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Tour starting from 26-07-2019
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29 Nights / 30 Days

Classical North and South India Tour

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Assorting the most beautiful and exotic beads of India tourism, the month-long Classical North & South India Tour is one of the best tours for exploring India. Immerse in interesting folklores and legends of medieval chivalry and romance of Rajputs in Rajasthan, as you witness their splendor, respect for science and creativity, and sophisticated understanding of arts and architecture in majestic palaces and forts they have built. The itinerary covers dazzling Taj Mahal and daring Delhi, the Capital of India. Once the seven-island archipelago of Mumbai that was given as dowry to Charles II of England by Portuguese is now a bustling commercial hub, where people from all over India come to fulfill their dreams. Tamil Nadu is said to be the cradle of south Indian temple architecture while Kerala offers unusual ways of traveling around. Its picturesque beaches and enthralling backwater trips are rapidly gaining favor with the guests.

Trip Highlights

  • Rickshaw ride in narrow lanes of Old Delhi
  • Short Spiritual tour in Delhi
  • Evening Aarti ceremony in Varanasi
  • Sunset cruise in Varanasi
  • Culinary tour in Lucknow
  • Heritage walk with tea in Agra
  • Fatehpur Sikri excursion
  • Three shared jeep safaris in Ranthambhore,
  • Walking tour in Jaipur - Bazaars, Crafts and Cuisine in the Old City
  • Heena painting, sari draping session & turban tying in Jaipur
  • Choki Dhani visit in Jaipur
  • Shared boat ride in Lake Pichola Udaipur
  • Cultural dance performance at Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur
  • Cycle Rickshaw ride in Pondicherry
  • Visit to Bronze Statues making unit in Kumbakonam
  • Visit to Veena making centre in Kumbakonam
  • Learn to make a Kolam (Rangoli) in Chettinad
  • Interactive cooking session at Chettinad
  • Visit to a local Chettinad House
  • Learn about the Athangudi traditional handmade tile making units
  • Evening prayer ceremony at Meenakshi Temple in Madurai
  • Explore rural Madurai along with Potters Trail
  • Nature walk / trek in Thekkady
  • Spice plantation tour in Thekkady
  • Spice market visit in Thekkady
  • Kalaripayattu Performance in Thekkady
  • Overnight houseboat cruise and
  • Visit to Coir making unit in Alleppey
  • Visit to Vaikom village with local traditional lunch
  • Small village visits during backwaters and
  • Kathakali dance presentation in cochin

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Delhi - Varanasi - Lucknow - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Kumbakonam - Trichy - Chettinad - Madurai - Munnar - Thekkady - Alleppey - cochin

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  • About: Delhi

    After completing Immigration and Customs formalities, please step out of the Customs enclosure and look for a paging board with your names on it. Please then identify yourselves to the person carrying the board as he is our IVAT representative.  He will assist you with your baggage and transfer you to the hotel.

    DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

    Overnight will be at Delhi.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Delhi

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes a visit to the Red Fort from outside, built in 1648 during the reign of Shah Jehan in red sandstone, which gave the fort its name. Jama Masjid is India's largest mosque, built of red sandstone and white marble in the middle of the 17th century. Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), once the imperial avenue down which Shah Jehan rode at the head of lavish cavalcades, is today bustling with shops, stalls and silversmiths' ateliers. Also visit Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, Shakti Sthal, the cremation spot of Indira Gandhi and Veer Bhumi, memorial to Rajiv Gandhi.

    cycle rickshaw ride through the congested streets of Old Delhi is an amazing experience. On reaching the bazaars, we will walk along streets filled with tiny but specialists shops – bridal wear, festive clothing; costume jewellery, Indian delicacies and much much more. The riots of colour, the crowd and the sights and sounds are a visual and sensory treat.

    After lunch, start sightseeing of New Delhi which includes a visit to India Gate, built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy is today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, a unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament.

    Humayun's Tomb is the first Mughal garden tomb. Visitors are immediately struck by the tomb's resemblance to its more famous cousin - the Taj Mahal - with its four grand gateways, octagonal base-plan, soaring niche-shaped arches, lofty double domes and the symmetrical garden with its central canal. One of Delhi’s most striking monuments is the 70-meter high Qutub Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi.

