RIVER GANGES TOUR – QUEEN OF THE HILLS

Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Mussoorie – Delhi

Day 1: Delhi – Arrival
Arrive in Delhi meet assistance at the airport/railway station & transfer to hotel. Evening drive away tour of Delhi covering India Gate, President house & Laxmi Narayan temple. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi – Haridwar
Morning drive to Haridwar & transfer to hotel. Later take a dip in Holy Ganges and visit Har Ki Pauri, Lord Shiva Temple, Mansa Devi Temple at the hill top. Ascend to temple by cable car. Evening visit to the bank of river Ganges for Evening Prayers. Night stay in Haridwar.

Day 3: Haridwar – Rishikesh
Leave in the morning for Rishikesh and transfer to hotel. Later visit Laxman Jhoola, Shiva Temple, Sitla Mata Temple, Ram Jhoola & Ashrams. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Rishikesh.

Day 4: Rishikesh
Full day free for temple & Ashram visits. You may also choose to perform Yoga & Meditation. In the evening, participate in the Ganges Aarti (Workship). Stay overnight.

Day 5: Rishikesh – Mussoorie
Morning drive to Mussoorie & transfer to hotel. Later visit the famous Kempty Falls of Mussoorie. Kempty Falls, located 15 kms from Mussoorie are the biggest attraction of the place. With water cascading down from an altitude of 4,500 feet and splitting further into five cascades. Soak yourself to your heart content under the wonderful falls. Lal Tibba – This place is highest point in Mussoorie. Lal Tibba is located in Landhour area which is the oldest inhabited place in Mussoorie. Night stay in Mussoorie.

Day 6: Mussoorie
In the morning, visit the Kulri market, Camels back road and Gun hill point by ropeway ride. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Mussoorie.

Day 7: Mussoorie – Delhi
After breakfast, drive back to Delhi & transfer to hotel. Later you can explore Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British empire. Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar and Red fort. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 8: Departure
Transfer to airport/railway station for onward journey.

CLOSE TO NATURE IN KERALA

Cochin – Munnar – Periyar – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Kovalam – Trivandrum

Day 1: Arrival Cochin
On arrival at airport pick up from airport and immediately transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the local market. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2: Cochin
After having breakfast, start a daylong sightseeing tour of Fort Kochi including Dutch Palace – this palace was constructed in 1555 AD by the Portuguese rulers and offered to the king of Kochi. The 17th of century murals portrayed scenes from the Ramayana an epic of India may be witnessed here. Also take a tour of St. Francis Cathedral, it was originally built in 1510 AD by the Portuguese and is considered as the first church made in India by the Europeans. Vasco Da Gama was buried out here originally. Later visit Chinese fishing net – this may be looked from the entrance of the Cochin harbor. The techniques of catching the fish were told by Chinese through business contacts. Along with the back water, these Chinese nets are a charming sight. Take a short tour of Jewish Synagogue. The Jewish Synagogue was built during 1568 AD; it contains Old Testament Grand Scrolls and the copper plates having the privileges approved by the rulers of Cochin to the Jews. The floor of the synagogue is cemented with exquisite Chinese hand painted tiles. Later take a walk in the spice markets of Cochin. In the evening, visit one of the many theatres to watch the live performance of traditional Kathakali Dance. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Cochin – Munnar (135kms, 4hrs approx.)
After breakfast leave Cochin for the highest place of Kerala Munnar (1524 meters) visiting spice and tea plantations on the way. Munnar has bracing and cool climate displaying the charm of an old world. The environment out here is perfumed having extensive plantations of cardamom and tea. In Munnar, one may witness charming high mountain ranges, beautiful lakes, streams and fabulous views of the mist full valleys and low lying clouds.

Day 4: Munnar
After breakfast, during the day take the tour of the markets, tea & spice plantations. You may buy the tea from Munnar. Stay overnight at the resort.

Day 5: Munnar – Periyar (120kms, 3hrs approx.)
After breakfast drive to Periyar National Park (Thekkady) through a picturesque route. Arrive at Periyar, check in to the hotel. In the afternoon, take a boat ride over Lake Periyar to see the rich wildlife. Periyar Tiger Reserve or Periyar National Park is spread in an area of 777 square KMS. It is a quite rich, diverse deciduous jungle, combined with the open area of the tall grass. The Lake Periyar is an artificial fabulous lake scattered with dull wood’s snags that offers as the perch to water birds, grey heron, darter, kingfisher and egret. Periyar is one of the best places to see the wild Asiatic elephants. The huge mammals out here swim over the water & the streams and normally these animals may be spotted while taking the boat ride at Lake Periyar. It is also the home of Royal Bengali Tiger, leopards, wild dog, Sambhar, Barking deer, macaque with lion tail and Nilgiri Langur. Periyar Tiger Reserve has the various species of woodland birds. The boat is the only available mode of transport at Periyar National Park & take a spice plantation tour.

