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Soak Up a wonderful Mix of History, Culture and Religion

There are many things that lend uniqueness to the Indian civilization. One of the most enduring of these is the Indian architecture. Two images that conjure up in one's mind when talking about architecture in India are those of the Taj Mahal and the temples of Khajuraho. But there's much more to Indian architecture.

Right from the cities of Mumbai and Aurangabad to Delhi, Orchcha, Shivpuri, Gwalior and the Golden Triangle Circuit, the entire Indian soil is dispersed with a wide range of architectural marvels. As you continue to travel from one city to another, you will simply be spellbound by the wonderful mix of history, culture and religion that the Indian architecture presents. It is the richness of the Indian architecture that draws in tourists in large numbers from all across the globe.

At Max Holidays, we strive to help you rediscover the architectural charm of India – one city at a time. Whether you are travelling alone or with family and friends, our Architecture of India tour will take you to those places that will leave you with beautiful memories of a lifetime. Whether you wish to explore the historical, cultural or religious exuberance of India, you will find it all and a lot more in this tour package. Start with a sightseeing tour of Mumbai. Make a visit to the Kanheri, Karla and Bhaja Caves. Head towards Ajanta and Aurangabad for more excellent sightseeing before travelling to Delhi. Soak up the architectural charm of Khajuraho and Orchha temples. After visiting Shivpuri and Gwalior, visit the Golden Triangle circuit which includes such famous cities as Agra, Jaipur and Delhi.

Detailed itinerary

Day 01 Arrive Mumbai

After a traditional Indian welcome by Max Holidays company representative at the airport, you will be escorted to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02 Mumbai sightseeing

After breakfast, our tour guide will meet at your hotel, and proceed for the sightseeing. Proceed to Elephanta Island by motor launch - Located 10 kms far away from Mumbai, the Elephanta Caves consist of temples carved from rocks presenting a great example of architecture dating long back. Later visit Gateway of India – as the name symbolises it is considered to be the entry gate to Indian Land, Princess of Wales Museum – a huge collection of unique and priceless antiques, Kamala Nehru Park and Hanging Gardens. Enjoy the evening at Chowpatty Beach and drive through Marine Drive and rejuvenate yourself from the tiredness of the day visit. Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 03 Kanheri, Karla and Bhaja Caves

After early breakfast, take a drive towards the architectural pioneer sights of Mumbai. Start with Kanheri Caves – rock cut monuments presents a picturesque view, makes it a must to be visited site. Further take a drive towards Karla and Bhaja Caves – these Buddhist rock cut caves present an example of fine rock cut art. After this magnificent view of rock cut caves drive back to our hotel in Mumbai. Overnight at the hotel

Remarks: once can also visit Dabbawala tour, Slum tour while in Mumbai

Day 04 Mumbai – Aurangabad (by flight)

After early breakfast Max Holidays representative will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the domestic airport to board flight for Aurangabad. Arrive Aurangabad and check-in at the hotel. After wash and change, proceed to enjoy the guided city tour of Aurangabad starting with Daulatabad Fort and Biwi – ka – Maqbara. Also visit Ellora Caves – one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.Overnight at the hotel in Aurangabad.

Day 05 Ajanta sightseeing

After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Ajanta Caves, these magnificent caves have breath taking rock cut architecture and famous for being the world heritage site. Drive back to hotel.Evening free to explore the town.Overnight at hotel in Aurangabad.

Day 06 Aurangabad – Delhi (by flight)

Early morning, Max Holidays representative will meet you and assist you to reach airport and board the flight for Delhi the capital city of India.

Meet and assist upon arrival at Delhi airport by Max Holidays representative, transfer and check into your hotel.

After wash and change, get ready for the splendid sightseeing tour of Delhi. Delhi holds the proof of its historical rules from long back in the form of monuments or other buildings. Start the tour with Red Fort and drive through the Chandni Chowk, You can also have an optional Rickshaw ride through the market of Chandni Chowk. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Delhi that is Humayun Tomb and Qutub Minar have its own beautiful view, these are some of the not to miss sites of Delhi. Visit Raj Ghat – the cremation ground of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi. Also visit India Gate – the memorial built to pay tribute to the martyr of World War and Afghan War. Drive pass through Parliament and President House. Drive back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 07 Delhi – Khajuraho (by flight)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport to board flight for the Khajuraho. Meeting and assistance on arrival at Khajuraho airport and transferred to your pre booked hotel. Later head towards the guided city tour of Khajuraho. Khajuraho is a world famous site for its erotic architecture and magnificent views. Visit the Eastern and Western Group of Temples. Evening enjoy the ‘Light and Sound Show’. Overnight at the hotel

