Privately Guided Tour - Discover India Delhi to Mumbai Private Tour

Privately Guided Journey | Starting from $5,099 CAD

Exploring: Delhi-Varanasi-Agra-Jaipur-Udaipur-Mumbai

This privately guided journey will amaze you. From the opulence of the Taj Mahal to the sounds of the Shah Jahan O-Mumtaz play, you will begin to feel the passion of India as you have never experienced before. You will visit Varanasi, a holy city unlike any other city in the world where you will feel the circle of life comes together in the unfolding of both life and death, equally celebrated and revered in this ancient culture.

Tour Highlights

  • Unique, authentic, and magnificently beautiful cultural experiences throughout the tour.
  • Step back in time and into the last footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi as you walk through his home for the last 144 days of his fascinating life.
  • Take an exhilarating bicycle rickshaw ride through the narrow back lanes of Old Delhi.
  • Visit the oldest living city of India and home to one of the worlds’ most time-honored and mysterious cultures.
  • Witness the most important daily rituals at sunset and sunrise on the banks of the holy Ganges River.
  • Visit the world heritage site Sarnath, where Buddha preached his first sermon.
  • Visit the 3rd century BC monuments built by Emperor at Sarnath.
  • You will feel as though you are in another world as you stroll through the meticulously planned gardens as you head toward the world’s largest monument of love, the Taj Mahal. As the sun slowly rises over this jewel of India, it will reveal itself to you in all its glory, taking it from the subtlety of night to its grandiose brilliance at daybreak
  • Breathe in the delightful aromas as you take part in a traditional cooking class with members of the Royal Rajput community.

Tour Inclusions

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the tour program
  • Escorted transfers (airport to hotel, hotel to airport)
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an English speaking tour guides during sightseeing
  • Air Conditioned Private Toyota Innova transportation throughout your trip
  • Bottled water during sightseeing tours and long drives
  • All Activities mentioned in the program

Day 1: Arrive In India

Welcome to Delhi, a city that bridges two different worlds. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi created by the British Raj is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings.

You will be greeted by an Explore India representative at the airport and escorted to the hotel. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Accommodation: Le Méridien New Delhi

Le Méridien New Delhi


Day 2: New Delhi | Sikh Temple, Humayun’s Tomb & Synagogue Visit

We will start our tour with a visit the house of Mahatma Gandhi a place where Mr. Gandhi’s epic life ended on 30 January 1948. Mahatma Gandhi had lived in this house from 9 September 1947 to 30 January 1948. Thus, the hallowed house treasures many memories of the last 144 days of his life. The House was acquired by the Government of India in 1971 and was converted into a National Memorial of the Father of the Nation and was opened to the public on August 15, 1973.

Next, we will visit Sikh Temple locally called Gurduwara Bangla Sahib. This is the most prominent Sikh Temple, of worship, known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, and the pond inside its complex, known as the “Sarovar”, whose water is considered holy by Sikhs and is known as “Amrit’’

Afternoon visit to UNESCO World heritage site Humayun’s tomb. The second Mughal Emperor of India. The tomb was built by his widow, Biga Begum in 1569-70, 14 years after his death, at a cost of 1.5 million rupees. It was later used for the burial of various members of the ruling family and contains some 150 graves. It has aptly been described as the necropolis of the Mughal dynasty, Later proceed for a lunch.

Later this evening we will enjoy dinner in the heart of Connaught place one of the largest financial, commercial and business centers in New Delhi. It is often abbreviated to CP and houses the headquarters of several noted Indian firms. The main commercial area of the new city, New Delhi, during the erstwhile British Raj, its environs occupy a place of pride in the city and are counted among the top heritage structures in New Delhi. It was developed as a showpiece of Lutyens’ Delhi with a prominent Central Business District.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Le Méridien New Delhi

Le Méridien New Delhi


Day 3: Old Delhi | Rickshaw Ride | Jama Mosque & Hindu Temple | Qutab Minar

After Breakfast – We will start our morning tour with a visit to 17th century Old Delhi. Visit the Jama Mosque, the royal mosque built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in 1656. We will take a bicycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, the spine of Old Delhi that houses the spice market and jeweler’s lane and then drive past Red Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Later we will enjoy lunch in the heart of Connaught place.

