Culture and Beaches of India

This 11-day Culture and beaches tour will show you the frenetic, brash, vibrant and brilliant side of India. Start in Mumbai, the political and entertainment capital. Goa, the ultimate Indian beach destination showcasing temples, churches, attractive beaches and a mesmerizing nightlife. The Indian Heritage is reflected in the city of Delhi, yet bubbling with a thriving present. Feel the ultimate charm of Agra as you walk along the pathway to the Taj Mahal. To celebrate the visit of the Prince of Wales to Jaipur, the city decided to recoat its building, hence the name “Pink City” Here you visit the Amber Palace on elephant back; followed by an exploration of its markets, making Jaipur India’s best shoppers paradise. Just one trip may scratch the surface of this incredible country but it will leave you coming back for more.

Golden Triangle famous cities

At a Glance
Day 1    Welcome to Mumbai. Transfer to your hotel
Day 2   Morning tour of Mumbai’s most important sites
Day 3   Mumbai-Goa (Flight) and transfer to your hotel
Day 4   Morning tour of Goa’s main sites
Day 5   Goa: the day is yours to relax or explore more of Goa
Day 6   Goa-Delhi (Flight) and transfer to your hotel
Day 7   Combined Old and New Delhi and travel to Agra
Day 8   Taj Mahal and Agra Fort tour
Day 9   Stop at Fatehpur Sikri before arriving in Jaipur
Day 10  Tour of Jaipur with Elephant ride to the Amber Fort
Day 11   Return to Delhi Airport for onward/return flight

A Melting Pot of Contrasts

A melting pot of religion, ancient traditions, and rich cuisine, India has plenty to keep you entertained. It also claims one of the world’s New 7 Wonders – the iconic Taj Mahal and miles of coastline.

A spiritual and intoxicating country, India is home to millions of people. Mountains, desert, coastal landscapes spiced with some of the world’s largest and culturally diverse cities. It is somewhat of an enigma, as this nation is constantly changing and embracing the modern world while maintaining its cultural customs, and beliefs of old.

Mark Twain, famous American author and humorist portrayed Indian culture perfectly through his following words, “In religion, India is the only millionaire, the one land that all men desire to see and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.”

Indians and their heritage are completely immersed in cultural diversities, with its vibrant states having cultural diversities in terms of traditions, rituals, beliefs, values, attitude, behavior, food, clothes and lifestyle. Each state differs from the other providing you so much to learn about. It is known for treasuring rich cultural heritage that no other country has.

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Day 1

Arrive Mumbai (By flight)
* You are met on arrival for transfer to your hotel.
* Check-in at hotel 12h00 noon.
* Overnight at your hotel in Mumbai.
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Day 2

Mumbai
* Morning tour of Mumbai; visit the Gateway of India; Mumbai’s principal landmark. This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George V’s visit to Mumbai in 1911.
* Drive past the Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly known as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’.
* Visit Mani Bhavan; where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai.
* Drive past the Victoria Terminus; the principal railway station of Mumbai; a beautiful building that symbolizes the ethos of the Edwardian architecture; well worth a photo stop.
* At the Church gate station, see the Dabbawalas – a unique tiffin delivery service run by over 5000 semiskilled workers of delivering lunch to corporate executives from their homes.
* Visit the ‘Dhobi Ghat’; an open laundry where Mumbai’s ‘dirties’ are scrubbed; bashed; dyed and hung out to dry – a nice photography stop well worth a visit.
* Visit the ISKON Temple devoted to Lord Krishna in time for the noon Aarti and then continue to the colorful Crawford market and Flora fountain a large bustling square; in the heart of the city.
* The afternoon is at your at Leisure to explore more of the fabulous city of Mumbai.
* Overnight at your hotel in Mumbai.
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Day 3

Mumbai – Goa (By flight)
* After breakfast, you will depart for Mumbai Airport for your flight to Goa.
* You will be met and assisted; through the airport upon your arrival and then transferred to your hotel and check-in.
* Overnight at your hotel in Goa.
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Day 4

