• 29 Days Extensive India and Sri Lanka
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29 Days Extensive India and Sri Lanka

Destination to Visit: Delhi, Amritsar, Agra, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Goa, Cochin, Colombo, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo, Mumbai

Trip Overview:

 The tour begins from the lively city of Delhi which also happens to be the capital city. It has a superb blend of the new and the old, be it the monuments or the bustling markets or lifestyle - Delhi has it all.


Trip Highlights & Experiences

Please explore some of our selected itineraries here for North India Tour, South India and Srilanka, Rajasthan Tours

  • Agra
  • Ahmedabad
  • Amritsar
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Goa
  • Hyderabad
  • Jaipur
  • Kandy
  • Kochi
  • Mumbai
  • New Delhi
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Sigiriya
This trips specializes in crafting holiday tours in the Indian subcontinent. This trip incorporate following themes and activity.
Day 1 Delhi

Company representatives will receive you on arrival at the international airport in Delhi. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.

DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

Overnight will be at the hotel.

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Day 2 Delhi - Amritsar

By evening Shatabdi express train
Dep at 1630 hr and reaches at 2235 hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed for the half day sightsseeing tour of New Delhi.

Drive to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India and the Humanyun`s Tomb which is one of the great monuments of Delhi. There is a saying that this monument was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal hence it is a must to see this place and enjoy the architecture. Visit the LOTUS TEMPLE of the BAHAI sect which represents the modern architecture of India.

The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the Presidents residence.

Evening proceed to the railway station for the train to Amritsar.

Reach Amritsar and get transferred to the hotel.

Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple is one of the most ancient and fascinating cities of India. It is an important seat of Sikh history and culture. Being the gateway for travelers coming to India on the overland route from central Asia it soon became the centre of various commercial activities. There are various historical and religious sites - see Amritsar City Map. The most famous of them all in the Golden Temple which was founded by the fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ramdas and completed by his successor Guru Arjan Dev. There are a number of cotton, woolen and art silk textile factories besides other industries dealing with electric goods, sewing machines, auto parts, carpets. The milk processing plant at Verka about 6 Kms from the center is the second biggest project of its kind in the country. Amritsar is Indias leading exporter of goods to the Middle-East, leading distribution centre of dry fruits, tea and condiments. It is also a shoppers paradise and a gourmets delight. Amritsar is the worlds leading centre of Punjabi publications.

Overnight stay will be at hotel.

Day 3 Amritsar

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Proceed to visit the temple.

Golden Temple: Sri Harmandir Sahib, also know as the Golden Temple in Amritsar is the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. Also known as the Shri Darbar Shaib, it is in the center of the old part of Amritsar. The Golden Temple sits on a rectangular platform, surrounded by a pool of water called the Amrit Sarovar from which the City is named. The entrance to the Golden Temple complex is through an ornate archway with intricate inlay work. Verses from the Granth Sahib are inscribed on the doorway. The main north entrance is under a Victorian clock tower. Known as the Darshani Deori, the entrance is up a flight of steps and down again to the temple and holy tank. The temple is a two storey marble structure reached by a causeway known as Gurus Bridge. The lower storey is in white marble with the walls decorated with inlaid flower and animal motifs in the pietradura style of the Taj Mahal. The architecture of the golden temple is a blend of the Hindu and Muslim styles. The temple building has four entrances instead of the usual single entry. This is symbolic of the openness of Sikhism and indicates that followers of all faiths are allowed inside. The walls within are decorated with carved wooden panels and elaborate inlay work in silver and gold. The Adi Granth, compiled by Guru Arjan Dev, rests on a throne beneath a jewel-encrusted canopy. Priests conduct continuous recitation of verses from the holy book in 3-hour shifts. A complete reading of the text stakes 48 hours. The original copy of the Guru Granth Sahib is kept under pink shroud in the, Golden Temple during the day and at around 10 p.m. each day is ceremoniously returned to the Akal Takht (Sikh Parliament) building. The morning processional ceremony takes place at 4 a.m. in summer and at 5 a.m. in winter, when Sri Guru Granth Sahib is bought from Akal takhat Sahib in a procession to the Sanctum Sanctorum, which is washed with milk. The Akal Takht, next to the Golden Temple, is the seat of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, the religious governing body of the Sikhs. The building of the Akal Takht was begun by Guru Arjan Dev and completed in 1609 by Guru Hargobind. If you miss the early morning or evening processions, the palanquin that bears the Adi Granth can be seen in the treasury room on the first floor of the Akal Takht. The palanquin is set with precious stones and has silver poles and a gold canopy.

