Day 1: Bangalore - Coorg
Arrive in Bangalore, transfer to Coorg (260 kms / 6 hrs), a virtual paradise on earth, crowned with glorious mist , cloaked hills and graced with tiny springs of coffee. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 2: Coorg :
Today is at leisure to explore this stunning hill retreat. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 3: Coorg Ooty:
This morning, transfer to Ooty (225 kms / 8 hrs), the Queen of Hill stations. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 4: Ooty :
Start your exploration of Ooty by visiting the Botanical Gardens, known for its exotic plants and colourfully laid out ornamental gardens. Visit the Doddabetta peak, the highest point in the Nilgiri mountains and move on to the beautiful Ooty Lake where you can enjoy an optional boat ride. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 5: Ooty Mysore :
Transfer to Mysore (158 kms / 2-3 hrs), a city of palaces, gardens, shady avenues and sacred temples. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 6: Mysore :
This morning, proceed on a city tour of Mysore, visiting the magnificent Maharaja's Palace, Chamundi Hills and the Art Gallery with a fine collection of paintings and musical instruments. This evening, you may take an optional tour of the beautiful Vrindavan Gardens. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 7: Mysore Bangalore :
Transfer by road to Bangalore (120 kms / 4 hrs), the Garden City. Later this afternoon, you visit the Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, the 16th century bull temple and drive past the Vidhana Saudha. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 8: Depart Bangalore :
After breakfast transfer to airport or railway stn.Tour ends with sweet memories.
Day 1: Bangalore - Coorg
Arrive in Bangalore, transfer to Coorg (260 kms / 6 hrs), a virtual paradise on earth, crowned with glorious mist , cloaked hills and graced with tiny springs of coffee. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 1: Arrive in Bangalore :
Arrive and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, you visit the Lal Bagh Botanical gardens, the 16th century Bull temple, and drive past the Vidhana Saudha. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 2: Bangalore Mysore :
Transfer by road to Mysore (120 kms / 3 hrs) en-route you visit Shravanbelagola, home to the massive 18m monolithic Gomateshwara (or Bahubali) statue. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 3: Mysore :
This morning,, visit the Mysore Palace known for its veritable treasure trove of exquisite carvings and works of art from the world over, proceed to the Chamundi hills for a panoramic view of Mysore city. End your tour with a visit to the Rajendra Art Gallery that has some remarkable selections of paintings by Raja Ravi Verma. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 4: Mysore Ooty :
Transfer by road to Ooty (158 kms / 4 hrs) 'the Queen of Hill stations'. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this picturesque hill station. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 5: Ooty :
This morning, you visit the Doddabetta peak, the highest peak in the Nilgiri mountains, you then proceed to the beautifully landscaped Botanical gardens end your tour with a visit to the scenic Ooty Lake where you may enjoy an optional boat ride. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 6: Ooty:
Today is at leisure OR take an optional excursion to Coonoor to visit the sprawling Tea gardens and enjoy a joy ride on the Toy Train. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 7: Depart Ooty :
Transfer to airport / railway station at Coimbatore or Bangalore. Tour ends with sweet memories.
Bangalore Upon arrival at Bangalore Airport / Railway station, you will be transferred to your hotel. Bangalore known as Garden city. Afternoon proceed for a sightseeing tour of Bangalore, visit to the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens is noteworthy, drive past the Vidhan Sabha, which houses the state Legislative Assembly and part of the secretariat, Cubbon Park, Kemps Fort and Commercial Street. Evening free for shopping. O/Nt at the hotel
BangaloreMysore In the morning drive to Mysore (150 kms / 03 hours) Enroute visit Srirangapatna where the legendary warrior Tipu Sultan built an exquisite summer palace. On arrival check in at the hotel and afternoon proceed for a visit of Mysore Maharaja's Palace, once the residence of the Wodeyars of Karnataka- it is reminiscent of Mysore's glorious past which you will witness in the carved silver doors a solid gold throne and gallery of exquisite paintings. St. Philomena's Church. In the evening visit the illuminated Vrindavan Gardens. O/Nt at the hotel.
