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Indian Architecture, Heritage ToursDuration : 15 Nights / 16 Days (Tailor Made Tour)
Destinations : Delhi - Khajuraho - Orchha - Jhansi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Udaipur - Aurangabad - Mumbai
Indian architecture is a rich amalgam of various architectural styles, wherein the influences of various regions and dynasties, find due expression. With the Islamic style concentrating only on monuments and the Hindu style being more religious, thematically, Indian architecture, is indeed, a celebration of the creativity of the unsung artisans who dedicated their lives to bring to life such wondrous pieces of enviable beauty. India boasts of a myriad of architectural delights such as the majestic Taj Mahal, the temples of Southern India, the Jain temples and the Buddhist monasteries, to name a few.
The main architecture heritage of India can be classified on the basis of religion such as Hindu temple and fort architecture, Mughal and other Muslim architecture, Jain temple architecture, Buddhist art and architecture, Sikh architecture, etc. we can also classify the architecture of the country as forts and palaces, temples, churches, mosques and museums. The history of India architecture dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization which existed in the Indus river valley around 5 thousand years ago
Moughal Art and Architecture
Before the Islamic elements of architecture were introduced to India, they had already passed through different experimental phases in other countries like Egypt, Iran and Iraq. The Indo-Islamic monuments were typical mortar-masonry works formed of dressed stones unlike most Islamic monuments of these countries, which were largely constructed in brick, plaster and rubble.
Mughal architecture is a characteristic of Indo-Islamic-Persian style that flourished on the Indian subcontinent during the Mughal empire (1526-1857). This new style combined elements of Islamic & Mughal Architecture, which had been introduced to India during the reign of Delhi Sultunate and had produced great monuments such as the Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Humayun Tomb etc having features of Persian art & architecture.
Indo - European Architecture and Arts
When the British left India, besides the legacy of language, social customs, the modes of administrative functioning, and more enduringly, their buildings scattered across twenty-four latitudes and widely varied terrain.
An architectural feat in itself, each monument is a strikingly brilliant representation of incredible artistry, shrouding a sense of mystery, fascination and romance. Be it the marvel in white marble, the unparalleled Taj Mahal; or the splendor in red sandstone, the imposing Red Fort; or the magnificence of temple art of Khajuraho, Konark and Hampi, therein is evident the master craftsmanship and elegance, that brings to the fore the grandeur of the bygone era.
Special Attraction : Craft Museum , Temple Tour in Khajuraho , Famous Temples and Palaces in Orcha , Taj Mahal, an example of excellent architecture and Ajanta Ellora Cave.
Day 01: Arrival in Delhi
Early morning arrival at the Delhi airport and on reaching and you are assisted to the hotel and checked in to the rooms. The trip in the first city of our visit begins with the sightseeing opportunity at Delhi.
Day 02 : In Delhi
In the morning itself a slide show presentation will be held which will make you aware of the Delhi city. The base of the slide show will be ancient Indian Architecture. Post lunch you will be involved in the sightseeing tour. The tour will focus both Old Delhi and New Delhi.
Old Delhi was the ruling capital of Mughals and hence you can observe array of forts and palaces with Mughal architecture.
New Delhi, a recently developed city also houses ancient pieces of heritage. There are certain latest built monuments as well. Lotus temple and Akshardham temple in Delhi are just few to mention.Overnight at Delhi.
Day 03 : Delhi
After breakfast, you will be visiting National Museum. The musuem instores 2,00,000 works of exquisite art, belonging to both Indian and Foreign art. The museum covers more than 5000 years of our cultural heritage.
Post Lunch, you will visit Craft museum. The craft musuem showcases extraordinarliy rich handicraft. The travellers love the prsence of craftmanship and is popular work also famous for the artistic display of various villages.
Late evening, resort back to hotel where you will catch the Indian Classical dance troupe. They will show case their talent in the form of dances which belongs to India. The dance is followed by the dinner.Overnight at Delhi.
Day 04 : Delhi - Khajuraho
After breakfast fly to Khajuraho. Khajuraho is another most saught destination of India. Khajuraho is known for housing the exquiste temples which displays the basic need of man in the form of sculptures. The erotic sculptures in Khajuraho are alluring to the travellers. The remarkable monuments exemplify from Kamsutra. These temples are included in World Heritage Sites. Divided into three - Western, Eastern and Southern, Khajuraho temples offers array of temples to explore. You will explore Eastern and Southern set of temples. Overnight at Khajuraho.
Day 05 : Khajuraho
Morning, you will explore the Western group of temples. In this group, you have Chitragupta Temple , Kandariya Mahadeo, Chaunsat Yogini, Lakshamana Temple and Matangeswara Temple.
In Khajuraho, you have numnber of things to explore. Post Lunch, explore the Eastern group of temples Khajuraho You will be totally dedicating this day to Khajuraho excursions. We will try to explore those destinations which we can cover with in one day. Ken Nature Trail , Kalinjahar fort and Pandav Falls will form the major tourists spot to explore.Overnight at Khajuraho.
