India is, indeed, incredible nation of extraordinary diversity, the second largest in Asia and the seventh largest and second most populous country on Earth. It is the giant of the Indian subcontinent, which comprises fully one third of Asia. India supports one seventh of humanity and this population is continuing to increase at an astonishing rate. The demands of these 800 million people, the vast majority of whom, being agriculturalists, are concentrated in the same areas as India’s principal wetlands, place incredible pressure on the nation’s natural resources; the survival of the sites described in this inventory depends upon the attitudes and awareness of these people.
Within the continent-of-a-country are the many mountains and multi culture. Here is the great Indian desert, the Thar; deep jungle where the tiger roam and rhinos run wild; sylvan beaches, among the longest in the world; one of the most ancient settlements – the Indus Valley Civilization – with a recorded past of five thousand years; the cradle of some of the oldest religions on the globe – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism.
Equally enthralling monuments – forts, palaces, temples, memorials – line its historic face. Dances from the past survive as living arts even today. There is vibrancy to the culture, both ancient and modern.
Religion of India
India known as the land of spirituality and philosophy was the birthplace of some religions, which even exist today in the world.
The most dominant religion in India today is Hinduism. About 80% of Indians are Hindus. Hinduism is a colorful religion with a vast gallery of Gods and Goddesses. Hinduism is one of the ancient religions in the world. It is supposed to have developed about 5000 years ago. Later on in ancient period other religions developed in India.
Around 500 BC two other religions developed in India, namely, Buddhism and Jainism. Today only about 0.5% of Indians are Jains and about 0.7% are Buddhist. In ancient times Jainism and specially Buddhism were very popular in India. Indians who accepted Buddhist philosophy spread it not only within the Indian sub-continent but also to kingdoms east and south of India.
These three ancient religions, Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, are seen as the molders of the India philosophy. In ‘modern’ period new religions were also established in India. One comparatively new religion in India is Sikhism and it was established in the 15th century. About 2% of Indians are Sikhs. There were other attempts to create new religions in India but they did not always succeed. For example, a Moghul emperor, Akbar, who reigned between 1556 – 1605, tried to establish a new religion, Din- E- Elahi, but it did not survive. There are other religious philosophies whose believers see them as a separate religion, but they do not always get this recognition. For example Linguist of south India see themselves as a different religion, while others see them as a sect of Hinduism. There are also some tribal communities who demand to be recognized as separate religion from Hinduism. In the 19th century some Hindu reformers tried to remodel Hinduism to adjust it to modern period.
Along with the religions that developed in India, there are followers of non-Indian religions. The largest non-Indian religion is Islam. They are about 12% of India’s population. Christians are more than 2% of India’s population. There are also Zoroastrians who even though make less than 0.01% of India’s populations are known around India. There are also a few thousand Jews in India. Judaism and Christianity might have arrived in India before they arrived in Europe.
Percentages of India religions:
Hinduism- about 82%
Buddhism- about 0.7%
Jainism- about 0.5%
India is so vast that climatic conditions in the far north have little relation to those of the extreme south. Generally speaking, the country has a three-season year – the hot, the wet and the cool.Best time for visit
Climate plays a key factor in deciding when to visit India. You should keep in mind that climatic conditions in the far north are distinctly different to those of the extreme south.
Generally speaking, India’s climate is defined by three seasons – the hot, the wet (monsoon) and the cool, each of which can vary in duration from north to south. The most pleasant time to visit most of the country is during the cooler period of November to around mid-February, although there are marked regional variations (see the Fast Facts boxes at the start of regional chapters for the best times to visit specific regions). If you’re in India during the (hot) summer and (wet, humid) monsoon, cool relief can be found in the northern Himalayan region – consider pursuing ‘The Great Himalayan Circuit’. Apart from the weather, the timing of certain festivals or special events may also influence when you wish to visit.
An India tourist visa has a validity of 6 months, 5 years or 10 years. This is a multiple entry visa. Each entry has a limited duration of 6 months. This means that the maximum amount of time you can stay after entering the country is 6 months. Once you exit, you must wait for a period of 2 months before re-entering unless you obtain special permission.
Also you can obtained India visa from your nearest Indian Embassy See the below visa charges.
India Tourist Visa Fees
|Entries||Validity||Processing Time||Embassy Fee|
|Multiple||6 months||3-10 days||$73.00|
|Multiple||1 year (Non-US)||3-10 Days||$133.00|
|Multiple||5 years||3-10 days||$163.00|
|Multiple||10 years||3-10 days||$163.00|
India Business Visa Fees
|Entries||Validity||Processing Time||Embassy Fee|
|Multiple||1 year (Non-US)||3-10 Days||$133.00|
|Multiple||1 years||3-10 days||$173.00|
|Multiple||5 years||3-10 Days||$253.00|
Jaipur is the first planned city of India, located in the desert lands of Rajasthan. The city that once had been the capital of the royalty, now serves as the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal family. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business centre for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city. The city of Jaipur, painted in pink, grasp the appreciation of every visitor. One can see that hoary charm still alive in the avenues of Jaipur. The active streets of Jaipur get plenty of visitors, every year at their footsteps. The Ancient Testimonials in the form of mind-blowing monuments remind one of the past ages. The city comprises the famous structures like Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort, the best architectural examples of India. Artistic temples and gardens of Jaipur, marks the atmosphere of serenity and aestheticism to the lands of Rajasthan. The lively city bserves its ethnicity by celebrating various festivals like Kite festival, Elephant festival and many others, of Indian origin. All these features make Jaipur, one of the most sought after tourist destinations of Rajasthan, India. The glorious city boasts of its cultural heritage from every nook and corner. Jaipur is the reservoir of Indian customs, traditions, civilization and legacy. Jaipur lies at a distance of 260 kms from Delhi, the capital of India and the city is well-connected with other major cities of India. Every year, People across the globe come to experience this royal capital city of Rajasthan.
