Monuments Tour India
Duration : 19 Nights / 20 Days
Places Covered : Delhi - Khajuraho - Agra - Jaipur - Jodhpur -
Udaipur - Aurangabad - Mumbai - Madurai - Chettinad - Tanjore - Trichy
- Madras - Delhi
Day 1: Delhi
Arrive at Delhi where you would be met and escorted to the hotel. In the
afternoon you will be taken to National Museum where you will see the
finest collection of Indian antiquities and artifacts. Tonight you will
be hosted a welcome dinner when you will also be familiarized with the
Day 2: Delhi
Delhi with its Old and New parts - each with its specific charm and
glory - makes a very interesting city for its sustenance to medieval
and modern cultures at the same time and space. Today, you will explore
the capital of India in a full-day tour - including buildings of early
Turkish structure to Mughal buildings to Lutyen's Delhi.
Day 3: Khajuraho
This morning you will take a flight to Khajuraho.
Khajuraho: In the afternoon you will explore the little town known
the world-over for its Nagara style of temple architecture and erotic
Overnight will be at Khajuraho.
Day 4: Agra
Your day starts in the morning when you will be driven to Jhansi railway
station for your train to Agra. En route to Khajuraho you will visit
sleepy medieval town of Orchha which is littered with medieval Bundelkhand
buildings bearing fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture.
You will arrive in Agra in the evening and retire for the day.
Day 5: Agra
Today you will do sight-seeing tour of Agra. In the first half of the
day you will visit Sikandara and the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah or the
'Baby Taj'. In the afternoon you will visit Agra Fort and will end the
tour with a visit to the Taj Mahal at sunset. Agra buildings are some
of the first examples of extensive marble usage in Indian building style.
Day 6: Jaipur
After a leisurely morning you drive to Jaipur - en route visit Fatehpur
Sikri, a perfectly preserved Mughal city built at the height of the
empire's splendor. You will arrive in Jaipur in the noon and will be
at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 7: Jaipur
In the morning, you visit the Amber Fort - one of the most fascinating
of Indian forts. You will reach the fort majestically atop an elephant;
once inside the fort, you visit the Palace of Mirrors, Hall of Public
Audience and the beautifully manicured gardens.
Afternoon you will spend exploring the Jantar Mantar (astrological
observatory), the Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds), the City Palace
and the museum.
Day 8: Jodhpur
Proceed to Jodhpur.
Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes
with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital
of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of
the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama -
the epic hero of the Ramayana. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh
Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains.
The city is encompassed by a high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and
Overnight will be at Jodhpur.
Day 9: Jodhpur
This morning you explore the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort-Museum, one
of the largest in India, unsurpassed in beauty and grandeur - and a
perfect example of desert variant of Rajput architecture. The tour of
the fort will be followed by a visit to the old town where you walk
through the market getting a feel of the town.
Early in the evening you will be taken on a short safari to immaculately
kept villages of Bishnoi tribals who are known for their belief in the
sanctity of plant and animal life. A variety of deer roaming freely
is the attraction of these villages.
Day 10: Udaipur
Today, you drive to Udaipur.
En route you will visit Ranakpur - the largest and most beautifully
preserved Jain Temples in India. After visiting Ranakpur you will proceed
to see the fort of Kumbhalgarh. If Ranakpur is beauty and grace, Kumbhalgarh
is all about power.
You will arrive in Udaipur late in the afternoon. The rest of the day
will be at leisure.
Day 11: Udaipur
The day begins with a visit to the City Palace, which is largest in
Rajasthan. You will also see lovely medieval Jagdish Temple and Sahelion-Ki-Bari
or the "Gardens of the Maids of Honour". The tour of Udaipur
will end with a lunch at the beautiful Gallery Restaurant at Fateh Prakash
The day will end with a relaxing boat ride on Lake Pichola. From the
lake you will get unmatched views of the gardens surrounding the fascinating
Lake Palace Hotel and the two islands in the lake.
Day 12: Aurangabad
Today, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to Bombay
where you will arrive to connect to your flight for Aurangabad (Depending
on the flight timings you will be given a brief tour of the commercial
capital of India). You will arrive Aurangabad late in the evening and
check into the hotel to retire for the day.
Day 13: Aurangabad
Today you will explore the caves of Ajanta which offer a rich tapestry
of images that speak of palaces, royalty, cultures and tales of everyday
life of ancient India. Long buried in the debris of time, these 30 caves
were built to offer seclusion to the Buddhist monks, who lived, taught
and performed rituals.
Day 14: Mumbai
This morning you will be taken to explore Ellora caves. Carved between
fourth and fifth century, the rock temples and monasteries of Ellora
represent the three major faiths of India - Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.Like
Ajanta, Ellora caves too are a fine example of cave temples with almost
34 caves with intricate interiors and ornamental facades.
Later in the evening you will take your flight for Bombay where you
spend the night before starting your tour of South India.
Day 15: Madurai
Continuing your tour to South India you will fly in the morning to Madurai
where you arrive before noon. All activity in Madurai is centered round
Sri Meenakshi Temple in the heart of the told town. A riotously baroque
example of Dravidian architecture, you visit the temple in the afternoon.
Day 16: Chettinad
After a leisurely start today you drive to Chettinad which is known
for its artistic houses.
Spend the afternoon exploring the palace and around for its unique
architecture. Overnight will be at Madurai.
Day 17: Tanjore - Trichy
This morning you will drive to Tanjore. Also called a city of temples,
Tanjore is dotted with no fewer than 74 temples - the most famous of
which is the Brihadeshwara temple. You visit this fascinating temple
and the Thanjavur Palace before continuing your drive to Trichy.
The town of Trichy is another small place of South India which is littered
with innumerable evidence of the region's excellence in art and architecture.
In the evening you explore the city including spectacular Rock Fort
Day 18: Madras
This morning you take a train ride to Madras - your last destination
of the tour. Madras is a fascinating city with its ancient temples and
unique culture, golden sandy beaches and a marvelous tradition of music
and dance. You explore this lovely city in the afternoon, immediately
after arriving at the station. After the short city tour you will check
into your hotel which is a beach hotel outside Madras city.
Day 19: Madras
Today will be spent in visiting two of the finest examples of ancient
South Indian architecture - Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram.
Day 20: Madras - Delhi
The day will be spent in leisure. In the evening you will be hosted
a farewell dinner before being escorted to the domestic terminal for
flight to Delhi for return.