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Home > India Tour Packages > Essence of India Tour
Essence of India Tour
Duration : 23 Nights & 24 Days
Destinations : Delhi - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Jaipur - Agra - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi – Goa - Mumbai – Aurangabad – Mumbai

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Today on your arrival at Delhi International Airport you will see a warm welcome by our company representative. Later he will assist you to the hotel for check-in formalities. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Delhi is one of the modern metros of India and has a very rich cultural background. The city is particularly famous for its monuments and its sprawling markets which attract a large number of tourists towards it. Overnight stay is in Delhi.

Day 02 : Delhi Sightseeing
Today after having your lavish breakfast in hotel, enjoy the full day guided city sightseeing tour of Delhi which is in to two parts – New Delhi and Old Delhi. Start your New Delhi sightseeing with the visit to Humayun's Tomb. The tomb ofthe Mughal Emperor Humayun hich was commissioned by Humayun's first wife, Bega Begum in 1565 A.D. nine years after his death. Thereafter visit Qutub Minar which is made up of red sandstone and marble. The construction of this minar was started in 1193 A.D. by the first Sultan of Delhi, Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. Later enjoy a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, Parliament House. Drive past the imposing India Gate which is a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers who died during the World War. Drive past the President's house which would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Later enjoy Old Delhi Sightseeing which includes visit to Jama Masjid also known as Masjid-i-Jahan Numa, is the principal mosque of Old Delhi with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees and Raj Ghat, the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.  Evening is free to enjoy at local markets. Overnight stay is in Delhi.

Day 03 : Delhi – Udaipur (By Flight)
Today morning on time transfer to Delhi Airport to board the flight towards Udaipur - also known as “City of Lakes” and considered as the most romantic city in India because of its charming lakes. The city is the historical capital of the kingdom of Mewar which was founded by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1553. On arrival at Udaipur, transfer to your pre-booked hotel for some relaxation. Today your rest of the day is free at leisure to enjoy at local markets. Later in evening enjoy a leisure boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight stay is in Udaipur.

Day 04 : Udaipur Sightseeing
Today morning after breakfast enjoy full day guided city sightseeing tour which includes visit to City Palace – considered as the largest royal complex in Rajasthan, located all along the eastern coast of Lake Pichola. The city Palace was built concurrently with establishment of the Udaipur city by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1559 A.D. that consist of many balconies, courtyards and towers offering stunning and excellent view of the city and lake underneath. Also visit Saheliyon ki Bari – also known as the Garden of Royal Ladies which lies just beneath the Fateh Sagar Lake. Later visit Fateh Sagar Lake which was built by Maharana Jai Singh in 1678 and situated to the north of Lake Pichola. Later after sightseeing drive back to hotel. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight stay is in Udaipur.

Day 05 : Udaipur – Jodhpur (Via Ranakpur) (275 kms / 05 hrs)
Today morning post breakfast continue your drive towards the second largest city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur. The city was founded by Prince Jodha in 1459 A.D. and considered as the majestic city situated at the boundary of the great Thar Desert. En route a short stop at Ranakpur, widely known for its marble Jain temples. Later after sightseeing continue your drive towards Jodhpur. On arrival at Jodhpur, transfer to your pre-booked. Later after some relaxation head towards the full day guided sightseeing tour of Jodhpur, visit the majestic Mehrangarh Fort - situated 400 feet above the city, enclosed by imposing thick walls. Within this fort there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. The fort houses beautiful Phool Mahal (also popularly known as the palace of flowers) and Moti Mahal (also popularly known as the palace of pearls). Also visit Jaswant Thada – architectural landmark of Jodhpur, built with a white marble cenotaph in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II in 1899. Evening is free at leisure to enjoy a leisure walk in the local markets of Jodhpur. Overnight stay is in Jodhpur.

