Day 01 Arrive Mumbai
Welcome to India ! Meeting and assistance on arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 Delhi
Morning after breakfast. full Day sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. Among some of the most interesting highlights of your city tour of Old and New Delhi are the Red Fort (closed on Mondays), the Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat in the old city area and the Government Buildings , a drive through the majestic Rajpath to the India Gate, the Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutab Minar etc. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 Delhi – Jaipur
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Jaipur upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free of leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 Jaipur
Morning after breakfast fullday sightseeing tour of Jaipur Amber Fort Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Jagmandir or the hall of victory glittering with mirrors, Jai Mahal and Temple of Kali . Take an ride on gaily decorated elephant to the ramparts of the Fort.
|Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur city. Among the principal sights are the Jantar Mantar or the Observatory, The Palace of Winds or Hawa Mahal, The City Palace & Museum. Jaipur is also a major center of precious and semi precious stones, jewellery, cotton textiles and the typical Blue Pottery. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 Jaipur – Ajmer – Pushkar
Morning after breakfast, depart by surface to Pushkar en route visiting Ajmer , where visit the famous Tomb of the Sufi Saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, and the Dargah Sharif. The city was founded by the Chauhan ruler, Ajaipal, during the 11 th Century and is dominated by the Taragarh Fort built by Prithiviraj Chauhan. Some 800 years ago, a splendid embankment was built by Anaji by the lovely lake. Ana Sagar and some 500 years later Shah Jehan erected 5 beautiful marble pavilions.
Upon arrival check-in at the Heritage Hotel in Pushkar. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Pushkar, which is the home to one of just two Brahma Temples in the country (the other being in Goa ). Brahma was cursed by his wife because of which he is worshipped nowhere else in India . While temples to Vishnu and Shiva abound, the third of the trinity goes unrecognised. Legend has it that at Pushkar, where a lotus fell from Brahma’s hands, a lake sprang up, and so here Brahma is worshipped. At the heart of Pushkar is the Brahma Temple , made from marble, with Brahma’s vehicle, the turtle, cast in silver at its entrance. At the booth of the temple is the Lake surrounded by bathing ghats. Here you can sit and meditate while the faithful take a dip. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 Pushakr – Udaipur
Morning after breakfast, depart by surface to Udaipur en route visit Fort of Chittor, said to be originally built by Mighty Bhim, one of the Pandava heros the Mahabharata legend. Also visit the Vijay Stambh with nine storeys and 37 mts high built by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over muslims rulers of Malwa and Gujrat in 1440. Kirti Stambh, the Tower of fame 22 metres high is covered with figures from Jain Pantheon. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 Udaipur
Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences – an inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers. The jewel of Mewar – Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 A.D. Of the original eleven gates of the city, only five remain now.
Morning after breakfast, sightseeing tour of Udaipur city. Among the places visited are the City Palace – a majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake.
A conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. The main entrance is through the Triple arched gate “Tripolia” with eight marble porticos; the Jagdish temple- built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, this Indo – Aryan temple is the largest and the most beautiful temple of Udaipur with note worthy sculpted images; the Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, which houses an interesting collection of folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, paintings etc; the Saheliyon ki Bari with its many fountains etc.