Later proceed for the sightseeing.

Summer place of Maharaja Ranjit Singh: Is situated in the middle of a beautiful garden called Ram Bagh. This garden is laid out on the pattern of Shalimar Bagh at Lahore. Only its architecturally unique Darshani Deori has remained intact. A museum after the name of the Maharaja is set up here displaying oil paintings, miniatures, coins, and weapons relating to the Sikh period.

JALIAN WALA BAGH: This place noted for its most notorious massacre under British rule. It is 400 meters north of the Golden Temple. The British General Dyer was the Lieutenant Governor of the province in 1919. He banned all meetings and demonstrations led by Indians against the economical set back by World War I. On 13 April 1919, pilgrims poured into Amritsar to celebrate the Baisakhi festival, a holiday in the Sikh calendar. In the afternoon thousands of people gathered at Jallian Wala Bagh to celebrate the Baisakhi. This ground surrounded by high walls on all sides has only a narrow alley for access. General Dyer personally led the troops to the sight and ordered his men to open fire without any warning. It resulted in the death of 379 and injured more than 1200. India was outraged by Dyers massacre. Gandhiji called for a nation wide strike and started the Non-cooperation Movement, which became an important mile stone in the struggle for Indias Independence. Today this ground has been changed to a park and it has a pleasant garden. There is a narrow path between the houses which leads to the lawn of the park. At the entrance there is a memorial plaque which recounts the history. There is a well on the north side in which many people who tried to escape from the bullets were drowned, and remnants of walls have been preserved to show the bullet holes. At the east end of the garden there is a large memorial built in memory of those who died here.

Wagha Border: The international border between India and Pakistan. The pomp and pageantry of the Beating Retreat and the Change of Guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces makes for a most charming spectacle.

Overnight will be at Amritsar.

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Day 4 Amritsar – Delhi – Agra

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.

Proceed to the airport for the flight to Delhi.

Reach Delhi and drive to Agra.

AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible char that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine.

Overnight stay will be at hotel.

Days 5 Agra

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.

Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra.

TAJ MAHAL - Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist`s visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

AGRA FORT The red sandstone structure is surrounded by chahar-bagh, a four-square formal garden. Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.

After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ or the ITMAD-UD-ULLAH The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj. One of the most beautiful Mughal tombs, Itmad-Ud-Daulah`s Tomb was built by Nur Jahan, the Empress of Jehangir for her father in 1628. The tomb is a resting place of the powerful personality in Mughal Court, Itmad-Ud-Daulah, whose life is very interesting. Formerly a very poor Persian merchant then named Mirza Ghiyas or Ghiyas Beg he became a minister and a trusted treasure in Akbar`s court. After Akbar`s death in 1605, his son Jahangir rose into power. Jahangir made Ghiyas Beg his chief minister and honored him with the title of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, the Pillar of State. Later, Jahangir met a beautiful daughter of Ghiyas Beg named Mehr-Un-Nissa and married her. Mehr-Un-Nissa soon played a significant role in the Jahangir`s court and was called Nur Mahal, the light pf the Place. Owing to her influence, her father and brother were granted with privileges in the court. When Ghiyas beg (Itmad-Un-Daulah) dies in 1622, Nur Mahal decided to build a mausoleum for him. Queen Mumtaz Mahal or the lady of the Taj was also from this prevailing family. The mausoleum is entirely made of white marble and graced with intricate decoration of inlay work, and marble-screen work belonging to the Islamic style. With its tranquil, small garden on the bank of Yamuna River, the tomb stands impressively elegant from a distance.