    Later proceed for a short spiritual tour…learn about three religions with visits to Sikh Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and witness the huge volunteer kitchens, which produce thousands of meals daily. Continue to visit Laxmi Narayan Temple, known as Birla Mandir and dedicated to Laxmi the goddess of prosperity. Discover the intriguing beliefs of the Bahai faith with a visit to the famous Lotus Temple    

    Overnight will be at Delhi. 

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Delhi, Varanasi

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Transfer to the airport to take flight for Varanasi. Reach and check into the hotel.

    Picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy River Ganges, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of learning in India, is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. This name seems to have been corrupted, in medieval times to Varanasi, which was in use till September 1956, when it was changed to Varanasi, by an order of the Government of India. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year. To every visitor Varanasi offers a breathtaking experience. The rays of the dawn shimmering across the Ganges; the high-banks; the temples and shrines along the banks bathed in a golden hue …soul stirring hymns and mantras along with the fragrance of incense filling the air…and the refreshing dip in the holy waters gently splashing at the Ghats. Varanasi – The land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education. Some of the world – renowned exponents India has produced in these fields were schooled in Varanasi’s cultural ethos. Luminaries apart, Varanasi abounds in the art of silk weaving, an exotic work of art which manifests itself in precious Banarasi silk saris and silk brocades which are cherished as collector’s items across the world today.

    Proceed for a guided day tour of Varanasi which begins with the Bharat Mata Temple where the deity is a marble relief map of undivided India.

    Our next stop is the 18th century Durga Temple, where, according to legend, the idol of the goddess is not man-made but self-manifested.

    Tulsi Manas Temple has scenes and verses from Ram Charit Manas - the Hindi version of the Ramayana -engraved upon its white marble walls. The temple is in the traditional Shikhara style, featuring towers that symbolize the great Himalayan summits or shikharas. 

    Up next is the sprawling Benaras Hindu University campus. Spread over 4000 acres, it is considered to be among the biggest residential universities in Asia. The University Campus houses an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

    In the evening, witness Aarti at the Ghats of Varanasi. The chants of religious hymns by priests, the sound of conch shells, bells, gongs, the smell of camphor and incense sticks will mesmerize you as you sit by the dark waters of the ancient river. Your guide will be at hand to explain the proceedings and the significance of the Vedic hymns recited by the priests.

    Overnight will be at Varanasi.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Varanasi, Lucknow

    Drive to Daswamedh Ghat early in the morning and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. (To start at 0500 hrs. for the best lifetime experience) For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we’ll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water’s edge. Return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga".

    As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity as the faithful are coming and going.

    Return for breakfast to the hotel.

    Drive to Lucknow. Reach and check into the hotel.

    Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, straddles both banks of the Gomti, a tributary of the mighty Ganga. It rose to importance during the Indo-Islamic medieval period, especially under the Mughals and subsequently under the Nawabs of Oudh and later the British. The city is renowned for its cultivated manners and refined urban culture, as well as its traditional crafts. These include the fine bidri - silver-inlaid black metalware, delicate jewelry and Chikan work - intricate shadow-work embroidery. The city is the home of light classical North-Indian Hindustani music and Kathak, a traditional school of dance.

    Overnight will be at Lucknow. 

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Lucknow

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    This morning explore the city and the attractions it holds, Lucknow is an interesting place with great things to offer. The structures in the city showcase the fine blend of Indo-Islamic and colonial era.

    Places of historical importance include Nadan Mahal, a Moghul tomb; Bara Imambara, built in 1784, which contains the tombs of the builder and his family; the ruins of the British Residency, where the Great Indian Mutiny took place; the Husanabad Imambara, which stands in a large enclosure with an attached mosque and a great ornamental gate, the Rumi Darwaza and its charming labyrinth, supporting the roof of the edifice.

    Other places of note are the Chhatar Manzil, the tombs of Saadt Ali and his wife; Dilkhusha Palace and Constantinia, now La Martiniere School, founded in the 18th century by the Frenchman Claude Martin.

    Lucknow as a city has carved a niche by attracting gastronomes, for the want of discovering and re-discovering the Awadhi Cuisine. Till date Lucknowites spend the most of their earnings and time on their kitchens. Lucknow is one place that has a full colony of chefs called, ‘Bawarchi Tola’ and then there is a full street, where one can find the best from Lucknow’s very own traditional kitchens.

