On arrival at Delhi airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to a chauffeur driven vehicle. Later you are driven to the hotel for check in. (Early check in subject to availability only and the same us under the sole discretion of the hotel only) Delhi, the capital of India has a fascinating history and a stimulating present. Believed to be the legendary Indraprastha described in the epic “The Mahabharata" Delhi has been the seat of power for a number of dynasties - the Rajputs, The Muslim invaders from the North, the Afghan dynasties followed by Tughlaqs, Sayyads, the Lodis and the Mughals, who continued the imperial line, until British days. Overnight stay in Delhi.

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02

Delhi

Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi famous for the historical sites. Visit the Jama Masjid built in 1650 AD, India's largest mosque, Chandni Chowk (Moonlight square), Drive past Red Fort (1638-48) built by the builder of the Taj Mahal - Shah Jahan, famous for its delicately carved inlaid and Royal chambers & Raj Ghat -the cremation site of the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, who died in 1948. Afternoon proceed for a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Visit Humayun's Tomb (1565 AD) and Qutab Minar 73 meters high built in 1193 AD which tapers from a 15 m diameter base to just 2.5 m at the top. The walls have intricately carved quotations from the Koran (the holy book of the Muslims) and are one of the most perfect towers of the Persian world. You can also visit the Judah Hyam Synagogue (Near to Khan Market), Delhi’s lone synagogue remains an unknown entity despite been established in 1956 and remains as the primary religious sit for the few remaining Jewish families in the area. The drive through New Delhi, includes the Embassy area (Diplomatic enclave), Rashtrapati Bhawan (The President's House -1929) and the Government buildings (1921-30). Overnight stay in Delhi.

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Agra. Arrive at Agra and proceed for a sightseeing of Agra includes Agra Fort, the gigantic Fort built by Emperor Akbar serves as vantage position to have the splendid sight of The Taj Mahal. Later visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal, the most beautiful, the most romantic, the most mysterious and the most photographed building in the world built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 AD as a memorial to his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. This pure white marble mausoleum took 22 years and 22,000 craftsmen to build. (Closed on all Fridays) Overnight stay at Agra.

After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur-The Pink City of Rajasthan. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted capital city, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned 15 years later due to severe water shortage. Arrive Jaipur and check in at the hotel. The pink capital of Rajasthan is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts and enclosed by embattled walls. Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) built in 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh is one of Jaipur's major landmarks. The City Palace covers a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The famous Jantar Mantar Observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728 is an excellent example of the marvelous precision wherein each construction has a specific purpose to measure the position of stars, altitudes and azimuths or calculating eclipses. The most striking instrument is the Sun Dial which is 90 feet high. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

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05

Jaipur

Start your day with an excursion to Amber Fort, an ancient capital of Jaipur (12 kms from Jaipur) stands out as a magnificent example of Rajput architecture, standing tall on a hill side and overlooking a lake which reflects its ramparts and terraces. One of the main attractions is The Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) which is delicately ornamented with fine inlay work. The Fort of Jaigarh, crowning the hilltop is of amazing beauty and grandeur. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

Check out from the hotel after breakfast and drive to Jaipur airport and board the flight to Chennai. Arrive Chennai airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to a chauffeur driven vehicle. Later you are driven to Mahabalipuram for check in. Located on the Coromandel Coast; Chennai is the biggest industrial commercial centre, and a major cultural, economic and educational centre in South India. History of the city began in the colonial times specifically with the arrival of British East India Company. Arrive at Mahabalipuram and check into the hotel. Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.

Start your day with an excursion to Kanchipuram, the golden city of thousand temples is a major Hindu pilgrim and cultural centre has a political significance since it served as a capital of Pallava rulers in the 7th -9th century. Important examples of Hindu temple architecture spanning almost a thousand years are preserved at Kanchipuram. Drive back to Mahabalipuram after the tour & proceed for a sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram, once a flourishing port of the Pallavas of ancient India. The monuments and sculptures here are world-renowned. Sightseeing trip includes visit to rock cut cave temples and the stunning sculptures especially that of Krishna Mandapam, Five Rathas, reflects the architectural finesse during the Pallava period. The shore temple here is a must-see for any tourist. Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.