Goa
* Morning tour starts from the slopes of Altinho Hill for a breathtaking view of Panjim and river Mandovi.
* Arrive in Donapaula for a view of India’s largest natural harbor Marmgoa.
* Proceed to Old Goa visiting the Basilica of Bom Jesus wherein is enshrined the body of St. Francis Xavier in a silver ornate casket.
* Then to the cathedral; the biggest church in the East; St. Cajetan; built like St. Peters (Rome); also visit the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Monica.
* Overnight at your hotel in Goa.
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Day 5

Goa
* Today is a full day at your leisure to enjoy and explore all that Goa has to offer.
* Overnight at your hotel in Goa.
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Day 6

Goa- Delhi (By flight)
* After breakfast, you are transferred to Goa Airport.
* Board flight to Delhi.
* You will be met and assisted; through the airport upon your arrival and then transferred to your hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Delhi.
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Day 7

Delhi – Agra (By Road; +/- 3.5 -4 hrs. drive)
* Morning combined tour of Old and New Delhi.
* Visit the Qutab Minar; the India Gate (War Memorial); the Lakshmi Narayan Temple-Modern Hindu Temple; drive past Presidents House; Parliament House and Secretariat buildings.
* Also visit Raj Ghat the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi and drive past Jama Masjid; the Red Fort and Chandni Chowk.
* Continue to Agra after the tour and check in to your hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Agra.
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Day 8

Agra
* After breakfast depart on an exciting tour of Agra.
* Morning tour to the Taj Mahal & Agra Fort.
* Visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20;000 craftsmen brought together from Persia; Turkey; France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this ‘Love Poem in Marble’. (Friday closed).
* Later visit the Agra Fort containing the halls of private & public audiences & other palaces. Shah Jahan spent years of confinement here at the hands of his son Aurangzeb; looking wistfully at the Taj Mahal from the Fort.
* Return to your hotel after the tour.
* Overnight at your hotel in Agra.
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Day 9

Agra – Jaipur (237 Kms – 6 Hours)
* Depart Agra for Jaipur by car.
* Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri; built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to a scarcity of water. The Fatehpur Sikri complex houses the tomb of Salim Chisti; Panch Mahal and other palaces; which surprisingly have withstood the ravages of time and are still in good condition.
* On arrival in Jaipur; check-in at your hotel.
* The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
* Overnight at your hotel in Jaipur.
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Day 10

Jaipur
* Morning tour to the Amber Fort. Standing tall over a small hillock overlooking the Pink city; Amber is a classic; romantic Rajasthani Fort-Palace. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes; apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster.
* A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride; all the way up to the Fort entrance.
* Afternoon tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja’s City Palace; – the former Royal residence; – part of it converted into a museum.
* One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum; housing an impressive array of weaponry -pistols; blunderbusses; flintlocks; swords; rifles and daggers.
* Also see the miniature items and old carpets at the Textile Museum.
* Later visit the Jantar Mantar; which is the largest stone-and-marble-crafted Observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace; the Observatory has 17 large instruments; many of them still in working condition.
* After the tour return to your hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Jaipur.
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Day 11

Jaipur – Delhi (By +/- 6 hrs. drive) – Leave Delhi (By flight)
* Services end with transfer to Delhi airport where you will board your onward/return flight.
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* 2 Nights in Mumbai
* 3 Nights in Goa
* 1 night in Delhi
* 2 Nights in Agra
* 2 Nights in Jaipur
* Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our representative from / to airport, along with 1 piece of baggage per person
* Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC medium car for 2 passengers ( AC Innova for 3-4 passengers)
* Accommodation (3*- 4*- 5*) including breakfast daily
* Local English Speaking Guide
* Jaipur offers sightseeing tour with an elephant ride / jeep ride
* Check in and check out time 12h00 (midday).

* International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best available airfares)
* Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
* Travel insurance
* India visa fee
* Tips
* Services not stated in the itinerary
* Entrance fees

* Rates are LAND ONLY, and Exclude International flights; departure & Fuel taxes
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, supplier rate changes and fuel levies

 

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India view of the Fatehpur Sikri
India view of the Dabbawalas delivering food in Mumbai
India elevated view of the Dhobi Ghat with washing hanging on the line
India street scene in Mumbai
India view of the beach in Goa with palm trees
India front view of the church of St. Cajetan
India elevated view of the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur
India view of the Fatehpur Sikri
India entrance gate to the Agra Fort with people in the foreground
India Lakshimi Narayan temple
India view of Dehli