19 Nights / 20 Days
Delhi - Khajuraho - Orchha - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur - Ajanta- Ellora - Bombay - Madurai - Chettinad - Trichy - Tanjore - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Madras
India has a unique culture and is one of the oldest and greatest civilizations of the world. It is the home of Indus Valley Civilization. It is known for its rich cultural values, traditions, long standing history, languages, music, art, architecture, religions, natural reserves etc. It is the motherland of Philosophy, Yoga and Ayurveda. It stretches from the snow-capped Himalayas in the North to the Sun drenched coastal villages of the South. It is the seventh largest country in the world by geographical area. It is the second most populous nation in the world.
India is also known as the land of festivals. It is known for its unity in diversity. As a tourism destination India has everything from temples to palaces, from heritage sites to fabulous beaches, from natural reserves to game forests etc. make India a complete tourist destination. In this India at a glance tour, you will certainly get the best glimpse of this great country.
Begin your tour.
Arrive into Delhi. Welcome to 'Vardhman's India at a Glance Tour'. On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transfered by our representative to hotel.
Rest of the day free at leisure
This morning after a leisurely breakfast we will proceed for the sightseeing of Delhi.
Combined city tour of New Delhi & Old Delhi
Visit Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple , a modern Hindu Temple , Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New Delhi . Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi.
Enjoy the Dances of India show in the evening.
This morning after breakfast Proceed to Jhansi by train and enroute to visit Orchha and upon arrival, check into hotel. Orchha which is a medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with palaces & temples of the 16th & 17th century which have remarkably withstood the onslaught of time. The city is picturesquely flanked by the river Betwa. Visit of the surrounding fortress & local Ram Raja Tample.
Later proceed to visit a full day tour of the Exotic temples (Eastern & Southern) of Khajuraho.
This morning proceed to Agra by train and transfer into hotel.
Rest of the day free at leisure.
This morning after breakfast proceed for sight-seeing city tour of Agra.
City tour of Agra
Visit Taj Mahal, Red fort & Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula. Later you will visit a marble gallery - the flagship store in Agra which offers an excellant range of white marble, fashionable wear & exotic wooden articles, truly a one stop shop.
This morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur and enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri and upon arrival, check into hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.
After breakfast proceed for Amber Fort. Enjoy the fort ascent on elephant back in a royal manner.
Enjoy the experience the wonders of this magicial pink city, as you proceed on a tour of Amber fort (optional: Elephant Safari). Later visit the Jagmandir or the Hall of victory glitterning with mirrors, Maharaja's City Palace and the Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds and through the rose pink residential and business areas of Jaipur.
Rest of the day free for shopping.
This morning after breakfast drive to Jodhpur and transfer into hotel.
Rest of the day free at leisure.
After breakfast proceed on a city tour of Jodhpur.
Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill, including Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble memorium built in 1899 and the Museum located in the Umaid Public gardens, in the evening a walk in the old city.
This morning drive to Udaipur and enroute visit Ranakpur and for of Kumbhalgarh and upon arrival, check into hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.
This morning proceed to visit the City Palace also visit medieval Jagdish Temple and Sahelion-Ki-Bari or the "Gardens of the Maids of Honour". The tour of Udaipur will end with a lunch at the beautiful Gallery Restaurant at Fateh Prakash Palace.The day will end with a relaxing boat ride on Lake Pichola.
This morning after the breakfast drive to the airport for your flight for Bombay where you will arrive to connect to your flight for Aurangabad. Upon arrival, check into hotel.
Ajanta Caves are 106 kms from Aurangabad and date back to the 2nd century BC. The 30 rock hewn caves are adorned with Buddhist sculpture and the frescoes portray in epic form the religious and secular life through eight centuries.
Rest of the day free at leisure.
This morning after breakfast visit to Ellora Caves (29 kms) encompassing 34 rock cut shrines representing Buddhist,Hindu & Jain art dating from the 4th to 9th century A.D. The most remarkable among them is the Kailash Temple, meant to be a replica of Lord Shivas celestial abode - Kailash is the best example of Rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel. Later visit Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad Caves.
Proceed to airport to board your flight for Bombay where you spend the night before starting your tour of South India. Rest of the day free at leisure.
This morning, drive to airport to take a flight for Madurai and upon arrival, check into hotel. Madurai, known as Athens of the East, it is the second largest city on the banks of the River Vigai. The city believed to be more than 2500 yeras old. The city got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva's locs when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him.
City tour of Madurai
Visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams – (rising high above the surrounding countryside). Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace – a gracious building in the Indo-Saracenic style, famous for the stucco work on its domes and arches.
This morning after breakfast drive to Chettinad which is known for its artistic houses. Spend the afternoon exploring the palace and around for its unique architecture.
This morning after breakfast drive to Tanjore visiting enroute Trichy and upon arrival, check into the hotel. The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri river, Trichy's most famed land mark is an 84 m high rock, one of the oldest in the world aprox.3,800 million years. The attraction is not for fort itself but the temple at the summit. 344 steps hewn out of rock lead to the top where are the inscriptions dating back to the 3rd century B.C.
Later proceed on a City tour of Tanjore
Tanjore (Thanjavur) is famous for Carnatic music, musical instruments, dance and traditional hadicrafts and the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple constructed more than a thousand years ago by the Chola King Raja Rajan is an architect's marvel. In the evening you explore the city including spectacular Rock Fort Temple.
This morning to take a train for Madras and upon arrival, check into hotel.
City tour of Chennai
Visit Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral and the museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery. (Closed on Fridays and Public holidays). High court, Marina Beach, San Thome Cathedral and Snake Park.
This morning after breakfast proceed on a full day excursion to Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram.
Kanchipuram (70 kms from Chennai (Madras)) is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century & has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambareswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varada Raja swamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. Upon arrrival at Mahabalipuram check into your hotel.
Later visit Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram is (75Kms from Kanchipuram) famous for the 7th Century Temples. Here on the seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which are the examples of Dravidian style of Architecture.
In time transfer to airport to board the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories of your 'Vardhman's India at a Glance Tour' escorted by Vardhman Vacations.