Darjeeling in India owes’ its grandeur to its natural beauty, its clean fresh mountain air and above all, the smiling resilient people for whom it is a home. Known for its natural splendor, Darjeeling’s best gift to its’ visitors is the dawn of a new day. The mountains awaken first with a tentative peeking of the sun. A steep ride, five kilometers from Ghoom, or an invigorating walk up a steep incline, leads sun worshippers to Tiger Hill. The air is chilly with darkness and damp. To the east, a dull orange sun emerged painting the sky with brilliant strokes of agenta, gold, orange and fuchsia. The snow capped Everest, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Jannu and other peaks slowly emerge from slumber to start a new day. The sun worshippers gasp at the magnificent sight. As the fog lifts in the slowly penetrating sun, the town gradually comes alive. Amidst brewing of tea, the sing-song Gorkhali which is the local dialect, rises and falls like music.
Chandigarh is the best-planned city in India, with architecture which is world-renowned, and a quality of life, which is unparalleled. As the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh it is a prestigious city. The face of modern India,digarh, is the manifestation of a dream that Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru envisaged and Le Corbusier executed.Serenity and a city are two diametrically opposite concepts, which however, get belied in the ‘City Beautiful’. Chandigarh is a rare epitome of modernization co-existing with nature’s preservation. It is here that the trees and plants are as much a part of the construction plans as the buildings and the roads. India’s first planned city, is a rich, prosperous, spic and span, green city rightly called “ THE CITY BEAUTIFUL.
Dwarka, on the west coast of Gujarat on the shore of the Arabian Sea, features in most of the legends surrounding Lord Krishna. It is from here that the grown Lord Krishna is supposed to have ruled his kingdom. Dwarka is a significant pilgrimage site for the Hindus.Dwarka is sanctified as the place where Lord Vishnu slew the demon Shankhasura. The Puranas mention the 12 Jyotirlingas or columns of light netting Lord Shiva which manifested in different parts of the country. One of these is located in Dwarka and is known as the Geshwar Mahadev. The Jagat Mandir or Nij Mandir forms the sanctum of the Dwarkadish temple and dates back to 2500 years. Jagat Mandir has its own hall of audience and a conical spire. The roof of the hall is supported by 60 columns and the main temple rises five Dwarka is situated in the extreme west of the Indian state of Gujarat in the Saurashtra peninsula on the Arabian Sea. It lies on 20°22′ north latitude and 69°05′ east longitude. The city is built on the right bank of Gamut creek. storeys high. The spire rises to a height of 157 feet and is richly carved. One of the most popular temples in Dwarka is that of Rukmini, Krishna’s wife, considered an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and beauty. The Sharad Peetha, one of the four Maths established by Jagatguru Shankaracharya, is also situated here.
Taj Mahal India
The Taj can be accessed through the west, south and east gates, which all lead to an outer courtyard. The south gate is the main access and is easiest to reach from Taj Ganj, while the east gate generally has the shortest queues. The west gate gets very crowded with tour groups, but they don’t normally arrive until after 9am. There are separate queues for men and women. Prohibited items such as food, tobacco, matches, mobile phones and camera tripods can be left without charge in cloakrooms. Don’t forget to visit the cloakroom first to avoid queuing twice.
Jaisalmer is a border district of India located in the state of Rajasthan and touching Pakistan. Most of the district is part of Thar Desert and offers excellent camel safari options. Jaisalmer is connected to other cities in the state as well as in Gujarat and some other places in India with National Highway No 15.History of Jaisalmer is very interesting. Jaisalmer was founded by the Bhatti Rajput chieftain Rawal Jaisal in 1156. According to the local legends, seeking a more secure capital, the usurper was advised by a saint to build a castle on the Trikuta hill. It was in fulfillment of Lord Krishna’s prophecy that a distant scion of his Yadav clan would build a kingdom here. There was water on the hill, a miracle performed by Krishna to quench the thirst of Arjuna. The hilltop offered the safest fort location, dominating and surveying the desert for miles.The Lunar clan of Bhattis is Krishna’s descendant, valiant and most feared of the dessert marauders, perennially locked in territorial skirmishes with Jodhpur and Bikaner. One Bhatti scion-Gaj Singh had founded the city of Ghazni in Afghanistan but ultimately lost it to forces from Khorasan. One of his grandsons reclaimed Ghazni, embraced Islam, and came to be called Chagattas (Mughals). They later plundered the land of their ancestors between 1000 and 1025 A.D. Again, led by Babar they came to found the Mughal Empire in India. All is part of Jaisalmer History.Jaisalmer lay on the camel trade route between India and Central Asia, a caravanserai for traders and earned its share of profits without producing anything of its own. But the rise of the shipping trade and development of the Bombay port led to its decline in importance. Jaisalmer suffered a further fall in fortune when following the partition of the country; trade routes across the border were sealed. Jaisalmer stood high and dry. But the two wars with Pakistan revived its strategic importance once again. National Highways and a railways track, and now an airs travel have brought Jaisalmer within easy reach of the people.
