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Best of North and South

Best of North and South

26 Nights/27 Days

Accommodation
Accommodation

5 STAR HOTELS

HERITAGE STAY (JAIPUR)

LUXURY HOUSEBOAT

Meals
Meals

26 breakfasts

1 lunch

4 dinners included

Tour Guide
Tour Guide

English-speaking tour guide

Max Group Size
Max Group Size

Maximum 8 people

Attractions
Old & New Delhi SightseeingTaj MahalTiger SafarisGrand Palaces/FortsColourful CultureIndian Cuisine Cooking ClassesAncient TemplesUNESCO World Heritage SitesTea EstatesKerala BackwatersHouseboat TourJungle SafarisSpice PlantationsKathakali DanceAyurvedic MassagesToy Train ride in Nilgiri HillsRain forests
Trip Route
Delhi Agra Fatehpur Sikri Ranthambhore Jaipur Flight to Chennai Mahabalipuram Kanchipuram Pondicherry Tanjore Trichy Madurai Periyar Kumarakom (Houseboat) Cochin (Kochi) Ooty Wayanad Mysore Bangalore Flight to Delhi
Itinerary
Best of North and South  Route Map

Day 1: Delhi, Welcome To Incredible India!!

You will be greeted & assisted by our representative at Delhi international airport and later transferred to your hotel to check in. Remaining time is at leisure till next morning.

Day 2: Delightful Tour Of Old Delhi

Your day would begin after a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast, you get yourself ready for a personalized guide tour, which begins from the Old and Historic Delhi. The first halt is Red Fort- declared as world heritage site by UNESCO. Advance to the Jama Masjid – standing at a whopping 135ft it is regarded as the biggest mosque in India.  Get back to the 300 years old real Mughal times of Old Delhi, and this is not possible if you do not go through the dingy and narrow by lanes and alleys. The guide will arrange a cycle rickshaw tour, which will let you catch a closer insight of old era and the very illustrious Anarkali Bazaar of Chandni Chowk. At Chandni Chowk, we would further take you to Khari Baoli Spice Market – the largest spice market of Asia, which is a true delight for eyes. It’s truly unbelievable to see that the spices which we normally see in small sachets & packets are here seen in big sacks & carts. A wholesale market with carts full of different spices and people busy negotiating the prices, it’s really a scene. Old Delhi is also the sparkling haven for food connoisseurs. This is the place, where you will relish tasting the unique traditional Mughal delicacies, which are prepared by expert cooks, who have inherited the trade from their forefathers. As you walk through the lanes and alleys, the feeling of Mughal architecture also takes your imagination by stride. Later enjoy visiting Famous Tea house to savour the exotic, characterful and fragrant teas. Lose yourself in its charm, be a part of a truly impeccable experience. and taste the different flavor of Masala Tea. Late afternoon you will visit Akshardham Temple – biggest Hindu temple of the world.   In the evening you return to your hotel and paint a picture of places you visited in your vivid memory. Make the overnight stay in your hotel room a memoir of the events of which you were the part. 

Day 3: New Delhi Tour

Welcome a new fresh morning in your life. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, and spruce up yourself for a tour of New Delhi.

This morning, you will be given almost 2 hours English guided walk tour of the streets of inner city of Paharganj and the area around New Delhi railway station, led by a child who was once living and working on the streets. The Salaam Baalak Trust City Walk is conducted by kids who used to live in the streets of Delhi before joining the Trust. The guides are adolescents who have been fully trained as local guides and who want to improve their communication and speaking skills. City Walk gets the children's stories heard, gives people a view of their world through their eyes. Over the years, thousands have taken the Walk and empowered a number of children, helping them to join mainstream life.

  Later, you will drive pass the imposing boulevards and buildings such as President’s Residence, India Gate, and many more in Lutyen’s Delhi (New Delhi). 

Next, visit Raj Ghat (Gandhi’s memorial), Humayun’s Tomb, Lotus temple and the 12th century Qutab Minar all through the day.

