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Ultimate India Heritage Expedition

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Duration

19 Nights / 20 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on the Ultimate India Heritage Expedition, a 20-day journey through the heartlands of India’s rich cultural tapestry. Begin in Delhi, exploring iconic sites like Jama Masjid, Red Fort, and the serene Lotus Temple. Traverse Jaipur’s royal forts and palaces before marveling at the Taj Mahal in Agra at sunrise. Dive into Aurangabad’s Ajanta and Ellora Caves, architectural wonders carved into the cliffs. Mumbai beckons with its Gateway of India and Elephanta Caves, while Bangalore and Mysore offer botanical gardens and palaces. Discover ancient wonders in Hampi, Badami, and Goa’s serene beaches before bidding farewell to India’s diverse heritage.

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. Rest and relax after your journey.

Day 2: Delhi

Begin with breakfast at the hotel. Visit Jama Masjid, one of India's largest mosques, admired for its stunning Mughal architecture. Climb the minarets for panoramic views of Old Delhi. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, a bustling market offering a vibrant mix of spices, street food, and traditional goods. Explore Red Fort (Lal Qila), a UNESCO World Heritage site and the former residence of Mughal emperors. Discover its intricate palaces and audience halls like Diwan-i-Aam and Diwan-i-Khas. Drive past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, and see Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's House), Parliament House, and India Gate, symbols of India's democratic heritage. Visit Humayun's Tomb, an early example of Mughal architecture set in beautifully landscaped gardens. Explore Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the tallest brick minaret in the world, known for its intricate carvings and the Iron Pillar. Visit the Lotus Temple, renowned for its unique lotus-shaped architecture and tranquil meditation halls.

Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur (265kms)

After breakfast, travel to Jaipur, the "Pink City" of Rajasthan. Visit the Birla Mandir, a modern Hindu temple made of white marble, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Admire its serene ambiance and intricate carvings. Explore Albert Hall Museum, an Indo-Saracenic style museum housing a vast collection of artifacts reflecting Rajasthan's art, culture, and history. Visit Nahargarh Fort, perched on the Aravalli hills, offering panoramic views of Jaipur city and housing the Madhavendra Bhawan, a royal residence with stunning frescoes.

Day 4: Jaipur

Begin with breakfast at the hotel. Visit Amber Fort, a majestic hilltop fort known for its blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Enjoy an elephant ride or jeep ride up to the fort entrance. Explore Jaigarh Fort, known for its massive cannon Jaivana and offering spectacular views of the surrounding hills. Visit the City Palace, a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture housing palaces, museums, and courtyards. Marvel at its intricate gates like Peacock Gate and Lotus Gate. Explore Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. Learn about ancient astronomical instruments used for precise celestial measurements. Visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), an iconic five-story palace with intricately designed windows, allowing royal ladies to observe street festivals without being seen. Enjoy shopping in Jaipur for handicrafts, textiles, and gemstones.

Day 5: Jaipur - Agra (245kms)

After breakfast, travel to Agra, home of the iconic Taj Mahal. Enroute, visit Abhaneri stepwell, Chand Baori, known for its geometric staircases and intricate carvings. Explore Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage site and former Mughal capital with well-preserved palaces and mosques. Arrive in Agra and check-in at the hotel. Explore Agra Fort, a red sandstone fort complex showcasing Mughal architecture and offering views of the Taj Mahal from its ramparts. Visit Mehtab Bagh, a riverside garden complex offering picturesque views of the Taj Mahal at sunset.

Day 6: Agra - Delhi (210kms)/ Aurangabad (flight)

Early morning visit to Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Witness the changing hues of the marble at sunrise. Depart for Delhi or take a flight to Aurangabad.

Day 7: Aurangabad - Ajanja - Aurangabad (210kms round)

After breakfast, drive to Ajanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its Buddhist cave temples dating back to the 2nd century BCE. Marvel at the detailed sculptures and vibrant frescoes depicting the life of Buddha. Explore the Ajanta Caves, comprising 30 rock-cut caves with intricate carvings and serene Buddha statues. Return to Aurangabad and visit Bibi Ka Maqbara, a Mughal-style mausoleum often called the "Mini Taj" due to its resemblance to the Taj Mahal. Visit Panchakki, an ancient water mill dating back to the Mughal era, known for its ingenious engineering and serene surroundings.

Day 8: Aurangabad - Mumbai (flight)

After breakfast, visit Ellora Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site showcasing rock-cut temples representing Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. Explore the remarkable Kailash Temple, a monolithic structure carved from a single rock. Visit Daulatabad Fort, a formidable hilltop fortress with intricate defense systems and stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Explore Aurangabad Caves, a complex of rock-cut Buddhist caves dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries. Fly to Mumbai in the afternoon.

Day 9: Mumbai

Begin with breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Gateway of India, a historic monument overlooking the Arabian Sea, built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India. Explore Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site on Elephanta Island, known for its rock-cut temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum), housing a vast collection of artifacts, art, and natural history specimens. Explore Kalaghoda art district, known for its galleries, street art, and cultural events. Drive past heritage landmarks like CST (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus), Rajbai chowk, university, and Marine Drive. Visit Dhobi Ghat, an open-air laundry where Mumbai's washermen wash and dry clothes in traditional methods.

