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Kerala Tour

Glimpses of North and South

Glimpses of North and SouthDuration : 22 Nights / 23 Days
Places Covered : Chennai - Mahabalipuram Via Kanchipuram- Pondicheryy - Tanjore- Trichy - Madurai- Delhi - Dehradun- Rishikesh - Haridwar- Amritsar - Chandigarh- Kalka - Shimla- Manali - Delhi

DAY 01: ARRIVE CHENNAI
Upon arrival transfer to Hotel. This morning we set out to explore the city of madras. Visit the National Art Gallery Fort St. George, St. Mary's Church and the St. Thomas Cathedral and drive along the marina. Walk withour guide though some colourful market areas. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 02:CHENNAI - MAHABALIPURAM VIA KANCHIPURAM 60 KMS 01 HOUR DRIVE
Morning Drive to Mahabalipuram via kanchipuram ,Kanchipuram ,city of a thousand temples, Once the capital of Pallava, Kanchipuram still contains no less than 124 shrines. The temples were built mainly by two rulers,Mahendray and Mamalla Narashimha Parman. Typical of their architecture is the Kailasnatha Temple dedicated to Siva, believed to be 1200 years Old.Other important ones include the 16th Century Ekambasreshwar Temple, Kamakshi Temple, and Vaikunta Perumal. Kanchipuram is the centre of Silk weaving and is famous for its saris and materials and later Drive to Mahabalipuram.On Arrival check in at Hotel. Afternoon we undertake take tour of Mahabalipuram .Mahabalipuram, once the principal port of the Pallavas who ruled between the 06th and 09th Centuries AD. "The City of Seven pagodas". Is nothing less than a breathtaking display masterful sculpture carved out of solid rocks of granite, the Shore Temple - a plendid example of early temple construction in the south. Penance of Bhagirata the worlds largest bas - relief also known as "Argon's Penance'. Overnight at Hotel .

DAY 03:MAHABALIPURAM - PONDICHERRY 100 KMS 2 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Pondicherry a former French colony, the strong French influence in clearly visible in the town's architecture and planning.Afternoon sightseeing tour of Pondicherry . Overnight at Hotel

DAY 04:PONDICHERYY - TANJORE 234 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Tanjore by road.Upon arrival check in at your pre-booked Hotel .Thanjaur was the seat of the Chola Empire from the 10th to the 14th Centuries and it was a Chola King, Rajah Chola who built the greatest of its 74 temples, the Birhadeswara Temple which is more than 200 feet tall in the Dravidian truncated pyramid form, and has a huge lingam in its sanctorium. In the inner shrine of the temple, one sees India's second largest statue of Nandi the bull, the mount of the God Shiva. Overnight at Hotel

DAY 05:TANJORE - TRICHY 54 KMS 01 HOUR DRIVE
After breakfast continue our drive towards Trichy. Upon arrival checkin at your prebooked Hotel. Trichy's historic associations stretch from chola times to the 18th Century karnataka Wars, When Britain and France espoused the aspirations of rival princes. Afternoon we go for a city tour of Trichy visiting Rock Fort, Sirangam and Jambukeshwar Temples. overnight at Hotel

DAY 06: TRICHY - MADURAI 128 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE
Today we start our drive towards Madurai. Upon arrival at Madurai we checkinto out our prebooked Hotel. Afternoon we visit Madurai whose history goes back to six centuries before Christ. The Pandyan rulers made this their capital until the 14th Century and the city flowered with the genius of its writers, builders, poets and academics. Then the Nayaks ruled Madurai from the middle of the 16th Century to 1743. The ten tall Gopurams of the Meenakshi Temple were raised during their dynasty. This is a huge compled of Temples. A thousand - pillared hall and a tank. A full day tour visiting the Meenakashi Temple, Palace of King Triumalay, the great tank, Gandhi Museum and Temple at Alaghat Koli enroute visiting Elephant Rock. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 07:MADURAI - DELHI BY FLIGHT DEP 10.25 HRS ARR 14.40 HRS
Morning trasnfer to airprot to board flight for Delhi .On arrival check in at Hotel .Overnight at Hotel .

