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Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days

Day 01:Delhi

Arrival. Company representatives will receive you on arrival at the international airport in Delhi. Transfer to your hotel. DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India. Overnight stay at Delhi.

Day 02:Delhi - Agra

Delhi : Start a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi after breakfast.

OLD DELHI- A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire. Enjoy a Cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.

NEW DELHI- An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar and a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President’s Residence and the Lotus Temple and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. After sightseeing drive to Agra.By road 201 km in 6 hr. Arrive Agra & check-in at Hotel. Overnight stay at Agra.

Day 03:Agra - Jaipur

Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously.

Day 04:Jaipur

Proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort after breakfast. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.

AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate _expression. Continue sightseeing.

CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

Day 05:Jaipur - Udaipur

Transfer to airport to board for Udaipur. Arrivel in Udaipur. Check-in at Hotel. After check-in full day sightseeing of Udaipur City Palace, Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Jagdish Temple, Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas Palace with lunch in its historic restaurant during the boat-ride on Pichola Lake. Overnight stay at Udaipur.

Day 06:Udaipur - Ranakpur - Mount Abu

After breakfast drive from Udaipur to Ranakpur (about 96 km). Ranakpur has one of the world’s most elaborately and intricately carved temples. The Chaumukha (four faced) temple is the biggest and most important Jain temple here. It is about 1500 years old but because of its remote and secluded location, it is still in a very good state of preservation. The temple is located in a picturesque and lush green valley amidst the high Aravalli hills. The main deity in the temple is the first Tirthankar of Jain religion, Adinath.Overnight stay at Mount Abu.

Day 07:Udaipur - Ranakpur - Mt. Abu

Full day sight seeing of Dilwara Temples and Arbuda Devi Temple. Of the five temples - Vimal Vasahi, Lun Vasahi, Shri Rishabhhdeo, Shri Parshvanath and Shri Mahavir Swami, the first two are the most famous. One estimate states that a sum of Rs. 1.2 billion was spent on the building of Lun Vasahi alone. This temple was built by two brothers - Vastupal and Tejpal, ministers in the court of Raja Varadnawarkar, a ruler of Gujarat. They are dedicated to Neminath Bhagwan, the 22nd Tirthankara of Jain religion. Outside the main doors of this temple, there are two statues called Devrani's and Jethani's goklas respectively. There are legendary stories of competitive jealousy between the wives of these two brothers. Another striking feature of the temple is the marble dome in the porch, which is made up of a cluster of half open lotuses, which appear to be almost transparent. The Vimal Vasahi temple is older and is also known to be the first Jain temple in Mount Abu and is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara, Adi Nath Bhagwan. Built in 1031, by Bhim Deva, the first Solanki ruler of Gujarat, the temple is constructed in pure marble, with plain exteriors. However, its interiors are richly sculpted and house some fine examples of the workmanship of marble sculptors of those times. Mount Abu is named after the goddess Arbuda. Her temple is in a series of caves about 200 higher than Dilwara Temples. Along with Arbuda Devi are the statues of her three attendants. Overnight stay at Mount abu.

Day 08:Mt.Abu

Full day sight seeing of Dilwara Temples and Arbuda Devi Temple. Of the five temples - Vimal Vasahi, Lun Vasahi, Shri Rishabhhdeo, Shri Parshvanath and Shri Mahavir Swami, the first two are the most famous. One estimate states that a sum of Rs. 1.2 billion was spent on the building of Lun Vasahi alone. This temple was built by two brothers - Vastupal and Tejpal, ministers in the court of Raja Varadnawarkar, a ruler of Gujarat. They are dedicated to Neminath Bhagwan, the 22nd Tirthankara of Jain religion. Outside the main doors of this temple, there are two statues called Devrani's and Jethani's goklas respectively. There are legendary stories of competitive jealousy between the wives of these two brothers. Another striking feature of the temple is the marble dome in the porch, which is made up of a cluster of half open lotuses, which appear to be almost transparent.Overnight stay at Mount abu.

Day 09:Mt. Abu - Ahmedabad

Transfer to Abu Road railway station to board for Ahemdabad. Arrive Ahmedabad and check-in at Hotel. Program in Ahmedabad includes sightseeing of following places: Great mosque (Jami Masjid) built in 1424 Sidi Saiyad Mosque with its fine stone carving windows Sarkhej (Muslim mausoleum and mosque complex) Huthising Temple (a Jain temple dedicated Bhagwan Dharmanath, the 15th Jain Tirtankra). It is surrounded by 15 smaller temples.

Day 10:Ahmedabad - Mumbai (By flight)

Transfer to airport to board for Mumbai. Arrive in Mumbai and transfer to Hotel in Cuffe Parade. Sightseeing in Mumbai includes the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (popularly known as VT after its British name, the Victoria Terminus) - it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Marine Drive, Malabar Hills, the Prince of Whales Museum (Art, Archaeology and Natural History) and Victoria & Albert Museum (Archaeology and Photographic History of Mumbai), Gateway of India. Overnight stay at Mumbai.

Day 11:Mumbai - Aurangabad

Morning drive to the Gateway of India to board the boat to Elephanta Caves. Later transfer to airport to board for aurangabad. Arrive in Aurangabad & check-in at hotel.Overnight stay at Aurangabad.

Day 12:Aurangabad - Ellora

Morning sightseeing of Ellora Caves and Daulatabad Fort. Later visit Aurangabad Caves, Panchakki (Water Wheel), Bibi ka Makbara and the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb's Grave. Overnight stay at Ellora.

Day 13:Aurangabad - Ajanta - Jalgaon

Drive to Ajanta caves (100 km) with stop at view point where the British hunters first glimpsed the Ajanta Caves. After sightseeing of Ajanta Caves drive to Jalgaon (about 50 km). Overnight stay at Jalgaon.

Day 14:Jalgaon - Bhopal

Transfer to railway station to board for Bhopal and Arriving in Bhopal & transfer to Hotel, evening free to relax. Overnight stay at Bhopal.

Day 15:Bhopal - Sanchi

Sightseeing of Sanchi (50 km) in the morning. Afternoon sightseeing of Bhopal. If we spend more time in Sanchi, we could see Bhopal tomorrow morning. Overnight stay at Bhopal.

Day 16:Bhopal - Jhansi - Khajuraho

Morning Bhopal sightseeing. later transfer to railway station to board for Jhansi. Arriving in Jhansi and drive to Khajuraho, a distance of 172 km in about 4 hours. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 17:Khajuraho - Jhansi - New Delhi

After breakfast sightseeing of the three groups of temples. later transfer to railway station to board for New Delhi. Arriving in Delhi and transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airportto onward journey.

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