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Exotic India Tour

  • 20 Nights / 21 Days
  • Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Orchha - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Pushkar - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Mumbai - Aurangabad (Ajanta-Ellora) - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Kumarakom - Cochin
Backwaters & houseboat
Ayurveda, yoga & leisure
Ganga, ghats & ‘aarti’
Rock-cut Buddhist chapels
Forts, palaces & tombs
Temples & sculpture

The India travel destinations selected in exotic India tour are symbols of diverse cultural streams, stupendous contrasts and vast differences of India but with subterranean current of cohesiveness. Religion and spirituality play a vital role in Indian society and, thus, a complex and wonderful pattern of lifestyle has evolved. The splendor of Delhi and Agra with cool and majestically beautiful monuments of Mughal culture, unimagined silence at Sarnath where Buddha delivered his first sermon, contagious excitement in the great throngs greeting dawn in Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges, ‘Epic in Stones’- the Khajuraho temples, tropically somnolent Mumbai & Kumarakom, one of the greatest glories of Indian architectural art- Buddhist monastic retreats of Ajanta with mural frescoes, Rajasthan with royal culture at its best and exceptionally grandiose and meticulously engraved temples and religious rituals of south India will be a procession of exotic India experiences of lifetime.

Day 1 Arrival at New Delhi & Old Delhi sightseeing tour

Arrive from your country to New Delhi, the national capital of India. You will be welcomed, greeted & assisted upon arrival by a representative of Optima India Tourism. You will be escorted to the New Delhi hotel for smooth check in. As most of the international flights land in Delhi around mid-night, you will have ample time to have sound sleep and proper relaxation, shedding jet-lag. Late morning, after having lunch, get refreshed and prepared for Old Delhi sightseeing which includes Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Raj Ghat & Akshardham Temple.

Red Fort, a masterpiece planned and executed by Shah Jahan, came into its present form in 1647. Now- a-days part of it is housed by Indian military. Prime Minister of India addresses the nation even today from the ramparts of Red Fort on Independence Day, August 15.

Built during 1644 and 1658, Jama Masjid emerges as an architectural gem out of a cluster that comprises Red Fort, Chandni Chowk and Shahjahanabad. Built in red sandstone with inlay works of marble, Jama Masjid is the last grand architectural creation of Shah Jahan. Being the largest mosque of India and having a collection of Muhammad's relics - the Koran written on deerskin, a red beard-hair of the prophet, his sandals and his footprints, implanted in a marble block, Jama Masjid of Delhi holds prominence among other mosques.

Chandni Chowk of Delhi is a unique market place which is one of the most prominent wholesale and retail markets of India. Chandni Chowk was conceptualized, designed and built by Jahanara, Shahjahan's daughter. It was built about more than 350 years before when Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, in order to consolidate his empire and quell frequent rebellions around Delhi, shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi. The cluster comprising Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk was known as Shahjahanabad.

Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi is commemorated, lies a short distance to the south. International leaders, including Eisenhower and Ho Chi Minh, have made pilgrimages to Raj Ghat and planted trees, which are labeled with their names. It is an enclosed garden, created to mark where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated and where his monument now stands. A simple, black marble platform indicates the precise site of the cremation; it bears the single Hindi word Rama (God), and a flame burns continuously in a lamp at its head. Every Friday, the day on which Gandhi was killed, a ceremony takes place here during which offering (puja) is made to his memory,

Akshardham Temple of New Delhi, a depiction of more than 10,000 years old India’s legacy of entwining beauty and spirituality in art and architectural creations, has been declared by the Guinness World Record as the World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple. It is a must- see tourist attraction. After visiting Old Delhi, exploring characteristic narrow alleys of Chandni Chowk while having rickshaw ride, visiting Rajghat and Akshardham Temple, return to Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2 New Delhi sightseeing.

On the very first day, you had been put on un-capped journey of exotic India experiences. The second day of Exotic India Tour with Optima India Tourism is also not an exception. After having breakfast in Delhi hotel, leave for full day sightseeing of New Delhi visiting Birla Temple, Parliament House, Presidential House, India Gate, Qutub Minar and Humayun's Tomb.

India Gate is a war memorial to commemorate the martyrdom of 70,000 Indian soldiers in World War- I, conceived and designed by Edwin Lutyens and built completely in 1931. Now, the Eternal Flame established here is commemorative of the supreme sacrifice done by Indian soldiers in the 1971 war with Pakistan.

One of the mammoth monument of British colonial regime, today's Rashtrapati Bhawan (President House) was erstwhile Viceregal Lodge, designed by Edwin Luteyns, completed in 1929, inaugurated in 1931 with 340 rooms and sprawling over 130 hectares of land in the heart of Delhi.

Parliament House, known as Sansad Bhavan in Hindi, is again a masterpiece of colonial British era. Located on Parliament Street, almost adjacent to the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Sansad Bhawan is a circular building designed by the British architect Herbert Baker in 1912?13. The roof of the outer circle of the structure is supported by 257 granite pillars.

The most recognized insignia of Delhi, Qutub Minar was built by three kings Qutub-ud-din, Iltutmish and Ferozshah Tughlaq. World's tallest brick minaret, 72.5 meters high with the 12th century architecture, Qutub Minar was built on a hill known as Vishnupada. The place was a great ancient Hindu and Jain cultural centre with several temples. The Muslim invaders demolished them and with their rubles constructed Qutub Minar. As the inscription on the gate of Qutub Minar complex reads that 27 temples were destroyed. The importance of the place could be understood by a 7 m-high rust free iron pillar of 4th century, standing in the courtyard of the mosque. The iron pillar used to be called as 'Garunadhvaja'.

There are many buildings which impacted Shah Jahan to assimilate finer aspects of them into Taj Mahal. Humayun's Tomb probably tops among them. Built by Humayun's widow Haji Begum in 1565, Humayun's Tomb is the first mature representative of Mughal architecture in India and its architectural finesse later imbibed into many other famous monuments of Mughal era.

