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    Hidden Treasures of India Tour

    13 NIGHTS – 14 DAYS

    MUMBAI – INDORE – MANDU – MAHESHWAR – OMKARESHWAR – BURHANPUR – AJANTA – AURANGABAD – ELLORA – BIJAPUR – HAMPI – AIHOLE – PATTAKDAKEL – BADAMI – GOA

    This hidden treasures of India tour which takes you some of the best places of architectural and cultural heritage in India. You will get to see Mandu, city of joy as Each of its monument is an architectural gem. Ajanta and Ellora caves are the epitome of art and architecture.  History and mythology come to life in the legendary lost city of Hampi and no wonder that it has been ranked second in New York Times’ must-visit destination list for 2019. Temples of Aihole, Pattadakel and Badami cave temples are all mesmerizing. After visiting these incredibly amazing places, you finish the tour with relax at Golden beaches of Goa.

    Hidden Treasures of India Tour

    1
    Day : Arrival Mumbai

    Upon arrival at the Mumbai airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to hotel. Later, we indulge in a city tour of Mumbai and visit the Gateway of India, Hanging Gardens and Prince of Wales Museum. Overnight stay in Mumbai.

    2
    Day : Mumbai – Indore By Flight Drive To Mandu

    After breakfast, we transfer to the Mumbai airport for our flight to Indore. Upon arrival, we drive to Mandu and check-in at the hotel. Mandu is a celebration in stone, of life and joy and of the poet-prince Baz Bahadur’s love for his beautiful consort, Rani Roopmati. Overnight stay in Mandu.

    3
    Day : Mandu

    We start with a morning city tour of Mandu by visiting Jahaz Mahal which was built in the 15th century. The structure of this monument was built on the two lakes and the architecture is in the shape of a ship. It connects the lakes Kapur Talao and Munj Talao. We will also visit Hindola Mahal, Jami Masjid and Roopmati’s Pavilion. Overnight stay at hotel.

    4
    Day : Mandu – Maheshwar – Omkareshwar – Burhanpur

    In the morning, we leave for Maheshwar, which was a glorious city at the dawn of the Indian civilization, and was known as Mahishmati, the capital city of king Kartivarjun. The beautiful temple town is located on the banks of river Narmada and is mentioned in the great Indian epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. The city is popular for its beautiful handwoven saris.

    We then continue our drive to Omkareshwar, which is home to one of the twelve sacred Jyotirlinga Shrines of Lord Shiva and is located on an island on the Narmada River. This sacred place attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. The temple is exemplary of the medieval Brahmin architecture. Finally, we depart for Burhanpur, which is also called Gateway of South-India. Upon arrival, we check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.

    5
    Day : Burhandpur – Ajanta – Aurangabad

    After breakfast, we leave for Aurangabad en-route our drive to the Ajanta caves. About 107 kms from Aurangabad, the rock cut caves of Ajanta are nestled in a panoramic gorge in the shape of a gigantic horseshoe. One of India’s most impressive archaeological sites, here Buddhist art attained the peak of its evolution, its frescoes and wall paintings revealing a fascinating lifestyle.

    Carved out of a rocky gorge, these 30 caves date back to the 3rd century. The elaborate facade and interior chambers are illuminated by natural light pouring into the caves at all times of the day. We then proceed to Aurangabad for overnight stay at the hotel.

    6
    Day : Aurangabad – Ellora – Aurangabad

    After breakfast, we start on an excursion to visit the Ellora caves. The cave temples and monasteries here are excavated out of the vertical face of an escarpment and are 26 kms north of Aurangabad. Extending in a linear arrangement, the 34 caves contain Buddhist Chaityas or halls of worship, and Viharas or monasteries, Hindu and Jain temples.

    Spanning a period of about 600 years between the 5th and the 11th century A.D., the earliest excavation here is of the Dhumar Lena (cave 29). The most imposing excavation is without doubt that of the magnificent Kailasa Temple (cave 16), which is the single largest monolithic structure in the World. Interestingly, Ellora, unlike the sight of Ajanta, was never rediscovered. Known as Verul in ancient times, Ellora has attracted pilgrims through the centuries. Ellora has been designated a World Heritage Site and is to be preserved as an artistic legacy. We return to hotel for overnight stay.

