Day Trip To Taj Mahal by Car

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Day Trip To Taj Mahal By Car

Same day tour of Delhi – Agra – Delhi by Car

Taj Mahal at Agra is about 200 Kms from Delhi and connected through National Highway. Our Day Trip to Taj Mahal by Car starts early in the morning from your hotel and brings you back at Delhi by late Evening. This is the most convenient and comfortable way to visit Taj Mahal from New Delhi.

Tour Details

  • At Around 06:00 AM – Our driver reports at your Hotel in Delh / Noida / Gurgaon and drive to Agra which is 200 kms.
    3 Hours drive through Newly built Yamuna Express highway way.
  • Around 9 AM Arrival at Agra. The guide meet you on arrival in Agra and proceed for Taj Mahal visit. Taj Mahal – the most extravagant monument ever built for love Mumtaj Mahal by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1633.
  • Around 12:00 Hrs – After Sightseeing of Taj Mahal stop for lunch in famous Restaurant of Agra
  • Around 13:00 Hrs – later you will be visiting worthwhile, Gallery for Gifts or Souvenirs from the Taj City
  • Around 14:00 Hrs – Visit the Agra fort – the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566.
  • Around 16:00 Hrs Drive back to Delhi. Drop at your hotel / Airport around 1900 Hrs.

Cost

  • US$ 130 for Single Person (AC Car)
  • US$ 100 Per Person based on 2 Travelers. (AC Car)
  • US$ 85 Per Person based on 3 Travelers. (AC Car)
  • US$ 65 Per Person based on 4 Travelers. (AC Car)

Terms

Includes :

  • Transport by AC chauffeur-driven car
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing
  • Entrance fees at Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
  • Lunch in Agra restaurant
  • All presently applicable taxes

Excludes :

  • All kind of personal expenses such as laundry, telephone bills, insurances, video camera fees, excess baggage, emergency, medical cost
  • Tips to drivers and guides
  • Any Alcohol if taken during lunch

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Booking

To book Day Trip To Taj Mahal by Car or to get this tour customized to your requirements, please contact us. While filling the Contact Form below, please  specify the tour you like, travel dates, number of people traveling and the accommodation type / budget for your tour. Also, let us know what all changes you would like us to make and if you have any other requirements. This will help us understand your needs in a better way and respond with complete information.

Day Trip to Taj Mahal by Super Fast Train

Taj Mahal

Day Trip to Taj Mahal by Superfast Train

Same day tour of Delhi – Agra – Delhi By Train

We will take you on the Superfast Shatabdi Express train early in the morning from New Delhi Railway Station to reach Agra and see the beautiful Taj Mahal and come back later in the evening by train to Delhi.

Tour Plan :

  • At 05:15 Hrs. Early morning pick up from hotel & transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board the Fully Air Conditioned Superfast Shatabdi Express train.
  • At 06:15 Hrs. Superfast Shatabdi Express Train Departs to Agra from New Delhi.
  • At 08:12 Hrs Arrival at Agra Cantt Railway Station.On arrival our representative meets you at Railway Station and takes you for visit to Taj Mahal – the most extravagant monument ever built for love Mumtaj Mahal by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1633. And visit the Agra fort – the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566.
  • Around 13:00 Hrs. Transfer to a Hotel / Restaurant for buffet lunch.
  • After Lunch Excursion to Fatehpur Sikri (40 Km from Agra) – a perfectly preserved red sandstone “ghost town” which was the estranged capital of mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed.
  • At 19:30 Hrs : Transfer to Railway Station to board the train to Delhi.
  • 20:30 Hrs : Shatabdi Express Train departs from Agra .
  • 22:30 Hrs : The Train Arrive New Delhi railway station. On Arrival pick up from Railway Station & transfer to your hotel.

Cost

  • US$ 160 for Single Person
  • US$ 125 Per Person based on 2 Travelers.
  • US$ 100 Per Person based on 3 Travelers.
  • US$ 85 Per Person based on 4 Travelers.

Terms

Includes :

  • Assisted transfers in Delhi and Agra
  • Delhi – Agra – Delhi train ticket in AC Chair Car
  • Agra sightseeing in AC car
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing
  • Entrance fees at Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
  • Lunch in Agra restaurant
  • All presently applicable taxes

Excludes :

  • All kind of personal expenses such as laundry, telephone bills, insurances, video camera fees, excess baggage, emergency, medical cost.
  • Tips to drivers and guides.
  • Any Alcohol if taken during lunch.

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Booking

To book Day Trip to Taj Mahal by Super Fast Train or to get this tour customized to your requirements, please contact us. While filling the Contact Form below, please  specify the tour you like, travel dates, number of people traveling and the accommodation type / budget for your tour. Also, let us know what all changes you would like us to make and if you have any other requirements. This will help us understand your needs in a better way and respond with complete information.

5 Days Golden Triangle Tour

City Palace Jaipur

5 Days Golden Triangle Tour

Tour of Delhi > Agra > Jaipur > Delhi

5 Days Golden Triangle Tour

A trip to India, the land of abundance, history and cultural diversity can’t be complete without a Golden Triangle Tour. The Golden Triangle Tour cover the three royal cities – Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. The distance from Delhi to Agra is about 200Kms (4 Hours)and from Agra it is 280 Kms till Jaipur(5 Hours). The Golden Triangle is so called because of the triangular shape formed by the locations of New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur on the map.The Golden Triangle is a well traveled route showcasing India’s great cultural gems, and providing a good spectrum of the country’s diverse landscapes. The best time to explore the Golden Triangle is from October till March, when the temperatures are down and you can enjoy the sun while visiting the monuments and other places.

Tour Plan Details:

Day 01 : Welcome to Colorful India. On arrival at Airport you will be received by our representative and assisted to your hotel. If time permits we will go for Delhi sightseeing. Overnight at Delhi.

Delhi International Airport

Day 02 :  Delhi – Agra drive ( 2.5 Hrs / 3 Hrs)
After breakfast tour of Delhi visit Qutub Minar, Humaun’s tomb, Lotus Temple, Raj Gath (Gandhi Memorial), India Gate. And drive past parliament house and President house.Qutub Minar

humayun's tomb

Lotus Temple

India Gate
Later drive to Agra, check into hotel for 01 night stay.

Day 03 : Agra – Jaipur drive (240 Km/ 5 hrs) via Fatehpur Sikri
Early morning visit Taj by sunrise. Taj Mahal – the most extravagant monument ever built for love Mumtaj Mahal by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1633. Later back to hotel for breakfast and visit Agra Fort.

taj mahal

Red Fort Agra

Noon drive to Jaipur. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri (40 Km from Agra) (old deserted town of Mughal Dynasty) visiting The Buland Darwaza / Palace of Jodha Bai / Birbal Bhawan & Panch Mahal.

fatehpur sikri

Palace of Jodha Bai

Birbal Bhawan

Continue drive to Jaipur. And visit Abhaneri (95 Km from Jaipur): The small village of Abhaneri has one of India’s deepest and largest step wells (also known as tank gardens). Step wells are unique to India. They were used as cool places of resort, as pools for ritual cleansing before a temple visit and as a water supply for dry weather.

Abhaneri step well There is a temple adjoining the step well.

Harshat Mata Temple Abhaneri
On arrival our company representative would assist you to check in hotel for 02 nights stay. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 04 : Jaipur
After breakfast at hotel. Proceed for excursion to Amber Fort in the outskirts of Jaipur followed by Elephant ride to the fort.

amber fort jaipur

Elephant ride to the fort

Proceed for sightseeing of Palace of Winds better known as Hawa Mahal, City Palace Museum, Jantar Mantar (Observatory), Visit Birla Temple, Rest of the day free for shopping & personal activities and overnight at Jaipur

Hawa Mahal jaipur

City Palace Museum jaipur

City Palace jaipur

Birla Temple jaipur

Optional : Evening traditional Rajasthani Dinner at Chokhi Dhani with Cultural activities.

chokhi dhani jaipur

chokhi dhani jaipur

chokhi dhani jaipur

Day 05 : Jaipur – Delhi drive (250 Km/ 5 hrs) and flight to onward journey
After breakfast drive to Delhi. On arrival departure transfer to IGI airport for flight back to home.

Cost

  • USD : 930/- For Single Person
  • USD : 515/- Per Person for 2 Pax
  • USD : 440/- Per Person for 3 Pax
  • USD : 430/- Per Person for 4 Pax

Terms

Includes :

  • All road travel by AC chauffeur driven car
  • Assistance at Delhi airport
  • Hotel accommodation for 4 nights with buffet breakfast (standard hotels)
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing
  • Entrance fees at the monuments
  • Elephant and Jeep for Amber Fort visit
  • All presently applicable taxes

Excludes :

  • All kind of personal expenses such as laundry, telephone bills, insurances, camera fees, excess baggage, emergency, medical cost.
  • Lunches and dinners except those mentioned
  • Tips to drivers, guides and hotel staff.
  • International and Domestic airfare.

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Booking

To book Golden Triangle Tour or to get this tour customized to your requirements, please contact us. While filling the Contact Form below, please  specify the tour you like, travel dates, number of people traveling and the accommodation type / budget for your tour. Also, let us know what all changes you would like us to make and if you have any other requirements. This will help us understand your needs in a better way and respond with complete information.

8 Days Tour of Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra

city palace udaipur

8 Days Tour of Rajasthan with Delhi and Agra

Tour of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Ajmer, Pushkar, Udaipur and Jodhpur

8 Days Tour of Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra

This compact tour covers some of the most historic and significant places in India and happens to be our largest selling package tour. In this tour, from Delhi, we will travel to Agra and visit the Taj Mahal and the Old Fort. From Agra we will travel to Jaipur and explore the formidable forts and beautiful palaces of the erstwhile rulers. We will visit Pushkar, which is famous of its annual Camel Festival and also the only existing Brahma Temple in India before traveling to Ajmer where we will visit the Dargah of Salim Chishti – a sage and move on to royal cities of Udaipur and Jodhpur in Rajasthan which are famous for Forts, Palaces and Museums. The best season for this tour is December till March when the temperatures are cool and one can enjoy the Indian Sun.

Tour Plan Details:

Day 01: Arrive Delhi- Agra

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Arrive Delhi. Airport / Railway Station and proceed for the Agra. If you are arriving early in the morning, we can include Delhi sightseeing to the plan. You may add 1 or 2 days in Delhi to your tour plan. It is an enchanting place and worth exploring.

Afternoon visit Taj mahal,Agra fort.

taj mahal
taj mahal
Red Fort Agra
Red Fort Agra

Overnight at Agra.

Day 02: Agra- Jaipur

Post breakfast, proceed for the Pink City of Jaipur (265 kms. /5 hrs.). Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, afternoon local city tour (as per availability of time).

fatehpur sikri
fatehpur sikri
Palace of Jodha Bai
Palace of Jodha Bai
Birbal Bhawan
Birbal Bhawan

Overnight at Jaipur

Day 03: Jaipur

Post breakfast, visit Amber fort, and enjoy an elephant ride here.

amber fort jaipur
amber fort jaipur
Elephant ride to the fort
Elephant ride to the fort

Evening at leisure to explore the attractive colorful market of Jaipur. Overnight at Jaipur

Day 04: Jaipur- Ajmer- Pushkar

Post breakfast, proceed-to Ajmer (135 kms. /3 hrs. ) visit the famous Ajmaer Sharif and then drive to Pushkar (11 kms.).

Ajmaer Sharif
Ajmaer Sharif

Visit the only Brahma Temple in India and Pushkar Lake.

brahma temple pushkar
brahma temple pushkar
Pushkar Lake
Pushkar Lake

Overnight stay at Ajmer.

Day 05: Pushkar -Udaipur

Morning drive to Udaipur (286 kms. /6 hrs.). It was the capital of Sawai Dynasty. Upon arrival, Check into hotel.

pichola lake udaipur
pichola lake udaipur

Overnight stay at Udaipur.

Day 06: Udaipur

After breakfast visit the famous Jagdish temple which enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu as Jagannath- Lord of the universe, City Palace on the bank of Pichola Lake and the Saheliyon ki bari “Gardens of the Maidens”.

 

jagdish temple udaipur
jagdish temple udaipur
City Palace udaipur
City Palace udaipur
Saheliyon ki bari udaipur
Saheliyon ki bari udaipur

Overnight stay at Udaipur.

Day 07: Udaipur-Jodhpur

After breakfast depart to Jodhpur (266 kms. / 6 hrs.). The second largest city of Rajasthan. Visit Meharangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum. Overnight stay at Jodhpur.

mehrangarh fort jodhpur
mehrangarh fort jodhpur
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum

Day 08: Jodhpur- Delhi

Post breakfast depart to Delhi (By air/by train/by surface)

Cost

Contact us for a quote on this tour. If you would like to spend a few days in Delhi, let us know.

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Booking

To book this Tour of Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra or to get this tour customized to your requirements, please contact us. While filling the Contact Form below, please  specify the tour you like, travel dates, number of people traveling and the accommodation type / budget for your tour. Also, let us know what all changes you would like us to make and if you have any other requirements. This will help us understand your needs in a better way and respond with complete information.

12 Days Best of Rajasthan Tour

Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur

12 Days Best of Rajasthan Tour

Tour of Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Udaipur & Ranthambore

12 Days Best of Rajasthan Tour

Explore the land of Maharajas – the colorful state of Rajasthan. This tour starts at Jaipur, where we will visit Amber Fort, Maharaja’s City Palace, Armoury Museum, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds. Next we will visit Bikaner which was once a major trading post between Africa, West Asia and the Far East. We will visit the Camel Breeding Farms; Junagarh Fort and the famous Mata Karni Temple at Deshnoke where rats are worshiped! We will travel to Jaisalmer – a fairy-tale town in the Thar Desert where we will explore the forts and its beautiful Jain temples. Enjoy the evening walking through the colorful bazaars. The next day we will visit the Patwaon Ki Haveli which is known for frescoes before moving to Sam Sand Dunes to witness sunset.

From Jaisalmer we will travel to the 15th century city of Jodhpur, which stands at the edge of Thar Desert and is famous as Blue City. We will visit Meherangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Sadar Bazaar and Clock Tower markets. On our way to Mount Abu we will visit the Ranakpur Jain temples which are hidden in the dense forests of the Aravalli hills.

At Mount Abu we will explore the Dilwara Temples built in 1031 AD, and visit Nakki Lake which is an artificial lake built at a height of 1200 Mts! We will drive through valleys of the remote and peaceful Aravalli Range to Udaipur which is known as City of Sunrise, and enjoy a leisure boat ride on Lake Pichola, visit City Palace which was built in 1725 and the beautiful Jagdish Temple built in 1651 by Maharaja Jagat Singh.

Later we will visit Sahelion Ki Bari, Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum which has an attractive collection of folk dresses, puppets, ornaments, dolls, masks, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings, and visit to Eklingji & Nagda Temples on the bank of Lake Bageela. The next day we will drive to Ranthambhore, En route visit the Chittorgarh Fort and later enjoy an Early Morning Game Drive through Ranthambhore National Park in search of the ever elusive Tiger.

Tour Plan :

DAY 01 Arrival at Delhi – Arrival at Delhi Airport. We will start our journey by cab to Jaipur and transfer to hotel. Jaipur, widely known as the ‘Pink City was colored in pink to welcome Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria of England who visited India in 1883 A.D. The city was founded in 1727 A.D by one of the greatest ruler Jai Singh II. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides and crowned by formidable forts and majestic palaces, mansions and gardens.

City Palace Jaipur
City Palace Jaipur

Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is sub-divided into nine rectangular sectors symbolizing nine divisions of universe. Also, Jaipur is the first planned city designed in accordance with ‘Shilpa Shastra’- epochal treatise of Hindu architecture.

Evening, Rest of the day is at leisure, free for independent activities. Overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 02 JAIPUR – Morning: enjoy your breakfast at the hotel; later proceed for an excursion to Amber Fort, here you will enjoy the Elephant Ride to reach atop of the palace (Subject to Availability and optional) this journey on embellished elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience. Inside the Fort visit the Hall of Victory or Jag Mandir, the famed Sheesh Mahal – a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium.

Elephant ride to the fort

Sheesh Mahal

Continue your journey: with the city tour of Jaipur- visiting Maharaja’s City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it is now converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. One of the major attractions of the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers.

