Best of India Tour

  26 Days / 25 Nights

   Mumbai- Udaipur- Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Nagaur-Pushkar-Jaipur- Agra- Gwalior- Orchha-Khajuraho- Varanasi-Ajanta - Ellora-Kovalam- Alleppey - Cochin

26 Days Best of India Tour from Mumbai covers disparate splendours of India like Rajasthan, North India destinations of Agra, Gwalior, Orchha & Khajuraho; cultural capital of India- Varanasi, awe-inspiring Buddhist era cave temples of Ajanta & Ellora and God’s Own Country- Kerala with sea beaches, Ayurveda therapy, houseboat cruise in Kerala backwaters and spice city of Cochin. The destinations gleaned and leisurely pace entwined offer excellent opportunity to photography freaks and is highly cherished by the tourists visiting India first time. Royalty and luxury go hand-in-hand. But when one talks about Rajasthan and the Thar desert, everything about the kingly majesty and elegance is reminded of. Jaisalmer is the best place for desert safaris and camel ride. Instead of crowded sand dunes, Best of India Tour plans to take you to a different direction and place called Kanoi, a bit far and offers excellent view for photography. Several interesting activities have also been incorporated like morning boat cruise on the Ganges in Varanasi, cultural show in Khajuraho, elephant ride at Amber Fort, ‘tonga ride’ in Agra, camel ride in Jaisalmer, boating in Lake Pichola in Udaipur, stay & cruize in houseboat in Alleppey, an island hotel at Kovalam beach in Kerala, Bishnoi village safari in Jodhpur, an option of visiting Ram Nagar Fort Palace in Varanasi, an option to see ‘Kalakriti Mohabbat-e-Taj show in Agra in the evening and a visit to Sajjangarh Palace in Udaipur.

Note: The Best of India Tour can be customized or tailor-made for the tourists who wish it to commence from New Delhi.

Day 1

Arrival at Mumbai

Mumbai, the commercial capital of India and gateway of India, is a prime port and tourist destination. Most of international flights delight at night. On arrival at Mumbai, you will be received by our representative and taken to pre-booked Mumbai hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2

Mumbai sightseeing tour

Mumbai, the trade and commerce centre of India, has a lot to offer to travellers of all kinds. And nothing is better than exploring Mumbai with a tour guide and traversing the crowded thoroughfares in an air-conditioned car. It allows a traveller to get into the most hidden nooks and corners of a place and find what they like. Mumbai is known for its liveliness and surprises for a traveller that turn up at every step. Having taken delicious breakfast in Mumbai hotel, early morning, along with tour guide, proceed for visiting Elephanta cave temples. The Mumbai tour guide will meet you in hotel lobby and take you for guided sightseeing tour which will primarily include Elephanta cave temples (one has to reach there through sea route by a large boat/ steamer/ ship). After returning from Elephanta (around 1 pm), you will be visiting Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Garden (seen on the way from a distance), Dhobi Ghat, High Court building (seen on the way from a distance), Marine Drive, Gateway of India and Mani Bhawan. The emphasis will be mainly on 4 destinations - Elephanta, Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India and Mani Bhawan. Later in the evening, return to Mumbai hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 3

Arrival at Udaipur from Mumbai

On arrival at Maharana Pratap airport of Udaipur, you will be greeted & assisted by our representative. You will be cordially greeted and escorted to Udaipur hotel. Your smooth and hassle-free check in at the hotel will be facilitated by our representative. Spend the day at leisure. Late afternoon, proceed for Sajjan Garh Palace, built by and named after Sajjan Singh, 72nd Maharana of Mewar (Sisodiya) dynasty. Sajjan Garh Palace is also called Monsoon Palace as it was built to watch and experience Monsoon clouds. Sajjan Garh Palace offers a beautiful panoramic view of Udaipur, hence is most coveted spot for an avid photographer. Any person interested in photography and wants to capture the best of the scenes of Udaipur, Sajjan Garh Palace is the best place. After capturing beautiful photographs of Udaipur from Sajjan Garh Palace, return to Udaipur city hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4

