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Essence of India - IVP029

Duration 16 days/ 15 nights
Places Covered Delhi-Jaipur-Agra-Orcha-Khajuraho-Varanasi-Patna-Kolkata-Chennai-Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry-Madurai-Trivandrum.
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India's rich tradition and history have very often fascinated tourists from all over the world. Since time immemorial this country has attracted many travelers from across the globe. Many scholars and religious leader have visited this country. India's history dates back to as old as time of Harappan civilization. This essence of India tour will take you through some of the most stunning tourist destinations of country.

These destinations apart from being favourite travel attraction are also historically important place. Starting from capital city Delhi this tour will passes through many places like Jaipur, Agra, Orcha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Patna, Kolkata, Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Madurai and Trivandrum. This tour will give you the taste of India's diversity. This country has tremendous diversity in culture, religion, food habits and landscapes. Lifestyle in north Indian cities like Delhi will be quite different from southern cities like Chennai and Hyderabad. In this tour you will get rare chance to experience dynamism of this country.

Day 1:Delhi
Qutab MinarIn the midnight when whole of India will be sleeping, our representative will receive you from Indira Gandhi International airport and escort you to the hotel. As you check in, all the required documents of tour would be handed over to you so that you get familiar with it.

Overnight: Stay in Hotel.

Day 2:Delhi
In Delhi you would be taken around some important tourist attractions. This historical city houses some amazing monuments which for long have been the pride of city. The day would start with the visit of India Gate and Presidential house, 'Rashtrapati Bhavan.' Then we drive towards Qutub Minar one of the tallest towers of India. It has a towering presence over the city. After lunch we drive towards Old Delhi area. Here we will visit world heritage site Red Fort and Jama Mosque, the largest mosque of India. Rickshaw ride in the bylanes of Chandni Chowk area will be an interesting activity of the tour.

In the evening we will be visiting Delhi Haat which is a good shopping destination. You can buy some traditional items from this market. After a hectic day of tour it is time to sleep and wait for the next day.

Overnight: Stay in Hotel.

Day 3:Delhi/ Jaipur
In the morning we start driving towards Jaipur in a luxury car. This journey takes around 5 hour and by afternoon around noon we will reach pink city and check into one of the heritage hotels. After lunch and good rest, in the evening, we set out to explore this magnificent city. We start with Hawa Mahal, the most popular monument of the city. This five storied building was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799. Next, we drive to city palace complex which is located in the heart of the Jaipur. There are numerous small palaces and halls inside this complex. These monuments are great example of the rich tradition of the past royal kingdom of the state.

As night fall, we retreat to hotel and wait for the next day to continue our tour of pink city.

Day 4: Jaipur/ Agra
Today our day would begin with the visit to the majestic Amber fort. It is the most popular fort of city. The interior decoration of this fort has been inspired from both Hindu and Muslim ornamentation. After this we straight way head to Johari Bazaar area to look out for some shopping activities. This bazaar is specially famous for the jewellery products. You can buy different type of jewellery products like necklace, rings, bracelets, etc from Johari bazaar. We would also visit nearby markets like Nehru bazaar, Bapu bazaar and Tripolia bazaar. In the evening we drive towards Agra in a luxury car. On reaching city of Taj we will check in any of five star hotel.

Overnight: Stay in Hotel.

Day 5: Agra/ Orcha
Finally your dream of visiting the enigmatic Taj is coming true. In the morning after breakfast, we drive to Taj Mahal. This majestic monument was built by Mughal king, Shahjahan in the loving memory of beloved his wife Mumtaz. The beauty and aura of this wondrous monument is simply marvelous. It find its name among the elite list of the seven wonders of world.

Next we drive to Agra fort which is located nearby the Taj Mahal. This fort has a massive red walls and inside some beautiful palaces and mosques are located. Both Taj and Agra fort has been categorized as world heritage site by the UNESCO. In the afternoon, after having lunch, we start our journey towards Orcha. By evening we reach this sleepy town and check into the hotel. This picturesque town located in the state of Madhya Pradesh is a very interesting tourist destination. There are many impressive stone structures located in the Orcha.

In the evening after rest, we will visit famous Jehangir Mahal, Rai Parveen Mahal and Raj Mahal. These monuments are mixture of Mughal and Rajput style architecture. We wind up our day and go back to hotel.

