GRAND TOURS

INDIA

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Period:  
June / July 2022

Duration:
15 Nights / 16 Days

Subject to alteration when flights and dates are confirmed.

The tour starts from Delhi- the National Capital of India and ends in Mumbai, the Financial Capital of India. We will visit Agra and the Taj Mahal, before driving into Rajasthan- The land of Fort and Places and people who are brave and chivalrous, is a land of highest in quality-everything herein is breathtakingly delighting, impressive and enchanting. The tour is packed with history, art and culture that go back several centuries.

Delhi – Old City, Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, Rajghat, India Gate, Parliament Building, President House, Qutab Minar, Akshardham
Agra: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort.
Mathura – Radhakund, Syamkund, Girigovardhan, Prison House where Krsna was born.
Vrindavan – Prem Mandir, Iskcon Temple, Nidhivan.
Haridwar – Mansa Mandir by cableway, Ganga Aarti, Spiritual bath in holy Ganga and Pooja.
Rishikesh – Vashista Gufa, Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan, Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghaat.
Rajasthan – Jaipur: Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Chowkidhanti Ethnic Rajasthani Village
Mumbai – A shopping paradise. Optional tour to Elephanta Caves

ARRIVAL: DELHI BY FLIGHT

Upon arrival at Delhi airport a representative will be waiting to receive and welcome you.

Garlanding – a traditional Indian way to Welcome Guests. 
Meeting & assistance and transfer to hotel.

Delhi – Delhi, the fusion city, embodies the soul of India. Its roots buried deep in the Mahabharata as the capital of Pandavas, followed by its rich Mughal historyBritish colonial past and now the modern capital of India; this timeless city is an eclectic blend of cultures and civilization. Its glorious monuments & heritage sitescolorful bazaars and mouth watering kebabs have forever beckoned travelers to this captivating city.

Overnight stay at hotel.

IN DELHI

Breakfast at Hotel

After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing tour of Delhi. Visit the Birla Mandir, built by one of India’s foremost business families and dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver. Proceed to the war memorial, India Gate, built in memory of the 85,000 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during World War 1. Opposite the India Gate, is the massive Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India. Continue on to Qutub Minar, the 75m high Victory Tower. See the Iron Pillar, which has never rusted in all these years. Lotus Temple, a replica of Sydney Opera.  Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Visit the Jama Masjid, the largest Friday mosque in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jehan. Later visit Raj Ghat– It’s a simple black granite memorial to the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

India Gate
This glorious edifice was built during the colonial rule to honor the memory of the soldiers martyred during World War I. Its walls engraved with the names of the martyrs and its eternal flame blazing in the memory of the unknown & immortal soldiers; symbolize India’s gratitude to its soldiers. Its lush green lawns & pretty fountains attract locals & tourists alike.

Red Fort
This enormous structure of red under the sun-warmed skies of Delhi depicts impregnable strength and stoic resistance of an old sentinel. The citadel, spread over 256 acres stretching to almost two kilometers, was built by Shah Jahan in the 17th century and has since stood the test of time. An artistic marvel of Indian & Persian architecture, Red Fort echoes the tales of Mughal grandeur & Indian independence struggle and is now a bastion of democracy in India.

Qutab Minar
Standing tall and proud as an emblem of Mughal might and dominion, Qutab Minar is an iconic monument located in Mehrauli, Delhi’s heritage storehouse. Built in the 12th century by Qutab-ud-din Aibak and his successors, this five- storey minaret stretching to 73 meters is the world’s tallest brick tower and now part of a UNESCO-listed complex.

Humayun’s Tomb
The last refuge of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, this one-of-its kind garden tomb was built by his wife, Haji Begum in 1570 AD. The interspersing of red sandstone and white marble in its arched fa?ade that incorporates Mughal & Persian architectural elements is the striking feature of this grand mausoleum that seems to float over its symmetrical gardens. This UNESCO preserved heritage site is believed to be the inspiration for the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Shopping in Delhi
Delhi is perfect for retail therapy! Brave the snarling traffic and explore the lanes of Chandni Chowk, haggle with shopkeepers in Sarojini & Lajpat for colorful fabrics, saris & trinkets or check out Dilli Haat and State Emporiums for handicrafts & artifacts from different states in India. Don’t miss the lanes of Janpath market– the hub for colorful bags, pretty knick-knacks and some classic Tibetan artifacts.

