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48 days India Circle Tour - North, South, East & West

Duration : 48 Days

Destination : Meeting and greetings on arrival at Kolkata Airport and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay. Rest of the day free to relax from jet lag. Overnight at the hotel

Day 01 – Arrive Kolkata
Meeting and greetings on arrival at Kolkata Airport and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay. Rest of the day free to relax from jet lag. Overnight at the hotel.

Kolkata - The city is the plinth for great architectural and constructional feats. These places presents a definite epoch, an important figure or faith, presents the historical account of the bygone days. The impressions embedded throughout the city are still fresh and not more than 300 years old. Unlike other places of attractions the city have not been gifted by any ruler or dynasty. The places of interest as such encompasses diverse fields and faculties.

Day 02 – At Kolkata
Morning after breakfast at the hotel commence full day tour to visit Fort William, Eden Gardens, Victoria Memorial, Saint Paul's Cathedral, Nakhoda Mosque, Marble Palace, Paresnath Jain Temple, Belur Math, Kali Temple, Botanical Gardens, Mother Teresa's homes, etc.

Day 03 – Kolkata to Bhubneshwar – Train dep. 6 AM / Arrival 1.05 PM
Early morning transfer to the Railway Station to board day train for Bhubneshwar. Meeting on arrival at Bhubneshwar and transfer to the Hotel. Afternoon commence sightseeing tour of Bhubheshwar. Bhubaneshwar, the capital city of Orissa in East India and is famous for its beautiful temples. During your sightseeing tour of Bhubneshwar you will visit Mukteshwar temple, the Lingaraj temple, Rajarani temple, Brahmeswar temple and the Parasurameswar temple. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 – Bhubneshwar to Puri via Konark Temple
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Puri enroute visiting Sun Temple at Konark Konark is world famous for the magnificent Sun Temple. Built in sometimes near the 13th century to honor the Hindu deity, the Sun God, the architecture of the temple is simply fantastic. You can see and appreciate the bewitching shape of the temple in the shape of a big chariot and the temple carvings. Check in at Hotel on arrival at Pur for overnight stay.

Day 05 – At Puri
Today, you are free to spend your day at leisure. Move on to explore the wonders of fascinating temple town in East India. Puri is an important Hindu pilgrimage center in East India. Moreover, it is also famous for its picturesque and pristine beach. Spend some moments here watching the up and down waves and beautiful sand sculptures made by professional or amateur artists. Take a tour to the Jagannath Temple built in the 15th century. The temple hosts Jagannath Yatra ceremonies that attract devotees and tourists all over the world.

Day 06 Puri / Bhubneshwar / Kolkata – Train – 1320 / 2015 hrs
Morning after leisurely breakfast at the hotel proceed to Bhubneshwar Railway Station to board Dhauli Express trainfer to Kolkata at 1.20 PM. Arrive Kolkata at 8.15 PM. Meeting on arrival at Kolkata and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 07 – Kolkata to Bagdogra Airport / Darjeeling – 1025 / 1155 hrs
Morning after breakfast at the hotel transfer to airport to board flight for Bagdogra. Meeting on arrival at Bagdogra airport and transfer to Darjeeling. Check in at Hotel on arrival. Rest of the day. Overnight at the hotel.

Darjeeling : Situated at 2134 m above sea level, Darjeeling was acquired by the British from the Raja of Sikkim as a gift around a hundred and fifty years ago, and developed it as a rest and recreational center for their troops. Today the town retains many of the legacies of the British Government.

