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Ultimate India: A Cultural Voyage from North to South

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Duration

12 Nights / 13 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through India’s rich heritage and diverse cultures, starting in the bustling capital city of Delhi, where historic landmarks like Qutub Minar and India Gate await. Witness the grandeur of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in Agra, then explore the vibrant city of Jaipur with its majestic Amber Fort and intricate Hawa Mahal. Continue your adventure in Chennai, delving into its colonial history and vibrant traditions before moving to the coastal town of Mahabalipuram, renowned for its ancient rock-cut temples. Experience the French charm of Pondicherry and the architectural splendors of Thanjavur, Trichy, and Madurai, home to some of South India’s most magnificent temples and palaces. This comprehensive tour offers a deep dive into India’s past and present, from the Mughal and Rajput eras to the Dravidian marvels of the south.

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 %
4 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
5 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
6 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
7 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
8 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. Rest and relax after your journey.

Day 2: Delhi

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Marvel at the tallest brick minaret in the world, Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its Indo-Islamic architecture and intricate carvings. Visit the Bahá'í House of Worship, Lotus Temple, shaped like a lotus flower and known for its serene ambiance and beautiful gardens. Explore the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, Humayun's Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage site with its impressive Persian-style architecture and lush gardens. Pay homage to Indian soldiers who died in World War I at India Gate, and visit the Amar Jawan Jyoti, an eternal flame commemorating soldiers martyred in various wars. Drive along Rajpath to view Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President's residence, a blend of Mughal and Western architectural styles. Relax in Lodhi Garden, a historical park with beautifully landscaped gardens and ancient monuments.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra (210kms)

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Travel to Agra. Arrive in Agra and check-in at the hotel. Visit the iconic white marble mausoleum, Taj Mahal, known as a UNESCO site and symbol of eternal love. Explore the red sandstone Agra Fort, a UNESCO site featuring palaces, mosques, and gardens. Discover the "Baby Taj," Itmad-ud-Daulah, a Mughal mausoleum known for its intricate marble inlay work. Visit local marble factories to see the art of marble inlay work known as "Pietra Dura."

Day 4: Agra - Jaipur (245kms)

Start with breakfast at the hotel. En route, explore Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned Mughal city and UNESCO World Heritage site known for its well-preserved architecture. Visit Abhaneri to see Chand Baori, a stunning stepwell showcasing ancient Indian engineering and carvings. Travel to Jaipur and check-in at the hotel.

Day 5: Jaipur

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Visit Amber Fort, a hilltop fort known for its artistic Hindu-style elements and panoramic views. Enjoy an elephant ride or jeep safari to the fort. Explore the royal residence City Palace, showcasing a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, housing museums and courtyards. Discover Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory with impressive stone instruments used for astronomical measurements. Admire the Palace of Winds, Hawa Mahal, known for its intricate lattice work and windows designed for royal ladies to observe street festivals. Visit Birla Temple and enjoy a shopping experience.

Day 6: Jaipur - Chennai (flight)

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Fly to Chennai, a vibrant metropolis on the Bay of Bengal. Check-in at the hotel and relax.

Day 7: Chennai - Mahabalipuram (120kms)

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Meet your guide and driver and half-day city tour covering city historic landmarks and Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Travel to Mahabalipuram and visit: Explore the Shore Temple, a UNESCO site, a structural masterpiece dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated overlooking the Bay of Bengal. Marvel at the monolithic rock-cut temples, Pancha Rathas, each carved in the shape of a chariot dedicated to the Pandava brothers. Relax on Mahabalipuram Beach with a backdrop of ancient rock-cut temples and sculptures.

Day 8: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (120kms)

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Journey to Pondicherry. Visit Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community founded by Sri Aurobindo, offering tranquility and yoga sessions. Stroll through the French Quarter, known for its colonial architecture, boutiques, and cafes. Relax on Paradise Beach, known for its clear waters and golden sands.

Day 9: Pondicherry - Thanjavur (180kms)

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a scenic drive to Thanjavur, renowned as a cultural hub of Tamil Nadu. En route, explore the following historical sites: Visit Chidambaram and the Nataraja Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva in his dancing form, known for its stunning architecture and religious significance. Discover the majestic Gangaikondacholapuram Temple, built during the Chola dynasty and renowned for its intricate sculptures and grandeur. Explore the Airavatesvara Temple in Darasuram, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its exquisite carvings, particularly the musical steps that produce different sounds when tapped. Continue your journey to Thanjavur and check-in at the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 10: Thanjavur - Trichy (60kms)

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Visit Brihadeeswarar Temple, a UNESCO site and architectural marvel of the Chola dynasty, known for its grandeur and spiritual significance. Discover Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, showcasing the history and art of the Nayak and Maratha rulers. Journey to Trichy, known for its temples and cultural heritage. Visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, one of the largest Hindu temples in India, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, renowned for its intricate carvings and religious fervor. Climb up to Rock Fort Temple, a historic temple complex offering panoramic views of Trichy and the Cauvery River. Explore Srirangam Island, known for its religious and cultural significance, connected to Trichy by bridges.

Day 11: Trichy - Madurai (135kms)

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Madurai, an ancient city of temples and traditions. Explore Meenakshi Amman Temple, a vast temple complex dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar, featuring towering gopurams and vibrant sculptures. Visit Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace, a 17th-century palace known for its Indo-Saracenic architecture and grandeur.

Day 12: Madurai - Delhi (flight)

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Fly back to Delhi for your departure. Check-in at the hotel and relax or explore local markets for souvenirs

Day 13: Delhi - Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward journey, concluding your memorable tour.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 12 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast & meal as per day plan (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
  • 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.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Jaipur - Chennai & Madurai - Delhi flight fare approx. INR 15,500 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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