Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed on a city tour of this city of astonishing history. We visit Old Delhi and The important places in Old Delhi include the majestic Red Fort, a rickshaw ride through busy and historical Chandni Chowk is some experience; visit the Jama Masjid (the mosque). We continue with the tour and visit Raj Ghat (The place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated) and Shanti Vana. We make our way towards New Delhi and drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidents Palace and one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys) visit The India Gate: a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers, Qutab Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty and Humayuns Tomb, The Laxminarayan Temple, built by the Birlas (Leading industrial house in India) We return to hotel to relax and spend the night. (Meal: Breakfast)
Morning proceed for same day trip to Agra: Agra has long been renowned as the city of the Taj Mahal. - A Monument of Love : The Taj Mahal stands serene and perfect in its garden of cypresses and reflecting pools on the banks of the River Yamuna. Its pure white marble shimmers silver in the moonlight, glows softly pink at dawn, and at close of day reflects the fiery tints of the setting sun. The Taj in all its timeless beauty was built by Shahjehan in memory of Mumtaz Mahal who died giving birth to their 14th child. This monument was fashioned by 20,000 skilled workers to make the emperor's dream a reality. It took 22 years to complete - a symbol of eternal love where Shahjehan too lies buried, re-united at last with his beloved Mumtaz. Also visit Agra Fort: Where history takes a new birth: Few forts in the world have a more fascinating story to tell than the Great Fort of Agra. Originally planned as an impregnable military structure by Akbar, the Agra Fort, over a period of time, acquired all the elegance, lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace. Return back to Delhi by evening. Overnight at your hotel. (Meal: Breakfast)
Departure transfer to the airport in time to board the flight for Kolkatta. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representative and transfer to your hotel. Kolkatta - It has Indias second largest city, famous for its cultural contribution to the national life. Kolkata formerly Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in eastern India on the east bank of the River Hooghly. The city has a population of almost 4.5 million, with an extended metropolitan population of over fourteen million, making it the third-largest urban agglomeration and the fourth-largest city in India Kolkata served as the capital of India during the British Raj until 1911. Since the year 2000, economic rejuvenation has led to a spurt in the city's growth. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel.
Morning guided city tour of Calcutta driving around this once British colonial capital built in the 18th century. Kolkata originated largely due to the expansionist ambitions of the European powers, especially the British Raj. Little wonder, Kolkata has some of the finest Raj edifices built in a variety of styles. Howrah Bridge (Rabindra Setu): The third largest cantilever bridge in the world and an engineering marvel completed in 6 years, its 71ft wide road has 8 lanes of traffic and 2 footpaths on both sides. As you travel, along with the 2 million that reportedly crosses the bridge daily, its 500 meters with no pillars in the middle, gives the spine a strange chill. Victoria Memorial: Next to the Maidan, stands the neo-classical attempt at building the Taj, an enormous paean in marble to the Grand Empress: The Victoria Memorial. The failed attempt although, a cross between classical western and Mughal style, yet reveals the global attraction for the monument of love even in those days. It was opened on 1921. There are enormous oil paintings in the Royal Gallery, illustrating episodes from Queen Victoria's long, eventful life and reign, an impressive collection of the British colonial period. Birla Planetarium: Just near the crossing of the Theater Road and Chowranghee Road is one of world's most famous planetarium with an astronomical library and art gallery, an otherwise landmark (its dome shape) for tourists who feel lost and confused in this bustling city. Daily shows are held in English, Hindi and Bengali as the planetarium's gigantic projector recreates the night sky. Dakshineswar Kali Temple: Goddess Kali shrine in the center, surrounded by 12 of Lord Shiva. The great religious thinker Ramakrishna Paramahamsa is believed to have achieved spiritual nirvana here and today pilgrims from around the world visit the temple to bask in its ethereal serenity. The goat sacrifice ritual everyday (that allegedly replaced the ancient practice of human sacrifice), however might leave one with a bad taste if sighted. Overnight at your hotel.
Morning drive for same day excursion to Shanti Niketan is a very popular place to visit near Calcutta. Situated 136 km northwest of the city, this is the place where Rabindranath Tagore lived and established a university. Overnight at your hotel.
Departure transfer to the airport in time to board the flight for Chennai. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representative and transfer to your hotel. Chennai, a beautiful blend of the traditional Tamil Hindu culture and modern British culture, is a major tourist destination and the capital city of Tamil Nadu. This trade city has a rich historic value and offers a large variety of tourist attractions like temples, shrines, forts and palaces. A half day city tour of Chennai Covering Fort St. George- The Fort St. George was the very center from where Robert Clive, the founder of the British Empire, began his empire building process in India. The fort houses the present Legislature and Secretariat of the Tamil Nadu government. Kapaleeshwar Temple- Built in the 13th century, this temple is an exemplary specimen of the architectural style of the Dravidians. National Art Gallery- Built in 1906, the gallery is set atop a splendid Indo-Saracenic edifice. It exhibits a fine collection of old paintings and sculptures including Tanjore paintings on glass, Rajput and Mughal miniature paintings. Rest of the day is free for personal activities and for shopping. Overnight at your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel.
Morning proceed for same day excursion to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. The temples of Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu are standing testimonies of the ancient Indian architecture. The splendor of the sculpture has made it a hot spot for tourism. The Unesco has recognized and acknowledged these temples as world heritage sites. The resorts in and around Mahabalipuram, a beach plus a heritage destination house the tourists with comfort, making their holiday a worthwhile one. Kanchipuram famous for its more then 1000-temple shrines. Here, explore the magic of 124 rock shrines, the temples of Ekambareswara, Kailasanatha and Varadarajaswamy. Note the architectural pulchritude of the seven pagodas that will leave you aghast.
Transfer to airport to board flight to Mumbai. On arrival transfer to hotel. Mumbai, which was previously known as Bombay is a major metropolitan city of India. It is the state capital of Maharashtra. Mumbai city is known as the business capital of India, it being the country's principal financial and communications centre. The city has the largest and the busiest port handling India's foreign trade and a major International airport. India's largest Stock Exchange which ranks as the third largest in the world is situated in Mumbai. Afternoon a short city tour of Mumbai: Visit Flora fountain or stream: built in honor of Governor of Mumbai Sir Bartle Frere (1862-67) in 1869. Also visit Prince of Wales Museum and Hanging Gardens. Overnight at your hotel.
Morning excursion to Elephanta caves. Earlier called Gharapuri is today's Elephanta Island, which is known for embracing the remarkable Elephanta Caves. To be found about 10 kms off the eastern coast of Mumbai, Elephanta Caves has been given the position of a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Afternoon is at leisure/shopping. Overnight at your hotel.