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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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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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

Cost

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Taj Mahal and Bandhavgarh National Park Tour 9N10D

Taj Mahal and Bandhavgarh National Park 9N10D

Taj Mahal and Bandhavgarh National Park Tour 9N10D – Tour of Taj Mahal and Bandhavgarh covers Delhi, Agra and Bandhavgarh National Park

Day – 1 —  Delhi
Arrival at the airport & transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day – 2 —  Delhi
Full day tour of Old Delhi, Red fort, jama Masjid & New Delhi . Overnight at the hotel.

Day – 3 —  Delhi – Agra – Taj Mahal
Leave for Agra to visit the famous Taj Mahal & Agra Fort. Overnight at the hotel.

Day – 4 —  Agra – Bandhavgarh
Take an Executive class air conditioned train to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

Day – 5 —  Bandhavgarh
In Bandhavgarh. Evening jeep drive/ Elephant ride looking for the tiger.

Day – 6 —  Bandhavgarh
In Bandjavgarh. Morning & Evening Jeep drive/ Elephant ride in the park.

Day – 7 —  Bandhavgarh
In Bandhavgarh. Morning & Evening Jeep drive/ Elephant ride in the park

Day – 8 —  Bandhavgarh
In Bandhavgarh. Morning & Evening Jeep drive/ Elephant ride in the park

Day – 9 —  Bandhavgarh – Delhi
Morning jeep drive in the park. In the evening take an executive class air-conditioned train to Delhi.

Day – 10 — Delhi
Arrive Delhi Railway Station. Departure to the international airport.

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Tiger Safari Tour 17N18D

Tiger Safari Tour 17N18D

Tiger Safari Tour 17N18D – Tour of Taj Mahal and Tiger Safari covers Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra, Bandhavgarh, Kanha National Park and Jabalpur.

Day 01: Delhi
Arrival in Delhi & transfer to the hotel. Upon arrival check into the hotel & take proper rest. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi Sightseeing (B)
After breakfast proceed for the full day Delhi sightseeing tour covering Old Delhi monuments like Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Shanti Van, Raj Ghat and New Delhi monuments like Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, India Gate, Parliament House, Overnight at Delhi.

Day 03: Delhi – Jaipur (B)
Morning after breakfast checkout from the hotel & drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Evening free at Leisure. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 04: Jaipur Sightseeing (B)
This morning after breakfast visit the Amber fort, built in 16th century, enjoy an elephant ride at Amber. Drive past the Hawa Mahal-a Palace of winds. In the afternoon you will visit the city palace and museum, walk to adjacent Jantar Mantar an astronomical observatory. Stay overnight at hotel in Jaipur

Day 05: Jaipur – Ranthambore (B, D)
Morning after breakfast checkout from the hotel & drive to Ranthambore. Upon arrival check into the hotel & stay overnight.

Day 06: Ranthambore (B, L, D)
Enjoy morning & afternoon safari inside the park. Overnight at Ranthambore.

Day 07: Ranthambore (B, L, D)
Enjoy morning & afternoon safari inside the park. Overnight at Ranthambore.

Day 08: Ranthambore (B, L, D)
Enjoy morning & afternoon safari inside the park. Overnight at Ranthambore.

Day 09: Ranthambore – Agra (B)
Morning after breakfast checkout from the hotel & drive to Agra. Upon arrival check into the hotel & stay overnight.

Day 10: Agra – Umaria (B)
Enjoy the beauty of Taj – The Symbol of Love & Agra Fort. Evening transfer to Agra rly stn to catch the train for Umaria. Overnight journey.

Day 11: Umaria – Bandhavgarh (B, L, D)
Pick up from Umaria rly stn & transfer to Bandhavgarh. Afternoon safari inside the park. Overnight at Bandhavgarh.

Day 12: Bandhavgarh (B, L, D)
Enjoy morning & afternoon safari inside the park. Overnight at Bandhavgarh

Day 13: Bandhavgarh (B, L, D)
Enjoy morning jeep safari inside the park. In the afternoon visit Tribal village safari tour to see how the countryside villagers live their life and what they do in their daily routine. Overnight at Bandhavgarh

Day 14: Bandhavgarh – Kanha (B, L, D)
Enjoy morning jeep safari inside the park & back to the hotel. After breakfast checkout from the hotel & drive to Kanha. Overnight at Kanha.

Day 15: Kanha (B, L, D)
Enjoy morning & afternoon safari inside the park, Overnight at Kanha.

Day 16: Kanha – Jabalpur (B, L)
Enjoy morning jeep safari inside the park & back to the hotel. After some rest checkout from the hotel & drive to Jabalpur railway station to catch the train for Delhi. Overnight Journey.

Day 17: Jabalpur – Delhi (B) – Reach Delhi, pick up & transfer to the hotel. Day free for your own activities, overnight at Delhi.

Day 18: Delhi (B)
Morning after breakfast check out from the hotel & our driver will drop you at the airport to catch your international flight for your hometown.

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India Wildlife Tour 12N13D

India Wildlife Tour 12N13D

India Wildlife Tour 12N13D – Taj Mahal and National Wildlife Reserves covering Delhi, Jaipur, Sariska, Agra, Ranthambore, Bharatpur, Khajuraho and Bandhavgarh

Day1 – Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel.

Day2 – Delhi
After breakfast, tour the historic city of old Delhi to include the magnificent Red Fort, Jama Masjid largest mosque in Asia, both built by Shahjahan, Rajghat – memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the “Father of the Nation”. Afternoon, tour of New Delhi to include Humanyun Tomb, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Birla Mandir, Bahai Temple. Evening visit Son-et-Lumiere at Red Fort. Overnight at hotel.

