Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days Places Covered : Kolkata - Bhubaneshwar - Gopalpur - Konark - Puri Orissa offers some of the finest white sand beaches in the world. In Orissa one can tour the Puri Beach and Gopalpur Sea Beach with Puri beaches tour. During the Beaches of Puri Tour you will visit beaches of Orissa. Puri Beach is also known as one of India's finest beaches. This beach attracts millions of travellers to India with its strategic setting and religious importance. Gopalpur-on-Sea is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches which we will definitely visit, while taking the Beaches of Puri Tour.
Day 01 : Arrive Kolkata (Calcutta) Arrive at Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta). The cosmopolitan city and capital of West Bengal is the main gateway for the travellers to India. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel.
Day 02 : Kolkata - Bhubaneshwar (by air) In the morning, after having our breakfast we drive to the airport for a flight to Bhubaneshwar (1 hr.). Bhubaneshwar is considered the most sacred city in Orissa. Bhubaneshwar (The Lord of the universe) is now the modern capital city of the Indian State Orissa. Upon arrival at Bhubaneshwar, you will be transferred to the hotel. Bhubaneshwar had once 7000 temples that were built between 8th and 13th centuries. Today we visit some of the finest examples of the classical temple architecture including Lingraj, Rajrani and Mukteshhwar temples.
Day 03 : Bhubaneshwar - Gopalpur on Sea - Bhubaneshwar Orissa affords many splendid beaches that offer a perfect scope for sailing and surfing. Today in the morning after having our breakfast we drive to visit the beach known as Gopalpur-on-Sea (170 kms. / 3 hrs.). Day 04 : Bhubaneshwar - Konark - Puri Today we drive through the tropical coastal area to the famous temples of Konark. (56 kms. / 1½ hrs.)Konark was once the centre of Buddhism in India. Now it is famous for the Hindu temples Day 05 : Puri Puri is one of the four most important pilgrimage centre for Hindus. The temple of Lord Jagannath (God Vishnu), who is considered the preserver of the world in Hinduism Day 06 : Puri The beaches of Puri are considered among the best in India. Today we visit the Puri Beach after having our breakfast. Puri Beach is also known as one of India's finest beaches. Puri Beach attracts millions of travellers to India with its strategic setting and religious importance whereas the beach lovers love holidaying in Puri beach. Puri affords an exciting haunting opportunity with its wild sea waves and widespread waters. Puri Beach is an exciting place for viewing romantic sunsets and sunrises. We can easily locate scores of hatted fishermen navigating the tourists through the magnificent breakers rolling from the Bay of Bengal. The beach is also an ideal place to watch dance and music festival that is held every year at Puri Beach. We spent whole day at Puri beach.
Day 07 : Puri Full day free to relax on the beach. Day 08 : Puri - Bhubaneshwar - Kolkata (by air) In the morning after having our breakfast we will drive to Bhubaneshwar Airport (60 kms 2 Hrs) to connect flight to Kolkata. In Kolkata we have rest of the day at leisure. Evening transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination.
A tour package that includes everything that a classical mind can desire, this arrangement would definitely steal your soft corner of heart, through the charm and vibrancy of palaces and forts of Rajasthan, erotic sculptures of Khajuraho and the beautiful landscapes of Katmandu. And during the way to make feel the essence of love and the need of creativity we include Agra, not far from the starting point Delhi.
Day 01 : Delhi Arrive at Delhi. Welcome at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi - Jaipur Morning tour of Old Delhi. It is a 17th century walled city with its splendid gates, narrow alleys, the enormous Bazaar. Visit Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat.Afternoon tour of New Delhi with wide tree lined avenues Day 03 : Jaipur Morning excursion to Amer Fort. Ascend by painted elephant up to fort with its huge gateways and pillared pavilions. It has a marble Palace, Temple of victory and Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors). Afternoon City tour of Jaipur. Visit City Palace and Museum. Nearby is the ornate Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) which is five stories high and is decorated with delicate screens carved from stone. Also visit Jantar Mantar. Observatory, which is still equipped with immense, brick and mortar instrument. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 04 : Jaipur - Agra Morning leave for Agra (232 kms / 5 hrs). Stop enroute and visit Fatehpur Sikri, undoubtedly the best-preserved Mughal Palace City of all. Built by Great Akbar around 1570, he used the highest quality craftsman to construct the city only to abandon it some fourteen years later when it is said that the water system failed. Proceed to Agra and check in at the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 05 : Agra Morning City tour of Agra, which was once the capital of Mughal India, and centre of great power and glory. Visit world famous "Taj Mahal" the monument of love immortalized in marble. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his Queen Mumtaj. Also visit Fort and Sikandra. Overnight Stay at hotel.
Day 06 : Agra - Khajuraho Transfer to airport to catch flight for Khajuraho. Arrival and transfer- to hotel. Khajuraho was Capital of Chandela rulers who ruled between 9th and 13th centuries. Today, Khajuraho has no more than 22 temples but enough to show the world its former glory. Overnight stay at hotel. Day 07 : Khajuraho - Varanasi Morning visit the temples which are famous for erotic sculptures. Afternoon transfer to airport to catch flight for Varanasi. Arrive at Varanasi and transfer to hotel. Varanasi is most important place of pilgrimage for Hindus and the sight of devout praying standing water deep in Ganges. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08 : Varanasi Early Morning boat tour on River Ganges to visit Bathing Ghats, return to hotel for breakfast. City tours of Varanasi visiting various temples and noted Banaras Hindu University. Afternoon excursion to Sarnath.
Day 09 : Varansi - Kathmandu Morning transfer to airport to catch flight for Kathmandu. Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10 : Kathmandu Morning City tour of Kathmandu visiting Darbar Square, Palace and also visit an ancient Buddhist monastery known as Swayambhunath. Afternoon visit to Patan city. Overnight stay at hotel. Day 11 : Kathmandu Morning visit to Bhadgaon, a medieval city, Buddhnath and Pashupatinath temple. Afternoon free for shopping or independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12 : Kathmandu Transfer to airport to catch flight for onward destination.
Day - 1 : Delhi Day - 2 : Delhi Full day sight-seeing tour which includes Jama - the largest mosque of Emperor Shajahan. Later proceed to Red Fort, Raj Ghat- Cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, to India Gate - a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War II, Driver past the President's House Parliament House, visit Humayu'ns Tomb a memorial by the Taj Mahals, the Qutab Minar, Birla Mandir and Lotus Temple. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 : Delhi - Sariska (Approx 239 Kms. / 4 hrs. drive ) Morning drive to Sariska - which is famous for blue bulls, sambar, spotted deer, wild boar and tigers. Afternoon visit inside the park. Overnight at hotel. Day 4 : Sariska - Jaipur (Approx 111 Kms. 3 hrs. drive) Early morning game drive inside the park. After breakfast drive to Jaipur en-route visit Amber Fort where a painted elephant / jeep will take you upto the fort with its huge gateways and pavilions. Arrive at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 : Jaipur Morning sightseeing tour of Jaipur, visit the City Palace, Palace of Winds and Jantar Mantar (Observatory). Afternoon at leisure. You can visit local markets of Jaipur.
Day 6 : Jaipur - Ranthambhore ( Approx 157 Kms. 3 ½ hrs drive ) Morning drive to Sawai Madhopur Ranthambhore, named after an ancient fort which stands in the reserve and provides a dramatic setting for the Project Tiger Park. Open from November to April and is famous for Tiger, Leopard, Nilgai, Chinkara, Sambar, common Langur, Crocodile and numerous waterfowl. Overnight at hotel. Day 7 : Ranthambhore Visit the reserve in the morning and afternoon. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8 : Ranthambhor - Bharatpur (Approx 185 kms. / 3 ½ hrs. drive ) Morning drive to Bharatpur. Bharatpur, one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world with over 300 species of birds. Afternoon visit the sanctuary for bird watching. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9 : Bharatpur - Agra (Approx 45 kms. / 1 hr. drive) Early morning visit the sanctuary. After breakfast drive to Agra en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, built by the king Akbar in 1570. On arrival transfer to hotel. Rest of the time at leisure. Overnight at hotel. Day 10 : Agra Morning sightseeing tour covers the world famous Taj Mahal, Agra fort and tomb of Itmad-ud-Daullah. Afternoon at leisure or you can visit local markets of Agra. Overnight at hotel. (Taj Mahal is closed on all Fridays).
Day 11 : Agra - Jhansi - Orcha - Khajuraho Enjoy a short train ride in the morning to Jhansi, in Air-conditioned chair car. Transfer by car to Khajuraho (190 kms / 4 hrs) visiting Orchha en route. Overnight at hotel
Day 12 : Khajuraho Khajuraho is famous for its 10th century Chandela dynasty temples and their erotic sculpture. Morning visit Western group of Temples. Afternoon visit Eastern Group of Temples. Overnight at hotel
Day 13 : Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh (Approx 237 Kms. / 6 hrs. drive ) Morning drive to Bandhavgarh, known for Tiger, Leopard, Gaur, wild Dog, Cheetal, Barking Deer and a variety of bird life. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 : Bandhavgarh Early morning and afternoon visit the park. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 : Bandhavgarh - Umaria - Delhi Morning transfer to Umaria Railway Station (32 kms /1 hr) and connect train # 8477 Utkal Express dep. at 20:50 hrs. Overnight on board.
Day 16 : Delhi Arrive Delhi at 13:45 hrs. Transfer to the airport for onward destination.
This tour package will give a special message of tranquility and a sense to feel the sands on the beaches. Goa, with splendid Beaches and joyful bazaars; Mumbai, with a Metro-sexual appeal; and Bangalore, the hub of new India, will take you to a New World. A world that creates waves as big as a tsunami in your mind, and to soothe that there are exquisite spa and message centres. The rejuvenation specialists, and the tour specialists, meeting of whom creates this tour synergy, is really worth one try. Besides, there's mystical Mysore, Mangalore, and Hill station-Vythiri, to add to the charm basket, and the one of shopping too. Day 1 : Arrive Mumbai On arrival, you will be met by our representative at the airport. Transfer to hotel
Day 2 : Mumbai Morning excursion to 1200 years old Elephant caves across the harbour. Afternoon city tour of Mumbai. The tour highlights are the Gateway of India, an impressive arch overlooking the harbour, the Prince of Wales Museum with its fascinating collection of rare Mugul paintings, exquisite jades and exciting natural history specimens. Also visit the Rajabhai Tower and the Flora Fountain, the hub of Mumbai’s bustling existence Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 : Mumbai - Goa Transfer to airport for flight to Goa. On arrival check in at the beach hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure at the beach. Overnight at the resort. Day 4 : Goa In the morning proceed for a sightseeing tour of Goa, the "Pearl of the Orient". Take the beach tour of Goa visiting Calangute, Colva, Dona Paula and Miramar beaches. Rest of the day free for leisure. Overnight at the resort. Day : 06 Goa - Bangalore - Mysore Morning free for leisure at the beach. Later transfer to airport for your flight to Bangalore. On arrival proceed to Mysore (140 kms / 4 Hrs) and check- in at the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Mysore. Visit the Maharaja’s palace. In the evening visit Brindavan garden with its dancing fountains Overnight at the hotel. Day 07 : Mysore - Vythiri (150 kms / 3½ hrs) After breakfast transfer to Vythiri (150 kms/ 3 ½ hrs.) on arrival check- in at the Vyuthri resort. Day 08 : Vythiri Today indulge in some rejuvenation activities such as Yoga, Ayurvedic Massages and enjoy world class spa facilities at the Resort. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
Day 09 : Vythiri Serena Spa at Vythiri Resort offers pampering for body and mind in natural settings. Dinner and overnight stay at the Resort.
Day 10 : Vythiri - Kozhikode (Calicut) - Mumbai - Onwards Destination After breakfast transfer to Kozhikode airport for your flight for onward destination.
Day 06 : Taptapani - Rayagada - Bissam Cuttack Today derive to the area around Putta Singh to visit some Saoras villages. These major tribes have retained much of their original culture. Polygamy is common and children are given adult status from an early age. Continue to either the Hotel at Rayagada or the Christian Hospital Guesthouse at Bissam Cuttack.
Day 07 : Kuttiya Khond Drive out to the countryside and visit some Kuttya Kondh and Rasul Kondh villages. The Kondhs are noted for their colourful ceremonies, until stopped by the British they used to practice human sacrifice, this is now replaced by animal sacrifice at the time of planting their crops to ensure a good harvest. Return for overnight at Rayagada or Bissam Cuttack.
Day 08 : Bissam Cuttak - Jeypore Visit Chatikona to see the Dongariya Khond marker, which is held on Wednesdays. Stay at the hotel.
Day 09 : Jeypore Drive out to visit the local Bonda and Godhaba marker, which is held on Thursdays. The Bondas, known as 'naked people' are of Tibetan-Burmese origin. They live in the hills coming in to the towns on market days. Women wear only a loincloth, long rows of beads and heavy metal neckbands.
Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days Places Covered : Mumbai - Aurangabad - Shirdi - Pune - Delhi The saga of Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi started in the middle of the 19th Century when, as a boy of about 16 years of age, he first appeared here under a neem tree absorbed in a hard penance. From the next about 60 years, he devoted his life for the up liftment of the poor and suffering. His origin, religion and early life are shrouded in mystery and though he is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva, is teachings transcended all religions and beliefs. On Tuesday, the 15th of October, 1918, Shri Sai Baba entered his samadhi. Today, all laces, persons and possessions connected with him, too have become objects of veneration by millions of devotees who journey to Shirdi every year from all parts of the world.
Shirdi, just off Nashik-Pune national highway, is connected to all major centers in the region with good roads. It is 90 km from Nashik, 260 km from Mumbai, 185 km from Pune, 125 km from Aurangabad. Nearest Airports are Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad.
Day 01 : Arrive Mumbai The commercial capital of India. Depending upon the arrival time it may be necessary to hold the accommodation from previous night as check in and check out time is 12 noon in most of the hotels. Half day time permits visiting The Gateway of INDIA and the chief Entry port of India is a largest industrial centre and is most cosmopolitan city in the east. With it's beautiful natural horbour , studied with emerald islands and palm fringed shore which - rises gradually to the mountain peaks. It is one of the finest waterfronts. Highlights of the city sightseeing includes Gateway of India, Hanging gardens, Prince of Wales Museum, The bustling Crawford Market, Flora Fountain and the Dhobhi Ghat - a vast outdoor laundry. Day 02 : Mumbai - Aurangabad Transfer to Mumbai airport in time to connect flight to Aurangabad, check in to hotel. Afternoon sight seeing of Ellora Caves: About 18 miles away from the city of Aurangabad -a group of rock temples - possess a magnificient series of Buddhist, Brahmanical and Jain temples of the 9th Century A.D. Kailash Temple, hewn out of a single rock, carved with life size figures of gods and goddesses, is a wonder. (Ellora caves closed on all Tuesday). Day 03 : Aurangabad After breakfast full day tour of Ajanta caves: Hewn out of rocks richly sculptured and with walls ceilings and pillars adomed with fresco paintings depict the life of Buddha. These cave picture galleries are unique in the history of art and date from the 22nd Century B.C. to the 7th Century A.D. (Ajanta caves closed on all Mondays). Day 04 : Aurangabad - Shirdi After breakfast leave by surface for Shirdi (125 Kms/3 hrs) - (en route) visit Daulatabad Fort, this hilltop fortress was built in 1187, Mohammad Tughlak ( The mad Sultan of Delhi) who shifted his capital here. On arrival check in to Hotel and overnight at Hotel. Day 05 : Shirdi - Pune Early morning Visit temple of Sai Baba ( there are very long queues for Sai Baba Temple) and the temple of Shani (Temple devoted to Saturn).
Day 06 : Pune Full day city tour of Pune city visiting Kasturba Gandhi Smriti Mandir (Aga Khan Palace) where Kasturba Gandhi - wife of Mahatma Gandhi breathed her last in internment, Day 07 : Pune - Delhi New Delhi Two and a half hours drive of New Delhi visiting the Qutub Minar, Humayun's tomb, India Gate, Parliament House, Laxmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir) and Connaught Place.
Day 08 : Delhi - Home town Leave in time for Delhi airport to connect flight back home. (Hotel checkout 12:00 Hrs)
South India is not only known for its coastal beauty but also for its lush green sceneries, which enclose the wildlife sanctuaries. Kerala has got one of the best sanctuaries of India like the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Day 01 : Arrive Chennai Arrive Chennai. The Cosmopolitan City and capital of Tamil Nadu is the main gateway for travellers to South India. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Day 02 : Chennai - Mahabalipuram The whole day is at leisure, Today drive through the coastal route to Mahabalipuram (64 kms). In Mahabalipuram you will visit some of the 14 cave temples and 9 monolithic rathas (temple chariots). Pallavamala was the ruler who made the port famous in the 7th century and was largely responsible for building the temples. In the afternoon visit the St George Fort. This fort is near the harbour area of Chennai and was built by the British during the 17th century. Day 03 : Chennai - Bangalore In the morning drive to Bangalore (288 kms / 6 Hrs drive). You may alternatively travel by train. Bangalore is the capital city of the Indian state Karnataka. This former "Garden city" Bangalore is known today as “Computer City” of India. In the afternoon drive through the garden city with its numerous avenues of Jacaranda, Day 04 : Bangalore -Mysore Leave Bangalore in the morning for Mysore 140 kms -4 hrs) enroute visit the spectacular island fortress of Srirangapatnam, the capital of Hyder Ali and his son Tippu Sultan. Tippu's Palace, Gumbaz, Tippu's Summer Palace. Reach Mysore and settle down in hotel. Visit illuminated Brindavan Gardens and Krishnarajasagar Dam in the evening. Overnight stay at Mysore. Day 05 : Mysore This morning visit the sprawling Maharaja's Palace with its outstanding treasures and ivory inlaid doors. The interior is also lavishly decorated with stained glass, mirrors, pillars, paintings and jewels. Later drive outside the city to Chamundi Hill and the huge Nandi Bull statue. St. Philomena's Church Mysore Zoo. Overnight stay at Mysore.
