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CUSTOMISED TRAVEL & TOURS






NORTH INDIA TOUR



ITINERARY 1

  • 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS - DELHI - AGRA - JAIPUR
  • DAY 1: CHENNAI – DELHI.
  • Arrive at Delhi. Welcome on arrival, meet-assist at airport, transfer to your respective Hotel. Overnight at Delhi.
  • DAY 2: DELHI
  • After breakfast, combined city sightseeing of Delhi, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Presidential Palace, Jama Masjid, Rajghat, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Bahai Temple.


Jama Masjid:

Jama Masjid or the Jami Masjid was built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, between 1644 and 1658 and is the final architectural piece built by him. Situated in the ancient town of Old Delhi, this pride of the Mughals was built by five thousand artisans. The mosque stands on Bho Jhala, which is one of the old Mughal capital cities of Shahjahanbad. Originally called the Masjid-i-Jahanuma, or "mosque commanding view of the world", this magnificent structure is the largest and most exquisite mosque in India and is made up of alternate vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble.



Rajghat:

4 km away from Janpath to the N-East of Feroz Shah near Delhi Gate at Ring Rd on the banks of Jamuna situated Rajghat. Jawaharlal Nehru Rd also ends opp. Rajghat. On 31st Jan. 1948, Mahatma Gandhi's last rites were performed here. The memorial stone of Gandhi is square in shape made of black stone. His last word- 'Hey Ram' is inscribed on it. People from varied backgrounds come to pay homage at this place. Every Friday (the day of his death) a prayer is held here.


National Gandhi Museum:

This museum displays the relics associated with Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian freedom struggle. There are original copies of his correspondence as well as photostats of his letters and the journals he published. These are further supplemented by microfilms and a number of photographs which depict the various aspects of his invaluable contribution to modern India.


New Delhi-Laxmi Narayan Temple:

Commonly known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple is a famous Hindu temple, constructed in the year 1938 by Raja Baldev Das Birla and it was inaugurated by Mahatama Gandhi. Located in the heart of Delhi the shrine is dedicated to Godess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu. People of all religion and faiths can worship in the temple but one can enter the temple only bare foot. The temple incorporates numerous images and idols depicting several gods and goddess of Indian mythology.


India Gate:

The 42m high stone “Arch of triumph”, erected in the memory of Indian soldiers who died in the First World War. This solemn monument was built in memory of the 90,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War I. It was built in 1931, designed by Lutyens, and was originally called the All India War Memorial. The names of the soldiers are inscribed on the walls of the arc of the gate. Later in 1971, an eternal flame was lit here in memory of the unknown soldiers who died in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war.


Qutub Minar:

The building complex dates back to the onset of Muslim rule in India and are fine examples of Afghan architecture. The highest stone tower in India, the Qutub Minar was built by Qutbuddin Aibak, the viceroy of Mohammed Ghori in 1192. The Minar is a five-storey building with a height of 72.5 metres. The first storey of the Qutb Minar was completed in the lifetime of Qutbuddin. His son- in-law and successor, Iltumush, added the next three storeys.


Rashtrapati Bhavan:

The official residence of the President of India stands at the opposite end of the Rajpath from India Gate. Completed in 1929, the palace-like building is an interesting blend of Mughal and Western architectural styles, the most obvious Indian feature being the huge copper dome.


Rajpath:

The Rajpath [ Kingsway] is another focus of Lutyens’ New Delhi. It is immensely broad and is flanked on either side by ornamental ponds. The Republic Day parade is held here every year on 26th of January, and millions gather to enjoy the spectacle.


Bahai Temple:

The temple represents the Bahai faith which is broad in its outlook, scientific in the influence it exerts on the hearts and minds of men. It signifies the purity and the universality of the lord and equality of all religions. Visited by over four million people, annually, this gleaming lotus- like marble structure is located on Bahapur Hills (South Delhi) and it is the seventh and most recent Bahai houses of worship in the world. The temple is a must visit for every tourist who comes to Delhi. This structure, completed in 1986, is a marvel of modern architecture. Set amidst pools and gardens, the view of the temple is very spectacular just before dusk when the temple is flood lit.


  • DAY 3: DELHI - AGRA
  • After breakfast, leave by private car to Agra. Covering a distance of 200kms & 4 hours.
  • Arrive at Agra, on arrival transfer to your respective hotel.
  • PM - City tour of Agra including Taj Mahal.

  • Taj Mahal:

    It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, for the emperor was heart-broken when Mumtaz, to whom he had been married for 17 years, died in 1631 during childbirth. The most famous Mughal monument was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, chosen of the palace. Paths leading from the gate to the Taj are divided by a long watercourse in which the Taj is beautifully reflected. The ornamental gardens through which the paths lead are set out along the classical Mughal charbagh lines – a square quartered by watercourses. The Taj Mahal itself stands on a raised marble platform on the northern edge of the ornamental gardens. (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday)


    AGRA FORT:

    While most people visit Agra to see the Taj Mahal, Agra, once the capital of all of India, has more to offer. Less than 2 kilometers from the Taj Mahal, on the same river bank, you'll find the impressive Agra Fort. Agra's history goes back more than 2500 years, but it wasn't until the reign of the Mughals that Agra became more than a provincial city. Humayun, son of the founder of the Mughal empire, was offered jewelry and precious stones by the family of the Raja of Gwalior, one of them the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond. The heydays of Agra came with the reign of Humayun's son, Akbar The Great. During his reign, the main part of the Agra fort was built. Construction of the fort started in 1156 and was finished in 1605. Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal, erected most of the buildings inside the fortress. The fort is built alongside the river Yamuna and stretches almost 2.5 km. It consists of a wall built in red sandstone and several buildings inside. The wall has 2 gates, the Delhi Gate and the Amar Singh Gate. Itmad-ud-daulah's Tomb:- To the north of the fort, on the opposite bank of the Yamuna lies the tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah,built in memory of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, Jehangir's wazir. Also known as the 'baby Taj', it was the first Mughal structure totally built from marble and first to make extensive use of pietra dura. Overnight at Hotel.


