| Time in Ind400ia : Date
Duration : 19 Nights 20 Days
Destination Covered :- Mumbai-Goa -Cochin-Periyar-Madurai-Tanjore-Mahabalipuram-Chennai-Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi
Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
Begin Your Tour
Welcome to Vardman's "Discovering India" ! On arrival in Mumbai, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel. Relax for the rest of day.
Day 02: Mumbai
Half day city tour of Mumbai
Half-day tour of Mumbai. Kamla Nehru Park, Hanging Gardens situated on the slopes of Malabar Hill offering a panoramic view of Marine drive, Chowpatty Beach, Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan, Dhobi Ghat, Gateway of India & drive through the Crawford Market, Marine Drive & Flora Fountain.
Day 03: Mumbai - Goa
This morning transfer to Mumbai airport to catch flight for Goa. On arrival transfer to hotel. Later proceed on a city tour of Goa.
City tour of Goa
Visit old Goa Churches; Basilica of Boom Jesus, built in 16th century dedicated to Infant Jesus is the most popular & famous of all churches in Goa. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, kept in a silver casket, are enshrined here. Sri Mangueas Temple, surrounded by rolling green hills & dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the most important of all temples in Goa & is located at Priol in Ponda Taluka. Dona Paula, a village named after Dona Paula de Menezes, the wife of a noble man Antonio de Souto Maior, who died as a young woman in 1682. Miramar Beach, an urban beach where the Mandovi River meets the Arabian Sea, a point that offers the best location to watch enchanting sunsets.
Day 4: Goa
Day at Leisure, enjoying the golden beaches, luxurious casinos & flowing spirits in Goa.
Day 5: Goa-Cochin
Today, transfer to the airport to catch flight for Cochin. On arrival check in at your hotel. Later proceed on a city tour of Cochin.
City tour of Cochin:
Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and Chinese Fishing nets etc.
In the evening enjoy the Kathakali Dance performance.
Day 6: Cochin- Periyar
Early morning after breakfast drive to Periyar (100 kms/03 hrs) and on arrival, check in at hotel. Afternoon, Boat ride in Lake Periyar to watch wildlife. Later visit Kumily spice market to see and buy spices. It is a place to cruise on the lake & gives an opportunity to see wildlife. It is home to tigers, leopards, elephants, bison, antelopes, sambhar, wild boar, monkey, a wide variety of birds.
Day 7: Periyar-Madurai
Today leave for Madurai, rich cultural heritage passed for more than 2500 years old & has been an important commercial centre as early as 550 AD. It is the oldest city in Tamil Nadu & was originally known as Kadambavanam or the forest of Kadamba. Visit to Meenakshi Sundareshwar, first built 2000 years ago & was substantially expanded between the years (1623-55 AD). A striking feature of the temple is the astonishing structure known as Ayiramkaal mandapam or Hall of a thousand pillars in the outermost corridor.
Day 8: Madurai- Tanjore
On the day 8th of your tour drive to Tanjore, flourished during the rule of the Nayaks & Mahrattas. It has been the treasure house of art for centuries. It is called the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur is well-known throughout the world for its exquisite handicrafts like the Art Plate, pithwork, bronze icons, Thanjavur paintings & the classical South Indian musical instruments.
Later visit Brihadeshwara temple, also known as Big Temple, built by Rajaraja Chola I was completed around 1010 CE. This 10th century CE temple, one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is a brilliant example of the Dravidian style of temple architecture. The beautiful Chola Fresco paintings on the inner walls of the temple are no way less than Ajanta paintings.
Day 9: Tanjore -Mahabalipuram
Today we drive to Mahabalipuram, town of temples, sand & sea.Visiting Shore Temple, one of the oldest temples in South India. It belongs to the 8th Century AD. Designed to catch the first rays of the rising sun & to illuminate the waters after dark, the temple ended up with an unusual lay-out.
Arjuna's Penance, world's largest bas-relief. This huge whale-back shaped rock contains figures of gods, demigods, men, beasts, & birds & in fact can be said to represent creation itself. Next we visit Rathas, monolithic temples fashioned as chariots. They remain an architectural mystery as each is apparently a faithful reproduction of a structure built of wood. In fact, even the grain of the timber beams & rafters has been simulated in stone. Of the eight Rathas, five have been named for the Pandava brothers, the heroes of the epic Mahabharata.
