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Golden Triangle with Ajanta Ellora
(Aurangabad) | 11 Days

Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Ajanta Ellora (Aurangabad) - Mumbai – Onward Destination
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Day By Day Itinerary

Day 01   Arrive Delhi 
Arrive Indira Gandhi International Airport at 2330 hrs, meet & greet our representative with Traditional Indian welcome. Transfer to hotel & check in.

Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern.  Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02   In Delhi 
After leisurely breakfast visit to Old Delhi, was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Shah Jahan possessing an exquisite talent, especially in architecture, created the seventh city and in the process brought about Delhi's glorious renaissance. Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jahan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red
Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce.
Also take a Cycle Rickshaw Puller Ride through the narrow streets of Delhi's bazaar for an incredible insight into the lives of the millions of people who live in the city. As your Rickshaw ride travel towards bustling bazaar of Chandni Chowk, you will be immersed in real India, if you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce.

Afternoon proceed for New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's-it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar.Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House.

Day 03 Delhi – Jaipur 260 kms / 5 hrs
After breakfast countryside drive to Jaipur, On today’s drive to Jaipur through the Rajasthani countryside we see villages, woman dressed in the brilliantly colored sarees of the region, camels, elephants & scenes of rural lives. Upon arrival check in hotel. Later visit to Sanganer village situated of outskirt of Jaipur Look at the teeming Jain temple from the 17th century and visit the traditional wood block painting, tie and dye fabric, paper factory and blue pottery that make the reputation of the craftsmanship of the city rose. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04 In Jaipur
After breakfast visit the 17th century fortress of Amber Fort - marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort by jeeps. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings. Also visit Jal Mahal from outside.

Afternoon visit to Maharaja’s City Palace - where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art, The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 A.D.), Birla White Marble Temple and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05 Jaipur – Abhaneri – Agra 230 kms / 5 hrs
After breakfast drive through the Rajasthani countryside. We see villages, woman dressed in the brilliantly colored sarees of the region, camels, elephants & scenes of rural lives. En route visit to Abhaneri one of the biggest baoris of Rajasthan. This vertiginous well was a source of freshness for noble families in the region. Upon arrival at Agra check in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 06 Agra – Delhi 200 kms/ 3.30 hrs
Early morning enjoys Horse cart (Tonga Ride) rideto the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The 7th Wonder of the World and Monument of Love in the warm glow of sunrise, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction are said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahmad Lahori.  Legend has it that once construction was completed, what makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation.  Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughal brought this concept to India, they elevated it to heights of incomparable artistry
After breakfast drive back to Delhi airport to board the flight for Aurangabad in the evening. Arrie Aurangabad in the evening meet and greet transfer to hotel overnight say.

Day 07 In Aurangabad
After breakfast drive to Daulatabad Fort is a magnificent fort situated in Maharashtra, at a distance of around 13 km from the Aurangabad city. It forms a part of the Daulatabad city, which was earlier known as 'Devigiri'. The fort, perched at a height of approximately 60 ft, dates back to the 12th century.
Aurangabad Caves lie nestled in a valley, between Sihyachal and Satara hill ranges. Dating back to somewhere around the 2nd-3rd century, these caves serve as the proof of the flourishing Buddhist settlement in Maharashtra during that time.
Ellora Caves are situated in Maharashtra, at a distance of approximately 30 km from the city of Aurangabad. Founded in the period between 5th century and 10th century AD, these caves were declared as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, a number of years back. Ellora Caves were carved out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills and comprise of temples as well as monasteries. There are total twelve Buddhist Caves at Ellora (numbered 1 to 12), while the Hindu Caves number seventeen (13 to 29). On the other hand, the Jain Caves excavated at the site are only five in number (numbered 30 to 34). The co-existence of Hindi, Jain and Buddhist Caves, at the same site, serves as a proof of the fact that religious harmony prevailed during that period.
The earliest excavation carried out at the site of Ellora Caves revealed the Cave number twenty-nine, known as Dhumar Lena. Then, there is the magnificent Kailasa Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated inside cave 16. The temple holds the distinction of being the single largest monolithic structure in the whole world and makes one of the major attractions of the Ellora Caves.

