12N/13D Incredible Rajasthan Tour

Lake Pichola Udaipur

Detailed Tour Plan

Day 1: Fly from Delhi to Udaipur. Transfer to hotel for 2 night stay.

Udaipur

Day 2: Sightseeing of Udaipur city followed by boat ride at Lake Pichola.

city palace udaipur

city palace udaipur

pichola lake udaipur

Day 3: Drive to Delwara where you will stay in one of the finest palace hotel. En route you will visit Eklingji and Nagada Temple.

ekling ji & nagda temple udaipur rajasthan

Day 4: Day at leisure

Day 5: Drive to Jaipur. Stay at hotel for 3 nights

amber fort jaipur

Day 6: Sightseeing of Amer Fort (ascent the fort by elephant and return by jeep) followed by sightseeing of Jaipur city.

Elephant ride to the fort

Day 7: Day at leisure in Jaipur

Day 8: Drive to Ranthambhore National Park (famous for Royal Bengal tiger). Check into jungle lodge. Afternoon park safari.

Ranthambore National Park

Day 9: Morning and afternoon park safari

Ranthambore National Park Game Drive

Day 10: Drive to Agra. Visit the abandoned capital city of Fatehpur Sikri en-route.

Day 11: Visit Taj Mahal and Agra fort.

Taj-Mahal

Red Fort Agra

Drive to Delhi in the afternoon.

Day 12: Sightseeing of Old & New Delhi.

Rashtrapati Bhawan

India Gatehumayun's tombJama Masjid Delhi

Day 13: Transfer to airport to board flight to onward destination.

End of Tour

13N/14D Golden Triangle with Ladakh Tour

Stok-Palace-ladakh

Combine Two of the most popular travel circuits in India and you have a travel extravaganza that promises a memorable holiday. Golden Triangle is the popular tour of the There historic cities of Delhi Jaipur and Agra present a unique insight into the past and take you across stunning palaces, mighty forts, museums  and monuments, while Ladakh in the Northern tip of India is a land of ancient culture and amazing landscape where you will visit centuries old monasteries and well preserved palaces. This unique tour of Ladakh and The Golden Triangle is for those coming to India for the first time and for those who like to experience richness of Indian culture and diversity.

Tour Details

 Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Delhi International Airport

Arrive Delhi and stay for two nights.

 Day 02: Delhi

Enjoy a full days sightseeing tour of the historical city of Delhi, beginning in the wide avenues of New Delhi, to see Lutyen’s buildings and the India gate memorial, along with the impressive tomb of Humayun and Qutab Minar.

India GateRashtrapati Bhawanhumayun's tomb

Afternoon you will visit the bustling and vibrant streets of Old Delhi to see the Jama Masjid and Rajghat, the resting place (Samadhi) of Mahatma Gandhi.

Jama Masjid DelhiMahatma Gandhi's Memorial Delhi

Day 03: Delhi – Leh

Fly to Leh.

Leh

Meet on arrival at Leh airport and transfer to hotel. Day at leisure for acclimatization. In the afternoon, visit Shanti palace and walk around local market.

Leh-Bazaar

Day 04: Leh

Full day sightseeing tour of monasteries of Indus Valley (Shey, Thiksey, Hemis and Stok Palace).

Shey Monastery

Hemis-monastery-ladakh

Stok-Palace-ladakh

Day 05: Leh – Ulley

Drive to Ulley. En-route visit Likir and Alchi Monasteries.

likir-monasteryAlchi-monastery

Overnight stay at Ulleytokpo.

Day 06: Ulley – Leh

Drive further to visit Lamayuru.

lamayuru-monastery

Return back to Leh visiting Phiyang & Spituk Monasteries.

Overnight stay in Leh.

Day 07: Leh – Nubra

Drive to Nubra valley after crossing Khardungla Pass (2nd highest motorable road in the world).

nubra-valley-leh

Rest of the day at leisure to explore Deskit and Hunder Villages.

Hundar ladakh

Day 08: Nubra – Leh

After Breakfast proceed to Diskit monastery.

diskit monasteryAfter sightseeing of Deskit, you will drive back to Leh. Evening at leisure to explore Leh market.

Day 09: Leh – Pangong Lake

Drive to Pangong. Pangong is highest land locked lake.

pangong lake ladakh

Day 10: Pangong Lake – Leh

Drive back to Leh

Day 11: Leh – Delhi – Agra

Fly to Delhi and drive to Agra. Stay overnight. Visit the Agra Fort and Taj Mahal in the afternoon.

Taj-MahalRed Fort Agra

 Day 12: Agra – Jaipur

Drive to Jaipur visiting the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri en route.

Stay for two nights

 Day 13: Jaipur

Today morning you will visit the impressive Amber fort – which is accessed on elephant’s back.

Elephant ride to the fort

Afternoon visit the sights of Jaipur including the City Palace, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jantar Mantar and the Museum.

City Palace jaipurJantar Mantar jaipurHawa Mahal jaipur

 Day 14: Jaipur – Delhi & depart

Drive to Delhi airport in time to board the flight to onward destination.

End of Tour

13 Days Festivals of Ladakh with Nubra Valley Tour

hemis festival ladakh

Ladakh, means “land of high passes” is a region of Northern India on the borderland of India & Tibet. It is also known as ‘Little Tibet’ because of the cultural & geographical similarities with Tibet. Ladakh is famous for its picturesque beauty, unique culture, Buddhist monasteries and exciting adventure spots. Hemis Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Ladakh that attracts people from all parts of the world. The two day Hemis Festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and pomp all over the Ladakh region. The festival is organized in Hemis Gompa, which is one of the largest and richest Buddhist monasteries in the world.

Enjoy the festivities and get a rare insight into the ancient culture of the people. Our Festivals of Ladakh with Nubra Valley Tour is a travel extravaganza across most popular destinations in Leh Ladakh which promises rich memorable holiday experience. Best for Couples, families and small groups / photographers/ travel writers.

Hemis Festival Dates:

2019: July 11 – 12
2020: June 30 – July 1

Duration:  13 Days / 12 Nights

Places:  Delhi > Leh > Alchi > Lamayuru > Alchi > Likir > Leh > Nubra > Tiger > Leh > Delhi

13 Days Festivals of Ladakh with Nubra Valley Tour

Itinerary:

Day-1. Arrive Delhi

Delhi International Airport

Meet assistance at airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight hotel

Day-2. Delhi – Leh – 3500 mts

Leh

Early morning transfer to domestic airport to check in highly spectacular flight over the Himalaya’s to Leh. Meet at airport and transfer to hotel. Day free for rest & acclimatization. Overnight hotel.

Day-3. In Leh

After breakfast full day sightseeing of famous monasteries Shey, & Thiksey.

Shey Monastery

Thiksey Monastery

Afternoon visit Shankar monastery.

Sankar Gompa leh ladakh

Overnight hotel.

Day-4. In Leh- Hemis Festival/Thak-Thak Festival

Full day at the monastery and witness the fest.

hemis festival ladakh

Overnight hotel.

Day-5. Leh – Alchi 

In the morning depart for Alchi monastery.

Alchi-monastery

Afternoon visit Alchi and Rizong monasteries.

Rizong monastery

Overnight Guest house

Day-6. Alchi – Lamayuru – Alchi

Full day excursion to Lamayuru monastery.

lamayuru-monastery

After having good look around we drive back to Alchi. Overnight guest house.

Day-7. Alchi – Likir – Leh

After breakfast we drive to Leh en route visiting Likir monastery.

likir-monasteryLate afternoon stroll through the main bazar to watch local’s activities.

