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Tour starting from 08-09-2019
( ) for 2 people in 1 Room (s)

13 Nights / 14 Days

India Must See Experience

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India Must See Experience is for the 1st Timers and covers the major places of Interest In North India as well as 2 major Metropolitan Cities of Delhi and Mumbai.

Trip Highlights

  • Rickshaw (Pedicab) ride in Old Delhi
  • Hi Tea at Local Home in Delhi.
  • Evening Ceremonies on Ghats of River Ganges.
  • Dawn Boat cruise on River Ganges.
  • Yoga Demonstration in Varanasi.
  • Lunch at Orchha en-route on drive from Khajuraho to Jhansi.
  • Train ride for travel Jhansi to Agra.
  • Sunrise and Sunset visit to Taj Mahal.
  • Lunch at Bharatpur en-route on drive from Agra to Jaipur.
  • Elephant Ride in Jaipur.
  • Walking tour through Old City of Jaipur.
  • Bishnoi Village safari in Jodhpur .
  • Walking tour through Clock Tower area in Jodhpur.
  • Lunch at Ranakpur en-route on drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur.
  • Sunset Cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
  • City Tour including visit to Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai.

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Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mumbai

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Delhi - Varanasi

Vistara

UK737

  • Mon 09 Sep 2019
  • 01h 25m

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Varanasi - Khajuraho

Jet Airways

9W375

  • Tue 10 Sep 2019
  • 00h 50m
* Varanasi - Khajuraho flight only operate on monday and friday.

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Udaipur - Mumbai

Indigo

6E748

  • Thu 12 Sep 2019
  • 01h 40m

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  • About: Delhi

    You will be met on arrival at the International airport. Transfer to your hotel close to the airport and relax for the morning. DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope that is India. Overnights stay will be at Hotel.

  • About: Delhi

    After breakfast proceed for a day sightseeing tour of the city. Start with the sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asias largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asias largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet. Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi.

    After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards. Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the Presidents residence. Overnight will be in Delhi.

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  • About: DelhiVaranasi

    Breakfast will be at hotel. Transfer in time to airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be met and transferred to hotel. Picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy River Ganges, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of learning in India, is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. This name seems to have been corrupted, in medieval times to Varanasi, which was in use till May 1956, when it was changed to Varanasi, by an order of the Government of India. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India.

    From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year. To every visitor Varanasi offers a breathtaking experience. The rays of the dawn shimmering across the Ganges; the high-banks; the temples and shrines along the banks bathed in a golden hue soul stirring hymns and mantras along with the fragrance of incense filling the airand the refreshing dip in the holy waters gently splashing at the Ghats. Varanasi The land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education. Some of the world renowned exponents India has produced in these fields were schooled in Varanasis cultural ethos. Luminaries apart, Varanasi abounds in the art of silk weaving, an exotic work of art which manifests itself in precious Banarasi silk sarees and silk brocades which are cherished as collectors items across the world today.

    Visit Sarnath 5 miles out of Varanasi: The great Buddha enhanced the sanctity of Varanasi by choosing the environs of the city to preach his first sermon at Sarnath, (only 10 Kms away) after attaining enlightenment. Later, Ashoka, the great Mauryan Emperor erected magnificent stupas and other buildings along with his mighty stone pillar, Dharmarajika Stupa. The 110 ft. tall Damekh Stupa marks the place where Buddha preached first sermon.Sarnath has been a premier centre for Buddhism. It is a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics and antiques comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images on display at the Archaeological Museum (1000 hrs to 1700 hrs. Open all days except Friday) Enjoy the evening AARTI at the GHATS. The guide will be giving a commentary to you on the proceedings and meanings of the chants during the AARTI of the river. Overnight will be spent at Varanasi.

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  • About: Varanasi

    In the early morning drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world`s oldest and most important religions. (To start at 0500 hrs. for the best lifetime experience) For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we`ll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water`s edge.

    Then return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga". As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity as the faithful are coming and going. Visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple while returning to the hotel. Return for breakfast to the hotel. Proceed for day guided tour of Varanasi including the Bharat Mata Temple, which features a big relief map of Mother India engraved in marble. Also visit the 18th century Durga Temple, commonly known as the Monkey Temple due to the huge population of the monkeys. Proceed to the Tulsi Manas Temple, crafted from white marble which features the entire Ramayana inscribed on its walls.