Afternoon We will visit UNESCO World heritage site Qutab Minar, located in the district of South Delhi, this magnificent monument in red and buff sandstone is the highest tower in India. Built in the early 13th century, the surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, the masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art (built in 1311), and two mosques, including the Quwwatu’l-Islam, the oldest in northern India, built of materials reused from some 20 Brahman temples.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Le Méridien New Delhi

Le Méridien New Delhi


Day 4: Delhi – Varanasi The Holy Ganges

After leisurely breakfast transfer to Delhi airport and fly to Varanasi the religious capital of Hinduism formerly known as Banaras during British Raj, this is one of the world’s most ancient cultures and the oldest living city of India and home to one of the worlds’ most time-honored and mysterious cultures dating back to 5000 years. Its present name is derived from the fact that the city is at the confluence of the rivers Varuna & Asi. Upon arrival, we are transferred to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi

The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi


Nadesar Palace Ground, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221002, India
https://gateway.tajhotels.com/en-in/ganges-varanasi/
+91 542 666 0001

The ancient temple city of Varanasi has yet another landmark in The Gateway Hotel Varanasi. Featured among the top 5 star hotels in the city, The Gateway Hotel Varanasi is nestled amidst 40 acres of lush  gardens at a convenient distance (about 45 minutes drive) from the airport.

  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi
  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi
  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi
  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi

Day 5: Varanasi Bathing Ceremony | Explore Sarnath

In the early morning, we leave for a boat ride on the Ganges to see the bathing Ghats (river bank) & cremation site. We will watch the sunrise on the riverfront from a boat; this can be a spiritually uplifting sight. Life on the Ghats is bound in an endless string of rituals; ever-changing aspects of the river and the wide landscapes throughout have fascinated visitors from all over the world. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

In the afternoon, we enjoy a guided excursion to Sarnath a center of Buddhist leering and the buried Buddhist city where Buddha preached his first sermon. After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, the Buddha went to Sarnath and it was here that he preached his first discourse in the deer park and set in motion the ‘Wheel of the Dharma’. It is one of the holiest sites as it is believed that in this place the stream of the Buddha’s teaching first flowed. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from the 16th century BC to the 12th century AD. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple & the museum. At the museum is the Ashok Pillar with its four guardian lions, used as independent India’s national emblem.

In the early evening, we will take a close look at the banks of the Ganges to witness the devotional ceremony of Aarti performed by thousands of devout Hindus, listen to the Chanted prayers, the rhythmic drumming fill the air, and bells from temples across the Holy Ganges.

Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi

The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi


Nadesar Palace Ground, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221002, India
https://gateway.tajhotels.com/en-in/ganges-varanasi/
+91 542 666 0001

The ancient temple city of Varanasi has yet another landmark in The Gateway Hotel Varanasi. Featured among the top 5 star hotels in the city, The Gateway Hotel Varanasi is nestled amidst 40 acres of lush  gardens at a convenient distance (about 45 minutes drive) from the airport.

  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi
  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi
  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi
  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi

Day 6: Varanasi - Agra | The City of Taj Mahal

After the breakfast, transfer to Delhi airport to board your flight for Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, drive to Agra (190 Kms. approx 4 hrs). On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Later in the evening enjoy a live show, a fascinating play that depicts the saga of love and a memorable journey into the history of Taj Mahal. The drama portrays the Mughal era in the 16th century. It is series of plays depicting the true and immortal love of Shahjahan for Mumtaz Mahal, his beautiful wife; the lavish lifestyle of Mughal era; and the hardship of the artisans who worked for 22 years to create the most precious specimen of craftsmanship.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Trident Agra Hotel, Agra

Trident Agra Hotel, Agra


Fatehabad Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
https://www.tridenthotels.com/hotels-in-agra
+91 562 223 5000

Near the Taj Mahal, Trident, Agra is one of the best hotels in the city. Beautifully landscaped gardens and water fountains welcome you to this charming leisure hotel. Built in local red stone, reminiscent of the Mughal era, the hotel features 135 tastefully appointed rooms and suites, which overlook the central courtyard and gardens. Guests can also enjoy complimentary high speed Internet for up to four devices.

  • Trident Agra Hotel, Agra
  • Trident Agra Hotel, Agra
  • Trident Agra Hotel, Agra
  • Trident Agra Hotel, Agra

Day 7: Agra | Majestic Agra Fort

We start our day at sunrise with a visit to one of the most incredible monuments ever built in the world, The Taj Mahal which is a mausoleum made of white marble, the monument of love. It was built between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. The Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. Return to your hotel for breakfast.

Later in the day, we will continue our visit with a tour of the city of Agra and then visit Red Fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structures. The afternoon is free to be spent as you wish.