Leh-BazaarOvernight hotel

Day-8. Leh – Tiger ( Nubra Valley ) 

In the morning drive into Nubra valley to Tiger over Khardung la – 18380 ft.

nubra-valley-lehAfternoon at leisure. Overnight in camp.

Nubra: The Buddhist region of Nubra lies north of Leh across the 5600 Mts. Khardung pass, the first of the five passes on the former trade route from Leh to Turkestan. Nubra consists of two long valleys, the Nubra & upper Shyok lying beneath the towering eastern Karakoram range. At the head of the Nubra valley is the 45 miles long Siachen glacier, the longest glacier in the Karakoram. Overnight in camp.

Day-9. In Tiger

samstanling monastery

Day excursion to Samstanling monastery and Panamik Hot Springs is organized along with picnic / hot lunch.

Panamik-village-ladakhReturn to Tiger enroute visit Ansa gompa. Overnight in camp.

Day-10. Tiger – Leh

After leisure breakfast we drive back to Leh enroute visiting Dishkit monastery.

diskit monastery

Overnight hotel.

Day-11. In Leh

Morning visit Stok Palace & in the afternoon visit Phyang & Spituk monasteries.

Stok-Palace-ladakh

Overnight hotel

Day-12. Leh – Delhi

Early morning transfer to airport to board early morning flight for Delhi.

Jama Masjid Delhi Red Fort Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial Delhi

humayun's tomb

India GateQutub Minar

In the afternoon we will go for a combined city tour of Old & New Delhi. Overnight hotel

Day-13. Back Home

Transfer to airport in time to connect your flight back home.

End of Tour

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13 Days Ladakh and Kashmir Tour from Delhi

dal-lake-kashmir-sunset

Kashmir known as the “Paradise on Earth” is famous for its scenic landscape, snow-capped mountains, plentiful wildlife, beautiful monuments, hospitable people and local handicrafts while Ladakh, the land of the ancients is a world stuck in time. It has some of the most amazing landscapes, pristine lakes and well preserved monasteries, gompas and palaces. Our Ladakh and Kashmir Tour is a travel extravaganza that covers the best tourist destinations in Northern India. If you love the roads, mountains, lakes, nature and culture, then this is the best tour for you.

The best time for this tour is between May and September.

Duration:  13 Days / 12 Nights

Places:  Delhi > Chandigarh > Manali > Keylong > Darcha > Sarchu > Leh > Pangong > Leh > Khardungla > Nubra > Khardungla > Leh > Alchi > Lamayuru > Kargil > Sonamarg > Srinagar

13 Days Ladakh and Kashmir Tour from Delhi

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive New Delhi 

Delhi International Airport

On arrival meeting assistance & transfer to Hotel. Overnight stay

Day 02:  New Delhi to Chandigarh and Drive to Manali 

In time transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board Shatabdi Express to Chandigarh.

chandigarh railway station

On arrival meeting assistance at Chandigarh.  After short briefing and introduction with crew / technical support team, proceed to Manali. 325 kms drive will take approx. 8 hours to reach Manali. Check in at the hotel and overnight stay.

Day 02: In Manali 

After a leisurely breakfast, day at leisure to acclimatize or to explore the best of Manali town. One of the most favorite destination for Indian tourist may be crowded with many visitors in summer.

manali market

Explore Mall Road / Hadimba Temple / Vashisth Ashram and hot spring at the temple and post lunch check your gears and essential stuffs for your overland drive to Leh. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Manali.

Day 03: Drive Manali Rohtang Pass – Koksar – Keylong 

Depart Manali early in the morning our first halt is Marhi. A barren landscape offering extensive views of the valley and the mountains. We proceed to Rohtang Pass 3790 M, it is most popular with visitors, being one of the highest road point and gateway to LAHAUL and SPITI valleys.

Rohtang Pass

Pass remains closed during winter due to heavy snow from November end to May end. Visitors can drive upto Marhi below Rohtang with similar high altitude topography, forest of Birch, Fir and Spurce.

keylongOnce we cross the Rohtang Pass border we are in the Barren Himalayas with the landscape completely changing. Khoksar is the first village and gate way to Lahaul Night stay in Keylong.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04: Drive Keylong – Darcha – Sarchu- Leh 

Get prepared for the most interesting overland high altitude drive up to Leh. May take approx. 10 hours. You will arrive at Darcha (3500 M) it is situated at the junction of Yotche Nullah and the Zanskar chhu which takes off from the Shinkun la. Both these nullahs meet with the main river Bhaga at this place. This is the main point for the trek lovers wish to enter in Zanskar valley or up to Leh.

Baralacha Pass

Drive from this place will take you to BaraLacha Pass (1620 Ft) and further drive to Sarchu which is nearly the mid-point of Manali Leh route. Continue drive to Pang and cross Morai plains and arrive at Tanglangla Pass (5400 M) and enter in Leh Valley.

Your further drive will take you to Upsi by crossing river Indus and follow the highway up to Leh. Check in at your hotel and overnight stay.

Day 05: In Leh:  Visit the town and surrounds 

The morning is at leisure for rest after the long journey. After lunch visit Shanti Stupa, Sankar Gompa, Leh Palace & the markets.

shanti stupa leh ladakh

Sankar Gompa leh ladakh

Leh Palace leh ladakh

Leh-Bazaar

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06: Leh – Pangong Lake (145 kms.) 

Early departure for Pangong Lake (approx. 155 kms, located on the Indo China Border), via Chang-la pass (alt:  17370 ft).

pangong lake ladakh

This famous blue blackish lake is 5 to 6 kms wide and over 144 km long with half of it running to the other side of the Indo-China border. After full day of sightseeing around the Lake check-in at fixed tented camp near the lake at Spangmik or drive back for 30 kms to Tangtse and check into Hotel / Guest House for overnight stay.

Day 07: Pangong – Hemis / Thiksey – Leh 

After breakfast, leave Pangong / Tangtse and retrace the Leh route across Chang-la. Upon reaching Karu, drive across the Indus and visit the famous Hemis Monastery, biggest monastery of Ladakh.

Hemis-monastery-ladakh

Later drive on to Leh, enroute visiting the picturesque Thiksey monastery. Overnight in hotel.

Day 08: Leh – Khardungla – Nubra  Valley (125 kms.) 

After breakfast leave for Nubra Valley, driving across Khardung-la (alt: 18,380 ft).

Khardungla-Pass

After descending from the pass, drive on for sightseeing of Sumoor Village and Samstaling Gompa.

Samtaling-monastery-in-Sumur-village

Later check into a fixed camp in the same area or drive across to Deskit / Hundar for overnight in a fixed camp or hotel.

Day 09: Nubra Valley – Khardungla-Leh (125 kms.) 

In the morning visit / explore Deskit , Hundar and the Sand Dunes where you can enjoy a short camel safari using the double-humped Bactrian camel found here (optional on direct payment).

Hundar ladakh

Later drive back to Leh reaching in the late afternoon / evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Leh – Alchi – Lamayuru – Kargil 

After leisurely breakfast drive down the Indus Valley on the first leg of your journey to Kargil & Srinagar.

hall of fame leh

On the way, visit Hall of Fame, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Point, Sangam (confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers) and then the 11th century Alchi Choskor, oldest surviving monastic complex famous for its wall frescoes and architecture – a UNESCO listed heritage site.

Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

magnetic point leh

Continue drive towards Kargil, enroute visiting the dramatically located Lamayuru monastery and the adjoining “Moonland” hills.

lamayuru-monastery

On the way to Kargil you can view the 9-mtrs, tall rock sculpture of the Maitreya Buddha at Mulbek (7th – 8th century AD).

Maitreya Buddha at Mulbek

Overnight in hotel at Kargil.

Day 11: Kargil – Sonamarg – Srinagar (205kms) 

Early departure for Srinagar driving through Drass (famous as the second coldest inhabited place in the world) and crossing the Zoji-la Pass (11,500-ft. / 3,505 m) to reach hill station of Sonamarg from where it’s smooth driving through the beautiful Kashmir countryside to reach Srinagar.

Zoji-la Pass

sonmarg-kashmir

Overnight in hotel at hotel / Deluxe house boat in Srinagar.

Day 12: In Srinagar 

After a leisurely breakfast get prepared to have a Shikara ride at Dal Lake to see the beauty of the lake and local shopping around.

Dal-Lake-Srinagar

Back to the main land and explore world famous Mughal Garden / Nishat Bagh. Explore the down town area of Srinagar city and colorful market may attract you for the local souvenirs.

Nishat-Bagh-Srinagar Mughal-Gardens-Srinagar

Back to the hotel / Deluxe house boat and overnight stay.

house boat srinagar

Day 13: Departure Srinagar 

After breakfast you will get transferred to the airport in time to board flight for onward destination.

End of Tour

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12 Days North India Tour

Ranthambore National Park Game Drive

Our spiced up North India Tour covers the Golden Triangle Circuit of Delhi Agra Jaipur and adds a twist of adventure with visit to Ranthambhore National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and National Chambal Sanctuary. For those who are visiting India for the first time and have more than a week to spare. It is best for couples, families and small groups.

The best time for this trip is from October till March.

Duration:  12 Days/ 11 Nights

Places:  Delhi > Jaipur > Ranthambhore > Bharatpur > Chambal > Agra > Delhi

12 Days North India Tour from Delhi

Itinerary:

Day 01:  Arrive Delhi 

On arrival in India you will be greeted and escorted by our executive to your hotel. (Rooms will be available from 1200 Hrs)

Delhi International Airport

In its 3000 years of existence; seven cities have risen where the present capital of India stands.  Here you’ll encounter a fascinating blend of the ancient and the contemporary. Where government buildings, medieval palaces and bazaars exist beside a modern metropolis.  Delhi is a city waiting to be explored.

Overnight in the Hotel

Day 02:   Delhi 

After breakfast enjoy the sightseeing of Delhi.

Visit the Red Fort   the 17th century imposing fortress built in red sandstone is surrounded by a huge 33m high boundary wall. Inside are exquisite palaces and beautiful gardens.

Red Fort

Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656 at a cost of one million Rupees has perfect proportions.

Jama Masjid DelhiJama Masjid is India’s largest mosque where more than 20.000 people can kneel in prayer. The interior of the prayer hall is divided into aisles by arches. The walls and floors are of marble inlay panels.

Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial DelhiAlso visit the Raj Ghat on the banks of the river Yamuna, Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. The memorial lies in the midst of landscaped gardens and made of a simple square platform of black marble inscribed with his last words “Hey Ram”. An eternal flame burns 24 hours.

India GateIn the afternoon visit New Delhi. You will drive past India Gate   Built of Bharatpur stone, commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the 1st world war. 13516 names of British and Indian soldiers killed in the Afghan War of 1919 are engraved on the arch and foundations. Photo stop at Rashtrapati Bhawan once the Viceroy’s residence is now the official residence of the President of India.

Rashtrapati Bhawan

Visit the Humayun’s Tomb, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16th. Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal.

humayun's tomb

Later visit the Qutub Minar   the landmark of Delhi, a huge tower of victory started in 1199 and completed in 1368. The minar is 72.5m high with a diameter at the base 14.4m and 2.7m at the top. The tower has 379 steps to the top.

Qutub Minar

Overnight in the Hotel

Day 03:  Delhi / Jaipur (Approx. 258 Kms / 05 Hrs)

After breakfast drive to Jaipur.

Jaipur- the City of Victory was originally Sawai Jaipur, named after its founder Sawai Jai Singh II (1700-1743). The sunset-pink tinge of its walls, buildings, temples and emporia gave it the name Pink City, the name in which it became famous throughout the world.

Jaigarh-Fort-Jaipur

On arrival in Jaipur, check in at the hotel.

Overnight in the hotel

Day 04:   Jaipur

After breakfast enjoys an excursion trip which takes you to Amber Fort on Jeep / Elephants.

Elephant ride to the fort

This city Fort is situated 130m high with the Aravalli hills all around it in a valley 11 km north of Jaipur. It was the ancient capital of the Kachhawaha Rajputs till 1037.

Hawa Mahal jaipur

En route, make a photo stop at the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal). It is a 5 storied building from the 18th century having 953 windows and niches made so that the ladies of the Royal family.

In the afternoon visit the “Pink City” of Jaipur.

You will visit City Palace, which houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armoury, manuscripts, paintings etc.

City Palace jaipur

Also visit Royal Observatory (Jantar Mantar-1728-34) built by king astrologer Jai Singh II. The instruments are built of stone with marble facing on the important plains for measuring the harmony of the heavens. Each instrument serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading.

Jantar Mantar jaipur

Enjoy Rickshaw ride in Jaipur

Overnight in the Hotel

Day 05:  Jaipur / Ranthambore (Approx. 180 Kms / 04 Hrs)

After breakfast drive to Ranthambore.

Ranthambore National Park Fort

Ranthambore is one of the finest tiger reserves in India nestled in the Aravallis it is home to a variety of flora and fauna. The park along with the contiguous regions of Kela Devi and Sawai Man Singh parks forms a good biosphere along the Chambal River, which separates it from Madhya Pradesh.

Ranthambore National Park

On arrival, transfer to the Hotel.

Dinner & Overnight in the Hotel

Day 06:   Ranthambore         

Early morning enjoy game drive in the park

Return to the hotel for breakfast.  Ranthambore is a dry deciduous forest replete with several lakes, rivulets and a magnificent ancient fort overlooking the park. The wildlife that one can see here are a large variety of birds, including an impressive number of waterfowl and birds of prey.

Ranthambore National Park Game Drive

In the afternoon set out for another game drive.

Dinner & Overnight in the Hotel

Day 07:   Ranthambore / Bharatpur (240 Kms – 5 ½ Hrs drive)

After breakfast, drive to Bharatpur.

Bharatpur Bird SanctuaryBharatpur Bird Sanctuary or Keoladeo Ghana National Park, which was established in 1956. This 29 sq km marshland is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world with over 360 species of birds, out of which 117 are the local birds. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, it used to be a part of the private shooting reserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur.

bharatpur Among many bird species to be seen are egrets, storks, ducks, Chinese coots, kingfishers, spoonbills, sarus cranes and several birds of prey, including falcon, marsh harrier and eagle. Alone 80 species of ducks can be spotted here. There are also chital, Nilgai, deer, wild cats, hyenas and wild boar whilst near the entrance there are usually some very large rock pythons.

During November to February the northern hemisphere migratory birds visit the park from China, Europe and Siberia, including the rare Siberian Crane.

On arrival Check in at Hotel.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 08: Bharatpur / Chambal  (125 Kms – 2 ½ Hrs drive)

Morning enjoy the Rickshaw ride in Bharatpur.

