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Visit the famous classical & heritage cities of India with this
luxurious Classical Indian travel package, which covers the adorable
sightseeing of historical Delhi, excursion to South India and trip to
wonderful Taj Mahal. Also explore the royal sites of Mysore and emperial
forts & palaces of Cochin during this vacation tour to India.
Day - 1 - Arrive Chennai
Arrive Chennai, after a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative
would assist you at the airport & to our hotel for check in. Chennai
(formerly known as Madras), is known for its cultural heritage & temple
architecture. The region was served as an important administrative,
military, & economic centre dating back to the 1st century. The first
Westerners were Portuguese, who arrived in the year 1522 & built a port.
It then passed on to the Dutch in 1612. In 1639 the British East India
Company established a fort & trading post & since then this coastal
centre of trade has drawn traffic from all over the world.
Overnight Hotel - Chennai (B)
Day - 2 - Chennai - Mahabalipuram (70 km - 2 hr)
Full day tour - Today we take a tour of Chennai, visiting Fort St. George,
the first bastion of British power in India & built in the year 1640 AD
by the British East India Company. Within the Fort we visit St. Mary's
Church, built in the year 1680 & oldest Protestant Church in the East.
Fort Museum has 10 galleries & displays armoury, old uniforms, crockery &
silverware, coins, palanquins, paintings, letters, old prints, etc. San
Thome Cathedral, built in 1504, is said to house the remains of St. Thomas
the Apostle, who is believed to have visited Madras (Chennai) sometime
during 52 AD.
National Art Gallery, established in the year 1857, is undoubtedly one of
the country's finest museums. It has sections devoted to geology,
archaeology, anthropology, botany, zoology, sculpture & numismatics.
Government Museum has a fine archaeological section representing all the
major South Indian periods including Chola, Vijaynagar, Hoysala &
Chaulakya. The bronze gallery has a superb collection of Chola art
especially the bronze statue of Ardhanareeswara, the androgynous incarnation
of Shiva. Its most prized possessions are the relics from 2nd century AD
Buddhist site of Amaravathi & the prehistoric antiques of South India.
Later we drive to Mahabalipuram, town of temples, sand & sea. It is
world renowned for its beautiful Shore Temple & other temples. It was
once the main port & naval base of the great Pallava kingdom & was
later made the capital of this dynasty. Most of the temples here are
dedicated to Lord Shiva & Vishnu. These structures were built by three
successive Pallava Kings, between 630 A.D & 728 A.D, who developed the
Dravidian style of temple architecture within the short span of a hundred
years. The monuments are mostly rock-cut & monolithic, constitute the
early stages of Dravidian architecture, wherein Buddhist elements of design
are prominently visible. It is known especially for its rathas (temples in
the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries) & giant open-air
bas-reliefs & has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight Hotel - Mahabalipuram (B)
Day - 3 - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram (70 km - 2 hr)
Half Day Tour - Today we take a guided tour of Mahabalipuram, visiting
Shore Temple, one of the oldest temples in South India. It belongs to the
8th Century AD. Designed to catch the first rays of the rising sun & to
illuminate the waters after dark, the temple ended up with an unusual
Arjuna's Penance, world's largest bas-relief. This huge whale-back shaped
rock contains figures of gods, demigods, men, beasts, & birds & in
fact can be said to represent creation itself. Next we visit Rathas,
monolithic temples fashioned as chariots. They remain an architectural
mystery as each is apparently a faithful reproduction of a structure built
of wood. In fact, even the grain of the timber beams & rafters has been
simulated in stone. Of the eight Rathas, five have been named for the
Pandava brothers, the heroes of the epic Mahabharata.
Excursion to Kanchipuram - Later we take a day excursion to Kanchipuram, is
one of the seven holy cities in the country. It was a city of learning for
both Tamil & Sanskrit, & was believed to be visited by Hsuan Tsang.
In ancient times it was called Kachi. Once had over a thousand temples &
today there are more than a hundred extant. It is also known for its temples
& silk sarees. We visit Kailasanatha Temple, built in 8th Century AD. It
is built in the typical Pallava style, with a pyramidal tower, a pillared
hall & vestibule, enclosed by a wall. The temple is famous for exquisite
carvings & attracts devotees & tourists alike. There are 58 small
shrines situated around the main shrine, as a compound wall. Fresco style
paintings adorn the inner walls of the temple. Next we visit Ekambaranatha,
ancient temple is dedicated to lord Shiva. The 57 metres high Raj Gopuram is
one of the tallest towers in South India. The 3000 year old mango tree
inside the temple has 4 branches each yielding different variety of mangoes.
