Cultural -Highlights India Tour

OVERVIEW- The Cultural Highlights of India is an enchanting cultural tour of India. The unified diversity of India has always attracted people from around the world to visit this multi-faceted country. The difference in people, their ethnicity, their lifestyles and the inseparable spirit of oneness has always been quoted in words but can surely be enjoyed with experience. Cultural Highlights of India Tour will take you through the royal cities of Rajasthan like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur; cultural cities of South India like Chennai, Madurai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram; oldest continuing cities of Varanasi, Khajuraho, Ajanta & Ellora, Delhi & Mumbai that still retain their ethnic charm. Our enticing cultural tour brings you close to colorful facets of Indian traditions and architecture.

DELHI- New Delhi, capital of India is a mix of the ancient and modern architecture. This 3rd largest city of India unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture, and human diversity. Divided in two parts, Old Delhi & New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India and exerts a beguiling charm on visitors.

VARANASI- It is one of the oldest living cities in the world. It probably derives from the two rivers that flank the city, the Varuna to the north and the Asi to the south. Many still use the anglicized forms of Banaras or Benares, while pilgrims refer to Kashi. The city of Banaras is situated on the west bank of the holiest of all Indian rivers, the Ganga or Ganges. The relationship between the sacred river and the city is the essence of Varanasi - 'the land of sacred light'.

KHAJURAHO- It is a city well known for its temples and sculptures. The exuberance of Indian spirit represents a paean to life, love, to joy-perfect in execution and sublime in expression. The Khajuraho temples are internationally famous for the erotic sculptures that adorn the walls. 

ORCHHA- The meaning of the place, Orchha is ‘a hidden place’ and it perfectly justifies this small village hidden by the forests. Its grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time a rich legacy to the ages. It is a major tourist attraction of Madhya Pradesh because of the number of beautifully built palaces, temples and cenotaphs built in the 16th and 17th centuries reflecting the rich Bundela art and architecture.

AGRA- The Land of culture and heritage. Agra is the city of the inimitable Taj Mahal. Agra is famous for its marble inlay work, leather goods, brasswares, finely worked precious and semi-precious stone jewellery and ornate zari embroidery.

FATEHPUR SIKRI- Once the capital of the Mughal emperor Akbar, a deserted, red sandstone city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. It is built in red sandstone, and is a beautiful blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural elements. 

JAIPUR- Jaipur is remarkable for its marvelous architecture and town planning as it is for the lively spirit of the people who inhabit it. The city presents a unique synthesis of culture that has to be experienced in order to be appreciated. The old Jaipur painted in Pink, the lively spirit of fanfare, festivity and celebration of the people adequately match the colorful and intricately carved monuments. 

JODHPUR- Popularly called the “Blue City of Rajasthan”; Jodhpur is second largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. It is an island of marble palaces from the desert by an immense wall, with eight gates facing different directions. Jodhpur is famous for its magnificent fort and palaces. The city is situated at the edge of the Thar Desert with Jaisalmer on its west, Bikaner on its north side.

KUMBALGARH- It is located 64 Km from Udaipur, this mountain fortress built in 15th century was called the "eye of Mewar" because of its strategic position in relation to its aggressive neighbors of Gujarat and Marwar. 

RANAKPUR- It is one of the five main holy places of the Jains. Its 500 years old temples are unique in their style & design, with no other place in Rajasthan having the same ambience and setting as that of Ranakpur.

UDAIPUR- One of the most beautiful cities of Rajasthan, located on the banks of Lake Pichola, also known as a 'Jewel of Mewar'. The most romantic city of India can take the tourist into paroxysm of heaven. The center of attraction vibrates around the shimmering blue waters and the royal white marble palaces constructed with unique artistic insight.

AURANGABAD- Aurangabad Known for its medieval monuments and cultural heritage, the city of Aurangabad was the seat of the Mughal Empire for a short span. The town has derived its name from Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor, and it served as the headquarters during his governorship over Deccan. It is a world famous city due to the presence of the Ajanta and Ellora caves regarded as the world heritage sites. These sites have Buddhist, Jain and Hindu temples. 

MUMBAI- Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra and is the financial powerhouse of the country. Also well known commercial capital of India, fast paced cosmopolitan city. This historic city, extends along the sea, has grand buildings and is the center of India's Hindi film industry. The city is famous as the center of glamour and glitz due to the presence of Indian film industry. Mumbai is also a historical city having many attractions to offer to a visitor.

