North India with Bollywood tour
THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE
This tour spans multiple locations throughout Northern India, with a special focus on Rajasthan, “Land of Kings”. You will first experience both “old” and New Delhi, then continue to Agra, located in the populous state of Uttar Pradesh. The rest of the itinerary then focuses on stops in Rajasthan including Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. This program gives you a unique historical experience of royal Rajasthani forts and creates eternal memories in some of the most beautiful monuments in the world. Then you fly to Mumbai is India’s financial powerhouse, fashion epicenter and a pulse point of religious tension. Some of Asia’s biggest slums (as well as the world’s most expensive home). Bollywood’s magic has touched people’s hearts not only in India but also overseas. There are so many fans of Bollywood movies all over the world. This love for Bollywood makes India one of the finest film producers in the world. On average around 1,000 films are produced every year. If you have the curiosity to explore the reality of Bollywood's world, then this Bollywood Tour is a perfect option for you. This Bollywood Tour will show you the evolution of a recording studio and how visual effects are playing an important role in the film industry today.
EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY
- Walk thru / Cycle Rickshaw Asia’s largest Spice Market and explore narrow lane in Old Delhi
- Enjoy a guided tour of the 400-year-old deserted Moghul city of Fatehpur Sikri
- Visit of Magnificent Taj Mahal – The monument of Love
- Explore the magnificence of the Pink City and make the most of your elephant ride which takes you to the top of Amber Palace in Jaipur
- Uncover vibrant Rajasthan, from the royal history of Jaipur.
- Ride up to Amber Fort on a caparisoned, by an elephant.
- Check Out the Clock Tower and Old City Markets in Jodhpur
- Visit Jaswant Thada, a 19th-century cenotaph.
- Discover the amazing beauty of the ‘Lake City of Udaipur and its many royal palaces
- Guided tour of Mumbai including World Heritage Site of Elephanta Caves
- Visit hot spots such as Dhobi Ghat, Victoria Terminus Station and See the wealth of spices at Crawford Market, and Gateway of India
- Ride the Ferry at Gateway of India
- Learn all about Bollywood, from the silent era to the modern age
- Involve in a dance show which is based on Bollywood dance
- Elephanta Caves, Gharapuri – Explore These Marvels
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – Marvel At The Architecture
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Arrive Delhi, After completing immigration and custom formalities, meet our representative at the arrival gate. After introductions, you will be transferred to the hotel.
DELHI, the capital of India, is home to 16 million people, making it the third largest city in India. The strategic location of the city made it an attractive location for invading armies, and it served as the capital for many great empires that ruled India. Many of these Empires built significant monuments, and whilst the Mughal and the British are the most visible, while driving through the city you will see ruins from previous capitals, the earliest dating back to the 12th century.
Morning your tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. He is also famously known as the “father of the nation”. Continue your tour to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet. Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi peddling through the narrow by lanes of Chandani Chowk and visit spices market is one of the largest wholesale spice markets in Asia, It is well worth a visit for the intensity of its sights and smells alone. Along with fresh spices of all shapes, sizes, and colors, this market sells myriad nuts, herbs, dry fruits, and grains.
In the afternoon visit the Qutb Minar complex which dominates the historic site where Qutb-ud-Din-Aibak laid the foundation of Delhi Sultanate. Its sandstone minaret, 72.5 m high, has a staircase of 379 steps to reach the summit. It is the tallest stone tower in India and one of the most successful Muslim buildings. You will then discover the Humayun Mausoleum, the 2nd Mughal emperor. Built in the middle of the 16th century at the request of Hamida Banu Begum (the widow of Emperor Humayun), the mausoleum is a fine example of early Mughal architecture.
Drive past British Architect by Edward Lutyens, with the task of building the new capital in Delhi. Lutyen’s Delhi primarily consists of the administrative area of the capital, India Gate and the Viceroy’s House (which is now known as Rashtrapati Bhawan). A visit to Delhi is incomplete without going to Lutyen’s Delhi which one can say, is the place where the Central Government of India currently resides and works from.
Today, you will travel by surface to Agra.
Famed with one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal, historical monuments, architectural grandeur ventures and the beauty of marbles. The city is known for its superb inlay work on marble by craftsmen supposedly with a lineage dating back to the Mughals. Agra’s handicrafts also include carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.Upon arrival check in to the hotel.