    Also visit the BHU considered as the biggest residential university in Asia. The University Campus houses an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Rituals of Death: This experience takes you to the Manikarnika Ghat to the see the most profound rituals of passage. Our Expert will introduce you to the history and mythology associated with this ghat. You will get to understand the rites being performed and see the inner workings of this unique place. Duration: 3 hours Includes: Senior Expert Active Elements: Walking; rough and uneven surfaces. Overnight will be in Varanasi.

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  • About: VaranasiKhajuraho

    Breakfast will be at hotel and Transfer in time for flight to Khajuraho. Situated in the northernmost part of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is famous for its enchanting temples and its legendary Khajuraho dance festival. The name Khajuraho is derived from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree) which is grown abundantly in the region. The Khajuraho Temples are dedicated to a celebration of womanhood, her myriad moods and facets. Famous for its erotic architecture, the carvings include, women writing a letter, applying eye makeup, combing her tresses, dancing & playing with her child. Her innocent, blushed, charming, seductive, ardent beauty, all depicted in exquisitely sculptured details.

    These temples have been designed and carved to lead the eyes from ground level upward till you seem to be looking at heaven. Reach Khajuraho. Transferred to hotel and then proceed for a tour of the EXOTIC TEMPLES (WESTERN, EASTERN & SOUTHERN) of Khajuraho. In the evening enjoy a SOUND & LIGHT SHOW at the Western Temple Complex. Overnight will be at Khajuraho.

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  • About: KhajurahoJhansiAgra

    Proceed by surface to ORCHHA after breakfast. ORCHHA A medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with Palaces and temples of the 16th and 17th century which have remarkable withstood the onslaught of time. The city is picturesquely flanked by the River Betwa. After Lunch Proceed for sightseeing of ORCHHA sites within the Fort Complex. then proceed to the station (12 km away) for train to Agra. (This is a superfast train with airline type seats and snacks / mineral water is served on board) Reach Agra and transfer to hotel.

    AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. Overnight will be at Agra.

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  • About: Agra

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra.

    Taj Mahal: Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist`s visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

    AGRA FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat. After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj. Overnight will be at Agra.

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  • About: AgraJaipur

    Breakfast will be at Hotel. Proceed to Jaipur en-routingFatehpur Sikriand Abhaneri.Fatehpur Sikriis 37 km west of Agra. JALAL UD DIN MUHAMMAD AKBAR named Akbar, Humanyun`s son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu`inu`d-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS.

    Akbar, who was without a male heir heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568, the saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque ofFatehpur Sikri, built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital toFatehpur Sikriand built various secular buildings like the Diwan -I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal`s house, Marian`s house and the Panchmahal.

    Abhaneri Village is situated on the Jaipur/Agra Highway (NH 11) near Sikandra in Dausa District. It is an ancient village in Rajasthan famous for its post Gupta or early medieval monuments. The sculpture and architecture of Abhaneri suggests that it must have been a great center of art and architecture. The sculptures of Abhaneri are the best example of Gurjar Pratihari art. This flourishing town has ruined by the Mughal Emperor Mahmud Ghaznavi in one of his invasions.

    The village has contributed numerous pieces of sculpture to various museums worldwide. The name of the village Abhaneri is so called because the local Goddess Harshat Mata is shown portrayed in a joyous mood and spreads brightness or Abha all around. The villages original name was Abha Nagri. The village is said to have been founded by the legendary King Raja Chand and thus the village could be over three thousand years old. It is; however, felt that the mythological Raja Chand could be King Bhoja, who ruled Gurjar Kingdom in the ninth century AD.

    Harshat Mata Temple: The Harshat Mata Temple dates back to the tenth century AD. Daily worship is offered to the deity in the temple. The ruins of the temple conform to 10th century architectural and sculptural styles. All walls & surroundings around the Temple were of carved stone depicting the abodes of Gods & Goddesses Aradhnarishwar, Nag-Nagin, Prem Mudrakan, Natraj, Lord Vishnu & Budhas. This Temple which was looted and destroyed by the Mughals is in ruins and pieces of sculpture showing a fine degree of craftsmanship lie strewn around.

