Mystique Journeys has been the choice of many visitors to India. We have created packages in the past that were completely customized. We have arranged tours as per the customers’ priorities, explored unexplored destinations and offered the tourists impeccable service.
With the help of these experiences, packages in which foreign travelers have been extremely comfortable and satisfied, we offer Sample Programs similar to those done earlier. Yet, this is not a rigid structure; customization is always an option.
The idea helps new tourists to derive guidelines from earlier experiences. When to travel to a region, what facilities are on offer there, what weather conditions prevail and what places to visit. While we guide you in all these areas, a perspective from back home always helps you.
Splendours of India: Holiday of a Lifetime
Upon arrival in Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
After a late breakfast, depart for a sightseeing tour of Mumbai's most iconic sites starting with a tour of the city passing by the University of Mumbai, the High Court, the exquisitely designed Flora Fountain, Victoria Terminus and the city’s best known market, Crawford Market. Then drive along the attractive Marine Drive to the affluent Malabar Hill where we will visit the Jain Temple and the Hanging Gardens which has a great view of the city in the distance. After that, head to the Dhobi Ghats (the local outdoor laundry), one of the highlights of Mumbai before visiting Mani Bhavan, the house where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay during his visits to Mumbai, now a permanent museum and memorial to Gandhi. Also visit the Prince of Wales Museum housing interesting displays of jade, ceramics, weapons, manuscripts and exquisite miniatures finally visit to the iconic monument and landmark, the Gateway of India located on the waterfront. There is time for an optional stop at Colaba Causeway for shopping before returning to your hotel. This evening enjoy a “Welcome to India” special dinner.
Mumbai to Udaipur
Our day begins with a visit to the Old City to visit Banganga with its sacred water tank surrounded by four hundred year old temples. Also visit Kotachiwadi, a nineteenth century settlement with quaint old houses before returning to Mumbai for lunch. After this, head to the airport for the flight to Udaipur. Upon arrival in Udaipur, you will be transferred to your hotel.
We start with a visit to the spectacular City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan built in 1725. The palace walls stretch over a mile. Also visit the museum inside the palace with its wide array of artifacts. Afterwards, enjoy a boat ride on the beautiful Lake Pichola offering wonderful city views. In the evening, enjoy a typical Rajasthani dinner.
Udaipur to Jodhpur
This morning, we drive overland to Jodhpur visiting the Ranakpur Jain Temple complex en route (approximately a 2 hour drive). The temple has more than 1440 marble pillars carved in exquisite detail. On arrival in Jodhpur (approximately a 4 hour drive), we check into our hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. In the evening we will have dinner at our hotel.
We explore the city including a visit to the magnificent Meherangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India overlooking the city and Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial built for a distinguished Maharaja of the past with a beautiful multi-tiered garden and small lake. In the afternoon, visit the Bishnoi Villages and enjoy a jeep safari to view the desert and the local wildlife.
Jodhpur to Jaipur
Travel today by train (approximately a 4 hour journey) to Jaipur, known as the “Pink City” due to the colour of its buildings. On arrival, we check into our hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.
We start the day with a visit to the famed Amber Fort. Located on a rugged hilltop offering magnificent views of the surrounding countryside, it is constructed in white and red sandstone. Later, enjoy a city tour which includes a visit to the Palace of Winds; the City Palace & Museum as well as The Jantar Mantar Observatory. Built in 18th century, the huge masonry instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars. This evening, enjoy dinner at a special restaurant.
Jaipur to Ranthambore
This morning depart by road (approximately a 4 hour drive) to Ranthambore National Park known for its fascinating blend of history and nature. It supports a diverse range of flora and fauna and is home to the majestic Bengal tiger.
Ranthambore Jungle Safari
Today we will experience 2 jungle safaris with a professional naturalist at both dawn and dusk. Ride in an open canter, perfect for safe tiger tracking, bird watching and photography. The afternoon is free time for you to relax at the hotel before undertaking a further jungle safari.
Ranthambore to Agra
We board the Shatabdi Express to Bharatpur (a 2 hour rail journey) where we continue by scenic drive (approximately a one and a half hour drive) to Agra. En route we visit the deserted capital of Fatehpur Sikri, known as the “Ghost City” as it was originally built as the capital of the Mughal Empire but was eventually abandoned.