Day 08 – At Darjeeling
Early morning excursion to Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery. After breakfast tour of Tibetan Refugee Centre, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoo. Afternoon visit Happy Valley. Overnight at the hotel. Tiger Hill : An early morning trip to the Tiger Hill promises an unique experience. A view of the sunrise amidst the Himalayan range has earned it an international fame. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute : It was founded in 1954 after the historic conquest of Everest on the 29th of May in 1953, when two people set foot atop Mount Everest. They were, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa from Darjeeling and Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand. Himalayan Zoological Park and Snow Leopard Breeding Centre : About 2 km. from the town, this high altitude wild life park and new home of India's only collection of the Siberian Tiger, Himalayan Black Bear. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09 – At Darjeeling
Full day free for self exploration. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 – Darjeeling / Gangtok
Morning drive to Gangtok through tea plantation. Check in at HOTEL on arrival. Rest of the time at leisure. Gangtok : This fairytale capital of Sikkim in the clouds, balanced precariously on steep mountain slopes, surrounded by lush rice terraces, swift flowing, gurgling, foaming rivers and distant snow views, Gangtok reflects unique ambience which derives from its happy blend of tradition and modernity. Alongside the deeply felt presence of stupas and monasteries, Gangtok also bustles like any other town. But with many of these oasis of quite, those unexpected pockets of peace exists everywhere.

Day 11 – At Gangtok
Morning after breakfast at the hotel tour of Rumtek Monastery, Tibetology & Do Drul Chorten. Afternoon visit Enchey Monastery and cottage Industry. Overnight at the hotel.

Rumtek Monastery : The 24 km drive from the capital to Rumtek Monastery is, in itself, worth the effort. Changing vistas of mountains unfold at every bend and there are delightful vignettes of the hamlets and fields of the people of rural Sikkim. Institute of Tibetology : This organization is dedicated to furthering Tibetan studies, Buddhist philosophy and religion. Enchey Monastery : An important seat of the Nyingmapa order, the Enchey Monastery is built on the site blessed by Lama Druptob Karpo, a tantric master known for his power of flying. Do-Drul Chorten : One of the most important stupa of Sikkim, it was built by Trulshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingmapa order of Tibetan Buddhism, in 1945. Inside the stupa, there are complete mandala sets of Dorjee Phurba (Bajra Kilaya), a set of Kan-gyur relics (holy books), Zung (mantras) and other religious objects

Day 12 – Gangtok / Kalimpong
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Kalimpong and check in at Hotel.
Afternoon free to explore Kalimpong on your own. Overnight at the hotel. Kalimpong - Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, the town of Kalimpong is situated at an altitude of 1,250 m. Forming a triangle with its most illustrious neighbours, Darjeeling and Gangtok, it is in the northern part of the state of West Bengal. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 – Kalimpong / New Jalpairguri – drve – train to Varanasi – 1715 / 0705 hrs
Morning after relaxed breakfast at the hotel transfer to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station to board overnight train for Varanasi. Overnight on board.

Day 14 – Arrive Varanasi
Meeting on arrival at Varanasi Railway Station and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the morning free to relax from overnight train ride.

Afternoon commence tour to visit SARNATH : 10 kms from the centre of the city, Sarnath symbolises the birth of Buddhism. It was here that Lord Buddha revealed his doctrine and founded his monastic community. The Museum at Sarnath is amongst the most important in India and contains carvings representing a whole range of styles - Archaic, the covering work of sculptors from 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D.

Evening visit River Ganges and attend evening Arati (Evening prayer offered to Mother Ganges). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15 – At Varanasi
Early morning excursion to River Ganges for boat ride at dawn followed by temple tour. VARANASI CITY : The consists of visiting the city temples – the durga temple, better known as the Monkey temple on account of the large number of monkeys residing there and the temple of Vishwanath (or Vesheshwar "Lord of the Universe") are the most sacred spots in the city. Visit will also include Bharat Mata or Mother India Temple and the Benares Hindu University.
Rest of the day free for self exploration of this ancient city. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16 – Varanasi to Khajuraho - Fly
Late morning transfer to the airport in time to board flight for Khajuraho. Meeting on arrival at Khajuraho airport and transfer to the Hotel.

