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India is a land of diverse cultures, traditions, and geographies. Every part of the country, be it Delhi and Rajasthan in the north, Mumbai in the west, Madhya Pradesh in the center, and Cochin in the south, has something unique to offer to tourists on vacations in India. This wide array of attractions, besides offering plenty to see, do, and experience, also demands a well-planned itinerary.
In our immaculately designed itinerary, we take you on a seamless joyride through the country as you fill your hearts with the elation that India brings to you. We start in the capital city of Delhi, move to Agra, Rajasthan, and then to Mumbai. From Mumbai, we take you to Kerala for the final leg of our journey. The detailed itinerary and highlights of the tour follow in this article.
Day 1: Arrival at Delhi
We will receive you at the airport and will transfer you to your lodging facility.
Delhi, the country’s capital, is a highlight of most vacations in India thanks to the plethora of offerings that it has in store for visitors. Be it the colorful bazaars, the famous eateries of Old Delhi, the administrative buildings built in the colonial times of New Delhi, or the glittering malls of Gurgaon; there is a lot to experience in Delhi.
Overnight stay is in Delhi.
Day 2: Explore Delhi
After breakfast, you will be setting out on a guided tour of both the Old and the New part of Delhi.
Our first stop will be Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, popularly known as the Father of the Nation. After that, we will be driving past one of India’s most iconic buildings, the magnificent Red Fort.
In Old Delhi, you will be getting on a rickshaw for a ride through the busy lanes and colorful bazaars selling bangles, textiles, spices, food, and whatnot. During the ride, you will also be seeing the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques.
After lunch, we will be proceeding towards New Delhi, where you will see the elegant administrative buildings built by the British, including the Parliament, the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
In the evening, a visit to the Akshardham temple is planned for you.
The night's stay will be in Delhi.
Day 3: To Varanasi
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Varanasi.
Varanasi, also known as Benaras, is one of the world’s most ancient living cities and is the ultimate pilgrimage for the followers of Hinduism. As the popular belief goes, the water of the Ganges in Varanasi has the power to wash away all mortal sins.
In the afternoon, you will be going on a guided tour of Varanasi. During the tour, you will be visiting the Bharat Mata Temple, the Durga Temple etc
The highlight of the day comes in the evening when you will proceed to the ghats to see the aarti. You will be given a commentary of the meaning of the chants and the rituals by your guide.
Night stay will be at Varanasi.
Day 4: Exploring Varanasi
Early in the morning, you will be setting out towards the Daswamedh Ghat from where you will embark on a boat ride to see the cremation sites of the Hindus. The sunrise will offer a spectacular sight of the ghats with the temples, palaces, and bazaars slowly emerging out of the darkness.
After the boat ride, you will be walking to the Kasi Viswanath temple through the lanes bustling with shoppers, shopkeepers, and pilgrims.
Overnight stay will be in Varanasi.
Day 5: To Khajuraho
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Khajuraho, a scenic town in Madhya Pradesh, which boasts of temples that have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their beautiful rock engravings.
After checking into your lodging facility and relaxing for a while, you will be taken to the Eastern and Western groups of temples. The eastern group consists of the Parsavanath temple, the Adinath temple, the Ghantai temple, the Brahma temple, the Vamana temple, and the Hanuman temple while the western group consists of the Kandariya Mahadeva temple, the Lakshmana temple, the Devi Jagadamba Temple, the Chitragupta temple, and the Chaunsath Jogini temple.
Night stay will be at Khajuraho.
Day 6: Orchha, Jhansi, Agra
From Khajuraho, you will be transferred to Jhansi. Enroute, you will be visiting the ancient and historic town of Orchha, known for its monuments and palaces that retain their sheen and grandeur to this day. There is a sightseeing tour planned for you in Orchha.
From Jhansi, you will be going to Agra, the city that boasts of housing many prominent Mughal buildings and, of course one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal.
Day 7: City tour of Agra
After having breakfast, you will set out on a sightseeing tour of Agra.
On the tour, you will be seeing the Taj Mahal, one of the marquee locations of most vacations in India and the grandest of all Mughal buildings, thanks to its infinity pools, white marble domes, and jaw-dropping symmetrical architecture, and the Agra Fort, a splendid Mughal palace with many palaces and courtyards, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The night’s stay will be in Agra.
Day 8: Towards Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast, you will set off towards Jaipur. Enroute, you will be visiting the ancient fortified Fatehpur Sikri, which is famous for its buildings that exhibit Indo-Islamic architecture. The place has a number of palaces that are major attractions for tourists on vacations in India.
After exploring Fatehpur Sikri, you will proceed towards Jaipur, the capital city of India’s largest state, Rajasthan. Jaipur is also fondly called the Pink City because of the color of its buildings. It is littered with palaces, temples, Rajput mahals.
Overnight stay will be in Jaipur.
Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Jaipur
After breakfast, you will be embarking on a day’s sightseeing tour of Jaipur.
