- Jaipur - Agra - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Bombay
- Cochin - Periyar - Madurai - trichy - Tanjore - Pondicherry
- Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Chennai
( 23 Days / 22 Nights )
01 / Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Meet assist at the airport & transfer
to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 02/ Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast sightseeing tour of New
Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when
India was the Jewel in the crown of the British empire.
Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar, India Gate and
the grand government buildings, The President’s
House, Red fort, Mahatama Gandhi Memorial, Also visit
Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple.
Night stay in Delhi.
Day 03/ Delhi - Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur (262 Kms/5 hrs.).
Arrive & transfer to hotel. Later proceed to visit
City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several
of the rooms are now open to the public.
Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling
family are housed here. Also explore the different markets
with colourful handicrafts. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 04/ Jaipur
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting
Amber Fort Situated atop a hill overlooking the city,
was the old capital before Jaipur was built. The Palace
is laid out at different levels on the hillside and
surrounded by a fortress. A ride on a decorated elephant
to ascend the hill to the Palace is a thrilling experience
for every visitor where a ride on the elephant is
highlight of the tour. After lunch visit the Pink
city because of the pink colour of the buildings,
is picturesquely situated in the heart of Rajasthan
surrounded on all sides except on the south by rugged
hills crowned with medieval fortresses. Visit the
Mubarak Hall, Chandra Mahal and Pothikhana which house
a rare collection of paintings and manuscripts as
well as the museum of Arms and Armoury. Also visit
Jantar Mantar - Jai Singh's observatory and the Hawa
Mahal or Palace of Winds.Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 05/ Jaipur - Agra
Early morning after breakfast drive to Agra enroute
visiting the Deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri (250
kms/ 6 hrs), Fatehpur Sikri -Twenty seven miles from
Agra, Akbar's Capital where phantoms of ancient pomp
and splendour fill a deserted city, silent witnesses
to a vanished dream. The capital had to be abandoned
by the emperor for lack of adequate water supply.
The marble tomb of the Saint 'Salim Chisti' and the
Bulland Durwaza, the highest gateway in the world,
are some of the highlights of the place. On arrival
transfer to hotel. Night stay in Agra.
Day 06/ Agra
Morning at sunrise visit the world famous Taj Mahal,
built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for
his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains,
Also visit the Agra Fort, containing the Pearl Mosque
- the rusty and majestic red- sandstone fort of Agra
stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction
was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Khas
(hall of private audience) where marble pavilions
with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the
Emperor sat on his gem-studded peacock Throne and
met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms.
Also visit Itmad-up-Dau’s tomb, built by Noorjehan
in memory of her father. Night stay in Agra.
Day 07/ Agra - Jhansi (By train) Jhansi -
Orchha (By surface)
Morning transfer to railway station to board the train
to Jhansi , Arrive Jhansi & drive to Orchha &
transfer to hotel. Later tour of this historical site
with magnificient temples and monuments. Some of the
palaces were decorated with painted murals which represent
the finest flowering of the Bundela school of painting.
Night stay in Orchha.
Day 08/ Orchha - Khajuraho (By surface)
After breakfast drive to Khajuraho Khajuraho- the
legendary temples of khajuraho are an incomparable
experience. Acknowledged as one of the world’s
artistic wonders, these temples dedicated to the Hindu
pantheon of Gods are covered in carvings that are
a paean to life and love. Built within a short span
of a hundred years by the Chandela Rajputs, the 10th
century temples lay forgotten until they were discovered
in the present century. Khajuraho has achieved fame
for the sensual appeal of its erotic sculptures. Arrive
Khajuraho and transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure.
Night stay in Khajuraho.
Day 09/ Khajuraho
The fascinating temples of Khajuraho, India's unique
gift of love to the world, in the state of Madhya
Pradesh, were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. The
divine sculptures in these temples, are a tribute
to Life itself, embodying everything that is sublime
and spontaneous about it. The murals depict the life
and times of the Chandelas, and celebrate the erotic
state of being. They not only testify to the mastery
of the craftsman, but also to the extraordinary breadth
of vision of the Chandela Rajputs under whose reign,
these temples were constructed.
The temples are grouped into three geographical divisions
: western, eastern and southern.
After breakfast explore the Western, eastern and southern
temples of khajuraho while your guide explains the
intricate meaning and legends behind each describable
Kandariya Mahadeo: This is the largest,
and most typical Khajuraho temple. Dedicated to Lord
Shiva, it soars 31 m high. The sanctum enshrines a
lingam, while the main shrine is ornately carved and
depicts various gods, goddesses, apsaras (heavenly
maidens) in elaborate detail.
Chaunsat Yogini: The oldest surviving
temple in the group (900 A.D.), this is the sole granite
temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. Another Kali temple,
which was originally dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is
the Devi Jagdambe temple.
