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Across the Heart of India

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The "Across the Heart of India" tour offers a captivating journey spanning 25 days, delving deep into the diverse cultural and historical tapestry of India. Beginning in Mumbai, the bustling financial hub, the itinerary weaves through iconic landmarks like the Gateway of India, Marine Drive, and the UNESCO-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. As the journey unfolds, travelers explore the ancient rock-cut caves of Ajanta and Ellora in Aurangabad, showcasing India's rich artistic and religious heritage. The tour then ventures to the dynamic cities of Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, and Kolkata, each offering a unique blend of history, culture, and modernity. Spiritual experiences await in Bodhgaya, Varanasi, and Ayodhya, sacred sites revered by Buddhists and Hindus alike. The tour culminates in the architectural marvels of Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi, punctuated by majestic forts, palaces, and the iconic Taj Mahal.


Day 1: Arrival in Mumbai

Upon landing in Mumbai, our representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for relaxation.


Day 2: Mumbai

After breakfast, delve into Mumbai's highlights: the iconic Gateway of India - a grand arch overlooking the Arabian Sea, picturesque Marine Drive ("Queen's Necklace") with its stunning shoreline views, vibrant Crawford Market filled with aromatic spices and vibrant textiles, historic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - an architectural marvel, serene Hanging Gardens offering panoramic views of the city, bustling Colaba bazaars for shopping, and the impressive Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum showcasing Mahatma Gandhi's life and his association with Mumbai.


Day 3: Mumbai to Aurangabad (flight)

After breakfast, fly to Aurangabad. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Later, embark on a half-day sightseeing tour of Aurangabad, visiting the Bibi Ka Maqbara - often referred to as the "Taj of the Deccan" due to its striking resemblance to the Taj Mahal, and Daulatabad Fort - a magnificent hilltop fortress with intricate architecture and a fascinating history. Conclude the day with a visit to Panchakki, an ancient water mill dating back to the 17th century, known for its intriguing engineering and serene surroundings.


Day 4: Aurangabad - Ajanta - Aurangabad (210kms round)

Head out on a full-day excursion to the mesmerizing Ajanta Caves. These UNESCO World Heritage rock-cut caves are renowned for their intricate Buddhist sculptures and paintings, representing some of India's finest artistic accomplishments. Marvel at the detailed carvings depicting Buddha's life and teachings, reflecting the spiritual essence of ancient India. After exploring the caves, return to Aurangabad for a comfortable overnight stay.


Day 5: Aurangabad to Hyderabad (flight)

After breakfast, visit the Ellora Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage site near Aurangabad. These caves showcase a harmonious blend of Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain heritage, with magnificent rock-cut temples and monasteries. Admire the grandeur of the Kailasa Temple, the largest monolithic structure in the world, and the intricate sculptures and paintings that adorn the caves. Later, fly to Hyderabad and check-in at your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the vibrant local markets and indulging in the delectable Hyderabadi cuisine.


Day 6: Hyderabad

Discover Hyderabad's gems: Golconda Fort - an imposing citadel known for its acoustic architecture and light & sound show, iconic Charminar with its four grand arches, majestic Mecca Masjid - one of India's largest mosques, art-filled Salar Jung Museum housing a vast collection of art and artifacts, regal Chowmahalla Palace showcasing Nizami grandeur, and the serene Nehru Zoological Park home to diverse flora and fauna. Conclude with a serene walk by Hussain Sagar Lake and the mesmerizing light show at Lumbini Park.


Day 7: Hyderabad to Bhubaneswar (flight) - Puri (75kms)

Fly to Bhubaneswar, then drive to Puri. Check-in and unwind at a beachfront hotel.


Day 8: Puri Explore Puri's spiritual side with visits to the revered Jagannath Temple - a monumental temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath, Konark Sun Temple - a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its architectural grandeur, and Raghurajpur Artist Village showcasing Odisha's unique Pattachitra art form. Conclude with a mesmerizing aarti ceremony on the beach.


Day 9: Puri – Bhubaneswar (60kms) / Kolkata (flight)

Drive to Bhubaneswar, fly to Kolkata, and check-in. Enjoy leisure time exploring Kolkata's vibrancy.