Visit SIKANDRA This beautifully maintained monument is where EMPEROR AKBAR was buried. It is a very low profile monument but it has one of the most awe inspiring tombs. It is surreal how one of the greatest emperors has been put to rest. The manicured lawns has spotted and other varieties of deer roaming in them. Named after the Afghan ruler Sikander Lodi, Sikandra is the final resting place of Emperor Akbar. The Emperor began the construction of his own garden mausoleum during his lifetime. However, the construction was completed by his son Jahangir in 1613. An impressive marble - inlaid gateway leads to the spacious four - tiered monument which is crowned by a white marble cenotaph and screen. What is interesting is that the structure imbibes the best of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain motifs, signifying the new religion started by Akbar the DEEN E ILAHI.

Evening enjoy the MOHABBAT THE TAJ KALAKRITI show. Overnight stay will be in Agra.



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Day 6 Agra – Jaipur

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.

Proceed to Jaipur enrouting Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri is 37 km west of Agra. JALAL UD DIN MUHAMMAD AKBAR named Akbar, Humanyun`s son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu`inu`d-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS. Akbar, who was without a male heir heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568. The saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Diwan -I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal`s house, Marian`s house and the Panchmahal.

Continue drive to Jaipur. Reach and check in to the hotel.

Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the KSHATRIYA warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Thus, many enjoyed a privileged position under the Mughal emperors and also the British Raj that followed.

The bustling Rajasthan capital of Jaipur takes its name from its venerated founder Jai Singh II, who was given the title Sawai Maharaja by the Mughal. Literally translated this would mean one and a quarter, suggesting that the Mughal thought this emperor to be more valuable than just one. Jaipur is known as the Pink City on account of the distinctive colour of its buildings. This did not, however, form part of the original plan, but dates back to 1856, when the city was given a wash of pink in honor of a State Visit from Prince Albert.

This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity. Enjoy the experience and spend night at Jaipur.

Overnight will be in Jaipur.

Day 7 Jaipur

Proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort after breakfast.

AMBER FORT PALACE Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honored fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.

Continue sightseeing.

CITY PALACE A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

JANTAR MANTAR This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

HAWA MAHAL The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

This afternoon is free for you to relax shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for gold and silver jewellery, pottery, tie-dye materials, silk, saris, wooden handicrafts and carpets.

VISIT CHOKHI DHANI. Overnight will be at Jaipur.


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Day 8 Jaipur – Ahmedabad

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.

Proceed to the airport for the flight to Ahmedabad.

Reach Ahmedabad and get transferred to the hotel.

Ahmedabad or Ahmedabad is the largest city in Gujarat and the sixth largest city in India with a population of almost 5 million. The city is also sometimes called Karnavati, an older name and as Amdavad in colloquial Gujarati. Ahmedabad is the administrative center of Ahmedabad District, and was the former capital of Gujarat State from 1960 to 1970, when Gandhi Nagar replaced it.

King Karandev 1, the Solanki Ruler, had waged a war against the Bhil king of Ashapall or Ashaval. After his victory Karandev established the city called "Karnavati". This Hindu kingdom of Karnavati retained its importance till early 15th century when Gujarat fell to the Muslim Sultanate.

The city was built in open and spacious plane to the East of Sabarmati. It compromised of smaller known Fort as Bhadra Fort. The city fort wall was enclosed containing 12 Gates. The city of Ahmedabad went on expanding in every direction by the addition of new areas on both the sides of the river and with the well laid out beautiful buildings, lakes and mosques.

In 1753 combined armies of Raghunath Rao and Damaji Gaekwad took the fort, which resulted into end of Mughal Rule in Ahmedabad. In 64 years during the rule of Gaekwad and Peshwa, city became worse. In 1818 British took over the administration of Ahmedabad. During this period Ahmedabad developed, Municipality Committee was founded, Railway link was established.

In 1915 Mahatma Gandhi came from South Africa and established Ashram on the banks of Sabarmati.

