Rajasthan Heritage Tour

Destinations Covered : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Mumbai - Aurangabad - Ajanta – Ellora
Duration : 09 Nights / 10 Days

Day 01: Arrival in Delhi
On arrival at Delhi’s international airport, you will be received by eLand Holidays representative. From airport, he will assist you to your pre booked hotel. Check in and relax for the overnight.

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour in Delhi
Over the years, Delhi - the national capital, has evolved as an affectionate host when it comes to tourism industry. It deserves a special mention for its versatility. Just like colorful threads weaved together to create a vibrant fabric, Delhi is a city of past, present and future.
Post breakfast at the hotel; get ready for an exciting tour of the city. The first half of the sightseeing tour will take you to the old lanes of Delhi laid down by Mughal dynasty. Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid and Red Fort will be the highlight of this excursion.

Post lunch witness the imperial world of New Delhi. As compared to Old Delhi, this division is more organized and has a beautiful infrastructure. As a part of this tour you will visit India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Humayun’s tomb, and Qutab Minar. Later in the evening, you will come back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03: Drive from Delhi to Agra
After a delightful breakfast at the hotel, you will leave for Agra – the city of love. On arrival, check in at your pre-booked hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 04: A date with the Agra City
After early morning breakfast, you will be taken to witness the exquisiteness of Taj Mahal at the time of sunrise. You will be overwhelmed to see the beauty that the rising sun will add to the white beauty of this one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Taj Mahal was built by grandson of Akbar -The Great, Shah Jahan (1628-1658) in the loving memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. When Prince Khurram (Shah Jahan) met Arjumand Banu Begum (Mumtaz Mahal), he fell in love with her at the very first sight. Five years down the lane in 1612 he married this Muslim Persian princess and was deeply in love with her. They both shared every moment of their life together and were regarded as inseparable companions until the time when she died giving birth to their 14th child in the year 1631.

Grief stricken by this loss, Shan Jahan decided to build world's most beautiful monument to pay tribute to his wife. In 1632 the construction of Taj Mahal began and till 1648 only the principal mausoleum was done as it took other five years to complete the surrounding gardens and buildings. However, the date of its completion has always been a topic for debate. 22,000 laborers and 1,000 elephants were involved in the making up of this architectural wonder that is built completely of white marble. Spend some time exploring the magnificent architecture of this pious monument. Sightseeing also includes visit to Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb.

Day 05: Agra to Jaipur en route Fatehpur Sikri
Post breakfast at the hotel, leave for Jaipur en route visiting the UNESCO world heritage site – Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted red sandstone city was built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. Besides being the first planned Mughal city, it puts forth a unique example of Mughal architecture which was an amalgamation of Indian, Islamic and Persian architecture.
On arrival check in at your pre booked hotel. Overnight will be at the hotel.

Day 06: The Enigmatic Pink City – Jaipur
Soon after breakfast at the hotel you will proceed for an enthralling city tour. Starting with the famous Amber fort you will cover the major attractions of the pink city today.

Visit the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Maotha Lake. Visit `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.

In the second half you will visit the City Palace. Built during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the plan of this fort is the exact replica of the city’s plan. A part of the palace is still home to the erstwhile royal families while the rest of it has been converted into museum. Other attractions of this palace are: Chandra Mahal, Maharani's Palace, Mukut Mahal, Mubarak Mahal and Shri Govind Dev Temple. The exquisite architecture of this place is complimented by the elegant paintings, mirror embellishment on walls and floral ornamentation.

Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. It has also been included in the world heritage lists. You will also have the opportunity to wander in the local markets where you can shop for souvenirs, traditional Rajasthani attires, skilful art craft of the region etc.
Evening will be at leisure for shopping, Overnight will be at the hotel.

Day 07: From Jaipur to Mumbai (by air)
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport by eLand Holidays representative to connect flight for Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai, you will be greeted by our representative at the airport who will assist you to your pre booked hotel. Check in and get freshen up for a half day tour of Amchi Mumbai (Our Mumbai).

City tour of Mumbai - The tour takes you to the well renowned 'Gateway of India' beautifying the Harbor, 'Marine Drive', the 'Towers of Silence', the 'Colaba Causeway' - the commercial heart of Bombay and the Dhobi Ghat, the unique and vibrant outdoor 'laundry'. Enjoy a delightful drive up to the Malabar Hill to visit enthralling 'Hanging Gardens' and the Kamla Nehru Park to get a wonderful view of Mumbai and the Arabian Sea. Enjoy a visit to Mani Bhawan, a small yet impressive museum devoted to the life of Mahatma Gandhi, and the bustling Crawford Market. Overnight will be at the hotel.

Day 08: Mumbai to Aurangabad (by air)
In the morning you will be transferred to the airport in time by our representative to connect flight for Aurangabad. Upon arrival, you will be received by our representative who will transfer you to your pre booked hotel. Check in and get ready for an exciting visit to the Ellora caves (closed on Tuesdays). This world famous archaeological site was built by the Rashtrakuta rulers. This world heritage site is famous for its monumental caves. The 34 "caves" chiseled out of a vertical surface of Charanandri hills, are the living example of great Indian rock-cut architecture. They are a group of three distinct temples which narrate to world the story of evolution of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. The most marvelous of all is the astounding Rock Temple of Kailash. Overnight will be at the hotel.

Day 09: Visit to Ajanta Caves (Aurangabad)
After delicious morning breakfast, you will leave for a full day excursion to Ajanta caves located 112 km from Aurangabad. The 31 rock-cut cave monuments date back to 2nd century BCE. They have been included in the list of world heritage site. These antique caves hold paintings, sculptures which are considered to be magnum opus of Buddhist religious art. Shortly after the discovery of the Ajanta Caves, they became famous for their unusual milieu, striking architecture, significant artwork, and long-forgotten history.
Overnight will be at the hotel.

Day 10: Aurangabad - Mumbai – Onward Destination
Post early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in time by our representative to connect flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival at Mumbai, you will be received by our rep who will transfer you to the international airport in time to connect flight for onward destination.