Day3 – Sariska
Leave Delhi after breakfast reaching Sariska (239 km/5 hrs) by lunch. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Afternoon jungle drive, place is well known for Sambars, Cheetals, Blue bulls, Spotted deers, Wild boards in addition to Tigers & Leopards. Sariska is set in the rugged Aravali Hills – one of the old mountain ranges Overnight at hotel.

Day4 – Sariska
At Sariska, jeep safari of park Overnight at hotel.

Day5 – Sariska – Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur (111 kms / 3hrs). Enroute visit Amber Fort, once the capital of Kachwahas before they moved to their newly built capital in Jaipur. This is the only fort where still one can go by the elephant back even today like a Maharaja. Overnight in hotel.

Day6 – Jaipur
Morning after breakfast, tour of the city including City Place, Hawa Mahal. Astronomical Observatory and drive by the Pink City bazaars. Afternoon, drive to Ranthambhore (160 kms/3 hrs &30 mins). Overnight at hotel.

Day7 – Ranthambhore
At Ranthambhore – jeep safari to the jungle. Overnight at hotel.

Day8 – Ranthambhore – Bharatpur
Drive to Bharatpur for Keoladeo national Park known for the migratory birds even as far as from Siberia. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening cycle rickshaw tour of the sanctuary and see the birds including the rare Siberian cranes. Overnight at hotel.

Day9 – Bharatpur
Morning, visit the sanctuary and see birds. After late breakfast drive to Fatehpur Sikri, (25 kms/45 mins) the deserted capital built by Akbar which was abandoned due to lack of water. See Darbar-e-Aam, Palaces Panch Mahal and Tansen Seat etc. Late afternoon visit Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. Overnight at Hotel.

Khajurao Day10 – Agra – Khajuraho
Morning visit Taj Mahal to see it in different light. Catch afternoon flight to Khajuraho and transfer to hotel. Evening tour of Chandela dynasty temples famous for their spectacular sculptures and erotic carvings. Overnight at hotel.

Day11 – Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh
Drive to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (270 kms/6 hrs). On arrival transfer to the hotel – The Jungle Lodge. Evening visit Park and jeep safari. Overnight at hotel.

Day12 – Bandhavgarh
At Bandhavgarh – jungle exploration on elephant back. Overnight at hotel.

Day13 – Flight to Delhi
Reach Delhi and continue your journey home.

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Golden Triangle Tour Package 9N10D

Golden Triangle Tour Package 9N10D

Golden Triangle Tour Package -Duration : 09 Night / 10 Days
Destinations : Delhi – Agra – Bharatpur – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Mandawa – Delhi

Day 01 : Arrive – Delhi
On arrival at Delhi airport, our representative will meet you to pick you up and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel in Delhi.

Day 02 : Delhi

After breakfast explore a city where dreams comes to reality. While touring Delhi, you will experience a blend of ancient well preserved monuments like Qutab Minar, Red Fort, jama Masjid, and passing by President’s House, Parliament House and Connaught Place shopping center. Also visit to Raj Ghat and Shanti Van – the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Evening walk through narrow streets of Chandi Chowk the old shopping market in Delhi. Overnight stay at Delhi.

Day 03 : Delhi – Agra (205 kms.)

After breakfast we depart for Agra. Enroute we take a brief stopover at Sikandra – a magnificent garden tomb of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. On arrival at Agra our company representative would assist you to check in hotel. After lunch we visit Taj – Mahal the most extra vagant monument of the world built by Emperor Shahjahan in memory of beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal.

After taj mahal the Agra Fort built in red sandstone with its magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and the beautiful gardens. The visit of Agra fort is must since so many historical incidents took place here. Evening we have planned a visit to a marble factory where you can see the beautiful inlay work of precious and semi precious stones. Overnight stay at Agra.

Day 04 : Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Bharatpur (40 kms.)

After breakfast proceed to Bharatpur, en route visit Fatehpur Sikri. A poetry written in stones, showcasing the monumental heritage of Mughals erstwhile regime, explore colossal Buland Darwaza, Palace of Jodha Bai and Khan-i-khana tomb, unique examples of Indo-Islamic styles of art and architecture. It is now one of the World Heritage Sites in India.

After lunch we continue out journey to Bharatpur. – well known as Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary – home to an astonishing range of flora and fauna. Birds come to this national park in waves. Late afternoon check in hotel. Evening at leisure to enjoy a boat ride to the nesting colonies of birds. Overnight stay at Bharatpur hotel.

Day 05 : Bharatpur – Ranthambhore

After early breakfast we take a cycle rickshaw ride into the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Watching birds. Later on we drive to Ranthambore – famous for the wildlife sanctuary- which is home to India’s royal tigers and also considered to be the best place in the world to photograph the tiger in its natural habitat. Arrive at Ranthambore & check into the hotel. Overnight stay in Ranthambore.

Day 06 : Ranthambhore

After breakfast we take full day Jungle visit. We take Jeep safari to catch tigers and other animals into cameras. Ranthambhore is one of the very few parks where tigers could be seen in day light. Overnight stay at Ranthambhore.

Day 07: Ranthambhore – Jaipur (195 kms.)

After leisurely breakfast drive to Jaipur – the fabled “Pink City” of the desert. Arrive at Jaipur and check in at hotel. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

Day 08 : Jaipur (The Pink City of Rajasthan)

After breakfast tour travel guide accompanies you on a visit to some popular tourist places of the Jaipur city. Visit the majestic Amber Fort in outskirt of Jaipur. We take elephant ride to the fort. Then visit Jaigarh Fort where there is largest cannon of the world on wheels. Proceed to the City Palace, the Hawa Mahal (the wind palace) and the Jantar Mantar (the natural observatory). Overnight stay at Jaipur.

