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Grand India Tour
Delhi - Udaipur - Jaipur - Agra - Varanasi - Kolkatta - Bagdogra - Darjeeling - Chennai (Madras) - Cochin - Kumarakom - Mararikulam - Mumbai (Bombay) - (Duration - 20 Days)

Day 01: Home – Delhi
Arrive Delhi International airport, you will be met and assisted by our representative to the hotel, check in at the hotel. Relax and overnight in Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi
Morning take a sight seeing tour of Old & New Delhi. Morning visit Old Delhi: The important places in Old Delhi include the majestic Red Fort, the historical Chandni Chowk and if time permits you can visit Raj Ghat the Memoir of Mahatma Gandhi. Afternoon visit New Delhi visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; the Laxmi Narayan Temple, built by the Birlas, one of India’s leading industrial families; Qutab Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; and the lotus-shaped Baha’i Temple. Evening relax, overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Delhi - Udaipur ( By air at 1700 - 2000)
Morning transfer to airport to connect flight for Udaipur - the romantic city of Lake. Udaipur was originally the capital of the state of Mewar, takes its name from Maharana Udai Singh. He founded the city in 1568 after retreating from the third attack by armies of the Mughal Emperor Akbar on the city of Chittaurgarh, (which was then Mewar's capital), One legend claims that he chose the present location of Udaipur for the capital after a sadhu, or wandering holy man, told him that if he built his capital on the edge of Lake Pichola, it would never be captured. Meeting upon arrival and transfer to hotel, day free to relax, early evening visit Nagda Ruins - 22 kms away from Udaipur to see Eklingji & Nagda Temples – built in white marble with a double storied porch on the bank of Lake bagel. Drive back to Udaipur for overnight.

Day 4: Udaipur
Mornings proceed for the city tour of Udaipur - set around the vast Pichola Lake and dominated by dramatic palaces, Udaipur is surely Rajasthan's most picturesque city. Visit the romantic and stunning white marble Palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola, the magnificent City Palace - built in 1725, the ancient palaces of the Mewar Royal Family for centuries, the Jagdish temple, the pleasure gardens and a drive around the other nearby lakes. Return to hotel. . Afternoon, visit the Sahelion-ki-Bari also called as the garden of demoiselles and its pond covered with lotus flowers, thereafter visit the school of paintings, which specializes in Miniatures. In the evening, enjoy the boat ride on Lake Pichola and visit of Jag Mandir in the middle of the Romantic Lake Pichola. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Udaipur - Jaipur (By air 0730 hrs / 0920)
Morning transfer to airport to connect flight for Jaipur - the Capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur, the city-capital in the tone of an autumnal sunset, literally lush pink when prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria, stepped on its soil in 1883. Interspersing the play of red and pink were white borders and motifs, painstakingly outlining the architectural highlights of Jaipur's buildings. Jaipur had been like that since 1727 when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had it built that year. Arrive and check in to hotel. In the afternoon, tour of the Pink city visiting the imposing City Palace now a museum - the principal Residence of the former ruling family, Jantar Mantar - the ancient Observatory, Hawa Mahal - the exotic Palace of the Winds & the picturesque bazaars of the walled city. Return to hotel in the evening and overnight.