Day 06 : Khajuraho - Orchha - Jhansi - Agra
Morning , you will drive to Orccha. Orccha is one destination which is founded in 16 th and 17 th centuary by a rajput king. The city houses number of attractions which include Orcha Fort Complex, Ram Raja Temple and Phool bagh. Famous for its temples and palaces, Orchha is an excellent destination to explore. This multifaceted city of Madhya Pradesh is just a must on heritage tour.
Visit the nearest Jhanghir Mahal Palace. This is one of the most admired palace of all time. The temple was constructed by Bir Singh Deo. Travel to Orccha and make your holiday a dream come true.
From Orrcha, you will drive to Jhansi and take a train to Agra,Overnight at Agra.
Day 07 : Agra
After breakfast, you can visit Taj Mahal is just the best place to be in. Adore Taj Mahal as you enroll yourself in ballooning. Taj Mahal is one of the magnificent architectural wonder is an attractive tourist destination for most of the traveller. Taj Mahal is an ultimate monument of Love and was constructed by Shahjahan for his beloved Mumtaz Mahal. Near Taj Mahal, you have the famous Agra Fort. Agra Fort is constructed in the Indo Saraccenic style of architecture and reflects the period of Mughal era.Overnight at Agra.
Day 08 : Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur. In between, you will also visit Fatehpur Sikri which falls on the way to Jaipur. Fatehpur Sikri is a perfect combo of Arabic architecture and Indian building styles. It resembles a holy mosque in Mecca- a greatest Muslim pilgrimage. Late evening you will drive to Jaipur.Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 09 : Jaipur
After breakfast visit Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Amber Palace and Jantar Mantar are few of the sights which you are going to explore. Late evening, you will resort back to your hotel. With in the resort, a puppet show will be held follow up with a dinner.Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 10 : Jaipur - Udaipur
After breakfast fly to Udaipur. A general introduction on Udaipur and session on Indian architecture will be given. This will give you a chance to understand India better as well as it will help you on your exploration.
Evening Boat Cruise on Pichola Lake - A highlight of your trip to Udaipur is a sunset boat-cruise on the beautiful placid Lake Pichola. The lake is surrounded by hills, palaces including the beautiful city palace, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. There are two island palaces, The Jagmandir and Jagniwas and also the beautiful Lake Palace sits on an island in this lake. Boat rides, which originate from the City Palace jetty (known as Bansi Ghat), are a popular way of exploring the natural beauty of Udaipur.Overnight at Udaipur.
Day 11 : Udaipur
In Udaipur, there are array of attractions to explore. You will visit City Palace and its museum. It will give you a chance to have a look at the world miniture painting. You will also visit Saheliyon ki Bari and Ladies Garden.Overnight at Udaipur.
Day 12 : Udaipur (Ranakpur Temples)
Ranakpur temples form a major attractions of Udaipur and you must visit Ranakpur temples on your Rajasthan tour. Ranakpur temples is one of important pilgrim centres in Udaipur. Nestled on Arravali ranges, Ranakpur is a famous destination to explore. Ranakpur temples were constructed in 15th century AD. Spanning over an area 48,000 sq. ft area, Ranakpur Jain temples is dedicated to Jain tirthankara Rishavadev. It is believed that these temples took 50 years to complete.Overnight at Udaipur.
Day 13 : Udaipur - Aurangabad
After breakfast fly to Aurangabad via Mumbai Aurangabad is quite famous for its caves. The city was founded by Malik Amber in the early 16 th centuary and was intially named as Khadke or the Big rock.
With in Aurangabad, there are number of attraction which could make your travel a worth while exploration. Your first day in Aurangabad will be completely relaxing and will provide you a genuine energy and zeal to explore it.Overnight at Aurangabad.
Day 14 : Ajanta Caves
After breakfast visit to Ajanta caves is counted as the World Heritage Site. This is one of the most beautiful site and the only in the 19 th centuary. Ajanta caves are located 99-km away from Aurangabad district in the state of Maharashtra.Overnight at Aurangabad.
Day 15 : Ellora Caves - Mumbai
After breakfast visit to Ellora caves, another World Heritage Site to view. 34 in number, Ellora caves is 30 kms from Aurangabad. Ellora caves are showcases some of the finest temple architecture. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre dedicated to Hinduism, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain. Ellora has attracted chroniclers, antiquarians, scholars, and in the more recent years an ever increasing number of tourists.
After lunch, you will fly to Bombay and visit Prince of Wales Museum, the largest Fine Art Museum in India and Hanging Gardens.Overnight at Mumbai.
Day 16 : Mumbai /Delhi/Departure
After breakfast visiting Gateway of India, Flora Fountain and after lunch you will be engaged in Mumbai Heritage Walking Club (art & architecture students /professionals). They organize a 2 hr. walk through the old part of Mumbai and also interact with the local people. This will be a nice experience on your part as it will make you understand the city better.
Tour End here with alots of Sweet memories.
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