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Cultural Treasures and Natural Wonders: North to South India Tour

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Duration

17 Nights / 18 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey with the Cultural Treasures and Natural Wonders: North to South India Tour, spanning from the historical heartland to the scenic coastlines. Begin in Delhi, India’s bustling capital, exploring its iconic landmarks and vibrant culture. Witness the majestic Taj Mahal at sunrise in Agra and delve into Jaipur’s royal heritage. Transition from the architectural marvels of Hampi to the serene backwaters of Kerala, experiencing traditional houseboat cruises and lush tea plantations. Discover the diverse wildlife of Thekkady’s Periyar Sanctuary and the colonial charm of Cochin. This comprehensive tour blends India’s rich cultural tapestry with its breathtaking natural landscapes, offering a truly immersive experience.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. Delhi, India's bustling capital, welcomes you with its vibrant mix of history, culture, and modernity. Free time to relax or explore the local area on your own.

Day 2: Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel. Explore Delhi's historical landmarks: Marvel at Qutub Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, adorned with intricate carvings that narrate tales of history and conquest. Visit Humayun's Tomb, an early example of Mughal architecture set in Persian-inspired gardens, a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Experience Lotus Temple's serene atmosphere, known for its lotus-shaped design and tranquil ponds, a symbol of peace and unity. Pay homage at India Gate, a war memorial honoring Indian soldiers, set amidst landscaped gardens and the majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan. Drive through Rajpath, Delhi's ceremonial boulevard, flanked by imposing government buildings and lush green lawns. Discover Akshardham Temple's grandeur, showcasing Hindu art, culture, and spirituality with its intricately carved sculptures and musical fountain show.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra (210kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Head to Agra, home to architectural wonders: Witness the Taj Mahal at sunrise, an epitome of love with its pristine white marble and intricate inlay work, reflecting the changing hues of the sky. Explore Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a red sandstone fortress housing palaces, mosques, and courtyards with a view of the Taj Mahal. Discover Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb, the 'Baby Taj,' featuring delicate marble lattice work, a jewel box in Agra’s architectural crown. Enjoy shopping for local handicrafts and souvenirs in Agra's bustling markets, known for marble inlay work, leather goods, and textiles.

Day 4: Agra - Jaipur (245kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Travel to Jaipur, the 'Pink City' known for its royal palaces and vibrant culture: Visit Fatehpur Sikri, a perfectly preserved Mughal city showcasing Indo-Islamic architecture, including the Buland Darwaza and Panch Mahal. Marvel at Abhaneri Stepwell, Chand Baori, a stunning 9th-century stepwell with intricate carvings and a labyrinth of steps. Explore Jaipur City Palace, a royal residence featuring courtyards, museums, and the elegant Peacock Gate, blending Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Admire Jal Mahal, a palace floating on Man Sagar Lake, offering panoramic views of the Aravalli hills and serene reflections in the water.

Day 5: Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel. Immerse yourself in Jaipur's cultural and architectural wonders: Ascend Amber Fort on an elephant (optional), exploring palaces, gardens, and intricate mirror work in the Sheesh Mahal. Wander through City Palace's ornate courtyards, museums, and the elegant Chandra Mahal, still a royal residence. Marvel at Hawa Mahal, the 'Palace of Winds,' with its unique five-story facade and 953 windows designed for royal ladies to observe street life. Visit Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO-listed astronomical observatory with giant sundials and instruments, an architectural marvel of scientific precision. Explore Albert Hall Museum, showcasing Jaipur's history and art in an Indo-Saracenic building, featuring an impressive collection of artifacts.

Day 6: Jaipur - Goa (flight)

Breakfast at the hotel. Fly to Goa, known for its beaches, Portuguese heritage, and vibrant culture: Enjoy panoramic views of the Arabian Sea from Dona Paula viewpoint, a picturesque spot with legends of romance.

Day 7: Goa

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Old Goa Churches including Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral, showcasing Baroque architecture and relics of St. Francis Xavier. Wander through Fontainhas Latin Quarter's narrow streets lined with colorful Portuguese-style houses, capturing the old-world charm. Visit Calangute, Baga, or Palolem beaches for sunbathing, water sports, and beachside activities, experiencing Goa's vibrant beach culture. Optional excursion to Dudhsagar Waterfalls to witness its majestic cascades amidst lush greenery, a thrilling off-road adventure (seasonal access).

Day 8: Goa - Badami (184kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Badami, known for its rock-cut cave temples: Explore Badami Cave Temples carved out of sandstone cliffs, showcasing intricate sculptures of Hindu deities, including the famous 18-armed Nataraja. Visit Banashankari Temple, a 7th-century Dravidian temple dedicated to Banashankari Devi, revered by locals and set by a picturesque pond.