Having seen monuments and market of New Delhi, return to Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 3 Delhi-Varanasi (By Flight)- Sarnath & Ganges worship ceremony tour

Any visitor who tours India, two destinations remain on top of the must see list. These destinations are Varanasi and Taj Mahal. After a delightful morning breakfast drive for New Delhi airport to board flight for Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi, representative of India Tour Packages will meet and give transfer to Varanasi hotel.

Having relaxed a bit, proceed on for Sarnath. Sarnath, about 13 kms from Varanasi city, has been a major centre of Buddhist learning, philosophy and religion. Lord Buddha, after attaining Supreme Knowledge at Bodh Gaya, delivered his first sermon in Sarnath. Owing to this, Sarnath is one of the most prominent Buddhist pilgrimages. There was a huge monastery in Sarnath but that had been razed by intolerant Muslim invaders. The debris and a large stupa have been preserved here by Archaeological Department of India. There is a nice museum having the finely sculptured statues. Sarnath is credited with one of the Asokan Pillars as well. Sarnath's destruction and degradation was complete and remained so until the mid nineteenth century, when excavation was begun and continued, under the impetus of Lord Curzon, in the twentieth century.

After visiting Buddhist monastery and museum, drive to a nearby Tibetan Buddhist temple. Enjoy colourful monastery of Tibetan Buddhists. Thereafter, drive to Gadaulia to lead to the ghats of Varanasi to watch the spectacle of mesmerizing worship ceremony of the Ganges. Rajendra Prasad Ghat of Varanasi is where Ganga Aarti (Ganges Worship Ceremony) is performed every evening. Enjoy the serenity, religiousness and all pervading spiritual atmosphere.

After visiting Sarnath and enjoying Ganges Worship Ceremony, you will be taken to Varanasi hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4 Varanasi city tour-Khajuraho (by air)

After early morning breakfast, proceed on ghats & temples tour of Varanasi. The Varanasi tour guide will receive you in hotel lobby and take you to the ghats of Varanasi. A boat ride in river Ganges along the ghats will help you understand and feel the importance of the Ganges for a Hindu. You will be witness to various traditional religious practices and rituals, being performed as part of daily routine by the Hindus. Many facets of Hindu religion and way of life will unfold before you. The 7 kms arc that emerges out of more than 100 ghats on the western side of the Ganges, proffers an amazing view of enchanting sunrise and morning of Kashi (City of Lights- as Varanasi is called).

After morning boat ride in the Ganges, you will be taken on Varanasi temple tour. Varanasi is famous for its narrow alleys. Roaming through these alleys offers a distinctly unforgettable lifetime experience of exotic India. In order to visit Kashi Vishwanath temple, you will have to pass through these narrow lanes. The Golden Vishwanath Temple is the most sacred temple in Varanasi and every Hindu pilgrim visits it. Visiting the temple will unfold many aspects of spiritual and religious India. There are many other temples of significance in Varanasi like Vishwanath Temple in Benares Hindu University, Sankat Mochan Temple and Bharat Mata Temple. Bharat Mata temple is unique in the sense that it embodies undivided cultural India.

After ghat and temple tour of Varanasi, move for Varanasi airport to board flight for Khajuraho. Upon Khajuraho arrival, representative of Optima India Tourism will meet you and give transfer to hotel. Check in at Khajuraho hotel, refresh yourself and visit the western group of Khajuraho temples- probably one of the best examples of Indian art and architecture.

After getting refreshed and relaxed a bit in Khajuraho hotel, proceed on for visiting western group of Khajuraho temples. Watch and appreciate the expertise of Indian sculptors and their imagination. Later in the evening, attend ‘cultural show’ in Khajuraho temples complex.

After enjoying sightseeing of Khajuraho temples and watching cultural show in Khajuraho, return to Khajuraho hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 5 Khajuraho - Orchha- Agra (By Road & Train)

After a relaxed breakfast in Khajuraho hotel, drive to Jhansi, where you will board train for Agra. En route, about 13 kms prior to Jhansi, visit Orchha in Uttar Pradesh, India. Do visit the Orchha Fort complex that comprises several architectural and sculptural gems like Raja Ram Mandir, Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Jehangir Palace, Raj Palace and Rani Praveen Palace.

Have lunch in a nice restaurant on the banks of river Betwa in Orchha and move for Jhansi to board train for Agra.

On arrival at Agra, you will be received by a representative of Optima India Tourism and taken to the pre-booked hotel for overnight stay in Agra.

Day 6 Agra sightseeing tour

Taj Mahal looks very beautiful at the time of sunrise. At the time of sunrise, the Agra tour guide, appointed by Optima India Tourism, will meet you in lobby of Agra hotel. You will be taken to the Taj Mahal on 'tonga', horse carriage. This will be an exotic India experience for you.

Taj Mahal, the masterpiece of Mughal architecture, is a mesmerizing monument, built of white marble. Truly called as an 'epitome of love', Taj Mahal, constructed by Shan Jahan in memory og his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal, took 22 years in completion with the help of 22,000 laborers and 1,000 elephants. The land was provided by Jaipur Rajput ruler.

After watching Taj Mahal, return to Agra hotel. Refresh, relax and have breakfast. After breakfast, move for sightseeing of Agra which includes Agra Fort, Tomb of It-Mad-ud-Daula and Tomb of Akbar at Sikandara.

Agra Fort, about 2.5 kms long, is constructed along the banks of river Yamuna. The present day form is result of the contributions of Akbar and Shah Jahan. Before the Mughal, the site was having a fort, made of bricks, built by the Rajput rulers. It consists of a wall built in red sandstone and several buildings inside. The shielding wall has 2 gates, the Delhi Gate and the Amar Singh Gate.

Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula (Baby Taj) was the first building of Mughal era which employed white marble on such a large scale and probably inspired Shah Jahan for Taj Mahal. The Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula, popularly known as Baby Taj, is also a mausoleum. Jahangir's wife Noor Jahan built the mausoleum in memory of her father Ghias Beg.

After visiting famous monuments and exploring vibrant market of Agra, return to Agra hotel for overnight stay in Agra hotel.

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Day 7 Agra-Fatehpur Sikri- Jaipur (by car 232 kms/ 05 hrs)

After early morning breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan, India. En route visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. Deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri keeps ensconced several architectural gems of early Mughal era. The major tourist attractions of Fatehpur Sikri are Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaja, Jodhabai Palace, Jama Masjid and Shrine of Sheikh Salim Chishti.