    We will take you for the evening culinary walk and make you hop-in, hop-out of the traditional roadside eateries, making you try the best that is on the menu. This is a guided tour with our own set of cutlery and basic dining essentials. It allows you to experience the best of the best, at the unpretentious eateries, without having to worry about how to eat without a fork or to wipe your hands clean after you are done.

    Overnight will be at Lucknow. 

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Lucknow, Agra

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Drive to Agra. Reach and check into the hotel.

    AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine.

    Overnight will be at Agra.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Agra

    Wake up early and proceed for SUNRISE visit of Taj Mahal.

    The highlight of your trip will probably be a visit to the Taj Mahal, surely the greatest monument to love and one of the wonders of the modern world. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice, constructed by Emperor Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal.

    Come back and enjoy the breakfast.

     

    Proceed for the sightseeing of Agra Fort & Baby Taj

    Visit the red sandstone Agra Fort, which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Jamuna River, enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12- meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture.

    The Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah is a mausoleum on the left bank of the Jamuna, built by Empress Nur Jehan in memory of her father. Though small, it is perfectly proportioned and regarded as the forerunner to the Taj Mahal, being the first Mughal building all in white marble.

    Proceed for a HERITAGE WALK to the other side of River YAMUNA with your guide.

    The other side of the Taj Mahal across the river Yamuna where Mughal History has been written in edicts of stone, the river Yamuna lined with the residences of mobility was the artery, the very lifeline, which fostered the development of Mughal Agra. These heritage relics have been weaved together for a historic experience of Mughal Agra. You would walk through the various monuments in midst of rural setting intertwined with the communities along with stunning view of the Taj Mahal.

    Enjoy the extended hospitality of the local villagers sipping a cup of Masala Chai. The whole village walk through India’s Mughal History and amiable people is an unforgettable experience.

    Overnight will be at Agra.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Ranthambore

    Enjoy leisurely breakfast.

    Later proceed to Bharatpur visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute.

    Fatehpur Sikri – The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its  "ruins" are in pristine condition  ...  it's not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world.

    Proceed to board the train for Sawai Madhopur. Reach and you will be transferred to the hotel. Check-in & relax.

    Ranthambhore is situated at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges. Since becoming one of the original 11 areas under Project Tiger in 1973, the park has recovered much of its previous natural glory. The blend between nature and history is strong in this park - the fort, temples, tanks and other relics are a constant reminder of man's involvement in the area. The fort commanded a large region and up to the late 13th century was the centre of a Hindu kingdom. During the 18th century the area was protected as a hunting area for and by the Maharajas of Jaipur and it is thanks to an extension of this protection that the park exists today. Ranthambhore has an impressive range of animal species within its 150 sq. miles (392 sq. km), including sambar, cheetal, nilgai, chinkara, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, leopard and tiger. The rich birdlife reflects the range of flora on which it feeds. During the winter months, the lakes attract a variety of migrant water birds.

    Overnight will be at Ranthambhore.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Ranthambore

    Wake up early morning and leave for your safari into the National Park. Track the tigers and other wildlife through the morning. Return to the resort / lodge by 1000 in the morning and have breakfast.

    Freshen up and either spend time at the pool or visit the town. You could also go for a nice visit to the temple on top of the fort.

    In the afternoon have lunch and then leave again for you afternoon safari. The safari will be till evening 1700 – 1800 hr. and then return to the resort / lodge.

    Dinner will be at the resort and retire early for the night. Overnight will be at Ranthambhore.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Ranthambore, Jaipur

    Enjoy morning game drive.

    Come back and have the breakfast.

    After breakfast, drive to beautiful Pink City – Jaipur. Reach and check in at hotel.

    Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the KSHATRIYA warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Thus, many enjoyed a privileged position under the Mughal emperors and also the British Raj that followed.

    The bustling Rajasthan capital of Jaipur takes its name from its venerated founder Jai Singh II, who was given the title Sawai Maharaja by the Mughal. Literally translated this would mean ’one and a quarter’, suggesting that the Mughal thought this emperor to be more valuable than just ‘one’. Jaipur is known as the ’Pink City’ on account of the distinctive color of its buildings. This did not, however, form part of the original plan, but dates back to 1856, when the city was given a wash of pink in honor of a State Visit from Prince Albert.