Udaipur sightseeing tour

Udaipur, known as ‘City of Lakes’, ‘Venice of East’ & ‘Honeymooners’ Paradise’, princely state of Rajasthan’s second most popular and visited tourist destination. Highly popular among global tourists, Udaipur boasts of its timeless monuments and beautiful heritage sites. Udaipur tour guide, waiting in the hotel’s lobby, will accompany you to help explore historical yet romantic city of Udaipur. The day tour will begin with a visit of City Palace, Rajasthan’s biggest palace complex. City Palace is a marvellous assortment of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Encircled by fortifications, this imposing palace is wholly built in granite and marble. Another marvellous monument is Jag Mandir Palace. Built of yellow sandstone and located on Lake Pichola, the three storied Jag Mandir Palace had inspired Mughal Emperor to imbibe several ideas, especially pietra dura, while constructing Taj Mahal. Thereafter, visit Saheliyon ki Bari, a medieval era garden created for the maids of the queens. The garden is famous for its lush green lawns, marble art and fountains. After relaxing for some time, the Udaipur tour guide will take you for leisurely and relaxed sightseeing (Lake Palace/ Jag Niwas Palace) while having boat ride in Lake Pichola. After having enjoyed leisurely sightseeing of Udaipur, move for visiting another piece of Mewar architecture, a treasure trove of fine paintings, Bagore Ki Haveli. Intricate carvings and colourful glasswork are hallmark of this haveli. For one hour folk dances show, 7 pm-8 pm, is held. It’s a must-see experience. Having enjoyed cultural show, return to Udaipur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 5

Udaipur- Kumbhalgarh-Ranakpur- Jodhpur

Have relaxed breakfast in Udaipur hotel and proceed for Jodhpur. On the way to Jodhpur, you will be taken two exotic historical and cultural places of Rajasthan- Kumbhalgarh Fort Palace complex and Ranakpur Jain Temple. The first stop is Kumbhalgarh. Kumbhalgarh Fort was built, enlarged and fortified by Rana Kumbha in 15th century. Nestled among thirteen peaks of Aravali mountain, Kumbhalgarh Fort houses another fort of ancient Indian Maurayan dynasty. Having seen Kumbhalgarh, proceed for Ranakpur, a renowned Jain pilgrimage. Ranakpur is one of the most famous Jain temples of Rajasthan, India. Be it the intricate carvings adorning the marble walls, pillars, and ceilings of the ancient Jain temple, taking a walk in a nearby village, going for a safari to Bera or visiting the Kumbhalgarh Fort, Ranakpur provides ample opportunities for the keen traveller. Visit Ranakpur temple, located in pleasant idyllic set up. In Ranakpur, have lunch in a nice restaurant. After visiting Ranakpur temple, proceed for Jodhpur which is almost 190 kms away from here. On arrival at Jodhpur, you will be received by our representative and ensure smooth check in at the pre-booked hotel. Overnight stay has been planned in Jodhpur hotel.

Day 6

Jodhpur sightseeing

Spend the morning leisurely with delicious breakfast. Relax, have lunch and proceed to 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. Old market, known as Sadar Bazaar, is a prime tourist attraction for those who are interested in ethnic and handicraft articles. Mehrangarh Fort is prime tourist attraction of Jodhpur and Rajasthan. Mehrangarh Fort is supposedly the most beautiful and sturdy fort of Rajasthan. The museum in the Mehrangarh fort is one of the finest museums in Rajasthan and certainly the best laid-out. After full day sightseeing tour of Jodhpur, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 7

Jodhpur –Osian- Jaisalmer

Have scrumptious breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the city of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. En-route visit Osian. Osian was on old ‘Silk Route’ and was well developed during medieval times. Osian (60 Kms from Jodhpur) ,located on Jaisalmer road and surrounded with sand dunes, is a small ancient village that has Vaishnav and Jain temples built during 8th to 11th century. These temples depict the architectural tenets and art of significant old era. Jodhpur is a prominent tourist destination of India due to several historical monuments destinations nearby Jodhpur. After visiting Osian, move for Jaisalmer. Upon arrival in the Golden City of Rajasthan – Jaisalmer, our representative will assist you to transfer to the designated hotel. Spend the evening in leisure and have overnight stay in Jaisalmer.

Day 8

Jaisalmer sightseeing

It’s an important day of Best of India Tour. People gather in Jaisalmer to enjoy true life of desert with all modern amenities. The Thar desert reminds us of the myths and legends attached to it over centuries. In our country, Jaisalmer acts as a gateway to the sands and has always attracted travellers from far lands. Have delicious breakfast in Jaisalmer hotel and proceed for sightseeing of Jaisalmer city which includes Golden Fort (Sonar Qila or Jaisalmer Fort), Jain Temples; Nathmalji-ki Haveli, Patwon ki-Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Manak Chowk.

