Heritage of India

Delhi - Jhansi - Khajuraho - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Ranthambore National Park - Jaipur - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Mumbai

Overview

Embark on one of the best of heritage tours in India with us. This India Heritage tour allows you to explore historical monuments, ancient temples, exquisite forts, unexplored palaces and graceful gardens to learn about the heritage and culture of the country. You can admire the sculptures, structures, artwork and traditions left behind by the royal families who lived in India. This 18-day Heritage of India tour will give you a deep insight into the mesmerizing history of Delhi, Khajuraho, Jhansi, Agra, Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur.

Furthermore, you will get an experience of a wildlife safari in Ranthambore National Park. Admire the beauty of the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and have a glimpse of the royal lives of the famous kings who lived in the country. During this heritage travel, you will be astonished by the magnificence and splendid architecture of the forts and palaces. The ancient marvels of the bygone era will leave you astonished and overwhelmed.

Trip Highlights
  • Visit the fascinating monuments in Delhi
  • Explore the intricately carved Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  • Admire the ancient Jhansi Fort, the residence of Rani Lakshmi Bai
  • Discover the mighty Agra Fort
  • Get mesmerized by the beauty of the Taj Mahal
  • Enjoy a wildlife safari in Ranthambore National Park
  • Admire the beauty of Bikaner Fort, Junagarh Fort and Jain Temple in Bikaner
  • Explore the magnificent forts and temples in Jaisalmer
  • Visit the famous Jain Temples in Osian village
  • Take a guided tour of Jodhpur
  • Marvel at the beauty of City Palace and Pichola Lake in Udaipur
  • Go for a quick sightseeing tour of Mumbai
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Itinerary Details

Our tour representative will meet you at the Delhi airport and help you to check-in smoothly at one of the listed hotels. The rest of the day is at leisure. You can explore the nearby places in Delhi. If you wish to go shopping then you must visit the Chandni Chowk or Connaught Place. Dilli Haat is another famous shopping hub of the capital city where one can go and enjoy till your heart's content. Delhi is also famous for its nightlife. You can try some of the delectable local cuisines. Have a sumptuous dinner at the hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.

After the breakfast, you will start your Heritage tour by visiting the well-known historical attractions in Delhi including Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, India Gate, and Gandhi Memorial.

Qutub Minar was built in 1193 AD by Qutb-Ud-Din Aibak to commemorate his victory against the Hindu rulers. At the base of the tower is Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in Delhi after the Islamic conquest of India. The mosque was built using the ruins of Jain Temples on the site of a large temple of the Jain Citadel.

Humayun's Tomb was built in 1570 and it was the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent. It is one of the finest examples of Persian architecture. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Red Fort, also known as Lal Quila served as the main residence of Mughal Emperors. It is a blend of Indo-Islamic architecture and houses Drum House, White Marble Hall, Pearl Mosque, Palace of Colors and Royal Baths.

Lotus Temple is one of the seven major Baha'i temples in the world. It is made of pure white marble and it has a flowerlike shape. It consists of 27 free-standing marble-clad petals. It is an architectural marvel and won several architecture awards.

Lakshmi Narayan Temple was built in 1939 by industrialist JK Birla and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. It is open for people of all castes. The artificial landscape and cascading fountains exemplify the beauty of this three-storied temple.

India Gate is a war memorial built to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died fighting for the British Army in World War I. Amar Jawan Jyoti was added after India got independence. The eternal flame burns day and night to remind the sacrifice of the martyr soldiers.

Gandhi Memorial is the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. It is a simple black platform with his final words 'Hey Ram' engraved on it.

In the evening, you will be visiting Red Fort again to enjoy the light and sound show.

Return to your hotel after a happening day and have a sumptuous dinner.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.

Check out from the hotel early in the morning and start your trip to Jhansi by train from Delhi Railway Station. Breakfast will be provided on the train. From Jhansi, you will be taken to Khajuraho and you will have an assisted transfer to one of the listed hotels. Relax in your room for a while. The rest of the day is at your leisure. You can roam around in the nearby places of the resort. Explore the market and you can also savor delicious cuisines in the local restaurant.

