Arrive at New Delhi International Airport. Met with your airport representative and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed on a combined sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi visit Red Fort, Jama Masjid, drive past Chandni Chowk and visit Raj Ghat- the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Sightseeing tour of New Delhi – you will visit Qutab Minar- 234 feet high tower, nearby stands the Iron pillar, the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun and the modern Birla Mandir Temple. Drive past India Gate (War Memorial), President's House which was once the Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and Secretariat Buildings. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning met your driver at hotel lobby and drive to Agra via visiting Brindavan and Mathura. Check in at your hotel on arrival for overnight stay. Afternoon visit to the monument of love The Taj Mahal. Later visit the Agra Fort with its exquisitely rich palaces.
Breakfast at hotel. Morning - drive from Agra to Jaipur (5 hours). Stop enroute to visit Ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri. Arrival Jaipur and check-in at hotel. Rest of the day free to relax. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning - excursion to Amber Fort where you will ride on Elephant’s back uphill to reach the ramparts of the Fort. Afternoon independent walking tour of this city of colours. Afternoon - tour of Jaipur, popularly known as "The Pink City of Rajasthan". Visit to Jantar Mantar Observatory, which was built in the 1700's and yet even today, looks futuristic. Visit to City Palace and its Museum and the Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of Winds. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Jodhpur by car. Check in at the hotel on arrival. Afternoon tour of Jodhpur which will include a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort set on the top of the hill, Jaswanth Thada and a visit to the local market. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel time free to explore Jodhpur on your own. Afternoon transfer to the airport in time to board flight for Mumbai at 2 PM. Meeting on arrival and Mumbai airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the time free to relax. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel commence city tour of Mumbai by first visiting the Dhobi Ghat (watermen's of Mumbai) which is a colourful reality sight meant for Photo opportunity ! And then continue on the visit the Hanging Garden which is located at a elevation and from here you get a good view of the city of Mumbai. Later drive past the Marine Drive (Queen's necklace) which has the core of business as well as elite residential areas of Mumbai citizens.
Later we drive you to the Gateway of India and leisurely stroll around the environs and afterwards return back to the Hotel for check in via drive past the Victorian and Gothic buildings located in the heart of Mumbai.. Afternoon free for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Afternoon tour of Kolkata. Overnight at the hotel.
Kolkata - The city is the plinth for great architectural and constructional feats. These places presents a definite epoch, an important figure or faith, presents the historical account of the bygone days. The impressions embedded throughout the city are still fresh and not more than 300 years old. Unlike other places of attractions the city have not been gifted by any ruler or dynasty. The places of interest as such encompasses diverse fields and faculties.
Afternon visit Convent of Mother Teressa. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel commence sightseeing tour to visit Fort William, Eden Gardens, Victoria Memorial, Saint Paul's Cathedral, Nakhoda Mosque, Marble Palace, Paresnath Jain Temple, Belur Math, Kali Temple, Botanical Gardens, Mother Teresa's homes, etc.
Afternoon free to relax or for independent activities. Evening transfer to the airport in time to board fight for Chennai at 8.10 PM. Meeting on arrival at Chennai at 10.20 PM and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel commence sightseeing tour of Chennai - the capital of Tamil Nadu, popularly regarded as the 'Gateway to the South' represents a culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India. During your sightseeing tour you will vist Kalakshetra, a school of art and music that encourages exponents of Bharatnatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing, Fort St. George - built in 1653 during British reign in India, - now houses the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu; St. Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India with its premises, Sri Parthasarathy Temple built by Pallavas in the 8th century AD; Kapaliswara Temple, Mylapore also an eighth century Pallava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, San Thomas Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica; and Theosophical Society - the world headquarters of the Theosophical Society formed to encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science.
Afternoon visit Velankanni Church : This church is in honour of Our Lady of Health, the Madonna of Velankanni. Smaller in scale than the original one at Velankanni (near Nagapattinam) the devoted believe in the miraculous curative powers of the Madonna. On the shores of the Bay of Bengal, at the Eliot's Beach, Besant nagar stands this beautiful shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mother of God and our Heavenly mother - The Annai Velankanni Shrine
Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed by car to Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram, 70 kms west of Mahabalipuram, is a city of a thousand temples. One of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus, it was the capital of the early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century BC. Kanchi was a major seat of Tamil learning as well as an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. Apart from temples, the city is also famous for its silk weavers, settled here some 400 years ago who have given it an enviable reputation.
