DAY 1 - Delhi
Arrive Delhi. You are received and welcomed by the Know-Well India Tours representative at the airport & Transfer to hotel. He will present you the travel documents Rest of the day free for independent activities.
Day 2 - Delhi
Enjoy full day sightseeing tour of -:
New Delhi: designed and built by the British in the 1920's it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. First you will visit two monuments from Delhi's past Humayun's Tomb and Qutab Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House.
Old Delhi: an ancient walled city. Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Moghul Empire; Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city.
Day 3 - Delhi - Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur en-route visit Neemrana Fort Palace for lunch. Later continue your drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival check - in at hotel. There are many dinner options available to dine out at one of the finest Palace hotels that Jaipur boasts off.
Day 4 - Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, situated outside the walled city, is perhaps the most beautiful example of Rajasthani forts. You can have the unique experience of riding on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur including, City Palace in the heart of Jaipur known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum with its large collection of woodwork. Another monument near the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh-I, the founder ruler of Jaipur. Stop at Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, a seven storied facade and one of the most picturesque monuments constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen.
Day 5 - Jaipur - Agra
Drive to Agra, enroute visiting the deserted town of Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone city of yesteryears. In the afternoon reach Agra and check in at your hotel. Later proceed for the city sightseeing tour visiting The Taj Mahal, which is entirely made of white marble and its walls are decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work.
Day 6- Agra
Morning city sightseeing tour visiting The Taj Mahal, which is entirely made of white marble and its walls are decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work. Also visit Agra Fort (also called the Red Fort), which retains the irregular outline of the demolished mud-wall fort of the Lodis. The Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula is located in a walled garden overlooking the Yamuna.
Day 7- Agra - Jhansi (By train) Jhansi - Orchha (By surface)
Morning transfer to railway station to board the train to Jhansi , Arrive Jhansi & drive to Orchha & transfer to hotel. Orcha, situated on the banks of the Betwa River, Orchha has changed little over the centuries. Originally a hunting area, it became the centre and capital of the Bundelas. Orchha has more temples and palaces than any town of this size deserves! Spend time here exploring the palace and temples scattered across the peaceful countryside, walking in rural areas untouched by modern life and meeting the very friendly local people. You will have free time to stroll down the streets or walk along the river. May spend evening taking in the puja ceremony at the Ram Raja Temple, depending on the season.
Day 8 - Orchha - Khajuraho
Drive to Khajuraho, passing through the rural areas of Madhya Pradesh to the remote town of Khajuraho. Home to the beautifully preserved ancient and famous temples which are famous for explicit carvings depicting the full range of the Eroticism (Kama Sutra).
Day 9 - Khajuraho
Morning sight seeing shows us the temples built during the 9th to the 11th centuries by the powerful dynasty of Chandela Rajputs. The temples with their erotic sculptures are a feast to the eyes. The Chandelas built 85 temples in all but today only 20 temples stand intact. Visit the eastern and western group of temples.
Day 10 - Khajuraho - Varanasi (By Air)
Morning transferred to the airport to catch your flight/train to Varanasi. Upon your arrival at Varanasi, you will get assistance and transfer to your hotel. In the evening visit River Ganges by boat and see praying ceremony of holy river Ganges. Varanasi, formerly known as Banaras, is one of the most important religious cities in India. When you walk the crowded streets of the old city near the Ganges River, you will see holy men, holy cows, and holy temples all over the place.
Day 11- Varanasi - Bombay (By Air)
Early in the morning at the time of sunrise visit banks of the river Ganges and have boat ride to see the morning ablutions of the Hindus. See the Kashi Vishwanath temple and the Gyanvyapi kund and the mosque attached to it. Later transfer to airport to board the flight to Bombay. Arrive Bombay and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities.
Day 12 - Bombay
After breakfast sightseeing of Mumbai Tour includes a visit to the Gateway of India-erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911; Prince of Wales Museum, Jehangir Art Gallery, Marine Drive, Chowpatty beach, Hanging Garden and the Crawford Market.
Afternoon excursion to Elephanta Caves.A must for any visitor to India. Mute testimony of the Golden Age in Indian history during the Gupta period and built to honour Lord Shiva. Elephanta is a 3 kms long elongated island, consisting of two hills separated by a valley. The caves with rock-cut figures and carvings are believed to be carved by the sculptors of Ajanta or Udayagiri
Day 13 - Bombay - Cochin (By Air)
Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Cochin. Arrive Cochin & transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Cochin covering The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town. The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. Finally, the Willingdon Island, named after Lord Willingdon, is the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of India.
Day 14 - Cochin - Periyar
Drive to Periyar, the Houseboat will cruise at a leisurely pace along palm-fringed waterways, giving a panoramic view of Kerala Village Life.
