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GALLANT TRAVELERS EXPLORE INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT

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Day 1:  ARRIVE DELHI, INDIA
Upon arrival at Delhi international airport, proceed through the immigration (visa required prior to arrival) and customs formalities into the arrivals hall. Here you will be greeted by our representative and driven to your hotel.

Delhi, the capital city of India, is a bustling metropolis that successfully combines the ancient and the modern in its folds.  Standing on the west bank of the Yamuna River at the narrowest point between the Aravalli hills and the Himalayas, Delhi has commanded the strategically vital route from the northwest frontier to the agriculturally rich Ganges plains for more than 2,000 years.  Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power.
Imperial hotel or…………..


Day 2 & 3:  DELHI

After breakfast, meet your English speaking guide in the lobby to begin your full day tour of the Delhi Old City (also known as the Walled City) and the New city.  

Full day city tour of Old and New Delhi. Your tour of the 17th-century old city includes the great mosque of Jama Masjid; Chandni Chowk “Moonlit Street,” Old Delhi’s main street and colorful shopping bazaar; a drive past Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. New Delhi sightseeing includes the Humayun's Tomb, the precursor of the Taj Mahal; a drive down the spectacular Rajpath “the Kingsway,” passing the India Gate (the memorial built on behalf of the unknown soldiers), the President’s House, and the House of Parliament. Enjoy a brief respite from the otherwise bustling city at Birla Mandir, a modern and colorful Hindu temple. Visit the local market and nearby neighborhood.

Still surrounded by crumbling city walls and three surviving gates, the vibrant, bustling Shahjahanabad (Old City), built over a period of 10 years by Emperor Shah Jahan, is very much a separate city -- predominantly a labyrinth of tiny lanes crowded with rickshaws, and lined with 17th-century havelis (Indian mansions), their balustrades broken and once-ornate facades defaced with rusted signs and sprouting satellite dishes.
Imperial hotel / Breakfast

 

Day 4:  DELHI - VARANASI
Transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Varanasi
9.20am depart Delhi IT 331 arrive Varanasi at 10.40am
You will be met  in the arrivals hall at Varanasi airport and driven to your hotel

One of the holiest cities in India as well as the cultural capital, Varanasi is among the most important pilgrimage sites and also a major tourist attraction.  It has been a center of learning and civilization for more than 2,000 years.  Written records of the Skanda Purana and the Mahabharata mention its existence as long as 3,000 years ago.  Mark Twain said of Varanasi:
"Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, And looks twice as old as all of them put together"

This afternoon, you are collected from your hotel for a half-day tour of Sarnath, a town that showcases the most extensive ruins amongst Buddhist destinations, and boasts an interesting, rich history dating back to 528 B.C.  Buddha’s Life Panels comprise  two sculptured panels, one showing the four major events in the Buddha’s life:  Birth, Enlightenment, First Sermon and Mahaparinibbana.  The other panel depicts the eight major events in Buddha’s life.  The Colossal Bodhisatta Image displayed at Archeological Museum Sarnath is a magnificent red sandstone sculpture donated by the bhikkhu Bala in 81 A.D.

This evening, you will enjoy a rickshaw ride to the old city, later continuing to the Ghats where you will watch the evening Aarti ceremony by boat.  Note that photography is allowed during the Aarti ceremony except at the cremation ghat.
Hotel Taj Gateway / Breakfast

Day 5: VARANASI
Early morning boat ride on the river Ganges to witness the morning prayer ceremony then return to the hotel for breakfast.  Later, you will be escorted on a visit to the temples. Visit the Bharat Mata Temple, a large relief map of India in marble, the Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb
Hotel Taj Gateway / Breakfast

Day 6: VARANASI - KHAJURAHO
This morning, you will be transferred to the airport to catch the flight to Khajuraho where our  representative will drive you to your hotel.
12.20pm depart Varanasi 9W723 arrive Khajuraho 1.00pm
Later, you will be collected for a half-day tour of the Khajuraho temples.  The capital of the Chandela Kings, Khajuraho is famous for its magnificent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain saints.  These temples were built between 950 and 1050 AD and represent some of the most exquisite specimens in medieval India.  The most important are the Chausath Yogini Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, the Mahadeva Temple, and the Chitragupta Temple with an 11-headed statue of Vishnu depicting his 10 incarnations.

