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Rajasthan with Mahrashtra Tour

DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI: Welcome in India . Garlanding at airport .On arrival transfer to hotel. Rest of day is free for personal activities. Overnight  at  hotel –   

DAY 02  : IN DELHI:  After breakfast city tour of old Delhi and New delhi .Humayun's Tomb -Built by the wife of Humayun, Hajji Begum in the mid 16th century, this red sand stone structure is considered to be the predecessor of Taj Mahal. The structure is one of the best example of Mughal Architecture. Humayun's wife is also buried in the red and white Jantar Mantar - Few minutes walk from Connaught Place is is a strange collection of solomon coloured structures. These were built by Maharaja Jai Singh and is actually an observatory. Though not as large as its compatriot in Jaipur Jantar Mantar at Delhi also an attraction for the tourists. The astonishing part of these observatories is that they can calculate many astronomical movements very accurately. Red Fort - Built in Red Sand stone this imposing fort is 3 kms in perimeter with the height of the wall varying from 18 to 30 meters at places. When the Red fort was being built Yamuna used to flow on its one sides and there were deep moats on the other. Today Yamuna flows almost a kilometer away from the fort and the moats have dried up. In the evening the Delhi Tourism organises a light and sound show which narrates the history of Delhi in context of the Red Fort. The Lahore gate, the main entrance, has some emotions and sentiments attached with the Indian independence as the Tricolor flutters on the top of this gate. On 15th August the Indian Prime minister addresses the nation from here. As soon one enters in the fort from the Lahore gate .The Dewan-i-Am or the place of public hearing had a wall paneled with marble in laid with precious stone which were removed during the mutiny of 1857. The Dewan-i-Khas or the place for special hearing was the area where the emperor used to hold meetings with his ministers. Rashtrapati Bhawan: The president's mansion is situated on Raisina Hill in the center of Delhi, overlooking the green lawns around India Gate. This elegant building, is truly worth seeing, for its architectural beauty and historic significance. The beautiful Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhawan, which are open to the public in spring, are an added attraction. Parliament House: Located in Central Delhi, this elegant building with its wide pillared walkways and large halls, is worth a visit, to see the corridors of power where India's lawmakers and statesmen decide the future of India. Raj Ghat : The memories of Mahatma Gandhi.India Gate: Situated on Rajpath, in the center of Delhi, this 42-meter high arch, was designed by Edwin Lutyens, in memory of the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the first World War. Their names can be seen inscribed on the arch. The Amar Jawan Jyoti, an eternal flame, burns in memory of the unknown soldier, beneath the shelter of the arch, which is surrounded by green lawns, fountains and water bodies - an evergreen picnic zone in the heart of central Delhi.. Birla Mandir Laxmi Narayan Temple: It was built by the industrialist Raja Baldev Birla in 1938. The temple is an important prayer centre and contains idols of several deities. Interestingly, Mahatma Gandhi, who inaugurated the temple, was also a regular visitor to it. Bahai Temple: This aesthetically designed monument, commonly known as the Lotus Temple, because the white marble structure is built to in the shape of a lotus, set amidst, lakes and green lawns. It is a serene house of meditation, within which there are no idols and total silence prevails, so all can meditate in complete peace. Overnight at hotel – 

DAY 03: DELHI/AGRA(DRIVE:210KMSKMS/04HRS) : In morning drive to Agra. On arrival check-in at hotel .. Afternoon visit the magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. Also visit Red fort - the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am(hall of public audience),a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcoveof inlaid marble at the back,the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas(hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Overnight at hotel  

DAY 04:AGRA/JAIPUR(DRIVE:230KMS/05 HRS) : In morning drive to Jaipur . Enroute visit FATEHPUR SIKIRI . On arrival  Jaipur checkin at hotel.  Afternoon visit City Palace , Hawa Mahal & Jantar Mantar . Hawa Mahal is one of the most common and popular tourist attractions in Jaipur. Hawa Mahal was basically used as a veil by the royal women folk to watch the proceedings on the road below. Today it is the one of most visited monuments in Jaipur. The City Palace is another beautiful landmark that was built by Kachchwah Rajput rulers of Jaipur. The City Palace is a classic example of Mughal and Rajput architecture. A part of the palace today is museum that houses a collection of rare manuscripts, weapons, Mughal carpets and costumes, and Mughal and Rajasthani miniatures. Jantar Mantar makes another wonderful sight to visit. Built in 1718 by Sawai Jai Singh, Jantar Mantar Observatory is one of the five observatories that were built by the king. The observatory was built to study the movement of stars. The observatory is built in stone and marble. Built on the hilltop outside Jaipur.. Overnight at hotel

