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Forts and Palaces of India

15 Nights / 16 Days to Mumbai – Bhavnagar – Lothal – Ahmedabad – Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Pushkar – Jaipur – Agra – Gwalior – Orchha – Delhi

Day1 - Arrive Mumbai 
Traditional welcome on arrival at Mumbai international airport and transfer to hotel

Day2 - Mumbai – Bhavnagar (by flight) 
Breakfast at Hotel. Relax this morning. Afternoon transfer to 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. Overnight at hotel.

Day3 - Bhavnagar – Palitana - Lothal (220 kms) 
After breakfast, leave on a full day guided excursion to Palitana situated 50-km southwest of Bhavnagar. Palithana is world renowed for its famous 863 Jain temples on hilltops. Late afternoon drive to Lothal, the ancient Indus City. On arrival check into heritage hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day4 - Lothal - Ahmedabad (85 kms / 1.5 hrs) 
After breakfast, a half-day guided tours of the excavations at the ancient Indus City of Lothal. Afternoon drive to Ahmedabad. 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-Saracenic style of architecture). On arrival check into hotel. The evening free for shopping. Overnight at the hotel.

Day5 - Ahmedabad 
Breakfast at hotel. A full day guided tour of Ahmedabad City. Visit Sabarmati Ashram, the tombs of Ahmed Shah and his queens, Jama Masjid, Dada Hari-Wav Step wells (one of the best in north India), and the Calico Museum of Textiles. Overnight at hotel.

Day6 - Ahmedabad – Modhera – Udaipur (370 kms / 6 hrs) 
After breakfast, proceed 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 its edifice, both inside and outside is magnificently carved with Gopds and Goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers. After lunch, drive to Udaipur - the city of lakes. Udaipur is a vision in white. The City of Dawn, surrounded by the ancient Aravali Mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, 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. Overnight at hotel.

Day7 - 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. Overnight at hotel.

Day8 - Udaipur – Chittorgarh (112 kms / 2 hrs) 
After breakfast, proceed for Chittorgarh - the well-established citadel and the capital of Mewar rulers. On arrival check into the hotel for wash-n-change. Then proceed on a guided tour of the Chittorgarh Fort, which stands 180 mtrs high with each stone narrating its own story. Overnight at hotel.

Day9 - Chittorgarh - Pushkar (205 kms / 4 hrs) 
Breakfast at hotel. Then proceed to Pushkar. Visit the only temple of dedicated to Lord Brahma (in India) is in Pushkar thus making Pushkar an important pilgrimage city for Hindus. Evening free for relaxation. Overnight at hotel.

Day10 - Pushkar – Jaipur (120 kms / 2 hrs) 
Breakfast at hotel. Then proceed to Jaipur- the Pink City of Rajasthan. Upon arrival in Jaipur, transfer to the hotel for wash 'n' change. Later, guided half-day city tour of Jaipur covering Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), City Palace, Jantar Mantar (Royal Observatory). Overnight at hotel.

Day11 - Jaipur 
Enjoy a royal breakfast at hotel. Then guided excursion to the majestic Amber Fort - the erstwhile capital of the Kachwahas Rajputs before they moved to their newly built capital in Jaipur. This is the only fort where one can still go by the elephant back even today like a Maharaja. Evening at leisure for enjoying the real charm of this royal city to stroll in the local bazaars to see some handicrafts and artisans. Overnight at hotel.

Day12 - Jaipur – Agra (232 kms / 4.5 hrs) 
Breakfast at hotel. Then proceed to Agra via Fatepur Sikri; a World Heritage Site. Assisted by a guide visit this world famous complex of monuments and temples built in a uniform architectural style. After lunch drive onto Agra, the seat of the great Mughal rulers for ages. Agra is a treasure trove for all the tourists from India and abroad. Even though Agra is synonymous with the Taj, the city stands in testimony to the great amount of architectural activity of the Mughals. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening visit bazaar (shopping area). Overnight at hotel.

Day13 - Agra – Gwalior (120 kms) 
After breakfast, visited the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. The Taj Mahal of Agra is a monument built by emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of her wife Mumtaz Mahal while the Agra Fort was built by Emperor Akbar. Built with red sandstone the Fort is a mixture of the Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture. After Lunch proceed to Gwalior. Check into hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day14 - Gwalior – Orchha (120 kms / 2 hrs) 
After breakfast, a half-day guided programme of the Gwalior Fort built in the 15th century by Raja Mansingh Tomar on a hilltop that overlooks the city. Also within the fort premises are located the Man Mandir, Gujari Mahal, Teli-ka-Mandir, the Sas-Bahu temples and the chhatris. Late afternoon drive to Orchha. Overnight at hotel.

Day15 - Orchha - Delhi (by train) 
After breakfast, a half-day guided programme of 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. In the afternoon, drive to Jhansi to catch a train to Delhi. Arrive late evening. Overnight at hotel.

Day16 - Delhi 
After breakfast, depending on flight schedule transfer to Airport for flight to onward destination.

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