Classical South India - Explore South India Temples & 1100-year-old Stone Carvings
29 Days Itinerary - Great India Tour

 
 
TOUR NAME: Great India Tour
 
TOUR DAYS: 29 Days Tour Programme
 
DELHI (ARRIVAL) – AGRA – JAIPUR – PUSHKAR – UDAIPUR – JODHPUR – JAISALMER – BIKANER – MANDAWA – DELHI – CHENNAI – MAMALLAPURAM – BANGALORE – MYSORE – MUDUMALAI – COONOOR – COCHIN – ALLEPPEY – MARARI – COCHIN (DEPARTURE)
 
 
PLACE NIGHTS HOTELS
New Delhi 01 Ramada Plaza/ Oberoi Maidens
Agra 02 Howard Park Plaza
Jaipur 02 Ramada
Pushkar 01 Pushkar Resort
Udaipur 02 Hill Top
Jodhpur 01 Ranbanka
Jaisalmer 02 Gorbandh
Bikaner 01 Lallgarh Palace
Mandawa 01 Desert Resorts
Chennai 01 Lemon Tree
Mamallapuram 02 Chariot Beach Resort
Bangalore 01 Jayamahal Palace
Mysore 02 Sandesh The Prince
Mudumalai 01 Casa Deep Woods
Coonoor 01 Kurumba Village
Cochin 02 Abad Atrium
Alleppey 01 House Boat / NAC
Marari 02 Turtle Beach Resort
 
 
     *If above listed hotels are not available we will provide similar hotel.
     *Land only tour starts from Day 2 in Delhi.
 
 
PRICES AND DATES : send query or call for more information.
 
 
TOUR ITINERARY:
DAY 1: DEPARTURE FROM US/CANADA
 
Assemble at Pearson International Airport to board your flight for Chennai.
 
DAY 2: ARRIVE DELHI
 
Evening: Upon arrival in Delhi, our Executive will meet you at the Airport followed by transfer from Airport to Hotel.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
 
DAY 3:DELHI - AGRA (205 KMS / 5 HRS)
 
Breakfast: At Hotel in Delhi.
Morning: Morning after breakfast full day city tour of Old & New Delhi including Red Fort , Chandini Chowk, Jama Masjid, Rajghat, India Gate, President House (from outside), Lotus temple and Qutab Minar. Late afternoon drive to Agra.
Evening: At leisure.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast.
 
DAY 4: AGRA
 
Breakfast: At Hotel in Agra
Morning: AM visit Taj Mahal
Afternoon: PM visit Agra Fort
Evening : Marble craftsmanship demonstration
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
 
DAY 5: AGRA - JAIPUR (ENROUTE FATEHPUR SIKRI) (236 KMS / 5 HRS)
 
Breakfast: At Hotel in Agra.
Morning: Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri.
Evening: Rest of the day free.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
 
DAY 6: JAIPUR
 
Breakfast: At Hotel in Jaipur.
Morning: After breakfast Half day city tour of Jaipur including excursion to Amber fort. At Amber fort visit Sheesh Mahal, Ganesh Pol, Shila Devi Temple, Kesar Kyari Bagh. Climb up the fort on elephant's (Subject to availability) back like the Maharajas and visit the Amber Palace of the Kuchchawa rulers.
Afternoon: Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur city visiting Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), The City Palace, Jantar Mantar. Evening: Check-in at hotel in Mysore.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
 
DAY 7: JAIPUR - PUSHKAR (140 KMS /3.5 HRS)
 
Breakfast: At Hotel in Jaipur.
Morning: Drive to Pushkar.
Afternoon: Arrive at Pushkar. Check In at hotel. Afternoon Half day walking tour of Pushkar visiting Bazaar and temples. Later Special Pooja ceremony on Ghat with Hindu priest.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
 
DAY 8: PUSHKAR - UDAIPUR (260 KMS / 5 HRS)
 
Breakfast: At Hotel in Pushkar.
Morning: Morning after breakfast drive to Udaipur.
Afternoon: Arrival in Udaipur and check into the Hotel.
Evening: Boat ride (common boat) at Lake Pichola where you can visit the Jag Mandir Island.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
 
DAY 9: UDAIPUR
 
Breakfast: At Hotel in Udaipur.
Morning: Morning after breakfast city tour of Udaipur including visiting City Palace on lake Pichola, nearby you visit the Jagdish temple followed by Sahelion- Ki -Bari, the "ladies garden" and the beautiful garden surrounding the Pratap Memorial overlooking Fateh sagar lake and museum of Folk art the Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal drive to Udaipur.
Evening: At Leisure.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner.
 