City Palace Weapons Museum Jaipur
City Palace Weapons Museum Jaipur

Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world, having 17 large instruments; many of them are still in working condition. During the tour you will also have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds.

Jantar Mantar jaipur

Hawa Mahal jaipur

Overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 03 JAIPUR – BIKANER (350KMS) – Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Bikaner. Bikaner which was once a major trading post between Africa, West Asia and the Far East. The arts prospered receiving the patronage of a wealthy merchant community. The city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world.

Bikaner Camel Farms

This after noon you will visit Camel Breeding Farms; Junagarh Fort, a formidable structure encircled by a moat and having some beautiful palaces within.  Situated at a height of above seven hundred feet above sea level, it towers over the city and can be seen from a distance. The fort and its palaces are profusely decorated with magnificent stone carvings.

Junagarh Fort Palace
Junagarh Fort Palace

30 kms south of Bikaner is the village of Deshnoke, where the famous Mata Karni Temple is situated. The 600-year-old temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple plays host to thousands of rats that form the major attraction here. The rats are considered sacred and worshipped accordingly. You have to be very careful while entering the inner sanctum, because it is believed that if you accidentally step on a rat, a gold replica has to be made to compensate for the lost life.

Karni Mata Temple
Karni Mata Temple

Overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 04 BIKANER – JAISALMER (350KMS) – Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer – a fairy-tale town in the Thar Desert founded about 800 years ago by Raja Jaisal. Unlike any other city, this desert fortress is one of Rajasthan’s most exotic and unusual towns. Jaisalmer, an important ancient trading centre because of its strategic location on the camel trade routes, is often described as the ‘golden city’.

Detail of the golden sandstone exterior features

The havelis, built by merchants of the 19th century, are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone and are still in a beautiful condition. The fort built by Rawal Jaisal in the 12th century, stands on the 80 meter high Trikuta hill, with beautifully carved Jain temples.

Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort

The annual desert festival takes place in January and February each year and is a riot of color and activity. Jaisalmer is also famous for its embroidery, Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets, antique and stonework and the sand dune desert camel safaris.

embroidery work jaisalmer
embroidery work jaisalmer

Afternoon is free, walk around the colorful and bustling bazaars for personal exploration or shopping. Overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 05 IN JAISALMER  – Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel; proceed for the city tour of Jaisalmer. Visit the famous Haveli’ (mansions) known for their frescoes. Jaisalmer’s strategic position on the camel terrain route brought great wealth.

The merchants grew prosperous and commissioned great havelis, or mansions, to flaunt their ever-growing status in society. Made of local golden-yellow sand stone and wood, some of the havelis are still in excellent condition. The most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer havelis is the Patwaon Ki Haveli.

patwon ki haveli jaisalmer
patwon ki haveli jaisalmer

Five Jain brothers built the Haveli between 1800 and 1860. Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Nathmal Ki Haveli are the other two havelis that are open to visitors.  Built in 1156 by the Bhatti ruler, Jaisal, THE FORT here stands atop the 80 m high Trikuta hill and 3 walls and 99 bastions surround the fort.

Over the centuries, the golden sand stone fortress witnessed many battles between the Bhattis, the Mughals and the Rathors of Jodhpur.   Within the fort complex lie the beautifully carved Jain Temples built between the 12th and 15th centuries. The Maharawals (rulers) of Jaisalmer were devout Hindus but were tolerant of Jainism, and encouraged art and religion. There are 7 temples in the complex.

jain temples in fort jaisalmer
jain temples in fort jaisalmer

In the evening, proceed for the excursion to Sam Sand dunes. Located at a distance of 42 kilometers from Jaisalmer, Sam Sand Dunes is the closest point to witness the total sandy desert. You can also see the patterns and motifs created by the shifting sands and air. Moreover, Sam Sand Dunes also provide you with an unforgettable experience of camel rides and the sunset. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.

Sam Sand Dunes Jaisalmer
Sam Sand Dunes Jaisalmer

DAY 06 JAISALMER– JODHPUR (300 KMS) – Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Jodhpur. The 15th century city of Jodhpur, stands at the edge of Thar Desert and is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. Jodhpur is a resplendent city, with a blend of modern and traditional buildings.

mehrangarh fort jodhpur
mehrangarh fort jodhpur

The city is totally dominated by a massive fort sprawled across 125- meter high hill known as Meherangarh Fort, founded by Rao Jodha in 15th century. A flourishing trade center in the 16th century, Jodhpur is still one of the leading centers of wool, cattle, camels, salt and agricultural crops. It boasts of some of very fine reminders of its glorious past palaces, temples and other elegant monuments of architectural and historical significance.

Blue City Jodhpur
Blue City Jodhpur

Also Jodhpur is popularly known as the ‘Blue City’ because of the beautiful houses painted with indigo color mostly belonging to the Brahmin caste. You can get a magnificent view of this Blue city from the ramparts of the Meherangarh Fort. Visit the Meherangarh Fort, which was impregnable for the rocky base it is built on. It totally dominates the city and within its walls are the royal palaces, priceless jewels and a striking collection of arms. Also visit Jaswant Thada, the white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II built in 1899.

Jaswant Thada Jodhpur
Jaswant Thada Jodhpur

Also visit Sadar Bazaar and Clock Tower markets where you can see the vegetable, spice, Indian sweets, and textile and silver markets. These colorful markets with tiny shops dot the narrow lanes replete with woodcarvings, wrought iron, lacquer work, silver and ivory ornamentation and leather handicrafts.

sardar market jodhpur

Afternoon is free to walk around, in the colorful and bustling bazaars for personal exploration or shopping.

Overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 07 JODHPUR– RANAKPUR – UDAIPUR (260 KMS) – Enjoy your breakfast in morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Udaipur. You’ll drive through valleys in the remote and peaceful Aravalli Range. The Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan have a range of natural and cultural bounties which makes it an excellent destination.En route you will visit the Ranakpur Jain Temple.

Ranakpur Jain Temple
Ranakpur Jain Temple

The Ranakpur Jain temples are hidden in the dense forests of the Aravalli hills in a peaceful setting and are one of the five holy Jain pilgrimages and they were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch RanaKumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved with no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 Kg and their sound echoes in the entire complex.

pichola lake udaipur

After lunch drive to Udaipur. Also known as the “City of Sunrise”, Udaipur is set along the banks of the shimmering lake Pichola and is one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan. Nestled among the lush hills of the Aravali, it has inevitably been dubbed the ‘Venice of the East’. It is a kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carries the flavor of the heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Udaipur was founded in 1568 A.D. by MaharanaUdai Singh; the city is a harmonious Indian blend of whitewashed buildings, marble palaces, lakeside gardens, temples and havelis.

City Palace udaipur

In the evening you will enjoy a leisure boat ride on Lake Pichola. The beautiful stretch of water surrounding the two marvelous structures the Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir is the life line of Udaipur city. Lake Pichola is about 4 kms in length and 3 kms wide. Jagniwas was earlier the summer retreat of the prince of Mewar and is now a five-star Hotel Lake Palace. All the palaces in the city are constructed to have a magnificent reflection in this lake. This lake was created in the 15th century and widened later.

Taj Palace Hotel Udaipur
Taj Palace Hotel Udaipur

The lake is surrounded by many exquisite palaces, temples, hilly terrains, bathing ghats and many gardens. The city palace extends along the eastern shore of the lake and you can go for a boat ride from BansiGhat. (Subject to water level in the lake). Overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 08 IN UDAIPUR – Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, and proceed for sight seeing of Udaipur. Udaipur is also a centre of historic arts and crafts of Mewar.

city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur

During the tour you will visit the City Palace built in 1725, the grand City Palace is actually a conglomerate of eleven palaces overlooking the sprawling Lake Pichola. One of the largest, most beautiful palaces in the state of Rajasthan, it is now a museum, royal residence and a luxury hotel. This intricately designed monument is an architectural wonder in granite and marble; Jagdish Temple built in 1651 by Maharaja Jagat Singh, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city.

jagdish temple udaipur
jagdish temple udaipur
Saheliyon ki bari udaipur
Saheliyon ki bari udaipur

The temple has a black marble image of Lord Vishnu, which is unusual for the northern part of the country, where statues of Gods are normally in marble. Later visit Sahelion Ki Bari that is a small ornamental garden built in the honor of Royal Ladies for recreational purpose. Next is the visit to Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum. Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir is home to an attractive collection of folk dresses, puppets, ornaments, dolls, masks, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. The museum is the best place for those interested in puppetry. Short amusing puppet shows are staged throughout the day. In addition, the museum runs short courses in puppet making and theatre.

Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum Udaipur
Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum Udaipur
ekling ji & nagda temple udaipur rajasthan
ekling ji & nagda temple udaipur rajasthan

The Udaipur trip will be followed by visit to Eklingji & Nagda Temples – built in white marble with a double storied porch on the bank of Lake Bageela – 22 kms from Udaipur. Overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 09 UDAIPUR-CHITTORGARH-BUNDI (270 KMS) – Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Bundi. En route visit the Chittorgarh Fort which is a huge and colossal structure. The entrance to the fort is provided through seven gates with the main gate, Ram Pol (gate of Ram). As per the legend, Bhim, a Pandava, started the construction of the fort. There are a number of magnificent monuments inside the fort. Tour must include RanaKumbha Palace, the most imposing monument in the Chittorgarh Fort. Rich heritage and architecture define this palace. It is believed that the palace has underground basements where Rani Padmini and other women performed Johar.

Chittorgarh Fort Bundi
Chittorgarh Fort Bundi
rana kumbha palace chittorgarh fort
rana kumbha palace chittorgarh fort

After Lunch drive to Bundi. Overnight stay in Bundi

DAY 10 BUNDI – RANTHAMBORE (145 KMS)

(PARK CLOSED FROM 01 JULY TO 30 SEPT)

After breakfast, visit the Taragah Fort and Chitrashala.Later you will drive to Ranthambore National Park. The Park covers a huge area of 400 kms of dry deciduous forest and has three lakes – Rajbaug, Padam and Malik and the fort at the entrance. The town gets its name from two hill ranges, “Ranas” and “Thambore” which meet there.

Ranthambore National Park Fort
Ranthambore National Park Fort

The main tourists’ attraction here is the royal Bengal tiger. The area of Ranthambhore Park hosts 30-32 tigers, showing a healthy ecosystem. For a relatively small area, the park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora – species list includes 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, and 272 birds, 12 reptiles including the Marsh Crocodile & amphibians and 30 mammals.

Ranthambore National Park Tiger
Ranthambore National Park Tiger

It includes around a thousand chitals, 800 neelgais, a rattle and a sloth bear, many sambars, few chinkaras, blackbuck and many crocodiles & python. It houses birds like cormorants, miniwets, darters, drongos lapwings, anoles, cormorants, kingfishers, stone curlews and eagles & thousands of peacocks and peahens. The landscape is dotted with ancient Banyan Trees, Dhok&Pipal trees. The forest is typically dry deciduous type, with Dhok, being the most prominent tree.Overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 11 – RANTHAMBHORE   

0630 hrs: Early Morning Game Drive.

Ranthambore National Park Game Drive
Ranthambore National Park Game Drive

Early morning Game Drive in Canter (Open Bus 20 Seater) into the Park where your naturalist will talk to you about the wildlife found in this Park.  Ranthambhore National Park is probably the best place in the world to see wild tigers and is the only dry deciduous tiger habitat in the world. In game drive your naturalist will help you explore the park in the search of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 12 – RANTHAMBHORE – JAIPUR (200KMS)

Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Jaipur and transfer to Airport or Railway Station.

Optional: If you would like to enjoy a tour of Delhi, we can do that on Day 1. your stay at Delhi will allow you to relax and get comfortable before we start our journey to Jaipur the next day by car. Also, if you require, we can end this tour at Delhi Airport/Hotel to your convenience.

 

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13 Days Classical Rajasthan Tour

Lake Pichola Udaipur

13 Days Classical Rajasthan Tour

Tour of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ranakpur and Udaipur

13 Days Classical Rajasthan Tour

This popular travel circuit is a mix of Golden Triangle and famous destinations in the princely state of Rajasthan. This tour starts at Delhi and includes Delhi Sightseeing, visit to Agra where you will see the famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri on the way to Jaipur. At Jaipur, visit the forts, palace, museum and the enchanting bazaars before moving to Jodhpur which was founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha, where we will explore Mehrangarh Fort and visit Jaswant Thada. From Jodhpur we will travel to Ranakpur famous for 15th Century Ranakpur Jain Temples dedicated to Tirthankara Rishabhji with 29 halls and 1,444 intricately crafted pillars in Amber stone.

Our next stop will be Udaipur which is known as the Venice of the East and is truly a romantic city with its lakes, gardens and temples. We will enjoy the Boat ride at Lake Pichola and later visit the City Palace which has 11 constituent Mahals (palaces), with balconies, towers and cupolas, offering a breathtaking view of the lake and its surroundings.

Travel Plan :

DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI – On arrival in India you will be greeted and escorted by Indo Asia Tour’s Executive to your hotel. (Rooms will be available from 1200 hrs)

Delhi International Airport
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 at the hotel

DAY 02 : DELHI – After breakfast, enjoy the sightseeing of Delhi.

Drive past Red Fort (Closed on Mondays) 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
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 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.

Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi

Also 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.

Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial Delhi

You will drive Past Rashtrapati Bhawan once the Viceroy’s residence is now the official residence of the President of India.

Photo stop at 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.

India Gate
India Gate

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
humayun’s tomb

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 0 3: DELHI / AGRA (Approx. 206 Kms – 5 hrs drive)

After leisurely breakfast drive to Agra. On the way visit Sikandra.

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.

Sikandra Agra
Sikandra Agra

On arrival in Agra check in at the hotel

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.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 04 : AGRA – After breakfast enjoy the sightseeing tour of Agra. Visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays) – A poignant poetry in marble, stands serene and awesome on a raised marble platform, by the banks of the Yamuna. The most extravagant monument ever built for love is a tribute to the

taj mahal
taj mahal

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

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. Rest of the day is free. Overnight at the hotel

DAY 05 : AGRA / FATEHPUR SIKRI / JAIPUR (Approx. 232 Kms / 05 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Jaipur. On the way visit Fatehpur Sikri. It is a beautiful and deserted medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. The Mughals later abandoned this city for lack of water.

fatehpur sikri

After sightseeing drive to Jaipur. Maharaja Jai Singh II built Jaipur in the 18th century. It is a planned city built with ancient Hindu rules as the colonial capital of a richly colorful state. The whole city was painted pink to welcome the visit of Prince Albert in 1853.

On arrival in Jaipur, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel

DAY 06 : JAIPUR – After breakfast, half-day excursion trip takes you to Amber Fort with Elephant or Jeep ride. The Amber Fort was built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. It gives extensive views over a deep narrow valley and the wider plains beyond.

Elephant ride to the fort

En route, make a photo stop at the palace of winds the Hawa Mahal. A 5 storied building with 25cm thick facade from the 18 century having 953 windows and niches so that ladies of royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people.

Hawa Mahal jaipur

In the afternoon, visit City Palace. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. City Palace complex covers a huge area, which is divided into a series of gardens, courtyards and buildings. The premises consists several buildings like Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani’s Palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

City Palace jaipur

Also visit Jantar Mantar (1728-34) 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.

Jantar Mantar jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur

Each instrument serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 07 : JAIPUR / JODHPUR (Approx. 332 Kms – 07 hrs) – After breakfast drive to Jodhpur. Set on the edge of the Thar desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama the epic hero of the Ramayana.

Blue City Jodhpur

On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel

DAY 08 : JODHPUR – After breakfast enjoy the sightseeing of Jodhpur.

Visit Mehrangarh Fort, which was built by Rao Jodha in 1459. It has various pavillions beautifully decorated and at times filled like museums with the old royal artifacts. From the top of the fort one can get a bird’s eye view of the old city. You will notice the predominance of blue houses referred to as Brahmin houses – the colour being associated with the high caste.

Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur

Also visit Jaswant Thada. It is a white marble memorial built by Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These stones are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when the sun’s rays dance across their surface.

