Start in New Delhi and end in Udaipur! With the religious sites tour Highlights of India, you have a 11 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 4 other destinations in India. Highlights of India includes accommodation as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
In and around New DelhiArrive Delhi by flight from onwards destination? On arrival at Indira Gandhi International airport terminal, a Breathtakers Tours representative will receive you at the visitor?s lounge, with a paging sign bearing your name. You will then be escorted to your hotel in a private vehicle. Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi. Start point Arrival Hall, Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), Airport Rd., New Delhi, Delhi, India
Delhi, the vibrant capital city of India lying along the River Yamuna, is a teaming metropolis of 14 million people and nowhere in the Country is the contrast between old and new more obvious. Seven cities have existed here since the 10th century, ruled over by a succession of Rajputs, Turks, Afghans, Mughals and the British. Delhi is two cities in one; the Old Delhi of the Mughals, created by Shah Jehan after moving his Capital from Agra in 1638 AD is still a medieval district of narrow lanes, forts, mosques and bazaars. The second, New Delhi, built by the British during 1911-1931 and characterized by Sir Edwin Lutyens architecture, is a spacious and well-designed metropolis of broad avenues, grand imperial buildings and landscaped gardens. New Delhi is a surprisingly green city with its tree lined avenues, parks and natural forest and one of the City?s hidden delights is the picturesque Lodi Gardens set around Mughal tombs. As the Country?s cultural Centre, it is home to a number of museums including the national Museum, the Museum of Modern art, the Museum of Natural History and the creative Arts and Crafts Museum where artisans can be seen at work. Today start the sightseeing of Delhi and fill your day with following activities: o Visit to Old Delhi with a rickshaw Ride in Chandni Chowk market.? o Visit Colonial Delhi. o Visit Humayuns Tomb. o End the day with visit to Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
Today you will be transferred to Delhi airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi airport, you will met by Breathtakers Tours representative and thereafter continue with sightseeing of Varanasi. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River?s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along the citys winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. At the confluence of two tributaries of the Ganges River, Varanasi, is a city of many names, bearing a history of over 3000 years, and had reached its zenith as a center of religion and learning in the 7th century BC. A city steeped in spiritual sanctity and knowledge, which three great world religions ? Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism, acknowledge as a place of homage. Afternoon visit Sarnath ? located on the outskirts of the city where The Buddha is said to have delivered his first sermon after achieving enlightenment. After sightseeing you will be transferred to the hotel. Evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Varanasi.
Early morning head to river to board the boat. You will be in the perfect spot to watch the colorful Ghats slowly come to life, as pilgrims begin to bathe themselves in the holy river. Walk through the narrow lanes of Varanasi to see life around the riverside. Return to hotel for breakfast.? Later continue with sightseeing of Varanasi city.? Afternoon take walk in the narrow lanes and market of Varanasi.? Evening, witness the Aarti ceremony on the banks of river Ganges.? Overnight stay at hotel in Varanasi.
After a leisurely morning, you will be transferred to airport for flight to Agra. Upon arrival at Agra airport, you will met by Breathtakers Tours representative and will be transferred to the hotel. Agra was the capital of the Mughal court during the 16th and 17th centuries and its sublime monuments date from that era. The emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jehan governed their vast empires from here and as prolific builders; artisans from Persia, Central Asia and other parts of India were attracted by their patronage. The resulting luxurious palaces, tombs, forts and gardens dot the picturesque riverine region along the Yamuna River; three of which, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatepur Sikri have been declared World Heritage Sites. Agra is renowned for its delicate Pietra Dura work; a Florentine technique imported by Jahangir of arranging minute pieces of precious and semi-precious stones in complex, stylized floral and geometric designs into a marble base. Afternoon start the sightseeing of Agra and fill your day with following activities: o Visit Agra Fort. o Towards sunset visit Mehtab Bagh Gardens to see Taj Mahal from opposite side of Yamuna River. Overnight stay at hotel in Agra
Sunrise visit of Taj Mahal. Back to hotel for Breakfast after Breakfast commence your drive to Agra (Approx. 4.5 hours) and upon arrival check-in at your hotel. Late afternoon explore the markets of Pink city. Evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
Jaipur, or the City of Victory, was founded in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is a well-planned city of magnificent palaces and building. Built from rose-colored terra cotta, it has given it the name Pink City. Nowadays the Capital of Rajasthan with a population of over 1 million, it is a city full of contrasts with bazaars teeming with turbaned elders and jean clad youngsters to camels, horses and a multitude of vehicles. Jaipur?s focal point is the magnificent Hawa Mahal, otherwise known as the Palace of the Winds. Today start the sightseeing of Jaipur and visit the following monuments: o Amer Fort. o City Palace o Jantar Mantar (Observatory) o Hawa Mahal Palace Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
Post breakfast drive to Udaipur.? Lunch at Bijayniwas palace. after lunch commence your drive to Udaipur Regarded by many as the most romantic city in India, Udaipur is an enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid blue lakes and green hills. It is an oasis of colour in a stark and arid region. The city is dominated by the massive City Palace overlooking Lake Pichola with its white island palaces. Picturesque havelis, ghats and temples along the lake front, lively bazaars of the old city and a relaxing atmosphere make Udaipur perfect for wandering around and a visit is considered one of India?s greatest highlights. Overnight stay at hotel in Udaipur.
Today start the sightseeing of Udaipur and visit the following monuments: o City Palace o Saheliyon-ki-Bari later proceed for the Boat ride at Lake Pichola.? Overnight at Udaipur.
Today you will be transferred to Udaipur airport for your flight to onwards destination.End point Departure Gate, Maharana Pratap Airport (UDR), Udaipur, Hindistan, Vallabhnagar, Rajasthan, India