    Enjoy Heritage Bazaars, Crafts & Cuisine Walk

    Jaipur offers a dazzling immersion into the riches of traditional India. Since its foundation in 1727, royal family and nobles of Jaipur had been patronizing various craftsmen and artisans in Pink   City.  Many of these traditions continue to this day, making the modern day Jaipur a favorable destination to witness India’s rich Art & Craft. Traditional methods are still used to produce valuable and highly prized items.

    On this fascinating evening walking Tour mingle and talk with locals whilst sampling some of the regions culinary delights; try Samosa Kachori, Kulfi and Lassi. Sample sweets   from some of the city’s most popular Mithai Wala’s. Observe local artisans like Silversmiths, Bangle makers, at work. Meet a local family and experience Indian hospitality. It’s a great way to explore Jaipur like locals do and learn about    rich art traditions of this fascinating city.

    Discover Mehendi / Heena design. It is a traditional art form in which intricate patterns of Mehendi or henna is applied to both the hands and feet of the bride before wedding ceremonies. This is a ceremonial art which was originated from ancient India   

    If interested enjoy a discussion on different saris and turbans and a demonstration on how to wear one. 

    This evening is free for you to relax, shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for gold and silver jewelry, pottery, tie-dye materials, silk, saris, wooden handicrafts and carpets.

    Overnight will be at Jaipur.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Jaipur

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Explore Jaipur, one of the best planned cities in India, built of rose-pink sandstone by the great astronomer-king Jai Singh II in 1727. The City Palace stands in the centre of the city. Part of it is still the Maharaja's residence, while most of the complex has been developed into a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings, royal apparel and an armory. Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is the landmark of Jaipur. It stands on one of the main streets, a curious building, elaborate and fanciful, built of pink sandstone with a delicate honeycomb design. Rising five storeys high, it is composed of semi-octagonal overhanging windows, each with its perforated screen, which allowed the ladies of the court to look onto the main street without being seen. Jantar Mantar observatory, built by the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The huge stone instruments were devised to study the movements of the sun, moon and planets and are incredibly accurate

    Proceed to visit Chokhi Dhani – It is a concept capturing the vibrant spirit of Rajasthan and ensuring a perfect Rajasthani experience. Here you will explore the culture of Rajasthan, hear local music and dance.

    Overnight will be at Jaipur. 

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Jaipur, Jodhpur

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Drive to Jodhpur; reach and check – in at hotel. Relax.

    Jodhpur: Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the Ramayana. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. The city is surrounded by a high 10 km long wall, which has 8 gates and innumerable bastions.

    Overnight will be at Jodhpur. 

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Jodhpur

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Enjoy the sightseeing tour of the city.

    Mehrangarh Fort: Situated on a steep hill, Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest forts in India. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous palaces in the fort narrate a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures. Mehrangarh Fort, spreading over 5 km on a perpendicular hill and looking down 125 meters, presents a majestic view on city horizon. It was built on advice of a saint in 1459 to establish an impregnable head-quarter. This Fort is one of the best in India with its exquisitely latticed windows, carved panels, elaborately adorned windows and walls of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, and Sheesh Mahal. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, royal costumes, furniture and the cannons on the fort's ramparts are well preserved.

    Jaswant Thada: Close to the fort complex, lies Jaswant Thada. This 19th century royal cenotaph built in white marble in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and three other cenotaphs stand nearby. The cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh holds the rare portraits of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur. A visit inside the cenotaphs, with some villagers of the region, would bring forward the reverence they still hold for their brave kings.

    Drive to the BISHNOI VILLAGES for a short jeep safari.

    Visit the BISHNOI VILLAGES and have a rare glimpse into the rich culture and true essence of India. This village is inhabited by the Bishnoi community. They are staunch believers in the sanctity of plant and animal life. Villages are marked by Khejri trees and deer which thrive. Memorable moments of the great desert landscape fascinates one while driving along the countryside.

    Overnight will be at Jodhpur.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Jodhpur, RANAKPUR, Udaipur

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed to Udaipur en-route; visit the RANAKPUR TEMPLES, dating back to the 15th century. 200 pillars, none of which are alike, support its 29 halls. The Temple abounds with intricate friezes and sculptures. Includes visits to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures. 

    Reach Udaipur and check – in at hotel. Relax. 