Later proceed to Mahablipuram. Driving south of Madras on the coast lies Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), the ancient port of the Pallavas. The Pallavas have created many marvelous monuments with sculptural panels, caves, Monolithic Rathas and Temples. Krishna Mandapam, has a big bas relief, notable for its realistic representation. The world's largest bas relief measuring 27m x 9m, whale-back shaped rock contains figures of gods, demi-gods, men, beasts, birds and representation of the entire creation. Shore Temple, one of the oldest in south India dating back to the 8th century AD is a good example of the first phase of structural temples constructed in Dravidian style. The Five Rathas, a group of five monolithic temples, each created in different style are another attraction.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Trichy enroute visiting Tanjore - The home of Carnatic music, musical instruments, dance and traditional handicrafts, Tanjore (Thanjavur) is famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple constructed more than a thousand years ago by the Chola King Raja Rajan is an architect's marvel. The Art Gallery and the Saraswathi Mahal Library are also well known places of interest.
Afternoon tour of Trichy visiting Srirangam. Located on an island 5 kms from Trichy, is Srirangam. Surrounded by the Kaveri river is a 600 acre island town enclosed within the seven walls of the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswami temple. There are no less than 22 gopurams, one of which is the tallest in India. The 72 m high 13-tiered gopuram dominates the landscape for miles around. The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri River, Trichy's most famed landmark is an 84 m high rock, one of the oldest in the world aprox. 3,800 million years old. The attraction is not for the fort itself but the temple at the summit. 344 steps hewn out of rock lead to the top where are the inscriptions dating back to the 3rd century B.C.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel commence sightseeing tour of Madurai. Known as Athens of the East, Madurai is the second largest city on the banks of the River Vaigai. The city is believed to be more than 2500 years old. The city got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva's locks when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him. Madurai where the people wake up to the chant of hymns is proud of the magnificent Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple. Of its 12 gopurams, four of the tallest stand at the outer walls of the temple. The 48.8 m high southern gopuram is the most spectacular and has over 1500 sculptures. In the Ashta Shakti Mandapam. inside the Meenakshi temple, the sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva. During your sightseeing tour you will also visit Ayiramkal Mandapam (hall of thousand pillars) which is also part of the Meenakshi Temple Complex. Nine hundred and eight five intricately carved pillars are scattered across a vast open hall. Each pillar is a work of art with elaborate and highly ornate sculptures of ancient Indian life. When viewed from a particular angle ,these pillars appear to be in a straight line, an absolute architectural marvel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Trivandrum and check in at the hotel on arrival. Afternoon tou proceed for half day tour of Trivandrum city where you will visit - the Padmanabhaswami temple with its gopuram (tower) soaring majestically upwards, is believed to be one of the 108 shrines sacred to the Vaishnavites in India, Observatory, Museum, Art Gallery and the city. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast a the hotel proceed to Jetty near Alleppey to board waiting houseboat for Kumarakom. Sail through the back waters of Kerala to reach Kumarakom. Overnight at the houseboat.
Morning after breakfast at the houseboat disembark and proceed to explore adjoining Vembanad bird sanctuary. If you are adventurous enough, you can indulge in water sports such as Wind Sailing & Water Skiing. You can even take a canoe out into the quiet lakes.
Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for a city tour covering: Jewish Synagogue - Built in 1568 the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth stands, adorned by hundreds of exquisite hand - painted Chinese tiles in blue & white. St. Francis Church Originally, built out of wood in 1503 and thus earning fame as the oldest European church in India. Vasco de gama was buried there. Dutch Palace - As you climb its stone steps, you enter a different world of Palanquins and heraldry, jewels and rich murals. Roam about in the cobbled streets.
Afternoon drive to Coimbatore and check in at the hotel for overnight stay.
Coimbatore - is the third largest city of the state and also one of the most industrialized cities in Tamil Nadu. Known as the textile capital of South India or the Manchester of the South, the city is situated on the banks of the river Noyyal. Coimbatore existed even prior to the 2nd century AD as a small tribal village capital called Kongunad until it was brought under Chola control in the 2nd or 3rd century AD by Karikalan, the first of the early Cholas. Among its other great rulers were the Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Pandyas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagara kings. When Kongunad fell to the British along with the rest of the state, its name was changed to Coimbatore and it is by this name that it is known today, except in Tamil, in which it is called `Kovai'.
Morning after breakfast visit Coimbatore also called the ‘Manchester of South India’ where you will also visit the Maruthamalai temple. Later in the afternoon drive to Ooty and check in at the hotel.
