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Classical India Collection
Classical India Collection
Tourist Spots : Gateway of India, Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, ahilya Fort, Sanchi, gwalior Fort, taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Qutub Minar.
Destinations Covered : Mumbai, Aurangabad, Maheshwar, Indore, Bhopal, Orchha, Gwalior, Agra, New Delhi.
Tour Days/ Nights : 17 Nights/ 18 Days
Day 1 : Arrive Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai and transfer by private vehicle to your hotel. Vibrant Mumbai was originally a small group of islands and the transition into one of the greatest cities in the world has been achieved through a continuous struggle against the sea.
In the afternoon visit the Gateway of India, built to commemorate the visit of George V in 1911, and the Prince of Wales Museum. Proceed along Marine Drive past Chowpatty Beach and up to Malabar Hill which offers superb views over the city.
Day 2 : Mumbai – Aurangabad
Fly to Aurangabad, founded in 1610 by Malik Ambar – an Abyssinian slave who became the Prime Minister to the King of Ahmednagar. The city was originally known as Khadke and was later changed to Aurangabad in honor of Aurangzeb – the last great Mughal emperor. Aurangabad is located in the heart of the state of Maharashtra and situated on the Deccan Plateau. Later tour the city visiting the Bibi-ka-Maqbara, the mausoleum of Aurangzeb’s wife Rabia Daurani. Hotel for three nights.
Day 3 : Aurangabad
Today visit the Ajanta caves situated 100kms from Aurangabad. The Buddhist rock-cut caves of Ajanta are noted for their spectacular paintings. The caves, which are cut into the brow of a cliff, consist of two parts: Chaityas or chapels and Viharas or monasteries and range in date from 2nd century BC to the middle of the 7th century AD.
Day 4 : Aurangabad
Morning visit the Ellora caves, just 28kms from the city. Situated around a crescent shaped hill the cave temples of Ellora contain elaborate carvings of gods and goddesses and are memorials to the three faiths that they represent – Buddhist, Jain andHindu. In the afternoon visit Daulatabad Fort, one of the oldest and most impregnable forts of India.
Day 5 : Aurangabad – Maheshwar
After an early breakfast drive approx 300 kms north to Maheshwar. Here you stay at the Ahilya Fort the home of Prince Shivaji Rao Holker, the son of the last Maharaja. Situated high above the banks of the Narmada River and with nine tastefully appointed rooms the tranquillity and serenity of Ahilya makes this a wonderful place to stay.
Day 6 & 7 : Maheshwar
Two days at leisure to relax and enjoy the fort. Walk down to the riverside and stroll along the ghats where you will see colourful women and austere holy men. Visit Mandu, a ghost city sprawled across a broad hilltop, famed for its fine Hindu and Muslim architecture. Strategically located at the edge of the Malwa plateau, Mandu was known in the 15th century as the ‘City of Joy’.
Day 8 : Maheshwar – Indore (via Ujjain)
Leave early this morning to drive about 180 kms north to Ujjain which is one of the oldest and holiest Indian cities with origins in both Buddhist and Hindu mythology. Visit Mahakal Temple, one of the most famous and venerated Shiva temple. Other temples include MahaKaleswareswari temple-one among the Astadasa MahaSakti Peethams, Harsidhhi (Durga Temple), Chintaman Ganesh, Gadh Kalika, Kaal Bhairav, Sandipani Ashram and Mangalnaath.
Day 9 : Indore – Bhopal
Drive 200 kms east to the capital of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal, which is spread over seven hills and two lakes. Stay for two nights at the Jehan Numna Palace.
Day 10 : Bhopal
Visit Sanchi situated on a hill, about 40 kilometres from Bhopal. The site of Sanchi is noted for its Buddhist monuments, dating back to the 2nd and 1st centuries BC Sanchi was a principle centre of Buddhism in India until the 12th century AD.
Day 11 : Bhopal – Jhansi
Afternoon transfer to the railway station to board the Shatabdi Express for a 3 hour journey north to Jhansi. Rejoin your driver and proceed 20kms to Orchha.
Day 12 : Orchha
Orchha is noted for its fine examples of Hindu and Mughal architecture, its palaces, temples and cenotaphs dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Situated near the Betwa River, the town has retained much of its character and has been little affected by the 21st century
Day 13 : Orchha – Gwalior
Drive north to Gwalior via Datia to see the multi storey Govind Mandir Palace. Continue to Gwaliornoted for its spectacular fort. Within the walls are a number of interesting temples, palaces and amuseum.
Representations of elephants, peacocks and other birds in green, blue and gold mosaic lighten and enhance the contours of the fort.
Day 14 : Gwalior – Agra
This morning visit the fort before leaving for Agra. Situated on a curve of the ancient Yamuna River, Agra stands firm as a strategic and famed city noted for its fort and, of course, the Taj Mahal, dedicated by Shah Jahan to his wife Mumtaz, who died in childbirth in 1631.
Day 15 : Agra
This morning visit the imposing Agra Fort on the banks of the Yamuna, established by Akbar in 1565 and extended by his descendants Jahangir and Shah Jehan. Continue to the unforgettable Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz. From any angle the harmony and simplicity of the Taj are perfect, the white marble reflecting every change in light. Semi-precious stones are inlaid into the marble in beautiful patterns, a technique known to the Italians as ‘pietra dura’ that is applied here to sublime decorative effect. After the Taj visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula, the Jewel of Agra, where the Indian pietra dura technique was first pioneered.
After lunch, visit Fatehpur Sikri
Day 16 : Agra – Delhi
Morning departure to New Delhi (approx 4 hours). Afternoon free to relax . In the evening visit the Red Fort to witness the ‘Son-et-Lumiere’, a dramatic interplay of sound and light effects, recreating the history of Red Fort, a symbol of Mughal power. Watch three hundred years of history come alive!
Day 17 : New Delhi
This morning ’s tour of Old Delhi includes the Red Fort with its imposing sandstone walls; Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; and Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Then hop onto cycle rickshaws and set out through the bustling marketplace, Chandi Chawk. Pass through Dariba Kalan, the gold and silversmith district, then through Kinari Bazaar, which has the most colorful shops in Old Delhi, and Khari Baoli, which is famous for its nut and spice shops.
Continue on to New Delhi, a city of wide boulevards, impressive government buildings, and green parks and gardens. Visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, the Birla Temple, the famed Baha ’i Lotus Temple, and Humayan’s Tomb, a forerunner of the Taj Mahal.
Day 18 : New Delhi Departure
Transfer to the airport for your international flight.