India is a country with 38 UNESCO World Heritage sites. This is a very special tour, visiting 13 "must-see" UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India, including the Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar & Red Fort in Delhi, the famous Temples of Khajuraho, the Taj Mahal, Red Fort & Fatehpur Sikri in Agra, the Jantar Mantar, the Amber Fort & the walled city of Jaipur, Elephanta Caves and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (earlier called Victoria Terminus) in Mumbai and the remarkable Caves of Ajanta & Ellora in Aurangabad. The itinerary offers a unique opportunity to see these 13 sites in 13 days.
You will be met at the airport by a Trans India Holidays representative and he will escort you to the The Lalit Hotel and will assist you with the check in formalities. The Lalit is a modern 5-star hotel, located just a short walk from the city centre. It offers modern comfortable rooms, and outdoor swimming pool, a modern Gym and Spa amongst its many facilities. The tour starts from the capital city, Delhi, an active city, with an ideal combination of the ancient and the contemporary era. Delhi has two visible parts: New Delhi, the city created by the British, as the royal capital of India in 1911. The Old Delhi which was considered as the Muslim capital of India between the 17th and the 19th century. There are at least eight cities on the location of modern Delhi among which Indraprastha is one of the first recognized settlements, highlighted in the epic Mahabharata over 3000 years ago. Nevertheless, Delhi has always been one of the major cities in the northern region of the subcontinent. Overnight in Delhi.
After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up from your hotel and will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi, visiting all the three World Heritage sites of Delhi . Tour includes visits to the following places of interest: Red Fort: The term Red Fort is taken from a Hindi word Lal, which means red and Quila which means fort. The structure of the Red Fort is very uneven and it is placed in an octet shape along the Yamuna River. This fort is delimited by a wall of about 2.4 kms in perimeter and is constructed of red sandstone. In 1638, Shah Jahan started building this huge fort and it was completed in 1648. The fort has a Diwan-e-Am (Hall for public audience), a Rang Mahal (a water- cooled apartment of royal ladies) and a Pearl Mosque, which was constructed with white marble. Red fort has two hallways: a) The Delhi gate and b) The Lahori gate, and both this gates face the renowned Chandni Chowk. Jama Masjid : Jama Masjid is one of the country’s major mosques where hundreds and thousands of Muslims offer their prayers even today. Jama Masjid was constructed by Shah Jahan as an architectural extravaganza in 1658. The wonders of construction in Jama Masjid are seen in the long stretches of stairs and the hefty courtyard. Chandni Chowk (Silver Street): Chandni Chowk is well-known for its flamboyant streets with the famous shopping spots of Old Delhi. It also has the country’s best known extensive market for textiles, electronic goods, and watches. Entire Chandni Chowk was designed by Jahanara Begum, Shah Jahan’s beloved daughter and was then populated by the well-to-do families of that time. The famous Parantha wale Gali, known for its mouth-watering paranthas is also positioned in Chandni Chowk. The famous gold market, Dariba Kalan is also situated here. Raj Ghat : An elementary square platform of black marble on the banks of Yamuna River, symbolizes the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated followed by his assassination in 1948. A dedicatory ritual takes place each Friday, in his memory. India Gate: India Gate is a free-standing, 42-meter high arch. It was built in 1931 and was formerly called the All India War Memorial in the memory of the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in World War I. The names of the warriors are engraved all along the walls of the arch. The eternal flame was lit here to honor the Amar Jawan (Immortal Soldier), in 1971. Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s House): Rashtrapati Bhavan is the authorized residence of the President of the country. It was designed by Lutyens, and was the official residence of the Viceroy when the British ruled India. Humayun’s Tomb: Nine years after the death of Humayun, Haji Begum (widow of Humayun) built this tomb in 1565-66 in his memory. Qutub Minar: This outstanding building in the Southern part of the capital was built by the Muslim King; Qutab–ud–din Aibak in 1199 A.D. The Minar (tower) is 72.5 meters tall and its base is a mosque. Overnight in Delhi.