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  South India Tours >>South India Cultural Tour

Duration: 20 Days Tour
Places Covered: Delhi - Shekhawati - Khimsar - Bikaner - Osian - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Deogarh - Jaipur - Bangalore - Sravanabelagola - Belure - Halabid -Hassan - Coorg -Mysore - Bangalore
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Day 3 : Delhi - Shekhawati [ 180 Km / 4 Hrs.]
In the morning we visit "Kutab Minar" which is 71 meter high and consists of five stories. In 1199 work began on this tower which was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world. This tower was damaged twice and repaired in 1326 and 1368.After the sightseeing of Delhi we drive to Shekhawati region. Arrival in Shekhawati in the late evening.
Day 4 : Shekhawati - Khimsar
In the morning we visit the grand havellis of the Shekhawati area. Shekhawati is a region of NE of Rajasthan and is the homeland of marwaris. The marwaris form one of the most important merchant and business groups in India, they developed their business acumen on the trade routes between Delhi and the coast between India and Central Asia. Marwaris enjoyed protections by Maharajas and many of them built grand havellis.The hovels are mansions, elaborately and attractively decorated with a strong main entrance. The walls are often covered with murals, local legends and religious scenes from Hindu Mythology.In the after noon we arrive at Khimsar. Khimsar is famous for its Fort of 18th century which is now one of the best hotel in the country. This fort is well preserved like a royal manor and is spread over eleven acres of sprawaling lawns, orchard & open courtyard. After the check in and evening tea we proceed for a jeep safari in the dessert to Black Buck reserve.
Day 5 : Khimsar - Bikaner [ 200 Km / 4 Hrs.]
After the breakfast we proceed to Bikaner. After a short break in Bikaner we visit the Junagarh Fort (1571-1611 AD) constructed of red sandstone and marble with kiosks and balconies embellishing the structure at intervals. This imposing Fort and its palaces are an unforgettable experience for us.
Day 6 : Bikaner - Osiyan - Jaisalmer [ 333 Km / 7 Hrs.]
Today we drive through the desert and proceed for Jaisalmer via Osian.Osian is a great centre of Hindu and Jain religions. The oldest Temple here was constructed in 1178 AD.Very often one can see along the road to Jaisalmer some of the antelopes of this region. Blackbuck and fast running chinkara are the most common among them.We have a stop enroute at a village to observe the traditional life of the villages in Rajasthan.We arrive in Jaisalmer in the late evening.
Day 7 : Jaisalmer
Sightseeing of the medieval city of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer's crenellated golden sandstone walls and its narrow streets lined with exquisitely carved buildings makes this city unique. Jaisalmer is famous for its carved havellis (grand mensions).In medieval times, its prosperity was due to its location on the main trade route linking India to Egypt, Arabia, Africa and the West. Jaisalmer is a marvel of beautiful culture and this city remains one of the most exotic city not only in Rajasthan but in the whole of India. Some of the visitors called this city "a living museum".We have a walk through the old city and visit the Fort and the Jain temple. In the afternoon we drive around 40 km. Away from Jaisalmer to sam dunes where we enjoy the sunset before we drive back to Jaisalmer.
Day 8 : Jaisalmer - Jodhpur [ 308 Km / 6 Hrs.]
Early morning drive to Jodhpur. The city was once the capital of the princely state of Marwar (Land of death). Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Jodhpur is also known as the blue city as most of the houses of the old city are painted blue. The old city is surrounded by a huge 10 km long wall which has 101 bastions and seven gates.Jodhpur lies on the once strategic Delhi-Gujrat trading route and the marwaris benefited from the passing traffic of opium, copper, silk which was traded to China. We will visit the Mehrangarh Fort(majestic fort). Mehrangarh Fort was built on a steep hill and is among the best in India with exquisitely latticed windows in residential apartments within. We also visit the Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph built in white marble.After the sightseeing we have a walk through the Bazaars of Jodhpur.
Day 9 : Jodhpur - Udaipur [ 270 Km / 6 Hrs.]
Today we drive to Udaipur. Enroute we will visit Ranakpur.Ranakpur is known for its superbly carved marble Jain Temples. An enormous basement of this temple covers 48,000 sq. feet. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls. The total number of columns is 1,444, all of which are intricately carved, no two being alike. The Ranakpur Jain Temples were built during the 15th century.We have a break in Ranakpur before proceeding further for Udaipur. Udaipur is called the romantic city of Rajasthan. A city built around shimmering, clear, blue water lakes which reflect the green hills of the Aravali ranges.
