12 DAYS BEST OF INDIA

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12 DAYS BEST OF INDIA

12 Days Best of India

Places of Visit: Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Jhansi - Orchha - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur – Mumbai - Aurangabad – Mumbai – Goa
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12 Days Best of India

Places of Visit: Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Jhansi - Orchha - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur – Mumbai - Aurangabad – Mumbai – Goa

Day 01
Home - Delhi
(By Flight)
Arrive in Delhi, meet assist and transfer to hotel.
After some rest proceed for a city tour of Old and New Delhi.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Delhi- India’s capital and a major gateway to the country. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New & Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the British & the Moghuls respectively.
Visiting Red Fort, Jama Mosque, Chandni Chowk, Rajghat, Birla Temple, Qutub Minar, India Gate and drive past President's house.

Day 02
Delhi - Varanasi
(By Flight)
Early morning after breakfast transfer to airport to connect flight to Varanasi.
On arrival in Varanasi pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel.
Later proceed for a city tour including Sarnath with a guide.
In the evening you will be taken to the banks of river Ganges to see evening prayers.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Varanasi - It has been known as Kashi and Banaras, its present name is a restoration of the ancient name meaning the city between the two rivers - Varuna and Asi. The eternal city is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India. Situated on the banks of the sacred river Ganges Kashi Vishwanath Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is popularly known as the Golden Temple due to the Gold plating done on its 15.5-meter high spire.
Visiting the major temples (Benares Hindu University, Bharat Mata Mandir, Durga, Tulsi Manas Ki, Alamgir mosque).
Sarnath is the place where Buddha preached his first sermon " Maha Dharma Chakra Pravartan " after his enlightenment. Sarnath is one of the richest Buddhist antiquities from the time of Ashoka before the twelfth century. Ashoka Stupa built here Dharmarajika. Among other structures in Sarnath are the ruins of the Temple representing the Mula gandha - Kuti, ruins of monasteries, and stupas. Among the most beloved is the imposition of Dhamekh Stupa, adorned with delicate floral carvings on the bottom, and Mahabodhi Stupa Chaukhandi Society Mulgandha Kuti Vihar Temple. Sarnath has also a rich collection consists of numerous Buddha and Bodhisattva images, which can be seen in the Archaeological Museum, Sarnath Buddhist sculptures.

Day 03
Varanasi – Khajuraho
(By Flight)
Early morning during sunrise proceeds for a boat ride in holy river Ganges.
Later Durga temple on the way back to the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel and in time transfer to the airport to connect flight for Khajuraho. On arrival in Khajuraho pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel. Later do a city tour of Khajuraho with a guided visit Unesco 11th century temple complex. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. Khajuraho - The temples in Khajuraho are divided into three complexes. The most popular temple complex in Khajuraho of the three is the western complex on the western side as the name suggests,
which houses the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple - the largest temple at Khajuraho.
The eastern group of temples of Khajuraho is about half an hour away from the western temple
complex. Brahma Temple, Vamana & Javari Temples, and the Parshvanatha Temple the largest Jain temple in Khajuraho are in the eastern complex.
The Southern group of temples in Khajuraho is located slightly away from the other groups of temples.
Diageo and Chaturbhuj temples are the main temples in the southern group of temples in Khajuraho.
The Duladeo or “the newly married woman” is a Shiva temple.

Day 04
Khajuraho - Orchha
(By Road)
(178 Kms. / 4 hrs. appx.)
Orchha - Jhansi
(By Road)
(15 Kms. / 30 mins. appx.)
Jhansi - Agra
(By Train)
The morning after breakfast drive by bus to Jhansi Train station en-route visiting town of Orcha, here you will see temples, old town, etc. Evening connects Shatabdi Express train for Agra. Upon arrival in Agra pick up from the train station and transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Orchha - was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain, Rudra Pratap, who chose this stretch of land along the Betwa river as an ideal site for his capital. Of the succeeding rulers, the most notable was Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo who built the exquisite Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatris. From here the view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs is spectacular. Jehangir Mahal was built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha.