Day 6: Periyar – Kumarkom (135kms, 3hrs approx.)
After breakfast we proceed towards the Kumarakom on arrival check in at hotel later we visit Kumarakom Bird sanctuary. There are two seasons for birds: between October & February there are cormorants, teals, & other ducks & from February to July there are darters (snake birds), night herons, egrets, & Siberian storks. It also has golden backed woodpecker, crow pheasant, white-breasted water hen, tree pie etc.

Day 7: Kumarkom – Alleppey (35kms, 1hrs approx.)
In time, you would be transferred to the boat jetty at Alleppey to embark the awaiting Houseboat/ overnight backwater cruise to experience the fabulous Kerala backwaters Houseboat is also known as a ‘Kettuvellam’ it is basically a traditional Kerala houseboat going by narrow channels, the lush green paddy fields, the tiny local villages witnessing the rural life of Kerala. Stay overnight at the houseboat.

Day 8: Alleppey – Kovalam (169kms, 4hrs approx.)
After having the hearty breakfast finish the backwater cruise at Alleppey jetty. Later transfer to Kovalam. On arrival check in at hotel & evening will be full of leisure that will bring lot of relaxing. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9: Kovalam
After breakfast the day free at leisure and you can engage in sunbathing at the beach. If you want you can enjoy the adventure activities like snorkeling to experience the exotic marine life. We can also practice Yoga and meditation enjoy the Aayurveda treatment. Overnight at the resort.

Day 10: Kovalam – Trivandrum (20kms, 1hr approx.)
After breakfast drive to Trivendrum for sightseeing, the Capital city of Kerala covering Horse Palace, Padmanabha Swami Temple and rest of the day back at the beach resort. Later on time departure at the airport to catch the flight for onward journey.

 

EXOTIC NORTH-EAST

Darjeeling – Gangtok – Pelling

Day 1: Bagdogra – Darjeeling
Arrive at Bagdogra Airport, on arrival pick from airport & transfer to Darjeeling.

Day 2: Darjeeling
Visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute followed by Mountaineering Documentary Show (subject to operation), Zoological Park, Tea Gardens and Tensing Rock. Later visit the Peace Pagoda, Japanese Temple, Ava Art Gallery and Rock Garden. Free time for shopping in the evening.

Day 3: Darjeeling – Pelling
Early morning visit Tiger Hill to enjoy sunrise on the Kanchanjunga Ranges and visit Battasey loop. Proceed to Pelling. En-route enjoy never ending thrills of White Water Rafting (subject to operation). Arrive in Pelling in the evening.

Day 4: Pelling
Visit Rimbi falls, Sewaro Rock Garden, Kanchanjunga Waterfall, Khecheopalri Lake and Penyang Monastery.

Day 5: Pelling – Gangtok
Proceed to Gangtok. Arrive in Gangtok. Visit Ranka Monastery, Banjakri waterfall. Enjoy Rope Way Ride and visit Flower exhibition show, Vidhan Sabha from outside and Tibetology.

Day 6: Gangtok – Tsomgo Lake – Gangtok
Visit Tsomgo lake. (In case of Tsomgo lake not accessible we will visit the Sampdruptse Stupa at Namachi village – Namchi, meaning ‘Sky High’, nestled among the hills at an elevation of 5,500 ft commands panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains and vast stretches of valley). Free time for shopping on the mall road. Enjoy local folk dance followed by a get together in the evening.

Day 7: Gangtok – Departure from Bagdogra
Proceed to Bagdogra. Board the return / onward destination.

 

COLOURFUL INDIA & MIGHTY NEPAL

Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Gwalior – Orchha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Kathmandu

Day 1: Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British empire. Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar , India Gate and the grand government buildings, the President’s House , Mahatama Gandhi Memorial . Also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur, the fabled “pink city” of the desert named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur & transfer to hotel. Later visit the City Palace – the royal residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur and is known for its stunning architecture, it also houses a museum later enjoy the dinner at Chokhi dani (an ethnic village resort) where you will have an idea of the village life of Rajasthan here you will also enjoy various traditional Rajasthani dances, puppet show and various other interesting activities. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 4: Jaipur
After a leisurely breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Jaipur visiting the majestic Amber Fort where you ride upon Elephants back to the former capital of the royals set against the backdrop of the wooded hills. Post lunch tour of Palace of Winds also known as Hawa Mahal, this elaborate building, now little more than a façade, is encrusted with delicate screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak views of the outside world. Past, present and future merge at Jai Singh’s observatory, where time has been accurately measured since the 17th century. Evening free to explore the colourful bazaars where one can shop for various handicrafts. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 5: Jaipur – Agra
Morning drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri, a perfectly preserved red sandstone “ghost town” which was the estranged capital of mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive Agra by lunch and transfer to hotel. After lunch visit Agra Fort- a hilltop citadel with fabulous courtyards, fountains and gates. Evening free to explore the Agra’s rich heritage of handicrafts in its markets. Night stay in Agra.