After lunch, in afternoon, excursion to Sam / Kanoi sand dunes is planned. Sam / Kanoi sand dunes offer excellent view of sunset and desert lifestyle and still less touristic in terms of rush. Hence it offers a great opportunity to photography enthusiasts to capture the best of Jaisalmer desert. The excursion will be carried out by a camel ride/ safari in the sand dunes of Thar Desert. Late afternoon or early evening, return from desert area. Leisurely explore historical desert city and its culture at your pace and discretion. People gather in Jaisalmer to enjoy true life of desert with all modern amenities. Overnight stay has been planned in Jaisalmer hotel.

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Day 9

Jaisalmer- Nagaur

After Jaisalmer, next historical destination of Best of India Tour is Nagaur. Lying exactly on the midway Jodhpur & Bikaner, Nagaur offers an opportunity to see less touristic and, more or less, un-crowded sub-urban town with rich historical monuments. You will have to depart a bit early in the morning from Jaisalmer to reach Nagaur in the afternoon. On arrival at Nagaur, our representative will ensure smooth check in at the best heritage hotel of Nagaur-Ranvas. No matter how much you enjoy the streets, people and all the experiences that Rajasthan gives you, there will always be a certain desire to relive the royalty of the ‘Maharajas’ when you see the palaces and monuments spread across the region. Nagaur, name derived from Naga Pur (land of the Nagas), is an ancient town and finds mention even in Mahabharata as Ahichhatrapur. The fort of Nagaur, called Ahichhatragarh, is the prime tourist attraction. Late afternoon, visit Nagaur Fort or Ahichhatragarh. Overnight stay has been planned in Nagaur hotel.

Day 10

Nagaur–Pushkar - Pushkar sightseeing

After hearty breakfast at the hotel, leave for Pushkar by road. On arrival at Pushkar, check in at the Pushkar hotel. Relax, refresh and thereafter move for visiting one of the famous pilgrimages of the Hindus. See the rustic life with Hindu religious rituals. Famous temple of Lord Brahma, the creator among Hindu Trinity, and Pushkar Lake are important attractions of Pushkar. People gather in Pushkar to enjoy life of desert with all modern amenities and performing and observing religious Hindu rituals. After visiting prominent places of Pushkar, explore bustling market of Pushkar. Pushkar market offers you large number of ethnic articles. After exploring Pushkar market, return to Pushkar hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 11

Pushkar- Jaipur -Jaipur city tour

Spending, exploring and enjoying a Hindu pilgrimage during early morning hours is an incredible experience for a foreigner. Chanting of ‘shlokas’ and ‘bhajans’ makes the whole environment pious, religious and spiritual. Having enjoyed serene morning and taken delicious breakfast in Pushkar hotel, depart for Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. You will be directly transferred to Jaipur hotel where our representative will take care of your smooth check in. Jaipur tour guide will meet you in hotel lobby. Along with guide, move for Jaipur city sightseeing. 1st day Jaipur tour includes visit to City Palace, Jantar Mantar (stone built ancient solar observatory), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and Birla Temple. First you will be visiting cluster of three monuments City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. City Palace has now been largely converted into a fabulous museum containing various articles used by the royalty of Jaipur. Architecture, sculpture, paintings and decor of various palaces and buildings within City Palace are worth watching. The City Palace houses many beautiful structures in its compound including a 7-storey palace 'Chandra Mahal' (moon palace), Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas (the hall of private audience), and the Diwan-e-Aam (the hall of public audience). The Mubarak Mahal also houses a museum named after Maharaja Sawai Man Singh. Hawa Mahal, known by the global tourists as Palace of Winds, is an iconic monument of Jaipur. This palace, largely a facade consisting 593 exquisitely carved sandstone screens, served as screen for the royal ladies to watch the proceedings on the road below without being seen. Jantar Mantar is a stone-built solar observatory and still in working condition.After visiting these monuments, explore local market of Jaipur. Have lunch in nice restaurant of Jaipur. Thereafter, you will be taken to Birla Temple to attend evening ‘aarti’. After watching royal monuments, bustling market and auspicious ‘aarti’, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 12

