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ESSENCE OF INDIA Tour Code:IVI/S/1527
14 nights/15 days Route:Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur - Cochin - Kumarakom - Mumbai/td>
Day 01 Delhi
Arrive into the capital of India, New Delhi
Upon arrival and after clearing immigration and customs you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Check into your hotel.
Delhi is the capital of India. Its history goes back to 3000 years. Various rulers built eight successive cities in and around present day Delhi. Few capitals in the world have as many monuments of which Delhi is justly proud; overnight at the Hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel
Day 02 Delhi
Breakfast
This morning enjoy half day tour of Old Delhi.
Rest of the day is free at leisure
Overnight stay at Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 03 Delhi
Breakfast
Today enjoy a half day tour of New Delhi .
On arrival in Agra check in at hotel.
Rest of the day is free at leisure
Overnight stay at Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Day 04 Delhi - Agra - 4hrs approx
Breakfast
Drive from Delhi to Agra en route Sikandra.
Sikandra, a few kilometres short of Agra on the main Delhi-Agra highway (National Highway 2), is supposedly named for a pre-Mughal ruler of Delhi called Sikandar Lodhi. Sikandar Lodhi had ambitions of extending his reign south of Delhi, and had a citadel in Agra-and perhaps a garden at this spot. In the early years of the 17th century, the third of the Mughal emperors, Akbar, chose Sikandra to be the site of his mausoleum. He renamed it Bihishtabad (`Abode of Paradise`), and commissioned its design and construction, though after Akbar`s death in 1605, the building was completed under the aegis of his son and successor, Jahangir.
Afternoon half day city tour of Jaipur.

On arrival in Agra check into your hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight stay at Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Day 05 Agra
Breakfast
Today city tour of Agra
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Day 06 Agra - Fathepur Sikri - Bharatpur - Ranthambore -7-8hrs approx
Breakfast
Drive from Agra to Fathepur Sikri. This magnificent fortified ghost city was the capital of the Mughal emperor Akbar between 1571 and 1585. The downfall of this once magnificent capital of the Mughals started with the rise of the Jats when Emperor Aurangazeb left this place never to return again. The credit for preserving the ancient monuments situated here goes to Lord Curzon. Since then, these protected monuments and the environs of the city have been well maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. The city is rectangular in shape with nine huge gates - Delhi Darwaza, Lal Darwaza, Agra Gate, Suraj and Chandra Darwaza, Tehra Gate and Ajmeri Darwaza. Later proceed from Fathepur Sikri to Bharatpur station to board the Jan Shatabdi Express to Sawai Madhopur On arrival you will be transferred to your Ranthambore hotel
Check in to your hotel
Afternoon a 3hr game drive into the Park by Jeep/Cantor. Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. Being considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the Ranthambore National Park terrain is major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination.
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Day 07 Ranthambore
Breakfast
Early Morning explore the forests of Ranthambore on a safari tour.
Ranthambore Safari
Rest of the day is free at leisure
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 08 Ranthambore - Jaipur - 3hrs approx
Breakfast
Drive from Ranthambore to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur check into your hotel. The rose-pink capital of Rajasthan, is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, the city was founded in 1727 by the astronomer-king, Sawai Jai Singh II and built according to the Shilpa Shastra, the ancient Hindu treatise on architecture and sculpture. It is a walled city with seven rectangular blocks. The Maharajah`s palace stands in the center of the city amidst lovely gardens. Jaipur is aptly called the `the pink city` of India.
Rest of the day is free at leisure
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 09 Jaipur
Breakfast
Today visit the Amber Fort in the morning. Later enjoy the City tour in the afternoon

Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Jaipur - Ajmer- Jodhpur - 6hrs approx
Breakfast
This morning your private car with driver will drive you to Jodhpur en route visiting Ajmer
This morning your private car with driver will drive you to Jodhpur en route visiting Ajmer The lakeside city of Ajmer is located in central Rajasthan, and is held in great reverence by devotees of all communities who call it `Ajmer Sharif` (Holy Ajmer). . It has the mausoleum of the Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, whose blessings are eagerly sought by pilgrims to his dargah. Known as the `Dargah Sharif`, the last resting place of the saint who died in 1235 lies at the foot of a barren hill. The saint`s marble domed mausoleum is India`s most important shrine for Muslims and receives an endless flow of visitors of all religions as the sick, the troubled and the childless come here seeking a boon, a blessing or just peace of mind. Legend has it that the Mughal emperor, Akbar came here to the saint in the 16th century in quest of a boon for an heir and the saint obliged.
Later drive from Ajmer to Jodhpur and check in to your hotel. The former capital of Marwar state was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha who claimed descent from Lord Rama (the hero of the epic Ramayana). The massive fort - Mehrangarh - came first and around it grew the city of Jodhpur protected by a high stone wall with seven gates and countless bastions. Today, the city has grown to become the second largest city of Rajasthan while still maintaining its medieval character. As in the past, Jodhpur is still one of the leading trading centers of wood, cattle, camels, salt and agricultural crops. However, the past is never very far behind and Jodhpur boasts of some very fine reminders of this glorious past - palaces, forts, temples and other elegant monuments of architectural and historical value.
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Jodhpur
Breakfast
Today enjoy sightseeing of Jodhpur
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Jodhpur -Udaipur -6hrs approx
Breakfast
Drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur and check into your hotel. Also known as the Venice of the East, Udaipur, is an enchanting city. From the lakes in the midst of the sandy terrain to green forested hills where wildlife still abounds, the surprises are endless. And, in the lakes, or by their edges, are palaces straight out of fairy tales, each more beautiful than the other. Founded in 16th century by Maharana Udai Singh, the House of Mewar or Udaipur as it is better known is surrounded by the Aravalli mountain ranges. Later in the evening enjoy boat ride on lake Pichola. (Subject to water in the lake).
Lake Pichola Boat Ride
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 Udaipur - Mumbai
Breakfast
Travel from Udaipur to Bombay by flight This morning enjoy half day city tour of Udaipur. Later you will be transferred to the Udaipur airport for your flight to Mumbai.
A beautiful harbor studded with hilly islands and a palm- fringed shore rising gradually to the peaks of mountain ranges form a fine waterfront for Bombay, "the Gateway of India" Besides being the major port of India, Bombay is also a great industrial center. A cosmopolitan city, it owes its prosperity to the industry and enterprise of its population of about eight million. It is the commercial capital of India.
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 Mumbai
Breakfast
Today visit the Elephanta caves followed by the City tour in the afternoon
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 Depart Mumbai
Breakfast
Today depart Mumbai for your flight back home
Meals: Breakfast
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