing Agra Fort, this powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques. Later we have some free time to explore the local handicrafts of the city or marble inlay work, fine quality carpets, Zari and embroidery, leather goods etc.
Overnight stay at hotel in Agra.
Meals : Breakfast.


Day 12 – AGRA / JHANSI – BY TRAIN, ONTO KHAJURAHO (180 KMS, 4HRS)
Day 12: AGRA / JHANSI – BY TRAIN, ONTO KHAJURAHO After breakfast we will be picked up from our hotel & transfer to the Agra Cantt Railway station on time to connect the train(Shatabadi Express) for Jhansi. Arrive Jhansi railway station. Met our representative and our drive straightly takes us to Khajuraho, the legendary temples of Khajuraho built in the 9th and the 10th century are an incomparable experience. Acknowledged as one of the world’s artistic wonders. Khajuraho has achieved fame for the sensual appeal of its erotic sculptures. On arrival we check into our hotel. Mounted in the complex of the Western Group of temples Post lunch tour of this historical site with magnificent temples and monuments. Some of the Palaces were decorated with painted murals, which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela school of Painting.
Overnight stay at hotel in Khajuraho.


Day 13 – KHAJURAHO / VARANASI (BY FLIGHT)
Day 13: KHAJURAHO / VARANASI Morning we visit the exquisite 10th century temples of Khajuraho. Afternoon fly to Varanasi - said to be the India’s most sacred city situated on the western bank of the holy river Ganga. It is also the oldest living city in the world. As a place for devotion and worship, with hundreds of temples dotting the city, sunrise on the riverfront as seen from a boat can be a spiritually uplifting sight & has a fascination uniquely its own, a quality of sublime beauty, a timeless eternal appeal. Varanasi is the city with its traditional belief On arrival at airport met our representative & proceed to visit Sarnath, an important pilgrimage centre for Buddhist. This is where the Buddha preached his first sermon after getting enlightenment. Sarnath's temples and Archaeological Museum are full of Buddhist art treasures. Return back to the hotel.Relax & Freshen up.
Overnight stay at hotel in Varanasi.
Meals : Breakfast.


Day 14 – VARANASI / DELHI (BY FLIGHT)
Early morning we take a Boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Day 14: VARANASI / DELHI We rise before dawn and step gingerly onto a rickety old boat as the wizened boatman coasts off. You wait, still, for the daily miracle to unfold. Just then, as if having waited for the audience to settle reverently in their assigned places, the Sun God appears triumphantly over the horizon. The sound of conches and temple bells rent the delicate pink fabric of dawn. The formerly hushed murmuring of ancient Sanskrit Shlokas, now rises, in one voice, to a crescendo of unparalleled piety and joy. Return back to the hotel.

Afternoon we fly to Delhi. Met on arrival & transfer to our hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
Meals : Breakfast.


Day 15 – DEPARTURE DELHI / HOMEBOUND FLIGHT CONNECTION
After breakfast checkout at the hotel and we proceed for bustling Old Delhi streets which covers your visit to Jama Masjid, this immense mosque is the largest in India, Rickshaw Ride in the local markets. Drive pass Red Fort citadel and narrow streets of Chandni Chowk. Later say goodbye to your fellow friends & transfer to the IGI(T3) to connect the homebound flight with sweet memories.

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CITY HOTELS/ SIMILAR MEAL PLAN
Delhi Crown Plaza (Mayur Vihar) BB
Mandawa Sara Villas BB
Bikaner Laxmi Niwas Palace BB
Jaisalmer Rajwada BB
Jodhpur Ratan Villas BB
Udaipur Justa BB
Jaipur Vesta BB
Agra Four Point by Sheraton BB
Khajuraho Ramada BB
Varanasi Ramada BB


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