Luxury Incredible India Tour

  19 Days / 18 Nights

   Delhi-Varanasi-Khajuraho-Agra-Jaipur-Udaipur-Jodhpur - Jaisalmer- Mumbai- Aurangabad (Ajanta & Ellora) – Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram

Luxury Incredible India Tour is meant for a discerning traveler interested in visiting, viewing and experiencing colorful, lively and diverse cultural & architectural heritage in a single India tour itinerary. Incredible India Luxury Tour is an India travel itinerary studded with luxurious hotels, luxury transportation, highly experienced and courteous chauffeur, Government of India approved and well informed India tour guides, uniquely gleaned India travel destinations and exotic India experiences. The tourist destinations selected by Optima Travels are true representatives of cultural diversity of India. The Luxury Incredible India Tour takes you to Varanasi (the spiritual capital of India), Khajuraho (a UNESCO World Heritage site of erotically sculptured temples), Agra (the city o Taj Mahal), Jaipur (the pink city of royal splendor ), Jaisalmer (the city of golden desert and desert camel safaris), Mumbai (the commercial capital of India), Ajanta & Ellora (the finest cave temples of Buddhists and the Hindus) and South Indian temple heritage sites of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram.

Day 1

Arrival in Delhi

You will be greeted at airport by our representative and taken to pre-booked hotel for rest and relaxation. Get acclimatized to new cultural and geographical ambience. Have overnight stay in Delhi hotel.

Day 2

Delhi tour

After breakfast, guided tour of Delhi sightseeing will be conducted. It will certainly make an indelible mark of old world charm on your psyche. During Mughal rule, Delhi was called as Shahjahanabad but the history of Delhi dates back to the time of Mahabhrata when it was known as Indraprastha. Though Delhi has chequered and tumultuous past but it, in turn, enriches Delhi with large number of monuments. The sightseeing tour commences with visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple (a Hindu temple) & Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, a Sikh temple in central Delhi. Next destination is old Delhi, known for Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandani Chowk. The topping on the ice will be ' a short rickshaw ride' in the narrow alleys of 400 years old Chandni Chowk. Thereafter, you will be visiting prominent tourist attractions like Parliament House, Presidential House, India Gate, Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple & Qutub Minar. Parliament House, Presidential House and India Gate are seen from a distance. Out of all these monuments, Lotus Temple is the newest one but attracts your attention. The Lotus Temple is one of the newest architectural masterpieces. It belongs to Bahai faith, the youngest religion. Another interesting monument is Humayun' Tomb, the first mature example of Mughal architecture in India. Humayun's Tomb, built by Haji Begaum, had established a standard for all later Mughal monuments, which followed its design, most notably the Taj Mahal.

After full day sightseeing, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 3

Delhi-Varanasi (by air)

Varanasi presents altogether a different landscape of cultural vibrancy and lifestyle. As Delhi is seat of India's political might, Varanasi is spiritual capital of India. Your visit of Varanasi will take you in the realm of religion, art, culture and spiritual learning. After breakfast, proceed to Delhi airport to get the flight for Varanasi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Upon arrival in Varanasi, you will be transferred to designated hotel. After relaxing a bit, proceed on a guided sightseeing tour of Sarnath. Sarnath holds very important place in India's cultural, religious and civilization history. Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon in Sarnath, hence it is one of the four most revered pilgrimages of the Buddhists. Asoka's pillar, Dhamekh stupa, Dharmarajika stupa, remnants of mammoth monastery and excellent museum are prime attractions of Sarnath.

After Sarnath tour, move for Gadolia to watch out mesmerizing Ganga Aarti (Ganges Worship Ceremony) at Dashashwamedh Ghat. After enjoying traditional worship rituals of Ganges Aarti, return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4

Varanasi tour - Khajuraho (by air)

It is said that the best essence of Varanasi can be found either on ghats or in temples. Today, early in the morning, you will be taken on Varanasi ghats tour. Varanasi ghats excursion will be by boating in the river Ganges. Religious Hindus in Varanasi commence their day by taking a holy dip in the Ganges and perform various rituals- from ablution to work-out. Viewing the ghats of Varanasi while having a boat ride in river Ganges alongside the ghats, especially during dawn hours, is an exotic and unforgettable experience!

Ghat tour is conducted early in the morning, to be precise, during dawn hours. After tour of ghats, return to Varanasi hotel, refresh and have lunch. Thereafter, check out from Varanasi hotel and move on for Varanasi temples tour, to visit famous temples of Varanasi like Kashi Vishwanath, Durga Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Tulasi Manas Temple and BHU. Holiness of river Ganges, piousness of temples and ethereal spirituality of Varanasi, collectively create an abstruse amalgam of unique culture of Varanasi.