Agra and the Taj Mahal
Today we visit the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays), a monument commemorating one of the greatest love stories ever told. It took 22 years and 20,000 men to build. Afterwards, we drive to the imposing Agra Fort which dominates the city and later visit Mother Teresa's Orphanage, an interesting experience. Dinner this evening at a special local restaurant.
Agra to Varanasi
We drive to Delhi (a 5 hour drive) where we catch a flight to the sacred Hindu city of Varanasi and one of the oldest cities in India. On arrival, remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight is a special kebab dinner at the hotel.
Varanasi the Holy City
Start the day with an excursion to Sarnath where Buddha preached his first sermon after gaining enlightenment. It was also the centre of religious activity and learning up to the 9th Century AD. Also visit the local museum with its Buddhist artifacts. The afternoon is free to explore the city or go shopping. Varanasi is famous for its excellent saris and cashmere. In the early evening, board a rickshaw and visit the atmospheric Ghats and witness an aarti ceremony at sunset.
Varanasi to Delhi
Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the sacred River Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest religions. In the afternoon, depart on your flight to Delhi. Dinner at the hotel.
Old Delhi Splendours
We start with a half day sightseeing tour of Old Delhi visiting the extensive Red Fort, the Jama Masjid Mosque, India’s largest and renowned as the most elegant mosque in India. Then there will be an interesting cycle rickshaw ride through Chadni Chowk, the very centre of Old Delhi. Next visit the atmospheric Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. In the afternoon, we take in the sights of New Delhi including the India Gate, a war memorial commemorating the Indian soldiers killed in the World War II. We also drive past the magnificent Presidential Palace and Government buildings. In the afternoon, visit Humayun’s Tomb with its several tombs of past Mughal Emperors and Qutub Minar, India’s tallest stone tower made of red sandstone and considered an architectural marvel of the 13th century. After some last minute shopping, enjoy a special farewell to India dinner.
Depart today from Delhi flying back to your country.
Splendours of India: Holiday of a Lifetime
Kathmandu Airport to Kathmandu Hotel
Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Full Day Tour of Kathmandu and Patan
Start today's exploration by visiting Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, which houses the former royal palace as well as several renowned temples and shrines. Enter the Nasal Chowk courtyard and proceed to the Temple of the Living Goddess, or Kumari House, where you will find Hindus worshipping young girls thought to be representatives of divine female energy. Visit Swayambhunath, a 2000-year old temple with a magnificent white dome, known as the "monkey temple". Painted on its base are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, and above each pair of eyes is the third eye, which signifies the wisdom of looking within. Next, visit Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. This temple has a richly ornamented pagoda which houses the sacred linga of Lord Shiva. (Please note that non-Hindus are not permitted to enter the temple but can view it from a special vantage point.) You will also witness devotees taking ritual dips in the Bagmati River, a place of cremation where thousands of pilgrims come to pay their respects. After a break for lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), travel a short distance to Patan, one of the oldest Buddhist cities in the world. Sometimes referred to by its old name of Lalitpur, "city of beauty", Patan is known for its fine arts as well as for its spectacular Durbar Square. After visiting this UNESCO World Heritage site and its surrounding courtyards and temples, spend some time browsing at the Tibetan Handicraft Centre, a fair trade cooperative which benefits Tibetan refugees. Later today, enjoy a visit to Thamel.
Full Day Tour Of Bhadgaon and Nagarkot
Set out to explore Bhadgaon, about a half-hour's drive from Kathmandu. Also known as Bhaktapur, or the "city of devotees", Bhagadon was founded in the 9th century and is shaped like a conch shell. Visit Durbar Square with its array of temples, and the Palace of 55 Windows. Continue to scenic Nagarkot, about one hour from Bhadgaon, which offers panoramic views of the Kathmandu valley as well as the snowcapped peaks of the Himalayan range. It's also affords excellent views of Mount Everest on a clear day. Return later in the afternoon to Kathmandu.
Kathmandu - Varanasi by flight
Transfer to Kathmandu airport. Arrival Varanasi and transfer to hotel.
Early Morning Ganges Boat Ride
Early morning, proceed to the ghats for a boat ride on the River Ganges. As your boat slowly drifts along the misty river you will witness so many fascinating sights - devotees having their ritual bath, the performing of religious ceremonies or "puja", to the rising sun, an ancient tradition that is still followed today. The shimmering red and gold hues on the waters of the river seem to cast a magical spell on the devout worshippers. The haunting sound of the chanting of mantras and hymns, coupled with the sweet fragrance of incense, fills the air with mystery and engulfs the senses of its spectators and offers an experience of ultimate bliss.
