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Home > India Tour Packages > Gods, Temples & Archaeology of Ancient India
Gods, Temples & Archaeology of Ancient India
Duration : 13 Nights & 14 Days
Destination : Mumbai - Aurangabad - Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Orchha - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi

Day 01 : Arrive Mumbai
Today on your arrival at Mumbai International airport, Welcome Journeys representative shall meet you and greet you. Mumbai - a cosmopolitan metropolis, earlier known as Bombay, is the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra state. This is the most modern city in India that captures the spirit of the changing pace set by liberalization and modernization. Later you will be escorted to your pre-booked hotel for assistance with the check-in formalities. Overnight stay is in Mumbai.

Day 02 : Mumbai sightseeing
Morning after a relaxed breakfast, we embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Mumbai which begins with the excursion to Elephanta Island. It is one of a number of islands in the East of Mumbai famous for network of sculpted caves. The Island contains a collection of rock art linked to the cult of Lord Shiva dated between the 5th and 8th centuries. Here one can see two groups of caves - the first which is a large group of five Hindu caves dedicated to Lord Shiva and the second is a smaller group of two Buddhist caves. These caves are now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, containing beautiful carvings, sculptures, and a temple to the Hindu God. Thereafter sightseeing, return back to city and proceed for city sightseeing visiting Gateway of India – the landmark of the city, built by the British Empire during British Rule in India. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai. Next we visit Princess of Wales Museum which affirms to showcases the most amazing antiques and things to admire. Lastly visit Mani Bhawan – a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and Dhobi Ghat - a well-known open air laundromat where one can witness how Indian washer men, washes the clothes. Evening stroll around Marine Drive, also known as the Queen's Necklace. Overnight stay is in Mumbai

Day 03 : Mumbai – Aurangabad (By Flight)

Morning after breakfast, on time you will be transferred to Mumbai airport to board your flight for Aurangabad. The city is one of the major tourist attractions as it is surrounded by many historical monuments, including the Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On arrival at Aurangabad, check-in to your hotel. Later after some relaxation, we visit Daulatabad Fort and Bibi ka Maqbara the two opening jewels of the place. Daulatabad Fort is a magnificent 12th century fortress that stands on a hill, built by Raja Bhillamraj once known as 'Devgiri'. Bibi ka Maqbara is a replica of the Taj Mahal, commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the late 17th century in the memory of his first wife. Thereafter we head for sightseeing of Ellora Caves, which are carved during 350 A.D. to 700 A.D., structures representing the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. These caves are the temple that comprises around 34 Rock cut caves with incredible work of arts and interiors and illustrate the spirit of tolerance that was characteristic of ancient India. Overnight stay is in Aurangabad.

Day 04 : Aurangabad – Ajanta Caves

Morning after a lavish breakfast, we embark on a guided sightseeing tour visiting Ajanta caves of Aurangabad. These caves, depict the stories of Buddhism spanning from the period from 200 B.C. and 650 A.D. These caves are considered as the finest surviving examples of Indian art in the Archaeological Survey of India. Taking the essence of the place with you drive back to the hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight stay is in Aurangabad.

Day 05 : Aurangabad – Delhi (By Flight)
Morning after a relaxed breakfast, check-out from your hotel. Later on time you will be transferred to Aurangabad airport to catch your flight for Delhi. Delhi – the capital city of India sprinkled with glittering gems - captivating ancient monuments, magnificent museums, sprawling markets etc. On arrival at Delhi, meet our company representative who will assist you to your hotel with the check-in formalities. Rest of the day is free to explore the city on your own. Overnight stay is in Delhi.

Day 06 : Delhi sightseeing

Morning after breakfast, proceed for the guided sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi - once the capital of Islamic India, is famous all over the world for its Mughal-era monuments. Here we visit Rajghat, located on the banks of the Yamuna River where a simple black-marble platform is marking the spot of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation. Thereafter drive past the massive Red fort built out of red sandstone by a Mughal emperor in the year 1648. Later we enjoy a leisure walk in the narrow lanes of the busiest market in Delhi and visit the largest and best known mosque of India – Jama Masjid. This magnificent mosque is towering over the Old Delhi, which can hold a mind-blowing of 25,000 people at a time.

Later we head for sightseeing of New Delhi, situated within the metropolis of Delhi; the city is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Begin your New Delhi sightseeing with the visit to Humayun’s Tomb which is the most perfectly proportioned and captivating of Delhi's mausoleums, built in the memory of Humayun by his senior wife, Bega Begum. Next visit Qutab Minar – one of the tallest minar in India engraved with verses from the Koran; it was built in the 13th century by the first Muslim sultan of Delhi to celebrate his victory over the Hindu kings. Later we enjoy a drive along the Rajpath, drive past the imposing India Gate (a memorial commemorating Indian soldiers who lost their lives during World War), President’s House and Parliament House. Overnight stay is in Delhi.

Day 07 : Delhi – Varanasi (By Flight)
Morning after breakfast, we board our flight for Varanasi - one of the most blindingly colourful, unrelentingly chaotic and unapologetically indiscreet places on earth. It is one of the oldest living cities in the world, located on the banks of sacred tributary Ganga. On arrival at Varanasi, meet our company representative who will assist you and escort you to your hotel. Later after some relaxation we visit the famous local attraction of the city; Durga Shrine – the temple is devoted to Hindu deity Durga and believed to be built 500 years ago. The temple is recognized due to the large number of monkeys found in the temple premises and boasts of its fine stone works, which is a fabulous example of north Indian stone work arts. Later in evening we visit the Ghats when the river is bathed in a mellow light to enjoy a picturesque Aarti ceremony as the pilgrims come here to perform the puja (the act of worship) to the rising sun, and at the time of sunset when the aarti ceremony is held on ghats. Overnight stay is in Varanasi.