Return to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight stay at hotel in Khajuraho.

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments, the most interesting temples in this heritage travel are famous for their beautiful erotic carvings. They are a group of Hindu and Jain temples famous for Nagara-style architecture. They were built by the rulers of Chandela Dynasty. Earlier it was a collection of 85 temples but out of which only 25 have survived the wrath of time. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Khandariya Mahadev Temple is the largest and most erotic temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it has a huge Shiva Linga made of marble. It was built by the Chandela ruler Dhandadeva in 1050 BC.

Lakshmana Temple is one of the three largest temples in Khajuraho and it is dedicated to Vaikunth Vishnu - an aspect of Lord Vishnu. The walls of the temple are studded with balconied windows with ornate balusters.

Devi Jagadamba Temple houses a stunning sculpture of Goddess Parvati. It is a group of 25 temples and one of the most finely decorated temples in Khajuraho.

Return to your hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight stay in Khajuraho.

After breakfast, start your trip to Jhansi. You will be enjoying a sightseeing tour in Jhansi on your way to Agra. The major attractions in Jhansi are Museum, Jhansi Fort, Rani Mahal, and Barua Sagar.

The Government Museum of Jhansi has a picture gallery of the Gupta period and also weapons, statues and dresses of Chandela dynasty. It has an exclusive art gallery on Rani Lakshmi Bai.

Jhansi Fort is an ancient and historical fort which was the residence of great Rani Lakshmi Bai who fought against the British East India Company. It is situated on a hilltop.

Maharaja Gangadhar Rao ki Chattri is a war memorial built by Rani Lakshmi Bai after the death of her husband Maharaja Gangadhar Rao. The curved roof of the cenotaph is standing on 12 curved pillars, which makes it an impressive example of the elegant architecture of that time.

Rani Mahal was built in the 18th-century by Raghunath II of Newalkar family. After Gangadhar Rao's death, Rani Lakshmi Bai resided in this magnificent palace and now it is a museum housing beautiful paintings and sculptures.

Barua Sagar is a village which has the magnificent Barua Sagar Tal. This is a lake created by Raja Udit Singh. This is the historic place where the battle between the Peshwas and Bundela was fought.

After this, you will be taken to Jhansi Railway Station to board a train to Agra. In Agra, you will check-in at one of the listed hotels. In the evening, you will visit Taj Mahal to have a magnificent view of this one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Taj Mahal is one of the most graceful monument. This mausoleum was built by the Shah Jahan in the memory of his most beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. This ivory-white mausoleum is situated on the bank of the River Yamuna. The breathtaking splendor of this place will leave you spellbound. This universally admired gem is the perfect example of Mughal Architecture.

Return to your hotel after sightseeing and have a delicious dinner.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.

After a delicious breakfast, start exploring the major attractions in Agra. The stopovers for the day will be Agra Fort, Itimad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, Guru ka Tal, Ram Bagh, and later in the evening, you will be taken to Taj Mahal. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the most magnificent structure included in the heritage India tours.

Agra Fort is a historically important fort built by Akbar in 1573 and it remained as the residence of Mughal emperors till 1638. It houses numerous impressive structures like Jahangir Mahal, Khas Mahal, Diwan-e-Aam, Macchi Bhawan and Moti Masjid. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Itimad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb is the tomb of Nur Jahan's father who was a chief minister in Jahangir's court. This tomb is considered to be an inspiration to Taj Mahal and popularly known as Baby Taj.

Guru ka Tal is a historical gurudwara dedicated to the ninth Sikh guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur. It is built on the spot where he laid down his arms and surrendered to the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

Ram Bagh is an ancient Persian-styled Mughal Garden which was established by Babur and later renovated by Nur Jahan. It was also known as Bagh-i-Gul-Afshan.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.

