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Around the Golden-Triangle

( 4 Nights / 5 Days)

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Royal Rajasthan

( 13 Nights / 14 Days)

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A holistic tinge to Golden Triangle

( 9 Nghts / 10 Days)

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With the Tigers and Taj

( 7 Nights / 8 Days)

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Bordering Himalayas

( 10 Nights / 11 Days)

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A flashback to Dravidian Heritage

( 9 Nights / 10 Days)

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Southern Spice

( 21 Nights / 22 Days)

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Tour the celebrated "Golden Triangle" region of India, covering the capital- royal ‘Delhi’ – the pinkish beauty ‘Jaipur’ – the legendary ‘Agra’ – world wonder ‘Taj Mahal’ and, the divinely ‘Mathura’. Experience India’s unparalleled cultural diversity!

5 Nights 6 days Highlights: Delhi (India’s de-facto capital in terms of both history and legacy), Jaipur (the ‘pink’ city of gorgeous, lavish mansions – typical symbol of the Rajput heritage), Fatehpur Sikri (a historical city – former capital of the Mughal Kingdom), Agra (an erstwhile power centre of medieval times and, moreover, the land of ‘Taj Mahal’ - world's most famous monument of love), and Mathura (a holy abode – the birthplace of legendary Lord Krishna) Inclusions :

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All Accomodations with break fast All sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary All transfers and siteseeing by a/c vehicle Hotel Taxes Entrance fee in Taj mahal and all monuments

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DAY 1 : Delhi

DAY 2 : Delhi - Jaipur

Arrival at New Delhi Airport – the starting point of your ‘Golden Triangle of India’ tour.. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in to your hotel at ‘New Delhi’ – the legendary state capital of India. Take own time to settle down in the new environs. Subject to time, go for sightseeing New Delhi’s nearby attractions. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi

Your exciting journey to India’s Golden Triangle begins today… Start off with a sightseeing trip of Delhi. Visit some of Delhi’s precious landmarks, including, the ‘Rajghat’ (Resting place of ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ – Father of the Nation of India), ‘Old Delhi’ (Capital’s timeworn, olden part - a fortified city that served as a key post of former Islamic kingdoms in India), ‘Qutub Minar’ (One of the tallest monuments in the country – the first one erected as the mark of Muslim conquest of Delhi, in 13th century), and ‘Lotus Temple’ (Delhi’s prominent shrine as well as a symbol of architectural brilliance)... Later, come back to the hotel, refresh & check-out, and continue your journey to the ‘pink city’ Jaipur, aptly called due its rosehued buildings. After reaching Jaipur, check in to your -hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Jaipur

DAY 3 : Jaipur

This entire day is for Jaipur sightseeing… To begin with, visit the ‘Amber Fort’ (former capital of Rajput Kings), an imposing Fort city atop steeply hills. On the top of this majestic fort, you will be greeted with a spellbinding view of surrounding mountains and the Maotha Lake below. Inside the fortress, explore the beauty of the Mugal-Hindu architectural combination in several spots like, the ‘Ganesh Pol’, ‘Maharaja Palace’, ‘Diwan-i-Am’ & ‘Diwan-E-Khas', ‘Jai Mandir’, ‘Sheesh Mahal’ - a hall, full of tiny inlaid mirrors, and the adjoining ‘Shila Devi Temple’. For descending the steeply hills from Amber Fort, you can opt for an exciting Elephant ride. Afterwards, tour to some of the city’s famous buildings like; ‘the Monkey Temple’ (an ancient shrine occupied by thousands of monkeys) – where you can feed the inmates! Then, as time permits, do some shopping at Jaipur and find out the innumerable special items that the city is known for. At dinner time, drop in to ‘Choki Dhani’ – an ethnic Village Resort that offers an ideal pastoral experience of Rajasthan. After heartily enjoying the unique local cuisines return to your hotel for overnight stay.

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DAY 4 : Jaipur - Agra

This morning, see some more of Jaipur’s assets… Visit a classic testimony of the Rajputana architecture, the ‘Hawa Mahal’ (meaning ‘Palace of Winds’) – a pyramid shaped facade with five stories & decorated with hundreds of pink sandstone windows (alltogether this resembles a giant honeycomb). Next, visit an elegant mansion, the ‘City Palace’ – an eye catching fusion of Rajputana and Mughal Architecture. Later, depart Jaipur for ‘Fatehpur Sikri’ (once-capital of the Mugal Kingdom, which was abandoned later).At Fatehpur Sikri, you can ‘virtually’ travel back to a bygone era, by sightseeing plentiful monuments and red sandstone palaces – all still well preserved. Soon, an hour’s drive from Fatehpur Sikri brings you to ‘Agra’ – an ancient city plus erstwhile capital of the Mughals. At Agra, have a heartening ‘Sunset view’ of the ‘Taj Mahal’, the finest specimen of Mughal architecture. As the day ends, check in to your hotel at Agra for overnight stay.

DAY 5 : Agra – Mathura – Delhi

DAY 6 : Delhi

Warm up for this day with a delightful ‘Sunrise view’ of the ever-elegant ‘Taj Mahal’. Soon set out to see that monument which spread India’s name throughout the world. After the main entrance, a walk thru the lovely gardens brings to near the white marbled mausoleum. Watch how the surface is decorated with floral patterns & artistic calligraphy. Feast your eyes with this marvel of a monument – even now, only few could match it in terms of beauty & architectural brilliance. (Taj Mahal will be closed on Fridays for the public, except for those who go for afternoon prayers in the mosque next to the monument) After the Taj-stint, leave Agra to ‘Mathura’ – the legendary birthplace of Hindu God ‘Krishna’. Visit the spot where Lord Krishna was born and the timeworn Temple nearby (which has withstood many aggressions). Then see ‘Vrindavan’ – site of an ancient forest which is the region where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. After the exposure with ancient history, continue your ride to Delhi. Subject to time, do a fleeting sightseeing of Delhi’s remaining attractions. Overnight stay at Delhi

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Around the Golden-Triangle 5 Nights 6 days

Conclusion of your ‘Golden Triangle excursion’… Check out from your hotel and proceed to Delhi Airport – a departure with complete satisfaction!

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In this mega tour program, you will be exposed to the vibrant multi-coloured world of India’s desert state ‘Rajasthan’ – a land of majestic forts, havelis (mansions), monuments, shrines and of course, camels & sand dunes. A taste of Rajputana culture plus, India’s famed Golden Triangle (Delhi-Jaipur-Agra).