MADURAI- The temple city of Madurai, poised on the banks of the Vaigai River, stands testimony to the fact that the Sangam age was the golden era of architecture in the history of South India. The history of Madurai goes back over 2400 years, and it is known to be the only city to be continuously inhabited, in the Southern peninsula. Madurai is the third largest city in Tamil Nadu and has been poetically referred to as the Athens of the East and the City of Festivals.

TRICHY- Tiruchirappalli or Trichy, situated on the banks of the river Cauvery is the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu. It was a citadel of the early Cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. Today, this city is a thriving commercial centre in Tamil Nadu. This ancient city is famous for its architectural monuments and culture. 

TANJORE- One of the major cities in Tamil Nadu, Tanjore or Thanjavur is renowned as the ‘Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu’ and ‘Art Capital of South India’. Historically, Tanjore was the regal city of the Cholas, Nayaks and the Mahrattas. It is also noted for its exquisite handicraft, bronze statue casting, pith temple models, and musical instruments. The temple, fort and palaces have been silent witness to the great culture of India.

PONDICHERRY- The city of Puducherry is the Capital of this Union Territory. It is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. There are no hills or forests in this region. Pondicherry offers glimpse of France in India. The unmistakable French connection, the tree lined boulevards, the quaint colonial heritage buildings, the spiritual sceneries, the endless stretches of unspoilt virgin beaches and backwaters and French style architecture makes this a perfect place. 

MAHABALIPURAM- Mahabalipuram also called as Mamallapuram is a famous coastal town and was earlier a sea port founded by a Pallavan King in the 17th century. Today it is a fascinating archeological site and a pleasant sea resort. Mahabalipuram washed by the shores of the Bay of Bengal is noted for its coastline. This golden sandy beach has striking interesting features in an unusual way bounded by the gleam of the sea and rolling hills. 

KANCHIPURAM- It is popularly call the Golden City and is one of the seven most sacred cities of India. Kanchi is also called as the Varanasi of the South and is held in great reverence. Kanchi is also famous for its finest hand woven silk fabrics and saris with delicate zari work. Kanchipuram is considered to be as India's seven sacred cities and the second holiest after Varanasi.

CHENNAI- Chennai the fifth most populous city in India and the capital of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is situated on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal and was initially known as Madras. Chennai is also known as the automobile capital of India and it has the maximum number of automobile industry in India. It is city with a blend of old and new in the right proportion. Chennai is housed with a number of historic landmarks and beaches.

Tour Destination: Delhi - Varanasi (by flight) - Khajuraho - Orchha - Agra – Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur – Jodhpur – Ranakpur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur – Aurangabad (by flight) – Mumbai – Madurai (by flight) – Trichy – Tanjore – Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram – Kanchipuram - Chennai

Travel Duration:  27 Nights/28 Days

DAY 1: DELHI:- Welcome at New Delhi International Airport. Transfer to hotel. Later in the afternoon half day sightseeing of Old Delhi.

SIGHT SEEING OLD DELHI
RED FORT- Magnificent fort with beautiful artwork of red sandstone on the banks of river Yamuna. It is a huge complex of gardens and pavilions and marble palaces. 

RAJ GHAT- A simple open platform inscribed with the Mahatma's last words, 'Hey Ram' (Oh God) is set in a garden with fountains and a variety of exotic trees.

JAMA MASJID- A magnificent historical creation by Shah Jahan. Composed of marble and sandstone it is one of the largest mosques in India. It also contains a few relics of Prophet Muhammad.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2: DELHI:- After breakfast visit New Delhi viewing

SIGHT SEEING NEW DELHI
INDIA GATE- Built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1931. The green, velvety lawns at India Gate, particularly, are a popular evening and holiday rendezvous for young and old alike.

PRESIDENT’S HOUSE- New Delhi, centers around the Rashtrapati Bhawan. It is architecturally a very impressive building standing at a height, flowing down as it were to India Gate. HUMAYUN’S TOMB- The emperor’s grieving widow, Haji Begum, built Humayun’s Tomb the first mature example of Mughal architecture in India, in 1565 AD.

LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE- Also called the Birla Mandir it was built in 1938; the temple is an ideal introduction to some of the gods of the India pantheon. 

LOTUS TEMPLE- TheBahai’s Temple, is shaped like a lotus. It is an eye-catching edifice worth exploring. Built by the Bahai’s community, it offers the visitor a serenity that pervades the temple and its artistic design. 

QUTAB MINAR- It is among the tallest and famous towers in the world. Qutab Minar is famed as the highest brick minaret of the world, located amidst the lush greens of South Delhi. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 3: DELHI – VARANASI (By Flight):- Today catch your flight for Varanasi. On reaching transfer to hotel. Evening view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 4: VARANASI:- After breakfast visit, 

Early morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. The Ganga Ghats are the main centre of religious activities and rituals and also form one of the main attractions of Varanasi. The Alamgir Mosque, blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture, is another important attraction of Varanasi. 