MysoreOoty In the morning drive to (159 kms / 04 hours) Ooty the Queen of Hill stations nestled in the Nilgiri range and popularly known as Ooty, A Britisher Mr. John Sullivan discovered Ooty in 1821; the sheer grandeur of this romantic city is enough to drain anyone out. Afternoon arrive.at hotel & rest of the day at leisure. O/Nt at the hotel.
Ooty Morning half day tour of the Botanical Gardens and the Museum with the numerous varieties of ornamental trees and plants is an attraction for all tourists, One can see the best profiles of nature, each embedded with a distinctive grandeur. It's the majestic waterfalls, never-ending forests, and beautiful tea gardens, lush green meadows, placid lake, manicured golf courses that are really spellbinding. O/Nt at the hotel.
Ooty Kodai Morning after breakfast drive to Kodaikanal (250 kms / 07 hours) a charming hill station that sits amidst sylvan beauty on the Southern crest of the upper Palani Hills. Arrive and check in hotel. Day free at leisure. O/Nt at the hotel.
Kodai Today you will visit the Shenbaganur Museum, this houses one of the best orchid collections in India, also visit the Coakers Walk on the steep southern face of the Kodai Ridge with its Telescope House, continue to the picturesque Kodai Lake where boating is a favorite past time. O/Nt at the hotel.
Kodai - Coimbatore/Bangalore: Morning drive to Coimbatore Rly Stn /Aprt OR take a long drive to Bangalore for your flight/train to onward destination. Tour Ends.
Day 1: Bangalore - CoorgArrive in Bangalore, transfer to Coorg (260 kms / 6 hrs), a virtual paradise on earth, crowned with glorious mist , cloaked hills and graced with tiny springs of coffee. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 1: Ooty
Arrive in Coimbatore. Transfer to Ooty (90 kms / 2 hrs), the Queen of Hill stations. The rest of the day is at leisure. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 2: Ooty
Explore Ooty by visiting the Botanical Gardens, known for its exotic plants and colorfully laid out ornamental gardens. Visit the Doddabetta peak the highest point in the Nilgiri mountains and move on to the beautiful Ooty Lake where you can enjoy an optional boat ride. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 3: Ooty
This day is at leisure OR take an optional full day excursion to Coonoor to visit the tea gardens and tea factory, enjoy a joy ride on the endearing toy train. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 4: Ooty Kodaikanal
This morning, you proceed to Kodaikanal (264 kms/7 hrs) a charming hill station that sits amidst sylvan beauty on the Southern crest of the upper Palani Hills. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 5: Kodaikanal
Today, you will visit the Shenbaganur Museum, this houses one of the best orchid collections in India, also visit the Coakers Walk on the steep southern face of the Kodai Ridge with its Telescope House, continue to the picturesque Kodai Lake where boating is a favorite past time. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 6: Kodaikanal
Full day at leisure to relax in your cozy retreat or participate in the various recreational activities provided by your resort. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 7: Kodaikanal Madurai
Today, you will be transferred to Madurai (90 kms / 2 hrs) airport / railway station. Tour ends with sweet memories.