Continue your drive to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur, check in at Jaipur hotel.

Refresh and relax a bit. Proceed to visit Birla Temple and Chokhi Dhani. Visit of Birla temple will offer you an opportunity to watch the deity worship ceremony, conducted in the evening, live. After experiencing the religious rituals, uniquely Indian, move for Chokhi Dhani to experience first- hand many aspects of Rajasthani culture.

Later in the evening, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 8 Jaipur sightseeing tour

After breakfast in Jaipur hotel, proceed on Jaipur city tour. Take an excursion to Amber Fort. Enjoy elephant ride from foothill to hilltop, where main gate of Amber Fort Palace is located. Having visited Amber Fort, proceed to visit other famous monuments of Jaipur. Which include Jal Mahal, City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar. All of these monuments of Jaipur are hallmarks of the city of Jaipur. Having enjoyed full day sightseeing tour of monuments of Jaipur, explore lively market of Jaipur which offers you various shades of colourful Rajasthan.

After exploring vibrant and bustling local market known for handicraft products namely carpets, printed clothes and jewelry, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 9 Jaipur- Pushkar- Jodhpur (By Car 325 kms/06 Hrs)

After early morning breakfast at Jaipur hotel, proceed to Jodhpur, in the state of Rajasthan India. En route, visit Pushkar, a pilgrimage of Hindus in Ajmer district of Rajasthan. Have lunch there in a nice restaurant on the banks of Pushkar Lake. Pushkar is a very famous Hindu pilgrimage and tourist destination. The religious ambience, rustic feel, Pushkar Lake and Brahma Temple are prime attractions of Pushkar.

After visiting Pushkar, move on for Jodhpur. On arrival at Jodhpur, Optima India Tourism representative will meet you and ensure smooth check in at the hotel. Spend evening at leisure and have overnight stay in Jodhpur hotel.

Day 10 Jodhpur sightseeing tour

Explore incredibly exotic India with Optima India Tourism: Evening free time for exploring local cultural niceties of the Blue City of Rajasthan- Jodhpur .

Have relaxed breakfast at the hotel and drive to visit Bishnoi village to experience true rural life and their skill sets and value systems. The Bishnois are a eco Friendly sect of Hindu religion. It is one of the different community of Rajasthan who are famous for their rich cultural Rajasthani life and there true love for nature and animals.

After Bishnoi village safari , return to Jodhpur city. Have sumptuous lunch in a nice restaurant and proceed for visiting famous monuments of Jodhpur. Visit the mammoth Mehrangarh Fort and explore beautiful palaces and temples within the fort complex. Also visit the Clock Tower , the Umaid Bhawan Palace & Museum, the Jaswant Thada , the royal cenotaph memorial, and other tourist spots. Also explore the famous Sadar Market .

After exploring local market, return to Jodhpur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 11 Jodhpur-Ranakpur- Udaipur (by car 265 Kms/06 Hours)

After breakfast in Jodhpur hotel, proceed for Udaipur. On the way, visit Ranakpur temple- one of the most famous Jain temple town of Rajasthan, India. Ranakpur represents a pleasant idyllic set up. Ranakpur temple, built of light shaded marbles, covers an area of 3600 sq metres. Intricate carvings are distinctive hallmarks of Ranakpur temple. The Ranakpur temple contains more than 1444 richly carved pillars and the most striking aspect is that no two pillars are same. The Ranakpur temple has been designed as 'chaumukha', meaning four faces and symbolizes the four cardinal directions won by the Tirthankara. After visiting Ranakpur temple, proceed for Udaipur which is almost 95 kms away from here. On arrival at Udaipur, check in at the pre-booked hotel. After relaxing for some time, move for leisurely sightseeing while having boat ride in Lake Pichola. Spend rest of the day at leisure or relax. Overnight stay will be at the Udaipur hotel.

Day 12 Udaipur sightseeing tour

Udaipur is termed as honeymooners' paradise. Your Udaipur sightseeing tour will commence after having sumptuous breakfast in Udaipur hotel. Embark on Udaipur city tour. Visit the City Palace Complex, The Jag Mandir, Saheliyon Ki Bari and other picturesque spots of tourist interests.

The City Palace of Udaipur is the largest palace complex of Rajasthan. The City Palace of Udaipur, built of granite on the banks of Lake Pichola, is a distinguished piece of Rajasthani architecture. Encircled by massive fortifications, the City Palace of Udaipur is a large and beautiful constellation of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens.

The Jag Mandir Palace, another tourist attraction of Udaipur, is built of yellow sandstone and had been source of inspiration for Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame. Shah Jahan incorporated several niceties of Jag Mandir Palace, especially pietra dura work, in Taj Mahal.

Another prime attraction of Udaipur is Saheliyon ki Bari which is a nice garden, earlier meant for the maids of the queen. A lush garden, on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake and in a desert state, make it an oasis in the arid and hilly terrain.

All of these monuments of Udaipur house marvelous museums which showcase various aspects of ancient and medieval Rajasthan. Overnight stay will be in Udaipur hotel.

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Day 13 Udaipur – Mumbai (by Flight)- Mumbai sightseeing tour

Now onwards, you will enter into a different phase of exotic India tour and realize the diversities of Indian culture. After early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Udaipur airport to board flight for Mumbai. On Mumbai arrival you will be met by Optima India Tourism representative, holding a placard with your name on it at the exit. Transfer to hotel, relax a bit and then move for sightseeing of Mumbai.

Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, showcases various disparate aspects of m?lange of different cultures, languages, architectural styles, attires and tradition with modernity. Situated on the bank of sea, Mumbai epitomizes Bollywood (from the names Bombay and Hollywood). Prime attractions of Mumbai sightseeing tour include Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan, Afghan Church, Crawford Market and Marina Drive.

Return to Mumbai hotel for overnight stay.

Day 14 Mumbai-Aurangabad (By Flight) - Ajanta sightseeing.

