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Mughal Monuments, Temples & Kerala Backwater

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Embark on a captivating 25-day journey through India's rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty with our "North & South India Odyssey: Mughal Monuments, Temples & Kerala Backwater" tour. Begin in Delhi, exploring its iconic landmarks like the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, before moving on to Agra to marvel at the Taj Mahal. Journey through the spiritual cities of Varanasi and Bodhgaya, and discover the cultural treasures of Kolkata and Bhubaneshwar. Dive deep into the heritage of South India as you traverse through Chennai, Pondicherry, and Thanjavur, with visits to ancient temples, scenic hill stations, and serene backwaters. Conclude your adventure in Kerala's Alleppey and Cochin, experiencing the tranquil beauty of its famed backwaters and the vibrant culture of its coastal city. This comprehensive itinerary promises an unforgettable exploration of India's diverse landscapes and traditions.



Day 1: Welcome to Delhi

Arrive in Delhi, the capital city of India. After breakfast, check into your hotel. The day is free for you to relax or explore the city at your own pace. Perhaps visit Connaught Place for shopping or indulge in some local delicacies at Karol Bagh.


Day 2: Discovering Delhi

Begin your day with a tour of Old Delhi visiting the iconic Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore Jama Masjid, one of India's largest mosques. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk. Later, explore New Delhi visiting Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Humayun's Tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, a 73-meter tall tower, and drive past India Gate and the President's House. Overnight in Delhi.


Day 3: Delhi to Agra (210km)

After breakfast, drive to Agra. Visit the Agra Fort, an imposing structure with a rich history. In the evening, witness the ethereal beauty of the Taj Mahal during sunset. Marvel at its intricate marble inlays and architectural brilliance. Overnight in Agra.


Day 4: Agra to Orchha via Gwalior (220km)

Drive to Orchha via Gwalior. Explore Gwalior Fort, an impressive hill fort overlooking the city. Visit Sas Bahu Temple, known for its intricate carvings, and Teli Ka Mandir, a unique temple with Dravidian and Indo-Aryan architectural styles. Continue to Orchha to admire its temples like the Ram Raja Temple, palaces such as Jahangir Mahal, and the picturesque Betwa River. Overnight in Orchha.


Day 5: Orchha to Khajuraho (180km)

Travel to Khajuraho and explore the Eastern Group of Temples in the afternoon. Marvel at the beautifully preserved sculptures and intricate carvings that depict various aspects of life, including the famous Kamasutra panels. Overnight in Khajuraho.


Day 6: Khajuraho to Varanasi (Flight)

Fly to Varanasi, one of the oldest living cities in the world. Later, experience the spiritual atmosphere with a walk along the ghats of the Ganges. Witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghat, where priests perform rituals with lamps and incense accompanied by chants and bells. Overnight in Varanasi.


Day 7: Varanasi Exploration

Start with a boat ride during sunrise on the Ganges. Witness the morning rituals, including bathing and praying, by the river. Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the most sacred temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Explore Sarnath Museum, showcasing Buddhist artifacts, and the Stupa, where Buddha gave his first sermon. In the evening, explore the bustling markets of Varanasi, known for silk sarees and handicrafts. Overnight in Varanasi.


Day 8: Varanasi to Bodhgaya (255km)

Drive to Bodhgaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a significant Buddhist pilgrimage site. Visit the Mahabodhi Temple Complex, the exact spot where Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment. Pay respects to the Bodhi Tree under which Buddha meditated. Overnight in Bodhgaya.


Day 9: Bodhgaya to Patna or Kolkata (Flight)

After breakfast, fly to Kolkata, the cultural capital of India. Explore Victoria Memorial, an architectural marvel, St. Paul's Cathedral, a fine example of Gothic architecture, and Indian Museum, the oldest and largest museum in India. Overnight in Kolkata.


Day 10: Kolkata Discovery

Visit Howrah Bridge, an iconic cantilever bridge on the Hooghly River, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, and Mother House, Mother Teresa's residence and the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity. Afternoon free for shopping and leisure. Overnight in Kolkata.


Day 11: Kolkata to Bhubaneshwar (Flight)

Fly to Bhubaneshwar, the Temple City of India. Visit Lingaraj Temple, an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mukteswara Temple, known for its exquisite carvings, Rajarani Temple, with its ornate sculptures, and Odisha State Museum, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the state. Overnight in Bhubaneshwar.