Arrive in Delhi: Tansfer to your hotel. This afternoon, you will proceed on a sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. The evening is at leisure or take an optional tour to the Red Fort for the sound & light show, Stay Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi Agra :
This morning, you will be transferred by road to the Mughal city of Agra (206 kms / 3.5 hrs) This afternoon you visit the Agra Fort and the spectacular Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, Stay Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Agra Jaipur :
Early this morning, you will be transferred by road to the pink city of Jaipur (221 kms / 5 hrs), enroute you will visit Fatehpur Sikri. Proceed to your hotel with the rest of the day at leisure OR take an optional tour of the ethnic Rajasthani village of Chokhi Dhani, Stay Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur :
This morning, visit the Amber fort, where you enjoy an elephant ride. Drive past the Hawa Mahal, and visit the City Palace and museum, walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar Observatory, Stay Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Jaipur Jodhpur :
Early this morning, you will drive to Jodhpur (332 kms / 7 hrs), enroute you will stop to visit the holy towns of Pushkar & Ajmer. Visit the Pushkar Lake, the Brahma temple and the Dargaha of Salim Chisti, Stay Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Jodhpur
This morning, you will visit the Majestic Mehrangarh Fort, sprawled across a 125 meter high hill and is the most impressive and formidable fort in fort-studded Rajasthan, continue to Jaswant Thada a cluster of Royal cenotaphs built in 1899, Stay Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Jodhpur Udaipur:
Drive to Udaipur (259 kms / 6 hrs) the capital of the former Princely state of Mewar, enroute stop to visit the world famous exquisitely carved Ranakpur Jain Temples, known for its 1444 pillar hall, Stay Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Udaipur :
Morning, visit the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, proceed to Jagdish Temple & the Museum, also visit the Sahelion Ki Bari. In the evening enjoy a boat ride on the picturesque Lake Pichola, Stay Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Depart Udaipur :
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport/railway station. Tour ends with sweet memories.
Day 1: Jaipur
Arrive in Jaipur. This afternoon you will tour the city visiting the City Palace and the Palace Museum. Walk to the adjacent Jantarmantar built in the 17th century and drive past the Hawa Mahal, O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 2: Jaipur
This morning, you will drive just outside the city to visit the Amer Fort. Here, you will see magnificent palaces with walls covered with mirrored mosaics. Enjoy an elephant ride at Amer, O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 3: Jaipur - Bikaner
Early this morning, you will drive to the imposing walled city of Bikaner (321 kms / 7-8 hrs), Later today, you will visit the unusual Junagarh Fort; unlike all the major forts in Rajasthan, which are on hilltops, this one was built on the desert plains itself, also visit the National Camel Breeding Farm and see the spectacular desert sunset in the background, O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 4: Bikaner - Jaisalmer
This morning, you will drive to Deshnok, to visit the Karni Mata Mandir. Later you will drive to the desert town of Jaisalmer (332 kms / 7-8 hrs). The evening is at leisure, O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 5: Jaisalmer
Today, you visit the spectacular Jaisalmer Fort. Later, walk around the countless havelis spread across Jaisalmer which are reputed as the city's real showpieces. Late evening, you will visit the Sand Dunes to witness the spectacular sunset, O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 6: Jaisalmer Jodhpur
This morning, you will be transferred to the Blue City of Jodhpur (285 kms / 6-7 hrs). Late this afternoon, you will visit the imposing Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada, O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 7: Jodhpur Udaipur
Today you will drive to Udaipur (259 kms / 6 hrs) visiting Ranekpur enroute. Ranekpur is known for its exquisitely carved Jain temples and the famous hall of 1444 pillars. Later this evening, you will enjoy a boat ride on the picturesque Lake Pichola, O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 8: Udaipur
This morning proceed on a sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting the City Palace and museum; Jagdish temple and the Sahelion Ki Bari. Evening free for shopping & leisure activities. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 9: Depart Udaipur
Morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport/railway station for your onward journey. Tour ends with sweet memories.
Arrive Port Blair Arrival at Port Blair in the morning by flight/ship and transfer to hotel. Later proceed for half day sightseeing tour - visit the Corbyn's Cove Beach - 9 kms from Port Blair - a coconut palm fringed beach, ideal for swimming, sun-basking & bathing & Harbour Cruise (Viper Island). Overnight at Port Blair.
Full-Day Excursion To North Bay (Coral Island) Start after breakfast for a full-day Excursion to North Bay (Coral Island) - to see coral reefs, exotic varieties of beautiful ornamental fishes and other marine life. The glass bottom boat ride helps one to take a closer look at the vast coral colonies. Overnight Stay at Port Blair.