    DAY 4: AGRA – JAIPUR

    After breakfast, leave by private car to Jaipur onway visit Fatehpur Sikri, a covering distance of 240kms & 5 hours. On arrival transfer to your respective Hotel.
    Evening visit Chokhi Dhani for Rajasthani cultural dance with dinner.


    Chokhi Dhani-

    Live dance and music performance all through the evenings is one of the major attractions at Chokhi Dhani Village. The exposure that the local folk artistes have received has revived many of the arts and crafts that were getting all but forgotten in these modern times. Few visitors can resist the temptation to join the artistes and dance with the music. Folk Dances [Kalbeli Dance] Traditional snake charmers, the folk dancers sway to the lilt of the “Been” and beat of the drum. Their graceful and sinuous dance movements captivate all visitors. Folk Dances [ Bhopa Bhopi ] Chokhi Dhani Village features true children of the desert. They sing and dance to the old folk songs of Rajasthan. You would find it hard not to join in.Puppet Show - The colorful Puppet Show transports you into the world of valiant Kings, beautiful princesses and all powerful magicians. The puppeteer makes episodes and scenes from their lives come alive to give you a glimpse of their lifestyle. Nagkanya - Enjoy the most amazing show of your life. Experience a living amalgam of a snake and a girl. Bamboo Balancing - See this gutsy feat live. The brave artiste balances himself on a bamboo without the protection of a safety net beneath. Fortune Teller Parrot - Let the parrot pick the card that predicts your future and answer your queries. This is a traditional way of knowing about future and has been practiced in Egyptian and Roman civilizations as well. Overnight at Hotel in Jaipur.


    DAY 5: JAIPUR

    After breakfast, morning excursion to Amber Fort.

    Excursion to Amber Fort and Joy Elephant ride at Amber Fort. Amber Fort: Situated about 11 km out of Jaipur on the Delhi to Jaipur road, Amber was once the ancient capital of Jaipur state. Construction of the fortress palace was begun in 1952 by Raja Maan Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army. It was later extended and completed by the Jai Singhs before the move to Jaipur on the plains below. The fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake which reflects its terraces and ramparts. An imposing stairway leads to the Diwan-I-Am, or hall of public Audiences, with a double row of columns and latticed galleries above. Steps to the right lead to the small Kali Temple.


    Afternoon- city sightseeing of Jaipur.

    Jaipur holds immense charm for the tourists. With many grand palaces, awesome forts and beautiful gardens, Jaipur features among the hottest tourist destinations in India. Some of the major attractions include Amer Palace Fort, City Palace, and Jai Garh Lake Palace. The Hawa Mahal is one of the most unique palaces of the world. Other attractions include Jantar Mantar, the great astronomical marvel and splendid gardens Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh.


    City Palace:

    The palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. A part of palace has been converted into museum. It has an impressive collection of arts, carpets, enamelware and weapons. In the heart of the old city, the City Palace occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh but other additions are much more recent. The seven storey Chandra Mahal is the center of the palace and commands fine views over the gardens and the city. The form the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. The apartments are maintained in luxurious order and the museum has an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamelware and old weapons.


    Jantar Mantar:

    Raja Jai Singh built this observatory, begun by Jai Singh in 1728. Jai Singh’s passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as a warrior and before commencing construction, he sent scholars abroad to study foreign observatories. Out of the five observatories this is the largest and the best preserved.


    Hawa Mahal:-

    Arguably Jaipur's most acclaimed landmark, the tapering Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of Winds" was built in 1799 to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch street processions while remaining in a strict state of purdah. Its five-storey facade, decked with no less than 593 finely screened windows and balconies, makes the building seem far larger than it really is; in fact it is little more than one room thick in most parts. Though the primary source of its appeal is undoubtedly the fantastic honeycomb pink and white face, visitors can go inside (enter from the back) to see exactly where the women sat, and take a close look at the detailed stonework Central Museum – The Government Central Museum or the Albert Museum is located in the Ramnivas Gardens and it is the oldest museum in Jaipur.


    DAY 6: JAIPUR - DELHI

    Breakfast at Hotel. [ Check-out 12 Noon]


  • ITINERARY 2
  • Day 1: Welcome on arrival, meet-assist at airport, transfer to your respective Hotel.
  • Day 2: Full day combined city tour of Delhi.

    • Jama Masjid:

      Jama Masjid or the Jami Masjid was built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, between 1644 and 1658 and is the final architectural piece built by him. Situated in the ancient town of Old Delhi, this pride of the Mughals was built by five thousand artisans. The mosque stands on Bho Jhala, which is one of the old Mughal capital cities of Shahjahanbad. Originally called the Masjid-i-Jahanuma, or "mosque commanding view of the world", this magnificent structure is the largest and most exquisite mosque in India and is made up of alternate vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble


      Rajghat:

      4 km away from Janpath to the N-East of Feroz Shah near Delhi Gate at Ring Rd on the bank of Jamuna situated Rajghat. Jawaharlal Nehru Rd also ends opp. Rajghat. On 31st Jan. 1948, Mahatma Gandhi's last rites was performed here. The memorial stone of Gandhi is square in shape made of black stone. His last word- 'Hey Ram' is inscribed on it.People from varied backgrounds come here to pay homage to Gandhiji. Every Friday (the day of his death) a prayer is held here. Except Monday, a regular feature of projecting Gandhi’s philosophy in picture, sculpture and photos from 10-00 to 17-00 is done at Rajghat.


