Special Interest Tours in India
India Architecture Tours
Duration : 19
Destination : Mumbai - Hyderabad - Chennai - Bangalore - Mysore -
Bangalore - Ahemd - Ahmedabad - Delhi - Chandigarh - Delhi - Jaipur - Agra -
India is known around the world for it's fabulous architectural work. The
rock-cut caves of Elephanta, The beautiful building of Vidhan Sabha of
Bangalore, The Char Minar of Hyderabad, the rock hewn temples of
Mahabalipuram, Jama Masjid in Delhi and moreover the unforgettable and
unmatched Taj Mahal by Mughal's are few of the most popular buildings and
are some of the unique example of great architecture in India. Come, explore
this to know the history of this beautiful part of the world
Day 01 : Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai. Meeting and transfer to hotel. (Check-in time 12 noon).
Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Mumbai
Morning excursion to Elephanta caves by motor launch. It contains a fine
cluster of 6th-8th century rock-cut caves. The sculptures are beautifully
executed and the most outstanding of these is the Maheshmurthy or Trimurthy,
a five metre high three- headed bust hewn from a single rock, representing
the three aspects of Shiva, viz the creator, the Preserver and the
Destroyer. Afternoon city tour visiting the Gateway of India-built during
the period 1924-1927 to commemorate the visit to India of King George V, of
England in 1911. The Gateway is a popular promenade along with sea. Visit
the prince of Wales Museum - the Victorian domed structure contains a fine
collection of miniature paintings. Its three sections are on Art,
Archaeology and Natural history. The museum's style of architecture is
Indo-Saracenic. Visit the 8- meter Rajabai Clock tower - the gothic style
Mumbai University clock tower built in the last century. The Victoria
terminus is considered the most beautiful edifice in the city. This
sprawling structure blends both Gothic and Indian architectural styles.
Drive past Nariman point to Malabar Hill which is a winding stretch of road
along the sea with tall buildings on one side. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : Mumbai - Hyderabad
In time transfer to airport to board flight for Hyderabad. Meeting and
transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour visiting Char Minar-built in 1591, a
charming rectangular building with four slender minarets, housing a small
mosque. Visit Osmania university founded in 1918 - the main building is
blend of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture, the Salar Jung Museum
displays the private collections of Nawab Salar Jung III, an instance of a
unique one man enterprise in the sphere of art collection. the Birla Temple,
is a beautiful white temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. Overnight at
Day 04 : Hyderabad - Chennai
time transfer to airport to board flight for Chennai. Meeting and transfer
to hotel. Afternoon city tour visiting the fort of St. George, built by the
East India Company in 1640 A.D., St. Mary's church within the fort is
believed to be the oldest Anglican church in the East. Visit the High court
buildings put up in 1861 are of interest for their Indo-Sarcenic
architecture. The Kepaleeshwara Temple is at Mylapare, 4.8 kms from the city
centre. This is an ancient Shiva temple built in the Dravidian style. visit
the San Thome Cathedral and Marina Beach. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 : Chennai
Full day excursion to Mahabalipuram (famous for the seven pagodas. Here on
the seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which are
the examples of Dravidian style of Architecture. The sculptures are more
than 1200 year sold. There are five chariots cut tour of rock in individual
pieces and carved out intricately. See the world's largest and finest stone
Bas-relief 27 metres long and 09 meters wide depicting Arjuna's penance) and
Kanchipuram (Kanchipuram known as the golden city of a thousand temples
speaks of the gorgeous dravidian heritage. These temples provide an
opportunity to study the temple architecture in South India) Return to
Chennai for overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06 : Chennai - Bangalore
In time transfer to airport to board flight for Bangalore. Meeting and
transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city tour visiting Cuban Park, which is a
huge tree-studded lawn spread over 300 acres with a number of public
buildings gracing its boundaries. Located at one end of the park is the
magnificent Vidhan Sabha built after independence, stands out by its
imposing architecture in the Neo-Dravidian style. visit Lal Bagh, laid some
200 years back, the gardens are spread over 240 acres and have 1000
varieties of trees and plants. A Glass House built on the lines of the
Crystal Palace of London, is the venue of flower shows . It has a huge Nandi
Bull carved out of a single grey granite. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 : Mysore
Full day excursion to Belure and Halebid temples. In Belure visit the
Chennakesawa temple built 900 years ago, is an exquisite specimen of Hoysala
art. In Halebid visit the 12th century Hoysaleswar and Kedareswara temples
which rank among the masterpieces of Hindu Art. Also visit on your way back
to Mysore 'Saravanbelagola' - a 17 metre high statue of Lord Gomateshwara.
