Embark on an enchanting journey through the heart of India on this captivating 12-day tour. Begin in Delhi, a city of contrasts where historic splendor meets modern vibrancy. Explore the grandeur of Old Delhi, visiting Jama Masjid, Rajghat, and glimpsing the iconic Red Fort. Unveil the treasures of New Delhi, marveling at the Humayun Tomb, Qutub Minar, India Gate, and the impressive government buildings.
As you journey to Agra, let the allure of the Taj Mahal take your breath away, a mesmerizing testament to love’s eternal beauty. Immerse yourself in the Mughal heritage with a visit to Agra Fort. Move on to the Pink City of Jaipur, where the majestic Amber Fort and the regal City Palace await, each narrating stories of royal elegance.
Fly to Ahmedabad, where the past and present intertwine seamlessly. Discover the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi at his ashram, be charmed by the intricate architecture of the Adalaj step-well, and savor the authenticity of Gujarati cuisine. Venture into the Little Rann of Kutch, where you’ll encounter the endangered Asiatic Wild Ass and experience a bird-watching paradise.
Explore Bhuj and its surrounding villages, meeting skilled artisans and witnessing their traditional craftsmanship. En route to Gondal, discover Bhujodi’s textile heritage and the artistry of Dhamadka. In Gondal, marvel at the Riverside Palace and the Orchard Palace.
Continue to Palitana, a gateway to the spiritual heights of Shetrunjaya, adorned with 863 Jain temples. Conclude your journey with a visit to Lothal, an Indus Valley civilization site, before flying back to Delhi, where your incredible Indian odyssey comes to a close.
Duration: 12 Days/ 11 Nights
Places: Delhi > Agra > Jaipur > Ahmedabad > Dasada > Bajana > Bhuj > Gondal > Palitana > Bhavnagar > Lothal > Ahmedabad > Delhi
Delhi: The tour begins in the bustling capital city, Delhi, where you’ll experience the intriguing blend of historical splendor and modern energy. Explore the vibrant streets of Old Delhi, with its iconic Jama Masjid and the majestic Red Fort. Pay your respects at Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, and then transition to New Delhi’s wide avenues and landmarks like the towering Qutub Minar and the grand India Gate.
Agra: Journey to Agra, the city of the world-famous Taj Mahal. Witness the breathtaking beauty of this marble marvel, a symbol of eternal love, as you learn about its poignant history. Discover the impressive Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcasing a fusion of architectural styles from various eras.
Jaipur: The Pink City of Jaipur awaits with its royal charisma. Explore the Amber Fort, perched majestically on a hill, and be enchanted by its intricate architecture. Immerse yourself in the opulence of the City Palace, where history comes alive, and observe the astronomical wonders of Jantar Mantar.
Ahmedabad: In Ahmedabad, the fusion of tradition and modernity is evident. Walk in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi at his ashram, understanding his philosophy of nonviolence and simplicity. Marvel at the elegant step-wells and the stunning architecture of the Jain temples. Savor the flavors of Gujarati cuisine and experience the vibrant energy of the city’s markets.
Little Rann of Kutch: Venture into the unique ecosystem of the Little Rann of Kutch, where you’ll spot the rare Asiatic Wild Ass and a diverse array of bird species. The barren landscape is unexpectedly teeming with life and offers an extraordinary experience for nature enthusiasts.
Bhuj: In Bhuj, explore the Banni villages, where local artisans exhibit their traditional craftsmanship. Witness the convergence of cultures in the town, evident in the unique architecture and the vibrant marketplaces.
Gondal: Gondal offers a glimpse into the regal past of Gujarat. Discover the Riverside Palace and the Orchard Palace, each showcasing a distinct charm. Dive into the history of the region as you explore the palatial residences of the royal family.
Palitana: As you reach Palitana, you’ll be awed by the sheer number of Jain temples that dot the landscape of Shetrunjaya Hill. Ascend the hill for a spiritual experience and marvel at the intricate carvings that adorn the temples.
Lothal: Step back in time at Lothal, an archaeological site of the Indus Valley civilization. Uncover the secrets of this ancient city’s advanced urban planning and maritime activities.
Detailed Tour Plan
DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI
You will arrive at Delhi’s International Airport.
Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you exit the Arrival terminal building after which you would be transferred to your hotel. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
DAY 02: DELHI
Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit Old Delhi – Jama Masjid, Red Fort (outside) and Rajghat.
Afternoon visit New Delhi – Humayun Tomb, Qutub Minar and drive Past India Gate, Government building (ministry offices), Parliament House and President House.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 03: DELHI- AGRA
Breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Agra. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. Afternoon visit Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) & Agra fort.
Morning visit Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (closed on Friday’s) followed by visit to Mother Teresa’s charity home.
After lunch visit Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 04: AGRA – JAIPUR
Breakfast and lunch at hotel. Afternoon leave by surface for Jaipur, city is also known as Pink City.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 05: JAIPUR
Breakfast at hotel. Morning excursion to Amber Fort with a photo stop at Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal). Enjoy Elephant ride to climb the fort.