DAY 05: JAIPUR/PUSHKAR(DRIVE:139KMS/03HRS) : : In morning drive to Pushkar .On arrival check-in at hotel. Located just 11 km from Ajmer, Pushkar is a sacred little town in Rajasthan. Pushkar is famous for its scenic beauty and more than 400 temples. Pushkar has a number of exciting tourists attractions including the famous Pushkar Lake and Brahma Temple. The annual Pushkar Fair held every year in Oct-Nov is another major attraction for tourists. Pushkar Lake: One of the most sacred sites for Hindus, Pushkar Lake is the most famous tourist attraction in the holy town of Pushkar. It's a beautiful semi-circular lake with 52 lovely ghats surrounding it. According to beliefs, a dip in the Pushkar Lake on the auspicious occasion of Karthik Poornima brings salvationtodevotees. Brahma Temple: It's the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe according to Hindu mythology, in all over India. The beautiful marble temple is famous for its four-headed idol of lord Brahma. It's decorated with silver coins and a silver turtle on its black and whitechequeredfloor. Savitri Temple: Dedicated to goddess Savitri, the first wife of Lord Brahma, it's the second most important temple in Pushkar. Located just behind the Brahma Temple on a hilltop, it provides a panoramic view of the scenic Pushkar Lake and exotic sand dunes nearby Rangji or Rangnath Temple: Rangji Temple is known for its gracious south Indian style of architecture. The temple houses a huge image of Lord Vishnu. It has a high rising 'Gopuram' (large gate) and Garuda pillars studded with a mythical bird styledingold.Varah Temple: One of the most sacred temples in Pushkar, Varah Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It has an image of Vishnu in the incarnation of wild boar. According to a legend, Lord Vishnu visited the earth in the incarnation of a Varah (Wild boar) to kill an atrocious demon Hirnayaksh..Over Night at hotel

DAY 06: PUSHKAR/UDAIPUR(DRIVE: 300KMS/07HRS) : In morning drive to Udaipur.On arrival Udaipur check-in at hotel . Udaipur is known as the city of lakes and is also one of the most romantic cities in Rajasthan. The beautiful gardens , marble palaces and lakes make Udaipur look like the mirage in the desert. Udaipur is also called - Jewel of Mewar - as it was ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for a consecutive duration of 1200 years. There are many tourist attractions in Udaipur that make your journey quite memorable in every sense..Overnight at hotel

DAY 07: IN UDAIPUR: In morning city tour . Lake Pichola - Hills, temples, palaces, bathing ghats and embankments, surround this picturesque lake built by Maharajah Udai Singh. The two breathtaking palaces - Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) - also standamidstthislake. City Palace - The City Palace on the banks of the Lake Pichola is a collection of rooms, corridors, terraces, pavilions, hanging gardens and courtyards. The City Palace of Udaipur built in 1559 is a must-visit for all tourists to Udaipur. It offers a panoramic view of the "Jag Niwas" (Now the Lake palace hotel) and the "Jag Mandir". The Mor-Chowk (Peacock courtyard) and the Chini Chitrashala are the most noteworthy features of City Palace with a series of wall paintings of Krishna.
Jagdish Temple - Built in 1651 by Maharaja Jagat Singh, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city. The temple has a black marble image of Lord Vishnu, which is unusual for the northern part of the country, where statuesofGodsarenormallyinmarble. Sahelion Ki Bari - The "garden of the maids of honour", Sahelion-ki-Bari was designed and laid out early in the eighteenth century as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend their time in leisure. The lotus pool, fountains, lawns, flowerbeds, and marble pavilions all combine to make it a captivating place. Overnight in hotel –  