Day 09 : Jaipur – Mandawa

After breakfast some more exploration of Jaipur markets, where skilled craftsmen display jewellery, paintings, carvings and colorful textiles, will be an enjoyable experience for you. Post lunch we leave for Mandawa. Check into heritage hotel.  Overnight stay at Mandawa.

Day 10 : Mandawa – Delhi
After breakfast visit to Havelis. The Mandawa family has a unique collection of their preserved paintings and antiques that adorn the main huge hall in the center of the castle, originally the durbar hall and now an exotic lounge. The ceremonial costumes of the family collection and the precious arms with handle of jade and beautiful curios brought by the British as a gift for the nobles are well placed like a showcase of a museum.After lunch drive to international airport Delhi for final departure to your destination.

Day 9 : Udaipur City Tour
This Morning explore the rest of the places and in the evening take a walking tour on your own through the narrow lanes and back streets of Udaipur upto the Washing Ghats at the Lake Pichola. Later transfer to airport to take a flight to Delhi. Visit one of the fine downtown restaurants for an optional dinner. No hotel in Delhi.

Day 10 : Drop at international airport for flight back home or onward destination.

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Rajasthan Tour Package 5N6D

Rajasthan Tour Package 5N6D

Rajasthan Tour Package – 5N6D

Destinations Covered: New Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Ranthambhore

DAY 1: NEW DELHI – JAIPUR
Pickup from New Delhi Airport / Railway Station / Bus Stand by placard carrying driver straight to Jaipur and transfer to Hotel in Jaipur. Later visit to the fabled Pink City, the Old Jaipur, Drive through the Johari Bazaar to the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds).Visit the various museums inside the City Palace and the ancient observatory, Jantar Mantar, Pay a visit to the Govind Deoji Temple, housing the patron deity of Jaipur. Evening free for shopping, etc. Overnight stay at Hotel in Jaipur.

DAY 2: JAIPUR
On the second day of the trip, visit the magnificent Amber palace. See the largest cannon on wheels in the World, and old cannon foundry at Jaigarh. Visit to the Kanak Vrindavan Temple in the valley of flowers. Evening enjoy the dinner with cultural dances at Chokhi Dhani. Over night stay at Hotel in Jaipur.

DAY 3: JAIPUR – RANTHAMBHORE
Depart for Ranthambhore after breakfast. Check-in at hotel in Ranthambhore. After lunch visit to Ranthambhore National Park.    Overnight stay at hotel in Ranthambhore.

DAY 4: RANTHAMBHORE – BHARATPUR
Morning visit to the National Park – Project Tiger. Later drive towards Bharatpur. Enjopy a brief visit to the Keoladeo Ghana, Bird Sanctuary.  (Entry Fee and guide fees in the park are extra). Check-in at hotel in Bharatpur for overnight stay.

DAY 5: BHARATPUR – AGRA
Morning visit to Keoladeo Ghana Bird sanctuary. Depart for Agra after breakfast. Visit to abandon city of Fatehpur Sikri on the way. Check-in at hotel in Agra. Later visit the Agra Fort, Itmnad – Ud – Daulah & famous Taj Mahal. Overnight stay at hotel in Agra.

Day 6: AGRA – DELHI
On the last day of the trip, morning visit the Taj Mahal and Red Fort and afternoon drive back to New Delhi airport where the tour ends.

To get this Rajasthan Tour customized to your requirements, please contact us. While filling the Contact Form, 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 especially for families traveling with kids or elderly. You can ask us to add a night here and there, change the type of accommodations, meal plans, mode of transportation or even combine 2 or more itineraries to create a extended holiday tour of India for you. We will be happy to create a custom plan matching all your requirements. Our experts will be glad to help if you have any queries.

 

Kerala Tour Package 9N10D

Kerala Tour Package 9N10D

Kerala Tour Package – 9N10D

Destinations Covered: Kovalam- Alleppey- Kumarakom- Thekkady – Munnar- Cochin

Day 1 – Cochin

Your tour starts right from your arrival at Cochin airport / Railway Station. Cochin sight seeing – Jew Synagogue, Dutch Palace St.Francis Church, Chineese fishing nets, Marine drive.

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 2 – Cochin- Munnar

After Breakfast check out from the Hotel and Proceed to Munnar. On the way visit the water falls of Valara and Cheeyappara. Check in to the Hotel at Munnar. Overnight Stay at the Hotel

Day 3 – Munnar

Local sight seeing (Mattupetty Dam, Tea Plantation). Sightseeing Munnar – visit Rajamalai to see the Nilgiri Tahrs, Mattupetty where boating facility is available, The Echo-point , Kundala lake for boating in Shikara type of boats, Top Station – The border.

Day 4 – Munnar

Enjoy the cool and transcendent climate and the unpolluted environments. You will be visiting Munnar’s tea plantations.Take a stroll through the blue hills kissing the clouds, inhaling the sweet scent of fresh tea leaves. The endless greenery will make you a poet or dip in your favorite book in the lap of mother nature.

Day 5 – Munnar- Thekkady

Check out from the Hotel and proceed to Thekkady.Check in to the Hotel  at Thekkady. Boating at Periyar Lake to watch the wild life. Overnight stay at Hotel/Resort.

Day 6 – Thekkady – Kumarakom

Check out from the Hotel and proceed to Kumarakom.Check in to the Hotel  at  Kumarakom. On the way visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctury. Overnight stay at Hotel/Resort.

Day 7 – Kumrarakom- Alleppey

Check in to Deluxe houseboat for an overnight cruise through the unique back waters of Kerala. Houseboat will be your transportation for the day and accommodation for the night. Glide along the narrow canals laced by the infinite greenery imparted by coconut palms, watch the gentle and soothing greenery of paddy fields and the village folk at work.