On 14 day of your exotic India tour with Optima India Tourism, you will enter into Deccan. After early morning breakfast in the hotel, proceed to Mumbai airport to board the flight for Aurangabad. Upon Aurangabad arrival, meet Optima India Tourism representative at the exit. Transfer to Aurangabad hotel. Check in, relax a bit and proceed to visit Ajanta cave temples.

The Deccan, which takes its name from the Sanskrit 'dakshina' meaning "the south," is a wide region variously defined, but to a traveler to India who is not interested in geographical quibbles, the Deccan is certainly the South India- a vast plateau south-east of Mumbai that includes Mysore and extends as far as Hyderabad. It also includes the famous caves of Ajanta & Ellora.

For the visitor to India today, the chief interest of the Deccan Plateau is not its tumultuous history but the fact that it is the site of the painted and sculptured caves of Ajanta and Ellora. No doubt, the very remoteness of the site was a determining factor in the minds of the monks who first chose the caves of Ajanta to live, pray and work in. This activity began around the 2nd century B.C. and came to a gradual halt about the 7th century A.D., when Buddhism began to be supplanted in popular appeal by other popular, liberal and practical faiths. These caves are located deep within the Sahyadri hills above the Waghora. They describe the story of Lord Buddha and Buddhism religion that prevailed here during 200 BC to 650 AD. In fact, the caves disappeared from sight altogether until the year 1819, when a group of British officers, hunting in the Deccan hills, came across them. At the time Ajanta cave temples were first discovered, so it is said, the frescoes were in good preservation but then gradually began to fade and crumble.

Ajanta cave temples are now being properly looked after by the Indian government and constitute a unique opportunity to see Buddhist painting, both sacred and secular, of such high quality and such great antiquity.

After visiting Ajanta cave temples, return to Aurangabad hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 15 Aurangabad sightseeing-Mumbai (By Flight)

Ellora cave temples, almost 18 miles away from Aurangabad, are replete with a number of sculptured representations of Lord Buddha at different stages of his life. Ellora's thirty four caves were dug deep into the side of a hill and, unlike Ajanta, are not exclusively Buddhist. The Ellora cave temples date back from 600 AD to 1000 AD which was about the time Buddhism began to lose its popular appeal, to be replaced by Hinduism and Jainism. Consequently, of Ellora's caves, the southernmost twelve are Buddhist, the seventeen in the centre are Hindu and the five on the north are Jain. Various methods were employed in construction of Ellora cave temples. Some of the cave temples were never completed. But, in all it has been estimated that over two hundred thousand tons of stone were carried away from the Ellora hillside- a rather staggering thought considering the primitive methods of excavation and cartage that were available at the time.

At late afternoon proceed to airport to board the flight for Mumbai. Upon Mumbai arrival, representative of India Tour Packages will assist you to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 16 Mumbai-Chennai (by air)- Mahabalipuram (by car-50 kms/01 hour)- Mahabalipuram sightseeing

Have early morning breakfast in Mumbai hotel and proceed to Mumbai airport to board flight for Chennai. Arrive at Chennai airport. You will be met by Optima India Tourism representative to receive you at the airport and you will be taken to Mahabalipuram directly. After getting refreshed a bit, move for enjoying sightseeing and seashore of Mahabalipuram.

Mahabalipuram, erstwhile known as Mammallapuram, used to be a thriving port and centre of art and architecture during the reign of Pallava kings. Mahabalipuram offers spectacular and splendid pieces of rock cut monolithic temples, known as Panch Raths (five chariots). These Raths, sculptured in 7th century, have been named after the characters of Mahabhrata and are declared as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Arjuna's Penance is the world's largest bas relief measuring 27m by 9m. The walls and pillars are sculpted depicting stories related to Hindu mythology.

Return to hotel in the evening. Overnight stay will be in the pre-booked Mahabalipuram hotel.

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Day 17 Mahabalipuram - Puducheri (115 kms/03 hrs)

After relishing delicious breakfast in Mahabalipuram hotel, check out and drive to Puducheri. On arrival at Puducheri, you will be received by Optima India Tourism representative and taken to Puducheri hotel for smooth check in. Relax a bit and proceed for sightseeing of Pondicherry which primarily includes churches built during the French rule and Auroville.

Puducheri, earlier called as Pondicherry, was a French colony and hence offers a unique amalgam of Indian and French cultures. The traces of French rule and its cultural influences can easily be noticed in the red kepis of the police officers, French spelling on signboards and traffic signs and some buildings and old stones. Explore Pondicherry and must visit old churches and Ashrama of Maharshi Aurobindo Ghosh, Auroville. In the evening, enjoy pleasurable sea beaches of Puducheri.

After sightseeing of Puducheri, return to Pondicherry hotel for overnight stay.

Day 18 Puducheri - Tanjore (175 kms/04 hrs)

Have early morning breakfast, check out from Puducheri hotel and proceed for historical city of Tanjore. En route visit Kumbakonam, Darasuram, Gangaikondacholapuram and Chidambaram temples etc.

Chidambaram is a famous temple of Tamil Nadu, South India. Chidambaram Temple is built in an area of 40 acres. It's gopuram, the main gateway, are sculptured with 108 classical mudras (postures). The main hall of Chidambaram temple, built on support of 1000 pillars, is known as Rajasabha, measuring 103 merts long and 58 meters wide. The dancing Shiva idol (Natraj) of the temple is a distinctive feature.

Gangaikondacholapuram temple was built by Rajendra Chola. Gangaikondacholapuram temple has been built almost on the similar pattern of Brihadeeshwara temple of Tanjore. Darasuram temple, dedicated to lord Shiva, was built by Rajendra Chola.

Arrive at Tanjore, check in at the designated Tanjore hotel. Relax a bit and move for short sightseeing of Tanjore that includes Tanjore Palace (built by Nayakas and Marathas in 1550 AD) and Brihadareeshwar Temple (built by Chola King Raj Raja in 10th century).