Before returning to Mahabalipuram we visit Kamakshi Amman Temple, built in
12th century AD, as an important Shakthisthalam, known as
Parabrahmaroonpini. The main deity is seated on Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra,
Eswara & Sadasiva. Overnight Hotel - Mahabalipuram (B)
Day - 4 - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry via Auroville (100 Km - 02hrs)
Today we drive to Auroville near Pondicherry. The community of Auroville
consists of Indian & International residents who aim to develop a
harmonious environment through the implementation of the teachings Sri
Aurobindo & The Mother. Upon arrival visit Matri Mandir which was
designed to be the spiritual & physical centre of Auroville (Temple is
opened between 1530-1630 hr). Further drive to Pondicherry, the land of Sri
Aurobindo Ashram, the serene world of distinct spiritual vibration &
thus renowned as Sacred Land. Upon arrival check-in hotel.
Overnight Hotel - Pondicherry (B)
Day - 5 - Pondicherry - Thanjavur (196 km - 4 hr)
Morning drive to Thanjavur en-route visit Chidambaram, which is famous for
Natarajan temple with root of the sanctum covered with golden plates.
Temples adorns the sculpture, which depicts various form of Bharatnatayam
dance. Upon arrival at Thanjavur, visit Brihadeshwara temple, also known as
'Big Temple', built by the Chola dynasty. This massive temple is 216 feet
high & the single spherical stone on top weighs 80 tons. Its beautiful
murals resemble the fresco's of Ajanta. Overnight Hotel - Thanjavur (B)
Day - 6 - Thanjavur - Madurai via Trichy(200 km - 4 hr)
Post breakfast leave for Madurai via Trichy. On arrival, City tour of
Trichy, covering Srirangam Temple & Rockfort, Trichy's most famous
landmark, which has a Temple, perched on the outcrop of Rock. Arrive
Madurai. & check in hotel. Overnight Hotel - Madurai (B)
Day - 7 - Madurai - City Tour
Morning visit to Meenakshi Sundareshwar, one of the largest temple
complexes in India built between the 16th & 18th centuries. Apart from
the estimated 33 million sculptures there, the temple is absolutely
absorbing with the endless rounds of ceremonies, prostration of countless
devotees & glittering market stalls. Rest of the day at Leisure.
Overnight Hotel - Madurai (B)
Day - 8 - Madurai - Periyar ( 136 km - 4 hr.)
Early morning drive to Periyar, On arrival check in Hotel. Set on an
attractive lakeside, its one of India's finest wildlife sanctuaries &
home to herds of wild tuskers, bison & spotted deer. Overnight Hotel -
Day - 9 - Periyar - Cochin (190 km - 4 hr)
Early morning before breakfast take a Boat Crusie , later after breakfast
drive to Cochin , a very popular & historical sea trade connection with
Middle East, Mediterranean Europe, Dutch & British. It has one of the
finest natural harbours on the Arabian coastline. Its cosmopolitan character
is reflected in buildings & structures representing different regions of
the world. Rest of day at Leisure. Overnight Hotel - Cochin (B)
Day - 10 - Cochin
Morning after breakfast a Half Day city tour of Cochin, visiting St.
Francis' Church, Dutch Palace (Built by the Portuguese), Jew Town, the
Jewish Synagogue built in the year 1568, spice market, where the air is
filled with the pungent smell of spices, & Chinese fishing nets. In the
evening see Kerala's most popular classical dance, Kathakali.
Overnight Hotel - Cochin (B)
Day - 11 - Cochin - Wayanad (250 km - 4 hr)
Morning drive to Wayanad, name is derived from "Wayalnadu" means
land of paddy fields. Having the largest concentration of tribal population
was once known as "Africa" in Kerala. On arrival check in Hotel.
Later visit to the ancient caves at Edakkal, home to some of the oldest
examples of rock carving in the world- they date back some 10000 years.
Overnight Hotel - Wayanad (B)
Day - 12 - Wayanad - Mysore
Morning after breakfast Drive to Mysore,On arrival check in at Hotel .
