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					Tour Duration: 29 Nights / 30 Days Destinations Covered: Delhi - Agra -
Rantambhote National Park - Jaipur - Bangalore - Mysore - Chennai - Cochin -
Munnar - Kumarakom - Cochin - Goa - Delhi
  DAY 01 - ARRIVE NEW DELHI Arrive at New Delhi. Meeting and transfer to hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
  DAY 02 - AT DELHI Morning combined city sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.
Old Delhi visiting Red Fort - The red sand stone walls of Lal Quila, the Red Fort
extend for 2 km and vary in height from 18m on the river side to 33m on the city side.
Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in
1648. The Red Fort dates from the peak of Mughal power. The Mughal reign from
Delhi was a short one. Aurangzeb was the first and the last emperor to rule from here.
Jama Masjid- the Great Mosque of Old Delhi was both the largest and the final
architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Begun in 1644, the mosque was not
completed until 1658. It has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets
standing 40m (133ft) high constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone
and white marble. The courtyard of the mosque can hold 25,000 people. Take a
rickshaw ride to Chandni Chowk - the main street of Old Delhi - the colourful
shopping bazaar just opposite the Red Fort and visit Raj Ghat - the cremation site of
Mahatma Gandhi after his assassination in 1948.
  New Delhi visiting Qutab Minar 鈥?234 feet high tower. The Qutab Minar itself is a
soaring tower of victory that was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the
last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. It is nearly 73m(243ft) high and tapers from a 15m(50ft)
diameter base to just 2.5m(9ft) at the top. The tower has five distinct storeys, each
marked by a projecting balcony. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, the
fourth and the fifth of marble & sandstone. Also visit the Tomb of Mughal Emperor
Humayun. Built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, the Persian-born senior wife
of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, this is a wonderful early example of
Mughal architecture. The elements in its design 鈥?a squat building, high arched
entrances that let in light, topped by a bulbous dome and surrounded by formal
gardens 鈥?were to be refined over the years to the magnificence of the Taj Mahal in
Agra. Drive past India Gate (War Memorial), President 鈥檚 House, which was once
the Viceroy 鈥檚 Palace, Parliament House and Secretariat buildings. Overnight stay
at the hotel.
  Day 03 鈥?AT DELHI Morning after breakfast at the hotel. Car and guide available
to visit National Rail Museum. Afternoon free to relax or walk through Connaught
Place. Overnight at the hotel.
  DAY 04 -DELHI DRIVE TO AGRA (4 1/2 hrs. drive approx.) Morning after
breakfast at the hotel drive to Agra. Arrive at Agra and check in at the Hotel. Later
visit to Taj Mahal - visit to the world famous 鈥楾 aj Mahal 鈥?by 鈥榙 ecorated
tongas 鈥? The inimitable poem in white marble, built over a period of 22 years by the
Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her
mortal remains. Also visit Red Fort built by three generations of Mughal Emperors
starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and
construction. It housed both the residential Palaces of the Royal family, and the
military quarters. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
  DAY 05 鈥?PROCEED TO RANTHAMBORE with stop at Fatehpur Sikri and
Bhatpur Bird Sanctuary. Depart by car for Rantambhote National park and enroute
visit of 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. 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.
  The Ranthambore National Park was the hunting ground of Maharaja of Jaipur. In
1955, it was declared a game sanctuary; in 1980, it became a national park. But with
the commissioning of Project Tiger in 1972, it was included in the project. With the
addition of neighbouring Keladevi and Mansingh sanctuaries, the total area of the
national park stands at 1,334 sq km. But the entire park - the core area is just 392 sq
kms - is not open to the public. The Ranthambore Park is set between the Aravalli and
Vindhya ranges. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of
Central India. The terrain is rugged and there are rocky ridges, hills and open valleys
with lakes and pools.
  Ranthambore is a heritage site because of the picturesque ruins that dot the wildlife
park. There are lake palaces, 'chhatris', old fortifications and a majestic 1,000-year-old
fort, overlooking the park. The lovely Jogi Mahal is located at the foot of the fort and
gives magnificent view of the Padam Talao, painted white with water lilies. The
Ranthambhore park is famous for tigers and due to conservation efforts, the tiger
population has stabilized if not increased here. The tigers can be spotted quite often
even during the day, at their normal pursuits-- hunting and taking care of their young
ones
  DAY 06 鈥?AT RANTHAMBORE Early morning board your open air jeep to pay
your first visit to the National park. Return to the hotel for lunch and rest. Afternoon
around 3.30 PM leave again to the park to view wild life. Overnight at the hotel.
