The language and culture of West India greatly differ from other Indian regions. Our Journey starts with exploring the royal land of Rajasthan, drenched in its grandeur and splendor, is popular worldwide due to its rich history and cultural richness continuing drive to crest a rise and glimpse of the enormity of the Deccan Plateau Viewing extraordinary carvings at the 2000-year-old Ajanta – Ellora Caves , before descending our trip to Mumbai. Spanning over an area of 508,052 Sq. Km, the western states offer innumerable destinations to tourists of distinct tastes.
Upon arrival meeting & greeting at airport. Proceed for half day city tour of Delhi which includes visit to India Gate (War Memorial), drive past President House & Parliament House. Make a visit to the famous Akshardham Temple (an abode of God, a Hindu house of worship, and a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion.) Overnight stay at the hotel.
After a nutritious breakfast at hotel, check-out & transfer to Delhi domestic airport to connect flight for Jodhpur. (The 15th century city of Jodhpur, stands at the edge of Thar Desert and is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. The city is totally dominated by a massive fort. Jodhpur is popularly known as ‘Blue City’ because of the beautiful houses painted with indigo color mostly belonging to the Brahmin caste.) In the afternoon visit Meherangarh Fort (founded by Rao Jodha in 15th century)., Jaswant Thada, (the white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II built in 1899.) Then visit Umaid Bhawan Palace (a magnificent piece of Rajasthan's heritage, and a symbol of new Jodhpur. It is one of the world's largest private residences.) Evening will be free to walk around the colorful and bustling bazaars. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After a delicious breakfast, Check-out & drive to Mount Abu (Mt. Abu, a hill station in western India’s Rajasthan state, near the Gujarat border. Set on a high rocky plateau in the Aravalli Range and surrounded by forest, it offers a relatively cool climate and views over the arid plains below.) In the center of town, Nakki Lake is a popular spot for boating. Visit Dilwara Jain Temple. (It is one of the finest Jain temples known in the world for its extraordinary architecture and marvelous marble stone carvings.) Overnight stay at the hotel.
After a palatable breakfast, check out and drive to Udaipur. En route pass the Valleys in the Remote and peaceful Aravalli Range. Visit the Ranakpur Jain temples, (hidden in the dense forests of the Aravalli hills in a peaceful setting and are one of the five holy Jain pilgrimages.) Arrive Udaipur, the ‘City of Sunrise’, on the banks of the shimmering lake Pichola, is one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan. (Udaipur was founded in 1568 A.D by Maharana Udai Singh, the city is a harmonious Indian blend of whitewashed buildings, marble palaces, lakeside gardens, temples and Havelis.) Later visit Saheliyon Ki Bari (A small ornamental garden built in the honor of Royal Ladies for recreational purpose.) Overnight stay at the hotel.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast then visit Jagdish Temple, City Palace. (Udaipur's fascinating City Palace is the largest royal complex in Rajasthan. Standing on a rocky promontory the palace has balconies, towers and cupolas and presents a wonderful view of the lake and the city. The complex has eleven constituent mahals (palaces), constructed by successive maharaja`s during the three hundred years that followed the foundation of Udaipur in 1559. Added to this, Crystal Gallery and Durbar Hall within the complex is spectacular.) Enjoy a leisurely boat ride on Lake Pichola with its main attractions the beautiful stretch of water surrounding the two marvelous structures the Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir, is the life line of Udaipur city. (Lake Pichola is about 4 kms in length and 3 kms wide. Jagniwas was earlier the summer retreat of the prince of Mewar. This lake was created in the 15th century and widened later and a dam across was also created in that period. It was Maharana Udai Singh II who strengthened the Dam and widened the lake, as he was building his capital on the shore of the beautiful Lake.) Evening transfer to Udaipur Airport in order to connect flight for Ahmedabad. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After a delicious breakfast, have a Heritage walk through 'Pols' in old city (Typical Gujarati adjoining housing colonies, a Pol is a small residential unit consisting of a single street with a group of houses, which is usually protected by a massive gate at the entrance. When the gate is closed, the entire street becomes one big house often inhabited by people of the same trade or even by relatives. A compact housing cluster with dead-end streets forms a distinctive residential pattern within a Pol.) Thereafter, visit Jama Masjid (also known as Jumah Masjid, built in1423 A.D, the most beautiful mosque in east. Built in yellow sandstone, this Friday Mosque, is a best combination of Muslim & Hindu architectural style. It stands on 260 pillars that support 15 domes at varying elevations.) Then visit Siddi Saiyed Mosque. (Built in1572 A.D. A part of the wall in the old citadel of the mosque, is renowned the world over for its exquisite stone window tracery – a superb & peerless example of delicate carving that transforms stone into filigree.) Later visit Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati (It displays the spiritual leader’s living quarters and artifacts.) Then visit Adalaj Stepwell (Also known as Rudabai Stepwell is a stepwell located in the village of Adalaj, close to the city of Ahmedabad.) Later visit Swaminarayan Temple. (A religious cult followed by Swami-Narayan followers. It is one of the sects of Hinduism & the devotee's worship Lord Krishna by the name of Swaminarayan. This temple is built by Swaminarayan followers. It stands as a good example of exquisite wood carving.) Overnight stay at the hotel.
After a palatable breakfast at Hotel, have an excursion trip to architectural beauty of Sun Temple at Modhera & Rani-ki-Vav at Patan. Modhera: The Sun temple of Modhera is one of the finest examples of Indian architecture of its period. Built in 1026 A.D. the temple is dedicated to the Sun god, Surya and stands high on a plinth overlooking a deep stone-steeped tank. Every inch of the edifice, both inside and outside is magnificently carved with Gods and Goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers. Sun Temple of Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I. Patan: Home of the famous patola silk saris, Patan is a beautiful old town with Jain temples and carved wooden houses. Rani-ki-Vav (step well) is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat, it represents the finest of the Indian sculptures and architecture. The exclusively carved side walls, pillars, beams, series of steps & platforms lead to the elaborately carved water well. Every surface is adorned with finely chiseled sculptures of maidens & Hindu deities, religious motifs & geometrical patterns. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After a vitalizing breakfast , have an excursion trip to Lothal & Sarkhej Roza. Lothal: A perfect place to get an insight of the Indus Valley civilization. The most dominating site at Lothal is the massive dockyard spanning an area of 37 meters by 22 meters perhaps the greatest work of Maritime Architecture. Lothal was also famous for its arterial streets, microbes of gold, ivory and coppersmiths' workshops, potteries and underground sanitary drainage. It is located at a distance of 78 kms from Ahmedabad. *CLOSED ON FRIDAY*. Sarkhej Roza: About 8 kilometres away from Ahmedabad, Sarkhej Roza comprises one of the most elegant architectural complexes of Ahmedabad. Grouped around a great stepped tank is the tomb of the saint, Ahmed Khattu Ganj Baksh (1445), the mosque (1451), the tombs of Muhammad Shah Begada and his queen, the palace and pavilions. Later transfer to Ahmedabad airport to connect flight for onward destination.