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Mughal Monuments and Spiritual Cities

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The Mughal Monuments and Spiritual Cities tour offers a captivating journey through India's rich cultural tapestry. Beginning in Delhi, you'll explore iconic landmarks like the Red Fort and Jama Masjid before heading to Agra to marvel at the majestic Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. The journey then takes you to the historic cities of Gwalior, Orchha, and Khajuraho, each revealing unique architectural marvels and ancient tales. The spiritual essence of Varanasi awaits with its sacred Ganges rituals and ancient temples. Bodhgaya, Patna, and Kolkata add depth to the spiritual voyage, with significant Buddhist sites, vibrant cultural experiences, and iconic landmarks. The tour concludes in Puri, known for its serene beaches and religious significance, offering a perfect blend of spirituality, history, and natural beauty.


Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

Upon your arrival at Delhi airport, you'll be warmly welcomed by our representative who will assist you with your transfer to the hotel. After check-in, take a moment to relax and unwind from your journey. Delhi, the capital city, blends the ancient with the modern, promising a mix of rich heritage and contemporary vibrancy.


Day 2: Delhi Exploration

Post breakfast, your Delhi exploration begins with a visit to the iconic Red Fort. This majestic fort, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and an emblem of India's rich history. Next, head to Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India, showcasing exquisite Mughal architecture. Dive into the labyrinthine lanes of Chandni Chowk, one of Delhi's oldest and busiest markets. Pay your respects to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, at Raj Ghat, a serene memorial marking his cremation site. Marvel at the intricate architecture of Humayun's Tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Conclude your day by visiting the soaring Qutub Minar, a 73-meter tall minaret, and the serene Lotus Temple. En route, drive past the grand Presidential House, Parliament House, and India Gate, significant landmarks reflecting India's political history.


Day 3: Delhi to Agra (210km)

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Agra, the city renowned worldwide for the Taj Mahal. This UNESCO World Heritage site, a symbol of love, is a marvel of Mughal architecture. After marvelling at the Taj, visit the majestic Agra Fort. Built primarily as a military structure, it later served as a royal residence. Conclude your day with a visit to the Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb, affectionately known as the "Baby Taj" due to its resemblance to the Taj Mahal.


Day 4: Agra to Orchha via Gwalior (220kms)

Following breakfast, proceed to Orchha, with a brief stopover in Gwalior. Explore the formidable Gwalior Fort, a marvel of medieval architecture, offering panoramic views of the city. Resume your journey to Orchha. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and explore the magnificent Orchha Fort complex. Wander through Jahangir Mahal, the grand palace built by Bir Singh Deo to honor the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Explore the exquisite Raj Mahal, and the elegantly designed Rai Parveen Mahal. Orchha is also dotted with numerous temples and cenotaphs, each narrating tales of its glorious past.


Day 5: Orchha to Khajuraho (180kms)

Post breakfast, head to Khajuraho, famous for its awe-inspiring temples adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures. These temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site, depict various facets of life, from spirituality to sensuality. After checking in at the hotel, immerse yourself in the captivating light and sound show at the Western Group of Temples, which narrates the history and legends associated with Khajuraho.


Day 6: Khajuraho to Varanasi (Flight)

Catch a flight to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India and one of the world's oldest inhabited cities. Upon landing, check in at the hotel. In the evening, witness the Ganga Aarti ceremony along the banks of the sacred Ganges River. This mesmerizing ritual, with lamps floating on the river, is a soul-stirring experience.


Day 7: Varanasi Sightseeing

Start your day with an early morning boat ride on the Ganges River. As the sun rises, witness the city come alive with devotees performing their morning rituals and prayers. Explore the narrow lanes of Varanasi, each echoing tales of ancient traditions and spirituality. Visit Banaras Hindu University, one of the largest residential universities in Asia. Explore Bharat Mata Temple, dedicated to Mother India, and Tulsi Manas Temple, known for its exquisite marble work and religious texts. Delve into history at the Sarnath Temple complex, where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon, and if time permits, visit the Ram Nagar Fort and Museum to understand Varanasi's royal past.


Day 8: Varanasi to Bodhgaya (255kms)

After breakfast, journey to Bodhgaya, one of Buddhism's most sacred sites. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Visit the Mahabodhi Temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Explore the various monasteries in the vicinity, each representing different countries and their unique architectural styles.


Day 9: Bodhgaya to Patna via Nalanda and Rajgir (170kms)

Today, drive to Patna with en route stops at Rajgir and Nalanda. Rajgir, nestled in a verdant valley, is a significant Buddhist site associated with Buddha's teachings and meditative retreats. Explore the ruins and the revered Vulture's Peak. Continue to Nalanda, an ancient center of learning and one of the world's first residential universities. Visit the impressive ruins of Nalanda University, a testament to India's rich educational heritage. In the evening, arrive in Patna and check in at the hotel.


Day 10: Patna to Kolkata (Flight)

Fly to Kolkata, the cultural heart of India. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Embark on a comprehensive city tour, starting with the majestic Victoria Memorial, an iconic structure showcasing Indo-Saracenic architecture. Walk across the iconic Howrah Bridge, a symbol of Kolkata, connecting the city with its twin city, Howrah. Explore the Indian Museum, one of the oldest and largest museums in India, housing an extensive collection of antiques, artifacts, and art. Visit the Marble Palace, an architectural marvel adorned with marble walls, floors, and sculptures. End your day by sampling the delectable Bengali cuisine and exploring the bustling local markets.


Day 11: Kolkata to Bhubaneshwar (Flight)

Take a flight to Bhubaneshwar, the capital city of Odisha, known for its ancient temples and rich cultural heritage. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Begin your exploration with a visit to the famous Lingaraja Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Admire the architectural brilliance of Mukteshwar Temple, known for its exquisite stone carvings. Visit the Rajarani Temple, renowned for its intricate sculptural work and erotic carvings. Conclude your day with a visit to Dhauli Stupa, a Buddhist site marking the transformation of Emperor Ashoka after the Kalinga War.


Day 12: Bhubaneshwar to Puri via Konark (60kms)

Embark on a scenic drive to Puri, visiting the UNESCO-listed Konark Sun Temple en route. This architectural marvel, shaped like a colossal chariot, is adorned with intricate stone carvings depicting celestial beings, mythical creatures, and scenes from everyday life. En route, explore Raghurajpur, an artisan village renowned for its Pattachitra paintings, and Pipili, known for its vibrant applique work. Upon reaching Puri, visit the revered Jagannath Temple, dedicated to Lord Jagannath, his sister Subhadra, and his elder brother Balabhadra.


Day 13: Puri to Chilika Lake (55kms)

Today, embark on an excursion to Chilika Lake, Asia's largest brackish water lagoon and a paradise for bird watchers. Sail through its tranquil waters, home to a myriad of migratory birds, including flamingos, herons, and pelicans. Experience the serenity of this pristine ecosystem and soak in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Return to Puri in the evening and relax by the beach, enjoying the gentle sea breeze and the rhythmic sound of waves.


Day 14: Free Day in Puri

Spend your day at leisure, soaking up the sun on Puri's pristine beaches. Indulge in optional water sports activities, take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, or simply relax and unwind amidst the tranquil surroundings. Puri's beaches, with their golden sands and azure waters, offer the perfect backdrop for relaxation and rejuvenation.


Day 15: Departure from Delhi

After breakfast, transfer to Bhubaneshwar airport for your flight back to Delhi. Upon reaching Delhi, board your onward flight, bidding adieu to the enchanting land of India, carrying with you cherished memories of its diverse culture, rich heritage, and warm hospitality.

- 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.