Day 06: Mysore - Ooty (160 kms -5 hrs) Early morning after breakfast we proceed to Ooty enroute visit Bandipur Madumallai Wild Life Sanctuary and also fresh tea gardens, Day 07: Ooty Today you will proceed to Conoor to look from close quarter the Tea Gardens, Sim's Park, Dolphin's Nose later back to Ooty visiting Film shooting points. Overnight stay at Ooty. Day 08: Ooty. -Kodaikanal (260 kms -6.5 hrs) Day 09: Kodaikanal Day 10: Kodaikanal- Munnar (120 kms -4hrs) Day 11 : Munnar Day 12: Munnar -Thekkady (Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary) (120 kms -4 hrs) Day 13 : Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Kumarakom Day 14 : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary In the morning visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Earlier an old rubber plantation, Kumarakom was developed into a bird sanctuary on the bank of Vemband Lake spreading over 14 acres of land. It is now a leisure retreat very popular with foreigners. This Sanctuary is on the southern bank of Kavanar River opposite the Coconut Lagoon. Kumarakom is home to numerous species of birds, such as Darters, Bitterns, Teal, Waterfowl, Cuckoo, Wild Ducks, Brahminy Kites, Marsh Harries, Teals and Herons and Siberian storks. Visit the Sanctuary by having a boat ride.
Day 15 : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - Cochin In the morning drive (3 hrs) to Kochi (Cochin). This drives gives again an impression of the beautiful landscaping of this region. After arrival in Cochin get refresh and depart to the airport.
Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days Places Covered : Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Udaipur - Ranakpur - Mumbai Explore the wonders and mystery of India in unparalleled comfort and luxury, Expressly designed for the discerning traveller, this tour offers exclusive accommodations at the Oberoi Resorts and hotels, renowned worldwide for their impeccable style and beauty. Enjoy the understated elegance of The Oberoi in New Delhi, the best that India's Capital has to offer. Marvel at the uninterrupted view of the Taj Mahal from the comfort of your room at the Amarvilas Hotel in Agra. Day 01 : Arrive Delhi Arrive in India's bustling capital city of Delhi, where you are greeted with a traditional Indian welcome and escorted to The Oberoi (Premium Room).
Day 02 : Delhi Sightseeing Enjoy a tour of Delhi today. Drive along Rajpath, the capitals broadest avenue, for a look at Parliament, the Presidents House and India Gate. Visit the Qutab Minar, Birla Mandir, a colorful and modern Hindu temple. Among your stops are the Red Fort, a spectacular fortified complex built by Shah Jahan, with its Pearl Mosque, palaces and audience chambers; Raj Ghat-the memorial built for Mahatma Gandhi, the father of modem India; the Ashoka Pillar and the mile long Chandani Chowk Bazaar. Overnight The Oberoi.
Day 03 : Delhi - Agra Drive to Agra (203 kms / 4hrs), home of the Taj Mahal a love sonnet composed in marble. Explore the 16th century Agra Fort, with its battlements, apartments, gardens and halls of audience. Enjoy an extended visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal and wintees the transformation as the monument reflects the warm glow of sun set. Overnight at Amarvils Hotel (Deluxe room Day 04 : Fathepur Sikri This morning's excursion brings you to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, this ghost town is remarkably well preserved and presents a perfect synthesis of Muslim and Hindu art and culture. The sculptured columns bear mute testimony to this gallant experiment to unite the two races. The afternoon is at leisure.
Day 05 : Agra - Ranthambore Day 06 : Ranthabhore Game Reserve
Day 07 : Ranthambhore - Jaipur Day 08 : Amber Fort Excursion Day 09 : Jaipur - Udaipur Morning fly to Udaipur. Tour this famous" City of Lakes," known as one of the most picturesque and romantic city or India and maybe the world. Visit City Palace, Saheliyon ki Bari or Garden of Maids; and the folklore museum where you can see a presentation of the string puppet show typical to this area. Overnight at Udaivilas Luxury Resort. Day 10 : Ranakpur Excursion Today's excursion brings you to the beautifully sculpted Jain temples of Ranakpur. The intricately carved white marble is so well preserved it belies the temple's 500 years. The temple dedicated to the Sun God is famed for its erotic sculpture. Lunch at Maharani Bagh, a mango grove and the private gardens of the Maharana of Jodhpur.
Day 11 : Udaipur - Mumbai Fly to Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India's most cosmopolitan city. Your tour of Mumbai includes the British-built arch "Gateway of India," Mumbai landmark; the Hanging Gardens and the affluent community of Malabar Hills; the Prince of Wales Museum, Dhobi Ghat, Marine Drive, the Gandhi Memorial Museum and Jain Temple.Overnight at Oberoi Towers. (Superior room)
Day 12 : Elephanta Caves Cruise across the harbor to Elephanta Island and its famous caves, filled with carvings and sculptures dating back to 550 A.D. The afternoon is at leisure to relax and pursue independent activities. Late evening transfer to international airport for flight back home. (Hotel Checkout 12 : hrs). Extensions Visit Aurangabad, Ajanta Ellora or experience the delights of South India.
Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days Places Covered: Delhi - Nagpur - Kanha National Park - Bandhavgarh National Park - Khajuraho Tracking the tiger and following its pugmarks takes us to central India where we visit the twin national park of Kanha and Bandhavgarh which have been immortalized by Rudyard Kipling’s classic “The Jungle Book”. Kanha National Park is located in the eastern part of the central Indian highland, was the inspiration behind the Jungle Book..The park is immensely rich in game, and the home to predators such as Tiger, Leopard, Wolf, Striped Hyena and the Indian Wild Dog. The lesser predators include the Indian Fox, Common Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Jackal, Common and Ruddy Mongoose.The bird count here is equally impressive-over 300 species.
Bandhavgarh National Park derives its name from a hill in the center of the park. The park boasts the highest density of tigers in the world. Naturally, anyone who is hoping catch a glimpse of the elusive predator always heads for this place. But that’s not all, there are over 250 bird species that can be found here. The tour ends with a visit to Khajuraho a “World Heritage Site” famous for its temples with intricate erotic carvings. Day 01 : Delhi Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi to Nagpur and Kanha Fly Delhi/Nagpur and drive to Kanha National Park (275 kms. / 7 hrs.). Overnight at Jungle Lodge.
Day 03 : Kanha Morning and evening game viewing in the Kanha National Park. Overnight at Jungle Lodge.
Day 04 : Kanha Morning and evening game viewing in the Kanha National Park. Overnight at Jungle Lodge. Day 05 : Kanha to Bandhavgarh Morning drive to Bandhavgarh ( 240 kms/5hrs). Afternoon game viewing in the Bandhavgarh National Park. Overnight at Jungle lodge.
Day 06 : Bandhavgarh Morning and evening game viewing in the Bandhavgarh National Park. Overnight at jungle lodge.
Day 07 : Bandhavgarh to Khajuraho Morning game viewing in the Bandhavgarh National Park. Late morning depart Bandhavgarh For Khajuraho (280 kms. / 6 hrs.). Arrive Khajuraho Check in at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08 : Khajuraho to Delhi and Depart Morning visit Western and Eastern group of temples to appreciate its exquisite erotic carvings-also visit newly excavated 10 century Chandela Temple. Fly Khajuraho/Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to international airport to board the flight for onward destination.
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Day - 1 : Delhi Arrival at Delhi. Our representative will be at the airport to welcome you. Meeting Greeting at airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day - 2 : Delhi Full day sight-seeing tour which includes Jama - the largest mosque of Emperor Shajahan. Later precede Red Fort, Raj Ghat- Cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, to India Gate - a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War II, Driver past the President's House Parliament House, visit Humayun's Tomb a memorial by the Taj Mahals, the Qutab Minar, Birla Mandir and Lotus Temple. Overnight at the hotel.
Day - 3 : Delhi - Agra (Approx 203 Kms. 4 hrs. drive) Leave early morning for Agra, enroute visit Sikendra Fort. Visit all the sightseeing hot spots of Agra, i.e. Agra Fort - dominated by red sandstone construction houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and other noteworthy structures and of course the Taj Mahal - The Monument of love, built by Mogul Emperor Shahjahan in 1630 to enshrine the mortal remains of his queen Mumtaj Mahal. Also, visit Itamad-ud-Daulah. Overnight in hotel. (Taj Mahal is closed on all Fridays)
Day - 4 : Agra - Bandhavgarh Morning is free for leisure or you may visit the Taj Mahal again . Afternoon transfer to Agra Railway Station to board Train # 8478 Kalinga Utkal Express dep. 16:15 hrs. Overnight on train.
Day - 5 : Bandhavgarh Arrive Umaria Railway Station at 06:12 hrs. Drive to Bandhavgarh National Park (32 kms / 1 hr). This park is in the heart of the Vindhyan Mountain Range forested by Sal groves. The forests of Bandhavgarh can be classified as most deciduous and also dry. Grassy meadow patches occur in the valley and along the streams Bamboo is found throughout. There are more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds. The Park is famous for Tiger, Panther, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Barking Deer, Chinkara, Nilgai etc. The common birds Crane, Lesser Adjutant, Black Ibis, Parakeet, Kingfisher and Indian roller etc can be spotted here.Late afternoon jeep safari to visit the Sanctuary. Overnight at hotel.
Day - 6 : Bandhavgarh Early morning Elephant ride to visit the Sanctuary. Late afternoon jeep safari to visit the Sanctuary again. Overnight at hotel.
Day - 7 : Bandhavgarh Day is free for leisure or to explore the city by own. Overnight at hotel.
Day - 8 : Bandhavgarh - Delhi Morning jeep drive in the park. Evening drive to Umaria Railway Station to connect train # 8477 Utkal Express dep. 20:50 hrs. Overnight on board.
Day - 09 : Delhi - Onward Destination. Arrive Delhi at 13:45 hrs. Evening transfer to international airport to connect flight for onward destination.
A classic journey through the warm scented hinterland of South India. The excitement of Mysore and Nagarhole gives way to the fading glory of 'snooty' Ooty. The South is a cross roads for the varied cultures that have left their many churches, palaces, forts and temples to enrich this cosmopolitan community. From Cochin it is possible to extend to the nearby beach resorts of Kovalam or Varkala or further afield to the Andman Island, Lakshadweep Islands, Goa or Sri Lanka. Day 01 : Arrive Mumbai Meet our representative and transfer to hotel for overnight stay. Day 02 : Mumbai - Bangalore Morning city sightseeing visiting, Gate Way of India, Princes of Wales Museum, Hanging Garden, Tower of Silence, Dhobi Garh Mani Bhawan. Evening transfer to airport to connect flight for Bangalore. You will be transferred to the pre booked hotel for overnight stay.
Day 03 : Bangalore - Mysore Full day city tour of Bangalore visiting the Bull Temple, and Tipu's Summer Palace, drive past numerous parks, the Vidhan Soudha and down town commercial centre. Later drive to Mysore, which is 140 kms / 3 hrs.
Day 04 : Mysore Palaces of interest include the Maharaja's Palace, the colourful vegetable and flower markets and Chamundi Hill noted for its Nandi temple. Outside of Mysore visit Srirangapatanam to see the ruins of Tipu Sultan's capital and Somnathpur where the small Kesava temple is considered to be one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. For bird watchers the Ranganathittoo Bird Sanctuary (best season December to February) is well worth a visit.
Day 05 : Mysore - Nagarhole National Park Just 90 kms south-west of Mysore lies Nagarhole National Park an excellent sanctuary for viewing elephants and a rich variety of bird life. View by jeep and on elephant back . Stay at hotel. Day 06 : Nagarhole - Ooty - Coonoor Morning drive to Ooty (90 kms/3hrs) the famous hill station in the Nilgiri hills. Coonoor is just 13 kms from Ooty and offers a relaxing alternative. Afternoon free for leisure. Day 07 : Coonoor Today leave for a visit to the tea plantations, The Botanical Gardens, and Sima Park in Coonoor. In Coonoor also see the views from Lady Canning's Seat and Dolphins Nose. Day 08 : Coonoor to Cochin Drive south to the Malabar Coast to Cochin(280 kms/7 hrs). Over the centuries the Portuguese, Dutch and British have all influenced this fascinating city Day 09 : Cochin This morning visit the synagogue, Dutch Palace, St Francis Church and the spice market. In the afternoon take a harbour cruise to see some of the nearby island and Chinese fishing nets.
Day 10 : Cochin to Periyar After breakfast drive along the coast to Alleppey (70 kms) and take a backwater cruise for 2½ hours through some of the most picturesque backwaters in Kerala to Changancherry. Continue on by car to Lake Periyar wildlife sanctuary in the heart of the Cardamon hills. Evening viewing by an exclusive boat ride on Lake Periyar. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 : Periyar to Kodaikanal Drive this morning upto the Palani hills to Kodaikanal (160 kms/4 hrs) a peaceful backwater hill station noted for its beautiful scenery and lake. Stay at the hotel. Day 12 : Kodaikanal to Madurai This morning drive down to Madurai (90 kms/4 hrs) where life in the bustling pilgrimage city is centred around the great Meenakshi temple. In the afternoon visit this living temple returning in the evening to witness the temple music. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 13 : Madurai to Chennai Return by air or train to Chennai. Alternatively, continue by car to Chennai visiting the great temple.
Think of a land where snow clad mountains melt down to serpentine rivulets and the sun languidly penetrates the misty mornings to warm verdant valleys plaited in lush vegetation, multi-colored populace of birds and flowers and equally warm-hearted people! More than a name will come to mind and one of them has to be - Himachal Pradesh - if you are a connoisseur of natural beauty, that is. A mini train has hissed through this paradisiacal land for a century ferrying curious travelers who come to 'feel the mountains'. The Indian Railway and Himachal Tourism intervened to formalize the sojourn of the toy train, as it is fondly called, sketching a track from Kalka to Shimla through 20 stations, 103 tunnels, 969 bridges and+919 curves in its entire journey. This 'small wonder' also appears in the Guinness Book of World Records as the greatest narrow gauge engineering achievement in India.
Services and Amenities The Kalka-Shimla Railways, with a 96km track that is covered in six hours, has four premium services for travellers:
» The Deluxe Rail Motor Car - This is a Second World War vintage bus look-a-like. With a capacity for 14 passengers, it reaches its destination in 4.25 hrs. The car has a transparent fibre-glass roof for a luxuriant view of the sapphire-sky. Digital time-cum-temperature display unit, altimeter and route indication board are its invaluable add-ons.
The Shivalik Deluxe Express - It is the Howrah-Kalka Mail for Shimla. Ferrying 120 passengers, it reaches its destination in 4.45 hrs. The coaches are equipped with wide glass windows, ergonomically designed reversible cushioned chairs, fancy electrical fittings, wall-to-wall carpeting, modern toilet amenities, exclusive cabins for couples, a music system, communication facilities with the guard and customised on-board catering services. Special coaches can be attached to the Express for those with a panache for elite traveling.
» The Shivalik Palace (Tourist Coach) -It can accommodate 6 persons and is equipped with exclusive kitchenware, on board catering, music system, indoor games, magazine/ books, modern bathroom, folding beds and dining table with cushioned chair. In addition, there are two complimentary retiring rooms at Shimla for one day.
The Shivalik Queen Tourist Coach - A comparatively late entrant on the Kalka-Shimla section is the Shivalik Queen, which is a luxury coach. It is divided into two portions consisting of two coupes each. The coach is equipped with ultramodern facilities and fittings like wall-to-wall carpets, altimeter, fancy lights and chrome plated luggage rack.
Tour Itinerary From Kalka, (2,100 ft), the trail chugs up the foothills hissing through the Koti Tunnel to reach Dharampur (4,900 ft), 20 miles from Kalka. From here the railway gains on the road by taking short cuts and tunnels up to Taradevi, where the rail winds gracefully round the summer hill Jatogh and burrows under Inverarm Hill to emerge below the road on the south side of Inverarm at its 59th mile. After Dagshai (5,200 ft) it descends to Solan (4,900 ft) and further to Kandaghat (4,667 feet) where the final ascent towards Shimla begins.
Throughout its length of 60 miles, the line runs in a continuous succession of reverse curves up to 120 feet radius along the valleys and steep ridges, flanking mountains and rising to an elevation of 6,800 feet at Shimla Railway.