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by our representative and he will assist you with the check-out formalities. You will then be escorted to the airport in time to board flight for Varanasi, the next destination on your World Heritage Sites tour package. Varanasi : Varanasi the ‘eternal city’ is one of the major pilgrimage spots in India. Varanasi is located on the banks of the sacred river Ganges. Over 2000 years Varanasi has been a center of learning. Apart from being a pilgrimage spot in India, Varanasi is also considered as an auspicious place to die, establishing an instant route to heaven. Varanasi is a special place for the Sanskrit scholars and students from all over India are seen here. The ancient city of Varanasi is located along the West bank of the river Ganges. This city extends back from the riverbank ghats in a twisted collection of passageways. These passageways are too cramped for anything but walking. The city extends from Raj Ghat, near the bridge to AsiGhat near the University. You will again be met by our representative at the Varanasi Airport and he will escort you to the Rivatas by Ideal Hotel and help you with the check in formalities. Rivatas By Ideal is a 5 star hotel, located on the Mall road in Varanasi. The hotel has 68 air-conditioned rooms, 3 food and beverage outlets, 24 hour room service , as well as a swimming pool. Later, you will be picked up from your hotel for the guided sightseeing tour of Varanasi. Tour includes visits to the following places of interest : Asi Ghat: Asi Ghat is one of the five extraordinary ghats in India; where the pilgrims are supposed to bathe in all the ghats on the same day and in order. The order is Asi, Dasaswamedh, Barnasangam, Panchganga and finally Manikarnika. Durga Temple: Durga Temple was constructed in the 18th century by a Bengali Maharani. This temple is commonly known as the ‘Monkey Temple’ as many monkeys have made it their home. The construction of this temple is in Nagara style (North Indian style). The temple has a DurgaKund (Kund means Pond or pool). The temple has multi-tiered shikharas and is stained red with ochre, which represents the color of Durga. This temple is closed for non-Hindus. Kashi-Vishwanath Or Golden Temple: The Kashi-Vishwanath or the Golden Temple is devoted to lord Shiva as the Lord of the Universe. The original Temple was destroyed by Aurangzeb and he constructed a mosque over it. The New temple is constructed in 1776 by Ahalya Bai of Indore and the Gold plating on the towers of the temples was contributed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore. The new temple is located right across the road from its original position. Next to the temple is the GyanKupor Well, the well of knowledge. In this temple also the non-Hindus are not allowed. In the evening, you will be picked up from your hotel for the Sunset visit to Aarti (Prayer) Ceremony on the banks of the River Ganges -- It takes place every sunset at the Dasaswamedh Ghat, near Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. It is a highly choreographed ceremony. The aarti is performed on a stage by a group of young pandits (priests), all draped in saffron colored robes with their puja plates spread out before them. It commences with the blowing of a conch shell, and continues with the waving of incense sticks in elaborate patterns and circling of large flaming lamps that create a bright hue against the darkened sky. The movement of the lamps, held in the pandits' hands, is tightly synchronizing to the rhythmic chants of hymns and clang of cymbals. The heady scent of sandalwood thickly permeates the air. An excellent way to end your day in Varanasi. Overnight in Varanasi.
The day begins early with a Boat Ride at dawn on the holy river Ganges. The guide will pick you up from your hotel and will take you to the river Ganges. The City and the river Ganges come alive at dawn, when hundreds and thousands of devotees come to the river to worship the Sun God. The edge of the river looks amazing from a boat at sunrise and this sight is spiritually uplifting. Hinduism is deep and magical, it is everywhere; in the sight of a sparkling temple; in the sound of a sacred bell; in the prayer chants of the priests and in the smell of the flowers. Return to the hotel and enjoy a relaxing breakfast. Later, you will be met by our representative and he will assist you with the check out formalities. Then he will escort you to Varanasi airport in time to board flight for Khajuraho, your next destination on your World Heritage Sites of India tour package. Khajuraho: Khajuraho was once the capital of the Chandela Rajput’s of Bundelkhand. It is the dwelling place of the World’s famous 10th century Khajuraho Temples. These temples have attractive and erotic rock carvings and the carvings symbolize some of the beautiful specimens of the medieval Hindu architecture and sculpture in the country. You will again be met by our representative at the Khajuraho airport and he will escort you to Hotel Radisson and will assist you with the check in formalities. Set amidst landscaped gardens, the 90-room Radisson, Khajuraho, is a good place to stay in this city of Temples. The Radisson is only 2 kms from the Temples. The rooms at the Radisson boast all modern amenities including tea and coffee makers, hair dryers, irons/ironing boards, safes, TVs, telephones and wireless Internet access. Leisure facilities at the Radisson include a large Swimming pool and a well equipped fitness centre. The rest of the day is free for you. You can either relax or enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the city. Overnight in Khajuraho.