Day 10: Kolkata

Visit Kolkata's landmarks: majestic Victoria Memorial - a blend of British and Mughal architecture, Gothic St. Paul's Cathedral, iconic Howrah Bridge connecting Kolkata and Howrah, historical Indian Museum - one of the oldest museums in Asia, and the vibrant Mother House (Mother Teresa's residence). Conclude with a riverside stroll along the Hooghly River and experiencing Kolkata's vibrant nightlife.


Day 11: Kolkata to Patna (flight) - Bodhgaya

Fly to Patna, then drive to Bodhgaya. Check-in and relax amidst the serene ambiance of Bodhgaya.


Day 12: Bodhgaya

Discover Bodhgaya's spiritual treasures: Mahabodhi Temple - a UNESCO World Heritage Site marking Buddha's enlightenment, Bodhi Tree under which Buddha meditated, Great Buddha Statue - an 80-foot tall statue symbolizing peace, and the Archaeological Museum housing Buddhist relics. Experience the serene aarti ceremony at Mahabodhi Temple.

Day 13: Bodhgaya to Varanasi (250kms) Drive to Varanasi. Witness the enchanting Ganga Aarti by the Ganges at dusk, a spiritual ceremony with lamps, chants, and rituals.


Day 14: Varanasi

Experience a dawn boat ride on the Ganges, witnessing sacred rituals and life along the ghats (riverfront steps). Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple - dedicated to Lord Shiva, Banaras Hindu University - one of the largest residential universities in Asia, Sarnath - where Buddha gave his first sermon, and Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum showcasing Varanasi's cultural heritage. Conclude with a captivating Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat.


Day 15: Varanasi - Ayodhya - Lucknow (340kms)

Drive to Lucknow, the 'City of Nawabs',enroute visit Ram Janmabhoomi Temple in Ayodhya, believed to be the birthplace of Lord Rama. On arrival check-in.


Day 16: Lucknow

Discover Lucknow's cultural landmarks: Bara Imambara - a grand monument with intricate architecture and the unique Bhool Bhulaiya maze, Chhota Imambara - adorned with ornate decorations and chandeliers, Rumi Darwaza - a colossal gateway, Hussainabad Clock Tower - an iconic landmark, and the State Museum showcasing Lucknow's history and art. Explore the local markets for Lucknow's famous Chikankari embroidery.


Day 17: Lucknow – Khajuraho (310kms)

Drive to Khajuraho, known for its stunning group of Hindu and Jain temples renowned for their intricate and sensuous sculptures. Check in and enjoy the evening in this captivating city.


Day 18: Khajuraho - Panna National Park (45kms)

Explore Khajuraho's iconic temples depicting Kama Sutra scenes and ancient artistry. Later, venture into Panna National Park for a thrilling wildlife safari and visit Raneh Falls, known for its unique rock formations.


Day 19: Panna National Park

Embark on a wildlife safari in Panna National Park. Spot diverse wildlife, including tigers, leopards, and exotic birds. Visit Pandav Falls and enjoy an evening campfire with local cultural performances.


Day 20: Panna National Park – Orchha (200kms)

Drive to Orchha, a hidden gem known for its medieval architecture. Explore Orchha Fort, Jahangir Mahal with its remarkable architecture and panoramic views, Ram Raja Temple known for its divine aura, and Chaturbhuj Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Take a serene boat ride on the Betwa River amidst nature and dive into local bazaars.


Day 21: Orchha - Gwalior - Agra (220kms)

Drive to Agra, stopping at Gwalior Fort known for its historical significance, Jai Vilas Palace showcasing European architecture, and Sas Bahu Temple renowned for its intricate carvings. Reach Agra by evening and relax.


Day 22: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Abhaneri - Jaipur (245kms)

Begin with the iconic Taj Mahal at sunrise, an epitome of love. Explore Agra Fort showcasing Mughal grandeur, Fatehpur Sikri - a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its architectural wonders, and Abhaneri's Chand Baori stepwell - a mesmerizing ancient engineering marvel. Continue to Jaipur, the 'Pink City'.