Overnight: Stay in Hotel.

Day 6: Orcha /Khajuraho
KhajurahoAfter morning breakfast we are going to visit the popular Laxmi Narayan Temple. Interior of this temple contains many exclusive wall paintings. Raja Ram Mandir and Chaturbhuj temple are our next destinations of the day. Beside being religious sites, these temples are also example of the architectural marvels of the past era. Well, our tour of Orcha end with these visit and in the afternoon we head towards temple town of Khajuraho in the luxury car. After a 3 hour drive we reach Khajuraho and move to hotel.

In Khajuraho, we will only visit the famous temples. These temples have lot of erotic sculptures drawn on their wall. Originally there were more than 80 temples but today only 22 of them are remaining. These temples are dedicated to both Hindu and Jain god. Some of temple which we will visit are Chitragupta, Matangeswara, Laskhmana and Dula Deo temple.

Overnight: Stay in Hotel.

Day 7: Khajuraho/ Varanasi
In the morning we drive towards the holy city of Varanasi in a luxury car. It is around seven hour journey. By afternoon, around 3, we will be right there in the mystic city of Varanasi. After check in, we will spend time in the hotel taking good rest. In the evening we set out to visit the mesmerizing ghats of Varanasi. These ghat located on the bank of holy river Ganga are teemed with devotees through out the day. This will be our only activity of the day and we will spent our leisure time in the hotel.

Overnight: Stay in Hotel.

Day 8: Varanasi
In the morning after breakfast we will visit the popular temples of the city. Our first stoppage of day would be Shankat Mochan temple. Located in the southern part of the city, it is one of the most sacred temples of Hindu. Two more temple which we will visit are Vishwanath and Bharat Mata temple. Later we visit the popular Alamgir mosque, which demonstrates the beautiful balance of Mughal and Hindu architectures.

In the afternoon, after lunch we will be visiting some popular Jain temples and then we would conclude our Varanasi trip by visiting Archaeological survey of India museum at Sarnath. This is one of the oldest museum of India. Shakyasimha gallery posses the most incredible collections of museum. It houses national emblem of India. There are also many pictures of lord Buddha in different postures. There are many more things to check out in this museum. With this we end the tour of holy city. Spend remaining time in Hotel.

Overnight: Stay in Hotel.

Day 9: Varanasi / Patna/ Kolkata
In the early morning we board train and head towards Patna. On reaching this city we will drive to good restaurant and have breakfast. Our luggages would be safely kept there and we start tour of city. First, we will visit the popular Sikh religious site, Patna Sahib gurudwara. It is believed to be the birth place of Guru Gobind Singhji and is a very sacred religious site of Sikh. Next, we visit Kumhrar, which is another popular tourist attraction of city. It is the site of the ancient Mauryan Kingdom capital Pataliputra. There are many excavated brilliant sculptures in this place.

In the afternoon after lunch we drive to Patna airport to catch flight for Kolkata. In the evening we reach Kolkata and check into a five star hotel. Rest of the day would be spent in the hotel.

Overnight: Stay in Hotel.

Day 10: Kolkata/ Chennai
Victoria memorial will be our first destination of the day. This impressive white marble building is a significant reminder of British rule in India. Today this building has been converted into a museum. It has brilliant collection of souvenirs from the time of British raj. Then we drive towards Fort William. This fort was constructed by British in the year 1781 after they received defeat at the hand of Siraj Ud Daula, the Nawab of Bengal, in year 1756. Today, this fort houses Eastern command of the Indian army. Once inside the fort, you will go back to the British era.

Now, we drive towards Howrah Bridge. This majestic bridge has withstood many calamities and is an important connection between main Kolkata and Howrah. This is the third largest bridge of the world and river Hooghly flows below. It is a great sight to see small boat floating in the Hooghly. In the late afternoon we head to visit holy Kali Mandir. This temple dedicated to goddess Kali is an important religious destination. In the last leg of our tour we will be visiting Belur Math, the headquarter of Ramakrishna mission. Many tourists come here for prayer and meditation. In the evening we will board domestic flight from Kolkata airport and continue our sojourn journey. After landing in Chennai we check into hotel.

