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Tour Overview

  • ReferenceIOT14
  • Start Date04/01/2021
  • TypeGuided Tours
  • LocationIndia
  • Departure CityMUMBAI
  • End CityDELHI
  • Cancellation policyUp to 24 hours
  • Durations 14 days 13 nights

Tour Description

An Indian odyssey is in excess of an undertaking but at the same time is an encounter that will carry you to the verge of history, joining the profound wonderment at the core of the urban communities to the notable pictures, hues, and pleasant landscape that strikes a chord when you envision what India would resemble. On this exclusively custom fitted visit you will locate the pink royal residence of Jaipur and the impeccable marble of the Taj Mahal, witness the unmatched enchantment of Varanasi and the old creativity at Khajuraho. The initial step to any odyssey is interest; the second is experience.

Welcome to Mumbai, the biggest city in India and where your odyssey starts. You will discover the city open and extensive, loaded up with landmarks that suggest the at various times in differing ways, from high rises to imperceptible urban areas. Simply outside the city you will come to Elephanta Island where rambling underneath the approaching bluffs are brilliant sanctuaries brightened with point by point etchings committed to Shiva. The rest of the day will take you through the notable destinations and hints of the cityscape. Proceed forward to the Ellora Caves where the assorted variety of the pictures covered up inside the Western Ghats Mountain Range is similarly moving. The photos and figures at the Ajanta Caves cause the experience to appear as though the embellishing pearl on a heap of fortunes.

Once in Delhi you will locate the old and the new viewpoints, from roads to structures, cooperating to shape the city’s present superbness. In Jaipur you will go to the Amber Fort and the gleaming pink for which the city is known. In transit to Agra you will discover the apparition city known as Fatehpur Sikri where a supreme capital was once housed. Once in Agra you will come to wonder about the Taj Mahal and the encompassing landmarks that bejewel the city before showing up in Khajuraho. The antiquated sanctuaries of Khajuraho are as critical for their relic as they are for their unrivaled symbolism. Once in Varanasi you will visit through the city, finding a tremendous soul along the River Ganges as you appreciate a voyage past the clamoring life close to the water. You will come back to Delhi before your odyssey is finished and before long advance home.

Tour Highlights

  • Witness the broad shades of the popular Taj Mahal at dawn
  • Explore the Jain and Hindu sanctuaries that embellish the wide open at Khajuraho
  • Discover the magnificent sanctuary buckles through southern India, from Elephanta Island to the Ellora Caves
  • Experience the astounding shade of the Pink City, Jaipur
  • Visit the abandoned majestic city of Fatehpur Sikri and meander through the superb grounds
  • Celebrate the huge culture that flourishes and thumps in Varanasi, the core of the Hindu religion
  • Make your way to the Dhamekh Stupa denoting the tree where Buddha arrived at illumination

Tour Includes

  • Audio guide
  • Breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • Special activities
  • Transport by air-conditioned

Tour Program

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DAY 01 - ARRIVE IN MUMBAI – START OF A JOURNEY

Arrive Mumbai, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Mumbai is the fast paced commercial, financial, industrial and celluloid capital of India. Lured by its glamour and the prospects of ’streets paved with gold’, a large number of people from different parts of the country come to settle in this city every year. And Mumbai continues to grow, to absorb and most importantly to prosper. Just when you begin to wonder how you’re ever going to cope with Mumbai, you arrive at Worli and see Haji Ali Mosque standing proudly on a raised walkway in the middle of the sea giving you the feeling that the Gods are there if everything else fails. If you arrive at night, there will be a backdrop of twinkling lights from the skyscrapers that are so much a feature of Mumbai’s skyline. The scenes change as you drive past Chowpatty Beach, ablaze with the lights of stalls selling fruit-juice, ice-cream and snacks to the crowds thronging the beach. By the time you reach Marine Drive, your spirits will be restored and the rush of traffic won’t seem half so daunting as it might have been earlier, and the sedate horse-drawn landau will seem a charming anachronism. Once a tiny island overrun by swaying palm trees, Mumbai used to belong to the native Koli fisher-folk, who still live here in their little villages surrounded by soaring skyscrapers. Portuguese came here in the seventeenth century and dotted the place with several forts, which stand even today. Later Mumbai came under the British rule and eventually became one of the largest ports in the British Empire. Night stay in Mumbai.

