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Duration : 23 Days / 22 Nights

Day 01 :Arrival Delhi

Arrive Delhi , meet and assist at the airport and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 02 :Delhi

New Delhi, the capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar ,India Gate and the grand government buildings, the President's House , Red fort , Mahatama Gandhi Memorial , Also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple. Visit Delhi to experience a fusion of power, politics, invasions, and conquests & of free India.Night stay in Delhi.

Day 03 :Delhi - Jaipur

Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan was given a colour coat of pink a century ago in honour of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this colour. After breakfast drive to Jaipur (262 Kms/5 hrs.). Arrive & transfer to hotel. Later proceed to visit City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here. Also explore the different markets with colourful handicrafts. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 04 :Jaipur

After breakfast sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting Amber Fort , Visit The most famous Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Amer Fort, Rambagh Gardens and many other above said excursions of Jaipur. Enjoy a camel ride or an elephant ride to view the bazaars of Jaipur. Overnight stay at prebooked hotel.

Day 05 :Jaipur - Agra

Early morning after breakfast drive to Agra.Agra, the most romantic city in India, is famous for the marble edifice 'Taj Mahal' hued in the eternal beauty that is immortal. Besides Taj Mahal, Agra is known for the Agra Fort and the Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone city made by Emperor Akbar. The capital had to be abandoned by the emperor for lack of adequate water supply. The marble tomb of the Saint 'Salim Chisti' and the Bulland Durwaza, the highest gateway in the world, are some of the highlights of the place. On arrival transfer to hotel. Night stay in Agra.

Day 06 :Agra

Morning at sunrise visit the world famous Taj Mahal,The eighth wonder of the world, An ideal epitome of love and dedication, the Taj Mahal was built by the fifth Mughal Emperor, Shahjahan in 1630 after the death of his beloved Mumtaz Mahal while delivering the child. It is quite unique as it is the only shrine in the world that has created a hallmark in the whole world. This marble structure and an excellent example of 'Pietra Dura' work; Taj Mahal leaves the tourists coming to Agra spellbound. In 1612, the marriage of Shahjahan and Mumtaz Mahal took place. Night stay in Agra.

Day 07 :Agra - Jhansi (By train) Jhansi - Orchha (By surface)

Morning transfer to railway station to board the train to Jhansi , Arrive Jhansi & drive to Orchha & transfer to hotel. Later tour of this historical site with magnificient temples and monuments. Some of the palaces were decorated with painted murals which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela school of painting. Located in northern part of the state of Madhya Pradesh, Orchha lies beside the Malwa plateau. Night stay in Orchha.

Day 08 :Orchha - Khajuraho (By surface)

After breakfast drive to Khajuraho Khajuraho-Khajuraho, the temple city of central India, is famous throughout the world for its exquisitely carved temples in stones. Thousands of visitors and tourists from all over the world flock together to envisage this immortal saga of Hindu art and culture engraved in stone by shilpies (stone craftsmen) a millenia ago. Built within a short span of a hundred years by the Chandela Rajputs, the 10th century temples lay forgotten until they were discovered in the present century. Khajuraho has achieved fame for the sensual appeal of its erotic sculptures. Arrive Khajuraho and transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Khajuraho.

Day 09 :Khajuraho

Temple town of Khajuraho is much different from any other temple city of India. It is not about religion and worshipping and deities. The temples of Khajuraho are instead famous for the eroticism etched on its walls in the form of sculptures. An amalgamation of science and art of architecture, these 10th-11th century temples have a very interesting legend behind them that connects them to the origin of Chandela dynasty. It is said that in a fit of passion and lust, the Moon God seduced and ravaged a beautiful Brahmin girls known as Hemvati, resulting in the birth of Chandravarman (the founder of the Chandela dynasty). Later, Chandravarman had a dream where his mother requested him to make a temple, which would reveal all aspects of the treasure of passion and erotic fantasy to the world.

Day 10 :Khajuraho - Varanasi (By Air)

After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Varanasi . Varanasi, one of the oldest living cities of the world, is situated on the north bank of Ganga and is located midway between Delhi and Calcutta. Known as the religious and cultural capital of India, its history dates back to about 3500 hundred years. The city got its name from the ancient name meaning the city between two rivers - the Varuna and Asi. Varanasi is the city which cannot be described, only experienced. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel. Later proceed for sight seeing of Varanasi (the oldest and holiest city of India) covering Temples, Aurangazeb's Mosque and one of the biggest university of India. Evening view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats. Night stay in Varanasi.

