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Best of India Tour (23 Nights / 24 Days )

Duration : 23 Nights / 24 Days

Destination : Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Agra - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Mumbai - Aurangabad - Mumbai - Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Alleppey

Day 01- Arrive Delhi
Met upon arrival at Delhi Airport and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02 – At Delhi
Morning post breakfast visit New and old Delhi visiting Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Laxmi narayan Temple or Birla Mandir, Drive on Rajpath road, parliament House, President’s palace, India gate and Himayaun’s Tomb.
In the Afternoon visit Old Delhi where you will see stunning Red Fort with its Meena Bazaar, Pearl Mosque and audience halls, Rajghat - the Mahatma Gandhi memorial, Busy streets of Chandni Chowk bazaar and the Jama Mosque. Enjoy Bycycle Rickshaw ride at Chandani Chowk. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 - Delhi / Varanasi - Fly
Morning breakfast and transfer to the airport to bard flight for Varanasi. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.
Afternoon excursion trip to visit Sarnath ruins and Museum – site of Buddha’s first Sermon.
Evening visit River Ganges and enjoy a short Boat ride at Sunset followed by attending live Ganga Arati ceremony – Arati is performed by 7 young priest. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 - Varanasi / Khajuraho - Fly
Early morning visit River Ganges and enjoy boat ride at Sunrise. While floating through the waters of River Ganges you will see hundreds of people having holy dips in the waters of Ganges, worshiping Sun God. You will also see people into the Yoga and meditation along the Ghats. Also visit Burning Ghat. Return to the hotel by walking through the narrow lanes of Varanasi and visiting Benaras Hindu University and Vishwanath Temple inside the University Complex.

Late morning transfer to airport to board flight for Khajuraho. Meeting on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Afternoon tour of Khajuraho with its largest and loveliest temples including Kandariya Mahadev - representing Chandela art at its best. Late visit the eastern group of temples - which reflect the austerity of the Jains.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 - Khajuraho – Orchha - Agra
Morning after breakfast transfer to Jhansi Railway Station via visiting the medieval city of Orchha. Orchha was founded in 16th Century by Bundela Rajputs and is located on the banks of River Betwa.

While in Orchha visit Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal Rai Parveen Mahal, Chaturbhuj Temple, Laxminarayan Temple, Phool Bagh. Sunder Mahal, Chhatris or Cenotaphs and Ram Raja Temple.
Later continue to Jhansi Railway Station to board superfast train for Agra for overnight stay.

Day 06 - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (Taj Mahal remain closed on Fridays)
Early morning visit Taj Mahal at Sunrise – Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast check out and leave to visit Red fort of Agra.

Later continue your drive to jaipur via visiting Ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Check into the hotel on arrival. Rest of the evening free to relax. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 – At Jaipur
Morning after breakfast excursion to Amber Fort and have photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace). Enjoy an Elephant ride upto Ramparts of Amber Fort where you will visit Palaces, Temples, Mirror inlaid Halls and Public Audience including Rajput Arthitecture.
Afternoon visit City Palace with its Museum and jantar mantar. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 - Jaipur - Jodhpur
Morning after breakfast check out and leave for Jodhpur via visiting Holy town of Pushkar where you will see Holy Pushkar Lake with many of its Ghats, Brahma Temple and the town.

Arrive Jodhpur and check into the hotel. Rest of the evening free to relax. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09 - Jodhpur
Morning after breakfast tour of the Mehrangarh Fort with its beautiful carved panels, latticed windows, and housing a fabulous collection of Rajput art. Later visit the Jaswant Thada - a graceful marble cenotaph built in 1899 for Maharajah Jaswant Singh II and Clock Tower and old market around the tower. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10. Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur
Morning breakfast and leave for Udaipur enroute visiting Jain temple complex at Ranakpur - visit the intricately carved white marble temples.
Check into the hotel on arrival. Evening enjoy a boat ride at Lake Pichola. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 – At Udaipur
Morning after breakfast at the hotel tour of Udaipur city visiting the City Palace, Museum, Saheliyon ki Bari, and the folklore Museum.
Rest of the afternoon free for independent exploration. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12. Udaipur / Mumbai / Aurangabad
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Aurangabad with a flight change at Mumbai. Met at airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of afternoon free to relax. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 – At Aurangabad
Post breakfast leave for an excursion to visit Ajanta Caves - India's most impressive archaeological sites. It is from here where Buddhist art attained the peak of its development, in frescoes and wall paintings. 3rd Century BC Caves are carved. (Ajanta Caves remain closed on Mondays) Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 – Aurangabad to Mumbai – Fly
Morning excursion to Ellora Caves enroute visiting Daultabad Fort. Visit the Largest Monolith Keilashnath Temple alongwith other Caves in the complex. (Ellora Caves remain closed on Tuesdays)
Afternoon transfer to Airport to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 15 - At Mumbai
Morning after an early breakfast proceed to Gateway of India to bord boat cruise to visit Elephanta Caves at Elephanta Island.
Afternoon visit Hanging Gardens, Malabar Hills, Dhobi Ghat, Marine Drive, Gandhi Memorial and Museum, Jain temple and time permitting Prince of Wales Museum.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16 - Mumbai – Cochin - Fly
Morning after relaxed breakfast at the hotel transfer to Airport to board flight for Cochin. Met upon arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Afternoon tour to visit Old Fort, Chinese Fishing Nets, Old harbor House and Pierce leslie Bungalow.
Evening witness Kathakali Dance Performance. Overnight at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 17 - Cochin to Munnar
Post breakfast at the hotel leave for Munnar – former summer Reosrt of British Government. Journey from Cochin is Munnar is very scenic and you will enjoy land scapes, waterfalls etc.

Check into the hotel on arrival.
Afternoon leisurely visit Tea Gardens, enjoy Flora and fauna, visit Mattupetty Hill Station two visit Cattle farms, Lock Heart Gap – Base for trekking and adventure Tourism, Chittirapuram – see the Old world Charm and explore picturesque Tea Plantation from close. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 18 - Munnar
Morning after breakfast drive around green hills and visit Devikulam Hill Station, Pallivasal, Attukal Waterfalls, Nyayamakad for waterfalls and beautiful land scapes. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 19 - Munnar - Thekkady
Morning after breakfast leave for Periyar National Park or Thekkady. Arrive and check into the jungle lodge. Rest of the day day is free either to relax or visit Kumily Bazaar. Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 20 - At Thekkady
Morning enjoy boat ride through Periyar lake to view wild life of the region.
Afternoon visit Spice Planataion in Cardamom Hills. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 21 – Thekkady to Alleppey
Morning after relaxed breakfast leave for Alleppey and board your waiting houseboat. Sail through the backwaters around Alleppey to see local life of the region around the backwaters, visit local homes and see people on work. Lunch and dinner will be served on board. Overnight at Houseboat.

Day 22 – Alleppey to Marari Beach
Morning after breakfast disembark from houseboat and proceed to Marari Beach. Check into the Beache resort on arrival. Rest of the day free to relax by the beach and enjoy facilities available at the resort. Overnight at the resort.

Day 23 – At Marari
Full day free to relax or self activities. Overnight at the resort.

Day 24 – Depart Marari
Morning after breakfast transfer to Cochin Airport to board home bound flight.

Bon Voyages