Tanjore, a historical town, is known for its glorious past, explicitly visible in several monuments of the Pandyas, the Pallavas, the Cholas, the Nayakas and the Marathas. Once the capital of the Cholas during 10th -14th centuries, Tanjore still maintains the glorious Chola culture.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 19 Tanjore -Trichy - Madurai (by car 200 kms/ 04 hrs)

Enjoying delicious breakfast, check out from Tanjore hotel and proceed for Madurai, known as Kashi of South India. En route visit historical city of Trichy or Trichirapally. On arrival at Trichy, proceed for sightseeing of Tiruchirapally which is situated on the bank of river Cauvery. Trichy is a historical city. According to legends, Tanjore's history even goes beyond history. During Sangama age, Trichy was an impregnable bastion of the Cholas. The famous dynasties like the Pandyas and the Pallavas also ruled Trichy for a limited duration. The Nayakas of Madurai, a prominent dynasty of South India, had played a very important role in protecting Tanjore by constructing the historic rock fort which played a vital role in Carnatic wars in 18 century.

Srirangam and Rangnathar are prime tourist attractions of Trichy. Srirangam, an island town sandwitched between Kavery and Kollidan rivers, is a temple complex, enclosed within the seven walls of the mammoth Sri Ranganathaswami Temple. The rulers of various South Indian ruling dynasties like the Cholas, the Cheras, the Pandyas, the Hoysalas, the Vijayanagar kings and the Nayaks of Madurai contributed their bit to form Srirangam as the biggest temple complex of India. Initially, it was a small cave temple, built by the Pallavas but the Nayakas of Madurai recognized its strategic importance and utilized its naturally fortified location.

Ranganathar is a magnificent temple complex in Srirangam. It is almost three kms away from the rock fort. Rangnathar Temple complex is surrounded and protected by seven fortified walls with 21 gopurams (temple gateways). These gopurams are the largest gopurams in any temple.

Have sumptuous lunch in Trichy and early noon, move for Madurai. On arrival at Madurai, you will be received by the representative of Optima India Tourism and taken to Madurai hotel. Relax and refresh a bit and proceed for sightseeing of Madurai.

Existence of Madurai, known as 'Kashi of South', spans over 2500 years. The historical city of Madurai, situated on the banks of river Vaigi, was established by the Pandyan king Kulasekara. Various ruling dynasties of South India like the Cholas, the Cheras, the Pandyas and the Nayaks of Madurai. It was during the reign of the Nayakas, Madurai shot into the most glorious phase of its existence with spectacular progress in art, architecture and learning.

On arrival, check in at Madurai hotel. Afternoon, visit Tirumalai Nayak Mahal, Vaniyur Mariamman Teppakulam and more than 2000 years old Meenakshi Temple with Madurai tour guide. After exploring Madurai, return to Madurai hotel for overnight stay.

Day 20 Madurai- Kumarakom (by car-260 kms/ 05 hrs).

After having delicious breakfast early in the morning in Madurai hotel, move for Kumarakom, in the state of Kerala. On arrival at Kumarakom, you will be received by the representative of India Tour Packages. You will be facilitated by Optima India Tourism representative your smooth check in at the houseboat for heavenly stay and pleasure for the rest of the day and night.

Kumarakom is a small hamlet on the banks of Vembanad Lake. The small hamlet of Kumarakom has now -a- days flourished as a hot tourist destination of Kerala with many luxurious hotels and houseboats. The island in Vembanad Lake has grown as a famous Bird Sanctuary of India.

After more than a fortnight travelling, stay in houseboat with rejuvenating atmosphere all around will be a heavenly experience. Your lunch, supper, dinner and breakfast will take place on houseboat itself. Overnight stay is scheduled in the houseboat itself.

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Day 21 Kumarakom- Cochin (50 kms/01 hr) – Cochin sightseeing Delhi (by air)- Departure.

After breakfast in the houseboat, move for Cochin, known as the 'Queen of Arabian Sea'. India Tour Packages representative will receive and introduce you with the Cochin tour guide who will make your Cochin visit informed and exhilarating one. While exploring Cochin, visit St. Francis Church, Kochi Fort, Santa Cruz Cathedral, Jewish Synagogue and Dutch Palace. Also explore spice market of Cochin as well.

After sightseeing, move for market place which is known worldwide for spices since centuries. Late afternoon, move for Cochin airport to board flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi airport, move for boarding another flight for your onward destination.

Delhi

Delhi has been seat of power and India's capital from 1649 to 1857 and thereafter from 1914 to till date. Hence, Delhi is cornucopia of historical monuments, dating back to Mahabharata time. Being political centre of India makes it resourceful, being national capital transforming it into a commercial hub and being in existence since thousands of years makes it a cauldron of cultural streams and their harmonious chemistry.

Varanasi

Varanasi, the cultural capital of India, is the Vatican City of the Hindus. Varanasi is known as the city of Lord Shiva and spiritual capital of India. It is situated on the banks of holy river the Ganges with history dates back to pre-historic times. One of the major pilgrimage destinations for Hindus since ages, Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities of the world. Though home to numerous Ashrams, Ghats, temples, stupas and various religious sects, Varanasi has been since ages a major commercial centre as well. Varanasi, the cultural capital of India, is a seat of learning since more than 3000 years of recorded history.

Sarnath

Located 10 kms from Varanasi, Sarnath is one of the four pilgrimages of the Buddhists. It was Sarnath where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon and declared the birth of a different 'dharma' (religion) - Buddhism. From Sarnath, the 'dharmachakra pravartan' commenced. In around 234 BC, Emperor Ashoka, a great follower of Buddhism, built a grand stupa- Dharmarajika Stupa, here. Later on Sarnath developed as a prominent Buddhist centre with a grand monastery. Between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, several Buddhist structures were built here in Sarnath. The Muslim invaders in medieval period ransacked and destroyed it. But an inquisitive traveler may still experience the rich past in the remnants of monastery, Dhamekh stupa, Dharmarajika stupa and Emperor Ashoka's pillar. Also, visit Sarnath museum. Sarnath museum also has the figures and the sculptures from the Mauryan, Kushana and Gupta periods discovered during the excavations at Sarnath.

Khajuraho

Khajuraho, a small town of Madhya Pradesh of India, used to be flourishing capital city of Chandela rulers during 9th to 12th century. Presently a UNESCO World Heritage site, Khajuraho holds prominence on the map of Indian tourism due to mature Nagara style of temples, only 20 surviving out of 85 temples, which are replete with etched sculptures oozing out passion, eroticism, dance and music in exceptionally artistic mode. A Dance festival is held in March. The festival lasts for 10 days and some of the best classical dancers of India perform during the Khajuraho Dance Festival against the backdrop of Khajuraho temples which are floodlit.

