North and South India


20 days | INDIA, NEW DELHI | from INR 15000.0000

India
  • Arrive Delhi

  • Delhi

  • Delhi to Agra

  • Agra to Jaipur

  • Jaipur

  • Jaipur to Udaipur

  • Udaipur

  • Udaipur to Mumbai

  • Mumbai

  • Mumbai to Chennai

  • Chennai to Kanchipuram to Mahabalipuram

  • Mahabalipuram

  • Mahabalipuram to Chennai to Cochin

  • Cochin

  • Cochin to Palakkad

  • Palakkad

  • Palakkad to Sultan Battery

  • Sultan Battery

  • Sultan Battery to Nileshwar

  • Nileshwar

  • Nileshwar to Mumbai

 

Programme

  • 1 . Arrive Delhi

    Arrive in Delhi today (Flight details TBA). On arrival you will be received and escorted to your hotel (Check in 1200 Noon). Delhi with its Old and New parts — each with its specific charm and glory — makes a very interesting city for its sustenance to medieval and modern cultures at the same time and space. New Delhi is like any other modern city with tall buildings and massive shopping complex. Meals: NA



  • 2 . Delhi

    This morning you will be taken to visit the medieval Jama Mosque followed by a walking/cycle rickshaw tour of traditional businesses of Old Delhi (market closed on Sundays) – exploring centuries old arts and crafts with businessmen belonging to the 6th or 7th generation of the men who first started them. Later in the afternoon you will be taken to explore New Delhi – including Humayun’s Tomb, QutabMinar and drive past Lutyens’ Delhi. The interesting buildings of Lutyens’ Delhi are the India Gate, the RashtrapatiBhawan (President's House) and Parliament House. Meals: Breakfast



  • 3 . Delhi to Agra

    This morning you will be driven to Agra, on arrival check in to your hotel and later explore the Agra fort and Taj Mahal. End the day with a visit to Taj Mahal where you arrive around sunset. The Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays) has been described as a 'tear on the face of eternity' and as an enduring monument of love. The unique beauty of Taj Mahal is blended with grandeur and its massive over-all design is matched with immaculately intricate execution. Built by Mughal Emperor Shan Jehan in the memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal complex took 22 years to be completed and is today counted among the Seven Wonders of the World. It is particularly stunning at the time of sunrise and sunset. Meals: Breakfast



  • 4 . Agra to Jaipur

    Today morning you will be driven (4.5 hrs) to Jaipur.En-route you might visit the deserted Mughal City of Fatehpur Sikri. Today, even after the passage of 400 years, the magnificence of this royal city has not faded and remains immaculately preserved On arrival in Jaipur you will check in at your hotel and rest of the day would be at leisure. Meals: Breakfast



  • 5 . Jaipur

    In the morning visit Amber Fort - one of the more fascinating of Indian forts. It was the ancient capital of the erstwhile Jaipur state. Its construction began in 16th century and was subsequently added on to by successive rulers. Inside the fort, the places worth visiting are the Palace of Mirrors, inlaid with millions of tiny glistening mirrors, the hall of Public Audience and the beautiful manicured gardens. Continue to visit the City Palace, JantarMantar (medieval observatory) and drive past Hawa Mahal (palace of winds). End your day long visit with a walking tour of Old Jaipur. The bazaars between the Badi (Large) and Chhoti (Small) Chaupar (Square) in the old city of Jaipur feature some of the best sights that the city has to offer. You will be taken through the labyrinth of colourful alleys where artisans make puppets, bangles, and other local handicrafts. You will visit the jewellery market or Johari Bazaar, explore architecturally interesting havelis (mansions), and stop by bangle shops in Maniharonka Rasta and the flower sellers near ChotiChaupar. Meals: Breakfast



  • 6 . Jaipur to Udaipur

    Early morning you will be collected from your hotel and be transferred to the railway station to board your train to Udaipur (JP UDZ SF SPL at 0640/1345 hours). On arrival in Udaipur, you will be received and taken to your hotel. For rest of the day you will be at leisure. Meals: Breakfast