Jaswant Thada Jodhpur
Jaswant Thada Jodhpur

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 09 : JODHPUR / RANAKPUR ( Approx.169 Kms – 3 ½ hrs drive)

After breakfast, drive to Ranakpur. On arrival, visit the Ranakpur Jain Temples. Renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stones, Ranakpur is one of the five holy places of the Jain community. These temples were created in the 15th century A.D. during the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall. The central ‘Chaumukha’ or four-faced temple is dedicated to the venerated Tirthankara Rishabhji. Open on all four sides, it enshrines the four-faced image of Adinath. Sprawling over 48,000 sq.feet, the temple is an astounding creation with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars – all distinctly carved.

Ranakpur Jain Temple
Ranakpur Jain Temple

Images of 24 tirthankars are carved on the ‘Mandaps’ or porticoes in a corridor around the shrine with each mandap having a ‘Shikhar’ or spire adorned with little bells on the top. The gentle breeze wafting through the corridors move the bells creating celestial music all around the complex. Rising in three stories, the temple has four small shrines with 80 spires supported by 420 columns.

After the sightseeing, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 10 : RANAKPUR / UDAIPUR (Approx. 90 Kms – 02 hrs drive)

After breakfast, drive to Udaipur. Udaipur is known as the Venice of the East. It has to its credit some beautiful temples and gardens. It lies in the Girwa Valley amidst the Aravali hills of South Rajasthan. The City is considered a Romantic city with its lakes, gardens, temples and –an Oasis in the Thar Desert. Arrive Udaipur and transfer to the Hotel.

Lake Pichola Udaipur
Lake Pichola Udaipur

Later visit enjoy Boat ride on Lake Pichola. Lake Pichola derives its name from Pichola Village. Maharana Udai Singh enlarged the lake after he founded the city of Udaipur. This picturesque 4 km long and 3 km wide lake encloses the Jag Niwas Island and the Jag Mandir. The City Palace extends along its eastern banks. Overnight at the hotel

Lake palace udaipur
Lake palace udaipur

DAY 11 : UDAIPUR – After breakfast, enjoy the sightseeing of Udaipur, which includes the visits to the following:

City Palace:One of the largest royal complexes in Rajasthan, the City Palace stands majestically on a promontory on the picturesque Lake Pichola. The complex boasts 11 constituent Mahals (palaces), with balconies, towers and cupolas, offering a breathtaking view of the lake and its surroundings. The Durbar Hall, which was used as a venue for formal occasions like state banquets and meetings, has most luxurious interiors highlighted by some of the largest chandeliers in the world. The Palace also houses a museum displaying a number of interesting artifacts.

city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur

 

city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur

Folklore Museum:Bhartiya lok Kala mandal was founded by Padma Shri Devi Lal Samar in 1952.

Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum Udaipur
Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum Udaipur

Sahelion ki Bari:The Sahelion-ki-Bari Garden was built in early 18th century AD as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend their time in leisure. The enchantingly beautiful Garden is famous for its lotus pool, fountains (in the shape of birds), lush green lawns, flowerbeds, and marble pavilions, offering a breathtaking view to visitors.

Saheliyon Ki Bari Udaipur
Saheliyon Ki Bari Udaipur

Jagdish Temple:Built in 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh, Jagdish Temple is the largest and the most beautiful temple in Udaipur. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is famous for its beautiful sculpted images and towering shikhara.

jagdish temple udaipur
jagdish temple udaipur

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 12 : UDAIPUR / DELHI (Flight)

After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight for Delhi. (Check out time is 1200 hrs)

Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel. (Rooms will be available on Day Use only)

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

DAY 13 : DELHI DEPARTURE

Today you will connect the flight back home

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16 Days Leh to Amritsar Tour

Leh Palace leh ladakh

16 Days Leh to Amritsar Tour

Tour of Delhi, Leh, Likir, Alchi, Tsokar, Jispa, Manali, Mc Leodganj & Amritsar

16 Days Leh to Amritsar Tour

16 Days Leh to Amritsar Tour: This enchanting tour of the North India starts at Delhi and takes you to Leh, where we will have a full day sightseeing of famous monasteries Shey, & Thiksey, visit monastery at Likir, a beautiful building, reminiscent of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. From here we drive to Yangtang village to Ridzong monastery, set hidden in a valley.

At Alchi we will vist the famous 11th Century Monastery and later journey to excursion to Lamayuru, through some of the most spectacular scenery in Ladakh. On the way back to Leh we will visit Basgo Fort en route. In the evening enjoy the walk through the old Town or the local bazaar.

The next day we begin our journey along the legendary road from Leh to Manali across the Great Himalayan Range and visit Tsokar Lake. Enjoy this night in a fixed camp. We will next continue our journey through Nakli La, Lachalung La, the Gata Loops crossing Baralacha Pass and Rohtang Pass, we leave the barren mountains behind and descend into the green and fertile Kulu Valley to Manali.

At Manali we will visit the famous ancient wooden Hadimba Devi Temple, and later travel to Mandi, visiting Rewalsar on the way, where a charming hilltop lake is revered by Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists. Our Next stop will be Dharamsala which is the seat of Tibetan Govt. in exile and also home to H.H Dalai Lama. We will travel to Amritsar and visit the famous Golden Temple, the main shrine of the Sikhs and the nearby Jalianwala Gardens.

Travel Plan Details:

Day-1. Arrive Delhi – Meet assistance at airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight hotel

Delhi Airport
Delhi Airport

Day-2 Flight Delhi-Leh – Transfer to the domestic terminal for the spectacular early morning flight over the Himalaya to Leh. The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise to the altitude (3,500m). Overnight Hotel.

Leh
Leh

Day-3.  In Leh – After breakfast full day sightseeing of famous monasteries Shey, & Thiksey. Afternoon visit Sankar monastery. Overnight hotel

Shey Monastery
Shey Monastery
Thiksey Monastery
Thiksey Monastery
Sankar Monastery
Sankar Monastery

Day-4. Leh-Likir-Alchi – Drive to monastery at Likir, a beautiful building, reminiscent of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. From here we drive to Yangthang village from where there is the option to walk to Rizong monastery, set hidden in a valley. This solitary gompa is renowned for its strict monastic teachings. Just below in a grove of apricots is a Jelichun Nunnery, which is inhabited by young nuns from the Nubra Valley who have come here to study Buddhism.

Likir Monastery
Likir Monastery
Yangthang village
Yangthang village
Rizong monastery
Rizong monastery

 After Ridzong we rejoin the Indus again, which we follow to Saspol. Just after the village we cross this mighty river and drive to Alchi, a pretty village set in a grove of apricot trees. Barley fields surround the village and at harvest time the village is a buzz of activity.

Overnight in Traditional Guest House

Day-5. In Alchi – We visit the famous monastery. The main attraction in Alchi is the monastery, which is the most important cultural site in Ladakh.

Alchi Monastery
Alchi Monastery

Built in the 11th century, it is a treasure trove of early Buddhist art in the Kashmiri tradition, a style quite different from the Tibetan art found in Ladakh’s other monasteries. It was founded by Rinchen Zangpo who was said to have built 108 temples in Ladakh and is responsible for reviving interest in Buddhism at that time. After breakfast we make an excursion to Lamayuru. The drive takes us through some of the most spectacular scenery in Ladakh.

Lamayuru Monastery
Lamayuru Monastery

There will be time to explore the monastery and the village before driving back to Alchi. Overnight in Traditional Guest House

Day-6. Drive to Leh – After breakfast we drive back to Leh visiting Basgo Fort en route.

Basgo Fort Ladakh
Basgo Fort Ladakh

The rest of the afternoon is free for individual exploration. The old town and the local bazaar are well worth a visit. Overnight Hotel

Day-7.Free day in Leh – There are options to visit some of the monasteries in the Leh valley, or to take a jeep trip to the Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable road in the world at 5,602m. These activities can be arranged and paid for locally and your tour manager will have details.

Khardung La Pass Ladakh
Khardung La Pass Ladakh

Overnight Hotel

Day-8. Drive to Tsokar Lake 6 Hrs drive –  An early start as we leave Leh and begin our journey along the legendary road from Leh to Manali across the Great Himalayan Range. This journey rates as one of the classic road journeys of the world. From Leh we follow the Indus River for a short while before turning away to climb to the Taglang La.

leh to manali road
leh to manali road

At 5,328 m., this pass is the second highest road pass in the world. The road winds its way up through a spectacular landscape to the prayer flags at the top. Descending from the pass we leave the main road for a while to visit Tsokar Lake. We camp about a mile from the lake (due to ecological reasons camping is not allowed on the lake shore).

Tsokar Lake Ladakh
Tsokar Lake Ladakh

Overnight Fixed Camp

Day-9. Tsokar – Jispa 8-9 Hrs drive – A long drive today as we climb through a stunning wind eroded landscape of earth and rock pillars to the Nakli La and further on to the Lachalung La.

Lachulung La
Lachulung La

We then descend the Gata Loops, an amazing series of 22 hairpin bends. The highest point today is Baralacha Pass (4,845m, Continue driving to Jispa for the night. Overnight Guest House

Day-10. Drive to Manali – Crossing our last pass, the Rohtang Pass (3,985 m). This takes us over the Himalayas and from here the scenery changes dramatically – we leave the barren mountains behind and descend into the green and fertile Kulu Valley to Manali.

Rohtang Pass
Rohtang Pass

Overnight Hotel

Day-11.  In Manali – We have a full day to explore Manali. Manali is surrounded by beautiful fir and pine forests and there are lovely walks in and around the town. The ancient wooden Hadimba Devi Temple is the most important temple in Manali.

manali market
manali market
Hadimba Devi Temple
Hadimba Devi Temple

Overnight Hotel

Day-12: Manali-Mandi 6 Hrs drive – Drive to Mandi. En-route we will visit Rewalsar where a charming hilltop lake is revered by Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists, who have each built their temples on its banks.

Rewalsar Lake
Rewalsar Lake

Overnight Hotel

Days-13/14.  McLeodganj – Today we drive to the hill station of Dharamsala. This was a quiet unassuming town until 1959. This all changed when H.H Dalai Lama settled here after fleeing from Tibet at the time of the Chinese invasion. McLeod Ganj is the upper part of the town and is the area with the greatest Tibetan influence and is where we are based for two nights. We have a full day to explore the town.

McLeodganj Market
McLeodganj Market
McLeodganj Market
McLeodganj Market
McLeodganj Bhagsu Temple
McLeodganj Bhagsu Temple
McLeodganj Bhagsu Falls
McLeodganj Bhagsu Falls

Day-15. McLeodganj- Amritsar – We drive to Amritsar, the Sikh’s holiest city and in the afternoon we visit the Golden Temple, their main shrine.

Golden Temple
Golden Temple

We can also visit the nearby Jallianwala Gardens, site of the notorious The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, took place on 13 April, 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer fired machine guns into a crowd of unarmed protesters, along with Baishakhi pilgrims, who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar.

Jallianwala Gardens
Jallianwala Gardens
Jallianwala Gardens Bullet Marks
Jallianwala Gardens Bullet Marks

Overnight Hotel

Day-16. Transfer to Airport. Depart Home

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15 Days North India and the Ganges Tour

Varanasi Aarti

15 Days North India and the Ganges Tour

Tour of Delhi, Amritsar, Dharamshala, Pathankot, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Jhansi, Gwalior and Agra

15 Days North India and the Ganges Tour

15 Days North India and the Ganges Tour: This tour of North India and Ganges follows a popular travel circuit which starts at Delhi and takes you to Amritsar, where we visit the Golden Temple and enjoy a Rickshaw ride through the old market. From Amritsar we travel to Dharamsala and experience the unique culture of the Tibetan community around Mc LeodGanj. We will also visit the H.H Dalai Lama Temple and later visit Norbulinga Institute of Tibetan.

Our next stop will be Pathankot where we will visit Church St. John in the Wilderness at Forsyth Ganj which has memorials of various Viceroys from the Britain. From Pathankot we will take a flight to Varanasi and in the evening take a Rickshaw ride through the old parts of the City to Ghats to experience the Evening Puja Ceremony on Dasvamedha Ghat on the banks of River Ganges. Early morning we will take a Boat ride on the Ganges, then walk to the Vishwanath Temple one of the Famous Temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva.

We will travel to Sarnath and visit Chaukandi and Dhamek Stupa build by the Emperor Ashoka in 243 BC and the ruins of the ancient town. Our next stop will be Khajuraho which is  famous for its temple structures and “UNESCO –World Heritage Monuments”. Built by the Chandela Dynesty these temples are more than a 1000 years old. We will visit Orchaa Fort near Jhansi on our way to Gwalior where we will explore the Gwalior Fort and visit the Fort complex Man Mandir and the Sas-bahu Temple. From Gwalior we will journey to Agra and visit the Agra Fort and the famous Taj Mahal.

Travel Plan Details:

Day-1. Arrive Delhi.

Arrive at Delhi International Airport, Meet and Greet, transfer to the Hotel.

Delhi Airport
Delhi Airport

Day-2. Delhi- Amritsar DEP 0720 Hrs /ARR 1330 Hrs

Morning we catch a train to Amritsar. Arrive by afternoon and transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Hotel

Day-3. In Amritsar:

Today we visit the Famous Golden Temple and later have rickshaw ride in the Bazaar of the old city. Overnight in Hotel

Golden Temple
Golden Temple

Day-4. Amritsar- Dharamshala.  Appx 200 Kms 5-6 Hrs

After breakfast we drive to Dharamshala/Mcleodganj.

McLeodganj Market
McLeodganj Market
McLeodganj Market
McLeodganj Market
McLeodganj Bhagsu Temple
McLeodganj Bhagsu Temple
McLeodganj Bhagsu Falls
McLeodganj Bhagsu Falls

Evening time to browse through wonderful bazaar with its strong Tibetan Influence. Overnight in Hotel

Day-5. In Dharamshala

Today we have full day in the Tibetan capital in Exile. We visit the H.H Dalai Lama Temple and later visit Norbulingka Institute.

H.H Dalai Lama Temple
H.H Dalai Lama Temple
Norbulingka Institute
Norbulingka Institute

Evening free. Overnight in Hotel

Day-6. Dharamshala – Pathankot-Delhi 100km Drive/3-4 Hrs+ Train DEP 1905 Hrs

Morning we pay a visit to Church St. John in the Wilderness at Forsyth Ganj, this mystical place is surrounded by pine trees and the church though small gives us a good feel of the British Era architecture. Inside the church are memorials of various Viceroys from the Britain.

 

Church St. John in the Wilderness at Forsyth Ganj
Church St. John in the Wilderness at Forsyth Ganj
The memorial to Lord Elgin.
The memorial to Lord Elgin.

Afternoon we drive to Pathankot Railway station to catch train to Delhi

Overnight in II Tier Sleeper A.C Train

Day-7. Arrive Delhi-Varanasi Flight DEP: 0930/ARR 1045; Arrive Delhi at 0545Hrs. 

We arrive very early this morning, we get time to freshen up and have breakfast. After Breakfast transfer to Airport to catch flight to Varanasi.

Varanasi Ganges
Varanasi Ganges

On arrival in Varanasi we meet our transport and we drive to our Hotel.After getting some time to relax we re-group in the evening and take Rickshaw ride through the old parts of the City to Ghats to experience the Evening Puja Ceremony on Dasvamedha Ghat on the banks of River Ganges.Come back to Hotel for Dinner Overnight in Hotel

Varanasi Aarti
Varanasi Aarti

Varanasi is bustling City situated on the Banks of the river Ganges. It’s famous for its Temples and Ghats. Varanasi is the Vatican of East and holds the same importance in the Hinduism.Its also called Kashi a mythological term and many Hindus believed that a visit to this place is a must once in their lifetime and have a dip in the Holy river of Ganges which will wash all their sins.

Varanasi sadhus
Varanasi sadhus

A lot of Hindu monasteries are located across the city and priest come here to study and gain knowledge by meditation and teaching; later join respective temples in their own Cities. The City is also famous for Silk Saris.

Day-8. In Varanasi.

Early morning we Take a Boat ride on the Ganges, then walk to the Vishwanath Temple one of the Famous Temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva. Later come back to Hotel for Breakfast.