After a relaxing breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Khajuraho. The tour includes visits to the following places of interest: Eastern & Western Group Of Temples: The Eastern group of temples includes the Lakshmi and the Varaha Temple, the Lakshmana Temple, the Kandariya Mahadev, the Mahadeva Temple, the Devi Jagadamba Temple, the Chitragupta Temple and the Vishwanath Temple. The Eastern Group of temples houses the Parasvanath Temple, the largest and finest Jain temple in the city as well as the Adinath Temple, the Shantinath Temple, the Ghantai Temple, the Javari Temple, the Vamana Temple and the Brahma and Hanuman Temple. The Temples of Khajuraho are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Western group of temples includes the Matangesvara Temple, the only temple in Khajuraho where the daily rituals still takes place and the Chausath Yogini Temple, the temple which is in ruins now and is believed to be the oldest temple in Khajuraho. Later in the afternoon, you will be met by our representative at the hotel and will be assisted with the check out formalities. You will then start your drive to Jhansi, which is the nearest railway station of Khajuraho, and board the Shatabdi Express train to Agra (1840/2110 hrs), the next destination on your North India tour. Agra : Agra is situated on the bank of Yamuna River. It is the dwelling place to India’s famous monument, the Taj Mahal. Agra was the capital of Mughal Empire in the 16th & 17th centuries. Agra is home to 3 World Heritage sites, the Taj Mahal , the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, and here you will get an opportunity to visit all the 3. Arrive Agra at 2110 hrs. You will be met at Agra railway station by our representative and he will escort you to the ITC Mughal Hotel and will assist you with the check in formalities. ITC Mughal: Set in 35 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, close to the Taj Mahal, the ITC Mughal is one of the best hotels in Agra. The rooms have state-of-the-art amenities and facilities. Leisure facilities include a state of the art gym, and India's largest Spa, as well as an outdoor pool etc. The hotel has several restaurants and bars, including Peshawari, which is considered Agra's finest Indian restaurant. Overnight in Agra.
The day begins early with a Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and will take you to the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal: Emperor Shah Jahan constructed the Taj Mahal in the memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal who died during the birth of their child in 1631. The construction of this famous monument is said to have taken 22 years, starting from 1631.Over 20,000 artisans were working day and night for the construction of this landmark. Craftsperson and whizzes were brought from France and Italy. And the chief architect was from Iran. The visit to the Taj Mahal will long be remembered by you as the highlight of your Splendors of North India Tour. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later, you will be picked up again for the guided tour of Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-Daulah and Sikandra. Agra Fort: Emperor Akbar started the construction of this huge red sandstone Agra Fort on the bank of Yamuna River in 1565. It was mainly constructed for the soldiers until his grandson, Shah Jahan, added more opulent accommodations. There are a number of attractive buildings within its porches such as Samman Burj, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son, Moti Masjid, a white marble mosque, Diwan–e–Am, Diwan–e–Khas, Jahangir’s Palace, KhaasMahal and Shish Mahal. Sikandra: The red sandstone tomb of the Mughal emperor Akbar, is an important Mughal architectural masterpiece located in the suburbs of Agra. Itmad-Ud-Daulah: A Mughal mausoleum, also known as Baby Taj, for its striking resemblance to the Taj Mahal. The Tomb of Itmad ud Daulah was built by Nur Jahan, wife of Jahangir, for her father Mirza Ghiyas-ud-din. Overnight in Gwalior.
After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by our representative and will be assisted with the check out formalities. You will then start your drive to Jaipur, en-route stopping at Fatehpur Sikri, for a guided tour of this ancient capital. Fatehpur Sikri: The deserted capital of Emperor Akbar roughly 35 kms outside Agra, this city was built in the 16th century, and was abandoned for 12 years due to the paucity of water. The entire city is still intact, and a sight of this city is worth remembering. The Buland Darwaza is the main entrance to this city, which is 54 m tall and this gate was built in the honor of Akbar’s victory in Gujarat. After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, continue your drive to Jaipur, the next destination on your World Heritage Sites of India tour. Jaipur: It is the capital of Rajasthan, and is known as the “Pink City” because of the pink tinted constructions in the old city. It is situated on a dry lake bed, bordered by barren hills vanquished by forts and broken walls. The city was found in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, who wanted to be in the good books of the then ruling Mughals. He positioned the city with rectangular blocks according to early Hindu architecture. It is a great city for shopping. On your arrival at the ITC Rajputana Hotel in Jaipur, you will again be met by our representative and will be assisted with check in formalities. The ITC Rajputana is a modern Deluxe hotel, located very close to the city centre of Jaipur. The ITC Rajputana offers 218 well equipped and well appointed rooms, and all modern facilities and services. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and a state of the art spa, as well as several restaurants and bars. The rest of the day is free for you. You can either relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel or explore the city. Overnight in Jaipur.