Day 06 : Jodhpur – Jaisalmer (300 kms / 04 ½ hrs)
Today morning after breakfast continue your drive towards Jaisalmer. This city is also popularly known as "The Golden city" because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone almost used in every architecture of the city. The city lies in the heart of Thar desert and famous for its old Havelis, built by traders in the 19th century and are still in an excellent condition till date. On arrival at Jaisalmer, transfer to your pre-booked hotel for some relaxation. Later in evening head towards the Sam Sand dunes by surface which is 40 km away from Jaisalmer. It is the most famous tourist attraction of Jaisalmer and a visit here is a must to complete the visit to Jaisalmer and get the real feel of great Thar Desert. Here you will enjoy a camel ride to view the sunset from the dunes. This would be an unforgettable experience for you. Later drive back to your hotel. Overnight stay is at hotel in Jaisalmer.

Day 07 : Jaisalmer Sightseeing
Today morning after breakfast enjoy the guided city sightseeing tour ofJaisalmer which starts from the visit to the great Jaisalmer Fort, over the Trikuta hill, this fort is the biggest and the most beautiful landmark of the city. The fort was constructed by Rawal Jaisal in the year 1156. Suspended on 80m elevated mount, accommodating the whole town inside its walls. It is also recognised as Sonar Quila or the Golden fort, rising from the sand, the mega structure merges with the golden hues of the miserable desert ambience. Also visit superlative Patwon Ki Haveli and Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli placed in the city. These haveli’s are remarkable for their exclusive cutwork. The most famous, Patwon Ki Haveli was constructed by the rich trader Guman Chand Patwa & his sons, whose trade extended among Afghanistan & China. It is the most interesting and outstanding example from every Haveli in the city and is practically the pride and joy of Jaisalmer well-known for its architectural affluence. Overnight stay is in Jaisalmer.

Day 08 : Jaisalmer – Bikaner (350 kms / 04 ½ hrs)
Morning after a relishing breakfast, drive towards Bikaner - The city that is dotted with many sand dunes and lies in the north of the desert state. Bikaner was founded by Rao Bikaji in 1488 and attracts many tourists every year towards its Camel safari, as the city is renowned as the 'Camel Country'. On arrival at Bikaner, check in to your pre-booked hotel. Later after some relaxation proceed for the guided city sightseeing tour which include visit to the Lalgarh Palace - built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh, an architectural masterpiece in red sandstone. The palace has a beautiful latticework and filigree work. Also pay your visit to Junagarh Fort - built in 1593 A.D by Raja Rai Singh, a general in the army of Emperor Akbar and 6th ruler of Bikaner city. The fort is created by marble and red sandstones with cabins & verandas decorating the construction at intermission. Later after sightseeing drive back to hotel. Overnight stay is in Bikaner

Day 09 : Bikaner – Jaipur (350 kms / 05 hrs)
Morning after having breakfast in hotel, continue your drive towards Jaipur - largest and the capital city of Rajasthan, also famous by the name of “Pink City of Rajasthan” because of its majority of buildings which are painted in terra-cotta pink which you will further explore when you will travel along its streets. This largest city of Rajasthan was developed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1726. On arrival at Jaipur, transfer to hotel for some relaxation. Later in evening pay your visit to “Chokhi Dhani” which is an important tourist attraction, famous for its Rajasthani traditional dinner with dance and folk music. Overnight stay is in Jaipur.

Day 10 : Jaipur Sightseeing
Morning after a relaxed breakfast, embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Visit Amber Fort - situated 11 km north of Jaipur which is the former capital of the royal Jaipur’s. The construction of the fort was started by Raja Man Singh I in1592 A.D. and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Here you will enjoy a leisure ride on a royal painted elephant up to this hill top palace passing through the ancient main gate and escorted by our guide who will elaborate the history of this architectural masterpiece. Thereafter we visit City Palace – a royal palace complex in Jaipur, situated in the heart of the old City is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The palace was built between 1729 and 1732, initially by the ruler of Amber, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Later we visit Jantar mantar – an observatory that houses huge masonry instruments used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. End your city sightseeing tour with the visit to most recognizable monument of Jaipur - Hawa Mahal. It is a palace built with red and pink sandstone by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. Evening enjoy shopping at local markets of Jaipur. Overnight stay is in Jaipur.

