A 08-night journey to India’s most popular tourist circuit will bring you one step closer to exploring India. For first timers, this tour has time and again proved to be the best choice. This tour includes the history & modern life of Delhi, Jaipur’s culture and heritage & Agra’s majestic Taj Mahal and Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. It is popularly known as ‘the city of dreams,’ as people from across the country comes to this city to fulfill their dreams. This mega-city never sleeps and remains lively till late hours at night.
Arrive at New Delhi’s ‘IGI International Airport’. Meet with our company representative, warm welcome with fresh flower garlands & then transfer to hotel in your private car.
On arrival, check-in. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing of Delhi.
Start the tour with visit to a Sikh Temple ‘Bangla Sahib’ & then drive past major govt buildings such as Presidents Palace, Parliament House, India Gate circle. Later stop at Laxmi Narayan Temple, also known as Birla Temple.
Continuing with the tour visit Humayun’s Tomb – The tomb that inspired Taj Mahal, Lotus Temple (exterior photography stop only) & then visit a local co-operative society showcasing Kashmiri Arts & Crafts. Late afternoon, visit Qutub Minar – tallest stone minaret in India.
Transfer to your hotel at the end of the tour & overnight.
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for Old Delhi’s tour before leaving for Agra.
Start the tour by visiting memorial of Mahatma Gandhi ‘Raj Ghat’ & then visit Jama Masjid (one of India’s biggest mosque). A rickshaw-ride through the narrowest lanes of Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi) will entice you, surprise you & might intimidate you, but for sure, these chaotic streets will give you an experience of a lifetime.
Cruise on your rickshaw through many small lanes, such as silver market, book market, wedding market etc. Your rickshaw will come at a halt in ‘Khari Baoli’ – spice market, and then have a walk around in the area. Return to your vehicle by rickshaw-ride & then drive past the majestic Red Fort- where Indian PM unfurls the flag every 15th August (Independence Day) & addresses the nation.
End the tour around mid-afternoon and then drive to Agra (200kms,4 hours). On arrival check-in & overnight in hotel.
Early morning visit Taj Mahal a UNESCO world heritage site constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal that has left tourist spellbound by its beauty for years. Then return to the hotel for your breakfast.
Post breakfast head for the sightseeing for Agra covering places like Agra Fort an exemplary example of Mughal architecture, Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb (also knows as baby Taj) and Marble workshop, a place to witness the unusual Marble Inlay work done on Taj Mahal.
Post sightseeing drive to Fatehpur Sikri(50kms,1-1.5 hours), best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. And said to be a copy of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from the Persian & Hindu architecture. Highly popular amongst them is Buland Darwaza, which is titled as the largest gateway in the world.
Continue your drive toward Jaipur(200kms,4-4.5 hours). On arrival, check-in & overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing of Jaipur
We start with Amber Fort. Jeep ride uphill & downhill at the fort. Nostalgic Amber Fort, near Jaipur in Rajasthan, is one of the most well-known and most-visited forts in India. During downhill, visit a very heritage structure – Panna-Meena ka kund, which is a square-shaped stepwell, with adjoining stairs on all four sides and a room on the northern wall.
We will make our way back to the city, en-route we will stop at Jal Mahal, Possibly the most serene sight amidst the chaos of Jaipur is the beautiful Jal Mahal Jaipur, the Water Palace. Short stops at the Jewel & Carpet Workshops in Jaipur are must to witness how the local artisans create marvels from raw materials.
Later in the second half of the day, visit Jantar Mantar, a large grassy enclosure containing eighteen huge stone astronomical measuring devices constructed between 1728 and 1734. City Palace, originally built by Jai Singh in the 1720s and having lost none of its original pomp and splendour. Before you start exploring the local markets, stop for photography at the one world’s most famous façade Hawa Mahal.
Post your exploration in the local market. Return to hotel & overnight.
Post breakfast and check out from the hotel and proceed to the airport to take flight for Mumbai. On arrival, check-in hotel.
Later visit Crawford Market and see the meticulous Hanging Gardens on top of Malabar Hill. In the evening, cruise past Marine Drive in your vehicle and reach Colaba.
Optionally explore Colaba on your foot. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning post breakfast, you will be transferred to the Gateway of India. Then there is Elephanta Caves, located on an island about 10 kilometers away from the shores of Mumbai. Take a ferry (shared) to the island. These caves comprise of temples carved from solid rock dating back to the 7th century. The main attraction is the three-headed bust of Lord Shiva, famously known as ‘Trimurti’. (note: you are required to walk uphill for this tour)
Thereafter, proceed on a city tour. Later, drive past monuments built during the British era such as Mumbai University, Rajabai Clock Tower, High Court and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (VT). Admire the collection of Indian paintings and sculptures at the Prince of Wales Museum, visit Jehangir Art Gallery.
Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and proceed for Mumbai local tour. Drive to Churchgate train station to meet and look at Dabbawallas.
Dabbawallas (lunch meal couriers) are 5000 member strong co-operative run by a bunch of Mahashtrian semi-literate men for the last 125 years, earning between Rs 3000 to 5000 per month.
Note: these guys don’t have the time for interviews and photographs.
Then you will drive to Mahalaxmi Dhobhi Ghat the world’s largest outdoor laundry, every day for over 120 years the dirt has been washed from thousands of kilos of clothes by the dhobis (washermen and women) of Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat.
Optional: Dharavi Slum Tour
If you want to make your day even more interesting, you can include Dharavi Slum tour as well in the tour.
Dharavi sits in the heart of Central Mumbai, squeezed into 1.75 sq. km. Dubbed as one of Asia’s largest slums, peer beyond the shanty town and what you see most surprisingly is Dharavi the “enterprise town”.
Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for flight back home