Graceful India New Delhi

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The Essence of India brings to you the quintessence of India through the journey covering the diverse tourist destinations. We provide you with the various facets of India, the urban (Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai), the rural (Orchha), the religious (Varanasi, Madurai), the heritage and cultural (Jaipur, Aurangabad, Mahabalipuram), the acceptance of foreign cultures (Kolkata, Pondicherry), the Taj Mahal at Agra and you have the choice of finishing this tour on the palm-fringed beaches of Goa. Come with an open mind and take back an experience of a lifetime.


Day 1 (Arrive Delhi)
Traditional welcome on arrival at Delhi international airport by Travel Pals executive to transfer to hotel for immediate checking.

Day 2 (Delhi)
After breakfast, guided tour of historic city of Delhi. The city where one can experience the influence of the many rulers who ruled this region, a city built and destroyed and re-built over seven times. The tour includes the magnificent Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, on of Asia's largest mosque, Rajghat .

Day 3 (Red Fort-Delhi-Jaipur, India-260kms-5hrs)
After breakfast, drive in air-conditioned tourist car to Jaipur - the Pink City of Rajasthan. A guided half-day city tour of Jaipur covering Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar. Evening at leisure for enjoying the real charm of this royal city to stroll in the local bazaars to see some handicrafts and artisans.

Day 4 (Hawa Mahal-Jaipur–Agra,India-232 kms-4.5hrs)
Enjoy a royal breakfast at hotel. Then guided excursion to the majestic Amber Fort - the erstwhile capital of the Kachwahas Rajputs. This is the only fort where one can still go by the elephant back even today like a Maharaja. Afternoon drive to Agra via Fatepur Sikri; a World Heritage Site.

Day 5 (Taj Mahal Agra–Orchha,India-240kms-6hrs)
After breakfast, visited the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. The Taj Mahal of Agra is a monument built by emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of her wife Mumtaz Mahal while the Agra Fort was built by Emperor Akbar. After Lunch proceed to Orchha. Check into hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 (Orchha-Khajuraho,India-175kms-3.5hrs)
After breakfast, a half-day guided programme of Orchha. Orchha was the erstwhile capital city of the Bundela rulers. The town is steeped in history and is famous for its palaces and temples built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Visit Jahangir Mahal, Rajmahal and Phool Bagh. In the afternoon, drive to Khajuraho.

Day 7 (Khajuraho)
Breakfast followed by a guided tour of Chandela dynasty temples famous for their spectacular sculptures and carvings. Visit the Northern, Eastern and Southern group of temples. Evening for leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8 (Varanasi-Khajuraho–Varanasi,India-by air)
Breakfast. In the afternoon transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Varanasi. On arrival, check into hotel. Spend the evening on the ghats of the Ganges. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9 (Varanasi–Patna,India-by rail)
Breakfast. Transfer to the railway station to catch a train to Patna. Arrive Patna in the evening, check into hotel. Evening free. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 (Patna)
After breakfast take a guided excursion to Vaishali where Lord Buddha preached his last sermon announcing his approaching Nirvana. Visit stupas holding urns containing ashes of Buddha and Ashok pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka to mark places sanctified by Buddha.

Day 11 (Patna–Kolkata-by air)
Breakfast. In the afternoon transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Kolkata. On arrival, check into hotel. In the evening, drive around this once colonial city built in the 18th century. Like Mumbai and Chennai, which we later visit, Kolkata originated largely due to the expansionist ambitions of the European powers.

Day 12 (Kolkata–Chennai,India-by air)
Breakfast followed by a full-day guided tour of Kolkata visiting the Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum, Fort William, Kali Mandir and Belur Math, in the evening transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Chennai. On arrival, check into hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 (Chennai)
Breakfast at hotel. Then a full day guided visit to Fort St. George, War memorial, St. Mary's Church, the Basilica of Saint Thomas, believed to have been built by St. Thomas, the apostle, Snake Park ending the day on Marina Beach. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 (Chennai-Kanchipuram–Mahabalipuram,India-175kms)
After breakfast, drive to Kanchipuram (1 hr.) the erstwhile capital of the Pallavas and Cholas. Visit the temples dedicated to various gods and goddesses. Also visit the shopping area, as it is also home of weavers of the famed Kanchipuram silks. Lunch at Kanchipuram. Evening drive to Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram).