The first stop will be the famous Amber fort, perched on top of a hill, where you will enjoy an elephant ride. Next is the City Palace, a sprawling palace housing a number of gardens, courtyards, temples, and even museums. It is one of the finest exhibits of the Mughal-Rajput architecture.
Later in the afternoon, you will be taken on a walking tour of Jaipur’s vibrant bazaars by our local guide. On this walk, you will get to taste some local delicacies, interact with locals, and explore the bazaars selling many selling pieces of jewelry, textiles, and various craft pieces that are unique to Jaipur and Rajasthan.
Overnight stay will be at Jaipur.
Day 10: Towards Chhatra Sagar
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Chhatra Sagar. Enroute, you will be visiting Pushkar, an important pilgrimage for the Hindus. Pushkar houses some of India’s most ancient temples, the most famous of which is the Brahma Temple.
After seeing Pushkar’s temples, you will be proceeding towards Chhatra Sagar.
Chhatra Sagar is known for the fort of Nimaj and the natural beauty of the place. In Chhatra Sagar, you can visit the local craftsmen to see the masters at work, view wildlife (blackbucks and blue bulls are found in the region), go birdwatching, go on nature walks, or simply relax by the bonfire listening to old folklores. Here you will be enjoying delicious Rajasthani meals prepared with fresh farm ingredients and cooked in family kitchens.
Overnight will be at Chhatra Sagar.
Day 11: Chhatra Sagar
The morning is at your leisure. You can go on nature walks, or visit a nearby village to interact with the villagers and get a closer look at their traditions and cultures.
In the evening, there is a cookery class and menu tasting session planned.
You will be spending the night at Chhatra Sagar.
Day 12: To Udaipur
After breakfast, you will be leaving Chhatra Sagar behind and traveling towards Udaipur, the City of Lakes. Enroute, you will be visiting two famous temples- the Eklinji temple and the Nathdwara temple.
The most striking features of the Eklinji Temple are the fifty-feet high idol of Lord Shiva made of black stone and the exterior walls shaped like stairs descending directly in the water beneath. Nathdwara is also another famous temple dedicated to Lord Krishna.
After visiting the temples, you will continue towards Udaipur, a city that is encompassed by beautiful lakes, dotted with colorful bazaars, and laden with royal palaces and Havelis.
In the evening, we have planned a motorboat cruise for you on the waters of Lake Pichola
You will be spending the night in Udaipur.
Day 13: Udaipur Sightseeing
After breakfast, you will embark on a sightseeing tour of Udaipur.
Your first stop will be the City Palace, Rajasthan’s largest palace with a number of well-decorated gardens and courtyards inside it. Next comes the Saheliyon ki Bari. Early in the evening, you will be taken to the Monsoon Palace, perched on top of a hill, to have a splendid sunset experience. This will be the last stop of Udaipur’s sightseeing tour.
You will be spending the night in Udaipur.
Day 14: To Mumbai
You will be setting out towards Mumbai early in the morning.
Like Delhi, Mumbai is also a conglomeration of people from various walks of life, following various religions, having different traditions, different dreams, and aspirations.
The first stop will be the iconic Gateway of India. After that, you will be visiting the Prince of Wales Museum which is Mumbai’s largest museum. In the evening, relax on the Chowpatty beach, one of Mumbai’s hangout hotspots, while munching on delicious Bhel Puri from a famous roadside stall.
You will be spending the night in Mumbai.
Day 15: Elephanta caves
After breakfast, we have planned an excursion to the famous Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The place is famous for its cave temples carved out of rocks. These temples comprise stunning halls, pillars, shrines, and idols, all intricately carved out of the rock.
In the afternoon, there will be a food walk for you to explore Mumbai’s street food culture while walking through the aroma-filled lanes of Bohri Mohalla and Muhammad Ali road. The overnight stay is in Mumbai.
Day 16: To Kumarakom
Early morning you will travel to Cochin to experience the southern highlights of vacations in India.
From Cochin, you will be taken to Kumarakom for the backwater experience. During the times the boat is anchored by the shore, you may choose to go for a walk in the nearby villages.
Overnight stay will be in the houseboat.
Day 17: To Cochin
After having breakfast on the houseboat, you will be returning to Alleppey and, from there, back to Cochin, a colorful port city with a diverse mix of traditions and cultures.
The afternoon is at your leisure. In the evening, you will go on a harbor cruise to have a serene sunset-viewing experience on the waters of the Arabian sea, isolated from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Overnight stay will be at Cochin.
Day 18: Cochin Sightseeing
After breakfast, you will go on a sightseeing tour of Cochin.
First, you will be visiting the Old Cochin area, which houses one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. Here, you will be visiting the Paradesi Synagogue known for its hand-painted colorful Chinese tiles and brass and crystal lamps.
In the evening, you will be treated to a Kathakali dance performance by expert dancers at the Chin Cultural Centre.
Day 19: Departure
This day marks the end of your India tour. We will transfer you to the airport in time to catch your flight back home.