DAY 08: UDAIPUR/BOMBAY(BY AIR) :Transfer to airport to board flight for Bombay .On arrival check-in at hotel.Afternoon half day city tour . Gateway of India:The Gateway of India is the main attraction of Mumbai city. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911. Situated at the Apollo Bunder, the gateway holds greater historical significance as the last of the British troops that left India by sea, marched through its portals. The monument is complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. You can also go for a short cruise through Mumbai's natural harbour in one of the little motor launches that are stationed here.Prince of Wales Museum: The Prince of Wales museum is another major attraction of Mumbai. Built in the year 1914, it is surrounded by a beautiful landscape forming an ideal getaway for the people of Mumbai. The museum houses art, sculpture, rare coins, and old firearms and a priceless collection of miniature paintings. The Prince of Wales museum is regarded as one of the best museums in the country.:Marine Drive A stroll down the Marine Drive is the best way to discover Mumbai. This winding stretch of road with tall buildings on one side and sea on the other extends from Nariman Point to Malabar Hills. Due to its curved shape and many street lights, it was once called the Queen's Necklace. A popular sea front, Marine Drive is also the main thoroughfare linking for the Malabar Hills to the southernmost points of Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Nariman Point, and the Fort.  Over night at hotel :  

DAY 09: BOMBAY/ELEPHANTA CAVE/BOMBAY(BY BOAT) : In morning board to boat for Elephanta caves , The entire cave temple complex covers an area of about 60000 squrare feet and it consists  a main chamber and two lateral ones , courtyards and several subsidary shrines. Above the temple is the mass of natural rock. There are three entrances to this temple. The ones on the east and the west marking the axis of the temple. A 20 pillared hall lines the axis, and on its western end is the cella in shich is enshrined a Shivalingam. The pillars consist of fluted columns standing on square bases, and are crowned with fluted cushion capitals. Elephanta caves, the focal point of the Elephanta Island is the glorious abode of Lord Shiva. There are altogether seven caves spread on two hills, five on the Western hill and two on the Eastern hill. The island originally  known as Gharapuri (city of forts) was the capital of Konkan Mauryas and was later re-named by the Portuguese when they captured Bombay from the Sultan of Gujarat in the16th century. The island was named Elephanta after the colossal sculpted elephants found there. Overnight at hotel  

DAY 10: BOMBAY/AURANGABAD(BY AIR) :Transfer to airport to board flight for Aurangabad. . Aurangabad is an offbeat destination in the state of Maharashtra. It attracts attention of tourists because of its many famous historical and religious architectural sites. It is true that Aurangabad is not a green hilly destination, though it has a good number of gardens giving you a comfortable stay in the town. Many tourists visit this place due to its proximity to some of the world famous heritage sites of India. This has helped in increasing the popularity of its locally produced traditional textiles and handicraft items too. The Aurangabad Caves were built during the 6th and 7th centuries. The walls of the caves have interesting illustrations from the Jataka stories. The Bibi-ka-Maqbara is a tomb built in memory of Aurangzeb's wife Rabia-ud-Daurani Begum. Panchakki is known for its watermill, which is fed by an underground channel from a source located 6 km away in the mountains. The Himroo Factory manufactures traditional himroo fabrics besides Paithani saris, handloom shawls and other textiles material. Killa Arrack is a citadel built by Aurangzeb in 1692. The Jama Masjid, also built by Aurangzeb, is a low building with minarets and a broad band carved with Koranic inscriptions. The Kali Masjid, built in 1600, is another important monument of Aurangabad. The Shah Ganj Mosque built in 1720 is located in the market square of the old city. The Chauk Masjid is a five-dome mosque built by Shayista Khan, uncle of Aurangzeb in 1665. The Lal Masjid is located in the old city area of Aurangabad.Bibi-ka-MaqbaraBibi-ka-Maqbara is a tomb that bears some resemblance with the Taj Mahal. This Maqbara attracts the tourists due to its wonderful architecture and historical importance. It is a mausoleum built in memory of Aurangzeb's wife Rabia-ud-Daurani Begum. Built at the centre of the garden, the marble used here is not as fine as that of Taj Mahal. Besides Bibi-ka-Maqbara, there are some other monuments of related historical importance. The entry into the Maqbara may cost you an entry ticket of a negligible amount. Overnight at hotel 