Day 08 Excursion to Ajanta Caves
After breakfast drive to Ajanta Caves 100 Kms from Aurangabad. Ajanta Caves are one of the most magnificent Buddhist caves in the whole of India. Counted amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Maharashtra, these caves have been found to date back to the 2nd century BC. There are approximately 30 caves at the site of Ajanta, of which cave number are 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are chaitya - grihas. The rest of the caves have been found to comprise of monasteries.
Ajanta Caves were discovered in 1819 AD and some of the paintings discovered inside them were made between 5th and 7th century AD. Almost each and every painting found inside the premises of these caves centers around Buddhist religion. Some of them portray Lord Buddha, some Bodhisattvas, while some other are based on the Jatakas tales and incidents from the life of Lord Buddha. Mud-plaster ground, built as per the tempera technique, forms the base for the paintings seen at Ajanta.
The older caves situated at Ajanta were constructed centuries before the birth of Christ and belong to the time when the Hinayana sect of Buddhism was flourishing in India. The second group caves date to somewhere around the later part of 2nd century AD, by which time Buddhism had been divided into two different sects. This time period can be said to be the one, after the fourth General Council was held under the rule of the great king, Kanishka. Drive back to Aurangabad. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 09 Aurangabad – Mumbai Fly
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight in afternoon for Mumbai. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Later enjoy a sightseeing tour of Mumbai – the commercial capital of Maharashtra. Having been settled by Indian monarchs, the Portuguese and later the British, the city boasts a wonderful variety of architectural styles and attractions. During the tour you visit Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi was based from 1917 to 1934, and organized much of his movement for independence. You also see the mighty Gateway of India, the ceremonial arch was built in 1927 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911. Constructed in honey-colored basalt the gateway was designed by George Witted, inspired by 16th century Gujarat Style. Historically the Gateway holds greater significance as the last of the British troops left Independent India by sea marched through its portals. Other highlights of the tour include Victoria Terminus – Gothic Architecture style, Flower Fountain. Marine Drive – This sweeping Queens Necklace, which runs from the skyscrapers of the city centre to Chowpatty Beach. Check in & overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10 In Mumbai
After breakfast at hotel. Leave by Motor Launch & travel across the harbor to the world famous Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site 9 kms by sea from Gateway of India. From Gateway of India regular ferry service is available. A ferry ride across the harbor takes you to Gharapuri the local name for Elephanta. Almost at its center the island rises into two conical hillocks. The island stone elephant was found when they landed there in the 16th century. These eight-century rock-cut caves were hewn out of the hills and sculpted intricately. Three avenues made from four rows of massive columns cut into the main rock lead to the 18 ft high imposing structure of Maheshmurti - depicting Shiva as the creator, destroyer & preserver. It has been often erroneously called the Trimurti. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11 Mumbai – Onward Destination
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for onward destination. Specify your flight

Tour Inclusion

Accommodation

  • 03 nights stay in Delhi
  • 02 nights stay in Jaipur
  • 01 night stay in Agra
  • 02 night stay in Aurangabad
  • 02 nights stay in Mumbai

Economy Air Tickets  

  • 1. Delhi Aurangabad Mumbai

Meal  

  • Daily full buffet Breakfast

Transfers & Sightseeing

  • All transfers and sightseeing by air-conditioner vehicle
  • All state taxes, Toll Taxes and parking

Miscellaneous

  • Rickshaw puller ride at Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi
  • Jeep ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur
  • Horse cart ride to Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Monument entry fees wherever applicable as per the above itinerary
  • Services of local English-Speaking Guide
  • All applicable taxes

Tour Exclusion

  • Travel Insurance
  • India Visa Fee
  • Any meal which is not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Video, film & professional still camera fees
  
  • Varanasi Delhi by Air India with 25+7 kg baggage allowance
  • Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions above
  • Expenses of personal nature like Telephone Calls, Laundry, Porterage, Tips, Alcoholic Beverages, etc.
Add on Experiences

With this Incredible India holidays, you can add on some experiences according to your taste to make the unforgettable & memorable tour with an additional price.

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Asia Largest spice market

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Kitchen

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Kitchen

craft museum

Handicraft Museum

Food in Haveli

Home Cooked Food in Haveli

indian crafts bazaar

Indian Crafts Bazaar

agra cooking class

Agra cooking class

making your own taj mahal

Making your own Taj Mahal

mohhabat the taj show

Mohhabat - The Taj Show

rejuvenate spa treatment

Rejuvenate

shop at kinari bazar

Shop at Kinari Bazar

Boating at Ramgarh Lake

ELEPHANT FARM

Explore Chokhi Dhani

Explore the villages in Jeep

Hot Air Balloon Ride

wilderness with Jeep Safari

Rajasthani Cuisines

Rejuvenate yourself with a massage

Fulfill your shopping spree

Heritage Hotel

Raj Mandir Cinema