Travel to India to See Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

I recently returned from my trip to the 485 square mile Periyar National Park. While I had a wonderful time, there are some things I would do differently next time. To save you the hassle of having to visit this national park that costs 300 rupees to enter for foreign visitors, here are some of those things. 
 
Expect to Pay Extra 
Make sure to bring extra rupees with you. You will need to pay 100 more rupees for every still camera and 250 rupees for every video camera that you bring. You will also have to pay 50 rupees to bring a vehicle in. Each activity has its fees attached.  
 
Best Time to Go 
While October to February are popular times to visit this park, if you want to see elephants, then go in March or April. The elephants will be in the water, which makes them much easier to spot. Try to plan your trip on a weekday that is not a public holiday to avoid crowds.  
 
Take the Early Boat 
The best way to see the animals at Periyar National Park is from a boat. These 90-minute rides leave throughout the day, but the best chance to see the most animals is on the 7 AM trip. You may also want to opt for a night-time safari as many animals are more active at night.  
 
Go Trekking 
You will also want to go trekking while you are at Periyar National Park, but avoid the whole-day excursions. Instead, look for opportunities to go with local tour guides on trekking trips lasting about three hours. First, the whole-day trips are filled with too many people to make them worthwhile. Secondly, the local guides are former poachers and loggers who are now doing eco-tourism to make their living. 
 
Visiting Periyar National Park is a wonderful adventure. Follow these tips to make the most of your time in the park. 

Travel to India to See Amer/Amber Fort

If you are planning on visiting Amber Fort and Amer, then following some tips will help you maximize your time there. 
 
Use a Hired Car 
When visiting Amber Fort, go ahead and rent a car with a driver. The public buses in this area are dirty and very crowded. There are very few parking spaces available, and someone needs to design a better road system. Go ahead and rent a car with a driver for the day so that you can enjoy your time in Amer. 
 
Take the Jeep 
When you arrive at Amber Fort, you will see that it is located on the top of a steep hill. You have three choices on how to get up the hill. You can choose to walk, but that can be hard as temperatures are often hot. You can also choose to ride the elephants, but that is very expensive. Instead, choose to take the jeep, which brings people up the hill once an hour. 
 
Best Time to Visit  
Escape the summertime crowds and the brutal heat by touring Amber Fort between November and March. Try to go during the week and not on a public holiday. This is one attraction where going later in the day pays vast dividends because you can tour the fort, watch the nightly sound and light show, and have dinner at the restaurant inside the fort. 
 
Costs 
You can expect to pay 100 rupees to get into the fort. The sound and light show will cost you 295 rupees. Dinner at the 1135 AD restaurant within the fort can be expensive, but it is worth the splurge. 
 
Visiting Amer Flor is a memorable experience. You can expect to spend an hour touring the fort, 90 minutes at the sound and light show, and a couple of hours dining at the restaurant. Speed up the process by going during the week and taking the jeep up the hill when you arrive. 

Rajasthan Tour Planned Itinerary

Day 01 

Full day sight-seeing at Delhi and night halt 

Day 02 

Departure for Agra by road, 250 Kms 

After lunch, visit of Taj Mahal and Fort  

Dinner and night halt at Agra 

Day 03 

Departure for Jaipur by road, on the way visit Fatehpur Sikri, 250 Kms 

Afternoon arrival at Jaipur and check in at hotel 

Afternoon free, dinner and night halt at Jaipur 

Day 04 

Full day sight seeing at Jaipur and shopping 

Night halt at Jaipur 

Day 05 

Departure for Pushkar, on the way visit Ajmer, 150 Kms 

Evening arrival Devgarh Palace. Night halt 

Day 06 

After breakfast, departure for Udaipur, 150 Kms 

Shrinathdwara Darshan and lunch, departure for Udaipur for Udaipur after lunch, evening arrival at Udaipur, dinner and night halt 

Day 07 

Full day sight-seeing at Udaipur, night halt 

Day 08 

Morning free for shopping, after lunch departure for Ahmedabad, on the way visit Shamlaji Temple 

Evening arrival at Ahmedabad 

Saurashtra Darshan Planned Itinerary

Day 01 

Departure for Palitana from Ahmedabad 220 Kms 

Arrival at Palitana and check in at hotel 

Evening free to visit foot of the hill 

Night halt at Palitana 

Day 02 

Morning visit to Shetrunjaya Hills to visit 863 temples 

Atop the hill, lunch and rest at hotel, night halt at Palitana 

Day 03 

Departure for Junagadh 

Afternoon arrival at Junagadh, visit places of interest and departure for Sasan Gir, night halt in Gir forest 

