The heavenS of south

Day 1, 2 and 3 – New Delhi

Delhi has always enjoyed a powerful status among the pages of history. From the Turks, the Mughals to the Rajputs and the British, Delhi has captivated the attention of Kings, nobles, commoners and artists alike. This obsession has bestowed upon the land many beautiful renditions in the form of monuments, temples and forts. Each street of Delhi has a fascinating story to it and each story is a saga on its own. Drenched in tales of victory, sorrow, bloodshed and joy, Delhi the city is a monument of time itself.

From chic boutiques and up town malls to crowded galis that serve tasty hot appetizers, Delhi is a city that lives in a constant paradox. A place where you can find both the old and the new, the contemporary and the ancient, Delhi and its many faces will never seize to fascinate. The Jama Masjid, one of the oldest mosques of India to the Red fort, the colossal mammoth that hosts the Independence Day celebrations.

The breath taking Akshardham Temple, or the serene to the peaceful Lotus temple, the tall Qutub Minar to the tombs of Humayun, all give you a glimpse of the grandeur of old Delhi. And living in perfect harmony just a few meters away you will find a thriving modern contemporary present that has its share of high end malls, the metro rail and a thriving art scene. Experience all this and much more in the capital of India.

Day 1 Flight to New Delhi, India (the capital of the country)

Day 2 and Day 3 Trip to Swaminarayan Akshardham, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Red Fort, Raj Ghat, Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar, Lodi Gardens, India Gate, Lotus Temple, Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi). [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 4 and 5 – Agra

Resting on the banks of Yamuna, the water plays with the likeness of a monument that has stood as the timeless representation of love itself. Flanked between the bustling capital of the country, Delhi, and the cultural hub of north India, Lucknow, Agra still manages to attract the attention of traveller, scholars and wanderers alike who have an appetite for history. Agra is the legacy of the Mughal Empire where one can relive the grandeur that was the bygone era.

Sprinkled with monuments around every corner, don’t be too miserly with your visit to Agra. Around every corner of this dusty and rugged terrain, one can find a monument that is left behind by history as a work of art itself. The Taj Mahal that sits in all its elegance on the banks of the Yamuna River is representation of the timelessness of love. Commissioned by Shah Jahan, it took two decades to complete and a whopping 53 billion Rupees (which is the price estimate as of the present). The Taj Mahal is grandeur and sublime, it was built out of loss of love and stands tall today as the representation of everlasting love, the Taj Mahal is truly a wonder to marvel and experience.

While Agra is a delight in itself, another great city to visit along the way is Fatehpur Sikri, a city founded by Akbar the great. Laden with monuments and fine architecture Fatehpur Sikri is no less of a treat in itself.

Day 4 Bus to Agra. Trip to Taj Mahal and Agra Bazaar [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 5 Trip to Fatehpur Sikhri. Bus to New Delhi [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 5 and 6 – New Delhi

Delhi has always enjoyed a powerful status among the pages of history. From the Turks, the Mughals to the Rajputs and the British, Delhi has captivated the attention of Kings, nobles, commoners and artists alike. This obsession has bestowed upon the land many beautiful renditions in the form of monuments, temples and forts. Each street of Delhi has a fascinating story to it and each story is a saga on its own. Drenched in tales of victory, sorrow, bloodshed and joy, Delhi the city is a monument of time itself.

From chic boutiques and up town malls to crowded galis that serve tasty hot appetizers, Delhi is a city that lives in a constant paradox. A place where you can find both the old and the new, the contemporary and the ancient, Delhi and its many faces will never seize to fascinate. The Jama Masjid, one of the oldest mosques of India to the Red fort, the colossal mammoth that hosts the Independence Day celebrations.

The breath taking Akshardham Temple, or the serene to the peaceful Lotus temple, the tall Qutub Minar to the tombs of Humayun, all give you a glimpse of the grandeur of old Delhi. And living in perfect harmony just a few meters away you will find a thriving modern contemporary present that has its share of high end malls, the metro rail and a thriving art scene. Experience all this and much more in the capital of India.

Day 5 Bus to New Delhi. Evening free for leisure activities. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 6 Noon flight to Cochin, Kerela. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 6 AND 7 – Cochin

The Queen of the Arabian Sea, Cochin or Kochi as it is popularly called, has been attracting traders and tourists alike since the 14th century and its intriguing rich culture, a blend of Dutch, Portuguese and British traditions comes as a no surprise for people who have known the city’s historic past. Cochin offers a wonderful mix of old and new along with the lush greenery, peculiar to the state of Kerala. On one side is the Fort Cochin while on the other is the International Marina, you can stay in the most conserved homestays or spend the night at the glittering Marine Drive.