Day 23: Jaipur

Delve into Jaipur's architectural wonders: Amber Fort - a majestic hilltop fortress, City Palace with its regal grandeur, Jantar Mantar - an astronomical observatory and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hawa Mahal with its unique honeycomb design, and Nahargarh Fort offering breathtaking views of the city. Shop for exquisite handicrafts in local markets.


Day 24: Jaipur - Delhi (265kms)

Drive to Delhi. En route, visit Qutub Minar - a soaring minaret, Humayun's Tomb - an architectural marvel, and the serene Lotus Temple symbolizing unity and peace. Check-in and relax in Delhi.


Day 25: Delhi

Transfer to the airport for departure. If time allows, explore Red Fort - a symbol of India's rich heritage, India Gate - a war memorial, and indulge in last-minute shopping and street food delights at Chandni Chowk. Bid farewell to India with cherished memories of its rich tapestry of culture, history, and spirituality.

- Assistance on arrival at airport.

- 24 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.

- Daily breakfast at hotels.

- Private AC car/van for airport transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the program.

- English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.

- 3 Time gypsy safari in Panna National Park with naturalist.

- Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.

- Bottled drinking water in car.

- Government taxes.


Hotels used or similar 

Mumbai x 2 nights
3* - Hotel Suba Palace/ BW Hotel Sahil
4* - Sun-N-Sand Hotel/ Fariyas Hotel
5* - Trident Hotel/ ITC Grand Central

Aurangabad x 2 nights
3* - Keys Hotel The Aures/ Aurangabad Gymkhana Club
4* - Ambassador Ajanta / VITS Hotel
5* - WelcomHotel Rama International / Lemon Tree Hotel

Hyderabad x 2 nights
3* - Aditya Park/ Lemon Tree Hotel
4* - Lemon Tree Hotel/ Fortune Park Vallabha
5* - ITC Kakatiya, a Luxury Collection/ Trident Hotel

Puri x 2 nights
3* - Toshali Sands/ Blue Lily Beach Resort
4* - The Hans Coco Palms/ The Chariot Resort & spa
5* - Mayfair Waves

Kolkata x 2 night
3* - Regenta Orko's/ The Fern Residency
4* - The Peerless Inn/ The Fern Residency
5* - ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection/ The Lalit Great Eastern

Bodhgaya x 2 night
3* - Hotel Taj Darbar/ Hotel Mahamaya
4* & 5* - The Royal Residency/ Lotus Nikko Hotel

Varanasi x 2 nights
3* - Meraden Grand/ Amaya Hotel
4* - Rivatas by Ideal/ Palace On Ganges
5* - Radisson Hotel/ Gateway Hotel Taj

Lucknow x 2 nights
3* - Sapna Clarks Inn/ Hotel Lineage
4* - Lemon Tree Hotel/ La Place Sarovar Portico
5* - Renaissance Hotel/ Hyatt Regency

Khajuraho x 1 night
3* - Ramada/Clarks Hotel
4* - Ramada/Clarks Hotel
5* - Radisson Hotel/ Hotel Chandela

Panna National Park x 2 nights
3* - Greetoe Resorts
4* - Tuli Tiger Corridor/ Pench Jungle Camp
5* - Sarai at Toria/ Pugdundee Safaris Pench Tree Lodge

Orchha x 1 night
3* & 4* - Orchha Resort/ Amar Mahal 
5* - Orchha Palace and Convention Centrerchha x 1 night

Agra x 1 nights
3* - Howard Plaza the Fern/ Atulyaa Taj
4* - Radission Hotel/ Crystal Sarovar Premier
5* - Trident Hotel/ Courtyard by Marriott

Jaipur x 2 nights
3* - Redfox Hotel/ Park Ocean
4* - Fortune Select Metropolitan/ Lemon Tree Premier
5* - ITC Rajputana/ Hilton Jaipur

Delhi x 1 nights
3* - Madhuban Hotel/ Meridian Plaza
4* - The Royal Plaza/ Country Inn & Suite Saket
5* - Le Meridien/ The Claridges

- Mumbai - Aurangabad - Hyderabad - Bhubaneshawar - Kolkata - Patna flight fare approx INR 25,500 per person in economy class.

- Camera charges at monuments if any.

- Meals other than mentioned in the inclusions.

- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc. 

- Gratuities and optional activities.

- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.