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South India Tours (14 Days 13 Nights)
     

Day 1 : Chennai and Mahabalipuram
   Arrival at Chennai.You will be received at the airport/station. Chennai is the gateway to a voyage of discovery of an ancient temple studded state Tamilnadu. Chennai has an ancient civilization and is rich in literature, philosophy, religious faith and an unchanged traditional way of life. Transfer to Mahabalipuram which is well known for its monuments hewn out of solid rock and the temples ravaged by the elements, still bear testimony to the ancient culture of South India. Rest of the day you are free to relax.Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2 : Mahabalipuram
   After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing which includes the rock-cut cave temples, Krishnamandapa, shore temple and Government College of architecture. Back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3 : Pondicherry
   After breakfast depart to Pondicherry, often referred to as "A little piece of Medieval France in India" and "a sleepy provincial French town". Pondicherry has managed to retain its French aura, nestled on the eastern seaboard of India. Helios-worshippers can find miles of sun-kissed beaches while the sun-weary can indulge themselves at incredible restaurants and treat themselves to unique shopping experiences. Attractions include Sri.Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry Museum, Sacred Heart Church, Bharati & Bharatidasan Memorial Museum etc. Overnight stay at Pondicherry.

Day 4 : Tanjavur
   Depart from Pondicherry for Tanjavur. Check into the hotel. Proceed for sightseeing which includes the Brihadeeswarar temple, which is famous for it's sculptures and architecture, Parasuram temple, the Palace, Art Gallery, Schwartz Church etc. Overnight stay at Tanjavur.

Day 5 : Tanjavur
   Sightseeing continues with Sivaganga Tank- which is famous for its sweet water and Hall of Music among other important tourist locations. Overnight stay at Tanjavur.

Day 6 : Madurai
   After breakfast, visit Srirangam temple. By noon drive to Madurai. In the evening visit Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, one of the holiest places of worship in South India. It has also been the centre of Tamil culture, sponsoring Literature, Art, Music & Dance over the centuries. Overnight stay at Madurai.

Day 7 : Thekkady
   After breakfast, continue sightseeing which includes Thirumalai Nayak Mahal, Gandhi Museum, Thirupparankundram etc. After lunch drive to Thekkady. On arrival check into the hotel. In the evening you can take a boat cruise in the lake to watch wild animals. Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 8 : Thekkady and Kumarakom
   After breakfast, you can set out for a walk through the plantations filled with the heady fragrance of fresh spice. A boat safari on the Periyar lake extends a life time's chance to spot exotic wildlife in its natural habitat. Depart Periyar for Kumarakom which has a panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands and extensive rubber plantations. Take a boat ride into the country side, visit the Bird Sanctuary. If you are adventurous , you can indulge in water sports such as wind sailing & water skiing. You can also take a country canoe out into the quiet lake or you can opt for a massage. Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 9 : Cochin
   After breakfast take a cruise on a house boat through the backwaters. Have a traditional lunch on the House boat. During the trip you can watch coir villages, local toddy shops, paddy fields etc. Arrive at Aleppey & drive to Cochin. Overnight stay at Cochin.

Day 10 : Cochin
   On arrival at the "Queen of The Arabian Sea", check into the hotel. After lunch, proceed for City Tour covering Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Church, originally built out of wood in 1503 and the Dutch Palace. Walk around on the cobbled streets. Late evening enjoy a Kathakali dance show/Sunset Tour (subject to the availability of time). Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11 : Mysore
   After breakfast, take a flight to Bangalore. Drive to Mysore after a short tour of Bangalore, which includes Lal Bagh and Vidhan Soudha (which houses the state secretariat built in the Neo Dravidian style). After lunch, depart for Mysore. Overnight stay at Mysore.