  DAY 07 鈥?AT RANTHAMBORE Early morning board your open air jeep to pay
your first visit to the National park. Return to the hotel for lunch and rest. Afternoon
around 3.30 PM leave again to the park to view wild life. Overnight at the hotel
  DAY 08 鈥?RANTHAMBORE 鈥?DEPART FOR JAIPUR Early morning board
your waiting jeep to pay your last visit to the National park for animal viewing.
Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast depart by car to Jaipur in around 4
hours time. Arrive and check in at the hotel Rest of the time free to relax. Evening
walking tour of old pink city of Jaipur. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
  DAY 09 - AT JAIPUR Morning after breakfast at the hotel excursion to AMBER
FORT - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was
started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. It's
forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and
Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression. Drive through HAWA MAHAL - The
ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Its
five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and
elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap
Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.
  Afternoon tour of Jaipur city where you will visit CITY PALACE - A delightful
blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over
one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind
Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum and JANTAR MANTAR - This is the
largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in
different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical
instruments is still in use. Overnight at Jaipur.
  DAY 10 鈥?AT Jaipur Morning after breakfast at the hotel day free for independent
activities. Car remain at your disposal for local use. Overnight at the hotel.
  DAY 11 Jaipur to Bangalore Morning after breakfast at the hotel Transfer to airport
to board flight to Bangalore at 10.40 AM. On arrival at Bangalore airport at 2.30 PM,
meet, assist and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the afternoon free to relax. Overnight
stay at the hotel. DAY 12 鈥?At Bangalore Morning after breakfast at the hotel
proceed for a day sight seeing tour of Bangalore City. The states capital and India 鈥
檚 sixth largest city. Bangalore 鈥檚 reputation as a Garden city. Includes Lalbagh,
The superb botanical garden laid out by Haidar Ali in 1760.Tipu sultan added a wealth
of plants and tree from many countries. Bull Temple, The Monolithic Nandi Bull is
believed to have grown in size and now measures nearly 5m. in the height and over
6m. In length it is made of grey granite. And Tipu 鈥檚 summer Palace, to the south
was started by Haidar Ali and completed by his son Tipu Sultan in 1789. The structure
has a substantial amount of wood with walls and ceiling painted in brilliant colours
with beautiful carvings. Back to the hotel. Overnight in Bangalore. Overnight at the
hotel.
  Day 13 - BANGALORE 鈥?MYSORE After Breakfast drive to Mysore (139Kms)
the city of Royal palaces, sandalwood and the manufacture of incense sticks, Mysore
has a pleasant climate, some beautiful parks and the former capital of the Princely
state. Srirangam Fort, The summer capital of Tipu sultan can be visited enroute to
Mysore.
  Day 14 鈥?At Mysore Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to visit Mysore
Palace - an architectural beauty exemplifying the grandeur of the kings of the time.,
Chamundi Hills, abode of Goddess Chamundeshwari, the deity of Mysore royal
family, is an important pilgrimage site, and Brindavan Gardens (These places can be
seen from the car). E
  Other places of interest are : Zoological Gardens, one of the best zoos in India, and
then visit Shri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery to witness a rich collection of ancient
paintings and musical instruments. Proceed to the serene St. Philomena 鈥檚 Church,
one of India 鈥檚 largest churches beautifully built in Gothic style. Overnight at the
hotel.
  Day 15 鈥?Mysore 鈥?Chennai Morning after relaxed breakfast time free to relax
before leaving for Railway Station to board superfast Shatabdi Express train for
Chennai at 2.20 PM. Meeting on arrival at Chennai Railway Station at 9.35 PM and
transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
  Chennai - the bustling metropolis of South India, formerly known as Madras, is
famous as the capital of Tamil Nadu. The name 'Chennai' is derived from a Tamil
word, which means small in native language. The silvery white serene beaches and
the forts and palaces in Chennai endure the cultural and historical legacy of Chennai.
The city is known for the Dravidian temple architecture evident in the temples,
coconut fringes and Kanjivaram silk saris.
  DAY 16 鈥?At Chennai Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for a leisurely
days sightseeing tour, visiting Gandhi Memorial, Kala Kshetra, Mylapore temple and
Marine beach and Mother Teresa 鈥檚 missionaries. Overnight at hotel.
  DAY 17 鈥?Chennai to Cochin Meeting and greetings on arrival at airport transfer
to the hotel. Afternoon commence sightseeing tour of Cochin. Rest of the time free to
relax. Evening proceed to local theater to witness kathakali dance performance.
Overnight at the hotel.
  Cochin - Cochin, is one of India 鈥檚 most interesting towns, a principle port and
the centre of the spice trade on the Malabar Coast. Still largely comprising of low
picturesque buildings the islands that make up Kochi are rich in history and retain a
relaxed and quiet atmosphere. The first European settlement in India, Kochi was
founded by Vasco da Gama in 1502; however it was the British who influenced this
colourful city the most with it being under direct British political control from 1795
up until India 鈥檚 independence.