 Vishwanath Temple Varanasi
Vishwanath Temple Varanasi

Before Noon we Drive to Sarnath appx (30mins 0ne-wa)y; We start the tour with the Visit to the Archaeological museum renowned for keeping world famous artifacts and relics from the Golden era.

Archaeological Museum Varanasi
Archaeological Museum Varanasi

Later we visit the famous Chaukandi and Dhamek Stupa and the ruins of the ancient town later we visit the Modern Buddhist Temple erected by the Mahabodhi society adjacent to the ruins.

Chaukandi Stupa Varanasi
Chaukandi Stupa Varanasi
Dhamek Stupa Varanasi
Dhamek Stupa Varanasi

Evening we return to Hotel. Overnight in Hotel

Sarnath is a small town next door to Varansi and holds the religious importance to Buddhism. The famous Stupa was Build by the Emperor Ashoka in 243 BC

Day-9. Varanasi- Khajuraho DEP 1215 Hrs ARR 1315 Hrs

Morning we pay a visit to a Hindu Ashram and see how Monks live there. In the afternoon we get transferred to Airport to Board Flight to Khajuraho. Arrive Khajuraho Transfer to Hotel Overnight in Hotel

Day-10. In Khajuraho

Today we have full day to visit The Western and the Eastern group of Temples.

Khajuraho
Khajuraho
Khajuraho
Khajuraho
Khajuraho
Khajuraho

Khajuraho is famous for its temple structures and most them have been declared “UNESCO –World Heritage Monuments”. These temples depict the generous and artistic creativity towards the kings of Chandela dynasty having ruled in the central India around 1000 AD. Out of the total 85 temples only 22 have survived till now and are divided as Eastern , Western and Southern Group of temples.

Overnight in Hotel

Day-11. Khajuraho-Jhansi-Gwalior Drive: 180 Kms Drive/5 Hrs Train DEP 1755/ARR 1900Hrs

Orcha is a small town on the Banks of the Betwa River, which used to be the occupied the Kings of Bundela Rajput Dynasty and was founded in some 1501 AD.

Orchha Palace
Orchha Palace

After Breakfast we drive to Jhansi Railway station. Enroute we visit the Orchaa Fort.

Orchha Fort
Orchha Fort

After visiting the fort we head straight to the nearby Railway Station at Jhansi to board the train to Gwalior. Overnight in Hotel B,-, D

Day-12. Gwalior- Agra DRIVE 120 Kms/3-4 Hrs

Gwalior is a small city located in the Centre of India in the state of Madhya Pradesh and the foundation of the city can be traced to 8thCentury AD. It was also eminent place during the fight for our Independence and was a hotbed of planning during the First uprising by Indians against British in 1857 for the freedom fighters Tatya tope and the Queen of Jhansi Rani Laksmi Bai; the city also has memorials.

Gwalior Fort
Gwalior Fort

Morning we visit Gwalior Fort. We visit the Fort complex Man Mandir and the Sas-bahu Temple. One can have a nice view of the whole town from the Walls of the fort. On our way down we walk to the bus and visit the famous stone cut sculptures of Lord Mahaveer.

sas bahu temple gwalior
sas bahu temple gwalior
sas bahu temple gwalior
sas bahu temple gwalior

Afternoon we drive to Agra. We arrive by evening. Overnight in Hotel B,-, D

Day-13. In Agra: 

The modern Agra was founded by King Sikander Lodhi in the 16th Century and later became the seat of the Mughal Empire and thus the city came into prominence and it was Shahjehan who built the Memoir of Love for his beloved wife Mumtaz.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Red Fort Agra
Red Fort Agra

We have a full day in Agra Today. We start the day by our visit to the Taj Mahal one of the 7 wonders of the world;later we visit the Agra Fort. In the Evening we take a stroll in the Bazaar. Overnight in Hotel B,-, D

Day-14. Agra- Delhi. 200Kms 4-5 Hrs

After Breakfast we drive to Delhi via Fatehpur Sikri – all done in Fine Red Stone. Now a lost city Fatehpur Sikri was once an inhabited city and was build by Mughal King Akbar during 1564 AD.

fatehpur sikri
fatehpur sikri
Birbal Bhawan
Birbal Bhawan

Palace of Jodha Bai

Around noon we continue our final drive towards Delhi. After Dinner transfer to IGIA Airport. Depart Delhi B,-, D

Day-15. Arrive Home

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4 Days Ajanta and Ellora Caves Tour

Ellora Caves

4 Days Ajanta & Ellora Caves Tour

Tour of Mumbai – Aurangabad – Mumbai

4 Days Ajanta and Ellora Caves Tour

This World Heritage site tour starts at Mumbai from where we will take you to Aurangabad from where we will proceed for full day Excursion to Ajanta Caves which were crafted by Buddhist monks in 2nd Century. The caves exhibit Beautiful frescoes, wall paintings and vivid sculptures which reflect the peak of ancient Indian art and architecture. The next day we will explore Ellora Caves where you can see the most famous image of Lord Shiva sculpted on the rocks-the largest monolith in the world. Later we will explore Pithalkora caves which are located 78 kms from Aurangabad and famous for intricate work on the sculptured facades.

We will also explore Daulatabad fortress at Daulatabad, famous for its series of trick defenses, secret escape routes. We will visit Bibi-ka-Maqbara, built in memory of Aurangazeb’s wife RabiaDurrani and also Panchakki or Water Mill, an ingenious creation of Mughal engineers who used it to harness water to run large grinding stones which served as a flour mill.

Travel Plan :

Day – 01 Mumbai – Aurangabad by air 

mumbai chhatrapati shivaji international airport
mumbai chhatrapati shivaji international airport
mumbai aurangabad flight
mumbai aurangabad flight
aurangabad airport
aurangabad airport

Arrive at Aurangabad Airport & transfer to hotel at Aurangabad. Enjoy a brief City tour of Aurangabad.

Bibi ka Maqbara Aurangabad Bibi ka Maqbara Aurangabad
Bibi ka Maqbara Aurangabad

Overnight  stay at Hotel.

Day – 02 Aurangabad –  Ajanta

Breakfast  at the Hotel. After breakfast proceed for full day .Excursion to Ajanta – (closed on Monday)These 2nd century caves are fine achievements by Buddhist monks. Beautiful frescoes, wall paintings and vivid sculptures reflect the peak of ancient Indian art and architecture. The horseshoe shaped gorge has 30 caves dividend in two phases.Return back to Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.

ajanta caves
ajanta caves
ajanta caves
ajanta caves
ajanta caves
ajanta caves
ajanta caves
ajanta caves

Day – 03 Aurangabad – Ellora Caves – Pithalkora

Breakfast at the Hotel. After Breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Ellora Caves (closed on Tuesday) – The World Heritage site, one of the finest examples of rockcut  caves , there are 34 caves, Cave 16 is the most famous and has Lord Shiva sculpted on the rocks-the largest monolith in the world.

Ellora Caves
Ellora Caves
Ellora Caves
Ellora Caves
Ellora Caves
Ellora Caves
Ellora Caves
Ellora Caves

After Ellora Caves, further proceed for Pitalkhora Caves:- Pitalkhora Caves are about 78 kms from  Aurangabad. The intricate work on the sculptured facades in these caves is definitely worth a visit.

Pitalkhora Caves
Pitalkhora Caves

Return back to Hotel. Overnight  stay at Hotel.

Day – 04 Aurangabad –Mumbai or Delhi

Breakfast  at the Hotel. After breakfast proceed to The Daulatabad fortress was an old Hindu stronghold originally called Devgiri Fort.

Daulatabad Fort
Daulatabad Fort

Emperor Mohammed-bin-Tughlaq captured and plundered it in the 13th century and made it the second capital of the Delhi Sultanate renaming it Daulatabad. It is famous for its series of trick defences, secret escape routes etc.

Bibi-ka-Maqbara, built in memory of Aurangazeb’s wife RabiaDurrani.

Bibi ka Maqbara Aurangabad
Bibi ka Maqbara Aurangabad

Panchakki or Water Mill, an ingenious creation of Mughal engineers who used it to harness water to run large grinding stones which served as a flour mill. The tomb of a muslim saint lies in the garden beyond the building served as a flour mill.

water mill aurangabad
water mill aurangabad

Proceed to airport to catch onward flight.

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15 Days Vibrant Gujarat Tour

palitana gujarat

15 Days Vibrant Gujarat Tour

Tour of Mumbai > Rajkot > Junagadh > Sasangir > Somnath > Diu > Palitana > Bhavnagar > Lothal > Ahmedabad > Dungarpur > Udaipur > Mumbai

15 Days Vibrant Gujarat Tour

This tour starts at Mumbai and takes you on a cruise to Elephanta Caves which date back to 600 AD, Gateway of India – the imposing stone archway in Indo-Saracenic architecture built in 1911, Prince of Whales Museum, Hanging Gardens, the Aquarium and Marine Drive, also known as “Queens Necklace”. From Mumbai we take a flight to Rajkot where we will visit Kaba Gandhi Delo – Gandhiji’s ancestral home, Watson Museum & library located in the pleasant Jubilee garden, Lal Pari Lake & Randerda.

The next day on the way to Sasangir we will visit Junagadh – An ancient fortified city, Uparkot Fort – famous for its virtual inaccessibility, Ashoka’s Rock edicts – the fourteen rock edicts of the Emperor Ashoka and Damodar Kund – a sacred tank.

At Sasangir enjoy game viewing and proceed to Somnath enroute visiting Veraval – one of the India’s major fishing ports. At Somnath we will visit Visit Bhalkeshwar temple, Bhid Bhanjan Mandir and the seat of the twelve most sacred “Jyotirlingas’ of Lord Shiva.At Diu we will relax at relax at Nagoa beach, and enjoy the view. On our way to Bhavnagar we will visit Palitana – The Place of Victory and the Jain temple. At Bhavnagar we will visit Gauri Shankar Lake – a beautiful picnic spot, Takhteshwar temple & The Lock Gate.

The next day we take you out for a sight seeing tour of Ahmedabad covering Ahmed Shah’s Mosque, Balvatika, Teen Darwaza and Bhadra Fort, Daria Khan’s Ghumat, Siddi Sayyad’s Mosque, Gita Mandir, Swami Narayan Temple, Hathisingh Jain Temple, ruins of Jhulta Minar (Swinging Minarets), Jama Masjid , Kankaria Lake, Rani Sipri’s Mosque and Tomb, Rani Roopmati Mosque & Sabarmati Ashram.

Our next stop will be Dungarpur, where we will checkin to Palace Hotel, picturesquely sited between a lake teeming with birds and dense forest. From Dungarpur we will travel to Udaipur and visit Nagda Ruins & Eklingji Temples on the lake Bagel in the evening. A full day sightseeing tour of Udaipur will take you to City Palace, Museum, Crystal Gallery, Durbar Hall and a boat-ride on Lake Pichola where you can enjoy excellent views of the Lake Palace and City Palace.

Travel Plan :

Day 01: Mumbai

On arrival, you will be met by our representative & transferred to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

mumbai chhatrapati shivaji international airport
mumbai chhatrapati shivaji international airport

Day 02: Mumbai 

Breakfast at hotel, AM: proceed to take a cruise in the Arabian Sea to see the famous Elephanta Caves – Hewn out of solid rock, the Elephanta Caves date back to 600 AD, The cave complex is a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture, and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses represented in many reincarnations.

Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves

In the afternoon city tour of Mumbai (Bombay) visiting Gateway of India – the imposing stone archway in Indo-Saracenic architecture built in 1911, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens, the Aquarium and Marine Drive, also known as “Queens Necklace”.

Gateway of India
Gateway of India
Prince of Wales Museum
Prince of Wales Museum
hanging gardens of mumbai
hanging gardens of mumbai
Marine Drive Mumbai
Marine Drive Mumbai

Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 03: Mumbai – Rajkot

Breakfast at hotel and checkout, Morning transfer to Airport for flight to Rajkot.

Mumbai Rajkot Flight
Mumbai Rajkot Flight

Afternoon city tour covering Kaba Gandhi Delo – Gandhiji’s ancestral home, Watson Museum & library located in the pleasant Jubilee garden, Lal Pari Lake & Randerda – a picturesque picnic spot.

Kaba Gandhi Delo
Kaba Gandhi Delo
watson museum rajkot
watson museum rajkot

Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Rajkot – Junagadh – Sasangir

Breakfast at hotel & check-out from hotel, Morning drive to Sasangir en-route visiting Junagadh – An ancient fortified city rich in Myth & Legend.

Uparkot Fort
Uparkot Fort
damodar kund junagadh
damodar kund junagadh

Visit Uparkot Fort – famous for its virtual inaccessibility, Ashoka’s Rock edicts – the fourteen rock edicts of the Emperor Ashoka, Damodar Kund – A sacred tank. On arrival in Sasangir, check in into  hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: In Sasangir

Breakfast at hotel, The day to visit the world of wild fauna. Time for Game viewing.

Sasangir Wildlife
Sasangir Wildlife
Sasangir Wildlife
Sasangir Wildlife
Sasangir Wildlife
Sasangir Wildlife

Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Sasangir – Veraval – Somnath – Diu

Breakfast at hotel, Morning proceed to Somnath enroute visiting Veraval – one of the India’s major fishing ports. Visit Bhadkeshwar temple and Bhid Bhanjan Mandir.

Bhadkeshwar temple
Bhadkeshwar temple
Bhid Bhanjan Mandir
Bhid Bhanjan Mandir
Somnath Jyotirlinga
Somnath Jyotirlinga

In Somnath visit the seat of the twelve most sacred “Jyotirlingas’ of Lord Shiva, continue the drive to Diu, on arrival check in into hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: In Diu

Breakfast at hotel, Morning visit to the town sandwiched between the massive fort to the east and a huge city wall to the west. In the afternoon relax at Nagoa beach.

Diu Fort
Diu Fort
Nagoa Beach Diu
Nagoa Beach Diu

Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Diu – Palitana – Bhavnagar 

Breakfast at hotel and check-out, later in morning drive to Palitana – The Place of Victory, Visit the exclusive Jain temple..

palitana gujarat
palitana gujarat
palitana temples gujarat
palitana temples gujarat

Later drive to Bhavnagar. On arrival check in into palace hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09: Bhavnagar

Breakfast at hotel, Morning visit Gauri Shankar Lake – a beautiful picnic spot, Takhteshwar temple & The Lock Gate.

Gauri Shankar Lake
Gauri Shankar Lake
takhteshwar temple bhavnagar
takhteshwar temple bhavnagar

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Bhavnagar – Lothal – Ahmedabad

Breakfast at hotel & later checkout, Morning drive to Ahmedabad en-route visiting Lothal Archaeological museum. On arrival check in into hotel. Overnight to be spent at hotel.

Lothal Archaeological museum
Lothal Archaeological museum

Day 11: In Ahmedabad 

Breakfast at hotel, Morning sight seeing tour of Ahmedabad covering Ahmed Shah’s Mosque, Balvatika, Teen Darwaza and Bhadra Fort, Daria Khan’s Ghumat, Siddi Sayyed Mosque, Gita Mandir, Swami Narayan Temple, Hathisingh Jain Temple, ruins of Jhulta Minar (Swinging Minarets), Jama Masjid , Kankaria Lake, Rani Sipri’s Mosque and Tomb, Rani Roopmati Mosque & Sabarmati Ashram.

Ahmed Shah's Mosque
Ahmed Shah’s Mosque
bhadra fort ahmedabad
bhadra fort ahmedabad
Siddi Sayyed Mosque
Siddi Sayyed Mosque
kankaria lake ahmedabad
kankaria lake ahmedabad

Evening free to relax, overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Ahmedabad – Dungarpur

Breakfast at hotel and checkout from hotel, Morning drive to Dungarpur. On arrival check in at Palace Hotel, picturesquely sited between a lake teeming with birds and a  jungle.