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DAY 02 – IN MUMBAI – FINDING THE CAVES

After breakfast city tour of Mumbai. Once you are in Mumbai, the list of sites to visit is endless. First of all the twinkling lights from the skyscrapers itself will keep your eyes wide open with excitement and wonder. And to add up to your excitement you have a number of sites to visit that could be teamed up as historical sites, contemporary wonders, archaeological sites, religious sites and natural wonders. The Gateway of India is the main attraction of Mumbai city. Built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in the year 1911, this massive historical monument makes a must visit during your Mumbai sightseeing. Moreover, there are sites like the Mani Bhawan or the Gandhi memorial, Prince of Wales Museum, Marine Drive and Juhu that give you the feeling of being in the commercial capital of India. The gardens like the Hanging Garden and the Kamla Nehru Garden will provide you the much needed rest between your sightseeing trips and the Chowpatty gives you the view of one of the most happening beaches of Mumbai. Night stay in Mumbai.

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DAY 03 – MUMBAI TO AURANGABAD – DIGGING DEEPER INTO THE SURFACE

In time transfer to airport for your flight to Aurangabad. Arrive Aurangabad, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Afternoon City tour tour visiting the Aurangabad caves and Bibi-Ka-Maqbara are the two must visit architectural marvels among the many other structures of Mughal era in the town. Night stay in Aurangabad.

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DAY 04 – AURANGABAD TO DELHI – THE ENCHANTING BUILDINGS

In time transfer to airport for your flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. This is the capital city of India, and can be called as a major gateway to India. Delhi is one of the most important metropolitan in India, as it is the city of power. It has a very good combination of both modern, as well as ancient culture. In these 3000 years of its existence, there has been the origin of seven more cities, where the traditional Indian capital is. Strategic location, mixture of modern and Indian culture, rich history, medieval market, beside the modern ones etc are the main reasons for choosing it, as the seat of power. Delhi is a city waiting to be explored. It is also known as the Headquarters of Indian politics, as most of the heads of the Indian government and other political parties; reside here, including the Prime Minister, and President of the country. Night stay in Delhi.

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DAY 05 – IN DELHI – THE OLD AND NEW EXPERIENCES

After breakfast full day combined city tour Old & New Delhi visiting Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Red Fort, Made by Mughal Empror Shahjahan, Jama Masjid, The largest in India, It has three great gateways, four angle towers and two minarets constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. Chandni Chowk, this main street of Old Delhi is the colorful shopping bazaar, known as Chandni Chowk. It has very sharp contrast to the open, spacious streets of Delhi. Laxmi Narayan Temple, dedicated to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. India Gate, this 42ms high stone of triumph is a war memorial. It bears the names of 85,000 Indian army soldiers, who died in the campaigns of WWI. Rashtrapati Bhawan - This palace-like building is the official residence of the President of India and an interesting blend of Mughal and western architectural styles. Qutab Minar - The highest monument of India, Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high, tapering from 2.75 m in diameter at its peak. Night stay in Delhi.

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DAY 06 – DELHI TO JAIPUR – FROM THE RED FORT TO THE PINK CITY

After breakfast depart by surface to Jaipur. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Afternoon orientation tour. The picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is color washed pink-the color associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This Beautiful city along with Agra and Delhi form what is known as the Golden Triangle of Indian tourist circuit. Jaipur is a city where royalty still lives in the grandeur of its palaces, where fighting for the honour of the clan has never been a need but a way of life, and where treating guests as gods has been a tradition from time immemorial . There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur's colorful bazaars where one can shop for Rajasthani handlooms and trinkets. Beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvelous heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharajas are worth admiration. Not to mention the ambling camels and cheerful people in multi-hued costumes that make your trip to the pink city a memorable one. Night stay in Jaipur.

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DAY 07 – IN JAIPUR – ENJOYING THE DIFFERENT HUES

After breakfast full day city tour visiting City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. 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. Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, is perhaps the most beautiful example of Rajasthani forts and gives a grand view of the city down below. Other attractions include the Jaigarh Fort, Birla Mandir, and Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh. Night stay in Jaipur.

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DAY 08 – JAIPUR TO AGRA – DISCOVERIN THE GHASTLY SPIRITS

After breakfast depart by surface to Agra. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Agra is the quintessential Mughal City, where the world marvels at the epitome of love, beauty and sacrifice, The Taj-Mahal one of the wonders of the world. So overwhelming is the magic monument, that Agra has been immortalized, as the City of the Taj. As visitors walk down the narrow bustling streets, they can not help but wonder, if the man contentedly smoking a hookah, is a direct descendent of some bygone Mughal. Night stay in Agra.

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DAY 09 – IN AGRA – LIVING BY THE LEGENDS

After breakfast city tour visiting, Taj Mahal, built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Besides the Taj, the Agra Fort (also called the Red Fort) makes an interesting sight. Other major attractions include the tomb of Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra, Rambagh, the Mughal Garden and Dayal Bagh Temple, Itmad Ud Dauula. Besides the historical monuments, one can also explore Agra’s rich heritage of handicrafts in its markets. Night stay in Agra.

