Golfing Tour in India

Golfing Tour in India

Destination Covered:

Mumbai - Bangalore - Coimbatore - Ooty - Chennai - Kolakta - Delhi

Duration:
15 Nights / 16 Days
Tour Category:
Tour Information & Highlights
India's courses are a golfer's paradise - play amidst the widest, open green spaces, mountain-ranges, ruins, historical monuments and breath-taking views, as you witness the wondrous sights and sounds of India. This tour takes the participating members to the finest Golf courses in India.
Day 01 - Arrival Mumbai
The romance and colour of India greets you as you disembark from your aircraft in Mumbai - a Metropolis of energy and vitality.

Our representative escorts you to the HOTEL LEELA KEMPINSKI - set in 11 acres of lush green gardens, pools, waterfalls, where one is mildly surprised to see a deer come up and nibble at your feet. the driveway is long, winding and barely prepares one for the sight of the hotel building soaring over the tops of carefully manicured red palms of the South India.

Everywhere one sees exotic plants from all over the world - Ginger and Halicunia from Hawaii, orchids from Thailand, creeping Plumeria and Hibiscus, the Mexican carpet grass. One is enchanted by the fragrant Manoranjitam which comes from the land of epic Mahabharta Hills in Nepal. On the arrival at the hotel, ladies in authentic local costumes greet you with garlands and anoint your forehead with the traditional red “tikka”. Afterwards, relax with a welcome drink. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 - In Mumbai
This morning breakfast at THE WATERFALLS - situated at the lobby level. The Waterfall is Leela’s 24 hrs restaurant facing an exotic, landscape waterfall.

Later enjoy golf at - “the 110 acre Mumbai Presidency Golf Club at Chembur, a green heaven amidst a concrete jungle.” Founded in 1827, the par 70, 18 whole courses was redesigned by Peter Thompson to international standards.

Presidency’s fairways are narrow and tight, but its green is undoubtedly the best in the country. The real test at Presidency, however, is the variable and shifting sea breeze, which could fox even the most experienced player. The fifth hole is one of the most challenging on the Mumbai course.”

This afternoon city tour will take you to all of Mumbai’s best known landmarks; the impressive Gateway of India - built in 1911, the handsome Prince of Wales Museum - famous for it’s collection of miniature paintings, Marine Drive - Mani Bhawan, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

This evening dinner at KHYBER restaurant which establishes a sense of occasion - a reminder of the ephemeral stuff dreams are made of. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 - In Mumbai
This morning after breakfast depart for the Presidency Golf course. After a round of golf return to the hotel. Afternoon relax at the hotel. Evening enjoy a drink at the FIORELLA - the only Italian restaurant in Mumbai. Fiorella has got rave reviews for its North Italian fare. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - Mumbai – Bangalore ( Flight )
Morning transfer to airport to board flight for Bangalore - founded in 1537 by Kempegowda, a far sighted local chieftain. Bangalore has blossomed into one of Asia’s fastest growing cities.

Bangalore combines the vibrant pace of a modern metropolis with a quaint old world charm. Perched at a height of 3250 feet above sea level, its salubrious climate plays host to innumerable parks, gardens, lakes and verdant tree - lined avenues that give it the sobriquet “The Garden City”. Bangalore is a mullet-faceted jewel with modern marvels, historic monuments, bustling shopping plazas, tranquil walking paths, rustling silk and fragrant sandal wood, exotic cuisine and friendly people. In the older parts of the city, streets still seem to be under the spell of the rambling grace of the colonial times. And in a city that still echoes the bygone age of leisure, luxury and unhurried splendor, WELCOMGROUP WINDSOR MANOR SHERATON recreates the Imperial life-style with matchless elegance.

Our representative escorts you to the Hotel Windsor Manor Sheraton - A wondrous white edifice in the heart of Bangalore with modern amenities, to give you the best of both worlds. Here everything is reminiscent of the Imperial way of life viz. wrought - iron lamps, ceilings touched with gold, hunting prints, Queen Anne chairs and others. Its bay windows overlook - green lawns, its colonnade balconies and verandhas - a twentieth century tribute to an age of elegant bungalows, splendid banquets and good living.