DAY 10: : UDAIPUR - JODHPUR (285 KMS / 5 HRS)
 
Breakfast: At Hotel in Udaipur.
Morning: Morning after breakfast drive to Jodhpur, enroute visit Ranakpur temples.
Afternoon: Upon arrival check in hotel.
Evening: At leisure
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
 
DAY 11: JODHPUR - JAISALMER (290 KMS / 5.5 HRS)
 
Breakfast: At Hotel in Jodhpur.
Morning: Visit Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. Later drive to Jaisalmer.
Afternoon: Arrive Jaisalmer and check into the Hotel.
Evening: At leisure.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
 
DAY 12: JAISALMER
 
Breakfast: At Hotel in Jaisalmer.
Morning: Day city tour of Jaisalmer visiting Jaisalmer Fort & Havelis - Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Nathmal ki Haveli, Gadi Sagar Lake & Tank, Chhatriyan etc.
Evening: Excursion to visit sand dunes & camel ride for sunset viewing.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
 
DAY 13: JAISALMER - BIKANER (325 KMS / 6 HRS)
 
Breakfast: At Hotel in Jaisalmer.
Morning: After breakfast drive to Bikaner.
Afternoon: Arrival at Bikaner. Check In at hotel. Later visit of Camel Breeding Farm.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
 
DAY 14: BIKANER - MANDAWA (200 KMS/ 4 HRS)
 
Breakfast: At Hotel in Bikaner.
Morning: Visit of Junagarh Fort. Later drive to Mandawa.
Afternoon: Arrive at Mandawa. Check In at hotel. Walking tour of Mandawa (Shekawati region ) - Painted Havelis.
Evening: At leisure.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
 
DAY 15: MANDAWA - DELHI - DEPARTURE (265 KMS / 6 HRS)
 
Breakfast: At Hotel in Mandawa.
Morning: Morning after breakfast depart for Delhi.
Afternoon: Transfer to the Delhi airport to connect with the flight to Chennai.
Evening: At leisure.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
 
DAY 16: CHENNAI - VISITING CITY ON THE EAST COAST OF SOUTHERN INDIA
 
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
Morning: Late morning excursion to explore Chennai.
Afternoon: Drive to Mamallapuram and Check-in at hotel.
Evening: At leisure.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast.
 
Day 17: MAMALLAPURAM - HERITAGE WALK
 
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
Morning: Interesting 'History walk of Mamallapuram' including snake charmer, Visit to sculpture studio. Lunch: Local restaurant in Mamallapuram served in traditional South Indian style.
Afternoon: Free for own activities.
Evening: At leisure.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch
 
Day 18: KANCHEEPURAM - BANGALORE
 
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
Morning: Travel to Bangalore. Enroute visit Kancheepuram - One of the seven sacred cities of India.
Lunch: Local restaurant in Kancheepuram.
Afternoon: Check-in at hotel in Bangalore.
Evening: At leisure.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch
 
Day 19: BANGALORE - MYSORE
 
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
Morning: Explore Bangalore - The Garden City of south India.
Afternoon: Travel to Mysore. Enroute visit to Channapatna - a small hamlet 46 kms from Bangalore on the Mysore highway, excels in lacquerware.
Evening: Check-in at hotel in Mysore.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
 
Day 20: MYSORE - SRIRANGAPATTINUM
 
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
Morning: Explore Mysore - city of palaces, gardens, shady avenues and sacred temples and retains some of the charm of the old world with its many institutions that propagate Carnatic Classical music and dance.
Afternoon: An early afternoon excursion visit to Srirangapattinum - a place with Ancient history is an Island fortress town on the bank of river cauvery.
Evening: Visit to Chamundi Hill Temple - at a height of 1062mts. The 2000-year-old temple is dedicated to Goddess Chamundi. A seven storey, 40mts high tower, dominates the temple. A view of entire Mysore city from this hilltop is breath taking.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
 
Day 21: MYSORE - MUDUMALAI
 
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
Morning: Travel to Mudumalai - one of South India's largest wild life reserve.
Afternoon: Check-in to Hotel in Mudumalai and 04hrs Bush trek, in the jungle.
Lunch: Hotel in Mudumalai.
Evening : Visit to Elephant feeding in Mudumalai as a main attraction. (DEPENDING ON SEASON)
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
 
Day 22: MUDUMALAI - COONOOR
 
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
Morning: Early we go for jungle Safari. Later Travel to Coonoor, Enroute visit to Ooty(Udagamandalam) is the Queen of Hill Station.
Afternoon: Board the steam train to enjoy a trip from Ooty to Coonoor affording some spectacular views of the precipitous eastern slopes of the rain-forested Nilgiris.
Evening : Check-in to Hotel in Coonoor
Accommodation: Overnight in hotel.
Meals Included:
 