Sandalwood, tea and spices all come from this region. Tea is grown and exported from the blue hills (Nilgiris). Dense jungle houses many species of wildlife, including elephants and tigers. State of Karnataka lies on the Deccan plateau and it is a land of charming contrasts, a pleasing mix of the modern and traditional. Bangalore -the state capital is famous as the Silicon Valley of India" as well as the Garden City. Royal city of Mysore has fragrance of sandalwood, musk, jasmine and rose and is a major manufacturing centre for incense sticks. Witness the Hoysala architecture at Halebid, Belur and Somnathpur. Hills around Ooty were captured by the East India Company troops from Tipu Sultan of Mysore in 1799 and were incorporated into the Madras Presidency. By early 19th century, the Governors of Madras Presidency began patronizing Ooty and it was later made the summer capital.
Day 1 : Chennai Arrive Chennai and transfer to Hotel. Full day at leisure on the beach.
Day 2 : Covelong A day of sightseeing. Visit Mamallapuram group of World Heritage monuments including Shore temple and Arjuna's Penance. Also visit the golden city of Kanchipuram -one of the four most sacred places.
Day 3 : Covelong A day on the beach.
Day 4 : Chennai / Bangalore Early morning transfer to Chennai Railway station and take train to Bangalore (5 hrs). Late afternoon take a short city tour of this garden city. Day 5 : Bangalore / Hassan via Sravanabelagola Morning drive to Hassan enroute visiting Sravanabelagola (5 hrs). One has to climb 600 steps to reach the hilltop dominated by 1000 years old Gomateshwara statue. The statue is considered to be the tallest monolith (17 m) and most graceful sculptures of the world. Afternoon visit Belur and Halebid temples. The visual is often described as the 'jewel box' of Hoysala temple architecture.
Day 6 : Hassan / Coorg Morning drive to Coorg (3 hrs). Afternoon at leisure to explore the rolling hills with plantations of coffee, black pepper vines and the celebrated Coorg orange and cardamom plants. Day 7 : Coorg / Nagrhole Morning drive to Nagarhole (4 hrs) and check in at hotel. In the afternoon take a jeep safari in the park
Day 8 : Nagarhole National Park Morning and afternoon jungle safaris in the Nagarhole National Park. Rest of the day at leisure by the river.
Day 9 : Nagarhole National Park / Mysore Morning Jungle safari by jeep. Late morning drive to Mysore (3 hrs). Afternoon visit Mysore Royal Palace.
Day 10 : Somnathpur Morning excursion to Somnathpur (1 hr). Visit Keshava temple built in 1268 AD. Richly adorned with carved friezes and sculptured images. Evening visit to Brindavan Gardens with its many water features including musical fountains. Day 11 : Mysore / Ooty Morning drive to Ooty (4 hrs) -thc erstwhile summer headquarters of the British government in southern India and offers a cool retreat.
Day 12 : Ooty In the morning proceed by Nilgiri Mountain Railway - toy train to Coonoor across plantations and forest clad hills with breathtaking views. Drive to Ooty and proceed for sight seeing. Day 13 : Ooty / Chennai The Morning is at leisure. Afternoon drive to Mettupalayam and connect the overnight train for Chennai
Day 14 : Chennai Morning arrive Chennai railway station. Transfer to airport to connect flight for onwards destination.
Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days Places Covered: Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Bangalore - Nagarhole National Park - BR Hills - Bandipur National Park - Ooty - Munnar - Eravikulam National Park - Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - Kumarakom - Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - Cochin
South India is not only known for its coastal beauty but also for its lush green scenarios, which enclose the wildlife sanctuaries. Kerala has got one of the best sanctuaries of India like the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Nagarhole National Park, BR Hills, Bandipur National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary are some of the sanctuaries that we will visit during the South India Wildlife Tour. Day 01 : Arrive Chennai Arrive Chennai. The Cosmopolitan City and capital of Tamil Nadu is the main gateway for travellers to South India. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Day 02 : Chennai - Mahabalipuram The whole day is at leisure, Today we drive through the coastal route to Mahabalipuram (64 kms). In Mahabalipuram we will visit some of the 14 cave temples and 9 monolithic rathas (temple chariots). Pallavamala was the ruler who made the port famous in the 7th century and was largely responsible for building the temples. In the afternoon we will visit the St George Fort. This fort is near the harbour area of Chennai and was built by the British during the 17th century.
Day 03 : Chennai - Bangalore In the morning we will drive to Bangalore (288 kms / 6 Hrs drive). Bangalore is the capital city of the Indian state Karnataka. This former "Garden city" Bangalore is known today as “Computer City” of India. Day 04 : Bangalore - Nagarhole National Park In the morning we leave Bangalore to visit Nagarhole Sanctuary (80 kms / 2½ Hrs). Its dense deciduous forests are the habitat of the Tiger, Leopard, Gaur, Elephant, Sam bar, Chital, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Day 05 : Nagarhole National Park - BR Hills In the morning again we can have safari in the Nagarhole National Park and then we will drive (6 Hrs) along the forest stretch to BR Hills wildlife sanctuary. The Biligirirangana ranges of hills are picturesquely situated between the Cauvery Kapila Rivers. Day 06 : BR Hills - Bandipur National Park In the morning again we will have a stroll through the sylvan surroundings of BR Hills then, we will drive further (4 Hrs) to Bandipur National Park. In the afternoon we will visit the wildlife sanctuary in jeeps. Bandipur National Park is one the many reserves located within the forest belt between the Western Ghats and the Nilgiri Mountains Day 07 : Bandipur National Park - Ooty In the morning we will visit Bandipur National Park and then from the tropical coast of Karnataka we drive (80 kms / 3 Hrs) on the serpent road and pass through the Tea plantation and eucalyptus forests on the mountains of Nilgiri and arrive in the city Ooty (Udhagammandulam) Day 08 : Ooty - Munnar Ooty (also known as the queen of the Blue Mountains) is famous for its rolling hills covered in pine and eucalyptus forests and also for its coffee and tea plantations. Day 09 : Munnar - Eravikulam National Park Day 10 : Eravikulam National Park - Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Day 11 : Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - Kumarakom Day 12 : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Day 13 : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - Cochin In the morning we will drive (3 Hrs) to Kochi (Cochin). This drive gives us again an impression of the beautiful landscaping of this region. After our arrival in Cochin we will get refresh and have dinner before we depart to the airport.
From the barren thar desert to the cool, azure lakes of Udaipur, Rajasthan presents a myriad of landscapes. Dominated by the Rajput kings, this intriguing state bears witness to the power of these great rulers. Patronized by the Mughals and British, the warrior kings returned to their glorious past with pomp and ceremony during the days of the Raj and now we have an opportunity to stay at some of their finest palaces and savour the life of the maharanas. Their impact on Rajasthan was immense and has made this diverse state all the more fascinating. From imposing forts-Kumbhalgarh, Meherangarh, Nagaur - to colourful and richly crafted palaces and havelis - Mandawa, Udaipur, Jaisalmer -Rajasthan has lyrical names that will captivate the imagination.
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi Meet our representative and transfer to hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi Full city tour of New Delhi whose colonial architecture evokes the bygone days of Empire. We visit the Tomb of the Mughal Emperor, Humayun, the fluted tower of the Qutab Minar, and the Quwwat-ul-Islam, the oldest surviving mosque in India, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, we travel by rickshaw to the imposing, Red fort, where in the Palatial, throne room of the Diwan-i-Am, we found ourselves at the heart of the Mughal empire.
Day 03 : Delhi - Mandawa Drive to Mandawa in Rajasthan (268kms- 6 hrs) and checkin our hotel. Explore Castle Mandawa and the surrounding area where the havils, or traditional merchants houses, are decorated with colourful murals.
Day 04 : Mandawa - Khimsar Morning drive to Khimsar (275 kms-5 ½ hrs) where we stay at the excellent 15th century Khimsar Fort. Visit the hereby fort of Nagpur where inside the ruined walls lie palaces decorated with fine wall paintings. In the evening we are guests at a special dinner with traditional dancing on the ramparts of the fort. Day 05 : Khimsar - Jaisalmer Depart after breakfast for the drive to Jaisalmer (302 kms-6 hrs) pausing for lunch on route. In the late afternoon the honey coloured walls of the fort emerge Day 06 : Jaisalmer A day of discovery in the old citadel of Jaisalmer. In the winding streets we wander between the havelis, with their beautifully carved fretwork and jali screens, and the equally stunning Jain temples. Day 07 : Jaisalmer - Osian Drive to Osian (260 kms-6 hrs) an ancient town in the Thar Desert, where we stay amongst the dunes at the Osian Camel Camp in fully equipped tents. Day 08 : Osian - Jodhpur From the tranquil sands of Osian we head south by road to Jodhpur (58 kms-1½ hrs) arriving in time for lunch at the magnificent Umaid Bhawan palace. Later we explore the Meherangarh fort from whose ramparts we can enjoy stunning view of the winding lanes and famous blue houses of the city. Overnight at hotel. Day 09 : Jodhpur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur On our journey south to Udaipur (259 kms-6 hrs) we visit the remote Kumbhalgarh fort whose impregnable walls dominate the surrounding countryside.
Day 10 : Udaipur Day 11 : Udaipur - Jaipur Day 13 : Jaipur - Agra Day 14 : Agra - Delhi Our morning starts at the formidable Agra Fort, with its impressive imperial quarters and marbled apartments, before visiting the more intimate tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah. The climax of our visit to Agra is the enchanting Taj Mahal.Drive back to Delhi and checkin to hotel ( 203 kms / 4 hrs).
Day 15 : Delhi - Onward destinations Transfer to international airport to connect flight for onward destination ( hotel check - out 12 :00 hrs )
Duration : 03 Nights / 04 Days Places Covered : Udaipur Every girl dreams of a Royal Wedding - that her Prince charming will come and take her to the palatial royal abode. Royal Wedding Tour realizes such a luxurious dream amidst the utopian settings of Udaipur where heritage of Rajputs reside amidst lakes.
India is known as the land of a thousand faces and a country with an ancient civilization that overflows with cultural richness. With a blend of numerous languages, religions, traditions and cultures, India has to be the most diverse country on earth. In a land so varied, the possibilities for a marriage are endless with a plethora of breathtaking and historical locations to choose from. Whatever your preferences, a wedding in India is bound to be cherished forever.
Amongst the numerous possibilities, we specialize in re-creating royal weddings just the way the Maharajas would have done it, with all the pomp and glamour including original royal pavilions and thrones for the bride and groom. Overview of services offered : » Selection of location and venue » All travel and accommodation arrangements for family and guests. » Wedding clothes for family and friends. » Organizing entertainers like DJ's, singers and folk troupes required for various functions. Decor at each function, special floral decorations and table layouts. » Identifying caterer, decorator, and photographer or filming crew. » Arranging wedding souvenirs » Car rentals » Theme functions If any special or other services are required simply let us know and we will be happy to arrange them for you.
Sample Royal Wedding Itinerary This is a suggested itinerary, aimed at capturing the true essence of a Royal Indian Wedding and set in royal venues. Combining all essential functions i.e. Mehndi, Sangeet and Wedding Ceremony.
Day 1 : Udaipur A separate hospitality desk is set up at the reception for the wedding function to assist guests. Lunch for all guests organized at the Shiv Niwas Palace Courtyard. Along with a welcome drink, every guest receives an activity schedule of the Regal Wedding with details of events. Mehndi night at the Zenana Mahal with performing artists.
Day 2 : Udaipur Lunch served at the Darbar Hall. The magnificent hall has in the past, hosted many formal Darbars and Royal Weddings. An evening at Risala. Day 3 : Udaipur Day is at leisure. Lunch organized either at Shiv Niwas Palace Lawns or at the Promenade. Night of the wedding. In the early evening gentlemen gather at the Darbar Hall, for tying Safas, Day 4 : Udaipur Guests prepare to leave with fond memories of the Regal Wedding. Our hospitality staff ensures that the coaches/cars are ready to transfer guests to the airport or railway station.
Day 10 : Jeypore - Rayagada This morning visit the Gupteswar cave and some local Dhuruba villages. In the afternoon drive via Koraput to visit the tribal museum and continue to Rayagada to stay at the hotel Swagat.
Day 11 : Rayagada - Gopalpur-on-Sea Drive down to Gopalpur-on -Sea.
Day 12 : Gopalpur-on-Sea At leisure. The Oberoi Palm Beach is small relaxing character hotel with nice gardens, a bar and restaurant. No pool, but the hotel has a private beach.
Day 13 : Gopalpur - Bhubaneswar to Delhi Early this morning transfer by car to Bhubaneswar for your return flight to Delhi.
Rediscover the Region Steeped in glorious past. Brave its harsh climate and forbidding landscapes and you'll discover a land of many surprises. Musical pillars, stone dancers, elephant stables, monuments, temples, mosques, forts, ruins... are few of the delights this cultural exploration offers.
Day 01 : Bangalore or Mumbai Arrive Bangalore or Mumbai from your home country, Garland welcome, assistance and transfer to the and booked hotel. Morning free to relax. Late morning transfer to the domestic airport, board flight to Hyderabad (1 hr fly). Day 02 : Hyderabad Morning after breakfast visit the Birla Temple which stands for its grand fusion of Khajuraho and Bodh Gaya of North Indian and Rajagopurams of South Indian architecture. Evening visit the Lumbini Park situated on the banks of Hussain Sagar Lake, a picturesque park with variety of attractions, offering beautiful entertainment with musically synchronized water fountain. Overnight in hotel. Day 03 : Hyderabad - Bidar - Gulbarga Day 04 : Gulbarga - Bijapur Day 05 : Bijapur Day 06 : Bijapur - Badami Day 07 : Badami After breakfast drive to Aihole (2 hrs), famous as the 'Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture' Aihole has over 100 temples scattered around the village. Wherever one looks, it's temples that meet the eyes. Intricately carved rich in detail, quiet and peaceful. Mute witnesses of a bygone era. Visit the oldest temple here is, perhaps, the Lad Khan temple dating back to the 5th century. Day 08 : Badami - Hospet Morning after breakfast drive to Hospet (about 240 kms/ 06 hrs), check into the hotel. Hospet is the nearest small market town, and a base for seeing Hampi. Evening visit The Tungabhadra Dam (6 km). The rest of the day free to relax. Overnight in the hotel. Day 09 : Hampi Day 10 : Hospet - Chikamagalur Today start your journey early morning to Chikamagalur (about 290 kms/ 7 hrs) enroute visits the Fort of Seven Rounds in Chithradurga. Drive through the Indian's major Coffee growing area and check into the hotel. The rest of the day free to relax from the tiring journey. Overnight in hotel. Day 11 : Chikamagalur - Hassan Morning after breakfast drive to Belur. It was once the capital of the Hoysala Empire, today made unforgettable for its exquisite temples. Day 12 : Hassan - Mysore Morning after breakfast drive to Mysore (about 125 kms/03 hrs), check into the hotel. Afternoon visit the Mysore Palace built in 1912 in the Indo-Saracenic style. Day 13 : Mysore - Bangalore Morning after breakfast drive to Bangalore (about 140 kms/ 03 hrs), check into the hotel. This bustling capital city of Karnataka, is also known as Garden City and Silicon Valley of India. Late afternoon visit the Vidhan Soudha, a magnificent building housing the State Legislature and Secretariat. It is built entirely of Bangalore granite in the Neo-Dravidian style. The rest of the day free to relax or stroll around the bazaars. Overnight in hotel.
Day 14 : Bangalore - Home The full day to relax before you starting the journey to your home country. Stroll around the avenues to find some good sandalwood carvings and handicrafts to put you in memory of your tour to Deccan. Late night transfer to the International airport, board flight to your home country.
Duration : 17 Nights / 18 Days Places Covered : Delhi - Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Kuchman – Ajmer / Pushkar – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Osian Temples – Jaisalmer – Bikaner – Mandawa – Delhi The palatial tall edifices standing amidst the golden Thar Desert, Heritage Tour to Rajasthan stretches at almost every luxuriously grand city of the state along with Agra and Delhi.
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi Meeting Greetings at the airport. Our representative will be at the airport carrying a placard in you rname to welcome. He will asssit you for transfer and check in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi Full day Delhi sightseeing tour visiting the Raj Ghat (Cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi), Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar India Gate (War Memorial). Drive past President House Parliament House. Overnight stay in the hotel. Day 03 : Delhi - Agra After breakfast drive to Agra, the city of Taj which is 203 kms / 04 hrs drive. Upon arrival transfer to Hotel. Afternoon city tour of Agra visiting the world famous Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daula. Overnight stay in the hotel. Day 04 : Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur After breakfast drive to Jaipur, which is 232 kms / 05 hrs drive. En-route visiting the unique deserted Mughal City of Fatehpur Sikri still in excellent state of preservation. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 05 : Jaipur After breakfast visit to Amber Fort - Amber Fort was the ancient capital of the State. Elephant ride / Jeep Safari is provided to ascend hill on top of which the fort is situated. Afternoon city tour of Jaipur visiting the Hawa Mahal - the palace of winds, the Observatory or the Jantar Mantar. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 06 : Jaipur – Kuchaman After breakfast drive to Kuchaman i.e. 110 kms / 02 hrs. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Later you may explore Kuchaman villages. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 07 : Kuchman – Ajmer / Pushkar After breakfast, drive to Pushkar i.e. 100 kms / 03 hrs. Enroute visit Dargah Sharif. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Later visit Pushkar Lake, one of the holiest places of India and site of the Pushkar Mela. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 08 : Pushkar – Udaipur After breakfast visit Brahma Temple (only temple of Lord Brahma, the creator, in the world). Other important temples are Savitri Temple, Mahadeva Temple, Rangji Temple, and Varaha Temple. Pushkar Lake is the site of annual holy bath on Kartik Purnima. Later drive to Udaipur i.e. 285 kms / 07 hrs drive. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay. Day 09 : Udaipur After breakfast, city tour visiting City Palace, Jagdish Temple, drive around Fateh Sagar Lake, Sahelion ki bari (Queen's resort for her friends) and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk art museum). Overnight Udaipur. Day 10 : Udaipur – Jodhpur Day 11 : Jodhpur Day 12 : Jodhpur – Osian Temples – Jaisalmer Day 13 : Jaisalmer Day 14 : Jaisalmer – Bikaner Day 15 : Bikaner Day 16 : Bikaner – Mandawa Day 17 : Mandawa – Delhi After breakfast, proceed to the sightseeing of Mandawa Castle Mandawa is an ideal base to discover the legacy of 18th Century frescoes that adorn the Havelies of this storybook town. With canopied balconies and turreted battlements,
Day 18 : Delhi Out After breakfast, transfer to the International Airport board the flight for onward destination.