Relax on board listening.

Day 8 – Alleppey-Kovalam

After check out proceed to Kovalam. Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach and Ashoka Beach – the three together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach. Relax on beaches

Overnight stay at Hotel/Resort.

Day 9 – Kovalam

After breakfast proceed to Kanyakumary. Visit to Vzhinjam Marine aquariam,Padmanabhapuram Palace, Suchindra Temple finally Kanyakumary beach

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 10 – Kovalam -Trivandrum

Transfer to Trivandrum,drop at Airport / Railway station

To catch flight/train.

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Kerala Tour Package 7N8D

Kerala Tour Package 7N8D

Kerala Tour Package – 7N8D

Destinations Covered: Cochin- Munnar – Thekkady – Alleppey- Kovalam- Kanyakumari

Day 1 – Cochin

Your tour starts right from your arrival at Cochin airport / Railway Station. Cochin sightseeing – Jew Synagogue, Dutch Palace St.Francis Church, Chineese fishing nets, Marine drive.

Overnight stay  at the resort/Hotel.

Day 2 – Cochin- Munnar

Check out from Hotel and proceed to Munnar. Kerala is blessed with amazing beauty of nature and it can be seen and you will enjoy all throughout your journey through honeymoon tour Kerala. On the way visit the water falls of  valara and  cheeyappara.Overnight stay at Munnar Resort/Hotel.

Day 3 – Munnar

You are now to experience the beauty of the green paradise on your honeymoon vacations. Local sight seeing (Mattupetty Dam,Tea Plantation) Sightseeing Munnar – visit Rajamalai to see the Nilgiri Tahrs,Mattupetty where boating facility is available. The Echo-Point,Kundala Lake for boating in Shikara type of boats,Top Station- The Border.

Day 4 – Munnar- Thekkady

Check out from the Hotel and proceed to Thekkady.Check in to the Hotel  at Thekkady. Boating at Periyar Lake to watch the wild life. Overnight stay at the resort/Hotel.

Day 5 – Thekkady- Alleppey

Check in to Deluxe houseboat for an overnight cruise through the unique back waters of Kerala. Houseboat will be your transportation for the day and accommodation for the night. Glide along the narrow canals laced by the infinite greenery imparted by coconut palms, watch the gentle and soothing greenery of paddy fields and the village folk at work.

Relax on board listening.

Day 6 – Alleppey- Kovalam

After breakfast check out from the  proceed to Kovalam. Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach and Ashoka Beach – the three together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach. Relax on beaches

Overnight stay  at the resort/Hotel

Day 7 – Kovalam-Kanyakumari

After breakfast check out from the Hotel and  proceed to Kanyakumary. On the way Visit to Vzhinjam Marine aquariam,Padmanabhapuram Palace, Suchindra Temple finally Kanyakumary beach. Check in to the Resort. After sunset come back to Resort.

Overnight stay  at the resort/Hotel.

Day 8 – Kanyakumari- Trivandrum

Transfer to Trivandrum,drop at Airport / Railway station. To Catch flight/Train.

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South India Tour Package 16N17D

South India Tour Package 16N17D

South India Tour Package – 16N17D

Destinations Covered: Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai – Periyar – Kovalam – Allepey – Kumarakom – Kochi – Ooty – Nagarhole – Mysore – Bangalore

Day 01 Arrive Chennai
On arrival you will be met and transferred to hotel. Later proceed for the sightseeing of Chennai, “the gateway of South India”. P.M. Visit National Art Gallery and Museum (closed on Fridays) which has a selection of ancient paintings of almost all schools as well as section devoted to modern art, Fort St. George, St. Mary’s Church, Drive along Marina Beach (the second longest in the world), San Thome Cathedral, Mylapore Shiva Temple and shopping.

Day 02 Mahabalipuram
Kanchipuram, the city of 1000 temples. It is considered as the second holiest city in India next to Varanasi. Visit Vaikuntaperumal temple, Ekambareeswarar and Varadarajar temple. Kanchipuram is famous for its exquisite silk sarees. Visit the handloom and shop if you please. Drive to Mahabalipuram, the only surviving shore temple. It boasts of some of India’s most sublime rock cut art comprising of Arjuna’s Penance – the largest open-air bass-relief, Five Rathas, structured temples, man-made caves and chariots.

Day 03 Pondicherry
Pondicherry, once a French settlement and now home to the Aurobindo Ashram – It spiritual tenets represent a synthesis of yoga and modern science and Auroville or the City of Dawn, an international settlement where community living is the focus of life. The sphere shaped Matri Mandir a hall of meditation is the splendid centre of Auroville. Visit Pondicherry Museum which has an outstanding collection of artifacts. The sculpture gallery is a treasure house of Pallava and Chola art. Evening Relax at the beach, which runs along the city.

Day 04 Tanjore
Tanjore is rich in its architecture, exquisite handicrafts, paintings, bronzes and South Indian Musical instruments. Visit the magnificent Brahadeeswara temple, where the shade of the tower (gopuram or vimanam) will not fall on the ground. The second largest monolithic sculpture, Nandi (Bull) can be found in the portal of the shrine. The Royal palace complex houses in important library and museums, including a superb collection of Chola bronzes.

Day 05 Trichy
Trichy was the citadel of the Chola dynasty in the medieval period. In the 18th century it witnessed the Carnatic wars fought between the French and the English. Lord Robert Clive’s house is still there to see and so is the Danish Church. The Rock-Fort is the landmark of Trichy. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple Visit Srirangam temple and RockFort temple.