Day 10: Mumbai - Bangalore (flight)

After breakfast, fly to Bangalore, known as the "Garden City" of India. Visit Lalbagh Botanical Garden, home to exotic flora, century-old trees, and a glass house hosting flower shows. Explore Bangalore Palace, a majestic Tudor-style palace with Gothic windows, sprawling gardens, and ornate wood carvings. Visit Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, an Indo-Islamic architectural marvel adorned with teakwood pillars, frescoes, and historical artifacts.

Day 11: Bangalore - Mysore (150kms)

After breakfast, drive to Mysore, famous for its royal heritage and silk sarees. Visit Mysore Palace, a splendid example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, illuminated by thousands of lights during special occasions. Explore Chamundi Hill, home to Chamundeshwari Temple and offering panoramic views of Mysore city. Visit the bustling Devaraja Market, known for its aromatic spices, fresh flowers, and traditional Mysore silk sarees.

Day 12: Mysore - Shravanabelagola - Hassan (140kms)

After breakfast, drive to Shravanabelagola, a revered Jain pilgrimage center known for the colossal Gommateshwara Statue. Climb up Vindhyagiri Hill to view the 57-foot tall monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali, surrounded by smaller shrines and offering scenic views of the countryside. Continue to Hassan and visit Hasanamba Temple, dedicated to Goddess Hasanamba and renowned for its annual festival celebrating the divine feminine.

Day 13: Hassan - Hampi (330kms)

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its ancient temples, ruins, and architectural marvels. Visit Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the oldest functioning temples in India, known for its intricate carvings and spiritual ambiance. Explore Vittala Temple, famous for its iconic Stone Chariot, musical pillars that produce melodic sounds, and intricate carvings depicting mythological scenes. Stroll through Hampi Bazaar, a vibrant market street offering local crafts, souvenirs, and traditional snacks.

Day 14: Hampi

Begin with breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Royal Enclosure, a complex of royal structures including the Lotus Mahal, a unique blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, and the Elephant Stables. Explore the Zenana Enclosure, known for the Lotus Mahal, a delicately designed pavilion for royal women, and the Queen's Bath, an ornate bathing complex with arched corridors and a lotus-shaped pool. Visit Achyutaraya Temple, dedicated to Lord Tiruvengalanatha, showcasing exquisite carvings and offering insights into Hampi's rich history and culture.

Day 15: Hampi - Lakkundi - Gadag - Badami (150kms)

After breakfast, drive to Badami via Lakkundi and Gadag. Explore Lakkundi, known for its ancient temples and intricate step wells like the Kasivisvesvara Temple, adorned with sculptures depicting mythological stories. Visit Gadag and explore the Veeranarayana Temple, an ancient Hoysala temple known for its architectural grandeur and historical significance. Continue to Badami and visit the rock-cut cave temples, including the famous Bhutanatha group of temples, nestled along the picturesque Agastya Lake.

Day 16: Badami, Aihole & Pattadakkal

Begin with breakfast at the hotel. Explore Badami Cave Temples, carved out of sandstone cliffs and adorned with intricate sculptures depicting Hindu mythology and royal court scenes. Visit Aihole, known as the "Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture," with over 100 ancient temples showcasing a blend of Chalukyan and Dravidian architectural styles. Explore Pattadakal, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its group of 8th-century temples representing both North Indian Nagara and South Indian Dravidian architectural styles.

Day 17: Badami - Goa (250kms)

After breakfast, drive to Goa, known for its pristine beaches, Portuguese heritage, and vibrant culture. Relax at Anjuna Beach, known for its rocky shoreline, vibrant flea market, and beach shacks offering local seafood delicacies.

Day 18: Goa

Begin with breakfast at the hotel. Visit Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site housing the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier and featuring Baroque architecture and intricate gilded altars. Explore Se Cathedral, dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria and known for its massive golden bell and rich history. Explore Old Goa, a UNESCO World Heritage site with magnificent churches like St. Cajetan Church, Basilica of Bom Jesus, and Sé Cathedral, showcasing Portuguese colonial architecture and religious art. Explore Fontainhas, Goa's Latin Quarter known for its narrow streets, vibrant houses, art galleries, and cultural heritage. Visit Fort Aguada, a 17th-century Portuguese fort overlooking the Arabian Sea, known for its well-preserved lighthouse and panoramic views. Relax and enjoy leisure time at Baga Beach, known for its vibrant nightlife, water sports, and beachside cafes.

Day 19: Goa

Begin with breakfast at the hotel. Day free and easy for personal activities and relax. Optional: visit Mangueshi Temple, dedicated to Lord Mangueshi and renowned for its beautiful architecture and vibrant festivals.

Day 20: Goa - Departure (Flight)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 19 Nights' accommodation in 4-star 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.
  • Delhi - Aurangabad - Mumbai - Bangalore & Goa - Delhi flight tickets approx ₹20500 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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