Day 10 : Udaipur
Today we visit Udaipur, also known as the city of sunrise.We start our sightseeing with the visit of Sahelion-Ki-Bari. This Garden of the Maids of Honour is well laid out with extensive lawns and shady walks. After the visit of Garden of Maids we visit a Museum of folk art. This museum has a rich collection of Folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments and paintings on display. After a break we proceed to city palace, the biggest Palace in India, where 4 generations of Maharajas added their contribution, is so carefully planned and integrated with the original buildings that it is difficult to believe that it was not conceived as a whole.The museum of the palace includes the beautiful peacock mosaic and miniature wall paintings of Indian mythology. Today we have an opportunity to visit a traditional painting school and see the famous miniature paintings done.In the evening we have a Boatride on the lake Pichola.The famous Lake Palace of Udaipur was the summer residence of the former rulers. The James bond Film Octopussy was shot here and made this palace more known in the west.
Day 11 : Udaipur - Deogarh [ 135 Km / 3 Hrs.]
Today we take leave from the city of sunrise and drive to Deogarh. In Deogarh we enjoy the overnight stay in a Maharaja Palace which has been converted into a Hotel. We have the rest of the day at leisure and therefore enough time to relax and have a walk in the Bazaar of this small town.
Day 12 : Deogarh - Jaipur [280 Km / 6 Hrs.]
Today we drive to the Pink City Jaipur, this city owes its name, foundations and careful planning to the great warrior and astronomer, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and famous for its handicrafts and precious and semiprecious stones.After a break in Jaipur we visit the city palace in the afternoon 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 Mahrajas. We continue to Jantar Mantar, a stone observatory, the largest of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories. Itís complex instruments reveals us the secrets of medieval Indian astronomy.
Day 13 : Jaipur
After breakfast we drive to the ancient capital of Amber, laying 11 km. away from Jaipur. Amber was the ancient capital of Kachhawaha dynasty for 6 centuries before it was moved to newly created Jaipur. We will ascend to the Palace Fortress on the back of an Elephant. Enroute to Amber we will 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 14 : Jaipur - Banglore [ By Flight ]
On arrival Bangalore airport meet and greet by our Company representative and transfer To hotel .Bangalore is one of the important city of India and capital city of Karnataka it is also called as silicon city because of IT Infrastructure development day by day and it is also called as Garden city it has well - laid out parks, gardens, long avenues of blossoming trees and salubrious climate. later in the afternoon proceed for a half day city tour of Bangalore visit Lab bagh, cubbon park, Iskon Srikrishna Temple, Shiva temple, Tippu's palace Bull temple, Vidhana soudha, M.G road, Museum, Ulsoor Lake, Commercial Street etc evening return back to hotel and over night stay at Bangalore.
Day 15 : Bangalore - Sravanbelagola - Belure - Halebid - Hassan
After Morning breakfast check out hotel and drive to Belure. On the way visit Sravanabelagola The word sravanabelagola means Monk on the hill the statue of lord Bahubali was maid in 981 AD it isone of the important Jain shrine after paying your respect to 56ft granite statue of Jain Saint Gomateshwara proceed to Belur on arrival Belur visit chanakeshava temple .Belur is known as the Dakshina Varanasi or Southern Banaras.later proceed halebid visit Hoysaleshwara temple, standing on platform like a casket it is a sculptural extravaganza richly endowed with most finely detailed scroll work in stone. Halebid was known as Dwara Samudra, the wealthy capital of Hoysalas after visiting Halebid proceed to Hassan on arrival check in hotel and over night stay at Hassan.
Day 16 : Hassan - Coorg
After Morning breakfast check out hotel and proceed to coorg on arrival coorg check on hotel coorg is also called as Madikeri or Kodagu it is the birthplace of the River Cauvery and home of some of India's bravest soldiers, Kodagu is noted for its scenic beauty. Hiking, cross-country, or simply motoring down mountain trails in Coorg. It is also known as Kashmir of south India .rest of the day is free for your shopping and other activities and over night stay at Coorg.
Day 17 : Coorg - Kushal Nagar - Coorg
After Morning breakfast proceed for a full day local tour of Kushalnagar visit Tibetan monestry, Golden Temple, Nisargadama, Veera bhumi, Dubari forest etc and in the eveni9ng return back to hotel and over night stay at hotel.
Day 18 : Coorg
After Morning breakfast proceed for a full day local tour of Coorg. Visit Talacuvery were the holly river River Cauvery took birth, Bangamandala, Raja site, Habbi Falls etc evening return back to hotel and over night stay at hotel.
Day 19 : Coorg - Mysore [ 146 Km / 3 Hrs.]
After Morning breakfast check out hotel and proceed to Mysore on the way visit Srirangapatna temple, Tippu's summer palace etc and proceed to Mysore.Mysore Palace - Panorama. On arrival check in hotel and later proceed for a local tour of Mysore. Visit Mysore Maharaja Palace, Chamundi hills, Zoo, Mysore st Philomena's church. Evening visit brindavan garden lighting show later return back to hotel and over night stay at Mysore.
Day 20 : Mysore - Banglore - Dept.
After Morning breakfast check out hotel and proceed to Bangalore on arrival drop at airport to board your flight to onward destination.
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