Delhi - Udaipur - Ahmedabad - Lothal - Bhavnagar - Palitana - Mumbai - Goa
This programme offers a perfect mix of Classical India visiting the heritage & modern gateway of India - Delhi, forts & palaces of Udaipur to the unexplored rural but vibrant state of Gujarat. The tour ends with a magical note of Bollywood capital of the world - Mumbai and the white sandy & sunny beaches of Goa.
Day 1 Arrive New Delhi - The capital city
Traditional welcome on arrival at Delhi airport by Travel Pals India executive and transferred by air-conditioned exclusive car to hotel for overnight stay.
Delhi is the capital of the modern India, though it is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning over a period from 11th to 20th centuries.
Day 2 Delhi - Udaipur (by air)
Breakfast at hotel and then transferred to Delhi domestic airport to board flight for Udaipur (1.5 hrs). Met on arrival at Udaipur airport and transferred ot your hotel. Day at leisure untill evening to enjoy a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola to have lovely views of the Jagmandir Palace (also known as the Lake Garden Palace, is an exquisite palace placed in an estuary Island in Pichola Lake in Udaipur, the Lake Palace hotel, City Palace, Shiw Niwas & Fateh Prakash Palace hotel buildings.
Day 3 Udaipur
After relaxed breakfast, a guided sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Hindu temple Jagdish Temple situated in the middle of the main market followed by a walk up to the City Palace compound - the largest Palace complex in the state of Rajasthan assumed to be built in 16th century, is a majestic white marble palace royally placed perfectly in a peak reflecting its beauty in the Pichola Lake; Sahelion-ki-Bari - The 'garden of the maidens' brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The delightful gardens appear discreet and in impeccable taste, Eklingji - the famous temple of Lord Shiva in the state of Rajasthan. This is the only visited Shiva temple by the present Maharaja of Udaipur.
Jagmandir - also known as Lake Garden Palace is an exquisite palace placed in an estuary Island in Pichola Lake in Udaipur (perfect during the evening). You may also like to visit the Crystal Gallery which is a fine collection of the Maharaja over generations
Day 4 Udaipur - Ahmedabad (260 kms / 6 hrs)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven southwards to Ahmedabad - The city of Ahmed Shah, known for its rich past and its association with the Mahatma Gandhi. The city offers the traveler a unique style of architecture, which is a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles (Indo-Saracenic style of architecture).
Day 5 Ahmedabad
After breakfast at the hotel, a full day guided tour of Ahmedabad city where we visit Sabarmati Ashram, the tombs of Ahmed Shah and his queens, Jama Masjid, Dada Hari-Vav Step wells (one of the best in north India), and the Calico Museum of Textiles
Day 6 Ahmedabad - Lothal - Bhavnagar (180 kms / 4 hrs)
After breakfast at the hotel driven to Bhavnagar with enroute guided tour of the excavations at the ancient Indus city of Lothal - the citadel is obviously separated an acropolis, with its own paved baths, and a lower town more humble residential quarters, copper-smith workshops, sheds and bead factories. Early evening continue to Bhavnagar & check into hotel.
Day 7 Bhavnagar
We have a free day in Bhavnagar to have conducted village walks where you will be able to come face to face and talk with local villagers and visit the village school and a house. Visit the famous Hindu temple of is located on a hill, on a high plinth, offering a commanding view of Bhavnagar. The high shikhara rising above the pillared rectangular mandapa makes it an important landmark.
Day 8 Bhavnagar - Palitana - Bhavnagar
Morning excursion to Palitana situated 50 kms southwest of Bhavnagar. Palitana is world renowed for its famous 863 Jain temples on hilltops - it is on the Shetrunjaya mountain at a distance of nearly 6 kms near the city on the banks of river Shetrunjaya. This mountain has 3800 steps. On it, there are 700 temples with summits, 7000 idols are installed in them. The artistry and sculpture of these temples aptly illustrate the ancient art. In the evening, we return back to Bhavnagar for overnight
Day 9 Bhavnagar - Mumbai (by air)
This morning, you will be transferred to the airport for a short flight to Mumbai - India's commercial capital, industrial powerhouse, busiest port, fashion capital, home to Bollywood (India's Hollywood), worlds biggest textile market - the list goes on and on. This evening, you are free to enjoy the Marine Drive and the views of the sea over the sunset and towards the evening the marine drive bend represents a glittering queen's necklace
Day 10 Mumbai
Introduced with guide for a city tour visiting the Gateway of India - built under the British Raj on the waterfront in Apollo Bunder area overlooking the Arabian Sea to commemorate the landing of their majesties King Geroge V and Queen Mary. Further an excursion by ferry from Gateway to Elephanta Caves - carved out of rock and have also been given the recognition of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known in ancient times as Gharapuri, the present name Elephanta, was given by 17th century Portuguese explorers, after seeing a monolithic basalt sculpture of an elephant found here near the entrance. They decided to take it home but ended up dropping it into the sea because their chains were not strong enough.
On your return back to the city, visit the Crawford Market - a shopper's paradise for groceries, dry fruits, spices, poultry etc; Dhobi Ghat - open air laundry, Chatrapati Shivaji Railway Station (erstwhile Victoria Terminus) building and also visit the the Prince of Wales Museum - one of the best-known museums of the country. This magnificent heritage building, situated on the famous 'Crescent Site' on the way to the Gateway of India, is a landmark of south Mumbai. Architecturally it is an exquisite example of the Indo-Saracenic style, popular in India during the early part of this century.
Day 11 Mumbai - Goa (by air)
Day at leisure untill transfer to Mumbai domestic airport to board an hour's flight for Goa. On arrival met at the airport and transferred to a beach resort. Evening free at leisure to explore the quaint Portuguese colonial city on own.
Goa : Though history of Goa dates back to 3rd Century BC by the Mauryan Empire rules y the Buddhist Empire. However, Goa gained it's popularity in 1510, the Portuguese defeated the ruling Bijapur kings with the help of a local ally, Timayya, leading to the establishment of a permanent settlement in Velha Goa (or Old Goa). The Portuguese converted a large portion of their subjects in Goa to Christianity
Day 12 Goa
After breakfast at the resort you have the day to enjoy the time on the beach or take the half day guided sightseeing tour including churches of old Goa, Panjim city and beaches of Goa. Sunset cruise over river Mandovi towards the end of the sightseeing before returning to your resort.
Day 13 Goa
Day free to relax on the beach. There are plenty of options to explore in & around Goa. One can enjoy a Bullet motorcycle hire to ride around the city's highlights or take an excursion to the famous Dudhsagar waterfalls which are famous for their extra white in colour representing milk (dudh) or else watch a Dolphin show on the Arabian sea waters
Day 14 Goa - back home
Relaxed breakfast at the resort followed by a transfer to Goa airport to board flight for onward destination with sweet memories of your India tour
Bon Voyage !