Afternoon – we will visit a well-renowned marble factory to experience the making of fine inlaid stonework and translucent marble of the region. The craftsmen of Agra are still renowned for the exquisite marble-inlay work that has made Agra’s monuments famous. In the evening, we will have dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Trident Agra Hotel, Agra

Trident Agra Hotel, Agra


Fatehabad Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
https://www.tridenthotels.com/hotels-in-agra
+91 562 223 5000

Near the Taj Mahal, Trident, Agra is one of the best hotels in the city. Beautifully landscaped gardens and water fountains welcome you to this charming leisure hotel. Built in local red stone, reminiscent of the Mughal era, the hotel features 135 tastefully appointed rooms and suites, which overlook the central courtyard and gardens. Guests can also enjoy complimentary high speed Internet for up to four devices.

  • Trident Agra Hotel, Agra
  • Trident Agra Hotel, Agra
  • Trident Agra Hotel, Agra
  • Trident Agra Hotel, Agra

Day 8: Agra – Jaipur

After breakfast – We leave for Jaipur. On our way, we will visit Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569. This was the old capital of the Moghuls, which was abandoned after 15 years due to the scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other palaces that are still preserved in their original glory. Later we will continue for lunch in Bharatpur at the resort.

After Lunch – We will continue to Jaipur, the origin of Jaipur’s nickname becomes immediately apparent as we enter the old city walls and greet the pink-colored buildings that rise at every turn. The city of Jaipur owes its names, foundation and its careful planning to the great warrior, astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II. In 1727, with Mughal power on the wane, Jai Singh decided to move down from his hillside fortress at nearby Amber to a new site on the plains. He laid out the city, with its surrounding walls and six rectangular blocks, according to the principles of town planning set down in Shilpa Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. Upon arrival check in at your hotel. Remaining of the day at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Trident Hotel Jaipur

Trident Hotel Jaipur


Amber Fort Road, Opposite, Jal Mahal, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India
https://www.tridenthotels.com/hotels-in-jaipur
+91 141 267 0101

Resplendent in the hues of its magnificent past, Jaipur is one of the most vibrant, 5-star destinations in India. The capital and the largest city of Rajasthan, it was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727. Folklore has it that in 1876, the city was painted a luxury, warm pink colour to welcome the Prince of Wales (King Edward VII). Since then, the ‘pink city’, as it is lovingly called, has retained its rosy blush, which has charmed travelers from around the world.

  • Trident Hotel Jaipur
  • Trident Hotel Jaipur
  • Trident Hotel Jaipur
  • Trident Hotel Jaipur

Day 9: Jaipur | Amber Fort | Ride An Elephant & City Palace

In the morning after breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Amber Fort by jeep. Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.

Visit City Palace – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. Jantar Mantar – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use. Hawa Mahal – The ornamental facade of this “Palace of Winds” is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-story structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built-in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Trident Hotel Jaipur

Trident Hotel Jaipur


Amber Fort Road, Opposite, Jal Mahal, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India
https://www.tridenthotels.com/hotels-in-jaipur
+91 141 267 0101

Resplendent in the hues of its magnificent past, Jaipur is one of the most vibrant, 5-star destinations in India. The capital and the largest city of Rajasthan, it was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727. Folklore has it that in 1876, the city was painted a luxury, warm pink colour to welcome the Prince of Wales (King Edward VII). Since then, the ‘pink city’, as it is lovingly called, has retained its rosy blush, which has charmed travelers from around the world.

  • Trident Hotel Jaipur
  • Trident Hotel Jaipur
  • Trident Hotel Jaipur
  • Trident Hotel Jaipur

Day 10: Jaipur – Udaipur

After leisurely transfer to the airport and board your flight for Udaipur. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

In the later afternoon enjoy your cruise on the placid, mystical waters of Lake Pichola. We will explore this glimmering lake, the mountains and the city against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur

Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur


Trident Road, Near Pichola Lake, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
https://www.tridenthotels.com/hotels-in-udaipur
+91 294 243 2200

Wake up to a sumptuous breakfast spread that ensures a flying start to your day, before stepping out to explore the sights and discover the rich history of Udaipur. No five star, royal hospitality is quite complete without a lavish feast. The hotel’s main restaurant, Aravalli, serves authentic dishes from the Kingdom of Mewar, known for its fine cuisine.

  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur

Day 11: Udaipur | City Palace

After breakfast – We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Udaipur. Visit City Palace, a conglomeration of buildings added by various Maharanas; the palace manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design. It has a rare collection of Osler’s crystal ordered from England by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877. Next visit Rajasthani painting house a fine art of painting school. Later proceed for a lunch.

