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Rajasthan, Ajanta & Ellora, Mumbai and Goa

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15 days 14 nights

Code INT94

Category North India Classic Tours

  • Group Size 2-16 Person
  • Difficulty Level 2
  • Rating Popular
  • Trip Starts From Delhi
  • Trip Ends At Mumbai
  • Accommodation Hotels
  • Type Classic Circuits
  • Destination Delhi Agra Jaipur Pushkar Udaipur Aurangabad Mumbai Goa
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In this trip, we visit India's most treasured historical monuments that include the Mughal and Rajput forts, palaces and temples. Taj Mahal- one of the wonders of the modern world is one significant highlights of this trip. Many of these architectures are recognized by UNESCO as the world heritage sights. We learn about the Indian history, Hindu culture and traditions. The arts, sculptures and murals of the palaces, the columns and the high walls of the forts all have interesting stories of the bravery and wars, friendship and rivalries, love and romance.

We explore the ancient rock-cut cave temples in Ajanta and Ellora Caves near Aurangabad and then move on to the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay where we will experience the flairs of British India. We conclude our tour in Goa in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. A Portuguese colony until 1961, Goa is known for its beautiful beaches.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrival in New Delhi

Complete immigration and custom formalities and meet our representative at the arrival gate! After introductions, transfer to the hotel.

You have an open day for rest. If you arrive in time, we will arrange leisurely walking tour in the city.

Overnight hotel in Delhi.

Day 02~Visit the attractions of Delhi

Following breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel lobby and proceed for sightseeing. We begin from the Old Delhi- a labyrinth of narrow lanes, which winds and bends between the tall and leaning buildings.

We will first visit the famous Red Fort, the residence of Mughal emperors of India for nearly 200 years until mid-19th century. Spread over an area of 254.67 hectares, the fort has several buildings, open courtyards and halls with rich synthesis of Persian, European and Indian artworks.

From here, we head to the Jama Mosque- the largest mosque of India that claims to have capability of holding more than 20,000 devotees at a time! The mosque has beautiful tapering minaret and marble domes! Now, we take rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk with vibrant and colorful shops and bazaars. It's the oldest and the busiest market of Delhi. Be prepared to experience the commotion, honking cars, yelling vendors, smell of food and perhaps the fumes!

In the afternoon, we visit the Akshardham Temple Complex- the latest addition to the temples of Delhi. 141-foot-high, 316-foot-wide and extending over 356 foot long, the temple is one of the largest Hindu Temple. Constructed by the 7000 artisans with the help of 3000 volunteers, the temple has rich carvings of flora, fauna, dancers, musicians and deities!

Next, we visit the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, situated near Connaught Place, the head of New Delhi. This is one of the most important Sikh House of worship. The complex includes a large sacred pond, a school for Sikh studies and an art gallery.

If time allows, we will take leisurely stroll through the Connaught Place which is the largest financial and business center of India.

Overnight hotel in Delhi.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Travel to Agra- the city of Taj Mahal

After breakfast, we drive to Agra (approx. 131miles/ 4 ½ hrs.). Upon arrival, check in the hotel and later proceed for sightseeing.

We first visit Agra Fort- the 16th-century Mughal citadel known as the Red Fort of Agra. It was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal and Delhi's Red Fort. Recognized by UNESCO as the world heritage site, Agra Fort is a citadel of the Mughal era that has witnessed centuries slip by but still stands gloriously on the bank of River Yamuna.

Towards the dusk, we visit the Mehtab Bagh (also called Moonlight Garden) which is a little known place for viewing Taj Mahal during the sunset time. The garden lies opposite of Taj Mahal on the northern shores of Yamuna River where as Taj Mahal stands in the southern shores. Most travelers visit Taj Mahal from the main gate at the southern side. Enjoy the views of Taj Mahal in tranquil surroundings with no rush.

Overnight hotel in Agra.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 04~Morning Sunrise Tour of Taj Mahal. Travel to Jaipur with side trip of Fatehpuri Sikri and Chand Baori Step Well

After breakfast proceed to Jaipur (approx. 153 miles / 5 ½ hrs. drive) en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri.

We get up before dawn for a sunrise tour of Taj Mahal from the southern side of the monument. It's an amazing experience to see the iconic monument bathed in morning sunshine! Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal is a spectacular monument ever built for love.

We return to our hotel for breakfast and soon we head out to Jaipur. About 25 miles from Agra, we stop to visit the Fatehpur Sikri- a UNESCO recognized world heritage site. Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned capital of Emperor Akbar has the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architectures.

About 56 miles before Jaipur, we take 12 miles detour of Chand Baori, which is an ancient step well, built in between 800 and 900 A.D. It's an amazing architecture designed and structured as water reservoir to supply water to the thirsty citizens of dry and arid Rajasthan.

On arrival, check in hotel and take rest for the day.