    The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.

    Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavour of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the LAKE PICHOLA is an enticing sight.

    Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR -a kingdom ruled by the SISODIA dynasty for 1200 Years.

    Overnight will be at Udaipur.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Udaipur

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Sightseeing of Udaipur city includes a visit to the City Palace which stands on the crest of a ridge overlooking Lake Pichola. The largest palace in Rajasthan, it was built at various periods but still preserves the harmony of design, enhanced by massive octagonal towers surmounted by cupolas. Now a museum, it is a labyrinth of courtyards richly decorated with inlaid mirror-work, galleries covered with frescos, temples and roof gardens which afford a wide panorama below. Sahelion-Ki-Bari (Garden of the Handmaidens) is a good example of the Hindu art of landscape gardening on a princely scale. Ornamental pools with finely sculptured cenotaphs of soft black stone are surrounded by a profusion of fountains. The Jagdish Temple in the old town was built in the mid-17th century and has a remarkable bronze statue of Garuda, the mythical bird, facing his revered master Lord Vishnu. Bagore Ki Haveli is a very congenial old building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built it in the eighteenth century. The palace has over hundred rooms and some very interesting display of costumes and modern art. The glass and mirror in the interiors of the Haveli delicate work and well preserved too. It also preserves a fine example of Mewar Painting on the walls of Queen's Chamber. The two peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are fine examples of glasswork. After the death Badwa the building became the property of Mewar State. It came to be occupied by Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore who built the palace of the three arches also in 1878 and it acquired its name of Bagore-Ki-haveli, the house of Bagore. After independence the structure lay in neglect until 1986 when it housed the West Zone Cultural centre.

    In the evening take a boat ride on Lake Pichola. The steel blue waters of the lake, artificially created in the 14th century, reflect the white phantom Jag Nivas Palace, now the Lake Palace hotel which was built in 1746 as the summer residence of the rulers, and Jag Mandir said to be built by Maharana Karan Singh for his friend Prince Khurram, who was later to become emperor Shah Jehan. Huge seamless stone slabs of translucent thinness where used. The rooms were embellished with inlaid stones - onyx, jade, carnelian, jasper and agate. 

    Enjoy CULTURAL DANCE performance at Bagore Ki Haveli.

    Overnight will be at Udaipur.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Udaipur, Chennai

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Transfer to the airport to take flight for Chennai via Mumbai. Reach Chennai and check into the hotel.

    The first British Warehouse came up in 1639 when the British acquired the sandy beach from the local Nayakas on lease. It was called Madraspatinam then. Later by 1654, the Fort St. George was built. Still later the neighboring villages were included in the city which came either as grants or gifts. Triplicane was rented from the Sultan of Golconda in 1676. In 1744 Robert Clive worked as a writer from the Fort, later to become a military man of British Army. The Fort House, which housed the Governor and his council, were added in the 17th Century, the Assembly Hall in 1910 and the Secretariat in 1925.

    All the neighboring areas were merged into the city now known as Madras or as Chennai as it is officially known. Until Independence, Madras was the capital of what in British times was called the Madras Presidency, comprising nearly the whole of South India, including the Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada speaking areas.

    Overnight will be at Chennai.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Chennai

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed for the city sightseeing.

    Santhome Cathedral was built by the Portuguese in the 14th and 15th century and is named after St. Thomas. Historically important, it is one of the pilgrimages for the Christian community.

    Fort St. George, one the first few bastions built by the east India company, marks the beginning of Chennai as a modern city. It occupies a place of pride and prominence in Chennai. This bastion achieved its name from St. George, the patron saint of England. The state legislature and the secretariat are located in Fort St. George. It houses the St. Mary's church the oldest Anglican Church in India which was built in 1680 and the tombstones in its courtyard are the oldest British tombstones in India. The Fort Museum, once a building that housed Chennai's first lighthouse, first commercial bank and first 'club', is now a well-kept repository of tangible memories of early Madras.

    Kapaleeswarar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva; Kapaleeswarar temple has inscriptions from the 13th century A.D. The temple 'Gopuram' (tower) is in the characteristic Dravidian style of architecture. The walls and pillars of temple have very delicate and intricate carvings which depict the scenes from Hindu mythology.

    Overnight will be at Chennai.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry

    Breakfast will be at the hotel. 

