Embark on this cultural and spiritual journey of India on a 17-days tour to one of India’s most sought-after historical & revered sites. This tour is a comprehensive experience of Indian Golden Triangle (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur), Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and Tamil Nadu - the land of cultural and religious heritage. The tour takes you through the famous trinity of Indian tourism – Delhi, Agra & Jaipur. The tour culminates at the Pink City “Jaipur”, an enthralling historical city and the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state – Rajasthan. The city’s colourful, chaotic streets ebb and flow with a heady brew of old and new. In the midst of this mayhem, the splendours of Jaipur’s majestic past are islands of relative calm evoking a different pace and another world. Get a chance to get up close with tigers at Ranthambore National Park.
On this trip you'll witness the great blend of Tamil, British, French and Islamic ancient architectural work. Visiting destination more than 2500 years old - like Madurai. We'll start the trip with pick-up from. Chennai’s greatest assets are its people, infectiously enthusiastic about their hometown; they won’t hit you with a lot of hustle and hassle. Recent years have thrown in a new layer of cosmopolitan glamour: luxe hotels, sparkling boutiques, quirky cafes, smart contemporary restaurants and a sprinkling of swanky bars and clubs. Mahabalipuram which is an elegant place to visit and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pondicherry or Puducherry, also known as the French Riviera of the East, and it is indeed one of the most charming and mesmerising places to visit in South India. A former French colony, Pondicherry has retained all of its old-world French charms, and despite being miles away from France, the city comes close to giving you a very authentic feel of the French culture and allure. Madurai is known as Athens of east; comprises a number of temples and historical monuments. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists visit Madurai every year in search of spiritual peace.
This amazing tour kicks off on your arrival at Delhi. Welcome to the capital of India and the second most populous city of India - Delhi. The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures.
Private car with driver will pick you from Delhi Airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. After refreshing head out for Delhi sightseeing. Start with a visit to the famous Lotus Temple. Notable for its flower-like shape, it has become a prominent attraction in the city. Like all Baháʼí Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification. Afterwards drive past Rashtrapati Bhavan (the residence of President of India), and visit India Gate (a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War). Overnight stay will be at hotel in Delhi.
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast to start your day of sightseeing in Delhi. A mixture of history with a taste of everyday Delhi, today’s itinerary covers all aspects of this former capital of the Mughal Empire. Stop off at the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Humayun’s Tomb. Built in 1570, it is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Then visit the magnificent Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. After that visit the bustling Chandni Chowk – one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Enjoy a rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk. After that visit the towering Qutub Minar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a 73-metre (239.5 feet) tall tapering tower of five storeys. Qutb ud Din Aibak, founder of the Delhi Sultanate, started construction of the Qutb Minar's first storey around 1192.
Afterwards visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the most prominent Sikh temples, or Sikh house of worship in Delhi and known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan. There is also a sacred pool inside its complex, known as the "Sarovar."
Have dinner at a nice restaurant and then reach back at the hotel. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Delhi.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast, check out from hotel and head towards Agra. Welcome to the city of Wonderful Taj Mahal. Agra is blessed with one of the Seven Wonders of the World the “Taj Mahal”. City with its rich culture, history and architectural work stands in the top of the tourist destination in India.
Reach Agra by afternoon. Have lunch at a restaurant. Check-in at hotel. Later, set out for local sightseeing. Visit Agra Fort. In the evening hang out at the local market. Overnight stay at hotel in Agra.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Early in the morning visit the majestic Taj Mahal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains.
After breakfast check-out from hotel and Then head towards Ranthambore. Once a private game reserve of the royal House of Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the world’s best known wilderness areas.
Reach Ranthambore by evening & check-in at the hotel on arrival. Evening is at your leisure. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Ranthambore.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Enjoy the early morning tea and snacks and then head out for jungle safari at 6:00am. Ranthambore National Park is one of the finest tiger reserves in India. It is in every sense a perfect place for wildlife photography. Later come back to hotel, have breakfast and relax.
Have lunch at the hotel. In the late afternoon head out for another jungle safari around 3:00pm, this time on a different path. Maybe you get a good chance of sighting the Indian tigers. Spend some time watching the peacocks and other animals in their natural habitat. The forests around the Ranthambore Fort were once, the private hunting grounds of the Kings of Jaipur.
Evening is at your leisure. Enjoy the cultural performances and Dinner at your hotel in Ranthambore.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast check out from hotel, and head towards the Pink City - Jaipur, famous for its broad avenues, massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and royal culture. It will be around 04 hours drive. You'll drive through the countryside of Rajasthan, thus a good way of seeing the culture of the region. On the way you'll be seeing many cows, the traffic will surprise you. Check-in to hotel on arrival.
The evening is at your leisure. You can stroll through the local market area. Jaipur is also known as the shopper’s paradise. Jaipur's colorful markets offer a great break to stop and shop on your tour. Take in the glint and sparkle of the rows of shops selling hand-crafted bangles and other decoration items. While moving through the markets, you will come across the vivacious culture of this region.
Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
After breakfast, visit the renowned forts & palaces of Jaipur. Visit the historic heritage sites of Jaipur - Hawa Mahal ("Palace of Winds" - a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside); Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), It is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh, and completed in 1738 CE. Afterwards visit the City Palace. A complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings. On your way also visit Jal Mahal (the palace in the middle of lake). It was built in the 17th century. Visit the grand Amer Fort (or Amber Fort) (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It is the principal tourist attraction in the Jaipur and the current structure was built during the late 16th century by Rajput Kings. In the evening visit Nahargarh Fort, which provides a beautiful bird's eye view of entire Jaipur city.