Hewn out of single rock, this gentle colossus a top a hill can be seen from
distance. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 : Mysore - Bangalore - Ahmedabad
Depart by coach for Bangalore. On arrival transfer to airport to board
flight for Ahmedabad. In Ahemedabad, meeting and transfer to the hotel. Rest
of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09 : Ahemadabad
Morning city tour visiting Teen Darwaza, a triple gateway 37 feet high
built by Sultan Ahmed, the Jumma Masjid, the Hathi Singh temple, a richly
marble temple surrounded by 52 smaller temples, Rani Sipri Mosque, Sahking
Minarets and the Step wells of Dada Hari, an example of remarkable style of
monument that is a specialty of Gujrat. Visit the institute of Indology and
Rabindranath Tagore theatre (both by architect B.V. Doshi), the Mill Owner's
Club by Le Corbusier, the Gandhi Memorial Museum on the Sabarmati river (by
C.M. Correa) and the institute of Management - a large new residential
business college by the American architecture, Louis Kahn. Afternoon at
leisure. Evening transfer to the airport to board flight for Delhi. Meeting
and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 : Ahemadabad - Delhi
Morning visit old Delhi to see the Jama Masjid and red Fort built by
Shahjehan between 1639-1648 symbolizing the Mughal Glory. Visit the Raj Ghat
and Shanti Vana - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit
Jawaharlal Nehru. Drive past Chandni Chowk- the busy shopping centre of the
walled city. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
11 : Delhi
Morning city tour of New Delhi visiting Qutub Minar, built in 12th century,
Humayun's tomb, built in mid 16th century by Haji Begum-this edifice was a
trend setter of the time in its layouts as all later Mughal monuments
including the Taj Mahal followed its design. drive past President's House,
Parliament House and other Secretariat Buildings laid out by Lutyens in
1911. The Diplomatic Enclave where all the embassies are situated including
those of special architectural interest such as American and the Swiss. Rest
of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 : Delhi - Chandigarh
Morning transfer to New Delhi railway station to board the Shatabdi Express
train for Chandigarh. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city tour
of Chandigarh, Designed and built by the famous French architect Le
Corbusier. Visit the Secretariat - an imposing building with a large tank,
roof and garden. High Court - designed and constructed by the principles of
the modern architecture - economy of space and beautiful presentation.
Assemble chambers, a wonder of architectural innovation. Rest of the day at
leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13 : Chandigarh - Delhi
Afternoon transfer to railway station to board the Shatabdi Express train
Delhi. Meeting and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 : Delhi - Jaipur
Depart for Jaipur by surface. Arrive and check-in at hotel. Afternoon city
tour visiting the Maharaja's city Palace and the Observatory. Drive past
Hawa Mahal, the Palace of winds and rose-pink residential and business areas
of Jaipur. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 : Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber fort , the ancient capital of state until 1728.
visit Jag Mandir or the hall of victory flittering with mirrors, Jai Mahal
and temple Kali. Ascend the Fort on elephant back. Afternoon at leisure for
shopping. Jaipur is a major gems and jewellery centre where one can find
some of the finest Jewellery besides woolen carpets & cotton rugs, Hand-
block printed Sanganeri 7 Bagru cotton fabrics. Thereafter, proceed by
surface for Samode. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
16 : Jaipur - Agra
Morning depart by surface for Agra. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri, built by
emperor Akbar. It is a perfectly preserved city built between 1570-1586.
Continue to Agra and Check-in at Hotel. Rest of the Day at Leisure.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 17 : Agra
Morning visit the world's greatest love tribute : the Taj Mahal, built by
Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is like a
silent Rhapsody that you will carry in your heart. Also visit Agra Fort - an
impressive cluster of Palaces, fortresses and Mosque on the banks of river
Yamuna across the Taj Mahal. Later visit Sikandra- the tomb of Emperor
Akbar, the structure is a combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture
styles, the building with three storey minarets is built of Red Sandstone
inlaid with white Marble polygonal patterns. Time at leisure till departure
transfer to railway station to board the Shatabdi Express train for Delhi.
Day 18 : Agra - Delhi
Morning depart for Delhi by surface. Arrive delhi and check in at the
hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 19 : Leave Delhi
In time transfer to International airport to board flight for onward