  • 7 . Udaipur

    This morning you will be taken for a guided city tour of Udaipur city – including City Palace, Sahelion-ki-Bari and Jagdish Temple. The huge city palace, towering over the lake, is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. It is a blend of stern Rajput military architecture on the outside and lavish Mughal-inspired decorative art on the inside. The beautiful gardens of Sahelion-ki-Bari were laid out in the mid-18th century for a retinue of forty-eight young ladies-in waiting that were sent to Udaipur as part of a princess's dowry. In the evening, you may go for a relaxing boat ride on lovely Lake Pichola. From the boat one will get unmatched views of the two islands in the lake, the Jagniwas Island and Jagmandir Island. Jagniwas is the island on which beautiful Lake Palace was built by MaharanaJagat Singh II in 1754. Today, it has been converted into a luxurious heritage hotel, with courtyards, fountains and gardens. As for Jagmandir, it is said that Mughal Emperor Shanjehan derived some of his ideas for Taj Mahal from this palace after staying here. The view across the lake from the southern end, with the city and its great palace rising up behind the island palaces, is a scene of rare beauty. Meals: Breakfast



  • 8 . Udaipur to Mumbai

    This morning you will be collected from your hotel and be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Mumbai (9W-2094 at 0705/0825 hours). On arrival in Mumbai, you will be received and taken to your hotel (Check-in 1200 noon). Later you would be taken on a day trip to Elephant Caves. Accessible only by motor launch, Elephanta (closed on Mondays) is a small island that rises near its centre into two conical hills. The excavations for which Elephanta is so celebrated are situated about two thirds up the higher of the two hills. Later you will be taken to experience the bustling colorful local markets of Mumbai. Meals: Breakfast



  • 9 . Mumbai

    Right outside Taj Mahal hotel is Gateway of India, the bold basalt arch of colonial triumph faces out to Mumbai Harbour. Incorporating Islamic styles architecture, it was built to commemorate the 1911 royal visit of King George V, but not completed until 1924. Ironically, it was used 24 years later, in 1948 when the last set of British troops left India, post-independence. Visit the famous dhobi Ghat (washermen colony). Dhobi Ghat is a well-known open air laundromat in Mumbai. The washers, locally known as Dhobis, work in the open to wash the clothes from Mumbai's hotels and hospitals. Continue to explore some of the landmarks of the Raj era- visiting the elegant buildings of theBombay High Court and Victoria Terminus. Explore one of the oldest parts of the city, reminiscent of it colonial past around Flora Fountain, the charming historic district of Kala Ghoda with its many Gothic buildings and numerous art galleries. Afterwards you will be taken to explore Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays). A Mumbai landmark, the Prince of Wales Museum is one of the best museums in India with an excellent and well laid out collection of antiques. The highlights of the museum include Indo-Saracenic architecture of the museum building, artifacts from Indus Valley Civilization, decorativeartifacts such as Mughal jades, textiles, and ivories. Meals: Breakfast



  • 10 . Mumbai to Chennai

    This afternoon you will be collected from your hotel and be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Chennai (6E-432 at 1005/1205 hours). On arrival in Chennai, you will be received and taken to your hotel. Later explore the Chennai for half day. Chennai situated on the eastern coast of India, Chennai (earlier called Madras) is the fourth largest of the Indian cities, after Mumbai, Calcutta and Delhi. It used to be one of the bastions of the British Empire and a trading post for the East India Company. Today, this metropolis is a microcosm of ancient traditions and cultures co-existing with modern day industry and commerce. It is a fascinating city with ancient temples and unique culture, golden sandy beaches merging with the breakers of the Bay of Bengal and a marvellous tradition of music and dance. The Fort St. George Museum contains some of the most fascinating items belonging to the East India Company and the colonial period. It houses rare weapons, uniforms, coins, costumes, medals and some other artifacts dating back to the British period. The museum also has a valuable collection of documents, letters and declarations which have been greatly used by the historians. The renowned Kapaleeswarar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple complex has the traditional market, the tank and Brahmin residential houses. Another ancient and important temple here is the Krishna Parathasarthy Temple, which dates back to the 8th century during the reign of the Pallavas. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Meals: Breakfast