Orchha

Orchha, medieval India's potent kingdom, was known for Bundela heroism. Now- a- days, it is a small town but having seen invincible Orchha Fort- Palace- Temples Complex, one can easily conjecture the rich past of the region. The Orchha Fort complex comprises several architectural and sculptural gems like Raja Ram Mandir, Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Jehangir Palace, Raj Palace and Rani Praveen Palace. The Raja Ram Temple is special in the sense that Lord Ram is worshipped and revered here as King Ram rather than Lord Ram. The fort of Orchha has been unconquered throughout its history.

Agra

Known as the seat of Taj Mahal, Agra was erstwhile capital of Mughal Empire. Agra, the city which even finds mention in Mahabharata, was the territory ruled by the Rajput and the Jats, prior to advent of the Mughal. Agra, home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites, was first Mughal capital. Agra finds mention in ancient epic Mahabharata. It was Ptolemy who for the first time called Agra its modern name. A major city of Uttar Pradesh and about 200 kms from Delhi, Agra boasts of having the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri nearby. Many other monuments of Mughal era like Baby Taj, Akbar's Tomb at Sikandara, Chini-ka-Roza will unfold majestic architectural genius of India. Naturally, no trip to India is complete without at least one visit to the Taj.

Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri, a historical place with nicely preserved monuments of Mughal era, is a must see place while visiting Agra. Located some 37 kms from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri of Buland Darwaja fame was founded by Akbar in 1569 to express his gratitude for Sufi mystic Salim Chishti, who was born in Sikri village. Many historians believe that Fatehpur Sikri was established as a joint capital with Agra but due to paucity of potable and drinking water, the plan to shift a section of imperial officials there had been reversed. Even today, its red stone architecture, richly ornamented with carvings & firework, is in a perfect state of preservation. Buland Darwaja is 15-storied, stands 140 feet on the pedestal and is 54 feet above the ground. A steep flight of 42 steps leads one to the massive gateway and makes it as one of the tallest gateways in the world is made of red-sandstone with marble decoration on it. With Quranic inscription on the front and cenotaph on the heights of the gateway, Buland Darwaja is a splendid blend of Hindu and Persian architecture. The calligraphy work done on the inner façade of Buland Darwaja has very less parallels in India.

Jaipur

Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, is popularly known as Pink City. It was medieval India's first planned city and was laid out as per nine-grid pattern suggested by traditional Indian astrological and architectural treatise. Jaipur is representative of Rajput art, culture, architecture and royal legacy. Gargantuan forts and palaces, bustling market, cornucopia of handicraft articles, cultural tinges, amalgamation of ancient and modern way of life etc easily charm a tourist and draw an indelible lifetime impact the very psyche of the visitor.

Pushkar

A small town of Ajmer district of Ajmer in Rajasthan, Pushkar is a religious and historical site. For the Hindus, Pushkar is one of the holiest pilgrimages with lone Brahma Temple. Pushkar Fair, organized every year, is a world renowned gathering of foreign and Indian tourists to enjoy traditional celebration of festivity. Pushkar Lake, religious rituals, activities in normal Indian fairs, folk music and dances, delicious cuisines, camel cart races etc. are prime attractions of Pushkar.

Jodhpur

Jodhpur, situated on the edge of Thar Desert & known as ‘Blue City of Rajasthan’, is the second largest city of Rajasthan. The quintessence of Jodhpur has been its valour and equestrian skill. Jodhpur is also known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all the year round. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1549 AD, Jodhpur was an old capital of Royal Marwar. The impressions of rich past, valour and flourishing trade can be seen in the existing monuments and bustling market. Mehrangarh Fort tops the repertoire of magnificent tourist attractions of Jodhpur. One of the largest forts of India, the impregnable Mehrangarh Fort is well preserved till date and houses excellent museum along with the only professional museum shop of India. Tourists interested in adventure may opt for six circuits of ropeways (zip-linings) at the back side of Mehrangarh Fort. Known as ‘Taj Mahal of Rajasthan’, Jaswant Thada is an ornately carved cenotaph. Built of white marble, Jaswant Thada is a must-see monument of Jodhpur. Umaid Bhawan Palace is another tourist attraction of Jodhpur.

Ranakpur

Constructed in an area of 60X62 metres, Ranakpur Temple in Pali district of Rajasthan is one of the five most auspicious places of Jain community. Ranakpur is known as 'the tranquil pilgrimage town'. Ranakpur is a village is on Jodhpur- Udaipur route, about 95 kms from Udaipur and 165 kms from Jodhpur. As ancient Sanskrit text Soma-Saubhagya Kavya suggests, construction of Ranakpur Temple, built on ‘chaumukha’ style, had commenced in 1437 and continued till 1458. Intricately sculptured and equipped with 29 halls and 1444 pillars, Ranakpur Temple was built under the supervision of architect Deepaka during the regime of Rana Kumbha of Mewar. Nearby Ranakpur Jain Temple is a ‘Sun Temple’. Sun temple is gracefully sculptured and endowed with elegantly carved polygonal walls and images of warriors, horses and celestial. The Sun God has been shown riding its vehicle, the chariot. For the tourism buffs a ride to the outskirts like Sadari, Desuri, Ghanerao, Narlai etc will be found to be exciting.

Udaipur

Udaipur, earlier capital of Mewar region of Rajasthan, is though known today as the 'Venice of East' and 'City of Lakes'; is representative of supreme sacrifices made by the Rajput- men, women and children. The stories of valour, pleasant lakes in desert areas, mammoth fort and palaces, exotic museums, thriving commerce and vibrant culture amalgamate to make Udaipur the second most-sought after tourist destination of the state. The Lake Palace (Jag Niwas) is one of most romantic and beautiful palaces in the world. The Lake Palace or Jag Niwas is true representative of Rajasthani architecture. The Lake palace was built, amidst Lake Pichola, in the 17th century on a natural foundation of 4 acres of solid rock.