    The Archaeological Survey of India is trying to restore the Temple. Annual fair is held in the Hindu month of chaitra (March/April) in honour of Goddess Harshat Mata which lasts three days and numerous devotees and merchants gather from neighbouring villages. The statue of Harshat Mata originally was of blue sapphire.

    Chand Baori: Chand Baori is about 100 feet deep open well with flights of steps on three sides is another 10th century monument. The stairs of the Chand Baori are in the shape of an inverted English letter V in sets of 4-5 steps. This Baori is not an ordinary structure, but is a marvel of Architecture. The Chand Baori has beautiful carved panels inserted into the sides. No body has been able to count the steps. One can see the two royal toilets with carved windows and Jharokhas, which were used by the then Kings & Queens.

    The water for the royal toilets was used to be pulled from the Baori with the help of bulls. The carved stone pillars, which have now been damaged, were once strong enough for supporting pulleys to draw water. One can also witness all 24 Avtars of Lord Vishnu which were carved on the stone inside one of the cenotaph. There are three tunnels which have opening of about 20 Kms away from Chand Baori, were being used by the rulers as escape routes in case of attack by the enemies.

    An encyclopedia of stone architecture showing a fine degree of craftsmanship lies strewn all around the village. In fact, Chand Baori is a unique example of its own kind of stone architecture where one can see the ladies figures with various kinds of musical instruments and the dancing posses. There is a resort as well where we can organize lunch for our guests by company or on direct payment basis. We recently had a group visited this place in the month of March and they have given us a very good feedback.

    Continue your drive to Jaipur and on arrival check-in at Hotel. JAIPUR - The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains its character and history - A beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity.

    It is popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.

    Overnight will be in Jaipur.

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  • About: Jaipur

    Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for a morning excursion will be taken to the Amber Fort. Enjoy the fort ascent on elephant back in a royal manner.

    Amber Fort PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.

    Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting... City Palace - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

    Jantar Mantar - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

    Hawa Mahal - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Free in the evening for some exciting shopping.

    Overnight will be at Jaipur.

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    • Breakfast
  • About: JaipurJodhpur

    Breakfast will be at Hotel. Proceed to Jodhpur. Reach and check in at Hotel. Set at the edge of the THAR Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the RATHORE clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the RAMAYANA. It is also referred as the Blue City, due to the indigo tinge of the whitewashed houses around the Mehrangarh Fort (the old city). The blue houses were originally for Brahmins but non-Brahmins soon joined in, as the colour was said to deflect the heat and keep mosquitoes away.

    Jodhpur lies near the geographic center of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists. The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a thick stone wall. The wall has six huge gates called Nagauri gate, Merati gate, Sojati gate, Jalori gate, Siwanchi gate and Chand pol. Drive to the BISHNOI VILLAGES for a short jeep safari. Visit the BISHNOI VILLAGES and have a rare glimpse into the rich culture and true essence of India. This village is inhabited by the Bishnoi community. They are staunch believers in the sanctity of plant and animal life. Villages are marked by Khejri trees and deer which thrive. Memorable moments of the great desert landscape fascinates one while driving along the countryside. Overnight will be at Jodhpur.

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  • About: Jodhpur

    Breakfast will be at Hotel. Enjoy the sightseeing tour of the city and visit: Mehrangarh Fort: Situated on a steep hill, Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest forts in India. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous palaces in the fort narrates a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures. Mehrangarh Fort, spreading over 5 km on a perpendicular hill and looking down 125 meters, presents a majestic view on city horizon. It was built on advice of a saint in 1459 to establish an impregnable head-quarter.

    This Fort is one of the best in India with its exquisitely latticed windows, carved panels, elaborately adorned windows and walls of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, royal costumes, furniture and the cannons on the fort`s ramparts are well preserved. Jaswant Thada: Close to the fort complex, lies Jaswant Thada. This 19th century royal cenotaph built in white marble in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and three other cenotaphs, stand nearby. The cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh holds the rare portraits of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur.

