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Destinations Covered : Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Trichy - Thanjavur - Madurai - Kodaikanal - Munnar - Periyar - Houseboat - Kumarakom - Kovalam

Duration of stay : 33 nights / 34 day

Day 01 - Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal II you will be taken to your hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Delhi.

Day 02 - In Delhi

Red fort and lotus templeAfter breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of  Old and New Delhi.
The visit of the old city ( belongs to XVIIth century) includes the Great Mosque, Jama Masjid and the Red Fort, a perfect example of Mughal architecture built by Emperor Shah Jahan between 1639 and 1648. Enjoy cycle rickshaw ride around the colorful giant bazaar, Chandni Chowk.
In the new part of the city visit - the Qutub Minar (built in XIIth century), a splendid monument minaret of the Afghan period. Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, and the Mausoleum of Humayun - a huge building that inspired Persians, is the precursor of the Taj Mahal. Rajpath, the equivalent of the Champs Elysees in France, the India Gate (erected in the memory of unknown soldiers died during First World War), The Parliament, and the house of the President. Later evening to escape the crowds, visit the Birla Mandir - a Hindu temple which is modern and colorful.
Overnight in Delhi .

Day 03 - Drive Delhi - Mandawa (275 kms / 06 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Mandawa, situated in the heart of the Thar Desert. This beautiful village still has some beautifully preserved houses of medieval Indian traders built in a typically Rajput style having original paintings showing religious scenes or objects.

On arrival in Mandawa, check into hotel. Later walking sightseeing tour of Mandawa visiting the Havelis, Anandilal Poddar, Bansidhar Bhagat and Chokhani etc.
Overnight in Mandawa.

Day 04 - Drive Mandawa - Bikaner (190 kms / 04 hrs)

Red fort and lotus templeMorning after breakfast drive to Bikaner. This is a deserted journey with scanty vegetation. Bikaner is a royal fortified city with a timeless charm and medieval glory. It is located in northern Rajasthan, amongst the sand dunes. Known as the "Land of the Camel” Bikaner boasts of having the best camels in the world. This desert town popular for its temple and Forts, which shows the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the city. « Karni Mata » is one of the most fascinating temples situated in the south of Bikaner. On arrival in Bikaner, check into hotel.
 After a short rest proceed for the half day sightseeing tour of Bikaner  discovering Junagarh Fort, built between 1589 and 1594 by Raja Rai Singh. Visit the Temple of Karni Mata Deshnok -built 600 years ago and dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of the goddess Durga. The temple has huge doors, carved in silver, a gift from the Maharajah Ganga Singh followed by visit to a breeding center and research on camels, the only institution of this kind in India. Bikaner is a complete unique experience.
Overnight in Bikaner.

Day 05 - Drive Bikaner - Jaisalmer (320 kms / 05 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer, a fascinating city rising from the heart of the Thar Desert . Nothings else in India is remotely similar to this enchanting city, which is also called « The Golden City »because of its honey color. A visit to Jaisalmer is a must for any traveler in India, with the possibility of camel trekking through the magnificent sand, or enjoys the lakes and reservoirs nearby. Jaisalmer Fort is the world’s only living fort and about quarter of the city’s population still live in the Fort. On arrival in Jaisalmer, check into hotel.
Overnight in Jaisalmer.

Day 06 - Jaisalmer

After breakfast sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer visiting - Jaisalmer Fort, the only alive fort which you will not see anywhere in India. There are homes and hotels hidden in the laneways and shops. Within the fort walls there are beautifully carved Jain temples built between the 12th and 15th centuries followed by a visit of Gaddisagar Lake and impressive Havelis around the Fort.
In the evening drive to Sam where you are received by the camels. visit to the " Sand Dunes of Sam," and ride camels on the sand at the time of sunset- which would be one of the highlights of your trip to Rajasthan.
Overnight in Jaisalmer.