Chitragupta Temple: Dedicated to the sun-god, Surya,
this temple faces eastwards to the rising sun.
Vishwanath Temple: The temple enshrines
a three-headed image of Lord Brahma. Lions guard the
northern entrance to the structure, while elephants
flank the southern flight of steps that lead upto
it. A Nandi bull faces the shrine.
Lakshamana Temple: The lintel over
the entrance of this temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu,
shows the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva
with Goddess Lakshmi, Vishnu's consort. The sanctum
is adorned with a three-headed idol of Vishnu's incarnations,
Narasimha and Varaha.
Matangeshwara Temple: This temple,
which happens to be outside the precincts of the western
group, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It boasts of an
eight feet high lingam. Eastern Group
Parsavanatha Temple: The largest
in the group of three Jain temples, the Parsavanath
image in this temple, was installed in 1860.
Ghantai Temple: This Jain temple
has a frieze depicting the 16 dreams of Mahavira's
mother, and a Jain goddess perched on a winged Garuda.
Adinatha Temple: The last of the Jain temples, is
dedicated to the Jain saint, Adinatha, and is gorgeously
adorned with sculptures of yakshis among others.
The three Hindu temples in this group are the Brahma
temple, which has a four-faced lingam, The Vamana
temple which is embellished with images of ravishing
apsaras at their alluring best; and finally the Javari
temple, with its ornate gateway and lavish carvings.
Duladeo Temple: Dedicated to Lord
Shiva, the highlights of this temple are the sensuous
images of the apsaras, and other exquisite sculptures.
Chaturbhuj Temple: This temple sports a huge, elaborately
carved image of Vishnu in the sanctum. Night stay
Day 10/ Khajuraho - Varanasi (By Air)
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight
for Varanasi-said to be the India’s most sacred
city situated on the western bank of the holy river
Ganga. It is also the oldest living city in the world.
As a place for devotion and worship, with hundreds of
temples dotting the city, sunrise on the river front
as seen from a boat can be a spiritually uplifting sight.
It has a fascination uniquely its own, a quality of
sublime beauty, a timeless eternal appeal. Varanasi
is the city which cannot be described, only experienced.
Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel.
Later proceed for sight seeing of Varanasi (the oldest
and holiest city of India) covering Temples, Aurangazeb’s
Mosque and one of the biggest university of India. Evening
view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats. Night
stay in Varanasi.
11/ Varanasi - Mumbai (By Air)
Early morning boat ride on the Holy river Ganges to
view the religious activity at the bathing Ghats for
an insight into the cultural background of India. It
provides an absorbing spectacle of thousands of Hindus
engaged in their ritual bathing. Later excursion to
Sarnath, 10kms. East of Varanasi, is one of the Buddhism’s
major centers of India. After attaining enlightenment,
the Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon.
Today Sarnath is considered as one of the richest place
to have antiques since the Ashoka period to the 12th
century. Afternoon transfer to Airport in time to connect
flight for Bombay. Arrive, meet assist at the airport
& transfer to hotel. Night stay in Bombay.
Day 12/ Mumbai
After breakfast proceed for half day tour of Mumbai
covering Gateway of India – The stone archway
designed by Wittett in the 16th century Gujarati style,
Prince of Whales Museum, Chowpatty Beach, Dhobhi Ghat-
a vast outdoor laundry & Marine Drive. Night stay
Day 13/ Mumbai - Cochin (By Air)
Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for
Cochin. Arrive Cochin & transfer to hotel. Afternoon
sightseeing tour of Cochin covering The Dutch Palace
at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting
scenes from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue at
the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town.
The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church
in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica, originally built
in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese fishing nets
are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have
brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. Finally, the
Willingdon Island, named after Lord Willingdon, is
the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of
India. Night stay in Cochin.
Day 14/ Cochin - Periyar
After Breakfast drive to Periyar (185 Kms/5 hrs).
The Houseboat will cruise at a leisurely pace along
palm-fringed waterways, giving a panoramic view of
Kerala Village Life. Night stay in Periyar.
Day 15/ Periyar
Morning Drive to Periyar (130Km drive).The Periyar Forest
is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Lying
at an altitude of 900 – 1800m above sea level
and spread across 777sq.Km, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its
geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty,
it’s the only sanctuary in India where you can
view wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a
boat on the lake. Periyar’s biggest attractions
are the Herds of Elephants that come down to water and
play at the lakeside. Night stay in Periyar.
Day 16/ Periyar - Madurai
After breakfast drive to Madurai (137 kms/4.5 hrs).
Evening visit the Famous 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. Night
stay in Madurai.
