23 Days Itinerary Covering : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Bombay - Cochin - Periyar - Madurai - Trichy - Tanjore - Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Chennai
This amazing tour covers all the essential sights and places of the wonderland that is India. The 3-week tour starts from the capital city Delhi and culminates the sojourn at Chennai covering Jaipur, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Mumbai, Cochin, Periyar, Madurai, Trichy, Puducherry, Mamallapuram, and Kanchipuram en route. Bask in the glorious romantic temples of Khajuraho, explore the beauty of Rajasthan, enjoy the wildlife, beaches, temples, and of course, the cuisine in this unforgettable journey.
Arrive in Delhi, the capital city of India. Our representatives will greet you at the airport and escort you to the Hotel where you'll be offered a warm traditional welcome. Check into hotel and stay overnight in your room.
Today you'll get to visit places of interest in the capital city. New Delhi is where heart of India throbs. After a late breakfast, you'll be escorted to places of tourist interest. You'll visit Qutb Minar, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan (The President's House), Laxmi Narain Temple, Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial and the legendary Red Fort. Stay overnight in Delhi hotel.
On the third day, after early breakfast, you'll head for Jaipur. Popularly known as the 'pink city', Jaipur is the capital of Indian state of Rajasthan. On arrival in the Jaipur, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Post lunch, later in the day, you'll be driven to visit the City Palace. The City Palace is a sprawling complex of a group of monuments and structures. In the free time you'll manage to squeeze out, visit the old market that is famous for its motley of handicraft items. Night stay is scheduled in your hotel room in Jaipur. Have a good night's sleep to get refreshed for the next day's activities.
The discovery of Jaipur city continues as today after breakfast, you'll be taken for another lap of sightseeing tour of the city. First you'll head for the Amber Fort, an imposing 18th century citadel perched on a hill. After lunch, the group will be taken to visit the Chandra Mahal, Pothikhana, Mubarak Hall, museums of Arms and Armory, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. Stay overnight at hotel.
After early morning breakfast, you'll head for Agra, the city of emperors. Agra was ruled successively by three Mughal Emperors: Akbar, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb, and it witnessed a golden period of Mughal Empire. En route, you'll get to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned town. This was made the capital of Mughal Empire but probably due to lack of water, the city was abandoned soon after its construction leaving behind the splendid unspoilt heritage buildings. The Bulland Darwaza is one of the highest gates of that era and marble tomb of Salim Chishti is one of the most visited Dargahs in India.
On your arrival in Agra, you'll be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.
After a refreshing sleep and sumptuous breakfast the next morning, you'll visit one of Seven Wonders of the World - the Taj Mahal. Feast on your eyes with the panoramic Taj vistas. You'll also get to visit other Agra attractions including the Agra Fort, Moti Masjid, Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-Aam, Musamman Burj, and Itmad-ud-Daula's tomb.
Dinner and overnight stay in Agra hotel.
After breakfast, you'll be driven to railway station to board the train to Jhansi. On arriving Jhansi, you'll head to Orchha and transferred to hotel. Later in the day, the sightseeing of historical places will follow. Night stay is schedules at Orchha Hotel.
On the eighth day of Incredible India tour, you'll be escorted to the beautiful Khajuraho temples. The medieval era temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On arriving at Khajuraho, you'll be taken to hotel where you can spend evening at leisure. Stay overnight at hotel room.
After breakfast, set out to visit the fascinating temples of Khajuraho built between tenth and eleventh centuries. Mainly, the temples are categorized into three broad divisions: western, eastern and southern. You'll first explore the Western Group of temples that includes Kandariya Mahadeo, Chaunsat Yogini, Chitragupta Temple, Matangeshwara Temple, Jagdambe Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Lakshamana Temple, among others. The Eastern Group comprises of the Ghantai Temple, Parsavanatha Temple and Adinatha Temple while the Southern Group has Duladeo Temple and Chaturbhuj Temples on itinerary.
Get back to hotel for dinner and stay after a long weary day of sightseeing.
The tenth day of your Incredible India tour starts with early breakfast followed by airport transfer to board the flight for Varanasi. Varanasi. Varanasi is one of the most sacred cities for Hindus and the oldest continually inhabited cities of the world. On your arrival in the city, you'll be escorted to your hotel. Later, post lunch, the sightseeing tour of this fascinating city starts. You'll get to visit some old temples, Aurangzeb's mosque as also the Banaras Hindu University.