Day 06 Madurai
Drive to Madurai, known for 1000-pillared Meenakshiamman temple. Visit Meenakshi temple, famous for its Court of Thousand Pillars, built in 1560 A.D and visit to the temple to witness the famous night ceremony when the Temple bronze of Lord Siva is carried to the bed chamber of Goddess Parvathy to the accompaniment of religious prayers and music. Also visit Thirumalai Nayak’s Palace and Gandhi Museum.

Day 07 Periyar
Periyar. You will be taken to one of the best game sanctuaries in India – Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Your journey to Thekkady is through breathtaking, winding, dense rubber, etc; do not forget your camera. A boat ride on the spending Lake Periyar is the best way to experience the sanctuary. Visit the Spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee and tea estates. On your way back to hotel, you can shop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices.

Day 08 Kumarakom
A cruise on the Vembanad Lake, gently rocked by the waves rippling to the rhythm of the swaying coconut palms on the distant banks could be truly exhilarating. Stay in the backwater resort and enjoy your day in swimming or a massage that would do wonders on your body. The splash of water slapping softly on the banks provides a soothing background music. Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. The breathtaking view of the lake during the dawn and dusk and the glimpse of the formation of birds flapping in and out of the bird sanctuary can be seen from any spot of the island.

Day 09 Allepey
After witnessing the sunrise, drive to Allepey. This is the heart of backwaters and it is naturally known for its snake boat racing events. Spending an overnight at the resort is an ideal getaway from the madding crowds of everyday life. For those in search of peace and tranquility, this is a refreshing interlude. Day free to relax at backwater resort or proceed for a backwater cruise (Optional).

Day 09 Kochi
Visit the pride of Kerala and a testimony to nature’s splendour and human innovation, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at the end of the day.

Day 10 Kochi
Visit the Dutch Palace – the oldest Synagogue of the British commonwealth, The Jewish Synagogue – the oldest in India with features like great scrolls of the old testament, Hebrew inscriptions on stone slabs, gold and silver crowns, blue willow patterned floor tiles in which each tile is unique, St. Francis Church – India’s oldest European church, Bolghatty Palace, Hill Palace Museum and Bird Sanctuary. Spend around Kochi city shopping for handicrafts, antiques and other traditional goods. Witness the traditional Kathakali Dance Show in the evening.

Day 11 Ooty
Drive to Ooty, the queen of hill stations. The beautiful hill station established by the British in the early part of the 19th century. A fine retreat from the heat of the plains. Ooty offers scenic beauty and relaxed ambience. The Beautiful Ooty Lake, Set Among Groves Of Eucalyptus Trees Is A Popular Spot With Its Facilities For Boating.

Day 12 Ooty
Full day excursion to Ooty and Coonoor. Visit Botanical Gardens, the Lake, Dodabetta peak, which provides beautiful views of the surrounding hills and plains at Ooty. Located at a lower altitude, with a warmer climate, Coonoor is a popular hill resort in its own way. You can take a Optional toy train to Coonoor to enjoy the scenic beauties. The well laid-out Sim’s park here is a beautiful botanical garden, with many rare flowers, shrubs and trees. Lambs rock and Dolphin’s Nose are some of the viewpoints and picnic spots around Coonoor. Overnight at Ooty.

Day 13 Kabini
90 kms southwest of Mysore lies Nagarhole National park, which claims populations of tiger, leopard and elephant as well as over 250 species of birds. Visit the park by jeep, on elephant back and in a coracle. Stay two nights at the Kabini river Lodge or at water Woods a small six bedroom bungalow, beautifully appointed, and situated on the banks of the Kabini river.

As an alternative to Nagarhole National Park, anglers may wish to consider staying at the Cauvery fishing camp on the banks of the Cauvery River at Bheemeshwari, which is noted for its mahseer fishing (best season November to June). The mahseer is considered to be one of the finest game fish in the world. Accommodation is in spacious, well furnished “ethnic log huts.” The Cauvery fishing Camp is situated 100 kms from Bangalore and 85 kms from Mysore.

Day 14 Kabini
In the morning go on a Coracle Ride on Kabini river. The Coracle is a round native boat. In the afternoon go on a wildlife tour in the National park in jeeps / vans.

Day 15 Mysore
Drive to Mysore, the Sandalwood City. A city with rich heritage with magnificent palaces, beautifully laid out gardens, imposing buildings, avenues of flowering trees and many ancient temples. The City of Mysore still retains an extraordinary charm that never fails to fascinate. Sights include the Mysore Palace, one of the largest of its kind in India – illuminated during weekends, the Art Gallery, Brindavan Gardens, etc. Overnight stay at Mysore.

Day 16 Bangalore
Visit Srirangapatna – The island fortress of Tipu Sultan is 16 Km from Mysore city. Inside the fortress is Tipu’s mosque with its twin minarets, the celebrated Ranganatha Swamy temple, Tipu’s Summer Palace known as the Daria Daulat Bagh, the Wellesley Bridge and the dungeons where British officers were once imprisoned. On arrival check-in at hotel. Later visit Lal Bagh, the Botanical Gardens, Tipu’s summer Palace, Bull Temple, and shopping at Arts & Crafts Centre Emporium at M.G.Road. Overnight at Bangalore.

Day 17 Departure
Today you will be transferred to the Airport to board connecting flight to onward destination.

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South India Tour Package 22N23D

South India Tour Package 22N23D

South India Tour Package – 22N23D

Destinations Covered: Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Tanjore –  Madurai – Periyar – Kovalam – Kumarakom – Allepey – Kochi – Bangalore – Mysore – Hassan – Sharavanabelgola – Bangalore – Mumbai

Day 01 Chennai
On Arrival Traditional Welcome & Transfer To Hotel. Sightseeing of Chennai includes Fort St. George, Fort Museum, National Art Gallery, Kapaleeswarar temple and drive past Marina Beach.