Later take City Tour of Mysore with visiting Srirangapatnam & Tipu's
Summer Palace, the Maharaja's Palace & Chamundi Hill, which is topped
with a temple of Durga with the magnificent 5m tall Nandi, carved from a
single piece of granite in year 1659, one of the largest in India. Overnight
Hotel - Mysore (B)
Day - 13 - Mysore - Bangalore (135 km - 3 hr ) - Mumbai
Early morning drive to Bangalore, later do the city tour visiting Tipu
Sultan's Palace, one of the most remarkable Islamic Buildings of the city,
now a museum, ISKCON Temple & Lal Bagh Garden. Later transfer to the
airport to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival check in Hotel. Overnight
Hotel - Bangalore (B)
Day - 14 - Mumbai - Udaipur (by air)
Post breakfast take City tour of Mumbai visiting Prince Wales Museum ,
Marine Drive which runs along the shore of the Arabian Sea from Nariman
Point past Chowpatty Beach to the foot of Malabar Hill. Starting with the
Gateway of India, entrance to the port of Mumbai. It was built to
commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911. Historically the Gateway
holds greater significance as the last of the British troops, which left
independent India by sea, followed by the Elephanta Caves boat cruise from
Gateway of India. Evening transfer to airport to board flight to Udaipur. On
arrival check in Hotel. Overnight Hotel - Udaipur (B)
Day - 15 - Udaipur - City Tour
Udaipur, The City of Lakes also undoubtedly one of the most Romatic cities
of India is on cards. Morning tour of Udaipur's starts with fascinating City
Palace, Moulded in soft yellow stone, its windowless base is crowned with
ornate turrets & canopies. Part of the Palace is now a museum with its
marble & granite walls laden with brilliant miniature paintings &
decorated with coloured glass & mirrors. Tour continues to the Garden of
the Maids of Honour & Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum. At sunset cruise around
in a boat amidst the romantic waters of Lake Pichola. Overnight Hotel -
Day - 16 - Udaipur - Jaipur (Flight) - Jaipur City Tour
Morning transfer to airport to board flight for Jaipur. On arrival check in
at Hotel. Later take Half Day City Tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace,
Jantar Mantar Observatory & Palace of Winds. Overnight Hotel - Jaipur
Day - 17 - Jaipur - Excursion to Amber Fort (11 km)
Early morning after breakfast take an excursion to Amber Fort (11 km), the
capital of the gallant Rajputs from 1037 - 1728 AD. On the Elephant back
reach the Fort situated on the hill, an overwhelming experience. Later drive
to Agra, En route visit Fatehpur Sikri, a masterpiece in sandstone with the
stunning elegance of its palaces & courts. Further proceed to Agra, upon
arrival check-in at our hotel Evening at leisure. Optional Tour. Overnight
Hotel - Agra(B)
Day - 18 - Agra - Visit Taj Mahal
Agra, the erstwhile capital of India under Great Mughals & known for
Taj Mahal - Eternal Poetry of love, built by emperor Shah Jahan in memory of
his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Most of Agra is on the West bank of river
Yamuna, with the Agra Fort & the Taj Mahal at its nucleus. Taj Mahal is
quite simply one of mankind's most remarkable creations. After an early
breakfast, visit Taj Mahal , followed by Agra Fort. Later in the afternoon
take an excursion to Sikandara , Akbar's tomb. Overnight Hotel - Agra (B)
Day - 19 - Agra - Jhansi (Shatabdi Exp. Dep. 0800 hr - 1030 hr) -
Khajuraho (166 km - 5hr) viaOrchha
After an early morning breakfast, transfer to the railway station to board
the train to Jhansi. Arrive Jhansi drive to Khajuraho via Orchha 16 km from
Jhansi. Post Lunch at Orchha continue drive to Khajuraho, arrive & check
in hotel. Overnight Hotel - Khajuraho (B)
Day - 20 - Khajuraho - Varanasi
Morning post breakfast visit Khajuraho temples, built between 950 - 1050 AD
by the mighty warrior kings of the Chandela dynasty, a truly inspired burst
of creativity. Temples are famous for the magnificent carvings depicting
numerous exotic postures of the famous Kamasutra, ancient Indian work on
sex. Only 22 temples survive of the 85 originally built. In fact, worship is
still done today in the Matangeshwara temple, continuing an unbroken 1000
Later transfer to the airport to board the flight to Varanasi. On arrival
transfer to the Hotel. Overnight Hotel - Varanasi. (B)
Day - 21 - Varanasi - Delhi (Flight)
Early morning before breakfast take a boat ride on the river Ganges. Rise
before dawn & step gingerly in the boat as the boatman starts rowing the
boat. Witness the daily miracle to unfold, as the Sun appears triumphantly
over the horizon. The sound of conches & temple bells add to the
delicate pink fabric of dawn. Later take an Excursion to Sarnath, where Lord
Buddha preached his first sermon after Enlightenment. At Sarnath in the
Ganges Valley of India, Buddha proclaimed the law of faith. Its here that he
taught the keys aspects of Buddhism the four noble truths, the eightfold
path & the middle way philosophy. Remains of Monastery dating from the
3rd century BC to the first century AD indicate a thriving monastic
community. Evening transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. On arrival
transfer to Hotel. Overnight Hotel - Varanasi. (B)
Day - 22 - Delhi - City Tour
After breakfast start on a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century
walled city of Shah Jehanabad. Visiting the great Jama Masjid, Red Fort
followed by walk through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah
Jahanabad, now a picturesque bazaar.
Post Lunch do sightseeing trip to Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat later drive
by India Gate & President's House . Also visit Humayun's Tomb &
Depart Delhi - Transfer - Our tour concludes : We thanks you for your
patronage & look forward serve you again in near future.
Above Cost Includes :
Cost Does Not Include :
- 21 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis with early check in
- A-C transportation as per the itinerary (No transportation on leisure
- Local English speaking guide for the Tour.
- A/C chair car train fare for the sector Agra - Jhansi.
- Elephant ride in Jaipur.
- Boat ride in Varanasi.
- Boat ride in Lake Pichola
- All presently applicable taxes.
- Any airfare or airport tax.
- Expenses of personal nature.
- Monument charges.
- Any other expenses not mentioned in the cost includes.