overview

It is impossible not to be astonished by India. Nowhere on Earth does humanity present itself in such a dizzying, creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues. Every aspect of the country presents itself on a massive, exaggerated scale, worthy in comparison only to the superlative mountains that overshadow it. Perhaps the only thing more difficult than to be indifferent to India would be to describe or understand India completely. The country’s rich history, cultural heritage, beauty, diversity of religion and medicine fascinate budget and luxury travellers.
India is home to four of the world’s major religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism – along with Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam. With nearly 1 billion citizens, India is the second most populous nation in the world. It is impossible to speak of any one Indian culture, although there are deep cultural continuities that tie its people together. English is the major language of trade and politics.


India can be organized along the compass points. North India, shaped like a throat and two lungs, is the country's largest region. It begins with the panhandle of Jammu and Kashmir, a dynamic area with terrain varying from arid mountains in the far north to the lake country and forests near Sringar and Jammu. Falling south along the Indus river valley, the North becomes flatter and more hospitable, widening into the fertile plains of Punjab to the west and the Himalayan foothills of Uttar Pradesh and the Ganges river valley to the East. Cramped between these two states is the capital city, Delhi. The southwestern extremity of the North is the large state of Rajasthan, whose principal features are the Thar Desert and the stunning "pink city" of Jaipur. To the southeast is southern Uttar Pradesh and Agra, home of the famous Taj Mahal – 1st wonder of the world.


West India contains the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, and part of the massive, central state of Madhya Pradesh. The west coast extends from the Gujarat peninsula down to Goa, and it is lined with some of India's best beaches. The land along the coast is typically lush, with rainforests reaching southward from Bombay all the way to into Goa. A long mountain chain, the Western Ghats, separates the verdant coast from the Vindya mountains and the dry Deccan plateau further inland.


Home of the sacred Ganges river and the majority of Himalayan foothills, East India begins with the states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, which comprise the westernmost part of the region. East India also contains an area known as the eastern triangle, which is entirely distinct. This is the last gulp of land that extends beyond Bangladesh, culminating in the Naga Hills along the Burmese border.


India reaches its peninsular tip with South India, which begins with the Deccan in the north and ends with Cape Comorin, where Hindus believe that bathing in the waters of the three oceans will wash away their sins. The states in South India are Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala, a favourite leisure destination. The southeast coast, mirroring the west, also rests snugly beneath a mountain range---the Eastern Ghats.


sample itinerary


DELHI - JAIPUR - AGRA – DELHI. 5 Nights & 6 Days
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Transfer to hotel. Tour of Delhi. In Old Delhi visit the Raj Ghat - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi , Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. In New Delhi visit the Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch ), Lakshminarayan Temple - a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings. Overnight Delhi.

Day 02 : Delhi  - Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur. On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon free. Overnight Jaipur.

Day 03 : Jaipur
Morning visit Amber Fort. Amber Fort was the ancient capital of the State. Visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors. Afternoon tour of Jaipur. Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan was given a colour coat of pink a century ago in honour of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this colour. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Visit Maharaja's City Palace, & the Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal & through the pink rose residential & business areas. Overnight Jaipur.

Day 04 : Jaipur to Agra
Drive to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Fatehpur Sikri is 40 kms from Agra and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces. Overnight Agra. .

Day 05 : Agra
Morning visit world famous Taj Mahal built by Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later visit the Agra Fort containing the Halls of Public and Private Audience. Taj Mahal is closed on Fris. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight Agra.

Day 06 : Agra to Delhi
Drive to Delhi airport in time for return flight. No hotel in Delhi.


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COCHIN - MUNNAR - KODAIKANAL - PERIYAR - ALLEPPEY - MARARIKULAM – COCHIN . 11 Nights & 12 Days
Day 01 : Arrive Cochin
Arrive Cochin and transfer to hotel. Overnight Cochin.

