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Colors of India Tour

 
Delhi-Varanasi-Khajuraho-Agra-Jaipur-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Bombay-Goa-Delhi
(19 Days / 18 Nights)

Day 01/ Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 02/ Delhi

After a leisurely breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British empire. Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar ,India Gate and the grand government buildings, the President’s House , Red fort , Mahatama Gandhi Memorial. Also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 03 / Delhi - Varanasi

Morning transfer to airport to connect the flight for 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 river front as seen from a boat can be a spiritually uplifting sight. It has a fascination uniquely its own, a quality of sublime beauty, a timeless eternal appeal. Varanasi is the city which cannot be described, only experienced. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel. Later visit the Temples, Aurangazeb’s Mosque and one of the biggest university of India. Evening view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats. Night stay in Varanasi.

Day 04 / Varanasi

Morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Later excursion to Sarnath, 10kms. East of Varanasi, is one of the Buddhism’s major centers of India. After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon. Visit the deer park and the museum and later back to Varanasi. Night stay in Varanasi.

Day 05 / Varanasi - Khajuraho

After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Khajuraho .Arrive Khajuraho & transfer to hotel. The legendary temples of khajuraho are an incomparable experience. Acknowledged as one of the world’s artistic wonders, these temples dedicated to the Hindu pantheon of Gods are covered in carvings that are a paean to life and love. Built within a short span of a hundred years by the Chandela Rajputs, the 10th century temples lay forgotten until they were discovered in the present century. Khajuraho has achieved fame for the sensual appeal of its erotic sculptures. Evening free at leisure. Night stay in Khajuraho.

Day 06 / Khajuraho

After breakfast explore the Western and Eastern temples of khajuraho while your guide explains the intricate meaning and legends behind each describable sculpture. Night stay in Khajuraho.

Day 07 / Khajuraho-Orchha-Jhansi-Agra

Morning drive to Jhansi enroute visiting Orchha, In orchha visit the magnificient temples and monuments. Some of the palaces were decorated with painted murals which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela school of painting , Continue drive to Jhansi & transfer to railway station to board the train to Agra . Arrive Agra & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Agra .

Day 08 / Agra - Jaipur

Morning at sunrise visit the magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world 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, Also visit Agra Fort - the rusty and majestic red- sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms.After lunch drive to Jaipur - en route visit Fatehpur Sikri, a perfectly preserved Mughal city built at the height of the empire's splendor. Arrive Jaipur & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 09/ Jaipur

Morning tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned Elephant for the climb to the main gate. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families. Afternoon tour of the Pink City – will include City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here. Also visit the Hawa Mahal "Palace of the Winds", and the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments. Enjoy a stroll through the colourful bazaar before returning to your hotel. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 10 / Jaipur - Jodhpur

Morning drive to Jodhpur (290 kms) . Arrive & transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Jodhpur.

Day 11 / Jodhpur

After a relaxed breakfast proceed for city sight seeing tour of Jodhpur. Jodhpur - the stronghold of the fierce Rathore clan, was founded in 1459 by Prince Jodha. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill. Within the fort, visit Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph, built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant singh II around 1899 and Umaid Public gardens. Night stay in Jodhpur.

Day 12 / Jodhpur- Udaipur

Morning drive to Udaipur. En route visiting Ranakpur - the largest and most beautifully preserved Jain Temples in India. Later proceed to see the fort of Kumbhalgarh. If Ranakpur is beauty and grace, Kumbhalgarh is all about power. Arrive Udaipur in the evening & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Udaipur.

Day 13 / Udaipur

After breakfast proceed for city sight seeing tour. Udaipur, built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh, the city has been described as the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. Visit the City Palace museum, the Jagdish temple, Sahelion Ki Bari ( Queen’s resort for their friends) Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir ( Folk art museum) and the Pratap Memorial. Evening at leisure.Night stay in Udaipur.

Day 14 / Udaipur - Bombay

After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Bombay. Arrive Bombay & transfer to hotel. Later half day city tour of Bombay, political capital of Maharashtra, and commercial capital of India, Mumbai is many cities in one. As the world's largest textiles market, a major industrial centre and the country's busiest port handling over 40 percent of India's maritime trade, it contributes around 50 percent of the national exchequer. Bombay's colonial legacy is the Gateway of India. Built to commemorate the royal visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1911 but only completed in 1924, the gateway is a combination of European and Indian ceremonial architecture. The last British troops marched out through this gate when India became independent in 1947. Today it is a favorite haunt of tourists. Night stay in Bombay.

Day 15 / Bombay - Goa

After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Goa. Arrive Goa & transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Goa.

Day 16 / Goa

After breakfast, proceed on a half day sightseeing tour of Goa, visiting Miramar Beach, Basilica of Bom Jesus and the city of Panjim-bustling with shops and tourists. The afternoon is at leisure to relax on the beach. Laze on the beach, go for swim, explore the shops for cashewnuts, buy holiday wear or take an optional tour visiting "Goa of the past"- a mackup village which portrays Goa what it was 100 years ago .Night stay in Goa.

Day 17 / Goa

Day at leisure. Laze on the beach, go for swim, explore the shops for cashewnuts, buy holiday wear. Night stay in Goa.