  DAY 18 鈥?At Cochin Today explore Fort Kochi starting with a guided tour by car
of this historic area. Visit St Francis Church the oldest European church in India
before walking down to the waterfront to witness the fascinating Chinese fishing nets
and peruse the market stalls. Afterwards, return to your car to visit Mattancherry
Palace, the nearby merchant houses and a fine synagogue (closed Saturday).
Mattancherry Palace (closed Friday) was built by the Portuguese in 1557 as a gift to
the Raja of Kochi in exchange for trading rights and today houses exhibits of clothes,
weapons and furniture as well as having numerous remarkable murals painted on the
wooden walls. Continue to the synagogue, adorned with beautiful Cantonese ceramic
tiles, before stepping out and exploring the local streets which still teem with traders
who sell varieties of rice, ginger, garlic, chilli and antiques from street side
warehouses. Overnight at the hotel.
  DAY 19 鈥?Cochin to Munnar 鈥?proceed by car After breakfast proceed to
Munnar, where sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking
and holiday facilities make it a unique experience. This hill station was once the
summer resort of the erstwhile British empire in south India.
  Check in to your resort / hotel on arrival. Later proceed for a trip to Pothamedu for
an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The
breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks. Time
permitting also visit Mattupetty famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the
Indo-Swiss live stock project. Onwards from the farm you proceed to Mattupetty lake
and dam, which is a very beautiful picnic spot. You could enjoy boating in the lake
and view mountains and landscapes from afar. Onwards proceed to Echo point
famous for the natural echo phenomenon and then to Top Station offering marvellous
views of Munnar valley below. Return to the resort and enjoy the facilities at your
resort. Overnight at the hotel.
  DAY 20 鈥?At Munnar Full day free at Munnar to spend the day as you wish. Car
will remain at your disposal. Overnight at the hotel.
  DAY 21 鈥?Munnar to Kumarakom 鈥?by car After breakfast at the lodge proceed
to Alleppey where you will board waiting houseboat and sail through the back waters
to Kumarakom. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands and this small
water world is part of the Kuttanad region. A picturesque, clean village, Kumarakom
is a tiny hamlet on the banks of a lagoon formed by the Vembanad lake.
  DAY 22 鈥?At Kumarakom Morning after breakfast at the hotel check out from
house boat and check in at the resort where calm, emerald backwaters reflect
hundreds of thousands of gently swaying palms where the primary attraction however,
is its lazy ambience.
  Later proceed to explore the bird sanctuary of Kumarakom and explore a whole new
world of feathered species. For an inquisitive bird watcher it is an ideal place that
echoes with the chirping of birds including a variety of migratory birds. Take a walk
around the sanctuary while experiencing the sights and sounds of these birds.
Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Either you are free at leisure,
or enjoy the backwaters with paddleboats, canoe and Kayaks at the lagoon available at
the resort. Overnight at the hotel.
  DAY 23 鈥?At Kumarakom Full day at leisure at Kumarakom. Overnight at the
hotel / resort.
  DAY 24 鈥?Kumarakom to Cochin to Goa - Fly Morning after breakfast at the hotel
depart for Cochin to board flight for Goa at 11.10 AM. Meeting on arrival at Goa
Airport at 3.05 PM and transfer to the beach resort.
  DAY 25 鈥?At Goa Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for leisurely tour of
Old Goa - historic centre of the city and UNESCO World Heritage site, known as Old
Goa. This charming, traditional part of town is a great place to explore the many
cathedrals and churches that the Portuguese built during their reign. A few of the truly
classic old buildings have been converted into cultural and historic museums that are
run by the Archaeological Survey of India.
  Rest of the day free to enjoy the beach. Overnight at the hotel.
  DAY 26 鈥?At Goa Full day free for relax by the beach. Overnight at the hotel/
resort.
  DAY 27 鈥?At Goa Full day free for relax by the beach. Overnight at the hotel/
resort.
  DAY 28 鈥?At Goa Full day free for relax by the beach. Overnight at the hotel/
resort.
  DAY 29 鈥?Goa To Delhi - Fly Transfer to the airport in time to board flight for
Delhi. Meeting on arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the
afternoon / evening is left free for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.
  DAY 30 鈥?Depar Delhi Transfer to the airport in time to board flight for onward
destination.
  Bon voyages
  For more details please contact us at: Mr.Chaman Thakur DISCOVERY FULL
CIRCLE TOURS 227, Plot No. 3, Vardhman Dwarka Deesh Sector 10, Main Market
Dwarka, New Delhi - 110 075 (India) Phone : + 91 11 65646595 Cell : + 91
9811552453 Telefax : + 91 11 28083543 (91 is code for India) Email :
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