Later unwind and relax in your comfy hotel. Stay overnight at your hotel.

Day 4: Delhi – Agra, Tour Of Romance And Exaltation Begins At Agra

After breakfast, you pack yourself for a road trip to Agra – the Old Capital of Mughals. On arrival, check-in at your hotel. Relax for a while in your hotel room and then visit Agra Fort - a UNESCO world heritage site - known for great Mughal architecture and overwhelming expanse.  Return to your hotel in the evening and relax overnight in the room.

Day 5: Agra - Ranthambhore

At dawn, visit the incomparable Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world, to observe the effects caused by the reflections of the changing colors of the rising Sun on this masterpiece. This momentary reflection of romance will captivate your heart by awe.    Return back to your hotel for a delectable breakfast, while a part of you is still living in romanticism. After breakfast checkout from the hotel and drive towards Ranthambhore, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri- a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was once the capital of Mughal Empire. Reach Ranthambhore by late afternoon and make a check in at your wildlife resort. Have the relaxing evening as you take the enjoyable retreat in an appetizing dinner.

Day 6: Ranthambhore, Living The Rustic Jungle Life

Early morning head for your first jungle safari in an open 4WD jeep in your ever-growing pursuit for animals and the imposing sight of tigers. If lucky, you may get a chance to see the king of the jungle trading the rugged terrains in his natural habitat.  After lunch and spending a brief leisure time, you continue with an afternoon jeep safari trail inside the jungle to get the chance to encounter the elusive tiger. Return back to your resort and enjoy a comfy stay all night.

Day 7: Ranthambhore – Jaipur

Morning after breakfast you will be transferred to The Pink City of India”. On arrival, make a check in at your hotel. In the evening visit ‘Chokhi Dhani”- an ethnic village resort. It is an excellent place to enjoy Rajasthani dishes and to observe village lifestyle and great cultural infusion. Don’t fail to be the part of delighted Puppet show, Magic show and cultural performances inside Chokhi Dhani. Here you will also have the option to enjoy Camel ride, Bullock cart ride and Elephant ride.

Day 8: Jaipur, The Pink City

The morning is fresh as ever for you, and this is when you will have an excursion to Amber Fort. You will be provided an elephant ride to ascend the Fort. Later, you may also visit ‘Mahout’s (Elephant owners) Colony’ to catch the tempting view of baby elephants. Afterwards visit the Maharaja's City Palace (the home of the erstwhile royal family) and Hawa Mahal (the Palace of winds).  As the evening sets in, be a part of a Cooking Class. Learn to cook local delicacies and relish your taste buds with these delectable dishes. Return to your hotel and live a memorable night.

Day 9: Jaipur – Chennai, South India Odyssey Begins!!

You will be transferred to Jaipur airport to board your flight to Chennai. Our representative will welcome you at Chennai International Airport and assist you with your transfer to the beach resort in Mahabalipuram. Remaining time is at leisure till next morning. Stay overnight at your resort.

Day 10: Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram, Ancient Cities

Have breakfast and check-out from the hotel to visit the ancient city of Kanchipuram - the ancient capital of the Pallavas, famous as a city of 1000 Temples and 124 shrines. A guided sightseeing tour through the city includes visit to popular shrines namely Ekambareshwara, Kailasanathar Temple and Kaanchi Kaamachi. Next on the list is Mahabalipuram, a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site located between Great Salt Lake and the Bay of Bengal. Mahabalipuram is famous for its rock carvings and the beautiful 7th century Shore Temple. Check-in at your beach resort and later explore the best of this ancient town at Pancha Pandava Rathas, Varaha Mandapa  and other structures that were built during 7th and 8th century. Stay overnight at your resort.