Day 04 

Morning visit to sanctuary and witness wild life 50Kms 

After lunch departure for Somnath, attend Aarti at 7 p.m. in main temple, night halt at Veraval 

Day 05 

Departure for Dwarka after breakfast, 135 Kms 

On the way visit Porbandar and lunch, evening arrival at Dwarka, attend Aarti 

Night halt at Dwarka 

Day 06  

Full day at Dwarka and visit to Bet Dwarka and 70 Kms 

Nearby places, night halt at Dwarka 

Day 07 

Departure for Rajkot after breakfast 250 Kms 

On the way, visit Jamnagar, evening arrival at Rajkot 

Night halt at Rajkot 

Day 08 

Morning visit to places of interest and after lunch, 215 Kms 

Departure for Ahmedabad 

Evening arrival at Ahmedabad 

Kachchh and Gujarat Planned Itinerary

Day 01 

Arrival at Mumbai and board the flight for Bhuj 

Arrival at Bhuj, transfer to hotel, and rest 

Dinner and night halt a Bhuj 

Day 02 

Full day sight-seeing at Bhuj 

Night halt at Bhuj 

Day 03 

After breakfast, departure for Mandvi, 60 Kms 

Visit old city and harbour Laxmivilas Palace and beach 

Back to Bhuj by evening, night halt at Bhuj 

Day 04 

Full day visit of Banni villages, like Hodoko, Dhordo, 100 Kms 

Bhirandiyara for culture of Kachchh and handicraft 

With packed lunch, night halt at Bhuj 

Day 05 

Full day visit to Narayan Sarovar, Mata Na Madh, Koteshwar, 300 Kms 

Lakhpat, evening arrival to Bhuj, night halt at Bhuj 

Day 06 

Departure after breakfast for Jamnagar 

Afternoon arrival at Jamnagar, Check in at hotel 

Evening free, night halt at Jamnagar 

Day 07 

Departure for Dwarka after breakfast, 150 Kms 

Afternoon arrival and check in at hotel, attend evening Aarti and Darshan at main temple 

Night halt at Dwarka 

Day 08 

Morning Aarti at Dwarka and visit to Bet Dwarka 60 Kms 

After lunch departure for Porbandar, 105 Kms 

Evening arrival at Porbandar, night halt 

Day 09 

Departure for Somnath after breakfast, 135 Kms 

Arrival at Somnath and attend Aarti at noon in main temple 

After lunch, departure for Junagadh, 80 Kms 

Night halt at Junagadh 

Day 10 

Full day at Junagadh 

Day 11 

Departure for Ahmedabad, on the visit Virpur and Rajkot, 315 Kms 

Evening arrival at Ahmedabad, night halt 

Historical Rajasthan Planned Itinerary

You may know you want to visit India. You may even know where you’d like to go. The question, then, becomes how you want to spend your time. Here’s a great two-week itinerary of some hotspots in and around Rajasthan you’re sure to love. 

Day 01 Delhi 
 
Arrive Delhi meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel.  

Rest of the day free for independent activities. 

Day 02 Delhi  
 
Enjoy full day sightseeing tour of:  

New Delhi: designed and built by the British in the 1920’s it’s a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. First you will visit two monuments from Delhi’s past Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House.  
Old Delhi: an ancient walled city. Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Moghul Empire; Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 03 Delhi – Mandawa  
 
Leave Delhi for Mandawa by surface.  
In the afternoon enjoy sightseeing tour of: –  
Mandawa: A small town in the Shekawati region of Rajasthan with a unique medieval charm. The streets are lined with richly painted houses and each town is bustling with activity.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 04 Mandawa – Bikaner  
 
Leave Mandawa for Bikaner by road.  
In the afternoon enjoy sightseeing tour of: –  
Bikaner: a desert fortified city on the ancient caravan routes that originated from Africa and West Asia. 32 Kms. from Bikaner is Deshnoke, famous for its Rat Temple (Karni Mata Temple).  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 05 Bikaner – Jaisalmer  
 
Leave Bikaner for Jaisalmer by surface.  
Rest of the day free for independent activities.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 06 Jaisalmer  
 
