Begin the tour and explore the Golden Triangle South India (Delhi, Agra & Jaipur) to get a full-fledged glimpse of India’s royal and cultural heritage. Fly to Mumbai a city famous as the heart of Bollywood film industry. Fly to Goa and unwind on the Hippy loved beaches. Explore the Hindu collection of temples at Pattadakal & Aihole, Hampi, Belur & Halebid. Visit magnificent palaces in Mysore & Bangalore then fly to Cochin. Visit Tea Estate in Munnar, explore the picturesque Periyar National Park, cruise in enchanting backwater at Alleppey and then rejuvenate on the Kovalam beach.
“Tour of New Delhi – drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyen’s, including the Indian Gate & the Presidential Palace”
On arrival at Delhi International airport meet with our office executive assistance and transfer to hotel check in. If you are arriving by morning flight, after relaxation you can take a short tour; otherwise rest time free & easy to relax.
Breakfast at hotel, explore the historic city Delhi. First visit Old Delhi: (Shahajahanabad) the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest and most splendid mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat, memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where he was cremated. Later in you opt cycle rickshaw ride past through the bustling and colorful bazaar of Chandani Chowk.
“Visit to the world – famous Taj Mahal followed by Agra Fort.”
The sightseeing continue to explore the best tourist attractions of New Delhi include President House, the regal residence of British rulers, a palace built for British Viceroys. India gate, this monument was built to honour and tribute to the Indian soldiers, sacrificed themselves during the Afghan war, then visiting Birla Mandir (Laxmi Narayan Temple) built by wealthiest Birla family. Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple, Qutub Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty.
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Agra. Enroute visit Mathura & Vrindavan, the birth palace of Lord Krishna. Some of notable temples to visit are Bankey Bihari and Iskcon.
Continue drive to Agra, on the way visit ‘Sikandra, a marvelous mausoleum of Mughal Emperor Akbar, spectacularly designed structure of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Afterwards proceed to Agra check in at hotel.
visit the Keoladeo national park- it was declared a world heritage site, by UNESCO in 1985.
Early morning visit Taj Mahal with its’ fabulous view at the time of sunrise. Taj Mahal, beautiful architectural monument among the 7 wonders of the world; this historical masterpiece is illustration of the fusion of diverse architectural styles. Taj Mahal is crown of all the loveliest buildings in the world, a symbol of eternal love.
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The tour continues to visit Agra Fort, was built in 1576 AD., by great Mughal Emperor Akbar, structured and designed with red stoned barricaded; in the fort you will find most splendid Pearl Mosque and various other classic example of art: Jahangir Mahal, Moti Masjid, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Am, Meena Bazaar and Musamman Bhurj where from Emperor Shahjahan, prisoner of his son rebellious Aurangzeb, he put his father in the cell of Agra fort, where from he could see his love reflecting through the Taj Mahal, where his loveliest wife was cremated. Later visit the Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daula, built by Empress Noorjehan daughter of Shahjahan, this monument a tribute to her great father.
After city tour drive to Jaipur. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, the old deserted town of the Mughal kingdom, built in red sandstone in honour of Saint Salim Chisti who blessed birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important structure here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwane e Khas; Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Buland Darwaza, one of the largest and tallest gateways in the world.
Breakfast at hotel, explore the Pink City. Visit Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, built in the 15th Century by Rajput King Man Singh. Later visit another mighty and majestic Nagargarh fort, close to Amber fort.
Later drive back to the main city to visit the imperial City Palace – present residence of the royal family of Jaipur, the palace is a miraculous representation of the real Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The incredible Jantar Mantar was innovated and constructed by Jaipur King Swai Jai Singh. Amongst the 5 observatories built by him, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one of them. The splendid Hawa Mahal, also known ‘Palace of Winds’ was built with a concept for the woman of royal families to speculate the royal ceremonies and festivals being hidden from the public eyes.
In the evening you can explore the bustling market of Jaipur by cycle rickshaw ride, which is paradise for shopping lovers, Jaipur is worldly famous for hand woven carpet, precious stones, handicraft, marble, textile, blue pottery, handmade papers.