Day 12 : Mysore
   After breakfast, prepare for a city tour of Mysore visiting the Brindavan gardens, on the terraces of the Krishnarajasagar Dam. The Brindavan Gardens has innumerable fountains springing forth in the most attractive hues. Trim lawns with shrubs adorned with electric lamps and the recently installed musical fountains which dance in gleeful rhythm to the music. Also visit the Mysore Palace which is a harmonious synthesis 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 the Chamundeswari Temple and to get a panoramic view of Mysore. Back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 13 : Bangalore
   Drive to Sravanabalagola an unspoiled township between the Indragiri hills and Chandragiri hills. Sravanabelagola is a famous Jain Centre. Thousands of pilgrims flock to see the gigantic statue of Jain Saint, Lord Gomateswara also known as Bahubali. The statue was anointed in 981 AD. Carved from a single block of stone, the statue stands 17m tall and is visible from 30km away. It is one of the largest monolithic statutes in the world. Thousands of devotees gather here to perform the "Mahamastakabhisheka", a spectacular ceremony held once in every 12 years, when the statue is bathed in milk, curds, ghee, saffron, and gold coins. The next Mahamastakabhisheka is due in 2005. Proceed to Bangalore for overnight stay.

Day 14 : Departure
   Transfer to Bangalore Railway Station/Airport to connect Train/Flight for your return journey.

Inclusions

•  Two way transfers to the nearest airport/ railway station

•  Airfare/railway ticket between locations as per itinerary

•  Accommodation on twin sharing/single with breakfast

•  Sightseeing by A/C car as per itinerary

•  Inter - hotel transfers by A/C car as per itinerary

•  All meals while staying on houseboat

Exclusions:

•  Airfare/Railway ticket (to and fro) from location of departure to entry point

•  Entrance fees at places of visit

•  Meals, telephone charges, tips, laundry, table drinks or any other extras not mentioned in the itinerary

•  Charges for Ayurvedic treatments and other activities like boating, Yoga etc unless specifically mentioned in the package.

Pricing

South India Tours - Time Frame Cost per Person
CH-IN 801 - 1st of April to 30th of September 28,800 INR / 636 US $
CH-IN 801 - 1st of October to 31st of March * 30,120 INR / 672 US $
* 10th Dec to 15th of January (Peak season) Additional charges will apply

For any enquiry or reservations, you can contact us through mobile. Just SMS the "Tour Code" to 09020609001 (within India) or +919020609001 (outside India).


::::::::Tour Code: CH-IN 802 ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

South India Tours (14 Days 13 Nights)
     

Day 1 : Chennai and Mahabalipuram
   Arrival at Chennai .You will be received at the airport/station. Chennai is the gateway to a voyage of discovery of an ancient temple studded state Tamilnadu. Chennai has an ancient civilization and is rich in literature, philosophy, religious faith and an unchanged traditional way of life. Transfer to Mahabalipuram which is well known for its monuments hewn out of solid rock and the temples ravaged by the elements, still bear testimony to the ancient culture of South India. Rest of the day you are free to relax. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2 : Mahabalipuram
   After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing which includes the rock-cut cave temples, Krishnamandapa, shore temple and Government College of architecture. Back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3 : Chennai and Kanchi
   After breakfast, drive back to Chennai. Proceed for a full day sight seeing trip to Kancheepuram known as one of India's seven sacred cities; it has been a centre of Tamil learning, cultural and religious background for centuries. Kanchi is also well known centre of the finest silk sarees made in the country. Kanchi has magnificent temples of unique architectural beauty bearing eloquent testimony to its glorious Dravidian heritage. Places of interest include Vaikundaperumal temple, Kailasanathar temple Anna Memmorial, Enathur-library with ancient books, palm leaf manuscripts on various subjects are housed in this University complex. Overnight stay at Chennai.

Day 4 : Mysore
   Depart to Mysore by air. Check into hotel, freshen up and resume sightseeing in Mysore. Mysore gets its name from Mahishasura the demon king of Hindu mythology who once lived here and was vanquished in battle by Goddess Chamundeswari. The areas around Mysore are major producers of sandalwood and hence Mysore is a city of fragrance. Areas of interest start with the Brindavan gardens, on the terraces of the Krishnarajasagar Dam. The Brindavan Gardens has innumerable fountains springing forth in the most attractive hues. Trim lawns with shrubs adorned with electric lamps and the recently installed musical fountains which dance in gleeful rhythm to the music. Overnight stay at Mysore.

