1 Day: Arrival Delhi
Welcome at the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi, our representatives assist and escort you by a private car and transfer to the pre-booked hotel. After your check in, you will be given all the required documents related to the tour and our representative will explain all your queries and feedback about the entire tour plan. If you are arriving by morning flight, after rest you can take a short tour of the sightseeing of the city; otherwise take the rest and overnight at the hotel in Delhi.
02 Day: Delhi
After breakfast the sightseeing tour to explore the historic city, firstly visiting Old Delhi: (Shahajahanabad) the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone walls of historical Lal Qila, built in 1638, sprawled in 2 kilometers with a high of 18 meters, Jama Masjid, the largest and most splendid mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat, memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where he was cremated, Later in you opt to have Rickshaw ride past through the bustling Bazaar of in Chandani Chowk. The sightseeing continue to explore the best tourist attractions of New Delhi include President House (Rashtrapati Bhawan), during the British rule this places was the residence of British Viceroys, India gate, this monument was built to honour and tribute to the Indian soldiers, sacrificed themselves during the Afghan war, then visiting Birla Mandir (Laxmi Narayan Temple) built by the one of the most richest industrialist Birla Family. Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple, Qutub Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; in the evening witness the light and sound show at Red fort. The show projects splendid history of 5000 years old city, a truly memorable experience. Return to the hotel for overnight at the hotel.
03 Day: Delhi – Varanasi (By Air)
Today morning after breakfast, check out the hotel and drive to the airport to board the scheduled flight for Varanasi. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later take an excursion tour to Sarnath, located at 10 Kms from Varanasi, this is where Lord Buddha gave his primary or first sermon to the five sanctified men. Visit the Dharmarajika to witness the 110 ft tall Dhamekh Stupa. This stupa also marks the place where Buddha preached first sermon. Then visit to Archaeological museum, which has the collected works of ancient Buddhist relics and antiques comprising abundant Buddha and Bodhisatva images, also see the Ashok Pillar, built in 3rd Century BC., this is an iconic pillar with 4 lions that symbolizes both Asoka’s imperial rule and the kingship of the Buddha. This four - lion capital has been adopted as the emblem of the modern Indian republic. Evening take a walk through the copious of narrow lanes in the old city, passing through many ancient temples, shrines and little shops crammed with customers looking for the eminent gold & silver brocades, usually for weddings or even for cremation cloth. Explore the oldest cultural city of India, by visiting the most famous temple; Kashi Vishvanath or Golden temple which, though unattainable to non-Hindus, can be witness from the top floor of the old house opposite it. The visit is followed by Bharat Mata temple, Durga temple and the Tulsi Manas Mandir. Overnight at the hotel.
04 Day: Varanasi
Early morning take a boat ride for a pilgrimage from ghat to ghat. Here devotes take dip and bathe early in the morning in holy Ganga, offering prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra where funeral pyre burns day and night. Every obedient Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on banks of the holy Ganges, is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death. This is the holiest city for the Hindu devotes and one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi was already old when Rome was founded, a flourishing trade centre when the Buddha came to Sarnath to preach his first sermon. Visit the Banaras Hindu University which has an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, believed to be built on the site of an ancient Hindu temple. Evening talk a walk in the divine atmosphere and visit the colourful markets. Overnight at the hotel.
05 Day: Varanasi – Khajuraho (By Air)
After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the scheduled flight to Khajuraho. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Khajuraho is ancient blend of architecture, culture, nature and history, architecture, with luscious charm. The city with peace with scenic country side, Khajuraho is declared by UNESCO...World heritage site’. Today morning after breakfast explore the most exotic temples of India, visiting the Western group of temples, renowned and splendid temples, there are 14 temples, most of the temples are deducted to God Vishnu and Shiva, notable temples are Lalguan, Chaunsath, Varaha, Parvati, Lakshmana, Matangesvara, Nandi, Chitragupta, Vishvanath, Goddess Jagdamba, Kandariya Mahadev. These temples are worldly popular for their intricate erotic carvings and sculptures and erotic carvings that are one of the stupendous achievements of ancient Indian art, later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
06 Day: Khajuraho – Orchha (180 kms: 3½ hrs)
After breakfast, take the sightseeing tour Eastern group of the temples, explore around 17 temples, 3 Hindu and 4 Jain temples,mainly Adinath, Parsvanath, Ganpati and Shantinath are Jain temples and Javari, Brahma and Vamana are Hindu temples,in both the groups of temples exhibit love, sexual acts, and Moksha in unique architectural style and lustful depiction of conventional way of life during medieval India. There is also Southern group of temples Duladeo and Chaturbhuj temples. Later drive to Orchha. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening is free for relaxation. Overnight at the hotel.