  • 11 . Chennai to Kanchipuram to Mahabalipuram

    This morning you will be taken for 90 minutes Pradakshina – Kalakshetra Heritage Walk and later visit the Fort St. George, a 350-year-old fort with wide battlements is a reminder of the British Empire. Today, the old buildings in the fort house the Tamil Nadu State Government Secretariat and the Legislative Assembly. Within the fort complex, a number of other early buildings still stand, of which St. Mary's Church is the most interesting. The church has many paintings, records and registers, each with a story to tell. Later driven to Mahabalipuram, En route visit the Kanchipuram. Located just outside Madras city, Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) is a group of monumental rock-cut temples, set amidst palms trees on a long beach, washed by the Bay of Bengal. In fact, it is said that the story of south Indian stone architecture begins on the sandy beaches of Mahabalipuram and from here goes on to reach incredible heights in Kanchipuram, Thanjavur and Madurai. Kanchipuram, the ancient city of temples is one of the seven most sacred pilgrim centres for the Hindus. There were believed to be about 1000 temples in Kanchipuram, out of which 126 temples remain in today and a few more in its outskirts. The city was the capital of the early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century B.C. and a Pallava capital between the 6th and 8th centuries. Today, apart from its temples, this small town is also known for its thriving handloom industry. The silk weavers of Kanchi settled here more than 400 years ago and have given it an enviable reputation as the producer of the best silk saris in the country. Woven from pure mulberry silk, the saris in dazzling colours are embellished with fine gold thread (zari) and are available in every imaginable design and variety, which can make the job of selection quite challenging. The most important temples to see at Kanchipuram are Ekambareswarar Temple and Kailasanatha Temple. Ekambareswarar Temple, an eleven-storey Shiva Temple, which is adorned with beautiful sculptures, is one of the tallest temple towers in South India. Originally built by the Pallavas, it was later reconstructed by the Chola and Vijaynagar kings. Inside the temple are five spectacular enclosures and a 1000-pillared hall. VaikuntaPerumal Temple is a Vaishnvite temple dating back to the 8th century and was built by NandivarmaPallava. Battle scenes depicting Pallava valour are carved on the panels surrounding the main prakaram. The Kailasanatha Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva) is one of the earliest temples. Fragments of 8th century murals which once graced the alcoves are a visible reminder of how magnificent the temple must have looked when it was first built. Another important temple here is the Devarajaswamy Temple (dedicated to Lord Vishnu) which is an enormous monument and has massive outer walls and a beautifully sculptured 1000-pillared hall. Later drive to Mahabalipuram and check in to hotel. Meals: Breakfast



  • 12 . Mahabalipuram

    This morning you will be taken for sightseeing of Mahabalipuram. The most renowned landmark of Mahabalipuram is the Shore Temple. Standing alone on the shore, this temple is protected by a wall constructed to minimize erosion. Built in the 7th century AD, it has three shrines; one dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the other two to Lord Shiva. One of the structures in a better-preserved state is Arjuna's Penance, a complicated piece of work sculpted on two huge boulders. A cleft in the rock enabled rainwater to cascade down between the two boulders, stimulating the descent of the mighty river Ganga. Also worth seeing in Mahabalipuram are the eight magnificent Mandapams - caves carved out of the hillside with splendid sculptures and pillars. The important ones are the Krishna Mandapam, MahishamardiniMandapa, VarahaMandapam and AdivarahaMandap. The 'PanchaRathas' (five chariots) complex is a masterpiece of architecture and sculpture that transports us back in time to Mahabharata. Meals: Breakfast



  • 13 . Mahabalipuram to Chennai to Cochin

    This afternoon you will be collected from your hotel and be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Cochin (AI-509 at 1030/1140 hours). On arrival in Cochin, you will be received and taken to your hotel. Rest of day would be at leisure. Later in the evening you will be collected from your hotel and taken to witness spectacular Kathakali Dance Drama. Kathakali is Kerala’s very own classical dance-drama form which ombines facets of ballet, opera, masque and the pantomime. Kathakali explicates ideas and stories from the Indian epics and other story books. Presented in the temple precincts after dusk falls, Kathakali is heralded by the Kelikottu or the beating of drums and to the accompaniment of the Chengila (gong). The riches of a happy blending of colour, expressions, music, drama and dance are unparalleled in any other art form. Those who are interested may come a little early to see make up of the artistes being done which is considered to be a full-blown art in itself and is regarded as important as the dance-drama. Meals: Breakfast