highlight of your trip to Udaipur is a sunset boat cruise on the beautiful placid Lake Pichola . The lake is surrounded by hills, palaces including the beautiful city palace, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. There are two island palaces, The Jagmandir and Jagniwas and also the beautiful Lake Palace sits on an island in this lake. Boat rides, which originate from the City Palace jetty (known as Bansi Ghat), are a popular way of exploring the natural beauty of Udaipur . Overnight at the hotel
Day 08 Udaipur – MT. Abu
Morning after breakfast, depart by surface to Mt. Abu and upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Located 4,000 Ft. above sea level, Mount Abu is Rajasthan’s solitary hill station that is also a Pilgrimage centre for Jains. Visit to Dilwara Temples consisting of five Jain Temples built by the beginning of the 11 th century onwards with intricate ornamental carvings represent the climax in the art of decoration in stone. Visit the Nakki Lake , Toad Rock, Achalagarth Fort etc. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09 MT. ABU-DASADA
Morning after breakfast, drive to Dasada passing picturesque old towns and villages. Visit Vadiara and Kharapat Rabaris, Jaths, Bajanias, Mirs and other semi-nomadic communities in and around the Rann. Stay at Rann Riders, an eco-resort designed using local materials and handicrafts to resemble a village. Afternoon take a Jeep Safari to the Little Rann of Kutch Wild Ass Sanctuary. The elegant blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull ( India ’s largest antelope) and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle) are other mammals seen at the bets. The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas. Smaller mammals like hares, gerbilles and hedgehogs, and reptiles like spiny tailed lizard, monitor, red and common sand boa, saw-scaled viper, cobra, dhaman (Indian rat snake), etc, could also be seen during the safaris in the Rann. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 Dasada - Bhuj
Morning after breakfast, proceed by surface to Bhuj and upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Later get necessary permission from the authorities to visit the villages around Bhuj. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 Bhuj (Kutchh Festival)
Morning after breakfast Jeep Safari in the Rann of Katchh - Home to the famous Indian Wild Ass and a number of exotic birds coming from as far as Siberia. Afternoon celebration on Kutchh festiva.Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 Bhuj
Morning after breakfast full day visit villages of:
Nerona village – See the rogun art (a special embroidery or designing work on cloths) by Khatri tribe, which is the only tribe specializing in this art. Metal bell making by Lohar tribe and wooden lacquer work by Koli tribe.
Bhrindari Village [Jat Tribe] – village has around 250 settlements and each settlement has two to three houses of a family. Houses are decorated with a beautiful colors and mirror work in mud walls.
Hodka [Harijan] – See the bungas (typical Gujrati tribal House) of harijan community – leather embroidery is the specialty of this tribe.
Ludia [Harijan] – See the bungas with interior decoration in mud with mirror work; also see the embroidery on cloth and tribal jewelry. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13 Bhuj – Wankaner
Morning after breakfast, depart for Wankaner and en route visit the Bharwad Shepherds, one can see the tribes engaged in sheep rearing, which is their sole source of income. Watch pastoral women at work on beadwork and visit the village to watch silk weavers at their handlooms. Also explore the Wankaner Palace and the surrounding villages. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14 Wankaner – Bhavnagar
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Bhavnagar en route visiting the Lothal Harappan Archeological Site. Ascend to the temple-covered summit of Shatrunjaya hill over Palitana. This is an awesome sight with over 800 temples soaring over the ridges of the peak. Upon arrival check-in at the Hotel. Evening visit the local Bazaar of Bhavnagar. Overnight Bhavnagar
Day 15 Bhavnagar – Ahmedabad
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Ahmedabad. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. The drive is through the Gujrati villages and on the sides of the roads one can see cotton cultivation, which is the main agri product of Gujrat. Ahmedabad is a major centre of traditional and contemporary textiles, and many crafts thrive here like Mata-ni-pachedi narrative cloth paintings and block-printing. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 16 Ahmedabad
Morning after breakfast, visit the Calico Museum of Textiles, one of India ’s leading specialized museums. The collections include textile swatches of Indian origin found at archaeological sites of Egypt, silk sarees from across India, double-ikat silk sarongs made in Patan for the Indonesian market, chintz and curtains made from Dutch, British and Portuguese colonial powers in Gujarat, floral embroidery from Punjab, shawls from Kashmir, 18 th century tie-and-dye, richly embroidered Mughal tent of Shah Jahan whose palace is nearby, royal wardrobes of Rajasthan, cloth paintings and manuscripts, religious narrative cloth paintings like Pichwais and Kalamkaris, etc. Also visit the other museums of Ahmedabad strong on folk art collections. Later visit Gandhi Nagar and other important sights of Ahmedabad city. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 17 Ahmedabad – Mumbai
Morning after breakfast departure transfer to the airport to board flight to Mumbai. Assistance on arrival at the airport transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 18 Mumbai
Morning after breakfast Excursion to Elephanta Caves (closed on Mondays) – from the Gateway of India take a motor launch to the 7th century sculptures of manifestation of Shiva. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Mumbai city visiting Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays), Fish Aquarium, Jain Temples, Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines and Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru Park and Marine drive. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 19 Depart Mumbai
Departure transfer to the international airport to board flight back home with the sweet memories of your enchanting holiday with Indian Festival Tours .