In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of: –  
Jaisamer : the citadel city built in the 12th century is an architectural dream in yellow sandstone lying in the lonely silence of the Thar Desert. The Forts and palaces and several superbly carved Jain Temples in and around Jaisalmer are all reminiscent of a glorious history.  
In the afternoon visit: –  
Sam: 40 Kms from Jaisalmer are the silver gold sand duncs of Sam. A camel ride at sunset, as the sky is set on fire, and Rajasthani musicians paly haunting tunes, can be and unforgettable experience. Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 07 Jaisalmer – Jodhpur  
 
In the morning leave Jaisalmer for Jodhpur by road.  
Afternoon free for your independent activities. Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 08 Jodhpur  
 
In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of: –  
Jodhpur : The home of the Rathore rulers – the princely State of Rajasthan. A high 10 Kms. long stone wall protects the well-fortified city. Within, stands an imposing Fort on a low range of sandstone hills, about 125 mtrs. above the surrounding plains.  
Visit Mchrangarh Fort- founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha (after whom the city is named) the Fort is intricately adorned with long carved panels and latticed windows of exquisite designs in red sandstone. Also visit Jaswant Thada- an imposing white marble cenotaph built to commemorate the acts of bravery and generosity of the rulers in 19th century.  
Afternoon free for your independent activities. Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 09 Jodhpur – Udaipur  
 
Leave Jodhpur in the morning for Udaipur by road and enroute visit: –  
Ranakpur: famous for the quadruple Jain temple dedicated, like the temples at Mount Abu to Adinath. The whole structure has 80 domes and of 400 pillars. Continue your drive for Udaipur.  
Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 10 Udaipur  
 
In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of: –  
Udaipur City: Visit the City Palace Museum – grandeur and intricacy stroked all over in granite, marble and mosaic displayed in the sparkling white filigreed balconies and windows, ornate arches and cupolas atop magnificent octagonal towers, Jagdish Temple – built in 1651 AD. Also visit Sahelion Ki Bari- the spectacular garden displaying the unique life style of the royal ladies who once lived in the palaces.  
Afternoon at leisure. In the evening enjoy a most memorable boat ride with the reflections of the majestic Lake Palace Hotel at its best against the setting sun. Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 11 Udaipur – Ajmer  
 
Leave Udaipur in the morning for Ajmer by road and enroute visit:  
Chittorgarh: home of the brave, 115 Kms east of Udaipur. The road to the citadel of Chittor Zig Zag steeply for a couple of Kms and passes through seven huge gates, each with watch towers and great iron spiked doors. The tower of victory is over 35 metres high and has nine storeys served by a winding staircase. It is covered from top to bottom with carvings, depicting the social life of the time.  
Continue your drive for Ajmer. Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 12 Ajmer – Jaipur  
 
In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of: –  
Ajmer City: Founded in the 11th century is the holy city of the Muslims. The Taragarh fort, Anna Sagar – an artificial lake, Akbar’s palace and the Durgah – Mausoleum of Khwaja Moinuddin-Chisti a Muslim holy man all combine to give the city its historical and religious importance.  
Continue your drive for Jaipur.  
Rest of the evening free for independent activities. Continue your drive for Ajmer.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 13 Jaipur  
 
Enjoy morning sightseeing tour of: –  
Amber Fort: 11 Kms. from Jaipur – a marvellous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Mata Lake below. The ascent to the Fort is on gaily caparisoned elephants. The Fort interior has various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory work, exquisite wall paintings and tiny mirror chips, which create a tantalising reflection effect.  
In the afternoon sightseeing tour of: –  
Jaipur City: City Palace Museum – an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, and armoury of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Jantar – Mantar (Observatory)- an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD; Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)- a five storeyed wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 14 Jaipur – Delhi  
 
In the morning leave Jaipur for Delhi by road and upon arrival check in at hotel.  
Rest of the day free for independent activities.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 15 Leave Delhi  
 
Transfer from hotel to international airport in time to connect your flight back home. 

Golden South Planned Itinerary

You may know you want to visit India. You may even know where you’d like to go. The question, then, becomes how you want to spend your time. Here’s a great two-week itinerary of some southern hotspots you’re sure to love. 