DAY 08: DELHI - DEHRADUN BY FLIGHT DEP 10.15 HRS ARR 11.15 HRS
Morning transfer to airport to board flight for Dehradun .On arrival check in at hotel.Afternoon sightseeing tour.Overnight at Hotel

DAY 09: DEHRADUN - RISHIKESH 45 KMS 01 HOUR 30 MIN DRIVE
Morning drive to Rishikesh. On arrival check in at hotel.Afternoon visiting temples,Laxman Jhula ,Ram Jhula ,Swargashram and Trivent Ghat etc. overnight at hotel

DAY 10: RISHIKESH - HARIDWAR 30 KMS 01 HOUR DRIVE
Morning drive to Haridwar.On arrival check in at hotel.Over night at hotel.

DAY 11:HARIDWAR
Full day sightseeing tour of Haridwar visiting Mansa Devi temple,Chandi Devi Temple, Bharat mata madir and evening visit Har Ki Pauri marks the entry of the River Ganga into the plains. It is also known as Brahm Kund which was built by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Brithari's meditation here. An imprint of Lord Vishnu's footprint in stone marks the ghat's sanctity. Every evening prayer is held and lamps are floated in the river that makes a picturesque sight.Overnight at Hotel .

DAY 12: HARIDWAR - AMRITSAR BY JAN SHATABDI EXPRESS DEP 14.35 HRS ARR 21.55 HRS
Morning free and afternoon transfer to railway station to board train for Amritsar.On arrival transfer to hotel .Overnight at hotel.

DAY 13:AMRITSAR
Morning full day sightseeing tour Amritsar visitng.Golden temple,Jalianwala Bagh, Gurudwar's, Ram bagh and excursion to Tarn Tarn 24 Kms south of Amritsar. Founded by the 5th Prophet Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji the impressive Gurudwara with gold plated dome has a holy pool. The guru used to run a leper's home here.Overnight at Hotel

DAY 14:AMRITSAR
Morning free and afternoon excursion to Wagha border - India-Pakistan border, which is also known as "Attari(India)-"Wagah" (Pakistan) border. A visit to the border is an interesting experience, especially at sun-set, when the retreat ceremony takes place with the Border Security Force (B.S.F.) on the Indian side and The Sutlej Rangers on the Pakistan side putting up a well co-ordinated and spectacular display which compares very favorably with the changing of royal guard in London.Evening Night Visit to Golden Temple.Overnight at Hotel .

DAY 15:AMRITSAR - CHANDIGARH 220 KMS 6 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Chandigarh .On arrival check in at Hotel.Overnight at Hotel .

DAY 16:CHANDIGARH
Full day city tour of Chandigarh visiting most important site in the city is the Rock Garden, the place that has been captured by millions of cameras. Rose Garden is another important landmark and a part of Leisure Valley, a garland of gardens that ornaments the city. Government Museum and Art Gallery displays some important stone sculptures of ancient India and Sukhna Lake. Overnight at Hotel .

DAY 17:CHANDIGARH - KALKA BY ROAD 30 KMS KALKA - SHIMLA BY TOY TRAIN DEP 10.30 HRS ARR 16.10 HRS
Morning transfer to Kalka railway station to board Toy train for Shimla. On arrival check in at Hotel.Overnight at Hotel

DAY 18:SHIMLA
Morningcity tour visiting Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Sankat Mochan Temple and Jakhu Temple. Evening in the famous shopping place of Shimla town - The Mall & The Ridge. Overnight: Stay at Hotel.

DAY 19:SHIMLA
Morning excursion to Kufri and afternoon free .Overnight at Hotel .

DAY 20:SHIMLA - MANALI 270 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE ( HILL DRIVE )
Morning drive to Manali. On arrival check in at hotel.On arrival check in at hotel.Overnight at hotel

Day 21:MANALI
Morning city tour visiting Hadimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, Tibetan Monastery and Vashisht Village. Overnight stay at Hotel.

DAY 22: MANALI
Today full day excursion visiting Kothi Gorge, Gulaba, Marhi, Rohtang Pass (Upto Snow Line in case Rohtang is closed due to snow fall) and Solang Valley.Overnight: Stay at Hotel.

DAY 23:MANALI - DELHI BY FLIGHT
Morning transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi . On Arrival check in at Hotel .Overnight at Hotel




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