    A visit inside the cenotaphs, with some villagers of the region, would bring forward the reverence they still hold for their brave kings. Umaid Bhawan Palace: The romantic looking Umaid Bhawan Palace was actually built with the purpose of giving employment to the people of Jodhpur during a long drawn famine. The royal family of Jodhpur still lives in a part of the palace.Another part of the palace houses a well-maintained museum, displaying an amazing array of items belonging to the Maharaja and the royal family - weapons, antiques & fascinating clocks, crockery and trophies Overnight will be at Jodhpur.

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  • About: JodhpurUdaipur

    Breakfast will be at Hotel. Proceed to Udaipur en-route visit RANKAPUR TEMPLES. The RANAKPUR TEMPLES, dating back to the 15th century have 200 pillars, none of which are alike, support its 29 halls. The Temple abounds with intricate friezes and sculptures. Includes visits to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures. Reach Udaipur and relax. The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS.

    A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the LAKE PICHOLA is an enticing sight. Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years. Proceed for Evening Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola.

    From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace. Overnight will be at Udaipur.

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  • About: Udaipur

    Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace. City Palace: Standing on the east bank of lake Pichola, is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559 A.D. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of "Jag Niwas" (the world wide famous Lake palace hotel), Jag Mandir on one side and on the other the city of Udaipur. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate - the Tripolia, built in 1725. The way now leads to a series of courtyards, overlapping parations, terraces, corridors and gardens - a harmonic profusion hard to describe. There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence.

    The Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), gets its name from the vivid mosaics in glass decorating its walls. The chini chitrashala is noteworthy while a series of wall paintings of KRISHNA are on display in Bhim Vilas. There are numerous other palaces such as Dilkhush mahal, Sheesh mahal, Moti mahal and Krishna vilas - in memory of a princess of striking beauty who poisoned herself to avert a bloody battle for her hand by rival princess. Now the palace contains many antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils and attracts thousands of visitors every day. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard.

    Saheliyon ki Bari: Maharana Sangram singh builds this in the mid 18th century. The `garden of the maidens` brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The delightful gardens appear discreet and in impeccable taste. There are four pools with dainty kiosks, and all around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees. The Foundation of the Sahelion ki bari functions solely by water pressure and no pumps are used. The garden has a lotus pool, a sitting room decorated with paintings and glass mosaics. The whole ambiances is flavored by the nostalgia of those beautiful bells enjoying themselves in a lavish aura.

    Bagore ki Haveli: This is a very congenial old building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built it in the eighteenth century. The palace has over hundred rooms and some very interesting display of costumes and modern art. The glass and mirror in the interiors of the Haveli delicate work and well preserved too. It also preserves a fine example of Mewar Painting on the walls of Queen`s Chamber. The two peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are fine examples of glass work. After the death Badwa the building became the property of Mewar State. It came to be occupied by Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore who built the palace of the three arches also in 1878 and it acquired its name of Bagore-ki-haveli, the house of Bagore. After independence the structure lay in neglect until 1986 when it housed the West Zone Cultural centre.

    Jagdish Temple: The temple is situated in the middle of the city. The temple of Jagannath Rai, now called Jagdish-ji, is a major monument and should be seen carefully. Raised on a tall terrace and completed in 1651, it is a tribute alike to the tenacity of its builders and the resilience of the art tradition it represents. It attaches a double storeyed Mandapa (hall) to a double - storied, saandhara (that having a covered ambulatory) sanctum. The mandapa has another storey tucked within its pyramidal samavarna (bell - roof) while the hollow clustered spire over the sanctum contains two more, non - functional stories. Lanes taking off from many of the sheharpanah (city wall) converge on the Jagdish Temple and walking leisurely through them brings you face with the many layers of the cultural palimpsest that Udaipur is. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1651 A.D. Overnight will be at Udaipur.

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  • About: UdaipurMumbai

    After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to connect your flight to Mumbai. Arrive Mumbai and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a short guided tour of Mumbai including a visit to Prince of Wales museum & Gateway of India. Prince of Wales Museum: The Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai has been renamed as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. The museum was set up in the beginning of the 20th century to honour the visit of King George V`s to India, while he was still the Prince of Wales. As one of the best museums in India, the Prince of Wales Museum has three main sections: Art, Archaeology and Natural History.