City Tour After breakfast, start for a full-day tour of places in & around Port Blair (City Tour) - covering the famous Cellular Jail, Chatham Saw Mill (one of the oldest & largest in Asia), Anthropological Museum, Fisheries (Marine) Museum, Science Centre, Naval Marine Museum (Samudrika). In the evening, attend the enthralling Sound and Light Show at Cellular Jail - where the heroic saga of the Indian freedom struggle is brought alive. Overnight Stay At Port Blair.
Excursion Tour To Ross Island & Chidiya Tapu Morning after breakfast proceeds for excursion tour to Ross Island & Chidiya Tapu. Ross Island the place from where the Britishers governed the entire A & N islands, prior to India's Independence. This island is an ideal destination for nature walks amidst sylvan surroundings with deers, peacocks, exotic birds, etc. Chidiya Tapu is the southernmost tip of south Andaman. It is generally known as the "Bird Island" - where lush green mangroves and beautiful beach with breath-taking sunset, creates a mesmerizing environment. Overnight Stay at Port Blair.
Depart Port Blair Transfer to Airport / Harbor for return flight/voyage. Tour ends with sweet memories.
Day 1 : Arrive in Cochin :
Arrive in Cochin, the gateway to 'Gods own Country'. This afternoon, you will visit the Jewish synagogue, the Dutch Palace, the Chinese fishing nets and enjoy a fabulous sunset cruise of Cochin Harbour. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 2 : Cochin - Munnar :
Today, you will be transferred by road to Munnar (130 kms/4 hrs), one of southern India's most popular hill stations. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 3 : Munnar :
This morning, you will proceed on a sightseeing tour of the picturesque Mattupettu Dam, where you have an opportunity to go boating, you continue your tour to Echo Point. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 4 : Munnar - Thekkady :
Transfer to Thekkady, (120 kms / 3.5 hrs). Enjoy a boat safari on Periyar Lake to view the varied wildlife of this region. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 5 : Thekkady - Kumarakom :
Today you will be transferred by road to Kumarakom (130 kms / 4 hrs) a charming village on the Vembanad Lake, en-route you will stop to see the spice plantations. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 6 : Kumarakom - Kettuvalam (House Boat) :
Today you will board a Kettuvalam the famous Houseboats of Kerala. You spend the day cruising through the unique web of lakes, lagoons, canals and rivers . You stay the night onboard your Houseboat.
Day 7 : Kettuvalam - Alleppey - Kanyakumari :
This morning, you will disembark at the Alleppey boat jetty and will be transferred to Kanyakumari (193 kms / 4-5 hrs) the lands end of India. You will visit the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and return to the mainland to see the spectacular sunset in the Arabian Sea. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 8 : Kanyakumari - Kovalam :
Early This morning, you witness the magnificent sunrise over the Bay of Bengal. You are later transferred by road to Kovalam (53 kms / 2 hrs). O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 9 : Kovalam :
This entire day is at leisure. OR take an optional sightseeing and shopping tour of Trivandrum. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 10 : Depart Kovalam :
Transfer to Trivandrum airport / railway station. Tour ends with sweet memories
Day 1 : Delhi to Shimla :
In the morning drive to Shimla an 10 hours (380 Kms) drive you reach Shimla perched at 7000 feet above sea level, The heady combinations of Chill mountain air, orchards and colonial charms still make Shimla a dream get away. Upon arrival check-in to your hotel, for Overnight stay.
Day 2 : Shimla Kufri - Shimla :
Morning tour of Shimla - Kalbadevi Temple, Jakhu Temple, Hanuman Temple or stop for a while at the beautiful stained glass - windows of Christ Church, which was built in the 1850 s. Afternoon excursion to Kufri a 30 Minutes drive from Shimla, an exotica of nature as a place surrounded by dense forest and snow caped mountains amidst virgin peaks and natures flora and fauna where one can completely relax and tune oneself for natural beauty, evening free to enjoy the scenic beauty of Kufri. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3 : Shimla to Manali :
In the morning drive to Manali an 7/8 Hours drive take you to the valley of Gods, is a combination of natural splendor and rich cultural heritage. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel. Day 04: Manali - Morning proceed for a half day tour of Manali visiting Hadimba Devi Temple built in the tranquil and serene woods, Vashist Bath, Tibetan Monastery, and Roerich art Gallery. In the afternoon half day tour of Naggar Castle and local Bazar. Return to the hotel for Overnight stay.