Dungarpur
Dungarpur
Dungarpur
Dungarpur

Day free to explore the surroundings. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Dungarpur – Udaipur

Breakfast at hotel and checkout, Morning drive to Udaipur. On arrival, check in into hotel.

ekling ji & nagda temple udaipur rajasthan
ekling ji & nagda temple udaipur rajasthan

Evening excursion to Nagda Ruins & Eklingji Temples on the lake Bagel, drive back to Udaipur.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Udaipur 

Breakfast at hotel – AM sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting The City Palace and Museum is considered as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan comprising of Jagdish Temple which was built in 1651 AD, Crystal Gallery & Durbar Hall all in the vicinity of City Palace Complex. Later visit Maharana Pratap Memorial it has the bronze statue of Maharana Pratap, the legendary warrior king of Udaipur. Saheliyon Ki Bari is a small ornamental garden built in the honour of royal ladies. Late afternoon enjoy a two hour boat-ride on Lake Pichola visiting many Ghats (banks) of washing, bathing etc and enjoy excellent views of the Lake Palace and City Palace.

city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
jagdish temple udaipur
jagdish temple udaipur
Saheliyon ki bari udaipur
Saheliyon ki bari udaipur
Lake Pichola Udaipur
Lake Pichola Udaipur

Evening free to relax,

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15: Udaipur – Mumbai 

Arrive Mumbai, transfer assistance to and from airport, board flight for return journey.

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12 Days Tour of Golden Triangle with Gujarat

palitana temples gujarat

12 Days Tour of Golden Triangle with Gujarat

Tour of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Dasada, Bajana, Bhuj, Gondal, Palitana, Bhavnagar, Lothal and Ahmedabad

12 Days Tour of Golden Triangle with Gujarat

This tour combines the famous Delhi, Agra, Jaipur circuit where we will visit Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur Fort, Palaces and Museum, and takes you to Ahmedabad in Gujrat, where we will visit Gandhi Ashram, Jain Temples, Adalaj stepwell and the handicraft market of Law Garden. Enjoy the traditional and authentic Gujarati cuisine for dinner.

The next day we will take a Heritage walk visiting Swaminarayan Temple, old city settlements, Jumma Masjid which dates back to 1423 A.D and Calico Textiles Museum which is more than 130 years old. Our next stop will be Bajana where we will start the day with Morning safari into The Little Rann Of Kutch which is a paradise for bird watchers. We will later travel to Bhuj where we will visit the Bazar, Aiana Mahal Museum and later enjoy a full day excursion to Banni Villages and exploring their lifestyle, traditions and art.

From Bhuj we will Drive to Gondal en-route visiting Bhujodi to meet the weavers of the community Vankar, also discover the nearby towns of Harijan and Dhamadk which are major center of the traditional block-printing technique of Gujarat. From Gondal which is home of the Royal Family at The Riverside Palace & The Huzoor Palace, we will travel to Bhavnagar, enroute visiting Palitana which has 863 jain temples built over a period of 900 years. We will journey back to Ahmedabad enroute exploring Lothal – a perfect place to get an insight of the Indus Valley civilization.

Travel Plan Details:

DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI 

You will arrive at Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you exit the Arrival terminal building after which you would be transferred to your hotel. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Day at leisure.

Delhi Airport
Delhi Airport

Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.

DAY 02: DELHI 

Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit Old Delhi – Jama Masjid, Red Fort (outside) and Rajghat. Afternoon visit New Delhi – Humayun Tomb, Qutub Minar and drive Past India Gate, Government building (ministry offices), Parliament House and President House.

Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi
Red Fort
Red Fort
Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial Delhi
humayun's tomb
humayun’s tomb

Qutub Minar

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 03: DELHI- AGRA

Breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Agra. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. Afternoon visit Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) & Agra fort. Morning visit Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (closed on Friday’s) followed by visit to Mother Teresa’s charity home.

taj mahal
taj mahal
Red Fort Agra
Red Fort Agra

After lunch visit Agra Fort, an outstanding example  of  Mughal  architecture. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 04: AGRA – JAIPUR

Breakfast and lunch at hotel. Afternoon leave by surface for Jaipur, city is also known as Pink City.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 05: JAIPUR 

Breakfast at hotel. Morning excursion to Amber Fort with a photo stop at Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal). Enjoy Elephant ride to climb the fort. Afternoon visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar or Royal Astronomical Observatory.

amber fort jaipur
amber fort jaipur
Elephant ride to the fort
Elephant ride to the fort
Hawa Mahal jaipur
Hawa Mahal jaipur
City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 06:  JAIPUR – AHMEDABAD (MORNING FLIGHT)

In time transfer from Jaipur hotel to airport to board flight to Ahmedabad. Arrive Ahmedabad, check in at hotel & later visit Ahmedabad city.

Gandhi Ashram Ahmedabad
Gandhi Ashram Ahmedabad
Jain Temples Ahmedabad
Jain Temples Ahmedabad
adalaj step well ahmedabad
adalaj step well ahmedabad

Sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad includes visit to Gandhi Ashram, Jain Temples, Adalaj step-well –  one of the finest example of architectural magnificence. In evening, visit the handicraft market of Law Garden. Enjoy the traditional and authentic Gujarati food dinner. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07: AHMEDABAD – DASADA/ BAJANA (110KMS)

Morning half day sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad starts with the Heritage walk visiting Swaminarayan Temple and old city settlements.

Swaminarayan Temple Ahmedabad
Swaminarayan Temple Ahmedabad

Visit Jumma Masjid, a Friday mosque that dates back to 1423 A.D. one of the best combination of Muslim & Hindu architectural style.

Jumma Masjid Ahmedabad
Jumma Masjid Ahmedabad

Also visit Calico Textiles Museum. The Calico Museum of Textile, 130 years old is regarded as one among the foremost textile museums in the world and an important Indian institution. Its outstanding collection of Indian fabrics exemplifies handicraft textiles spanning five centuries.

The Calico Museum of Textile Ahmedabad
The Calico Museum of Textile Ahmedabad

Later we drive to Bajana (Little Rann Of Kutch).

Bajana - Little Rann Of Kutch
Bajana – Little Rann Of Kutch

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 08: DASADA / BAJANA – BHUJ (280KMS 6HRS)

Morning safari into The Little Rann Of Kutch – The highlight of this sanctuary is the Asiatic Wild Ass or ‘Gudkhur’ that is endemic to the region & is one of the most endangered species in the world. The Little Rann of Kutch is also a paradise for bird watchers.

Wild Ass at Bajana - Little Rann Of Kutch
Wild Ass at Bajana – Little Rann Of Kutch

Later drive to Bhuj. Evening visit the Bazar and Aiana Mahal Museum – a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid-eighteenth century with European influence.

Aina Mahal Museum Bhuj
Aina Mahal Museum Bhuj

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 09: BHUJ

Full day excursion to Banni Villages.

Amidst the deserts, lies the quaint little villages on the India border. Here you will come across master craft people exposing their traditional art form. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use will make you feel that you are in lifestyle museum, leaving you spellbound.

banni villages gujarat
banni villages gujarat
banni villages gujarat
banni villages gujarat

Return to Bhuj for an overnight stay.

DAY 10: BHUJ –GONDAL (240KMS)

Drive to Gondal en-route visiting Bhujodi to meet the weavers of the community Vankar, also discover the nearby towns of Harijan and Dhamadka. Bhujodi is a small town just 8 km southeast of Bhuj. It is a major textile center of Kutch, majority of its inhabitants are  involved in textile handicraft production. Here you can meet weavers, tie-dye artists and block printers. Dhamadka is a major center of the traditional block-printing technique of Gujarat.

dhamadka block printing
dhamadka block printing

The important historical places in Gondal are The Riverside Palace & The Huzoor Palace which is also the residence of the current royal family. It is known as the Orchard Palace because of its huge surroundings of fruit orchards, lawns and gardens.

The Riverside Palace Gondal
The Riverside Palace Gondal
The Huzoor Palace Gondal
The Huzoor Palace Gondal

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11: GONDAL – PALITANA (180KMS) –BHAVNAGAR (52KMS)

Drive to Bhavnagar, en-route visiting Palitana.

palitana gujarat
palitana gujarat
palitana temples gujarat
palitana temples gujarat

Palitana is little more than a gateway to Shetrunjaya, strew with 863 temples. The temples were built over a period of 900 years on a hilltop dedicated entirely to God and belong to Jain community. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 12: BHAVNAGAR – LOTHAL – AHMEDABAD–DELHI (FLIGHT)

Drive to Ahmedabad en-route visiting Lothal.

Lothal – a perfect place to get an insight of the Indus Valley civilization. The most dominating site at Lothal is the massive dockyard spanning an area of 37 meters by 22 meters perhaps the greatest work of Maritime Architecture. Lothal was also famous for its arterial streets, microbes of gold, ivory and coppersmith’s workshops, potteries and underground sanitary drainage.

Lothal Archaeological museum
Lothal Archaeological museum
lothal gujarat
lothal gujarat

Note: Museum of Lothal remains closed on Fridays.

Transfer to airport to board evening flight from Ahmedabad airport to Delhi. Arrive Delhi, meeting & assistance and transfer to hotel/ straight transfer to airport to board onward flight.

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6 Days Tour of Cochin, Munnar, Kumarakom and Alleppey

Houseboat in Alleppey

6 Days Tour of Cochin, Munnar, Kumarakom and Alleppey

Tour of Cochin > Munnar > Kumarakom > Alleppey > Cochin

6 Days Tour of Cochin, Munnar, Kumarakom and Alleppey

This enchanting tour of South India starts at Cochin and includes sightseeing. From Cochin we take you to the beautiful hill station of Munnar, known for its sprawling tea gardens where we will drive through the tea estates and reach Mettupatty Dam to enjoy a boat ride and visit Echo point and Kundala Lake.

From Munnar we will travel to Kumarakom, where we will enjoy a waters cruise at the exotic resort situated on the picturesque Vembanad Lake. At Alleppey we will check into House Boat and enjoy the afternoon cruising through the backwaters, canals & coir villages.

Travel Plan Details:

Day 01:  Cochin

Arrive Cochin. Airport / Railway Station, transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour of Cochin. Evening boat ride by Sagar Rani. Overnight Stay at the hotel

Cochin International Airport
Cochin International Airport
Chinese Fishnets Cochin
Chinese Fishnets Cochin
Jewish Synagogue Cochin
Jewish Synagogue Cochin
sagar rani boat ride cochin
sagar rani boat ride cochin

Day 02: Cochin –Munnar (130 kms. /4 hrs.)

After breakfast, proceed to Munnar, popular hill stations in Southern India known for its sprawling tea gardens. Evening at leisure.

tea gardens munnar
tea gardens munnar
Munnar
Munnar

Overnight Stay at the hotel.

Day 03: Munnar 

After breakfast, drive through the tea estates and visit Mettupatty Dam to enjoy a boat ride, Echo point, Kundala Lake.

mattupetty dam boating
mattupetty dam boating
echo point munnar
echo point munnar
kundala lake munnar
kundala lake munnar

Overnight Stay at the hotel.

Day 04: Munnar – Kumarakom (141 kms. /3.5 hrs.)

After breakfast, proceed to Kumarakom. Afternoon waters cruise at the exotic resort situated on the picturesque Vembanad Lake.

Kumarakom
Kumarakom
Water Cruise Vembanad Lake
Water Cruise Vembanad Lake

Overnight Stay at the hotel.

Day 05: Kumarakom – Alleppey (36 kms.)

Post breakfast, drive to Alleppey Check into House Boat. Afternoon Back waters Cruise through the canals & coir villages. Overnight Stay at House Boat.

House Boat Alleppey
House Boat Alleppey
House Boat Alleppey
House Boat Alleppey

Day 06: Alleppey – Cochin 

Morning disembark at the Alleppey Boat Jetty. Transfer to Cochin airport for departure to onward destination.

Alleppey Boat Jetty
Alleppey Boat Jetty

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7 Days Tour of Cochin Periyar Kumarakom and Alleppey

Elephant Camp periyar

7 Days Tour of Cochin, Periyar, Kumarakom and Alleppey

Tour of Cochin > Periyar > Kumarakom > Alleppey > Cochin

7 Days Tour of Cochin Periyar Kumarakom and Alleppey

This popular tour of South India is great for those who have limited time but great expectations. This tour starts at Cochin and includes sightseeing. From Cochin we take you to Periyar which is famous for spice plantation, wildlife and Periyar Lake, where we will take a boat ride. From Periyar we will travel to Kumarakom, where we will enjoy a waters cruise at the exotic resort situated on the picturesque Vembanad Lake. At Alleppey we will check into House Boat and enjoy the afternoon cruising through the backwaters, canals & coir villages.

Travel Plan Details:

Day 01 Arrive Cochin

Upon arrival in Cochin you will be met and transferred to hotel.

Cochin International Airport
Cochin International Airport

Afternoon free to relax or to do your own activities

Overnight:  hotel in Cochin

Day 02 Cochin

At 0900 hrs you will be taken for morning city tour of Cochin visiting Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing Net, Mattanchery Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church.

Chinese Fishnets Cochin
Chinese Fishnets Cochin
Jewish Synagogue Cochin
Jewish Synagogue Cochin
Mattancherry Dutch Palace
Mattancherry Dutch Palace
St. Francis Church
St. Francis Church

Afternoon free to relax

Overnight :  hotel in Cochin

Day 03  Cochin / Periyar (195 kms, 5 hours drive)

At 0845 hrs you will be driven from Cochin to Periyar (a few miles away from civilization, there is a place, the abode of many rare animals, birds and plants in the western ghats in Kerala, the land of green magic) and checkin at hotel.

wildlife sanctuary of Periyar
wildlife sanctuary of Periyar
wildlife sanctuary of Periyar
wildlife sanctuary of Periyar

Rest of the day free to relax.

Overnight :  hotel in Periyar

Day 04  Periyar 

At 0630 hrs, you will be taken for a Boat ride (public boat sharing with other passengers) to view wildlife on the bank of Periyar Lake.

Boat Ride in Lake Periyar
Boat Ride in Lake Periyar
Periyar Lake Boat Ride
Periyar Lake Boat Ride

At 1130 hrs you will taken for spice plantation tour.

Spice Plantation Periyar
Spice Plantation Periyar

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight :  hotel in Periyar

Day 05  Periyar / Kumarakom (135 kms, 3 hours drive)

At 0945 hrs you will be driven from Periyar to Kumarakom – a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake and checkin at hotel.

Kumarakom
Kumarakom
Water Cruise Vembanad Lake
Water Cruise Vembanad Lake

Rest of the day free to relax.

Overnight :  Hotel in Kumarakom

Day 06  Kumarakom / Alleppey (20 kms, 30 minutes drive)

At 1130 hrs you will be driven from Kumarakom to Alleppey Jetty Point (when someone steps aboard a Kettuvallam, they step back into history, for these “moving masterpiece” have been plying the inland waterways of southwest India for untold centuries) and checkin at house boat.

Alleppey Boat Jetty
Alleppey Boat Jetty
House Boat Alleppey
House Boat Alleppey
Houseboat in Alleppey
Houseboat in Alleppey

Your houseboat will move slowly thru’ narrow canals & backwater where you will see paddy fields, temples, churches, coconut palm trees, island etc.

Overnight :  houseboat in Alleppey

Day 07  Alleppey/ Cochin (90 kms, 2 hrs drive)

At 1000 hrs your houseboat will reach Jetty point and then driven from Alleppey to Cochin Airport.

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11 Days Tour of Highlights of South India

Kathakail Dance

11 Days Tour of Highlights of South India

Tour of Cochin > Madurai > Tanjore > Trichy > Mahabalipuram > Chennai

11 Days Tour of Highlights of South India

This beautiful tour starts at the Museum city of Cochin which was poetically described as Queen of the Arabian Sea and also the Venice of Orient where we will visit St. Francis Church which is the oldest church built by Europeans in India and also the place where Vasco De Gama was buried, Jewish Synagogue built in 1568, beautifully decorated with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers containing giant scrolls of the Old Testament, the Dutch Palace, which has fine collection of mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana.

Later we will visit the Chinese Fishing Nets which were introduced to Kochi hundreds of years back by traders coming from the court of Chinese ruler Kublai Khan. These giant nets are found on the whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen. We will also enjoy a special presentation of the colorfully costumed Kathakali Dance Drama in a local theatre. The next day we will drive to the jetty to board House-boat (Kettuvallom) on the World famous Backwaters of Kerala and spend a night aboard.

