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Ancient Indian Historical Tour (16 NIGHTS / 17 DAYS)
Rs 55,990
16 nights & 17 days

Archaeological excavations in the past fifty years have dramatically changed the understanding of India’s past and, by extension, world history. The beginnings of the Vedic tradition in India, still practiced today, can now be dated, at least in part, to the indigenous people of ancient sites such as Balathal rather than, as often claimed, wholly to the Aryan invasion of c. 1500 BCE. The Indus Valley Civilization dates to 5000 BCE and grew steadily throughout the lower Gangetic Valley region southwards and northwards to Malwa. The cities of this period were larger than contemporary settlements in other countries, were situated according to cardinal points, and were built of mud bricks, often kiln-fired. In this itinerary we have tried to showcase some of the ancient findings related to ancient days in a systematic order from west to east.

Day 01: Ahmedabad

Arrival at Ahmedabad upon arrival meet by our representative and transfer to the hotel. Later proceed for half day tour of Ahmedabad visit to Kankaria Lake, Sabarmati Ashram and Akshardham Temple. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Ahmedabad-Balasinor Dinosaur Fossil Park (110 kms)-Ahmedabad

After an early breakfast you will be driven to Balasinor Dinosaur Fossil Park regarded as one the most Paleontologists believe that at least seven species of dinosaur lived here and researchers have uncovered fossils of about 10,000 dinosaur eggs, making Raiyoli the third largest hatchery in the world.

In 2003 they also discovered a new species here, which belonged to the Tyrannosaurus Rex family. It was given the name Rajasaurus narmandensis, meaning princely reptile from the Narmada. By Evening return to the Hotel in Ahmedabad. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Ahmedabad-Lothal-(80 kms)-Ahmedabad

After breakfast proceed for Lothal –The Indus Valley Civilization it disappeared from Mahenjodaro but this was the last stand. It was here that a port was set up to trade with Arabian and Mesopotamia. It is actually spread all over Gujarat mostly being settled near to river or coastal area. Lothal, however, is one of the few known ports on an ocean. Lothal was originally the site for the lustrous Red Ware culture, named for its micaceous pottery. In 2400 BC Harappans arrived here from the Indus Valley, perhaps in search of more fertile lands and potential ports. Gradually they colonized many areas along the Gulf of Cambay, forming citadels that include the southernmost outposts of the Indus Valley civilization. The findings are high in town planning. Before visiting the sites visit to the Archeological Museum to get an idea about the places. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04:  Ahmedabad-Mandu (MP) 366 kms

After breakfast drive to Mandu upon arrival hotel check in. Later proceed to Mandu. Upon arrival  check in Hotel.

Day 05: Mandu

After breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing of Ancient and Medieval period sightseeing covering Many Baolis (Step Well), Mosque and Temples. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06: Mandu-Bhopal (286 kms)

After breakfast drive to Bhopal. Upon arrival hotel check in. Later proceed for half day sightseeing of Bhopal. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07: Bhopal

After breakfast leave for excursion tour of Sanchi StupaThis place doesn't need any introduction and is perhaps a well-known and must-see monument not only in India but also across the globe. Sanchi Stupa has a great historical connection with King Ashoka as well as Gautam Buddha. The place is said to be one of the oldest stone structures of India and it edifies Buddhist remnants.  Bhimbetka Cave Paintings or Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka -Bhimbetka Caves are among the most fabled destinations in the country. The caves happened to be the dwellings of pre-historic man during the Paleolithic era. The paintings in the caves exhibit the development of the human race with time. This site bears immense historic significance owing to the rarest specimens of pre-historic paintings ever discovered in India. The unique specialty lies in the fact that most of these paintings are still in a condition good enough to be studied. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08: Bhopal-Khajuraho (375 kms)

After breakfast proceed to Khajuraho. Upon arrival hotel check in. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09: Khajuraho

After breakfast leave for leisure sightseeing covering the eastern and western group of temples. In the evening light and sound show. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Khajuraho-Kaushambi-Allahabad (304 kms)

After breakfast leave for Allahabad En route covering Kaushambi.-Kaushambi was the center of Buddhist learning and remains of various monuments bear testitomy. Proceed and reach Allahabad the city of Sangam and Prayag known all over world for Khumb Mela. Check in and overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Allahabad-Varanasi (125 kms)

After breakfast take half day sight sightseeing. Later proceed to Varanasi upon arrival hotel check in. In the evening go for evening Ganga Aarti during evening at Dashahwamedha Ghat. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12: Varanasi

In the morning take boat ride during the dawn which normally starts from Dashawamedha Ghat and take you to Manikarnika Ghat during which you will be explained about the ancient history of the city the rituals being performed during the course of the journey. Then walk through narrow lanes of Kashi Temple. Later return to the hotel and after breakfast leave for city sightseeing visiting Banaras Hindu University, Bharat Mata Temple and later in the afternoon proceed to Sarnath the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after gaining enlightenment. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Varanasi-Bodhgaya (260 kms)

After breakfast leave for Bodhgaya a principal Buddhist attractions. Visit to Bodhi Temple one of the most ancient temple built by Ashoka The Great around 260 BC where Lord Gautama Buddha gained enlightenment nearby is the Pipul Tree. The Mahabodi temple itself is architecture marvel, the present day temple is one of the earliest and most imposing structures built entirely in brick from Gupta period". Overnight at Bodhgaya.