      National Gandhi Museum:

      This museum displays the relics associated with Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian freedom struggle. There are original copies of his correspondence as well as photostats of his letters and the journals he published. These are further supplemented by microfilms and a number of photographs which depict the various aspects of his invaluable contribution to modern India.


      New Delhi-Laxmi Narayan Temple:

      Commonly known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple is a famous Hindu temple, constructed in the year 1938 by Raja Baldev Das Birla and it was inaugurated by Mahatama Gandhi. Located in the heart of Delhi the shrine is dedicated to Godess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu. People of all religion and faiths can worship in the temple but one can enter the temple only bare foot. The temple incorporates numerous images and idols depicting several gods and goddess of Indian mythology.


      Bahai Temple:

      The temple represents the Bahai faith which is broad in its outlook, scientific in the influence it exerts on the hearts and minds of people. It signifies the purity and the universality of the lord and equality of all religions. Visited by over four million people, annually, this gleaming lotus- like marble structure is located on Bahapur Hills (South Delhi) and it is the seventh and most recent Bahai houses of worship in the world. The temple is a must visit for every tourist who comes to Delhi. This structure, completed in 1986, is a marvel of modern architecture. Set amidst pools and gardens, the view of the temple is very spectacular just before dusk when the temple is flood lit.


      Chattarpur Mandir:-

      Chattarpur Mandir is located beyond the Qutb Minar in Mehrauli. The temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, is built in South Indian style. The temple complex is spread over a large area with beautiful lawns and gardens. Though devotees visit these temples throughout the year, the main attraction comes during the Navarathri festival, when devotees come from far and near. During this time, there are special bus services provided to the devotees.


      India Gate:

      The 42m high stone “Arch of triumph”, erected in the memory of Indian soldiers who died in the First World War. This solemn monument was built in memory of the 90,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War I. It was built in 1931, designed by Lutyens, and was originally called the All India War Memorial. The names of the soldiers are inscribed on the walls of the arc of the gate. Later in 1971, an eternal flame was lit here in memory of the unknown soldiers who died in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war.


      Qutab Minar:-

      The building complex dates back to the onset of Muslim rule in India and are fine examples of Afghan architecture. The highest stone tower in India, the Qutub Minar was built by Qutbuddin Aibak, the viceroy of Mohammed Ghori in 1192. The Minar is a five-storey building with a height of 72.5 metres. The first storey of the Qutb Minar was completed in the lifetime of Qutbuddin. His son- in-law and successor, Iltumush, added the next three storeys.


      Rashtrapati Bhavan:

      The official residence of the President of India stands at the opposite end of the Rajpath from India Gate. Completed in 1929, the palace-like building is an interesting blend of Mughal and Western architectural styles, the most obvious Indian feature being the huge copper dome.


      Rajpath [ Kingsway] is another focus of Lutyens’ New Delhi. It is immensely broad and is flanked on either side by ornamental ponds. The Republic Day parade is held here every 26 January, and millions gather to enjoy the spectacle.


      Day 3: Drive to Agra, covering of 200kms & 4 hours.

      City tour of Agra including Taj Mahal.


      (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday) Taj Mahal:

      It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, for the emperor was heart-broken when Mumtaz, to whom he had been married for 17 years, died in 1631 during childbirth. The most famous Mughal monument was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, chosen of the palace. Paths leading from the gate to the Taj are divided by a long watercourse in which the Taj is beautifully reflected. The ornamental gardens through which the paths lead are set out along the classicalMughal charbagh lines – a square quartered by watercourses. The Taj Mahal itself stands on a raised marble platform on the northern edge of the ornamental gardens. (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday)


      AGRA FORT:-

      While most people visit Agra to see the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort less than 2 kilometers from the Taj Mahal, is on the same river bank. Agra Fort’s history goes back more than 2500 years, but it wasn't until the reign of the Mughals that Agra became more than a provincial city. Humayun, son of the founder of the Mogul empire, was offered jewelry and precious stones by the family of the Raja of Gwalior, one of them the famous Koh-i-Noor. The heydays of Agra came with the reign of Humayun's son, Akbar The Great. During his reign, the main part of the Agra fort was built. Construction of the fort started in 1156 and was finished in 1605. Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal, erected most of the buildings inside the fortress. The fort is built alongside the river Yamuna and stretches almost 2.5 km. It consists of a wall built in red sandstone and several buildings inside. The wall has 2 gates, the Delhi Gate and the Amar Singh Gate.


      Day 4: Morning, drive by private car to Jaipur via Bharatpur, covering distance of 55kms & 1 ½ hrs, watch Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.


      Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary lies between two of India's most historic cities, Agra and Jaipur. This north Indian sanctuary is situated in the country's northwestern state of Rajasthan, about 190 km from the national capital of Delhi. The name 'Keoladeo' is derived from the name of an ancient Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva in the sanctuary's central zone while the Hindi term 'Ghana' implies dense, thick areas of forest cover. Veteran ornithologist H. G. Alexander spent a full day at the park compiling a list of over a hundred species of bird at Bharatpur. This is an indication of the enjoyment that the sanctuary can provide. Some 377 species have been spotted at Bharatpur Sanctuary, making it one of the most inviting destinations in the world for ornithologists, amateurs and nature lovers. Various species of indigenous water birds, waterside birds, migratory water birds, land migratory birds, and domestic land species are found here. There are approximately 56 different families of birds, of which the Passeriformes (156 species) and Charadriformes (56 species) dominate. One-third of birds at Bharatpur are migrants, many of whom spend their winters before returning to their breeding grounds in the Arctic and Central Asia.