Day 08 Khajuraho – Orchha

Following a leisurely breakfast, drive towards the next architectural destination Orchha. Arrive Orchha and check into the hotel. Orchha is a historical city of Madhya Pradesh has got excellent architectural build up and Betwa River adds pictures to the Orchha city. Each and every palace and pillar of Orchha has sufficient power to attract you towards it. Orchha has lot many scenes to fill your cameras and add to your memories. The places which one cannot miss in Orchha are Raj Mandir and Jahangir Mahal. The Chattris at Orchha presents a spectacular view and holds the viewer with its charm for a long time. Fort of Orchha , Chaturbhuj Temple and Sawan Bhadon Mahal are some of the site in Orchha which presents a picturesque and magnificent view, each and every stone of these architectural build up speaks their own importance to be stopped and given a glance. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09 Orchha – Shivpuri

After breakfast drive to the next great architectural attraction of Madhya Pradesh – Shivpuri. Shivpuri was once the summer capital of India Rulers and was also the hunting ground of Mughals. This place has got the bliss of nature’s god who has endowed the place with beautiful dense forest, to enhance the green environment of the surrounding. The places of interest in Shivpuri are Madhav National Park, which will satisfy the quench of adventure as well as wildlife hunt, Chattris, Madhav Vilas Palace, George Castle, Bhadaiya Kund and Sakhya Sagar Boat Club. After you complete with the sightseeing, enjoy the nature and drive back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10 Shivpuri – Gwalior

After breakfast, we head to the next destination Gwalior, famous for its forts and many other architectural buildings. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. After freshen up, proceed for a guided city sightseeing of Gwalior.Visit Jai villas Palace and Museum, the Sun Temple, Maharaja Bada – the famous market place, Tanseen Tomb and the Gurudwara. End with a beautiful and brilliant example of medieval architecture – Gwalior Fort, there are many other architecture which is housed by this fort the most magnificent is the Sas Bahu Ka Mandir. Enjoy the ‘Light and Sound Show’ at the fort in evening. Drive back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 11 Gwalior – Agra

After breakfast drive towards the city of Taj Mahal - Agra. Upon arrival in Agra, check into your hotel. Later proceed for guided sightseeing of Agra visiting magnificent and awesome monument build in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal by Shah Jahan – Taj Mahal. The next important sights waiting to amaze you are Agra Fort and Itimad–ud–Daulah. Rest of the day is free to explore the town.Overnight at the hotel.

Remarks : If the time permits, you can also view the Mohabbat e Taj show at evening, which is a cultural programme creating a Mughal era.

Day 12 Agra – Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur

After breakfast drive to Jaipur en-route visiting the Ghost town with many architecture building – Fatehpur Sikri. Further, drive towards Jaipur – the colourful capital city of Rajasthan. Upon arrival in Jaipur and check-in at the hotel for overnight stay

Remarks : You may enjoy a visit and dinner at Chokhi Dhani, which is an artificial village representing Rajathani culture. One can also enjoy camel ride, magic show, snake charmers.

Day 13 Jaipur Sightseeing

Today start your day early, visit Amer fort which is located on the periphery of the city and is approximately 11 Km from the main town. The beauty of reaching Amer fort is on elephant’s back which gives you a feel of Maharaja while elevating the fort. After spending some time at Amer Fort visit another fascinating fort called Jaigarh Fort which host one of the biggest cannon. Later visit the Royal City Palace where in one wing the royal family reside and other part are converted into museum. Next to City Palace is Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. For photography you will be taken to Hawa Mahal which has many windows from where the royal ladies used to view the processions on religious occasions taken out in the street. Evening is at leisure to explore the local areas. Overnight stay at your hotel

Day 14 Jaipur – Delhi

Following a leisurely breakfast, head towards Delhi, along one of the India’s finest freeways. Upon arrival in Delhi, check into the hotel booked for you.Afternoon free to explore the local area.Overnight at the hotel.

Remarks : If time permits , you can visit to the Kingdom of Dreams offering you the best form of Cuisine, Crafts, Musicals, Dramas, Street Dances, Mythological Shows.

Day 15 Depart Delhi

Following breakfast our representative will meet you at the hotel and assist you to reach the international airport to board flight for onward destination.

What’s Included

Airport Services

Private air conditioned car with driver Company staff for airport assistance

Accommodation

14 nights in handpicked hotels

Meals

14 Breakfasts

Transport

All ground transport for sightseeing trips

Guides / Escorts

Expert local tour guides for sightseeing tours

Activities

Rickshaw Ride, Elephant Ride, Tonga Ride, Boat Transfer to Elephanta, Light & Sound Show,

Other inclusions

Govt of India taxes and Company service charges

What’s not included

Flights

International or domestic flights are not included

Travel insurance

Please carry a valid travel insurance

Visa

Visa fee and charges

Entry Tickets

Monument and museum tickets

Meals

Meals not specified

Personal expenses

Any kind of personal expenses/bills

Accommodation Style

Accommodation style

We offer a variety of hotel accommodation for you on our Architecture of India tour package. Stay in excellent hotels for 14 nights which includes experience of staying in some heritage hotels,

For beach lovers, families and couples extension trips to Goa beaches can be organised from Delhi or Mumbai. A minimum 3 nights stay is recommended for real go an experience.

Remark : Other pre and post trips can also be booked for you upon demand