A started blackbuck, the bewitching smile of a village belle, the lined face of a tribal chief, the ruggedness of Thar, miles of golden sands, loping on a camel back, romance rides with you . Day 01 : Arrive Delhi You will meet our representative at the airport and be transferred to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 : Delhi Bikaner Today, leave of sight - seeing tour, which includes Jama Masjid - the largest mosque of Emperor Shahjahan. Later proceed Red Fort, Raj Ghat - Cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, to India Gate - a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War II, Drive past the President's House Parliament House, Humayur's Tomb a memorial of the Mughals - its design is inspired by the Taj Mahal the Qutab Minar, Birla Mandir and Lotus Temple. In the evening board the Bikaner Mail travelling in the comfort of an air-conditioned sleeper.Overnight on train.
Day 03 : Bikaner Arrive Bikaner in the morning and transfer to the elegant royal mansion of Bhanwar Niwas Palace for one night. In the afternoon visit the sights including Junagarh Fort and the Camel Breeding Farm.
Day 04 : Bikaner - Jaisalmer Drive to the medieval town of Jaisalmer (333 kms/ 7 hrs) on the fringe of Thar Desert, and check into hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure, perhaps to relax by the pool.
Day 05 : Jaisalmer The morning sightseeing includes the Gadisar Tank, Trikuta Hill and the main temples. Enjoy a camel ride into the sand dunes at sunset.
Day 06 : Jaismalmer - Khimsar Drive to Khimsar (305 kms/ 7 hrs) for a night at the romantic Khimsar Fort. The afternoon is free for an optional jeep safari of the nearby Bishnoi villages. Day : 07 Khimsar - Jodhpur In the morning drive to Jodhpur (96 km/ 2hrs ). Visit Meherangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada and drive on Rohetgarh (30 kms) for overnight stay with the hospitable royal family.
Day 08 : Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur Morning free for optional jeep or horse safari of nearby villages. Midday drive to Udaipur (266 km / 6 hrs ) visiting the intricately carved Ranakpur Jain temple enroute. Check in to hotel.
Day 09 : Udaipur In the morning tour the city and see the impressive City Palace, the biggest palace complex in Rajasthan, the beautiful gardens of Sahelion - ki- Bari, and the Jagdish Temple. The afternoon is free.
Day 10 : Udaipur - Deogarh (125 km / 2 hrs) Drive to Deogarh for overnight stay at the fortified Deogarh Mahal. Reminder of the day at leisure to explore the colorful village and view the rich birdlife around the private lake of the royal family. Day 11 : Deogarh Drive to the " Pink City" of Jaipur 280 kms/ 6 hrs check into hotel
Day 12 : Jaipur Enjoy a morning excursion to Amber where the hilltop forest climbed on elephant back. In the afternoon city sightseeing visiting Hawa Mahal, Observatory and Jantar Mantar.
Day 13 : Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra Morning drive to Agra (232 kms/ 5 hrs) visiting the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri en route, with an optional halt at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
Day 14 : To Delhi Morning visit the sight including the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the tomb of Itamud-ud-daula. In the afternoon drive to Delhi airport to board your return flight, just past midnight.
Verdant grasslands, rolling hills, lush rainforests, exotic orchids, tea gardens …a picture-book setting ... we offer you Eastern India. Popular with those who have past links with the region, the tour also attracts many first time visitors -some take the North India Option to complete the picture. Darjeeling and Calcutta, names that evoke fond memories of the Raj, are combined with the quaint hill-state of Sikkim, known for its Buddhist influence and numerous orchids. This tour is for relaxation in the serene Himalayas and for those who value romance and nostalgia. We end with a search for the one-homed rhino, in the foothills of Assam. We have used the best available accommodation everywhere. In smaller places the hotels are comfortable but simple. All have en suite facilities. The internal travel is by flights, coach/car/jeep (air-conditioned in Calcutta) and by reserved sleepers in trains.
Day 01 : Arrive Calcutta You will meet our representative and transfer to hotel.
Day 02 : To Darjeeling Early morning we visit the flower market on the riverbanks in Howrah. This is followed by a boat-ride on the Hooghly. The afternoon sightseeing of the metropolis includes the imposing Victoria Memorial, St Paul's Cathedral and the Indian Museum that houses one of the best collections of Indian art. In the evening we transfer to Sealdah station to board the Darjeeling Mail and spend the night in the comfort of air-conditioned sleeper.
Day 03 : Darjeeling On arrival at New Jalpaiguri in the morning we board the "toy train" for a romantic journey up the hills to Darjeeling. A favourite hill-station of the British to escape from the heat of Calcutta, Darjeeling is surrounded by tea gardens and has magnificent views of the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga. Overnight in hotel.
Day 04 : Darjeeling Early in the morning we drive up to Tiger Hill (9000 ft) to see the spectacular sunrise over Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga, visiting the Ghoom Monastery on our return. We later visit the Himalayan mountaineering Institute and a local tea garden.
Day 05 : Darjeeling The full day is at leisure.
Day 06 : Pemayangtse A scenic drive (120 kms. / 15 hrs.) will take you to the remote halmet of Pemayngtse but simple accommodation. The afternoon is free to take in the natural beauty and to visit the local monastery.
Day 07 : Gangtok We drive to Gangtok (112 kms./4 hrs.) the capital of Sikkim and check into the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 08 : Gangtok The sightseeing of Gangtok today includes the royal monastery, Tsukla- Khang, whose interior is covered with murals and lavishly decorated altars holding images of the Buddha, Bodhisattvas and Tantric deities. We also visit the Namgyalak Institute of Tibetology, the Orchid Sanctuary where many of the 454 species of orchid found in Sikkim can be seen, and the Rumtek Monastery, noted for its carved and painted woodwork.
Day 09 : Kalimpong Another pleasant drive bring us to Kalimpong (85 kms. / 3 hrs.) where we stay at the delightful Himalayan Hotel. The day is free to visit the orchid nurseries, churches and monasteries. Day 10 : Shillong
Days 11 - 12 - 13 : Kaziranga Day 14 : Calcutta Day 15 : Calcutta Out The day is at leisure. In the evening we transfer to the airport to board our return flight (hotel checkout 1200 hrs.).
Duration : 09 Nights / 10 Days Places Covered : Bhuj - Gondal - Bhavangar - Palitana - Uthelia - Ahmedabad - Gir National Park - Rajkot - Mumbai
India's western most state, where the desert tracts of the sub- continent meet with the monsoon lands of peninsular India. Gujarat is synonymous for arts and crafts- weaving, hand block panting and fabrics all thrive through the state and are highlighted in this itinerary. The salt flats of the Rann of Kutch has the largest flamingo breeding area in the world and is the home of the rare Asiatic Wild Ass and the last remaining home of Asiatic Lion can he found in the Sasan Gir National Park
Day 01 : Arrive Mumbai Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 : Mumbai - Bhuj This morning fly to Bhuj the capital of the Rann of Kutch. Later visit the city to view the 18th century Aina Mahal Palace (Now a private museum) and explore some the narrow alleyways with their carved overhanging balconies.
Day 03 : Bhuj Visit the Banni villages around Bhuj which are noted for their traditional handicrafts, especially embroidery, block painting, pottery, leather and silver work.
Day 04 : Bhuj - Gondal After breakfast leave with your driver for Gondal (250 kms/ 5.5 hrs) which is situated in the heart of Gujarat. Gondal is an interesting town and excellent base from which to explore the area. Gondal is noted for its impressive 17th century Naulakha Palace and the Bhuvaneshwari Ayurvedic Pharmacy. The Vintage and Classic Car Museum in the grounds of the main palace is well worth visiting. Day 05 : Gondal - Bhavangar Morning visit Junagadh hotel for its fort and nearby Girnar Hill (at 900 m the climb takes about 2 hours) has exquisite 12th century Jain temples on the summitOther places of interest around Gondal include Dhoraji and Jetpur. At Dhoraji view the Dabarghadh (old palace) an architectural masterpiece with fine sandstone carvings. Jetpur is a textile town known for its woodblock and screen printing. Afternoon Drive to Bhavangar (230 kms / 4 hrs), a flourishing port on the Gulf of Khambhat and a good base from which to visit Palitana. Day 06 : Bhavnagar -Palitana -Uthelia Early morning visit Palitana (70 kms /1 ½ hrs) where over a period of 900 years, 863 Jain Temples have been constructed on five sacred hills -if you wish to climb Palitana you should allow at least 4 hours to climb to the top. Later drive to Palace Uthelia (150 kms / 3 hrs), a small comfortable heritage guesthouse, in the heart of the village.
Day 7 : Uthelia At leisure to explore Uthelia an agricultural village, noted for its traditional houses. Other places of interest include nearby Lothal to see the major archaeological site dating back to the Harrappan era 2400 -1500 BC and the Gundi Ashram
Day 08 : Uthelia -Ahmedabad Morning drive to Ahmedabad (80 kms /1 ½ hrs). Afternoon visit the noted Calico Museum (closed on Wednesdays holidays). Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 : Ahmedabad Today visit Modhera and Patan. The Surya Temple at Modhera was built in 1026 AD and is dedicated to the Sun God. Patan is the old capital of Gujarat and home of the famous Patola silk weavers and is also noted for the Rani Vav step well.
Day 10 : Depart Ahmedabad Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Mumbai (it is also possible to travel Mumbai by train). Ahmedabad is also connected by air to Delhi, Bangalore, Jaipur and Chennai, alternatively, From Ahmedabad it is possible to travel on by car the little Rann of Kutch or to Rajasthan.
Set in the Arabian Sea, 200 kilometres off the coast of Kerala, this cluster of islands has sun kissed beaches of endless silver and picture perfect coconut groves. On the main island is an airport, and 45 minutes by motor boat away is the resort of Banagaram. Regular flights from Cochin are the ideal means of getting to the island. With no indigenous inhabitants - just the resort with its staff and guests, the island resort is located in a lagoon and is a perfect getaway. There are excellent diving sites to discover, with areas for snorkelling and a sandy beach for ayurvedic Centre for rejuvenation therapy and massage. Idle or adventurous, you are well catered for in this exclusive resort. A few days in this remote situation will purge the mind of the rush hubbub of modern life in the west.
Day 1 : Cochin Arrive Cochin. Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. With one of the finest natural harbours in the world, Cochin was once a major centre for commerce and trade with the British, Arabs, Chines, Portuguese and the Dutch.
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Day 2 : Cochin Morning sightseeing of Cochin including Dutch Palace,Jewish synagogues, Chinese fishing nets etc. Afternoon is at leisure.
Day 3 : Cochin - Agatti - Bangaram Morning flight to Agatti (Lakshadweep). Your first tantalizing glimpse of the islands is from you comfort of the Dornier 228 aircraft which flies you in to the wrapped in its own lagoon, there is an exhilarating sense of solitude. Upon arrival at Agatti transfer by boat to Bangaram (1.5 hrs).
Day 4 : Bangaram There are no scheduled activities during your stay at the resort. All the days are at leisure at 128-acre Bangaram Island fringed with an endless sandy beach. Among the variety of options available are swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling, catamaran sailing, deep sea fishing, rafting and kayaking etc. to name a few.
Day 5 : Bangaram Full day at leisure.
Day 6 : Bangaram - Agatti - Cochin Morning transfer by boat to Agatti airport to connect flight to Cochin. Transfer to hotel in Cochin.
Day 7 : Cochin Day at leisure in Cochin. Evening transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination (hotel checkout 12 hrs).
Rajasthan as its name suggests is the land of Raja's (Kings). Post independence democratic India witnessed the merger of the Princely states of Rajputana, abolition of 'Jagirs' and land reforms, finally the withdrawal of the special privileges from the royal families a few decades after 1947. These noble families lost their traditional means of livelihood and even the wealthy merchants left their homes for more lucrative pastures. Now, some of the ancestral homes find sustenance in this new lease of life - as heritage hotels. Families in residence for centuries now welcome you to their home guests. And each ancestral home is different, uniquely so, reflecting its own, exceptional history, tradition and period. While history is always at hand, there have been changes too, so that the homes are modernized to meet the needs of today's international traveller, with adjoining bathrooms, running hot and cold water, modern plumbing, even perhaps a swimming pool. Much of the charm of these heritage hotels are the individual attention and personalization; the very meals, for example, that were cooked for generations are still served at your table. Day 01 : Delhi - Neemrana rrive Delhi, met upon arrival at airport and transfer to Neemrana Fort (122 kms-2.50 hrs). Built in 1464 Neemrana is one of the oldest and most exclusive heritage hotels in the country which has been good quality resorted to its lost glory.
Day 02 : Neemrana Full day at leisure to explore the Fort and the countryside.
Day 03 : Neemrana - Mandawa Afternoon drive to Mandawa (200 km-4.5 hrs). Check in at Castle Mandawa. It is an ideal base to discover the legacy of 18th century frescoes that adorn the 'Havelis' of this storybook town.
Day 04 : Mandawa Full day to explore the Shekhawati region, also called the open air art gallery of Rajasthan.
Day 05 : Mandawa - Kuchaman Drive to Kuchaman (3.5 hrs). The fort is a rare masterpiece of royal heritage. An erstwhile garrison built between 450 to 750 A.D. it rises proudly atop a 1000 feet high rock hill and houses splendid palaces, temples and palatial mansions. Day 06 : Kuchaman Full day at leisure to explore the fort and small village.
Day 07 : Kuchaman - Pushkar Drive to Pushkar (3.5 hrs). Check in at hotel Pushkar Palace - built on the bank of the Pushkar Lake in the 15th century. The palace commands a magnificent view of the Aravali hills, sand dunes and 400 temples surrounding the holiest Lake.
Day 08 : Pushkar - Ajmer - Jaipur Drive to Jaipur (66 kms-1 ½ hrs) enroute visiting Ajmer - a popular pilgrimage centre for Hindus as well as Muslims. Especially famous is the Dargah Sharif - tomb of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Upon travel at Jaipur check in at Samode Haveli.
Day 09 : Jaipur Morning excursion to Amber Fort where Elephants take you atop the hill. Afternoon city tour.
Day 10 : Jaipur - Samode Drive to Samode (42 km), check-in at Samode Palace, built in stages spread over 400 years. It is a perfect example of Rajput-Mughal architecture. Afternoon visit to Samode Palace and Bagh Garden). Day 11 : Samode - Peharsar Day 12 : Peharsar Day 13 : Peharsar - Agra - Delhi Day 14 : Delhi In the morning visit Old Delhi - the fortified city built in style by Shah Jehan who also built Taj Mahal for his wife at Agra. Afternoon visit the Lutyens New Delhi and the remains of other cities of Delhi with 2 of its world heritage monuments -the Qutab Minar and Humayun's Tomb.
Day 15 : Delhi - Out Transfer to airport for return flight.(Hotel Checkout 12:00 hrs)
Anjuna is a picturesque little sea side village in North Goa, on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Discovered by the flower children in the late 60's, it still remains the undisputed capital of Goa's rave scene. Its colourful past and vivacious present have given it a surreal quality where anything goes. All kinds of people congregate here to party up a storm and later unwind at its many laid back beaches.
Shallow red laterite cliffs border Anjuna's beaches, terraced coconut plantations add a dash of vivid green to its landscape and silvery white sands welcome the azure waters that endlessly wash over it and then recede. Anjuna's abundant natural beauty has made it a perfect setting for many a hopping beach party. Along with its frenetic parties, the beaches here also have a laid back atmosphere; many restaurants offer an array of global cuisines. Shops, stalls and lamani women sell trinkets from all over India and the option of water sports adds activity to an other wise lazy and relaxing holiday.
Attractions Anjuna is so huge that there is actually a south, middle and north Anjuna beach. Most of the hotels, bars and restaurants are clustered around the north beach area. The St. Anthony's Church is worth a visit and the Flea Market makes the village come alive with colour every Wednesday. This colourful market was begun by the hippies who lived here in the 1970s, however, today one finds a large number of Tibetans, Kashmiris and Lamani women peddling all kinds of trinkets and clothes from all over India. An eclectic array of goodies can be found here, don't be surprised to come across some good quality hummus and yak cheese. Entertainment The nightlife is what Anjuna is really famous for. From raves on moonlit beaches to very many trance bars, Anjuna always has many simultaneous parties each night to keep things rocking. Water sports are another added attraction here, limited mostly to the calmer south beach area, snorkelling around the rocks allows one to spot a large variety of sea life. Accommodation The Tamarind The Tamarind hotel is about two and a half kilometers away from the beach and offers comfortable accommodation. The rooms are priced between Rs 600 to Rs 2,500. The hotel also has a swimming pool, facilities for mini golf and billiards.