13 Nights 14 days Highlights:

royal Rajasthan

Delhi (India’s de-facto capital in terms of both history and legacy), Mandawa (a humble town known for its fascinating mansions and fort), Bikaner (a desert city with red sandstone forts, stunning mansions and golden sand dunes), Jaisalmer (Rajasthan’s ‘golden city’, located at the heart of Thar Desert… best known for its camels and sand dunes), Jodhpur (another distinguished desert city – ‘often dubbed as ‘Sun City’ or ‘Blue City’), Ranakpur (a quite village … one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism), Udaipur (the ‘City of lovely lakes’), Jaipur (the ‘pink’ city of gorgeous, lavish mansions – typical symbol of the Rajput heritage), Agra (former power centre of the Mughal era… moreover, the land of ‘Taj M Mahal’ - world's m most famous monument of love) and, Mathu Mathura (a holy abode – the birthplace of legendary Lord Krishna) Inclusions : Inclusio All Acc Accomodations with break fast O Night One Ni stay in Tent at Jaisalmer All sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary All transfers and site seeing by a/c vehicle Hotel Taxes Entrance fee in Taj mahal and monuments Exclusions :

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DAY 1 : Delhi

Arrival at New Delhi Airport – the starting point of your fascinating Indian tour... Upon arrival, proceed for check-in to your hotel at ‘New Delhi’ – the legendary state capital of India. Take own time to settle down in the new environs. Subject to time, go for sightseeing New Delhi’s nearby attractions. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi

DAY 5 : Jaisalmer

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DAY 2 : Delhi - Mandawa

Start this day with a brief sightseeing of Delhi. Visit some of Delhi’s precious landmarks, such as, the mighty ‘Red Fort’ (a masterpiece of the Mughal architecture), the ‘Rajghat’ (Memorial of ‘Mahatma Gandhi’, regarded as the ‘Father of India’), and the ‘India Gate’ (a war memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers). After your Delhi-stint, come back to hotel, refresh & check-out, and proceed to Mandawa - a town in Rajasthan known for its proud fort and havelis (mansions). Overnight stay at Mandawa

DAY 3 : Mandawa - Bikaner

DAY 4 : Bikaner – Jaisalmer

Today, set out for sightseeing ‘Mandawa’ – a town often referred as an ‘open art gallery’ due to the presence of numerous charming havelis (mansions). Visit Mandawa’s notable havelis, namely, ‘Gulab Rai Haveli’, ‘Bansidhar Newatia Haveli’, ‘Shekawati’ ... Then, visit another major monument - the ‘Mandawa Fort’. Later, travel to Bikaner – the fascinating desert city of Rajasthan. On arrival, check-in to your hotel at Bikaner and take a break. Overnight stay at Bikaner

This morning, set out for sightseeing Bikaner – the city of striking red sandstone forts, stunning palaces / havelis and, golden sand dunes.Visit Bikaner’s prime fortress – the ‘Junagarh Fort’. Inside the fort, see its eye-catching constituents like the ‘Karan Mahal’ (public audience hall), ‘Anup Mahal’ and the ‘Fort Museum’. Later, subject to time, visit Bikaner’s other noted monuments like, the ‘Laxmi Niwas Palace’ and ‘Lalgarh Palace’. After the Bikaner-excursion, drive to a ‘golden city’ at the heart of Thar Desert – Jaisalmer. On reaching Jaisalmer, transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 6 : Jaisalmer – Jodhpur

A full day for sightseeing Jaisalmer... Start with a visit to the massive ‘Jaisalmer Fort’ – its sandstone walls turn to a magical Today morning, leave Jaisalmer and drive to another distinct desert city of Rajasthan – ‘Jodhpur’, place nicknames as ‘Sun City’ / honey gold colour at sunset ! Visit ‘Patwon Ki Haveli’ – the largest and most magnificent of Jaisalmer’s havelis (mansions). ‘Blue City’, owing to its unique climatic conditions and skyline. At Jodhpur, visit its notable attractions, such as, the ‘Umaid BhaThen, trace Jaisalmer’s ancient ‘Jain heritage’ by visiting some prominent Jain Temples (many adorn this desert city).Later, van Palace and Museum’ (arguably the finest of many such mansions / havelis in the area), the ‘Umaid Gardens’ (a vast garden experience the ultimate speciality of Jaisalmer by opting for a Jeep / Camel Safari thru the golden coloured sand dunes. Find with lush lawns & flowers) ... Then spend your evening time by shopping (optional) – get to know the typical items reflecting yourself amidst the seas of sands... much like the ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ style! (subject to time and resource, the lucky ones can legendary Rajputana culture. Overnight stay, at your hotel in Jodhpur avail the typical desert’s ‘tent-stay’.) Overnight stay at Jaisalmer Travel catalogue ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. Email: booking@elatrip.com..........Toll Free :1 800 425 6436, +91-9048990550


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DAY 7 : Jodhpur

DAY 8 : Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur

One more day for exploring Jodhpur’s assets... Visit the ‘Mehrangarh Fort’ (the most magnificent fort in Jodhpur - stationed on a hilltop). See the numerous attractions confined within the fortress like; palaces, galleries, temples and the fort a museum. Then, visit the ‘Jaswant Thada’ – a royal cenotaph made up of white marble – located close to the Mehrangarh fort complex. Continue your overnight stay at Jodhpur.

This day, depart from Jodhpur and drive to Udaipur... en route, halt at ‘Ranakpur’ village - one amongst the 5 most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism. Visit the marble temple, an architecturally wonderful Jain Shrine in Ranakpur. After experiencing an air of holiness, proceed to Udaipur – the ‘City of lovely lakes’ in Rajasthan (also, the historic capital of erstwhile Rajput Kingdom of Mewar). Overnight stay at Udaipur

DAY 9 : Udaipur

DAY 10 : Udaipur - Jaipur (by flight)

A day-long sightseeing of the ‘Lake City’ – Udaipur... Visit the ‘City Palace complex’ (a massive series of elegant palaces, built at different times of Rajput rule). Visit ‘Sahelion ki Bari’ (gardens beautified with lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephantshaped fountains). Then, take a boat ride in the plush ‘Lake of Pichola’ – a lake with two cute islands, ‘Jag Niwas’ and ‘Jag Mandir’. At the middle of the lake you can view the ‘Lake Palace’ – a sight that will remind pictures from fairy tales! After relishing the ‘city of lakes’ for the day, get back to your hotel for overnight stay.

This morning, depart Udaipur and travel to Jaipur (Rajasthan’s royal capital), by flight. On reaching Jaipur, after a short relax, set out for sightseeing. Visit the elegant mansion, ‘City Palace’ – an eye catching fusion of Rajputana and Mughal Architecture. Next, visit the ‘Jantar Mantar’ – the largest Stone Astronomical Observatory in the World! Then proceed to view a classic testimony of the Rajputana architecture, the ‘Hawa Mahal’ (meaning ‘Palace of Winds’) – a pyramid shaped facade with five stories & decorated with hundreds of pink sandstone windows. Afterwards, take a tour to ‘the Monkey Temple’ (an ancient shrine occupied by thousands of monkeys) – where you can feed the ‘special’ inmates. Overnight stay at Jaipur

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DAY 11 : Jaipur

DAY 12 : Agra

Another full day for Jaipur sightseeing! First, visit the ‘Amber Fort’ (former capital of Rajput Kings) - an imposing Fort city atop steeply hills. On the top of this majestic fort, you can have spellbinding views of surrounding mountains and the Maotha Lake below. Inside the fortress, explore the beauty of the Mugal-Hindu architectural combination in several spots like, the ‘Ganesh Pol’, ‘Maharaja Palace’, ‘Diwan-i-Am’ & ‘Diwan-E-Khas', ‘Jai Mandir’, ‘Sheesh Mahal’ - a hall, full of tiny inlaid mirrors, and the adjoining ‘Shila Devi Temple’. For descending the steeply hills from Amber Fort, you can opt for an exciting Elephant ride. Then, as time permits, do some shopping at Jaipur and find out the innumerable special items that the city is known for. At dinner time, drop in to ‘Choki Dhani’ – an ethnic Village Resort that offers an ideal pastoral experience of Rajasthan. After heartily enjoying the unique local cuisines return to your hotel for overnight stay.

