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South India Tours
Duration : 17 Nights / 18 Days
Destinations Covered : Chennai(Madras) - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Cochin - Bangalore - Mysore - Hassan - Hospet - Badami - Goa - Mumbai
Day 01 : Departure from CountryDeparture from your own Country.
Day 02 : Arrive MadrasArrive Madras. Transfer to Hotel. Overnight Chennai (Madras).
Day 03 : Mahabalipuram & KanchipuramFull day tour of Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram. Check-out at 1200 hrs. Kanchipuram (64 kms from Chennai (Madras)) is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century & has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. The city of Mahabalipuram is famous for the seven pagodas. Here on the seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which are the examples of Dravidian style of Architecture. Evening transfer to rai-station for Trichy night train. Night on board.
Day 04 : Arrive TrichyMorning arrive Trichy and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour. Trichy was the citadel of the Chola dynasty in the medieval period. In the 18th century it witnessed the Carnatic wars fought between the French and the English. Lord Robert Clive's house is still there to see and so is the Danish Church. The Rock:Fort is the landmark of Trichy. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple. Overnight Trichy.
Day 05 : MaduraiDrive to Madurai visiting Tanjore enroute. At Tanjore, the beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit to South India. Overnight Madurai.
Day 06 : MaduraiMorning visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams (rising high above the surrounding country side). Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace : A gracious building in the Indo saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes & arches. Also visit the Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. Afternoon free. Overnight Madurai.
Day 07 : PeriyarMorning drive to Periyar. The earliest sanctuary to be set up in 1934, it extends to 777 square kms & forms part of the high mountain ranges, the Western Ghats. Wild life can be seen while cruising on Periyar Lake in a motor boat. Amongst the animals which can be seen are elephants, wild boar, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur monkeys, etc. Overnight Periyar.
Day 08 : CochinMorning drive to Cochin. Overnight Cochin.
Day 09 : CochinMorning tour of Cochin. Cochin is the natural harbour created by the famed underwater Malabar mud:banks whose quality ensures that the rougher the seas are outside the calmer the waters are within the Harbour. Vasco:de:Gama placed it on the world map. It has a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, mosques & Hindu temples. Watch the Chinese Fishing Nets. Afternoon free. Overnight Cochin.
Day 10 : BangaloreMorning transfer to airport for Bangalore flight. Arrive & drive directly to Mysore. Overnight Mysore.
Day 11 : MysoreMorning tour of Mysore. Visit the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911:12. The palace is of harmonious syntheses of the hindu and saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures which are magnificent. Visit the Art Gallery; drive upto Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple & a panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back, see the Nandi Bull. Afternoon free. Overnight Mysore.
Day 12 : Belur - HalebidFull day tour of Belur and Halebid. The Chenna Kesava temple of Belur built 900 years ago is an exquisite example of Hoysala art. Halebid's 12th century Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples are master pieces of Hindu art. On the way also visit Sravanbelgola. At Sravanbelgola, hewn out of a single rock and visible from a distance of 25 kms is the statue of Lord Gomteshwara which is bathed with milk and honey once every 12 years.
Day 13 : Hospet - HampiMorning drive to Hospet. Visit Hampi. The once beautiful capital city of Vijayanagar Empire : greater than Rome, had palaces, temples & sculptures, spread all over. The city was razed to the ground by the Sultanates of South in 1565. Some of the interesting ruins remaining are the Virupaksha, Vittala and Hazara Rama temples huge Ganesha and Narasimha images, the elephant stables, the Queen's Bath, carvings on the Ramachandra temple & Lotus Mahal.
Day 14 : BadamiMorning drive to Badami stopping at Aihole & Pattadakal on the way. Aihole is the cradle of stone temple architecture of the southern Dravida School. The oldest temple, Lad Khan goes back to the 5th century A.D. There are 70 temples in this group. The Durga temple is noted for its sculptures. The Meguti temple is built of 630 small stone blocks. The Ravanaphadi Cave has some beautiful carvings. Pattadakal, referred to as Petrigal, reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukya kings from 7th to 9th centuries. The oldest in this group is the Sanghameswara Temple. The Mallikarjuna Temple has pillars depicting life of Krishna. Virupaksha temple has sculptures and panel scenes from the epics, the Ramayana & Mahabharata. The Papanatha Temple has impressive carvings on pillars and ceiling.
