Location:- Chennai-Madurai-Periyar-Houseboat-Kumarakom-Mumbai-Varanasi-Delhi-Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Jaipur
Duration:- 16 Days
Grand Tour of North India Holidays
Traditional welcome with garlands on your arrival; daily breakfast; Airport transfers and in-depth sightseeing tours in each city; cycle rickshaw and elephant rides; Kaleidoscope Dance Drama show in Cochin; Jungle trek in Periyar; Spice Plantation in Periyar; Guided Walking Tour of Mumbai; Sound & Light Show in Amber Fort Jaipur; Cuisine walk including shopping for ingredients, cooking demonstration and dinner with an Indian family; boat at sunrise and sunset in the sacred city of Varanasi; Shopping For local crafts and wares, a welcome gift; air-conditioned private car and driver available on a 24x7 basis; all entrance fees to the monuments, museums and so much more.
Day 01: Arrival / Chennai
Mid morning arrival. Meet and greet upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Welcome to India, or as we say ‘atithi devo bhava’ (the guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you! Afternoon, tour the highlights of Chennai - the capital city of Tamil Nadu. The tour includes visits to Fort St. George, St. Mary’s Church, The High Court building and the incredible museum in it.
Day 02: Chennai / Madurai (Flight)
Full day tour of Madurai visiting Meenakshi Temple and the Tirumala Nayak Palace. Evening witness the bed chamber ceremony at Meenakshi Temple.
Day 03: Madurai / Periyar (Private Drive)
Afternoon, spice plantation tour
Day 04: Periyar / Alleppey / Houseboat (Private Drive)
Short jungle trek at Periyar before riding to Alleppey. Afternoon, spend the day cruising the backwaters and witnessing the traditional lives on the banks.
Day 05: Houseboat / Kumarakom
Following breakfast, disembark at your delightful hotel in Kumarakom. Day at leisure to take in the natural beauty of the place, walk to local villages, undertake Ayurvedic SPAs etc.
Day 06: Kumarakom / Cochin (Private Drive)
Afternoon, drive to the Cochin. In the evening, witness traditional dance drama called Kaleidoscope. Ethnic and traditional dances typical of the region are performed here.
Day 07: Cochin / Mumbai (Flight)
Morning, undertake a tour of Cochin that brings to life the heritage of this vibrant destination – the Jew Town, The Dutch Palace, Chinese Fishing nets, and of course the elegant synagogue are highlights of our visit. An evening flight brings us to Mumbai for overnight.
Day 08: Mumbai
Today, we proceed on a guided tour of a cosmopolitan & tropical Bombay. In the evening we enjoy a walking tour of the native bazaars of Mumbai. The tour is a mix of energetic street market, color, and multi – cultural mix of mosques, temples and cuisines.
Day 09: Mumbai / Varanasi (Flight)
Varanasi is quite possibly the world’s oldest living city. This afternoon, we will visit several temples and the Hindu University at Benares. Afternoon, a short excursion outside of the city is undertaken for a tour of Saarnath – the venue where Budhha preached his first sermons after gaining enlightenment. Evening, we visit the ghats of Varanasi to witness the performance of Ganges Aarti.
Day 10: Varanasi / Delhi (Flight)
At dawn we visit the sacred Ganges for a boat ride. Afternoon, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Delhi. Later, do a tour for New Delhi, the vast and bustling Capital and the third largest city of India.
Day 11: Delhi
Today, do a guided city tour of Old Delhi. Evening, participate in a food and walking tour of the back streets of Old Delhi .
Day 12: Delhi / Agra
Drive to Agra along one of the India’s finest freeways. We will visit the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort. Evening, we will visit Mehtab Bagh.
Day 13: Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays)
At sunrise we visit one of the greatest sights of one’s lifetime - Taj Mahal. Drive to Jaipur stopping at the deserted capital city of Fatehpur Sikri.
Day 14: Jaipur
This morning we visit Amber Fort. Afternoon, we proceed on a tour Of the City Palace & Observatory. Evening, Cuisine Walk & A Traditional Rajasthani Meal With An Indian Family
Day 15: Jaipur / Delhi
After breakfast, we will drive to Delhi.
Day 16: Delhi / Departure
Transfer to International airport to connect with your onward flight.