07 Day: Orchha – Gwalior – Agra (240 kms: 4 – 5 hrs)
Today morning take a city tour of Orchha visiting various temple and Palaces such as Raja Ram temple, Chaturbhuj Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Shiva Mandir, Panch Mukhi Mahadev Mandir and other cenotaphs “Chhatris" on the bank of river Betwa and also visit Fort Palace of Raj Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, Diwan – e - Khas and Rai Praveen Mahal. After visit, drive to Agra. Enroute visit Gwalior. Take a sightseeing of the majestic Gwalior fort is one of the largest and mightiest forts in India. Also visit Sas-Bahu Temples are 11th-century temples of Lord Vishnu while Teli-ka-Mandir is a 300-metre-high Vishnu temple of the 9th Century, visiting Jai Vilas Palace, Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior fort, Man Mandir, Gujri Mahal and the tomb of Mohammad Ghaus. After visit proceed to Agra. On arrival, check in at hotel. Rest of the evening is free for relaxation. Overnight at the hotel.
08 Day: Agra
Early morning visit world’s most popular and beautiful monument: Taj Mahal with its’ fabulous view at the time of sunrise. Taj Mahal, beautiful architectural monument among the 7 wonders of the world; this historical masterpiece is illustration of the fusion of diverse architectural styles. Taj Mahal is crown of all the loveliest buildings in the world, a symbol of eternal love. The tour continues to visit Agra Fort,was built in 1576 AD., by great Mughal Emperor Akbar, structured and designed with red stoned barricaded; in the fort you will find most splendid Pearl Mosque and various other classic example of art: Jahangir Mahal, Moti Masjid, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Am, Meena Bazaar and Musamman Bhurj where from Emperor Shahjahan, prisoner of his son rebellious Aurangzeb, he put his father in the cell of Agra fort, where from he could see his love reflecting through the Taj Mahal, where his loveliest wife was cremated. If time permits, visit the Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daula, 35 kms from Agra, built by Empress Noorjehan daughter of Shahjahan, this monument a tribute to her great father. In the evening one should visit Oswal Emporium to watch the replica of Taj Mahal it took 10 years for the artists to built this artistic epitome, also enjoy light and sound show “Mohabbat-the-Taj: the saga of love”, theonly show of its kind in India! Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
09 Day: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (240 kms: 5 hrs)
After leausire and breakafast check out the hotel and drive to Jaipur, En route visit Fathepur Sikri, Old deserted town of Mughal Dynasty –Fatehpur Sikri built in red sandstone in honor of Saint Salim Chisti who foretold the birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwan-e-Khas entirely unique in its concept is a tall vaulted room with an intricately carved central pillar and capital supporting a platform that once held the emperor's throne. The airy Panch Mahal a 5 storied structure rising in pyramidal fashion was probably used by the ladies of the court. Set like a jewel in a courtyard of pink sandstone is the finest building here, the marble Tomb of Salim Chisti enclosed by finely carved, lacy marble screens. The Buland Darwaza, an imposing gateway 54 m high was built to commemorate Akbar's Aligarh the famous university town is a center of Islamic studies. After sightseeing continue to drive to Jaipur, on arrival transfer to the hotel. After relaxing in the evening visit to Birla Temple, speculator white marble temple, glitters in the in the night, at the time of dinner visit to Chokhi Dhani - an ethnic 5 star resort serving Rajasthani & Continental cuisine with live music, astrology, games, folk dances and music, puppet shows in an ambiance of an ethnic village. Return to the hotel for overnight.