Mumbai

Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra and financial capital of India. It is a sprawling metropolis which traces its history to a set of seven islands given to the British monarch Charles-II as part of the dowry, when he married Princes Catherine of Portugal in 1661. The name Mumbai has been derived from MUMBA AAI or MAHA AMBA AAI- the patron goddess of Kolis of fishing community.

Mumbai's two main land marks, the Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal Hotel are at Colaba. Nariman point is at the southern end of Marine Drive. At the other end of Marine Drive is Malabar Hills, a posh residential area. Today, it is a hub of activity, trade, industry and finance. As the commercial capital of India and the world's largest textile market, Mumbai ports handle around 40 percent of India's maritime trade. Some areas in Mumbai like Dharavi are amongst the most thickly populated in the world. Mumbai has diverse population, where the extra-ordinarily rich exist side by side the appallingly poor, and yet, co-exist.

Aurangabad

About 400 kilometers eastward of Mumbai, is Aurangabad, the most convenient base for seeing India's timeless art at the renowned Ajanta and Ellora, both on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. The thirty caves at Ajanta, chiselled out of rock by Buddhist monks between 200 BC and 650 AD as chaityas (chapels)and viharas (monasteries), contain magnificent sculptures and frescoes. At Ellora are thirty- four Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock temples carved top downwards from a two-kilometre escarpment between 350 AD and 700 AD and decorated with a profusion of sculptures. These includes the Kailasa Temple, the largest monolithic sculpture of the world, covered with a variety of finely carved panels, with entailed removing of some 200,000 tones of rocks!

Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram), situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, was a thriving ancient port of the Pallavas. This port town had flourishing trade with many distant nations in past. During Pallava regime, this port town emerged to unparalleled glory which is self evident from the many marvelous monuments with sculptural panels, caves, monolithic Rathas and temples. These temples are Mahabalipuram's signature symbol. The name Mamallapuram is derived from the title Mahamalla (meaning a great warrior) Narsimha Varman. The port was constructed by King Mahendra Varman in the 7th century. The glorious zenith of Dravidian art and architecture can be seen in the monuments of Mahabalipuram. Though sculpted in stones, the idols seem lively. The richness of monumental splendor and charming beaches make Mahabalipuram a distinguished tourist place in India.

Pondicherry

Though Puducheri is situated on sea shore, it is not known for its beaches. Rather, Pondicherry earned its reputation for tranquil beach town with a unique mix of two cultures- French and Hindu. Puducheri, earlier called as Pondicherry, was a French colony and hence offers a unique amalgam of Indian and French cultures. The traces of French rule and its cultural influences can easily be noticed in the red kepis of the police officers, French spelling on signboards and traffic signs and some buildings and old stones. Explore Pondicherry and must visit old churches and Ashrama of Maharshi Aurobindo Ghosh, Auroville.

Tanjore

Tanjore (Thanjavur) was once the capital of the Chola, Nayak and Maratha rulers and is situated in the delta of rivers Cauvery. Thanjavur, named after demon Thanja who was killed by Lord Vishnu, is also called as the City of Refuge, derived from the word Thanjan. The place is called as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Tanjore, far older than the Chola period, rose to glory during the later Chola reign between the 10th and 14th centuries and reached its zenith becoming the centre Tamil learning and culture during the Chola rule. It continues to enjoy the important even today due to its cultural and contribution to music and dance. In the city, there are rare specimens of old art and architecture, inscriptions and paintings created centuries ago. It is known for its exquisite handicrafts, bronze casting and articles and South India musical instruments. Raja Rajendra Chola conquered the Pandyas and the eastern Chalukyas in about the middle of the 10th century and founded a mighty kingdom with Thanjavur as his capital. He and his successors in the dynasty enriched the places with grand temples and places..

Madurai

Next in importance to Chennai, Madurai, known as Athens of the East, with its 2500 years old history, is a place of great antiquity, historic importance and Tamil culture. History attributes the foundations of Madurai to the Pandyan kings. Kulasekhara, who flourished in the 6th after the 7th century and there was another golden age in the 13th was extinguished by the invasion by Malik Kafur in the 14th rule, the Pandyan rulers re-established themselves and built the temple and tower that we see today. After the decline of Vijayanagar, the Nayak dynasty becomes the supreme master of Madurai. The greatest among the Nayaks, Tirumala Nayakan added several monuments to its splendors and pomp. century AD. The city improved century AD. The Pandyan splendor century AD. After seventh years of Muslim Madurai, situated on the bank of the river Vaigai, has spread over a large area. The fabulous temples embellish the southern bank of the river. The many religious festivals celebrated with elaborate rituals and pageantry have earned for it the name of City of Festivals.

Kumarakom

Kumarakom is at a distance of merely 10 kms from Kottayam district of Kerala. The serene hamlet turned town is home to large variety of birds and migratory birds can be spotted here. The nearby islands also provide a haven for these birds. Kumarakom, a typical Kerala village, has sprouted on the eastern bank of the Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom is just 85 kms away from Cochin. Kumarakom is bound by the Vembanad Lake on two sides, the swaying paddy fields on one side and a bird sanctuary on another. Kumarakom is a perfect two day stopover on the way between Cochin and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or vice versa. Kumarakom has gained tremendous prominence on the map of Kerala tourism. All kinds of hotel accommodations- budget to luxury- are available here.

Cochin

Cochin is also termed as Kochi. Cochin is a fabulous city, culturally rich and commercially vibrant. It is divided into two parts – Ernakulum and Kochi. Come into Cochin to visit Kochi. Kochi is aptly termed as Queen of the Arabian Sea, being the finest natural harbor in the world. Enjoy Kochi with ferry rides commanding its breathtaking view as you cruise around man-made islands with lush green lawns sloping down to the water's edge. These ferries offer luxurious environment on board. Aboard, you can relax with a drink watching the Arab dhows in the foreground, and behind, the tree shaded buildings of the families who sold gold, ivory, timber and peacock to King Solomon, 19 centuries ago. Kerala, the God's own country, beckons you with the best of natural beauty. Cochin is gateway to Kerala. Pleasant ambience, simple people, delicious cuisines, rich past, giant Chinese fishing nets that billow from massive teak and bamboo poles dot the entrance to the harbor. Silhouetted against the setting sun, they present a magnificent sight of the waterfront. Cochin is the oldest European settlement in India. Recording a history of visitors who came, saw and stayed for hundreds of years. Layered impressions of Chinese, Arab, French, Jewish, British and Portuguese are contained within its environment.