The western temples include some of the most outstanding monuments, built by the Chandela kings. One of the complexes comprises of the Lakshmana Temple, the Matangesvara Temple and the Varaha Temple. This evening, watch a folk dance performance
Hotel Taj Chandela / Breakfast

 

Day 7:  KHAJURAHO – ORCHA - AGRA
This morning, you will be driven to Jhansi train station, visiting Orcha Temples en route. 
5.55pm depart Jhansi Shatabdi Express train arrive 8.25pm arrive Agra
You will be met on the platform and driven to your hotel. 
Hotel Jaypee Palace / Breakfast

Day 8:  AGRA
Rise very early and you will be escorted to the Taj Mahal to watch sunrise!  As the sun rises and breathes life into this magnificient building, you will experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the eternal symbol of love. We will walk into the inner chambers of this renowned “Monument of love”, and seek out several vantage points to see the magnificent play of light.

Later, visit the Agra fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar  in red sandstone and has magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens.
Hotel Jaypee Palace / Breakfast

Day 9:  AGRA - FATEHPUR SIKRI - JAIPUR
Check out of the hotel after breakfast and you will be driven to Jaipur.  En route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital city of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century.  The architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be described in words and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent edifices by seeing them.

Your drive continues to Jaipur, the “Pink City”, where you will check into your hotel.
Jai Mahal Palace / Breakfast

Day 10:  JAIPUR
After breakfast, visit the Amber fort, which was built in the 16th century.  An elephant ride will help you ascend to this hilltop fort (elephants are subject to availability).  Alternatively, you could choose to walk or drive up to the fort.

The Amber Fort stands like a sentinel above the still waters of the Maotha Lake. The fort is a living testimony where the Hindu and Mughal architectural styles have merged in complete harmony to create a masterpiece of fusion architecture. Among its many splendors is the Sheesh Mahal, a small room whose ceilings, covered with tiny mirrors, looks like a sky filled with brilliant stars. We visit the Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) and Sukh Niwas (Hall of Pleasure).

This afternoon, visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), built in the 18th century, City Palace complex with its museums and Jantar Mantar, the medieval astronomical observatory the living proof of the genius of Sawai Jai Singh.

Hawa Mahal is a magnificent five-storied building with an impressive fifty feet high façade. It was built by King Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 AD for the ladies of the royal household to watch the hustle-bustle and colors of bazaars and processions without being seen by the people on the streets.

This evening, you may like to begin shopping!
Jai Mahal palace / Breakfast

Day 11:  JAIPUR
Option:  This morning, you will be escorted to the yoga school to attend a session. The balance of the day is entirely for your shopping.  You will have a local guide with you. Visit the bazaars as well as the wholesale warehouses!   What to expect: vast selection of shawls, pillow cases, block print bedspreads, paintings on silk cloth, Indian slippers, table runners, pouffe covers, curtains and downstairs you find carpets;  bedspreads etc.    Bargain hard!
Jai Mahal palace / Breakfast

Day 12:  JAIPUR– DELHI - BANGALORE
Transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Bangalore, via Delhi, arriving at 12.40pm. Upon arrival, you will be met and driven to your hotel.  Balance of day unscheduled.

IT 4633 Depart Jaipur at 0810 Hrs. Arrive Delhi at 0920 Hrs.
IT 203 Depart Delhi at 1000 Hrs. Arrive Bangalore at  1235 Hrs.
Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka and the seventh largest city in India. It is also known as the Garden City because of its many beautiful gardens and parks. Bangalore city was founded in the 16th century and has since been an important administrative center of India. Because of the high concentration of IT industry, it is also called the Silicon Valley of India.

