The Grand Ancient Temple Tour

23 Days / 22 Nights

Mumbai - Aurangabad - Pune - Goa - Hampi - Chennai - Konark - Varanasi - Sarnath - Khajuraho

Overview

Our tour of The Grand Ancient Temple Tour takes you to some of India's ancient pilgrimage sites. Discover thousands-years old cave temples, ancient city ruins, visit the finest examples of Brahmin architecture and beliefs. You will also explore Varanasi, the holiest city, the spiritual capital of India; and the unique erotic temples in Khajuraho. This 23-days tour is an insight into the incredible history, architectural finesse, multiculturalism, and religious passion prevalent in ancient India.

Highlights of this tour

* Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Elephanta Caves, Ajanta and Ellora Caves

* Pay homage at temples in Pune and Goa

* Explore the ancient city ruins Hampi, an Open Air Museum

* Explore Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram ancient temples

* Marvel at the Sun temple at Konark

* Enjoy a boat ride and the exciting evening Aarti at the Ghats of Ganga, Varanasi

* Explore buddhist monuments in Sarnath

* Discover Khajuraho unique erotic temples

Itinerary

This is a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific requirements for no extra cost. Contact us and we create your itinerary to suit your need for an unforgettable India tour.

 

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, the capital of Maharashtra. This is a multicultural, flourishing cosmopolitan city, India’s financial capital, and the hub of India’s booming entertainment industry - known as Bollywood. 


Day 1 - Arrival to Mumbai

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Mumbai and transfers you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for your own activity.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Mumbai.


Day 2 - Mumbai sightseeing

Visit  St. Mary’s Anglican Church and  St. Thomas Cathedral, then visit Gateway of India, and take the ferry to Elephanta Island, discover UNESCO World Heritage Site Elephanta caves temples, constructed about mid-5th to 6th centuries AD.  

Overnight stay at the hotel in Mumbai.


Aurangabad is surrounded by many historical monuments, including the Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Ellora Caves are over 2000 years old and consist of temples and monasteries hewn from rocks by Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain monks and craftsmen.  


Day 3 - Travel to Aurangabad

Our representative will receive you at the Aurangabad Airport and takes you to your hotel.

The afternoon is free for your own leisure.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Aurangabad.


Day 4 - Explore Ajanta Caves

Morning leave for Ajanta Caves. Temples are cut from the volcanic lavas of the Deccan trap in a steep crescent-shaped hillside in a forested canyon of the Sahyadri hills. The wall paintings and frescoes of these caves are an abundance of colors. 

Overnight stay at the hotel in Aurangabad.

 

Day 5 - Discover Ellora Caves

After breakfast an excursion to Ellora Caves. Explore the 34 caves, which are Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain temples, were built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during this period of Indian history.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Aurangabad.


Pune Pune is a historical city and a spiritual spot. The city kept its old-world charm inract, which os evident in its historical monuments, buildings, and temples.


Day 6 - Travel to Pune

Travel to Pune by road. The rest of the day is free for your own activity.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Pune.


Day 7 - Temple visit

After breakfast visit Changa Vateshwar Temple, Balaji Temple, and Jejuri Khandoba Temple.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Pune.


The state of Goa is famous for its beautiful beaches, nightlife parties, carnivals, and water sports. The state is indeed a tourist paradise, known as "Pearl of the Orient". Besides the fabulous white-sand beaches you will find magnificent scenic beauty, enthralling temples and churches, peaceful, warm and friendly people - here you really will know how to relax.  


Day 8 - Travel to Goa

Our representative will receive you at the Goa Airport and takes you to your hotel.

The rest of th day is free for your leisure.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Goa.


Day 9 - Goa sightseeing

Visit Mahalsa Narayani Temple and Shree Shantadurga Temple. The rest of the day is free for your activity.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Goa.


Hampi is famous as the magnificent city of ruins. It was the capital of renowned kingdom of Vijaynagar Empire of 14th to 16th century. It is regarded as most wonderful in ruins of India and is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Day 10 - Travel to Hospet

After brerakfast travel to Hospet by road, en-route visit Tambdi Surla Mahadeva Temple. The rest of the day is free for your leisure.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Hospet.


Day 11 - Explore Hampi, the ruined ancient city

First visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Hampi, located among the ruins of Vijaynagar, a medieval city formed on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. Then visit the Vittala Temple, where you will find a huge chariot carved out of stone within its complex. 

Overnight stay at the hotel in Hospet.


Tamil Nadu temples are rich sources of religious teachings and cultural shenanigans. From old to contemporary and from nature to architecture, Chennai possesses an impressive variety of places to impress and entertain tourists.


Day 12 - Travel to Chennai
Travel by flight to Chennai. Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Chennai and transfers to your hotel. The day is free for your leisure. Watch the sunset at Marina Beach.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Chennai.


Day 13 - Explore temples in Chennai
After breakfast, your tour guide will take you for a temple tour in Chennai. Explore the historic temples of Chennai - Marundeeswarar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and it is a place of curative worship for people with diseases. Visit Arupadai Veedu Murugan Temple and Ashtalakshmi Temple, dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi, and her eight primary forms. Then visit Annai Vailankanni Shrine, a Gothic-style Catholic pilgrimage destination with a small museum. 