Afternoon visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar or Royal Astronomical Observatory.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 06: JAIPUR – AHMEDABAD (MORNING FLIGHT)
In time transfer from Jaipur hotel to airport to board flight to Ahmedabad. Arrive Ahmedabad, check in at hotel & later visit Ahmedabad city.
Sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad includes visit to Gandhi Ashram, Jain Temples, Adalaj step-well – one of the finest example of architectural magnificence. Enjoy tea & snack break at Tea Stall, one of the unique social meeting joint of locals done in age-old graveyard that is nestled in the middle of 22 tombs.
In evening, visit the handicraft market of Law Garden. Enjoy the traditional and authentic Gujarati food dinner. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 07: AHMEDABAD – DASADA/ BAJANA (110KMS)
Morning half day sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad starts with the Heritage walk visiting Swaminarayan Temple and old city settlements.
Visit Jumma Masjid, a Friday mosque that dates back to 1423 A.D. one of the best combination of Muslim & Hindu architectural style.
Also visit Calico Textiles Museum. The Calico Museum of Textile, 130 years old is regarded as one among the foremost textile museums in the world and an important Indian institution.
DAY 08: DASADA / BAJANA – BHUJ (280KMS 6HRS)
Morning safari into The Little Rann Of Kutch – The highlight of this sanctuary is the Asiatic Wild Ass or ‘Gudkhur’ that is endemic to the region & is one of the most endangered species in the world.
The Little Rann of Kutch is also a paradise for bird watchers. Later drive to Bhuj. Evening visit the Bazar and Aiana Mahal Museum – a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid-eighteenth century with European influence.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 09: BHUJ
Full day excursion to Banni Villages.
Amidst the deserts, lies the quaint little villages on the India border. Here you will come across master craft people exposing their traditional art form. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use will make you feel that you are in lifestyle museum, leaving you spellbound.
Return to Bhuj for an overnight stay.
DAY 10: BHUJ –GONDAL (240KMS)
Drive to Gondal en-route visiting Bhujodi to meet the weavers of the community Vankar, also discover the nearby towns of Harijan and Dhamadka.
Bhujodi is a small town just 8 km southeast of Bhuj. It is a major textile center of Kutch, majority of its inhabitants are involved in textile handicraft production. Here you can meet weavers, tie-dye artists and block printers. Dhamadka is a major center of the traditional block-printing technique of Gujarat.
The important historical places in Gondal are The Riverside Palace & The Huzoor Palace which is also the residence of the current royal family. It is known as the Orchard Palace because of its huge surroundings of fruit orchards, lawns and gardens.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 11: GONDAL – PALITANA (180KMS) –BHAVNAGAR (52KMS)
Drive to Bhavnagar, en-route visiting Palitana.
Palitana is little more than a gateway to Shetrunjaya, strew with 863 temples. The temples were built over a period of 900 years on a hilltop dedicated entirely to God and belong to Jain community.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 12: BHAVNAGAR – LOTHAL – AHMEDABAD–DELHI (FLIGHT)
Drive to Ahmedabad en-route visiting Lothal.
Lothal – a perfect place to get an insight of the Indus Valley civilization. The most dominating site at Lothal is the massive dockyard spanning an area of 37 meters by 22 meters perhaps the greatest work of Maritime Architecture.
Note: Museum of Lothal remains closed on Fridays.
Transfer to airport to board evening flight from Ahmedabad airport to Delhi. Arrive Delhi, meeting & assistance and transfer to hotel/ straight transfer to airport to board onward flight.
End of Tour
FAQs about the Tour
q: What is the starting point of the tour?
a: The tour begins in Delhi, the capital city of India.
q: What are the highlights of the Delhi sightseeing?
a: The Delhi sightseeing includes visits to landmarks such as Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Rajghat, Humayun Tomb, Qutub Minar, India Gate, and government buildings.
q: How is transportation between cities arranged?
a: Transportation between cities is arranged by surface drives and domestic flights as per the itinerary.
q: What is the significance of Agra in the tour?
a: Agra is known for the iconic Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the historic Agra Fort.
q: What attractions can be explored in Jaipur?
a: In Jaipur, you can explore the Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, and experience the vibrant culture of the Pink City.
q: How does the tour include a cultural experience in Ahmedabad?
a: Ahmedabad offers a blend of history and culture with visits to Gandhi Ashram, Jain Temples, and the unique experience of having traditional Gujarati food at a local tea stall.
q: What is the significance of Little Rann of Kutch?
a: The Little Rann of Kutch is home to the endangered Asiatic Wild Ass and diverse birdlife, providing an unparalleled wildlife experience.
q: What is unique about the Banni villages near Bhuj?
a: The Banni villages offer a glimpse into the traditional art forms and lifestyle of local craftsmen, making it a cultural hub.
q: How does the tour explore royal history in Gondal?
a: Gondal showcases the royal heritage through visits to the Riverside Palace and Orchard Palace, which provide insights into the history and lifestyle of the region’s rulers.
q: What historical significance does Lothal hold?
a: Lothal is an archaeological site that was once part of the Indus Valley civilization, offering a glimpse into ancient urban planning, maritime activities, and craftsmanship.
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