      After that proceed to Jaipur, covering distance of 200kms & 4 hours, Arrive Jaipur & transfer to Hotel.

      Afternoon : City tour of Jaipur


      City Palace:

      The palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. A part of palace has been converted into museum. It has an impressive collection of arts, carpets, enamelware and weapons. In the heart of the old city, the City Palace occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh but other additions are much more recent. The seven storey Chandra Mahal is the center of the palace and commands fine views over the gardens and the city the form the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. The apartments are maintained in luxurious order and the museum has an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamelware and old weapons.


      Jantar Mantar:

      Raja Jai Singh built this observatory, begun by Jai Singh in 1728. Jai Singh passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as a warrior and before commencing construction, he sent scholars abroad to study foreign observatories. Out of the five observatories this is the largest and the best preserved. Hawa Mahal: Arguably Jaipur's most acclaimed landmark, the tapering Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of Winds" was built in 1799 to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch street processions while remaining in a strict state of purdah. Its five-storey facade, decked with no less than 593 finely screened windows and balconies, makes the building seem far larger than it really is; in fact it is little more than one room thick in most parts.


      Day 5: Noon: Jaipur – Delhi

      Leave to Delhi on way visit Amber Fort.


      Excursion to Amber Fort and Joy ride on elephant. Amber Fort: Situated about 11 km out of Jaipur on the Delhi to Jaipur road, Amber was once the ancient capital of Jaipur state. Construction of the fortress palace was begun in 1952 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army. It was later extended and completed by the Jai singh before the move to Jaipur on the plains below. The fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake which reflects its terraces and ramparts. An imposing stairway leads to the Diwan-I-Am, or hall of public Audiences, with a double row of columns and latticed galleries above. Steps to the right lead to the small Kali Temple. Arrive Delhi and transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.


      Day 6: Later transfer to airport for your flight back to home.


Itinerary 3

Day 1:

Arrive at Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport meet-assist and transfer you to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2:

Delhi: Breakfast at the hotel. Start sightseeing of Old and New Delhi.

AM: sightseeing of Old Delhi -

Hundreds of years of royal progress in India have left its mark in the walled city of Old Delhi with its crowded bazaars, narrow lanes and majestic monuments. The old city of Delhi houses the largest mosque in India - Jama Masjid. The hustle-bustle of everyday life can be felt in the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk. A must visit is to Emperor Shah Jahan's Red Fort, a typical example of mughal architecture. You can end the tour by paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial called “Raj Ghat”.

 PM: Sightseeing of New Delhi –

An international metropolis with excellent tourist spots, recreational facilities, and a history that goes back to 100 of years. A remarkable feature of New Delhi is the extent of greenery all over. New Delhi is also a dream city for visitors looking for items of handicrafts, not only from the state but from craftsmen all over the country.

New Delhi offers a multitude of interesting places and attractions to the visitor, so much so that it becomes difficult to decide from where to begin exploring the city these are Laxmi Narayan Temple, India Gate "Arch of Triumph", Humayun Tomb and Qutab Minar etc.  Overnight at the hotel.


Day 3 Agra:

Breakfast at hotel. Leave by road for Agra. Arrive Agra and check in to the hotel. PM: Start sightseeing of Agra. Agra is world famous for the “Symbol of Love - Taj Mahal”. Taj is the unique example of Mughal Architecture. One can easily imagine the feeling of love behind making of Taj Mahal. Around 300 years ago Shah Jahan built this monument in remembrance his wife Mumtaz after her death. Another great monument is the Agra fort built by Akbar the Great. This fort can be entered today at the south end, through a low outer wall and gate built by Aurangzeb. Visitors then pass in succession through two of Akbar's gates, the Amar Singh and the Akbari, before finally gaining admittance to the fort proper. The original entrance to the fort was through the grander Delhi Gate in the west wall.


Day 4 Agra – Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur:

Breakfast at the hotel. On the drive towards Jaipur visit Fatehpur Sikri - a fascinating ghost town that Emperor Akbar, built a new capital here, only to abandon it a few years later for lack of water. And there it remains, its fortifications, massive gateway and palaces, in a wonderful state of preservation. Set like a jewel in a courtyard of pink sandstone is the marble tomb of the saint Salim Chisti enclosed by delicately carved marble screens.

 

Continue drive towards Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur, transfer to the hotel.


 PM : Sightseeing of Jaipur.

Jaipur – Known as the “Pink City” founded by Maharaja Jai Singh. The city is famous for City Palace: The palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. A part of the palace has been converted into museum. It has an impressive collection of arts, carpets, enamelware and weapons and Jantar Mantar: Raja Jai Singh built this observatory. Out of the five observatories this is the largest and the best preserved

 

Overnight at the hotel.


Day 5 Jaipur – Bikaner :

Breakfast at the hotel. On the drive towards Bikaner, visit Amber Fort Palace on the way. Amber Fort: Raja Man Singh the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army constructed the fortress palace in the end of 16th century. The fort is superb example of Rajput architecture, a stunning structure situated on a hilltop, overlooking a lake.


 

OPTIONAL :

Elephant Ride

 

Continue drive towards Bikaner. Arrive Bikaner, transfer to the hotel. PM Sightseeing of Bikaner.

 

One of the main attractions of Bikaner is the Junagarh fort. It has a large collection of arms, paintings and painted walls and roof are one of its kind. The coronation hall is worth a visit with its beautiful gold leaf work. Bikaner is world famous for its Camel Breeding Farm – this government-managed camel breeding station is eight kilometers from Biker and is unique in Asia.

Overnight at the hotel.


Day 6 Bikaner – Jaisalmer :

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive towards Jaisalmer. Arrive at Jaisalmer, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.