Overnight stay at the hotel in Chennai.


Kanchipuram, the “City of Thousand Temples” amongst the seven sacred cities of India, is a paradise of beautiful temples. With a great number of shrines the town is an illustrious pilgrimage site for Hindu devotees. Kanchipuram is also known as "Silk City" for its unique hand-woven sarees.


Day 14 - Day trip to Kanchipuram

After breakfast, travel to Kanchipuram and visit Kamakshi Amman Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple, and Devarajaswami Temple.

Explore Kanchipuram local market, then visit a silk-weaving factory and see traditional weavers at work still using century old methods for silk production. Travel back to Chennai.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Chennai.


Mahabalipuram is an ancient place known for rock-cut built-up architectures with extensive carvings. The city is famous for its 7th and 8th century cave temples.


Day 15 - Day trip to Mahabalipuram

Travel to Mahabalipuram, explore and observe the fine sculptures of the various monuments in the city.  The iconic Shore Temple, among the oldest temples of South India, is carved out of a large block of granite. ‘Pancha Rathas’ or the five chariots are carved out of a single rock. On the way back to Chennai visit Dakshinachitra, showcases traditional arts and crafts from South India.  

Overnight stay at the hotel in Chennai.


Konark means Sun and refers to the 13th century Sun Temple. The town is a rich repository of monuments and ancient traditions that are of national, historical and religious importance. Konark is admired for its serene ambience, beautiful beaches and heritage sites.  


Day 16 - Travel to Konark

Travel by flight to Konark. Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Konark and transfers you to your hotel. The day is free for your leisure.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Konark.


Day 17 - Konark sightseeing

After breakfast visit Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was built in the shape of a chariot with pillars and wheel, and was completed around 1250 AD. The rest of the day is free for your activity.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Konark.


Varanasi, the city of Lord Shiva, the oldest city in India, also known as Banaras and Kashi. It is dotted with numerous temples and ghats, one of the prime sacred centers in the country. The culture, traditions, and beliefs of Varanasi are related to the River Ganges which flows from the city. Varanasi is so perfectly blended with history, spirituality, culture, and traditions that the city has become one of the must-visit travel destinations in India. 


Day 18 - Travel to Varanasi

Travel by flight to Varanasi. Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Varanasi and transfers to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for your activity.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Varanasi.


Day 19 - Varanasi sightseeing, Ganga Aarti

Start your day with an early morning boat ride on the waters of River Ganges. Visit the popular Ghats through boat ride and also relish the spectacular views of people offering water to Sun God along with taking a holy dip in the river. Back to the hotel, and after breakfast visit the 17th century Ramnagar Fort, once the residence of Maharaja of Banaras. Visit a saree making factory where they show you how they weave the famous Banarasi Silk Sarees. Evening witness the mystic Ganga Aarti ritual.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Varanasi.
 

Day 20 - Varanasi and Sarnath sightseeing
After breakfast visit Varanasi's most popular temples, Bharat Mata Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan (Hanuman Temple), Annapurna Temple and Manas Mandir. Followed by this, you will be taken out for a sightseeing tour of Sarnath, a small village which is known as the place where Lord Buddha delivers his first sermon to his disciples. You will visit some Buddha temples, the Dhamekha stupa, and Chaukhandi stupa.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Varanasi.

 

Khajuraho is a small town where tourism is the main source of earning for local people. Here almost every household is engaged in some kind of commercial activity. Houses are converted into budget hotels, shops, restaurants. 

 

Day 21 - Travel to Khajuraho

Travel by flight to Khajuraho. Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Khajuraho and transfers to your hotel. After freshening up in your hotel room do local market visit. In evening attend light & sound show where you will learn the history, Chandela dynasty and associated myths with Khajuraho Temples. 

Overnight stay at the hotel in Khajuraho.


Day 22 - Khajuraho sightseeing

After breakfast visit to World Heritage Site Western Group of Temples, where the Kandariya Mahadev temple is the most popular and beautiful massive structure. Then drive to Eastern group of temples and afternoon visit the Raneh waterfall.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Khajuraho.


Day 23 - End of Tour & Services
Our representative will escort you to KhajurahoAirport.


Cost of this tour per person

Luxury: From $7,635

Deluxe: From $5,130

Economy: From $3,450


Note: Above prices are subject to change accordingly to the hotels' different season rates.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in the selected category on sharing basis, 22 nights
  • Buffet breakfast in the hotel
  • English speaking chauffeur driven Air Conditioned private vehicle
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional English speaking private local guides
  • Other activities as per itinerary (Rickshaw ride, Houseboat cruise, Cooking class, Yoga, Cultural programs, etc)
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • Bottles of mineral water during journeys
  • All government taxes, service charges, parking and toll fees
  • All applicable hotel taxes

Exclusions

  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • International and Domestic flights
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Pre- or post-night accommodation
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Personal nature expenses i.e. Telephone Calls, Laundry, Soft / Hard Drinks, etc.
  • Camera Fee at Monuments
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above

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