ROMANTIC INDIA HOLIDAY

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A perfect mix of Bollywood, Beaches and the Taj Mahal

11 Days – 10 Nights

Mumbai – Jaipur – Agra – Delhi – Goa – Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Mumbai

Upon arrival at Mumbai International airport, you will be welcomed by our company representative and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Your travel documents will be handed over to you with a briefing of the tour program. After check-in process, time free at leisure for own activities and relax in the hotel to acclimatization with Indian weather conditions.

MUMBAI – Earlier known as Bombay, Mumbai is the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra state. Mumbai is also known as the Bollywood City. Though the seven islands that now make up the city have a long recorded history like any other place in India, their journey to form the city of Mumbai really started in 1498, when the Portuguese took them over from the Sultan of Gujarat. They built a settlement, forts, and churches, (including the strange looking Portuguese Church that stands to this day.) They, however, could not make much of their possession and the seven islands were handed over to England in 1661 as part of the dowry of Catherine de Braganza when she married Charles II of England. He wasn’t very interested in the islands either, and he leased them to the British East India Company for £10 a year in 1668. The East India Company built the docks, the trading posts, and the fort that would form the nerve centre of the city. They also started off the long process of reclaiming land and joining the islands, an activity which went on until the 1960s.

Overnight at Mumbai (Breakfast)

Day 02 : Mumbai – Sightseeing

Breakfast in the hotel.

Sightseeing –

Proceed for Mumbai sightseeing starting with a visit to The Gateway of India; constructed to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to the city. Later take a jetty ride to Elephanta Caves. The caves offer a delightful view of the Mumbai skyline.

Afternoon return back to the city and visit Prince of Wales Museum. Further visit to Dhobhi Ghat; an open air laundry provides an unforgettable glimpse into the inside of the city. At the end of the tour, relax with the locals on the beaches of Juhu and Marine Drive and enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Overnight at Mumbai (Breakfast)

Day 03 : Mumbai – Jaipur (By Flight)

Breakfast in the hotel.

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transfer to Mumbai airport to board the flight to Jaipur.

JAIPUR – Named after its founder Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II was established on 18 November 1727. Jaipur is considered as the first planned city in the country. In 1878AD, Jaipur was painted with Pink color to welcome Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria and since then the city is also known as Pink City.

Upon arrival in Jaipur, transfer to the hotel for check-in and later day free at leisure.

Optional Activities –

  • Excursion to Chokhi Dhani Village, an ethnic rajasthani village (US$ 25 per person)
  • Shopping tour in Jaipur city.

Overnight at Jaipur (Breakfast)

Day 04 : Jaipur Sightseeing

Sightseeing –

Early in the morning we will leave for an excursion to Amber City; the capital of Kachhwahas for six centuries before the foundation of Jaipur City. Ascend the Amber Fort with a traditional royal experience of Elephant ride. Within the Fort complex we will visit Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Aam and Dowan-e-Khas. Later drive back to Pink City. En-route a short photo-shoot in-front the Jal Mahal, a small palace set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake.

Afternoon visit to the City Palace, situated in the heart of the old city occupies about one seventh of the Old City. Within the City Palace we will visit Mubarak Mahal, Clock Tower and City Palace Museum, Later we will visit Jantar Mantar Observatory, built in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. The enormous sun dials still provides the accurate time. Before returning to your hotel, take pictures in-front the Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds a five storied semi-octagonal building having 152 windows was built in 1799 AD by Maharaja Pratap Singh for the royal ladies to enjoy the processions and other royal activities on the street.

Optional Activities –

  • Shopping – Jewellery, Textiles, Handloon & Handicrafts
  • Other attractions – Birla Temple, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Albert Hall

Overnight at Jaipur (Breakfast)

Day 05 : Jaipur – Agra via Fatehpur Sikri (240 kms drive)

Check-out from the hotel and drive to Agra. En-route stop at FATEHPUR SIKRI – Founded in 1569 by the Mughal emperor Akbar, and served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. It is 40 kms from Agra on the Agra – Jaipur highway.

Sightseeing –

Here we will visit to Buland Darwaza; 55 metre high gate was added some five years later after the completion of the mosque ca. 1576-1577. We will also visit Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas.

Further continue drive to Agra. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and rest of the day free at leisure for own activities or relax in the hotel.