Coonoor is the second largest hill station located in the Nilgiri hills. It is famous for its verdant environs and for a variety of wildflowers and birds. Coonoor provides a perfect setting for activities like trekking and hiking. It is also famous for its tea plantations and festivals. ravelers can also enjoy the ride on the toy train, which connect Coonoor with other hill stations in the Nilgiri Hills.Coonoor is located in the western part of the state of Tamilnadu, in the southern region of India, at the head of the Hulikal ravine at an altitude of 1850 m above sea level. It is 19 km from Ooty. The weather in Coonoor is pleasant. Summers (April-June) are mild, while winters (November-February) are cool. It nces southwestern monsoon rains in July-September.The Nilgiri hills have been the home of the Toda tribe for centuries. Coonoor began to develop as a tourist destination in the 19th century when the British made Ooty a popular hill station.
Gwalior is named after a saint who cured the local chieftain Suraj Sen from leprosy. History of Gwalior dates back to 8th century. From then onwards Gwalior was to become the cradle of dynasties. The massive fort which overlooks the city is a testimony to its glory and grandeur. Warrior kings, poets, musicians and saints contributed in making Gwalior the city it is Gwalior is one place which was most affected during the Revolt of 1857. It was one of the centers which experienced fierce encounters between the British and the ‘Rebels’. The Maharaja of Gwalior was loyal to the British during the mutiny but his troops sided with the rebels who had laid their hands on the city. Towards the end of mutiny, Gwalior was subject to heavy fighting, after which British gained complete control over India. Among those who laid down their lives here in their attempt to capture the fort were Tatiya Tope and Rani of Jhansi.Gwalior changed hands from the Tomars to Lodhis of Delhi. Then it was ruled by the Mughals and finally the Marathas laid their hands on this city. Each era and rulers left their impression on this city but what remained unchanged and un phased was the imposing fort which withstood any assault on Gwalior. Even today thick walls and high ramparts of the fort seem invincible. Gwalior is a city where the rich cultural tradition blend with modern life, where the princely past lives in palaces and museums, past mixes with present to offer visitor a city of enduring greatness.
Gateway of India
The bold basalt Gateway of India arch faces out to Mumbai Harbors at the tip of Apollo Bunder. Derived from the Islamic styles of 16th-century Gujarat, it was built to commemorate the 1911 royal visit of King George V. It was completed in 1924: ironically, the gateway’s British architects used it just 24 years later to parade off their last British regiment, as India marched towards independence.
These days, the gateway is a favorite gathering spot for locals and a top spot for people-watching. Giant-balloon sellers, photographers, beggars and touts rub shoulders with Indian and foreign tourists, creating all the hubbub of a bazaar. Boats depart from the gateway’s wharfs for Elephanta Island and Mandwa.
You can ride in a Victoria – one of the horse-drawn gilded carriages that ply their trade along Apollo Bunder. Get them to go around the Oval Maidan at night so you can admire the illuminated buildings – it should cost around Rs300 if you bargain Hard.
Ganges River India
The River Ganges provides millions of Indians with an important link to their spirituality. Every day about 60,000 people go down to the Varanasi ghats to take a holy dip along a 7km stretch of the river. Along this same area, 30 large sewers are continuously discharging into the river.
The Ganges River is so heavily polluted at Varanasi that the water is septic – no dissolved oxygen exists. The statistics get worse. Samples from the river show the water has 1.5 million faecal coli form bacteria per 100mL of water. In water that is safe for bathing this figure should be less than 500!
The problem extends far beyond Varanasi – 400 million people live along the basin of the Ganges River. The pollution levels mean that waterborne diseases run rampant among many villages that use water from the river.
The battle to clean up the Ganges River has been on since 1982 when the nonprofit Sankat Mochan Foundation established its Swatcha Ganga Abhiyan (Clean Ganges Campaign). Between 1986 and 1993 there was enough lobbying to see the government invest about US$25 million to set up three sewage treatment plants and an electric crematorium?
Unfortunately there have been many problems with the plants, which are very power intensive; Varanasi regularly has long blackout periods. In addition, their operation causes a build-up of pollution in nearby villages and is also the cause of sewage backing up throughout Varanasi; this in turn flows out into bathing areas, out through manhole covers and into the streets.
A plan for a better sewage treatment system, which has lower costs and is far more effective than the current system, has been developed by the foundation in collaboration with international agencies. The plan has not yet been accepted by the government, but the signs are good.