Jaipur forts & palaces tour

Jaipur had been capital of the kingdom of Kachhwaha Rajputs who built mammoth, beautiful and highly militarized forts. There are three prominent forts of Jaipur- Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort. For a tourist, Amber Fort is a must see tourist attraction. A ‘Maharaja-like’ ride on the back of a caparisoned elephant from bottom of the hill to the hilltop where the main gateway of Amber Fort lies attracts the visitors. No doubt it imparts a lifetime experience of India. The elephant rides are conducted during morning hours. During peak season, a long queue can be seen in front of booking counter. Therefore, today you will have to move early in the morning for sightseeing of famous forts and palaces of Jaipur. Amber Fort is representative of rich heritage, royal past, glorious history and refined craftsmanship of Kachhawaha clan and kingdom. Construction of Amber Fort was started by Man Singh-I in 1592 and completed by Jai singh-I, Amber Fort is a refined constellation of pavilions, palaces, corridors etc. After Amber Fort, you will be driven to another fortress, still in possession of the Jaipur royalty, Jaigarh Fort. Jaigarh Fort is famous for first arms foundry by a Hindu king, world’s largest canon- Jaivana, a nicely maintained museum of armours and excellent water harvesting and storage system. The third famous fort of Jaipur is Nahargarh Fort. Now-a-days, this fort is in shambles but having seen its remnants and interior of few place rooms, one can easily conjecture the kind of grandeur this fort used to possess. Nahargarh Fort offers best and most panoramic view of Jaipur city. Some of the rooms provide the most spectacular view of the city below.

After sightseeing of Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort, return to Jaipur city. Have lunch and visit Albert Hall museum. Later in the evening, proceed to participate in the evening ‘aarti’ ceremony of Govind Dev Ji. Ethereal spiritualism will engulf you from the very onset and will ultimately turn out to be a lifetime experience. After visiting famous monuments of Jaipur, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 13

Jaipur –Abhaneri- Fatehpur Sikri- Agra

Today, you will be moving to Agra- the land of most cherished monument of India- Taj Mahal. It will be a bit leisurely drive and sightseeing. It will be taking you to hinterlands of two states of India- Rajasthan & Uttar Pradesh. On the way to Agra, you will be taken to a very famous but relatively less visited and hence less touristic with originality intact historical site of Abhaneri in Dausa district of Rajasthan. Abhaneri was one called Abha Nagari and was capital of Gurjar king Mihir Bhoj. Abhaneri has remnants of some exquisitely sculptured temples and statues. Harshat Mata Temple of Abhaneri is still in good condition. But the main attraction of Abhaneri is Chand Baori which nicely preserved, still in working condition. This village tour will present before you ancient lineage of India in terms of cultural values, architectural gems and traditional rural lifestyle in villages of India.

Having seen rich cultural and historical lineage of Rajasthan, drive to Agra. About 38 kms prior Agra is a deserted or ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Sikri was a small non-descript village. Mughal king Akbar built Fatehpur Sikri as second capital but due to paucity of drinking water, he had to put down the plan to shift population to Sikri. Since then, Fatehpur Sikri is a deserted town with royal buildings serving no purpose other than present day tourist attraction. The famous monuments of Fatehpur Sikri include Buland Darwaja, Jodhabai Palace, Salim Chishti Shrine and Jama Masjid. After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, continue your drive to Agra. You will be directly transferred to hotel on arrival at Agra. In the lobby of the hotel, our representative will greet you and ensure speedy and hassle-free check in at the hotel. The evening is free for leisure and overnight is scheduled in Agra hotel.

Day 14

Agra Sightseeing

Every traveller in India from abroad has Taj Mahal on top of his wish list. Taj Mahal is India’s most visited monument. Built of Makrana white marbles, Taj Mahal changes its shades as the sunrays vary in colours during a day. The visitors have noticed that that Taj Mahal looks extremely beautiful at the time of sunrise. Keeping in view this fact and penchant wish of the tourists to visit Taj Mahal during dawn hours, we ensure that you visit Taj Mahal along with Agra tour guide at the desired moment. On the bank of River Yamuna, Taj Mahal was constructed in 22 years with the help of 22000 labourers and 1000 elephants. Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor, constructed it in 1631 in the fond memory of her beloved queen Mumtaj Mahal. Taj Mahal, a tomb, is built in classical Persian ‘Charbagh’ style.