Day 01 Chennai (Madras)  
 
Arrive Chennai.  
Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 02 Chennai / Mahabalipuram 
 
Morning visit :  
Chennai City: Typical Indian city, it’s the capital of Tamil Nadu. Though it pictas the oldest settlement of the British, Madras remained unaffected in spirit. Only the cathedral and the Fort of St. George are a reminder of its British past. Visit the Marina Beach, it’s an elegant promenade; Fort St.George – the first foothold of British Robert Clive started the expansion of British Rule.  
Leave Chennai for Mahabalipuram by surface, on arrival check in at the hotel.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 03 Mahabalipuram 
 
Morning visit : 
Kanchipuram : Knopictn as the Golden city of a Thousand Temples. This is one of India’s sacred cities. Many early styles of temple architecture may be seen here. Visit Ekambareshpictar Temple, Kailashnath Temple, Kamakshi Temple, the Vaikunthaperumal Temple.  
Afternoon visit :  
Mahabalipuram : An ancient coastal port South of Madras, here you pictill see many sculptures and temples of typical South India architectural designs; the five Radhas – A group of Monolithic monuments of animal figures carved out of solid rock; the shore temple, lashed by the pictaves of the sea, and the Huge frescoes; the penance of Bhagirath.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 04 Mahabalipuram / Tanjore 
 
Leave Mahabalipuram for Tanjore by surface enroute visit Chidambaram.  
After the visit continue drive, on arrival check in at the hotel.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 05 Tanjore / Madurai 
 
Morning visit :  
Tanjore : Famous for the Classic Dravidian style temple of Brihadishpictara (Shiva in his fearsome aspect), also noted for its art and crafts; pottery, silk, jepictellery, beaten copper, bronzes & silver statuetes.  
Leave Tanjore for Madurai by surface, on arrival check in at the hotel.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 06 Madurai 
 
Morning visit  
Madurai City : You pictill visit Meenakshi temple – built in the 17th century, the iconography makes much use of the lotus, picthich in Indian symbolism is a representation of the female sex and at the same time an emblem of bliss and of the abode of the Gods : Palace of Nayak Tirumalai – depicting influence of Mughal art on traditional Hindu art – the beginning of the Indo-saracenic or Indo-mauresque style.  
Evening pictitness closing ceremony of Meenakshi Temple.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 08 Trichy / Coimbatore 
 
Leave Trichy for Coimbatore by surface, on arrival Check in at the hotel.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 09 Coimbatore / Ooty / Mysore  
 
Leave Coimbatore for Mysore by surface, enroute visit Ooty. After the visit continue your drive, on arrival check in at the hotel.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 10 Mysore  
 
Full day visit city and Srirangapatnam.  
Mysore : The old capital topictn has the magnificient Maharaja’s Palace, Chamundi Temple, and the Art Gallery pictith a fine collection of paintings and musical instruments.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 11 Mysore / Hassan  
 
Leave Mysore for Hassan by surface, on arrival check in the hotel.  
Afternoon visit :  
Belur – Halebid : Visit the Chennakespictara Temple at Belur and the Hoyasalespictara Temple at Halebid. These are some of the finest examples of temple architecture.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 12 Hassan / Bangalore 
 
Leave Hassan for Bangalore by surface, on arrival check in at the hotel.  
Afternoon visit  
Bangalore City : The tour includes the Lal Bagh, Gole Temple, the Government buildings, Vishpicteshpictara Idustrial and Technological Museum and the Ulsoor Lake.  
Late evening transfer to International airport in time to connect flight for your onpictard destination. 

Day 13  

Departure Bangalore 

Char Dham Yatra Planned Itinerary

You may know you want to visit India. You may even know where you’d like to go. The question, then, becomes how you want to spend your time. Here’s a great 10-day itinerary of some western coastal hotspots you’re sure to love. 

Day 01- Delhi – Hardwar 
Drive from Delhi to Hardwar. On arrival Hardwar, Check in Hotel. Later we shall take you for a visit to the Har-Ki-Pauri, enjoy the AARTI in the evening. Later back to hotel for overnight stay at the hotel. 
 
Day 02 – Haridwar –Barkot (Drive 230kms, 7 – 8 hrs) 
Depart from Haridwar early morning and stop for lunch on the way in Mussoorie. Continue your journey and reach Barkot in the evening, after visiting Kempty Falls on the way. On arrival check in at hotel in Yamunotri, just 1km out of Barkot town on the Yamunotri Road. Dinner and overnight at hotel. 
 
Day 03 Barkot –Yamnotri –Barkot (Drive 32 kms, trek 14 kms round) 
After an early breakfast leave for Hanuman Chatti (drive 32 kms ) to start your journey. Take a local jeep to reach Phool Chatti to shorten your trek by 5 kms. On arrival, start your day with a tough trek of 7 kms .Arrive at Yamunotri and pray at the temple, and take a holy Achman to start your most sacred pilgrimage to Char Dham. Come back to Phool Chatti in the evening, and check in at hotel.Overnight stay at hotel. 
 