Day 11 : Jaipur – Agra (Via Fatehpur Sikri) (235 kms / 04 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, proceed towards Agra by surface. Agra is the city of seventh wonder on the earth that houses world famous attraction “Taj Mahal”. En-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri - built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 which was later abandoned due to scarcity of water.  The city was built to celebrate the birth of his son which is one of his best masterworks. Thereafter continue your drive towards Agra. On arrival at Agra, we visit the majestic Taj Mahal – a monument of immeasurable beauty and love built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the year 1630 A.D. for his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. The mausoleum is made up of white marble and is the most stunning monument ever built for love. Also visit the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of the city - Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque. A UNESCO World Heritage site which stand on the bank of River Yamuna, 2.5 kms northwest of the Taj Mahal. The construction of the fort was started by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1566 A.D. If time permits, we visit Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, regarded as the draft of Taj Mahal. Overnight stay is in Agra.

Day 12 : Agra – Jhansi (By Superfast Train Dep. 0815 Hrs & Arr. 1045 Hrs) &
Jhansi – Orchha (15 Kms / ½  Hr)

Morning you will be escorted to Agra railway station to board your superfast express train for Jhansi. Breakfast will be served on board. On arrival at Jhansi railway station, you will be transferred to Orchha – famous for its beautiful forts and temples. Here some of the palaces were beautifully decorated with the painted murals. Arrive Orchha and visit Orchha Fort and Temples named Jahangir Mahal, and Ramji Mandir, built by Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century which are the best example of architectural conception of unusual vigor and intricate sophistication. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight stay is in Orchha.

Day 13 : Orchha – Khajuraho (200 kms / 03 hrs)
Morning after having breakfast, continue your drive towards Khajuraho – the city is famous for its legendary temples of Khajuraho which are marked as an incomparable experience by the foreign tourist.  Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures. These beautiful temples are believed to have been built by the mighty Chandela rulers in the 9th and 10th century AD. Khajuraho is not something that can be described in words, it has to be experienced and has achieved fame for the sensual appeal of its erotic sculptures. It is one of the most popular tourist attraction in India that takes you away from the noise and pollution of the city, with its fresh air and scenic countryside. On arrival at Khajuraho, check-in to your hotel. Evening is free at leisure to enjoy at local markets. Overnight stay is in Khajuraho.

Day 14 : Khajuraho Sightseeing
Morning after a relaxed breakfast, embark on a guided city sightseeing tour which includes visit to the Eastern and Western group of temples of the city. Eastern group of temples are the sculptural embellishment and profundity of architectural designs that consists of seven temples (four Jain temples and three Hindu temples). The Shantinath, Parsvanath, Ghantai and Adinath temples belong to the Jains while the Brahma, Javari and Vamana are Hindu temples in Khajuraho. Western Group of Temples constitutes some architecturally marvelous specimen of temple architecture in the country. These temples are located near to the archaeological museum of the city and are most famous among all the temples in Khajuraho. The group includes such magnificent temples like Chaunsat Yogini Temple, Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, Matangeswara Temple, Lakshamana Temple, Chitragupta Temple and Varaha Temple. Overnight stay is in Khajuraho.

Day 15 : Khajuraho – Varanasi (By Flight)
Morning on time transfer to airport to board the flight towards Varanasi - considered as holiest city for Hindu region and one of the most ancient living cities in India. As a place for devotion and worship with hundreds of temples dotting the city. This city is said to be India’s most sacred city sprawling along the western bank of the holy river Ganges. The thing that makes Varanasi one of the most fascinating cities in the East is the Shrines, Old palaces and temples rising in several tiers from the water's edge. It has a fascination uniquely its own, a quality of sublime beauty, a timeless eternal appeal. This is the city which we can’t describe in words, only we can experience. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later after some relaxation, evening enjoy the “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats . Overnight stay is in Varanasi.

Day 16 : Varanasi Sightseeing
Today you have the opportunity to enjoy early morning boat cruise on the holy River - Ganges to witness the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats and also a unique early offerings and prayer on the bank of the river as the people arrive at the Ghats at dawn to take a ritual dip, perform yoga asanas, wash clothes and offer flowers and incense to the river. Later after breakfast in hotel enjoy the excursion to Sarnath which is the most popular Buddhist pilgrimage destination which is located 10kms in north-east of Varanasi. It is the actual place where lord Gautam Buddha first preached his first sermon to his disciples, after attaining enlightenment. It is a very beautiful and peaceful place with museum which houses some of the great treasures of Indian Buddhist art, stupas, ashoka pillar, statues of lion, excavated site. Later drive back to hotel. Overnight stay is in Varanasi.