Day 4 : Manali :
Morning proceed for a half day tour of Manali visiting Hadimba Devi Temple built in the tranquil and serene woods, Vashist Bath, Tibetan Monastery, and Roerich art Gallery. In the afternoon half day tour of Naggar Castle and local Bazar. Return to the hotel for Overnight stay.
Day 5 : Manali :
Full day tour of Rohtang Pass The majesty of the mountains and the glaciers can be seen at their best, you have next two hours to enjoy this snowy haven. Take a sledge ride down the slopes, try your luck climbing the little snow hills. On youre descents to Manali, halt at the Rahalla falls and Solang Valley. The Magnificent views and natural beauty are a never-ending source of delight. Also halt at Marhi, Ralha falls, Nehru Kund. Return to the hotel for Overnight stay.
Day 6 : Manali to Dharamshala :
In the morning drive to (6 ½ hours drive) Dharamshala, on arrival check in at the Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 : Dharamshala :
Morning after breakfast local tour of Dharamshala visiting the Official residence of Dalai Lama the exiled Tibetan Leader, McLeodganj, Palampur etc.
Day 8 : Dharamshala Dalhousie :
Morning after breakfast depart for Dalhousie (4 hrs.). Situated at 2039 mts in the outer slope s of the Dhaula Dhar range with its natural beauty and natural surroundings. On arrival check- in at the hotel. Rest of the day for leisure and shopping. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9 : Dalhousie :
Full day sightseeing to Khajjiar, 18 kms from. Dalhousie. Its one of the most scenic saucer shaped Plateau and is surrounded by dense pine and deodar forests, its beauty has further been enhanced by a small lake in the center with a floating island and 9-hole golf course here are the other interesting places to cover. Return to Dalhousie and overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 : Dalhousie Pathankot :
Morning after breakfast drive to Chakki Bank (Pathankot) or Chandigarh Railway Station. Tour ends with sweet memories... NB:During Rohatang visit our vehicle to go upto the point it is allowed to go.
Day 1 : Delhi to Shimla :
Arrive Delhi airport / railway station and proceed by road to Shimla (343 kms / 08 hrs) the former summer capital of British India, set amidst the snow capped Shivalik Mountains which offers some of the most stunning views of the mighty Himalayas. Arrive and check in hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Stay Overnight.
Day 2 : Shimla Sightseeing :
After breakfast, depart for the winter sports capital - Kufri, where you can photograph yourself in hired Pahari or Himachal outfits, enjoy horse riding or yak riding (on own). Later proceed to Naldhera, which is famous for its golf course and scenic beauty. Later in the evening visit to Mall Road of Shimla, where you stroll around for street shopping & enjoy local cuisines. Over night stay at hotel.
Day 3 : Shimla - Manali :
Today morning after breakfast you will proceed by road to Manali (274 kms / 07 hrs) a picture-perfect hill resort at an altitude of 1,929 metres. Set amidst pine-clad mountains, which gradually close in on both sides of the Beas and nestling in their shade, as though carved out of primeval forest, is a scattered hamlet, which comprises this picturesque summer resort. Stay Overnight.
Day 4 : Manali - Sightseeing :
After breakfast, visit to Hadimba Devi Temple - built in the tranquil and serene woods, Vashist Bath, Tibetan Monastery and Roerich Art Gallery. Afternoon halfday tour of Naggar Castle & Shopping. Over night stay at hotel.
Day 5 : Manali - Sightseeing :
After breakfast, full day tour of Rohtang Pass - the majesty of the mountains and the glaciers can be seen at their best. On your descent down to Manali, halt at the Rahalla falls and Solang Valley. The magnificient views and the natural beauty are a never-ending source of delight. Also halt at Marhi, Rahla Falls and Nehru Kund. Over night stay at hotel.