Day 04 Barkot –Harsil via Uttarkashi ( Drive 152kms, 6 -7 hrs ) 
After a relaxed breakfast, leave for Harsil, a drive of 152 kms. En route, stop at Uttarkashi for lunch. On the way stop at Gangnani for a hot water spring dip. Continue towards Harsil, one of the most beautiful valleys in the world, and arrive at the Char Dham Camp, set amidst an apple orchard in Dharali village, 2 kms away from the Harsil cantonment. On arrival check in for dinner and overnight stay. 
 
Day 05 Harsil – Gangotri – Uttarkashi 
After breakfast 22 kms drive to Gangotri and on arrival take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges, also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Perform Pooja after that and relax for some time in the lovely surroundings. afternoon drive to Uttarkashi. On arrival check into the Hotel. 
 
Day 06 Uttarkashi –Guptkashi 145 kms (Drive 9 -10 hrs)  
After a very early breakfast, leave for Guptkashi. A late lunch is scheduled en route at Srinagar. On the way, see the heritage city of Tehri slowly sinking into the mighty waters of the Holy River Ganges, due to the construction of the Tehri Dam. After lunch, continue your journey and today for the first time see the beautiful river Mandakini. Travel alongside the river to reach Guptakashi late in the evening. On arrival check in at Hotel. 
 
Day 07 – Guptakashi -Kedarnath (Drive 32 kms, trek 14 kms ) 
After breakfast pick up your packed lunch, and leave for Gaurikund (32 kms drive-one way). On arrival start your journey on the tough trek ahead. Stop for lunch en route and continue after that to arrive by late afternoon.On arrival check in to the Tourist Bunglow/ Parmarth Ashram. After freshening up, perform Pooja and also Darshan at Shri Kedarnathji. In the evening also visit Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi behind the temple. Dinner and overnight at the Ashram or Tourist Bunglow. 
 
Day 08 Kedarnath – Joshimath via Chopta (Trek 14 kms, drive 200 kms) 
After breakfast start you journey back to Gaurikund, and on arrival leave for Joshimath via Chopta by road to reach the Joshimath. On arrival check in at hotel O/N stay at Hotel. 
 
Day 09 Joshimath – Badrinath –Joshimath (Drive 90 kms) 
After breakfast leave for Shri Badrinathji. On arrival take the holy Darshan and spend time visiting Mana village -the last village before the Tibetan border.Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight at Joshimath. 
 
Day 10 Joshimath – Rishikesh (Drive 249 kms 9-10 hrs) 
After breakfast leave for Rishikesh and on the way stop for lunch at Srinagar. Continue the journey and if time permits, visit Devprayag ( The confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, which become the Ganga ). Reach Rishikesh in the evening to check in to Hotel.Evening visit Laxamn Jhula and Ram Jhula and see the evening arati. Overnight at Hotel. 
 
Day 11 Rishikesh – Delhi 
After breakfast drive to Delhi via Hardwar. 

North India with Nepal Planned Itinerary

You may know you want to visit India. You may even know where you’d like to go. The question, then, becomes how you want to spend your time. Here’s a great two-week itinerary of some Nepali and northern Indian hotspots you’re sure to love. 

Day 01 Delhi 
 
Arrive Delhi.  
Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 02 DELHI  
 
Full day visit Old Delhi and New Delhi.  
OLD DELHI: An ancient walled city. Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire: Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colorful market of the old city.  
NEW DELHI: This city designed and built by the British in the 1920’s – a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. First you will visit two monuments from Delhi’s past Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 03 Delhi / Jaipur 
 
Leave Delhi for Jaipur by surface, on arrival check in at the hotel.  
Rest of the day at leisure.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 04 Jaipur 
 
Morning visit Amber fort with elephant ride.  
AMBER FORT: 11 kms from Jaipur – A marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. The magnificent old citadel, a labyrinth of massive walls and towers, shrouds an exquisite marble palace, pillared and carved glimmering with a million tiny mirrors, which create tantalizing reflection effect. The ascent to the fort is on gaily caparisoned elephants.  
 
