Waves of East & South India

              Tour Itinerary: 23D / 22N

Day 01 Arrival at Delhi:

You will be transferring to the hotel in Delhi from Delhi Airport. Check in at hotel. Day is free for personal activities. Overnight stay in Delhi.


Day 2 Delhi City Tour:

Morning after breakfast you will be visiting Delhi tourist places.

1. Birla Temple: Hindu temple dedicated to Laxminarayan in Delhi, India. The temple is built in honor of Lakshmi (Hindu goddess of wealth), and her consort Narayana (Vishnu, Preserver in the Trimurti).

2. Jama Masjid (Mosque): commonly known as Jama Masjid, is the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and completed in the year 1656, it is one of the largest and best known mosques in India.

3. Humayun’s Tomb: is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 CE, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect.

4. India Gate: Situated along the ceremonial Rajpath avenue (meaning King's Way) in New Delhi, India Gate is a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers who died during the Afghan wars and World War I.

5. Red Fort: The decision for constructing the Red Fort was made in 1639, when Shah Jahan decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi.

6. Qutab Minar: The Qutub Minar is located in a Mehrauli in South Delhi. It was built by Qutb-ud-din Aibak of the Slave Dynasty, who took possession of Delhi in 1206. It is a fluted red sandstone tower, which tapers up to a height of 72.5 meters and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Qur'an.

7. Lotus temple: Temple is a Bahai's House of Worship, situated in South Delhi and shaped like a lotus. It was built by the Bahá'í community.

After sightseeing back to hotel. Overnight stay.


Day 03: DELHI TO NEW JALPAIGURI (NJP): (BY TRAIN) 

Today you will be picking up from Delhi at your places to reach at train station to catch the train departure for NJP by any morning train type 2 AC coach only.

(Train Travel duration 24h 20m). Overnight in train.


Day 04: NJP TO GANGTOK: (BY RAOD) 

Today arrived at NJP train station. Meet & assist with hotel representative at train station to transfer Gangtok by road. Reach Gangtok in 4 hours (125 km) check in to the hotel. Overnight stay.  


 Day 05 & 06: GANGTOK TOUR 

Daily city tour of Gangtok by car to cover following places: 

Gangtok is a wonderful tourist destination with monasteries and adventures all around. Some of the most important sites in and around Gangtok include the:

· Himalayan Zoological Park: This Park exhibits a wide species of Himalayan fauna like the black beer, barking deer, snow leopard, civet cat, red pandas and the spotted deer.

· Nathula: It is a mountain pass situated about 56 km from Gangtok at an altitude of about 14,200 ft and is covered with rich varieties of alpine flora and fauna. It is a calm place to visit and is open only for Indian Nationals.

· Pemayangtse Monastery: It is one of the oldest monasteries in the state which was established by Lhatsun Chempo, the Lama who is said to have performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal of Sikkim. This Monastery is located at the hill top and gives a wonderful view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding hills of the region.

· Khecheopalri Lake: This Lake located at East Sikkim is considered to be one of the most sacred lakes in the city both for Hindus and Buddhists. This lake lies in the rich forest cover and is believed that the birds in the region never allow a single leaf to keep afloat on the water of the lake.  

·  Menam Hill: This hill situated at an altitude of about 10300 ft gives a wonderful view of the scenic beauty of the Kanchenjunga Hills and its surrounding ranges. On a sunny day, one can even see the plains of Bengal spanning across Kalimpong and Darjeeling Hills in the South.

·  Ganesh Tok: This temple of Hindu god Ganesha is situated near the Sikkim Government nursery in East Sikkim and is situated on a small hillock on the Gangtok-Nathula Road.


 DAY 07 GANGTOK TO DARJEELING: (82 KM / 3 HRS Journey) 

Today departure from the hotel in Gangtok in the afternoon and proceed to Darjeeling. Reach Darjeeling by road 2hrs. journey. Check in to the hotel in Darjeeling. Evening is free for the personal activities as you wish to go.  

Overnight night stay at hotel in Darjeeling. 