At Periyar we will visit the tribals and later drive to an Elephant Camp where we will witness elephant bathing and elephant feeding. We will also take a short 30 min Elephant ride and then drive onwards to visit a Spice Plantation where we will walk through the aromatic spice gardens where the air is laden with the fragrance of nature’s bounty. From Periyar we will travel to Madurai where we will enjoy a city tour and  also visit Meenakshi Temple to attend the evening ceremony known as ‘Bedtime of the God’. A colourful procession, in which the image of Shiva is carried accompanied by musicians, temple singers and priests from his shrine. We will visit Tirumalai Nayak Mahal built in in 1523 where we will enjoy sound and light show on the life of the Tirumalai Nayak and the story of the Silapathikaram.

Our next stop will be Trichy and on the way we will visit Tanjore, which is famous for Brihadeshwara Temple & Fort Built by great Chola king in the 10th century with a dome weighing 81 tonnes made out of single granite rock houled on ramps 6 Kms long to be installed at the height of 63 Mts. At Trichy we will visit the famous Rock Fort Temple and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. From Trichy we will travel to Mahabalipuram where we will visit Arjuna’s Penance, Shore Temple, Mandapams and the Five Rathas. From Mahabalipuram, we will travel to Chennai and take the flight home.

Travel Plan :

DAY 01: ARRIVE COCHIN 

Arrive Cochin. Cochin has been variously hailed as Queen of the Arabian Sea, Venice of Orient, etc. Some choose to call it simply a museum city for its rich past and colorful present.

Cochin International Airport
Cochin International Airport

On arrival, transfer to the hotel (Rooms will be available from 1200 hrs)

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 02: COCHIN       

Today enjoy the city tour, which includes the visit to the following:

St. Francis Church: 

It is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. On his 3rd visit to Kerala, Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea, fell ill and died in Kochi. He was buried in the St. Francis Church. Later his remains were taken back to Portugal. In spite of that, his burial spot inside the church has been clearly marked out.

St. Francis Church
St. Francis Church

Jewish Synagogue: 

The synagogue, built in 1568, is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. It is located near the Dutch Palace in Mattancherry.

Jewish Synagogue Cochin
Jewish Synagogue Cochin

IMP: It remains closed on Fridays and Saturdays. Timings for the visit: 0900 hrs to 1200 hrs and from 1500 hrs to 1700 hrs.

Dutch Palace: 

The Dutch Palace was originally built by the Portuguese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented it to the Raja of Kochi. Coronation of many Rajas of Kochi were held here. The palace has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana. The palace is located in Mattancherry.

Mattancherry Dutch Palace
Mattancherry Dutch Palace

IMP: It remains closed on Fridays. Timings for the visit: 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs.

Chinese Fishing Nets:

The Chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, outside China! Many fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing using these massive nets. A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these nets.

Chinese Fishnets Cochin
Chinese Fishnets Cochin

In the evening enthrall yourself with a special presentation of the colorfully costumed Kathakali Dance Drama in a local theatre. Kathakali is a traditional dance form of Kerala and the impressive facial expressions, hand gestures and dance moves will leave one spellbound.

Kathakali Dance Drama
Kathakali Dance Drama

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 03: COCHIN – BACKWATERS (Por Carretera: 65 Kms /01 hr 30 min)           

After breakfast,drive to the jetty to board House-boat (Kettuvallom) on the World famous Backwaters of Kerala.

Kettuvallom
Kettuvallom

“Kettu” literally means to tie up and “Vallom” means ” boats”. The boats played a major role in the economic development of ancient Kerala, moving cargo and men from the very nook and corner of otherwise unreachable area, cutting across the length and breadth of the land.

Overnight on Houseboat

DAY 04: BACKWATERS – PERIYAR (Por Carretera: 120 Kms /03 hr 30 min)

After breakfast on the rice boat (Kettuvallom) get down at jetty and drive to Periyar. On arrival in Periyar, transfer to hotel.

wildlife sanctuary of Periyar
wildlife sanctuary of Periyar

Later drive to a tribal village. This will be a very nice and interesting 01 hour visit whereby the clients will be able to observe the lifestyle of the Tribals from close quarters.

tribal village periyar
tribal village periyar

After the visit, drive to an Elephant Camp where we will organize elephant bathing and elephant feeding. We will also organize a 30 min Elephant ride.

Elephant Camp periyar
Elephant Camp periyar

After visiting Elephant Camp, visit a Spice Plantation. You will walk through the aromatic spice gardens where the air is laden with the fragrance of nature’s bounty. Spices can be defined as “aromatic substances of vegetable origin, used for Flavoring food or as a preservative.” Many spices are also known to have medicinal value, for instance turmeric is a known anti-oxidant and curry leaf can control and prevent diabetes.

Spice Plantation Periyar
Spice Plantation Periyar

The spice plantations of Kerala are fascinating farms to wander in, for different sections of each plantation are dedicated to different spices. Apart from spices traditionally grown in India such as pepper, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom farmers in Kerala have taken to growing spices that are used worldwide. Some of the spices cultivated in spice plantations are vanilla, oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, mint, bay leaf and sage.

Overnight at the Hotel

DAY 05:  PERIYAR – MADURAI        (Por Carretera: 160 Kms /4 hr 30 min)

After breakfast, drive to Madurai. On arrival in Madurai, transfer to hotel and check in

In the evening, visit the Meenakshi Temple to attend the evening ceremony known as ‘Bedtime of the God’. A colourful procession, in which the image of Shiva is carried accompanied by musicians, temple singers and priests from his shrine. Enroute Shiva visits the other deities before entering Parvati’s (Meenakshi) temple to sleep with her for the night. This ceremony is worth witnessing.

meenakshi temple madurai
meenakshi temple madurai
meenakshi temple madurai evening aarti
meenakshi temple madurai evening aarti

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 06: MADURAI    

After breakfast, enjoy the city tour of Madurai, which includes the visit to the following:

Meenakshi Temple:

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. The temple museum has 985 richly carved pillars and each one surpasses the other in beauty.

meenakshi temple madurai
meenakshi temple madurai

IMP: Meenakshi Temple remains closed from 1200 hrs till 1530 hrs.

Tirumalai Nayak Mahal:

This Indo-Saracenic building was constructed in 1523 and was originally four times large are today. Sound and light show on the life of the Tirumalai Nayak and the story of the Silapathikaram are conduced daily.

Thirumalai Nayak Mahal
Thirumalai Nayak Mahal

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 07:  MADURAI – TANJORE -TRICHY            (Por Carretera: 130 Kms / 04 hr)

After breakfast, drive to Trichy. Enroute visit Tanjore.

Brihadeshwara Temple & Fort:

Built by great Chola king in the 10th century it is an outstanding example of Chola architecture and is listed in world heritage. On the top of the apex of 63 metres high, a dome is said to be constructed from a single piece of granite, weighing an estimated 81 tones. The dome was hauled into place along a 6 km earthwork ramp in a manner similar to the one used by the Egyptian Pyramids. The temple has been the sense of continuous worship for over thousand years. Only Hindus are allowed inside.

brihadeshwara temple
brihadeshwara temple

IMP: Brihadeshwara Temple remains closed from 1200 to 1600 hrs.

Later continue your drive to Trichy. On arrival in Trichy, transfer to hotel.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 08:  TRICHY – MAHABALIPURAM (Por Carretera: 265 Kms / 06 hrs) 

After breakfast,visit of the following-

Rock Fort Temple:

The temple tops an 83m high outcrop. This smooth rock was first hewn by the Pallavas who cut small cave temples into the southern face, but it was the Nayakas who made use of its naturally climb up the 437 steps cut into the stone to the top but well worth it for the views. Non-Hindus are not allowed into the Vinayaka Temple at the summit nor did the bigger Sri Thayumanaswamy Temple dedicate to Siva, halfway up. Occasionally temple priest waive this regulation.

Rock Fort Temple
Rock Fort Temple

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple:

This superb temple complex at Srirangam, about three km from the Rock Fort, is surrounded by seven concentric walls with 21 gopurams and is probably the largest in India. Most of it dates from the 14th to 17th centuries, and many people have had a hand in its construction, including the Cheras, Pandyas, Cholas, Hoysalas and Vijayanagars. The largest gopuram in the first wall on the southern side was completed as recently as 1987 and now measures an astounding 73m.  The temple complex is very well preserved, with excellent carvings throughout and numerous shrines to various gods, though the main temple is dedicated to Vishnu. Even the Muslims are said to have prayed here after the fall of Vijayanagar Empire.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

IMP: Temples remains closed from 1200 hrs till 1500 hrs.

After the sightseeing, drive to Mahabalipuram. On arrival, transfer to hotel

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 09:  MAHABALIPURAM           

After breakfast, enjoy the sightseeing of Mahabalipuram, which includes the following-

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 animal animals, deities and other semi-divine creatures, fable from the Panchatantra, and Arjuna doing a penance to obtain a boon from Siva.

arjuna's penance mahabalipuram
arjuna’s penance mahabalipuram

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.

Shore Temple
Shore Temple

Mandapams:

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. 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. On the hill rests a dangerously balanced boulder named Krishna’s Butterball after his legendary affinity for fresh butter.

krishna mandapam mahabalipuram
krishna mandapam mahabalipuram

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.

dravidian temples mahabalipuram
dravidian temples mahabalipuram

Rest of the day is free to relax on beach.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 10:  MAHABALIPURAM – CHENNAI (Por Carretera: 55 Kms /01 hr)    

After breakfast, drive to Chennai. On arrival in Chennai, transfer to the hotel.

Later enjoy the visit to the following:

The Santhome Cathedral Church:

The Santhome Cathedral Church built in 1504, then rebuilt in neo-Gothic style in 1893, this Roman Catholic Church near Kapaleeshwarar temple is said to house the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle.

Santhome Cathedral Church
Santhome Cathedral Church

Marina Beach:

The stretch of beach known as the Marina extends for 13km. South of the pitiful aquarium is the Ice House, once used to store massive ice blocks transported by ship from North America. It later became the venue from which Vivekananda preached his ascetic philosophy.

marina beach chennai
marina beach chennai

Kapaleeswarar:

Kapaleeswarar, an ancient Shiva temple, is the biggest temple in Chennai. A masterpiece of Dravidian style and displays the architectural elements – gopurams, mandapams and a tank. There are some fragmentary inscriptions dating back to 1250 AD.

kapaleeswarar temple chennai
kapaleeswarar temple chennai

Fort St. George & Museum:

St. George fort was built by the British East India Company. the fort was built in 1640 AD, under the direct supervision of Francis Day and Andrew Cogon. Today it is used as an office of Tamil Nadu Secretariat and the Legislative Assembly. The fort houses a St. Mary’s Church and fort museum.St. Mary’s Church the oldest Anglican Church in India built in 1680 and the tombstones in its courtyard are the oldest British tombstones in India. This ancient prayer house solemnized the marriages of Robert Clive and Governor Elinu-Yale, who later founded the Yale University in the States.

fort st. george chennai
fort st. george chennai

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 11:  CHENNAI     DEPARTURE

Today you will be transferred to the airport to connect the flight for onward journey.

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13 Days Tour of Mumbai and Karnataka

Palace of Tipu Sultan

13 Days Tour of Mumbai and Karnataka

Tour of  Mumbai > Bangalore > Srirangapatnam > Mysore > Chikmagalur > Hospet > Bijapur > Badami > Goa > Mumbai

13 Days Tour of Mumbai and Karnataka

This offbeat tour starts at Mumbai and covers Mumbai sightseeing including visit to Elephanta Caves and the Prince of Wales Museum, the palace of Tipu Sultan at Bangalore, Lord Vishnu’s Shrine in Sri Ranganathaswami temple at Srirangapatnam, Mysore Palace and Chamundi hills and the local market, 12th Century Hoysala Temple at Belur and Halebid on the way to Chikmalur, Hospet – where we will explore the ruins of the medieval city of Vijayanagara, former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire and Hampi which is a world heritage site, Gol Gumbaz, Gagan Mahal and  Bijapur Castle at Bijapur, Temples built by ancient Chola Empire at Pattadakal  in Badami and sightseeing at Goa.

Travel Plan :

Day 01: Mumbai 

Arrive Mumbai – Meeting & assistance on arrival at Airport. Transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel

mumbai chhatrapati shivaji international airport
mumbai chhatrapati shivaji international airport

Day 02: Mumbai 

Breakfast at hotel is followed with the sightseeing tour of Mumbai. Visit Elephanta Caves (closed on Monday) – The Elephanta Caves are characterised by rock temples carved out of two hills that emerge from the centre of the island. At Elephanta you can see the cave shrine to Lord Shiva, which belongs to the sixth century, and a massive three-headed sculpture representing Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer.

Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves

Afternoon visit Prince of Wales Museum (Closed on Monday), Mani Bhawan, Choppati and Dhobi Ghat( washermen point). Prince of Wales museum has a priceless collection of art, sculpture, china and other antics carefully preserved. This Mid-Victorian Gothic style building with beautiful gardens surrounding it was built in 1904.

Prince of Wales Museum
Prince of Wales Museum

Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Mumbai –Bangalore (Flight)

After breakfast check out of the hotel. In time transfer to airport to connect flight to Bangalore.

On arrival at Bangalore, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon proceed for Bangalore city sightseeing –  Beautiful gardens to serene lake to magnificent palaces, the city offers a wide variety to its visitors. Visit Tipu Sultan’s Palace – Tipu Sultan Palace was initially built by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore. The fort was later extended by Tipu Sultan, the Emperor of Mysore. Situated near the City Market, the fort dates back to the year 1537.

Palace of Tipu Sultan
Palace of Tipu Sultan

Also visit Bull Temple, Lalbagh – Hyder Ali, the Emperor of Mysore laid the foundation of the Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens in the 18th century. The gardens were later completed by his son, Tipu Sultan. Stay overnight at hotel.

bull temple bangalore
bull temple bangalore
Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens
Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens

Day 04:  Bangalore – Srirangapatnam – Mysore (Surface Drive)

After Early breakfast, drive to Mysore en-route visit Srirangapatnam, the city established by King Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. Visit Tipu’s palace, fort, and Sri Ranganathaswami temple. Srirangam is the foremost of the eight self-manifested shrines (Swayam Vyakta Kshetras) of Lord Vishnu . It is also considered the first, foremost and the most important of the 108 main Vishnu temples (Divyadesams). This temple is also known as Thiruvaranga Tirupati, Periyakoil, Bhoologa Vaikundam, Bhogamandabam. This temple lies on an islet formed by the twin rivers Cauvery and Coleroon.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

After visit continue drive to Mysore. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Mysore

After breakfast at hotel drive for excursion to Somnathpur. Somnathpur’s temples adhere to the typical Hoysala style of architecture, where the temple is designed as a mini cosmos with scenes carved on the walls including Gods, Goddesses, dancing girls, musicians, gurus and all kinds of animals including elephants, lions, cows and monkeys. Its unique design and perfect symmetry are ignored amidst the farms and agricultural lands of surrounding villages.

Somnathpur temples
Somnathpur temples

Afternoon visit Mysore city – Mysore Palace and Chamundi hills and the local market. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Mysore – Chikmagalur (Surface Drive)

After Breakfast drive to Chikmagalur en-route visit 12th Century Hoysala Temple at Belur and Halebid (museum closed on Fridays). The small towns of Belur and Halebid in Karnataka are home to some of the most unique temples in South India. These temples are known for their unique detailed carvings and sculptures. The Hoysala temple artists were extremely skilled craftsmen, and the Hoysala temples are famous for their incredibly detailed decorations and their unique soapstone sculptures.

Hoysala Temple at Belur
Hoysala Temple at Belur
Hoysala Temple at Belur
Hoysala Temple at Belur

Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 07 : Chikmagalur – Hospet (Surface Drive)             

Post Breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to Hospet. Arrive at Hospet and check-in at hotel.  Hospet is 12 km from the World Heritage site consisting of the ruins of the medieval city of Vijayanagara, former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Hospet
Hospet

Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Hospet – Hampi – Hospet (Surface Drive)

Breakfast at hotel. Check out of the hotel and drive to Hospet. Full day excursion to Vijayanagar ruins at Hampi. Hampi is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. Hampi is also the World Heritage Site.

Hampi ruins of vijayanagar empire
Hampi ruins of vijayanagar empire

On arrival check in and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Hospet – Bijapur (Surface Drive)

After breakfast drive to Bijapur.