Day 14: Bodhgaya-Barabar Caves-Patna (130 kms)

After breakfast leave for Patna. En route sightseeing of Ancient Nalanda Buddhist Monastery historian often considered to be as the University which flourish under the patronage of the Gupta Empire as well as Emperors like Harsha and later the rulers of the Pala Empire. Also visit to ASI museum after that continue your drive to Patna. En route must visit sites is Barabar Caves which is the oldest surviving rock cut caves in India mostly dating from the Mauryan Empire (322-185 BCE) some with Ashokan Inscription located just 24 kms north of Bodh Gaya. The caves were used by ascetics from the Ajivika sect, founded by Makkhali Gosala, a contemporary of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, and of Mahavira, the last and 24th Tirthankara of Jainism. Also present at the site are several rock-cut Buddhist and Hindu sculptures. Barabar caves have magnanimous arches which are few in ancient history. Upon arrival hotel check in. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 15: Patna

Patna or Patliputra the capital of Magadh was the most happening place during Gupta, Mauryan dynasty still some of the remnants you can find like Kumhrar which is the remnants of ancient cities of Patliputra of Mauryan Period (322-185 BCE) has been discovered here this include the ruins of a hypostyle 80 pillared hall. Also visit to other sites like Gol Ghar and evening Ganga Aarti along with Ganga cruise dinner. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 16: Patna-Vaishali-(31 kms)-Patna

After breakfast leave for Vaishali known to be one the oldest republic of the world and one of the most ancient city the city find mention in Mahabharata, Buddhist and Jain. Its name has been derived from King Vishal of Ramayan era. Numerous references to Vaishali are found in texts pertaining to both Jainism and Buddhism, which have preserved much information on Vaishali and the other Maha Janapadas. Based on the information found in these texts, Vaishali was established as a republic by the 6th century BC, prior to the birth of Gautama Buddha in 563, making it the world's first republic.

In the republic of Vaishali, Lord Mahavira was born. Gautama Buddha delivered his last sermon at Vaishali and announced his Parinirvana there. Vaishali is also renowned as the land of Ambapali (also spelled as Amrapali), the great Indian courtesan, who appears in many folktales, as well as in Buddhist literature. Ambapali became a disciple of Buddha.  One can see the Coronation Tank called Abhishekh Puskarni, ASI Museum worth seeing, Ashokan Pillar, Vishwa Shanti Stupa & Raja Vishal Ka Garh. By evening return to the hotel in Patna.

Day 17: Patna (departure)

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Railway station or Airport for further journey. 

Hotels Envisaged as under/Similar:

Ahmedabad: Hotel Eplison

Mandu: Hotel Royal Palace

Bhopal: Hotel Smriti Star

Khajuraho: Usha Bundela

Allahabad: Polo Max

Varanasi: Hotel Varuna

Bodhgaya:Hotel Bodhgaya regency

Patna: Viojay Shree Deluxe

Tour Price: Rs.55990 per person on twin sharing basis.

Cost Includes of:

·         Accommodation on triple sharing basis. (With an extra bed)

·         Buffet or fixed Menu Breakfast.

·         All transfers and sightseeing by AC Indigo/Dzire car as per above itinerary with our personalized chauffeur cum guide.

·         All applicable present government taxes.

·         Includes of our govt. service tax.

Cost Exclude:

·         Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered, Beverages (Hard and Soft both)

·         Any domestic air fare / entry fees, Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls.

·         Monument and entrance fee/ Guide or escort fees.

·         Anything not specifically mentioned under the heading “cost includes”

·         Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control. Force Majeure Factor.

IMPORTANT TRIP ADVISORY:

Travel Tips:

·         Get firsthand knowledge about the state through a little bit of online research. It will give you an idea about the major tourist attractions as well as the traditions of the state.

·         It would be advisable not to venture out late in the night if you are not accompanied by a local resident or a professional guide.

·         Do not carry excessive cash while touring the city. It would be better to carry a credit card or an ATM card if you want to shop in the state.

·         Women should avoid wearing revealing clothes as Rajasthan is a traditional region. In general, both men and women should wear light pastel shades.

·         Avoid consuming any eatables given by strangers.

·         Do not forget to carry sun blocks lotions, hats/caps, and goggles as it can get extremely hot in Rajasthan.

·         Consume plenty of food solid food and fruit items as it is important to stay hydrated during hot summer months.

·         Beware of frauds and conmen posing as guides.

·         Footwear is not allowed inside the temples. Make sure to leave them outside but only at places where separate arrangements are made for their safekeeping.

·         Do not stay outside too long after dark, especially if you’re a woman traveling alone.

Health Tips for Travelers

·         People who are likely to get heat stroke quickly should be cautious as Rajasthan is a hot and dry region. Hence, it is advisable to use hats or head scarves to make one’s trip free from headaches.

·         Do not eat out at road side joints if you are not sure about the hygiene factor.

·         Do not drink normal tap water. Always consume boiled or mineral water and keep on constantly drinking liquids to avoid dehydration.

·         Avoid having non-vegetarian food from small restaurants as one is not sure about the quality of mutton, chicken, or any other meat served here.

·         Most importantly, always keep a first-aid box handy when you are on the move.

 

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