After a relaxing breakfast, you will be picked up by the guide from the hotel and will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Jaipur and Amber. Sightseeing in Jaipur includes visits to both of Jaipur’s World Heritage Sites, the Amber Fort and the Jantar Mantar: Hawa Mahal (Palace Of Winds) : Constructed by Maharaja Sawaj Pratap Singh in 1799, the Hawa Mahal is one of the Jaipur’s main landmarks; the front of the Mahal has pink windows and latticework screens. This Mahal was initially constructed for the ladies of the imperial household to watch the ordinary life and parades of the city. City Palace: The City Palace is still the dwelling of the former royalty H.H Bhawani Singh Ji of Jaipur. This Palace still has an extensive collection of art, carpets and old weapons. Jantar Mantar (Observatory): It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728. Jantar Mantar appears to be an inquisitive collection of sculptures but in fact each construction has a detailed purpose such as measuring the positions of stars, altitudes and azimuths, and calculating eclipses. The most striking instrument is the sundial which is 27 meter tall gnomon. The shadow this casts moves up to 4 meters an hour. Amber Fort : The Amber Fort is located 11 kms away from Jaipur. Amber was once the ancient capital of Jaipur. The Fort is an excellent illustration of Rajput architecture, impressively situated on a hillside facing a lake, which reflects its walkways and walls. Overnight in Jaipur.
After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by our representative and he will assist you with the check-out formalities. You will then be escorted to the Jaipur airport in time to board flight for Mumbai, the next destination on your World Heritage Sites of India tour. Mumbai - Mumbai, earlier called as Bombay, is the commercial capital of India. It is also known as the "city that never sleeps". Mumbai is a perfect blend of culture, customs and lifestyle. Mumbai is India's most cosmopolitan city, its financial powerhouse and the nerve center of India's fashion industry and also the Hollywood of India, fondly called "Bollywood". Mumbai is dotted with plenty of architectural landmarks from the Victorian era and the days of the Raj. You will then be met by our representative at the Mumbai airport and he will escort you to Hotel Trident Nariman Point and help you with the check in formalities. Towering above the skyline and overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Trident, Nariman Point, is centrally situated in the heart of the shopping and business district. It is within walking distance from major corporate houses, entertainment, recreation and shopping centers, 5 minutes drive from the Gateway Of India and 10 minutes drive to the main Convention Centre. Well appointed rooms, many offering ocean views, with broadband and internet access, mini-bars, tea-coffee makers etc. Leisure facilities include a large swimming pool, fitness center and several restaurants and bars. Overnight in Mumbai.
After a relaxing breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Elephanta Caves: A Ferry Ride across the Harbour, from the Gateway of India, takes you to the World Heritage Elephanta Caves, located 9 km from Mumbai The rock-cut temple complex cover an area of 60,000 sq ft (5,600 m2) consisting of a main chamber, 2 lateral ones, courtyards and subsidiary shrines. The site of these magnificent caves contains beautiful reliefs, sculptures, and a temple to the Hindu god Siva. The caves are hewn from solid rock. The temple complex is said to be the abode of God Shiva. Later, guided sightseeing tour of Mumbai. Tour includes visits to the following places of interest: The Prince Of Wales Museum : The Prince of Wales Museum is located in the heart of South Mumbai, neighboring the Gateway of India. The Prince of Wales Museum is the main museum in Mumbai. The museum is constructed in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. The museum building is fenced by a garden of palm trees and formal flower beds. The museum has roughly 50,000 displays of the age-old history and also objects from foreign origins. With its Art, Archeology and Natural History subdivisions, the Prince of Wales Museum is one of the best museums in the country. Victoria Terminus: The Victoria Terminus or Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus as it is now called, is a World Heritage site and an historic railway station in Mumbai. To commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, the station was constructed in 1887 in the Bori Bunder area of Mumbai. The construction was designed by Frederick William Steves. The Terminus is one of the city’s largest buildings with influences from an intricate Italian Gothic design. The first train to steam out of this station, abbreviated as VT, to Thane was in 1853. Gateway of India: Gateway of India Gateway of India is a monument constructed during the British Raj. It is a conventional arch constructed in 1927, to honor the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. Gateway of India is