Jaipur – Mumbai (Flight) – Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai airport assistance and transfer to hotel. Later take a city tour covering Parliament House, CST, Flora Fountain. Halt at Gateway of India is an architectural marvel that scores over other buildings in Mumbai. From there board a motorboat famous Elephanta Caves (closed on Monday). A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where it is set. This island is home to a series of seven magnificent rocks cut caves that show various incidents in the life of Lord Siva and other dramatic moments from the Hindus myth your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. Almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation. In the evening pass by Marine Drive fondly dubbed as the Queenhology. These are chiseled with immense artistic finesse. Later in the afternoon cruise back to Gateway of India. After lunch (on your own), a visit to Dhobi Ghat, a unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect Necklaces, because of the dramatic curve of its streetlights at night. You may halt at Chowpatty Beach one of Mumbai’s most popular promenades and a favorite sunset-watching spot.
Mumbai – Goa (Flight) – Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport to board flight for Goa. On arrival at Goa airport assistance and transfer to resort. The rest of the day is free and easy to relax on the beach.
Breakfast at the hotel, take a city tour of Goa, famously known as “Pearl of the Orient” and a “Tourist Paradise”. Goa is famous for its magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches, and old houses. Visit Old Goa -10 km from Panjim, the basilica of Bom Jesus, the 16th-century church dedicated to infant Jesus and housing the tomb of St. Francis Xavier, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The other Churches in the same area are St. Cathedral, with its vaulted interior, Church of Our Lady of Miracles, Church of our Lady of Rosary, and Nunnery of St. Monica. The Aguada Fort built by the Portuguese commands the mouth of the Mondovi River and on the fort stands a 4-story Portuguese lighthouse and the oldest of its kind in Asia. In the evening enjoy the Cruise over the Mondovi River.
Goa – Hubli – Badami (184kms/ 4hrs) – Breakfast at hotel, drive to Badami the capital of the early Chalukyas. Badami is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. On arrival check in at the hotel. Later take a sightseeing tour of Badami visiting – Rock-cut cave Temples, Gateways, Forts, Inscriptions, Sculptures that seem to come alive under your eyes. Climb a flight of steps to reach the ancient caves – all hewn out on sandstone on the precipice of a hill. Three are four caves here belong to the Vedic faith and the fourth cave is the only Jain Temple in Badami.
The first cave temple – past Shiva’s door Keepers – and there he is the eighteen-armed Nataraja striking 81 dance poses. The largest and most ornamental is the third Cave temple dedicated to Vishnu. Here are some splendid carvings of the Hindu Pantheon, Narasimha – the half man and half lion avatar of Vishnu, Hari Hara, the composite god who is half Shiva a half – Vishnu.
Virupaksha Temple – Breakfast at hotel, visit Pattadakal, this World Heritage Site on the banks of the Malaprabha River bears testimony to the richness of Chalukyan architecture of the 8th Century. It has a cluster of 10 beautifully chiseled Jain temples at the entrance of the site Virupaksha temple and Mallikarjuna Temple being the most famous.
Aihole Also visit Aihole acclaimed as the cradle of Hindu temple architecture. There are hundreds of temples in the villages and fields nearby. The most impressive one is the Durga Temple with its semicircular apse, elevated plinth, and the gallery encircling the sanctum. Other worth seeing temples include The Lad Khan Temple, The Huchimalli Temple, Ravalphadi Cave Temple celebrating the many forms of Shiva, the Konti Temple Complex, the Umamaheswari Temple, the Jain Meguti Temple, and the two-storied Buddhist Temple. Return to the hotel in Badami for an overnight stay.
Badami – Gadag – Lakkundi – Hampi (180kms/ 4hrs approx) – Breakfast at hotel drive to Hampi. En-route visit Gadag Trikuteshwara temple a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. The carved temple is dedicated to Shiva and has three lingas mounted on the same stone. There is a shrine dedicated to Saraswathi in this temple and it has carved columns.
Manikeshwara Temple Further drives to Lakkundi full of ruined temples like Mallikarjuna, Virabhadra, Manikeshwara, Nanneshwara, Lakshminarayana, Someshwara, Nilakanteshwara, and many more. Continue to drive to Hampi check-in at the hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax.
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