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Exotic Journeys India and Nepal Tour - 20 Days

Mumbai (Bombay) • Aurangabad • Udaipur • Jodhpur • Jaipur • Delhi • Agra • Khajuraho• Varanasi• Kathmandu • Wildlife Safari / Tiger Tops • Kolkata (Calcutta) • Bhubaneswar • Kolkata (Calcutta) • Delhi

DAY 1 - Departure
Your Exotic Journey to Incredible India and Nepal begins as you depart from New York / Newark / Chicago or Los Angeles aboard your Air India flight for Mumbai from Los Angeles, Chicago, New York or Newark by Air India. If you prefer to travel from any other city or by any other airline, we will provide arrangements according to your requirements

DAY 2 - Mumbai (Bombay)
Arrive Bombay late in the evening. Meeting and transfer to hotel.

DAY 3 - Mumbai (Bombay)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon city tour visiting Hanging Gardens, Kamla Nehru Park, Gateway of India, National Museum and Crawford Market.

DAY 4 - Mumbai - Aurangabad
Morning boat excursion to Elephanta Caves, the 7th century cave-temples carved out of a hill rising from the Arabian Sea. Fly to Aurangabad in the evening.

DAY 5 - Aurangabad / Ajanta Caves
Full day excursion to the thirty caves at Ajanta that is either chapels or monasteries. The murals and paintings date back to 2nd century BC and 8th century AD and illustrate the life of Buddha in previous births. Many of the frescoes still glow in their original colors. On the outer walls are brilliantly executed sculptures.

DAY-6 Aurangabad / Ellora Caves - Mumbai
Lord Fergusson, an authority on Indian architecture, observes “There are many buildings in India which are unsurpassed for delicacy of detail by any in the world, but the temple of Belure surpasses even these for freedom of handling and virtuosity of Indian sculptors reached its peak at the temples of Belure and Halebid. This morning we explore these majestic monuments.

DAY-7 Chennai
Morning is free to visit local bazaars. Drive to Bangalore and fly to Madras.

DAY 8 - Chennai
Madras is the Gateway to a voyage of discovery of an ancient temple-studded state. Sightseeing includes Mylapore Temple, St. Thomas Cathedral, St. George Fort, and National art Museum.

DAY 9 - Chennai
Mahabalipuram is famous for its rocks cut shore temples and monolithic figures in Dravidian architecture. After touring the Five Rathas, Mahisaura and Krishna Mandapams we will proceed to Kanchipuram, the city of woven silk and temples.

DAY 10 - Madurai
Fly to Madurai. The city was planned as a lotus flower with Meenakshi Temple and its court of thousand beautifully carved pillars at its center. We will explore this jewel of a temple city.

DAY 11 -Tiruchirapally
Full day excursion to Trichy and visit Rock Fort and Srirangam temples.

DAY 12 - Periyar
Periyar is known to have fair population of tigers, herons, leopards, sambers, boars, darters, white-necked storks, kingfishers, osprey, and woodpeckers but is best known for its wild elephants. View wildlife while cruising on Lake Periyar.

DAY 13 - Kovalam
Drive to the sea resort of Kovalam, Kerala. The ice blue sea and a backdrop of gently swaying coconut trees make this a paradise for seaside holidays.

DAY 14 - Allepey - Backwaters
Drive to Allepey-The ‘Venice of the East’. Board a houseboat and cruise the backwaters. Waterways and lagoons covered with canopies of lush green foliage meander their way past the fishing villages, dense coconut groves and rise paddies.

DAY 15 - Backwaters (Kumarakom)
Visit lush green villages and Vembanad Lake, home to thousand of migrating birds as you float on the houseboat.

DAY 16 - Cochin
Disembark the houseboat and you will be driven to Cochin, the picturesque seaport on the palm fringed coast of Arabian Sea, laced with inland waterways and tropical lagoons. Sightseeing includes Cochin Fort and the Jewish Synagogues.

DAY 17 - Cochin
City tour visiting Dutch Fort, Mattancherry Palace, St. Francis Church-the oldest church in India and Bolghatty Palace.

DAY 18 -
Fly back to Mumbai. Change planes.

DAY 19 - Homebound
Depart for New York, Newark, Chicago or Los Angeles in the morning. Arrive in the afternoon.

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