Today, depart Jaipur for ‘Fatehpur Sikri’ (once-capital of the Mugal Kingdom, which was abandoned later). At Fatehpur Sikri, you can ‘virtually’ travel back to a bygone era, by sightseeing plentiful monuments and red sandstone palaces. After an hour’s drive from Fatehpur Sikri, you will reach ‘Agra’ – an ancient city plus erstwhile capital of the Mughals. At Agra, visit the splendid ‘Agra Fort’ - a massively walled palatial city - look alike of the celebrated ‘Red Fort’ at Delhi. Then, proceed to see the finest specimen of Mughal architecture - ‘Taj Mahal’. Feast your eyes with this marvel of a monument – even now, only few could match it in terms of beauty & architectural brilliance. Overnight stay at Agra (Taj Mahal will be closed on Fridays for the public, except for those who go for afternoon prayers in the mosque next to the monument)

DAY 13 : Agra – Mathura – Delhi

DAY 14 : Delhi

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This morning, leave Agra to ‘Mathura’ – the legendary birthplace of Hindu God ‘Krishna’. Visit the spot where Lord Krishna was born and the timeworn Temple nearby (which has withstood many aggressions). Then, see ‘Vrindavan’ – site of an ancient forest which is the region where Lord Krishna spent his childhood.Afterwards, continue your ride to Delhi. Subject to time, do a fleeting sightseeing of Delhi’s remaining attractions, such as, the ‘Humayun's Tomb’ (the Mausoleum of Mughal Emperor Conclusion of your ‘Royal Rajasthan cum Golden Triangle’ Humayun - a trendsetter of Indo Islamic architectural style that reached its peak at Taj Mahal), the ‘Qutub Minar’ (world's mega tour… Check out from your hotel and proceed to Delhi tallest brick minaret - the first monument built after the Islamic conquest of Delhi), and the ‘Connaught Place’ (Delhi’s largest Airport – a departure with complete satisfaction! shopping and Commercial area). Later, return to your hotel at Delhi for overnight stay. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. Travel catalogue Email: booking@elatrip.com..........Toll Free :1 800 425 6436, +91-9048990550


An ideal excursion to learn India’s deep rooted legacy and heritage. In addition to the main punch - Golden Triangle (Delhi, Jaipur and Agra) - you will get to know the ageless religious / cultural traits through Varanasi and Sarnath.

9 Nights 10 days Highlights: Delhi (India’s de-facto capital in terms of both history and legacy), Jaipur (the ‘pink’ city of gorgeous, lavish mansions – typical symbol of the Rajput heritage), Agra (former power centre of the Mughal era… moreover, the land of ‘Taj Mahal’ - world's most famous monument of love), Mathura (a holy abode – the birthplace of legendary Lord Krishna), Jhansi & Orchha (places that bring back the ‘royal era’), Khajuraho (world-famous archaeological site with a large collection of extraordinarily sculptured temples), Varanasi (India’s ‘City of Temples’ – much revered place for Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism) and, Sarnath (one of the most sacred sites of Buddhism in the world)

A ‘holistic tinge’ to

Golden Triangle

Inclusions : Inclusion All Acc Accomodations with break fast All sigh sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary All transfers tran and site seeing by a/c vehicle Hotel Ta Taxes Entrance fee in Taj mahal and all monuments Entranc Exclusions : Train/Air fare Drinks/tips/laundry Govt. Service Tax 3.9% Guide Entry Charges All mentioned other than in inclusions Still/Video Camera charges

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DAY 1 : Delhi

DAY 2 : Delhi - Jaipur

Arrival at New Delhi Airport – your tour to India begins... Upon arrival, proceed for check-in to your hotel at ‘New Delhi’ – the legendary state capital of India. Take own time to settle down in the new environs. Subject to time go for sightseeing New Delhi’s nearby attractions. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi

Today, your trip to India’s famous Golden Triangle stars… Begin with a sightseeing trip of Delhi. Visit some of Delhi’s precious landmarks, such as, the mighty ‘Red Fort’ (a masterpiece of the Mughal architecture), the ‘Rajghat’ (Memorial of ‘Mahatma Gandhi’, regarded as the ‘Father of India’), and the ‘India Gate’ (a war memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers). From the India gate, you can have outside views of two most important buildings of the Indian Democracy – the ‘Parliament House’ and ‘Rashtrapati Bhavan’ (official residence of the Indian President). Proceed with your Delhi sightseeing and see some more marvels like the ‘Qutub Minar’ (world's tallest free standing brick minaret - the first monument built after the Islamic conquest of Delhi), and the ‘Humayun's Tomb’ (the Mausoleum of Mughal Emperor Humayun - a trendsetter of Indo Islamic architectural style that reached its peak at Taj Mahal). After the Delhi-stint, come back to hotel, refresh & check-out, and continue your journey to ‘Pink City’ alias Jaipur. On reaching Jaipur, check in to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Jaipur

DAY 3 : Jaipur

This day is fully dedicated for Jaipur sightseeing… start with a visit to an elegant mansion, the ‘City Palace’ – an eye catching fusion of Rajputana and Mughal Architecture. Next, visit the nearby ‘Jantar Mantar’ – the largest Stone Astronomical Observatory in the World! Then proceed to view a classic testimony of the Rajputana architecture, the ‘Hawa Mahal’ (meaning ‘Palace of Winds’) – a pyramid shaped facade with five stories & decorated with hundreds of pink sandstone windows. You may feel this amazing structure resembles a giant honeycomb!Afterwards, tour to some of the city’s famous attractions like; ‘the Monkey Temple’ (an ancient shrine occupied by thousands of monkeys) – where you can feed the ‘special’ inmates. At dinner time, drop in to ‘Choki Dhani’ – an ethnic Village Resort that offers an ideal pastoral experience of Rajasthan. After relishing the unique local cuisines return to your hotel for overnight stay.

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DAY 4 : Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

Today morning, visit Jaipur’s towering landmark - the ‘Amber Fort’ (former capital of Rajput Kings) - an imposing Fort city atop steeply hills. On the top of this majestic fort, you will be greeted with a spellbinding view of surrounding mountains and the Maotha Lake below. Inside the fortress, explore the beauty of the Mugal-Hindu architectural combination in several spots like, the ‘Ganesh Pol’, ‘Maharaja Palace’, ‘Diwan-i-Am’ & ‘Diwan-E-Khas', ‘Jai Mandir’, ‘Sheesh Mahal’ - a hall, full of tiny inlaid mirrors, and the adjoining ‘Shila Devi Temple’. For descending the steeply hills from Amber Fort, you can opt for an exciting Elephant ride. Later, depart Jaipur for ‘Fatehpur Sikri’ (once-capital of the Mugal Kingdom, which was abandoned later).At Fatehpur Sikri, you can ‘virtually’ travel back to a bygone era, by sightseeing plentiful monuments and red sandstone palaces – all still well preserved. Soon, an hour’s drive from Fatehpur Sikri brings you to ‘Agra’ – an ancient city plus erstwhile capital of the Mughals. Depending on your time of arrival, you can opt for a delightful ‘Sunset view’ of the ‘Taj Mahal’, the finest specimen of Mughal architecture. As the day ends, check in to your hotel at Agra for overnight stay.