Day 6: Agra
Early morning visit the magnificient Taj Mahal at sunrise- one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan’s beloved wife continue visiting the Agra Fort- a hilltop citadel with fabulous courtyards, fountains and gates. Night stay in Agra.

Day 7: Agra – Gwalior (by train) Gwalior- Orchha (by surface)
Morning transfer to railway station to board the train to Gwalior, arrive Gwalior, meet at the railway station & proceed for sightseeing tour of Gwalior known for its spectacular hilltop citadel. Within walls lie Jain statues, Rajput Palaces, Hindu temples and a Victorian school. Later drive to Orchha , a historical site with magnificient temples and monuments. Some of the palaces were decorated with painted murals which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela school of painting. Night stay in Orchha.

Day 8: Orchha – Khajuraho
After breakfast drive to Khajuraho Khajuraho – the legendary temples of khajuraho are an incomparable experience. Acknowledged as one of the world’s artistic wonders, these temples dedicated to the Hindu pantheon of Gods are covered in carvings that are a paean to life and love. Built within a short span of a hundred years by the Chandela Rajputs, the 10th century temples lay forgotten until they were discovered in the present century. Khajuraho has achieved fame for the sensual appeal of its erotic sculptures. Arrive Khajuraho and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Khajuraho.

Day 9: Khajuraho – Varanasi (by Flight)
After a relaxed breakfast transfer to airport to connect flight to Varanasi – said to be the India’s most sacred city situated on the western bank of the holy river Ganga. It is also the oldest living city in the world. As a place for devotion and worship, with hundreds of temples dotting the city , sunrise on the river front as seen from a boat can be a spiritually uplifting sight. It has a fascination uniquely its own, a quality of sublime beauty, a timeless eternal appeal. Varanasi is the city which cannot be described, only experienced. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel. Later half day sightseeing tour of varanasi visiting the temples and in the evening view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats. Night stay in Varanasi.

Day 10: Varanasi
Morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Later excursion to Sarnath, 10kms. East of Varanasi, is one of the Buddhism’s major centers of India. After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon. Visit the deer park and the museum and later back to Varanasi. Night stay in Varanasi.

Day 11: Varanasi – Kathmandu (By flight)
After breakfast transfer to the Airport to connect flight for Kathmandu- the capital town of Nepal, the house of the highest mountains, kathmandu is as much steeped in beauty as in the history of this wonderland. The place has ever since been the center for art, crafts, culture and a rich heritage. Arrive Kathmandu, meet & assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Kathmandu.

Day 12: Kathmandu
After breakfast, sightseeing tour of the KATHMANDU CITY:

  • The Hanumandhoka: Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is the historic seat of royalty. The Durbar Square with its old temples and palaces epitomises the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized.
  • Taleju Temple: Built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD, the temple of Kal Bhairav – the God of destruction and the temple of Kumari (Vestal Virgin) or the Living Goddess – represents a very ancient Hindu deity of Nepal locally known as Taleju is Buddhist by birth. The Kumari acknowledges greetings from herbalcony window. Once a year during Indra Jatra festival, the King of Nepal seeks the Kumari’s blessing.
  • Kasthamandap: Located near the Kumari Temple is said to be built from the wood of a single tree from the city. The city of Kathmandu derives its name from this temple. The Kathmandu Durbar Square was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.
  • Bouddhanath Stupa: The stupa of Bouddhanath lies 8 kms east of Kathmandu. This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the biggest in the world, and is the centre of Tibetan Buddism in Nepal. Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.
  • Pasupatinath Temple: This important Hindu temple is the temple of Lord Shiva, The temple with a two tiered golden roof and silver door is considered one of the holiest shrines for Hindus. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can witness the activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. The temple was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Kathmandu.

Day 13: Kathmandu
After breakfast visit SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA- the oldest Buddhist shrine. It is said to be 2,000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spire’s base are the all – seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It is 3 km west of Kathmandu City and is situated on a hillock about 77 m above the level of Kathmandu Valley and commands an excellent view of the Valley. This Stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal. It was also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979. Evening transfer to Nepalese Restaurant Bhanchaghar for a Traditional Nepali Welcome reception and dinner. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy a live Nepalese Cultural programme performed by beautiful young girls dressed in traditional Nepalese costumes and jewelry representing various parts of Nepal. Dinner will follow this programme. Night stay in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Kathmandu – Delhi
Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi . Arrive in Delhi & transfer to hotel. Evening explore the local markets etc. for last minute shopping activities. Night stay in Delhi

Day 15: Departure
Transfer in time to the airport to connect the flight back home.

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