Afternoon visit  
JAIPUR CITY: City Palace Museum – an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art. The Museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and procession, Jantar Mantar (Observatory) – an accurate Observatory built in 1726 AD : Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyra midal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 05 Jaipur / Agra  
 
Leave Jaipur for Agra by surface en route visiting  
FATEHPUR SIKRI : A fascinating ghost town, lies a little beyond Agra the deserted Red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its ruins are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Set like a jewel in a courtyard of pink sandstone is the marble tomb of the Saint Salim Chisti, enclosed by delicately carved marble screens.  
After the visit continue your drive, on arrival check in at the hotel.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 06 Agra  
 
Full day visit city and Sikandra.  
AGRA CITY : is the medieval city of the famous 17th century master piece Taj Mahal, which of course is the most splendid of all buildings – perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world. It was built in the memory of the beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal of one of the greatest kings Shah Jehan of the Mughal Empire – Agra is not only famous for Taj Mahal but the impressive Mughal Red Fort known as the Agra Fort. (Taj Mahal closed on Mondays)  
SIKANDRA : 8 Kms South West of Agra is the tomb of the Emperor Akbar, built in white marble. Built on the outskirts of the city is in its own way, splendid specimen of the Mughal Architecture. Beware of Monkeys!!!  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 07 Agra / Khajuraho  
 
Transfer to airport in time to connect flight IC 7407 for Khajuraho.  
Dep Agra : 1135 Hrs.  
Arr Khajuraho : 1215 Hrs.  
Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.  
Afternoon visit  
KHAJURAHO CITY: Founded in the 9th and 10th century by the rulers of Chandela Dynasty, influenced by tantrism, in eroticism becomes a theme of philosophical interest and the aim is sublimation of sexual relationship in the sexual act or “Maithun”, women being regarded as the incarnation of the divine energy or “Shakti”.  
It is also possible that the Khajuraho were influenced by “Kama Sutra” among the temples to visit are the Kandariya Mahadeo, the largest and most typical Khajuraho temple, it soars 31 meters high. Chaunsat Yogini, the only granite temple and the earliest surviving shrine of the group (900 A.D.) it is dedicated to Kali. Chitragupta temple is the temple dedicated to the Sun God : Surya.  
Vishwanath temple, a three headed image of Brahma is enshrined in this temple, and various other temples. 
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 08 Khajuraho / Varanasi 
 
Transfer to airport in time to connect IC 7407 for Varanasi.  
Dep Khajuraho : 1245 Hrs.  
Arr Varanasi : 1325 Hrs.  
Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 09 Varanasi  
 
Early morning boat ride on holy river Ganges.  
Later visit  
VARANASI CITY : The consists of visiting the city temples – the durga temple, better known as the Monkey temple on account of the large number of monkeys residing there and the temple of Vishwanath (or Vesheshwar “Lord of the Universe”) are the most sacred spots in the city. Visit will also include Bharat Mata or Mother India Temple and the Benares Hindu University.  
Afternoon excursion to Sarnath  
SARNATH : 10 kms from the center of the city, Sarnath symbolizes the birth of Buddhism. It was here that Lord Buddha revealed his doctrine and founded his monastic community. The Museum at Sarnath is amongst the most important in India and contains carvings representing a whole range of styles – Archaic, the covering work of sculptors from 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 10 Varanasi / Kathmandu 
 
Transfer to airport in time to connect flight IC752 for Kathmandu.  
Dep Varanasi : 1255 Hrs.  
Arr Kathmandu : 1405 Hrs.  
Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 11 Kathmandu 
 
Full day visit city and Patan.  
KATHMANDU CITY: It is the unique and fascinating capital of Nepal. First visit the 2000-year-old stupa at Swayambhunath, then drive to the Central Durbar Square where you will see fine examples of Nepalese architecture in Kathmandu’s Palace and Pagodas.  
PATAN: You drive through the Nepalese country-side and visit Patan, known as the ‘City of Grace and Fine Arts’ where you will witness interesting and beautiful places of art and architecture. Enroute you will also be able to visit a particularly interesting exhibit and salesroom at the Tibetan Refugee Craft Centre.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 12 Kathmandu 
 
Full day visit Pashpatinath, Bodhnath and Bhadgaon.  
Pashupati : Situated five kilometers east of Kathmandu on the bank of sacred Bagmati river, the temple of lord Shiva Pashupatinath with two tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its super architecture. It is a center of annual pilgrimage on the day of Maha Shivratri. Entrance to the temple precinct is permitted to the Hindus only however, visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati river.  
Bodhnath : The stupa of Bodhnath lies eight kilometers east of Kathmandu. This colossal and ancient stupa, one of the biggest in the world has the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It was built by Lichchhavi king Mana dev in the fifth century A.D. it is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels.  
Bhadgaon : Situated at an altitude of 140 lm, is a home of medieval art and architecture. The urban city covers an area of 4 square miles. Shaped like a conch shell, Bhadgaon means the city of devotees. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. The city lies about 14 kms. East of Kathmandu.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 13 Kathmandu / Delhi 
 
Transfer to airport in time to connect flight IC 814 for Delhi.  
Dep Kathmandu : 1350 Hrs.  
Arr Delhi : 1510 Hrs.  
Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. 