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DAY 5 : Agra – Mathura

DAY 6 : Agra – Jhansi – Orchha – Khajuraho

Warm up for this day with a delightful ‘Sunrise view’ of the ever-elegant ‘Taj Mahal’. Soon set out to see that monument which spread India’s name throughout the world. After the main entrance, a walk thru the lovely gardens brings to near the white marbled mausoleum. Watch how the surface is decorated with floral patterns & artistic calligraphy. Feast your eyes with this marvel of a monument – even now, only few could match it in terms of beauty & architectural brilliance. (Taj Mahal will be closed on Fridays for the public, except for those who go for afternoon prayers in the mosque next to the monument) After the Taj-stint, drive to ‘Mathura’ – the legendary birthplace of Hindu God ‘Krishna’. Visit the spot where Lord Krishna was born and the timeworn Temple nearby (which has withstood many aggressions). Then see ‘Vrindavan’ – site of an ancient forest which is the region where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. After your exposure with India’s pre-historic era, return to your hotel at Agra and stay overnight.

Time for more exposure with bygone times… Depart Agra and proceed to Jhansi, another historical city, by train. At Jhansi, pay visits to some living testimonies of ancient splendours like, the legendary ‘Jhansi Fort’ and ‘Rani Mahal’ (residence of former Jhansi Queen ‘Rani Laxmi bai’ – a prominent figure in India’s 1st war of Independence). Then, drive to the nearby town ‘Orchha’ (another power centre during the Princely States’ era). Enjoy this peaceful abode, free from maddening crowd, with a variety ancient temples and tombs. Visit Orchha’s most striking landmark - the ‘Palace-Fort’ and its constituent buildings, such as, ‘Raj Mandir’ and ‘Jahangir Mahal’. Next, drive to ‘Khajuraho’ – site of priceless monuments. Overnight stay at Khajuraho

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DAY 7 : Khajuraho

DAY 8 : Khajuraho – Varanasi – Sarnath

An eye-feast of a totally different kind awaits today… the mind boggling Temple-complex of Khajuraho. Nowhere else one can find such a large group of olden shrines, that too with amazing carvings! Roam around Khajuraho temples… you can find plentiful Hindu as well as Jain temples, enriched with artistic carvings and realistic sculptures. Some sculptures will especially catch attention, owing to their peculiar ‘poses’! In the evening, you can opt for a ‘Light & Sound Show’ at the Temple complex – which will throw insight into the history, philosophy and the art of sculpting of these magnificent temples. Afterwards return to your hotel for overnight stay.

More options to go deeper into India’s vast cultural heritage… Today, depart Khajuraho to Varanasi, by flight. India’s oldest city as well as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Varanasi is much more than a pilgrim’s spot… It has been the cultural & religious hub of North India for several thousand years. At Varanasi, you can see that almost every roadcrossing has a nearby Temple – thus the legendary nickname, ‘City of Temples’! After the divine-sightseeing in Varanasi, proceed to ‘Sarnath’, a holy Buddhist site located close by. Originally a deer-park-site, it was at Sarnath that the Holy Buddha delivered his first sermon (after his enlightenment). Visit the monument - ‘Dhamekh Stupa’ and the remains ancient Buddhist monasteries. If time permits, also visit ‘Sarnath Archaeological Museum’ where some finest Buddhist specimens are housed (including the famous ‘Asok Pillar’). Overnight stay at Varanasi

DAY 9 : Varanasi – Delhi

DAY 10 : Delhi

A holistic tinge to Golden Triangle 9 Nights 10 days

This day, get acquainted with the holiest and largest river in India – the ‘Ganges’. In Hinduism, it is worshipped as ‘Goddess Ganga’, and since pre-historic times many provincial / imperial capitals were located on its banks. Take a boat ride to capture Ganges’s life in-brief… On both sides of the river you can view India’s multi-faced cultural life. After your ‘discovery of India in a nutshell’, depart Varanasi to Delhi by flight. At the capital city, do some shopping as time permits. Stay overnight at your hotel in Delhi.

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It’s time to bid farewell … Check-out from your hotel and proceed to Delhi Airport. The tour concludes as a truly memorable one.

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A tour that combines India’s enviable cultural heritage as well as wildlife wealth! Tour the famed Golden Triangle (DelhiJaipur-Agra) alongwith a couple of exciting wildlife habitats (Ranthambore and Bharatpur).

7 Nights 8 days Highlights: Delhi (India’s de-facto capital in terms of both history and legacy), Jaipur (the ‘pink’ city of gorgeous, lavish mansions – typical symbol of the Rajput heritage), Ranthambore (a major wildlife sanctuary in India, best known for its tiger population), Bharatpur (abode of ‘Keoladeo Ghana National Park’ – best place of bird watching), Agra (former power centre of the Mughal era… moreover, the land of ‘Taj Mahal’ - world's most famous monument of love), and Mathura (a holy abode – the birthplace of legendary Lord Krishna)

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“With the Tigers and Taj …”

All Accomodations with break fast All sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary All transfers and site seeing by a/c vehicle Hotel Taxes Entrance fee in Taj mahal and all monuments Exclusions : Train/Air fare Drinks/tips/laundry Govt. Service Tax 3.9% Guide Entry Charges All mentioned other than in inclusions Still/Video Camera charges

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DAY 1 : Delhi

DAY 2 : Delhi - Jaipur

Arrival at New Delhi Airport – your tour to India begins... Upon arrival, proceed for check-in to your hotel at ‘New Delhi’ – the legendary state capital of India. Take own time to settle down in the new environs. Subject to time go for sightseeing New Delhi’s nearby attractions. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi

Today, your exciting journey to India’s Golden Triangle and wildlife takes off… Begin with a sightseeing trip of Delhi. Visit some of Delhi’s precious landmarks, such as, the mighty ‘Red Fort’ (a masterpiece of the Mughal architecture), the ‘Rajghat’ (Memorial of ‘Mahatma Gandhi’, regarded as the ‘Father of India’), and the ‘India Gate’ (a war memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers). From the India gate, you can have outside views of two most important buildings of the Indian Democracy – the ‘Parliament House’ and ‘Rashtrapati Bhavan’ (official residence of the Indian President). Proceed with your Delhi sightseeing and see some more marvels like the ‘Qutub Minar’ (world's tallest free standing brick minaret - the first monument built after the Islamic conquest of Delhi), and the ‘Humayun's Tomb’ (the Mausoleum of Mughal Emperor Humayun - a trendsetter of Indo Islamic architectural style that reached its peak at Taj Mahal). After the Delhi-stint, come back to hotel, refresh & check-out, and continue your journey to ‘Pink City’ alias Jaipur. On reaching Jaipur, check in to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Jaipur

DAY 3 : Jaipur

DAY 4 : Jaipur – Sawai Madhopur – Ranthambore

A full day dedicated for Jaipur sightseeing… start with a visit to an elegant mansion, the ‘City Palace’ – an eye catching fusion of Rajputana and Mughal Architecture. Next, visit the nearby ‘Jantar Mantar’ – the largest Stone Astronomical Observatory in the World! Then proceed to view a classic testimony of the Rajputana architecture, the ‘Hawa Mahal’ (meaning ‘Palace of Winds’) – a pyramid shaped facade with five stories & decorated with hundreds of pink sandstone windows. You may feel this amazing structure resembles a giant honeycomb! Afterwards, tour to some of the city’s famous attractions like; ‘the Monkey Temple’ (an ancient shrine occupied by thousands of monkeys) – where you can feed the ‘special’ inmates. At dinner time, drop in to ‘Choki Dhani’ – an ethnic Village Resort that offers an ideal pastoral experience of Rajasthan. After relishing the unique local cuisines return to your hotel for overnight stay.