Day 10: Mahabalipuram - Excursion to Kanchipuram (70 km - 02 hr)
Excursion to Kanchipuram
Later take a day excursion to Kanchipuram, is one of the seven holy cities in the country. It was a city of learning for both Tamil & Sanskrit, & was believed to be visited by Hsuan Tsang. In ancient times it was called Kachi. Once had over a thousand temples & today there are more than a hundred extant. It is also known for its temples & silk sarees. We visit Kailasanatha Temple, built in 8th Century AD. It is built in the typical Pallava style, with a pyramidal tower. The temple is famous for exquisite carvings & attracts devotees & tourists alike. Fresco style paintings adorn the inner walls of the temple.
Next visit Ekambaranatha, ancient temple dedicated to lord Shiva. The 57 metres high Raj Gopuram is one of the tallest towers in South India. The 3000 year old mango tree inside the temple has 4 branches each yielding different variety of mangoes. Later we also visit Kamakshi Amman, built in 12th century AD, as an important Shakthisthalam, known as Parabrahmaroonpini.
Day 11: Mahabalipuram-Chennai
Today after breakfast proceed on a city tour of Chennai.
Visit Fort St. George, the first bastion of British power in India & built in the year 1640 AD by the British East India Company. Within the Fort visit St. Mary's Church, built in the year 1680 & oldest Protestant Church in the East. Fort Museum has 10 galleries & displays armory, old uniforms, crockery & silverware, coins, palanquins, paintings, letters, old prints, etc. San Thome Cathedral, built in 1504, is said to house the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle, who is believed to have visited Madras (Chennai) sometime during 52 AD.
National Art Gallery, established in the year 1857, is undoubtedly one of the country's finest museums. It has sections devoted to geology, archaeology, anthropology, botany, zoology, sculpture & numismatics. Government Museum has a fine archaeological section representing all the major South Indian periods including Chola, Vijaynagar, Hoysala & Chaulakya. The bronze gallery has a superb collection of Chola art especially the bronze statue of Ardhanareeswara, the androgynous incarnation of Shiva. Its most prized possessions are the relics from 2nd century AD Buddhist site of Amaravathi & the prehistoric antiques of South India.
Day 12: Depart Chennai-Delhi
This morning after breakfast transfer to Chennai Airport to Catch flight for Delhi. Upon arrival check at Hotel. Relax for the reat of day.
Day 13: Delhi
Combined city tour of New Delhi & Old Delhi
This morning, proceed on a tour of the city, which includes the main attraction like Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu Temple, Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New Delhi
Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi.
Optional: Dances of India or explore the market & shop for special bargains!
Day 14: Delhi-Agra
This morning, drive to the romantic city of "Taj Mahal" - Agra!. Upon arrival check into your hotel. Later proceed on a city tour of Agra.
City tour of Agra
Visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday), Red fort & Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula. Later you will visit a marble gallery - the flagship store in Agra which offers an excellant range of white marble, fashionable wear & exotic wooden articles, truly a one stop shop!
Optional: Later in the evening why not take the option of watching Sound & Light show. Later return to your hotel for a good night's rest.
Day 15: Fatehpur Sikri - Ranthambore
Today you drive to the former capital city of Emperor Akbar - Fatehpur Sikri
Your exciting day begins with a tour, starting with a visit to Fatehpur Sikri. Then continue onward to Ranthambore wildlife Sanctuary.
On arrival transfer to your resort. Check-in at the resort.
Relax for the rest of the day.
Day 16: Ranthambore
Two Tiger Safaris in the Jungle.
Day 17 : Jaipur
Today morning after breakfast we will proceed to Jaipur.
Arrive Jaipur in the afternoon and check into your hotel.
Relax for the rest of the day.
Day 18: Jaipur
This morning after breakfast proceed on a city tour.
Today you will experience the wonders of this magicial pink city, as you proceed on a tour of Amber fort (optional: Elephant Safari). Later visit the Jagmandir or the Hall of victory glitterning with mirrors, Maharaja's City Palace and the Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds and through the rose pink residential and business areas of Jaipur.
Day 19: Jaipur
Excursion to samode
Today you embark on a half day excursion to Samode
Day 20: Jaipur - Delhi
This morning after breakfast transfer to the Jaipur airport to catch flight for Delhi. On arrival transfer to the International to board the flight for your onward destination with sweet and unforgettable memories of " Discovering India " escorted by Vardhman Vacations.
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