DAY 11 : AURANGABAD/ELLORA/AURANGABAD(DRIVE 28KMS/01HOUR) : In morning drive same day excursion to  Ellora. It has been declared as world heritage site . The Ellora caves, of which there are a total of 34, are carved into the sides of a basaltic hill 30 kilometres from Aurangabad. The finest specimens of cave-temple architecture, they house elaborate facades and house exquisitely adorned interiors. These structures representing the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, were carved between 350 AD and 700 AD. The 12 caves towards the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the center are dedicated to Hinduism, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain.The sculptures in these Buddhist caves accurately convey the nobility, grace and serenity that the Buddha possessed. Caves 6 and 10 have images from the Buddhist and Hindu faiths under the same roof, the latter dedicated to Vishwakarma, the patron saint of Indian craftsmen. The Vishvakarma cave is both a Chaitya and a Vihara, with a seated Buddha adorning the stupa. it is a two-storeyed structure sporting a colourful pageant of dwarfs that are dancing and making music.The Kailasa temple in cave 16 is an architectural wonder the entire structure having been carved out of a single block of rock, the entire process taking well over a century to finish! This recreation at the mountain-abode of Lord Shiva is, in all probability, the world's largest monolith; the gateway, pavilion, assembly hall, sanctum, and tower are all hewn out of a single rock. What is amazing about it is the fact that unlike other temple structures which were usually built from the base upwards, the sculptor or architect involved here started carving from the top and the sides. Gigantic though it is, it remains one of the most delicate and intricate ancient works of art. The Dumar Lena cave here resembles the famous cave-temple at Elephanta, and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.The Jain caves are not far off from the Kailasa temple, among them cave 32 houses a beautiful shrine adorned with fine carvings of a lotus flower on the roof, and a yakshi on a lion under a mango-tree, while caves 32 and 34 contain grand statues of Parasnath. The other caves here have the images of the Jain Tirthankaras, and one of them also has a seated figure of Mahavira.These cave shrines are indeed memorable for their invaluable contribution to the enormous richness and diversity of our Indian heritage. Overnight at hotel

DAY 12: AURANGABAD/AJANTA(DRIVE: 102/02HRS) : In morning drive to same day excursion  to Ajanta. It was only in the 19th century that the Ajanta group of caves, lying deep within the Sahyadri hills of Maharashtra and cut into the curved mountain side above the Waghora river, were discovered. A group of British officers on a tiger hunt stumbled on these wonderous ancient works of art. They depict the story of Buddhism, spanning the period from 200 BC to 650 AD.The 29 caves were built as secluded retreats for Buddhist monks who taught and performed rituals in the Chaityas and Viharas, the ancient seats of learning and the nerve-centres of the Buddhist cultural movement. Using simple tools like hammers and chisels, the monks carved out the impressive figures adorning the walls of these structures. Exquisite wall-paintings and sculptures speak volumes of the India of yore. Many of the caves have panels depicting stories from the Jatakas, a treasure trove of stories about the several incarnations of the Buddha. Images of nymphs and princesses, among others, are also elaborately portrayed.Cave number 1 houses some of the best-preserved wall paintings here, which include two impressive Boddhisattvas, Padmapani and Avalokiteshvara. Caves 2, 16, and 17 also contain amazing paintings, while caves 1, 4, 17, 19, 24, and 26 boast of some of the most divine sculptures. The flying apsara painting in Cave 17, and the image of the Buddha preaching, also in cave 17, are two unforgettable works of art in Ajanta. The Ajanta caves and the treasures they house are a landmark in the overall development of Buddhism in India and in general. 

DAY 13: AURANGABAD/BOMBAY(BY AIR) : Transfer to airport to board flight for Bombay.On arrival transfer to hotel .Rest of Day is free for personal activities. Overnight at hotel 

DAY 14: IN BOMBAY: Day is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel 

DAY 15: BOMBAY/OUT: Transfer to international airport to board flight for onwards destination.

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