 

Jaisalmer -

The City was once a very busy business center on the east west Silk route. A “Living Museum” or the “Golden City” is the two descriptions that have been applied to this desert outpost. The fort of Jaisalmer is among the oldest forts in India. It is a city within the city; one fourth of the population of the city still lives in the fort. Inside the city there are beautiful houses built and very delicately chiseled out of Golden Yellow sandstone are unique. It unfolds the past as we ride through the narrow lanes of the city. Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Patwon Ki haveli are some of the remarkable examples of the architecture at that time.

 

OPTIONAL :

Evening Camel Safari at Sam Dunes

 Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 7 Jaisalmer – Jodhpur :

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave by surface to Jodhpur and on arrival transfer to hotel.


PM: Sightseeing of Jodhpur - the largest city of Rajasthan after Jaipur. The city stands at the edge of the Thar Desert. The massive Meheranghar fort, topping a sheer rocky hill, which rises in the middle of the town, totally dominates the city. It is most impressive and formidable fort in Rajasthan. The fort is still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur. Inside the palace there are a whole series of courtyards and Palaces. The palaces house a fantastic collection of elephant Howdas, miniature Painting from a Variety of schools, a superb collection of folk music instruments, Palanquins, furniture and costumes.


Overnight at the hotel.


Day 8 Jodhpur – Pushkar :

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave by road for Pushkar. En-route visit Ajmer. Ajmer – the city was founded by Raja Ajai Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century AD. The city is the best example of the perfect blend of Hunduism and Islamic art and culture. A number of monuments are here in Ajmer, the most famous of them all is the splendid tomb of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinunddin Chishti. This shrine is next only to Mecca or Medina for the Muslims of South Asia.

Continue drive towards Pushkar. Arrive Pushkar, transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 9 Pushkar – Delhi :

Breakfast at the hotel. AM : Sightseeing of Pushkar - located in the Heart of Rajasthan. It’s a pilgrim destination for Domestic and European travellers. It has more than 500 temples including the one and only temple in India dedicated to ‘Lord Brahma’ the Creator of the Universe. It is written and spoken in Indian Mythology that after visiting all the Hindu Pilgrim towns and temples (Four Dhams), if Pushkar is not visited for Pooja then salvation is not achieved. Here one of the biggest Cattle Fairs is held for trading purposes. Number of people in their colorful attire gather to take a dip in the Holy Lake and Pray to the Deities. The whole town comes alive with vibrant folk music and dances, magic shows, horse and camel races and various other traditional competitions.

 

Later drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi, transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

 

Day 10 Delhi:

Breakfast at the hotel. Day free in Delhi. Overnight at the hotel.



SOUTH INDIA TOUR


TOUR 1: Chennai –Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Chennai


Day 1: Departure for Mahabalipuram after Breakfast. On arrival check into a hotel Visit Mahabalipuram: Globally renowned for its shore temples, Mahabalipuram was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kancheepuram. 58 kilometres from Madras on the Bay of Bengal, this tiny sea - side village of Mahabalipuram, is set in a boulder - strewn landscape. Tourists are drawn to this place by its miles of unspoiled beach and rock-cut art. The sculpture, here, is particularly interesting because it shows scenes of day-to- day life, in contrast with the rest of the state of Tamil Nadu, where the carvings generally depict gods and goddesses Night halt at beach resort


Day 2:

Visit Kancheepuram: The golden town of Kancheepuram is one of the seven sacred cities in India. Notable among its many temples is the imposing Ekambareswarar Temple, a Saivaite shrine, where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of ‘Prithvi’ (earth). Dedicated to goddess Parvati is the Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple. Kancheepuram is famous for its hand woven silks and the timeless appeal of its vibrantly coloured saris, making them prized possessions. Departure to Chennai


  • TOUR 2: Chennai – Bangalore – Mysore – Masinagudi - Bangalore

  • Day 1: Departure for Bangalore.On arrival check into a hotel
  • Local Sight Seeing at Bangalore

    • Bangalore, a modern bustling city and an important industrial center, remains as one of India’s most serene cities. It is also known as India’s garden city. A visit to its beautiful gardens and parks is a must for any tourist.

      Night Halt at Bangalore.


      Day 2: After Breakfast departure for Mysore

      En-route, visit Sravanbelagola. This is one of the oldest and most important Jain temples in India. The site of the huge statue of Lord Bhaubali, which is 70mts high and carved out of a single piece of rock. It is said to be the world’s tallest Monolithic statue. On arrival at Mysore check in to hotel.


      Evening visit to Brindavan gardens. Situated below the Krishnarajasagar dam is the Brindavan Gardens with its musical fountain. In the evenings, it is transformed into a fairyland with music, lights and fountains.


      Day 3: Check out after early Breakfast. Visit Chamundi Hills: Towering over these hills is the royal family’s deity. At the summit is the 2000 year old Chamundeshwari Temple, dedicated to the patron goddess of the royal family. Half way up along the steps is a magnificient monolith carving of Nandi, Lord Shiva’s mount. Visit to the Maharaja Palace of Mysore which dominates the city skyline. Internally it has stained glass, mirrors, display of gifts and some beautifully carved wooden doors and mosaic floors.Proceed to Masinagudi. Visit the Mudumalai wild life sanctuary, home to animals like the Elephant, Bison, wild dog, Sambha, jackal and a multitude of colourful birds.


      Day 4: After morning jungle safari and lesuire breakfast, Proceed to Srirangapatna,

      The island fortress located on the Mysore- Bangalore highway, once the capital of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore. Daria Daulat Bagh built in 1784 was Tipu’s Summer Palace and is now converted into a museum. The fort also holds within the Royal Mosque and the famous Ranganathaswamy Temple. Outside the fort is the Gumbaz, housing the mortal remains of Tipu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali.