DAY 11: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry

Third day of the trip is all about adding French experience to your holiday in India. We will drive you to the Puducherry (formerly known as Pondicherry), an erstwhile French colony. Located along the Bay of Bengal, this Union Territory offers bewitching views of swaying palms dotting pristine beaches, fishing villages, great sea-food, quality wine and backwaters. Besides breathtaking nature, Pondicherry is also known for renowned attractions such as Auroville and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Check-in to your beach resort and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Day 12: Pondicherry, French Flavour

Pondicherry tour starts today. The French Quarter and Sri Aurobindo Ashram are first two attractions on the Day 4 itinerary. While exploring these sites, you can easily identify the French influence in Pondicherry’s culture and architecture.  Later in the day, the tour will take you to Auroville, the township established in 1968 to celebrate the unity among human beings. The world's largest solid crystal can be found in this township.

Day 13: Pondicherry – Tanjore

Have delicious breakfast and we will drive you to your next destination Tanjore, a city with 1500 years of impressive history. The city features 1000 year old Brihadishvara temple, one of the largest temples in South India.  The Sacred Bull made from a single piece of stone is one of the significant highlights in the temple. Stay overnight at your hotel.

Day 14: Tanjore – Madurai (Via Trichy)

The day kicks off with drive to Madurai via Trichy. Spend some time at notable Jambukeshwar and Srirangam temples in Trichy before driving further to Madurai. Check-in at your hotel. In the evening, you can plan to experience the night at popular Shree Meenakshi Temple. A procession takes place during the ceremony where the bronze idol of Lord Shiva is taken to the bedchamber of the Hindu deity, Parvati.  Return to your hotel and stay overnight.

Day 15: Madurai, Dravidian Architecture

After breakfast, visit Meenakshi Temple to admire the classic Dravidian architecture and find solace in its spiritual charm. The city tour starts in the afternoon and will take you to the city’s top rated attractions including Tirumal Nayak Palace and the Mariamman Teppakula. Head back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 16: Madurai – Periyar, Wildlife Cruise

The day starts with a scenic drive to Periyar National Park, one of the prominent elephant and tiger reserves in India. Check-in at the hotel and relax for some time. Later be a part of wildlife cruise over the beautiful Periyar Lake and admire the gorgeous natural surroundings. You can explore various species of animals and birds and might get a glimpse of wild elephants, boars and bisons. In the evening return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 17: Periyar, Ayurvedic Massage

Start a little early in the morning and visit the Thekkady for a spice plantation tour. Later in the afternoon, rejuvenate your mind and soul with a full body Ayurvedic massage at an eminent message center. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 18: Kumarakom, Luxury Houseboat

After having breakfast, proceed to Kumarakom boat jetty point and enjoy the time of your life at a beautifully decorated houseboat, Kettuvallam. Sail through the gorgeous backwaters and experience the best of the God’s Own Country while admiring the captivating sceneries of Kumarakom/Alleppey. Overnight stay at the luxury houseboat.

Day 19: Cochin (Kochi), Antiques Shopping & Kathakali Dance

Enjoy healthy breakfast and drive to Cochin. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Guided sightseeing tour of the city is the highlight of Day 11. Our sightseeing tour has some of the most renowned heritage sites in Fort Kochi and other parts of the city on its list. Also, you get an opportunity to explore St. Francis Church- the oldest church in India and explore the imposing Santa Cruz basilica built by the Portuguese. Explore the heritage sites of Fort Kochi and shop for antiques and spices. Chinese fishing nets, the Dutch Palace and Jewish Synagogue are other highlights of the tour. You can several opportunities to find prized souvenirs such as spices and antiques while shopping at Jew Street. Add a cultural tinge to the evening with a Kathakali dance performance at a popular cultural centre in Fort Kochi. Kathakali is a classical dance form which was originated in Kerala in 17th century. This colourful dance is not merely a dance. It is an art form that comprises powerful storytelling with ritual, drama and music. Return to the hotel and stay overnight.