    You can witness some of the rarest and ancient exhibits of Indian history and many interesting artefacts from foreign countries. Gateway of India: The Gateway of India is one of the distinguishing landmarks of Mumbai. Set at the tip of the reclaimed land of the Apollo Bunder, it adjoins the Mumbai Harbour and the Arabian Sea in the Colaba area of the city. The monument marks the area as one of Indias major ports and as a principle point where many visitors originally arrived in India. Formerly it served to symbolize elements of the British grandeur and influence in India. Evening proceed to the international airport as per flight timing. Board the flight for home with sweet memories of India.

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per the hotels chosen with Breakfast daily.
  • Arrival/Departure transfers, assistance, inter city drives using Air-conditioned vehicle with bottled water at all times.
  • Baggage handling at airports/railway station and hotels.
  • Government approved Local English speaking guides at all places.
  • Entrances to monuments.
  • All federal and government taxes.

Exclusions

  • Any meals NOT specified in cost inclusions.
  • Video Camera Fees at monuments.
  • Any expenses of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls.
  • Tips or Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

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Hi Mary,


Sorry to be so negligent in getting back to you.  I intended to write a very long piece about our wonderful trip, but events keep on pushing it back.  So I thought I would give an overview, and would be happy to provide more details as you request. Everything about the trip was fabulous. 

 

IVAT did a great job about making sure everything fit together, was comfortable for us, and that we
saw many many fascinating things.  We were coddled at every step of theway and everything was incredibly smooth.  All our needs were carefully attended.  Best of all were the consistently high quality of guides, who ranged from excellent to extraordinary.  The hotels also ranged from
excellent to astonishingly wonderful, with only a few glitches that were corrected.  JET  Airways and all the drivers were great, and of course India was amazing in a different way every day.

The Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai was spectacular, the guide and airport representative there were excellent.  We saw many interesting things inour half day there. We had a nice room in the Taj in Aurangabad and the guide there was special.  We were a little tired the first day, and did
not cover Ellora in as much depth as we should have, but Ajanta was truly amazing. 

Kolkata was quite different, very interesting, and the guide was excellent.  The Oberoi hotel was very nice.  Probably not worth all the effort to get there, but my wife insisted and she was very happy we
went.

Varanaisi and Sarnath were perhaps the most memorable days of the trip. Our guide was truly, truly amazing.  Hard to imagine a better guide. But, to our amazement, this is what we got in Khajuraho and Orcha, a guide who was just as good, in very different ways. Someone who could talk forever about one statute and do so in a knowledgeable and fascinating way.  I thought those two were the best guides of the trip, which is really saying something.

The train ride was fine to Agra, the Oberoi hotel was absolutely incredible (I am glad you insisted we stay there, hang the expense), and our guide was fine.  We also met our driver who was with us almost the rest of the way.  The car was great and the driver was better.  The naturalist at Bharptur was spectacular and Laxmi Vilas was lots of fun.


Rambaugh Palace was wonderful too, but they tried to put us in a room with no view of the outside (not satisfactory for three nights).  They then gave us a room with a wonderful view that turned out to be next to a noisy broken kitchen vent fan, so they transferred us next day to another wonderful but quiet room.  Despite these glitches, it was a very special place, and we enjoyed our stay in Jaipur very much.  Our guide was excellent.

Our room in Udaipur at the Shiv Niwas was truly breathtaking, maybe the best view in the whole hotel.  I would say our room was better than the hotel, but we enjoyed our location very much as well.  Our guide was great, and on his own gave us extra time and took us to some very special temples outside the city.  We had some wonderful views at dinner, and there was an interesting dance showcase for tourists there as well.  He accompanied us to Ranjapur which was amazing. Great guide.

The regular Taj hotel in Jodhpur was fine and the guide again was excellent and showed us a number of interesting things, including those villages outside the city.  The same with Fort Rawanda in Jaisalmeer. The town was very interesting.  The tent and camel ride were a bit
touristy (but mostly for Indians), but lots of fun. 