In the afternoon visit The Agra Fort is one of the most important and robustly built strongholds of the Mughals, embellished with number of richly decorated buildings encompassing the imposing Mughal style of art and architecture.Also visit a marble-inlay workshop to see the intricate work and unique skill which goes into each finely detailed piece of marble inlay, using a number of beautiful semi-precious stones.
Visit to Taj Mahal at sunset. The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World that symbolizes the love of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal’s final resting place. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. The white marble building changes its hue with the variations in the daylight. In moonlight, particularly on the full moon night, the marble appears extraordinarily luminescent.
Today, travel by surface to Jaipur. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri-Built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the mid-16th century, Fatehpur Sikri was meant to be a new capital for his empire. It was also the emperor’s homage to Saint Sheikh Salim Chishti, who predicted the birth of the emperor’s much-desired son and heir. Built in almost uniform style, Sikri is a sprawling complex of palaces, mosques, temples, and other structures. It is a stunning amalgamation of the Persian and Indian styles of building.
Later continue your drive for Jaipur. Adorned with pink sandstone palaces, majestic forts and verdant green gardens against a scenic backdrop of the Aravalli hills, Jaipur represents the charm of India’s rich past and the sophistication of a flourishing metropolis. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II founded the city in 1727, when he decided to shift his capital from Amer. A renowned architect, astronomer, and avid scientist, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II built his capital with geometric precision and made Jaipur one of the most well-planned cities in India. Upon arrival in Jaipur, transfer to hotel.
Watch A Bollywood Movie At The Iconic Raj Mandir Cinema- Rajmandir was his idea that has proud India and over the years has witnessed many movie premiers, and has become one of the most popular tourist place of Jaipur. A cinema that will make his audience feel like that they are the royal guest of a palace and are invited for a complete entertainment.
Morning proceed for the sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting Amber Fort with Elephant Ride.
Visit the city of Amber and its fort. Erected on a vast hill, the citadel and its fort were intended to protect the ancient capital of the state of Jaipur. You will get there on the back of an elephant, then you will come back in a jeep. You will be able to visit the various rooms, the inner courtyards, the rooms of public hearings, the Mughal gardens with its star-shaped flower beds. In addition, Amber Fort offers panoramic views of Lake Maota. On the way back you will stop at the Hawa Mahal - the famous and magnificent Palace of the Winds.
Later, proceed to visit City Palace is one of the major landmarks in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. In the Palace complex visit Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. Visit to Observatory or Jantar Mantar. It is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century.Whose passion for science, engineering, and astronomy prompted him to construct this complex of fourteen scientific instruments. It’s been over 200 years since they were first constructed, these fourteen structures can still accurately measure time; predict eclipses, and track stars and planets in their orbits.
Then embark on your Cycle Rickshaw ride- This tour is planned to offer you an insight on the socio economic aspects of the city. Every lane in the walled city has something interesting to offer and the relaxed Rickshaw ride is the best way to explore the city like the locals do.
Today, travel by road to Jodhpur, Jodhpur or the "Sun City" is famous for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all the year round. The city was founded in 1459 A.D by Rao Jodha. The city is situated at the edge of the Thar Desert, one of the specialties of this city is that almost all the houses based around the fort of Mehrangarh are painted in blue color, due to which the city is even known as the "Blue City". Upon arrival, check in at hotel.
In the evening enjoy a walking tour around Clock Tower market to capture the daily life of local people.
Morning take jeep safari to visit small village of Rabari community in Bishnoi Villages - Rabaris are nomadic herders who live scattered throughout Gujarat and Rajasthan. Originally only camels were their source of livelihood. However, now, they keep goat, sheep, cow or buffalo. Rabaris are highly adaptive and hence there appears to be some differences among the community, living in different locations. The Rabaris have permanent villages, which are occupied half the year. Also, women live in the villages as men go out with their cattle. One of the most striking features of the Rabari community is their artistic embroidery.