Some of the important temples are Durga Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Tlsi Manas Temple and The Bharat Mata Temple. Other attractions of Varanasi are the Benaras Hindu Universality, the Archeological Museuwm and Buddhist Stupas. Evening view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 5: VARANASI - KHAJURAHO:- Early morning excursion to Sarnath, 10kms. east of Varanasi, is one of the Buddhism’s pilgrimage centers of India. Post attaining enlightenment, Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon. Later drive to Khajuraho, a unique thousand-year-old heritage temple complex in Madhya Pradesh.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 6: KHAJURAHO:- After breakfast, visit Khajuraho viewing

SIGHT SEEING KHAJURAHO
KHAJURAHO GROUP OF TEMPLES- These temples are known for their Nagara architectural style and are listed as UNSESCO World Heritage Sites. Dating back to 950 AD, the temples are inscribed with ornamental carvings, mostly erotic. Kandariya Mahadev Temple being the best of them all. The temples promoted integrity and acceptance between the Jains and Hindus.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 7: KHAJURAHO – ORCHHA:- After breakfast drive to old and beautiful town- Orchha. Transfer to hotel and after lunch visit Orchha.

SIGHT SEEING ORCHHA
JAHANGIR MAHAL- A 17th century mansion, is remarkable for its vivid and fine Indo-Islamic style of architecture. 

CHHATRIS- The cluster of the Chhatris along the KanchanaGhat of the Betwa River is one of the imposing and attractive features in Orchha. These Chhatris are the memorials of the rulers of Orchha.

ORCHHA FORT- The Fort Complex is the main attraction of Orchha, it is located on an island on the Betwa River. Later continue your drive to Agra. On reaching transfer to the hotel. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 8: AGRA – FATHEPUR SIKRI - JAIPUR:- In the morning, take on a city tour of Agra.

SIGHT SEEING AGRA
TAJ MAHAL- It is the most beautiful monument in Agra. The beauty and grandeur of the Taj Mahal has made it one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife-Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the most beautiful monuments in the world, symbol of love and beauty.

AGRA FORT- Built in red sandstone, this huge fortress on the bank of the Yamuna. The fort house has many beautiful palaces and mansions, which include Jahangiri Mahal, Khass Mahal, Diwan-i-Khass and Diwan-i-Aam

ITMAD-UD-DUALA TOMB- Also known as Baby Taj, this tomb is a daughter's tribute to her father. Built in 1628 by Nurjahan in memory of her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg.

SIKANDRA FORT- it is 4 kms from Agra where Akbar built his mausoleum. 

Post lunch, continue your drive to Fathepur Sikri, 

FATHEPUR SIKRI- Once the capital of the Mughal emperor Akbar, a deserted, red sandstone city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. Further drive to the Pink city of Rajasthan- Jaipur. Transfer to the hotel.  

Overnight in the hotel.

DAY 9: JAIPUR:- After breakfast visit the Pink City.

SIGHT SEEING JAIPUR
HAWA MAHAL- one of the most common and popular tourist attractions in Jaipur. This five-storey building was used as a veil by the royal women folk to watch the proceedings on the road below. 

CITY PALACE- In the heart of the old city is former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The palace also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit, acquired by Sawai Jai Singh II to study astronomy in detail.

JANTAR MANTAR- A stone observatory, largest of Jai Singh’s five remarkable observatories. The observatory was built to study the movement of stars. The observatory is built in stone and marble. 

AMER PALACE- A beautiful complex of palaces, halls, pavilions, gardens and temples built by Raja Man Singh. Tourists often ride on the elephant back to the Singh pool and the Jaleb Chowk. 

Other tourist attractions are Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Govind Deoji Mandir, Rambagh Palace, Kanak Valley and Laxmi Narayan Temple. 

In the evening you can visit CHOWKI DHANI- well-recreated Rajasthani village. You get an evening’s entertainment and rich traditional dinner. You can view Rajasthani dances, potters, cooks, go on animal rides, and visit palm readers etc.

Return back to Jaipur and overnight at hotel.

DAY 10: JAIPUR – JODHPUR:- Next morning drive to the Blue City of Rajasthan- Jodhpur. On reaching, transfer to the hotel. Later visit the city 

SIGHT SEEING JODHPUR
UMAID BHAWAN PALACE- Maharaja Umaid Singh, a perfect example of early modern period architecture, constructed Umaid Bhawan Palace. Umaid Bhawan palace forms the grandest private royal houses of the world. Some portion of this grand palace has been converted into a luxurious hotel and a museum. 