Day 15 (Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry,India-134kms-3.5hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Mahabalipuam, too was part of the Pallavas dynasty and exhibits some of the most outstanding examples of the Dravidian style of art and architecture. A full day guided tour of Arjuna’s Penance, the rock cut caves, the Krishna Mandapam, the famous rathas and the Shore Temple.

Day 16 (Pondicherry)
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour visiting Auroville and Aurobindo Ashram. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17 (Pondicherry–Madurai,India-324kms-7hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Madurai. On arrival, check into hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 18 (Madurai–Trivandrum,India-265kms-5hrs)
Breakfast followed by a half day guided programme of Meenakshi temple built in the Dravidian style and Teppa Kulu, a tank with an island temple and Tirumalai Nayak Palace. Afternoon, drive to Trivandrum. Check into a beach resort. Overnight at resort.

Day 19 (Trivandrum–Mumbai by air–Aurangabad by air)
Breakfast. Morning free to spend time on the beach. Afternoon transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Mumbai and an evening flight to Aurangabad. Overnight at hotel.

Day 20 (Aurangabad, India)
Breakfast. Followed by a full day guided excursion of the ancient Ajanta and Ellora Caves, a world heritage site. The 30 odd Buddhist caves at Ajanta are full of sculptures and frescoes of life of Lord Buddha. The Ellora Caves, is where one can see Buddhist, Jain and Hindu shrines dating back to 4th to 9th century A.D.

Day 21 (Aurangabad–Mumbai,India by flight)
Early breakfast. Catch a flight back to Mumbai. On arrival, check into hotel for wash-n-change followed by a full-day guided sightseeing of Mumbai covering Hanging Garden, Marine Drive, Dhobi Ghat, Vidhan Sabha, Malabar Hill and Prince of Wales Museum. Evening free. Overnight at hotel.

Day 22 (Mumbai–onward destination)
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to catch a flight to connecting destination.

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The Essence of India brings to you the quintessence of India through the journey covering…

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The Essence of India brings to you the quintessence of India through the journey covering the diverse tourist destinations. We provide you with the various facets of India, the urban (Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai), the rural (Orchha), the religious (Varanasi, Madurai), the heritage and cultural (Jaipur, Aurangabad, Mahabalipuram), the acceptance of foreign cultures (Kolkata, Pondicherry), the Taj Mahal at Agra and you have the choice of finishing this tour on the palm-fringed beaches of Goa. Come with an open mind and take back an experience of a lifetime.


Day 1 (Arrive Delhi)
Traditional welcome on arrival at Delhi international airport by Travel Pals executive to transfer to hotel for immediate checking.

Day 2 (Delhi)
After breakfast, guided tour of historic city of Delhi. The city where one can experience the influence of the many rulers who ruled this region, a city built and destroyed and re-built over seven times. The tour includes the magnificent Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, on of Asia's largest mosque, Rajghat .

Day 3 (Red Fort-Delhi-Jaipur, India-260kms-5hrs)
After breakfast, drive in air-conditioned tourist car to Jaipur - the Pink City of Rajasthan. A guided half-day city tour of Jaipur covering Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar. Evening at leisure for enjoying the real charm of this royal city to stroll in the local bazaars to see some handicrafts and artisans.

Day 4 (Hawa Mahal-Jaipur–Agra,India-232 kms-4.5hrs)
Enjoy a royal breakfast at hotel. Then guided excursion to the majestic Amber Fort - the erstwhile capital of the Kachwahas Rajputs. This is the only fort where one can still go by the elephant back even today like a Maharaja. Afternoon drive to Agra via Fatepur Sikri; a World Heritage Site.

Day 5 (Taj Mahal Agra–Orchha,India-240kms-6hrs)
After breakfast, visited the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. The Taj Mahal of Agra is a monument built by emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of her wife Mumtaz Mahal while the Agra Fort was built by Emperor Akbar. After Lunch proceed to Orchha. Check into hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 (Orchha-Khajuraho,India-175kms-3.5hrs)
After breakfast, a half-day guided programme of Orchha. Orchha was the erstwhile capital city of the Bundela rulers. The town is steeped in history and is famous for its palaces and temples built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Visit Jahangir Mahal, Rajmahal and Phool Bagh. In the afternoon, drive to Khajuraho.

