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North & South India Trip

North & South India Trip


Destination : : Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Jaipur - Abhaneri - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Mumbai - Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kovalam - Kanyakumari - Madurai - Trichy - Thanjavur - Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Chennai - Delhi. Duration :
 39 Nights - 40 Days

Day 01: Arrival Delhi
Welcome to Colourful India. On arrival at Airport you will be received by our representative and assisted to your hotel. Overnight at Delhi. 

Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast tour of Delhi visit Jama Masjid, Raj Gath, Akshar Dham Temple, Humayun Tomb, India Gate and drive past parliament house and President house. Lotus Temple and Qutub Minar.
 
Day 03: Delhi – Mandawa drive (250 Km/ 5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Mandawa, upon arrival check-in at hotel for 01 night stay. Evening visit to village & there are a number of fascinating havelis in Mandawa, all of them adorned with beautiful wall paintings. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Mandawa - Bikaner drive (190 Km/ 4 hrs)
Breakfast & drive to Bikaner, arrival transfer to hotel for 01 night stay. Evening sightseeing of Bikaner visit Junagarh Fort, Lallgarh Palace & Camel breeding farm. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Bikaner – Jaisalmer drive (350 Km/ 6 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer, check into hotel for 02 nights stay. Leisure & overnight at hotel. 

Day 06: Jaisalmer
Breakfast at hotel and later proceed to sightseeing of Jaisalmer Fort, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli & Gadisar Lake. Evening experience the camel ride & Sunset at Sam Sand Dunes. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 07: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur drive (280 Km/ 5.5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur, check into hotel for 01 night stay. Afternoon visit Mehrangarh Fort & Jaswant Thada. Evening free for on own and overnight at hotel. 

Day 08: Jodhpur – Udaipur drive (280 Km/ 5.5 hrs) via Ranakpur
Morning breakfast at hotel and later drive to Udaipur, en route you will visit Ranakpur Jain Templs (98 Km from Udaipur): Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, and for a much older Sun Temple which lies opposite the former. The dating of this temple is controversial but it is largely considered to be anywhere between the late 14th to mid-15th centuries.

Later continue drive to Udaipur, upon arrival transfer to hotel for 02 nights stay. Relax and overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Udaipur
After breakfast visit City Palace, Saheliyon ki Bari, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal and Jagdish temple. Evening enjoy the boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 10: Udaipur – Jaipur drive (400 Km/ 6/7 hrs)
Morning breakfast at hotel and later drive to Jaipur.On arrival our company representative would assist you to check in hotel for 02 nights stay. Leisure and overnight at Jaipur.

Optional: Evening traditional Rajasthani Dinner at Chokhi Dhani with Cultural activities.

Day 11: Jaipur
After breakfast at hotel. Proceed for excursion to Amber Fort in the outskirts of Jaipur followed by Elephant ride to the fort. Proceed for sightseeing of Palace of Winds better known as Hawa Mahal, City Palace Museum, Jantar Mantar (Observatory). And Albert Hall Museum & Birla Temple. Rest of the day free for on own activities and overnight at Jaipur. 

Day 12: Jaipur – Agra drive (240 Km/ 5 hrs) via Abhaneri & Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast you drive to Agra. En-route visit Abhaneri (95 Km from Jaipur): The small village of Abhaneri has one of India's deepest and largest step wells (also known as tank gardens). Step wells are unique to India. They were used as cool places of resort, as pools for ritual cleansing before a temple visit and as a water supply for dry weather. There is a temple adjoining the step well.

And visit Fatehpur Sikri (40 Km from Agra) (old deserted town of Mughal Dynasty) visiting The Buland Darwaza / Palace of Jodha Bai / Birbal Bhawan & Panch Mahal. On arrival check-in at hotel for 01 night stay. Later visit Agra Fort. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Agra – Khajuraho by Train at 11:05 / 19:30 hrs  
Taj visit by sunrise. Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday) - the most extravagant monument ever built for love Mumtaj Mahal by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1633. Later back to hotel for breakfast and transfer to Agra cantt railway station for train to Khajuraho. Arrival transfer to hotel for 01 night stay. 