DAY 08, 09 & 10 DARJEELING CITY TOUR 

Daily city tour of Darjeeling by car to cover ‘available tea’ factories’ with following places too: 

There are a large number of tourist attractions in and around the city from which the tourist can derive enormous pleasure. Some of the tourist attractions in the city are:

· Tiger Hill: It is situated at an altitude of about 2590 m and gives a magnificent view of the sunrise over the Kanchanjunga hills. One can also have a clear view of the World’s highest peak from the Tiger Hill.

· Himalayan Mountaineering Institute: It is the oldest Mountaineering Institute in the country and was set up following the successful ascent of the Mt. Everest by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953. The museum at this institute is a must visit for the tourist.

· Darjeeling-Rangit Valley Passenger Cable Car: Popularly known as the ropeway, it is situated at North Point. It is the oldest passenger ropeway and connects Darjeeling with Singla Bazaar at the bottom of the valley. This ropeway has been extensively modernized to ensure safety of the visitors.

· Kalimpong: This city is located near Darjeeling at an altitude of about 1250 m and has many places of tourist attractions like Kalibari, Kalimpong market, Gouripur House, Golf Course, Pedong Monastery, and Rishyap.

· Kurseong: This city near Darjeeling is located at an altitude of about 1458 m and is famous for its scenic beauty with peace and tranquility all around. Eagle’s Crag which offers a panoramic view of the Siliguri plains and hills is located here.

Other important sites in Darjeeling include the Ava Art gallery, Mall, Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park, Botanical Garden, Senchal Lake, Happy Valley tea garden, and the Monasteries.

Touristplacesinindia.com is an international travel site and a repository of useful information about Tourist attractions in Darjeeling and on other related information about Darjeeling. 

Overnight stay will be in Darjeeling all the nights. 


 DAY 11 DARJEELING – NJP – DELHI (by train) 

Today after breakfast proceed to NJP to catch the train for Delhi. Driver will drop you at NJP train station by road and you have to catch the train to Delhi. Overnight in train. 


 DAY 12  NEW DELHI  

Today in the afternoon you arrive at New Delhi RLY. Station. Meet our representative and transferring to the hotel in Delhi. No tour activities. Overnight stay in Delhi.  


DAY 13 DELHI TO KOCHI (Cochin) 3 HRS FLIGHT 

Today after breakfast check out from the hotel driver will transfer you at Delhi Airport. You catch the flight for Kochi. Arrive Kochi airport meet & greet with out representative and transferring to the hotel in Kochi. Evening free for the personal activities. Overnight stay at hotel in Kochi. 


DAY 14 KOCHI CITY TOUR (Full Day Tour)

 

Today after breakfast cover the following tourist places of Kochi: 

-         Fort Kochi

-         Hill Palace

-         Mattancherry Palace

-         Jewish Synagogue

-         Bolgatty Palace

-         Kochi International Marina

-         Willingdon Island

-         St. Francis Church

-         Pallipuram Fort 

Later back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Kochi. 


 DAY 15 KOCHI TO MUNNAR (by road 130 km/4 hrs) 

Today morning check out from hotel in Kochi and proceed to Munnar. Munnar is one of the most popular hill-resort towns in Kerala and in southern India. Munnar is located on the Western Ghats, situated in the Idukki district.There is 3 major top tourist places are following to visit:

Eravikulam National Park

Located about 15 km from Munnar, this park is famous for its endangered inhabitant - the Nilgiri Tahr. Spread over an area of 97 sq. km., this park is also home to several species of rare butterflies, animals and birds. A great place for trekking, the park offers a magnificent view of the tea plantations and also the rolling hills caressed by blankets of mists. The park becomes a hot destination when the hill slopes here get covered in a carpet of blue, resulting from the flowering of Neelakurinji. It is a plant endemic to this part of the Western Ghats which blooms once in twelve years. The last time it bloomed was in 2006. 

Anamudi Peak

Situated about 13 kilometers (8.1 mi) from Munnar town, Anamudi (2,695 metres (8,842 ft)) is Kerala's highest mountain and the highest Indian mountain south of the Himalayan range. Treks to the peak are allowed with permission from Forest and Wildlife authorities at Eravikulam.