Afternoon commence sightseeing tour of Khajuraho - The small village of Khajuraho is in the Chattarpur district that housed the Chandella dynasty in the 11th Century. Khajuraho is famous for the temples here which have some of the most exotic and breathtaking carving ever to be done by a Human hand. The temples classified as Indo-Aryan architect are in three groups covering an area of about 08 square miles. The western Group is the largest and most important. The whole day is spent visiting these temples leisurely. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 17 – Khajuraho to Orchha to Agra – Taj Mahal remain closed on Fridays
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed by road to Jhansi Railway Station (around 4 hours drive) enroute visit Medieval town of Orchha - famous for its palaces and temples built in the 17th and 18th century. The four main and important temples worth a visit are The Chaturbhuj, Janaki, Laxmi and The Raja Ram temples.

Evening transfer to Jhansi Railway Station to board Superfast Shatabdi Express train for Agra at 5.55 PM. Arrive Agra at 8.25 PM, met upon arrival at Agra Railway Station and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 18 – Agra to Ranthambore – drive 6 hrs
Early morning visit Taj Mahal at Sunrise. Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, whose death in childbirth in 1631 left the Emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned gray overnight. Construction of the Taj, begun in the same year, was not completed until 1653. In total 20,000 people from India and Central Asia worked on the building. The Taj Mahal is like a silent rhapsody that you will carry in your heart.

Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast check out from hotel and proceed to visit Agra Fort, constructed by Emperor Akbar in 1695 on the banks of the Yamuna River. Initially the fort was a military structure, but during Shah Jahan's reign it had partially become a palace.

Late morning proceed to reach Ranthambore National Park in around 6 hours time enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri 40 kms (25 miles) before Agra - a cultural and imperial capital conceived and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings within the city including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti and Panch Mahal.
Arrive and check in at the hotel / resort for overnight stay.
Ranthambore is a heritage site because of the picturesque ruins that dot the wildlife park. There are lake palaces, 'chhatris', old fortifications and a majestic 1,000-year-old fort, overlooking the park. The lovely Jogi Mahal is located at the foot of the fort and gives magnificent view of the Padam Talao, painted white with water lilies. The Ranthambhore park is famous for tigers and due to conservation efforts, the tiger population has stabilized if not increased here. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during the day, at their normal pursuits-- hunting and taking care of their young ones.

Day 19 – At Ranthambore
Early morning and afternoon game viewing in the Jungle by jeep. Overnight at the resort.

Day 20 – Ranthambore to Jaipur.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Jaipur in around 4 hours time. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free to relax. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 21 - At Jaipur.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel visit Hawa Mahal - which was constructed in 1799, the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, is one of Jaipur's major landmarks, although it is actually little more than a faηade. This five storey building, which overlooks the main street of the bustling old city, is a stunning example of Rajput artistry with its pink, delicately honeycombed sandstone windows. Later proceed to Amber Fort - the ancient capital of the state until 1728. The fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake, which reflects its terraces and ramparts. Visit the Jagmandir of the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors, Jai Mahal and the Temple of Kali. You ride up to the ramp of this 11th Century Bastion atop a gaily decorated elephant.

Afternoon City sightseeing tour includes Maharaja's City Palace - which occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh, but other additions are much more recent, some dating from the start of this century. Today, the palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The palace now houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings and weapons. Also visit Jantar Mantar- an observatory, next to the entrance of the City Palace, begun by Jai Singh in 1728. Jai Singh's passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as warrior and before commencing construction, he sent scholars abroad to study foreign observatories. Jantar Mantar appears to be just a curious collection of sculptures but in fact each construction has a specific purpose, such as measuring the positions of stars, altitudes and azimuths and calculating eclipses. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 22 – At Jaipur
Full day free in Jaipur for self exploration and relax. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 23– Jaipur / Pushkar – 3 hours
Morning after breakfast at the hotel travel to Pushkar and check in at HOTEL. Later leisurely explore Brahma Temple, Holy Pushkar Lake and the town. Overnight at the hotel.