Afternoon visit Gol Gumbaz-  The most important attraction in Bijapur. Gol Gumbaz is an architectural wonder and the largest dome in the world. Ibrahim Roza – The tomb of the illustrious Adil Shahi Sultan Ibrahim II (1580-1627). The tomb is built to perfection and is an example of unstinting technical care and skilled artistry without any equals.

Gol Gumbaz Bijapur
Gol Gumbaz Bijapur

Jami Masjid – Built in 1686, during the rule of Adil Shah I, the Jami Masjid of Bijapur is a stately structure that is sober and massive.

 Jami Masjid Bijapur
Jami Masjid Bijapur

Gagan Mahal -was built by Adil Shah I (1561) as a part of the palace-cum-audience hall. Saat Manzil or the seven-storey tower near the Gagan Mahal is now mostly in ruins.

Gagan Mahal Bijapur
Gagan Mahal Bijapur

Bijapur Castle – The 16th-century Bijaipur Castle was built by Rao Shakti Singh, the younger brother of Maharana Pratap Singh in the 16th century.

Bijapur Castle
Bijapur Castle

 Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Bijapur – Badami (Surface Drive) 

Post breakfast drive to Badami. Check in at your hotel.

Afternoon visit to Aihole and Pattadakal -The ancient temple cities of state Karnataka. Both towns were the capitals of the Chalukya Empire. Pattadakal showcases some of the rare specimen of temple art forms of ancient India depicting a marvellous blend of North and South Indian architectural. Virupaksha temple is considered the masterpiece. The group of monuments in Pattadakal were nominated in 1987 by UNESCO for its world cultural heritage list. Stay overnight at hotel.

Ceiling carvings of Durga temple, Aihole
Ceiling carvings of Durga temple, Aihole
Pattadakal
Pattadakal

Day 11: Badami– Goa (Surface Drive) 

Post breakfast drive to Goa. Check in to hotel. Day at leisure.

Goa Beach
Goa Beach

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 12: Goa

Breakfast at hotel is followed with the sightseeing tour of Goa.

Visit the famous Churches of Old Goa and Temples followed with the free time to relax at the beaches.

The sight seeing tour starts with the visit to Basilica of Bom Jesus – The sacred relics of the patron saint of Goa St. Francis Xavier are kept here. The basilica is one the world heritage monuments and of the seven heritage monuments in Goa.

basilica of bom jesus goa
basilica of bom jesus goa

Visit to Se Cathedral – This is the largest cathedral in Asia. The Se cathedral has five bells out of which one is the famous Golden Bell which is one the largest in the world.

se cathedral goa
se cathedral goa

Visit to Fort Aguada – The fort was one of the most important places in Goa and the most crucial of all forts in Goa.

fort aguada goa
fort aguada goa
Goa Beach
Goa Beach

Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 13 : Goa – Mumbai (Flight) 

Breakfast at hotel, morning at leisure in hotel.

Afternoon check out of the hotel and in time transfer to airport to connect flight to Mumbai. On arrival Mumbai transfer to International Airport to connect onward flight.

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9 Days Scenic Kerala Tour

kuttanad alleppey

9 Days Scenic Kerala Tour

Tour of Cochin > Munnar > Periyar > Kumarakom > Alleppey > Kovalam > Trivandrum

9 Days Scenic Kerala Tour

Kerala; God’s own country is one of the most popular destinations in South Asia and a great place to visit. This tour starts at Cochin, includes Cochin sightseeing and takes you to Munnar, a favored british era hill station in Idukki District famous for tea plantations and natural beauty. From Munnar we travel to Periyar and visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Lake Periyar and Thekkady which is famous for spices. Next we will visit Kumarakom, which is a village situated on islands in Vembanadu Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala. From Kumarakom we will travel to Alleppey and enjoy the backwaters on a houseboat and move to Kovalam, known for its beautiful beaches. This tours ends at Trivandarum which is a short distance from Kovalam.

Travel Plan :

Day 1- Cochin 

Welcome at Cochin International Airport. Transfer to your hotel. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Cochin International Airport
Cochin International Airport

Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as ‘God’s Own Country’. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.

Chinese Fishnets Cochin
Chinese Fishnets Cochin
Jewish Synagogue Cochin
Jewish Synagogue Cochin
Mattancherry Dutch Palace
Mattancherry Dutch Palace
St. Francis Church
St. Francis Church

Later sightseeing tour of Cochin. Sightseeing includes the visit of Cochin: Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Friday), St Francis Church, Chinese fishing nets Evening Kathakali dance performance.

Kathakali Dance Drama
Kathakali Dance Drama

Overnight stay at hotel in Cochin

Day 2 – In Cochin – Munnar (140 kms/4 Hours) 

Drive from Cochin-Munnar.

Munnar – is breathtakingly beautiful – a haven of peace and tranquility – the idyllic tourist destination in God’s own country. Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations – pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests – aroma of spice scented cool air – yes! Munnar has all these and more. It’s the place you would love to visit. Upon arrival in Munnar check-in at hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own

Munnar
Munnar
tea gardens munnar
tea gardens munnar

Overnight stay in Munnar

Day 3 – In Munnar 

The day is at leisure to explore the city on your own

Optional possible visit’s: Tea Museum, Eravilkulum National Park

eravikulam national park munnar
eravikulam national park munnar

Overnight stay at hotel in Munnar

Day 4 – Munnar – Periyar (50 kms/Approx. 1 Hours 20 mins) 

Drive from Munnar to Periyar.

The drive to Periyar is enchanting as the road winds through tranquil countryside, rich plantations & thick jungles. Thekkady (Idukki district) is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala. The Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is spread across 777 km² (300 sq. miles), of which 360 km (139 sq. miles) is thick evergreen forest. This Wild Life Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attraction of Periyar is the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. Thekkady is also considered a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.Upon arrival in Periyar check-in at hotel.

wildlife sanctuary of Periyar
wildlife sanctuary of Periyar
Boat Ride in Lake Periyar
Boat Ride in Lake Periyar

Evening boat ride at Lake Periyar for Game Viewing.

Overnight stay at hotel in Periyar.

Day 5 – Periyar – Kumarakom (117 kms/2 Hours 30 mins) 

Drive from Periyar to Kumarakom.

The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanadu Lake in Kerala. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna and is noted for its bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala, is also habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and it teems with Karimeen, Shrimp and Prawns. It is a major tourist attraction.The gorgeous green of the fringed palms ripple in the blue waters and blend into wavelets. The people on the banks of Vembanadu Lake are generally peace-loving and follow a neat and healthy lifestyle. Their dressing is immaculate, usually spotless whites. The food mainly consists of rice and fish. Fish is a very important item in their menu for lunch and dinner.

Kumarakom
Kumarakom
Water Cruise Vembanad Lake
Water Cruise Vembanad Lake

Upon arrival in Kumarakom check-in at hotel.

Rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the Water lagoon destination on your own or else you can also visit Bird Sanctuary. Overnight stay at hotel in Thekkady.

Day 6 – Kumarakom – Alleppey (33 kms/Approx 40 mins) 

Drive from Kumarakom to Alleppey.

Kettuvallams, the stitched boats provide the best way to experience the colorful backwaters of Kerala. The wood commonly used to make Kettuvallams is ‘Anhili’, which is found in abundance in central Travancore area. Large planks are tied together using hand made coir ropes and beaten coconut fibres. This gives the Kettuvallams enough strength to withstand heavy waves in the sea. Kettuvallams are built entirely without the use of nails. It requires great skill and adroitness to construct these giant boats by tying huge planks of jack wood together. The boats are applied with fish oil and cashew nut oil and left to cure for days. With careful maintenance, they last for generations.

Kettuvallom
Kettuvallom
Houseboat in Alleppey
Houseboat in Alleppey

Upon arrival embark the Houseboat.

Overnight stay in Houseboat.

Day 7 – Alleppey – Kovalam (175 kms/Approx. 4 Hours) 

Drive from Alleppey to Kovalam

Kovalam offers an excellent diversity with Kovalam beach to suit all desires and occasions. Three curve shaped beaches, alienated by stony outcroppings, from the major attraction of this coastal resort. Backed by precipitously mounting headlands and covered by fertile coconut palms, the beaches, especially the southernmost part of lighthouse beach.

kovalam kerala
kovalam kerala

Upon arrival in Kovalam check-in at hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beach on your own.

Overnight stay at hotel in Kovalam.

Day 8 – In Kovalam 

Day free for independent activities of your own at beach side or else you have option of full day excursion of Kanyakumari.

Kanyakumari kerala
Kanyakumari kerala

Overnight stay at hotel in Kovalam.

Day 9 – Kovalam – Trivandrum (17 kms/Approx 20 mins)/Onward 

Today on time drive to Trivandrum airport to connect the flight for Onward journey

Trivandrum airport
Trivandrum airport

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6 Days Tour of Darjeeling and Sikkim

Rumtek Monastery gangtok

6 Days Tour of Darjeeling and Sikkim

Tour of  Delhi > Bagdogra > Darjeeling > Gangtok > Bagdogra > Delhi

6 Days Tour of Darjeeling and Sikkim

Compared to the North and South of India, the North East is yet quite unexplored. It is a beautiful and enchanting place where you can find much nature and peace. This whirlwind tour of North East India takes you from Delhi to Darjeeling( via Bagdogra) and Gangtok and includes Sightseeing at Darjeeling, visit to Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastry and Batasia Loop, sightseeing at Gangtok, Chortan Stupa, Institute of Tibetology, Handicrafts & hand looms Institute and Roomtek Monastery along with the famous Tshomgo Lake.

There are many more places of interest like Kalimpong, Pelling, Lachung and Yumthang which can be added to the above tour if you have more time available.

Tour Plan:

Day – 01 (Bagdogra/NJP – Darjeeling)

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

Bagdogra airport
Bagdogra airport
Darjeeling
Darjeeling

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day –02 (Darjeeling Sightseeing) 

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

tiger hill darjeeling
tiger hill darjeeling

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

Ghoom Monastery darjeeling
Ghoom Monastery darjeeling
batasia loop darjeeling
batasia loop darjeeling

Evening free for leisure . Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day –03 (Darjeeling to Gangtok)

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

teesta river in darjeeling
teesta river in darjeeling

Day –04 (Gangtok Sightseeing)

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

Chortan Stupa Gangtok
Chortan Stupa Gangtok
Institute of Tibetology gangtok
Institute of Tibetology gangtok
Rumtek Monastery gangtok
Rumtek Monastery gangtok

Overnight at Hotel.

Day –05 (Excursion Trip to Tsomgo Lake)

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

tsomgo lake gangtok
tsomgo lake gangtok
market gangtok
market gangtok
mg road gangtok
mg road gangtok

Day – 06  (Gangtok – Bagdora/NJP)

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

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7 Days Odisha Tour

ashoka rock edict dhauli

7 Days Odisha Tour

Tour of  Bhubaneswar > Puri > Raghurajpur > Pipili > Bhubaneswar > Ratnagiri > Udaygiri > Lalitagiri > Ratnagiri > Bhubaneswar

7 Days Odisha Tour

This enchanting tour of Odisha state starts at Bhubaneshwar and covers Puri where we explore the Black Pagoda – Sun Temple and relax at the golden beach of Puri, we visit the arts and crafts center at Raghurajpur and colorful village of Pipili.

Next we explore the Ashoka’s Rock Edits and caves of Udayagiri (Hill of Sunrise) and Khandagiri (Broken Hills), visit Ratnagiri, Udayagiri and Lalitgiri,( Buddhist Monasteries, stupas and museums) also Known as diamond triangle of Buddhist heritage before moving on to Bhitara kanika National Park, which is famous for Salt Water crocodile, Indian Python, deer.

Travel Plan :

Day 01: Arrive Bhubaneswar

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

Bhubaneswar Airport
Bhubaneswar Airport

Day 02: Konark Tour (35 km from Puri)

After breakfast, visit to Konark temple (Sun Temple). Konark temple is a 13th century sun temple (also known as black pagoda). It was constructed by oxidized & weathered ferruginous sandstone. It is one of the seventh wonder of India.

Konark temple
Konark temple

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

 golden beach of puri
golden beach of puri

Over Night stay at Puri.

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

After breakfast check out from Hotel. Proceed towards Raghurajpur (Patachitra village), 12 km from Puri.

raghurajpur patachitra
raghurajpur patachitra
raghurajpur patachitra
raghurajpur patachitra

After that proceed towards colour village of Pipili. It is famous for designing beautiful appliqué handicrafts. It is a town of artisans famous for their colorful fabrics.

pipili odisha
pipili odisha

After that proceed towards Bhubaneswar. Check in to hotel. Over night stay at Bhubaneswar.

Day 04: Bhubaneswar Sightseeing

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.

dhauli bhubaneswar
dhauli bhubaneswar

Also 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.

ashoka rock edict dhauli
ashoka rock edict dhauli
ashoka rock edict dhauli
ashoka rock edict dhauli

After 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.

Udayagiri Caves
Udayagiri Caves
khandagiri Caves
khandagiri Caves

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. Post lunch proceed towards Ratnagiri, Udayagiri, Lalitgiri ,( Buddhist Monasteries, stupas and museums) also Known as diamond triangle of Buddhist heritage.

ratnagiri odisha
ratnagiri odisha
udayagiri odisha
udayagiri odisha
lalitgiri odisha
lalitgiri odisha

Also visit at the Campus of Pushpagiri University at Lalitgiri. Back to Hotel.Overnight at Ratnagiri.

Pushpagiri Lalitgiri
Pushpagiri Lalitgiri

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

After breakfast procced towards Bhitarakanika. It is famous for Salt Water crocodile, Indian Python, deer. Bhitarkanika is a hot-spot of biodiversity. It’s home  to largest population of giant salt water crocodile in India. 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 Harbours more than 70 species of Mangrove and its associates. Gahirmatha is known to be one of the largest rookery for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. Back to Hotel. Overnight at Ratnagiri.

Bird Nest at Bhitarkanika National Park
Bird Nest at Bhitarkanika National Park
Baby Turtles at Bhitarkanika National Park
Baby Turtles at Bhitarkanika National Park
Birds at Bhitarkanika National Park
Birds at Bhitarkanika National Park
Crocodile at Bhitarkanika National Park
Crocodile at Bhitarkanika National Park

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.

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10 Days South India Splendors Tour

Alleppey Boat Jetty

10 Days South India Splendors Tour

Tour of  Chennai > Madurai > Periyar > Kumarakom > Alleppey > Cochin

10 Days South India Splendors Tour

This enchanting tour of South India starts at Chennai and covers Madurai, Periyar, Kumarakom and Alleppey which are popular destinations in South India. The tour includes Chennai Sightseeing, Thirumalai Nayak Palace and magnificent Shree Meenakshi temple at Madurai, Elephant activities at Periyar, A short walk through the area, Kumarakom backwaters, stay and canal cruise aboard a houseboat at Alleppey, sightseeing at Cochin, Kathakali Dance performance and the traditional martial of South India –Kalaripayattu.

Travel Plan :

Day 01: Arrive Chennai 

You will arrive at Chennai Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, you would be transferred to your hotel. Check in to your hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

Chennai International Airport
Chennai International Airport

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

Chennai Museum
Chennai Museum
Chennai Art Gallery
Chennai Art Gallery
Flower & Fruit Market Chennai
Flower & Fruit Market Chennai
fort st. george chennai
fort st. george chennai
St. Mary's Church Chennai
St Mary’s Church Chennai
Marina Beach Chennai
Marina Beach Chennai
kapaleeswarar temple chennai
kapaleeswarar temple chennai
San Thome Catherdal Chennai
San Thome Catherdal 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. Afternoon city tour visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace and magnificent Shree Meenakshi temple – an excellent example of Dravidian architecture.

Thirumalai Nayak Mahal
Thirumalai Nayak Mahal
meenakshi temple madurai
meenakshi temple madurai
meenakshi temple madurai evening aarti
meenakshi temple madurai evening aarti

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.

wildlife sanctuary of Periyar
wildlife sanctuary of Periyar

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

Elephant Camp periyar
Elephant Camp periyar

Day 05: Periyar 

Early morning proceed for the boat ride in the Park for wild life viewing. Return for the breakfast at hotel. In the afternoon enjoy jeep safari to Ottakathalemedu Cross hills (approx 1500 meters above sea level). Drive 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. Visit Tribal village during the Jeep Safari. Stay overnight at hotel/ resort.