Day 17 : Varanasi – Goa (By Flight)
Morning after breakfast on time transfer to airport to board the flight towards Goa. On arrival at Goa airport our company representative shall meet you and assist you with the hotel check-in formalities. Goa is the land of fun and frolic. Goa is a tiny emeralds land with its natural scenic beauty, attractive beaches and temples, famous for its architecture, feast and festivals and hospitable people with a rich culture. Rest of the day is free at leisure to relax on beach. Overnight stay is in Goa.

Day 18 : Goa
Morning after having lavish breakfast in the hotel, enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Goa. Geographically Goa is not so vast.The main attractions are Miramar Beach, Basilica of Bom Jesus and the city of Panjim-bustling with shops and tourists. Later after sightseeing drive back to hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax on the beach. Overnight stay is in Goa.

Day 19 : Goa
Today your full day is free to relax on beach. Overnight stay is in Goa.

Day 20 : Goa – Mumbai (By Flight)
Morning on time transfer to Goa Airport, to board the flight for Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai, our company representative shall meet you and assist you to the hotel with the check-in formalities. Later enjoy the excursion to Elephanta Island – an island located close to Mumbai, renowned as “City of Caves”. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of the magnificent Elephanta caves, containing beautiful carvings, sculptures, and a temple to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva. This island, being a commercial, military and religion centre for centuries, has traces of early Buddhist culture. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight stay is in Mumbai.

Day 21 : Mumbai Sightseeing
Morning we embark on a guided city sightseeing tour visiting the landmark of the city - Gateway of India. It is a monument built in the year 1927 during the British rule in India, to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. Thereafter we visit Prince of Wales Museum – the city biggest and best museum that displays a mix of exhibits from all over India. Next visit Hanging Gardens – one of the most amazing gardens in Mumbai located on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines. Later we visit Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan - museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, Flora Mountain, Marine Drive and then Dhobi Ghat - where you can see how Indian washer men wash the clothes. Overnight stay is in Mumbai.

Day 22 : Mumbai – Aurangabad (By  Flight)
Today morning after breakfast on time transfer to the Mumbai airport to board the flight to Aurangabad, the capital of Aurangzeb, who was the last of the great Mughals. Arrive Aurangabad and transfer to hotel. Today your rest of the day is free to explore the city on your own. Overnight stay is in Aurangabad.

Day 23 : Aurangabad Sightseeing
Today morning have your lavish breakfast in hotel. Later enjoy full day excursion to the world heritage sites – the majestic Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Aurangabad which are recognised by UNESCO and are renowned the world over for their uniqueness and ancient value. The caves at Ajanta are allBuddhist, while the caves at Ellora are a mixture of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain.

Ajanta caves (Closed on Monday’s) - The amazing Ajanta Caves have been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983 which offers a rich tapestry of images that speak of palaces, royalty, cultures and tales of everyday life of ancient India. Long buried in the debris of time, these 30 caves were built to offer seclusion to the Buddhist monks, who lived, taught and performed rituals. These pieces of art were created over 800 years by professional artists and Buddhist monks who created these unique and irreplaceable pieces of art under the royal patronage of ancient ruling dynasties.

Ellora caves (Closed on Tuesday’s) – Here one can see an amazing example of three religions living in harmony - Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism that illustrates the spirit of tolerance which was the characteristic of ancient India. Here on can witness 34 monasteries and temples with intricate interiors and ornamental facades extended over more than 2 kms. These caves were carved between fourth and fifth century and are one of the finest examples of cave temples in India. Overnight stay is in Aurangabad.

Day 24 : Aurangabad – Mumbai (By Flight)
Today morning on time transfer to Aurangabad airport to board the flight towards Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai Domestic airport, straight transfer to Mumbai international airport to board the flight back home or onward journey.