The historic center of Ahmedabad is presently a thriving business district. Ahmedabad is mainly divided in two parts, the old city, and new city. The old city has developed rather haphazardly, and most of the roads are narrow and crowded during business hours. The new city has well-structured, wide roads. A wide variety of shops and businesses exist in the city. In addition to its role as a commercial center, Ahmedabad is also an important industrial center, with chemical and textile industries. Ahmedabad is often described as the Manchester of the East, because of its once-booming textile industry.

Visit JAMATKHANA. Overnight stay will be at hotel.

Day 9 Ahmedabad

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.

Proceed for the sightseeing of the city.

Step Wells In era of the Sultanate,the authorities use to develop wells for travelers as a place to rest or to drink water. The finest example is Dada Hari Ni Vav and the Adalaj Ni Vav. The interiors of these caves are paved with beautiful carvings in stone.

The Palace of Shahibaugh Shahibaugh Palace was built in 1622 A.D. by Shahjehan as a royal residence. Currently same has been converted into Sardar Patel Memorial. It is also associated with Shri Ravindranath Tagore.

Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram After the return of Gandhiji from Africa, after some time Gandhiji started living in Ahmedabad. He built on the banks of the river Sabarmati, the famous Gandhi Ashram. In today`s modern Ahmedabad this particular place stands high on tourist map. Still various things of Gandhiji can be seen and there are few Khadi shops around, which Gandhiji promoted.

Jain Temples (Derasars) Ahmedabad has been famous for its Derasars or Jain Temples like Chintamani Temple, Hutheesingh Temple and various other are situated in the old city. There are approximately hundred plus Derasars in the old city. Many of them were built in Moghul times, many are situated in the houses of people and many are underground.

Darwazas (Gates) of Ahmedabad: During Ahmedabad`s construction, various monuments were built around the fort of Bhadra. These monuments were the gates for the entrance in the city. These gates, also called Darwazas are situated all around the old city. Few of them still are visible in proper condition.

Teen Darwazas
Lal Darwazas
Delhi Darwazas

Evening enjoy shopping. Overnight stay will be in Ahmedabad.

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Day 10 Ahmedabad – Hyderabad

Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed to the airport for the flight to Hyderabad.

Reach Hyderabad and get transferred to the hotel.

The 400-year old city of Hyderabad, once the NizamsCapital, is today the capital city of Andhra Pradesh and is the fifth largest metropolis in India. This cosmopolitan city is endowed with rich culture and heritage and presents an amalgam of old world charm together with the ebullience of growth and enterprise. It is often called the Gateway to the South offering a fascinating panorama of the past. It is truly a blend of fairy tale and the earthy, a pot-pourri of the old and the new.

Visit AGAKHAN ACEDEMIC CENTRE.

Evening visit JAMATKHANA. Overnight stay will be at hotel.

Day 11 Hyderabad

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.

Proceed for the sightseeing.

Qutub Shahi tombs top the list of architectural beauty of the monuments like Jami Masjid, Mecca Masjid, and Toli Masjid. Left of Mecca Masjid and near the Golconda Fort is the tombs of Asaf Jahi rulers. The tomb of the child king, Mehboob Ali has become a shrine as he was believed to having the power of curing people from poisonous bites. These tombs are quite popular as tourist spots.

The NIZAMS MUSEUM is also a nice place to get a peep into history and the royal past of Hyderabad. It is in Purana Haveli behind Princess Durrushevar Children Hospital.

Charminar, the epitome of Hyderabad was constructed in 1591 by Quli Qutub Shah. Located in the heart of the old city Charminar has been the most popular historical monument. All around this magnificent edifice is a bustling bazaar of pearl and jewellery shops, perfume and attar dealers. The famous Laad bazaar selling glittering bangles is also located close by.

Hyderabad`s most popular promenade, it dams the Hussain Sagar Lake with the monolithic statue of Buddha right in the middle. There is the necklace road on one side and the tank bund road on the other side which separates the twin cities. The tank bund road is lined with 33 statues of famous personalities of the state and the lake is the venue of many a water sporting event. There are boat rides available on two cruises - the Bhagmati and Bhageerati besides the speed boats. There is also a Lumbini park on one side for recreation. It`s a sight to watch especially in the evenings when the reflection of the lights along the lake and the Birla Mandir can be seen in the dark waters of the lake.

