Temples and Caves Tour
Ancient as ancient can be, India is be jeweled by some of the most exotic temples and caves in the world. India indeed has a very rich heritage of ancient and medieval caves and temples, representing different phases of development in art and architectural style in the country.
Mumbai – Aurangabad – Bhopal – Jhansi – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi
Temples and Caves Tour Itinerary
- Day 01: Mumbai
Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 02: Mumbai
Gateway of India, Mumbai In the morning excursion to:
Elephanta Caves : A must for any visitor to India. Mute testimony of the Golden Age in Indian history during the Gupta period and built to honour Lord Shiva. Elephanta is a 3 kms long elongated island, consisting of two hills separated by a valley. The caves with rock-cut figures and carvings are believed to be carved by the sculptors of Ajanta or Udayagiri.
Mumbai City Tour : Tour includes a visit the Gateway of India-erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911; Prince of Wales Museum, Jehangir Art Gallery, Marine Drive, Chowpatty beach, Hanging Gardens and the Crawford Market.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 03: Mumbai - Aurangabad
Aurangabad Caves: Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect your flight to Aurangabad. Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon sightseeing tour of Ellora Caves: 29 Kms. north-west of Aurangabad lie the west facing caves-best to be visited in the afternoon. These caves relate the story of evolution of Buddhism (Cave 1 to 12); Hinduism (Cave 13 to 29) and Jainism (Cave 30 to 34).
Full day excursion to Ajanta Caves: 109 Kms. north, east of Aurangabad, the Ajanta Caves were discovered by the British maneuvering troops in 1819. They consist of 24 monasteries and 5 temples, some of which are over 2000 years old. The story of Lord Buddha is depicted in the frescoes with remarkable vividly.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 04: Aurangabad - Mumbai
Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect your flight to Mumbai Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel. Rest of the evening free for independent activities.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 05: Mumbai - Bhopal
Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect flight for Bhopal. Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour of Bhopal.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 06: Bhopal - Jhansi
Transfer from hotel to Railway Station in time to connect train for Jhansi. Assistance on arrival and drive to Khajuraho. Rest of the evening free for independent activities.
Overnight at the Hotel .
Full day sightseeing tour of Khajuraho city: Founded in the 9th and 10th century by the rulers of Chandela Dynasty, Influenced by tantrism, in which eroticism becomes a theme of philosophical interest and the aim is sublimation of sexual relationship in the sexual act or “Maithun”. Women are being regarded as the incarnation of the divine energy or “Shakti”. It is also possible that the carvings of Khajuraho were influenced by “Kama Sutra”, the famous treatise on erotic arts written by Vatsyayana in the time of the Guptas. Visit the Eastern and Western Temples.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 07: Khajuraho - Varanasi
Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect your flight to Varansi. Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 08: Varanasi
Early in the morning enjoy boat cruise on the holy river Ganges where you will pass by the burning and the bathing ghats on the river bank.
In the morning enjoy Varanasi sightseeing tour: Visiting the city temples the Durga temple, better known as the monkey temple on account of the large number of monkeys residing there and the Temple of Vishwanath (or Visheshwar. “Lord of the Universe”) are the most sacred spots in the city.
In the afternoon excursion to Sarnath: 10 Kms. from the centre of the city, Sarnath symbolises the birth of Buddhism. It was here that Buddha revealed his doctrine and founded his monastic community. The museum at Sarnath is amongst the most important in India and contains carvings representing a whole range of styles- Archaic, the Mathura School, Gupta, past Gupta and Medival- covering work of sculptors from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century AD.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 09: Varanasi - Delhi
Delhi Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect your flight to Delhi. Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Full day sightseeing tour of New Delhi: This city designed and built by the British in the 1920’s, a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. First you will visit two monuments from Delhi’s past Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House.
Old Delhi : An ancient walled city. Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire: Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city.Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 10: Delhi
Transfer from hotel to international airport in time to connect your flight back home.