      Proceed to Bangalore . Drop at Airport / Station



Tour 3: Chennai – Pondicherry – Chidambaram - Thanjavur – Rameswaram - Kanyakumari – Madurai – Trichy - Chennai


Day 1: Departure for Pondicherry.enroute visit Mahabalipuram.On arrival check into hotel. Local Sight Seeing at Pondicherry


“The Ashram” founded by Sri Aurobindo, the well-known philosopher, attracts thousands of visitors from over the globe.

Auroville, the inspiration of the mother, was a French woman who was a spiritual collaborator of Aurobindo. She conceived the idea of the International City of Dawn. The Matri Mandir is another place of interest in this town.


Night Halt at Pondicherry


Day 2: Departure for Chidambaram after Breakfast

Visit to Chidambaram Temple. Chidambaram is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Nataraja, the Cosmic Dancer (Lord Shiva) and Proceed to Thanjavur

Night Halt at Thanjavur.


Day 3: After Breakfast visit Brihadeeshwarar temple, Thanjavur

About a thousand years ago, Thanjavur was the capital of the powerful Chola dynasty. The Brihadeeshwara temple with its 66.5m high ‘srivimana’ dominating the city. Proceed to Rameswaram after Lunch.On arrival check into hotel.

Night Halt at Rameswaram.


Night Halt at Rameswaram.


Day 4: Rameswaram

Rameswaram, a small island in the Gulf of Mannar, is a major pilgrim center. The Ramanathaswamy Temple, close to the sea on the eastern side of the island is renowned for its magnificent corridors with massive sculptured pillars lining it. This corridor is the longest in India. The southern most tip of the island Dhanushkodi was completely washed away by the 1964 cyclone.


Kothandaramaswamy temple here, remains intact and it contains icons of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman and Vibishana. After lunch proceed to Kanyakumari. On arrival check into hotel.


Night Halt at Kanyakumari


Day 5: After Breakfast Sight Seeing at Kanyakumari

Visit to Kumari Amman Temple and Vivekananda Rock


Kumari Amman Temple is dedicated to Parvathi as Devi Kanya – the virgin goddess who did penance to obtain the hand of Lord Shiva.

Vivekananda Rock was built in 1970 and is dedicated to Swami Vivekananda, the greatest social reformer and saint. Swami Vivekananda meditated on the rock where the memorial stands today at the end of 1892 before his departure to Chicago to participate in World Religious Conference in 1893.

After Lunch proceed to Madurai. On arrival check into hotel.


Night Halt at Madurai


Day 6: After Breakfast visit to Sree Meenakshi – Sundareswarar Temple

The temple is dedicated to both Meenakshi, the lovely consort of Lord Shiva and to Lord Shiva. There are 12 temple towers (Gopura).

Thirupparankundram:

This temple is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya. Its innermost shrine is cut out of a solid rock.


Azhagar Koil:

Here ‘Vishnu’ presides as Meenakshi’s brother ‘Azhagar’. A gold procession icon called the Sundararajar is carried by devotees in procession from Azhagar Koil to Madurai for the wedding ritual. Pazhamudhirsolai, one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya is on the same hill.

Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal:

The palace of Tirumalai Nayak is about 1 km away from the temple. This Indo-Saracenic building was constructed in 1523 and was originally four times as large as it is today. There is no other building in Madurai, which can better illustrate the architectural style of the Nayaks. The most remarkable part of this palace is the Swarga Vilasam, which served as the audience hall. Its dome, which lies beyond a huge courtyard, is a magnificent example of the engineering skill of its builders, rising as it does to a height of 20m without support of any kind.

Evening reach Kodaicannal and check into Hotel

Night Halt at Kodaikanal


Day 7: After Breakfast Full day sight-seeing at Kodaikanal

Visit Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Telescope House, Green Valley View, Pillar Rock, Silent Valley Berijam Lake, Fairy Falls, Chettiar Park

Lake:

This Lake was created in 1863 by Sir Vere Hendry Levinge.He constructed the bund to form a lake and stocked the lake with fish. He brought the first boat from Tuticorin.


Bryant Park:

It is noted for flowers, hybrids and grafts. A glass house which shelters fine varieties of flowers can be seen there.

Coaker’s Walk:

About a km from the lake, Coakers walk runs along a steep slope on the southern side of Kodai. It offers some of the best views of the plains.

Telescope House:

Enables the visitors to have a Panoramic view of the valley and nearby towns, one telescope house is at Coakers walk

Green Valley View:

It commands a beautiful view of the entire Vaigai dam. It was once called the suicide point, as the valley is very deep and dangerous.

Pillar Rocks:

It has a mini garden with lovely flowers.

Silent Valley View:

This gives a thrilling valley view of the Valley.

Night Halt at Kodaikanal


Day8: sight-seeing of Kodaikanal.

After lunch proceed to Trichy


Day 9: After Breakfast visit

Srirangam temple:

This temple is Trichy’s main attraction. The 13th century temple complex with its 21 gopurams is set on an island in the River Cauvery. Dedicated to the Lord Ranganathaswamy, the temple is noted for its beautiful sculpture.

Rock Fort:

The view from the fort is spectacular. The Vinayaka temple at the top is reached by climbing a tunnel in rock. Half way up is the Sri Thayumanaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Siva. 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.

Grand Anicut (Kallanai):

An irrigation dam built across the Cauvery by Karikal Cholan in the second Century AD and strengthened by the British Night Halt at Trichy.


