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Cultural and Spiritual Tour Of IndiaHOME

This is a suggested tour. It can be tailor made to suit your requirements. Please contact us for a tailor made holiday.

Itinerary

Day - 1 - Arrival / Mumbai
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel Fariyas BOMBAY - the Manhattan of India, Bombay is a gateway city for visitors to India and the starting point for itineraries covering the Western and Southern regions. The first glimpse of the British Empire's "Jewel in the crown" was Bombay, and this bustling seaport is now a teeming metropolis, the heart of the country's financial, commercial and industrial activities. Overnight at Hotel.

Day - 2 - Mumbai
After breakfast proceed for city sightseeing of Mumbai visiting Kamla Nehru Park, Hanging Gardens situated on the slopes of Malabar Hill, offering a panoramic view of Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach, Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan, Dhobi Ghat, Gateway of India and drive through the Crawford Market, Marine drive and Flora fountain.

Day - 3 - Mumbai - Udaipur
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Udaipur. Kingfisher Airlines IT 3157 - 1245 / 1355 hrs. Udaipur - 'City of Dreams' or 'Venice of the East'- is perhaps the most beautiful of all Indian cities. A romantic collection of exotic gardens filled with blossoming trees and fantasy island palaces shimmering in mirror-calm lakes - that's Udaipur. Assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel. Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day - 4 - Udaipur
Morning city sightseeing of Udaipur city visiting city palace and its museum and saheliyon ki bari (garden of maids). Afternoon sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola. Overnight at hotel.

Day - 5 - Udaipur - Deogarh
Leisurely drive 3 hrs to Deogarh en route visiting Ranakpur Jain temples. Deogarh town is nestled among the oldest mountains range in the world - the Aravalis. The surrounding rugged, rocky hills are dotted with a number of old, majestic forts and over a hundred lakes. Deogarh is also renowned for its miniature painting. The Deogarh School bears a close affinity to the Mewari art form. Overnight at hotel.

Day - 6 - Deogarh - Jaipur
After breakfast drive 4 hrs to Jaipur en route visiting Pushkar. Jaipur, or the City of Victory, was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is a marvellous synthesis of architectural influences - Hindu, Jain, Mughal. It is a well planned city of yore, built from rose-coloured terra cotta. - that has given it the name 'Pink City'. On arrival stay at Hotel for overnight.

Day - 7 - Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber fort, the ancient capitol of the region with elephant ride. Afternoon city sightseeing of Jaipur visiting city palace and its museum, Jantar Mantar etc. Evening free for independent activities. Overnight at Hotel.

Day - 8 - Jaipur - Agra
After breakfast drive 5 hrs to Agra en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri. Agra - The romance of the world's most famous building Taj Mahal, still astonishes in its power and beauty. In addition to the Taj Mahal, Agra houses the other two great monuments the Red Fort and nearby abandoned city Fatehpur Sikri. Overnight at Hotel. Note Taj Mahal remain closed on Friday.

Day - 9 - Agra - Varanasi
Morning visit to Taj Mahal at sunrise. After breakfast city sightseeing of Agra visiting Agra Fort. Late evening transfer to Tundla Railway station to board over night train to Mughal Sarai Magadh Express departs at 2330 / arrives at 0740 hrs next morning Overnight train. The First-class A/c is the most expensive and the highest train travel class in India. The fare is nearly as much as air travel. It is a comfortable way to travel. It has private four or two person compartment with a locking door in an air-conditioned carriage. Only people that have reservation are allowed on the carriage. Bed linen (Hand towel, pillow, two bed sheets and one) is provided is. There is a common western style toilet at both ends of the carriage. Fixed Indian Meals can be orders it will be served in the compartment. The order taker visit's each comportment few hours before each meal. Breakfast orders are taken at night. Payment for meals is made at the end of the Journey. At regular intervals Tea / Coffee, bottled water, Aerated drinks venders visit the carriage.