Day 9: Badami

Breakfast at the hotel. Discover more of Badami's historical and architectural gems: Explore Aihole, known as the 'Cradle of Indian Architecture,' with over 125 stone temples displaying various architectural styles from different eras. Visit UNESCO-listed Pattadakal, renowned for its group of 8th-century temples blending North and South Indian architectural styles, a testament to Chalukyan craftsmanship. Explore Mahakuta Group of Temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva amidst serene surroundings, known for its tranquil ambiance and sacred water tank.

Day 10: Badami - Hampi (180kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Travel to Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its ancient ruins: Visit Virupaksha Temple, a 7th-century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, with intricate carvings and a towering gopuram, still an active worship site. Explore Vittala Temple with its iconic stone chariot and musical pillars that produce sounds when struck, a masterpiece of Vijayanagara architecture. Discover Hampi Bazaar and Royal Enclosure, remnants of the Vijayanagara Empire, with impressive structures like the Queen's Bath and Mahanavami Dibba.

Day 11: Hampi

Breakfast at the hotel. Continue exploring Hampi's archaeological wonders: Admire Lotus Mahal, known for its Indo-Islamic architecture, and nearby Elephant Stables, where the royal elephants were housed. Visit Hazara Rama Temple, featuring bas-reliefs depicting scenes from the Ramayana and processions of elephants, horses, and soldiers. Explore the Underground Shiva Temple, partially submerged and known for its mysterious atmosphere and serene surroundings. Visit the Queen's Bath, a royal bathing complex with an ornate exterior and an inviting pool, once used by the Vijayanagara queens. Discover the grandeur of the Stepped Tank, an architectural marvel with geometric steps leading down to the water, used for religious ceremonies. Visit the Sasivekalu Ganesha and Kadalekalu Ganesha, two impressive monolithic sculptures of Lord Ganesha, showcasing intricate carvings and artistry. Trek up Hemakuta Hill for panoramic views and explore lesser-known shrines, offering a serene escape and spectacular sunset vistas.

Day 12: Hampi - Hubli (170kms)/ Cochin (flight)

Breakfast at the hotel. Travel to Cochin by flight or Hubli by road, depending on your itinerary.

Day 13: Cochin - Munnar (130kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. City tour of Cochin: Explore Fort Kochi's historic area with Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonial influences, including the famous Chinese fishing nets. Visit the Jewish Synagogue, adorned with hand-painted tiles and antique artifacts, a testament to Cochin's multicultural heritage. Discover Mattancherry Palace, known for its murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana and exhibits of royal artifacts. Stroll through the local markets, offering a glimpse into Cochin's vibrant culture and an opportunity to purchase spices, textiles, and souvenirs. Drive to Munnar, a hill station known for its tea plantations and scenic beauty.

Day 14: Munnar

Breakfast at the hotel. Explore more of Munnar's natural attractions: Enjoy breathtaking views at Top Station and Echo Point, where the mist-covered hills and valleys create a picturesque setting. Visit the Tea Museum to learn about tea processing and Munnar's tea industry history, with a chance to taste freshly brewed tea. Enjoy boating at Mattupetty Dam amidst lush hills and forests, offering scenic views and opportunities for bird watching. Optional visit to Eravikulam National Park for Nilgiri Tahr and nature trails, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts (seasonal access). Visit Kundala Lake for boating and picnicking amidst scenic landscapes, a serene spot for relaxation and leisure activities.

Day 15: Munnar - Thekkady (110kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Thekkady, home to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and spice plantations: Take a boat cruise on Periyar Lake to spot elephants, tigers, and birds in their natural habitat, a unique wildlife experience. Visit spice plantations to learn about cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, and cloves, with a chance to purchase fresh spices. Optional evening Kalaripayattu show, showcasing traditional Kerala martial arts, a display of strength and skill.

Day 16: Thekkady

Breakfast at the hotel. Experience more of Thekkady's natural beauty and cultural heritage: Trek through Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary on a guided nature walk, exploring the rich flora and fauna of this biodiverse region. Afternoon boat safari to further explore the wildlife and scenic beauty of Periyar Lake.

Day 17: Thekkady - Alleppey (130kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Alleppey, known for its backwaters and houseboat cruises: Embark on a traditional Kerala houseboat cruise through Alleppey's serene backwaters, witnessing village life and lush paddy fields along the way. Enjoy the tranquility and scenic beauty of the backwaters, a unique and relaxing experience.

Day 18: Alleppey - Cochin (60kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Return to Cochin, Kerala's commercial capital: Explore Fort Kochi's historic area with Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonial influences, including the famous Chinese fishing nets. Optional visits to Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, and local markets, offering a glimpse into Cochin's multicultural heritage. Departure: Transfer to the airport for your onward journey, concluding your journey through North and South India's cultural and natural wonders.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 17 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 1-Time shared boat safari in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary with forest department naturalist.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Jaipur - Goa & Hubli - Cochin flight fare approx INR 10,500 per person in economy class.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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