Rickshaw ride in Bharatpur

Later drive to Chambal, on the way visit Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful and deserted medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire.

fatehpur sikri

The complex consists of religious, residential and administrative buildings. The Mosque is considered a copy for the Mosque at Mecca and is extremely elegant, containing elements of Hindu and Persian design.  Housed here is the Shrine of Sheikh Salim Chisti one of the greatest of Sufi saints of the Muslim world.

On arrival, transfer to the hotel and check in.

Boat Ride at Chambal River

Later enjoy the special Nature walk along the river banks, around the ravines and in the fields surrounding the National Chambal Sanctuary.

National Chambal Sanctuary

Overnight at the hotel

Day 09: Chambal  

After breakfast, enjoy the River Safari. The calm and gentle waters of the Chambal River are best explored on boats and the River Safari provides spectacular opportunities to view the wildlife.

Chambal Safari
Chambal Safari

The Chambal Safari boatmen are exceptionally skilled at cutting the boat engines, and maneuvering as close to the birds and animals as possible without disturbing them. Trained naturalists accompany visitors and provide expert information on the Chambal wildlife. The River Safari is a most relaxing, enjoyable and special experience.

Afternoon  enjoy the trip to Bateshwar Temples.

Bateshwar TemplesThe ancient temple complex at Bateshwar on the river Yamuna, 10 km from the Chambal Safari Lodge, consists of more than a hundred temples dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Referred to as Surajpur in ancient texts, Bateshwar derives its current name from its reigning deity Lord Bateshwar Mahadev (another name for Shiva).

Day 10:  Chambal / Agra   (70 Kms – 1 ½ Hrs drive)

After breakfast drive to Agra.

Agra stands on the right bank of the river Yamuna, was once the seat of the Mughal rulers, the zenith of art and an enshrined romance. A town famous for its beautiful medieval monuments. The passion of the Mughals for building endowed it with some of the loveliest buildings in the world.

Taj-Mahal

Later visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays) – A poignant poetry in marble, stands serene and

The most extravagant monument ever built for love is a tribute to the timelessness of art and love. The inimitable poem in white marble, one of the seven modern wonders of the world, the finest expression of love of Emperor Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz who died giving birth to their 14th child, is located on the banks of the Yamuna river here. The construction of the Taj had commenced in 1631AD and had ended in 1653AD. Workers were gathered from all over the country and from central Asia. About 20,000 people were recruited to translate this dream into reality. The main architect was Isa Khan who was brought from Iran.

Red Fort Agra

Later visit Agra Fort, -Built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-I-Am, Diwane-I-Khas and Musamman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment, besides Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal.

Also enjoy the Magic Show in Agra.

Overnight in the hotel

Day 11:   Agra – Delhi (203 Kms – 5 Hrs drive)

After leisurely breakfast drive to Delhi, on the way visit Sikandra.

Sikandra Agra

Sikandra: The mausoleum of the great Mughal King Akbar (1556-1605). Akbar began building it during his lifetime and his son, the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, completed it. It has a large arched entrance and green lawns, on which deer can be seen grazing, surround the tomb

Arrive Delhi and check in at the Hotel.

Overnight in the Hotel

Day 12:  Delhi Departure

In time transfer to the airport to board the flight back home.

End of Tour

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16 Days Offbeat Rajasthan Tour

Jojawar

Go for desert safari, meet the tribals, experience a ride through the desert, enjoy an evening under the stars, enjoy the folk dance and music, visit formidable forts and stunning palaces, beautiful havelis and humble villages, enjoy the world famous rajasthani hospitality and cuisine. Our Offbeat Rajasthan Tour is a travel extravaganza that takes you across the Land of Maharajas in comfort and style. Experience the richness of culture and traditions that make Rajasthan one of the top travel destinations.

Duration:  16 Days / 15 Nights

Places:  Delhi > Pushkar > Jojawar > Udaipur > Jodhpur > Dabdi > Osian > Sodakore > Jaisalmer > Sam > Bikaner > Mandawa > Jaipur > Delhi

16 Days Offbeat Rajasthan Tour from Delhi

Itinerary:

Day 1: Welcome to Delhi

Delhi International Airport

Welcome to the political and Cultural Capital of India – Delhi. Traditional welcome at the airport by our representative and transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Delhi – Pushkar (390 km from Delhi, 07 hrs drive)

After a early breakfast proceed half day sightseeing tour of Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British Empire.

Rashtrapati BhawanVisit the India Gate and the grand Government buildings, the President’s House, Mahatama Gandhi Memorial and also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple and the 11th century Qutab Minar.

Qutub Minar

After lunch we leave for Pushkar. On arrival check in to the hotel and freshen up. An interesting dinner under the stars with the Rajasthani cultural folk music and dances awaits you. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 3: Pushkar

brahma temple pushkar

After breakfast, go for a full day sightseeing and visit the Brahma temple (said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity) Pushkar Lake, Man Mahal and Savitri temple in Pushkar.

Pushkar Lake

Also visit the famous Dargah Sharif at Ajmer. Relax at the resort after a full day of sightseeing and shopping. Overnight at the resort in Pushkar.

Ajmer Sharif

Day 4: Pushkar – Jojawar (160 km from Pushkar, 3½ hrs drive)

After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel and enjoy a beautiful drive to Jojawar. Check in to the hotel and lunch at the hotel. After lunch we proceed for an amazing insight into the village life and its surroundings on the back of the famous Marwari Horses.

Jojawar

Return back well in time to enjoy the Rajasthani dinner, dance and music, a perfect end to a lovely day. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 5: Jojawar

A very exciting day awaits you; after breakfast we start the day with train Safari which is one of the major attractions at Jojawar.

jojawar train safariThe train safari takes you through the beautiful & scenic Aravallis passing through tunnels and bridges overlooking the dazzling lake and the forest around it. This gives a good insight into the local tribal life.

The train journey will be followed by the Jeep safari organized to the neighboring tribal and Rebari settlements where one could interact and peep into the rich rural culture of Rajasthan and later visit a famous tribal horse lord temple where high tea is served just around sunset.

jojawar jeep safariEnthusiasts could also opt for four wheel driving. A real exciting day comes to an end and we look forward to a beautiful dinner under the stars.

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 6: Jojawar – Udaipur (150 km from Jojawar, 3hrs drive)

After breakfast we drive to Udaipur, the city of lakes. The city was built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described as the most romantic spot in the continent of India.

City Palace udaipur

jagdish temple udaipur

Saheliyon ki bari udaipur

pichola lake udaipur

Visit the City Palace museum, the Jagdish temple, Sahelion Ki Bari (Queen’s resort for their friends) Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk art museum) and the Pratap Memorial. We will also visit the Shilpgram, a tribute to the Rajasthani rural life and the craftsmen.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Udaipur.

Day 7: Udaipur – Jodhpur (185 kms from Udaipur, 4-5 hrs drive)

After breakfast proceed by road to Jodhpur. Enroute visit the Ranakpur Jain Temples.

Ranakpur Jain Temple

Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, and for a much older Sun Temple which lies opposite the former. In general, the Jain temples of Ranakpur present a distinct style of their own. The ceilings of the temples are adorned with foliage scroll work and geometric patterns. The top and bottom part of the domes are joined by Brackets with figures of deities on them.

Arrival in Jodhpur and visit the Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum.

Umaid Bhawan Palace MuseumEvening at leisure and over night stay in Jodhpur.