Day 07 - Drive Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (290 kms / 06 hrs)

After breakfast take a scenic drive to Jodhpur. Jodhpur- the second largest city in Rajasthan dominated by a massive Meherangarh Fort, the view  from the Fort over the blue building of the Old city is one of Rajasthan’s most spectacular sights and this is the reason why Jodhpur is called the Blue city. Rich in palaces and forts, temples and Havelis, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, colors and textures, Jodhpur is an unforgettable place. On arrival in Jodhpur, check into hotel.
Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 08 - In Jodhpur

Red fort and lotus templeMorning after breakfast sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. There are many great fortresses throughout Rajasthan, but nothing like the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, built at a 400 ft. Within this citadel are magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels, latticed windows and evocative names. These palaces house a fabulous collection of possessions of Indian royalty, including s superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.

Below the fort visit the Jaswant Thada, a graceful marble cenotaph built in1899 for Maharajah Jaswant Singh II, and the memorials of other Maharahahs of Jodhpur.
Afternoon at leisure to visit the surroundings on your own
Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 09 - Drive Jodhpur - Udaipur (290 kms / 06 hrs) enroot Ranakpur

After breakfast drive to Udaipur, one of the most romantic cities of India, Udaipur has been called the "City of Dreams" and "City of the Rising Sun.". Maharana Udai Singh built the blue lakes, (which reflects the hills of the Aravali Mountains) for the purposes of his new capital, founded in 1568.  En-route visiting Ranakpur Jain temples a famous Temple complex, one of the biggest and most important of Jain temples in India. The main temple is the Chaumukha Temple, or Four Faced Temple, dedicated to Adinath. Built in 1439, this huge, superbly crafted and well-kept marble temple has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars and no two are alike.

Later continue your drive to Udaipur. On arrival in Udaipur, check into hotel.
Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 10 - In Udaipur

Built along three lakes , Udaipur is known as the « Venice of the East « Udaipur is full of Palaces, temples and ornate residences ranging from the modest to the extravagant. After breakfast visit the towering City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan,  Saheliyon Ki Bari (Garden of the Maidens), Superb Jagdish Temple, popular for its elephant carving.

The day ends with a boat trip on the sparkling waters of Lake Pichola. At the time of sunset, one can easily understand why Udaipur is the "Venice of the East."
Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 11 - Drive Udaipur - Pushkar (285 kms / 06 hrs)

Red fort and lotus templeAfter breakfast drive to Pushkar, a little town situated right on the edge of the desert, and is one of the few places in the world where a temple is dedicated to the Lord Brahma. Pushkar is perhaps best known for its Camel Fair, which takes place on the full moon of Kartik Purnima. On arrival in Pushkar, check into hotel.  Later sightseeing tour of Pushkar visiting the only Brahma Temple in the world and Pushkar Lake with its bathing ghats and temples.
Ovenight in Pushkar.

Day 12 - Drive Pushkar - Jaipur Jaipur (140 kms / 03 hrs)

After breakfast drive by surface for Jaipur. Popularly known as the Pink City, was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Designed in accordance with Shilpa Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture.
On arrival in Jaipur, check into hotel. Rests of the day spend at leisure visiting the surroundings.
Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 13 - In Jaipur

After breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting -- The Amber Fort situated on the one of the ancient ranges Aravali Hills, 11 kms from Jaipur which was the ancient capital of Jaipur Maharaja,  a good example of Rajput style architecture. A slow elephant ride takes you  to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings and a temple of Kali. Later visit City Palace and Observatory. City palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The son of the last maharaja and his family still reside in the part of the palace. Observatory – Jantar Mantar, built by Jai Singh in 18th Century which is the finest observatory built by Jai Singh out of five Observatories.
Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 14 - Fly Jaipur - Mumbai

Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur airport in time to board flight for Mumbai. Met on arrival at Mumbai airport and transfer to hotel. After a short rest proceed for the half day sightseeing tour of Mumbai visiting the Gateway of India, which was created as a symbol, to welcome the Queen Mary and King George V of England on their visit to India in 1911. Next visit the Hanging Gardens, constructed at the top of Malabar Hills, which provide a lovely view over the Arabian sea, Marive Drive etc.
Overnight in Mumbai.

Day 15 - Fly Mumbai - Chennai

Morning after breakfast transfer to Mumbai airport in time to board flight for Chennai. Met on arrival at Chennai airport and transfer to hotel. Chennai was the site of the first colonization of the British East India Company and was founded in the year 1639. For more than 2000 year Chennai area has been popular with seafarers, spice traders and cloth merchants. Chennai has grown from the merging of a number of small villages, including its former namesake Madraspatnam.  Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Chennai.