situated in the southernmost peninsula of the city. It was constructed in honey-colored basalt, and the design and the plan of this gateway was inspired by the 16th century Gujarati architecture. The altering light of the rising and the setting sun bestows different strokes of gold, russet and pink to the striking arch. The Gateway of India clinches historical importance as the last of the British armed forces leaving Independent India by sea, marched through the doorways of Gateway of India. Marine Drive: The Marine Drive, one of the landmark thoroughfares of South Mumbai, is also known as the Queen’s Necklace because of the shimmering lights that dot this road, that are visible from long distances. Flora Fountain: The Flora fountain is an embellished and elegant sculpted architectural heritage monument, which stands at a five-point juncture in the heart of the commercial Fort area. This attractive fountain was constructed in the memory of the Governor Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere, as an honor for his influence towards the construction of Mumbai. Malabar Hill: The Malabar Hill , now one of the poshest residential neighbourhoods of South Mumbai, is so named since it stands on a hillock. The area offers wonderful views over the Back Bay. The Hanging Garden called as the Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, on top of the hill, Parsi Towers of Silence, Kamala Nehru Park, the temple of Walkeshwar and the Sand Lord makes it a very popular tourist spot in Mumbai. Overnight in Mumbai.
After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by our representative and he will assist you with the check-out formalities. You will then be escorted to Mumbai airport in time to board flight for Aurangabad, the final destination on your World Heritage Sites of India tour. Aurangabad- A large industrial city in the Western Indian State of Maharashtra, serves as the Gateway to the World Heritage sites of the Ajanta and Ellora caves. Also, the city in itself, has a very rich heritage, since for a part of Aurangzeb's rule, Aurangabad had become the seat of the Mughal dynasty. The Mughal dynasty contributed to such architectural wonders as the Bibi-ka-Makbara, and the Daulatabad Fort. You will then be met by our representative at the Aurangabad airport and he will escort you to the WelcomHotel Rama International and help you with the check in formalities. Luxuriously sprawled over 14 acres of verdant gardens, the Rama International is set amidst a quiet residential district and is the premier resort hotel in Aurangabad. Tastefully furnished and well-appointed rooms which cater to business as well as leisure needs, overlook the green expanse of sprawling lawns or the inviting waters of the pool. Leisure facilities here include Tennis, croquet, mini golf, badminton, table tennis, volleyball as well as a well equipped health club and yoga centre. In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel and will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Ellora Caves : Ellora Caves: The cave temples and monasteries at Ellora, excavated out of the vertical face of an escarpment are 26 kms north of Aurangabad. Extending in a linear arrangement, the 34 caves contain Buddhist Chaityas, or halls of worship, and Viharas, or monasteries, Hindu and Jain temples. Spanning a period of about 600 years between the 5th and the 11th century A.D., the earliest excavation here is of the Dhumar Lena (cave 29). The most imposing excavation is, without doubt that of the magnificent Kailasa Temple (cave 16), which is the single largest monolithic structure in the World. Ellora too has been designated a World Heritage Site. Overnight in Aurangabad.
After a relaxing breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Ajanta Caves. Ajanta Caves: The next most popular attractions around Aurangabad are the Ajanta Caves - about 107 km away, the rock cut caves of Ajanta nestle in a panoramic gorge, in the form of a gigantic horseshoe. Among the finest examples of some of the earliest Buddhist architecture, cave paintings and sculptures, these caves comprise Chaitya Halls, or shrines dedicated to Lord Buddha and Viharas or monasteries used by Buddhist monks for meditation and the study of Buddhist teachings. The paintings that adorn the walls and ceilings of the caves depict incidents from the life of Buddha and various Buddhist divinities. Ajanta has been designated as a World Heritage Site, to be preserved as an artistic legacy that will come to inspire and enrich the lives of generations to come. Overnight in Aurangabad
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by our representative and he will assist you with the check-out formalities. Your World Heritage Sites of India tour ends with a transfer to Aurangabad airport in time for your flight for Mumbai to connect your further flight home.
|Valid from 01 Oct 2019 to 15 Apr 2020||USD 2176 Per Person|
|Valid from 16 Apr 2020 to 30 Sep 2020||USD 1825 Per Person|
|Varanasi||Rivatas by Ideal|
|Mumbai||Trident Nariman Point|
|Aurangabad||WelcomHotel Rama International|