Pushkar : Located just 11 kms from Ajmer, the holy lake of Pushkar is believed to have been created by Lord Brahma himself. It is as important as Benaras or Puri. Devout Hindus believe that it is essential to visit Pushkar at least once in their lifetime. No pilgrimage is considered complete without a dip in the holy Pushkar lake. Pushkar has as many as 400 temples and 52 ghats and the only temple in the country that is dedicated to Brahama is to be found here. While Pushkar is a heaven for the religiously inclined, it is also the venue of one of the country's most colorful cattle fairs - the Pushkar Fair and you are traveling during Pushkar fair time.

Day 24 – Pushkar to Udaipur – Drive 6 hrs
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Udaipur and check into the hotel.
Evening enjoy boat ride at Lake Pichola. Overnight at the hotel.
City tour of Udaipur - the romantic Lake City in Southern Rajasthan, famous for the stunning white marble Palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola. It was the former Palace of the Maharana and now converted to one of the most glamorous hotels in India.

Day 25– At Udaipur
Morning tour of Udaipur city. The t our will cover the magnificent City Palace, the Jagdish temple, the pleasure gardens and a drive around the other nearby lakes. Afternoon explore this city of lakes on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 26– Udaipur to Jodhpur – 5 hours
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Jodhpur. On the way stop to visit Ranakpur Jain Complex and Bishnoi Village.

Ranakpur - The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted Rajput monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The basement is of 48,000 sq. feet area that covers the whole complex. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved with no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an interesting sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kg whose sound echoes in the entire complex. The main temple is a Chaumukh or a four-faced temple dedicated to Adinath.

The three other Jain temples in the same complex, including a temple of the Sun God, are all well worth a visit. One kilometer away from the temple complex is the temple of Amba Mata.

Bishnoi's : The Bishnoi community inhabits the village. The villagers are staunch worshippers of nature in all its forms, specially the sanctity of plant and animal life. They even pray to the green trees and animals that inhabit their land. In this world of exploitation everywhere, they make every effort to conserve the environment. Another fact about the Bishnoi tribals is that they worship Lord Vishnu and are vegetarians.

Around the Guda Bishnoi Lake, you can see numerous migratory birds like domicile Cranes etc, blackbucks and chinkaras. This pond is drinking point for antelopes black bucks of near by area. The Guda Bishnoi village in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India is a kind of desert oasis. It is the perfect place to experience the traditions and customs of tribal life. It is a place caught in a delightful time warp, where life still goes on like the days of the past

Check in at the hotel on arrival. Rest of the evening free to relax. Overnight at the hotel.
Jodhpur : While the graceful palaces , forts and temples strewn throughout the city bring alive the historic grandeur, exquisite handicrafts , folk dances music and the brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city. The jumble of wide winding streets are flanked with pavement stalls. The lifestyle in jodhpur is unusually fascinating with folks wearing lovely multihued costumes, artistically designed. Women folk wear wide gathered skirts and a hip length jacket, with three quarter length sleeves , covering the front and back. The colorful turbans worn by the men folk add more color to the city . It was from here that the popularity worn baggy - tight, horse riding trousers - 'Jodhpurs', took their name.

Day 27 – At Jodhpur
Morning after breakfast at the hotel tour of Jodhpur which will include a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort set on the top of the hill, Jaswanth Thada and a visit to the local market. Overnight at the hotel.

Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in forts. It is also the most magnificent fort in Jodhpur, infact, in the whole Rajasthan. The fort is amongst the popular tourist places in India. It is situated on a 150 m high hill. It was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. The Mehrangarh Fort can be reached from the city, 5 kms below, through a circular road. Seven gates have to be crossed to reach the fort. The gates still bear the marks of the various battles fought in the bygone era. Its second gate still stands witness to canon ball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur during wars. One of the gates is Jayapol, meaning victory. It was built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Another gate, Fattehpol, again meaning victory, was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh as a celebration for defeating the Mughals. Umaid Bhavan Palace: One of the fascinating palaces of Jodhpur is the Umaid Bhavan palace. Maharaja Umaid Singh constructed it in 20th century. A part of the palace has now been converted into a hotel and a museum, Jaswant Thada: Jaswant Thada lies to the left of the Mehrangarh fort complex. It is a royal cenotaph made up of white marble. It was built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some rare portraits of the former rulers of Jodhpur are also displayed here. Also visit Mandore Gardens - It was the former capital of Maharajas of Marwar. Later it was abandoned for security concerns regarding the Mehrangarh fort. Its extensive Mandore garden, with high rock terrace, makes it a popular local attraction. The garden is open for tourists from 8 am to 8 pm. In the Mandore garden, there are the dewals or cenotaphs of Jodhpur's former rulers. Instead of the usual chhatri-shaped cenotaphs typical of Rajasthan, the cenotaphs of the famous Mandore garden of Jodhpur, Rajasthan are built along the lines of a Hindu temple. They are four stories high, with fine columns and an elegant spire, all in red sandstone. The most impressive dewal is the dewal of Maharaja Ajit Singh. These cenotaphs are set in beautiful landscaped gardens. The cenotaphs of the Maharani are set on a rocky outcrop over the hill.

Day 28 – Jodhpur / Jaisalmer – Drive 6 hours
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Jaisalmer and check in at HOTEL. Rest of the time free to relax from long journey.Evening visit the Royal Cenotaphs famous for sunset view over entire Jaisalmer Town.Overnight at the hotel.

Day 29 – Jaisalmer to Sam Sand Dunes
Post breakfast visit to the Jaisal Fort with visit to various Mansions at leisure. Jaisalmer : The life within the citadel conjures up images of medieval majesty visible in its narrow lanes stewn with magnificent palace, havelis, temples and of course skilled artisans and ubiquitous camels. Folk dances, exciting competitions an contests, especially the turban-tying contest. Mr. Desert contest and camel races enliven the festivities.

Afternoon proceed for an excursion to Sam Sand Dunes (1 hour) and check in at the swiss cottages camp on arrival. You will have a chance to enjoy short camel ride here to the dunes to have excellent Sunset view in the dunes. Sand Dunes : No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the most picturesque dunes of Sam. The ripples on the wind -caressed dunes, that create an enchanting mirage, are surely a delight for a trigger -happy photographer. Overnight at hotel in Jaisalmer.

Day 30 – Jaisalmer / Bikaner - Drive - 7 hours
Morning after breakfast at the camp proceed to reach Bikaner. Arrive and check in at the hotel.
Afternoon visit Camel Breeding Farm – a unique experience where you can ride on a camel & have perhaps the first taste of camel's milk. Later in the evening take an excursion tour to Deshnok Temple (Also known as Rat Temple) situated in semi desert village at a distance of 30 kms, this place is famous for Karnimata Temple where you will see thousands of rats roaming freely in the temple complex and are held sacred. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 31 – Bikaner to Mandawa
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Mandawa in around 4 hours time and check in at the hotel on arrival. Mandawa is in Shekhavati region which is also know as " open air art gallery of Rajasthan. The region known for it's splendid painted "Havelies" or merchant's mansions decorated with superb mural frescos. Check in at hotel on arrival. In the afternoon visit of the Shekhavati to see different Havelies with fascinating murals each better than the other, built by the wealthy Rajasthani merchants ("Marwaris") in the 19th Century. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 32 – Mandawa to Delhi Airport – drive 6 hours
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Delhi and check into the hotel. Rest of the day free to relax. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 33 – At Delhi
Morning after breakfast full day tour of Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi visiting Red Fort - The red sand stone walls of Lal Quila, the Red Fort extend for 2 km and vary in height from 18m on the river side to 33m on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. The Red Fort dates from the peak of Mughal power. The Mughal reign from Delhi was a short one. Aurangzeb was the first and the last emperor to rule from here. Jama Masjid- the Great Mosque of Old Delhi was both the largest and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Begun in 1644, the mosque was not completed until 1658. It has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40m (133ft) high constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. The courtyard of the mosque can hold 25,000 people. Take a rickshaw ride to Chandni Chowk - the main street of Old Delhi - the colourful shopping bazaar just opposite the Red Fort and visit Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi after his assassination in 1948.