Day 8: Jodhpur – Dabdi (70 kms from Jodhpur, 1½ hrs drive)

Check out of the hotel after an early morning breakfast and start the day with the morning sight seeing of Jodhpur which includes the massive Mehrangarh fort.

mehrangarh-fort-jodhpur

This massive Mehrangarh fort came first and around it grew the city of Jodhpur protected by a high stone wall with seven gates and countless bastions) en route Osian.

osianOn arrival at the resort we begin our adventure of the camel safari. Packed lunch will be served in the afternoon arrival at village Bikamkor with a packed lunch. On arrival you will be met by our Safari staff and Camel riders. Then start your Camel Safari for village Dabdi, a two hour ride. Just before sunset, arrive at your exclusive mobile safari camp. Enjoy an evening under the stars followed by a candlelit dinner. Over night at the Dabdi dunes. Distance covered-9 kms.

Day 9: Dabdi – Osian

After breakfast we will start our safari through the Thar Desert. After a four hour ride we approach the oasis village ‘Khetasar’ where we visit the local weavers and the potters. Here lunch will be served by the oasis or at a village hut. After lunch resume the safari for the resort covering a total distance of 25 Km.

Khetasar

Alternatively for those not wanting to proceed to the resort by camel, Jeeps will be waiting to take you to the resort and there the afternoon can be spent enjoying the swimming pool located on the highest sand-dune.

Evening folk entertainment followed by dinner. Overnight at the resort in Osian.

Day 10 : Osian – Sodakore (200 kms from Osian, 5 hrs drive)

After breakfast take a short tour of the famous Osian Temples and then proceed to Sodakore.

osian-templesOsian temple is a cluster of ruined Brahmanical and Jain temples dating from the 8th to 11th  centuries. The city was a major religious centre of the kingdom of Marwar during the Pratihara dynasty. Of the 18 shrines in the group, the Surya or Sun Temple and the later Kali temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the main Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira stands out in their grace and architecture.

Sodakore

Arrival at the nature resort in Sodakore which offers Organic food, farm fresh dairy and poultry products. In the evening enjoy the village safaris interacting with the vibrant village community and a walk around the Amla Orchard.

Overnight at the resort with cultural dinner.

Day 11 : Sodakore – Jaisalmer – Sam (110 kms from Sodakore, 3 hrs drive)

Check out of the resort after breakfast and proceed for sightseeing of Jaisalmer which includes the golden-hued Jaisalmer fort, Nathmalji ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli, Salim singh ki Haveli.

Jaisalmer Fort

patwon ki haveli jaisalmer

After sightseeing of Jaisalmer proceed for the Sam Sand Dunes, the perfect place to enjoy & experience a desert life.

jaisalmerEnjoy the sun set on the back of Camel in the dunes followed by dance, music, cocktails and dinner in the dunes under the stars.

Overnight at the camp in Sam.

Day 12 : Sam – Bikaner (380 kms from Jaisalmer, 6-7 hrs drive)

After breakfast proceed by road to Bikaner enjoying the small villages and rural sights of Rajasthan with its sand dunes. Over night stay in Bikaner.

Day 13 : Bikaner – Mandawa (190 km from Bikaner, 4hrs drive)

junagarh-fort-palaceAfter breakfast visit the Junagarh Fort, constructed between 1588-1593 by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the Mughal Emperor Akbar’s army followed by the Karnimata Temple at Deshnok; famous as the rat temple.

Karni Mata Temple Karni Mata Temple

Also visit the prestigious camel breeding farm in the evening around 1530hrs and proceed to Mandawa, a small and bustling town in the Shekhawati region lying north of Jaipur.

beautiful-Havelis-of-the-Shekhawati-region

Its importance lies in the splendidly frescoed havelis or mansions – mostly constructed by the prosperous merchants, between the 18th and 20th centuries.

Overnight at the hotel in Mandawa.

Day 14: Mandawa – Jaipur (160 km from Mandawa, 4hrs drive)

After brunch check out of the hotel and start for Jaipur. Arrival in Jaipur by the evening and check in to the hotel.

Day 15 : Jaipur

amber fort jaipur

Full day sightseeing of Jaipur which includes places of interest like the City Palace, Jaigarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and Amber Fort.

City Palace jaipur

Jantar Mantar jaipurThe steep approach to the Amber Palace gives you an opportunity to enjoy an elephant ride up the hill like a King and a Queen with a scintillating view of the lake below surrounded by hills.

Elephant ride to the fort

Late evening free for independent activities or shopping. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 16 : Jaipur – Delhi (260 km from Jaipur, 5 hrs drive approx))

After breakfast check out of the hotel and proceed to Delhi Airport as per your further flight.

End of Tour

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10 Days South India Splendors Tour

kapaleeswarar temple chennai

Our South India Splendors Tour from Chennai is an enchanting journey that covers the best destinations in South of India. You will be visiting ancient temples, forts and palaces, beaches,  an elephant farm, visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, a tribal village, spice gardens, stay in a houseboat and cruise through Kerala Backwaters,  watch Kathakali dance and Kalaripayattu – the oldest Martial Art form from South India. This tour is for couples, families, small groups and travel writers, photographers.

Duration:  10 Days / 9 Night

Places:  Chennai > Madurai > Periyar > Kumarakom > Alleppey > Cochin

10 Days South India Splendors Tour from Chennai

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Chennai 

Chennai International Airport

You will arrive at Chennai Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal after which you would be transferred to your hotel. Check in to your hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Chennai

Full day sightseeing tour of Chennai. Founded in 1639, Chennai was the site of the first settlement of the East India Company. Sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Museum and Art Gallery ( closed on Friday).

Flower & Fruit Market Chennai

Drive through the Flower & Fruit Market; visit the Fort St. George (closed on Friday), which once served as the very first bastion of the East India Company. Within the Fort complex, is also the oldest Anglican Church in India, St Mary’s Church, built in 1678-1680.

fort st. george chennai

Drive along the Marina Beach, one of the longest beaches in the world.

kapaleeswarar temple chennaiAlso visit Kapaleeswarar Temple   (temple remain closed from 1230 -1600 hours) & San Thome Cathedral, which is said to contain the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle (Doubting Thomas) and drive past the Marina Beach.

marina beach chennai

Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Chennai – Madurai (Flight) 

Breakfast at hotel. In -time transfer to airport to connect  flight to Madurai.

Arrive Madurai – Meeting and assistance on arrival at airport and transfer to hotel.

Thirumalai-Nayaka-PalaceAfternoon city tour visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace and magnificent Shree Meenakshi temple – an excellent example of Dravidian architecture.

meenakshi temple madurai

Evening witness aarti ceremony at Meenakshi Temple. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Madurai – Periyar (Surface Drive) 

Drive to Thekkady. Arrive Periyar and check-in at hotel.

Elephant Camp periyar

Afternoon proceed for Elephant Camp – Elephant ride, bathing, washing, feeding, commanding and timber dragging.

Day 05: Periyar 

Early morning proceed for the boat ride in the Park for wildlife viewing.

wildlife-sanctuary-of-Periyar

Return for the breakfast at hotel. In the afternoon enjoy jeep safari to Ottakathalemedu Cross hills (approx 1500 meters above sea level).

Spice Plantation PeriyarDrive through cardamom coffee, pepper plantation to chellarcovil mettu  (1200 meters high from sea level). A small walk though the area (Black Tea/ cardamom tea & local snack served on the hill). En-route visiting the spice plantations cardamom, pepper, coffee, cinnamon, vanilla  and different spices.

tribal village periyarVisit Tribal village during the Jeep Safari.  Stay overnight at hotel/ resort.