Day 02 Mahabalipuram
Visit Ekambareswarar temple – One of the largest temples in Kancheepuram, covering 9 hectares. Varadarajaswamy temple – noted for its costly jewellery and diamonds and precious stones presented by the kings of various dynasties temple and Kailasanathar temple – reflects the freshness and simplicity of early Dravidian architecture. Kanchipuram is famous for its exquisite silk sarees. Shopping and Visit the handloom.

Day 03 Mahabalipuram
Visit Arjuna’s Penance, Shore temple, Five Rathas, Krishna Mandapam, etc.   Rest of the day free to relax on the beach.

Day 04 Pondicherry
Drive to Pondicherry.  Visit Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville.

Day 05 Tanjore
Tanjore is rich in its architecture, exquisite handicrafts, paintings, bronzes and South Indian Musical instruments. Visit the magnificent Brahadeeswara temple, where the shade of the tower (gopuram or vimanam) will not fall on the ground. The second largest monolithic sculpture, Nandi (Bull) can be found in the portal of the shrine. The Royal palace complex houses in important library and museums, including a superb collection of Chola bronzes.

Day 06 Trichy
After breakfast drive  Visit Srirangam temple and Rockfort temple.

Day 07 Madurai
Drive to Madurai, known for 1000-pillared meenakshiamman temple. Visit Meenakshi temple, famous for its Court of Thousand Pillars, built in 1560 A.D and visit to the temple to witness the famous night ceremony when the Temple bronze of Lord Siva is carried to the bed chamber of Goddess Parvathy to the accompaniment of religious prayers and music. Also visit Thirumalai Nayak’s Palace and Gandhi Museum.

Day 08 Periyar
Periyar. You will be taken to one of the best game sanctuaries in India – Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Your journey to Thekkady is through breathtaking, winding, dense rubber, etc; do not forget your camera. A boat ride on the spending Lake Periyar is the best way to experience the sanctuary. Visit the Spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee and tea estates. On your way back to hotel, you can shop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices.

Day 09 Kovalam  
Kovalam, a former fishing village enchanted by the strips of golden sands laced with rich greenery of coconut palms. After breakfast you are free to go swimming and more adventure for surfing. Afterwards you can attend the yoga classes. Rest of the day relax at the beach. Watch the sun setting and you are free for shopping for handicrafts in the twilight hours.

Day 10 Kovalam
Day Free to relax on the beach or proceed for a day excursion to Trivandrum (Optional).

Day 11 Kumarakom
Drive To Kumarakom. A cruise on the Vembanad Lake, gently rocked by the waves rippling to the rhythm of the swaying coconut palms on the distant banks could be truly exhilarating. Pm Free & Evening Sun Set Cruise.

Day 12 Kumarakom
Visit the bird Sanctuary. The island is surrounded by Vembanad Lake and the land has lots of streams and canals which provides an ideal tourist experience, apart from being a fishing township.

Day 13 Kochi
Drive to Allepey known for its backwaters. Have a short cruise on the backwaters and later proceed to Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala. Later proceed for the Boat Cruise To See The 7 Islands Of Kochi & Beautiful Sun Set At Chinese Fishing Nets. Spend around the city shopping for spices.

Day 14 Kochi
After breakfast Visit the Dutch Palace,  The Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and Chinese fishing nets. In the evening witness the make-up session and performance of traditional Kathakali Dance Show.

Day 15 Bangalore / Mysore
Transfer to Airport in time to Connect flight for Bangalore. On arrival drive straight to Mysore enroute visit to Srirangapatna – The Little Island Fortress Of Tipu Sultan, Who Was Once Known As The “Tiger Of Mysore”. Visit the Summer Palace, The Daria Daulat, and the Beautiful Wall Paintings. Rest of the day free to relax.

Day 16 Mysore
Visit the palace,  Art Gallery; drive upto Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple & a panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back, see the Nandi Bull. Afternoon free. Overnight Mysore.

Day 17 Hassan
Today you will witness the hoysala architecture.  Visit Belur & Halebid temples.

Day 18 Bangalore
Drive to Bangalore enroute visit Sravanbelgola, noted for its 17 metre high image of Lord Gomateshvara, which is cut into the rock of Indragiri hill. Hewn out of a single rock and visible from a distance of 25 kms, the Lord Gomteshwara is bathed with milk and honey once every 12 years.
Later visit Bangalore, the Garden City. Vist Bull temple, ISKCON temple, Lalbagh Botanical Gardens and the magnificient building of Vidhana Soudha.

Day 19 Goa
You will be transferred to the Airport to board flight to Goa. On arrival you will be checked-in at the hotel / resort. Rest of the day free for your own activites like Swimming, Water Sport Activities, etc.

Day 20 Goa
Today Morning proceed for the city tour of Old Goa. Visit old Goa Churches, Bassilica of Boom Jesus, Sri Mangueas Temple, Dona Paula & Miramar Beach. Afternoon at leisure for swimming & sun bathing.

Day 21 Mumbai
Day free to relax and later transfer to Airport to connect flight to Mumbai. On arrival you will be checked-in at hotel to relax or proceed for the shopping.

Day 22 Mumbai
After breakfast proceed  for the sightseeing of Mumbai.  It includes Gateay of India, Marine drive, Coloba causeway.  Visit Hanging gardens and  Mani Bhawan, a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi, and the bustling Crawford Market.

Day 23 Departure Transfer
You’ll be transferred to the Airport to connect flight to onward destination. Depart India with lingering memories.