The Swatcha Ganga Environmental Education Centre at Tulsi Ghats runs environmental education courses with schools, local villages, pilgrims and boatmen. Changes have started to creep in, albeit slowly.
When strolling along the Ghats look out for the Ganges dolphin (susu). It’s a freshwater river dolphin that can be spotted throughout the Ganges river system. They are blind and rely on echo-location to get around and find small fish to eat. Usually seen alone or in small groups, the dolphins grow to 2m long and live for around 20 years. The young are chocolate brown but the adults are grey. The Ganges dolphins are endangered and protected – it is estimated that less than 4000 and as few as 2000 have survived fishermen’s nets, poaching for their meat and oil, chemical and sewage pollution, and habitat restriction due to dams and barrages. It’s a miracle that any have survived.
The unofficial headquarters of Mumbai’s tourist scene, Colaba sprawls down the city’s southernmost peninsula. It’s a bustling district packed with street stalls, markets, bars and budget to midrange lodgings. Colaba Causeway (Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg) bisects the promontory and is the traffic-filled artery connecting Colaba’s jumble of side streets and gently crumbling mansions.
Sassoon Dock, south of the main tourist action, is a scene of intense and pungent activity at dawn (around 05:00) when colorfully clad Koli fisherwomen sort the catch unloaded from fishing boats at the quay. The fish drying in the sun are bombil, the fish used in the dish Bombay duck. Photography at the dock is forbidden without permission from the Mumbai Port Trust
While you’re here, it’s worth popping into the 1847 Church of St John the Evangelist, known as the Afghan Church (dedicated to British forces killed in the bloody 1838-43 First Afghan War. During the more reasonable hours of the day, nearby Colaba Market (Lala Nigam St) has plenty of activity and color and is lined with jewelers shops and fruit and veg stalls.
Polem Beach India
Goa’s southernmost beach, ranged along a beautiful small bay, is seldom-visited but makes a fine spot for a seaside stroll or a picnic on the deserted sands, with a beautiful view of a cluster of rocky islands out towards the horizon. Tourist development hasn’t yet made it as far as Polem, and the beach retains a decidedly local feel, with a handful of fishermen bringing in their catch to the northern end and nothing much else to keep you company except scuttling crabs and circling seabirds. For a fishy lunch so fresh it’s still dithering, stop at the Kamaxi Hotel among the palms, run by the eccentric local Laxaman Raikar. He also stocks Kingfisher, if you’re in need of something cold and frothy.
Bodh Gaya, India
Gaya is one of the important holy places for Hindus and thousands of devotees throng this small town every year for pilgrimage. The main pilgrim center in Gaya is the Vishnu temple. Legend has it that this temple was built on Lord Vishnu’s footsteps and is thus considered very sacred by the devotees. It is also believed by Hindus that if the final rights are performed in Gaya, the departed soul goes to heaven. Gaya is located in the central part of the state of Bihar, in the northeastern part of India. It is a part of the great Genetic plains. It is located to the west of the Falgu River, which is a tributary of river Ganga. It is 13 km north of Bodhgaya and 100 km south of Patna city. The climate of Gaya is tropical. Summers are generally hot (April-June), while winters are cool (October-February). It experiences southwestern monsoon rains from July to September.
Dehradun, a city situated in the newly formed state of Uttaranchal. Dehradun is one of the oldest cities in India its reference is even fiven in the written that dates back to 250 BC even the great king Ashoka’s inscriptions can be found outside the city. There are 14 edicts carved on a rock and the site where three horses were sacrificed by Raja Shilvarma of the Vrisheri dynasty. Large bricks with writing on them are laid out in the shape of a huge bird with a fire altar in the middle.In the ancient Vedic times, the Garhwal Mandal, of which Dehradun is a part, was known as the Kedar Khand. Legend has it that Guru Dronacharaya, a Brahmin teacher of warfare, found Dehradun a place that was fit for meditation & worship and therefore, the valley of Doon was christened Drona Ashram, which means “The Abode of na”.Perhaps that is why Indian army trains its finest cadets in the Indian Millitary Academy that is situated in this part of the state.Dehradun has always been famous for various educational institutes that are present in the city. Its close proximity from the bustling city of Delhi and another tourist attraction Mussoorie adds to the attraction of the city. Its mild climate and the list of endless places to visit in the city make it an important tourist attraction.
Located along the west bank of the holy River Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the city of Varanasi is a sacred Hindu Pilgrimage toursite that one of the oldest cities in the world. It has stood as a symbol of Hindu renaissance and preserved the traditions and rituals of Hindu philosophy since ancient times.
Millions of pilgrims from distant lands have come here in search of divine blessings. Varanasi is lined with Ghats that stretch right across the bands of the Ganga, and branches off into myriad narrow lanes that form an integral part of the city. According to Hindu belief, Banaras or Varanasi as it is known is the cosmic center of the Universe. The city finds mention in the great epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. It was already an old city when Rome was founded, and was a flourishing centre of trade when Buddha came to Senath, some 10 km away, to preach his first sermon in 500 BC.