Day 11 :Varanasi - Bombay (By Air)

Early morning boat ride on the Holy river Ganges to view the religious activity at the bathing Ghats for an insight into the cultural background of India. It provides an absorbing spectacle of thousands of Hindus engaged in their ritual bathing. Later excursion to Sarnath, 10kms. East of Varanasi, is one of the Buddhism's major centers of India. After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon. Today Sarnath is considered as one of the richest place to have antiques since the Ashoka period to the 12th century. Afternoon transfer to Airport in time to connect flight for Bombay. Arrive, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Bombay

Day 12 :Bombay

After breakfast proceed for half day tour of Mumbai. Bombay or Mumbai is the financial capital of India, and it is the western gateway to India. It is the capital of the state of Maharashtra and is the home of Bollywood (Bombay+Hollywood) movies. One of the most popular day trips from Bombay is a visit to the Elephanta Caves. It is a small island in the Arabian sea. You can catch a ferry boat from the Gateway of India and the trip takes about 20 minutes. . Night stay in Bombay.

Day 13 :Bombay - Cochin (By Air)

Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Cochin.Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi (Cochin) is the commercial and industrial capital of South Indian state, Kerala. It has one of the finest natural harbors in the world. It has been a port of call for ancient mariners from Arabia, China, Holland, Britain and Portugal have all left their mark on this beautiful island city.

Dutch Palace/ Mattancherry Palace: The Portuguese built the Dutch Palace. It was modified and presented to the King of Kochi in the 17th century. Many Coronations were held in this palace. It has a collection of mural paintings of scenes of the Mahabharat and the Ramayana.

Bolghatty Palace: Located on the Bolghatty Island, it is a Dutch palace. Now turned into a hotel it offers a fine golf course too. St. Francis Church: Francis Friars, a Portuguese, built St. Francis Church in 1503. It is the one of the oldest European churches built by the Portuguese in India. In 1779, it was restored by the protestant Dutch. In 1795, the British converted it to an Anglican Church. But, presently, it is under the churches of South India. People say that Vasco da Gama, on his 3rd visit to Kerala, fell ill and died in Cochin. In 1524, his remains were buried here and later sent to Lisbon. But the tombstone is still present in the church.Santa Cruz

Basilica: It is a monumental Catholic Church that dates back to 1558.There are beautiful paintings on the ceiling and pastel colored interior.

Day 14 : Cochin - Periyar

After Breakfast drive to Periyar (185 Kms/5 hrs). The Houseboat will cruise at a leisurely pace along palm-fringed waterways, giving a panoramic view of Kerala Village Life. Night stay in Periyar.

Day 15 :Periyar

Morning Drive to Periyar (130Km drive). Periyar National Park is situated in the hills of the Western Ghats in the state of Kerala in Southwest India. Periyar is famous for its National Park and Tiger Reserve, which is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. Sprawled over an area of 777 sq. kms is one out of the 27 tiger Reserves in India. The place enjoys a wonderfully equitable climate with soft breeze blowing over the area, all the time adding more charm to its already captivating beauty. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is also famous as a trekker's paradise and one might often come across a Python or a King Cobra while on one's adventurous trip. You can also have this enthralling experience with Tour Packages for Periyar.. Night stay in Periyar.

Day 16 :Periyar - Madurai

After breakfast drive to Madurai (137 kms/4.5 hrs).Madurai is over 2500 years old and is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu - Ancient seat of learning. The city is planned in the shape of a lotus.

Meenakshi Temple :Meenakshi Temple is the city's main attraction. This temple is nearly 2000 years old placed in the heart of the old town - an awesome example of Dravidian architecture. The Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple has long been the focus of both Indian and international tourist attraction. It is one of the most revered places of Hindu pilgrimage.

Tirumalai Nayak Mahal : This Indo-Saracenic building was constructed in 1523. Sound and light show on the life of the Tirumalai Nayak and the story of the Silapathikaram are conduced daily, which are worth seeing.

Gandhi Museum : The 300-year-old palace now converted into Museum has a picture gallery, a library of personal memorable of the Mahatma Gandhi and an exhibit of South Indian handicrafts and village industries. . Night stay in Madurai.