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Now it’s time for some adventure and excitement. Depart Jaipur and travel to the city of ‘Sawai Madhopur’ (the home of Ranthambore National Park). After reaching Sawai Madhopur, depending on time, have a look-around of the famous ‘Madhopur Guavas’ (guava - plants & fruits). Soon, set out to visit the historic ‘Ranthambore Fort’, a massive fortress which lies within the national park-area. Have a panoramic view of the lush wildlife region from the 700+ feet high-stationed fortress. Explore the ages-old stone temples inside the fort. Overnight stay at Ranthambore

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DAY 5 : Ranthambore

DAY 6 : Ranthambore – Bharatpur – Agra

This day is for ideally exploring the ‘Ranthambore National Park’ – one of the largest of its kind in the country, and also one with a significant Tiger population.Apart from its chief occupant (Tigers), this wild habitat houses other animals, birds, reptiles, trees & plants in abundance. You can choose the best option to uncover this national park – a ‘Jeep Safari’. Roam around the jungles… the lucky ones can sight more than one glimpse(s) of those royal predators ‘basking in sunlight’. Enjoy the ‘wild ride’ to its fullest. Overnight stay at Ranthambore

Today’s program combines both wildlife and heritage. First, depart Ranthambore for Agra (the city of Taj Mahal). On the way, halt at ‘Bharatpur’ – a legendary city, now home of ‘Keoladeo Ghana National Park’. Pay a visit to the national park (also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary), abode of thousands of rare & highly endangered birds. After ample bird-watching, continue your journey towards Agra. En route, drop in at ‘Fatehpur Sikri’ (once-capital of the Mugal Kingdom, which was abandoned later). Here you can ‘virtually’ travel back to a bygone era, by sightseeing plentiful monuments and red sandstone palaces – all still well preserved. Soon, an hour’s drive from Fatehpur Sikri brings you to ‘Agra’ – an ancient city plus erstwhile capital of the Mughals. At Agra, set out to see the monument which spread India’s name throughout the world – the finest specimen of Mughal architecture – Taj Mahal. Feast your eyes with this marvel of a monument… even now, only few could match it in terms of beauty & architectural brilliance. Afterwards, check in to your hotel at Agra for overnight stay. (Taj Mahal will be closed on Fridays for the public, except for those who go for afternoon prayers in the mosque next to the monument)

DAY 7 : Agra – Mathura – Delhi

DAY 8 : Delhi

With the Tigers and Taj 7 Nights 8 days After the Taj-stint, now you have a chance to experience India’s legacy in pre-historic times. Today, depart Agra to Delhi, via, ‘Mathura’ – the legendary birthplace of Hindu God ‘Krishna’. At Mathura, visit the spot where Lord Krishna was born and the ageless Temple nearby (which has withstood many aggressions). Then, see ‘Vrindavan’ – site of an ancient forest which is the region where Lord Krishna spent his childhood.After the exposure with pre-historic times, continue your trip to Delhi. Subject to time, do a fleeting sightseeing of Delhi’s remaining attractions. Overnight stay at Delhi

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Last day of your golden + wild excursion… Check out from your hotel and proceed to Delhi Airport – depart with cherished moments.

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Tour to the snow-capped mountain state of India, ‘Himachal Pradesh’ – where one will find spots that rival its European counterparts! And, experience the aggressive cross-border ceremony between 2 famous Asian neighbours, plus, an insight into India’s ageless legacy – a phenomenon beyond count of centuries.

10 Nights 11 days Highlights: Delhi (India’s de-facto capital in terms of both history and legacy), Shimla (a prominent hill station in India), Manali (hub of adventure sports in the mountainous Himachal Pradesh state), Dharamshala (abode of Tibetan-government-in-exile and Buddhist monasteries), Amritsar (Sikh’s holiest city – abode of the sacred ‘Golden Temple’), Wagah (the only road-border-crossing between India and Pakistan), Chandigarh (the best planned city in India - capital of Punjab and Haryana states), and Kurukshetra & Panipat (places with great historical significance) Inclusions : All Accomodations with breakfast All sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary All transfers and site seeing by a/c vehicle Hotel Taxes Exclusions :

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DAY 1 : Delhi

Arrival at New Delhi Airport – the starting point of your exciting Indian tour.. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in to your hotel at ‘New Delhi’ – the legendary state capital of India. Take own time to settle down in the new environs. Subject to time, go for sightseeing New Delhi’s nearby attractions. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi

DAY 4 : Shimla - Manali

DAY 2 : Delhi – Shimla

DAY 3 : Shimla

Today morning, take a drive from Delhi to Shimla – India’s premier hill station (a favourite retreat spot for the British in the past). On reaching Shimla, check-in to your hotel and refresh. If time permits, set out to a quick outing in the town and do some shopping. Overnight stay at Shimla

Time for the feel of some rugged mountains! After Breakfast; set out for an excursion to ‘Kufri’- a region best known for the ‘Himalayan National Park’. Here, the adventure savvies can opt for a Pony / Yak ride to spice up their exposure to the ever-vast Himalayan panorama. Afterwards, do sightseeing of various interesting places in & around Shimla... namely, the ‘Shimla Mosque’, the ‘Christ Church’, the ‘Vice regal Lodge’ – all built during the colonial era. Also visit the ‘Gaiety Theatre’ (where the first beauty contest of world was supposed to start !), the typical English-styled ‘Grind lays Bank’, the Scandal Point’ and the famous ‘Shopping Plaza’. Stay overnight at Shimla

Today depart from Shimla and drive to Manali – the adventure sports capital of Himachal Pradesh. On the way, halt in between to visit few beauty spots such as, the ‘Pando dam’, the ‘Hanogi Matha Mandir’ ... On arrival at Manali, check-in to your hotel and settle down. Subject to time, you can pay an optional visit to the ‘Tibetan Monastery’ and the nerve centre of Manali – the ‘Mall Road’. Overnight stay at Manali.

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DAY 5 : Manali

DAY 6 : Manali – Kulu

This day is for some adventure and excitement... From Manali, take an excursion to the ‘Rohtang’ mountain pass – a trail of some 50+ kilometres. Feel the pleasure derived from rough terrains. After the daylong excitements; return to your hotel at Manali for overnight stay.