Overnight stay at hotel.

DELHI - HARIDWAR BY AC TEMPO

DISTANCE: 210 kms (5 Hour Drive)

Breakfast at Hotel

After breakfast drive to Haridwar– It is an ageless pilgrimage destination, held in reverence for centuries. Several temples and ashrams are found in this town and a visit to Haridwar is like stepping into a completely different world.

Upon arrival check-in at hotel.

Later  visit – Mansa Devi Temple: It is located on top of a hill called the Bilwa Parvat, the Manas Devi Temple is worth visiting. You will travel by cableway. The top of the hill gives you an excellent view of Haridwar.

ATTEND GANGA AARTI AT HAR KI PAURI – It is one of the most sacred ghats in India. It is said that this ghat was built by Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. Also known as Brahmakund, the Ghat is magnificently illuminated in the evening during a Maha Aarti performed on this ghat. An experience never to be forgotten for the rest of your life.

Overnight stay at hotel.

IN HARIDWAR

Breakfast at Hotel

Morning visit the temple of Daksha Prajapati where Parvati Devi allowed herself to be devoured by the fire. The village remains undeveloped to this day as a result of the curse of Lord Shiva.

Return to Harkipauri to take bath in the holy Ganga and perform your poojas for yourself and for your ancestors. This will be personally conducted by Dr Roshan Singh.

Overnight stay at hotel.

HARIDWAR - RISHIKESH BY AC TEMPO

DISTANCE: 25 kms (2 Hour Drive)

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast drive to Rishikesh, it represents the Gateway to the Himalayas in the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttranchal several temples dot the banks of the Ganga at Rishikesh

On arrival check-in at hotel.

Later visit – Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula: Built in the year 1939, Lakshman Jhula has turned out to be the chief attraction of Rishikesh. The bridge is made of iron but it is completely suspended. If you walk in the middle of the bridge you will find the bridge swaying mildly. You cannot simply ignore the beauty of the surroundings. There is also another similar suspended bridge called Ram Jhula. These two beautiful suspended bridges are two hot destination in Rishikesh.

Bharat Mandir: this temple was built in 12th century by Adiguru Shankracharya, the Hindu saint. This is the oldest temples in Rishikesh and is located on the bank of river Ganges, in the old town and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, whose idol, carved out of a single ‘Salagram’, stands here.

EVENING GANGA AARTI AT PARMARTHNIKETAN. Join in the most beautiful sathsang conducted by the young brahmachari children of the ashram. An awe inspiring experience.

Overnight stay at hotel

IN RISHIKESH

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning visit VASISTH CAVES.

Rest of the day is at leisure.

Evening GANGA AARTI  at TRIVANI GHAT.

Overnight stay at hotel.

RISHIKESH - MATHURA (VRINDAVAN) BY AC TEMPO

DISTANCE: 350 kms (8 Hour Drive)

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast drive to MATHURA, the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

Mathura, is the nucleus of Brajbhoomi. This is the place where Lord Krishna was born in a prison cellar. The Dwarkadesh Temple, built by Seth Gokul Das of Gwalior in 1814, is situated in the heart of the city. It is adorned with some exquisite paintings depicting the entire life of Krishna.

Visit Radha Kund, Syam Kund and Govardhan.

Vrindavan, 15 kms from Mathura, is famous for its numerous temples – both old and modern. It is believed to have been the stage of Krishna’s romantic trails. Vrindavan is home to about 4,000 temples- both big and small

Evening visit to Prem Mandir for the evening program.

Overnight stay at hotel

MATHURA (VRINDAVAN) - AGRA BY AC TEMP

DISTANCE: 50 kms (2 Hour Drive)

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast drive to Agra.