Varanasi tour is completed by noon. After visiting few famous temples of Varanasi, move to Varanasi airport to board flight for Khajuraho. On arrival at Khajuraho, you will be taken to the designated hotel for a bit of relaxation. After getting settled down, move for sightseeing of most famous Western Group of Temples of Khajuraho. Built during 9th to 12th centuries by Chandela kings, Khajuraho temples are known across the world for their erotically sculptured architecture. Western Group of Khajuraho temples is most prominent. All the temples of Khajuraho are specimen of traditional 'Nagara' style of temple architecture. In the evening attend fascinating Sound & Light show.

Overnight stay in Khajuraho hotel.

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Day 5

Khajuraho-Orchha-Jhansi (by car) -Agra (by train)

After breakfast, depart for Agra. On the way to Agra and near Jhansi railway station is an ancient historical town, Orchha. Orchha, now –a- days a small hamlet in Bundelkhand region, was once capital of Bundela dynasty. Lying on the banks of river Betwa, Orchha is home to many architectural masterpieces like Raja Ram Mandir, Laxmi Narayana Mandir, Jehangir Palace, Raj Palace and Rani Praveen Palace. Orchha Fort has been unconquered bastion of Bundela kings.

After exploring Orchha, have lunch in a nice restaurant on the bank of river Betwa and proceed for Jhansi. Late afternoon, board train for Agra. Late evening, arrive at Agra to be received by our representative and to be transferred to pre-booked hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6

Agra tour

Though Agra has been an ancient city since the times of Mahabharata but, in context to present-day tourism, Agra is popularly known as seat of Taj Mahal. Agra, once the capital of the Mughals, is home to three UNESCO's World Heritage sites- Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri. Taj Mahal looks most beautiful, as people say, either during dawn hours or sunset hours. Optima Travels ensures that you happen to enjoy both sights. Agra tour commences with visit to Taj Mahal. At the time of dawn, visit the world famous Taj Mahal. Made of white marble of Makrana, Taj Mahal reflects varying colours as the colour of sun changes. Near perfect symmetry and zenith of evolved Mughal architecture make Taj Mahal as one of the 'Seven Wonders of the World' and 'World Heritage sites. Enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of Taj Mahal. After viewing Taj Mahal, come back to hotel for breakfast. Thereafter, move for visiting other famous tourist attractions of Agra like Agra Fort, tomb of It Mad-ud-Daula and Mehtab Bagh. Sunset view of Taj Mahal is best observed from Mehtab Bagh, across river Yamuna.

Return to Agra hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 7

Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur

After breakfast, with unforgettable memories of Taj Mahal, depart for Jaipur. On the way, about 40 km from Agra is Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted city of Mughal times. Akbar had decided to shift the capital from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri and built several grand buildings there. But soon he realized that Fatehpur Sikri can't be developed as capital of Mughal kingdom due to paucity of drinking water therein. Various monuments of Fatehpur Sikri are built of red sandstone. Visit Fatehpur Sikri and see several monuments like Buland Darwaja, Panch Mahal, Jodhabai Palace and shrine of Salim Chishti.

After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, continue your drive to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur, check in at the pre-booked hotel. Jaipur was the first planned city of medieval India and built on grid pattern. Mammoth monuments, bustling market, rich culture, historical lineage of valour and exceptionally friendly people create collectively an exotically pleasant ambience for a visitor. Late afternoon, you will attend evening worship ceremony (Aarti) in Govind Dev Ji Temple, established by the royal family of Jaipur. It will be an altogether experience with ample exposure to Hindu religious practices and ethos. Return to hotel to spend evening in leisure and have overnight stay.

Day 8

Jaipur tour

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. Known as Pink City of Rajasthan, Jaipur enthralls a tourist with its monuments, culture, market, handicrafts, cuisines, carpets, jewelry, songs, music, dances and glorious history. After breakfast, guided Jaipur tour will commence. Jaipur tour guide will meet you at Jaipur hotel's lobby in the morning and escort you to Amber Fort, a star tourist attraction of Jaipur. Enjoy elephant ride ascent from basement to the main gate of Amber Fort. Built in red sandstone, Amber Fort was constructed gradually in almost two centuries. Hawa Mahal, popularly known as 'Palace of Winds', is most symbolic monument of Jaipur. Although, it is called as 'Mahal' (Palace) but in actuality, Hawa Mahal is a red sandstone screen with 593 latticed windows. Jantar Mantar is an astrological observatory and still in working condition. Jal Mahal is a palace built amidst Man Sagar Lake and had served as regal abode during duck shooting parties. City Palace of Jaipur lies within very heart of the city. The City Palace encompasses several beautiful architectural compounds like 7-storey palace 'Chandra Mahal' (moon palace), Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas (the hall of private audience), and the Diwan-e-Aam (the hall of public audience). It houses a splendid museum as well.

