India Platter Tour

Lotus TempleTour Duration : (14 Nights / 15 Days)

Destinations Covered : Delhi - Kanha - Bandhavgarh - Agra - Jaipur


Day 01: Arrival at Delhi

Lotus Temple

Arrive at Delhi's International Airport. Upon clearing customs and immigration, you will be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Delhi - Located on the banks of the River Yamuna in the National Capital Territory of India, Delhi has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC. It is the site of many ancient and medieval monuments, archaeological sites and remains.

In 1639, Mughal emperor Shahjahan built a new walled city in Delhi which served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1649 to 1857. After the British East India Company gained control of much of India, Calcutta became the capital--both under Company rule and under the British Raj.

A new capital city, New Delhi, was built to the south of the old city during the 1920s. When India gained independence in 1947, New Delhi was declared its capital and seat of government. As such, New Delhi houses important offices of the federal government, including the Parliament of India.

Day 02: Delhi

You will spend the day discovering the vibrant city of Old and New Delhi. A morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi includes a visit to Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat (cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi). Also, drive past Chandni Chowk and Red Fort--the shopping epicenter of Old Delhi.

Afternoon visit to New Delhi includes a visit to Qutab Minar, India Gate (War Memorial Arch). Drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings. Overnight stay at hotel.

Varanasi_tourDay 03 : Delhi - Varanasi / Sightseeing of Varanasi

Varanasi tour

This morning, fly to Varanasi--the melting point of culture, customs and tradition. On arrival, you will be met and escorted to your hotel.

Afternoon visit with Bharat Mata Temple. The Bharat Mata temple at Varanasi is the only temple dedicated to Mother India.

In the evening, don't miss the grand 'Aarti' at Dasaashwamedh Ghat, conducted every sunset by five white-robed priests. These five young men sway in seemingly choreographed movements, worshiping the river goddess with incense, camphor, flowers and earthen lamps. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04: Varanasi - Khajuraho

Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the Holy River Ganges, which presents an incredible scene, as multitudes of devotees come to the river to pay homage to the Sun God. Pass the bathing ghats where thousands of pilgrims immerse themselves in the holy water of the Ganges River and the burning ghats where cremations are conducted. After boat ride back to hotel for breakfast.

On time transfer to airport to board flight to Khajuraho. Khajuraho is a UNESCO world heritage site and the city that gave birth to the art of 'Kamasutra'. On arrival in Khajuraho, you will be met and escorted to your hotel.

This afternoon, enjoy a half-day tour of Khajuraho. The capital of Chandela Kings, Khajuraho is famous for its magnificent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain saints. The most important are the Chausath Yogini Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, the Mahadev Temple, and the Chitragupta Temple with an 11-headed statue of Vishnu depicting his 10 incarnations. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05 : bihar-buddhist Khajuraho - Orchha - Agra

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After breakfast, drive to the Jhansi Railway station to board the train for Agra, the city of the world famous Taj Mahal, en route visiting Orchha, a medieval riverside town, known for its palaces and temples. On arrival in Agra, you will be met by our representative and escorted to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 06: In Agra

This morning, experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the eternal symbol of love and witness the sunrise view of Taj Mahal. This masterpiece in marble on a sandstone base is a monument of love and beauty. It was built by Shah Jahan as a symbol of love for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Often referred to as a poem in white marble, Taj Mahal is a fine example of fusion of many architectural styles.

Later, visit to the Agra Fort, which is built in red sandstone and has magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens. This is where Emperor Shahjahan was kept under house arrest by his third son Aurangzeb and spent the last year of his life viewing the Taj Mahal from the little octagonal tower in the Fort.

Rest of the day free. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur

After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Jaipur, en route visit Fatehpur Sikri--the ghost city, 35 Kms from Agra. Fatehpur Sikri built in red sandstone is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type in itself. On the way to Jaipur, 80 Kms before, you can have a spectacular view of 7th - 8th Century Abhaneri Stepwell. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08: Jaipur

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bihar-buddhist This morning, after breakfast visit the Amber fort, which was built in the 16th century. An elephant ride will help you ascend to this hilltop fort (Elephants are subject to availability). Alternatively, you could choose to walk or drive up to the fort.

Then visit the Hawa Mahal (Place of the Winds), built in the 18th century. This palace with its innumerable windows and screened balconies was especially built for the royal women to view the city and processions from behind their purdahs. Afternoon tour also includes a visit to the City Palace complex with its museums and Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09: Jaipur - Pushkar - Jodhpur

After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur en route visiting The Brahma Temple at Pushkar. It is the only temple in India dedicated to Lord Brahma. The Temple is marked by a red spire and over the entrance gateway is a beautiful statue of a "Hans" or goose - the celestial carrier of Lord Brahma.

Later, drive to Jodhpur. On arrival check-in at your Hotel and overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 10: Jodhpur

Morning enjoy a half-day tour of Jodhpur City visiting the imposing Mehrangarh Fort that has fine views over the city and Jaswant Thada-- the white marble memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Also visit the museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur

After breakfast, drive to Udaipur, en route visiting the Jain Temples at Ranakpur. Built in the 15th century, the extremely beautiful Ranakpur temple complex lies in a remote and peaceful valley of the Aravali range. The temples are known for their grand structures and exquisite sculptures.

Continue drive to Udaipur and transfer to hotel. Romantic and serene, this capital of Mewar nestles in the scenic valley of the Aravalli hills, surrounded by three lakes Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar. Rest of the day is free for rest. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 12: Udaipur

After breakfast, take a tour of Udaipur City, visiting the City Palace with its scalloped arches, fretted balconies and cupolas, the City Palace Museum, Saheliyon-Ki-Bari or the Garden of the Maids of honour, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir- a folklore museum, Jagdish Temple and Pratap Smarak memorial.

In the evening, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola, surrounded by splendid hills, palaces, temples and bathing ghats. Visit the island Palace of Jag Niwas which is beautifully set in the middle of the lake. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13: Udaipur - Mumbai

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bihar-buddhist After breakfast, transfer to airport to board the flight for Mumbai. On arrival, you will be met by our representative and escorted to your hotel. Evening free for activities on own. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 14: Mumbai

After breakfast, visit Elephanta Caves, located across the sea from the Gateway of India and accessible by a short ferry ride. After returning from Elephanta caves, visit Gateway of India - the landmark of Mumbai, one of the former principal ports when visitors came to India by ship. Also visit the Prince of Wales Museum & drive past Mumbai's famous Marine Drive. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15: Depart Mumbai

After breakfast at hotel, check-out at 1200 Hrs and departure transfer to airport to fly onward to your destination.