Best Places of India Tour

Destinations Covered

Delhi -Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Ajmer - Udaipur - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Thekkady - Kumarakom - Cochin - Mysore - Bangalore - Goa - Mumbai

Duration

30 Nights / 31 Days

PACKAGE DETAILS

DAY 1 - Arrive Delhi

Begin your tour.

Arrive into Delhi, Welcome to Vardhman’s ‘Best Places of India Tour’! On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman’s representative to your hotel. Relax for some time and later proceed for a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi.
Visit 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!

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 2 - Delhi-Mathura-Agra

This morning after breakfast drive to the “Romantic city of Taj Mahal” – Agra!. Enroute visit Mathura & Vrindavan. On arrival at Agra, transfer to hotel. Relax for rest of the day.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 3 - Agra

Visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday) during Sunrise. Return back to hotel for breakfast and later proceed on a city tour of Agra.
Visit 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!

Overnight: Hotel.

DAY 4 - Agra -Fatehpur Sikiri- Jaipur

On day 4 following a breakfast at the hotel drive to Jaipur. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, once the capital of emperor Akbar for almost 14 years. Fahehpur Sikri is home to a number of picturesque palaces, monuments and Dargah of Sufi Saint Salim Chisti. Arrive to Jaipur and check in to your hotel. Evening is free for personal activities.

Overnight: Hotel.

DAY 5 - Jaipur

This morning you will experience the wonders of this magicial pink city, as you proceed on a tour of Amber fort. 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. Optional: Elephant Safari at the Amber Fort

Overnight: Hotel.

DAY 6 - Jaipur - Ajmer

This morning after a leaisurely breakfast drive to the most holy cities of Pushkar and Ajmer. Upon arrival check into your hotel. Relax for a while and later proceed on a city tour of Ajmer.
Pushkar happens to be the holiest places according to the Hindus as it is considered that Lord Brahma (the Creator) and his wife Saraswati (the godess of learning and music) performed a ritual in the lake. Here we visit the only Brahma temple of the world before intermingling with the local colours in the local bazaar. Pushkar is the world famous for its cattle fair held each year in the month of October/November. Proceed towards Ajmer. Ajmer is the pious city for the Muslims. Surprisingly both the cities are at distance of 11km from each other. Visit the Durgah built in fond remembrance of Khwaja Muin ud Din Chisti where the Muslim pilgrims from all over India throng during the festival times. Later visit Mughal emperor Akbar’s Palace where his son Jehangir received Sir Thomas Roe to grant him the permission of trade to East India Company with India, that changed the history of India completely and slowly and steadily India became colony of the British Empire.

Overnight: Hotel.

DAY 7 - Ajmer

Udaipur, Early morning after breakfast, drive to Udaipur. Arrive Udaipur and check into your hotel. Evening is free for personal activities.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 8 - Udaipur

After breakfast, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Udaipur city. Visit the magnificent City Palace, Sahelion Ki Bari, Jagdish temple and the Bharatiya Lok Mandal. Complete your tour in the “City of Lakes” with a quick glimpse of the Fateh Sagar Lake. Evening is free for shopping.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 9 - Udaipur - Mumbai - Chennai

This morning breakfast transfer to Udaipur airport to board flight for Mumbai. Arrive Mumbai and board the connecting flight to Chennai. On arrival, at chennai airport you will be met and transferred by our representative to your hotel. Day is free to relax.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 10 - Chennai

After a relaxed breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of the city.
Visit the Fort St George, Government Museum, Valluvar Kottam, Snake Park, Kapaleeshwarar Temple and Marina Beach. Evening is free to relax or go for shopping.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 11 - Chennai - Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram

Early morning after breakfast, drive to Mahabalipuram. En-route visit the famous town of Kanchipuram. This temple town was once the capital of Pallava dynasty. You can shop here for a superb collection of silk sarees and dress materials. Arrive Mahabalipuram and check into your hotel.