Mattupetty

Another place of interest, located about 13 km from Munnar Town, is Mattupetty. Lying at a height of 1700 m above sea level, Mattupetty is known for its storage masonry dam and the beautiful lake, which offers pleasurable boat rides, enabling one to enjoy the surrounding hills and landscape. Mattupetty's fame is also attributed to the dairy farm run by the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project, where one would come across different high yielding breeds of cows. Mattupetty with its lush green tea plantations, rolling grasslands and the Shola forests is also ideal for trekking and is home to a variety of birds.

Today you can visit 1 or 2 places in Munnar and back to the hotel in Munnar. Overnight stay in hotel. 


DAY 16 MUNNAR TOUR 

Today full day tour of Munnar and cover the rest of the places. Back to the hotel in Munnar and overnight stay there.


DAY 17 MUNNAR TO MADURAI (by road 150 km/3hrs.) 

Today after breakfast check out from the hotel in Munnar and than proceed to Madruai. The city is widely known as the Temple City and is often also referred to as City of four junctions (Koodal Maanagar), Cultural center of Tamil Nadu (Kalaachaara thalainagar), City of Jasmine (Malligai Maanagar), Sleepless city (Thoonga Nagaram), Athens of the East and The City of Festivals (Thiruvizha nagaram).It is the third largest (was second largest from its origin till 2001) city by population in Tamil Nadu and second largest by area.

Reach Madurai check in to the hotel later visit at 1 following temple: 

Meenakshi-Sundareswar Temple:

Madurai's Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple, which stands today as one of the India's greatest cultural and architectural landmarks, was originally built by the early Pandya King Kulasekara. It is also one of the greatest Shiva Temples of Tamil Nadu.

Return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Madurai. 


DAY 18 MADURAI CITY TOUR

 

Today after breakfast you will be continuing city tour and visit to the following tourist spots:

Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal 

The Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal palace complex was constructed in the Indo-Saracen style by Thirumalai Nayakar in 1636. It is a national monument and is now under the care of the Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department.

Kazimar Big Mosque(Periya pallivasal) and Maqbara 

Madurai Hazrat's Maqbara located within the Big Mosque. This famous mosque (masjid) is located at the heart of Madurai city, within 500 metres of the Periyar (Central) bus stand and within 1 kilometre South East of the Madurai Railway Junction and 800 meters south west of the Meenakshi Temple. 

Gandhi Museum 

Rani Mangamma's palace has been renewed and converted to Gandhi museum.The museum displays information about Mahatma Gandhi, and most importantly it showcases the original blood-stained garment of Gandhi when he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse. 

Thiruparankundram

Thiruparankundram is 7 km (4.5 miles) from the center of Madurai city. Thiruparakundram has become a symbol of the religious harmony among the people of Madurai. An Islamic Durgah (shrine) is located at the top of the hill, where the grave of an Islamic saint Hazrat Sultan Sikandhar Badushah Shaheed Radiyallah Ta'al anhu, who came from Jeddah (in present-day Saudi Arabia) along with Hazrat Sulthan Syed Ibrahim Shaheed Badushah of Madinah (in present-day Erwadi, Ramanathapuram district) during the early 13th century, is found

Goripalayam Dargah

The name Gorippalayam comes from the Persian word Gor which means Grave. This area is called as Goripalayam because the Graves of the two famous saints of Islam and rulers of Madurai Hazrat Sulthan Alauddin Badusha (Radiyallah) and Hazrat Sulthan Shamsuddin Badhusha (Radiyallah) are located here. A beautiful green coloured tomb can be seen from the A.V.Bridge madurai, which is the Gorippalayam Dargah located in the northern banks of vaigai River.  

Theppakulam

Theppakulam belongs to Vandiyur Mariyamman temple. It has become quite a picnic spot now. There is an artificial island at the centre, made of stone. It was built sometime around 1500 AD.