Day 6 : Manali - Chandigarh :
In the morning after breakfast drive to Chandigarh (280 kms / 07 Hrs.) Chandigarh is one of the most planned city in India. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Rock Garden, Rose Garden and Lake. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at Chandigarh.
Day 7 : Chandigarh - Delhi (260 km / 5 hrs drive) :
Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi airport / railway station (260 kms / 05 hrs). Tour ends with sweet memories.
Day 1 : Arrive Gwalior :
On arrival at Gwalior airport or Gwalior railway station, begin your tour of 'Heritage of Madhya Pradesh'. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a half day city tour visiting the massive sandstone fort doting the city skyline, the 9th century Teli Ka Mandir and the 11th century Sas Bahu ka Mandir. In the evening witness the spectacular sound and light show (entry on direct payment basis) where the history of Gwalior and its warriors is narrated
Day 2 : Gwalior - Orchha :
Leave in the morning for Orchha. En route visit the Phool Bagh, Dinman Herdaul's Palace, Sunder Mahal and the cenotaphs built in the memory of the rulers of Orchha.On arrival, check into your hotel. Later, visit Jehangir Mahal built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo, Raj Mahal and Chaturbhuj temple. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this beautiful village.
Day 3 : Orchha - Khajuraho :
Early morning, drive to Khajuraho. On arrival, check into your hotel. In the afternoon proceed on a temple tour visiting the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The other temples of interest are Chausath Yogini, Chitragupta etc. each with its own history and presiding deity. In the evening witness the spectacular sound and light show (entry on direct payment basis).
Day 4 : Khajuraho - Excursion to Panna National Park :
Today proceed to Panna National Park near the Ken River with its deep gorges, tranquil valley and dense teak forests. The region, famous for its diamond industry, is also home to some of the best wildlife species. If you are lucky, you could sight tigers and panthers along with herds of chinkara, sambar and several other wildlife species. The spectacular Pandav Falls en route and other waterfalls in the area are popular picnic spots. The rest of the evening is at leisure to explore the local shops and market.
Day 5 : Depart Khajuraho OR On to Jhansi railway station :
Today get transferred to Khajuraho airport or Jhansi railway station for your onward journey.
Day 1 : Ahmedabad :
Arrive at Ahmedabad Airport / Railway Station. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of the city. Places to visit
Lord Swaminarayan, born in Chapaya in Uttar Pradesh, took a seven year piligrimage in Gujarat to preach his religion. He built six temples, the first being at Kalupur in Ahmedabad. Akshardham, the Swaminarayan temple of Gandhinagar, is a modern complex, built in traditional Indian architectural style from 6,000 metric tons of pink Rajasthan sandstone, carved by expert artisans from Bansipahadpur. The temple is set in a multi-acre garden called Sahajanand Van, with intricate sculptures of Hindu Gods. There is a gold leaf copper sculpture of Lord Swaminarayan that faces similar sculptures of Gunatinand Swami. The interiors have beautiful columns in rosewood, that rise up to a high dome. The first floor galleries house a museum portraying the 500 parahansas, a letter to his guru, Ramanand, a piece from an old tree from Chapaya, his pure wool shawl, a replica of his old home, a diorama of the lord on a horse and other displays. The galleries outside have a state-of the art exhibition using Chez Integrovation shows, audiovisuals, multi-media, dioramas fo the life of Lord Swaminarayana and from the Hindu epics to introduce visitors to the concept fo the Akshardham movement, founded in 1907 AD to promote the preachings of Lord Swaminarayan. ( remain closed on Monday).
Gandhi Ashram :
:On a quiet peaceful stretch of the Sabarmati river, Mahatma Gandhi set up a simple retreat in 1915. This was his Satyagrah Ashram and for many years it was the nerve centre of India's freedom movement. It was from here, in 1930, that Mahatma began his famous Dandi March to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. Hridaya Kunj, the simple cottage where he lived, is now a national monument and preserved as it was during the Mahatma's life-time.