In the evening, visit the 'Aarti' ceremony on the Ganga Ghat. The night stay is scheduled in the Varanasi Hotel.
Today, early morning, you'll enjoy a boat ride in the River Ganges. Later in the day head for Sarnath, 13 km from Varanasi and a major pilgrimage centers of Buddhists. It is said Buddha delivered his first sermon here. Among myriad of monuments, you'll get to see Ashoka Pillar, Archaeological Museum, Dhamek Stupa and Chaukhandi Stupa.
Post lunch, you'll be transferred to airport for onward journey to Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai, you'll be greeted by our representatives who will take you to hotel. The night stay is scheduled in Mumbai hotel.
Today, set off for a sightseeing tour of Mumbai. Mumbai or better known as its old name Bombay is the capital city of Maharashtra state and one of the largest metropolises in India. With approximately 14 million inhabitants, Mumbai is second most populated city in the world. You'll visit the Gateway of India, Chowpatti Beach, Dhobi Ghat, Prince of Wales Museum and Marine Drive.
Stay overnight in Mumbai hotel.
Morning after breakfast, you'll be transferred to airport to board a flight to Cochin. In Cochin, our representative will assist you to your hotel.
Post lunch, you'll be taken for sightseeing tour of the city. Cochin or Kochi is the second largest and culturally diverse city of Kerala. It was the site of first European settlement in India. There a number of sites reminiscent of the colonial era. You'll visit Wellington Island - the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of India, Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and Santa Cruz Basilica.
Stay overnight in Cochin.
Today, you'll be escorted to Periyar 185 km from Cochin. You'll enjoy the 5-hour drive to the hilt moving past the lush green vistas and palm-fringed water bodies. The evening is free. Dinner and night stay is scheduled at Periyar.
Wake up refreshed as today you'll be taken to one of the most exotic wildlife reserves in India. Situated at an altitude of 1800 m, Periyar National Park is spread over an area of around 800 sq km. The Park was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Enjoy the sight of exotic animals like Elephant, Gaur, Wild Pig, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Indian Wild Dog and of course, tigers. Retire to your hotel after a full day tryst with the wildlife.
After breakfast, you'll be taken to visit the famous Meenakshi Temple. Later in the day, proceed towards Madurai. Enjoy the drive as the spectacular scenery will wash over you. Stay overnight at Madurai hotel.
Today, you'll be driven to Trichy. Trichy is famous for its giant rock-hewn temples. You'll get to visit Rock Fort Temple, Jambukeswara Temple, and Ranganathswami Temple, to name a few.
In the evening you'll be taken to the temple of Srirangam situated on an Island on the River Cauvery. Spend night in Trichy.
After early breakfast, you'll be driven to Tanjore. The ancient city plays host to as many as 70 temples. Post lunch, you'll be escorted for sightseeing trip of the city visiting Brihadeswarar Temple, Royal Museum and Thenjavur Palace. Have dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Tanjore.
Today, you'll be taken to Puducherry, till recently known as Pondicherry. Old French style buildings and churches will greet you in this colonial-era city. To cap them all, Auroville Ashram is an ideal retreat for a weary soul. Other sites include Matrimandir and Manakula Vinayagar Temple and the beach. Stay at hotel at Pondicherry.
On the twentieth day of Incredible India Tour, you'll be driven to Mahabalipuram. Sitting on the shores of Arabian Sea, this seventh century port town flourished during the reign of Pallava rulers. Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram boasts of its natural beauty and splendid architecture. After lunch you'll visit the shore temples followed by a relaxing evening on the beach.
Dinner and stay at hotel in Mahabalipuram.
Morning, taken an excursion to Kanchipuram. Often called the Golden City of Thousand Temples, Kanchipuram is also famous for its silk items. Set out for sightseeing trip of Kanchipuram to visit Kailashnath Temple, Ekambareshwar Temple, Kamakshi Temple and the Vaikunthaperumal Temple. Also visit the colony where Sari weavers reside. Later, proceed towards Chennai where you are scheduled to stay at night and spend the next day.
Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu. After breakfast, you'll be taken to sightseeing tour of Chennai visiting National Art Gallery, Museum, Peoples Park, St. Mary's Church and the Marina Beach. Stay overnight at Chennai hotel.
It's time to say adieu bringing along the happy memories of the tour that will remain etched in your mind for a lifetime. You'll be transferred to the airport for your onward/return journey.
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