Day 17/ Madurai - Trichy
After breakfast drive to Trichy (316 Kms/8hrs). Evening
Visit Temples of Trichy one of the very ancient towns
of Tamil Nadu, has many interesting relics of Pallay
art (7th century A.D.) - only 6 miles away is the
great temple of Srirangam - an island on the Cauvery.
This is a massive temple with a 100 pillar hall highly
decorated with carvings. Night stay in Trichy.
Day 18/ Trichy - Tanjore
After breakfast drive to Tanjore (54 kms/2 hrs) .
Afternoon sightseeing of Tanjore. Also called a city
of temples, Tanjore is dotted with no fewer than 74
temples - the most famous of which is the Brihadeshwara
temple. Visit this fascinating temple and the Thanjavur
Palace. Tanjore is once the capital of the Cholas,
a powerful dynasty of the kings who ruled from the
10th to the 14th Centuries A.D. is to this day, a
well known center of classical art and literature.
Also visit the Saraswathi Mahal Library containing
rare collections of ancient books and manuscripts
in various languages on various subjects. Night stay
Day 19/ Tanjore - Pondicherry
After breakfast we drive to Pondicherry (177 kms/
6hrs). Afternoon sightseeing of Pondicherry visiting
This former French Colonial city in Tamil Nadu didn't
come under Indian rule until 1954. Pondicherry otherwise
known a Puducherry means a "New Hamlet"
which is located on the Coromandal Coast. Here people
speaking 55 different languages reside and inspite
of Linguistic plethola there is no restlessness but
absolute harmony. It's main attraction is actually
outside of town: the ashram at Auroville, built by
followers of Sri Aurobindo, a philosopher/prophet
born in 1870. The International town where people
of different countries reside belongs to humanity
as a whole. Matrimandir the famous monument is constructed
by the Auroville Society which represent the flower
Lotus. Also visit 400 years old Manakula Vinayagar
Temple which has several fresco paintings on the walls
telling the life story of half human and half animal
lord. You shall also visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram named
after Sri Aurobindo, who was a National Leader, famous
for his integral Yoga and philosophical literary works.
A French Lady, Madam Mirr Richard, followed his spiritual
path and the Samadhi of both Sri Aurobindo and Mother
are situated at main premises of the Ashram. Night
stay in Pondicherry.
Day 20/ Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram
After breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram (100 kms/3
hrs). Afternoon brings you to the shore temples lashed
by the sea. This is one of the early temples to be
constructed in this area. The "Five Rathas",
a group of monolithic monuments and animal figures
carved out of solid rock - aare almost like an artist's
experiment in variety of form. Later on relax on the
beach. Night stay in Mahabalipuram.
Day 21/ Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Chennai
Morning excursion to Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram.
Kanchipuram known as the Golden City of a Thousand
Temples, is one of the oldest towns in India. It is
famous for both its temples, many of them remarkably
well preserved and for its hand-woven silks. Kanchipuram
is one of the seven sacred cities of India and it
is the only one associated with both Shiva and Vishnu.
Visit Ekambareshwar Temple, Kailashnath Temple, Kamakshi
Temple, the Vaikunthaperumal Temple, all built in
the 7th and 8th centuries. With a weaving tradition
dating back to the Pallava era (when silk was the
royal cloth), Kanchipuram is justly famous for its
particularly fine silk saris, embellished with stunning
patterns. Visit the local homes of the weavers and
watch them create magic out of silk thread into saris.
Mahabalipuram is a small, quiet seaside resort with
a unique 7th century Shore Temple, a lovely beach
and some of the most beautiful rock cut temples in
the world. Situated on the shore of the Bay of Bengal,
Mahabalipuram was already a famous seaport in the
1st century AD. This, town was a workshop for temple
building. Visit the seven pagoda style shore temples,
lashed by the waves of the sea and the seven rathas
or temple chariots, a group of monolithic monuments
& animal figures carved out of solid rock, the
earliest known examples of Dravidian architecture.
They were constructed in a single century long burst
of creative enthusiasm, starting in the reign of Narasimhavarman
1 (AD 63068). End the visit by photography of the
beautiful Shore temples at sunset. Night stay in Chennai.
Day 22/ Chennai
After breakfast Sight seeing of Chennai The capital
of the state of Tamil Nadu and the cultural Gateway
to South India, Chennai is in some respects unlike
other Indian cities. The National Art Gallery, the
Museum with some beautiful temple prizes and the finest
collection of South Indian bronzes are quite interesting.
St. Mary's Church, Peoples Park and the beautiful
Marina Beach which is the second longest beach in
the world as well as the clock towers are worth visiting
and evening see traditional Dances. Night stay in
Day 23/ Departure
Transfer to airport for the onward journey.
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