JASWANT THADA- It lies quite close to the Mehrangarh Fort complex. It was built in 1899 AD in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and houses the cenotaphs of a number of Rajput royals. The main cenotaph has rare portraits of many Rajput rulers on display. 

ARCHITECTURAL SPLENDOR OF JODHPUR- Given the rough terrain it is not surprising that the architecture of the city was influenced by it. Desert architecture is noted for two distinct traits, the need to guard against the heat and to fortify itself against invasions. Fortifications tend to merge with the color of the land, providing it with a natural camouflage.

THE MEHRANGARH FORT- Fort at Jodhpur is such that the fort walls and the sheer basalt escarpment are not distinguishable, one from the other. Huge gates at the entrance are fitted with iron nails to prevent elephants from bringing them down. The palaces and the mansions within the complex are more delicately designed. The chief palaces you can see in the fort are the Phool Mahal, the Moti Mahal, the Jhanki Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal and the Sadar Vilas.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11: JODHPUR – KUMBHALGARH – RANAKPUR - UDAIPUR:- Next morning drive towards Udaipur. Enroute visit Kumbhalgarh & Ranakpur.

SIGHT SEEING KUMBHALGARH
KUMBHALGARH FORT- The Kumbhalgarh Fort is located on the banks of Banas River and is the second most important fort of Rajasthan. It is surrounded by 13 mountain peaks and was built by Rana Kumbha and it took him some 15 years to build this fort.

SIGHT SEEING RANAKPUR
RANAKPUR TEMPLE- Temple is acclaimed world-wide for their intricate and superb architectural style. These temples form one of the five major pilgrimages of the Jains. Its 500 years old temples are unique in their style & design, with no other place in Rajasthan having the same ambience and setting as that of Ranakpur. Continue your drive to Udaipur. Transfer to hotel, in the evening enjoy the boat ride on the picturesque Lake Pichola. 

Overnight at hotel. 

DAY 12: UDAIPUR:- Full day sightseeing of The City of Lakes-Udaipur. 

SIGHT SEEING UDAIPUR
LAKE PICHOLA- This lake presents the picturesque beauty of Udaipur. Encircled by numerous palaces on all sides, it houses various islands where the famous Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas are situated.

Maharaja Jagat Singh II built Lake Palace- the palace. It is situated on Lake Pichola, and it appears to be floating on the lake.

CITY PALACE- The largest palace of Rajasthan, it represents the architectural and artistic evolution of Mewar over the centuries. The palace is divided into various sections, each with its own distinctive 

style.

SAHELIYON KI BARI- This garden was the picnic spot for the 48 royal ladies who were offered to the prince as dowry. The gardens here have lush green lawns & beautiful fountains in the shape of birds - presenting a wonderful sight!

JAGDISH TEMPLE- One of the largest and popular Vishnu Temples of Northern India, this temple has exquisite carvings and four other smaller shrines dedicated to other deities.

AHAR- An ancient capital of Mewar, Ahar is the favorite haunt of archaeologists and research scholars. It houses various famous monuments and temples like the Royal Cenotaphs, Adinath Temple, and Mahavira Temple.

Overnight in hotel.

DAY 13: UDAIPUR – AURANGABAD (By Flight):- Today catch your flight for Aurangabad. Transfer to hotel. Evening free for leisure activities.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 14: AURANGABAD:- After breakfast, full day city tour of Aurangabad

SIGHT SEEING AURANGABAD
DAULATABAD FORT- The Fort is a 14th century fort situated about 16 kms from Aurangabad, in a town called Daulatabad or Devagiri. Considered to be one of the seven wonders of Maharashtra today, Devagiri was famous in historical times as the capital of the Tughlaq dynasty. Located on the top of a conical hill, this triangular fort also carries the distinction of having remained undefeated in battle.

AURANGABAD CAVES- Excavated from the soft rock during the 6th and 7th century, the caves are divided into two separate locations - Western Group Caves having caves 1-5 and Eastern Group Caves having caves 6-10, located 1 km from apart. The image and designing is molded by Tantric Hinduism.

GRIHNESHWAR JYOTIRLINGA TEMPLE- Being one of the 12 Jyotirlinga’s, the Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is a popular attraction in the religious tourism circuit of Maharashtra. Located about 30kms from Aurangabad, built of red rocks, the temple was built pre-historic architectural style complete with 5 tiered shikhara. It is said, holy water springs from inside the temple.