White Negro With a name as outrageous and politically incorrect the White Negro, this hotel does stand out for reasons other than its name. The accommodation is elegant and priced between Rs 300-1,000. The hotel is a short walk away from the beautiful church of St. Anthony's.
Hotel Bougainvilla Set in an old mansion on a wooded estate this hotel has a wonderfully soothing atmosphere. Not too close to the beach, however it provides spacious and agreeable accommodation for Rs 400 - 3,800.
Location Anjuna is a small sea side village that lies 18 kms away from Panaji, the capital of Goa. It is situated in the north Bardez Taluka, just south of Vagator Beach and north of the Baga-Calangute-Candolim stretch, from which it is cut off by the Baga river.
Getting There Air - The nearest airport is at Dabolim, which is 29 km away from Panaji and 47 km from Anjuna. A pre paid taxi costs around Rs 700 from here to Anjuna.
Rail - From Thivim Station, which is 19 kms away, a taxi costs Rs 300 while from Panjim Station, which is 25 kms away, a taxi costs Rs 400.
Road - Motorcycle taxis take you from Anjuna to Vagator and Calangute. Buses operate from Panjim and Mapusa about every hour. Autos are also available from Mapusa.
Colour, contribution, enthusiasm, prayers and rituals are the characteristics of the Festivals of India. The travellers are attracted to the scale and elaboration of the merrymaking that populate the cultural scene of the country. The various festivals in the country can be categorised on the national, regional, local, religious, seasonal and social grounds.
The Indian Festivals Ganesha Utsav This is a ten-day festival, jubilated during the bright half of Bhadrapad (August - September), celebrates the birth of Ganesha. It is featured with a grand procession of the elephant-headed god. Ganesha Chatturthi is celebrated with immense fun and entertainment in the state of Maharashtra.
Diwali, the Festival of Lights This is one of the oldest and the most important Hindu festivals falling in the month of Kartik (October-November), which celebrates the return of Rama to Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years. Diwali or Deepawali also marks the beginning of the New Year and is celebrated with the lighting of lamps, burning of crackers. The festival of Deepawali is celebrated in almost all the parts of India.
Hanuman Jayanti, the Birth of Lord Hanuman, the Monkey God Celebrated mostly in North India, celebrates the birth of the monkey god, Hanuman, during Chaitra (March-April). The festival also highlights the figurative acceptance of the human race's peaceful co-existence with nature and the worship of an animal.
Krishna Janmashtami, the Birth of Lord Krishna Krishna Janmashtami falls during the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadra (August-September) and is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Krishna to bring an end to the injustice of Kansa. The festival is marked by fasts, prayers and the enactment of incidents from Krishna's childhood.
Shiva Ratri, the Great Night of Shiva Jubilated on the new moon night in the month of Phalguna (February-March), this Hindu festival is committed to Lord Shiva. Ramanavami, the Birth of Lord Rama This Hindu festival goes on for nine days where it is celebrated in the bright fortnight in the month of Chaitra (March-April) and commemorates the birth of Lord Rama who took birth to annihilate the demon King Ravana.
Makara Sankranti, Return of the Sun to the North Makara Sankranti celebrates the Entry of the sun into the Tropic of Capricorn in the month of Magha (January-February).
Durga Puja, The Victory of Good over Evil Celebrated in the month of Ashvina (September-October) in the state of West Bengal, Durga Puja is a nine-day festival (of which five days from Sashthi to Dashami are the most celebrate one in West Bengal) of the Hindus. It highlights the winning of Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon Mahishasura after a long battle, bringing forth the victory of good over evil.
Christmas, the Birth Anniversary of Jesus Christ The most important and the most rejoiced festival of Christians is Christmas celebrated on the 25th of December. The festival marks the birth of lord Jesus and is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country.
Id, the Festival of the Muslim Community The sizeable Muslim communities have their Ids in common with Muslims across the world. Idu'l Fitr, Idu'l Zuha and Id-i-Milad are the three festive occasions widely celebrated by Muslims in India.
A country with as rich a history as India is bound to retain much evidence of its past and for the avid collector of memorabilia there is no better place to go to root out such gems. This tour is designed to introduce collectors of antiques to a world of interesting bygones and interesting items. This mainly escorted tour will take you to a variety of little visited places where you will want to spend time searching through dusty shelves and dark corners to locate those special items and indulge in friendly bargaining with the shop owners to achieve that special price everyone is so keen on. Who knows, there might even prove to be a way to pass any extra special bargains on to friends and so contribute to the cost of the tour. Day 01 : Arrive Chennai Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer and hotel. Later visit the Victoria Technical Institute and a number of antique shops Fort St George Day 02 : Chennai-Mahabalipuram Morning after breakfast proceed for Mahabalipuram via Kanchipuram which was the ancient capital of the Pallavas and famous as a city of 1000 temples of which 124 remain Day 03 : In Mahabalipuram After a leisurely breakfast there will be a sightseeing tour of the fascinating town of Mahabalipuram famous for its Shore Temple and being the centre of the local stone carving industry. Day 04 : Mahabalipuram- Puducherry Morning after breakfast proceed for Puducherry. Once a French colony, Puducherry still retains a very strong French flavour which can be seen in its buildings and tasted in the food Day 05 : In Puducherry After a leisurely breakfast there will be a chance to explore Puducherry which is best done on foot during the early morning and late afternoon to appreciate the unique atmosphere of the attractive town. Day 06 : Puducherry-Tanjore Morning after breakfast proceed for Tanjore via Swamimalai which is a centre of bronze icon making. These beautiful, if rustic, items can be purchased and would make a welcome addition to any antique shop which also sells native art Day 07 : In Tanjore Morning after breakfast there will be a chance to visit some of the sites of Tanjore and also to relax before continuing with your tour. Overnight stay at hotel. Day 08 : Tanjore-Karakudi Morning after breakfast proceed for Karakudi, chief town of the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu. Chettinad is an area often missed out by tourists which is a pity because it offers some of the most interesting and unique buildings and architecture to be found in the whole of India. Day 09 : In Karakudi Morning after breakfast there will be a visit to some of the mansions for which the area is synonymous. Today the mansions are only rarely lived in permanently by those who built them but some have family members still residing there and they are willing to allow visitors to look round at the faded glories of the interior decoration Day 10 : In Karakudi Day 11 : Karakudi-Cochin Day 12 : In Cochin Day 13 : In Cochin Morning after a leisurely breakfast the whole day is free for you to explore the numerous shops in the Fort area where antiques of all descriptions can be haggled over. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 14 : In Cochin Morning after breakfast the day is once again free for you to relax, do more antique hunting or perhaps arrange, with the help of our local representative, a day cruise on a houseboat through the famous Keralan backwaters. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 15 : Depart Cochin After breakfast and at an appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport to board flight for your onward destination.
Welcome to the Deccan plateau of India, embedded with a rich heritage and exciting landscapes, to add a new page in your life. The tour package includes mainly the Southern part of India, with some of the most cherished tourist destinations. While at one hand you get the cosmopolitan Mumbai and Hyderabad, on the other there are splendid historical places like Hampi and Bidar. The tour is a flexible mix of modernity and ancient attractions that suits to every tourists' choices, if not the one then the other.
Day 01 : Arrive Bombay Received at the airport by our representative, he will transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 : Bombay Morning cruise across the Mumbai harbour to the Elephanta Island (9 kms) to see huge rock cut temple there. Afternoon city tour with visiting museum, Gate way of India, Hanging Garden, Tower of Silence, Dhobhi Ghats, Mani Bhawan etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : Bombay - Aurangabad Morning connect train for Aurangabad by train # 7617 Tapovan Express dep. 06:10 hrs / arr. 13:15 hrs. Check Into hotel. Afternoon city tour visiting Aurangabad Caves, Daulatabad Fort and Bibi Ka Muqbara. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 : Aurangabad Morning excursion to Ajanta Caves. AJANTA is world's greatest historical monument recognized by UNESCO. There are 30 caves in Ajanta of which 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are chaitya-grihas and the rest are monasteries. These caves were discovered in AD 1819 and were built up in the earlier 2nd century BC-AD. Most of the paintings in Ajanta are right from 2nd century BC-AD and some of them about the fifth century AD and continued for the next two centuries. All paintings shows heavy religious influence and centre around Buddha, Bodhisattvas, incidents from the life of Buddha and the Jatakas. The paintings are executed on a ground of mud-plaster in the tempera technique. Drive back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 05 : Aurangabad - Hyderabad (overnight train) These Hindu caves were constructed between 500 CE and 1000 CE and represent a different style of creative vision and execution skills. Some were of such complexity that they required several generations of planning and coordination to complete. The early caves (caves 17-29) were constructed during the Kalachuri period, while the caves 15 and 16 were constructed during Rashtrakuta period. Evening transfer to railway station to connect train# 7063 Ajanta Express dep. 20 40 Hrs. Overnight on board
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Day 06 : Arrive - Hyderabad Arrive Securandabad Junction at 09:10 hrs. Received at the railway station and transfer to hotel. Afternoon tour to the city takes you to Salarjung Museum, Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Laad Bazaar and Hussain Sagar Lake. Overnight at hotel in Hyderabad.
Day 07 : Hyderabad - Bidar - Gulbarga Morning excursion to Golconda Fort. Later leave for Bidar (140 kms/3hrs). At Bidar visit with Rangin Mahal, Sola Kamabah Masjid, Gagan Mahal, Madrasa of Mahamud Gawan. Proceed drive to Gulbaraga (110 kms/2hrs). Overnight at Gulbarga.
If you are visiting India, it's foolish not to go to Rajasthan. This package offers the best places to tour in India, with a special emphasis on the favourite Rajasthan destinations. This tour also includes the special destinations -Delhi and Agra, and thus completing the Golden triangle. However, the weight is on Rajasthan, Day 01 : Arrive Delhi Arrive at the airport. Meet and assist at the Airport then transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 : Delhi – Agra After breakfast sightseeing tour visiting the Raj Ghat (Cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi), Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar India Gate (War Memorial). Drive past President House Parliament House. Later drive to Agra i.e. 203 kms or 04 hrs drive. Upon arrival transfer to Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 03 : Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur After breakfast city tour of Agra visiting the world famous Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daula. Later drive to Jaipur. En-route visiting the unique deserted Mughal City of Fatehpur Sikri still in excellent state of preservation. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay in the hotel. Day 04 : Jaipur After breakfast visit to Amber Fort - Amber Fort was the ancient capital of the State. Elephant ride / Jeep Safari is provided to ascend hill on top of which the fort is situated. Afternoon city tour of Jaipur visiting the Hawa Mahal - the palace of winds, the Observatory or the Jantar Mantar. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 05 : Jaipur - Mandawa After breakfast drive to Mandawa i.e. 167 kms or 04 hrs drive. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon enjoy the picturesque view of the desert stare. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 06 : Mandawa - Bikaner After breakfast drive to Bikaner i.e. 164 kms or 03 hrs drive. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour includes visit to the historic Junagarh Fort, Bikaner Palace and the Golden Jubilee Museum, Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 07 : Bikaner- Jaisalmer After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer i.e. 333 kms or 07 hrs drive. Drive through the Thar Desert to arrive at Jaisalmer late in the evening. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in the hotel Day 08 : Jaisalmer Full day sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer, which includes visit to the 12-15th century Jain temples, Folk Museum, Gadi -sar Tank the colorfully painted homes known as Havelies. Evening drive to Khuri Village Sand Dunes. Day 09 : Jaisalmer – Jodhpur Drive Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, 326 kms and 07 hrs, Enroute visit the Osian Temples. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 10 : Jodhpur Full day sightseeing tour of Jodhpur which includes visit to the Mehrangarh Fort, Mahamandir Temple, Jaswant Tada, Clock Tower and Mandore Garden. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 11 : Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur Drive Jodhpur to Udaipur which is 259 kms. approx. 06 hrs, Enroute visit to the Ranakpur temples. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 12 : Udaipur Full day sightseeing tour of Udaipur city with visit to the Moti Mahal, Bandal Mahal, Manak Mahal, Dilkush temple, Fateh Sagar, Udai Sagar and the Lake Pichola- the Three Fairy Tale lakes of Udaipur also visit Island palace of Jag Mandir. Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 13 : Udaipur - Mumbai / Delhi From Udaipur connect flight for Mumbai / Delhi. to catch the flight for onward destination.
Duration : 04 Nights / 05 Days Places Covered : Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Chennai This tour package is designed to give you some of the less popular beaches, which are, in true sense, no less than a lifetime journey into a newer world of beaches.The tour package includes most of the important places around Chennai such as Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry and offers the traveller to experience the more charming and pristine face of Tamil Nadu. The tour not only lets one see the beautiful and serene beaches, but also mixes a rather contrasting effect of arts and culture along with it. This six day tour would definitely entice your aesthetics. Day 01 : Arrive Chennai (Madras) Arrive Chennai International Airport. Chennai, the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu, is the most convenient point of Entry. Our representative will meet you at the arrival hall and transfer to the pre booked hotel. Check-into your Hotel. Overnight in Chennai.
Day 02 : Chennai - Mahabalipuram Breakfast at the Hotel. Proceed for a brief visit of the City of Madras. You will visit Fort St. George built by the British East India Company, completed in the 17th Century, St. Mary's Church and the Government Museum for its superb collection of Chola Art. After lunch, proceed to Kanchipuram (55 kms / 1 1/2 hrs drive). The temples are undoubtedly the foremost tourist attractions in Kanchipuram. The Golden Chariot in the temple is significant as it is taken in a procession around the temple on Fridays. Kanchipuram is alos famous for its silk works. Proceed to Mahabalipuram (60 kms / 1 1/2 hrs) and check into hotel
Day 03 : Mahabalipuram Breakfast at the Hotel. This morning you will visit Mahabalipuram, built between 6th to 8th Centuries. World famous for its shore temples, Mahabalipuram, was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram. 58 kilometers 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 of this place, is particularly interesting, because it shows scenes of day-to- day life, in contrast to the rest of the state of Tamil Nadu, where carvings generally depict gods and goddesses. Overnight t hotel.
Day 04 : Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry Breakfast at Hotel. This morning you will drive to Pondicherry. 130 Kms. It's a 2 hours drive. A very miniscule point in the vast east coast of India, Pondicherry is a small coastal city. Its here at Pondicherry, that the French tried to extend their tenure in the Indian Subcontinent and create an Indian Empire, under French Control, under the direction of Dupleix. On arrival Check-into Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing visit of Shri Aurobindo Ashram and shopping. Overnight at Pondicherry. Day 05 : Pondicherry - Chennai Drive back to Chennai and transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination. (Hotel checkout 12:00 hrs.)
This tour takes you from the exotic fragrance of sandalwood and jasmine in Karnataka to that of eucalyptus and tea in the blue mountains, culminating in the coconut groves and water ways of Kerala, upto the golden beaches of Goa.
Day 1 : Bangalore Arrive Bangalore. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon drive through the garden city with its numerous avenues of jacranda, gulmohar and cossia. Visit the Bull temple, and Tipu’s summer palace. Drive past numerous parks, the Vidhan Soudha and Downtown commercial center. Overnight in Bangalore.
Day 2 : Bangalore - Hassan (139kms / 4 hrs.) Drive to Hassan via protima Bedi dance village. Arrive Hassan by lunch. Post lunch visit to Sravanabelogola to see the statue of Gamatevara, 17 m tall erected in 980 AD. Check into hotel. Post lunch tour of the famous Haysala temples of Holebid and the Chennakesava temples of Belur. Overnight in Hassan.
Day 3 : Hassan - Mysore (125 kms / 2 ½ hrs ) Drive to Mysore via Sriangapatanam. Visit fort, Tipu Sultan’s palace and the Gombaz. Arrive Mysore by lunch. Evening at leisure to visit the beautiful Brindavan gardens. Overnight in Mysore Day 4 : Mysore Full day city tour. Visit the spectacular Amber Vilas City Palace and Nandi Bull at the chamundi hills. Later visit sandal wood oil factory and Mysore silk factory. Overnight in Mysore. Day 5 : Mysore - Ooty (130 kms / 4 Hrs) Drive to Ooty, passing through lush forests of Bandipur 'and Modumalai wildlife sanctuaries from where the road climbs up to Ooty through, eucalyptus and tea plantations. Check in hotel. Later visit the Botanical gardens and Toda tribal village, Evening at leisure to stroll around the lake. Overnight in Ooty.
Day 6 : Ooty / Coonoor Early morning drive to Dodabetta peak the highest in the Nilgiris. After breakfast, drive to Coonoor. Just (13kms) Check into hotel. Rest of day at leisure to visit Sims park, and enjoy cool walks through tea estates or drive to Lambs' Rock for a view of the plains Overnight Coonoor.
Day 7 : Coonoor / Cochin Morning at leisure. Later board the Blue Mountain Express down till Mettupalayam. Drive to Cochin (143 kms. / 3 hrs.) Check in hotel. Overnight in Cochin
Day 8 : Cochin Full day tour of Cochin city visiting Mattancherry palace, Jewish synagogue and a back-water cruise to Bolghatty palace. Also view Chinese fishing nets. Evening view traditional Kathakali classical dance recital. Overnight in Cochin.
