A GLANCE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH
Highlights of tour
✔ Ride like local in Delhi
✔ Visit the holy Ghats of River Ganga
✔ Enjoy boat ride in Varanasi
✔ Taj Mahal by dawn
✔ Elephant ride to ascend the fort
✔ Colorful bazaars of Jaipur
✔ Heena painting in Jaipur
✔ Witness the age old dance form Kathakali
✔ Experience the overnight stay in Traditional Kerala Houseboat
✔ Enjoy the boat ride at Lake Periyar
✔ Witness evening temple procession at Madurai temple
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Day 01: Arrive in Delhi (International flight)
- You will arrive at the Capital city of India “Delhi”. After clearing immigration and other formalities at the airport you will be met by our representative at arrival hall terminal where you will find many people paging for their guests. Out of them you will find our representative holding a placard with your name written on it. He will assist and escort you to your vehicle.
- Post warm welcome, you will be transferred to your hotel, where our representative will complete all check-in formalities and handover the room keys to you.
- The rest of day will be at leisure for independent activities / overcome Jetlag.
Day 02: In Delhi (Local sightseeing tour)
- Breakfast will be served at your hotel.
- Explore Old Delhi in the first half of the day. The sightseeing tour will begin with visit to Emperors. Later proceed for visit to The Jama Masjid (mosque) and enjoy the rickshaw ride on busy roads of Chandni Chowk. Also drive past Old Fort
- The next half day will be reserved for visit to New Delhi. Start with Qutub Minar, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, The Qutub Minar is constructed with red sandstone and marble, and is the tallest minaret in India, with a height of 72.5 meters. It contains 379 stairs and the base diameter is 14.3 meters and it narrows to 2.7 meters at the last storey. Your next stop will be Humayun’s Tomb. During the drive you will pass Connaught place, India gate, Rastrapati Bhawan (President’s House) and some other important building.
Day 03: Delhi – Varanasi (By Domestic Flight)
- Post breakfast, you will be transferred to airport to board the flight for Varanasi (Short flight of around 02 hours).
- On arrival meet at airport of Spiritual city and transferred to your hotel for some wash and change.
- Later you will proceed to witness the Aarti ceremony on the banks of river Ganges and also enjoy the boat ride in the late evening.
Day 04: Varanasi
- Early in the morning you will take a boat ride along the bathing ghats on the Holy River Ganges. At sunrise the Hindu faithful flock to the river to cleanse themselves of their sins. You see the cremation ghats and the Deswameedha ghats. To die in Varanasi is to end the Hindu cycle of re-birth, thereby making it a popular place to end one’s life. After sunrise you will visit some of the temples in the surrounding area.
- The return from Ghat to hotel will be via narrow streets with your guide and you will have an opportunity to witness the real India on roads.
- Later you will proceed for visit to “Bharat Kala Bhavan” which lies within the sprawling grounds of Banaras Hindu University. Its outstanding collection of sculpture, paintings and textiles began with the private collection of the enlightened Rai Krishnadasa.
- In the afternoon drive to Sarnath, a major Buddhist center in the world. After achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya, Buddha, the ‘Awakened One’, delivered his first sermon here. It was the sixth century then, when he also set in motion the wheel of law, the Dharmachakra.
Day 05: Varanasi – Delhi – Agra (By Domestic Flight / Surface)
- Enjoy the breakfast at your hotel.
- Later you will be transferred to airport to board the flight for Delhi. On arrival meet at airport and drive straight to Agra (approx. / 4 ½ hours). On arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel and relax for remainder of the day.
*** There are direct flights available from Varanasi to Agra however operating only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays ***
Day 06: Agra
- Early morning you will be taken to world’s famous Taj Mahal. Tonga (horse carriage) will be waiting midway to take you upto nearest gates of Taj Mahal. Any book or words cannot describe this monument of love. Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday) was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Post visit return back to your hotel for breakfast and some rest.
- Later you will also visit Agra Fort – World heritage monument and Sikandra which is located just on the outskirts of Agra city. Evening will be at leisure for independent activities.
Day 07: Agra – Jaipur (06 hrs by road)
- After breakfast at the hotel, drive from Agra to Jaipur (254 KMS / 6 Hours). Enroute your drive, you will visit Fatehpur Sikri – the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years.
- Later this afternoon you will arrive into Jaipur & check in at your hotel. The day will be at leisure in city of Taj for independent activities.