After visiting and soaking in hypnotizing beauty of Taj Mahal, return to Agra hotel to freshen up and relax. Have breakfast and then proceed to visit Old Fort and Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula, Akbar's Tomb in Sikandara. Agra Fort is also one of the prime attractions of Agra. It is built of red sandstone and stretches up to 2.5 kms with two entrance gateways named Delhi Gate & Amar Singh Gate. The Tomb of It-Mad-ud-Daula, popularly known as Baby Taj, is the first tomb built of white marble. Made in the memory of Ghias Beg, father of Noor Jahan, the tomb has facades composed of three arches with beautiful trellis screens, so delicately carved that they appear to be made of ivory. Hereinafter, visit Akbar’s tomb at Sikandara, a five storied pyramidal shape mausoleum. This mausoleum represents a unique departure from Islamic tomb architecture by not having any domed roof. But it incorporates a remarkable Persian architectural feature of Charbagh.

After sightseeing of famous monuments of Agra, you can either return to hotel or enjoy Mohabbat-e-Taj show by Kalakriti (optional) or have a view of Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bag across river Yamuna. Overnight stay is planned in Agra hotel.

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Day 15

Agra – Gwalior -Gwalior sightseeing- Orchha

Have delicious breakfast in Agra hotel while viewing beautiful Taj bathed in golden sunlight and then depart for Gwalior, a historical city in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Gwalior, on border of Rajasthan, U.P. and M.P. is a strategically located fortress and came into existence in 8th century AD. The Gwalior kingdom has been great protector and facilitators of warrior kings, poets, musicians, and saints. Prime attractions to be explored in Gwalior are Gwalior Fort, Tomb of Tansen, Jai Vilas Palace and Museum, Gujari Mahal, Saas Bahu Temple and Man Mandir Palace. After visiting famous monuments of Gwalior, move for Orchha in Uttar Pradesh, India. Upon arrival at Orchha, our representative will assist you to transfer to the designated hotel for evening in leisure and overnight stay.

Day 16

Orchha sightseeing - Khajuraho

After having delicious breakfast in Orchha hotel, move along with Orchha tour guide to visit Fort Palace Complex of Orchha. Orchha is a medieval legacy in stone. Legacy of brave Bundela rulers, Orchha is testimony to fighting spirits, gallant history and grand architecture. Among the famous monuments are Fort, Raja Ram Temple, Rani Parveen Palace,Jahangir Place and numerous ‘chhatris’ (cenatophs). After sightseeing of Orchha, a village town, have lunch in a nice restaurant situated on the banks of river Betwa, an idyllic set up. The 580 km river Betwa originates in the Vindhyas, meanders across Madhya Pradesh—through picturesque Orchha – and meets the Yamuna near Hamirpur. In the 16th century, Rudrapratap, a Bundela king, chose a stretch of land along the Betwa’s bank to be his capital. With the famed ‘chhatris’ (cenotaphs) of Orchha in the background, the river looks like a bed of gold bathed in the morning sun. As one stands on the narrow bridge across the river or on the boulders in and around the water’s edge, the reflection of the ‘chhatris’ in the water is a wondrous sight. The river has a heady pace, so you can also raft along and pass the ancient city and the shrubbery-rich banks around it.

After having scrumptious lunch, move for drive for the temple town of Khajuraho. On arrival at Khajuraho, you will be directly transferred to pre-booked Khajuraho hotel. Late afternoon, you will be taken to attend cultural show. Overnight stay has been scheduled in Khajuraho hotel.

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Day 17

Khajuraho - Varanasi (by flight)- Sarnath tour

Having taken delicious breakfast in Khajuraho hotel, along with Khajuraho tour guide, you will be taken to view world famous Khajuraho temples. Watch your imagination come alive at Khajuraho. Listen closely, you can hear the ping of sculptor’s chisel on the exquisite stone creations in the temples of Khajuraho. And marvel at the stones that breathe with an inner life, century after century. Out of 85 temples built by Chandela rulers, only 20 temples are remaining these days. Built in classical ‘Nagar’ style of temple architecture, temples of Khajuraho, especially Western & Eastern groups of temples, ooze passion, eroticism, dance and music and other finesses of creative arts depicted in sculpture and images of the temples. Sculptural brilliance of Khajuraho temples is more evidently visible in erotic statues. Having seen the temples of 10th century, return to Khajuraho hotel, check out and reach Khajuraho airport to board flight for Varanasi.