Day 9 : Cochin / Goa Transfer to airport to board morning flight to Goa. Check into beach resort. Day at leisure. Overnight in Goa.
Day 10 : Goa After a refreshing arrival do visit the best beaches which will give you enough room to indulge in Various activities such as Sun bath, water sports and boating. Calangute and Baga, the most splendid among them, will assist you in feeling a new life. Day 11: Goa Day at leisure on the beach for independent activities drive through south Goa to see interesting Portuguese homes and mansions. Overnight Goa.
Day 12 . Goa / Bombay or Delhi Transfer to airport to connect flight for Bombay or Delhi.(Hotel checout 12 : 00 hrs ).
Day 06 : Arrive - Hyderabad Arrive Securandabad Junction at 09:10 hrs. Received at the railway station and transfer to hotel. Afternoon tour to the city takes you to Salarjung Museum, Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Laad Bazaar and Hussain Sagar Lake. Overnight at hotel in Hyderabad.
Day 07 : Hyderabad - Bidar - Gulbarga Morning excursion to Golconda Fort. Later leave for Bidar (140 kms/3hrs). At Bidar visit with Rangin Mahal, Sola Kamabah Masjid, Gagan Mahal, Madrasa of Mahamud Gawan. Proceed drive to Gulbaraga (110 kms/2hrs). Overnight at Gulbarga.
Day 08 : Gulbaraga - Bijapur Morning tour of Gulbaraga a unique synthesis of two cultures. Start your tour with Fort, inside the fort is Jamma Masjid, Khawaja Bande Nawaz and Dargarh Library. Later drive to Bijapur (150 kms/3 hrs). Overnight at Bijapur.
Day 09 : Bijapur - Badami Later drive down to Badami (132kms/3 hrs) en-route visit Aihole as the "cradle of Indian architecture", Aihole has over 100 temples scattered around the village. Overnight at Badami Court.
Day 10 : Badami - Hospet The capital of the early Chaulkyas, Badami is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. Badami is famous for it's four cave temples. Leave for Hospet (240 kms/6hrs) and en-route stop at Pattadakal situated on the bank of the Malarapbha river and has ten major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. Overnight at Hospet.
Day 11 : Hospet - Hampi - Hospet A base to take a tour of Hampi or Vijayanagara (1 hrs drive) one of the largest empires in the history of India- in ruins. Explore the ruined kingdom and return back to Hospet for overnight stay.
Day 12 : Hospet - Dandeli Morning drive to Dandeli via the Jain temples at Lakundi and the cotton market at Gadag. Arrive Dandeli and check in at a Wildlife reserve. Afternoon enjoy a Jeep safari in the park.
Day 13 : Dandeli - Goa Morning enjoy Safari in the National park. Afternoon drive to Goa (125 kms / 3 hrs). Check into hotel. Evening free to relax on the beach. Overnight in hotel.
Day 14 : In Goa Morning City sightseeing tour of Old Goa including Panaji is the capital of Goa and most Happening City. Mapusa Bazaar is considered as the oldest weekly fair on the Konkan Coast. Shri Mangesh Temple in Madgoa is the most sacred place for the Goanese Hindus. Shri Shanta Durga Temple is dedicated to Goddess of peace, Shanteri. Shri Ramanath Temple is a part of Shri Ramanath Panchayatan, a temple complex at Ponda.
Day 15 : In Goa Day free for leisure or to stroll along the beach.
Day 16 : Goa - Mumbai In time transfer to airport to board flight to Mumbai. Arrive Mumbai and transfer to International airport to board flight for home.
Now, we know that you are aware of the vibrant yet diversified culture of a country called India and we have designed the tour package just for everybody who would love to know more. It includes some of the best places that have cultural vibrancy and represents the better part of Indian culture and heritage. And we assure you of becoming an enthusiast if you are just an amateur in the field. This predominantly north Indian tour package includes the attractive and colourful cultures of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, which are enough powerful to impress any from anywhere on earth.
Day 01 : Mumbai Arrive Mumbai. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 : Mumbai - Bhavnagar Morning transfer to airport leave for Bhavnagar by flight. Transfer and check - in at the hotel. Afternoon - see Old Town bazaars in this important cotton export centre.
Day 03 : Bhavangar - Palitana - Utelia Drive to Palitana (70 kms / 1 ½ Hrs) where over a period of 900 years, 863 Jain Temples have been constructed on five sacred hills - if you wish to climb to the top, later drive to Uthelia (150 kms/ 3 Hrs) and check into the hotel.
Day 04 : Utelia At leisure to explore Uthelia an agricultural village noted for its traditional houses. Other places of Interest include nearby Lothal to see the major archaeological site dating to the Harappan era 2400-1500 BC Gandhi Ashram. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 05 : Utelia - Ahmedabad Morning drive to Ahmedabad (80 kms/ 1/ ½ Hrs). Later visit the noted Calico Museum (Closed on Wednesdays and holidays). Afternoon visit Modhera and Patan. The Surya Temple at Modhera was built in 1026 and is dedicated to the Sun God. Patan is the old capital of Gujarat and home of the Famous Patola silk weaves and is also noted for the Rani Vav step well.
Day 06 : Ahmedabad - Mount Abu Morning drive to Mount Abu 200 kms - 5 Hrs.Afternoon visit the Dilwara Temple.
Day 07 : Mount Abu - Ranakpur - Udaipur Leave by surface to Udaipur (185 kms/ 5 Hrs) enroute visiting the intricately carved Rankpur Jain Temples. Rest of the day free for leisure.
Day 08 : Udaipur Today explore Udaipur the City of Dawn. Visit City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Shelion Ki Bari and Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum, in the afternoon, take a boat ride on lake Pichola (Subject to Water level) Overnight at the hotel
Day 09 : Udaipur - Pushkar Today drive to the holy city of Pushkar (295 kms / 6 hrs). On arrival check in at hotel. Later visit Pushkar Lake. Over Night at the hotel
Day 10 : Pushkar - Jaipur After breakfast proceed for Jaipur 150 kms / 2 ½ hrs. On arrival check - in at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the Pink City, includes the City Palace, Janter Mantar, Observatory and the Hawa Mahal. Overnight the hotel
Day 11 : Jaipur - Agra Morning excursion to Amber fort Enjoy an elephant ride on the ramparts the fort. Afternoon proceed to Agra En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, a fascinating ghost town. On arrival in Agra check - in at the hotel.
Day 12 : Agra - Delhi - Onward Destination Morning city tour of Agra including magnificient Taj Mahal Agra Fort. Later proceed to Delhi (203 kms / 4 hrs) via Sikandra. On arrival transfer to international airport for your flight to onward destination. Magnificient Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daula. (Hotel checkout 12:00 hrs).
Delhi : India's capital city, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Delhi is a place where medieval palaces and bazaars exist besides a modern metropolis. New Delhi reflects not only the legacy the British left behind but also of the glorious Mughal era. A city waiting to be explored.
Agra : A visit to Agra is like a "romance with the Past". Once the Royal capital of the Mughals, Agra with its grandeur, the hypnotic Taj Mahal and the bustling streets full of handicrafts and souvenirs is a must for every traveller to India.
» Jaipur : The City of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating Desert State of Rajasthan and the city very nearly exemplifies the character of the state and its people. Jaipur is surrounded by rugged hills -each crowned by a formidable fort, beautiful palaces and mansions with gardens dotted throughout their precincts. Day 01 : Arrive Delhi Arrive Delhi. On arrival at the airport, you will meet our representative and be transferred to hotel. Overnight in Hotel. Day 02 : Delhi - Agra (203 kms. / 4 hrs.) Today, leave for sight-seeing tour, which includes Jama Masjid -the largest mosque of Emperor Shahjahan. Later proceed to India Gate -a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War II, and the President's House, Humayun's Tomb (a memorial of the Mughals, its design is inspired by the Taj Mahal) and the Qutab Minar. Afternoon drive to Agra (203 Kms approx. 4 hrs. drive) and overnight in hotel. Day 03 : Agra - Jaipur (232 kms. / 5 hrs.) Day 04 : Jaipur Depart for a full day city sightseeing of Jaipur. Enjoy an exciting Elephant ride on your way to the Amber Fort, followed by a visit to the City Palace where you can see and excellent collection of paintings, costumes and armoury. Then we proceed to Jantar Mantar a magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh, Hawa Mahal -also known as "Palace of Winds". Overnight in Hotel. Day 05 : Jaipur - Ranthambore (130 kms. / 2 hrs.) Drive to Ranthambore (130 Kms / 2 Hrs drive). Our afternoon safari is through 410 kms of desert ecology speckled with a variety of trees, including palms. Three major lakes serve as watering holes for the creatures that inhabit this park.
Day 06 : Ranthambore - Delhi Out (286 kms. / 8 hrs.) Morning 2nd visit to the park. Afternoon transfer to Railway Station to connect train 2964 dep : 4 : 40 / arr. 10 : 25 hrs.Later transfer to airport for onward destination.
Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days Places Covered : Guawahati - Bhalukpung - Dirang Dzong - Tawang - Dirang Dzong - Bhalukpung - Kaziranga - Diburugarh - Kolkatta/Delhi Arunachal Pradesh is on the northeastern tip of India bordering Bhutan on the west, China on the north and Myanmar (Burma) on the east and the state of Assam on the south. Part of eastern Himalayan ranges, it covers 83,743 sq. kms. its climate varies from the sub-tropical in the south to alpine in the north. Evergreen forest covers more than 60 percent of Arunachal Pradesh with its numerous turbulent streams, roaring rivers, deep gorges, lofty mountains, snow clad shining peaks, hundred and thousands of species of flora and fauna. The state is proud of having more than five hundred rare species of orchids. Assam is the home of the rarest species of wildlife, some of which are on the verge of extinction. Leaving aside a few places in Africa, there is perhaps no part of the world where such a variety of wildlife exists. Kaziranga is the only national park in Assam with an area of 430 sq. kms. It is home of the Great Indian one horned rhinoceros, the Royal Bengal Tiger, elephant, Indian bison, leopard, Sambhar and hundreds of varieties of birds Day 01 : Arrive Guwahati Arrive at Guawahati airport and transfer to your hotel. Take an afternoon trip to the Kamakhya dham tantric temple, the most significant site in the area. Day 02 : Guawahati - Bhalukpung By road to Bhalukpung on the border of Assam and Arunachal. Stay in a riverside eco camp where angling for a fresh fish supper is possible. Evening camp fire and cultural event.
Day 03 : Bhalukpung - Dirang Dzong Visit Tippi orchidarium then drive through spectacular scenery via Bomdila to Dirang Dzong. Overnight at a guesthouse or tented camp.
Day 04 : Dirang Dzong A day spent around Dirang Dzong meeting the locals and sight-seeing. Day 05 : Dirang Dzong - Tawang Drive over sella Pass (13,700ft) to Tawang. Overnight in a guest house.
Day 06 : Tawang Explore the area in and around Tawang including a visit with the Mompa tribal people. After lunch visit Pitisu Lake close to the Tibet/Arunachal border.
Day 07 : Tawang Visit Tawang monastery and the Ani Gompa. Visit the crafts centre.
Day 08 : Tawang - Dirang Dzong Return by road to Dirang Dzong. Overnight in guest house. Day 09 : Dirang Dzong - Bhalukpung By road Bhalukpung for night at the Eco camp.
Day 10 : Bhalukpung - Kaziranga To Kaziranga National park of the Indian One Horned Rhino. Overnight in a forest lodge.
Day 11 : Kaziranga Visit Kaziranga for Elephant/Jeep safari. Overnight in forest lodge.
Day 12 : Kaziranga - Dibrugarh Drive to Dibrugarh En route visit Sisagar the site of 600 year old Ahom monuments. Overnight in heritage Chang tea estate bungalow.
Day 13 : Dibrugarh - Kolkatta or Delhi Transfer to Dibrugarh airport for departure to Kolkatta or Delhi.
Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days Places Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikhri - Agra - Bandhavagarh - Kanha - Jabalpur - Delhi. Visiting all the better known parks of northern India, with Corbett optional, this tour is designed for wildlife enthusiasts. Detail to design ensures a rewarding experience. The extension to Corbett is recommended if you have the time. Day 01 : Arrive Delhi You will be met and transferred to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 : Delhi - Jaipur Drive to Jaipur (252 / 5 Hrs drive). Check into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 03 : Jaipur Depart for a full day city sight-seeing of Jaipur. Enjoy an exciting optional Elephant ride on your way to the Amber Fort, followed by a visit to the City Place where you can see an excellent collection of paintings costumes and armoury. Then we proceed to Jantar Mantar a magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh, Hawa Mahal - also known as "Palace of Winds". Overnight in Hotel.
Day 04 : Jaipur - Ranthambore Drive to Ranthambore (130 kms/ 2 Hrs drive) Ranthambore is a dry deciduous forest with rocky hill crests and open valleys dotted with water pools and fruit trees. The one thousand year old Ranthambore fortress looms above the forest. The park is home to the smabar deer, nilgai, wild boar, bear, panther, tiger and a variety of birds including the partridge, green pigeon and red spur fowl.
Day 05 : Ranthambore Our search for the tiger begins with morning and afternoon game drives.
Day 06 : Ranthambore - Bharatpur In the morning enjoy another game drive. Afternoon drive to Bharatpur ( 185 kms / 4 hrs ). Bharatpur is the one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world with over 300 species in season. The most common species here are the siberian crane, cormorant, open - bill and painted stork, spoon - bill, quail, coot, heron, teal, tern, egret, pelican, ibis, and snake bird. Birdlife is best viewed punting through the rushers or on cycle - rickshaws (visits are not included but are easily arranged locally.) Day 07 : Bharatpur - Agra
Morning optional visit to the park. In the afternoon drive to Agra (1 hr) visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. Over night in hotel
Day 08 : Agra - Bandhavgarh In the morning visit the sights including the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the tomb of Itamud-ud-daula. In the evening board an overnight train for Umaria, in air- conditioned sleeper ( Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays)
Day 09 : Bandhavgarh Arrive Umaria in the morning and transfer to the Bandhavgarh National Park. Check in to the Jungle camp for two nights. The park is situated in the Vindhya hills with an undulating terrain and is home to spotted deer, blackbucks, wild oxen, sloth bear, sambar, nilgai, barking deer, leopard and tiger. The rich and varied birdlife includes golden orioles, parakeets hornbills and partridges. Visit the park in the afternoon.
Day 10 : Bandhavgarh Full day of jungle activates
Day 11 : Kanha Morning drive to Kanha National Park(212 kms/6 hrs drive) one of the largest and best- managed parks in the country. Kanha has some 22 species of mammals. Day 12 : Kanha Full day for jungle activity
Day 13 to Delhi Morning transfer to Jabalapur station for the overnight train journey back to Delhi, in air conditioned sleeper. Day 14 : Delhi Arrive Delhi in the morning. Today, leave for sight-seeing tour, which includes Jama Masjid- the largest mosque, of Emperor, Shahjahan. Day 15 : Delhi - Onward destination Late evening transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination (hotel checkout 12:00 hrs)
Day 1 : Delhi Arrival at Delhi. Meeting Greeting at airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 : Delhi Morning sightseeing tour of New Delhi visiting India Gate, driving past President House, and visit the Qutab Minar Humayun's tomb. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the Old Delhi, visiting Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat etc. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 3 : Delhi - Guwahati - Kaziranga National Park After breakfast transfer to Airport to connect flight to Guwahati by S 2111. dep 10:00 hrs. arr. Guwahati at 12:15 hrs. On arrival at Guwahati drive to Kaziranga National Park (approx 217 kms. 4 ½ hrs.). On arrival transfer to hotel. Dinner overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 : Kaziranga National Park Wildlife viewing and nature walks in the park. Pay a visit to the tribal village later that afternoon and witnessing the see silk worm rearing. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 : Kaziranga National Park Early morning visit to the Kaziranga National Park on an elephant. Afternoon visit the tea garden and tea factory. Enjoy dinner at a tea garden bungalow. Overnight spent at hotel.
Day 6 : Kaziranga -Guwahati - Bagdogra - Kalimpong Drive to Guwahati to connect flight to Bagdogra at noon. Arrive Bagdogra and drive to Kalimpong (approx 79 Kms. 2 hrs. drive). Dinner and overnight at a hotel.
Day 7 : Kalimpong Morning visit Dr.Graham's Homes School and the Tong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery. Also visit Seri Culture Institute on Silk Production. Afternoon take an Orchid Tour to neighbouring areas by Jeeps and partially by trek. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 8 : Kalimpong - Siliguri - Kolkatta Enjoy the thrill of early morning rafting on river Teesta and then drive down towards Siliguri. Evening transfer to Siliguri Railway Station to connect train # 3150 Kanchan Kanya Express dep. 19:25 hrs. Overnight on board.
Day 09 : Kolkatta Arrive Sealdah Railway Station (local station in Kolkatta) at 08:15 hrs. Later visit Victoria Memorial built of White Marble. It was opened by Prince of Wales in 1924 and has a statue of Queen Victoria along with other innumerous exhibits. Visit Indian Museum and drive past Dalhousie Square, St. Paul's Cathedral, National Library, Shaheed Minar and city center. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 : Kolkatta - Sunderbans National Park Departure from Kokatta to Basanti Port (3 ½ hr.) for Sundarbans. At the Sundarbans, enjoy a cruise to Sajnekhali by a dedicated motorised launch (2 ½ hr.). Overnight in the launch. Dinner night stay on the boat.