ELLORA CAVES- It showcases the experiments that had carried out by Hindu, Buddhist and Jain monks some 600 to 300 years back. It is believed that the structures were carved between 350 AD to 700 AD. It is an archaeological site, around 29 km from Aurangabad. Ellora caves are a UNESCO world heritage site.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 15: AURANGABAD:- After breakfast, full day city tour of Aurangabad

SIGHT SEEING AURANGABAD
AJANTA CAVES- One of the oldest caves in the country, the Ajanta Caves are 30 odd rock-cut caves that date back to the second century BC. These Buddhist monuments are known for their murals, paintings and sculptures that have defined Indian art over time. Today, they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. 

BIBI KA MAQBARA- A replica of the Taj Mahal, the Bibi-ka-Maqbara is the only example of Mughul architecture of its kind in the Deccan plateau. It was built in 1679 by Aurangzeb’s son, in tribute to his mother, Begum Rabia Durani. Due to its resemblance to the Taj Mahal, it is also called the Dakkhani Taj (Taj of the Deccan).

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 16: AURANGABAD - MUMBAI:- Drive toward the vibrant city of Mumbai. Transfer to hotel. After freshen up, evening visit to beaches for relaxation. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 17: MUMBAI:- After breakfast, full day city tour of Mumbai

SIGHT SEEING MUMBAI
ELEPHANTA CAVES- located on an island about 10 kilometers away from the shores of Mumbai. These caves comprise of temples carved from solid rock dating back to the 7th century. The main attraction is the three-headed bust of Lord Shiva, famously known as ‘Trimurti’.

GATEWAY OF INDIA- The Gateway of India was built during the British Raj in Mumbai. Located on the waterfront in the Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai, the monument is companioned by the Arabian Sea.

PRINCE OF WALES MUSEUM- The Museum of Western India is the main museum in Mumbai.  The museum is located in the heart of South Mumbai near the Gateway of India. The museum building is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, incorporating elements of other styles of architecture like the Mughal, Maratha, Jain, etc and the museum building is surrounded by a garden of palm trees and formal flower beds.

TARAPOREWALA AQUARIUM- Taraporewala Aquarium on Marine Drive has a good collection of sea and fresh water fish and other marine life.

CHOWPATTY BEACH & MARINE DRIVE- It is one of the most famous public beaches in Mumbai. The beach is famous for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Marine Drive is a 3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai. It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay and links Nariman Point to Babulnath and Malabar Hill.

KAMLA NEHRU PARK- The park covers an area of 4,000 square feet. Located atop of Mumbai's Malabar Hill, it is named after Kamala Nehru, the wife of India's first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.

HANGING GARDEN- These Gardens are terraced gardens perched at the top of Malabar Hill, on its western side, just opposite the Kamala Nehru Park. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 18: MUMBAI:- Today continue sightseeing of Mumbai viewing

SIGHT SEEING MUMBAI
HAJI ALI DARGAH- The Dargah is located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the Southern Mumbai. Near the heart of the city proper, the dargah is one of the most recognisable landmarks of city. An exquisite example of Indian Islamic architecture, the dargah contains the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari.

SIDDHIVINAYAK TEMPLE- The temple is devoted to Ganesh, the elephant headed God for Good Fortune. 

ISKCON TEMPLE- Hare Krishna Land is set upon four acres of prime land and a stone throw away from Juhu beach, Mumbai. Founder of ISKCON inspired the construction of one of India’s most beautiful temple of Lord Krishna in Mumbai.

JUHU BEACH- Juhu Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Mumbai. The beach is famous for its Mumbai street food, notably bhelpuri, pani puri, and pav bhaji. Juhu beach is also a very popular place for watching aircraft as planes from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 19: MUMBAI - MADURAI (By Flight):- Today catch your flight to The Temple City of Madurai. Transfer to hotel. Evening free for leisure activities.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 20: MADURAI:- After breakfast, full day city tour of the Athens of the East- Madurai

SIGHT SEEING MADURAI
SRI MEENAKSHI TEMPLE- A historic Hindu temple, Meenakshi Amman Temple, is situated on the bank of Vaigai River. The enormous temple is dedicated to Parvati, who is also known as Meenakshi, and her consort, Shiva. This temple is among the most famous temples of India which is known throughout the world for its outstanding and impressive architectural beauty. 

VAIGAI DAM- Built across the Vaigai River, the Vaigai Dam is located around 70 km from Madurai. The Vaigai dam is a lifeline for the people of Madurai, Theni and Dindgul. 

THIRUMALAI NAYAK PALACE- This Palace was built with the help of an Italian Architect and is a classic fusion of Dravidian, Islamic and European styles. Thirumalai Nayak's Palace at Madurai was considered to be one of the wonders of the South.