Varanasi lies between the rivers Varuna and Ashi as they join the Ganges. It is also called Kashi, the city of lights. For a short period it was known as Muhammadabad while under Mughal rule.
India Tour Package
10 Days tour-Jaipur, Delhi, Agra and Varanasi
Day 1 Delhi
Travel by this city’s modern metro system to Old Delhi to see India’s largest mosque and explore timeless bazaars and scented spice markets.
Days 2-3 Jaipur
Visit Jaipur and experience the irresistible charms of the ‘Pink City’. Climb to the hilltop Amber Fort before visiting magical Hawa Mahal, or ‘Palace of the Winds’. The building’s ornate architecture provides a sublime backdrop to a sunset. Enjoy some free time to admire the kaleidoscopic colours of Jaipur’s bustling bazaars and perhaps explore the impressive City Palace – a vast complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings. End the day with a flamboyant Bollywood blockbuster experience.
Day 4 Agra
Described as a ‘teardrop on the face of eternity’, the story of the gleaming Taj Mahal is as tragic as it is beautiful. The building’s exquisite marble inlay work produces a mesmerising shimmering effect that is truly breathtaking to behold. Visit the enormous Red Fort that looms over the city from high on the banks of the Yamuna River.
Day 5 Orchha
Nestled on the banks of the emerald Betwa River, charming Orchha is the perfect spot to learn the art of Indian cooking at a culinary class. Take a tour of the town’s temples and palaces, where the superb architecture is a legacy of raja rule. Pay a visit to a sustainable papermaking plant where local tribal women use recycled clothing and wood pulp to create their products.
Day 6 Khajuraho
Tucked away in the remote plains of central India, Khajuraho’s temples depict epic battles, Hindu legends and the Kama Sutra on their delicately carved exteriors. In the evening, there is a chance to enjoy a traditional dance performance.
Days 7-8 Varanasi
One of India’s most sacred cities, Varanasi is awash with temples and shrines. Witness devotions of faith along the banks of the Ganges and experience the magic of a sunset candle flower ceremony.
Days 9-10 Delhi
Haggle with locals in Varanasi’s colorful bazaars before a flight back to the capital. Back in Delhi, perhaps unwind in the grounds surrounding Homerun’s Tomb or head to bustling Connaught Place for some shopping. There is much to do and see in this amazing city so why not spend some extra time discovering its hidden treasures.
17 Days tour- Desert with Taj Mahal
(Delhi – Mandawa – Gajner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Luni – Udaipur – Deogarh – Khajrela – Pushkar – Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Delhi)
Day 01: Abroad / Delhi-Arrive late night at New Delhi International airport.
Day 02: Delhi -Morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi.
Day 03: Delhi – Manawa-After breakfast drive to Manawa.
Day 04: Manawa – Bikaner – Gajner-After breakfast drive to Bikaner. Upon arrival check in at Gajner Palace.
Day 05: Gajner – Jaisalmer -In the morning enjoy the surrounding of Ganjer Palace. After breakfast, drive to Jaisalmer. Upon arrival check-in at hotel.
Day 06: Jaisalmer-After breakfast, visit this perfect Rajput walled desert city which is like a golden jewel shimmering above the hard sand.
Day 07: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Luni-After early breakfast, drive to Luni (310 km) enroute visiting Jodhpur city.
Day 08: Luni – Udaipur-Early morning visit the surrounding villages and witness their daily lifestyle of living and enjoy cup of tea / coffee with them. Breakfast at hotel. Later drive to Udaipur (240 kms). Upon arrival in Udaipur.
Day 09: Udaipur-Morning, city tour of Udaipur – the romantic Lake City in Southern Rajasthan, famous for the stunning white marble Palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola. It was the former Palace of the Maharana and now converted to one of the most glamorous hotels in India. The tour will cover the magnificent City Palace, the Jagdish temple, the pleasure gardens and a drive around the other nearby lakes.
Day 10: Udaipur – Deogarh-After breakfast drive to Deoagrh enroute visiting Ranakpur Temples. Lunch at Maharani Bagh. Upon arrival in Deogarh.
Day 11: Deogarh – Khajrela-After breakfast drive to Khajrela.
Day 12: Khajrela – Pushkar-After breakfast drive to Pushkar enrooted visiting the Dargah at Ajmer.
Day 13: Pushkar – Jaipur-After breakfast drive to Jaipur. Afternoon tour of “Pink City” – Surrounded on three sides by the rugged Aravali hills, Jaipur is the picturesque capital of Rajasthan. It takes its name from the prince, soldier and astronomer Jai Singh II who moved his capital here in 1727.
Day 14: Jaipur-Tour of the impressive Amber Fort situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. 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 honoured 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.
Day 15: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra-After breakfast drive to Agra (221 kms) enrooted visiting Fatehpur Sikri. Upon arrival in Agra.
Day 16: Agra – Delhi-Breakfast at hotel. Thereafter, visit the Red Fort. Upon arrival the guests will be assisted and transferred to airport for flight back home
Day 17: Delhi – Abroad- Final Depart from Delhi
Romantic explore in Desert -12 days tour
(Delhi – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Khimsar – Jaipur – Agra – Delhi)
Day 01 – Delhi – Arrive at Delhi.