Evening enjoy shopping. Overnight stay will be in Hyderabad.

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Day 12 Hyderabad

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel. Day will be free for shopping.

Overnight stay will be in Hyderabad

Day 13 Hyderabad – Goa

Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed to the airport for the flight to Goa.

Reach Goa and get transferred to the hotel.

Goa, variously known as "Rome of the East", "Tourist Paradise" and "Pearl of the Orient", the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers around the world. Econced on the slopes of the Western Ghats (Sahyadri ranges), Goa is bounded on the North by Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, on the East by Belgaum, on the South by Karwar Districts of Karnataka, and on the west by Arabian Sea.

Overnight stay will be in Goa.

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Day 14 Goa

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.

After breakfast proceed for a day sightseeing tour of Goa.

Situated on the Mandovi River, it still shows a strong Portuguese heritage in its plazas, cathedrals and architecture. Although it is best known for its 65 miles/105 km of magnificent, palm tree lined beaches along the Arabian Sea, Goa has other attractions of significance. Among them are the Portuguese Catholic Church of Old Goa and the Basilica of Bom Jesus (most of the mummified body of St. Francis Xavier is exhibited there on occasion.) The tour includes visits to Mapusa town, Mayem Lake, Vagator, Anjuna, Calangute beaches and Fort Aguada in North Goa and the South Goa tour covers Old Goa Churches Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Margao, Colva and Mormugao.

Evening visit JAMATKHANA. Overnight stay will be in Goa.

Day 15 Goa

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.

Relax for the full day at leisure for own activities.

Overnight stay will be in Goa.

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Day 16 Goa – Cochin

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Proceed to Alleppey and Check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat. The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. You will have lunch, dinner and breakfast in the Houseboat. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.

Cruise through the backwaters towards Aleppey. Lunch will be served on the boat. The menu is simple and traditional. The cook (chef) of the boat prepares the lunch from fresh materials and even you can have a peek at the recipe.

Reach VEMBANAND Lake in KUMAROKOM.

The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist`s paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds flock the area here. This is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with while lilies.

Overnight will be on the houseboat.


Day 17 Cochin – Colombo

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Disembark the houseboat and proceed to Cochin to board the flight to Colombo.

Reach Colombo and get transferred to the hotel.

The capital city is spread along the shore of the Indian Ocean for some miles, where business and commerce begin and end. The Cinnamon Gardens and Pettah are Colombos busiest and most traditional Bazaar area. Visits to the Hindu temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Dutch Church at Wolfe dhal dating back to 1749, the historic Devatgahaha mosque and the Gangarama Temple give a good cultural feel about the country. While the city holds less obvious interest than many other parts of the island. Its still a colorful enough place and worth a visit to see what makes Sri Lanka tick.    

Enjoy the day sightseeing the city.

Visit the Hindu temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Dutch Church at Wolfe dhal dating back to 1749, the historic Devatgahaha Mosque, Gangarama Temple and the house of Fashion for value for money ready made garments.
Relax and spend your time at leisure.

Overnight will be at Colombo

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Day 18 Colombo- Sigiriya

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to visit the Sigiriya rockfortress. SIGIRIYA,orLions Rock,is a single rock in the center of the island of SriLanka. A remnant of an extinct volcano, the rock raises high above thesurrounding forests to reach a height of 370m abovesea level. An elaborategarden with reservoirs and sundry ruins surround the rock. The chambers in therock were in use as a Buddhist monastery from around the 3rd century BC, but evidencesuggests that it may have been inhabited since prehistoric times. KingKashyapa commissioned a fortified palace to be built on top of the rock, and acity in its lower levels. The gardens surroundingthe rock are remnants ofKashyapa palace. The entrance is through a steep staircasenestled between two gigantic stone paws.One of the chambers contains Sigiriya celebrated frescos - gorgeouscolor renditions of bejeweled female figures - and much debate exists over theidentity of the Ladies of Sigiriya.

Enjoy sightseeing around thecity.