Day 5 : Mysore
   In the morning visit the Mysore Palace which is a harmonious synthesis of the Hindu and Saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures which are magnificent. Visit the art gallery. Drive up to Chamundi Hill to see the Chamundeswari Temple and to get a panoramic view of Mysore. Back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6 : Sravanabalagola, Halebidu
   Drive to Sravanabalagola an unspoiled township between the Indragiri hills and Chandragiri hills, a great Jain Centre.Visit Belor a tourist attraction with its exquisite temples. Located on the banks of river Yagachi, the Chennakeswara Temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. It took 103 years to complete. The Veeranarayana Temple and other smaller shrines are also worth visiting.Halebidu-The Hoysaleswara Temple of Halebidu is a wealth of sculptural details. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of gods, goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls giving importance to the minutest details. Yet no two facets of the temple are the same. Despite 86 years of hard work, the temple is not completed. Overnight stay at Hassan.

Day 7 : Bangalore
   Depart for Bangalore. Check into the hotel and proceed for a city tour of Bangalore visiting the Lal Bagh .The other major garden is the Cubbon Park right in the heart of Bangalore which apart from providing a refreshing stretch of greenery also houses the State Library, an impressive Gothic structure in red. Also visit the Vidhan soudha which houses the State Secretariat and Legislature and is a remarkable spacious building in the Neo-Dravidian style. Back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 8 : Cochin
   Depart from Bangalore to Cochin by air. On arrival at the "Queen of The Arabian Sea", check into the hotel. Late evening enjoy a sunset tour. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9 : Cochin
   After breakfast proceed for City Tour covering Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Church and the Dutch Palace. Walk on the cobbled streets. Evening enjoy a Kathakali performance. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10 : Kumarakom
   Drive down to Kumarakom & check into a backwater resort in Kumarakom which is situated on the Vembanad lake, in this small water body you will come across plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes which will take you in to the heart of scenic lake. The resort offer you a comfortable accommodation and exclusive leisure options like an Ayurvedic massage, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing, angling and swimming. Additional facilities include -water sports, evening sunset cruise, walk through a bird sanctuary, country canoe ride through narrow canals & beautiful villages. Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 11 : Kumarakom
   After breakfast, check into a house boat & cruise through the panoramic backwater stretches and also at the same time you can watch the coir villages, local toddy shops, paddy fields etc. Afternoon a traditional lunch will be provided onboard. Overnight stay on the boat.

Day 12 : Marari
   Disembark the house boat at Alleppey Leave for Marari, a beautiful location for exploring the marvellous backwaters where the tranquility and the stunning scenery gives the feeling of being transported back in time and leaves one with a superbly relaxing and inspiring experience. Activities here include cycling, beach activities, visit to a fishing village and coir factory. This place also offers a chance to practice yoga, country canoe rides etc. Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 13 : Marari
   After breakfast proceed for sightseeing and to relax by the beach. Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 14 : Departure
   Transfer to Cochin Railway Station/Airport to connect Train/Flight for your return journey.

Inclusions

•  Two way transfers to the nearest airport/ railway station

•  Airfare/railway ticket between locations as per itinerary

•  Accommodation on twin sharing/single with breakfast

•  Sightseeing by A/C car as per itinerary

•  Inter - hotel transfers by A/C car as per itinerary

•  Tour Guides as per itinerary

•  All meals while staying on houseboat

Exclusions:

•  Airfare/Railway ticket (to and fro) from location of departure to entry point

•  Entrance fees at places of visit

•  Meals, telephone charges, tips, laundry, table drinks or any other extras not mentioned in the itinerary

•  Charges for Ayurvedic treatments and other activities like boating, Yoga etc unless specifically mentioned in the package.

