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Tour Overview

Experience the wonders of India on this 12-day journey. Begin in Delhi, delving into its historical and cultural treasures. Marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, then venture to Jaipur, the Pink City, exploring grand forts and palaces. In Mumbai, absorb the city's dynamic energy and visit ancient caves. Finally, relax on Goa's golden beaches and delve into its spiritual heritage. With expert guides, savor the essence of each destination, from bustling markets to serene temples, creating unforgettable memories of diverse landscapes and rich traditions.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Immerse in Delhi's Rich History: Explore Jama Masjid, ride a rickshaw in Chandni Chowk, and marvel at the grandeur of Red Fort and Qutub Minar.
  • Witness the Taj Mahal's Beauty: Experience the mesmerizing sunrise at Taj Mahal, an architectural masterpiece symbolizing eternal love in Agra.
  • Discover Jaipur's Royal Heritage: Visit Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, and City Palace, immersing yourself in the opulence of Rajasthan's Pink City.
  • Admire Mumbai's Diversity: Explore Elephanta Caves, stroll along Marine Drive, and visit iconic landmarks like Gateway of India, capturing Mumbai's vibrant spirit.
  • Relax on Goa's Golden Beaches: Unwind on Goa's pristine beaches, soak in the sun, and enjoy the serene atmosphere of Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral.
  • Experience Spiritual Goa: Explore Goa's churches, from Basilica of Bom Jesus to St. Cajetan Church, immersing in the region's rich religious heritage.
  • Navigate Fatehpur Sikri's History: Step into the Mughal era at Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO heritage site showcasing architectural marvels and historical significance.
  • Savor Free Time: Enjoy leisure days for beach activities, market exploration, and personal relaxation, cherishing the unique charm of each destination.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival in Delhi, your guide and driver will warmly welcome you at the airport. They will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to your hotel, ensuring a smooth check-in process. After settling into your accommodation, take some time to relax and refresh. Depending on your arrival time, your guide can provide recommendations for nearby places to explore or dine, allowing you to ease into your Indian adventure at your own pace.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Delhi

  2. Begin your day with a visit to Jama Masjid, an architectural marvel and one of the largest mosques in India. Feel the vibrant energy of Delhi as you embark on a rickshaw ride through the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk Market, immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, and aromas of the city. Explore the historic Red Fort, marveling at its imposing sandstone walls and intricate Mughal architecture.

    India Delhi Jama Masjid
    Jama Masjid, an architectural masterpiece

    Next, journey to Qutub Minar, an ancient minaret that stands tall as a symbol of Delhi's rich history. Visit the Gandhi Smriti Museum, where you can gain insight into Mahatma Gandhi's life and legacy. Drive along the majestic India Gate, a war memorial, and pass by the President's House, capturing memorable photographs.

    Your day continues with a visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple, a serene Hindu temple adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures. As the day concludes, you'll have the opportunity to rest and reflect on the diverse experiences of Delhi.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Delhi

    India Laxmi Narayan Temple
    Laxmi Narayan Temple

  3. Embark on a scenic drive to Agra, a city steeped in the grandeur of Mughal architecture. During the journey, enjoy the changing landscapes of India and arrive in Agra, where you'll check in to your hotel. Take this time to relax, rejuvenate, and prepare for the exciting adventures awaiting you in the days ahead.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Agra

  4. Rise early to witness the ethereal beauty of the Taj Mahal at sunrise, capturing the monument in the soft, golden light. Explore the intricate details and hear the captivating love story behind this iconic mausoleum. Afterward, visit Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and delve into the fascinating history of the Mughal Empire.

    India Agra Taj Mahal
    The magnificent Taj Mahal

    In the afternoon, you have the freedom to explore Agra at your leisure. You might choose to visit local markets, sample authentic cuisine, or simply unwind in the serene ambiance of your surroundings.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Agra

  5. Depart Agra and drive to Jaipur, known as the Pink City. En route, visit Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a well-preserved Mughal city that offers a glimpse into India's architectural heritage.