Enjoy Cochin during Cochin Carnival. Ring in the New Year with great festivity and cheer at the Cochin Carnival. This week long extravaganza presents to you colourful parades, variety programmes and events to enjoy. And, of course, cherish December 25th to 31st every year.

  • Accommodation in the mentioned hotels on double sharing.

  • Daily breakfast basis on all places.

  • Total Meals: 23 (Breakfast-20; Lunch-02 & Dinner-01).

  • Total night stays: 18 (Delhi-02; Varanasi-02; Khajuraho-01; Agra-02; Jaipur-02; Pushkar-01; Jodhpur-01; Udaipur-02; Mumbai-01; Aurangabad-01; Goa-03).

  • Well-appointed upgraded air-conditioned rooms at all places.

  • Along with breakfast at all places, 01 lunch in Orchha, 01 dinner in houseboat and 01 lunch in houseboat.

  • Monument entrance charges.

  • Rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.

  • Morning boat cruise in the Ganges during morning hours to enjoy panoramic view of Varanasi ghats.

  • Evening boat ride in Lake Pichola in Udaipur.

  • Houseboat stay and cruise in Vembanad Lake’s backwaters in Kumarakom, Kerala.

  • English speaking & destination-specific guides at all destinations for mentioned sightseeing tour.

  • Meet & assist at the airport on arrival & departure.

  • Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Air-conditioned private car for the whole sightseeing tour.

  • Driver for the whole tour.

  • All prevailing taxes like luxury tax, service tax etc.

  • All transfers, city tours, excursions & drives by air-conditioned transport.

  • Interstate road tax, toll tax, parking charges, driver’s wages, fuel charges etc.

Optima Special:
  • Visit and exploration of narrow alleys, humming with social activities, while riding on man-pulled tri-cycle rickshaw.
  • Morning boat ride in the Ganges along the ghats of Varanasi.
  • Cultural evening show adjacent to the western group of Khajuraho temples.
  • Ride a caparisoned elephant like a king at Amber Fort in Jaipur.
  • Evening boat cruise in famous Lake Pichola to watch Lake Palace and traditional Udaipur city while having boat ride in Lake Pichola.
  • Tonga (horse carriage) ride in Agra- from hotel to Taj Mahal gate.
  • Day cruise in Vembanad Lake and one night stay in a houseboat in Kumarakom.
Don't miss on Exotic India Tour:
  • Stay in heritage hotels of Rajasthan to experience modern yet royal hospitality.
  • Magnanimous Ganga Aarti (Ganges Worship Ceremony) in the evening on Dashashwamedh Ghat of Varanasi.
  • Do taste a variety of sea foods in Kumarakom.
  • If you are handicrafts-freak, do squeeze out time visit Shilpgram in Udaipur.
  • Have late-night dinner in an open-restaurant on the banks of Lake Pichola in romantic mood.
  • Spend few hours leisurely in Auroville, Pondichery to learn few tips regarding meditation.
  • Do explore world-famous spice-market in Cochin.
Shopping:

Cochin: Explore curio shops, small and quaint, for ethnic articles like colorful bead jewelry, mat and bangles made of coir, wood, bamboo, shells, brass, ivory and sandalwood.
Varanasi: Varanasi: Rudraksha, Banarasi sarees, carpets and clay artefacts.
Agra: Marble souvenirs.
Jaipur:Environment-friendly printed clothes, jewellery and ethnic goods.
Jodhpur: Handicraft goods in Sadar market.
Udaipur:Pieces of Mewar school of paintings.

Cuisines:

Kumarakom:Appam (prepared of fermented rice and coconut dough) & Karimeen (prepared of freshwater fish).
Cochin: Meen Mollagitta curry (prepared of freshwater fish) & Kurukku Kalan ( a vegetarian specialty prepared of yoghurt, curry, toasted banana & rice).
Delhi: street foods of Delhi in Chandni Chowk.
Varanasi: Thandai- a local, nutritious and delicious milk-product of Varanasi.
Jodhpur:Ghevar- a sweet prepared of milk.

Is This Trip For Me:
Travel Style Service Level TPhysical Demands Trip Type Trip Rating
Classic Standard FIT/Small Group 4.5/5
DestinationsStandardSuperiorDeluxeLuxury
DelhiJiviteshHiltonShangri LaHotel Imperial
VaranasiHotel IndiaRamada PlazaRadissonNadesar Palace
KhajurahoUsha BundelaClarks KhajurahoTaj ChandelaLalit –Temple View
Agra Siris 18 Mansingh Palace ITC Mughal Oberoi Amar Vilas
Jaipur Paradise Shahpura House ITC Rajputana Oberoi Raj Vilas
Pushkar Pushkar Fort Pushkar Bag Pushkar Palace Pushkar Palace
JodhpurRatan PalaceDevi BhawanTaj Hari MahalUmmed Bhawan Palace
UdaipurHotel Jagat Niwas Hotel Karohi HaveliLaxmi Vilas Palace- The LalitOberoi Udai Vilas
Mumbai Juhu Plaza Kohinoor ContinentalTrident Taj Mahal Palace
Aurangabad Windsor Castle Lemon Tree Rama International Vivanta by Taj
Mahabalipuram Hotel Indeco Blue Bay Beach ReasortChariot Beach Resort Radisson GRT Temple Reasort
Puducheri Hotel Richmond Sunway GRT Grand Le Pondy Le Pondy
Tanjore Hotel Star Residency Hotel Sangam Hotel Sangam Hotel Sangam
Madurai Metropole Park Plaza HotelFortune Pandyan The Gateway by Taj
Kumarakom Water Scape Backwater RipplesCoconut LagoonZuri Kumarakom
Cochin Hotel Sea Lord RenaissanceHotel Trident Vivanta by Taj-Malabar
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