After Lunch – We will return back to our hotel Later this afternoon, we will spend an interesting, educational and social evening with Jyoti, a Rajasthani & Indian Cuisine expert, and housewife. She and her husband serve to love and hospitality along with food to their guests. They belong to the Royal Rajput community. she will host a cooking class for us featuring the same ingredients. Jyoti has her own style of cooking and specific choices for the utensils to be used for different preparations. For example, she cooks Rajasthani “kadhi” in earthenware pots on fire; green vegetables are cooked in “kadhai”, a round iron bowl-shaped pan; “dekchi” is used to cook non-vegetarian dishes.. Her choice of spices is also remarkable. The taste of freshly prepared and cooked ingredients will be great and round off the complete experience.

Holi Festival also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love[ The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur

Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur


Trident Road, Near Pichola Lake, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
https://www.tridenthotels.com/hotels-in-udaipur
+91 294 243 2200

Wake up to a sumptuous breakfast spread that ensures a flying start to your day, before stepping out to explore the sights and discover the rich history of Udaipur. No five star, royal hospitality is quite complete without a lavish feast. The hotel’s main restaurant, Aravalli, serves authentic dishes from the Kingdom of Mewar, known for its fine cuisine.

  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur

Day 12: Udaipur – Mumbai By Flight

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport to board your flight for Mumbai, a combination of seven islands that was reclaimed slowly. The city was a part of the kingdom of Ashoka, a famous king of medieval India. This is the fourth most populated city in the

world. Arrive and transfer to your hotel.

This Afternoon we will start with a brief orientation on India’s Jewish communities – the history of their arrival in India 2000 years ago, geographical spread, the different sects and their culture. Over these 2000 years, the Jewish experience has been marked by local acceptance of Jewish people and their customs. Visit the Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue (also known as Fort Jewish Synagogue), established in 1884 and wonderfully adorned with colorful pillars, chandeliers, and stained-glass windows. Proceed to the Magen David Synagogue, a Victorian building with Gothic-like frontal pillars and a clock tower. Next, continue to Tiphereth Israel Synagogue, one of the oldest synagogues in Mumbai. Later, visit the Gate of Mercy Synagogue, established in 1796 by Late Commandant Samaji Hasaji Divekar (Samuel Ezekiel Divekar).

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur

Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur


Trident Road, Near Pichola Lake, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
https://www.tridenthotels.com/hotels-in-udaipur
+91 294 243 2200

Wake up to a sumptuous breakfast spread that ensures a flying start to your day, before stepping out to explore the sights and discover the rich history of Udaipur. No five star, royal hospitality is quite complete without a lavish feast. The hotel’s main restaurant, Aravalli, serves authentic dishes from the Kingdom of Mewar, known for its fine cuisine.

  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur
  • Trident Udaipur Hotel, Udaipur

Day 13: Mumbai | Elephanta Caves

Breakfast at your hotel. Home to office in this city, 200,000 lunch boxes are delivered. We will make a brief stop at Victoria station to see Dhabbawala, (one who carries the Lunch box), whose job is to carry and deliver freshly made food from home in lunch boxes to office workers. Tiffin is an old-fashioned English word for a light lunch, and sometimes for the box, it is carried in. Though the work sounds simple, it is actually a highly specialized trade that is over a century old and which has become integral to Mumbai’s culture. Around 5000 dabbawallas, who come from remote villages in Mumbai, comprise this unique network to delivery approximately 2,00,000 lunch boxes from homes to respective offices around the city every day.

The afternoon we will go to the boat jetty at the Gateway of India for a one-hour boat ride to the famed Elephanta Island. Elephanta Island is the site of the magnificent Elephanta caves, containing beautiful carvings, sculptures, and a temple to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva. The island, being a commercial, military and religions center for centuries also has traces of early Buddhist culture. Here, Indian art has found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly the huge high reliefs in the main cave.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Oberoi Hotel Mumbai

The Oberoi Hotel Mumbai


Day 14: Explore Slums & Departure to International Airport

This morning we will explore Dharavi, also known as the Slum Dog Millionaire Tour. The tour of Dharavi consists of the commercial and residential areas. In the residential areas, the sense of community and good nature of people will be apparent. While going through the residential area, you will get a sense of the conditions and problems that the residents face. In the commercial area, you will see the recycling, food making, temple, sewing, bakery, soap factory and pappad making areas. They all take place in small rooms, which you will see as we pass through the maze of small gullies.

Later you are transferred to the airport to board your flight for home.

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