    7
    Day : Aurangabad – Bijapur (405 km / 8 hours)

    In the morning, we depart for Bijapur, which is known for its medieval monuments and their architectural excellence. After a long drive, we arrive and check-in at hotel for overnight stay.

    8
    Day : Bijapur – Hampi

    We start with a morning city tour of Bijapur by visiting the famous Gol Gumbaz. Most monuments in Bijapur are built by the Adil Shahi rulers between the 15th and 17th centuries. The much-visited dome of Gol Gumbaz is second in size only to St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. It was built by Muhammad Adil Shah in 1656 with the purpose of burying his remains.

    It is an architectural feat as the dome stands unsupported by pillars. 124 feet in diameter, it has a floor area of 1700 sq., height of 51 m and the walls of the mausoleum are 3 m thick. Its most remarkable feature is the ‘Whispering Gallery’ where even the softest whisper or sound made can be heard from side to side and a single loud clap is distinctly echoed over ten times. Later, we proceed to Hampi for overnight stay.

    9
    Day : Hampi

    In the morning, we visit Hampi. Hampi is made of finely chiselled rocks made into beautiful structures by the Vijayanagara Empire that made Hampi their base. It shows off towering temples and palaces that appear stern at first glance. Once you enter them, you are transported into the era where elephants were adorned with jewels, courtesans danced, royal women frolicked while protected by watch towers and gods had magnificent temples crafted to perfection. Hampi is set in the valley spanning the banks of the Tungabhadra River and is home to one of the largest temple complexes.

    As you stand amidst its ruins, you can almost imagine the precious stones that must have once fitted these structures. The 15th century Chandramauleshwar Temple is centrally located in Hampi and is one of the site’s most prominent architectural buildings. Vithala Temple is noted for its extraordinary pillars with their animated carvings. A set of pillars, known as ‘musical pillars’, resonates when tapped. We will also visit the Virupaksha Temple, Lotus Mahal, Sule Bazaar, Achutaraya Temple, Queen’s bath and Elephant Stables. Overnight stay in Hampi.

    10
    Day : Hampi – Aihole – Pattakdakel – Badami

    After breakfast, we depart for Badami, while visiting Aihole and Pattadakel on the way. Aihole was the first capital of the early Chalukyas and is known as the Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture. It has over 125 temples dating back to the 16th century, all intricately carved and detailed. LadKhan Temple, Drug (fort) Temple, Ravalphadi Cave Temple, Konti Temple Complex, Jain Meguthi Temple are few not to be missed.

    Pattadakal is known for ten major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. These display a harmonious blend of architectural forms from the north and south India in the 7th and 8th centuries under the Chalukya dynasty. The Temple of Virupaksha, built by Queen Lokamahadevi to celebrate her husband’s victory over the kings from the South stands out. Finally, we proceed to Badami for overnight stay.

    11
    Day : Badami – Goa

    We start with a morning visit to Badami caves. Picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills, the exquisite sculptures and the rust red sandstone cliffs of Badami tell many a tale of past. North Fort is the largest enclosure, including two major platform structures, an underground chamber which must have served as a treasury or private audience hall.

    Banashankari is a quaint hamlet taking its name from the goddess Banashankari. Built in the Dravidian style, the temple is dedicated to Banashankari, a form of Goddess Parvati.
    Later, we leave for Goa, which is known for its stunning beaches. Goa is the land of sun, sand, surf and its serenity entices thousands of tourists from every corner of the world. Overnight stay in Goa.

    12
    Day : Goa

    After breakfast, we start city tour of Goa by visiting Basilica of Bom Jesus. Built in the 16th century, it houses the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier in a silver casket. Next stop is The Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina. This Cathedral has five bells, and among them is the famous Golden bell, which is the biggest in Goa and considered one of the best in the world.

    Later we visit the Church of St.Francis of Assissi. The Church was first built in 1517, and later rebuilt twice, in 1521 and finally in 1661. We return to hotel and rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the beaches. Overnight stay in Goa.

    13
    Day : Goa

    The whole day is at leisure to relax and enjoy beaches. Overnight stay in Goa.

    14
    Day : Departure

    The afternoon is free for you to enjoy and explore Goa on your own. Later, we transfer to the Goa airport to catch flight for onwards destination.

    (There is also option of including Hassan (Belur & Helebid), Mysore and Benagluru for departure flight instead of Goa in the tour).