Ooty, the queen of the southern hill station is poplular as Ootacamund or Udhamgamamdalam.The unique landscape was discovered by the British collector in pre independence India and later developed as a summer resort for the South Indian peoples. Enclosed in the lap of nature engulfed by four hills by the name of Doddabetta, Snowdon resort, Elk hill and club hill it forms a part of the Nilgiri range. Ooty lies at the confluence of the western and the eastern ghats, the colonial rulers or the British gave the name Ooty to the place.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel tour of Ooty where you will visit Botanical Gardens, Dodabeta peak and Ooty lake. Rest of the day is left free to relax and enjoy the hill station. Overnight at the hotel.
After Breakfast drive to Mysore the city of Royal palaces, sandalwood and the manufacture of incense sticks, Mysore has a pleasant climate, some beautiful parks and the former capital of the Princely state. Srirangam Fort.
Arrive and check in at the hotel.
Afternoon visit Varindavan Gardens : The tranquil ornamented gardens are laid out below the Krishnaraja Sagar dam and are a popular picnic spot illuminated in the evenings. The musical fountains and colourful lights turn this place into an enchanting fairyland in the evenings.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to visit The Tipu sultan’s beautiful summer palace built in 1784, in its lovely garden. It is “an absolute jewel”. Afternoon free for independent activities. Overnight in Mysore.
Morning drive to Bangalore and check in at the hotel. Afternoon proceed for a half day sight seeing tour of Bangalore City. The states capital and India’s sixth largest city. Bangalore’s reputation as a Garden city. Includes Lalbagh, The superb botanical garden laid out by Haidar Ali in 1760.Tipu sultan added a wealth of plants and tree from many countries. Bull Temple, The Monolithic Nandi Bull is believed to have grown in size and now measures nearly 5m. in the height and over 6m. In length it is made of grey granite. And Tipu’s summer Palace, to the south was started by Haidar Ali and completed by his son Tipu Sultan in 1789. The structure has a substantial amount of wood with walls and ceiling painted in brilliant colours with beautiful carvings.
Later visit Infant Jesus Shrine of Bangalore - has an interesting origin. A local parish priest, Fr.Paul Kinatukara, was eyeing a rose garden in what was then the outskirts of Bangalore - Somanahalli. He wanted to construct a church in the idyllic surroundings of the Rose garden, but could not find the resources. He started praying to the Infant Jesus of Prague and soon enough, he could buy the coveted land at a price he could gather. In 18th April,1969 the foundation was laid for this church. Many years later, a much larger church was built adjacent to the shrine. The new church - architect designed with basement parking facilities, was inaugurated on June 9th, 2005. The rise of popularity for the Infant Jesus is the reason why many shrines are established across India. In Madras (Chennai) alone there are 2 such shrines - one in Manali and the other in Guindi. The child Jesus commanded active devotion throughout during the last 1000 years. Some of the famous worshippers included St. Bernard of Chlairvaux, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Teresa of Avila, the latter was reported to have traveled with her sculpture of the Infant Jesus when establishing new convents. The image as we know originated from an unknown artist in Spain. It travelled to Prague and was attributed with many miracles.
Overnight at the hotel.
Morning time free before we transfer you to the airport to board flight for Goa at 2.30 PM. Meeting on arrival at Goa airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of day at leisure.
Morning visit Old Goa, the Golden Goa of the 16th century when it was the “Rome of the Orient”. Magnificent churches sumptuous buildings, stately mansions and broad streets once characterized the 3sq miles (8km) of old Goa. Today it's a small village surrounded by the huge churches and convents built during its heyday, and which attract visitors from many parts of the world. Among the many splendid buildings of old Goa, are the magnificent churches & cathedrals such as Se Cathedral, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, or Basiica of Bom Jesus as already mentioned contribute in making Old Goa as Golden Goa.
Afternoon free to relax by the beach. Overnight at the hotel.
Full Day free to relax by the beach or for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport in time to board fight for Colombo.
Cost includes :
- Accommodation on twin or triple sharing basis.
- Daily breakfast.
- All sightseeing tours as per itinerary with English speaking guide at key locations.
- All surface travel, transfers, excursion using an air-conditioned Toyota quails or tavera car through out the itinerary.
- An Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.
- Cycle Rickshaw ride in Delhi.
- All three meals during the stay of houseboat.
- All currently applicable taxes on accommodation and transport.
Cost does not include :
- Any expenses of personal nature like table drinks, laundry and telephone calls etc.
- Any monument entrance fee.
- Any major meals other than mentioned above.
- Any air fare.
- Any expenses other than mentioned above.