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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 30 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 15 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4396 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5336 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Dates:
- May 05 - June 06
- June 07 - July 06
- July 11 - August 09
- August 15 - September 13
- September 12 - October 11
- October 10 - November 08
- October 31 - November 29.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Delhi. We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together and are transferred to our Hotel. Rest of the day is free. Overnight: The Park Hotel.

Day 2: Delhi. We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit Birla House-The Former Residence of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi spent his later years at Birla House before he was assassinated on January 30, 1948. Later we visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place, Humayun's Tomb and the Qutub Minar-a perfect minaret towering 72.5 meters/80.5 yards into the sky and there are 379 stairs inside the tower. Later we visit Old Delhi,starting with the famous Red Fort, built by Shah Jehan, this was once the most opulent fort of the Mughal Empire. Next we visit another Mughal majesty, the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. We end our tour with a bazaar experience at Chandni Chowk, the street of silver and goldsmiths. In the evening we enjoy Welcome Dinner at Garam Masala Restaurant. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 3: Delhi – Varanasi. Today we are transferred to airport for our flight to Varanasi. Varanasi is the spiritual centre of Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims alike. This is also the pilgrim centre for the Hindus who come daily to dip themselves in the holy water of the Ganges. Late afternoon, we start our experience of Varanasi by visiting the Bharat Mata Temple which houses a big relief map of India made from marble. Varanasi is famous for its many temples and we visit the Durga temple, the Tulsi Manas Mandir, the Banaras Hindu University and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb. In the evening we witness the Aarti (prayer) ceremony on the Ghats of Ganges. Overnight: The Gateway Hotel Ganges. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 4: Varanasi – Khajuraho. Early morning a serene experience begins as we take a sunrise cruise on the River Ganges. One of the cardinal principles of Hinduism is the belief in the holiness of the Ganges. Every morning scores of pilgrim and priests fill the riverbanks performing the holy dip and various other rituals. This is a site that has to be seen and experienced as it is so different from anything else what may have seen anywhere in the world. Later we leave for Sarnath the site of Lord Buddha's first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Later we are transferred to airport for our flight to Khajuraho.

On arrival we are transferred to our Hotel. Our Khajuraho visit starts with the temples that have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples were built during the apogee of the Chandella dynasty between 950 and 1050 AD. Today only 20 temples remain and they fall into three distinct groups and belong to two different religions-Hinduism and Jainism. Theses beautiful temples strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. The Kandariya is decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art.Overnight: Taj Chandela. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 5: Khajuraho - Jhansi - Agra. Today we drive to Jhansi en-route visiting Orchha, an amazing medieval fortress-city located on the shores of the Betwa River. Later we are transferred to railway Station to board our train to Agra. We are welcomed in Agra and transferred to our Hotel. Overnight: The Gateway Hotel. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 6: Agra. We visit one of the most well known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is built of white marble, beautifully carved and inlaid with semi-precious stones. Next we visit Agra Fort, where Shah Jehan, in the later years of his life, was imprisoned by his son to prevent him from spending the family fortunes on a black echo of the Taj Mahal. Later we drive to Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Mughal King, Akbar the Great. The city was later abandoned for lack of water. We also visit the artistically designed mausoleum of Salim Chisty who is reputed to have prayed for a son for Akbar leading to the birth of Salim Jehangir. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 7: Agra – Ranthambore. In the morning after breakfast we drive to Ranthambore, the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. On arrival in Ranthambore, we check in our Hotel. In the afternoon we take a jeep safari through the National Park. Overnight: Tiger Moon Resort. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: Ranthambore – Jaipur. Ranthambore is famous for the famous Royal Bengal Tigers and spotting the big cat in her natural habitat will be of great experience. If we are lucky we may be able to spot the big cat during our morning safari. After morning safari, we drive to Jaipur, the rose pink capital of Rajasthan. In the evening we enjoy Dinner at Spice Court Restaurant with Rajasthan Cultural Dance performance. Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 9: Jaipur. A royal experience awaits us as we take an elephant ride uphill to the intriguing Amber Palace, a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. After the tour and enjoying a panoramic view, we return to Jaipur to visit the old astronomical observatory built by the founder of the city, Jai Singh. We also visit the majestic Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art, and the colourful bazaar. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. Most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone and one of the most beautiful is Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. Evening is free to enjoy both shopping and a cultural experience in the bazaars of Jaipur. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 10: Jaipur – Pushkar. In the morning after breakfast we drive to Pushkar. Pushkar is bewitching but touristy little town, like a beautiful mirage on the edge of the desert, with temples, bathing ghats, onion domes and chalk colored buildings clustering around its holy lake, which is said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower. Pushkar boasts temples, though few are as ancient as you might expect at such an important pilgrimage site, since many were desecrated by Aurangzeb and subsequently rebuilt. We visit the most famous temple of Lord Brahma Temple, said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity. Overnight: Hotel Pushkar Palace. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 11: Pushkar – Udaipur. In the morning after breakfast we drive to Udaipur. No city in Rajasthan is quite as romantic as Udaipur. Misty ochre-shadowed hills and pale, intricate buildings encircle the mirror glass of Lake Pichola. If Jaipur is a study in pink then Udaipur is a vision in white. On arrival we check in our hotel. Rest of the day is free. Overnight: Hotel Hilltop Palace. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 12: Udaipur. We start our experience of Udaipur by visiting the City Palace. The palace has several architectural and artistic highlights such as the Mor Chowk, known for its stunning peacock mosaics and the Bhim Vilas Palace with its series of lovely wall paintings. From City Palace we can see the most memorable part of Udaipur lake palace, shimmering like jewels on Lake Pichola. Later we visit Jagdish Temple, Fateh Sagar lake and Saheliyon Ki Bari or the Garden of Maids. We end our tour of Udaipur with a boat ride at Lake Pichola and visit Jag Mandir, the other island palace with a marble dome, is a marvel in red sandstone. It was a refuge for the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan when he was in exile following a quarrel with his father, Emperor Jahangir. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 13: Udaipur – Mumbai. Today we are transferred to airport for our flight to Mumbai. On arrival, we are transferred to our Hotel. Rest of the day is free. Overnight: Fariyas Hotel. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 14: Mumbai. After breakfast, our experience of Mumbai starts with Gateway of India - Mumbai's most famous monument; this is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. We continue our tour of Mumbai by visiting the Prince of Wales Museum and Victoria Terminus which is recently added to the world heritage site. This is a city's most exuberant Gothic building look more like a lavishly decorated palace or cathedral than a train station. Our Next Stop is at Mani Bhawan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed here during the freedom Struggle of British India. The house is now converted into a Museum. From here we leave for Jain Temple and Hanging gardens, Tower Of Silence, the bustling Crawford Market and drive past Haji Ali - the tomb of a wealthy Muslim merchant, who renounced all his worldly belongings before embarking on a pilgrimage to Mecca. We end our tour at the Dhobi Ghats - a vast outdoor laundry. After the tour we return back to our hotel. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 15: Mumbai – Cochin. Today we are transferred to airport for our flight to Cochin. On arrival, we are transferred to our Hotel. Rest of the day is free for personal activities Overnight: Casino Hotel by CGH Earth. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 16: Cochin. In the morning we tour Cochin, the commercial capital of Kerala, with one of the finest natural harbors in the world. We visit the oldest European Church in India "St. Francis Church". Vasco De Gama was buried here before his remains were taken back to Portugal 14 years later. Next we visit the Santa Cruz Cathedral Built by the Portuguese in around the 16th century; this Roman Catholic Church is famous for the beautiful paintings on its ceiling. We visit the Jewish Quarter with its old synagogue, and the Dutch palace built by the Portuguese and given to the Raja of Cochin. Later we take a boat cruise to visit the Bolghatty Palace and observe the fascinating Chinese fishing nets in action. In the evening we enjoy Kathakali Dance Performance. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 17: Cochin – Thekkady. In the morning after breakfast we drive to Thekkady. On arrival in Thekkady, we check in our Hotel. In the afternoon we visit a spice plantation. About 4000 sq. km of Idukki district is under spice plantations. The main occupations of the natives are spice farming and trading. The original produce was cardamom, pepper, ginger and turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, tea etc. This will give an excellent opportunity to the visitor to see the spice plants and Ayurvedic medicinal plants and buy some garden fresh spices from the plantations. This is a guided Tour and it will take 1-1:30 hours. Later in the evening we return back to our hotel. Dinner and overnight at Thekkady Wild Corridor. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 18: Thekkady. Our day starts with a Jungle walk at the Periyar Wild life Sanctuary. Later we return back to our hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon we take boat ride over the Lake Periyar to watch animals in their natural habitat on the water's edge. Evening is free to explore the local bazaars at Thekkday and time to purchase some local spices grown in that area. Dinner and Overnight is at hotel. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 19: Thekkady – Kumarakom. Today we drive to Kumarakom. An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies. On arrival in Kumarakom we board our traditional houseboat (rice boats - "Ketuvallam") and begin our journey through the picturesque backwaters and small lakes relaxing in the tranquility of Kerala's beautiful scenery. Experience the way of life and activity of the local people. Overnight: A.C. Deluxe House Boat. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 20: Alleppey – Kovalam. Breakfast on board. Sail to Alleppey and disembark at Puthenagady Jetty. A scenic comfortable drive conveys us to the beautiful Kovalam Beach on the Malabar Coast near Trivandrum. Overnight: Uday Samudra Beach Hotel. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 21: Kovalam. Day is free to relax on Beach. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 22: Kovalam – Kanyakumari – Madurai. After breakfast we leave for Madurai, en-route visiting Kanyakumari "Lands End" of India. Kanyakumari is the southernmost tip of peninsular India where the waters of the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea meet. We visit the Temple of Goddess Kumari, Vivekananda Rock Memorial in the sea where Swami Vivekananda mediated. Later after lunch we continue our onward journey to Madurai. On arrival, we check in our Hotel. Overnight: Fortune Pandiyan. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 23: Madurai. Madurai the second largest city in Tamil Nadu, is an important cultural and commercial centre. Today we visit Madurai. Madurai is famous for the imposing Meenakshi Temple, a structure in the Dravidian style of architecture. The history of the city dates back over 2,000 years when it was the capital of the Pandyas. The most interesting feature of the temple is its Hall of a thousand pillars some of which sound like metal when hit with an object. Other places of interest include the Tirumalai Nayaka Temple and the Temple Art Museum. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 24: Madurai – Tanjore. In the morning after breakfast we drive to Thanjavur, popularly known as Tanjore, where lies the famous Brihadishwara Temple and its sprawling palace complex. Our afternoon tour of World Heritage Site of Tanjore includes in the Shri Brihadishwara temple built by "Raja-Raja" in 1010, which is the crowning glory of Chola temple architecture. We end our tour of Tanjore with a visit to the Tanjore Palace and Museum which has an eclectic collection of regal memorabilia most of it dating from the early 19th century. Overnight: Hotel Sangam. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 25: Tanjore – Pondicherry. In the morning after breakfast we drive to Pondicherry and was the site of many a battle between the British and the French, and was the capital of French India, before it attained its independence. Overnight: Hotel Atithi. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 26: Pondicherry – Mahabalipuram - Chennai. In the morning after breakfast we drive to Mahabalipuram. We visit the World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram. This group of sanctuaries, founded by the Pallava kings, was carved out of rock along the Coromandel Coast in the 7th and 8th centuries. It is known especially for its rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air relief’s such as the famous 'Descent of the Ganges', and the temple of Rivage, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. After lunch, we continue our journey to Chennai. On arrival we check in our Hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax. Overnight: The Pride. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 27: Chennai. Our tour of Chennai starts with The National Art Gallery and Museum. The museum was established in 1857 and contains one of the best collections of bronzes in the country,including the famous icon of Natraja. Our Next stop is at St. Mary's Church-built in 1680. This was first English Church in Chennai and is India's oldest surviving British church. In the church there are reminders of Clive, who was married here in 1753, and Elihu Yale, the early governor of Madras. We end our tour with a visit to People’s Park and the beautiful Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world, and the clock towers. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 28: Chennai – Mysore. Early morning we are transferred to railway station to embark on the luxury first class train to Mysore. This is a very comfortable train journey. It offers air-conditioned "executive class airline" seating with meal services on board. On arrival, we are transferred to our Hotel. Mysore has never failed to mesmerize with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. Our afternoon tour includes visits to the Maharajah's Palace, the Shri Chamundeswari Temple and the Nadi Shiva's Mount. Evening is free to enjoy the Vrindavan Garden and City Palace, which is beautifully lit on certain days. Overnight: Hotel Regaalis. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 29: Mysore – Srirangapatam – Bangalore. In the morning after breakfast we drive to Bangalore en-route visiting Srirangapatnam, the island fortress that was once the capital of the warrior - Kings Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore. On arrival in Bangalore we check in our Hotel. In the afternoon we take a city tour of Bangalore, visiting Vidhana Soudha: This imposing edifice built almost entirely of dressed Bangalore granite is a tribute to temple architecture. Housing the Legislative Chambers of the state government, this is Bangalore's best - known landmark. Cubbon Park: in 1864, Lord Cubbon, the then viceroy of India, laid out 3000 acres of verdant tranquility.

Today, it is an oasis of greenery in the heart of Modern Bangalore, Tipu Sultan's Palace: Now a museum, this two-storied ornate wooden structure is a mine of information and is one of the most remarkable Islamic buildings in the city. Also visit Lal Bagh Gardens: this 240 acre expanse of greenery forms one of India's most beautiful botanical gardens, the credit of which goes to the rulers Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, who laid out an 18th century paradise with rare trees brought from far off Persia, Afghanistan and France. Rest of the evening is free for shopping in local bazaar. Overnight: Fortune Select J P Cosmos. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 30: Bangalore – Home. The day is free to relax. Check out time 12:00 noon. The day is free for shopping and other personal activities. In the evening we are hosted a farewell dinner before we are transferred to airport to connect our flight back home. Includes: (B), (D).

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