Day 12: Bhubaneshwar to Puri via Dhauli & Konark (100km)

Drive to Puri, a major pilgrimage destination for Hindus. En route, visit Dhauli, the site of the famous Peace Pagoda and Konark Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its intricate stone carvings. Relax on Puri Beach in the evening and witness the beautiful sunset. Overnight in Puri.


Day 13: Puri to Chilika Lake (55km)

Visit Chilika Lake, Asia's largest brackish water lagoon. Explore the Nalaban Bird Sanctuary, home to numerous migratory birds. Enjoy a boat ride to spot Irrawaddy dolphins and other avian species like flamingos and pelicans. Return to Puri for the night.


Day 14: Puri to Chennai or Bhubaneshwar (Flight)

Fly to Chennai, the gateway to South India. Visit Fort St. George, the first English fortress in India, Kapaleeswarar Temple, a famous Shiva temple, Marina Beach, one of the longest urban beaches in the world, and San Thome Church, built over the tomb of St. Thomas. Overnight in Chennai.


Day 15: Chennai to Pondicherry via Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram (290km)

Drive to Kanchipuram, known as the "City of Thousand Temples". Visit Kailasanathar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and Ekambareswarar Temple, one of the Pancha Bootha Sthalams. Continue to Mahabalipuram to explore its rock-cut temples, Shore Temple, and Arjuna's Penance. Arrive in Pondicherry, a former French colony, by evening. Overnight in Pondicherry.


Day 16: Pondicherry Exploration

Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the spiritual community founded by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, Auroville, an international township known for its unique architecture and community living, and French Quarter, with its colonial buildings and vibrant cafes. Spend your evening relaxing by Promenade Beach or shopping for handmade chocolates and aromatherapy products. Overnight in Pondicherry.


Day 17: Pondicherry to Chidambaram to Thanjore (220km)

Drive to Thanjavur via Chidambaram. Visit Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram, dedicated to Lord Shiva as the cosmic dancer Nataraja. Continue to Thanjavur to visit the Brihadeeswarar Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Thanjavur Palace, known for its Maratha architecture and the Royal Museum. Overnight in Thanjavur.


Day 18: Thanjavur to Trichy to Madurai (190km)

After breakfast, visit the Rock Fort Temple in Trichy, a unique temple situated on a rock. Continue to Madurai and visit Meenakshi Amman Temple, a historic Hindu temple with intricate carvings and colorful gopurams. Overnight in Madurai.


Day 19: Madurai to Munnar (160km)

Drive to Munnar, a hill station known for its sprawling tea gardens and picturesque landscapes. En route, visit Lockhart Gap and Mattupetty Dam for panoramic views of the Western Ghats. Arrive in Munnar by evening. Overnight in Munnar.


Day 20: Munnar Exploration

Visit Eravikulam National Park, home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, Tea Museum, showcasing the history of tea cultivation in Munnar, and Echo Point, a scenic spot with panoramic views. Spend the evening exploring local markets or enjoying a nature walk through tea estates. Overnight in Munnar.


Day 21: Munnar to Thekkady (100km)

Drive to Thekkady, home to the Periyar National Park. Enjoy a boat ride on Periyar Lake to spot wildlife such as elephants, deer, and birds. Visit a spice plantation in the afternoon to learn about the cultivation and processing of spices like cardamom, pepper, and cloves. Overnight in Thekkady.


Day 22: Thekkady Exploration

Embark on a guided nature walk in Periyar National Park early in the morning to observe wildlife in their natural habitat. Later, take a scenic drive through the park. In the afternoon, participate in a cooking class to learn to prepare traditional Kerala dishes using fresh spices. Overnight in Thekkady.


Day 23: Thekkady to Alleppey (160km)

Drive to Alleppey, also known as the "Venice of the East". Board a traditional houseboat for a backwater cruise through Vembanad Lake. Enjoy traditional Kerala cuisine on board, watch local life on the banks, and soak in the serene beauty of the backwaters. Overnight on the houseboat.


Day 24: Alleppey to Cochin (60km)

Drive to Cochin. Visit Fort Kochi, an old harbor town known for its colonial architecture and artistic heritage. Explore St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, and the Chinese Fishing Nets, a unique fishing technique introduced by Chinese traders. Visit the Jewish Synagogue in the Jew Town area, known for its exquisite Belgian glass chandeliers and hand-painted floor tiles. Opt for an evening Kathakali dance performance to experience Kerala's traditional dance form. Overnight in Cochin.