After breakfast, you will be visiting Fatehpur Sikri. It is an ancient city built by Akbar and it is also known as 'City of Victory'. It houses many interesting palaces, halls and mosques of Persian and Mughal architecture. You will be visiting the main attractions in Fatehpur Sikri.

Buland Darwaza was built by Akbar in 1575 to commemorate his victory over the rulers of Gujarat. It is the largest gateway in the world.

Akbar built the tomb of Salim Chishti in 1550 to honor the Sufi saint Salim Chisti who forecasted that Akbar would have a son.

Diwan-e-Khas, the Hall of Private Audience with magnificently sculpted stone columns.

Diwan-e-Aam, the Hall of Public Audience where Akbar heard the petitions of the general public and dispersed justice.

Panch Mahal is a five-level palace which was also known as Wind Tower. The pillars of each level have beautiful carvings on them.

Jodha Bai Palace was the largest of all the palaces. This was built by Akbar for Jodha Bai, his Rajput wife. It is a fusion of Hindu and Islamic architecture and made of sandstone.

After this, continue your drive to Ranthambore National Park and check-in at one of the listed hotels. Relax for the rest of the day. The day is at your leisure. You can stroll around the resort in the evening and enjoy nature walks amidst a serene environment.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Ranthambore.

After having a lip-smacking food in the morning, you will start your excursion to Ranthambore National Park. It is one of the most prominent wildlife parks in India. It is a well-known tiger spotting area and famous for tiger tours. It was established in 1955 by the Government of India as Sawai Madhopur Gaming Sanctuary. Enjoy a thrilling jeep safari and also a game viewing. The main attraction in the national park is tiger and its bird population. One can spot Striped Hyenas, Sambar deer, Common Yellow Bats, Desert Cats, Indian Foxes, Indian Gerbilles, Indian Mole Rats, Indian Porcupines, Long-eared Hedgehogs, and Small Indian Mongoose. The magnificent flora and fauna of the national park attract wildlife enthusiasts.

Ranthambore Fort is another famous tourist attraction in the national park. The fort is situated in the park and surrounded by a large number of ancient temples and mosques. It offers the mesmerizing view of the sanctuary from the top of it.

Overnight stay at the lodge in the Ranthambore.

You will start early in the morning for the jungle safari in the Ranthambore National Park to spot animals and birds in their natural habitat. Check out from the hotel after your breakfast. Then you will have an assisted transfer to Jaipur. You will be escorted to one of the listed hotels in Jaipur. Relax for some time and then start your sightseeing tour of the famous tourist attractions in Jaipur.

Amer Fort is a popular and one of the most visited forts in India. It was built by Raja Mansingh in 1592. It is an amalgamation of Rajput and Islamic architecture and has beautiful palaces, courtyards, gardens and halls.

Nahargarh Fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734. This fort is a perfect blend of Indo-European architecture. It houses Sheesh Mahal which is very unique in its own as it has a glass floor. It has an extended wall which connects it to Jaigarh Fort.

Sawai Jai Singh Observatory is also known as Jantar Mantar. It was built in the 18th-century by Sawai Jai Singh II. It is the most significant and best-preserved historic observatory in India.

City Palace is a spectacular palace built by Sawai Jai Singh. It has two main complexes - the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. It is a fusion of Mughal, Rajput and European architecture. Many parts of this palace have been converted into museums.

Hawa Mahal is also known as Palace of Winds. It was built in 1799 for royal women to view the outside world. It has 953 honeycomb latticework windows.

You will be taken to Chokhi Dhani in the evening to enjoy delicious Rajasthani cuisines. You can watch artists performing traditional dance and experience a camel ride.

After dinner, you will be taken to the hotel for overnight stay.

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and travel to Bikaner. You will have an assisted transfer to one of the listed hotels in Bikaner and you can relax till lunch. After lunch, you will be taken for sightseeing tour of attractions in Bikaner where you will explore Junagarh Fort, Jain Temple, Gajner Lake, and Lalgarh Palace.

Junagarh Fort is one of the most famous forts in Rajasthan which was originally known as Chintamani Fort. It was built by Raja Rai Singh in the 16th-century. It is a fusion of Indo-Saracenic architecture and has withstood many invasions.