    This morning we drive south along the shores of the Indian Ocean to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram. The once great port city of the Pallava dynasty, Mahabalipuram can trace its ancestry back to the 7th century and is home to some 40 different monuments and temples, including the magnificent Shore Temple, one of the oldest stone buildings in India. 

    Later, we continue to the colourful former French colonial town of Pondicherry. 

    French dreams of an Indian Empire began and ended in Pondicherry. But in the scattered territories of the Union Territory of Pondicherry there remains what little there is left of the French influence in India and that makes the territory, especially its headquarters, Pondicherry, unique, something quite different from the rest of India. The Union Territory of Pondicherry comprises of 4 coastal regions of Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. Pondicherry is on the east coast about 162 km south of Chennai (Madras) located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. This erstwhile French colony on the east coast of South India merged with the rest of the country in 1954. Legend says that Pondicherry is the place where St. Agasthaya settled down.

    Overnight will be at Pondicherry. 

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  • About: Pondicherry

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Often referred to as the French Riviera of the East for its architecture and European ways, Pondicherry provides a fascinating contrast to the rest of the state. Today we will enjoy a guided heritage tour around the old town as well as a cycle rickshaw ride, discovering the colonial elegance of Pondicherry’s architecture.

    Other highlights include the 17th century church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, founded by a Bengali revolutionary and philosopher, and today one of the most influential ashrams in all India. We will visit the city’s fascinating museum, which contains a number of remarkable statues, as well as archaeological finds that link Pondicherry with ancient Rome and Greece.

    Overnight will be at Pondicherry.

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  • About: Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Today we will drive south along coastal roads to the ancient capital of Tanjore, one of the ancient cities of India with a long and varied history dating back to the Sangam period, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On arrival we will visit the famous Sri Bragadeeswarar Temple built by the great Chola King, Rajaraja 1 in the 10th century AD. The city is also home to the majestic 16th century Thanjavur Palace of the Marathas and the Nayaks, a vast labyrinthine complex with an excellent collection of Chola bronzes and over 1000 manuscripts.

    In the afternoon we will visit a bronze-making unit where we will learn the process of how bronze statues are made, followed by a visit to a Veenai-making centre, giving us a fascinating insight into the history of one of South India’s most ancient and revered instruments.

    Check into the hotel and relax.

    Overnight will be at Kumbakonam. 

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  • About: Kumbakonam, Chettinad

    Early this morning we will test our creative skills once more and learn how to make a kolam alongside one of our local experts. This is an artistic creation of geometric designs using rice flour that is done outside the front entrance to a home, and is usually created by the females of the household early in the morning every day.

    After breakfast we depart Kumbakonam and continue south to Chettinad, stopping en route at one of the oldest inhabited cities in Tamil Nadu – Trichy. Famed for its spectacular Rock Fort and its Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Trichy is blessed with a rich ancestry that includes Chola, Pallava and Nayak influences. We can also see the unusual architecture of the 19th century Georgian church of St. John while we’re here.

    In the afternoon we continue on to Chettinad, the land of Chettiars, where you will check into your hotel and enjoy an interactive cooking session to learn more about the incredible flavours of southern India.

    Overnight will be at Chettinad.

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    • Breakfast
  • About: Chettinad, Madurai

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    This morning we will venture out to explore one of the many traditional villages that surround this area. Built over 200 years ago it is a treasure trove of antiques and handicrafts, and we can learn more about the Athangudi traditional handmade tile making units, as well as visit a typical Chettinadu house which displays some of the unique Chettinad architecture.

    In the afternoon we journey into the cultural heartlands of the Tamil and Dravidian cultures as we make our way towards the temple city of Madurai, a place that can trace its history back some 2,500 years.

    Experience evening prayer ceremony at Meenakshi Temple.

    Overnight will be at Madurai.

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  • About: Madurai

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Laid out in the shape of a lotus along the flat, fertile plains of the Vaigai River valley, Madurai is built around the magnificent Sri Meenakshi Temple, a spectacular complex of towers, temples, courtyards and shrines that is considered one of India’s great cultural landmarks. Today we pay a visit to this spectacular 16th century temple, as well as the Tirumalai Nayak Palace and Theppakulam.

    Further exploration will take us into rural Madurai and along the potters’ trail where we can listen to more myths and legends of the area and learn about its fabulous use of mud!

