India is famous for its great wealth of monuments in the form of ancient caves, medieval forts, palaces, tombs, temples, etc. India monuments tour brings alive the old world charm of monumental heritage present in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Ajanta and Ellora caves before reaching a sentient conclusion. Most of the monuments you visit are also recognized as world heritage sites, thereby adding more value to the trip.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will meet our representative there and will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Old Delhi is India Monuments home starts from the Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. You'll tour the area in a cycle rickshaw - one of India's traditional forms of transportation. Near the fort you'll see Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colorful market of the old city. At Raj Ghat, the impressive and emotional memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, you'll stop for a moment of reflection on this inspirational leader's life. The tour then continues through New Delhi, designed and built by the British in the 1920s. Delhi's main avenue, the Rajpath, the India Gate and the imposing Presidential Palace are on our route - also visit Qutab Minar and Emperor Humayun's Tomb and gardens.
Today we drive to Agra, the home to the incredible Taj Mahal. Upon arrival, we directly visit the Taj Mahal to visit the splendid testimony to love which is there in India for more than three centuries. This scintillating monumental tomb was built by Emperor Shah Jahan to honor his wife who had died in childbirth, the Taj stands as a memorial of unmatched beauty. The hilltop Agra Fort is also on today's tour and we see its lovely courtyards, fountains, and gates before driving through the bustling city on the return to your hotel. The evening is free. (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays).
On the way to royal capital, Jaipur; we see a transition in countryside landscape and culture of Rajasthan. Women dressed in vibrant colours, decorated elephants and camels strolling on the way are the common sights of visiting Jaipur. Enroute stop over at the preserved Mughal city, Fatehpur Sikri displaying a cultural synthesis of Hindu-Islamic architecture. Evening free to stroll through the local bazaars. Overnight at hotel.
The hilltop fort of Amber, now the world heritage site was the former administrative center of the Rajput Kingdom. Move towards the fort in a gallant way atop the colourfully festooned elephants. Inside are lavish courtyards, beautifully decorated halls and a lovely Chamber of Mirrors. Back in Jaipur for the afternoon, you'll visit the City Palace Museum, the lovely Palace of the Winds and Jantar Mantar, an accurate observatory built in 1726. Overnight at hotel.
The morning is free for you to explore the city on your own. Later, fly to Mumbai. Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Today fly to Aurangabad and drive to Ajanta Caves (100 km / 3 hrs). This ancient cave on the horse-shoe shaped escarpment hosted the Buddhist monks, artists and craftsmen as rainy retreats. It is believed that the Buddhist paintings and wall frescoes in the caves endured the ravages of time and present a scintillating artistry dedicated to Buddha and his life. Scenes telling the stories of Buddha throughout his life, conquering armies on elephant back, princes and princesses, gods and goddesses give us a portrait of life thousands of years ago that staggers the imagination. Return to Aurangabad for the evening. Overnight at hotel. (Ajanta Caves closed on Mondays)
Drive to Ellora Caves (30 km / 1 hr). Even more impressive than Ajanta are the cave temples of Ellora which were built during the fifth and eighth centuries A.D. Stonecutters faced a major hurdle of removing an estimated 200,000 tons of rock to build the 34 caves that were carved out of the low hills. Out of 35, 16 are dedicated to Hindu, 13 are known as Buddhist caves and five are devoted to Jainism. Kailasa temple, dedicated to Shiva, undoubtedly the most glorious achievement here. Transcending the earlier concept of the cave temple hollowed out of a rock, the whole splendid structure of Kailasa is an enormous monolithic rock carving in architectural form. Overnight at hotel. (Ellora Caves closed on Tuesdays)
Morning visit the Aurangabad caves, which were carved between 1st – 5th centuries illustrate the chaityas and sculpted panels dedicated to Buddhism. The nine caves at Aurangabad are mainly viharas (monasteries). Later visit Daulatabad Fort, denoting the city of wealth. This 12th century fortress is a remnant of Sultanate influence on Daulatabad. But it is one of the world's best preserved fort of medieval times, surviving virtually unaltered. After the sightseeing, return to the hotel for check out and in evening, transfer to airport to connect flight for Mumbai.
Today we introduce ourselves with cosmopolitan Mumbai with a visit to the Gate of India that was erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. From here we will board a launch for the trip to Elephanta Island to see the 7th-century cave temples. Among the sculptures here are the magnificent "Maheshmurti," or Hindu Trinity, representing the three aspects of Shiva - the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer. Returning to Bombay, we see the Victorian Railway Station, the Prince of Wales Museum and the Jehangir Art Gallery and the Hanging Gardens of Malabar Hill. In the evening, transfer to Airport to connect flight for onward destination (hotel checkout 12:00 hrs.)
Cost Per Person -(on twin sharing - minimum 2 persons travelling together)
Sept 2018 -
US $ 870 per person *
* Please request rate for the period of X'Mas - New Year Period
Inclusions / Exclusions
- Room on sharing basis at each place as per itinerary with daily breakfast for 9 nights. Hotel check in / out 12:00 hrs.
- Aircon car for all transfers, sightseeing and excursion
- Local English speaking Guide during sightseeing tour only.
- Elephant / Jeep ride in Jaipur to visit Amber Fort. (subject to availability other wise Jeep ride will be arranged.)
- All Taxes
- Expenses of personal nature
- Any Airfare
- Airport Tax
- Any monument entry fee (to be paid directly at the monument)
Hotel used will be as under or equivalent category
||Tulip inn West Delhi Hari Nagar /
Mahagun Sarovar Portico
||Amar Hotel / Ganga Rattan
||Golden Manor / Palms
||Supreme Heritage / Bawa
||Vits / Keys Hotel, The Aures