Day 17 :Madurai - Trichy

After breakfast drive to Trichy (316 Kms/8hrs). Travel to Trichy by road after breakfast. Check into a hotel on arrival and rest awhile before visiting the Rock Fort Temple, Srirangam Temple and the Jambukeshwara Temple. Return for an overnight stay at your hotel in Trichy. Night stay in Trichy.

Day 18 :Trichy - Tanjore

After breakfast drive to Tanjore (54 kms/2 hrs) . Afternoon sightseeing of Tanjore. Tanjore or Thanjavur as it was earlier called, was the capital of the chola empire fromthe 10th century to the 14th century A.D. later is become part of the vijaynagar kingdom, then passed into the hands of the Marathas and later still went to the British.The Chola ruler Rajaraja constructed the Brihadeshwara temple in the year 1010. The Brihadeshwara temple has a soaring vamana and a huge gopuram. It is said that the dome was built out of a single rock that weighed about 80 tonnes. There is a statue of the sacred Nandi bull in the courtyard of the Brihadeshwara temple. This statue has been carved out of a single huge rock and is probably the largest statue of the Nandi bull in India. There are a number of halls inside the temple premises. There are about 250 Shiva lingams inside the temple premises.A Night stay in Tanjore

Day 19 :Tanjore - Pondicherry

After breakfast we drive to Pondicherry (177 kms/ 6hrs). Pondicherry is distinctly divided into two. One side of the local canal ‘Pondicherry’ still retains much of its French flavour. Pondicherry has survived many upheavals and variations. There are a number of interesting tours in Pondicherry.Pondicherry is known for its colonial structures and the French influence still fresh in the air of Pondicherry. The churches and the beaches are main tourist attractions in Pondicherry. The land of the Bengali philosopher, Sri Aurobindo; the union territory is quite renowned for the Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville where he spent his golden years. The temples are also evident of the unity in diversity within the state. The tranquillity, the serene surroundings and the natural beauty of the sea and landscapes are the ultimate centre of attractions in Pondicherry. Night stay in Pondicherry.

Day 20 :Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram

After breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram (100 kms/3 hrs). The main tourist attraction of the town is the Varaha Cave, a small rock-cut mandapam (hall). Heinrich Zimmer, a leading expert on Mahabalipuram has described the famous Pallava doorkeepers' expression outside the cave as of "pious rapture".The shore temple and the monolithic temples at Mahabalipuram are the major tourist attractions. . Night stay in Mahabalipuram.

Day 21 : Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Chennai

Morning excursion to Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram. Kanchipuram known as the Golden City of a Thousand Temples, is one of the oldest towns in India. It is famous for both its temples, many of them remarkably well preserved and for its hand-woven silks. Kanchipuram, the city of temples is also quite close to Chennai. It is well known as one of the three destinations of the Golden Triangle apart from Chennai and Mahabalipuram.The main attractions of the city are the Sakkiswarar Temple; built by the Cholas.This temple is located near the Kamakshi Amman Temple.Vaikuntha Perumal Temple, an important Vishnu temple built by the Pallava King Nandivarman Pallavamalla, in the 7th century AD. Numerous inscriptions are found in the temple, relating to the wars between the Pallavas and the Chalukyas.Chennai is the fourth largest metropolis in India and the hub of South India. On your Chennai Tour you can explore the beaches, historic churches and monuments of Chennai, like Fort St George on the Coromandel Coast. Enjoy the South Indian flavor of Chennai Tours with Chennai Hub.Night stay in Chennai.

Day 22 :Chennai

After breakfast Visit Kanchipuram, the city of thousand temples, situated at 76 km from Chennai. A tour to Madurai from Chennai promises to be a fascinating experience for you. Visit the world-famous Meenakshi Temple at Madurai. Mahabalipuram (58 km from Chennai), famous for its 7th century Shore Temple, is a must visit on your Tamil Nadu tour. You can also visit Tirupati (145 km from Chennai), one of the most sacred pilgrimage centers in south India, famous for the Venkateswara Temple. Tanjore, famous for its Brahadeeswara Temple, and Trichy are other major temple cities, which can be visited from Chennai. . Night stay in Chennai.

Day 23 :Departure

Transfer to airport for the onward journey.

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