Pricing

South India Tours - Time Frame Cost per Person
CH-IN 802 - 1st of April to 30th of September 48,720 INR / 1,080 US $
CH-IN 802 - 1st of October to 31st of March * 50,100 INR / 1116 US $
* 10th Dec to 15th of January (Peak season) Additional charges will apply

For any enquiry or reservations, you can contact us through mobile. Just SMS the "Tour Code" to 09020609001 (within India) or +919020609001 (outside India).


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North and South India Tour (14 Days 13 Nights)
     

Day 1 : Delhi
   Arrive at Delhi. You will be received at the airport/station. Delhi, the capital of India has seen the rise and fall of many kingdoms and empires. Every dynasty that ruled Delhi left behind some kind of a seal or monument for the world to admire and remember and is situated between the Aravalli hills and the River Yamuna. Check into the hotel, evening free to relax/Shopping. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2 : Delhi
   After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing which includes India Gate- a massive 42m tall structure which was built as a memorial to the 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in world war I, Qutub Minar- the most striking monument of Delhi which is 278 ft high, Red Fort-Shahjahan started construction of this massive fort in 1638 and completed in 1648. Zoological Gardens-one of the finest in Asia, the zoo spreads over 214 acres. The zoo was designed as an open plan where wildlife enjoys a natural habitat, Jama Masjid- built in the year 1658 is the largest mosque in India with a seating capacity of more than 20,000 people. In addition to the above there are few more attractions which includes Airforce Museum, Bahai Temple, Janthar Mantar, Dolls Museum, National Gallery of Modern art, Purana Quila (Old Fort), Rail Transport Museum etc. Evening free for shopping, areas include Karol Bagh, Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place etc. Overnight stay at Delhi.

Day 3 : Agra
   Morning drive down to Agra, known to the world as the city of Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. Agra has a magnificent fort and many other monuments from the Mughul era. Sightseeing includes The Taj Mahal designed by Persian architect Ustad Isa -it is a magnificent memorial of pure white marble. The Taj in the moonlight is the most bewitching experience. Agra Fort- Emperor Akbar built the fort in 1565 AD as a military establishment. Overnight stay at Agra.

Day 4 : Agra
   Resume sightseeing in Agra which includes Chini ka Rauza- Situated about one km north of Itimad-ud-Daula, this square tomb is surmounted by a single huge dome.The exterior of the tomb is covered with brightly colored enameled tiles, Jama Masjid- without any minarets, the sandstone domes has striking marble patterns, Itmad-ud-Daula- situated on the opposite bank of River Yamuna, this was the first Mughal structure built totally from marble with extensive use of Pietra dura, Ram Bagh (Garden) etc. Evening free for shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5 : Jaipur
   Drive down to Jaipur in the morning. Arrive at Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City, and the capital of the state of Rajasthan. It is the third corner of India's Golden Triangle and a city with a timeless quality to it, a city where the ancient and the modern co-exist in complete harmony. The label of 'pink city' applies specifically to the old walled quarter of Jaipur while the glorious palaces and temples are in the urban area. Check into hotel, freshen up and proceed for sightseeing which includes The City Palace- one of the most important landmarks in Jaipur. The palace complex has numerous buildings, courtyards, impressive gateways and temples, Jantar Mantar- built in 1718, is the largest and the best-preserved observatory of the five built by Sawai Jai Singh to study the movement of stars. Astronomical instruments, built of stone and marble- the pride of medieval India which still provide fairly accurate information, are the highlight of the observatory. Back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6 : Jaipur
   After breakfast, continue with sightseeing which covers Albert Hall- was built to commemorate and honour the visit of Prince of Wales to Jaipur. Designed in Indo-Sarcenic style, the hall was completed in 1876. It was opened in 1887 as a public museum. The museum has a vast collection exhibits those include sculptures, paintings, decorative art objects, natural history specimens, an Egyptian mummy and a celebrated Persian Garden Carpet, Moti Doongri- a privately owned hilltop fort built like a Scottish castle. The Ganesh Temple at the foot of the hill and the large and modern Birla Lakshmi Narayan Temple built in marble are also noteworthy, Hawa Mahal - or the palace of winds is the most strikingly - designed monument in Jaipur. It is a multi-layered palace with profusion of windows and stone screens that overlooks one of the main streets and provides some excellent views of the city. Evening free for shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7 : Delhi and Cochin
   Morning drive to New Delhi to board the flight to Cochin. On arrival at the "Queen of The Arabian Sea", check into the hotel.Afternoon you are free to relax. In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance show and sunset tour. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8 : Cochin
   After breakfast, proceed for city tour covering Jewish Synagogue-built in 1568 the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth stands, adorned by hundreds of exquisite hand-painted Chinese tiles in blue and white. St Francis Church, originally built out of wood in 1503 and thus earning fame as the oldest European church in India (Vasco de Gama was buried here). Dutch Palace-As you climb it's stone steps, you enter a different world of Palanquins and heraldry, jewels and rich murals. Walk around on the cobbled streets. You are free for shopping in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9 : Cochin and Trichur
   n the morning depart Cochin for a one day tour to Trichur, which covers Guruvayoor- Sree Krishna Temple, which is the most sacred and important pilgrim centre for the Hindu's, Punnathoorkotta, the home of 50 temple elephants offers unusual spectacles of the gentle pachyderm. Vadakkumnathan Temple, a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture and has many decorative murals and pieces of art. Vilangankunnu, a beautiful hill which has got a good view and a picnic spot. Kerala Kalamandalam, renowned the world over for Kathakali training centre. Training in Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Thullal, Music and other art forms of Kerala is imparted here. Cultural programmes are also arranged here upon request. Back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10 : Alleppey
   Morning proceed to Alleppey, a district of immense natural beauty. Referred to as the Venice of the East by travellers from across the world. This backwater country is also home to diverse animal and bird life. With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it and by virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala. On arrival check into a traditional house boat. Cruise through the backwaters and stay overnight on the boat.