Afternoon visit the Bangalore Golf Club - founded in June 1876 AD which is the second oldest in India. It has also the distinction of hosting the oldest inter-club tournament in the country with Chennai which started in 1878 AD and is played alternatively at Bangalore and Chennai. In the days when railways and aircraft were still things of the future, golfers often traveled as much as 300 kms on horse back and in bullock carts to participate in the tournament. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 - In Bangalore
This morning you visit the Vidhan Soudha - housing the State Legislature and secretariat, which was conceived and executed by Kengal Hanumanthaiya, the then Chief Minister in 1956. It is built entirely of Bungler granite in the Neo Dravidian style. Directly opposite, there stands the Gothic structure of the Attara Kacheri which houses the State High Court”.

The High Court building was completed in 1868 and stands in the splendor of the Cubbon park laid out in 1864 by Lieutenant General Sir Mark Cubbon. The Lalbagh Garden laid out in 1760 by Hyder Ali has an area of 240 acres. The glass house, inspired by the Crystal Palace in London is a fovourite spot in Lalbagh. The Bangalore Palace, built in 1887 by a Wodeyar King, is today a favorite spot for picnickers and film - makers, with its vast grounds and Tudor style architecture. Afternoon enjoy golf at Bangalore Golf Club.

Evening enjoy a drink at The Royal Derby, like the regency pub back home, with typically English decor right down to the Axminster carpet, spirits soar high at the royal derby amidst the sparkle and crystal. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 - Bangalore – Coimbatore – Ooty By Road
Morning transfer to airport to board flight for Coimbatore. Our representative escorts you to Ooty - crowning the Nilgiris Mountains is the town of Ooty. The blue mountains as the Nilgiris literally means, seem to be permanently enveloped in a hue of blue.

On arrival check-in at HOTEL TAJ SAVOY - located high on a hillside. The Savoy surpasses your dreams of a perfect hotel. In harmony with its natural surroundings, its architecture is leisurely yet luxurious, flawlessly preserving the mood of Old England. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 - In Ooty
This morning visit the Ooty Golf course - The golf course follows the soft contours of downland, with it’s tonsured affect of tree bare heights ringed with gorse and thickly wooded copse of eucalyptus, oak, rhododendron and fir in the hollows, the course is surrounded by the thickly wooded Avalanche range.

After a golfing round return to the hotel. Evening enjoy a drink at CANTERBURY BAR which offers welcome break in good cheer, which sets the mood high with its old English ambience. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 - Ooty - Coimbatore – Madras
Transfer to Coimbatore to board flight for Chennai- founded 350 years ago; it is one of India’s major cities. A major port on India’s Eastern Coast, it is the hub of industry and commerce in South India. Old Forts, Churches and Temples are interesting contrast to the city’s grand commercial avenues, opulent cinemas and modern housing.

Our representative escorts you to HOTEL TAJ COROMANDEL - nestling in a neighborhood of sprawling oaks, cool summer bungalows restful quiet situated in the heart of city and the hotel offers the finest facilities to discerning travelers. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 - In Chennai
This morning visit the Chennai Gymkhana Club founded in 1886. Unique for been situated within the 2400 meter oval of the Guindy race course which offers a challenging game. The fairways at Guindy are flat and fast and encircled by the out-of-bound race track. The greens are lush and well maintained and also strategically located, mostly along the track. The first hole on this course is an easy looking par at 415 yards. it, however takes a calculated and well lofted drive to avoid the bunkers placed on the fairway, 130 yards from the tee. The second hole is an easy par three at 170 yards, with a trickily green at a gradient of almost 30 degrees.

This afternoon you visit the National Art Gallery and Museum which houses, among many priceless treasures - the famous 10th century bronze. “Siva Nataraja”, typical of medieval South Indian art. You will also visit the Cathedral of San Thome and St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India. Several notable people were married here including Elihu Yale, later to found the Yale University. Note the pretty stained glass windows and elegant cane seating. Evening enjoy a drink at Fort St. George bar a contemporary bar that serves a variety of cocktails and liqueurs. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 - Chennai - Kolkata ( Flight )
This morning enjoy round of Golf at the course. Evening transfer to airport to board flight for Calcutta - the largest Indian city, it is situated on the banks of the Hooghly river and is home of over ten million people. On August 24, 1690, Job Charnock the head of the British East India Company came to Bengal and established a factory in a village called Kalikatha and the area came to be known as Calcutta.