Day 11 : Sunderbans National Park Have a full day cruise through mangrove creeks for wildlife viewing bird watching at the Sundarbans. Enjoy lunch on the boat. Anchor at Sajnekhali by sunset. You can also opt for watching the Slide show on wildlife at the Mangrove Interpretation Centre in the evening with tea snacks. Dinner night stay on the boat.
Day 12 : Sunderbans National Park - Kolkatta Pay a morning visit in a cycle rickshaw to Rangabeloa Tagore Society to see the rural development project. Return back to Basanti Port by the afternoon. Transfer to Kolkatta by car. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 13 : Kolkatta - Delhi / Onward Destination Catch the flight from Kolkatta-Delhi in the morning. Spend a day at leisure in Delhi. Transfer to
Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days Places Covered : Chennai (Madras) - Bangalore - Mysore - Nagarhole - Bandipur - Ooty - Cochin (Kochi) - Alleppey - Kumarakom - Periyar - Munnar - Cochin Day 01 - Arrive Chennai Arrive Chennai. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 - In Chennai Morning proceed for the sightseeing tour of Chennai including. The St. George Fort, built in 1653, is currently used as the state government's secretariat. Santhome Cathedral was built around 14th/15th century and is another colonial structure worth visiting. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kapaleeshwar Temple is the oldest temple in Chennai. Another important temple in the city dedicated to Lord Krishna is Parthsarthy Temple, Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world. Overnight at the hotel in Chennai.
Day 03 - Chennai / Bangalore (by train) Morning you will be transferred to the railway Station to board train # 2007 Shatabdi Express to Bangalore dep. 06:00 hrs / arr. Bangalore at 10:50 hrs. Check into hotel. Afternoon city tour visiting Bangalore's botanical gardens before touring the ancient Bull Temple and Tipu Sultan's Palace. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - Bangalore - Mysore (Approx 147 kms / 3hrs) Morning drive to Mysore. Proceed for an excursion to Ranganathittu the bird sanctuary near Mysore, Daria Daulat Bagh, Gumbaz in Srirangapatnam, Somnathpur etc. Overnight at hotel in Mysore.
Day 05 : Mysore - Nagarhole (Approx 100 kms / 3 hours drive ) Morning city tour including Maharaja's Palace built as recently as 1897, which is one of the biggest in India; St Philomena's Church etc.; Sri Jauyachamarajendra Art Gallery housed in the Jagmohan Palace, which has a collection of exquisite paintings, Folklore museum, Brindavan Gardens etc. Afternoon drive to Nagarhole. On arrival, check in at Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 06 - Nagarhole Morning and afternoon jungle visit to the Park. Overnight at the hotel in Nagarhole.
Day 07 : Nagarhole - Bandipur (Approx 190 kms / 04 hours drive ) Morning drive to Bandipur. On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon jungle visit to the park. Overnight at the hotel in Bandipur. Day 08 - In Bandipur Morning and afternoon jungle visit to the Park. Overnight at the hotel in Bandipur.
Day 09 : Bandipur - Ooty (Approx 80 kms / 3 hrs. drive ) Morning drive to Ooty. Later visit the Botanical gardens and Toda tribal village. Evening at leisure to stroll around the lake. Overnight in Ooty.
Day 10 : Ooty - Cochin (Approx. 250 Kms / 7 hours drive ) Early morning drive to Dodabetta peak the highest in the Nilgiris. Later drive to Cochin. On arrival in Cochin check into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 11 - In Cochin Morning sightseeing tour of Cochin including Fort Cochin , 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 .
Day 12 : Cochin - Alleppey and board Houseboat (70 kms / 1 ½ hrs drive) Morning drive to Alleppey and board houseboat. Staying in this moving palace is breathtakingly stimulating experience. Day 13 : Disembark at Kumarakom Morning disembark at Kumarakom. Afternoon visit Kumarakom Bird sanctuary, noted for migratory birds even from Siberia. Also find time to visit coconut and mangroves. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 : Kumarakom - Periyar(127 kms - 3 hours drive ) Day 15 : Periyar - Munnar (124 Kms / 3 hours drive) Day 16 - To Cochin - 130 kms - 03 hours drive Morning Visit Mattupatty dam. Later drive to Cochin international airport and connect flight to onward destination.
Duration : 06 Nights / 07 Days Places Covered : Guwahati - Kaziranga National Park - Calcutta - Sunderbans National Park - Guwahati
Situated on the Brahmaputra River, the Kaziranga National Park covers an area of about 430 sq. km. Its swamps and grasslands with tall thickets of elephant grass and patches of evergreen forest, support the largest number of rhino in the subcontinent. In 1940, Kaziranga was declared a sanctuary. Herds of barasingha and wild buffalo are to be seen in the marshes. Rhinos browse unconcernedly as the visitors pass by and an occasional herd of elephants or wild boar is also sighted. The grasslands are raptor country and the crested serpent eagle, the Pallas fishing eagle and greyheaded fishing eagle can be seen circling over the marshes. The water-bird variety includes swamp partridge, bar-headed goose, whistling teal, the Bengal florican, storks, herons and even pelicans. Sunderbans Sunderbans in the Indian state of West Bengal is the estuarine phase of the Ganga as well as of the Brahmaputra river systems. This littoral forest is the only ecological habitat of the tiger of its kind not only in India but also in the world, except in Bangladesh. The typical littoral forests of Sunderbans comprises of a host of trees species adopted to the peculiar estuarine condition of high salinity, lack of soil erosion and daily inundation by high tides. Day 01 : Guwahati - Kaziranga Fly to Guwahati in the morning and transfer to Kaziranga National Park (4 hr.). In the evening tribal or Bihu dance by log fire under bamboo grove along with dinner. Overnight at Hotel. .
Day 02 : Kaziranga National Park Wildlife viewing and nature watch in the park. Late afternoon tribal village visit, Assamese village to see silk worm rearing. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 03 : Kaziranga National Park Early morning visit to the National Park on elephants (optional). Late afternoon visit to tea garden and tea factory. British Raj nostalgia as dinner is served in a tea garden bungalow. Overnight at Wild Grass.
Day 04 : Kaziranga - Guwahati - Calcutta Drive to Guwahati to connect flight to Calcutta. Arrive Calcutta in the evening. Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 05 : Calcutta - Sunderbans National Park Drive to Sunderbans by road (2 ½ hours drive). Arrive at Sonakhali jetty, transfer to the boat. 2 hours of spectacular cruise to the Sunderbans Jungle Camp at Bali island near National Park's West Range office. Lunch at the camp. Cruise to Sudhanyakhali watch tower through narrow creeks and channels. Return to the camp in the evening. Film show on Sunderbans over tea and snacks. Dinner and overnight stay. Day 06 : Sunderbans National Park
Full day cruise for wildlife viewing and birding to Netidhopani watch tower. Lunch on board. Return to the camp in the evening. Evening local cultural show performed by the villagers. Dinner and overnight stay .
Day 07 : Sunderbans - Calcutta After breakfast birding cruise to Dobanki watch tower where is a walking trail. After an early lunch, transfer to Calcutta by car. Fly to the next destination.
Duration : 14Nights / 15 Days Places Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikhri -Agra - Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh - Kanha - Nagpur - Delhi Day - 1 : Delhi Arrival at Delhi. Meeting Greeting at airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day - 2 : Delhi Full day sight-seeing tour which includes Jama - the largest mosque of Emperor Shajahan. Later proceed to Red Fort, Raj Ghat- Cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, to India Gate - a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War II, Driver past the President's House Parliament House, visit Humayu'ns Tomb a memorial by the Taj Mahal, the Qutab Minar, Birla Mandir and Lotus Temple. Overnight at the hotel.
Day - 3 : Delhi - Jaipur (252 kms / 5 hrs. drive ) Early morning departure towards Jaipur. In the afternoon enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Pink City covering City Palace, Palace of Winds, Hawa Mahal Jantar Mantar Observatory. Overnight spend at the hotel.
Day - 4 : Jaipur - Ranthambore (185 kms / 3 hrs. drive ) Morning enjoy an elephant ride while visiting the ramparts of the Amber Fort. After lunch, drive to Ranthambore National Park. On arrival transfer to wildlife Resort. Overnight at the resort.
Day - 5 : Ranthambore National Park Enjoy the morning and evening trips in open trucks and jeeps to Ranthambore National Park and spend time tracking tigers and viewing other wildlife attractions of the park. Overnight at the resort. Day - 6 : Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary Have some wildlife watching early in the morning and tiger tracking in open-top trucks and jeeps. After lunch, drive to Keoladeo National Park (Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary) which is 185 kms / 4 hrs. On arrival transfer to the hotel in the evening. Overnight spent at the hotel.
Day - 7 : Bharatpur Enjoy a day inside the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary on a cycle rickshaw. Have a picnic, lunch in the Reserve itself. Overnight at the hotel.
Day - 8 : Bharatpur - Agra ( 45 kms / 1 hr. drive) Depart for Agra and en-route visit the walled city of Fatehpur Sikri. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of Taj Mahal. Also visit Agra's Red Fort Overnight spend at the hotel.
Day - 9 : Agra - Khajuraho Enjoy a short train ride in the morning to Jhansi, in Air-conditioned chair car. Transfer by car to Khajuraho (190 kms / 4 hrs) visiting Orchha temples en-route. Khajuraho is famous for its 10th century Chandela dynasty temples and their erotic sculpture. Visit the famous temples in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
Day - 10 : Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh National Park (237 kms / 6 hrs drive)
Morning leave for Bandhavgarh National Park. You will reach Bandhavgarh by noon. Afternoon visit to the park in jeep for tiger tracking. Overnight at a wildlife resort.
Day - 11 : Bandhavgarh National Park Enjoy jeep safari in the park during morning and evening. Overnight at a wildlife resort.
Day - 12 : Kanha National Park (240 kms / 5 hrs drive ) Early morning visit to the park. Later on after lunch, drive to Kanha National Park. Arrive at Kanha in the evening. Overnight at a wildlife resort.
Day - 13 : Kanha National Park Morning and evening jeep safari at Kanha for tiger tracking, exploring the park's natural wilds or bird watching. Overnight at a wildlife resort.
Day - 14 : Kanha National Park - Nagpur (280 kms / 6 hrs drive) Morning jungle visit in the park. After lunch drive to Nagpur. Overnight at the hotel.
Day - 15 : Nagpur - Delhi / Onward Destination Catch the flight from Nagpur to Delhi in the morning. Transfer to the airport for your connecting flight to the onward destination.
The Indian Panorama tour is of 8 Days / 7 Night duration and introduces travelers to mesmerizing destination comprising Delhi-Jaipur - Ranthambore - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Gwalior - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Lucknow â€“ Delhi while relishing royalty the presented spirituality and wilderness that is part of this magical country called India.
Day 01/SATURDAY :
After traditional welcome at Delhi completing necessary registration formalities and proceeding to board the train to Jaipur
Enjoy board dinner
Day 02 /SUNDAY : Jaipur
On board breakfast
Post breakfast, proceed to visit Amber Fort
Post fort visit witness exciting Elephant Polo match followed by lunch at an exclusive venue
In afternoon enjoy indulging yourself in optional activities like Spa Treatment / Shopping / Golf / visit to City Palace and Jantar Mantar
Day 03 /MONDAY : Ranthambore - Fatehpur Sikri - Embark
Upon arrival go for an exciting game drive to the Ranthambore National Park
Enjoy lunch on-board while entering into Fatehpur Sikri
Visit Sikri Fort
Day 04 /TUESDAY : Agra - Gwalior
Disembark for early morning visit to enchanting Taj Mahal followed by champagne breakfast
Continue journey to Gwalior
Relish lunch at 120 year old Usha Kiran Palace that is followed by tour of magnificent Gwalior Fort
Post fort visit, proceed towards opulent Jai Vilas Palace Museum with Hi - tea planned in palace compounds
Day 05 /WEDNESDAY: Orchha - Khajuraho
Proceed to bejeweled Jahangiri Mahal in Orchha followed by visit to world Heritage temples of Khajuraho
Day 06 /THURSDAY : Varanasi
Tour holy city of Varanasi including ancient ruins of Sarnath, Varanasi Silk Weaving Centre and scenic cruise on sacred Ganges
In evening witness magical Aarti on ghats of Ganges
Day 07 /FRIDAY : Lucknow
Arrival at City of Nawabs , Lucknow
Upon arrival, tour planned for Rumi Darwaza and spectacular Bada Imambara
Option to explore bustling markets of royal city
Experience elegance charm of traditional hospitality during exclusive dinner relishing Awadhi cuisine from Royal Kitchen
Day 08 /SATURDAY : Delhi
Post breakfast, disembark in Delhi
Bid farewell to this magical train journey
Elephant Polo match at Jaipur
Champagne breakfast, overlooking the legendary Taj Mahal
Enjoying exciting game drive at Ranthambore
Feasting over lavish spread of delicacies from Royal Kitchens of Gwalior and Lucknow
Exploring quaint environs of Orchha and Khajurahosâ€™ marvelous temples
Drenching into mystique of Varanasi â€“ the oldest living city in world
Duration : 06 Nights / 07 Days Places Covered: Cochin - Periyar National Park - Kumarakom - Marari Beach
This tour package is a tale of new friendship, and perhaps, the best. No, not Heer -ranjha, Neither Laila -Majnu nor Devdas -Paro, it is a completely between two objects of Nature, The coconut grooves and the beaches, oh, it's a whole new dimension added to the edges of love. Don't believe this? Come to Kerala and know yourself the first hand. As you roam through Kochi, Periyar, Kumarakom and Marai Beach you'll understand, though not written yet, it is a story worth a literature Nobel. Day 01 : Arrive Cochin You are greeted on arrival at the Cochin International Airport. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon proceed for city tour, visiting the historic city of Fort Cochin -Ancient capital of the Dutch, Portuguese and finally the British. A walking tour of Fort Cochin would be ideal but if you are not upto it hop on to an "Auto Rickshaw". Visit will include the old Spice Market at Mattancherry, the antique shop on Jews Street, the Synagogue, Dutch Palace and, the Church of St. Francis where the mortal remains of Vasco Da Gama was buried before it was shifted to Portugal. Return to your hotel for Overnight stay.
Day 02 : Cochin / Periyar Morning after breakfast, drive to Spice Village at Periyar (185 Kms/5 Hrs drive), which lies in the shade of Cardamom Hills and is a beautiful area of tranquil winding roads, tea gardens, rubber estates and spice plantations. Check-in at the Hotel. Afternoon, visit to the National Park. You could do a boat safari in lake Periyar and try to catch a wild elephant. Overnight in Hotel. Day 03 : Periyar / Kumarakom After breakfast, visit tea and spice plantations or do a soft trek with escort in the jungle. Afternoon drive to Kumarakom (135 kms / 3 Hrs drive). Check into the hotel for overnight say. Day 04 : Kumarakom Morning visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary -spread across 14 acres, The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, an ornithologist's paradise is a favorite haunt of migratory birds like the siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. A visit to the bird sanctuary, set within the lush acres of wooded land nearby, acquaints you to the variety of migratory birds that flock in thousands, some from the Himalayas, some even from as far as Siberia. Afternoon visit to the marvelous mangrove forests, coconut capopies and pulsating paddy fields sprinkle with enchanting waterways and canals decked with white lilies. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 05 : Kumarakom / Marari Beach Drive to Marari Beach -a sleepy fishing village located between the port city of Cochin and Alleppey. Check into the hotel. Afternoon cruises on the backwaters nearby, visits to traditional coir-making units etc.
Day 06 : Marari Beach Full day to explore the beach.
Day 07 : Marari - Cochin Drive to Cochin (60 Kms / 1½ Hrs) and transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination. (Hotel Checkout 12:00 Hrs)
Duration : 05 Nights / 06 Days Places Covered : Delhi - Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Delhi Day 01 : Arrive Delhi Upon arrival in Delhi transfer to hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi - Bharatpur Morning drive to Bharatpur (158 kms approx 3 hrs). Afternoon visit inside the park: Every year, with the onset of monsoons the birds converge on Bharatpur to breed. Amongst them are herons, egrets, cormorants, ibis, spoonbills and storks. The migratory birds from Siberia and Arctic arrive with the start of winters. The new arrivals merge with the residents and build their nests in an estimated 50000 trees. On all sides Bharatpur is alive with squawking, eating, nesting, mating and grooming.
Day 03 : Bharatpur All the days at leisure to explore the world heritage Keoladev Ghana National Park either on foot or by cycle Rickshaw. The local rickshawalas are experts on birds and are often the best guides. Day 04 : Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra Morning free. By noon drive to Agra (55 kms) enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri - beautifully laid out capital of the Mughal Empire during Emperor Akbar’s reign. Overnight stay in Agra.
Day 05 : Agra - Delhi Morning visit the timeless wonder - Taj Mahal, renowned for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty. Afternoon visit Agra Fort and Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah also called Baby Taj. (Taj Mahal is closed on all Fridays). Later drive to Delhi. (203 kms / 4 Hrs)
Day 06 : Delhi - Onward destination Morning city tour of Delhi. Afternoon transfer to International Airport for onward destination.