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ'S)

    No, this is a private travel exclusively for you, your friends and family who may accompany you on the tour.

    Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveler. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.

    Yes, since this is a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice. Only in case of certain tours, we have to check if there are any operational difficulties for organizing a tour of your choice. Certain tours are not possible for particular period which we shall let you know. Besides, the cost may vary depending on seasonality.

    It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.

    No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.

    Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.

    Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.

    We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.

    Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.

    We provide minimum standard (3 star or similar), superior (4 star or similar), deluxe (5 star or similar) hotels and the cost will depend depending on category of hotels. We can send you quotation for the category that you are interested in. We usually provide heritage or palace hotels which fit in your category of hotels. We may also mix the hotel category if you prefer and can also provide you rates based on hotels of your liking in all places if you like.

    We usually request 25% advance upon confirmation of our services unless otherwise informed at the time of sending you quotation. We shall send you all payment terms at the time of sending you our offer.I am interested.

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    Why StateExpress

    Established in 1980, State Express has been providing most reliable services to travelers all over the world for last 35 years. We are renowned for our customer first approach and unobtrusive efficiency which ensures the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We have been awarded several times by State Government for being best Tour Operator. All aspects of our tours have been carefully researched and then designed to give ultimate experience to travelers. Let our travel knowledge help you to create a wonderful experience, whether on one of our tour itineraries or a tailor made tour itinerary made exclusively for you to give you an unforgettable holiday.

    Our people make the difference

    Our success has been possible because of our people who are our biggest asset. We have a team of highly dedicated, sincere, hardworking who work with integrity that has made State Express one of the leading and most reliable tour companies in India. They not only have expertise and experience to meet any requirement, they also speak foreign languages and trained to offer only the best and leave nothing to chance. We know that travel to Indian sub-continent is a dream of many of our guests and our team does everything possible to make their dream true and give them an experience of their lifetime.

    Our infrastructure

    We have complete infrastructure to provide you best rate and services to you. We are an IATA approved and authorized agents for all domestic airlines and Indian Railways. We have our own cars vans and coaches with experienced drivers. We have multi lingual staff to ensure that our guests do not face any language problem. We also have associate offices in all major tourist centers to provide assistance in shortest possible time.

    Our fleet of vehicles & drivers

    We undoubtedly have one of the best and most modern fleet of cars, vans, 4X4s and large coaches. Surface travel is a very important aspect in India as you spend lot of your time while travelling on the road and therefore given us an edge over other tour companies who have to rely on other transport companies to provide this service to their clients. We have our own garage and all our vehicles are well maintained to give you hassle free journey.

    Besides having the best fleet, it is our drivers who truly make the difference as they play a crucial role in making a tour successful. Even if you stay in best of the hotels and travel in most comfortable and luxurious vehicles, if you do not have a good driver, it may spoil your experience. We have our team of drivers who are part of State Express and have been working with us for years and they are trained, dedicated and motivated to take care of our guests and make them comfortable. That is the reason that more than 90% of our guests thank us and appreciate them after returning to their home.

    Our choice of hotels

    We take utmost care in selection of hotels that we recommend to our clients and include in our list of suggested hotels. We inspect these hotels regularly to be sure of their quality of product and services. We give lot of emphasis on the location and the people who run those hotels. We want to give you clients an experience of heritage and palace hotels which are unique and not available in other part of the world.

    Our tour itineraries

    All our tour itineraries are designed by experts to give you an opportunity to see most wonderful sites in number of days at your disposal at the same time giving you time to explore the places in your own way. We have a number of itineraries to choose from which covers all India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. We also include mode of travel and approximate time taken between places to ensure that you do not have any surprises during the tour. Our specialists will also work with you to create an itinerary of your choice either by modifying our readymade tour itineraries or prepare an exclusive tailor made tour for you based on your interest and liking keeping in mind local conditions.

    24×7 assistance during the tour

    We provide you clients real 24×7 assistance during the tour. This is not a marketing gimmick but we have someone in our office always to assist you in case of any emergency anytime. We also provide cell phone numbers of our executive who you may contact even during odd hours when you need them for anything urgent. We have associate offices in all major cities of India to provide you assistance in minimum possible time.

    Response time

    We know that response time is key to our success and we value it a lot. Even at initial stages before reservation, you will get replies from us in not more than 24 working hours. We shall always be there whenever you need us during the tour.