After visiting famous monuments of Jaipur, you can explore vibrant and bustling local market known for handicraft products namely carpets, printed clothes and jewelry. Later on, in the evening, visit Birla Temple. Experience many of these facets of Jaipur. After enjoying glimpses of Rajasthani culture and exploring various aspects of Jaipur for the whole day, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 9


After breakfast, depart for Udaipur. On the way, stop at Pushkar, a very prominent Hindu pilgrimage. The town is across the globe renowned for its Pushkar Fair. It is home to only temple of Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe. Pushkar Lake is another holy place. Pushkar Lake, a semi-circular lake with 52 ghats, Brahma Temple, Pushkar Fair and rustic way of life are prime attractions of Pushkar. Religion being integral part of Indian way of life, exploration of Pushkar will unfurl many aspects of cultural life of India, particularly Rajasthan. Have lunch in lake side restaurant. Hereinafter, continue your drive to Udaipur. The journey to Udaipur offers picture-perfect panoramic view. On arrival at Udaipur, check in at the designated hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10

Udaipur tour

After breakfast, guided tour of Udaipur will start. Destination Udaipur is the last leg of fascinating Luxury North India Tour. Udaipur was erstwhile capital of Mewar- the bastion of glorious Sisodia Rajputs. Udaipur, the city of lakes, is known as Romantic City of Rajasthan. The second most sought after tourist destination of Rajasthan, Udaipur is also said to be the 'Venice of East'. Mewar and hence Udaipur have special significance in the history of Rajasthan as well as India. Valour of Sisodiya Rajputs, indominatable spirit for independence and cultural patronage to Rajput art and architecture are all evident in the monuments of Udaipur.

Amazingly beautiful city of Udaipur and its fabulous monuments beckon you with open arms. Visit City Palace, an architectural marvel of Rajasthan. City Palace of Udaipur, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan and stunning buildings with highly decorated pavilions, palatial rooms, mesmerizing courtyards, latticed terraces, is located on the banks of Lake Pichola. Within the City Palace complex is situated Udaipur's biggest and most beautiful Jagdish Temple. The 'Zenana Mahal' within the palace complex has been converted into a fabulous museum.

Another worth visiting tourist destination of Udaipur is Jag Mandir Palace, built in yellow sandstone and marble. Its stunning beauty and architectural finesse can be gauged from the fact that Shah Jahan took several ideas, especially pieta dura work, from Jag Mandir Palace and implemented it in Taj Mahal. Also, watch out the eight statues of elephants which are carved out of white marble. Saheliyon ki Bari is another medieval place to visit while touring Udaipur.

Spend the day at leisure visiting local bustling market. Late afternoon, you will be taken to the Lake Pichola for boating and viewing Lake Palace or Jug Niwas. Lake Palace, the best example of Rajasthani architecture, is built of white marble amidst Lake Pichola on a natural rock foundation. The Lake Palace or Jag Niwas was built in 17th century. In the evening, visit Bagore ki Haveli to enjoy a puppet show and have delicious dinner.

Later, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 11

Udaipur – Ranakpur -Jodhpur

After breakfast, depart for Jodhpur. On the way, stop at Rankapur, known across the globe for extremely beautiful Jain temple. Ranakpur Jain Temple is specimen of extraordinarily intricate engravings. Continue your journey towards Jodhpur, the ‘Blue City of Rajasthan’. It situated on the very edge of the Thar Desert. Jodhpur is known for some of finest specimens of Rajput architecture. As you enter Jodhpur, you will be met by our representative who will ensure your smooth and seamless check-in at the pre-booked luxury hotel to spend evening in leisure and overnight stay.

Day 12

Jodhpur tour

After breakfast, proceed on a guided Jodhpur tour. It comprises visit to historical monuments like Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and Ummed Bhawan Palace. Mehrangarh Fort, the highest fort in Asia, is almost impregnable and exquisitely kept fort. Mehrangarh Fort is said be one of the most fascinating forts of India. Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph built in white marble to remember the sacrifices of the royal family of Jodhpur. Ummed Bhawan Palace is a magnificent palace of the king of Jodhpur. Part of it has been converted into a luxury heritage hotel and museum and remaining part is still being inhabited by the royal family.

