A passage to India: from Mumbai to Delhi -

 14 Days / 13 Nights 

MUMBAI – ELLORA – AJANTA – OMKARESHWAR – MAHESHWAR – MANDU – UJJAIN
SANCHI – ORCHHA – DATIA – GWALIOR – AGRA - DELHI

A trip through India, a kaleidoscopic mix of places, colours, peoples and cultures. From the Gate of India in Mumbai to the wonderful paintings and carvings on Ellora and Ajanta rocks; meet the pilgrims on the bank of the Narmada in Omkareshwar and Maheshwar; get charmed by the pastoral peace of Mandu, feel the pathos of Ujjain, stare at the ancient Buddhist stupas in Sanchi, the medieval architectures of Orchha, the glory of the Taj Mahal in Agra; finally rest at the shadow of the Qutub Minar, in the vibrant energy of the capital at the end of a memorable trip.


Tour Itinerary

Day 01

USA – MUMBAI (NOT SUNDAY – SEE DAY 3)
Arrival at Mumbai, meeting with a representative of Surya Reisedienst and transfer to hotel. Overnight.

Day 02

MUMBAI

Gateway of IndiaFrom the Gate of India, transfer by boat (if weather conditions allow the trip) to the Elephanta island, famous for its impressive caves, and in particular for the stunning rock-cut stone sculpture representing the Trimurti, the three faces of Shiva (creator, maintainer and destroyer). During the afternoon, visit to the Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat (quarter of opencast laundries); along the way we will admire some of the most typical colonial buildings in town: the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus), the Crawford Market, the High Court University of Mumbai, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Gate of India. Dinner and overnight.

Day 03

MUMBAI – flight JET2023 06:35/07:20 – AURANGABAD – ELLORA (TUESDAY CLOSED)

Early morning flight to Aurangabad. The town is located about 30km from the Ellora Caves, a World Heritage Site. It is an archaeological site made of 34 caves excavated out of the hills and consecrated to hindu, jain and Buddhist divinities (from VII to XII century). The unrivaled masterpiece of Ellora is the stunning Kailasa temple, carved out of one single stone: the biggest carved monolith in the world. Dinner and overnight.

Day 04

AURANGABAD – AJANTA (MONDAY CLOSED) – BURHANPUR (230km – 4,5h)
Early morning drive (100km – 2h) to the Ajanta caves, to visit the place within the morning silence and peace, before the arrival of too many visitors. The 29 Ajanta caves date from the 2nd century BC to the 6th century AD and are excavated out of the vertical face of a horseshoe-shaped gorge dominating the Waghore river. The main interest in visiting this site, besides the suggestion of the place, are the frescoes, which are perfectly preserved and represent a unique sample of such ancient indian paintings. After the visit we will drive to Burhanpur (130km – 2,5h). Dinner and overnight.

Day 05

BURHANPUR - OMKARESHWAR – MAHESHWAR (180km – 3h)

Visit of Dargaah-e-Hakimi, an elegant mausoleum of the Dawoodi Bohra subsect of Ismaili Shi a Islam; drive to the sacred town of Omkareshwar and its ghats. In the late afternoon we will finally reach the stunning architectures of Maheswar. Dinner and overnight.

Day 06

MAHESHWAR – MANDU (70km – 1,5h)

Maheswar ghats will offer us a marvellous view in the morning light, as well as the architectures and the peaceful atmosphere of this picturesque site, still filled with the spirit of the enlightened Maharani Ahilyabai. Prosecution towards the top of a rocky plateau, where Mandu is located, with its palaces, tombs and mosques, renowned for their architectural elegance. The visit of the town will start from the reservoir Rewa Kund, which includes the palace of Baz Bahadur and the pavillon of Roopmati, from which we will enjoy a wonderful sunset view. Dinner and overnight.

Day 07

MANDU

Prosecution of the visit of Mandu: the Royal Enclave and the Village Group, in particular the Jahaz Mahal (Ship Palace), built between two lakes, the Jama Masjid and the Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, the most ancient marble monument in India, which is considered as the template for the construction of Taj Mahal. After the visit we will enjoy some moments of peace in the countryside. Dinner and overnight.

Day 08

MANDU – UJJAIN (151km - 4h)

The destination of the day is the ancient sacred city of Ujjain, one of the four where the Kumbh Mela is held. Ujjain’s origins are lost in the centuries, and the religious pathos we will feel during the visit of the temples (Mahakaleshwar, Harsiddhi, Gopal and Chintaman Ganesh) and the ghats, especially during the evening ceremony of the aarti, will be a permanent memory. Dinner and overnight.

Day 09

UJJAIN – BHOJPUR – SANCHI - BHOPAL (320km – 6h)

Today’s destination will bring us directly to the dawning of the Buddhist history in India: it is the site of Sanchi, whose majestic stupa represents the most primordial building of all India (3rd century BC). The whole hill of Sanchi hosts many other stupas, temples and monasteries. Along the way we will visit the incomplete temple of Bhojeshwar, which hosts the largest Shiva lingam of all India. After the visit we will reach Bhopal for dinner and overnight.