Half Day City Tour of Varanasi
Today you will explore the city. A visit to the Bharat Mata Temple is an interesting experience since, unlike other temples in India which all house deities of gods and goddesses, this is the only temple dedicated to Mother India. The most peculiar thing about the Bharat Mata Temple is that it houses a relief map of India, carved out of marble. Built by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936, the statue of Bharat Mata is built in marble and is a model of an undivided India, depicting the mountains, plains and oceans. Every evening, as dusk descends you will proceed to the ghats to witness the Ganga Aarti being performed. It's a very powerful and uplifting spiritual ritual. The rays of the setting sun cast their mystical shadows upon the darkening water. All along the banks shimmering lights of the tiny oil lamps 'diyas' flicker in the darkness lighting up the darkness with tiny specks of light.. An aarti is a devotional ritual that uses fire as an offering. The aarti takes place facing the river. The lamps are lit and circled around by the pandits (Hindu priests) in a clockwise manner, accompanied by changing or songs in praise of Goddess Ganga, also affectionately referred to as Maa Ganga, goddess of the most holy river in India. The idea is that the lamps acquire the power of the deity. After the ritual is complete, devotees will cup their hands over the flame and raise their palms to their forehead in order to get the Goddess's purification and blessing. The ceremony of the priests worshipping the river goddess with incense, camphor, flowers and earthen lamps is an unforgettable sight.
Varanasi Hotel to Varanasi Airport
Varanasi to Delhi by flight. Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel.
Full Day City Tour of Delhi
Today begin your tour of Old and New Delhi at the Red Fort. India's history has been closely linked with this fort. It was from here that the British deposed the last Mughal ruler Bhadur Shah Zafar, marking the end of a three-century long Mughal rule. It was also from its ramparts that the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawharlal Nehru, announced to the nation that India was free from colonial rule. From there you will be visiting India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, navigate the narrow, bustling alleyways on a rickshaw through "Chandni Chowk" and Raj Ghat a simple square platform of black marble found on the banks of the Yamuna, at the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination on 31st January 1948. Next today you will proceed toward New Delhi were you can see such sights as India Gate, a war memorial commemorating the Indian Soldiers killed in WWII, Parliament House and Rashtrapati, the official home of the President. Plus also visit Humayun's Tomb with its several tombs of past emporers and Qutab Minar, India's tallest stone tower, considered an architectural wonder.
Delhi to Jaipur drive.
Drive to Jaipur.
Full Day Tour of Amber Fort and City
Drive along the streets of Jaipur, to Amber Fort, stopping en-route to view and photograph the Palace of Winds. Completed in 1799, the Palace was originally built to allow the sequestered ladies of the court to view the bustling life of the city. It is popularly known as Hawa Mahal, because of the perforated screen façade which catches the welcome breeze or "Hawa".
Continue on to the Amber Fort. On the crest of a rugged hilltop and overlooking Lake Moata, the fort evokes thoughts of legends and fairy tales. The fort has been constructed in white and red sandstone. The Fort is unique in that its outside, an imposing and rugged defensive structure, is markedly different from its inside, an ornate, lavish interior influenced by both Hindu and Muslim styles of ornamentation. The walls of the interior of the fort are covered with murals, frescoes, and paintings depicting various scenes from daily life. Other walls are covered with intricate carvings, mosaic, and minute mirror work.
Amber Fort is divided into four sections, with each being accessible via large staircases from a central location, or from a broad pathway leading to each of the sections. The pathways are currently used to transport visitors via an elephant ride. The main entrance of Amber Fort, Surajpol, leads to the Jaleb Chowk, the main courtyard of the Fort where the staircase to the palace is located. In ancient times, Jaleb Chowk was the area where returning armies were paraded back home.
Your exploration of the city continues with a visit to the City Palace complex that continues to evoke the splendour of a bygone era. In an unending series of delights, from its grand aged entrance to the play of ornamental fountains, the City Palace is a dazzling showplace of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Amongst the pleasures of the Palace is a museum with ample evidence of opulence.