After visiting historical monuments of Jodhpur, move to Sardar Market of Jodhpur. Here you can explore large variety of handicraft articles. Later in the evening, return to Jodhpur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 13

Jodhpur - Jaisalmer

As drive to Jaisalmer from Jodhpur takes almost 5 hours, you will be driven to Jaisalmer after breakfast. Though the whole Rajasthan is known as desert state but the best of actual desert is seen and experienced in Jaisalmer. The golden sand and sandstones make Jaisalmer 'Golden City'. The Jaisalmer Fort is also called as 'Golden Fort' (Sonar Qila). Most of the desert safaris originate from Jaisalmer and a camel safari in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer is an unforgettable experience.

On arrival at Jaisalmer, check in at the designated hotel for getting relaxed. Post lunch, move for local sightseeing of Jaisalmer which comprises various famous havelis like Nathmalji ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli and Salim Singh ki Haveli. These havelis are made of yellow sandstone and are intricately carved. The grandeur and styling make the havelis of Jaisalmer disparate from havelis of rest of Rajasthan.

In the evening, visit local market and later return to Jaisalmer hotel for overnight stay.

Day 14

Jaisalmer tour

Today’s guided Jaisalmer tour takes you into the realm of nomads. You will have a deeper peep into lifestyles of the people living in desert. After salubrious breakfast, proceed for visiting Jaisalmer Fort. Post lunch, there will be most sought after excursion to Sam Sand Dune on camel. The day is marked by camel safari, night stay in tented accommodation on sand dunes and dinner while folk dance and music being played. Discover desert traditions, folk culture and desert ways during your Jaisalmer camel safari with India Tour Packages.

Overnight stay in luxury tent in desert area of Jaisalmer.

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Day 15

Jaisalmer – Mumbai (by air)

After breakfast, you will be in-time transferred to Jaisalmer airport to boar Mumbai-bound flight. On arrival at Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, you will be received by our representative. You will be introduced with Mumbai tour guide who will directly take you for sightseeing which primarily includes Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Garden on the slopes of Malabar Hills and Nariman Point. After sightseeing, you will be taken to Mumbai hotel for overnight stay.

Day 16

Mumbai –Aurangabad (by air) - Ajanta tour

Quite early in the morning, you will be transferred to Mumbai airport to board flight for Aurangabad where cave temples of Ajanta are located. Upon Aurangabad arrival, you will be hailed by our representative to lead you to the pre-booked hotel. After getting checked in at the hotel and refreshed, move for Ajanta. The cave temples of Ajanta are more than 2000 years old and still hold inspirational value for modern day artists, designers and architects. Overnight stay in Aurangabad hotel

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Day 17

Ellora Sightseeing- Chennai (by air) – Mahabalipuram (by car)

After breakfast, Ellora tour will begin. Move for sightseeing of Ellora cave temples. The cave temples and monasteries of Ellora had been excavated in the 7th century. As Ajanta, Ellora Cave Temples are also UNESCO World Heritage site. Located 30 km from Aurangabad, there are 34 cave temples and monasteries, dedicated to Brahmanism, Jainism and Buddhism. The Ellora cave temples date back from 600 to 1000 AD.

After visiting Ellora cave temples, you will be transferred to Aurangabad airport to board Chennai-bound flight. On arrival at Chennai, you will be received and driven to Mahabalipuram. On arrival at Mahabalipuram, check in at the Mahabalipuram hotel for overnight stay.

Day 18

Mahabalipuram tour

After breakfast, proceed on guided sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram. Mahabalipuram has a very vital place in the cultural and architectural heritage of India, particularly Tamil Nadu. Mahabalipuram means the City of Bali. Mahabalipuram is also known as Mamallapuram after Mamalla, who was responsible of creating the earliest monument under the reign of the Pallava king Narsimha Varman-I. This temple town is said to be at least 2000 years old. Mahabalipuram includes eleven excavated temples or 'manadapams', two open air bas reliefs including 'Arjuna's Penance' and one enclosed bas-relief shrine. Beside these, there is a unique monolithic stone chariot called 'ratha' cut out of a rock. There are five more 'rathas' along with three big sculptures of a Nandi, a lion and an elephant. A palace in ruins can also be seen nearby along with a temple.

Return to hotel in the evening. Overnight stay will be in the pre-booked hotel.

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Day 19

Mahabalipuram – Kanchipuram - Chennai

After breakfast, drive towards Kanchipuram. Enjoy the sightseeing tour of Kanchipuram, the 'City of Thousand Temples' and 'Kashi of South India'. The Kanchipuram sightseeing will comprise of Ekambaranathar Temple and Kailasanathar Temple.

After sightseeing of Kanchipuram, move for Chennai. After arrival in Chennai, board flight for your onward destination.

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