Day 16 - Drive Chennai - Mahabalipuram ( 55 kms / 1.5 hrs)

Red fort and lotus templeAfter breakfast half day sightseeing tour of Chennai - the fourth largest city in India, visiting the Fort St.George, St.Mary’s Church, St.Thomas Cathedral and the Fort museum - the museum has a collection of objects that come from the occupation of Chennai by the British East India Company, including letters from the famous Robert Clive.
 Later drive to Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) famous for its shore temple once the principal port of the Pallavas who ruled between the 06th and 09th century AD. This charming and quiet town was destroyed by the tsunami in December 2004. Showing their courage and determination, the citizens of Mahabalipuram rebuilt their home very fast. On arrival in Mahabalipuram, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Mahabalipuram.

Day 17 - In Mahabalipuram

Morning after breakfast, half day sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram visiting Ganesh Ratha - a rock cut dravidian temples resembling a chariout, Trimurti Cave temple, just north to the Ganesh Ratha, Five Rathas – are sculptured temples in the style of Chariots.Spend rest of the day at leisure enjoying the beaches.
Overnight in Mahabalipuram.

Day 18 - Drive Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Pondicherry (160 kms / 03 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Pondicherry en-route visiting Kanchipuram.  Kanchipuram-the city of thousand temples, once the capital of Pallava. Kanchipuram still contains no less than 124 shrines. Mainly two rulers, Mahendray and Mamall Narashimha Parman, built the temples. Typical of their architecture is the Kailasnatha Temple dedicated to Shiva, believed to be 1200 years old. Other important ones include the 16th Century Ekambasreshwar Temple, Kamakshi Temple, and Vaikunta Perumal. Kanchipuram is also the centre for silk weaving and is famous for its saris and dress materials. Later continue your drive for Pondicherry., on arrival in Pondicherry, check into hotel.
Overnight in Pondicherry.

Day 19 - In Pondicherry

Red fort and lotus templePondicherry formerly a colony of France, is a fascinating synthesis of European culture and India. For years, his charm attracts travelers from around the world. With its friendly atmosphere, its location on the sea, shops and restaurants and its appetites, it is an ideal place to relax. After breakfast sightseeing tour of Pondicherry visiting the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo and a Frenchwoman known as, The Mother. The ashram does many cultural and educational activities in Pondicherry. Later, visit the Museum of Pondicherry and Auroville, a city dedicated to human unity.
Spend rest of the day relaxing.
Overnight in Pondicherry.

Day 20 - Drive Pondicherry - Trichy ( 255 kms / 05 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Trichy  - was the royal city of the Chola empire between 850 and 1270. On arrival in Trichy, check into hotel. After a short rest proceed for the half day sightseeing tour of Trichy including Rock fort Temple perched 83m high on a massive rocky outcrop, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple – a superb temple dedicated to Vishnu, Sri Jambukeshwara Temple dedicated to Shiva and Parvati and other religious sites.
Overnight in Trichyy.

Day 21 - Trichy - Thanjavur (54 kms / 02 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Tanjavur.  Thanjavur (Tanjore) was the ancient capital of the Chola Kings, controlled most of the Indian peninsula, including parts of Sri Lanka  and the Srivijaya kingdom of the Malay Peninsula on the island of Sumatra. On arrival in Thanjavur, check into hotel. Later spent the day visiting Brihadishwara Temple, Fort, Thanjavur Palace & Museums.
Overnight in Tanjavur.

Day 22 - Thanjavur - Madurai (165 kms / 03 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Madurai. Over the centuries Madurai remained  under the jurisdictions of the Cholas, the Pandyas, the Muslim invaders and the Nayaks who ruled Madurai until 1781. Madurai is proud of its 2500 years of heritage. On arrival in Madurai, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Madurai.

