North and South India Delight

North & South India Delight

Tourism in India

Destination Covered:

Delhi - Varanasi - Katni - Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho - Jhansi - Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur - Cochin - Alleppey - Delhi

Duration:
18 Nights / 19 Days
Tour Category:
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
Arrive in Delhi, the capital city of India. After completing formalities with customs and immigration, you will be received by our representative with Traditional Indian Welcome (with garlands).

Delhi is the capital of India since old times. Delhi's history dates back to the first millenium BC, when it was known as Indraprastha. The Tomar Rajputs built Lal Kot, the core of the first of Delhi's seven cities. It is the epicenter of the nation's politics, economy and culture. History is alive and throbbing in Delhi, the capital of India. Afterwards transfer to your hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 02 - Delhi
After breakfast embark on sightseeing trip of Delhi City which would include the visit to Old Delhi.

Old Delhi: An ancient walled city. Here you would see the Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire, Rajghat the Samadhi of our Father of Nation, Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India and Chandni Chowk the bustling and colourful market of the old city.
Afterwards proceed for the Sightseeing trip of Akshardham Temple.

Swaminarayan Akshardham: in New Delhi epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind.
Return to the hotel after the sightseeing. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 - In Delhi
After breakfast you embark on your sightseeing trip of Delhi City which would include the visit to New Delhi.

New Delhi: The city designed and built by the British in the 1920’s- a city of wide boulevards impressive Government Buildings, green parks and gardens. First you will visit the two monuments from the Delhi’s past Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the Imposing India Gate and Parliament House.
Afterwards in the evening pay a visit to Delhi Hatt Market. After completing the sightseeing return back to the Hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - Delhi - Varanasi
After breakfast at hotel, departure transfer to airport to connect your flight for Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi received at the airport and are transferred to the Hotel.

Varanasi, the 'eternal city' is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India for the Hindus. Also known as Kashi, the city has been a centre of learning and civilisation for over 2000 years. It is a major tourist attraction for its long string of bathing ghats on the steps of the river Ganges.
Afterwards you embark on the sightseeing of Sarnath-

Sarnath: Which symbolizes the birth of Buddhism. It was here that Lord Buddha revealed his doctrine and founded his monastic community. The Museum at Sarnath is amongst the most important in India and contains carvings representing a whole range of styles - Archaic, the covering work of sculptors from 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D. After visit, transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Evening witness the Aarti ceremony on the ghats of river Ganges. Return to the hotel after the sightseeing. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 - In Varanasi
Early morning (0500hrs) visit the banks of river Ganges where you board a boat to see the morning ablutions of the Hindus from the security of the boat.

“Boat ride” will also give you a spectacular view of Sun rise on River Ganges. Later visit Durga temple - Built in the 8th century, is one of the most important temples in Varanasi. This temple is built in Nagara Style. The shikhara of the temple is formed by many small spires which are built one on top of the other. Also, visit the Monkey temple on account of the large number of monkeys residing there. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast rest of the day free at leisure or for own activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 - Varanasi - Katni - Bandhavgarh
After breakfast transfer to Railway station to board your train for Katni. On arrival you are received at the railway station and are taken to Bandhavgarh National Park. On arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the evening free t leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 - In Bandhavgarh
Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day game Viewing (Two Safaris) inside the lush forests of the tiger reserve. Famous for significant population of tigers, this tiger reserve offers better opportunities for tiger viewing. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 - In Bandhavgarh
Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day game Viewing (Two Safaris) inside the lush forests of the tiger reserve. Famous for significant population of tigers, this tiger reserve offers better opportunities for tiger viewing. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 - Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho (Approx 200 Kms /06 Hours)
After breakfast drive to Khajuraho. Khajuraho, built between 950-1050 AD by the mighty warrior kings of the Chandela dynasty, a truly inspired burst of creativity. Contain stunningly explicit erotic sculptures. They were rediscovered in the 20th century, and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On arrival in Khajuraho you check in to the hotel. Rest of the evening free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 - Khajuraho - Jhansi (Surface) (Approx 190 Kms/06 Hours) Jhansi - Agra Train
Today you visit Khajuraho temples, famous for the magnificent carvings depicting numerous exotic postures of the famous Kamasutra, ancient Indian work on sex. Only 22 temples survive of the 85 originally built. In fact, worship is still done today in the Matangeshwara temple, continuing an unbroken 1000 year tradition.
After completing the sightseeing of the city, you drive to Jhansi. Upon arrival in Jhansi transfer to railway station to board the train for Agra. On arrival in Agra you are received at the Agra Cantt Railway Station and are transferred to the hotel.

Agra is the one of the prominent destinations of the World Tourism map with three heritage monuments - The Taj Mahal, Red Fort & Fatehpur Sikri. It is more just a dacadent city of graveyards and stones, but it is a vibrant centre of Culture, Art and Religious philosphies that have enriched mankind and shaped humen thought over centuries.
Rest of the evening free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - In Agra
Enjoy your buffet breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you start the sightseeing trip to Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Taj Mahal: The 17th Century master piece named Taj Mahal ,which of course is the most splendid of all the buildings – perhaps the most perfect architectural monument of the world. It was built in the memory of the beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal by one of greatest king of Mughal Empire Shah Jehan.

Agra Fort: Built primarily as a military establishment by Emperor Akbar in 1565,the redstone Agra Fort, was partially converted in to a palace during the tenure of Emperor Shah Jehan. Though the principal structure was built by Akbar, many more additions were made by his grandsons. This massive fort is 2.5 Kms long and is considered the predecessor of the Red Fort of New Delhi.