Hutheesingh Jain Temple :
:Built outside the Delhi Gate in 1850 by a rich Jain merchant, the Hutheesing Temple is the best known of Ahmedabad's many ornate Jain temples. Overnight at Ahmedabad.
Day 2 : AhmedabadDakor Pavagarh Ahmedabad :
Today after breakfast proceed for a day excursion to Dakor and pavagarh.
In its earlier phases as pilgrimage center in Gujarat, was famous for the Danknath temple, a place of shiva worship. In the later phases it developed into a Vaishnavite center with the growing fame of Ranchhodraiji temple, which was built in 1772 A.D. Today this place is known not only as a pilgrimage center but also a trading center where one can get the articles related to puja, and other rituals
Most of the Hindus in India have faith in goddess Mahakali, particularly from the western region covering the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan & Maharashtra. The famous and the oldest temple of Mahakaili is situated at Pavagadh, near Vadodara, one of the main cities of Gujarat. The temple has become the place of the piligrimage for almost all Hindus in India. This temple is among the three main Shaktipeeths in Gujarat. It has been said in Hindu Shastras that after the famous Tandava dance of Lord Shiva, the various parts of the body of Sati fell at many places. These places are called Shaktipeets. It is said that the left breast of the Sati had fallen here at Pavagadh. As the name suggests, the temple is located on a mountain, near to the Champaner town. Overnight Ahmedabad
Day 3 : Ahmedabad Dwarka :
Dwarka: An ancient city, housing one of the principal pilgrimages- 'Dwarkadhish temple'of Hindus. According to the legend, Lord Krishna moved to this coastal town to set up a capital. Marine excavations of the Dwarka coast have revealed important evidences of ancient city, which probably include the 'Dwarawati' of the 'Krishna Lila'. Today, it is not only a major pilgrimage site but a pleasant spot for a beach holiday. Another popular place in Dwarka, part of the Dwarkadhish Temple is Sabha Mandap. It is a 60- pillared hall, which houses almost 2500 years old scriptures. The hall has 'jharokhas', offering a nice view of the nearby flowing Gomti River. Attend evening aarti at Dwarkadhish temple. Overnight at Dwarka
Day 4 : DWARKA BET DWARKA NAGESHWAR DWARKA :
Today we visit Bet Dwarka & Nageshwar temple. Bet Dwarka : Bet is situated at 30kms from Dwarka and is surrounded by sea from all sides. One can reach Bet from Dwarka through Okha by road. On reaching Okha port jetty, one can reach Bet through a little sea journey in a launch or in a small boat. Nageshwar Temple or Nagnath Temple is located on the route between Gomati Dwarka and the Bait Dwarka Island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat. The Jyotirlinga enshrined in the Temple of Nagnath is known as Nageshwar Mahadev and attracts thousands of pilgrims all round the year. This powerful Jyotirlinga symbolizes protection from all poisons. It is said that those who pray to the Nageshwar Linga become free of poison. The Rudra Samhita sloka refers to Nageshwar with the phrase 'Daarukaavane Naagesham'. Return to hotel at Dwarka. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 5 : Dwarka Somnath :
Today, after breakfast, drive to Somnath. • Somnath: One of the most revered & an important center of culture & nationalism. The legendary temple contains a 'jyotirlinga'. Looted & destroyed, built & rebuilt several times, it represents the eternal beauty & strength of the Indian society. The present splendid structure was rebuilt about five decades ago, at the exact spot where the original shrine was located. The iron man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was instrumental in the construction of the present temple. Overnight at Safari Hotel and Resort located at walking distance from Somnath temple near Veraval. Overnight stay at your hotel
Day 6 : Somnath Bhavnagar :
After breakfast proceed to Bhavnagar.