    Upon reaching Jaipur, check in to your hotel and enjoy some leisure time. Explore the vibrant markets, indulge in local delicacies, or relax at your hotel's amenities.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Jaipur

    India Fatehpur Sikri
    Fatehpur Sikri

  6. Embark on a cultural journey in Jaipur, starting with a visit to Amber Fort. Marvel at the grandeur of this ancient fort and don't miss the Palace of Mirrors, a mesmerizing hall adorned with intricate mirror work.

    India Jaipur Amber Fort Hall of Mirrors
    Hall of Mirrors in Amber Fort

    Continue your exploration with a visit to Nahargarh Fort, perched atop the Aravalli hills, offering panoramic views of Jaipur. Discover the architectural marvel - Hawa Mahal, aka Palace of Winds, made of red and pink sandstone. It is renowned for its lattice windows allowing royal ladies to observe street festivals and daily life while remaining hidden from view..

    Next, delve into the rich history of Jaipur at the City Palace Museum, home to exquisite artifacts and royal artifacts. Experience the astronomical wonders of Jantar Mantar - an ancient observatory featuring large-scale instruments for celestial observations.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Jaipur

    Jaipur Jantar Mantar Observatory
    Jantar Mantar Observatory

  7. Enjoy a relaxing morning at your own pace in Jaipur. After lunch, board a flight to Mumbai, a bustling metropolis known for its dynamic energy and diverse culture. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and unwind from your travels.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Mumbai

  8. Embark on a captivating exploration of Mumbai, starting with a visit to Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on Elephanta Island. Marvel at the intricate rock-cut sculptures and ancient cave temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.

    India Mumbai Elephanta Caves
    Elephanta Caves

    Afterward, embark on a city sightseeing tour, beginning with Kamala Nehru Park, a peaceful oasis offering panoramic views of the city. Explore Hanging Gardens, perched on the slopes of Malabar Hill, and savor the picturesque vistas of Marine Drive, known as the Queen's Necklace, especially enchanting during sunset.

    Stroll along Chowpatty Beach, where you can enjoy the lively atmosphere and indulge in local snacks. Experience the unique phenomenon of Dhobi Ghat, an open-air laundry where Mumbai's washermen work diligently. Visit the iconic Gateway of India, a historic monument overlooking the Arabian Sea, and explore the vibrant markets of Crawford Market and Flora Fountain, showcasing Mumbai's bustling trade and heritage.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Mumbai

    India Mumbai Gateway of India
    Gateway of India

  9. Fly to Goa, a coastal paradise known for its pristine beaches and vibrant nightlife. Upon arrival, meet your local guide, who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel for check-in. Take the remainder of the day to unwind, explore the nearby surroundings, or relax on the beach.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Goa

  10. Embark on a spiritual journey in Goa, exploring its renowned churches and religious heritage. Visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a prime example of baroque architecture, housing the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.

    Goa Basilica of Bom Jesus
    Basilica of Bom Jesus

    Discover the majestic Se Cathedral, dedicated to St. Catherine and known for its grandeur.

    Explore the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, featuring ornate decorations and historical artifacts, and visit St. Cajetan Church, showcasing Portuguese influence in Goan architecture. Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of these churches and appreciate their cultural and historical significance.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Goa

  11. Indulge in a day of leisure and relaxation on the golden sands of Goa's beautiful beaches. Whether you prefer sunbathing, swimming in the crystal-clear waters, or engaging in water sports activities, Goa offers a perfect blend of tranquility and excitement.

    Alternatively, explore Goa's lively markets, where you can shop for souvenirs, local crafts, and spices. Take the opportunity to taste authentic Goan cuisine and experience the vibrant nightlife the region is famous for.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Goa

    India Goa Beach
    Relax on Goa's beautiful beaches

  12. Savor your final moments in Goa with some leisure time. Then, your driver will escort you to the airport for your onward flight to your next destination or your journey back home. Safe travels and cherish the wonderful memories of your exploration in India.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price Includes

  • 11 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day;
  • Air tickets mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • International air tickets (Could be assisted).
  • Visa handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Tipping for guide, driver, bell boy, etc.
  • Services not stated in the itinerary.

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