Ottakathalamedu Cross Hills Jeep Safari
Ottakathalamedu Cross Hills Jeep Safari
Spice Plantation Periyar
Spice Plantation Periyar
tribal village periyar
tribal village periyar

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

Kumarakom
Kumarakom
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Day 07: Kumarakom – Alleppey (HouseBoat)

Breakfast at Hotel. By noon board Houseboat from resort jetty (check-in time is around 1230 hours). Lunch on board, cruise through the canals, witness the  serenity of the surroundings and the local lifestyle. Dinner on board.

Houseboat From Kumarakom to Alleppey
Houseboat From Kumarakom to Alleppey
Kumarakom House Boat
Kumarakom House Boat

*Important : The boats will be moving in canals, lakes and rivers only till 1700 hours only. Afterwards it will be anchored. Air conditioner is operational only when the boat is stationary during night from 2130 hours till 0630/0700 hours in the morning.

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

Kathakali Dance Drama
Kathakali Dance Drama

Day 09: Cochin 

Post breakfast proceed for a sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays), Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays and Saturdays). 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 coloured interior and carved wooden panels. 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. Stay overnight at hotel.

Chinese Fishnets Cochin
Chinese Fishnets Cochin
Jewish Synagogue Cochin
Jewish Synagogue Cochin
Mattancherry Dutch Palace
Mattancherry Dutch Palace
St. Francis Church
St. Francis Church
kalaripayattu dance
kalaripayattu dance

Day 10: Cochin 

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

Cochin International Airport

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13 Days Glimpses of South India Tour

meenakshi temple madurai

13 Days Glimpses of South India Tour

Tour of Chennai > Kanchipuram > Dakshinchitra > Mahabalipuram > Pondicherry > Chidambaram > Thanjore > Trichy > Madurai > Periyar > Alleppey > Kovalam > Cochin

13 Days Glimpses of South India Tour

This beautiful tour covers the most popular destinations in South India and is a must for those who wish to explore and experience the unique heritage and culture. It is an alternate to Scenic Kerala Tour if you have additional time. This tour starts from Chennai , includes Chennai sightseeing and covers Temples at Kanchipuram, heritage center – Dakshinchitra, Ancient temples at Mahabalipuram, Auroville Ashram at Pondicherry, the Natraja Temple at Chidambaram, the famous Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjore, Trichy, Meenakshi Temple at Madurai, explore Kuttanad and enjoy a Boat ride in Periyar National Park at Periyar, Alleppey, Kathakali performance at Kovalam and sightseeing at Cochin.

Travel Plan :

DAY 1  ARRIVE AT 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. You will be received at the airport and transferred to the hotel for overnight stay.

Chennai International Airport
Chennai International Airport

DAY 2   CHENNAI, KANCHIPURAM, DAKSHINCHITRA, MAHABALIPURAM 

Morning after breakfast you will proceed to Mahabalipuram.

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).

kailasanatha temple kanchipuram
kailasanatha temple kanchipuram
sri ekambaranathar temple kanchipuram tamil nadu
sri ekambaranathar temple kanchipuram tamil nadu
Lord of the Mango tree sri ekambaranathar temple
Lord of the Mango tree sri ekambaranathar temple

Post lunch drive down to Dakshinchitra (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.

dakshinachitra chennai
dakshinachitra chennai

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. Pay 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), 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.

arjuna's penance mahabalipuram
arjuna’s penance mahabalipuram
Shore Temple
Shore Temple

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. 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. On the hill rests a dangerously balanced boulder named Krishna’s Butterball after his legendary affinity for fresh butter) and Five Rathas.

krishna mandapam mahabalipuram
krishna mandapam mahabalipuram

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).

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. 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. But 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.

pondicherry french colony
pondicherry french colony
pondicherry french colony
pondicherry french colony
auroville ashram pondicherry
auroville ashram pondicherry

DAY 4  PONDICHERRY, CHIDAMBARAM, TANJORE 

Morning after breakfast visit Pondicherry. The 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.

The Pondicherry Museum
The Pondicherry Museum
church of the sacred heart of jesus pondicherry
church of the sacred heart of jesus pondicherry

Post sightseeing dirve down to Thanjore.

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.

The Nataraja Temple Chidambaram
The Nataraja Temple Chidambaram

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

DAY 5   TANJORE,TRICHY,MADURAI 

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

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.

brihadeshwara temple
brihadeshwara temple

Unlike 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.

Nandi at Nataraja Temple

Nandi at Nataraja Temple
Nandi at Nataraja Temple

The royal Palace near the massive Brihadeeswara temple is characterised 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).

The Palace of Tanjore
The Palace of Tanjore
The Durbar Hall
The Durbar Hall
Royal Museum Tanjore
Royal Museum Tanjore

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

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 (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 sanctorum.

Rock Fort Temple
Rock Fort Temple
The Jambukeshwara Temple
The Jambukeshwara Temple

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. 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. The 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).

meenakshi temple madurai
meenakshi temple madurai
meenakshi temple madurai
meenakshi temple madurai
meenakshi temple madurai evening aarti
meenakshi temple madurai evening aarti
Thirumalai Nayak Mahal
Thirumalai Nayak Mahal

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.

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. In 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.Notable 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. A cruise through the waters of Periyar lake around which the wild -life sanctuary is situated, offers a soul – stirring pleasant experience).

wildlife sanctuary of Periyar
wildlife sanctuary of Periyar
Boat Ride in Lake Periyar
Boat Ride in Lake Periyar

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, 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.

kuttanad alleppey
kuttanad 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. It is a heartwarming sight to see them carry a motley assemblage of cycles, goats, fisher women with cane baskets, school children, toddy-tappers with there knives and pots, duennas in white and gold earings , Syrian Christian priest and the bare-chested boatman apiece. Do not miss out on a rode into Kuttanad through shimmering, green paddy fields and tail-wagging, head-bobbing groups of ducks. The coir-workers too present an interesting sight as they soak coconut fibre in pool, beat them out and weave the tough brown strands into long ropes on spindles stretched between endless coconut trees).

House Boat Alleppey
House Boat Alleppey
Houseboat in Alleppey
Houseboat in Alleppey

DAY 9 ALLEPPEY,KOVALAM

Morning after breakfast drive to Kovalam

Day at leisure.

kovalam kerala
kovalam kerala

Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY10 KOVALAM

Day at leisure.

Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY11 KOVALAM

Day at leisure.

Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY12 KOVALAM, COCHIN

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

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.

Kathakali Dance Drama
Kathakali Dance Drama

Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY13 COCHIN, DEPART

Morning  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. Vasco 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.

St. Francis Church
St. Francis Church

The church, originally a Catholic Church was taken over by the Dutch after they captured Cochin ( Kochi ) in 1663 and converted into a Protestant Dutch Reformed Church after they captured Cochin ( Kochi ) in 1663), The 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) and the amazing Chinese Fishing Nets. 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.

Mattancherry Dutch Palace
Mattancherry Dutch Palace
Chinese Fishnets Cochin
Chinese Fishnets Cochin
Jewish Synagogue Cochin
Jewish Synagogue Cochin

Evening at leisure.

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

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12 Days North India Family Tour

Ranthambore National Park Game Drive

12 Days North India Family Tour

Tour of Delhi > Jaipur > Ranthambhore > Bharatpur > Chambal > Agra > Delhi

12 Days North India Family Tour

Planning a visit to India with Family? Close your eyes and select this tour. There are rich experiences that will make it a memorable affair for all. This tour starts at Delhi, includes Delhi sightseeing, Pink City of Jaipur – Sightseeing, Ranthambhore Game Drive, visit to the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Rickshaw ride in Bharatpur, Fatehpur Sikri, Nature walk along the river banks, around the ravines and in the fields surrounding the National Chambal Sanctuary, Chambal River Safari, trip to Bateshwar Temples, Taj Mahal and the mighty Fort at Agra. There’s enough excitement for everyone in the family!

Travel Plan :

Day 01: Arrive Delhi 

On arrival in India you will be greeted and brought to your hotel.

Delhi Airport
Delhi 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
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 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.

Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi

Also 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.

Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial Delhi

In 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.

India Gate

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
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.

City Palace Jaipur
City Palace 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.

amber fort jaipur
amber fort 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.

Hawa Mahal jaipur
Hawa Mahal jaipur

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
City Palace jaipur
City Palace Museum jaipur
City Palace Museum 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
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 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 Tiger
Ranthambore National Park Tiger
Ranthambore National Park Fort
Ranthambore National Park Fort

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
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 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 Bird Sanctuary
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

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.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

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
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. 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.

fatehpur sikri
fatehpur sikri

On arrival, transfer to the hotel and check in.

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
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. 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.

Boat Ride at Chambal River
Boat Ride at Chambal River

Afternoon  enjoy the trip to Bateshwar Temples.

The 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).

Bateshwar Temples
Bateshwar Temples

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
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
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.

Sheesh Mahal Red Fort Agra
Sheesh Mahal Red Fort Agra

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: 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.

Sikandra Agra
Sikandra Agra

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.

IMP: Check out time is 1200 Hrs

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13 Days Tour of Ladakh and Nubra Valley

Alchi Monastery

13 Days Tour of Ladakh and Nubra Valley

Tour of Delhi > Leh > Alchi > Lamayuru > Alchi > Likir > Leh > Nubra > Tiger > Leh > Delhi

13 Days Tour of Ladakh and Nubra Valley

The best time to take a Tour of Leh and Ladakh is between May and September, which is more or less peak summer time in India. The other times being around festival dates when one can experience more of culture and celebration.

It is a world stuck in time, where traditions and age old values remain unchanged much like the vast and stark landscape where the modern world and its existence no significance. The silence brings more wisdom than all those books combines and this tour is as much about taking a journey within as also about rediscovering an ancient civilization and an alternate way of existence. Its beautiful, yes!

This tour starts at Delhi and takes you across Leh where we will explore the palace and the monasteries, and if it’s the time of festivities, enjoy the traditional ceremonies. Next we will visit Alchi and Ridzong monasteries and drive back to Leh enroute visiting Likir monastery. We will take the evening walk through the bazaar and journey to Nubra Valley where we will visit Samstanling monastery and Panamik Hot Springs where we will have a picnic lunch and later visit Ansa gompa. Back to Leh, we will visit Dishkit monastery, Stok Palace, Phyang & Spituk monasteries. Back to Delhi we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi and visit Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Raj Ghat, India Gate and Humayun’s Tomb.

Travel Plan :

Day-1. Arrive Delhi

Meet assistance at airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight hotel.

Delhi Airport
Delhi Airport

Day-2. Delhi – Leh – 3500 mts

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.

Leh
Leh
Leh Bazaar
Leh Bazaar

Day free for rest & acclimatization. Overnight hotel.

Day-3. In Leh

After breakfast full day sightseeing of famous monasteries Shey, & Thiksey . Afternoon visit Shankar monastery.

Shey Monastery
Shey Monastery
Thiksey Monastery
Thiksey Monastery
Sankar Monastery
Sankar Monastery

Overnight hotel.

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

Full day at the monastery and witness the fest.

Hemis Monastery Ladakh
Hemis Monastery Ladakh
hemis festival ladakh
hemis festival ladakh

Overnight hotel.

Day-5. Leh – Alchi 

In the morning depart for Alchi monastery. Afternoon visit Alchi and Ridzong monasteries.

Alchi Monastery
Alchi Monastery
Ridzong ladakh
Ridzong ladakh

Overnight Guest house

Day-6. Alchi – Lamayuru – Alchi

Full day excursion to Lamayuru monastery. After having good look around we drive back to Alchi.

Lamayuru Monastery
Lamayuru Monastery

Overnight guest house.

Day-7. Alchi – Likir – Leh

After breakfast we drive to Leh enroute visiting Likir monastery. Late afternoon stroll through the main bazzar to watch local’s activities.

Likir Monastery
Likir Monastery

Overnight hotel

Day-8. Leh – Tiger ( Nubra Valley ) 

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

Nubra Valley Ladakh
Nubra Valley Ladakh

Overnight in camp.

Day-9. In Tiger

Day excursion to Samstanling monastery and Panamik Hot Springs is organized along with picnic / hot lunch. Return to Tiger enroute visit Ansa gompa.

samstanling monastery
samstanling monastery
Panamik Village Ladakh
Panamik Village Ladakh

Overnight in camp.

Day-10. Tiger – Leh

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

diskit monastery
diskit monastery

Overnight hotel.

Day-11. In Leh

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

Stok Palace Ladakh
Stok Palace Ladakh

Overnight hotel

Day-12. Leh – Delhi

Early morning transfer to airport to board early morning flight for Delhi. PM combined city tour of Old & New Delhi.

Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial Delhi
Red Fort
Red Fort
India Gate
India Gate
humayun's tomb
humayun’s tomb

Overnight hotel

Day-13. DEPART HOME

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

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13 Days Ladakh and Kashmir Tour

Dal Lake Srinagar

13 Days Ladakh and Kashmir Tour

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

13 Days Ladakh and Kashmir Tour

This magnificent tour of North India starts in Delhi, includes a train ride to Chandigarh, visit to Manali – a famous hill station, overland drive to Leh via Rohtang Pass, Lahaul and Spiti Valley, Keylong, Darcha and Sarchu. Sightseeing at Leh, Pangong Lake, Hemis Monastery, Thiksey monastery, sightseeing of Sumoor area and Samstaling Gompa at Nubra Valley, explore Deskit , Hundar and the Sand Dunes, Lamayuru monastery and the adjoining “Moonland” hills on the way to Kargil, also visit Hall of Fame, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Point, Sangam (confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers) and the 11th century Alchi Choskor, driving through Drass reach Sonemarg and Srinagar where we enjoy Shikara ride at Dal Lake and explore world famous Mughal Garden / Nishat Bagh.

Travel Plan :

Day 01: Arrive New Delhi 

On arrival meeting assistance & transfer to Hotel. Overnight stay.

Delhi Airport
Delhi Airport

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
chandigarh railway station

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

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. 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. Once 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.

Rohtang Pass
Rohtang Pass
lahaul valley
lahaul valley
spiti valley
spiti valley

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. 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.

Manali Leh route
Manali Leh route

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.

Leh Bazaar
Leh Bazaar
shanti stupa leh ladakh
shanti stupa leh ladakh
Sankar Gompa leh ladakh
Sankar Gompa leh ladakh
Leh Palace leh ladakh
Leh Palace leh ladakh

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). 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.

pangong lake ladakh
pangong lake ladakh

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

Hemis Monastery Ladakh
Hemis Monastery Ladakh
Thiksey Monastery Ladakh
Thiksey Monastery Ladakh

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). After descending from the pass, drive on for sightseeing of Sumoor area and Samstanling Gompa.

Nubra Valley Ladakh
Nubra Valley Ladakh
Khardung La Pass Ladakh
Khardung La Pass Ladakh
samstanling monastery
samstanling monastery

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).

diskit monastery
diskit monastery
Hundar ladakh
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. 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.

hall of fame leh
hall of fame leh
Gurudwara Pathar Sahib
Gurudwara Pathar Sahib
magnetic point leh
magnetic point leh
confluence of indus and zanskar rivers
confluence of indus and zanskar rivers
Alchi Monastery
Alchi Monastery

Continue drive towards Kargil, enroute visiting the dramatically located Lamayuru monastery and the adjoining “Moonland” hills. On the way to Kargil you can view the 9-mtrs, tall rock sculpture of the Maitreya Buddha at Mulbek (7th – 8th century AD).

Lamayuru Monastery
Lamayuru Monastery
Maitreya Buddha at Mulbek
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 Sonmarg from where it’s smooth driving through the beautiful Kashmir countryside to reach Srinagar.

Zoji-la Pass
Zoji-la Pass
Sonmarg Kashmir
Sonmarg Kashmir
Dal Lake Srinagar
Dal Lake Srinagar
house boat srinagar
house boat srinagar

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. 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.

shikara ride srinagar
shikara ride srinagar
Mughal Gardens Srinagar
Mughal Gardens Srinagar
Nishat Bagh Srinagar
Nishat Bagh Srinagar
Chasme Shahi Garden Srinagar
Chasme Shahi Garden Srinagar

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

Day 13: Departure Srinagar 

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

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