Day 06: Periyar – Kumarakom (Surface Drive)

After breakfast, proceed to Kumarakom – the spectacular and inviting backwater destination. Arrive at Kumarakom by noon. Check-in to your hotel.

KumarakomThe rest of the day is at leisure to explore the beauty of the natural surrounding and serenity of the beaches. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Kumarakom – Alleppey (HouseBoat)

Breakfast at Hotel. By noon board Houseboat from resort jetty.

houseboat-from-Kumarakom-to-Alleppey

Lunch on board, cruise through the canals, witness the  serenity of the surroundings and the local lifestyle. Dinner on board.

Day 08: Alleppey – Cochin (Surface Drive) 

Awake early to experience a magical backwater morning. Breakfast on board Houseboat.

Disembark Houseboat (around 0930 hours) at Alleppey, where you will be met and transferred to Cochin, a short drive away. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon is free for individual activities.

Kochi chinese fishnets

Cochin is a fascinating blend of medieval Portugal, Holland, an English country village and the local tropical Malabar culture. Here you see the India’s oldest church, old fashioned Chinese fishing nets, a classical Indian dance performance and five hundred year old Portuguese houses as you tour Cochin, a quiet seaside city in Kerala found here. Kathakali-dance

Evening witness Kathakali Dance performance in regular theater. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Cochin 

Mattancherry Dutch PalacePost breakfast proceed for a sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays), Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays and Saturdays).

Jewish-Synagogue-Cochin

Also visit the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church where Vasco da Gama was originally buried, and the Santa Cruz Church with its pastel colored interior and carved wooden panels.

St. Francis Church

Also witness the traditional martial of South India – Kalaripayattu.  Kalaripayattu is the oldest martial art form of Kerala in South India, is formed by the combination of two words Kalari means school, gymnasium and Payattu means to fight or exercise. This unique martial art form is said to be more than 2000 years old.

kalaripayattu danceStay overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Cochin 

In-time transfer from hotel to airport to board onward flight.

End of Tour

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7 Days Odisha Tour

Konark temple

Odisha (formerly Orissa), an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal, is known for its tribal cultures and its many ancient Hindu temples. Our tour of Odisha from Bhubaneswar is an enchanting journey which explores Odisha’s unique past, the art forms and a visit to the Bhitarkanika National Park. If you like history, ancient temples, mysterious manuscripts and wildlife, then this tour is for you. It is also a treat for photographers and nature lovers!

Duration:  7 Days / 6 Nights

Places:  Bhubaneswar > Puri > Raghurajpur > Pipili > Bhubaneswar > Ratnagiri > Udaygiri > Lalitagiri > Ratnagiri > Bhubaneswar

7 Days Odisha Tour from Bhubaneswar

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Bhubaneswar

Arrival at Bhubaneswar Airport. On arrival meet & assist at the airport followed by transfer to puri.

Bhubaneswar Airport

Over Nights stay at Hotel.

Day 02: Konark Tour (35 km from Puri)

After breakfast, visit to Konark temple (Sun Temple).

Konark templeKonark temple is a 13th century sun temple (also known as black pagoda). It was constructed by oxidized & weathered sandstone. It is one of the seventh wonder of India.

golden beach of puri

Back to Puri. Leisure time to spend at golden beach of puri (One of the finest beach of India).

Over Night stay at Puri.

Day 03 : Puri – Raghurajpur – Pipili – Bhubaneswar (75 km)

After breakfast check out from Hotel.

raghurajpur patachitra raghurajpur patachitraProceed towards Raghurajpur (Patachitra village), 12 km from Puri. After that proceed towards color village of Pipili. It is famous for designing beautiful appliqué handicrafts. It is a town of artisans famous for their colorful fabrics. After that proceed towards Bhubaneswar. Check in to hotel. Over night stay at Bhubaneswar.

Day 04: Bhubaneswar Sightseeing

dhauli bhubaneswar

After Breakfast proceed towards Dhauli where Emperor Ashoka after the bloody battle & his victory over the kingdom of kalinga renounced warfare & embraced the teaching of Buddha.

ashoka rock edict dhauliAlso visit the Peace Pagoda or Shanti Stupa built in the early 1970 &  the two ancient rock edict dating from 260 BC which outline Ashokas detained instructions to his administrators to rule with gentleness & fairness.

khandagiri CavesAfter that proceed towards Khandagiri & udaygiri, the caves of Udayagiri (Hill of Sunrise) and Khandagiri (Broken Hills) command a unique position in the filed of history, rock-cut architecture, art and religion. Back to Hotel. Dinner at hotel. Over night stay at Bhubaneswar.

Day 05 : Ratnagiri – Udaygiri – Lalitagiri (110 km from Bhubaneswar)

After a relaxed morning drive towards Ratnagiri. Check in to hotels.

ratnagiri odishaUdayagiri Caves udayagiri odisha

Campus of Pushpagiri University at Lalitgiri lalitgiri odishaPost lunch proceed towards Ratnagiri, Udayagiri, Lalitgiri ( Buddhist Monasteries, stupas and museums) also Known as diamond triangle of Buddhist heritage.  Also visit at the Campus of Pushpagiri University at Lalitgiri.

Back to Hotel. Overnight at Ratnagiri.

Day 06 : Bhitarkanika National Park (110 km distance from Ratnagiri) 

After breakfast proceed towards Bhitarkanika . It is famous for Salt Water crocodile, Indian Python, deer.

Bhitarkanika National Park Bhitarkanika is a hot-spot of biodiversity. It’s home  to largest population of giant salt water crocodile in India.

Bhitarkanika National Park

Also home to more than 215 species of birds including amazing eight variety of Kingfishers. It is the second largest viable Mangrove  Eco-System in India Harbors more than 70 species of Mangrove and its associates.

Bhitarkanika National Park Gahirmatha is known to be one of the largest rookery for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.

Back to Hotel. Overnight at Ratnagiri.

Day 07 : Airport Drop

Post breakfast check out from hotel. Proceed towards Bhubaneswar by NH- 5. Drop to the Airport for further journey back home.

End of Tour

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6 Days Darjeeling and Sikkim Tour

market gangtok

Our Darjeeling and Sikkim Tour from Delhi explores the beautiful North East India. Sikkim is bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. It has a dramatic landscape that includes India’s highest mountain, 8,586m Kangchenjunga. This tour covers Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim and Darjeeling, the queen of hillstations, in the state of West Bengal. Darjeeling is the highest tea exporter and thus, tea tourism in Darjeeling attracts many visitors during the plucking season. This tour is great for couples, families, small groups and for all those who love nature, mountains and rivers.

Duration:  6 days / 5 nights

Places:  Delhi > Bagdogra > Darjeeling > Gangtok > Bagdogra > Delhi

6 Days Darjeeling and Sikkim Tour from Delhi

Itinerary:

Day – 01 (Bagdogra/NJP – Darjeeling)

Bagdogra airport

Depart From Delhi Airport in Morning ,Welcome on arrival at Bagdogra airport / NJP railway station & transfer to Darjeeling(94 Km), Evening for leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day –02 (Darjeeling Sightseeing) 

tiger hill darjeeling

Early Morning excursion trip to Tiger Hill to watch the spectacular sunrise and its amazing effects on Mt. Kanchendzondga (8598 Mt.)

Ghoom Monastery darjeelingVisit  Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop while returning to the Hotel.

batasia loop darjeeling

After breakfast half day Darjeeling local sight seeing. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day –03 (Darjeeling to Gangtok)

teesta river in darjeeling

In Morning after breakfast  transfer to Gangtok (114kms/5 hrs), en route visit Teesta, Evening free for leisure, Overnight at Hotel.