Day 08: Jaipur
- After buffet breakfast at hotel, you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. An elephant /Jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress (Elephant ride is subject to availability) Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls.
- Later you will be proceed for city tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace, which is an houses museum with collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. You will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal for a photo shoot.
Day 09: Mumbai – Cochin (By Domestic Flight)
- Enjoy the breakfast at your hotel.
- Later you will be transferred to airport to board the flight for Cochin (2 to 2 ½ hours flight).
- Upon arrival meet and assist at the hotel and transferred to your hotel
- In the evening, you will be taken to a Kathakali dance centre where you will witness the most elaborate of the dance forms in southern India. Here you will witness the artists readying themselves up with the make up for the final performance. Kerala owes its transnational fame to this nearly 300 years old classical dance form, which combines facets of ballet, opera, masque and the pantomime.
Day 10: Cochin – Alleppey (01 ½ hrs by road)
- Enjoy the breakfast at the hotel and rest of the morning is at leisure.
- Later today you will be transferred to Alleppey boat jetty (approx.. 60 kms / 1 ½ hours) to embark your houseboat which will sail down gently on the backwaters of Kerala.
- The backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals, both manmade and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state. In the midst of this beautiful landscape there are a number of towns. Alleppey is one such town and the Rice Barge cruises through its narrow canals, rivers and a lake is on every Kerala itinerary.
- Houseboats are also known as the “Kettuvallam” or the Rice Boat. Kettuvallam ride can be the most romantic ride you can ever have with a night halt in the middle of the lake Vembanad Lake/canal. A backwater comprises of a unique web of rivers, lakes, bays, lagoons and canals extending into the villages and town of the city.
- Enjoy your lunch on board houseboat. After lunch day will be free to relax on board houseboat & experience the tranquility of backwaters.
Day 11: Alleppey – Thekkady (03 ½ hrs by road)
- Breakfast is onboard the houseboat.
- Later goodbye your crew members and disembark at Alleppey boat jetty from where you will be driven to Thekkady (approx.. 145 kms / 3 ½ hours).
- Upon arrival proceed for check-in at hotel. Later in the afternoon proceed for boat ride in Lake Periyar. The Periyar Lake lies at the heart of the sanctuary, which is a veritable paradise for all wildlife lovers. Periyar National Park is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. Periyar is a park where one can witness playful pachyderms roaming freely with their family and friends. This boat ride will be interesting for you.
Day 12: Thekkady – Madurai (04 hrs by road)
- Early in the morning enjoy soft trek at plantation with your naturalist.
- Later you will be driven to Madurai (approx.. 145 kms / 4 hours). On arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel.
- In the late evening enjoy witnessing the closing ceremony (also called as Ardhajama Pooja) at Meenakshi Temple. Please Note Foreigners (Non Hindus) are not allowed inside the inner sanctum of the temple.
Day 13: Madurai – Chennai (By Domestic Flight)
- In the morning proceed for a sightseeing tour of Madurai city – The temple town is unique in that all its temples are living temples and it remains a major religious centre attracting pilgrims the year round. Madurai’s main attraction is the famous Meenakshi temples in the heart of the old town, a riotously baroque example of Dravidian architecture with gopurams (towers) covered from top to bottom with a breathless profusion of multi-colored images of gods, goddesses, animals and mythical figures. Another attraction is the Tirumalai Nayak Palace (1636) restored by Lord Napier, dance drama concerts are performed daily.
- Later you will be transferred to airport to board the short flight (01 hour) to Chennai. On arrival meet at airport and transferred to your hotel.
- In the late afternoon (if time permits), proceed for a sightseeing tour of Chennai. Your tour will start with the visit to, Fort St. George (Closed on Fridays & Public Holidays), which is presently, is being used by the Tamil Nadu Government. Within the compound is a museum holding many remembrances of the East India Company and the British period. From the British hold of centre, you will proceed to Mylapore, which was inhabited in the 16th century by the Portuguese; visit the San Thome Church, named for the Christian disciple (“Doubting Thomas”) who lived and taught here in the first century. Also visit Kapaleeswarar Temple, honoring Shiva, dates back to the 13th century AD and is the biggest temple in Chennai. You will also drive past the Marina Beach, the second longest in the world, stretching for several miles.
Day 14: Departure Chennai (By International Flight)
Post breakfast you will be transferred to airport to board the flight for back home.