Overnight at Sigiriya


Day 19 Sigiriya – Dambulla - Kandy

After breakfast, proceed toKandy, the beautiful mountainside and the weather of Kandy can be one of the best in Sri Lanka, not too cold, not too warm, it is the perfect weather for a vacation.

KANDY It lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy Valley, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka; it is both an administrative and religious city.Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy" conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre, a gem Museum

Overnight will be at Kandy.

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Day 20 Kandy

After breakfast leave for Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. The garden was built as a pleasure garden and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and has a amazing variety of trees, flowers and plants. This garden is easily one of the best of its kind in the world.

Visit the University of Peradeniya, laid out near the banks of the Mahaweli River. This is the longest river in Sri Lanka.

Wander around the lake and the streets of Kandy getting a feel for this wonderful city. If you want you can also visit Gem museum or art & craft village.

Overnight will be at Kandy.


Day 21 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

After Breakfast drive to Nuwara Eliya experiencing a scenic drive an route stop at Ramboda falls watch point.

Arrive in Nuwara Eliya - land of tea-laden hillsides, gurgling waterfalls, stirring mountains and clear hill-country air. Here, in temperatures akin to a beautiful English summers day, is wonderful walking country, a chance to experience Sri Lankan scenery at its finest.

Enjoy the sightseeing - Sri Lankas hill villages, tea processing factories, Botanical Gardens etc.

Overnight will be at Nuwara Eliya.

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Day 22 Nuwara Eliya

Spend your time at leisure. Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya

Day 23 Nuwara Eliya – Colombo - Mumbai

After breakfast at the hotel, check out at the hotel, and drive to the Airport for your flight to Mumbai.

Its young, its lively and a confluence of varied cultural currents and cross currents have given Mumbai a unique position of the most multi-ethnic city of India. The capital city of Maharashtra State formerly known as Bombay lies in the southwestern part of India and occupies a peninsular site originally composed of seven islets lying off the KONKAN COAST of western India. Oozing with the cocksure self-confidence of a maverick moneymaker and "Bindass" (carefree) attitude, Mumbai is also country`s financial and commercial hub and has a principal port on the Arabian Sea.

Yet, there`s another face of Mumbai too that is of the most densely populated cities in the world. Mumbai is located on a site of ancient settlement and took its name from the local Goddess "Mumba" - a form of Parvati, the consort of Shiva, one of the principal Gods of Hinduism - whose temple once stood in what is now the southeastern section of the Mumbai city.

Reach and check in to the hotel.

Overnight stay will be in Mumbai.

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Day 24 Mumbai

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.

Enjoy the sightseeing tour of the city.

Gateway of India: Mumbais most famous monument, this is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. Ironically, when the Raj ended in 1947, this colonial symbol also became a sort of epitaph: the last of the British ships that set sail for England left from the Gateway. Today this symbol of colonialism has got Indianised, drawing droves of local tourists and citizens. Behind the arch, there are steps leading down to the water. Here, you can get onto one of the bobbing little motor launches, for a short cruise through Mumbai`s splendid natural harbor.

Marine Drive: Marine Drive is possibly the best way to discover Mumbai. This is a windswept promenade, flanked by the sea and a row of buildings. Looped between the concrete jungle of Nariman Point, Mumbai`s Manhattan, and the leafy green slopes of Malabar hill, Marine Drive was once called the queen`s Necklace, strung with glittering street lights like an enormous strand of imperious jewels.

Hanging Gardens: Built on top of Malabar Hill, the gardens are picturesque though often quite crowded. You get splendid views of the city and see sunset over the Arabian Sea from here.

The Prince of Wales Museum: This museumstands not too far from the Gateway of India. It has a priceless collection of art, sculpture, china and other antics. Carefully preserved, this mid-Victorian Gothic style building built in 1904 with beautiful gardens surrounding it, is worth visitingin Mumbai.

Dhobi Ghat: A unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. The most famous of these Dhobi Ghats is at Saat Rasta near Mahalaxmi Station where almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation.

