UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE TOUR OF INDIA

 

The cultural heritage of India is known the world over in the form of its historical monuments, forts, palaces and castles. Keeping in mind this rich historical legacy; UNESCO enlisted India amongst the countries having the places , which were given the status of World Heritage Sites depending on their historical importance and contribution to the country's royal and memorable past.
India is the proud owner of umpteen world heritage sites that draws tourists from all across the globe to India. These sites form a part of the cultural and natural heritage and are considered to be of great universal value. A visit to such sites makes us updated with our glorious history and grants us the opportunity to listen to the grand narration of the spectacular monuments.

Day1: Delh

Arrive in Delhi, after clearing Customs and Immigration, you will be met by our representative outside the International Arrivals Hall and transferred to the Hotel. (Rooms will be available from 12 noon)

Day2: Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel.
The city beautifully encloses magnificent landmarks and monuments that narrate the story of their glorious past.

Morning, proceed for full-day sightseeing of Old Delhi. 
This includes driving past the Red Fort (UNESCO World Heritage Site),  (Closed on Monday and National Holidays), built in 1648 during the reign of Shah Jehan in red sandstone, which gave the fort its name.
Jama Masjid is India's largest mosque, built of red sandstone and white marble in the middle of the 17th century. Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), once the imperial avenue, is today bustling with shops, stalls and silversmiths' ateliers.

After lunch, we drive past India Gate, a 42-metre archway built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy is today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, a unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament.
One of Delhi’s most striking monuments is the 70-meter high Qutab Minar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi.
Overnight at hotel.

Day3: Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning proceed for sightseeing of, Humayun's tomb (UNESCO World Heritage Site),  is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife Bega Begum in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by Bega Begum and visit Lotus Temple ( Closed on Monday), The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Bahá'í House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city.
Overnight at hotel.

Day4: Delhi–Agra ( 203 km / approx. 4 hrs.)

This morning after breakfast transfer to Agra. On arrival in Agra visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday) to see the sun casting its mellow rays on this magical building. The rays of the rising sun bathe the pristine white marble edifice in warm hues of gold, ochre, orange, rust and flame and Agra Fort( UNESCO World Heritage site) Few forts in the world have a more fascinating story to tell than the Great Fort of Agra.  Originally planned as an impregnable military structure by Akbar, the Agra Fort, over a period of time, acquired all the elegance,
Lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace. Situated 3 km upstream of the Taj Mahal on the right bank of the Yamuna, it took eight years to complete.
Overnight at hotel.

Day5:Agra-Jaipur ( 223 km / approx. 5 hrs.)

This morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur check in at hotel and time free for leisure.
Overnight at hotel.

Day6:Jaipur

Breakfast at hotel.
Today, we enjoy morning excursion to Amber Fort and afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur city.
Amber, the capital of Rajasthan for 6 centuries before Jaipur was built, lies 11 kms. north of Jaipur. Rising majestically on the slopes of a hill, this 11th century fort and palace complex is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles.
Elephants carry us up the ramparts of the fort. (Subject to availability)

 

After lunch, explore Jaipur.
The City Palace stands in the centre of the city. Part of it is still the Maharaja's residence, while most of the complex has been developed into a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings, royal apparel and an armory.
Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is the landmark of Jaipur. It stands on one of the main streets, a curious building, elaborate and fanciful, built of pink sandstone with a delicate honeycomb design.

Jantar Mantar observatory, built by the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The huge stone instruments were devised to study the movements of the sun, moon and planets and are incredibly accurate.
Return to the hotel for Dinner
Overnight at hotel.

Day7: Jaipur / Mumbai

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a guided, city tour of Mumbai. Visit includes Dhobi Ghat, Jain Temple, Mani Bhawan, Gateway of India and a drive through colonial Mumbai.
Overnight at hotel.

Day8: Mumbai/ Aurangabad

This morning after breakfast transfer to airport to board flight for Aurangabad. On arrival in Aurangabad visit Ellora Caves ( Ellora Caves closed on Tuesday) (( UNESCO World Heritage site), Ellora is an archaeological site, 29 km North-West of the city of Aurangabad in the Indian state of Maharashtra built by the Rashtrakuta dynasty. It is also known as Elapura. Well known for its monumental caves.
This evening time free for leisure and overnight at hotel.

Day9:Aurangabad

This morning after breakfast excursion to Ajanta Caves ( UNESCO World Heritage site), Ajanta caves closed on Monday, the Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE.The caves include paintings and sculptures described by the government Archaeological Survey of India as "the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting",which are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tales. The caves were built in two phases starting around the 2nd century BCE, with the second group of caves built around 400–650 CE according to older accounts, or all in a brief period of 460 to 480 according to the recent proposals of Walter M. Spink. Back to city for overnight at stay in hotel.

Day10:Aurangabad / Mumbai

This morning after breakfast transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai transfer to Gateway of India where from you will transfer by ferry to visit Elephnata caves, The Elephanta Caves are a network of sculpted caves located on Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri in Mumbai Harbour, 10 kilometres to the east of the city of Mumbai in the Indian state of Maharashtra ( closed on Monday) a UNESCO World Heritage site, back to city and visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly Victoria Terminus, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic railway station which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways in Mumbai.
Overnight at hotel.

Day11:Mumbai / Chennai – Kanchipuram &  Mahabalipuram ( 72 km / approx. 2 hours )

This morning after breakfast transfer to airport to board flight for Chennai. On arrival in Chennai transfer to Kanchipuram and visit temples.  Temple city known as city of thousand temples which reflects the Glorious Traditions of South India with its noted temples and further drive to Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is around 60 km south from the city of Chennai
Mamallapuram itself was getting run down over the last decade with very patchy efforts at keeping the monuments preserved. This has changed in the last few years with the Shore Temple being included in the UNESCO heritage project. The surroundings have been made much nicer, but, there has been a lot of wind and water erosion on the temple carvings with many of them having undergone loss of detail over the years. Sort of too little, too late, but still, better than nothing. Be prepared to fight you way through clutches of gypsies, beggars, guides, snakes charmers and so on, all of which is an essential part of the experience and not to be frowned upon. The whole thing would be bland without them. A nuisance, but harmless.
Overnight at hotel.

Day12:Mahabalipuram – Chennai

This morning after breakfast transfer to Chennai. On arrival in Chennai check in at hotel. Afternoon time free to explore city.
Overnight at hotel.

Day13:Chennai departure

Assisted departure transfer to airport for your onward flight.

“BON VOYAGE”