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North East India Tour Package 15N16D

 

North East India Tour Package 15N16D

North East India Tour Package – 15N16D

Destinations Covered: Gangtok – Guwahati – Tezpur – Dirang – Tawang -Bombdila – Kaziranga – Shillong – Cherapunjee – Guwahati

Day 01 : NJP Rly. Stn / IXB Airport – Gangtok
Meet & Greet on arrival at NJP station / IXB airport & transfer to Gangtok – “The Capital City of Sikkim”.On arrival check-in to your hotel & rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Gangtok.

Day 02 : Gangtok (Trip to Tsomgo Lake)
After breakfast start for a day trip of Tsomgo Lake (12,400 ft.), 34 km from Gangtok city & Baba Mandir. Tsomgo Lake freezes completely during the winter and is much revered by the locals. Overnight stay at hotel in Gangtok.

Day 03 : Gangtok – NJP Rly Stn /IXB Airport- Guwahati
Check out from hotel in time to catch your Flight / Train for onward journey with Sweet memories. For Train Journey to Guwahati.

Day 04 : Guwahati
Assistance on arrival at Guwahati /Station. Transfer to Hotel. Check-in to your hotel on arrival. After lunch visit Kamakshya Temple. Overnight stay in Guwahati.

Day 05 : Guwahati – Tezpur
After breakfast, we transfer to Tezpur. Tezpur is a beautiful City situated on the Banks of Brahmaputra. Over night stay at Tezpur.

Day 06 : Tezpur – Dirang
Post breakfast we drive to Dirang (8,500 ft) a beautiful hill station of Arunachal Pradesh. Check-in to our hotel on arrival. Post lunch half day sightseeing including visit to Handicraft Center. Overnight stay at Dirang.

Day 07 : Dirang – Tawang
After breakfast, we take the transfer to Tawang (12000 ft). En route visit Se La Pass (14000 ft) ‘The World’s 2nd Highest Pass’. Check-in to our hotel on arrival. Overnight stay in Tawang.

Day 08 : Tawang (Sightseeings)
Post breakfast we embark on a sightseeing tour of Tawang covering Tawang Monastery, Gomfa, Handicrafts Hand loom (Saturday Closed), War Memorial. Overnight stay at Tawang.

Day 09 : Tawang (Sightseeings)
After breakfast depart for the Excursion for Boomla Pass or Madhuri Lake (Closing time 02 p.m). Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 10 : Tawang – Bombdila
After breakfast we take the transfer to Bomdila (4910 ft). Check-in to our hotel. Overnight stay in Bomdila.

Day 11 : Bomdila – Kaziranga After Breakfast transfer to Kaziranga. Overnight stay at Hotel.

 Day 12 : Kaziranga (Sightseeing) Early morning explore Eastern Zone of Kaziranga National Park on back of elephant. Apart from the Rhino, other species found are hog deer, swamp deer, wild buffalo, elephants and if you are lucky then tiger also. It is also home to pelicans, storks and darters as there are a number of water bodies inside the Park. We will return to the resort for breakfast. Afternoon we have arranged a jeep safari through the Central Zone of the National Park. Evening come back to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13 : Kaziranga National Park – Shillong
After breakfast proceed for Shillong, also called ‘Scotland of the East” . En route we see Umium Lake (Barapani), a majestic placid lake surrounded by Sylvan hills. On arrival at Shillong, check in at your hotel. Evening is free to visit the market. Overnight stay in Shillong.

Day 14 : Shillong – Cherapunjee Sightseeing
Get up early today to enjoy the mesmerizing mornings of Shillong and after breakfast drive to Cherrapunjee , which is the wettest place in the world. The beautiful waterfall – N ohkalikai is at Cherrapunjee. You can also explore some of the caves in and around Cherrapunjee. Evening return to Shillong, en-route visit Elephanta falls and Shillong peak for some breathtaking views. Overnight stay at Shillong.

Day 15 : Shillong – Guwahati
After breakfast take the transfer to Guwahati Over Night at Guwahati.

Day 16 : Guwahati Airport/Station Drop
After breakfast drop at Guwahati Airport/Station for your onward journey.

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North East India Tour Package 9N10D

North East India Tour Package 9N10D

North East India Tour Package – 9N10D

Destinations Covered: Guwahati – Tezpur – Bomdila – Tawang – Dirang – Kaziranga – Guwahati 

Day 01 : Guwahati – Tezpur
Assistance on arrival at Guwahati airport / Railway Station and transfer to Tezpur. Check-in to your hotel on arrival. Overnight stay in Tezpur.

Day 02 : Tezpur – Bombdila
Post breakfast we drive to Bomdila (8500 ft). Check-in to your hotel on arrival. Post lunch half day sightseeing including visit to Handicraft Centre. Overnight stay in Bomdila.

Day 03 : Bombdila – Tawang
After breakfast we take the transfer to Tawang (12000 ft). Enroute visit Se La Pass (14000 ft) ‘The World’s 2nd Highest Pass’. Check-in to your hotel on arrival. Overnight stay in Tawang.

Day 04 : Tawang Sightseeing
Post breakfast we embark on a sightseeing tour of Tawang covering Tawang Monastery, Urgelling Monastery, Pakang Teng Tso Lake. Overnight stay in Tawang.

Day 05 : Tawang Sightseeing
After breakfast depart for the Excursion for Boomla Pass or Madhuri Lake (Closing time 02 p.m.). Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 06 : Tawang – Dirang
After breakfast we take the transfer to Dirang (4910 ft). Check-in to your hotel. Overnight stay in Dirang.

Day 07 : Dirang – Kaziranga National Park
After breakfast we take the transfer to Kaziranga. Check in to your Resort on arrival. Evening free. Overnight in Kaziranga.

Day 08 : Kaziranga National Park
Early morning Elephant ride. Post breakfast we embark on a jeep safari to Central Range. Post lunch visit to Western range. Overnight stay in Kaziranga.