In the afternoon you will visit the Rajasthan’s largest fort, Mehrangarh forms a looming presence over Jodhpur. Visible from miles around, it is a grand statement of Rajput valor. There are several palaces inside the fort. The fort offers magnificent panoramic view of the city. Jaswant Thada (Marble Cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh)- an imposing white marble cenotaph built to commemorate the acts of bravery and generosity of the rulers in 19th century.
Today, travel by road to Udaipur, enroute Ranakpur (Audio Guide) Jain temple - This magnificent white marble temple devoted to Adinath, a god in the Jain religion. Built in the 15th century, the temple has 1444 individually carved pillars. Upon arrival, check in at hotel.
Late in the afternoon, enjoy an evening boat ride across Lake Pichola to Jag Mandir - the Indian Royal Family's.
This morning you enjoy a guided tour of Udaipur, set beside the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola, starting at
the floating City Palace. This former hunting lodge of the Royal Family is made up of a number of different palaces, the most impressive of which is the Palace with largest private collection of crystal in the world. Visit Jagdish Temple, an Indo-Aryan style shrine complete with a towering mandapa and spires. Built under the reign of Maharana Jagat Singh, the temple is a hand-carved tribute to Lord Jagganath, a form of Lord Vishnu. Then you will see the Sahelionki- Garden Bari, location that was reserved, formerly, to the Queen's relatives. then visit a silk painting center.
Today after early breakfast transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai
Upon arrival, meet your representative and transfer to check in at Hotel.
Make a short stop at the Hanging Gardens perched above Malabar Hill - these terraced gardens providing a beautiful, panoramic view of the Arabian Sea were laid out in the early 1880s and pass by the Tower of Silence, on which the Parsis place their dead. Continue to Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach and Malabar Hill. Take a walk in the bustling Crawford Market
Today early begin your city tour of Mumbai with Mani Bhawan, a museum dedicated to the life of Mahatma Gandhi. See the Dhobi Ghat, the largest open-air laundry in the world – an incredible sight. Just before lunch, stop by the Victoria Terminus to witness the dabbah-wallahs arrive and begin delivery of over 10,000 lunches to downtown businessmen. visit Prince of Wales Museum with exhibits of ancient Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands, categorized primarily into three sections - Art, Archaeology and Natural History
Then proceed to the Bollywood world from behind the curtains by having a trip to movie studio VFX. You can visit live shooting set; can get a view of filming at shooting set, look at the behind-the-scenes, watch out the technicians at work and activities of movie making. Get a chance to look into the star’s make-up rooms and take a photo with the Bollywood actor. Join the dance show and enjoy lunch in a good restaurant.
Morning proceed to Gateway of India. Here you embark on a shared cruise to Elephanta Island Caves to see the Elephanta Cave. The rock cut architecture of the caves has been dated to between the 5th and 8th centuries. Explore both Hindu caves & Buddhist Caves. On the back you will visit the Gateway of India, erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Elephant Caves: Closed on Monday
Rest of the day free for shopping activities or at leisure - room till departure
Later in time transfer to airport to board international flight back home
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST
- Accommodation for total of11 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
- Transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the program by air-conditioned Vehicle
- English speaking local guide for sightseeing as per program
- All entrance fees to the monuments as mentioned in the program.
- Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur.
- Enjoy Bollywood Movie at Rajmandir in Jaipur.
- Cycle rickshaw ride in the local bazaar in Delhi & Jaipur.
- Visit Bishnoi Village by Jeep safari.
- Enjoy an evening boat ride across Lake Pichola in Udaipur
- Return ferry transfer to Elephanta Caves in Mumbai.
- Half-day Bollywood tour with lunch at a restaurant
- Our representative for assistance on arrival and departure at the airport.
- All presently applicable taxes including the GST charges levied recently by the Government.
- Two bottles of mineral water each day during sightseeing.
TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING EXPENSES
- International / Domestic Airfare
- Any new admission fees / taxes / fuel surcharges/ Visa fees
- Meals not mentioned
- All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, trip cancellation and personal insurance, gratuities, excess baggage fees
- Early check-in/late check-out (except as noted)
- Camera/video fees at monuments
- Communication costs
- Any additional expenses due to unforeseen problems like a natural disaster, war or strikes, cancellation or misconnection of flights or a last-minute change of timings, etc.
- Any other service, which has not been specified as "included".
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