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Heritage Treasures of North & South India Tour

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Duration

13 Nights / 14Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on the “Heritage Treasures of North & South India Tour” and delve into a journey that spans centuries of rich cultural and historical wonders. Begin in Delhi, where Mughal grandeur unfolds at the Red Fort and the iconic Taj Mahal mesmerizes in Agra. Explore Jaipur’s vibrant Rajputana heritage before flying south to Hyderabad, a city of pearls and palaces. Discover the architectural marvels of Gulbarga and Bijapur, where ancient forts and Islamic artistry await. In Badami, Hampi, and beyond, delve into the ancient legacies of the Chalukyas and Vijayanagara Empire, marveling at rock-cut temples and sprawling ruins. This tour promises an unforgettable immersion into India’s diverse heritage, from regal forts to sacred temples, bridging the cultural tapestries of North and South India.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. Relax and refresh after your journey.

Day 2: Delhi

Breakfast at hotel: Start your day with a delicious breakfast. Begin with a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, known for its stunning architecture and serene atmosphere. Climb the minarets for panoramic views of Old Delhi. Explore Chandni Chowk, a bustling market known for its vibrant bazaars, street food, and historical landmarks. Experience a rickshaw ride through its narrow lanes. Visit the Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site and former residence of Mughal emperors. Explore its palaces, gardens, and museums showcasing Mughal art and artifacts. Lunch at a local restaurant to savor Delhi's diverse culinary delights. Afternoon visit to Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi's memorial site where he was cremated. Pay homage to the Father of the Nation amidst tranquil gardens. Conclude with a visit to Humayun's Tomb, an architectural marvel and UNESCO site, predating the Taj Mahal with its Persian-inspired gardens and intricate craftsmanship.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra (204kms)

Breakfast at hotel: Enjoy a hearty breakfast before departing for Agra. Morning visit to the iconic Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage site and symbol of eternal love. Admire its white marble beauty during sunrise and learn about its history and architecture. Explore Agra Fort, a majestic red sandstone fortress housing palaces, mosques, and audience halls. Enjoy views of the Taj Mahal from its strategic vantage points. Lunch break to taste local Mughlai cuisine at a recommended restaurant. Afternoon visit to Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb, often called the "Baby Taj" for its intricate marble inlay work and serene setting along the Yamuna River. Sunset visit to Mehtab Bagh across the river for a mesmerizing view of the Taj Mahal at dusk.

Day 4: Agra - Jaipur (245kms)

Breakfast at hotel: Start your day with a traditional breakfast. En route to Jaipur, stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO site and former Mughal capital known for its red sandstone palaces, mosques, and historical significance. Continue to Jaipur and check-in at your hotel. Evening visit to the local markets or relax at the hotel to prepare for the next day's exploration.

Day 5: Jaipur

Breakfast at hotel: Enjoy a delicious breakfast before embarking on Jaipur sightseeing. Morning excursion to Amber Fort, a majestic hilltop fortress with intricate marble palaces, gardens, and stunning views of Maota Lake. Experience an elephant or jeep ride up to the fort. Visit the City Palace, the royal residence of Jaipur's Maharajas, showcasing a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Explore its museums and art galleries. Lunch break at a local restaurant to savor Rajasthani cuisine. Afternoon visit to Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory housing ancient astronomical instruments and UNESCO site. Evening stroll through the bustling bazaars of Jaipur, including Johari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar, known for textiles, jewelry, and handicrafts.

Day 6: Jaipur - Hyderabad (flight)

Breakfast at hotel: Enjoy breakfast before your flight to Hyderabad. Upon arrival, visit Golconda Fort, a historic fortress known for its impressive architecture, acoustics, and panoramic views of Hyderabad. Explore Qutb Shahi Tombs, an ancient necropolis housing the tombs of rulers of the Qutb Shahi dynasty amidst landscaped gardens. Evening visit to Charminar, a symbol of Hyderabad, and explore the bustling markets and lanes around it.

Day 7: Hyderabad

Breakfast at hotel: Start your day with a delightful breakfast. Morning visit to Salar Jung Museum, home to one of the largest collections of art and artifacts from around the world, including sculptures, paintings, and antiques. Explore Chowmahalla Palace, once the seat of the Nizams, showcasing grand architecture, courtyards, and vintage cars. Lunch break to taste Hyderabadi cuisine at a recommended restaurant. Afternoon visit to Birla Mandir, a serene temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara offering panoramic views of Hyderabad. Sunset boat ride on Hussain Sagar Lake to the Statue of Buddha, enjoying the tranquil waters and views of the city skyline.

Day 8: Hyderabad - Gulbarga (260kms)

Breakfast at hotel: Enjoy breakfast before departing for Gulbarga. Explore Gulbarga Fort, a historical fortress built during the Bahmani Sultanate with impressive architecture and historical significance. Visit Jama Masjid, one of South India's largest mosques known for its intricate design and spiritual ambiance.

Day 9: Gulbarga - Bijapur (170kms)

Breakfast at hotel: Start your day with breakfast before driving to Bijapur. Morning visit to Gol Gumbaz, an iconic mausoleum with the world's second-largest dome and whispering gallery offering unique acoustics. Explore Ibrahim Rauza, a grand tomb and mosque complex showcasing exquisite carvings and architectural symmetry. Visit Jami Masjid, a majestic mosque with Persian and Indian architectural influences, known for its towering minarets and historical importance.

Day 10: Bijapur - Badami (120kms)

Breakfast at hotel: Enjoy breakfast before traveling to Badami. Explore Badami Cave Temples, ancient rock-cut temples dedicated to Hindu deities with intricate carvings and historical significance. Visit Bhutanatha Temples, located on the banks of Agastya Lake, offering serene views and a glimpse into ancient temple architecture. Afternoon visit to the Archaeological Museum, housing artifacts from the Chalukyan period, including sculptures, inscriptions, and archaeological finds.

Day 11: Badami

Breakfast at hotel: Start your day with a delicious breakfast. Visit Aihole, an ancient village known as the "Cradle of Indian Architecture," with over 125 stone temples dating back to the 6th century. Explore Pattadakal, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its intricately carved temples blending North Indian Nagara and South Indian Dravidian styles. Return to Badami and relax or explore the local markets and traditional handicrafts in the evening.

Day 12: Badami - Hampi (180kms)

Breakfast at hotel: Fuel up for your journey to Hampi. Explore Hampi's Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site scattered across a surreal landscape of ancient temples, palaces, and monuments. Visit Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the oldest functioning temples in India, known for its intricate carvings and religious significance. Explore Vittala Temple, famous for its stone chariot, musical pillars, and impressive architecture reflecting the grandeur of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Day 13: Hampi

Breakfast at hotel: Start your day with a delightful breakfast.
Visit Lotus Mahal, an elegant pavilion within the Zenana Enclosure known for its graceful architecture and a blend of Islamic and Hindu styles.
Explore Elephant Stables, a majestic structure that once housed royal elephants, showcasing Indo-Islamic architecture and historical grandeur.
Visit Achyutaraya Temple, dedicated to Lord Tiruvengalanatha, known for its intricate carvings, sculptures, and spiritual significance.

Day 14: Hampi - Hubli Airport (140kms)

Breakfast at hotel: Enjoy your final breakfast in Hampi. Transfer to Hubli Airport for your onward journey, concluding your enriching exploration of North and South India's historical and cultural treasures.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 13 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Jaipur - Hyderabad & Hubli - Delhi/Mumbai flight fare approx INR 12,500 per person in economy class.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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