Incredible India (From Mumbai)
Connecting Mumbai To New Delhi via India’s top destinations including Udaipur, Ajmer/Pushkar, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Bharatpur and Agra, Incredible India is a fantastic-value Hop-On, Hop-Off bus pass, exploring land and water attractions with over 20 stops along the way.
When travelling to India, many people try to cram too much into one visit. This makes the trip chaotic, bamboozling and overwhelming.
What’s the solution? Plan an itinerary that concentrates on what interests you.
Connecting Mumbai To New Delhi via India’s top destinations including Udaipur, Ajmer/Pushkar, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Bharatpur and Agra, Incredible India is a fantastic-value Hop-On, Hop-Off bus pass, exploring land and water attractions with over 20 stops along the way. The highlights include:
- Delhi’s famous shopping strip of ChandniChowk, worth visiting for its pure pandemonium scene as much as the retail therapy
- Agra’s Taj Mahal and magnificent ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri
- Jaipur’s colourful streets and the city’s star attractions including City Palace, Jantar Mantar and honeycomb Hawa Mahal
- The sights of Rajasthan including Jaisalmer Fort and the ecological community of Bishnoi
- Mumbai’s Chowpatty Beach and Dharavi
With a combination of religious sites, Mughal magic and camel treks through the desert of Rajasthan, this tour has something for everyone. Are you ready to take the ultimate travel plunge?
Mumbai To Udaipur
- Founded in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh, Udaipur – the romantic city of Havelis and lakes stands splendidly in the Girwa valley on River Banas. During its imperial phase in history, it was the capital city for the Mewar Kingdom. One of its majestic highlights is the City Palace Museum that attracts tourists in droves, from worldwide. Essentially, the main part of City Palace has been converted into a museum that showcases myriad artefacts and exquisitely decorated mirrors.
- The entrance of the City Palace museum begins with the Royal Courtyard that carries a historic significance. It is said that this was the place where MaharanaUdai Singh met a sage who advised him to build the city – Udaipur.
- Rooms of this majestic palace are adorned with paintings that portray the famous stalemate Haldighati battle between the MahaRana Pratap and Emperor Akbar. At the end of the museum in the South side, there is a royal ladies’ quarters. Beautiful paintings showcasing the brave women’s hunting escapades and regal rides in palanquins.
|Mumbai||Udaipur||08.00 P.M||10.00 A.M|
Udaipur To Ajmer/Pushkar
- Located almost in the centre of Rajasthan, it is very famous for the holy shrine of Moinuddin Chishti, known as Ajmer Sharif Dargah. This holy shrine is at the foot of Taragarh hills and, historical references assert that this shrine was often visited by Emperor Akbar and his queen, on foot. Today, this place is visited by more than a hundred thousand pilgrims on a daily basis.
- An artificial lake known as Anasagar is located to the north of the city and, is a major tourist attraction. Recently, Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana have selected Ajmer as one of the upcoming heritage cities.
- Some of the notable attractions in Ajmer include Taragarh Fort, Adhai Din Ka Jhonpda – a mosque that was built by QutubuddinAibak and Akbari Fort and Museum that is now, a house of coveted antiques that resonate with Mughal and Rajput culture and warfare.
- Besides, the architectural attractions, Ajmer is a shopper’s paradise that sells antiques, silver jewellery, Rajasthani craft items and Ittar. And, travelling about 14 kms north west of Ajmer, you will find a quaint little town – Pushkar which is considered to be one of the five sacred dhams for Hindus.
- As per Hindu mythology, the hold pond at Pushkara is said to be the tears of Lord Shiva who mourned the demise of his wife – Sati, deeply. It is also known as Tirth Raj and, is swarmed with pilgrims and tourists alike.
- Pushkar that is a home to more than 400 temples is one of the few places that has a temple for Lord Brahma, the creator of Universe.
- Apart from its mythological significance, Pushkar is famous for its magnanimous cattle fairs wherein, five days are reserved by the villagers for fun and frolic. Trading of cattle, especially camels is the highlight of this fair, wherein approximately 50000 camels are cleaned, washed and adorned with jewellery and then, traded and sold. The fair is festive with magic shows, camel races, horse races, folk music and dance.
|Udaipur||Ajmer/Pushkar||10.00 P.M||03.25 A.M|
Ajmer/Pushkar To Jodhpur
- Known as the Sun City, given the seamless benevolence of Sun God’s warmth and light, this city is also popularly known as the ‘Blue City’. Apparently, the old city area contains houses painted in blue, giving a blue colour to the entire city against its landscape of Thar desert. Given its exotic looking historic buildings and, mesmerising landscapes, Jodhpur has featured in famous Hollywood movies like The Dark Knight rises and, The Darjeeling Limited.
- Located only 250 kms from the border of Pakistan, Jodhpur is an important base for the BSF and Indian Army. The air base of Jodhpur is the largest of its kind in Asia and, given its strategic location, it played a major role in the Indo-Pak war of 1965 and 1971.’
- Places to visit also include Umaid Bhawan Palace, Ghanta Ghar, Mehrangarh Fort and Balsamand Lake.