Overnight: Houseboat

DAY 12 - Mahabalipuram

After a leisurely breakfast, proceed on full-day sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram.
Visit the Shore Temple, Bas Relief, Krishna Mandappam, Old lighthouse and the five Rathas. Evening free to relax on the beach.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 13 - Mahabalipuram - Tanjore

Early morning drive to Tanjore. On arrival check into your hotel. Day free to relax.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 14 - Tanjore

After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing trip of Tanjore city.Visit the Thanjavur Palace, the Breehadishwara Temple and the Fort. Evening is free for leisure activites.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 15 - Tanjore - Trichy

Morning drive to Trichy and check in to your hotel. Later visit the famous Rock Fort Temple and Sri Ranganathaswami Temple.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 16 - Trichy - Madurai

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Madurai and on arrival check into your hotel. Later, visit the Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace and the Gandhi Memorial museum.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 17 - Madurai - Periyar/Thekkady

In the morning after breakfast drive to Periyar and check into your hotel. Afternoon is free to relax in the hotel. In the evening go for some leisure activities.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 18 - Periyar

After breakfast, proceed for a visit to the spice plantations. Later visit the Periyar wildlife sanctuary by boat cruise on Lake Periyar at your own. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to Tigers, Elephants and several other animals. Evening free for shopping of spices.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 19 - Periyar - Kumarakom/Kottayam

Following breakfast, drive to Kumarakom and check into your hotel. Later visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctury. Evening is free to relax.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 20 - Kumarakom-Alleppey

After a relaxed breakfast, transfer to houseboat for an unforgettable 22 hrs cruise with all meals on board.The overnight cruise takes you through Kumarakom-Alleppey backwaters allowing you to enjoy serene surroundings en route. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served on board. Enjoy the backwaters of Kerala by getting a glimpse of the village life from a close quarter. Enjoy the sunset and stay overnight on the houseboat. It will definitely be a unique and unforgettable experience for your lifetime.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 21 - Alleppey- Cochin

The houseboat comes to halt in Alleppey. Disembark the houseboat after breakfast and drive to Cochin. On arrival check into your hotel. Later proceed for a sightseeing trip of Cochin city.
Visit Fort Cochin – ancient capital of the Dutch, Portuguese and finally the British. Other must visits include the old Spice Market at Mattancherry, the antique shop on Jews Street, the Synagogue, Dutch Palace and, of course, the Church of St. Francis where the mortal remains of Vasco Da Gama was buried before it was shifted to Portugal.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 22 - Cochin - Mysore

After breakfast, drive to Mysore and check into your hotel. Evening is free to relax.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 23 - Mysore

On the 23 day of your tour proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Mysore city after having breakfast at the hotel. Visit Chamundi hills, Flower bazaar and the marvellous City Palace. Evening is free for shopping and other leisure activities.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 24 - Mysore - Bangalore

After a relaxed breakfast drive to Bangalore. En-route visit Srirangapatna. Arrive Bangalore and check into your hotel. Evening is free to relax or shopping in the nearby markets.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 25 - Sightseeing tour of Bangalore

After breakfast, proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Bangalore.
Visit the Lal Bagh with a variety of old trees, fountains, lotus pools, terraces & an assortment of tropical and sub-tropical herbs. Also see the Maharaja’s Palace & Government Buildings. Evening is free for personal activities.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 26 - Bangalore - Goa

Today in the morning tranfser to Bangalore airport to board flight for Goa. On arrival, at Goa airport you will be met and transferred by our representative to your hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax on any of the beach.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 27-28 - Goa

Whole day free to relax on the picturesque beach of Goa. You may indulge yourself in beachside water sports. Also enjoy the feni and other local drinks on beachside shacks. Go for shopping in the flea markets.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 29 - Goa - Mumbai

Morning transfer to Goa airport and board your flight to Mumbai. On arrival, at Mumbai airport you will be met and transferred by our representative to your hotel.
Later proceed for a city tour of Mumbai visiting the Dhobi Ghat, Mani Bhawan, Gateway of India and Prince of Wales Museum. Drive past the Marine drive. Evening is free for shopping and other leisure activities.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 30 - Mumbai

Full Day Excursion to Elephanta Caves , After breakfast, proceed for a trip to Elephanta caves. Elephant caves are 9 kms away from Apollo bunder and it is home to temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. After visiting the temples and caves on Elephant Island come back to Mumbai. Evening is free for shopping or personal activities.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 31 - Mumbai Departure

Morning at leisure.Later, in time transfer to the Mumbai airport to catch flight for your onward destination with pleasant memories of ‘Best Places of India Tour’ escorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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