Queen Victoria Terminus: No photograph collection of Mumbai is complete without a photo of the Queen Victoria Terminus station in the "Fort Area" of Mumbai. Belovedly referred to as VT station. It was acknowledged as a `World Heritage Site` by UNESCO in 2004. And Slumdog Millionaire " famous song was shot here on these platform.

Bombay University: Next to the High Court on Bhaurao Patil Road, the Venetian Gothic Bombay University has a Gothic clock tower 260 feet high, that is curiously adorned with oriental figures.

Drive PAST the CELEBRITIES house in BANDRA.

Overnight stay will be in Mumbai.

Day 25 Mumbai

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy shopping in the city.

Evening visit JAMATKHANA.

Overnight will be in Mumbai.

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Day 26 Mumbai

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel. Relax and enjoy shopping or explore the city.

Overnight stay will be in Mumbai.

Day 27 Mumbai

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel. Relax and enjoy shopping or explore the city.

Overnight stay will be in Mumbai.

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Day 28 Mumbai

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel. Relax and enjoy shopping or explore the city.

Overnight stay will be in Mumbai.

Day 29 Departure from Mumbai

Proceed to the international airport for the flight back home with the sweet memories of the tour.

Tour ends!!

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Hello Victor,
We have successfully returned from India and are back in Texas.  I have finally downloaded my photos and I`m am thoroughly enjoying the editing process as I relive my wonderful experiences in India.  If our children had been with us, we would have stayed a month more.  My favorite thing in all of India-- more esteemed than the food, the architecture, or the religious and cultural learning--was the people.  India is its people--warm, gracious, friendly and open.
 
I wanted to take a moment to tell you how pleased we were with everything that pertained to our trip.  The guides in each town were very knowledgeable and unique in different ways.  Some were spiritual, some political, some very worldly--regardless,  it was refreshing to go to another town and have a different perspective from each guide.
 
We cannot say enough good things about our driver, Mr. Kulmant Singh.  As you are aware, it takes a lot of bravado and luck to get from point A to point B in India.  We are thankful we did so without incident and that we got to experience India "as close to a local experience" as possible.  I think the only way to have traveled more like an Indian would have been to put all four of us on one motorbike!
 
I cannot wait to return to India.  I would return to Varanasi to be part of the mass of humanity that lives and breathes with a city that encircles all of life.  I would return to Jodhpur and Udaipur to spend more time in the streets, the markets, and with the people of India.  I liked the smallness and openness of these cities.  (I have to admit, we gave our guides some work trying to keep up with our random wanderings down side streets and off the tourist path!)  I would return to Jaipur if only to stay at the Rambagh Palace again.  It was my favorite hotel as was the Imperial.  My husband`s favorites were the Oberoi`s in Udaipur and Agra.  The Orchard hotel was quite a surprise and we would return if only to sit and visit with the host, a most gracious man.
 
Once again, thank you for your help in preparing our trip.  I look forward to working with you again when we decide to travel to the south!
 
Best wishes,
Stephanie Routh
Stephanie Routh

Question : Health advice for UK citizens

Vaccinations are not required when you travel in India; however anti malaria medication is strongly recommended. If you have visited or transited a yellow fever area ten days prior to your scheduled trip to India a yellow fever inoculation certificate will be mandatory. Like all tropical countries, there are precautions that need to be followed while travelling. Indian medical professionals have reputably high standards. Should you need to consult a doctor; most hotels have doctors on call. We would be happy to assist you in visiting the specialist, although appointments are likely to be limited to a certain time of the day. Should you be using prescription medicines, please carry adequate supply - what you use may not be locally available and substitutes may not be suitable. In the unlikely event of hospitalisation, primary and secondary metros offer very high standards of health care. As a primary precaution, always drink bottled water. Ensure your liquid intake is consistent throughout the day. We always recommend that you consult your personal physician prior to any travel. We advise you to consult your doctor or the British Airways Travel Clinics, allowing at least 4 weeks before the date of travel for all medical advice. Some areas including Bhutan and Nepal may be at high altitudes so please check with our staff before confirming your itinerary. You can also check health advice for UK citizens at below link: Http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/india.aspx