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North and South India Tour

Hawa Mahal

 Duration: 23 Nights / 24 Days

 Places Covered: Dellhi – Shekhawati - Jaipur - Alwar - Agra - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Chettinad - Madurai – Periyar - Housebaot - Kovalam - Cochin

 Price: On Request

The North & South India combined tour is one of the famous trips that touches the beauty of both North and South India at one go. This tour truly captures the quintessence of India, from spiritual mysteries to wonderful landscapes and rich historical grandeur including the Amer Fort and Hawa Mahal at Jaipur to Fatehpur Sikri and Taj Mahal at Agra. The tour which starts from the northern part of India to touch some of the amazing places like Delhi, Jaipur and Agra proceeds towards the southern part to finally arrive at Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Chettinad, Madurai, Periyar, Housebaot, Kovalam and Cochin. When in Kerala enjoy the serene backwaters and a peaceful time at Kovalam Beach. In short, the tour is sure to provide you with an amazing experience of both North and South India, providing some of the best memorable collection of a lifetime.


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Quick Facts

  • The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast of Kerala.
  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport
  • Languages Spoken: Malayalam, English
  • STD Code: 0471
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival Delhi: Upon your arrival at New Delhi international airport meet to our representative or tour manager, You are most welcome to New Delhi, India's capital. Most probably the international flight arrive mid night in Delhi, so you will transfer to hotel on arrival our representative help you for check in procedure, ret of the night at hotel.

Lotus Temple, Delhi

Delhi Sightseeing: After breakfast commence full day New and Old Delhi sightseeing, experience the bustling laneways and bazaars of Old Delhi as you drive through the old gateways, past the imposing Red Fort, before visiting the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Ride through Chandni Chowk to Asia's largest wholesale spice market on a cycle rickshaw, Red Fort (out side), Rajghat (Gandhi Memorial). Post lunch drive to New Delhi explore the magnificent World Heritage-listed Qutub Minar, Bahai House of Worship, a Laxmi Narayan (Hindu Temple) and a Bungla Saheb (Sikh Gurudwara). Late pass through the Government Buildings as India Gate, President House, & Raj Path. Rest of the time visit Connaught Place. Overnight at hotel.

Delhi – Shekhawati: Breakfast at hotel later being the journey to Rajasthan, the Shekhawati region. With well-preserved painted havelis (merchant houses), forts and temples, this intriguing region dates back to the late 18th to 20th century. Enjoy a traditional Rajasthani cultural performance featuring music and dance before dining on a meal of tandoori and other North Indian specialties.

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Shekhawati: After breakfast travel to the small towns of Nawalgarh and Dunlod to discover some of the painted havelis with their exuberantly detailed frescoed walls. These were built by wealthy local merchants who had migrated to the port cities of India to seek their fortunes. Later enjoy an exciting camel ride through the narrow streets of Mandawa before watching the sun set, enjoying a drink and local snacks on the outskirts of town.

Shekhawati – Jaipur: After breakfast drive to Jaipur, the ‘Pink City' and capital of Rajasthan. Discover the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its honeycombed sandstone windows where the ladies of the royal household would watch everyday life. Visit the City Palace, a superb blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, which has been home to the rulers of Jaipur. Explore the magnificent Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 18th century.

Jaipur: Morning elephant ride to the Amer Fort, this is the 17th century hilltop Fort. Explore the Maharajah's apartments, the many palaces with interiors richly decorated with exquisite paintings and intricate carvings and soak in the views of the massive ramparts surrounding the complex. Post lunch visit Kanak Vrindavan and Laxmi Narayan Temple. Rest of the time visit Old City “Pink City” Overnight at hotel.

Jaipur – Alwar: Continue through rural India to the site of the former Maharajah of Alwar's hunting lodge. Late in the afternoon join a walking tour to a nearby local village and witness local herders as they return home with their goats, cows and buffalos. Watch the children playing cricket and observe the village elders gathered around for an evening communal smoke and gossip, a truly wonderful experience to enjoy. Overnight at hotel.

Tajmahal

Alwar – Agra: Enjoy a leisurely morning before travelling to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, this short lived capital of the Mughal Empire is a fine example of a Mughal walled city. Continue to Agra, the home of the majestic Taj Mahal.

Agra: Very early in the morning visit Taj Mahal during the sunrise, with its shimmering marble domes and towers reflecting in the landscaped pools. Inlaid with black marble and semi-precious stones, this architectural marvel takes on different colours throughout the day. Discover the World Heritage-listed Agra Fort and the tomb of I'timad-ud-Daula, known as the Baby Taj during your tour of some of Agra's other architectural wonders. Overnight at hotel.

Agra – Delhi: Journey back to the Delhi, on arrival check in hotel, later visit Delhi Haat or time leisure for individual activities. Overnight at hotel.