Day - 10 - Arrive Varanasi
Meeting and assistance on arrival at 0740 hrs and transfer to hotel Gateway Ganges. Varanasi is the holiest of the Hindu cities, and is one of the oldest. It is probably the oldest living city in the world, a contemporary of Babylon, Themes and Nineveh. Situated in the plains of north India on the sacred river of Ganga, half way between Delhi and Calcutta is Varanasi. This is a city of colourful bazaars, exquisite and bright silks, festivals, temples, mosques and palaces - all centering around the teeming ghats of the Holy Ganges. Afternoon city sightseeing of Varanasi. Later excursion to Sarnath. Evening visit ghats to witness the prayer ceremony. Overnight at Hotel.

Day - 11 - Varanasi - Delhi
Early boatride on the Ganges to see the bathing ghats and people offering prayers. Later transfer to airport for flight to Delhi Jet airways 9W 724 - 1440 / 1600 hrs. Assistance on arrival and transfer to the Hotel for overnight.

Day - 12 - Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh
Early morning transfer to railway station to board Shatabdi Express train to Shatabdi Exp departs at 0650 hrs / arrives Haridwar at 1125 hrs On arrival drive 1 hr to Rishikesh. Rishikesh - A celebrated spiritual centre, Rishikesh has been visited by many world famous personalities including the Beatles, This holy city, is situated on the right bank of the Ganga. Laxman, brother of Lord Rama, incarnation of Vishnu, is believed to have selected this place for har penance in order to get rid of the sin of slaying brahmins in the Ram-Rawan battle. Saints and sages lived in caves and meditated here in ancient days. Overnight at hotel.

Day - 13 - Rishikesh
Car at disposal for exploring Rishikesh. Morning attend yoga session at one of the Ashrams. Day free for exploring Rishikesh town on your own. Car will be provided at disposal. Overnight at Hotel.

Day - 14 - Rishikesh - Haridwar
Morning yoga session at one of the Ashrams. After breakfast drive 1 hr to Haridwar. On arrival stay at Hari Ganga Haveli. Haridwar: Literally "the doorway to God", Hardwar is the most popular centre of Hinduism, situated on the banks of Ganga River at the foot of the Shivalik hills. It is visited by millions of Hindu devotees every year to take a dip in the sacred Ganga for emancipation from sins. It is one of the four pilgrim centres of the religious festival Kumbh, held every twelve years. There are many temples and abodes of saints, called Ashrams, visited by the pilgrims. Overnight at Hotel.

Day - 15 - Haridwar - Delhi
Spend the day exploring the Temples and Ashrams. Evening transfer to railway station to board train to Delhi. Shatabdi Exp to Delhi at 1822 / arriving Delhi at 2245 hrs Assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel for Claridges for overnight. Delhi, Capital City of independent India rewards the determined sightseer with more than a thousand monuments and two old capital buildings complexes-including the present seat of Government, designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Cosmopolitan hotels, shopping, and fine restaurants abound. Delhi also offers a glimpse into the real India: the labyrinthine street bazaars of Old Delhi, and the temples and monuments of Indian's chequered colonial past. In the deepest sense, from Old Delhi's Red fort and Jama Masjid mosque to New Delhi's chic art galleries and nightclubs, Delhi is profoundly Indian city. Overnight at Hotel.

Day - 16 - Delhi
Morning city sightseeing of Old Delhi visiting Red Fort, Jama Masjid - the biggest mosque in Asia and visit Chandni Chowk by cycle rickshaw. Later visit monuments of New Delhi visiting India Gate and the government buildings, Humayun's tomb and Qutab Minar. Overnight at Hotel.

Day - 17 - Delhi
Day free to explore the town on your own. Overnight at Hotel.

Day - 18 - Delhi - Mumbai
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight o Mumbai Jet Airways 9W 302 - 0940 / 1135 hrs. Jet Airways 9W 352 - 1400 / 1600 hrs. Assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel for overnight.

Day - 19 - Mumbai
Day free for independent activities. Overnight at Hotel.

Day - 20 - Mumbai - Departure
Transfer to airport.

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