    Overnight will be at Madurai. 

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    • Breakfast
  • About: Madurai, Munnar

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Drive to Munnar. Reach and check into the hotel.

    Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathani & Kundala. 1600 meter above sea level this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling Tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neel Kurinji. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m.

    Visit Kolukkumalai Hills: The Kolukkumalai Hills are home to the highest Tea Plantations in the world. The tea grown here has a special flavor and freshness due to the high altitude. A Jeep Safari to the Tea Factory would guarantee spectacular views of mist shrouded mountains and the far off plains of Tamil Nadu. Strolls through the pathways on the plantations and for the more adventurous, trek down a bit along the steep and narrow bridle path leading to the plains – this was the only option in the olden days to take down tea chests to the plains and bring up provisions.

    Overnight will be at Munnar.

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    • Breakfast
  • About: Munnar, Thekkady

    After breakfast, proceed for the guided city tour.

    Munnar is a destination of tea and cardamom plantations. There is nothing more invigorating than the spectacular beauty of acres and acres of tea gardens rolling over mountains and hills. The half an hour drive to Chinnakanal from Munnar town, takes you through the heart of these sprawling Tea Estates, giving them the true experience of a tea plantation hill station.

    Lockhart Tea Factory: One of the older running Tea factories where you will be given a Guided Tour of the art of Tea processing by the traditional method. Set in a scenic background, this building lends an old world charm with its wooden interiors and aroma of tea. You can also buy fresh jams, pickles and Tea from their sales outlet.

    Anayirangal Dam & the Hanging Bridge: Anayirangal is an old watering hole for elephants. The area around the Anayirangal Dam has been developed and the boating started here is a new venture of the department of Hydel Tourism. This Dam has a number of islands and boating here is a unique experience. Not only do you frequently see elephants at the water’s edge, but very often your boat will have to give way to a herd of elephants swimming across from one island to another.

    After sightseeing proceed to Thekkady. Reach and check into the hotel.

    Four hour drive southwards over rolling hills and coffee plantations to the PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, one of the major wildlife reserves in India. Indian elephants, wild boars, lion-tailed monkeys, ibex, tigers, leopards and sloth bears are on the list. The park surrounds a large, many-fingered lake and a dawn or dusk foray on one of the boats will be a thrilling experience. It is from the lake rather than vehicles that the wildlife is viewed. The sanctuary is rich in bird life. Great hornbills, kites, darters, herons, egrets, owls and kingfishers are in abundance. Surrounding the reserve are many small spice plantations and we spend an absorbing afternoon searching for pepper, cardamom, turmeric, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and betel.

    Overnight will be at Thekkady. 

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    • Breakfast
  • About: Thekkady

    Proceed for jungle walk / trek experience at Periyar National Park.

    You will visit the rare species of plants and animals. The “experience” will be customized as per your preference depending on how many hours you want to spend in the park.

    Come back and enjoy breakfast at the resort.

    In the afternoon visit spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices.

    If interested, visit Kumily market to buy the best spices available.

    Enjoy KALARIPAYATTU performance in evening.

    Kalaripayattu-the oldest of martial arts-is a gift to the modern world and known as the mother of all martial arts. Legend traces the 3000-year old art form to sage Parasurama-the master of all martial art forms and credited to be the re-claimer of Kerala from the Arabian Sea. Kalaripayattu originated in ancient south India. Kung-fu, popularized by the monks of the shaoline temple traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma-an Indian Buddhist monk and Kalaripayattu master.

    Overnight will be at Thekkady.

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    • Breakfast
  • About: Thekkady, Alleppey

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Drive to Alleppey to take to the waters of this most beautiful and unique of landscapes. Boarding our traditional houseboats, we will spend time cruising the waterways and channels that honeycomb the coastal plains running parallel to the Arabian Sea. A unique ecosystem that is home to a rich variety of aquatic life, the backwaters present us with a time- honored image of an India long forgotten, where scattered villages survive amongst the labyrinthine channels much as they have for generations. Kettuvallams (Keralan houseboats) once negotiated these canals carrying rice, grain and even royalty through the backwaters. Today they provide us with an ideal way to appreciate the tranquility and tradition of this part of southern India. We’ll pass isolated communities and gardens of hibiscus and vegetables, hop off the boats to visit interesting sights en route, and spend our evening moored up besides the lapping shores of these idyllic backwaters.

