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You hear stories and see pictures but there is nothing to prepare you for the wonder that is India. The people, their culture, all the towns, the roads, the forts and temples, the palaces, the sounds and even the smells were never anything short of amazing. I have never in my life had an experience such as the one that I had in India. I feel that my eyes have been opened to a whole world that I never knew existed. That trip truly was life changing and I will never look at things in the same way. I absolutely fell in love with India while we were there and would be able to spend another year there if I could. I enjoyed the visit to India immensely and would recommend to my friends, would consider visiting another region of India. Lauren C.
SPIRIT OF INDIA EXTENDED PRIVATE TOUR - 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
Day 01 // Delhi:
Day 02 // Delhi:
drive past colonial buildings of British era.
After lunch drive to Mughal Emperor Shahjahan’s Red Fort for photography from outside and later sightseeing of Jama Mosque.
End the day with thrilling Rickshaw Ride in narrow lanes between Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk Bazaar. Overnight in hotel.
Day 03 // New Delhi - Varanasi:
Day 04 // Varanasi – Khajuraho:
After arrival transfer to hotel and half day sightseeing of the Hindu temple group. Overnight in hotel.
Day 05 // Khajuraho - Agra:
Day 06 // Agra:
Later drive to the Red Fort of Agra to visit the red sandstone palaces of Emperor Akbar and the white marble palaces that his grandson Emperor Shahjahan replaced in the Red Fort of Agra. Emperor Aurangzeb, the son of Emperor Shahjahan kept him a prisoner in his own palaces for the last 8 years of his life.
Subsequently visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, designed by Queen Nurjahan for her parents, Mirza Ghiaz Beg and Begum Asmat. Overnight in hotel.
Day 07 // Agra – Fatehpur Sikri- Jaipur:
After lunch sightseeing of the Kachhwaha Maharajas’ City Palace to visit the fascinating textiles gallery in Mubarak Mahal, the Sarvatobhadra (Hall of Private Audience) with the two famous Gangajallis (Silver Urns to carry Ganga River water), the colorful courtyard of Chandra Mahal with its Peacock Gate and the “Diwan-i-Am” Art Gallery that houses some of the most famous Mughal and Rajasthani miniature paintings.
Stepping out of the City Palace you will visit the Astronomical Observatory that is largest one built by the founder of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh. All except one of its 17 astronomical instruments are still functional. Overnight in hotel.
Day 08 // Jaipur–Amber-Udaipur:
Day 09 // Udaipur – New Delhi:
3 or 4-star hotels: Justa Greater Kailash, Delhi; Hotel Buddha, Varanasi; Hotel Isabel, Khajuraho; Taj Resorts, near Taj east gate, Agra; Umaid Bhawan Heritage House Hotel, Jaipur; Boheda Palace Hotel, Udaipur
5-star hotels: Oberoi Maidens, Delhi; Taj Ganges, Varanasi; Radisson Jass Hotel, Khajuraho; Marriott Hotel, Agra; Trident Hotel, Jaipur; Trident Hotel, Udaipur
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OPTIONAL EXCURSION TOURS (Please call for details and price):
FROM NEW DELHI:
Nepal Culture Tour- 4 Nights beginning from New Delhi by flight to Kathmandu, sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley including Bhaktapur and Patan, an overnight excursion to Nagarkot Himalayan Mountain Resort and ending with an awesom Mount Everest Flight.
An extra overnight in Delhi to visit one or more of the three important museums of Delhi:
(1) National Museum of artifacts from Indian and foreign antiquity and archaeological excavations, ancient coins, miniature paintings, manuscripts, Buddhist artifacts including the holy relics of Buddha from Kapilvastu where he spent his childhood and youth and/or
(2) National Gallery of Modern Art in the former palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur near India Gate and / or
(3) Craft Museum where you can witness fine traditional crafts in folk painting, textiles, terracotta figurines and pottery, wood carvings etc. and / or
(4) visit the Akshardham Swami Narayan Temple - capital's largest Hindu temple (about 3 hours required for temple sightseeing).
(5) Rishikesh: Is famous for its Yoga Ashrams where we can arrange admission to a Yoga Course. The city is also a haven for white water river rafting, bungy jumping and giant swing bungy jumping.
(1) Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary with Bear Rescue Center that has 256 black Himalayan bears and the Elephant Sanctuary (both these are inside the bird sanctuary) and / or
(2) visit the Archaeological Museum at Mathura that has India's largest collections of Kushan, Gandhar and Gupta period sculptures and /or
(3) Krishna Janmabhumi - the birthplace of Bhagwan Krishna, the incarnation of Vishnu and / or the ISCKON. Hare Krishna Temple in Vrindavan.
(4) Gwalior - with one overnight in the luxurious Taj Usha Kiran Palace or Neemrana Deo Bagh Heritage Hotel or in one of its many good 3-star hotels, one can have a full day of sightseeing of Gwalior Fort and Scindia Maharaja's Jai Vilas Palace.
(5) Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur where about 150 Indian species of birds reside throughout the year and another 150 species of migratory birds arrive from Tibet, China, Mongolia, Siberia and even Scandinavia. This requires one overnight in Bharatpur. The best hotel in Bharatpur is the Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel.
(1) Chand Baori: About an hour before arriving in Jaipur is the town of Dausa that is quite close to Chand Baori - the world's deepest stepwell and the Hindu temple of goddess Harshat Mata, there is a large collection of sculptures found in the vicinity here.
(2) Sisodia Rani Garden Palace: Just before entering Jaipur in the valley of Aravali Mountains is the Garden Palace of Sisodia Rani (Queen of Sawai Jai Singh belonging to the royal house of Mewar in Udaipur)
(3) Galta Natural Spring and Hindu Pilgrimage Center: further in the same valley is the Hindu pilgrimage center of Galta with a natural water spring and many beautiful Temples.
(4) Samode Palace: A luxurious palace famous for its glass mosaic audience hall is located in a quiet valley and is surrounded by a small village. A walk in the village is interesting to observe rural life in this region. In winter months children are playing Cricket and it may be possible to join in their game.
(5) Nawalgarh: About an hour and a half drive from Samode (94 kilometers) on the way to Mandawa enjoy the sightseeing of the murals and frescos of Anandilal Poddar Haveli and Murarka Haveli. If one wishes to stay overnight there are three heritage hotels: Roop Vilas Palace Hotel or Roop Niwas Kothi or Vivaana Heritage Hotel.
(6) Mandawa: There is a lot to view in the Mandawa Castle itself that is also the best place to stay in Shekhavati region. Following Haveli (aristocratic mansions) are interesting for their murals and frescos: Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Goenka Double Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, Mohanlal Saraf Havei, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Bansidhar Newatia Haveli, Laxminarayan Ladia Haveli and Chowkhani Double Haveli. Just across the road from Goenka Double Haveli is the Thakurji Temple that also has beautiful mural paintings depicting scenes from British East India Company Period and 1857 during the First War of Indian Independence.
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