Another day for experiencing more mountain-thrills... Take a trip to the picturesque Kulu-Manikaran region. Feast your eyes with the awe inspiring ‘Kulu Valley’. Refresh amid the hot water springs of Manikaran. Late evening, get back to your hotel with a new vigour. Overnight stay at Manali

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DAY 7 : Manali – Dharamshala

Today is an exposure of a different kind! Drive from Manali towards ‘Dharamshala’, the place now better known as the base of the holy Dalai Lama (head of Tibetan government-inexile). At Dharamshala, as per time & convenience, visit the ‘Buddhist Monasteries’ to get insight into Tibetan Buddhism & cultural heritage. Overnight stay at Dharamshala

DAY 8 : Dharamshala – Amritsar

DAY 9 : Amritsar – Chandigarh

Now visit, what is regarded as the true fertile state of India – Punjab. Arrive at Amritsar, arguably the holiest city in entire Punjab. After refreshing at the hotel, pay a visit to the gorgeous ‘Golden Temple’ – the utmost sacred shrine of Sikhs (the main race of Punjab). After a quick sightseeing of Amritsar city, set out to the International border at Wagah to witness another unique spectacle – the ‘Changing Guards Ceremony between India and Pakistan’. Watch how the soldiers, from both countries, out-scowl each other in this ceremony... you will be amazed by their energetic ‘high-kicking’ march! Later, return to your hotel at Amritsar for overnight stay.

Today depart Amritsar and drive to Chandigarh (Capital of Punjab province) via Jalandhar. You can opt for a brief halt at the historic Jalandhar for a quick get-around. After arriving at Chandigarh – the first planned city in modern India, check-in to your hotel. Soon, set out for a local sightseeing. Visit Chandigarh’s prime spots of attraction namely, the ‘Rock Garden’ – where you can view some striking rocky sculptures... and the ‘Rose Garden’ – to see the amazing variety of flowers. Overnight stay at Chandigarh

DAY 11 : Delhi

DAY 10 : Chandigarh – Delhi

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Finally, proceed to the ‘capital royal’ of India – Delhi. Drive from Chandigarh to Delhi via some legendary spots like, the ‘Kurukshetra’ (a significant prehistoric spot – believed to be the ‘battle place’ of the famous India epic ‘Mahabharata’... where Lord Krishna taught the holy ‘Bhagavat Gita’ to Arjuna) and, the ‘Panipat’ (a spot which witnessed three major battles, between invaders and local imperials, which eventually shaped the history of India!) After reaching Delhi - as time permits - do a fleeting sightseeing of the remaining city-attractions. Overnight stay at Delhi

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Time for departure... check out from your hotel and proceed to Delhi Airport. A heart-warming tour ends.

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An in-depth exposure to the Dravidian culture & heritage .… perhaps the oldest of its kind in the whole world. This package takes you thru Tamil Nadu, the land of Dravidians, and familiarizes its immense wealth of sacred temples & monuments – an amazing variety without peers in anywhere else! 9 Nights 10 days | Trip code: TH TMP 11

Highlights: Mahabalipuram (An ancient port city studded with elegant monuments - a ‘World Heritage Site’) Thanjavur (The ‘Granary of South India’ – a grand old city as well as the hub of classical arts & music) Rameshwaram (A holy city with a legacy dating back to the great Hindu Epic ‘Ramayana’) Madurai (The ‘Cultural Capital of Tamil Nadu’, debated as the oldest among the antique prestigious cities in India – famous for the great ‘Meenakshi Temple’) Trichy (The ‘Rock City’, showcasing a fine blend of temples and monuments) Kancheepuram (The ‘City of Thousand Temples’, renowned for its culture civilization and the matchless ‘Silk Sarees’) and Chennai (The 'Gateway to South India' – a metropolis with rich traditional background)

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DAY 1 : Chennai – Mahabalipuram

DAY 2 : Mahabalipuram

Arrival at Chennai – Tamil Nadu’s state capital and the bustling metropolis of South India . From the Airport, take a drive to Mahabalipuram (a centuries-old port city, abode of priceless heritage monuments). On reaching Mahabalipuram, check in to the hotel and take time to settle down in the new refreshing environs. Later go for a brief sightseeing to the nearby Kovalam beach – a serene seashore that adds up to this oldie city’s gentleness. Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.

Full day sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram… Visit some splendid specimens of Dravidian architecture & art forms – testimonies of former Pallava Kings, great patrons of arts / crafts – such as, ‘Pancha Rathas’ (‘Five Chariots’ – monolithic structures, each carved from one single large piece of stone – named after the five ‘Pandavas’ of epic Mahabharata), ‘Arjuna's Penance’ (a massive relief sculpture illustrating an episode from the epic Mahabharata), ‘Descent of the Ganges’ (another giant open-air bas relief, depicting a scene from Hindu mythology), ‘Varaha Cave Temple’ (a rock-cut-temple), ‘Shore Temple’ (a very old shrine with entry from seashore)…etc . At night, return to your hotel at Mahabalipuram for overnight stay

DAY 3 : Mahabalipuram – Kumbakonam – Thanjavur

Today morning, depart Mahabalipuram and drive to the legendary city of Thanjavur… On the way, first halt at ‘Gangaikondacholapuram’ – erstwhile capital of great Chola emperor Rajendra, who assumed the title Gangaikondacholan and named this place after him. Here, visit the temple built by Rajendra Chola – an imposing three storied shrine surrounded by fort-like wall. You will know, like the Pallava kings, Cholas too were great connoisseurs of art. Next, en route halt at Kumbakonam, nicknamed as the temple town, due to presence of many beautiful shrines. Proceed to ‘Swamimalai’ near Kumbakonam - one of the six most important abodes of Lord Muruga. Also, a spot best known for bronze-casting. After visiting the sacred Lord Muruga Temple, see a unit where bronze sculptures are made. Here, centuries-old indigenous method of bronze casting (from the Chola era) is still maintained - only one of its kind in creation! Proceed further… another halt is at ‘Darasuram’, where you can find remnants of Airavateswar Shiva Temple (named after Airavata, the mythical white elephant, carrier of King of Gods ‘Indra’. Airavata was a devotee of Lord Shiva). Here also you can view some exclusive architecture, sculptures & paintings. Continue with your trip… On reaching Thanjavur, check in to the hotel and settle down. Overnight stay at the hotel in Thanjavur

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DAY 4 : Thanjavur

After warming up with breakfast at hotel, set out for a day long sightseeing of this age-old capital royal of Chola Kings. Start with a masterpiece of Chola-styled architecture – the big temple ‘Brihandeswara’ (a 1000 year old shrine, built by the esteemed Chola emperor Rajaraja). Apart from its architectural intricacies and sculptures, what makes Brihandeswara temple unique, is the high temple tower that is taller than the sanctum sanctorum – a feature not seen in other typical Tamil / Dravidian temples. Later, visit the majestic ‘Shivaganga Fort’. Here you can see the biggest cannon in India (‘Rajagopala Beerangi’) - located at the Eastern gate of the Fort. As time permits, have a quick get-around in other notable sights like, ‘Thanjavur Palace’, ‘Royal Museum’, ‘Art Gallery’… then, do some shopping – buy unique Thanjavur specials, such as, the Thalayatti Bomai (head-nodding doll). Late evening, return to your hotel at Thanjavur for overnight stay