Day 14: Khajuraho – Varanasi by overnight train at 2130 hrs
Morning after breakfast visit Khajuraho Temples. 

Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples in India. The temples are famous for their erotic sculptures, as well as depiction of life in all its forms.

Evening drive to Satna (114 Km) railway station for board overnight train to Varanasi.

Day 15: Varanasi arrival at 0510 hrs
Upon arrival at Mughal Sarai railway station, you will be received by our representative and transfer to your hotel for 01 night stay. (Early check-in is subject to availability) Relaxing at hotel.  

Afternoon visit Sarnath: where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma and also where the original Sangha was formed. Consequently, it is one of the 4 main Buddhist pilgrimage destinations. Evening attend the prayer ceremony at the Ghats. Overnight at hotel.

Varanasi, also commonly known as Banaras and Kashi is a city situated on the banks of the River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, regarded as holy by Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and probably the oldest of India.

Day 16: Varanasi
Early morning enjoy the boat ride on river Ganges. Later back to hotel for breakfast and tour of Ancient city ghats, temples & streets bazaars. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 17: Varanasi – Mumbai by flight
Breakfast at hotel and later on time transfer to airport for flight to Mumbai. Arrival transfer to hotel for 02 nights stay.

Day 18: Mumbai 
After breakfasttour of Mumbai, visit Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan, Gateway of India, Dhobi Ghat and Victoria terminus. Day at free for leisure and overnight at hotel. 

Day 19: Mumbai - Cochin by flight
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Cochin, transfer to hotel for 0 night stay. Relax and overnight at hotel. 

Day 20: Cochin – Munnar drive (130 Km)       
Morning breakfast city tour. The sightseeing shows you the prominent landmark of Cochin viz. Jewish Synagogue constructed in 1568. This is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth. Known for mid 18th century hand painted willow pattered floor tiles from China, ancient scripts on copper plates etc. Visit the “Dutch Palace” with its wonderful murals depicting the entire story of the Ramayana and Mahabharata on its walls. Afternoon drive to Munnar, check into hotel for 02 night stay.  

Day 21: Munnar  
Breakfast at hotel. This is where you fill your holidays with quiet moments at 1600 meters above sea level.  Relaxing within the cool stillness of thirty odd estates fanning out across the expanse of the hills.Your Visit Includes Pothamedu-which offers an excellent view of Tea, coffee and vcardamom plantations; Devikulam-an idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna; Pallivasal-the venue of the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala; Mattupetty-the highly specialized dairy farm; Eravikulam National Park. Overnight at hotel.    

Day 22: Munnar – Thekkady drive (85 Km)   
After Breakfast, proceed to Thekkady. On arrival by noon, check in at the hotel. The most renowned destination is the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady. Here is the natural habitat of Elephant, tiger, bison, spotted and samba deer, gaur, etc. The sanctuary is open throughout the year. Evening Game viewing by motorized boat at Periyar Lake. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 23: Thekkady – Kumarakom drive(120 Km)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Kumarkom and check in at hotel, for 01 night stay. The panoramic backwaters here offer an ideal retreat to enjoy nature at its best. Afternoon visit the bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Vembanad Lake: The beautiful Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom is famous for its exceptional scenic beauty, lush green surroundings and exciting boat cruises. Over night stay in Kumarkom.

Day 24: Kumarakom - Alleppey drive (House Boat) 
After breakfast at the Resort, transfer to the Kerala Traditional House Boat.(Kettuvallam)  The houseboats of Kerala offer exquisite holidays experiences.  Every Kettuvallam (house boat) has a drawing cum dining room; a bath attached bedroom, sit-out, sundeck and kitchenette. The water-web slowly open ups at its secrets to you, lush paddy field, pregnant palms, singing Siberian ducks.  This will be your memorable experience. House boat will cruise through the Vembanad Lake and canals to Alleppey. Visit includes Pathiramanal, Champakulam Church, R & L Block Kayal etc. Overnight at the House Boat. 