Overnight hotel in Jaipur.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 05~Visit the attractions of Jaipur: Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace and the Markets

After breakfast, we set out to explore the attractions of Jaipur- the capital of Rajasthan State. Jaipur is also called the Pink City. Do you know why? The king of Rajasthan, in a short notice, ordered a fresh coat of paint in Jaipur to welcome the Prince of Wales visiting India in 1905-6, but the contractor did not have any other color in stock enough but pink. So, the entire city was painted pink which has been Jaipur's tradition till today!

We first drive 7 miles on Jaipur- Delhi highway outside the city to visit Amer Fort that lies atop Amaravali Hills. From the parking, we take elephant ride up the hill (subject to availability and alternatively by Jeep). On the return, we will take the local shared jeep.

Amber fort, also called Amer Fort was built in 16th century and is one of the finest examples of culmination of Hindu Rajput and Mughal Muslim architectures. The fort is made in red sand stone and white marble tells the glory of the fierce Kachawaha Dynasty that ruled over the region from 12th to the 18th century. The interior wall of the palace exhibits the expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings. The fort has heavily structured high walls to protect the residents from the warring enemies.

Now, we retrace our drive to the Jaipur city and visit Hawa Mahal- one of the most photographed architecture of Jaipur. The peculiarity of the palace is the high screen wall facing to the street from where the women of the royal family could observe the street activities without being seen from the outsiders!

Next, we move on to the City Palace, which is another blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. Part of the palace is still occupied by the royal family and we have access only to the part that now has a museum. The museum has a large collection of costumes, woodwork, brassware, jewelry, and pottery. Nearby is the Jantar Mantar observatory, a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built in the 18th century.

Afternoon is free for your personal interests. Jaipur is shopper's paradise and has the world famous traditional jewelries designed in stylish way.

Overnight hotel in Jaipur.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 06~Travel to Pushkar- the abode of Lord Brahma (Approx. 90 miles/ 3 hrs. drive)

After breakfast, we bid farewell to the Pink City of Jaipur and head out to Pushkar set on Pushkar Lake. On the way, we stop to visit Ajmer Dargah Sharif - a shrine in honor of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti - a Sufi saint who came to India from Persia in 1192. It's an important holy shrine for the Muslims of the world!

Upon arrival, check into your accommodations. After wash up and change, visit Pushkar Lake and Bramha Temple, the major attractions of Pushkar.

Pushkar Lake - This is a holy Lake for Hindu people and associated with Lord Bramha, the creator of the universe. The lake is surrounded by more than 400 temples and palaces. People come to the lake to take the dip in the water and cleanse the sins or purify themselves.

Bramha Temple - Pushkar is the town of Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe according to Indian mythology. It is said that Bramha performed penance here for 60,000 years. This temple is among the very few existing temples of Lord Bramha. Built of marble and stone slabs, the temple has red spire which is typical Indian shikhara style architecture.

Overnight hotel in Jaipur.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 07~Drive to Udaipur via Chittorgarh (205 miles 6 ½ hrs.)

Following an early morning breakfast, we leave for Udaipur and travel via Chittorgarh Fort (132 miles, 4-5 hours). The fort is among the largest forts of India and recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort was sacked 3 times between the 15th and 16th centuries by the rulers of Delhi and Gujrat. The fort stands on a hillock and expands in area of 1.1 square mile. The fort also retains 22 of 84 water bodies in the form of ponds, wells and step wells. We visit the palaces, victory columns and some of the ponds.

After spending good 2-3 hours, we will proceed for Udaipur which is less than 2-hours' drive. Upon arrival, we check in hotel and take rest for the day.

Overnight hotel in Udaipur.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 08~Udaipur: Visit the palaces, temples and boating in Lake Pichola

The city of Udaipur is situated in the Aravalli ranges of Rajasthan and since it was the capital of Mewar rulers, it's called the jewel of Mewar. Udaipur, set on the shores of three lakes and surrounded by scenic mountains is also called as the City of Dawn. It is a beautiful old city with narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples meandering through it.

After breakfast, we set out to explore the attractions of Udaipur. We begin from Udaipur City Palace which is one of the architectural marvels of Rajasthan. Rested peacefully on the banks of Lake Pichola, the palace is the most-visited tourist attraction in Udaipur. The palace claims to be the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.

We take boat ride from the jetty of the palace and go around the lake. We are able to see the other side of the palace and some life in the lakeshore, including the laundry men, called dhobis washing clothes and some people bathing. We stop at the Palace of Jagmandir Island. The palace is surrounded by an array of enormous stone elephants and has a chhatri carved from grey-blue stone.

We return to the dock and probably, it's time for the lunch break (pay on your own). After lunch, there are more to see. We visit the Jagdish temple of the mid-17th century. An Indo-Aryan style of architecture, this temple claims to be the largest in Udiapur. A black stone image of Lord Vishnu and a brass image of Garuda can be seen here.