Day 02 – Delhi – Sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi.
Day 03 – Delhi – Udaipur – Flight to Udaipur Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 – Udaipur – Morning sightseeing tour of the city.
Day 05 – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Drive to Jodhpur visiting enroute Ranakpur Temples. Check-in at the hotel for overnight.
Day 06 – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Full day sightseeing tour of Jodhpur and Mandore. Evening train to Jaisalmer.
Day 07 – Jaisalmer – Arrive Jaisalmer early in the morning. Check-in at the hotel. After rest, sightseeing tour. Afternoon visit Sam Dunes & Camel ride.
Day08 – Jaisalmer – Khimsar – Drive to Khimsar visiting enroute Osian Temples.
Check-in at the hotel. Sun-set safari by jeep to Panchla Dunes with Tea.
Day 09 -Khimsar – Jaipur – Drive to Jaipur – visiting enroute Ajmer/Pushkar On arrival, check-in at the hotel for overnight.
Day 10 – Jaipur – Morning visit Amer Fort with elephant ride. Afternoon city sighthseeing tour.
Day 11 – Jaipur – Agra – Drive to Agra en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri Check-in at the hotel for overnight
Day 12 – Agra – Delhi – Moring visit Fort & Taj Mahal. Afternoon drive to Delhi airport for onward flight.
Perl Beaches Kerala -9 Days tour
(Cochin – Periyar – Munnar – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Trivandrum)
Day 1: Cochin – Arrive Cochin. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Cochin – Periyar – Morning drive on a scenic route dotted with plantations of rubber, cardamom, cocoa, green pepper and areca nut, to the wildlife reserve at Periyar. Arrive Periyar and check – in at hotel. Rest of the day free for walk around in the peaceful town known for various Spice and coffee plantations.
Day 3: Periyar – Munnar – Early morning enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to see wild elephants. Afternoon drive to Munnar, the famous hill station of Kerala. Arrive Munnar and check – in at hotel.
Day 4: Munnar – In Munnar Day is free to relax and to walk around. Munnar is situated near the Anaimudi Peak, the highest peak in the Western Ghats.
Day 5: Munnar – Kumarakom – Morning drive to Kumarakom near Kottayam and stay in one of the backwater resorts. The panoramic backwaters here offer an ideal retreat to enjoy nature at its best.
Day 6: Kumarakom – Aleppo – Morning drive a short distance before switching over to a boat for a through many canals and waterways up to Alleppey.
Day 7: Alleppey – Trivandrum – Morning board your transport for an interesting drive to Trivandrum. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Trivandrum, visiting the ancient temple of Sri Padmanabhaswamy is one of the major attractions in the city of Thiruvananthapuram.
Day 8: Trivandrum – Excursion – Full day return excursion to Cape Clamoring, the southernmost part of the Indian mainland. Visit the Vivekananda Memorial which is built about 400 meters offshore.
Day 9: Trivandrum -Transfer to airport for return flight
Sikkim – Kalimpong -07-Day Darjeeling Tour
Day 01: Arrival Bagdogra Airport, Bhadrapur Airport or NJP Railway Station.
Drive to Drajeeling. Hotel in Darjeeling.
Day 02: Early morning trip to Tiger Hill for sunrise views of Kanchenjunga range. Rest of the day sightseeing around Darjeeling.Overnight in Hotel in Dajreeling.
Day 03: Drive Teesta river valley to Gangtok the capital of Sikkim. Evening free in Gangtok. Overnight at hotel
Day 04: Full day sightseeing to Rumtek Monastery, Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok Bazaar, Handicraft Centre, etc. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Day excursion of Tashi View Point for views of Kanchanjunga mountain range and Phodang Monastery. Evening free in Gangtok. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Drive to Kalimpong town. Afternoon visit Monastery at Durpin Dhara Hill, Orchid Nurseries and Kalimpong Market. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Driver to Bagdogra Airport, NJP Railway Station or Bhadrapur Airport.
End of Tour.
Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Jaldapara – 6 Days Wildlife Tour
Day 01: Arrival Bagdogra Airport, Bhadrapur Airport or NJP Railway Station.
Drive to Darjeeling. Overnight Hotel.
Day 02: Early morning trip to Tiger Hill for sunrise views of Kanchenjunga range. Rest of the day sightseeing around Darjeeling.Overnight in Hotel in Darjeeling.
Day 03: Drive via tea gardens to Kalimpong town. Afternoon visit Durpin Monastery and Farmers’ bazaar. Overnight hotel.
Day 04: Morning River Rafting on the Teesta River. Continue drive to Jaldapara Wildlife Reserve.Overnight Tourist Lodge at Madari Haat.
Day 05: Morning Elephant back safari to view one horned rhino, many other animals and birds. Afternoon drive to Siliguri. Hotel Overnight.
Day 06: Transfer to Bagdogra Airport, NJP Railway Station or Bhadrapur Airport. End of Tour.