New Delhi visiting Qutab Minar – 234 feet high tower. The Qutab Minar itself is a soaring tower of victory that was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. It is nearly 73m(243ft) high and tapers from a 15m(50ft) diameter base to just 2.5m(9ft) at the top. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, the fourth and the fifth of marble & sandstone. Also visit the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun. Built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, the Persian-born senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, this is a wonderful early example of Mughal architecture. The elements in its design – a squat building, high arched entrances that let in light, topped by a bulbous dome and surrounded by formal gardens – were to be refined over the years to the magnificence of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Drive past India Gate (War Memorial), President's House, which was once the Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and Secretariat buildings. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 34 – At Delhi
Full day free in Delhi for self activities / shopping etc or you may opt to visit some of well know temples, Rail Museum etc and keep some time to relax. Day 35 : Delhi to Chennai – fly – 1040 / 1320 hrs Morning after relaxed breakfast at the hotel transfer to Airport to board flight for Chennai. Meeting on arrival at Chennai Airport and transfer to the hotel for check in. Rest of the afternoon free to relax. Overnight at the hotel

Day 36 : At Madras
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for sightseeing tour of Madras city. Chennai - the capital of Tamil Nadu, popularly regarded as the 'Gateway to the South' represents a culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India. During your sightseeing tour you will vist Kalakshetra, a school of art and music that encourages exponents of Bharatnatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing, Fort St. George - built in 1653 during British reign in India, - now houses the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu; St. Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India with its premises, Sri Parthasarathy Temple built by Pallavas in the 8th century AD; Kapaliswara Temple, Mylapore also an eighth century Pallava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, San Thomas Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica; and Theosophical Society - the world headquarters of the Theosophical Society formed to encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 37 : Chennai to Mahabalipuram
Meeting on arrival at Chennai airport and proceed to reach Mahabalipurm via visiting Kanchipuram (time permiting otherwise Kanchipuram will be visited tomorrow). Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India. It is most famous for its exquisitely woven handloom silk saris. It has some very famous temples like the Kamakshi Temple and the Ekambareshwar Temple. Mahabalipuram is famous for its shore temples. Most of the temples and rock carvings were completed around 630 - 660 AD and are notable for their folk- art origins. Overnight at self booked Hotel.

Day 38 : Mahabalipuram - Thanjavur.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Tanjavur. Thanjavur is the cultural capital of this region. It is the home of Carnatic music and dance. It is famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple, constructed more than a thousand years ago. Saraswati Mahal Library, The Art Gallery, and Sangeetha Mahal are also of interest. The land surrounding Thanjavur is known as the granary of Tamil Nadu, blessed as it is by the waters of Kaveri River.

Day 39 : Thanjavur - Madurai.
Morning Bathe in the sea at Agnitheeram, which is considered sacred and a pure place to bathe. Afternoon drive to for Madurai.

Day 40 : At Madurai.
The 2600 years old Madurai is often referred to as the 'Athens of the East'. It is the oldest city in Tamil Nadu both historically and mythologically. A reference is made to Madurai in the Indian epic Ramayana, and great chroniclers Magasthenes (302 BC) and Ptolemy ( 140 AD) have made references to it in their travelogues. Marco Polo, the famous explorer visited this city in 1293 AD. Enjoy a full day tour of city and temples. In the Evening see sound and light show and late night temple rituals.