Day 23: COONOOR - COCHIN
 
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
Morning: Travel to Cochin.
Afternoon: Check-in to hotel in Cochin.
Evening At leisure
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
 
Day 24: COCHIN - "God's Own Country"
 
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
Morning: Explore Cochin - the commercial hub of Kerala, is a town of great historical importance.
Afternoon: At leisure
Evening: visit the famous dance drama of Kerala, the "Kathakali".
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
 
Day 25: COCHIN TO ALLEPPEY
 
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
Morning: Travel to Alleppey - Land of Backwater and Check-in to House Boat.
Lunch: In House Boat
Afternoon: Backwater Cruises.
Evening: At leisure.
Accommodation: On board Houseboat
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
 
DAY 26: ALLEPPEY - MARARI
 
Breakfast: On Board Houseboat.
Morning: Travel to Marari -The paradise of South India known for excellent beaches.
Afternoon: Check-in to Hotel in Marari.
Evening: At leisure
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast.
 
DAY 27: MARARI
 
Leisure on the beach. Tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves the resorts set by the pristine white sand beaches of the Marari offer you unparalleled quite in astoundingly beautiful settings.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
 
DAY 28: ARARI - COCHIN - DEPARTURE VIA MUMBAI
 
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
Morning: At leisure
Meals Included: Breakfast
Evening: Transfer to Cochin airport
 
DAY 29: ARRIVAL US/CANADA
 
 
TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- 26 Nights accommodation.
- Return airport transfers.
- Daily Breakfast.
- Special Dinner in Jaipur & Udaipur.
- Demonstration of Marble craftsmanship in Agra.
- Demonstration of Carpet weaving and block printing in Jaipur.
- Rickshaw Ride in Jaipur.
- Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur (Subject to availability of Elephant).
- Pooja ceremony on Ghat with Hindu Priest in Pushkar.
- Camel joy-ride to sand dunes for sunset viewing (Jaisalmer).
- Boat ride (common boat) on Lake Pichola, Udaipur. (Subject to water level).
- Domestic flight Delhi - Chennai.
- Demonstration of Stone craftsmanship in Mamallapuram.
- The colonial period toy Train journey for sector -"Ooty - Coonoor".
- Kathakali dance performance in Cochin.
- One night House Boat on full board basis.
- Alleppey Round Trip Backwater Cruise.
- Fare well dinner at Marari.
- Sightseeing as per package details.
- Service of English speaking Tour Manager.
- All transportation by AC Chauffer driven vehicle.
- Entrance fee to Monuments.
-All presently applicable land taxes.
 
TOUR PACKAGE NOT INCLUDES:
- Meals at hotels except those listed in above inclusions.
-Still Camera/Video Camera charges.
-Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry etc.
-Anything except those listed in above inclusions.
 
TOUR CANCELLATION POLICY:
You may cancel your booking at any time prior to commencement of the tour by notifying us in writing, which must be signed by the person that signed the Reservation Form. If you cancel on or before 30 days before the first day of the tour, we will retain your deposit to cover our costs. In addition, if the cancellation notification is received less than 30 days prior to the first day of the tour, additional cancellation charges shall be as follows:
 
Amount of Cancellation Charges:
 
45-30 Days before the first day of the tour - 50%
29-15 Days before the first day of the tour - 75%
Less than 14 Days before arrival 100%
(Cancellation conditions for Maldives may differ)
 
CHANGES BY YOU:
If you request any changes to your travel arrangements once we have confirmed a booking, all out of pocket charges, including charges imposed by our suppliers, will be payable by you, plus an amendment fee of $50.00 per revision per booking. If after the commencement of your tour you request any changes to your travel arrangements, we will do our best to implement them, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such change(s) being made, you will be liable for any cancellation charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by us and our suppliers in attempting to secure any revised arrangements. Any name changes must be provided to us in writing and are subject to any airline fees or penalties.
 
HOW TO BOOK:
If you are happy with the arrangements outlined within this itinerary and would like to book, please forward your completed booking form and the deposit. If you would like to revise the itinerary, feel free to contact us and we can prepare another version which will hopefully match your requirements. The deposit is 25% of the total cost, plus any applicable insurance premiums and can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or credit / debit card.
 
PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD:
Please note, we do not charge a credit card fee on deposits, however, a credit card fee is charged on the balance of the price of your current trip or if full payment is made. Credit card fees are detailed within the enclosed information booklet. Please note we charge a credit card fee due to the high fees charged to tour operators by the credit card companies. We have chosen to make this transparent rather than including it within the trip price. You may therefore wish to pay the balance by bank transfer, debit card or personal cheque.
 
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