Day 05
Agra - Fatehpur Sikri
(By Road)
(30 Kms. / 1 hr. appx.)
Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur
(By Road)
(205 Kms. / 4.5 mins. appx.)
The morning after breakfast checkout from the hotel and proceed for local sighting of Agra visiting Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Later drive by bus to Jaipur en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri and on arrival check-in at the hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Agra, a romantic city in India, is known for the marble edifice 'Taj Mahal' Besides the Taj Mahal, Agra is also known for the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone city made by Emperor Akbar. Agra is a medieval city situated on the banks of the river Yamuna. Sultan Sikandar Lodi, the Ruler of Delhi Sultanate founded it in the year 1504 After the sultan's death the city passed on to his son Sultan Ibrahim Lodi who ruled his Sultanate from Agra until he fell fighting to Babur in the First battle of Panipat fought in 1526 Taj Mahal - Described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, it was constructed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal, made out of white marble took 22 years to complete (1630-1652 AD). Ustad Ahamad Lahori, a Persian Architect, is said to be the main designer and planner for this magnificent memorial. On full moon nights, the glory of the Taj is at its best. Over the centuries, the Taj has attracted more visitors than perhaps any other Monuments in the country, and it is all too easy to resort to conventional superlatives when describing it.
Agra fort - Construction of the massive red sandstone Agra Fort on the bank of the Yamuna River was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565, though additions were made up until the rule of his grandson, Shah Jahan. In Akbar's time, the fort was principally a military structure, but during Shah Jaha's reign, it had partially become Palace. It is an imposing structure with walls of red sandstone almost three kilometers long. Entered through the Amar Singh Gate, the eastern part of the fort contains a palace, audience hall, and mosques built by three emperors
Fatehpur Sikri - built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Moghuls, which was
abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. The sloping levels of the city were connected into terraces which were utilized for various complexes such as Jami masjid, Buland-Darwazah, and the tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti; Khass Mahal, Shahi-Bazar, Mina-Bazar, the Panch-Mahal, Khwabgah, Diwan-i- Khass, Anup-Talao, Chaupar, and Diwan-i-Am. The efficient system of drainage and water supply adopted here suggests an extremely intelligent town planning by the Mughal emperor.

Day 06
Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel and proceed for excursion to Amber fort, enjoy Elephant ride to climb the fort. Later proceed for a city tour visiting the City Palace, Observatory, and Palace of winds. Rest of the day free.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Jaipur the vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ' Pink City ' because of the pink-
colored buildings in its old city. It sits on a dry lake bed in a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by forts and crenelated walls.
Amber Fort - Amber is located at a distance of 11 kilometers from Jaipur and was the old fort of the Kachhwaha clan of Amber, which used to be the capital, till it was moved to Jaipur. The construction of the Amber Fort began in the year 1592 and was started by Man Singh I, but it was finished by his descendant Jai Singh.
City Palace has museums having an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamelware, and weapons.
Jantar Mantar - the observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728 and the façade of Hawa Mahal.
JAL MAHAL - (6 km) on the way to Amer, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake.
Renovation around the lake is in progress.
Hawa Mahal - The palace is shaped like a pyramid and is a five-storied building, with several small windows and screens, with arched roofs. As one looks at this building, one realizes that the rear side of the building is comparatively very plain and lacks much ornamentation