Day –04 (Gangtok Sightseeing)

Chortan Stupa Gangtok

After breakfast half-day sightseeing – Chortan Stupa, Institute of Tibetology, Handicrafts & hand looms Institute and Rumtek Monastery.

Institute of Tibetology gangtok

Rumtek Monastery gangtok

Overnight at Hotel.

Day –05 (Excursion Trip to Tshomgo Lake)

tsomgo lake gangtok

After Breakfast start for half-day excursion trip to Tshomgo Lake (12400 ft.) which is only 32 km from Gangtok city, evening free for shopping.

market gangtok mg road gangtok

Overnight stay at Hotel

Day – 06  (Gangtok – Bagdora/NJP)

In Morning After Breakfast Transfer to Bagdora or NJP for your onward journey.

End of Tour

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13 Days Glimpses of South India Tour

Nandi at Nataraja Temple

Our Glimpses of South India Tour from Chennai is an enchanting journey through the best of destinations in South India. Visit ancient temples, wildlife sanctuaries, spice hardens, hill stations, backwaters and stay in a house boat. This enchanting tour is best for families and small groups.

Duration:  13 Days / 12 Nights

Places:  Chennai > KanchiPuram > Dakshinchitra > Mahabalipuram > Pondicherry > Chidambaram > Thanjore > Trichy > Madurai > Periyar > Alleppey > Kovalam > Cochin

13 Days Glimpses of South India Tour from Chennai

Itinerary:

DAY 1 – ARRIVE CHENNAI

Welcome to India – a country where hospitality is a way of life; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance.

Chennai International AirportYou will be received at the airport in a traditional manner and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 2 – CHENNAI, KANCHIPURAM, DAKSHINCHITRA,  MAHABALIPURAM 

Morning after breakfast you will proceed to Mahabalipuram.

kailasanatha temple kanchipuram

En route visit the city of Kanchipuram covering Kailasanatha Temple (Dedicated to Siva, Kailasanatha is one of the earliest temples. It was built by the Pallava king, Rayasimha, in the late 7th century, though its front was added later by his son, King Varman III. It is the only temple at Kanchi which isn’t cluttered with the more recent additions of the Cholas and Vijayanagar rulers, and so reflects the freshness and simplicity of early Dravidian architecture) and The Sri Ekambarnathar Temple (It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the largest temples in Kanchipuram, covering nine hectares. Its 59 m high gopuram and massive outer stone wall were constructed in 1509 by Krishna Devaraja of the Vijayananagar Empire, though construction was originally started by the Pallavas and the temple was later extended by the Cholas. Inside are five separates enclosures and a 1000- pillared hall. The temple’s name is said to be a modified form of Eka Amra Nathar — the Lord of the Mango tree. and in one of the enclosure is a very old mango tree with four branches representing the four Vedas. The fruit of each of the four branches is said to have a different taste, and a plaque nearby claims that the tree is 3500 years old).

dakshinachitra chennai

Post lunch drive down to Dakshinachitra (Roughly translated in this context, means ‘Picture of South India’. It is a depiction of the way of life prevalent in South India. A trip down Dakshinachitra takes you back to traditional home architecture from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Started with the objective to revive, preserve and promote the arts and crafts of South India, it also serves as heritage education for visitors from outside South India and also for children who have never had the opportunity to experience their culture).

Arrive Mahabalipuram in the evening and check-in at your hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 3  MAHABALIPURAM, PONDICHERRY

Morning after breakfast you will proceed for a sightseeing of Mahabalipuram.

arjuna's penance mahabalipuramPay a visit to Arjuna’s Penance (Carved in relief on the face of a huge rock, Arjuna’s Penance is the mythical story of the River Ganges issuing from its source high in the Himalaya . The panel depicts animals, deities and other semi-divine creatures, fable from the Panchatantra, and Arjuna doing a penance to obtain a boon from Siva.

Shore Temple

The Shore Temple (This beautiful and romantic temple, ravaged by wind and sea, represents the final phase of Pallavas art and was built in the late 7th century during the reign of Rajasimha. It is believed that at one point in time there were seven such temples, six of them were victims to the natural elements of erosion. This temple has three shrines; one dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the other two to Lord Shiva. The frothy waves form a striking backdrop to the temple, protected by rows of rock-carved bulls. The most unique feature of the temple is that it houses shrines to both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu), Krishna Mandapam (There are eight mandapams ( shallow, rock-cut halls ) scattered over the main hill, two of which have been left unfinished. they are mainly of interest for their internal figure sculptures.

krishna mandapam mahabalipuram

One of the earliest rock-cut temples is the Krishna Mandapam. It features carvings of a pastoral scene showing Krishna lifting up the Govardhana mountain to protect his kinsfolk from the wrath of Indra.

rathasmahabalipuramOn the hill rests a dangerously balanced boulder named Krishna’s Butterball after his legendary affinity for fresh butter) and Five Rathas (These are the architectural prototypes of all Dravidian temples, demonstrating the imposing gopurams and vimanas, multi pillared halls and sculptured walls which dominate the landscape of Tamil Nadu).

Post sightseeing drive down to  Pondicherry (Pondicherry was a French colony at one time but in 1954 it was restored to India by the French. Neat & charming, Pondicherry has a beautiful beach & a refreshing sea).

pondicherry french colony 1

Arrive and check-in at your hotel.

Afternoon to explore Pondicherry. On the eastern side of Indian peninsula, Pondicherry is a seaside resort. But at the same time it differs very much from a typical beach resort. Tourist attractions in Pondicherry lie in its ambience. Old French style buildings, churches and museums, tree-lined boulevards along the seashore would remind you of a bygone era.

pondicherry french colony The laidback township, pristine beach and the palm trees swaying in breeze bring a slice of serenity. The only sound you can hear is the waves crashing against the rocks and the chirping of the birds.

auroville ashram pondicherryBut to cap it all, the Auroville Ashram is the biggest of all tourist attractions in Pondicherry. Just because of it, the destination of Pondicherry exudes a spiritual aura. For the weary soul, this is an ideal retreat. Any evening head for the Ashram, meditate, soothe the battered psyche.

DAY 4  PONDICHERRY, CHIDAMBARAM, THANJORE 

Morning after breakfast visit Pondicherry.

aurobindo ashramThe places of attraction are Sri Aurobindo Ashram (Where Sri Aurobindo and the Mother lived for the most parts of their lives, attracts tourists to this little city), The Pondicherry Museum (Is home to some of the most exquisite collections on architecture and sculpture). Another interesting site in Pondicherry could be the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Pondicherry also has a pleasant beach alongside promenade and historical monuments.

church of the sacred heart of jesus pondicherry

Post sightseeing dirve down to Thanjore.

The Nataraja Temple Chidambaram

En route visit Chidambaram covering The Nataraja Temple (Located in centre of the town, it is one of the most ancient temples of Tamil Nadu. The top roof of the sanctrum is covered with gold plates and strings. The presiding deity of the temple is representative of air, one of the five elements of the universe, and is known as ‘Akasa Lingam’. There is a shrine known as Chitrakootam dedicated to lord Govindarajan adjacent to the Nataraja shrine.

There are five halls in the temples – Nritha Sabha is the Hall of Immortal Dance. This sabha has fifty pillars depicting dancing figures. Here, the stone pulsates with rhythm and life. Deva sabha is the hall of festivals and meeting place of the administrators. The Raja sabha is the 1000 pillars-hall measuring 103 meters and 58 meters wide where the Pandya, the Cholas and others celebrated their victories) and The Kali Temple.