KOODAL ALAGAR TEMPLE- Dedicated to Vishnu, Koodal Alagar Temple is located in the heart of the city. The temple is an ancient Temple and very close to the famous Meenakshi Aman Temple.

THIRUPARANKUNDRAM TEMPLE- Dedicated to Murugan or Karthikeya, Thiruparankundram temple is located on a hillock approximately 8 km from the city. The temple is one of the six abodes of Murugan and is a pilgrimage site for devotees.

KALLAZHAGAR TEMPLE- One of the 108 sacred Divyadesam pilgrimage sites dedicated to the god Vishnu, the Kallazhagar temple is mentioned in the Divya Prabandha of the Azhwar saints. The temple is surrounded by granite walls, with a seven-story Gopuram rising above in the style of Dravidian architecture.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 21: MADURAI – TRICHY:- Next morning drive towards Trichy (Tiruchirapalli). Transfer to hotel.  After freshen up visit the city

SIGHT SEEING TRICHY
ROCK FORT TEMPLE - Among the many spectacular sites to visit in Trichy, the Rock Fort Temple is a must visit. The fort is a massive rocky structure built at an altitude of 83 m above sea level. Located on the banks of the river Cauvery, it is Trichy's most famous landmark. 

THAYUMANASWAMY TEMPLE- Halfway to the fort lies the Thayumanaswamy Temple, also known as the Rock Fort Temple. The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is an important pilgrimage site of the Hindus. This beautifully carved rock-cut cave temple of the Pallava period has a 100-pillar hall and a Vimana covered with gold. 

SRI RANGANATHASWAMI TEMPLE- 7 km from Trichy, Srirangam is said to be the abode of Lord Sri Ranganatha, the reclining form of Lord Vishnu. The temple of Ranganatha is said to be the largest in India.

JAMBUKESHWARAR TEMPLE - Just 2 km from Srirangam, this beautiful Shiva temple overshadows the larger Ranganathaswami temple due to its excellent architectural design. It is named after the elephant believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 22: TRICHY - TANJORE:- Next morning drive towards Tanjore. Transfer to hotel.  After freshen up visit the city

SIGHT SEEING TANJORE
BRIHADEESWARAR TEMPLE- Also called the Big Temple, this is one of the best temples in South India. This temple was built by the greatest Chola emperor Raja I in 10th century AD.

THE ROYAL PALACE- This vast building of masonry is near the Big Temple. It has an Art Gallery comprising of many granite and bronze statues of the Chola period, and the ancient Hall of Music. SIVAGANAGA TANK- Renowned for its sweet water, this tank is situated near the palace.

RAJARAJAN MANI MANDAPAM- Built during the 8th World Tamil Conference, this mandapam has a small garden with children's play materials.

MARIAMMAN TEMPLE (PUNNAI NALLUR): This famous temple, located 6 km from Tanjore, is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 23: TANJORE – SWAMIMALAI TEMPLE – PONDICHERRY (PUDUCHERRY):- Next morning drive towards Pondicherry. Enroute visit Swamimalai Temple.

SWAMIMALAI TEMPLE- The Kumbhalgarh Fort is located on the banks of Banas River and is the second most important fort of Rajasthan. It is surrounded by 13 mountain peaks and was built by Rana Kumbha and it took him some 15 years to build this fort. Continue your drive to Pondicherry. Transfer to hotel. In the evening take a leisurely walk to the local market of Pondicherry.

Overnight at hotel. 

DAY 24: PONDICHERRY (PUDUCHERRY):- After breakfast, full day city tour of the Pondicherry

SIGHT SEEING PONDICHERRY
SRI AUROBINDO ASHRAM - This was founded in 1920 by Sri Aurobindo when Pondicherry was a French colony with the aim of putting in place his ideas of a peaceful community. 

PONDICHERRY MUSEUM - The Pondicherry Museum situated in the Government Park has a fine sculpture gallery and a section for archaeological findings dating back to the Roman settlement at Arikamedu.

ARIKAMEDU-The Arikamedu archeological excavation site, which is around 7 km from Pondicherry, gives you a glimpse of ancient Roman trading in this part of the world.

AUROVILLE- This beautiful dome is synonymous with Auroville, and represents its very essence with a quiet hall for meditation. The dome is covered on the outside by golden discs that reflect the sun, giving it a surreal radiance.

PROMENADE BEACH- This lovely beach with a 1.5-km-long promenade, within a biking range from the heart of the city is one of the most delightful places in Pondicherry for a stroll, a sunbath or a swim.

PARADISE BEACH- A beautiful coastline, with the sun out most of the year. The beach is accessible only through a boat ride. The backwaters at Chunnambar along the Cuddalore Main road will guarantee you a pleasure ride - be it on one of those larger ferries or a jet ski.

