This itinerary can be modified to meet your travel needs.
About this Trip
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to your hotel.
The Northern Heritage starts with an exploration of New and Old Delhi including Birla House, India Gate, Humayun's Tomb*, Qutub Minar*, Red Fort*, Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat.
Deluxe train ride to Amritsar, followed by a visit of the India-Pakistan border at Wagah to witness the spectacular flag lowering ceremony at sunset.
Visit of Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh memorial garden. Afternoon train to Delhi and transfer to your hotel.
Short flight to Varanasi. Visit Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir & Banaras Hindu University. Evening witness the spectacular Aarti ceremony on the Ghats by the Ganges.
Sunrise cruise on the River Ganges to obsereve the morning rituals of the Hindu pilgrims on the riverbanks. Visit the ancient Buddhist site of Sarnath. Flight to Khajuraho, followed by a visit of the 11th century temples of Khajuraho*. Evening free.
Visit the medieval fortress-city of Orchha, before heading to Jhansi to board our luxury train to Agra and transfer to your hotel.
Marvel at the Taj Mahal* at sunrise, followed by visits of Agra Fort*, Itmad-Ud-Daulah Mausoleum and seeing artisans doing inlay marble work. Optional special full moon visit of the Taj Mahal (additional cost).
Excursion to Fatehpur Sikri* and and the Salim Chisty Mausoleum, followed by a journey through rural Rajasthan to the pink city of Jaipur.
Take a jeep ride or an elephant ride uphill to Amber Palace*, followed by visits to the Palace of Winds, the Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory* in the Royal Palace of Jaipur and the colourful bazaar.
Flight to Aurangabad. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
An interesting day excursion to the ancient Rock-cut monuments and cave temples of Ajanta*.
Morning excursion of the remarkable Ellora Caves*, Daulatabad Fort and Bibi-Ka-Maqbra Mausoleum. Flight to Mumbai.
The Southern Heritage starts. Excursion to the Elephanta Caves*, followed by visits to the Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoia Terminus)*, Mani Bhawan Museum, the Jain Temple, Hanging Gardens, Tower of Silence, Crawford Market and the Dhobi Ghat laundry. Evening free.
Flight to Goa and upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Visit of the Baroque Churches of Goa*. Rest of the day is free to relax on the beach.
Morning free to continue enjoying Goa's beaches. Short flight to Hyderabad and transfer to your hotel.
Visit the Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Husain Sagar Lake with its Buddha statue on an island, Salar Jung Museum and magnificent Golconda Fort. Evening free.
Flight to Bangalore. Bangalore exploration includes visits to the Vidhana Soudha, Cubbon Park, Tipu Sultan's Palace mueum and the majestic Lal Bagh Gardens.
Discover rural Karnataka including the island fortress of Srirangapatam. At Mysore, visit the Maharajah's Palace, Shri Chamundeswari Temple and the Nadi Shiva's Mount. Overnight at Mysore.
Travel through eucalyptus forests to the hill resort of Ooty. Enjoy free time at Ooty.
Visit the Botanical Gardens, Lamb's Rock and Daodabetta Peak, followed by an exciting steam train ride on the historical Nilgiri Mountain Railway*.
Travel through the Western Ghats* to the peaceful hill station of Kodaikanal, followed by a boat ride on Kodaikanal Lake.
Explore the diverse countryside of Tamil Nadu. Later at Madurai, visit the Dravidian Sri Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayaka Temple and the rich Temple Art Museum.
Continue exploring rural Tamil Nadu. On your way to Thanjavur, visit the historical Brihadishwara Temple*, Tanjore Palace and the Museum. Evening free.
A different India awaits you, as you drive to the former French colony of Pondicherry and visit the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
Your journey takes you to Mahabalipurum* to visit the group of sanctuaries founded by the Pallava kings on the Coromandel Coast.
Day excursion to visit the incredible temples of Kanchipuram, followed by a short drive to Chennai where your visits include the National Art Gallery & Museum, St. Mary's Church, Peoples Park and beautiful Marina Beach.
After a comprehensive exploration right from the North to the South, you bid farewell to India. Transfer for your flight back home.
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