Bhandasar Jain Temple is one of the oldest temples in Bikaner which was built in 15th-century. It is well-known for paintings, mirror works and frescoes and is protected by Archaeological Survey of India. It is dedicated to Sumatinatha, the fifth Tirthankara.

Lalgarh Palace was built by Sri Ganga Singh, the king of Bikaner. It is a beautiful three-storey structure with magnificent pillars and intricate latticework. It is a classic example of Mughal, Indian and European architecture. It houses the fourth largest private library in the world and Sri Sadul Museum.

Return to the hotel and have delicious food. Overnight stay at the hotel in Bikaner.

After having a delectable breakfast, you will embark on an excursion to Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, Kolayat Ji Temple and Kodamdeshwar Temple. Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum was built in 1937 and has a splendid collection of miniature paintings, wooden carvings, weapons and exquisite carpets. The Kolayat Ji Temple is dedicated to Saint Kapil Muni and built near Kolayat Lake which is believed to never go dry. Kodamdeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairon Nath Ji, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. This temple has no rooms or doors.

In the afternoon, you will be taken to your hotel for lunch and after a short rest, you will visit the National Research Center on Camel. It was established in 1984 and acts as a breeding farm and museum. You can buy handicrafts and souvenir made of camel skin, tooth and bones.

You will return to the hotel and have a delicious dinner.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

After the breakfast, check out from the hotel and head towards Jaisalmer. In Jaisalmer, you will be escorted to one of the listed hotels by our tour representative and you can relax for some time. Then you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the major attractions in Jaisalmer which includes Jaisalmer Fort, Jain Temple, and Patwon-ki-Haveli. Jaisalmer is also quite famous for the Sand dunes.

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the oldest forts in the world. This massive fort was built in the 12th-century by the Rajput ruler Rao Jaisal. It is popularly known as 'Golden Fort'. It stands proudly in the middle of the golden sands of Thar Desert and has survived several attacks by Muslim and Mughal rulers. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Admire the seven beautiful and maze-like interconnected Jain Temples which are dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras. They were constructed in the 12th and 15th-century and have impressive carvings and fine sculptures.

Patwon-ki-Haveli is a cluster of five Havelis each with distinctive architecture. These havelis have beautiful paintings, balconies, archways and gateways.

Jaisalmer Sand Dunes is the prime attraction of this city. Camel Safari or Jeep Safari is the best way to explore the mesmerizing beauty of the 'Golden City'. At the time of dawn and dusk, the beauty of this place intensifies to multiple times. Camping on the golden dunes is another exciting activity. Campfire, musical activities, and traditional dance performance are also organized here which gives a deep insight into the local culture.

You will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

After having a delicious breakfast, checkout of the hotel and start your journey to the Jodhpur which is popularly known as the 'Blue City'. You will stop in Osian to have a glimpse of beautiful temples. The ancient city of Osian is famous for its temples with magnificent architecture and ornately designed hand-carved stone structures.

The stunning Jain Mahavira temple in Osian houses some of the exquisite carvings and was built in 775 AD by Pratihara King Vatsaraja.

The Sachiya Mata Temple was built in 8th-century and is dedicated to Sachiya Mata, also known as Indrani, consort of God Indra.

After you will pay homage to these temples, you will be taken to Jodhpur. You will have an assisted transfer to one of the listed hotels in Jodhpur. The rest of the day is at leisure. You can go for a walk to the nearby market. One can also try some local cuisine in the local market.

Return to the hotel in the night and have a delicious dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jodhpur.

After the breakfast, start your excursion to the major attractions in Jodhpur which includes Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, and Jaswant Thada.

Mehrangarh Fort was built by Rao Jodha in 1459. It is one of the largest and most formidable forts in Rajasthan with splendid architecture and diverse history.

Umaid Bhawan Palace is an architectural marvel named after Maharaja Umaid Singh. It has a vintage car and a vintage clock museum.