Day 09 : Kaziranga – Guwahati
After breakfast we take the transfer to Guwahati. Check-in to your hotel on arrival.Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Guwahati.

Day 10 : Guwahati – Airport/ Railway Station Drop
Morning visit Kamakhya Temple. Return to hotel.Post breakfast take the departure transfer to the Airport / Railway Station for your onward journey.

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North East India Tour Package 6N7D

 

North East India Tour Package 6N7D

North East India Tour Package – 6N7D

Destinations Covered: Guwahati – Pobitora/Sonapur – Kaziranga – Guwahati

Day 01 : Guwahati Airport – Pobitora / Sonapur
Meet & greet on arrival at Guwahati airport & transfer to Sonapur / Pobitora. Check in Hotel. Dinner & overnight stay in Pobitora / Sonapur.

Day 02 : Pobitora
Early morning elephant ride. Return for breakfast. After breakfast Jeep safari inside the park. Overnight at Pobitora / Sonapur.

Day 03 : Pobitora – Kaziranga
After Breakfast we drive to Kaziranga National Park, the home of the Great Indian One horned Rhinoceros. Other residents of the park include elephants, Indian Bison, four species of deer, tiger, leopard, capped langur, wild boar, hoolock gibbon, hornbill, ibis, cormorant, egret, heron, fishing eagle and a host of migratory birds including Pelicans. We check in at resort/ tourist lodges.

Day 04 : Kaziranga
We start our jungle safari on elephant back early in the morning in the central range of the park, for one hour. Then back to Resort for breakfast. After breakfast we take you for jeep safari inside the national park. Then we come back for lunch to resort.Overnight at kaziranga.

Day 05 : Kaziranga – Guwahati
After breakfast transfer to Guwahati .Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay at Guwahati Hotel.

Day 06 : Guwahati
After Break Fast Visit Regional Science Centre and Sukreswar Temple (The 6th Jyotirlinga of Shiva). Kamakhya Temple, Tirupati Balaji Temple, Navagraha Temple, Assam State Museum. After a lunch break, again we start to visit State Zoo cum Botanical Garden, Regional Science Centre and Sukreswar Temple (The 6th Jyotirlinga of Shiva). Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07 : Guwahati – Airport / Railway Station
Morning transfer to Airport / Railway Station for your onward journey.

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Taj Mahal Tour Package 12N13D

Taj Mahal Tour Package 12N13D

Taj Mahal Tour Package – 12N13D

Destinations Covered: Delhi, Jaipur, Sariska, Agra, Ranthambore, Bharatpur, Khajuraho ,Bandhavgarh

Day1 – Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel.

Day2 – Delhi
After breakfast, tour the historic city of old Delhi to include the magnificent Red Fort, Jama Masjid largest mosque in Asia, both built by Shahjahan, Rajghat – memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the “Father of the Nation”. Afternoon, tour of New Delhi to include Humanyun Tomb, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Birla Mandir, Bahai Temple. Evening visit Son-et-Lumiere at Red Fort. Overnight at hotel.

Day3 – Sariska
Leave Delhi after breakfast reaching Sariska (239 km/5 hrs) by lunch. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Afternoon jungle drive, place is well known for Sambars, Cheetals, Blue bulls, Spotted deers, Wild boards in addition to Tigers & Leopards. Sariska is set in the rugged Aravali Hills – one of the old mountain ranges Overnight at hotel.

Day4 – Sariska
At Sariska, jeep safari of park Overnight at hotel.

Day5 – Sariska – Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur (111 kms / 3hrs). Enroute visit Amber Fort, once the capital of Kachwahas before they moved to their newly built capital in Jaipur. This is the only fort where still one can go by the elephant back even today like a Maharaja. Overnight in hotel.

Day6 – Jaipur
Morning after breakfast, tour of the city including City Place, Hawa Mahal. Astronomical Observatory and drive by the Pink City bazaars. Afternoon, drive to Ranthambhore (160 kms/3 hrs &30 mins). Overnight at hotel.

Day7 – Ranthambhore
At Ranthambhore – jeep safari to the jungle. Overnight at hotel.

Day8 – Ranthambhore – Bharatpur
Drive to Bharatpur for Keoladeo national Park known for the migratory birds even as far as from Siberia. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening cycle rickshaw tour of the sanctuary and see the birds including the rare Siberian cranes. Overnight at hotel.

Day9 – Bharatpur
Morning, visit the sanctuary and see birds. After late breakfast drive to Fatehpur Sikri, (25 kms/45 mins) the deserted capital built by Akbar which was abandoned due to lack of water. See Darbar-e-Aam, Palaces Panch Mahal and Tansen Seat etc. Late afternoon visit Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. Overnight at Hotel.

Khajurao Day10 – Agra – Khajuraho
Morning visit Taj Mahal to see it in different light. Catch afternoon flight to Khajuraho and transfer to hotel. Evening tour of Chandela dynasty temples famous for their spectacular sculptures and erotic carvings. Overnight at hotel.

Day11 – Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh
Drive to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (270 kms/6 hrs). On arrival transfer to the hotel – The Jungle Lodge. Evening visit Park and jeep safari. Overnight at hotel.

Day12 – Bandhavgarh
At Bandhavgarh – jungle exploration on elephant back. Overnight at hotel.

Day13 – Flight to Delhi
Reach Delhi and continue your journey home.

To get this Taj Mahal Tour customized to your requirements, please contact us. While filling the Contact Form, 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 especially for families traveling with kids or elderly. You can ask us to add a night here and there, change the type of accommodations, meal plans, mode of transportation or even combine 2 or more itineraries to create a extended holiday tour of India for you. We will be happy to create a custom plan matching all your requirements. Our experts will be glad to help if you have any queries.