Day 11 : Kumarakom
   After breakfast disembark House boat at a backwater resort in Kumarakom which is situated on the Vembanad lake, in this small water body you will come across plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes which will take you into the heart of scenic lake. The resort offer you a comfortable accommodation and exclusive leisure options like an Ayurvedic massage, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing, angling and swimming. Additional facilities include - water sports, evening sunset cruise, walk through a bird sanctuary, country canoe ride through narrow canals & beautiful villages. Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 12 : Marari
   Leave for Marari, a beautiful location for exploring the marvellous backwaters where the tranquility and the stunning scenery gives the feeling of being transported back in time and leaves one with a superbly relaxing and inspiring experience. Activities here include cycling, beach activities, visit to a fishing village and coir factory. This place also offers a chance to practice yoga, country canoe rides etc. Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 13 : Marari
   Marari offers endless miles of superb sand beaches backed by swaying palms, virgin territory where you can experience the local charm and traditional Kerala hospitality at its best. Spend sometime at the beach or indulge in one of the many activities the place has to offer. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 14 : Departure
   Transfer to Cochin Railway Station/Airport to connect Train/Flight for your return journey.

Inclusions

•  Two way transfers to the nearest airport/ railway station

•  Airfare/railway ticket between locations as per itinerary

•  Accommodation on twin sharing/single with breakfast

•  Sightseeing by A/C car as per itinerary

•  Inter - hotel transfers by A/C car as per itinerary

•  All meals while staying on houseboat

Exclusions:

•  Airfare/Railway ticket (to and fro) from location of departure to entry point

•  Entrance fees at places of visit

•  Meals, telephone charges, tips, laundry, table drinks or any other extras not mentioned in the itinerary

•  Charges for Ayurvedic treatments and other activities like boating, Yoga etc unless specifically mentioned in the package.

Pricing

North and South India Tours - Time Frame Cost per Person
CH-IN 803 - 1st of April to 30th of September 51,600 INR / 1,152 US $
CH-IN 803 - 1st of October to 31st of March * 52,980 INR / 1,176 US $
* 10th Dec to 15th of January (Peak season) Additional charges will apply

For any enquiry or reservations, you can contact us through mobile. Just SMS the "Tour Code" to 09020609001 (within India) or +919020609001 (outside India).

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