    Personalised Service

    Apart from professional service, we believe in emphasising on personalised service. That is to make our guests feel at home in a foreign country and also feel that they have friends here who they can trust for any need. Our customer executives remain in constant touch with our guests during the tour to give them comfort and trust that we are always with them.

    Good value for money

    We know that there are so many travel companies providing their services and unless we provide good value for money to our clients, they will not be satisfied. Our own fleet of cars, vans and coaches and best special discounted rates with hotels due to our volumes enables us to offer value for money.

    What our clients say about us

    Good Morning,

    we are in Rome and none problem in the return trip; I send you an email to add comments and let you know our feedback in details; my wife and I are frequent travelers and have custom to evaluate our trips in all the aspects; so

    . Booking process excellent (rapid, clear and exhaustive answers; we have appreciated the help to obtain the e-visa and the contacts during the tour to know possible problems;

    . Driver excellent (polite, punctual and very expert in the drive), he gave us many suggestions and accompanied us directly to the coach in the Tundla station; the other driver in Varanasi good but should improve his english;

    . Car good;

    . Guide only in Jaisalmer good;

    . Tour organization good for times and the included hotspots;

    . Hotels: we evaluate the hotels for cleaning and comfort of the room and bathroom and for breakfast; we use a ranking from 1 (bad) to 5 (excellent):

    Iris Park 2; dirty bathroom with dirty towels, room dirty and uncomfortable (too small, difficult to move inside, put and open the suitcases; breakfast room trivial and food inadequate for european tourists;

    Mandawa Palace 4 for all;

    Lallgarl Palace 4 and no 5 for inadequate breakfast respect to the level of the hotel;

    Mandar Palace 3-4 , room and bathroom no perfectly clean , breakfast inadequate for european tourist and internet didn’t work;

    Krishna Prakas Havei unacceptable; room located in the roof without elevator and with dangerous stairs; room dirty with a door that didn’t close perfectly, bathroom dirty with dirty towels; breakfast room dirty with tablecloth dirty and broken, food trivial and inadequate also for amount;

    Master Paradise 3, cold uncomfortable room without possibility to warm it; bathroom in the average and skinny breakfast;

    Golden Tulip 5 and more, the best

    Atulayaa Tay unacceptable, dirty and small room, dirty bathroom with microscopic sink an a glass wall between the bed, dirty towels, trivial breakfast;

    Meradan Grand 4 for all

    Last hotel in Dehli 4 for room and bathroom also here glass wall between bathroom and the bed but the light didn’t across;

    we suggest, personal opinion, to cancel the hotel with a rank less than 3 and choose others of superior quality ( also if more expensive) because the hotel is important to rest in a daily tour step by step.

    In summary we evaluate very good the experience of our first trip in India and surely we will recommend State Express to our friends.

    Enzo Ferrante

    27 January 2023 

    Hi Rinki,

    Just wanted to say thank you for all the organisation for our India trip. Everything went very smoothly. Our vehicles, drivers and accommodation were all faultless.

    Look forward to our next trip now whenever that may be.

    I’d like to just comment on one thing… please encourage clients to do Chittorgarh as a day trip. The accommodation there must’ve been really good at some point but is quite run down now. They were lovely and very obliging but when we compare the accommodations it wasn’t the best.

    I know I’d said I wanted a night in Chittorgarh but I wasn’t as conversant with availability there as someone who knows the areas more.

    Thank you once again from my mum, massi and I.

    Best wishes and regards to your team,

    Ps. Next visit we must meet!! 🙂

    Priya

    14 January 2023

    Dear Sirs, namaste.
    The journey of my group is over and we have returned to our homes.
    I hope all of you are fine.
    I wish to thank State Express for the usual good assistance. A special thank to Mr Mamlesh Sahu for following my trip through his frequent telephone calls.
    I hope to have the chance to come again.

    Dhanyavad.