Day 23 - In Madurai

After breakfast start your full day sightseeing tour of Madurai visiting the Meenakashi Temple- The Sri Meenakshi Temple was designed in 1560 during the reign of Tirumalai Nayak. This is a huge complex of temples is an excellent example of Dravidian architecture, with its bright colors and exquisite carved columns miles. Within the temple complex, housed is the 1000 pillard hall, is the Temple Art Museum. Later continue your city tour visiting Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Museums and Mariamman Teppakkulam Tank.
Overnight in Madurai.

Day 24 - Drive Madurai - Kodaikanal (120 kms / 03 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Kodaikanal in the hills of the taluk division referred to as the "Princess of Hill stations". Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill station at an altitude of about 2133 m on the southern tip of upper Palani hills in Tamil Nadu in the Western Ghats. With her wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake, Kodaikanal will mesmerize any visitor. On arrival in Kodaikanal, check into hotel.
Overnight in Kodaikanal.

Day 25 - In Kodaikanal

Spend full day at leisure.
Overnight in Kodaikanal.

Day 26 - Drive Kodaikanal - Munnar (180 kms / 4.5 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Munnar. Munnar -- with miles of tea plantations, mountains, plants and exotic animals in their forests and reserves, and the smell of spices in the fresh air,  is a unique place in the world. Its beauty, its peace, tranquility make this town the perfect destination for any traveler. Situated at the confluence of 3 mountain streams - Mudrapauzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, at the height of 6000 ft in Idukki region. Munnar was the preferred destination of the English during the summers of the colonial era. On arrival in Munnar, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Munnar.

Day 27 - In Munnar
Morning after breakfast spend full day at leisure visiting, Spice plantation, Tea Garden, Mettupetty Dam - surrounded by tall hills and forest. Optionally you can also visit the Eravikulam National Park which is located around 16 kms from Munnar where you can see the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (ibex).
Overnight in Munnar.

Day 28 - Drive Munnar - Periyar (125 kms / 03 hrs)

After an early breakfast drive to Periyar. Periyar is South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary created by British. Located in the Idukki region, Periyar (Thekkady) is known as one of the best places to see elephants in Asia. The park is covered with forests and various habitats allow the existence of a large variety of flora and fauna. In the animal reserve, there are elephants, deer, leopards, bison, wild dogs etc. The drive to this hilltop wildlife sanctuary is one of the most beautiful ones. On arrival in Periyar, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure exploring on your own.
Overnight in Periyar.

Day 29 - In Periyar

Morning after breakfast visit of spice plantation. The area is famous for coffee, tea, and the plant in Asia.
Enjoy evening boat ride on Lake Periyar. All activities of the reserve is concentrated around the lake. There are nearly 700 elephants in the region, most often around the lake.
Rest of the time walking around and enjoying the surroundings.
Overnight in Periyar.

Day 30 - Drive Peiryar - Alleppey (160 kms / 04 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Alleppey to board the houseboat, which is one of the highlights of any trip to Kerala. It’s once a lifetime impression to have such a romantic and beautiful experience. Browsing through villages built on narrow pieces of land, stopping to visit local markets, or to watch craftsmen busy with their previous work to build boats. Time spend on the houseboat passing through the Backwaters of Kerala. Here your houseboat crew will prepare delicious Keralian meals from freshly brought vegetables from the market.
Overnight on board houseboat.

Day 31 - Disembark Houseboat - Kumarakom

Disembark houseboat and transfer to Kumarakom. This charming village is made up of several towns on Lake Vembanad, a paradise for birdwatchers. With its mangroves so beautiful, its clear waters, its emerald fields, its canals lined with coconut palms and white lilies, the village is the perfect place for a few days of vacation. You can explore the bird sanctuary, walking on the canals, or fishing. On arrival In Kumarakom, check into hotel.  Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight In Kumarakom.

Day 32 - Drive Kumarakom - Kovalam (175 kms / 4.5 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Kovalam - few years ago this place was famous among hippies but today this area is the focus of a multimillion dollar business drawing thousand of tourist.  On arrival in Kovalam, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day relaxing on the beaches.
Overnight in Kovalam.

Day 33 - In Kovalam

Spend the day relaxing on the beaches.
Overnight in Kovalam.

Day 34 - Drive Kovalam - Trivandrum (13 kms / 30 mins) & Depart Trivandrum

After breakfast drive to Trivandrum airport in time to board flight for back home.

 

 

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