On arrival at Varanasi airport, you will be received by our representative and transferred to Varanasi hotel. Varanasi tour guide will be waiting for you in the lobby of the hotel. After speedy check in, you will proceed for visiting Sarnath, a historical site with monuments dating back to Buddha era of 6th century BC. Sarnath is also a Buddhist pilgrimage as Lord Buddha delivered his first here, after attaining ‘enlightenment’. Two stupas, Dhamekh & Dharmrajika, Asokan Pillar, remnants of pillaged monastery, museum, Buddhist monasteries of various nationalities etc are prime tourist attractions.

Having visited Sarnath, you will be taken to heart of the city called Godaulia. From there, you will be taken to Dashashwamedh Ghat on manual rickshaw. Varanasi is situated on the banks the Ganga, the pious river. Ganga is treated as ‘mother’ by the Hindus and accordingly worshipped as a goddess. In the evening, Ganga Worship Ceremony (Ganga Aarti) takes place on Dashashwamedh Ghat. Be witness to surge of spirituality and religiosity. You will be accompanied by Varanasi tour guide who will be expatiating on various aspects of the worship ceremony. After attending magnanimous Ganga Aarti, return to Varanasi hotel for overnight stay.

Day 18

Varanasi ghat & temples tour

Today you are going into serene yet ceremonious lap of Mother Ganga- the Ganges. What can you say about possibly the most famous river in Indian subcontinent? The 2525 km long river has influenced religion, commerce and creative pursuits. It creates one of the most fertile and densely-populated regions in the world, yet manages to hold its own in the hustle of humans. From Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh to Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, the Ganga represents numerous opportunities to catch its many hues. From completely forested settings that begin above Rishikesh and go as high as Gomukh, it has seemingly breathed life into every rock. The river begins as the Bhagirathi at Gomukh, at the foot of Gangotri glacier. The Bhagirathi and Alaknanda meet at Devprayag, giving birth to the Ganga. As you travel downstream, the views in Varanasi are unbelievably serene and have a larger than life appearance. Here, the river seems as large as a lake, with centuries of history all around. Further downstream, at the ‘Sangam’ at Allahabad—where the Ganga meets the Yamuna and the legendary underground river Saraswati—the colours of the water go from blue to green to a wintery grey. Then at Hoogly in West Bengal, the river expands into an ocean, without letting go of its image as a giver of life, alive with motion.

You will be cruising in a boat alongside the ghats of Varanasi on the western bank of Ganga. There are more than hundred ghats in Varanasi. Every ghat has some history and importance attached to it. Varanasi tour guide will be explaining all about the ghats, lifestyle of the people of Varanasi and historical & cultural importance of Varanasi.

After ghats tour, return to Varanasi hotel to freshen up. Have delicious breakfast and proceed for Temple & City Tour of Varanasi. The prime attractions are New Vishwanath Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir and Sankat Mochan Temple. The holy temples of Varanasi are amongst the most visited temples in India. Situated on the banks of holy river Ganges, Varanasi temples add to the religious value to Ganges.

Later, after exploring the oldest living city of the world, return to Varanasi hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 19

Varanasi exploration

The third day in Varanasi, the cultural capital of India and one of the holiest pilgrimages of the Hindus, is reserved for leisure and exploration of historical and pilgrimage city and its culture at your pace and discretion. As an India travel consultant, we suggest you to visit Ram Nagar Fort. It’s an important day of Best of India Tour. People gather in Varanasi to explore subtle as well as pronounced aspects of Hindu (Indian) culture. Enjoy performing and observing religious Hindu rituals. Have delicious breakfast in Varanasi hotel on the banks of the Ganges and spend the day as per your wish and explore the surroundings leisurely. Overnight stay has been planned in Varanasi hotel.

Day 20

Varanasi -Aurangabad (by air)

Having taken delicious breakfast, proceed for Varanasi airport to catch up the Air India flight for Aurangabad. Aurangabad, though in its own right a historical city, happens to be the most convenient base for visiting world heritage sites of Ajanta & Ellora. On arrival at Aurangabad, you will be received and transferred to Aurangabad hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 21

Ajanta & Ellora sightseeing

After breakfast at Aurangabad hotel, move to visit Ellora cave temples as well. The Ellora cave temples, regarded as the World heritage sites of India, are situated just 30 kms northwest of Aurangabad & easily accessible. The 34 cave temples & chapels of Ellora, dedicated to Brahmanism, Jainism and Buddhism, date back from 600 to 1000 AD. The cave temples here have some superior carvings on the stone depicting the legends related to Lord Shiva.