Cochin is also home to synagogues, temples and beautiful Basilica, each different in style and character and yet an integral part of the metro that Cochin is today. And when in Kerala, how can you afford to miss the wonderful art form of Kathakali and Kalaripayutu? Cochin is a window to the rich past and a promising new future of the region that enjoys the bounty of nature too. A perfect holiday destination for one and all!

Day 6 Noon flight to Cochin, Kerela. Evening free for leisure activities. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 7 Bus to Munnar, Kerela. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 7, 8 and 9 – Munnar

With sprawling tea plantations, rustic cottages, long winding roads and the cool misty air, Munnar offers a peak into the clouds above. Situated in Kerala, Munnar is a confluence of three rivers, Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly and this marriage of river and land has rendered the hills of Munnar with tremendous gifts in the form of some brilliant views. Thanks to the rich soil, Munnar is home to some of the rarest plants one can find in the region. If you are looking for a botanical escape along with a well-earned vacation, Mannar should be your choice.

Munnar is also home to several endangered animals like the NilgiriTahr, Wood pigeon and the giant grizzled squirrel. Munnar offers the perfect excuse for un planned treks along the twisted untamed roads that are sandwiched between think dense forests. If you are fortunate enough you may find yourself looking at the Neelakuranji blossom which happens only once in twelve year. 

Day 7 Bus to Munnar, Kerela. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 7 and Day 8 Trip to Mattupetty Dam, Mattupetty Dairy Farm, Kundala Lake, Top Station, Echo Point, Tea Museum, Attukad Waterfalls, Blossom Park, Tea Plantations. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 9 Bus to Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 9 and 10 – Coonoor

Located just about 20 kilometers from the Queen of the Hills, Ooty, is a more relaxed holiday destination of Coonoor. Famous for its tea plantations, Coonoor is favourite among those who like quieter holidays. Unlike the busy center of tourism that Ooty has now become, Coonoor is still old school and has not changed much over the years.

There are many places to visit in Coonoor and most of them involve sitting back and marvelling nature’s beauty. Dolphin’s Nose or Lamb’s Rock, go anywhere with a camera and capture the undisturbed Nilgiri forests forever! If you want to get a little closer, why not visit Catherine Falls or Laws Falls or the hydel power station at Katary Falls. Sim’s Park, with its collection of over 1000 plant species is yet another attraction in this part of the Nilgiri Hills and also hosts a fruit and vegetable show every May.

It is only in Coonoor that you have the benefit of being close to nature and yet sip fresh hot tea from a cup. This is the ultimate holiday one really wants!

Day 9 Bus to Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. Trip to Sim`s Park, Dolphin's Nose, Lamb's Rock. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 10 Bus to Ooty, Tamil Nadu. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 10, 11 and 12 – Ooty

Growing in lap of the Nilgiris, Udhagamandalam lovingly known as Ooty, is a busy tourist destination in South India. Sharing a border with Karnataka, Kerala while in the state of Tamil Nadu, Ooty attracts weekend tourists from the three states. While this may be not be an ideal for a quiet, peaceful getaway that is most sort after on a hill station vacation, this hill station never the less still warm your heart with its picturesque views, friendly locals and almost breath taking greenery.

There is a reason why Ooty is called Queen of hills; Ooty is the perfect blend of olden styled cottages and row houses that stack up beautifully on the sloppy hills, and the carpet green that lavishly spreads across the horizon, as far as the eyes can see. The busy streets that wind up into the quaint green sidewalks that make you fall in love with the place comes many- a times. The tall eucalyptus trees that border the long winding roads the everlasting flowers that grows wildly on the sidewalks, the springs of fresh water that babble making conversation with wanderer passing by, Ooty is like a beautiful song written by nature.  

Day 10 Bus to Ooty, Tamil Nadu. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 10 and Day 11 Trip to Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Botanical Gardens, Doddabetta Peak, Rose Garden, St. Stephen's Church. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 12 Bus to Bandipur National Park, Karnataka. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 12 and 13 - Bandipur National Park

The Bandipur National Park, located in the southern part of the country is one of the finest national parks in the country. Located between Bangalore and Ooty, the region was initially the private property of the King of Mysore. These dense forests were used as sporting grounds, till they were taken over by the government and converted into a national reserve. With the hilly terrain of the Western Ghats, this dense forest is home to many endangered species of animals, birds and plant life.

The national reserve along with the adjoining conserved areas like the - Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai National Park and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary make the largest protected region conserved for wild life in the Southern partof India. A tiger reserve, a deer sanctuary, an elephant migratory region, a bird watchers paradise, a botanical treat – there are many word to describe the Bandipur National park, it’s an experience of a life time.

Day 12 Bus to Bandipur National Park, Karnataka. Evening free for leisure activities. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 13 Activities at National Park. Bus to Coorg, Karnataka. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 13, 14 and 15 – Coorg

With the picturesque Dakshin Karnataka districts to its borders, Coorg is a like no other hill station in the world. Home to the most exotic spices Coorge is also famous for its tea and coffee plantations. The hill station is forever engulfed in cloudy mist, giving it an out worldly appearance, which is hauntingly beautiful. The lush green that surrounds the place is a treat for those who love spending time with nature.