08-Day Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Lava Tour
Day 01: Arrival Bagdogra Airport, Bhadrapur Airport or NJP Railway Station. Drive to Darjeeling. Hotel in Darjeeling.
Day 02: Early morning trip to Tiger Hill for sunrise views of Kanchenjunga range. Rest of the day sightseeing around Darjeeling. Overnight in Hotel in Darjeeling.
Day 03: Drive to Kalimpong town. Afternoon visit Monastery at Durpin Dhara hill, Orchid Nurseries and Kalimpong Market. Overnight hotel.
Day 04: Drive to Lava. Afternoon hike to Tiffin Danda hill for sunset views. Overnight Guest House
Day 05: Day hike through the Neora Nature Resrve. Overnight Guest House.
Day 06: Drive to Kafer. Afternoon village hike. Overnight hotel/guest house.
Day 07: Early morning visit to Kafer Danda hill for sunrise views. Guest house.
Day 08: Driver to Bagdogra Airport, NJP Railway Station or Bhadrapur Airport.
End of Tour.
Rajasthan Wildlife and Goa Tour-14 Days
Day 01: Arrival Delhi – As you arrive at the Delhi Airport, you will be welcomed with full warmth and traditional ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) ceremony of India. Our representative would assist you and transfer to the hotel for check in. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02: Delhi – We devote one entire day to explore the historical wonders of Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad. Our guided tour starts with the majestic Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. This 1656 AD structure, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, is the largest mosque in India. While crossing the colourful market of Chandni Chowk, we reach the Red Fort, a grand red sandstone fort built in 1648 by Shah Jahan. We also pay short visits to Raj Ghat (memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation) and India Gate (memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars).
Apart from these wonders, the President’s House (earlier known as Viceroy’s House) is a beautiful and huge building showcasing the excellent example of the British architectural pattern. Humayun’s Tomb, the memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, is also a superb place to visit. Built in 1562, the complex is a World Heritage Site and the first of the Mughal architecture in India. Our last halt is Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. This tallest brick minaret in the world (72m), is an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture ans is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sound & Light Show at Red Fort with dinner at Chor Bizarre can also be arranged as per requirement.
Overnight Hotel – Delhi (B)
Day 03: Delhi – Sariska (about 180 km) – Today we drive to Sariska Tiger Reserve which is situated in the northern part of Aravali hills. Sariska, declared a Tiger Reserve in 1973, covers an area of about 479 sq km and offers wonderful opportunities to explore the dense woods by Jeep Safaris. Mammals like Sambars, Chitals, Nilgais, Chausinghas, Jackals, Wild boars, langurs etc are spotted very commonly at Sariska Tiger Reserve. If we are lucky enough today we might have an audience with the Tiger which are numerous in this park.
Day 04: Sariska – Jaipur (about 130 km) – Today we head towards the Pink City Jaipur. This colourful and friendly city serves as the capital of Rajasthan. It has been a place of the Rajput kings, their tales of valor & bravery, world heritage sites, lovely fairs & festivals and incomparable forts and palaces. Founded in 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors. In the afternoon we visit the City Palace which is still the formal residence of the royal family, built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. In the museum of the city palace we visit the private collection of the Jaipur Maharajas. We continue to Jantar Mantar, a stone observatory, the largest of Jai Singh’s five remarkable observatories. Its complex instruments reveal us the secrets of medieval Indian astronomy.
Day 05: Jaipur – After breakfast, our excursion starts with Amber Fort (11 km). We reach this beautiful and majestic palace complex, situated atop a hill, by an elephant ride. This is a lovely and unique experience. Our next halt is the renowned City Palace, which showcases the best of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture. Chandra Palace and several other buildings inside the City palace have excellent art works and decorations. Enroute to Amber we visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), built in 1799 AD. It contains 953 small casements with each having its own balcony. The windows enabled cool air to circulate and the ladies to watch processions below without being seen. In the afternoon we have a walk through the colourful Bazaar of Jaipur and visit a factory to see the famous block printing work being done since centuries in Jaipur. In the evening we drive through the new city of Jaipur and visit ‘Laxmi Narayan Mandir’, a Hindu temple made out of white marble. We might have an opportunity here to observe a prayer ceremony. Today we have dinner with a presentation of Indian music and dance.
Day 06: Jaipur – Ranthambore (about 200 km) – Today we drive to Ranthambore National Park. After a break & refreshment in Ranthambore we will explore the park on a Jeep. Ranthambore National Park is surrounded by the Vindhyas and the Aravali mountains and covers an area of 392 square km. The Tiger remains the biggest attraction of the Ranthambore National Park.
Day 07: Ranthambore – Agra (about 250 km) – In the early morning, again we leave for jeep safari. After exploring the true beauty of these dense greens, we head towards Agra. En route we visit Fatehpur Sikri, which was once an imperial capital frozen in time, constructed by Akbar the Great in the 16th century. This wonderful city constructed by red sand stones was abandoned as abruptly as it had been built. It has been generally stated that it was due to failing in the water supply. Late evening arrival in Agra. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 08: Agra – Delhi -Our Agra sightseeing trip starts with the Agra Fort. Mughal Emperor Akbar laid the foundation of this majestic structure in 1565, which was later completed by his grandson Shah Jahan. Our next halt is the most beautiful and spell binding monument – the Taj Mahal. This symbol of love (built in pure white marble by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal) is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We spend evening visiting the bazaar (market) where the local artisans do the famous fine marble inlay work. In the afternoon after the visit of Taj Mahal we drive to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi in the evening.
