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INDIA: NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN HERITAGE

Get a comprehensive overview of India with a unique journey that traverses the subcontinent from North to South and discover 5000 years of rich history.

Travel Style

Cultural

Start

Delhi

Finish

Mahabalipuram

Trip Code

INSH84

Countries

1

Number of countries visited

Days

29

Duration of the trip

Pace

4

Pace level 4: Demanding
$

Price

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Itinerary

INDIA: NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN HERITAGE
Trip Code: INSH84

This itinerary can be modified to meet your travel needs.

  • Overview

    About this Trip

    • Operator: Epik Escapes
    • Countries: India
    • Style: Cultural (Discovery)
    • Duration: 29 days
    • Pace: 4 (Demanding)
    • Price:  Inquire about a price
    • Artistically designed tour of India from North to South
    • Visit 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (* Denotes a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
    • 3 deluxe daytime train rides to enjoy the scenery
  • Delhi

    Day 1

    Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to your hotel.

  • Delhi

    Day 2

    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.

  • Amritsar

    Day 3

    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.

  • Delhi

    Day 4

    Visit of Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh memorial garden. Afternoon train to Delhi and transfer to your hotel.

  • Varanasi

    Day 5

    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.

  • Khajuraho

    Day 6

    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.

  • Orchha • Agra

    Day 7

    Visit the medieval fortress-city of Orchha, before heading to Jhansi to board our luxury train to Agra and transfer to your hotel.

  • Agra

    Day 8

    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).

  • Fatehpur Sikri • Jaipur

    Day 9

    Excursion to Fatehpur Sikri* and and the Salim Chisty Mausoleum, followed by a journey through rural Rajasthan to the pink city of Jaipur.

  • Jaipur

    Day 10

    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.

  • Aurangabad

    Day 11

    Flight to Aurangabad. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.

  • Ajanta Caves

    Day 12

    An interesting day excursion to the ancient Rock-cut monuments and cave temples of Ajanta*.

  • Ellora Caves • Mumbai

    Day 13

    Morning excursion of the remarkable Ellora Caves*, Daulatabad Fort and Bibi-Ka-Maqbra Mausoleum. Flight to Mumbai.

  • Mumbai

    Day 14

    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.

  • Goa

    Day 15

    Flight to Goa and upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

  • Goa

    Day 16

    Visit of the Baroque Churches of Goa*. Rest of the day is free to relax on the beach.

  • Hyderabad

    Day 17

    Morning free to continue enjoying Goa's beaches. Short flight to Hyderabad and transfer to your hotel.

  • Hyderabad

    Day 18

    Visit the Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Husain Sagar Lake with its Buddha statue on an island, Salar Jung Museum and magnificent Golconda Fort. Evening free.

  • Bangalore

    Day 19

    Flight to Bangalore. Bangalore exploration includes visits to the Vidhana Soudha, Cubbon Park, Tipu Sultan's Palace mueum and the majestic Lal Bagh Gardens.

  • Mysore

    Day 20

    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.

  • Ooty

    Day 21

    Travel through eucalyptus forests to the hill resort of Ooty. Enjoy free time at Ooty.

  • Nilgiri Mountain Railway

    Day 22

    Visit the Botanical Gardens, Lamb's Rock and Daodabetta Peak, followed by an exciting steam train ride on the historical Nilgiri Mountain Railway*.

  • Kodaikanal

    Day 23

    Travel through the Western Ghats* to the peaceful hill station of Kodaikanal, followed by a boat ride on Kodaikanal Lake.

  • Madurai

    Day 24

    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.

  • Thanjavur

    Day 25

    Continue exploring rural Tamil Nadu. On your way to Thanjavur, visit the historical Brihadishwara Temple*, Tanjore Palace and the Museum. Evening free.

  • Pondicherry

    Day 26

    A different India awaits you, as you drive to the former French colony of Pondicherry and visit the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

  • Mahabalipuram

    Day 27

    Your journey takes you to Mahabalipurum* to visit the group of sanctuaries founded by the Pallava kings on the Coromandel Coast.

  • Kanchipuram • Chennai

    Day 28

    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.

  • Mahabalipuram

    Day 29

    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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