Day 20: Cochin – Ooty, Queen Of Hill Stations

Have breakfast and check-out from the hotel. Drive to Ooty, the queen of hill stations. Check-in at the hotel and later explore the popular attractions such as Dodda Betta, Ooty Lake and botanical gardens. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 21: Ooty – Coonoor, Toy Train

Start your day with a delicious breakfast and head to Ooty Railway station. Embark on a memorable journey to Coonoor on a toy train. Below is the train schedule: Toy Train, UAM – ONR, Train# 56137, 09:15 - Departs from Ooty, 10:25 - Arrival at Coonoor The train journey passes through the mesmerizing Nilgiri Hills and shutterbugs will find amazing photography opportunities. Our driver will receive you at Coonoor Railway Station and you will visit Sim’s Park, Tea Gardens and Dolphin’s Nose. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 22: Ooty – Wayanad, Green Paradise Of Kerala

Check-out from the hotel post breakfast and we will drive you to the Green Paradise of Kerala – Wayanad, one of the best rain forests in the world. Upon arrival, get transferred to a serene nature resort. Rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay at the nature resort.

Day 23: Wayanad, Waterfalls

Our sightseeing tour of Wayanad allows you to experience and explore the serene beauty of the bio-diverse region located on the southern tip of the Deccan plateau. The tour starts from Eddakal cave and will take you to other top-rated attractions such as Chembra Peak (mesmerising view of valley & forest) and Soochipara Falls (spectacular three-tiered waterfall, bordered by deep dense forests). Sentinel Rock Waterfalls is sure to entice thrill seekers with its rock climbing facilities. Return during late afternoon and enjoy an overnight stay in your resort.

Day 24: Wayanad – Mysore

Start your day with a healthy breakfast and later drive to the legendary city of Palaces, Perfumes, Sandalwood and Handicrafts – Mysore. Check-in at your hotel and relax for some time. In the evening, visit Brindavan Gardens and Chamundi Hills. Enjoy overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 25: Mysore, City Of Palaces

Visit ‘Devraja Flower Market’ early in the morning and your Mysore city sightseeing tour kicks off after breakfast. Mysore Zoo and Mysore Palace are two of the many attractions you are going to visit today.

Day 26: Mysore – Bangalore

Today you will drive to Bangalore after having breakfast. Arrive in Bangalore and check-in at your hotel. In the afternoon, visit notable Bangalore attractions such as Cubbon Park, Lalbagh Garden, and Bull Temple. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 27: Departure Bangalore Airport

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check-out at the scheduled time. Get transferred to Bangalore Airport for your onward journey. Tour ends.
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Sun 05 Jan 2020

Fri 31 Jan 2020

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Fri 28 Feb 2020

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Tue 05 May 2020

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Tue 02 Jun 2020

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Tue 13 Oct 2020

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Tue 04 May 2021

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Tue 01 Jun 2021

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Accommodations

  • Delhi - Vasant Continental - 5 Star
  • Agra - Jaypee Palace - 5 Star
  • Ranthambhore - The Tigress - 5 Star
  • Jaipur - Alsisar Haveli - Heritage Hotel
  • Mahabalipuram - Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay - 4 Star
  • Pondicherry - Le Pondy - 4 Star
  • Tanjore - Ideal River view Resort - 4 Star
  • Madurai - Courtyard by Marriott - 4 Star
  • Periyar - The Elephant Court - 5 Star
  • Kumarakom - Luxury AC Houseboat
  • Cochin - Le Meridian - 5 Star
  • Ooty - Savoy Hotel - 5 Star
  • Wayanad – The Windflower Resort & Spa - 5 Star
  • Mysore - Radisson Blu Plaza - 5 Star
  • Bangalore - Le Meridian - 5 Star

Tour Highlights

Delhi:

  • Tour of Old Delhi
  • Red Fort - UNESCO Heritage Site
  • Jama Masjid
  • Rickshaw ride tour of Chandni Chowk.
  • Anarkali Bazaar
  • Khari Baoli Spice Market
  • Famous Tea house - Taste different flavors of Masala Tea
  • Akshardham Temple – Biggest Hindu temple of the world
  • New Delhi Tour
  • President’s Residence
  • India Gate
  • Lutyen’s Delhi
  • Raj Ghat (Gandhi’s memorial)
  • Humayun’s Tomb
  • Lotus temple
  • 12th century Qutab Minar