Day 09: Delhi – Corbett -After breakfast we drive to Corbett National Park. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 10: Corbett – Full day visit of Corbett National Park.
Day 11: Corbett – Delhi – Goa -After having the breakfast drive to Delhi. In the evening we drive to the airport for the flight to Goa. Arrival in Goa and check in the Hotel and rest of the time at leisure.
Day 12 – 13: Goa -Day at leisure in Goa to explore the destination on your own.
Day 14: Goa – Mumbai: Departure Flight – In the afternoon we take flight from Goa to Mumbai. In Mumbai we have rest of the day at leisure. Rooms are available to get fresh and change before we depart for the airport with our representative. Around Midnight flight back to the home destination.
Visit place: Delhi-Kalka -Shimla-Shimla – Kullu – Manali – Chandigarh – Delhi)
Day 01: Delhi – Arrival in Delhi airport by International flight, after traditional ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) our representative would assist you at airport & transfer to hotel.Overnight stay at Hotel with B/B Plan.
Day 02: In Delhi – Full Day Tour – After breakfast we take a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, Visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India. Later we walk down or take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jahan.
In New Delhi, we visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. President’s House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy’s House & served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India . We will also visit Humayun’s Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar & its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site overnight stay at Hotel with B/B Plan.
Day 03: Delhi – Kalka (Morning Shatabdi Train) – After Breakfast in the morning transfer to railway station to board morning train to Kalka, Arrive Kalka, our representative will receive you & transfer to Shimla hotel.Overnight Hotel- Shimla.
Day 04: Shimla -After breakfast proceed sightseeing Shimla spilling over the steep slopes of a 12 km ridge, in the lower Himalayas, is Shimla (22 kms from Naldehra), the summer capital of erstwhile British India. Now the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh, it evokes a sense of nostalgia with its pretty gabled cottages, half-timbered buildings and old churches. The Mall is agog with elegant shops and bustling, gay cosmopolitan crowds. In the center of the city is the famous scandal point. The Ridge is a place where all tourist flock and spend time. While in Shimla, one can tour ViceregalLodge – the imposing six-storey edifice, which is today the institute for advanced studies, Jakhu hill – the highest point of Shimla with a famous temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. St. Micheal’s Cathedral on the Ridge, is regarded as the second oldest church in north India and is known for its fine stained glass windows.
Overnight Hotel- Shimla
Day 05: Shimla- Kullu- Manali (260 Kms. /07 Hrs.)
After breakfast we will drive to Manali, Once called the “end of the habitable world,” Manali is an important hill station of northern India and is the destination of thousands of tourists every year. Its cool atmosphere provides a perfect haven for the ones afflicted by the hot Indian summers. Besides offering quite a few places for sightseeing, Manali is also famous for adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, paragliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking. In brief, Manali-the veritable “valley of the Gods”-is an ideal place for the ones in search of both adventure and comfort. The Kulluis in brightly patterned puttoos, Tibetan women wearing ankle-length rainbow-striped pinafores, Nepali porters, Buddhist monks, and even the odd party of Zanskaris, swathed in fusty woolen gonchas, muddled together with souvenir-hunting Indian and Western tourists-all add up to the welcoming hubbub of Manali.
Enroute visit Kullu, The Kullu valley has also been the valley of Gods in India. Kullu, the town is one of the most preferred summer destinations. The sun-scorched souls of the plains take refuge in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The temples, apple orchards and the Dussehra festivals are what have attracted thousands of tourists time and again to Kullu. The local handicrafts top the list of most buys from Kullu. Check out the hill resort of Kullu with the majestic mountains and the beautiful Beas River. By covering road Overnight at hotel.
Evening drive to Manali, on arrival, check-in to the Hotel.Overnight Hotel- Manali.
Day 06: Manali – Morning breakfast proceed to manali Sightseeing Visiting Old Manali At a distance of 3 km northwest of Manali, famous for its orchards and old guesthouses. Vaishisht, around 3 km from Manali. Rohtang Pass, at an altitude of 13,050 feet above sea level, is another adventure tourist site where it can be chilly even on summer day. Solang Nullah, 13 km northwest of Manali, is famous for its 300-meter ski lift.Overnight Hotel- Manali.
Day 07: Manali – Chandigarh (300 kms – 6 hr.)
We will drive to Chandigarh, arrive Chandigarh check into the hotel . Overnight Hotel – Chandigarh.
Day 08: Chandigarh – Delhi (Shatabdi Train @ 0650hr – 1000hr)
This morning we will transfer you to Chandigarh railway station to board train to Delhi, arrive Delhi our representative will receive you & transfer to hotel.Overnight Delhi B/B Plan.
Day 09: Departure Delhi – Final transfer to Airport and board flight for onward Journey.
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