Day 10: TRICHY to CHENNAI


  • TOUR 4: Chennai – Coimbatore – Ooty – Kodaikanal – Madurai – Chennai

  • Day 1: Chennai to Ooty
  • Full day sight-seeing of Ooty.
  • Visit to Botanical Gardens / Lake / View Points / Wenlock Downs / Pykara River

Botanical Gardens was established in 1847 by the Marquis of Tweeddale, the gardens host a variety of exotic and ornamental plants. A 20 million year old fossil tree trunk can be seen just below the mini lake in the midst of the garden. The annual flower show of the Agri-Horticulture Department is held here

Lake: John Sullivan conceived this small, picturesque, artificial lake in 1824. Rowboats, paddle and motorboats are available for hire.


Dodabetta:

The highest Peak in Nilgiris.


Wenlock Downs:

The 20,000 acres of undulating landscape that comprise the Downs are endowed with extraordinary scenic beauty


Pykara River:

There is a dam and a power plant here. It is also a much frequented picnic local.Night Halt at Ooty.


Day 2: Departure to Kodaikanal in the afternoon.


Night Halt at Kodaikanal


Day 3: After Breakfast Full day sight-seeing at Kodaikanal

Visit Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Telescope House, Green Valley View, Pillar Rock, Silent Valley View, Berijam Lake, Fairy Falls, Chettiar Park


Lake: This Lake was created in 1863 by Sir Vere Hendry Levinge.He constructed the bund to form a lake and stocked the lake with fish. He brought the first boat from Tuticorin.


Bryant Park:

It is noted for flowers, hybrids and grafts. A glass house which shelters fine varieties of flowers can be seen there.


Coaker’s Walk:

About a km from the lake, Coakers walk runs along a steep slope on the southern side of Kodai. It offers some of the best views of the plains.


Telescope House:

Enables the visitors to have a Panoramic view of the valley and nearby towns, one telescope house is at Coakers walk


Green Valley View:

It commands a beautiful view of the entire Vaigai dam. It was once called the suicide point, as the valley is very deep and dangerous.


Pillar Rocks:

It has a mini garden with lovely flowers.


Silent Valley View:

This gives a thrilling valley view of the Valley.


Night Halt at Kodaikanal


Day 4: After Breakfast Departure for Madurai


Full day sight-seeing at Madurai

After Breakfast visit to Sree Meenakshi – Sundareswarar Temple

The temple is dedicated to both Meenakshi, the lovely consort of Lord Shiva and to Lord Shiva. There are 12 temple towers (Gopura).

Thirupparankundram:

This temple is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya. Its innermost shrine is cut out of a solid rock.

Azhagar Koil:

Here ‘Vishnu’ presides as Meenakshi’s brother ‘Azhagar’. Devotees in procession from Azhagar Koil to Madurai for the wedding ritual carry a gold procession icon called the Sundararajar.


Pazhamudhirsolai, one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya is on the same hill.


Day 5: Madurai to Chennai.



TOUR 5: Chennai – Cochin – Allepy - Thekady – Madurai - Chennai


Day 1: Arrive Cochin.

Meet assist and transfer to Hotel. Afternoon sight-seeing of Cochin a city till today influenced by medieval Portugal, Holland and England. Visit Francis church where Vasco - Da Gama was buried. Nearby is the Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace .The central hall on the first floor was the coronation hall of the rajas of Cochin. Other rooms depict scenes from Ramayana and Puranic legends connected with Hindu Gods. Amazing are the Chinese fishing nets along Vypeen Island .These cantilevered fishing nets were introduced by traders from the courts of Kublai Khan. You can also see Jew city with the Jewish Synagogue, constructed 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 .


PM- Kathakali dances.


 

Day 2:  Drive to Allepy .

Enroute excursion by boat through back waters enabling a beautiful sight of lagoons, palm trees, paddy fields, churches and a clutch of small villages Arrive at Allepey and transfer to House boat.


Day 3: Leave by road to Periyar wild life sanctuary.

Arrive at Periyar, transfer to hotel. Late afternoon visit Periyar by boat cruising down the lake which meanders through the jungle covered hills. A variety of wild life like elephant, wild boar, leopard and exotic birds can be seen.


 

Day 4 : Full day visit Madurai

enroute visit Alagarkoil temple , 21 km north of Madurai , is a hilltop vaishnavaite temple , during the festival of chithirai, a gold icon is carried in procession from this temple to Madurai . In the heart of the town is an excellent example of Dravidian architecture. The Goumpa are covered from top to bottom with a breathless profusion of multi colored images of gods, goddesses, animals and mythical figures.

In evening visit Meenakshi temple for night ceremony.


Day 5: Madurai to Chennai.


CHENNAI PACKAGES



DAY TRIPS


OPTION 1

Full Day City Tour:

Museum, National Art Gallery, Valluvarkottam, Fort St.George, drive down Marina Beach, Santhome Bascilica, Guindy National Park, Kapaleshwarar Temple, St.Thomas Mount.


Option 2:

Full Day Sight Seeing Trip:

Chennai – Kancheepuram – Mahabalipuram – Chennai

The golden town of Kancheepuram is one of the seven sacred cities in India. Notable among its many temples is the imposing Ekambareswarar Temple, a Saivaite Shrine, where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of ‘Prithvi’ (earth). Dedicated to goddess Parvathi is the Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple. Kancheepuram is famous for its hand woven silks and the timeless appeal of its vibrantly coloured saris, making them prized possessions.


Option 3:

Full Day Sight Seeing Trip:

Chennai – Pondicherry - Chennai

Depart to Pondicherry after Breakfast. On arrival check into a hotel.

After Lunch Local Sight Seeing at Pondicherry


“The Ashram” founded by Sri Aurobindo, the well-known philosopher, attracts thousands of visitors from over the globe. Auroville, the inspiration of the mother, was a French woman who was a spiritual collaborator of Aurobindo. She conceived the idea of the International city of dawn. The Matri Mandir is another place of interest in this town.


