Across the Heart of India
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Explore the heart of India on our "Across the Heart of India" tour, a 25-day adventure encompassing the vibrant culture, rich history, and diverse landscapes of this incredible country. Begin in Mumbai, the bustling financial capital, and visit iconic landmarks. Journey through Aurangabad, Hyderabad, and Bhubaneswar, experiencing history and spirituality. Continue to Kolkata for a cultural immersion. Explore Bodhgaya and Varanasi, the spiritual hubs along the Ganges River. Discover Ayodhya and Lucknow's Nawabi charm, followed by the mesmerizing temples of Khajuraho and a wildlife safari in Panna National Park. The journey culminates in Agra and Jaipur, showcasing the Taj Mahal and Jaipur's Pink City, before concluding in Delhi, the bustling capital. This in-depth exploration promises an unforgettable Indian odyssey.
Day 1: Arrival in Mumbai
Upon your arrival in Mumbai, you will be greeted by our representative who will assist you in your transfer to the hotel. You will have the rest of the day at leisure to relax and recover from your journey.
Day 2: Mumbai
After breakfast, embark on a full day tour of Mumbai city. Visit the Gateway of India, an iconic monument overlooking the Arabian Sea. Proceed to Marine Drive, known as the "Queen's Necklace" due to its curved shape and the glistening lights at night. Explore Crawford Market, a bustling bazaar filled with vibrant stalls. Visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture. Admire the Hanging Gardens and their panoramic views of the city. In the evening, explore the bustling bazaars of Colaba and the vibrant street food scene at Chowpatty Beach.
Day 3: Mumbai to Aurangabad (flight)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Aurangabad. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 4: Aurangabad - Ajanta - Aurangabad (210kms round)
After breakfast, take a full-day excursion to the Ajanta Caves, a remarkable complex of rock-cut Buddhist caves adorned with intricate carvings and paintings that depict the life of Buddha. These ancient caves provide a fascinating glimpse into India's rich history and art. Return to Aurangabad in the evening and spend the night at the hotel.
Day 5: Aurangabad to Hyderabad (flight)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Hyderabad. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 6: Hyderabad
After breakfast, embark on a full day tour of Hyderabad city. Begin your exploration at the Golconda Fort, an impressive citadel known for its acoustic architecture and panoramic views from the top. Visit the Charminar, a symbolic monument of Hyderabad with its four grand arches, and explore the bustling markets that surround it. Continue to Mecca Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. The Salar Jung Museum houses an extensive collection of art and historical artifacts, making it a must-visit for culture enthusiasts. Explore the Chowmahalla Palace, a former royal residence, and conclude the day with a tranquil stroll along the picturesque Hussain Sagar Lake. In the evening, witness the mesmerizing light and sound show at Lumbini Park.
Day 7: Hyderabad to Bhubaneswar (flight) - Puri (75kms)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bhubaneswar. Upon arrival, drive to Puri, a serene beach town on the eastern coast of India. Check-in to your hotel and relax after the journey.
Day 8: Puri
After breakfast, spend the day exploring the tranquil beach town of Puri. Visit the sacred Jagannath Temple, a significant Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath. Stroll along the Puri Beach, known for its serene ambiance and pristine sands. Continue to the Konark Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its architectural marvel and intricate carvings. In the evening, attend the aarti ceremony at the Jagannath Temple, a spiritual experience that provides insight into local customs and rituals.
Day 9: Puri – Bhubaneswar (60kms) / Kolkata (flight)
After breakfast, drive to Bhubaneswar, the capital city of the Indian state of Odisha. From there, board your flight to Kolkata, the vibrant cultural capital of India. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel and enjoy some leisure time to explore the city.
Day 10: Kolkata
After breakfast, embark on a full day tour of Kolkata, a city steeped in history and culture. Visit the grand Victoria Memorial, a majestic architectural masterpiece. Explore the St. Paul's Cathedral, a stunning Anglican cathedral with Gothic architecture. Marvel at the iconic Howrah Bridge, a symbol of Kolkata, and take a scenic boat ride on the Hooghly River. The Indian Museum, one of the oldest museums in Asia, houses a diverse collection of artifacts and is a fascinating stop for history enthusiasts. In the evening, explore the bustling urban areas of North Kolkata, known for their lively nightlife, clubs, pubs, and street food. Take a leisurely walk along the picturesque Hooghly River and experience the city's vibrant atmosphere.
Day 11: Kolkata to Patna (flight) - Bodhgaya
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Patna. Upon arrival, drive to Bodhgaya, a sacred place for Buddhists and an important pilgrimage site. Check-in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 12: Bodhgaya
After breakfast, spend the day exploring the holy town of Bodhgaya. Visit the Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a significant Buddhist shrine. Explore the Bodhi Tree, the spiritual tree under which Gautama Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment. The Great Buddha Statue, an imposing 80-foot statue, is another site of spiritual significance. In the evening, attend the aarti ceremony at the Mahabodhi Temple, a tranquil ritual that offers a glimpse into the local spiritual customs.