CHURCH OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS - This massive church built in the Gothic style, is one of the most beautiful in Pondicherry.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 25: PONDICHERRY – MAHABALIPURAM:- Today, continue your drive towards Mahabalipuram. Straight transfer to hotel.  After freshen up at the hotel, visit Mahabalipuram viewing

SIGHT SEEING MAHABALIPURAM
SHORE TEMPLE- The oldest structure in the area, build c. 700 AD, this temple has been here for more than 1400 years. A Shiva lingam is enshrined in the central building and the site can get very crowded on weekends.

FIVE RATHAS- This site contains five Rathas, literally chariots, dating from the 7th century. The sculptures are complemented by some enormous stone animals, including a large elephant.

THIRUKADALMALLAI- This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It was also built by Pallava King in order to safeguard the sculptures from the ocean. 

SCULPTURE MEUSEUM: East Raja Street has hundreds of sculptures in stone, wood etc. The following structures like Arjuna's Penance, Krishna's Butterball, Mahishamardini Cave. Varaha Cave having four impressive carvings of Vishnu, Gajalakshmi, Trivikrama and Durga are all carved straight out of rock in the central hillside area, so you can travel between them on foot. 

In the evening you can sit back and relax on the sandy beach or can enjoy Boat rides in the Bay of Bengal with life guards, fishing trips to the sea & Turtle walk at the sea shore. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 26: MAHABALIPURAM - KANCHIPURAM:- In the morning after breakfast, start driving towards the City of Thousand Temples- Kanchipuram

SIGHT SEEING KANCHIPURAM
KAMAKSHI AMMAN TEMPLE- This is an ancient temple in the city of Kanchipuram. Dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi, this shrine is believed to have been built by the Pallavas. Kamakshi resides here in a seated position as opposed to a standing one, which is unique to this temple.

VARADARAJA TEMPLE- The marvelous Varadaraja Temple was built during the 10th century by the Vijayanagar kings. There is a big outer wall that covers or as the locals say, protects this fine temple.

KAILASANATHA TEMPLE- It was constructed in the 8th century and has a beautiful panel depicting 'Lord Shiva and Parvati' during a dance. The Ardhanareeswarar is one of the best sculptural wonder.

EKAMBARANATHA TEMPLE- It is the largest temple in Kanchipuram. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and was built by the Pallavas. This temple has 1000 lingas which are all carved out of one solitary stone. Also, there are one thousand pillared halls found within the temple. 

KACHAPESHWARAR TEMPLE- In this temple Lord Shiva can be seen being worshipped by Lord Vishnu in the form of a tortoise. 

In the evening also visit the market to buy some silk sarees that are world famous. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 27: KANCHIPURAM – CHENNAI:- In the morning after breakfast, start driving towards Chennai. Later, full day city tour of The Capital City of Tamil Nadu- Chennai

SIGHT SEEING CHENNAI
FORT ST.GEORGE- It was built in 1640 AD, by the British East India Company under the direct supervision of Francis Day and Andrew Cogon. The flag staff at Fort St. George is still the tallest in India. South of the Fort is the War Memorial, built in 1939 in memory of the warriors who sacrificed their lives during the First World War. 

KAPELESHWAR TEMPLE- Located in Mylapore, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the oldest temples in the city. It is not clear as to who built the temple. Going by the songs by Nayanmars, it is believed that Kapaleshwar Temple was built during the 7th century by Pallava Kings.

DAKSHINACHITRA- Located in the heart of Chennai city, DakshinaChitra , or "a picture of the south", as it is meant in English, is a hub of living art traditions , conventional performing arts, crafts and architectural works of the country with due emphasis on South Indian customs and practices. 

PARTHASARTHY TEMPLE- It is located at Triplicane, near the famous Marina beach in Chennai. Spread over an area of 1.5 acres, it was built by the Pallavas in the 8th century. The temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna (Parthasarathy), houses images of the five incarnations of Vishnu. 

RAJIV GHANDHI MEMORIAL- Rajiv Gandhi Memorial is another must visit spot on your tour to Madras. It is located at a distance of about 40 km from the main city. The memorial is precisely situated at Sriperumbudur and is dedicated to the former Prime Minster of India, Raiiv Gandhi.

MARINA BEACH- This is naturally the instant choice for everyone that visits Chennai. This is the second longest beach in the world. The large expanse of silver sand allows for a great walk along the seashore. Sunrise and sun set views are picturesque in this perfect setting. Some of the sports activities possible in Marina Beach include fishing, wind surfing and beach volley ball.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 28: CHENNAI:- Day free for shopping and leisure. Later departure at airport to catch your flights towards onward destination.