Day 08 : Varanasi sightseeing

Early this morning, we board a private boat to enjoy a joyful ride on the River Ganges to watch the sunrise over the city and witness the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Later after having a relishing breakfast in hotel, we embark on an excursion to Sarnath – a place where Lord Buddha preach his message of the middle way to nirvana after he achieved enlightenment at Bodhgaya and gave his famous first sermon here. It is located 13Kms in the north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Gomati rivers. This is the oldest site museum of the Archaeological Survey of India which is one of the major tourist attractions of India. Later after sightseeing, return back to hotel and relax. Evening is free at leisure to explore the hidden beauty of this oldest living city on your own. Overnight stay is in Varanasi.

Day 09 : Varanasi – Khajuraho (By Flight)

Morning after a relaxed breakfast, walk down in the narrow winding alleys to see several Ghats, Temples, and Shrines for which the city is known for. Later in afternoon on time, you will be transferred to Varanasi airport to connect your flight for Khajuraho - one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, well-known for their erotic sculptures of group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples. These temples strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture and are also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of their beautiful carvings. On arrival at Khajuraho, check-in to your hotel. Evening if time permits visit the Southern group of temples of Khajuraho, which comprises of noteworthy complexes like Dulhadev Temple, Beejamandal Temple and Chattarbhuj Temple. Overnight stay is in Khajuraho.

Day 10 : Khajuraho sightseeing
Morning after a lavish breakfast we embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Khajuraho temples. These resplendent temples here are famed for the delicate sensuality and eroticism of their sculpture. Today your sightseeing tour of Khajuraho includes visit to Eastern and Western group of temples. Eastern group of temples includes Shantinath, Parsvanath, Ghantai and Adinath temples which belong to the Jain religion in India while the Brahma, Javari and Vamana temples belong to Hindu religion. Western group of temples comprises of some magnificent temples which are mainly Lakshamana Temple, Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, Devi Jagdamba Temple, Chitragupta Temple and many more. The Western Group of temples are the most popular and well-known among the foreign tourists which constitutes some architecturally marvelous specimen of temple architecture in the country. Overnight stay is in Khajuraho.

Day 11 : Khajuraho – Jhansi (Via Orchha) (200 kms / 03 ½ hrs) & Jhansi – Agra (By Train Dep. at 1800 Hrs and Arr. at 2030 Hrs)

Early this morning, we drive towards Jhansi where we will board our train for Agra; the city well-known for housing Taj Mahal. En-route to Jhansi, we stop at Orchha; a historic village on the banks of the boulder-strewn Betwa River showcases some fabulous architecture similar. Here we visit Orchha Fort and Temples named Ram Raja Temple and Chaturbhuj Temple which are the best example of architectural conception of unusual vigor and intricate sophistication. Later on time you will transferred to Jhansi railway station to catch your train towards Agra. Dinner will be served on board. Later on arrival at Agra, transfer to your designated hotel and relax. Overnight stay is in Agra.

Day 12 : Agra – Jaipur (Via Fatehpur Sikri) (235 kms / 04 hrs)
Early this morning before sunrise, we visit the Seventh Wonder of the World; the monument of immeasurable beauty and love – Taj Mahal to enjoy its magnificent view at the time of Sunrise when the skies tend to be clear and the crowds are somewhat manageable. This white marble mausoleum is a symbol of everlasting love, built in the 17th century by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The first rays of sun reflecting off the glistening white marble of the monument changes the colour from soft grey and yellow to pearly cream and dazzling white which is truly something special. Thereafter we visit the massive Red Fort of Agra built of red-sandstones and marbles which comprises of many fairy tales palaces, audience halls and mosques. The fort is recognized as UNESCO world heritage site and located on the bank of the Yamuna River, construction of which was begun by Emperor Akbar in the year 1565. Later after sightseeing check-out from your hotel and drive towards Jaipur - the largest city of Rajasthan is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan, well-known for its stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces.
En-route we stop at Fatehpur Sikri - a fascinating ghost city, located 40kms in the west of Agra. The city was founded by Emperor Akbar in the year 1569 and once served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from the year 1571 to 1585. The city was an Indo-Islamic masterpiece, but erected in an area that supposedly suffered from water shortages and so was abandoned shortly after Akbar’s death and till now it is one of the best preserved Mughal architecture in India. Later after sightseeing, continue your drive towards Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, check-in to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay is in Jaipur.

Day 13 : Jaipur sightseeing
Morning after a lavish breakfast, we head for an excursion to Amber Fort located 11Kms from Jaipur, high on the hill. This massive fort-palace complex built in hybrid Hindu-Muslim style by Raja Man Singh I. Explore the fort with a ride up to the fort on the back of the painted elephants. Thereafter sightseeing, we drive back to the city and visit the local attractions of Jaipur. Starting with the City Palace, which is an imposing beautiful blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture; the palace was built between 1729 and 1732, initially by Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. Next visit Jantar Mantar Observatory which is considered to be one of the largest observatories ever built with a combination of religion, science and art. The observatory was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, is the largest and best preserved observatory built by him in different parts of country. Lastly we visit Hawa Mahal, also known as ‘Palace of Winds’; It is the city most distinctive landmark, built in 1799 to enable the women of the court to watch street processions while remaining in a strict state of purdah. Overnight stay is in Jaipur.

Day 14 : Jaipur – Delhi depart (300 kms / 04 hrs)

Morning on time we drive back to Delhi and straight transfer to Delhi International airport to board your flight back home or onward destination.