Ancient Caves, Forts, Taj & Temples 14 days

 
  • Covid-19 Safe
  • Private tour
  • Solo friendly
  • Family friendly

The 14 days tour exploring numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ancient caves paintings, fort palaces & temples will provide the glimpses on India in real. The itinerary covers the sightseeing of historical places in Mumbai, visit to Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Daulatabad Fort and Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga in Aurangabad. It is combined with the popular Golden Triangle of India Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, these destination provide you a slice of British, Rajputana and Mughal royalty on the same platter. Witness the immortal beauty of the Taj Mahal, visit the graceful chhatris of Orchha and the sensuous moods of the temples of Khajuraho. Make your way through the sacred city of Varanasi and cruise on the River Ganges to observe ancient spiritual rites.


Day 1 Arrive Mumbai

On arrival at Mumbai airport assistance & transfer to hotel (check in/out time 12pm).

Mumbai is disciplined by no time frame neither day nor night. Dazzling shopping arcades, exciting sport activity, nightclubs & discotheques, theatre, music & gourmet restaurants offer visitors a heady mix of all this and more. Rest time free for personal activities. O/n at hotel.

Day 2 Mumbai (B)

Morning excursion to Elephanta caves (Monday closed). Later city tour visiting CST, Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan & Dhobhi Ghat. O/n at hotel.

Day 3 Mumbai - Aurangabad (B)

Transfer to airport to board the flight for Aurangabad.

Arrival transfer to hotel. Later visit Bibi ka Maqbara built in 1678 is a sons loving tribute to his mother, Panchakki which discharged water on the wheel to power the flourmill and grind grain for the pilgrims & Aurangabad Caves artificial caves that were dug out of soft rock during the 6th & 7th century.

Day 4 Aurangabad (B)

Excursion to Ajanta (Monday closed). The Buddhist Caves of Ajanta were discovered by the British officers in 1819 while hunting tiger. Ajanta Caves were first mentioned in the writings of the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang who visited India between AD 629 and 645. The caves at Ajanta are older than those at Ellora which date from about 200 BC to 650 AD. Thirty beautiful Buddhist caves with mesmerizing sculptures and paintings depicting Buddha`s life as well the lives of the Buddha in his previous births. Five of these Caves are Chaityas (Place of worship) while the other twenty-five are Viharas (monasteries). Ajanta Caves are divided in two categories based on two schools of Buddhist thought - Hinayana Caves and Mahayana Caves. Drive back to Aurangabad for overnight stay.

Day 5 Aurangabad - Ellora (36km) / Flight to Delhi (B)

Excursion to visit Ellora Caves. It houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. Grishneshwar Temple one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana. On way back visit Daulatabad Fort one of the most powerful forts of the medieval Deccan. Also visit Bibi ka Maqbara a sons loving tribute to his mother.

Later transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi airport assistance & transfer to the hotel. O/n at hotel.

Day 6 Delhi - Jaipur (265km) (B)

City tour of Delhi. In Old Delhi visit the majestic Red Fort (closed on Monday) the residence of the Mughal emperor for nearly 200 years until 1857. Jama Masjid one of the largest mosques in the world built by Shah Jahan. Cycle Rickshaw ride in Chandni chowk & Khari Baoli Spice Market a busy shopping area with markets full of spices, dried fruit, silver jewelry and vivid saris, while the narrow side streets are crowded with tiny shops selling essential oils, stationery and traditional Indian sweets. Raj Gath the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi where he was cremated after his assassination.

In New Delhi visit Humayun Tomb the first garden-tomb in Indian subcontinent and an early example of Mughal architecture commissioned by Humayun`s first wife Empress Bega Begum in 1569-70. Qutab Minar a 73-metres tall minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex a fine examples of Afghan architecture. Lotus Temple a Bahai House of Worship notable for its flowerlike shape. Also drive pass President House, Parliament & India Gate etc.