Overnight: Stay in Hotel.

Day 11: Chennai
Marina BeachIn the morning we start our day by strolling in the sensuous Marina beach. It is the second largest beach of the world. There are some memorials of former leaders and freedom fighter near the beach. This is a beautiful sandy beach. After spending quality time in Marina beach we drive to Fort St. George. This fort, built by Britishers, in the year 1640 houses majestic St. Mary's church and fort museum. In the museum there are weapons, uniforms, coins, costumes, medals and other antiques from British period. In the afternoon we will be visiting Shri Kapaleeswar Temple. This temple is dedicated to lord Shiva and is believed to have been built around 8th century.

Next we are going to visit Guindy national park. This is one of the few parks located within the city limit. There are many magnificent animals living in this park. With this we end the tour of Chennai and returns to the hotel.

Overnight: Stay in Hotel.

Day 12: Chennai/ Mahabalipuram /Pondicherry
In the morning, in luxury car we drive towards Mahabalipuram which is around 60km from Chennai. This sleepy town is famous for its gigantic structures. Some of these structures are being preserved under UNESCO. This town is also popular for its alluring beaches. We start our day by visiting popular Shore temple. It has wonderful sculpture of Nandi, the bull and the figure of lord Vishnu is present in the main sanctum. Then we drive to visit various Caves which are the most famous attraction of Mahabalipuram. We start by visiting most popular Varaha cave. The seventh century cave Dharmaraja and Tiger cave will also visited.

In the afternoon after lunch we will be strolling along the charming beaches of Mahabalipuram. We will spent some leisure time in the beach and in the evening we drive towards Pondicherry in the car. We reach Pondicherry at night and straightway move to a five star hotel.

Overnight: Stay in Hotel.

Day 13: Pondicherry
Pondicherry is one of the most popular tourist attractions of India. This former French colony has many beautiful beaches and monuments. There are many French style buildings in the Pondicherry area. Today we first visit the popular Shri Aurobindo Ashrama. This ashram founded by revered freedom fighter and philosopher Sri Aurobindo is a shining example of unity in diversity. People from different religion and different country visit this place.

Then we drive to Auroville, a universal township which is 10km away from Pondicherry. People from different countries and religion live together here in harmonious way. Construction of this universal town started in the year 1968. In the evening we drive back to Pondicherry and laze around in the golden beach. Our entire evening would be spent having fun in the beach of Pondicherry.

Overnight: Stay in Hotel.

Day 14: Pondicherry/ Madurai
In the morning we will start our journey towards Madurai. We board first class air condition train and move towards Madurai. We will reach temple town Madurai around afternoon and check into a five star hotel. This city is popular for the exquisite temples. So, in the late afternoon we start our tour by visiting the mesmerizing Sree Meenakshi temple. This temple is dedicated to lord Shiva and his wife Parvati or Meenakshi. This is the most popular of all the temple of Madurai. After this we will drive to Thirumalai Nayak Palace which was built by King Thirumalai Nayak in the year 1636. It is believed that he took help of Italian architects for this palace.

Overnight: Stay in Hotel.

Day 15: Madurai/ Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
In the morning we drive towards Trivandrum in luxury car. It is five hour journey and by 1 in the afternoon we will reach Trivandrum. We then check into hotel and take some rest. In the meanwhile lunch too will be served. In the evening we will visit the beautiful backwaters of Thiruvellam and Veli. Thiruvellam is most popular for the canoe rides. We drive towards Thiruvellam and enjoy boat cruise in the silent backwaters. After your long tour, cruise in this lazy backwater will be simply awesome. Slowly drifting in the water you can enjoy the greenery around and have brilliant glimpse of sun going down.

Overnight: Stay in Hotel.

Day 16: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Today is the last day our tour. In the morning we will visit the popular Kovalam beach. This beach is great destination for an idyllic vacation. The soft white sand and beautiful palm trees along this beach adds to its charm. Next we drive towards delightful Akkulam Lake. There is boating facilities in this lake. There is also a children's park.

Well, finally we end this fantastic tour of India. We thank you for giving us chance to serve you and hope you take beautiful memories along with you from this tour. We will drive you to Trivandrum international airport for your onward journey to your respective country.

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