Optional Activities –

  • Mohabbat The Taj Show at Kalakriti
  • Shopping – Fine Quality Marble, Textile, Handloom & Handicrafts
  • Other Attractions – Akbars Tomb (Sikandra, Mughal Heritage Walk

Overnight at Agra (Breakfast)

Day 06 : Agra – Delhi (220 kms drive)

Breakfast in the hotel

AGRA – Located at the bank of River Yamuna was known then as Akbarabād during Mughal Empire and remained the capital of the Mughal Empire under the Emperors till 1689.

Sightseeing –

Proceed to Agra sightseeing visiting Taj Mahal; one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Shah Jahan built this beautiful monument in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years and 20000 workers to complete this perfectly symmetrical monument. Later visit to Agra Fort; also known as the Red Fort is a world heritage site listed by UNESCO. The red sandstone fort was converted into a palace during Shāh Jahān’s time, and reworked extensively with marble and pietra dura inlay. Also visit to I’timād-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb; located on the left bank of the Yamuna river, the mausoleum is set in a large cruciform garden, criss-crossed by water courses and walkways.

Afternoon; check-out from the hotel and drive to Delhi. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and rest of the day free at leisure.

Overnight at Delhi (Breakfast)

Day 07 : Delhi Sightseeing

DELHI – The National Capital of India is one of the most historical cities in the world. In AD 1639, the Mughal emperor shah Jahan built a walled city named Shahjahanabad which served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1649 till 1857. Shahjahanabad is known as Old Delhi. Later the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens built a new city during the 1920s called New Delhi or Lutyens Delhi.

Sightseeing –

We will start our sightseeing tour visiting Raj Ghat; the final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. Jama Masjid; built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is one of the largest and best known mosques in India. Further, we will drive-pass through Chandni Chowk Market; Asia’s largest wholesale market and Red Fort; a beautiful red sandstone fort built by the Mughals.

Afternoon visit to the Qutub Minar; built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak of the Slave Dynasty as a sign of Muslim domination of Delhi and as a minaret for the muezzin to call the faithful to prayer. Evening drive-pass through India Gate; a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers who died during the Afghan wars and World War I. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. Sansad Bhavan; the Parliament of India is a circular building designed by the British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker in 1912-1913. Rashtrapati Bhavan; the Presidents House built with a mix of European and Mughal/Indian styles.

Optional Activities –

  • Rikshaw Ride in Chandni Chowk Market during sightseeing tour
  • Sound & light Show at Red Fort (Close on every Monday)
  • Visit to Dilli Haat; an open aircraft bazaar cum food plaza
  • Other Attractions – Humayuns Tomb, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Lodhi Garden, Gurudwara Bangla sahib, National Museum.

Overnight at Delhi (Breakfast)

Day 08 : Delhi – Goa (By Flight)

Breakfast in the hotel

Afternoon; transfer to Delhi airport to board the flight to Goa. Upon arrival, meet & assist by our driver and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

GOA – An ideal beach destination in India, Goa is famous for its beaches and places of worship and also known to the world as a former Portuguese enclave on Indian soil. Influenced by over 450 years of Portuguese rule and Latin culture, Goa presents a somewhat different representation of the country to foreign visitors. Major tourist attractions include: Bom Jesus Basilica, Fort Aguada, a wax museum on Indian culture and a heritage museum. The Churches and Convents of Goa have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Overnight at Goa (Breakfast)

Day 09 : Goa – Free & Easy

Breakfast in the hotel

Day free at leisure for own activities. Explore the beautiful beaches in Goa. Some of the best beaches in north Goa are Anjuna, Arambol, Baga, Bambolim, Calagute, Candolim, Dona Paula, Miramar and Vagator. In South Goa, you can visit to Agoda, Benaulim, Bogmalo. Colva and Palolem Beaches. (No transportation services)

Overnight at Goa (Breakfast)

Day 10 : Goa

Breakfast in the hotel

One more day to enjoy the beautiful sun & Sand of Goa. (No transportation services)

Overnight at Goa (Breakfast)

Day 11 : Goa – Mumbai/Delhi – Departure

Breakfast in the hotel

On time, transfer to Goa airport to board the flight to Mumbai/Delhi. Upon arrival in Mumbai/Goa, board connecting flight to onward journey.

****************Tour concludes with many unforgettable memories*****************