Next to the city palace is Jantar Mantar, literally translated as Calculation Instrument. This Observatory was built between 1728 and 1734 by Maharaja Jai Singh, Jantar Mantar was built on a grand scale and was way beyond its time. This was modeled after the one that was built in Delhi, the then Mughal capital. He had constructed a total of five, of which the one in Jaipur is the largest.
Continue with a stroll through a local spice market and learn about the many Indian spices. In India from time immemorial spices like cardamom, ginger, mint, cinnamon and cloves have always been used to create mouth-watering aromatic dishes. Spices have always been more than just ingredients that add flavour and aroma to foods and have been known to have magical healing powers. They have been used as appetizers, digestives, anti- oxidants, and preservatives.
Jaipur Hotel To Agra with Fatehpur Sikri
En-route to Jaipur you will explore Fatehpur Sikri, a stunningly red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar as his capital in the late 16th century and now entirely deserted.
Sunrise Visit to Taj Mahal
Visiting the Taj Mahal is a breathtaking experience, and what better time to visit this magnificent monument than in the calm early morning hours. You will be picked up from your hotel at approximately 6:30am in winter, and 5:00am in summer, to make the most of the sunrise. The Taj Mahal is often thought of as a monument to love, commissioned by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan's tomb now rests beside his wife's. Spend an hour in quiet contemplation of this exquisite mausoleum and its calm surroundings, including gardens, accompanied by your guide. Closed on Fridays.
Half Day Tour of Agra Fort and Baby Taj
Set out with your guide to visit the magnificent Agra Fort, set on a hillside overlooking the Yamuna River. With a history dating back to the 11th century, the primary structure of today's fort was built by Mughal emperor Akbar, completed in 1573 after eight years of work by four thousand builders. Akbar's grandson, Shah Jahan (the same Shah who built the Taj Mahal), had a penchant for buildings made of white marble, and tore down some earlier structures in the fort to have new ones constructed, including Musamman Burj and Khas Mahal. In a bizarre twist of fate, the Shah was put under house arrest here for the last eight years of his life, with a view of his beloved Taj Mahal. Exploring this city within a city, including the mosques, offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of these royals, their courtesans and servants. Afterwards, continue to the Tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah, known as the Baby Taj. Housing the tomb of Mizra Ghiyas Beg (Mumtaz Mahal's grandfather), the Baby Taj was commissioned by Nur Jahan (wife of Jehangir), and is similar in style to the tomb she built for Jehangir near Lahore. The mausoleum is built entirely from marble and features delicately carved lattice screens.
Agra to Delhi to onward destination
Drive straight from Agra to Delhi airport to connect flight for onward destination
Arrival Cochin and transfer to hotel.
Half day city Tour of Cochin.
Cochin - Munnar (Drive : 135 Kms / 3-4 hrs )
After morning breakfast drive to Munnar enroute visit Cheyyappara Water Falls. Overnight at hotel
Today after morning breakfast full day city tour of Munnar including visit the tea plantations, Tea Museum, the Eravikulam National park home of the endangered Niligiri Thar (Ibex), followed by visit to the Mattupetty dam, the the Kundala Lake and other scenic spots. Overnight at Hotel in Munnar
Munnar – Thekkady (Drive : 125 Kms / 3 hrs)
Today morning transfer to Thekkady has one of the worlds most fascinating natural wildlife reserves noted for its geography, diverse wildlife and scenic beauty. In the afternoon at 1300 Hrs arrive at Thekkady and check-in at Hotel. In the Evening at about 1530Hrs go for a boat ride on the Lake Periyar (own arrangement) where one can have a unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake (Wild life viewing is always dependent on one's good fortune).Overnight at Hotel in Thekkady
Thekkady – Alleppey (Drive: 125 Kms / 03 hrs)
Today after morning breakfast drive to Alleppey upon arrival check in your hotel, evening city tour for Alleppey around . Overnight at hotel
Alleppey- Kovalam (Drive: 165 Kms / 4-5 hrs)
Today after morning breakfast drive to Kovalam upon arrival check in your hotel. Overnight at hotel
Kovalam – Kanyakurai - Kovalam (Drive: 85 Kms / 2 hrs one way)
Day excursion trip to Kanyakumari including visit to Kumari Amman Temple. Vivekananda Memorial on the Vivekananda Rock, Gandhi Mandapam etc. Overnight at hotel in Kovalam.
Kovalam – Trivandrum
Today after breakfast, transfer to Trivandrum airport to connect flight for onward destination.