Mughal Monuments and Spiritual Cities
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Embark on the captivating "Mughal Monuments and Spiritual Cities" private tour, exploring Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi, Bodhgaya, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Konark, and Chilika. Discover iconic Mughal monuments, including the Taj Mahal, and immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of Varanasi and Bodhgaya. Experience Kolkata's rich cultural heritage and explore the temples and beaches of Bhubaneswar, Puri, Konark, and Chilika. This tour offers a perfect blend of historical marvels, spiritual enlightenment, and cultural exploration.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi airport, you will be greeted by our representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. Check in at the hotel and take some time to relax.
Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing
After breakfast, embark on a full-day city tour of Delhi. Visit the magnificent Red Fort, Jama Masjid (one of the largest mosques in India), and explore the bustling streets of Chandni Chowk. Pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat and marvel at the architectural splendor of Humayun's Tomb. Admire the towering Qutub Minar and visit the beautiful Lotus Temple. Drive past the impressive President House, Parliament House, and India Gate.
Day 3: Delhi - Agra (210km)
In the morning, drive to Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and relax. In the afternoon, visit the iconic Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Explore the grand Agra Fort, known for its beautiful palaces and intricate architecture. Visit the Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb, often referred to as the "Baby Taj."
Day 4: Agra - Gwalior - Orchha (220kms)
After breakfast, drive to Orchha with a stopover in Gwalior. Explore the majestic Gwalior Fort, which boasts impressive architecture and offers panoramic views of the city. Continue your journey to Orchha and check in at the hotel. Visit the Orchha Fort complex, which includes the stunning Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, and Rai Parveen Mahal. Explore the beautiful temples and cenotaphs scattered across the town.
Day 5: Orchha - Khajuraho (180kms)
Drive to Khajuraho, famous for its ancient temples adorned with intricate sculptures and carvings depicting various aspects of life. Check in at the hotel and spend the evening witnessing the captivating light and sound show at the Western Group of Temples.
Day 6: Khajuraho - Varanasi (Flight)
Take a flight to Varanasi, one of the oldest living cities in the world and a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. In the evening, experience the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony, a spiritual ritual held on the banks of the sacred Ganges River.
Day 7: Varanasi Sightseeing
Start the day with an early morning boat ride on the Ganges River, witnessing the enchanting scenes of devotees performing rituals and prayers. Explore the narrow lanes and ancient temples of Varanasi. Visit the Banaras Hindu University, Bharat Mata Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, and the Sarnath Temple complex, where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. If time permits, visit the Ram Nagar Fort and Museum.
Day 8: Varanasi - Bodhgaya (255kms)
After breakfast, drive to Bodhgaya, a significant Buddhist pilgrimage site. Check in at the hotel and visit the Mahabodhi Temple complex, where Lord Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Explore the various monasteries representing different countries and their unique architectural styles.
Day 9: Bodhgaya - Patna (170kms)/ Kolkata (flight)
After breakfast, drive to Patna. En route, visit Rajgir, a sacred place associated with Buddha's teachings and meditative retreats. Explore the ruins and the Vulture's Peak. Continue to Nalanda, an ancient center of learning, and visit the ruins of Nalanda University. In the evening, arrive in Patna and check in at the hotel.
Day 10: Kolkata
Catch a flight to Kolkata, the cultural capital of India. Embark on a full-day city tour, visiting the iconic Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, Indian Museum, and Marble Palace. Explore the bustling markets and taste the delicious local cuisine. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this charming city.
Day 11: Kolkata - Bhubaneshwar (Flight)
Fly to Bhubaneshwar, the capital city of the state of Odisha. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and visit the ancient temples of Bhubaneshwar, including the famous Lingaraja Temple, Mukteshwar Temple, and Rajarani Temple. Explore the peaceful Dhauli Stupa, a Buddhist site associated with Emperor Ashoka.
Day 12: Bhubaneshwar - Puri (60kms)
Embark on a scenic drive to Puri, a popular pilgrimage site and beach destination. En route, visit the world-renowned Konark Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the intricate stone carvings depicting various aspects of life and mythology. Explore the artisan village of Raghurajpur and the colorful village of Pipili known for its exquisite applique work. Continue to Puri and visit the sacred Jagannath Temple.
Day 13: Puri - Chilika Lake (55kms one way)
Embark on an excursion to Chilika Lake, the largest coastal lagoon in India and a haven for migratory birds. Enjoy a boat ride through the picturesque lake, witnessing the serene landscapes and rich biodiversity. Return to Puri and spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing on the beautiful beach.
Day 14: Puri
Enjoy a free day to relax and unwind on the pristine beaches of Puri. Soak up the sun, take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, or indulge in optional water sports activities. Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere and enjoy the coastal charm of this idyllic destination.
Day 15: Puri - Bhubaneshwar/ Delhi (Flight)
After breakfast, transfer to Bhubaneshwar airport to catch your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, board your connecting flight for your onward destination, carrying with you beautiful memories of your tour through the rich cultural heritage of India.
- Assistance on arrival at airport.
- 14 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.
- Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
- Bottled drinking water in car.
- Government taxes.
Hotels used or similar for 14 nights accommodation
Delhi x 2 nights
3* - Madhuban Hotel/ Emarald Hotel
4* - The Royal Plaza/ Country Inn & Suite Saket
5* - Le Meridien/ The Claridges
Agra x 1 night
3* - Howard Plaza the Fern/ Atulyaa Taj
4* - Radission Hotel/ Crystal Sarovar Premier
5* - Trident Hotel/ Courtyard by Marriott
Orchha x 1 night
3* & 4* - Orchha Resort/ Amar Mahal
5* - Orchha Palace and Convention Centre x 1 night
Khajuraho x 1 night
3* - Ramada/Clarks Hotel
4* - Radisson Hotel/ Hotel Chandela
5* - The Lalit Temple View
Varanasi x 2 nights
3* - Meraden Grand/ Amaya Hotel
4* - Rivatas by Ideal/ Palace On Ganges
5* - Radisson Hotel/ Gateway Hotel Taj
Bodhgaya x 1 night
3* - Hotel Taj Darbar/ Hotel Mahamaya
4* & 5* - The Royal Residency/ Lotus Nikko Hotel
Kolkata x 2 nights
3* - Regenta Orko's/ The Fern Residency
4* - The Peerless Inn/ The Fern Residency
5* - ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection/ The Lalit Great Eastern
Bhubaneswar x 1 nights
3* - Kalinga Ashok/ The HHI
4* - Fortune Park Sishmo/ Mayfair Convention
5* - Mayfair Lagoon/ Trident Hotel
Puri x 3 nights
3* - Toshali Sands/ Blue Lily Beach Resort
4* - The Hans Coco Palms/ The Chariot Resort & spa
5* - Mayfair Waves
- Khajuraho - Varanasi, Patna - Kolkata - Bhubaneswar - Delhi flight fare approx ?20500 per person in economy class.
- Camera charges at monuments if any.
- Meals other than mentioned in inclusions.
- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
- Gratuities and optional activities.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.