Day 6: Jaipur
Morning proceed for the visit the Amber Fort built in the time of Mughals. The area used to be always ready for the war. Amber was residence of the Maharajas. By seeing the majestic ramparts of the Fort, which surround the palace, you will be able to imagine the power of the character. You will ascend this 11th centuary Bastion on a gaily decorated Elephant. Visit the Palace with its crimped rooms of mirrors and the old harem, true labyrinth. The magnificent public and private rooms show evidence of the splendor of the rulers of 16th & 17th century. Possibility of attending Puja at the Kali temple. Puja is the time of the prayers according to Hindu rites'. One can enter in the temple only naked feet and without leather articles on oneself, thereafter return to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, ground of knighthood of high feats of arms. Afternoon at leisure for souvenir shopping. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 7: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (260 Km)
Morning depart for Agra synonymous with Taj. A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendants of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri - the extraordinary city built by Akbar the Great, deserted 14 years later, but which, during its brief span, the city had more significant than London in both grandeur and population continue towards Agra. Upon arrival - check in to hotel. Afternoon, discover the strong & magnificent Red Fort - built by the three generations of Mughal Emperors between 1565 and 1573, whose military power cannot be questioned. It was the residence of the Mughal Emperors. Each one left there its print, Red sandstone of Akbar and Jahangir, White marble of Shah Jahan. This fort rises on the edges of Yamuna River; surrounded by a wall from 20 to 33 meters top and 2500 m perimeter. Return to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 : Agra - Varanasi (By air at 1320 hrs / 1510 hrs)
Morning proceed to visit the World famous Taj Mahal, whose eternal beauty will astonish and mesmerize the visitors. It is also known as the "Crown of Palaces" built by the Emperor Shah Jehan to immortalize the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who died in 1631. In the afternoon, transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi - is among the oldest living cities in the world, it is also the holiest a 'Hindu pilgrimages. Thousands come daily to Varanasi to take a ritual dip in the river Ganga, to cleanse their souls of sins and to worship temples. Meeting upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 : Varanasi
Early morning boat ride on the Ganges at dawn when it is full of pilgrims is an amazing place to witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. Thereafter, return to hotel for breakfast Later, walk through the narrow lanes and colourful bazaars in the heart of the old city and visit the temples. The visit includes the famous Kashi Vishwa Nath Temple, Banaras Hindu University. In the afternoon, visit Sarnath Temple - 5 miles out of Varanasi. Sarnath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Sarnath has a fine Museum filled with sculptures found at the site. Return to hotel and overnight

Day 10 : Varanasi - Kolkatta (Calcutta) (by air 1600 hrs / 2140 hrs)
Time free for independent activities. In the afternoon transfer to airport to connect flight for Calcutta - Fascinating, Bewitching, Bewildering. That's Calcutta, (Kolkatta) the capital of West Bengal and India's largest city, a seething mass of activity with a cosmopolitan atmosphere, a far cry from Job Charlock's Calcutta of 1690 to which the metropolis traces its origin. Kolkatta was the first capital of the British in India. The city was established in 1686 when the British moved to the small villages of Sutanati, Govindpur, and Kalikata from their trading port of Hooghly. It progressed well until 1756 when Siraj-Ud-Daula (Nawab of Bengal) attacked the town and drove away the British. Lord Clive retook Kolkata and until 1911, it remained the capital of the British government in India. Being the centre of power for so long created a unique culture and heritage, totally unlike any other city in India. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Calcutta
Morning proceed for the sightseeing of Kolkata visit Victoria Memorial - a grand edifice constructed in the memory of Queen Victoria. This building houses a number of rare specimens of the historical preserves of the land. Howrah Bridge is another landmark that denotes the city of joy. This hanging bridge is an architectural marvel of the country. The second largest planetarium in Asia, the Birla Planetarium is another site that attracts attention of all regardless of their age. The recently built Vidyasagar Setu, another architectural marvel, connects both the banks of the Hooghly River. St. Paul-'s Cathedral, National Library, Shaheed Minar, Fort William, Rat Park and Marble Palace. Return to hotel in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 : Calcutta - Bagdogra (By air at 0950 hrs / 1045) - Darjeeling
Morning transfer to airport to connect flight for Bagdogra. Upon arrival met at the airport and continue towards Darjeeling - Perched at the height of 2,134 meters with a backdrop of the mighty Himalayas peaks, Darjeeling allows you to sample the joys of cool, healthy, gracious and adventurous living. Darjeeling also holds a special interest for botanist, ornithologist , trekker , photographer and artist , apart from holiday seekers. Day free for relaxing & acclimatizing.

Day 13: Darjeeling
Morning proceed for the sightseeing of Darjeeling - The Tibetan Buddhist monastery, the Ghoom Monastery with a 15 - foot high statue of Maitreya Buddha, is the most famous monastery of the town. There is a Padmaja Naidu zoo, showing the Himalayan black bear, panther, leopard and the Siberian tiger among other animals. The Observatory Hill is a vantage point for a grand view of the Kanchenjunga ranges. Return to hotel and overnight Morning Day at leisure for independent activities. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Darjeeling - Bagdogra - Madras (by air at 1800 hrs / 2005 hrs)
Morning Transfer to Bagdogra airport to connect flight for Calcutta. Upon arrival connect the onward flight for Madras - now known, as Chennai is one India's four metropolises located on the Coromandel Coast, it is the gateway to south India and also an important harbour. Chennai has a blend of Dravidian and Gothic architecture in its buildings. It was the first citadel of the British. Tamil Nadu is a bastion of Hinduism, whose past endures into the present. Visit the St. George Fort built in 1640 A.D which now houses the Tamil Nadu State Legislature and Secretariat, Saint Thomas Cathedral, which is said to contain the remains of St Thomas and the famous bronze Museum. Arrive Madras - meet & transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Chennai (Madras)
Morning, proceed for the city tour of Madras, which is now known as Chennai and is one India’s four metropolises located on the Coromandel Coast, it is the gateway to south India and also an important harbour. Chennai has a blend of Dravidian and Gothic architecture in its buildings. It was the first citadel of the British. Tamil Nadu is a bastion of Hinduism, whose past endures into the present. Visit the St. George Fort built in 1640 A.D which now houses the Tamil Nadu State Legislature and Secretariat, San Thome Cathedral, which is said to contain the remains of St Thomas and the famous bronze Museum. Overnight at hotel

