Exotic India Tour

Dehli to Mumbai India
  • Code: IND-EXO-0001

    Summary

    Exotic India is wonderful 10 day tour taking you to stunning palaces and forts from Dehli to Mumbai. On route you will visit Agra, Jaipur, and Udaipur where you will stay in amazing historic hotels and visit the Taj Mahal.

    Day 01, Arrive Delhi

    Arrival. Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together at the airport and transferred to our hotel.

    The remainder of the day is free to relax.

    Overnight: Hotel in Delhi (2 Nights)

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    Day 02 Delhi

    We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit Birla House, the Former Residence of Mahatma Gandhi before he was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse on January 30, 1948. Later we visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and Humayun's Tomb*. , the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, built in 1570. We continue to Qutb Minar and its Monuments*. Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high.

    The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art and two mosques. Our afternoon concentrates on Old Delhi, starting with the Red Fort Complex*. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex.

    The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement and each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions. Next we visit the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. We end our tour with a bazaar experience at Chandni Chowk, the street of silver and goldsmiths.

    In the evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at Masala Art -Taj Palace Hotel. (B, D)

    Please Note: Red Fort and Birla House are closed on Mondays and Chandni Chowk is closed on Sundays

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    Day 03 Delhi / Agra: (Drive: 220 Km/ 4 Hours)

    This morning we travel through the interesting Indian countryside as we drive to Agra. On arrival in Agra we check in at our hotel. In the afternoon we visit the Taj Mahal*. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.

    Situated on the right bank of the Yamuna in a vast Mogul garden, this funerary monument combines elements and styles of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture. The Taj Mahal's pure white marble shimmers silver in the moonlight, glows softly pink at dawn, and at close of day reflects the fiery tints of the setting Sun. We return to hotel for breakfast and then proceed to Agra Fort*.

    This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques. We end our tour visiting some of the local factories famous for marble inlay work and witness the complex art of inlaying precious and semiprecious stones on the marble from the Makrana Mines. In the evening we enjoy at Kalakriti Theater Mohabbat, a unique musical dance show based on story of Taj Mahal.

    Overnight: Hotel in Agra (1 Night) (B)

    Please Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

    On nights with a Full Moon, the Taj Mahal's pure white marble shimmers silver in the moonlight and is open to visitors. We can arrange for an optional tour to enjoy this very special occasion.

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    Day 04 Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur: (Drive: 235 Km/ 5 Hours)

    We start the day visiting Fatehpur Sikri*. Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, the City of Victory was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid and the artistically designed mausoleum of the revered Sufi saint, Salim Chisty.

    From here we continue on a drive through the fascinating countryside to Jaipur, the rose pink capital of Rajasthan, since most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone.

    Overnight: Hotel in Jaipur (2 Nights) (B)

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    Day 05 Jaipur

    This morning we are treated like the royalty of yesteryear with an elephant ride to Amber Fort, located in a valley formed by a range of Aravallis known as Kalikho hills. The Palace and Fort are located on top of the hill with the city on slopes, and the valley protected by fort walls with four gates in the four cardinal directions. The construction of the fort began in 1592. It shows the evolution from the purely defensive fort settlements of the early medieval period to the palace fortress type of architecture typified in the 16th century. This palace fortress was never attacked or invaded. The fort comprises of number of gardens, courtyards and palatial spaces derived from Mughal architecture and are a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture.

    We return to Jaipur to visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art and the beautiful Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. We also visit the Jantar Mantar*, an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century that includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period.

    The rest of the day is free to enjoy both shopping and the cultural experience in the bazaars. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting.

    In the evening enjoy dinner at 1135 AD restaurant at Amber fort. (B, D)

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    Day 06 Jaipur / Udaipur: (Drive: 420 Km/ 7 Hours)

    In the morning after breakfast we drive through the fascinating countryside of Rajasthan to Udaipur. Udaipur was the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar and no other city in Rajasthan is quite as romantic. Misty ochre-shadowed hills and pale, intricate buildings encircle beautiful Lake Pichhola. On arrival we check in our hotel.

    Remainder of the day is free.

    Overnight: Hotel in Udaipur (2 Nights) (B)

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    Day 07 Udaipur

    We start our experience of Udaipur by visiting the City Palace. The palace has several architectural and artistic highlights such as the Mor Chowk, known for its stunning peacock mosaics and the Bhim Vilas Palace with its series of lovely wall paintings. From the City Palace we can see the Lake Place, shimmering like a jewel in Lake Pichhola. Later we visit the Jagdish Temple, Fateh Sagar Lake and Saheliyon Ki Bari, the Garden of Maids.