Day 25: Cochin Departure

After breakfast, explore more of Cochin's attractions like Mattancherry Palace, showcasing Kerala's mural paintings, and Marine Drive, a picturesque promenade along the backwaters. Later, transfer to the airport or railway station for your onward journey, marking the end of your North and South India Odyssey.

- Assistance on arrival at airport.

- 24 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.

- Daily breakfast at hotels.

- Private AC car/van for airport transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the program.

- English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.

- Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.

- Bottled drinking water in car.

- Government taxes.


Hotels used or similar for 25 nights accommodation

Delhi x 2 nights
3* - Madhuban Hotel/ Emarald Hotel
4* - The Royal Plaza/ Country Inn & Suite Saket
5* - Le Meridien/ The Claridges

Agra x 1 night
3* - Howard Plaza the Fern/ Atulyaa Taj
4* - Radission Hotel/ Crystal Sarovar Premier
5* - Trident Hotel/ Courtyard by Marriott

Orchha x 1 night
3* & 4* - Orchha Resort/ Amar Mahal 
5* - Orchha Palace and Convention Centre x 1 night

Khajuraho x 1 night
3* - Ramada/Clarks Hotel
4* - Radisson Hotel/ Hotel Chandela
5* - The Lalit Temple View

Varanasi x 2 nights
3* - Meraden Grand/ Amaya Hotel
4* - Rivatas by Ideal/ Palace On Ganges
5* - Radisson Hotel/ Gateway Hotel Taj

Bodhgaya x 1 night
3* - Hotel Taj Darbar/ Hotel Mahamaya
4* & 5* - The Royal  Residency/ Lotus Nikko Hotel

Kolkata x 2 nights
3* - Regenta Orko's/ The Fern Residency
4* - The Peerless Inn/ The Fern Residency
5* - ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection/ The Lalit Great Eastern

Bhubaneswar x 1 nights
3* - Kalinga Ashok/ The HHI
4* - Fortune Park Sishmo/ Mayfair Convention
5* - Mayfair Lagoon/ Trident Hotel

Puri x 3 nights
3* - Toshali Sands/ Blue Lily Beach Resort
4* - The Hans Coco Palms/ The Chariot Resort & spa
5* - Mayfair Waves

Chennai x 1 night
3* - Raj Park/ MGM East Woods
4* - The  Raintree/ Accord Metropolitan
5* - ITC Grand Chola/ The Leela Palace

Pondicherry x 2 night
3* - Shenbaga Hotel/ Annamalai International
4* - Le Pondy/ The Windflower Resort & Spa
5* - Palais De Mahe/ La Villa

Thanjore x 1 night
3* - Grand Gardenia/ Oriental Towers 
4* - Le Pondy/ The Windflower Resort & Spa
5* - Svatma

Madurai x 1 night
3* - Astoria by Sparsa/ Madurai’s Residency
4* - GRT Regency/ Fortune Pandiyan Hotel
5* - Heritage Madurai/ The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai

Munnar x 2 nights
3* - Fort Munnar/ Abad Copper Castle
4* - Nature Zone Jungle Resort/ Fragrant Nature Munnar
5* - Chandys Windy Woods/ Tea County

Pariyar (Thekkady) x 2 night
3* - Abad Green Forest/ Hotel Treetop
4* - The Elephant Court/ Cardamom County
5* - Spice village/ Cardamom County

Alleppey x 1 night
3* - Deluxe Houseboat (ATDC Houseboat/ Dream Boats)
4* - Premium Houseboat (Abad Premium Houseboats/ Rainbow Premium Houseboats)
5* - Luxury Houseboat (Xandari Riverscapes/ Lakes & Lagoons)

Cochin x 1 night
3* - The Dune Hotel/ Abad Plaza
4* - Casino Hotel/ The Avenue Regent
5* - Xandari Harbour/ Le Meridien

- Khajuraho - Varanasi, Patna - Kolkata - Bhubaneswar - Chennai flight fare approx 20500 per person in economy class.

- Camera charges at monuments if any.

- Meals other than mentioned in inclusions.

- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc. 

- Gratuities and optional activities.

- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.