Day 7 (Khajuraho)
Breakfast followed by a guided tour of Chandela dynasty temples famous for their spectacular sculptures and carvings. Visit the Northern, Eastern and Southern group of temples. Evening for leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8 (Varanasi-Khajuraho–Varanasi,India-by air)
Breakfast. In the afternoon transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Varanasi. On arrival, check into hotel. Spend the evening on the ghats of the Ganges. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9 (Varanasi–Patna,India-by rail)
Breakfast. Transfer to the railway station to catch a train to Patna. Arrive Patna in the evening, check into hotel. Evening free. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 (Patna)
After breakfast take a guided excursion to Vaishali where Lord Buddha preached his last sermon announcing his approaching Nirvana. Visit stupas holding urns containing ashes of Buddha and Ashok pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka to mark places sanctified by Buddha.

Day 11 (Patna–Kolkata-by air)
Breakfast. In the afternoon transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Kolkata. On arrival, check into hotel. In the evening, drive around this once colonial city built in the 18th century. Like Mumbai and Chennai, which we later visit, Kolkata originated largely due to the expansionist ambitions of the European powers.

Day 12 (Kolkata–Chennai,India-by air)
Breakfast followed by a full-day guided tour of Kolkata visiting the Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum, Fort William, Kali Mandir and Belur Math, in the evening transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Chennai. On arrival, check into hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 (Chennai)
Breakfast at hotel. Then a full day guided visit to Fort St. George, War memorial, St. Mary's Church, the Basilica of Saint Thomas, believed to have been built by St. Thomas, the apostle, Snake Park ending the day on Marina Beach. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 (Chennai-Kanchipuram–Mahabalipuram,India-175kms)
After breakfast, drive to Kanchipuram (1 hr.) the erstwhile capital of the Pallavas and Cholas. Visit the temples dedicated to various gods and goddesses. Also visit the shopping area, as it is also home of weavers of the famed Kanchipuram silks. Lunch at Kanchipuram. Evening drive to Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram).

Day 15 (Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry,India-134kms-3.5hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Mahabalipuam, too was part of the Pallavas dynasty and exhibits some of the most outstanding examples of the Dravidian style of art and architecture. A full day guided tour of Arjuna’s Penance, the rock cut caves, the Krishna Mandapam, the famous rathas and the Shore Temple.

Day 16 (Pondicherry)
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour visiting Auroville and Aurobindo Ashram. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17 (Pondicherry–Madurai,India-324kms-7hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Madurai. On arrival, check into hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 18 (Madurai–Trivandrum,India-265kms-5hrs)
Breakfast followed by a half day guided programme of Meenakshi temple built in the Dravidian style and Teppa Kulu, a tank with an island temple and Tirumalai Nayak Palace. Afternoon, drive to Trivandrum. Check into a beach resort. Overnight at resort.

Day 19 (Trivandrum–Mumbai by air–Aurangabad by air)
Breakfast. Morning free to spend time on the beach. Afternoon transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Mumbai and an evening flight to Aurangabad. Overnight at hotel.

Day 20 (Aurangabad, India)
Breakfast. Followed by a full day guided excursion of the ancient Ajanta and Ellora Caves, a world heritage site. The 30 odd Buddhist caves at Ajanta are full of sculptures and frescoes of life of Lord Buddha. The Ellora Caves, is where one can see Buddhist, Jain and Hindu shrines dating back to 4th to 9th century A.D.

Day 21 (Aurangabad–Mumbai,India by flight)
Early breakfast. Catch a flight back to Mumbai. On arrival, check into hotel for wash-n-change followed by a full-day guided sightseeing of Mumbai covering Hanging Garden, Marine Drive, Dhobi Ghat, Vidhan Sabha, Malabar Hill and Prince of Wales Museum. Evening free. Overnight at hotel.

Day 22 (Mumbai–onward destination)
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to catch a flight to connecting destination.

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Days : 22 | Nights : 21


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