Day 15 : BadamiMorning tour of Badami. Badami also known as Vatapi is rich with Hindu and Jain temples carved out of sand stone hills. The carved temples date back to the 6th century. Of these, three are Hindu and one Jain. Sculptured out of solid rock they are adorned with carvings. The Fort, on top of a hill encloses large granaries, treasury & a watch tower. The Malegitti Shivalaya temple set on the summit of a hill is built of stones without mortar.
Day 16 : GoaMorning drive to Goa. Goa hotels are not included in the cost has a seasonal rates which vary. Please choose the type/budget of hotels you need and we will quote accordingly.
Day 17 : GoaIn Goa. Please inform us the number of days you wish to stay in Goa.
Day 18 : Flight for BombayTransfer to airport for Bombay flight. Arrive at the domestic airport. Transfer to the city centre. Later in the evening transfer to international airport.
Duration : 09 Nights / 10 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho - Varanasi
Day 01 : DelhiArrive Delhi by International flight. Meeting & assistance on arrival & transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel .
Day 02 : DelhiFull day city sightseeing tour visiting Old & New Delhi. New Delhi - Visiting Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1199, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate. Also drive pass President's house, Parliament house, Government Secretariat Buildings. Old Delhi - visiting Red Fort , built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid one of the largest mosque in India, Raj Gaht & Shanti Vana- the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi & Jawaharlal Nehru. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi - JaipurAfter breakfast drive to Jaipur. Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon Orientation tour of the city and walk through the local bazzars. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 04 : JaipurMorning excursion to Amber fort with Elephant Ride. Amber fort is situated around 11 kms out of Jaipur. The ancient capital of the state until 1728.Visit the Jagmandir Hall glittering with mirrors Jai Mahal and the tample of Kali. Ascend on the Elephant back, the hill on which the fort is situated. It was constructedby Raja Mansingh in 1592 which was later completed by Jai Singh II. Afternoon city sightseeing tour.Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan was given color coat of Pink a centuary ago in honour of a visiting Prince. Eversince it has retained the color. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh this city is 260 years old. Visit Maharaja's city palace and the Observatory. Drive pass Hawa Mahal and also through the Pink Rose city's residentials and business areas. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 05 : Jaipur - AgraAfter breakfast drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri. Between 1570 and 1585 during the reign of Emperor Akbar, the capital of the Mughal Empire was situated here, 40 kms west of Agra. This city was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water.See the gracegul building including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti,the capital of the Mughal Later proceed for Agra. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit Taj Mahal & Fort. Taj Mahal- Built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later visit Agra Fort contaning the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of Public and private audience. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 06 : Agra - Jhansi - Orcha - KhajurahoIn time transfer to Railway station to board Shatabdi Express train for Jhansi. Depart from Agra at 0800 hrs Arrive at Jhansi at 1025 hrs. Assistance on arrival & immediate drive to Orcha. Visit the Palace and the Cenetophs. Later drive to Khajuraho. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 07 : Khajuraho - VaranasiMorning visit Eastern & Western group of temples. The world famous temples are built by the Chandela Kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD. The most important are the Chaunset Yogini temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, The Mahadev temple, Chitragupta temple with a lovely image of 11 headed Vishnu, Vishvanath and Nandi temples. Visha temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is the largest and most typical of temples. In time transfer to the airport for flight to Varanasi.Depart from Khajuraho at 1545 hrs by flight Arrive at Varanasi at 1625 hrs. Meeting & assistance on arrival & transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08 : VaranasiEarly morning boat ride at river Ganges to see the bathing gahts and cremation sites. Wathcing people bathing and worshipping at the ghats is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India . After breakfast city sightseeing tour visiting the Bharatmata temple with a big relief map of India in marble, Durga temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Banaras Hindu University which has an art gallery and the mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangzeb built on the site of an ancient Hindu temples. Afternoon excursion to Sarnath.It is the buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Sarnath was a reowned school of learning from 6th century B.C. to 12th century A.D. Visit the ruins, the Stupa, the Buddhist temple and the Museum. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09 : Varanasi - Delhi
Day at leisure till departure for Delhi. In time transfer to Airport for flight to Delhi. Assistance on arrival at Airport and transfer to International Airport.
Day 10 : DelhiLeave Delhi by flight for onward destinations.
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