    We end our tour of Udaipur with a boat ride at Lake Pichhola and visit Jag Mandir, a palace built on an island in 1551. The royal family used the palace as a summer resort and pleasure palace for holding parties.

    In the evening we enjoy dinner at the Sunset Terrace in Fateh Prakash Palace. (B, D)

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    Day 08 Udaipur/ Mumbai: By morning flight

    In the morning we are transferred to airport for our flight to Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai we are transferred to our hotel. In the afternoon we our experience of Mumbai starts the Prince of Wales Museum & Victoria Terminus which is recently added to the world heritage site. This is a city's most exuberant Gothic building look more like a lavishly decorated palace or cathedral than a train station. Our Next Stop is at Mani Bhawan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed here during the freedom Struggle of British India. The house is now converted into a Museum.

    From here we leave for Hanging gardens and drive past Haji Ali - the tomb of a wealthy Muslim merchant, who renounced all his worldly belongings before embarking on a pilgrimage to Mecca. The tomb itself is over eight hundred years old and linked to the mainland by a path that is annually submerged in the high monsoon tide.

    We end our tour at the Dhobi Ghats - a vast outdoor laundry. After the tour we return back to our hotel.

    Overnight: Hotel in Mumbai (2 Nights) (B)

    Please Note: The Prince of Wales Museum is closed on Mondays.

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    Day 09 Mumbai

    We start our day with a visit to the Gateway of India, Mumbai's most famous monument. Here we embark on our excursion to the Elephanta Caves*, located on an island in the Sea of Oman. The caves contain a collection of rock art linked to the cult of Shiva. Here, Indian art has found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly the huge high reliefs in the main cave.

    We return back to the main land

    by motor launch and transfer to our Hotel.

    In the evening we enjoy farewell dinner at Indigo restaurant. (B,D)

    Please Note: Elephanta Caves is closed on Mondays.

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    Day 10 Mumbai

    After a memorable journey through incredible India, we are transferred to the airport for our departure home or to our next exciting destination. (B)

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    code: IND-EXO-0001

    *Denotes a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    B = Breakfast

    L = Lunch

    D = Dinner

    UNESCO World Heritage Sites visited on this tour:

    Agra Fort

    Chhatrapati Shivaji

    Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

    Elephanta Caves

    Fatehpur Sikri

    Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

    Qutb Minar and its

    Monuments, Delhi

    Red Fort Complex

    Taj Mahal

    The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

    Tour Cost:

    Per Person Cost on Twin Sharing Basis

    From GBP 2427

    Single Room Supplement

    From GBP 958

    Tour Price Includes:

    Accommodation on twin share basis in the mentioned hotels or Similar (9 Nights)

    Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

    All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation

    Assistance on arrival / departure

    Welcome Dinner at Masala Art

    Dinner at 1135 AD Jaipur

    Dinner at Sunset Terrace Fateh

    Prakash Palace

    Farewell Dinner at Indigo

    Restaurant in Mumbai.

    Bottled Water throughout the tour

    for sightseeing and excursions.

    Services of English speaking tour escort for the sightseeing throughout the tour as per the itinerary.

    Elephant Ride at Amber Fort (Subject to availability)

    Private boat ride at Lake Pichhola- Udaipur (Subject to water level)

    Mohabbat- The Taj Show- Agra

    Entrances to the monuments of visit as per the itinerary

    Domestic airfare in economy class from Udaipur to Mumbai

    All currently applicable taxes, including service tax @ 3.09%

    Tour Price does not include:

    International airfare & departure taxes

    Insurance & visa fees

    Any other meals than those mentioned in the itinerary

    Mandatory X'mas & New Year Eve Dinner

    Items of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc.

    Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like change in schedule / cancellation of flights / trains / political disturbances, natural phenomenon etc.

    Any other item not specifically mentioned above as 'INCLUDED'

    General Conditions:

    The prices are on Per Person basis in GBP and Net Non commissionable.

    The above cost is valid from 01 Oct 2012 to 31st March 2013 except between 20 Dec. 2012 to 06 Jan 2013.

    All prices are subject to any revision of tax and tariff structure.

    In case there is a further fuel hike we will be forced to charge a fuel surcharge.

    Unless specified, check-in at hotels in India is at 14:00 Hrs and check out is at 12:00 Hrs

    Our liability does not arise in case of Force Majeure (political disturbances, natural phenomenon etc.)

    Kindly note that names of hotels mentioned above only indicate that our rates have been based on usage of these hotels and it is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey such confirmation to you. In the event of any of the above mentioned hotels not becoming available we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction whatever applicable) to you.

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