    Alfredo Sermasi

    12 December 2022

    Good Morning,

    we are in Rome and none problem in the return trip; I send you an email to add comments and let you know our feedback in details; my wife and I are frequent travelers and have custom to evaluate our trips in all the aspects; so
    • Booking process excellent (rapid, clear and exhaustive answers; we have appreciated the help to obtain the e-visa and the contacts during the tour to know possible problems;
    • Driver excellent (polite, punctual and very expert in the drive), he gave us many suggestions and accompanied us directly to the coach in the Tundla station; the other driver in Varanasi good but should improve his english;
    • Car good;
    • Guide only in Jaisalmer good
    • . Tour organization good for times and the included hotspots; . Hotels: we evaluate the hotels for cleaning and comfort of the room and bathroom and for breakfast;
    we use a ranking from 1 (bad) to 5 (excellent): Iris Park 2; dirty bathroom with dirty towels, room dirty and uncomfortable (too small, difficult to move inside, put and open the suitcases; breakfast room trivial and food inadequate for european tourists; Mandawa Palace 4 for all; Lallgarl Palace 4 and no 5 for inadequate breakfast respect to the level of the hotel; Mandar Palace 3-4 , room and bathroom no perfectly clean , breakfast inadequate for european tourist and internet didn’t work; Krishna Prakas Havei unacceptable; room located in the roof without elevator and with dangerous stairs; room dirty with a door that didn’t close perfectly, bathroom dirty with dirty towels; breakfast room dirty with tablecloth dirty and broken, food trivial and inadequate also for amount; Master Paradise 3, cold uncomfortable room without possibility to warm it; bathroom in the average and skinny breakfast; Golden Tulip 5 and more, the best Atulayaa Tay unacceptable, dirty and small room, dirty bathroom with microscopic sink an a glass wall between the bed, dirty towels, trivial breakfast; Meradan Grand 4 for all Last hotel in Dehli 4 for room and bathroom also here glass wall between bathroom and the bed but the light didn’t across; we suggest, personal opinion, to cancel the hotel with a rank less than 3 and choose others of superior quality ( also if more expensive) because the hotel is important to rest in a daily tour step by step. In summary we evaluate very good the experience of our first trip in India and surely we will recommend State Express to our friends. Kindly Regards, Enzo Ferrante
    David & Emily
    8 March 2020
    Good morning Rinki,
    Emily and I are home now, and we would like to thank you for organising what turned out to be a wonderful trip. We enjoyed visiting all the various places, and the hotels were comfortable. People were very friendly and helpful. The pace of the trip was perfect, travelling but not exhausting. The driver Chandra was very good and I would have no issue with recommending him as a driver. He was very polite, punctual, and courteous. We felt he was a very safe driver, and would like to extend our thanks to him as well. With the benefit of hindsight, I would have stayed an extra day or two in Verkala rather than the extra days in Mumbai, but that is as I say with the benefit of hindsight. Once again, thank you so very much for all your help in organising this trip for us, which we will remember fondly for many years to come.
    David & Emily
    8 March 2020
    Dear StateExpress
    To whom it may concern, we are writing you regarding the package booked with andanitravel for the India golden triangle from the 01/03/2020 to the 11/03/2020. On the 4th of March ’20 the staff from the Sher Gary Resort in Road Village Sherpur, Khilchipur, Rajasthan 322001, Ranthanbore, following the Advise from the Government of Rajasthan, invited us to leave the resort and the State of India as soon as possible due to our Italian Nationality. Immediately we contacted the DCM Italy of Rajasthan, Mr Carini, who told us there was a mistake and the Advise number 27 of the 4th of March 2020 was withdrawn with immediate effect. Although we informed on a timely manner the resort staff, we have been asked to leave anyhow. Only after the DCM Italy informed the resort about the mistake, we have been given the opportunity to leave the resort the following morning. All these difficulties, the constant hostility by the people in India despite the advise number 28, the decision made by the State Express emergency contact( Harish Bhatt) to interrupt our trip and the news regarding the spread of COVID-19 in India, induced us to arrange autonomously for a flight back home as soon as possible. At least but not last we kindly ask you to let us know of any official way to provide a positive feedback to the great support, empathy, help, kindness, professionalism, flexibility and special assistant given by the driver Mr Ashok Yadav in the sphere of his competences.
    Anna Caputo, Antonio Caputo, Maria Napolitano, Guida Villani
    7 March 2020

    Hi, Rinki

    Thank you for the trip arrangement. We have enjoyed very much.
    Looking forward to our next trip in India next year and will get in touch with you again.
    Once again, thank you very much for your excellent service.

    Chua Boon Hua

    09 October 2018