  • 14 . Cochin

    If Kerala is India's most beautiful state, which many believe, then the lovely port of Cochin is its jewel. It has been variously hailed as Queen of the Arabian Sea, Venice of Orient, etc. Some choose to call it simply a museum city for its rich past and colourful present. Cochin displays a blend of people and architecture. It is one place where you can see a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, Dutch architecture, mosques, temples and Chinese fishing nets all in one day. Your tour of Cochin will include visit to Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays and Saturdays), Mattancherry or Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays), St Francis Church and Chinese fishing nets. The Mattancherry Palace was built by the Portuguese in 1555 for the maharaja of Cochin. Later renovated by the Dutch, it came to be known as the Dutch Palace. It has a large central courtyard and a temple depicting scenes from the Ramayana and other legends. The little museum at the palace has a collection of costumes, palanquins and other articles from the royalty. Adjacent to the palace is the Jewish Synagogue built in 1568. This simple building has marvellously rich interiors. There are clusters of coloured glass lamps hanging from the ceiling and the floor has blue willow patterned tiles, none of which are identical. After visiting St Francis Church just walk across to see the Chinese fishing nets along the shores. Meals: Breakfast



  • 15 . Cochin to Palakkad

    This morning you will be driven (4 hours) to Palakkad on arrival check in to your hotel. The old granite fort situated in the very heart of Palakkad town is one of the best preserved in Kerala. It was built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766. The fort was taken over and modified by the British in 1790. It is now preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India. Meals: Breakfast



  • 16 . Palakkad

    Full day free for explore the Palakkad. Meals: Breakfast



  • 17 . Palakkad to Sultan Battery

    This morning driven to Sultan Battery, on arrival check into your hotel and be at leisure for the rest of the day. This place is known for the watch tower constructed in the era of the emperor Tipu Sultan. The watch tower was constructed 15 years before his death in 1784 A.D. The place was previously known as Sultan's Battery, the word Battery meaning firing of canons. It was constructed from stones of 23 churches destroyed by Tipu Sultan, during his 15-year imprisonment of the Mangalorean Catholics and the other Christians.[1] The place built of black stones was constructed to obstruct war ships from entering the river which was the major route for English invasion but was then retrieved from English by Tipu Sultan. Though the place holds the watch tower, it looks much like a fort with mounting places for cannon.There is an underground storage area under the tower which was used to store gunpowder. This reminds us of the significance the place held as it was the major dockyard and arsenal of the ruler. It was also a naval station and this place was of great importance to the ruler as he used it to intercept enemy warships from docking. If one climbs to the top of the watch tower by stairs, he can get a panoramic view of Arabian Sea which leaves the nature lovers in boundless joy. This place is a blend of natural and manmade beauty. It is now a deserted place but is gathering popularity among tourists because of the invading eternal bliss of the nature. Meals: Breakfast



  • 18 . Sultan Battery

    Full-day at leisure or undertake the activities on offer by the hotel (settle directly with the hotel). Meals: Breakfast



  • 19 . Sultan Battery to Nileshwar

    This morning you will be driven to Nileshwar, on arrival check in to your hotel. Nileshwar is the cultural capital of Kasaragod district in Kerala state of India. This beautiful piece of land is laying beside the Arabian sea and surrounded by hills and rivers. This place is famous for so many focal arts of Kerala like Theyyam, Poorakkali, Ottamthullal etc. and a very good place for tourism. The name Nileshwar derives from "Neelakandeswaran" means Lord Siva, idol of the "Thaliyil Shiva" temple. There is another story that the place was named so after sage Neela who installed the Deity of Iswara(Lord Siva) in that place centuries back. History reveals that Nileshwar was part of the ancient Kolathiri kingdom which extended from Kasaragod on the north to Korapuzha at the south, Kutakumala on the east and Lakshadweep sea on the west. Accommodation: Nileshwar Meals: Breakfast



  • 20 . Nileshwar

    Free for rest or explore Nileshwar by own. Accommodation: Nileshwar Meals: Breakfast



  • 21 . Nileshwar to Mumbai

    This afternoon you will be collected from your hotel and be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Mumbai (9W-434 at 1105/1240 hours). On arrival in Mumbai, you will be received and taken to your hotel. Rest of day would be at leisure. Meals: Breakfast