This Temple Tour of India is a skilfully planned 18-day tour designed to include visits to the major temples across North India and Nepal. With the visits to the temple, balanced with a few days of sightseeing tours, including an optional aerial tour of the Mount Everest, you will find the tour to be perfect for people of all walks of life.
On this tour, you will visit some of the most important cultural heritages of India – right from the rock-cut temple caves such as Elephanta Caves, Ajanta and Ellora Caves to temples renowned for their architecture and sculptures – such as the Khajuraho Temples and the Rajarani Temple in Bhubaneshwar. Going on, we even visit the Pashupatinath Temples and other major temples in and around Kathmandu, Nepal.
With Sightseeing Tours of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur, Udaipur, and an optional aerial tour of the Mount Everest in the mix, this Temple Tour of India and Nepal is bound to one of the best experiences of your tours in India.
This Temple Tour of India begins with your arrival in Mumbai. Our representative will greet you at the airport, accord you a traditional welcome and escort you to the pre-booked hotel for check-in.Overnight in Mumbai
After breakfast, we will embark on a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mumbai; this tour will begin with an excursion to the Elephanta Caves, a complex of ancient rock-cut caves with sculptures and statues pre-dominantly dedicated to Lord Shiva. As the caves are set out on an island off the Mumbai coast, we will journey to the Elephanta Caves by ferry and after a tour of the caves, return by ferry to the mainland.
Continue on your sightseeing tour with a visit to landmarks such as the Gateway of India, Hanging Gardens, Prince of Wales Museum, Marine Drive, Jehangir Art Gallery, and the Crawford Market. The tour ends with a drop back at the hotel.Overnight in Mumbai
Check out from the hotel in Mumbai and proceed to the airport in time for your flight to Aurangabad. Our representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to the pre-booked hotel for check-in.
After a short break for relaxation and refreshments, we will embark on the Excursion to the Ellora Caves, the second major stop on our Temple Tour of India.
As one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world with numerous sculptures, carvings and artwork dedicated to the Hindu Gods, Buddhism and Jainism, including a monolithic rock chariot-shaped monument dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ellora Caves serves to be a very important highlight on this temple tour of India. We will return to the hotel at the end of the tour.Overnight in Aurangabad
On Day 4 of this Temple Tour of India, we will visit the Ajanta Caves, another set of caves, but this time dedicated to Buddhism. Dating back to the 2nd Century, these caves are older than both Elephanta Caves and Ellora Caves, but are the best preserved and are the finest surviving examples of ancient Indian art. Sculpures, carvings and paintings depict events from the lifetime of Buddha, his past lives and re-births, tales from the Jataka Tales and deities.
We will proceed on the excursion to Ajanta Caves after breakfast and will return to the hotel once we have explored the caves.Overnight in Aurangabad
On Day 5, we will check out from the hotel after an early breakfast and proceed to the airport in time for your flight to Udaipur, the next stop on this temple tour of India.
A City of Lakes, Udaipur is a city romanticized on the basis of its scenery alone. Beautiful palaces adorn the banks and even the center of the lakes, with Lake Pichola being the crowning glory.
Our representative will meet you on your arrival at Udaipur and escort you to the pre-booked hotel for a quick check-in and refreshment break. Later, we will set out to explore the city on a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Udaipur.
Attractions that we visit as part of the tour include the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and Lake Pichola. By the time our tour draws to an end, it would be evening - the perfect time for a refreshing boat ride around the stunning Lake Pichola. Later, we will return to the hotel.Overnight in Udaipur
After breakfast, we will check out from the hotel in Jaipur and proceed to the airport in time for your flight to Jaipur. Our representative will meet you at Jaipur and escort you to the pre-booked hotel for check-in and refreshments.
We will then proceed on the Guided Sightseeing Tour of Jaipur, a half-day tour that will take us on a tour of City Palace, Jantar Mantar, and Hawa Mahal. Sightseeing tours of Jaipur usually include a visit to the Amer Fort; we will visit this attraction the next day.
End the tour with a shopping spree at the city's markets, a visit to the famous Birla Temple and Vrindavan Gardens, or a stop at the Gem factories of the city. Later, we will return to the hotel.Overnight in Jaipur
On Day 7, we will check out from our hotel in Jaipur after breakfast and embark on the Excursion to Amer Fort, a grand fort located on the outskirts of Jaipur. After a guided tour of Amer Fort, we will embark on the drive to Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned town that was once the flourishing glory of Emperor Akbar's kingdom.
Later on, we will embark on the drive to Agra, the next stop on this temple tour of India. Check in at pre-booked hotel on arrival at Agra.Overnight in Agra
After an early breakfast, embark on a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Agra. The tour begins with a visit to the Taj Mahal and concludes with a drop back at the hotel.
No other activities are scheduled for the day, leaving you free to relax and enjoy a well-deserved break in the middle of your tour of India.Overnight in Agra
Day 9 of this Temple Tour of India begins with an early morning checkout and a transfer to the railway station in time for the train to Jhansi. Our representative will meet you at the railway station and escort you on the road trip to Khajuraho.