- Jodhpur emerges in robustly vibrant colours during the Marwar festival. Given its proximity to Thar desert, spotting gypsies is not an uncommon sight.
|Ajmer/Pushkar||Jodhpur||12.55 A.M||04.45 A.M|
Jodhpur To Jaisalmer
- Landscaped in sublime colour of yellowish sandstone, Jaisalmer stands tall in the middle of the Thar desert. Named after its king MaharawalJaisal Singh, it is one of the oldest cities of Rajasthan whose architectures date back to 1156 AD. With its emanating yellow hues, Jaisalmer is popularly called the Golden City of India.
- Owing to its imperial heritage, Jaisalmer has been a witness to countless battles in history. The sandstone made architectural structures exude an orangey colour that slowly finishes into a honey gold at dusk. It finds a special mention in noted Indian film director Satyajit Ray’s novel – Sonar Kella, meaning The Golden Fortress.
- Heavily populated with Jain population, Jaisalmer is famous for the seven Jain temples within the Jaisalmer Fort. The architecture of these temples from pre-historic era give one an insight into the intensely rich cornucopia of art and cultures. Some of the oldest Indian libraries are found in Jaisalmer. These libraries hold many rare manuscripts from the medieval times. Apart from its affluent cultural background, the other highlight is the Kalbelia dances which is native to the villages here and, are conducted for three days in the months of January of February, every year.
|Jodhpur||Jaisalmer||02.45 A.M||08.15 A.M|
Jaisalmer To Jaipur
- JantarMantar – Located adjacent to City Palace, Jantarmantar is a proof of India’s progressive approach in Science even in Pre historic days. It is an observatory with the much renowned Sun dial that calculates time with precision and, predicts eclipses and location of stars. It is currently a member of UNESCO’s world heritage sites.
- Galta – This is the famous Monkey temple of Jaipur with hundreds of simians that include monkeys, macaques and langurs.
- Hawa Mahal – This is the intricately honey comb structured five storied palace, made of pink sandstone.Other notable locations to visit include Sisodiya Rani Palace Garden, Nahargarh and, Birla Lakshmi Narayan temple.
|Jaisalmer||Jaipur||05.15 P.M||05.05 A.M|
Jaipur To Bharatpur
- Associated with the brave Indo-Synthian tribes that go way long back to 100 AD, this place has been a recipient of cultures from myriad clans like Rajputs, Muslims, Marathas and even, British.
- Apart from its rich cultural heritage, Bharatpur is very famous for its Keoladeo National Park that was formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. This park endowed with a dense forest cover, is a home to rare and exotic birds like Siberian crane which, is found no where else but in Siberia. Bharatpur has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- On the festival front, months of February and March brim with celebrations of the famous BrijMahotsav. Other festive events include Gangaur and Teej that are exclusive to women.
Bharatpur To Agra
- The first thing that comes to mind on hearing about Agra is the exotically constructed marble mausoleum – Taj Mahal that also happens to be one of the eight wonders in the world. This beautiful architectural masterpiece that majestically stands on a 186 x 186 feet raised square platform was erected by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife – ArjumandBano Begum around 1648 AD. This monument has been defined by Rabindra Nath Tagore as ‘a tear on the face of eternity’ that shall remain ‘a tender elegy in marble’ to the world.
- The other tourist attraction of Agra is the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. It is believed that Akbar, the great emperor of 16th century visited a saint – Shaikh Salim Chishti, to seek blessings for the want of heir. The blessings became a reality when Akbar was blessed with three sons after 26 years. Hence, he built this city and named it – Fatehpur Sikri, the city of victory!
- Agra is also a home to other eclectic architectural wonders such as Chausat Khamba, Roman Catholic Cemetery, also known as Red Taj Mahal, Mariam’s tomb, the tomb of Rajput Princess Mariam Zamani, the wife of Emperor Akbar, Chhatris of Raja Jaswant Singh, Agra Fort, also known as Fort Rouge which is made of Red sandstone (This is a UNESCO World heritage site) and Sheesh Mahal (The Royal Dressing room with walls adorned with glass mosaic decorations).
|Bharatpur||Agra||07.10 P.M||08.00 A.M|
Agra To New Delhi
- Lutyens’ Delhi is one of the costliest residential places in the world. No wonder, it is home to affluent politicians and minsters. The neighbourhood houses some of the prominent buildings like magnificent Rashtrapati Bhavan on Raisina Hill, the Secretariat building, the Prime Minister’s office and the Rajpath – the road that connects Rashtrapati Bhavan and the India Gate. Much of the architecture of this neighbourhood was Edwin Lutyen’s brainchild, the British architect who served in the British Empire before independence.
- Apart from its class and royalty, Delhi also is a food lover’s dream. With delectable Mughlai recipes intoxicating the olfactory senses with its aroma during Ramadan in the Jama Masjid area and, with its beautiful panoramic old city view, it gives us a peek into its humble and subtle persona that unfolds slowly with time. Other notable tourist attractions include, Qutub Minar, the Lotus Temple, Humayun’s tomb and the Iron Pillar of Delhi.
|Agra||New Delhi||11.15 A.M||02.45 P.M|