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This day, check out from your hotel early, depart Thanjavur and drive to ‘Rameshwaram’, the ‘pilgrim town’. En route, halt at ‘Pudukkottai’ (once a princely state – now a trove of archeological & cultural remnants with traces from prehistoric to medieval times). After enjoying Pudukkottai’s antique charm, drive further to visit the nearby ‘Thirumayam Fort’ (a historically significant fortress). Inside the fortress, you can find beautifully sculptured pillars. Those interested in ancient era shrines can also visit the neighborhood’s two timeworn rock-cut-temples, one dedicated to Lord Shiva and other to Lord Vishnu – two of Hinduism’s holy trinity. Continue with your trip… on reaching Rameshwaram, after washing off the journey marks, visit the much revered ‘Ramanathaswamy Temple’ – one of the 12 elite Lord Shiva Jyothirlingam Temples of India, plus, a member of the holiest ‘Char Dham’ (4 Temples, which according to Hindu legends, has to be visited in one’s life time to attain liberation). You will be amazed to see the stunningly long temple corridors with richly carved granite pillars – regarded as the longest in the world. Rameshwaram pilgrimage should not be complete without experiencing the Temple Wells (22 holy water bodies within the temple) – bathing in these waters is considers as equivalent to penance. You are welcome to do that also. Late evening, leave Rameshwaram for another significant ‘Temple city’ - Madurai. After reaching Madurai, check into your hotel and stay overnight. Travel catalogue ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. Email: booking@elatrip.com..........Toll Free :1 800 425 6436, +91-9048990550


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DAY 6 : Madurai

Spend the morning at leisure, familiarizing with the new atmosphere. Then start your Madurai sightseeing. First, visit one of India's greatest cultural & architectural landmarks – the ‘Meenakshi Sundareswar Temple’ (dedicated to Meenakshi – Goddess Parvathy, the consort of Lord Shiva). Watch the looming temple towers, each studded with carvings of Gods, Goddesses, mythological figures and even depictions from fairy tales. Explore the sprawling temple complex (which ranks amongst the largest of its kind). Visit the awe inspiring ‘Thousand Pillar Hall’ (in fact 985 now). Then see the ‘musical pillars’ – each one, when struck, produces a different musical note! Afterwards, visit Madurai’s other important landmarks like, the ‘Gandhi Museum’ (dedicated to the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi), and ‘Thirumalai Nayakar Palace’ (a splendid palace of the former Madurai ruler, who made this city a memorable one). Get a brief outlook of the typical Tamil culture. Later, return to your hotel… overnight stay at Madurai.

DAY 7 : Tiruchirapalli (Trichy)

This morning, depart Madurai to Trichy (‘Tiruchirapalli’ in local). After a few hours’ drive, check in to your hotel at Trichy and refresh. After sometime, proceed for Trichy temple visit. Begin with the most important landmark in the city – the ‘Rock Fort Ucchi Pillayar Temple’ (a combination of two shrines located atop a 83 meters high rock - one dedicated to Lord Shiva and other to his son, Lord Ganesh, known as ‘Pillayar’ in Tamil). In these shrines, regarded as one of the oldest in the world, watch the awe inspiring rock architectures with ancient traits. Then, visit the legendary ‘Sri Jambukeshwara Temple’. This is one of the five major Lord Shiva temples, Pancha Bootha Sthalams, each representing a natural element (Sky, Earth, Water, Fire and Wind – of these, Jambukeshwara Temple represents the element ‘Water’). In this large shrine with 7 temple towers and 5 concentric walls, all covered with life-like carvings, you may even virtually go back to past realms. Next is the ‘The Ranganathaswamy Temple’ at Srirangam, which ranks amongst the biggest and holiest Vaishnavite (Lord Vishnu’s followers) shrines in the world. Another temple with fascinating architecture and sculptural beauty, here also you can find the ‘One Thousand Pillar Hall’ (actually 953 intricately carved stone pillars). One of its towers – the Rajagopuram, built by Vijayanagara Emperors, is regarded as the tallest in the country. As night falls, return to your hotel at Trichy and stay overnight.

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DAY 8 : Trichy – Chidambaram – Kancheepuram

In the morning, depart from Trichy and drive towards the celebrated pilgrim’s abode, ‘Chidambaram’. Upon arrival, refresh yourself and get ready for temple visits. Start your pilgrim trail with the ‘Nataraja Temple’ – member of the five major Lord Shiva temples, each representing one of the five natural elements (Sky, Earth, Water, Fire and Wind – of these, Nataraja Temple represents ‘Sky’). Unlike most of the Lord Shiva temples where the lord is represented in the form of a ‘Lingam’, here the lord is depicted in a beautiful ‘dancing posture’ (nata-raja). Lord Shiva is regarded as the ultimate God of the classical dance ‘Bharathanatyam’ and, thus Chidambaram is called as the Cosmic Dancer’s Place! Another striking feature of this temple is the ‘Nrithya Sabha’ (hall of dance). After relishing the grandeur of Nataraja temple, that rivals any major shrine, proceed northwards where the ‘Thillai Kali Amman temple’ is located. Dedicated to the fiery Goddess Kali, this is one more temple with striking elegance. Later on depart Chidambaram to Kancheepuram, without the sight of which your Dravidian tour will be incomplete. At night, check in to your hotel at Kancheepuram for overnight stay.

DAY 9 : Kancheepuram – Chennai

DAY 10 : Chennai

Start morning sightseeing of ‘Kancheepuram’ - a city with many tags, such as, the historical capital of former Pallava Kings… a city with countless temples of unique architectural beauty… one among the seven sacred ancient cities in India… a centre of learning, religious & culture of Tamil for centuries… to name a few. Visit Kancheepuram’s prime shrine, the ‘Ekambareswarar Temple’ – one of the five major Lord Shiva temples, each representing a natural element (‘Pancha Bootha’ – Sky, Earth, Water, Fire and Wind – of these, Ekambareswarar Temple represents the element ‘Earth’). Then, visit ‘Kailasanathar Temple’, another temple with noteworthy architecture and fresco-style paintings on its walls. Here you can see 58 small shrines situated around the main shrine – literally forming a compound wall. Later, visit Kancheepuram’s world famous trademark – silk weaving units where the finest silk sarees in the country are made. Watch how those marvelous cloths are created, that too, by hand-weaving! You can even purchase these cloths. After lunch, drive back to Tamil Nadu’s metro capital, Chennai. If time permits, have a quick sightseeing of notable Chennai attractions, namely, Fort St. George, Marina Beach (world’s 2nd longest seashore), St. Thomas Mount, etc. As night falls, return to your hotel at Chennai for overnight stay.

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A flashback to Dravidian Heritage 9 Nights 10 days Trip code: TH TMP 11

The flashback to Dravidian Culture concludes today. Check out from your hotel and proceed to Chennai Airport for departure – farewell with enriched mindset.

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South India is a kaleidoscope of varied but amazingly synchronized wonders. It offers a wide array of exciting memories for any traveler. Here is Southern spice for you- an ideal trip to help you experience the essence of South India. This trip enables you to explore the enchanting south Indian destinations in and around Bangalore, Mysore, Coorg, Wayanad, Thekkady, Munnar, Cochin and Trivandrum. 21 Nights 22 days | Trip code: TH SS 10

Highlights: Cubbon park, Bangalore city, Bull temple, Lalbagh, iskcon temple(Bangalore), Tipu Sultan palace, Srirangapattanam, Mysore palace, Vrindavan Gardens, Coorg, Talacauveri , Dubhare elephant training centre, Kuruva Dweep, Edakkal caves, Chembra peak, Soochippara waterfalls, Kozhikode Sweet Market, Athirappally waterfalls, Vazhachal waterfalls, Fort cochin, Mattancherry, Munnar, Kumarakom, a night at House boat, Varkkala beach‌

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DAY 1 : BANGALORE

DAY 2 : MYSORE

DAY 3 : MYSORE

DAY 4 : COORG

Visit Cubbon park, the landmark spot of Bangalore city. This historic park is officially known as Sri. Chamarajendra Park. Then visit Bull temple, which was built in 16th century and is dedicated to the sacred bull ‘Nandi’. Then visit the scintillating Lalbagh, which is spread across 240 acres, filled with unmatched scenic beauty. Lal Bagh has rare collection of tropical and sub-tropical trees, plants and herbs. Then do shopping at MG road and Majestic, the major shopping hot spots at the city.

