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Seventh Wonder of The world is a Monument of Love, Taj Mahal, Agra. Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal and once the capital of the Mughal empire, has several monuments which display the splendour of Mughal Architecture. It was here that Babar, the founder of the dynasty, had the first formal Persian garden laid out on the banks of the river Yamuna.

11 Days Taj Mahal Tour with South India Temples tour

Places Covered : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Chennai - Tirupathi - Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Tiruvannamallai - Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Rameshwaram - Chennai
Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days

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  • Day 1 : Taj Mahal tour with south India temples tour

    Arrive Delhi
    Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Delhi.
    Old Delhi - visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire. Enjoy the cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.
    New Delhi - An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence, Lotus Temple and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.

  • Day 2 : Taj Mahal tour with south India temples tour

    Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur sikri - Jaipur
    Early morning pick up from hotel & drive to Agra. Breakfast on the way. Arrive Agra in approx. 04 hours & visit the magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife Also visit the Agra fort - the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock. Afternoon leave Agra for Jaipur enroute visit Fatehpur sikri. Arrive Jaipur and check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel in Jaipur.

  • Day 3 : Taj Mahal tour with south India temples tour

    After Breakfast sightseeing of Jaipur City. Evening free for shopping in local market. Dinner in Chowki dhani ethnic village resort and overninght at hotel in Jaipur.
    Amber Fort - classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression.
    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.
    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.
    Hawa Mahal - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies.

  • Day 4 : Taj Mahal tour with south India temples tour

    Jaipur - Chennai
    After Breakfast transfer to airport to connect flight for Chennai.
    Arrive Chennai. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel in Chennai.
    Afternoon Chennai city sightseeing tour, visiting Gandhi Memorial, Kala Kshetra, Mylapore temple and Marine beach. Overnight at hotel in Chennai.

  • Day 5 : Taj Mahal tour with south India temples tour

    Chennai - Tirupathi - Chennai (154 Kms)
    After Breakfast full day excursion to Tirupathi. Tirupathi balaji is a temple town known for the famous ancient temple of Lord Venkateswara (Lord of seven hills or Balaji, as he is affectionately known ) on the top of the 860mts high Tirumala hills. The temple of Lord Venkateswara is not only believed to be amongst the oldest temples in the country, but also the richest of them all. Legend has it that Lord Venkateswara borrowed money from the divine treasurer Kubera for his wedding expenses. He is still paying back this debt which is why the pilgrims donate generously to the temple funds. In the evening return to Chennai. Overnight at hotel in Chennai.

  • Day 6 : Taj Mahal tour with south India temples tour

    Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram
    Morning leave Chennai by an airconditioned transport for Mahabalipuram enroute visiting Kanchipuram :- is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara , Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks.
    Arrive Mahabalipuram and check in at hotel.
    Afternoon city tour of Mahabalipuram :- this ancient Pallava port, is today the sight of several antique sculptural marvels. In this ancient seaside town, shrines and huge sculptures cut-out of rocks more than 1200 years back during the reign of Pallava Kings in the region can be seen. The rock carvings depicting mythological episodes - of demons, Gods and animals in battle and others - are truly poems in stone. The only shore temple which remains here is the spectacular two - spired shrine, unique because it houses both Lord Shiva and the Lord Vishnu in its sanctum-sanctorum. Overnight at hotel in Mahabalipuram.

  • Day 7 : Taj Mahal tour with south India temples tour

    Mahabalipuram - Tiruvannamallai - Pondicherry
    After Breakfast leave Mahabalipuram for Pondicherry enroute visiting Tiruvannamallai (112 kms / 3 hrs) - a pilgrim centre with an ancient temple of Lord Shiva, which carries a strong whiff of the French presence in India. This erstwhile French colony on the east coast of South India merged with the rest of the country in 1954. Legend says that Pondicherry is the place where St. Agasthaya settled down. Arrive Pondicherry and check-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel in Pondicherry.

  • Day 8 : Taj Mahal tour with south India temples tour

    Pondicherry - Chidambram - Tanjore
    After Breakfast visit Aurbindo Ashram, the city of dawn, which is 10kms north of Pondicherry. This ashram promotes Aurbindo's ideas in bringing about a synthesis of Yoga and modern science, so as to unite the spirit and matter.
    Afternoon leave Pondicherry for Tanjore enroute visiting Chidambaram(65kms/1.5hrs) also called as Thillai, which has the famous Nataraja temple with the root of the sanctum-sanctorum covered with golden plates is located in the centre of the town covering an area of 40 acres. In this temple, postures from the Bharatnatayam form of dance are depicted in sculpture. Natraja is Lord Shiva as a cosmic dancer. Arrive Tanjore and check in at hotel.
    Overnight at hotel in Tanjore.

  • Day 9 : Taj Mahal tour with south India temples tour

    Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai
    After breakfast city tour of Tanjore - once the capital of Chola Kings, has the Brahadeswara temple (or the big temple of God). The temple tower rises to a height of 15mts from a square base of 29 mts and then tapers off, making a total of 66mts.
    Afternoon leave Tanjore for Madurai enroute visiting Trichy, short name of Trichurapalli, situated on the banks of Kaveri River is a blend of history and tradition as well as pilgrim centre, it is famous for Ranganath temple at Srirangam. Visit Rock fort and its temple at a height of over 23mts. Also visit Srirangam and Jambukeshwar Temple. Arrive Madurai and check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel in Madurai.

  • Day 10 : Taj Mahal tour with south India temples tour

    Madurai (Excursion - Rameshwaram, 154kms / 04hrs)
    After breakfast proceed to Rameshwaram - the most sacred temple town of India is an island hallowed by the epic Ramayana, where Lord Rama is said to have visited before going into battle of Srilanka. Legend has it that Lord Rama sent Hanuman to Mount Kailash to bring a Lingam for worship when he set foot after defeating Ravana. As Hanuman did not return when the auspicious hour was approaching, Sita made a sand Lingam so that worship could be performed in time, which is where the present day Ramanatha Swamy Temple stands close to sea on the eastern side of the island. One of the twelve Jyotirlingam shrines is also well known for its magnificent corridors and the massive sculptured pillars lining them. Evening return back to Madurai. Overnight at the hotel in Madurai.

  • Day 11 : Taj Mahal tour with south India temples tour

    Madurai - Chennai - Departure
    Morning city tour of Madurai by an airconditioned transport visiting Meenakshi temple, King Tirumala's Palace, Great tank and Gandhi museum. Late afternoon transfer to airport to connect flight for Chennai. Arrive Chennai and proceed to International airport to connect flight for onward destination.

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