Day 13: Bodhgaya to Varanasi (250kms)
After breakfast, drive to Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and a spiritual epicenter of India. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel. In the evening, immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of Varanasi as you witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony on the banks of the holy Ganges River. The rhythmic chants and the sight of oil lamps floating on the river create a deeply moving experience.
Day 14: Varanasi
Begin your day with a boat ride on the Ganges River at dawn. This unique experience allows you to witness the sacred rituals, spiritual devotion, and life along the ghats (steps leading to the river). As the sun rises, it casts a beautiful light on the city and its ghats. Later, visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the most revered Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Explore the famous Banaras Hindu University (BHU), one of the largest residential universities in Asia, known for its sprawling campus and academic significance. In the evening, attend the spectacular Ganga Aarti ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, a vibrant and ceremonial ritual that showcases devotion and spirituality.
Day 15: Varanasi - Ayodhya - Lucknow (340kms)
Drive to Ayodhya, a historic city and the birthplace of Lord Rama, one of the most revered deities in Hinduism. Visit the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, a highly significant temple complex. Explore the Hanuman Garhi Temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman, and other temples with historical and spiritual importance. Afterward, drive to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, and check in at your hotel.
Day 16: Lucknow
Explore the historical and cultural landmarks of Lucknow, often referred to as the "City of Nawabs" due to its royal heritage. Visit the Bara Imambara, a grand 18th-century monument known for its stunning architecture. Discover the Chhota Imambara, a magnificent structure adorned with intricate decorations and chandeliers. Explore the Rumi Darwaza, a colossal gateway in the heart of the city and a symbol of Lucknow. The Hussainabad Clock Tower, an iconic landmark of Lucknow, is another stop on your cultural journey.
Day 17: Lucknow – Khajuraho (310kms)
After breakfast, drive to Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its group of Hindu and Jain temples, celebrated for their intricate and sensuous sculptures. Check in at your hotel and enjoy some leisure time in this captivating city.
Day 18: Khajuraho - Panna National Park (45kms)
Discover the famous temples of Khajuraho, showcasing exceptional architectural details and ancient art. Admire the exquisite sculptures that adorn the temples and delve into their cultural significance. Later, drive to Panna National Park, a prominent wildlife reserve. The park is home to Bengal tigers, leopards, and other endangered species, providing an opportunity for a thrilling jungle safari. Explore the park's natural beauty, rich flora, and diverse fauna.
Day 19: Panna National Park
Spend the day exploring Panna National Park and embarking on a wildlife safari to observe animals in their natural habitat. This park offers a unique opportunity to spot various wildlife species, including the elusive Bengal tiger. In the evening, enjoy a campfire and cultural performances by local artists, providing a delightful end to your day.
Day 20: Panna National Park – Orchha (200kms)
Drive to Orchha, a picturesque town known for its medieval architecture and historic landmarks. Visit the Orchha Fort, an enchanting complex of palaces, temples, and cenotaphs. Explore the Jahangir Mahal, a stunning palace with remarkable architecture and panoramic views. Conclude your day by visiting the Ram Raja Temple, a sacred place known for its divine aura. Take time to explore the local bazaars and appreciate the artistic and cultural heritage of Orchha.
Day 21: Orchha - Gwalior - Agra (220kms)
Drive to Agra, a city renowned for its iconic symbol of love, the Taj Mahal. En route, visit the Gwalior Fort, one of the largest forts in India, showcasing a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Explore the magnificent Jai Vilas Palace, an opulent 19th-century palace designed in the European style, and home to the Scindia family. In the evening, arrive in Agra and check in at your hotel.
Day 22: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Abhaneri - Jaipur (245kms)
Agra is home to the iconic Taj Mahal, an incredible testament to love and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit this magnificent marble mausoleum in the morning, taking in the exquisite details and the romantic ambiance. Later, visit Fatehpur Sikri, another UNESCO World Heritage Site that was once the Mughal Empire's capital. Explore historic structures like the grand Buland Darwaza, the Jama Masjid, and other beautiful monuments. En route to Jaipur, visit Abhaneri, a village renowned for the stunning Chand Baori stepwell, an architectural marvel known for its intricate carvings.
Day 23: Jaipur
Jaipur, the "Pink City," is a vibrant and culturally rich city in Rajasthan. Begin your day with a visit to the Amber Fort, a majestic hilltop fortress with impressive architecture. Explore the City Palace, a royal residence and museum showcasing the city's history. Continue to the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory and UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring fascinating instruments. Visit the Birla Temple, a beautiful white marble shrine. The afternoon is free for shopping in Jaipur's colorful markets, famous for handicrafts, jewelry, textiles, and more. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 24: Jaipur - Delhi (265kms)
After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Delhi, the capital city of India. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and relax. Later in the day, explore some of Delhi's notable historical and architectural landmarks. Visit the Qutub Minar, a towering minaret made of red sandstone and marble. Nearby, discover Humayun's Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Mughal architecture. These sites offer insights into the city's rich history.
Day 25: Delhi
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight. If time permits, explore more of Delhi's vibrant markets and bazaars or visit the magnificent Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Depart from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, ending your journey with cherished memories of India's diverse culture, history, and landscapes.
- 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.