Day 18 / Goa - Delhi

After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight to Delhi.Arrive & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 19 / Delhi - Departure

Day at leisure or explore the markets for shopping etc. Later transfer to airport for onward flight.


** Twin- Cost per person on twin sharing for minimum two person traveling.

Cost includes :
» 18 Nights accomodation as per the itinerary with daaily breakfast .
» Surface travel by exclusive airconditioned car.
» Train tickets for Jhansi- Agra in airconditioned chair car.
» All transfers , sightseeing , excursion as per the itinerary.
» Local English speaking guides.
» Elephant ride in Jaipur ( Subject to availability) , Boat ride in Varanasi.
» All taxes , driver allowances , permit , parking etc.

Cost does not include :

» Entrance fee to monuments.
» Camera fee , tips , laundry, porterege.
» Any airfare
» Any item not mentioned in cost includes.

INTERNAL FLIGHTS / COST PER PERSON

Delhi-Varanasi : USD 157.70
Varanasi- Khajuraho : USD 110.70 per person in economy class.
Udaipur-Mumbai :USD 158.50

Mumbai-Goa

By Jet Airways : USD 110.50 ( Normal fare)
By Air Sahara : From USD 63.50 to USD 96.50 ( Subject to availability)
By Spice jet : Approx USD 80 ( Advance purchase fares , fluctuates daily & subject to change)

Goa-Delhi : By Air Sahara : From USD 280.70( Normal fare)

By Spice jet : Approx USD 200 ( Advance purchase fares , fluctuates daily & subject to change)
Airfares are subject to change any time without any prior notice.

Hotels Selected - Luxury 5* Deluxe

Delhi : The Oberoi / Imperial
Varanasi : Taj Ganges
Khajuraho : The Grand Temple View
Agra : Amar Vilas
Jaipur : RajVilas
Jodhpur : Taj Hari Mahal
Udaipur : Udaivilas
Mumbai : Taj Mahal
Goa : Taj Exotica

Hotels Selected - Royal 5*

Delhi : The Metropolitan / The Grand/ The Lalit
Varanasi : Taj Ganges / Radisson
Khajuraho : Taj Chandela / Jass Radisson
Agra : Jay Pee Palace / Taj View / Trident
Jaipur : Hotel Trident / Le Meridien
Jodhpur : Fortune The Ummed
Udaipur : Shiv Niwas / Trident
Mumbai : Hilton Tower / Grand Intercontinent / Taj President
Goa : Fort Aguda/ Taj Holiday Village/ Radisson White Sand / Intercontinental the Grand

Hotels Selected - Classic 4*

Delhi : The Connaught / Hotel City Park/ Hotel De Marks/ Hotel De Marks
Varanasi : Clarks Varanasi
Khajuraho : Clarks / Holiday Inn
Agra : Clarks Shiraz / Howard Park Plaza
Jaipur : Golden Tulip / Hari Mahal Palace/ Wall Street / Clarks Amer
Jodhpur : Balsamand Palace/ Ajit Bhawan/ Shree Ram International
Udaipur : Uday Kothi / Shikarbadi / Swaroop Vilas
Mumbai : Fariyas / Mirador / Ambassador
Goa : Marquis Beach Resort / Goan Heritage/ Cidade De Goa/ CM Verca

Hotels Selected - Jewel (3* - 4* & Heritage)
Delhi : Hotel Gautam Deluxe / Hotel Sunstar
Varanasi : Ideal Tower / Hotel Meraden Grand
Khajuraho : Hotel Redisson / Clarks Khajuraho
Agra : Hotel Amar / Hotel Usha Kiran
Jaipur : Hotel Jas Vilas / Nana Ki Haveli/ Dera Rawatsar
Jodhpur : Balsamand Palace / Mapple Abhay
Udaipur : Hotel Shikarbadi / Hotel Rajdarshan
Mumbai : The Best Western Emerald/ Hotel Royale Empire/ Hotel The Legend
Goa : Santa Monica / Beira Mar

Hotels Selected - Economy (2* Moderate)
Delhi : Hotel Blue Bell / Hotel De Gold
Varanasi : Hotel MM Continental / Hotel Palce on Steps
Khajuraho : Hotel Harmony / Hotel Greenwoods
Agra : Royale Residency / Taj Plaza / Pushapvila
Jaipur : Hotel Vijay Niwas / Hotel Sarang Palace
Jodhpur : Pal Haveli/ Ratan Vilas/ Shreeram International
Udaipur : Mahendra Prakash Haveli
Mumbai : Hotel Suba Galaxy / Hotel Benzy Palace
Goa : Santa Monica / Beira Mar

Special care is taken while selecting the hotels , As you may be aware that prices for same category of hotels are NOT the same , we select the hotels based on the quality & services & not just because it is a 4 * or 5 * hotel, Thatswhy some hotels listed in our classic catergory ( 4 * ) are actual 5 * hotels but we use them in 4 * categories. Hotels are subject to availability, please note that due to peak season starting from Oct onwards, most of hotels in 4 * - 5* category are already fully booked for many dates starting from october, Once you finalise the booking, we shall start booking the hotels. It may be possible that we may have to go for a higher / lower category of hotels/ rooms in any place & we shall advice you of any supplement / reduction in the price. For Luxury Hotels Suppliment charge 16 nov. to 30th nov., 20 Dec. to 5th jan 2010.and 1st feb. to 29th feb.

 

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