Your tour begins with an arrival into Delhi, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to the Lalit hotel in New Delhi. The Lalit hotel is a modern Deluxe hotel located right in the city centre, just a stone's throw away from the shops and restaurants of Connaught Place. Delhi, the country's energetic capital, offers a panorama of fascinating but very conflicting images, from the forts, tombs and ruins in Old Delhi to high-rise buildings and stately homes on wide, tree-lined avenues in New Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.
A full day's sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi visiting the mighty Red Fort; Friday Mosque -Jama Masjid; silver street of Chandni Chowk; Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi; The Hindu temple - Birla Mandir; India Gate and Rajpath; Rashtrapati Bhawan - the President's House; Humayun's Tomb; Qutab Minar - a 73m high victory tower and the Bahai Temple - beautifully shaped to resemble a lotus flower. A second night in Delhi - we can recommend restaurants for dinner tonight, if you would like. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 03 - Drive Delhi to Agra (220 kms/04 hrs) Highlights of India and Goa
Drive to Agra - City of the Taj Mahal, a great monument to love and one of the world's most beautiful buildings. On arrival, check in to the ITC Mughal hotel. The ITC Mughal hotel is a Deluxe hotel, located just a short distance from the Taj Mahal, as well as the other tourist attractions of Agra. Late afternoon, visit the Taj Mahal, one of the Wonders of the World, created by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, also visit the Agra Fort, offering gorgeous views from its lofty walls. Overnight in Agra.
Your drive to Jaipur takes you via Emperor Akbar's deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, an almost perfectly preserved 400 year-old Mughal capital. After the visit, continue to Jaipur, painted pink to welcome Prince Albert in 1853, and pink still. On arrival, check in to the ITC Rajputana Sheraton for a 2 night stay. Overnight in Jaipur.
A full day of sightseeing in Jaipur includes the Amber Fort, 11 kms from the city. The Fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture and you can either ride to its lofty heights by jeep or on a gaily-bedecked elephant. Returning to Jaipur, visit the museums, palaces and halls of the City Palace (still a royal residence) and the Palace of the Winds. At the Jantar Mantar Observatory, learn how it was constructed to measure 'the harmony of the heavens', a concept dear to Hindus as they believe their fated souls move to its rhythms. Overnight in Jaipur.
Drive to Udaipur - the famed "city of sunrise" also called the Venice of the East On arrival check in at the Leela. Built on the banks of the Lake Pichola, with all rooms having wonderful views of the Lake Pichola, the City Palace or the Lake Palace, the Leela Palace Udaipur, is a 5 star Luxury hotel. Overnight in Udaipur.
A half day's sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting the opulent City Palace - towering over the lake, this is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The Jagdish Temple enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu as Jagannath, Lord of the universe and Saheliyon ki bari is a small ornamental garden with fountains, stone elephants and a delightful lotus pool.
An evening boat cruise on Lake Pichola with the shimmering waters of the Lake combined with the City Palace in the background is a magical way to end your day in Udaipur.
Transfer to Udaipur Airport in time for your flight to Goa via Mumbai. Goa, India's favourite beach holiday destination, and one of the most relaxed places in the world, offers an exotic mix of Portuguese and Indian flavours. You will be met and transferred to The Leela. Undoubtedly Goa's finest beach resort, the Leela is situated right on Cavelossim Beach in South Goa, bordering the Arabian sea on one side and the river Sal on the other. The Leela has world class amenities, including a large free form swimming pool, a 12 hole executive Golf course, a state of the art Spa, and several restaurants and bars. Overnight in Goa.
What makes a beach holiday in Goa really special is the fact , that you can be as lazy as active as you want to do. For those seeking to explore Goa, there are plenty of options available, you could take a tour of the World Heritage Churches and Convents of Old Goa, or visit the nearby Dudhsagar falls, or just spend time exploring the nearby villages, with their lovely old Portugese style buildings. Or, you could just spend time sunning yourself on the beach. . Goan cuisine, and in particular it's fresh fish and other sea food, will be one of the highlights of your beach holiday in Goa. Overnight in Goa.
Transfer to Goa Airport for your flight to Mumbai - You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Taj Mahal Palace and Towers hotel. The Taj Mahal hotel, overlooking the Gateway of India and the Arabian sea, is one of Mumbai's iconic buildings, and has the credit of being India's first 5 star hotel. Mumbai is India's most cosmopolitan city , a spicy masala of entrepreneurs, concrete towers, clubs and discos, cricket, Bollywood, history, great cuisine, beaches and much more! Afternoon free to relax or explore your surrounds. Overnight in Mumbai.
A half day's sightseeing tour of Mumbai includes The Gateway of India - a grand ceremonial arch built to commemorate the visit of King George IV; Mani Bhavan - where the father of our Nation resided for 15 years; the Marine drive; the Prince of Wales museum - considered one of the best museums in the country; the Hanging gardens and Victoria Railway Station. Overnight in Mumbai.