Distance & Time (Approx)

  1. Delhi – Varanasi (By Flight): 01 hr 30 min
  2. Varanasi - Khajuraho: 450 kms/10 hrs
  3. Khajuraho - Orchha: 175 kms/05 hrs
  4. Orchha - Agra: 260 kms/05 hrs
  5. Agra - Jaipur: 250 kms/05 hrs
  6. Jaipur - Jodhpur: 335 kms/06 hrs
  7. Jodhpur - Kumbhalgarh: 195 kms/04 hrs
  8. Kumbhalgarh - Ranakpur: 35 kms/01 hrs
  9. Ranakpur – Udaipur: 100 kms/02 hrs
  10. Udaipur – Aurangabad (By Flight): 04 hrs 
  11. Aurangabad – Mumbai: 350 kms/07 hrs
  12. Mumbai – Madurai (By Flight): 02 hrs
  13. Madurai – Trichy: 140 kms/02 hrs
  14. Trichy – Tanjore: 60 kms/01 hrs
  15. Tanjore – Pondicherry: 200 kms/05 hrs
  16. Pondicherry – Mahabalipuram: 100 kms/02 hrs
  17. Mahabalipuram – Kanchipuram: 70 kms/02 hrs
  18. Kanchipuram – Chennai: 80 kms/02 hrs

New Delhi at a Glance

  • Population: 16,787,941
  • Area: 1,484 sq km
  • Geo Location: North
  • Average Climate: Summer extends from Apr. to Jun. (25°C to 46°C), Winter from Oct. to Mar. (3 °C - 30°C), and Monsoon from Jul. to Sep. (25°C to 35°C).
  • Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year, though the best climate is experienced from Sep. to Apr.
  • STD Code: 011
  • Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Varanasi at a Glance

  • Population: 3,676,841
  • Area: 1,535 sq km
  • Geo Location: North
  • Average Climate: 5°C - 20°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 0542
  • Airport: Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport

Khajuraho at a Glance

  • Population: 1,762,857
  • Area :
  • Geo Location: Central
  • Average Climate: 4°C - 35°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 07686
  • Airport: Khajuraho Airport

Agra at a Glance

  • Population: 17, 75,134
  • Area: 1,880.40 sq km
  • Geo Location: North
  • Average Climate: 1°C - 32°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 0562

Jaipur at a Glance

  • Population: 6,663,971
  • Area: 14,068 sq km
  • Geo Location: Northwest
  • Average Climate: 4°C - 30°C
  • Best Time to Visit: September - March
  • STD Code: 0141
  • Airport: Sanganer Airport

Jodhpur at a Glance

  • Population: 3,685,681
  • Area: 22,850 sq km
  • Geo Location: Northwest
  • Average Climate: 7°C - 43°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 02931
  • Airport: Jodhpur Airport

Udaipur at a Glance

  • Population: 3,067,549
  • Area: 13,883 sq km
  • Geo Location: Northwest
  • Average Climate: 3°C - 32°C
  • Best Time to Visit: September - March
  • STD Code: 0294
  • Airport: Maharana Pratap Airport

Aurangabad at a Glance

  • Population: 1,137,426
  • Area: 123 sq km
  • Geo Location: South-West
  • Average Climate: 18°C to 38°C
  • Best Time to Visit: July to March
  • STD Code: 0240
  • Airport: Aurangabad Airport

Mumbai at a Glance

  • Population: 12,691,836
  • Area: 468 sq km
  • Geo Location: West
  • Average Climate: 28°C
  • Best Time to Visit: November - February
  • STD Code: 022
  • Airport: Mumbai International Airport

Madurai at a Glance

  • Population: 3,041,038
  • Area: 747 sq km
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 18°C - 35°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 0452

Trichy at a Glance

  • Population: 846,915
  • Area: 4511 sq km
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 19°C - 22°C
  • Best Time to Visit: November - February
  • STD Code: 0431

Tanjore at a Glance

  • Population: 222,619
  • Area: 36.33 sq km
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 20°C - 30°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 04362

Pondicherry at a Glance

  • Population: 973,829
  • Area: 480 sq km
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 20°C -40°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October – March

Mahabalipuram at a Glance

  • Population: NA
  • Area: NA
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 28°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 044

Kanchipuram at a Glance

  • Population: 244,210
  • Area: 11.605 sq km
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 33°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 044

Chennai at a Glance

  • Population: 8,551,768
  • Area: 426 sq km
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 33°C 
  • Best Time to Visit: November - February
  • STD Code: 044
  • Airport: Chennai International Airport

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