10 Day: Jaipur
Today after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to splendid Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, built in 15th Centaury by Rajput King Man Singh, later visit another mighty and majestic Nagargarh fort, which is nearby to Amber fort. Later drive back to the main city to visit imperial ‘City Palace’, a miraculous places to witness the real Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Present residence of the royal family of Jaipur. Distinguishing Jantar Mantar innovated and constructed by Jaipur King Swai Jai Singh, he built 5 observatories, and Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one of them. Visiting splendid Hawa Mahal, also known ‘Palace of Winds’ built with a concept for the woman of royal families to speculate the royal ceremonies and festivals being hidden from the public eyes. City palace houses both the monuments. In the evening you can explore the bustling market of Jaipur by cycle rickshaw ride, which is paradise for shopping lovers, Jaipur is worldly famous for hand woven carpet, precious stones, handicraft, marble, textile, blue pottery, handmade papers, later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
11 Day: Jaipur – Neemrana – Delhi (260 kms: 5 ½ hrs) – Bhubaneswar (By Air)
Early morning check out from the hotel and optionally take an excursion to Samode, (45 kms - 1 hour) - the old caravan city of Samode locked up in its walls and dominated by the castle, on arrival after refreshment visit Samode Palace, the Sheesh Mahal- the hall of mirrors. You can take camel cart ride to explore the Samode Fort and the semi desert village of Samode, witness the culture and traditional of villagers. After lunch drive to Delhi. En route you can visit Neemrana Fort, enchanting the old world charm of Indian majesty and hospitality. One of the magnificent forts of Rajasthan converted into a heritage hotel, an astonishing architectural marvel. Here you can experience the adventure of India’s first ZIP Tour and can have your lunch also (of your own) Later continue to drive to Delhi. On arrival, transfer to the domestic airport to board the scheduled flight for Bhubaneshwar. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Bhubaneswar.
12 Day: Bhubhaneshwar
Today morning, after a healthy breakfast, proceed on a Temple Tour, Lingaraj temple, the Parsurameswar temple, the Mukteswar temple and the Rajarani temples all bearing testimony to the magnificence of Orissan architecture expressed through the sculptures and exteriors of the temples. You will then enjoy some free time in the bustling colourful markets shopping for some exquisite Orissan handicrafts. In the afternoon visit the State Museum housing some of the finest collections of paintings and palm leaf etchings. Or visit Atri, famous for its hot sulphur springs and the Hatakeswar Temple. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
13 Day: Bhubaneswar – Dhauli – Konark – Puri (70 kms: 3 – 4 hrs)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Puri, Enroute you will visit, Dhauli -The battleground of Kalinga war during 3rd century BC, which transformed Emperor Ashoka into Dharmashoka. Later you will visit Konark- world heritage site -The temple chariot of the Sun God on the sands of Bay of Bengal is a 13th century architectural marvel. It is designed as a celestial chariot of Sun God, complete with twelve pairs of wheel and seven horses. This legendary temple has sculptures of great beauty covering all aspects of life. It is most famous for its erotic art. Later drive to Puri and proceed to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel 14 Day: Puri
After breakfast you will visit Puri-the city by the sea- is a major pilgrim centre in India, founded by Adi Shankaracharya and is one of the peethas here. You can witness Mangala Arati at the Jagannath Temple in the early morning. Puri is also famous for its Golden beach ideal for swimming and surfing. But the fame of Puri emanates most from the Jagannath Temple, which contributed the word Jurrernaut to the English language. The 12th century temple is known for its annual Car Festival. This afternoon you visit Raghurajpur pattachitra painting village. Raghurajpur - half hour drive from Puri. Overnight at the hotel
15 Day: Puri – Chilika Lake – Puri
This morning after breakfast you will proceed on a full day excursion to visit the famous Chilika lake- the largest brackish water lake in the Asia spreading over 1100 sqkms and famous for its migratory birds and Irrawaddy dolphins. . It attracts a large number of migratory birds, like the flamingo, teal, bar headed goose, shoveller and white - bellied sea eagle. For bird-lovers, Chilika is best visited in winter when the migratory populations wing in from places as far as Siberia. Evening is at leisure for shopping and individual activities. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
16 Day: Puri – Bhubaneswar (70 kms: 2 – 3 hrs) – Chennai (By Air)
After breakfast, your day is free for beach activities. Later check out from the hotel and drive to Bhubaneswar to board the scheduled flight for Chennai. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rest of your day is free for relaxation and individual activities. Evening optionally you can visit flower and fruit market. Overnight at the hotel in Chennai.
