Art, Culture and Architecture Tour Of India

Art, Culture and Architecture Tour helps you to experience the real colors of the art and culture of India. On this tour, you also get an opportunity to be memorable with the architectural features and styles of the very old temples, forts, palaces and other buildings that were built in India. The main places that you cover during this India trip.

Places Covered: Mumbai, Aurangabad, Udaipur,Jodhpur,Jaipur,Delhi,Gwalior,Orchha,Khajurao,Varanasi,Bodhgaya,Patna,Lucknow.

Itinerary Details

Day 01 - Arrival at Mumbai: Arrival at Mumbai follows transfer to hotel where rooms are held on ready occupancy basis. Traditional welcome is followed by check in into hotel. Spend the night at the hotel.

Day 02 - Mumbai: After your breakfast, get ready to explore Mumbai. As part of this short excursion, you will visit the Juhu beach, the Gateway of India and the Elephanta caves. The exploration of Mumbai is incomplete without seeing the glittering world of Bollywood. In the evening, make your way through sets of a typical film studio. See men with cameras mounted on cranes shooting sequences. You will have all, both rural and urban life, in these studios. Spend the night at the hotel.

Day 03 - Mumbai - Aurangabad: After breakfast on third day, you move to airport for journey to Aurangabad by air. Aurangabad city was established in 1610 AD by Malik Ambar. The city features four main gateways and nine secondary gateways that were built to defend the city from the enemy forces. On your Aurangabad tour, you get a chance to visit the famous Ellora caves, known for their rock-hewn temples and Buddhist monasteries. You also visit the Aurangabad caves and the Daulatabad Fort.

Day 04 - Aurangabad: The fourth day of your trip to India involves the visit to Ajanta Caves. These caves are located about 100 km from Aurangabad and date back to 2nd century BC. You will find here paintings carved on the walls and ceilings of various chapels and monasteries depicting various events from the life of Buddha.

Day 05 - Aurangabad - Mumbai - Udaipur: After having breakfast on the morning of fifth day of your India trip, you move to Aurangabad airport for flight to Mumbai. After reaching Mumbai, you move to your hotel. After relaxing, you go for a visit to Elephanta Caves located at Elephanta Island. These caves, dating back to 9th century, are famous for striking carvings and sculptures. You also visit a temple on the island dedicated to Lord Shiva. After this visit, you return to Mumbai to board the flight to Udaipur, a city famed for its magnificent palaces, lakes, temples, and gardens. After reaching Udaipur, you relax at your hotel and enjoy overnight stay.

Day 06 - Udaipur: The sixth day of your India trip starts with sightseeing tour of Udaipur city. You start with City Palace featuring luxurious rooms, ivory doors, and beautiful glass windows. Other interesting attractions that you cover on your Udaipur tour include the beautiful Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, Jagdish Temple, Folk Museum, Lake Pichola and Jag Mandir Palace.

Day 07 - Udaipur - Jodhpur: Further on seventh day of your India trip, you move from Udaipur to imperial city of Jodhpur. On way to Jodhpur, you visit the Ranakpur Temples that were built during 15th century and feature around 200 pillars. You also visit attractive Jain Temples and the Temple of the Sun God. After you reach Jodhpur, you shift to your hotel and later visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum.

Day 08 - Jodhpur - Jaipur: After having breakfast on the eight day, you start you onward journey for Jaipur. You visit Kishangarh Fort on the way. After reaching Jaipur, you relax at hotel and later visit beautiful Birla Temple in the evening.

Day 09 - Jaipur: You start your ninth day of trip to India with excursion to Amber Fort, a classical structure, dating back to late 16th century. Lunch is taken at Turban Museum Restaurant. The afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur includes visit to the City Palace, Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple, City Palace Museum, Jantar Mantar, and Hawa Mahal. You enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10 - Jaipur - Delhi - Gwalior: Your tenth day of the India trip involves taking flight to Delhi. After reaching Delhi, you enjoy a light lunch and take another flight for Gwalior. The ancient city of Gwalior, known for its temples, palaces, museums, and traditions, lies southward of Agra city. After getting to Gwalior, you stay at Heritage Palace Hotel. Enjoy Sound and Light show at the Fort in the evening.