Check out from the hotel after breakfast and drive to Pondicherry, a charming coastal town and a former French colony famous for its unique cultural heritage and natural beauty. Explore the nearby places including Auroville, the main attraction of the town is the Sri Aurobindo Ashram founded in 1926.Based on the teachings of philosopher poet Aurobindo Ghose and also known as the Centre of Integral Yoga. Arrive at Pondicherry and check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at Pondicherry.

Check out from the hotel after breakfast and drive to Trichy. Enroute visit Thanjore, once the capital of Chola dynasty which ruled South India between 10th and 14th centuries. Visit the most spectacular Brihadeeswara Temple, capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite rock weighing 80 tones. The temple itself is decorated with carved panels depicting mythological events. Later, visit Saraswathi Mahal Library and the Art Gallery with its large collection of Chola bronzes. Arrive at Trichy and check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at Trichy.

Check out from the hotel and drive to Madurai. Highly significant with its cultural and historical background, the city has tourist attractions in plenty, the most prominent among them being The Meenakshi Temple with its towering gopurams and rare sculptures. Other important attractions include Thirumalai Naicker Palace, Koodal Azhagar Temple and the Gandhi Museum. Arrive at Madurai and check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at Madurai.

After breakfast checkout from the hotel and drive to Thekkady. Situated within the confines of the Western Ghats in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. The picturesque lake in the heart of the sanctuary was originally 26 sq km but now spans an area of 55 sq km. This perennial source of water, which initially led to the submersion of large tracts of forestland, slowly attracted wild animals. It eventually resulted in the adjoining forests being granted protection. Post-1975 Periyar finds itself in the enviable position of being a protected tiger reserve. The terrain ranges from hilly to flat grassland areas at the edges of the lakes. The vegetation is of moist deciduous type. Arrive at Thekkady and check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

Start your day with an early morning boat ride on Periyar Lake. Later visit to a spice plantation & enjoy an Elephant back safari. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

Check out from the resort and drive to Alleppey. Arrive at Alleppey and board the houseboat at noon for a backwater cruise and for an overnight stay. While cruising in these floating luxury-villas, let your eyes settle for the rare and the unusual - skim past Chinese fishing nets, bowed-down paddy fields, and local inhabitants engaged in making coir products, rustic homes, and ancient temples and swaying coconut groves. Overnight stay in houseboat.

Disembark from the house boat at 0900hrs at Alleppey and drive to Cochin. Cochin – “Queen of the Arabian Sea” has one of the finest natural harbors in the world. The ancient churches, palaces and synagogues in this city are famous. Arrive at Cochin and proceed for a sightseeing tour of Cochin. Depart to Jew Street which is famous for the Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town. Visit St.Francis Church, first European church built in India in the early 16th century and the famed Vasco Da Gama was buried in this courtyard. Thereafter visit the Dutch Palace in Mattanchery. (Jewish Synagogue - Open: 10.00 am –12.00pm, 3.00pm –5.00pm. Closed on Friday /Saturday & Jewish holidays) (Dutch Palace - Open: 10.00am – 5.00pm. Closed on Fridays) Free time in the Jew Street. It is fascinating & vibrant Narrow Street with many shops selling handicrafts, souvenirs, Antiques & Ethnic Garments. Later proceed to Fort Kochi and visit Famous Chinese fishing nets. Overnight stay in Cochin.

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15

Cochin

Start your day with a visit to Kumbalanghi, surrounded by backwaters & Chinese fishing nets literally encircle the island – village bearing witness to the rich aquatic life. An array of mangroves separate land from water providing a breeding ground for prawns, crabs, oysters and small fishes. The village which is 16 Sq.Km in area is home to fishermen, farmers, laborers, toddy tappers and coir spinners all alike. Evening drive to a cultural centre to witness Cultural Kaleidoscope (fusion of south Indian dance performances). Overnight stay in Cochin.

Check out from the hotel and drive to Cochin airport. Board the flight to your onward destination feeling contented about a wonderful holiday you spent in “Incredible India”. Our services end after dropping you at Cochin airport.

Experience India Cultural Tour | 16 Days 15 Nights