17 Day: Chennai
Chennai is the gateway of South India will put you in touch with a different phase of India - Classical, Ancient, Gentle. Chennai is the 4rth largest city in India. Spread over 50 miles and features a large and beautiful waterfront on the Bay of Bengal. The British East India Company established its first trading post at Chennai, and in 1653 the company built Fort Saint George to protect its position. After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Chennai visiting Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world. The St. George Fort, built in 1653, is currently used as the state government’s secretariat, Santhome Cathedral was built around 14th-15th century and is another colonial structure worth visiting. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kapaleeswara Temple is the oldest temple in Chennai. Another important temple in the city dedicated to Lord Krishna is Parthasarthy Temple. The Snake Park has a large collection of snakes and many other reptiles. Evening optionally you can visit flower and fruit market. Overnight at the hotel.
18 Day: Chennai – Tirupati (140 kms: 2½ hrs)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Tirupati. A temple and pilgrim town located at the foot of the Tirumala Hills on which the ancient and beautiful temple of Lord Venkateshwara stands. Spread over seven hills, this township is the most picturesque pilgrimage centre in the south. One must see the favour with which the devotees stand in long queues for a glimpse of their Lord. Masses of coins, jewellery & hair are received as offerings. On arrival, check in at hotel. In the afternoon proceed for Darshan of Lord Balaji. Overnight at Tirupati.
19 Day: Tirupati – Mahabalipuram (180 kms: 3½ hrs)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Mahabalipuram, The city, built in the 7th century, this ancient city is said to be a sculptor's delight, boasting of some of India's most sublime rock-cut art, for which it is now a World Heritage site, visit the seven pagoda-style Shore temples, lashed by the waves of the sea and the seven rathas or temple chariots, a group of monolithic monuments & animal figures carved out of solid rock, the earliest known examples of Dravidian architecture. They were constructed in a single century-long burst of creative enthusiasm. Later in the evening drive back to hotel for overnight stay.
20 Day: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (135 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Pondicherry, on arrival transfer to the hotel. After relaxation take a sightseeing tour of Pondicherry visiting Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the Ecole Françoise d’Extreme Orient, which is nearly 100 years old, with programs in Sanskrit, Tamil and Archaeological studies. The French Catholic influence is evident in a number of churches, notably the Jesuit Cathedral (Notre Dame de la Conception’ 1691-1765), The Church of Our Lady of Angels (1855), famous for an oil painting of Our Lady of Assumption given to the Church by King Louis Napoleon III, and the 17th century Chapel of Our Sisters of Cluny. Evening you can visit local market and colonies. Overnight at the hotel.
21 Day: Pondicherry – Chidambaram – Trichy (210 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and drive to Trichy. Enroute visit Chidambaram, known for its Natraj temple. The Nataraja is dedicated to Shiva in various aspects. The temple is made up of 04 halls. The nritta sabha, the hall of dances, the deva sabha, the hall of festivals, the kanaka sabha, and the raja sabha. The raja sabha is by far the most spectacular with 1000 pillars and here the pandyas celebrated their victory. Later you will stopover at Tanjore to visit the famous Brihadeshwara temple, which was built by Raja and is termed as the crowning glory of Chola temple architecture. This temple is one of the monuments in India with World Heritage listing. Also visit the Thanjavur Palace, which was constructed in 1550 and has huge corridors, spacious halls, observation and arsenal towers. After visit continue to drive to Trichy on arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight.
