India’s Voyage of Discovery is one of the rare itineraries unifying the great cultural and tourist attractions of the country in a single tour, thereby adding value to the holidays. On this voyage of discovery, tourists get to see the exemplary Indian architecture – of majestic Mughal monuments in Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri; royal forts, palaces and temples in Jaipur, Pushkar, Ranakpur and Udaipur. Towards south, tourists can feel the metropolitan beat of Mumbai, absorptive character of Kochi; timeless nature of backwaters stretch from Kumarakom to Alleppey in God’s own country, Kerala. In the end, the tour takes through another iconic state of India, renowned for its glorious temple architecture, Tamil Nadu via Chennai, Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram.
Upon arrival in Delhi - India's bustling capital city, meet India Budget Tours representative who will greeted you with traditional Indian welcome and assist the transfers to the hotel for overnight stay.
After a leisurely morning, embark on a delightful tour of New Delhi. Drive along Rajpath, the capital's broadest avenue to enjoy a view of imperial styled Parliament House, the President's House and India Gate. Located on Raisina Hill, this city’s core was designed by Sir Edward Lutyens to commemorate Delhi as the imperial capital. Continue exploring Delhi via a visit to the Humayun's Tomb and Qutab Minar. After lunch, continue the Old Delhi tour. Characterized by the majestic Mughal fortress, narrow alley bazaars down the heritage lane, this part of Delhi is known for splendid tourist attractions. Enjoy the heritage laden landmarks here in the form of Red Fort, Raj Ghat - a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and the mile-long Chandni Chowk bazaar. Return to the hotel for overnight.
Morning drive to Agra (200 Kms / 4 hrs). Enroute stopover at Sikandra where you will discover the tomb dedicated to Emperor Akbar. Upon arrival, check in-to hotel. Enjoy the evening visit to the Taj Mahal, the magnificent monument to love. Later, tour the exquisitely crafted 16th century Agra Fort, which is another world heritage site in testimony of Mughal architecture. Overnight in Agra.
Proceed in the morning towards the abandoned Mughal City of Fatehpur Sikri (44 Kms / 1 hr). This is a masterpiece of Muslim and Hindu architecture, intact in good condition. Continue overland journey to Jaipur (188 Kms / 3 hrs). This is the capital city of Rajasthan, branded as "pink city". Upon arrival, check in-to hotel for overnight.
After breakfast, begin a royal excursion towards Amber Fort. This is like travelling back in time, that too in a royal style atop the elegant elephants. The steep hillock fortress at Amber provides a magnificent foundation to the Jaipur city tour. After this, continue the discovery of Jaipur via a visit to Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds," City Palace and the ancient observatory. Evening visit the colourful local markets of this Rajasthani “craft capital”. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, continue the day via a visit to Pushkar (130 Kms / 2 hrs). Enroute visit Dargah Sharif at Ajmer, one of the most sacred Islamic pilgrimages in India. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Pushkar Lake, the holy pond in the town and its famous temples. Overnight at hotel.
Drive to Ranakpur (250 Kms / 6 hrs) this morning. Upon arrival, transfer to Hotel. Ranakpur is known for its intricate marble Jain Temples that are built at par with the famous Dilwara Temples. Dominated by the great Adinath Temple, this is one of the five great places of the Jain faith, Afternoon visit the famous 15th century Ranakpur Jain Temples. The intricately carved white marble is so well preserved. Overnight at hotel.
In the morning, drive to Udaipur (90 Kms / 2 hrs). This city is pictured for its love affair with luxury since its inception and is known for its surreal palaces and lakes. Begin the luxurious affair with Udaipur via City Palace, Saheliyon ki Bari or Garden of Maids; and Udaipur folk museum where you can see the string puppets performance typical to this area. In afternoon visit Eklingji and Nagda Temples, another set of elaborate temples near the city. Overnight in Udaipur.
In the morning, drive towards Udaipur airport to board connecting flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai, check into hotel. Begin exploring Mumbai via a visit to the city’s landmark archway "Gateway of India", the Hanging Gardens and the Malabar Hill, the posh lane of Mumbai. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum, Dhobi Ghat, Marine Drive and the Gandhi Memorial Museum. Overnight at hotel.
In the morning, cruise across Mumbai harbour to the world heritage site of Elephanta Island to see huge rock cut temple of Lord Shiva. In the noon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cochin / Kochi in the state of Kerala, known for its well-balanced ecosystem. Check into hotel upon arrival for overnight.
In the morning, begin a Kochi city tour via a visit to Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Bolghatty, Chinese Fishing Nets, Santacruz Cathedral (Basilica) etc. In the evening watch Kathakali dance performance. Overnight in Kochi.
Check out Kochi for Kumarakom (65 Kms / 2 hrs) to experience the rich culture and active lifestyle around the timeless backwater stretch. These waterways are the lifeline for the hamlets in Kerala and provide a great insight into the life of the God’s own country. The network of Backwaters also offers splendid experience to the tourists who are in search to unwind and relax in natural pleasures. Upon arrival, check into the resort. In the afternoon visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Overnight in Kumarakom.
Morning is free for leisure or you can explore the life in a hamlet around backwater. Later board the houseboat from Kumarakom Jetty. Enjoy boat ride through the Backwaters canals and lagoons snaking their way through several tiny villages and tropical vegetation. These backwaters bind the state together and are an integral element in maintaining ecological balance of the region. Overnight on board.
Disembark at Alleppey and proceed to Cochin airport in time to connect to your flight for Chennai (formerly known as Madras), the fourth largest city in India. Upon arrival, meet India Budget Tour representative who will assist your transfers to the hotel. Afternoon is at leisure in Chennai.
Begin an excursion to Kanchipuram (55 Kms / 1.5 hrs), one of the seven sacred cities of India according the sacred Hindu texts. Here, visit three of the best temples, Kailasanatha and Ekambareshwara dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vaikuntaperumal dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Continue the excursion to the ancient Pallavan port of Mamallapuram. This is a world heritage site featuring ancient megalithic stone bas reliefs and carvings along the Bay of Bengal. The shore temple, the only surviving temple here is a unique example of a temple built of in the form of caves. Overnight in Chennai.
Begin the morning with Chennai city tour via a visit to Victoria Art Gallery, Bronze Gallery and Chennai Museum. The Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral and Kapaleeswarar Temple complete the Chennai city tour. Later, transfer to airport and board connecting flight for onward destination.
Cost Per Person -(on twin sharing - minimum 2 persons travelling together)
Sept 2018 -
US $ 1485 per person *
* Please request rate for the period of X'Mas - New Year Period
Inclusions / Exclusions
- Room on twin sharing basis at each place as per itinerary for total 15 nights. (14 Nights at hotel & 01 night in houseboat) Hotel check in / out 12:00 hrs.
- Daily buffet breakfast at hotel. Except in Houseboat where all meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) will be served.
- Aircon Standard Car Tata Indigo for all transfer and sightseeing as per the itinerary.
- English speaking guide during sightseeing tour only
- Elephant / Jeep ride in Jaipur to visit Amber Fort. (subject to availability other wise Jeep ride will be arranged.)
- Kathakali dance show at Cochin
- All Taxes
- Expenses of personal nature
- Any Airfare
- Airport Tax
- Any monument entry fee (to be paid directly at the monument)
- Any major meals as specified
- Any Tipping to guide / driver.
- Porterage at hotel, Airport / Railway station etc.
Hotel used will be as under or equivalent category
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||Supreme Heritage / Bawa International airport
||Grand hotel / Abad Metro / Abad
||Aircon Deluxe Houseboat
||Keys Hotel / Benzz Park