Afternoon visit – Taj Mahal: Taj Mahal stands on the bank of River Yamuna, which otherwise serves as a wide moat defending the Great Red Fort of Agra, the center of the Mughal emperors until they moved their capital to Delhi in 1637. It was built by the fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in 1631 in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, a Muslim Persian princess.. Construction began in 1631 and was completed in 22 years. Twenty thousand people were deployed to work on it. It took a fleet of 1000 elephants to transport material it to the site. It was designed by the Iranian architect Ustad Isa and it is best appreciated when the architecture and its adornments are linked to the passion that inspired it. It is a “symbol of eternal love”.   
(Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays)

Agra Fort: After Taj Mahal proceed for sightseeing of Agra Fort. It represents first major building project of Akbar, though remains of only a few buildings built by him now survive. Built on the site of an earlier castle in AD 1565-75, the fort, apart from other important units,contains Jahangiri Mahal, Khass Mahal, Diwan-i-Khass, Diwan-i-Am, Machchhi Bhawan and Moti Masjid. Many extant buildings were erected by Shah Jahan (AD 1630-55). Irregularly triangular on plan, it is enclosed by a double battlemented massive wall of red sandstone which is about 2 km in perimeter and interrupted by graceful curves and lofty bastions. Of its four gates, the most impressive is the Delhi Gate on the west.

 Overnight stay at hotel

AGRA - JAIPUR BY AC TEMP

DISTANCE: 240 kms (4 Hour Drive)

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast drive to Jaipur – The ‘City of Victory’, Jaipur, also known as the Pink City was founded by the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. This well planned city was designed by the architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya according to the Shilpa Shatra (the ancient science & art of designing and construction of buildings). Its colourful culture, fabulous forts, palaces and beautiful lakes attract tourists from all over the world. The city is also famous for craft items, jewellery, and textiles. On arrival check-in at hotel.

Evening visit Choki Dhani, An ethnic Rajasthani Village.

Overnight stay at hotel

IN JAIPUR

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning visit – Amber Fort – It’s a classic, romantic Rajasthani fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal – a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. En-route to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds.

Overnight stay at hotel

JAIPUR - DELHI BY AC TEMPO

DISTANCE: 260 kms (6 Hour Drive)

Arrival and Check-in at hotel.

You may take a stroll and do some shopping if you please.

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IN DELHI

Breakfast at hotel.

 Travel to Akshardham and have an experience of a lifetime.

Sound and light show in the evening.

Overnight stay at hotel

IN DELHI

Breakfast at hotel.

Rest of day free at leisure to complete your shopping or take a stroll to experience Delhi life.

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DELHI - MUMBAI BY FLIGHT

Upon arrival at Mumbai airport.
Our representative will be waiting for you outside the EXIT gate of arrival terminal, holding a placard in your name.

Meeting & assistance upon arrival and later transfer to the hotel.

You may make use of the rest of the day to shop till you drop as Mumbai is a shopping paradise.

Take a stroll on your own and visit the Gateway of India which is directly behind your hotel or take an optional tour on boat to the Elephanta Caves.

Breakfast at hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel

IN MUMBAI

Breakfast at hotel.

Full day free at leisure.

Overnight stay at hotel

LEAVE MUMBAI BY FLIGHT

In time transfer to airport to board flight for back home

CITY NAME

HOTELS

NIGHTS

MUMBAI

APOLLO - COLABA

2

DELHI

-

5

JAIPUR

LIVEIN OR ROYAL PLAZAO

2

AGRA

CRIMSON PALACE OR MAPLE GRAND

2

VRINDAVAN

KRIDHA

2

HARIDWAR

REGENTA ORKS

2

RISHIKESH

RISHIKESH GRAND

2

COSTS INCLUDE

Accommodation on twin sharing basis with Break-fast inclusive of all presently applicable taxes.

AC Tempo for all transfer/sightseeing & long run as per itinerary including fuel charges night hault, driver’s allowance, interstate taxes and toll/parking.

English speaking guides in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
Meeting and assistance at Airport.

COSTS EXCLUDE

Personal expenses such as laundry /phone calls / mini bar charges.
These are to be settled directly by the client also does not include table drinks, tips.

Any bicycle rickshaw or auto rickshaw ride from vehicle parking to place of visit. 

Camera / Video Camera charges at monuments.

Personal & health insurance coverage.

Meals other than specified.

Entrance fees at monuments or places of interest which will be payable in advance to the tour operator.

Any item not mentioned in cost includes column. 

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