Day 25: Alleppey – Kovalam drive 
After your breakfast, disembark from House boat and proceed to Kovalam. Upon arrival check-in to your hotel. Later enjoy sightseeing in Trivandrum, visit Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, Napier museum and Sri Chitra Art Gallery. Overnight at Kovalam.

Day 26: Kovalam
Day at leisure to relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.

Day 27: Kovalam
Day at leisure to relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.

Day 28: Kovalam
Day at leisure to relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.
  
Day 29: Kovalam
Day at leisure to relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.

Day 30: Kovalam – Kanyakumari drive (90 Km)
After breakfast drive to Kanyakumari, check into hotel for 01 night stay. Later visit Kanyakumari temple, Gandhi Memorial, Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue. Overnight at hotel.

Day 31: Kanyakumari – Madurai drive (245 Km)
Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Madurai, check into hotel for 02 nights stay.

Day 32: Madurai
Morning after breakfast visit toMinakshi Temple: which stands today as one of the India's greatest cultural and architectural landmarks, was originally built by the early Pandya King Kulasekara. It is also one of the greatest Shiva Temples of Tamil Nadu. And Tirumalai Nayaka Palace. This palace was built in the 1636 and represents the Indo-Mughal style. Evening free for on own and overnight at hotel.

Day 33: Madurai – Trichy drive (200 Km)
Leisurely breakfast & drive to Trichy, check into hotel for 02 nights stay. Evening free for on own and overnight at hotel.

Day 34: Trichy
After breakfast visit famous Rock Fort which was built on 84 m high rock in the centre of town in about 1660. You will also visit a Shiva and Ganesha temple and enjoy a wonderful view of the surroundings from the top And Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, 6 km north. Overnight at hotel.

Day 35: Trichy –Thanjavur drive (58 Km)
Breakfast at hotel and drive to Thanjavur, check-in at hotel for 01 night stay. Later visit Brahadishwara Temple (The Big Temple), is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and The Saraswathi Mahal Library. Leisure and overnight at hotel.

Day 36: Thanjavur – Pondicherry drive (177 Km)
Breakfast and drive to Pondicherry (It is also known as "The French Riviera of the East"). On arrival check into hotel for 01 night stay.Afternoon visit Arabindo Ashram, Pondicherry Museum and Auroville:
Located 10 kms north of Pondicherry town, Auroville is envisioned as a universal town, where people from different nationalities, faiths and beliefs, can live in peace and harmony. Overnight at hotel.

Day 37: Pondicherry – Mahabalipuram drive (110 Km)
After breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram, check into hotel for 02 nights stay. Visit Mahabalipuram - ‘the city of the seven pagodas’. Witness the breath-taking display of the pagodas or “rathas”, the “Penance of Bhagirata,” the world’s largest bas-relief in stone and the only shore temple, dedicated to both Vishnu and Shiva in its sanctum. Evening free for on own and overnight at hotel.

Day 38: Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram 
After breakfast day trip to Kanchipuram(70 Km) - Kanchipuram, the city of 1000 temples is one among the 7 most sacred pilgrim centers of the Hindus. The city was the capital of the early Cholas till the 2nd century BC and a Pallava capital between the 6th & 8th centuries. After sightseeing drive back to Mahabalipuram ad overnight at hotel.

Day 39: Mahabalipuram - Chennai drive (55 Km) & flight to Delhi 
Breakfast at hotel and later transfer to Chennai airport for flight to Delhi. On arrival transfer to hotel for 01 night stay. Day free for leisure and overnight at hotel.

Day 40: Delhi – Onward Journey by flight

After breakfast departure transfer to IGI airport for flight back to home.