proudly boast one of the oldest and most fascinating cultures on our planet.
All who sought to conquer her, have left indelible marks, not to mention the
Dravidian culture of India itself. The Moghuls brought their beautiful
architecture, gardens, literature and poetry. The Chinese, Portuguese,
Persians, Dutch, French and the British all added to the richness of this
already fascinating country.
Delhi alone is strewn with monuments of a bygone era; The Red Fort,
Safdarjung's Tomb, Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar and the Jama Masjid, one
of the largest mosques in Asia, to name but a few.
Rajasthan has a wealth of palaces and stepwells, some dating back to the
14th Century. Jain temples built in the 8th Century in Osiyan and 15th
Century temples in Ranakpur. The Shekhawati region boasts a wealth of
villages with Havelis covered in frescoes.
To the east of Delhi, in the state of Madhya Pradesh lies Khajuraho. Built
during the Chandela period, these temples date back to 950 - 1050AD. It is
their liberally embellished and erotic stone carvings which have made these
particular temples so famous.
Further east lies the city of Varanasi. Built on the banks of the mighty
Ganges river, the city of the god Shiva is considered one of the holiest
sites in India and a most important place of pilgrimage for Hindus. Pilgrims
come to bathe from the "ghats" - steps leading down into the water
- to wash away their sins. It is also considered a very auspicious place to
die, ensuring a release from incarnation and a passage to heaven. To take a
boatride along the Holy river Ganges at dawn, passing the hundreds of
temples and ghats and witnessing the pilgrims performing their morning "pujas",
is a must for any traveller and will leave images never to be forgotten.
In the state
of Maharashtra, to the north of Aurangabad, lie the caves of Ellora and
Ajanta. The Buddhist caves of Ajanta date back to 200 BC.Their isolation has
contributed to their fine state of preservation and many beautiful and
remarkable sculptures, paintings and frescoes remain.
Ellora, to the south of Ajanta is most famous for it's Deccan rock-cut
architecture. Over many centuries, the monks of different religions carved
out monasteries, chapels and temples and then decorated them with detailed
sculptures. It's main feature is the magnificent Kailash temple, dedicated
to the god Shiva and the world's largest monolithic sculpture.
Little known are the Bhimbetka caves, 45km to the south of the city of
Bhopal. This site was only discovered in the 20th Century and ranks among
the finest examples of cave paintings, dating back twelve thousand years!
There are more than 1000 caves depicting the life of the people and the type
of animals who once lived here.
The above is only a small selection of the enormous and varied cultural
sites which India has to offer, all or any of which can be included in your
visit to this fascinating land.
A Taste of Indian Culture
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You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel for overnight
Day 2. Mumbai
Morning free. Afternoon sightseeing to include the Prince of Wales Museum
and the Haji Ali's Mosque and the dhobi ghats (municipal laundry) Late
afternoon drive along Marine Drive to Chowpatty Beach where the local people
come for their evening walk. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3. Mumbai - Aurangabad
You will transfer to Airport for the flight to Aurangabad. On arrival at
Aurangabad you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel
for overnight stay.
Bibi ka Maqbara
sightseeing in Aurangabad. Aurangabad was originally name Khadke; it was
renamed after the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. Situated on the Deccan Plateau.
Aurangabad is a popular base from which to explore the Ellora and Ajanta
Day 4. Aurangabad - Ellora -
Ajanta - Aurangabad
After breakfast leave to visit the Ellora and Ajanta. The Ajanta caves
pre-date those of Ellora. The Buddhist rock cut caves of Ajanta are one of
the finest examples of Indian art which have been compared to the frescoes
of assisi, Sienna and Florechce. The caves which are cut into the brow of a
cliff consist of two parts, Chaityas or chapels and viharas or monasteries.
The caves range in the date from about the second century BC to the middle
of the seventh century AD. The paintings with the exception of a few dating
from the mid first entry BC belong entirely to the figure compositions and
especially on the ceilings a wealth of floral and conventional decorative
Also visit Dhaulatabad Fort built on a natural pyramid shaped hill. In 1327
Mohammed Tughlaq, Sultan of Delhi decided to move the entire population of
Delhi to Fort, during the 1,100 km walk many of the citizens died and 17
years later Mohammed Tughlaq decided to take the survivors back to Delhi. It
is well worth making the climb to the top for the superb views over the
surrounding country side. Return to Aurangabad for overnight stay.
Day 5. Aurangabad - Mumbai -
You will be transfer to the airport in time to catch your flight to Mumbai.
Upon arrival in Mumbai please take the connecting flight to Udaipur.
Upon arrival in Udaipur airport you will be met and transfer to your hotel
for overnight stay. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 6. Udaipur
Whole day to visit Udaipur. We suggest a morning visit to the City Palace,
the Jagdish Temple and the bazaars. Udaipur has many, selling hand made
paper books, Indian clothing and silk saris. The town is famous for its art
schools where young boys are taught the art of miniature Moghul painting.
Traditional welcome at the hotel
Day 7. Udaipur - Chittorgarh -
Today you will leave after an early breakfast for the drive to Kota,
stopping on the way to visit Chittorgarh. It was founded by Bappa Rawal in
8th century and is situated at an altitude of 408 meters above sea level. It
crowns a seven-mile- long hill, covering 700 acres (280 hectares), with its
fortifications, temples, towers and palaces.