Day 07
Jaipur – Mumbai
(By Flight)
Mumbai - Aurangabad
(By Flight)
Early morning pick up from the hotel and transfer to airport to connect flight for Mumbai.
On arrival in Mumbai, pick-up from the airport and you will be taken for breakfast near the airport. Later
proceed for sightseeing of Mumbai with a guide visiting Dhobi Ghat, Hanging Gardens, Mani Bhawan, Victoria Terminus, and Gateway of India.
Later transfer back to the airport to connect flight for Aurangabad. On arrival pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Gateway of India- the Gateway of India is the main attraction of Mumbai city. It was built to
commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911 Situated at the Apollo Bunder, the gateway holds greater historical significance as the last of the British troops that left India by sea, marched through its portals.
Dhobi Ghat - Dhobi Ghat A unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. All for a pittance. The "laundries" are called "ghats": row upon row of concrete wash pens, each fitted with its flogging stone. The clothes are soaked in sudsy water, thrashed on the flogging stones, then tossed into huge vats of boiling starch and hung out to dry.
Victoria Terminus (Shivaji Terminus) - Victoria Terminus was opened on January 1st, 1882 as the main railway station of Mumbai. Designed by F.W. Stevens, this Gothic building facial appearance carvings of peacocks, gargoyles, monkeys, and lions. Domes, turrets, spires, and stained glass windows are other architectural items of note. The technique of the Victoria Terminus is more like a house of worship than a railway station.
Hanging Gardens - The Hanging Gardens makes another must-see site in Mumbai. The park was built during the early 1880s over Mumbai's main reservoir at the top of the Malabar Hills. The reason for its location being to cover the water from the potentially contaminating activity of the nearby Towers of Silence.
Mani Bhavan, located in Mumbai (Maharashtra State) is one of the most important Gandhi Memorial Museums in the country. Being, at one time the residence of the Father of the Nation, it is now a source of inspiration for freedom and peace-loving men and women from all over the world.

Day 08
Aurangabad
Breakfast at the hotel and proceed for a full-day excursion to Ajanta and Ellora caves with a guide.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Aurangabad is a historical city, situated on the western coast of India. Though it lies in the remote
corner of Maharashtra, it manages to attract a lot of tourists every year. The main attractions of the city comprise the historical sites and religious places, situated in and around its precincts.
Ajanta: 29 caves were built as secluded retreats of the Buddhist monks, who taught and performed
rituals in the Chaityas and Viharas, the ancient seats of learning, and nerve - centers of the Buddhist cultural movement. Using simple tools like a hammer and chisel, the monks carved out the impressive figures adorning the walls of these structures. Many of the caves house panels depicting stories from the Jatakas, a rich mine of tales of the several incarnations of the Buddha. Images of nymphs and princesses amongst others are also elaborately portrayed Ellora caves, 34 in number, are carved into the sides of a basaltic hill, 30 km from Aurangabad. The finest specimens of cave-temple architecture, they house elaborate facades and exquisitely adorned
interiors. These structures representing the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, were
carved during the 350 AD to 700 AD period. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the center dedicated to Hinduism, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain.

Day 09
Aurangabad – Mumbai
(By Flight)
Mumbai – Goa
(By Flight)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure. Later transfer to airport to connect flight for Goa via Mumbai.
On arrival, Goa pickup from the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10
Goa
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day free.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11
Goa
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day free.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 12
Goa – Home
(By Flight)
Early morning transfer to the airport to fly back.
END OF TOUR

Included services:
· Meeting and assistance by our representative.
· welcome with fresh flower garlands.
· 10 Nights hotel accommodation in DBL / Twin Room.
· Daily Breakfast and Dinners at the hotels.
· AC Train Ticket Jhansi - Agra in 01st AC
· Entrance fees to monuments.
· Covering all main/major monuments and tourist attractions in each city.
· All transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per the program by private vehicle.
· Boat-ride in river Ganges Varanasi.
· Visit to Taj Mahal.
· Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.
· Transport, Parking, Gasoline & Tollways.
· 5% GST (Government Service Tax).

  Optional Activities without any extra cost:
· Visit to Indian family home for Dinner to see the local way of living and interact with the Indian family.
· Driving around the city during the late evening hours.
· Cooking lessons on Indian cuisine.

Excluded services:
- Any International / Domestic Airfare.
- Tips, gratuities, Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, camera/ video camera charges, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
- Visa fees, personal insurance, or airport taxes including the recently levied airport development fee at the Delhi airport.
- Any item not specified under cost includes.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
· Taj Mahal in Agra closed on Fridays.
· Check-in / out time is noon at most of the hotels.
· Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost.
· Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
· A visa is required and must be obtained before you depart from your Country.
· If a quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
· Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules, and room availability.
· In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airline prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
· In India there is no relevance between the distance and time of travel, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
· While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, because of local strikes, etc that are beyond our control all schedules and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
· Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies, or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
· In case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets,  TMT is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or canceled, as it is the responsibility of the airline.