Balance of day unscheduled.  If you are visiting Mysore during the summer months then you will see that the temperature varies from 20° Celsius to 35° Celsius while the winter temperature of Mysore remains in the range of 12° to 30° Celsius. Travel to Mysore and explore the different facets of the cultural capital of Karnataka state!
Goldfinch Hotel / Breakfast                                                                    

Day 13: BANGALORE - MYSORE
This morning, you will be escorted on a tour of the city of Bangalore. This afternoon, your will be driven to Mysore, en route visiting Ramohali.  As if the list above is not enough, Mother Nature seems to have bestowed all her love to this garden city of Bangalore. This is especially felt when you see the gigantic banyan tree spread over almost three acres of land. It is situated at a distance of about 28 kilometres west of Bangalore at Ramohalli. You must not miss a visit to this place to have a look at the tree.
Lalitha Mahal Palace / Breakfast

Day 14:  MYSORE – FESTIVAL OF DUSSEHRA (depending upon season)
Today the festival of Dussehra will be celebrated in Mysore.  Enjoy the festival! As well as cultural performances and fairs, the highlight of the 10 day Dussehra celebration is grand parade of decorated elephants and guards mounted on horse back to escort the goddess through the city.

Mysore, the city of palaces, is a popular travel destination in South India. Besides its numerous palaces and royal buildings, Mysore city is also known for proximity to several other places of interest such as Srirangapatna, Krishna Raj Sagra dam and Sivasamudram falls. According to legends, the area around the Mysore city was once under the demon king Mahishasura, who was defeated and killed by goddess Chamundeshwari.
Lalitha Mahal Palace / Breakfast

Day 15:  MYSORE
After breakfast, meet your guide in the lobby for a half day tour of the city of Mysore, continuing to Srirangapatanam, a historic island cradled by two branches of the Cauvery river. The magnificent Sri Ranganatha Temple inside the port is an ancient temple of exquisite beauty dating back to the 15th century. From 1610 to 1799 A.D., it was the capital of several Mysore kings like Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan.
Lalitha Mahal Palace / Breakfast

Day 16:  MYSORE – MADRAS (CHENNAI) – COVELONG BEACH
After breakfast, check out of the hotel.  Meet your driver in the lobby for transfer to Bangalore airport where you will catch the flight to Madras (Chennai). 
4pm depart Bangalore Kingfisher Airlines…. Arrive Chennai  5.00pm
You will be met by our  representative on arrival and driven to your hotel.

The 12 km long Marina Beach is the pride of Chennai. The city also has many famous parks like the Guindy National Park, the country's smallest National Park, The Guindy Snake Park, the Arignar Anna Zoological Park (Vandalur Zoo), the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust & the Horticultural Botanical Garden. Chennai is famous for its hand woven silk sarees, arts and crafts, contemporary and traditional artwork, antiques, jewelry and stone sculptures

The most important tourist attraction is actually in the neighbouring town of Mahabalipuram with its ancient temples and rock carvings of the 7th century Pallava kingdomTaj Fisherman’s Cove hotel / Breakfast

Day 17 & 18 :  COVELONG BEACH
This morning, your guide will escort you on a visit to Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram, the great temple city of the Pallava Dynasty, and Kanchipuram. Here the profusion of temples spill onto the beaches and you can still see stonecutters producing classical sculptures.    

The Mahabalipuram ruins, 37mi/60 km south of the city, date to the seventh century and consist of a cave temple, shore temple, monolithic rathas (rock-carved temple chariots) and bas-reliefs (among the world's finest.)
The balance of the day is unscheduled.
Taj Fisherman’s Cove hotel / Breakfast

Day 19:  COVELONG BEACH – MADRAS – DEPART
Check out of the hotel to begin your return drive to Chennai.  En route visit the Kala shetrra Dance school.  The dance is intricately interwoven with the worship of the gods and each finger movement tells part of a story. 

This evening enjoy dinner at the Taj Hotel, Taj Coromandel, with Bharatnatyam dance performance after which, you will be driven to the airport to check in for your flight home.
Taj Coronandel hotel   (day room) / Breakfast, Dinne