Have dinner at a nice restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
After breakfast check out from the hotel. The private car will drop you at Jaipur airport. Board your flight for Chennai. Among Chennai’s greatest assets are its people, infectiously enthusiastic about their hometown; they won’t hit you with a lot of hustle and hassle. Recent years have thrown in a new layer of cosmopolitan glamour: luxe hotels, sparkling boutiques, quirky cafes, smart contemporary restaurants and a sprinkling of swanky bars and clubs.
With its sweltering southern heat, roaring traffic and lack of outstanding sights, Chennai has often been seen as the dowdier sibling among India’s four biggest cities. But even if you’re just caught here between connections,
Private car will pick-up from Chennai airport and transfer to hotel for check-in. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Chennai.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and head towards Mahabalipuram. The beauty of this place is not only due to the magnificent ancient architecture but the vast casuarinas trees, the silvery sandy beach the classical hand male crafts around have made them all to form what is a collective splendor.
Reach Mahabalipuram by noon. After rest head out for Mahabalipuram sightseeing visit the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of Mahabalipuram. Visit Shore Temple It is the most famous monument of the town. Afterwards visit Pancha Ratha. The Pancha Ratha are a set of 5 different monuments. Each one is called a ratha and is named after the Pandavas and their family. Then visit Cave Temples. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Mahabalipuram.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast take a detour to Kanchipuram. The city was also a religious centre of advanced education for Jainism and Buddhism between the 1st and 5th centuries. Out of the 108 holy temples of the Hindu god Vishnu, 14 are located in Kanchipuram. The city is well known for its hand woven silk sarees. Visit Kailasanatha Temple which is the oldest structure in the town dedicated to lord Shiva. This Hindu temple in the Dravidian architectural style was built from 685-705AD . Later visit Varadharaja Perumal Temple & Ekambareshvara Temple.
Reach Mahabalipuram by evening. Evening at your leisure. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Mahabalipuram.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast check out and head towards Pondicherry. The union territory of Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry; generally known as ‘Pondy’) was under French rule until 1954. Some people here still speak French (and English with French accents). Check in at hotel on arrival & relax. In the evening head out for sightseeing, visit French Quarter. Many of the structures in the French Quarter of Pondicherry are colonial buildings and were built by the French during their rule. Some of the buildings in White Town have been deemed as heritage sites and are breathtakingly beautiful. Overnight stay at hotel in Pondicherry.
After breakfast head out for Pondicherry sightseeing. Start with a visit to The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an oriental specimen of Gothic architecture. It contains rare stained glass panels depicting events from the life of Christ and saints of the Catholic Church. Later visit Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, dedicated to the worship of Lord Ganesha. The monumental interiors of the temple are decorated with forty incarnations and forms of Lord Ganesha, carved on the stone walls of the temple. In the evening hangout at Pondicherry beaches. The Pondicherry beaches have a unique charm where its inherent serene atmosphere contrasts the wild, roaring sea rushing onto it. You can experience it yourself on any of its three famous beaches – Promenade, Paradise and the Serenity beach. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Pondicherry.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and head towards Thanjavur. Thanjavur (Tanjavur or Tanjore) is a temple site in the Tamil Nadu region of southern India. Thanjavur was the capital of the great Chola (Cola) king Rajaraja I, and it was he who commissioned the site’s magnificent temple, the Brihadishvara, in the early 11th century CE. Many other temples and shrines were added over the centuries making Thanjavur one of the most important and most visited historical sites in India today.
Check in at hotel on arrival. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Thanjavur.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast head out for Thanjavur sightseeing. Start with a visit to Thanjavur Royal Palace & Museum, which holds ancient items, images, paintings & sculptures, well preserved through the times. Then head out to visit Gangaikonda Cholapuram, which used to be the capital of the Chola dynasty in CE 1025 during the reign of Rajendra Chola I, and served as the Chola capital for around 250 years. There visit the majestic Brihadeeshwara Temple. This temple is a perfect illustration of the great heights achieved in the field of architecture by the Chola rulers. It is a homage paid to Lord Shiva and is a display of power of Raja Raja Chola. Brihadeeshwar Temple is one of the most beautiful architectural splendors of the country. Evening at your leisure. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Thanjavur.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast check out from the hotel and head towards Madurai, an energetic, ancient city on the Vaigai River in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Its skyline is dominated by the 14 colorful gopurams (gateway towers) of Meenakshi Amman Temple. On the way take a detour to Tiruchirapalli and visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, the largest temple compound in India and one of the largest religious complexes in the world. It is one of the most illustrious temples in South India rich in legend and history.
Reach Madurai by evening. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. In evening head out for Pooja ceremony at Meenakshi temple. Overnight stay at hotel in Madurai.
After breakfast head out for Madurai sightseeing. Visit to the renowned Meenakshi Amman Temple. The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2,500-year-old city of Madurai. After that visit Alagar Koil, an exquisite temple situated in the north east of Madurai. Afterwards visit Gandhi Museum in Madurai, a memorial museum which was built in 1959 for Mahatma Gandhi. It is one of the five great Gandhi Museums in the country which depict the life of the Father of the nation and India's freedom struggle from 1757 until 1947. In the evening visit local Market. Overnight stay at hotel in Madurai.
After breakfast check out from the hotel. Then the private car will drop you at Madurai airport. Bid farewell with the memories of amazing fun-filled 17 days trip through the Golden triangle & Tamil Nadu worth remembering for the lifetime!
Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday. Please select your travel dates accordingly.
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