Bhavnagar was founded by Bhavsinhji Gohil in 1723 AD near the Gulf of Khambhat, on a carefully chosen strategic location having potential of maritime trade. Till independence, Bhavnagar State was ruled by the Gohil Rajput clan.
Gaurishanker Lake :
A beautiful picnic spot near the lake. There is also a well laid out park.
Takhteshwar Temple :
Situated on a hill, the site provides a panoramic view.
• Lock Gate :
The first of its kind in Gujarat. The seawater here is impounded by the lock gates to keep ships afloat during low tide, which could be seen with special permission.
Sarangpur Hanuman :
This temple is among the more prominent ones in the Swaminarayan Sampradaya. The image of Hanuman was installed by Gopalanand Swami. According to author Raymond Williams, it is reported that when Gopalanand Swami installed the image of Hanuman, he touched it with a rod and the image came alive and moved. This story become a charter for the healing ritual performed at this temple. The image of Hanuman here is a stout figure with a handlebar moustache, crushing a female demon under his foot and baring his teeth, standing among sculpted foliage full of fruit bearing monkey attendants. The image of this temple is said to be so powerful that a mere look at it by people affected by evil spirits out of the people affected. Saturday is the designated day for a special ritual (as Saturday is dedicated to Hanuman) for those affected by mental illnesses and mental disorders. They are brought to the temple to be touched by the rod used by Gopalanand Swami during the installation ceremony of the image. This rod has been covered in silver. The temple administration has hired a Brahmin householder to act as a priest at the temple & conduct this ritual. After this, the person affected is instructed to circumambulate the shrine and repeat this after doing darshan a number of times. Some people take a special vow to do this a certain number of times or to chant the Swaminarayan Mahamantra while doing this. Overnight Bhavnagar.
Day 7 : : Bhavnagar Palitana Bhavnagar :
Early morning after breakfast proceed for the excursion to Palitana. Palitana A 56kms. Drive from Bhavnagar. Palitana lies at the foot of the Shetrunjaya hill, with the Shetrunjaya river flowing to its south. The savred hill rises in a crescendo of magnificent temples 863 in all that soar in marble splendour to the top of the hill. The temples were built over an impressive span of 900 years with each generation of pilgrims making its contribution to the shrines of Shetrunjaya. The 600- metre climb to Shetrunjaya is usually made on foot. Dolis or lift-chairs are also available for the ascent Overnight Bhavnagar.
Day 8 : Bhavnagar Ahmedabad :
Today after breakfast proceed to Ahmedabad Airport / Railway Station to catch the flight / Train for your onwards journey. Tour ends…
Day 1: Arrive in Chennai
Arrive in Chennai, the gateway to Southern India. Transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, you proceed on a sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Kapaleshwar temple, Fort St. George and the Government museum. The rest of the evening is at leisure OR optionally you may visit 'Dakshinchitra'. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 2 : Chennai Trichy :
Transfer to railway station and depart for Trichy, the citadel of the Chola Dynasty. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. You, later, proceed on a sightseeing tour visiting the Rock Fort and the mystic Srirangam Island, a living example of the ancient temple towns of the south. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 3 : Trichy - Tanjore Trichy :
Proceed on a full day excursion to Tanjore (55 kms / 1.5 hrs), the ancient capital of Tamilnadu. Visit the famous Brihadeshwara Temple built in the 10th Century and the Saraswati Mahal Library which houses palm leaf & paper manuscripts. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 4 : Trichy Madurai :
This morning, you will drive to Madurai (142 kms / 2-3 hrs) Southern India's oldest city with a recorded history going back to the 6th century B.C. This afternoon, you will visit the world famous Meenakshi Temple, a most perfect example of Dravidian architecture. Also visit the ruins of the Tirumal Nayak Palace. Late this evening, you may revisit the Temple for the evening Aarti ceremony. O/Nt @ Hotel
Day 5 : Madurai :
Today after breakfast go on a full day excursion to Rameshwaram. O/Nt @ Hotel.
Day 6 : Depart Madurai :
Transfer to the airport / railway station. Tour ends with sweet memories.