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St. Francis Xavier Exposition in Goa with Royal Rajasthan (9 Nights / 10 Days)

India
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Goa
Day 1 : Arrive Delhi
Welcome to India !– One Nation, countless destinations. A land of rich heritage that’s ancient. The mystique of India, its history of 5000 years, philosophy, religions, fabulous historical monuments all add to its bewildering diversity to create a unique and colorful mosaic. This is the wonder that is India, come, enjoy and experience it.
Check in at the Hotel ( Check In Mid Day )
Afternoon combine brief Tour of Old & New Delhi. Proceed for a tour of Old and New Delhi visiting the unique Jama Mosque, the largest mosque in India, built in 1650 AD. This is followed by a drive past the Red Fort (Closed on Mondays) (1639-48), built by Emperor Shah Jahan, creator of The Taj Mahal. Later proceed to RajGhat - the site of the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Later tour of New Delhi with a drive past Safdarjang’s Tomb (1753 AD) while we are on the way to the Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This striking medieval tower of victory, built by the slave dynasty, is 73 m high. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted for over 1500 years. Continue your tour to visit the Humayun’s Tomb. Later drive through the Embassy area, Diplomatic enclave, stop for a quick photo shoot at India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Estate formerly Viceroy’s House) and Connaught Place, New Delhi’s main shopping area. With many facets as a Kaleidoscope, you can be rest assured that you’ll find a little bit of every part of India in this city.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 : Delhi – Agra
Early Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, leave Delhi and drive to Agra (200 kms. / 5 hrs.) Upon arrival check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon visit the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays) along with city sightseeing of Agra. An extravagant marble monument of love, Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in 1653 as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal. This beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble took 22 years and 22000 craftsmen to build. Continue your tour to the Agra Fort, the original red sandstone fort built by Moghul Emperor Akbar in 1565. The Forts maze of courtyards, its marble mosque and lavish private chambers reflect the grandeur of the Mughal Empire.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 : Agra - Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, drive from Agra to Jaipur (221 kms. / 6 hrs.) Enroute visiting Fathepur Sikri. This deserted, red sandstone city, built by Emperor Akbar, between 1570 and 1585, now glows in its magnificent past. This was once the capital of the Moghul Empire for a short period but later abandoned due to scarcity of water. Here you will visit the Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory), which is said to be the tallest gateway in the world. In the northern part of the courtyard is the superb white marble tomb of the famous Sufi saint - Shaik Salim Chishti. This tomb was built in 1570 and legend says that the Moghul Emperor Akbar was without a male heir because of which he made a barefoot pilgrimage from Agra to seek the blessings of this saint. The saint foretold the birth of a son, and in gratitude Akbar named his son Salim, who was later called by the title Jehangir. Continue drive to Jaipur and upon arrival check in to your hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 : Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, enjoy visit to Amer Fort, which is located 12 kms outside Jaipur. The original Palace was built by Raja Mansingh and later additions were made by Sawai Jai Singh. One of the finest example of Rajput architecture, it was the ancient capital of Kaisshawah rulers. Enjoy the ascent to the Palace on the back of a brightly caparisoned elephant. Visit the multiple chambers and hallways of the palace which are famous for their design and decorations. This unique capital of the erstwhile warrior kings of Rajasthan is a must on every tourist itinerary to the state.
Afternoon, proceed for a city tour to visit the unique Jantar Mantar, which is a magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728 and drive past the Hawa Mahal, an intriguing “ Palace of Winds”. This was really a facade built in 1799, to allow royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Later visit the opulent City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style which has grand museums displaying an excellent collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory. Please note all monuments in Jaipur will be closed by 1630 hrs.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 : Jaipur - Jodhpur
Breakfast at the hotel and drive down to Jodhpur (330 kms. / 6 hrs.). Jodhpur is know as the Sun City for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred as the Blue City, due to the indigo thing of the white washed houses. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan, and is encircled by a high 10 km. long way. The city is blessed with a number of temples, gardens and lakes. Jodhpur is also a great place to find antiques from the Rajput era and traditional style Jodhpuri handicrafts. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Later in the day, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, UmaidBhawan Palace, Government Museum and the Umed Garden.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 : Jodhpur - Udaipur
Breakfast at the hotel and drive down to Udaipur (259 kms. / 6 hrs.) Enroute visiting Ranakpur visiting the famous Jain Temples dedicated to Lord Adinath and also the Sun Temple opposite it. On arrival at Udiapur check-in at the hotel. Udaipur is the historic capital of the former kingdom of Merwar. It is also know as the City of Lakes and the Venice of the East.
Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, proceed for city sightseeing of Udaipur visiting the City Palace and Museum, Jag Mandir, Ahar Museum, Saheliyon ki Bari, Bagore ki Haveli, Dudh Talai, Fathe Sagar Lake and Sajjangarh Fort. Rest of the day at leisure or optional boat ride on the beautiful Lake Pichola.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 : Udaipur – Mumbai Change flight and depart to Goa
Breakfast at the hotel
After breakfast, you are transferred to Udaipur airport for flight to Mumbai Change plane and depart to Goa.
Arrive Goa Airport, transfer to the Hotel ( CI MD) evening free.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: Goa
After Breakfast sightseeing of Old Goa visiting Basilica of Bom Jesus, Archaeological museum & Portrait Gallery with Exposition of the relics of Jesuit missionary Super-Saint Francis Xavier.
Evening at leisure.
Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 10 : Goa – Mumbai Or Delhi for onward connection
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the Airport.
Your Holiday ends today and its time to travel back home.
Tour at a Glance:
- Comfortable and conveniently located hotels.
- Guided City tour.
- Entrance fees during city tour.

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