Art of India
Tour Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days
Tour Destination : Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Agra - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Mumbai - Chennai - Hyderabad - Kolkata
Amazing tour package for the art lovers of the country .
Day 1: Arrive at Delhi
Arrive Delhi and meet the representative at the arrival hall and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon proceed on a tour of the capital city. The important places in Old Delhi includes the majestic Red Fort, the historical Chandni Chowk, besides Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana. In New Delhi, visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; the Laxminarayan Temple, built by the Birlas, one of India’s leading industrial families; Qutab Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; and the lotus-shaped Baha’i Temple
Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing
Morning visit the National Museum - Among the collections are 5,000-year-old relics of the Indus Valley civilization, varied exotic paintings, old manuscripts and mural paintings from Buddhist shrines in Central Asia; National Gallery OF Modern Art - Exhibits works of modern Indian artists; Crafts Museum - A delightful open-air museum, with Indian craftsmen at work. Also visit National Rail Museum - Here original engines and bogies are parked. Visit Gandhi Smriti Museum which contains books and personal possessions of the Mahatma.
Day 3: To Varanasi
Intime transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi- the oldest city in India. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel visiting enroute Sarnath, an important Buddhist pilgrimage point.
Day 4: To Khajuraho
Early morning boat ride on river Ganges. The long string of ghats - the chain of stone steps - along the western bank of the Ganges forms the major attraction of Varanasi. Later visit The Vishwanath Temple, built by the Birlas, was planned by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. The Bharat Mata Temple houses, instead of gods and goddesses, a huge relief map in marble of the whole of Indian subcontinent and Tibetan plateau. The Tulsi Manas Temple, built in 1964, is dedicated to Lord Rama. Intime transfer to airport to board flight for Khajuraho. Arrive Khajuraho and transfer to hotel
Day 5: To Agra
Morning sightseeing tour of Khajuraho.. The largest temple is Kandariya mahodeo, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Later transfer to airport to board flight for Agra. Arrive Agra and transfer to hotel. Later visit Agra Fort (also called the Red Fort), which retains the irregular outline of the demolished mud-wall fort of the Lodis.. The Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula is located in a walled garden overlooking the Yamuna. Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra, located in a large walled garden on the road to Delhi.
Day 6: Agra Sightseeing
In the Morning visit the Government Museum located in Mathura, which has an extensive collection of sculptures, terracotta’s, bronzes and coins, 5th Century standing Buddha and numerous Gupta period figures. In the afternoon you will return back to Agra to visit The Taj Mahal, which is entirely made of white marble and its walls are decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work.
Day 7: To Jaipur
Early morning drive to Jaipur visit enroute Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned city that was hardly ever inhabited on account of shortage of water. Also stop at Bharatpur bird sanctuary where you can enjoy a cycle rickshaw to see birds in their natural habitat. Arrive Jaipur and check – in at hotel. There are many dinner options available to dine in any one of the finest Palace hotels that Jaipur boasts of.
Day 8: Jaipur Sightseeing
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, situated just outside the city. You can have the unique experience of traveling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur including, City Palace in the heart of Jaipur is known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum with its large collection of woodwork. Another monument near the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen
Day 9: To Jodhpur
Intime transfer to airport to board flight for Jodhpur. Arrive Jodhpur and transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jodhpur visiting the 5 km long majestic Mehrangarh fort situated on 125 m high hill, one of the most impressive and formidable structures; Jaswant Thada, a memorial built in pure white marble for the exclusive use of the Royal family, as a crematorium; Umaid Bhawan in rose colored sandstone; Mandore Gardens, once the old capital of Marwar.
Day 10: To Udaipur
Morning drive to Udaipur visiting Ranakpur enroute, for the famous Jain temples dedicated to Adinath. Arrive Udaipur and check – in at hotel. Day free to enjoy the view from your hotel or you may take a walking tour on your own through the narrow lanes and back streets of Udaipur
Day 11: Udaipur Sightseeing
Morning sightseeing tour of Udaipur including Fatehsagar lake, built by Maharana Fateh Singh in 1754 A.D. Also visit the Jagdish Temple, the largest and most venerated temple of Udaipur; Sahelion-Ki-Bari”, consisting of an ornamental pool with delicately carved chhatries of black and white marble and soft stone. Late afternoon enjoy a boat-ride on Lake Pichola visiting many Ghats (banks) of washing, bathing etc and enjoy excellent views of the Lake Palace and City Palace.
Day 12: To Mumbai
Intime transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai. Arrive Mumbai and transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Mumbai including The Gateway of India is the main attraction of Mumbai city. The Mani Bhawan or the Gandhi memorial was once used to be the residence of Mahatma Gandhi in Mumbai. Considered as one of the best museums in the country, Also known as Queen’s Neckless, Marine Drive. Juhu is a 5-km-long beach that attracts a large number of visitors on any day of the week. Also visit gardens like the Hanging Garden and the Kamla Nehru Garden and Chowpatty gives you the view of one of the most happening beaches of Mumbai
Day 13: To Chennai
Morning visit various Museums in city. Visit Prince of Wales Museum situated near the Gateway of India, it was designed in the Indo- Saracenic style to commemorate the King’s first visit to India ; Victoria and Albert museum built in the Greco-Roman style and housing archaeological finds, maps and photographs depicting the history of Mumbai; Nehru Museum/ Planetarium, which has a Children’s Science Park and a permanent Gallery. Later transfer to airport to board flight for Chennai. Arrive Chennai and transfer to hotel.
Day 14: Chennai Sightseeing
Morning sightseeing tour of Chennai including Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world. The St. George Fort, built in 1653, is currently used as the state government’s secretariat. Santhome Cathedral was built around 14th/15th century and is another colonial structure worth visiting. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kapaleeshwar Temple is the oldest temple in Chennai. Another important temple in the city dedicated to Lord Krishna is Parthsarthy Temple. The Snake Park has a large collection of snakes and many other reptiles.
Day 15: To Hyderabad
Morning transfer to airport to board flight for Hyderabad. Arrive Hyderabad and transfer to hotel. Afternoon City sightseeing tour. Including The Charminar occupies the centre of the city and dominates its landscape. The Hussain Sagar is a large tank whose blue water provides a pleasant backdrop to the city’s landscape. Salar Jung Museum is one of the best-known museums in India where you can find private collections of the Nizams..
Day 16: To Kolkata
Morning excursion to Golconda Fort, Hyderabad’s finest and oldest specimen of its glory. It is an acoustical wonder. Later drive to the airport to board flight for Kolkata. Arrive Kolkata and transfer to hotel. Later sightseeing tour of Kolkata visiting Indian Museum, which is India’s first and oldest museum. Also visit Academy Of Fine Arts, Victoria Memorial For Art Of The Raj Period.; Center of International Modern Art
Day 17: Departure from Kolkata
You will be accompanied by a representative to airport to board flight for onward destination.