Day 10

BHOPAL – train (08:20AM/12:00PM) – JHANSI - ORCHHA

Transfer to the railway station of Bhopal and train travel towards Jhansi (3h40m). At the arrival, quick transfer to Orchha (18km), whose greatness and majesty is excavated in the rocks and has remained undamaged during the time. In this medieval town, time seems to slacken and rest: the palaces and temples built by the rajputs of the Bundela clan between 16th and 17th century well represent its glory and opulence. The Jahangir Mahal, a citadel and garrison , all inlaid with balconies and windows and crowned by graceful battlements, offers a stunning view on the countryside, all studded by temples, steeples and cenotaphs. Dinner and overnight.

Day 11

ORCHHA – DATIA – GWALIOR (km 120 - 2h)

Drive to Gwalior, with a stop along the way to visit the 17th century palace of Datia, which raises through seven floors all built in stone and bricks for Raja Bir Singh Deo in 1614. It is regarded as one of the finest samples of Bundela architecture in India. Afterwards, we will reach Gwalior to visit the impressive fort and the palaces with their original architecture. Dinner and overnight.

Day 12

GWALIOR – train (08:30/10:20 KERALA EXPRESS) – AGRA (FRIDAY CLOSED)

Transfer to the railway station and train travel towards Agra (1,5h). Visit of the Red Fort and to the magic Taj Mahal, floodlit by the golden afternoon light. It was built with white marble and gems for the mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who it to be the mausoleum of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Both the sites are marvellous, and the Taj Mahal is considered to be one of the wonders of the world. Dinner and overnight.

Day 13

AGRA – TRAIN (07:57/10:20 RAJDHANI EXP) – DELHI

Lotus Temple Departure for the last part of our train trip: the destination is the vibrant capital of the country. From the Jama Masjid mosque, we will pass through the markets of Chandni Chowk, running on a rickshaw along the silver road; we will visit the Humayun’s tomb, the Bahá'í House of Worship (Lotus temple), the Qutb Minar complex; we will finally reach the Gate of India… From the one in Mumbai, facing the ocean, to this one, in the heart of the capital, at the end of a travel through centuries, cultures, religions and colours of this extraordinary country. Dinner and overnight.

Day 14

DELHI – USA

Transfer to Delhi International airport in time for your onward flight to USA .

Driving times displayed in the itinerary are approximate and depend entirely upon the condition of the roads and the stops requested by the group during transfers and do not include the time for the visits.Upon request, on this itinerary, it’s possible to substitute the section by train from Gwalior to Delhi with car (subject to a revision on the quote).

Hotels used
City Hotel Deluxe
Mumbai Holiday Inn
Aurangabad Lemon Tree
Burhanpur Ambar hotel (07325) 251197, 255154
Maheshwar Labboo’s cafè (tel. 07283/09229125267)
Hansa heritage (tel. 07283/273296)
Mandu Malwa Resort
Ujjain Avantika
Bhopal Jehan Numa Palace
Orchha Orcha Resort
Gwalior Usha Kiran Palace
Delhi Hilton

Flight section
Mumbai/Aurangabad06:35/07:20 Jet Airways2023 the price of the flights will be fixed at time of booking

ITINERARY NOTE: DAY 1: can be: Saturday (but Elephanta crowd), Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
DAY 3: flight Mumbay / Aurangabad 06:35/07:20 Jet Airways2023
DAY 3: NO TUESDAYS
DAY 4: NO MONDAYS
DAY 10: train from Bhopal to Jhansi 08:20/12:00
DAY 12: TAJ MAHAL close - NO FRIDAYS
DAY 12: train from Gwalior to Agra 08:30/10:20 Kerala Express
DAY 13: train from Agra to Delhi 07:57/10:20 Rajdhani Exp

    Cost Includes :-
  • Assistance on arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as per itinerary - double room on twin sharing basis
  • Daily breakfast and dinner at hotel with the exclusion of Mumbai where service is on bed and breakfast basis
  • All the visits and escursions included in the itinerary with a local English speaking guide
  • Air conditioned deluxe coach for roundtrip with English speaking driver
  • 2nd class AC2 sleepers for Bhuj/Ahmedabad night train
  • All monument entry tickets included in the itinerary
  • Day-use hotel accommodation at Bhuj – day 8 - (afternoon before night train to Ahmadabad) and at Mumbai on day 14
  • Pichola lake boat ride at Udaipur
  • All current government taxes, hotel, road, toll and interstate taxes.
  • Service tax
  • All kind of transport and luxury taxes.
    Cost Excludes :-
  • All International and domestic airfares and any airport taxes
  • Indian Visa
  • All meals during train transfer
  • Camera fee (still or movie) medical
  • Medical insurance, luggage and trip cancellation
  • All kind of personal expenses such as tips, laundry, telephone bills, and beverages.
  • Everything that not expressely mentioned in the “Package include” section.

The cost is calculated per person in double room on twin sharing basis

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