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Get ready to fall in love with the royal and elegant heritage and archaeological treasure of India! This tour covers the Golden Triangle & cities of Western India. Explore the ancient caves at Aurangabad, visit the wine capital of India & experience the vibrant city Mumbai. It is a private trip where travelers can relax and tour at their own pace with the help of the private driver and experienced...

Get ready to fall in love with the royal and elegant heritage and archaeological treasure of India! This tour covers the Golden Triangle & cities of Western India. Explore the ancient caves at Aurangabad, visit the wine capital of India & experience the vibrant city Mumbai. It is a private trip where travelers can relax and tour at their own pace with the help of the private driver and experienced government-approved guide. The trip is most suitable for people interested in knowing India and its culture and heritage.

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Day 1: New Delhi

Arrive at New Delhi airport. Welcome to India. Meet our representative and transfer to hotel. Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. (Standard Hotel Check in time is 02:00pm. Early check in is subject to availability) On arrival, check in to the hotel, Leisure and overnight at hotel. Overnight at Delhi.

Visited:
New Delhi
Accommodation
Oberoi Maidens (New Delhi)

Day 2: New Delhi

After breakfast, go for full day sightseeing tour of New Delhi; Drive past or visit the Red Fort (Monday Closed) - a marvel in red sandstone. And because of the extensive use of red stones in the great walls of the fort it is known as red fort (LAL QILA). In 1638 Mughal king Shah Jahan has decided to shift his capital in Delhi from Agra and thus Shah Jahan started the construction of red fort at the bank of the Yamuna river in old Delhi.

Drive past the Raj Ghat- The Ghat is essentially a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation or Antim Sanskar on 31st January 1948, a day after he was assassinated. The memorial is uncovered, with an eternal flame that burns continuously at one end.

Visit Jama Masjid known as central mosque of the old delhi in the time of shah jahan.He completed this mosque in the year 1656 and made it the biggest and best known mosque all over India. The capacity of this mosque is about 25000 people which are more than any other mosque in India. The history of Jama Masjid included the blood shielding work of about 5000 labours for making this mosque.

Proceed to Chandni Chowk to savour the ambience of an oriental, crowded bazaar. Old Delhi was once known as the city of Shahjahanabad. This fortified city has a long and interesting history and even today, the remains of its glorious past can be seen in the form of Kashmiri Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Turkman Gate, Delhi Gate and Feroz Shah Kotla. Chandni Chowk is a massive area packed with shops, bazaars, and people. As Asia's largest wholesale market, Chandni Chowk features an array of goods available at the shops and stalls. Enjoy cycle rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk.

Continue to New Delhi: pass by India Gate (memorial to the Indian army soldiers who died in the World War I), the Rashtrapati Bhavan (formerly the viceroy's residence) and the Parliament House. Visit the imposing Lakshmi Naryan Temple- The Lakshmi Narayan Temple in Delhi situated in Connaught place is one of the famous Birla Temples in India. It was built in 1938 and dedicated to Lord Vishnu and goddess Lakshmi.

Visit Humayun Tomb: Humayun’s tomb is sublimely well proportioned, seeming to float above its symmetrical gardens. It's thought to have inspired the Taj Mahal, which it predates by 60 years. Constructed for the Mughal emperor in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, Humayun's Persian-born wife, the tomb marries Persian and Mughal elements.

​Visit the 12th century Qutab Minar - Qutub Minar is a World Heritage Site and has survived the ravages of time impressively. The Minar of Delhi is surrounded by a lush green garden, which is an ideal leisurely place for visitors and gracefully hand-carved for its entire height of 234ft and also see the Ashoka iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time and not rusted even after 1500 years and the mausoleum of emperor Humayun - a forerunner of the Mughal style of architecture. Enjoy Special lunch at Local restaurant. Overnight in Delhi

Visited:
New Delhi
Accommodation
Oberoi Maidens (New Delhi)

Day 3: New Delhi - Aurangabad

After breakfast, check out from hotel and get transferred to New Delhi airport and fly to Aurangabad. Aurangabad is a town as well as district in Maharashtra and was named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. It serves as a tourist hub with numerous points of interest such as Bibi ka Maqbara, also known as the Mini Taj Mahal. Ajanta and Ellora caves are world renowned cave temples dating back more than 2, 000 years and is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On arrival check in to hotel, leisure and overnight at hotel. Overnight at Aurangabad.