Day 14 Delhi Aboard 
 
Transfer to International airport in time to connect flight for your onward destination. 

Leisure in the South Planned Itinerary

You may know you want to visit India. You may even know where you’d like to go. The question, then, becomes how you want to spend your time. Here’s a great two-week itinerary of some southern hotspots you’re sure to love. 

Day 01 Mumbai  
 
Arrive Mumbai, meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel.  
Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 02 Mumbai  

In the morning visit the world famous: 
Elephanta Caves: A must for any visitor to India. Mute testimony of the Golden Age in Indian history during the Gupta period and built to honor Lord Shiva. Elephanta is a 3 kms long elongated island, consisting of two hills separated by a valley. The caves with rock-cut figures and carvings are believed to be carved by the sculptors of Ajanta or Udayagiri. 
In the afternoon enjoy sightseeing tour of city.
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 03 Mumbai – Banglore 
 
Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect your flight to Bangalore. Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel.  
In the afternoon enjoy sightseeing tour of:  
City which includes the Lal Bagh, Gole Temple, the Government Building, Vishveshwara Industrial and Technology Museum and the Ulsoor Lake.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 04  Banglore – Hasan  
 
In the morning leave Bangalore for Hassan by surface.  
In the afternoon visit : 
Belur – Halebid : Visit the Chennakeswara Temple at Belur and the Hoyasaleswara Temple at Halebid. These are some of the finest examples of temple architecture.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 05 Hasan – Mysore  
 
In the morning leave Hassan for Mysore by surface and enroute visit: 
Sravanabelagola : “White lake of Jain hermit” is the leading Jain pilgrimage centre of the Deccan. Amongst the temples is the 57 ft. colossal statue of the hermit Gomateshwara built in 985 A.D. “White lake of Jain hermit” is the leading Jain pilgrimage centre of the Deccan. Amongst the temples is the 57 ft. colossal statue of the hermit Gomateshwara built in 985 A.D.  
Srigangapatnam : 16 Kms. north of Mysore Srirangapatnam meaning “port of the Lord of the World” is an ancient religious site on an island in the river Cauvery.  
Continue you drive for Mysore. Rest of the evening at leisure.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 06 Mysore  
 
In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of: 
Mysore: The old capital town has the magnificent Maharaja’s Palace, Chamundi Temple, and the Art Gallery with a fine collection of paintings and musical instruments. Finally you also visit the fruits and flower markets.  
Afternoon free for independent activities.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 07  Mysore – Trichy  
 
In the morning leave Mysore for Trichy by surface.  
Afternoon at leisure.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 08 Trichy  
 
In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of:  
Trichy : Visit the Rock Fort, Srirangam, one of the largest temple of God Vishnu; and the jambkeswaram temple of Lord Shiva submerged in water.  
After sightseeing tour of Tanjore. 
Tanjore: Famous for the Classic Dravidian style temple of Brihadishwara (Shiva in his fearsome aspect), also noted for its art and crafts; pottery, silk, jewellery, beaten copper, bronzes & silver statutes.  
Overnight at hotel. 

Day 09  Trichy – Madurai  
 
Leave for Madurai by surface and check in at hotel. Rest of the day free  
Overnight at hotel 

Day 10  Maduri  
 
In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of:  
Madurai City : You will visit Minakshi Temple- built in the 17th century the iconography makes much use of the lotus, which in Indian symbolism is a representation of the female sex and at the same time an emblem of bliss and of the abode of the gods; Palace of Nayak Tirumalai – depicting influence of Mughal art on traditional Hindu art- the beginning of the Indo-Saracenic or Indo-Mauresque Style.  
Afternoon at leisure.  
In the evening witness the “Night ceremony” at Minakshi Temple.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 11 Madurai – Chennai  
 
Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect your flight to Chennai.  
Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel.  
Afternoon at leisure.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 12 Chennai  
 
Enjoy full day excursion to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram.  
Kancheepuram: known as the Golden city of a thousand temples. This is one of India’s sacred cities. Many early styles of temple architectural design; the Five Radhas-a group of monolithic monuments and animal figures carved out of solid rock; the Shore Temple, lashed by the waves of the Sea; and the huge frescoe; ‘The Penance of Bhagirathi’.  
Mahabalipuram: An ancient coastal port South of Madras, here you will see many sculptures and temples of typical South India architectural designs; the five Radhas – A group of Monolithic monuments of animal figures carved out of solid rock; the shore temple, lashed by the waves of the sea, and the Huge frescoes; the penance of Bhagirath.  
Overnight at hotel. 