If time allows, we visit Saheliyon-ki-Bari, also known as the Princess Garden, or the Garden of the Maids of Honor. This is a small, disheveled garden which was laid out for 48 women attendants who came as part of a princess’s dowry. It has fountains, kiosks, marble elephants and a lotus pool.

Overnight hotel in Udaipur.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 09~Flight to Aurangabad via Mumbai

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Mumbai and change to Aurangabad. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight hotel in Aurangabad.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10~Excursion to Ajanta Caves

After breakfast, we go for an excursion to the Ajanta Caves that lies 60 miles north east of the town (closed on Monday). It's a popular World Heritage Site. There are 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments dating back from 2nd to 7th century. Beautiful frescoes, wall paintings and vivid sculptures reflect the peak of ancient Indian art and architecture. The horseshoe shaped gorge has 30 caves dividend in two phases. We spend a good amount of time, exploring this ancient cave and retrace our drive to the hotel in the afternoon.

Overnight hotel in Aurangabad.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 11~Excursion to Ellora Caves

After breakfast, we proceed to Ellora Caves which lies 20 miles north-west of Aurangabad. It's closed on Tuesday. This is also a UNESCO recognized World Heritage site. Ellora has 34 "caves" which are actually excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills. With Hindu, Buddhist and Jain rock-cut temples and viharas and mathas built between the 5th century and 10th century, Ellora Caves are one of the finest examples of Indian rock cut cave temples.

In the afternoon, we visit the Daulatabad fortress on a conical hill about 656 ft. high that now has the ruins of Ajanta and Ellora style Buddhist temples.

Overnight hotel in Aurangabad.

Day 12~Flight to Mumbai.

After breakfast, transfer to Aurangabad airport for flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel.

Later, your guide and driver will take for you for sightseeing of Mumbai. We begin from the Prince of Wales museum (closed on Monday). The museum with art, sculpture, old firearms, and rare coins and a priceless collection of miniature paintings, is regarded as one of the best museums in the country. Next, we will visit the Gateway of India - a treasured monument that was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911. It is complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone, further drive past a popular sea front, Marine Drive - a winding stretch of road with tall buildings on one side and sea on the other. Next, we visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - a superb older Victorian train terminal that signifies the total British era of scale, majestic architecture and a thriving busy railway station that is today struggling to cope with the sheer volume of people.

If time allows, it will be interesting to visit the Dhobi Ghat, an open-air laundromat. Dhobis are the traditional cloth washers. Dhobi Ghat has rows of open-air concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. Clothes here come from Mumbai's hotels and hospitals.

Overnight hotel in Mumbai.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 13~Flight to Goa

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Goa - the former Portuguese colony. Upon arrival, meet our local representative and transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon, proceed for a half day sightseeing that starts with a drive to Dona Paula - an idyllic spot which overlooks Goa’s magnificent harbor of Mormugão. Next, proceed to Panjim - the Portuguese capital of Goa which was originally a fishing village. Panjim still displays that old charm, with typical Portuguese architecture mirrored in the houses and villas spread along the River Mandovi. Notable among the classic structures are the Panjim Church, Palácio Patriarchal (Bishop's Palace) and Palácio Idalcão (the present Secretariat) which was built by Adil Shah in 1492. We also stop at the fruit and vegetable market for guests to experience the sights and smells of Goa.

From here, we head to Old Goa. Visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus where the remains of St. Francis Xavier are kept in a silver casket entombed in a Florentine style marble mausoleum.

Evening time is free to relax on beach.

Overnight hotel in Goa.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 14~A free day to relax in the beaches of Goa

Take your personal time to relax in the beaches of Goa.

Overnight hotel in Goa.

Day 15~Flight back to Mumbai and then connect with your international flight back home.

Service ends with transfer to the airport for flight to Mumbai. Connect your flight back home.

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Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation for (14) nights on double occupancy basis.
  • Daily breakfast at your hotels.
  • Services of local English speaking certified guide.
  • One time entrances to the monuments as per the itinerary.
  • Elephant ride at Amer fort while going uphill the fort (subject to availability and alternatively by shared Jeep)
  • Common boat ride at Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
  • Transport will be using air conditioned vehicle.
  • All currently applicable taxes.
  • All current Government taxes are included in the above price, which are subject to change without any notice.
  • One bottle of mineral water per person on arrival in Delhi and one bottle per person per day during the visits and long drives.

Trip does not include

  • India visa fee.
  • International and in-tour airfares. Estimated In-tour airfare $550 is not included in the price.
  • Items of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, camera fees etc.
  • Car at disposal or any sightseeing on leisure days unless specified above.
  • Early check in or a late checkout room (s) at any hotel (s) unless specified above.
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like change in flight and train schedule; cancellation of flights/trains, political disturbances, natural phenomenon, etc.
  • Any supplement charges for New Year or Christmas.
  • Any airfare – international or domestic.
  • Camera/video camera fee at monuments.
  • Any other item not specifically mentioned above as 'INCLUDED'.


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