22 Day: Trichy – Madurai (140 kms: 3 hrs)
Take a sightseeing tour of the Rock Fort Temples: The land mark of Trichy, 83 meters high rock is the only outcrop in the otherwise flat land. This rock is one of the oldest in the world, almost 3,800 years old, as old as the rocks of Greenland and older than the Himalayas. Trichy is a collection of three temples - the Manikka Vinayakar temple at the foot of the hill, the Uchhi Pillayar Koyil dedicated to Lord Ganesha, at the top of the hill and the Taayumaanavar Koyil (Shivastalam) on the hill. Also visiting Sri Ranganathaswami Temple, the abode of the Supreme Lord, Sri Ranganatha, the reclining form of Lord Vishnu. The temple of Ranganatha, the largest in India representing the nine planets of our solar system. Later drive to Madurai, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
23 Day: Madurai
After breakfast, visit to Meenakshi Sundareshwar, one of the largest temple complex in India built between the 16th and 18th centuries. Apart from the estimated 33 million sculptures there, the temple is absolutely absorbing with the endless rounds of ceremonies, prostration of countless devotees and glittering market stalls, later visit Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple and Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple. In the evening, visit the spice and vegetable market. Overnight at Madurai.
24 Day: Madurai – Periyar (140 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive Periyar through tranquil countryside, rich plantations & thick jungles. On arrival, transfer to the jungle resort. After relaxation, visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary one of India's biggest wildlife sanctuaries covering 777 sq. Km (300 Sq. miles) is a Tiger Reserve. Its centre piece, the man-made Periyar Lake at the height of 2000 ft. covers 26 sq. km, running through the forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala, discover the park, animals found here include elephant, sambar, gaur and wild boars and birds like ibis and grey heron. Later take a cruise through the waters of Periyar lake, around which the wild -life sanctuary is situated, offers a soul - stirring pleasant experience. The Lake in its center adds to the charm of the park. Periyar is the only sanctuary in India where you can enjoy wildlife viewing at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the Lake. At Periyar you can see, herds of elephants bathing and playing on the Periyar Lake. Later return to the resort for overnight stay.
25 Day: Periyar – Alleppey (114 kms: 2½ hrs) Backwaters tours through sailing boat to Kumarakom.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive for Alleppey, on arrival embark on the houseboat. The day for the journey of backwaters in the boat, through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters of Alleppey by regattas (snake boats) for which Kerala is very famous, while sailing enjoy palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget. The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of our past trade links, are also found on the way. Flocks of duck swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this tourist land, you also enjoy fishing from the houseboats, evening enjoy sunset from the sun-deck of the houseboats, moving towards Kumarakom. The Houseboats have generated electricity; sitting cum dining area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a Chef, and Sank (Driver). Overnight at the houseboat.
26 Day: Kumarakom – Cochin (92 kms: 2 hrs)
After breakfast disembark from the houseboat. And drive to, Kumarakom for a short tour – the town is for the nature-lover, visit at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, to see bird viewing where numerous species of birds, including Darters, Bitterns, Brahminy kites, Marsh Harries, Teals and several varieties of Herons roost are found. Afterwards drive to Cochin, on arrival transfer to the hotel. After relaxation take a sightseeing of Cochin includes Jewish synagogue, which contains beautiful Belgian glass chandeliers and is paved with hand painted tiles from China. Visit the Dutch Palace with its wonderful murals depicting the entire story of the Ramayana on its walls. See St. Francis Church - the first European church built in India. In the afternoon take Backwaters cruise visiting the Bolghatty Palace the beautiful Dutch colonial mansion. We will pass islands with their traditional fishing hamlets and the fisher flock in their colourful costumes and the Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. Return to the hotel. In the evening visit to see Kathakali Dance. Return to the hotel for check out the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the scheduled flight to your hometown. On departure the tour concludes with happy memories.
The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live there in flocks is a fascination for visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands.
27 Day: Departure Cochin – Hometown (By Air)
After a leisure breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to the International airport to board the scheduled flight for hometown. On departure, tour concludes with happy memories.
"Sweet Memories with Happy Tour Ending."