    The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. You will have lunch, dinner and breakfast in the Houseboat. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.

    Lunch will be served on the boat freshly prepared by the crew.

    Overnight will be on Alleppey.

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  • About: Alleppey, Cochin

    Breakfast will be on board.

    Disembarking our boats this morning and proceed to visit coir making unit where you will see the manufacturing of different coir products and their export worldwide. Such products include coir mats, rubber mats, rugs, carpets, and other textiles. 

    We then drive to the village of Vaikom. Here we spend some time learning about life in this rural area of Kerala and explore more of the backwaters, this time by small open country boats, followed by a delicious traditional Keralan lunch.

    In the afternoon we will drive on to Kochi, the glittering ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. The oldest European settlement in India, Kochi is a vibrant mix of Arab, Chinese, European and Indian influences and home to the oldest church and the oldest synagogue in the country. Built on trade the city began to prosper with the arrival of Jewish and Arab traders. With the later arrival of the Portuguese, and then the Dutch and English, Kochi went on to become a vibrant settlement, incorporating a rare fusion of European and Asian traditions and styles.

    Overnight will be at Cochin. 

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    • Breakfast
  • About: Cochin

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Cochin comprising of a cluster of islands and towns, is a living museum. Fort Cochin is believed to be the oldest European settlement in India, with the Portuguese flag first hoisted here in 1500. St Francis Church, built in 1510 by friars brought to India by Vasco da Gama, is the first European church built in India and is the site where da Gama was buried. While the remains were later taken back to Lisbon, the gravestone can still be seen here. The Jewish Synagogue was built in 1568 and considerably embellished in the mid-18th century by Ezekiel Rahabi, who built a clock tower and paved the floor of the synagogue with hand- painted tiles brought all the way from Canton in China. The "Dutch Palace" was built in the 1550s by the Portuguese and taken over by the Dutch, who later presented it to the Rajas of Cochin. The palace contains excellent mythological murals and a rare example of traditional Keralite flooring - a subtle mix of burnt coconut shells, lime, plant juices and eggwhites - which gives the effect of polished marble.

    Chinese Fishing Nets – The Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles work on the principle of balance. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450. Vasco Da Gama Square, the narrow promenade that parallels the beach, is the best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea. Learn the operation of the interesting Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles which work on the principle of balance.

    In the evening proceed for a CULTURAL EVENING – Kerala's best known dance drama Kathakali, its martial art form Kalaripayattu, semi – classical dance form Mohiniattam, Theyyam - a ritual dance performed as a surrealistic representation of the Gods & classical Indian music. You can also go into the green room to see how dancers dress up, do make up and get ready as per the different dance forms.

    Overnight will be at Cochin.

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    • Breakfast
  • About: Cochin

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Spend day in leisure or else enjoy some last minute shopping.

    As per the international flight timings, you will be transferred to the airport to take flight back home with sweet memories of the tour.

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Inclusions

  • Based on double sharing basis at hotels mentioned above in the itinerary
  • Check-in time is 1400 hours and check-out time is 1200 hours
  • Early check-in/late check-out can be requested, wherever required, but cannot be guaranteed
  • Daily buffet Breakfast included at all the hotels
  • Breakfast, Lunch & dinners at Ranthambhore & houseboat
  • Transfers, excursions and intercity drives will be provided by air-conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Paper tissue, Sanitizers, Packaged bottled water etc. will be provided in the vehicle during transfer, sightseeing and intercity drive
  • Train fare in AC Chair car for the sector Bharatpur to Ranthambhore
  • Airfare in economy class for the sectors mentioned in the itinerary
  • Toll taxes, driver allowances, parking charges, currently applicable taxes and service charges as per Government of India is included

Exclusions

  • Expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, snacks etc.
  • Optional activities attract supplement charge
  • International air fare and airport taxes
  • Indian Visa Fees and medical / travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in inclusion section
  • Video / Camera fees wherever applicable
  • Any increase in entrances as per government notifications
  • Any tips, gratuities and portage for local guides, drivers, porters and restaurants (unless specified separately)
  • Additional taxes levied by the Government of India in tourism sector
  • Any other services / item not mentioned in Price Inclusions section

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