Koodal Azhagar Koil

A beautiful Vishnu temple which has Navagraham also (usually Navagraham is found only in Shivan temple). There is a hayagrivar temple close to this temple where hayagrivar (Horse/"haya"griva avataram) is the main deity. Most of the students do their regular prayer here as hayagrivar is the one who brought the epic fallen into water back to the earth. This is one of the temple found in center of city. This is located 100 mtrs north to the Kazimar Big Mosque (Periya pallivasal) and to the south of Sunnambukara street. This temple is believed to be older than the Meenakshi temple.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Church

St. Mary’s Cathedral in Madurai is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madurai. It is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in India and is situated 2 km South East of Madurai Railway station and 200 meters from the Thirumalai Nayak Mahal.


DAY 19 MADURAI to THEKKADI (140 KM / 3 HRS)

Today after breakfast check out from the hotel in Madurai and proceed to Thekkadi. Reach Thekkady and check in the htoel. Later you can visit 1 or places of Thekkady.

Thekkady (Idukki district) is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala state of India.

The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 777 km² (300 sq. miles), of which 360 km² (139 sq. miles) is thick evergreen forest. The Wild Life Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaiperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.

Thekkady is considered a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.

Places to Visit in Thekkady:

Murikkady

This place consists of spice and coffee plantations. It is about 5 km from Thekkady. 

Chellar Kovil

This is located about 15 km from Kumily and leads to the Theni district of Tamil Nadu. This place has a lot of waterfalls and cascades. It is very beautiful and extremely serene

Anakkara

Located at about 13km from Kumily on the Kumily-Munnar road, Anakkara is an upcoming spice tourism destination in the state. There is also a new airport proposed at Anakkara and is under review by the Airports Authority of India.

Mangala Devi Temple

It is situated about 15 km from Thekkady and sits at an altitude of 1337 m above sea level. It is surrounded by lush greenery and is closed throughout the year except during the Chitra Pournami festival. At other times tourists can still view it by getting a special letter from the forest ranger. The view from the temple premises is spectacular and one can see part of eastern ghats and some villages from adjacent state of Tamil Nadu.

Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Thekkady.


DAY 20 THEKKADI FULL DAY TOUR

Today after breakfast you will be visiting at the above mentioned places of Thekkady and return to the hotel for overnight stay.


DAY 21 THEKKADY to ALLEPPEY (150 KM/3 to 4 HRS.)

Today after breakfast check out from the hotel in Thekkady and proceed to Alleppey Reach Alleppey and check in the houseboat. Later you can visit 1 or 2 places of Alleppey.

Alappuzha (Malayalam: also known as Alleppey, is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, it was described as the one of the places known as "Venice of the East" by Marco Polo (1292).

Tourist places in Alleppey are:

St. Andrews Church

Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race

Krishnapuram Palace

Alleppey Beach

Kumarakom Bird Sanctury.

Return to the hotel overnight stay.


DAY 22 ALLEPPEY TO KOCHI AIRPORT by road 65 km/1/12 hour– MUMBAI (by fly)

Today check out from the hotel and later you will be visiting rest of the tourist places of Alleppey and kumarakom bird sanctuary than driver drop you at Kochi airport. There you have to catch the flight for Mumbai. Meet & greet with the representative and transferring to the South Mumbai in Colaba near gateway of India. Check in to the hotel. Overnight stay.

 


DAY 23 MUMBAI - DEPARTURE

Today you will be transferring to the airport to get fly back home.

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> ALSO NOTE:

> Inclusions:

1. Hotel Accommodations ( 3star, 4 star, 5 star or 5 star Deluxe as per choice)
2. Transportations: Car, Train & Flight as per itinerary
3. Tour Guide to visit tourist places as per itinerary
4. Car with English-speaking Driver
5. All Transfers & Sightseeing
6. Toll Taxes & Parking
7. Fuel & Gasoline
8. Driver allowances
9. Houseboat accommodation option is available for south India cities as per itinerary.

> Not included:

1. Monuments entry tickets & camera charges
2. Personal shopping
3. Tips
4. Miscellaneous


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