A century old 'legacy' serpents through the sequestered hills of the Kanchenjunga carpeted with forests and tea plantations, hewn in a multi-colored avian and floral metropolis and equally vibrant clusters of tribal villages with giggling Bhutia and Lepcha women. The 'legacy' is affectionately named the 'toy train'. What makes the sojourn so singularly rapturous, besides the panoramic backdrop, is the trail through a treacherous 88 km of undulating and steep gradient on a two foot narrow gauge that celebrated its 125th birthday this July. Leaving the hung-ho aside, welcome to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a World Heritage and a prized remnant of the British Raj - that ferries between Siliguri and Darjeeling. A brainchild of the Eastern Bengal Railway agent, Franklin Prestage, the engineering marvel moves on adhesion and chugs its way up to Ghoom - Asia's highest railway station at 7,407 ft.
The Tour Map New Jalpaiguri - Sunk - Tindharia - Gayabari - Kurseong - Toong - Sonada - Darjeeling The Tour Itinerary What is peculiar about the railway is that everytime the gradient is too steep, the tracks are brought back a few yards and the climb begins at a slightly different point, sketching a z-shaped zigzag-not once, but six times in the 51-mile-stretch from Siliguri to Darjeeling.
The 8-hour voyage from New Jalpaiguri begins at about 9 AM every morning. Forests melt into endless expanse of manicured tea-plantations that look like giant steps on the hill, as you reach the first station Sunk (146.5 mt). The first spiral loop begins as the train painstakingly puffs through an almost impenetrable thicket of Sal, Toon, Teak hewn with purple bougainvillea, the scarlet poinsettia and the exotic mauve orchids that cloister a world of breathtaking beauty of roaring waterfalls and gurgling streams.
At about the 22nd km, is another complicated loop. The travellers then experience their first reversing zigzag as the train whistles through its next loop at Chunbati (2,000ft) scaling greater heights to reach the station at Tindharia (2821 ft). Soon the train heads for another reverse, the last one at 3,400 ft just after Gayabari Station where the line runs close to the edge of a precipice with the Pagla Jhora or "Mad Torrent", a thundering waterfall in the distance which in its fury washes away road and track, houses and shops every few years cutting off Darjeeling for days during the monsoons.
The next one, Mahanandi Station at about 48 km, gives one a glimpse of the source of the river. Another kilometer or so, and the Kurseong Station (4,860 ft), or "The Land of the White Orchid" emerges, as the train whistles through the streets and shops with little children screaming in excitement.
The train heads for the Toong Station (5,565 ft) with the mighty Kanchengunga in the backdrop, hypnotizing the beholders and the thought of chasing such heights in a Tom Thumb Carriage, tingling their nervous system. Piercing through dense fog, the train reaches Sonada Station (6,552 ft) - known for its wild bears, bounty of fruits, vegetables, milk and Darjeeling tea gardens.
From here the train snakes along twisted paths along the Senchal Lake, Tiger Hill, Kalimpong and the many tea gardens to alight at the Indo-Nepal Border - Ghoom (7,407 ft) - enveloped eternally in a mist and dotted with a legion of colorful monasteries.
Camp on a solitary oasis, experience the dark starry nights and dance to musicians playing haunting music. Camel safaris are ideal ways to spend time exploring rustic Rajasthan. A camel safari move through the golden sands, of the savage Thar Desert passing through remote villages.
There can be no, better way of experiencing life in the desert than through a journey into its hinterland on camel back. The halts are arranged outside the villages enabling you to observe village life from closer quarters. Watch the orange sands being kicked up in little puffs as flocks of cattle and sheep come back from grazing, or watch children scramble to a school where a teacher may hold a collective class for children of different ages.
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Day 01 : Delhi Fly from your country to New Delhi, you will be greeted assisted upon arrival. Transfer to Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 : New Old Delhi Breakfast at Hotel and then leave for full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi visiting Jama Masjid, enjoy rickshaw ride in narrow alleys of old Delhi through, Kinari Bazaar and 400 years old Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, Crematory of Mahatma Gandhi, Birla Temple, Parliament House, Presidential House, India Gate, Government buildings Qutab Minar. Return Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 03 : New Delhi - Mandawa (275 Km, 06 hours) Morning leave for Mandawa through the villages of Rajasthan. Arrive check in at Hotel Castle Mandawa, afternoon visit the 150 to 200 years old painted havelies (big houses) by the natural colors in the streets of the village. You can also watch the daily village life while watching the (havelies). Overnight at Hotel.
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Day 04 : Mandawa - Bikaner (190 Km, 04 hours) Morning leave for Bikaner founded by Rao Bikaji Ji in 1488 A.D. Arrive check in at the Hotel. Afternoon visit Junagarh Fort founded in year 1593 by Raja Rai Singh who was general in the, army of mighty Mughal emperor Akbar and rest of the Fort was improved by the successors. Afterwards visit Asia's largest Camel Breeding Research Farm and local busy markets. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05 : Bikaner - Jaisalmer Drive to Jaisalmer (330 kms / 7 hrs). Check into hotel and overnight in Hotel.
Day 06 : Jaisalmer Full day sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer, which includes visit the 12-15th century Jain Temples, Folk Museum, Gadi-Sar Tank the colourfully painted homes known as havelies. Evening transfer to camp on San Dumes - Camel ride.
Day 07 : Jaisalmer - Pokhran Morning Camel Ride. Afternoon drive to Pokhran (110 Kms / 3 hrs). Overnight in Hotel.
Project Tiger India has a number of success stories to her credit in wildlife conservation, ‘Project Tiger’ has been one of the most successful conservation projects in the world. As for the tiger population, a widely accepted estimate is 40,000 in India at the beginning of 20th century. In 1972, there were not more than 2000 tigers when ‘Project Tiger’ was launched. There are reportedly 4,500 tigers in the wild in India today. This tour takes you on a delightful journey through three of India’s best known habitats of the Tiger.
Day 1 : Delhi Arrive Delhi. Transfer to hotel. Day 2 : Delhi - Nagpur (1012 kms / 13-14 hrs) After breakfast full day Delhi sightseeing tour visiting the Raj Ghat (Cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi), Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar India Gate (War Memorial). Drive past President House Parliament House. Evening departure by overnight train for Nagpur. Day 3 : Nagpur - Pench (93 kms / 2 hrs) Arrive Nagpur and transfer from Railway station to Pench (1.5 hrs) by car. Afternoon Jeep Safari to Pench Tiger Reserve with an area of 757 sq km. Nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpuda hills, the reserve is named after the Pench river, meandering through the Park. The river is dammed and a large reservoir submerges 54 sq km of the park area which attracts the migratory and other birds in large numbers. Day 4 : Pench Morning and Afternoon Jeep Safaris in the Park.
Day 5 : Pench - Kanha Morning drive to Kanha National Park (4 hrs). The same abundance of wildlife species exists even today in the Kanha National Park, which forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve (940 sq km) created in 1974 under ‘Project Tiger’. The park is the only habitat of the rare hardground barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi). Day 6 : Kanha Jeep Safaris in the Kanha National Park. All meals and stay at Resort. Day 7 : Kanha - Bandhavgarh (212 kms / 5 hrs) Drive to Bandhavgarh National Park (5 hrs). Bandhavgarh is a small National Park, compact, yet full of game. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. This is also White Tiger country, which have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years
Day 8 : Bandhavgarh Early mornings and afternoon Jeep Safaris to National Park. All meals and stay at Resort Day 9 : Bandhavgarh - Umaria (35 kms / 1 hrs) Morning Safari. Evening transfer to Umaria Railway Station. Departure by overnight train to Delhi.
Day 10 : Delhi Arrive Delhi, transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination. (Hotel checkout at 12:00 hrs).
Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days Places Covered : Delhi - Udaipur - Kumbhalgarh - Narlai - Jojawar - Dhamli - Khetwas - Rohet - Luni - Jhalamand - Jodhpur - Delhi The Rajputs were born to be horseback riders, and the tradition was strongly enforced in the medieval ages when the cavalry formed one of the most important flanks of the desert armies. Special horses were bred at the thikanas (aristocratic homes) of the Thakurs who served their kings with armies of horsemen. The Marwari horse is an indigenous species, hardy, agile and among the notables in world breeds. In addition, the Kathiawadi and Sindhi horses are also adept at traversing the desert country side.
Safari starts from Kumbhalgarh an ideal trail with hilly terrain and forested countryside and moves from the vicinity of one old fort to another. The route passes through the villages, ruined historical monuments, and temples.
Day 01 : Delhi Arrive Delhi and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi - Udaipur Morning flight to Udaipur. Transfer to hotel. In the afternoon visit Udaipur -the City of lakes and palaces.
Day 03 : Udaipur Day at leisure (Optional safari around the 250 acre sanctuary-resort filled with langurs, deer and majestic peacocks).
Day 04 : Udaipur - Kumbhalgarh Morning drive to Kumhalgarh (2.5 hrs). Check in at The Aodhi -built along the hillside and hidden between trees. In the afternoon visit Kumbhalgarh Fort. The wall of the fort is 36 km long and has been hailed as the Great Wall of India, second only to the Great Wall of China.
Day 05 : Kumbhalgarh - Narlai (Horse Safari) Ride through the wildlife sanctuary, which has one of the rarest species of flora and fauna of Rajasthan. Reach Narlai by sunset.
Day 06 : Narlai - Jojawar (Safari) Start early, Ride along the foot of the Aravali Hills, passing through colourful villages and seeing charming Servi men and women working in the fields. By evening reach Jojawar -a big village with its market full of colourful fabric and beautifully embroidered leather shoes.
Day 07 : Jojawar - Dhamli (Safari) Ride through beautiful Rebari (Shepherds) hamlets, where one can see colourfully decked Rebari women working with their sheep and goat besides the men with their lovely red turbans grazing their camels. Continue ride through a dry river bed and open fields to reach Dhamli -a small and a very Quite village.
Day 08 : Dhamli - Khetwas (Safari) This day you head towards the west, moving into the desert, riding by the dry and empty fields, which are cultivated only during the monsoons. Reach knetwas camping site before sunset and settle down in the tents. Enjoy a lovely barbeque dinner under the open sky in the night.
Day 09 : Khetwas - Rohet (Safari) Ride through the rocky and thorny terrain, wh Day 10 : Rohet - Luni (Safari) Ride through the small settlements of Brahmins Bishnois who very fiercely protect Chinkara the Black Buck antelopes, which graze freely close to their settlements. By afternoon check in at hotel.
Day 11 : Luni - Jhalamand (Safari) On the last day, ride through the sandy fields and scattered lakes, which attract flocks of Migrating cranes and local wildlife like Chinkara and Black buck. Reach Jhalamandgarh by late afternoon
Day 12 : Jhalamand - Jodhpur In the afternoon visit Jodhpur. Evening depart by overnight train for Delhi.
Day 13 : Delhi Arrive Delhi in the morning. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 14 : Delhi Full day visit Old and New Delhi.
Day 15 : Depart Delhi Transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination (hotel checkout 12:00 hrs).
Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days Places Covered : Delhi –Agra – Jaipur - Bikaner - Gajner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur - Delhi The most colourful state of India draped in gaudy royalty, romance and chivalry, Rajasthan echoes the saga of traditions and undulated heritage. The Rajasthan Heritage Tour brings a rustic feeling and flavour of the state to a traveller.
Day 1 : Arrrive Delhi Arrive Delhi International airport. On Arrival, you will meet our representative at the airport. He will assist for transfer and will accompany you till check in at Hotel Oberoi Maidens.
About the Hotel : Oberoi Maidens Hotel is one of Delhi's oldest hotels, built in the early 1900s, and has retained its colonial charm and architecture. Its spacious rooms with high ceilings are unique when compared to the box-sized rooms of modern hotels. Late 19th century architectural elegance is reflected in the classical rooms and the elegant restaurants.
Day 2 : City Tour of Delhi Today, leave for full day city tour visiting both New Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid - the largest mosque of Emperor Shajahan, Red Fort, Raj Ghat- Cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, to India Gate - a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War I, Drive past the President's House Parliament House, Humayun’s Tomb a memorial by the Taj Mahals, the Qutab Minar, Birla Mandir and Lotus Temple.
Day 3 : Delhi – Agra (200kms Approx 4 Hrs Drive) Morning leave for Agra, you will be reaching there by noon. Upon arrival check into Hotel Grand Imperial. Afternoon visit Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world, Red Fort and Itmad-ud-Duala.
About the Hotel : Hotel Grand Imperial is located in the heart of the city of Agra, the hot seat of the Mughal Empire. The 100 year old Hotel is constructed of biscuit bricks which were also used in the construction of The Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. The Hotel played hosts to distinguished guests such as The Crown Princes of England and Japan.
Day 4 : Agra – Jaipur (230kms Approx 5 Hrs Drive) Morning drive to Jaipur enroute visit Fatehpur Sikhri which is the old capital of Mughal, still preserved in good condition. Proceed to Jaipur and check in at Raj Palace or Jai Mahal Palace. Evening you may visit the colourful local markets.
Day 5 : Jaipur Sightseeing Day 6 : Jaipur - Bikaner (320 Kms / Approx 7 Hrs Drive) Morning drive to Bikaner. After lunch in Bikaner, drive to Gajner (half an hour drive). Check into Gajner palace. Afternoon free for leisure. Day 7 : Explore Gajner And Around Day 8 : Gajner - Jaisalmer (Approx 330 Kms , Approx. 7 Hrs Drive) Morning drive to Jaisalmer, you will be reaching there by afternoon. Check into Gorbandh Palace.
Day 9 : Jaisalmer - City Tour And Evening Visit Sam Dunes Day 10 : Drive To Jodhpur (290 Kms Approx 5-6 Hrs. Drive) Day 11 : Drive To Ranakpur (170 Kms Approx 3 ½ Hrs Drive) Day 12 : Drive To Kumbhalgarh (25 Kms / Approx. ¾ Hrs Drive) Day 13 : Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur (80 Kms / Approx 2 Hrs Drive) Day 14 : Udaipur City Tour Day 15 : Fly Udaipur/Delhi Connect International Flight Morning transfer to airport to connect flight for Delhi for your international flight back to home.
(Heritage On Wheels train is not operational now, alternately we are sugesting the below itinerary)
Itinerary The tour will take you to marvel palaces and forts of Rajasthan to camel ride through Thar desert. You will also be getting a chance to explore the villages and day-today activities of village people. This enchanting tour will really make the trip unforgettable.
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi Arrive Delhi, you will meet our representative at the Airport. He will assist for transfer escort you till check in. in the hotel overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi After breakfast leave for full day Delhi sightseeing tour visiting the Raj Ghat (Cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi), Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun Tomb, Qutub Minar India Gate (War Memorial). Drive past President House Parliament House. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi - Samode Morning drive to Samode i.e. 260 kms / 5 hrs drive. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Later visit Samode Palace displays the excellence of Rajasthani architecture. Samode Bagh was built by Rawal Sheo Singhji. It is modeled on the geometric style of the Mughal Garden. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 04 : Samode - Jaipur After breakfast drive to Jaipur i.e. 42 kms / 01 hrs drive. Enroute visit to Amber Fort - Amber Fort was the ancient capital of the State. Elephant ride / Jeep Safari is provided to ascend hill on top of which the fort is situated. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city tour of Jaipur visiting the Hawa Mahal ? the palace of winds, the Observatory or the Jantar Mantar. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 05 : Jaipur - Ajmer - Pushkar After breakfast drive to Pushkar i.e. 145 kms or 3 hrs drive. Enroute visit Ajmer Sharif. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Later visit Pushkar is famous for its picturesque sites as well as more than 400 temples. Pushkar Lake is the site of annual holy bath on Kartik Purnima. Pushkar Bazaar is famous for its high range of handicrafts. Another important attraction in the city is Man Mahal built by Raja Man Singh of Amber. Afternoon visit Pushkar Lake, one of the holiest places of India and site of the Pushkar Mela. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 06 : Pushkar - Kuchman Morning drive to Kuchman i.e. 100 kms / 2 ½ hrs drive. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Later visit the Kuchaman Fort which is the most important attraction of Kuchaman. Converted into a heritage hotel now, the fort displays a rich collection of original inlay work in semi-precious stones, glass and gold paint. The Sheesh Mahal (glass palace) is a sight to marvel at. Meanwhile, a colorful bazaar located below the fort is a great place to shop for handicrafts and fabrics. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 07 : Kuchman - Mandawa After breakfast drive to Mandawa i.e. 140 kms / 03 hrs drive. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Later sightseeing of Mandawa Castle Mandawa - an ideal base to discover the legacy of 18th Century frescoes that adorn the Havelies of this storybook town. Day 08 : Mandawa - Bikaner Day 09 : Bikaner Day 10 : Bikaner - Khimsar After breakfast drive to Khimsar i.e. 157 kms / 04 hrs drive. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Khimsar has a wide range of experience.
Day 11 : Khimsar - Jaisalmer Day 12 : Jaisalmer Day 13 : Jaisalmer - Osian - Jodhpur Day 14 : Jodhpur Day 15 : Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur Day 16 : Udaipur - Delhi - Out Day 17 : Delhi - Out Arrive Delhi at 06:15 hrs. Upon arrival transfer to the Airport to board the flight for onward destination.