Visit iskcon temple. Also known as Sri Sri Radha Krishna Chandra Temple, this magnificent temple was made by the Iskcon cult. Pass through vidhan soudha. Visit Tipu Sultan palace, which was actually the summer retreat of the Sultan. Visit Srirangapattanam, which is located just 12 kilometers from Mysore. Srirangapatnam is a picturesque island in the Cauvery River. Overnight stay at Mysore.

Visit Mysore palace, the official residence of the erstwhile royal family of Mysore. After that, go for a shopping before lunch. Visit Vrindavan Gardens at the evening .It is a beautiful garden on the terrace of the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam. The musical fountain at Vrindavan is a spectacular harmony of water, colours and music. Overnight stay at Mysore.

Begin our journey to the beautiful Coorg. Visit Bylakuppe which is one of the many Tibetan settlements in India. This was the first such refugee settlement established way back in 1961. Visit talacauveri , the origin of river Caveri. Then visit raja seat, the beautiful garden of seasonal flowers and a fountain, where the erstwhile Raja's of Coorg spent their evenings. Rach coorg town. Overnight stay at Coorg.

DAY 5 : COORG

DAY 6 : WAYANAD

DAY 7 : WAYANAD

DAY 8 : WAYANAD

Explore Edakkal caves, known for its heritage value. What make this massive rock special are the carvings of the pre historic age. The carvings represent human and animal figures and objects of human use and symbols. They indicate the presence of a civilized human population in that time. Then visit Chembra peak, the highest peak in Wayanad(2100 metre above sea level) Overnight stay at Wayanad.

Visit Pookot Lake, which is a perennial fresh water lake in green mountains. Apart from natural beauty, the place has a freshwater aquarium, children’s park and boating facility. Visitors can go for some travel memorabilia at the handicrafts emporium. The shop also has quality Kerala spices for sale. Visit the beautiful Soochippara waterfalls(aka Sentinel rock water falls) Then visit another equally enchanting spot named Kanthanpara waterfalls. This charming waterfall is a smaller one and comes down from a height of thirty metres. Overnight stay at Wayanad.

After an early breakfast, visit Dubhare forest elephant training centre where we can see how the wild elephants are being tamed. Then visit abbey falls. Overnight stay at Coorg.

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Visit Kuruva Dweep, an uninhabited island of evergreen forest. The total area of the Kuruva island is about 950 acres. Rare birds, orchids and herbs are the prime attractions here. Then reach Kalpetta/Vythiri and spend the night there.

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DAY 9 : CALICUT

DAY 10 : BEYPORE- THRISSUR

DAY 11 : COCHIN

DAY 12 : COCHIN

Enroute to Calicut, experience the thrill of the journey through the winding hair pin roads. Visit chain tree. Then visit Kappad beach. Overnight stay at Calicut.

Visit Palayam market at Kozhikode. Then shop at the famous Sweet Market(Mithai Theruvu) . Then visit Beypore Port. Reach Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala. Overnight stay at Athirappilly.

Begin the day’s trip by visiting the enchanting Athirapally waterfalls. Then visit the nearby vazhachal waterfalls, which is also equally beautiful. Check out from the hotel and reach Cochin. Have a nice shopping experience at marine drive and m g road. Overnight stay at Cochin.

Today, spend the day exploring the marvelous spots in Cochin. Visit Fort cochin and mattancherry, the favorite tourist spots laden with memories of the bygone colonial era. Visit folk lore museum. Enjoy the traditional art-form of Kerala- Kathakali. Overnight stay at Cochin.

DAY 13 : MUNNAR

DAY 14 : MUNNAR

DAY 15 : THEKKADY

Visit Cheeyappara waterfalls, which is regarded as one of Kerala's most splendid waterfalls. The waters cascading down the seven steps elegantly at Cheeyappara gives a superb eye-feast. Reach Munnar town and visit the tea museum. Overnight stay at Munnar.

Visit the beautiful Rajamala, the habitat of Nilgiri Tahr, the endangered species. Then visit Mattupetty Reservoir that offers a ample boating facilities. Then visit Echo point, an ideal destination i for trekking and nature walks, which is located 13 r dam which is situated 20 km from Munnar. Overnight stay km from munnar. After that, visit Kundala dam, an appealing arch at Munnar.

Visit Lockhart Gap, which is another spectacular attraction at Munnar. The view from Lockhart Gap is panoramic, uplifting and above all, romantic as it offers view of Bison Valley and hilly places close to Thekkady. Then visit the popular picnic spot Anayirankal dam, which is garlanded by tea gardens and lush forests. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

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DAY 16 : THEKKADY

Visit Periyar wildlife Sanctuary, One of the well known Wildlife Sanctuaries in the south. The Sanctuary attracts a large number of nature lovers every year, as it is ideal for watching animals in their natural habitat. Then go for rejuvenating activities like spice plantation tour and elephant ride. Overnight stay at Thekkady

DAY 17 : KUMARAKOM

DAY 18 : HOUSE BOAT

Visit parunthu para, a beautiful hill station which offers panoramic view of the beautiful surroundings. Then visit Kuttikkanam, an idyllic village in Idukki surrounded by lush green plantations. Reach Kumarakom, and spend the night at this beautiful place.

DAY 19 : VARKKALA

Keep your spirits fluttering with natural joy and romance, by visiting Kumarakom bird sanctuary, which spread across 14 acres of land. The sanctuary is a home for many migrating birds. Enjoy the beauty of The Vembanad Lake, bordered by Alappuzha, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts is the longest and largest backwater in Kerala. visit Thanneermukkom Bund (Thannermukkom Salt Water Barrier), which is the largest mud regulator in India. Visit the tiny beautiful Pathiramanal island on the backwaters of Alappuzha. It is a haven for hundreds of rare birds migrating from different parts of the world. Spend the night in a traditional Kerala houseboat, also known as Kettuvalloms, which allows the visitors to have a leisurely journey along the enchanting backwaters.

DAY 20 : KOVALAM

Southern Spice 21 Nights 22 days Trip code: TH SS 10

Spend some more time enjoying the backwater beauty of Alappuzha. Then begin our journey to Varkkala. Visit Mannarassala temple enroute. Visit Kollam beach, a beautiful beach which is ideal for swimming and bathing. Then visit Varkkala beach with its breathtaking cliffs and tranquil surroundings. The beach is also called "Paapanashini", as it is believed bathing here cleanse one’s soul. Hence thousands come here to offer Vavu Bali, which is supposed to help the souls of deceased ancestors rest in peace. Then go through Varakala Beach Cliff, which has a winding footpath lined with hotels, shops and guest rooms. Overnight stay at Varkala.

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Reach Trivandrum, and visit the intresting tourist places around the city like museum and Kanakakkunnu palace. Visit Veli lake village. Then visit the beautiful Kovalam beach. Overnight stay at Kovalam.

DAY 21 : DEPARTURE The tour concludes.

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