Option 4:

Half-Day Sight Seeing Trip:

Chennai – Dakshina Chitra – Muthukadu Lake – Chennai


Dakshina Chitra is committed to the preservation, presentation and promotion of the cultural heritage of the diverse peoples of South India. Dakshina Chitra is set on overlooking the Bay of Bengal between Madras and Mahabalipuram. The center comprises four sections, which represent the distinct cultures of the Southern States.


Option 5:

Half – Day City Tour:

Fort St.George, drive down Marina Beach, Santhome Bascilica, Museum and National Art Gallery.


Option 6 :

Half-Day City Tour:

Valluvarkottam, Guindy National Park, Kapaleshwarar Temple, St.Thomas Mount, Theosophical Society, Kalakshetra.


TOUR 1: Chennai – Tirupathi – Chennai

Day 1: Departure to Tirupathi after Breakfast.Reach Tirupathi and proceed to tirumala for Dharshan.Return to Tirupathi and check into hotel.


Day 2: Depart after Breakfast to Chennai. Enroute visit Tiruchanur and Tiruthani temple.


TOUR 2: Chennai – Pondicherry – Chidambaram – Chennai


Day 1: Departure for Pondicherry after Breakfast. On arrival check into a hotel.


After Lunch Local Sight Seeing at Pondicherry


“The Ashram” founded by Sri Aurobindo, the well-known philosopher, attracts thousands of visitors from over the globe.


Auroville, the inspiration of the mother, was a French woman who was a spiritual collaborator of Aurobindo. She conceived the idea of the International city of dawn. The Matri Mandir is another place of interest in this town.

Night Halt at Pondicherry


Day 2: After Breakfast Departure for Chidambaram

Visit Chidambaram Temple

After Lunch depart to Chennai.


KERALA PACKAGES



ITINERARY 1 - {08 Nights / 09 Days}


Day 01: Arrive at Cochin.

On arrival at Cochin Airport / Ernakulam station you will be met by our representative and will assist you to the vehicle and will be taken to the hotel. After refreshment you can proceed for sightseeing around Cochin by visiting Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St.Francis church and Chinese Fishing Nets and later you can go for shopping around Cochin and back to hotel.

Overnight stay at Cochin.


Day 02: Cochin to Munnar. (140kms / 4.5hrs)

Morning after having breakfast you can proceed to Munnar. On arrival, check into the hotel. Rest of the day you can spend at the hotel for leisure and for local use. Overnight stay at Munnar.


Day 03: Munnar.

Morning after Breakfast you can go for local sightseeing around Munnar by visiting Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Dam, Echo Point, Tea Estate, Rajamalai and Blossom Garden and later back to hotel. Overnight stay at Munnar.


Day 04: Munnar to Thekkady. (125kms / 3.5hrs)

Morning after Breakfast you can proceed to Thekkady. On arrival, check into hotel. Afternoon go for local sightseeing around Thekkady by enjoying boating at Periyar Lake (optional) and also enjoy spice plantation tour (optional). Later get back to hotel. Overnight stay at Thekkady.


Day 05: Thekkady to Kumarakom. (135kms / 3.5hrs)

Morning after breakfast you can proceed to Kumarakom. On arrival check into hotel. Rest of the day you can spend at the hotel for leisure and for local use. Overnight stay at Kumarakom.


Day 06: Kumarakom to Alleppey. (40kms / 1hr)

Morning after breakfast you can proceed to Alleppey. On arrival you will be checked into houseboat. Rest of the day leisure at houseboat and enjoy the backwater cruise around Alleppey. Overnight stay at Alleppey.


Day 07: Alleppey to Kovalam. (160kms / 3.5hrs)

Morning after breakfast you can proceed to Kovalam. On arrival, check into hotel. Rest of the day you can spend at the hotel for leisure and for local use. Overnight stay at Kovalam.


Day 08: Kovalam.

Morning after breakfast you can go for sightseeing around Trivandrum by visiting Shree Padhmanabhaswamy temple, Nappier Museum and later evening to enjoy Kovalam beach and back to hotel. Overnight stay at Kovalam.


Day 09: Kovalam to Trivandrum for drop.

Morning after breakfast you will proceed to Trivandrum for drop at Airport / Trivandrum Railway station



ITINERARY 2 – 4 NIGHTS – 5 DAYS


Day 01: Arrive at Cochin.

On arrival at Cochin Airport / Ernakulam station you will be met by our representative and will assist you to the vehicle and will be transferred to the hotel. After refreshment you can proceed for sightseeing around Cochin by visiting Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St.Francis church and Chinese Fishing Nets and later you can go for shopping around Cochin and back to hotel. Overnight stay at Cochin.


Day 02: Cochin to Munnar. (140kms / 4.5hrs)

Morning after having breakfast proceed to Munnar. On arrival, check into the hotel. Rest of the day you can spend at the hotel for leisure and for local sight-seeing. Overnight stay at Munnar.


Day 03: Munnar.

Morning after Breakfast you can go for local sightseeing around Munnar by visiting Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Dam, Echo Point, Tea Estate, Rajamalai and Blossom Garden and later back to hotel. Overnight stay at Munnar.


Day 04: Munnar to Thekkady. (125kms / 3.5hrs)

Morning after Breakfast you can proceed to Thekkady. On arrival, check into hotel. Rest of the day you can spend at the hotel for leisure and for local use. Overnight stay at Thekkady.


Day 05: Thekkady.

Morning after breakfast you can go for sightseeing around Thekkady by enjoying boating at Periyar Lake (optional) and also enjoy spice plantation tour (optional). Later get back to hotel. Overnight stay at Thekkady.


Day 06: Thekkady to Cochin for drop.

Morning after breakfast you proceed to Cochin for drop at Airport / Ernakulam Railway station.






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