Coorg is also blessed with natural flora and fauna that is endemic to the place, making it even more unique. If you are lucky you can get a glimpse elusive sloth bear or the giant squirrel and much more. if you are in a mood to go for a full on safari, Coorg also has some great wild life sanctuaries that house wild cats, leopards, dear and much more.

Coorg is a great amalgam of natural beauty and manmade monument. Coorg has had a colourful history, where it saw the reign of many kings as well as saw a fair number of battles. Madikeri a small town in Coorg is home to many relics that speak about the stories and lives of the kings that ruled these beautiful valleys. 

Day 13 Bus to Coorg, Karnataka. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 13 and Day 14 Trip to Abbey Falls, Namdroling Monastery, Talacauvery, Iruppu Falls, Honnamana Kere Lake, Tadiandamol Peak, Madikeri Fort, Nalakunad Palace, Somwarpet. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 15 Bus to Mysore, Karnataka. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 15 and 16 – Mysore

From the opulent edifice of the palace that looks over the city of Mysuru, to the Chamundi hills, a reminder and a protector of the city of Mysuru, there is a lot to fall in love here. Situated 146 km from Bangalore, Mysore comes as a pleasant change from the hustle and busy streets that greet you in Bangalore. Deemed as the cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore though small is abundant with historic monuments and cultural mementos that keep visitors enthralled and coming back for more.

Mysuru has always tickled the senses of history through the years. It has been and continues to be one of the most beautiful cities in India. The simplicity of Mysuru warms your heart that combined with the grandeur that comes with the city thanks to its rich and vibrant past, adds to the elegance of the place. Whether it is the breath taking Mysuru palace or the green Brindavan gardens or the Jaganmohan Palace, all are fit for a maharaja, and that is exactly how one feels when in Mysuru.

Day 15 Bus to Mysore, Karnataka. Trip to Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas), Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 16 Bus to Bangalore, Karnataka. Flight to New Delhi. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 16 and 17 – New Delhi

Delhi has always enjoyed a powerful status among the pages of history. From the Turks, the Mughals to the Rajputs and the British, Delhi has captivated the attention of Kings, nobles, commoners and artists alike. This obsession has bestowed upon the land many beautiful renditions in the form of monuments, temples and forts. Each street of Delhi has a fascinating story to it and each story is a saga on its own. Drenched in tales of victory, sorrow, bloodshed and joy, Delhi the city is a monument of time itself.

From chic boutiques and up town malls to crowded galis that serve tasty hot appetizers, Delhi is a city that lives in a constant paradox. A place where you can find both the old and the new, the contemporary and the ancient, Delhi and its many faces will never seize to fascinate. The Jama Masjid, one of the oldest mosques of India to the Red fort, the colossal mammoth that hosts the Independence Day celebrations.

The breath taking Akshardham Temple, or the serene to the peaceful Lotus temple, the tall Qutub Minar to the tombs of Humayun, all give you a glimpse of the grandeur of old Delhi. And living in perfect harmony just a few meters away you will find a thriving modern contemporary present that has its share of high end malls, the metro rail and a thriving art scene. Experience all this and much more in the capital of India.

Day 16 Flight to New Delhi. Evening free for leisure activities. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 17 Return flight back to Home. [Meals – B]

[B – Breakfast, L – Lunch and D – Dinner]

TRIP DATES

JUNE 8 to JUNE 25, 2017

Accommodation

4-STAR / 5-STAR HOTELS

MEALS

As Indicated Above.

TRANSFERS

Pick-up and Drop-to New Delhi Airport with our Hosts personally accompany you. You need to confirm the timings of your inward and outward flights at least three days in advance.

Transportation for excursions in a private, air-conditioned coach/car.

Flights within India are included.

FULL SERVICE SUPPORT

A local, English-speaking guide will accompany you on all the tours. 
Entrance fees to the sites specified in the itinerary is included.

GROUP SIZE

10 to 18 Adults (and Kids) where group size is derived by the number of adults.

EXCLUSIONS

International Airfare
Assistance with visa
Tips
Personal expenses (porter charges, phone calls, laundry etc)
Drinks during meals
Optional excursions and activities not specified in the itinerary
Insurance
Early check in or late check out charges
Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation

Peak season surcharges if any 
Taxes - 9 per-cent Government Taxes 

the cost

Adult (13 & ABOVE) - $2999 Per Person
Child (2 to 12 YEARS) - $1599 Per Person
Infant (0 to 1 YEARS) - $899 Per Person

Prices above are on double occupancy. For single occupancy, please add-on $1099 per person.