Jaswant Thada is a marble mausoleum built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It is made of marble and known as Taj Mahal of Mewar.

Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

After the appetizing breakfast, you will check out from the hotel and start your journey to Udaipur. On your way, you will stop at Ranakpur Jain Temple and Kumbhalgarh Fort.

Ranakpur Jain Temple was built of light-colored marble in 15th-century. It is a masterpiece of architecture with more than 1400 exquisitely carved pillars, 24 halls and 80 domes.

Kumbhalgarh Fort was built in 15th-century and it is fortified with 36 km long wall, the third-largest wall in the world. There are several palaces, gardens and temples inside the fort. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

After the excursion, you will continue your journey to Udaipur and you will be escorted to one of the listed hotels. In the evening you will visit City Palace and Pichola Lake.

The construction of majestic City Palace was started in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh and completed in 18th-century by his successors. It displays Medieval, European and Chinese architecture and it is built of granite and marble. It stands on the banks of Pichola Lake.

Lake Pichola is an artificial fresh water lake created in 1362 AD. You will take a cruise on this lake to enjoy the stunning sunset views of the City Palace

Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Udaipur.

After breakfast, you will be visiting the major attractions in Udaipur which includes Durbar Hall, Crystal Gallery, Jagdish Temple, Jag Mandir, and Saheliyon ki Bari.

The Durbar Hall is very impressive with some of the biggest chandeliers in the country. It displays the weapons and portraits of Maharanas of Mewar. The Crystal Gallery houses rare crystal collections of Maharana Sajjan Singh. The extraordinary collection includes crystal chairs, tables, sofas and even beds.

Jagdish Temple is an architectural marvel built by Mewar rulers. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It showcases a blend of Indo-Aryan architecture with the beautifully carved ceiling, pillars and gorgeously painted halls.

Jag Mandir is a palace on an island on the southern side of Lake Pichola. It is also known as Lake Garden Palace. It is made of yellow sandstone and marble and was built in 17th-century by Maharaja Karan Singh. It looks like a marble structure floating on a lake.

Saheliyon ki Bari is a beautiful garden, built by Maharana Sangram Singh in the 18th-century as a gift to his wife.

After the excursion, you will be back to the hotel in the evening to have a scrumptious dinner.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Udaipur.

Check out from the hotel after the breakfast and make a short visit to Chittorgarh Fort which is one of the largest forts in India built by Maurya rulers in the 7th-century. Drive around the fort to view all the places.

The Chittorgarh Fort has magnificent palaces and temples. The most interesting palace of Chittorgarh Fort is Rana Kumbha Palace. This is a 15th-century palace, the place where Rani Padmini performed Jauhar. It is a spectacular example of Rajputana architecture and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vijay Stambh and Kirti Stambh are other famous places in the fort one should visit.

You will be taken for lunch before going to Udaipur Airport to board a flight for Mumbai, the final destination of this India heritage tour. You will have an assisted transfer to one of the listed hotels in Mumbai where you will relax for a short time before starting your Mumbai sightseeing trip which includes Afghan Church, Marine Drive, Gateway of India, and Haji Ali Dargah.

The first place included in Mumbai excursion tour will be Afghan Church which is also known as the Church of St. John the Evangelist. It was built by the British to honor the first Afghan War of 1842. It is of Victorian architecture with beautiful statues and stained glass windows.

Gateway of India is a unique landmark of India which overlooks the Mumbai Harbour. The Haji Ali Tomb is a famous mosque built on a small islet and is connected to land by a pathway. It is of Indo-Islamic architecture and has marble courtyards and marble pillars with mirror works.

The Marine Drive is a 36 km long arc-shaped boulevard that starts at Nariman Point and ends at Girgaum Chowpatty. It is also known as 'Queen's Necklace' as lights glow in a perfect arc after sunset. Prince of Wales Museum is a heritage building in Mumbai with a blend of Indian, Mughal and British architecture.

Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.

After having a scrumptious breakfast, you will get an assisted transfer to the Mumbai Airport to board a flight to reach your destination.

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