Visited:
New Delhi, Aurangabad
Accommodation
Vivanta by Taj (Aurangabad)

Day 4: Aurangabad

After breakfast, proceed to visit Ajanta caves by AC car (Closed on Monday) (90 km one side travel by road). Ajanta Caves - The Buddhist caves of Ajanta lying 166 km northeast of Aurangabad date from 200 BC to 650 AD. The 30 rock-hewn caves are adorned with sculptures and frescoes, portraying in epic form the religious and secular life through eight centuries. Many of the caves house panels depicting stories from the Jatakas, depicting Buddha’s previous births. It is a World Heritage site. Evening visit Bibi Ka Maqbara, the mausoleum of Aurangzeb’s wife Rabia Daurani which was built in 1679 and modelled on the Taj Mahal. Nearby stands the Pan Chakki (water mill), a 17th century mill that was used to grind grain for pilgrims. It also has a marble shrine to Aurangzeb’s spiritual advisor. Overnight at Aurangabad.

Visited:
Aurangabad
Accommodation
Vivanta by Taj (Aurangabad)

Day 5: Aurangabad - Nashik

After early breakfast, check out from hotel and proceed to visit Caves of Ellora (Closed on Tues), another World Heritage site, are carved into the side of a basaltic hill 30 km from Aurangabad. The finest specimens of cave-temple architecture, they encompass 34 rock-cut shrines representing Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art dating from the 4th to 5th century AD. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre Hindu, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain. The most remarkable is the Kailash temple, meant to be a replica of Shiva’s celestial abode Mt. Kailash. It is the best example of rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel.

​After sightseeing, travel further towards Nashik. Nasik is a religious Hindu city, host to the Kumbh Mela every 12 years. It also makes for a perfect wine tasting destination. Nashik (Nasik), named after a relic associated with Ramayana, is a city in Maharashtra located on the banks of river Godavari. Apart from its temples, Nashik also has forts, waterfalls and vineyards to look out for. With multiple vineyards present in Nashik, the most popular being Sula, the wine-tourism industry is mushrooming in this part of Maharashtra. On arrival check in to hotel, leisure and overnight at hotel. Overnight at Nashik.

Visited:
AurangabadNashik
Accommodation
Hotel Express Inn (Nashik)

Day 6: Nashik

After breakfast, go for local sightseeing tour of Nashik. Visit Pandavleni Caves- Pandu Leni, also known as Trirashmi Caves, are a group of 24 caves carved between the 3rd century BC and the 2nd century AD, representing the Hinayana Buddhist beliefs. Out of the twenty-four caves, two caves majorly are the centre of attraction. The many inscriptions on the caves tell us that all the 3 kings, that ruled Nasik at that time, namely, the Kshatrapas, the Satavahanas and the Abhirs fully supported Buddhism, though they were not Buddhists in the real sense. The inscriptions also confirm that apart from the kings, the local merchants and landlords too supported and donated huge sums for the development of these caves and the belief of Buddhism.

​Later go for wine tour. Nashik is India's wine capital. Lavish vineyards and well-developed winery infrastructure make Nashik the perfect wine tour destination. Experience firsthand Indian wine growth story and taste some of the finest Indian labels. Visit Sula vineyard and take a wine tasting and wine factory tour. Overnight at Nasik.