Day 16: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Chennai
Morning drive to Mahabalipuram, enroute visit Kanchipuram, one of India's seven sacred Hindu cities. Historic capital of the Pallavas and thereafter the Cholas Also called as the city of thousand temples, it has magnificent temples of unique architectural beauty that bear eloquent testimony to its glorious Dravidian heritage. Notable being the Kailasnatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, finest example of Pallava architecture. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silk saris. Later proceed to Mahabalipuram, the ancient seaport city of Pallavas, known for its rock hewn temples with statues of gods and goddesses, monsters and angels, snakes, water nymphs and animals that crowd the rock to watch the descent of Ganges flow through Shiva's hair. Evening drive back to Chennai for overnight.

Day 17: Madras - Cochin (By air at 1500 - 1710)
Morning free at leisure, Later transfer to airport to board the flight for Cochin at 1300 hrs, assistance on arrival at 1400 hrs, transfer to hotel. Early evening take a sight seeing tour of Cochin. It has one of the oldest churches in India, 500 years old Portuguese houses, cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, the historical Palace built by the Portuguese, Jew town, complete with an immaculately preserved synagogues. Also visit Mantanacherrry Palace : Built by the Portuguese. More important are the astonishing Murals, depicting scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabaratha and puranic legends connected with Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna Kumara and Durga. These beautiful murals rarely seem to be mentioned, although they are one of the wonders of India. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 18: Cochin - Allepey (60 kms) - Houseboats - Kumarakom
Depart for Alleppey - one of the most important tourist centers in the state, with a large network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet "Venice of the east". These large network of canals provide Alleppey its lifeline. Alleppey was one of the busiest centers of trade in the past with one of the best known ports along the Malabar coast. Even today it retains its charm as the centre for Coir carpet industries and prawn farming. Arrive Alleppey and check in to house boat Proceed for an overnight cruise towards Kumarakom. The journey will take us through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters of Alleppey to Palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets, typical villages and regattas (boats snakes) for which Kerala is very famous. Dinner and Overnight on board the houseboats.

Day 19: Houseboat - Kumarakom - Mararikulam
Arrive Kumarakom - which is bound by the Vembanad Lake on two sides, the swaying paddy fields on one side and a bird sanctuary on the other. Dismemberment at Kumarakom and visit the beautiful Kumarakom bird sanctuary - it sprawls over 14 acres. here numerous species of birds, including Darters, Bitterns, Brahminy kites, Marsh Harries, Teals and several varieties of Herons roost. Thereafter, continue towards Mararikulam. Mararikulam is a sleepy fishing village located between the port city of Cochin and Alleppey. And here, amidst the coconut groves is the Marari Resort. Rest of the day at leisure near the beach. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 20 :Mararikulam - Cochin - Mumbai (Bombay)(By air at 1030 / 1215)
Morning transfer to Cochin airport to connect flight for Bombay Arrive Bombay and proceed for the sightseeing of Bombay. Bombay now called Mumbai is the Gateway to India & Capital of Maharashtra. It is country's foremost sea port, commercial centre and centre of worlds largest film industry commonly called the Bollywood. Afternoon, depart for the visit of the city: visiting Gateway of India - The imposing stone archway in Indo-Saracenic architecture built in 1911 , Hanging Gardens, the Aquarium and Marine Drive (also known) as "Queens Necklace". Then visit the museum of Wales, walk towards the Victoria station and the market of Colaba. Thereafter, transfer to hotel where a courtesy room will be provided for wash & change. Later in the evening, transfer to airport to connect flight for next destination. Assistance for check in formalities

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