Later drive to Jaipur check in & O/n at hotel.

Day 7 Jaipur (B)

Visit Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Sisodia Rani Garden, City Palace, Observatory, Hawa Mahal & Birla temple. Further explore local market of Pink City. O/n at hotel.

Day 8 Jaipur - Agra (245km) (B)

Drive to Jaipur enroute visit Abhaneri step wells & Fatehpur Sikri Fort & Palace complex. Arrive Agra check in at hotel. O/n at hotel.

Day 9 Agra - Orchha (220km) (B)

Sunrise visit Taj Mahal, Agra & Baby Taj.

Drive to Orchha enroute visit Gwalior Fort, situated on top of a hill is one of the best fortresses of India, known for its great architecture and rich past. The fort complex includes several temples, palaces and water tanks. Siddhachal Caves and Gopachal rock-cut Jain monuments are the two areas, complete with thousands of Jain Tirthankar idols defaced during the Mughal invasion. Teli Ka Mandir and Sas-Bahu Ka Mandir are the two architecturally rich Hindu temples here. Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhor is another holy place built inside the fort complex. Man Mandir Palace, Gujari Mahal, Assi Khamba Ki Baoli, and Suraj Kund are other important monuments found in the complex. Jai Vilas Palace has the largest carpet in the world and two most massive chandeliers in the world that weight close to 3.5 tonnes.

Arrive Orchha check in & O/n at hotel.

Day 10 Orchha - Khajuraho (178km) (B)

City tour of Orchha a historical town known for its grand palaces, intricately carved temples adorned with classic mural paintings, frescos and cenotaphs that were constructed to commemorate the Bundela rulers. Visit the Orchha Fort complex, which houses a large number of ancient monuments. These are Raja Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, a temple, gardens and pavilions. Chaturbhuj Temple a multi-storied structure noted for having one of the tallest Vimana among Hindu temples. Chattris (Cenotaphs) situated on the banks of Betwa river, are magnificent royal tombs of the Maharajas, placed on a platform and supported by the pillars.

After sightseeing drive to Khajuraho check in at hotel. Evening light & sound show. O/n at hotel.

Day 11 Khajuraho - Varanasi (B)

Visit well maintained UNESCO World Heritage Site, exploring eastern, western & southern group of temples adorned by erotic and sensuous carvings. The architecture of these temples depict the erotic forms of love, the carvings on the walls display passion in the most sensuous yet aesthetic ways. Built between 950 to 1050 AD by Chandela dynasty the temples of Khajuraho are India`s unique gift to the world, representing, as they do, a paean to life, to love, to joy, perfect in execution and sublime in expression. Of the 85 original temples, 22 have survived till today to constitute one of the world`s great artistic wonders.

Transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi. On arrival transfer to hotel. Evening attend Holy Ganga Aarti, a magical ritual held every evening at sunset on the banks of the Holy Ganges. The entire Ghat gets illuminated with a divine light that can be felt strongly. The magnificent ritual involves huge brass lamps lit with oil and the priests chant the holy mantras that reverberate in the entire location. The entire Ghat gets illuminated with a divine light that can be felt strongly. The magnificent ritual involves huge brass lamps lit with oil and the priests chant the holy mantras that reverberate in the entire location. O/n at hotel.

Day 12 Varanasi (B)

Early morning boat ride & Ghat visit along the Ganges and catch the scene of devotees bathing and praying in the sacred water.

Later city tour visit Banaras Hindu University. With 5.3 sq kms campus and 30,000 residing students it is the largest residential university in the continent. Bharat Mata Temple built in 1936 houses a relief map of undivided India, carved out of marble. Tulsi Manas Mandir one of the most famous temples in Varanasi. The temple has beautiful images of Lord Rama, Mother Sita, Lakshman and Lord Hanuman. The walls of temple are adorned with verses from Ramcharitmanas, the Hindi version of the epic Ramayana. Continue to Sarnath, it was here Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining the Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya. The great Dhamekh Stupa and glistening pillar established by Emperor Ashoka in 273-232 B.C. stand testimony to the importance the place enjoyed at that time.