Day 02 : Cochin
Morning city tour. Cochin is the natural harbour created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose quality ensures that the rougher the seas are outside the calmer the waters are within the Harbour. Vasco-de-Gama placed it on the world  map. It has a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, mosques and Hindu temples. Watch the Chinese Fishing Nets. Afternoon free. Overnight Cochin.

Day 03 : Cochin to Munnarr
Morning drive to Munnar. Munnar is a breathtakingly beautiful and a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country. Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Munnar is un-ending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests and aroma of spice scented cool air. Overnight Munnar.

Day 04 : Munnar to Kodaikannal
Morning drive to Kodaikannal. Overnight Kodaikannal.

Day 05 : Kodaikannal
Kodaikanal is a charming hill station situated amidst the grandeur of the southern crest of the upper Palani hill -in the  Western Ghats, at a height of 2135 mts. Its tranquil lake framed by wooded hills, mighty rocks and slopes and enchanting  waterfalls mesmerize  visitors. It is noted for  hybrids and grafts, hill plantain fruits and plums and -Kurunji- flower which blossoms once in 12 years.  Overnight Kodaikanal.

Day 06 : Kodaikanal  to Periyar
Morning drive to Periyar. Overnight Periyar.

Day 07 : Peiryar
The earliest sanctuary to be set up in 1934, it extends to 777  square kms & forms part of the high mountain ranges, the Western Ghats.  Wild life  can  be  seen while cruising on Periyar Lake in  a  motor  boat. Amongst the animals which can be seen are elephants, wild boar, sambar,
tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur monkeys, etc. Overnight Peiryar.

Day 08 : Periyar to Alappuzah (Alleppey)
Morning drive to Alleppey. Overnight Alleppey.

Day 09 : Alleppey
Embark a rice houseboat. The coastal town of Alleppey on the Arabian Sea is the Venice of the East, for the numerous canals that meander through the town. Bathing in the backwaters on the Vemband Lake is refreshing. This town holds a thrilling event of snake-boat race every year in August. It is also known for its cashew nuts, coir trade, rice, pepper  crops & coconuts. Night on board.

Day 10 : Alleppey to Mararikulam 
Drive to Mararikulam. Overnight Mararikulam

Day 11 : Mararikulam
Morning drive to Alleppey. Overnight Alleppey.

Day 12 : Mararikulam
Day at leisure. Overnight Mararikulam.

Day 13 : Departure
Drive to Cochin airport.

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LEH -- 05 nights / 6 Days
Day 01 : Arrival at Leh airport
Meet and Assist by our representative and transfer to Hotel.  Complete rest for acclimatization must. Welcome tea/coffee will be served. Overnight Hotel. NO ACTIVITY.

Day 02 : Leh to Alchi, Likir & Basgo  return around (144 Kms)
After Breakfast drive to Alchi en-route visit to Likir monastery, Basgo Palace and Hall of Fame, Magnetic hill, Gurdawara Pather sahib. Arrive at Leh by afternoon. Overnight Hotel.

Day 03 : Leh to Nubra Valley (120 Kms)
After Breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla 5600m (Highest Motorable road in the world). Start around 8AM, Visit Diskit & Hundar villages / monasteries. One can do camel safari in Sand Dunes between Deskit  and Hunder Village or hike (optional).  Overnight Hotel /Camp.  Check out from Leh Hotel.

Day 04 : Nubra Valley to Leh (120 Kms)
After Breakfast visit Sumur Monastery / village and drive back to Leh by same Route, crossing Khardungla Pass. Overnight Hotel.

Day 05 : Leh to Pangong Lake & return is around (280 Kms)
After early Breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14,500 ft), via Changla Pass 17,350 ft. it is the third highest motorable road of world. Pangong, is the highest salt water Lake in the World, shared by two countries India & China. Enjoy the beauty of the lake and appreciate the changing Colors and fascinating high altitude of the Lake. Drive back to Leh by the same route.  Overnight Hotel.

Day 06
Transfer to the airport and fly back to your destination with Sweet Memories of Ladakh.


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