The Imperial was a wonderful hotel with incredible restaurants, perfect in every way except for our initial experience there.  They tried to stick us next to the parking lot on the ground floor (for four nights). When we objected, they gave us a room over a restaurant that they promised would be quite, but there was a noisy party until late.  The next day when we refused the third offered room (again over a restaurant0, we finally got a nice room on the fourth try, and were very
happy after that.  I suspect IVAT helped with that.  Our guide in Delhi was young and showed a different perspective on India than the others, and when all was said and done, he showed us a very interesting time in Delhi.  The airport representative seemed a bit inexperienced.

If I might include some constructive criticism, it appeared to me that there were certain stores that the local travel agency required guides to recommend.  The guides would take us to those stores, and sometimes, on our request, take us elsewhere as well, and these other stores invariably seemed the best*in terms of interest, quality and price. 

For example, in Varanaisi, the recommended store (you could always tell the recommended store because they would have a demonstration first about the local craft) was Silkways. We looked at bedspreads, but did not buy.  The next day, we went back without our guide and bought many many less expensive things there, but no bedspreads.  A man who appeared to be the owner grilled us quite aggressively if our guide had taken us to other stores.  He was suspicious that we had bought bedspreads elsewhere.  It was both unpleasant and also quite striking that we ended up spending several hundred dollars with him, and he was still unhappy! I kept my mouth shut, but I felt like I should be free to frequent whatever store I wished, and not limited to those stores that paid the
highest commission to the local travel agency.

Of course, none of this prevented us from buying and buying in India. Things were so wonderful and so cheap that it was impossible to resist. I am not sure which stores were on the local agencies' lists, but a number of stores we went to were truly memorable.  I would think tourists would not object to tour agencies and guides getting commissions, but on an individual tour do they have to be limited just to stores that seem to work for tour buses?

I will stop here, other than to say that I would highly, highly, highly recommend IVAT to everyone I know and to anyone else.  You will be pleased to know that this opinion seemed to be generally shared throughout India.  In particular, all the best guides we had also gave the highest praise to IVAT.

 

Best Regards,
Jon Sheldon

 

By Leslie & Tom Freudenheim From USA
5 / 5
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Joseph,

I will recommend you and IVAT to all our friends. Everything was absolutely perfect.  Just a few minor thoughts to consider:

Jodphur
I could have skipped Jodphur and had more time in Agra or maybe Delhi which we haven't seen yet. It was filthy in the bazaar the guide insisted
we see and that fort/palace can't compare to Jaipur and Agra, or even Bundi in my opinion. I did enjoy the Village Safari and we went to
Village "museums" which were good too.

Khajuhahr:
I wish we could have spent more time with the Hindu temples at Kahjharuo and have skipped the Jain temples which can't compare. If he
had left us alone for another hour at the Hindu UNESCO site we would have been in heaven and also not had to sit so long at the airport (2 hours).
As I mentioned to you, I couldn't get a good hotel and had to take Clark's. The room stank of smoke and hadn't been renovated for probably
40 years. YUK. Others we met also complained of their hotels so until the international airport opens maybe there isn't any good one except Lalite
which I hadn't known about.

re. getting to Kahajurho/Orcha
When the train and plane are ready I'd definitely put people on one of those and skip Orcha which in Feb. 2013 was just another fort for me
not worth the horrendous drive. 
  

Varanasi to Delhi:
If we could have flown to Delhi today or tomorrow morning that would have been better. It might have been my fault but we lose a whole day and
have nothing to see or do until the plane at 3:45 and again will sit 2hrs at the airport. We finished this afternoon at 2pm so could have flown
right out to Delhi. Instead we are just killing the eve and tomorrow 90% of the day is doing nothing. Clark's hotel suite I booked (263) is large
and nice but the breakfast was awful (all for Korean groups) and the pool edges and pool chaises need cleaning. At least the dinner was good, if
poor service, so overall I'd only take Clark's if I couldn't get Taj or Radisson which is what happened. 

Cars & Drivers:
All quite good but they should be told to "flash" oncoming traffic in our lane and turn the lights on while driving, as required in USA. We saw
4 accidents.

These are just one persons point of view. In sum the trip has worked smoothly and everything has clicked, thanks to you and IVAT for all your
help and excellent planning.
   
Leslie & Tom Freudenheim

4.9 / 5

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