Arrive Thanjavur in the afternoon and check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 5   THANJORE, TRICHY, MADURAI 

Morning after breakfast you will proceed for a tour of Tanjore City.

Bridhdiswara-Temple-tanjore

Pay a visit to The Brihadeeswara Temple (The Brihadeeswara Temple is the main attraction of Tanjore. The massive temple built by Rajaraja Chola reflects the Cholas’ contribution to the development of arts in this area. It is also regarded as the Chola dynasty’s finest contribution to the Dravidian temple architecture. Listed as a World Heritage site, the temple is visited by a large number of people for the regular worship here. The temple is characterized by its unique structure.

tanjoreUnlike the usual South Indian temples, the Brihadeeswara temple has a soaring vimana and a stunted gopuram. It was constructed from a single piece of granite weighing an estimated 80 tonnes and the dome was hauled into place along a 4-km earthwork ramp in a manner similar to the Egyptian pyramids. A huge Nandi, about 6 m long and 3.7 m high, faces the inner sanctum. The statue of Nandi was created from a single rock piece and weighs 25 tonnes. It is in fact one of the largest statues of Nandi bulls in India) and The Palace (The Palace of Tanjore also makes an important tourist destination.

The Palace of Tanjore

The royal Palace near the massive Brihadeeswara temple is characterized by its vast corridors, large halls, shady courtyards and observation and arsenal towers. Built by the Nayaks in the mid-16th century, the Palace was completed by the Marathas. The Durbar Hall of the palace still retains the grandeur of the bygone era. The palace also functions as a Royal Museum housing a diverse collection of royal remnants, compilations of the early 19th century, the king’s slippers, head dresses and hunting tools).

Royal Museum Tanjore

Post sightseeing drive down to Madurai while visiting Trichy en route.

Rock Fort Temple

Pay a visit to The spectacular Rock Fort Temple (The landmark of the city, is on the shores of the Kaveri. It is perched on a massive rocky outcrop at an altitude of 83 m above sea level.

The Thayumanaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva (the destroyer in the Hindu trinity), is situated halfway to the top. It has a 100-pillar hall and a Vimana covered with gold. On the southern face of the rock are several beautifully carved rock-cut cave temples of the Pallava period)

The Jambukeshwara Temple

The Jambukeshwara Temple (Dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated just 2 km east of Srirangam and houses five concentric walls and seven gopurams. Legend has it that an elephant once worshiped the Lord under the holy Jambu tree, and hence the name Jambukeshwara. The principal deity is the Shiva lingam, almost submerged in water, which flows from the subterranean spring in the sanctum.

Arrive Madurai in the afternoon and check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 6  MADURAI 

Morning after breakfast, we will take you for a city tour of Madurai covering Meenakshi Temple (This temple is the city’s main attraction.

meenakshi temple madurai 1

This temple is nearly 2000 years old placed in the heart of the old town – a splendid example of Dravidian architecture. The present temple was designed in 1560 by Vishwanatha Nayak and subsequently built during the reign of Tirumalai Nayak. There are four entrances to the temple with an area of six hectares. Each of its 12 towers has the height of 45 to 50 meters. The Potrama Raikulam or the Golden Lotus Tank is the place where the Tamil literacy society, called Sangam used to meet to decide the merits of the work presented to them.

Meenakshi TempleThe temple museum has 985 richly carved pillars and each one surpasses the other in beauty) and Tirumalay Nayak Mahal (This Indo-Saracenic building was constructed in 1523 and was originally four times large are today).

Also enjoy a rickshaw ride during your sightseeing. Evening witness aarti ceremony at Meenakshi Temple and then back to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 7 – MADURAI , PERIYAR

Morning after breakfast proceed to Periyar. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

wildlife-sanctuary-of-Periyar

Afternoon proceed for a boat ride in Periyar National Park (Thekkady – The very sound of the name conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hill and spice scented plantations. Here, in the crisp, cool air of the Western Ghats you will experience the most enchanting holiday. With the animals of the wild and the simple mountain people.

tribal village periyarIn the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India, and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.

PeriyarNotable among the denizens of Periyar are the tigers, the majestic Asiatic wild elephants and the distinctive Nilgiri langur with an all black body and white face. Other creatures include wild boar, wild dog, bison, bear and leopards. Amongst the avifauna, the most profuse are herons, egrets, darters, kingfishers and the great Malabar grey hornbill.

Boat Ride in Lake PeriyarA cruise through the waters of Periyar lake around which the wild -life sanctuary is situated, offers a soul – stirring pleasant experience).

Evening back to the hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 8 – PERIYAR

Morning after breakfast drive down to Allepey – a town in Alappuzha Dirstrict full of picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons..

kuttanad alleppey

Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala with the unending stretch of paddy fields, small streams and canals with lush green coconut palms , was well known even from the early periods of the Sangam age. History says Alappuzha had trade relations with ancient Greece and Rome in B.C and in the Middle Ages, as well as with other parts of India.

houseboat-from-Kumarakom-to-Alleppey

Upon arrival, take your House Boat for an Overnight Round Cruise of Allepey (The sweeping network of canals honey-combing the town of Alleppey (Alappuzha) has earned for the place its sobriquet – “The Venice of the East”. Small, low-slung country boats are the taxis of this waterland.

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DAY 9 – ALLEPPEY, KOVALAM

Morning after breakfast drive to Kovalam

kovalam kerala

Day at leisure.

Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 10 and 11 – KOVALAM

Day at leisure. Relax by the beach or go for a full day excursion to Kanyakumari.

Kanyakumari kerala

Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY12 – KOVALAM, COCHIN

Morning after breakfast drive to Cochin. On arrival check in at the Hotel.

Kathakali-dance

Later in the evening, enjoy a performance of the highly ritualized “Kathakali” dance which tells stories from the ancient Hindu epics – Ramayana and Mahabarata. Performances begin with the application of elaborate makeup which is based in traditional Ayurvedic principles.

Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY13 – COCHIN, DEPART

St. Francis ChurchMorning  a guided tour of the city covering St. Francis Church (St. Francis Church was originally named as Santo Antonio. It is the first church to have been built in the new European influenced style and tradition. The original wooden building of 1510 was soon replaced by the present building around 1546.

St. Francis ChurchVasco da Gama died here in 1524 and was originally buried in the church, fourteen years later his body was removed back to Portugal. The church has an impressive facade. Inside the chancel is separated from the nave by a plain arch. The use of the arch is in sharp contrast to traditional Indian use of flat overlapping slabs or corbelling, a bit like Trinity Church, Bangalore.

Mattancherry Dutch PalaceThe Mattancherry Palace or “Dutch Palace” (Also known as Dutch Palace, the Mattancherry palace with its medieval charm is situated at Palace Road, Mattancherry, 10km from Ernakulam city, Kochi, Kerala. Built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi Veera Kerala Varma (1537-65) in 1555 AD, it took on its present popular name ‘Dutch Palace’ after 1663, when the Dutch carried out some extensions and renovations in the palace)

Kochi chinese fishnets

Chinese Fishing Nets

Jewish-Synagogue-Cochin

You also see the Jew City with the Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568, with hand-painted, willow-pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in the mid-18th century by a Rabbi, who had trading interest in that city.

Evening at leisure.

In time, transfer to the airport to board the flight for onward destination.

End of Tour

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