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DAY 10 – AGRA TO JHANSI TO KHAJURAHO – ON ROUTE TO RELAXATION

In time transfer to Agra railway station to board train for Jhansi. Arrive Jhansi, meet assist at Jhansi railway station & transfer to Khajuraho hotel. In the temple architecture of India, the Khajuraho complex remains unique. One thousand years ago, under the generous and artistic patronage of the Chandela Rajput kings of Central India, 85 temples, magnificent in form and richly carved, came up on one site, near the village of Khajuraho. The amazingly short span of 100 years, from 950 AD - 1050 AD, saw the completion of all the temples, in an inspired burst of creativity. Today, of the original 85, only 22 have survived the ravages of time; these remain as a collective paean to life, to joy and to creativity; to the ultimate fusion of man with his creator. Night stay in Khajurao.

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DAY 11 – KHAJURAHO TO VARANASI – THE SPECTACULAR TEMPLES

After breakfast City tour visiting the Western Group , situated opposite the Government of India Tourist Office, has 14 temples. The Chaunsath Yogini, Lalguan Mahadev, Parvati, Varaha, Matangesvara, Lakshmana, Vishvanath and Nandi, Chitragupta, Devi Jagdamba and Kandariya Mahadeo temples belong to this group. The Eastern Group, 2.4 km from the Tourist Office, consists of seven temples (four Jain and three Hindu). The Parsvanath, Adinath, Shantinath, and Ghantai temples belong to the Jains while the Vamana, Javari and Brahma are Hindu temples. After city tour in time transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi. Arrive Aurangabad, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. The city of Varanasi is situated along the west bank of the Ganges in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Called Benaras by the British, Varanasi is an important pilgrimage centre for the Hindus. The city finds mention in the great epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. It was a flourishing trade center when Buddha came to Sarnath, about 10 kilometres away, to preach his first sermon in 500 BC. The renowned American novelist Mark Twain once wrote, ”Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” Right from the ancient times, Varanasi has stood as a symbol of Hindu renaissance and preserved the rituals and traditions of Hindu philosophy. Down the ages, pilgrims from distant lands have come to Varanasi in search of divine blessings. Summers can be quite harsh in Varanasi with the temperatures going up to 45°C. The monsoon season, which starts by late June or early July, brings in the torrential rains and high humidity. Winters are quite pleasant with temperatures remaining at around 20°C in the day. However, the early part of the day can remain enveloped in the fog. Night stay in Varanasi.

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DAY 12 – IN VARANASI – THE HOLY CITY

After breakfast city tour of Varanasi. Temples form the major source of attraction in this ancient city. The banks of the Ganges, considered to be a sacred river by the Hindus, are the centre of much of the religious activity that occurs in the city. The ghats built along the banks of the river for such religious activity also form a major source of attraction here. Some of the other interesting places to visit around the city are Alamgir Mosque, Durga Temple, Vishwanat Temple, Bharat Mata temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Banaras Hindu University and the Archaeological Museum. Night stay in Varanasi.

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DAY 13 – VARANASI TO DELHI - THE CRUSADE RETURNS

In time transfer to airport for your flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

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DAY 14 – DEPART DELHI – TAKING HOME MEMORIES

In time transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

General FAQs

  • How many people will be on my trip?

    Good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. This means we’re small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through communities without intimidating the locals. On most of our trips, you’ll be part of an intimate group of 12-16 people, though our group sizes are on average 10 people. Our Overland trips are in purpose-built vehicles that can carry up to 24 travelers. Group sizes are displayed on each trip’s overview page on our website.

Tour Ratings

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4.5 Excellent
  • Michelle says: June 11, 2020 at 12:37 pm    Reply

    We had a brilliant 14 days driving around Odisa and seeing the sights. Our driver was excellent, he was funny, helpful and we felt safe in the crazy Indian traffic. It’s quite a bit of driving but the car was great, really comfortable and well equipped. Our guides were knowledgable and really added value to our trip. I can’t recommend this company enough.

  • Gibbs says: June 11, 2020 at 12:38 pm    Reply

    Exotic Luxury Holiday did an excellent job in our recent holiday plan. They are very supportive and gave us the best advice on the places we have visited.
    They accommodated all the requests and changes we wanted. They always ready for customization and any last-minute changes.
    They are available any for any issues in the taxi or hotel.

  • Tom says: June 11, 2020 at 12:39 pm    Reply

    Highly recommended!! The reliable agency which gave us the best driver ever, great professionalism and empathy helped a lot for flexibility during the tour which lasted for days. Won’t hesitate to go back and book a new tour when back in Incredible India!!

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