En-route, we will stop at Orchha for a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Orchha Fort Complex, with a special emphasis on the visit to the Raja Ram Temple in the palace complex, which is the only temple where Ram ji is worshiped as a king, rather than God.
On arrival at Khajuraho, check in at pre-booked hotel.Overnight in Khajuraho
After an early breakfast, check out from your Khajuraho hotel and proceed on the visit to the Khajuraho Temple Complex, this temple complex is one of the most fascinating temple complexes, due to its sculptures which adorn the temple walls and range from the erotic to divine.
The tour concludes with a drop at the airport in time for your flight to Varanasi, one of the holiest cities in Hinduism and a city renowned as a city of temples.
Our representative will greet you on arrival at the Varanasi airport and escort you to the pre-booked hotel for check-in. After a short break for rest and relaxation, we will set out to the ghats for a fascinating Varanasi Boat Ride experience.
As the sun sets, the ghats of Varanasi come alive with the ringing of bells and fast-paced action, as priests light multi-tiered lamps for the evening Ganga Aarti. Enjoy the view of the evening ceremony from the comfort of your boat ride and watch the waters of the holy Ganges twinkle in unison with the earthen lamps set afloat on dried leaves towards the culmination of the aarti ceremony.
The evening's experiences ends with a drop back at the hotel.Overnight in Varanasi
Day 11 of this Temple Tour of India is scheduled to be a long day! The day's program begins with an early morning visit to the ghats of Varanasi for a Scenic Sunrise Boat Ride experience - an experience that gives us the pleasure of seeing the early morning rites and rituals of a normal day in Varanasi.
Board the boat and as the city awakens with the first rays of the morning sun, see the ghats come alive with action, as devotees descend down to the waters for their holy dip, that is believed to absolve them of all sins. See them offer their prayers to the Sun God. Later, we will visit the temples around the ghats for the morning aarti.
Later, we return to our hotel for breakfast and checkout. Our next stop will be at Sarnath, a holy place and a pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Sarnath was the place where Buddha met his first disciples and delivered his first sermon. After a tour of the stupas and Buddhist temples at Sarnath, we will proceed on the drive to Varanasi Airport, in time for our flight to Bhubaneshwar.
Our representative will meet you at the Bhubaneshwar airport and escort you to the pre-booked hotel for check-in.Overnight in Bhubaneshwar
Day 12 of this Temple Tour of India is filled with temple visits. Bhubaneshwar is renowned as a gateway to the Konark Sun Temple and the Jagannath Temple in Puri - these are the temples we will visit today.
Embark on the excursion right after breakfast. After visiting both these renowned temples, we will visit the Puri Beach and visit the Pipli, a town of artisans renowned for their applique handicrafts. Shop for souvenirs before returning to the hotel in Bhubaneswar.Overnight in Bhubaneswar
We will continue visiting the temples of Bhubaneswar today, with special focus on the temples of Lingaraja, Rajarani, and Mukteshvara. After breakfast, check out from the hotel and embark on the temple tour in Bhubaneswar.
Our first stop will be the Rajarani Temple, renowned for its erotic sculptures of couples. The second stop will be at the Mukteshwar Temple, a 10th Century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Our lasts stop will be at the Lingaraja Temple, the largest and one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar.
Later, we will proceed to the Bhubaneswar Airport in time for our flight to Kolkata, where our representative will meet you and escort you to the pre-booked hotel for check-in.Overnight in Kolkata
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and set out on a guided sightseeing tour of Kolkata. We will visit attractions such as the Howrah Bridge and enjoy a temple tour, visiting temples such as the Dakshineshwar Temple, Parshwanath Jain Temples, Kalighat Kali Temple, and Birla Temple.
Later, we will proceed to the Kolkata airport in time for our flight to Kathmandu, Nepal for the last leg of this Temple tour.
Our representative will meet you at the Kathmandu airport and escort you to the hotel for check-in.Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 15 of this temple tour begins with breakfast and a visit to the famous temples and religious monuments in the city. We will specifically visit the Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and the religious landmarks in Patan.
Later, we will return to the hotel.Overnight in Kathmandu
Today is the last day of visiting temples on this tour and for this grand day, we have scheduled a visit to Bhaktapur and the famous Pashupatinath Temples. We will visit the temples after breakfast.
Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees, is considered as one of the three royal cities of Nepal and is renowned for its palaces and temples. After a tour of the Bhaktapur temples, we will proceed to visit the Pashupatinath Temple, which is renowned as one of the most important places of worship dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Later, we will return to the hotel in Kathmandu.Overnight in Kathmandu
After breakfast, you are at leisure; no activities are scheduled for the day, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the rest of the day. Guests have the option of sleeping in and wakening for a late brunch, or setting out to explore the city's scenic vistas on their own, go shopping, or simply sign up for a special experience such as a sightseeing flight over the Himalayas for a mesmerizing view of the Mt. Everest.Overnight in Kathmandu
Today is the day of departure and the last day on this tour. After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to the airport in time for your flight back home with happy memories of your Temple Tour of India with ToursinVaranasi.com