Agra:

  • Agra Fort - UNESCO Heritage Site
  • The Master piece Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world
  • Fatehpur Sikri- UNESCO Heritage Site

Ranthambhore National Park:

  • Early morning & Afternoon Tiger safaris of Ranthambhore

Jaipur:

  • Chokhi Dhani - Ethnic Village Resort
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort
  • Mahout’s (Elephant owners) Colony - Catch the tempting view of baby elephants
  • Maharaja's City Palace - Home of the erstwhile royal family
  • Hawa Mahal - Palace of winds
  • Traditional rajasthani cuisine cooking class

Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram:

  • Kaanchi, Kaamachi, Kailasanatha & Ekambareshwara temples
  • Rock carvings
  • 7th century Shore Temple
  • UNESCO world heritage sites

Pondicherry:

  • Sri Aurobindo Ashram
  • The French Quarter
  • Auroville- A unique township

Tanjore:

  • World heritage Brihadishvara temple

Trichy:

  • Rock fort
  • Srirangam & Jambukeshwar Temple.

Madurai:

  • Meenakshi temple 
  • Tirumal Nayak Palace

Periyar:

  • Ayurvedic massage
  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Spice Plantations
  • Wildlife cruise over Periyar Lake

Kumarakom:

  • Luxury Houseboat

Cochin:

  • Francis Church- The oldest church in India
  • Santa Cruz basilica
  • Chinese fishing nets
  • Antiques Bazaar
  • Jewish Synagogue
  • Dutch Palace
  • Kathakali Dance

Ooty:

  • Toy Train ride
  • Tea Gardens
  • Sim’s Park
  • Dolphin’s Nose

Wayanad:

  • Eddakal cave
  • Chembra Peak.
  • Soochipara Falls
  • Sentinel Rock Waterfalls

Mysore:

  • Chamundi Hills
  • Brindavan Gardens
  • Devraja Flower Market
  • Mysore Palace
  • Mysore Zoo

 Bangalore:

  • Lalbagh Garden
  • Cubbon Park
  • Government Museum
  • Bull Temple
  • G. Road & Brigade Road

Inclusions

  • Accommodation at the specified hotels.
  • Daily breakfast during your stay at all proposed destinations.
  • All meals i.e. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during your stay at Ranthambhore.
  • Cooking class with dinner in Jaipur.
  • Cooking class with dinner in Cochin.
  • Entrances to Chowki Dhani with Dinner, puppet show, magic show & folk dance performances.
  • Services of English speaking tour guide during all sightseeing tours.
  • Entrance fee, 2 Jungle safaris at Ranthambhore National Park.
  • Services of an English speaking Naturalist during the jungle safari tours.
  • Elephant ride in Jaipur to ascend at Amber Fort.
  • Rickshaw ride to Chandi chowk and Khari Bowli spice market.
  • Trip to Spice plantations in Thekkady.
  • Boat safari trip to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Entrances to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Full body Ayurvedic massage.
  • Toy Train ticket in Ooty.
  • Kathakali dance show tickets.
  • All Entrance fees to the monuments. 
  • Camera fees.
  • All arrival and departure transfers, sightseeing by an exclusive deluxe air-conditioned Toyota Eitios Car (for 2 persons), Toyota Innova Car (for 4 persons), Tempo Traveller (for 6/8 persons).
  • Airport pickup and transfers.
  • State tax, toll taxes and driver allowances.
  • Assistance at all pickup and departure points.
  • All applicable taxes.

Non-Inclusions

  • Any kind of personal expenses such as tips, laundry, telephone bills and beverages. 
  • It also does not include meals not specified.
  • International airfares. 
  • Visa Cost.
  • Optional, suggested or unspecified activities. 
  • Insurance and Medi claim.