India Culture and Festivals Tour

Highlights:

The most classic India tour with route visiting Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi, Fatehpur Sikri, Ranthombore National Park, Mumbai, Aurangabad and Cochin. The biggest highlights of this tour is The festival of Diwali in Varanasi and Cattle Fair in Pushker. This tour with festival is feasible in around November.

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This tour is ready to be booked or tailored to fit your personal requirements,please contact us for quotation and custom details.
Travel Seasons:

Most countries in Asia can be visited throughout the year. Taking all factors into account, such as weather, traffic, cost..., there are always good places worthy visiting whenever you travel Asia. According to your personal schedule, we will arrange the proper and suitable itinerary of your targeted countries.

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Route:

Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore National Park - Jaipur - Pushkar - Udaipur - Varanasi - Mumbai - Aurangabad - Kochi/Cochin - Backwaters

Itinerary

Day1:

Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to India. Meet your tour guide who holds Bravo Asia Tours’ greeting board at Indira Gandhi International Airport. We will transfer to hotel so you can fresh up after your long flight. The rest of day will be free; you can arrange it according to your personal needs. Overnight in Delhi

Day2:

Delhi

Today, we will begin to explore the capital of India, where is also the start of our incredible India tour. We will visit the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan and Delhi’s landmark structure India Gate. Then continue our tour to the National Museum (closed on Monday and Gazetted holidays). The incredible artifacts and exhibits will both amaze you and will bring clarity to much of what you will experience during your tour of India. After that, we will visit the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. After lunch, we will visit a UNESCO world Heritage site – Tomb of The Mughal Emperor Humayun. Your tour guide will take you a tour with rickshaw to the next UNESCO world heritage site of Delhi - the Qutab Minar. This 239-foot tall medieval tower is a symbol of victory and an example of Persian architecture from that period. Overnight in Delhi

Day3:

Delhi

After breakfast in the morning, we will take an exploration of Old Delhi. Drive through the ancient city’s lost streets; enjoy an exciting rickshaw ride and walk with your tour guide through the crowded alleys of Chandni Chowk. The modern and the ancient are mixed together, providing a truly impact on the senses at every level. We then will visit the Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India. After that, we will take some rest and have lunch. We will visit the third UNESCO world heritage of Delhi - The Red Fort, this magnificent complex was finished a decade before the mosque we visit in the morning. Both of them were built by Shah Jahan, who is also the Taj Mahal creator. Later, we will take you to this surprisingly calm and serenity oasis in Old Delhi – The cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, which is a simple yet stirring memorial to the father of India. Overnight in Delhi

Day4:

Delhi - Agra

Rise early to catch the morning sun and a train to Agra (approximately 3 hours). The city alternated with Delhi as the capital of the Moghul Empire, and it still grips to its glory days, inextricably linked with the most famous of India’s rulers. When you arrive, take some time to relax after the early start until mid-afternoon. Agra’s not just all about the Taj Mahal, it’s also home to one of the finest looking forts in India, a Friday Mosque and royal tombs. Sitting along the banks of the Yamuna River, Agra Fort is part stronghold, part palace and part prison. Built in 1565 by Emperor Akbar, it was converted to a palace by Emperor Shah Jahan, and it eventually became his jail when he lost power. Enter the dark red sandstone fort by crossing the (now empty) crocodile-infested moat. Search through throne rooms and tiny but incredibly decorated mosques, and climb to the top to get your first tantalizing glimpse of the Taj across the river. Overnight in Agra

Day5:

Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Sawai Madhopur

Mehtab Bagh, a 500-year-old Mughal garden located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River, provides an extraordinary place to enjoy a sunrise morning walk out. Back to hotel for breakfast and fresh-up. Checkout then we are going to drive to Jaipur en route to Fatehpur Sikri. This beautiful uninhabited city is the best preserved collections of Indian Mughal architecture in India. Today’s journey ends in Sawai Madhopur. Your tour guide will assist you with hotel chech-in. Sleep well and we will meet you next morning for tomorrow’s tour. Overnight in Sawai Madhopur

Day6:

Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore National Park

This morning, we will drive to Ranthambhore National Park after breakfast. It will take around 40 minutes in the dry season. Ranthambhore National Park is one of the premier national parks of India – a place where nature has reclaimed ancient fortresses and temples, and that is also is teeming with wildlife to spot. Notes: During the hot summer months, Ranthambhore National Park is closed between 1 July and 30 September each year. Therefore, during this time, we alter our itinerary and take the opportunity to visit the nearby Swai Mansingh Sanctuary instead. Overnight in Sawai Madhopur

Day7:

Sawai Madhopur - Jaipur

Enjoy your last safari into Ranthambore in the morning. Return to your hotel after that to freshen up and have breakfast. The rest time of this morning will be free. After lunch we will depart for Jaipur. ( approximately 2 hours) Check in your hotel in Jaipur and have a good rest. Overnight in Jaipur

Day8:

Jaipur

Today, we will have a tour in and around Jaipur. Start with the Amber Fort and Palace, located near the walled city, is a UNESCO world heritage site. The massive For complex was originally built by Raja Mansingh and is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture. Explore the chambers and hallways, which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments. Return to the valley beneath the Fort and you are driven to nearby Samode for a unique Rajasthani experience. Tour the boutique Samode Palace which it now operating as a luxury hotel. Have a famous Rajasthani lunch at the Palace. After that we will have a camel safari through surrounding rural area. A village walk will take place, when you can observe how the locals go about their daily lives and work. Overnight in Jaipur

Day9:

Jaipur

Continue our exploration of the walled city of Jaipur. We will visit Jantar Mantar, a fascinating stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind), an intriguing façade built in 1799. The impressive view makes it the most photographed building in the country after Taj Mahal. Then to the City Palace, the former royal residence, part of which is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible to the public. After your lunch, we will visit the Albert Hall Museum which is a museum of the industrial arts. The rest time of today, you may take a stroll with your tour guide through the pink bazaar in the heart of the old town. Overnight in Jaipur

Day10:

Jaipur - Pushkar

After breakfast and checkout, take a drive to Pushkar where runs the biggest Camel Fair in India. We will arrive in Pushkar in the late morning (2.5hours/150km). We will stay in a desert lodge tonight, which provides the basic residential facility. There is no luxury accommodation in this area. After lunch, we will take a camel cart ride to the cattle trading fairgrounds. Get ready for the strong smell and watch your steps while there could be dump around. The trading activity is at its peak during this part of the fair and you will experience rural Rajasthan as one can only do during this massive cattle fair. The cattle are groomed and decorated; their skills and strengths are demonstrated in various ways. Street vendors are mixed with all this activity, selling food and fodder. At the end of the day, the trading ceases and thousands of villagers settle down to chat and prepare their meal. We will also return to our lodge. Overnight in Pushkar

Day11:

Pushkar - Udaipur

This morning after breakfast, we will have a Pushkar tour. Walk through the crowded and colorful alleys of pushkar, this is a pilgrimage destination and you will see temples that are a hubbub of activity during this auspicious period. There is usually a colorful religious procession that goes through the alleys this morning, but this event is not guaranteed. Visit the holy lake in the middle of town where pilgrims are taking a dip to wash away their sins. Later, we will go to have a camel safari through the semi-arid region near pushkar. After safari, board your vehicles then return to lodge. The tour of Pushkar ends after your lunch. You are driven to Udaipur and assisted with your check in at your hotel of Udaipur. Overnight in Udaipur

Day12:

Udaipur

Proceed for a city tour, including a tour of the fabled City Palace. Then enjoy a private tour of the amazing Crystal Gallery, which houses the world’s largest collection of priceless crystal. Marvel at pieces like the complete bedroom furniture set in crystal, discovered recently in a store room off the palace. After the tour of City Palace, we will take a rickshaw (three-wheeler in India and Tuk Tuk in Southeast Asia) tour riding through the streets this charming city. Early evening, we will take a cruise on Lake Pichola and visit the historical and beautiful monuments at Jag Mandir Island. Overnight in Udaipur

Day13:

Udaipur

After breakfast this morning, we will visit the Monsoon Palace, a small hilltop structure that offers amazing views of the picturesque city of Udaipur. Return to hotel to take a rest and have lunch. Having a walking tour with your local tour guide, Udaipur provides parks, small local bazaars to visit and shopping. Overnight in Udaipur

Day14:

Udaipur - Varanasi

Since there is no direct flight from Udaipur to Varanasi, we will flight to Delhi and catch a flight to Varanasi. You will be greeted and driven to your hotel to checkin. After lunch, there will be an excursion tour to neighboring Sarnath. Explore the monuments of this holy city. The Dhamekha Stupa is located near the spot where the Buddha preached his first few sermons. The highlight of the visit to Sarnath is the Archaeological Museum, with its small but impressive collection of local artifacts, this museum is worth a visiting. (It is closed on Fridays). After this tour, we will drive back to Varanasi. Overnight in Varanasi

Day15:

Varanasi

Experience Dev Diwali of India. The festival of Diwali is the premier festival in India and is celebrated with great passion throughout most of the nation. The ancient holy city is full of pilgrims and exceeds two million visitors are here to celebrate. Our tour of Varanasi in this huge big festival starts from an early morning boat cruise on Gangas River. This morning cruise tour will start very early at around 6:00 AM. This afternoon, we will have a city tour of Varanasi. After dinner, get onboard of the sunset cruise to admire Aarti on the Ganga. Over a dozen priests plus their assistants perform this ritual on the colorfully decorated and illuminated Ghats. After the ceremony you will cruise down the river and observe as joyous crowds celebrate along miles of river bank. We dock in an area that allows us to avoid being swallowed by the crowds, and then drive back to hotel. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day16:

Varanasi - Mumbai

This morning, after breakfast and checkout, we will flight to Mumbai. Get greeted by your tour guide in Mumbai. Transfer to hotel and checkin. The rest of the day will be at your leisure. Overnight in Mumbai

Day17:

Mumbai - Aurangabad

Today, we will have one day city tour of Mumbai before we head to Aurangabad by air. The tour begins at the city’s signature landmark, the Gateway of India. Drive around Horniman Circle and visit the Town Hall, right beside the docks of Mumbai, and the Victoria Terminus. Next you will visit the Prince of Wales Muesum. Take a break for lunch then continue our tour to the Flora Fountain and Fort area where you can view the impressive Gothic and Victorian buildings that were constructed during the Bristish Raj. Drive up to Malabar Hill where the hanging gardens provide a panoramic view of the city and the Queen’s Necklace. The tour ends with a visit to the famous Dhobi Ghat where you can observe the age old tradition of the Dhobis doing Mumbai’s laundry. Transfer to airport and board your flight to Aurangabad. You are greeted upon arrival and driven to your hotel. Overnight in Aurangabad

Day18:

Aurangabad

We will have a full day tour of the UNESCO world Heritage site – the Ajanta Caves. There are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments dated back to the 2nd B.C. The incredible variety of paintings and sculpture were created in hard rock by using primitive yet ingenious to the devotion of the Buddhists, as well as the talents of their skilled craftsmen. After the tour of Ajanta, we will drive back to hotel. Overnight in Aurangabad

Day19:

Aurangabad - Mumbai

After breakfast and checkout your hotel, we will continue our tour in Aurangabad to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ellora Caves. There are 34 Caves and any one of them would individually be considered a significant attraction in most nations. Visit The Kailash Temple and Daulatabad Fort. This 14th century hilltop Fort is an impressive sight which’s once sloping sides were manually carved sheer on all sides so that no one could climb straight to the top. After this tour, we will drive to Aurangabad airport in time to board your evening flight to Mumbai. Drive to airport for check-in. Overnight in Mumbai

Day20:

Mumbai - Kochi/Cochin

After breakfast and checkout your hotel, we will continue our tour to Cochin. Your tour guide of Bravo Asia Tours will meet you and hold the greeting board with your name on it. Transfer to hotel for rest until lunch. Start your exploration of South India with a tour to island of Cherai. Visit the 19th century Azheekkal Sree Varaha Venkateswara Temple – the temple Ratha then the Portuguese Fort, the Pallipuram Church. This exploration is followed by a walk on Cherai beach that allows you to experience coastal Keralan culture. In the evening, there will be a Kathakali dance show in local theatre. This dance is Kerala’s ancient performing art, which tell story through dancing and music. The dance form is an ancient forefather of many Asian dance forms. Overnight in Cochin

Day21:

Kochi/Cochin

Cochin, the fascinating port city of South India, comes to what it is today with influences of various European cultures and rich indigenous history. Our tour of Cochin starts from the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays and Saturdays). Then we will move on to Jew Street. After the Jew area, we will visit the St. Francis Church, one of the first European churches built in India. The famed Vasco Da Gama was buried in its courtyard for a few years before his remains were returned to Portugal. After lunch, our tour will continue to the most photogenic attractions in Cochin, the Chinese fishing nets. We will be back to hotel so you can have a freshen up. This evening we will go to have dinner with a famous Keralan Chef and her family at their home. This is the highlight of our Cochin tour, you can even learn Keralan cuisine from the Chef. Overnight in Cochin

Day22:

Kochi/Cochin - Backwaters

Morning after breakfast, we will checkout the hotel and drive to the backwaters. Your most treasured travel memories of this India tour start from boarding your houseboat at Alleppey. Overnight in onboard

Day23:

Backwaters - Kochi/Cochin

Your tour guide will be assistant of hotel check out, then escort you to the Cochin Airport for your onward flight. Our tour service is officially ends here. It is time for us to say goodbye. The whole team of Bravo Asia Tours looks forward to meeting you again in your next trip to Asia.

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Dear Clients

This tour is ready to be booked or tailored to fit your personal requirements,please contact us for quotation and custom details.
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