Delhi – Chennai: After any early breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Chennai. On arrival our representative will be greet & welcome to you at Chennai. Formerly known as Madras, the city is the gateway to the rich and varied culture of South India.

Chennai: After breakfast visit Chennai (Madras) ,explore the heart of Georgetown and discover its markets and laneways during a walking tour, discover colonial Madras through the buildings the British left behind, & visit a local Indian market. Discover the history of the Basilica of San Thome built by the Portuguese on your tour before wandering along India's largest urban beach, The Marina. You can try the dinner in a local restaurant. Southern Spice, specialising in cuisine from the four southern states namely Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Chennai – Puducherry: Travel to Mamallapuram and explore the spectacular World Heritage-listed Shore Temples, perched dramatically on a promontory by the sea. Continue to the pretty seaside town of Puducherry (Pondicherry), the former capital of the French territories in India. Steeped in history, this quaint town charms with its cathedrals, French style villas and tree lined boulevards.

Puducherry: Soak up the French flavours during a heritage walking tour, stroll past charming colonial architecture, street side cafés and visit the Aurobindo Ashram. Journey to Auroville (City of Dawn), and discover why this universal town was established. See the Matrimandir, a metallic sphere covered in gold, in the centre of town where silence is maintained.

Brihadeeswarar Temple

Puducherry – Chettinad: An early journey takes you through the ‘rice bowl' of Tamil Nadu to Tanjore. Discover the monumental Brihadishvara Temple during your visit to this World Heritage site. Continue further into the state of Tamil Nadu to your accommodation, a wonderfully restored mansion in the small village of Karaikudi.

Chettinad: Experience a bullock cart ride through the narrow streets to witness the charm and faded elegance of colonial bungalows and merchant houses. Visit a pottery village and watch the unique and colourful tiles being made by hand and enjoy a demonstration of weaving at the small weaving centre in town. This evening appreciate a Bharattnatayam performance, a unique classical dance style performed by a solo female artist, before experiencing a traditional meal served on a banana leaf.

Chettinad – Madurai: Leaving the small village journey to Madurai, one of South India's greatest temple towns and important pilgrim site. This evening take the opportunity to absorb the rituals and celebration during the evening puja ceremony inside the Meenakshi Temple.

Madurai – Periyar (Thekkady): Morning visit one of South India's biggest pilgrimage sites, the Meenakshi Temple, during your visit. This Hindu temple, the heart of this 2,500 year old city, is estimated to house more than 30,000 sculptures inside. Later journey through the Western Ghats to Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala. Take a private boat cruise on Periyar Lake, observe the wildlife including wild elephants as they come to drink and appreciate why this state is called ‘God's own country'.

Periyar Tiger Reserve: Periyar is the best-known wildlife sanctuary in Southern India and one of India's oldest. Join an early morning walk with your guide, a former poacher, as you search for macaque monkeys, rare hornbills and other wildlife & visit a tribal hamlet and explore a unique heritage museum providing an insight into the culture of the local people. Afternoon wander through a small family-owned spice plantation and learn how spices grow before enjoying a lunch prepared by the family with spices from their farm. Witness the ancient martial art form Kalaripayattu, which includes strikes, kicks and weaponry and is believed to be one of the oldest fighting systems in existence.

Periyar Tiger Reserve – Kerala Backwaters: After an early breakfast travel across the Western Ghats to Kumarakom, access point to the famed Kerala backwaters. On arrival welcome in the houseboat with lunch, Houseboat take the opportunity to cruise through small villages and stay overnight on board a houseboat. Included at no extra cost but must be pre-booked.

Kerala Backwater Tour

Kerala Backwaters – Kovalam: Enjoy your morning cruise along the famed palm-fringed backwaters and navigate the network of waterways which weave through villages set amidst lush vegetation. After Breakfast disembark from the houseboat & drive to Kovalam Beach, on arrival check in hotel. Rest of the time relax enjoy the beach and hotel amenities.

Kovalam: Day leisure for Ayurvedic Massage and enjoy the beaches. Overnight at hotel or resort.

Kovalam – Kochi: After breakfast drive to Kochi (Cochin). Better known as Cochin, an important trading centre for spices. On arrival check in hotel, later enjoy the local sightseeing and evening watch a Kathakali performance, a highly evolved classical form of dance, drama and music that is more than 400 years old. Observe the process as the performers prepare for their performance.

Kochi (Cochin): This morning visit to the harbour and watch the local fishermen manipulating the old Chinese fishing nets erected in the 14th century. Discover the influence of the Dutch, Portuguese, British, Arab and Chinese during your tour of Fort Kochi. Visit Jew Town and the Jewish synagogue, the oldest in India. indulge in a traditional Ayurveda massage, a small fishing village with a number of old churches established by the Portuguese. Return to the hotel and indulge in a sumptuous seafood farewell dinner. In time dep. Transfer to international airport.

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