Day 41 : Madurai - Periyar National Park
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Pariyar National Park. The Periyar wildlife sanctuary is lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of periyar or thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the periyar wildlife sanctuary, spread across 777 sq km, of which 360 sq.km is thick evergreen forest, the periyar wildlife sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the mullaperiyar dam across the periyar river adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in india where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of periyar , however, are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. You can also see wild Elephant, gaur, sambar deer, tiger, jungle cat, sloth bear and wild boar which can be sighted from the boats also 265 species of birds including migrants the hornbill, stork, woodpecker, kingfisher, raptor, cormorant, grackle etc.
Afternoon proceed for a nature walk and visit spice plantation. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 42 – Periyar to Kumarakom
Morning visit Periyar Wild life sanctuary by boat. Later in the morning proceed to Alleppey (jetty) to board your waiting houseboat and sail through the back waters to Kumarakom. Lunch and diner will be served on board. Overnight at the houseboat at

Kumarakom. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. A picturesque, clean village, Kumarakom is a tiny hamlet on the banks of a lagoon formed by the Vembanad lake. Check in to your resort where calm, emerald backwaters reflect hundreds of thousands of gently swaying palms where the primary attraction however, is its lazy ambience.

Day 43 – At Kumarakom
Morning after breakfast disembark houseboat and check in at the Resort.
Rest of the time free to explore the bird sanctuary of Kumarakom and explore a whole new world of feathered species. For an inquisitive bird watcher it is an ideal place that echoes with the chirping of birds including a variety of migratory birds. Take a walk around the sanctuary while experiencing the sights and sounds of these birds. Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Either you are free at leisure, or enjoy the backwaters with paddleboats, canoe and Kayaks at the lagoon available at the resort.

Day 44 – Kumarakom to Marari Beach
Morning after breakfast short drive to Marari Beach. Rest of the day free at Marari beach to relax or chose Ayurveda massage or treatment.

Day 45 – At Marari
Full day free to relax by the beach. Overnight at the beach resort.

Day 46 – At Marari
Full day free to relax by the beach. Overnight at the beach resort.

Day 47 – Marari to Cochin – drive around 2 hours
Morning after relaxed breakfast at the Resort proceed to Cochin and check into your conference hotel. Rest of the day free. Overnight at the hotel.

Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Cochin, During your sightseeing trip you will visit Fort Kochi - A leisurely walk through the city is the best way to discover historic for Kochi. An obscure fishing village that became the first European township In India, Kochi has an eventful and colourful history. The town was shaped by the cultural influences, the dutch and later the british. The result of these cultural influences are seen in the many examples of indo european architecture that still exist here. Chinese Fishing Nets - These huge cantilevered fishing nets are the legacy of one of the first visitors to the Malabar coast. Erected here between 1350 and 1450 ad by Traders from the court of kublai khan, these nets are set up on teak wood and bamboo poles. The best place to watch the nets being lowered into the sea and catch being brought in is the vasco da gama square, a narrow promenade that runs along the beach. St. Francis Church - Built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan Friars, this is India's oldest European Church. This was initially built of timber and later reconstructed in stone masonry. It was restored in 1779 by the protestant dutch, converted To an anglican church by the british in 1795 and is at present governed by the church of south india. Vasco da gama was buried here in 1524 before his Remains were moved to Lisbon, portugal. Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace) - Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch. On display here are beauriful murals depicting scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, and some of the Puranic Hindu legends. The palace also houses dutch maps of old kochi, royal palanquins, coronation robes of former maharajas of kochi. Synagogue - Constructed in 1568, this is the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth. Destroyed in a shelling during the portuguese raid in 1662, it was rebuilt two years later by the dutch. Bolghatty Island - This island is famous for its palace of the same name. The bolghatty palace Was built in 1744 the dutch and later taken over by the british. Today it is a hotel run by the kerala tourism , with a small golf course and special honeymoon cottages. Willingdon Island - Named after Lord Willingdon, a former British viceroy of India, this man-made island is surrounded by beautiful backwaters. The island is the site of the city's best hotels and trading centres, the port trust and the headquarters of the southern naval command.

Evening witness Kathakali Dance Performance. Kathakali is the most well known dance drama from the south Indian state of Kerala. The word Kathakali literally means "Story-Play". It is known for its large, elaborate makeup and costumes. The elaborate costumes of Kathakali have become the most recognized icon for Kerala

Day 48 – Depart Cochin
Transfer to the airport intime to board homebound flight.

Bon Voyages