Day 13 Chennai 
 
In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of: 
Chennai City: A typical Indian city, its the capital of Tamil Nadu. Though it was the oldest settlement of the British, Chennai remained unaffected in spirit. Only the cathedral and the Fort of St. George are a reminder of its British past. Visit the Marina Beach- second longest beach in the world, it’s an elegant promenade; Fort St. George- the first foothold of British from where Robert Clive started the expansion of British Rule. 

Day 14 Chennai – Mumbai  
 
In time transfer to airport to connect flight for Mumbai.  
Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 15 Leave Mumbai  
 
Transfer from hotel to international airport in time to connect your flight back home. 

City Spotlight: New Delhi

New Delhi, an urban district of Delhi, serves at the capital of India and the seat of all three branches of Government. The city was officially founded in 1911 by George V, Emperor of India during the Delhi Durbar, and it was designed by British architects. When Calcutta, now Kokata, became the epicenter of the Indian Independence movement, British colonizers moved the capital to New Delhi, where it has remained for more than a century. After the country gained independence in 1947, a limited autonomy was conferred to New Delhi.

 

New Delhi forms just a small part of the Delhi metropolitan area, sitting on the Indo-Gangetic Plain. As a result, there is little difference in elevation across the city—something quite rare to find in large Indian cities. While New Delhi lies on the floodplains of the Yamuna River, it is essentially landlocked. Additionally, the city falls under the seismic zone-IV, making it especially vulnerable to earthquakes. New Delhi is also known for its bad air quality and pollution. In 2014, the World Health Organization ranked New Delhi as the world’s worst polluted city among the 1,600 cities tracked. The city is doing what it can to alleviate some of the pollution, the Indian Medical Association declared a public health emergency in 2017 due to high pollution levels. If you travel to this city, especially in the winter, when pollution is at its worst, I recommend wearing some sort of face mask. You can purchase these items at most stores and pharmacies.

 

Despite the devastating pollution, New Delhi is a remarkably cosmopolitan city. This is due, in part, to the cultural presence of the vast Indian bureaucracy and political system. National events, such as Republic Day, Independence Day, and Gandhi Jayanti are celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm, and I highly recommend timing your visit with a celebration. The city is full of historic sites, museums, and gardens, making it a perfect Indian destination for lovers of art and culture.

 

When traveling to New Delhi, visitors can utilize its railways, Metro, bus system, and motorways. Getting here is remarkably easy. In fact, in 2010, Indira Gandhi International Airport was conferred the fourth best airport award in the world (within the 15-25 million category). This is a can’t-miss destination in your Indian experience.

How to Travel in India

India is a slight departure from most western travel norms. When on vacation, most Americans opt for places in Western Europe—think France, Italy, Germany, and—for the more adventurous—Portugal. Most travelers only experience the Asian continent on the Eastern end—Japan, South Korea, and China. India, however, provides the opportunity to explore an intersection—what happens when Europe collides with the east?

 

This crazy, beautiful, overwhelming country is a must-see destination for people worldwide, but the traveling itself can be a bit intense. I am here to help you navigate through some of the most challenging aspects of Indian travel. My name is Lukas, and I (basically) grew up in India. Though my family is originally from Vienna, we moved to Pune so my mother could take a job at UWC Mahindra College. I spent my childhood exploring the country and, after attending UWC myself, took a gap year before starting university in the United States.

 

During that year, I worked as an independent tour guide and travel consultant. Using my personal experiences, I learned to craft the perfect vacations for visitors. If they wanted to go on safari, I knew where to point them. If they wanted to explore India’s Islamic history, I drew up a list of important mosques. In addition to helping plan trips, I also, at times, traveled alongside clients, helping to translate, haggle, and book accommodations along the way.

 

Though I have since left India, my love for the country will never die. I want to turn my experience into a resource for anyone planning to travel there. That, in essence, is the mission statement for this blog. Here, you will find travel guides, tips, and must-see destinations. If you every have a personal question or want an individualized travel guide, shoot me an email!