Day 11 - Gwalior: The sightseeing tour of Gwalior, on eleventh day of your India trip, starts with a visit to Gwalior Fort. This massive fort, that dominates the city, is among the most important landmarks of Gwalior. For rest of the day, you explore in detail the tourist attractions of Man Mandir Palace, Gujari Mahal, Sas Bahu ka Mandir, Jai Vilas Palace, Sun Temple, Ghaus Mohammed's Tomb, Gurudwara Data Bandhi Chhod, and Sarod Ghar Museum.

Day 12 - Gwalior - Orchha: In the morning, you start your journey for Jhansi by train and then drive to Orchha, the city established by Bundela rulers during 16th century. After visiting the Fort Complex, you continue your journey for Khajuraho. After reaching Khajuraho, you relax at your hotel room before enjoying Sound and Light show in the evening at western temples complex.

Day 13 - Khajuraho: Khajuraho is world famous for temples featuring erotic carvings that are believed to date back to mid-10th and 11th centuries. Only about 22 of the original 85 Khajuraho temples exist now. The thirteenth day of your India trip involves visit to western temples. You enjoy Dances of India show in the evening.

Day 14 - Khajuraho - Varanasi: You visit the Eastern Temples and Jain Temples of Khajuraho. Then you return to hotel and move for airport for boarding the flight to Varanasi. After reaching Varanasi, you relax at the hotel for sometime and then start your trip to Sarnath, a prime Buddhist center, located about 5 miles from Varanasi. Here, you watch magnificent stupas and other buildings featuring numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images.

Day 15 - Varanasi: Varanasi is the city situated along the banks of holy Ganga River. It is one of the prime religious centers of Hindus in India. Sounds of hymns and mantras, temples and shrines, sights of people busy in making arts and crafts make Varanasi an amazing city. On fifteenth day of your trip to India, you experience the events at Daswamedh Ghat where people cremate dead bodies, explore the streets along the banks of Ganga and visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, and Banaras Hindu University campus.

Day 16 - Varanasi - Bodhgaya: You board the train to Bodhgaya, a sacred place for Buddhists. You reach Bodhgaya and relax in the hotel room.

Day 17 - Bodhgaya: Bodhgaya, located about 10 km from Gaya, is the place where Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. In the morning, after having breakfast, you move out for the sightseeing tour of Maha Bodhi Temple and Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya. You also get a chance to see Chinese Temple, the Niranjana Temple, the River and the School of the Destitute

Day 18 - Bodhgaya - Nalanda - Rajgir - Patna:In the morning of eighteenth day, you start your drive to Nalanda by road. Here you see the ruins of the ancient university that existed here even at the time of Buddha. Then you move to Rajgir to visit the Peace Pagoda and Cave of Saptparni. Later, you continue your journey to Patna, the capital city of Bihar. You relax in the hotel after reaching Patna.

Day 19 - Patna - Lucknow: In the morning of the nineteenth day of India trip, you go for the Patna sightseeing tour. Next you take the flight to Lucknow. You check in at the hotel and relax for rest of the day.

Day 20 - Lucknow: Lucknow is renowned as the city of culture and mannerism. On second-last day of your India trip, you start sightseeing of Lucknow with Bara Imambara and further explore Rumi Darwaza (Gate), Imambara, Clock Tower, Shah Najaf Imambara, Residency, Noor Baksh, and Chatter Manzil.

Day 21 - Lucknow - Delhi: On the last day of your India trip, you take the flight to Delhi in the morning. You check in at the hotel and relax. Then you continue your journey as per your further schedule.

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