Tower of Victory Chittorgarh
The paces to visit are tower of victory, the Chittorgarh Fort, Vijay
Stambha and Kirti Stambha. The Chittorgarh Fort is the indomitable pride of
Chittor. The fort is massive structure with many gateways built in 7th
century AD and perched on a height of 180 meters hill and sprawls over 700
Continue drive to Kota. On arrival check in at your hotel for overnight
stay. Monuments to visit in Kota are The Fort, Rana Kumbha Palace, Fateh
Prakash Palace, and Tower of Victory & Padmini Palace. Return to hotel
for overnight stay
Day 8. Kota - Bundi - Kota
After breakfast drive to Bundi. Monuments to visit in Bundi are Taragarh
Fort, Bundi Palace & Baoris & water tanks. Return to Kota for
Day 9. Kota - Jaipur
Today you leave Kota for the morning drive to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan.
This is a busy bustling city where the bazaars spill over on to the streets,
to mingle with the handcarts, camels, elephants, scooters, rickshaws and
tuk-tuks. It is lively and colourful and painted pink! Rest of the day at
leisure and overnight stay at your hotel.
This can happen only in INDIA
Day 10. Jaipur
Whole day to sightsee and shop in Jaipur. Suggest you begin the day with an
elephant ride to the Amber Fort Palace, which is spectacular. Later you can
visit the City Palace in Jaipur itself, the Hawa Mahal - Palace of the Winds
and the Observatory. Jaipur is famous as a centre for carpet weaving - silk
and wool - and also for Jaipur blue pottery, but probably best known for its
exquisite gems and jewellery. A favourite place for lunch or dinner is the
Raj Palace Hotel. Lunch is in the garden or the fabulous dining room and
dinner is a BBQ on the terrace.
PLEASE NOTE :
» Photography in some of the museum and galleries inside the City
Palace is not allowed.
» Due to a fatal accident in Oct 2005 we are no longer recommending
the elephant ride at the Amer Fort in Jaipur to our clients. You are
strongly requested NOT to take an elephant ride even if one is offered.
Anglo Indiago cannot take responsibility for any calamities which occur if
the guest decides to take an elephant ride.
Day 11. Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri -
Today you will leave after an early breakfast for the drive to Agra,
stopping on the way to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital city of
Emperor Akbar. Visit the beautiful Dargah Mosque, the Buland Darwaza and the
tomb of Shaikh Salim Chishti. Also the palaces of Akbar's women; Jodh Bal
Palace for his Hindu mother, Birbal Bhawan for his favourite courtier and
Golden House for his Christian wife. Also make a visit to the Karawan Serai
which is a courtyard surrounded by hostels used for visiting merchants, the
Paanch Mahal, the Treasury, the Diwan-I-Khas and the Diwan-I-Am. Continue
the short drive to Agra for overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 12. Agra
Morning sightseeing of the most beautiful sites of Agra; The Taj Mahal, the
tomb of Mumtaz, beloved wife of the emperor Shah Jehan, the Red Fort and the
exquisite Itimad-ud-Daulah, tomb of the wazir of Emperor Jehangir. If you
wish you can visit Sikandra, Just 10 Kms out of Agra, the tomb of Emperor
Akbar, the greatest of the Moghul emperors. Return to hotel for overnight
Please note that the Taj Mahal is closed every Friday.
Day 13. Agra - Jhansi - Orchha
Morning train to Jhansi. Upon arrival you will be met by your driver who
will take You to Orchha, once the capital of the Bundelas. This tiny village
houses museums, Palaces, monuments, temples and is built on the River Betwa.
Rai Mahal Orchha
14. Orchha - Khajuraho
After Breakfast leave for Khajuraho. Khajuraho is famous for its erotic
temples. Your two night stay in Khajuraho will include a visit to the
Eastern and Western Temples as well as the Folk Art and Tribal Museum
Erotic Temple of KhajurahoDay
Full day to explore in Khajuraho. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 16. Khajuraho - Varanasi
Again a short flight east takes you to one of the greatest seats of Hindu
culture and famous for it's silk: Varanasi formerly know as Benares. Upon
arrival check in at Your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Bathing at Ganges River Varanasi
Day 17. Varanasi
Full day sight seeing in Varanasi. Your stay will include a morning
boatride over the Ganges at sunrise, a visit to Sarnath, the place of
Buddha's first sermon and time to walk the Ghats and visit the temples.
Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 18. Varanasi - Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi Airport you will be met by a member of our team at
the airport along with car and chauffeur and transferred to the hotel in New
Delhi for your overnight stay.
Day 19. Whole day Delhi
Full day sightseeing: The main sights are Old Delhi, Red Fort and the Jama
Masjid Mosque, a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk visiting the Spice,
Wedding and Silver Markets and the Birla Temple. A drive through New Delhi
to see the Parliament Buildings of Sir Edwin Lutyens, India Gate, Humayun's
Tomb and Qutub Minar. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Man Pulling Rickshaw, Old DelhiDay
20. Delhi - Onward destination
Depending on your flight your driver will drop you at International /
domestic Airport for your onward destination
End of Services.
wish you a safe flight......
||Trident - Hilton / Marine Plaza
||Fateh Prakash Palace / Shiv Niwas Palace / Trident -
||Umed Bhawan Palace
||Umed Bhawan Palace
||Trident - Hilton / Samode Haveli
||Trident Hilton / Taj View
||Howard Park Plaza
||Bundelkhand River side
||Bundelkhand River side
||Radisson / Taj Ganges
||Imperial / Oberoi / Claridges
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Map of Rajasthan