After visiting Ellora temples, move for Ajanta along with Ajanta tour guide to visit Ajanta cave temples. Ajanta cave temples are about 100 kms from Aurangabad. It takes about 2½ hrs to reach Ajanta. Great specimens of historical and architectural marvels, Ajanta Caves are world heritage. There are more thatn 30 rock cut cave chaityas of the Buddhists, dating from 200 BC to 650 AD, depicting the stories related to Lord Buddha. Having seen Ajanta and Ellora cave temples, return to Aurangabad hotel for overnight stay.

Day 22

Aurangabad-Trivendrum (by air)- Kovalam

After breakfast in Aurangabad hotel, check out from the hotel and proceed to Aurangabad airport to board the flight for Trivendrum (Thiruananthapuram), the capital city of Kerala. Trivendrum boasts of having world famous beaches of Kovalam. On arrival at Trivendrum airport, you will be transferred to Kovalam beach resort/ hotel amidst serene, a bit secluded and palm-fringed locales.

Spend the day at leisure in Kovalam. Your night stay has been planned in Kovalam hotel.

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Day 23


Have relaxed breakfast in Kovalam hotel and relax on the serene beach of Kovalam. The day has been kept free for leisure. You can avail rejuvenation therapy of Ayurvedic massage. Your night stay has been planned in Kovalam hotel.

Day 24


Have relaxed breakfast in Kovalam hotel and relax on the serene beach of Kovalam. The day has been kept free for leisure. You can avail rejuvenation therapy of Ayurvedic massage. Your night stay has been planned in Kovalam hotel.

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Day 25


Having taken delicious breakfast in Kovalam hotel, proceed to Alleppey, famous for its backwaters. On arrival at Alleppey, check-in at air-conditioned deluxe houseboat. Houseboat cruise is the best way to explore the beauty of backwaters. Set out on an enchanting overnight backwater cruise in traditionally decorated houseboats. Check in time is 01:00 PM and cruise starts with lunch. While cruising in these floating luxury-villas, let your eyes settle for the rare and the unusual – skim past Chinese fishing nets, bowed-down paddy fields, and local inhabitants engaged in making coir products, rustic homes, and ancient temples and swaying coconut groves. Food will be served onboard. Overnight stay in the houseboat.

Day 26

Kumarakom- Cochin - Departure

After breakfast in the houseboat, move for Cochin, known as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’. Optima Travels representative will receive you. He will introduce you with the Cochin tour guide who will make your Cochin visit informed and exhilarating one. Along with Cochin tour guide visit Jewish Synagogue (built in 1568 AD, remains closed on Saturdays & Jewish holidays), Dutch Palace (built in 1557 AD, remains closed on Fridays & National Holidays),Kochi Fort, St. Francis Church (Built by the Portuguese in 1503 AD), Santa Cruz Cathedral and Chinese Fishing Nets. After sightseeing, move for market place of Cochin, known worldwide for spices since centuries. Late afternoon, you will be transferred to Cochin airport to board flight for either Mumbai or New Delhi, depending upon your return plan.

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    In case you are particular to stay with any preferred hotels, please do let us know and we will revise our cost accordingly.

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  • We do not have any insurance policy covering the expenses for accident, sickness, loss due to theft, or any other reasons. Visitors are advised to seek such insurance arrangements in their home country.

  • Please contact your health department or the nearest Indian consulate for more information on recommended vaccinations and medical precautions.

  • You will need a tourist visa to visit India . Please contact the nearest Indian consulate in your country of residence for more information.

  • In India, hotel check in time is 14:00 hrs & hotel check out time is 10:00 hrs, until specified otherwise.

  • Our cost doesn’t have any hidden taxes/charges.

Payment Terms:

We would require 50% advance payment to secure your bookings and process the file. We accept bank transfers and payment by credit cards through PAYPAL international payment gateway only. Balance amount needs to be paid on arrival in India by cash, Traveller’s Cheques or credit cards. All credit card payments are subject to 4.88% bank fees.

Cancellation Terms:

50% cancellation if cancelled within 45 days.

75% cancellation if cancelled within 30 days.

100% cancellation if cancelled 15 day or less.

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