Day 15 - Periyar
Morning Drive to Periyar, Periyar Forest is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Lying at an altitude of 900 - 1800 m above sea level and spread across 777sq.Km, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, it's the only sanctuary in India where you can view wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. Periyar's biggest attractions are the Herds of Elephants that come down to water and play at the lakeside.
Day 16 - Periyar - Madurai
Drive to Madurai, evening visit the Famous Meenakshi Temple, a structure in the Dravidian style of architecture. The history of the city dates back over 2,000 years when it was the capital of the Pandyas. The most interesting feature of the temple is its Hall of a thousand pillars. Night stay in Madurai.
Day 17 - Madurai - Trichy
Drive to Trichy, evening Visit Temples of Trichy one of the very ancient towns of Tamil Nadu, has many interesting relics of Pallay art ( 7th century A.D.) - only 6 miles away is the great temple of Srirangam - an island on the Cauvery. This is a massive temple with a 100 pillar hall highly decorated with carvings.
Day 18 - Trichy - Tanjore
Drive to Tanjore, afternoon sightseeing of Tanjore known as city of temples, Tanjore is dotted with no fewer than 74 temples - the most famous of which is the Brihadeshwara temple. Visit this fascinating temple and the Thanjavur Palace. Tanjore is once the capital of the Cholas, a powerful dynasty of the kings who ruled from the 10th to the 14th Centuries A.D. is to this day, a well known center of classical art and literature. Also visit the Saraswathi Mahal Library containing rare collections of ancient books and manuscripts in various languages on various subjects.
Day 19 - Tanjore - Pondicherry
Drive to Pondicherry, afternoon sightseeing of Pondicherry visiting this former French Colonial city in Tamil Nadu didn't come under Indian rule until 1954. Pondicherry otherwise known a Puducherry means a "New Hamlet" which is located on the Coromandal Coast. Here people speaking 55 different languages reside and inspite of Linguistic plethola there is no restlessness but absolute harmony. It's main attraction is actually outside of town: the ashram at Auroville, built by followers of Sri Aurobindo, a philosopher/prophet born in 1870. The International town where people of different countries reside belongs to humanity as a whole. Matrimandir the famous monument is constructed by the Auroville Society which represent the flower Lotus. Also visit 400 years old Manakula Vinayagar Temple which has several fresco paintings on the walls telling the life story of half human and half animal lord. You shall also visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram named after Sri Aurobindo, who was a National Leader, famous for his integral Yoga and philosophical literary works. A French Lady, Madam Mirr Richard, followed his spiritual path and the Samadhi of both Sri Aurobindo and Mother are situated at main premises of the Ashram. Night stay in Pondicherry.
Day 20 - Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram
Drive to Mahabalipuram, afternoon brings you to the shore temples lashed by the sea. This is one of the early temples to be constructed in this area. The "Five Rathas", a group of monolithic monuments and animal figures carved out of solid rock - aare almost like an artist's experiment in variety of form. Later on relax on the beach. Night stay in Mahabalipuram.
Day 21- Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Chennai
Morning excursion to Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram.
Kanchipuram known as the Golden City of a Thousand Temples is one of the oldest towns in India. It is famous for both its temples, many of them remarkably well preserved and for its hand-woven silks. Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India and it is the only one associated with both Shiva and Vishnu. Visit Ekambareshwar Temple, Kailashnath Temple, Kamakshi Temple, the Vaikunthaperumal Temple, all built in the 7th and 8th centuries. With a weaving tradition dating back to the Pallava era (when silk was the royal cloth), Kanchipuram is justly famous for its particularly fine silk saris, embellished with stunning patterns. Visit the local homes of the weavers and watch them create magic out of silk thread into saris.
Mahabalipuram is a small, quiet seaside resort with a unique 7th century Shore Temple, a lovely beach and some of the most beautiful rock cut temples in the world. Situated on the shore of the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram was already a famous seaport in the 1st century AD. This, town was a workshop for temple building. Visit the seven pagoda style shore temples, lashed by the waves of the sea and the seven rathas or temple chariots, a group of monolithic monuments & animal figures carved out of solid rock, the earliest known examples of Dravidian architecture. They were constructed in a single century long burst of creative enthusiasm, starting in the reign of Narasimhavarman 1. End the visit by photography of the beautiful Shore temples at sunset.
Day 22 - Chennai
Morning sight seeing of Chennai The capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and the cultural Gateway to South India, Chennai is in some respects unlike other Indian cities. The National Art Gallery, the Museum with some beautiful temple prizes and the finest collection of South Indian bronzes are quite interesting. St. Mary's Church, Peoples Park and the beautiful Marina Beach which is the second longest beach in the world as well as the clock towers are worth visiting and in evening see traditional Dances.
Day 23 - Chennai
This day you will be transferred to the International airport, 3 hours before boarding International flight for your onwards journey.
Our services end at Trivandrum airport.
NOTE :- The itinerary is suggestive and can be customized.