Ancient Caves, Forts, Taj & Temples
Package price per person sharing twin
Product Code : AGORA135
The 14 days tour exploring numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ancient caves paintings, fort palaces & temples will provide the glimpses on India in real. The Itinerary cover the sightseeing of historical places in Mumbai, visit to Ajanta caves, Ellora Caves, Daulatabad fort and Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga in Aurangabad. It combined with The popular golden triangle of India Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, these destination provide you a slice of British, Rajputana and Mughal royalty on the same platter. Witness the immortal beauty of the Taj Mahal, visit the graceful chhatris of Orchha and the sensuous moods of the temples of Khajuraho. Make your way through the sacred city of Varanasi and cruise on the River Ganges to observe ancient spiritual rites.
Day 01: Mumbai
On arrival at Mumbai airport meet with our office executive assistance and transfer to hotel (hotels check in time 1200hr afternoon, early check in subject to rooms availability). Rest time free for personal activities relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Mumbai
Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to Elephanta Island located 10kms away from the Gateway of India. Motorboats take passengers from Gateway of India to Elephanta Island. These caves house rock cut temples dating back to the 5th century BC.
Later Mumbai city tour. Visit the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (museum). Marine Drive which runs along the shoreline, starting at Nariman Point and up to Malabar Hill. Hanging Gardens laid out in 1881 these formally laid out gardens have a notable collection of hedges shaped like animals. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Mumbai - Aurangabad (flight)
Breakfast at hotel transfer to airport to board flight for Aurangabad.
On arrival at Aurangabad airport assistance and transfer to hotel. Later city tour visit the Aurangabad Caves, which are artificial caves that were dug out of soft rock during the 6th and 7th century. Then, visit the Bibi Ka Maqbara - the burial place of Aurangzeb's first wife. Also visit a small archeological museum nearby. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04; Aurangabad - Ajanta - Aurangabad (104kms/ 2hrs approx one way)
Breakfast at hotel.
Full day excursion to Ajanta Caves (Monday closed). The Buddhist Caves of Ajanta were discovered by the British officers in 1819 while tiger hunting. Ajanta Caves were first mentioned in the writings of the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang who visited India between A.D 629 and 645. The Caves at Ajanta are older than those at Ellora , which date from about 200 B.C to 650 A.D. Thirty beautiful Buddhist Caves with mesmerizing sculptures and paintings depicting Buddha's life as well the lives of the Buddha in his previous births. Five of these Caves are Chaityas (Place of worship) while the other twenty-five are Viharas (monasteries). Ajanta Caves are divided in two categories based on two schools of Buddhist thought - Hinayana Caves and Mahayana Caves.
Evening back to hotel in Aurangabad for overnight stay.
Day 05; Aurangabad - Delhi (flight)
Breakfast at hotel.
Excursion to visit the Ellora Caves (Tuesday closed), a UNESCO World Heritage Site from about 200 B.C. to 650 A.D. There are a total of 34 monasteries and temples at Ellora, belonging to the three different religions, namely - Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana. The temple is an important pilgrimage site in Shaivism tradition of Hinduism, which considers it as the last or twelfth Jyotirlinga (linga of light).
On way back visit Daulatabad Fort one of the most powerful forts of the medieval Deccan. The defence system that made Daulatabad virtually impregnable comprises fortifications with double and even triple rows of massive walls.
Later transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi airport assistance and transfer to hotel check in & overnight at hotel.
Day 06; Delhi – Jaipur (265kms/ 5hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel followed by city tour of Delhi, visiting landmark of Old Delhi which include Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni chowk & Khari Baoli Spice Market. Cycle Rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk.
Sightseeing of New Delhi which includes Qutab Minar, Humayun Tomb, Lotus Temple & VVIP areas President House, Parliament & India Gate.
Later afternoon drive to Jaipur check in & overnight at hotel.
Day 07; Jaipur
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the majestic Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort. Enjoy Elephant ride at Amber Fort.
Later city tour visiting City Palace, Observatory, Palace of Winds, Albert Hall Museum and Birla Temple.
Evening visit the colorful bazaars. As per your interest wrap up your day by watching Bollywood movie at the opulent Rajmandir Cinema. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08; Jaipur – Agra (245kms/ 5hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel drive to Agra enroute visit Abhaneri a small village popular for the amazing step wells and Temple. Also visit Fatehpur Sikri the 16th century ghost town. Further drive to Agra check in & overnight at hotel.
Day 09; Agra – Orchha (220kms/ 5hrs approx)
Sunrise visit Taj Mahal. Breakfast at hotel visit Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb.
Drive to Orchha enroute visit Gwalior Fort.
Continue drive to Orchha check in & overnight at hotel.
Day 10; Orchha – Khajuraho (178kms/ 4hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit wonderful Orchha Fort, Temples and graceful Chhatris.
Afternoon drive to Khajuraho check in at hotel. Evening light & sound show. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11; Khajuraho – Varanasi (Flight 9W-2424, 1405 / 1455hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit eastern, western & southern group of temples. The temple of Khajuraho are India’s unique gift to the world, representing, as they do, a paean to life, to love, to joy, perfect in execution and sublime in expression on account of their remarkable erotic sculptures.
Later transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi.
Arrive Varanasi assistance and transfer to hotel.
Evening Ghats’s & temples visit, attend Holy Ganga Aarti. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12; Varanasi
Early morning boat ride and Ghat visit along the Ganges and catch the scene of devotees bathing and praying in the sacred water.
Breakfast at hotel.
City tour of Varanasi visit World famous Benaras Hindu Universit, The Ramnagar Fort Palace & Many Temples.
Afternoon excursion to Sarnath one of the three holiest sites for Buddhists where the Buddha delivered his first sermon in 528 BC. There are many temples here, representing the many cultures where Buddhism is the dominant religious philosophy. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13; Varanasi – Mumbai or Delhi (Flight)
Breakfast at hotel. Time to relax and explore the city with your driver.
Later as per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai or Delhi.
Arrive Mumbai or Delhi assistance and transfer to hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax or explore the city with your driver. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14; Mumbai or Delhi – Departure
Breakfast at hotel. As per your flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for your onward destination.
End of our services.
Garland welcome and assistance on arrival at airport
13 Nights / 14 Days accommodation in offered hotels or similar (standard room)
Daily breakfast at hotel in each package price
Ferry ticket from Gateway of India (Appolo Bunder) to Elephanta Caves and back.
Deluxe Air-conditioned private vehicle with English speaking chauffeur as per tour program.
Monuments Entrances of sightseeing places mentioned in the itinerary (almost all places of tourist interest are included in our itinerary)
Cycle rickshaw ride in Chandni chowk market in Delhi & in Varanasi
Elephant ride at Amber Fort
battery bus transfer in Ajanta & in Fatehpur Sikri.
Light & sound show at Khajuraho Temple
Boat ride on Holy River Ganges in Raranasi.
Government licensed English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city).
Applicable GST (government taxes).
Any air fare
Camera charges at monuments
Main Meals, Lunch or dinner unless mentioned
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Or anything not mentioned above.