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Home » Palaces & Forts Tour of India » Central & North India Palace Tour

Central & North India Palace Tour
Duration : 15 Days / 14 Nights
Destinations : Mumbai - Bhavnagar - Palitana - Lothal - Ahmedabad - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra - Gwalior - Orchha - Delhi

Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai by International flight and you will be met and assisted by our Hansa Vacations representative and escorted to your hotel. A traditional welcome awaits you on arrival at the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Mumbai
After breakfast proceed for half day tour of Mumbai covering Gateway of India – The stone archway designed by Wittett in the 16th century Gujarati style, Prince of Whales Museum, Chowpatty Beach, Dhobhi Ghat- a vast outdoor laundry & Marine Drive. Evening is free to enjoy the night life in Mumbai. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Mumbai – Bhavnagar (By flight)
Breakfast at Hotel. Later our representative will transfer you to the domestic airport to catch a flight to Bhavnagar, a sprawling industrial city and an important trading post for cotton products. On arrival at Bhavnagar, check into heritage hotel. Late in the evening, visit the Takhteshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is built on a small hillock overlooking the city and provides great views of the city and the Gulf of Cambay. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Bhavnagar – Palitana - Lothal (220 Kms)
After breakfast proceed for a full day guided excursion to Palitana situated 50-kms southwest of Bhavnagar. Palithana is extremely popular among tourists for its famous 863 Jain temples on hilltops. Late afternoon you will drive to Lothal, the ancient Indus City. On arrival you will check-in to the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Lothal - Ahmadabad (85-kms / 1.5 hrs)
After breakfast proceed for a half day sightseeing tour at the site of excavations of the ancient Indus City of Lothal. Afternoon depart for the city of Ahmadabad. The city of Ahmed Shah is 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-Saracen style of architecture). On arrival you will check into hotel. The evening is free for shopping. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 05: Ahmadabad
Breakfast at hotel. A full day guided tour of Ahmadabad City. Visit Sabarmati Ashram, the tombs of Ahmed Shah and his queens, Jama Masjid, Dada Hari-Wav Step wells, and the Calico Museum of Textiles. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Ahmedabad – Modhera – Udaipur (370-Kms / 06 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Modhera. Visit the Sun Temple that was built in 1026 A.D. The temple stands high on a plinth overlooking a deep stoned-steeped tank. Every inch of this edifice, both inside and outside is magnificently carved with Gods and Goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers. Later you will drive to Udaipur - the city of lakes also known as Venice of the East.

Udaipur is a vision in white. The City of Dawn, surrounded by the ancient Aravali Mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, it is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples. Enjoy the evening on the banks of the Lake Pichola and spend your time exploring the narrow streets dotted with interesting shops. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Udaipur
Breakfast, full day guided sightseeing of the city including City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon-ki-Bari and a excursion to Eklingi, famous for its Jain temples. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Udaipur - Chittorgarh (112-kms / 02 hrs)
After breakfast, proceed for Chittorgarh - the well-established citadel and the capital of Mewar rulers. On arrival check into the hotel and proceed on a excursion to the massive Chittorgarh Fort, which stands 180 metre high with each stone narrating its own exciting story. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Chittorgarh - Pushkar (205-kms / 04 hrs)
After breakfast drive to the holy town of Pushkar. Visit the only temple in the entire world which is dedicated to Lord Brahma, thus making Pushkar an important pilgrimage city for Hindus. Evening is free to relax or take a stroll in the surrounding areas. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Pushkar - Jaipur (120-kms / 02 hrs)
Morning depart for Jaipur- the Pink City of Rajasthan. Upon arrival in Jaipur, transfer to the hotel and check-in. Later proceed for a half-day city tour of Jaipur visiting the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), City Palace and Jantar Mantar - Royal Observatory. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Jaipur
Breakfast at hotel followed by a guided excursion to the majestic Amber Fort - the erstwhile capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs before they moved to their newly built capital in Jaipur. The fort itself is gained by a precipitous elephant ride up a narrow cobbled path. Clambering up some steep steps to the elephant mount you will lock yourselves into the cradle a top a fine beast ready for your ride up to the imposing fort like a Maharaja. Evening is at leisure to enjoy the real charm of this royal city or shop around the local bazaars and see some handicrafts and artisans. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Jaipur – Agra (232-kms / 4.5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Agra en-route visit the ghost town of Fatepur Sikri; a World Heritage Site. You will be assisted by one of our experienced guide to visit this world famous complex of monuments and temples built in a uniform architectural style.

Continue your drive to Agra, the city of the great Mughal rulers for ages. Agra is indeed a treasure trove for all the tourists arriving this city from India and abroad. Even though Agra is synonymous with the Taj, the city stands testimony to the unique and grand architectural creativity of the Mughals. On arrival you will check-in to the hotel. Later visit the Agra Fort followed by a visit to Taj Mahal at the time of sunset. The Taj Mahal is a monument built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Agra - Gwalior by train
Early morning transfer to railway station to board the train to Gwalior. After arrival in Gwalior our representative will escort you to the hotel. After check-in proceed for a short sightseeing tour of Gwalior visiting the Gwalior Fort built in the 15th century by Raja Man Singh Tamar on a hilltop that overlooks the city. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Gwalior – Orchha (120-kms / 02 hrs) – Delhi (by train)
After breakfast drive to Orchha.  Orchha was the erstwhile capital city of the Bundela rulers. The town is steeped in history and is famous for its palaces and temples built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Visit Jahangir Mahal, Rajmahal and Phool Bagh. Evening our representative will transfer you to Jhansi railway station to board the super fast train to Delhi. Arrive late evening and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Delhi Departure
After breakfast, proceed for a tour of the city. Your sightseeing will start with a visit to the (Birla Mandir) Laxminarayan Temple, built by one of India's foremost business families and dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver. Proceed to the former centre of Moghul Power, Old Delhi that offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Drive past the Red Fort, built in 1648 and board the 'cycle rickshaw' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue-heading west from the Fort. Later visit the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Afternoon proceed for a visit to New Delhi. Drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate built in memory of the 85,000 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during World War 1. Opposite the India Gate, is the massive Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India. Continue on to Humayun`s Tomb of the Mughal era followed by tour of the towering minaret of Qutab Minar. Qutub-Minar in red and buff sandstone is the highest tower in India. It has a diameter of 14.32m at the base and about 2.75m on the top with a height of 72.5m. Later depending on flight schedule our representative will transfer you to International airport for flight to onward destination.