Destinations Covered: Delhi - Agra - Lucknow - Kolkata - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Cochin - Trivandrum - Goa - Mumbai
19 Nights / 20 Days
Day 1: Departure Home
Departure From home country.
Day 2: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Meeting & assistance on arrival at international airport and transfer to hotel. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Delhi
Morning sightseeing of New Delhi is consisting of drive through the Raisina Hills- Parliament House, India Gate, President House; 16th century tomb of Emperor Humayun built of Marble & Red stone in typical Mughal fashion, Lotus temple (Bahai Temple) & Qutab Minar. Afternoon drive around the diplomatic enclave to see beautiful architectural buildings designed by and for each country's embassy. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Delhi
Morning sight seeing of Old Delhi is highlighted Shah Jahan's Red Fort, the bustling market place of Chandni Chowk by Rickshaw Puller Ride, Raj Ghat, and the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Afternoon visit National Museum. National Museum, New Delhi, today , has in its possession over 2,00,000 works of exquisite art, both of Indian and Foreign origin covering more than 5,000 years of our cultural heritage. Its rich holdings of various creative traditions and disciplines which represent a unity amidst diversity, an unmatched blend of the past with the present and strong perspective for the future, bring history to life. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Delhi - Agra (By Surface)
Morning drive to Agra-The Mughal city en-route visit Sikandra. On arrival check in hotel. Afternoon visit to Taj Mahal - The Monument of love, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. (TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS). Other Agra attraction on the tour includes Agra Fort built by Akbar The Great. Evening is free for shopping opportunity. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Agra - Delhi (By Surface)
Morning excursion to Fatehpur Sikri. Afternoon drive to Delhi and on arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Delhi - Lucknow (By Train)
Morning transfer to the railway station to board train for Lucknow. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city tour of Lucknow. Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. It was a prominent city during ancient times as part of the Kosala kingdom. The Nawabs of Awadh made the greatest architectural contributions to Lucknow and most of the monuments date from that period.
Lucknow is a city of culture and famous for culinary delights. Aminabad is a quaint bazaar situated in the heart of city that offers a variety of up market shopping. Residents of Lucknow were patrons of the culinary and other arts, especially dance and music, and this continues today. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Lucknow - Calcutta (Kolkata) (By Flight)
Calcutta: A vibrant city with a distinct socio-political culture, Calcutta, or Kolkata, is noted for its revolutionary history, ranging from the Indian struggle for independence to the leftist and trade union movements. Referred to as the "Cultural Capital of India", "The City of Processions", and the "City of Joy", it is known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning at leisure. Late afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Calcutta. On arrival, transfer to the hotel.
Day 9: Calcutta (Kolkata)
Enjoy your full day city tour of Calcutta visiting Jain Temple popularly known as Glass Temple, and Kumartolly, potters village. Afternoon visit Victoria Memorial, which is one of the oldest museums in Calcutta, Flower Market and Dalhousie Square in the former British Colonial Area. See the Howrah Bridge, famous city landmark. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Calcutta - Chennai (Madras) (By Flight)
Morning at leisure. Late afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Chennai. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Chennai (Madras)
Morning proceed for a day city tour of Chennai which includes Gundy National Park, Sri Parthsarthi Temple, Snake Park, Marina Beach and Aquarium.. Chennai is a busy, efficient metropolis, is the home of the ancient Dravidian civilization, one of the oldest articulate cultures in the world. It is a city where the landscape of the past lives easily with more recent history. The friendliness, sincerity and colorfulness of the people can slowly be absorbed while taking a stroll over the sandy stretch of beach known as the Marina, or visiting Fort St. George, built by the British East India Company. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Chennai Mahabalipuram Kanchipuram - Chennai
Full day tour of Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram. 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 and 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. Also visit a cotton factory on your return. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Chennai - Cochin (Kochi) (By Flight)
Morning transfer from hotel to airport to connect flight to Cochin. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city tour of Cochin with visit to Mattancherry Palace, Fort Cochin, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Bolgatty Palace etc. Evening visit to Cultural centre for viewing the Kathakali dance performance. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: Cochin (Kochi)
Morning drive to Alleppey and then enjoy a boat cruise on the backwaters from Alleppey to Kottayam. Drive back to Cochin towards the late afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15: Cochin - Trivandrum (By Flight)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Trivandrum. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 16: Trivandrum Goa (By Flight)
Morning city tour of Trivandrum. Afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Goa. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Goa with Silver sands, sparkling blue waters, the sky mirroring the sea below, white churches resting against green paddy fields and coconut trees lining the coastal streets. Goa a place you can fall in love with at first glance. There's much more to Goa than sun, sand and sea. The allure of Goa is that it remains quite distinct from the rest of India and is small enough to be grasped and explored in a way that other Indian states are not. Ruled by the Portuguese till 1961, Goa still retains its indo-Portuguese character -- very visible amongst its architecture as well as its people. Goa's tourism byline of "Goa - 365 days on Holiday" is absolutely true. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 17: Goa
Morning city tour of Old Goa. Panjim, Goa - Called Panjim by the Portuguese, Panaji, which means "the land that does not flood" is the state capital of Goa. Unlike many capital cities, Panaji has a distinct unhurried character. It is situated on the southern banks of the Mandovi River, which makes this town all the more charming.
The European Ambiance typical of a Goa town, Panaji is built around a church facing a prominent square. The town has some beautiful Portuguese Baroque style buildings and enchanting old villas. The riverside, speckled with brightly whitewashed houses with wrought iron balconies, offers a fine view. Afternoon at leisure on the beach. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 18: Goa - Mumbai (Bombay) (By Flight)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Mumbai. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Previously known as Bombay, Mumbai is a major metropolitan city of India. It is the state capital of Maharashtra. Mumbai city is known as the business capital of India, it being the country's principal financial and communications centre. The city has the largest and the busiest port handling India's foreign trade and a major International airport.
Description about Mumbai/Bombay can not be complete without the mention of Bollywood, the biggest Indian film industry which churns out hundreds of Hindi block-busters every year. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 19: Mumbai (Bombay)
Morning excursion to Elephanta Caves. Afternoon city tour of Mumbai visiting the Gateway of India, The Prince of Wales museum, Hanging Gardens, Victoria Rail Station and the Marine drive. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 20: Departure Mumbai
In time transfer to International airport to connect flight for onward destination.