Visited:
Nashik
Accommodation
Hotel Express Inn (Nashik)

Day 7: Nashik - Mumbai

After breakfast, check out from hotel and get transferred to Mumbai by Ac car. Mumbai: Bombay, or Mumbai, is the capital of Maharashtra and the economic powerhouse of India. It’s the fastest moving, most affluent and the most industrialized city in India. Yet, once upon a time, Bombay was nothing more than a group of low-lying, swampy and malarial mud flats presented to the British by its Portuguese occupiers as a wedding gift in 1661. On arrival check-in to hotel. Leisure and overnight at hotel. Overnight at Mumbai.

Visited:
Nashik, Mumbai
Accommodation
Hyatt Mumbai (Mumbai)

Day 8: Mumbai

After breakfast, proceed to visit Elephanta Caves (Monday Closed). Elephanta is easily one among the most enigmatic heritage sites in India. Who created this spectacular sculptural and architectural feast is still mysterious. Elephanta represents the pinnacle of rock cut architecture and sculptural art medieval India achieved. Despite the mindless destruction, Elephanta's art suffered during the colonial past, it still reserves the right to awestruck any ordinary visitors. Elephanta island stands in stark contrast with hectic Mumbai city, which is an hours ferry ride away. Enjoy Toy train and Boat Ride at Elephanta Caves.

Afternoon, go for city tour of Mumbai. Visit to Gateway of India, Mumbai's principle landmark. This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King Geroge V's visit to this colony in 1911. Drive past the Afghan Church, Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly known as the 'Queen's Necklace'. Visit Jain temple and Hanging Gardens which offer a splendid view of the city, Chowpatty, Kamala Nehru Park and also Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai. Drive past Haji Ali Mosque, a shrine in honour of a Muslim Saint on an island 500 m out at sea and is linked by a causeway to the mainland. Stop at the 'Dhobi Ghat' where Mumbai's 'dirties' are scrubbed, bashed, dyed and hung out to dry. Watch the local train passing close by on which the city-commuters 'hang out like laundry'- a nice photography stop. Overnight at Mumbai.

Visited:
Mumbai
Accommodation
Hyatt Mumbai (Mumbai)

Day 9: Mumbai - Jaipur

After breakfast, check out from hotel and transfer to Mumbai airport and fly to Jaipur. Jaipur (City of Victory) was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727. It is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the Universe through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. The architect who formalized the city’s plans on the Shilpa Shastra, the epic Hindu treatise on architecture, mixed it with the sublimity of the Mughal and Jain influences of those times. The city was painted pink in 1853 in honour of the visit by Prince Albert. On arrival, check in to the hotel. Leisure and overnight at hotel. Overnight at Jaipur.

Visited:
MumbaiJaipur
Accommodation
Night at Trident Hotel (Jaipur)

Day 10: Jaipur

After early breakfast, visit the ancient Rajput capital of Amber, 11 km from the city. This fort-palace was begun by Raja Man Singh and used by the Rajputs as their stronghold until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to the newly created Jaipur. See the Diwan I Am or hall of public audience, Kali temple, Jai Mandir or hall of victory with its inlaid panels and mirror ceiling, and Sukh Niwas. Elephant ride in Amber fort.

Afternoon, proceed for half day tour of the city visiting the Maharaja’s City Palace and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. "Jantar Mantar" these two magical and mysteries words chanting in India by many people in their childhood to fulfill their magical dreams but these words are more than that. The term "Jantar Mantar" literally means "instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens".The Jantar Mantar houses various architectural and astrological instruments that have caught the interests of astronomers, historians and architects around the world. It is considered to be one of the largest observatories ever built.

Visit Jaipur’s walled City Palace (1732 AD) occupies one-seventh of the city’s area. The palace was built between 1729 and 1732 by the ruler of Amber Sawai Jai Singh II. City palace has the seventh part of total area of Jaipur which is surrounded by battledore. The palace complex was built like there is another city in a city. City palace is in the central northeast part of Jaipur city the capital of Rajasthan state, India. It incorporates an impressive and vast array of gardens, buildings and courtyards which are arranged in a linear series. The city palace is a fusion of the Shilpa Sastra of Indian architecture with Rajput, Mughal and European style of architecture. See the Mubarak Mahal, museums of textiles and armoury etc, and the Diwan I Khas and Diwan I Am.

​Photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Hawa-Mahal is the emblem of Jaipur city. People also called it the "wind palace" & "Honey-comb". Innumerable tourist comes to jaipur city from all over the world every year, and the secret behind is a tall five storey building which is ornamented with the aura of pink city and persuadable to behold the craftsmanship of jaipur the city of heritage. Overnight at Jaipur.

Visited:
Jaipur
Accommodation
Night at Trident Hotel (Jaipur)

Day 11: Jaipur - Agra

After breakfast, check out from hotel and travel to Agra by AC car – en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri. The magnificent fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 as his capital and abandoned 15 years later, allegedly due to a severe scarcity of water. You will visit the graceful buildings within such as the Jami Masjid, the tomb of Salim Chisti, the Panch Mahal, Diwan I Khas and other palaces. It is a place where Islamic architecture fuses with Hindu and Jain decorative art.

After Sightseeing, travel to Agra. Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra& its neighbourhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture at its best. The massive but elegant Agra Fort, the delicate artistry of Itimad-ud-daulah’s tomb, the magnificent Taj and Akbar’s deserted capital, Fatehpur Sikri, are each unique and outstanding. On arrival check in to hotel.

​Late afternoon go for Mughal Heritage Kachhpura Village walk with high tea. A narrow bridle path through agriculture fields near Mehtab Bagh takes you into the ancient village of Kachhpura and Humayun’s Mosque. The walk through Kachhpura starts with explaining the paintings (sanji art) on the walls done by community girls under the youth program. Humayun’s Mosque is another monument that is situated inside the village. This is a strange peculiar kind of mosque ever built by Mughals. It has one deep narrow, great central ricer or compartment entered by a high arch and domed in the center with one recess in its weak wall. At each side of this central compartment the building is lower and broken up into the smaller chambers. One can also visit the village school situated near the courtyard. Walk ends in Mehtab Bagh from where you will have the opportunity to watch the Taj Mahal during sunset.

If you wish you may go for below optional tour (at additional cost) Mohabbat the Taj Show- You can watch the famous Mohabbat the Taj show, presented by the Sanskritik Natyashala. It is a series of play depicting the saga of love. It depicts the true and immortal love of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan for Mumtaz Mahal - his beautiful wife. This is an exciting show to know more about the Taj Mahal. Overnight at Agra

Visited:
JaipurAgra
Accommodation
Night at Trident Hotel (Agra)

Day 12: Agra

Early morning visit Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really outstanding. Also enjoy Battery Bus ride in Agra. (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday).

After breakfast, visit Agra fort. Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jahan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts.

​Also visit Itmad Ud Daula tomb- Often referred to as the "Baby Taj Mahal", the tomb of Itimad-ud-daulah is a Mughal mausoleum and is often regarded as a copy of the Taj Mahal. This is the first tomb in India made entirely of marble. It is the tomb of Mir Gheyas Beg, who was a minister in the court of Shah Jahan. Visiting this tomb is like taking a step back in time into Agra's history. Itimad-ud-daulah’s Tomb marks the transition from the first phase of the Mughal architecture to the second. This was the first structure to make use of pietra dura and the first to be built on the banks of the Yamuna River. It basically consists of Indo-Islamic architecture, with the use of arched entrances and octagonal shaped towers. If you take a bird's eye of the monument, it looks like a jewel box set in a garden. This magnificent mausoleum, built on the banks of Yamuna, was to inspire the construction of one of the wonders of the world "Taj Mahal" in the later years. Overnight at Agra.

Visited:
Agra
Accommodation
Night at Trident Hotel (Agra)

Day 13: Agra

After breakfast, check out from hotel and travel to New Delhi International airport to board onward flight towards your native place. (Reach International airport before 3 hours) Tour Ends With Sweet Memories…!!!

Visited:
Agra

New DelhiAurangabadNashikMumbaiJaipurAgra

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