Our representative escorts you to the Hotel THE OBEROI GRAND - a Victorian land mark in the very heart of bustling Calcutta. Marbled corridors, majestic columns, antique crystal of tradition with contemporary excellence. A sojourn into a world of quite elegance and old world charm blended with the conveniences of modern living. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - In Kolkata
This morning visit The Royal Calcutta Golf club is the oldest golf club in India and the first outside Britain.

The country over which the Royal Calcutta course is laid was originally paddy fields, and the course is consequent very flat. Successive committees have built mounds and planted thousand of trees and shrubs. But the Royal’s conspicuous features are its strategically located water tanks and natural water hazards. The most significant are the two large tanks across the tenth fairway, 457 yards, and par four holes. From the tee, the tiger line is over the first hand and must carry all of 230 yards The safer route to the right leaves a very long second tank, a good 100 yards wide, to small undulating green wickedly trapped all around. Green at Royal are small by modern standards, but undulations make them tricky and there is little nap. From the tee the course looks deceptively easy but its strength lies in its par fours and to score requires good long and medium irons.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of city visiting the Jain temple, Zoological gardens, Victoria Memorial, drive past Howrah Bridge, Dalhousie square, Fort Williams, Secretariat buildings and Old Court house street.

Evening enjoy a drink at THE JUNCTION - the perfect rendezvous for an anytime cocktail. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 - In Kolkata
This morning enjoy golf at Royal Golf course. Afternoon at leisure for independent activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13 - Kolkata – Delhi ( Flight )
This morning transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi - India’s splendid capital. Founded on the sight of several cities it has been the seat of power for centuries. Today Old and New city combine to present a harmonious whole offering the traveler elegant shops, broad laburnum lined avenues, sun warned elegant forts and mosques that were once stronghold of Mughal powers and colorful bazaars.

Our representative escorts you to HOTEL THE OBEROI - a historic hotel surrounded by green lawns and stately trees. Renowned for its gracious elegance and old world charm, it has spacious rooms. The ancient monuments of Old Delhi make this hotel a favorite haunt of the visitors to India’s capital city.

This afternoon enjoy golf at DELHI GOLF CLUB.

Originally located in an area more than twice its present size, the course at Delhi Golf club was consolidated to its present 220 acres in 1950. Like the rest of Delhi, its golf course is also laid out on a part of India’s history. Carved out of a portion which was the estate of the Lodhi rulers, it has in its precincts a collection of interesting tombs and monuments. On a hillock behind the seventh green is the landmark of Bara Khamba or Twelve Pillars a splendid ruined mausoleum of the Afghan Lodhi dynasty with a solitary nameless tomb. The Delhi golf course is also a sanctuary for over 300 species of birds and the golfer is often startled by the rain dance of the Peacock or the scurrying of a partridge. The 6972 yards. par 72,18 hole golf course was redesigned by Peter Thompson in 1977-78, and got a major fillip when it was chosen to host the first ever golf tournament at the Asian Games in 1982. More than 500 golfers walk into history every day, as they play the country’s busiest course.

Evening we have Welcome Cocktail at our Chairman’s palatial residence. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 - In Delhi
This morning enjoy golf at Noida Golf Course which has lush green fairways bounded by grooves of trees which finnel out onto the green. Each fairway has its own distinctive fragrance, depending on the species of trees planted there. The green are probably the truest in the country and have to be read very carefully. A game of golf can be pleasantly interrupted by the chirping of birds.

This afternoon you will start sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. An aura of history is everywhere in Old Delhi. Red Fort with its majestic ramparts and Jama Masjid one of the Asia’s largest mosques form the hub. You will also make a stop at Rajghat - Mahatama Gandhi’s final resting place. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 - In Delhi
This morning enjoy a round of golf at Delhi Golf Club. Afternoon you will start sightseeing of New Delhi - well planned with wide tree lined avenues, fountains and parks. Colonial architecture dominates this part of the city, Emperor Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar complex, dating back to the 12th century.

You will also drive along the ceremonial avenues of Rajpath and view the splendid Presidential Palace, the circular parliament house and impressive diplomatic enclave. Evening farewell dinner at our Chairman’s palatial residence. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16 - Delhi – Overseas ( Flight)
Your Indian golf experience comes to an end as you are transferred to International airport to board your homebound flight.
 
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