If time permit visit Ram Nagar Fort located on the eastern bank of River Ganga. The Fort includes an eccentric museum boasting a royal collection of vintage cars, swords, palanquins, ivory works, an old weaponry section and an extremely unusual astrological clock. O/n at hotel.

Day 13 Varanasi - Mumbai (B)

As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai.

On arrival assistance and transfer to hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax. O/n at hotel.

Day 14 Mumbai - Departure (B)

As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

* Please check prices for full list of inclusions and exclusions


Inclusions and exclusions

  • Assistance on arrival at airport
  • 13 Nights accommodation in selected price category hotels
  • Meal as per day plan (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
  • Private air conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program
  • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water in car
  • Government taxes
  • Agra x 1 nights Four Point by Sheraton/ Crystal Sarovar Premier DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Agra x 1 nights Howard Plaza the Fern/ Atulyaa Taj DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Agra x 1 nights Mansion Grand/ Courtyard by Marriott DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Aurangabad x 2 nights 7 Apple Hotel Aurangabad / Ginger Aurangabad DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Aurangabad x 2 nights Ambassador Ajanta / VITS Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Aurangabad x 2 nights WelcomHotel Rama International / Lemon Tree Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Delhi x 1 nights Le Meridien/ The Claridges DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Delhi x 1 nights Madhuban Hotel/ Meridian Plaza DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Delhi x 1 nights The Royal Plaza/ Country Inn & Suite Saket DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Jaipur x 2 nights Fortune Select Metropolitan/ Lemon Tree Premier DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Jaipur x 2 nights ITC Rajputana/ Hilton Jaipur DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Jaipur x 2 nights Redfox Hotel/ Park Ocean DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Khajuraho x 1 night Radisson Hotel/ Hotel Chandela DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Khajuraho x 1 night Ramada/Clarks Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Mumbai x 1 nights Hotel Suba Palace/ BW Hotel Sahil DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Mumbai x 1 nights Sun-N-Sand Hotel/ Fariyas Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Mumbai x 1 nights Trident Hotel/ ITC Grand Central DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Mumbai x 2 nights Hotel Suba Palace/ BW Hotel Sahil DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Mumbai x 2 nights Sun-N-Sand Hotel/ Fariyas Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Mumbai x 2 nights Trident Hotel/ ITC Grand Central DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Orchha x 1 night Orchha Palace and Convention Centrerchha x 1 night DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Orchha x 1 night Orchha Resort/ Amar Mahal DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Varanasi x 2 nights Meraden Grand/ Amaya Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Varanasi x 2 nights Radisson Hotel/ Gateway Hotel Taj DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Varanasi x 2 nights Rivatas by Ideal/ Palace On Ganges DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Mumbai - Aurangabad - Delhi, Khajuraho - Varanasi - Mumbai flight fare approx INR 20,500 per person in economy class
  • Camera charges at monuments
  • Meals other than mentioned in day plan
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc
  • Gratuities & optional activities
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

Available in

English, Italian
(Other than English guide subject to availability at additional cost)


Available for

Infants, Children, Students, Adults, Seniors



Departure & Return

Start city: Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Pick up times available: 09:00

Pick up location: Mumbai Airport

Ends at: Mumbai Airport

Nearest airport: Mumbai Airport



Covid-19 measures

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Eco Features:

  • Licensed tour guide

Cancellation policy

0% cancellation fee - 15 days or more before the travel date
20% cancellation fee - between 7-14 days before the travel date
50% cancellation fee - between 3-6 days before the travel date
100% cancellation fee - between 0-2 days before the travel date

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from $1661 per person

* Minimum of 1 adults are required on this tour

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* Free cancellation until 15 days before departure