After completing the sightseeing of the monuments you return back to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 - Agra - Jaipur Via Fatehpur Sikri (Approx 270 Kms/06 Hours)
Enjoy your buffet breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast drive to Jaipur and on the way break the journey for the sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri: A fascinating ghost town lies little beyond Agra the deserted Red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its ruins are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life would have been like in the days of its grandeur. Set like a jewel in a court yard of pink sandstone is the marble tomb of Saint Salim Chisti, enclosed by delicately carved marble screens. After completing the sightseeing of Fathepur Sikri continue the drive to Jaipur. On arrival check in to the hotel.

Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, also known as 'Pink City' is surrounded by an ancient 20ft high wall and eight gates. Situated at a distance of 280 km away from Delhi, today, Jaipur is the personification of the old order influence the new. An inherent interest for colour and design penetrated over stratum of society, and jewelry, crafts and architecture became objects of fascination equally between prince and peasant. Jaipur is also the main tourist hub of Rajasthan tourist circuit. From here you can reach out to places like Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Pushkar, and many more such destinations from Jaipur. Jaipur is also the third corner of the famed Golden Triangle tourist circuit of India along with Delhi and Agra.
Rest of the evening free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13 - In Jaipur
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast you start the sightseeing of Amber Fort followed by city tour -

Amer Fort: 11 Kms from Jaipur- A marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and reflected in Matao lake below. The magnificent old Citadel, a labyrinth of massive walls and towers, shrouds an exquisite marble palace, pillared and carved glimmering with a million tiny mirrors, which creates tanatalising reflection effect. The ascent to the fort is on a gaily caparisoned elephants.
Afternoon sightseeing of Jaipur City visit the-

City Palace Museum: An imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princess, carpets an armoury of old weapons , miniature paintings portraying court scenes , battle scenes and processions.

Janatar Mantar: (Observartory): Jantar Mantar, built between 1728 and 1734, literally means the ‘instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens’. Jai Singh, the brain behind the grand project, chose stone with marble facing. This was the biggest of all his observatories and the only one built of stone. He used it daily, often with his astronomy gurus Pandit Jagannath and Kewal Ram. In all there are 17 instruments in the Jantar Mantar complex. The function of each instrument is rather complex but serves a particular function where time plays the main theme.

Hawa Mahal: (Palace of Winds): A five storeyed wonder with a spectacular pyra midal façade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.
After completing the sightseeing return back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 - In Jaipur
Breakfast at hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Evening visit the Chokhi Dhani resort to have a glimpse of the regional activities of Rajasthan. Return to the hotel after the visit. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 - Jaipur - Udaipur (Flight)
After breakfast transfer to airport to connect your flight for Udaipur. On arrival in Udaipur received at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Udaipur is also known as the Jewel of Mewar. This place was founded by Maharajah Jai Singh in 16th century. In spite of being surrounded by the desert its is situated in the lap of the Aravalli hills. It is considered to be one of the most romantic places of India. Elegant palaces, temples and havelis flank the shores of lake. In the centre of the lake there is Jagmandir Island where Lake palace hotel located . It looks like the dream in white.

On arrival check in to the hotel. Afterwards embark on the half day city tour.

Udaipur City: Visit the city Palace- Museum- grandeur and intricacy stroked all over in granite, marble and mosaic displayed in the sparkling white filigreed balconies and windows ,ornate arches and cupolas atop magnificent octagonal towers,

Jagdish Temple: built in 1651 AD, also visit the Sahelion Ki Bari- the spectacular garden displaying the unique life styles of royal ladies who once lived in the palaces.
Return back to the hotel after the sightseeing. Afternoon free at leisure .
In the evening enjoy a most memorable boat ride with the reflections of the majestic Lake Palace Hotel at its best in the setting sun.
After the memorable boat ride return back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16 - Udaipur - Kochi (Flight)
After breakfast transfer to airport to connect flight for Kochi. On arrival in Kochi, received at airport and transferred to hotel.

Cochin: Over the centuries , the princely state of Kochi came under numerous empires. The original local rulers were dominated by the Portugese, Dutch , British and even the Zamorin of Kozhikode (Calicut). Around 1530 AD under the Portugese, Kochi grew into a prosperous town. The ruler of Kochi gave the Portugese, permission to build a fort at Kochi called 'Manuel Kotta' - which is the first European fort in Kochi . On arrival you check in to your hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure or for own activities.
Evening: Enjoy body massage. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17 - Kochi - Alleppey (Approx 75 Kms/ 02 Hours)
After breakfast you embark on yet another thrilling experience - Your journey from Kumarakom to Alleppey on a houseboat known as ‘ Venice of the East”.

Alleppey: Alappuzha or Alleppey, with its network, of canals, bridges along silver beach, makes for an exhilarating holiday. Alleppey offers enjoyable boat rides to Kollam along the picturesque Vembanad Lake. The endless panorama of lush green paddy fields, swaying coconut trees, shimmering water and long canals around Alappuzha make an interesting setting for the town.

Upon arrival you check in to the Houseboat. Overnight on board the Houseboat.
Day 18 - Alleppey - Kochi (Approx 75 Kms/ 02 Hours)
After breakfast drive back to Kochi. On arrival start half day tour of the city which would include your visit to St Francis Church, the scenic Chinese fishing nets, Dutch Palace and the 1568 Jewish Synagogue.
Evening: Enjoy the Kathakali dance show. Return to the hotel after the dance show. Overnight at hotel.
Day 19 - Kochi - Delhi (Flight)
After breakfast free till departure. Departure transfer to airport to connect your flight for Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, you are received at the airport and are transferred to the hotel for wash and Change.

Later in the night you are provided departure transfer to international airport to connect the flight back home.
 
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